Be it influence from celebrities and the red carpet, a desire to break from tradition, or to showcase their personality, a growing portion of today’s brides are choosing a style statement with a colored wedding dress.
And the industry is obliging.
Everything from accents of color, to pale off-white hues, to full-blown color and print extravaganzas, the runways and the racks are full of this rainbow of a trend.
Ten years ago I walked out of a dress outlet with my low-cut, champagne and fully beaded gown. A perfect little number that coordinated with our getaway elopement. I felt like I was doing something different and I loved it!
But historically speaking, I would have been right on with royal brides who before Queen Victoria’s marriage in 1840 wore dark, colored and heavily brocaded gowns. Queen V on the other hand chose white; showing that despite laundering limitations, her family could easily afford a lavish gown that would show any soil or stain. White meant your family had cash in a major way.
So while we swoon over a classic white gown coming down the aisle - referencing everything from religion to status - heads will definitely turn when making a statement.
Tips for the Color Trend:
1. Consider your wedding theme. Coordinate, but don’t match. You’re still the bride - you are meant to stand out!
2. Flatter your figure and complexion when choosing a favorite.
3. Look to the stars for inspiration. From Elizabeth Taylor’s buttery yellow number to Avril Lavigne’s black statement and all the hues in between, there is inspiration all around.
The invitation is often your guests first glimpse into what you are planning for your Wedding Day. It sets the tone, the mood and the feel. From an invitation you can tell if an event is formal or casual, fun or serious, you get the idea. No wonder brides all around the world totally stress on this detail. With Pinterest and the Web you could literally spend years trying to find just the right invites. Now you know I'm a pinning fool so I could pin about a million invite inspirations for you all to pursue (and don't worry I still might) but I thought for today I would give you just a few to look at.
First up I've chosen a burlap inspired rustic invitation. This would be perfect for a wedding at Soul Food Farms
or any other barn gathering. I love how its romantic and soft while still not being too feminine.
No explanation or suprise in my next choice... Mason Jars! I mean c'mon! PERFECT!
The third invite I chose really resignated with me for the simplicity and the beauty of it. We all know that Eco Chic loves lace! I really love how this invite could be a simple DIY for the Bride who is looking to really save some money while still putting out something totally elegant. Nothing says class like lace, in my opinion.
I feel like the fourth invite would be perfect for a super modern couple who's focus is really putting on a great celebration. It screams party to me!
The last invite I selected and I wont lie, my favorite, is this QR coded invite. I love this one for so many reasons.
- It is super cute
- It is so modern and fresh and tech savvy
- Its hip
- It is GREEN! and I'm not talking about the color. Most invites come with a number of pages; the invite, the RSVP card, the directions, the meal card, etc. With this invite you can totally simplify. Just include all of the relevant information on the website that the QR code links to. If you are worried about less tech saavy guests being able to figure all of that out send the extra cards (or print outs from your website on nice linen paper) to just those guests. You are still saving some trees and some green in your pocket too!
Wondering where you can locally have some of these ideas recreated? Contact Cheri at Cre8tive Craft Studio
and she can help you out. I promise you wont be disappointed!
I'm dying to throw a party so I can include some of the great elements in these invites. Which is your favorite?
~Eco Chic Rachel
"...this lovely affair is the perfect showcase for how to create an intimate and Eco-Chic meaningful day!" ~Fab You Bliss
We are so proud to announce that the wedding of Jonathan and Bre has been featured on Fab You Bliss
. This bold colored wedding at one of our favorite venues, Soul Food Farms,
was a pleasure to style and plan. Head on over to check out the lovely images of the Bride's bold dress choice, the Groom's stylish ride, and the inspiring place settings by Denverton Baking Company
all captured by Sweet Marie Photography.
Pinterest is so addictive. Luckily I can put all my pinning to good use, by collecting my favorites and sharing it with all of you! Here are some of my favorite pins from this week.
Love this simple twisted up-do.
Click the image to see the tutorial!
For the bohemian chic bride,
this is your perfect beauty look.
This look can be easily copied because all
you need are hair pins!
These classic, yet fun manicures
are perfect for your big day.
A soft smokey eye is the perfect makeup
look for you to stand out in all
of your wedding photos.
Soft browns and lots
of lash creates a stunning look.
Centerpieces & Table Decor:
Long doilies in the center of the table with flowers make things simple, soft, & romantic.
Candles everywhere for an intimate feel during an evening wedding!
Easy, chic, and green!
Paper covered cans are an easy idea for center pieces, and so cute!
A branch votive holder is an easy DIY and adds softness and romance to your table.
Love how pretty a large bouquet of baby's breath can be!
Favors: (Click any image for a link to even MORE awesome favor ideas.)
Water bottles, because we can
always use an extra!
Sunglasses, especially convenient for
a spring or summer wedding.
Coffee beans in personalized packages.
A bottle opener with a sweet
A DIY sketch book!
Tasteful temporary tattoos,
these are too fun!
A great shot to transform into thank you cards.
Love that this couple found a fun
action shot with all their bridal party!
A sweet moment that will last forever.
I thought this shot was so unique!
Would you try this at your wedding?
Save this picture and give it
to the flower girl on her
Nice shot of all the ladies
and their bouquets.
How inspiring are all of these?! You can follow our pinning here
. Until next time!
The beauty is in the details, am I right? Well if that's the case then there is one detail you do not want to forget for your wedding day, your nails! I don't know about you but I feel 100% cuter when my nails are done! There is something so polished (yes, pun intended) and sophisticated about freshly manicured nails. A french tip is a great classic look for your wedding day (or for bridesmaids) but I thought I would wrangle up some fresh inspiration for you.
I'm particularly loving all the metallic and the bling! What girl doesn't need some bling on her wedding day? Which one is your favorite? Care to share any photos of your wedding nails?
Lately I'm a bit obsessive, I don't know what it is but the whole spring cleaning buzz gets me obsessed about everything. As I've been busily cleaning and organizing our home and trying to pretty it up as much as possible I have been adding something "green" to each room. A potted plant here, a herb plant there, you get the idea. So when I sat down this evening and started to surf Pinterest
(yes obsessed) I was thrilled to see a ton of pins from people I follow with ideas for bouquets. I seriously could have gawked for hours. Instead I've rounded up my top 5 inspirations for Wedding Bouquets, you can thank me later :)
So what are you obsessing about these days? Share your floral files with us in the comment section below! ~Eco Chic Rachel
Hello everyone! Today is an exciting day for me, as I finally get to introduce myself to all you lovely Eco Chicsters. Greetings from me, Grace Ohlin! I am a 5'2" tall, quirky, Italian, fashion lover who spends her time reading, writing, going to shows, visiting museums, beaches, trying out new recipes, taking bike rides, and adventuring with friends. I can be a little spunky, and am passionate about living life to the fullest, and loving every minute of it!I am a daughter, a sister, a friend, and most fun, a newlywed! I was married on November 10, 2012, and it was truly the best day of my life. (More on that later ;D) My husband, Kevin, is a man better then my wildest dreams, who still gives me butterflies!Apart from what I do here at Eco Chic, I also nanny, work in retail, and serve often at my local church.I love being a part of Eco Chic Styled Celebrations because it's so exciting to me to hear every proposal story, to help think of every detail of a wedding, and to help my brides find their dream dress at our boutique, I can't get enough!My goal on the blog is to bring some inspiration and encouragement to you, be it through quotes, stories, pictures, recipes, music; I just want to GIVE. Besides the blog, there are so many ways you can find us! Check out our FACEBOOK, here is our TWITTER, we love INSTAGRAM! And we can't forget about our PINTEREST. Keep in touch with us at all these places for a regular dose of fashion and fun!As a treat to you all, I have put together a few of my favorite pictures from my wedding, and I would love to share these moments with you. I look forward to all that is in store here at Eco Chic, until next time!!
= Eco Chic Grace
Sorry for the cell phone pics but Hubby would not allow me to be taking my camera on our romantic date night. Top Row: Organic Beet Salad and Lump Crab Meat Crab Cakes. Bottom Row: Chicken Risotto and Pork Osso Bucco
Hubby and I are foodies, big time! We love trying out new places and we love sharing the love! if I find a place that has good food and believes in the same things I do regarding food standards I just want to tell everyone about it! Unfortunately for me Vacaville is not exactly a foodie mecca. Fortunately for me we have a lot of great places within very little driving distance. Lately the family and I have been venturing to Davis more and more. Their Farmer's Market is awesome and so much fun for my two boys, There are lots of cute shops and restaurants. So the hubby and I have been searching for a sitter for the weekends so we can try out some new places and have a dinner that involves no whinny, crying or food throwing. A few weeks back we were lucky enough to snag a sitter and try out a new place.
After tossing around some ideas we decided on Seasons. The food looked yummy and when I read this on their website I knew I was in:
"Seasons Restaurant serves American cuisine, utilizing fresh, local ingredients. Seasonal menus change every three months and guests may expect nightly specials. The restaurant features a full bar, wood burning oven, outdoor dining, live music, and a private dining room which houses the restaurant's wine collection. Our philosophy is to cook good food simply, using the best ingredients available. We believe in supporting local growers, ranchers, and farmers by buying locally whenever possible."
When walked in my first thought was this place is so cute! There was a large party sitting in front of the wood fire stove and I thought ... perfect for a Bachelorette Dinner or Engagement Dinner or Family Birthday outing! The place is just low key enough that you could go for any reason and just special enough to make it even worthy.
After starring at the menu for a while Hubby and I made our choices. I started with an Organic Beet Salad and he started with fresh lump crab meat crab cakes. Obviously I would be sharing :) When our appetizers came out I was shocked at how generous the portion sizes were (especially for my salad) Both appetizers were GREAT! The beats were so fresh and yummy!
For Dinner I chose a Wood Fired Chicken Risotto and my hubby had the special of the night, Pork Osso Bucco. Oh.Mee.GEE!
That chicken was SO good. I mean it was cooked to perfection, nice and tender and juicy and the wood fire flavor was amazing. Hubby's pork literally fell off the bone and was so delectable!
I took a few moments after eating to speak with our server and he confirmed that they source about 90&% of their ingredients locally. Their meat is all local and grass fed. Another aspect of this restaurant that I really appreciated was their wine list. Not just the variety but the pride they take in the talented UC Davis Alums who have gone on to create some of the countries best wines. Each wine that is produced by an UC Davis Alum Winemaker is noted on the Wine List. How cool is that?
Overall we had a great experience at Seasons and will be sure to go back again soon. Maybe even with the kids next time or maybe not :)
So hubby and I will be planning our next date night soon, what other local treasures should we check out?
Hubby and I all ready for our date night.
I may have missed my calling in life because I LOVE to throw a party! What I particularly love is the planning phase. See I'm a list maker. And planning a party is like a giant list making party in itself :) So I figured with spring in the air and summer fast approaching I would share with you my party planning process so you can hopefully pick up a few tips to plan your own party.
Step One: Choose a Theme or basis for the party
Example: Cole's First Birthday, A Very Hungry Caterpillar
Step Two: Research or in my case Pinterest.
For me it is very important to have a place to put all my ideas for the party. I use Pinterest for this. I basically go through and pin every single thing I can find that I love that I might possibly want to do for that party.
Step Three: Decide on the guest list
Step Four: Go back and narrow down all those ideas.
I normally wait about a week to go back through my ideas to really think about what is doable and important to me. This normally means I have to go back through and narrow down all the invitation ideas I have to just one so I can move on to the next step.
Step Five: Send out the invites
For less formal get togethers I LOVE using an evite. I either use their website or come up with an awesome invite in Photoshop and email it to all my guests. We don't need to waste the paper and I often get quicker responses via email.
Step Six: Start working on all those projects
I try to start planning a party at least a month in advance so I can have plenty of time to spread out expenses and make decorations. I also narrow down the menu at this time and finalize it.
Step Seven: Come up with a day of timeline.
This is especially needed for events where you are cooking a lot like Thanksgiving. Every year I go through all my recipes and plan out a timeline of what needs to be done when. This may seem totally OCD but it is the best way to make sure everything is hot at the right time and that I do not forget anything. I also always have a full menu printed out that I can cross things off of as I go so I don't forget to put out a dish. One year I slaved over cranberry sauce and totally forgot to put it out until everyone was already stuffed. EPIC FAIL!
Step Eight: Enjoy the day! All your planning should have paid off so you got everything done and looking great and still had time to enjoy the event!
Everyone ready to go throw a huge bash now? What is the next party you have planned? I love hearing and seeing all the great ideas other people come up with. If you have a had a great party link it up in the comments so I can check it out!
~Eco Chic Rachel
You've picked out your best girls, they've been dress shopping, event space hunting, and picking up the phone when you call in less than one ring. It's getting close to the big day and you really want to do something sweet for your Bridesmaids. You want something they will use again, love and that shows how truly special they are to you. But what????
I've been scouring the web and have found 6 pretty cool picks if I do say so myself. I would be happy to receive any of these! I also love that a few of them you can DIY (the canvas Alphabet bag and coin purse) to truly make the gift personalized.
So what are you planning to get your bridal party? What is the best bridal party gift you have ever received?