Saturday: April '17 Update

 

April flew by, and I mean that literally because the weather was insane. Hot one day, cold the next, a tornado warning and endless rain. Hopefully what comes of this is sunshine and warm spring days! Despite the rain, we had a lot going on in April.

In April, I…
Watched: Girlboss and 13 Reason Why both on Netflix.

Heard: Soundtrack to Beauty and the Beast and LaLa Land. Also been obsessed with the Watch What Crappens podcast.

Read: Started Pride and Prejudice.

Traveled: Bettendorf, IA for a friends wedding and Chicago for my cousin's baby shower

Saw: Beauty and the Beast and we had a friend visit from LA!

News: Kaleidoscope Spinning celebrated it's one year anniversary! And I won my first March Madness bracket.

Top Posts: Kaleidoscope Spinning Turned One, Lace, Leather and Leopard, and Fall Skirt For Spring.

As always, thank you for reading! XO-

P.S. If you liked this, then you will also like Saturdaze: March '17 Update and Saturdaze: February '17 Update

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A Dress Fit For a Bride…smaid

For nearly a year of my post-grad life, I worked at Bella Bridesmaids, a boutique filled with bridesmaids dresses only, no wedding gowns. There, I learned so much about bridesmaids dresses and the designers. I truly enjoyed helping brides find the perfect dresses for their closest friends. It was so wonderful getting to help make the most special day of their lives even better! It brought me so much joy! But to my surprise, it wasn't uncommon for a bride to come in looking for a dress for herself!

There are plenty of reason why a bride would turn to a bridesmaids shop to find her own dress. For starters, there is the price point. Bridesmaids dresses tend to fall in the $150-$300 range depending on the designer. This compared to a $1000+ price point for a bridal gown can be very appealing. Another reason can be the simplicity. We would see a lot of brides who were getting married on the beach, who were eloping, or who just wanted a simple, yet beautiful dress.

Often time bridesmaids dresses offer more variety than bridal gowns. Not every bride wants a long, white dress. Bridesmaids dresses offer a variety of color and style options, while still looking bridal.

Below, I've collected 27 of my favorite options for bridesmaids dresses turned bridal gown!

Classic:

BM_1Joanna August Catherine Long - $285

BM_5Paper Crown Maura - $325

BM_8Donna Morgan Lark - $240

BM_26 Paper Crown Brenna - $275BM_14Adrianna Papell Floral Embroidered Gown - $360

BM_15Jenny Yoo Ava - $290

BM_17Watters Florian

BM_20Dessy Collection #2964 - $250

BM_21Dessy Collection #2938 - $234BM_22Alfred Sung #D698 - $220

Boho:

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Joanna August Dorian Long Lace - $395

BM_27 Nouvelle Amsale Holly

BM_30 Monique Lhuillier #450287

BM_3 Joanna August Kimberly Long - $285

BM_28Amsale G851C

Sparkle:

BM_7Donna Morgan Tiffany - $290

BM_29 Amsale Loire

BM_11Adrianna Papell Halter Gown - $369

BM_12Adrianna Papell Scoop Back Sequin Gown - $280

BM_13Adrianna Papell Beaded V-Neck Gown - $300

BM_19Watters Sophia

Two-Piece:

BM_9Donna Morgan Adeline Top and Skirt - $330

BM_25Monique Lhuillier #450317 #450324 #450240

Pattern:

BM_16Jenny Yoo Inesse- $290

BM_23Donna Morgan Alana - $260

BM_24Amsale #GA107C

BM_6Paper Crown Mandi - $295

See something above that you like, but don't want it for your bridal gown? These dresses are also perfect for Bridal Showers, Bachelorette Parties, Rehearsal Dinners, and Vow Renewals! I, myself, wore Paper Crown's Brenna dress for my rehearsal dinner. Afterwards, when photos were posted online, so many people asked if it was actually wedding dress!

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Also, remember that everything you've seen is a bridesmaids dress, so they all come in a several different colors outside of white, blush, and champagne. So if you see something you like and want it for your own bridesmaids, make sure to take a look and see all of the color options!

As always, thank you for reading, Helen

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What We Gave Our Bridal Party

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In our wedding, we had 7 bridesmaids and 7 groomsmen. Each one of them were so supportive and helpful during the wedding planning. Because of this, I took what we gave our bridal part very seriously. They deserved something thoughtful and useful. It took some time, but Steve and I, and our bridal party, were very happy with what we chose! The Bridesmaids: I wanted to give my bridesmaids two different types of gifts:

  1. Something they could wear while we were getting ready before the wedding
  2. A piece of jewelry they could wear to the wedding

But here is the catch; I wanted the gifts to be something they could wear again.

I searched for a long time looking at tshirts, robes, pants, and tank tops. Then the thought came to me; a zip-up hoodie! It would be perfect for getting ready that morning since they wouldn't  have to take it off over their head. I found an Etsy shop that would monogram each hoodie and had a variety of color options! My bridesmaids got heather gray hoodies with purple thread. JHL_9898

I got myself the same hoodie in white. It had the monogram of my new name! HJHDSCN4517

For the jewelry, I went to one of my favorite Etsy shops, Bip and Bop. I found this beautiful, delicate necklace. It matched the theme of my wedding, and the bridesmaids dresses perfectly! The girls loved it all and even a year later have told me they still wear both gifts! Hearing that just warms my heart! :)

The Groomsmen: Steve wanted to make sure the groomsmen's gifts were functional and practical. We thought for a while about what they would want. Then I remembered when my cousin got married, they gave the groomsmen duffel bags. I told Steve about this and he loved the idea! We found these great overnight bags on Etsy and they guys loved them!

For their second gift, I wanted to add a little fun to it, while still remaining functional. It didn't take long to think of flasks. (Thought process was basically, "What do guys in their 20s like to do?" Drink! Haha)

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It's probably clear by now that I turned to Etsy a lot when it came time to look for bridal party gifts. I highly recommend it because you can basically find anything and everything you'd be interested in. And while you're perusing Etsy, make sure to stop by my page! I'm adding new prints all the time.

As always, thanks for reading, Helen

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