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Five Ideas and Tips for Bridesmaid Dresses

 

bride with bridesmaids in same colors

Your choice of bridesmaid dresses will help keep these beautiful women your best friends!  Consider these ideas and tips as you create your bridesmaid dresses for your Utah wedding reception.  Years ago, Utah traditional bridesmaids wore all matching formal dresses, whether or not the color or style looked good on a particular bridesmaid.  I look at my wedding line and I’m embarrassed to see what I made my “friends” endure.  I almost wish I had talked one of them into giving me their dress just for my own costume box.  I hope their own children are having fun dressing up in them. I’m sure the dresses were never seriously worn again. For all you bridesmaids out there who have endured the embarrassing dresses because you loved your friend, we veteran brides thank you for loving us! 

Pink bridesmaids dresses from the 1980's.
I would love to have one of those dresses for my grandchildren’s costume dress-up box!

Luckily the new modern more savvy bride can get the look she wants and help her friends feel comfortable in the gown they wear for the wedding, plus obtain a new outfit that they can wear again.  If your plan is to have everyone be in identical outfits, go for it!  Just be conscious of body types and color.   

Bridesmaid dresses to match your color palette

Bridesmaid dresses begin with your wedding color palette.  If you haven’t done so already, create a color and idea palette for your wedding day.  There are several helpful tools online to assist you with this:  Nearlyweds color chooser, WeddingWire Palette generatorMagnet Street Color Boutique,  Bridal Guide How To.

lavender wedding color palette example

Other Examples of Wedding Color Palettes:

fall wedding color palette example

spring wedding color palette example

 

Forward now to your bridesmaid dresses.  Here are some alternative acceptable options to consider as you dress your bridesmaids for your incredible day! 

Bridesmaid Dresses Idea 1

Use the same bridesmaid dresses style but each woman selects their color of choice from your wedding palette

bridesmaid dresses in same style but different colors

Bridesmaid Dresses Idea 2 

You choose 2 or 3 colors that are acceptable from your wedding palette.  Then each bridesmaid chooses the style dress she feels comfortable wearing according to those colors.   

wedding bridesmaid dresses in different styles but same shades of coral

Bridesmaid Dresses Idea 3 

You create a list of “acceptable” bridesmaids dresses that your friends may choose from.  Here are some helpful sites:  A Dressy Occasion, Colors Bridesmaid, Azazie, LatterDay Bride & Prom, DorrisWedding

Dresses with similar colors but all different styles

dresses with different styles in similar shades of blush pink

Bridesmaid Dresses Idea 4

You choose the dress patterns and the fabrics and have the bridesmaid dresses custom made.  dresses in two styles and two colors for older and younger bridesmaids

bridesmaid dresses made from same fabric in the same style

Bridesmaid Dresses Idea 5 

Bag the idea of bridesmaid bouquets, and let your bridesmaids wear fun stylish hats.  Or maybe have all their dresses be of their own choosing and you supply all the same fun hat designed in your wedding style.  Just some ideas to mull around!

bridesmaids in mint green with fun stylish hats

Bridesmaid Dresses Budget

Consider your bridesmaids’ budgets when selecting a dress option.  If your bridesmaids are paying for their own gowns, it’s polite to keep the costs low.  The more options they have to choose from, the more likely they will find something they will more likely wear again for other occasions, remembering your special wedding at the same time.  If you are going to choose a more expensive formal dress that may not be worn again, then it’s a good idea and proper for you to help with the cost.  

In this modern day, a gracious and wise bride can create a beautiful Utah wedding celebration during which her bridesmaid dresses will be comfortable to wear and reflect her love for her best friends sharing this day with her.  

bridesmaid dresses in own styles of gray skirts
Bridesmaids chose their own gray toned skirt and beige shoes

Five options for your bridesmaids dresses for pinterest

7 tips for wedding planning

Tired of reading the DON’Ts of wedding planning?  Here are some refreshing wedding planning DO’s before you say “I DO” at your Utah wedding venue.  This is a simple list of the most basic of strategies that if you will “do”, you will have greater chance of completely enjoying your spectacular day, no matter what comes! 

#1 -DO take time to court each.  There is a lot of hustle and bustle while planning a wedding.  There are a lot of moving parts and before you know it, you haven’t had time together like when you were dating.  Remember, the wedding will come and go and all that is left is you two and your relationship.  May as well enjoy each other along the way!  A sack of favorite cookies, a gallon of ice cream and two spoons, a drive up the canyon, a snowball fight – whatever it is, just do it!  Click here are some inexpensive date ideas.

wedding couple having snowball fight before their utah winter wedding.
Play along the way! Courting during wedding planning is still very important.

#2 -DO Prioritize the elements of your ideal wedding.  Make your wedding celebration what you’ve dreamed of, but prioritize those details. Be prepared to compromise for your own sanity, your fiancé’s sanity, your family’s sanity.  Sometimes it helps to write down on paper parts of your imagined day.  Then rate the most important things to you and your fiancé.  Communicating your most important wants and needs will help you clearly see where you want to focus your time on first.  This also helps you see how your family, bridesmaids, groomsmen, fiancé or wedding planner can help make it happen.  Many venues have beautiful additional items you can use at your celebration. I imagine your fiancé’s presence at the wedding would be the #1 priority, the non-compromising item.  Everything else in some way is negotiable. Really!

elegant wedding cake at wedding venue in salt lake
Which aspects of your wedding are MOST important? Plan them first.

#3 -DO allow others to help you. You have bridesmaids and he has groomsmen for a reason.  Ask them.  Let them help you how they are able; however, be reasonable with your expectations.  You’ll want to be respectful of their time, but by all means, do let them play their role.

bride groom bridesmaids groomsmen utahwedding
Bridesmaids and groomsmen are there to help you. Let them!

#4 -DO consider the time of your guests.  They are taking time out of their own busy lives to celebrate with you.  If your ceremony and reception are in two different Utah wedding venues, the maximum time between your ceremony and reception should be two hours which would include travel time.

guests sitting at utah wedding venue
Guests are taking great efforts to come celebrate with you. Consider the timing of everything.

#5 – DO K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Stupid, or PC stated, Keep It Simple Silly.  Believe it or not, my mother taught me this one!  This ties into the prioritizing a bit, but I want to add that you don’t have to be a D.I.Y. bride on everything. Having a supportive Utah wedding venue event planner, like at Ivy House Weddings in Salt Lake City, can help give you great tips and ideas to make things simpler in your planning. Many times creating everything yourself can be more headache and more costly than if you find something similar.  Just make the purchase.  Don’t forget that you want to enjoy the path along the way to that final aisle where your new mate takes your hand and you do kiss!

keep wedding plans simple
Keeping your wedding planning simple can alleviate stress.

#6 -DO pamper yourself the day before and get good sleep for at least two-three nights before your day.  You’ll want fresh bright eyes for your wedding day photos!  You will not only save on makeup concealer, but your nerves will not be as frazzled and stressed.

Woman sleeping by a window. Beauty rest.
Getting enough sleep several days before your wedding is important – physically and emotionally.

#7 -DO Smile and Enjoy your day!  No matter what happens during the day – good, not so good, indifferent – it’s just that, indifferent. The most important part of your day is that you and your spouse are there together relishing in the moment that is yours.  Put blinders on and seize the day!

bride and groom dancing at utah wedding event
Just you and he are the most important part of the day. Smile and enjoy each other.

Sleep Improves Your Wedding

AUTHOR:   Samantha (Sam) Kent

Why You Need Beauty Sleep Before Your Wedding Day

There’s so much to do before you get married. Planning, parties, wedding prep, and DIY projects suddenly explode your to-do list. You may find yourself sacrificing sleep time to take care of wedding-related tasks.

photo by ZohreNemati on Unsplashed

Sleep is critical to your mental and physical health and well being.  It also can affect the way you look.  You could end up looking less radiant at your wedding if you sacrifice sleep to stay up late working on wedding tasks.

Bride close up well rested

Sleep Can Make You Look More Healthy and Attractive

In a Swedish sleep study, researching found a difference in observers’ perception of the health, attractiveness, and tiredness of photos of people who were sleep-deprived and the same people when they were well-rested. Photos of participants were taken after a normal night’s sleep and after sleep deprivation, and observers rated their photos.

Observers categorized the participants in a sleep-deprived state as:

• More tired

• Less healthy

• Less attractive

This study does suggest we can detect sleep-related body cues.  With adequate sleep, you can keep these facial cues from being detected in your wedding photos.  Remember, you and many other people will view your photos for years to come.

Older woman by Silviarita on Pixabay

Premature Aging can Result With Sleep Deprivation

One night of sleep deprivation can make you look less attractive the next day, but making sleeping less a habit can affect your long-term attractiveness. Your sleep quality can impact your skin function and aging.

When you don’t get good quality sleep, your skin may show increased signs of aging. A clinical trial found that people who got less sleep had slower skin recovery from environmental stressors such as sun exposure.

How to Get the Sleep You Need to Look Your Best

Looking and feeling your best is critical on your wedding day and the events leading up to it. Follow these tips to get good sleep so you can be at your best.

• Plan ahead.

Start your wedding planning as early as possible and work ahead. Completing tasks long before your wedding day will lessen stress, anxiety, and last-minute details that can rob you of the sleep you need just before your wedding day.  Lack of sleep can leave you frazzled and looking less attractive than you would if you could get enough sleep. On the night before your wedding, don’t stay up late.  Put those finishing touches on your DIY projects with plenty of time to spare.

• Ask for help.

There are a lot of parts and pieces to a wedding.  In order to get those wedding tasks done early, reach out and ask for help from family and friends. Delegate tasks as much as possible. Sharing duties will cut down on your workload and may give you more time to sleep, and it can help family and friends feel more involved in your wedding. Also, the role of bridesmaids and maids of honor is to help the bride look her best of the most important day of her life. Let them help so you can get your sleep.

• Focus on getting your best quality sleep.

Healthy sleep habits are important to maintain. Maintain a regular sleep schedule and bedtime routine for consistency that will make it easier for you to fall asleep at night. Be careful to avoid caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, heavy meals, or intense exercise late at night, as they can interfere with sleep. Make your bedroom a comfortable, quiet, and calm place to sleep. Check mattress reviews to make sure that yours is appropriate for your sleeping style and temperature. Make sure you don’t bring wedding work to bed with you, such as doing craft projects, working on your laptop, or checking in on your mobile device. Just relax and go to sleep.

• Avoid late nights prior to your wedding day.

Rehearsal dinners are common the day before your wedding, but be careful not to let the party go too late.  You need enough sleep for the next day.  Try to schedule the start time in the early evening so you won’t feel like you have to stay late.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   Samantha (Sam) Kent is a researcher for SleepHelp.org. Her favorite writing topic is how getting enough sleep can improve your life. Currently residing in Boise, Idaho, she sleeps in a California King bed, often with a cat on her face. 

6 Utah WILDFLOWER OPTIONS FOR YOUR WEDDING

utah wedding wildflowers for your reception venue

 

Author: Emma Bishop

Are you looking to go a little wild with your wedding? A Utah wildflower or two is a great way to reflect some of the state’s natural beauty in your nuptials. Most Utah wedding venues are perfect for the wildflower look. Here are our top six native wildflower picks for you to include in your wedding arrangements.  Because it is illegal to pick wildflowers from public lands, find many of these blossoms in yards of friends and family involved with your wedding plans. You could also seek a special permit for picking wildflowers in Utah.

1. Anemones

anenome white wild flower
Photo by Captri23auto

These beautiful wildflower blossoms are a wedding favorite, but you’ll have to go a bit off the beaten path to find the wild variety. Find these gems at your local garden center.  If you don’t have time to plant and grow them, seek friends and neighbors who may be willing to give you some blooms for your wedding.  There are several different types, with some blooming in the spring and others in the fall. Colors include white, red, pink, and yellow, and they make a charming addition to any bouquet. Pasqueflower (or anemone patens) is native to Utah, and it’s one of the first wildflowers to bloom in the spring.

2. Blazing Star or Liatris Wildflower

purple wildflower liatris
Photo by Still Works Imagery

You can find blazing stars growing wild in meadows and prairies across Utah. It is such a beloved native Utah plant that it has found its way into many Utah gardens, probably in your neighborhood.  Ask around!  The feathery purple flowers bloom in summer on the plant’s long and stately spike. It’s a popular wedding flower since it adds vertical interest to bouquets, centerpieces, and other arrangements. Dried blazing star works beautifully in floral crowns, wreaths, and garlands.  Again, many Utah gardeners use this in their perennial beds.

3. Sunflowers

bright yellow sunflowers wild flower of utah
Photo by Otrotrangian

The common sunflower is one of five species of sunflowers native to Utah. It’s also the one that produces those favorite seeds on which we enjoy snacking. If you get engaged in winter or spring, and are planning a fall wedding, pick up a packet of seeds to plant, and you’ll have lots of blooms in time for your celebration. Western Gardens has a wide array of seeds that do well in our Utah climate and soil. A word of warning: These wildflowers depend on bees to pollinate them and produce sunflowers. You’ll often find male bees resting on the flower heads, and it’s the females that sting.

4. Western Coneflower

Rudbeckia_occidentalis_on_Aspen_Mountain
Coneflower – Echinacea – Rudbeckia – Photo by Rhododendrites

This member of the sunflower family grows in Utah’s mountain meadows. It has a brownish-dark purple cone with green leaves at the base. Use it as a unique touch for taller arrangements or to add a rustic flair to your bouquet. It blooms from midsummer to fall and will hold its looks for a long time as part of a dried arrangement.  Many Utah gardeners plant varieties of this in their gardens.  Also known as Echinacea which comes in various colors.  The most common is the Purple Coneflower.  A quality local garden center like Western Gardens carries a good selection in different colors – white, orange, red, yellow, and of course, purple.

5. Yarrow Wildflower

White Yarrow wildflower in Utah
Photo by Foto Blend

Yarrow is a perfect match for almost any type of flower. It features small, flat heads of tiny flowers and fern-like green foliage. We see a lot of the non-native baby’s breath at our wedding receptions, but white yarrow could be a wonderful substitute. The most common colors are yellow, white, pink, and red. Yarrow can last up to five days after it’s cut. It’s heat tolerant so that it won’t wilt during outdoor ceremonies and receptions. According to folk legend, hanging the yarrow used in your wedding above your bed will ensure lasting love. Yarrow is also a hypoallergenic wildflower because it produces less histamine than other blooms. Your local independent garden nursery should have a good selection.

6. Sego Lily

Photo by Matt Lavin – Flickr
wild flower Utah sego lily state flower
Photo by WensLens

Utah’s state flower is the perfect choice to show your state pride and give your wedding a homey touch. However, this is a true wildflower since it doesn’t transplant or grow well in lower altitudes. These sweet blooms are difficult to find, but you may see them along the arid West roadways and mountain valleys at altitudes between 5,000 and 8,000 feet. Because they are not common, leave the plants in nature. The bulb does not like to be disturbed and will die; therefore, the Sego Lily can be tough to grow in the garden, but you can try by seeking seeds from some native-plant societies and other online sources. The sego lily prefers hot, dry conditions and sandy soil.

Final note:

While Utah is the beehive state and we welcome pollinator-attracting flowers in the garden, you probably don’t want bees buzzing your wedding. You may want to choose flowers that either don’t attract or repel bees. Roses and Red Penstemon work well.

Native wildflowers are an eco-friendly choice for your festivities because many thrive here naturally. Since they don’t need to be cultivated in a greenhouse or shipped from far away, they could also save you money. Check with your family and friends about their yards to see if they would donate to your beautiful day. 

So let loose and embrace a bit of your wild side by going native with your wedding flowers.

utah wedding flowers at Salt Lake wedding venue

 

About the Author:

Emma Bishop is a lifestyle and design writer, and mother of two beautiful girls. She is a social butterfly and loves to entertain guests at home with beautifully decorated spaces for any occasion.

 

utah wedding venues Do’s Before the I Do’s

Wedding venues in Utah - Do's before the I DO's

Discover the positive side of wedding planning at Utah wedding venues.  You’ve probably read the list of DON’Ts that you must try to avoid. Well, here is a simple list of the most basic “DO” strategies that will give you greater chance of completely enjoying your spectacular day!

#1 – DO take time for courting.  Do step back from the hustle and bustle of planning and remember, the wedding will come and go.  After that day has ended, all that will be left behind will be wonderful memories of the day, but the only thing you’ll be able to cling onto is each other.  It’s just you and him and your relationship.  Enjoy each other along the path getting there!  Little simple thoughts like a shoebox of his favorite cookies, a pint of ice cream with two spoons, a drive up the canyon, will keep the flame very much alive before and after the wedding day.  Whatever you want or have time to do, just do it!

pre-wedding courting

#2 – DO prioritize the most important details of your ideal wedding – Make your wedding and reception what you’ve dreamed, but prioritize those dreams. Take a deep breath now and be ready to compromise for your own sanity, your fiancé’s sanity, and your family’s sanity.  Some find it easier to do by writing your wishes as a list on paper and then rank them as most to least crucial.  Get your man involved as well.  He has thoughts and dreams too.  Do communicate what is most important to you and see how you and your family or bridesmaids can help make it happen.  I imagine having your fiancé there at the wedding would be the number one priority, the non-compromising item and everything else is in some way negotiable!

wedding needs and wishes
Prioritize your wants, needs, and energies.

#3 – DO accept help from others.  You are loved by many who want you to have a beautiful day.  Bridesmaids and groomsmen are there for a real reason, not just to cost money and look nice!  Let them help you how they are able while being reasonable with your expectations.  You’ll want to be respectful of their time, but by all means, do let them play their role.

Helpers at Utah reception centers
Let your bridesmaids help you!

#4 – DO consider your guests.  The time your guests are taking out of their day to celebrate with you is valuable to them.  Be mindful of their time.  For example, the maximum time between your ceremony and reception should be two hours which would include travel time if ceremony and reception are in two different wedding locations in Utah.

Utah weddings at Ivy House at Western Gardens Downtown

#5 – DO K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Silly.  Believe it or not, my mother taught me this one!  This ties into the prioritizing but also applies to the bride that thinks she has to do everything or make everything.  You don’t have to be a D.I.Y. bride on everything.  Sometimes doing everything yourself can be more headache and more costly than if you find something similar and just make the purchase.  Remember, you want to enjoy the path along the way to that final aisle where your new husband takes your hand and you do kiss!

Arranging flowers at reception venues
Let those who love you help you!

#6 – DO pamper yourself the day before.  And at all costs, get a good night’s rest.  You DO want fresh bright eyes for your wedding day photos!

bright eyes for wedding photos

#7 – DO smile and savor every moment of your beautiful day!  If the cake topples over, so what!  Just smile, laugh and take lots of photos of you and your man posing beside it!  Your day will be over before you know it.  The wedding reception center’s lights will go out and it will be just you and him driving off on your honeymoon, forever!

send off at Wedding reception centers in Utah
Jumbo sparklers wedding send off at Ivy House Weddings is part of your package with us!

driving away from reception center parking lot