By Carly Totten, Lover.ly
What lies between chevron and tribal? One of our favorite up and coming patterns: ikat. We truly believe that patterns are going to be one of the trends to watch in 2013, and we're certain that ikat will be among the mix of the most popular.
Why are we fans of ikat, you ask? We love the distinct color blocking effect that happens as a result of the blending and weaving of the tie-dyed colors included. Another plus: ikat is like your favorite LBD - it's as formal as it is informal depending on how you choose to style it.
To demonstrate the undeniable "cool" factor of ikat, we've pulled our favorite looks together in the gallery. Which ones make your top three?
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There really is no middle ground when it comes to opinions on the money dance (also called the dollar dance/apron dance, depending on your location/culture). Some people think it's fun and hilarious, and others think it's tacky and rude. In a traditional money dance, the Maid of Honor and Best Man rally the wedding guests to line up and "pay" for a dance with the bride or groom. The guest usually pays $1.00 (or more!) and pins the money to the bride's dress or the groom's tie and the one who ends up with the most money money "wins." And while we are definitely in the "this is hilarious and I am pinning this money to your couture gown!" camp, we can absolutely see why this tradition might be viewed as tacky or offensive. It all depends on your location, really. If the money dance is something you are used to seeing at weddings where you're from, then your guests will probably be familiar with it as well.
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While we love a great pair of wedding heels, wedges are a great choice. They are typically more comfortable than heels, meaning you can keep them on from the first dance to your big send-off. And they are an absolute must for outdoor weddings; whether you are walking down an aisle at a garden wedding or on the beach, you won't have to worry about stumbling in wedges. We suggest trying any of these pairs of wedding wedges on for size.
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When we think of brunch, in the traditional sense, our minds tend to think of a stuffy, yet casual meal between breakfast and lunch. But, here's the thing- a brunch wedding reception might just be the the #1 secret in weddings today. It's true that a mid-morning meal and service is significantly less expensive than a plated dinner after 7:00pm, but it can also save on bar tabs and other food related expenses. However, having your reception before noon doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style one bit! We envision the bride wearing a delicate lace gown with a simple silhouette, springtime floral decor and decadent food and beverage stations: fresh waffles and bellinis anyone? You can still keep it casual by making it buffet style, but add a wow factor by offering your guests a little something extra by way of fresh, local jams and honeys, and a gourmet coffee and espresso bar. Click through the slideshow for our favorite inspiration images from beautifully doneRead More »from (PHOTOS) Save Loads of Cash by Hosting a Brunch Wedding: Here's How
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Anyone who has been to Washington D.C. in April is aware of just how gorgeous cherry blossoms are; each spring, the city's trees burst with pink flowers. We love using the flower itself or just similar shades of pink in your wedding decor. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is currently underway in our nation's capital, but you can get wedding inspiration from it no matter where you live. Here are our favorite cherry blossom wedding details.
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By Carly Totten, Lover.lyRead More »from PHOTOS: 10 Bold Prints and Patterns to Redefine Your Wedding Style
From structured and modern to whimsical and vintage, there is a pattern for every wedding, which is why prints are a trend to watch. Collecting floral china and mixing the pieces together is one way to add another layer of visual interest to your vintage fete, while opting for a black and white statement backdrop for your cake is our favorite feature for a modern affair. Are you torn between two prints? Including both is definitely an option if they incorporate the same (or very similar) colors. While we're on the subject of colors, consider adding a neutral or two (think white and beige) in order to allow the patterns to really become a focal point.
With all of these ideas in mind, we've included three of the most popular prints (hello, florals, chevron and stripes!) and more from Lover.ly in the gallery. Click through and let us know your favorite in the comments!
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One of the hallmarks of any wedding is when the bride and groom share their first piece of wedding cake. However, long before you cut into your cake, our vote is for you and your beau to make it a focal point at your wedding. By incorporating your wedding's style together with color, texture, and patterns your cake will have you and your guests saying wow.
We can't deny we will forever love simple white cakes with fresh flowers, but take a moment to browse through the gallery of eye popping creative cakes. Which do you prefer: simple and white or a cake with color? Let us know in the comments!
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This doesnt just happen with wedding gowns- as women, in general (or maybe it's just me?), we tend to do this with things like shoes, accessories, jeans...even home decor. We find something we ABSOLUTELY LOVE, buy it and then continue to browse or window shop and then it happens: we find something that we think we like better than our original choice. Its maddening! With wedding gowns potentially costing more than a month's salary these days, having dress regret can cost you. Literally. Here are three ways to avoid dress regret and stay in love with your gown.
1. Don't Continue to Browse!
Obviously, this is a given. But you wouldn't believe how hard it is to just keep browsing gowns online. The lace, the beads, the dupioni silk...it sucks you in and before you know it, it's 3:00 in the morning and you've pinned an entire board's worth of just trumpet style gowns. Ladies: you've got to walk away (or close that browser!). Chances are, you'll just compare every
- Lover.ly | Love + Sex – Wed, Apr 10, 2013 3:46 PM EDT
It's the perfect time of year to plan a daytime wedding at a local barn or farm. The weather in most parts of the country is warming up, flowers are starting to bloom, the green is returning to grounds...and while you might not associate the word "farm" with the word "chic," we've got ideas that will make you want to say "yee-haw!" right along-side your fancy toasts.
Farm settings for a wedding-or any party- don't always have to be built around a bar-be-que grill, checkered tablecloths and paper plates. Let's take it up a notch (or 10!) and display wild flowers in collected glass bottles, use local fruit or produce in part of your tablescape, and instead of hot dogs and burgers, why not serve your guests some of the local, in season offerings and give them a taste of your hometown. We're thinking casual and classy...but still loaded with detailed, personal touches.
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By Carly Totten, Lover.lyRead More »from Thinking About Not Taking Engagement Photos? Think Again. Here's Why
The decision to hire a photographer is an easy one. After your wedding, you will only be left with the memories you have of the day and the photos taken to capture them. However, many couples struggle with the decision to take engagement photos. When you stop and really think about it, though, you will want to remember the sweet time of being engaged just as much as your wedding day (even if this time is spent busily planning your wedding). In addition, many photographers include an engagement session into your package price, so why not take advantage of it?
Still not convinced? Here are our top three reasons from Lover.ly why you should take up your photographer's offer and take engagement photos.
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Photo by: Kate Triano on Bayside Bride via Lover.ly
1. Get to know your photographer: Beyond your initial consult, you will likely talk to your photographer several other times. However, those chats will likely occur over the phone. Because you will be spending