6 Wedding Dress Trends You’ll See A Lot of in 2017

October's New York Bridal Fashion Week presented to the world the hottest wedding dress trends for 2017.  Bridal fashion is where clothing design and art meet tradition, and it never ceases to amaze me.  From bows to sleeves, here are a few of my favorites looks that I think we'll be seeing everywhere this year!

Blush
Nope, it's not going anywhere anytime soon.  Blush is still hot, hot, hot.  Consider yourself a classic bride?  Maybe you don't see yourself in blush, and that's A-OK.  If you're the type of girl who doesn't mind being the center of attention, a non-white wedding dress just might be for you.  If you're somewhere in the middle, blush is a great compromise.  It's airy, romantic, and downright lovely.

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Bows
This just might be my favorite of all the hot new looks.  Bows bring a dose of femininity and a demure vibe to any wedding dress, no matter how modern.  Whether it's a huge, focal-point in the back or a dainty one at the waist, bows will be everywhere.  I'm not mad about it.

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Capes
Really want to make a statement?  Wear a cape.  Channel your inner super hero and embrace this bridal trend that will certainly leave all of your guests talking.  Lace, satin, or even tulle, no matter the fabric, you'll definitely turn heads.

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Interesting Backs
Make a statement leaving a room with an interesting back.  This trend came on the scene a few years ago and I'm so happy that it has some staying power.  Lace ups, buttons galore, or even a giant bow (see above!), an interesting back will mean your wedding dress will leave a lasting impression.

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One Shoulder Necklines
Party on the left, business on the right.  A one shoulder neckline screams glamour.  But depending on the style of the dress, it can work on a boho bride just as well as it can on a classic princess.  I dare you to give it a try.  You just might fall in love.

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Sleeves
You can thank Kate Middleton for this one.  Ever since her wedding, sleeves are all over the place.  Cap, short, or even long, sleeves are classic and feminine.  The look of sleeves can even be created with a shrug or capelet.  A perfect alternative for fall and winter brides who want to party later!

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What trend do you love?  Any that you dislike?  Will you be wearing any of them on your wedding day?  Comment below!

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Win an Engagement Session with Oakwood Photo & Video!

Good news, Burgh Brides fans!  You could win a FREE engagement session with Oakwood Photo & Video!  As if that isn't sweet enough, the winner will also receive an extra hour of coverage on their wedding day.  AH-MAZ-ING!

Oakwood is one of my FAVORITE photo/video teams and their boho, whimsy, rustic style is ethereal, folksy, and fun all at the same time.  Plus, Alexa and Wes are just about the two nicest people you'll meet…ever.  For more of their photo and video work, check them out in the Vendor Guide.

So how to enter???  Head on over to my Instagram page, look for this photo, and find out!  But don't wait…this giveaway only runs through Friday.  So what are you waiting for?  Go!  Like right now.

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How to Plan a Wedding: The First 5 Things You Need to Do

The question has been asked, the engagement has been announced, and you’ve shown off that sparkly ring.  Now, you probably find yourself Googling “How to Plan a Wedding” because the reality of the situation has finally set it – YOU NEED TO PLAN A WEDDING AND YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHERE TO START.  Lucky for you, I’m here with the five things you need to do first!

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1.) (and most importantly) Set a budget. Before you spend one dime, make one wedding decision, or basically do anything else, you need to determine a budget. This will impact almost every other aspect of the wedding, and you don’t want to start off in the hole.  Do some research on how much weddings cost.  They aren’t cheap.  As a matter of fact, the average wedding costs around $32k.  That doesn’t mean you have to have a $32k wedding, but you do need to be realistic about how much dough is needed to throw a huge party for 100ish of your friends and family.  So do your homework.  Then, have an honest conversation with your fiancé, and perhaps even with each of your parents (here are a few tips on how to do that!), and come up with a number that everyone is comfortable with.  Then, STICK TO IT.  A wedding is NOT worth a mountain of debt.

2.) Draft your guest list.  Start off by writing down every single person you’d want to invite to your wedding if money were no object.  But of course, money is an object and whatever your determined budget is will greatly impact how many invites you can dish out.  Have your fiancé write down his or her dream guest list as well, and then each of you consult your parents to make sure you didn’t forget anyone.  Then, start making cuts until you’re in a place where your guest count is realistic with how much money you plan on spending.

3.) Determine a style.  I think nailing down your wedding style early will save you time in the long run.  Have you always envisioned a princess dress and getting married in a big ballroom?  Is the grittiness of an old warehouse more your vibe?  Love the outdoors and want to dance all night under the stars?  The answers to these questions and others like them will help you determine your wedding style.  Sure, the vibe may change and adapt a bit as your wedding draws near.  But I think it’s super important to know what kind of wedding you’re dreaming of, especially before doing the next two steps.

4.) Set a date.  Whether it’s a date that is meaningful to you and your better half, one that works best with work/school schedules, or a day that is totally random, you need to decide WHEN you’ll be getting married.  At the very least, have a general time frame in mind if you’re flexible with dates.  This will allow you to hire vendors (see next step), choose colors, and a make a myriad of other decisions.

5.) Book priority vendors.  Securing a venue first!  It will be the backdrop to 75% of your wedding day and it should coincide with the style you’ve determined.  Find one that best suits your vibe, guest count, and wallet!  Booking a wedding planner (if you’re hiring one, and I highly recommend you do) and a photographer should be the next items crossed off your to-do list.  Other providers like a florist, caterer, DJ, and videographer should be considered after that.

There are a whole lot of other steps that follow, but these first five are a great start to the wedding planning adventure!  No matter what you do, remember to have fun!  This is supposed to be one of the happiest, most joyous times of your life…don’t let the stress of it all ruin that for you.

What were the first few steps you took in the wedding planning process?  Have you crossed any of these items off of your to do list yet?  Comment below!

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Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery

Are you as in love with the Pantone Color of the Year as I am?  Greenery is a shade that reminds me of spring – it's fresh, organic, vibrant, and revitalizing.  Pantones describe it as “symbolic of new beginnings” and what is more of a new beginning than a wedding?  Celebrate the start of your new life with your new spouse (and maybe a new last name) by incorporating the color of greenery into your big day.  Here are a few ways how!

Invitations & Stationery
Your wedding invites are one of the first glimpse guests will have of your big day's style.  Start off on the right foot by using greenery in your suite.  Looking for designs that include fresh florals or foliage, like this Botanical Branches design from Pittsburgh's own and Burgh Brides Vendor Guide member Fresh Cut Prints!  Keep the look alive by using the same graphics throughout your wedding day paper – everything from menu cards to table numbers to favor tags.

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Setting
When it comes to a venue, look for one that brings the outdoors inside.  Think of an open feel with lots of natural light and fresh greens.  Try Phipps or the Fox Chapel Golf Club!  If you have your heart set on another reception location, you can still bring some greenery to your bridal portraits.  Set out with your photographer to the prettiest hillside or landscape you can find!

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Fox Chapel Golf Club; Photo by hotmetalstudio; Flowers by The Blue Daisy Floral Designs

Bridesmaids Dresses
While a dress in the greenery color might be a bit much, you can still work it in to your ladies' look in a subtle way.  Opt for a print, like the Jenny Yoo Floral Collection available at my favorite Bella Bridesmaids.  This local Burgh Brides dressed her gals in this mod design from Anthropologie and they looked like a million bucks!

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Florals
Flower lovers are in luck this year!  One of the easiest ways to use greenery in your wedding day is with the florals.  Of course, you can use foliage – think ferns, eucalyptus, and even oak, maple, or magnolia leaves – but there are also a TON of pretty blooms available.  Green cymbidium orchids, hypericum berries, hellebore, bells of Ireland, green trick dianthus, lisianthus, and viburnum, just to name a few!  Even the tips of snapdragons fit the bill!  And don't forget the cake!

Accessories
Can't imagine greenery all over?  Choose some accessories in this color for a more subtle way of working it into your wedding day.  I love that this Burgh couple choose green socks for him and a green clutch and darling peep toes for her!

Decor
From vintage rental pieces to vignette backdrops, you can work greenery into the decor of your reception in numerous ways.  It doesn't get more perfect than the Emily settee from my friends at Vintage Alley Rentals, but you can also try linens or accessories, like the Moss Atlas tablecloth or Largo pillow from Event Source.

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What do you think?  Do you like greenery?  Will you be incorporating it into your wedding?  Comment below!  And then check out my Pinterest board for even more greenery wedding inspiration!

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Best of 2016: Wedding Moments

So many wedding moments from this past year have just given me all the feels.  A good laugh between a bride and her girls while they're getting ready, the always favorite first look, a dad's tears as he walks his girl down the aisle, the excitement as a bride and groom are pronounced husband and wife, a quiet kiss during portraits, an emotional mother/son dance, grandma as she boogies on the dance floor…these are what matters most on a wedding day.  MOMENTS.  You'll forget what your flowers looked like, you won't remember the food.  But you'll always cherish those moments!  Here are the best ones from 2016!

What was your favorite moment from the past year?  Comment below!

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And with that, I'm signing off for 2016!  I'll be quiet next week but I look forward to seeing you all in the new year!

 

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Best of 2016: Wedding Details & Ideas

Wedding details are my love language.  Seriously.  If you want to get to my heart's epicenter, show me a beautifully designed tablescape or a thoughtful way a bride incorporated a family heirloom or what a couple did to honor the friend who introduced them.  These ideas, while seemingly small, are what makes a wedding a distinct, meaningful event when added all together.  While your love should definitely be the focus of your wedding day, don't forget all the nitty gritty details.  Here are my absolute favorites featured on Burgh Brides in the past year!

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A polka dot and striped wedding cake at this chic navy & gold wedding; Photo by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

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This bride and groom's initials engraved into the groom's tie bar at this fresh outdoor wedding; Photo by AdLiv Collective

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Coolest ceremony site ever? Jamie & Jason said I Do in an alley on the North Side before their artsy wedding; Photo by Anthony Wincko Photography

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Potted succulents serve as escort cards and favors at this shabby chic wedding; Photo by Lauren Renee Designs

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Julie wore sequin Kate Spade sneakers to her glamorous winter wedding; Photo by Ann Louise Photography

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Chelsea wrote her “somethings” in her ceremony program at her sparkly Tiffany Blue wedding; Photo by Kristen Wynn Photography

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Antique pieces and decor from the couple's home decorated this heartfelt, intimate elopement; Photo by All Heart Photo & Video

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A build-your-own-bouquet bar was the perfect thank you gift for a woodsy, organic wedding; Photo by hotmetalstudio

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This classic pink & green wedding was interrupted by a flash mob performed for the bride and groom; Photo by Sal & Bella Weddings

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

Alexis and Brad brewed their own beer for their purple ombre wedding, complete with custom labels; Photo by Sky's the Limit Photography

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With a graphic designer-bride, this pumpkin inspired fall farm wedding had one heck of a personalized invitation suite; Photo by Dawn Derbyshire Photography

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I'm kind of obsessed with the color of these bridesmaids dresses at this marsala and blush wedding; Photo by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

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Polaroids strung up on a clothesline served as a cool guest book alternative at this artsy wedding; Photo by Anthony Wincko Photography

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Guests at this art deco wedding were treated to custom tins of coffee grounds from local Allegheny Coffee & Tea Exchange; Photo by Ryan Zarichnak Photography

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This coral & gold terrace wedding was decorated with plenty of bistro lights, tissue poms, paper lanterns, and the cutest cookie table sign; Photo by Madeline Jane Photography

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At her romantic springtime wedding, Kate let her hometown pride shine with her Pittsburgh Pirates garter; Photo by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

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Best wedding band ever? Kool & the Gang performed at this soft, romantic wedding; Photo by Laurel Mountain Photography

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

Sequin runners, circular menu cards, and lots of gold details made for a beautiful tablescape at this bright wedding; Photo by Michael Will Photography

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

Vintage books cut into letters were perfect for the librarian bride of this pop up wedding; Photo by Nicole Cassano Photography

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

At this charming, laid-back wedding, Molly and Jeff said I Do while surrounded by their loved ones; Photo by Rachel Rowland Photography

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

The bride and groom of this outdoor wedding handmade their antique doorknob table numbers; Photo by AdLiv Collective

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The sparkly pumps of this romantic springtime wedding are giving me serious shoe envy; Photo by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

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One highlight of this dazzling, contemporary wedding was the branded, customized bar; Photo by SkySight Photography

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This ivory & gold wedding started off with a traditional SKUP to celebrate the couple's Serbian heritage; Photo by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

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A twist on the lock bridges of Paris served as the guest book at this purple ombre wedding; Photo by Sky's the Limit Photography

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

Each bridesmaid (and bridesman!) let everyone know how they met the bride of this pumpkin inspired fall farm wedding; Photo by Dawn Derbyshire Photography

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

Chelsea took an excerpt from her diary about her now-groom and printed in on the ceremony program of her Tiffany Blue wedding; Photo by Kristen Wynn Photography

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

A flair bartender entertained guests during this classic black & white wedding; Photo by Time Smart Images

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

PGH Taco Truck was the perfect night cap after this artsy wedding; Photo by Anthony Wincko Photography

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

Each groomsman sported cuff links of their favorite sports team at this glamorous winter wedding; Photo by Ann Louise Photography

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Fireworks over PNC Park made for an EPIC ending to this springtime wedding; Photo by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

Metallic gold confetti dots on a wedding cake? You know this detail from an emerald winter wedding is right up my alley; Photo by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

An otherwise simple but sweet wedding was kicked off by ceremony in the Steelers Room of the Heinz History Center; Photo by BNK Photo

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A popcorn bar was positively perfect for this pop up wedding; Photo by Nicole Cassano Photography

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

I love the foil and stripes of the invite to this coral & gold wedding; Photo by Madeline Jane Photography

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

White pumpkins, lanterns, and laser cuts were a winning combination at this fall farm wedding; Photo by Dawn Derbyshire Photography

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

Pitt's ROC made a surprise appearance at this purple ombre wedding; Photo by Sky's the Limit Photography

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

An entire ROOM was dedicated to desserts, candy, sundaes, and more at this dazzling wedding; Photo by SkySight Photography

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This glamorous winter wedding wrapped up with photos in the snow at sunset; Photo by Ann Louse Photography

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

I love the encouragement from this bar sign at this navy & gold wedding; Photo by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

Kristen and her bridesmaids wore matching floral robes while getting ready for the outdoor wedding; Photo by AdLiv Collective

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

Mismatched vintage china, antique books, and chalkboard signs decorated this shabby chic wedding; Photo by Lauren Renee Designs

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

The program ceremony of this garden inspired wedding featured cartoon drawing of the bridal party; Photo by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

Seating assignments hung from embroidery hoops decorated with fresh boxwood at this fall farm wedding; Photo by Dawn Derbyshire Photography

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

Jo & Mike wore matching flamingo Vans to go with their coral & gold wedding color scheme; Photo by Madeline Jane Photography

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

The groom of this outdoor wedding had a secret message printed on the tag of the bride's wedding dress; Photo by AdLiv Collective

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

The florals and decor of this emerald winter wedding were EVERYTHING; Photo by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

Guests of this outdoor wedding were greeted with a giant, hand-lettered chalkboard welcome sign; Photo by AdLiv Collective

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

Bridesmaid dresses of various shades made the theme of this purple ombre wedding come alive; Photo by Sky's the Limit Photography

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

Looking for a mother of the bride gift idea? How about this one from Kate's springtime wedding? Photo by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

Seed packets invited guests to be “seeded” at this garden inspired wedding; Photo by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

This bride and groom were showered in confetti after saying I Do at their bright, whimsical wedding; Photo by Michael Will Photography

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

Hand-painted scripture signs decorated the ceremony site of this fall farm wedding; Photo by Dawn Derbyshire Photography

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

Friends and family signed Jenga pieces in lieu of a traditional guest book at this fresh outdoor wedding; Photo by AdLiv Collective

Best of Burgh Brides 2016: Wedding Details

Pittsburgh details aren't just for Burgh Brides. These guys wore black and gold sock at this springtime wedding; Photo by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

What was your favorite wedding detail from the past year?  Comment below!

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Local Gift Ideas for the Newly Engaged

Affiliate-LinkWith proposal season in full swing, I'm sure you know a person or two who just popped the question.  Congrats to them!  Kill two birds with one stone by shopping small and local AND celebrating their new relationship status.  Here are my favorite gift ideas for the newly engaged, all of them from small businesses based right here in Pittsburgh!

Fun Home Goods
From drink ware with catchy phrases to love-declaring throw pillows and everything in between, locally based Sweet Water Decor has loads of cute, chic products that can help any girl (or guy!) celebrate their newly engaged-dom.

Art Print
This watercolor love quote art print would be a sweet reminder on the wall of the home of an engaged couple.  It's all hand-lettered and hand-painted by Pittsburgh's own Fresh Cut Prints!  They also make incredibly gorgeous wedding day stationery.  Check them out in the Vendor Guide!

Custom Return Address Stamp
Speaking of home, my friends at Blush Paper Co. offer the cutest self-inking return address stamps.  The newlyweds will be sending lots of thank you notes so give them a hand by making the upper left hand corner of each envelope nice and easy.  You can find Blush Paper Co. in the Vendor Guide too!

More Bling
Hit up Chloe + Isabel from local consultant and Burgh Brides vendor Amy Hart for some seriously stunning accessories that will almost rival that new rock.  Give her a head start with her bridal look with one of these statement necklaces, both of which would look incredible paired with a wedding dress.

Monogrammed Robe
Girlfriend changing her last name?  Let her show off her new initials with a custom monogrammed robe from locally-owned Fox Blossom Co.  It'll also come in handy on her wedding day when she's gettin' gorgeous!

Pop the Champagne
Or just serve up a champagne flute candle instead.  These custom creations from Soyil Candles are poured right here in Pittsburgh.  Her winter collection also features a Rose Champagne scent!

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Or Pour the Wine Mead
Mead is honey wine and it's deeeeelicious.  Everyone brings a bottle of wine or champagne to an engagement party.  Do something a little different and gift a bottle of local KingView Mead instead.  They even offer small, customizable bottles that can be used as wedding favors!

Get Glowing
Give a head start towards that bridal glow with Rutz Naturals skincare products.  All naturally (and locally!) made, Rutz products range from eye creams to serums to scrubs.  They'll have her skin wedding-ready in no time!

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Arm Candy
Why should the ring finger have all the fun?  Dress up her wrist with a few of Trending Above's crystal bracelets.  If these won't suit her fancy, this Pittsburgh jewelry designer has an entire collection geared towards brides and bridesmaids!

Burgh Bride Gear
My course my personal favorite gift idea is anything from the Burgh Brides shop!  Tees, tanks, tumblers, mugs, and more, I've got everything to help you or your girl have so much fun on the road to becoming a Burgh Bride!  SAVE 20% WITH CODE ENGAGED!!!

What do you think?  How will you be celebrating the newly engaged folks in your life?  Will it be with any of these locally made or sourced gifts?  Comment below!

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Best of 2016: Wedding Flowers

I'm kicking off the Best of Burgh Brides 2016 series today and first up is wedding flowers!  Money spent on wedding flowers is NEVER money wasted!  I'm all about saving a buck or two, but fresh florals are totally worth every.single.penny.  However, you don't always need to spend a fortune; sometimes the best flowers are dainty and demure.  Other times, my favorites have been bold and abundant.  It all depends on your style and what kind of impression you want to create.  While I've featured lots of pretty posies on the blog over the past year, here are the ones I've loved the most.

Yolanda & Nathan
What.a.show.stopper.  Yolanda's bouquet was absolutely breathtaking!  I've honestly never seen anything quite like it.  Big, bold, and beautiful…and picture perfect for her and Nathan's southern inspired wedding!

Flowers by Anna Roberts Floral; Photos by Wild Native Photography

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Kirstie & Troy
Um, first let's talk about this aisle decor.  Helloooooo gorgeous!  The floral arbor and rose petal aisle runner have me weak in the knees.  Don't even get me started on Kirstie's bouquet.  Overall, it may have been a soft, romantic wedding, but these flowers had the power to totally WOW!

Flowers by City Stems; Photos by Laurel Mountain Photography

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Jillian & Dan
An abundance of candlelight and a variety of centerpieces containing roses, lilies, ranunculus, and dusty miller brought romance and ambiance to this dreamy, beach inspired wedding.  Mirrored vases and even glass-pressed dried floral bases added a modern touch.  I can hear the waves crashing now…

Flowers by Hepatica; Photos by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

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Stephanie & Patrick
The flowers at this classic, art deco wedding were so SO gorgeous!  Want to know why?  Because the bride is a florist!  I wouldn't ever recommend DIY'ing your own wedding florals, unless that's what you actually do for a living, of course.  Stephanie's arrangements of roses and tulips were 100% perfection!

Flowers by The Blue Daisy Floral Designs; Photos by Ryan Zarichnak Photography

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Alexis & Brad
The varying shades of Alexis's bouquet fit right in with her purple ombre wedding.  My favorite part though was the long ribbons tied around the stems – so whismy!  Brad's boutonniere of an old skeleton key – an item that had a very special meaning at this wedding – was equally as charming.

Flowers by Mt. Lebanon Floral; Photos by Sky's the Limit Photography

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Stacy & Tim
This shabby chic wedding was one part romance, one part whimsical, and one part vintage.  Stacy's voluminous, textural bouquet, dainty boutonnieres, and a variety of curated centerpieces of flowers, old books, lace doilies, and antique tea cups were a beautiful combination.

Flowers by Destiny Hill Farm; Photos by Lauren Renee Designs

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Alyssa & Chris
I'm mildly obsessed with the dried wheat and lavender peeking out of Alyssa's bouquet.  What a nice touch to match her woodsy, organic wedding.  The neutral tones of white, light pink, and peach roses were just the right amount of color too.

Flowers by Cuttings; Photos by hotmetalstudio

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Tara & Marc
I absolutely looooove lavender, so I was thrilled to see so much of it at this romantic garden wedding.  In the bouquets, the centerpieces, even the boutonnieres.  The golden bird cages made a unique addition to an otherwise classic tablescape too!

Flowers by Budget Blossoms by Jilliann; Photos by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

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Sarah & Adam
WOW!  That's the only word that can describe the florals at this emerald winter wedding.  Tall, flowering bundles of magnolia leaves overflowing out of gold metallic vases, greenery cascading down candelabras, and blooms dripping from the lighting fixtures.  Luxurious, modern, chic, and about a million other good adjectives!

Flowers by Hens and Chicks; Photos by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

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What flowers from 2016 did you love best?  What made them your favorite?  Comment below, and then keep your eyes peeled for the rest of the Best of 2016 series throughout this month!

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Shop the Burgh Brides Black Friday Sale!

Start your Black Friday shopping early in the Burgh Brides shopSave 20% with code GIVETHANKS now through Monday.  Kick off proposal season with your favorite gear that lets everyone know you're a soon-to-be Burgh Bride!  Tees, tanks, mugs, tumblers, and more for you or that newly engaged friend (hello gift idea!)!  Happy shopping, loves!

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11 Ways to Honor Lost Loved Ones on Your Wedding Day

If you’re looking for a few special and creative ways to honor lost loved ones on your wedding day, today’s post is for you.  Whether it’s a grandparent, great aunt or uncle, or even parent or sibling who has passed away, paying tribute to them on your special day can be a lovely touch and even help in the healing process if the loss was a recent one.  However, deciding just how to do this can be a difficult decision.  You’ll want to strike a balance between a heartfelt memorial and still maintaining the joyous vibe of the day.  From sweet and subtle to larger gestures, here are 11 ideas that will do just that.

1.) Carry them in (or over) your heart. We’ve all heard E. E. Cummings’s famous poem.  You can bring this literary work to life by wearing a photo of your loved one near your heart.  Ashley and Stefan both lost their fathers, but pinned their photos over their hearts on the day they exchanged vows.

If you prefer something a little quieter, pin the photos on the inside of your clothing, like this groom featured on Glamour and Grace did.

2.) Put their photo in a locket and pin it to your bouquet. You can carry their memory with you..literally.  Be like Burgh Bride Daniele and place your favorite photo of them in a locket (bonus points if it’s an heirloom and can be your Something Old) and ask your florist to pin it to the ribbon around your bridal bouquet.

3.) Carry or display one of their treasured possessions.  After her father passed away, bride Cris (of Kiss My Tulle) knew she had to honor him in a special way.  He was known for carrying a red bandana every day.  So she pinned some heart-shaped cut outs of one inside her and her little sister’s dresses, as well as placed one on an empty chair at the ceremony.

4.) Sew a bit of their clothing into your dress. Did they have a favorite shirt, sweater, or other article of clothing?  This bride cut out a heart-shaped swatch and had it sewn into the lining of her wedding dress.  A subtle gesture but still totally meaningful.

5.) Better yet, have something unique made out of their old clothing and give it a special place at your event. This bride had swatches of her mother’s clothes sewn into a canopy that hung over the chuppah.  It also included a piece of her grandmother’s wedding dress and a shirt that belong to her grandfather before he died.  Even I’m crying at this one.

6.) You could take the whole clothing idea one step further by taking a page out of this groom’s book. He had his grandfather’s suit remade into his own wedding day attire as a way of keeping his memory alive.

7.) Include a short message to or about them in your ceremony program. Everyone will read your words and I’m sure tears will be shed, but I’m also sure the sentiments will be well-received and appreciated.

8.) Save them a seat at the ceremony. Feel like they are physically present as you say I Do by reserving a special seat for them.  You can mark it with a framed photograph and even a fresh flower, like Ashley & Travis did.

9.) Display their photos are the reception. Often called a memorial table, this space can be where you honor those relatives who are gone but not forgotten.  Add a few candles and a sign or note expressing how much they meant to you for an extra special touch.  I love this display from Heather & Zach's brunch wedding last year.

10.) Dedicate a song to them. Was there a song that he or she just loved?  I mean knew-every-word-to-sang-it-at-the-top-of-their-lungs-loved?  Ask your DJ or band to play their old favorite in their honor.

11.) Feature their favorite dessert. The grandfather of this Hill City Bride suggested that the couple serve pie at the reception “because not everyone likes cake”.  When he passed away, she did just that.  If your loved one had a favorite dessert or cookie, be sure to have it there and call it out.

Are you honoring lost loved ones on your wedding day?  What special gestures are you planning?  Comment below with your other ideas on how to pay tribute to these special people.

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