Let’s Talk Wedding Fashion!

Let’s Talk Wedding Fashion!

This one is for the bride, groom, parents, and wedding party so get ready! I’ve been so excited to write this as I thought everyone looked so good! I was so happy everyone felt beautiful and handsome and we did it all while trying to find affordable options for our wedding party.

Since we knew many of our party had to travel, we tried being as considerate as possible with the expenses they would have and wedding attire was one we thought a lot about. I was able to help pick dresses for both moms and I loved that they were both so different, but both were so glam and had similar fits. The dads looked great too and had suits tailored perfectly for them! I’ll break this all down by attire, jewelry and accessories, and shoes. Let me know if you have any questions!

Attire: Dan & The Groomsmen

Dan & the Groomsmen purchased their suits from Next and you can choose the fit of your suit, which I think went over well. Just as I wanted my bridesmaids to pick dresses they would feel good in, Dan wanted to make sure the fit of the suit for the groomsmen needed little to no tailoring and fit their style. Dan wore a dark grey suit with the groomsmen wearing light grey, both suit options had multiple fit options from regular to slim.

Now, we gifted the tie and pocket squares to the guys. We had 13 guys to buy items for so we found pocket squares on Amazon and despite the name, cheap neckties was the place to go. It allowed bulk ordering for good quality ties. We were looking for ties with a bit of “texture” to them that would make the suits classic and re-wearable, so we went with a light grey to match! If you are like me and didn’t mind not having the ties not match the bridesmaid dresses, but compliment them, then this would be a great site for you!

For Dan, we went with a floral colored tie to match the wedding and for a unique twist. We purchased his tie and pocket square from Dazi, which shipped quickly, looked great with his suit, and matched the bridesmaids so well! I also surprised him with a few gifts to wear. He wore a tie clip and cufflinks and one of the new watches I got him. You can see those details below!

Attire: Me & My Bridesmaids

Unfortunately due to COVID, not all of my girls could make it, but they all had their dresses. We were able to create a showroom on Azazie to set up ordering and have the dress in a similar dye batch. We went with sky blue dresses and everyone picked a dress they loved on their body. The only parameters I gave was the color, length, and fabric since the color shifts with different fabric. There were hundreds of options and some of my girls tried on dresses at home before buying which I highly recommend! We were able to buy them during Azazie’s big sale for Cyber Monday.

Before my wedding, we hosted a beautiful rehearsal dinner hosted by Dan’s parents and I got the fitted dress on sale from David’s Bridal. I loved the sequin leaf detail and how casual, yet elegant it was. It was so different from my actual wedding dress, which made me love it even more! I got it tailored to not need a bra, but I did wear Spanx shorts.

For myself, I spoke about finding my dress here, but I was always looking for something with a classic A- line silhouette, long train and unique texture and I found it in the “Meryl” dress by Maggie Sottero! I loved the delicate polka dots, shimmer in the beading, and the back was beautiful. The top was a low v but the girls were in and honestly, my chest is a feature of my body I never hid before, so I didn’t plan on hiding it on my wedding day. For our last private dance and exit, I wore my new jean jacket I made with my new monogram, it’s honestly become one of my favorite things to wear!

Attire: The Parents

Dan’s dad got a light grey suit with gold accents from Men’s Warehouse. My Godfather was able to get his suit from a local suit shop in Rochester, which was such a fun experience! The moms both had glam dresses with similar sequin detail. Dan’s mom, in blue/green, got her dress from Dillard’s and my Godmother, in pink/rose gold, got her dress from Macy’s!

Jewelry & Accessories

As I mentioned, I gifted Dan a few things and one of them was the watch he wore for the wedding. As I mentioned, he also wore a tie clip and cufflinks I got him that matched.

I decided against a necklace and bracelet and kept it simple with earrings, a ring, and hair comb. I splurged on the Stella Dareth Colburn comb, wore a ring that matched from Lini + Pop, and got my earrings; which I’ve been drooling over forever, from David’s Bridal. I also choose to wear a veil for the ceremony and went with a crystal beaded cathedral veil. My something blue, old, and borrowed was a piece of my grandmother’s jewelry. It’s a blue bracelet that I put around my bouquet.

Other than ourselves, I also gifted my bridesmaids their earrings– with my maid of honor having a different pair, and gave a jewelry set to my Godmother as well to match her dress!

Shoes

For shoes, we were not picky by any means. We simply asked the groomsmen to wear a brown colored dress shoes and the bridesmaids to wear a nude colored shoe. As for Dan and I, we found shoes we really wanted and knew we would re-wear and cherish. Dan decided on a pair of Steve Madden dress shows for rehearsal dinner and a pair of Stacy Adams Dickinson Oxford dress shoes in cognac. For me, I wanted a lower heel for comfort, but knew I would want a sneaker to change into. I found my heels sooner than my sneakers and went with the classic Betsy Johnson Mari sandaled heels and to try. Then to match the height and avoid dragging my dress, I purchased the J/Slides Hippie in blush, but they were peach looking which I loved!

You can shop most items through the links I included. I also have items linked on LiketoKnow.it as well! Let me know if you have any questions.

xx Alicia

Wedding DIYs

Wedding DIYs

I wouldn’t call myself crafty, but I am creative. Once I started building my wedding themed board on Pinterest, I was determined to make a few things to personalize my day. Little did I know the time I would put in and how much I procrastinated. I’ll go through all the DIYs and designs I created and then talk through how I did them. I’ll openly admit not everything I had planned, I ended up completing. There were a few things I sent out to be made at the end of the day, which honestly was less stressful.

Signs:

I was adamant in wanting signs that would match my wedding and were “floating”. I like the look of them, so I decided to focus my time on my welcome sign, bar sign, and seating chart. I’ve included some progress photos and what they looked like at the wedding! Here’s how I did it with the help of one of my bridesmaids, Katie.

Stands are from Ikea | Plywood from Lowe’s: One sheet of plywood was cut to three 2.5ft x 3.5ft boards | Zip Ties | Gold Spray Paint | A small drill | Cricut Machine, Heat Press & HTV | Gold Washi Tape | Paint

I spray painted the zip ties gold to match the washi tape. I primed all the boards and painted them white and then added slices of my wedding colors to each. All the lettering is all black vinyl that I ironed onto the wood after everything was dry. Jager’s picture for the bar and the washi tape went on last with some added help from some super glue and adhesive to ensure it all stayed in place! We included our monogram we used for the wedding and the hashtag for pictures!

Additional Vinyl Projects:

I also took advantage of my Cricut by doing some of the smaller details like my new monogram jean jacket, card box, some trays, our unity sign, and our ring box! I also made a ton of gifts for the wedding party, but that will be a separate post, so stay tuned! The unity sign and ring box were also iron on vinyl and the monogramed trays I completed was normal vinyl encased in resin! The trays held our koozies and the masks and hand sanitizer.

Table Numbers: I purchased wood numbers and reused the gold spray print, simple, pretty and easy!

Frames: For items I lost motivation for or just felt that frames were easier, I used vellum and blue marbled paper for additional signs. I did this for my “COVID” sign with hand sanitizer and masks, the guest book, the champagne tower signs, the small bar sign and the remembrance sign.

You can see examples of all the items mentioned above in some of the pictures below!

Lastly, I told myself that I would be DIY’ing our menus and cake topper and well, that just didn’t happen! I went back to Truly Engaging where we got all our stationary and ordered our menus to match our invites. As for the cake topper, I naturally tapped a local business to design and create it for me. You can check out Simple & Sentimental if you’re looking for a beautiful, customizable, and affordable cake topper for any occasion and so much more! Here’s how they turned out…you’ll get to see the late night snack I surprised Dan with!

Don’t be discouraged if you want to DIY, you’ll figure it out! Let me know if you have any questions about the DIYs I did or need links! Thanks for reading and happy planning!

xx Alicia

5 Reasons I Picked Zola For My Wedding Website

5 Reasons I Picked Zola For  My Wedding Website

Let’s kick off the Wedding Rewind series with one of the first decisions I made – my wedding website! I looked at just about every website you could think of and finally landed on Zola. I couldn’t have been happier with the choice and am still enjoying it now as I have been completing thank you cards and wrapping up our registry.

Although I loved my experience with Zola, I will also point out a few things I learned along the way and features they’re still working on. Zola has vendor help, stationary, a store, a place to go to for help and the actual wedding website all as options. The good was far greater than the bad, so let’s jump into it!

The Webpage: I loved the web page structure and functionality. You could link straight to your airports, hotels and even book your block through them. They had a great banner you could utilize for your COVID update to guests and the natural graphics that came with many of the designs were great. Such as the interactive map when you linked places your guests could go visit and explore while in town. The pages were easy to navigate and personalize, which was a big bonus!

The one call out I have on the webpage is that Zola does not currently offer domain masking. So I purchased a domain to match our hashtag and it routed to our wedding website, but the domain then switched to the Zola URL. A small detail, but important to point out.

Online RSVP Feature: Almost all wedding websites have this feature, but I loved the setup on Zola. I simply downloaded their template and copy and pasted our guest list over to it. Anyone on the list that had missing information, we simply sent a note through email that Zola helps automate for you. It was user friendly and so quick. The RSVP process was also painless. We had online RSVPs only and we were able to capture all the details needed from guests.

Dan helped me a lot to track these RSVPs down and I think it’s an added bonus when your groom can navigate the website well!

The Theme Options: I think there’s a theme for everyone! Classy, beachy, modern, art deco and more. The themes were simple in a way that your page could shine and showcase your big day which I appreciated. There were no extra edits needed and you have complete flexibility of which pages to use and show on your website. This came in handy when we closed RSVPs and when we had to update our event tab due to COVID impacting some of our plans. The bonus to the themes is that they have matching wedding stationary as well!

Photo by Erin Costa

The Registry & Zola Store: Holy sales and all things wedding . Zola always has such amazing sales going on for the store and stationary! I purchased some items from the store for my bachelorette (that got postponed) and it was so convenient. The registry was easily one of my favorite features! It was easy to link our registries at other stores, but before doing so, we found that so many items we had on those registries were in the Zola store and sometimes for better deals! It was a no brainer to set up our registry to be predominately Zola. Our guests mentioned the ease for check out and that it was easy to navigate. We also found that the cash and exchange features were seamless and customer service rocked!

The one lesson I learned it to build your registry for Zola in the google browser and get the extension! For anything that you want to put on your registry outside of Zola, just open the site, click the item and hit your Zola plug in! It grab the information and picture off the page for you to add right into your registry. I originally save all my photos of items outside of Zola to manually upload until I found that magic button…oh the time I would have saved!

The People & Community: It was such a bonus to learn about the Zola Facebook group! The women in the group are so helpful and we all just want to support and uplift each other – especially with all the changes COVID brought on. At one point this summer many brides took to a post and gifted each other items off their registries. It was an amazing experience and many gifts came with thoughtful notes. You can read more here, where some of us brides share our experience! It is always so helpful to have a community of women who are there to help you, but the group also has Zola employees to help provide guidance and help any chance they can!

You have so many brides sharing their big day and it’s like an added bonus on top of all the Pinterest boards you’ve been making. I personally know I loved the ides of champagne before the ceremony, but a wall wouldn’t fit my venue. I saw a bride with beautiful shelves and knew that was perfect for my space. You have no idea how the little things like that can be so helpful!

If you’re looking for a site, I highly recommend Zola. Happy planning and let me know which wedding website you used!

xx Alicia