Dancing in the Rain: How to Prepare for a Rainy Day Wedding

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Carla Ten Eyck via Style Me Pretty

As some of you might recall, I am a big fan of inclement weather. No sun? No problem! A Tennessee winter is relatively mild, yes, but I am still planning for low temperatures and some form of precipitation. That said, rain, sleet, or snow can cause some major issues for your upcoming wedding day. Here are a few tips to help you plan your wedding day weather-contingency plan!

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For the bride: Think waterproof makeup and a no-panic approach to what you cannot control. You can hope for the best but prepare for what you can. If you’re worried about rain, make sure you bring your favorite water-repellent outerwear.

If you’re worried about snow, grab a cozy knit sweater or your favorite pea coat. Either way, I’d recommend sporting waterproof cosmetics. A spontaneous photoshoot + rain + mascara + your gorgeous white dress could quickly become a less than photogenic affair.

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Katherine Birkbeck Photography

For the wedding party: Help prepare them for the upcoming inclement exposure with rainboots and umbrellas. If you have the funds, you might consider supplying your nearest and dearest with individual articles of brightly colored rain gear. You can purchase umbrellas for less than $3 apiece at Amazon.com or IKEA.

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Totally unique getting ready attire that you and your bridesmaids will love

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Jill Thomas Photography via Style Me Pretty

The mimosas will be flowing and you’ll be surrounded by your best friends. These girls have been by your side through the best times and it makes sense that your most exciting moment leading up to the aisle will be with them by your side. Part of the wedding morning most brides leave until the last few weeks is what they’ll wear when they are getting ready. Not only can beautiful and unique attire make for some stunning photos, but it’s another way to bring cohesion into your wedding day. The key to any getting ready attire is to make sure the hair that you’ve just had done doesn’t get messed up! So what are your options?!

1. Let’s talk robes!

One of the best gifts to yourself and bridesmaids is a robe that can be worn again after your wedding. I’ve been in two weddings as a bridesmaid and the bride gifted all the girls a robe to fit our personality! So even though the robes were different, there was still a uniform look that brought us all together. From Plum Pretty Sugar to Etsy shops – you’re sure to find some great deals!

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getting ready attire for brides and bridesmaids: robes, monograms, rompers, and more!

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getting ready attire for brides and bridesmaids: robes, monograms, rompers, and more!

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Five Tips for Styling Wedding Tables

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Last year, I spent the day observing internationally acclaimed stylists Pearl & Godiva set up for a beautiful wedding in an old Irish estate (in that gorgeous image above!). I arrived earlier on the morning of the wedding and lent a hand while everything for the wedding tables was being unpacked and unwrapped. Just that phase felt like it took forever! And it did, in part because it was a large wedding with lots of tables to set, but also because the stylists at Pearl & Godiva are masters of their craft. It was such a treat to watch them work and I tried to pick up as many tips for styling wedding tables as I could throughout the day.

As you’re planning your wedding, you’re probably scanning photo after photo of beautiful tables, like the ones in this post. But you might be finding it difficult to figure out exactly why a table’s style works so well. Well, I’ve broken down five tips for styling wedding tables that will make your planning process a little simpler. Let’s look at what makes the most beautiful wedding tables so you’ll know what to look for in yours!

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5 things every bride must know about choosing wedding colors

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Kimberly Chau Photography

Picking your wedding colors is never an easy task. After all, the colors you pick are going to be the ones that appear and reappear throughout your wedding day, so you’ve got to love them! But how is a bride to decide, with all the pretty hues out there? And how will you know which colors to pick and pair together? Here are some of our tips:

  • What does your venue look like? Are you having an outdoor ceremony or an indoor ceremony? There might be some colors in the venue’s natural scenery that might inspire you — think dark plums for a vineyard wedding, or blues for the beach.
  • What season will you be married in? Warm, muted autumn colors might look strange in a springtime ceremony, and those springtime pastels might be out of place in your fall wedding.
  • Think about your bridesmaids. What colors do you see them in? Many brides actually choose their wedding colors after picking out their bridesmaids dresses.
  • Look for inspiration everywhere. I’ve seen weddings whose colors have been inspired by the smallest things — the colors in a favorite patterned blazer, or the hues of a bouquet.
  • Create an inspiration board on Pinterest — however, be very picky with what you Pin. Pinning indiscriminately is fun, but at the end of the day you’ll have a board without a cohesive look or feel. Choose a Pin that you absolutely love, and build a board around the colors, textures, and lighting in that one photo.

One of our favorite looks is sunshine yellow paired with dusty, elegant gray. This color combination is bright and cheery without coming off too bold, as the gray gives the look a more muted feel. Perfect for the springtime throughout the summer, yellow and gray works well with nearly every venue. However, we particularly love the look for weddings taking place in country clubs, backyards, and modern, white reception spaces.

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