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2013 Wedding Trends: Pleats!

Hello, loves! Happy Tuesday! Today we’re talking about one of our favorite hot new 2013 wedding trends: pleats! A pleat (also known as a plait) is a double or multiple fold, typically in garments. There are various of pleat styles used (like accordion, box, and knife) and pleats were originally used to provide movement of freedom in clothing. Today, pleats are often used for style, one we that seems to be popping up everywhere lately! Read on to see five hand-picked handmade items using pleats to inspire your upcoming wedding. Then, tell us… do you love pleats? Or is this a trend you’d on which you’d like to pass? Enjoy!

2013 Wedding Trend: Pleats!

1. Flower Girls in Pleated Dresses

My #1 essential rule of flower girl dresses? Twirlabiity. This particular style offers just that AND in an exceptional color palette with a flowing style she’ll love. By Nastershum Wedding.

pleated flower girl dresses

by nastershum wedding

2. The Pleated Bag

Gorgeous accessory shop, Lolos specializes in pleated bags… in fact, Lolo offers an incredible collection of pleated bags with romantic handmade rosettes. Plus, there are TONS of colors from which to choose.

pleated bridesmaid bag
pleated bridesmaid clutch

3. Pleated Gowns (+ Bridesmaid Dresses)

Ah… I know I’m not alone when I say that designer Claire La Faye can do no wrong. This stunning ‘Love Me Do’ bohemian wedding gown features silk chiffon and a diagonal row of organza and chiffon flowers with swoon-worthy silk pleating detail.

pleated wedding gown

dress by claire la faye, photo by jeff shanes

And… this pink pleated dress for bridesmaids? Incredible. By Wonderxue.

pleated wedding dress

by wonderxue

4. Pretty in Pearls + Pleats

Pleats aren’t limited to ensemble alone: incorporate this feminine style into your accessories, too, like your garter. This particular pleated garter (with pearls) is by Atelier Rousseau and I love it oh-so-much.

pleated pink garter by atelier rousseau

pleated garter by atelier rousseau

5. Pleated Ruffle Necklace

And, last but not least, take a peek at this pretty pleated necklace with ruffles by Femme Petal, a perfect gift for bridesmaids.

pleated necklace with ruffles

by femme petal

Discuss: Do you like pleats?

P.S. Crave creative handmade wedding ideas? Take a look here!

How to Plan a Modern Lace Wedding

Happy Tuesday! Today, we’re helping you plan a modern lace wedding with lovely little accents. If you thought lace was synonymous with old-fashioned, think again: we’ve found a collection of chic, modern lace wedding items to inspire a look you’ll love. Read on for more…

Lace Wedding Details

Add a lovely lace bolero or jacket to your wardrobe, like this pretty one by Chaviano Couture.


by chaviano couture

lace wedding

by chaviano couture

Wear a garter that utilizes a more modern lace look, like this one by The Garter Girl.

wedding garter

lace wedding garter by the garter girl

Bridesmaids will love this modern, wear-again dress featuring just a hint of lace (by Ann Taylor. We also think this hair comb is lovely – by Little White Dresser.

lace wedding

left: by Ann Taylor, right: by little white dresser

Carry a fabric lace wedding bouquet down the aisle, like this one by Autumn and Grace Bridal.

lace bouquet

by autumn and grace bridal

Add lacy elements to you decor like a lace-wrapped vase, lace covered clothespins as place card holders at guests’ seats, and a decorative window pane to write guests’ names onto it for table assignments.

lace clothespins

from left: by lilson

A little lacy jewelry – like this ‘Carrie’ necklace in lace by Femme Petal – is a nice gift for bridesmaids (and the bride, too).


by femme petal


by femme petal

Gift your bridesmaids with a re-usable lace wedding clutch / cosmetic bag by Jodani Sarreal. These adorable bags can be carried down the aisle and are available in a wide array of colors – custom shades even available upon request.

by jordani sarreal

by jordani sarreal

Add a few lacy details – a tote bag with a lacy ruffle, lace bridal flats, or vintage lace gloves perfect for the occasion.

lace wedding tote by sarah nan designs, flats by the generation, vintage gloves via which goose

Don’t forget a pretty ring pillow! This one is by White Thistle Bridal.

lace wedding pillow by white thistle bridal

Make sure your entire event ties in the lacy theme with lace inspired wedding correspondence. These lacy wedding invitations are a great place to start:

by inspira designs

by the woolberry press

by the woolberry press

This theme sounds like a lovely idea!

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Happy Planning!


Femme Petal Pretties

We are positively smitten with Femme Petal!

Our favorite, “The Carrie Necklace” {above}, is inspired by Ms. Carrie Bradshaw, and is … you guessed it … fabulous! Available in a multitude of different colors and styles (confirmed: a “Carrie Bracelet” spotted there, too!) and perfect for gift-giving!

This shop also offers delicately handcrafted acrylic flower bloom rings and necklaces to love.  Check out our hand-picked favorites (which one is yours?):