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7 Reasons Your Dress *Might* Need a Sash

When you’ve finally found The Dress, you might be ready to pick out your veil (or alternative), shoes, or even a dress sash. But does your dress even need a sash? Generally, a dress is perfect as is — but a sash can sometimes add a little glam or sparkle to a dress. A sash is never a requirement — but whether or not to wear one really depends on the dress you choose and how the sash will complement your overall look. Today we’re sharing seven reasons why your dress might need a sash.

brooch dress sash

by the storied sash

On to the inspiration and, might I add, some of the loveliest sashes we’ve seen yet! Will you be wearing one?

Does Your Dress Need a Sash?

Here are reasons why your dress might need a sash:

1. You found one you really, really love — and you just couldn’t say no.

I get it. A late night shopping online or browsing Pinterest caused you to find a sash you just couldn’t turn down.

millinery flower sash

by angee w.

pearl sash with ribbon

by angee w.

2. Your dress is elegant, but simple — and you crave a little bling.

A sash is the best way to add a little sparkle and shine to your dress. Pearls, rhinestones, Swarovski crystals, or colorful blooms are just a few ways brides choose to add a dose of pretty, personal style.

by simply weddings

Sometimes you just need some rhinestones…

gorgeous sparkly sash

by enrich by millie

Giveaway: $100 for Rhinestone Wedding Brooches & More!

Are you a bride-to-be who loves sparkly, shimmery things? Who doesn’t, am I right? I love sparkly details just like the next girl, so I was so excited when we heard about this amazing giveaway opportunity. Our friends Natalie and Christine over at Totally Dazzled sell the prettiest rhinestone buckles, brooches, and buttons; they know people who love sparkles as much as they do will find exactly what they want at their store. We couldn’t agree more! That’s why they want to give YOU $100 credit towards rhinestone wedding brooches and more from their collection.

Their unique collection of hand-picked rhinestone wedding brooches, clips, buckles, buttons, and more can be used for a ton of wedding DIY projects, from brooch bouquets (incorporate brooches into your fresh flower stems) to place cards (add a rhinestone clip to ordinary place cards for dazzling decor), just to name a few. So, get ready to spoil yourself: read on to be inspired by our favorite finds below and then scroll down for your chance to win!

Rhinestone Wedding Brooches, Clips & More


➳➳ Enter for a Chance to Win!

o Enter between 1/16/15-1/22/15 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: $100 Shopping Spree towards anything at Totally Dazzled
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o Shipping included to U.S. only
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 6 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $100 store credit | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

rhinestone wedding brooches giveaway

Good Luck!


Stunning Cuff Bracelets from Cloe Noel

When you want a piece of jewelry that will make a statement, consider a cuff bracelet. Cuff bracelets are a unique style of bracelet set on a wide band for an ultra-bold impact. Typically, cuff bracelets are made with rhinestones and Swarovski crystals which add even more pop and pizazz to your bridal look. A cuff bracelet is the finishing touch; when wearing one, be sure to accent with coordinating pieces that are less dramatic. To inspire you, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite stunners from the Cloe Noel collection. Take a closer look…

Cuff Bracelets from Cloe Noel

art deco cuff bracelet

blue crystal cuff bracelet
pink cuff bracelets with rhinestones

You can find these cuff bracelets at Cloe Noel and in The Marketplace.


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Ask Emmaline: Where to Measure for a Garter

With this monogrammed garter giveaway going on this week (ending soon!), we thought it was the perfect time to share the latest Ask Emmaline question with you. Vanessa, asks, “I am ordering a garter online and it asks for my size. Since I can’t see it in person, I want to know where to size properly. I know it (obviously) goes on my thigh area, but do you have any tips on where to measure for a garter? Thanks!” Great question! This is a common one asked by brides, and with online ordering so readily available, it’s no wonder you want the perfect fit when it arrives. Read on to find out where to measure for a garter so you don’t order the wrong one…

where to measure for a garter

melinda rose design

Where to Measure for a Garter

A garter is worn approximately three to six inches above the knee. Use a soft tape measure and wrap it around your thigh where you’d like to wear the garter. Make sure you hold tape measure tight to your skin, but with a little give for the elastic. You can use body tape to keep the garter in place if you’re concerned about it slipping on the big day.

Hope it helps!

We’ve hand-picked some garters to inspire you from The Marketplace. Which one is your favorite?

bridal lace garter via Where to Measure for a Garter from

nestina accessories

bridal garter fleur de lis via Where to Measure for a Garter from

etta august

blue and hot pink garter

naked orchid garters

ivory lace garter via Where to Measure for a Garter from

pearl and co

garter with rhinestones lace via Where to Measure for a Garter from

southern ever after

ivory garter with flowers via Where to Measure for a Garter from

the blooming fig tree

something blue rhinestones garter

gracefully girly

rustic burlap heart garter via Where to Measure for a Garter from


burlap linen amber stone garter via Where to Measure for a Garter from


rhinestone garters via Where to Measure for a Garter from

vio gemini

something blue garter via Where to Measure for a Garter from

january rose boutique

blush lace wedding garter set via Where to Measure for a Garter from

nana rose designs

Want to see more? Click to see more bridal garters. Also, don’t forget to enter the garter giveaway before it ends!

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How to Plan a Honeymoon: 8 Months – 1 Year Before

Hi, loves! This post is an important one: pin it, tweet it, facebook it (however you’d like to share it) because you’ll want it for later! Today we’re sharing part one (of four) on How to Plan a Honeymoon. In this post, we’ll cover what you need to do to plan a honeymoon eight months to one year before your trip. (Did you know you needed to start planning that early? It was news to me when I planned my honeymoon, too.) We’ll be doing one post a week, so by the end of July you’ll be on your way to planning the perfect honeymoon vacation. Now, some of these may seem obvious, but it helps to have them all in one (easy-to-reference) place. Let’s get started, shall we? Oh, and I wanted to mention that there is an awesome giveaway happening inside this post by ArenLace… so don’t miss it!

How to Plan a Honeymoon

photos: left – via | right: alexa’s photography | bottom: via

How to Plan a Honeymoon – Part 1

Eight Months to One Year Before the Trip

1. Set your budget.

Set your budget right off the bat. This will also help determine where you’d like to go, based on what you can (comfortably) afford. Don’t forget to allocate funds for activities, food, and incidentals while you’re there. It’s always better to have more than enough money than to be worried about every penny while on your honeymoon. Need help setting a budget? Read how to plan your honeymoon on a budget.

2. Call a travel agent (if you plan to use one).

If you want to take the guesswork out of planning your honeymoon, a travel agent can be an invaluable resource. A good travel agent will know the best locations, deals, and places to visit while you’re there. Most times, the fees that travel agents charge is nominal.

3. Pick a place.

Narrow it down and pick your perfect honeymoon destination. We’ve showed some amazing destinations in the past here.

4. Make travel arrangements (flight + hotel).

Once you’ve picked the place, book it! Book your flight and hotel accommodations as soon as possible. Read this excellent post about the best time to book airline tickets before you buy — it could save you a bundle. Look up ticket prices on Kayak — I’ve always saved the most money on my own trips using that service. Don’t forget to pick the best seats on the plane before you book by using this. It will actually look up the type of plane being used on your flight and then give you a breakdown of the best seats on the flight. I used to book corporate travel for a past employer and I always picked the best seats (most legroom, away from the lavatory and galley, largest armrest).

5. Get a passport or renew yours (if you need one).

Since a passport lasts four years, you can renew or get yours now and save yourself the headache closer to the wedding.

Giveaway: Win a honeymoon dress!

Now that you know the first steps on how to plan a honeymoon, it’s time to win a little something to take with you! We’ve teamed up with ArenLace to offer a ‘Bride’ honeymoon maxi dress to one lucky reader! It is black and white with ‘Bride’ on the front in rhinestones. Dress is long-length and has a strapless top. So cute! Perfect for wearing on the beach.

Win a Bride Maxi Dress via How to Plan a Honeymoon (Part 1 of 4)

Giveaway Details

o Enter between 7/2/14-7/9/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
o Prize: Bride maxi dress by ArenLace

• 95% rayon 5% spandex
• Machine wash cold, gentle cycle, hang dry

o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 7/10; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 6 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $35.00
o Shipping included to U.S. only
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter
o No cash value

Good Luck!

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Look for part two on How to Plan a Honeymoon coming next Wednesday! Better yet, subscribe for FREE so you don’t miss it!

Have any tips to add?

Leave your comments below!


Want more? Check out these 50 best honeymoon tips!

Burlap Ring Pillow Ideas

We love the burlap ring pillow collection at Duryea Place Designs. Have you seen it yet? If not, you’re in for a real treat today. Whether you’re planning a rustic wedding, vintage, shabby chic, or countless other wedding themes, this ring pillow is the finishing touch to your ceremony decor. Read on to begin…

Burlap Ring Pillow Collection

1. Pink English Rose

This pink and lace ring bearer pillow is one of my favorites from the collection. I love English roses, and this one features a big bloom in pink right on the front. The touch of lace is beautiful, too.

burlap ring pillow with lace and pink flower

Here’s a close-up:

burlap ring pillow closeup of pink flower

There’s even a matching flower girl basket. I love this combination!

burlap ring pillow and rustic flower girl basket set with pink flower

2. Yellow Peony

Prefer a peony in yellow? Check out this burlap ring pillow with a sunny-yellow peony with a touch of greenery, sans lace.

yellow peony burlap ring pillow

Here’s the matching flower girl basket for this set, too:

yellow peony burlap ring pillow and matching flower girl basket

3. Lace Doily

This ring pillow is one of a kind and is perfect for a vintage wedding. It features a beautiful white vintage lace doily on the top with muslin backing. The center of the doily is embellished with a small blue button; pillow measures 8″ square.

burlap ring pillow doily

4. Purple Peony

I’ve been diggin’ purple details lately (remember the purple locket and ombre bag we talked about on Monday?). This purple peony ring pillow is another favorite from the shop.

purple burlap ring pillow flower basket

5. Rosette Burlap Ring Pillow

Love a shabby chic look? Check out this burlap ring pillow with gorgeous rhinestone-embellished rosettes.

burlap ring pillow with rosettes in purpleburlap ring pillow with rosettes

These are just a few of the beautiful finds spotted from the burlap ring pillow collection. What’s your favorite?

Happy Planning!


Which of these burlap ring pillows is your favorite?

Giveaway: Win a Bridal Cuff by Cloe Noel!

Hello, loves! Happy Monday! Did you have a nice weekend? We’re kicking off a brand new week with a giveaway, one you certainly won’t want to miss. This week you could win a bridal cuff by the lovely Cloe Noel Designs which is embellished with rhinestones and retails for $135. This bridal cuff is sure to make a statement down the aisle. Read on to find out more…

Bridal Cuff Giveaway (by via #handmade #wedding #jewelry
Rhinestone Bridal Cuff (by via #handmade #wedding #jewelry

Bridal Cuff Giveaway

Winner Announced! 2.25.13 And the winner is… #21, Crystal! Congrats! Please check your inbox for details on how to claim your prize. :)

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Between February 18th and February 24th (11:59pm EST), enter for a chance to win a bridal cuff by Cloe Noel. Simply visit Cloe Noel Designs and view the entire collection; return here and comment below on which bridal cuff (or bracelet) is your favorite. You may enter using a comment one time per day all week long.

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You may enter up to four (4) times per day using each method one time per day: comment, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest.


One (1) winner will be randomly selected using and announced on this blog post February 25th. Winner will also be contacted via email. Winner will receive one (1) bridal cuff as shown in style above. Retail value is $135. No cash value. Past giveaway winners within thirty days not eligible to win. Cloe Noel will cover free shipping to the winner of the bridal cuff (US winners, only). International winners must cover shipping costs.

Good Luck! ♥