Announcing Style Me Pretty’s First Ever Bridal Beauty Awards!

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Not all beauty products are created equal. And on the most important day of your life, you want to look and feel your most beautiful, which means you want to use the best of the best products out there. But, how do you find those hidden gems? Style Me Pretty’s First-Ever Beauty Awards, of course! All you have to do is answer this survey, and come back next month to find out the winners! Oh, and did we mention that one lucky lady will win a goodie bag filled with some of the winners just for sharing her beauty secrets?! Go ahead…

Take the Survey Now!

And the categories for Style Me Pretty’s First-Ever Beauty Awards are…

Skincare

Face

Eyes

Lips

Hair

Fragrance

Nails

Spill Your Faves — Take the Survey Now!

 

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The Prettiest Way to Accessorize Your Style Me Pretty + Weddington Way Bridesmaid’s Dress

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You already knew that the Style Me Pretty + Weddington Way bridesmaids’ dresses were beautiful, but did you know just how pretty they could be? With the help of some fabulous jewelry and killer heels, these dresses reach their full potential and new levels of gorgeousness. Take a look at how we’d accessorize each of the six dresses below!

Thea

Dress: Style Me Pretty + Weddington Way Thea | Earrings: J.Crew Leather-Backed Sequin Petal Earrings | Shoes: Banana Republic Bare High Heel Sandal

 

Everley

Dress: Style Me Pretty + Weddington Way Everley | Necklace: Banana Republic Pearl Blossom Necklace | Shoes: Zara Golden Strappy High Heel Sandals

Hazel

Dress: Style Me Pretty + Weddington Way Hazel | Earrings: Jennifer Behr Madeline Dangle Earring | Shoes: BP. Luminate Open Toe Dress Sandal

Willa

Dress: Style Me Pretty + Weddington Way Willa | Necklace: Kendra Scott Elisa Pavé Pendant Necklace | Shoes: Sam Edelman Yaro Ankle Strap Sandal

Juliette

Dress: Style Me Pretty + Weddington Way Juliette | Earrings: BaubleBar Chrysanthemum Tassel Drops | Shoes: Badgley Mischka Bonanza Strappy Wedge Sandal

Florence

Dress: Style Me Pretty + Weddington Way Florence | Earrings: Marchesa Goldstone Large Cluster Drop Earrings | Shoes: Steve Madden Satire Strappy Sandal

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Photography: Judy Pak Photography | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Weddington Way | Hair + Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge

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All the Wedding Dress Trends You Need to Know from the Spring 2018 Runways

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Just when we thought it couldn’t get any prettier in the world of wedding dresses, designers presented their Spring 2018 collections at New York Bridal Week, leaving us completely in awe. From dramatic bows and powerful pantsuits to fantastical feathers and a few surprise pops of color, these trends guarantee gorgeous gowns for future brides!

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An Insider’s Guide to Negotiating + Working with Your Venue

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Venue hunting was by far, the most stressful, overwhelming part of my personal wedding planning journey – and I imagine I’m not alone. Contracts, confusing terms and all the back and forth left me exhausted and confused. I needed tips and tricks for navigating this uncharted territory and that’s why we have our friends at Easton Events here today to give us the scoop. From what to keep in mind when searching for your special spot to say “I do” to getting the most of your venue, here’s what you need to know!

Getting the most competitive pricing: Venues tend to not be very flexible with their pricing but there are a few factors that may influence their willingness to negotiate. The time of year for your wedding can definitely motivate them to negotiate. Pick off-season months and be flexible with your date. For example, venues on the East Coast are highly unlikely to negotiate for a Saturday in October, but selecting a Sunday in August gives you much more leverage.

Let the salesperson know that their venue is your first choice and that your budget is restricted. Your ability to connect with that salesperson is critical. Finding the right balance of being persistent, persuasive and respectful is key. If you can “engage” with them, they are more likely to make concessions and be flexible.

The time between booking your wedding and the actual wedding date is important as well. If you are trying to book 18 months out, pricing normally will be very firm. But if you are looking at dates six months out, which is shorter than the typical booking cycle (for dates that probably wouldn’t book otherwise), you have a great deal of leverage. Your headcount can also affect your ability to negotiate. If the venue is also handling the food and beverage, a large guest count will give you more influence.

The Booking Basics

Before you fall in love (with your venue) and sign the contract, read the fine print!

How many guests can the space accommodate?

What time can you start setup on property?

When can your guests arrive?

What time must your wedding conclude?

Can you have music outside?

Can the wedding party get ready on site?

What is the rain plan for ceremony and/or cocktails?

What size vehicles can be used for guest transportation?

Will the venue assist in any elements of planning or ceremony assistance?

Are there additional services offered and what are the associated fees?

Are we required to select our wedding vendors from an “Exclusive Vendor List”?

Will I need to provide, lighting, additional restrooms, AV or stage?

** Ask to be referred to a couple of brides who have married in the last year to get their feedback on their experience. The more you know and understand what your venue is able and willing to do for you the happier your planning experience will be!

Know the Difference Between “Will vs. Won’t” and “Can vs. Cannot”

Different venues provide different services, and it’s important to understand exactly what support the venue offers. Using the terms “will vs. won’t” often refers to service – your venue may offer to set out the place cards, for example, but won’t be responsible for babysitting your young guests.

Verbiage around “can vs. can’t” usually comes down to the fine print and non-negotiable terms.

For example, the capacity, noise ordinances, types of vehicles permitted on site, event end time, may be set in stone – no matter how good your relationship is with the event venue, you can’t change these.

Preferred vs. Exclusive Vendors

Find out if your venue has a preferred or exclusive vendor list. A preferred vendor list will consist of selected vendors who have been vetted by the venue, but you will still be permitted to consider vendors not on their list.

An exclusive vendor list means you can only use these vendors, which can drive up costs as clearly only a few vendors have a “lock” on the venue.

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50 Breathtaking Veil Shots That’ll Make You Want to Wear One

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Quite possibly one of my favorite bridal portrait shots is the good ol’ veil shot. I only wore my veil for some of my getting ready moments and the ceremony, but it was so worth it to get those shots! If you’re going back and forth on whether to wear one or not, let these 50 gorgeous captures sway you.

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Why I’m Doing Two Makeup Trials Before My Wedding

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This might sound trivial but one of my biggest concerns about our wedding day is having to wear a face full of makeup that makes me feel like a totally different person. I think a lot of women have had terrible experiences having their makeup done! Maybe you have too? Today, I’ll be chatting about why I’m doing two trials and some tips I’ve learned along the way with Blushington! xo, Mackenzie of Design Darling

So, back to those terrible experiences… I remember having my makeup done before my high school prom and immediately running to the bathroom to scrub off layers of orange-y foundation before anyone could see me. Even as an adult I’ve had makeup artists tell me to trust them that purple eyeshadow will look great on me because it will complement my red hair (again only for me to scrub it off in the bathroom!).

So while I’m planning to do a proper hair and makeup trial at the salon on Nantucket the day of our wedding, I also wanted to do a more casual makeup trial locally so I could get more comfortable with the whole concept. A friend recommended Blushington, a makeup lounge with locations in California, New York, and Texas. They actually do on-location makeup services if you’re getting married in one of those states!

It might not be a traditional part of the planning process but I’m so glad I took a morning to do an additional makeup trial and address this little fear of mine. I followed advice from several Style Me Pretty posts to bring in pictures of makeup looks I like, which was definitely my biggest takeaway from the day. It was also so helpful to have Mason, my lovely makeup artist for the day, share the words she’d use to describe them — fresh-faced, natural, classic, understated — so I can repeat them to the makeup artist who will actually do my makeup the day of our wedding when I do my real trial on Nantucket this summer.

Another tip from Mason that resonated with me is that it’s easy to start light (whether with foundation, eye shadow, bronzer, you name it) and add another layer if you feel like it hasn’t covered every blemish or you don’t think you’re wearing enough to show up on camera. So I’ll definitely be asking my wedding salon to go easy on the first application and go from there if we agree it’s not quite enough.

My final tip is to have pictures taken after your makeup trial. I might not schedule your engagement photos immediately afterward because it might be too much pressure, but something a little more formal than an iPhone selfie is great because it will show you how your makeup will read on camera for your big day. Even if you can’t meet up with your wedding photographer like I did (thanks Cameron Kelly Studio!), asking a friend who has a nice camera is an easy and worthwhile alternative!

All in all, I’m happy with the choice to do two makeup trials, especially since Blushington offers full face makeup starting at $55. Now in addition to bringing inspiration photos from Pinterest and other bloggers to my real makeup trial, I can bring in a couple photos of myself wearing makeup I actually like! Anything else I should know before my hair and makeup trial this summer? I’m all ears!

P.S. See Mackenzie’s Coastal Engagement Session Here!

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Which of These Invites is the Prettiest? You Decide!

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Election season may be over (thank goodness), but we need you to cast one more vote: for the prettiest Minted invitation design of 2017 — The SMP Readers’ Choice. Check out the 10 designs below, then head to our Instagram and comment with the name of your favorite design and #SMPxMinted! The best part? Four, yes four, of you lucky brides-to-be will win a $200 credit to Minted! So, what are you waiting for? Go vote now!

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WHAT: A $200 credit to be used on Minted!

HOW: To enter, simply follow both Minted and Styled Me Pretty on Instagram + comment on this IG post with #SMPxMinted with the number of your favorite design.

WHO: Four lucky winners, chosen completely at random, will be announced on the Instagram post!

WHEN: Giveaway ends on March 4th at 11:59pm EST. For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck, lovelies! xo

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The Ultimate Elegant Backyard Wedding Inspiration

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My dearest wedding planning pretties, if you’ve ever considered an at-home affair, please, please let this inspiration shoot from Luxe and Luna Couture Events be your guide. It’s all the convincing I need that a backyard wedding can be SO next level. Don’t you agree? This little setup makes me all sorts of happy. Thanks to Shannon Moffit, you can pin your heart out in The Vault.

From Shannon Moffit PhotographyOur team of vendors met on the outskirts of Charlottesville for an editorial inspired by the romantic elegance of a private cottage. Our model wears a delicate beaded gown by Carol Hannah, antique Trumpet and Horn rings, and an Old World inspired crown by Anna Marguerite. She carries an organic bouquet, filled with a medley of hues ranging from yellow to pink to dark plum. A cool breeze rustled through the trees as we wandered the quiet woods around the property. A table was set besides the cottage, covered with loose floral arrangements, antique candles, and light snacks.

From Luxe and LunaWe started by designing around Porter & Ives’ private cottage in rural Virginia. We brought in rich colors and regal details, compliments of Carol Hannah’s beautifully beaded Iolite gown and Anna Marguerite’s Edwardian inspired headpiece. I wanted this editorial to feel like a countryside retreat, so it was only fitting to draw from nature when designing the tablescape. Organic flower arrangements and natural linen draped over the table.

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Photography: Shannon Moffit Photography | Floral Design: Porter & Ives | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah | Jewelry: Trumpet & Horn | Makeup: Real Doll Makeup | Accessories & Veil: Anna Marguerite | Candles: Creative Candles | Creative Direction/Styling: Luxe and Luna Couture Events | Hair Styling: Jewel Hair Design | Paper Goods: Letterlyn Studio | Private Home: Charlottesville

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40 Reasons Pink Bridesmaids Will Never Get Old in Our Book

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One of the toughest decisions in the wedding planning process can most definitely be picking out the bridesmaids dress. After choosing the perfect wedding dress, of course! You want to keep everyone happy while staying inline with your Big Day vision—we SO get it. And yes, there are plenty of hues out there to choose from, but we will never tire of pink my friends. From blush and peachy shades to dusty rose and coral, here are 40 pink ‘maid moments sure to inspire your hunt!

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This is the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Bridesmaids’ Dresses

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Bridesmaids’ dresses often get a bad rep, but we’ve got exciting news that will change all of that! Style Me Pretty and Weddington Way came together to create the Style Me Pretty + Weddington Way Collection, a capsule collection featuring six fashion-forward styles for any and every wedding. The dresses, available next month on Weddington Way, are not only stylish and romantic, but they’re also totally affordable. Best bridesmaids’ dresses ever? We’re a little biased, but, duh! Get a sneak peek at the collection thanks to the gorgeous sketches below!

Can’t Wait? Neither Can we! Click here for more info!

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