Monthly Archives: March 2010

the bridesmaids & their dresses

03 31 2010

What do our Utah brides need? Something I often ask myself. I have the privilege of meeting with many of these Utah brides {especially right now during consult/planning season} and I know that one common challenge that I hear & see time & time again is that of finding bridesmaid dresses. So I thought you may be able to benefit from a bridesmaid dress post, I called on the young & talented industry maven, Autumn Buys to help me address this post, & collaboration came with ease.

I wanted to start out by saying that etiquette on bridesmaid finances has changed in the last five years. Traditionally, the brides family covered the cost of all bridesmaid gowns, but now it is more acceptable to ask girls to pay for their own dress, or sometimes going half and half.  By letting them choose their own gown, you can rest easy knowing they will select a dress they can actually wear again, rather than spending their own money on something that may not be their favorite frock. That being said it is still a very appropriate gesture to purchase this wedding affiliated item.

The tide of satin separates have subsided, and brides are braving new waters of bridesmaid apparel. The waves have washed in fresh diversity and creativity from one maid to the other. Here is the basic concept, choose one unifying factor and let your girls go wherever the sea takes them.


Does the idea behind letting your bridesmaids pick their own dresses out frighten you? But you dont have the time to go with each of them or perhaps logistics is an issue, resolve by picking a scarf that will unify your wedding & their dresses. Ask them to find their own gown that matches one of the colors in the scarf, this could also double as a bridesmaid gift, they could wear it even on your wedding day in their hair, as a belt, around their neck or as a bouquet wrap. Feel free to tie the scarf into other aspects of your wedding, such as the grooms pocket square, centerpieces and the cover of a guest book.


Rather than just picking one color and sending your damsels to fetch a dress, give them a range of color options. Your photographer will know how to group them depending on how many choose each color.


So have you heard of deconstruction for your bridesmaid bouquets … {if not it means creating monochromatic &/or monobotanical arrangements for your bridesmaids out of the flowers in your own bouquet,} you could do this with color and bridesmaid dresses as well. This would work especially well if you have several colors or tones in your bouquet.

Another couple of options, let your girls pick a patterned dress! Based on your colors of course! Perfect for an informal event. Let their personalities shine through in a  polka a dot, stripe, plaid, or flowery dress.

Got yourself some crafty comrades? Pick out some fabric and make a bridal shower or bachelorette party of sewing up some custom made dresses.

on that note … dont have the time to have dresses made or order a fantastic vera, monique, or some other gem dresses that could take anywhere from 3-12 weeks to arrive? There are a few local spots that really can be depended on … J.crew, shabby apple, anthropologie, & down east basics just to name a few.


figured out your own factor? TELL US about it!

Editorial credit: Autumn Buys & Audrey O’Brien

Fashion credit: shabby apple, j.crew, anthropologie, mod cloth

 Image credit: martha stewart, the knot,

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guest blogger: tessa woolf {UTB&G}

03 30 2010

Once again we are pleased to welcome the talented editorial content of Utah Bride & Groom’s, Tessa Woolf! She has written a fantastic article on one of Utah’s best wedding venues, a recent addition to our great state, a classic … Continue reading

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engagement feature: ashley mae photo

03 29 2010

Lindsey & Brian were clearly a fantastic and fun couple to photograph. When Ashley w/Ashley Mae Photography sent these to us I knew this adventurous sessions must be posted. Thanks to Ashley for the great work! & to Lindsey & … Continue reading

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Iris & Light offers a limited time deal

03 28 2010

Let me tell you about a little group called Iris and Light 2 guys. 1 girl. photos + the most amazing love story films you have ever seen! And we are looking for our new spring couple! You and your … Continue reading

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flower tip friday: a few spring flowers

03 26 2010

Think of spring, I know kinda hard on such a dark blizzard cold spring day. But what flowers come to mind? There are so many great spring options for brides that really can easily drift softly into the early summer … Continue reading

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Bridal dont’s

03 25 2010

We typically focus on bringing you beautiful & inspiring images, we actually work pretty hard to continue to bring that to you every day along with great new ideas. In and amongst finding all that beautiful content we find a … Continue reading

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shoes. glorious shoes. by hilary @ alta moda bridal

03 24 2010

Even if you don’t consider yourself a “shoe girl”, chances are good you have experienced that thrill when you top of an outfit with the perfect pair.  This is no exception with your wedding shoes, they can send chills up … Continue reading

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engagement photography by new to utah {morgan trinker}

03 23 2010

This first shot really pulled me in, I love the mature vintage feel to it. This couple loves pizza so the U’s Pie was a suiting location followed up by a family members fantastic vintage home. Morgan Trinker is new … Continue reading

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sign in alternatives

03 22 2010

A few posts back we asked our readers what some content ideas would be that would help them in their wedding planning endeavors…. and one such bride emailed us with a guest sign in alternative request. So we came up … Continue reading

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flower tip friday: decoding floral speak {a glossary of terms} by liz @ whimsy floral

03 19 2010

Have you ever thumbed through a bridal magazine and felt like you needed an on-site translator to decode some of the floral wordage you see?  Those of us that work in the floral industry tend to forget that not everyone … Continue reading

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