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Bridesmaid Selection: How to Pick a Foolproof Bridal Party

Let’s get serious for a minute, brides: there are very few people as important to your wedding planning process (and big day!) as your groom. But one group of people that might affect your happiness and sanity more when planning a wedding are your bridesmaids. I know what you’re thinking: a few matching dresses, a tea party here and an invitation there, and you’re off to the races with a ready-made girl squad designed to make your wedding day and all preceding events a breeze – right? WRONG.

Not that the above scenario never happens, but in our experience on both sides (as both brides and planners), it’s critically important to choose the right bridesmaids to support you – to listen to your ideas on floral inspiration for months on end, to help you pick the right accessories for your wedding look, and even to lend a helping hand when that one wacky relative is throwing off the balance of your wedding night. You need to choose the people (or person) you know will support you in all circumstances, limit the drama that surrounds you, and commit to help out in what can be an involved process.

Finances are also a very real part of participating in a bridal party – your bridesmaids can be asked to chip in for everything from matching outfits, shoes, hair/makeup services, and your shower to the bachelorette party – be respectful of your friends’ time and finances. If you are concerned that a friend who was just laid off, in the midst of planning their own wedding, or having their first baby, for instance, won’t be able to participate fully, just ask. Make sure your friend feels comfortable with what is expected as your bridesmaid and allow the space for your friend to be honest about what is achievable in terms of participation and financial obligations.

Our best tip for selecting your bridal party: keep it to your most tried and true friends that you trust, your cheerleading squad, and those that beyond a shadow of a doubt will support you on your wedding day (and leading up to it). These people will make your wedding experience happy and memorable for years to come.

 

Blogger Bride Series: Shopping for My Wedding Dress

As soon as Ned and I had our venue booked and our planning schedule nailed down, I started thinking seriously about my wedding dress. I’ve seen ‘Father of the Bride’ and ’27 Dresses’ more times than I care to admit – and while I’m not ashamed to admit I watch TLC wedding dress shows regularly, I still wasn’t certain which style I would end up choosing for myself. I scheduled SIX different wedding dress shopping appointments in December, and was excited to bring different groups of my bridesmaids to each appointment. My girlfriends were so wonderful: completely available and excited to shop with me, sometimes giving up their entire Saturday to give loving feedback and help me hunt through the racks at each boutique.

I got to try on dozens of very different styles to sort out exactly what I wanted and what looked best on me – and the dress I ultimately couldn’t live without was actually found on my first shopping day. I remember discovering it hanging on it’s own special rack, and thinking I had never seen anything quite like it before: it wasn’t like what I had planned or thought I would like – and that was so much more fun! To be truly wowed by a dress is a wonderful feeling, and I can only hope that everyone gets a chance to prance around the atelier the way I did when I found the one (true story: that happened). Since I’m going to surprise Ned and our guests on the wedding day with the dress I chose, I can’t show you yet – but I CAN show you some of my most favorite dress styles, some of which I tried on!  My best advice from the wedding dress shopping process? Pull dress styles that are in line with what your personal style, but don’t be afraid to try something new or slightly different as well – and stick to your budget! The perfect dress for you is out there, just waiting for you to find it. Never settle!

Kaella Lynn Events // Blogger Bride: Choosing Bridesmaids & Dress Shopping

Custom dress, Photo by Nikos P. Gogas

Kaella Lynn Events // Blogger Bride: Choosing Bridesmaids & Dress Shopping

Dress: Elie Saab, Photography: Ashley Ludaescher

Kaella Lynn Events // Blogger Bride: Choosing Bridesmaids & Dress Shopping

Feather Skirt and Corset by Watters // via Style Me Pretty

Kaella Lynn Events // Blogger Bride: Choosing Bridesmaids & Dress Shopping

Dress: BHLDN // via Her and Everything

Kaella Lynn Events // Blogger Bride: Choosing Bridesmaids & Dress Shopping

Dress: Inbal Dror, Photography: Jose Villa

Kaella Lynn Events // Blogger Bride: Choosing Bridesmaids & Dress Shopping

Dress: Hayley Paige, Photography: Natalie Watson Photography

Kaella Lynn Events // Blogger Bride: Choosing Bridesmaids & Dress Shopping

Dress: Desiree Hartsock for Maggie Sottero, Photography: Brandon Kidd Photo

Kaella Lynn Events // Blogger Bride: Choosing Bridesmaids & Dress Shopping

Dress: Lazaro, Photography: Katch Studios

Kaella Lynn Events // Blogger Bride: Choosing Bridesmaids & Dress Shopping

Dress: Pronovias, Photography: The Edges Wedding Photography

Kaella Lynn Events // Blogger Bride: Choosing Bridesmaids & Dress Shopping

Dress: Watters, Photography: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography

Kaella Lynn Events // Blogger Bride: Choosing Bridesmaids & Dress Shopping

Corset and Skirt: Watters, Photography: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography

Kaella Lynn Events // Blogger Bride: Choosing Bridesmaids & Dress Shopping

Dress: Vera Wang, Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie

 

Inspiration: Ribbon-tied Decor

bcf0f008d26273493ac2fc602baadd03via Silk and Willow

Originally designed for the decoration of the royal courts in Europe, ribbons have taken on new meaning with some of the latest trends we’re seeing this season. Some manifestations of the design choice are wild and free, adding a dose of whimsy to the overall decor, while others are classic and simple: designed to traditionalize the design element they adorn. Ribbon also has a host of practical applications at a wedding, and can be used to tie just about anything together while still looking pretty. Here, we’ve gathered up our 15 favorite examples of how to use ribbon to help you ‘tie the knot’ – check them out:

Inspiration: Ribbon tied Weddings // Kaella Lynn Events

Photo by Kat Braman

Inspiration: Ribbon tied Weddings // Kaella Lynn Events

Photo by Sarah Kate

Inspiration: Ribbon tied Weddings // Kaella Lynn Events

Photo by Tec Petaja

Inspiration: Ribbon tied Weddings // Kaella Lynn Events

Photo by Sally Pinera

 

KLE Bride Series: Choosing Your Planner & Design

When people ask what I like best about working in the wedding industry, lots of ideas come to mind, and it can be difficult to pinpoint a solitary favorite thing. I’ve been really lucky and blessed to work with some of the smartest and most creative people on the planet – and my absolute favorite part of this job has been working collaboratively with people who inspire me, feed my energy, and open my eyes to creative possibilities that I would never have thought of on my own. So when it came time to kick off the planning of my own wedding, I marched into our engagement armed with a Rolodex of the best of the best – and a keen idea of who I wanted to work with to make our dreams come true.

I may be partial in this regard, but it’s my feeling that hiring a wedding planner is the smartest thing you can do for your wedding, your sanity, and your life. You will want to be able to completely immerse yourself in your big day and enjoy it with every ounce of your energy and focus, and you can only do that if you have someone you fully trust on your side – someone you can hand the reins to, and be comfortable with while they execute all of your plans and design dreams. I knew that the only person I could do that with was Kaella – my longtime mentor, manager, and muse. And since we had been talking about my wedding design vision for years (in its many forms), we were completely ready to begin our planning and dreaming straight away!

Luckily for us, working together came easily – we’d been collaborating and discussing wedding designs for so long, it was just like planning a fabulous client event. Except in this case, we got to call the design shots and choose all the details and vendors from top to bottom – which has been incredibly fun! One of our earliest design inspirations came from the desert location and  Teepee Lounge featured above – and even though we moved away from the rad ‘wanderlust’ feel it embodies, we love it for its California-cool and bohemian styling: two things we wanted to incorporate into my final wedding design. Our wedding is designed to strike a harmony between the east and west coasts, traditional and irreverently awesome, and masculine vs. feminine. My fiancé Ned and I are total opposites, but the blend of the two of us works really well in real life – so we wanted to capture that, and celebrate it throughout the event styling. Here are a few more of our favorite wedding design inspirations – none of which would have been possible without Kaella’s vision, guidance, and flawless taste.

KLE Blogger Bride: Choosing a Wedding Planner

Photo via Ira + Lucy

KLE Blogger Bride: Choosing a Wedding Planner

Photo via I Take You

Nouveau Wedding Bands: Currently Trending

There are so many tiny details that go into a marriage and planning for a wedding – from the cake topper to the ceremony chairs, no small design choice goes unnoticed on your big day. When you think about the longevity of the impact certain choices, however, it can make it easier to prioritize. Case in point: choosing your wedding ring! Unlike the tabletop rentals or flower arrangements you choose for the day (which last a maximum of 12 hours, even if they’re fantastic), the wedding rings you select to wear as a symbol of your love will be displayed on your finger for years to come.

We’ve rounded up five of the hottest trends in wedding bands right now, to help make this stylistic decision an easy one – let us know which are your favorites, and what you’re choosing for your wedding this year!

Most Ethereal: Nature Inspired Rings

Edgiest: Cross Band Rings

Kaella Lynn Events // Currently Trending: Nouveau Wedding Bands

Diamond X Ring via One Kings Lane

The return of a classic: Eternity Bands

Most Glam: Stackable Rings

Most Ladylike: Antique Style Bands