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Wedding Guest Attire – Decoded

In addition to the obvious details (who, where and when), a wedding invitation will often provide a quick note to indicate the dress code. Well intended, these “labels” can lead to confusion about what to wear.

The general guidelines are pretty straight-forward: don’t wear white/off-white (unless asked to), nothing too revealing (be respectful) and avoid wrinkled clothing/looking disheveled. Some additional factors that will help you understand the dress code are to look at the venue, location, season and weather. If the invitation labels the wedding as semi-formal and the venue is grand and opulent, I recommend leaning towards the more formal side of the spectrum. Fall or Winter seasons call more weightier fabrics and darker colors, but be conscious of the wedding location as some places have their warmest weather in September (i.e. California!), so you may go with a lighter weight fabric and a beautiful shawl.

Wedding Guest Attire Decodedby Kaella Lynn Events with The Black Tux

Dapper couple from Kate and Brian’s August Wedding. Perfect example of coordinating outfits for a Summer cocktail/semi-formal wedding. Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography, Wedding Planning/Design by Kaella Lynn Events as seen on Grey Likes Weddings

Before we dive into the details, I advise you plan your outfit with your date. Nothing like linking arms with someone who is totally throwing off your look. Don’t have the appropriate attire in your closet and not interested in buying an entire new dress or suit? I’m sure you’ve heard of Rent the Runway for women. There is also The Black Tux , a game-changer in the suit and tux rental industry. Gone are the days where a guy’s only option to getting a nicely fitted suit was to buy one. Now he can rent a high quality suit and all the accessories. Men are stepping up their game in the apparel department, so it’s nice to see an option for guys to create dapper looks without breaking the bank!  

The Black Tux created this awesome style guide to define the labels and make planning your outfit easy. Read on as I share specific inspirations and recommendations in each style. 

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Semi-Formal/Dressy Casual: The infamous Cocktail Attire. You may have also seen “Garden Party Attire.” This typically indicates a semi-formal event that will be outside, so appropriate shoes and layers are key. There is quite the spectrum in this category. A suit is always appropriate for the men, but consider the season and venue of the event for color and fabric. The fun thing about this category is incorporating even more pattern or color into the outfit. Lighter fabrics for a day time or Summer wedding and darker suits for evening or colder wedding months. This grey suit is very versatile and can be paired with many different colors and patterns to get the look you want. For ladies, a respectful cocktail dress that is mid or tea length is a great choice, like this one by Cynthia Rowley.

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Beach Formal: Linen or cotton suits, like this khaki one are great for a beach wedding. Ladies need to be appropriate for the environment, but still fit the formality of the occasion. Long maxi dresses, like this one by Saloni with flat sandals are perfect.

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Black Tie Optional: I always say, dress up when you have the option, so I recommend this Modern black tux. But this style allows for a dark suit, should that be more your style. For the ladies, I chose this long evening Hudson Gown. Neutral colors such as black or navy are fail-safe, but if your a more daring personality, I say choose a fun color that still has a formal feel.

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Black Tie: Contrast shawl tux if you’re looking for a spin on the classic black tux that still works for this level of formality. A long dress like this gold sequin Badgley Mischka gown is glamorous and fun! Otherwise, black gowns are always appropriate.

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And remember, infuse your own personality and pay attention to the details, whether it’s a patterned pocket square or cool shoes.

Merci!

Kaella Lynn

The Glam Guide to Tented Receptions

Ah, the great outdoors! For every wedding that happens in a ballroom or building, there’s three more happening outside every wedding season. Al fresco weddings have become extremely popular on both coasts and throughout the country in the last few years – and for good reason! Nature is beautiful and provides a great backdrop for many events, and plenty of wedding venues boast flexible outdoor spaces that can be used for a variety of events. From dinner on the lawn to cocktail hour in the courtyard, the possibilities are endless – just don’t forget to take weather into consideration!

For a many events, the design begins with a mood or a palette, and gradually expands to encompass party details, like furniture and tabletop rentals. Occasionally, depending on location and seasonality, couples may opt to rent a tent for fail-proof coverage while dining or dancing outside.

But what if your wedding tent (or tents!) was/were an integral part of your wedding design: more inspiration piece than afterthought? We proudly present: the glam guide to wedding tents! Below are 10 of the most fabulous examples of swoon-worthy tented receptions in all different styles and sizes. The key takeaway from each and every example? A dream-worthy tent can take even the most beautiful outdoor wedding venue, and make it that much more glam!

Kaella Lynn Events: Glam Guide to Tented Receptions

Photo via Style Me Pretty

Reception Inspiration: 10 Gorgeous Place Setting Ideas

10 Gorgeous place setting ideas via Kaella Lynn Events Blog

It might seem like an afterthought, but the way you treat your place setting at your reception can speak volumes in your overall design. Not to mention there are so many options beyond a simple napkin fold. This is one of those aspects of a wedding design to put your stamp and make your wedding truly unique. From romantic and glamorous to rustic and casual, here are some gorgeous and creative place setting ideas to add some wow factor to your table.

10 Gorgeous place setting ideas via Kaella Lynn Events Blogvia East Meets South Blog

10 Gorgeous place setting ideas via Kaella Lynn Events Blogphoto by Jose Villa

10 Gorgeous place setting ideas via Kaella Lynn Events Blogvia Style Me Pretty

Mercí,
Kaella Lynn

Inspiration: Ribbon-tied Decor

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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

KLE Blogger Bride: Choosing a Wedding Planner

Photo by Ali Harper Photography