Posts Tagged ‘Wedding Day Advice’

A Simple Shade

Friday, July 29th, 2016

This week we’re going to keep it simple. Instead of matching up our jewelry with extravagant gowns full of color and frills, we’re going to show you how a little bit of colorful sparkle can do wonders for a simple dress!

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First up is our Ruby Bracelet. This classic gold bracelet is surrounded by diamonds and rubies fit for a queen! We matched it with an elegant and simple Lela Rose mermaid gown. This dress gives off an air of sophistication that works perfectly with this deep colored bracelet.
The second match we’ve created is our blue sapphire Dryden Bracelet with a simple southern wedding dress. This dress is full of southern charm with its lace design on top and a flowing white skirt. The blue of the Dryden Bracelet just adds more romantic charm to the look!
Lastly, we have a beautiful Justin Alexander cap sleeve gown that we paired with our Alicia Bracelet. This genuine Opal bracelet is wrapped with real gold to create a simple, elegant look. Opal is the stone of hope and innocence and we think it looks stunning with a simple cap sleeve gown!
At Adorn.com, we have all sorts of colorful jewelry for any bridal look. Whether you’re going for an extravagant gown full of radiant color or a simple white gown that is full of elegance, we have plenty of real diamond jewelry for every bride’s needs!

A Pop of Color

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Whether you’re a traditional bride looking for a little pop of color to add to her white wedding day look or a modern bride looking to find the right color earrings to match your colorful dress, you can be sure that Adorn has what you’re looking for! We have a great selection of colorful diamond earrings that work for any dress. To prove it, we put together a few collages that show just how easy it is to match our earrings to your dress!

LentonEarringsOur first collage showcases our green Lenton Earrings. These earrings are Tsavorite Diamond and they will make your guests turn green with envy! Match them with an extravagant floral ballgown or keep things simple with a white strapless gown. Whichever you choose, these earrings make sure you will be the life of the party!

AftonEarringsThe second collage we have is our Rose Gold, Pink Tourmaline Afton Earrings. These earrings bring an elegant pop of color to a simple cap sleeve gown. They also match perfectly with the floral accents of one of our favorite Hailey Page gowns! If you’re going for modest or over the top wedding dresses, the Afton Earrings are sure to add the right touch of elegance.

IshaEarringsLast, but certainly not least, we have our Blue Topaz Isha Earrings. These are my favorite earrings because they have the perfect pop of blue as well as an interesting design. Match them up with a ruffled white dress for a traditional look with a twist. Or match them with a blue floral dress fit for a fairy princess!

If you’re a conservative bride looking for a tiny bit of color to brighten up your look or if you’re an extravagant bride looking for the perfect pair of matching earrings, you can be sure that we have what you need at Adorn.com!

The Makeup Woes

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
Every bride wants to look their best on their wedding day and for most brides that means applying a bit of makeup before they walk down the aisle. But what is the best way to do wedding makeup? Should you do your own everyday makeup or should you hire a professional to really get that perfect bride look? We had a quick Q & A with our partner, Christina Lawton from Captivating Beauty to answer some of our questions!
Q: How many hours ahead should a bride have her makeup done?
A: I like to have my brides ready at least an hour before their ceremony. I usually spend that hour or so before they need to go, helping them get ready for the walk down the isle. Its usually the time where if anything goes wrong, is the time to fix/adjust the situation and the Bride’s stress level will be at her highest. Take that time to sit, relax and let the people around you handle everything else.
Q: Should a bride do touch ups on her own or by a makeup artist?
A: Many of my Brides book me by my day rate, where they get me plus my assistant for a set amount of time that runs from the morning to their reception. This way they get an all inclusive styling and touch up experience and  don’t need to worry about anything. They like it because beyond touch ups, they can switch up their look for the evening. For my brides that book ala carte, they usually get a Glam Kitti which I customize for them and sometimes the whole bridal party will get one! Its the best little touch up kit that you can put your setting powder, lip color or concealer in and includes a mirror, blotting paper, lip brush, spatula and powder puff. Because I’ve customized with with everything I’ve already applied its perfect!
Q: Is it important to do a practice round of makeup before the wedding or should a bride just show up and get her makeup done?
A: I always require a trial before any Bride’s wedding. It’s essential because its a time for me and my bride to talk and decide what look will make her feel the most beautiful. By deciding before the wedding day, takes the stress away and saves time the day of. Imagine trying to figure out of you want a bold lip, smokey eye or subtle pinks while on a time crunch to get ready, into your gown, bouquets in hand and then possibly not be happy with the look you “just went with” because there was no time left.
Q: What are the best colors for a bride? Does it depend on the type of wedding?
A: Colors for a Bridal look depends completely on a brides tones, personality and even culture. Some weddings like Indian, Persian and some Asian cultures use certain colors of significance for their ceremonies.
Q: What brands of makeup do you think is best for wedding makeup?
A: There really aren’t brands that are best for bridal but it is more important to look at the ingredients in the makeup. For example, did you know spf can cause a flashback from a professional photograph? Some of my favorite brands to use are Make Up For Ever, RCMA, Temptu, Viseart and Skindinavia’s Bridal Setting Spray. I carry a range of brands in my kit because so many brands have great products. Many people like Ben Nye banana powder, I go for RCMA’s no color powder. Anyone of any race can use it because there’s no tint to it and you can re apply as much as you want to touch up and it wont ever change the look of your makeup.
Q: Should a bride do her own makeup or have it professionally done?
A: I get a lot of comments regarding what a professional makeup application costs because “anyone can do it.” The answer is yes, you can, and you could also take your own wedding pictures and record it all on your camcorder and play music from your iPod. But you don’t, why? Because you know a professional will do a better job. People might not even remember what music was played at your wedding or what type of flowers you had, but they WILL remember what you looked like, and you’ll have the photos for a lifetime. Don’t you want to make sure you look picture perfect ready in all of them? On the day you go from Miss to Mrs wouldn’t you like to be pampered for the day and not worry about anything?
Q: What kind of products do you use to keep makeup from melting in the heat?
A: Make Up For Ever with some mattifyling gel does great in the heat! A finishing spray to lock it in will seal the deal and if it all goes awry, ill be there to reapply anything as needed…unless you have your glam kitti!!
Q: What sort of makeup do you do for a bride that likes having her makeup to the extreme? How about a bride that wants as little makeup as possible?
A: You can apply the same makeup to 2 different brides and get 2 different looks all depending how you apply! Brides who want a glammed up look will often opt for a more smokey eye or bold lip while a more subtle bride will like a soft pink lip, natural blush and light color on the lid. Sometimes a bride will go light for the ceremony and for the reception, all i meed is to change up the lip color, smoke up the eyes and touch up the blush and she goes from blushing bride to beautiful bombshell!
Q: What kind of weddings have you done makeup for?
A: I’ve done large, intimate, cultural weddings where I’m booked for a three day period, destination weddings and high end weddings that cost upwards of 1-200,000. When a client chooses me for their wedding, your choosing a luxury experience far past your makeup application.
There you have it friends! We had a lot of questions and Christina had all the answers! You can check out her website for more information on bridal makeup and don’t forget to check out Adorn for all your bridal jewelry!

A Wedding by the Ocean

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

BEach Wedding Ideas

One of the most popular summer wedding venues is the beach and we couldn’t love the idea more! Warm sand and beautiful ocean views make a wedding even more romantic. Seashells and starfish are simple and easy ideas to incorporate into a beach wedding! By placing both of these things in the bouquet and the boutonnière, your wedding party will be ready for their places by a beautiful blue archway to match the blue of the ocean waves. Matching  centerpieces on the tables will add a finishing touch! The ocean waves are always flowing and so should the dresses of your beach wedding! The bridesmaid dresses we chose are short, strapless and blue to offset the white of the long, flowy wedding dress. For jewelry ideas, we picked out some of our real diamond pieces that go well with both dresses. The first item we chose is our infinity diamond Vandervelden Necklace that gently scallops around the neckline. It’s one of our newer pieces and is already growing in popularity with modern brides! The Vandervelden Necklace looks beautiful with our Middleton Earrings. These earrings are modeled after the earrings that Kate Middleton wore as she married Prince William. Their retail value is $10,875.00 but you can rent them from Adorn for $160.00! They are sure to add a royal look to a beautiful beach wedding! To tie these sparkly jewelry pieces together we included our Anne pearl hair comb. This hair comb has a sprawling design of crystal and pearl clusters that are sure to make a bold statement. All of these pieces, together or individually, are sure to bring a special sparkle to any beach wedding! Below is a collage of beach wedding dress ideas for a simple look. In the top left corner, you will see on of our brides from Pasadena wearing our Lockwood Earrings for her beach wedding! This is a great picture of the beach bride and a great dress as well. We included three dresses from J. Crew’s beach wedding department! The other two dresses are from Tommy Bahama. We chose these dresses because not only do they have that simple beach look, but they also have a bridal feel to them that will make your wedding day even better!

Beach Dresses

This Cake Costs A lot of Dough

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Wedding cakes tend to run the gamut from a DIY cake made by mom to a ridiculously large life-size portrait of the bride.  Although no two brides can agree on what the best wedding cake would be – everyone knows it’s an important part of the ceremony.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when while you’re ordering

Cakes Need to Be Transported:

Unless you’re a character on either Bewitched or Charmed, odds are you can’t make objects appear and reappear without having someone lift and move them.  Make sure you run through the transportation with your baker to make sure everyone’s on the same page about boxing, packing materials, and reception directions.  Professionals are usually really good about making this process work flawlessly. However, if your new mother-in-law decides to make the cake herself you should ask her to make it slightly smaller and designate at least 2 friends to help her with the transportation…the last thing you need is to arrive at the reception hall with a cake covered m-i-l. Not good, not good at all…

When Elaborate Goes Awry:

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Please heed this warning: when it comes to wedding cakes STAY SIMPLE. Unless you’ve got boatloads of money on the best baker in your state – keep it simple. Complex cakes can sometimes go awry and totally put a damper on your special day. For example take the cake to the left. The idea was beautiful: dolphins playing on a cake. But the execution leaves a little something to be desired. Instead of being playful and happy, it looks like there’s been a massacre in Flippers family and everyone was invited to witness the aftermath.

Your cake should be something you both really love:  tasty, elegant, and beautiful. Don’t fuss, or freak out over it, or feel the need to go overboard. Sometimes a simple cake tastes the best and looks the prettiest.

Remember Your Guests:

You might want to have this elaborate cake but remember, your guests just want something delicious. It is possible to have both but keep in mind, it takes a very talented baker to do this. This might be obvious to some but do a tasting at the bakers with your future hubs. If they serve other baked goods, buy a few. Get one of their little cakes to bring to your mothers or his mothers or someones mothers. It’ll give you a good idea about the bakers normal level of product deliciousness (is that a real phrase? I don’t think so)

Don’t Forget Your Groom

Friday, February 5th, 2010

GuyChecklistThe whole process of getting married seems to be targeted towards the bride.  In fact, many of your friends and family will say to your soon-to-be husband “Let her do whatever she wants, its HER day”.  It’s great to be the center of attention during this hectic time in your life but what about your guy? He’s getting married too and needs just as much attention preppin’ for this big day as you do. The problem is that 95% of wedding websites are catered towards the female perspective so where should they go?

The Plunge helps your man with all his burning  – and maybe not so burning – questions. They have articles and blogs forumon just about every topic: getting engagement, getting married, ring buying guides, bachelor party guides (my personal favorite), honeymoon handbooks, and tons of checklists.  Its important to make your main man feel special during one of the biggest times in both your lives.

So send your groom-to-be The Plunges link today along with a suggestion for a night out this weekend with a promise of NO wedding talk. I’m sure he’ll appreciate it.