Let's get real, when it comes to picking bridesmaid dresses a bride can find herself a little lost. What color looks good on everyone? Will my maid of honor kill me for putting her in this dress cut? How come this gown looks completely different online?! Well, we are here to help you "hack" the dress selection process by revealing some of our absolute favorite online stores for finding the perfect bridesmaid dresses!
We adore Love for Lemons, there custom made dresses are designed like nothing else. Whether you're crushing on their blush pink lace or lovin' on their embroidered floor length dresses you will not be disappointed. These elegant and flirty dresses will make your wedding stand out in the crowd.
Reformation, is known for their mission statement, "We make killer clothes that don’t kill the environment." By uses sustainable fabrics and vintage clothing they are able to design completely stunning dresses for reasonable prices. These dresses posses a romantic vibe while keeping it classic. Their flowing floor length gowns come in a plethora of different colors, materials, and patterns that will match the atmosphere of any wedding venue.
Lucy in the Sky is an extremely cute and trendy site that won't break the bank. Their effortless summer pastel dresses are easy to fall head over heals for and make the bridesmaid dress shopping process a lot more fun!
Our April showers may be coming in May, and changing to snow...but we are still ever thankful for the moisture (we are gearing up for river season after all)! With Mother Nature and all her splendor bringing these May flowers and making us increasingly more excited for a gorgeous summer, it makes us think about this breath taking earth! We have to keep it safe (no, this is not another Earth Day post), but it is 5 ways to have a sustainable wedding! Often times a wedding is so much to think about and plan we often overlook our carbon footprint! Here are a few manageable ways to keep your wedding green.
Keeping it Small
No, you do not have to invite the weird neighbor kid that used to have a crush on you, just..no. Keeping a wedding small is difficult, we understand entirely. We absolutely want all of your loved ones to be there on this big day, but keep the effects in mind, such as: more miles traveled, more food consumed, a bigger venue, and more waste when it's all over. Destination wedding? Maybe consider a small intimate ceremony, and have a big reception closer to home. A "welcome party" if you will.
Look What's Right Under Your Nose
Thankfully sourcing locally is becoming easier by the day! Food and drinks are going to be the perfect, and easiest place to start. Living here in Colorado we have local breweries by the plentiful, but look into farms, co-ops, or wineries for other local favorites! Above our bride and groom Kali and Jonathan, had reusable welcome bags filled with local kettle corn, local chocolate, and growlers made and filled by Aspen Brewing Company! Another great addition is local flowers and foliage. Talk to your florist about where and how to get local favorites to diminish transportation!
The Goods, Made Better
We know (nor do we expect) that a bride will rent her dress, however gentleman, renting a tux is a wonderful way to cut down on unnecessary materials. Unless of course you think you will wear it often, have you and your buddies find a store near you to rent from. Our groom Steve and his groomsmen showing how perfectly tailored and fashionable they look. Along with renting suits and shoes, and equally as popular, renting your glassware, table linens, and decor also cuts down exponentially on the manufacturing of these same products. Lots of couples love to give away sweet treats in welcome bags or farewell cards, check to be sure you are using Fair Trade Certified treats to ensure equality to farmers when purchasing.
Our Favorite Kind of Invitation
Your invitations are going to be the first thing anyone sees regarding your wedding. We want them to look amazing. One of the newest improvements we are loving are biodegradable invites! Made with soy ink these invitations prove that there will be no compromise in design. Our latest obsession is here, plantable invitations! Genius!
Gifts that keep on giving
Giving a thank you gift is a wonderful gesture on your part. As everyone wants their wedding to stand out, give a gift that will be remembered and treasured. There are many companies now that make clothing, decor, jewelry, food, you name it, sustainably and with a conscience heart. Check out our past blog to get a few ideas, and also check out our personal favorite for gorgeous jewelry and accessories.
With a little searching, anyone can make a more green impact on their wedding day. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!
We all know that health and fitness is supposed to be a year round thing. Supposed, to be. But it's hard! There's chili, and bulky sweaters, and I'm sorry but a spring salad will not suffice when it's -15 and we're running back and forth to defrost our cars. We do not have personal trainers, private chefs, or live on the coast in Australia sipping coconut water looking awesome. And if you do, we probably follow you on Instagram.
Not to be disappointed ladies!
We have been hearing more and more about HIIT, High Intensity Interval Training, and frankly, it sounds as terrifyingly hard as it does effective.We want to look good and feel healthy, there is nothing better. Am I right!? For those of you trying to slim down for your big day or simply to prove to yourself that you can, HIIT workouts are calling your name! HIIT is a training idea in which low to moderate intensity intervals are alternated with high intensity intervals. Think-go, slow down, go, slow down. You may have heard before that introducing different speeds or inclines is better for you than running at the same pace for an hour. HIIT exercises are that same idea, on steroids (no pun intended). It is scientifically proven to burn more fat in less time.
" Although long duration/slow paced cardio burns a greater percentage of body fat during the actual session, HIIT cardio burns a greater amount of total body fat lasting well beyond the initial bout of exercise." (Seannal.com)
This is a great guide to teach you what you should be doing and for how long!
If you're more into videos, like we are (I never know if I'm doing it right), and want to see the rest of this one, click here! (We cannot guarantee you will look this happy).
Remember to stay HYDRATED! ALWAYS! And get your game face on :)
Welcoming your friends, family, and even co-workers to an event is one of the most enjoyable experiences we can think of. Typically it is a time for celebration, happiness, relaxation (sometimes), and experience. The art of the "welcome wagon" is growing to be just that, an absolute art form.
We are featuring, and frankly giving a huge high five to some of our favorite companies around making custom welcome boxes. If you aren't familiar, custom welcome/gift boxes are a beautiful way to welcome your guests to your event. For example: A wedding hosted here in Colorado, guests may expect welcome boxes with a bottle opener to represent (and help consume :)) craft beer, which Colorado is becoming more heavily known for. They may also expect to find, locally sourced beef jerky, or a travel size sunscreen to protect those cheeks from the high altitude sun. So on and so forth, you get the picture. Either way, companies are doing an exceptional job welcoming guests from around the globe. Without further adieu,
Our local Go-To: Bundles Gift Co.
Beautifully and expertly crafted, Bundles keeps it elegant, simple, fun, and valuable. They feature gifts only found in Colorado and exceptional custom calligraphy.
We just discovered this team while attending the Bliss and Bespoke retreat (blog up soon) in Charleston, South Carolina. Absolutely stunning work.
Based out of Vancouver, BC, we love By Broken Arrow for using local products, ready to display floral arrangements, and re-usable items.
Alright folks, with these suggestions you have no excuses! I love wine and chocolate, I will be checking my door step frequently!