tips for wedding gown shopping

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Yesterday I spent the afternoon at a private event at Bella Rosa Bridal in Richmond. Phylis, the resident Bella Rosa bridal expert, had some great tips for gown shopping.

Shop with a budget in mind. Your wedding gown budget should include alterations and accessories. To be safe, budget about $500 for alterations. The most common alterations are hems and bustles – most every gown needs both.

Allow 14-16 weeks for your gown to ship. You should also allow another four to six weeks for alterations. If you’re having your bridal portrait taken before your event, back your timing out from that date.

Create your own swatch with ribbon. If you can’t get a swatch of your gown’s fabric (not all designers provide swatches), Phylis recommends getting two or three colors of ribbon and bringing them along with you at your fitting. You can find a color match between your gown and one of the pieces ribbon, so you’ll have a “swatch” to take to design meetings.

Make sure someone else knows how to bustle. Once your gown has been altered, take a friend, your planner or your mom with you to learn how to bustle your gown and how to tie any bows or sashes.

{image via The Brides Guide}

cheese please

Friday, January 15th, 2010

This artful cheese display designed by Sunday Supers and featured on The Bride’s Guide this week is just yummy.

Mr. Boddington’s Studio

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Somehow I feel like Mr. Boddington and I are long lost soul mates. Quirky but refined. A little bit modern and a little bit heirloom…Mr. Boddington’s Studio makes me swoon.

Bride and Bloom – Simply Elegant

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Elizabeth MessinaA few months ago, my friend Janie at The Brides Cafe asked me to help design a table for the current issue Bride and Bloom Magazine, which was photographed by Elizabeth Messina at Veritas Vineyards. We wanted the table to feel rustic but sophisticated, and I think this concept is a testament to the versatility of burlap (one of my favorite materials). I love how burlap gives you a good neutral background.

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerJanie designed some of the most gorgeous flowers. Read more about them here.

Elizabeth MessinaFestive Fare in Charlottesville provided the linens and glassware, while Kristy at Monumental Designs created all of the paper. She is so talented!

Janie Medley JM Flora The Brides CafeElizabeth MessinaI was head over heels meeting Kristine at K. Rose Cakes, who made this stunning cake. I’ve always admired her work.

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerMerriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerMerriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerWe found the placecard holders at A Remark You Made on Etsy.

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding Plannerburlap wedding inspirationThank you so much to Bride and Bloom Magazine for featuring our work, and a big thank you to Elizabeth Messina for partnering with us on this shoot!

Bride + Bloom

Sunday, January 10th, 2010



A big thank you to Bride and Bloom for featuring our work in the current issue! More details up next.

Bride and Bloom

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Be sure to stop by next week to see more of the pretty table we designed for the current issue of Bride and Bloom magazine.

Jon + Lauren at Veritas Vineyards, Afton, Virginia

Monday, January 4th, 2010

merriment eventsIt was such a honor to be a part of Jon + Lauren’s wedding at Veritas Vineyards in Afton, Virginia. Although we were working on a crazy time line, with just two weeks to pull all of the details together, when Janie called to ask me to take part, I didn’t hesitate for a second. It was beyond thrilling to meet and work with Elizabeth Messina, K. Rose cakes and, of course, my go-to girl, Janie. I truly feel blessed! Be sure to take a look at the vendor list at the end of this post. We couldn’t have done a thing without the help of these super talented people.

dahlias tulips wedding inspirationJanie arranged the most beautiful flowers. This nosegay of dahlias and tulips has to be one of my all time favorite bouquets. So sweet and simple…

elizabeth messinaLauren was such a striking bride. As Janie said, she truly is a little Carrie Bradshaw. Lauren wore two different veils both designed by Myra at Twigs & Honey. She also wore two gowns — a strapless fitted design that she slipped into later in the night and a ballgown that she wore during the ceremony.

modern wedding cake inspirationmerriment events richmond virginiaK. Rose cakes designed Lauren and Jon’s wedding cake. Her work is outstanding, and she’s one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet.

wedding planning richmond virginiarichmond virginia wedding event plannerThere’s something so incredibly special about the Charlottesville area…something about that area of the country – maybe it’s the mountains – puts you at ease. Veritas is incredibly special to Jon and Lauren, who met at college nearby. During their courtship, they spent many weekends making visits to the vineyards that dot the Charlottesville landscape; it was only natural that they’d have their family to a place that meant so much to them for their wedding weekend.

richmond virginia wedding event plannerrustic wedding inspirationescort card displayveritas vineyardsWith the help of Pretty Pen Jen, we designed a moss covered escort card box nestled in Spanish moss that drew on the rustic feeling of the venue. Be sure to check out The Bride’s Cafe next week for a D.I.Y. tutorial.

JM Flora Janie Medley The Brides Cafeescort card displayThe reception space at Veritas is a grand ballroom draped in the most beautiful pleated organza. The french doors open onto a field that overlooks the vineyards, where Jon and Lauren were married.

Elizabeth MessinaThank you so much to all of the talented people who comprised our dream team. It was an honor to work with all of you! And congratulations and best wishes to Jon + Lauren.

{photography by Elizabeth Messina; flowers by Janie Medley at JM Flora/The Brides Cafe; Makeup by Erika Nixon at Makeup on Demand; Calligraphy by Pretty Pen Jen; Venue – Veritas Vineyards in Afton, Virginia; Rentals from Festive Fare, Charlottesville; Cake by K. Rose Cakes; Parasol by I Do Originals; Mr. and Mrs. signs by Family Attic Shoppe; Veil and headpiece by Myra at Twigs & Honey; Styling by Merriment Events}

Jon + Lauren’s wedding in Weddings Unveiled

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Last fall I had the most amazing opportunity to work with a dream team on Jon + Lauren’s wedding at Vertias Vineyards in Charlottesville, which is featured in the current issue of Weddings Unveiled. Check back later this morning for all of the details!


A New Years Eve Wedding

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

I’m love-love-loving Claudia’s sparkly gown and all of the pretty timepiece details in this New Year’s Eve wedding captured by Grazier Photography.

until next week…

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

I’m signing off until next week, but I hope you have the merriest and the brightest of holidays. xo

{photo by Katie Stoops, calligraphy by Pretty Pen Jen}