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SPRING BRIDES | THIS SEASON

Going Big S

pring’s biggest wedding trend is just that — big. Gone are the dainty, delicate touches of seasons past and in are big blooms, big bows and bold colors, says Harper’s Bazaar. Here are a few ways to take your spring ceremony to the next level.

BLOOMING DRESSES

Designers are opting for big flowers, but not in the bouquet. Instead, look for posies as part of the gown itself. Rich embroideries, plush appliques and as breathtaking accents were all spotted on designer runways. Remember, though, if you’ve got a giant geranium on your hemline to keep the flora toned down elsewhere.

TONE UP

Also spied on the catwalk: More bridal options than ivory or white. Perennial favorite designer Vera Wang showcased gowns in nude, violet and even bright red. Brides magazine says other designers turned their palettes purple and sent out a variety of pale lavender pieces.

GLITZ AND GLAM

New gowns also offered up lots of dazzle in edgy metallic silhouettes. Also on trend: cascades of feathers, roaring ruffles and oversized bows. Again, with bold styling, remember to keep the rest of your ensemble simple to avoid looking too over the top.

A VARIETY OF SHAPES

Wedding dresses aren’t just waist-cinchers anymore. Try on a new shape like a swingy, flowy trapeze or a gown with an empire waist. These dresses are often easier to wear and require fewer layers than your more traditional gown. Ask your bridal shop to point you to a unique waist and length to flatter your shape.

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SPRING BRIDES | FOOD

On Trend: How Sweet it Is

On Trend: How Sweet It Is Color is White Hot Nothing has more stay on the cutting edge Gone are pale pastels potential for complica- with these cake trends. and blinding white icings. tions on your wedding In are deep, moody colGoing Up day than the towering Towering cakes arefor hot ors and shining metallics. othing has more potential cake at the end of the right now, says Ameri- Look for ways to add reception hall.complications on your wedding They make entire TV can Cake Decorating, and shine with edible pearls the towering at the brides arecake soaring past and dramatic, elegant shows day aboutthan building frosting colors. If you’re twoand three-tier cakes (and moving) what may end of the reception hall. be the largest cake you’ll for eight- or nine-tiers of going bold, balance it ever have to buy. Make sugared bliss. These cakes out with a simple, eleThey make entire TV shows about building (and your wedding shine and come with serious logis- gant cake shape and style. moving) what may be the largest cake you’ll ever have There can be too much of tics issues, though. to buy. Make your wedding shine and stay on the cutMake sure your baker is a good thing. ting edge with these cake trends. comfortable making (and Get Naked moving! GOING UPDid we menNot like that. Naked tion moving?!) such a tall Towering cakes are hot right now, says American cakes are the hottest cake, and that your venue Cake Decorating, and brides are soaring past two- and will make this as easy as three-tier cakes for eight- or nine-tiers of sugared of hot trends and feaRead: Please bliss. These cakes comepossible. with serious logistics issues,ture cakes with little to no frosting and exposed don’t make anyone bring though. Make sure your baker is comfortable making a nine-tier cake such up five (and moving! Did we mention moving?!) a tall edges and sides Ask your flights of stairs. cake, and that your venue will make this as easy as baker to use buttercream possible. Read: Please don’t make anyone bring a for this application, which

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is a tad more heat friendly that heaps and swirls of frosting. Naked cakes also allow for the flavor of cakes and fill-ings to shine through. Make sure your baker makes an A+ cake and also take the opportunity to have fun with your filling. Small World If big isn’t your thing, cut out the cake and go for a small dessert table filled with the couple’s favorite treats. Pies? Yup. Cookies? There. Fresh berries and cream? By the spoonful. This presentation of-fers up lots of variety and also makes for a heartwarmingly personal reception.

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Gone are pale pastels and blinding white icings. In are deep, moody colors and shining metallics. Look for ways to add shine with edible pearls and dramatic, elegant frosting colors. If you’re going bold, balance it out with a simple, elegant cake shape and style. There can be too much of a good thing.

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SPRING BRIDES | VENDORS

Hiring a Photographer

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or as much planning as go into them, your actual wedding day will probably pass in a blur. So it’s important to choose the right photographer to preserve memories for you to look back on. Keep reading for tips on choosing just the right photographer to preserve your special day. DO

Ask for a portfolio. A photographer’s portfolio showcases their best work. Ask to see a complete wedding set to get a better idea of how the photographer operates. Look for uniform quality in the shots and see that the photographer’s style matches your own. Come armed with questions. Typical questions should include if the photographer shoots digitally or with film, if they charge extra for travel or parking, and if there will be a written agreement for your events. Hint: There should be. Scour that quote. Be on the lookout for extras that you don’t need, like extra prints or a CD copy of your album. Don’t be afraid to ask to sub those items out for things you would like, such as a parents album or personalized thankyou cards.

DON’T

Take the cheap route. A professional wedding photographer costs money. Don’t ever rely on Cousin Ed to take professional-grade shots (unless, of course, he is a professional wedding photographer. Then, if he offers, go ahead.). That said, go over your contract carefully to make sure your expectations and your pho-

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tographer’s talents align. Overlook venue rules. It may sound silly to you, but venues usually have those rules for a very good reason.

Sure, just one little wedding full of flashes won’t hurt the priceless artifacts behind your church’s altar, but think of a whole season’s worth of flash-

es, several times every Saturday. Prioritize product. Pay for the photographer, not the goods, says the International

Society of Professional Wedding Photographers. Who cares if you have giant canvas prints of your big day if you can’t stand to look at them?

SPRING BRIDES | VENDORS

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Catering on a Budget

he source of many a bridal headache, catering and menus may make up a huge chunk of your wedding budget. Ask these questions to pull of a stunning smorgasboard while staying within your budget.

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| WARDROBE NG BRIDES | WARDROBE SPRING BRIDES

Trend: OnOnTrend: JumpInIn Jump T T

he wedding jumpsuit is officially he wedding jumpsuit a thing for 2019.isIf officially you’re a bride a thing for 2019. If you’re bridea good who bucks tradition andaloves who bucks tradition and loves good of tailored trouser over puffya layers tailoredtulle, trouser over layers of you’re in puffy luck this season.

tulle, you’re in luck this season.

Designers at all budget levels are jumping on board with a jumpsuit for every taste and style.

Designers at all budget levels are jumping on board with a jumpsuit for every taste and style. TRADITIONAL

OK, so the jumpsuit may never be strictly traditional, but Brides magazine says the tradition-loving, jumpsuit-seeking TRADITIONAL bride should may look for options in white or ivory with OK, so the jumpsuit never be strictly traditional, butlace. Be sure to says pick the a suit that’s lined for modesty’s sake. Brides magazine tradition-loving, jumpsuit-seeking

bride should look for options in white or ivory with lace. Be sure to pick a suit that’s lined forMINIMALIST modesty’s sake.

For the no-fussiest of no-fuss brides, it’s all about the fabric. Look for a simple silhouette in satin, let’s say. But with MINIMALIST minimal details, what there is must be on point. For the no-fussiest of no-fuss brides, it’s all about the fabCraftsmanship, especially in small details like pleating and ric. Look for a simple silhouette in Ask satin, let’s say. But straps, should be perfect. your bridal shopwith for options minimal details, what there is must be on point. and alterations for the best wedding-day fit.

Craftsmanship, especially in small details like pleating and straps, should be perfect. Ask your bridal shop for options BOHEMIAN and alterations thewith bestlots wedding-day fit.embroidery. A flowy, Gofor boho of texture and

romantic jumpsuit also pairs perfectly with the outdoor ceremony, so feelBOHEMIAN free. Wide leg versions mimic a skirt, but you can also find plenty cropped lengths to let you shake a leg Go boho with lots of textureinand embroidery. A flowy, on the dance romantic jumpsuit alsofloor. pairs perfectly with the outdoor cer-

emony, so feel free. Wide leg versions mimic a skirt, but you DRESSlengths OR PANTS? BOTH! can also find plenty in cropped to let you shake a leg If you can’t make up your mind, look for a jumpsuit with a on the dance floor. detachable skirt. On for the ceremony, off for partying it up at the reception. Make sure your maid of honor or bridesDRESS ORtoPANTS? maids know how work the BOTH! detachable skirt and that you’ll If you can’t make up your mind, look forparty. a jumpsuit with a have a place to stash it while you

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