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Throwing a shower for the bride-to-be is a tradition that dates back to the 1800s. Over the years, the practices surrounding the event have gotten a bit muddled, so today we’re answering some of the most common questions about bridal shower etiquette.
Who Hosts the Shower?
Traditionally, a shower should not be hosted by the bride’s immediate relatives — such as her mother, future mother-in-law, or sister — since it would appear as if the family was trying to garner as many gifts as possible, though these guests can take on the role of co-host if necessary.
The maid of honor or the bridesmaids typically share the responsibility of throwing a shower for the bride-to-be, but these days, more brides and grooms are living in cities other than the one where they grew up, and it’s unrealistic to assume that the maid of honor who lives several states away will be able to plan a successful shower without the help of those nearer to the bride. So today, who hosts the shower comes down to who wants to host it; if others closer to the bride — like her aunts, her mom’s friends, or her coworkers — want to have a shower in her honor, that’s perfectly acceptable.
Typically, anyone invited to the shower will also be on the wedding guest list. The main reason behind this is that the bridal shower is a time for those close to the couple to share in their excitement for their upcoming nuptials — bridal shower attendees will be discussing the wedding and all the preparation going into the big day, so it would be incredibly uncomfortable to have individuals there who weren’t going to be invited to the wedding day festivities.
The only exception to this is in the case of an office shower. Coworkers may want to gather to celebrate the bride, but they may not all be invited to the wedding. An office shower should not include office staff who do not know the bride-to-be well, or anyone who feels coerced into participating.
Should You Register? How do You Relay that Information?
We think that brides and groom should always register! A bridal registry takes the guesswork out of selecting a gift, and is almost always truly welcomed by guests. Register early, at several different places, and for a wide range of gifts at various price points.
It is common knowledge that it is poor etiquette to reference your wedding registry on the save the date or wedding invitation, but when it comes to a shower, the rules are a little different. It is acceptable to include registry information with the shower invitations, but not written on them. The stores where you register will usually provide cards that are the perfect size to insert into the invitation’s envelope. You can also include a link to the couple’s wedding website, which often has information regarding their gift registries.
Gifts given at bridal showers used to be smaller tokens like fresh flowers or baked goods. These days, it is more common for guests to give the bride-to-be something of higher value — remember that if a shower guest brings something larger or from the bridal registry, they are not obligated to bring an additional gift to the wedding.
Mix Up the Guest List
If you’re having more than one shower, be sure that the guest lists are different. Close family members and the wedding party are almost always the only individuals who should be invited to more than one shower. Keep in mind that guests to more than one shower are still only obligated to give one gift.
Always, Always Say Thank You
Sending thank you notes is the number one rule of bridal shower etiquette! Brides, designate someone at the shower (typically the maid of honor) to take note of who gave which gift, and be prepared to get started on thank you notes right away. Enlist the groom to help! After all, he’s getting gifts as well — many showers these days are couples showers rather than bridal showers, where friends of both the bride and the groom are invited. Remember not to use the gifts until after the wedding date, in case plans change and they need to be returned.
Fresh Affairs is an award-winning florist located in Raleigh, NC. Owner Lyn Graves has made flowers his life’s passion – he set up his first wedding at age 9, and his portfolio now includes over 11,000 weddings and events in more than 14 states. Fresh Affairs has won more than 75 state and national design competitions, designed for the governor’s inauguration, President Clinton’s inauguration, and even been inducted into the North Carolina State Florist Association Hall of Fame.
Every year, Fresh Affairs hosts an event called Tabletop Extravaganza, where brides-to-be can explore many different options for floral tabletop designs and get inspired for their own wedding day. The Fresh Affairs Tabletop Extravaganza 2014 showcased several one-of-a-kind designs in a variety of styles. A fabulous team of vendors helped put together the amazing event, including: Party Reflections, Rocky Top Catering, Paper Café, Joe Bunn DJ Company, Lana Addison Bridal, Total Production Services, Ashley Cakes, and Heart Stone Films.
As a bride, it’s natural to want to look your absolute best on your wedding day — aside from you and your soon-to-be husband, your wedding dress will be front and center on the big day. Finding the right gown is essential, but with with everyone having different body types and the abundance of dress styles on the market, it’s easy to get overwhelmed at the prospect of dress shopping.
Today, we’re breaking down the five most popular styles in a user-friendly wedding dress silhouette style guide so that you can get a grip on the industry’s terminology and figure out which look you like best before stepping into a bridal boutique to try on gowns! After all, the silhouette is the gown’s most prominent feature, and you want it to both flatter your shape and make you feel beautiful.
Check out the graphic below to determine what silhouette you believe suits you, and read further for an in-depth description of each style. Be sure to check out our previous post about wedding dress neckline styles, too!
An A-line, or princess gown, is fitted at the bodice and has vertical seams that flow out from the shoulder all the way to the ground in an unbroken line, creating a flared skirt that resembles an “A” shape. A modified A-line has a slightly more fitted skirt that a traditional A-line gown, giving you a more defined shape. A-line gowns are incredibly popular because they are almost universally flattering for every body type.
A ballgown is fitted at the bodice and features a (very!) full skirt that begins at the natural waist. It’s a very traditional wedding gown style — think Cinderella! Ballgowns are great for brides who are pear-shaped, as they highlight the waist and minimize the lower body.
A sheath dress is a sleek gown that fits very closely to the contours of the body. The narrow shape of the gown flows straight from the neckline to the hem with no defined waist, and is great for thin, silky fabrics and summery beach or destination weddings. Sheath gowns are for confident brides who want to show off their shape!
A mermaid gown fits closely to the body from the chest all the way to the knee and then flares out dramatically to the hem, resembling a fish tail. This silhouette is perfect for an elegant evening wedding or black tie affair. Mermaid gowns are a wonderful choice for brides with an hourglass figure who want to accentuate their curves.
Trumpet gowns fit closely to the body until mid-hip, where they then gradually widen to the hem, resembling the mouth of a trumpet. A trumpet gown features a tight bodice and a drop-waist, which highlights the bride’s every curve. The trumpet silhouette is often confused with the mermaid because each features a fitted bodice and flared skirt, but trumpet gowns flare from the hip while mermaid gowns flare from below the knee.
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We’re back with the fourth installment in our series highlighting our local florists’ designs from the SB&G 2014 Floral Shoot! Today’s post features an Asian-Inspired Succulent Tabletop from Catering Works.
Bloom Works is a division of Catering Works that offers custom floral designs by in-house designer Joseph Barnes. Catering Works has beautiful blooms — sourced from local and global vendors — to fit your creative vision for events of any type.
For the 2014 Floral Shoot, Catering Works designed an Asian-inspired succulent tabletop and bouquet that was the perfect blend of contemporary and classic. The design featured a modern concrete table, pops of purple, ivory, and yellow along with sculptural succulents that exuded a gorgeous fusion of Eastern art and Southern style.
The lush floral display paired beautifully with the lawn of the Page-Rollins White Garden adjacent to the Angle Amphitheater and Doris Duke Center of Duke Gardens. This color palette and contemporary design are perfect for an edgy or modern wedding in any season! Enjoy these photos (some never-before-seen) of Catering Works’ stunning floral designs, courtesy of Photography by Walters & Walters.
A huge thanks to the rest of the 2014 Floral Shoot Team, including: Belk (china and stemware), ThemeWorks (ghost chairs and bench), Cute Buttons (papers), Lana Addison Bridal (Tulle New York bridal gown), Bailey’s Fine Jewelry (jewelry), and Bella Trio Day Spa (hair and makeup).
This year, SB&G hosted our fashion editorial shoot at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh, where we paired stunning looks form our bridal boutiques with the museum’s interesting and artful backdrops. Today, we’re sharing our favorite looks in bridal fashion from Tre Bella Bridal, a full-service bridal salon and florist in Downtown Durham owned and operated by three sisters.
Tre Bella Bridal has a variety of bridal gowns from the collections of popular designers like Carol Hannah, Modern Trousseau, Jenny Packham, San Patrick, Badgley Mischka, and Winnie Couture. The shop also has several lines of bridesmaids dresses and hosts regular trunk shows!
This gorgeous, drop-waist strapless gown is from the Badgley Mischka line at Tre Bella Bridal. The beaded bodice and pickups add the perfect amount of sparkle, especially when paired with jewelry from Bel Canto Designs.
We love the illusion neckline (one of the year’s biggest bridal gown trends!) on this San Patrick stunner from Tre Bella Bridal. The cap sleeves are oh so romantic, and paired with an elegant updo and jewelry from Charlotte’s, our model is ready for a classic evening wedding!
This Jenny Packham gown from Tre Bella Bridal is dramatic with a plunging neckline, lace detail, and lace sleeves. Our model is wearing jewelry and a headpiece from Bel Canto Designs to complete the romantic, airy look.
This Modern Trousseau strapless gown from Tre Bella Bridal features a prominent overlay and elegant train. It simple lines are perfect for all styles of brides and weddings. Our model is wearing jewelry form Anfesa’s Jewelers to complete the classic look.
Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all! No matter the day of the week V-Day falls on each year, it remains one of the most popular wedding dates. Since this year’s holiday happens to be a Friday, we know a slew of couples will be saying “I do!”
Valentine’s Day is also one of the biggest days of the year to get engaged – roughly 10% of Americans choose February 14th to pop the question.
In honor of this day of love, we’ve rounded up a few ideas for creative ways to incorporate the spirit of Valentine’s Day into your wedding day – from adorable pink and red shoes and bridesmaids dresses to romantic floral bouquets and wedding invitations.
Not getting married on Valentine’s Day, but still love the pink and red color palette? No worries – this romantic palette can work in any season, all year-round!
For more Valentine’s Day red and pink wedding inspiration, check out our Valentine’s Day Wedding Colors & Inspiration Pinterest board!
We’re excited to share the first post in a series highlighting our wonderful bakeries and their gorgeous confectionary designs from our 2014 Cake Shoot. Today’s post features wedding day desserts from Gigi’s Cupcakes.
Gigi’s Cupcakes is the place for cupcakes here in the Triangle area of North Carolina, with four locations sprinkled throughout the Triangle with two locations in Raleigh – Brier Creek and Oberlin near Cameron Village, a Cary store at Waverly Place, and a new storefront on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.
Gigi’s bakes their delicious treats every morning, and with over 60 flavors ranging from classics like Wedding Cake and Scarlett’s Red Velvet to unique confections like Kentucky Bourbon Pie and Chocolate Salted Caramel, there’s sure to be something for everyone’s taste buds! Gigi’s also specializes in mini cupcakes and mini-cheesecake cups, so rest assured that you can order a variety to please each and every one of your wedding guests.
For our 2014 Cake Shoot, Gigi’s baked a variety of sweet treats, including Dulce de Leche and Coconut Cream Pie, to pile high on a five-tier cake stand. One of their arrangements was topped with one of this season’s most popular cake trends – a naked cake. A naked cake is an undressed cake, with frosting only between the layers as opposed to all over – a refreshing trend for those who love pound, bundt or fruit cakes.
This year, Southern Bride & Groom’s bridal fashion editorial shoot was at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh, where we paired stunning looks from our bridal salons with the museum’s interesting and artful backdrops. Today, we’re sharing our favorite bridal fashion from Alexia’s and Lana Addison Bridal - high-end, full-service bridal salons owned by husband and wife duo, Alexia and Michael Joyce. Brides-to-be get a one-of-a-kind experience with these boutiques, located in Raleigh and Cary, NC, which offer couture designers, special occasion gowns, bridesmaid dresses and in-house alterations.
The stunning emerald bridesmaids dress with a detailed ruffle neckline (left) is a Lynn Lugo design from Alexia’s. Emerald was the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year, and it’s still popping up in weddings and events everywhere! The model is wearing jewelry from Charlotte’s, a gift, clothing and jewelry boutique located in Cameron Village and North Hills in Raleigh.
The bridal gown in the same shot (left) is by Tulle New York, available at Lana Addison Bridal. We adore the dropped waist and playful tone-on-tone polka dot detail paired with statement jewelry from Bel Canto Designs, our vintage jewelry artist, as well as an engagement ring from Anfesa’s Jewelers, a fine jewelry store in Garner.
On the right is a dramatic Theia gown, also from Lana Addison. The elaborate bodice paired with the full, ruffled skirt makes for a dreamy combination, especially when paired with the classic jewelry from Anfesa’s.
Colored wedding gowns are becoming increasingly popular, and with this gorgeous blush Monique Lhullier gown (left) from Alexia’s, we understand why! The dress features a classic sweetheart neckline, sash, and fit and flair skirt. The model is also wearing jewelry from Charlotte’s to complete the soft and romantic look.
On the right is a sleek satin Martina Liana gown from Lana Addison Bridal. The gown’s elegant lines and sweetheart neckline pair perfectly with the beaded belt, and a statement ring and chandelier earrings from Charlotte’s add just the right amount of glamour.
We were all head-over-heels for this dress, a light and airy Martina Liana design from Lana Addison Bridal. Every detail is simply perfect, from the embellished cap sleeves and subtly ruched bodice to the beaded waist and full tulle skirt. The demure look is completed with earrings from Bel Canto Designs and a ring from Anfesa’s.
We are thrilled that the newest edition of Southern Bride & Groom is out and about for local brides to use as an inspirational planning resource for their weddings in North Carolina and beyond. Today, we’re excited to share a shoot that highlights our state’s stunning Outer Banks area. Today’s post includes some never-before-seen photos of our Outer Banks bridal style shoot from Brian Mullins Photography!
North Carolina has one of the most beautiful coastal areas in the entire country, so finding a gorgeous location for a destination wedding is as easy as pie. The Outer Banks is known for its untouched coastline, pristine dunes and preserved natural environment.
We assembled a wonderful team of wedding professionals for a preppy-meets-rustic Outer Banks bridal style shoot for the 2014 edition of Southern Bride & Groom. The shoot highlights several features of the beautiful Sanderling Resort, which sits beachside, but also has an event space and gazebo pier on the sound side of the island of Duck, NC. The Resort has a variety of outdoor areas shielded from the ocean breeze by the coast’s dunes, perfect for mingling cocktail hours or romantic evenings as newlyweds.
We’d like to give a huge shout out to the talented team of vendors who helped make this two-day shoot such a beautiful success, including: The Sanderling Resort, Brian Mullins Photography, Erin McLean Events (styling), Simply Put Vintage Rentals (furniture), CE Rental (linens and table setting), Tre Bella Flowers (floral design), Cute Buttons (menus and place cards), Tre Bella Bridal (Badgley Mischka bridal gown), Bernard’s Formalwear (tuxedo), Makeup for Your Day (hair and makeup), Diamonds Direct (jewelry), and One Belle Bakery (cakes).
The holiday season is officially upon us, and that means winter weddings are, too! Coordinating events that fall close to major holidays can be difficult, but having a December wedding doesn’t mean your color palette must be restricted to traditional reds and greens – we love this winter wedding silver tablescape from Fresh Affairs. The platinum styling oozes classic elegance and wintery-charm, and makes for a breathtaking overall display.
Fresh Affairs designed this stunning tablescape for our 2012 Floral Shoot at The Carolina Inn. Silver and platinum details are carried throughout the linens, china, chairs (including the custom skirts) and, of course, the floral décor. The billowy hydrangeas are entwined with platinum vines, and the chandelier is hung with cascading white orchids and silver leaves.
Gown: Lana Addison Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Bella Trio Day Spa
Linen, chair skirts, napkin detail & chargers: Fresh Affairs
Chameleon barstools, ruched chair covers at table head & glassware: Classic Party Rentals
Menu: Paper Cafe
Photographer: Photography by Walters & Walters