How to “Propose” To Your Bridesmaids

Your fiancé has done his part by finding the perfect ring and the right time to ask you to spend the rest of your life with him.

After the initial bliss of being engaged and the realization of planning and preparing for a wedding kicks in, you soon begin to realize that you cannot possibly do it alone.

Finding the right bridesmaids is no easy task considering the financial and time commitment required of your closest friends or relatives.

Finding women who are dedicated to your happiness, committed to executing your vision and fierce enough to hold it all together when you feel that you just cannot, is a challenge within itself.

But what happens when you do find those people, how do you muster up enough courage to invite them to be apart of your special day?

Calling would be so cliché and let’s be honest, sending a text message screams, “ I know that you don’t really want to do it but I’m paying for your dress so please show up.”

Your fiancé found the courage and now it is time for you to figure out how you will “propose” to your bridesmaids.


Say It With A Gift


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What better way to ask your closest friend to join you on your special day than with a special gift? Let’s face it, a beautiful piece of jewelry lets your friend know that you mean serious business when it comes to your wedding and that you are ready to create lasting memories with them.


Write a heartfelt letter or poem

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Nothing says I love you, I appreciate you, or I need you more than a heartfelt letter or poem. Customize your piece to describe what or how you feel about your friend or relative and why you would appreciate them spending their time making your big day that much special.


Plan a backyard dinner

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Invite your entire intended bridesmaid party to beautifully set up backyard party. Make sure the conversation is easy, the setting is right and that the food is delicious. Before the dinner ends, make an announcement, first reflecting on how you enjoyed your time with the women and then on the special bond you hold with each one of them. As they all get teary-eyed, humbly ask them to join you on your special day as your bridesmaids.


Fall Trends

With the end of summer near and fall on the horizon–here’s a look at what’s definitely in this season. Although garden style bouquets are still popular, the flower of fall is the peony. Available in a variety of colors, these go-to florals make the fall wedding cozy. To compliment the peonies, subtle tones are also in style–so avoid bright oranges and blues. For the fall bride, opt for paler tones such as blush or beige or go dark with aubergine or maroon. One surprising trend for fall is the return of the short wedding dress. Designers like Reem Acra are making spectacular short dresses that let you strut your stuff while still getting a beautiful wedding dress in the process.


The Silver-Studded Wedding

It may be true that all that glitters isn’t gold, but give silver a chance and it will add instant glam to any wedding. Crystal embellishments help to add refinement to a table setting, while also creating a classic, clean setting for your guests to enjoy. Add pops of studded silver to your big day attire,  like the Swan Satin Pump by Manolo Blahnik to carry out your silver-themed soiree. Add touches of crystals to your silver decor to create drama–use crystallized pieces such as table numbers and dimly lit candelabras for the “wow” effect.

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Jewel Tone Touches

Jewel tone color themes are the latest way for the modern bride to convey a sense of lavishness and elegance. Sapphires, rubies and emeralds all add a rich color texture to your decor. Even transforming your lighting can add a dramatic effect to your reception area. A simple way to see the jewel tone color scheme at its finest is using them in your floral arrangements. The reds, blues and deep purples pop when bunched together and create a cohesive look in your bouquet.

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Tips to Surviving an Outdoor Wedding

With summer wedding season coming up, it’s important to have a couple of go-to survival tips to making an outdoor wedding a pleasurable experience. Oh-Brides has done you a solid by giving you four tips that will allow you to focus on the beauty of your nature-infused big day.





What’s your tip to couples and guests attending an outdoor wedding?

Oh-Bride Idea: Mirrors

Mirrors have always been a wedding decor favorite and there is a good reason why; they instantly add a touch of glamour and sophistication to the decor. Whether incorporated as a huge wall display of mirrors or small accent details like mirrored table numbers, they are gorgeous and can fit into any wedding style. Here are some of our favorites!

1. The Gallery

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2. The Table Number

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4. The Table

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5. The Fun Details
Ozzy Garcia PhotographyDonna Newman PhotographyThis great piece is actually a reception bar made from mirrors!

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A Trend for 2013: Luxurious Lounges

2013 is already off to an amazing start in the wedding world. All around us, couples are getting engaged and wedding professionals are bubbling over with excitement for the 2013 wedding season. A new year is fun for many reasons, but in the wedding world, it means one very special thing — new wedding trends! Each year, the color palettes, the themes, and the wedding must haves are different. So for the wedding professional, a new year is like a Christmas Day of creativity and fun new projects. So today to indulge ourselves, wedding lovers, and brides like you we are discussing one of our most favorite wedding trends for 2013: luxurious lounges! The wedding lounge has been around for a few years now, but in 2012 is when they really started to become a wedding favorite. However, this year they are taking a very sweet turn and are swaying toward luxury and all out fabulousness. Not only are wedding lounges gorgeous, they are a major hit with weddings guests. The lounge allows for guests to step away from the hustle and bustle of the wedding reception and sit back and enjoy intimate conversations. Not that the wedding reception is overwhelming, but a having a lounge creates a different atmosphere entirely for your guests and for the wedding reception. If you are planning a wedding as you read this, Oh-Brides suggests that you consider this fabulous wedding trend for 2013. What’s not to love about a wedding detail that is not only gorgeous, but useful? For inspiration, check out the gorgeous gallery of luxurious lounges we’ve got below. 


Will you include a luxurious lounge in your wedding this year? Share your ideas with us here!


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A New Venture

In order to create closer ties with our brides, we’ve started a new venture! Comment on facebook with your colors and/or wedding theme and we will create an inspiration board for you. Today I have one for Crystal who is going to have a rustic fall wedding with tangerine, khaki and mocha! Check out her inspiration board!


Share your thoughts and wedding plans with us!


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Dressed in White: The White Bouquet

Color is an amazing addition to a wedding, but never underestimate the power and beauty of a all white bouquet. A solid white bouquet is striking in its own way and really makes the detailing of the flowers stand. Check out these gorgeous examples and see why a white bouquet will always make Oh-Brides swoon!


Which one is your favorite?



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An Idea to Love

In 2008, the Gardian published an article that had the above image taken by David Levene. The picture is definitely striking, but it also shows a fabulous idea for a wedding — inside our outside. This illusion canopy looks like it is floating, but of course the ballons would float away if not otherwise anchored down. The ballons are held to the ground with clear strings, which allows for this awesome canopy. Can you imagine the looks on your guests’ faces if they were able to dance or dine under this for your reception? Or imagine being married under this gorgeous set up? Hear the canopy is used outside, but Oh-Brides doesn’t see any reason why this couldn’t be used indoors over a dance floor or the dining tables? What do you think? Would you like to have a floating canopy at your wedding?



You are the Music in Me

They say opposites attract– but what about the couples’ who have similiar likes, loves, and passions?

Perhaps it’s the passion of a similiar hobby or talent that brought them together in the first place.

The worlds of indie music, acoustic sounds, and folk inspiration have shown through in our generation; this goes along with the vintage theme that many brides are incorporating into their wedding day.

So, for the musically inclined couple, I have some inspiration for you:

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Do you, or your fiancee play the guitar? Incorporate your love for the 6-string in your engagement or wedding pictures.

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Let your guests know your details of your wedding in musical style– two love bird invites:: available on

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Last week I gave some alternative guestbook ideas– here is a great idea for a music-inspired or acoustic decorated wedding. Purchase an old guitar from a second hand store, craft story, or wooden decorative guitar and paint or stain it to match your special day. Let guests write their messages (or just names) for a great memento of all you shared in your special day.

Love & Tulle,


Meet You at the Altar

Happy Wednesday Oh-Brides!

My creative juices as a bride-to-be usually are ever-flowing, but everyonce in a blue moon I find my creativity and inspiration for my wedding day come to an abrupt HALT.

This week’s mental block? My “altar”.

Yes, I have the church with a beautiful entry way, traditional pews, but the “altar” is so bare! While you can use florals to decorate the center of your ceremony, why not think outside the box?


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Use a “mantle” as your altar. Decorate with candles, vases, or photos.

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If your wedding theme is outdoors or more ‘casual’, use 4 trunk posts and decorate with vines, twinkle lights, or wildflowers.

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Open the “door” to the new chapter of your life. I LOVE this idea– using different frames and doors to create a backdrop that its creative and corresponding to your colors and theme. You can use more elegant frames and french doors, or use an idea similiar to the one shown above.

What are you using for your altar?


Love & Tulle,




Shoe Love

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Your wedding day marks one of the most important days of your life. It’s a day where you should feel like a princess from head to toe. Today, I discuss the importance of going all out in the aspect of dressing up your “toes”.

While most wedding dresses cover your feet, what’s to stop you from splurging on a pair of “slippers” to complete your fairytale happy ending? Regardless of your style, wedding theme, dress, or budget– you should pick a pair that describes your style.

A simple look (shown above) — the white or ivory ribboned heel can be found at stores online or in-store, such as DSW, Zappos, or Payless. These shoes look pricey but you can snatch them for a steal.



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The next shoes I’m a tad biased to– they’re the ones I am having at my wedding! (Kate Spade, shown above^) Yes, a splurge, and YES, completely NOT needed. But the way I see it, I’m only getting married ONCE– might as well go all out. These fabulous heels are my fiancee’s wedding gift to me. I can’t wait until they arrive! And, you know I’ll wear them again and again.

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For the simpler and dainty bride– for the bride who wants comfort and chic, take a look at TOMS shoes (shown above). This is a great design for the bride having a more casual, spring or summer wedding with a less formal gown. They’ll be great for dancing in too!

Love & Tulle,


Guestbook Creativity

We’re all familiar with the traditional guestbook signing before the wedding ceremony or before your guests head into the wedding reception. A little “blurb” is written and guests are on their way. Let’s be honest though–once we do have our guestbook we will most likely tuck it away in our new house or apartment, unlike to be looked at until our next wedding anniversary.

A creative and unique idea is to have your guests leave their “prints” in memory of your wedding day. I stumbled across this while Pinterest-ing with my morning coffee and found it to be an adorable idea.

Here you can pick the color of the ink either corresponding to 1. your wedding colors or 2. the season you’re getting married in– guests stamp their finger print and sign their name. It’s so pretty! Be sure to have either disposable wipies or individually wrapped ones so they don’t get ink all over, though!

What other creative ideas do you ladies have to replace the tradition guestbook?


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Walk Down the Aisle: In Style!

There are so many different designs and ways to decorate the aisle of where you step before becoming man and wife. Many brides just opt for the tradition white or red runner, but with DIY, creativity, and inspirations sparking new ideas more than ever, it’s a guarantee that this wedding season will bring a new different aisle style that you’re sure to love.

DIY: This idea has been circulating around Pinterest over the past couple weeks. It’s a timeline of the couple’s special day. Fell in love with this idea. Starts as the bride and groom with their childhood photos, how the couple met, first date, vacations, milestones, the proposal, and all the way up to their wedding day. After the ceremony, the couple will be able to escape for photos while guests take a look at the timeline before heading over to the reception.

Florals: Using flower petals to create hearts or rings (like wedding rings) down the aisle is a creative way to utilize more florals into your wedding day. Purchase fresh petals, or silk artificial ones in bulk packs of 100 + .


Let People Pave the Way: This is such a creative idea– have your loved ones and family stand in two parallel lines to represent an aisle that you can walk down. Umbrellas (shown above), candles, butterflies cupped in each person’s hand, lanterns, or balloons are creative and interactive ways to create an aisle that everyone will love to be involved in.


Love these ideas– what are you using for your aisle?

Love & Tulle,