Wedding Etiquette: Personal Photos

Now that everyone and their brother has a smartphone and is on social media, taking and posting personal pictures of a couple”s big day has become a pretty normal practice. But this brings about a whole new question of when taking and posting these pictures is appropriate, if at all. Some couples will put their wishes regarding personal pictures on their invitations, or encourage guests to use a special hashtag when posting photos, but sometimes the rules aren”t too clear. So what is a wedding guest to do? We have a couple of things to keep in mind for when you”re thinking of snapping some shots.

1. Flash is a no-no!

It”s important to remember that the couple has hired a professional to capture the moments of their special day. While you”re capturing memories for yourself, make sure you aren”t accidentally ruining the shots that the couple has paid to have taken! Camera flashes can blow out the lighting of other pictures that the photographer may be trying to take, so try to be mindful of that when you pull out your phone to take pictures.

2. Try to put your phone away during the ceremony.

This is the big moment of the wedding, so it”s important to try to be just as present in the moment as the couple is. You”re there to see this happen, casino spiele so live in it! Rest assured that the couple will have plenty of pictures of this themselves, and this is a personal moment that you should let the two of them share in with only the people that they wished to have there. It”s definitely tempting, but at least keep in mind to keep the personal moments as personal as possible.

3. Before you share pictures, check with the couple!

If you want to put your pictures up on Facebook or some sort of social media, it is always appreciated if you ask the couple. Make sure that they are okay with your 7803 Facebook friends seeing pictures of them on their big day before you press share! You can also ask if they would like copies of any of the photos for themselves, especially if they ask you not to post the pictures. Remember that it is their big day, after all!

When taking and posting pictures, go with your gut and what feels right to you – you probably know the couple well enough to know what they would and would not appreciate. But it”s important to remember that the day is about them, and they want you to be engaged in the beautiful moments of their wedding. So don”t forget to experience the day with them!

Color Trends for 2014

1. Orchid

Photo: Wedding Chicks

With Radiant Orchid as Pantone’s Color of the Year, it;s no wonder why this would be our first choice for trendiest color for 2014. Shades of purple are always a gorgeous addition to any wedding, and this vibrant hue works as the main color or an accent. It can be combined with other shades of purple, or blues and pinks for a funky or romantic feel. Expect some palettes featuring this beautiful color!

Photo from Wedding Chicks


2. Mint


Photo: Pinterest

Mint was a big trend on 2013, and rightfully so; it can be adapted to work with many other colors and is just so darn pretty! A few months ago on the blog, we featured this post showcasing different ways to incorporate mint into your wedding palette. We’re still loving mint for this year, and can’t wait to see it used in even more new ways!

Photo from Pinterest


3. Blush


Photo: Glamour and Grace Blog

A soft, romantic color, blush can really withstand any time of year to serve as a beautiful color to feature on your wedding day. Again, blush is one of those versatile colors that works as a focal point or accent. (And psst… it’s varying shades are super flattering for bridesmaid dresses!)

Photo from Glamour and Grace Blog


4. Rose Gold


Photo: Ruffled Blog

This one is a trend that has really captured my attention. I love how rose gold is being incorporated for more of a soft, romantic look. (Perfect to complement any of the colors we’ve been talking about!) It adds a little sparkle and warmth to any palette, and is fresh and unique.

Photo from Ruffled Blog


So what do you think of our lineup for 2014? It looks so pretty and romantic, I can’t wait to see some gorgeous weddings!

Wedding Dress Trends For 2014

1. Short Dresses

Dress by Encore by Watters

This trend is perfect for a casual wedding during the warmer months. I love how fresh and simple this dress is, and think a short dress is a great idea for brides who want to keep things light and informal on their big day!

Photo courtesy of Brides

2. Long Sleeves

Dress by Monique Lhuillier

The trend sparked by Kate Middleton is still going strong, and I love it! This is perfect for a winter wedding, and provides coverage for a more conservative bride or venue, plus the detailing is so beautiful. Keep the sleeves coming!

Photo courtesy of FabSugar

3. Gold Embellishments

Dress by Claire Pettibone

Gold details are gorgeous, and I love how unique they are for bridal gowns. To me, this just oozes glamour, and I think it could work really well for a winter wedding. Definitely for a bride with a little bit of an inner diva!

Photo courtesy of Huffington Post

4. Dramatic Backs

Dress by Angel Sanchez

The back of your wedding dress is a part that is often not considered, but remember it’s what your guests will be gazing at while you say your vows! Dresses with a dramatic back have major wow factor, and are such a beautiful surprise. Why not look amazing from all sides?

Photo courtesy of Brides

5. Pink Dresses

Dress by Vera Wang

This trend is definitely the loudest of the bunch. For the girliest of girlie girls, pink gowns are popping up everywhere! This is definitely a dress for a bride who loves to make a statement, and I love how unique colored wedding gowns are. They bring some spunk to your big day, and show off your unique personality!

Photo courtesy of Huffington Post

Trends for Bridesmaids

One of my friends was joking around about planning her future wedding the other, and we got to talking about one of my favorite topics associated with weddings: bridesmaids! I always enjoy seeing the ways that bridal parties support, encourage, and love their friends on their big days, and can’t help but think of my amazing girlfriends and how much fun they would make my wedding day. (Off in the future, of course!!) So this week, I thought to focus on the bridesmaids and some fun trends for them to rock on your big day!

1. Lace

Photo Courtesy of Southbound Bride

Lace and weddings are a classic combination, and it isn’t just for the bride! One of the biggest wedding trends in the last couple of years has been lace dresses for your bridesmaids, too.


2. Skirts

Photo Courtesy of Wedding Party

This trend snuck up on me while I was making a color palette recently, and I love it! Having your bridesmaids match a simple top and a statement skirt is not only unique, but also provides something that your girls can actually wear again! Plus, since the skirt is on a smaller scale than a dress, it can be a great way to incorporate a brighter color or pattern without overwhelming your girls.


3. Sweaters

Photo Courtesy of One Wed

It’s definitely sweater weather! For weddings that are taking place during colder times, adding a simple cardigan can keep your girls warm while they stand beside you and support you!


4. Mismatched Dresses

Photo Courtesy of Love and Lavender

This trend has really taken off, and I could not be more obsessed. I love the idea of allowing your bridesmaids to incorporate their personal style and add their own flair to your day. The best part of this trend is that there are so many different ways to do it! You can select one dress in different colors, pick one color and have your girls pick their own style, provide a few different options for your bridesmaids to pick from, or just provide shades and let their style shine. Not only will your bridesmaids be able to truly love their dresses, but they might even bring out shades of your color scheme that can add to the beauty of your big day!


5. Unique Accessories

Photo Courtesy of Bridal Musings

Similarly to mismatched dresses, this trend let the fun and funkiness of your favorite girls shine through. You can keep your bridesmaids cohesive while also celebrating their unique styles by having them wear different shoes or jewelry. Also, this lets your girls make the ultimate choice for themselves: heels or flats?

References In Order of Appearance: 1. Southbound Bride 2. Wedding Party 3. One Wed 4. Love and Lavender 5. Bridal Musings

5 Trends For Grooms

Often during the build up to a couple”s big day, most of the styling questions are focused on the bride. We thought that maybe it was time for the grooms to get a little love and attention! Here are our Top 5 Groom Trends – a collection of looks we love for the lucky grooms!

1. Texture

Photo Courtesy of Storybook Weddings

We have been going crazy over texture here at Soirée! From textured suits to shirts to ties and anything else you can think of, grooms are starting to mix and match to create fun and interesting combinations. For a more casual affair, a textured shirt mixed with suspenders and slacks, and for more formal gatherings, mix jacket, vest, shirt, and tie textures to create some interest.


2. Bow Ties

Photo Courtesy of Ruffled Blog

Bow ties are perfect for the brave groom who appreciates a touch of whimsy. Mixing and matching prints with bow ties and shirts is a fun way to add some color and pizazz to a groom”s outfit.


3. Plaid

Photo Courtesy of Pinterest

While we”re on the subject of casino online prints, plaid provides some fun color combinations that freshen up a groom”s clothing options. Plaid-on-plaid is not for the faint of heart, but when patterns within the same color family are mixed appropriately, magic can happen!


4. Colored Socks

Photo Courtesy of Style Me Pretty

This is one trend that has stuck around, and we”re obsessed. This provides another creative outlet for grooms to add some unexpected color or a fun print to their outfit without having to worry as much about matching everything. Having a groom and his groomsmen all select their own fun socks allows for more individuality to shine through.


5. Unique Accessories

Photo Courtesy of It's A Bride's Life

From vintage pins to personalized cuff links, the possibilities for a groom”s accessories are really endless. Little personal touches like this allow for the groom”s personality to show, and allow for family heirlooms to be used in new ways to make your special day even more special. It”s A Bride”s Life has more options for personalizing cuff links.

References In Order of Appearance: 1. Style Me Pretty 2. Ruffled Blog 3. Pinterest 4. Style Me Pretty 5. It”s A Bride”s Life

5 New Dessert Ideas

I love cake as much as the next girl (probably even more, but that’s another story), but at Soirée, we’ve been noticing some new takes on the traditional wedding dessert that have really captured my attention. From mini-cupcakes to cookies, our couples have brought some fresh ideas to their wedding days, and the trend is catching on! In an article on Colin Cowie Weddings, 5 new dessert ideas were featured to show how couples can add some flair to their dessert tables. These ideas can stand alone as the dessert of the evening, or can even be paired with a more traditional cake to add some variety. Here are some examples of new desserts to consider!


1. Doughnuts

Courtesy of Colin Cowie Weddings

Surprise! This faithful old treat is coming back in a whole new way. Doughnuts add a bit of lightheartedness to an event, and I know that for myself, they remind me of my childhood. A taste of sweet nostalgia is a fun way to add some silliness to your big day. And as Colin Cowie Weddings states, doughnuts, “pack so easily that they could be transported anywhere, from a country meadow wedding to a city rooftop soiree. Guests can simply pluck their share themselves and carry it about on a small plate.” Perfect for a relaxed, informal event. At First Blush & Co. also features some great doughnut ideas!


2. Macarons

Courtesy of Colin Cowie Weddings

Macarons are popping up in weddings all over! This dessert is super versatile – it can be made in many different flavors and colors to match whatever wedding you’re having. Like donuts, macarons are fun, more portable desserts that your guests can enjoy as they mingle and dance. Wedding Chicks offers some great recipes if you want to give this treat a try!


3. Desserts in a Jar

Courtesy of Colin Cowie Weddings

Such a creative idea! Mason jars are just as popular as ever, and this dessert provides a new way to incorporate everyone’s favorite wedding decor in a practical way. And how gorgeous does that dessert look? I’m ready to dig in! Ruffled Blog also features a wedding with desserts in a jar, which are just as beautiful and adorable.


4. Cake Pops and Cake Balls

Courtesy of Colin Cowie Weddings

If you want to keep the traditional cake element, but are looking for something a little less formal, these bite-sized treats are the way to go. An update on cupcakes, cake pops and cake balls let your guests have bites of yummy cake that are more easily managed as they celebrate your big day with you. Different flavor options allow your guests to try a bite of cakes that you love, and provide some variation. Style Me Pretty also showcases a breathtaking wedding with cake pops as a dessert option.


5.  Candy Tables

Courtesy of Colin Cowie Weddings

Candy tables, also known as dessert buffets, provide the most variation of all. A sampling of different pastries and sweets that you love allows you to be flexible to allergies of other food sensitivities, and lets your guests have some fun picking which confection they want to sample. Aside from that, the variation in colors provides a beautiful added bonus! 100 Layer Cake also features a gorgeous wedding that had a different take on a dessert buffet.


The article that inspired this blog post can be found at

5 Fun and Trendy Accessories for the Bride

One of the most exciting processes for a new bride is the selection of her wedding gown. It’s likely something she has been dreaming of since she was young. But, as any woman knows, what is a great dress without some amazing accessories?! Here is a list of some of our favorite accessories for brides:

Wedding Trend: Sparkle

1. Sparkle - there are a lot of ways a little sparkle can be incorporated into a bride’s look: a simple beaded headband, a sparkling belt for her gown, or a chunky statement necklace. No matter what, a little sparkle is always a great choice!

2. Gloves - from dainty short lace gloves to long black leather, gloves (thanks to Vera Wang) have been making a come back in a big way to bridal accessories in the past year.

Wedding Trend 3: Veils

3. Veils - this is nothing new, but recently veils have seen some new trends with bird cage veils, tiered veils and blue veils!

Wedding Trend 4: Blue

4. Navy - the idea of “something blue” has been a part of weddings for a very long time. But recently, brides have been opting out of the traditional baby blue and incorporating navy into their look instead!

Wedding Trend 5: Flower Crowns

5. Flower crowns – this was a popular trend in the 60′s and it has been making a resurgence recently, especially with outdoor weddings.


References in Order of Appearance: 1. Stella’s Design 2. Vera Wang 3. Emotion Galleries 4. Etsy 5. Olive & Boone

Destination Weddings: Amy and Joe

Destinations weddings are becoming increasingly popular. According to, destination weddings now make up 24% of all weddings! We wanted to take a more personal look at the process of planning a destination wedding. So, Ali’s sister, Amy, was kind enough to share a bit about her destination wedding in Costa Rica. Amy and Joe’s beautifully personal ceremony is the perfect example of how destination weddings are truly about the couple. I asked her a few questions about how the experience was to gain some insight into planning a wedding abroad:


Why did you decide to do a destination wedding?
I have never really been the person who had an idea of my “dream wedding”, so the day was really about how we wanted to begin our life together (which I think is what it should be about). We love traveling, and wanted something that was small, very laid back and really focused on the vows and marriage.   Joe and I decided on a private ceremony in Costa Rica with a reception for family and friends in Montana in the summer.
What was the most difficult part of planning a destination wedding?
We didn’t want to do a typical destination wedding, where the resort takes care of finding photographers, caterers, officiants, etc. Instead, we found the vendors/site on our own, which was probably the most stressful aspect.  Also, most of the vendors spoke Spanish which made planning a little more complicated.   While it took a bit more effort on our part initially, everything came together really well for the day of the wedding. We ended up staying at a B&B in a very small coastal fishing town.  The owners of the B&B allowed us to get married in their orchard and were our witnesses for the wedding.  I created my own bouquet from flowers/plants I collected that morning, did my own hair (with help from Joe) and makeup. We hired a photographer as well as a lawyer to perform the ceremony. It wasn’t anything fancy, but it was perfect for us.
What would you tell future brides contemplating a destination wedding?

It worked wonderfully for us, but it might not be for everyone.  Be flexible, know your budget and enjoy the adventure. Don’t be afraid to elope if it is what you truly want.
What was your favorite memory of your wedding?
Its hard to choose just one thing, but I think my favorite memory was having Joe help me get into my wedding dress.  It is something most brides wouldn’t consider, but it was perfect for us. He was involved in helping me get ready for our day, which was really special for both of us. I also really enjoyed spending the entire day with Joe – we went swimming with sea turtles in the morning, sat on the deck overlooking the ocean while we ate lunch, and exchanging our personal vows.
Soiree note: Thank you so much to Amy and Joe for allowing us to share about your wedding experience. We are so excited for your Montana reception and wish you the best in the future!

Color Inspired: Purple and Violet

This color palette was inspired by all the various shades of purple I found when looking at wedding details. A combined mixture of different shades can make for a beautiful wedding theme anytime of the year. I especially love the purple heels in this palette that either the bridesmaids or bride could wear on the wedding day.

References in order of appearance, top to bottom, left to right:

1. Wedding Chicks 2. Daydreamer Desserts 3. Frosted Petticoat 4. Loverly 5. Frosted Petticoat 6-7. Ruffled Blog 8-10. Wedding Omania

Wedding Trend: Custom Favors

Finding a unique gift to give your wedding guests can sometimes be a challenge. You want to have a special gift that fits in your budget but that is also customized and represents the two of you. Below we have found a few tasty and adorable wedding favors that might inspire you for figuring out your wedding favors.

Tips for choosing the right wedding favors:

1) Make sure it represents both of you

2) Depending on your budget don’t forget that their are plenty of DIY wedding favor ideas. Sometimes some of the best favors are those that were put together by the bride and groom.

3) Personalize it by adding a favorite quote or the date of your wedding

4) Keep it small, no one wants to be hauling around a huge wedding favor!


1. Wedding Republic 2. Bridal Detective 3. Inspired by this 4. Bridal Detective 5. Weddings by Lily 6. Bridal Detective 7. Seattle Times

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