Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Get a Sneak Peek at Our Brand New Wedding Book!

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We're thrilled to announce that our brand new wedding book, Martha Stewart Weddings Ideas & Inspirations, has arrived and with it, more than 250 pages of planning advice, fresh ideas, and need-to-know info on working with vendors, finding inspiration, and keeping your guests happy and comfortable. The 12 chapters cover the planning process chronologically, from announcing your engagement (woo-hoo!) and finding a venue to picking a palette, designing your big-day look, and deciding on stationery and flowers. You'll also get ideas for putting together a personal—and meaningful—ceremony, a fun and fabulous reception, and a delectable dinner menu and desserts. Consider it your ultimate guide to planning a wedding!

Preorder your copy of Martha Stewart Weddings Ideas & Inspirations and receive an autographed copy from Martha, or grab it when it hits shelves on December 1 ($60, Clarkson Potter). Know someone else who's engaged? It makes an awesome wedding gift! In the meantime, here's an exclusive look at what you'll find inside its pages:


Chapter One
First things first: Share your news, set a budget, and draft a guest list.

Chapter Two
Select a place that speaks to you, then start personalizing your party.

Chapter Three
Five strategies for picking a palette and fun ways to carry it through your day.

Chapter Four
How to find the gown of your dreams, look gorgeous, and dress your attendants.

Chapter Five
Everything you need to know about invites and extras from escort cards to thank-you notes.

Chapter Six
Blooms for all seasons, styles, and budgets, plus hiring the right florist for you.

Chapter Seven
Registry tips and ideas for engagement and bachelor/ette parties, showers, and rehearsal dinners.

Chapter Eight
Help invitees plan, and get them to the right places—and in the best moods—all weekend.

Chapter Nine
Vows, music, rituals: all that adds meaning to this momentous occasion.

Chapter Ten
Give guests the time of their lives with great food, amazing music, and a well-planned event.

Chapter Eleven
Filling, frosting, and finery to serve a sweet sensation, and dazzling dessert-bar ideas.

Chapter Twelve
Festive farewell moments: Toss confetti, give fab favors, and make a grand getaway.

Monday, November 23, 2015

10 Things a Bride Should Never Do According to a Wedding Planner

Things Never to Do According to Wedding Planner
Photo: Getty Images
Owner of Weddings in Vieques, a destination-wedding planning company off the coast of Puerto Rico, Sandy Malone has helped countless couples plan their big day since 2007. Here, she breaks down the top 10 things she'd advise her clients never to do.

Wouldn't it be nice if all my brides and grooms took all of the advice that they pay me to give them and actually followed it? But they don't. That said, there are some things that I tell all of my clients not to do and it's always interesting to see who listens.

1. Don't invite more guests that you can actually afford to have accept your invitation.

2. Don't pad your invitation list to get more gifts — that's called a "gift grab" and is easily
recognizable and frequently snarked about. Send announcements instead.

3. If you're using a wedding planner, don't start interviewing and hiring vendors on your own first. Most planners have preferred vendors they'll ask you to consider.

4. Don't designate your daughter, friend or anybody else as a "go between" for you and the planner because you are too busy.

5. Don't shop with abandon for your welcome bags, favors and décor whenever you see something you like. That stuff adds up fast — and often, it doesn't match the theme or décor you eventually choose.

6. Don't let the bridesmaids choose their own dresses. Give them guidance to ensure all of them look cohesive in photos: Choose a color in a certain designer's line of dresses and let them choose their own style. Give input about the neckline and length, too.

7. Don't give your wedding party gifts that they have to use or wear for your actual wedding. That's called "accessorizing" your wedding party, not thanking them.

8. Don't skip registering for gifts. Some brides and grooms skip it in hopes of getting cash gifts — and nobody is fooled. It's extremely bad etiquette. If they wish to give you a money-based gift certificate, they will. If you don't want gifts at all, put something snappy like, "Your presence is present enough!" on your wedding website.

9. Don't invite the same wedding guests to more than one bridal shower, unless they're immediate family or wedding party. Again, it looks like a gift grab and your guests will feel overburdened.

10. Don't put off all the things your wedding planner told you to get done in the first three months of planning. It's easy to tell yourself you have a year to write your DJ playlist, choose your ceremony music and write your vows and then procrastinate. But when you're three months out from your wedding date and trying to keep up with thank-you notes, showers and bachelorette parties, and get ready for the actual big day, those things you were supposed to do six months before will come back to haunt you.

Sofia Vergara, Joe Manganiello Are Married
Photo: Courtesy of Sofia Vergara via Instagram 
Talk about major aisle envy! Sofia Vergara is officially a married woman after saying, "I Do" to beau, Joe Manganiello, E! News reports. The gorgeous duo, gave us major FOMO this weekend, by documenting their wedding extravaganza through breathtaking Instagram photos of their star-studded events at The Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

After kicking off the festivities with private bungalows by the pool, and elegant dinners with a personalized touch, like the couples custom napkins that read, "he had me at hola," Vergara, and her hunky fiancé, made it official on Sunday in front of 400 guests.

The Modern Family star posted a photo of her "custom-made, fairy-tale frock" by designer Zuhair Murad, showing a close-up view of the detailed white gown, embellished with ornate embroidery and a matching, cascading train.

Vergara also commented on her big-day beauty look by saying, "Personally, I know that I don't like the natural look that some brides do. I'm 43, I don't really need to look like a virgin getting married," People reports.

One of our favorite pics of the Palm Beach nuptials (after all, we love a good flower shot) was a photo posted by Vergara, showing off the abundance of Jeff Leatham flowers that graced the venue of the ceremony site.

The photo shows a beaming Manganiello in the view of Vergara as she is being escorted down the aisle. The Magic Mike actor, who looked flawless in a John Varvatos tuxedo, sealed the deal with wedding bands designed by celebrated jewelry designer, Lorraine Schwartz.

The recent newlyweds also published a post-"I Do" snapshot displaying their elated smiles while looking adoringly at one another. Could these two be any more adorable?

Some of the couple's high-profile celebrity attendees included Modern Family co-stars, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, and Eric Stonestreet, while Channing Tatum and Reese Witherspoon rounded out the rest of the A-listers. Guests were graciously asked to make donations in honor of St. Jude's Children's Hospital in lieu of wedding gifts.

When it came to talking about honeymoon plans, Vergara made it clear during a game of "Say It Ain't Sofia" on Good Morning America that her "honeymoon" is "the thing that I'm not going to be able to have much of after my wedding...because I'm gonna have to go back to work."

Vergara also told Redbook magazine that when it came to the subject of kids, "Joe is younger than me. He's 38. He's never had kids. How am I going to say no?"

We can't wait to see what the future brings for this gorgeous twosome!


Friday, November 20, 2015

Create Your Own Hot Cocoa Bar

If you're in the midst of planning your fall or winter wedding, you're surely going to want to make sure your food, drink and favors fit right in with the warm and cozy setting you're creating. In our opinion, one detail that's practically a must is a hot cocoa bar, so below we're sharing some of our favorite ways to personalize yours and create a photo-worthy vignette that your guests will definitely love! 
design by j29 Events // photo by Jennifer Fujikawa
design by j29 Events // photos by Jennifer Fujikawa
design by j29 Events // photos by Jennifer Fujikawa

Felt Wrapped Mugs:

Regular mugs of cocoa are cute, but mugs wrapped in cozy  felt fabric are even better!  To recreate this look is so easy, but the impact is huge. Just cut a swatch of any color of felt fabric, wrap it around the mug, and secure it with twine and any additional decorative elements you'd like (think evergreen or rosemary sprigs, cinnamon sticks, candy canes, etc.)! 
photo by Pill Photography {Rebekah Pillmore}
photo by Pill Photography {Rebekah Pillmore}

Glass Mugs:

For a wedding that gives off an heir of elegance, you may want your hot chocolate bar to feel wintery-chic. Opting for classic, streamlined  glass mugs will help keep the vignette looking timeless and classy, rather than kitschy or eclectic.  
design by Unveiled Design Events // photo by J. Christina Photography
design by Unveiled Design Events // photo by J. Christina Photography

Vintage Teacups:

To style your cocoa bar with an antique-woodland vibe, we suggest serving up hot chocolate in  vintage teacups rather than mugs.  This is sure to add a little  vintage-inspired style to the display, and you can even gift your guests the teacups at the end of the evening! 
design by Jesi Haack Design // photos by Jasmine Star
design by Jesi Haack Design // photos by Jasmine Star

Hot Cocoa Toppings:

Perfect for a bridal shower or any fun event, gifting favors of mugs stuffed with individual packets of hot chocolate and fun toppings ( candy canes, marshmallows, etc.) is pretty much guaranteed to be a hit! You can create a space for your favor/hot cocoa bar at your wedding, allowing guests the option to enjoy right then and there, or take home to sip at a later time! 
photo by Megan Hayes
photo by Megan Hayes

Reindeer Mugs:

Nothing says winter quite like hot chocolate, but pair that with a  festive reindeer mug and you really have a recipe we love. This stylish, cozy display will be a hit with wedding or party guests, and the reindeer silhouette or motif is a fun design element to carry throughout all of the event's styling. 
design by Green Wedding Shoes // photo by This Modern Romance
design by Green Wedding Shoes // photo by This Modern Romance

Cinnamon Sticks:

Our favorite way to enjoy hot cocoa is topped with whipped cream and  cinnamon sticks! You can buy organic cinnamon sticks in bulk and tie them around the glass, display them in a jar, or stick them right into the mugs of hot cocoa at your wedding's cocoa bar! 
design by Michelle Edgemont
design by Michelle Edgemont

Mini Hot Chocolate Favors:

If you don't have the capacity have a full-blown hot cocoa bar at your wedding (maybe you and your fiancé took a vote and coffee won!), you can always send your guests home with this beloved treat in the form of favors! We love the idea of a mini cocoa gift, featuring unique, gourmet flavors and fun, graphic gift tags. To make these yourself, grab some  mini test tubes, gold twine and make your own (or buy some) favor tags!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

6 Fall Wedding Ideas We Love, Love, Love

Fall is a beautiful time of year and a fantastic season to plan a wedding. Fall weddings present an opportunity to pay homage to the season and to play with color—it's about natural textures, bold hues, glamorous touches, and a few other accents that say (but don't scream) "fall."
If you need a little style inspiration to create an elegant, warm fall wedding theme, here are some of our favorite fall wedding ideas...

1. Natural Textures and Bold Hues

In the fall, wedding décor is all about mixing natural textures with bold hues. That means tablecloths and napkins in tactile, visually-intriguing materials—quilted or ruched silk, velvet, linen—in subdued neutrals mixed with surprise pops of bright color—sangria, magenta, cobalt blue or royal blue.
In addition to using bold hues to offset the fall foliage, using a wood slice as a centerpiece is a stunning and unique option to the classic centerpieces. The wood adds to the fall theme for a wedding of that season.
One of our favorite fall wedding ideas is to use color to create the feeling of autumn without having to incorporate leaves or pumpkins. Chocolate brown, blackberry purple or deep red (or even lighter, neutral shades like cream or gold) are great fall wedding colors for bridesmaid dresses. Chocolate brown suits for the groom and groomsmen create the same autumnal feel without being too blatant. Another fall wedding idea is to use hemp, twine, brown Kraft paper or hessian fabric within your decorations. Wrapping wine bottles, the silverware, and napkins with hemp or twine, or using the Kraft paper, hessian and twine for your fall wedding invitations is a more subtle way of integrating autumn into your rustic fall wedding.
Fall Wedding Ideas                                                                         Photo Credit: weddingdecor247.com

2. Metallic Details

The fall season may be all about color—the warm reds, russets and yellows of the changing leaves, the bright orange of pumpkins and the deep browns of conkers—but metallic accents continue to be big. Adding a touch of gold and silver or bronze and pewter copper to the traditional fall colors creates a chic color scheme! Glass vases with pops of bronze or copper, gold and silver leaf wedding accessories, or even metallic napkin rings in gold or silver are a clever way to work in seasonal accents.
Fall Wedding Ideas                                                                         Photo Credit: weddingandeventnews.com

3. Fall Foliage

Add a seasonal touch to your ceremony by hanging flowers in mason jars, or, using shafts of wheat or even pumpkins to line the length of the aisle. Replacing petals with fall leaves and adding candle lanterns is a great way to add coziness to your wedding and to highlight the fact that it's a fall wedding.
If the weather is a little chilly and you have to stay indoors for the reception, you can still incorporate the beautiful natural elements of the season in your wedding by decorating the venue with potted plants displaying their most electric fall colors.
Fall Wedding Ideas                                                                         Photo Credit: creative-weddingideas.com

4. Incorporate the Bounty of the Fall Harvest 

Pumpkins are one of those versatile fall wedding ideas to integrate into your wedding. Not only can they be used as part of the décor, they're also an excellent option for chilling wines and other beverages. Another fall wedding idea is serving hot beverages—apple cider, cocoa or gourmet coffee—to your guests at the end of the night. It's a great way to keep them warm and to bring the comfort of fall into your wedding day.
These awesome options incorporate the bounty of the fall harvest in your wedding:
  • Apple cider - This can be served either hot or cold (depending on the temperature). Having a hard cider on tap for your guests would also be a great option.
Fall Wedding Ideas                                                                         Photo Credit: greenweddingshoes.com
  • Wheat - Wheat can be incorporated in your fall wedding in several ways. Wheat bundles can be used as centerpieces; wheat grain (instead of rice) to shower the bride and groom; and wheat as part of your fall wedding flowers—bouquets and boutonnieres—creates a vintage, rustic theme.
Fall Wedding Ideas                                                                         Photo Credit: weddbook.com
  • Caramel apples - This classic treat is the quintessential fall indulgence. The apples can be rolled in chocolate pieces, nuts, or whatever else you can think of, packaged individually and tied with twine or a ribbon that matches your wedding colors. Guests can grab this delicious treat as they exit.
Fall Wedding Ideas                                                                         Photo Credit: thebridelink.com
  •  Apples - Fall and apples are the perfect pair, whether red or green apples! They're great for a fall wedding and can be used in several ways: from centerpieces to escort cards, from cake toppers to place settings. Everybody has a type of apple they love, so they're sure to be crowd-pleasers.

 5. Fall Wedding Reception Lighting

Lighting plays a huge role in your wedding décor and it can affect the way everything looks. Lighting can also change the mood for different portions of the party. Start with bright and upbeat lighting for cocktails, pink and purple sunset tones on the walls and ceiling for dinner, and then switch to something more dramatic—deep blue with white "stars"—when it's time to start the dance party. Classy chandeliers also add glamour to any space, from a Swarovski crystal modern piece to a vintage chandelier filled with candles.
Another way to incorporate the fall season indoors is to use gobo lighting with warm amber light to create a branch pattern on the dance floor or the ceiling of a tent. It will give the effect of the early evening sun streaming through the trees.
Fall Wedding Ideas                                                                         Photo Credit: theknot.com

6. Embrace the Night Sky and Add Warmth with Light & Food 

The fall season has clear blue skies and pitch black nights, so bring the outside in and have your ceremony under the stars by choosing an open-roof venue equipped with space heaters, or a closed venue with big windows. Soft fairy lights and plenty of candles will create a romantic, twinkling atmosphere. Have an open fire, pile it high with logs, fir cones and herbs to give the rooms that fall aroma and to create cozy corners.
To add more cozy comforts and to infuse the fall flavors into your wedding menu, serve rich, intensely-flavored seasonal foods such as squash bisque served in little pumpkins or butternut squash soup as starters; filet, cornish hens, or salmon for the entrée; and apple tarts, brownies with coffee ice cream, fig cheesecake, or pie à la mode for dessert.
Fall Wedding Ideas                                                                         Photo Credit: thepinkbride.com

Bonus: Feather Bridal Hair Accessories

Feathers are trendy and are a great way to change up your fall wedding reception hairstyle — especially if you're skipping the veil. Chic bridal headpieces adorned with simple, airy plumage offer a soft, whimsical look to any wedding hairstyle. And pairing your feathered hair accessory with a jeweled hair clip adds a little something extra.
Fall Wedding Ideas

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

26 Creative Gifts to Bring to Any Winter Wedding When the Registry Is Done

Winter wedding couples are the ballsy ones. The ones who see the forecast for December and think, “20 degrees be damned!” They’re the couple that says “I do” amidst a well-planned fall meteor shower, then serves peppermint hot cocoa and mini pies for cocktail hour. And guess what? We love them for it. So don’t be gifting this bold duo the same registry staples you gift a summer or spring couple. Try giving from the warmth of your heart with one of these thoughtful gifts.
woodart 1. Custom Wood Art ($30): Created using pine panels, this cozy, homemade art piece can be customized to the state and heart placement of your choosing.
34478859_070_d 2. Love You Pint Glass ($8/each on SALE): Nothing says it better than… saying it on a pint glass. While the booze warms their bodies, these glasses will warm their hearts.
33455759_100_b 3. Diamond Glass Set ($34, set of two): Who says you can’t have diamonds even after you exchange rings? These cocktail glasses are an interesting twist on the classic shape and immediately up your friends’ future holiday party game.
hubby 4. Custom Mugs ($20-23): Department store mugs will never compare to having a sweet, scripted reminder of your wedding day. The best news about these mugs is that the image is applied through a special heat process, so it won’t fade.
st-jude-embellished-jingle-pillow-cover-heart-o 5. Heart Pillow Cover ($39 on sale): Not only is this sparkly pillow a festive addition to any newlyweds’ home, it also has a sweet benefit: 50 percent of the purchase price goes directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
jingle-velvet-stockings-o 6. Monogrammed Stockings ($49-149): A couple’s first “family” stockings are often overlooked on any registry. Label these jingle velvet stockings with the couple’s shared last name or individual first names. If you really want score some brownie points, pack each stocking with personalized little goodies for each of the newlyweds.
db97de5a71ce1557e633bcee415eddda 7. Heirloom Alpaca Blanket ($85-240): Keep cuddling to a maximum for years to come, with this cotton or alpaca/cotton-blended blanket. Made in the USA, these blankets aren’t just comfy and warm, they also feature a fabric tag that can be personalized with the recipients’ names, wedding details and any special message you wish to share. Plus, for every blanket purchased, Swell Forever makes a donation to their adoption fund. It comes with so many gifting wins.
bonnie 8. Bonnie + Clyde Freakers ($20): While it could easily be given post-ceremony, we recommend surprising the couple with these freakers early, so they can party in style all night long.
37683430_105_b 9. Mini Donut Maker: ($36): Yes, we know nothing goes better with a cup of joe than a warm donut, but battling the cold/crowds/traffic just isn’t in the cards for a pair of newly-married lovebirds. Make it easy on them by bringing the bakery to their house with this adorable mini donut maker.
hmprod 10. Storage Baskets ($18/basket): What wedding guest is thinking about laundry and organizing junk on The Big Day? You, that’s who! Make every day a good day with these 100-percent braided seagrass baskets.
b94b8bb909dea4475416449019356864 11. Jardin Des Plantes Vase ($24-28): Designed by South African artist Ruan Hoffmann, this “modern interpretation of delftware” creates an eye-catching centerpiece on any table.
e6e73427d3fab28f859855e5a6cece79 12. Ring Dish ($13): It may take some time to adjust to wearing a wedding band, or a wedding band and an engagement ring. If your friends’ fingers ever get tired of lifting that much bling, this sweet porcelain dish will be a thoughtful addition to any dresser.
SuckUK1_2395 13. Customizable Cookie Stamp: ($15): Anyone can customize stationary, but customizing Christmas cookies is next level. No other cookie stands a chance this holiday season.
SUPACM003_1_2 14. Gold Leaf Cocktail Glasses ($56/set of 4): Sure, getting married is a celebration worthy of gold-leaf bubbles, but the holidays are also right around the corner, and simple glassware just ain’t gonna cut it.
D34482166_095_b 15. Oven Mit ($12): This floral-inspired oven mitt is a sweet nod to spring. It’s a pretty reminder for when the couple gets cabin fever.
customaddress3 16. Custom Address Stamp ($44): Both a practical and pretty need, custom address stamps are one of those gifts that are appreciated for their thoughtful simplicity.
afternoonwheat2 17. Beer Brewing Kit + Class ($19/class, or $50/class + kit): Not every couple likes DIY projects, but when alcohol is involved, most couples make an exception. Gift this with strict instructions to create a “family brew,” and, of course, share samples when completed.
ab414030e8bf1db7569b9f3d3ea8cf2f 18. Hug/Kiss Pillow Cover ($25): Stray from the usual “His” and “Hers” by gifting these two pillow covers, which are a sweet reminder before any couple lays their head down for the day.
nesting-doll-scented-candles-o 19. Nesting Doll Scented Candles ($18-29): These sweet-smelling forest animals are a rustic version of the classic Russian dolls. If the warmth of the flickering light doesn’t say cozy romance, the nesting part surely will.
b363bce55308dd6184a87bf793f78b23 20. Marble Rolling Pin ($20): So marble is definitely having a moment, and who are you to ignore a trend? This practical kitchen utensil will be getting a lot of use (and compliments) around the holiday season.
oregan 21. USA Cities Print ($68): Customized to fit the couple’s wedding place or home state, these graphic city prints will ensure those love birds tackle that gallery wall early on.
RIFLE001_0001 22. 2016 Travel the World Calendar ($16): Most newlyweds want to travel the globe with each other. Though this may seem like a practical gift, it’s also a daily reminder to them to get out and see the world.
hmprod-1 23. Apron ($13): This apron motif does double duty: It’s holiday-ish and a sweet wish for two newlyweds.
hmprod-2 24. Potholder ($6): The devil may be in the details, but dammit if those details aren’t insanely appreciated when you’re passing on positive vibes via everyday items.
KITWMP001_0532 25. Homemade Gin Kit ($50): This DIY kit is super simple, so it won’t take any time out of the honeymoon. Instead, it gives the couple a reason to indulge in a tasty drink together, on the daily.
LomoInstant_black_normal_contents 26. Lomo’instant Camera ($119): Capture moments from the honeymoon, wedding and life together with this #tbt-style camera.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

How to Create a Unique Wedding Hashtag


With the ever growing popularity of Instagram it is no surprise that many couples are creating hashtags for their wedding guests to use on the big day. Doing so allows the attendees to not just watch, but be part of your big day.

Recently I attended my best friends wedding in Charlotte, North Carolina. I watched as the wedding photographer and her partner were running around taking pictures all over the place to ensure the right moments were captured on camera. However it was no surprise to me that everyone else was doing the same, except in a less hasty way.

Camera phones were out, flashes were off (thank goodness!) and the day was being photographed from every point-of-view. As the wedding day continued everyone was uploading their images to all the social media platforms. By midnight my best friend had TONS of photos to look at. All because there was a hashtag for all the guests to reference.

But the real question is, how do you create a wedding hashtag? One that everyone will be able to type in – whether tipsy or not – and one that has not been used before. Simple.
    1. Use your names. Sure there may be several Jim and Johns out there, but using your name is just the first part of the equation.
    2. Throw in a wedding word. It’s obviously your wedding day, so why not use a word that identifies it. Words like: Hitch, Wed, Tie the Knot, I Do, Wedding, etc.
    3. Alliterations are fun. And simple to remember. Using something like #HarrisonsGetHitched or #WildWilsonWedding.
    4. Spruce it up with a Rhyme. Consider your names and if they rhyme with any wedding related words. Is your new last name going to be Stewart? Shorten it a bit and go with #StewPartyof2.
    5. We love to be punny. Think about using an idiom or a common phrase in your hashtag. You can switch out a specific word with your name to get the punny in there. Take a look at the idiom shop for more ideas.
    6. Keep it sweet. Sure you could use something like #StephanieMarriesDanielCrowder as your hashtag, but its better to keep your hashtag short and sweet. Doing so will eliminate any guests from making any grammatical errors when entering it in. This doesn’t mean you can’t use your names. But consider doing #StephWedsDan16 instead.
    7. Go to the source. Once you’ve come up with the perfect hashtag, log in to Instagram and check it. This will confirm that your creative genius is all yours!
    8. Spread the word. One thing to keep in mind once you’ve selected your perfect wedding hashtag, make it known to your guests. Add it to your wedding invitations, on your wedding website, and place signs around your venues.
If it gets down to the wire and nothing has popped in to your heard. Don’t worry! You can use a hashtag generator for quick and easy help.

Still need more help? Take a look at some of these great wedding hashtags that we’ve come across recently:
    – #MichailaGetsOReillyed
    – #GreatKnightKisses
    – #HappilyEverHarrison
    – #TellerIDo

Monday, November 16, 2015

Hot Beauty Looks For All Your Wedding Events

Inspiration alert! Check out these on-trend beauty ideas—perfect for your shower, bachelorette party and rehearsal dinner—plus how to get the look (and make it last).

  1. Try a Fresh, Romantic Look for Your Bridal Shower

    For an afternoon event, you'll want lighter makeup that's feminine, dewy and has major staying power—after all, that pile of gifts is going to take some time to open! Start with Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin—it has a light, comfortable feel and shine-free coverage that lasts all day. For a “your-lips-only-better" look, try a long-lasting matte, rosy shade like Ultimate Suede lipstick in Socialite. And don't forget your eyes: Line your upper lids with black liner and brush on a coat or two of mascara to complete the natural look.
    Revlon 1.ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Socialite 2. ColorStay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin 3. ColorStay Eye Liner in Black
  2. Go Flirty and Fun for Your Bachelorette Party

    Your bachelorette bash is the event for you (and your makeup) to have a blast! Take a risk with a ferocious cat eye in shimmering neutral tones. Use a shadow that'll last all day to define the eye with dark brown, then highlight it with a lighter taupe. (We like Revlon ColorStay 16-Hour Eye Shadow in Adventurous.) Keep the rest of your face neutral—including a nude lip—to avoid going over-the-top. Hint: Make sure to pick a long-lasting, satin finish foundation like ColorStay Makeup so you can dance the night away knowing that your skin looks flawless.

    Revlon 1. ColorStay Makeup for Normal/Dry Skin 2. ColorStay 16-Hour Eye Shadow in Adventurous 3. ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick in Buffest Beige
  3. Channel Hollywood Glamour for Your Rehearsal Dinner

    Entertaining family, friends and your entire wedding party—um, no pressure, right? A daring scarlet lip will give you that super-sophisticated, polished vibe—and with Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor, you can count on it to stay put through hours of eating, drinking and mingling. To avoid competing with that classic red lipstick, keep your eye makeup minimal (you know, that no-makeup makeup look?) with barely there shadow and mascara. But don't forget your nails: A matching red mani is always a do, especially when you finish with Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat for a sparkling shine.

    Revlon 1. ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor in Unending Red 2. ColorStay Under Eye Concealer 3. ColorStay Gel Envy Nail Enamel in Queen of Hearts 4. ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat