Trend Alert: Bows in Bloom

The idea of bows on dresses seems like such an antiquated, childish concept, but we’re seeing a recent breakthrough of bow decoration, especially in wedding fashion! When you’ve only got one main color to work with, you’ll find these bows blooming on dresses in surprisingly fresh and contemporary directions! Keep reading to see a sampling of  variations in bow size, shape, color, and location on your next bow-adorned dress!

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Simple, clean and crisp, a tailored bow at the waist accessorizes with expert subtlety!

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Multiple bows along the spine create exciting, symmetrical reveals of skin!

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Juxtapose the backless, tulle-train dress with a basic, thick-ribboned bow!

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If you prefer to keep your body bow-free, how about we bring them up to your sleeves?

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What happens when we stack an intricate lace bow over a similarly laced bodice and gown?

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Here’s a bow that speaks larger than life!

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Try a ribbon of a different shade for a steady pop of color against your all-white gown!

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Or add in a bit more spontaneity and spark of personality and go for the all-floral option

Add a bow to your stationary! Connect with The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter to check out some of our custom designs! Or, even better, come browse through our ribbon collection in person, select a color and material, then discuss where the ribbon should go on the paper – just like those bows on the dresses!

Doting on Dots, Part Two: People & Parties

In Monday’s “Part One: Cakes & Bakes“, we posted about all things sweet and Swiss-dotted. Here, we give you Part Two, a compilation of similarly patterned reception decor as well as some delightfully dotted wedding fashion pieces for further inspiration!

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Sweet dotted accents gently drift along to the breeze – it’s absolutely feasible if you’re looking for that level of calm and cool!

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Add a nibble of of chic coziness to your reception with Swiss-dotted table cloth!

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A pretty bow in the back brings a lovely fairy tale quality to this magical day!

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But they also work in Boho, beach-themed celebrations! This time, don’t hesitate to deck out in dots from head-to-toe!

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Not too plain, not too fancy – what a way to subtly show off your exquisite taste!

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OR even consider donning a pair of adorably spunky socks down that aisle! Pair it with  pattern-less white shoes for a perfect balance!

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Let’s talk hair accessories! Try out a short, dotted veil for a more non-traditional presentation! We think this blusher veil would be especially fitting for a country or rustic-edged wedding!

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Swiss dots have a magical ability to mix n’ match with many other patterned material, such as the floral swirl patches at the edges of this fingertip-length veil.

Surely after all this, you must want to give this texture a try! Don’t just limit your options to decor and wedding wear – consider applying them to your paper goods? You tell us what you want, and we’ll work with you to produce some gorgeous invitations in preparation for your gorgeous wedding! Be sure to follow The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

Off-The-Shoulder Gowns


Off-the-shoulder tops and dresses gained a lot of popularity last summer, and the trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere! No surprise – bridal fashion has taken notice too! We love these off-the-shoulder wedding dresses. They’re sweet, romantic, and oh so trendy! Plus, they’re extremely flattering! You’ll find our favorites right here:

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Add sleeves for a more traditional look!

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Cold shoulders, warm heart!

What do you think of this off-the-shoulder wedding trend? Share with us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter! We’d love to hear from you!

Trend Alert: Backless Wedding Gowns

Wedding dresses come in all sorts of shapes and styles, which is great because women do too! At the same time, so many options may leave you feeling confused about what your dream dress will even look like! Our advice is to pick one detail that you love, and go from there! For example, we love that backless dresses are still trending! They’re so gorgeous and show a little skin without being way too revealing! Here are a few backless dresses in all sorts of styles to get you brainstorming!

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Simple straps and pockets make this look classic and fun!

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Add a little lace for a sweet, romantic look!

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Find a dress with beaded straps for extra sass!

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We can’t stop swooning over these metallic roses and stunning straps!

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Keep it simple yet trendy with this gown! We love how it’s paired with a gray up-do!

We hope these pretty dresses are getting you excited for your big day! As you begin planning, don’t forget to pick out your pretty paper! Make an appointment today at our Tysons Corner Showroom. Follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more wedding inspiration, too!

Real Wedding Wednesday: Amanda & Mike

It’s our favorite day of the week: Real Wedding Wednesday! Amanda and Mike’s DC wedding, planned by Bright Occasions, was so incredibly glam. We loved creating the couple’s day-of paper, including their stunning programs! The purple floral design by our Patchettes matched perfectly with the bride’s bouquet. Also, the DC skyline complemented the couple’s style and their St Regis DC venue. Sarah Bradshaw Photography really outdid themselves on capturing every detail too! It was certainly a day to remember!

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Thank you to all the amazing vendors that made Amanda and Mike’s fairytale day come true!

Photographer: Sarah Bradshaw Photography | Wedding Planner: Bright Occasions | Ceremony & Reception: Elisabeth Thomas, St Regis DC | Officiant: Rabbi Michael Feshbach | Videographer: Monachetti Weddings | Florist: B Floral Event Design | Furniture Rentals: Revolution Event Design | Hair Stylist: Jewel Hair Design | Makeup Artist: Makeup By Shirin | Bridal Gown: Hayley Paige via Bella Bianca | Bridesmaids Dresses: Decode 1.8 at Lord & Taylor | Groom’s Tux: Hart Schaffner Marx | Ceremony musicians: String4 | Band: Amaretto | Getting Ready: The Mayflower Hotel | Linens / Chairs: DC Rental | Transportation: Sunny’s Limos | Day-of Paper: The Dandelion Patch


Tuesday Trends: Pastel Gowns

Here at The Dandelion Patch, we love a classic white wedding gown. Lately though, we have been noticing other colors on our dress-spectrum! Pastel pinks, blues and purples are trending! They are light and beautiful, and perfect for the bride who wants to shake things up a little. These dresses just prove that you don’t need to wear white to look like a gorgeous bride!

If you just want to add a little bit of color, then this dress is the perfect blend of traditional and whimsical. We love the ombre!

Dress by: Martin Hrca Photography: Emm Photography

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This pretty pink Vera Wang dress definitely stands out in the lovely vineyard! 

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Grey Likes Weddings gown by Vera Wang

Once you have a colored dress, you can switch up your groom’s outfit too! We love this sand-colored suit with the blush dress.

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100 layer cake gown by Thorne Artistry

The gown may be pink but, you can still rock a classic veil to stick to tradition on your wedding day. 

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Colin Cowie Weddings gown by Monique Lhulsghkld

Even in a non-traditional color, this bridal silhouette will make sure that you stand out on your wedding day!

Dress by: Michael Cinco Couture

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Purple gowns are not something you see everyday, but they might start to pop up here and there, considering how beautiful this one is.

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Pastel colored dresses are the perfect way to have your fairy tale wedding! We love the way this dress is channeling Cinderella.

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For a lot of brides, the dress inspires the design of the rest of the wedding. These gorgeous pastel dresses are the perfect jumping-off point for the rest of your decor, and they are certainly inspiring us! You can even add pastel colors to your wedding paper! 

Let us know what you think of the non-white dress trend! Follow us on Instagram and Pinterest @TheDandelionPatch and like us on Facebook!