Monday Funday: Colored Gowns and Tuxes!

Happy Monday everyone! For todays blog we are going to be talking about some of the new trends in wedding fashion.  Colored dresses and tuxes!  If you’re not a traditional bride and are looking for something totally outside the box for your wedding dress, then maybe a two-piece wedding gown is the perfect match for you on your big day.  This is becoming more and more popular, especially since the boho trend is still on the rise.  We are currently loving this trend and we hope it continues! 

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We love the idea of being able to mix and match, wether it is textures or colors! Lace is always a great option for the top! 

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Add some color into your dress! This lets the bride be more creative with the overall theme of their wedding. 

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Feeling like having a dark and stormy wedding? Make your dress black to incorporate the overall theme. 

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Less can always be more especially when playing with color schemes. If you want to add a little pop of color you can always make the grooms tux a different color!

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Feeling a little bolder? Pick a more vibrant color to stand out like this gorgeous red color! 

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Finally, if you want to keep your dress simple and elegant you could always change up your bridesmaid dresses! 

Incorporating color and different textures into dresses is a big trend today. Some, but not all brides want to step away from the traditional gown and have their dress be a little more modern. 

For more updates about other trends and our Real Wedding Wednesday posts be sure to follow us at The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

Trend Alert: Winter Knick-Knacks n’ Wraps

The wintry weather doesn’t excuse anyone from its chilly touch – not even the prettiest of brides and bridesmaids! But no worries, we’ve found some lovely solutions on our shoulders, (literally). Check them out below!

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Use your scarves and shawls to highlight the undeniable beauty of some of this season’s classic palettes! Watch how these ladies stand angelic and all aglow draped in shimmery winter wonder!

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You can never have enough of classic tri-tonal-plaid blanket scarves!

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Vibrant contrasts make quite the visual statement, don’t you think?

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Matching fur collars not only look oh-so-chic and fabulous in photos, but they’ll also keep your girlfriends cozy and warm during your winter wedding!

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Colorful scarf giveaways with a smart little rhyme – how practical and adorable!

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For all who are uniform-phobic: here’s a chance to spontaneously mis-match the heck out of a “let’s-coordinate-everything!” occasion and still look absolutely charming!

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A chic indie fringed wrap might not be the ideal winter-season look, but it certainly holds an excellent sprinkle of texture for any who prefers something unconventional!

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While thin, textured scarves hold certain appeal, how can one not be utterly smitten by matching half-mitts?

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Red and green for the holidays, white for the bride, and GOLD – just because there’s no such thing as too much golden-glory-glam for occasions like these!

Pick and choose your wrap accessories colors wisely, because they might feature well in some custom curated invitations! In the meantime, check out our pretty paper gallery at The Dandelion Patch’s FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more inspiration!

Floral Fanatics: For the Fashion-Forward Groom

To all our prime-husband-material grooms out there: perhaps it’s time to explore the floral aesthetic in the realm of wedding fashion! What’s it like to transcend the boutonniere and try something more or even just something different? We guarantee you’ll have ladies gushing at your taste for floral print! To the rest of the gentlemen in our lives – don’t worry, we didn’t forget about you! – you’re more than welcome to join in on this on any special occasion. Don’t say we didn’t warn you once you’re that one guy in the room picking up the most compliments!

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It’s so easy to gush over bow-ties nowadays! Check out this one in floral print!

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Socks are one of those clothing items that typically go unnoticed, but once realized can let people understand that you are always down to start a trend!

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The more the merrier!

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In consideration of dropping temperatures, we suggest wearing a wool waistcoat along with your choice of floral, just to give it that quality autumn look.

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White with saturated darker hues, such as the deep red rose patterning pictured above lets us indulge in romantic wintry vibes!

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Dark patterned floral works well too, especially fitting of current seasons!

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Simple things such as switching out that plain, single-colored pocket square for a fancier one of floral patterning are really all you have to do to make your outfit more exciting!

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Some of you may also want to consider a mash-up version of the boutonniere and pocket square!

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Brides should make sure to prepare themselves for some tough competition out there on the aisle with a groom in a bright-colored suit AND floral!

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A couple known for their fun, expressive projects (check out their art on Instagram, “The Gay Beards”!) has brought floral-izing to a whole new level!

Floral palettes and prints easily inspire incredibly elegant and stunning pretty paper! We’ll have such a blast working with you to discover your dream design! Connect with The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for regular updates and inspiration!

Floral Fanatics: The Fall-fitted Bride

Normally you’d expect the floral trend season to bloom in the springtime, when the bees are buzz-buzzing and the birds chip-chirping. But we wanted to try something different! Instead of subconsciously sinking into cooler, more desaturated values right alongside the dropping temperatures – as heaters, one by one, roar into action and simply being outdoors grows less appealing day by day – we’ve decided that this is the perfect season to don the floral aesthetic! We find the rich autumnal palette around us utterly irresistible – all the more reason to collaborate with these colors for an equally irresistible floral-patterned gown for the special day! P.S. – Dear grooms, we guarantee you’ll find it impossible to tear your gaze away once your bride steps out in full flower power!

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Although going sleeveless (in the outdoors) might not be the wisest decision at this time of the year, we love the loosely embellished floral bodice and the rich teal of this bride skirt! The vibrant blue-green tone would give just the right amount of pop against the warm tones of your surroundings.

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We simply can’t get over these sheer but brilliantly floral-covered elbow-length bubble sleeves! The velvet ribbon at her waist is a must-have too, because who doesn’t like velvet?

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It might look conservative from the front, but subtle surprises like these not only show off your beautiful figure but are also just plain fun!

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The delicate lace detailing of roses and tiny bursts of red blooms on this dress complement each other so well!

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Take advantage of your bridesmaids! Let their dresses amplify your presence! Who wouldn’t want to show off when you’re wearing such a unique and classy piece?

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With an elegant, embroidered collar and floral-lace mid-sleeves, this vintage look will not escape anyone’s eyes!

Are you as drawn to these gorgeous floral details as we are? Follow The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more weekly nuggets of inspiration!

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!

Trend Alert: A Veiled Floral Frenzy

If you asked a child to draw a bride, they’ll most likely sketch out the white wedding dress, perhaps some pretty shoes and maybe even the figure holding a bouquet of sorts, but he or she will almost always remember the wedding veil. Despite its curious origins (you’ll have to look that one up yourself!) the veil remains an essential piece of wedding attire, and, like all other worn pieces in the entire bridal composition, it has a rich history with the fashion industry. That being said, the traditional veil has evolved into various modified versions of itself, with a plethora of accessories and/or embellishments to add individual statements. With rising trends in floral-embellished veils, we’ve collected a few of our favorites here for inspiration!

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Three-dimensional floral embellishments such as the ones on this mantilla veil will certainly capture the attention of all every single person the moment you step foot into the ceremony!

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Simple floral lace-patches add the perfect amount of grace and charm to the look!

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Gold accents will pair fabulously with both the white of the bride’s dress and the black of the groom’s!

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This ballet (or waltz) length veil seems to wrap the bride up in a botanical flurry with its border patch-embellishments as if exalting the surrounded figure as the single most beautiful rose in the garden.

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Although the border floral decorations are harder to see on a chapel-length veil, it’ll pair nicely with a dress with a more detailed bust.

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What a clever design! Wearing a cathedral-length veil like this will appear as if gold roses are floating behind you as you glide flawlessly down that aisle!

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Don’t be afraid to go all-out if your outfit calls for it, or if you are simply finding yourself helplessly desiring a cape of flowers! ‘Cause how fun would that be?

For regular updates and inspiration – and, of course, pretty paper! – connect with The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

Trend Alert: Feathered Formalities

Feathers have braved the ups and downs of the fashion industry and withstood time, consistently re-emerging as the “latest fad” after adapting a different image. We can trace back to as early as the Medieval culture, when those of high society could afford to show off their status through plumage, to most recently as people’s interest in the light material became re-associated with the 1920s following the premier of Baz Lurhmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby. But back to our talk of wedding trends: one word – FEATHERS! They represent such rich history from the world of fashion that it would be quite disappointing to leave them out of this discussion!

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Instead of hair accessories with giant, fluffy feathers mimicking trends of prior decades (or centuries) you can keep things contemporary and concise without looking any less chic!

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If the bride gets to be all decked up in bird, then the groom does too!

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Let’s talk bouquets: go all out with a handful of feathers (like the one featured at the wedding of Joe Karnes, of band Fitz and the Tantrums), or perhaps try one that employs only a few for a Great Gatsby aesthetic!

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You’ve got the added embellishments of pure, white feathers, but they don’t consume your entire figure – quite a win-win, don’t you think?

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Pictured above: the winning argument in convincing just about anyone to commit to a feather-filled celebration.

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Who needs a fanfare of trumpets when you can just have giant feathers to section out sacred ground for the arrival of the bride?

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No one wants a half-completed cake. You need one that’s fully-fledged, like this one!

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A centerpiece fit for royalty! Experience the full force of plumage as you dine under this empowering display.

Interested in exploring more? We’d love to have you connect with The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter! Stay tuned for more fun-filled, inspiration-packed trend features!

Trend Alert: Table Dressings

While typically our discussions pertain to decor that sit ON tabletop surfaces, today we bring you decor OF these surfaces: a pinch of razzle-dazzle to “dress-up” those plain ol’ things. Finding a suitable table fabric certainly contributes much to a wedding reception’s overall aesthetic, which can be accredited to the fabric’s nature of making. In other words, what type of material is this? Each piece of cloth will carry within itself a different set of initial associations (i.e. burlap is for rustic outdoor/barnyard weddings only; tulle only fits the younger age group). But of course, there really isn’t any official structured rules or “correct answers”, nor any limitation in pairing your choice in fabric with the other elements of your ceremony – so have some fun considering your options! Trust your instincts, and pick the one(s) that feels right to you!

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Burlap often creates a more homely atmosphere when used under a roof with twinkling lights!

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It looks as if the table had gone ahead and gotten its own extravagant, rose-swirl patterned “dress” for the evening!

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Silky smooth satin makes even arbitrary folds and pools of the fabric look lavishly elegant!

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Ironically, velvet material nowadays seems to take on a chic, modern edge as opposed to a reference to medieval times.

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A simple cotton basket weave black and white table-runner such as the one above will certainly get the decorating job done!

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Small, circle sew-on pieces resolve themselves into a frock-like material complete with its gorgeously ruffled texture! And here’s another idea: instead of generating light from object on top, have the light source function from underneath!

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Sheer linen has a way of crumpling up that, rather than looking ragged, actually ends up carrying more stylish candidness in these photo shoots!

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Knitted large place mats set off vintage vibes, especially when draped across old, classy furniture!

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And all that glitters is gold…

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Instead of a putting them on a sign, hang these words of encouragement off your table so everyone gets the message!

For more inspiration, connect with The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter! We love new friends!

Trend Alert: Minimalist Materials

The rising trend of minimalist fashion has finally set foot as an established label within wedding wear. In the past year or so, designers have honed in on the poised simplicity and subtle elegance of the style, creating looks that mimicked those that were heavily embraced in the early 90s. Minimalism places more weight on characterizing function and comfort than elaborate and distinctive features. For wedding dresses in particular, minimalist styles attempt to draw attention to the natural beauty of the figure wearing the dress (rather than bury the bride in a mountain of expensive fabric and lace!)

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Clean-cut and decisive edges build up the minimalist statement! Though completely unadorned, a gown like this is guaranteed to make heads turn!

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The ballgown look exudes just the right amount of princess-ness, and with the added modern touch of the plunging V-neck and spaghetti straps to help show off your figure, there’s no reason to not embrace the idea of being the belle of your own wedding ball!

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The subtlety of minimalist fashion never gets old! A dress with a simple, modest front almost always has something unexpected going on in the back, cue image above.

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A bit of lace never killed nobody…except in the fashion arena of the wedding ceremony!

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Paired with mesh lines that trace the natural curves of one’s figure, this streamline gown does wonders for the female body! Pull the look together with some white lace gloves to bring out the complete modern vintage vibe.

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A high slit in your skirt will ensure that when your legs get too claustrophobic underneath, it can peep out and breathe effortlessly!

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A silky-smooth, slip-like dress hugs the figure just enough that the overall ensemble remains loose but intriguing!

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The consistently clean, simple nature of the minimalist dress holds no limitation on accessorizing!

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Few styles out there could pull off the floor-length veil and still embody such a angelic, dreamy aura.

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What if the minimalist atmosphere permeated your entire wedding day? Host a minimalism-themed wedding for a casual celebration, such as one in a warehouse as pictured above?

Just as the minimalist approach firmly grabs hold of people’s attention (despite its lack of attention-grabbing elements) we are here to provide equally attention-grabbing, front-line marketing of your wedding as well! Call or connect with the Dandelion patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for high-quality, customized stationary!

Gorgeous Garden Editorial

“Inspired by the summer romance, this gorgeous wedding editorial features a veritable dream team of Washington, DC wedding vendors,” says Elizabeth Anne Designs. And frankly, we couldn’t agree more! Everything about this shoot at the historic Dumbarton House is soft and beautiful and leaves us wishing for summer all year round. You won’t believe how many gorgeous floral pieces were perfectly created by Edge for this editorial; the results are absolutely jaw dropping.
 
From the timeless lace gown to the truly incredible cake from Buttercream, you won’t be able to stop staring at the beautiful images photographed by K. Thompson Photography.
 
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Photography – K. Thompson Photography | Venue – Dumbarton House | Event Design – Cheers Darling Events | Floral – Edge Flowers | Stationery – The Dandelion Patch | Calligraphy – Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Gown –Lovely Bride DC | Bakery – Buttercream Bakeshop | Hair – Jewel Hair Design | Makeup – Blend Make Up Artistry| Rentals – Party Rentals | Side Table and Cake Stand – Design Foundry | Welcome Basket – Marigold & Grey | Menswear – Bonobos | Models – T.H.E Artist Agency