Bridal gifts you’ll want to buy for yourself

There are so many options for cute bridal gifts out there. T-shirts that say “bride” on them? Yes. A personalized ring holder? Please. Pretty wedding notebooks? Need. More than ever, vendors are letting brides customize all sorts of items with their wedding date or future last name. Gear emblazoned with “bride,” “wifey,” “Mrs.” and “bride-to-be” are all over the place. And it’s seriously irresistible.

There are bridal gift options for every possible wedding event, from an engagement party or bachelorette bash, to a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or the wedding day itself. While we recommend sticking to the registry when you’re gifting for the couple, if you want to treat the bride specifically to something she’ll love (and Instagram repeatedly), here are a few ideas. From swimsuits and PJ sets to luggage and trinket trays, here are a few sweet bridal gifts you’ll love giving… or keeping for yourself.

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Get Inspired ~ Alex & William

Married May 27, 2017 

A rustic themed wedding is always popular, but mixed with a little romance it’s perfection!

With an air of free-spirited whimsy paired with a bohemian elegance, Alex’s sexy lace-over-Imperial-Crepe sheath wedding dress from Mira Bridal Couture let her show off her sexy curves while letting her move with ease at their outdoor affair. The details, scalloped lace hem, and on-trend dramatic low back had William wowed! 

Alex ordered rustic wood signage from Paper and Pine Co on Etsy that complimented the specialty furniture rentals from AZCO Rustic Designs & Rentals.

Hanna Overholtzer of Bella Fleur created a breathtaking display of soft floral and greenery garland as the tablescape. Fruitwood wood chiavari chairs complemented the natural surroundings. 

Alex and William entertained their guest during their first dance to Thomas Rhett’s, “Die a Happy Man”. 

“I don’t need no vacation, No fancy destination

Baby, you’re my great escape

We could stay at home, Listen to the radio

Or dance around the fireplace

Baby, I could die a happy man”

Images: Ashley Crook Photography   /   Ceremony and reception: Private Residence, Oakdale, CA   /   Bride’s attire: Essence of Australia from Mira Bridal Couture   /   Bridesmaids attire: David’s Bridal   /   Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse   /   Rings: De Vons Jewelers, Fred Meyer Jewelers   /   Entertainment: DJ Andy Nation   /   Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas   /   Florist: Bella Fleur   /   Videography: White Raven Productions   /   Caterer: Mike’s Branding IronCake: Sunshine Bakery   /   Specialty rentals and lighting: Classic Party Rentals, American Vintage Rentals, AZCO Rustic Designs   /   Signage: PaperandPineCo, Etsy   /   Guestbook: PleaseandThankYouCards, Etsy   /   Alterations: Taylored To You

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What Not to Do At A Wedding!

The official kickoff of wedding season is upon us, so we felt it only right to highlight a few no-nos for those the celebrations ahead. Bottom line: remember that it’s the couple’s big day, and you’re there to offer love, support, and encouragement from beginning to end. Avoid these little (and big!) guest mistakes, and you’ll be sailing smoothly all wedding season long.

DON’T BRING AN UNINVITED PLUS-ONE
Unless your invitation specifically includes a plus-one, don’t show up with a guest on the fly.

POST WITHOUT PERMISSION
When in doubt, pause before you post anything about a wedding to social media, especially  big reveals like the bride in her dress BEFORE the ceremony begins.

FORGET TO RSVP
So much time and effort goes into seating charts and meal planning, so if you plan on attending it’s an absolute must to RSVP.

CAUSE DRAMA
A baby meltdown is understandable, but as a grown-up wedding guest, save the drama for your mama.

MAKE CRITICAL COMMENTS
This is not the time or place to be a Debbie Downer. Remember, if you can’t say anything nice…eat cake and zip your lip.

SHOW UP TOO EARLY
We get it, you’re excited to celebrate. But don’t intrude on private moments before the day officially kicks off.

SHOP WAY OFF THE REGISTRY
Sentimental gifts are always appreciated, but also make sure to respect the time and effort the couple has put into crafting their registry.

WEAR WHITE
This may seem like an old-fashioned rule, but avoiding white at a wedding is still always a good idea.

WALK DOWN THE AISLE
Show up late? Make sure to enter from the sides rather than walk down the aisle.

BE THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Don’t be THAT guest who tries to play “second shooter”. Of course, couples always love extra moments captured but make sure you aren’t getting in the way of the professional photographer.

STAY GLUED TO YOUR PHONE
Make sure to be present and truly celebrate. You can always post your #latergram

TRY TO RUN THE SHOW
Unless specifically asked to be the event planner, leave it to the professionals the couple has hired to let the wedding day run smoothly.

STEAL THE MIC FOR A TOAST
It may seem like a good idea in the moment (especially after a drink or two) but just don’t do it.

 

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The January 2017 Issue of Bridal Couture Magazine is Extra Special!

We are thrilled to announce our cover model for our Spring 2017 issue will be newly married Victoria Popoff (now Hill). Victoria, a lifelong resident of Modesto, is business owner, philanthropist, and leader in our community.  Since she was young she began volunteering at retirement hospitals, working as a counselor at group homes, teaching children to swim and inspiring our community to love fitness. Victoria is the founder and owner of Studio V Pilates & Fitness in Modesto, CA and recently celebrated her fifth year in business. She is active with Women’s Education & Leadership League in educating the community with unifying opportunities in emotional, financial and physical wellness, along with other female powerhouses and continues to lead with love. Today we celebrate with her as we enthusiastically share her marriage to Devin Hill on the cover and featured in our next issue available January 2017!Victoria and Devin Hill

We have a special place in our heart for Victoria. She was one of the first models for Bridal Couture Magazine in 2010 and has continued to support BCM not only through the publication and support of local vendors but has supported and modeled for UNVEILED~BCM’s annual fashion show and fundraiser.

We can’t wait to share the details of their October 4, 2016 creative and rustic-chic affair.  We will take you behind-the-scenes at their organic-inspired wedding ceremony surrounded by close family, along with their destination celebration full of A-list vendors from home (duh.), sandy beaches, neutral palettes, personal touches, and envy-worthy designer duds by Watters, Erica Koesler, and more (swoon…).

Stay tuned….We will be sharing the cover image and featured wedding details soon!

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Photo credit: Santini Pinheiro Photography

 

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What an Epic Star Wedding Looks Like

Let’s be honest: a Star Wars wedding can be tricky. You want it to be over-the-top fun, but you also run the risk of making it feel like a kids’ party. We’re here to help! Ahead, check out everything you need — from starry invites to a lightsaber send-off — to keep your big day classy and memorable at the same time. May the wedding-planning force be with you.Star-Wars-Wedding-Ideas

Photos by Cacá Santoro Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

Star confetti is a nice touch if you’re aiming for a glamorous, galaxy-like Star Wars invite.Starry-InvitationsPhotos by Meg Ruth Photo via Green Wedding Shoes

This bride saved her gorgeous custom belt for the reception — good thing, because it probably would have stolen the show during the ceremony.Elaborate-BeltPhotos by Cacá Santoro Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

It’s all about the details, and no Star Wars fan should go without his special cuff links on the big day.Cuff-Links

We love how simple but sweet this idea is for a photo-booth setup: a star garland plus a few props and character masks.Photo-Booth-FunPhoto by Meg Ruth Photo via Green Wedding Shoes

Copy this cake knife, made from a lightsaber, for a cool touch.Lightsaber-Cake-KnifePhoto by Ohana Photographers via Style Me Pretty

There’s only one way to end the night — with a lightsaber send-off, of course!Lightsaber-Send-Off

Source: Facebook user Matthew Druin Photography

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Saying “I Do’ with a dash of lace, a splash of beads, and a handful of feathers

CITY CHIC

THE PLACE: A Swanky Downtown Modesto Venue.

THE PURPOSE: Evening Nuptials and after-party.

THE FOCAL POINT: Super-sexy to Classic gowns to turn up the heat.

Model: Leah Layman
Photography: Kori & Jared Photography
Hair stylist: Carly Alves, Streaks Salon
Make Up Artist: Brittney Jenkins, Streaks Salon
Floral & Decor:Kathie J Designs
Venue:The Century

Saying “I Do’ with a dash of lace, a splash of beads, and a handful of feathers.

UNEXPECTED SILHOUETTE

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Delicate Blossom beaded unlined tulle crop top lined with pearl button back, “Vanu” by Willowby sits perfectly above Watters soft net full A-line skirt with double-faced satin belt, “Nadia”. Available at Mira Bridal Couture or Watters.

SHIMMERY DETAILS

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Glamorous Swarovski crystals, shimmering pearls and sparkling sequins drift down the tulle and lace skirt of this sheath wedding dress, accented with V-neckline and dainty, pearl encrusted spaghetti straps. “Miela” by Maggie Sottero available at Mira Bridal Couture or Maggie Sottero.

 

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BCM Favorite Bridesmaid Looks of 2015

After you find that once in a lifetime bridal gown, you will soon start to think of how to style your wedding party. While we all know bridesmaids come in all shapes and sizes, its so hard to pick that perfect dress that everyone will love. Take a look at BCM’s favorite wedding party looks of 2015! You will be sure to gain some inspiration for your big day!

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We wish you lots of inspiration and Happy Planning!

Photo Credits:

Kori and Jared Photography

Ashley Crook Photography

Feather + North

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In our search to plan the ultimate bridal shower, we searched high and low, and asked everyone we know for the best wedding and bridal shower games. Here’s Bridal Couture Magazines Top 10!

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1.) Read His Mind

Before the couple become one on their wedding day, test their knowledge of each other to find out if they really are ‘of the same mind.’ A week or two before the shower, ask the groom twenty revealing questions about himself and his relationship (if planning a couple’s wedding shower, give the bride her own set of twenty questions to answer), and film the groom answering each question.

2.) Bangle Shakedown

Looking for a fun game to keep guests as engaged as the bride-to-be? Here you have it. Before the party, come up with a short list of overused wedding-related words or exclamations (e.g. bride, wedding, dress, “Aww!”) to forbid. As each guest arrives, give her a charm bracelet with a little note listing the forbidden words and the following rules: if someone hears another person saying a word on the list at any time during the shower, she gets to take the rule-breaker’s bracelet. At the end of the party, the person with the most bracelets gets a prize—plus the chic set of bracelets on her arm!

3.) Newspaper Wedding Dress

This is a fun spin-off of the classic game, Toilet Paper Wedding Dress. Assign each team a section of the wedding dress (e.g. sleeve, bodice, train, veil, skirt) Then, dress the bride in all the fabulously inventive pieces and have her pose for a very humorous photo-op.

4.) Take Yarn, Tell a Yarn

One of the best icebreakers around involves nothing more than a ball of ribbon or yarn. As your guests arrive, give them the ball of ribbon and scissors and instruct them to cut off as much as they think they’ll need—and remain mum when they inevitably ask, “Need for what?” As soon as everyone is situated—absentmindedly playing with their lengths of ribbon—go around the room and have each person talk about himself or herself for as long as it takes to wrap the piece of yarn around a finger. The longer the string, the longer they talk—and the more you get to know your guests!

5.) Memory Lane Mysteries

A blank note card along with a request to write down his or her favorite memory of the bride, groom or the couple. When they arrive, have your guests drop their memories into a card box. At the shower, read each memory out loud and ask the bride and/or groom to guess which guest wrote it. From childhood memories to milestone moments, each card reflects the personal bond that each guest has with the couple. And, at the end of the day, the bride has a stack of personal keepsakes to cherish always.

6.) Wedding Ring Dec-a-Cake

Double the fun at your wedding shower with a tasty twist on tradition. You may have heard of the age-old bake-the-ring-in-a-cake trick: the hostess takes a toy ring or wedding trinket and bakes it right into a cake; at the shower, each guest takes a slice and whoever gets the ring is the next in line to marry her dearly beloved.

7.) Pass the Presents

Who says the bride and groom should get all of the gifts? With this fast-paced, interactive game, everyone has a shot! Before the shower, wrap two or three gifts in decorative wrapping paper. When it’s game time, have everyone sit in a circle. Give each gift to a random person in the circle—or for the young and spry, put the gifts in the center and have all guests grab for one on the count of three.

8.) Couple’s Roast

Here’s a great one for a couple’s wedding shower (though you can always change it up a bit for a bridal shower). First, cut paper into strips and divide into two equal piles. For the strips in one pile, you’ll write an emotion for the groom and an emotion for the bride. For example, “Jane is mad. John is worried,” “Jane is highly amused. John is bored silly,” or “Jane is scared. John is excited.” Then, write different scenarios on the strips in the other pile. For example, “John tells Jane he can’t go to the mall with her because he made plans to watch the game with the boys,” “John tells Jane he traded in the coupe for a minivan,” or “Jane tells John her mother is coming to visit for three months.” Then, have guests break out into teams of two. Each picks a strip from a different pile, puts them together and acts out the scenario with the assigned emotions—all while trying to mimic the couple’s mannerisms and quirky tics! Give the bride and groom scorecards—0 to 10—to rate each performance. The highest scoring duo wins a prize!

9.) Two Truths and a Lie

This is a great icebreaker for guests who are just getting to know each other. Each guest tells the group three experiences he or she has had with the bride or groom; two are true, one is a lie. Guests then guess which one they think is a lie. Often, the most unbelievable stories are the truth!

10.) Pin the Ring on the Groom

This game can be tailored to fit the mood of any bridal shower. Start with a poster-sized picture of the groom. For a traditional shower, give each guest a faux wedding ring. For a more risqué lingerie shower, give each guest a pair of ladies’ lacy underwear. Blindfold your guests in turn and give each a pushpin and a ring or a pair of underwear. For the ring, whoever pins it closest to his finger, wins. As for the cheeky lingerie, place hooks in strategic places on the poster; whoever throws the underwear on the craziest spot, wins—plus, the bride gets to add the lacy confections to her collection!

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Bridal Couture Magazine Tips for choosing Mix & Match Bridesmaids Dresses!

 

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Tips for Choosing Mix & Match Bridesmaids Dresses

Some brides prefer everything to match, and some brides may prefer something different. Something different such as Mix & Match. While bridesmaids dresses can be expensive, a fun way to less the cost is to allow a mix and match look that will let your bridesmaids pick a gown, in your choice of color palate, in their price range. However, there are certain things to remember so that you don’t have a Mix & Match go badly.

Choosing contrasting dresses is also a great way to cater for the different shapes, styles and coloring of your wedding party. It lets you add more personal style to your wedding party. But mix and match dresses are not always an easy thing to pull off. You have to come up with a selection of colors, tones, and fabrics, but with that you will also be providing choices for your bridesmaids which could lead to conflict and a whole lot of opinions.

Once you get past all the decisions, your wedding photo will show a perfectly put together wedding party that will be different from your classic matchy-matchy styled bride.

Listed below are a few tips to remember while planning a Mix & Match Success!

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-Hue. Having your girls go out and select 5 separate dresses in the color pink, is setting you up to have 5 girls show up in 5 different color pinks. If you are wanting a certain color dress, there are a lot of designer dresses that provide the same color dress in multiple different styles. That will be helpful in a sense that you won’t have to worry about one girl in a darker pink dress next to a lighter one.

-Don’t be too care free. Create a Pinterest board or send your bridesmaids photos of what you like. Explain the look you are going for, tell them what colors and textures you envision. A black dress can go from elegant to gothic at the snap of a finger.

-Stay in touch. Say you have bridesmaids that all live in different places. If you aren’t able to do a group shopping trip and are wanting your girls in three different colors make sure they are in touch with each other so that your colors will be evenly spread out. Create a group text! Makes it easy to send photos for the wedding party to see!

-Sparkle or Lace? Don’t be afraid! You’ll make a very fashion forward statement by playing with these materials, who doesn’t love some great texture?

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We hope that these Tips make your Mix & Match experience easier!! Happy Wedding Planning from Bridal Couture Magazine!

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AND THE WINNER IS…….

After an astounding number of votes we are thrilled to announce the Fall 2015 Bridal Couture Magazine Cover Contest winner.
Congratulations to Savannah and Marcus McIlwain!

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Savannah and Marcus McIlwain

In order of votes, we present the runners-up.

 

Follow this link to view the full list of contestants ad voting statistics.

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