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Now that the temperatures are dipping, I would imagine that many brides would want warmth and coverage, which strapless dresses simply cannot offer. Thankfully, with a return to retro modesty and a current obsession with Bella Swan, sleeves are returning to bridal wear in a big way. Below: a slideshow of some favorites for inspiration. What do you think?

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Fancy’s collection of only four dresses may seem scarce, but it’s wholesome retro vibe is absolutely stunning. I am all for taking it back to yesteryear, so this abbreviated collection has my vote. For brides looking to travel back in time with classic chic, Fancy is fabulous.

Click here to see the full collection on Martha Stewart Weddings

 

Etsy has provided yet another means to acquire wedding day accessories. Little White Dresser specializes in wedding day hair accessories, dress accessories, and jewelry for the vintage-loving bride. Among my favorite lacy pieces in the shop is their silvery belt and this lovely blush pink hair flower. Several of the necklaces made me smile as well, and the affordability will make the budget-savvy bride grin from ear to ear.

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Click here to shop Little White Dresser on Etsy.

I have found yet another source of wedding-worthy headpieces on Etsy. Pegasus Maiden by Aerisk specializes in feather fascinators and steampunk hair accessories. Although their specialties are gorgeous, I must confess that I really fell in love with their large rose and butterfly pieces. Their classic birdcage veil is nothing to sneeze at either. What makes these quality pieces even more attractive-and accessible-is their ridiculously low price, thus proving once again that elegance van be had at all budgets.

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Click here to shop Pegasus Maiden.

I am so happy to see that Jenny Packham’s latest collection was kept within the vintage vein that has made her so popular. These gowns are for the ultimate retro glamourpuss that wants to take a step back into yesteryear. What I especially love is that the collection in so varied, from short, flirty cocktail numbers to demure dresses complete with sleeves that don’t look at all dowdy or frumpy. Although the hemlines vary, all of Packham’s dresses have one thing in common: a healthy dose of bling.

Click here to see the full collection.

I’ve already gushed about issue #4 of Nonpareil, an online wedding decor magazine. However, I would like to highlight one of my favorite articles. This Breakfast At Tiffany’s-inspired look is a lovely example of how to look equally fresh-faced and polished on the big day. especially since the shades used are easily adaptable to a wide range of skin tones. Besides, who doesn’t love Audrey Hepburn in this iconic role?

Click here for the tutorial.

I’m very impressed with Nonpareil’s latest issue. Issue 4 is devoted to wedding decor and fashion inspired by the big (and small) screen. Whether you’re looking to throw a Mad Men-inspired affair, have a face fit for Breakfast at Tiffany’s or bring Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland to life, this issue has something for you.

Click here to read the latest issue.

Blockbuster films such as Twilight, Sex and the City 2, and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland have influenced much more than fashion and trends among teenagers and adults alike. Lately, these three films have been the inspiration behind many themed weddings and bridal showers. Who knew that celluloid could be so chic?

Click here to see the decor used for a Twilight-inspired reception on Hostess with the Mostess

Green Wedding Shoes has tips on throwing the perfect SATC2 Bridal Shower

Throw a tea party fit for a queen as shown by The Wedding Chicks

The dessert bar has become a welcome alternative (or addition) to the wedding cake served during the reception. However, not all of us are able to hire a professional such as Amy Atlas to build a display out of color-coordinated macaroons that match perfectly with swirly lollipops and the table runner. So, here are the basic DIY steps steps for building your own dessert bar without breaking the bank.

The Set Up: Apothecary jars have made a comeback as the ideal containers for candy at the dessert bar. They can be found on several specialty sites at moderate prices. They can also be found cheaper still in the home decoration sections of various stores such as TJ Maxx or Marshalls, along with retailers such as Target. For candies, make sure you have candy scoops available so that guests won’t be so inclined to use their bare hands for loose, unwrapped sweets. You can also use more traditional cake stands and trifle bowls for your bar to display smaller baked good such as brownies, blondies, and cookies. If you’re still bent on having a wedding cake, use it as the centerpiece.

Apothecary Jar with Lid, $26.99, SaveonCrafts.com

Anchor Hocking Trifle Bowl, $9.99, Bed, Bath, and Beyond

Tiered Pedestal Serving Plates, $24.99, Target

The Decor: Your dessert bar will most likely be inspired by your color palette, which will help it serve the purpose of further decoration. However, make sure you add touches of decor to it to avoid a sterile effect. This can be done by adding a table cloth and runner in colors that are in line with your overall scheme. Use flowers, but minimally so they don’t detract from the display. Candles are a no-no; the heat may melt some of the goodies (especially chocolate) and over-eager guests may burn themselves. Even if your dessert bar is a carnival-inspired kaleidoscope, still add a pop of color found within the overall palette-just, don’t use them all, as doing so would be sensory overload.

This Amy Atlas creation uses a trendy color palette of yellow and black along with vintage-inspired vessels to display the dessert.

This Amy Atlas creation mixes a modern color palette of yellow and black with vintage-inspired pieces.

Colin Cowie mixed sweet pink, sophisticated black, and full-blown glamour for this decadent display.

Monochromatic candy bars such as this are perfect for minimalist mavens.

The Goodies: Candy is a relatively easy thing to buy in bulk, even old-fashioned favorite such as whirly pops or rock candy swizzle sticks. For items that are more of a novelty, several web sites that sell old-fashioned favorites are available. Otherwise, put that Costco membership to good use and stock up. If you have a bit more money to burn, personalized M&M’s in your wedding colors will be a fool-proof hit.

Bulk Candy Sites:
Candy Warehouse
Candy Direct
Candy Favorites
A Candy Store

As for baked goods, don’t look past your local bakery, as large quantities of cookies or brownies may be cheaper than you think. Even bakeries that specialize in wedding cupcakes or cookies could offer reasonable prices for their products. If all else fails, your local supermarket or bulk shopping superstore will gladly provide the baked goods you need you need with a professional touch and a low price.

These three basic steps will help you start brainstorming on how to build your dessert bar. If you’re in need of more inspiration, visit the following sites:

Amy Atlas
Hostess with the Mostess
Swank Sweets
The Celebration Shoppe Blog

…or, just type “dessert bar” in the search engine of your favorite wedding/hostess blog. I’m sure they too have something to say on the matter.

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