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Gold vs. Silver

July 21, 2014

When it comes to jewelry and accessories, there is one great debate with divides brides and retailers alike.

Which do you wear: gold or silver?

It seems like every woman has her favorite metallic hue of choice, and many are fiercely loyal to the point of never wearing the other option.

What do you think?

 

 

 

Do you prefer gold to silver, or silver to gold?

Or are you one of those rare women, who loves and wears both equally?

Our Favorite Boho Wedding Trends

July 14, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone!

We just can’t get enough of all the creative summer wedding ideas we’re seeing, both online and in person. We’ve already shared some of our favorite beach wedding details, but there’s another type of summer wedding sweeping the bridal world…

It is, of course, the boho wedding!

There’s something so sweet about the rustic, vintage ethos of a bohemian wedding. It’s casual, personal, and oh so fun.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite boho wedding trends to share with you.

Click an in image to see the full gallery!

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Which boho wedding trend is your favorite?

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A Quick Guide to Evening Bags

July 7, 2014

One of our favorite accessories here at Mariell is also one of the most practical accessories you can get.

That’s right, we’re talking about the evening bag!

Both beautiful and practical, an evening bag is the finishing touch to any formal outfit. Whether you like elaborate design or something simple and sleek, there’s a bag out there to suit your taste.

These charming little accessories have half a dozen different names, though, and it can get confusing when trying to figure out what they all mean.

To break through the confusion, we’ve rounded up some of the most common evening bag terminology and laid out exactly what each design means.

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Guide to Common Types of Evening Bags

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Evening Bag: A small, decorative purse intended to be worn with formal or evening clothes. You carry an evening bag when a large daytime purse is not necessary. Most evening bags are big enough to fit only a night’s essentials: lip gloss, phone, credit card, and ID.

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Clutch: A small, rectangular evening bag without a handle. Hence the name: you have to clutch it!

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Frame Bag: An evening bag that is made of fabric over a metal frame. It clasps at the top, rather than folding over. Can be a clutch or have a small chain attached to hang from the wrist.

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Minaudiere: A hard-sided evening bag embellished with stones, lace, sequins, or metal decoration. It usually clasps at the top. A minaudiere is considered as much a decorative accessory as a piece of jewelry.

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What’s your favorite type of evening bag to carry?

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Everything You Need to Plan Your Wedding in 22 Steps

June 30, 2014

Okay, maybe not everything.

We can’t pick your flowers out for you, after all, or get that pesky seating chart to fix itself when Uncle Bob stops speaking to Uncle Bill.

But over the past year, we’ve shared a lot of great advice on putting together the visuals of your wedding day.

So, if you’re feeling a little stressed and not sure where to start, take a look at these guides.

They’ll get you back on track in no time flat (and leave you time to treat yourself to a pedicure and a glass of bubbly!)

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How to Plan Your Wedding Day Look 

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Want to find the wedding dress that will be most flattering to your shape? Our guide breaks it all down based on your proportions to help you look your best on your wedding day.

Let’s face it, you want to look fabulous on your wedding day. From head to toe, you should feel perfectly put together… so that you can forget about how you look and just enjoy the day!

We’ve rounded up our favorite guides to putting together the perfect bridal look. Check them out below!

 

1. Pick the Right Necklace for Your Wedding Dress

2. Pick the Right Earrings to Flatter Your Face

3. How to Pick Your Dress, Jewelry, and More…

4. How to Accessorize Bridal Hairstyles

5. Choose Your Wedding Makeup Look

6. Find Your Something Blue

7. Wedding Outfit Checklist

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How to Pick Out Gifts

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Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

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Planning a wedding involves a lot of people, and it’s important to let those people know they’re appreciated. The perfect gift will let them know you mean it when you say, “Thank you.”

Stumped on what to get some of the more difficult people? Check out our gift-buying guides.

 

1. Pick Your Bridesmaid Gifts

2. Gift Ideas for Your Mother-in-Law

3. Flower Girl Gifts

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Summer Wedding Style and Inspiration

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Sea Glass Wedding

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Summer weddings are upon us! If you’re getting married in the next few months but are stuck on a few last-minute details, check out these inspirational posts.

1. Coral & Turquoise Wedding Inspiration

2. Weddings in Sea Glass Colors

3. Our Favorite Beach Wedding Trends

4. Wedding Style in Grey & Yellow

5. Lavender, Grey & Purple Wedding Inspiration

6. Berry Bright Wedding Colors

7. Weddings in Primary Colors

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Wedding Planning & Etiquette Advice for Brides

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5 Ways to Be a Badass Bride

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Wondering about a few details? From planning dinner for two hundred guests to making sure your friends still like you by the time you say, “I do,” there’s a lot to keep track of. Do it with class by following these guides.

1. Wedding Etiquette: Feeding the Guests

2. How to Be a Badass Bride

3. Advice from Real Wedding Guests

4. Make a Wedding Memorable for the Right Reasons

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And finally, for those brides working on a tight schedule, keep it all in perspective with our most popular guide:

1. How to Plan a Wedding in Six Months (Without Freaking Out and Losing All Your Friends)

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Gift Ideas for Your Mother-in-Law

June 23, 2014

It’s a little overwhelming how many gifts you have to buy for your own wedding.

Gift for your bridesmaids… gifts for your parents… gifts for your new spouse…

Did you forget someone?

What about your new mother-in-law?

Buying a gift for your new mother-in-law can be tricky. You might not know her very well and be unsure about her taste. Or maybe you just want to get the perfect gift for such a special occasion and are having trouble picking something out.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite gift ideas for mothers-in-law. Whether you need something practical, glamorous, or sweet and sentimental, we’ve got you covered!

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Gift Ideas for Your Mother-in-Law

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1. Embroidered handkerchief – A handkerchief may be one of those old fashioned things no one really uses anymore, but it still makes a perfect sweet, sentimental gift. Have one embroidered with a thank you message for your mother-in-law, and it will be something she cherishes for years.

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2. A beautiful shawl - Will it be a little chilly at your reception? Buy your mother-in-law something pretty and practical, like this crystal-spangled shawl. She’ll be touched that you thought of her, as well as warm all night long!

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3. Personalized photo frame - Every parent loves wedding photos they can display, and a personalized frame makes them even more special.

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4. A sparkling clutch - If your wedding is a formal or black tie affair, pick out a sparkling clutch to give your mother-in-law while you’re getting ready. Every time she uses it in the future, she’ll think of how she carried it on her son’s wedding day.

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5. Wedding photo album - You probably remembered to order an album for yourself and your parents, but did you get one for your groom’s parents also? Make sure they have an album of their own. We guarantee your new mother-in-law will love showing it off!

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6. Beautiful jewelry - If you’re going to give someone jewelry at your wedding, make sure it’s a timeless piece that they can wear again and again. This petite gold tennis bracelet would be a perfect choice.

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7. Handwritten letter - When nothing else seems quite right, a heartfelt, handwritten letter will always make someone tear up and smile. Write your new mother-in-law a heartfelt letter about how happy you are to be marrying her son and joining her family, and she will treasure it forever.

 

Do you have any other ideas for mother-in-law gifts? 

Share them in the comments!

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