Can you believe it’s December already?
Around here we’re starting to really see some winter weather – we’ve even had a little bit of snow!
Just a few flurries, but it still got us dreaming about a frosty, silvery winter wedding.
Top row: silver dress, from Hamda Al Fahim; snowflake cupcake, photographer unknown; crystal art deco tiara, from Mariell; silver wedding cake, image by Lara Rios Fine Art Photography, via Style Me Pretty
Just make sure your brides bundle up if they’re taking photos outdoors. (Luckily, we’ve got you covered there!)
What other winter wedding ideas do you like?
You probably know what the garter is for at a wedding:
After the bride tosses her bouquet to the single women at the reception, the groom removes the garter from her leg and tosses it to the single men. The man and woman who catch them share the next dance (hopefully not all alone on the dance floor!) and the superstition is that they will be the next to marry.
But where exactly did the tradition of the garter come from?
Is it really naughty (a lot of grooms seem to think so, as they retrieve the garter with their heads up the brides’ skirts!)
The garter was originally a everyday piece of clothing: it was used to hold up the ladies’ stockings. Brides would sometimes wear specially embroidered garters on their wedding day, but often they were her normal, everyday garters.
As bridal clothes became more elaborate, the garters got fancier too. And they also became a traditional part of the wedding festivities.
There are two theories about where the Western garter tradition comes from.
The first is that in the Middle Ages, wedding guests would help the bridal could undress and put them in bed the night of the wedding. Eventually this tradition fell out of favor (no need to wonder why!) and now only the garter still gets removed in public.
The second theory is that it’s a leftover superstition: an article of the bride’s clothing was supposed to bring good luck to whoever could get it. So if she wore a veil or garters, the groom’s attendants would try to take one before the end of the night. Eventually, it just became easier (and less scandalous!) for the groom to give away a garter himself.
To some people, the garter tradition is a little too risqué; for others, it’s a silly, lighthearted moment for the young people at the reception.
How do you feel about the garter toss?
Gold is so on-trend right now, it’s a little amazing.
For years, we saw brides and retailers refusing to buy anything but silver and other white metals. No one wanted to wear anything yellow, and rose gold wasn’t even on the radar.
And then suddenly, it changes. We’re seeing gold jewelry, gold wedding dresses, gold accents…
It’s everywhere. Not that we’re complaining. There are so many lovely color palettes that just sparkle when you add gold into the mix! And when we saw this pretty photo on Style Me Pretty…
Well, what can we say? We just fell in love with the idea of a raspberry and gold wedding.
Bottom row: pink dessert table, image by Gabriel Ryan Photographers, via Hostess with the Mostess; pink ombre cake, photographer unknown via Wedding Party blog; sculptural beaded headband, from Mariell; bridesmaid in raspberry, image by Sarah K. Byrne Photography, via Peter Loves Jane
Where do you think the sudden love of all things gold came from?
Was it the influence of a particular style guru, or just the wheel of trends turning?
When Jean Wellmon opened Jean’s Bridal, she admits she didn’t quite know what she was getting into.
“Before that I was a stay-at home mom, and when my children went back to school I went back to work… It was a totally new venture for me.”
But her years in retail before having kids clearly prepared her well, because Jean’s has been a thriving destination for brides, mothers, and friends (and the occasional groom’s party in search of a tux) for 39 years.
And in that time she hadn’t gotten any less busy. Even though her small children no longer spend afternoons at the store (her oldest daughter has been part of the business for 20 years) Jean still works six days a week and loves it.
Even while taking time out of her busy day to talk about the store, she kept putting the phone down to say hi to customers or chat with them for a moment. The friendly, family atmosphere was obvious even over the phone.
“A lot of my customers have known me for years and years,” she says when she comes back, laughing. “A lot of my first brides are now bringing their daughters in for their weddings – it’s amazing!”
But Jean managed to squeeze in a little time for a quick Q&A about dress shopping, wedding trends, and that ah-ha moment when you find just the right dress.
MARIELL: What’s your favorite part of working in the wedding industry?
JEAN: It’s really fun! I’ve always liked meeting new people, and [this way] you get to really see [the brides’] excitement.
We like helping everyone – the brides, moms, bridesmaids. We also do tuxedo rentals! We like showing the brides we can help them with everything, from the dresses to the accessories.
MARIELL: What’s the process of helping someone choose a dress like?
First we ask when they’re getting married, the venue, time of day… Do they have anything in mind or any pictures with them? Is there anything they’ve seen that they think they might like.
Then we pull out the [dresses] that are similar to what they have in mind, and we ask them to go through the rack and see if there’s anything different from what they had in mind that they like. It all depends on the person and the budget. We never want to show someone a $5000 dress and have her fall in love with it if she can only spend $800; that’s really unfair!
Sometimes [the brides] stressed or tense, and it takes a little bit of time to get them to relax and get into it. If they’ve not tried on dresses before it can be a little intimidating. But it’s a new adventure in life.
Sometimes they try on so many dresses they get overwhelmed – we tell them, “take a break, have lunch, sleep on it, and come back the next day.” Most of the time when they come back they say, “Yes, that’s the one.”
MARIELL: Do you find that brides really know when they find the perfect dress?
Yes! They really do know when they put THAT ONE on. Every woman has a way that they know they want to look on their special day, and when they see it they usually know.
MARIELL: What do you think brides should look for in a wedding dress?
It really should be a timeless, forever dress. Don’t go too trendy – you want to love it thirty years down the road too!
MARIELL: Speaking of trends, are there any current wedding trends that you just love? Or any that you want to see vanish forever?
I love the romantic look we’re seeing recently, with lots of beautiful lace. It’s pretty and girly and what a wedding should look like. It’s what women used to always wear for weddings! It’s a beautiful time for wedding dresses right now.
In terms of trends I don’t like… not so much, because of different tastes. Everyone has different, specific things that are important to them.
But I have seen designers trying to bring back higher necks, and I’m not a big fan. Brides don’t want those – they don’t look young enough!
MARIELL: Do you have a favorite dress or designer right now?
The Paloma line – they make beautiful, classic dresses with gorgeous fabrics and laces.
MARIELL: What do you like to do to unwind at the end of a long work day, or when you get your rare day off?
On my day off, I’m on a baseball field or a soccer field with grandkids, cheering them on. We’re always on the go with the kids when they were growing up, and now they have kids! I have three grandkids – two boys and one girl. They’re always busy! To me, family comes first, so I try to be there for them as much as possible.
MARIELL: Tea or coffee? Pick a side!
To be honest, I don’t drink either one! I start my day with water. At nighttime I will have herbal tea to unwind. But I’m not a caffeine lover – I’ve always been blessed with a lot of energy!
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