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Merry Christmas from Mariell

December 22, 2014

It’s a bit of a quiet time around the Mariell office. 

We’re wrapping up orders for the end of the year and sorting through some beautiful designs for 2015.

(Speaking of, have you checked out our prom collection? Bright colors, snappy designs, Art Deco goodness… if you haven’t stopped by, you need to!)

But this week we’ll take a little time off to reconnect with our families and enjoy the peace and light of this holiday season.

So, to all those who celebrate it…

Merry Christmas from Mariell

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P.S. – Love that elegant, vintage-inspired bridal cape up there? We’ve got one with your name on it right here!

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other images photographed by: 1 / 2 / 3

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Purple & Silver Winter Wedding Inspiration

December 15, 2014

Happy Monday!

There’s more than a nip in the air where we are these days… there’s a decidedly frigid chill.

And while that may dim our enthusiasm for venturing outside in the lack of sunlight, there’s a silver lining to every snow cloud: winter wedding style is absolutely gorgeous.

So fix yourself a cup of hot cocoa, pull up a cozy blanket, and take a look at some beautiful silver and purple winter wedding inspiration.

(If you live somewhere with sunlight and high temperatures, you can still join us… just don’t tell us how warm it is where you are today.)

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Purple Silver Winter Wedding

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Clockwise from top left: lavender & silver wedding cake – from Bobbette & Belle, image by Krista Fox Photography // grey suit with purple accents – image by Ricky Stern Photography via The Every Last Detail // wintery purple wedding bouquet – image by PhotoGlow Photography via English Wedding // wedding rings in snow – photographer unknown // purple & silver tablescape – image by Kristen Taylor Photography via The Brides Cafe

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Looking for a little more wintery wedding style? As always, we’ve got you covered…

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What’s your favorite winter wedding palette?

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Pantone Announces 2015 Color of the Year

December 8, 2014

Did you hear?

Last week Pantone announced their 2015 Color of the Year.

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Pantone 2015

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In a dramatic change from the bright hues of the last few years, Pantone has chosen to feature a subtle, earthy tone for 2015: Marsala.

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Marsala Pantone 2015

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Named after the wine, Marsala is described a hue that “embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.” (Source.)

Last year’s choice of Radiant Orchid was met with more than a little skepticism for it’s lurid purple hue. And while there were those who loved it, Radiant Orchid did not end up being a big color trend for 2014’s wedding.

But what do you think of Marsala?

Do you expect to see it popping up in weddings and fashion design in 2015? Or do you think its appearances will be solely in fashion magazines and runway collections?

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(images via)

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Packing for a Winter Honeymoon

December 1, 2014

Are you planning a winter honeymoon?

Last summer, we put together a sample packing list for a warm weather honeymoon.

But cold weather presents a different challenge.

You need cozy clothes for outside, but you don’t want to sacrifice style (or take an extra suitcase!) And when the heat is turned up inside, you need layers that you can take off to stay comfortable but throw back on when you go outside.

In our summer packing plan, we made outfits for over 7 days out of 9 main pieces, 2 pairs of shoes, and some accessories. In the summer, that seemed easy… but you can still do it when the temperature drops!

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How to Pack for a Winter Honeymoon - Packing List

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Grey Jeans / Blue Jeans / Sweater Dress (similar) / Skirt / Camisoles / Ivory Sweater / Black Blouse (similar) / Cardigan (similar) / Leopard Print Shoes / Tall Boots / Tights / Purse / Scarf (similar) / Cuff Bracelet / Drop Earrings / Black Clutch

Want to see how it’s done?

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Packing for a Winter Honeymoon - Days 1 & 2

Packing for a Winter Honeymoon - Day 3

Packing for a Winter Honeymoon - Days 4 & 5

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Packing for a Winter Honeymoon - Days 6 & 7

 

Packing for a Winter Honeymoon - Day 8

Some things to keep in mind to make it all work:

  1. If you’re only packing one coat, pick something on the slightly more formal side. It will dress down more easily than a casual coat will dress up.
  2. Keep your jewelry minimal so you are less likely to lose pieces. A bracelet and a pair of earrings will take you through everything you need. Always put jewelry in your carry on, never your checked luggage.
  3. Bring more than 2-3 pairs of tights, alternate days, and rinse them out in the sink at night. If you’re worried about cold legs, you can also layer 2 pairs for extra coziness.
  4. Use camisoles as layering pieces next to your skin. They can be rinsed out overnight and provide extra warmth without extra bulk.
  5. If you know you’re going to be wearing a top more than once, layer it with other pieces at least 50% of the time so it doesn’t get as dirty.
  6. Stick with a small color palette with a lot of neutrals to make mixing and matching easy. Here we picked black, ivory, grey, and shades of purple.
  7. A sweater dress is a great pick for winter travel because it can be dressed up or down just by changing accessories.
  8. Always break in your shoes before you travel!
  9. Pick one color jewelry. Here, gold goes well with both the purple accent color and the leopard print shoes.
  10. Bring a small clutch for when you go out in the evening. We like this black mesh clutch to add in a little edginess to your outfits.
  11. Bring one piece of jewelry – such as this cuff – that makes a statement. It will transform your outfits from suitcase to glam.

Happy Honeymooning!

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In gratitude…

November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving is this week, which means we’re taking a little break from our regular content.

Don’t worry, the sparkle and shine will be back next Monday!

But today, we wanted to take a moment to say, thank you.

It’s a privilege to do what you love, and we’re so grateful to each and every one of you — our retailers, our brides, our colleagues and friends. You make it possible for us to be here (and here and here and here!) every week, sharing and loving these beautiful things.

Without you, Mariell would not be.

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Happy Thanksgiving

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We’re especially grateful to all our featured retailers, who have worked so hard and done so much with us in the last year! If you’ve missed any of them, be sure to stop by, say hello, and laugh a little about this crazy thing we call the wedding industry.

Bett’s Bridal

Jean’s Bridal

Brides 2 Be by Hope Mitchell

The Gilded Gown

Mariella Creations

Peggy Jay Bridal

Frills by Flair

And if you’re interested in becoming a featured retailer yourself, drop us a line and we’ll set something up!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone, no matter where you are. We are so grateful for you.

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