Finding the Perfect Mother of the Bride Gown

Dorothy and I went shopping to find her Mother of the Bride’s dress and all I can say is I wish we took more photos!! I had asked her to please wear a floor length gown so I wouldn’t be the only one there in a floor length dress.

Dorothy had already looked online and had pinned a few things she liked on Pinterest. She had a specific brand in mind and found a local store that carried that brand, so we started our day at Toni In Style in Chagrin Falls. Toni was very sweet but also very opinionated. The best dress we found at their store was this, we didn’t love the jacket because it made Dorothy look matronly and she has a young spirit and a great body so we didn’t want her to wear something that made her look or feel “old”. This dress was 2/3 the price of my bridal gown [eek!]

Next we stopped by Bridal by the Falls and they only had VERY matronly looking dresses or Bridesmaids dresses. Dorothy tried on one bridesmaid dress but we decided it was not what we were looking for and we moved on.

Next, we went to Matina’s Bridal in Woodmere. This store set us up for some serious laughs so I only wish we had photos. First, we had pulled all of the Mother of the Bride dresses that we thought were sexy but still demure. Lots of them had gorgeous beading details. At the previous stores we had noted her assets and what we wanted to show off with a slimmer fitting gown.┬áThe consultant we had at Matina’s was of retirement age and kept pulling dresses that resembled Prom dresses from the 1980s. One literally was a huge poofy off the shoulder gown in teal green. The color looked great on Dorothy (it matched her eyes) but as soon as she looked in the mirror she and I both burst out laughing. She tried one last dress on there and found it was the top contender of the day, this was the style:

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We were intending to purchase it in solid red.

Following this, we went to lunch and talked about what we had done so far. We made the plan to go to look at Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom at Beachwood Place next.

At Saks, we found a bunch of beautiful options but nothing that was quite right. Finally, at Nordstom we found the winner! It was such a great deal and showed off her great body and has a slight resemblance to the bridesmaids dresses because it has a beautiful cutout! I don’t want to give it away just yet, but I’ll drop a hint in that I found this necklace about a week later that would match perfectly…

I can’t wait for you to see the photos of her in the gorgeous dress!


What Will the Men Wear? Tuxedos!

Finding the tuxedos was fun. I didn’t have to put anything on for anyone and I got to see Theo’s genuine reaction to trying things on.

We went to two places and I only have photos from one. We went to American Commodore Tuxedo first where our consultant was AWESOME and narrowed things down in the beginning and then helped Theo try things on. The second store we visited was Men’s Wearhouse. Since Theo had tried a few different styles on at American Commodore he knew what he liked and wanted the most similar thing from Men’s Wearhouse. It was more expensive at Men’s Wearhouse and we said, “…well just try it on. If it’s that much better we will go with it.” Unfortunately, they didn’t have the only style Theo liked in the store for him to try on. The only jacket they had in that style was the display—which Theo tried on and looked so silly in…. he’s a tall guy as you know and this was a jacket fit for a small mannequin. So, American Commodore it was…here are the results of Theo’s American Commodore Tuxedo fashion show.

First try: Wing Tip Collar (she said it was “more formal” and he liked that, but neither of us loved it on him) with Regular [straight] Tie:

Second try: Wing Tip Collar with Bow Tie…slight improvement but we decided to try the regular collar

Third try: Regular Collar and Regular Tie

Fourth try: switch it back to the Bow Tie..

Fifth try: Let’s try on the other jacket you liked with the piping detail….oh! Finally a smile! He likes the jacket!

Sixth try: Can we try a REAL hand-tie bow tie? Somebody feels like James Bond over here.

And if we add the vest underneath… what does that look like?

And if we take the jacket off…

This was some MAJOR static cling!

*The shirts are ivory to match my dress and not make it look dingy*

Lastly, this bow tie is the fabric we chose for the pocket squares. I wanted something patterned and I loved the stripes. They had two options, actual black and white striped or this tone-on-tone option which Theo was really drawn to and he picked!

Overall, it was so fun because we liked the same pieces and I let him choose all of it (based on a few inspiration Pins I had). I let him choose from gray, charcoal or black and this was all him. I will have one fashionable groom!

Which combo is your favorite?




Getting Pretty: Hair and Makeup Inspiration

So I made the decision to do my own day-of makeup and/or let my bridesmaids help. After doing research to see how much professional makeup costs (for one day of wear!) I decided although airbrushed has an awesomely professional look and I definitely don’t have those skills myself, it was more worth it to me to spend that money on makeup I can use all the time (and get really awesome at using). I love some of the higher-end brands I’ve invested in lately a la MAC, Tarte and Urban Decay (beyond my everyday Maybelline and CoverGirl).

For my makeup I want to look “sweetly rosy” mixed with “classic bombshell”.

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Rose red lips and rosy cheeks with neutral but dramatic eyes.

I want the bridesmaids to rock essentially the same look, but the red lips to be replaced with fuchsia.

Bridal Makeup Inspiration:

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Bridesmaid Makeup Inspiration:

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For my hair, Theo expressed that he doesn’t like it all up and would like it down. I think a nice compromise to keep it out of my face and feeling a little more dressy would be to have it half-up with some kind of pretty braid ( or twist?) and curls combo.

Bridal Hair Inspiration:

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Flower Girl Hair Inspiration:

I would love to see those little sweeties with a fun little detail on the top of their heads…maybe a curled ponytail or a little ballerina bun.

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I haven’t thought too much about Bridesmaid hair..I guess I’m pretty open to whatever they want to do! Any suggestions?