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  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    Registering for your wedding can be a daunting ordeal -- where to begin in the sea of salad tongs and Egyptian cotton? Thankfully, our Marketing Coordinator, Sam, is here to help! This lovely Ruchette is tying the knot in October, and has learned a lot through her personal experience with registering. Before running to Crate & Barrel and blindly opting for the first stemware you see, read on for her informative wedding registry tips.

    There is so much I've learned during my wedding registry process! Prepare for a wealth of information -- I'll be sharing as many tips and tricks with you as I can.

    This advice is a combination of what I've learned from a family friend, information from the The Wedding Book (a must-buy for all brides!), and my personal experience. Let me tell you; it is not as easy as it looks. Yes, it's a lot of fun, but if you do it thoroughly, it's a bit exhausting. Think about it -- it's the biggest shopping spree of your life!  Don't worry though; it will all get done, and the more thorough you are, the happier you'll be with your new gifts.

    From what I have heard, most people say to register at about 3-4 stores. Make sure at least one or two of those stores have physical retail locations so those guests who prefer to pick presents out in person are able to do so. There are many things to take into account, but here's my list of advice to make this shopping trip as easy as possible.

    1. Gather Lists: There are tons of helpful lists available for you to use. Each store you register at will have one, and there are many lists available online. During my process, my two favorites were Real Simple and The Knot. See what all the lists say to start getting an idea of what you think you're going to want and need. Remember that these are only suggestions and you should end up making your own registry list based off what you've seen and what you know you'll personally need as a couple.

    2. Take Inventory: Go through you and your fiance's stuff and determine if there is anything that you already own that you don't want to upgrade. For me, I have a few Le Creuset baking pans and the best peeler in the world, so I crossed those items off the checklists. You may already have pots and pans, but are they the ones you want for the rest of your life (or at least for the next 20 years)? If they aren't, register for the set that you do want and donate your old set. Determine what you and your fiance have and want to keep, and everything else should be registered for.

    3. Pre-Select Stores: What kind of stores do you want to register at? Start looking online and determine which stores best fit your needs and wants. From my experience, different stores are better for different things. We registered at Macy's for electronics and appliances, Crate & Barrel for dinning ware (plates, glasses, flatware, entertaining platters, pitchers), Williams and Sonoma for specialty tools like colanders, wooden spoons, a garlic press, and Amazon for items that we could not find anywhere else (like our highly-rated cotton towels from Africa). When you're looking at the stores, see what brands they carry and start to familiarize yourself with terms such as tri-ply stainless steel and casualware versus fine dining china and brands like All Clad, Le Creuset and Lennox. Be on the lookout for special deals -- many brands give bonus gifts when your guests spend a qualifying amount on that brand! Ask the store representatives about this when you go in to register.

    4. Consider Alternative Registries Ideas: Many couples are choosing to collect honeymoon funds through sites such as Honey Fund and Traveler's Joy. Having a honeymoon fund can be great if you and your fiance don't need or want many traditional home items. You can also ask for gift cards (we asked for Costco) or contributions for a down payment on your future home. If you and your fiance are into camping, register at REI and get that tent that you've been eyeing. Another interesting trend I've noticed is grooms registering at Sears for tools. There are also sites where you can add items from stores that don't have registries such as My Registry and Simple Registry. Don't be afraid to think outside the box -- now is the time to consider what you really want as a couple!

    5. Decide How You Will Live: Are you and your fiance going to be hosting frequent dinners and entertaining brunches every Sunday? Or will it just be you two in a small kitchen most nights? Do you plan on moving a lot or within a couple years of the wedding, or will you be decorating your new place right after the wedding? Start answering these questions, because they will help you decide what and how much to register for. If you plan on hosting your huge extended family for Christmas, then register for a full set of pots and pans and make sure you get that 10 quart stockpot with the pasta insert!

    6. Ask For Advice: Don't be shy - ask the registry helpers at the store! They are there to help guide you through the process and they've helped many couples in the past. If you have a question such as "What exactly does this do?" or "Which microwave is better in your opinion?" ask, ask, ask! The woman who helped us gave us great tips, told us which items were most registered for, and which food processor was at the top of it's category. I also sought the wisdom of my college friend who graduated from culinary school; I wanted to know her thoughts on the best brands for stainless steel pans. I also asked for advice from my neighbor who always hosts large parties at her home. She gave me a kitchen tour and explained what everything was and if/why I would ever need it. I can't even tell you how helpful this was! Don't be afraid to ask those around you who know more than you do; you'll be so thankful you did. Lastly, make sure to read reviews; they really can make or break a product in my opinion (especially if it turns out a product easily breaks!).

    7. Over Register: This is the one piece of advice I have gotten from all the registry representatives: register for anything and everything you think you will need. You can always return items and exchange them for different things later on. The way my fiance and I are treating our registry is as our "everything we need" list. It includes things people probably won't buy us and includes even the smallest things, like chip clips. Whatever is left over are items we will have to purchase in order to put our place together.

    8. Diversify: Make sure you've registered for a good range of price points! Some of your friends are going to only want to spend $30-$50, while some of your older family members might not mind spending $100-$200 on a gift. You want to make sure there are enough options for all your guests to choose from at any given point. Many of the registry representatives ask for your email, so they help you keep track and alert you when you need to add more items in a certain price point. Just imagine if you were going to a wedding and the only gift left was a pricey appliance!

    9. Don't Do It All In One Day: Split up your trips to the stores, because you will not want to do all your registering in one day. An easy way to break it up is by store or what kinds of items you're registering for (kitchen, bath, decor, etc). My fiance and I spent two full days in the home side of the mall, because we mentally could not do it all in one day. We visited two stores in the first day, and then went home and reviewed it all online. We also added things onto our registry that night so we could take a look at them in the store the next day and added things in the store the next day so we could check out the reviews when we got home. For example, we added three sets of dishes in the store and then narrowed down our final decision at home on the computer. Be tactical and take advantage of in-store experience as well as the information found online.

    10. Compromise: This part may be the least fun when it comes to registering (or at least it was for me; I'm somewhat of a control freak). Before we started scanning, we talked about who cared more about which type of item. I said that I'd die if we didn't have the cornflower blue Kitchenaid Stand Mixer, and my fiance has been dreaming about Wusthof knives for years. We kind of broke down different parts of the registry and decided who would have the final say on certain items. I took lead on the specialty baking items, glassware, and cheese party essentials, whereas he took lead on the appliances, knives, and cutting boards. He wanted all white dishware and I wanted a set that wasn't quite so plain, so we ended up compromising on a white set that had a pretty design on it. Practicing how to compromise isn't a bad idea anyways; if you can't compromise over flatware sets now, you're going to run into bigger issues in your marriage.

    11. Don't Be Pressured: Registry lists are just generic suggestions! Don't feel like you have to register for something just because it's what "everybody else" gets. If you don't think you'll ever make cheesecake, then don't register for a spring-form pan; it will just waste precious space in you kitchen. If you can't imagine a day where you will break out the fine china, then don't register for it. Your list should be personal to you and your fiance, filled only with what you want and will use. If you think you're going to bake a lot of cookies, pies and tarts, then register for 4 cookie sheets instead of 2, and get the pie bird, the Silpats, the cooling racks, and a pastry blender.

    12. Edit, Delete, Add, Update: Periodically keep an eye on your registry after you've sent out invites to make sure that you always have enough on your registry. I think I've changed our slow-cooker selection three times now due to reviews. We also decided that we wanted a certain citrus juicer over another. We've made so many changes and that's ok - get what you really want!

    13. Publish Your Registry Online: The Knot has been my favorite site for combining all our registry stores. Through The Knot, you can create your wedding website (to host any additional guest information) along with all the items you've registered for. This feature is wonderful because it also allows guests to search by store, price range, availability and what is still needed. It turns your registry into a shopping site, as it shows viewers the product images, prices, and which store it's from. Your registry site will show up in web search results and you can also link to it in your wedding shower invite. And to make sure guests don't feel pressured into getting us a gift, here's the memo I added to our site: "The best gift that we could ask for is to have all of our friends and family join us for our big day. That being said, if you really would like to give us a gift to celebrate our new life together, we have registered at 4 stores so we can get our kitchen and home in order."

    14. Be Thankful: Remember to jot down who gifted you which item and be sure to send handwritten thank you cards! Many registries can give you this information as well under your account on their site. I'd recommend sending out thank you notes as soon as you get the gift - that way you're not scrambling after the wedding to write a hundred thank you notes. And remember, it's the maid of honor's job to write down who gave you which gifts at your shower, too!

    15. Have Fun: Registering for gifts has been one of the biggest highlights of wedding planning for my fiance and I. When else do you get to go on a huge shopping spree without spending any money? Wedding planning and registering can be stressful, but remember to take it all in and enjoy it while it lasts!

    Happy scanning,
    -- Sam, Marketing Coordinator

    Photography: Jose Villa

    We hope this post has you ready to take the mall by storm! For other helpful wedding planning tips, "like" our Ruche Bridal Facebook page, check out Sam and Sarah's wedding series, and take a look at some of our other informative wedding posts: Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer, Wedding First Looks, Tips for Picking an Engagement Session Location. And if you're on the search for outfit ideas for your engagement photos, bridal shower, and bachelorette party, our Engagement Styling Guide has plenty of useful advice!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    Welcome to Sam and Sarah's wedding series! Our Marketing Coordinator, Sam, and our Stylist, Sarah, are two engaged Ruchettes getting married within the next year. We thought that our engaged readers could garner a lot of helpful information through Sam and Sarah's wedding planning process, so the girls have teamed up to share their experiences with you. Every two weeks, we'll be looking to both brides-to-be for their planning updates and tips, and we hope you'll learn from their accomplishments and compromised states of sanity alike. Read on to meet these lovely ladies and discover their heartwarming engagement stories.

    1. How did he propose?

    Sam: He proposed during a weekend trip with our friends in Big Bear, CA. After we all ate dinner together, he had my girlfriends convince me to go to Starbucks. I wanted to stay and relax in the cabin, but after some persuasion, I finally decided to join the girls. When we got back, the cabin was dark. I opened the back door and saw a slew of tealight candles that spelled out the phrase "Marry Me" out on the grass by the lake. He got down on one knee in the freezing 30 degree night, and I said yes! We popped the champagne immediately after and celebrated with our friends indoors by the fire.

    Sarah: I thought I would definitely know when he was going to propose, but he chose to pop the question the day after Christmas to throw me off. He asked if I wanted to go to dinner and walk around the canals in Long Beach, California to see the Christmas lights (this is a tradition we have every holiday season, but because of our busy schedules were unable to go earlier in the month). We were on our way to the canals after dinner when he made a wrong turn and parked the car. I was utterly confused, but followed him down to a pier where I ended up on a gondola boat. He wrote me a letter that I had to retrieve from a bottle floating alongside our boat, and at the end of the letter he asked me to marry him! The gondolier then brought out roses and dessert that were hidden on the boat. It was truly the happiest moment of my life!

    Sam & Josh enjoying the California sunshine together.

    2. How long you were dating?

    Sam: Josh and I have been dating for a wee bit over 5 years now! We met our freshman year in the dorms at Cal Poly Pomona. We started out as friends and then our relationship developed into something more. Five years later, here we are!

    Sarah: Timmy and I started dating my freshman year of college, and have been together for 8 years!

    3. Do you have a date set or in mind?

    Sam: We booked the date 3 weeks after the proposal! It's October 5, 2014.

    Sarah: Yes, it will be March 7th of next year.

    Sarah & Timmy being lovebirds back in 2008,

    4. What do you envision for your wedding?

    Sam: Here are the 5 words I’m using to describe my vision to all the vendors and people involved: rustic, outdoor, modern, classic, and autumnal.

    Sarah: The adjectives I'd use to sum up my vision are: romantic, indoor, vintage-glam, and enchanting. Mine will include both winter and spring elements.

    5. Tell us something sappy:

    Sam: We often dance all alone in my room to music that we mutually make up as we go. We're kinda weird like that.

    Sarah: Timmy and I had an unexplainable connection from the start. We came from extremely different backgrounds, yet connected on so many levels. He is my best friend, partner, and the love of my life. I would not be the person I am without him by my side all of these years. I am so excited for this next chapter!

    We hope you'll join us in following Sam and Sarah as they plan their wedding days! Feel free to ask questions below if you're in need of any wedding advice from one of these amazing gals. Make sure to check back in two weeks for the next installment!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Thursday, March 20, 2014

    The day is finally here! Our new bridal collection launches today and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with our Ruchettes! Take a look at our new bridal section and browse through our spring bridal lookbook, From This Day Forward, for a close look at some of our gorgeous modern-vintage wedding dresses and accessories.

    Whether you’re looking to capture a vintage aesthetic or need an affordable wedding or reception dress on your big day, our lookbook contains beautiful options that will help make your “I do” moment truly memorable. Our lookbook also showcases some of our new bridesmaid dresses and the accompanying shoes and accessories you’ll need in preparing for your wedding day. Browse through these stunning pages for inspiration and shop our collection for an even wider range of bridal essentials.

    Shot by the incredible Stephanie Williams, our bridal lookbook was made possible by our dedicated team, which featured Sarah Nuckles as stylist, KC Witkamp on hair and makeup, Vu Bui and Teresa Chu on videography and editing, and the beautiful Jenna as our model. We love how our creative coordinator, Orchid, and her team dreamt up the floral wall with blooms from Star Events and set the scene with antique furniture from Found Vintage. With the hard work of these amazing people, our vintage vision came to life!

    If you’re a bride-to-be, follow along with everything Ruche Bridal by liking our special Facebook page, Pinterest boards and signing up for our bridal newsletter! And don’t forget to keep checking back on our bridal collection for new additions if you’re on the hunt for dreamy finishing touches and cute home decor. For those of you in search of styling tips in preparation for your special day, read through our engagement guide for outfit ideas and helpful advice. With our vintage details and your beautiful spirit, we know your wedding day will be truly perfect!

    Love Beautifully,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    Tomorrow’s the big day -- the launch of our new bridal collection! Featuring both vintage and modern dresses and accessories, every bride-to-be will find something covetable in tomorrow’s lookbook. May this sneak peek video and these pretty photos tide you over until you can browse the whole collection!

    To stay in the loop with our latest wedding news, “like” our Ruche Bridal page on Facebook and sign up for our bridal newsletter. We can’t wait for you to see the rest of the collection tomorrow!

    Love Beautifully,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    If you’ve got an upcoming spring garden wedding (or several) to attend, you might be wondering what to wear on the big day. Some ladies have their wedding look down pat, but many find themselves envious of the bridesmaids who already know what they’ll be donning when the day arrives. Luckily, the pleasant spring weather gives you plenty of options and a great opportunity to play with color. Instead of fretting over what to wear, look at this event as a chance to express yourself! If you’re not sure where to begin, here are the five elements of the spring garden wedding ensemble that you can adapt to form your own spring wedding look.

    1. Colorful Dress: Whether you love a floral print or solid hue for spring, opt for a bright dress that makes you feel both sophisticated and comfortable. For something different, try a global print, retro polka dots, or a watercolor motif, or exchange your usual above-the-knee dress for a maxi-length frock.

    2. Strappy Wedges: For a quintessential spring look, pair your new dress with wedges that will enhance its ladylike silhouette (and show off your pedicure!). If you know you’ll be walking in the garden itself, it’s best to opt for wedges over skinny heels, as thin heels often sink into the grass.

    3. Neutral Purse: If you have a neutral purse in your collection, it’ll certainly match any spring look you create. Look for a small to medium-sized purse in a cream, tan, or taupe hue for the most versatility. Once you have your purse for the wedding, you can fill it with gum, tissues, bobby pins, and other items you may need that day.

    4. Statement Necklace: Accent your look with a fun statement necklace! We love everything from glossy sparkle of jeweled necklaces to the bold beading of our 31 Bits collection. Find a necklace to pair with your dress and you’ll be able to wear it all season long with a variety of other outfits.

    5. Bright Lipstick: Now that your outfit is complete, finish it off with a fun lipcolor. Pick a shade that will match the bright pink or red in your frock or jewelry, or opt for a color that complements the green, blues, or yellows in your ensemble. Weddings are the perfect time to try out a bold new color as you won’t feel overdone and the attention will be on the wedding party.

    We hope this list will help you devise a spring garden wedding outfit of your own! Will you be wearing a colorful ensemble to a wedding this season?

    xo,
    Ruche

    *All images photographed by Brandon Kidd. View our Spring Lookbook, Flourish, for more.


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  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    The Ruche Engagement Style Guide has arrived! We know just how stressful wedding planning can be, so we compiled a guide to take you from your engagement session through to the moment you say "I do", with advice on what to wear for every occasion in between. Whether you’re a bride in need of the perfect wedding dress, ideas for your bachelorette party, or tips for finding a cute bridal shower outfit, our guide has you covered each step of the way!

    We know your wedding will be a gorgeous celebration of the connection you and your partner share. So take each day of planning as it comes and focus on loving beautifully, as that’s what this wedding is all about!

    xo,
    Ruche

    P.S. To stay up-to-date on all of our wedding planning tips and inspiration, be sure to subscribe to our bridal newsletter, “like” our Ruche Bridal page on Facebook, and take a peek at our bridal boards on Pinterest. Our new bridal collection is launching soon, so if you haven’t found your dream dress, it may be just around the corner!


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  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    First things first: what exactly is a first look? A first look is an orchestrated, intimate moment when a couple sees each other before the wedding ceremony. We know what you’re thinking; that’s so untraditional! But it’s becoming more of a new tradition as couples opt to have a private moment together before the ceremony. The groom is usually led to a secluded, scenic spot, where the bride then taps him on the shoulder. He then turns around and sees her for the first time, and the reactions of the couple are captured by the photographer.

    Image via Style Me Pretty

    While there are a number of reasons first looks are a great idea, it’s ultimately a personal decision. If you’re on the fence about which decision is right for you, read on for five reasons you might want to do a first look.

    1. Time alone together on your wedding day:  The first look is often the only time a couple has alone during the wedding. Even if you saw each other the night before, there will be so much you want to say to each other on your big day! Having a first look allows you to take time to talk, laugh, and enjoy being alone before the whirlwind of friends and relatives. Relieving a bit of the nervousness and stress will also translate into beautiful, relaxed couple portraits.

    2. More couple portraits: Wedding photography is a big investment and your couple portraits are some of the most cherished photos you will decorate your home with. Doing a first look ensures that you won’t be rushed post-ceremony. By having more time, you give your photographer the chance to get more creative with compositions and settings, and to capture more of those candid sweet moments that happen in between poses. Between a possible schedule mishap or the need to get the reception, you might only end up with a quick twenty-minute portrait session after the ceremony.

    Image via Style Me Pretty

    3. A more relaxed photography timeline: If you do a first look, you can take most (if not all!) of your formal family pictures before the ceremony as well. As with couple photos, these family photos may feel more relaxed and joyful than pictures taken during the small window between the ceremony and reception. Instead of the wedding coordinator hovering over you during portraits to remind you of the fifteen minutes until your entrance, you can naturally transition from the first look into couple portraits and family photos. Once you’ve walked down the aisle, the remaining wedding party and family photos will be fun because no one is rushed.

    4. Cocktail hour fun: Even if you have a first look, that moment when you walk down the aisle will be just as special -- you’re joining your best friend in a life together, after all! But now, instead of seeing each other for the first time in front of 50 or 200 guests, you will have had that moment be intimate and private, preparing you for the festivities ahead. By the time you get the reception, you'll be free to just be with your guests, eat, dance, and enjoy the toasts, knowing what your partner was feeling earlier that day and with the reassurance that the photographer captured the pictures you wanted most.

    Image via Style Me Pretty

    5. In the event you cry: A final argument for the first look is both simple and sensible -- it could be the best choice for you if you’re someone who cries easily! If so, the first look can help for a couple of reasons. On one hand, the first look might allow you to get your tears out before the walk down the aisle, giving you time to fix your makeup and appear collected for the ceremony. On the other hand, if you don’t cry during the first look, you’ll be assured beautiful, tear-free photos with your future spouse, allowing you to feel free to cry all you need to during the ceremony itself.

    So Ruchettes, is the first look for you? Weigh the pros and cons of breaking from tradition, and go with the decision that best suits who you are as a couple. Whether or not you choose to see your future spouse before the ceremony, you’ll certainly have a beautiful wedding!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, February 19, 2014

    We know that in your whirlwind of wedding plans, even the simplest decisions can become grounds for full-blown arguments and anxiety. Luckily, with a little help from us, choosing a location for you engagement photo session can be something you check of your list with ease.To help you narrow things down, we’ve come up with four factors you can look to in picking your engagement session location. Hone in on which factors matter to you most as a couple and you’ll be ready for the camera before you know it!

    1. Visual Style: Seek out places that match your taste in aesthetics and have a variety of backgrounds available for use. If you prefer an urban look, brainstorm local places with cool walls, brick surfaces, or artistic buildings that will lend to the ambience you’re trying to capture. If you prefer a rustic vibe, look to places with trails, trees, or open fields. You may want to find a place that exudes a feeling similar in theme to your wedding (vintage, rustic, urban) or something completely opposite to add variety to your photo album.

    2. Significance: Consider taking your engagement photos in a place that has significant meaning to your love story. Outside the cafe where you had your first date perhaps? Near the beach where you shared your first kiss? You can even revisit the place you got engaged to stir up those sentimental feelings. Being in an environment where a romantic milestone occurred will certainly infuse your engagement session with an added dimension of affection and meaning.

    3. Comfortability: Especially if you’re camera shy, make sure to find a place where you feel comfortable shooting your engagement photos. How comfortable you are will reflect in your photos, so if you’re in a new environment or someplace with curious onlookers, you might have difficulty flashing the camera your best smile. Opt for one of your favorite hangout spots as a couple, your friend’s gorgeous garden, an open field, or any place that makes you feel like you’re in your element.

    4. Personality:  Your choice of engagement session location should reflect your interests as a couple! If you’re an outdoorsy duo, find a natural park where you can take your photos. Love to collect art? Take your photos near your favorite museum. If you’re relaxed, head to the beach. If picnicking has become a regular thing for you, why not have a picnic-themed shoot? There are so many options, so pick the one that suits you as a couple the very best!

    We hope this list of engagement session location tips has brought a few ideas to mind! Remember, you don’t have to travel far or spend a lot to find a pretty and meaningful place to capture this stage in your new life together! For more bridal tips and to be the first to see our upcoming bridal collection, sign up for our bridal newsletter here.

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, February 19, 2014

    If wedding bells are in your future, we’re guessing you’re busy calling up vendors, daydreaming about the dress, and pinning to your Pinterest boards with sheer enthusiasm. While our favorite weddings have a timeless appeal, the loveliest nuptials also incorporate of the moment wedding trends, so we wanted to break down a few for you here! Trust us, even a vintage-inspired affair or the most classic of ceremonies can be infused with wedding trends for a chic, modern update. Whether you’re saying “I do” in a church or a rustic field, there is something in our list of 2014 wedding trends that is sure to inspire you. So without further ado, here are the 5 wedding trends for 2014 that we’re already swooning over.

    1. Art Deco: The 1920’s have long been a favorite era among vintage-loving brides, but the glamour and glitz is in full swing this year thanks to the release of the Baz Luhrmann film, The Great Gatsby. This 2014 wedding trend is all about beautifully incorporating the old Hollywood glamour of the period without making your wedding into a theme party. Expect to see crystals, feathers, chandeliers, fur wraps, flapper-inspired and cap sleeve gowns, and sparkly hair embellishments, not to mention a profusion of black, white, and gold!

    2. Rustic Romance: Just when you thought mason jars at weddings might be getting a little old, the rustic wedding trend got a romantic make-over! Blame it on our nation’s obsession with English export, Downton Abbey, but lace, frills, black tie formality, and all things Victorian elegance are shaking up rustic barnyard weddings like never before! Think pretty pastels, romantic florals, and Old World touches combined with the laidback outdoor ambiance and roughly-hewn wooden tables of a rustic setting.

    3. Out with Matchy-Matchy: Mismatched bridesmaid dresses has been a wedding trend for some time now, but it’s starting to pop up at more and more weddings (like these gorgeous grey gowns). And it makes sense! The girls in your bridal party may have many different body types, so finding one dress to suit them all can be quite difficult. While some brides opt for bridesmaid dresses in a similar style with variations in cut, others simply give their bridesmaids a range of hues and let them choose their own, which means your bridesmaids may actually get to wear their dress again long after the toasts and dancing!

    4. Digital Decisions: In the age of smartphones, couples have to decide which side of the wedding trend they want to be on. To be completely plugged in, some couples download photo-sharing apps or create a custom Instagram hashtag for their wedding, making all the Insta-snaps from guests easily searchable. Other couples are taking the radically opposite approach, opting for an unplugged wedding. This new wedding trend asks guests to be fully present throughout the day by turning off their phones or leaving them behind, trusting the professional photographer to take the wedding day photos so you can actually watch the day unfold without a phone in front of your face.

    5. Color me Pantone: The Pantone color of the year often finds colorful expression in fashion, interior design, and of course… wedding trends! Radiant orchid was recently tapped as the color of the year, and with its vibrant interplay of pink and purple, we’re sure the bride who loves bright hues will find a way to incorporate this color into her wedding! A whole range of purples, from lavender to richer shades, will be seen in bridal accessories, bouquets, wedding florals, accent lighting, and décor in 2014.

    We hope this 2014 wedding trends round-up inspires an afternoon of fun wedding planning and joyful Pinterest pinning! Will you be joining in on any of these trends?

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Thursday, February 13, 2014

    Exciting news, Ruchettes! We’ll soon be launching a brand-new bridal collection on our site! If you’re having a summer or fall wedding, this selection will be ready just in time for you to choose the dreamy ceremony or reception dress you’re still searching for.

    We can’t wait to share these gorgeous designs with our brides-to-be, so sign up here for the special newsletter on our new page to stay in the loop with all of our bridal updates!

    xo,
    Ruche


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