How to Get the Perfect Bohemian Bride Look with Wedding Dresses and Accessories from BHLDN

Today we are so excited to feature fabulous expert fashion tips on how to achieve the ultimate bohemian bride wedding day look from the stylists behind Anthropologie’s wedding brand BHLDN. With flowing dresses, fabulous bridal shoes, sparkling accessories, crystallized halos and belts, the BHLDN bride is one lucky girl! Check out their take on the boho bride as well as their favorite bohemian selections from the BHLDN bridal collection!

The Bohemian Style: The bohemian wedding look isn’t just about what you wear; it’s about how you feel and the ambiance you create – romantic, unique and free-spirited. The boho bride embraces her individuality and expresses it throughout her wedding day ensemble and the special touches throughout her wedding day. She is calm, cool and all-around confident. 

Check out BHLDN stylists’ favorite selections for a boho bride…
The Bohemian Wedding Dress: When it comes to bohemian wedding gowns, we recommend styles with soft, flowing fabrics and easy, comfortable silhouettes. Rich textures such as crochet, embroidery and vintage-inspired lace create add depth to an airy, ethereal look.  To keep the look fresh and modern, try mixing an open neckline and lace details with delicate layers or choose a gown with subtle beading for a bohemian wedding look that’s still refined. The Aberdeen Gown, the Rosemary Dress, and the Sian Gown are three beautiful choices.

Short wedding dresses are another option for bohemian brides, especially for an outdoor or beach wedding. Look for shorter styles with delicate embellishments that echo your free spirit and mirror the beauty of your surroundings. For a short, casual boho look, the Vienna Dress and the Lilly Dress are just perfect!

Bohemian Wedding Shoes: Rather than a heel, pair a flowing gown with wedding sandals; whether you choose flats or a wedge, sandals maintain the sense of effortlessness that characterizes bohemian wedding style, especially in a more casual or outdoor setting. Another great option for bohemian brides is a non-traditional wedding shoe, such as a glittery pair of heels or vintage inspired wedding booties. We just love the Gigi Wedge, the Vivacious Peep-Toes and the Mint Sprig Booties for the boho bride!

Bohemian Wedding Jewelry: For the true bohemian gal, it’s all about the details and you don’t shy away from bold jewelry. For your wedding day, infuse your one-of-a-kind personality with bohemian bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. We recommend sticking to a more neutral color palette to keep the look sophisticated but go ahead and mix metals and materials for a look that wows. The Fleur-Pearl Bracelet and Mia Chandeliers are both great options.

Bohemian Wedding Accessories: You don’t have to forgo glamour to achieve the perfect boho look. Incorporate a little bit of sparkle into your ensemble with a shimmering sash or beaded bag. The Resplendent Sash and the Golden Pearl Clutch are two gorgeous options for the boho bride.

Bohemian Hair Accessories: Whether you prefer a crystallized halo or fresh flower crown, a bohemian hair accessory is a must for the boho bride. The Buttercup Halo and the Breathless Halo are absolutely stunning!

The Editorial Photo Shoot Team:
Photographer: Diego Uchitel
Location: Merida, Mexico
Makeup Artist: Riku Campo from Jed Root
Hair Stylist: Moiz Alladina from Art Department
Floral Crown: Charlie Welch from Jed Root
A great big thank you to the stylists from BHLDN for sharing their expertise with us all!


Ask the Expert – Keeping Kids Entertained at Weddings

Bursting with personality and spirit, kids can add tons of fun and humor to your wedding. However, making sure they stay entertained all night can be challenging. Luckily, planner and designer, Stefanie Miles, has some great ideas on keeping kids entertained at weddings.
First thing’s first, “consider the ages of the children that are attending, and what will truly be fun for them” says Stefanie. If you know ahead of time that many of your friends and family will be attending your wedding with children, plan in advance and brainstorm creative games and activities.

“Setup a special space just for them – either in the main reception space, or in a separate space nearby. After the ceremony, bring them back in for dancing. This will let Mom and Dad truly enjoy the celebration too!”

Photo by Abby Photography
During the reception, you can make dinner fun by incorporating kid friendly activities. Try adding buckets or baskets of games, books, crayons, play-dough, stickers, etc. near kids’ place settings. You can even utilize paper for place mats, which is a clever way to keep kids entertained before and after the meal.

Photo by Fer Juaristi
To let kids feel like they are a part of the celebration, Stefanie suggests having “them create a craft or color a photo for the bride and groom” as a wedding present. How cute is that!

Of course, hiring a babysitter is sometimes the best way to keep kids entertained, it just depends on the type of wedding. You can have the sitter attend the wedding or stay at home.

Thanks so much to Stefanie from Stefanie Miles Event Design for Celebrations for her thoughtful advice and expert planning tips! For more ideas on how to keep your wedding fun-filled, check out Genya and Pete’s Fun Summer Wedding in Atlanta!  


How to Throw the Best Bachelorette Party: The Essential Guide

Planning a party to celebrate a special bride-to-be? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up everything you need to know, plus a few additional tips, so that you can plan the best bachelorette party for your girl. To make sure we didn’t miss a thing, we interviewed Joanne Barken, owner of The Bach, to get her expert advice on throwing a killer bachelorette party.

Bachelorette Party Etiquette FAQ

1. Who traditionally plans and hosts the bachelorette party?

The maid of honor and the bridesmaids typically plan the bachelorette party. The maid of honor is usually the point person. However, now that these events have become more elaborate, the bridal party usually splits up the tasks evenly.

2. Who is invited to the bachelorette party?

The guest list typically includes the maid of honor, bridesmaids, and the bride’s closest friends. It is usually a smaller guest list than that of the bridal shower. Everyone who attends the bachelorette party should be invited to the bridal shower and the wedding.

3. How much can one expect to spend if they are attending?

There’s really a range here! If the party is local it may cost around $200 to attend. If flights and hotel rooms are required and the event lasts several days, it may cost closer to $1,000-$2,000, depending on the destination.

4. How long does the party typically last?

If it’s a destination bachelorette party it typically lasts for one full weekend. If it is a local event, it’s more likely you will have one full day and night of celebrating.

5. What gifts do you bring for the bride-to-be?

Sometimes there will be a lingerie shower or some naughty gifts incorporated into the bachelorette party. Gifts for the honeymoon are also popular (think monogrammed beach bags). Oftentimes though it is more about the party favors that everyone gets. Bachelorette party survival kits are really big right now!

Top Locations for Bachelorette Parties

Joanne recommends these locations if you’re looking for a weekend getaway!
1. New York City
2. Las Vegas
3. Austin
4. Chicago
5. Nashville
6. Miami
7. New Orleans
8. Charleston
9. Los Angeles
10. Napa Valley

Fun Activities for Your Bachelorette Party

1. Is the bride-to-be a foodie? A cooking class is a fun, interactive group activity. Plus, after the class, you can all enjoy the amazing meal that you prepared together
2. If wellness is a passion, a group workout class like pilates, spin, yoga, etc., can help get the party started on a healthy and refreshed note!
3. If your bachelorette party destination is coastal or near a popular body of water, a boat cruise might be a fun way to take in the scenery in a relaxing setting. We suggest a brunch cruise with ample champagne!
4. Give the whole group a big confidence boost by scheduling an appointment at a blowout bar or nail salon. Everyone will feel radiant going into the night!
5. Enjoy some good old fashioned day drinking at a winery, distillery, or brewery! If you’re looking to do more than drink, be sure to call ahead to schedule a tour
Searching for something a little different? You can view our round-up of unconventional bachelorette party ideas here!

The Lingerie Shower

1. What’s a fun game to play during the lingerie shower?

You can ask all of the guests to bring a piece of lingerie. The bride then has to guess who gave her each piece, and when she is wrong she has to drink.

2. How much should the host spend on the decor?

They should not spend more than they are comfortable spending. After all, the bachelorette party is about spending quality time with the bride and her besties. There are also plenty of inexpensive decor options. You can DIY streamers, tissue paper flowers, etc. to brighten up the room without breaking the bank. View our round-up of bachelorette party essentials here!

3. What is the best way to set a budget for lingerie gifts?

I always tell bridesmaids to think about their total budget for being a part of the wedding. If attending the wedding itself is very costly (flights, hotel, an expensive dress), then it is reasonable to set a lower budget for gifts.
Big thanks to Joanne for sharing her insights!
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How to Plan Your Dream Honeymoon

Today’s From Blogger to Bride is all about how to plan a honeymoon that fits you! Phil and I decided on the beaches of the Riviera Maya at an all-inclusive resort. However, we went back and forth on almost every destination and type of honeymoon under the sun. We considered a hiking trip to Machu Picchu, wineries in Sonoma, a cruise through the Mediterranean, but at the end of the day we knew we wanted something relaxing and worry-free… and next to a beach! Of course everyone honeymoons differently, so this post is dedicated to helping you find the honeymoon that’s perfect for your relationship!

Questions to ask yourself before choosing your honeymoon destination:
1. What’s your budget?
The dreaded question, but a really good place to start! Your honeymoon destination is definitely dependent on your budget. If you’re wanting to fly to the other side of the world, for example New Zealand or Fiji, you’ll need to factor hefty airline prices into your budget.
2. How many days can you spend on your honeymoon?
Once you have a budget in mind, the next big question is how many days will you have to honeymoon? If you’re looking at a 6-8 day honeymoon, you may not want to have a 2 day flight to Tahiti, leaving you with 2-4 full days of an actual honeymoon.

3. What time of year are you getting married?
As our wedding is in October, I knew that hurricane season might affect our honeymoon plans. I also knew that Costa Rica would be particularly rainy. This helped us to finally decide on Mexico along with some pretty good travel insurance in case of hurricanes or tropical storms.
4. Are you looking to relax or are you looking for adventure?
Phil and I went back and forth on this one for months! Like I said we thought of everything from hiking in Peru to winery tours, and finally decided on an all-inclusive resort with fun activities like snorkeling, kayaking, yoga, and more. It’s totally up to how you and your partner want to celebrate your marriage!

5. How much traveling do you want to do?
When Phil and I considered spending our honeymoon in Peru, we figured out pretty quickly that we would be traveling for most of it. From two planes, a train, and hiking, we decided that our 7 day honeymoon would quickly turn into a 4 day honeymoon with 3 days spent waiting. We definitely did not want that! If you have a particular location in mind, make sure and do your research to find out how easy it is to get around prior to booking your flight and accommodations.

Still can’t decided on a destination? I’ve made a list of my top 5 honeymoon destinations for you to choose from:
The Caribbean

The Caribbean was built for honeymoons! You can have your pick of top rated all-inclusive resorts, and enjoy a worry-free, no-drama honeymoon packed with sun, water activities, and yummy Caribbean inspired food!
South Pacific
While the airfare is no joke, the South Pacific is relatively cheap (once you get there) and is chock full of fun activities and relaxing escapes. Plus, those over-the-water bungalows are so cool!

California is a dream destination for lovers of wine all around the world. Honeymooners everywhere flock to Sonoma for its relaxed vibes and world-class wines.
South America
If you’re looking for a completely new and wild adventure, there are many to be had in South America. From the wineries of Chile to the stunningly gorgeous scenery of Patagonia, South America has so many amazing experiences to offer! While traveling and accommodations come with a hefty price tag, a honeymoon in South America is a unique and authentic experience to say the least!
Everyone loves the beauty of Hawaii, and much like the Caribbean, Hawaii has been a popular honeymoon destination for quite some time, so honeymooners can plan their trips to any one of Hawaii’s islands with ease and assurance.

Helpful Tips!
– If you’re considering a popular location, make sure to book your honeymoon 4-6 months in advance just in case accommodations are in high demand.
– Hiring a travel agent is a great idea if this is your first big trip! An agent can help you with getting insurance, booking your travel, and ensuring that you have an amazing experience while on your honeymoon!
– If you’re looking to save a little money on your honeymoon, consider setting up a honeymoon fund via your wedding registry. Your guests can contribute small amounts and you can focus on planning the honeymoon of your dreams instead of stressing over your honeymoon budget!
– Get traveler’s insurance! I did my research on this and cannot stress the importance of purchasing insurance for your honeymoon. It’s a big trip and a huge amount of money to throw out the door should something interrupt your travel plans.
– If you’re not going the all-inclusive route, make sure to budget for activities, and travel expenses!
Next time on From Blogger to Bride, I’ll be sharing some tips and advice on how to look AND feel great on your wedding day! Happy wedding planning, Junebugs!
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