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January 2015 - New Orleans Weddings - Reception, Venue & Planning
Jan 312015
Emerald and Aqua Color Palette

Photos: Courtesy of Tracy Reese; William Waldron; Nicholas Duers

With spring coming in a few months, it's time to think about bright and bold color palettes for your wedding ceremony and reception. One of our favorite color combinations for a warmer weather bash: emerald and aqua. The pairing of warm and regal emerald with punchy aqua is perfect for your spring or summer wedding since it mixes a classic, elegant shade with something trendy and vibrant.

We were inspired by this tranquil, poolside escape, which balances lots of crystal blue water with tons of lush greenery. The color pairing will result in a gorgeous, relaxing space that transports your friends and family to an island getaway. To make it work, start by selecting an invitation that balances bright aqua with more subtle emerald green.

For your bouquet, we love a simple mix of white blooms, like anemones and tulips. For more color, consider adding blue hydrangea or delphiniums to channel a hint of that pretty aqua tone. To drive that tropical vibe home, we love the idea of skipping your wedding cake and going for something slightly less traditional like these pretty (and delicious!) palm-leaf cookies.

If you aren't as obsessed with this color palette as we are, don't fret! Check out our inspiration board tool to see tons of other great ideas for your big day.

Don't forget to pick up the February/March 2015 issue of Brides, on newsstands now or available for download here, for more great wedding inspiration!

1. Escort Card Pennant Banner, from $5 per pennant, Cheree Berry Paper; 2. Invitation, "Ombré," $3,900 for 100 hand-calligraphed sets, Fleur de Letters; 3. Palm-Leaf Cookies, $9 each, Wildflour Baking Co.; 4. Necklace, $175, ABS by Allen Schwartz; 5. Bouquet, $300, Michael George Flowers; 6. Bridesmaids' Dress, $200, J.Crew

Wife and New Mom Kerry Washington Says “Life Is Really Great”

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Jan 312015
Kerry Washington post-baby

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With a birthday and the return of her hit television show, we'd say that Kerry Washington is having the best week ever! The Scandal star gushed about her current state of happiness and how much of it is due to her six-month-old daughter Isabelle on Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this week.

"Life is really great. You know, little girl at home, it's great," Washington said during the interview. Baby Isabelle is the actress's first daughter with her husband of a year and a half, former NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha. (The couple tied the knot at a hush-hush ceremony in Hailey, Idaho in 2013.)

See More: Kerry Washington Dishes on Her Wedding Ring — and Its Scandal Cameo!

And though the star's birthday falls on the weekend of the Superbowl, Washington isn't worried about her big day getting overshadowed by the sports event. "There have been a couple years where it has been perfect alignment and I feel like the whole nation is partying for me," she told Kimmel. "You can't tell I'm an only child, can you?" Leave it to TV's resident fixer to turn any situation in her favor!

The actress didn't reveal how she and her husband plan to celebrate her special day, but she did open up about her thoughts on birthday gifts. "I tend to send something to my parents. I feel like they did all the work. I just came out," joked Washington. "And I like to put something inappropriate on the card like, 'Thanks for getting it on.'" Hilarious! If she ever gives up on the suspense and drama of Scandal, we think she would be perfect for comedy.

Watch a clip from the star's interview below.

Traditional Recessional Order for Your Ceremony

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Jan 312015
Traditional Recessional Order For Ceremony

Photo: Guy Calaf for Christian Oth Studio

Traditionally, after your officiant pronounces you husband and wife, you and your wedding party will recede down the aisle in a custom unsurprisingly called the recessional. Just like the processional — you and your wedding party's entrance into the ceremony — there's a very specific order to things. In case you're in the dark, here's a guide to how you, your groom, your bridesmaids, groomsmen, and parents should leave the ceremony.

The recessional begins immediately after the first kiss you have as Mr. and Mrs. so it shouldn't come as a shock that you and your brand-new hubby will lead the way back down the aisle. Not before your maid-of-honor hands you back your bouquets and straightens out your gown and its train if it should need it. After you come the flower girl and ring bearer, followed by the maid of honor and best man.

See more: How Should I Line Up Bridesmaids and Groomsmen at the Wedding Ceremony?

The rest of the recessional will depend on who makes up your wedding party. Bridesmaid and groomsmen can walk back down the aisle in pairs, which is best if you have an even number of bridesmaid and groomsmen, or they can go solo, which, you guessed it, works well when you have an uneven number of bridesmaid and groomsmen. After that your parents may want to follow, but it's not a must. This won't come as a shock when the time comes because you'll make sure the order is in planned during your rehearsal the day before.

P.S: Every good photographer should know this, but they should be waiting at the aisle, ready to capture your triumphant smiles!

The Best Celebrity Bridal Beauty Looks of the Week

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Jan 312015
Best Bridal Beauty Looks

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One reason we get excited for award season? It leaves us brimming with wedding-worthy hair and makeup ideas. Unsurprisingly, then, our three favorite looks were a SAG-Awards sweep. From Emma Stone's chic little ponytail to Keira Knightley's artfully messy waves and Rosamund Pike's perfect red pout, here's your weekly dose of celebrity beauty inspiration.

Rosamund Pike
With her blonde, reflective locks and classic blue-based red lipstick, Rosamund looks every inch the Hitchcock heroine — a great inspiration for brides-to-be, since that look is utterly flattering and timeless. (Also because garnering comparisons to actresses like Grace Kelly and Tippi Hedren is never a bad thing.) But since you don't want to seem like you literally stepped out of the 1950s, change it up with your hair. Instead of perfectly rolled curls, try waves like Rosamund's, and finish the look with full, groomed brows — it's a subtle way to keep it fresh and youthful.

Keira Knightley: We hear that Keira's half-up, half-down wavy hairstyle is one of the most popular bridal hairstyles. So how to get her bohemian-esque texture? Prep wet hair with a volumizing mousse, like TIGI Bed Head Totally Baked Volumizing & Prepping Hair Meringue. Rough dry it with your hands and a blow dryer, and then curl sections of hair. Run your fingers through the curls, rumple it up with a bit of dry shampoo, and there you have it — perfectly imperfect bed head.

See more: Master the Perfect Blowout in 5 Easy Steps

Emma Stone: How versatile could a shoulder-grazing bob like Emma's possibly be? Let's see. For the Golden Globes, she went for glossy, undone waves, and now, for the SAG Awards, a polished, side-parted ponytail. (We can't wait to see how she'll style it for the Oscars.) It was the perfect hairstyle to accompany her Dior Haute Couture tuxedo gown, and a great option for modern, minimalist brides. Should you worry about looking too casual, you can always throw on a red lip and black liquid eyeliner. You know, just like Emma did.

A Wedding Dress We Love Under $2,000 by Rafael Cennamo White

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Jan 312015
Wedding Dress Under $2000 - Rafael Cennamo White

Photo: Marcus Mam; Styling by Turner

Just because you want your dream wedding dress to be, well, a dream, doesn't mean you have to break the bank to get it. There are plenty of affordable and fashionable bridal gowns out there that will keep you on budget and looking like a knockout. Each week, we'll be picking our favorite wedding dresses in the market right now that cost less than $2,000. That's right: not one of these gowns is a penny more than $2,000. Without further adieu, here's one of our favorite budget-friendly and super-stylish gowns.

Just looking at this Rafael Cennamo White mini makes us want to twist and twirl on the dance floor. Ballet-inspired, this pleated tulle number is equal parts romantic and alluring. Drawing clear inspiration from both tutus and a leotard's bustier — giving this more classical piece just the right dash of sex appeal — this sweet knee-skimming number is perfect for your reception or for the spring and summer bride that's looking for a shorter hemline.

See more: Little White Dresses You Can Buy Right Now

Paired with a luxe fur jacket, a slicked-back bun, and a punchy red lip this whole look oozes elegance and grace. How could your groom resist spinning you around in this number? That's right, he can't.

For more dresses we love under $2,000, be sure to check out our February/March issue, on newsstands now and available for download!

Pictured above: Pleated tulle dress with lace appliqueés, $1,600, Rafael Cennamo White; Coat, Adrienne Landau; Earrings and bracelet, Thea Grant

Make Your Own Wedding Dress

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Jan 312015
If you want to make your own wedding dress, the first thing that you'll want to do is buy a pattern. Simplicity has many patterns in their “It's Sew Easy” line that are great for beginners. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, even if you've never sewn before. On the back of the pattern, you'll find a list of all of the things you need to buy to make your own wedding dress, including how much fabric, a zipper, buttons, and anything else you may need for that particular dress. It's a good idea to make a sample of the dress in a simple fabric to make sure that you get the fit right. That said, it can be quite costly and time consuming to make your own wedding dress. Wedding dress fabric is often expensive and may actually cost more than buying a pre-made dress. It also can take many hours of time that might be better spent with other wedding preparations. If you are new to sewing, it's probably a better idea to get your dress from a discount retailer, such as David's Bridal, or even Ebay.

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BRIDES Maryland: Check Out This Gorgeous Library Venue for Your Wedding Day

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Jan 312015

Maryland brides, we have some great news for you! If you're looking for a spacious and beautiful (not to mention unique) venue for your wedding, look no further than the George Peabody Library. This little gem in the heart of Baltimore is perfect for couples that favor an elegant and vintage atmosphere with a fun, quirky twist.

Dating back all the way to 1878, this spectacular public library is known for its striking architectural interior, specifically in the Stack Room, which boasts five tiers of cast-iron balconies and houses hundreds of thousands of books. Start with a ceremony here before moving into the Exhibition Gallery for a cocktail hour among the library's rare collection of books.

See More: A Dream Wedding Reception... From a Groom's Point of View

With space to hold up to 170 guests for a seated dinner with a dance floor, you can return to the beautiful Stack Room for your reception. Choose between two of the property's exclusive caterers for a meal you and your guests won't forget. The Classic Catering People offer choices like crab cake sliders and hibachi stations while Chef's Expressions, a certified green caterer, creates dishes like ravioli in brown butter sauce and chicken roulade.

Plus, the venue comes with some great perks. Renting the space includes all of your tables and chairs as well as a library manager, at least one staff worker, and a security guard, so you can feel confident that you're in great hands on the day of your wedding. There's also a preparation suite available before your ceremony starts, so you can get glammed up with your 'maids and pose for pretty photos in the space.

See the complete list of the best wedding venues in the U.S. here!

What Exactly Does Wedding Insurance Cover?

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Jan 302015
Wedding Insurance Coverage

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Let's face it: As much as you want everything in your wedding to go as smoothly as possible, life happens. You probably don't want to think about it, but natural disasters, emergencies, and accidents can occur on the day that's supposed to be the one of your dreams. For that reason, we suggest you get wedding insurance. Sure, it's an added cost, but what it covers makes it completely worth it.

For example, let's say you were planning your wedding for a day in September, and suddenly the hurricane of the decade heads your way and your wedding has to get postponed. This is obviously a very terrible scenario, but it can happen. If you don't have wedding insurance, all of that time and money you put into your big day will go to waste. But if you opt to spend a little extra and get insured, this would be covered, and you'll be able to marry the love of your life on another less stormy day.

See more: How to Pay For Your Wedding Without Going Broke

Another good reason to get insurance is if something happens to your venue. Whether it went bankrupt and suddenly shuts down or there was a fire, insurance will cover the costs of rebooking somewhere else. It can also cover things like retaking ruined photos, replacing lost or damaged wedding attire and gifts, and taking care of something that's the public's liability.

So yes, it does cost extra money, but if something actually happens on that date you picked, with wedding insurance you're literally and figuratively covered.

Lance Bass Is Attending a Mass LGBT Wedding Next Week

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Jan 302015
Lance Bass Wedding Details

Photo: Courtesy of Lance Bass

Lance Bass is all about weddings these days. A newlywed himself, with an E! wedding special called Lance Loves Michael airing on February 5, Bass is also planning to act as an ambassador for a mass LGBT wedding in Fort Lauderdale Beach on the same day his show hits the small screen.

The event appropriately named "Love is Love," hosted by Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, will marry 100 LGBT and straight couples at sunrise. The ceremony will be officiated by Reverend Dr. Durrell Watkins of the Sunshine Cathedral. Couples tying the knot are flying to Florida from all over the world, calling places like London, Italy and South America home.

"Lance shares the same pioneering spirit of advocating for LGBT equality that we embody here in Greater Fort Lauderdale," Nicki Grossman, president and CEO of the Visitors Bureau, said in a statement to NBC 6. "We're thrilled to have him be part of our historic moment on the same day he shares his own personal wedding with the world."

See more: Lance Bass Re-Proposed to Michael Turchin

Speaking of Lance Bass and weddings, new details about his own wedding emerged today. Turns out, he's such a romantic, that one of his reception's entrees included a heart-shaped single-serving of lasagna.

Catered by Robert Earl, owner of Bass and Turchin's favorite restaurant Buca di Beppo, the heart-shaped dish was a total surprise to everyone — even the newlyweds themselves! "It was my suggestion to do something romantic for their special day," Earl told People of the entree. "They actually didn't know that we had made the lasagna in the shape of a heart, so I was able to surprise them during the tasting and they absolutely loved it." How sweet!

We Asked, You Told: 6 Ways Real Brides Personalized Their Wedding Vows

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Jan 302015
Handwritten Wedding Vows

Photo: Megan Clouse

Whether they're hand-written or traditional, we just love hearing how and why brides and grooms picked their wedding vows. As couples get more and more creative by incorporating movie quotes, poems, and other pop-culture references, we reached out to our Facebook audience to find out their sources of inspiration. Read on to see some of our favorite responses, from sports team jokes to nerdy inside jokes.

"We wrote our own vows completely but a crowd pleaser was my 'I vow to root for the Saints as long as they aren't playing the Bengals.'" — Ashley Merritt

"I referenced the olive theory from How I Met Your Mother in the vows I made to my husband. My love of olives and his hatred of olives is part of what makes us work so well together. While sometimes it's practically like we're the same person, it's our difference that help strength our relationship." — Brianna Burns Wallace

"I wrote a poem. It's integrated with all of our favorite movie couple quotes that we say to each other." — Lindsey Dakota Spencer

"We took traditional vows, but added in two blank lines throughout to personalize them; We printed out the vows, with the blank space, and we each got our own to fill in those blanks, but didn't share them with each other until the ceremony. Our personal lines were such as 'I promise to do the dishes, but only when we get a dishwasher' and 'I promise to always try to keep my car clean.'" — Kaitlin Bean

"We wrote our own but at the end we both quoted John Legend's song 'All of Me,' saying, 'All of me loves all of you. Love your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections. Give your all to me. I'll give my all to you. You're my end and my beginning. Even when I lose I'm winning, 'cause I give you all of me and you give me all of you.' This was our first dance song." — Klarissa Marroquin

"I used nerdy references like d20 and also talked about how we met on OkCupid." — Brenda Gibbner

How do you plan to personalize your vows? Let us know on Facebook!

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