1. One thing we've been drawn to lately is fabric flower accessories. These floral pieces come in so many textures, colors, and sizes, and can even pull double duty by working as an addition to your 'do (tucked alongside loose locks adds whimsy) or your clothes (a small cluster pinned on a shrug or cardigan sets an outfit apart.) These are just a few of our favorites, from left to right: JCrew, Elizabeth Brennick Designs on Etsy, Jeanine Gabrielle.
2. So we know Vera Wang caused quite a stir in the bridal world when she announced last week that she will begin selling her designs in David's Bridal stores all across the country. Even though Vera hasn't started designing the line yet, she definitely has the price point (up to $1,500) she wants to stick to nailed down. While couture purists are surely using their designer hankies to dab away the tears caused by Ms. Wang designing for the masses, we're just eager to see what she's going to produce in this more affordable, accessible price range.
3. Customized t-shirts from the Wedding Chicks are just the thing for you and your bridesmaids to wear for a sassy night-on-the town while staying casually cute. They can be ordered to match your color scheme, which would also make a great photo-op for the wedding day beauty-session- just keep in mind if you are considering an updo the tee would have to be sacrificed in the name of hair preservation. The designs are distinctly feminine with a little western flair, but the pricetag ($36) is reasonable, especially for a made to order item. Totes are also offered in similar designs if tee-shirts aren't your thing. If you follow the Chicks on twitter, they offer discount codes via tweet!
4. DC brides, prepare to be inspired. The ladies behind Ritzy Bee Events, Simplesong Design, and Kate Headley Photography have combined creative forces to form the Hive at 1511 Studio in Alexandria. The Hive will offer up workshops and classes targeted towards brides-to-be or anyone with a flair for the creative looking for inspiration and guidance from the pros. Classes begin in May! We haven't stopped by the studio (yet) but the space looks pristine and honestly, anywhere with a craft room is OK by us.
5. Usually the wedding blog-o-sphere has an unspoken "girl's only" code, but the wedding gurus at Washingtonian Magazine have broken the mold. Check out Tales from the Groom, a hilarious account by real life husband-to-be Carl Monaco. It's refreshing to hear the groom's perspective on planning, and Carl's fodder ranges from light-hearted and laugh inducing to more serious and thought-provoking. His latest entry gives a play by play of a menu tasting in homage to Bill Simmons (ask a sports fan). Add this one to your guy's Google Reader and it might just be the one wedding blog he keeps up with -besides twb, of course!