An engagement is one of the most exciting times in a women’s life. You’ve found the guy and gotten the ring of your dreams — but now you have to plan for the big day.
Wedding planning can be a bit overwhelming — especially for career brides on the go and on a budget. Now-a-days, working brides often take on more stress by cutting out the wedding planner to save a little.
Even if you are a fashionista, every girl needs a little help. With so much information on the Internet, where do you start to find the latest and greatest trends?
Kellee Khalil, CEO & founder of startup Lover.ly found herself in this very predicament when she set out to help her sister plan her wedding. Kellee quickly realized finding the hottest trends on the cheap was a daunting task. This sparked an idea and Kellee set out to flip the $50 billion wedding industry on its head.
She created Lover.ly which is a one-stop shop wedding search engine. It’s a combination of Google search and Pinterest, but only focuses on wedding ideas such as vendors fashionable dresses and unique cakes. Lover.Ly also tracks trends in real time so Kellee often knows the latest and greatest ideas before they go mainstream.
To help all brides approaching crunch time, Kellee Khalil stopped by Real Biz with Rebecca Jarvis to talk about how she’s tying the knot between brides and the digital age. We asked her the top 6 ”need to know” trends for 2014.
Here’s what Kellee had to say:
1. WEDDING DRESS TREND ALERT!
Brides are rocking floral wedding gowns and being inspired by nontraditional runway looks.
We love the nonwhite wedding dresses, pinks and dark pinks are popular as we saw in Vera Wang’s collection this year. Brides are opting for less formal ball gowns, ones that flow more easily and if you keep it simple, the cost will come down too.
Rose gold is in. Blake Lively set the trend when she tied the knot with Ryan Reynolds. The media went wild over her reportedly $2 million sparkler. The custom made engagement ring is a 12 carat oval cut diamond set in “rose gold.” Boutique jewelry designer Diana Sabatino has been in the jewel’s market for over 20 years. Sabatino confirmed rose gold has been resurrected and one of the most popular requests for engagement rings and wedding bands. “Couples love the soft blush color of the metal. It’s appealing on many different skintones. My brides love the vintage appeal, and the fact that it’s a little more exclusive. I’m also getting many requests to make custom rings and mix the metals of white and rose gold to give a unique look on classic designs.”
3. DÉCOR & WEDDING THEMES
Mixing and Matching. People are less focused on matching and going for the less formal, more casual look.
Celtic and rustic looks are reemerging as more couples get married in barns and old plantation homes. Leaf decor and lanterns are popular for outdoor weddings.
4 COST CUTTING IDEAS
- Mason Jars are cheap you can buy a 12 pack from Walmart for 12 bucks. Fill them with any item from votive candles to homemade jams or honey. You can even use them to serve the newlyweds favorite drink.
- Customized Cookies: Rather than making place cards so guests know where they are sitting make customized cookies with their names. It adds a super personal touch and can serve as place cards and a wedding favor.
- Brunch Weddings: You can create a waffle and mimosa bar and your guests are less likely to binge drink in the morning.
- Destination Weddings cut costs drastically by limiting your choices and a smaller guests list will be less expensive. Your wedding will feel more intimate with a close group of 25 or 30 of your closest friends and family and you can always throw a small get together at your home for the people who couldn’t take off work to travel.
Flowers are a must have for every wedding. But be honest to your florist if you can’t afford much. One way to avoid breaking the bank, pick your favorite flower , whether its peonies or hydrangeas and make your bouquet with one type that you love. It’s actually cheaper to buy one kind instead of 25 different types.
With more couples already living together, they have their home essentials.
Instead of putting a hole in your pocket for the honey moon, register for your trip of a lifetime.
By asking your guests to put money towards an experience you will treasure forever… your allowing them to share in one of the most memorable experiences of your lives.
Make your own invitations. If you have a great printer at home, you’re halfway there! Browse wedding blogs or online stationery stores for gorgeous free invitation templates that can be personalized with your wedding details before you print. Feel like getting crafty? Order a rubber stamp customized with your invitation wording and a few packs of pretty paper, and get to work.