Style File: What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

Dressing for a summer wedding can be tricky. From casual to black tie, indoor to outdoors, there are many factors to consider. After all, no one wants to be underdressed, get their heels stuck in the sand or wind up freezing at an outdoor reception. While you can’t control EVERY factor that goes into your wedding guest style, you can certainly prepare by keeping a few fabulous dresses in your arsenal. We’ve asked TopShelf stylists Bryn and Mae to share two of their go-to wedding guest outfits. From a versatile little black dress to a colorful summer number, these dresses are sure-fire hits that you’ll want to wear time and time again. 

Summer Wedding Outfits: Flirty Femme

TopShelf Clothes | Summer Wedding Outfits“Team feminine pastels and neutrals for an effortlessly stylish outfit. This look combines a flirty lace dress with delicate gold accessories. Top it all off with a crisp white cardigan that will keep you comfortable at any wedding venue you have this season.” -Mae

Shop the Look: Alice + Olivia NMX Dot Lace Sleeveless Dress; Whiting & Davis Dimple Mesh Clutch; Adia Kibur Floral Crystal Drop Earrings; Stuart Weitzman Sling Back Evening Sandal; 3.1 Phillip Lim Chunky Ottoman Stitch Cardigan

Summer Wedding Outfits: Romantic Reds

“This red dress is wedding ready with its sleek strapless fit and bouncy hemline. Pair it with matching strappy sandals and glitzy accessories like crystal earrings and a silver clutch. Add two dainty bracelets and you’re ready for cocktails and the dance floor!” – Bryn

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Shop the Look: Jill Jill Stuart Strapless Dress; Whiting & Davis Shirred ClutchKenneth Jay Lane Clip On Crystal Earrings; Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry Horizontal Bar Bracelet with Diamond; Tai Evil Eye BraceletNicholas Jocelyn Suede Sandals

Wedding Wednesday: Best Kept Secret Honeymoon Locales

Blog Contributor: Amanda Goetz, Founder & CEO of Availendar

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Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today we ask you to put down the registry scanner, step away from the Pinterest boards and take a moment to dream about your long-awaited honeymoon.

Let’s all step outside the comfort zone of the “couples-only” resorts and try a radical and exciting approach to this once in a lifetime trip. We found five destinations that are so remote, I am pretty sure they can only be reached through a wardrobe to Narnia.  These best kept secret honeymoon locales will make you forget all about the wedding stress and make everyone jealous of your post-nuptial Instagram feed. 

Honeymoon Destinations: A Walk on the Wild Side

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Located in northern Tanzania, the Singita Sasakwa Lodge provides expansive views over the Serengeti plains and its abundance of wildlife. The lodge blends authentic European Style with Eastern African influences, and creates an old-world luxurious setting – a little Gatsby-meets-Lion King. Couples can spend the morning getting up-close and personal with zebras, cheetahs, lions and elephants during a professionally guided game drive and then spend the afternoon relaxing in the spa sipping on wine from the Singita cellars.  If you thought people were animals at your wedding, you haven’t seen anything yet.

Honeymoon Destinations: Not Your Childhood Tree House

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Juvet is a boutique hotel in rural Norway set on a steep natural levee and allows for total immersion in nature. Seven unique cabins are set in a valley between two snow-capped mountains, as you perch above the Valldoal River. Each accommodation features a floor-to-ceiling glass pane that runs the length of one full wall so you can admire the serene landscape of birch trees, rushing rivers and stunning mountain terrain. Since you can’t be seen from any of the other houses, you can fully give in to any temptation to strip down and be one with nature.

Honeymoon Destinations: The Quintessential Honeymoon

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There are some spots that just scream honeymoon bliss and this is definitely one of them. The Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Maldives is on an exclusive, private and romantic island, lush with tropical plants and encircled by the clear blue waters of one of the largest lagoons of the Maldives. Since this resort is only accessible by boat or seaplane, you will have no choice but to just relax and take in the tranquil sounds, soft sand and warm sun.  

Honeymoon Destinations: Santa’s Backyard

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Ever the gracious host, Santa opens up his arctic circle home at Kakslauttanen Igloo Village in northeast Finnish Lapland, allowing you to honeymoon under the beautiful Northern Lights, tucked romantically away in your very own igloo. Quite the juxtaposition as you enjoy steamy dates at a bar made entirely of ice or the world’s largest snow restaurant. During your stay at Kakslauttanen you can try exhilarating winter safaris by reindeer, husky, or snowmobile. My favorite part is being nestled inside one of the 20 thermal glass igloos while taking in stunning views of the Aurora Borealis. Oh and they actually have Santa’s home now open to the public, or you can play Mr. & Mrs. Claus by renting it out for the evening, magic reindeer and all.

Honeymoon Destinations: BYOD- Bring Your Own Donkey

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I had the pleasure of planning an event at the lovely Chora Resort on the untouched, tiny island of Folegandros, Greece. This remote location boasts only 667 inhabitants and is closed to car and motorcycle traffic. To reach the Mama-Mia-esq church perched atop of a cliff, couples will have to walk or borrow a donkey. The quiet romantic atmosphere at the Chora Resort perfectly complements the magnificent view of the vibrantly blue Aegean Sea. 24 residences are spread throughout the 3,500 square miles of property surrounded by lush gardens with tropical trees and colorful flowers – also known as heaven on earth dipped in olive oil.

Author: Amanda Goetz is the Founder and CEO of Availendar.com: a site helping brides and event planners access the availability calendars of reputable vendors in the event industry. Availendar is currently in beta and being rolled out in NYC. If you are a vendor, bride or event planner please visit www.availendar.com to request an invitation. 

Contact Amanda at Amanda@availendar.com or @availendar 

5 Tips for Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses

TopShelf Clothes | Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses

The search for that ‘perfect dress’ is hard enough when you are shopping for yourself. So, when it comes to shopping for all of your best friends, finding a dress that suits everyone can easily become overwhelming. Don’t be the bride that your bridesmaids resent as they shove another dress they will never wear again into their closets (ever seen Katherine Heigel in 27 Dresses?). Make your selection easier with these 5 tips.

Top 5 Tips for Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses: 

  1. Look for Universally Flattering Fit. A-line dresses work for most all body types. They highlight the smallest part of a woman’s waist and flair out on the skirt portion. If you’re looking for sleeveless dresses, try a wider strap that provides both coverage and support to suit all bust sizes.
  2. Keep it Simple. Avoid bridesmaid dresses that are covered in crazy prints, bunchy fabrics or over-the-top colors. Chances are, those styles DO NOT work for everyone and they will never be worn again. A fuss-free fabric is elegant and can be accessorized for future occasions. 
  3. For the Relaxed Bride: Give Options. A big trend over the past few years is picking a general tone for your dresses and letting your bridesmaids decide on the exact color. Blush colors work very well with this approach. The benefit here is there it looks less like a traditional uniform and your bridesmaids will love you for being able to pick a tone that works for their coloring. They might even be able to wear something they already own!
  4. Consider Time of Day & Location. Season is an obvious factor when choosing bridesmaid dresses, but the time of day is just as important. Although black dresses might look great on your bridesmaids, they don’t exactly go with an daytime outdoor wedding.  
  5. Don’t forget about the shoes! While you might love sky-high heels, they are not for everyone. Keep this in mind when dress shopping. Consider checking with your bridesmaid’s shoe preferences, which will affect both hemline length and color. If you’re at an outdoor wedding, be wearing of thin heels that will sink into the ground.

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Wedding Wednesdays: Top 3 Wedding Boards to Follow on Pinterest

From the bride to the bridesmaids, the dishes to the décor, planning a wedding can easily lead to intense stress and anxiety in the months leading up to your big day. However, with the growing Pinterest community, there are a countless number of people who have already started the wedding planning process for you. Today we have selected our top 3 wedding boards to follow on Pinterest to help make your wedding day as uniquely you and stress-free as possible. Follow these boards and you’re sure to get some wedding Pinspiration!

Pinner: Style Me Pretty

With over 12,000 pins, it is easy to get overwhelmed. However, don’t let that discourage you from taking a look at what Style Me Pretty has to offer. With 53 boards that address everything from the engagement party to the honeymoon, Style Me Pretty provides a great combination of décor and styling ideas for those planning their big day.

#1 Pick for Wedding Boards to Follow on PinterestWedding Fashion

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While there are many boards that cover dresses for the bride, Style Me Pretty’s “Wedding Fashion” provides a wide range of styles from casual to couture gowns. In addition to the different types of gowns, Style Me Pretty’s pins feature detailed looks at dresses as well, a useful tool if you’re looking to spice up a gown you already have.

Pinner: Wedding Chicks

Wedding Chicks is another go-to site for wedding inspiration here at TopShelf. The ladies of Wedding chicks host nearly 7,000 pins across 63 boards. And while this may seem daunting, each board is dedicated to a very specific aspect of wedding planning, so it is easy to single out what you’re looking for.

#2 Pick for Wedding Boards to Follow on Pinterest: Wedding Hair & Makeup

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We love the “Wedding Hair & Makeup” board for its variety of styling ideas. Whether you’re looking for a specific hairstyle or a sparkling accessory, the ladies of Wedding Chicks have collected options to match every woman’s style with both headshots and DIY tutorials. 

Pinner: Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine

The editors from Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine have combined their ideas and inspirations into a collection of 83 Pinterest boards. And while these pros have managed to cover nearly every aspect of wedding planning, it is their unconventional boards that we at TopShelf are especially interested in.

#3 Pick for Wedding Boards to Follow on Pinterest: Wedding Cake Alternatives

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The “Wedding Cake Alternatives” board is perfect if you are looking to switch up the desserts at your wedding, or any other special event for that matter. The collection of desserts ranges from mini baked goods to single serving mousse recipes, all of which are beautifully displayed. 

Follow us on Pinterest for an assortment of our favorite wedding pins from the boards above as well as from across the Pinteresphere.

Wedding Wednesdays: Top 6 Picks for Your “Something Blue”

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“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something BLUE” It may be an old saying, but that does not mean you can’t incorporate new fashion into your outfit. Continue the matrimonial tradition in style with our TopShelf picks for your “Something … Continue reading