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5 Questions for Bella Bridesmaids

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Courtesy Bella Bridesmaids

So, you’ve picked out your wedding dress (congrats!), but you still have yet to decide exactly what your bridesmaids will wear. It’s a harder decision than you think. That’s why we’re deferring to the experts: Madison and Maribeth, both stylists over at Bella Bridesmaids in Westport, Connecticut. We asked them about the biggest challenges of finding the perfect dress for your bridesmaids–and how to get walk away from the shopping experience getting exactly what you want.

What is your best advice for helping a bride successfully pick out her bridesmaid dresses? The most important thing to keep in mind is your bridesmaids’ body types. A dress that you’ve fallen in love with might not look great on their figure. Also, keep in mind the variety of body types. If you have a wide variety, it’s usually best to let each maid choose a style they’re comfortable in. Regarding color, choose what you love, and don’t let any “rule” sway you! If you have dreamed of eggplant your whole life, go for it, even if you’re getting married in July. Also, black is OK, and if you love the flattering, chic look, go for that, too!

Is it a good idea to bring everyone in your bridal party with you when you shop? We recommend coming to your first appointment with one or two people who will be honest with you, but will also support you and your opinions. Bringing all of your bridesmaids at once can be very overwhelming, and detracts from the excitement if someone’s opinion isn’t the same as yours. You don’t want too many cooks in the kitchen!

Is there a trick to making everyone in your bridal party happy? Unless you let every bridesmaid choose their own dress, it is unlikely you will please everyone 100%. Even letting some choose can ruffle some feathers! Some bridesmaids do just want to be told what to wear. Be as gracious as possible throughout the process, and your bridesmaids will be grateful for that.

How can a bride balance her dress preferences with her bridesmaids’ personal style? We don’t often stress a bridesmaid’s personal style as a consideration when choosing the dress. If they’ve agreed to be your bridesmaid, they’ve agreed to wear what you want. The best way to show off a bridesmaid’s individual style is to let them choose their own jewelry and hair style. Personal vibes come out subtly that way, but still give the bride the overall look she wants.​

What are some top trends you’re seeing with bridesmaid dresses? We are starting to see a lot more brides looking for sparkles, beads and sequins mixed in with solid colors. The color palette look, where each bridesmaid wears a different, but complimentary color, is also very popular and GORGEOUS!​

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5 Questions for Bella Bridesmaids

So, you’ve picked out your wedding dress (congrats!), but you still have yet to decide exactly what your bridesmaids will wear. It’s a harder decision than you think. That’s why we’re deferring to the experts: Madison and Maribeth, both stylists over at Bella Bridesmaids in Westport, Connecticut. We asked them about the biggest challenges of finding […]

6 Tips for Shopping For Your Wedding Cake

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Courtesy Artisan Bake Shop

There isn’t much that’s sweeter than picking out the confections you’ll serve on your wedding day. But when it comes to the cake, there are a lot of options to consider. We talked to Meredith Ciaburri-Rousseau, founder of Artisan Bake Shop in Rochester, Massachusetts, to get her expertise on how to choose “the one.”

Make sure you have the details down. One of the most important factors in choosing a wedding cake is to make certain that you have the big details for your wedding planned before meeting with a cake designer. Many design inspirations come from invitations, table linens, centerpiece vessels and even the type of flowers that will be used in the bouquets.

Don’t just refer to Pinterest. One of the biggest misconceptions in the wedding cake design process is that you simply bring a photo and ask a cake designer to copy it. However, there is a much larger process associated with choosing a wedding cake. A true designer needs insight into your wedding style in order to capture a snapshot of your wedding day in your cake design.

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Photo Credit: Corinna Raznikov

Don’t forget to consider all your cake options. A classic tiered wedding cake is the timeless standard for your wedding day. But there are so many modern and fun alternatives that we love! Multiple cakes that each have a different–but complimentary–style are my favorite. This option allows you to literally have your cake and eat it, too. You don’t have to choose one style. Cupcakes have been on trend for the past decade. You can even choose to have a small single-tiered cake or a small two-tiered cake to accompany the cupcakes for ceremonial cutting purposes. We also love a great dessert table. A table brimming with different sweets and even a few different cakes is always something that guests enjoy.

It’s OK to get creative. We are loving the color that we’re seeing in cake designs! Bucking the traditional white wedding cake, inside and out, has been a staple that most brides have been choosing to ignore. If you love color, but are nervous about a wedding cake that is too colorful on the outside, we’re seeing couples choosing fun colorful cake interiors—like rainbow cake, and purple and pink velvet! Recently, we created a classic white wedding cake that centered around highlights of white and silver and the inside of the cake was camoflauge!

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Be honest about your budget. If you have a specific budget that you’re looking to work with, be honest with your cake designer. Choosing a two-tiered cake that is elaborately designed will be a lot less costly than a large four- or five-tiered cake for 200 guests. I also recommend that couples on a budget choose the classic flavors: vanilla or chocolate cake versus elaborate and costly flavors like fresh berries.

And the biggest cake trend of 2015 is… We are seeing a lot of couples choosing the farm-to-table approach to cakes and sweet tables by choosing in-season flavor profiles. We are so lucky to live in an area rich in farming traditions. Seeing couples embrace this is really amazing! A few fun flavor profiles have been a vegan wedding cake with a spiced pear compote for an early fall wedding. We also created a trio of wedding cakes that included local peaches that we actually picked from the orchard’s trees and gilded the peaches and tiny pears and apples in gold! Copper, rose gold, burnished brass, pewter, pearl essence—I love all of the metallic details that I have been using.

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6 Tips for Shopping For Your Wedding Cake

There isn’t much that’s sweeter than picking out the confections you’ll serve on your wedding day. But when it comes to the cake, there are a lot of options to consider. We talked to Meredith Ciaburri-Rousseau, founder of Artisan Bake Shop in Rochester, Massachusetts, to get her expertise on how to choose “the one.” Make […]

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The weekend is here! If your Saturday-Sunday is filled with wedding planning and activities galore, we’ve got you covered with tons of inspiration and ideas. Here, our favorite posts from the week:

Take a peek at the stunning Harbor View Gallery, fresh off 18 months of spectacular renovations. It’s tucked inside the New Bedford Whaling Museum—and makes for the perfect venue.

Honeymoon planning? This list of the top 20 most romantic destinations from Brides will make it a heck of a lot easier to decide where to go.

New York Bridal Market has come to a close. Bella Bridesmaids has all the details on the top three trends you need to know about for 2016.

Check out these fabulous tips from the Savory Affair about outdoor entertaining beyond the BBQ. Trust us, you can make your backyard fete as luxe as you want.

If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect wedding dress, take a peek at the work of Sareh Nouri. Her wedding dresses (available at A Little Something White in Connecticut) are one of a kind.

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                  The weekend is here! If your Saturday-Sunday is filled with wedding planning and activities galore, we’ve got you covered with tons of inspiration and ideas. Here, our favorite posts from the week: Take a peek at the stunning Harbor View Gallery, fresh off 18 months of […]

Harbor View Gallery

The brand new event space, Harbor View Gallery, located in the Wattles Jacobs Educational Center at the New Bedford Whaling Museum is officially available to rent after eighteen months of renovations! Crisp white walls, open ceiling, floor to ceiling windows, and a gorgeous outdoor observation deck enable you to be as creative with your event as you want. In-house catering and event planning is made seamless with Russell Morin Catering & Events. With a capacity of up to 200 people seated and 300 people standing the event possibilities are endless. On Sunday, November 1st from 12-4, Russell Morin Catering & Events and the New Bedford Whaling Museum invite you for a Taste & Tour open house. This free event will be showcasing some of their preferred vendor’s wonderful work throughout the entire museum. Please RSVP to tmallot@nullwhalingmuseum.org or call 508.717.6839 on or before October 24th!

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Harbor View Gallery

The brand new event space, Harbor View Gallery, located in the Wattles Jacobs Educational Center at the New Bedford Whaling Museum is officially available to rent after eighteen months of renovations! Crisp white walls, open ceiling, floor to ceiling windows, and a gorgeous outdoor observation deck enable you to be as creative with your event […]

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