This week, we are featuring a Q&A from our #CoffeeWithCalluna series, where we answer your questions about all things weddings, planning and style! We look forward to sharing our tips and tricks!
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“I’m wondering if you can explain the difference between wedding dress codes? I am not sure what to put on my wedding invitation and want my guests to have an idea of what to wear!”
This is a great question! We know it can get confusing sometimes, so we are happy to lay out how wedding attire is traditionally broken down.
White Tie: This is the most formal of wedding attire options, think tuxedos with a jacket and tails for men, and formal ball gowns for women.
Black Tie: This is the second most formal option after white tie – think a tuxedo for men, and a stylish cocktail dress of chic evening gown for the ladies.
Black Tie Optional (or Formal): This option is less formal than black tie, though still suggests black tie attire would be appropriate to wear. A tuxedo is still an option, though a dark suit and tie would be acceptable for men. For her, we would suggest a long evening dress or a more formal cocktail dress.
Cocktail: Cocktail attire can be interpreted in a few different ways, but normally implies men in suits and women in fun party dresses.
Beach or Garden Party Attire: Beach or garden party implies casual dress appropriate for heat or a spring/summer wedding. Think light summer suits for men, and fun sundresses for the ladies.
Photography | Jill Houser Photography
Weddings are packed full of traditions, many of which have become cherished among couples planning their nuptials. However, here at Calluna we believe that every couple should have the wedding of their dreams, whether that be the ultimate traditional wedding, or an alternative soiree. While etiquette and traditions are important, we love when we see our couples bend the rules to fit their flavor and style.
Enjoy! xx, Calluna
The Dress: Many brides still rock a fabulous white wedding dress on their big day, but don’t be afraid to do something different if this isn’t your desired look. Not ready to take the full colored wedding dress plunge? Add a pop of color to your dress by adding a sash or fabulous coat. We fell in love with Page’s blush gown and Emma’s gorgeous dress.
Photo Credit: Kate Holstein (top) || James Christianson (bottom)
The Bill: If we’re chatting with Emily Post (the queen of everything etiquette), tradition delegates the responsibility of the wedding to the Bride’s parents and Rehearsal Dinner to the Groom’s. If your parents or future in laws are so gracious to sign the bill, that is wonderful! As with all things, as we progress we see versatility when it comes to managing the budget. Maybe you and your future hubby have a budget set and want to split it evenly. Maybe you set up a honeymoon fund instead of a registry. Maybe both sets of parents split equally. Whatever the way, we recommend setting expectations up front to avoid any tricky and tense conversations.
Photo Credit:Jenna Walker Photography
The Bridesmaids: Gone are the days where everything has to be perfectly matched. Though we love the look of the traditional matching maids, we are seeing some amazing bridesmaids trends that we simply adore. Some brides choose completely different dresses for each bridesmaid that accentuates the style and individuality of each bridesmaid. Not ready to give your girls completely different styles? Try choosing a color scheme but alternate the style of dress!
Photo Credit: Jessica Christie Photography (top) || Rachel Havel Photography (bottom)
The First Look: Traditionally, Brides aren’t supposed to see their future hubby until the moment they walk down the aisle. This one is a total personal choice for the couple, some brides like to see the surprise on their grooms face as they walk down the aisle, but other brides want to see their groom before and share special moments before your ceremony. If your style is the latter, than first look photos can definitely have their perks!
Photo Credit: James Christianson (top) || Manzanita (bottom)
The Walk: Many brides choose to have their fathers walk them down the aisle on their big day. However, this is another tradition that we’ve seen open to interpretation. Whether you want both your parents to walk you down, a step parent, siblings, a loved one, or maybe you want to walk down solo… don’t be afraid to do it your way. Each bride has different family dynamics, and we think its great to embrace that!
Photo Credit: Tess Pace Photography (top) || Rachel Havel (bottom)
The Bouquet Toss: Some couples love the traditional bouquet toss but others would rather mix up the tradition with other alternatives. If you don’t want to single out the singles at your wedding, try highlighting the couples that have been married the longest! We have seen anniversary dances that leave the longest married couple dancing till they are the last ones standing!
Photo Credit: Laura Murray Photography (top) || Tess Pace Photography (bottom)
The Cake: In the dessert department, some couples go for the traditional wedding cake that feeds all of the guests. While this is definitely an option, we love seeing the ways that some couples are coming up with alternatives. Some couples choose to get a small cake for cutting and feed the guests a variety of other fun sweet treats!
Photo Credit: Tess Pace Photography (top) || Dawn Sparks (middle) || James Christianson (bottom)
Featured Image:: Laura Murray Photography
Enjoy your special shopping day!! xx, Calluna
From LWD: “Your comfort is always our priority, which is why we make our shop as special as a jewel box but as welcoming as the plush living room of your dream home. With spacious dressing rooms, semi-private viewing areas so your family and friends can enjoy seeing you in each gown, and all of the specialty attention – but none of the intimidation – of a luxury salon, brides absolutely love visiting Little White Dress.”
Stay tuned for an exciting swap in locations! Long time Highlands resident will be moving into the trendy RiNo area come January 2016 – a 100 year old converted church, restored and rich with history. We can’t wait to see the new space! (Sneak peek photos pictured above). Recently named top 50 bridal salons in America by BRIDES magazine!!
Featured Event: Jenny Packham Truck Show! Friday, Dec 11 – Sunday, Dec 13 (appointments recommended)
Photo via @lwdbridal Instagram
Emma & Grace: 1320 27th St, Denver (RiNo neighborhood)
From E&G: “Emma & Grace is the dream-child of two ferociously passionate and unconventional women with 8 years of knowledge and experience in the bridal industry. Imagine a collection of eclectic, artisan gowns and accessories in a studio with a laid back ambiance and genuine service. A place for those of us who stand confidently outside of the mold. For those that live to dream and create. For the hopeless romantics and wild at heart”
We love this studio-urban vibe Emma & Grace offers our Denver chic brides. This one stop shop doesn’t stop there – bring your mom & future mother in law for a gorgeous collection of MOB/MOG gowns! We can’t wait to spend more time with the ladies of Emma & Grace.
Featured Event: Daalarna Couture Trunk Show! Now through Sunday, Dec 13.
Photo via @emmaandgracebridal Instagram
anna bé: 1575 Boulder St, Denver (LoHi neighborhood)
From anna bé: “anna bé carefully curates a wedding dress collection that is constantly being updated to provide the best bridal gowns at a mix of price points and styles. Most of the designers are exclusive to anna bé within the Colorado (and even the Rocky Mountain) region and many are proudly made in America.”
Celebrating their ninth year in business, this Denver shop hits the nail on the head every time. Our tried and true resource for the hottest bridal trends, we love every piece that comes through their doors. Continually featured in national and regional publications (Brides magazine and 5280 to name a few), anna bé is adored by just about everyone.
Featured Event: Monique Lhuillier Truck Show! Friday, 12/18 – Sunday, 12/20 (appointments recommended)
Photos via @annabedenver Instagram
a&bé bridal: 1955 w. 35th Avenue (LoHi Neighborhood)
From a&bé: “a&bé bridal shop is a new bridal concept that quite simply houses the coolest wedding gowns. We are the place to find your stylish, unique wedding gown without the fuss! Designed to support the creative surge happening in weddings, a&bé supports the up&coming, & the indie, & the creative bridal designers and connects them to brides. Secondly, a&bé gives brides access to something different: we have a little bit of the bohemian, & the casual, & the separates, & the alternative & the romantic”
We’re pretty sure this 2-year-old bridal shop is the coolest spot in town (alongside) shops in Minneapolis and Dallas) . With incredible selections and never ending inspirational pieces, the anna be sister shop is a shinning star for “not the norm” bridal. Not to mention – incredible gowns for under $1k is the best deal we’ve heard all week!!
Featured Event: Sample sale! All Sample gowns under $1K! Thursday, Dec 17, 2015
Photos via @a&b_bridal Instagram
Feature Photo via anna bé
We won’t lie… When dreaming up wedding dresses for our future weddings we’re pretty convinced it’ll be a scene out of Sex and the City – dozens of couture gowns for our choosing, hair and makeup stylists touching up at our every move, Vogue photographers capturing every effortless (not so candid) movement as our friends swoon on the sidelines ONLY to have one magically appear at our NYC loft.
While we’re still holding onto making that dream a reality, for now we find comfort in counting the days until we can live frivolously and vicariously through the newest Couture collections presented at Bridal Fashion Week!
We loved all of the gowns presented but kept seeing one beautiful trend shinning through : FLORALS! See below for our favorites!
Floral 3D Applique :: It’s always a challenge to find a sweet spot between what is reserved for high fashion and what reception ready. We love inspired designers but are extra intrigued when it’s something we could see ourselves in. The trend of a three dimensional adornment does just that – integrating florals in an feminine way that captures the rising trend while keep classic bridal beauty in mind.
Our hats are off to these fabulous designers for nailing it!
Lela Rose: Photos via Instagram
Oscar De La Renta: Photos via Huffington Post
Angel Sanchez: Photo via Brides.com | Indigital Images
Jim Hjelm: Photos via Brides.com | Indigital Images
For our most daring of brides itching to bring high-fashion style off the runway and down their own aisle: bridal crop tops!
While the word ‘cropped’ may bring back cringe worthy fashion low points of our past (we’ve all had them!) this style, done correctly, is insanely chic and tasteful. By pairing a funky, textured, crop top with an elegant flowing skirt, you instantly achieve a gorgeous unexpected bridal style: beautiful with a punch of sass.
A few of our favorites are below — we’re hoping one of our fashion forward brides will take the risk next year!
Photography + dress credit: Theia gown via Glamour, Houghton gown via Glamour, Mia Zwillinger via Glamour, Daughters of Simone via Lover.ly, Elizabeth Stuart via The Knot, Rime Arodaky via The Knot
Ever heard of a two-in-one convertible dress? So had we. Ever heard of an eleven-in-one dress? Now that’s a show stopper. When this video passed through our inbox we just had to share it. One dress, eleven way to style, all equally stunning. Simply put, we’re in love.
Heidi Elnora – One Dress Eleven Styles from Holloway Productions on Vimeo.