Pantone Announces 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Pantone 2014 Color Of The Year

Yesterday, Pantone announced the 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid. According to the press release,

“Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.”

If you don’t work in a design-related industry, you might wonder what the heck the “color of the year” is exactly.

“For more than a decade, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.”

pantone radiant orchid bridesmaid dress

So next year, as you are strolling through the mall and see lots of this color everywhere, think back to this blog post and say, “Ahh, I get it!”

The photo on the right is an example of a bridesmaid’s dress from Dessy in Radiant Orchid. Will you incorporate this color into your wedding? Share your ideas in the comments section!

Bridesmaid Robes As Pretty As Your Girls Are


I had the most delightful package arrive this week – our friends at Plum Pretty Sugar sent a sample of their beautiful new robes!

They have all sorts of gorgeous options that would be great gifts for your bridesmaids. Most popular are the knee-length kimono style robes, and there are lots of great prints to chose from.

But don’t stop there! They also have tank/lounge pant/robe sets, cover ups, and all sorts of other loveliness in their shop.

Stop by their Flickr page for a glimpse at real live brides and bridesmaids showing off their Plum Pretty Sugar attire.

Do You Need A Professional Makeup Artist?

Professional Makeup For Your Wedding Day

(Ok, I’ll elaborate…)

Many brides, especially those on tight budgets, are quick to think, “I look pretty good on a daily basis, I can do my own makeup for my wedding.” And while, yes, this is true, there are many reasons to hire a pro:

  • Being on time. Think back to your senior prom, when you did your own hair and makeup. Did things go exactly as planned? Usually not.
  • Less stress. Why not sit in a chair for an hour and relax while someone makes you more beautiful? Much better than standing in the hotel room’s bathroom.
  • Play up your best features and hide any flaws. Just because your photographer can photoshop that zit, he or she doesn’t want to have to do that in 1,000 photos. A professional makeup artist can hide any little imperfections without making them more obvious.
  • Long-lasting coverage. You’ll be sweating, dancing, kissing, and eating during your wedding day. And from the time your makeup is done in the morning to the time you leave your reception, that can be a 10-hour day.
  • Proper intensity for photographs. We’ve all seen those photos of brides whose face looks three shades lighter than the rest of their body, or they look like they aren’t wearing makeup at all. Just like models have more dramatic makeup, you’ll need to step it up a bit for your wedding day too. A professional makeup artist knows how to achieve this while still making you look like “you.”

The most important step in hiring a makeup artist is scheduling a trial run. You’ll want to be sure you’re happy with the results, but long before the wedding day. In fact, having your makeup done the same day as your engagement photos kills two birds with one stone! Then, if you aren’t happy with the look, you have time to make adjustments rather than having a melt-down on your wedding day.

Photo from Megan and Vivek’s Wedding – Makeup Artist: Kimtasha (be sure to check out the before and after photos on her website!) – Photographer: La Dolce Vita Studio

Buff Bride – Losing a Few Pounds For Your Wedding

It happens. We all gain a few pounds here and there. And if you channel surf at any point during the day, you’ll see a least a dozen infomercials for losing the weight. An exercise program, a dietary supplement, a food plan. So what should you do if you want to shed those unwanted pounds before your wedding?

  1. Don’t do anything drastic. If you don’t eat for three days before your wedding, no one will want to be around your cranky self. Including your husband.
  2. Do more activity to burn calories. When you are planning your wedding, you tend to get wrapped up in the details and spend hours sitting in front of the TV watching reality shows or flipping through bridal magazines. Get up, take a walk with your fiance, or watch Bridezillas on the treadmill at the gym.
  3. Don’t forget about weight training. It’s easy to think cardio is the only way to lose weight. But if you are dieting, you risk losing muscle along with fat unless you do resistance training to keep up the muscle.
  4. Try to eat every three to four hours. Plan out your meals the night before, and pack your lunch and snacks to take with you to the office.
  5. Drink plenty of water. Which is a good rule of thumb in general, but it can keep your metabolism running strong too.

Most importantly, think about making some lifestyle changes permanently, not just before the wedding. Get into the habit of working out with your fiance, learn to cook healthy meals together, or find an activity you can both enjoy.

(To keep the lawyers happy: Be sure to consult your physician before starting any new diet or exercise program)

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Using Pinterest To Plan Your Wedding

The internet is full of wedding ideas – it can be overwhelming! How do you keep track of everything you like – endless bookmarks, stacks of printed pages, a super-long string of emails between you and  your Maid of Honor?  Enter: Pinterest.

Pinterest is an online pinboard that lets you organize and share things you find on the web. You can create multiple boards – one for dresses, one for hairstyles, one for flowers, the list goes on and on – so that everything stays neatly organized. And even better, you can share your boards with anyone, and they can comment on your pins. What a great way to collaborate!

Just remember, anyone can see your board – so if you want to keep your wedding details a secret, you might want to look at other options.

Right now, Pinterest is by invitation only – but if you need an invite, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll send you one.