One of my favorite wedding trends is mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses – and I imagine bridesmaids appreciate the opportunity to pick a dress that fits and flatters their individual size and style. But finding dresses that coordinate without being identical can be a little tricky, which is where Brideside comes in!

Founded by two friends who decided that it was time being a bridesmaid was more fun and inspiring, Brideside makes it super easy to find the perfect dresses for your bridal party.

Search the carefully curated collection of over 120 designer dresses (including many exclusive styles), or browse the real wedding galleries for inspiration. Then use the Brideside closet to save favorite dresses, and invite your ladies to view and comment on your picks. Once you’ve narrowed it down, Brideside will deliver a box full of dresses for your bridesmaids to try on at home – it doesn’t get any easier than that!

I have to say, I’m really excited about Brideside‘s newest partnership with Joanna August – known for carefully crafted silhouettes, these beautiful dresses will work for just about any body type (thank you elastic waist bands and wrap styles!).

So what are you waiting for? Make your bridal party vision a reality with Brideside! And just to get you that much more excited, here’s a little clip of how Brideside brings the bridal boutique experience online and to your front door…


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Let a unique wedding registry help bring your wedding style home! Known for their stylish registry options, NewlyWish has partnered with The Wedding Library to offer a series of gorgeous tabletop collections and exclusive pieces. Here, some of my favorite items from two of The Wedding Library collections (I want that porcelain pineapple!)…

Black & White > 1. Coffee Pot by Miss Blackbirdy / 2. White Porcelain Pineapple / 3. Country Estate Serving Platter Flint Main House by Juliska / 4. Sanded Frost Votive / 5. Graham Footed Goblet by Juliska / 6. Amalia Balloon Wine Glass by Juliska / 7. White Chain Side Plate by Miss Blackbirdy / 8. Black Flower Small Plate by Miss Blackbirdy / 9. Table Runner by Miss Blackbirdy

Seashore > 1. Cane Finial Lantern / 2. Sun Passion Accent Plate by Weimar Porzellan / 3. Optical Illusion Accent Plate by Weimar Porzellan / 4. Gilded Sea Votive / 5. Antique Mercury Tumbler / 6. Gold Nautilus Resin Shell / 7. Crystal Double Old Fashioned Glass by Match / 8. Oval Napkin Rings by Match / 9. Resin Coral Candleholder / 10. Toscana Pyrex Casserole Dish by Match


Of course, this is just a small sampling of what NewlyWish has to offer. With registry staples like kitchen equipment and bath linens, plus unique gifts like honeymoon experiences, NewlyWish is a one-stop registry solution for any couple who wants something a little different and special.

Now for the best part: You can enter to win a $1,000 tabletop shopping spree simply by creating a registry on NewlyWish with at least one item from any of The Wedding Library collections! Enter by April 26, 2013 and the winner will be announced on May 1st.


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I’ve loved Paper Pastries ever since my own wedding, when I ordered some fun California-themed pencil sets to include in our welcome bags. You might know Paper Pastries for other fun items in their shop, like the Message In a Bottle Kit or these charming Home State custom rubber stamps

… but did you know that Paper Pastries also offers custom invitation design? If you love the playful style of the rest of their products, then you will adore these whimsical wedding invitations from their collection of custom work.

Working with Margaret of Paper Pastries, you know you’re getting something completely and thoughtfully custom, not just something with a few color or text changes. As she says, “To me, custom design means from scratch. My brides are individuals, and as soon as we start talking options I see their eyes light up and I know it’s going to be great.”

In addition to hand lettering and calligraphy, handmade touches like envelope liners, a monogram wax seal, or hand-drawn illustrations make Paper Pastries custom invitations extra personal and special. What a treat for your guests to receive in the mail! Here are a few more fun designs from Paper Pastries, including a custom rubber stamp wedding invitations…

And of course you can’t forget the I Left My Heart series loved by bloggers everywhere! And what’s not to love – there’s a card for everywhere from San Francisco to Tokyo to Berlin!

If you’re interested in the fun products or custom invitation design from Paper Pastries, definitely head over to their online shop and portfolio. There’s lots more where these pretties came from!


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You might know Minted for their range of well-designed wedding invitations, or maybe for how easy it is to use their website and place a personalized order. Now, Minted is taking things to another level with quality letterpress printing, luxurious museum board paper, and new premium consultation from their Perfection Team. Read on for the details (and to get a peek at some of Minted’s new letterpress designs)…

Returning to their roots, a number of Minted wedding invitations are now available in letterpress. Using vintage Heidelberg presses, Minted prints creates crisp, deep impressions by hand (in up to 3 colors!) on thick 100% cotton paper, for a beautiful tactile experience that will impress your guests.

Minted has also added Luxe Museum Board paper, a gorgeous option for brides who want the flexibility of digital printing, but also want their invitations to have that extra something special. 3 times as thick as Minted’s Signature paper, it gives invitations a luxurious feel – it’s actually so thick, it’s unbendable!

Minted has also elevated already-stellar customer service with their new complimentary Perfection Team. Get the help of dedicated design consultants who can guide you in choosing the perfect invites, customization options, and even offer etiquette advice! And thanks to new online screen sharing, all of this is available from the comfort of your living room: collaborate with your design consultant over the phone while seeing real-time design changes on your screen. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

And just in case you’re unsure about ordering wedding invitations online, Minted continues to offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee and will work with you until your invitations are exactly what you envisioned.

As I’ve said again and again, there’s no way to properly convey how luxurious letterpress is by looking at a computer screen, so be sure to request a free sample kit for the chance to feel the quality of Minted letterpress. They do not disappoint!


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Whether or not you’re a do-it-yourself bride, MIDORI ribbon will add something special and luxurious to any of your wedding details – invitations, favors, bouquet. And if you’re looking for that extra personal touch, you can’t miss their new custom printed ribbon - perfect for making those details even more memorable. I can just see it on a ring pillow, or maybe a welcome bag for out of town guests. And wouldn’t it be perfect for wrapping your bridesmaid gifts?

MIDORI‘s custom printing is available on the same high-quality, luxury ribbons you’ll find on the rest of their website: Double Faced Satin, Rayon Trimming and Herringbone. And with over 100 colors of ribbon and 13 colors of ink to choose from, the possibilities are endless!

The entire bridal line from MIDORI is gorgeous, and with eight collections to choose from, plus two more coming next month, you’re sure to find something that fits your bridal style.

Keep your eyes on MIDORI – in April they’re launching a DIY section just for brides, as well as a bridal look book. Of course, if you just can’t wait that long, be sure to check out the MIDORI bridal blog for project ideas and ribbon details from real weddings.


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