Category Archives: Bridesmaid

ChiChi Styles, The Source for Designer Bridesmaid Dresses [Sponsored]

Today, I am excited to introduce you to ChiChi Styles, the only place for today’s stylish and savvy bridesmaids! When ordering your designer bridesmaid dress from ChiChi Styles, you will be sure that not only are you are getting the lowest possible price for an absolutely authentic dress, but a wonderful experience as well. An added bonus, the ChiChi styles website is packed with amazing features that every bride and bridesmaid will love!
A few things I love about ChiChi Styles: They are also a brick-and-mortar couture boutique, in Michigan, Chicago, and Indiana, so they work with brides face to face all day long. This gives them exceptional experience in fitting bridesmaid dresses from each specific designer. They have compiled this expertise into amazing online fit guides, perfect for a bridal party spread out across the country. Because of their special order tracking technology, ChiChi Styles allows each bridesmaid to order her dress online with her own billing and shipping information. All of the bridal party orders are held until the bridesmaid or bride with “master access” submits the order. This means the order is submitted as a whole, to ensure that all dresses are cut from the same bolt or dye lot of fabric, for a perfect match!

There are so many reasons why you will adore ChiChi Styles, but here are just some of their best features:

  • Gimmick Free Pricing // Any lower price probably means you are receiving a knockoff. They don’t price high and then discount low, instead, they simply offer the lowest price possible for any given designer, typically saving you $50-100 per dress!
  • Authentic // They aren’t shy when showing off their purchase orders with each designer. Not to mention, they sell dresses from all sorts of top designers, like Lela Rose and Monique Lhuillier.
  • Master Order Access // With the Master Order Access system, someone with “Master Status” can keep tabs on the rest of the girls. This allows her to watch each bridesmaid place her order in real time, and then submit the bundled dress order to the designer when everyone is all set. This even provides extra assurance that each girl ordered the correct dress!

  • Real Time ETAs (see above image) // They don’t give you a vague delivery window, like 12-14 weeks. Every Friday and Tuesday they give brides real time ETAs from the designers so you know the exact time when you can expect the dresses at your door.
  • Videobase, Coming Soon! // They will be producing youtube videos highlighting new arrivals, common FAQs, and styling tips to help bridesmaids all over the country.
  • Knowledgebase // Loads of helpful articles, even specific to styles, that answer the biggest questions you will have when it comes to ordering dresses.
  • Real Weddings // Tons of inspiration for real brides from real brides.

A big thank you to ChiChi Styles for sponsoring this post and to you, readers, for supporting the sponsors that make Modernly Wed possible!

Photographs by Kelly Braman Photography

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Chartreuse + Black Color Palette Inspiration

As you can tell, I am still obsessed with neon. Today’s inspiration color palette combines bold chartreuse with subdued black and tan to create an eye-catching look. The overall effect is a simple, clean aesthetic that certainly isn’t lacking in personality!

Colorblock Bricks: Via MomoUSA
Dress: Diane von Furstenberg ‘Asti’ A-Line Dress
Invitation: In featured Lime Green Wedding
Cake: By Maggie Austin Cake

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Bold Purple + Teal Watercolor Inspiration Session

I love all the gorgeous details of today’s urban watercolor inspiration session! Amanda of Tailored Engagements and Heather of Heather Cook Elliott Photography teamed up to create a stunning styled shoot filled with colorful, modern ideas. The bold purple and teal color scheme creates a dramatic atmosphere that pairs perfectly with the soft watercoloring of the stationery and table linens. Chic attire is characterized by strong patterns, colors and statement jewelry. Be sure to read about the inspiration behind the session below!

A few words about the session from the photographer:

Amanda from Tailored Engagements and I are city girls and we love the challenge of designing and photographing urban weddings in wonderfully old buildings in our fair city and beyond. Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River surround our neighborhood on east and west so its pretty easy to understand how we were inspired by the ebb & flow and ever changing colors of the water to create this Urban Meets Modern Watercolor Inspiration Shoot. We imagine this venue setup for a young couple in love with one another and the city. She’s a little flirty and he’s a bit hipster, but together they love texture, color and making a dramatic statement with a short dress for her and colorful slacks for him. This shoot is about surprises and inverting the expected to create something magical and uniquely them: The guest chairs are translucent paired with a full-bodied settee for the bride & groom. The bridesmaid’s grecian-inpired dress is long next to the bride’s short, sassy one. The cakes are all white with the flowers left to decorate the clear cake table. The wine glasses lose their stems and sit snuggly next to low, but robust bursts of flowers on the long tablescape. The shoes and tablecloths are all hand-colored and contrasty and each piece of jewelry a statement – from the bride’s bold earrings and necklace ensemble to the bridesmaid’s Indian-inspired bangles. Surprisingly romantic while still being fun and young, we love how this inspiration shoot could be right at home in any city, big or small.

Styling: Tailored Engagements
Photographer: Heather Cook Elliott
Charger Plate: Z Gallerie
Bride’s Dress: BCBG
Bride’s Necklace: Ezza on Etsy
Bride’s Earrings: Rent the Runway
Bridesmaid Bangles: Rent the Runway
Wine Glasses: Waterford Lismore Nouveau Stemless Red Wine Glass
Water Glasses: Waterford Lismore Essence High Ball Glass
Silverware: CB2
Cake Table: CB2
Stationery: J Invites
Cakes: Chez Cupcake
Floral Designer: Marius Bell Floral and Events
Bridesmaid Dress + Accessories: Rent the Runway
Menswear: J. Crew
Lucite Chairs: Ikea
Tufted Settee: Skyline Furniture in Teal
Hair: Heather of Neroli Salon
Makeup Artist: Tayla La Macchia
Shoes: Handmade, Tutorial for glitter sole
Tablecloth: Handmade for Stylist Amanda Felsman
Salad Plate: Vintage

All images by Heather Cook Elliott

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