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This Blog is dedicated to brides who think about gowns & guidance, diamonds & details, buttons & bows, veils & vows, jewels & of course, comfy heels. Hayden Olivia Bridal and this Blog was created from a desire to provide you with the ultimate bridal experience. I like to say that "all you need is love and a fabulous dress!"

Friday Find: Kate Spade – Say Yes “Mrs”

Sometimes you come across little things that just make you smile. And these Kate Spade “Mrs” necklace and earrings do just that.  How cute would they be at brunch the morning after the wedding, walking through the airport with your new husband, or going out to dinner on your honeymoon?! They are the perfect accessory for […]

Sometimes you come across little things that just make you smile. And these Kate Spade “Mrs” necklace and earrings do just that.  How cute would they be at brunch the morning after the wedding, walking through the airport with your new husband, or going out to dinner on your honeymoon?! They are the perfect accessory for any bride-to-be  : )

Kate Spade "Mrs" Necklace and Earrings

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“My Rule Is, If It’s Not Moving Monogram it!”

How can you argue with Reese Witherspoon?! In this edition we are taking monograming to the wedding extreme. All things that can (and should be!) monogramed on your big day! There are always questions about when to use your maiden name vs. your new last name. Traditionally, you will use your maiden name, BUT it is […]

How can you argue with Reese Witherspoon?! In this edition we are taking monograming to the wedding extreme. All things that can (and should be!) monogramed on your big day! There are always questions about when to use your maiden name vs. your new last name. Traditionally, you will use your maiden name, BUT it is a new age and it is completely appropriate to use your new name wherever you see fit. Isn’t that one of the things we get most excited about when engaged – our NEW monogram!

 The Three-Letter Monogram is probably the most classic of traditional monograms. The ordering of the initials can be tricky, depending on the format. The Cottage Colony has a great guide to Monograming 101 – if you have any questions about what goes where, they will have the answer. 

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Wrap your bouquet in a monogramed piece of silk.

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Cake topper by Cork Country Cottage on Etsy.

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One of our favorites at the boutique – adding your monogram in blue to the inside of your dress!

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Can you think of all the DYI creations you could make with this hand carved custom stamp by This is Just to Say?

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The perfect accessory, your flower girl.

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Monogramed veil – yes, please! Kristina Eaton embroiders each veil by hand, it doesn’t get much more special that that!

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 Monogramed necklaces for you and your maids – by Swell Caroline

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 And what southern bride doesn’t want to get ready in her personalized white button down?! Talk about cute photos!

 

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Friday Find: Jenga as a Guestbook

Our Pinterest Friday find! DIY Jenga guestbook wedding idea. The sign “Build Memories – Sign a Jenga Piece” was made from a wood board with decal letters. Just buy the jenga game and spread the wood pieces out on the table with 5-7 thin point black sharpies so your guests can write on them. Use a big fish bowl […]

Our Pinterest Friday find! DIY Jenga guestbook wedding idea.

Jenga Wedding Guest Book

The sign “Build Memories – Sign a Jenga Piece” was made from a wood board with decal letters. Just buy the jenga game and spread the wood pieces out on the table with 5-7 thin point black sharpies so your guests can write on them. Use a big fish bowl to put the jenga blocks in when they were done. We just love this idea!

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Hayden Olivia Refreshed and Rebranded

We worked with the oh so talented Angela of Saffron Avenue to create a timeless, clean, and sophisticated new logo and brand design that would be versatile and memorable. She took our vision and made it a reality. The combination off the peony, blush, gold and black together with the bold patterns and clean fonts are the […]

We worked with the oh so talented Angela of Saffron Avenue to create a timeless, clean, and sophisticated new logo and brand design that would be versatile and memorable. She took our vision and made it a reality. The combination off the peony, blush, gold and black together with the bold patterns and clean fonts are the perfect balance. We loved the design boards and color stories she produced and we could not be more thrilled with the overall outcome! Enjoy!

Saffron Avenue Designs: Hayden Olivia Inspiration

 

Hayden Olivia Color Board

 

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Top Shoe Trends for the Bride

Gorgeous wedding shoes are such a valued part of the bride’s wedding day look, but can sometimes be one of the hardest accessories to find to complete your perfect vision. There are many trends we have seen coming in the boutique this year and we thought we should spotlight some of our favorites! What would be your choice […]

Gorgeous wedding shoes are such a valued part of the bride’s wedding day look, but can sometimes be one of the hardest accessories to find to complete your perfect vision. There are many trends we have seen coming in the boutique this year and we thought we should spotlight some of our favorites! What would be your choice be?!

Sparkle

All Over Sparkle. It is your wedding day – glam it up! These shoes are fashion forward, yet still neutral and will go with most any dress.

Left: 100mm Fifi Strass Aurora Boreale Pumps by Christian Louboutin

Right: Champagne Glitter Peep Toe Platform Pumps by Jimmy Choo

Wedges

Wedges. Who says you cannot be cute and comfortable on your wedding day? Wedges give you the illusion of having on a heel, while still giving you great support to be on your feet all day.

Left: Hedy-II Textured Metallic Wedge by Badgley Mischka

Right: Ellyna Peep Toe Wedge Pumps by Nina

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Sparkly bows. Bows are a top trend in wedding gowns, and the bow effect extends to the shoes. These adorable peep-toe shoes by Kate Spate will add a that perfect finishing touch to complete your look.

Color

Shoes in color. Brides are showing a pop of color with their shoes, in pretty contrast to their dresses. It is a great way to incorporate your “something blue” or just to add that element of surprise!

Left: Mimosa T-Straps by BHLDN

Top Right: Partyy-R by Steve Madden 

Bottom Right: Sedarby Satin d’Orsay Pumps by Manolo Blahnik

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Mardi Gras Inspiration Photo Shoot

In celebration of Fat Tuesday, we are thrilled to share a collaboration we were apart of that is featured on Southern Weddings Blog today!  Enjoy the beautiful color and amazing gowns featured! The team, lead by Ashley from The Graceful Host, chose two dresses by Modern Trousseau from Hayden Olivia Bridal. Both were full volume and totally glam, just […]

In celebration of Fat Tuesday, we are thrilled to share a collaboration we were apart of that is featured on Southern Weddings Blog today!  Enjoy the beautiful color and amazing gowns featured!

The team, lead by Ashley from The Graceful Host, chose two dresses by Modern Trousseau from Hayden Olivia Bridal. Both were full volume and totally glam, just like Mardi Gras! They also included a cathedral-length veil, a classic choice for New Orleans brides, many who marry in grand cathedrals.

Click here for the entire feature and beautiful photos!

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Bra Basics

It is time for alterations and you have a new set of details to think about…bra, panties, bustier, shaper, shoes…the list really goes on and on.  Where do you ever begin looking for these bra type items…the department stores…in the bra departments?!?  The answer is a loud, resounding NO!  We have done the leg work […]

It is time for alterations and you have a new set of details to think about…bra, panties, bustier, shaper, shoes…the list really goes on and on.  Where do you ever begin looking for these bra type items…the department stores…in the bra departments?!?  The answer is a loud, resounding NO!  We have done the leg work for you, we have worn several styles ourselves (its important to test drive!), and we have created an edited collection of PRETTY & THE REAL DEAL undergarments that are both functional and comfortable…in other words they meet the pretty category and they give the right lift…if you know what we mean!

There are several ways “to wear” these undergarments.  We prefer to sew them into the dress so nothing shifts as you dance the night away.  After the wedding, make a few snips on some of the threads connecting the bra to the gown and you have a great undergarment to wear under a sun dress and special occasion dress in the future.

Mai, of Mai’s Alterations, is both a master seamstress as well as a bra expert.  One of the first steps in the alteration/gown fitting process is to be fitted for an undergarment that works with your gown.  This is when you will workshop the different bra styles and settle on the best available option.

Brides often ask, “Can I just sew in cups?”  The answer is yes, however we have been told many times, the undergarment is 50% of the overall fit of the gown.  We agree!  9 out of 10 times, brides choose some type of undergarment.  Don’t fret, we carry cups and they are certainly an option.  Now, if you want to use stick-ons, adhesives or petals, you will want to bring those with you!

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Bright Colors & New Arrivals

With the #snOMG storm now past and today being 70+ degrees…people are breaking out the bright colors and we love it!  Just this morning we have seen bright scarves, bright flats, bright handbags and brides are inquiring about bright colors for their maids!  Perhaps its safe to say people plan to enjoy every once of […]

With the #snOMG storm now past and today being 70+ degrees…people are breaking out the bright colors and we love it!  Just this morning we have seen bright scarves, bright flats, bright handbags and brides are inquiring about bright colors for their maids!  Perhaps its safe to say people plan to enjoy every once of spring and summer after the crazy winter we have had?  As we peruse Pinterest, blogs and fashion bridal magazines, we can’t help but get excited about the warm months ahead…cheers to a warm day, bright colors and new arrivals!

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Wedding + Snow = Perfection

Ever dream of a season specific wedding?  I never exactly desired a summer wedding in Charleston with temps reaching 102 degrees, however it was perfect for us and it is our story.  I did dream of a season specific wedding- perhaps this stems from my childhood of being raised in the rockies and enjoying the […]

Ever dream of a season specific wedding?  I never exactly desired a summer wedding in Charleston with temps reaching 102 degrees, however it was perfect for us and it is our story.  I did dream of a season specific wedding- perhaps this stems from my childhood of being raised in the rockies and enjoying the snow and mountains and skiing each and every winter season.   I dreamed of a winter wedding at a ski resort full of snow flakes, hot toddies, fur jackets and lots of twinkly lights…get the picture?  A day like today reminds me of cold snowy days in the rockies, reminds me of skiing the slopes of Breckenridge, reminds me of wedding dreams taking place during a winter month in the mountains.  How many of you are planning a winter white affair?  Here is a little inspiration for this snowy afternoon, enjoy!

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2014 Timeless Trends

The gals at HOB travel to NYC twice a year to view collections and select gowns that will be available in the boutique.  We are thrilled that many of the gowns we chose for 2014 have already started to arrive and they are stunning.  Here are a few trends that we are extremely fond of […]

The gals at HOB travel to NYC twice a year to view collections and select gowns that will be available in the boutique.  We are thrilled that many of the gowns we chose for 2014 have already started to arrive and they are stunning.  Here are a few trends that we are extremely fond of and are positive that they will still be on trend in the coming years…timeless with gorgeous detail.

Bateau Necklines

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