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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!"

Wedding Color Trends

Having a hard time figuring out a wedding color palette? Well, here are some of our favorites, all which highlight a big trend in bridal right now – METALLICS! A soft color scheme can really be enhanced with a pop of copper, silver, or gold.  We love the idea of jazzing your color story with […]

Having a hard time figuring out a wedding color palette? Well, here are some of our favorites, all which highlight a big trend in bridal right now – METALLICS! A soft color scheme can really be enhanced with a pop of copper, silver, or gold.  We love the idea of jazzing your color story with a little sparkle!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Color Palette Wedding Trends

Dreaming of Dusk: found on Love My Dress

Color Palette Wedding Trends

Blush Pink, Silver, and Grey Winter Wedding: found on Wedding Colors

Color Palette Wedding Trends

Shades of Lavender, Gold + Silver: found on The Perfect Palette

Color Palette Wedding Trends

Perfect Peach, Gold, Mint, Emerald Green: found on Wedding Chicks

Color Palette Wedding Trends

Baby Blue and Gold: found on Smitten on Paper

Color Palette Wedding Trends

Rose, Blush, and Gold: found on The Wedding Tea Room

 

 

 

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Will You Be My Bridesmaid?!

It is time to choose which of your closest friends and family members will be standing next to you as you say “I Do.”  Being a bridesmaid these days can be a significant time and financial commitment, so it is important to express how much these girls mean to you when you ask them to […]

It is time to choose which of your closest friends and family members will be standing next to you as you say “I Do.”  Being a bridesmaid these days can be a significant time and financial commitment, so it is important to express how much these girls mean to you when you ask them to be a part of your wedding.

Here are some creative and thoughtful do-it-yourself ways to ask your future ‘maids to play an important role on your big day.

Send a card: Write a sweet note expressing how much your friendship means to you before asking if she’d consider being a bridesmaid on your wedding day.

Bridesmaid Card

A Fun Surprise: Hide your question in a balloon along with confetti, attach a string with a tag and safety pin saying “pop me.”

Bridesmaid Balloon Surprise

Pop Up Message Box: This message box is sweet and simple, but shows how much you care from the effort you put in to ask her.

Bridesmaid Pop Up Box

Give a personalized bottle of wine: You’ve have spent countless evenings bonding over wine, so why not gift each girl with a customized bottle of vino? Choose their favorite bottle and replace the label with one of these custom wine labels from Personal Wine.

Bridesmaid Wine

Box of Goodies: Prep your bridesmaids for their duties by arming them with pretty wedding things (like a handkerchief for tears and color palette swatches for their input) plus sentimental photos and trinkets documenting your friendship.

Box of Goodies Bridesmaid

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Non-Traditional Bridal Bouquets

When you think of a bride walking down the aisle, you can imagine her in her gown, wearing her veil and carrying a bouquet. It has been a tradition to carry fresh flowers for generations, but has evolved into much more than just a floral arrangement. Choosing to do a non-traditional bouquet is a great […]

When you think of a bride walking down the aisle, you can imagine her in her gown, wearing her veil and carrying a bouquet. It has been a tradition to carry fresh flowers for generations, but has evolved into much more than just a floral arrangement. Choosing to do a non-traditional bouquet is a great way to highlight your personality and create something unforgettable. The variety of options to choose from is so diverse – so we scoured the web for some of our favorite ideas and inspiration.

Handmade Beaded Bouquet by Whitney Alyssa

 Handmade Beaded Bouquet by Whitney Alyssa

Succulent Bouquet

 Succulent Bouquet

Seashell Bouquet

 Seashell Bouquet

Pinecone and Cotton Bouquet

 Pinecone and Cotton Bouqet

Lavender Bunch Bouquet

 Bunch of Lavender Bouquet

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Repurpose Your Mom’s Wedding Dress

 So often we hear brides talk about the possibility of wearing their mother’s wedding gown – but let’s be honest, every girl wants to pick the dress of HER dreams! Times change, as do trends and fabrics, but there are so many unique ways to incorporate Mom’s dress without having to utilize it as your wedding […]

 So often we hear brides talk about the possibility of wearing their mother’s wedding gown – but let’s be honest, every girl wants to pick the dress of HER dreams! Times change, as do trends and fabrics, but there are so many unique ways to incorporate Mom’s dress without having to utilize it as your wedding gown. The thought of cutting up an heirloom seems so heartbreaking, but what other reason do you save something so special? Typically it is in the hopes that your daughter may one day want to use it – it may just not be in the way she was thinking! Here are some of our favorite ideas.

Wedding Dress Locket

 Lace Locket Necklace.

Taking a small piece of lace and inserting it in a locket necklace makes the perfect statement and something that you will be able to wear more than once. There are many artists on Etsy who will custom make one for you, you just have to send them your lace! This is also a way to keep your mother or grandmother’s gown intact, but still creating a special “something old”/”something new!”

Lace Hair Flower

 Make a hair accessory.

From the fabric/lace, make a sweet hair flower, or take a section of the lace and use it as a fascinator.

Wrap your bouquet with mom's dress

 Wrap your bouquet.

Use any type of fabric from the dress or veil to give it that special touch.

Ring Bearer Pillow made from mom's wedding dress

 Turn it into a ring bearer pillow.

That is something that could be passed down from generation to generation.

Update mom's wedding dress and make it your own

Rework it into a rehearsal dinner dress.

Maybe you don’t want to wear it walking down the aisle, but there are so many bridal events to attend that you could wear it to! We call our seamstress the miracle worker – she can rework a outdated wedding gown into a modern, little white dress. So don’t be afraid to take it in and see what you can work up with your alterations specialist!

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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. 

Wrap your bouquet

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!

thisisjusttosay stamp

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

Flower girl

The perfect accessory, your flower girl.

Kristina Eaton

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

Swell caroline

 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

 

Hayden Olivia Rebrand

 

Hayden Olivia Rebrand

 

Hayden Olivia Rebrand Samples

 

 

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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

Kate Spade bow

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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