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Bridal DIY: How to Make a Floral Crown

Shelly Bagdasian of B Floral and Event Design shows us five easy steps to add a personal touch to your wedding.

By Valeria Boucas Photographs courtesy of Shelly Bagdasian.

The flower crown has arguably become as popular as the veil for brides on their wedding day. Gone are the days of long trains and chapel-length veils (although we still love those, too); floral crowns really allow the bride to add a personalized edge to her headpiece and to those of her bridesmaids. We also love the idea of gifting them to the bridal party during a shower or luncheon. Owner of B Floral and Event Design, Shelly Bagdasian, agreed: What better way to personalize a floral crown with all your favorite flowers but to make it yourself too? So here, Bagdasian shows us how to achieve the look in five easy steps.

Step one

“Collect your tools and get creative. Ribbon, hot glue gun, clippers, wire, pipe cleaners and floral tape. Wrap the pipe cleaners with tape and glue to the ribbon or use a metal band, creating a sturdy base.”

Step two

“Choose your flowers and unique accents like feathers, crystals, ribbons, or metal. Greens, roses, astilbe, blushing bride protea, gold sprayed wax flower accents. When choosing your flowers and materials try to select a variety of sizes and textures.”

Step three

“Wire and tape your flowers, first individually and then together in clusters. Glue the clusters to a leaf or stiff ribbon that can then be glued to the band.”

Step four

“Lay out your design. I suggest trying different combinations before finalizing. I like to leave some of the ribbon band showing when using beautiful and unique ribbons.”

Step five

“I love to do hanging pieces, such as ribbons, chain with metal accents, feathers, etc. Wire any hanging objects to the band!”

And for the festival going-gal, be sure to check out the September issue of Washingtonian to see how our team styled the floral crown on a boho-chic Style Setter.

Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

Wedding News

Zac Posen Debuts Wedding Collection for David’s Bridal (Photos)

The line features affordable and plus-size bridal gowns.

By Irina Grechko

Fans of fashion know Zac Posen is a major name—and brides who dream about wearing one of his creations on their wedding day can now do so for a fraction of the cost. The celebrity-beloved designer (Rihanna, Coco Rocha, Lena Dunham, and Christina Hendricks are just some of his famous fans) has teamed up with David’s Bridal to launch Truly Zac Posen, a line of affordable and ultra-feminine wedding gowns.

The collection echoes the details of the showstopping evening looks that have become the designer’s red-carpet calling card. The seven styles include satin fit-and-flare gowns and ball gowns of tulle and lace, all with prices ranging from $850 to $1,350. The line boasts a large selection of regular and plus sizes, five bridesmaid dress designs, and an edited selection of bridal accessories and jewelry. Scroll down for photos of the collection, and shop the entire line through David’s Bridal.

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10 Gorgeous Wedding Gowns Under $1,500 (Photos)

You don’t have to break the bank to buy the dress of your dreams.

By Sarah Title

Now that you’re engaged and planning your dream wedding, it’s time to find an equally dreamy dress to match. But you don’t have to spend a million bucks to look like it. We’ve rounded up ten styles that are less than $1,500, from classy, timeless gowns to dresses with a modern twist. Click through the slideshow to see all the beautiful designs.

Bride on a Budget

Bride on a Budget: September and October

Fall into some major savings as the autumn wedding season kicks off.

By McLean Robbins
Photograph courtesy of Beauty by Brigid.

The lazy days of summer have officially come to an end, but in the wedding world, that only means brides-to-be are in the thick of planning for winter and spring nuptial celebrations. Haven’t checked all of those must-haves off the to-do list yet? Never fear—Bride on a Budget has special Washingtonian Bride & Groom offers for nearly everything you still need to tackle.

(Unless otherwise mentioned, please refer to Bride & Groom when making your reservations, and book before October 31, 2013.)

Beauty and the Bride

Put your best face forward on the big day with the assistance of Brigid Wilson of Beauty by Brigid. The former MAC artist has experience preparing a wide variety of bridal looks, ranging from natural to sultry. Use her services for your big day, engagement shoot, or another special occasion, and save 15 percent on her standard services by mentioning Bride & Groom. Normally $180 for brides and $75 for bridesmaids and other members of the wedding party. This special offer excludes travel fees and is available on a first come, first served basis. To reserve, call 703-622-0354 or visit Brigid’s website.

Hair Extraordinaire

Make sure you and your bridesmaids look your best on the big day with the custom hair services of Anna Fazio. Book a “hair party” for three or more guests, and get a per-person rate of $80 for updos and $40 for blowouts at your home or wedding venue—20 percent off Fazio’s normal rates. This special offer is for clients within 15 miles of Washington, DC, only; venues outside of that area may incur an additional travel fee. Reservations are subject to availability and must be made by October 31, 2013, but may be redeemed for 2013 and 2014 weddings and events. To view sample updos, visit Anna on Instagram, and to book an appointment, call her directly at 240-468-2759or e-mail oizaf2@gmail.com. 

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Bride on a Budget

10 Things Brides Don’t Need at Their Wedding

Don’t throw away your money on these unnecessary add-ons.

By Irina Grechko
Photograph via Shutterstock.

Everybody knows weddings aren’t cheap. But did you know the average couple drops a whopping $28,000 on their celebration? If an alarm just went off in your head, don’t worry—we are here to help eliminate unnecessary expenses without ruining your vision for a dream wedding. Read on for ten items you can cut from your budget and still have a party worthy of your love.

1) Expensive flowers

Peonies are our wedding flower of choice—but unless your wedding is in May, these flowers can cost up to $7 a stem. Pick florals that are in season and grown in the US to keep costs down.

2) Extra paper goods

While we encourage splurging on gorgeous wedding invitations (which first set the tone for your wedding), it’s unnecessary to leave a costly paper trail with elaborate paper menus, table numbers, escort cards, and other paper goods. Set up a chalkboard or a large sign announcing the menu options and the table chart, or spend a day with your girlfriends customizing the stationery yourself.

3) The full bar

A full open bar is a great way to get the party started. Unfortunately the bill can sometimes amount to several thousands of dollars depending on your party size. Limit drink choices to wine and beer, and serve a signature cocktail as a way to rein in the budget.

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Bride on a Budget

5 Reasons to Attend a Bridal Trunk Show

Carine Krawiec of Carine’s Bridal Atelier shares her tips for getting the most out of your wedding-dress shopping.

By Irina Grechko
Carine Krawiec. Photograph courtesy of Carine's Bridal Atelier.

When it comes to wedding dresses, not all are created equal. Which is why we love trunk shows and all the wedding dress goodness they offer. Newly engaged and not up on bridal lingo? A trunk show is an opportunity for local bridal salons to introduce brides-to-be to designer gowns they otherwise might not carry in store. Usually only a few days long and by appointment only, trunk shows offer brides a chance to order straight-off-the-runway styles that the bridal salon will then make sure are properly tailored and promptly delivered for the big day.

Just in time for Carine’s Bridal Atelier’s ever-popular Monique Lhuillier trunk show (the wedding designer of choice for Reese Witherspoon and Carrie Underwood), we caught up with owner Carine Krawiec. Read on for the bridal guru’s five reasons to attend a trunk show as well as her cheat sheet for successfully navigating the bridal extravanganza.

1) To see the brand new collection.

Carine says: “At a bridal trunk show, a bride-to-be is getting to see a collection that is not available yet in stores or online. Seeing a collection for the first time is always exciting for both the bride and her guests.”

2) To get one-on-one time with designers.

Carine says: “Brides will get personal attention from the designer’s team at a trunk show. For example, during our upcoming Monique Lhuillier trunk show, brides-to-be will get to work with Monique Lhuillier’s vice-president of bridal, Lori Weil, while shopping for their Monique Lhuillier gown.”

3) To add personal touches to your wedding-day look.

Carine says: “Brides will get expert advice from the designer’s team and the store’s consultants on how they can customize and modify their own gown, making it that much more special.”

4) To receive perks.

Carine says: “Last-minute shopping for your wedding dress? During a trunk show, rush charges or special sizing fees may be waived by the designer. Also the designer might waive bridal gown customizations, such as extending a train or adding a sleeve. These are some great ways to save on your wedding gown.”

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DIY: Glitter and Gold Mason Jars

A quick transformation and something old becomes something gold.

By Irina Grechko
All photographs by Lauren Joseph.

Do-it-yourself projects are all the rage for weddings these days. From invitations to flower arrangements, brides-to-be are getting crafty with decor and finishing touches. This week, as part of Bridal Party’s new DIY series, we dressed up classic Mason jars, transforming them with a cool metallic paint and festive glitter. Not only are these pretty containers perfect for holding flowers or candles, they can also do double duty as fun keepsakes for the guests to take home. Scroll down for our foolproof, three-step directions.

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Bride on a Budget

Bride on a Budget: July and August Deals

Summer might be slow, but these deals will likely go fast. Get on it!

By McLean Robbins
Photograph courtesy of Petite Social.

We’re headed into the dog days of summer, but the deals aren’t slowing down. Unless otherwise noted, all of the offers below are available until August 31, 2013; just mention Washingtonian Bride & Groom at booking or checkout.

Picture Perfect

You don’t have to be a DIY diva to host a picture-perfect event. Meet Katie Nguyen Wells, event stylist extraordinaire and the mastermind behind Petite Social. Specializing in smaller-scale events (and budgets of any size!) you’ll enjoy hands-on styling and event consultation services for weddings, bridal parties, engagement soirees, brunches, and rehearsal dinners alike. Take 15 percent off all services booked in July and August, redeemable between September 2013 and September 2014. To book, contact katie@petitesocial.com or visit her online.

A Spectacular Soiree

A good wedding planner can transform even the simplest event into an affair to remember. From event concept design to day-of coordination, the team at District Fete does it all. Mention Bride & Groom and receive $1,000 off the cost of wedding planning services, as well as complimentary planning for bridal showers and a complimentary bouquet for the bride. To book, contact Ken Issac at info@districtfete.com or visit the website for more information.

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Bride on a Budget: June Deals

Exclusive reader discounts on gowns and bridal-party attire, wedding bands, and lots more.

By McLean Robbins
Urban Chic storefront. Photograph by Jacqui dePas.

From jewels and gems to dresses for your bridal party, here is a hand-picked selection of fabulous deals, just in time to save your summer bridal budget. Unless otherwise noted, please mention Washingtonian Bride & Groom at the time of purchase or reservation between June 7 and June 30 to receive the deal.

Bridal Style

Fashion-forward designer destination Urban Chic is known for its frocks by names such as Shoshanna, Diane Von Furstenberg, and more. But stylish brides-to-be know that the store, which has locations in Georgetown and Baltimore’s trendy Harbor East, also offers some of the best bridesmaid, bridal event, and honeymoon wear in the area. Mention Washingtonian Bride & Groom at checkout to take $50 off your $150 purchase or $100 off your $400 purchase. This offer is valid on full-price items only and may not be combined with other promotions.  1626 Wisconsin Ave., NW, 202-338-5398; 801 Aliceanna St., Baltimore, 410-685-1601.

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May Bridal Deals and Steals

We have an abundance of budget-friendly May discounts just for you.

By McLean Robbins
A pair of hand-painted Mallory Musante shoes. Photo courtesy of Mallory Musante.

This month, we have a slew of deals for brides-to-be, perfect for every couple navigating the sometimes pricey waters of wedding planning. Unless otherwise noted, please mention Washingtonian Bride & Groom at the time of purchase or reservation between May 1 and 31 to receive the deal.

Beautiful at Bella Bethesda

Bella Bethesda Salon’s award-winning bridal team offers a full range of bridal services to make that perfect wedding-day look a reality. Take your favorite updo and makeup palette for a test run with this special: Receive a free makeup trial when booked this month with a hair trial, as well as 20 percent off any makeup purchase. 4733 Elm St., Second Floor, Bethesda; 301-718-9111.

Bridal Style For ’Maids and More

Local boutique Periwinkle is known for its fashion-forward yet prettily preppy frocks, accessories, and fun goods for the home. Now through June 30, readers can receive 25 percent off any full-price dress. With lines such as Shoshanna, Trina Turk, Yoana Baraschi, and more, this shop has the perfect outfit for bridesmaids, wedding guests, and the bride-to-be’s big events—showers, engagement shoots, and everything in between. 1557 Potomac Greens Dr., Alexandria, 703-519-5242; 4150 Campbell Ave., #104, Shirlington, 703-379-5252.

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