Dress For Your Body Type: Bridesmaids Dresses for the Pear Shape

As we continue our “Dress For Your Body Type” blog series, we will be covering the Pear Body Type.  When shopping for bridesmaids dresses, it is often difficult to find a style that can suit several different sizes and shapes within your bridal party.  This series of blogs will assist you in the process and make the whole shopping experience a piece of cake.

In the last post, we covered the Apple Body Type and we still have Hour Glass, Triangle and Rectangle body types to go, so stay tuned.

Bridesmaids Style Suggestions for the Pear Body Type

Bridesmaids Style Suggestions for the Pear Body Type

Body Type: Pear

Description:

  • Narrow Shoulders
  • Smaller breasts
  • Hips wider than Shoulders
  • Long Waist
  • Shorter, thick legs

Our Recommended Styles: 651, 653, 668, 655, 668

Why?

Pear-shaped women should try to bring more attention to the top half of their body to distract from their lower half. This simple trick makes your appearance more balanced and slimmer overall. These bridesmaids dress styles will drape a pear shape elegantly with a more relaxed fit and a floor-length gown will give the illusion of longer legs!

All styles are available in sizes 0-28. Visit LizFields.com to view all of our color and fabric options and find an authorized retailer near you!

 

Winter Wedding Ideas

Winter weddings tend to scare people away and they definitely are not as popular as Spring/Summer weddings.  However, a white wedding can be equally or even more romantic and fun as its warmer counterpart. Here are some of our favorite ideas for your winter wedding:

Idea #1:  Fur Stoles for the Bride and Bridesmaids

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Fur stoles are an awesome accessory to keep you and your bridal party warm and look great in photos! If you’re looking for a gift to give your bridal party and you’re having a winter wedding, this could be the solution you’re looking for.  Don’t be afraid to give your wedding that Old Hollywood flare with some fur stoles!

Idea #2: Hot Cocoa Bar

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Keep your guests warm and fuzzy by passing around hot cocoa or having a hot cocoa bar.  Not only will this be a hit at the wedding, but guests will be talking about this for a long time after! Hot Apple Cider could be another option for those who don’t love hot cocoa (but I can’t imagine anyone doesn’t) or if you want to have a lactose-free options for your family or guests.

Idea #3: White Flowers and Blue Lighting

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White flowers tend to capture the softness of snow, and blue lighting really gives that cool winter feel to your wedding…and everything looks so elegant in that light, including your beautiful white or ivory dress! If you’re going to have a winter wedding, why not make it a winter wonderland!

Oh, and of course, don’t forget to accessorize your bridal party with gorgeous, custom dresses by visiting us at LizFields.com

 

 

Dress for your Body Type: Bridesmaids Dresses for the Apple Shape

Choosing the perfect wedding dress is hard, but choosing the perfect bridesmaids dress to compliment ALL of your bridesmaids can be equally difficult.

Women are all proportioned differently and finding THE ONE perfect dress that compliments all body types is stressful and can seem impossible…but it doesn’t have to be.  Follow the suggestions we outline in the next several posts for each body type and your bridesmaids dress search will be smooth sailing.

Keep in mind that in recent years, many brides have opted to choose different dresses for each bridesmaid to make the process much easier.  If you choose different styles, try to stick to one or two colors in the bridal party to keep everything looking uniform and complimentary.

In the next several posts, we will be covering the following Five Basic Body Types:

  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Hour Glass
  • Triangle
  • Rectangle

Today, we are discussing the APPLE BODY TYPE.

Liz Fields Bridesmaids Dresses for Apple Body Type

Bridesmaid Style Suggestions for the Apple Body Type

Body Type: Apple

Description:

  • Broad Shoulders
  • Little-to-no Definition in Waist
  • Average to Fuller Bust
  • Average to Longer Length Legs
  • Hips more Narrow than Bust

Our Recommended Styles: 656, 657, 663, 667, 669

Why?

The goal is to balance out the top half with the bottom half of your body. These dresses will create a more proportioned silhouette, while accentuating your shoulders from all angles and distract from the midsection.  Styles are available in both long and short…don’t be afraid to show off those legs!  That, too, is a perfect way to accent your assets.

All styles are available in sizes 0-28, with no extra charges for larger sizes, so visit www.LizFields.com to view all of our color and fabric options and find an authorized retailer near you!

 

Olivia Wilde Spoils Her Bridesmaids – Find Out Why They’re So Lucky!

ClipboardAs actress Olivia Wilde plans her wedding to Saturday Night Live funnyman, Jason Sudeikis, her bridesmaids could not be happier for the bride or another amazing reason, their bridesmaid’s dresses! According to an interview with InStyle Magazine, Wilde has designed custom dresses for each of her bridesmaid’s to stray away from the taffeta tradition.

“I’ll skip the tortured tradition of forcing them [bridesmaids] to wear a ridiculous dress that they’ll never wear again,” Wilde explained to InStyle. “They can dye it black or purple and wear it forever.” Needless to say, her loyal maids are breathing a sigh of relief.

Many brides have been getting creative with their bridesmaids dresses the past few years, and although it does not mirror the tradition, it adds a little more excitement to the wedding. Anticipation always builds for the wedding guests to try guessing what the color scheme and bridesmaid’s dresses will look like, and if they will actually compliment the bride.

Custom bridesmaid’s dresses are becoming more popular and either it is because all horrible dresses have gone extinct, or it is a lot easier on the bride to not have to listen to her bridesmaids complain. However, whatever the case may be, as the wedding process evolves, bridesmaids are getting luckier with what they will be wearing down the aisle.

Wilde gushed about her future husband and his career saying, “I know there will be times when Jason is working more than I am, but I’m actually excited by that. I’m excited by what he will become, what depth he has.”

Themed Wedding Reception Ideas

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You did it. You finally said “I do!” The bouquet is tossed up and caught by one of your giddy guests and the moment has come to enjoy everyone’s company with some food, music and conversation. The wedding reception is a place to receive all the great positive emotion that weddings bring and its a great opportunity to have a little fun and add personal touches that will make your wedding memorable and charming. People usually have a tendency to be attracted to cohesiveness such as color schemes and
patterns. So having this in mind, you can begin brainstorming on a theme for you wedding reception.

A theme works best because everything will follow suit. A great place to start is reflecting on you and your spouses heritage, for example, if you have an Italian or French background a vineyard theme could be appropriate. If you your heritage is not so exotic, then perhaps you are a Californian girl who grew up on her grandfather’s vineyard and remembering such a place takes you to the halcyon of your youth.
Vineyard themes should be reminiscent of open outdoors and fresh flora. Setting the stage outdoors is key. If you can’t book the reception at an actual vineyard there are several ways to immolate the feel by bringing the vineyard to you. You can start by sending out invites with grapevine motifs, putting table cards in wine bottle corks, and using wooden barrels for decoration to bring the vineyard feel together. Replacing vases with beautifully labeled wine bottles and having a wine colored bouquet in each is a great way to illustrate the theme and color scheme. Wine colors vary from pale amber yellows to deep reds and airy pinks.These colors are vibrant and offer a great energetic ambiance that will have your guests blushing with romance in mind. One way to really personalize the reception is to have custom made wine bottle labels. They can have beautiful graphics, your wedding date, and names. They also make for the perfect wedding favor. The vineyard theme is as simple as it beautiful. It’s flexible to work with and always offers a charming atmosphere.

You can jazz up your wedding reception with some old fashion, ritzy 1940′s Hollywood glamour! Glamorous colors like red, black and white really illustrate style and class; a dominant social theme of that era. Invites are a tiny preview for your guest and will leave them with wonder on how the rest of the reception will be. A cute idea is sending movie ticket-like invites or film strip printed cards. It’s easy to have fun with the music with a 1940 theme. Having a live swing band will offer high energy dances and really set the stage of America’s past time. In those times, crystals and feathers were a popular fashionable statement. An idea could be decorating the backs of the chairs with feathered boa and stringed crystals on the tables that are lavished with red roses.

These are just a couple of ideas to consider when planning your wedding reception. There are many other themes or ideas out there. Which ever route you decide to take, have fun with it and have the time of your life dancing the night away with your the love of your life.

Tips for Picking Out the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress

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Finding the perfect bridesmaid dress is sometimes a tall order. On top of all the things to keep track of when it comes to planning your wedding, the bridesmaid dress can be tough because you want to not only please your bridal party, but pick something current and beautiful. If you are having trouble finding the perfect bridesmaid dress, use these simple tips to help make the experience what it should be; fun and exciting.

Take Your Time

When it comes to finished the perfect bridesmaid dress, the earlier you start the better. In order to fulfill your needs and please the bridal party, take as many trips to the dress shop as possible. You never know what you’re going to find, and the earlier you start the more time you will have to make the decision. When it comes to finding a custom bridesmaid dress, you want to give yourself as much time as possible to “mull things over”. The earlier you start looking, the more time you have think it through and make a decision. Last minute shopping sprees of any time increase stress and often lead to irrational decisions that can be avoided by freeing up a little extra time in the beginning of your wedding planning process.

Put Your Bridesmaids to Work

If you want to get fun and creative with your bridesmaids, inspire a little friendly competition by asking them each to find you the best custom bridesmaid dress. The reward will be that the one you like the most is the one that gets chosen. Depending on how many bridesmaids you have, you may end up more than pleasantly surprised. Your bridal party will be more than willing to go above and beyond, and will be motivated by the fact that if they win, they get to wear the dress that they picked out. Make sure you discuss with them sizes, colors and styles before you send them on their hunt. This will prevent anyone from wasting their time or picking out something that is blatantly wrong for the ceremony. The worst case scenario is that you don’t pick any of the dresses, but even if this happens you still got a lot of inspired ideas to work from.

Have Fun

The most important thing to remember (yes you may actually have to remind yourself) is to have fun. Without having fun, you lose sight of the entire purpose and forget why you are shopping for bridesmaid dresses in the first place. If at first you don’t succeed, pour a glass of wine and try again. Finding the perfect bridesmaid dress should be a fun and memorable experience that you and your girlfriends look back on fondly for the rest of your lives.

How to Have an Intimate and Romantic Wedding

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If you have recently gotten engaged, your head is probably swarming with exciting ideas as to how to plan your wedding. Many people, regardless of the economy, are opting to have smaller, more intimate weddings. Here are some tips to help you host a romantically perfect wedding.

Guest List

Remember the great aunt you haven’t seen since you were a baby? Nope, we didn’t think so. It’s time to take her off your list of wedding attendees. If you were expecting to see all of your long lost relatives at your wedding, a small, intimate affair may not be the best choice for you. The point of having an intimate celebration is so that you are only surrounded with the people who truly love and cherish your newfound union. The relatives you haven’t connected with in ages and the co-workers you really don’t care for can all be chopped off of your guest list. The people you invite to your wedding will be the people who help you create life long memories. If you have any reservations about inviting a certain person or group of friends, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You won’t regret shortening your guest list in order to ensure that only the most important people in your life are there to share the amazing experience with you and your loved one.

Décor

The décor of your wedding will set the ambiance and tell people how they should feel. If you want your guests to pick up on the romantic and intimate vibe you’re going for, deck your wedding space with candles and small details. Handwritten placeholders, layered bows and embroidery are the type of delicate details that will tie your theme together and make your guests feel at home.

Attire

If you are going for a romantic feel, choose custom bridesmaid dresses that flow well and aren’t overdone. Shop for bridesmaid dresses that are cute and whimsical, with layers and soft colors. Don’t be afraid to ask your bridesmaids for their input, as well as their help when it comes to picking out romantic colors and shapes for your wedding dress. Try on more than one option, and make sure that you get it fitted properly so that you don’t have to stress about it on your wedding day.

Locations

Chose a location that is intimate and inviting. This could be anything from a small garden, to the house you grew up in as a child. If you want to make your wedding really special, rally the best chefs in your family to prepare a home cooked meal instead of having your rehearsal dinner at a restaurant. This isn’t just a great way to bring people together; it’s a way of saving money, too.

Getting Organized for Your Wedding

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One of the biggest mistakes a couple can make is being unorganized during the wedding planning process.

Staying organized will help everything run smoothly and will pay off for you in the long run. Oftentimes, couples will bask in the glow of their engagement for so long that the wedding approaches quicker than they expected, and they are left with only a few months to plan the entire wedding. It’s important to enjoy your engagement, but make sure that you are also planning parts of your wedding in the meantime. Having a beautiful engagement will mean very little if planning your wedding ends up being an unnecessary headache.

Buy a Datebook

Having a calendar or datebook will help you stay organized with appointments and deadlines. You will be surprised at how much there is to keep track of. On the other hand, keeping all your important dates organized it actually really easy with a little organization.

Set Time Aside For Planning

If you’re like most couple, one or both of you are probably working full time. Rather than spread your wedding planning over a few days after work and in between real life duties, set aside days at a time to devote strictly to wedding planning. This will ultimately reduce stress and help you be more productive when it comes to planning your wedding. If your spouse wants to be a part of the process, chose a day when both of you don’t have to work and a day you can both take off work to devote to planning your wedding together. Communication is one of the most important factors of wedding planning. As long as you and your partner are on the same page, your plans should run smoothly. Don’t be afraid to be open about what you like and don’t like and never hold your opinions back unless they are going to hurt another person’s feelings.

Be Flexible

You and your partner are not always going to agree 100% and this is okay. Disagreeing from time to time is the sign of a healthy relationship. Be prepared to make small sacrifices and the process will be a lot less of a headache. Compromise is key when it comes to planning a wedding. For the most part, the areas you disagree on will be small compared to the grand scheme of things.

Filing

Keep all of your vendor contracts in the same place. Make sure that you have access to important paperwork whenever you need it. Keeping everything in the same place will help you keep track of important documents and have them readily available when you need them. Contracts will contain fees and other important details that you’ll want to keep readily available.