Veils and Bridal Headpieces: What Will You Wear?

As soon as they find their perfect dress, most brides are on the hunt for their veil. Will it be a bird cage or a bouffant style? Will you add a blusher to your veil? Or maybe you’re looking for something more dramatic, like a chapel or cathedral veil. Sometimes brides go with no veil and choose a stunning headpiece instead. Which style will you choose?

To make the hunt easier, we suggest you pick your head-ware based off of the theme or style of your wedding!

For the trendy vintage style wedding, a birdcage veil would be perfect. Immerse yourself in this theme by wearing your hair in pin curls and applying your favorite shade of red to your lips!

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For the hippy-chic wedding, forget the veil and wear a beautiful floral crown. Have the flowers match your wedding colors or to keep it simple, wear a daisy chain crown.






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If you’re looking for elegance and romance, then the long, dramatic cathedral veil is for you! Of course, if you find the cathedral veil to be too long, the chapel style veil will still provide the drama you’re looking for but feel more manageable with a shorter length.

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Feeling retro? The bouffant style veil was quite popular in the eighties but it’s making a comeback! With it’s multiple layers, this veil gives volume and can work for a fun, playful bride.

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And finally, if you’re looking to simply show off your amazing hairstyle, we recommend the fashion forward look of a headband.

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Whichever you choose, you want it to be comfortable and feel “right” so try on several styles . But most importantly, your veil or headpiece is like “the icing on the cake”, and the ultimate finishing touch to your perfect bridal look so don’t be afraid to try on as many styles as possible WHILE trying on your dress of choice. Chances are the right one will be an obvious choice!

Suit & Tie

Who says brides are the only ones who can have fun with their wedding day style? These days grooms and groomsmen aren’t just picking out a suit, there’s so much more to it!


If you’re afraid to be too bold try basic black with some patterned ties.  It’s a nice subtle twist to an original look.  These mismatched white textured ties look crisp and fresh.

Have fun with unexpected colors!

 [Bee Photographic]

[Pink washed Oxford shirt, Bonobos suit, Good Heavens tie, Suede desert shoes]

Who needs a Jacket? Especially during warm summer months! Suspenders create a cool, effortless vintage look.

[Isabelle Selby Photography]

Go super casual and lose the suit and tie all together.

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Change it up with some funky cardigans or plaid shirts.


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There’s a million ways to get creative with boutonnieres! Pick something unexpected!

And of course there’s one of our favorite looks…the forever trendy bow tie!As Justine Timberlake would say…

“As long as I got my suit and tie
I’ma leave it all on the floor tonight”

Go get em’ boys!


I Want Candy!

Did you know that June is “National Candy Month”? What better way to celebrate than having a candy themed wedding!? Here we have plenty of ideas that will help you create a candy-wonderland for your guests.

There is always the beloved candy bar where you can fill a table with sweet treats for guests to take home.  This candy bar was at a party by ABE featuring the party girl’s favorite candies!

LOVE this beautiful lollipop accented bouquet for the bride.

Set off the party right by greeting your guests with these lemon drop placement cards.

Have sweets ready to snack and sip on as soon as people sit down.

This candyland theme wedding by Martha Stewert Weddings is elegant and a perfect way to take on the theme without having a candy overload.

Have guests spin their own cotton candy. Delicious and fun!

No wedding would be complete without a cake, continue the theme with a candy decorated confection.

Finally, say your goodbyes in the sweetest way: with some yummy personalized treats.

Rain, Rain, Go Away.

When nursery rhymes and desperate wishes don’t stop the wet weather from pouring down on your wedding day, it’s time to embrace mother nature for whatever she brings.

But first, there are a couple of important tips to remember when you face the chance of rainy weather.  ALWAYS have a back up plan.  Have plan b’s for your location, your guests, your pictures, and whatever else that may have to be altered.  Don’t take chances. Buy those umbrellas and tents so no one has to run around making last minute plans the day of.  Another important thing is to make the decision early on.  It can be a hard decision to make but your vendors need the time to make the day just as perfect as it would be without the weather change.  Trust your vendors’ advice, they’ve done this before!

And our final advice… get excited! Maybe it won’t be the wedding you imagined, but there are so many ways to make a rainy wedding the wedding of your dreams.  And ABE is here to show you how…

Tents can be beautiful.  Lots of lights will make it glow and give you a fun party space.

Get some rain boots to keep dry in style.

Umbrellas! For you and your guests. Go with vintage white…

…or color to match your theme…

…or how about this gorgeous clear umbrella from with your new initials.

Finally, make it a photo op!



An Enchanted Wedding

Katie May

Some of us spend our childhood dreaming of our storybook wedding. Well, this story does not have to be fiction. Let your fairy tale come to life with these magical ideas for an “Enchanted Wedding”.

Shareen Vintage

Picturesque floral arrangements that incorporate branches and delicate flowers will have your guests feeling like they’re in an enchanted forest.

This DIY decor has a fun whimsical feel to it.

Countless draping lights will illuminate the night with a magical ambiance.

Serve dessert floating in jeweled colored ribbons to show off dazzling and delicious treats.

Oh My… Ombre Wedding!

Ombre is everywhere: runways, everyday fashion, hair color, and now in weddings. It’s such a fun and fashion forward way to play with color.  There are so many different ways to incorporate it into your big day, here are just a few of our favorites.

Different flower colors for decor or bouquets.

Try it with cake to please your taste buds and your eyes.Ombre is perfect for bridesmaids. (Kik Photography)

It’s also just as perfect for the bride! (100 Layer Cake)

If Flowers Could Talk…

Hyacinths practically shout out “SPRING IS HERE!” and what better way to welcome guests to your spring wedding than by greeting them like that? Hyacinths are also great because they are so versatile in color and easy to arrange in bouquets and decor.  They work design wonders paired with other spring bulbs or are equally as breathtaking by themselves.

This bouquet of hyacinths, roses, and tulips plays with lovely pinks and purples.


Or maybe you prefer a more simple bouquet such as this elegant all-white arrangement.

(Butterfly Philosophy Floral Design)

Similar hyacinth decor can be done for your tables…

Adding many different bunches will make your tables pop with color!

 (Lamberdebie Flowers)

Or a more soothing color combo like this light lavender and soft green is super chic.


Here Comes the Flower Girl All Dressed in… TUTUs!

The latest flower girl trends are big tulle tu-tu skirts.

They are absolutely adorable, charming, and make it look like tiny bubbly fairies are attending your big day. Plus you know the little ones love it just as much as you do!

Here are just some of the cutest ideas I’ve seen around!

You can go for the traditional white:.

(YoungHeartsBotique on Etsy)

 Or have it match your bridesmaid dresses

(PrincessDreamsTutus on Etsy)

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You can go for simple

(Sweet Flower Girl Tutu on Etsy)

Or have the skirt be as full as you want. Tulle can be your friend!

The Davis & Phillips Wedding at The Doral Arrowwood

Ali Barone events was pleased to plan the wedding of Bethany Davis & Matthew Phillips on 6.2.2012. Beautiful cool blue lighting and lush floral decor were provided by designer Klavdiya of Diana Gould ltd. The venue provided delicious food and beverages and Center Stage Orchestras kept guests on their feet all night long. It was an Ali Barone Events wedding to remeber!