Trending // Rent The Runway

Want your wedding party to look *flawless* without breaking the bank? Renting dresses is a popular & frugal option for wedding day attire. Let your bridal party look like a million bucks with only spending a hundred or so. 

Here are my favorite bridesmaids dresses from Rent The Runway. 

Jill Stuart Dayglo | Original $298 Rental $75

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Jill Stuart High Maintenance | Original $348 Rental $40

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Badgley Mischka Stormy Skies Sheath | Original $440 $75 Rent

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 Monique Lhuillier Red Mark Dress | Original $445 Rental $75

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ALONOVA Violet Gravity Sheath | Original $1400  Rental $200

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Badgley Mischka Corundum Sapphire Gown | Original $790 Rental $80 sapphire gown

 Badgley Mischka Award Winner Gown | Original $620 Rental $70

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Badgley Mischka Kellee Gown | Original $660 Rental $115

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Monique Lhuillier Fallen Rose Petal Gown | Original $598 Rental $100fallen rose modern bride

Badgley Mischka Glitz Gown | Original $650 Rental $90 

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OMG! Shoes

Your wedding shoes will be the most important pair you’ll ever wear in your life! Spoil yourself a little and purchase your dream shoe (within reason). Be sure to keep your wedding location & venue in mind. If you’re walking on cobblestone streets, I suggest a wearing a practical wedge. Wearing a simple dress? Go for a fun, kick ass  statement heel. If you’re a girl who just doesn’t wear heels, opt for flats! Here are my favorite wedding shoes, with links to buy (you’re welcome).

Valentino Bow d’Orsay Pump 

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J Crew Roxie Pumps

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 Badgely Mischka Blossom Silk Ruffle Pump

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Pour La Victoire Evelia Sandals

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Miu Miu Crystal Pump 

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Kate Spade Charm

lovingly caputred by Sarah Danaher (Ampersand Photography, © 2012) 

Vera Wang Lavender

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Jimmy Choo Diva Crystaljimmy choo wedding shoe modern bride

Steve Madden Stacy 

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Christian Louboutin 

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Wed Tech

Technology is a beautiful thing. It can engage your wedding guests and make them feel connected to your special day. It can capture priceless moments in your life that you will never get to relive! Here are a few of my favorite wedding tech tools for the modern bride!

Riley & Grey 

Riley & Grey’s collection of beautiful, crisp wedding websites literally make me drool. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but the tools that they offer for you and your guests are pretty f’n cool. 

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Here is a quick roundup of what Riley & Grey can do for you: 

1. Custom Domain Name 

2. Mobile, Tablet &  Desktop Friendly 

3. Guest Concierge : provide your guests with information on travel, timeline, things to do & a link to your registry!

4. COLLECT RSVPS!! Brides, please save yourself from the wedding fiery hell of rsvps. Have your guests RSVP online for the sake of your sanity.

Speech Booth

Speech Booth lets your guests leave a video message for you and will compile all of the messages into a video! Turnaround time is only 1 week. At $499 this is a pretty good steal and photobooth alternative!


The Appy Couple 

The Appy Couple takes it one step further than Riley & Grey. The Appy Couple features:

1. Live Photo Stream – hook this up to your venue’s monitor to stream the live feed! This is also great to share with your guests who are unable to attend. 

2. Communication – you can send emails to your guests or instant message your wedding planner. 

3. Printable Cards – Cute infomation cards to share how to download your app!

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Slow Motion Photobooth 

Slow motion for me.Because, Juvenile said so.

Bad Ass Event Lighting

Event lighting can completely transform your wedding venue and truly WOW your guests! If you’re in Arizona, check out Karma Lighting

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Insta Print

This is probably my favorite wed tech item ever! This sweet printing system will print your Instagram photos, has the ability to custom brand your photos, capture them all in one place and even print from Instagram videos! Rent Instaprint for your wedding or event for only 

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The New Processional

Please do not walk down the aisle to the bridal march. This is not your grandmother’s wedding. Bring some personality to your wedding by selecting a processional (the bridal party entrance to the ceremony) song that you and your fiance love. Here are a few of my favorite, unique wedding processional songs.

Sam Smith | Latch (Acoustic)

The XX | Intro 

Coldplay | Magic

John Legend | You & I 

Sia | Breathe Me

Sleeping at Last | Turning Page

Iron & Wine | Such Great Heights

The Verve | Bittersweet Symphony

Simply Three Trio X Imagine Dragons | Demons 

Beyonce | Halo 


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Anything But Cake

One sweet thing about working in the wedding industry is that I get to try a lot of cake. There’s good cake, dry cake and wtf is this sh!t cake. I love when couples give their guests something unexpected as dessert for their wedding. Here are a few of my favorites.

Personal Mini Pies

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Photo by Kahki Bedford

Tiered Macaron Cake

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Photo by Alixanne Loosle

 Donuts for Lovers

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Photo by Kahki Bedford

Choclate Dipped Marshmallows

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Photo by Sweet and Saucy Shop

Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes

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 By Gigi’s Cupcakes

 Or, you can really wow your guests with an entire dessert bar! 

Sweets Bar

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Photo by Delassie 

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Photo by Heidi Lau


ice cream bar wedding dessert

Photo by Fiona Clair