What to Wear to a Fall Wedding: Part 2

I, for one, die for fall weddings! I mean, I met my hubs in the fall, we got married in the fall… Fall is the perfect time for love in my humble opinion! Weather-wise you’re typically going to be in luck. Hopefully it won’t be too cold, it won’t be too hot, it’ll be juuuuuuust right.

I love weddings for the obvious reasons: the friends, the food, the drinks, the dancing. And I simply LOVE love! However, another reason I’m totally into weddings is it gives me a chance to dig deep into my vintage dress treasure trove and pull out dresses so rarely worn and let them shine. This one here just happens to be one of my vintage babies that I love dearly.

For my outfit I went sans sweater and tights, but those are both easy elements to add last minute if necessary. Or if you’re not feeling like having a sweater moment add a little blazer or even maybe even a cute jean jacket for the after party.

Even though it can be a bit of a drag to keep track of a purse all night I absolutely cannot go without one. If you’re like me and must have a purse or handbag, make it a statement piece. Again, I’m very into pulling something out of my closet that I love but doesn’t see much action, save for special occasions.

Another must: bring an alternate pair of shoes!!! A simple pair of ballet flats will work for sure. These vintage kitten heels I’m wearing are comfortable, don’t get me wrong, but weddings can go on for hours and sore feet are the worst! I like to glam it up for awhile, then once everyone has had a few drinks slipping off your shoes and changing them out ain’t no thing. No one will notice but you!

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I really love what Devan did with my hair! I went in with just a few ideas: big and curly, and she took the reigns from there. I tend to get stuck in hair ruts, so it was a total luxury to have her curl and tease my hair and definitely gave me some ideas for how to glam it up myself in the future! For a wedding I think it’s fun to get out of your comfort zone and do something different. I usually pin my hair back in one way or another, so big curly hair (well as big as it can be with short hair!) was a total treat for me.

One of my best friends is getting married this fall and I can’t wait to replicate this look for what is sure to be a totally fabulous time!

Outfit details: hair: Devan Elbel at the Beauty Parlor | dress, shoe, handbag :: vintage, vintage, vintage! | bracelet :: F21

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What to wear to a fall wedding

Oooooh kitties fall is in the AIR! I’m getting excited for everything fall-related: colorful tights, all pumpkin everything, and booooties! I’ve been a busy little lady, and one of the things I’ve been working on is Your Wedding Iowa magazine. So since I’ve had weddings on the brain, Jessi and I thought it would be fun to do a couple posts dedicated to wedding guest fashion!

When it comes to weddings, I like to go a big amount of fancy. And here’s a genius idea: get your hair done! Devan, our friend and awesome stylist, styled our hair for these photos and she did an amazing job as always! While I give it a good attempt every once in awhile, I am definitely a self-proclaimed hair amateur. Devan whipped me into fancy mode for sure! I love how gorgeous and yet totally effortless it looks.

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Usually if someone says, “I’m going to wear snakeskin to a wedding,” I would probably cringe a little. However, if it’s done in small, tasteful doses, it can be super glammy and successful! These snakeskin shoes were a definite impulse buy on my part and I love them. They are both sassy and comfortable. I love pairing them with jeans and a plain gray v-neck too.

I have to admit: I don’t have a wedding to go to this fall, but I loved dressing up! Some ideas for fall weddings:

1. Have fun with print-mixing!
2. Bring a little crop cardigan or bolero in case it’s a bit chilly. Or just dance the night away to stay warm!
3. Take a date night outfit and find a way to turn it up a notch. Remember the words of Oscar Wilde: You can never be overdressed or overeducated!
4. Get your hair done! It’s a great way to feel automatically gorgeous, even if it’s just a blow out.

Outfit details: Hair styled by Devan Elbel, stylist at the Beauty Parlor in Des Moines | Dress :: Dry Goods | Belt :: my mom’s| Heels :: Target | Necklace :: gift from Joe | Bow Bracelet :: Charming Charlie | Kate Spade bag :: gift from Joe from Von Maur

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Stay tuned for Jessi’s fall wedding look: she’s looking too cute!

My wedding!

We don’t have our professional photos back yet, but here’s a glimpse via Facebook, Instagram and our iPhones at our awesome wedding festivities.

All hitched up!

All hitched up!

The wedding party + cat masks

The wedding party + cat masks

the best, most beautiful bridesmaids/friends a girl could ever ask for!

the best, most beautiful bridesmaids/friends a girl could ever ask for!

We made it through the ceremony | The luxury of being the bride!

We made it through the ceremony | The luxury of being the bride!

Heart garland decoration | Bridesmaids chowing down on some cake pre-ceremony

Heart garland decoration | Bridesmaids chowing down on some cake pre-ceremony

Rehearsal dinner with ladies! | We were so hungry here!

Rehearsal dinner with my ladies! | We were so hungry here!

Here, Pretty Kitty with our husbands!

Here, Pretty Kitty with our husbands!

Dancin' with Scott | I feel like this obit looks fake/posed but it's totally genuine!

Dance floor time! | I feel like this looks a bit fake/posed but it’s totally genuine!

First dance to Yo La Tengo | Our desserts!

First dance to Yo La Tengo | Our desserts!

And just a peek at some of the fun Polaroids from our wedding photo booth!

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Xoxo!

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DIY: Confetti Hearts!

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For Jessi’s wedding, we agreed that confetti would be so fun to throw after the ceremony. I searched high and low for a fun way to hold the little morsels. This post on Ruche’s blog was perfect because guests could just rip open the little hearts when they’re ready and throw. I didn’t want to put as much effort into it as that post, though, so without further ado, here’s my super easy way of making confetti hearts!

SUPPLIES
scrap paper
vellum paper (I got this polka dotted type at Michaels)
pen
scissors
glue pen (Mine is this one from Martha Stewart’s line)
confetti (I just used a hole punch + construction paper. It’s time consuming; I suggest buying!)

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DIRECTIONS
1. Make a heart template by drawing a heart and cutting it out on a separate piece of paper. I used a green piece of construction paper.
2. Place your heart on the vellum and cut your hearts out. I didn’t trace around the template because I didn’t want any sort of pen mark to show since it’s transparent.
3. Using the glue pen, draw around each heart edge, leaving part of it unglued so you can put in the confetti.
4. Place another heart on top of the glued heart.
5. To put the confetti in the heart, I found it useful to stick a finger or a pencil or something in the heart to sort of balloon it out a bit. Then just dump in the confetti!
6. Glue the seam shut. Repeat!

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TIPS
Make your hearts pretty large, otherwise you won’t be able to stick much confetti in each one. I’d suggest about 8 hearts per 12 x 12 sheet of vellum. The hearts shown here aren’t that big but I wish they were!
Don’t overstuff your heart or the seams will start bustin’ out and it’s pretty annoying.
I also tried a glue stick and scrapbook adhesive. The glue pen worked the best; if you have a steady hand and more patience than me a glue gun would work.

I have to admit that in the end, we are using these little hearts as decoration on the dessert table instead because a) they are cute without ripping them open and b) I ran out of time to make enough for all the confetti we had!

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