Press: Budget-conscious bridesmaid tips on Weddington Way

We’re featured on Weddington Way’s blog! We’ve admired Weddington Way since they launched a few years ago. They are now one of the premier online boutiques for wedding party attire, so it was an honor to be featured.

We offered 4 great tips for how to help your bridesmaids save money during your engagement and wedding. Check out the article here

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Daughters of Simone

We love when brides are fashion-forward with their wedding dresses. Right now, we are getting some serious inspiration from the bridal gowns offered by Daughters of Simone, started right here in San Francisco.

We love the simple bohemian style of these dreamy dresses. We think they could be the perfect match for a bride getting married at a venue like Ventana Inn in Big Sur or Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin.

Here are some of our favorites from this ethereal collection:









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Oak Hill at B.R. Cohn Winery

Oak Hill at B.R. Cohn Winery is one of our very favorite spots for a ceremony. Here’s why.

First, we love that it feels incredibly private. Oak Hill is its own little world – you never leave the B.R. Cohn property, but you do drive a few minutes through beautiful vineyards to get there. It’s rare to be so close to an actual vineyard, even for Wine Country.

Second, you also get a woodsy feeling in addition to the vineyard one. That’s because Oak Hill is literally a grove of oak trees in the middle of the vineyards. The old trees feel very romantic and make a great backdrop for a ceremony. The trees also give you the added benefit of natural shade rather than the usual blazing Sonoma sun.

We’re pretty picky about venues and we know a special spot when we see one. Oak Hill is definitely hard to beat, and we can’t wait to create more beautiful ceremonies there.

Posh+Folk_Oak Hill at BR Cohn

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Brunch Celebrations

We love brunch (who doesn’t?) As magical as an evening wedding can be, we’ve seen several brunch weddings that were equally special. Here are some suggestions for keeping a daytime celebration chic.

Cake Centerpieces

Brunch weddings tend to be less formal, so casual centerpieces don’t feel out of place. Instead of big flowers, do a different cake or dessert on each table. The bride and groom can visit each table to say hello to guests and cut the cake in a more intimate fashion.

Champagne Bar, Anyone?

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere…it’s time for mimosas (traditional and creative), and perhaps a Bloody Mary or two.

Get Some Rays

Lawn games and comfortable casual seating often feel more suited to a daytime reception than an all-out dance party.

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Dessert Buffets

When it comes to event design, we like to consider all elements – including the presentation of the food. Dessert buffets are especially fun to create. We like when we can reveal them as a bit of a surprise to guests after dinner.

Here are some of our favorite dessert buffets:

Photo credit: Delbarr Moradi

Photo credit: Delbarr Moradi

The library at the Fairmont Penthouse, with its iconic desk and dramatic architecture, made a great backdrop to this dessert buffet. We used stacks of old books to create risers and add some variation in height.

Photo credit: Adrienne Gunde

Photo credit: Adrienne Gunde

For this wedding at Farmstead, we placed the cake on a rustic stand atop a wooden farm table. Guests enjoyed jars of chocolate crème pies as others roasted marshmallows for s’mores by the firepits.

Photo credit: Andria Lo

Photo credit: Andria Lo

The bride’s family provided beautiful glass and silver platters for this elegant dessert buffet a Kohl Mansion. There were treats from the couple’s favorite SF bakeries (including Anthony’s Cookies and Mission Minis), as well as traditional Indian desserts served in hammered copper containers.

Photo credit: Gia Canali

Photo credit: Gia Canali

For a woodsy wedding in Santa Cruz, the bride and groom chose to have an assortment of rustic desserts: bread pudding, berry cobbler, pecan pie bites, mini fruit tarts, lemon bars, and dark chocolate truffles.

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Lanterns & Flowers

For an Indian fusion wedding at Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, we were trying to find a more interesting and cost-effective way of decorating the tables. We decided to arrange the tables so that they alternated centerpieces. Half the tables focused on flowers – these arrangements had larger floral arrangements in cheerful pinks and oranges. Other tables primarily featured intricate lanterns. The two types of tables looked fantastic together because they related to each other enough (via floral & metallic elements) to feel consistent.

For a garden wedding, we took a similar approach. We used lanterns to create height on tables that did not have big centerpieces. These lanterns were later re-purposed to create an exit pathway for guests to the parking lot.

And for another wedding where we were able to really indulge in flowers, we used large lanterns to help visually break up a long expanse of table.

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Modcloth: Top Bridesmaid Dress Picks

We love that more and more stores are beginning to sell bridal & bridesmaid dresses online. Shopping for dresses online is a great option if you’re ok with not having a dramatic “Say Yes to the Dress” moment at a wedding salon (which, honestly, we find is more than fine with the brides we work with).

Online boutiques offer an efficient, low-key shopping experience. Stores like Net-A-Porter and Shopbop carry gorgeous designer dresses, and the more wedding-appropriate ones are easy to find in their own Wedding category.

For gloriously low price tags, we think a great online option is Modcloth. These dresses are really meant for any occasion so your bridesmaids can wear them again in the future without looking like they’re missing their groomsmen counterparts. That makes them even more cost-effective than they already are.

Some of our favorite Modcloth picks:

If you do decide to buy online, it’s important that your entire bridal party orders far in advance (and we suggest ordering 2 sizes to make sure one will work out). You want to make sure that they have enough dresses in stock so you don’t wind up a few dresses short.

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