Wedding Guests: What To Wear

Dressing for a wedding can be really difficult depending on the weather, time of day or even the attire they’re calling for. General rules of thumb include: keeping the dress appropriate for a special event (no excessive cleavage, keep hems closer to the knee and avoid wearing white). For a no-risk list of dresses, we’ve rounded up 7 of our favorite wedding appropriate dresses:

The Alana Dress from Anthropologie is a surefire way to meet a cutie at the reception, while keeping all eyes on the bride. The high neckline and cinched belt is flattering on all body types and the color is exclusive to BLHDN. This floral maxi dress doesn’t need a lot of jewelry to dress it up, and will transition you from day-to-night depending on the time of the wedding.

This flirty pink number from ASOS is perfect for a warm summer wedding. With shoulder straps and a good-length skirt, the skater dress with square neck and ruffle detail will have you dancing all night long. The blush color will keep you cool, and the price won’t break the bank. Champagne and wedding cake, anyone?

For the bold, this yellow lace tube dress from Zara is a showstopper. The higher neckline and long hemline will assure you wedding appropriateness, while the color will give you enough confidence to dance with the cute groomsman. Yellow is having a major moment right now, and this dress will make you major #goals.

If you’re like us, you like dresses you can wear again and again. This strappy crossback dress from Banana Republic can take you from summer wedding to the office with just the addition of a blazer or sweater. Designed with a perfect neutral color and pattern, this flowy dress is flattering and flirty on the dance floor.

This two-piece look from J.Crew will give you a hint of skin with a mannor of sophistication. Crop tops and high waisted skirts were once taboo to wear to special events, but are now seen at weddings all over the country. The blush color is perfect for a summer wedding, and the look can be mixed and matched with items you already own making it well  worth the purchase.

Dressing appropriately for a wedding doesn’t mean sacrificing your personal style. The Chlesea28 faux wrap print dress is perfect for summer wedding festivities. The fabulous print and super flattering waistline matched with the beautiful tulip skirt screams summer wedding. Add some simple gold jewelry and rock one of this season’s hottest trends.

This chic LBD from Lulus is perfect for a summer wedding with little cap sleeves and a cute scalloped hem. Skater dresses are flattering on all body types, and black is super slimming if you’ve been indulging in sweet summer treats like us. For a dress that won’t break the bank, this LBD is truly twirl-worthy.

Wedding Dress Trends for Spring 2017

Wedding dress trends are becoming increasingly reflective of brides’ personal styles. As a far cry from your mom’s puff sleeve, wedding cake-esque dress, wedding dress trends for spring 2017 are as personal as that time you went to Cabo with your friends. Complete with #inspo, here is a run-down of the major trends in bridal.

The Bohemian trend will be sticking around for another year with more brides than ever opting for luxe lace. What we would describe as not-your-mother’s lace, this trend includes cut outs, sheer elements and lots of drapey goodness. Your dress should reflect your wedding, as coachella-inspired as you desire.

(Claire Pettibone Romantique spring 2017, Limor Rosen spring 2017, Pallas Couture 2017)

Veils and trains are having a major moment in bridal for the next year, and the more dramatic the better. Typically brides would go for one or the other to make a statement, but now brides are mixing big veils with show-stopping trains. For Instagram-worthy photos, veils and trains can set you apart from cookie-cutter brides. Go big or go home, right?

(Carolina Herrera spring 2017, Zuhair Murad spring 2017, Temperley London spring 2017)

As a complement to your sultry, flirty self, wedding dresses are including lots of bustier elements to showcase boning elements, eleborate beading and lots of side-boob. This sassy trend is as beautiful as it is intricate. Designers are showing off their ornate skill in the top halves of dresses for 2017.

(Vera Wang spring 2017, Monique Lhuillier spring 2017, Houghton spring 2017)

A trend we’re extremely excited about is the two-piece trend. Maid of Social co-founder, Heather Hall, wore a two-piece look to her wedding and looked absolutely stunning. Ahead of her time, Heather showed how elegant two-piece gowns can look. Two is definitely better than one, and with separate pieces brides can incorporate surprising elements such as sweaters, art deco pieces or even a sequined crop top. There are no limits to this trend and brides can take it from casual to shockingly elegant.

(Lili Hod, Houghton Bride, J.Crew 2017)

Last, but certainly not least, is the non-wedding dress wedding trend. This trend is all encompassing, combining pants, shorts and short skirts. More, now than ever, brides are opting for comfort rather than elegance for their ceremonies. A variety of pants and shorter skirts have been seen on the runways to allow brides another way to dress up (or down) for their big day.

(Francesca Miranda spring 2017, Naeem Khan spring 2017, Monique Lhuillier spring 2017)

9 Reasons to Use Social Media at Your Wedding

Photo by Leigh Miller Photography

Photo by Leigh Miller Photography

1. Shared memories

Collect an array of images from beginning to end following your wedding hashtag or looking at your friends pages. Seeing your wedding from the guests’ eyes can be a rewarding and precious experience on the honeymoon. Most likely you’ll be wrapped up in details and the emotion of the day, but scrolling back through Instagram can show you how much fun everyone else had at the wedding! 

2. Live updates for friends/family that can't attend the event

With a small guest list or a destination wedding, the whole family or certain friends might not be able to attend the nuptials. A solid social media strategy or a package from Maid of Social can offer friends and family the opportunity to feel engaged and part of the festivities. Coworkers or friends of friends might even follow along to see what you’ve been planning for a year!


3. Increase social media klout

Weddings can be expensive and incredibly time consuming; let people see what you’ve been working so hard on for so long! Using social media at your wedding can ensure that all of your followers get to see your Pinterest board come to life. From small details to the big ceremonies, take your followers along for the ride, who knows, your wedding could become someone else’s #weddinggoals

4. Get noticed by the brands you love

Brands, caterers, designers and everyone in between loves to see their products/services come to life and enjoyed by real people. You’re offering free promotion for brands, and they love to represent you on their social pages; tag the brands in your photo, and say hello 500 new followers!

5. Secure a feature on your favorite weddings website(s)

People in relationships and even people out of relationships love to plan for the biggest day of their lives, and websites like theknot.com, stylemepretty.com, and greenweddingshoes.com love to provide inspiration by showing off real couples celebrating their love. Tag your favorite wedding websites for a feature on their pages.

6. Cultivate a rockin wedding hashtag

Some people spend the entire engagement period cultivating the perfect wedding hashtag to honor the transition from fiancee to husband and wife. You can check out wedding hashtag generators, poll your friends and family online or even ask your wordsmith-y friend to help you come up with your tag. The earlier you create a wedding hashtag, the sooner you can tag your engagement photos and encourage people to ride along the journey with you and your love. Day of, family and friends can use the hashtag to post memories from the day that you can search for and gush all over again.


7. Connect your friends before the wedding day

Your friends, near and far, can feel like they’re apart of the journey from proposal to wedding day by following along your engagement on social media.

8. Finish timeline from engagement to “i do”

Using social media on the day of the wedding, and through the honeymoon can finish cataloguing this important chapter of your life. What’s the point of showcasing the engagement period without following along through the big day?? Your followers will thank you, and you’ll get recognition for all of your hard work. There's nothing worse than following along an engagement, and not getting to see the big result.

9. Grab images from friends you would have missed out on


Your wedding day might become a blur of emotion and last minute details. Grabbing images from your friends’ Instagram or Twitter can offer once-in-a-lifetime photos that you are so glad someone captured! The kiss after saying “I do,” the intimate cake cutting or the sparkler send off are perfect moments your guests can capture and you can look through during your honeymoon. You’ll be glad you let your friends use their phones when your favorite photo from the day is an authentic one from an iPhone 5.

#HHAGetsMarried! Stacy + Greg

This past weekend, March 5th, 2016, the Maid of Social team had the pleasure of showcasing to the world the gorgeous wedding of Stacy Tasman (founder of #1 proposal website How He Asked!) & her groom Greg Stahl. The ceremony was set outside at the Field Club in sunny Sarasota, Florida and the weather could not have been more perfect. And did we mention her custom Tony Ward Couture gown from Kleinfeld?! With the help of wedding photographer Justin DeMutiis and videographer The Current Films, plus all the brilliant vendors involved in this tropical love affair, it was definitely one for the books. Check out all the beautiful details below

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Stahl!