Three Takes on Rustic Chic Wedding Dress Code

“Rustic chic” dress codes are common for outdoor weddings in late summer and fall. These ranches, vineyards, re-purposed barns, and other more bucolic venues invite a rusty chic aesthetic beyond the constraints of a more receptions. Try these tricks to find a look that’ll feel right at home.

 

Strategy #1: Western Darling

 

Rustic Wedding

 

 

Think cowgirl with class. This look has the potential to go from hip to Halloween, so make sure to balance signature western accessories with more sophisticated or neutral pieces. Fringe and boots pair stylishly with polished matching gemstone sets, like this collection of amethyst jewelry, which is easy enough to store and carry with you to dress up–or down–at the ceremony.

 

Strategy #2: Fun-Flowers

 

Rustic Chic

 

 

Fine jewelry in floral designs is a great way to get the best of both worlds. Harnessing the elegance of diamonds without the potential stuffiness is key to being rustic and chic. Florals in darker, more neutral, or monochrome patterns are a great way to look dressed up and grounded–exactly what you’re going for at this kind of wedding.

 

Strategy #3: Embroidered and Engraved

 

Embroidery

 

 

Embroidery is a late summer trend that can be dressed up or down. Pair embroidered pieces with vintage style jewelry featuring engraved or embossed designs. To keep the look from getting too folksy, stick to one peice, like a dress, shoes, cover-up, or clutch.

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Dreamy Destination Proposal Ideas

Need some romance in your life? Meet your latest addiction: HowHeAsked.com. It’s perhaps the most exhaustive–and “aw”-inspiringly sweet–collection of unforgettable proposal stories on the internet. Some of our personal favorites are the destination proposals–I mean, does it get much better than a beautiful getaway topped with a perfect ring? Write your own romance–and inspire a dream story of your own–with these ring and destination combos!

 

Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand

 

Glow Worm Caves

 

 

Picture it: a romantic boat ride on an underground river. Above, a bioluminescent glow like a second, secret night sky. And below, a ring sparkly enough to catch all that ethereal light.

 

New Zealand’s Waitomo Glowworm Caves are the perfect destination for a traveler who appreciates unique natural beauty and the finer things. The area boasts both a series of striking natural caves, some illuminated by an unusual species of insect, one home to a renowned concert venue featuring incredible acoustics in an other-worldly setting. Learn more here.

 

Moon Gates, Bermuda

 

Moon Gates, Bermuda

 

 

Good luck begins here, under a tropical moon gate, a structure designed to bring fortune to those who pass through. Bring a ring that echoes that elegant–and meaningful–shape for a proposal that can’t go wrong.

 

Bermuda’s moon gates were built to emulate an ancient Chinese design. Found throughout the island, many frame stunning views of the world-class beaches, bright blue sea, and lush tropic forests, making them perfect spots for proposals and even wedding ceremonies. Get more background here.

 

Santorini, Greece

 

Santorini, Greece

 

Crisp white and deep blue seas set the stage for an unforgettable Grecian getaway. Engagement rings featuring sapphires will serve not only as a reminder of love and commitment, but of the colors and memories of that special island vacation.  

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Classic With a Twist: Three Favorite Wedding Themes and The Gems to Match

Everyone wants a wedding theme that feels unique, but not alienating. These classic color schemes–and the perfect jewelry to accent them–feel fresh for the changing seasons yet timeless enough to keep the whole family happy. They’ll also make for wedding photos you’ll be happy to share for generations to come.

 

Masculine and Feminine

 

Navy Blue and Hot Pink

 

 

Navy blue and hot pink make for a striking combo. It’s old-school conservative meets sugary sweet for a look that’s got some kick without getting too out there. Pink topaz jewelry is a sweet, girly touch for bridesmaids, while sapphire and diamond earrings or bridal bands look elegant and sophisticated on brides.

 

Medieval Touches

 

Medieval Wedding Touches

 

 

You can get that medieval touch without going full Ren-fair. Sumptuous velvet, foil embossed stationery, and rich hues of wine give weddings a royal flair that feels timeless. Garnets are a great choice for brides who want that luxe, dramatic look without going into costume territory. Vintage touches, like the patterned setting of the earrings, are ornate without being overpowering, and pair well with classic cathedrals or stately fall forest weddings.  

 

Honey and Wheat

 

Honey and Wheat

 

 

Feel at home with this warm color theme. Yellow gold and soft citrine are sophisticated yet right at home in rustic settings, like farmhouses, wineries, or country churches. Keep things from getting too cozy with soft but edgy details, like these autumn-orange bridesmaid dresses or even a wheat-colored wedding gown–flattering for brides who feel washed out by paler shades.
What gem inspired color combos are you loving this season? Share in the comments!

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Dress Codes De-Coded: Wedding Guest Get-ups

September is one of the busiest months for weddings so a quick refresher on what to wear is definitely in order as those ceremonies approach. One universal truth? Jewelry is a great way to bridge the gap in any dress code. Elevate a more casual look, add a demure touch to an edgier outfit, match your style to the wedding theme or bring your style to a more themed look. Plus, it’s easy enough to pack for emergency upgrades if you aren’t sure how formal to go. Below, what to put on for any dress code.

 

Casual

 

Casual Wedding Attire

 

 

Sound simple? Think again–it can often be trickier picking out just the right ensemble for a casual wedding. Some general tips:

 

Gents: A button down (short sleeves or long) or polo shirt, dress pants or khakis, canvas shoes, boat shoes, or casual loafers. A smart accessory or two, like a bracelet or ring, helps make the look appear polished, not lazy.

 

Ladies: A nice blouse with a skirt or dress slacks, or a simple dress, like a sundress, shirt dress, or shift dress, that isn’t too short or clingy (just above the knee is about as high as you want to go). Use accessories as your secret weapon–have a few pieces that can be stored in your bag or taken out depending on the other guests. Flats are fine, just no rubber slippers, sneakers, or other casual styles.

 

Semiformal

 

Semi-Formal Wedding Attire

 

One step up from casual. Both of the outfits featured above could probably swing it in this setting, but it’s better to be on the safe side and dress up.

 

Gents: A suit and tie. You have a bit more freedom with color and texture in this dress code versus formal, but generally speaking stick to lighter shades earlier in the day and darker shades later. Good shoes are a must.

 

Ladies: A cocktail dress that’s not too short or too tight–anywhere from tea length to just above the knee is fine–or a more casual maxi. Heels are preferred, although you can pull off flats provided they are of exceptional quality. If you’re worried that your dress is perhaps too formal, stick with subtle, classic jewelry, like a tennis bracelet. If you’re worried it’s too casual, go for more sophisticated pieces. Options include a matching set of earrings and necklace, or pearls, which bring instant class to just about any outfit.

 

Formal/ Black Tie Optional

 

Formal Wedding Attire

 

 

Here’s where things get more serious, and you have to worry less about being overdressed and more about being underdressed.

 

Gents: A dark suit or a tuxedo, if possible. Shoes, tie, the works. Cuff links make it look like you know your way around formalwear, and other touches, like a ring, further coordinate the look.

 

Ladies: Long dresses are a go, though shorter styles can work in dressy fabrics and darker hues. Bring back some color–and personality–with gemstone jewelry.

 

Black Tie

 

Black Tie Wedding Attire

 

 

Break out the fancy stuff– this is the real deal!

 

Gents: Tux, bow tie, cumberbund, cufflinks, and some well-shined shoes.

 

Ladies: An evening gown or fancy cocktail dress in dark colors–and plenty of sparkle! Careful  not to compete with the bride, but this is when your sparkliest, most opulent baubles get to come out and play.

 

White Tie

 

White Tie Wedding Attire

 

 

Congratulations–you’ve been invited to the most formal of all events!

 

Gents: A tux, tails, white vest, tie–the works. You can even wear gloves, if you’d like.

 

Ladies: Floor length gown in brown, black, or a very dark neutral color. This is the most formal thing you can possibly go to, so don’t hold back with the jewelry!

 

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Beach Wedding Basics: What To Wear

Summer may be on the way out, but there’s still time for a couple more weddings–not to mention, destination wedding season is on the way! Dressing for the beach can be tricky–try these tips to look good and feel comfy!

 

Beach Formal

 

Beach Formal Wedding Attire

 

 

Beach formal dress code means something elegant but appropriate for the weather.

 

Gents: A summer suit jacket, linen shirt, khakis or linen pants, sandals or classy canvas shoes.You don’t need a tie, but little touches, like a stainless steel bracelet or coordinating ring, help insure the look is up to par.

 

Ladies: A sundress, knee length or just below the knee, with dressy flats– jeweled sandals are a great option. Hair and makeup can still be relatively light and natural. Quality accessories are especially important with this look, as the line between sundress and formal sundress can be tricky. Coordinating pieces, like a tennis bracelet and matching studs, or drop necklace with matching rings, are a good way to pull together a look that can be too undone.  If you do go the embellished sandal route, match your metals to the sandal.

 

Beach Casual

 

Casual Beach Wedding Attire

 

Annnd then there’s beach casual, which can actually be more confounding. Just a notch below formalwear, but still classy. Don’t wear swimwear, but you might want to keep a bathing suit handy!

 

Gents: Something nice with a collar, i.e. a button down or polo shirt (short sleeves are fine), khakis or light dress pants, nice sandals or casual loafers. Again, a simple, smart accessory helps you look polished and intentional.

 

Ladies: A nice top and skirt or dress pants, or a sundress– doesn’t have to be below the knee, but nothing too short or clingy– plus sandals, but not rubber flip-flops or anything garishly plastic. Hair and makeup should be natural. Accessories really help make more casual outfits look wedding ready, although you don’t want to over-do it if the wedding invite explicitly requests casual garb. Simple, coordinated pieces look polished and don’t scream formal. Plus, they are great for matching other accessories, so you can always bring additional, travel friendly pieces and slip them on or off once you see the rest of the guests’ ensembles.

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Five Things to Ask Before You Buy Your Wedding Bands

The perfect engagement ring may be a bit of a guessing game, but shopping for wedding bands is an exciting chance to shop together to find that perfect emblem of your bond as a couple. Picking out wedding bands should be fun–not stressful! Try using these questions to prep for a happier shopping experience.

 

 

Metals

 

Wedding Bands

 

Okay, this may sound obvious. But people have strong opinions! Plus, the sheer volume of options out there can be overwhelming, so it’s nice to go in with some filters to narrow the search. There’s white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, platinum, even mixed bands. Feel free to consult this image for an idea of what these all look like.

 

Lifestyle

Your ring–or rings!–should work for your lifestyle. If one or both of you plan on doing a lot of hands-on, outdoor activities, consider your options. Maybe you’d like to invest in a super sturdy set of bands in platinum. Or perhaps it would make more sense to buy a set of less expensive rings in addition to more traditional bands, so that you have a set you feel comfortable wearing wherever. Or, maybe you’d like to purchase a small chain to hand your band on. The possibilities are endless–but it’s a conversation you need to have, as when to wear a band can be an emotionally loaded decision.

 

Budget

Alright, you may have heard of the one month or three month salary rule for engagement rings. But with wedding bands, there’s a bit more leeway. Maybe. No one wants to leave their significant other feeling cheated, or like a great deal on a ring somehow cheapens the whole thing. On the other hand, with the wedding day on the horizon, you may decide that you’d rather put the extra cash into an extra special venue, decorations, etc. Vendors like Szul cut costs by operating without a brick and mortar store and eliminating some of the middlemen typical to the business, which allows customers to get the same quality pieces at significantly lower pricing– check out their selection and sort by price to see some of their current specials.

 

Customization

A classic ring can be customized with diamonds or other stones and engraving. These options will cost extra, but do add a little something special. With engraving, costs will vary based on whether you would like the ring engraved by hand or by machine.

 

The Engagement Band

Decide on whether you’d like the wedding band to match the engagement band. If so, go for a piece with the same metals or a shadow band designed to fit with the engagement ring. Some brides prefer to wear only their wedding band on a day-to-day basis, but make sure to discuss this with first to avoid any hurt feelings.

 

Ready to get started shopping from the comfort of your home? Cuddle up and head over to the Szul.com bridal boutique to browse the latest in wedding bands!

 

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Rose Gold Wedding

If you’re planning a spring wedding, rose gold jewelry is a trend you’ll definitely want to check out. More understated than yellow gold, and warmer than silver or white gold, rosey metallic hues bring a fresh flush to any wedding. Below are some ideas to incorporate rose gold into your wedding.

 

The Bride

 

Rose Gold Wedding

 

 

Rose gold brings a unique and unexpected touch to wedding bands and engagement rings. The look is classic and feminine, but it stands out. The bridal sets featured in this set weave rose and white gold for a look that’s ornate without being too flashy–perfect for a spring bride and perfect to match the rose and blush hued downs that were popular in many Spring 2016 collections.

 

 

Mother of the Bride

Rose Gold Mother of the Bride

 

These pendants are a great gift for the mother of the bride–one which will match the theme and let the proud mom broadcast her special place in the ceremony.

 

Bridesmaid

Rose Gold Bridesmaid

 

Rose and rose gold bridesmaid dresses are flattering on a wide variety of skin tones. The color is wedding appropriate without being so out there that the dress will never be worn again. Simple jewelry in rose gold, like these pendants, looks chic and sparkling without becoming overtly distracting bling.

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