Valentine’s as Mr & Mrs: Sentimental Gifts for Your Spouse

We’ve supported you through the dress buying, the day-of prep, and more than likely have splattered your wedding photos all across our social media feed. While we love seeing your comments or hearing your name when new brides explain how they’ve heard of us, we miss you! So as an ode to our past brides and the romantic holiday quickly approaching, we figured why not suggest a few ideas for this Valentine’s Day to do with your favorite “I do”!


Idea for Wife: Bouquet of Your Wedding Flowers


A bouquet is a pretty traditional gift when it comes to Valentine’s Day. While red roses are beautiful, why not make it a little more interesting & a lot more meaningful by purchasing a bouquet that contains the exact flowers used on your wedding day? Were the tables full of Hydrangeas or was her bridal bouquet bursting with Ranunculus? If you can’t remember the exact names or colors of the flowers, dig up a picture from your big day and head to your nearest flower shop! The florist will likely be able to pin point the flowers you need to make this sentimental bouquet!

Idea for Husband: Recipes of Your Favorite Wedding Day Food


Some fiancés take part in every decision while others only jump in when the outcome is super important to them. From our experiences in the industry and the funny stories our brides share with us, food is a big must on most men’s lists! Did he have a particular dish he wouldn’t give up? Or was the groom’s cake flavor of utmost importance? Whatever his foodie favorite was, treat him to a night of his carefully curated cravings! Perhaps the venue had a kitchen and also serves to the public or you could snag a recipe and try whipping up the meal yourself! If the cake was the crucial component maybe try buying cupcakes from that bakery! Whip out your toasting glasses, best china, and light a candle or two. Tonight’s romantic dinner is served by yours truly!



Idea for Wife: Coordinates Necklace


You’ve likely seen them on Etsy or all over the Internet, but we feel like these sweet pieces of jewelry are so meaningful! Maybe you want to use the coordinates or the exact place you were married or think the reception venue location is the best coordinates to use. Whether the honeymoon or the first house you came home to holds a special place in your hearts, she can wear that love-filled moment on her wherever she goes! Bonus points is you include a sweet card explaining why this is your favorite place you’ve been with her!



Idea for Husband: Movie-Night In…. Featuring Your Wedding Video


Pop the popcorn and build the blanket fort, it’s time for a movie night in! Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be full of fancy meals & expensive gifts. If this is your first V-Day as a married couple maybe opt for something a little less fancy. You have the rest of your lives to do it up big-time! Surprise him by prepping with popcorn and his favorite movie-theater candies. He’ll likely enjoy the quality time and reminiscing together!




We hope these ideas helped prepare you for the holiday to come! We love each and every bride that has walked through our doors and are so grateful that this journey doesn’t end with the dress!


The Wedding Guest Style Guide

"The Wedding Guest Style Guide" was created by The Black Tux, a high quality suit and tux rental company.  Guys now have the ability step up their game a bit when it comes to dressing for a wedding with the option to rent attire and accessories without breaking the bank!  Read on to hear our tips on navigating wedding dress codes and outfit suggestions.

Dare I say the bride has it easiest when picking out her dress to wear to the wedding! Yes, the search for the perfect dress is no easy task but you can never be too dressed up or too over-the- top if you are the bride! The guests on the other hand have it a little harder and with seemingly more and more wedding wear guidelines, finding your way to your assigned reception table is now easier than picking out what to wear. However, you needn’t fret just yet. Annalise Bridal Boutique has partnered with The Black Tux to breakdown all the I do’s and don’ts of your wedding wardrobe!


FABRIC - Due to its’ casual nature, color is not an important factor of most casual weddings however, fabric selection most certainly is. Many casual wedding events take place in warmer weather seasons such as spring and summer. A fabric’s breathability, hand, and cooling qualities are all very important characteristics to consider when selecting an outfit for these occasions. Favorable fabrics for a casual wedding include cotton, seersucker, silk, and chiffon.

OUTFIT - Not one for dresses? Let’s hope you get invited to a casual wedding. This event type is the only wedding category where pants are acceptable for women as well as men. If you opt for pants over a skirt or a dress it is important to make the outfit a bit dressier by pairing it with a feminine blouse. If you do choose to throw on a dress (which we highly recommend a twirl sesh in) a sundress is the way to go. As we stated previously color is not a concern nor is the length. Whether you want to attend this wedding in a bright pink maxi, a patterned midi, or a short beige tunic dress be our guest… or in this case theirs! As usual you men have it easier! For men, we suggest dress pants and a button-down shirt or polo. In this case color does matter a bit. We suggest straying away from your go-to black slacks and instead chose a lighter, less dressy pant such as khakis or pastel pants if you aren’t afraid of color.

Semi-formal Dressy Casual

OUTFIT - Semi-formal dress is simply your casual outfit played up. Since this scenario is a year-round occurrence there is no particular fabric or color you need to keep in mind. Women should think of this as a nice night on the town. What would you wear on date night or for an art gallery viewing? Women can choose between a cocktail dress or pairing a skirt with a dressy top. As for men, black is back in the running. If it is a nighttime wedding, feel free to have a Bond moment. If the wedding occurs in the daytime we suggest not wearing black and going with a more subdued color such as tan or a light grey suit.  





Beach Formal

FABRICS - Beach weddings are beautiful but they do bring the element of weather-appropriate dress to the forefront. It is important to remember that beaches are often windy and sometimes chilly in the evenings. Ladies, when selecting your dress you should consider the weight of the fabric your wearing and the length of the dress. The longer the hemline and the heavier the fabric the less likely you’ll be to have a Monroe moment. We suggest fabrics such as jersey for women’s dresses and cotton and linen for both

OUTFIT - Sundresses are a common choice of dress for women attending a beach formal wedding. The length of the sundress should be tea-length or knee-length; either is acceptable. As for shoes we suggest flat sandals. Sandals will allow you to walk with ease and not have to worry about your heels sinking into the sand. For men, we suggest a summer suit. Many men sport linen suits or linen shirts with khaki pants at a formal beach wedding. And perhaps the best news of all, you can forgo the tie! Though formal, beach weddings are still relatively casual in nature. Save the tie for the black tie soirées.


Black Tie Optional

COLOR - The color of the garment you choose is very important when attending a black tie optional wedding. Darker colors are preferred for both women and men. No matter the season of this wedding, guests should be wearing darker color palettes such as brown, gray, black or midnight blue. These colors work well for all guests and create a polished overall look.

OUTFIT - Though color is extremely specific for black tie optional attendees, there is a significant amount of leeway in terms of dress. Women can wear a floor length dress, a formal suit set, or a cocktail length dress. We advise men to wear either a dark colored tuxedo or black suit and tie. Though a tuxedo is acceptable, we suggest not wearing a black tuxedo to this type of wedding, as it is a bit too formal for the occasion.




Black Tie

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COLOR - Once again, black tie weddings call for very limited color specifications. Women should be wearing neutral colors; preferably brown or black and men should be wearing black. These colors may seem dull to the colorful at heart but accessories can tastefully give any outfit a pop of color. For women, perhaps colored jewels, metallic shoes, or a beautiful accent clutch. Men, might we suggest colorful cufflinks or a colorful pocket square.

OUTFIT - Outfits worn to black tie weddings should be incredibly formal. For women we suggest a floor-length, formal evening gown or dressy cocktail dress. For men we recommend a black tuxedo including black accessories such as a bowtie and cummerbund. Black tie weddings are the second dressiest tier of wedding types. Keep this in mind when selecting your outfit! The dressier the better!



White Tie

OUTFIT - White tie weddings are the highest tier of wedding formality. Guests are expected to not only dress formally but also, be styled opulently. Various accessories include statement jewelry for women and white gloves for men. Women are expected to wear full-length ball gowns in neutral tones. Men are expected to arrive wearing a tuxedo, long black jacket with tails, a white pique vest, and a bowtie. This grandiose category allows the bride to truly be a princess the big day. Yes, the outfit coloring is a bit restrictive but you’ll be looking oh so chic.

STYLING - This advice is just for our lady readers, sorry gents! Since white tie weddings are extremely formal, we suggest getting your hair and makeup down professionally. Most women at white tie weddings wear their hair in some sort of updo. Many incorporate jeweled hair combs into their updo or string pearls through strands of hair. Makeup is also extremely important. It is difficult to replicate the same airbrushed look by doing your makeup yourself. Keep in mind while you may not notice a difference, it will undoubtedly be noticeable in photographs. In order to blend with ease and stay picture perfect throughout the wedding you’re going to want your styling done by a professional, trust us!



At Annalise Bridal, no matter the season of your wedding, we have the perfect dress for your wedding. We invite you to schedule an appointment today with one of our consultants to find the wedding dress of your dreams. 

Nature’s Beauty: Spring Wedding Trends & Your Long Awaited Day

It’s wedding season! Springtime has long been deemed the time for nuptials galore but just what makes this season so perfect for our soon to be newlyweds? For starters, this is the beginning of outdoor weddings. Couples are able to incorporate nature’s best into their big day. Some couples opt for a traditional church/indoors ceremony while others choose to have both their vow exchange and reception in the open air. Whatever your preference is, there are plenty of ways to incorporate spring’s natural features into your big day! Here are a few examples that may inspire your green thumb and keep a bit of green in your pocket!

Leaf Your Guest Green with Envy

One major trend of spring weddings during 2016, that is sure to continue in 2017, is greenery. Planners and brides alike can’t get enough of greenery décor. Greenery has been incorporated in wedding table garland, draped over ceremony arches, placed on wedding cakes, and has recently begun replacing the bridal boutique altogether. Below are some of our favorite Pinterest pictures that feature greenery in all its glory.

Not only is the wedding décor sprouting, so are aspects of styling and wedding favors. Many brides are foregoing metallic headpieces or flower crowns and finishing off their look with simple greenery touches. Guests are also able to enjoy this trend by taking home some green of their own. Succulents or miniature potted plants have become an increasingly popular wedding favor for springtime wedding guests. However, needn’t fret all you florists, there are still plenty of spring weddings donning all things floral.

A Budding Romance

Another way to bring natural elements to your springtime wedding is through you guessed it… flowers! Yes, they are the traditional wedding go-to but don’t dismiss them just yet. There is still a lot of innovative-ness to behold when adorning your big day with these blossoming beauties. Since flowers are no new element to a wedding ceremony, planners are increasingly finding new and interesting ways to incorporate flowers into the big day that won’t leave guests feeling like they just witnessed a “been there done that” wedding.

Flowers are being implemented in a wide variety of new ways. Flowers can now be seen draped from the ceiling to form flower curtains, grouped in bunches to create flower walls, and frozen in ice cubes to create floral accents in guests’ drinks. Not only are flowers being used in new ways, new flowers are also coming to the springtime wedding forefront. Flowers that were previously not considered a traditional wedding flower, such as baby’s breath and lavender, are finding their way to all the popular bridal blogs. Lavender has even been seen as a more eco- friendly send-off showering as opposed to rice or confetti. Below are examples of our favorite new uses and new flower pairings!

This One is a Moss-Have

If you’re not one for green leaves or flowers then perhaps moss is the must have for your springtime soirée. Though moss can be incorporated into any wedding theme, it is especially popular for southern or enchanted forest themes. Moss has been used to accent décor, placed as table runners, and sometimes has been featured covering furniture itself. Wedding reception chairs or furniture for wedding photographs can be covered in moss to give a more ethereal look to your wedding seating. If you want a lush green wedding, moss may be a natural element you can experiment with. Below are some of our favorite examples, of past weddings that used moss in breathtaking ways!

We hope this post encourages all you springtime lovebirds to make nature a part of your big day. Springtime is the ideal season to bring natural elements into your wedding plans. We won’t scold you for not eating your greens but we may if they are not a part of your spring wedding décor!  You can find more Spring bridal inspiration on our Spring Wedding Ideas Pinterest board


At Annalise Bridal, no matter the season of your wedding, we have the perfect dress for your wedding. We invite you to schedule an appointment today with one of our consultants to find the wedding dress of your dreams. 

Fall Wedding Inspiration

Today is the first day of FALL and in our excitement we have put together some of our favorite fall wedding inspiration ideas and colors to share with you.  Don't know about you, but we're pretty pumped about the crisp cool air, football, pumpkin....everything, sweaters, boots, oh my!   Read along to see some super fun ideas especially if you know you'll be a fall bride :)


Taupe/Beige color palettes have us feeling all warm and cozy!  There's so much you can do when choosing to mix neutrals together that actually end up making a classy and sophisticated statement.  We love that brides are also incorporating metallic and sequins into the neutral palette tying in some elegant drama.  Not to mention, when using the soft, warm neutrals the bride will absolutely stand out in her white/ivory dress!  And we're a big fan of that!


Deep Blue

You know you can't go wrong with a deep shape of blue!  Navy/Slate/ it what you want, both men and women relate to it.  Almost any other color will compliment a dark blue nicely so you have a lots of options when choosing a palette like this.  We think a groom in blue is sharp!  And bridesmaids in blue give a refined, chic look.  Don't be afraid to mix different hues and tints of blue for a tranquil and calming affect.  Check out the tablescape below!



Lavender done right is simply stunning!  We even love it paired with a deep purple for contrast.  Our favorite part is that you can even incorporate real lavender into the wedding whether it be in the bouquet, on the cake, or on the table setting.  Any shade of purple goes a long way so don't overdo it!  Just small pops of the lavender will make a statement so choose where you'll use it wisely.  



Come excited do you get when you see a walk up, DIY bar at a wedding?!  There's so many directions you can go with this and that's the fun of it!  Below are some of our favorite "bar" ideas for fall.  Be aware these photos may cause drooling!


White Pumpkins

Okay, I know you're thinking "pumpkins in fall?" not very unique.  BUT check out the impact just painting them white has!  We're obsessed!  Use on a welcome table, hollow out and use for flowers, or use the adorable tiny ones for place cards.  These decorative pumpkins bring in a bit of whimsy and playfulness while still looking very stylish.



Last but not least, an affordable alternative for flowers that's still gorgeous!  You could add just a few larger flowers or some lavender, which also smells yummy!  Add some (also affordable) baby's breath for a soft touch.  Or just tie together with a pretty silk ribbon and call it a day!  If you're open to a more unconventional flower option or having an a more rustic wedding this is one to consider!


Follow us on Pinterest for More Inspiration 

You can find more fall bridal fashion and fall wedding inspiration on our Fall Wedding Ideas Pinterest Board. Not planning a fall wedding? That's ok, as we've got plenty of inspiration to keep you coming back for more. 


At Annalise Bridal, no matter the season of your wedding, we have the perfect dress for your wedding. We invite you to schedule an appointment today with one of our consultants to find the wedding dress of your dreams. 

Swannanoa Palace Wedding Inspiration

We are so honored to have contributed to this styled shoot that was also recently featured on Style Me Pretty!  It was located at Swannanoa, a magnificently marbled and abandoned mansion tucked away in the Blue Ridge mountains.  This shoot, styled by The Darling Event, was meant to inspire those precious getting ready moments with your loved ones, toasting with champagne, and truly cherishing every part of your wedding day!  Annamarie Akins perfectly photographed the landscape and special moments that every bride looks forward to in the moments leading up to "I do".

Photography: Annamarie Akins Photography
Styling: The Darling Event
Venue: Swannanoa
Video: Handspun Cinema
Florals: Petals & Twigs
Hair: Top Knot Studio
Makeup: Elizabeth Wilson Makeup
Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Kalika
Cake + Sweets: Sweet Fix RVA
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo Collection

Winter Wedding Bridal Fashion Inspiration

Did you survive #Snowzilla last week? The shop was closed for a few days over the weekend but we survived and enjoyed the blanket of white the storm brought to RVA. With all of the snow and cold temperatures, we wanted to share a bit of winter wedding bridal fashion inspiration. Winter weddings, while not typical here in Virginia, can provide many opportunities for unique photos, fashion accessories and themes. Plus, an added bonus is that winter weddings here in Virginia can often be held at discounted off season rates for venues and other vendors. We hope you are inspired by our winter bridal fashion picks - enjoy! 

Fur Accessories

Whether faux or real, fur is a MUST have for winter brides. The combination of textures and colors creates such a cozy and classically stunning visual you won't ever regret in your wedding photos year after year. 


Cozy Knit

While not a typical texture you've probably thought about pairing with your wedding dress, cozy knit accessories can either blend in with your overall look or add a pop of color to contrast against grey winter backgrounds. Knit bridal accessories can include scarves, wraps, gloves and sweaters - the possibilities are endless!


Add A Cape

There are not many special occasions where a cape is an appropriate accessory, so why not take the opportunity to rock one for your winter wedding. From full-length and fur-lined to short and scandinavian inspired, there are many cape options to coordinate with any wedding dress. Many winter brides choose a cape over a veil as a unique bridal accessory during the cold months.


Flannel & Plaid

Left: Style Me Pretty; Apples & Honey Photography Right: Swooned Magazine; Erin Johnson Photography

Left: Style Me Pretty; Apples & Honey Photography Right: Swooned Magazine; Erin Johnson Photography

Do you love plaid & flannel but never thought you could incorporate it into your wedding day look?!  Well, we're here to tell you that a winter wedding is a perfect opportunity to throw that plaid shirt over your wedding dress!  It can make for some adorable photos while also keeping you warm.  Plus, what a great bridesmaid gift to give all your ladies....matching flannels!


Follow us on Pinterest for More Inspiration 

You can find more winter bridal fashion and winter wedding inspiration on our Winter Wedding Ideas Pinterest board. Not planning a winter wedding? That's ok, as we've got plenty of inspiration to keep you coming back for more. 

At Annalise Bridal, no matter the season of your wedding, we have the perfect dress for your wedding. We invite you to schedule an appointment today with one of our consultants to find the wedding dress of your dreams. 

A Savoir Faire Styled Shoot

We're so exited to share the photos from a styled shoot we did with Maggie of Maggie's Misc Events along with a wonderful team of amazing vendors. From the very beginning stages of planning, we all knew the Hayley Paige "Remmington" gown would be perfect to accompany the vision of the team for a romantic elopement styled shoot.  We hope you enjoy these photos by the talented Nicki Metcalf.

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Photography: Nicki Metcalf Photography

Concept + Design: Maggie's Misc Events

Dress: Annalise Bridal Boutique

Invitation Suite & Vows: English Tea Paperie

Florals: The Proper Petal

Rentals: Paisley & Jade

Runner: Fleuropean

Venue: Seven Springs

Cake: Gourmand Bakery

Hair & Makeup: ELLE Style Studio