2014 wedding trend predictions

i predict that weddings in 2014 will include some of these trends. the overall vibe for 2014 will be simple, effortless, comfortable, earthy and clean. 

inside out cakes

via Le Magnifique Blog | photo by Daniel Cruz Photography

simple wedding jewelry

via Gunnard Jewelry

bouquets with mostly one flower or color

via Style Me Pretty | Anita Martin Photography 

simple silhouette wedding dresses

Gwendolynne bridal designer 

wood, rock, glass, and fibers: raw materials for wedding decor

via Burnett's Boards | Photo by Leani Holmes Photography

creative wedding favors: handmade soaps, special teas, homemade jam

via Style Me Pretty | OneLove Photography

live bands will make a comeback

Photo via Cozmik Zombies | Maine wedding band

camp weddings will continue to be a big thing, especially here in maine

Angelica Glass Photography

10 belted wedding dresses

i have a thing for a belted wedding dress, i just love it! i know some of these are technically sashes but hopefully you won't care because they are all so lovely. do you like a belted wedding dress? would you wear one for your wedding? which of the dresses below is your favorite? 

style me pretty

chic vintage brides

brooke schwab photography

a glamorous little side project

marry jim

one wed

wedding inspirasi


party dresses | cocktail dresses | bridesmaid dresses

the other day my sister asked me about good stores online where she could for a dress for her to wear to a wedding. it got me thinking: that would be a great blog post especially, if you're like me and you don't live in an urban metropolitan area. as much as we love supporting local businesses it's sometimes necessary to shop online for the dress that's just right for the wedding you're attending or you're in. 


i did a little poll on facebook and came up with the following online retailers for party dresses, cocktail dresses, rehearsal dresses, bridesmaid dresses or after-party dresses. where do you love to shop? leave your favorite retailers in the comments. 


mod cloth

anne taylor loft



rent the runway

white house | black market

j. crew


shop ruche

lela rose



shop ruche

mod cloth

i have a great pinterest board of bridesmaid dresses that might give you some fun inspiration of what you're looking for! 

how to tie a bow tie

"HOW TO TIE A BOW TIE" by The Hill-Side from The Hill-Side on Vimeo.

It's time we all learned the old-timey skill of how to tie a bow tie. There is nothing as classy as a real bow tie tied just right, agreed? So take one minute and 12 seconds and learn how to do it yourself. This is a cute, easy to watch video. Now, tell me: did it help you?

why the back of the wedding dress is so important

I was approached by Simply Bridal about them doing a guest post on my blog. I get many of these requests and normally I just ignore them because they're not right for my site. But when I got this request and checked out Simply Bridal's website I was immediately convinced that they would be a good fit for the A Sweet Start blog. The dresses are great and reasonably priced (from less than $100 to about $700). There are literally hundreds of dresses to choose from and my readers get a 15% off discount code! Use code SBL131SS which is exclusively for my blog readers. With their wedding dresses and this discount code, your wedding dress could be the most inexpensive part of your wedding! Imagine that! 

So here is the wise wisdom from the ladies at Simply Bridal about why the back of the wedding dress is so important. I agree with everything they're saying! 

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top 10 pinterest wedding peeps

recently i've seen a bunch of wedding bloggers putting out their top 10 pinners to follow on pinterest for wedding inspiration. well, i LOVE pinterest and am on it daily, so i thought i'd join in the fun.

i tried choosing some unique pinners because you probably already know about all the usual ones (martha stewart weddings, 100 layer cake, style me pretty, etc.). below is my list of people or organizations you could follow to get awesome wedding inspiration. have fun!


1. F R I P P E R I 


2. Kinfolk Magazine - "a guide for small gatherings"


3. sara {burnett's boards} 


4. {this is glamorous}


5. gus & ruby letterpress


6. every last detail


7. grey likes


8. reverie magazine


9. the white dress by the shore


10. a sweet start