Wedding Prep with ModEmployee Jess

When prepping for your wedding, one can always use extra advice and help from fellow brides-(and grooms!)-to-be. Our Social Media Specialist Jess is currently in the final stretch, just a few months away from her Big Day in June — but she was sweet enough to make time to share what she’s learned along the wedding-planning way with you! Check out her tips for brilliant bridesmaid ensembles, top-notch tablescapes, flower DIY-ing, and general sanity-retaining during the height of matrimonial chaos.

By Jess Cole 

I never necessarily had dreams or aspirations about what my “big day” would look like (full disclosure: an elopement was not ruled out on my part). However, I became increasingly more enthusiastic about the process with each new obstacle. Who knew that picking out the most obscure of details would be such a blast? Being that I’m still in the throes of planning, here are a couple notes, tips, and tricks I’ve picked up along the way!


After getting past the top-level decisions like budget and guest list, you have freedom to think about more light-hearted areas, like…fashion! Being that I’m pretty nontraditional, mismatched bridesmaids dresses were right up my alley. If you’re also going for an easy-going, whimsical look, it’s a great route to take. Try choosing a color, emailing a Pantone swatch to your bridesmaids, and then allowing them to opt for the style they’re most comfortable in.

If you want to keep their ensembles a touch more cohesive, give guidelines around dress silhouette, cut, and length. My wedding incorporates lots of cool-toned hues, so the soft shades of blue in the When the Night Comes Dress in Smoke, Bonne Jovial Dress in Sky, and Dream Design Dress are perfect. Don’t forget about shoes and accessories! I’m all about a mint statement necklace.


When planning your reception decor, I’ve found that sticking to a theme and color story allows you to narrow down choices and make decisions with an editing eye. Simple can be seriously impactful! For example, try a sparkly runner, mercury glass votives in various heights and hues, or a charming floral arrangement in fun and funky vases to add some personality to your tabletops.

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Speaking of flowers, there’s so much they can do to transform the feel of your tables! Flowers are one of my favorite things, not only because of their inherent beauty, but also because of the shape, color, and combination possibilities they present! I’ve chosen to have floral centerpieces by Janessa of Gold Dust Floral, but if DIY-ing is your thang, she has some tips for you.

“Grab your closest friends and set up a bouquet- or centerpiece-making party!” she says, “You can make most things the day before, as long as you keep the flowers in water in a cool place.” One easy and cost-saving way to make an impact is by clustering several of the same type of flower in vases, bottles, or mason jars, and then sprinkling those mini-arrangements across your tabletop! (Side note: Do not underestimate the wow-power of thriftier flowers like carnations or waxflowers. A big bunch can pack some serious punch.)

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There are so many fun aspects in planning a wedding, and it truly can be a wonderful time! However, no wedding is perfectly planned. (Say it with me: No wedding is perfectly planned.) So, above all else, make it a priority to enjoy the process, celebrate each moment, don’t sweat the small stuff, and embrace the imperfections!



About Natalie

As the owner of three small, fluffy dogs, Natalie has accepted the fact that dog hair being everywhere and on everything is just part of her lifestyle now. She cannot stop decorating (and redecorating) her home, and lives by Robert Venturi's words, "Less is a bore." Fresh flowers, floral print dresses, and a good gin and tonic are just a few of her favorite things.

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    Diana 03/11/2015 at 3:19 pm #

    Lovely! Where can I get those plates? <3

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    Katarina 03/11/2015 at 3:27 pm #

    Jess… i can’t help but agree with you! I love the mismatch dresses too! And I have been thinking about a blue-grey color or combination also. It’s just a matted of finding a fit that compliments all. 🙂 And your decor choice is right up my alley as well 🙂 I love it! Good luck on your wedding day!

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