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Ask Abby: Men’s Shirts

Our next question comes from Abby (another Abby)....

Q. I was hoping you could help me out!   I don't know what color shirt to have my Fiance and his groomsmen wear to the wedding with their black suits.  I am wearing a deep ivory cotton mermaid/trumpet gown from Melissa Sweet that has vintage lace.

The dress is not shiny and there is no beading, just the cotton and lace. The boys are wearing black suits instead of tuxes.  I am not sure if they should wear regular...

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Ask Abby: Altar Decor

Here is question two, coming from Elizabeth...

Q. I am getting married in September and have NO IDEA what to do for decorations at the altar area of our ceremony. I dont really have a theme yet... kinda rustic chic, I guess... I  have a vintage lace tea length dress, and our centerpieces are white hydrangeas in mason jars and small potted herbs that double as favors. We are trying to work within a small budget and are interested in eco-friendly ideas.

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Ask Abby: Pier Decorations

It's been SO long since we've had any Ask Abby questions featured, so I figured it was time for a fresh start. Rather than doing a whole day, I am just going to feature 3 questions this morning with the hopes that you guys will be able to help a girl out and give these brides some guidance. The first, comes from Jen....

Q. I love your website, I've used it for inspiration in putting together my wedding and creating a "look"... Well I'm getting married on a pier in Poland on the 4th...

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Question 5: I am getting married May 1, 2010 in Charlottesville, Virginia.  I am a woman who has been dreaming about her wedding her entire life.  Now that the time has come for me to plan I have begun to feel very overwhelmed.  Specifically, I am having a hard time editing myself.  I see all of these ideas and details that I like and I am not quite sure how to incorporate these ideas into my special day.  The weddings that stand out to me (and I think most others) is the ones that work...

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Ask Abby…Mexican Inspired Wedding Colors

Question 4: I've been looking at the inspiration boards and I always find that there is just one color that I just don't like, but it happens to be a color that completes the look.  I'm having loads of trouble finding the perfect color palette to go with my wedding next fall.

We've picked a venue; this beautiful Hacienda in San Antonio, TX. The problem is finding colors to go with the already brilliant colors of the venue.  The floors are that rusty orange stone color, with dark...

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Ask Abby…Spring Wedding Colors

Question 3: I’m getting married in a small church in central London at the end of April (Charles Dickens’ parents were married there!), and we’re having the reception on a boat on the Thames. My dress is ivory with a black sash, and as the upholstery on the boat is a dark pewter gray I thought a good colour scheme would be black/white/gray with accents of warm yellow and lots of sparkle. The problem is that my other half doesn’t like it! He thinks that Spring is a great time for...

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Ask Abby…A Literary Bride

Question 2: My fiance and I are English graduate students. We met working as writing tutors at our university, then we traveled to London to study British literature as undergraduates. Obviously we're a bookish couple - and literature makes up a large part of our own romantic narrative.

I want to incorporate the literature we've read into our wedding. We love all the British classics - poetry and novels. I've thought that perhaps an old British library look would be a good stylistic...

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Ask Abby…Wedding Flowers, Grooms Attire

I thought we would take a mini break from all of the real weddings that we have been doing for a much needed Ask Abby day. I have to admit, questions have been piling up in my inbox, as the days keep slipping past! So, I thought who better to ask for a bit of help than our readers! I am going to be posting questions throughout the day, then later this afternoon will add my own responses.

I know that each of our brides would LOVE feedback from you guys, so please don't be shy!

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Color Palette Questions – A Tropical Venue

Here is our next reader question... I'm writing to you with sincere desperation.... I am getting married in December on the 29th 2008. Due to the cheap deal, we are doing a winter wonderland theme so rich royal blues, light blue, whites, purples and a punch of royal red. Inspired by a previous design board you had posted about "Jewel tones." The huge issue is that it is 100% a tropical outside venue, it has huge waterfalls everywhere which look like and feel like you are in Hawaii. So, you...

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Color Palettes Questions – Peach or Orange?

Another reader question....I’m getting married in April 2009 and wanted to use orange and white for my wedding. However, after changing from a white dress to a different colored dress — the official name of the color is shell — I’m wondering if the bright orange is still a good choice. I was thinking perhaps a peach color might work better but I’m at a loss. Any ideas?

Here is a pic of the dress that this reader has chosen...

What do you think...does orange...

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Color Palettes Questions – Gold and…?

A question from reader, Amanda...I'm getting married at the Newton White Mansion May 9, 2009.  My wedding is at 7 PM with ideally an outdoor ceremony and then we will move inside into an all glass atrium at the back of the house for the reception.  I know I want to incorporate the color gold (the chivari chairs that come with the place are gold) but I'm trying to determine the rest of the look.  I know I want something very classic.  I like to describe the idea of my wedding as...

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Color Palettes Questions – An Accent For Navy and Sage Green

It's been so long since we tackled color palette dilemmas...and I thought it was about time! Throughout the day, I am going to be posting questions from readers who are having some color issues with the hopes that you guys can give your feedback and advice! At the end of the day, I will update with my own tips!

Let's get to it!

From Ashley...I have finally decided on the colors of the bridesmaid dresses, navy which is accented with a light sage green sash. Now, I really...

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Here is an issue that so many brides and grooms struggle with...the music!

Question 4: We are having a non-religious ceremony on the beach with about 125 guests. The attire is formal and for the most part, the ceremony will be pretty traditional. The only thing left to plan is the entrance music for the parents/grandparents, the bridesmaids and for myself....I want something that is beautiful, but not over-the-top wedding (ie. no "here comes the bride"). We are completely stumped...

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To Veil or Not To Veil...I get this question a lot from readers, so I thought I would weigh in and see what you guys thought!

Question 3: I am wearing a vintage style dress (Pronovias design Castor which you can see on their site) with the high necked jacket and the low v back.  I have shoulder-blade length straight hair and had originally planned to wear it in a low bun at the nape of my neck with a large ivory silk flower to one side as the allegra one illustrated...

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Our next question comes from a reader who is looking for some creative groom gift ideas...

Question 2: My fiance loves sports (personally plays golf, but loves them all) and is an
avid gambler. He's not a fashionista so things like cufflinks are out. I want to
get him something meaningful and clever and not resort to getting him a Wii or
something like that.

Any fun ideas for this...

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I thought that you guys could help me tackle some of the Ask Abby (we are changing the name from Dear Abby so as not to get confused with the real deal "Dear Abby") questions that have been building up in my inbox. The last few weeks of questions have focused on color palettes, though in reality, wedding colors are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to tough decisions couples make throughout the wedding planning process. Here are a few brides that have hit stumbling blocks along the...

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Our next questions comes from Jam (short for Jahmeilah) who could really use our help with her wedding colors... Q: I am writing because I am getting married this August and still slightly nervous about our colors. The bridesmaids will be wearing deep red dresses but so far everything else is lime green (inspired by my love for cymbidium orchids), white, and deep/dark wood (b/c of our love for all things nature and the elements of our reception site). Our invitations were lime and white...

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Our next question comes from Kate... Q: I am having a spring wedding, and interested in using "grass green" as my main color. I would like some accent colors as well, and was thinking either pale purple or pale pink or going black, white and grass green.

What do you guys think would be the perfect accent color to a grass green foundation? For me, it was a no brainer...right now, I am loving green & white, paired with a pretty Spring-time yellow. From the comments that we've...

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Today is all about color palettes. Color palette dilemmas are by far the most popular dear abby questions that I get, so I thought we needed a day devoted to finding and settling on the right color palette. Since SMP readers are so creative and many of them are in the same boat, I thought we could tackle these questions together.

Our first question comes from Elissa...

Q: I am having a really hard time finding anything (pictures of real weddings, pictures from magazines...

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This next Dear Abby was titled "Color Choice Disaster" so I think that our bride really needs our help!

Q: Our color palette is basically apple green as the domineering color with blush pink and light turquoise as the sub colors. I knew I should’ve picked less colors, like two instead of three. Right now I’m so confused in the mixing and matching of all three together. First of all, what do you think about the color palette? Do you think I’ve picked too many...

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