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How to Re-Wear Your Bridesmaid Dress

We’ve all been there. The wedding day has past, the bridesmaid duties are done and you’re left with a dress that’ll never again see the light of day. But thanks to our brand new Blogger Bride Jean of Extra Petite, re-styling that bridesmaid frock has never been easier. Along with Long Haul Films, she put together a must-watch, share and bookmark video that’ll give you WAY more wear for your buck.

From Jean of Extra PetiteHi lovlies! I’m Jean, the blogger behind, and a bride-to-be just starting out on the journey of wedding planning! On my blog I share styling tips for fellow shorter ladies, but I also post lots of shopping and outfit ideas for women of all shapes and sizes. I really love getting the most out of each item, which can be challenging with special occasion pieces like bridesmaid dresses. We all know that more often than not, these hang gathering dust after the wedding day. Well, I took one of my bridesmaids shopping at BHLDN, and we wanted to share a few ways to think outside the box with your formal dresses.

We tried on this knee-length dress by Jenny Yoo in a universally flattering flare shape. If you have a full-length bridesmaid dress that you love but not many fancy events on your calendar, consider hemming it shorter after the wedding to make it more versatile!

First up, we added a fun printed scarf in lieu of a typical solid wrap. A thin but eye-catching belt accentuates the waistline, and peep toe pumps are perfect for cooler weather. You can wear this look to other weddings as a guest, or it could be a cute autumn bridesmaid ensemble.

Next up, don’t be afraid to experiment with mixing + matching, whether it’s with different textures, prints, or casual vs. dressy pieces. Here we took a button-up chambray shirt and casually knotted it at the waist. Leopard pumps add a little pattern, and for an edgier night-on-the-town look, try layering a moto jacket on top of this pairing.

A lace topper is an easy and fabulous way to change up the look of a dress. Hairstyle and accessories can also make a big difference – we swept up her hair to show off the lace, and added chandelier earrings for a little glamour and color. This would be a beautiful look for a cocktail party during any season. Cropped tops were everywhere this year, and they’re not just for belly-baring tweens. I love layering shorter tops / sweaters over dresses because they show off the narrowest part of your waist, which keeps the look super flattering. This would be an adorable outfit for a photo shoot or playful engagement session.

Until next time! xoxo, Jean

Videography: Long Haul Films | Bridesmaid Dress: Jenny Yoo | Chambray Shirt: Target | Lace Topper: Tadashi Shoji | Location: BHLDN | Striped Sweater: Forever 21 | White Lace Dress: Tadashi Shoji

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Let’s face it, scouting the perfect venue is the first thing on our wedding checklist and nestled above the cityscape of Boston lies an oasis called 9OFS. A calming contrast to the city below, 9OFS offers a flexible layout with awe-inspiring views. With an indoor-outdoor space that boasts an open-air terrace and roof top garden, take a peek below and it’s easy to see why we’re obsessed with this New England gem!

From 9OFS9OFS is an unparalleled indoor and outdoor event space located in the heart of downtown Boston. The location is comprised of three unique event spaces.

The Garden, our expansive open-air space, is complemented by a reflection pool, manicured lawn and flagstone pathways providing an exceptional view of Boston. From the unique and private roof top garden, your guests will be nestled in the dynamic cityscape and sparkle of bustling city life.

The Gallery, our modern and sleek interior space, that overlooks the Garden, offers an attractive backdrop for cocktails and dinner. Showcasing a sophisticated and elegant design, this space features beautiful white marble elements, a flexible floor plan, and floor to ceiling windows highlighting one of the best views in the city creating an indoor-outdoor feel.

The Loft, the newest space at 9OFS, completed in May 2014, features lustrous polished concrete floors, exposed ceilings and impressive views of the surrounding architecture and downtown Boston. This unique location is the perfect spot for a distinctive dinner or energetic cocktail party.

9OFS can currently accommodate up to 110 guests for ceremony, cocktails, dinner and dancing. We work with a wonderful group of exclusive caterers and other vendors such as florists and musicians to complete the picture of your most important day.

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Coral and Navy Waterfront Wedding

Marriage represents a beautiful union and this waterfront wedding is a perfect example. The bride and groom brought their different religious upbringings together, creating a unique ceremony, all taking place underneath a chuppah crafted by the groom himself. Rachel Red Photography captured every special moment, all ready to inspire us right here.


From The Groom… Having spent the last ten years in Boston, we wanted to pick a venue that was unique and would put the city on display. We both went to college here and then met at work. A lot of the planning for the wedding weekend was centered around making it fun and easy for the guests, most of whom would be coming from out of town. Given the space at the ECC, we were even able to hire two babysitters to watch children upstairs during the reception so that parents could have fun downstairs.

The overall vibe we were going for was simple/down-to-earth – we weren’t trying to overwhelm the senses or be something that we’re not on the other days of the year (one of the reasons I opted to wear a suit and bow tie rather than a tux). Flowers and centerpieces were purposefully kept low to allow guests to interact with each other across the table. Even though we were on the water, we didn’t want to have a nautical theme – we settled more on of a preppy color scheme.

With all that we did to make it fun for the guests, we didn’t necessarily realize how much we did to make it special for ourselves until the actual ceremony started. We designed our own ceremony that incorporated the faiths of both of our families – Jewish and Episcopal – and had my cousin officiate as a Justice of the Peace. I designed and built the chuppah with the help of my dad as a symbolic gesture of our future home.

Photography: Rachel Red Photography | Floral Design: The Little Flower Cottage | Cake: Oakleaf Cake Bake Shop | Ceremony Venue: Exchange Conference Center | Reception Venue: Exchange Conference Center | Engagement Ring: Custom Design By Bostonian Jewelers | Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew | Catering: East Meets West Catering | Hair: Gina Joubert | Bow Ties: Vineyard Vines | DJ/Lighting: 5 Star Events | Favors/Placecards: Boston Coasters | Getting Ready - Hotel: Renaissance Waterfront Hotel | Makeup: Kerri Herlihy | Wedding Band - Bride: Antique Restored By Bostonian Jewelers | Wedding Band - Groom: Dora Rings

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