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Oscar Inspiration

For those looking for fashion inspiration for their big day, many turn to events such as the Oscars. Lets face it. People watch for the fashion just as much, if not more than for the awards themselves.  Its where all the gorgeous, rich people are found in one place, at the same time.

Lupita Nyong’o accepts her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in ’12 years A Slave’

Love it or hate it, what people show up wearing can inspire and dictate future trends, including those in the wedding industry.  So I’m jumping in the fray with a few of my picks for dresses that would inspire any bride to be for her wedding day.


from L to R: Portia De Rosi in Naeem Khan, Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta, Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra, Maria Menunos in Johanna Johnson

There were a lot (A LOT) of nude and blush tone dresses and a lot of detail from cut outs to sparkles and bits of fluff.  For the most part, these dresses were very form fitting with a lot of trains that puddle on the floor.  I’m glad to see that those big Disney princess ballgowns of years past are no longer.  While there was plenty of skin it seemed to make its way mostly through plunging necklines or sheer  panels.  It was subtle and classy.  Overall the ladies looked lovely and I think any of these dresses would make wonderful inspiration for a bride.


from L to R: Julia Delpy in Jenny Packham, Lupita Nyong’o in Prada, Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé, Jessica Biel in Chanel Haute Couture

I think my favorite look of the night was Lupita Nyong’o.  I loved her soft blue dress, simple jewelry, and sparkling headband.  She was just stunning.  I think her dress seemed so light and airy compared to many of these other heavily decorated and bejeweled dresses.  She looked effortless.

For those of you getting married, did any of the oscar looks inspire you?  Do tell.

0 In Decor/ Inspiration

From the Oscars to the Aisle

No doubt, by now you’ve seen all the images of the fashion from last night’s Oscars.  While watching, instead of the fashions, I was actually struck more by the set and could imagine all those lights as a gorgeous ceremony backdrop.  Of course, since this wasn’t the focus of the evening, I had a hard time finding many good shots of just the backdrops. So ignore the people. ;)

Oscars set

Designed by Tony winning scenic designer Derek McLane, the set included these amazing warm lights that rose from the stage and suspended from the ceiling.  They looked like thin illuminated rods with a bare bulb on the end.  The lights cast a beautiful glow onto the stage floor.  The entire stage was surrounded by an arch of tiny oscar statues that looked more like a graphic pattern from a distance.

Towards the wings of the stage were these oversized rosettes also made from oscar statues.  The whole set mixed metallic tones of golds and silvers with touches of white .

Oscar pinwheels

So how could you get this look for your big day?  Here are a few suggestions.  Consider using strings of white holiday lights draped from the ceiling.  For added effect, continue them down to the floor.

photo by Mastin Studio via Apple Brides

Perhaps you want to make your own backdrop.  This example from Apartment Therapy includes a mix of lights and mirrored garland.  On a larger scale, this could be quite dramatic.

As for those rosettes, consider making your own paper pinwheels.

Paper rosettes can either be made using plenty of tutorials found online or you can purchase some pre-made honeycomb decorations.  Whatever you choose, combining some lovely lighting effects with some paper rosettes, you can have your own Oscars inspired ceremony backdrop.