Off Registry: How To Give Good Gift

Let's get one thing straight as shit - we do NOT recommend going off-registry. Ever. When a bride and groom tell you what they want, it's best to stick to that.

HOWEVER, it never hurts to add a personal extra. And with wedding season in full swing, it may be time to get creative! We did a deep dive on Etsy so you don't have to. Check out what we love below:

 

 Invite guests to push it. Push it good.

Invite guests to push it. Push it good.

 Bride and Bride of Frankenstein mugs. For those mornings where your husband is a total monster.

Bride and Bride of Frankenstein mugs. For those mornings where your husband is a total monster.

 Perfect addition to the newlyweds guest room. Because it's true. And get this... Sticky Stitchuation is offering YBOD readers an exclusive discount! Use code YOURBRIDE10 at checkout when you click the pic above, and get 10% off through August 31st! THANK YOU STICKY STITCHUATION!

Perfect addition to the newlyweds guest room. Because it's true. And get this... Sticky Stitchuation is offering YBOD readers an exclusive discount! Use code YOURBRIDE10 at checkout when you click the pic above, and get 10% off through August 31st! THANK YOU STICKY STITCHUATION!

 It's important to establish boundaries at the beginning of any marriage.

It's important to establish boundaries at the beginning of any marriage.

 A fine gift indeed, for any cook of House Stark. 

A fine gift indeed, for any cook of House Stark. 

Current Obsession: Solstice Bride

This one's for the girls out there with surf in their hair and a beer in their hand: a bridal shop to match your Cali style has finally arrived! Solstice Bride, on Abbott Kinney in Venice CA, has a super relaxed and comfy vibe. An appointment feels more like getting an invite to hang at your best friend's super-cute bungalow for an afternoon of wine, beers, Drake and dress up. Taste the eye candy below:

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We sat down with Orla Stiles, owner of Solstice Bride, to pick her brain about her biz-nass, and bucking tradition. 

YBOD: So, our first question is, how did you get started in the bridal industry?

Orla: I worked in fashion for the majority of my adult life, in both NY and LA. I met my boyfriend in NY, we came back to LA, and we got engaged! So I got to go through the whole wedding dress shopping experience, and I was incredibly discouraged. I was really disappointed in the Los Angeles bridal scene. I realized that some of the most exciting things happening in fashion were not happening in bridal, and I was really just deflated by that. Anyways, we got married, and then I made a couple of moves with my husband. During one of those moves I gave up my career in the fashion industry, and I was kind of re-evaluating where I wanted to go - did I want to have kids, did I want to start another career path? Opening a store has always been a pipe dream of mine, and I was always trying to figure out what niche I would want to fill if I were to open a store. I realized that maybe if I combined my experience as a bride with my experience in the fashion industry, THAT could be what I did. There was such a lack of intimate, personal bridal salon experiences when I was looking for my dress. So ultimately I just bought Small Business for Dummies, took a loan out, went to Bridal Fashion Week, and within 9 months, decided to open Solstice Bride!

YBOD: What have been the most challenging and most rewarding aspects of opening your own business?

Orla: My god, well, I did not take any business classes, I am terrible at math, I can't use a spreadsheet to save my life. My background has always been in fashion but on the visual side of things, not on the operational side of things. So that's definitely been my biggest challenge, the day to day operations. Luckily I have a great accountant! But also one of the biggest challenges - and it's also something that has made me a better person - is getting rid of my pride and hearing "no" a lot. I've heard "no" a LOT, so persevering through all the no's, getting through all of the haters and the doubt, and knowing that you're doing this for a reason. But the best thing has been just the overwhelmingly positive responses I've received. And it's not all positive, because I'm real and I'm raw and I'm upfront and candid. But I've definitely met some great people in this business and they get it. And those positive responses have really vindicated this crazy pipe dream I had of opening a bridal boutique. It just hit me last week, like "oh my god I own a business, and people are super responsive to it and supportive!"

YBOD: So what are some of the cool, creative ideas you've seen in today's weddings?

Orla: I think personalizing your outfit, putting your own spin on your wedding attire, has been really fun. Seeing girls with personalized accessories is really cool. As far as bridal trends, everyone is veering away from true white. Whether it's a softer shade of ivory or a light gray or blush or even apricot, light blue, the ombre dip dye - that's pretty rad - or even interesting fabrics. I've seen velvet, which I loved. Stone Fox Bride did the most incredible velvet wedding gown. I love the crochet, fringe, there's been some cool fabrics.

"I'm asked a lot about wedding trends, and my favorite trend is that people AREN'T doing trends anymore." - Orla Stiles

Orla: People are over the rustic barns, people are over the mason jars, and the customized matchbooks, and people are coming up with ways to infuse their own personal taste. People are bringing their own furniture, cool vintage rugs, and wildflowers. People are choosing to not do ANY florals at their wedding, but just doing lights or crystals instead and I love that. I love restaurant weddings - it's intimate, and it just feels so chic to me. I heard about a wedding recently where the couple is going to do a karaoke hour and I'm obsessed with that. We had a tattoo parlor because my husband has tattoos. And we thought it would be really funny to have our custom tattoos for all of our guests. It was hilarious because by 10pm, everyone had tattoos on their faces, including my aunts!

This #Girlboss doesn't just have a pretty pad. She has racks full of unique, modern dresses for the bold bride, the boho bride and the offbeat bride. Let's get to some of our favorite gowns, shall we?

 Dresses by  L to R:  Alexandra Grecco, Anais Anette, Anais Anette, 

Dresses by L to R: Alexandra Grecco, Anais Anette, Anais Anette, 

 Dress by Odylyne The Ceremony

Dress by Odylyne The Ceremony

 Dress by Delphine Manivet

Dress by Delphine Manivet

GORG. Orla, thank you so much for showing us your incredible space! 

Brides, be sure to book your appointments at Solstice here!

Yeah, I'd Get Married In That: Golden Globes Edition

It's no secret that our fave awards night is the Golden Globes. I mean, at what other ceremony do they unleash unsavory hosts and stoned presenters (looking at you, Jonah Hill) on a bunch of unsuspecting celebrities, and ease the pain with endless refills of table wine? We <3 U, GGs.

Red carpet events are perfect for bridal inspo, and the 2016 Golden Globes had flowing champagne towers full of gowns that would look just as good coming down the aisle as they would at the podium. Crimson! Fringe! Sequins! Floral collars! PINSTRIPES!  These were the five looks from this year's Golden Globes that made us sit up, pause between handfuls of Flaming Hot Cheetos, and say "Yeah, I'd get married in that."

From L to R: Amber Heard in Gucci, Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton, Rooney Mara in Alexander McQueen, Cate Blanchett in Givenchy, and Kate Bosworth in Dolce and Gabbana


Inspired By: The Great Rock & Roll Flea Market, Los Angeles

Weddings can literally be whatever the f*ck you want them to be. And that's why anything and everything can inspire the details of your nuptials - a retro food truck you love, a modern art museum, or even a flea market.

Bride or die chicks, we went there. Any by "went there", I mean we totally went to the once-a-month Great Rock & Roll Flea Market in downtown Los Angeles. We went in search of inspiration... and found it in every nook and cranny of the Regent Theater. Press play for the first in our new series, Inspired By!