Anna Elyse Trunk Show {January 13 – 14th}

Make your calendars and make you appointments now ladies! Anna Elyse is coming to Omaha in all of their Trunk Show glory the weekend of January 13th.

Anna Elyse Trunk Show at Ready or Knot

What makes Anna Elyse great is that they let you pick a bodice style, skirt style, and fabric color/type to help you craft the perfect bridesmaid dress.  The options are endless!

These dresses also make great mother of the occasion dresses for those looking for something more contemporary.

Call {402.885.4883} or email {hello@readyorknotweddings.com} to make your appointment today!

Bridesmaid Dresses // How to Wear it Again // Part 2

Our guest blogger – Natalie Navis from Sequined Silver Lining is back today with two more bridesmaid dresses to re-style.  Today she is using items from Piper in One Pacific Place.

The Results // Day 2

Dress 3: Jenny Yoo’s Dylan in Imperial Violet

Jenny Yoo - Dylan


This one shoulder dress with ruffle detail is an easily re-wearable dress because of its modern silhouette and simple detailing.  I chose to dress it down for a Spring or Summer soiree, using of-the-moment trendy pieces from One Pacific Place’s new store – Piper.  These include a Tolani Chakra square scarf ($89) (a major trend right now), studded black leather bracelet ($20), gold feather bracelet ($16), leather bow bracelet ($20), purple leather bow ring ($14), pink braided rope bracelet ($12), and gold bow belt ($15).  Not visible in the picture are my black suede over-the-knee boots by Steven by Steve Madden.  This casual, edgy look is ideal for day or night.

Dress 4: Amsale’s Chiffon G660C in Vanilla

Amsale - G660C in Vanilla

The Amsale line is my absolute favorite at Ready or Knot because it is unbelievably flattering on every body type, and also has a soft, feminine feel that is ethereal coming down the aisle.  I was excited to restyle this otherwise warm weather dress with cold weather accessories so you can see that a light chiffon maxi dress can actually be worn in the dead of winter.  I added the following from Piper: Dolan T-shirt maxi cardi ($118), Dolan reversible fur vest ($165), pom pom beret ($18), feather gold necklace ($18), double flower ring ($18), pink braided rope bracelet ($12), and gold feather bracelet ($16).  Not visible are my Missoni for Target pumps. This soft, cozy look is so inviting– the perfect way to re-wear an otherwise very formal summery dress in a casual, wintery way.

I hope this post gives you some ideas for how to restyle your bridesmaid dresses so that they can be re-worn for different events– after all, these beautiful dresses deserve to see the light of day more than once!  I think it’s especially useful to dress down these dresses so that they can be worn in a more casual way, which is much more common for everyday life.

Here are some tips to do a quick restyle:

1. wear the dress as a skirt– add a top and belt it

2. throw on a textured cardigan or jacket to add dimension and visual interest

3. pair with boots to give the dress a casual edge

4. add statement jewelry that you might not have worn as a bridesmaid (examples: chunky necklaces or an arm full of bracelets and rings)

5. wear with patterned tights or knee socks

6. accessorize with a scarf or hat

7. add multiple layers on top of the dress to winterize it, such as a cardigan and faux fur vest or jacket

8. most importantly, have fun with the dress! add pieces that showcase your own unique sense of style to make it your own this time around.  the first wear is for the bride, but every wear after that is for you!

Special thanks to Jocelyn at Ready or Knot for asking me to be your guest blogger for the past 2 days!  Also, thank you to the darling boutiques Chocolate Peacock and Piper for providing such great items to style these dresses.  It was such a fun challenge for me as a stylist. If you want to hear more from me about personal and wedding styling, please visit my blog at Sequined Silver Lining.

All photo credits to my very talented friend and photographer, Cassondra of sammyandmephotography.com.

xoxo Natalie

Bridesmaid Dresses // How to Wear them Again // Part 1

We are so excited to introduce a brand new series here at Ready or Knot. We are putting the old adage of “You can wear this bridesmaid dress again” to the test. We have asked the fabulously talented & super fashionable Natalie Navis of Sequined Silver Lining to help us out in our quest & guest author this blog post.

The Challenge

Jocelyn and I selected four bridesmaid dresses from Ready or Knot, including one from each of the lines she carries, making sure to vary the lengths, fabrics, and styles. Jocelyn recommended that I style the dresses at two nearby boutiques: Chocolate Peacock and Piper. I have spent a lot of time at Piper, but Chocolate Peacock is a new one for me! Without selecting any pieces beforehand, I had about one hour to visit both shops and style the dresses using inventory from each store. I was surprised at how easy it was to quickly pull together entirely new looks based on four very different bridesmaid dresses. For the first post I will feature 2 dresses with attire from Chocolate Peacock. All photo credits to my very talented friend and photographer, Cassondra of Sammy and Me Photography.

The Result

Dress 1: Jenny Yoo Quinn in Mist Blue

Ideas from Natalie from Sequined Silver Lining about how to wear your bridesmaid dress again

I wanted to dress this first dress down by bringing in some western influences because Chocolate Peacock’s inventory definitely reflects this huge trend right now. I added a soft off-white fringed cardigan (by Ya Los Angeles, $58), a feather necklace (by Scarlett Garnet, $66), and a feather ring ($24). The knee socks by Hue and Maryn wedge boots by Steven by Steve Madden are my own. I love the contrast of the sweet tulip skirt and sweetheart neckline with the casual, laid-back western accessories– the mix is perfect for a dinner out!

Dress 2: Anna Elyse Clarissa in Silk Dupioni in Fog

Buy your Anna Elyse Bridesmaid dresses at Ready or Knot in Omaha

Anna Elyse - Clarissa (after)

I restyled this classic, full-skirted strapless dress with a holiday party in mind. Chocolate Peacock was full of accessories for this kind of event, including this black sequin cardigan (by Reneec, $68), black jeweled rope necklace ($36), and charcoal clutch (by Vendo, $66). I added Madewell swiss dot tights and Nine West black suede wedge pumps with an ankle strap of my own. I tied the rose belt that is removable from the dress around the cardigan to define my waist. Restyling the dress to be worn as a skirt ensures that it is nearly unrecognizable the second time around. This look is understatedly festive yet chic, demonstrating that a bridesmaid dress can be restyled for another fancy event, but in a completely different way.

Come back tomorrow to see 2 more looks! And check out more ideas from Natalie on her blog at Sequined Silver Lining.

On the 12th Day of {Wedding} Dresses

Happy Christmas Eve Brides! On our last day of the 12 Days of {Wedding} Dresses we would like to bring you our all time store favorite, it looks good on everyone, the classic L111 from Legends by Romona Keveza!

Our newest designer, Legends by Romona Keveza, is now available at Ready or Knot

L111, Legends by Romona Keveza

This elegant mermaid dress from Legends by Romona Keveza features a sweetheart neckline with a form fitted bodice and amazing back ruching flowing to a fabulous train.  We added the Metallic Knot belt from La Sposa for a bit of sparkle but this dress is perfect to add your own special touch!

Did your favorite dress make the cut?

And have a Merry Christmas! Love, Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic}

On the 11th Day of {Wedding} Dresses

Our 2nd favorite in the store… we bring you Autumn by Modern Trousseau for our Eleventh Day of {Wedding} Dresses!

Unique in the color "Latte"

Autumn, Modern Trousseau

Paired with the Autumn belt also from Modern Trousseau, this latte colored fit to flare silk duchess satin dress has an ivory Alencon lace overlay and is simply stunningly unique. It has a rich romantic look that would work as beautifully in a formal church setting or for your outdoor wedding.