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Some people spend their lives dreaming, but not about their wedding, and some can't imagine fitting something so traditionally traditional into their non-traditional lives. However: these same people seem to end up getting married just like everyone else. The ways in which they tie the knot however, are as creative, out of the box and well-designed as every other decision they make, and just to go with stereotypes, we're saying that a lot of them live on the East Side.
Dresses: If you are going to drop some dough on a dress, why not go with a piece by a favorite up and coming designer that you might actually be able to wear again?
This T by Alexander Wang dress is made of crepe de shine silk and fit the wedding dress bill by being long and white, and would look perfect in an open loft wedding setting downtown ($210, at Opening Ceremony)
Getting married in the day, in a public park? We thought you might. Go simple and sweet with this Rachel Comey white linen Zephyr dress (on sale for 362.60 at Creatures of Comfort)
For those who live their lives in color and can't fathom wearing white: no matter what?invest in a pretty silhouette with a great print and a bit of sheer from Mociun ($850 at Totokaelo)
Or maybe you want to find a one of a kind piece for ease or to make it your own. LA has amazing vintage shops and flea markets where all you have to do is look for the color white. We found this one on Etsy ($424 at Allen Company Inc)
Your wedding party is going to be significantly more focused on the party then the wedding. You've got friends coming from all over and you just cleaned out Trader Joe's wine department. Your dress needs to be easy to dance in, fun and not a heart breaker when you see it the next day (or late afternoon) covered in wine, dirt and whatever else you were up to?(TFBC pleated dress on sale for 70.68 at Asos)
Shoes:To ground the dress, brave the cobblestones, balance in the grass and dance all night you need shoes that can stand the test of time: or the test of the most exhausting day of your life. These 3.1 Phillip Lim architectural beauties keep you high up without teetering: and then transition to being your favorite summer sandal (on sale for $379 at Barneys)
Wearing a short dress with your long legs or can't get over that a tomboy like you is getting married? Slip on an old pair of Converse, or go formal with their White Patent Leather option. ($70 at Converse)
More of a boot girl? Try Acne's Pistol boot to ground a light and frothy dress or add elegance to a short and simple one ($562 at Oak NYC)
How about a his and hers look? These oxfords are the shoes that keep on giving: but, after today you might want to make sure you don't wear them on the same day. Men's and Women's Naval oxford in white, visit the Mohawk General Store on Sunset.
Invites: We love the whimsical work of LA-based Roxanne Daner, who did this simple and fun LA wedding invite for Sophie and Jahmin. See more Roxanne's work and get in touch at her site.
We are always into the work of Bird and Banner, who take the graphics off the page?sometimes onto vintage handkerchiefs like the ones shown here. See all their work online (and check out their great blog) at their site.
Dudes: Top off a vintage suit, or something more basic with a simple tie in cotton from The Hill Side. See ties and stockists here.
If you are super lucky, maybe you can get a hand drawn tuxedo jacket from the Sumi Ink Club. Well probably not, but you could get all your groomsmen Sumi Ink Club's sine about the tux in question on their shopping site.
Boutineers can go prom-style if you aren't careful?thinking a little outside the box can add a bit of fun or continue the mood of the event.
Add some tongue-in-cheek formality to your day with this Norwegian Wood + Miju collaboration wooden medal.
Young at heart? Architect? Already have a couple kids? Go Lego.
If you used to sport band pins but know they aren't appropriate on your big day, try out a more grown up Martha Stewart option.
Table : If you live in LA and are getting married in LA, think about an LA type centerpiece?and at the boring table you can put the spiky cacti. More images from this wedding and more inspiration at Once Wed.
Take the cactus idea further and grow cactus in beer cans, grouping them as a centerpiece and a take-a-way.
Go simple with stones and candles like this centerpiece at Offbeat Bride.Use similar rocks for table placeholders as well. om
Use simple plastic toys for youthful fun, spray painted for a bit of sophistication.
Instead of wasteful and expensive flowers, buy food! Visit a SuperKing or other affordable diverse grocery to find beautiful or sometimes even unusual foods for your table. Added bonus, whatever the guests don't eat can be donated to the Midnight Mission.
Accessories: Chances are you aren't going to be able to be holding a purse all day?but on the upside, you are really less likely to be robbed by your nearest and dearest. However, you can hold tight to Clare Vivier's folder clutch available on her site here and new store on Sunset.
Bring in a bit of shine, but hold the bling with brass necklaces and earrings by Laura Lombardi.