Photos: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of Shoshanna, Soleil, Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts, Spiked Seltzer, Schwinn, Riley & Grey
Goodbye, polar vortex. Hello, sunshine! We're busting out of our fleeces and furs, embracing eyelet dresses and cute sandals, and getting into summer-wedding mode — even if it's only May. We've got some awesome finds for warm-weather nuptials, from a cool wedding website and the perfect little white dress for your rehearsal dinner to fresh ideas for keeping your guests happy at the party. (Hint: A little buzz never hurts.)
The website: The average wedding website can be cheesy, but there are chicer options these days. Case in point: Riley & Grey, a new company helmed by designers from the Gap and Kate Spade. Choose from 10 to 20 fresh, user-friendly designs (available for a limited time before new ones are released). If you fall in love with one, reserve it and postpone payment until you're ready to go live. There's also a mobile version, which mimics an app but doesn't require downloading.
The party dress: Shoshanna does sexy-sweet well, and her new capsule collection of LWDs is no exception. The 10 new bridal-inspired styles ($298 to $395) are perfect for laid-back weddings or any of the other parties like the shower or rehearsal dinner.
The cocktail-hour idea: What's the new signature cocktail? Boozy sorbet! For inspiration for a sorbet bar, check out recipes from the new cookbook Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts: vodka-based grapefruit sorbet, port-based melon sorbet, white-wine-and-peach-based Bellini sorbet, and wheatgrass-pear-vinho-verde sorbet (our favorite!).
The next-day brunch hair of the dog: For something casual, we love these pocket-sized mimosas in a can, each equal in potency to one glass of wine. If you're a vodka-soda lover, offer Spiked Seltzer, another delicious drink option (gluten free, P.S.).
The registry splurge: Check out Blueprint Registry, a new one-stop shop for stylish registrants offering products from big-box retailers (Crate & Barrel, Williams-Sonoma, West Elm, Target, Pottery Barn, Amazon) as well as boutiques and designers (Maker & Moss, Terrain, Jonathan Adler). Shop products by vibe (think: modern, rustic, vintage) and take advantage of its group-gifting feature. It's seamless and takes the stigma out of putting something pricey — like a bike or a couch — on your list.
Clockwise from top left: Website, $240 for a limited-edition design, from $500 for custom-design, Riley & Grey. "Serena" dress, $360; Shoshanna. Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts, $15; available from Amazon. Soleil Mimosa Mini, from $8 for four; St. Clair Winery. Spiked Seltzer, from $8.99 for six; Spiked Seltzer. Women's Midmoor bicycle, from $270; Schwinn.