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How about a flower crown for your summer wedding?

Are you a bride who will be married next summer? It is time you started thinking of your wedding dress and accessories to create the perfect bridal look on your big day. One of our favorite accessories for a summer wedding is a flower crown. It is refreshing, beautiful, fragrant and just right for the warm weather.

Flower crowns may be the latest bridal hit now, but it is an accessory that has been around forever. Here is the history behind it.

Flower crowns in the past

In ancient Greece, men and women often wore flower and leaf crowns. The flower crown was actually a wedding symbol in Ukraine, where the couple exchanged periwinkle and myrtle wreaths to symbolize their marriage vows. The Indian bridal hairdo is characterized by elaborate floral decorations that often start on the head and cover the entire length of the hair.

The Chinese flower crown inspired Queen Victoria to wear a similar orange one at her wedding, and just like she’s the inspiration behind the white wedding dress and the tiered wedding cake, the flower crown fashion is also attributed to her.

Now that we know the origins of the flower crown, let us look at how you can include rock this look as your bridal hairdo.

Match the flowers to your makeup

If there is one bright color in your makeup, like a berry purple or bright red, add flowers in a similar color to your floral crown. This will enhance the stark white of the rest of your attire, while allowing the bright colors to stand out.

Weave the flowers into your braid

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Many summer brides prefer a loose bun or updo, with braids adding a casual air to their look. If you will be adopting this style, consider weaving small flowers or your flower crown into your braids for a spectacular effect. Choose smaller flowers like daisies, and expertly braid them in, so it looks like their positioning was well thought out.

Choose only few large blooms for a casual, dreamy look

If you have a small visage, you should either choose small flowers in your hairdo, or limit the bigger blooms to just a few. Choose a flower crown which places these flowers together, and keep the rest of the circumference simple, with green. You can either place the crown in the center, or towards one side, and let a few locks fly around for a dreamy bridal look.

Fabric flower crowns are just as good as the original

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If you will be outdoors for quite some time, you should consider how well your flower crown will hold. Most flowers wilt, and you do not want them to look tired after a while. If the temperatures in your area are high, you can either have two crowns made, or choose a fabric crown instead. Apart from staying fresh through the day, the added bonus of a fabric crown is that it is ready well in advance, and you will be able to and try it on and perfect your look for the day.

For more interesting wedding tips and advice to help you plan your wedding day, visit us at Best for Bride, the one stop destination for all your wedding needs.

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How to Choose Wedding Rings

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Gold? Silver? Modern or vintage? With or without diamonds? The multitude of choices that a bride and groom face when choosing their wedding rings can get overwhelming. Here are some quick tips for how to choose wedding rings without losing your mind first.

Before considering different types of wedding rings, think about your lifestyle. Are you active? Are you likely to get your ring snagged on something or dented? In addition to these lifestyle questions that might require a more durable ring, are there other considerations that could impact your ring selection? Do you tend to be drawn to trendy fashions which eventually fade?

Perhaps the easiest decision to make when buying a wedding ring is the metal. Making this first decision can help the bride and groom narrow their choices and make the decision easier. Silver is the least expensive, but it’s not as durable as some of the others. Gold is the most popular choice. Women often chose either white gold or yellow gold to match their engagement rings. In the past, many men picked a wedding ring that was the same metal as their bride’s. However, more and more men are selecting rings based on what they can see themselves wearing regardless of their bride’s selection.

When choosing a style, think about what you will love to wear now and thirty years from now. Maybe you would like something elaborate now, but would feel uncomfortable with it while playing sports or at the office. Take your time trying on different styles of wedding rings. It may be helpful to discuss the things you like about wedding rings that you have seen at other stores or online and get suggestions.

If you like the idea of having an antique or vintage wedding ring, consider checking antique dealers and estate sales. Due to a limited selection of available rings, you might want to opt for a new ring that is designed to look like an antique ring. Many jewelers can craft a ring that is inspired by antiques. You can print photographs of antique rings that you love, and show them to the jeweler. Some couples purchase antique rings that may not be exactly what the couple wants. However, the jeweler may be able to use the materials to adapt the antique rings or create new rings that will be everything the couple wants.

Many engaged couples are turning to the internet to buy wedding rings. Some are reluctant to trust online retailers for a wedding ring purchase. It can be difficult to get a real sense of the quality of a ring online. That’s why it’s extremely important to read the online jeweler’s return policy. The couple may feel more comfortable dealing with a trusted online jeweler rather than an individual through an online auction or Craigslist listing. With proper precautions and dealing with only reputable online retailers, couples can save a significant amount of money by purchasing a ring online.

For more tips about saving money while planning the perfect wedding, visit the Best for Bride blog. There you will find many helpful articles that can show you how to plan a wedding on a budget.

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Finding a fun ‘Something Blue’ option

One of the most common wedding traditions is wearing ‘something blue’ on your big day. Most people believe this is good luck and there is much thought put into finding the perfect item to wear to fulfill this portion of the wedding traditions. Below you will find some fantastic options for your ‘something blue’ that are fun and exciting.

Blue nail polish

This is a fun option to choose for any bride and can easily be a small touch of blue to add to your wedding attire. One great idea is to wear open toed shoes that you can use to paint your toenails blue. This will give you a fun and whimsical way to wear something blue without letting it overwhelm your entire outfit.

Shoes

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A bride’s shoes are also another fun way to add some blue to your outfit. This is a common practice because it will not clash with the rest of the wedding design and you will still be able to have your ‘something blue’. This is a fun decision to make because you will find that there are many different shoe options to choose from that will be perfect for your big day.

Jewelry

Jewelry is another fun addition that can take care of the something blue portion for your wedding. You can easily add a special bracelet or necklace to your wedding dress in order to fulfill this requirement. In some cases, you may even find that you are able to borrow something from a special person in order to kill two birds with one stone.

Flowers

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Many brides decide to add blue to their wedding in a special way and select it as a color that will be added to their wedding bouquet. One of the best things about the color blue is that there are many flowers that come in this fantastic color. You can also find many options to choose from that come in a variety of shades of blue as well. Whether you choose to have an entire bouquet devoted to blue, a few individual flowers in your bouquet or add a few to your hair, there are many blue flowers that can be added to your wedding day fun.

Conclusion

Adding something blue to your wedding can be fun and exciting. There are many different items that you can choose from when selecting something for this important tradition. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and be creative when you are looking for your ‘something blue’ for your big day.

Finding the perfect item for this tradition can be exciting and memorable. Regardless of how much you wish to add of the color to your wedding, there are certain to be options that will fit with your design and personality.

Don’t forget to stop by Best for Bride for all of your wedding day supplies. They will be able to help you find the perfect wedding dress to go along with your special ‘something blue’.

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Choosing a Non-traditional Wedding Gown

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Not all brides are looking for that perfect white gown to walk down the aisle in. In fact, some are not looking for a white dress at all. Because of this, designers have created a great number of wedding gowns that defy the traditional styles that are so popular. If this is something that you are interested in, be sure to take the following tips into consideration.

Color

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If you are looking for something with a beautiful color, you may want to consider choosing an evening gown, cocktail dress or even a bridesmaid dress that will match the color that you have chosen for your wedding. Not only will these options be easy to afford, but you will also be able to find many more options than you will by sticking with the wedding dress options that are available.

Style

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The style of the dress is also something that you should consider as well. If you are looking for a non-traditional wedding gown, you will need to look for cuts that are different from the average wedding dress. This can also help you to save money on a dress that is not as popular as some options and you will have a unique look for your wedding.

Bridesmaids

One thing to keep in mind when you are selecting a non-traditional wedding gown is how the dress that you choose will look standing next to your bridesmaids. You will want an option that allows you to stand out from them in a special way. One unique idea may be to select white dresses for your bridesmaids and save the bold color for your dress selection instead.

Benefits of a non-traditional wedding gown

Every bride wants to look beautiful on their wedding day. The goal is to take the groom’s breath away and one way to do this is to choose a dress that looks beautiful on the bride. By choosing a non-traditional wedding gown, you will know that you are standing out in the crowd and will easily capture the eye of your groom and everyone else who is attending your wedding as well.

A non-traditional wedding gown can also make for some interesting and beautiful wedding day photos as well. You can easily break the tradition of the classic portraits that are often taken and instead opt for something bold and exciting.

Conclusion

Your wedding is a special day and you will want to look your best when you walk down the aisle. One of the best ways to do this is to select a gown that shows off your particular style and beauty rather than relying on a traditional option.

Whether you are looking for a traditional or a non-traditional wedding gown, it is important to take your time during the decision process. This is the best way to make sure that you find the perfect dress to make your day special.

Best for Bride

Best for Bride offers many options when it comes to wedding gowns. You will be able to find many wedding dresses that are both traditional and non-traditional. There are four convenient locations to choose from in Toronto, where a bride can find everything that she needs to plan the best wedding possible.