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Wedding ideas that were totally unexpected 10 years ago

Modern day weddings are no longer cookie cutter versions of the same thing. For there was a time when all the bridesmaids dressed in cotton candy dresses and couples cut towering cakes! Today, every wedding is unique in it’s own way.

Every couple has their own notions of the most important day in their life. They carefully plan every aspect of a wedding and personalize all the relevant details. Most couples are quite adventurous too and ready to take risks, so they can enjoy a memorable wedding day. Breaking rules is so common that there are hardly any rules left to break! The result? Every wedding is fresh and interesting, since we do not know what to expect till we are at the event.

Best for bride has catered to brides for over a decade. Since that time, we have closely observed everything in the wedding scene evolve. From wedding dresses to wedding décor and party themes, a lot of things changed over the years. While many of these were a slow transition, others were quick to appear on the scene. But the best thing about changing trends is that they make weddings unique and appealing.

Here are some of the trends we have seen over the years that were totally unexpected. I can safely say that these trends strike us as interesting because we never imagined them to gain such wide acceptance. Take a look!

The bride must wear white, or must she?

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Queen Victoria created the tradition of the divine, white wedding gown that symbolized virginity and purity. Although white is still a favorite with brides, it has many contenders. Every year, leading wedding designers bring out colored wedding dresses that tempt many a bride to embrace something other than white for her wedding day.

While the safe and favored choices include soft, muted shades of pink, blue and gray, there are also brides who do it big with bright and bold colors. And it isn’t just colors! Printed wedding dresses, dresses with colored appliques and huge, bold colorful designs are all present on the bridal fashion scene.

Bridal jumpsuits, trousers, the little white dress and more

Just as the traditional notion of brides in white wedding dresses found a replacement in colorful wedding gowns, so did traditional dress styles. The ball gown always fit the vision of a bridal dress. There was a time when no bride would be seen in anything but a billowing big meringue gown at her wedding. Later, brides chose to show off their style and natural curves in sheath and A-line dresses. And finally came the mermaid silhouette for brides who wanted to really flaunt their figure!

All these were gradual changes, but none of them prepared us for the big changes of the 2010’s and beyond. Little white dresses shared space with modular dresses, bridal pant suits and jumpsuits. These extremely unconventional wedding outfits heralded an new era in bridal fashion. Often seen at informal weddings and weddings featuring casual themes, these dress styles continue as the fashion-forward option for brides.

Casual wedding themes

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Classic weddings are an eternal favorite. Nevertheless, many casual and unusual wedding themes make their appearance time and again. Popular wedding venues for casual themes include beaches, barns and even backyards. Who would ever have expected to see weddings planned around rainbows, vintage circuses or woodland creatures? However, such themes are only some of the many unusual themes that are popular in the world of weddings these days. When everyone wants a wedding that is like nothing anyone’s seen before, wedding planners and clever couples come up with such ideas. So, it is not surprising that food trucks, ice cream vans and naked cakes are all part and parcel of the wedding world today!

Anything but cake!

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Sometime back, we could never imagine a reception without a cake! After all, a huge tiered cake was the highlight of every reception in the 20th century. As couples fiddled and played with traditional favorites, it was time to give a twist to this tradition as well. And that is how cookie tiers, gourmet cakes and cheese tables came to replace wedding cakes.

Not only are these options economical, they are better suited to satisfy the various tastes of the guests. Some couples incorporate this into their weddings to just keep it unique. With interesting dessert buffets with a variety of options, I think this is something to appreciate. Pancake stations, cupcake tiers and individual portions of tempting deserts are always more inviting than a slice of cake. All the couple need is a gourmet cake for the cake-cutting ceremony, and everyone is happy at the end of the day!

Bridesmaids who do not match

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Bridesmaids are the bride’s best friends, sisters and cousins. They always held an important role in the wedding from time immemorial. Nonetheless, it wasn’t surprising that most women dreaded this wedding day, for their outfits were hideous. Although brides eliminated bright colored comic costumes from the scene over time, brides still chose matching outfits for their bridesmaids. So, irrespective of their size, body shape, complexion or build, all the women would dress in copies of the exact same dress.

The story is totally different now. Matching bridesmaids are a thing of the past. Although we wouldn’t have expected it at time, it is delightful to see these women in dresses that actually make them look good. Another detail for the bride to work on, but different necklines, hemlines, styles and colors are the various factors that brides consider when mixing and matching bridesmaids outfits.

Specially styled beverages and bars

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The bar which was once standard fare at weddings was also pretty expensive. Most guests looked forward to it when attending a wedding. There was a typical menu with a range of drinks served at every wedding. So, it wasn’t easy to replace. While limited bars offered a happy middle ground to open bars and hosted bars, it wasn’t an adventurous choice either.

That’s when the idea of signature cocktails, local wine collections and beers became a big hit. This is now pretty common at many wedding receptions. Couples serve up a collection of signature cocktails, local wines and beers to not only offset their alcohol bills, but also to make a lasting impression through their wedding parties.

Wedding websites

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Although the internet has been in existence for ages, it wasn’t so popular in the early years of this century. Hence, wedding websites were unheard of. All information would be in wedding invitations and passed on by word of mouth. Something as simple as a wedding website revolutionized all this.

Now, almost every couple has their own wedding website. This is a one-stop destination for all information about the wedding. It has everything from the wedding details to extras like the wedding registry. It may even have photos of the couple and include their engagement story. The modern generation is naturally inclined to check the wedding website of a couple than scan through the information sent to them in the form of a traditional invitation card.

Wedding brunches

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According to English tradition, high noon weddings were most stylish. However, this idea didn’t hold for long. By the turn of the century weddings were always evening affairs. Lavish wedding dinners was always a given at a wedding.

So, wedding brunches are a novelty when we think that the idea was non-existent in weddings of this generation. However, this option comes with its advantages. It is not only practical and simple, it is also budget-friendly. With the advent of casual wedding themes, a wedding brunch is good for hosting guests without bursting your budget. It is pretty fun too, as the daytime creates a relaxed ambiance that is more welcoming than a formal reception in the evening.

Hashtag weddings

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I don’t think you would be surprised if you were to notice a poster or board at a wedding listing the couple’s hashtag. In fact, if you are clicking pictures on this occasion, you will probably be tagging yours with the same. However, this idea was entirely unheard of a few decades ago.

Although social media has been in the picture for years, the idea of segregating all the information from a wedding in a single location was not there.  Instead of clicking pictures, most people just watched the wedding and let the photographer do his job. It was only after smart phones became popular that everyone became obsessed with this idea of posing and clicking pictures all the time.

Decor and venues that aren’t traditional wedding fare

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Classic themes have continued down centuries. However, more and more couples today want to surprise their guests by thinking of extraordinary settings and elements for their wedding. This perhaps explains the popularity of burlap and wood at weddings that follow a vintage theme.

Vintage wedding themes not only embrace the wedding styles of yesteryear, but also often replicate more than what we’d ever expect at a wedding. So, weddings in barns, elements like bird cages, distressed wood and burlap are trendy on the wedding scene. These were never expected to play into the settings a few years ago.

Unconventional bouquets for the non-traditional bride

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Bridal bouquets had names, like the nosegay, cascade or round bouquets. They were traditionally formed of flowers that a florist gathered fresh and dressed into a tight setting. This isn’t always the case today.

Modern brides experiment with a range of unconventional bouquet options for various reasons. With loosely gathered wildflower bouquets, paper flower bouquets, those with brooches, paper and even fruits and berries, the options are numerous. The composite is also a trending style. In this design, florists use several smaller flowers and make a single big flower.

Tradition meets modern in blue wedding shoes

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We just love it when modern brides put interesting twists on tradition. Over the last decade,brides switched out traditional white and cream wedding shoes for blue beauties. This is a modern twist on a very traditional part of weddings. It is not just interesting, but beautiful too.

Brides needn’t any longer find shoes that match the wedding dress or dye shoes that may never be used again. Blue shoes can usually be worn with many different outfits. So, there is a good chance of the bride using it again after her wedding day.

The first-look shot

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It was a common belief among brides and grooms that meeting each other before the ceremony was bad luck. Most couples kept up with this practice till someone discovered it wasn’t helping with good photographs.

So, with the support of their photographers, more and more couples ignore this belief. This means better photographs for the album, and a chance for the bride and groom to see each other and enjoy their private moment before the wedding.

At Best for Bride, we love both traditions and modern practices. Hence, we are the best destination to fulfill your bridal shopping needs. Whether you are a traditional bride with a penchant for classic style, or a modern bride who wants everything unique and surprising, come and visit us. We have a vast collection of both traditional and modern wedding dresses. For more details on our bridal dress inventory, dresses for the wedding party, wedding services, accessories and online shopping option, check out our website here.

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15 easy ways to personalize your wedding

Your wedding day is one of the most important days in your personal life. So, why not make it entirely your own?

This is possible when you carefully plan out the details that can make it unique. With so many factors going into every wedding, there are no dearth of options to add a signature touch and style to your special day. And the good news is that it doesn’t have to be handmade or homemade. All it takes is some creativity, and you are on the way to having a bespoke wedding; one that will be remembered for its personal style.

Here are some interesting ideas to inspire you. Check them out to choose ones that appeal most to you. Don’t forget to tell us which of these you have decided to embrace in the comments section below.

Start with your save-the-date

save-the-dateGet creative when drafting your save-the-date cards. Play with interesting quotes, jokes and notes to make it different. You can also make it truly yours by adding your picture to it. This is a great way to make use of your engagement photos in a photo card, and give your guests a sneak peek at what is in store at the wedding. (More about how you can nail your engagement shoot in this article on the Knot.)

Or, if you and your fiance share a hobby or passion, let it reflect in your  cards. This could even be the theme of your wedding. Or skip save-the-date cards altogether and go with a save-the-card magnet instead. It would serve the purpose, but have a unique twist to it.

Add your personal touch to the invitation card

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All your guests expect to receive a standard invitation card. This card would contain all the relevant details about the wedding in it. Surprise them with a fun invitation with a feature they least expect to see. Let this be a reflection of your personal style and unique in every way.

From engraved real wood invitations to fairy tale story wedding invitations and cards with hand-drawn illustrations, there are many unique ideas on this article at the Brides website. Take a look and make your pick. 

Add unexpected elements to your bouquet

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The bridal bouquet is a wonderful accessory to add your special touch. We have watched brides wrap lace hankies around the stems, pin brooches and decorate with family heirlooms for an extra-personal touch.

You can also personalize it by adding a photo locket to it.  Or choose flowers that are not commonly used in wedding bouquets. Don’t go with the traditional choices. Instead spice it up a little with an unusual twist on your bouquet, and let it be a symbol that stands out.There are plenty of non-traditional bouquet ideas on this article at the Martha Stewart website.

Design your own wedding dress

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The wedding dress is the focal point of the bridal look, and one that never goes unnoticed. It is also the one wedding detail that will help you make a statement. Although it is tempting to try the numerous designer dresses out there, remember that there will be at least one bride who has worn the same design.

However, this isn’t the case when you custom-create your own bridal gown. Identify a talented bridal dress maker who understands your personal style and preferences. Use her services to custom-create a dress that is perfect in every way. You could even take an heirloom wedding dress and re-purpose it into a modern wedding dress with features you fancy. It won’t be too expensive when you do your research well and find the right person for the job. If you think you have the skills to make the dress from scratch by yourself, this article on A practical wedding blog is pretty helpful. 

Engrave your favorite quote on your wedding rings

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Pick a short quote you love or one that you can relate to as a couple. Split it in two. Have the first half engraved on your ring, and the rest of it on your fiance’s. This is a symbolic extension of how both of you complete each other, and I think it is very romantic.

It could even be something special that the two of you only know about. A simple engraving such as this will definitely add to the sentimental value of your wedding rings and make this prized possession even more special.

Make your own monogram

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How about customizing everything in the wedding with your own personalized monogram? It is easy to make an interesting monogram with both your names using free online monogram designers like this one.

Design it in the colors of your wedding theme and personalize it with a design of your choice. Then use it on your invitations, wedding favors, website, thank you cards and even in the posters and rest of the wedding décor. Thus, a monogram allows you to mark everything wedding-related with your personal stamp and make it more memorable.

Or have a custom couple portrait rubber stamp made

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An interesting alternative to the monogram is a rubber stamp with your custom couple portrait on it. You can get this done for a small fee on Etsy, and choose from various options according to your preference.

The fun part is that you can use this wedding stamp beyond the wedding day. You can use it for various celebrations afterwards, and even for personal correspondence. So, it is a fun keepsake that you should definitely consider.

Make your welcome gift meaningful

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Even if the hotel where you host your guests has a welcome gift in the package, make an effort to make it extra-special by adding your personal touches. Remember that the greeting gift makes a lasting impression, and you want to nail it.

The guests who have taken the trouble to fly in from far to be part of your special day deserve it too. A pretty box will make an amazing presentation, and use custom labels and tags to decorate it. (This is where you monogram would be really useful, don’t you think?)

Personalize your wedding program

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The wedding program is an essential part of the wedding ceremony, as it lists the details of the events in your wedding day. Sadly, the program serves little to no purpose and is simply discarded at the end of the day by most guests. With a little creativity, you can transform it into a memento that your guests will feel like holding on to.

An easy way to do this is to add a functional aspect to the program. This idea on the Real Simple Blog suggests printing the wedding program on a fan. I think this is brilliant, especially at a warm summer wedding. It is likely the guests will find it so useful that they decide to actually take it home with them to use again. For more interesting ideas, check out this article. 

Add a photo board to your wedding décor

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A photo board is entertaining and interesting, especially if your guests have to wait a while between the different events on your wedding day. Use pictures to tell your guests the story of your courtship and your interesting journey as a couple.

Add both casual and professional pictures to this photo board and place it at a strategic location. You can also create smaller photo boards and distribute it throughout the venue. Let your creativity flow as you design these.

Have unique bouquets for each of your bridesmaids

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While we are all for a cohesive look to tie your wedding details together, this doesn’t mean everything should perfectly match. Take inspiration from the bridal bouquet when planning the bridesmaids bouquets. However, make it different for each bridesmaid.

Customize each bridesmaid bouquet to represent the woman who holds it. While all the bouquets should have a cohesive factor, let subtle differences set each bouquet apart from the other. This way, your bridesmaids will feel extra-special, and your guests are also bound to notice the uniqueness. Use ideas like bouquets of the same color, but different flowers. Or, bouquets with the same flower throughout, but in different shades.

The centerpieces deserve attention

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The details that matter the most are those that people are bound to see from close. This is why your wedding centerpieces are important. Instead of spreading it out horizontally, I suggest you do a vertical centerpiece. This will add more impact and grandeur to the entire setting. Just make sure that it doesn’t obstruct the views of those seated opposite to each other on the same table.

Use an eclectic collection of items and vary the designs across the hall to make it more interesting. Inexpensive décor items like tea lights and candles can instantly add a unique feel to the entire setting. So, consider these options as alternatives to standard floral centerpieces.

Serve signature cocktails

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An open bar is fun, but signature cocktails are better. It is easy to add a personal touch to your wedding this way. Use your creativity to come up with interesting names for each of the cocktails you serve, and display the name in a creative way. Also add special garnishes to make them prettier.

Use the serving glasses to double up as party favors, and have your monogram added to them for this purpose. Not only will your guests enjoy the gesture, they will also remember your celebration every time they happen to see the glass you gifted them. For bottled drinks don’t forget to add custom labels to make them just right for the occasion.

Let your deserts do the talking

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Your wedding cake is a statement piece at your wedding. So, make the most of it and it will be remembered by your guests for long. You do not need a towering one to make an impact. For it is the unique details that have better effect.

Unexpected embellishments and life-like toppers are ideal. Or, you can entirely forego the cake and choose to have a desert bar instead. Serve up a variety of decadent deserts that will tease every taste bud and will be appreciated by one and all.

Always pick edible favors

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The likelihood of your wedding favors being unused is small, when you gift your guests edible favors at the end of the day. After all, who can say no to a snack.

Use custom wrappers or boxes to add a touch of finesse to your gift, and pick from popular favorites like cookies and pop corn as the content. These mini-delicacies are just right for munching on after the drive home, and do not spoil easily. It will give your guest a chance to recollect the events of the day, as they leisurely chomp it down once they are back home.

Have you thought of any other idea that will help you personalize your wedding and make it extra-special and memorable? If so, we would love to hear from you.

For more wedding related tips and advice, keep visiting us at our Best for Bride blog page. Best for Bride is the one-stop wedding destination for all things wedding-related. With an impressive collection of bridal dresses and dresses for the bridal party, we have one of the most important aspects of your wedding planning covered. Also find evening dresses, dresses for special occasions, accessories and a range of wedding services on our website.

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Different ways to outfit yourself with flowers on your wedding day

Flowers are colorful, fresh and energetic. It is no wonder they are a big source of inspiration for weddings, inspiring everything from wedding dresses to cakes and décor. It is a fact that flowers are an inevitable part of the wedding scenery. These little blessings of nature can not only spruce up the ambiance by being in the décor, they also enhance the bride’s wedding day look in many ways.

The best thing about flowers is that they are endearing, whether real or not. Floral motifs have always been a huge hit in wedding fashion, and have been represented in different styles and manners in wedding dresses and more.

Here are some ideas for prospective brides to add flowers to their wedding. So, explore the options and make your pick.

The romantic flower crown

Flower crowns are versatile. Like this article on Something Turquoise tells us, flower crowns are a universal accessory that looks great on any hair color and any hair style. The eternal favorite of the Boho bride, the flower crown adds a rustic, authentic touch to any hairdo. It is a beautiful alternative to traditional head pieces like tiaras and hair clips.

Flower crowns can be adapted to fit any hairstyle—you can either have a full-crown or a half-crown and either wear it around your head or to one side. While you can ask your florist to create a fantastic flower crown using flowers that are in your décor or those that match your wedding palette, you can even attempt a DIY flower crown if you are crafty. This accessory is perfect for an outdoor wedding like one held in a garden. Another wedding where it would be just right is at a nautical theme wedding or a beach wedding. In this case, you can even add little elements of the ocean, like starfish models and shells with the flowers, so it blends with the theme. Don’t forget that you will need bobby pins to hold your crown in place, irrespective of whether it is elaborate or not.

Woven flowers in your hairdo

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If a flower crown is too bold or big for your taste, an equally interesting alternative is to weave flowers into your hairdo. There are many ways in which you can do this. Either use a single fresh bloom of noticeable size, or add a scattering of smaller blossoms in your hairdo. Depending on your hairstyle, you can even mix flowers up in a small chain, to create the effect you desire. If your hairstyle has braids in it, adding tiny flowers like daisies or buds into the different recesses would make it very pretty and almost ethereal. However, remember that when you choose flowers for your hair, they should stand up for the entire day. Wilted and weathered flowers will completely ruin your look. So, either take them out before that stage or choose flowers that will not wilt quickly. Baby breath and lavender are good choices that stay fresh for long. For some interesting tips and inspiration on how to place flowers in your hair on your wedding day, or on any other day, head over to this very entertaining article on Xovain.

A flower necklace

Image credits: Kay Adams, via Flickr
Image credits: Kay Adams, via Flickr

Summer wedding, Boho bride and budget-friendly options; all these terms point to an unusual but intriguing idea: a flower necklace. We think this would be pretty interesting, especially if you pair it with a strapless or off-the-shoulder wedding dress neckline. Long-lasting flowers are an absolute requirement for this look, or you can choose a longer flower garland that you can take off after a while. By the way, did you know that flower garlands are the Indian counterparts of wedding rings? Brides and grooms in that part of the world exchange elaborate flower garlands made with scented flowers as part of the wedding ritual. Apart from that their décor includes elaborate floral arrangements, and even the wedding guests commonly wear floral garlands in their hair. To learn more about their other interesting traditional wedding rituals, check out this article Now, coming back to our topic on flower necklaces, this idea would be wonderful for a bride who wants a natural but unusual floral accessory. Hyacinths, zinnias and marigolds are good choices that are hardy, but pleasing to the eye. If you do not want a fully floral necklace, you could instead explore the possibility of just hanging the flowers down like a pendant from a necklace strand or attaching it to a complementing strand of stones or gems like corals or rice pearls.

Flower bracelets

Image Credits: Kay Adams, via Flickr
Image Credits: Kay Adams, via Flickr

If the necklace is a little overwhelming for your taste, flower bracelets or wrist corsages are the next best choice. Flower bracelets are a popular bridesmaid accessory, especially when the bride decides to eliminate bridesmaids bouquets for any reason. However, the same can be made into a bridal accessory, especially for a summer wedding in the outdoors. With this, you needn’t worry about going over-the-top, as it will simply add a stunning and exotic touch to your outfit. Once again, discuss with your florist to find out what flowers would be best. You will have to consider the size of your wrist to choose flowers that will look good and not too big. Either have a single big bloom with a mix of tiny flowers around it, or create a mix ‘n’ match bracelet with a number of similar sized flowers.

This article on the Bride’s cafe is an interesting DIY approach to creating your own flower bracelet with one focal flower and other tiny blooms adding interesting texture to the design. However, remember that flower corsages have to be created as close to when they will be worn, as is possible. Only then will they stay fresh. So, unless you have ample time for all this on the day before your wedding or on the wedding day itself, it may be a good idea to delegate this responsibility to someone else.

Floral bridal waistband

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If you are pretty proud of your slender waist and wish to draw attention to it, a floral bridal waistband may be the easiest way to do this. It is possible to adorn the waistband of a dress that gathers at the waist, with blooms of any size. You can have this custom-made or find a ready made accessory here on Etsy. Buying one with fresh flowers online may be out of question for obvious reasons. Nonetheless, you can achieve the desired effect with beautifully handcrafted faux flowers when you find a talented designer to custom create it for you. Now, if you want nothing other the real deal, discuss your options with your florist. Just like with a floral necklace, she may be able to design a floral waistband with flowers that are sturdy and do not buckle under strain. Match the flowers to your wedding palette, and stick with blooms that look good on your frame. You cannot go wrong with your choice. For a sophisticated effect, it is best to add just a few blooms in a carefully fashioned design towards one side of your waist. For an ethereal, dreamy look, a waistband covered in small, soft flowers would be best.

Bridal bouquet

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This is a traditional accessory that Western brides consider a must-have on their wedding day. There are endless options when designing the bouquet, and it is one accessory that can be entirely unique. Bridal bouquets can be made in different sizes, shapes and colors and can be as dramatic or toned down as one desires. Flowers have the power to transform your look, allowing you to look traditional or modern depending on the style of the bouquet. The factors to consider when choosing a bouquet design include how it will suit your built, how it integrates with your wedding theme and the impact the shape has on your outfit. If your bridesmaids will be bearing bouquets too, you should plan the look of your bouquet, so that it has a common factor with their bouquet designs.

Different types of bouquets are suitable for different types of weddings, and your florist can advise you on the best options for your type of wedding and your body type. Flowers like orchids and lilies look modern and clean, and have the sophistication needed for a contemporary look. Traditional styles include round bouquets, nosegays, posies and cascades. Hand-tied bouquets are casual, romantic and rustic, while ones like the composite are luxurious and very unique. The colors in the bouquet can also be monochromatic, or mixed and matched to form combinations that work for your wedding theme.

Flower anklet

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If you will be walking barefoot as at a beach wedding, a floral anklet is a great accessory to dress up your dainty feet. You can also do this if your wedding dress isn’t full-length and exposes your anklets and feet. If your nuptials are at a beach, rocking heels are out of the question, and you may not have too many options with your footwear choices. In such a scenario, you don’t have to compromise on looking great from every angle. In fact, you can even draw special attention to your feet with a beautiful flower anklet. However, remember that a short wedding dress is the only way you can show off such an accessory, as it would make no difference if you were to wear it under a traditional ball gown, and it wouldn’t even be seen. This article on the Flyaway Bride is devoted to floral anklets, and they are simply stunning. For inspiration on planning your anklet design, do visit it and take notes.

Flower cloak

Here is a unique and bold idea that we spotted on the Martha Stewart wedding website. A trailing flower shawl isn’t for the fainthearted, but it is a show-stopper with a luxuriant green garland that is six feet long. It also has snow berries and colored leaves to add more drama and texture. If you are up for this, you can even have your florist create this with a range of flowers and even fruit. However, stay away from allergy-causing flowers with pollen and any berries that may stain your dress if they get squished when you wear the cloak. For pictures and other details about this unique accessory, visit Martha Stewart.

3-D florals on wedding dress

Now, if you cannot have the real thing, floral wedding dresses are the next best thing. You can max up on floral extravaganza with a lavish scattering of floral elements in your wedding dress. 3-D floral designs have been very popular for a long time, and their exquisite beauty is because of how they are highlighted in the wedding dress.

In wedding dresses that feature 3-D florals, a generous scattering of floral appliques are usually featured in lace or net. These are placed over a base of satin or chiffon, so the contrast in textures creates a pronounced effect for the floral design. This may be done anywhere in the dress, and the best effects are when the dress has an illusion sheer layer with this effect. Pretty floral motifs may dress up the neckline, sleeves, bodice or skirt, and even spill into the train for maximum impact. Browse through our wedding dress gallery at Best for Bride, and you will be surprised at the varieties of dresses that feature this single element. Didn’t we tell you it is a popular favorite with brides, and it is no wonder that more and more designers are including it in their collections!

Now tell us, which of these ideas do you think is the best? And, will you be using any of these accessories to dress up on your big day?

For more wedding tips, advice and shopping help, continue visiting us at Best for Bride. Also check out our wedding website for our extensive gallery of wedding dresses, bridesmaid dress collections, mother of the bride dresses and more. Best for Bride is your one-stop destination for all your wedding needs, and you only have to pick what you want from our services, and we will do the rest.