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Colorful Ideas to make your wedding really pop

Few couples are bold enough to experiment with bright and big splashes of color, when planning their wedding day. We, however, believe that weddings deserve to be celebrated with great pomp and show. After all, they are a once-in-a-lifetime affair.

Bright colors add a festive note to any regular event. Colorful wedding themes have a distinct personality that make them memorable. So, we think bright pops of colors are exuberant and cheerful, and are perfect to create a joyous vibe for the new chapter of your life.

So, here are some ideas to add a stunning dash of color to your wedding day. Even if you choose a sophisticated wedding color theme, borrow some of these ideas to add a refreshing pop or color to the scheme.

Happy colorful Streamers and Buntings for your reception hall

Anything suspended above eye level is instantly interesting. So, use streamers and buntings to add a cheerful note of color to your wedding hall. Mix up colors of the rainbow to create pretty motifs for your streamers or buntings. Then suspend them from hooks on the walls or stretch them across the entire length of the ceiling. Any dreary colorless ceiling will instantly pop with this idea. Not only will it be visually appealing, it will also stay out-of-the way and still look fantastic.

Brightly colored invitations to get the party going

Impress your guests right from the beginning with a brightly colored invitation to get the party started. Vivid floral details, bright geometric prints and refreshing colors look fascinating on invitations. You can also explore funky prints and polka dot patterns for a buoyant effect. Customize your invitation card with colored ink and pretty calligraphy to nail the details. Featured here is a stunning sample from our invitation suite at Best for Bride from Carlson Crafts. Visit this link to find out more details about this invitation. 

Bold colors on light table linen

White forms the ideal background against which bright colors really pop. To make your tablescapes stand out, choose saturated colors in lavish doses. Meanwhile keep the table covers white or light. This will enhance the colors and make them appear brighter than they actually are. Take a look at this image, for instance. The intensity of the pink and yellow flowers is enhanced because they are set against a white background. With the bright blue waters of the ocean in the background, this setting is simply heavenly! Don’t you agree?

Pretty cocktails and beverage bars for splashes of color

Drinks and beverages are an easy way to add a delectable pop of color to any setting. Not only do colorful drinks look tantalizing, they also contribute to the visual scenery in terms of color. Place the drinks on tables or distribute color throughout the setting in several beverage stations. Either way, this is a good idea to add small but vivid doses of color to your décor. Complete the effect by adding flowers or décor elements in similar or complementing colors. This will also look very pretty in your photos. Take a look at the image here, and you will get the idea!

Having trouble finding the right cocktail for your preferred color scheme? Head over to the Elledecor website by clicking this link, for drinks as pretty as your party décor. 

Lush tropical flower arrangements

Summery hues like yellow, orange, red and blue are best brought out by floral arrangements. Whether you limit it to just a few scattered pieces or fill the entire space with lush and colorful flower arrangements, this will add a welcoming note to your tables. Enhance the brightness of these flowers by setting them up in copper-colored or monochromatic colored vases that match the color of the flowers. The contrast will increase the intensity of the colors in the floral décor. It is also a good idea to plan the flower arrangement with colors that are close to each other or on opposite sides of the color wheel. Visit this article on the Better Homes and Gardens website for an array of impressive bouquet combinations that instantly impress. 

Paper lanterns for floating bliss

Paper lanterns are a lovely décor element that can add a romantic and fun vibe to any setting. Suspended from the ceiling, they create a whimsical feel. Use them with the streamers we spoke about earlier, or on their own. If you want to go all out, scatter them around your party venue and they will resemble little bobs hanging from the sky. Or create collections of these lanterns at selected locations throughout your party hall for sudden bursts of color and texture. Mix and match lanterns of various sizes, shapes and prints to make them more interesting.

Brightly colored cake

If you wish to have just one statement piece of stunning color at your wedding, let it be your wedding cake! A tiered cake drenched in color is a magnificent sight; one that is impressive and memorable! Choose bright, bold colors for the base and accents and play with a range of textures at each level. This will enhance the splendor of the cake.

Also choose a befitting cake topper that will complement the colors and details on your cake. Choose details that stand out, and your guests will not be able to resist taking pictures of it. For an overdose of color, you can also have the inside of the cake colored. Choose rainbow, red velvet or ombre details for the inside to complete the overall effect. For inspiration on designing your cake, we suggest that you take a look at the colorful collection of cakes at the Martha Stewart website. 

Bright bridesmaid bouquets

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Here is an easy way to make your bridesmaids look unique, while keeping their dressing style the same. Use different bright colors in their bouquets. This is most effective when the colors of their dresses are the same and the design details are similar. So, the bouquets will pop against the identical background and be a statement in itself. This idea best works against neutral colors like black, white, navy or brown. The alternative is to use a variety of colors in another accessory, like shoes or belts.

Printed bridesmaid dresses

Dress your bridesmaids in printed dresses in tropical colors and make your wedding scenery colorful and attractive. This is also an option to choose dresses that suit the individuality of each of your bridesmaids. They will appreciate the choice. But more importantly, they will also use the dresses more than just on this occasion.

Summery prints on frocks look amazing at garden weddings and weddings on the beach. Check out our bridesmaids summer dress collections and you will find a variety of prints to choose from, for your special girls. The dress featured here is from the Alfred Sung Bridesmaid dress collection at Best for Bride. There are more designs in a variety of colors and various dress styles available in the various other collections at Best for Bride.

Bright lip color

Add a dash of color to your bridal look with a bright lip color. Keep the rest of the bridal makeup in natural tones and simple colors, while you pick a vivid shade just for your lips. Depending on your complexion, choose from pink, red or brown so it flatters your skin tone. Then flash your dazzling smile, and enjoy the attention that your wedding guests lavish on you.

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Show off your penchant for color by picking a non-conventional, colored wedding dress for your wedding. Or, if you want to play it safe, pair your dress with a colorful accessory or choose a dress with a colorful accent that doesn’t go unnoticed.

Take a look at this dress from the Alfred Angelo wedding dress collection.

 

The pleated organza skirt of this beautiful summery wedding dress is adorned with a scattering of bright pink roses. Additionally the pink waistband and bow make it really fun and romantic. Although unconventional, this dress is a delightful choice and is bound to be remembered by your guests in the years to come.

Here is another dress from the Sans Pareil bridal collection with a colorful bodice.

The contrast of the yoke with the white skirt is vivid, which makes it a wonderful choice for a pop of color in your bridal attire. Other options to add color to your bridal dress include wearing a colorful sash or waistband. You can also choose colored gemstone jewelry, if you prefer the age-old tradition of wearing all-white on your wedding day.

Wear a bright floral crown

An accessory that works like a dream and brings a colorful punch to your wedding outfit, a flower crown is a perfect addition to your wedding ensemble. Pick blooms that will not wilt easily so you  look fresh throughout the day. Your florist should be able to make a flower crown that matches the details in your bouquet. Then, the two will come together beautifully. Or go with artificial flowers in your flower crown to stay safe if your wedding is outdoors.

Colorful backdrop or décor accessories

Choose a colorful backdrop for your wedding ceremony and it will be a signature element. You can achieve the intended effect using suitable fabric, lighting or other décor elements. If you do not want to have too much color, you can also consider adding an arch with brightly colored décor elements. This could be balloons, flowers, paper décor or foliage. Or decorate the chairs with bright ribbons or chair backs for a pop of color.

In this setting, notice how the pink and blue ribbons on the white chairs add a festive note to the overall arrangement. Despite the limited use of color, the image is distinctly colorful and vibrant from the use of this simple décor accessory. We also think this idea on the Huff Post of adding a framed piece of art at the altar is brilliant. 

Brightly colored party favors

Line up your wedding favors on a table and make it a powerful display by choosing the brightest colors possible. For edible favors, choose items with colorful frosting or pack them into colorful containers or packaging. For non-edible favors, pick items that make a pretty display. Then stack them together to emphasize the color component of the display. Or choose vibrant colored packaging that will impress and be noticed easily for the bright hues in them.

Have a candy buffet

A candy buffet, as a stand-alone element, can add plenty of color to your party. Design it with delicious treats and choose them in colors you love. With options to customize wrappers with colors and prints of your liking, it is easy to custom create a candy buffet that is both colorful and inviting. Add this to your reception décor or set it up at the entrance to the venue. It will make a remarkable display and looks beautiful in photographs.

From adding splashes of color to your bridal look, to coloring your venue with décor and accessories, we have covered a number of ways in which you can dress up your wedding with color. So, now tell us which of these ideas do you like and intend to embrace for your wedding day?

For more wedding planning tips, advice and ideas, keep visiting us here at the Best for Bride blog page. And for more information on our vast inventory of wedding dresses, bridesmaids outfits, dresses for the wedding party and our range of wedding day services, visit the Best for Bride website today.

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Perfect Pairings—Tips to match bouquets to different wedding dress styles

A bouquet that matches your wedding dress would make a beautiful match m, just like you and your partner!

The bridal bouquet is one of the most important accessories for your wedding day. Finding the right bouquet that compliments your wedding dress will help you nail your wedding day look. Just like wedding dresses, you have a stunning variety of bouquet choices, and this is the easy thing. Wedding flowers come in all sizes, shapes, colors and price ranges. So, it isn’t difficult to fashion the perfect bouquet for your budget, taste and wedding theme. The not-so-good news is that there are so many ways in which you can do this, that it can sometimes leave you confused.

Fortunately, we are here to help you with some tips that will help you match your wedding bouquet choice to that of your wedding dress.

Where do you begin?

Not all brides know much about flowers, and it is in fact pretty common to find brides who don’t know one flower from another. Although your florist will be able to help you to a great extent, we think it would be a good idea if you knew some of the basics about choosing flowers for your wedding bouquets. We suggest that you take a look at this previous post to get a general idea of the different shapes in which wedding bouquets are available, so you know your options.

On your wedding day, your bouquet will be one of your main accessories. This simply means that the bouquet should match or compliment your wedding dress. Unless this happens, your look will not come together, and may not create the impact you desire.

In order to match your bouquet to your wedding dress, here are some factors to keep in mind.

  • Both styles should match

Just like with wedding dresses, there are modern and traditional styles for bouquets too. For example, round bouquets and nosegays are traditional shapes while hand-tied bouquets and arm sheaf bouquets are contemporary styles. Take a look at this article on the Perfect Wedding Day blog for a detailed account of the different types and designs in wedding bouquets. For best results, your bouquet style would match your wedding dress style. So, if your dress is traditional or classic, it would look best with a traditional bouquet.

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  • Strike the right balance

Balance is key to getting the look right with all your wedding accessories. If you pair an elaborately embellished wedding gown with equally detailed accessories, the details will drown in the chaos. The result will be a cluttered look. So, aim for a balance where your dress and accessories contribute to a cohesive look. For an opulent wedding dress, choose a simple bouquet while you can go with an elaborate one with many details, for a minimalist gown or simple silhouette.

  • Pay attention to shape and size of your bouquet

Just like you try to find a gown that matches your natural proportions, you should find a bouquet that doesn’t overwhelm you or look too tiny on you. Choose the shape and size in such a way that it matches your built, and doesn’t look out-of-place. The shape of the bouquet is also relevant in highlighting your natural features and the dress details that you want to draw attention to. For example, if your dress features a narrow waist, choose a bouquet that is narrower than your waist, so it doesn’t crowd this area. Similarly, a cascading bouquet with several details in the lower half may hide the details on your skirt.

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  • Pay attention to the exact color of your dress

By the time you are done with wedding dress shopping, you will have realized that wedding dresses come in different shades of white. The effect of your bouquet will differ, depending on the shade of white in your dress. This is specially important if the flowers are light in color, as it can look washed out, intense or shabby, depending on the white background. Your florist will be able to help you choose the best colors that work with your dress. To make this happen, collect a swatch of fabric from your gown so she plan accordingly.

  • Match it to your overall theme

Your bouquet should reflect your wedding theme and the colors in it. So, find a design and flowers that add to the overall effect. Matching your bouquet to the wedding color palette actually opens up your options and gives you more room to make adjustments that fit your choice and budget. You can use flowers that are in the centerpieces and floral décor, in your bouquet too, so it comes together beautifully. Also, make sure that your bouquet goes well with that of your bridesmaids, so your photos are all picture-perfect.

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  • Little details that match it to your overall look will make it extra-special

There are numerous ways in which you can match the tiny details in your look to your bouquet choice. One of the options is to consider the jewelry you will be wearing. Jewelry has a great impact on your total look, and so it should be complemented by the flowers you choose. Keep the lines and effects similar, and it will integrate seamlessly. If you are using lots of sparkly jewelry, but the dress is relatively simple, you can create an elegant and sophisticated look by adding a sparkling accessory like a brooch to your bouquet.

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Now that we’ve discussed the factors to keep in mind when choosing your bouquet, let us take a look at some suggestions for bouquet shapes for common wedding dress silhouettes. Remember that these are only suggestions. You may be able to find many more options, but this will give you a starting point. I hope you get the idea!

1.The sheath

The characteristic feature of this silhouette is its simple and slim style that simply drapes around the natural curves of the bride. The design resembles a column, with little to no extra added volume. It has a modern look, and is best complemented with few flowers with sophisticated looks and clean lines.

The casual look of this silhouette is beautifully complemented by simple bouquets that can be in any shape. You can choose from round, pageant or cascade bouquets depending on your height and the features on the dress.

2.A-line

Another non-fussy silhouette, the A-line is a universally flattering gown style. The amount of detail on this style should be your guide to choosing the right bouquet.

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If the dress features ornate embellishments in the bodice, a simple bouquet with intense and dark colors should look good with it. If the dress is simple and has few embellishments, it is a good idea to dress it up with an intricately designed bouquet. Multicolored flowers of different shapes and sizes can add textural dimension to the overall look.

3.Mermaid

The mermaid dress is sexy and fits snugly around the natural curves of the bride wearing it. The silhouette is modern and stylish. So, this should be reflected in the bouquet choice as well.

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Cascade bouquets, hand-tied ones and those embellished with modern, bold accessories would make good combinations with a mermaid gown. It is also a good idea to keep the size small and colors bright for maximum impact. Flowers like orchids would contribute to a sophisticated look with this silhouette.

4.Ball gowns

Ball gowns feature full, voluminous skirts with a very dressed-up look. Since these dresses add more volume to the natural figure, it is suggested to balance the look with an interesting but not overwhelming bouquet choice. Again, the embellishments on the gown can be used as a guide to choosing the bouquet design.

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Round bouquets, pomanders and flowers in baskets, or cascade bouquets with volume at the top would look appropriate with this style of dress. A small bouquet would be drowned in the poufy skirt. So, this should be avoided.

5.Short hemlines

Wedding dresses for casual weddings sometimes feature short hemlines that end at any length above the ankles. The bouquets chosen for these dresses should also be fun and playful, just like the dresses that they accessorize.

Nosegay and posies are a good combination with these dresses.

Apart from the wedding dress silhouette, you should also pay attention to the wedding dress features when choosing your bouquet. This is because specific features in a dress can determine the overall look, and some bouquet styles match such dress features better than others. Let us take a look at some of them.

Lace

Lace wedding gowns are a timeless classic. Depending on the type of lace, the dress silhouette and motifs on the dress, lace dresses may be contemporary or classic. Nonetheless, lace is a signature vintage element, and it will always look good with a traditional bouquet. Soft round bouquets with plenty of greens peeping through are a great option. For an endearing touch, you can also consider wrapping the flower stems with a layer of lace, to further tie it to your wedding dress.

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Dramatic back details

Wedding dresses with dramatic back details are all the rage now. From keyhole designs to low-cut backs and illusion details, there is plenty to choose from. The relevance of this detail is that this is usually a signature element in the bride’s overall look, and her choice of bouquet should address this feature. Back details in lace can be combined with traditional and classic bouquet designs. However, if the details are modern, like a low-cut style or cut-out design, it looks best when worn with a bouquet that is styled in a modern fashion. Exotic flowers and intense colors will bring out the sophistication of such a gown.

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Image Credits:bruce bentley, via Flickr

Strapless necklines

Wedding dresses with strapless necklines usually feature an embellished bodice, ruching in the neckline or a motif that draws attention to the upper part of the body. Strapless necklines are distinctly feminine, and look best with dainty floral bouquets with soft curves and lot of texture. Light colors like pastels and pink hues, as well as soft green ferns and foliage that add warmth to the flowers are a good choice with this style of dress.

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Halter neck

Halter necklines, when chosen appropriately, are slimming and very sexy. The bare shoulders and exposed arms render an air of confidence to the bride who chooses this feature in her wedding dress. This type of dress draws the attention towards the neck and jaw. So, a bouquet that doesn’t divert focus from this feature is the best combination for it.

Flowers in intense single colors or those that blend with the dress color and have soft trailing leaves in cascade formation are a good choice. Since the bouquet isn’t too dramatic, it will serve as an accessory that complements but doesn’t distract from the main features of this dress style.

Sheer wedding dresses

When the wedding dress has an almost translucent effect, it is a signature factor in itself. Since these dresses look lucid and dreamy, while also having a sexy side, a bouquet that is solid and sophisticated would enhance the effect. Choose dark, bold colors and a simple and small formation, so it stands out but adds to the impact of the gown.

Choosing your wedding bouquet may be a daunting task, as the options are endless. Check with your florist for suggestions. As a talented professional who knows her way around flowers, she will be a great guide to helping you find the look you want, and from the options that you can afford. Also, don’t forget to create your own inspiration board just for the floral aspects, so you know what your choices are.

For more wedding planning advice, tips and all your wedding shopping needs, visit our website at Best for Bride. This one-stop bridal destination is your easiest route to realizing all that you need for your lifetime celebration.

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5 Tips to plan a remarkable minimalist wedding

Minimalism is the new buzz word. With houses, offices and dresses, all taking the minimalist route, weddings are quick to follow. This article on This Luminous Life, gives us an insight into what minimalism is actually about. It rightly says that minimalism is not about getting rid of things, instead it is about shifting focus to what really matters in your life and making way for it by eliminating the unimportant things. Isn’t that an accurate way to put it?

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Many couples now choose to have a minimalist wedding, for several reasons. For some it is about avoiding the stress associated with a big wedding. For others, it is about making it more meaningful by celebrating just with the people who matter to them.

While the term can mean different things to different people, having a minimalist wedding is usually a huge budget saver. Nevertheless, this doesn’t have to mean it shouldn’t be stylish. Minimalist weddings can have the desired impact, if you plan it right. Before we go into the planning part, let us take a quick look at why you may like to have a minimalist wedding.

#So you can enjoy the wedding planning

Often, planning a big wedding ends up like a chore, especially when there are hundreds of details to perfect and it is entirely up to you to do it right. Even if you hire a wedding planner to do the planning part, it can seem impersonal and you may not really enjoy planning everything in bulk. Brides who want to enjoy every aspect of the planning and do it with perfection are better off when the wedding is small. Intimate gatherings are easier to personalize and allow you a better chance at enjoying the process.

#It helps keep your finances in check

Holding a big wedding is costly. Whether your parents or you pay for the expenses, there is no doubt that it will add up and a huge amount of money will be spent. Not all couples are keen on starting their life together in debt, or with most of their savings spent. A minimalist wedding offers more control over your wedding finances, and helps you plan a meaningful wedding without spending more than you can afford to.

#To keep it simple

Let us consider what a wedding is actually all about. Many weddings just end up being an extravagant show and people remember nothing beside all that was on display. Isn’t a wedding actually meant to be celebrating your love and being married in front of the people who matter to you? This idea is quickly forgotten with the stress of bringing together an elaborate wedding. Many couples find the pressure stifling, that they cease to enjoy their engagement. A minimalist wedding gives you a better chance of making the most of what you have, and enjoying every moment without worrying too much.

#To spend on the more important things

When you host a big wedding, you may feel obliged to spend on the food and favors.. This can sometimes leave you with a limited budget to travel to a place you love for your honeymoon. Or, it may be that you wanted a designer dress, but your funds run low after you budget for all the other wedding aspects. Keeping it simple will allow you to designate money to the more important aspects of your wedding, and not worry about impressing guests or obsess over how they will judge you.

Now, let us look at the planning part. How do you plan a minimalist wedding, and still make sure it has all that is important? These tips will tell you what to do.

1.Keep the crowd small

The wedding budget is directly proportional to the number of people attending it. If you think you should invite all the people you know, meet, have been friends with, whose wedding you have attended etc, the list will just go on. And with it, your ideas of keeping it small will have to be tossed out. Invite only your immediate family, close friends and those who you really want at your wedding. A good idea is to first fix a number, and then plan your guest list. This will allow you to narrow it down to people who are most important to you.

2.Leave out the fancy stuff

Unless it is important to you, of course! There is no rule that says your invitations have to be engraved, your décor should include real flowers or you have to buy your wedding dress. There is plenty of scope to customize, and you can find brilliant designs at a nominal cost. All you need to do, is to research options and find cost-effective ones. You can always rent a fabulous wedding gown at a fraction of the original cost and still be the beautiful bride you always wanted to be. Of course, with the bonus that you save a significant amount this way. Similarly, you can craft the look of the venue by mixing and matching options, or working with something that isn’t extra-expensive.

3.Plan the timing well

Did you know that wedding costs are significantly reduced, when held on weekdays? The same applies to when you get married during the off-peak-season. Have your wedding between December and February, and not only will it be easy to book the venue you want, you can also get a discount on it. The same applies to your caterers and other wedding services, as it is not wedding season. If you don’t mind having a wedding brunch instead of a dinner reception, you can also serve delicious meals at a cheaper rate.

4.Skip all that is unnecessary

There is a lot going on during the wedding planning, but have you ever felt that most of these are totally unnecessary? An engagement party, bridesmaids in matching outfits, save-the-date cards, expensive favors, flowers that have to be flown in and tiered wedding cakes—are all these actually compulsory? Keep the ones that really matter to you, and choose the sensible approach for the rest. Go with personalized wedding favors and bridesmaids in dresses that you choose specifically for the wedding, only if they matter to you. Go with seasonal flowers and accessories for the décor, a simple wedding cake, and minimum wedding stationery and your wedding will still be a wedding.

5.Getting help and delegating duties

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There will be many people around you who would love to help. It may be family, or friends. Enlist their help and give them the chance to make your life easier. For a smaller wedding party, you can afford to find time to employ your DIY skills in making gifts and décor items. So, make the most of it. Not only will it be more personal, you will also enjoy it a lot more than just having everything done by a vendor. If there are florists, bakers or photographers in your circle, you can even delegate the wedding tasks to them, if appropriate.

With these 5 tips you should be well on your way to planning a meaningful minimalist wedding. We also suggest that you take a look at the Nourishing Minimalism blog page, for more ideas.

If you are stuck for ideas, here are some specific ideas to go minimal.

Invitations: For those of you who want to minimize expenses on stationery, either send out wedding invites by e-mail or print your own invites and send them out. But if you are looking at budget-friendly professional options, you can choose thermography or digital printing for your invitation cards.

Bridal party: Like we said before, skip the matching look and go with the mix ‘n’ match look instead. Find out how you can obtain cheap bridesmaids dresses on a budget with the help of this article. Or, you can always ask your girls to wear a common color (the Little Black dress is a wardrobe staple and your best bet), and work around to achieving a cohesive look through inexpensive accessories like shoes and belts.

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Wedding dress: Rent your wedding dress, buy it on sale or second-hand. You can find fabulous vintage dresses on sale, and even second-hand dresses with tags, if you start your search early. You don’t have to skimp on style, just because your wedding is minimalist. Although a dress silhouette may be simple, it can still be classic and stylish. The sheath and A-line silhouette are essentially minimalist, but you will find fantastic dresses in these options with a signature element or two that makes it fantastic. At stores like Best for Bride, there are several designer collections which allow you to make your pick from what is available within your price range.

Accessories: If there are family heirlooms, make the most of the available choice by building your outfit around it. You can also consider wearing a wedding dress with an illusion neckline or longer sleeves to minimize the need for jewelry. Just like renting your wedding dress, you can do the same for accessories too. It makes sense too, as it is a one-time occasion and you needn’t spend so much on it.

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Venue: For a small crowd, you could plan your reception in your backyard, at a nearby park or a site that your friend or family has agreed to lend you. With a little effort, even the simplest location can be transformed into a beautiful wedding venue, without the additional costs that you incur when booking an actual hall. You could also keep the ceremony and reception venue the same to minimize cost.

Venue décor: Limit the décor to what is available seasonally and locally, and try to DIY for a pocket-friendly choice. Look at Pinterest or other online websites and borrow ideas to make the most of simple décor items that you can find at thrift stores. Consider alternatives to flowers, like potted plants, candles, berries, fruits and vegetables to make attractive but inexpensive centerpieces and decorations.

Food and cake: You do not need the classic tiered wedding cake, especially for a small crowd. Either ask to make a faux cake with just the first tier made from actual cake, or choose practical and equally interesting options like wedding cupcakes or a desert buffet instead. Opt for brunch or a buffet with local and seasonal fare to keep the food costs minimum.

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Bouquets: The bride needs a bouquet alright, but it doesn’t have to be made from exotic blooms. Equally appealing bouquets can be crafted from flowers like daisies, lilies and lavender. Even wild flowers can be grouped together to create a fantastic rustic and unique looking bouquet. If you are flexible, you can even work with what you find on the day before the wedding, and design your bouquet around it. Another option is to use silk flowers or faux flowers to create a beautiful and different bouquet.

Wedding favors: Think of whether photo wedding favors or expensive wrapped favors will actually be displayed or used by your wedding guests. If you really want to gift a favor that will be appreciated and used, gift edible favors like cookies or candy that will cost less too. The other option is to gift green wedding favors like plant starters or nice sachets of tea or coffee that will find use.

Driveaway car: Skip the limousine or vintage car, and instead go with a regular car that has been decorated to look festive enough for a wedding. As with everything else, remember that it is not all about impressing the guests, it is about functionality and how meaningful it is. As long as you keep this in perspective, everything will seem alright.

Now that you have all the inputs you need to plan your perfectly practical and minimalist wedding, you are set to act. Whether you want to buy or rent your wedding dress, visit our bridal gallery at Best for Bride and you are bound to find a dress that you will fall in love with. Also find all your wedding needs, ranging from décor and accessories to wedding favors and invitations, all at our Best for Bride stores.

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A guide to choosing your fall wedding color palette

The wedding look you plan to have should center around the colors you choose for your wedding theme. You do not have to be an artist to create a beautiful wedding color palette, you can find inspiration everywhere and work with it to come up with the colors that will make your wedding venue what you always envisioned it to be.

If you are planning your wedding in fall, we have the perfect ideas to help you find your wedding colors. The three most important things to consider, in order to find a winning combination are

  • Consider the venue where you are to be married
  • Make the most of the season and exploit it to find a winning combination
  • Consider the style of your wedding and decide on the color combinations.

Let us take a closer look at each of these points.

1.Consider the venue where you are to be married

Your wedding location plays a huge role, as it influences the effect of your color palette. The same color combination works differently in different settings, as the nature of lighting, disbursement of color and other aesthetic elements in the venue contribute to the overall effect. There is no specific order in which you have to work; you can either choose the venue first and then decide on your palette, or first choose your wedding color palette and then look for a suitable location.

Either method has it’s own pros and cons. In the first case, you will have to limit your color choices to those that will work well in the natural ambiance of the venue you choose. If it is a venue with signature décor attached to it or strong colors that stand out, you may have to come up with a combination that will blend in or complement the existing colors on site.

In the second case, you will have certain colors in mind already. In this scenario, you will have to choose a venue where these colors look good. This can limit your options, as not all venues will equally yield to all color palettes. The alternative is to switch to darker or lighter shades of what is on your palette and make a few necessary changes, so it works well in the setting.

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2.Make the most of the season and exploit it to come up with a winning combination

Fall is a wonderful time to get married. Not only is it romantic, the weather is just perfect being neither too cold, nor warm. In fact, fall weddings are almost as attractive as spring weddings, if not better. There is a certain beauty associated with the natural colors of fall, and it offers enough inspiration to help you plan a spectacular day. Deep, dark hues and rich indulgent colors add a luxurious touch to the natural environment, and these colors can render beautiful combinations at your wedding as well.

You will find some very interesting fall wedding color combinations in this beautiful article on the Better Homes and gardens website.  The color combinations mainly focus on shades of red, orange and purple with a refreshing mix of greens, yellows, blues and peaches thrown in. These are some of the signature colors we immediately associate with autumn. Weave your wedding color palette around them, and you cannot go wrong.

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3.Consider the style of your wedding when you decide the color combinations

We know that some colors work better for certain wedding styles than others. While certain color combinations are inherently elegant and classic, others are joyful and fun. You have to find this balance when planning your colors for a unique wedding style. Here is a quick guide to choosing colors that work well together for different wedding types of weddings.

  • Fresh and light colors like peach, pale yellow and glassy green look great in outdoor weddings. You can complement them with accent colors like pink or turquoise for a touch of drama. Other fall colors include maroon, gold, ochre, rust, brown and purple.
  • For indoor weddings in formal settings, consider working with metallics like gold, silver or copper to add sophistication to your classic wedding palette. These metals work best with dark solid colors like navy and red, but you can also try combining them with lighter shades.
  • White is a simple, but beautiful solution for almost any venue, and especially in those that have bright colors in the walls, décor or carpets. By using white in plenty, you can add pops of your favorite colors into the décor. These won’t clash with the existing ones as white will balance it out.
  • Dusty colors should be used with caution in autumn weddings. Either mix them in with bright complementary colors or with dark shades. They can otherwise look faded and dull.

Every bride wishes to have a wedding that is unique, and the colors that you incorporate into your wedding palette play a huge role in achieving it. Here are the steps you should follow to find your color palette and fine-tune it, so it is just perfect for your big celebration.

1.Set up a wedding inspiration board

This is the first step towards planning your wedding palette. Refer to our article on how to create your wedding inspiration board to find out what you need to get started. Once you have your setup ready, start collecting and pinning pictures that you like, to it. Slowly, you will observe a pattern emerging, and this will help you move on to the next step.

2.Choose one or two favorite colors

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Take a look around you. Your wardrobe, favorite décor items and your inspiration board will help you choose one or two main colors to focus on. To make this easier, from your inspiration board, first eliminate those that you are not sure about. Next, pull out your favorite combinations, so you can zero in on the common colors that you seem to be attracted to. Choose your favorite one or two bold colors from this list. Alternately, you may already have a color, flower or décor item that you simply must have. Then go with this as the starting point for your wedding color palette. The next step is to find the complementing colors that will set the mood for your wedding.

3.Choose complementary colors

Once you know the bold colors that you will use in your wedding palette, the next step is to find the complementing colors that will create the mood you want for your wedding. Refer to the color wheel for help. Two basic rules to find the best complementary colors are

  • Choose from colors that are neighbors to your chosen main colors. These will help create an elegant combination, that is best suited for formal and classic styles
  • Choose from colors that are directly opposite to the main colors your choose. These brighten up the main color in your palette, and should be your go-to choice for casual and fun styles.

You can experiment with light and dark shades of your chosen colors to find a combination that you love. Also add neutrals to balance it out appropriately. Consider adding a single metallic shade into your palette, if you want more sophistication or bling. Since each of these choices can drastically alter the ambiance, make sure to choose between gold, silver, copper or colored metallics with due care.

3.Decide where which color will be incorporated

This is a very detailed process. You will have to determine how your décor settings will be, the colors the bouquets should contain, how your table settings will feature your chosen colors and how your wedding party will reflect your color selection. Remember that you do not have to put in too much of the bold color for an impact. At times, you can achieve more effect by just adding pops of it as an accent color in your décor. Here are some factors to consider in this regard.

Bridesmaids dresses: If your bold color is an unusual shade, like berry or peach, that won’t flatter the skin tone of your bridesmaids, consider using the mix ‘n’ match trend when choosing their dresses. Read more about it here and here. Otherwise choose their dresses in the neutral colors in your palette and weave in the bold colors through accessories and flowers.

Wedding party: It is necessary to bring the looks of the bridesmaids and the groomsmen together and there are several ways to go about it. Make sure that the main colors of your palette are included in the right mix, without simply adding it in bulk. You could choose ties with a pattern that includes the main colors, but with taste. Or the boutonniere could have flowers in the main colors, while the rest of the outfit is simple.

Bouquets: If the main colors in your palette aren’t easily available in flowers, choose a neutral colored bouquet instead, and bring the color in through accessories like the ribbon. This is better than choosing the closest match, which can entirely offset the intended effect.

Decor: Be careful with how much color you add and where. Too many bold colors can tire the eyes, and your guests may feel the arrangement is too cluttered. So, balance out your décor with plenty of neutrals, and use your bold colors in small and properly balanced quantities. Add complementary colors when it is a huge display, so they are more effective.

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Food: Keep the food colors simple, and rely on colorful stationery instead. While colorful desserts and few bright dishes may be appealing, too much of it may look unappetizing and artificial. Instead, add the color into the setting using colorful stationery for food labels and in centerpieces and napkins, to make it interesting.

Cake: Colorful cakes may look interesting. Nevertheless, not everyone finds it very palatable. The better option is to choose a design that has the right balance of the colors added through accessories like ribbons, flowers and other cake toppers. Autumn wedding cakes look best when decorated with berries, deep flowers and silky ribbons and soft glitter.

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4.Tweak the details till you are satisfied

Be calm and composed, and approach the process of getting your colors right, one step at a time. It can become overwhelming, but the trick is to divide it into separate projects and handle only one aspect at a time. While inspiration boards are helpful, don’t depend on it for everything. Add your own touches to what you find, and work with what you have. You always have scope for enhancements, so add improvements and changes, so you have something new.

A very important thing to remember is that there is nothing called perfection. It is your satisfaction that matters. When you like what you see, stop and make a mental note that you have done this right. This will allow you to relax and enjoy what you have, instead of wishing for something better. Get the opinions of your friends and family, or enlist their help with getting certain aspects right. Nevertheless, don’t lose track of the big picture. Recognize when it is time to stop obsessing with your color palette and focus on the other important things about your wedding.

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Now that you are armed with all that you need to know about planning your color palette for your fall wedding, you are all set to begin. We suggest that you take a look at this color guide on Magnetstreet for some winning color combinations that work beautifully in autumn. They have done a wonderful job of sorting out each palette according to the mood the combination creates. So, whether you want a tangy vibe or a poetic wedding combination, you have the starting point to build your palette.  You can also visit Wedding Paper Divas here for some more color combinations that scream autumn!

To find bridesmaids dresses and choose invitations, décor or cakes in any of these color palettes, visit us online at Best for Bride. Make use of our wedding services to make your dream wedding colors come to life.