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14 ideas to incorporate stripes into your wedding

In a previous post, we discussed how patterns like the polka dot can quickly and effectively liven up any wedding scene. Whether patterns form the central wedding theme, or are used as an accent to the main colors, they are a pleasant addition. Some patterns like stripes can be used everywhere, from the wedding cake to the bridesmaids dresses and rest of the décor.

Stripes are an interesting update to any wedding color scheme. When it is done in moderation, this pattern has the ability to add sophistication and make a color combination more attractive. Depending on the colors and width of stripes that are chosen, stripes can make a scene look more serious, casual or contemporary. Small pin stripes and big bold colored stripes have a casual feel, while softly colored stripes have a stylish effect. Hence it is a pattern to consider using at your wedding.

Check out our top ten ideas here, on how you can add this interesting detail into your wedding.

1.Glamorous invitation card with pops of red against subtle gold stripes

We like the idea of doing it big with stripes. Featured here is a beautiful and captivating invitation card with tropical red and orange colors stretching across a white base. A foil accent in gold is all it takes to transform this interesting card to something fantastic. As taupe and tango sizzle along the breadth of this card, the rippling effect is simply mesmerizing. We are sure that a card like this will be loved by your guests, and will set the excitement buzzing for all that is store on your big day. This invitation is an online exclusive from our Best for Bride wedding invitation collection. Customization options for both the bands of color and the foil accents are available, so you can find the color that matches your theme best. To find out more about this card, or to place your order, continue on to this link here.

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2.Delightfully delicious striped cake

Simple in it’s elegance, but stunning in appearance, this wedding cake from the Natalya cake collection at Best for Bride is a work of beauty. As brown and white stripes offset each other on the softly curved cake layers, the flowers add a beautiful dimension to them. Creating big bold stripes on wedding cake is literally a “piece of cake.” So, while your wedding guests indulge in this delicious looking desert, you can be happy at having a grand cake on a budget. If you are searching for inspiration on how to perfect the stripe details on your wedding cake, take a look at this page on the Cake Geek website. There is a bounty of wonderful images you can draw ideas from.

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3.Signature stripes coasters

We strongly believe that the best things come in little packages. Add the befitting finishing touches to your wedding décor with striped coasters, customized with your name and event details. Shown here in a teal and black ink finish, you can see how stylish this little detail can be at your wedding. The interesting pinstripe and crest design can be customized with the colors you like. Whether you use it as party décor or favors to share with your guests, it adds that perfect little striped detail to your big event. Find out how you can place your order for this product and your customization options by clicking on this link.

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4.Beautiful birch tree guest book

You do not always have to do stripes all the way for the intended impact. Add a unique and unusual touch to your wedding, with this guest book featuring a birch tree motif on the side. The resemblance of the weathered trees in the picture to vertical stripes is evident, even while it is more attractive with it’s picturesque details. With a cute bird detail on the textured cover, this book allows you to collect up to 100 guest signatures in the available space. It will undoubtedly be a valuable keepsake that looks just as beautiful as the messages that it will contain within. To find out more about this product, or to place your order, visit our wedding website here.

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5.Diagonal stripe place card

Black and white is one of the most preferred combinations for stripe designs, apparently because of the ease with which it is available. Featured here is a diagonal stripe place card, that will spruce up the table with the place card arrangement at your wedding. Not only will it easily blend into any wedding color palette, it will also be a small detail that subtly gels in without being too noisy or cluttered. This product belongs to our section for additional accessories for weddings. You can find out more details about it, as well as place your order at this link.

stripe place card

6.Stripe straws for all your party beverages

One easy and inexpensive way to add this small detail to your overall wedding service décor is to use striped straws for your beverages. With this little element, they will not only taste, but also look refreshing, when you dress them up with pretty striped straws that match your overall color theme. Guaranteed to last through refills, these will serve your guests throughout the reception. Available in eight custom colors, you can either use the same color on all your choices, or mix it up for an interesting variation on the general look. Either way it is a small detail that will not go unnoticed. Read more about how you can place your order for these, by visiting this link.

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7.Striped treat bags

If you have a candy buffet at your wedding reception, these striped treat bags are a cool way to add a little extra striped detail into the scene. While being a practical and fun choice, they are also pretty enough to add a pop of color to your overall table décor. You can also fill them up with treats beforehand, and seal the neck with a ribbon bow. Add a self sticking adhesive label with the details of the event, and they are ready to be distributed and taken home. Like the striped straws, these are also available in a range of colors, and allow you plenty of choice to find one that will match your wedding color palette. Check out this link to find out what the color options and the price details are.

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8.Striped shirt and plain tie, or the other way around

Don’t leave your bridegroom out of the picture, as stripes are a design detail that he can easily carry off. Unlike polka dots or chevron, it doesn’t look odd when a man chooses to wear a striped piece of clothing for a formal occasion, like his own wedding. Either choose a striped shirt and a plain silk tie, or the reverse; a plain shirt and striped tie. Either way, you will not have any difficulty finding these choices, as stripes is a detail that rules almost everything in the men’s fashion department. The bonus here is that your groom can easily make up for the fact that you cannot wear a striped wedding dress. Well, a striped wedding dress would be stretching the theme a little too far, don’t you think?

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9.Striped baker’s twine

For those brides who don’t want to spare any detail, here is the perfect striped accessory to wrap up your wedding favors or boxes with. Striped baker’s twine, available in a range of colors, makes it easy and interesting to add the finishing touches to your perfect party favors. Small, but pretty, these add instant vintage flair to your party packages. It can also be used as part of your wedding stationary, to wrap around envelopes. Available as spools of 100 meters each, you can choose from a variety of colors to find the one that best fits your wedding scenery. Take a closer look at this special product from our wedding favors and accessories collection, by visiting this link.

striped twine

10.Striped water bottle label

To make a theme work, every single detail counts. So, don’t spare attention to the water bottle labels that you employ at your wedding reception. The simple addition of these lined labels to the little refreshing bottles of water will make all the difference to bring together every single element at your wedding. The romantic floral motif at the corner of the label can be customized in any color of your choice, so it blends in with the overall color scheme. As you add a touch of flair to even the water bottles with custom self-adhesive labels, you are well on your way to making sure that every detail at your wedding is just right. Check out this product at the link to our wedding favors page.

water bottle label

11.Fun diagonal striped bunting

Buntings are a must-have at any celebration, and weddings are no exception to this rule. Make your wedding venue more festive with a bright and vibrant striped bunting in the colors of your choice. Hang this at the entrance, behind your buffet table, on the Mr. and Mrs. chair; basically wherever you think they will look good. You can customize the bunting with your choice of letters, and let it soar. The best part of this bunting is that it doesn’t come in the standard triangular shape that we so commonly see. It has a curly bracket border which makes it all the more prettier. Find out all about the colors that we offer and how you can place your order, by visiting our favors page.

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12.Striped bridesmaids dress

It may not be a good idea for the bride to dress in stripes. Instead, have your bridesmaids in stripes. This bridesmaid dress in the popularly sought-after black and white classic combination belongs to the Alfred Sung bridesmaid dress collection at Best for Bride. This full-length sateen dress features a jewel neck and keyhole back. The full length skirt has a pleated finish and it also has pockets at the seams. Although it is a single piece dress, it resembles a two-piece dress and is an interesting choice to dress your bridesmaids in. The A-line design flatters most figures, and so it is likely that all your bridesmaids will be able to pull off this design without difficulty.

13.Wedding ring with stripes

Let your love for stripes accompany you on your married life forever, by being the design on your wedding ring. If you are genuinely fond of this design, consider having your wedding ring designed with a stripe design on it. Contemporary, yet timeless, this is a design that you will love for years, and it will never look dated. Either have black stripes done into silver or gold, or consider having metals in different colors clubbed through stripes for a whimsical finish.

Wedding ring with stripes
Image Credits:Bence Fordos, via Flickr

14.Stripe clutch for your bridesmaids

If not the bridesmaids dresses, choose to accessorize your bridesmaids with a striped clutch. This is the perfect way to add this subtle detail into their overall outfits. A striking combination will easily stand out against a bridesmaid dress in a solid color. It will also be a great gift for your bridesmaids, and one that they will find plenty of use for, later on. The clutch featured here is a signature design that has a number of striped panels that come together in a beautiful finish. Something as stellar as this textile bag can be one of the smaller gifts you may like to add to your bridesmaids gift hamper. We are sure this will be put to plenty of use due to its interesting finish and overall look.

Stripes galore clutch
Image Credits:Monica Leitao Mota, via Flickr

We hope this article gives you enough inspiration to plan your striped-wedding. For more wedding ideas, tips and advice, drop in regularly at our website. Also, find all the things that you need to plan the perfect wedding celebration at the Best for Bride online web store.

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Dress Advice for the Mother of the Groom

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There are hundreds of columns, books and articles dedicated to wedding advice for the bride, groom, bridesmaids and even mother-of-the-bride. However, we seldom come across useful advice for the mother of the groom. So, this article is dedicated to the mothers of the grooms, and we will soon explore the guidelines that will help the mother of the groom choose a dress that is appropriate for her son’s wedding.

Going with tradition

Traditionally, it was the bride’s mother who first chose her dress and informed the groom’s mother of her selection. The mother of the groom would then choose a dress that would match. The dresses of both mothers weren’t expected to be a perfect match. Nevertheless, it was common practice that their dresses didn’t clash, but would instead complement each other. So, if the mother of the bride chose a long dress, the mother of the groom would also do the same.

Go with the wedding theme and colors

You should be aware of the various colors that are in the wedding palette, and the type of wedding that is planned. Depending on the specific nature of the wedding, you may choose your dress in a color and style that matches the style of wedding. Take cues from the bridesmaids dresses and choose your dress in a color that complements it, but isn’t the same shade.

 

Avoid white and black

You should stay away from white, obviously because it is the bridal color. Black isn’t usually considered suitable for a wedding, and unless it is a part of the overall color scheme, or the couple don’t mind you choosing a black dress, it is best avoided.

Comfort is key

It is not a good idea to experiment with daring options in dress styles on this day.You will be spending several hours wearing the dress you choose, so go with a style that you are comfortable in.

Once you choose your dress, get it altered to fit your measurements. This will make sure it flaunts your figure. Also select appropriate innerwear to support you throughout the day, and invest in a good pair of shoes.

Dress appropriately and aim for elegance

Choose a dress silhouette that flatters your figure, and make sure it is one that doesn’t cause any eyebrows to be raised. Modern etiquette rules do not demand that the mother of the groom be dressed conservatively. So, you can choose dresses that highlight the latest trends, but aim for a classic and elegant look. If you want to try something bold, it is a good idea to first get your would-be daughter-in-law’s opinion on whether it would be appropriate for the occasion.

Accessorize to enhance your overall look

Don’t just rely on your dress to look great. Make sure you have the jewelry to add the finishing touches. Classic choices are pearls and diamonds, but you can also go for colored gemstones that match your dress. Choose a stunning clutch and matching shoes to add style to your outfit. Finally pay attention to your makeup and hairstyle to look fabulous.

To choose from a great selection of dresses in all colors and patterns to wear at your son’s lifetime event, visit us at Best for Bride.

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The little details you shouldn’t forget to look perfect for prom

Finding the right prom dress for your big social event is winning half the battle. Once you are done with that, the next task on your agenda should be locating the right accessories. A few small details is all it takes to transform your look from good to Wow! And, here are some tips to get the details right, so you look stunning on your prom night.

Play around with color till you get the mix just right

Don’t let the color of your prom dress dictate your choice of accessories. It is boring to find a pretty girl dressed in a single color from head to toe, however brilliant the color may be. You should instead mix it with complementary or neutral colored accessories for a more interesting combination. An easy way to find the colors that go well together is to take a look at the color wheel and choose accessories in colors that lie opposite to the shade of your dress. If you aren’t comfortable mixing and matching colors, choose jewelry and accessories in neutrals or silver and gold, and you cannot go wrong.

Get a cool-looking manicure

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It is the little details like well-filed nails with beautiful polish that add finesse to your look. Don’t just go with the traditional French manicure, or a single shade. Think of how you will deck up your fingers and find colors and designs that will go well with your prom dress. Make sure you wait till a day or two before prom to prepare your nails, so it stays fresh. You can either match your nail art to the designs on your dress or go for subtle sophistication with a hint of sparkle. Don’t forget to complete the effect with a statement ring.

Choose a stunning, but practical clutch

Not only does a matching clutch refine your total look, it is also a practical necessity. This is where you can stash your makeup, hairbrush and other essentials. Just make sure that it isn’t too bulky. A good accessory should work with your dress; not against it. Make sure that the texture and finish goes well with the colors and fabric of your dress. If in doubt, choose a solid colored one or go with a neutral shade like black, silver or nude that will match any color.

Pull your look together

There is a lot going on with the dress, hairstyle, accessories and makeup. To look great make sure that you balance it out by sticking to few dramatic elements and not overdoing it. If your dress has elaborate details, go easy with the accessories. Simple silver necklaces or a string of pearls will be sufficient. Avoid a necklace altogether if your dress has a halter neck. If your dress is relatively simple, dress it up with interesting and bigger accessories.

You now know how to get the finer details of your prom look done. If you haven’t chosen your prom dress yet, visit us at Best for Bride today and make your pick.