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Wedding dress Ideas for Brides who love floral details

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Who doesn’t love flowers? Feminine and romantic, flowers are a permanent fixture in the wedding world. They have inspired many weddings, and have taken center stage in wedding décor.

Flowers are so varied and abundant, that we can easily say that there is something for everyone. If you are a bride who is madly in love with flowers, and want them not only in your décor and wedding details but on yourself as well, here are some ideas. These make the most of the floral trend that simply cannot go wrong. And while we are at it, we wouldn’t want to forget the pretty ladies beside you at the altar. So, we’ve also compiled some fabulous ideas to dress yourself and your bridesmaids in beautiful florals. Let us begin with you, the bride!

Flower power for the beautiful Bride

Floral details in Alencon Lace

Called the queen of lace, Alencon lace is an ideal background for elaborate floral motifs in a wedding dress. This type of lace was initially used in trims for royal garments and dresses for the elite. Now, it plays a valuable role in adorning wedding dresses, and adds dainty, whimsical touches to a bride’s ensemble.

The Mori Lee Gown 2814 features elegant floral finesse in Alencon lace, with crystal beading and sparkling embroidery adding shimmer to the beautiful design. The bodice is a rich carpet of floral extravaganza, but our attention is drawn to the clusters of flowers in the skirt. These pretty details have an almost 3D effect, as they appear at various points along the length of the skirt.

For even more Alencon Lace work that extends to sheer sleeves as well, check out the Mori Lee 2812 here.

Flowers on a beautifully embellished back

Brides these days know how important it is to look good from all angles. If you are a bride who is in love with floral details, you should feature some in the back too! Illusion back details are simply enchanting, that none of your guests will be able to take their eyes off the beautiful details in the back of your dress. Another factor that we cannot overlook is the modest yet subtly sexy appeal of this design feature in a wedding dress. Add magnificent floral details to this area, and there is simply no stopping the bride. Here is an example.

The Mori Lee 5410 is a classic wedding gown, featuring an illusion bateau neckline over a sweetheart bodice and a fit and flare silhouette. Although floral lace details dance along the entire length of the gown, we think the most beautiful part of this dress is the richly embellished back. Clusters of flowers decorate the entire back region, adding a romantic touch to this angle. Take a closer look at this dress, by visiting this link here.

Vintage Floral

Vintage designs have a unique charm of their own. Throw in some floral beauty into the mix and you have a bride who looks like a dream. Vintage dresses popularly feature waistlines that are distinct for their placement above or below the natural waistline. This makes it the perfect place to accent with floral details. With a gathered skirt that is just poufy enough for the right touch of drama, and sleeves that skim the arms, these dresses are very feminine and ethereal. This modern version of a vintage dress shows us how flowers can magically add to the effect of these spectacular dresses.

This wedding dress, inspired by the vintage era but with it’s own modern updates that make it appealing to the modern woman. Here, the bodice and sheer neckline are tastefully decorated with beaded flowers that stand out to make a definite statement. Further, the same embellishments are used as an accent in the waistline, along the grossgrain ribbon, adding a splendid effect to the dress overall.

Boho Florals

Unusual colors and non-traditional fabrics characterize the Boho bride. Nevertheless, this bride like every other would most likely have a penchant for flowers, and there are numerous ways to add this element into her outfit. Brides who would like to sport a Bohemian style with an element of sophistication, and just the right dose of femininity strewn in can do it by choosing floral patterns in an unusual color or pattern. The look will definitely be more Boho than traditional or trendy. Here is what we mean.

This is a wedding dress that will find favor with the Boho bride for its unusual mix of features. The sheer capped yoke forms an overlay over the bodice and ends in a cap-sleeve finish that is unusually attractive. The entire fit and flare silhouette is accented with impressive crystal beading over delicate floral lace appliques. The intricate detailing of the floral elements and the added charm of the tiny glittering specs of crystal beads makes this a dress par excellence. No element is overwhelming, yet it strikes a statement with ease. Not featured here is the beautiful back, which is a continuation of tiered lace details all the way from the neckline to the train. With a gown as ravishing as this, all you need are a few flowers weaved into your hair, and don’t be surprised if your Prince Charming falls in love with you all over again, on your wedding day!

Blush Florals

Blush is perhaps the next most popular wedding dress color after white. This is also a beautiful base color for flowers to pop up against. Hence, our next suggestion—blush florals. White lace motifs literally pop off a blush base, and this is the best choice to go with when you want a colored wedding dress with a whimsical floral touch. You don’t even have to make white your flower color. You can achieve an equally attractive effect with colored flowers on blush, more so if they have a 3D appearance. And did you know that blush with flower designs has a vintage charm? Check out our next pick and you will see what we mean.

This gown is a modern vintage gown in blush, with excellent floral elements that make it a work of art. All over lace features flower details that are beautifully complemented by the pearl garlands that skim the shoulders along the beaded straps. With a non-fussy silhouette, this dress has a refined sophistication that is perfect for the bride who wants to look unique, but not over-the-top.

Just a hint with a floral waistband

If you do not want to go with flowers all the way, this is a style that is sure to look right. Instead of having a dress drowned in floral details, keep it sharp and spectacular with just a floral element on the waistband. This is best done when the dress has a defined waistline that coincides with the natural waistline. When placed either above or below the natural waistline, it may not have the intended impact. This dress shows us how to do it right.

This dress has a waistband with a trimming of floral details along the edge. Since the rest of the dress is relatively simple, this stands out as a statement element. The noticeable dimension of the faux flowers in the waistband are emphasized by the draped ruching in the bodice and the soft layering of the skirt. The textures are simple and breezy, making it the perfect combination for a fluttering flower in the waistline.  If you aren’t able to find a ready-made dress with this detail, you can have it customized. All you need to remember is to choose a dress that isn’t too busy with details, and add a waistband with floral details on it as the main accessory.

Fluttering wildflower details

Princesses, lush palace gardens and flowers; these fairy tale elements simply belong together. And if you have your heart set on a fairy tale wedding ever since you were a little girl, a gown with a sprinkling of floral elements would be perfect for your royal look. And for a change, let’s leave out the roses and regulars, and go with something more adventurous instead. Take a look.

The cage-silhouette has fluttering wisps of net, with wildflower motifs strewn in abundance. They begin at the empire waistline and continue all the way down to the knees, like a bloom of flowers scattered in the wind. How romantic is this gown!

Now that we’ve seen a fair share of bridal dresses that feature flowers in the most attractive way, let us move on to some ideas to dress up your bridesmaids with these beautiful elements of nature.

Sheer top with floral appliques

Do the floral details in moderation by choosing a dress that doesn’t overwhelm with print or pattern for your bridesmaids. Either limit the floral details to the top or only to the skirt. Make it look extra stylish by choosing an illusion style sheer top that beautifully sits over a monochromatic dress with a short hemline. Here is an example from the After Six collection.

The 6746 is a beautiful white mousseline dress with a high-low hemline and a sweetheart neckline. However, the addition of a sheer top with clusters of floral appliques immediately raises its style quotient. A satin waistband with a pretty floral detail on one side draws attention to a slender waistline, making it a figure-flattering choice for a slim girl. This is a dress that your bridesmaids will love wearing, for it is certainly not typical bridesmaid stuff.

Floral embroidery in bodice

If you prefer an uncomplicated floral dress for your bridesmaids, but one that is elegant and attractive, choose a dress with lace appliques in a color that contrasts with the rest of the fabric. This will allow it to vividly stand out, and the floral details will not be lost in the fabric as usually happens in a lace dress. The Dessy bridesmaids collection has a couple of pretty picks that do this perfectly.

 

This elegant A-line dress is a universally flattering choice, and is modest but very feminine. The tumbling white floral lace appliques extend from the illusion scoop neckline to the waist and slightly beyond.  Another dress that is similar but has a more formal touch is the full-length 2948 tulle gown with a sweetheart neckline. You can check this dress out at this link.

Bouquet print for total style

If you want to do it right, and do it big, dress your girls in dresses that feature rich floral colors and designs. Watercolor prints were a big hit in the recent years, but you can also go with bouquet prints like you see here.

The D722FP from the Alfred Sung collection is a beautiful dress with a rich floral print running all over it. The print is created on an A-line silhouette with cap sleeves and a V-neckline, with a waistband defining the natural waistline.

So, tell us, will you be incorporating some beautiful flower details into your wedding dress? Or will it be your bridesmaids who will be sporting this detail?

For more information on all the dresses featured here, or to check out more options, visit us online at Best for Bride—the one-stop wedding destination for all your bridal needs.

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8 Insanely Useful Tips to Use When Shopping For The Perfect Evening Gown

8 Insanely Useful Tips to Use When Shopping For The Perfect Evening Gown

There is so much variety in evening dresses, that it can make shopping for the perfect one totally confusing. However, when you find the right dress, you will feel like a diva in it. Not only will it be comfortable, it will also bring out your best features and make you happy to show it off.

So, how do you set about looking for one, and identify if it is the right choice for you?

Here are ten valuable tips from Best for Bride, to help you find the right formal gown for your next big social event.

Assess your body shape first

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Wedding inspiration boards—a tool that every bride should consider

We love every little thing that makes wedding planning easier, and wedding inspiration boards are right on the top of the list.

With so much going on in wedding dresses, accessories, bridesmaids dresses, color palettes, food, photographs, flowers and décor, it is easy to become overwhelmed and lose focus of what you want at your wedding. This is where wedding inspiration boards come to the rescue; they allow you to create a list of inspiring palettes and themes, compare them and find ones that you like, organize your thoughts and ideas and create a reference for implementing your plans.

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Why you need wedding inspiration boards

Here are some of the main reasons why you should consider having wedding inspiration boards

  • It allows to collect your thoughts, and get an actual look at how the ideas in your mind will look

  • Inspiration boards allow you to compile tons of information, and organize it for ease of access. This allows you to compare different ideas and find the ones you like best.

  • It is easier to scan through so much information, and not miss any potential idea, when everything is available in a single location.

  • It helps you obtain a picture description of a theme, and gives you a clear idea of how it will look when it is finally done

  • Wedding inspiration boards are easy to create. In fact, even the most basic computer user can easily put one together and make their wedding planning much more fun.

  • It can be used to share your ideas to your partner or planner easily, as pictures say a lot more than words do.

An advantage of a wedding inspiration board is that it helps with staying focused and overcoming the confusion caused by all that information out there on the internet. You know how it is! You start searching for something, when you see an interesting link and click on it. Few more clicks and several hours later, you will have forgotten what you were originally looking at, though you would have bookmarked several new ideas.

With planning boards, you can pull down inspiring ideas and pictures even as you browse. So, it allows you to capture everything. You can later sort through the information, and find what you want.

What to include in wedding inspiration boards

Wedding planning involves hundreds of big and small details. So, it is only logical to assume that you will have an inspiration board for each of these aspects.

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Most brides prefer to have inspiration boards for the following—wedding color palette, invitation card ideas, wedding theme, wedding dress, accessories, bridesmaids dresses, cake, venue and reception décor, table settings, photograph ideas, hair and makeup, groomsmen dress, bouquets and floral arrangements, party favors, centerpieces and table settings and rehearsal dinner planning.

From the most basic inspiration board, to more advanced options

Although the computerized versions are more popular, there are brides who still prefer paper and print. Remember the episode in the popular sitcom “Friends”, where Monica pulls out her neatly compiled wedding inspiration folder, that she had been working on forever? Take a cue from this episode. Whether you are engaged, are already planning a wedding, are in a relationship, or simply expect to be married someday, don’t hesitate to snag an idea that you would love at your wedding. Although you don’t have to be super-organized and perfect about creating a wedding portfolio, like Monica was, it doesn’t hurt to at least set such pictures aside for future reference.

As a bride who’s planning a wedding, you can create your inspiration board on a wall in your room. It can be a pinup board on which you stick ideas, pictures and notes. Glance at it every now and then, and you may find some ideas stick with you.

The simplest computer version you can create, is a folder on your desktop. Why not name it “My ideas” or “Wedding.” Within it, add sub-folders for each aspect—for color palettes, wedding dress and accessories, cakes, party favors, invitation card templates and designs, bridesmaids dresses, etc. Once this is done, save pictures you find into the respective folder and scan through your collection, whenever you want. Remember to continuously eliminate the pictures you no longer require, or you can quickly lose track of where you started and what you were looking for.

Online inspiration boards: Pinterest

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The more popular and practical option is to create an online inspiration board. The first tool for this is Pinterest, where you can gather hundreds of ideas from anywhere you want to create your colorful scrapbook of images. There are several existing wedding inspiration boards on Pinterest, from where you can pin pictures you like. Most websites also allow you to add the pictures you find in their blogs and galleries to the mood boards you created.

If you do not already have a Pinterest account, you can register for one in a matter of minutes. Once you have this set up, all you have to do is create as many boards as you want, and give each of them a relevant name. You can, for example, have one called Wedding Dresses, another called Wedding stationery, etc. Now, you are all set to begin pinning.

The good thing about Pinterest is that it allows you to share pictures. You can either share an entire Pinterest board or chosen pictures with a vendor or friend. This makes communication easy and efficient. Your bridesmaids can add pictures they like to your board, so you can all see the various options that appeal to everyone, before making a definite choice.

As you set out doing this, you will slowly see a pattern emerge, and this can guide you towards identifying a theme that works best for you. Pinterest can thus, help a bride who isn’t sure of what she wants for her wedding. By simply pinning all the pictures that you like on the internet, you can quickly identify your preferences and build a theme based on this.

Since Pinterest is available as a mobile app too, you can keep adding to your mood boards, wherever you are browsing from. It is a practical solution, with which you can avoid the hassle of printing pictures.

Apart from Pinterest, there are other sites, specifically directed towards weddings. Let us now take a look at them.

Websites that allow you to build you own Wedding inspiration board

1.Stylemepretty

One of the most popular sites is Stylemepretty. SMP allows you to set up your board, by choosing from various templates they provide. To start, you can visit this page and click on the blue circular “Build a Board” icon on the right hand side of the page, which you can see in this screenshot.

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You can then choose a layout that you like, name your board and begin dragging and dropping pictures onto it.

A good thing about this board builder is that you aren’t limited to pictures on the site. The board also allows you to credit the picture owners, and also share boards with your friends and obtain opinions on your choices. Check out this page on the site, to learn more about how this works, and also clarify all your doubts.

2.Wedding Wire

Another great option is the Wedding Wire inspiration board builder. Visit this page to get started with your board. The website also allows you to drag and drop your pictures from your desktop or browse through those available in their gallery. You can resize, rotate and rearrange them to create a complete vision of a particular aspect. Create multiple boards for each of your planning criteria, and share it with your friends, wedding planner or bridegroom, who can then provide opinions on it.

3.Dessy Bridesmaids planning app tool

Bridesmaids are a huge part of your wedding, and there are many details you have to plan around them. One of the biggest challenges is choosing bridesmaids dresses. You cannot see all the possible colors that a particular dress is available in, and this can limit your idea of how a particular color looks in a certain design. The Dessy Group has an application that allows you to keep all your bridesmaids tasks, including the dress selection, on track.  You can use this to create a single platform, through which you can communicate everything related to their dress selection, alterations, fittings and more, with your bridesmaids. This tool is very valuable, especially if your bridesmaids dresses are from the Dessy Collection.

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Things to remember when setting up and using inspiration boards

While these inspiration or mood boards are a great way to get your wedding planning on track, there are a few things you should remember when choosing this route. Let us look at what they are.

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#The Inspiration board is just what it is called—Inspiration!

Remember that you needn’t necessarily have everything you see on your wedding inspiration board. The intent of creating such boards is only to help you build your ideas and carve your unique wedding plans. Do not see this as a shopping list, or be disappointed if some of the ideas you see here cannot be done at your wedding. Instead of despairing, keep looking around. There are many more ideas to explore and it is likely you will find an equally appealing one. Else, work with your vendors to find realistic and available solutions that recreate the same effect of what you see online.

# Remember that elimination is part of the picture

Those pictures can be so dreamy and perfect, you may not want to let go of it. However, the idea of having an inspiration board is to zero-in on what will make it to your wedding. So, you have to eliminate anything that doesn’t serve a purpose. They may be eye-candy, but that doesn’t mean they stay there, unless they are useful. So, be ruthless with eliminating anything that won’t be required or you will end up with more clutter than helpful information.

# You don’t have to get everything in

You can get the idea with as few as 6-9 images. So, don’t clutter up your boards with too many images, and get confused. Start with many, but narrow down choices to those that work, as you progress with your wedding plans. Be selective with options, once you know your preferences. Also, once you have made a choice, stick to it and avoid procrastinating over other attractive options you come across later. Otherwise, looking at pictures can go on forever, and can get you nowhere.

#Use verbal descriptions

Rather than simply saving an image, you should also use text to highlight what attracted you to an image. Otherwise, you may forget why you picked an image, when you look at it after a while. The text will remind you of what aspect specifically appealed to you.

#Have realistic expectations

Not all the pictures you see are from actual weddings. It can be from smaller events or even styled for a shoot. Keep that in mind when you make your wedding plans. Like we said earlier, this should be treated as an idea, and not as an end-all. It is more interesting, when you personalize a given picture with your own ideas, and make it unique. So, let that be your aim.

There are many ready-made wedding inspiration boards on sites like Stylemepretty, Wedding Wire and Martha Stewart. You can use these as a starting point and build on it. Similarly, there are plenty of boards on Pinterest, to draw inspiration from.

Nevertheless, remember that you and your vendors can create fantastic and novel ideas to personalize your wedding without too much inspiration, and this is what everyone at your wedding will actually look forward to. Your inspiration boards should only assist you in finding the various ideas that you can work with to create the final plan.

Now, that you know why a wedding inspiration board is a must-have, why don’t you set one up right away! Don’t forget to keep visiting Best for Bride, for all the ideas you need to plan your wedding right.