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Top tips for styling your wedding

Your wedding is a reflection of your personality and style. When the various elements at your wedding come together, it will showcase who you are as a couple. So, it is not just about the details, it is also how these details work together.

Most brides base their wedding on a theme. Although the same theme may have been done a thousand times before, it can be executed completely differently at yours. Nonetheless, making it unique depends on how you plan your details. This is where our tips for styling your wedding will help you.

Here are some of our insider tips to help you style your wedding, to make it uniquely yours!

1.Discuss and note down what you want

Before you begin collecting pretty pictures on Pinterest or browsing the internet for trending themes, take a minute. It is easy to be swayed by what looks good and interesting. However, it may not be the right one for you. Instead, identify what you want first and proceed from there. Sit down with your fiance and discuss what you want your wedding to look and feel like.

It is helpful to jot down not just elements and factors that should be at your wedding, but also words that describe the effect your wedding should create. This will help you when you have to shortlist or choose between ideas that are right for your wedding plans.

2.Collect ideas for all the different elements of your day

Once you know what you want, it is easier to collect ideas that work. This is a good time to start looking at Pinterest and all those pretty details in the various websites you come across. Cover all the different elements from wedding dresses, accessories and food to transportation, décor and stationery. It is a good idea to create different boards on sites like Pinterest and Loverly to segregate your collections into relevant groups.

You may come across new and more interesting ideas every single day. So, this will be an ongoing process. Nonetheless, don’t forget to revisit the data you collect, and subject them to closer scrutiny. Then eliminate those that do not hold your attention, as they did originally. This will help you narrow down your preferences and you will soon identify a pattern emerging.

3.Be open to options

Not all things that match your vision will be available easily. Don’t be disappointed if you find that the items in your mind aren’t all available. To avoid this situation, always make a Plan B. When you plan your wedding imagery, do it with plenty of alternative options. This will improve your chances of finding things you need to complete the effect. At times, it may also be helpful for you to reconsider your options and choose items that are easier on the pocket.

4.Don’t hesitate to get creative

There are no specific rules that govern your choices. You are in charge and have absolute freedom to mix and match, eliminate or combine ideas till you find what you love. Look at the various images and ideas you have and find out what it is that you like most about each of them. If you always thought you wanted pastels at your wedding, but find your collected images to have jewel tones, use this as a cue.

Images will help you recognize what actually appeals to your taste. Use the information you collect to identify patterns, prints, colors and style elements to dictate your wedding style. It is also possible that you will find more than one emerging trend. What do you do in this case? Simply mix and match to create your unique style statement. So, if it is boho and chic, use elements of both types to style your wedding.

5.Get help from the pros

Pulling off the numerous details of a wedding is no easy feat. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself overwhelmed and reeling under pressure. Hire professional help if you find yourself reaching nowhere with your ideas. If not for the entire scene, you can still spend money on just the details that are important.

Wedding planners usually have the talent to find vendors who will gel with you and bring your vision to life. However you can also ask the vendors you’ve already booked to suggest others who they have worked with and are capable of getting the overall picture right. When you discuss your ideas with a potential vendor, see if they accept your vision. Work only with those who believe your idea is feasible, don’t dismiss your ideas or suggest too many changes to plan.

6.Think out of the box

One of the biggest problems with wedding planning these days, is that couples stick to the trends entirely. When they borrow and execute ideas as such, the novelty is lost. Avoid this mistake. While you should be inspired by ideas you find, try to add to it with your own inputs. Get creative and break the mold.

If an idea captures your interest, think of how you can further enhance it. Whether it is adding an unusual accessory to your wedding dress or giving an unexpected twist to the menu, exercise your creative juices. Small but quirky ideas can be remarkably memorable, and all that it takes to shift your wedding experience to a whole other level. Keep it personal, and the custom changes you make will have stronger impact.

7.Sometimes less is more

Whether it is color, texture, prints or patterns, use liberal doses at your wedding. However, make sure it doesn’t overwhelm. When there are too many details, it is likely that the important ones will simply drown in the chaos. So, aim to create just one or two focal points, and let the rest of your wedding arrangements draw on this as inspiration. When working with bright colors, keep the effects contained and use no more than four colors in your wedding to avoid a cluttered look. Remember that it is important to prioritize the factors that mean most to you, and focus on these in your wedding arrangements. The rest should simply be to complement the main things and not compete with it.

8.Remember ideas aren’t always expensive

Executing an unusual or interesting idea at your wedding doesn’t mean it should eat into your budget. With the right approach and planning, you can snag the deal for a good bargain. Handmade details or DIY ideas can be inexpensive when done right.

Set aside time to visit thrift stores, search online and in likely places to find items for less. If you are crafty, use your skills to personalize your décor, wedding favors or add custom touches to your outfit. Shop and think with an open mind. If you are flexible with your choices, it will be easy to find alternative and unusual options for your settings. Not only will these pack a punch, you can also impress your guests with your eye for detail and resourcefulness.

9.Score extra points with unusual items in your décor

 

Every time we come across an unexpected element in the wedding décor, it stays in our memories. These small items usually end up being the signature of your wedding day scenery. Your guests identify them with the occasion, and they become a strong part of their memories. So, do some brainstorming to identify unusual items that will enhance the décor at your wedding. Take a look at this article on the Woman getting married site for some unique wedding centerpiece ideas. The best part is that most of them are easy to DIY, and give your creativity a big boost.

10.Don’t get caught up in other people’s expectations

Whether it is your mother, your wedding planner or maid of honor, their role is to help you realize your wedding vision. For the full-list of who these likely wedding hijackers are, take a look at this article on the Knot. Don’t succumb to pressure and give-in to what they say, unless you absolutely agree.

Some brides are too timid to step up and say something when others try to take over their wedding. Don’t do this or you will see your ideas going out of the window. Remember that it is your wedding, and the day should reflect your likes and preferences. Keep it that way. The easiest option for you to make this happen is to identify your must-haves earlier on. Welcome opinions that contribute to your vision, but don’t commit to anything that you aren’t sure of. You can always say, “I’ll think of it, thanks,” and get off without committing to the suggestion till you think it through.

11.Prepare well and prepare right

Although you may have a zillion brilliant ideas, it is useless unless you execute them with perfection. Preparation is key to nail perfect results. Use visual cues to recognize whether your ideas will translate well in person. Set up a journal or diary to record these details. If you are good at sketching, try to recreate the picture in your mind through sketches. Or if you prefer to work with existing pictures, spend time comparing the colors and effects. This will help you set it all up easier, when the time is right.

For decorations, make note of the general rules to obey to create a visual setting that will impress. Gather all your props, raw materials and décor essentials to set up samples and ensure they look as good as you expect them to. Take pictures of the arrangements you make and click pictures. They will serve as reference points for when you have to do the real thing and are pressed for time.

12.Think of how it will photograph

After the day, all the details you painstakingly create will live through your photographs. So, it is essential that you plan a photogenic wedding, so the memories are sharp and impressive. When you think of your wedding style and especially the colors, consider this aspect. Think of how certain color combinations will translate in photos. Unless it can be captured as beautifully as it is in person, your theme may not look great in pictures.

Even the food you serve at the wedding, your bouquet and jewelry should look beautiful when displayed. Play with contrasts and textures wisely to create an attractive setting to increase the visual appeal of your wedding scene. Discuss these factors with your photographer prior to the wedding. He can guide you on changes that will improve the overall look of your pictures.

13.Create your own style

We always advise brides to have an inspiration board when planning their wedding. However, like I mentioned earlier, this shouldn’t be the be-all and end-all of your wedding. This is only to motivate you to come up with your unique ideas. Pictures that appeal to your taste will definitely give you a good idea of what you would like to have at your wedding. Once you recognize a pattern and shortlist elements that will be in your wedding, you should go about creating and settling into your own style.

Try to create a cohesive look and feel, and fashion your unique wedding statement. Whether you DIY or hire professionals to do the various details, make sure that it finally reflects who you are as a couple and your personal choices. This will help you avoid a cookie-cutter wedding.

Best for Bride has been helping brides realize their wedding dreams for over a decade now. From bridal dresses to dresses for the bridal party, accessories, wedding favors and even cakes, we have everything you need to plan the perfect wedding day. Visit our website by clicking this link and discover how we can help you have the perfect wedding day.

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10 tips to plan your wedding on a shoestring budget

For most couples, their wedding is the single most important celebration in their life, till now. It can be confusing when you want to celebrate this big day in the best possible way, but are worried about how much this will cost you. After all, it is just one day, and is it worth spending years paying for the debt that you incurred on the celebration?

Different couples have different takes on this. So, if you have the budget and want to have a big bash on this special day, so be it! For those who want a smaller celebration that is intimate and meaningful, yet easy on their pocket, here is some help.

Here are ten tips to help you plan your wedding on a small budget, so you begin your life together as man and wife without worrying about the money you busted.

1.Stretch your dollar to the most–Borrow or recycle

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Trimming down the wedding guest list is a necessity for any budget wedding. So, no surprises there! When you have a smaller guest list, it is possible to recycle things, make use of what is available, or borrow things for the occasion. If you have an eye for details and a knack for mixing and matching, there will be no trouble executing your wedding details in the most impressive manner without it costing you a dime. Trays, platters and plates are wedding essentials, and if you have a close-knit group of family and friends who can lend you things from their homes, you can create an impressive buffet arrangement with what you find.

Recycle everything from your wedding dress to the centerpieces and décor, and your wallet will remain plump. Since you will anyway be setting up home after the wedding, it is a good idea to buy things for the wedding décor, that you can re-use in your new home. Sarah, the hardworking bride, tells us how she managed to pull off her stylish wedding for less than $6000 by using such options. Her wise planning included trays from Target for her dessert table, that she could take home with her and use again. Read more about her brilliant wedding here.

2.Eliminate non-essential vendor services

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There is no hard and fast rule on what you should have at your wedding. This is all a matter of priority. So, splurge on the essentials that you simply must have, and eliminate or step down on those that you can do without. You can always substitute certain vendor services with affordable options that will work. For example, you can save a chunk of your budget by eliminating the band and DJ from your celebration. Instead, compile a playlist and play the songs using a good stereo system. You can do your floral décor with what is inexpensive and easily available, and eliminate the services of a florist. Or, forego the makeup and hair artist’s services for the wedding day, by doing it yourself. Just make sure that you know what your priorities are, and don’t compromise on them. The rest is up to you to take or leave, as your budget permits.

3.Find a cheaper dessert option instead of the wedding cake

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Wedding cakes are more about the look, than the flavor or taste. Most guests remember how the wedding cake impressed them, but won’t always recollect the taste it had. Some may even have skipped dessert altogether after the heavy meal they enjoyed. However, cakes are expensive, and so you should think of whether you really want it. There is a world of desserts waiting to be discovered, and these are even more enticing than a slice of wedding cake. So, step away from cake and turn to alternate options for a wallet-friendly, practical and delicious choice that is bound to impress. This article on the wedding blog of Apartment therapy provides some unusual options that will have you saying, “Why didn’t I think of it?” You can also refer to this previous post for more ideas on what to serve instead of cake, at your wedding. Choose a dessert that is truly unique and one that you love, so your wedding has a sweet ending that is both delicious, personal and delightfully inexpensive.

4.Serve family style dishes

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A welcome alternative to the plated meal and wedding buffet, serve family style dishes at your wedding. Not only does this bring down the cost considerably, these are hearty meals that everyone will naturally enjoy. When you choose a family style meal, you will need less service staff, which is again a budget winner. This article on the Huff Post tells us that family style wedding dinners are better than buffets and plated dinners, since they are the middle ground between the two. It is more elegant than a buffet and less formal than a plated meal. By serving items on large platters that can be passed around, you can also eliminate elaborate table décor, not to mention the casual and informal vibe that this activity can create. Don’t skimp on the quantity of food available, just choose dishes that are interesting and filling so your guests aren’t left hungry. This idea is also perfect for wedding parties that include children, as you needn’t plan a special menu for the younger taste buds in this case.

5.Keep to local products for the bar

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Instead of having the standard open bar, give your wedding a unique twist by serving up local fare that you can buy from nearby vineyards or breweries for a fraction of the cost. Not only will your guests have plenty of new and unusual options, you will be thankful for how cheap it will be. Also, switch out the champagne for the toasts. Guests can toast with whatever they are drinking. After all, it is the sentiment that counts, not the details of how it is done. If necessary, add some non-alcoholic drinks as refreshers, and serve them at the beginning of the reception. This will not only help your guests feel refreshed at the beginning of the function, it will also reduce their capacity to drown in alcohol later. If you should splurge on anything, it should be on improving the appearance of the drinks served at your bar. Inexpensive garnishes and colorful mixers are all it takes to dress up drinks and make them look festive and more expensive than it actually cost you.

6.Forego the extras

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All the little things add up quickly, and you can stay ahead of the game if you stick with the essentials only. So, forego elaborate decorations and trimmings for your wedding favor wrap-ups, menu styling and floral décor. Consider whether you really need things like a dessert table, coffee bar, photo booth or individual place cards. Rather than aiming for perfection, you can work with a tight budget if you look at the bigger picture and execute it with simplicity. So, the lesser textures in décor, lower it will cost you. Similarly, go with simple menu choices that are full of flavor and compensate for not looking too great. Your favors do not need satin bows that will mostly end up in the trash, nor do you have to spend a fortune on signboards when your guests can find their way at the venue, without them.

7.Go with an artificial bouquet that you can DIY in advance

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Flowers are an expensive factor at weddings. Minimize the cost by choosing alternative options for your décor, or keeping floral arrangements to a minimum. The bridal bouquet is one essential though. Despite this, there is no condition that your bouquet has to be made with real flowers. You can add your own DIY details to this accessory of your wedding dress ensemble, by making your own bridal bouquet with alternatives like cloth or paper. Unlike other elaborate DIY projects that consume time and take a lot of effort, your bouquet is a simple and relatively easier option to handle. With a little crafting knowledge, this is the perfect way to have an attractive bouquet, sans the cost. Check out some great tutorials on creating amazing bouquets, at this link here and here. The best thing about choosing to DIY your bouquet is that you will have a keepsake from your wedding, that you will forever be proud of making.

8.Rent what you can

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With wedding dresses, wedding accessories, décor and more available to rent, you can find plenty of economically viable choices for your wedding day. Unless you are particular about owning what you wear or use at your wedding day, renting is a practical and sensible option. After all, most of these things won’t find a second use. So, why waste so much money by buying all of it, when you can get what you want for much cheaper. Bridal shops like Best for Bride allow brides to rent their wedding dress for a fraction of the original cost, so you can look great on your wedding day without the hefty price tag. If not the dress, you should definitely consider the accessories. Indulge in your dream of wearing a grand tiara and looking like a princess on your wedding day, even when you don’t have to buy it. By renting part or most of your wedding ensemble, you can look fantastic on a tight budget, and isn’t that how you should beon your wedding day?

9.Reduce the number of wedding party members

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A big wedding party translates into extra expenses not only for the members in it, but also for the bride and groom. You will have to set aside a part of the budget for buying gifts, bouquets and many more things for the members in your wedding party. This can quickly add up. Think of whether you really need so many people beside you at the time you say “I do.” Wouldn’t it work just as well if they were seated with the rest of the guests and took home wedding favors that were much cheaper? Plus, by keeping your wedding party to the bare minimum, probably just your maid of honor and two bridesmaids, you do not have to worry about ruffling feathers when you do not ask someone to be on the list, or making anyone who secretly isn’t keen on it feel uncomfortable by inviting them.

10.Weigh your options

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Even when it concerns things that you simply must have, weigh your various options and find the one that is practical yet costs less. For example, if you must hire a limo for you entrance and exit, go with a black one that will cost much lesser than a white or silver limo (check out here: https://limofind.com/). Similarly, think of monochromatic bouquet options and simple bouquet arrangements instead of complicated flower arrangements that will cost more. In case of table décor, choose basic, but classic materials to do the job, instead of fancy table décor that will cost more but perform the same function. Basically, we suggest you prioritize value over look, and you will find choices that are appealing but inexpensive.

Making smart moves when planning your wedding will help you save up more for the more important thing—the rest of the life you will be sharing together. And memories don’t depend on the tiny details, it is always the big picture that matters. So, tell us what were your budget ideas that helped you get the most value for money, at your wedding?

To find great offers, deals and discounts on wedding dresses, accessories and décor, check out our special offers page at Best for Bride. Our lowest price guarantee also ensures that you find a fabulous wedding dress at the best price possible, when you shop with us. Alternately consider our rental dress and accessory services if you want a cost-effective solution to your needs. For all this and more, check out our website at Best for Bride by visiting this link here.

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Perfect wedding party favors according to bridal personality—Which of these is for you?

Are you one of those brides for whom everything changes, the moment that big sparkly stone touches your finger?

Real life experiences tell us that some stones lay low, but others have the power to bring out the best or the worst of the wearer. So, what bridal personality did your engagement ring transform you into—a psycho Bridezilla or a pleasant party girl? Read on to identify which of the stereotype bridal personalities best describe you as a bride. Once you do, we have a list of wedding favors for you to choose from, so you find the one that best suits your personality.

The fairytale princess

From the moment her Prince Charming was on his knees, proposing marriage to her, this bride’s life is a real fairytale. She has spent all her life waiting for this magical moment to happen, and now, nothing can spoil it for her. She must be wed in a castle venue, or at least one that looks the part. Her vision of the perfect wedding will include overdoses of pink, peach, yellow and gold. There will be lots of dreamy, floating elements in her wedding. So, expect to see balloons, lanterns, wreaths, flower balls and similar décor in her wedding.

You will know you are the fairytale princess type if your wedding dress has to be a poufy ball gown or a dress with plenty of embellishments as princesses cannot settle for anything less than the best. You are waiting to tint your eyelashes with sparkle and wear a tiara in your hair. A glass slipper sounds just right for the finishing touches of your bridal outfit.

The perfect party favor would be a gift that is as magical as the day you will be wed on. Beautiful trinkets with a touch of class will be just right to display on your party favors table. If they have a fairytale charm to them, they just cannot go wrong. We recommend the Cinderella wedding carriage candle for the die-hard fairy tale fan; add a touch of glamour and charm to your wedding with these whimsical little beauties.

cinderella wedding carriage Other suggestions you may like are the embellished golden lac box card holder and miniature gnomes in polka dot hats.

The thrifty bride

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This is the bride who searches far and wide to find the best items on a bargain to meet her wedding vision. Working on a tight budget, she will turn to DIY for as many things as she possibly can handle. Although weddings are expensive, she has her mind set on an amount, and nothing will make her spend a penny more than that. Although she may not be entirely tuned to the idea of wearing a second-hand dress for her wedding, she won’t hesitate to choose it if the ones she likes are not reasonably priced. And she truly believes she can make it happen as per her wish too, as she has invested time, energy and effort into nailing every detail with perseverance.

You will know you are the thrifty bride if the first thing that you look at when you go shopping for, whether it is for your wedding dress or the wedding cake, is the price tag. If you have to spend anything more than you originally anticipated, you will first have to do a lot of calculations to make sure you can accommodate this excess elsewhere. You will start early with your wedding shopping and planning, as you know that time is of the essence if you are to find a great bargain. You are also bold enough to step away from tradition, and try something entirely new, if you thinks it is a wiser choice for the money you have to spend.

The perfect party favor would be a gift that is more practical than pricey, and a gift that the guests would use rather than toss. Edible wedding favors like cookies, chocolates and cupcakes that can be delightfully customized for a trivial cost will be great choices that fit the thrifty bride’s vision of a satisfying gift that isn’t too pricey.

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We have a whole page of edible favor wrappers that can be customized to the last detail. Check it out here.

The Classic Bride

Traditions and elegance rule the wedding of this bride. Her choices are not flashy or over-the-top. Despite that, there is a magnificence to every detail executed at her wedding. Everything from the wedding invitations to the color palette and the wedding dress are designed elegantly and echo timeless elements that just cannot go wrong. She will prefer a predictable wedding style, without too many surprises and you can expect traditional fare at the wedding. Family heirlooms, standard wedding speech progressions and classic music will all be part of the evening. Nevertheless, it will be pleasant and a fun evening, just as a wedding ought to be.

You will know you are the classic bride if you turn to the older generation for ideas on planning your wedding. You will have your mind set on traditional, even heirloom jewelry for your big day. Your accessories and makeup will be simple but stylish, and not too loud. You already have serious colors and simple silhouettes for your bridesmaids dresses in mind. You want your wedding venue to be beautiful, but not stuffy with too many details. Your wedding dress will feature classic elements like lace and pearls, and your bouquet will feature roses and delicate blooms.

The perfect party favor for the classic bride should be gifts that are as classy as the couple they represent. The antique style key bottle opener which has a vintage charm will easily find favor with her, as it is a good-looking gift with a touch of personality.  antique key opener

Equally impressive will be the miniature beveled mirror box with lid and  and the leaf wine stopper in an enchanting silver finish.

The environment-conscious green bride

This bride worries about the carbon footprint of her wedding, and is determined to make eco-conscious decisions for every aspect of her wedding. From choosing local and seasonal fare for her wedding menu to renting her wedding dress or repurposing an heirloom, she will painstakingly make every detail of her wedding a green choice. Although it may not be too easy to customize the centerpieces so they do not involve any wastage, or to stay away from the tempting cut flower bouquet, this bride knows that what the environment cannot afford, she doesn’t want. Don’t be surprised if you see her and her groom cycle away from the wedding venue, in the best interests of the planet.

You will know you are the green bride if you have been looking far and wide for the most eco-friendly choices in wedding invitations, dresses and food. You will have researched how you can cause lesser pollution by arranging group transportation for your wedding guests, and you will also be considering all that can be reused and recycled post your wedding, so there is minimum loss. We also think that ring on your finger may not be a diamond, if you are real green girl. Are we right?

The perfect party favor would echo the eco-friendly sentiments of the green bride. These should be favors that will continuously serve the owner and perhaps includes a green element as well. We can totally see this see paper sun filled with wildflower seeds warming up the heart of the green bride. Not only will it give her guests a chance to plant some joy into their own homes, it will also be a small gesture to encourage them on the environmentally conscious route.

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Equally attractive are eco-friendly bamboo ball point pens with a green inscription that we have at our store. Find out more about this favor by visiting this link.

The fun-loving party bride

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This bride’s wedding party will be a huge hit, for the fun it entails. Everything will be about entertainment, and she will be excited to enjoy everything on offer, just as much as her wedding guests. Don’t be surprised if you see her wearing a dress that is more about comfort than bridal style, or you notice sneakers on her feet. After all, her wedding will be a day to enjoy lots of activities with the people she loves, and high heels would hamper her freedom to move about. If you see Piñatas at the venue, food trucks and lots of activities in the space, your guests will know they are in for quite some fun.

You will know you are the fun-loving party bride when all you can think of is how long and to what extent you can party on your wedding day. You will not care so much about how your wedding looks or whether your bridesmaids match each other or look glamorous. All that matters is everyone has fun, and that your party be the biggest fun event of the year.

The perfect part favor would be gifts that can be used at the party to add more fun, than just be taken home. Just married Sun glasses that can double up as photo props for the wedding party, are ideal gifts for the outdoor bash that this bride hosts.  sunglasses

For the children at the party, our bride and groom Frisbee in our online favors shop is a good idea. Check it out here. We are quite sure that even the adults can partake in some great outdoor fun with this practical party favor.

The trendsetter bride

Forget about following trends, this bride is all about setting trends herself. Everything she does and chooses is unique, and memorable in an exotic way. This is the bride whose wedding everyone wants to attend. All her friends, neighbors, colleagues (and social media stalkers) look forward to the event and seeing what her vision is like, from the minute they know she is engaged. She is as exciting as brand new fashion, and everyone knows that her wedding will showcase at least a few novelties that nobody else could possibly even think up.

You will know you are the trendsetter bride when you like to think outside the box, and want everything at your wedding to be distinctly unique. Your eye is on the details and how different it is from what others have tried and tested. You do not hesitate to step away from fashion stereotypes, to carve a totally different look for yourself. Most importantly, whether you choose a dream designer wedding dress, or a Boho chic dress, you can totally rock it. Don’t be surprised if everyone is asking questions about your wedding plans and are all ears to hear what you have in mind for your big day. After all, they know that it will be brand new and interesting.

The perfect party favors for this personality will be just as interesting as the bride herself. This is after all, the one thing, that the guests at the wedding get to take home as a keepsake, and it should live up to high expectations. Customized gifts possess that unique touch. The gold dreamcatcher inspired key ring is a gift that is unique and not too popularly distributed. It makes an excellent keepsake, precisely for this reason.

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Now tell us, which of these bride personalities best describes you?

Whether you love the favors that we have featured here, or would like to see more options, you will find everything you need in our exclusive bridal shop at Best for Bride. Apart from wedding favors, we also have a great collection of wedding dresses, accessories, tiaras, veils and everything you need for your wedding. Whether you are on the search for the dresses for your bridesmaids, or need help with choosing the mother-of-the-bride’s dress, visit us and we will help you find what you want. Our services also include wedding dress and accessories rentals and wedding dress dry cleaning and preservation. Come visit our shop today, or check out our website here to find out more about all the services we have to offer you to make your wedding a big hit in every way.

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7 DIY wedding ideas to save yourself some money on your big day

A wedding is an expensive affair! Let’s not deny this fact. Every couple spends thousands of dollars to get their wedding details right and unless you opt to elope or have a court marriage with absolutely no frills, you will not be spared from this.

The last thing any couple would want to do is to start their life together in debt. Smart couples know that there are certain ways out to plan a fantastic wedding, but still stay within budget. One of the best ways to get the maximum done for the least possible amount imaginable, is to Do It Yourself. Well, of course you may not be able to do everything for your wedding by yourself. Yet, you can do at least a few things that will save you some money.

Apart from saving money this way, there are two great things about doing something for your wedding by yourself.

  1. It adds a personal touch to your wedding, and allows you to use your creative skills to the most.
  2. Perfect or not, it is your own contribution to your wedding and this is always more special than anything you find in the market

So, this post is dedicated to some of the fantastic DIY ideas that we found. Get your notebook ready and set yourself up for some inspiration.

1.Naked Cake

Wedding cakes do not have to be covered in layers of frosting and complicated details to do their job. Naked cakes are just as good, and perhaps even more special. These cakes that have a refreshing originality, which is why they have taken the wedding world by storm. Not only are they easy to create, they are yummy and look extremely beautiful. Naked cakes are a perfect addition to an outdoor or garden wedding, and blend in with rustic and vintage themes too. As you might already know, these cakes do not have frosting on them, and the layers are held together by cream, thus retaining the original look of the crumb layers. These cakes are usually decorated with cream, fruits and flowers, and they look natural and inviting.

You do not have to be a professional baker to make it, all you need is the ability to make normal 8-inch cakes without too much ado. If you can do that, you are all set to try your hand at making this large-scale for your wedding day. . The Kristi Murphy blog has a great tutorial on how to do a tiered naked cake that looks simple, but is delicious. We recommend you start out with this and try a few simple decorations at first. Once you nail the idea, get ready for the big deal with a fantastic design for your wedding day.Remember that you can personalize it as you choose, and it will undoubtedly be a great looking DIY part of your wedding, that everyone will notice and appreciate.

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2.Paper flowers for centerpieces and décor

You do not need fresh blooms to add a festive air to your wedding venue, you can accomplish the same with faux flowers too. Or, you could mix them up with the real blooms and get your flower budget down to the maximum extent possible. With a few craft supplies, this is super-easy and quick to do. Brides who involve themselves in craft activities before the wedding say that it is therapeutic and helps them calm down when the stress of wedding planning starts building up. The best thing about doing something of this style is that it gives a sense of accomplishment. And, let us not discount the fact that it is one of the cheapest ways to get the colors of your wedding palette ready, and do it perfectly to the smallest detail. Just think of how you can get the décor just right with faux flowers, especially when you can’t find the unusual colors of your palette with real flowers. So, do you want turquoise or purple flowers? Take the paper route and you can do it in no time. Large single flowers in one solid color look gorgeous, but take little time to create. These can be used as centerpieces, floating decorations or even be part of your wedding bouquet.

Now, if you aren’t the crafty kind, you still needn’t worry. There are tonnes of tutorials out there to get you started with. Just take a look at them and you are bound to find it easy enough to try. Check out this article on the Its Always Autumn blog that links to 20 flower tutorials. You are bound to find the right link to the flower tutorial you want here. So, head over there right away and get crafting already!

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3.Bridal bouquet

For your wedding bouquet, you can always skip the expensive flowers from the florist and rummage in your own backyard to create a bouquet with the blooms that are awake on your wedding day. Or you could visit the flower section at your local grocer’s and pick out what is available and build your bouquet around it. Casually created bunches of flowers that are loosely tied together with a satin bow are unusually romantic and whimsical. This charm cannot be beaten by any perfectly planned and executed wedding bouquet, however polished to perfection by a florist. This article on Real Simple.com will provide you all the necessary guidance you need to go forward with creating your own wedding bouquet with supermarket flowers.Notice the beautiful bridal bouquets in the picture featured here? These were homemade. The article, “Gorgeous DIY Wedding bouquets” on LoveMaegan.com also gives a step by step outline of how you can create these perfect wedding bouquet with no difficulty at all. Why don’t you attempt it and see how it turns out?  The talented flower artist suggests that you make a few mock bouquets ahead of time, just to get used to doing it right and also deciding which colors you want to really nail the effect. Check it out, it’s so easy, that you could probably do it even on the wedding morning! (though you ideally shouldn’t wait till then!)

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4.Dress up your wedding chairs yourself

What do you think of doing your wedding chair arrangements yourself, and making sure everything is perfect? Here are a list of beautiful but simple chair décor options that anyone can do.  From draping dreamy tulle around your chair backs and fastening it with a little floral detail, to sprucing up your chairs with artificial leaf garlands, there is enough to draw inspiration from and personalize, to match your vision. We suggest that you take a look at the various options we have in chair and aisle decoration accessories by visiting this page, and then build your perfect seating arrangement design based on what looks best to you. Some of the classic trends that never go out of fashion in this area include

  • Wrapping soft breezy fabric around the chair and adding a motif like a pomander or flower pin that matches the theme of the wedding
  • chalkboard signs that read Mr and Mrs
  • Glittering chair back buntings that display Mr.&Mrs in full bling
  • Leaf and flower garlands matching the central floral theme
  • Wide strips of ribbons tied to each of the rails that flutter in the breeze
  • Chairs covered in white with a satin sash in the color theme tied around the chairs.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are plenty of other ideas that you can find and use. If anything, it is this that you can easily accomplish and be glad about, for adding your personal touch to your wedding setting.

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5.Bridesmaid gift hamper

Your pretty bridesmaids deserve a thoughtful gift for all the effort they put into making your wedding day truly special. Also remember that they have been spending a lot of money on their bridesmaids outfits, your bridal shower and several other aspects of your wedding. So, you need to show your appreciation for all their well-intended deeds by gifting them a carefully chosen gift. You can always go the expensive route and choose a couture gift that they will definitely love, but you can also get the same message across by putting together a beautiful hamper of the little things that they will truly adore and use. After all, which girl wouldn’t prefer a whole lot of little gifts in place of a single big one? Instead of getting it from the store, how about doing it yourself? Your hamper could contain things like homemade cookies, sweetly scented bath scrubs and little treats that you are good at making. Or you could buy an assortment of goodies from the store and pack them all in beautifully chosen individual favor boxes, that are then put into a pretty gift basket, wrapped in style and gifted to your girls. Don’t forget to mix up the gifts, so you have both expensive and practical items that will all find favor with your girls. Visit this link on Best for Bride to find all the containers, boxes and favor bags you need to house every little treat you choose for your favorite girls.

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6.Ring-bearer pillow

If you aren’t up to the challenge of doing too many things for your wedding day, you can still do this one little thing that will also serve you as a valuable keepsake in the years to come. DIY ring bearer pillows are easy to make, and you can do it in any style that you love. All you need are some basic sewing skills and a few hours of time, and you can have this special something made all by yourself. Check out this link on the DIY network for the full tutorial. When choosing the fabric for your pillow,remember to make sure that it is of good quality, as you will be handling it a lot during the process. You can also find a whole host of designs to personalize it to your taste, by simply searching online. Or better still, simply head over to the Martha Stewart Blog page here, and find some of the most attractive designs you want under one single roof.  With over 25 designs in classic, trendy and modern styles, you are bound to find one that you love. Do you know what is the best thing about making this yourself? It will be a valuable asset that you and your partner can snuggle with in your home, post the wedding. It doesn’t get much better than that now, does it?

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7.Wedding garter

If you aren’t sure you want to do something that everyone will be seeing on your wedding day, how about making the wedding garter, which only your husband will see. Isn’t that a personal and unique way of finding something to share between just the two of you, and make sure it is one-of-a-kind? I think the very thought of it is thrilling. The bonus is that it is very easy to do, and you don’t have to be a seasoned artist to do it right. Not sure about this? Quickly visit this DIY link on Bridal Guide, and your doubts will fly away with the wind.  All it takes is four simple steps and a handful of materials to get your wedding garter done. With less than an hour required from start to finish, you can stuff this in to your wedding planning time line for whenever you are free. So, what do you say? Are you up for it?

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Tell us brides, which of these will you be involving yourself in on your wedding day? Or will you be doing anything else? We’d love to know!

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