Flowers are colorful, fresh and energetic. It is no wonder they are a big source of inspiration for weddings, inspiring everything from wedding dresses to cakes and décor. It is a fact that flowers are an inevitable part of the wedding scenery. These little blessings of nature can not only spruce up the ambiance by being in the décor, they also enhance the bride’s wedding day look in many ways.
The best thing about flowers is that they are endearing, whether real or not. Floral motifs have always been a huge hit in wedding fashion, and have been represented in different styles and manners in wedding dresses and more.
Here are some ideas for prospective brides to add flowers to their wedding. So, explore the options and make your pick.
The romantic flower crown
Flower crowns are versatile. Like this article on Something Turquoise tells us, flower crowns are a universal accessory that looks great on any hair color and any hair style. The eternal favorite of the Boho bride, the flower crown adds a rustic, authentic touch to any hairdo. It is a beautiful alternative to traditional head pieces like tiaras and hair clips.
Flower crowns can be adapted to fit any hairstyle—you can either have a full-crown or a half-crown and either wear it around your head or to one side. While you can ask your florist to create a fantastic flower crown using flowers that are in your décor or those that match your wedding palette, you can even attempt a DIY flower crown if you are crafty. This accessory is perfect for an outdoor wedding like one held in a garden. Another wedding where it would be just right is at a nautical theme wedding or a beach wedding. In this case, you can even add little elements of the ocean, like starfish models and shells with the flowers, so it blends with the theme. Don’t forget that you will need bobby pins to hold your crown in place, irrespective of whether it is elaborate or not.
Woven flowers in your hairdo
If a flower crown is too bold or big for your taste, an equally interesting alternative is to weave flowers into your hairdo. There are many ways in which you can do this. Either use a single fresh bloom of noticeable size, or add a scattering of smaller blossoms in your hairdo. Depending on your hairstyle, you can even mix flowers up in a small chain, to create the effect you desire. If your hairstyle has braids in it, adding tiny flowers like daisies or buds into the different recesses would make it very pretty and almost ethereal. However, remember that when you choose flowers for your hair, they should stand up for the entire day. Wilted and weathered flowers will completely ruin your look. So, either take them out before that stage or choose flowers that will not wilt quickly. Baby breath and lavender are good choices that stay fresh for long. For some interesting tips and inspiration on how to place flowers in your hair on your wedding day, or on any other day, head over to this very entertaining article on Xovain.
A flower necklace
Summer wedding, Boho bride and budget-friendly options; all these terms point to an unusual but intriguing idea: a flower necklace. We think this would be pretty interesting, especially if you pair it with a strapless or off-the-shoulder wedding dress neckline. Long-lasting flowers are an absolute requirement for this look, or you can choose a longer flower garland that you can take off after a while. By the way, did you know that flower garlands are the Indian counterparts of wedding rings? Brides and grooms in that part of the world exchange elaborate flower garlands made with scented flowers as part of the wedding ritual. Apart from that their décor includes elaborate floral arrangements, and even the wedding guests commonly wear floral garlands in their hair. To learn more about their other interesting traditional wedding rituals, check out this article. Now, coming back to our topic on flower necklaces, this idea would be wonderful for a bride who wants a natural but unusual floral accessory. Hyacinths, zinnias and marigolds are good choices that are hardy, but pleasing to the eye. If you do not want a fully floral necklace, you could instead explore the possibility of just hanging the flowers down like a pendant from a necklace strand or attaching it to a complementing strand of stones or gems like corals or rice pearls.
If the necklace is a little overwhelming for your taste, flower bracelets or wrist corsages are the next best choice. Flower bracelets are a popular bridesmaid accessory, especially when the bride decides to eliminate bridesmaids bouquets for any reason. However, the same can be made into a bridal accessory, especially for a summer wedding in the outdoors. With this, you needn’t worry about going over-the-top, as it will simply add a stunning and exotic touch to your outfit. Once again, discuss with your florist to find out what flowers would be best. You will have to consider the size of your wrist to choose flowers that will look good and not too big. Either have a single big bloom with a mix of tiny flowers around it, or create a mix ‘n’ match bracelet with a number of similar sized flowers.
This article on the Bride’s cafe is an interesting DIY approach to creating your own flower bracelet with one focal flower and other tiny blooms adding interesting texture to the design. However, remember that flower corsages have to be created as close to when they will be worn, as is possible. Only then will they stay fresh. So, unless you have ample time for all this on the day before your wedding or on the wedding day itself, it may be a good idea to delegate this responsibility to someone else.
Floral bridal waistband
If you are pretty proud of your slender waist and wish to draw attention to it, a floral bridal waistband may be the easiest way to do this. It is possible to adorn the waistband of a dress that gathers at the waist, with blooms of any size. You can have this custom-made or find a ready made accessory here on Etsy. Buying one with fresh flowers online may be out of question for obvious reasons. Nonetheless, you can achieve the desired effect with beautifully handcrafted faux flowers when you find a talented designer to custom create it for you. Now, if you want nothing other the real deal, discuss your options with your florist. Just like with a floral necklace, she may be able to design a floral waistband with flowers that are sturdy and do not buckle under strain. Match the flowers to your wedding palette, and stick with blooms that look good on your frame. You cannot go wrong with your choice. For a sophisticated effect, it is best to add just a few blooms in a carefully fashioned design towards one side of your waist. For an ethereal, dreamy look, a waistband covered in small, soft flowers would be best.
This is a traditional accessory that Western brides consider a must-have on their wedding day. There are endless options when designing the bouquet, and it is one accessory that can be entirely unique. Bridal bouquets can be made in different sizes, shapes and colors and can be as dramatic or toned down as one desires. Flowers have the power to transform your look, allowing you to look traditional or modern depending on the style of the bouquet. The factors to consider when choosing a bouquet design include how it will suit your built, how it integrates with your wedding theme and the impact the shape has on your outfit. If your bridesmaids will be bearing bouquets too, you should plan the look of your bouquet, so that it has a common factor with their bouquet designs.
Different types of bouquets are suitable for different types of weddings, and your florist can advise you on the best options for your type of wedding and your body type. Flowers like orchids and lilies look modern and clean, and have the sophistication needed for a contemporary look. Traditional styles include round bouquets, nosegays, posies and cascades. Hand-tied bouquets are casual, romantic and rustic, while ones like the composite are luxurious and very unique. The colors in the bouquet can also be monochromatic, or mixed and matched to form combinations that work for your wedding theme.
If you will be walking barefoot as at a beach wedding, a floral anklet is a great accessory to dress up your dainty feet. You can also do this if your wedding dress isn’t full-length and exposes your anklets and feet. If your nuptials are at a beach, rocking heels are out of the question, and you may not have too many options with your footwear choices. In such a scenario, you don’t have to compromise on looking great from every angle. In fact, you can even draw special attention to your feet with a beautiful flower anklet. However, remember that a short wedding dress is the only way you can show off such an accessory, as it would make no difference if you were to wear it under a traditional ball gown, and it wouldn’t even be seen. For inspiration on planning your anklet design, do visit it and take notes.
Here is a unique and bold idea that we spotted on the Martha Stewart wedding website. A trailing flower shawl isn’t for the fainthearted, but it is a show-stopper with a luxuriant green garland that is six feet long. It also has snow berries and colored leaves to add more drama and texture. If you are up for this, you can even have your florist create this with a range of flowers and even fruit. However, stay away from allergy-causing flowers with pollen and any berries that may stain your dress if they get squished when you wear the cloak. For pictures and other details about this unique accessory, visit Martha Stewart.
3-D florals on wedding dress
Now, if you cannot have the real thing, floral wedding dresses are the next best thing. You can max up on floral extravaganza with a lavish scattering of floral elements in your wedding dress. 3-D floral designs have been very popular for a long time, and their exquisite beauty is because of how they are highlighted in the wedding dress.
In wedding dresses that feature 3-D florals, a generous scattering of floral appliques are usually featured in lace or net. These are placed over a base of satin or chiffon, so the contrast in textures creates a pronounced effect for the floral design. This may be done anywhere in the dress, and the best effects are when the dress has an illusion sheer layer with this effect. Pretty floral motifs may dress up the neckline, sleeves, bodice or skirt, and even spill into the train for maximum impact. Browse through our wedding dress gallery at Best for Bride, and you will be surprised at the varieties of dresses that feature this single element. Didn’t we tell you it is a popular favorite with brides, and it is no wonder that more and more designers are including it in their collections!
Now tell us, which of these ideas do you think is the best? And, will you be using any of these accessories to dress up on your big day?
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