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Budget Blooms: Real ways to stretch your floral budget to the most

Gorgeous flower arrangements are an inevitable part of a picture-perfect wedding. Flowers have the amazing ability to transform and uplift the entire wedding scene, making even a drab location picturesque. However, flowers are expensive and your floral budget can quickly get out-of-hand, unless you plan well.

Fortunately, it is possible to stay within budget and still have fabulous floral décor at your wedding. Here are our insider tips to help you stretch  your floral budget and get great value for the money you invest.

1.Highlight bigger blooms

Larger blooms are not only more dramatic, they cover more space. So, you will need fewer large blooms to complete  floral arrangements, and they will create a strong impact. Discuss with your florist to find out which blooms are in-season at the time of your wedding. Design your floral décor with the largest of these, and there should be significant cuts in overall cost. A larger flower like an orchid may be pricier than roses. However, with the larger size you will need fewer of them to complete the arrangement. Sunflowers, orchids and hydrangeas are other good choices for maximum impact and economical prices.

2.Keep your centerpieces simple

Although your centerpieces are important, it isn’t too difficult to find budget-friendly choices that pack a punch. Expensive exotic flower installations can eat into your budget. However, a similar impact can be achieved with cheaper choices. Focus on the colors in the design. Your florist can suggest economical choices that will tie with your theme. You can also use few exotic flowers and complete the rest of the arrangement with cheaper seasonal fare.

3.Budget-friendly choices work for designs that are seen from far

While your centerpieces will be viewed up-close, other parts of your floral décor won’t receive too much focus. For instance, the flowers on the altar or lining the edges of the aisle or hall will not be scrutinized from too close. Hence, use cheaper flowers in these arrangements to save money. Filler flowers like carnations are saturated with color and hence the best choice for pops of color. However, these are cheaper than roses. Seen from afar, your guests won’t be able to make out the difference. As long as the effect is similar, it won’t matter whether you used carnations or roses in the actual arrangement.

4.Opt for seasonal and local blooms

This is often the cheapest way to get fantastic blooms. Since local flowers are easily available, transportation costs are minimum. Also, since local produce is fresh, it will look amazing. Seasonal blooms are another good way to keep your costs down. If you must have off-season varieties in your floral décor, prepare to spend extra as they have to be shipped from elsewhere. Off-season flowers may not hold up well, in the weather conditions at the time of your wedding. So, avoid the risk and splurge on local and season flowers instead.

5.Don’t splurge on the bridesmaids bouquets

The more bridesmaids you have, the more money you will have to spend on their bouquets. The prices can quickly add up, and its value isn’t really justified. Instead, invest in a spectacular bridal bouquet. Then plan your bridesmaids bouquets as miniature versions that aren’t too costly. Your florist can whip up alternatives that match yours. Once again, focus on the colors and design instead of the actual flowers in the bouquet.

6.Find alternatives to corsages

Corsages are pretty pricey, since there is a lot of effort involved in creating them. Unless you are very particular about having them, find an alternative to serve the purpose. Use single flowers without fillers, and they will cost  less. Your Wedding blog suggests several alternative corsage options from feathers to starfish and even buttons. We think this is a great way to tie it to the theme of your wedding, while deviating from the traditional floral corsage idea with an unexpected twist. Isn’t it a great way to get noticed? Check it out and get inspired.

7.Add extra greenery

Have you ever realized that the greens in your bouquet are rather inexpensive when compared to the blooms? Make the most of this factor, by choosing more greens and adding flowers as accents in your bouquet. Ivory or ferns cost far less, but fill space. They also add beautiful texture to floral bouquets, enhancing its appeal. So, use lush greenery in your bouquet and centerpieces. You will need fewer blooms, but have floral arrangements of noticeable size and impact. So, choose from foliage , herbs and ferns to add a lush effect to your bouquets for much lesser.

8.Add details like ribbons or lace

Simple additions to your flower bouquet, like a ribbon or lace will help it appear larger. It is also a romantic addition that will enhance the appeal of your bouquets. The same applies to centerpieces as well. Satin ribbons add saturated pops of color that will enhance the beauty of your flower arrangements. Lace adds a romantic note. So, these are classy choices that will help you create a better looking flower arrangement sans the cost.

9.Add a unique touch to your décor with non-floral centerpieces

Expensive flower arrangements with exotic blooms are always impressive. Nevertheless, this isn’t the only way to create impact. You can achieve the same effect by adding few cheaper and unusual items. You can find elements that tie to your chosen theme. The best part is that such items can also be reused in your home décor later. Take a look at this article on the Bridal Guide for some interesting suggestions along these lines. From Bird cages for garden weddings and rustic themes to pin wheels for outdoor weddings, there are plenty of amusing ideas to borrow and use. 

10.Choose airy flowers that add bulk to arrangements

Similar to adding foliage to increase the bulk of your floral arrangement, add bunches of light and airy blooms to enhance the volume of the entire arrangement without costing much. Wispy strands of baby breath act as great fillers for bouquets and centerpieces. A single stem will occupy significantly more space than a single flower. Hence, this is one option to explore. Your florist can suggest more such options that are pretty and light and create the effect you desire.

11.Reuse and re-purpose to get the most out of your wedding flowers

In most cases, you will have your wedding ceremony at one location and the wedding reception in another location. Although it may be the same venue, it is likely that your reception hall is different from the one for the wedding ceremony. In such cases, the common practice is to set up separate floral arrangements at either spot. However, the smarter option is to reuse the same flowers at the second location. Arrange to transfer the flowers from the first location to the second, and you will only have to pay the transfer cost. You will have to employ help to do this quickly and discretely after the ceremony. Plan this movement carefully before the wedding day, so it progresses smoothly on the day.

12.Go for non-floral bouquet options

There are many substitutes for real flowers that look just as good, or perhaps even better. Spend less by replacing your bridal bouquet and that of your bridesmaids with non-floral options. From fabric flowers to paper flowers, brooches, lace and even feathers, explore the variety of options available. There are endless options as long as you are flexible. The best part is that you will also have an unforgettable accessory that your guests are bound to remember. So, let your creative juices flow and come up with a non-floral bouquet option that ties to your wedding theme and is unique in every way. For more inspiration and ideas, take a look at this fantastic post on the Martha Stewart website.

13.DIY your wedding bouquets by going for what is cheap and available on the day

If you have time and are crafty, this is the best way to stretch your wedding bouquet budget. Visit the local market the day before your wedding, and find cheap flowers that fit your color scheme. You could even enlist the help of your bridesmaids or friends who are particularly talented in this area. However, remember that this is not an option if you are rather particular about what you want. On the other hand, if you are flexible and ready to go with what is available, this could be the cheapest way to find flowers for your bridal and bridesmaids bouquet at a bargain price. With a little creativity, you can easily find ideas for unique and beautiful bouquets with what is readily available.

14.Add seasonal bounty to the mix

Another idea for a non-floral bouquet is to add seasonal bounty like fruits, foliage and natural décor elements to your centerpieces. When you pair colorful fruits like limes, berries, apples or peaches, you can easily obtain the pop of color you choose. These also add texture and unexpected beauty to an arrangement. The best part is that such seasonal produce is often inexpensive and will bring down your flower budget significantly. Take a look at this post on the Martha Stewart website for some stunning centerpiece arrangements bursting with fruits and even vegetables.

15.Start with the grocery store bouquet

If you must save on your flower budget, look no further than the regular flower bouquets available at grocery stores. These give you the right base to begin your arrangements and designs with. Simply rearrange the blooms, add a few extra embellishments like brooches, twine or lace for a touch of glamour and you are ready to go. Remember however, that this setup requires extra time. So, don’t embark on this route unless you have time and skills to get creative and DIY on the day before your wedding.

16.Mix and match by cost of flowers

Flexibility is key to achieving the desired impact while staying within budget. If you want your floral arrangements to look lush and expensive, mix and match expensive and inexpensive flowers in your arrangements. One way is to go with alternating arrangements of flowers that fit each category. The other option is to use few large blooms of the expensive flower of your choice, and alternate it with inexpensive flowers as the fillers. Flowers like baby’s breath and daisies are perfect for this option.

Weddings are very expensive, and every penny that you save goes towards your future. So, it is wise to consider your options and make budget cuts wherever possible. Even if flowers are a priority in your wedding plans, you can achieve startling results without breaking the bank. The above suggestions should help you with this. Have we missed anything? If you have any more ideas, don’t forget to share it with us in the comments section below. After all, it is all just a matter of thinking outside the box and finding choices that do not compromise on your main priorities.

For all your bridal needs and advice, our Best for Bride team of experts are here to help. Whether you want a stunning wedding dress, accessories, alterations or wedding day services, visit our website to find the best solutions to bring your wedding day ideas to life.

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Think beyond the bouquet—12 floral details for a fantastic flower theme wedding

Flowers are an essential part of most weddings. Whether flowers form the main theme or appear in a supporting role, they are a valuable addition to a wedding theme. These pretty little trinkets of nature have astounding beauty and versatility, and this factor makes them immensely appealing.

The bouquet is a statement piece in every bride’s ensemble. However, few brides think beyond these floral beauties and include floral details to enhance color and visual interest at their weddings. Nonetheless, we just love weddings that include floral elements, where these natural details appear in interesting and unexpected places. Not only are they pretty to look at, they instantly add a cheerful and buoyant note to the scenery. Here are some ideas for inspiration. Take a look and we are sure you will want to embrace a few (if not all!) to add more floral fun to your wedding day.

Fun floral invitations

Invitations are a great way to let everyone know that you fancy flowers. Floral details on an invitation are always classic. Few colors can uplift spirits and create a dreamy invitation. And the options are endless. There are hundreds of flexible options that allow you to customize your invitation to the last detail. If you plan to DIY your wedding invites, florals are an amazing concept for innovative and impressive ideas. You can choose to go with watercolor images, photographs or even floral silhouettes to embellish wedding invitations.

If you don’t want to do florals all the way and prefer subtle details, simply line the inside of your envelopes with floral prints. This detail will not go unnoticed, even while it will not compete with the main theme you choose. Take a look at this post on the Creative Market website for some brilliant ideas for DIY floral invitations. 

Flowery flower girl dress

Choose a stunning flower-detailed dress for your little flower girl, and she will literally own her title! Little girls always love flowers, and we are sure your flower girl will be no different. There are several options to consider. You can choose a dress with flower prints that match the colors at your wedding. Another option is to choose a floral lace dress that is elegant and classic. Finally, you can go all out by choosing a dress embellished with 3-dimensional flowers like roses. You can always find dresses that match the colors of your wedding scene, with any of these options. We are sure your flower girl will love your choice, no matter which of these three you finally decide upon.

Floral crown

Let a floral crown be your hair accessory, and it will speak loudly of your love for flowers. Also, nothing else screams summer, like fresh and fragrant flowers on a bride. Delicate flower buds and dainty daisies can be woven together to form a splendid accessory for formal themes. If your wedding is outdoors or less formal in style, consider wearing an oversize flower crown made from a rich selection of flowers to make a statement. If you do not desire such a dramatic look, there is always the option of weaving few flowers into your hair. Flowers can be used as natural embellishments for braided hairstyles.

Fragrant flowers like jasmines and rosebuds are beautiful and deliver a rich scent. You can also go for larger flowers like lilies or even local flora and fauna in your hairstyle to look the part. When choosing delicate flowers, remember that they are likely to wilt quickly. Either switch them out before they wear out or try to get hold of artificial flowers for the same effect. There are plenty of beautiful ideas on how to wear flowers in your hair in this post on the Bridal Guide. Check it out. 

Floral print wedding dress

Let your love for flowers free by choosing a wedding dress strewn with floral details. Floral lace is very popular among brides, with 3-dimensional motifs and appliques playing flower details to perfection. However, we suggest that you take it a step further.

Choose a wedding dress with ample floral work to highlight your theme. Watercolor prints, colorful appliques, or self-print fabrics can render a beautiful effect. Not only will you have a unique gown, but it will also be one that will forever remain etched in the memories of your onlookers. However, keep in mind that you may not easily come across bridal gowns with floral prints. With limited ready-made options, you may have to either go with what is available or custom-create your own dress. The other option is to shop in another dress aisles, like evening dresses or dresses for special occasions to find a suitable one.

This beauty features cheerful pink roses on white fabric. A pretty pink sash compliments the beautiful roses. Although the dress features floral prints, it fits the wedding dress expectation with its voluminous skirt and statement style elements.

Flower bag

Every bride needs an emergency kit for her wedding day. How about you pack all the essentials into a bag with flower-details? This will tie it to the theme, and will also be a beautiful addition to your ensemble. Choose a bag with floral details that match or complement the texture of your wedding dress. You can also find one that goes well with the rest of your theme colors.

Make sure the bag you choose has a reasonable size, so it can comfortably house all that you need to carry. This would be things like your hair and makeup essentials, tissues, smelling salts, handkerchief. These items will help you touch up your hair and makeup to stay fresh during the course of the day. It should also have emergency supplies to tackle any unexpected accidents. For more details on what to pack into your emergency kit, take a look at this previous post.

Floral bridesmaid dresses

If you think a floral bridal gown is too much, dress your bridesmaids in floral prints instead. Florals being a popular summer theme, it will be rather easy to find bridesmaid dresses that fit the description. Either mix and match or choose the same dress to achieve the desired effect. However, remember that it is easy to get carried away when you choose printed dresses for your bridesmaids. So, have at least two constant dress elements that will keep the look cohesive. Simple silhouettes usually look the best, when you want the prints to be noticed. We also suggest keeping the rest of the accessories simple and monochromatic, so the emphasis is on the print on the dresses.

Desserts with floral details

Sugar flowers are always a pleasant sight, and hence the perfect choice for decorating wedding desserts. Whether used all over the wedding cake or scattered around the perimeter, floral cakes are always welcoming. Fresh edible flowers are another interesting option that adds more visual interest to your dessert arrangement. Take a look at this previous post to find out how to decorate your wedding cake with flowers for a splendid effect. Finally, you can even consider cupcake cases adorned with flower details for the intended impact. These could be served at the table or set aside as favors for your guests to take home.

Choose subtle and natural colors to create a refreshing and natural arrangement. Simple but uncluttered details look best on desserts that match a floral theme. Take a look at the above image, for instance. The flawlessly sculpted cake is embellished with just gold foil and purple blooms. Despite the simplicity of the details, it looks spectacular.

Petal confetti

One of the timeless wedding traditions that continue to this day is to shower the newlyweds with confetti. Let petals replace paper confetti at your wedding. Pack them into delicate cones and hand it out to your guests to shower on you. This is the most romantic option available, and it is easy to arrange. Freeze-dried petals are available for the purpose. These look fresh and being bio-degradable, are a green choice for the festivities. So, whether these are showered on you while you are outdoors or inside the wedding hall, you needn’t worry about cleaning up. Further, it doesn’t stain when in contact with your white wedding gown. You can also use the same to scatter on your wedding tables and even along the aisle for a colorful and interesting effect.

Flower runner

Here is an interesting way to spice up your wedding tables with unexpected décor. While your guests will be expecting to see flowers as part of the décor and in the centerpieces, they aren’t likely to expect the entire table runner to have flowers. Pack flowers throughout the runner of a long table and the effect will be stunning. Use a neutral color tablecloth, so all the attention is focused on the colors of the flowers on it. Also keep the rest of the details simple, so there are no distractions and the flowers form the main focus of your tablescapes.

Flower garnishes for drinks

Add colorful, fresh edible flowers as accents to signature cocktails that will be served at your wedding. This detail is rather simple, but will certainly not go unnoticed. Your guests will in fact appreciate your attention to detail. Make sure that the flower color compliments or contrasts with the color of the beverage that is served. You can pair it with other elements in the garnish, such as berries to complete the effect. While choosing the garnish, ensure that the flowers are fresh. Keep the design simple, to just convey the theme without going overboard. Oversize blooms can also be placed in mason jars for a colorful touch.

Flower carpet

Arrange flowers or petals to form an attractive flower carpet that will steal everyone’s eye. Choose colors and designs that tie to the theme of your wedding, and set up the flower carpet at a location that will be easily visible. Although it can take a while to complete the details, the impact is worth it. Another benefit of this idea is that you can make the flower carpet as big or as small as you choose. It needn’t be formed of fresh flowers either. You can even add leftover petals from the rest of your décor or faux flowers to create an intricate design that is bound to impress.

Flower swing

An unusual, but very impressive way to incorporate flowers into your wedding day scene is with a flower swing. It is also a wonderful photo prop, that can be the focus of many beautiful wedding photos. Find a well-lit, noticeable spot at your wedding venue and arrange to have a swing decorated with flower arrangements up. After the couple has their turn, it can be enjoyed by the rest of the guests and we are sure it will be a lot of fun for everyone. If it isn’t practical to have a hanging swing at your venue, we think this idea of the circular swing on the Hallmark channel website is the perfect alternative.

We hope these ideas inspire you to add plenty of flower power to your big day. Do you have any more ideas, that we missed? If yes, we would love to hear them in the comments below.

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A complete guide to bridal hair accessories

There are many ways you can wear your hair on your wedding day. Irrespective of whether you let you secure your hair or let it flow freely, hair accessories can enhance the impact of your bridal hairstyle. More importantly, they are the crowning glory that allows you to stand out in the wedding scene.

The veil has always been a traditional wedding hair accessory. However, there are more accessories that brides use to enhance their bridal look. Today, we will take a detailed look at these different accessories. But before that, let us discuss about the different factors to consider when choosing your bridal hair accessory.

Factors to consider when choosing your bridal hair accessory

The bridal hair accessory is just one component of your wedding day look. Nonetheless, it is an important one, as it determines how your overall look turns out. Hence choose your bridal hair accessory with care.

Here are the different factors to consider when choosing it.

Your wedding dress: One rule to follow when you choose wedding accessories is that your dress and accessories should come together. You will find it easier to find accessories that match a wedding dress, than the other way around. So, start you search for the right hair accessory only after you buy your wedding dress. Then choose accessories that complement your dress style for the best results.

Facial structure: The right choice of hair accessories will enhance and draw attention to your best assets. Choose the right headpiece that is suitable for your face shape. For instance, pointed tiaras look good on round faces while flat headbands look best on square and oval faces.

Length and color of hair: Your head piece should be visible to onlookers. For this, choose the right metal and embellishments that stand out against your hair color. For dark hair, most hair accessories are suitable. However if you have light colored hair, pick pieces that differ from the color of your hair. Different types of head bands are suitable for different hair lengths. While most accessories work for long hair, dainty accessories look good on hair of short or medium length.

Wedding day hairstyle: With the wide variety of hair accessories available in the market, you have ample choice. Depending on whether you plan to leave your hair down or secure it in an updo, pick accessories that draw attention to the details in your hairstyle. If you have short hair, you can choose hair accessories so they are the focal point of the hairstyle. In this case, this element can transform a basic hairstyle to one that instantly wows!

Wedding style: Certain accessories suit certain themes better than others. For instance, oversize floral crowns look better at casual weddings than at formal ceremonies. When you go shopping for wedding accessories, choose ones that will look good in the venue. It should also blend well with the theme. Only then will you look like a bride that belongs.

Rest of the wedding jewelry and embellishments: Your hair accessories should not just work well with your wedding dress, but complement your jewelry too. If your hair accessory is ornate and elaborate, keep the rest of your jewelry simple. However, if you pick statement jewelry pieces, choose dainty head pieces that will not clash with the rest of your jewelry.

Pay attention to these rules of accessorizing your hair, and you will dress in style with your hair accessory being the crowning glory of your look. And what are the different options available to you in the form of hair accessories? Let us find out now.

The different bridal hair accessories

Bridal tiaras

If your dress has crystal accents, or is relatively simple, a bridal tiara is a stunning choice. Tiaras with pearls or crystal details go well with most wedding dress styles. This hair accessory is a statement piece and there are few other occasions when you can flaunt one.

A tiara is a formal piece of jewelry. Hence,it suits traditional and opulent wedding themes very well. When wearing a tiara, don’t add too many other pieces or you will end up with a cluttered look. Pair it with simple studs and a thin pendant or necklace that doesn’t compete with it.

Tiaras come in different shapes, sizes and styles. These include the wishbone, regal style, double band, bun wrap, head band and wreath. Pay attention to where and how you pin it to achieve the right effect. A tiara placed at the crown will look entirely different from one pinned above a bun. For more valuable advice on choosing and wearing a tiara for your special day, visit this article on Wedding Ideas Mag.

Headbands

The head band is one of the most versatile types of hair accessories. It works on most hair lengths and complements almost every face shape. You can pair it with most hairstyles, and it has always been a trendy accessory.

Head bands come in various sizes and shapes. You will also find that they feature various types of embellishments, which makes it easy to find one that fits your wedding day style. Wedding head bands may contain rhinestones, crystals, metals, lace and even feathers.

Head bands are the ideal choice to keep your hair away from your face. They also add an interesting touch of sophistication and sparkle to simple, open hairstyles. You will find classic, modern, Boho and even colorful head bands to choose from. For ideas on how to wear a head band, take a look at this link. 

Hair combs

If you plan to lock your tresses in a bun or similar hairstyle, hair combs are an excellent accessory to enhance your hairstyle. These accessories come with embellishments on the top of a comb, and are inserted into a portion of the hair. They will stay in place, and also keep the hair pinned down.

Hair combs may have simple details or elaborate embellishments. Although most bridal combs are embellished with sparkling details, there are also those with feathers, flowers and other dainty details. Hair combs look best when paired with braided hairstyles or updos, since these hairstyles make the details on these accessories more pronounced.

Clips and pins

Hair clips and pins are smaller hair accessories that add just the right amount of sparkle to a hairstyle. The benefit of using these hair accessories is that they can be paired with any hairstyle, however complex or simple. They add a romantic, feminine touch and are very pleasing on the eye.

Hair clips use a clasping mechanism and hold hair in place. Alternately, they may have a jaw between which they secure the hair strands. Hair pins are simply pushed into position, with the lower half concealed within the strands of hair while the upper portion is visible.

Choose hair clips or pins that match the embellishments in your dress by picking out flowers, stars or similar motifs that repeat on your dress. You can also add a dash of color to your hairstyle by using hair pins with colorful embellishments. These are a small enough to add just a subtle dose of color without overwhelming presence.

Fascinators

Fascinators are bold and beautiful accents to fancy hairstyles. They add a lively flourish of details to your hair. These accessories also draw attention to your facial features. Most fascinators are impressive with attractive embellishments like feathers, flowers, net, lace and faux flowers.

Ideally suited for Boho, retro and vintage style wedding themes, you will not need any other accessory to complete your look when you wear a fascinator. Fascinators are suitable for most hair lengths. Choose one that works well with the proportions of your face, and enjoy a unique look that will help you stand out from the crowd.

Floral crowns

Big or small, floral crowns are a wonderful accessory to enhance your bridal look manifold. They are very easy-to-wear accessories that instantly add a punch to any style. This article on the Brides website suggests that it can even be used as a statement accessory.  What is more, flower crowns and veils are a match made in heaven. You do not have to give one up for the sake of the other.

Although floral crowns look best at outdoor weddings in spring and summer, they are also suitable for the cooler season. Delicate blooms like baby breath and daisies add a soft, romantic touch, while large floral crowns add a Bohemian touch.

Trust your florist to fashion a floral crown that goes well with your wedding theme, bridal bouquet and bridal dress. Alternately, you can also make it yourself, if you are crafty. Ensure that you choose hardy blooms that will not wilt easily, so your floral crown stays fresh for longer. Alternately, have one made from fabric or paper flowers. Such a crown will not become shabby or wilt over time. You can also save it as a valuable keepsake.

Flowers

Fresh flowers are a refreshing and attractive addition to any bridal hairstyle. Flowers in your hair are perfect for a romantic, dreamy wedding day look.

There are many ways in which you can wear flowers in your hair. You can position it in different locations to achieve the intended effect. The size, color and quality of blooms will determine the impact of your hairstyle. From simply pinning flowers into your hairdo to weaving it into a braid, there are several ways in which you can add flowers to your hair.

Few flowers simply tucked into the hair look classic. You can also wrap garlands around your hair or use individual blooms as substitutes for hair pins. For more ideas on how to use flowers as your hair accessory, visit this article on the Knot website. 

Hair vines

Bridal hair vines are whimsical, adding subtle glamour to any hairstyle. They create a dramatic effect and look amazing when paired with braided hairstyles. Hair vines can easily be inserted into your tresses, adding a hint of sparkle to a simple hairstyle.

Hair vines are usually made with Swarovski crystals, enamel details, faux silk flowers or similar embellishments. These accessories have a natural effect that isn’t overpowering. It is suitable for both formal and informal wedding styles and you can wear it at any position on your head.

Veils

Although veils are short pieces of fabric, they create a bridal look instantly. Hence, this traditional and classic wedding hair accessory is closely associated with the bridal trousseau. They come in various lengths and can be made of different materials.

The fabric, length and style determine the impact of the veil. There are veils that are better suited for formal weddings than informal wedding styles. Veils also have the power to transform your overall bridal look and tie it to the theme. For instance, a birdcage veil is suitable for a vintage wedding, whereas a long cathedral veil looks amazing at a church wedding.

Take a look at this previous article for a comprehensive guide to the different types of veils available, and find out what is best suited to your needs.

Hats

A wedding hat is a unique accessory that not all brides are bold enough to try. However, if you are on the search for something original, this is a definite option. Hats are practical and functional for outdoor weddings. You may even find hats the right choice for cowboy and retro wedding themes. While a hat is a statement accessory like a fascinator, there are also miniature versions that pair well with birdcage veils for a stunning combination.

Now tell us, which of these is your preferred choice? At Best for Bride, we have a wide range of bridal hair accessories to add the finishing touches to your bridal look. Visit us in-store or at our gallery here to find out the different options and pick your favorite.

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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.