Posted on 3 Comments

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.

Posted on 1 Comment

Clever tips for shopping and choosing your wedding accessories

Jewelry and accessories play an important role in your bridal look. It is thus important that you plan your shopping well, so they enhance your overall bridal look. For, only then will all the elements come together in a cohesive manner and enable you to look gorgeous.

Although jewelry and accessories are an important part of the bridal outfit, most brides think of them as an afterthought. This is one of the first mistakes to avoid. Instead of just going shopping and picking up something that you think will work well with your dress, plan your look well. Think of the different options that will enhance your features, show off your dress and complement the theme. This will help you narrow down your jewelry and accessories choices better.

Here are some clever tips to help you get an idea of how to choose the right wedding jewelry.

Always buy your jewelry and accessories after the dress

It isn’t uncommon for brides to end up buying a dress that is totally different from what they envisioned. In fact, we have lost count of the number of times a bride comes shopping with a definite idea of what she wants, and walks out with a dress that she never imagined she would buy.This is why we suggest that you shortlist the features you want to see in your dress. You can then look at dresses that satisfy most of your preferences, if not all. Remember that you may end up going on an unending search to find a dress that satisfies every one of your requirements, unless you have it tailored. Hence we suggest you first pick the dress, and then move on to looking at jewelry.

Let your dress be the guide when picking jewelry and accessories

The right type of jewelry and accessories work with the wedding dress, not against it! Brides who strike the right balance between the dress and the accessories look amazing. So, as a general rule of thumb, choose simple accessories if your dress is opulent. If your dress is simple with few features that stand out, heavy and flashy accessories are suitable. Look at the neckline, sleeves, how heavy the skirt is and work in the bodice to decide what would look appropriate to balance out your look.

Look online before you go to the shops

Most jewelers and accessories vendors list their inventory online. You can also find plenty of inspiration on the internet, on Pinterest and bridal websites. It is a good idea to browse through the different available designs and identify options you like most. Since you may not be used to wearing elaborate head pieces, veils and tiaras before, it is a good idea to gather information on what would suit your style, facial features and taste. An online search will help you understand what is available. Visit various jewelry websites to make use of offers and discounts that will help you get a better deal for the money you spend on your accessories.

Choose your outfit properly when you go wedding shopping

The neckline of your dress is a big factor to consider when picking jewelry. If your accessories clash with the neckline, the entire effect will be ruined. To avoid this, wear a dress or top with the same neckline as your wedding dress, when you go shopping. This way, you can gather a fair idea of how the necklace, earrings and veil will look with the wedding dress neckline. Also choose a light or white colored top, to get the actual picture of how the jewelry will look against your dress. If you wear a colorful dress, the color of the stones will show up differently than it would against white.

You needn’t buy if you would rather rent

Just like wedding dresses, wedding jewelry isn’t cheap. If you are a person who loves jewelry and will most likely use your wedding gems after your wedding day, it is a worthwhile investment. However, if you don’t normally wear jewelry, it is a better idea to rent. Many wedding dress rental shops also rent out wedding jewelry. You should be able to find accessories that match your wedding dress with this option. The shop that you rent from may ask you to put down a deposit for the time you take the jewelry away. However, it is the easiest way to looking great on your special day, at minimum cost.

Match the stones and metals

What we mean by this is that you should keep the effect cohesive. When you shop for wedding jewelry you will have various options like rhinestones, pearls, colored gemstones and more. Try to achieve a cohesive effect by choosing the same type of stones for each of your accessories. Similarly, be careful about mixing different metals as it can look cluttered. Don’t mix and match too much or you will ruin the overall effect. Even if the pieces look good on their own, they will not contribute to your look if they are all too different.

Know the best combinations for the white of your gown

Wedding gowns come in different shades of white. There’s bright white, champagne white, ivory, candlelight and ecru. Different metals look good with the different whites mentioned here. Pearls and metals with silver finishes are best with pure or bright white. Off-white colors like ivory and candlelight work well with gold and silver. Champagne looks good with rose-gold embellishments and jewelry. Ivory and ecru have yellow undertones and are good with yellow gold. You can also look at the embellishments in your gown, as a guide. If your gown has crystal and silver embroidery, choose the same colors in your jewelry. Similarly, if it features gold or pearls, it is best to follow the same in your gown for a cohesive effect.

Re-purpose traditional jewelry for a contemporary look

If you have heirloom jewelry that doesn’t fully appeal to your taste, don’t reject it saying it doesn’t fit your style. Nonetheless, don’t wear it as it is if you aren’t fond of it. Instead, consider whether you can re-purpose it to suit your modern taste. Many jewelry shops offer this service. So, you can transform your family heirloom into a modern design with their assistance. Simply decide what you want the heirloom piece to be transformed into. Don’t limit yourself to making small changes. Brides have changed necklaces into earrings and bracelets, and strings of pearls into hair accessories. Ultimately, the important factor remains that the sentiment is still there, while you can wear jewelry that is more your style on your special day.

You don’t have to wear one of every accessory

The last thing you want to do is look cluttered with gems. Too many accessories and jewelry will make you look too busy. The different things you wear will then drown in sparkle and not be visible. The better option is to wear just the pieces that are actually necessary. It is a good idea to have one focal piece of jewelry and one or two more pieces to complement it. If your wedding dress is simple, make your focal piece big and bright for more sparkle. In case it is an ornate gown, keep your jewelry simple and light to get the look right.

Think of how photogenic your gems will be, when you choose them

Although your accessories may look fabulous to your eye, it isn’t necessary that it will photograph equally well. Certain stones may have a dull finish that will have an old and faded look in photos. And intricate finishes may not show up in pictures. So, pay attention to how your jewelry and accessories will reflect on camera. We suggest that you take some pictures to test how they look when clicked and only then make your final decision.

Be bold, go for color

Although there are plenty of options these days, not all brides are comfortable in anything but a white wedding gown. If you aren’t sure, but you love color, explore the variety of colorful gems to add that pop of color to your outfit. Take a chance with color, and you may be pleasantly surprised. Colored gem stones accentuate the beauty of any outfit. They are hence a perfect choice for the bride, especially if your wedding has a color theme. Colored gems give you the chance to incorporate the color theme into your wedding attire. Choose sparkling stones like sapphires, emeralds and rubies for a radiant effect and gems like jade, turquoise and coral for a casual wedding theme.

Don’t forget to check how you look from every angle

Don’t focus entirely on how you look from the front, when choosing accessories! Remember that you will be facing away from your guests during the ceremony. So, use this opportunity to show off some extra style. Use dainty hair accessories that pack a punch from the back, or include a sash that has a beautiful tie-back that will impress. Additional accessories can help you look good from all angles. So, choose wisely.

Avoid extreme trends

Your wedding photos are images that will be frozen for eternity. Your generation, as well as future generations will always remember you by how you looked on your wedding day. Don’t appear dated in them by choosing jewelry that is too trendy and will go out of fashion in no time. Classic styles are always fashionable and hence a safe choice. However, if you want to try out contemporary designs, do so by all means. Just ensure that they aren’t styles that are entirely new on the wedding fashion scene.

Make the most of package deals

The bridal ensemble takes up a huge chunk of the overall wedding budget. One way to make your money go further is to opt for package deals that give you more value for the money you spend. For example, bridal shops often have big discounts on jewelry and accessories, if you buy it along with your dress. This will allow you to find the accessories for your big day without breaking the bank. At Best for Bride, we often have deals on accessories that are purchased with the wedding dress. The alternative is to have a flat percentage off the dress price. When you compare both options, you will realize that buying accessories as part of the package will help you save more.

Everything depends on your personality

We mentioned a number of rules here. However, no rule is set in stone and everything finally boils down to what you like. If you want to bring on the bling, do so! Or if you aren’t satisfied with the just one statement piece, wear all that you like and plan the rest of your outfit to balance it out. If you don’t favor jewelry, keep it simple and find basic pieces that suit your taste. You should be comfortable with the choices you make, as this is what will reflect on your wedding day. As long as you love what you see, you won’t regret your choices later.

So, tell us how you have planned your wedding day look? What are the accessories you chose and what did you base your decision on?

At Best for Bride, you can find amazing wedding gowns as well as superb accessories to enhance them. Everything from the veil and tiara, to jewelry and shoes are available in-house and online, so you can pick your choice easily. Check out our website to learn more about what we have for brides like you. Additionally, you can also find out about the special package offer we have on accessories that are purchased with the wedding dress. For more wedding tips and advice for brides, stay tuned to our blog page.

Posted on 8 Comments

How to add color to your bridal outfit

The traditional wedding gown is white, and it is an eternal favorite that is difficult to replace. You can always choose a colored gown if you want to defy tradition, but let’s face it, nothing says you are a bride, like a white wedding dress.

Nevertheless, you may wish to look unique on your big day, and create a statement look with something that sets you apart from the hundreds of other brides you see everyday. And, color is the way to do it. Just a few doses of color in the right place will enhance your wedding day look, and here are our suggestions on how to do it right.

Brightly colored shoes

shoes

The extent to which your shoes will be on display on your wedding day will depend on the length of your dress. However, there is no denying that a colored shoe adds personality to a wedding outfit. How about choosing a blue shoe, for your something blue? Or, if you have a colorful palette, match your shoe to the colors in your décor, and it will blend in perfectly.

Colored Wedding dress linings

Add a colorful shadow to your white wedding outfit with colored dress linings or an underskirt. This article on the Offbeat bride introduces the idea of colorful bridal petticoats in crinoline for the perfect pop of color in your bridal outfit. This works perfectly with a short hemline, and would add a stunning casual vibe to an informal wedding. Don’t you think it will work great at an outdoor garden wedding? It isn’t overwhelming, but is very interesting.

Bright bridal jewelry

necklace

A stylish and sophisticated way to add color to your wedding outfit, bridal jewelry using colored gemstones are both striking and appropriate. You options include: emeralds for green, turquoise for blue, quartz for pink, garnet for brown etc. Or go for bright chunky necklaces and bracelets if your wedding has a colorful theme with bright tropical colors. Accessorize to match the colors in your wedding theme, and you will have just the right accents for your wedding dress. Choose your hairpieces with these colors, and imagine how beautiful your wedding photos will be.

Colored waistbands

Colored satin waistbands were one of the hottest bridal trends on bridal shows for 2015-16. Neutral colored waistbands were featured with pure white wedding dresses, and trust me when I say the effect was stunning! Why don’t you add this simple, but stunning addition to your wedding wardrobe, and make your wedding dress more attractive. Match it to the color of your bouquet, or to the other colors in your wedding palette.

Colorful stole, wrap or jacket

Suitable for cool weather, this is an idea that will allow you to sport the all-white look at your wedding ceremony, and then add an interesting element to your outfit in your wedding photographs. Perfect for strapless and sleeveless dresses, choose your warm wedding accessory in a bright color that goes well with your wedding palette, and you will have a versatile option that keeps you warm while looking great too.

Which of these ideas will you be incorporating into your wedding?

Whether you want a colorful wedding dress, or a gorgeous white dress, check out our collection at Best for Bride. You are bound to find one that you will love.

Posted on 4 Comments

For the bride who loves color—10 ways to add interesting pops of colors to your wedding

White and weddings are synonymous—the bride in a white gown, white shoes, white cakes, white seating arrangements… This may work for many brides, but there are also those who genuinely love color and feel stifled by the stark whiteness that dominates most weddings. Nevertheless, they do not want to play with too much color, as it can quickly overpower the entire setting, and make it just another party. Or, it may be that they do not want to disappoint their families and friends who expect them to stick to the standard white wedding style.

For those of you who think and dream in colors, here are some practical ideas to add vibrant pops of brilliant shades into your wedding. From bright bouquets to colorful dresses and vividly colored wedding cakes, we have you covered in every way. So, read on and find out which of these ideas you will love to add to your wedding.

A bright pop of color through with groom’s tie and bridal bouquet

red tie wedding

We love how this couple used the same fiery red in the bridal bouquet and the groom’s tie to inject a strong dose of rich color into their outfits. Notice how the brilliance of the red forms a striking contrast with the stark white of the bridal gown. There are few other colors that can create an impact as strong as red. And the brighter, the more attractive it is. Purple, emerald and orange are some of the other colors that can create a similar effect. I also found this interesting idea of matching ties to shoes on this article at Buzzfeed, where the groom matched his orange tie to equally orange shoes. Not an idea for the faint at heart, though!

Slip into a pair of bright heels

Brooke (28)

Image Credits: love_K_photo, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Gone are the days when the bride had to choose white shoes to get her outfit right. A pair of brightly colored shoes will be like a little secret hidden in plain sight. This is a perfect choice for the bride who has that tiny rebellious streak, but doesn’t want to defy tradition entirely. It is mysterious and interesting, as little pops of color make short appearances when your dainty feet show as your dress hemline is slightly displaced. Or, if you are daring enough, you could even wear a bright pair of sneakers under your wedding gown. You may already have observed that brides who choose shorter hemlines and dresses for classic vintage wedding themes often choose colorful shoes. Another trending favorite where adding color to shoes is concerned, is to simply wear a shoe with a colored sole. Nobody will be complaining that way, yet you have an unobtrusive but satisfying option to add color to your ensemble.

Think of colorful accessories or a creatively designed wedding dress If you are wary of wearing anything other than white at your wedding, how about adding your favorite color to your main outfit through a brightly colored belt, sash or underskirt. It doesn’t have to be the main feature, but will still be noticeable and can add a signature style to your overall look. You could also look at wedding dresses with a colored motif or one in white with colorful prints or appliques over it, to incorporate a little color into your look, but without excess. Here is a wedding dress that looks like any classic wedding dress from the front, but features a band of red silk that starts at the back of the strapless corset and continues into the train.

Wear a bright flower crown

It isn’t unusual to find beautiful brides playing with elements of nature to add color to their attires. Flower crowns have an unbeatable charm, and it is almost as though the bride is blessed with nature’s bounty and is embraced in it’s beauty. Bright flower crowns, whether big or small are packed with power to create a colorful impact. Here the bride has played with soft and subtle pinks in her brilliant flower crown. Doesn’t she look simply divine in it? Perfect for an outdoor wedding or a destination wedding, this is one choice that every bride should consider. After all, it is not every day that you can walk around wearing a flower crown, feeling like a princess!

Weave colorful flowers into your hairstyle

At long last-plum rose and golden berry clip
Image Credits: Faylyne, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Now, if you don’t feel comfortable in a flower crown, you can always weave flowers into your hairdo and get the desired pop of color that way. If your hairstyle involves braids or curls, you can add tiny flowers like button roses into them. Or for serious impact, consider adding two or three signature blooms into your hair in a single location. This will add more emphasis to the color and create a striking effect, as the vivid colors cannot be missed. This article on Xovian.com offers some insight into how to choose the right flowers and getting your look right. I like the author’s idea of trying out unusual flowers like ranunculus, instead of the tried and tested roses and lilies (read boring!) There is no compulsion that you should go for natural flowers, you can find authentic looking faux flowers as well, and they may in some cases work better than the real ones.

Bold and beautiful bouquets

pink bouquet

The easiest way to inject color into your wedding outfit without going overboard with it, is through your bridal bouquet. You can choose the brightest colors you come across, and still not look too loud, when you limit them to your bouquet. It can also be done in moderation for a pleasant and welcoming feel. A monochromatic bouquet in a bright color usually has a splendid impact. Since all the flowers used will be the same color and relatively of the same size as well, it will look elegant and the color will be a welcome style element. You can also use a composite bouquet, where a single large flower is crafted out of individual petals of various flowers. Although a little expensive, it is a fantastic way to create impact with your floral bouquet. If you want to learn more about this unique bouquet idea, I suggest you watch this video by J and Cather, that will tell you everything you need to know about it.

Colorful jewelry
2009 04 19 - 4703 - Washington DC - Natural History Museum - Mackay Emerald and Diamond Necklace

Image Credits: thisisbossi, via Flickr, [CC BY 2.0]

A fantastic way to add a pop of color that is immediately noticeable, is to choose colorful jewelry for your big day. You have plenty of options to consider, based on the style of wedding and your preferences. Colored gemstones with polished finishes and set in silver or gold can look elegant and stunning. For once, skip the traditional diamond, pearls and white crystals and opt for colors like turquoise, garnet, emerald, sapphire or ruby. These will in fact be even more attractive and can make you feel unique and attractive. For a casual vibe, you can go with uncut and natural looking stones. You can even consider necklaces made from shells for a beach wedding.

Colorful bridesmaids

 

The colorful bridesmaids

Image Credits: Miss Phoenix, via Flickr, [CC BY 2.0]

Your bridesmaids are a valuable addition to your wedding pictures, as they will be featured everywhere. So, why not consider dressing them up in deep and exciting colors to make the overall wedding setting more fun? You can choose any color you want when you go with colorful bridesmaids. Or, even work with the mix and match trend to further spice up the colors at your wedding. This option will not only make each of your bridesmaids feel unique, it will also make your wedding party be stylish and beautiful when they all come together. You can read more about how to do this on this previous article of ours. Another option that you may like to consider is to keep your bridesmaids looks similar, but add color through their accessories. Here, you can mix and match colors and assign different colors for each of your bridesmaids. The picture here should give you a good idea of how this would work.

Colored wedding cake

The white wedding cake may be classic, but it can always give way to a bolder and fashionable choice. One thing we can keep is the white base, and add colorful designs and accessories on it to create an attractive and appealing dessert that will be the highlight of your dessert table. Now, if you are the bride who wants to go with color all the way, don’t hesitate to get a big and bright wedding cake with all the colors of your wedding palette, added to it tastefully. We also find the option of having alternating colored and white tiers very attractive. Work with your baker to find a design that brings out the colors you have in mind in the most festive way, in the form of a fabulous wedding cake that the guests at your wedding will feast their eyes on.

Have a colorful dessert bar

Fantastical WonderLand

Image Credits: Didriks, via Flickr, [CC BY 2.0]

Everyone loves to indulge in sweet desserts, and with so many options in creating colorful desserts, this is a brilliant way to add color to your wedding day. Go all the way with color, and use an assortment of desserts to make your sweet feast tempting. Candy and sweets in clear containers, cupcakes with colored frosting and rows of macaroons, chocolates, pies, cakes, fruit desserts and tarts can make the entire setting festive. Accessories like colored platters, picture frames and interesting messages can add more color as well. The same can be accomplished with the drinks counter as well. Consider displaying colored mixers with brilliant mixing sticks and natural pops of color with the use of lemons, olives, mint and herbs for original colors.

Colorful props and décor accessories

decor peonies

Even when your wedding color palette has more neutrals than color, you can always brighten up the atmosphere by adding strong doses of color in the right places. Add them through accessories like balloons, centerpieces, table runners or even display signs. Many weddings that play with an almost all-white palette look several times more attractive, with a few pleasant additions like colorful napkins or wedding stationery in bright colors. When set against a neutral background, they look even more attractive and the color usually has stronger impact this way. Buntings, displays, sign boards and backdrops are all ways to bring color into your setting. Don’t forget to dress up the aisle and altar also with splashes of color.

Confetti here, there and everywhere

confetti

A quick and inexpensive way to add color to any setting is to add some confetti. In fact, confetti is a huge hit among brides today, as it is fun, exciting and easy to incorporate. Whether you feel you need to add some color to the tables or want to liven up the aisle, confetti can quickly come to your rescue. It is also a trend to have the couple showered in confetti after the ceremony, and is a wonderful way to celebrate your union with a special dose of color.

So tell us, which of these ideas will you be using at your wedding?

For more wedding tips and advice, continue visiting us at Best for Bride.

Posted on 6 Comments

Wedding planning: 5 Mistakes you can avoid

girl-476977_1280

You are bound to make mistakes when you attempt something for the first time. Your wedding is no exception. With so many details to look into, it is easy to make a few errors along the way. The sad part is, some mistakes can cost you dearly.

Here is a roundup of the common mistakes many brides make, and what you can do to avoid them at your wedding.

Doing it all yourself

You certainly want your wedding to be perfect in every way, but is it worth burning yourself out by doing every task yourself? Many brides find themselves dreading their wedding day, as they are overwhelmed with the number of things they have to tackle.

Instead of worrying yourself to death, it is best that you realize some things can be done better if you delegate them. Save your energy for important tasks like choosing the wedding dress, vendors and planning the dates. The sub-tasks can be handled by capable friends or assistants. Curb the temptation to micromanage, and leave out details that aren’t extremely important. You will enjoy your planning your wedding this way.

Blowing your wedding dress budget

via Best for Bride

When brides budget for their wedding dress, they should set aside a particular amount for the dress itself and distribute the rest for accessories and alterations. Do not exceed the wedding dress amount, by looking only at those that fit your budget. If you go over-budget with your dress, you will have to compensate by cutting down on accessories like shoes or jewelry, as you cannot skimp on alterations if you want to look perfect.

Not figuring in additional costs

You have planned your wedding budget, and you intend to stick to it when ordering things and booking vendors. However, have you figured in the overhead costs as well? There are additional charges for cleaning up, taxes and tips. Make sure you incorporate these into the budget and that your bookings are all within the limit. This can prevent you from receiving a shocking bill in the end.

Being fixated on a specific idea

woman-387511_1280

This applies to your wedding dress, flower arrangements, wedding venue, décor, bridesmaids dress and all the other aspects of your wedding. If you are too particular about your choices, it is likely that you will be disappointed when things don’t work out exactly as intended. Keep yourself open to ideas and you may even be pleasantly surprised with what you find. When you go with your bridal consultant’s advice, you may discover a better wedding dress than you ever imagined; allow your florist to choose the flowers for your bouquet and you may receive a stunning but affordable one that complements your wedding theme.

Hiring family or friends who aren’t professionals

Unless your cousin is a professional photographer, or your aunt is used to baking wedding cakes, don’t hand the task over to them just because they asked for it. Whether you will be paying in full for their service or not, you will risk things going wrong on your wedding day by entrusting it to someone who isn’t capable of handling it on the required scale. Your wedding is not the occasion to take such risks, and you will be better off with a vendor who knows what they are doing, even if they charge more.

For more wedding related tips and advice, visit us at Best for Bride.

Posted on 8 Comments

Styling tips to help you choose accessories for your bridesmaids

Your bridesmaids have an important role to play in your wedding. When they look good, the entire wedding feels good. So, you have to make sure that you pay close attention to how they will be dressed.

In most cases bridesmaids pay from their pockets for their dresses. The least the bride can do for these women who agree to happily shoulder their responsibilities, is to buy them their accessories. Don’t you agree?

These simple styling tips will help you choose the right accessories for your bridesmaids dresses.

#Tip 1

Shop for accessories only after choosing the dresses

While there are accessories that go well with almost any dress, they aren’t necessarily the best choice. So, wait till you buy the bridesmaids dresses, to go shopping for their accessories. This way, you will avoid wasting time and can make a better selection.

#Tip 2

Simple dresses go with bold accessories and vice-versa

This is a very simple rule, yet one that many women fail to follow. Be it for a wedding or a cocktail party, it is not the dress or accessories that are the main focus, but the woman wearing it. For an uncluttered and elegant look, balance out the dress with the supporting accessories. For an embellished dress (like a sequined or patterned dress or one in a bold color), keep the accessories minimum. If the dress is relatively simple or in neutral shades with little to no accents, dress it up with attractive accessories.

#Tip 3

Let the neckline decide whether a necklace is necessary

Necklaces are accessories that can make or break a look. Not all dresses need necklaces to look great. For example, wearing a necklace with a halter dress would be too much. On the other hand, a sweetheart or bateau neckline would be emphasized with a pretty necklace.

#Tip 4

Don’t be scared to experiment with color

There is more than one way in which you can add color to your bridesmaids outfits. While the obvious choice is to choose a colorful dress, you should remember that not all colors look good on all women. You want your best friends to love their look, don’t you? If you prefer neutrals and toned down colors for their dresses, add pops of color with bright and bold accessories. This may be with shoes, waistbands or jewelry. When colors are paired with the neutral background of their dresses, the effect is enhanced.

#Tip 5

Mix and match accessories to suit each bridesmaids taste, but keep the look cohesive

bracelets

Your bridesmaids have different personalities. Respect their individuality and let their looks reflect who they are. The accessories you choose for each woman should be suitable for her taste and match her style. This way you can make them all happy. The only thing to remember when choosing the accessories is to keep one factor uniform throughout. This could either be the color, the design or the impact it creates.

Now that you know what you should look out for when choosing bridesmaids accessories, how about finding the perfect dresses for your pretty friends? Visit our online store at Best for Bride for designer collections of the best bridesmaids gowns in all styles and price ranges.

Posted on 3 Comments

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

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

Play around with color till you get the mix just right

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

Get a cool-looking manicure

nails

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

Choose a stunning, but practical clutch

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

Pull your look together

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

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

Posted on 1 Comment

The Do’s and Don’ts of choosing bridal accessories

via Best for Bride

Bridal accessories add the finishing touches to your bridal outfit. Choosing the right accessories will enhance the beauty of your wedding outfit, and complete your bridal look.

There are certain do’s and don’ts when choosing your wedding accessories, so that it complements your wedding dress. Let us look at them now.

Do:

Pair your dress with complementary accessories

The type of accessories you choose should depend on the type of wedding dress you have. If your dress is rich in details and complete with embellishments such as rhinestones, crystal beading and plenty of metallic embroidery, keep your accessories simple. On the other hand, if your dress is relatively simple, you can dress it up with bold jewelry. Although your wedding dress is white, you do not have to choose your accessories in white too. You can opt for gemstones in various colors, as long as it complements the look.

Keep the metals uniform throughout your attire

With wedding accessories available in silver, gold and other colors, remember that it is best when all your accessories are made in the same metal. Also, don’t forget to match the choice of metal to the embellishments and color of your wedding gown. Silver and white accessories look good with stark white wedding dresses, while creamy and off-white gowns can be paired with pearls and gold or rose-toned jewelry.

Think of your overall look when choosing accessories

via Best for Bride

Before you go shopping for wedding accessories, you should plan the overall look you want to achieve. This will help you decide the type of accessories that can create it. If your dress has a bold neckline with plenty of details, opt for bigger earrings, and skip the necklace altogether. If your dress has a sweetheart or strapless bodice, consider a dramatic necklace. When you choose to put your hair up, wear longer earrings; if you let your hair down, choose small studs instead. Select your veil according to the style of your dress. If there is an illusion back that you want to show off, go for a sheer veil.

Don’t:

Overdo the accessories

Some brides go overboard with the accessories and end up looking cluttered. Less is more, and make sure you choose only what you are comfortable in. Keep the sparkles limited to create a classic overall effect, and remember that you want your accessories to enhance your wedding dress, not steal focus from it.

Wait till the last minute to try your accessories on with your wedding dress

via Best for Bride

You should see how well your accessories go with your wedding dress, by wearing them together before your wedding day. Rather than speculating, try it on and find out for yourself. You can then make changes, should it not look as good as you expected it to.

Forget about comfort

You shouldn’t feel weighed down with your wedding dress and accessories. Choose only that what feels comfortable. If you aren’t used to wearing dangling earrings or high heels, don’t try it for the first time on your wedding day. If a veil feels too difficult to handle, choose one that is sheer and light weight, and it will be a lot easier to handle.

To find the right accessories for your wedding dress, or to choose your wedding dress itself, visit us on Best for Bride.

Posted on 4 Comments

How to choose the Best Wedding Jewelry

Choosing jewelry for your wedding can be a fun thing to shop for. However, you will want to look for jewelry that matches both your wedding theme and your personality and that looks great with your wedding dress. Below are some tips that will help you do just that.

Only Wear it if you Need it

1

While it may be tempting to purchase jewelry to wear simply for the sake of wearing jewelry, there are many times when you will not need it at all. For dresses that have a lot of sequins, pearls or diamonds as well as dresses that have high necks and long sleeves, jewelry may not look the best with the design. In these instances, it is best to avoid wearing jewelry and allow the dress to stand alone instead.

Enhance…Don’t Hide

4

You will never want to hide your dress with jewelry. Instead, you should look to enhance the beauty of it with specific pieces instead. For example, if you have a low neckline, a long necklace or ear rings may complement it nicely. Also if you have short sleeves or a lack of sleeves, a bracelet may work nicely as well.

Mimic your Dress

2

If your dress has a specific design, such as pearls or color gems, it may be a good idea to select pieces of jewelry that will work with the design. Of course, you should never overdo it, but if you are able to add to the beauty of the dress by adding some coordinating pieces of jewelry, go for it.

Consider your Hairstyle

5

Another factor that you should consider when choosing your jewelry is the hairstyle that you will be selecting. If you are wearing your hair down, for example, different jewelry may work better than if you were to wear it up with beads placed inside of it. The most important thing to remember is that every piece of jewelry that you select should complement your dress in some way. The look that you choose is intended to show you off rather than camouflage you.

Be yourself

3

Finally, your jewelry should show off your personality as well. It is important that you feel comfortable in what you are wearing because you will be the center of attention on your wedding day. If you are someone who enjoys simple jewelry rather than something lavish, be sure that you select simple pieces.

Conclusion

Your wedding day is very special and you will want to look your best. One way to do this is to make sure that the jewelry that you select will help you look and feel fantastic. There are many different styles to choose from and you will find that you can easily match your wedding dress, regardless of the style that you have in mind.

Best for Bride

Best for Bride is a wedding store that can help you to choose all of your wedding day supplies. They can help you coordinate your wedding jewelry with your wedding dress so that you know you will always look your best.