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16 Nature-inspired ideas for your wedding

I have the perfect word to describe a nature-inspired outdoor wedding—Romantic!

The epitome of romance, an outdoor wedding that draws inspiration from Mother Nature herself is beautiful, classic and refreshing in every way. Is there a better way to start your lifetime of happiness, than in a splendid organic surrounding, with nature’s own bounty standing witness to your union and forming a mesmerizing backdrop of unparalleled beauty?

The brilliance of a nature-inspired wedding is that it can be executed in many ways. There are several details that can easily contribute to a nature-inspired wedding and make it truly special. Let us take a look at some of our favorites and be inspired. So, come along.

Enchanted Garden Invitation card

End your search for the right invitation card for your enchanting garden wedding with this beautiful Invitation card from Best for Bride. Die-cut beige trees wrap around the ecru card that contains the invitation lettering printed with raised ink. Mysterious and whimsical, this beautiful card will create a favorable first impression and give your guests their first sneak-peek into what your wedding will be all about. Find out more about how you can order this online exclusive card by visiting this page.

Personalized nature-inspired wedding sign

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Use pretty wedding signs personalized with your names to point the direction at your party venue. Natural motifs like flowers, leaves and woodland creatures add an authentic vibe to the design. The direction arrows mark the route to your wedding and reception spaces, and the signage can be placed at every junction or turn from the gate to the ceremony venue. This is available at this page on Best for Bride, if you wish to take a closer look or buy the same for your wedding.

Scenic backdrop with vibrant colors

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I just love how the flower arrangements add wonderful pops of color that enhance the natural charm of the natural background. It is a simple arrangement, yet one of high impact. Getting married beside a river of glistening blue, with a natural green carpet softly bracing your footsteps, there is little to be done to make this setting a spell-binding wedding venue. Also notice how the pretty flowers are contained in little brown pots, so they continue to be used even after the wedding? Eco-friendly and attractive—how brilliant is that?

Seating arrangements in green and white

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Notice how the seating is simple, but with signature style. Little blobs of green are hung to the chairs with matching white ribbons, and they simply enhance the natural feel of the green surroundings. Beside the rows of chairs, a scattering of white petals line the walk. Simple, but elegant, it is a cost-effective way to add interesting details to the setting where your guests will be seated during the wedding ceremony. The white chairs will create a clean and uncluttered look, while the pretty little green and white petal details are the perfect addition to complete the overall outdoorsy feel.

Burlap table runner

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Make the most of the natural charm of the outdoors by finding elements that blend in with it for your décor. This burlap table runner, which can be customized with the couple’s monogrammed initials make the perfect addition for the party table. The lace trimming along the edges add a special signature style that will be elegant in any setting. Adding a rustic chic feel to any setting, this choice will easily fit into your nature-inspired theme, both by color and texture. To find out more about this table runner of to look at similar designs that may suit your choices better, visit this link to our list of party favors.

Candle decorations

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Aren’t we all smitten by a pretty arrangement that has a candle or two included? For your wedding theme, a green candle would be simply befitting in any décor arrangement, either on the tables, at the entry or simply as standalone décor accessory. Take a look at this simple but beautiful arrangement of leafy green candles in a mossy base, with beautifully contrasting pink blooms and sea shells to complement it. Doesn’t it scream nature already? This would be a beautiful addition to your fall wedding, although it would work well for a spring or summer setting too.

Floral centerpieces

Water, wood and greenery—the three natural elements of nature itself come together in harmony to form this classic centerpiece. The soft white roses and orange astromeria combine with the richness of the green spider mum and white baby’s breath to create a fresh natural palette with a variety of textures. The clear water contained within the jar adds a soothing effect, and resembles a giant floating bubble that is perfect for a garden setting. It will look great on small round tables or as the centerpiece on long tables, and is best placed on a table runner made from natural looking fabric like burlap or cotton. To learn more about how you can customize this centerpiece or to have a better look at it, take a look at this link.

Floral wedding cake

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Rich white blooms and vines of lush green decorate this stark white cake. Is there a better way to include the beauty of nature at your wedding, than by using elements from nature itself? Although the fresh white roses and the green leaves may not be edible, they form an integral part of this cake, making it a beautifully natural design. You can also consider using edible flowers or candied flowers on your wedding cake, for an interesting variation. Find out more about how to do this on this video at Howcast.com.

Whimsical wedding cakes

 

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Many couples find the natural charm of a plain cake is definitely more attractive than that of a frosted one. So, if you belong to this category, fear not for we have the right option for you. Naked wedding cakes are a trending favorite now, where the cake has minimum frosting and its natural look is retained. These cakes are usually decorated with fruits, flowers, berries and cream for added taste and attractiveness. Not only are they delightfully appealing, they are usually a refreshing choice that will be preferred more than the thickly colored and decorated cakes which are usually seen.

Guest Thumbprint Poster

Here is a brilliant idea for a keepsake from your nature-inspired wedding. This thumbprint poster features a magnificent towering tree with branches swaying in the wind. The fun and personal part is how the leaves flutter and float around the tree. These are thumbprints that your guests put on the poster. Have the guests at your wedding reception leave their signatures alongside their thumbprints, and you have a brilliant display piece from your big day, that will always remind you of the big celebration and the wonderful people who made it extra-special. Don’t you think this will be a splendid alternative to the traditional guest book? For more details about this product, visit this page on Best for Bride.

Thank you Notes

The culmination of your wedding tasks happens when you send thank you cards to your guests, and personally thank them for their presence and thoughtful gifts at your wedding. Here is a nature-inspired thank you card, that is ideal for your wedding theme. The gently swaying trees hovering in the translucent background of this beautiful card will instantly tug on the memories of your guests, reminding them of the brilliant wedding party you hosted. If you aren’t sure of what you should write in it, check out our previous post on Thank you cards for some valuable hints. To take a closer look, or to order your set of thank you notes in this design, visit this link on Best for Bride.

Flower crown for the bride

Distinctly natural, no other bridal accessory is as original as a flower crown. Perfect for an outdoor or destination wedding, it will help you nail the look that is perfect for your overall theme. Take a look at the picture here of the model wearing a colorful floral crown. Doesn’t it complement her hairstyle perfectly? Now, if you aren’t so sure on whether you want a similar crowning beauty, you can also choose to weave tiny daisies into your hair or choose a few big blooms to decorate your hair with. You can also choose to go for floral accessories with gemstones or crystals. Nevertheless, it doesn’t compare with the natural charm of a floral accessory that exploits the beauty of nature to the most.

Nature-inspired wedding dress

A wedding dress that captures the beauty of nature is one that softly flows with beautiful floral motifs decorating it. One of our favorites is this Mori Lee 6803 from the voyage collection. Simple, but with stunning intricate details, this dress features majestic embroidery on soft net. The sweetheart neckline is accentuated with soft illusion cap sleeves and the ruching on the waist draws attention to a slender waistline. A scattering of floral motifs are embroidered on the bodice, and this contrasts elegantly with the soft flowing layers of the A-line skirt. Graceful and gorgeous, this is a dress that a bride would love to glide down the aisle in and be one with nature in.

Printed wedding dress with floral appliques

A little color does no harm to a bride, in fact it adds an extra element of style. Few colored wedding dresses have the power to create an impact for an outdoor wedding like this Sophia Tolli Geraldine Y21441 does. A liberal scattering of floral motifs in white and ruby lace appliques, defines the bodice and ends in fewer sprinkles along the skirt and train. The spaghetti straps support the deep cut V-neckline and it also features a chapel length train. The colorful embellishments are tasteful, and do not look too loud. Despite the use of color, this wedding dress has a distinct feminine bridal style, and will allow the bride to outshine all her guests. Overall, Geraldine is a mesmerizing beauty, perfect for a nature-themed wedding.

Wedding favors—miniature woven picnic baskets

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Rustic and original, these mini picnic baskets will be a delightful gift for your guests to take home. Woven to look like little replicas of the traditional picnic basket, they look original with the finest details placed perfectly. Place it on the reception tables, and it can double up as a placeholder. You can also fill it up with candy, mints or little chocolate kisses, so they are sweet both on the outside and the inside. If you like this idea for your natural wedding theme, and would like to order them for yourself, visit us here at Best for Bride and place your order.

Wedding Favor – Faux moss and wicker mini planter with liner

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Encourage your wedding guests to lend a helping hand to nature by planting their own little seeds of joy in these faux moss and wicker mini planters. Original and unique, the deep green moss color makes it a pleasant addition to any home décor design. The perfect party favor for the theme, it will prompt even those without a green thumb to try their luck at growing a small plant in their homes. They also make a befitting combination with the mini watering can that you can see here.

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You can either place these mini watering cans in their original packaging, or use them as part of the décor by decorating each with a bunch of fresh flowers that will match the colors you use in your wedding.

With all this inspiration for you to plan every aspect of your wedding, it is now time for you to start making your plans. Check out our Best for Bride website for more details on all that we have featured here, and also to look at more choices that you may want for your wedding.

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5 tips to help you relax and look comfortable in your wedding photographs

wedding-665157_1280Have you ever felt happy looking at a wedding photo where the couple looked genuinely overjoyed, and the photographer captured it perfectly? Such photos make us wish we were able to look as great, in front of the camera.

Some brides were born to be photographed. Their wedding photos are really fun, and these couples enjoy the wedding photo shoot immensely. It’s too bad that not all of us are as photogenic.

Here are some tips to help those brides who find it difficult to relax in front of the camera, and look as perfect as they can be.

Have a pre-wedding photography session

Many brides feel uncomfortable posing in front of the camera, because they are unfamiliar with the photographer. If this could affect you, the best way to avoid it is to familiarize with the photographer’s style by having a pre-wedding photography session. Consider it as a worthwhile investment, and have an engagement shoot. This will introduce you to the way the photographer works, and it will prepare you better to pose on your wedding day.

Relax, breathe and be yourself

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Don’t you hate it when you see a picture where the subject is unnecessarily grinning! Unfortunately, many people have this tendency to put on a fake Cheshire cat grin, the minute the camera is on them. It really takes away their natural charm. Since you will be in many photos during your wedding day, try to be yourself and not force a smile.

Forget about the photographer clicking, and just live the moment

The best photos are taken when you are yourself, and the best way to do that is to enjoy yourself without worrying about how you will look on camera. This article on the Boho Weddings website, tells us that it is important to hire a professional photographer, as they are trained in identifying and capturing a couple’s best moments, without being obtrusive. If you want to enjoy your photo shoot and not begin to hate the experience, do two things: find a good photographer, and just enjoy your wedding day!

Make sure your makeup and dressing is good on camera

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All you have to do is to do a trial makeup and hairstyling session before the wedding, and click a few pictures to see if you like what you see. Remember that you may look different from what you anticipated. So, checking it out before hand is the best way to make sure. This is even more important if your makeup will feature glitter or spray-on tan, so you can get it right on the day, rather than be disappointed afterwards with how you look in the pictures.

Don’t be too worried about how the pictures will turn out

If you see a beautiful bride in the mirror, why worry that you will not look as good on camera? Discuss your concerns with your photographer before your wedding day, and as a professional he will be able to advise you on how you can pose to look great. Why not get his suggestions on which profile view or angle is right, as well as the extra effect s that will help you look your best. Be optimistic, and just pay attention to your photographer’s cues. Your pictures will be perfect.

Stay positive and follow our tips; and you will love your wedding photographs. For more wedding advice and all your wedding needs, visit us on Best for Bride.

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How about a flower crown for your summer wedding?

Are you a bride who will be married next summer? It is time you started thinking of your wedding dress and accessories to create the perfect bridal look on your big day. One of our favorite accessories for a summer wedding is a flower crown. It is refreshing, beautiful, fragrant and just right for the warm weather.

Flower crowns may be the latest bridal hit now, but it is an accessory that has been around forever. Here is the history behind it.

Flower crowns in the past

In ancient Greece, men and women often wore flower and leaf crowns. The flower crown was actually a wedding symbol in Ukraine, where the couple exchanged periwinkle and myrtle wreaths to symbolize their marriage vows. The Indian bridal hairdo is characterized by elaborate floral decorations that often start on the head and cover the entire length of the hair.

The Chinese flower crown inspired Queen Victoria to wear a similar orange one at her wedding, and just like she’s the inspiration behind the white wedding dress and the tiered wedding cake, the flower crown fashion is also attributed to her.

Now that we know the origins of the flower crown, let us look at how you can include rock this look as your bridal hairdo.

Match the flowers to your makeup

If there is one bright color in your makeup, like a berry purple or bright red, add flowers in a similar color to your floral crown. This will enhance the stark white of the rest of your attire, while allowing the bright colors to stand out.

Weave the flowers into your braid

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Many summer brides prefer a loose bun or updo, with braids adding a casual air to their look. If you will be adopting this style, consider weaving small flowers or your flower crown into your braids for a spectacular effect. Choose smaller flowers like daisies, and expertly braid them in, so it looks like their positioning was well thought out.

Choose only few large blooms for a casual, dreamy look

If you have a small visage, you should either choose small flowers in your hairdo, or limit the bigger blooms to just a few. Choose a flower crown which places these flowers together, and keep the rest of the circumference simple, with green. You can either place the crown in the center, or towards one side, and let a few locks fly around for a dreamy bridal look.

Fabric flower crowns are just as good as the original

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If you will be outdoors for quite some time, you should consider how well your flower crown will hold. Most flowers wilt, and you do not want them to look tired after a while. If the temperatures in your area are high, you can either have two crowns made, or choose a fabric crown instead. Apart from staying fresh through the day, the added bonus of a fabric crown is that it is ready well in advance, and you will be able to and try it on and perfect your look for the day.

For more interesting wedding tips and advice to help you plan your wedding day, visit us at Best for Bride, the one stop destination for all your wedding needs.

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Basque, Empire, Dropped, Natural and other wedding dress Waistlines

The waistline of your wedding dress is important in defining your overall wedding day look. It is one feature that can make all the difference between whether you look tall or short and slender or curvy. Picking the right waistline for your dress can help you balance your entire look.

Let us look at the various types of waistlines that appear on wedding dresses, and help you identify the ones that are right for your body shape.

Basque

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This waistline lies close to the natural waist, but the seams from either side interconnect to form an inverted triangle in the front. It is usually found on structured ball gowns, where it defines the beginning of a layered skirt, and minimizes the size of the hips.

It looks best if you are pear-shaped or have an hourglass figure. The dip in the center creates the illusion of length and the pattern is slimming.

Avoid if you have a large waistline or if you are apple-shaped.

Empire

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The waistline is defined right below the bust, and the skirt usually flows loosely to hide the natural waist, while drawing attention to the chest.

It looks best on shorter brides who wish to look lean and tall and brides with small busts. It is also a good choice if your tummy looks puffy despite using inner shapewear.

Avoid if you are large-chested, as the pattern draws focus to your chest area.

Dropped Waist

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A dropped waist falls lower than the natural waistline. It creates the illusion of a longer and leaner torso.

It looks best if you have a small natural waistline, an hourglass figure or wide-hips.

Avoid if you are petite or if your natural waistline is already low.

Natural Waist

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As the name suggests, the waistline of the dress coincides with your actual waistline, just above your hips. It creates an hourglass figure, while reducing your length by adding a seam at the centre.

It looks best if you have a slender waist or are hourglass-figured. When the dress is a ball gown it works for pear-shaped brides too

Avoid if you are apple-shaped.

Asymmetrical

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Another more popular design is the asymmetrical waistline, where the seams drape the body asymmetrically, usually in a diagonal fashion. When it is done properly in a suitable fabric that holds its shape, it suits most body types.

It looks best on brides who are tall and slim, with an hourglass figure.

Avoid if you are short, as the diagonal drape of the waistline can make you look even shorter.

No Waistline

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These dresses have no noticeable waistline. Instead it flows gently from the bodice to the skirt, fitting snugly along your natural body curves.

It looks best on brides with hourglass figures, or those who are slender with just the right amount of curves.

Avoid if you are rectangular or wish to camouflage any problem areas with the help of your wedding dress silhouette.

While these rules can help, a dress may still drape differently from what is expected. The best way to find out is to try it on and see for yourself.

To check these wedding dresses out, or to find more options in the pattern you love, visit us at Best for Bride.