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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

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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

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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.

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Bridal Accessories for a Beach Wedding

Is your wedding to be held on a tropical island or a sun-kissed beach with soft golden sand and frothy waves blending into the décor?

The beautiful thing about beach weddings is the casual and fun air about them. Such weddings are both relaxing and exciting at the same time. Since your wedding is a big step away from being a formal event, everything about you—the bride, should be different too.

Your wedding dress choices range from light breezy A-line gowns and mermaid-inspired dresses to short frocks that are more appropriate for the sea and sand. If you don’t want the traditional white gown, you can even go with the current trend of ruffled dresses in light breezy or tactile fabrics. Styles on the runway this year, showcased designs with feathers and extreme embellishments on sheer fabric—ideal ideas for a fun beach wedding.

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Once you choose your wedding dress, it is time to find the accessories to complete your look. Read on to find out more about the choices that will transform you into a beautiful beach bride.

Messy hairdos, beach waves and floral headpieces

Traditional tiaras and veils are absolute no-no’s in a beach wedding. Capture the essence of the natural skies, blue waters and warm sands with headpieces that are casual and fun. A messy hair updo, loose chignon, braids or gentle finger waves would look stunning. Dress up your hairstyle with an oversize bloom, or let your curls loose and opt for a floral headband instead. You could even choose a floral hair clip instead of fresh flowers, but make sure that it looks real and not plastic.

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Bangles and bracelets

Not essential, but bangles and bracelets can be superb accessories when chosen well. We prefer the oversize chunky ones that have a rustic charm, instead of ornate and traditional ones. Bracelets made with wood or natural gemstones like quartz, sandstone and turquoise have an unfinished rustic feel and look the best. You can also choose bracelets with nautical charms like anchors, ships and dolphins, or thick bangles with beach-motifs for a simpler choice that gels well with the wedding theme.

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Necklace and earrings

If you have chosen a bigger headband, you should go easy with your necklace and earrings, or it would end up looking too cluttered. A chain with a shell or dolphin pendant would be good enough. Consider choosing studs that match your bracelet, or go with pearls for your necklace and earrings for an authentic beach effect.

Peep-toes or beach sandals

Since you cannot consider heels for your wedding, cover your toes gorgeous in a pair of bright peep-toes or practical sandals. Choose embellished sandals to dress up your feet, or pair your choice with an interesting anklet or toe-rings.

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Remember to experiment with a variety of accessories, till you find the perfect mix for your wedding day. Make sure you wear your wedding dress along with the rest of the accessories and see how your look comes together, before you head for your wedding destination.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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.