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Mistakes to avoid when choosing your wedding style and colors

Every couple dreams of a wedding day that is unique and creative. Colors play a huge role in enhancing the overall mood and effect of this special day. Unfortunately, choosing the right colors for your wedding isn’t as easy as it seems. Although you may have certain favorite colors, you cannot simply put them together and plan your wedding around them.

Wedding color pitfalls are fairly common, and they ruin the wedding ambiance. Fortunately, being aware of the likely mistakes will help you avoid them. Here is our guide to the common mistakes couples make when choosing wedding colors. Use it to steer clear of a visual overdose of colors and mix and match combinations that do not gel together.

Ignoring the colors in your venue

Many couples forget to account for the effect of the colors that are part of the venue they choose. This unavoidable part of the décor has to be considered and you should work it into the wedding color palette. Since it is unlikely that you can alter any of the existent colors at your venue it is wise to pick colors that do not clash with them for the best effect.

If you already have made your decision about the colors that will be in your wedding, choose a venue with colors that work with your choice. There are many venues without dominating colors in the décor. Pick such venues and you will not have to worry about a likely clash of colors. Otherwise, find your wedding venue first. Then pick your wedding colors to go with it. However, this means that you will have to be open to options and flexible with your choices.

Choosing several distinct colors

When you are a lover of colors, it can be difficult to narrow down your choices to just few. Nevertheless, don’t make the mistake of working with many colors that are entirely different. Multiple bold and dominating shades create clutter and look messy. Also, the individual details will be lost in the noise.

This article on the Brides website suggests that where colors are concerned, fewer is better. If your theme requires you to work with multiple colors, say like a rainbow or circus theme, try to work with smaller doses of color. Then use a neutral base to tie the effect together. This article also suggests limiting your colors to just two for elegance and sophistication. Make sure that these colors complement or contrast, for it to be pleasant and not overbearing. As a general rule of thumb, do not add more than four colors to your palette, or it can become overwhelming.

Going with the trend

Pantone picks a color or two every year, and many brides decide to incorporate this into their weddings. From burgundy to rose quartz and greenery, the choices are often unusual and unexpected. This may seem to be unique and interesting at the time. One advantage of using these colors is that it is easy to find your wedding decorations. Many companies bring out décor items in this color following the announcement every year. However, not all such trends are timeless or classic.

When you choose an unexpected combination for your wedding, it is likely to look dated over time. Although it may look interesting at the moment, remember that your wedding memories should stand the test of time. When your album shows what is hot now, it doesn’t have to be the same years later. Hence it is better to pick colors that actually appeal to you than go with fads that will disappear soon. Classic color combinations and bold, saturated colors will always speak to you. Ten years from now, when you open your wedding album, the colors that you eternally love will seem more attractive than shades whose names you can barely remember at the time.

Keeping your palette too simple

This is the very opposite of working with too many colors. By limiting your wedding day palette to just one or two shades, your wedding can become monotonous and boring. Instead, try to incorporate various hues of the same color into the scheme. Also work with neutrals that don’t overpower with their presence.

If your focal colors are really vivid, balance the effect with soft, neutral shades that will add depth to the main colors. If you have choose mute and subtle colors to be highlighted, the right dose of complementing colors will personality and make the décor more interesting. Take a look at the color wheel to find colors that contrast or complement well with the main colors you choose. Use this to plan your color combinations wisely. Here is a comprehensive guide to working with colors, on the Smashing Magazine website. Take a look and we are sure you will find plenty of inspiration and ideas. 

Choosing common and predictable combinations

Certain color combinations are safe, however they are also boring. We have seen enough weddings where black has been paired with white and gold, or red with yellow and white. These predictable combinations no longer excite, and have little scope for creativity. So, while you should find inspiration in traditional combinations, it is a good idea to tweak the colors and with your own creative twist.

One of the ways to do this is to take such a palette, and switch out one of the colors. Choose a hue from the same color family, but one that is distinct. Another option is to break the pattern with luxurious doses of white or black, which also creates a sophisticated effect. You can also use metallic colors for an interesting effect. The right doses of gold, silver or copper can instantly glam up a color palette, and add to its elegance.

Trying too hard to get perfect matches

While carefully matched colorful pieces will look stunning in your wedding décor, it should flow naturally and look effortless. Trying too hard to get the colors right and the combinations perfect will ruin the entire effect. This is especially true where floral elements and bridesmaids dresses are concerned. It may not be possible to find flowers in the exact color you want for your wedding palette. You may end up having to spend extra for off-season varieties if your chosen color is rare, like shades of blue.

Similarly, picking bridesmaids dresses in colors that match your palette aren’t a good idea if it won’t look good on your bridesmaids. This will not only make them unhappy, it will also be an eyesore. The trick is to think creatively, and make these details work with a little flexibility. Choose décor items like ribbons, balloons or candles to replace flowers, but obtain the intended effect. Similarly, dress up your bridesmaids with accessories like sashes, hair clips or even shoes to add the desired pop of color without ruining the effect.

Choosing colors without actual visual samples

Whether it is your wedding flowers, table linen, invitation suite or bridesmaids dresses, always see the color to determine it is alright. Images of the color on a computer screen or in a magazine can be entirely different from how it looks in person. This is because the color that you see on a screen depends on the light in which the image was taken and any edits that went into creating the image.

If you follow this route, it can completely alter the final effect you obtain at the end. For instance, peach or coral may turn out to be pink or orange when viewed directly. Since you will have to match your colors across various aspects in your wedding, it is best to view swatches before making your decision. This way, you can see for yourself if the color is exactly as you intended, and make the right choice. Also, names can be misleading. So, make sure you have a sample of the color to show others, so there is no confusion about what you actually mean.

Not considering the effect of texture

The same color can have different effects depending on the texture of elements used. Items with heavy texture can have saturated effects, while wispy textures reduce the drama associated with a color. Keep this factor in mind when choosing wedding colors.

Patterns, prints and embellishments can alter the overall effect of a color. When planning your décor and style, consider how the different textures in the arrangement come together. The right distribution of textures will enhance the depth and drama of designs in your décor. Pay close attention to linens, centerpieces, carpets and wall colors. These are a significant part of the visual imagery and play an important role in determining the overall effect.

Using colors that are garish

Some colors are too difficult to look at, and may not be ideal for your wedding décor. These are colors that aren’t usually seen in nature. Neons and fluorescent colors are distractive and not easy on the eye. Avoid such colors or use them in moderation, so your décor isn’t garish.

Neons can be overwhelming, unless chosen carefully. However, it is possible to get the effect right if you use them sparingly. If you choose such colors in your wedding imagery, balance it out with neutrals and complementary colors that make it less overwhelming. Limit their use and consider the effect of the lighting in the space to get it right. Neons and fluorescent colors will look better in the evening, than during day. So, make such color choices keeping these factors in mind.

Take a look at this article on the Glamour website for some unique and impressive ideas. 

Not considering the effect of the climate and actual ambiance at the time

There is no denying the fact that different colors look best at certain times of the year than others. Bright tropical colors, for instance, look best in summer and spring while bold, dramatic colors look stunning in autumn and winter. Matching the colors to the actual environmental condition at the time can bring out the best effects in them. Use this factor when choosing your wedding palette.

Set the right tone for your wedding by choosing colors that work with the atmosphere you aim to have at your wedding. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use colors like yellow and orange at a winter wedding scene. Instead, you may have to lighten or intensify the saturation of the colors you choose to suit the scenery. Pick accent colors that will complement your primary choices, as this can make a significant difference to the mood that is created.

Choosing wedding colors isn’t easy. The options are endless, and it is difficult to narrow down choices to few when there are so many attractive options. With each passing day, the ideas keep growing and this only makes the task more difficult.

There are many sources of inspiration too. If you just take a look at the internet or flip through a bridal magazine, you will see a stunning variety of ideas. So, how do you make the right choice? As with everything in your wedding, your wedding color palette should reflect your personality, preferences and style in general. Look around you, and to your home and wardrobe as the starting point. This will help you identify colors, textures and prints you already love. Use it to narrow down your choices and just go with what your instinct points you to. The most important thing is not to overthink it, and be happy with what you settle on.

We would love to know what colors and ideas you used when planning your wedding. Let us know in the comments section below.

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Our top four favorite wedding themes

One of the best things about having a wedding theme is that it gives you the outline to plan your wedding, from the flowers and décor, to stationery and party favors. This makes it easy to bring together the various details in a cohesive manner and make everything part of one big picture.

There are hundreds of wedding themes to explore out there, and even a subtle difference in the colors and elements can help you have a wedding that is uniquely yours. Here, we have rounded up four of our favorite wedding themes, and added ideas that can make these themes unique. Get ready to be inspired.

1.Nautical celebration

Whether held indoors or outdoors, a nautical theme wedding is refreshing and just like the open ocean, is full of energy. This theme can be adapted for both formal and informal weddings, by simply varying the style details.

Venue: The true nautical celebration should be held in a sandy beach, beside waves of frolicking oceans that are a sailor’s actual home. Or better, have it on a cruise boat, if your budget allows it. Alternately, have a ceremony on the beach, and hold the reception indoors. You can consider an indoor venue dressed up with nautical colors and interesting décor elements like a life-size boat or the captain’s deck, for your wedding. To keep the indoor effect real, it is a good idea to employ dim lighting and recreate the beach feel.

Party Boat
Image Credits:Damian Gadal, via Flickr

Best colors: Colors of the ocean—light blue, sea blue and navy work well. Navy and white stripes are another signature combination associated with this theme. You can also choose tropical colors like orange and yellow as accents that add a pop of color to this palette.

Food: A seafood based food platter is a must-have for this theme. A navy and white striped cake or one that resembles a boat or ship would also be great. Desserts can be fashioned after traditional seafaring elements like starfish, clams, anchors, mussels and oysters.

Interesting dress and décor elements: Ropes may be used throughout the décor for that authentic nautical vibe. Wooden décor with anchor and helm motifs can be used to customize stationery. Also add a personalized anchor photo backdrop in the center.  The wedding party is expected to dress in style, with formal and luxurious fabric like satin for style and elegance. The length of the dresses may be varied between calf and full-length gowns. You can also consider short and fun dresses for a casual beach style ambiance.

anchor backdrop

Party favors: Perfect party favors are beach theme trinket boxes , miniature starfish candles and metal boats . You can find more beach and nautical theme favor ideas by visiting this page to our cool party favors.

beach trinket box

Take it up a notch with: the wedding reception on a cruise ship. A pretty buffet table which resembles a sandy beach and contains oysters and clam shaped cookies with little pearls within. A striped fabric for the ring pillow and bridesmaids in blue and white striped dresses can complete the effect with stunning beauty.

2.Rustic chic

The rustic chic style blends together age-old elements that conjure up nostalgia with modern day style, and is always popular. It is the perfect harmony of what is comfortable with what is glitzy and good-looking.

Venue: Barns, outdoor park venues, ranches and even your own backyard could be converted into a rustic chic wedding venue. Since this is all about working with the details and adding signature elements, it is possible to get the ambiance right in almost any venue with plenty of natural elements in it

rustic wedding

Best colors: Antique or parchment white, burlap, grays and wood are the main highlights for this scheme. Combine this with bright or dark accent colors, but in moderation, for the chic effect to be complete. Colors like peach, navy, cherry red, purples and metals like silver and gold can achieve the desired feel easily.

Food : A naked cake decorated with fresh, ripe berries, flowers or other original ingredients is a must. Wholesome, hearty meals with plenty of organic ingredients, interspersed with attractive and neatly finished gourmet fare can make a rustic chic wedding menu complete. The arrangement is just as important as the taste. Consider using straw, burlap, wood and plenty of glass for the rustic vibe. Also focus on pops of color with fresh flowers, interesting motifs with fabric and a little glitz in the right doses for the chic aspect.

Interesting dress and décor elements: Wine barrels that double up as serving stations, plenty of distressed and reclaimed wooden settings, twigs, wild flowers, candles and soft glowing lights can make the scene breathtakingly beautiful. Burlap, jute and other natural hardy fabric, as well as generous doses of chalkboard elements look great and can seamlessly integrate the less rustic-looking elements into the theme. We can also see the bride and bridesmaids sporting plenty of flowers freshly plucked from the garden, as well as these being used in the centerpieces and décor at the venue. Lace wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses are perfect for this wedding theme.

Party favors: Our antique key charm , candy favors packed into the beautiful lace burlap drawstring bag,  and single use cameras are few of the many options you can choose from our rustic chic favor collection here.

key charm

Take it up a notch with: Lace and burlap are a match made in heaven. Make sure that your wedding dress has plenty of vintage lace for a stylish, but elegant look. Add the chic vibe in with small but prominent elements that instantly add extra glamor to the setting. These could be crystal ware or silver candlesticks that will stand out, but look fantastic in the arrangement. Mason jars are a design accessory forever associated with this theme. Update this humble accessory by choosing various glass jars in different shapes, sizes and textures for an unusual and unexpected effect.

Classic celebrations

A wedding theme that will never go out of fashion, or look dated in any era, the classic wedding theme is an eternal favorite. Following the traditional setup in terms of venue, décor, dressing and style, the classic wedding focuses on traditions and formal practices that haven’t changed even remotely, over the years. This is the style that you can always find plenty of examples for, and everyone is familiar with. However, this doesn’t mean it is boring, as the traditions of these weddings have been passed down from one generation to the next, only because they are truly timeless.

Venue: Classic weddings are best held in banquet halls, hotels or historic venues. The venue should have a magnificent feel to it, either by itself, or because of the choice of accessories used to dress it up. Luxury and style are trademarks of these wedding styles, and this should set the tone for your celebration.

classic wedding

Best colors: There are no specific rules about the colors that can make a classic wedding work. Solid, bold colors mixed with plenty of neutrals are combinations that are usually suitable for classic wedding themes. The idea is to have an interesting palette, but one that isn’t too loud or cluttered. Mixing of metals like gold and silver can add more sophistication to the color palette.

Food: A classic style wedding has to have a plated meal,as a buffet is definitely off the cards. The number of courses may be three or five, depending on your budget. Signature dishes may form the menu, but traditional favorites are popular choices at classic weddings. These are also safer choices than gourmet dishes, which may not be appreciated by everyone. Although the classic tiered cake was a regular at this type of wedding, nowadays couples opt for smaller couture cakes instead. This doesn’t hamper the style though.

Interesting dress and décor elements: Large chandeliers, elaborate centerpieces with luscious blooms and lots of metallic pieces, like candle stands and silver ware are expected. The party lighting will be serious and ballroom style. The wedding party will stick to formal dresses, with the men in tuxes and women in full-length gowns. Bridesmaids may either wear gowns in the signature colors of the chosen color palette, or opt for neutral colored dresses. Hair and makeup will be in formal style, with accessories like silver and pearls preferred over colored gemstones and fabric accessories.

Party favors: The miniature beveled glass trinket box and novelty diamond key chain are some suggestions to consider. For more classic theme wedding favors, visit this page on Best for Bride.

diamond key chain

Take it up a notch with: elaborate arrangements like lush carpets and huge flower balls for décor. Nevertheless, classic doesn’t always have to be big and bold. It is also classic when the details at the party are intricate and carved out with careful thought and consideration. Every detail is done with a touch of class, and this even extends to the flowers and menu presentation. Classic is all about traditions, so planning the ceremony and reception details to show case the cultural practices in the best light, can go a long way in capturing the essence of this theme.

Colorful Garden wedding

Venue: Another great venue for a romantic wedding, the garden wedding has and continues to be a big hit in spring and summer. More geared towards the casual style, the garden is a fun location that equally appeals to the young and old. With the natural landscape forming a brilliant backdrop, pretty accents can be added with colorful flowers to make this type of wedding really spectacular in every way.

garden venue

Best colors: Almost every color goes with green as the background. However, for maximum impact we suggest wonderful pops of vibrant colors like pink, orange, yellow and blue. These liven up the scene and make it fun and exciting. The other colors that look good in the garden scene are the all-time classic white and pastels.

Food: The garden venue is best suited for weddings in the spring and summer, and particularly best for those held in the afternoons or early evenings. Skip the traditional dinner for an exciting and hearty brunch buffet or afternoon tea. Not only is this more cost-effective, it also gives you plenty of time to party with your favorite guests, after the formal function is over. For desserts, consider fresh fruit assortments and cakes like the Bundt cake which is a pleasant deviation from the traditional tiered style.

Interesting dress and décor elements: The chosen décor should naturally blend in with the surroundings. Comfortable seating can be arranged with throws and cushions scattered on large garden mats. We also love to see rustic elements like candles in mason jars and flower garlands decorating the venue. Gardens have to have flowers, and this is one area where the couple should ideally splurge. Short chiffon and lace dresses are beautiful on both brides and bridesmaids, and are more practical than the long floor-length gowns. The men can opt for light shades like white and grey instead of black for their suits.

Party favors: The sweet bird house favor box and mini flower pots are apt themed gifts for your celebration. You can find more options at this link to our favors page.

mini flower pot

Take it up a notch with: impressive decorations at the altar. Don’t worry about going overboard with the floral details, it will only enhance the beauty of your natural landscape. Flower crowns for the bride, or for her girls in waiting are a perfect accessory for this event. Share the joy with the guests as well, by arranging to have extras for them to wear as well.

So, that brings us to the end of our favorite list of hot and happening wedding themes. Which of these is your favorite? Or do you prefer something different? If so, do let us know in the comments section.

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10 common makeup mistakes to avoid on your wedding day

Your wedding day is the one occasion when all eyes will be on you, and you do not want to disappoint. It is easy to imagine yourself as a beautiful bride. However, making it a reality is not just as easy. Good looks don’t happen overnight. Skin care and grooming should be an ongoing task to ensure you are in top form on your wedding day.

Despite your skin and hair being in top shape on your wedding day, you may not look as good as you wanted to, if your makeup isn’t done well. In fact, your choice of makeup can make or break your overall look. Hence it is important to pay close attention to how you dress yourself up on your wedding day.

Here is a list of the most common wedding makeup mistakes that brides commonly make. Stay one step ahead of the game by preparing in advance, so these do not prevent you from looking great on the most important day of your life.

1.Not having a specific idea of how your makeup should be on the day

Rather than go with what you think will be good, or leave things to the discretion of your makeup artist, prepare yourself with a specific idea of how you should look on your wedding day. Nail this look at your makeup trial session.

Before you book your makeup artist, have a trial session where you can see exactly how you will look on your wedding day. Look for inspiration in  magazines and off the internet, and take these with you to your appointment, as references. This will give your makeup artist a framework to work with. By checking out how this will be during the trial, you can recognize whether it will work, or if it is better to make changes to your idea.

2.Not finding the perfect foundation color

For those of you brides who will be doing your wedding makeup yourself, your wedding day is not the time to open a brand new bottle of foundation. You should ideally have settled on the shade to wear, at least a few weeks in advance.

Wearing foundation that is darker than your skin tone will give you an artificial, painted look, while wearing one that is a shade or two lighter can make you look all dolled up. Neither will be right. Make sure you find the right shade, as this will be the best way to enhance your looks and cover up natural problem areas and have crystal clear skin on the day. If you can’t find your foundation easily, try to mix up foundation colors till you find the right shade. Just remember that your wedding day shouldn’t be the occasion to first try it out. You should have figured out the right proportions to mix, well in advance. Only then will you avoid making a mistake on the day.

3.Not using waterproof makeup, especially eye makeup

Even if you have to spend extra on waterproof makeup, it is worth every penny. Water resistant eye makeup is an absolute essential for your wedding day. Even if you manage to keep your tears at bay, your eye makeup can get ruined quickly and look far from fresh by the end of the day, if it isn’t waterproof. So, buy mascara, eye liner and eye shadow that can withstand your emotional outbursts on this very special day.

If your wedding is in the warmer months, it is a good idea to invest in good quality waterproof makeup not just for your eyes, but for every part of your face. This way, you do not have to worry about the makeup running when you sweat, and you can retain your freshly made up look all through the evening.

4.Overly blushing bride

Excess use of blush will ruin your wedding day pictures. You may want to stand out from the rest of the crowd, but don’t let it be at the cost of looking too pink. Apply blush only to the apples of your cheeks and blend, blend, blend till they look like they are part of your facial features. Also, it is best to go light with color. Overly pink shades can be an eyesore and look excessively pronounced in your wedding pictures. So, stick to shades that you have used before.

If you use bronzer, blend it into the blush, so it doesn’t stand out distinctly. Make sure that you already have tried it out and made sure that the shade works, and you aren’t experimenting with it on the day of the event.

5. Looking very unnatural

Your wedding day is the right occasion to dress up your best, but this doesn’t mean you should end up looking like someone else altogether. We believe that the best looking brides are those who look like prettier versions of themselves, through the right application of makeup. So, aim for this. Stick with colors that just accentuate your features and add more definition to your natural look. Don’t use unnatural tints, unless absolutely necessary.

Cat eyes and smoky makeup, emerald eye shadow and glitter on your cheek may be fine, but make sure you try it out before the day, to make sure that it looks good and that you can comfortably carry it off. Also remember that smoky eye makeup often doesn’t look too great in photographs. Your photos could end up looking odd with shadows around the eyes, so check the chances of this happening. Tans, browns, natural pinks, cream and taupe are shades that look good in almost every setting. So, focus on this palette, instead of reds, purples and oranges. If you must wear that bright red lipstick on your wedding day, balance it out by keeping the rest of your makeup simple. Too many colorful details can look loud, and you may end up looking overly dressed and unattractive.

6. Overdoing your eye makeup

We just mentioned how smoky eye make up may not be such a great idea for your wedding day. It can easily spread and doesn’t show up as well in photographs. Although the eyes are very important to enhancing your overall wedding day look, do it sensibly so it doesn’t look overly dramatic.

This article on the Huff Post suggests using black only in the mascara, for your eye makeup. Keep the rest of the colors soft, and it will look a lot better. We recommend cream makeup, since it lasts longer and is easier to apply. Powder is fine when applied, but it doesn’t stay as long. Another important factor is to consider the color of your eyes when deciding on your eye makeup. The colors you choose should subtly enhance the natural beauty of your eye color. If you will be using false eyelashes, do not add more than is required, as it can look a little crazy. When filling in your brows, do so with eye shadow that matches the color on your upper eyelid. Follow the natural curve of the brow for the best results.

7.Let the skin glow through

Many brides make the mistake of piling on too much makeup that they end up blocking the natural look of the skin. Use only as much makeup as is necessary, and go easy with the foundation, blush and base makeup. If you have naturally good skin, airbrushing is a good option. This allows your skin to shine through and nothing looks as good as healthy and naturally glowing skin.

Thick layers of makeup also tend to look cakey, and can make you look older in photos. It is essential to balance it all out, and stay with what feels comfortable and doesn’t look too much. Add concealer only where absolutely necessary, and use the foundation appropriately to cover up any flaws. Don’t create a mask over your natural skin. This will look lifeless. Trust your natural beauty to shine through, and use makeup only to enhance it where necessary. You will look lovely and dewy when you do this.

8.Overdoing the lips

When the rest of your makeup is complete, you may feel that your lips look washed out and pale, and you must color it well to make it blend in. Don’t do too much painting, or you will regret it. Just apply the necessary layer of lipstick, don’t be too generous with it. Exfoliate your lips before you apply lipstick, so it looks soft and the lipstick sticks for much longer.

If your lipstick is naturally glossy, or bright, it may be good if you skip the gloss. Too much shine can cause your lips to lose definition, will make it look flat and your lipstick may even spread. Lip stain is always better than lipstick, as it lasts longer. The other problem with lip gloss is that it will come in the way of your kiss and your groom will end up with a matching lip color, which we don’t think could possibly look good!

9.Getting the tan wrong

A healthy tan looks great on a bride, but overdoing it, or using fake tan lotions can ruin the chances of looking good. Some fake tans look good in person, but end up giving an orange look in pictures . When going for tan sessions, we suggest that you do it well in advance. This will save you from any disastrous problems closer to your wedding day.

One likely problem is your skin ending up with streaks from a previous tanning session. You can avoid this problem if you build up your tan over a series of session, instead of in a single intense session closer to the wedding day. This will also prevent you from going overboard with the tan.

10.Not setting the makeup with powder or allowing it time to set

The last step when you apply makeup, should be applying a loose layer of translucent powder over your makeup. Alternately, you can also use a makeup up setting spray. These are the right ways to make sure your makeup stays. If you skip this step, you will find that your makeup fades as time passes, and you will end up looking tired and with soggy makeup by the end of the day.

However, don’t use too much powder to set your lipstick, as this will cause it to fade faster. Instead layer your lipstick with lip stain and line it to keep your lips defined throughout the day. Long-lasting lipstick is a good choice. Also, aim to finish your makeup on schedule, as it takes time for it to settle. If not, you will be caught with it smearing with the smallest move, and repairing it will not be too easy.

That wraps up the list of the different makeup mistakes that can happen, and how you can either avoid them or fix them.

Your wedding day is one of the most special days in your life, and looking perfect is absolutely necessary to remember this day fondly. Although you may be tempted to do all your can to look as great as possible,

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10 ways to transform your wedding bouquet from beautiful to absolutely fantastic

Flowers are a beautiful addition to any wedding. Every bloom and blossom has the power to add joy and color to the wedding scenery.

One of the best things about using fresh flowers in wedding bouquets, is that there is no way it can look bad. Unless the blooms you choose are past their prime and wilted, your bouquet will simply be pretty. Nevertheless, a few special touches can transform your bouquet from fine to fantastic. It doesn’t take too much effort, nor is it expensive to pack that punch in. On the other hand, you can jazz up the impact of your bouquet with these simple choices.

So, here is a list of ten easy ways in which you can transform your humble floral accessory into a masterpiece of art. Hope you like it.

1.Drama with bright colored flowers

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Image Credits:2now1 Photography, via Flickr

One of the easiest way to make your bouquet look special is to focus on rich, luscious colors in it. The brighter the colors, the more dramatic the overall effect. Bold, solid colors are powerful and attractive, and this should be your choice if you want maximum impact. When you match the bouquet colors to that of your wedding color palette, choose only the brightest blooms with deep colors. By varying the texture and sizes of the flowers, you can add more dimension to the display. Deep, dark colors like purples, red and blues instantly add a touch of sophistication. Light colors tend to make the scenery relaxed, while dark colors do the opposite and bring in more energy.

Tip: It is best to avoid wispy strands and small, sprays of fillers like baby breath and daisies, so the impact of the bold colors in your bouquet isn’t diluted.

2. Maximum color with monochromatic bouquets

Lavender roses and callas with deco wire accents
Image Credits: Blooms a Million, via Flickr

You do not anything more than a bouquet full of bright red roses, to get your floral details right. Saturated color has a strong unbeatable presence, and at times this is all that is needed for your bouquet to stand out. The size of the flowers is a factor that can enhance the effect. When the blooms are all similar in size and look, it will be more attractive. Apart from roses, there are other flowers that are equally arresting. These include tulips, hydrangea, lilies and orchids. Monochromatic red bouquets are an ever-popular and safe choice, with roses being the main choice. We think the half-opened rose buds are the most impressive flowers when used in monochromatic fashion.

3.Creative wrapping

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Even the simplest bunch of flowers can be given an added dose of glamour with unusual and interesting wrapping. This is also a great way to add a unique touch to your bouquet, and make it different from what is usual. You can use lace to wrap the stems, and this may be a great way to add the lace from your mother’s wedding gown into your wedding attire, when you choose to not wear the dress itself. For a rustic style wedding, burlap wraps and rope, or twine create a befitting finish. Lush silk and pretty beads or rhine stones can dress up any bunch of flowers. By varying the wrapping, you can accomplish an entirely different effect for the same bunch of flowers. So, give due thought to how you do it. Spend time and research ideas on the best way to tie it up, and your bouquet will be a work of art when ready.

4.Choose an all-white bouquet

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Your wedding dress is white, and you couldn’t go wrong with a white bouquet to go with it. This is a timeless choice that cannot go unnoticed. It is also a safe choice if you are struggling to find a bouquet design that blends in with the rest of the wedding palette. A variety of white flowers are available all-year round. So, you will always have options to create an all-white one. Either choose the same flower throughout, or play with a variety of flowers to create an entirely different impact. Roses, lily of the valley, ranunculus, chrysanthemums and orchids are all good for a beautiful monochromatic white bouquet. However, remember that you should choose flowers in a single shade of white, rather than mixing up too many variations, for maximum impact. You can also achieve varying effects by playing with the amount of  green in your bouquet. While dark green foliage will make the white brighter, yellow-toned greens can soften the stark whiteness of a bouquet.

5.Fresh from the garden look

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More and more brides prefer the simple, fresh and natural look for their bridal bouquets, instead of a rigidly structured bouquet. This is refreshing, and easy to make, while the impact is often quite strong. These bouquets are usually formed of various flowers that are carefully chosen, but look like they have been effortlessly put together. A simple twine or bow is wrapped around the base, while the stems are kept impact for a rustic, casual look. Another good thing about these bouquets is that it allows you the freedom to mix and match flowers of different colors, textures and sizes, and create a cohesive bouquet. When the shape is simple and there is ample foliage, it is simply beautiful.These bouquets are the ideal choice for garden weddings and other casual,relaxed wedding themes.

6.Accessories to add bling

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Bouquets that include elements other than flowers are growing in popularity. Paper bouquets, those made from brooches and jewelry, newspapers and even fabric are all common. If you don’t want to remove fresh flowers entirely from your wedding bouquet, you can add bling in smaller doses, with a few strategically placed accessories. Dress up your wedding bouquet with bright brooches, pearl necklaces or even heirloom jewelry. This can even be your something borrowed. Or if you want to add a photo of a loved one to your wedding day ensemble, incorporate this as a locket around your bunch of flowers. A small metallic element can do wonders in adding sophistication to your wedding day look. So, explore the options and find an accessory, or even a few of them that can transform your beautiful bouquet into something even more magnificent. Equally enchanting are artistically created non-metallic elements like those made from paper, stones or even shells, that can match your wedding theme.

7.Bright pops of color against white

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When bright, summery shades like yellow, red and orange combine with neutrals like white and ivory, the effect is spectacular. If your wedding is in the outdoors, or is a spring or summer affair, mixing these colors in your bouquet is an easy way to liven up the scene. It is even more interesting if you vary the choice of bright flowers that are used in the arrangement. When the sizes of the colored flowers and the textures are different, it is a happy harmony of fun, and is exciting in every way. A mellow and uniform white base will offer the simple, soft background that will amplify the bright colors. We love the cheerful effect of the orange and peaches in this picture featured here. You can easily see how well they stand out against the white of the bridal gown. This style of bouquet will also be suitable at a destination wedding, where the sun meets the sand and the effect is celebrated with the bride’s brilliant bouquet.

8.Bigger the better – Oversize bouquets

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This choice is particularly suitable for tall and curvy brides. A bouquet of considerable size, where every detail on it is done to perfection, can easily make a mark. Magnificent flowers like sunflowers, hydrangea and tulips can create a stunning effect with their large proportions. You can also achieve the same with a variety of smaller blooms that are mixed in bulk to create a range of textures and strengthen the effect. While you may have to consider a structured design with tight binding to hold smaller flowers in place, you can also work with 3-D designs and looser bunches when using large flowers. An advantage of using large flowers in your arrangement is that they usually last longer, which means your bouquet will remain fresh much longer. Flowers will long stems like tulips are great for this. They not only add a pop of color to the arrangement, but look flawless and lifelike.

9.Unusual and unexpected non-floral additions to the bouquet

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For a truly unique and unexpected finish, add more than just your regular flowers into your bouquet. There are plenty of options in nature itself, to help you along the way. Depending on the season, theme and style of wedding, you can find elements that will work in your wedding bouquet. Succulents are an option. They easily fill up all the empty gaps in a bouquet, and have a commanding green, yet pleasing presence. For weddings in the cooler months, you may like to look at berries, acorns and twigs to add more flourish to the arrangement. Not only do these blend in with the natural scene, they are also relatively inexpensive. You can also think of decorative accessories like baubles and bells in different finishes for a more festive effect.

10.Play with shapes, textures and unusual colors

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The typical wedding bouquet is predictable, except in terms of color. Step up the drama by adding various flowers and floral elements in a variety of textures and sizes. Ferns, flower buds, pods, little vine strings, twigs and thick leaves are all different choices to bring in more texture to your flower arrangement. When there is a variety of texture, the bouquet looks enchanting. Discuss with your florist on the different options you can consider to make your flower bouquet more attractive. Your florist may have to do some pre-planning to get the different items, as these may not be readily available. Mix up big and small varieties to create a blend of textures, and your bouquet will not be easily forgotten by anyone who sees it.

The wedding bouquet may only be a small factor in your wedding ensemble. Despite that, it is one that has the power to drastically contribute to your overall look. The choice of size, shape and elements that build your bouquet, will determine the impact it creates. Hence it is necessary to choose it wisely. Although a talented florist can churn out a beautiful bouquet with minimal effort, you should also do your research and supply your inputs to make sure that the bouquet design blends in with your overall wedding vision. Only then will you look perfect as you walk down the aisle, all set to be wed.

At Best for bride, we offer our services to bring your floral vision and bouquet ideas to life. Visit this page for more details and to take a look at sample wedding bouquets we have created in the past. Additionally, we also offer all the services a bride requires for her wedding day. This includes wedding gowns, wedding gown rentals, dresses for the wedding party, party favors, wedding invitations and much more. Visit our online bridal shop to find out all that is available, and plan your wedding day to perfection!

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3 Tips to help mom find her dress for your wedding

Every bride will agree that wedding shopping is more complicated than it seems. You not only want to look stunning on your wedding day, but want the entire bridal party to complement your look too. Where your bridal party is concerned, one person who deserves some extra help with picking out her outfit for your big day is your mom.

This article on the Huffington post mentions that dressing a mother of the bride is usually more challenging than the bride herself, as there are a whole other set of constraints to meet.  After all, everyone notices her and you don’t want her to look anything less than beautiful on your special day.

Although it is only right that you allow your mother to pick her own dress for your wedding, there are some things you can do to help her make her decision easier and to ensure that what she wears goes well with your wedding theme. Here is what you can do.

1.Give her a reasonable variety of colors and patterns to choose from

Whether it is color or pattern, don’t restrict your mother’s choices to just a few. It is a big day for her, so she should have the liberty to choose a dress that brings out her best. Make sure that your suggestions include colors and designs that she will be comfortable in. Give her a wide range of colors that will blend well with your wedding palette, and suggest a range of patterns that will look good on her. This will allow her to look at more dresses and locate one that she loves.

2. Help to co-ordinate with your future mother-in-law, so their looks on they day complement each other

Traditionally, the mother of the bride picks her dress first, and then the mother of the groom chooses a dress that matches it. Although the two mothers weren’t expected to dress the same, their choice of dresses were supposed to be complementary and go well together. This may sound unrealistic today, but wouldn’t it be good if their looks matched? Talk to your mother-in-law before both mothers go shopping and find out whether she has any specific plans on how she will dress on the day. You can then suggest designs for your mom. Go with either a traditional look or modern style for both moms, and their dresses should ideally be in different colors but ones that go together.

3.Encourage her to step out of her comfort zone and choose a dress that will allow her to shine

Many mothers decide to go for something classic and safe for their daughter’s wedding day. You know your mother’s personality and the type of dresses that she can carry off confidently. Encourage her to choose a dress that will bring out her best features, and in which she will look elegant, but different. Why don’t you spare some time to look for designs that you think will look great on her? You could offer to go with her when she goes shopping. It would be exciting for both of you, and you will remember the experience fondly as it becomes part of your wedding memories.

For an inspiring collection of mother-of-the-bride dresses, don’t forget to visit us at Best for Bride today.

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Dress Advice for the Mother of the Groom

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There are hundreds of columns, books and articles dedicated to wedding advice for the bride, groom, bridesmaids and even mother-of-the-bride. However, we seldom come across useful advice for the mother of the groom. So, this article is dedicated to the mothers of the grooms, and we will soon explore the guidelines that will help the mother of the groom choose a dress that is appropriate for her son’s wedding.

Going with tradition

Traditionally, it was the bride’s mother who first chose her dress and informed the groom’s mother of her selection. The mother of the groom would then choose a dress that would match. The dresses of both mothers weren’t expected to be a perfect match. Nevertheless, it was common practice that their dresses didn’t clash, but would instead complement each other. So, if the mother of the bride chose a long dress, the mother of the groom would also do the same.

Go with the wedding theme and colors

You should be aware of the various colors that are in the wedding palette, and the type of wedding that is planned. Depending on the specific nature of the wedding, you may choose your dress in a color and style that matches the style of wedding. Take cues from the bridesmaids dresses and choose your dress in a color that complements it, but isn’t the same shade.

 

Avoid white and black

You should stay away from white, obviously because it is the bridal color. Black isn’t usually considered suitable for a wedding, and unless it is a part of the overall color scheme, or the couple don’t mind you choosing a black dress, it is best avoided.

Comfort is key

It is not a good idea to experiment with daring options in dress styles on this day.You will be spending several hours wearing the dress you choose, so go with a style that you are comfortable in.

Once you choose your dress, get it altered to fit your measurements. This will make sure it flaunts your figure. Also select appropriate innerwear to support you throughout the day, and invest in a good pair of shoes.

Dress appropriately and aim for elegance

Choose a dress silhouette that flatters your figure, and make sure it is one that doesn’t cause any eyebrows to be raised. Modern etiquette rules do not demand that the mother of the groom be dressed conservatively. So, you can choose dresses that highlight the latest trends, but aim for a classic and elegant look. If you want to try something bold, it is a good idea to first get your would-be daughter-in-law’s opinion on whether it would be appropriate for the occasion.

Accessorize to enhance your overall look

Don’t just rely on your dress to look great. Make sure you have the jewelry to add the finishing touches. Classic choices are pearls and diamonds, but you can also go for colored gemstones that match your dress. Choose a stunning clutch and matching shoes to add style to your outfit. Finally pay attention to your makeup and hairstyle to look fabulous.

To choose from a great selection of dresses in all colors and patterns to wear at your son’s lifetime event, visit us at Best for Bride.

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Trends we Love – Rainbow Inspired weddings!

rainbow-569864_1280We have seen various themes at weddings—some classic, some formal, some casual and others fun! We have seen a variety of color palettes, some of which were right, and some others that didn’t suit our taste!

A great part of the wedding experience is based on the colors in the décor. By executing a beautiful color palette, you can have a stunning wedding setting, that your guests will remember for long. If you are a girl who loves colors, but can’t get your mind around to which colors you ought to choose for your wedding, here is the solution! Go for a Rainbow Inspired wedding.

Doesn’t the name itself sound lively and bright?

Take inspiration from the rainbow, an element of nature that never ceases to marvel, and let your creativity free. With this theme, you will have a colorful and elegant wedding, if you do it right. Here are some tips to get you going.

Begin with your invitations

Choose your wedding invitation stationery in white or ivory card stock as the base, and add the details in various colors to allow your guests a sneak peek into the theme of your wedding. Err on the side of elegance, so your invitations don’t look as though they belong to a child’s birthday party.

Beautifully bright bridesmaids

Mix and match your bridesmaids dresses with colors that add up to VIBGYOR. You can choose a collection, and have your bridesmaids select dresses in different colors from it. For the groomsmen, specify the same colors for their ties or shirts, and your photos will pop with color. It is up to you to decide whether you want the colors to be bold and intense, or soft and light. Remember that the mood created by either choice is different, and go with what suits your personalities best.

Flowers and Centerpieces

Here is an idea for the bouquets—have separate bouquets for each of your bridesmaids in colors that match their dresses! Imagine how stunning the overall effect would be! Similarly for the boutonnieres for the groomsmen.

If you have a smaller budget, consider having your bridesmaids wear a neutral like black or gray, and bring in the colors of the rainbow through the bouquets they hold, and other accessories such as shoes and headpieces.

Mix and match flowers of various colors in the floral centerpieces, or else choose to have each centerpiece in a single color of the rainbow.

Decor

Choose appropriate décor elements, depending on whether you want the effect to be casual and inviting, or formal and sophisticated. Balloons and paper lanterns in various colors have a casual vibe, whereas textile curtains, multicolored lights and complex flower arrangements create a more formal touch. Keep the base white and the colors won’t clash with what is present.

Dessert and gift table

You can be daring and choose a multicolored tier-cake. Else, keep the base white, and decorate it with colorful floral elements, lace, hearts or other toppers. Or you could keep the frosting simple, but on the inside have layers in every color of the rainbow. Throw in colored macarons and cupcakes, arranged in the VIBGYOR order, and your setting is picture perfect. For wedding favors, use multicolored yarn or colored boxes to tie them to the theme.

For more wedding ideas and inspiration, visit us at Best for Bride.

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Universally flattering colors to satisfy all your bridesmaids

As the bride, you are in charge of deciding the color, style and design of your bridesmaids dresses. Although your main concern is to choose dresses that blend with the wedding palette, remember that these girls are your best friends. You want them to look and feel fantastic on your big day, and what they wear plays a huge role in this.

While it is impossible to make everyone happy when you choose a wedding dress, you can still aim for a choice that will not have any of your maids feeling miserable. When you choose a color like bright pink or orange, it is likely that one or more of your bridesmaids may be unhappy, since it makes her look sick or fat.

So, what is the solution? Choose different dresses for your bridesmaids, so each one of them is happy, or go with a universally flattering color that looks good on almost anyone. Let us look at what colors make this list.

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While these colors will look good on any skin tone, these aren’t super fantastic either. The good thing is that you won’t catch any of your bridesmaids complaining about a ghastly color you chose. These will easily blend into any color palette, and so you needn’t worry about it matching your wedding theme.

Navy and black

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Black works with any color theme, and navy with almost every one. The general rule is that the darker a color, the more likely will suit every skin tone. If you are worried about these colors being boring, you can step up the drama by pairing it with brightly colored accessories like belts or shoes, and obtain and entirely different effect.

Purple and burgundy

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When you want colors that really stand out, your choices are purple and burgundy. However, don’t choose the lighter shades, as they may clash with certain skin tones. Go with the darkest shade you can find, and your bridesmaids will look ravishing. It may not be easy incorporating these colors into every wedding theme, so consider this factor before choosing them.

Teal and baby blue

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Blue is a color that is vibrant, energizing and suitable for almost anyone. The blue palette has another advantage—the various shades work together to create a very cohesive look. Since there is a blue for everyone, you can have your bridesmaids dressed in various shades of the same color, and not worry about it coming together. And, not to forget that your wedding gown in white will pop against a background of blue. So, imagine how stunning your wedding photographs will be!

While we are talking about colors, let us also take a quick look at those that you should stay away from, if you want to dress all your girls in a single color.

Beware of pink and peach. Few women look good in these colors, and unless you choose individual shades for each woman, stay away from it. Pastels are another no-no, as they add the illusion of extra pounds and can make your girls look pale.

Check out the bridesmaids dress collections at Best for Bride, for inspiration and select the right dress to have your bridesmaids satisfied and feeling fantastic, at your wedding!

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5 Mistakes to avoid when choosing your bridesmaids dresses

If you thought shopping for your wedding dress was the biggest challenge, here is some news for you! An equally challenging task is choosing your bridesmaids dresses. You have to consider the same details as you did for your wedding dress—fabric, style, budget, practicality, and add a whole new list of considerations such as color, trends, individual preferences and length!

Your bridesmaids dress choice will reflect in your wedding décor and photographs, so choose wisely and make it picture-perfect. Before you go shopping with your pretty girls, know these mistakes that brides usually make, and avoid them.

Making the decision yourself

It is your wedding alright, and your bridesmaids ought to oblige with your choice of bridesmaids dresses. Nonetheless, it is advisable that you ask for their inputs. Rather than ask them for what they would like in a dress, make note of what they do not want to wear. This way, you can avoid choosing a dress that makes any of them feel uncomfortable in.

Not considering the heights of your bridesmaids when determining the length of their dresses

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If you prefer short dresses for your bridesmaids, make sure that the look is cohesive by having the hemlines at the same level. However, if your bridesmaids vary greatly in height, it is better that you avoid short dresses altogether. It would be awkward if the tallest bridesmaid had a dress that ended at mid-thigh and the shorter girls have dresses that fall well below knee length.

Choosing dresses that are too simple

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It is a wedding after all, and your bridesmaids too have to feel special. When you choose their dresses, make sure that it looks and feels good. Don’t deny your bridesmaids the chance to dress up well and look beautiful on your wedding, by choosing a very simple pattern. If you choose relatively small budget dresses, choose accessories that allow them to stand out from the guests.

Choosing dresses that aren’t universally flattering

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Unless all your bridesmaids have the same figure and features, it is not a good idea to go for a style that only suits certain figures. Your bridesmaids should look pretty and be able to carry off their dresses in style. For this, choose dresses that suit all body types, or else choose different styles with a single unifying factor like color or length. This way they will all look beautiful in what they wear. Safe choices and universally flattering patterns include A-line dresses, halter-style dresses and multiway necklines.

Giving in to everyone’s opinion

While you have to involve your bridesmaids in your wedding decisions, remember that it is impossible to please everyone and still have a perfect looking bridal party. Welcome their opinions, but stick with ones that are reasonable. Don’t give in to opinions when you are certain that your wedding theme or style will be compromised by their dress choice. Be reasonable with their preferences, but don’t feel obliged to please.

A good friend will be happy to wear what the bride wants, and as a good friend the bride shouldn’t choose anything hideous or one that makes her favorite girlfriends feel uncomfortable in.

For more wedding tips and advice, and also to choose from a vast collection of beautiful bridesmaids dresses, visit Best for Bride.

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3 tips to help you choose bridesmaids dresses that your girls will want to wear again

In the past, bridesmaids dresses were notoriously hideous and weird. With the popular designs resembling cotton candy or plastic raincoats, it was no wonder these dresses were banished to a far end of the closet soon after serving its purpose. Fortunately, the options in bridesmaids dresses are much better today.

As the bride, it is your call to decide what kind of dresses your bridesmaids will wear. While your ultimate aim should be to create a cohesive effect that ties with your wedding palette, you can still make allowances so your favorite girls do not look or feel awkward in what you choose. With a little thought, your bridesmaids may even consider wearing this dress on another occasion, which means the money spent on it goes further. Let us look at how you can accomplish this.

1. Go with neutral colors

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Rather than choose bridesmaids dresses in shades they may not be able to pull off anywhere else, choose neutrals. If your maid of honor tells you that she isn’t a fan of the strawberry ice that you are obsessed with, you should perhaps consider a more flattering tone from the same color family.

Limit the colors in the wedding palette to the rest of the décor, while you choose neutrals for the dresses, and it is likely they will be able to use it again. If you still want that pop of color in what they wear, try adding it to their bouquets, or with accessories like shoes and belts.

2. Choose a neutral style

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The typical bridesmaids dress design is a strapless knee-length gown. If the dress is also in a vivid color, there is little use for it later on. Think outside the wedding, look at popular styles for not just bridesmaids, and base your choice accordingly.

A scoop or V-neckline is universally flattering, and it will also be perfect for other events. Also pay attention to the silhouette. An A-line dress will fall gently, look great on most body shapes, and your girls wouldn’t mind wearing it again.

3. Go with the mismatched trend and allow them to select their dress based on your guidelines

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Gone are the days when all the bridesmaids dressed to be boring look-alike’s. The current trend is to mix and match bridesmaids dresses in various styles, designs and colors, and bring them all together with one or two unifying factors. This could be the color, dress length or design.

So, you get to pick these factors and inform your girl friends of your choice.Then, let them find dresses that meet your specifications, but also appeals to them. Pick a color family and allow them to choose the shade that looks best on them, or choose a dress pattern and allow them to pick different colors in the same design. Another option is to fix a specific color and allow them the freedom to choose any dress in this color.

With mismatched bridesmaids dresses, the group looks dynamic and energetic, and you will also find your bridesmaids looking happy in their choice. Visit Best for Bride to find inspiration and choose from hundreds of wonderful Bridesmaids dresses that your favorite girlfriends will love to wear again and again.