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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

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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

James and Mai Wedding, May 2013
Image Credits:James Gochenouer, via Flickr

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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Image Credits: Nicki Dugan Pogue, via Flickr

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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Prepare yourself for a winter wedding in Long-sleeved and sexy wedding dresses

The wedding scene is full of sweetheart necklines, sleeveless and strapless gowns. However, not every bride is comfortable in exposing so much skin on her wedding day. There are plenty of women who prefer a more modest choice; one that is both stylish and comfortable. After all, feeling comfortable in what you wear on your wedding day, plays a huge part in boosting your confidence and making you look great. We should also remember that long-sleeve wedding gowns are the apt choice for weddings in fall and winter, when the cool weather can make you feel cold in a strapless gown.

Now, are you thinking that gowns with sleeves are boring? Wait till you see the collection we’ve rounded up. I am sure you will change your mind, once you do. So, what are you waiting for? Join us now.

Jasmine T172002

Ladylike and liberal in detailing, this fantastic Alencon Lace gown from the Jasmine spring couture collection is a work of art. The fit and flare silhouette snugly courses across your sensual curves, allowing you to showcase your splendid figure to the best. Three-fourth lace sleeves add a dainty touch to the pretty dress, and a low cut V-neckline draws attention to your decolletage. The spread of lace on the gown, ends in a fantastic scalloped hemline. Perfect for a formal wedding, you will love the keyhole detail that creates a dramatic finish to the back of this dress.

Jasmine F171009

A dress that takes the illusion trend to a whole new level, this couture gown from the Jasmine Spring collection is a unique statement piece. Featuring a Queen Anne neckline, the dress has sheer sleeves which create a barely-there look. Lace motifs adorn the outer edges of the sleeves, and intricate beading is featured on the inner neck border. The fit and flare silhouette is stunning, and the extravagant detailing on the bodice and skirt thins towards the layers that spread out. The sheer sleeves, at the back, culminate in a keyhole cutout that closes at the neck. The details on the back will amaze your wedding guests, as you show it off during your wedding ceremony.

Mori Lee 2776

End your search for a pretty feminine gown, with this Mori Lee 2776 bridal gown. This is a dress that proves you can look sexy and stunning, even in a fully covered outfit. A high scalloped bateau neckline continues with lace details into fitted three-fourth sleeves. The bodice features a sweetheart neckline, emphasized by the sheer lace overlay. The fit and flare skirt with pretty floral clusters scattered liberally, continues into a magnificent train at the back. The silhouette is slimming and the perfect choice for a traditional wedding, where you want to floor your guests with your classic choice.

Our obsession with the beauty of long-sleeved gowns doesn’t end here. We have various gowns featuring this splendid design detail, in our extensive bridal dress collection at Best for Bride. Visit our shop today, and find out which of these looks best on you.

 

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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.