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Everything You Need to Know Before Buying a Veil

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Tips for Buying a Wedding Veil

So you’ve said yes to the dress and made one of the biggest decisions for your upcoming wedding. Congratulations! Usually, next on your list is a veil, but there are many factors to consider when choosing one to compliment your dress. What color do I choose? Which length will work for me? Will it work in my hairstyle? This choice may seem overwhelming but don’t fret, we’ve compiled a list of everything you need to consider before you buy a bridal veil.
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Bridesmaid Dress Trends You & Your ‘Maids Will Love

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Dessy Bridesmaid Dresses

Tired of the same old same old when it comes to bridesmaid dresses? Looking for styles that are more fashion forward? Many brides face a landscape of uniform looking bridesmaid dresses but want their ‘maids to look stylish and feel their best on the big day, too. Go from dated to dashing and check out these stylish bridesmaid dress trends that you and your bridal party will love.


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Top 10 Headpieces for Wedding Season 2016

Posted by: Dareth Colburn

Wedding season is here!  Here are some of our newest bridal headpieces (headbands and tiaras) for 2016!   The theme this year is beautiful organic and botanically inspired bridal accessories.   This If you’re not going to be a springtime bride, though, you can still capture that feeling in your big day with fresh and feminine décor and accessories. One of my favorite springy accessories is the wedding headband – specifically, pearl wedding headbands that bring together Mother Nature’s best and designer style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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12 Tips for a Great Rehearsal Dinner

Posted by: Dareth Colburn

The Rehearsal Dinner is a great time to meet everyone, relax and begin your wedding celebration.

The groom’s parents usually host the dinner but this is no longer a strict rule. Sometimes the bride and groom will host the dinner or it can be hosted together by several people.

1. Your rehearsal dinner should have a different style and menu than your wedding. For instance, if your wedding is a formal sit-down dinner, then plan a rehearsal dinner that is more casual. And, if you are serving chicken or beef for the wedding, then try Italian food for the rehearsal dinner.

2. Many brides and grooms are having lots of fun with the rehearsal dinner by incorporating a particular theme such as a Mexican Fiesta, a Western Barbecue, a Hawaiian Luau. Think about a nautical theme and chartering a boat and having a dinner buffet on board! You can plan a clam bake at a restaurant or on a beach. Or, a fun picnic at a park or in your backyard.

3. A formal sit down dinner at a restaurant is always a great option. Some restaurants have private rooms which are great for a larger size party. If you have a private room – ask the restaurant to set up a table of hors d’oeuvres. Plan the first hour of the rehearsal dinner as a cocktail “hour” where your guests can walk around and mingle with each other before dinner.

4. It’s not required that you send out invitations for your rehearsal dinner, but if you have time – it’s a good idea. The invitation will tell people exactly where and when the rehearsal will be held (sometimes it’s not always held at the church or ceremony location) and where and when the dinner will take place. You should include directions to the restaurant if people are unfamiliar with the are If you do send out invitations, they should ALWAYS be less formal than your wedding invitation.

You should invite all those who will take part in the wedding ceremony to the rehearsal dinner. Spouses or dates of all adult attendants should be invited. Parents and grandparents of the bride and groom should be invited.

It is not necessary to invite the musicians or soloist unless they are close friends or family. If you’re having small children in the wedding, the parents of the children should be invited, but many times the children will not attend the dinner in order to get to bed early.

5. You can always invite other family members who are not part of the ceremony and out-of-town guests to join your rehearsal dinner. It’s always nice to have more time to spend with your family and out-of town guests that you may not see very often.

6. You should make sure that everyone is introduced to each other, either through formal introductions (“going around the table”) or informally by “mixing and mingling”.

Here’s a nice idea: Once everyone is seated, the bride or groom introduces everyone and says something personal about each one. Such as:

“Susan Miller, is my maid of honor, we’ve been best friends since first grade and I never would have been able to put together this wedding without all of her help. In fact, she helped me make ALL the favors for the wedding.”

7. A nice gesture is to thank your parents and future parents-in-law and propose a toast at the rehearsal dinner to say “thank you” for all their love, support and help for a wonderful wedding!

8. If you haven’t already — this is the time to give your gifts to the attendants and thank them for being in the wedding.

9. Many rehearsal dinners are showing home movies or video clips of when the bride or groom were very young. Some take baby pictures and enlarge them and display them throughout the rehearsal dinner. These all make for a good “ice breaker” and certainly add a lot of fun to the evening.

10. You could also think about having the Groom’s Cake at the rehearsal dinner. It’s a nice surprise and who can resist a deep, double chocolate fudge cake? Many are getting creative with the groom’s cake and making it in various shapes and styles to match the groom’s personality or a particular interest or hobby.

11. The rehearsal dinner is a good time to go over any last minute details with your family and wedding party – just in case someone doesn’t know where and when they are suppose to meet the next morning.

12.Don’t drink a lot of alcohol at the rehearsal dinner and go home EARLY. You want to make sure you get lots of rest to look your best on your wedding day!

Most of all, relax, enjoy and get to bed early!
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Wedding Earrings: Selecting the Finishing Touch

Posted by: Jessica Jaeger

Plenty of brides have asked us, along with friends and family “Are these earrings too big?” or “Should I go with an elegant drop or stay with simple studs?” Wedding earrings can make or break an outfit, and on a bride’s wedding day they are essential to her ensemble. You want to add some glam to your look without stealing attention away from the gown. All earrings are made to be shown off. Therefore, you want to pick an earring that will get the proper kind of attention.

Balancing Your Wedding Earrings and Your Dress

Start by thinking about the style of your wedding dress. If your gown contains stunning silver beading, stick to earrings that are solely silver (Or maybe a pair with rhinestones for that touch of glam!).

(Right: USABride Allure CZ Wedding Earrings)

(Right: USABride Allure CZ Wedding Earrings)

For those who have chosen dresses that have elegant pearl embroidery can bring attention to this classy detail by opting for a traditional pearl jewelry embedded with crystals or rhinestones if you want that extra glitz!

(Right: USABride Vintage Pearl Drop Earrings)

(Right: USABride Vintage Pearl Drop Earrings)

Gowns with an accented colored sash such as pink or burgundy look stunning with colored crystal earrings that match to add more to your bridal look. Adding color will also give you a more modern look.

(Right: Pink Rhinestone Drop Earrings)

(Right: USABride Pink Rhinestone Drop Earrings)

Also try to keep in mind your dress’ neckline. Brides wearing strapless gowns should go for a bold pair of earrings. This accent piece along with a stunning necklace will fill in all that open space.

(Right: Krystalyn CZ Chandelier Earrings)

(Right: USABride Krystalyn CZ Chandelier Earrings)

In contrast, if your dress has heavy ornamentation, your wedding earrings should be short enough so they don’t take away from the gown’s accent.

(Right: Pearl CZ Earrings)

(Right: USABride Pearl CZ Earrings)

Incorporating Your Hairstyle

It is also extremely important to pay attention to how your wedding hairstyle and earrings will balance out. Soft, romantic hairstyles look best with elegant feminine accessories.

(Right: Vanessa Glistening Chandelier Earrings)

(Right: USABride Vanessa Glistening Chandelier Earrings)

While intense, flowing waves will look better with something a bit funkier.

(Right: Fantasia CZ Dangle Earrings)

(Right: USABride Fantasia CZ Dangle Earrings)

No matter what combination, your wedding earrings will add to the shine of your wedding day. Good luck, and happy shopping! For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest page! https://www.pinterest.com/usabride/

Photo Sources: Pinterest/ USABride
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A Buying Guide For Bridesmaid Jewelry

Posted by: Jessica Jaeger

Bridesmaid jewelry is frequently given by brides to their ‘maids as a pre-wedding gift to invite them to share in her special day. It lets the bride coordinate her attendants’ looks and spares them the expense of having to buy jewelry to coordinate with their dresses. It’s considered almost mandatory at this point for brides who want their bridesmaids to match, to buy their gal pals’ jewelry sets.

There’s so much out there that some brides find it near impossible to choose. If you’ve been stressing out about your attendants’ jewelry, we have some pointers that will lower your wedding planning stress and beautifully complete your bridesmaids’ looks.  Here’s our guide for bridesmaid jewelry: 

Wedding Style:

Informal weddings call for less ornate jewelry, like single stone bridesmaid jewelry sets and delicate accessories. While larger, more formal affairs may warrant something more glamorous. It’s all about your preference, and what your girls will look best in!

Bridesmaid Dress Color:

Keep in mind that if you’ve fallen in love with a crystal jewelry set and the color isn’t an exact match, that’s okay! Ivory or champagne jewelry is neutral and works with almost all bridesmaid dress hues and is a little more exciting than colorless while still letting your wedding colors stand out.

Time of Year:

Spring and summer weddings call for lighter colors and can be often inspired by nature. Our Pure Sparkle Jewelry Set would be a perfect set for spring or summer. Fall and winter weddings may call for slightly darker shades like chocolate, burgundy or even black. Our Jacqueline Jewelry Set with it’s darker hued crystals would be perfect for the colder seasons.

Do they have to wear all the same bridesmaid jewelry?

Perish the thought! Of course not! One trend we’ve seen and loved is each bridesmaid wearing different colors and styles of jewelry and shoes. Just try to make sure that the jewelry you choose features the same gem and overall style so there’s a unifying factor. What’s fun about mixing it up a little is that buying the bridesmaid gift is easy- everyone is technically getting the same thing- but you can choose colors and designs that reflect your bridesmaids’ personalities.

Bridesmaid Dresses and Jewelry

Here’s what we mean: Everyone has a friend who’s larger than life. She loves to have fun and is brilliantly boisterous. Think lots of sparkle to match her sparkly personality, like a rhinestone jewelry set thats big and bold or a chunky pearl choker that has edge. For the bridesmaid who is more reserved, think classic and traditional, like a single stone rhinestone necklace set or a traditional drop pearl set.

Good luck, and happy shopping!

Photo Sources: Pinterest/ USABride
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Bridesmaid Dresses – Back Details as Pretty as the Front

Posted by: Jessica Jaeger

Wedding traditions are constantly changing. Different trends in dress styles emerge every year. We already talked about what to pick for your maids’ jewelry, but now we’re going to focus on their dresses. The newest trend in bridesmaids’ dresses is interesting and different backs (and styles) and our newest collection of bridesmaids’ dresses, Bari Jay, is a perfect choice if you want to try this new trend. It’s hard picking out bridesmaids dresses, we know. You want to find something that fits YOUR vision and taste, but something that your bridesmaids will be comfortable in and enjoy wearing. A happy bridesmaid is a helpful bridesmaid! With all the styles and colors Bari Jay has to offer, there’s something for everyone.

Style Preference:

If you want you want your girls to be dripping in glitz and glamour, Bari Jay sequin are a perfect choice. They are extremely elegant, glamorous and different in their own ways. They all have interesting backs, with this one showing a beautiful halter top, and a racerback. 

(From right to left: Bari Jay Style 1601-S Gold, Bari Jay Style 1601-S Indigo)

(From right to left: Bari Jay Style 1601 Gold, Bari Jay Style 1601 Indigo)

And if you want to mix it up a bit, you can have some bridesmaids wearing sequin dresses with racer-backs, and some with low backs, like in this dress.

(From right to left: Bari Jay Style 1617-S Champagne, Bari Jay Style 1617-S Steel)

(From right to left: Bari Jay Style 1617 Champagne, Bari Jay Style 1617 Steel)

Both dresses come in beautiful colors such as silver, champagne, gold, indigo, onyx, platinum and steel.

If you want your maids’ to look a little more conservative, the Bari Jay Bella Chiffon dresses and beautiful, modern and on the more conservative side of things.

(Right to left: Bari Jay BC-1603 Black, Bari Jay BC-1603 Red)

(Right to left: Bari Jay BC-1603 Black, Bari Jay BC-1603 Red)

This dress has an adorable sweetheart neckline with straps for a more conservative look; While it had an intricate and strappy back. Business in the front, and party in the back! 

This is another very elegant and conservative looking alternative. It has a tie knot halter top, with an open and cut out low back. It’s beautiful with a simple, but still interesting back. Both dresses come in a rainbow of colors, for any season or theme!

(From right to left: Bari Jay BC-1619 Red, Bari Jay BC-1619 Shadow)

(From right to left: Bari Jay BC-1619 Red, Bari Jay BC-1619 Shadow)

If you’re looking for your bridesmaids to wear a little bit of lace, Bari Jay has that too!

The great thing about Bari Jay lace dresses is they have a classy touch of lace, just enough for an elegant, stylish look.  

These dresses incorporate gorgeous lace, and have different and interesting backs.

Wedding Style:

If you’re wedding is a more formal affair, a beautiful chiffon dress would suit your girls perfectly.

Elegant and beautiful, this dress would be perfect for a formal affair paired with a jewelry set and heels.

If your wedding will be more on the casual side, a simple dress paired with a pendant jewelry set would be just what your ‘maids need. In an array of different colors, this dress is versatile and perfect for any kind of wedding.

If you’re wedding is on the beach, this beautiful chiffon dress with a draped chiffon back and flower shoulder detail would be perfect. It comes in every color you could want, the choice is yours! 

(From right to left: Bari Jay BC-1607 Blush, Bari Jay BC-1607 Royal)

(From right to left: Bari Jay BC-1607 Blush, Bari Jay BC-1607 Royal)

And finally, if you wanna stick with the basics and keep it simple, Bari Jay has you covered on that front too!

(From right to left: Bari Jay EN-1602 Stone Blue, Bari Jay EN-1602 Eggplant)

(From right to left: Bari Jay EN-1602 Stone Blue, Bari Jay EN-1602 Eggplant)

This beautiful chiffon dress is a timeless classic, in any color you could want. It can be dressed up or dressed down, it’s up to you!

No matter what kind of dress your bridesmaids wear, remember this is YOUR day. Good luck and happy shopping ladies! Check out our website to see Bari Jay and more designer bridesmaid dresses!

Photo Sources: USABride/ Bari Jay
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Choosing The Perfect Wedding Veil

Posted by: Jessica Jaeger

The wedding veil. For centuries it has been such a huge part of the classic wedding ensemble. And now whether you want a modern look or want something more classic, a veil can be beautifully incorporated into any look. You can choose a veil in one, or both, of two ways.

Wedding Veils That Complement Your Face Best:

  • For women with ROUND faces, a wedding veil that falls along the sides of the face would look stunning. For those with round faces, a veil that falls along the sides of the helps to narrow it. As for your wedding hair with this veil, wearing your hair down or in a face-framing bob would complete the look.
  • Veil_Collage1For those ladies with a SQUARE jawline, softness is key. Face framing tendrils will help to relax a strong jaw, and a longer wedding veil will work better than a short wide one. A strong, square jawline is a striking feature, flaunt it!

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  • If you have an OBLONG face, complement it with a it of width. Look for waterfall veils paired with a wide tiara, wreath or bun wrap.

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  • If your face is HEART-SHAPED or TRIANGULAR, you’ll want to add width at the jawline. Since most veils will seem to full for you, the best choice is a back piece, where the width shows up behind the neckline.

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  • A RECTANGULAR face will benefit from softness as well. Don’t be afraid to try more voluminous veils, the goofy quality will make your face look more symmetrical!

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Wedding Veils That Complement Your Personality

  • If you’re vibrant, fashionable and want to look different than the rest, the Birdcage veil is for you. It has a vintage yet quirky element to it while still looking elegant and gorgeous
(From left to right) USABride Cage Veil with Crystal Edge, USABride Bloom Flower with Cage Veil

(From left to right) USABride Cage Veil with Crystal Edge, USABride Bloom Flower with Cage Veil

  • If you have a laid back personality, you might want to forgo the veil altogether and opt for a beautiful headpiece. Floral clips with crystal embellishments are a huge trend and always look beautiful and effortless at the same time.
  • For brides who adore tradition, the Fingertip veil will complement your personality best. If you appreciate tasteful and clean simplicity, then this time-honored style is the perfect fit.
(From left to right) USABride 1-Layer Priscilla Lace Veil, USABride 2-Layer Crystal and Beaded Veil

(From left to right) USABride 1-Layer Priscilla Lace Veil, USABride 2-Layer Crystal and Beaded Veil

  • The Cathedral veil is for the princess at heart; The bride who loves all things formal and elegant. This veil adds an aura of grandeur to any look. A cathedral veil tends to be so extravagant that it works best with a simple dress that wont overshadow the impressive veil.
(From left to right) USABride 1-Layer Swarovski Rhinestone Edge Cathedral Veil, USABride 1-Layer Extravagance Crystal Beaded Cathedral Veil

(From left to right) USABride 1-Layer Swarovski Rhinestone Edge Cathedral Veil, USABride 1-Layer Extravagance Crystal Beaded Cathedral Veil

Whether you choose a timeless veil or a show-stopping headpiece, both would be an amazing addition to your wedding look. Good luck choosing, and happy shopping!

Sources for Photos: Pinterest/ E’lstile/ USABride
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Real Bride: Wendy is Stunning in Her Anne Barge Gown

Posted by: Dareth Colburn

We love real life photos from brides!  Wendy was married on 8.12.15 in Quebec.  Her dress is a stunning Anne Barge gown with headpiece and cathedral veil by usabride!

Real Bride, USABride

I’d love to see your wedding day photo and post it here!  Please email it to me dareth@usabride.com.

-Dareth Colburn
Bridal Stylist & CEO USABride

Photo: Neil Jubinville
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Fall Wedding Trend: Golden Floral Accessories

Posted by: Dareth Colburn

Fall is a season of richness and beauty. The leaves begin to change colors to beautiful reds, yellows and browns. This fall’s wedding accessory trend is golden floral accessories. Whimsical golden leaves and flowers are all the buzz, perfectly complimenting autumn’s fascinating colors. These amazing new pieces are becoming a huge trend this season.

For someone who wants something cute and simple, the Penelope Pearl Gold Headband is a perfect choice. With it’s charming ivory flowers, it will go perfectly with any dress and it’s golden outlining with rhinestones gives you just a touch of shine.

Pearl Bridal Headband

 If you want a stunning, golden statement piece, the Genevieve Gold Comb is a dazzling option. It doesn’t have a strong gold hue, but just enough to incorporate this beautiful new trend. The beautiful silver and gold leaves, plus the accent pearls and jewels make this piece absolutely gorgeous and trendy.

Gold Leaf Bridal Comb for Fall

If your looking for a touch of gold to compliment your wedding day ensemble, the Delicate Pearl Gold Jewelry Set is perfect! It adds just a touch of sparkle, without distracting from your overall look and the golden floral pattern makes it ideal for fall.

Gold Pearl Jewelry Set

 Whether you want a subtle accent or a statement piece, beautiful gold floral pieces are an essential addition to your fall, or any season, wedding wardrobe. Want more inspiration?  Check out our Autumn Wedding Inspiration Board on Pinterest.    Good luck, and happy shopping!
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