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6 Ways to Genuinely Thank Your Bridesmaids

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Dessy Bridesmaids Wedding Day

Your bridesmaids are often your sisters, soon to be sister-in-laws or your dear friends that know you so well. From standing beside you on your big day to helping you feel your best and celebrate your love, they’ve spent countless hours helping you plan and deal with all the pre-wedding stress that most likely took place. These ladies have been through it all with you and finding the right way to say thanks and make them feel appreciated may be challenging. Don’t fret! There are many ways to say thanks but we’ve rounded up our favorites that offer your genuine gratitude for their love and support!
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5 Tips for Making Your Father-Daughter Dance Memorable!

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Credit: Annie Randall Photography

Aside from marrying the person of your dreams, your wedding day is a time for love and celebration with your friends and family. Of course, every bride wants to make the day as memorable as possible from the food and decor to the music and dance. Besides your first dance as a married couple, your father daughter (or any other family member!) dance is another unforgettable moment. Here are some tips for making the most of these three to five minutes with your dad:
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Celebrity Wedding Style: Get Pippa Middleton’s Bridal Look

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Pippa Middleton Wedding

Pippa Middleton’s wedding was classic, elegant, and absolutely stunning! She may not be royalty, but she certainly looked the part in her custom designed Giles Deacon gown paired with a gorgeous dainty tiara and simple drop earrings. Loving bridal accessories as much as we do, we were swooning over her bridal look.  If you’re as inspired by her style as we are, check out the perfect pieces we’ve rounded up to get her look!
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How to Choose the Best Wedding Day Hairstyle

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Floral Bridal Hair Clip

So you’re getting ready to marry the person of your dreams. Congratulations! Aside from coordinating with venues and caterers,your wedding day is a day for you to look and feel your best. From shoes and dresses to accessories and makeup, there are many factors that play into your  “wedding day look.” And your bridal hairstyle is no exception. Deciding which style works best for you, can be overwhelming. But don’t stress! We have some great suggestions for what to consider when choosing the hair-do that will make you feel confident while saying “I do!”
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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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