Scrumptious for Summer: Floral Combs

We love when spring and summer brides look to Mother Nature for their wedding accessory inspiration because that means flowers. So many gorgeous flowers! And when all the world’s awash in flowers, why shouldn’t you deck yourself out in blooms and petals, too?

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Though we’ve seen plenty of floral and flower-inspired skirts and bodices in the wedding fashion rags as of late, floral bridal combs are a traditional staple of brides who want to go au naturel without going overboard.

Can you go overboard if you want to? We’re certainly not going to be the ones to stop you, but don’t think wearing a flower in your hair means you have to flaunt your flower power from top to bottom. One flower will certainly do.

Want yet another reason to love floral headpieces? Brides who go weak in the knees for that asymmetrical style but wouldn’t dream of walking down the aisle in a gown with an uneven hem or d├ęcolletage can get their asymmetry on with a beautiful bloom behind the ear.

floral headpiece - floral comb

Now, of course, the question is how natural is natural? There are floral combs and headpieces that mimic Mama Nature down to the last petal and floral headbands that don’t just add gems to the mix, but ARE crafted from gems and pearls, feathers and net. Just the thing for anyone who’s dreamed about taking nature to a whole new level.

Are you a spring or summertime bride who’s taking a page from nature’s book when it comes to accessories? What are you wearing?
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The Top 8 Reasons to Delay Your Honeymoon

1. You won’t have to deal with the stress of planning a wedding and a honeymoon simultaneously, and even better, you won’t have to deal with the stress of getting through the ceremony and reception and then going to the airport, getting on a plane, and checking into a hotel back to back. In other words, you can avoid the post-wedding rush.

2. The perfect wedding weather in your local area may not coincide with the perfect honeymoon weather at your dream destination. Avoiding monsoon (or blizzard or tourist) season during your honeymoon might mean waiting a few weeks or even months to celebrate your newly married status. Don’t worry, though – no one is going to check that you’re actually newlyweds.

3. Deciding to delay a honeymoon can mean more funds to devote to the wedding – or the honeymoon. That might mean you can spend bigger bucks on real pearl wedding jewelry or the catering or hire a live wedding band instead of a DJ. Budget brides may find themselves scrimping on the reception to pay for a honeymoon or vice versa. A delay can mean more money for one, the other, or even both.

4. Speaking of money, if you happen to have generous friends and relatives who give checks instead of gifts, waiting until after you’ve opened all those congratulatory envelopes can mean the difference between a fun honeymoon and the trip of a lifetime.

5. Waiting to take a honeymoon could mean you get to take a longer vacay, especially if you’re already taking a few days off for your wedding and you didn’t have that many vacation days to begin with.

6. Destination brides and grooms considering turning the wedding weekend into a honeymoon can avoid having to say they shared their honeymoons with moms, dads, aunts, and uncles by taking a separate honeymoon a few months or a year later. Trust us when we say that trying to maintain that honeymoon mood isn’t easy when you have relatives knocking on your door!

7. Waiting gives you time to decompress after the wedding and to focus on things like combining households (if you didn’t already live together), return unwanted wedding guests, deal with your wedding gown, finish paying your wedding vendors, and just breathe.

8. Being able to plan a honeymoon for any point in the year may let you grab crazy discounts on hotel rooms, cruises, airfare, and other honeymoon costs. For some couples, being able to score first class tickets or a luxury suite is worth the wait!
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The USABride Guide to Honeymoon Style, Part I

Honeymoon style? How can you think about honeymoon style when you’re planning a wedding? We totally get it. You’re busy. Your bridesmaids are busy. That lace bridal veil isn’t going to choose itself. There are reservations to be made, shoes to be broken in. Being a bride-to-be is a lot of work! But hear us out… your honeymoon may be the first real vacation you ever take with your sweetie. If not, it will be the first you take as spouses! When you’re on your honeymoon, everyone around you is going to know it. (Which you want because, hello, freebies.) Don’t you want to look the part?

Consider yourself lucky that dressing for your honeymoon is largely guided by climate and not convention. Brides sometimes freeze their shoulders off. Honeymooners? Dress for the weather. Ultimately the temperature of your honeymoon destination is going to determine what you wear, clothing-wise. As for your post-bridal accessories and post-bridal jewelry? That’s all up in the air and, even better, all up to you! Casual is cool, formal can be fun – there’s nothing and no one to tell you how to dress on a honeymoon.

Which doesn’t mean we don’t want to make at least a few recommendations for your honeymoon style, especially where jewelry and accessories are concerned!

First, putting a flower in your hair like the Andalusian girls used to do is the ultimate in honeymoon style. If you’re going tropical, that is. The classic hair flower doesn’t work quite as well if you’re hitting the slopes post-wedding. In that case? Buy and wear a flowered snowboard helmet – better chic and safe than sorry.

We know that right now you’re experiencing one of the most joyful – and stressful – periods in your life. You’ll probably never plan another party on this scale again… don’t you deserve a little something pretty that’s just for you? Like maybe a gold bracelet that will go with everything in your honeymoon suitcase? We think you do, and hey, we’re experts!

Next, it’s time to think about a night on the town. It’s your honeymoon! It’s time to celebrate! Soon enough, the doldrums of real life will be knocking at your door. For just a little while at least, you should be wearing chiffon dresses and carrying a tiny red satin clutch and walking tall in rouge satin shoes (these are from Nina).

Finally, maybe you’re not going anywhere warm for your honeymoon, but we do hope you’ll be going somewhere with an indoor swimming pool at the very least. In which case, a white tankini can be accessorized like crazy. We paired it with black crystal drop earrings and an amazing statement ring that will have people staring at your hands and wondering just where you got it.

Happy honeymooning!
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