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:
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.
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
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.
- For 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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
- 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.
- 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.
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
For many years, cakes have ruled wedding receptions. One of the first questions people ask about weddings is what the cake either looked or tasted like.
Over the course of the past few years, though, the cake has started losing its place at the party. Oh, it’s not like wedding cakes are going away anytime soon. I expect them to continue to be the most popular dessert at weddings for a very long time to come. It’s just that now more people are more open to variations on the theme.
One popular variation that’s sprung up is the wedding dessert bar. With this option, the couple may or may not have a traditional wedding cake, but they will offer multiple options in sweet ways to end a meal.
I have to say this is one of my favorite trends in weddings today. As much as I love cake, the fact is they are often extremely expensive or else not terribly inspired. Sometimes, they are both. And while you can make each tier a different flavor, that means most of us are talking about two to three flavors. It’s helpful, but then you get a large crowd of people with dozens of different food issues and preferences. Someone is going to go home disappointed. The dessert bar is a great opportunity to offer more options so as to satisfy more guests.
It’s also a great way to save a little cash, because this is a great DIY project. Break out your best recipes, ask friends and family for their help, fill in blanks with commercially made sweets, and either use coordinated serving pieces or a cheerful cacophony of china you, your friends, and your family can provide.
What should be included? Anything you like that will hold up sitting unattended on a table for a while. Cupcakes, cookies, tarts, pies, sweet muffins, chocolates, fudge, Rice Crispies treats, Peeps, canolli, dried fruit, nuts, petit fours…really, almost anything you like.
Vary the height a bit, add a little floral or some pretty linens, and away you go!
So if you’re looking for a little more than wedding cake, consider the dessert bar. It’s fun, it’s practical, and it’s oh so chic!
Married in white doesn’t necessarily mean demure, as the millions of brides donning sultry backless wedding dresses have proved. The trend can translate into anything from a hint of skin to a dip that encroaches upon derriere territory. As for me, I can’t get enough. Maybe it’s that between the wedding ceremony and the first dance, you see so much of the bride’s back. Maybe it’s the dichotomy between the sexy silhouette of backless and the traditional purity of the wedding gown. Party in the back, business in the front? Here’s a whole lot of party in the back to inspire you as you shop for wedding dresses – some made to highlight your bridal jewelry and others made to make every inch of skin stand out. Bare a little or bare a lot, these dresses prove backless is here to stay!
How bare do you dare to go?
With all the options there are now, choosing a wedding cake can be almost as fraught with indecision as choosing bridesmaids dresses! The right wedding cake designer can create almost everything under the sun, from cakes that look like anything you can imagine to traditional wedding cakes with a twist. Currently hot is the modern wedding cake – which means different things to different people. In general, though, if you’re browsing around Pinterest for modern wedding cakes you’re going to see plenty of sharp angles, solid colors, geometric shapes, thick lines, and contemporary color choices. The designs on modern wedding cakes tend to look more like art than aliment, though one hopes the flavors inside are just as delicious as the exteriors are gorgeous. Here are some examples of what I think of when I’m thinking of modern wedding cakes:
Remember to meet with your wedding cake designer well in advance of the wedding to talk about what kind of cake you’re looking for. It helps to bring pictures, so queue up your wedding cake inspiration board on your phone or tablet before the meeting!
Have a sweet week!
For brides-to-be in the market for a wedding cake topper that’s a little different we are all about the letters! In a world where anything from Matchbox cars to pinecones can become wedding cake toppers, it’s nice to find something that’s both cool and traditional. Enter the monogram, the love note, the wedding date and so on.
We’re seen this called an easy DIY but frankly, we’re not that handy. But Etsy is your bestie when it comes to this type of wedding cake topper.
Personalize it? Oh yes. Love the Mr. and Mrs. (or the Mrs. and Mrs. or Mr. and Mr., natch) because it really sums up the wedding. Provided, of course, you’re planning to share a name.
Not sharing a name? Mr. and Mrs. or the aforementioned variants will suffice. Our favorite thing about this cake topper is how cute it would look on a mantle post-wedding.
Add your wedding date to your cake topper for an even more personal feel.
Letters plus a little something extra – putting a bird on it, in this case. We’re loving the rustic feel in a polished topper that would look great in a garden later on.
How sweet is this? A sweet sentiment on a sweet treat.
Serious sparkle rocks with any message – Mr. and Mrs. or a monogram or a love note to each other. Let your cake topper speak your heart! Read more
Accessorizing a simple wedding dress with bridal jewelry and a headpiece should be easy! But the fact is, it can be surprisingly difficult! That’s because more ornate wedding gowns have their own embellishments that serve as a guide. For instance, a wedding dress with pearls ought to be paired with pearl wedding jewelry. A dress splashed with rhinestones calls for the same. But a simple wedding dress? Has nothing to guide you as you shop for your bridal jewelry and headpiece.
But bridal accessories can make or break a wedding day look. And that’s also part of the problems brides-to-be face when accessorizing a simple wedding dress. Accessories like jewelry and tiaras should not overpower the dress. Overdoing it is way too easy in a plain sheath or something similar. With a simple wedding dress, accessories should be a focal point but not out of control. Here are my 5 top tips for picking the perfect accessories to complement a simple wedding dress:
1. Choose a statement piece. This is your chance to wear something big, fun, and glamorous like our Elegant dangle earrings or our Crystal Fascination set. A pop of color may be big right now, but with a very simple wedding dress color can steal the show and make your overall look feel less formal.
2. Simple dress, simple veil. It’s a rule of thumb that’s made to be broken, but it’s also one I stand by. A very basic veil with no beading or edging harmonizes with an unembellished gownand let’s accessories rule.
3. Don’t over accessorize! A huge necklace paired with huge earrings and a big bracelet plus an over the top updo will make your simply elegant gown look positively plain. Let your statement piece guide your other choices.
4. Headbands, headbands, headbands! Specifically ribbon headbands – as long as the whites match ribbon headbands look amazing when paired with simple wedding dresses. Not a fan of ribbon? Choose something small.
5. Be bold! This is your chance to show off and a simple wedding dress makes a great canvas for things like our Divina headpiece. Unusual? Yes, but breathtaking on almost ever bride.
Now I hate to be confusing. If you follow my posts you know that I’m always saying anything goes, do what you love, wear what you want, etc. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some style mistakes that should be avoided. You can wear what you love and look a bit silly – or worse, look back and realize you don’t really like how you looked on your wedding day. For that reason alone it pays to pay the tiniest bit of attention to some simple style rules.
So what are the bridal jewelry mistakes you might be making without even realizing you’re about to commit a fashion faux pas? Read on!
1. You buy your bridal jewelry before your dress.
I’m not going to say there’s not a single reason to grab jewelry before the gown – a good sale is a good sale, after all – but how can you accessorize your wedding dress if you don’t even have it yet? Even if you’re in love with your necklace, earrings, bracelet and shoes, and headpiece, too, you may end up with an overall bridal ensemble that looks incomplete or mismatched.
2. You’re upstaging the dress.
You find the ultimate wedding gown and now you’re draping it in every bit of crystal and every pearl you can find. That’s wonderful except… your perfect dress is already embellished to the max. My advice – take it down a notch. Think about balance. A beaded, lacy gown with lots of bows and ruffles may call for simpler bridal jewelry than a simple sheath that can be dressed to the nines. But be careful. Sometimes a bold dress demands bold jewelry.
3. You have ignored your skin tone.
You were so careful when wedding dress shopping to differentiate between ivory and cream and diamond white, now you’ve descended upon the pearls with nary a thought to your own coloring. Are you a gold or silver girl in your day to day life? Stick with the tones that work well on you. Gold wedding jewelry may not be as popular as silver but if it looks gorgeous on you, who cares?
4. You’re getting too trendy.
Your wedding day will be over in a few hours; your wedding photos will be there forever. Make sure you still love looking at them years later by thinking timeless. Sure, no piece of clothing or accessory is truly timeless but some trends are more long-lasting than others.
5. Your thinking is limited.
This is a great time to play dress up. You’re shopping – try something new! Maybe you always wear tiny stud earrings. It’s fine if you want to wear them on your big day, too, but why not think outside of your usual repertoire and have some fun. Try on pieces that don’t immediately call to you. It’s like wedding dresses – the one you fall in love with isn’t always the one you thought you’d like!
6. You’re getting too matchy-matchy.
Maybe you have a special accessory you inherited from your grandmother and you’re trying to build your bridal jewelry ensemble around that. Don’t worry about achieving perfect harmony. Your gran’s pendant can be the standout piece that takes center stage. No one is going to notice if its gemstones are champagne while your other accessories are crystal clear. In fact, the difference could make that pendant all the more striking!
7. You’re wearing a veil when you’d rather not.
Yes, it’s traditional but so was capturing brides back in the day. You can wear a tiara, a headband, or nothing at all! The same goes for almost everything else. If you don’t want to wear earrings, don’t. If bracelets make your wrists itch or you can simply never find the right size, why feel obligated to wear one. They’re accessories, for goodness sake. They should be fun. If they aren’t, move on!
How much time have you spent shopping for your bridal jewelry?
One of the least lasting parts of your wedding will be the invitations. While you may hold on to an invite or three for a memory box, chances are your guests will (at best) recycle them and (at worst) throw them in the trash. You can minimize the environmental impact of your wedding invitations by doing the trendy thing and shopping around for eco friendly invitations. The good news is there are now big invite companies and indy artists designing and printing earth-friendly wedding invitations that are every bit as beautiful as the less green options out there.
Here are some examples we love:
It doesn’t get much more conscious than this all of a piece invite from Paper Lapin! It’s a wedding invitation, a map, and its own envelop – printed on recycled paper that was created using only green energy.
Did you know that cork is a sustainable material? I didn’t! Cork Country Cottage creates wedding invitations (and save-the-date cards) out of cork and also wood. The text is laser engraved instead of printed, which makes this way more of a keepsake than your everyday invite.
I am so in love with the invitations designed and printed by A Bird & A Bee!
Eco-friendly, green, natural, and traditional is how Beacon Lane describes their wedding invitations, and how could you not agree? The best part is that the company offers complementary customization on almost every option you can think of.
Simple and unique, the designs on offer at Appleberry Ink are not only earth-friendly and adorable but also affordable. Great news for any bride who wants to respect Mother Earth while keeping to a budget.
Eco friendly letterpress? YES! Bella Figura is an upscale letterpress studio in upstate NY. They use things like tree-free paper, recycled envelope liners, and FSC-certified pocketfolds. Learn more about green printing options here.
This wedding invitation suite comes from K&V Crafts, which has committed to using as many green raw materials as possible in its invites and other stationery. So beautiful for a rustic wedding, and good for the planet to boot!
Seriously, how can you not love these? When in doubt, chose soy-based inks, recycled papers, and consider seed paper – your invitations become flowers. Amazing!
Can I just tell you how much I am loving the return to simplicity that I have been seeing at this year’s weddings? While there will always be over-the-top everything from ten-tier cakes to wedding jewelry so heavy it gives the bride a migraine, it’s nice to see so many things that are just plain – well – nice. Doable for those of us who weren’t born with the Colin Cowie gene, even.
Wedding centerpieces for reception tables tend to be at the forefront of this return to all things simple – possibly because if you’re not a natural born designer or hiring an all purpose planner who’s wrangling the flowers for you, centerpieces can be tricky. Too small and they look dinky on a ten-person table. Too big and your guests are knocking the salt cellar onto the floor every time they take a bite.
But when you keep things simple, it’s a lot easier for the lay-bride to see what works and what doesn’t. Nothing too fussy. Mostly a lot of glass and flowers and candles – all of the kinds of things you can grab at a craft store on the cheap, in fact. Not that DIY wedding centerpieces have to look cheap, mind you. Some of the least expensive weddings I’ve been to have been some of the most arresting and amazing visually thanks to brides who put in the time.
If you’re thinking you’d rather put in the time than spend the money for gorgeous wedding centerpieces, here are some ideas I’m loving right now:
I can’t imagine these are actually drinking glasses but they do look an awful lot like drinking glasses. One bloom per glass and you have the perfect centerpiece for a long rectangular table.
Bedazzling glass jars and vases was all the rage on Pinterest a while back so you’ll have no trouble finding a how-to. Pick the right receptacle and you can once again get away with one bloom per.
Not a fan of flowers? Simple sticks and floating candles make for surprisingly striking centerpieces.
Or ditch the twigs and go for greenery. Wouldn’t this setup be lovely with succulents or cacti?
Here’s another idea – twin greenery into a vine and trail it along the table. A few tea lights in glass complete the look. It’s very fresh and in keeping with the trend toward more botanicals!
It doesn’t get much simpler than this! Check Etsy for these candle holders or give DIY a try.
Did I say it couldn’t get any simpler? I lied. Beach stones and lilies are a perfect pairing.
It might take some time to collect all the tiny glass bottles you need to mimic this look, but don’t you think the results will be worth it?
DIY always takes time, of course. But the result can be a more beautiful, more personal wedding than you might otherwise have had. Scared to dip your toe into the wide world of wedding DIY? Centerpieces are a great place to start.
(Images via StyleMePretty, AFloral.com, Project Wedding, The Frisky, Burnetts Boards, Colin Cowie Weddings, A Low Country Wedding, and How to Be Perfect Woman?)