1. Research before you shop! Don’t even browse. Instead, ask yourself what color, fabric, length, and silhouette you are picturing on your bridesmaids. Once you have a few ideas in your head, then you can start shopping for bridesmaids dresses.
2. Schedule your shopping trip well in advance. Getting all of your bridesmaids together can be a nightmare because of work, kids, hobbies, and distance. Use a survey app to find a time that works for everyone. That way everyone be there.
3. Or choose a chain or online store. Chances are if you’re not getting married straight out of college that some of your bridesmaids live out of town or out of state. Your ‘maids won’t all get the same dye lot if they’re wearing matching dresses but they will be able to get the same dress.
4. Shop with shapewear and shoes. Undies and footwear can make such a difference – not only to how a dress looks but also how it feels (especially when it’s body hugging or floor length). Make sure everyone comes equipped.
5. Be up front about your wants. Let your bridesmaids know in advance how much input you want. Are you going to shop around and want lots of suggestions or is the point of your outing to see everyone in the dress you’re 99.9% sure you’re going to pick?
6. Ask about discounts. Be brave! First question, does the price tag include tax and any shipping or alteration costs? If everyone is buying together that day, can you get a break on alterations? Bulk discount if you’re having a ton of bridesmaids? It never hurts to ask!
7. Bring cover ups. There may not be enough fitting rooms for all your ‘maids – without a robe or some other cover up, they’ll have to get redressed between try-ons. It’s a lot easier to throw on a robe between bridesmaids dresses.
8. Ask for suggestions. The staff has a lot of experiencing helping steer brides-to-be toward the perfect dresses, so use it. Tell them your ideas about color, fabric, length, and silhouette – and whether you want all your bridesmaids to match – and let them bring you some options.
9. Listen to your ‘maids. You want them to be comfortable on your wedding day, right? So if one of your bridesmaids hates her arms or is terrified to go strapless, but a kind bride and take their preferences into account.
10. Eat after. Brunch then bridesmaids dress shopping? Reverse that. No one feels or looks their best at a dress fitting after mimosas and a visit to the waffle bar.
11. Don’t hesitate to pick backups. No, not backup bridesmaids! Backup dresses. The turnaround time on bridesmaids dress orders can be insane and mix ups happen. Planning a wedding – and being a bridesmaid – is a lot less stressful when you don’t leave things to chance.
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.
Wedding dresses – they’re usually sophisticated and full of grace but sometimes they can be downright weird. We found these while poking around on Pinterest and just had to share!
This is actually a beautiful wedding dress that could be accessorized lots of ways (though the model is going sans bridal jewelry) and yet we get the impression that the full frontal view must be a little kooky.
Doesn’t this dress scream ice queen Elsa on her wedding day? Which is perfect since the model’s expression is equally frosty.
We like lace cutouts. We even like big cutouts on wedding dresses! But this strikes us as a bit much.
As does this. Does it make us too, too modest if we think that sheer should not extend below the crack line?
There is just a lot going on here. A sort of tripe-esque pattern at the hips. A hi-lo skirt with a ton of flounce. Fluff at the decolletage. And those monster platforms…
Now with this outrageous wedding gown we’re not entirely sure, but we think that might actually be a bubble wrap skirt. If it’s not, it would still make great packing material!
Ursula, is that you? (Laugh though we might, we think we’d have a divine time at the wedding planned by the bride who’d choose this gown!)
Yes, the 1980s came back into vogue. That doesn’t mean you have to combine the worst of the decade into one bridal pantsuit complete with train.
We have this one earmarked for the ghost who wants to look her best on her wedding day. Though we love a full veil, this is a little much.
What’s the most outrageous wedding dress you’ve ever come across?
Weddings and flowers go together like love and marriage, chocolate and peanut butter, and all those other cultural icons that get grouped together in the collective consciousness. The association is so ingrained in the minds of most brides- and grooms-to-be that few ever ask themselves what the alternatives are. You can absolutely plan a wedding that involves no fresh flowers whatsoever, but few people end up going that route. It’s hard not to like wedding flowers!
Flowers are attractive because they have to be—fruits, honey, and the next generation of blooms are all products of floral sex appeal. The fact that they smell good doesn’t exactly hurt, either. Humankind figured out the relationship between flowers and fertility pretty early on, and it wasn’t long before blooms came to be associated with bountiful marriages.
Herbs and florals have found their way into rites of all kinds ever since the first human being had the wherewithal to take notice of nature’s beauty, which means that flora has been a customary part of nuptial celebrations for thousands of years.
The very first wedding flowers were more than likely bundles of strong smelling greenstuffs meant to ward off those ever-present evil spirits. In ancient Greece, brides wore crown wreaths made of flowers symbolizing love and fidelity, and herbal garlands were hung to commemorate the union being formed.
Nowadays, very few brides-to-be consider walking down the aisle with a string of garlic in one hand and a bunch of sage in the other, yet the tradition lives on in the form of the bridal bouquet, the boutonnière, pew ends, and centerpieces. Flowers pop up in other places, too.
Brides and grooms who love their moms and grandmas give these honored guests corsages to wear during the ceremony and reception to distinguish them from other guests. Some brides incorporate real or faux blooms into their wedding day hairstyles instead of wedding hair combs or tiaras, though this works best on those lucky ladies who are not prone to picking at their updos. Edible petals like those mentioned in chapter twelve appear on classically elegant cakes, and fresh flowers can even take center stage in ceremony and reception décor.
Whether you lust after lavish bridal bouquets of brilliant red roses or modern earth-tone centerpieces embellished with lots of greenery will have a lot to do with what kind of wedding you’re planning. That said, you’ll want to wait until you know what you and your wedding party will be wearing before choosing wedding flowers—or choosing to forgo them. Bouquets and boutonnières spend a lot of time against a backdrop of dresses and suits so they need to be somewhat complimentary.
Color theory web sites can help you nail down a wedding flower color scheme that isn’t too matchy-matchy. If the bridesmaid dresses are a lovely shade of periwinkle, the periwinkles you love so much are going to get lost in your photographs.
Professional wedding photos are on most couples’ must-have lists, but that doesn’t mean candid snaps from friends and family are equally special. The problem? Tracking them all down after the big day. I got married in the days before the hashtag so after I said my “I dos”, I was emailing guests, going on Flickr and Facebook to track down pics, and begging when necessary. In the end I got lots of the photos my guests took, and it was a good thing, too. My wedding photographer ended up in the hospital on my wedding weekend and the backup he sent? Stunk. I mean, my pics were awful. Thankfully, my loved ones stepped in to fill in the gaps and I was able to make my own wedding album with my favorites.
These days, couples should not have the same issues that could make finding their wedding photos being so much work. Apparently, 55% of all weddings have a hashtag! Does yours? If not, experts say there’s more to picking the perfect wedding hashtag than putting a pound sign in front of your names. A lot of brides and grooms will choose a mashup, a la Brangelina. Make it easy by including your wedding day or year or some defining feature – like #sarabob2015 or #halloweenwedding2016. Just make sure you check your wedding hashtag on Instagram and other sites to be sure it’s original enough that you won’t be wading through other couple’s photos after the big day.
Just whatever you do, make it easy to remember! If it’s too long or weird or complicated, guests aren’t going to us it. And if all else fails, try the Wedding Hashtag Generator!
The best reason to create and share wedding hashtag is that you get to see your wedding from multiple perspectives! Your photographer will be one person in one position but your friends and family may capture moments your photog never sees. For instance, one of my very favorite wedding photos was myself and my husband and our families posing with the photographer in front of us wearing my mother’s hat to block the sun. If I hadn’t chased down everyone’s pics I never would have seen it!
So pick a wedding hashtag, spread it around, and enjoy hundreds more wedding photos than you would have otherwise!
Looking for bridal accessories with that wow factor? You’ll love shopping for bridal jewelry and accessories every bit as much as choosing your gown when you focus your search on statement pieces like these.
Chandelier earrings are a top pick for today’s bride because they add elegance, romance, and especially glitz to any wedding day look. Bridal earrings can be worn alone as a statement piece or perfectly paired with stacked bracelets, a fabulous comb, or headband.
A floral crown!
A delicate floral design dotted generously with sparkling rhinestones and scattered crystals can complete so many bridal looks, from romantic to Boho. Just don’t let the word ‘delicate’ fool you – our Annalise crown is custom picked for the bold bride.
Curving, hand-wired rhinestones in striking circular arrangements bring to mind all things art deco in modern vintage-inspired headpieces. Bridal headbands are on trend but don’t feel like you need to run with the crowd. Choose a headband that will wow!
Beautiful antique gold is paired with swirling rhinestones in this bridal hair comb with an heirloom feel. If you look to the past for your style inspiration, filigree scrollwork is the perfect way to express your inner Gibson Girl.
Going large with gems is the easiest way to make a statement with your bridal jewelry and accessories. You’ll love the big burst of sparkle that our Tara earrings bring to the table.
Finding that dream dress feels like big moment in a bride-to-be’s life – and it is. But she’s not done once the deposit has been paid. Bridal accessories are the finishing touches on her wedding day ensemble – enhancing her look and making her feel like a million bucks.
Your wedding jewelry? Should be more than just an afterthought! Ideally you should be shopping as carefully for a wedding jewelry set and bridal headpiece as you did when you were searching for your gown. Here are 12 tips that will help you find the perfect accessories for your big day:
1. Decide on the dress first because the style, cut, and neckline of your dress will help guide you as you shop for your jewelry and accessories.
2. Keep a picture of your wedding gown in your purse or on your phone so you have it handy while you’re browsing necklaces, earrings, headpieces, and veils.
3. Know your bridal style – are you a romantic? Do you want to look like a princess? Are you 1950s flounce all the way or Boho chic?
4. Let your gown’s embellishments guide you for an elegant, coordinated look. For instance, if your wedding dress is embroidered with white seed pearls, pearl wedding jewelry is a safe bet.
5. Match your bridal hairstyle to your hair accessories. Whether you pick a hairdo first or a tiara, headband, or hair pin, make sure your bridal hair accessories will work with your ‘do.
6. Ask your stylist for help. Your hairdresser can help you choose an amazing bridal headpiece to make your favorite hairstyles.
7. Be patient! Have fun shopping for your wedding day accessories. Browse in stores, shop online, read blogs, and flip through wedding magazines to find inspiration.
8. Use Pinterest to find photos of real brides wearing the sorts of accessories and jewelry you like best. Seeing headpieces, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets on real people will help you see how they’ll look on you.
9. Pick a bridal veil that matches both the look and feel of your wedding dress and the formality level of your ceremony venue.
10. Your gown’s neckline should determine the length and type of your bridal necklace. Similarly, your hairstyle will influence the length and type of earrings you choose.
11. Think balance. A sky-high updo that includes a tiara should be a focal point, so pair them with simple stud earrings. A simple headpiece might be paired with dramatic statement earrings.
12. Remember to coordinate your bridesmaids’ accessories with your own. Make sure that their jewelry doesn’t outshine yours but don’t skimp on the sparkle!
If you’ve dreamed of getting married in something a little more modest but feared that your options would be few, you’re going to find this is a great year to be a bride!
Included in your frock choices you’ll find the 2015 wedding dress collection from Spain’s Victorio & Lucchino, which is called Amor, Amor – a more than appropriate because we love, love it! It’s definitely a pioneering collection in the bridal fashion world. It debuted at Barcelona Bridal Week with diaphanous and luxuriant wedding dresses with lots of covered shoulders and hardly a peek of decolletage.
The look is ultra feminine and just a little old fashioned, and Victorio & Lucchino’s 2015 collection definitely is on trend with its emphasis on the back! Stunning backlines reveal while otherwise modest lines conceal. Barcelona Bridal Week’s description said the collection is imbued with a message of love, and we couldn’t agree more. Nothing says romance like gauze, georgette, organza, Mikado silk, and soft tulle along with more than a few yards of lace!
Have a look:
What’s your favorite 2015 bridal collection?
Have you gone wedding gown shopping lately? If so, you’ve probably noticed that while the simple wedding dresses are still there there is a revolution in style underway. You have to remember that gown fashion changes slowly. Think about how long strapless dresses reigned supreme! But change is afoot in the world of wedding fashion and I, for one, am loving what I’m seeing!
Gorgeous beaded and otherwise embellished backs are suddenly all the rage. And it makes sense when you think about it. How much time might a wedding guest spend staring at a bride’s back during the ceremony or while she’s being waltzed around the dance floor? Answer: plenty!
While the traditional long line of pearl buttons will probably never go out of style, there’s nothing to say a bride can’t wish for a little flair on top of the shine! Designers like Veluz Bride are delivering in droves with lace, pearls, beading, and other tricks and treats that make bridal jewelry all nearly unnecessary.
Gorgeous, no? Think of it like a little something sweet for your wedding guests – and your wedding photographer! But p.s., I was only kidding about not needing wedding jewelry. You might choose to skip the necklace, but wedding earrings are still a must. Choose jewelry and accessories that share the same elements as your embellished back, like lace and pearls or sparkling rhinestones. Coordination is key to creating a harmonious wedding day look!