The groom has it easy. He need only try on a tuxedo and a cummerbund and he's done. But not the bride! She has to find a dress and dozens of essential accessories. It's an oxymoron, we know... but not at a wedding. At a wedding, decoration takes center stage. In this article, we will review a few of the most popular bridal accessories.
Western women aren't big on veils. In fact, there are really only two occasions they might wear them. One is at a funeral and the other is on her wedding day. Easily the most popular bridal accessory, choosing a veil these days can be complicated.
Most wedding veils are still made from tulle, but silk, satin and lace are increasingly popular options. Because casual ceremonies are all the rage, many modern brides are opting for shorter, more stylish veils that are made from the aforementioned materials.
Like any accessory, the veil should complement the dress, not overshadow it. It need not even match the dress. Many brides choose veils that are a few shades lighter or darker than their dresses. But even the most audacious keep it the same color. Otherwise, it may detract from the dress.
After the shoes, the veil is often the most expensive bridal accessory. As you might imagine, the priciest veils are the longer ones that have more than one layer. That may be why many modern brides are choosing shorter veils, like the blusher, which only has one layer and starts at about fifty dollars.
Most brides-to-be shop for their shoes and gowns at the same time. Since there are more than eighty major shades of white, this can be a challenging proposition. The easiest and most reliable way to find a perfect color match is to use the same fabric. Bridal salons also offer dyeable shoes that can be professionally dyed to match the color of the wedding gown.
Even at the most formal weddings, comfort should be a consideration. Remember, you will be wearing these shoes all day. You will have to stand in them, walk in them, and even dance in them. Therefore, your wedding shoes should be comfortable and versatile.
Informal styles like sandals and flats are popular for outdoor affairs, while heels reign supreme at indoor ceremonies. A word of warning on heels: only choose a pair that you have walked in before. If you have never worn high heels before, your wedding day is not the time to start. These shoes can be quite awkward, even painful for the uninitiated. And you don't want to spend the first two days of your honeymoon icing your feet.
The Bridal Bouquet> The bridal bouquet has a number of responsibilities on the wedding day. First, it accompanies the bride down the aisle. During the ceremony, it is often entrusted to the maid of honor. Finally, the bouquet is thrown by the new bride to a group of single women. The girl who catches the it is said to be the next to marry.
How is a bridal bouquet selected? There are several ways. Most brides-to-be choose flowers that match the color or the style of their dresses. Some choose flowers that jibe with the wedding theme or color. And others simply select a bouquet that includes their favorite flowers. Let us take a moment to review the most popular bouquet styles.
Sometimes called a round cluster bouquet, the nosegay is the most popular bouquet. Florists recommend flowers with full blossoms, like roses, for the nosegay.
For more formal weddings, many brides-to-be choose a cascading bouquet composed of lilies or orchids. These bouquets are perfect for longer, floor-length dresses with trains and elaborate veils.
A common choice for brides at more informal weddings, the loose-tie bouquet includes flowers with long stems that are tied together with a single ribbon. Tulips, sunflowers, and calla lilies are popular choices for loose-tie bouquets.
A Single Flower
A modern twist on the bridal bouquet tradition is to use a single flower instead of a full bouquet. Brides almost always choose larger flowers if they are only bringing one down the aisle. Flowers that bloom in large sizes include lilies, sunflowers, gardenias and birds of paradise.
Every woman deserves to be treated like a princess on her wedding day, which is why many girls wear bridal headpieces. A headpiece can range from a decorative flower comb to a full tiara. Headbands, wreathes and hair jewelry are also available.
When choosing a headpiece, it is important to consider your hairstyle. Certain headpieces simply will not work if you choose to wear your hair down. For example, a full tiara looks best when the bride-to-be wears her hair in an up do. But whichever headpiece you choose, make certain it does not overshadow the veil, which is obviously a more important accessory.
The right accessories can add the finishing touches to your bridal look. Find your perfect pieces now!