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How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress: Part II

Choosing the Perfect Wedding Dress

In part of our choosing the perfect wedding dress series, we gave you some ideas to take into account your body shape and those areas you want to conceal in order to make your body look much better. Now, let’s continue with more useful tips and make sure you remember them when choosing your wedding dress so you take the best out of your figure! Perfect Wedding Dress Photo by: The Long Hau
If you are tall, try a dress with lace or any other decoration to give the dress dimension. If, in addition, you are thin, you can let yourself be free to try a variety of gowns to see what feels the best on you. If you are blessed with curves, choose a dress fitted at the waist and that has minimal decorations on the hip or chest. Go for lightweight fabrics that fit well and flow freely. If you have a pear body shape (small waistline with curvy hips), try a dress fitted at the top and then have volume flowing down. This will make your torso and neckline to look tight and draw attention to enhance the upper part of your figure. If you love your back and want to show it off, look for an open back with a deep cut to the lower back. These designs look amazing if you have a curved back. Now, finding the perfect wedding dress is essential; however, it is also important to consider other elements that will not only complement but also reflect the bride’s personality on her whole look. Now that you selected the best fit for your body, you need to decide which accessories you will wear to make your outfit perfect. Concentrate, be calm and think which accessories you want to wear to match your dress and not look too charged. There are jewelry, tiaras, veils, gloves, hair accessories, purses and much more accessories to choose from and the decision should be based on the style of the bride, the weather/location and the dress. Something else you should consider is the design and the color of the dress. Therefore, the accessories will combine with it instead of standing out and discredit the dress. Finally, it is vital to pay special attention to the shoes. Remember you will be standing for many hours plus the dancing and greeting and your feet will definitely appreciate comfortable shoes. Look for elegant, beautiful and comfy shoes. Make sure to choose your size and a height you can handle. Also remember that many brides opt for two pairs of shoes; one to show for photos and for the ceremony, and another for an outdoor photo session and reception dancing. Overall, choosing the perfect wedding dress will have a huge impact on your big day. The more beautiful you look, the more beautiful you will feel.
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How to Choose the Rings

Do you know what details you should consider when choosing your wedding rings?

Photography by: This Love of Yours   http://www.stylemepretty.com/2015/05/16/23-vintage-inspired-engagement-rings/

Photography by: This Love of Yours
http://www.stylemepretty.com/2015/05/16/23-vintage-inspired-engagement-rings/

It is not only the budget you have available for the engagement and marriage rings, it is also vital to know the characteristics that make on ring more valuable than another and there is, of course, the sentimental side.

There are some aspects you should know before buying the rings, we have listed them for you below:

  • Before starting the search, you must definitely define your budget. Usually, it is the groom who takes the lead because, by tradition, he will buy the engagement ring. However, some couples decide to buy all the rings together so they must discuss how much money they may spend.
  • Visit different jewelers to get an idea of the current price ranges, characteristics and other details such as reservation, installment payments, custom fit, initial engraving and discounts.
  • Some jewelry shops offer a package that includes the engagement ring plus the wedding rings, so you have a clearer idea on how much you may spend.
  • Do not confuse the carat of the stone with the carat of the gold. The carat in stones refers to the mass of the stone while for gold it refers to the fineness of it.
  • There are a variety of stones that can be used for wedding rings and its value is priced according to their size, color and the less amount of imperfections.
  • Besides yellow and white gold, there are also rings made of platinum; however, due to its high cost, fewer jewelers provide them.
  • When choosing, it is vital to take into account the taste and personality of the bride. The groom should know if she prefers yellow or white gold, flashy or discreet, modern or classic. If chosen correctly, the bride will wear it proudly as a symbol of the love union.
Photography by André Teixeira, Brancoprata.  http://www.stylemepretty.com/2015/05/16/23-vintage-inspired-engagement-rings/

Photography by André Teixeira, Brancoprata.
http://www.stylemepretty.com/2015/05/16/23-vintage-inspired-engagement-rings/

You may also take into account the new tendencies:streaming Rings film

  • White gold is currently the most popular.
  • Brides are looking for rings that do not have a lot of stones around the main one.
  • Most women are interested in single rings with small stones so they don’t risk to hit it or stay hooked in their clothes.
  • Sapphire rings such as the ones worn by Princess Diana and Kate Middleton are in vogue now.

 

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Finding the Perfect Wedding Jewelry

 Finding the Perfect Wedding Jewelry

Wedding Look If you look at the dress in the photo above, it's flowing style works great for the boho, whimsy look that the bride went with. But if she had worn her hair up or neatly curled with a small gem clip, and instead wore a a pearl necklace, the dress would still look gorgeous and a new look would be created. A wedding dress can be seen as a bit of a blank slate. Lace and beads does not require a traditional bridal look (though it also doesn't hurt it). It is instead the wedding jewelry and headpieces (along with her hair) that creates this boho style. There will always be exceptions like how a large poofy ballroom style dress doesn't exactly scream whimsy, but what your wedding look really comes down to is your chosen wedding jewelry and accessories.

Some things to consider when picking out your wedding jewelry:

1)What is your Look? Are you going for complete elegance, light whimsy, or summer causal? Wedding Jewelry It is a given that as you create your wedding look you will need to make sure each of the pieces work together, but there may be those moments when you find a drop dead gorgeous set of earrings that you feel you just must have, but the large white diamond look just doesn't mesh with the more naturalistic or Boho look of your beaded headband. This is a more exaggerated example, but the point should be clear: beautiful doesn't mean it is perfect for your chosen look. 2) What is your budget? Bold Wedding Jewlery As you piece together your look, you will want to decide how much money you are willing to pay for what. Basically, you need to prioritize. There are going to be those have to items that you will not want to compromise on, and then there are going to be those items that you want to be a have to, but are not really necessary. That is the trouble with shopping for wedding jewelry; everything is just so pretty. If you are having trouble deciding between getting the perfect bridal necklace and bracelet, flip a coin. I am being serious. There is this quote, "When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin. It works not because it settles the question for you, but because in that brief moment when the coin is in the air you suddenly know what you are hoping for", and with that, you can separate those musts and the not-so-much-musts. If you are creating a more dramatic look, you will want to prioritize your budget on items that establish that look quickly. Look at the bride pictured above. Which jewelry accessories immediately establish her look? That is probably the best way to prioritize your budget. The biggest bang for your buck! 3) Something old, new, borrowed, blue

Something Blue Wedding Jewelry Wedding jewelry is a great place to add some sentiment. A lot of brides like to include the old, new, borrowed, and blue wedding traditions and jewelry is an easy avenue of upholding that tradition because it can fit into any of the four categories. So as you select your earrings, necklaces, and bracelets, take a moment to see if you can create the wedding look you want while using items that work within this tradition.

Share with us your wedding look! What are you doing to create your perfect style?

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Preparations for a Perfect Bridal Headpiece

Tips for a Balanced and Beautiful Bridal Headpiece

Bridal Headpiece

While veils are a wedding accessory staple that will surely last another century in the wedding world, the bridal headpiece is a looser term that is gaining traction among fashion-forward brides looking to make a statement. Whether it's a hat, comb, tiara, or flower, a bridal headpiece is a beautiful and stylish way to engage your inner fashionista as you walk down the aisle. Consider a bridal hair accessory to replace or supplement your traditional (or nontraditional!) veil, and you'll turn heads for more than just arriving when the music starts at the ceremony. Your bridal headpiece should reflect your personality and your creativity, just as the rest of your look does. Be sure, however, that you don't overpower the rest of your outfit. The right bridal headpiece, like anything else on your person the day of the wedding, is a part of a whole. Be sure to discuss your bridal headpiece look with your hair stylist well before the big day, and do at least one trial with the actual bridal headpiece. Don't spring this new accessory on your stylist the day-of! A bridal hair accessory is a part of your hair style, not just an addition, and your stylist will need the time and tools to make it look just right!
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A Subtle and Classy Bridal Bracelet for the Big Day

A Bridal Bracelet for Posterity

Bridal Bracelet

Though many brides spend months compiling their outfits and accessories for their big day, the entity that is the bridal bracelet is often ignored. A bridal bracelet makes a wonderful addition to any bride’s wedding attire, and they’re often striking and inexpensive while still maintaining the classy composure that a bride expects of her wedding jewelry. The right bridal bracelet will add to your outfit without distracting from it, and it makes a wonderful keepsake after the fact that you can pass down for generations to come. While styles in dresses, earrings, and even necklaces may come and go, a simple and beautiful bridal bracelet will likely stay in style for years to come. Finding this magical bridal bracelet is easier than you think, and finding pieces to compliment your color scheme is even easier. The most common color and material combos for the right bridal bracelet are white and silver, be it in pearls, rhinestones, or clasps, and combinations of these things will always produce a memorable but subtle bridal bracelet. Consider a bridal bracelet that will stick with your throughout the day, but will be easy to remove if you need to. A Tiffany’s-style clasp is ideal for this, and most conformers to the typical bridal bracelet style are equipped with it.
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The Dos and Don'ts of a Crystal Bridal Comb

Doing Up Your Up-Do with a Crystal Bridal Comb

Crystal Bridal Comb

Bridal combs are becoming the final word in bridal hair fashion, and there's no doubt as to why. Subtle, flirty, and striking, bridal combs are the perfect way to keep up your up-do and compliment your outfit flawlessly. The material most commonly associated with bridal combs is crystal, and with good reason. A crystal bridal comb can be arranged in any manner of styles and compilations, and they range from barely noticeable to absolutely blingtastic. While it's fun to style and arrange your own crystal bridal comb, it's much more practical to purchase a pre-arranged one. The number and styles that you can find a crystal bridal comb is is unmatched now more than ever.   Once you're found the right crystal bridal comb for you, it's important to take it to the salon with you when you get your hair trial done. Even if you have a comparable (but less expensive) crystal bridal comb with you, differences in weight and look could alter the way your hair looks the day-of. If you have the chance, wear your crystal bridal comb around to try out the feel and weight of it before you get it all done up. You'll also want to ask your stylist how to fix your veil if it becomes detached from your crystal bridal comb.
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The Wonders of a Wedding Jewelry Box

Giving and Keeping a Wedding Jewelry Box

Wedding Jewelry Box

  If there’s one set of accessories that’s almost entirely inseparable from the wedding experience it’s jewelry. Brides sometimes spend months picking out the perfect set of earrings or the right necklace, and bridesmaids often find themselves sporting matching charms or other sparkling accessory as their gift from the couple. One part of this blinged-out wedding staple that is largely ignored is probably one of the most important missed considerations in the wedding jewelry-buying process: a good wedding jewelry box. Not only does a wedding jewelry box make a great gift (especially personalized), it carries with it the important task of storing and preserving your wedding jewelry. Think about finding a wedding jewelry box specifically for the jewelry you will wear on your wedding day. It guarantees that the jewelry won’t be misplaced, and it serves as a wonderful storage facility between now and when you show (or gift) it to posterity! A wedding jewelry box is also a wonderful gift for your bridesmaids or flower girl. It isn’t as breakable or specific-to-style as jewelry itself and it’s guaranteed to have a long-lasting useful purpose after the wedding day! A wedding jewelry box most definitely has its place in your wedding!
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Preparing Your Princess Bridal Tiara

A Princess Bridal Tiara for the Royal Within

Princess Bridal Tiara

Many little girls grow up wishing to one day wear a real princess bridal tiara. Lucky for us, there’s an industry for that. It’s so easy to find a princess bridal tiara that not only fits your head and style, but your budget as well. A princess bridal tiara is characterized by its prevalence of bling, it’s distinct crown shape, and the attitude worn beneath it. Any tiara becomes a princess bridal tiara if you wear the pride and confidence of a true royal on your wedding day. A princess bridal tiara doesn’t have to be big and flashy, either. A simple crown of beads or gems can really help you stand out on your wedding day.   Make sure to bring your princess bridal tiara to all of your hair appointments and consultations. Have your stylist show you how to arrange or fix your princess bridal tiara throughout the night if it comes askew or loose. As your veil is likely to attach to your princess bridal tiara, make sure your maid of honor knows how to detach and keep it safe throughout the reception.   Don’t be shy about asking for and finding the perfect princess bridal tiara. Every girl deserves to wear one if she wants to, and your wedding is the perfect opportunity to give it a try. Who knows, if you like your princess bridal tiara enough, it might be difficult to get you to take it off.
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Complimenting a Bridal Toe Ring

Fabrics and Venues that work with a Bridal Toe Ring

Bridal Toe Ring

  A bridal toe ring is a fun and flirty piece of jewelry that you can wear on your wedding day that will add a subtle sparkle to your look. A bridal toe ring is a popular piece of sparkling jewelry for beach (or just barefoot!) brides, as it adds some flair and class to otherwise bare (though probably pedicured) feet. If you’re planning on rocking bare feet for your wedding day, you won’t just need a bridal toe ring to make your look come together in a fancy free fashion – your dress choice is just as (if not more) important. Compliment your bridal toe ring with one of two of our favorite barefoot dress options: Flowing Free
A long, flowing, airy material is a must for barefoot brides who love a good bridal toe ring. This dress option will fit your venue (a beach, garden, etc) better than a heavier ball gown. If you want to look casual enough for a bridal toe ring, yet still feminine and bridal, stick to something long and sheer.   Short and Sweet
The other gown that perfectly complements a bridal toe ring is something short and cute. Hippie brides and brides of the beach will love a tea-length cotton dress of any style. Again, like with the longer gown, you want to avoid heavy materials and excessive beading. You want your gown to work with your bridal toe ring, just like you want your bridal toe ring to work with you!
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Consider the Cathedral Veil

A Cathedral Veil for Style and Drama

Cathedral Veil

  Your veil length is probably not the first thing you consider when you’re picking out the perfect wedding gown. Though the salon may supply you with a “sample veil” as you try on dress after dress (to feel the full effect of your wedding “look”), they won’t usually whip out a cathedral veil for your viewing pleasure. The right cathedral veil, however, could be just the touch you need for your complete wedding outfit. A cathedral veil lends a dramatic look to your gown and many sweep the floor for a royal touch as you walk down the aisle. Cathedral veils don’t have to be expensive and ridiculous, either. The right cathedral veil is very reasonable and lends just the right amount of class to any wedding. You might think to limit your use of a cathedral veil to indoor weddings, however, as no one likes dirt and grass stains on their white wedding gear. So if you’re having an outdoor wedding, leave the cathedral veil for those with a taste for polished wood flooring.   There are ways to pin and protect a cathedral veil after your walk down the aisle – make sure to ask your hair stylist to show you tips for securing and pinning it without her supervision.
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Stay True with a Simple Bridal Necklace

A Simple Bridal Necklace for your Wedding

Simple Bridal Necklace

When you’re preparing just the right accessories for your wedding day look, it’s important to find little things that won’t distract from one another. If you’re wearing an ornate wedding gown, pairing it with a bridal necklace that has too much going on will make your whole look feel a little busy. A simple bridal necklace will make you sparkle without overdoing it. Also, try not to layer too many pieces; a simple bridal necklace and a pair of matching or complimentary earrings should do just fine. Don’t think that more accessories equal more impressive and beautiful. True style is knowing when to quit (the same goes for makeup!) Your simple bridal necklace should reflect your personal style. Don’t think that you have to change everything about the way you dress just for your wedding day. If you’re an easy-to-please laid-back bride, don’t feel that you HAVE to go for the layered cupcake princess look just for your wedding day. You should be comfortable in your own skin as you walk down the aisle – which is why a simple bridal necklace is perfect for every bride. Even brides who normally wear a lot of bling can appreciate the subtle sparkle of a simple bridal necklace. When selecting your accessories for the big day (including your simple bridal necklace), remember to be true to your style. After all, don’t you want to be able to recognize yourself in wedding photos?
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Colorful, Beautiful Bridal Hair Pins

Bridal Hair Pins for the Formal and Casual

Bridal Hair Pins

For the bride looking to adorn her do without all the fancy white fluff of a veil or tiara, bridal hair pins might just be you. Usually more casual than their beaded and bedazzled cousins (but not necessarily!), bridal hair pins are an excellent opportunity to accent your stellar look on your big day. Bridal hair pins come in all shapes and sizes, and you’re almost guaranteed to find one that fits your unique look.   So what can you expect from bridal hair pins? Often adorned with feathers, fabric, tulle, and/or flowers, bridal hair pins are a colorful and fun way to wear something in your hair without needing a separate truck for your look. Bridal hair pins are simple and emphatic, and they’ll fit right in in a church, a backyard, a beach, of even at events before and after your wedding. Consider bridal hair pins that fit your style and/or your bridal colors. With sets of bridal hair pins, think about selecting matching pieces for your maids and a more ornate piece for yourself (imagine four white fabric flowers in the hair of your maids and an identical one in your do, plus a peacock feather accent!).  Bridal hair pins are a simple, colorful way to add to your look without subtracting from your budget.
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