Finding the Perfect Wedding JewelryIf 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? 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? 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
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.
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The Bridal Veil: Beautiful and Timeless
Earlier this week we discussed ways for the bride to style her hair for her wedding day and one of those options is to wear a veil. However, we didn't go into great detail on the reasoning or history of why brides are traditionally meant to wear a veil. Brides have been wearing veils since ancient Greek and Roman times. The veil was said to be able to protect the bride's purity - the bride being at her purest on her wedding day - from jealous spirits. At its beginnings, the veil was worn in bright reds and yellows because those were the two dominant colors that would scare away evil spirits. Then, the veil also symbolized protecting the bride's modesty from the view of the husband. In ancient times and in some cultures today, during courtship, the bride would be veiled as a way of protecting her modesty and purity. The bridal veil tends to have more particular meaning in religions, though despite the many various faiths, the meaning of the bridal veil seems to come down to the same idea: To protect or cover a woman's purity.
In today's culture the weight of that meaning is often dismissed and is instead exchanged for being a fashion accessory the bride can choose from. This isn't a cut and dry negative and neither is it entirely a positive transformation. What it does do is it give brides a lot more options. By not being limited to the symbolic nature of the bridal veil it frees the exact style or design of the veil giving brides a wide selection of veils. This does not mean that the veils beauty and meaning is completely lost, but it may mean that brides that do have the desire adhere to the traditional use and symbol of the veil will need to make the extra effort to emphasize its importance and meaning.
What to "Do": Deciding How to Style Your Hair for Your Wedding Day
One decision when planning your wedding day that usually induces high levels of stress for the bride and some possible mocking from a teasing groom or brother is how the bride wants to do her hair. Laugh if you want, but the how to style your hair on your wedding day is a pretty big deal and will effect your overall wedding look. As the bride, you will of course have the advantage of that pure happiness glow, but to pull together a beautiful look you need to pay extra attention to your hair.
First off, do you want to wear your hair up or down? Al lot of brides will try desperately to grow there hair out as long as they can for their wedding day with the intention of wearing it long beautiful locks. But if your facial features are shown off best with a shorter hairstyle you may want to forgo the push for longer lengths. A Short spunky do can be made elegant plenty easy. Regardless, if you do want to wear your hair down for your wedding we have two suggestions: Firstly, don't just wear it in a straight everyday look and secondly add some sort of hairpiece or veil. We don't suggest having your hair down and straight because it is rather casual and everyday look. Adding some soft waves or curls is a great way to add a little extra umph and elegance to your look. Also, with adding a hairpiece you will further distinguish yourself as the bride particularly from your bridesmaids. Wearing your hair up does tend to more easily give you added elegance, but, like when deciding if you should have a short or long hair cut, deciding between an up and down do will require the same facial feature considerations. Furthermore, you will still want to consider the addition of a veil, headband, tiara, or other hairpiece to mark you as queen of the day. Besides, what bride wants to turn down the opportunity for a little added sparkle?
Bridal headbands like the one featured above are what are trending right now. They are beautiful and, typically, and unobtrusive addition that highlights the bridal look without overpowering it. Typically they can be found with floral or beaded designs that can easily mesh with your gorgeous wedding dress.
The tiara is the perfect choice for brides that want to feel like a princess on their wedding day (or are a self proclaimed princess everyday). They work great with up do's and can be as queenly or as subtle as you want to take it. Overall, the bridal tiara would be the crowning jewel to your bridal look.
The bridal veil is probably the most traditional bridal accessory you could choose, but they still come in all shapes and sizes. The one above is a particularly dramatic undertaking, but if grand entrances are your thing, this veil will definitely help make that happen. If you want a veil, but want something a little less, then try something like our "Scalloped Lace Border Veil". This veil has a particularly traditional look and is undeniably beautiful. Either veil will enhance and act as a soft framing of you on your wedding day.