The wedding garter is a key component of a bride’s wedding day attire, Hidden underneath her gown, waiting for the groom to retrieve it and toss to all the single men at the reception. The garter toss is an integral part of the wedding day, However, many women partake in this old wedding tradition without really understanding its history and meaning. With so many varieties, styles and colors, you’ll want to make sure you select an appropriate one for your wedding. We’re here to tell you everything you need to know about the wedding garter so you can choose the right one for your big day.
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Now that you've found your gown, the next step is choosing the finishing touches.
Once you have chosen your dress you may still want the dress to be the star of the show, but the right accessories can elevate your look and add personality & flare.
There are so many options that when brides begin to think about accessorizing they become dizzy with the amount of choices.
Before you buy your cute shoes, and fun accessories, read our top rules for accessorizing your wedding dress.
1. Match Your Metals
When it comes to metals some metals do look better with certain dress colors.
What we have found appeals best to the eye is ivory pairs best with gold since it highlights the creamy tint of the fabric, white-white dresses pair best with choose accents in silver or platinum or with pearl detailing—gold may clash with brighter white hues. If the dress you chose is already embellished with beadwork, let that dictate the colors of your accessories you wear. For example, if your gown has silver beading, pick a necklace, bracelet or earrings with a silver base.
2. Less is More
You don't need a veil, tiara, earrings, necklace and a sash. Accessories add a unique touch to your look, but even one too many can be over the top with an already-embellished gown. Before you start accessorizing your wedding dress, make a list of what stands out to you most about the gown. Then base your choices around those items.
If your dress has an ornate neckline, opt for a pair of drop earrings instead of a necklace (that might look too busy). For a gown with a simpler style, try a bold statement necklace or a fascinator. When it comes to earrings, take a cue from your hairstyle. If you're leaving your hair down and over your ears, small studs or drops will do. But for an updo, you might want something a little more dramatic, like a pair of chandelier dangle earrings.
It's always a good idea to avoid designs that closely mimic the embellishments on your gown—you don't want to look too matchy-matchy.
3. Veil Lengths Matter
When you think of a bride you automatically think of a veil. That is because a veil is an iconic bridal accessory. From flirty birdcages and ornate mantillas to regal cathedral-length styles, there's no shortage of options. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind as you narrow down the type of veil you plan to wear:
4. The Cherry on Top
Veils not really your thing? That's okay, there are other hair accessories from hair combs to fascinators, there are plenty of other ways to top off your look. Choose your hairstyle before you pick your accessory, since some types will look better with updos than others. A flower crown, for example, is best with loose locks. You should also consider your hair type—dainty accessories may be perfect for fine hair, but won't be as noticeable in thick waves. Most importantly, make sure whatever you pick feels secure while you're moving around.
5. Think Outside of the Box
Looking for a super-simple way to add a bit of personality! Add a belt or sash. Just because your dress doesn't come with one, doesn't mean it won't look great! Whether you go with a classic satin sash or a metallic leather belt, it'll give your dress an instant upgrade. The key to choosing the right waist-cincher is to find one that works with your body type. Thin belts are best suited to short torsos, while wider belts work well with longer ones. If you're an apple shape, think about a beaded or heavily embellished belt to flatter your midsection. If you're petite, a belt with V-shape appliqué will elongate your body. As a general rule, stick with a style that's no more than three-inches wide—you don't want to overpower the rest of your gown.
No outfit is complete without the perfect pair of shoes—and your wedding day look is no exception. Of course you'll want a killer pair to go with that gorgeous dress, but that doesn't mean you have to compromise on comfort. Don't forget: You'll be standing for long periods of time, and you don't want to be cringing in pain before you've even hit the dance floor. While shopping, consider the height of the heel (obviously the taller you go, the higher the pain potential), the type of straps and the material. Your feet need to be well supported (think: ankle and toe straps over slip-ons) to avoid instability. Look for high-quality natural materials. They're infinitely more comfortable than synthetic ones and are also a lot more durable, meaning you'll be able to wear them again.
For the best fit, go shopping at the end of the day, when your feet are swollen from activity, and give yourself plenty of time to break in your new kicks before the wedding. Wear them around the house a couple weeks prior to the day, noting any areas that are prone to blisters. To make your shoes more comfortable, consider buying moleskin, heel grips, strap stickers or gel insoles designed specifically for heels. Shoes too strappy to conceal an insole or grip? Pick up a spray, wax or cream that protects against friction or provides anti-inflammatory pain relief to keep your feet happy.
7. Cover Up
A stylish cover-up is a must if you're getting married during the cooler months or at a house of worship that requires you to cover your shoulders. From boleros to capelets and fur stoles, the options are endless. The key is to choose one that strikes the perfect balance with your gown. Simple, understated styles can be paired with more embellished cover-ups, like a beaded capelet with scalloped edges or a bold sequined or feather bolero for added personality. For already ornate gowns, try a more minimal accent to avoid looking too over the top. A delicate lace jacket, sheer tulle cape or a chiffon wrap will keep you warm without competing with your gown. Another option? A classic cardigan, the perfect complement to a rustic or more laid-back affair.
Sweetheart or strapless: For something a little different, skip the necklace and focus on an elegant pair of chandelier earrings instead. Wear clear crystal for a sleek look, or add punch with a hint of color. Try using a meaningful gem, like your birthstone, or pick a hue from the flowers in your bridal bouquet. If you're going for a flirty, fresh look, include two or three small fresh or silk flowers in your hair to add a soft, organic feel. Vintage elegance more your style? Pay homage to the past with an art-deco-style bracelet or some roaring twenties–inspired feather barrettes.
V-neck: Whether you opt for a pendant or choker, this style begs for a little décolletage decoration. A thin chain with a simple pendant, like a locket, is an elegant way to accessorize, while pearls (single- or double-stranded) are always a classic choice. If you're going for a more decadent look, a crystal choker or statement necklace with matching earrings could be the perfect combo.
Halter or reverse halter: For this shoulder-baring style, skip the necklace and focus on dressing up your tresses. Headbands are a great way to add panache to your wedding updo, be it a sleek bun or loose ponytail. But if headbands aren't quite your style, try adding some sparkle to your hair with intricate crystal hairpins. If you've got a curly mane, five to seven hairpins is the perfect number, while brides with thinner locks (or shorter hair) need fewer—just two or three pins will do the trick.
9. Stick to What You Know & Love
Although it's a special day, don't stray too far from your normal style. If you rarely wear jewels, there's no need to drown yourself in diamonds on your wedding day. The goal is to look like the best, most beautiful version of your regular self. Your future husband, loves you regardless of how you accessorize for your wedding day.
10. Have FUN!
Wedding planning can be stressful. We know you are trying to nail every detail for your special day, but have fun! We would love to help you find your accessories for your wedding day! Call us today 480.926.9106!
There are a lot of very exciting wedding dress trends for brides-to-be this year!
From sleeves of every shape and size to a romantic twist on classic styles, with sheer and sparkle reigning supreme the wedding dress collections provided a seriously feminine and romantic look for winter brides. From capes, to feathers and even off-the-shoulder gowns. Not only is there fun textural elements this year we are going to see the out of the box, unique bride use never seen before seen colors, dark reds to pale blues and even black (yes, really) for their complete bridal look.
Check out the 2018 Wedding Gown Trends of 2018 below!
The Pantone color of the year has been revealed!
Last year's colour of the year was Greenery and we saw an influx of brides opting for green decor within tablescapes, installations and bouquets.
2018 is all about Ultra Violet purple.
So expect to see plenty of purple floral inspiration, as well as invites and table decor; like napkins and plates, plus new-age additional like crystals and agate coasters used as name places. Plus who doesn't love formal gowns in Ultra Violet??
It also makes the perfect partner to gold accents to luxe up any Ultra Violet styled look.
5 Holiday Gift Ideas for Newlyweds
Guest Blogger: Aimee Lyons (DIYDarlin.com)
Every memory is extra special during that first year as a newlywed. From first homes to first holidays, this couple is shaping and framing a whole new set of traditions — and none more prominent than their first holiday as Mr. and Mrs.
Do you want to make their first married holiday something really special? Perhaps you’re stumped for something they could really use — their house is now overflowing with appliances, dinnerware and linens from their wedding. Here is a list of holiday gift ideas just for newlyweds, ones that celebrate their first holiday in wedded bliss.
1. Monogrammed Decor
It’s always fun and exciting to decorate a new home, especially if you have a new name or a growing family. Imagine their excitement unwrapping beautiful, one-of-a-kind gifts custom-designed for their new adventure. You can head to your local crafts store to put together wall art with their initials or take some elegant pillow shams or high thread count towels to a tailor to have them embroidered. If you’re in a pinch for ideas, Etsy.com has hundreds of handmade newlywed gifts to choose from. Your local farmer’s markets and artisan stores will likely have special, unique styles and designs, as well.
2. Frames for Wedding Photos or Memories
Science has proven that looking through vacation pictures or happy, special moments can improve mood, providing powerful positive emotions. While the first year of wedded bliss is one of excitement, it can also be stressful — combining furniture, adjusting schedules, sharing the remote. Help your newlyweds get that burst of happiness with pictures frames for their wedding and honeymoon photos.
3. Classes Together
Nothing says newlywed paradise quite like growing and playing together. You can expand their horizons, while also helping them make lasting memories and learn new skills by signing them up for fun and exciting classes. Want to ensure they get to nosh on delectable home-cooked meals? Sign them up for a culinary class. Are these newlyweds super creative but super busy? You can even get them online music lessons that they can take at their own pace in their own time. Check out EquipBoard for a list of websites that offer the best online guitar lessons.
4. Custom Holiday Decor
Melt hearts and make memories with custom holiday decor. One of the most popular ideas includes Christmas tree ornaments with a wedding photo or engraved with their names. For a Jewish couple you can give them a beautiful Star of David wreath with their last name to hang on their front door during Hanukkah. For couples who celebrate winter solstice, you can purchase scented candles with custom-designed labels.
Gift this Wreath on Etsy
5. Leftover or Current Registry Gifts
Not every couple is moved by sentimental gifts. For the more practical newlyweds, you can take a look at their wedding registry and see what items weren’t purchased. Is that Kitchen-Aid mixer still on the shelf? Snag it! You can also look at items they did get and see if there are any fun accessories that can go along with it. Take the mixer, for example. From spiralizers to blades, you can purchase multiple kinds of mixer attachments that extend its abilities.
Sometimes gift giving can be complicated, especially when your list is long or filled with people who have unusual or rare tastes. Newlyweds present a different challenge — they’ve recently received a bunch of gifts, probably taken a trip or are planning one and have a ton of stuff going on in their lives. Picking a gift that takes them back to the magic of their wedding day or sparks excitement for their special day is a fantastic gift that truly celebrates their future.
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