A new twist on a traditional bridal bouquet is a brooch bouquet!
Many brides are deciding to forego the traditional floral bouquet and create something unique and memorable to carry on their wedding day.
There are so many reasons that brides are opting to carry a brooch bouquet instead of a floral bouquet. One of the most popular reasons is that you dont have to worry if your flowers will last the entire wedding day!
Brooch bouquets are a great way to add sparkle to your wedding dress escpecially if your dress lacks beading, etc. and is a great way to incorporate a family heirloom. Also, they are a great way to keep and display your bridal bouquet long after your wedding day!
If you are thinking of carrying a brooch bouquet you can decide if you want to make it yourself or leave it to the experts. Keep in mind it does take a lot of time and patience to put a brooch bouquet together. These bouquets are made with about 50-85 pins and brooches and each brooch must be hand wired in order to hold up on your wedding day.
If you want to help create the bouquet I would start collecting the brooches, pins and earrings that you want to incorporate in the bouquet and let a professional put it together for you! If you are thinking about carrying a brooch bouquet we would love to hear about it!
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If you are having (or thinking of having) a winter wedding in 2012, choosing wedding colors may be a hard decision. There is no rule that your wedding colors must be red and green to have a winter wedding. There are some really beautiful color schemes for winter that may surprise you.
One of my favorite color schemes is a simple all white/ivory wedding with hints of color to pull everything together. An all white or ivory wedding can make a big statement and I love the idea of using a light blue or pink to highlight everything. You can use branches, pinecones, and ornaments (which can double as favors) as accents in your décor.
If you are a girl that loves bling then a winter wedding might be perfect for you! Crystals and gems highlighted against a white or ivory backdrop is stunning.
Another untraditional color scheme for a winter wedding is teal, brown and silver. Using all white flowers give a modern winter feeling.
Of course you can’t go wrong with using burgundy or red but that doesn’t mean your décor has to scream Christmas. Small touches of red go long way and some brides are adding black for a modern, yet romantic feel. You can even add an aqua blue color to spice it up!
Just a tip… if you are planning a 2012 winter wedding wait until January to stock up on all of the leftover Christmas decorations. It is inexpensive and if you are crafty you have plenty of time to create some wonderful centerpieces to give you a perfect Winter Wedding!
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A growing trend I absolutely love is having bridesmaids wear different dresses!
One of the most popular ways to have bridesmaids wear different dresses is for the bride to choose the fabric as well as the color and let the girls choose the shape they feel most comfortable in. This allows the bridesmaids to pick out a shape that flatters their body but still providing continuity between the girls by having them all in the same fabric and color.
Another way to make your bridesmaids wear something different is to ask your girls to pick their own bridesmaid dresses! To be honest, when I first heard about this trend I thought it would never work…..how could they choose their own dresses and still look good standing next to each other? I think the key to this is to make sure you as the bride are specific in what they can wear. Depending on the look and feel of the wedding you can decide how different you want their dresses to be.
My suggestion would be to give them an overall feeling for the wedding and what type of dresses you think will complement that style. Give the girls a certain color palette and decide how creative you want them to be. For example, ask all of your girls to pick a tea length dress in any shade of blue. Make sure you let them know what styles or colors you don’t like so they are clear on your likes and dislikes before they begin their search.
If you want them to really show their own personality and style you can give them a couple of colors that go along with the wedding and let them choose the style and look. I say this is your wedding so even though you are giving them some creativity you can be as involved as you feel necessary and ultimately make the final decision. In the end your girls will feel confident and comfortable in the dress they chose and look fabulous!
If you are thinking about asking your girls to wear different bridesmaid dresses we would love to hear about it!
Sources: www.sdweddinginsider.com, www.people.com, www.thebrideofoklahoma.com, www.ruffledblog.com, www.stylemepretty.com