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Choosing a Wedding Bouquet: How to Pick Your Perfect Bridal Flowers

Today we’ll go over choosing a wedding bouquet that perfectly matches your wedding dress, figure and style. Follow these suggestions and guidelines to pick the most perfect bridal bouquet ever!

Classic glam floral design in white and blush. Photography: Jose Villa.

Classic glam floral design in white and blush. Photography: Jose Villa.

Choosing a wedding bouquet is not just about picking your favorite flowers. It’s about matching it to your wedding dress, your style and even about complementing your figure!

So, if you are in the process of picking a wedding bouquet, read on. These tips will make choosing your perfect bridal flowers so much easier.

How To Pick The Perfect Bridal Bouquet For Your Figure

First, let’s cover how to choose a wedding bouquet that complements your height and body type. This is the first thing you need to pay attention to. Yes, even more than color, flower type or bouquet style.

Related: Bridal Bouquets without Flowers: Unique and Stylish for the Non-Traditional Bride

A petite bride will look much better with a small and round flower bouquet like a posy o nosegay that a presentation bouquet. The flowers should not cover or overpower the bride. Now, if you are petite and still dying to carry a cascade bridal bouquet, go for a smaller version of it, the teardrop bouquet. You can opt for short-stemmed flowers or cutting the stems shorter for the petite bridal floral design.

On the other hand, a tall bride can go for a more voluminous or longer bouquet that will still show off her figure without minimizing its own importance.



Full figured brides, just like their taller counterpart, can flaunt sizable flower arrangements while leaner brides should go for a narrower and lengthier bouquet. Play with the length of the stems and ribbons if you prefer a more manageable bunch of flowers. But always keep in mind that you shouldn’t be hiding behind a flower jungle.

Ultra violet cascading bridal bouquet.

Ultra violet cascading bridal bouquet.

Choosing a wedding bouquet. Long or short.

Choosing a wedding bouquet. Long or short.

Choosing A Wedding Bouquet That Matches Your Dress

Now that you know what type of bridal floral design will make you look your best, let’s move onto the dress. Choosing a wedding bouquet that matches and highlights the dress is of utmost importance.

There are two characteristics of your dress that will dictate which floral bouquet is best.

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First, the wedding dress style. An elaborate dress will call for a more simple and subdued wedding bouquet. On the other hand, a simple dress can be complemented with a traditional bridal bouquet or with a single flower to emphasize the bride’s minimalistic style.

Second, the shape of the skirt can help. For puffed up skirts like ballgown or princess-cut dresses, elongated bouquets will look best. If your skirt is straight, choose a bouquet that is more rounded in shape.

Eucalyptus, thistles and berries will give a touch of originality to the wedding bouquet.

Eucalyptus, thistles and berries will give a touch of originality to the wedding bouquet.

Add some sage leaves for good luck to this short stemmed blush pink bridal bouquet.

Add some sage leaves for good luck to this short stemmed blush pink bridal bouquet.

Gorgeous fall wedding bouquet with anemones and ranunculus.

Gorgeous fall wedding bouquet with anemones and ranunculus.

King protea and eucalyptus for a bouquet that will definitely leave an impression.

King protea and eucalyptus for a bouquet that will definitely leave an impression.




How To Choose A Wedding Bouquet That Fits Your Style

Your bridal bouquet is, after all, an accessory. And as such, it must match your style. Which one will it be? An overflowing, colorful crescent arrangement bursting with flowers? Or a simple and traditional white flower long stemmed posy bouquet?

  • If bling is more your thing, a bridal bouquet with brooches, “jewel style” is very becoming. These beautiful arrangements made with pins, pearls and even rhinestones, do not need refrigeration or to be delivered the day of. But of course, watch out! Do not toss it!
  • For the boho or ecologically-minded bride, a gorgeous and budget-friendly wild flower bouquet is on fleek. Another option is a single flower that is considerable in size, like a sunflower or a King Protea.
  • A lavender bouquet is ideal for bohemian chic brides. And for those who are planning on wearing a simple boho dress, consider a bouquet with strong and contrasting colors to highlight your look on the way to your “I do”.
  • Vintage or urban brides can sport a glorious composite-bouquet with pastel toned roses and peonies or a romantic ballerina bouquet.
  • If you are looking for an naive and ethereal feel that won’t break the bank, a baby’s breath arrangement will hit the spot and will be light and easy to carry. A bouquet of red roses is perfect for the passionate romantic bride.
White hand-tied bouquet. Simple, modern and minimalistic.

White hand-tied bouquet. Simple, modern and minimalistic.

Summery flower arrangement. Photography: Leila Brewster. Floral Design: Hana Floral Design.

Summery flower arrangement. Photography: Leila Brewster. Floral Design: Hana Floral Design.

Impressive pink and greenery cascading bouquet for a very tall bride by L.B. Floral. Photography: jo photo online.

Impressive pink and greenery cascading bouquet for a very tall bride by L.B. Floral. Photography: jo photo online.

Should your bridesmaids carry the same bouquet as the bride? Of course they can! Just a smaller version of it.

Should your bridesmaids carry the same bouquet as the bride? Of course they can! Just a smaller version of it.

The possibilities are truly endless when it comes down to bridal flowers. Go for the one that will reflect your personality and style to a T.

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Why Do Brides Carry Flowers At Weddings?

Each country has different bridal bouquet traditions. Some say that it has to be a gift given to the bride by the groom, others that the bride must toss the bouquet amongst single women so whoever catches it will be the next one to get married. The new trend is to take it home as a memento of their wedding day. Enough tossing!

But the true origin of the wedding bouquet dates back to centuries ago when the bride carried twigs and some herbs to scare off evil spirits. Basically, the evil eye. So if you believe in this tradition, add a few sage leaves to your bridal bouquet!

Moody colors on a super pretty tussy mussy wedding bouquet.

Moody colors on a super pretty tussy mussy wedding bouquet.

Adorable and unstructured posy bouquet. 2018 wedding trends.

Adorable and unstructured posy bouquet. 2018 wedding trends.

Love this crescent bouquet with moody colors, very 2018.

Love this crescent bouquet with moody colors, very 2018.

Gorgeous wedding bouquet ideas for winter that will inspire you.

Gorgeous wedding bouquet ideas for winter that will inspire you.

Must Read Tips When Choosing A Wedding Bouquet

The following tips are a must to consider when choosing a wedding bouquet.

  • First, if your bridal bouquet is made out of fresh flowers, you have to have a reliable supplier who will deliver it the day of. Your bridal arrangement has to look fresh and beautiful.
  • Also, take into account the weight of the bouquet. If you are not used to carrying a lot of weight or you are fidgety, choose a lighter and easy to carry wedding bouquet.
  • You may not be allergic to your flowers but make sure that your boyfriend isn’t either. Nothing worse than teary wedding photos and a miserable time because of a bridal bouquet.
  • Seasonality can also influence the choice of your bridal bouquet’s flowers. Many greenhouses can supply you with your favorite flowers throughout the year, but if you want to save a little you go for flowers that are in season.
Take a look at this super cool wedding idea with garden roses, peonies and pink ribbons for the floral design. Rancho Las Lomas. Image by Ashley Kelemen Photography.

Take a look at this super cool wedding idea with garden roses, peonies and pink ribbons for the floral design. Rancho Las Lomas. Image by Ashley Kelemen Photography.

Talk about colorful! Choosing a wedding bouquet is not just about picking your favorite flowers. It’s about matching it to your wedding dress, your style and even about complementing your figure!

Talk about colorful!

Get Inspired by These Wedding Bouquets

Now that we covered how to pick your perfect bridal flowers, let’s browse this amazing bouquet photo gallery. Choosing a wedding bouquet should be a fun experience but if you still have doubts, contact a few florists to help you out!

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How to Plan the Best Bridal Shower Party Ever: Etiquette, Ideas & Tips

Looking for guidance and ideas to plan the best bridal shower party ever? At least, one that your friends will want to attend? Then check out these innovative ideas for bridal shower planning!

Delicious and original ideas to plan the best bridal shower party ever!

Delicious and original ideas to plan the best bridal shower party ever!

I know, I know, all of us have attended a bridal shower party that left us yawning and wanting to flee. All the cutsey gifts and games can be downright boring. But these gatherings are supposed to be fun. A chance for family and friends to mingle, enjoy and gift the bride-to-be. And if you’re the hostess tasked with organizing one, here’s how to plan the best bridal shower party ever!

Wedding Shower Planning Ideas & Etiquette

Let’s go through all the good stuff you need to know if you never planned a bridal shower before.

The first question always is: who organizes the bridal shower? Generally the maid of honor with the help of the bridesmaids are in charge of planning the wedding shower. If there is no appointed maid of honor or bridesmaids, the future bride’s friends could organize a small gathering or outing. Nowadays, anyone can be involved in the planning, except the couple.

Now that the host or hostess has been established, these are a few rules of etiquette to follow and these are: there are no rules to follow! (not anymore!)



Stunning evening bridal shower. String lights go a long way in creating a magical space.

Stunning evening bridal shower. String lights go a long way in creating a magical space.

Who Pays for this Shindig?

With one exception. Whoever is planning the event will cover its cost. But don’t despair! You can always split the cost amongst the rest of the bridal party. Or cut your costs with the bridal shower party ideas we’ll share. Or save by hosting it at somebody’s home. Remember to help clean up afterwards!

Organize a bridal shower at a nearby park.

Organize a bridal shower at a nearby park.

And Who Gets an Invite?

I guess there’s another exception. Try not to invite anybody who’s not invited to the wedding (unless the couple is eloping or hosting a pop-up wedding). There’s nothing more hurtful than finding out you weren’t invited and still have to buy a wedding shower gift.

Traditionally a women-only affair, you can go against the norm and plan a Jack and Jill shower – not a reference to a shower stall. 😉 You can invite the groom’s circle of friends and relatives to get in on the fun too.

Keep it simple and enjoy a relaxed time with your bridal party in soft flannel.

Keep it simple and enjoy a relaxed time with your bridal party in soft flannel.

Welcome bridal shower party sign: "Days Until I Do" on Etsy.

Welcome bridal shower party sign: “Days Until I Do” on Etsy.

How to Plan the Best Bridal Shower Party

Some of us love party planning and some, not so much. So, first rule of fun bridal shower party planning: engage and enlist everybody that volunteers! Start by coming up with a shared vision – there’s nothing wrong with a good brainstorming – and ask who wants to be in charge of what. You’ll be amazed at what people are able to do and how much they want to help out.

If you want to plan the best bridal shower party, don’t leave everything to the last minute. Check with the bride things like date, guest list and list of unapproved items and/or themes. Unless, the bride says otherwise, try to leave the raunchy stuff for the bachelorette party.

We’ve got you covered! Check out these ideas for a fun bachelorette party!

Bridal shower with amazing ambiance. Just take the party outside.

Bridal shower with amazing ambiance. Just take the party outside.

Pick your fav restaurant and host a fantastic bridal shower party.

Pick your fav restaurant and host a fantastic bridal shower party.




Announce the Bridal Shower Party Date

Next, it’s time to let everybody know when and where. No need to break the bank: email, whatsapp and text are there for a reason. For all of those guests who do not dabble in digital communications, unless there’s too many of them, a phone call will do. If you really want to have printed invitations, indulge! Remember to let people know this is a surprise and if they are supposed to bring a gift that matches a theme. Some examples of themes are honeymoon basics, lingerie party, you get the idea.

Either through emails or snail mail, send them at the very least four to six weeks before the bridal shower party date.

Remember to ask for an RSVP and track your guest list.

Bridal shower favor tags for mini wine bottles by sosweetpartyshop.

Bridal shower favor tags for mini wine bottles by sosweetpartyshop.

There’s More to the Planning

Schedule a couple of calls or get together with the rest of the organizers to make sure the bridal shower planning is on track. The day before, run the final check and address any last minute details. Now, let’s move onto the bridal shower party ideas!

How to plan the best bridal shower party ever.

How to plan the best bridal shower party ever.

Top 6 bridal shower games. Perfect for a wedding shower with an outdoor bohemian rustic theme.

Top 6 bridal shower games. Perfect for a wedding shower with an outdoor bohemian rustic theme via Etsy.

Rocking Bridal Shower Party Ideas (Pretty Affordable Ones, Too)

Now’s the time to check out these very original ideas to make the bridal shower entertaining and different.

  1. A classic idea for a bridal shower is to personalize it with a theme. It helps tailor gifts and guests attire in a fun way. Garden, lingerie, housewares, and gourmet food and wine showers are some of the most popular ones.
  2. Do you have just a few guests? How about a relaxing mani-pedi session, a chill meet-up at the spa, or a group pottery class? Or go back to your childhood years with a girls-only slumber party!
  3. Organize a pizza and bowling bridal shower party and do the gift opening at the very end of the shindig. 🎳
  4. No need for silly games. Pick your favorite restaurant, relax and enjoy the wedding shower!
  5. Springtime bridal showers can be hosted at a nearby park with a BYOD (bring your own dish) picnic. In the winter you can do the same at somebody’s home. Just have fun with your bridal shower planning.
  6. Interactivity is key and it helps break the ice. Organize a self-serve bar station or have a Polaroid guestbook signing session. You can also get a hold of a frame and some photo-booth props to add to the fun.
Signing book at a bridal shower.

Signing book at a bridal shower.

Photo prop (via Etsy)

Photo prop (via Etsy)

More Bridal Shower Party Planing Ideas

Classic wedding shower games are a party starter when all else fails. Have a few in your back pocket. Try bridal bingo, Jeopardy, Jenga. Infuse the truth or dares, bridal trivia, ring toss, coed mind reading, or karaoke to fire up the action.

Food can be as simple as a family-style pasta lunch or dinner or some delish desserts. A morning shower party can be sweetened with granola, pastries, and Bloody Mary’s in addition to punch and coffee. Light refreshments like sweet rolls, crudités and a cheese plate work well during the mid-afternoon. For an evening shower, consider a dessert or a doughnut bar.

How to organize a bridal shower party with scrumptious Caprese paninis.

How to organize a bridal shower party with scrumptious Caprese paninis.

Coed picnic bridal shower party. Photography: Claudia Casal.

Coed picnic bridal shower party. Photography: Claudia Casal.

After much bridal shower partying, the highlight of the event is the gift opening. Presents should be unwrapped towards the end of the party. Make a list of who gave what to the bride, so she can write thank-you notes later.

All in all, let the guests mingle and have fun. Hosting bridal showers can be nerve-racking but it shouldn’t be. Just pick a few of these ideas or skip the bridal shower party altogether and go straight for the bachelorette party! Check out these ideas!

Best and useful bridal shower favor gifts.

Best and useful bridal shower favor gifts.

You are sure to impress the bride with these rad bridal shower party ideas.

You are sure to impress the bride with these rad bridal shower party ideas.

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What Wedding Jewelry to Wear: Discover How to Choose Bridal Jewelry

Discover how to choose wedding jewelry for your dress and more. Follow the expert advice of Aya Birman. Check out her fab work and look absolutely perfect on your wedding day!

Don't miss out on this expert's guide to picking your bridal jewelry!

Don’t miss out on this expert’s guide to picking your bridal jewelry!

Make a statement, complete and upgrade your entire look by learning how to pick wedding jewelry and accessories that highlight your beauty. Once you’ve picked your wedding gown, it’s all about choosing the right jewelry to go with it and with you. Today we’ll cover how to pick the right bridal jewelry for your dress, neckline and face shape!

We have tapped onto the expertise of Aya Birman, owner and designer of Wedding by Lullaot, a remarkable handmade wedding jewelry and accessories brand. Only the highest quality materials are used in meticulously crafting her exquisite handmade bridal jewelry and ornaments that feature an incredibly elegant finish.

Let’s Talk About Aya: Wedding Jewelry Designer

Aya is a jewelry designer and wedding apasionada that creates timeless wedding jewelry and accessories. Seven years ago, she opened her first concept shop in the famous Israeli bridal dress district in Tel Aviv. Steps away from Galia Lahav, Inbal Dror and so many of the wedding gown designers trending today.

During that time, she provided full styling services to hundreds of brides. She helped them wear the perfect look and feel beautiful on an important day in their lives. Aya told us that matching her designs to brides and assisting them in completing their look allowed her to be a part of their magical moments, their excitement and their dreams.

“It’s especially exciting when brides come by the shop after the wedding,” Aya says, “and share their wedding stories and photos with me.”



Unique chandelier earrings, handmade with Swarovski opal white crystals and dangling freshwater pearl tear drops.

Unique chandelier earrings, handmade with Swarovski opal white crystals and dangling freshwater pearl tear drops.

Just hearing the excitement in her voice when she speaks about her passion will make you understand why her pieces are absolute masterpieces.

“I love weddings! This magical celebration that unites two people together and designing wedding jewelry is my passion. I am blessed that my creations are used to accessorize brides and complete their look on their happiest day.”

Today she sells her designs online and ships worldwide. We invite you to read her advice and visit her online store, as we are certain you could not get anybody better to help you choose the wedding jewelry for your big day.

Romance meets elegance in this double strand pearl bracelet and classic dangling pearl earrings. How to choose wedding jewelry.

Romance meets elegance in this double strand pearl bracelet and classic dangling pearl earrings. How to choose wedding jewelry.

How to Choose Wedding Jewelry: An Expert’s Guide

There are a few fundamentals to follow when picking wedding jewelry. So, first things first. If you already know your bridal style and bought your wedding dress, keep on reading. Otherwise, check Aya’s advice at the end of the article and then come back here.

Aya’s Tip #1: It is wise to pick the jewelry after you’ve chosen your wedding dress.

If your dress has a lot of detail in the neckline, try a bracelet and a pair of dainty earrings as bridal jewelry. Dress by Julie Vino 2018.

If your dress has a lot of detail in the neckline, try a bracelet and a pair of dainty earrings as bridal jewelry. Dress by Julie Vino 2018.

Wedding jewelry designer Aya Birman in her Tel Aviv shop.

Wedding jewelry designer Aya Birman in her Tel Aviv shop.

How to Pick Bridal Jewelry that Matches your Wedding Dress Style

Everybody wants to look ‘perfect and flawless’ on their special day. Therefore, it is crucial to wear wedding jewelry that matches your wedding dress style. The following guidelines will help you find the type of jewelry that goes best with your dress style.

  • Sheath, trumpet or mermaid gown wedding dresses perfectly match sparkling Swarovski crystal jewelry for a sexy, elegant and glamorous look.
  • A-line shape dresses are flattering to most body types and give brides a subtle and elegant feel. Complete this classic look with soft and delicate pearl bridal jewelry or vintage jewelry sets.
  • A ball gown dress bestows an aristocratic and nostalgic look to the bride. Create a very aristocratic look with pearl encrusted jewelry and a small gentle sparkle of Swarovski crystals, combined with a hair crown or a delicate hair comb. Vintage jewelry can also be a great fit for a romantic bride.
  • Short dresses give out an informal vibe that fits the non-traditional bride. Complement the dress and give it a playful look with colorful or geometric-shaped jewelry.
  • A tea-length dress is also informal yet light and sophisticated. Pair it with dainty gentle jewelry or pick a delicate vintage piece, like a choker with a cameo.
  • For a rustic or boho bride wearing an A-Line or a sheath dress, choose light and gentle wedding jewelry that seamlessly integrates with her dress. Combine gold and pearls with nature-inspired motives such as flowers, deer or leaves. Unless wearing a flower crown, hair combs and golden tiaras with small encrusted gems can be a great addition. Otherwise, choose a gold bracelet and a pair or small earrings.




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Aya’s Tip #2: If your gown has long sleeves avoid wearing a bracelet.

Beautiful wedding jewelry set of freshwater pearl earrings and bracelet featuring a botanical centerpiece and a sparkling round Swarovski opal crystal.

Beautiful wedding jewelry set of freshwater pearl earrings and bracelet featuring a botanical centerpiece and a sparkling round Swarovski opal crystal.

Unforgettable scoop neckline wedding gown by Krikor Jabotian. Don't add any wedding jewelry to it!

Unforgettable scoop neckline wedding gown by Krikor Jabotian. Don’t add any wedding jewelry to it!

How to Choose Wedding Jewelry According to the Dress Neckline

The neckline of a dress will heavily influence the shape, length and type of bridal jewelry you may suitably wear.

  • A deep plunging V-neck needs to be shown off. Match it with a statement bracelet. For the flat-chested bride, add a long flowy necklace with a pair of matching earrings.
  • For a jewel neckline, skip the necklace altogether and wear earrings and hair jewelry only.
  • Strapless gowns or off-the-shoulder necklines that highlight your wonderful shoulders and collarbone will go best with relatively short, round structured, necklaces and stud earrings. Or make a statement and go for strikingly gorgeous chandelier earrings and no necklace. You’ll look like the goddess that you are!
  • Portrait necklines cover more of the shoulders, thus a delicate pearl drop or diamond shape pendant or some pearl strands can be a great fit. Earrings will complete your look.
  • For those brides with a serious décolletage and a sweetheart neckline, go for a short necklace and bracelet and seriously show it off!
  • With bateau or scoop dress necklines wear dominant and elegant earrings and skip the necklace.
  • Halter dresses would benefit from some statement earrings and a stunning bracelet.
  • Back scoop neckline? With your open back, make a definite exit by wearing some jewelry on it.

Aya’s Tip #3: Fuller chested brides should not wear a long necklace – the hanging and calling attention to the area is a definite no-no.

Elegant and graceful freshwater pearl earrings dangling from three white opal Swarovski crystals and a hair piece featuring a leaf branch with Swarovski marquise crystals.

Elegant and graceful freshwater pearl earrings dangling from three white opal Swarovski crystals and a hair piece featuring a leaf branch with Swarovski marquise crystals.

Rustic boho chic necklace and earrings set with golden Swarovski crystals to adorn a V-neck dress.

Rustic boho chic necklace and earrings set with golden Swarovski crystals to adorn a V-neck dress.

Wedding Jewelry for your Face Shape

The selected ornament must complement both the shape of your face and the hairstyle you’ve chosen. Which is why we also recommend picking your bridal jewelry once you have an idea of your hairstyle. Nonetheless, visible wedding jewelry can help or hinder your look. Check out these tips to avoid costly mistakes.

  • Dangling designs are deemed perfect for a round face. To create an illusion of length, wear long ornaments.
  • For an oval face, pick chandeliers or earrings with circles, curves and large studs. Oval and teardrop styles are ideal for oval faces.
  • Similarly, round-shaped jewelry goes great with rectangular faces. Earrings that soften your bone structure and add some curves are preferable. Also, avoid wearing strong line and wide jewelry pieces.
  • In order to balance a heart-shaped face, earrings with elongated curves are just the right choice.
A back pendant over their exposed backs - for daring brides only.

A back pendant over their exposed backs – for daring brides only.

Galia Lahav strapless sweetheart neckline bridal ball gown 2018. Reminiscing of a Victorian princess. Pick a short necklace and bracelet and seriously show it off!

Galia Lahav strapless sweetheart neckline bridal ball gown 2018. Reminiscing of a Victorian princess. Pick a short necklace and bracelet and seriously show it off!

Aya’s Tip #4: Don’t go jewelry crazy just because you are the bride. If you usually wear a couple of pieces, make those shine. If you wear none, just pick one you wouldn’t mind rocking at the ceremony or at the dance floor!

Always remember, less is more. Just because it fits someone, doesn’t mean it will be best for you too. It doesn’t look good if your face or neck are swamped with jewelry.

Carefully select the kind of wedding jewelry that you would want to wear. Pick a color for your accessories that go well with your dress.

Carefully select the kind of wedding jewelry that you would want to wear. Pick a color for your accessories that go well with your dress.

How to Choose your Bridal Style

For those brides who are still on the fence, Aya recommends following three steps: Imagine, Find your style and Plan.

Imagine

Start by imagining your wedding day. Imagine what your event will look like. Imagine how you would look. Imagine the dress of your dreams and how you would feel walking down the aisle in it. Try to be as detailed as possible, as it will make it easier to make your dreams come true.

Off the shoulder bridal gown matched with a pair of stunning tassel earrings and an impressive silver plated bracelet with an oval mother of pearl & sparkling silver shadow Swarovski crystals.

Off the shoulder bridal gown matched with a pair of stunning tassel earrings and an impressive silver plated bracelet with an oval mother of pearl & sparkling silver shadow Swarovski crystals.

Find your Style

While imagining and visualizing your dream wedding, find your style. Are you a classic, romantic or a sexy bride? Are you a rustic, boho, or an eclectic modern bride? What is the style and vibe you want to pursue?

Galia Lahav bridal strapless sheath with a sweetheart neckline perfectly match sparkling wedding jewelry for a sexy and elegant look.

Galia Lahav bridal strapless sheath with a sweetheart neckline perfectly match sparkling wedding jewelry for a sexy and elegant look.

Plan

Now that you have made up your mind about a certain style and wedding gown, it’s time to choose wedding jewelry for it.

If you are wearing a strapless gown make a statement and go for these eye catching leaf shaped filigree and Swarovski crystal earrings and no necklace.

If you are wearing a strapless gown make a statement and go for these eye catching leaf shaped filigree and Swarovski crystal earrings and no necklace.

Off the shoulder sweetheart neckline Danny Mizrahi wedding dress 2018 collection.

Off the shoulder sweetheart neckline Danny Mizrahi wedding dress 2018 collection.

An Expert’s Guide to Choosing the Right Wedding Jewelry: Final Words

Consider your bridal style before looking for that perfect piece of jewelry. Carefully select the kind of wedding jewelry that you would want to wear. Pick a color for your accessories that go well with your dress. Most of all, your selection of wedding jewelry, earrings, bracelets and hair jewelry should make you feel comfortable. It’s your wedding day after all!

Remember that your wedding dress is one of the most important details on your big day. Jewelry and accessories are the icing on the cake. The perfect finish that should complete your look. It’s important to add them carefully.

Aya’s wedding jewelry ranges from $40 to $150, depending on the piece. Visit Aya’s jewelry store on Etsy and she will help you pick the perfect accessories for you to shine on your wedding day!

Jillian 2018 A-line one shoulder neckline bridal dress with an original detail. Discover what wedding jewelry goes with it.

Jillian 2018 A-line one shoulder neckline bridal dress with an original detail. Discover what wedding jewelry goes with it.

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4th of July Makeup Ideas and Tutorials: Absolutely Fabulous!

Show off your patriotic side with these 4th of July makeup ideas and tutorials at your next wedding or event!

Great outfit for a 4th of July bohemian wedding. Part your hair down the middle, wrap an American flag scarf around your head, add a pair of 70s sunglasses and red lipstick for a simple carefree, boho chic feel.

Great outfit for a 4th of July bohemian wedding. Part your hair down the middle, wrap an American flag scarf around your head, add a pair of 70s sunglasses and red lipstick for a simple carefree, boho chic feel.

Brides, bridesmaids, girlfriends can celebrate Independence Day and your wedding with these gorgeous 4th of July makeup ideas. Get inspired by stars and stripes or by the classic red, white and blue. These 4th of July makeup ideas and tutorials can be as simple or as daring as you want them to be.

Red, White and Blue Lips: Luscious and Bold

Show off your American pride on your lips! Go as bold as the occasion allows for. If the event is formal or in the evening, bold red lips will do the trick. If the wedding is very casual and laid back, combine red and white lines, paint a section of your blue lip and add silver glitter. Daytime summer and outdoor weddings are a great occasion to let your lips sparkle.

You can also opt for a 4th of July makeup that focuses on your lips.

Take your makeup to the next level with some stars and stripes! First prepare your lips with a white base – Paint your upper lip with glossy blue lipstick – grab a hold of a red lip liner and draw the red stripes. We are certain this little trick is already giving you some more ideas, amiright? 😉



How do you get festive for the 4th of July?

How do you get festive for the 4th of July?

Love this upper lip with stars! Photography: Lisa Vecchio.

Love this upper lip with stars! Photography: Lisa Vecchio.

If you are attending a wedding on Independence Day, wear incredibly plump red lips.

If you are attending a wedding on Independence Day, wear incredibly plump red lips.

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4th of July Makeup Ideas: Let the Eyes Have It

Rival the fireworks’ display with an Independence Day eye makeup to match. If you want something simple you can:

  1. Delineate your upper eyelid with a metallic blue eyeliner.
  2. Put on false eyelashes to give intensity to the look.
  3. In the outer corner of the eyelid draw a silver star or adhere a silver star sticker.
  4. Complete your makeup for the 4th of July with intense red lips.
4th of July makeup ideas in red white and blue.

4th of July makeup ideas in red white and blue.




If you want something a bit more flashy you can paint the American flag on your eyelids.

  1. Prepare the upper eyelid with a white base
  2. Make a couple of red lines with eyeliner as it will give you more control
  3. Grab your blue eyeshadow and apply with a thin brush right above the crease
  4. Use star stickers to give the finishing touch to the design.

For deeper effect, you may add white eyeliner to the water line and silver kohl.

July 4th makeup look tutorial.

July 4th makeup look tutorial.

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Sparkling 4th of July Mani Ideas for Nails (Toes too!)

Love great manicure ideas for a Fourth of July wedding? Personally, we think nails are one of the best 4th of July makeup ideas when attending a wedding. Kind of like the work you put into them lasts there for longer, right? 😉

4th of July Makeup Ideas and Tutorials: Splatter Nail Art

Let’s begin with some splatter paint nails! You will need a white base, blue and red nail polish, scotch tape or protective wax and some straws.

DIY 4th of July nails by Pretty Gossip.

DIY 4th of July nails by Pretty Gossip.

1Paint your nails with the white nail polish

2Next, protect your fingers well – either with scotch tape as shown on the picture or with protective wax – there’s gonna be a LOT of splattering! The more surface you cover, the better off you will be.

3Suck some red nail polish through a straw and blow it all over your nails. Don’t suck too hard and make sure you cover the surface you will be working on.

4Repeat the process with the blue nail polish!

5Arm yourself with a Q-Tip and some nail polish remover and carefully clean up your fingers.

6Don’t they look amazing? You’ll be getting compliments left and right!

Feel free to do the same to your toes and give yourself a very patriotic pedi.

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4th of July Makeup Ideas and Tutorials: Hearts Nail Art

If you want something a bit more elaborate (and, oh so cute) here is another nail art independence day tutorial. It requires a bit more artistic ability but it’s definitely worth it. You will need the same nail polish than for the previous tutorial but switch the straws for thin brushes.

Give your toenails a chance to shine this July 4th with these awesomely patriotic designs.

Give your toenails a chance to shine this July 4th with these awesomely patriotic designs.

  1. Apply two coats of white nail polish and let them dry
  2. Outline a heart with black nail polish and a very thin brush
  3. If you need to fix some lines, grab a hold of the white nail polish and go back over the lines 😉
  4. Clean the thin brush and dip it into the blue nail polish to fill one of the quarters of the heart
  5. Now draw the stripes using the red nail polish
  6. Finally make small dots over the blue area to represent the stars
  7. Alternate nail polish colors for the rest of the fingernails between red and blue
  8. Apply some glitter textured nail polish and voila!
Celebrate the Fourth in a more understated way with this blue mani with accent nail that is french tipped lined with blue.

Celebrate the Fourth in a more understated way with this blue mani with accent nail that is french tipped lined with blue.

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4th of July makeup ideas: nail designs galore and fabulous tutorials to boot!

4th of July makeup ideas: nail designs galore and fabulous tutorials to boot!

We hope you enjoyed these very patriotic 4th of July makeup ideas we shared these makeup ideas for the 4th of July. Start practicing your makeup and create your own design! Or check out this article on Sure-Fire Tips to Apply Lipstick!

Create your 4th of July accent nail art, or party nails. Paint all ten nails and give just one of them a little extra pizzazz.

Create your 4th of July accent nail art, or party nails. Paint all ten nails and give just one of them a little extra pizzazz.

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Definitely head over heels with these 4th of July nail art ideas.

Definitely head over heels with these 4th of July nail art ideas.

Stud Spangled Banner: an easy DIY 4th of July nail art design for short nails.

Stud Spangled Banner: an easy DIY 4th of July nail art design for short nails.

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Bridal Bouquets without Flowers: Unique and Stylish for the Non-Traditional Bride

Check out this collection of bridal bouquets without flowers dedicated to the non-traditional, allergic or eco-conscious bride!

That special someone won't be able to take their eyes - and nose - off this fabulous bouquet made with dried lavender.

That special someone won’t be able to take their eyes – and nose – off this fabulous bouquet made with dried lavender.

Not everybody wants flowers at their wedding. Some brides simply do not like them, others care about the carbon footprint their wedding will leave behind – for these brides, we recommend reading this article on farm to table catering. Other brides may want a bridal bouquet that fits an alternative-styled wedding and others may just be allergic to flowers!

The Bridal Bouquet Tradition

Bridal bouquets are a tradition that goes back hundreds of years. Back in the day wedding bouquets were carried as a ways for the bride to ward off evil. They didn’t necessarily have flowers, more like herbs and plants for good luck and protection. Since most people have forgotten the meaning of plants for these purposes these day’s bouquets have lost their original meaning. Therefore, brides can get creative with what they will be carrying down the aisle on their wedding day. Below are a few ideas for non-traditional wedding bouquets without flowers.

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Unique Wedding Bouquet Ideas: Non Floral Wedding Bouquets

On this day and age, if you are not allergic to pollen, somebody in your bridal party may be. By the same token, not all of us are fans of the traditional roses and brides are getting more and more original by the minute. To top it all off, greenery is taking over wedding decor this year. Why not take advantage of the creativity of these gorgeous and unique wedding bouquet ideas? Make your ceremony even more memorable with these non floral bouquets!



Greenery Bridal Bouquets

Beautiful colors, interesting textures, and unique shapes, greenery can create exquisite, lush and low-budget wedding bouquets. Get inspired by these gorgeous all-greenery bouquets!

Clean and crisp palette, modern meets rustic styling, crazy-gorgeous greenery by Crocus Hale. Photography: Clark Walker Studio.

Clean and crisp palette, modern meets rustic styling, crazy-gorgeous greenery by Crocus Hale. Photography: Clark Walker Studio.

Create your alternative bridal bouquets with lush greenery.

Create your alternative bridal bouquets with lush greenery.

Depending on where you live, you may have other types of plants handy. Meanwhile, we love this colorful Southwestern wedding bouquet.

Depending on where you live, you may have other types of plants handy. Meanwhile, we love this colorful Southwestern wedding bouquet.

Non-Floral Brooch Bouquets: Oh! So  Vintage!

Bright jewel pins add a sparkle to a bridal bouquet. They can be coordinated to match the wedding colors. Perhaps consider using antique or heirloom brooches from a family member and turn your wedding bouquet into a true vintage masterpiece.

Brooches and buttons by themselves or mixed with felt flowers add a vintage feeling to the bride’s bouquet. Also, try adding the buttons into centerpieces or party favors to keep continuity to the motif.

Pink feather fan for a Gatsby wedding. Totally unconventional bridal bouquet.

Pink feather fan for a Gatsby wedding. Totally unconventional bridal bouquet.

Check out these awesome bride bouquets without flowers! 🙂

Beads pearls and fabric flowers in pure white. Non-traditional and unique bridal bouquets without flowers.

Beads pearls and fabric flowers in pure white. Non-traditional and unique bridal bouquets without flowers.

Unique Wedding Bouquets that are Nothing but Ordinary

Tap into your inner childhood and carry balloons or a candy bouquet down the aisle. They add a fun element and would be perfect as a unique bridal bouquet without flowers. Another upside, they are much cheaper!

Seriously, whatever means anything to you can be a part of your unique bridal bouquets. Add fun little handwritten messages on them. Toy dinosaurs, your favorite candies, and your collection of stamps, the sky is the limit. Show off your personality on your non floral wedding bouquet for your wedding day- it’s your day!

Fun and funky wedding bouquets for the non-traditional bride. Candy bouquet of marshmallows and candy in cone. I don't think it will make it to the wedding day!

Fun and funky wedding bouquets for the non-traditional bride. Candy bouquet of marshmallows and candy in cone. I don’t think it will make it to the wedding day!




Gothic steampunk wedding paper flower bouquet.

Affordable, romantic and unique bridal bouquets without flowers. These are just so pretty and soft looking in pale pink with cream.

Affordable, romantic and unique bridal bouquets without flowers. These are just so pretty and soft looking in pale pink with cream.

As much as we all love a beautiful bridal bouquet full of fresh flowers, it can be really fun to reinvent the classics. This non-floral bridal bouquet says it all.

As much as we all love a beautiful bridal bouquet full of fresh flowers, it can be really fun to reinvent the classics. This non-floral bridal bouquet says it all.

Splendid non-traditional wedding bouquets without flowers. I really enjoy the look of this bouquet.

Splendid non-traditional wedding bouquets without flowers. I really enjoy the look of this bouquet.

Wedding Bouquet Ideas for Summer for the Non-Traditional Bride

Ok, so flowers are the obvious choice for a wedding in the summer, but that doesn’t mean flowers are your only option. This is the perfect season to carry a paper fan or pinwheel paper flower. Some brides take advantage of the season to create beautiful, fragrant and unique bridal bouquets without flowers by added herbs like sage or rosemary or sprigs of lavender and wheat.

Folded colorful paper flowers are unique ways to show off the bride’s personality while keeping the cost of the wedding down. Most brides that go this route choose a paper that has deep personal meaning for them. Sheet music of your favorite song, pages from a favorite novel, or an old personal letter can add a special touch to your wedding day.

If you cannot part with the idea of a flowers but still want to save some money, check out this impossibly fun wedding idea. Bright pink paper flower bouquets.

If you cannot part with the idea of a flowers but still want to save some money, check out this impossibly fun wedding idea. Bright pink paper flower bouquets.

If you are looking for a fragrant, fresh and summery bouquet go no further. Unique lavender and lemon bridal bouquet. Make sure it's hollow or it will be too heavy to carry. Wedding photographer: Jagger Photography.

If you are looking for a fragrant, fresh and summery bouquet go no further. Unique lavender and lemon bridal bouquet. Make sure it’s hollow or it will be too heavy to carry. Wedding photographer: Jagger Photography.

Wedding bouquet ideas for summer for the non-traditional bride. Unique wedding bouquets without flowers. Rose and peony National Geographic map paper flower bouquet. Butterfly bouquet for the rehearsal.

Wedding bouquet ideas for summer for the non-traditional bride. Unique wedding bouquets without flowers. Rose and peony National Geographic map paper flower bouquet. Butterfly bouquet for the rehearsal.

Non-Floral Bridal Bouquets for Winter Weddings

Let your imagination run wild when creating winter bridal bouquets without flowers! Fall or winter weddings are the perfect time to stray away from the traditional flower bouquet. Evergreens or pinecones give more of a “wintery” feel. Or if you want to use an inorganic material, consider using pearls and beads.

Flowers formed from burlap for a non-traditional wedding bouquet. This look is perfect for a rustic themed wedding. It can be tied into other wedding decorations like table runners or banners.

Origami flowers & lilies wedding bouquet. A personalized, one of a kind, non traditional, alternative wedding bouquet.

Origami flowers & lilies wedding bouquet. A personalized, one of a kind, non traditional, alternative wedding bouquet.

Woodland weddings deserve this unique wild feather and pine cone bouquet. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Woodland weddings deserve this unique wild feather and pine cone bouquet. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Colorful and unique fall bride's bouquet without flowers.

Colorful and unique fall bride’s bouquet without flowers.

Alternative bridal bouquet made from books.

Alternative bridal bouquet made from books.

Non floral winter wedding bouquets from books.

Non floral winter wedding bouquets from books.

Try some of these ideas to create unique bridal bouquets without flowers and shae your pictures with us! 🙂

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