Bridal Jewelry Dos and Don’ts

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The jewellery that a bride wears on her wedding day is rarely the star of the show. It’s the gown that takes centre-stage, with the jewellery fading into the background. Many brides don’t give much thought to their jewellery, beyond thinking of what it will be like to wear their wedding ring for the first time.

A wedding dress is just like any other outfit; it needs jewellery to bring the entire look together. While any bride is still going to look stunning, jewellery is the essential final piece of the puzzle. Even if it’s not the star of the show, good, well-thought-out bridal jewellery can help the star shine that little bit brighter.

 

DO: Keep It Understated

 

As mentioned, the most important part of your wedding day attire isn’t jewellery; it’s the wedding dress itself. For the vast majority of brides, their wedding dress will be the most expensive garment they have ever purchased — so it’s vital to let it stand out.

 

To do this, wedding jewellery needs to be simple, quiet, and complementary. Don’t go for huge, outlandish pieces; try simple pendant necklaces, metal bracelets, and earrings that are studs rather than dangling onto the neckline. These jewellery choices help to pull the entire look together, but without distracting from the all-important gown.

 

DON’T: Clash Metals With Your Wedding Ring

 

Mixing metals is not considered a fashion faux pas the way it used to be, but it’s still not a great look on an outfit that is as simple as a bridal look — and let’s face it, this is a relatively simple look, usually comprising of just a dress, albeit a spectacular one! With a simple look, it’s always best to stick to the same metals. So if you have a gold wedding ring, then spend some time picking the right gold chain to complement it. If your wedding ring is a silver metal — such as platinum or silver itself — then you don’t need to match the metal exactly, but the colour should be the same.

DO: Ensure Each Piece Is Comfortable

A wedding day is long. You have the ceremony, the cocktail hour, the reception — it’s going to be tiring. As a result, it’s important to pick jewellery that feels good when you’re wearing it. Don’t opt for anything too heavy, or fabric pieces where the material might fray and be irritating. You don’t want to get halfway through the night and find yourself taking your jewellery off, especially as you’re liable to lose it if you do. Small, simple, lightweight pieces are the best choices for your big day.

DON’T: Wear Too Much

Two pieces of jewellery are perfectly sufficient for a wedding. Two is enough to tie an outfit together, but not so much that the jewellery will stand out for all the right reasons. A necklace and a bracelet is the classic choice, but an anklet would look stunning if you’re having a beach wedding.

Bridal jewellery might not be the most important part of the bridal look, but it has a huge contribution to make. With your bridal jewellery in place, you can walk down the aisle with pride, on your way to the most important piece of jewellery of your life.

DO: Consider Jewellery For Your “Borrowed” Item

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue? There’s a way of making your jewellery fit into any of those categories, but “something borrowed” might be the best choice. A close friend or family member will be happy to lend you something to wear on the happy occasion, and it will be a great way to honour their part in your lives.

If you’re lucky, someone will step up and offer something perfect without you needing to ask. Otherwise, considering the other dos and don’ts here, ask around and you’re sure to find something understated but beautifully symbolic.

DON’T: Wear A Watch

What you wear on your wedding day should, ideally, be lightweight and elegant. Wedding dresses are designed to be that way, and your jewellery, as mentioned, should follow suit. This, unfortunately, pretty much rules out all watches; even the daintiest timepiece is going to seem bulky and clunky when set against the rest of your outfit. Anyway, remember that on this of all days, it is the bride’s prerogative to be late – so who needs a wristwatch?

Stick to these guidelines, then, and your wedding day will be as you dreamed it; the only thing shining brighter than the bridal jewellery will be the bride herself.

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Cover All the Wedding Difficulties You Might Experience

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Weddings are stressful. They are beautiful, memorable, emotional, gorgeous, worthy, celebratory, healthy, important, and one of the best days of your life. They are also STRESSFUL. Planning the perfect wedding takes much in the way of preparation. If you’re a wise follower of this blog, you probably already know this. If you have been married before and are planning your second, or planning one for a child or friend, you are sure to know this intimately.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare for a large proportion of difficulties which might arrive in advance. Doing so can help streamline the experience everyone has as you marry the love of your life. Of course, you may not be able to fully plan for your auntie getting overly drunk in celebration, or your child dancing down the aisle and cracking everyone up. However, you can be sure that when it comes to the major things that matter, having your affairs in order can help you out big time.

Here are some of the most important things to plan for:

Wedding Insurance

If you don’t have wedding insurance, or simply don’t know what it is, you should read the following with interest. Even though the date is often selected well in advance and people prepare for it, life happens to us all at the most inopportune moments. An illness in the family, some form of unfortunate accident or a venue being unable to host the event last minute can all result in a tragic loss of funds, especially when you’ve already booked and paid for most of the services, or at least dropped a deposit.

Using a service like wedinsure can help you avoid worrying about these circumstances too much. Even if they happen, you can be sure to recoup your non-refundable investments in time, allowing you to plan that next date without worry.

Photographer

Your photographer needs to be good. For this reason, you should check out their portfolio in depth. If you’re saving money and opting for a  student or interned photographer, you should check their portfolio tenfold. Check their references. Even hire a second one to cover the event from a different angle. If your wedding photos are missing, lost or damaged, you can be sure that the most important day of your life is commemorated in brilliant photographs you can show your grandchildren one day.

Catering

If you have a sizeable guest list, or are invited extended family you aren’t super familiar with; you must get a FULL inventory of their dietary and allergic requirements so you can instruct the kitchen well in advance. They will be able to cater for their requirements, but they will need to know, so they can set up separate workstations to prepare the food for those who need that extra special touch. Cross-contamination can result in a difficult experience at your feast, and this can significantly mar the event, not to mention injuring the person involved. Also, be sure to watch the kitchen in action, or have someone viewing them intermittently during the day. Check their testimonials and see if you can try a sample menu before you fully confirm the dates with them.

With these tips, you’re more than likely to have a covered, wonderful and gorgeous wedding celebration.

 

Preparing Yourself to be the Perfect Spring Wedding Guest

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If someone you care about is planning on hosting a spring wedding, chances are that you already know about it. You still have plenty of time to start planning the perfect look for their big day, but it will come around sooner than expected, so you better start getting things together sooner rather than later. Here are a few areas that you will want to focus on to put together the perfect getup for the occasion.

Raid the Wardrobe

First things first, you want to plan your outfit. This will be the most difficult part of this process, so it’s best to get it out of the way early on. Before choosing anything, check whether there is a theme that the happy couple wants their guests to abide by. Some couples will want certain colours or tones to match their decor or to make their pictures look as consistent as possible. This information will generally be mentioned on the invite, however, if you are unsure, you can always get in touch and ask directly. Once you’ve determined whether there’s a theme or not, you can get started! If there isn’t a theme remember to follow these basic rules for any wedding attendee:

Don’t Wear White

Never wear white to a wedding. This is one of the most well-known wedding faux pas. We get it. It’s going to be spring. You want something light, floaty and comfortable that isn’t going to attract sunlight. Most of these kinds of dresses are going to be white. But there are plenty of other light shades available. Only the bride should be in white on her wedding day. Opt for something like pale lemon yellow, powder pink or baby blue instead if you want to keep things light and airy. You can usually get away with wearing something white that has a pattern on it, but be careful and don’t push things too far. You are usually best just steering clear of white dresses in general.

Day versus Evening

Day weddings shouldn’t call for something too flashy or elegant. Keep things pretty, semi-casual and comfortable. If you are solely invited to the reception, opt for evening wear. You’re going to be getting there a little later and chances are you’ll be celebrating through the night. If the wedding is taking place at an awkward time like 5pm or 6pm, you should opt for something that can easily transition between the realms of day wear and evening wear. Alternatively, you can take a change of clothing so that you can freshen up between the ceremony and the reception.

If you’re still struggling to decide on an outfit, take a read through what to wear to a spring wedding. Here you will be able to find a whole array of different styling tips and inspiration that will help you to put together an ensemble in next to no time.
Deciding on a Hairstyle

You may not have paid much thought to the hairstyle that you will be sporting to the big event. Many will stick with their usual style, often leaving their hair down and straightened. But there are so many beautiful hairstyles out there that you might aswell try something different out on an occasion that calls for glamour and extravagance! Here’s how to do one of our favourites: the fishtail braid!

Fishtail Braid

Fishtail braids are an alternative and less common twist on the traditional braid. They can be standard braids or french or dutch braids. They’re a little more complex than the three-strand braid we’re used to, so are bound to make you look like you’ve put a little extra effort in. They are also commonly referred to as a “mermaid braid” so you can tell it’s something extra special. So, here’s how to do it! Pull your hair back into a ponytail. If you like, you can secure this ponytail with a thin hairband to make things a little easier for yourself. Divide your hair in half, creating two ponytail sections. These should be an equal size. Separate a half inch of this hair from the left-hand ponytail. Pull this piece over the left ponytail and allow it to join the right pony tail. Now, separate a half inch of the hair from the right ponytail. Pull this over the right ponytail and allow it to join the left. Repeat this process until you reach the bottom of your hair. It really is that simple! Now tie the end with a small hairband. You can snip the top hairband, allowing the fishtail braid to look more natural and loose.

Choose a Makeup Colour Palette

Once you’ve decided on your outfit, you will be able to choose a suitable makeup colour palette to tie in with your clothing. If you have pink tones in your clothing, why not opt for pink toned highlighter or an array of dusky pink eyeshadow shades. Naked palette number 3 is perfect for this, offering tones from the lightest pinks through rose golds, dusky shades and deep purples, which are perfect for blending. If you have a darker dress, consider golds. Gold tones can be blended with darker browns for an altogether more sultry look that isn’t as harsh as the traditional black smoky eye. Pink lipsticks will match almost anything and are much more subtle a shade than red for a perfect spring ceremony. You’ll match right in with the cherry blossoms!

Final Touches

Now, you’re pretty much ready and set to go. But you can add a few final touches to your ensemble to make everything gel together perfectly. If your outfit is relatively plain, add a standout piece of statement jewellery. This could be a necklace that catches the spring light, a beautiful watch or perhaps even some sort of hair jewellery, such as pretty bejewelled clips or pins.

So, there you have it. Following these simple steps will allow you to pull together the perfect look for a spring wedding!