Bridal Headpieces – Focus on the Back

Bridal Headpieces – how many of you brides “focus on the back”?  Think about it… as you walk down the aisle, what is the focal point of your guests?  It is on your back.  Many brides realize this and choose a gown that showcases a dramatic look. But many neglect their hair ornaments/ headpieces.  I am a big fan of the wedding veil.  To me, a veil makes a bride ‘look like a bride’.

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The photo above incorporates the best of both worlds.  The bride has a lovely headpiece, and attaches her veil to it.  After the ceremony, she can removed the veil for the reception and display her beautiful  headpiece.

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Perhaps you want to order such a hair ornament.  Where would you find one?  Etsy.com.  It’s a great website for one of a kind creations.

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I love the ornament above. It’s delicate, bridal, and looks wonderful against the bride’s dark hair.

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No veil? No problem! But then go big! The bride above chose flowers as her headpiece.  I think it’s just beautiful, and if the flower colors match the bride’s color pallet, it will tie into the wedding perfectly.

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Above are some other floral options.  Remember…you do not have to limit your florist generated headpiece to flowers alone.  The arrangements with just greens are also very attractive.  And don’t forget.  If you choose to go with an elaborate “back” look for your hair, make sure you have an elaborate hairstyle.  In this scenario, the longer the hair, the better. Best advice?  Have a practice session with your wedding day hair stylist to make sure she creates the best possible style to showcase the floral arrangement.  Perhaps you will need a practice arrangement to have your hair dresser attach as your headpiece?  Yes, I think you will.  Talk to your florist about an economical option for this.  Good luck!

Fun Wedding Shower Ideas

Looking for fun wedding shower ideas?  Look no further! My long time friend, Jan, shared some photos from her niece’s wedding shower, hosted by her family.  The cookie favors are absolutely adorable, and I love the variety.

 

Another plus to these favors? They are individually wrapped with a delicate blue ribbon.  This way, they are not only hygienically sealed, but can easily be saved by guests to be enjoyed later with a cup of tea or coffee.

Jan introduced me to a charming German tradition.  Read below for a lovely story, and please enjoy the lovely photo of Jan’s own German Bridal Cup. Love the roses in the cup!

The Legend of the Nuernberg Bridal Cup

“Centuries ago, in old Nuernberg, the nobel mistress Kunigunde fell in love with a young and ambitious goldsmith. Although Kunigunde’s wealthy father (a powerful nobleman) did not Traditional German Wedding Cupapprove of this pair, it was clear that she only wanted the goldsmith to be her husband as she refused many titled and rich suitors who asked for her hand in marriage.

Her father became so enraged that he had the young goldsmith thrown into the darkest dungeon. Not even his daughter’s bitter tears would change her father’s mind.

To her father’s dismay, imprisoning the young man did not end his daughter’s love for the goldsmith. Instead, he could only watch as his daughter grew paler and paler as a result of the separation from her true love.

The wealthy nobleman reluctantly made the following proposal: He told his daughter, “If your goldsmith can make a chalice from which two people can drink at the same time without spilling one single drop, I will free him and you shall become his bride”.

Of course he was certain nobody could perform such a task…

Inspired by love and with skillful hands, the young goldsmith created a masterpiece. He sculpted a girl with a smile as beautiful as his own true love’s. Her skirt was hollowed to serve as a cup. Her raised arms held a bucket that swivels so that it could be filled and then swung towards a second drinker.

The challenge was met. The goldsmith and the nobleman’s daughter joined hands in marriage and with the bridal cup set forth a romantic and memorable tradition as charming today as it was originally hundreds of years ago.

To this day and to many couples the chalice remains a symbol.
Love, faithfulness and good luck await the couple who drink from this cup.”

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Special Wedding Dances

Special Wedding Dances…what do I mean by this?  Well, of course I mean the standard ones, the “Father/Daughter Dance” and the “Mother/Son Dance”. But there are other dances of significance you may want to consider.  Yes, they are a little old-fashioned, but they are not only crowd pleasers, but make cherished memories as well.

Above is a photo of my parents dancing and WINNING the “Anniversary Dance”. All married couples were invited to dance to a pre-chosen song. Then the DJ politely asked couples married less than 5 years, then 10 years, then 20 years to leave the dance floor.  This went on until only one couple remained, the longest married couple.  As I mentioned earlier, at my daughter Maggie and son-in-law Robert’s wedding, the winner of the “Anniversary Dance” was my parents – at 63 years.  I was very proud, and isn’t it a lovely photo?  It’s a picture I will always cherish.  My parents always could “cut a rug”!

Maggie and Robert also chose to recognize their parents.  They played our wedding song and Robert’s parents’ wedding song as well, and we all danced to them. Above you see Rob’s parents, Debbie and Bob, on the right of this picture.

The next photo doesn’t showcase any special dance, but I love the picture.  The little girl, (not so little anymore!), dancing with Rob, is his new sister-in-law, my youngest, Julia. They have a wonderful, big brother/little sister relationship, as I think is apparent in this picture.

The next captures a lovely moment during the “Mother/Son Dance”.  Debbie, mother of the groom, looks just beautiful – and so happy.

And what wedding reception could be complete without the “Father/Daughter Dance”? Above you see my lovely daughter and my husband dancing to James Taylor’s “Smiling Face”. It’s now a family tradition for our daughters to dance with their dad to this song at their wedding.  Both our older girls have so far… All four of our daughters know their dad thinks of them when he hears it.  🙂

So don’t be afraid to be a little “hooky”. You’ll love the results, and so will your guests.  This post is a nice segue into a “Guest Blog” post my oldest will be writing and sharing with you soon…

All Photos: Stephen Wang

Wedding Jewelry

Wedding Jewelry …

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You have your dress, your veil, your shoes…now it’s time to choose your jewelry. You want your jewelry to compliment your dress, not distract.  It’s vital that you select your jewelry to enhance your ensemble.  Above is a helpful chart that can point  you in the right direction.

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The bride in the photo above has chosen well for a strapless gown  Her necklace is elaborate, but that is ok, as her bare neck and shoulders are a good canvas for it. The bride’s earrings compliment her choice as well, as they don’t dangle and distract.

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The next bride has taken a different approach- but I think it works as her dress is so simple.  Perhaps, though, it is a little much?  I know I would probably focus on her shawl of jewels more than she would like.

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Our next bride opted for no necklace OR earrings, and I have to say I like it it. One focuses on the lovely lace of her gown, not her jewelry.  Her hair ornament is a nice twist.

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I like the broach on this bride.  It’s an attractive touch and the oversized earrings go nicely with it.  Had she added a necklace, it would have been over kill.

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The epitome of grace and bridal perfection? Jackie Kennedy. If you’ll notice in the above photo…no jewelry – at all.  With the beauty of the bride and the elaborateness of the gown, none is needed.