Lace Wedding Dresses – Vintage And Sophisticated

Wedding dresses are supposed to be extravagant and eye-catching. There are a variety of materials to choose from, for your wedding gown. Lace these days is a very fashionable material when it comes to making wedding gowns. Earlier lace was used majorly in wedding dresses. With time it faded and wasn’t seen anymore. But these days it has come back in fashion. Kate Middleton sets a very good example of using lace in her wedding outfit. Her dress was graceful and silky and it was not at all old fashioned. Even though many designers compared her dress with Grace Kelly’s dress, it still stood up to today’s fashion.

In today’s fashion you will observe that vintage clothes are back. Lace does give your outfit a vintage sense. Lace wedding dresses look very classy and never go out of fashion. You can tell your designer about your preferences for the wedding dress. An absolutely vintage wedding dress will either be second hand or custom made. With some accessories you can totally make the dress classic. In the market you will come across so many types of wedding dresses which have lace detailing on them. It does not matter what color lace you pick, it will still give a very traditional and modern feel at the same time.

If you look carefully at the pattern and design of these dresses, you will observe that they are commonly fitted and long flowing. Also full length sleeves made from lace is like a traditional trademark of lace wedding gowns. High neckline too compliments these dresses a lot. For women who are short in height, high neckline dresses can make them look taller. Lace sleeves can make your arms look toned and sleek. It can very easily hide the problem areas of your body and give you a very well defined look.

French lace wedding outfits are considered very extraordinary and beautiful. These laces are very high on quality and unique in design. French Chantilly and Alencon are the two best French laces. They are very superior and attractive. Since France is the fashion capital of the world, there is no doubt that you will not find your dream wedding outfit in France. English and French dresses are absolutely class apart and suit perfectly to a bride’s body. There is no doubt that French dress will cost you a bit more, but the money spent will be all worth it.

If your budget does not allow you to buy a French wedding outfit, then try looking for some French style lace wedding dresses. These ones are not made in France, but are inspired by French designers. They are even low on the price. Hence for many ladies around the world, this is the best alternative feasible.

Wedding Day Hair For the Modern Bride

In these modern times, everything is moving forward – including weddings. Trends come and go in the wedding industry, but then who could ever be wrong once you go with the flow. Modern hairstyles are quite minimalistic nowadays – trying to keep it low but still hard-edged and stylish. With the ongoing trend, designers have also tried making gowns to fit the sleekness of the hairstyles that are hot today. To help you in dealing with the nuts and bolts of hairstyles, here are some of the different approaches to modern wedding hairstyles.

Perfectly stranded. Sleek and tight styles are in since they give the bride a lot less stress during the entire day itself. Once each hair strand is in place, nothing can ever go wrong from the bridal march up to the photo sessions after the ‘I do’s. It is also ideal for weddings wherein the bride goes straight from the church to the reception, without time for touch-ups. The hairstyle might take a while to do in the morning, using up tons of spray or gel but then having a perfect bun all throughout the day is still priceless when it comes to preserving peace of mind.

Loose and laid back. Breezy looks are also in style for summer and fall weddings, and dangling those luscious locks are acceptable and even quite popular. The idea is not to cover the face and avoid having the hair ruin the make up. Perfectly imperfect hairdos are great for outdoor weddings with uncontrollable winds, since you’d still look great after a gust of air passes by. In contrast to the previous type, a retouch might be needed for this style since it could get in the way of you partying with your new hubby.

Chopped short. Chin-length trusses are chic, usually paired with a birdcage veil or an elaborate tiara. Smart and classy, the short bob would be a great shocker for everyone if you decided to have it cut especially for the wedding. Some brides love to keep their guests on their toes!

Controlled curls. Be it big or small, curled hairstyles are dramatic and romantic at the same time. Keep in mind not to cover the gown’s upper part with the curls, and touch-up on the way to the ceremony to keep it looking perfect and fresh. Big and poofy hair is a no-no if you are after looking modern and updated. If mother nature is not on your side, you had better have a Plan B for your hair style. For example, your hair stylist may opt to put it in a pony tail to still showcase the curls or it can also be made half up and half down to lessen the problem.

Glammed up in bling. The fashion industry may have gone more simple but accessories are still making headlines. Bore not your guests with the same old veil-over-the-tresses and be fab with an elegant tiara or a stylish tiara comb. For a softer approach, a single flower may top off the bun to tie in the hair with the wedding’s theme.

Browse through prints and websites to get more inspiration and don’t hesitate to ask your hairstylist for some tips. Getting married in the 21st century has never been this great!

What to Look For When Buying Wedding and Bridal Jewelry

What is it about wedding jewelry that makes a bride choose to purchase a piece of jewelry, and what should she look for ? Hmm… An interesting question, for both brides and for the stores selling to the bridal market.

Well, to begin with, each piece of bridal jewelry should be as finely made as the bride can afford. If the bride plans on giving the bridesmaids and flower girls their jewelry as their bridesmaids gifts for being in the wedding party, then the metals used to make the wedding jewelry must be either sterling silver, 14k gold filled metal or gold. any other silver metal will quickly turn color and turn to brass. What a letdown – to see beautiful, and expensive bridal and bridesmaid jewelry turn to junk! A word of advice to brides – read what you are buying – if it just says silver, you’re not getting the real thing! Truly, silver is still not that expensive a material that a wedding jewelry company cannot afford to use a small amount in any piece of jewelry.

A wedding jewelry design company should use only the finest materials in every piece of bridal and wedding party jewelry they make.

As to sterling silver, the better bridal jewelers are now moving towards using argentium sterling silver, which tarnishes very slowly, holds it’s bright shine much longer, and doesn’t need polishing for very long intervals in-between times. As bridal jewelry is quite delicate and many pieces have hand-wrapping, especially bridal & bridesmaid earrings, this can be really important. The hand-wrapping creates tiny areas that are hard to polish. Rough handling of the delicate jewelry while polishing it could break it. Thus the comparatively more expensive and valuable argentium silver is well worth the price.

By the way, to take care of your sterling silver jewelry, argentium or not, when mixed with pearls, either use a polishing cloth, or put a bit of toothpaste on a soft brush and polish only the silver. You don’t want harsh abrasives near any freshwater or other natural pearls in your wedding jewelry as they will be damaged. Swarovski and many other faux pearls, on the other hand, can take a good deal of abuse without becoming damaged.

Now, one thing that really draws brides towards buying a particular wedding accessory is the shine, sparkle, and excitement that each piece of jewelry radiates. Pulling together our collections of bridal necklaces, we made certain to have some wedding necklaces that had crystals with such bright sparkling to reflect wonderful light on the brides face. Necklaces with brilliance like this draw so much attention to the bride and her beautiful face are really quite wonderful!

You know, that is one of the main reasons for wearing jewelry after all; To draw attention to oneself! And nothing does it better than sparkling jewelry!

The size of jewelry pieces and the importance of each piece is often a consideration as to what to purchase, especially when the bride is considering purchasing hair jewelry, necklaces AND earrings. Well, the key here is that only ONE (1) piece of jewelry should be the main star ; Or the jewelry pieces should all belong to a set – that is, of the same design or design elements, so that as a whole they work as a beautiful set. You don’t want each piece fighting for center stage – that would only pull attention away from the bride and the bride’s face – counterpoint to the whole reason for wearing jewelry!

Crystal wedding jewelry, by the way will usually give you the best sparkle. When shopping, look for a wedding jewelry design company with a large selection of both pearl and crystal designs in bridal earrings, bridesmaid bracelets and wedding & bridal accessories.

If you’re looking for jewelry that harmonizes your colors and wedding theme with the colors of your bridesmaid dresses and the jewelry for the wedding party, there’s nothing better than working with swarovski crystals and pearls. They come in so many colors that by themselves or in combination with one another create any color look that you might be looking for. Swarovski crystals still come from Austria and are the finest crystals made. They come in many shapes and sizes, and there are also a nice variety of pendants that can showcase a design or set off a design.

It’s been my experience that you need to have many, many styles for many different tastes.
Brides want to see a nice sampling of bridal jewelry in an online catalog. They’re really interested in seeing very different designs of jewelry in a collection. Marketing to the bridal jewelry market is really similar to the bridal gown market.

Handmade Wedding Dresses

With the latest craze for making your own clothes, if you sew, perhaps you have considered making your own wedding dress. A quick search for ‘wedding dress patterns’ brings up a variety of results from vintage Vogue patterns, to Kwik-sew. Unlike buying a designer wedding dress, your choice for sewing your own depends not just on your body shape and sense of style, but on your skill level.

Obviously this is not one for a beginner sewist, but if you do have experience at making clothes for adults, it can be worthwhile looking at the patterns available. If you are an experienced sewist, have made clothes for yourself previously, and have plenty of spare time before the wedding, there is a world of choice out there. From fabulous corsets with princess style ballgown skirts, to slinky fitted evening dresses, you really can choose anything you want. If you at more of an intermediate level, capable of following a pattern, but haven’t used many of the more complicated dressmaking techniques, you will want to stick to a simple dress. This means you can look at patterns for normal or evening dresses, and just choose an appropriate fabric, rather than only looking at wedding dress patterns. However, there are simpler patterns out there. Just make sure you look at the back of the pattern’s packet to see if it tells you which techniques you will need to know. Some will even tell you whether they are ‘easy’, ‘intermediate’ or ‘advanced’ so you can pick your skill level.

Whatever level of design you choose, make sure you leave plenty of time before the wedding to make the dress. However long you think it will take you, double it and add a few more weeks. You want to allow for things to go wrong, for your life to be busier than expected, and for any adjustments that need to be made. It is a good idea to treat this as a job and book time for it as you would any appointment. This is not a job to leave to the last minute! It is a good idea to plan to make the dress twice. First you should make it in a cheaper fabric so you can have a practice and see if any fitting issues can be sorted out before cutting into the expensive fabric. While your practice fabric should be cheaper, it should still be a similar fabric as you need to know how easy it is to sew, what problems there may be when sewing it (such as how easily it frays), and how it hangs once it has been finished. Only when this dress is perfect should you start on your fashion fabric.

When choosing the fabric, it is a good idea to talk to the people who work in the fabric shop. They will know which fabrics will be difficult to sew with, which will wrinkle easily, and can also recommend all the extras you may need, such as specialist needles or the right thread. As for what fabric to choose – you are making it yourself, so you don’t have to choose the traditional colours or fabrics. Why not choose a fabric that already has embellishments on? That is an easy way make a simple dress look like something a bit more special.

Once you have made your dress, you can embellish it. If you have chosen a simple design, you can really go to town with these extras. From simple fabric flowers, to sequins and sparkles or even feathers, you can create something really unique with only a little effort. In fact, if you’re feeling brave, this is even something you can do with a wedding dress you have bought. Choose a simple wedding dress and customise it to make it your own!

Before you start looking at wedding dress patterns, you should be honest with yourself. This is your big day; are you going to be comfortable if the dress isn’t perfect? Even if they are flaws that no one else will see, you don’t want to be worrying about that slightly wonky seam while you are walking down the aisle. If those little flaws will bother you, do you have the time to devote to making sure it really is perfect? Time for picking out any seams that go wrong? This isn’t necessarily the cheaper option either in time or money. It really is a labour of love. If you decide it is too much for you, then another great option for a one-off, unique dress is visiting a designer wedding dress factory outlet, where many of the dresses are end-of-line or straight from catwalks and photoshoots, making them original and excellent quality for less than half their original price.

Designing Your Own Wedding Dress

Thinking of designing your own wedding dress? It may seem daunting but it can end up being cost-effective and a way to get the exact, unique dress of your dreams. You need to think very carefully before embarking on this route, however, and do a lot of research. It may be that you simply can’t find the right dress for you in your local bridalwear shops, or are after something that is difficult to buy off-the-peg – so commissioning a handmade wedding dress is the way to go for you!

Firstly, work out what you are after – scour wedding magazines and websites to find the style and design that you absolutely love. It may be that you are mixing and matching several aspects of wedding dresses, or going for something that is not traditional, like a medieval or Gothic or Victorian style etc. The wonderful thing about designing your own wedding dress is that you can create something perfectly suited to your personality and style – just make sure that the fit and cut of the dress you are after suits your body shape. Think about:

– The general style (A-line, empire, ballgown, bodice and skirt, retro, vintage, sheath etc)
– The length
– The train (if any)
– The straps/sleeves (if any)
– The fabric
– The colour

Next you need to find an experienced and professional seamstress to make it for you – unless you, or someone you know is very savvy with a sewing machine! Although it is cheaper to get a crafty friend to have a go, are you really sure you want to put your wedding dress dreams into the hands of someone who doesn’t do this for a living? Do a local search for a wedding seamstress or wedding dressmaker and visit them to find out what styles they seem most comfortable with and have a good look through their portfolio.

Once you’ve found a seamstress you want to work with, you will have a consultation to decide on styles, designs, fabrics, details and so s/he can take your measurements. Listen to the advice of your dressmaker – they can guide you in terms of the most flattering styles and best fabrics to suit your plans. They will then usually make a calico muslin of your dress to make sure it fits well – expect between three and five fittings before your dress is fully finished. Although you can have off-the-peg wedding gowns altered to fit better, there’s nothing like a bespoke wedding dress that fits like a glove!

Hair Accessories – For Brides, For Parties or Just For the Sake of It

Thanks to a huge range of hair accessories at affordable prices, no matter what your beauty budget may be, YOU too can have that celebrity look!! All it takes ladies is plenty of practises and some patience.

Here is a list of Hair Accessories and a brief summary;

• Hair clips

Ranging from the small and discrete to the big and bold. A hair clip can be the making of loose tumbling locks or give the wow factor to a simple but stylish up-do.

• Hair combs

Like the hair clip, a hair comb can turn the most simplest of styles into a piece of art.

Unlike the hair clip, a comb can create volume to your hair as well as decoratively holding a style securely in place.

• Hair Pins

They are very decorative and are perfect to adorn a French pleat or chignon.

Many Brides and Bridesmaids wear hair pins on their big day as you can find a huge variety of designs.

• Hair Slides

They are very versatile. You can use a hair slide to hold a style in place or scatter them throughout the hair and use them as decoration. Many wedding parties use hair slides due to their versatility and low cost.

• Hair claws

A hair claw may be a first on some of you but actually I expect you all have one or even two at home! It’s just the name you may not be accustomed to. Commonly known as the crocodile clip, due to the spiky and sometimes sharp set of teeth which grip and hold the hair each side. Again they come in all sizes and designs. I would recommend a hair claw if you are wearing your hair in an up-do.

• Hair Bands

I know many of you now have the image of your daughters scrunchy you have sent her off to school in, but please don’t be mistaken in thinking hair bands are only for children! This is definitely not the case. There is an enormous variety of hair bands out there, for women of all ages. Ranging from the large, velvet bands in an assortment of colours to the simple bands with a jewelled attachment. The perfect hair accessory to transform a ponytail from plain to super chic. And ladies…PLEASE do not use a hair band to solely hide a bad hair day or on those Sunday’s with your joggers! A hair band to match your shoes or hand bag is an essential part of your evening wardrobe.

• Concord Clips

Like the hair slide and hair pin, the concord clip is very versatile. It can be used to hold your hair style in place or simply as decoration. A concord clip is great to use in all hair types.

• Head Bands

A great come back for the hair band over the past few years! With many celebs being snapped wearing one. Like the hair band, the head band is NOT only for children. Brides and Bridesmaids alike are turning to the head band as a cheaper and sometimes more comfortable option as opposed to a Tiara. Unlike many other hair accessories, the head band can be worn no matter what your hair type or length is. In fact I seem to recall the odd footballer wearing a head band in its more practical use!

• Headpieces

Traditional head dressing but by no means a thing of the past! With a wide collection of diamante headpieces to feathers to pearls (and the list goes on..)…ideal to dress tumbling curls, a romantic chignon or elegant up-do. Another Bridal favourite!

• Tiaras

The ultimate in Bridal wear but please ladies, get your money’s worth and don’t just wear it on your wedding day! Dust it off and feel like the princess again. This hair accessory is far too precise to stay boxed at the bottom of your wardrobe.

TOP TIP for any hair Accessory;

Whether your purchasing a hair pin to a headpiece, please make sure it will be secure in your type of hair. The last thing you want is for your hair accessory to slip out, minutes after putting it in place. A head of fine hair will need a thin narrow grip to the clip, something wide and weighty will only slide out and when buying a hair comb, make sure the teeth are shorter and closer together. A lady with thicker hair will need a comb with longer, fewer and more spread apart teeth.