The 411 on Accessories: How & What to Wear on Your Big Day

When it comes to completing your wedding ensemble, it’s important to remember your accessories. Your dress is definitely the statement piece when it comes to your outfit, but having just the right accessories can really set it off and make your dress that much more wowing, glamorous, beautiful, and couture. So, if you’re looking for some of the hottest trend-setting accessory pieces, than you’ve come to the right place!

Statement Chandelier Earrings by Natalia Photos

  • Earrings: There are so many different types of earrings out there, but depending on your dress, your earrings can really make a statement. But, make sure you choose the right earrings so your ensemble isn’t too glitzy. For example,

    • High-neck dress: If your dress has a gorgeous, high-neck collar, than you’ll want to steer clear from drooping, glamourous earrings. Instead, you’ll want to opt for smaller statement pieces, something like a gorgeous stud earring or a tiny loop.
      • Jazz It Up: If you really want to jazz up your earrings, you can mix up the colors. For example, if you have two of the same styled earrings but different colors, wear one of each color. That will give you a fashionable & creative, yet put-together look.
    • Sleeveless & Simple: If your dress is sleeveless, than you can really have fun with your earrings. Choose a really long, shoulder grazing earring with an eye-catching design to really pump up your attire.
      • Jazz It Up: For a little bit more of a statement, choose dramatic chandelier styled earrings, like a Phoebe Philo Celine inspired piece. Of course you don’t have to pay the name brand price, but you can find great, inexpensive pieces at your local shops or online.

Pearl & Diamond Necklace by Mercury Jane

  • Necklace: This is probably one of the easiest statement pieces you’ll find. Depending on your type of dress, you can really jazz it up with a haute necklace or give your dress a kiss of perfection with a smaller piece. Here are some ideas for you:
    • Dress Type: Depending on your dress, again, will depend on what type of necklace you should wear. If your dress is super bedazzled on the bust area, than you’ll want to avoid gaudy necklaces. Too much is simply too much. But, if you have a simpler dress, than feel free to go as big, fashionable, and eye catching as you want!
    • Stay in Style: Remember, your necklace is an accent piece, which means you’ll want to stay within the same style category. For example, if you’re theme is more of a country chic wedding, a gorgeous cross necklace is a great accent piece (which is what I did!). But if your wedding is a little more black tie, opt for diamonds or pearls (or a mixture of both!) I personally love this necklace from Charming Charlies; it’s both glamorous, classy, and perfect for a beach-themed wedding!
    • Tip: You can find GREAT pieces for inexpensive at stores like Charming Charlies. They are my personal favorite! No matter what color or style your wedding is, Charming Charlies has it all, and it’s all organized by color (which is probably why I like it so much… my mini OCD just loves the organization of that store).

Grace Kelly Pearl & Diamond Bracelet by Mercury Jane

Bracelets: Now here’s where you can be bold without being too afraid of overdoing it. Of course you can still overdo it if your bracelet outdoes your dress in jewels, but you can still have fun (in moderation) with your bracelets. Again, a few of my favorites are from Charming Charlies. You really can’t go wrong with bracelets! For example, this piece is perfect; it’s a statement without being to audacious. But if you want color, you can choose a bracelet that brings in your wedding’s color scheme. Simple, yet perfect.

So remember, when you’re pairing your accessories, remember not to overpower your dress. Keep it simple, stately, and classy!

For You Shabby Chic Lady’s – A DIY Garter Must-Try!

Check out Lingerie Must-Haves That are Perfect For Your Wedding Dress

by Cierra Cline at Mode

Garter by !Koss

So, we’ve taken a look at how to make a gorgeous floral crown for your boho/shabby chic wedding, and it was about as easy and inexpensive as it gets. Not to mention it’s the perfect accent piece that just screams gorgeous, fabulously country, chic and perfect! Well, I have another fabulous DIY that you’re gonna love – your wedding garter! Now, we’ve also taken a look at some ideas for your “something blue” and a garter was one of the ideas. Going with that, we’ll go ahead and see how to make your “something new” AND “something blue”! Killin’ two birds with one stone… I like it!

What You Need: Ok, you can probably tell by now that my favorite craft stores are Michaels and Hobby Lobby (especially Hobby Lobby), which means most of your materials will and can be found at one of those two stores. Of course you can find them other places as well (like Joann’s Fabrics, Amazon, Wal-Mart, etc…) so do a little shopping around to find the cheapest prices. Well, let’s get to it!

Vintage Garter by Faylyne

How You Do It: Now that you have all of your materials ready and set to go, let’s get started!

  • Take your tape measure and measure your upper thigh. Make sure you measure where you want to place the garter (usually 3 or so inches from your bum).
  • Now that you have your thigh measurements, cut your stretchy lace 3 inches SHORTER than what you measured. You don’t want it to slip down your leg without your hubby’s help, so make sure to cut it short for a snug fit.
  • Now that your lace is cut, pin the cut edges together, and then sew them together
  • Open up your seam that you created by sewing it, and then fold the edges down. Pin those down as well to make sure that your seam is nice and secure.
  • Now that your garter is sewn together, go ahead and grab all of your embellishments and appliques and sew them in the middle. You can find some great appliques here!
  • Tip: Make sure that your appliques are sewn on the OPPOSITE side of the seam. And don’t sew it all the way around, because in the end you want to make sure that the garter can still stretch.
  • Now you’re all done!

If you made your very own gorgeous garter, definitely make sure to leave a comment on how the process went and most assuredly a picture! I would love to see how it went and what your thoughts are! Happy sewing!

DIY Bridal Flower Crown

I absolutely love flower crowns; to me, they’re much simpler, sweeter, and to be totally honest, a whole lot cheaper than your normal tiara or crown. Not to mention, it can be a lot of fun to make your own flower crown! Now what’s great about the these crowns is you can personalize it to meet your preference; you can choose whatever flowers you want, how big you want it, and so on. So, here’s a super crazy easy DIY that’s perfect for making your own gorgeous bridal flower crown!

Bridal Crown by Faylyne

The Materials You Need: Like pretty much every other DIY we’ve looked at, you can get most any of these materials at Joann’s, Hobby Lobby, Michael's, or any of your other favorite shops. So, let’s take a look at what you need!

Floral Crown by Faylene

What You Do: Now that you have all of your materials, let’s go ahead and get started!

  • Take your wire and measure it around your head. Cut it to where it fits properly. Make sure it’s loose enough so when you put the flowers on it, it’s not too tight.
  • Now that you have the wire cut to the proper length, wrap it several times around with your tape. The more you wrap the ends, the better.
  • Go ahead and grab all of your gorgeous flowers and your beautiful greenery. Arrange the greenery how you want it, then tape it with your floral tape.
  • Grab your beautiful flowers (make sure the stems are about 3 inches long so you can tape the flower on the wire) and place them where you want them. Now that you have your flowers where you want them go ahead and start taping away!
  • Now that your flowers are properly arranged and taped onto the wire, you’re all finished!

I think one of the greatest parts of this whole project is it costs less than $15 (not including your flowers)! This is one of my absolute favorite DIY’s. It’s so easy and probably one of the most inexpensive projects that it’d be crazy not to try it! Now, as far as hairstyles go, keeping your locks down is probably one of the greatest ways to wear your crown. Loose curls or beach waves are the best and look fantastic, giving you a more country chic, heavenly beauty look. Another great hairstyle for this crown is your loose, styled messy, curly chignon bun. I absolutely love those types of buns, and they look great in any and every style wedding. For those of you who have a country-styled wedding, definitely be sure to try this out! If you tried this DIY, definitely make sure to let me know how it goes! Pictures are great too!

Happy styling!

Boho Floral Bridal Crown by Faylyne

DIY Vintage Wedding Dress Sash

Beautiful Wedding Dress Sash by Echo Life Photography

So you know how most ladies love to accent their pieces with a gorgeous set of jewelry, sexy shoes, or another piece of clothing? Well, you can do the same with your wedding dress. For example, a chic vintage sash is a great example of an accent piece! If you’re like me, you have a flair for the simple, but on your wedding day, it’s ok to set aside your simple side and take hold of more attention grabbing pieces. Not all wedding dresses come with belts (mine didn’t), so if you want to add a little something to your wedding dress, here’s a super simple DIY just for you! Materials Needed: With every great project is a fun shopping day! You can find pretty much all of these materials at any of your favorite craft stores, like Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Joann’s, or anywhere else you fancy. So go ahead and grab your pen and paper and jot down these few items!

  • Ribbon
  • Thread (preferably invisible)
  • Pant Hook and Eye Clasp
  • Beaded Trim
  • Elastic Band
  • Tape Measure
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Hot glue gun and glue What to Do: Now that you have materials in hand, get ready to make the most gorgeous (and inexpensive) wedding sash you’ve ever laid eyes on! And remember, you can always tailor it to meet your desires; for example, if you want beads and pizazz, great! if you want vintage flowers, fantastic! Whatever your heart desires, go for it!

  • Measure the beaded trim to the right size of your waist. Measure exactly where the belt will be on your wedding dress, which is usually on your rib cage, a little below your bust.

  • Depending on how thick you want your belt, you can either sew two to three trims side by side, or you can stick with one trim (depending on how wide your trim is). Remember, tailor it to your desires and specifications.
  • Sew the ribbon to the back of your trim once your trim is sewn together. Whip stitching by hand is one way you can do it, and if you’re not sure how, here’s a tutorial for you to follow.
  • Sew on the first clasp to one end of the belt.
  • Sew the second clasp onto the elastic part and then sew the elastic onto the actual belt for more give and security.
    • Another alternative to the clasps is to have excess ribbon that goes past the trim. You can use that ribbon to tie a bow at the back rather than clasping it. Either way is gorgeous, just one takes less steps and less sewing. Whatever you prefer!
  • Hot glue the very ends of your belt to keep the stitching and beading from unraveling – prevent a wardrobe malfunction at all costs!
  • You’re all done! Enjoy and look fabulous!

Wedding Dress Sash by Echo Life Photography

Wedding Dress Sash by Echo Life Photography[/caption] This is such an inexpensive alternative to the very expensive (and sometimes cheap looking) belts that come with your wedding dress that it would be silly not to make your own (if you wanted a belt, of course!) So if you’re an artistic, needle-savvy lass, than definitely make sure to create a belt and then let me know how it all goes! I’d love to hear all about your process and to see some pictures!

[caption id="attachment_12477" align="aligncenter" width="590"]Gorgeous Photography
by Mrs. Tiffany at
http://www.echolifephotography.com/ Vintage Chair by Tiffany Fulmer at Echo Life Photography[/caption]

And thanks to Tiffany with Echo Life Photography at http://www.echolifephotography.com/ I now have beautiful photos to share and show with y’all!

Quirky Colors for the Quirky Bride

Check out The Boldest Lip Colors for the Boldest Beauties

by Cierra Cline at Mode

We’ve seen a lot of different traditional how-to’s as far as makeup and hairstyles go. Well, what about those of you who have a unique, quirky style preference! If you want bold, beautiful, and bodacious, than here are some pretty fantastic lip color ideas just for you! Bold Lips for the Lass: Most traditional brides opt for something that’s softer and natural. If you want something that’s out-of-this-world, than take a look at some of these ideas!

  • Vivacious Reds: Red lipstick seems to be one of the hottest lip color trends today. Makeup artists and stylists are coming up with colors and ways for everyone (redheads included!) to wear red, and it’s absolutely incredible. Being a redhead myself (unfortunately not naturally, but hey, a girl can try) and having the option to wear red lipstick is an absolute dream! Here are just a few of the hottest red lipstick colors for you to try on your wedding day!

Red Lipstick by Mariam Boabbas

* **Candy Apple Red:** This is simply too hot to trot. I absolutely _love_ bold red lips. It adds a pop of pizazz, bringing a lot of color to your whole look. It really emboldens your whole style, making you look hot, sassy, and incredibly sexy! 
  * **Tips:** As a tip, use a liner that matches your actual lip color, not your lip_stick_ color.
* **Neon Red:** This one is kind of like the Candy Apple Red, but a bit brighter, a little bolder. It’s absolutely fantastic for that eye catching “wow!” factor. 
  * **Tip:** If you’re going to have bold lips, tone it down on everything else, like your eye makeup and hair style. You don’t want to look like you’re wearing stage makeup.
* **Orange-y Red:** This takes on a whole new level when it comes to lipsticks. It has a little bit of an orange hue to it, making it a fabulous color. 
  * **Tip:** This shade of lipstick is best used for those with a medium skin tone. For a sexy “BAM!” to your makeup, this is the color for you!
* **Maroon Red:** I think this is my favorite shade of red. It’s still a bold color, but it’s not your Candy Apple Red kinda bold. 
  * **Tip:** This is an awesome color for those of you with darker skin tones. It’s super complimentary, sexy, and very chic.
  • Perfect Plum: Plum is another bold color that’s taking the stage in 2015. It’s a darker shade that really complements out your skin tone. For those of you who want a bold, darker color, this is definitely the color you want to go for.
    • Tip: Wear concealer under your lipstick. This will ensure that you lipstick will stay a whole lot longer. The longer, the better.

Purple & Pink Lipsticks by Maria Morri

  • Prissy Pink: Think hot, bold pink, not your neutral pink. This is a gorgeous color that makes you look sassy, sweet, and super sexy. This is a bold color that will really draw attention to your gorgeous, glowing face.
    • Tip: If you want long lasting lip color, opt for a lip stain, rather than a lipstick. There are tons of different colors, brands, and types of stains, so your choices and options are endless. Now that we have a few awesome shades of lipsticks and stains you can choose from, go ahead and start shopping and looking around! Make sure to visit a good makeup store with helpful clerks so they can show you all the different (right shades!) of lipsticks you can choose from. Make sure to leave a comment for me to let me know what shade of lipstick you chose!

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