Violet Flower Hair Pins Set
A pair of steel hair pins featuring elegant Purple-Violet flowers.
green tree pendant
Mossy Green Leather Bookmark with Pastel Metallic Beads in Easter Egg Colors
My handmade beaded Mossy Green Leather Bookmark with Pastel Metallic Beads in Easter Egg Colors is a pretty combination of metallic colors. These shining pastel beads look like Easter eggs. This would look bright and pretty hanging out of the top of your book! Unique and inexpensive, my bookmarks… details »
As if you didn’t have enough decisions to make whilst planning your wedding you will have to think about what to wear on your head. For the groom this is fairly simple as most choose to avoid a hat unless you are having a grand affair and a top hat is required. Yet for the bride the decision about headwear is complicated and it is better not to choose a tiara before you have chosen your dress. However if you have chosen a vintage inspired gown then this headband from Chez Bec would be the perfect accessory.
Firstly a bride will need to think about how to wear her hair, up in a french pleat, half up or half down or fully down. Obviously this may depend on the style of dress you have chosen or you may have already chosen a beautiful tiara, like the slightly unusual motifs of pearls and crystals used in the design of the above tiara from Tiararama.
Whether you choose a tiara, hair slides or combs, veil or fascinator there is plenty of choice in styles available. Pearls are a traditional stone for wedding jewels and look great worn in the hair, as shown above in with the gorgeous tiara from Be Something New .
Yet you may want your headwear to add even more sparkle to your wedding day. Many jewellery designers can create bespoke tiaras, combs or headbands in a choice of Swarovski crystals to add colour to your day, as seen in the combs above from Tilley Jewels Bride.
Maybe pearls or crystals are not the look you are after but require a more dramatic statement piece. A fascinator is a great alternative to princess fairytale inspired tiaras, featuring feathers, netting and even pearls, crystals or rhinestones. Fascinators are also proving a popular choice for Mothers of the Bride and guests as an alternative to hats. Whilst you could stick to bridal creams and whites, a fascinator maybe your chance to add some drama, especially with this fabulous peacock feather fascinator from Nyjole J Walters Jewellery Design.
We are in the height of Summer here in the UK and I know some of you are lucky enough to have year round sunshine. I am fortunate to live near to the beach and cannot think of a better theme for a party. Think of the fun you could have decorating the venue and choosing beach inspired treasures to incorporate into your day, like the fab cake topper above from Lollipop Workshop.
Choosing a theme for your wedding is probably the most difficult thing about planning your celebration. Perhaps you have a little gem of an idea but are not quite sure how to bring it to fruition or maybe you have chosen the most fantastic colour for your bridesmaids gowns and want to use this as the starting point. Maybe you just love starfish and want to use this as the starting point, like these gorgeous hair accessories from Dreams by the Sea.
Living near the sea or holding your wedding on the beach is the perfect opportunity to have a beach themed party. Maybe you will use bright orchids as the focal point for a tropical beach theme. The gorgeous pink orchid hair clips above from Blue Lovebirds would be a perfect accessory for the bride or bridesmaids hair, made from silk they definitely would not wilt on the day.
Another beach theme is a little more rustic and would be ideal if you are a fan of the shabby chic trend that is currently very popular. Napkins could be sewn in Cath Kidston ‘Boat‘ fabric, boat or fish shape chocolate favors could be made using a chocolate mould and the wooden fishes above, from Giddy Kipper, would make great decorations perhaps tied to the back of a chair or even in place of namecards for place settings.
By choosing a beach theme you are not limited to a particular colour or design, as you can see the beach really does inspire different ideas.
Celebrities and friends are getting married all over the place and photos are appearing everywhere from Hello magazine to Facebook. Unfortunately I haven’t had any invites this year (not even from Kate Moss!) but I do love looking at all the wedding dresses. Of course the wedding of the year was Prince William and Kate Middleton, and whilst I did like her dress, I preferred Lily Allen’s vintage style dresses. The price for all of the ones we see in magazines are usually somewhat astronomical and out of reach for most of us, which makes handmade dresses on sites such as Etsy, even more appealing.
The dress above by blackmirrordesign is no doubt a brave statement to wear as a wedding dress, but if you like it; why not? Surely your wedding day is the best time to wear something that truly reflects you.
I have never understood why people pay so much for a dress that is worn for one day only and tends to look pretty similar to everyone else’s. Young girls dream of their wedding dress long before the boy has even been met; and the dream usually consists of stepping onto the aisle, the organ playing and everyone turning to look at you. I dreamt of a train so long it would reach the door while I was stood at the alter! In fact, it was only two or three feet long, and that got trodden on often enough! My wedding dress was bought in a charity shop for £5, which I then customised by opening the back and adding red ribbon lacing, tying ribbon around the medieval style sleeves and gluing on hundreds of beads to form a gothic style flower on the train. I was very proud of my dress and especially loved knowing that no-one else would have one the same.
I am still happily married, but if I were to get married again, I’d be brave and go for a dark red one. Something like this from thesecretboutique is just the thing.
My dress is packed up in a box in the roof, but there’s no rule to say you shouldn’t think of the future and get better value by buying a dress that can be worn on other occasions. Some simple dresses look absolutely stunning, and it does seem a shame that they often never see the light of day again. This dress by K T Jean Designs is so pretty and could easily be worn to a summer evening soiree.
As this is the first of my posts about Handmade Weddings I thought I would start at the beginning of the wedding journey. The proposal. Maybe your new fiance surprised you with a truly romantic proposal or it was you who did the asking. In the first few weeks of excitement your head will swirl with the excitement of planning your wedding and being engaged. Of course the first thing to buy is an engagement ring, if a ring has not already been chosen.
Jewellery is such a personal style choice and an engagement ring is probably the most important piece you will ever choose. I always knew I wanted a single diamond but didn’t want yellow gold, so I had a clear picture in my mind of my engagement ring. There are many style choices from classic princess cut diamonds to more dramatic styles set with beautiful stones.
I chose the classic option, a single diamond set in white gold and it still looks beautiful today.
I remember a friend’s mum who had a large turquoise semi precious stone in a gorgeous setting. This ring was dramatic and a lot larger than a standard engagement ring but looked perfect on this woman’s finger as it truly reflected her personality.
Tradition suggests that a diamond is the stone of choice for an engagement ring, however it is perfectly acceptable for the bride to be to shy away from tradition. The first documented use of a diamond to signify an engagement was by the Archduke Maximilian of Austria in Imperial Court of Vienna in 1477, upon his betrothal to Mary of Burgundy.
By the mid 19th century engagement rings had become standard but diamonds were not common until the 1930’s. By the end of the 20th century 80% of American women chose a diamond.
Whilst it is easy to chose a standard ring in a jewellers shop there are some truly beautiful rings created by jewellery designers. Some of these designers can even help to create the ring you have imagined for many years. Therefore you could turn your back on tradition and have a showstopping ring that you know nobody else will own.