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Monthly Archives: March 2017

History of Bridal Hair Accessories

Pre Classical period still had its influences going into the 1900s where the bridal accessories could be rather lavish, statement pieces. Brides often wore veils and sometimes their bridal headdresses were more like headpieces due to their size and ornateness. Many were encrusted with crystals and pearls and silk flowers to create a large and beautiful picture. However, after the wedding of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert, with her own real Orange Blossom hair vine was the start of brides who could afford, to wear real flowers in their hair. Queen Victoria’s Orange Blossom Hair Vine was preserved in wax and replicated using wax flowers, designs that my sister and I have reproduced with modern sophistication and charm in our little boutique in Bakewell, Derbyshire.

Moving into the 1920′s you have the ‘Flapper’ inspired pieces that were worn with short, sharp cropped hair styles and were, in some cases dramatic and would set a fashion scene that would appear decades later. Headpieces were often worn low down over the forehead with the bridal headdresses being lace, feathers, diamantes, crystals and bling. With drop waist dresses that would still play an important fashion role going into the 1930s.

The 1930′s saw a traditional revival with veils playing an important role and often would cover the entire head creating a laced veiled cap effect known as the ‘Juliet Cap’. Sometimes brides chose halos of lace, ribbon and flowers to create a soft and feminine look for their bridal headdress, each very striking and demure.

Not all 1940′s brides had the same choice of bridal headdresses as Queen Elizabeth who married in 1947 but in these austere war years, brides wanted traditional, princess tiaras with crystal and shine. With long flowing cathedral length veils being the order of the day and at times the full headpiece being chosen, brides of the 40′s looked simply stunning.

Jackie O and the actresses of the roaring 50′s created a new wave of glamour that filtered its way through to the everyday bride. With short, crisp and sassy veils teamed with sophisticated bridal headdresses, the 1950′s brides wanted glitz and glamour and although lace played a big part and full Juliet caps still being fashionable, things were hotting up.

The 60′s saw a few different styles vying for attention. The hippy movement saw daisy chains, flowery, blousy, natural and simple creations whereas there were the brides with the big bouffant hair styles who wanted the traditional crystal tiara and long flowing veil. Larger styles of bridal headdresses seemed to appear again in the 60′s with some brides wanting fuller halo effect pieces to create a statement against the more simplistic waist cinching dresses.

In the 1970′s, our personal favourite era for bridal dresses and accessories that saw a huge amount of bohemian brides with the flower circlets and flowing locks. Yet too, just as popular were the full tiaras, bonnets, headpieces and in some cases large blousy hats that were beginning to become a choice for some, along with the more demure and alluring pill box hats with birdcage veils.

Wow, the 1980′s! Bows, bows everywhere along with satin, ribbon, flowers and hoops. The 1980′s saw big hair, big veils, ruffles and bows and big wedding dress trains, although not many brides opted for the 25ft beauty that Princess Diana had!

Into the 90′s with a real contrast in fashion and a bit of a mixture when it came to bridal accessories. Brides were opting for traditional tiaras full of crystal and bling, yet others were experimenting with revivals and dresses that leaned towards a Tudoresque rather pre-classical style with full length capes or watteau, full arms, embroidered lace and Maid Marion inspired innocence. Towards the end of the 90’s and into the 00’s the vintage pieces were starting to play a part with beautiful pieces being made entirely of antique and vintage jewellery. The heirlooms of tomorrow were being created.

Wedding Cake when Summer

1. Consider the Frosting
It is a hot summer day so you have to consider your frosting. Fondant is recommended for summer cakes as whipped cream and buttercream melt easily which ruin your beautiful cake. To enhance the fondant icing, have the baker apply buttercream frosting beneath it. If you don’t like fondant frosting, then just keep the cake refrigerated 30 minutes before the cake cutting. Have it in a beautifully decorated table for a lovely presentation.

2. Shield it from the Sunlight
A fondant wedding cake must not be exposed directly to the sunlight. Ensure the cake is sheltered under the tent (for outdoor ceremony). People don’t consider keeping the cake away from the sun as it can come through the windows. Ask the caterer to place it in a safe and shaded location.

3. Have Lighter Flavors
Chocolate cakes have been the favorite choice, but light flavors are recommended for summer wedding cakes. Sponge cake with bunch of lemon in between the layers is a great option for a wedding cake. Another is lime cake with frosting of coconut. If you don’t like lime cake, you could have angel food cake. However, this type of wedding cake is fragile to multiple tiers so have three pieces of angel food cakes and have each one in different shades of your wedding colors.

4. Consider the Season
If you’re having a June wedding with roses and pearls, then have your cake decorated with them to complement with the wedding theme. For beach wedding, choose seaside elements such as shells, waves or chairs. Another beautiful decoration for the season is seasonal fruits such as blueberries. A wedding cake with summer decorations makes it more attractive and colorful.

All about Decorating Scheme

Beach. Whether the bride and groom live near a beach, or the wedding is destination style, there are many directions to take the decorating. Nautical designs are a classic way to design a wedding – a navy blue and white color scheme, stripes, and accessories with anchors, lighthouses, shells, and sailboats on them create a fun and distinctively beachy feel.

Springtime. Though your risk of rain is higher, an outdoor spring wedding is perhaps the most beautiful kind. This time of year is associated with new life and new beginnings, so there is no better time to start this new chapter in a couple’s lives together. It is easy to surround guests with greenery and blooming flowers during this time of year because they are everywhere in nature. Garden materials can be used as props, and this is the time of year when a bride gets away with adding a little color to her wedding dress.

Winter. Having a wedding ceremony and reception during the winter lends itself to decorating with the most classic of wedding colors – white. Create a white winter wonderland by hanging sparkling snowflakes or using faux-snow in the centerpieces. A white-on-white color scheme can get monochromatic, so many sure to use dimension and texture throughout. When decorating for a winter wedding, consider getting an ice sculpture that is visually stunning and seasonally appropriate.

Western. If a wedding is taking place in the west, or a couple simply wants their reception to resemble a hoedown, there are plenty of decorating scheme ideas to achieve this. Try replacing white tablecloths with red gingham print. Also, use cacti instead of flowers for centerpieces. Bandanas, cowboy boots, and horseshoes are among the images of the Wild West that first come to mind – use them in the decorating scheme for a western wedding.

Dream for Fantasy Wedding

First consider this. What is your fantasy wedding? Not looking at finances, but really the dream.

What do you really want? You might have the whole thing mapped out, but if not, for now get an idea.

What is the theme of the wedding. Is it on a private island? Is it in the snow, with a cathedral? Paint the essence of the picture in your mind.

Now that you have an idea, in essence it is like a title of a book or movie or even a picture. This imagination process is important. So we look to the future.

Knowing the one line idea of the concept of your fantasy wedding, you can take the step further. What location is it in?

What does the venue look like? What about your wedding dress? Knowing these parts can all come together.

Now we want the bliss. We want the supreme happiness, and dreams being made reality.

So take a pen and paper. Write it down! Turn the idea in your mind to paper, so that you can work on it! Now is the time for some research, and planning, because you have made the first step to creating a wedding of bliss!