#2016 bridal style

Bride Swag

Bride Swag Wishlist

The Best Gifts For The Bride-To-Be In Your Life!

Tis the season… for shopping! It’s also the season of engagements, so when you put the two together you may find yourself shopping for some bride swag this time of year.  Spoil all the ladies in your life with some fun wedding themed gifts, perfect for anyone who is newly engaged or newlywed!

Here are the hottest picks on Etsy as far as #brideswag goes:

Happy Shopping!

Love, Mrs. Newman

 

 

 

DIY Flower Crowns

flower crowns

For Your Wedding, Shower, or Life In General.

Flower crowns are super trendy right now (thanks Coachella), and their emergence on the bridal scene is spreading like wildfire.  I’m obsessed with the combination of two of my favorite things; pretty blooms and princessy crowns.  Yes, please.  Even if a floral headpiece isn’t how you picture your wedding day look, they’re a super cute addition to a bridal shower outfit, or even a fun pice to wear during your bachelorette festivities.

Your florist will totally be able to make them for you if DIY isn’t your thing, but for anyone wanting to make their own, it’s actually way easier than you’d suspect.  I had so much fun putting mine together, and it was really pretty simple.   And I’m totally still wearing it as I sit here working at my desk putting this guide together for you.

So, here’s what you need:

flower crown supplies

  • Scissors
  • Stem Wire (Michael’s)
  • Floral Wire (Michael’s)
  • Baby’s Breath
  • One or Two Other Types of Flowers

Step 1

Gather your materials and pick out your flowers.  You could also do this with fake flowers from the craft store, but I like fresh flowers, so that’s what I’m working with in this tutorial.  Make sure you have baby’s breath, and then pick out one or two additional blooms to add some volume.  I went with white roses and California stock flowers (and I literally grabbed them both from my local grocery store for pretty cheap, though a florist will have many more options to choose from).

Step 2

Take two of the stem wires and twist the last two or three inches of each end together tightly.  Once they’re connected, measure the rest around your head so that it fits loosely around your head.  The flowers will add some bulk, so make it just a teeny bit bigger then you would need it to be if it was just the wire.

Step 3

Once you’ve sized it, twist the ends together nice and tight.  Then make sure the wire is formed into a perfect circle, and then you’re ready to start adding your blooms.  This is your crown base.

Step 4

Start with your baby’s breath and cut it two or three-inch long pieces.  Use your floral wire to secure the green stems to the crown base.  Use approximately two inches of your wire and tightly coil the wire around the flower stem and the base to secure the baby’s breath in place.

Step 5

Work your way around the crown base with pieces of baby’s breath, until you’ve reached the place where you began (as illustrated in step 5 in the header image).  It’s okay if there are some blank spaces, you can cover them with your bigger flowers, and at the end you can always add more baby’s breath to hide any patches.

Step 6

Using whichever your next smallest flower is, cut the tips of the blooms with an inch or so of green stem left underneath.   Add these flowers to the sparse spaces between patches of baby’s breath, using the green floral wire to secure the inch long stems to the crown base.  Again, you’re going to wrap the wire into a tight coil to secure these flowers too, although these will weigh more so you might want to use a little more wire than you did the first go around. You might catch some of the baby’s breath while you’re coiling – that’s okay!  It’ll likely end of bigger than you thought, so reigning in some of the baby’s breath isn’t the worst thing – just keep going.

Step 7

Once you have your flowers secure, I would add a few bigger blooms.  You can leave it if you’re happy with the size, but I added a few roses to add some volume to mine and make it a little more glam.  Groom your bigger blooms pointing the stem to side so the flower faces out once you add it to your crown.  You’ll adhere it the same way, but this is when you’ll have to up your patience levels; there will be less free space in your crown, so work the stems into the crown base, and take your time wrapping the coil tightly, but weaving it between the flowers already in place.

Step 8

You’re done!  If you like the size and bulk, pop that sucker on and use a few bobby pins to keep it in place.  If it’s a little bigger than you imagined, use your scissors to trim down some of the baby’s breath.  Those are the pieces that tend to stick out and make it appear fuller than it is.  Try it on a few ways with different blooms in the front, and find the best side to have facing forward.

There you go my little flower children.  If you’re thinking of wearing your own creation on your wedding day, make sure you practice a few times before the big day.  And wear it around for an afternoon to make sure the way you made it lasts well.  If it doesn’t, you probably need tighter wire wrapping skills, or longer stems.  Again, if a flower crown isn’t your wedding forté, you should still consider wearing one for one of your other special events – because why waste the opportunity to feel like a princess/hippy/flowerchild/diva?

Love, Mrs. Newman

Blue Wedding Shoes

Blue Wedding Shoes Collage

Six Sweet Styles For You To Shop!

Every girl loves a good pair of heels, and every bride needs something blue. Lots of ladies are combining the two, and rocking some pretty awesome blue wedding shoes. Here are my six picks, for your consideration, along with where to find them. Happy Shoe Shopping!

  1. Menbur, Fava Ankle Strap Sandal. Retail Price $214.95
  2. Kate Spade, Izzie Heels in Grace Blue.  Retail Price $358
  3. Badgley Mischka, Jeannie Crystal Trim Open Toe Pump.  Retail Price $245
  4. Betsey Johnson, SB Ella.  Retail Price $99
  5. Brian Atwood, Janne Bejeweled Satin Pumps.  Retail Price $895
  6. Manolo Blahnik, Hangisi Jeweled Pump.  Retail Price $965

Love, Mrs. Newman

Spring 2016 Style

Bride trying on her dress

So What Will Brides Be Wearing Next Season?

Coming off the heels of fashion week, it’s not hard to tell what the up and coming bridal trends will be next year. For the past few seasons, we’ve seen tons of lace, plenty of open backs, and the rise and fall of birdcage veils. According to new runway trends, we’re all in store for another era of bridal fashion. So what are we all gonna see next year coming down the aisle?

Illusion Dresses

Not only were designers big into illusion necklines, many embraced illusion bodices as well, with carefully placed lace or fabric amidst sheer tulle.   Whether it’s an illusion neckline, back or entire bodice, brides will give a seductive vibe, with enough options out there ranging from subtle to daring.

Removable Skirts

Two-piece dresses have become wildly popular with the help of viral images on Pinterest and Tumblr. Offering two looks, brides can have a big, luscious skirt while they float down the aisle, only to be able to detach it later in the night for a lighter, sexier version of their gown.   One dress, two looks.

Cathedral Veils

Long dramatic veils will rule the aisle in 2016, especially for black tie weddings. Anything on the “upscale” side will most likely include a long, thin, glamorous veil for the walk to the altar.

Flower Crowns

On the opposite end of the style spectrum, for weddings that are more ethereal and relaxed, flower crowns will adorn not only the brides, but also the maids.   If you haven’t been to wedding that’s embraced this new trend yet, it’s only a matter of time now.

Sky-high Slits

Designers are definitely embracing sex appeal right now, and those thigh high slits have finally found their way onto wedding gowns.   This seductive style gives brides looking for a statement a way to amp up their look while still wearing the long white dress they’ve always dreamed about.

The Return Of The Sleeve

Strapless dresses have definitely owned the majority slot for bridal gown necklines since the turn of the century, but their place at the top is over. Off the shoulder, shirt sleeves, and even three-quarters length have all found their way back into the designers eye, and they’re coming back with a vengeance (less the shoulder pads, thank god).

Two Piece Dresses

Tops with separate skirts are on track to grow into one of the biggest trends of 2016 and 2017. With varying ways to execute the style, they’ll appeal to plenty of different tastes. It’s not a secret two piece dresses are a popular look outside of the wedding world, so their entrance into bridal fashion was only a matter of time.

Check out my Pinterest page for some of my favorite bridal styles, including all the recently released styles for the 2016 lines. If you need help with your own bridal style, or want your own bridal stylist, reach out to me and we can talk about it more!

Love,

Mrs. Newman