Monday, April 26, 2010

Ivory Veil

Ivory Veil
Ivory Veil
Ivory Veil

Ivory Veil

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Bridal veil

All brides want to be beautiful on their wedding day, and often it is easy for them to picture themselves in a wedding gown. But once something is placed upon the head, the whole perception of self-image is altered. A well-designed veil will accent or de-emphasize certain facial or body features if chosen thoughtfully, as well as match the bride's personality, reflect the gown's features, and conform to the formality of the wedding and reception.

The headpiece should be ornate enough for the gown and not look like an afterthought. It is a very condensed area and therefore may be more heavily beaded than the gown. Many brides have been misinformed and feel that if their gown very ornate they should opt for a very small, simple, and inexpensive headpiece, when they should be concerned that the overall effect is a balanced one. The area framing the face is not a very good area to skimp on since it is the most viewed area of the bride both in person and in photography.

If it is possible to find or design a headpiece with some of the gown's prominent features a finished look will result. Be sure to use the same or very similar types of materials in your headpiece. It is ok, however, if the pattern itself varies. If in doubt, stick to an entirely beaded or floral headpiece to avoid conflict.

Try to keep the styling of the headpiece in sync with your gown as well. Modern and contemporary gowns look great with beaded combs, tiaras, back pieces, asymmetricals, hatinators and hairpins. Traditional gowns fare well with beaded combs, tiaras, floral bandeaus, asymmetricals, hairpins and pillbox caps. Very formal gowns almost require a tiara, pillbox, Juliet cap, mantilla, or crown.

In general, the best veil lengths are the waist-length and gown-length veils. These hit natural stopping points, and do not interfere with the gown's lines. Formal weddings almost beg for long veils (at least 6" past the train); and the illusion is very sheer so your gown will not be hidden underneath the veil at all. Detachable veils help to make these much more practical and comfortable. Fingertip veils tend to be the least flattering of all to both the bride and the gown.

A well-designed headpiece will accent or de-emphasize certain facial features if chosen thoughtfully. For example, a wreath or halo effect will round and shorten a face. Pointed tiaras, which are taller in the center than the sides, will slim a face.

As a general rule of thumb, any headpiece, which is tall and/or narrow, will slim and lengthen a face. Subsequently, a low and/or wide headpiece may shorten or widen a face. Therefore, if the bride wishes to de-emphasize a round face, she should avoid a round headpiece such as a wreath.

Keep in mind that the veiling may also alter your appearance. Long veils will lengthen and slim a body while shorter veils may emphasize the waist and hip area. Edged veils also tend to call attention to their ending areas, especially a waist-length veils which ends in the midsection. Probably to best way to get the full effect is to stand about 10 feet from the mirror and be sure that you are creating the image you have long dreamed of.

Below are some tips to help in the selection process:

1. To assure a uniform look, try to bring out your favorite features on your wedding gown.

2. You have spent a great deal of time on your gown, but how many pictures will actually show that train? And how many will show your face? Don't skimp here!

3. The correct veil length should generally hit at the waist or at least 6 inches past the train to avoid conflict with the lines of the gown. The train was designed to have long, flowing lines, and a fingertip veil will typically disrupt the lines creating a choppy, unharmonized look.

4. Try to find detachable veils if you would like a lighter look for the reception without disturbing your wedding day hairstyle.

5. If you desire to slim or lengthen your face, try to implement long, slim lines in your headpiece and veiling. For example, try pointed tiaras or combs higher in the center than the sides.

6. For a long, thin face choose a more round looking ensemble. Wider, shorter tiaras and combs, brim hats, wreaths, and the like are often quite flattering.

7. A gown-length veil will also help to slim your figure! Think streamlined! Fingertip veils accent your hips!!

8. Stand back from the mirror to get the overall effect with both the gown and veil on. Don't tip your head down and look up at the mirror, because that is not how everyone else will see you.

9. Consider selecting your accessories from an upscale bridal salon who will measure the correct veil length on you and have their suppliers create exactly what will make your guests say, "What a beautiful bride!" rather than, "What a beautiful gown!"

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"The Famous Veil Lady from North Carolina" (according to Bridal Sources Magazine)

Copyright 1993, revised 2010

Cheryl King is the Chief Designer for Cheryl King Couture. Her designs can be found in leading bridal salons nationwide. She also has her designs featured in the editorials and on the covers of leading bridal magazines. Mrs. King has been designing couture headpieces and veils since 1989, and uses the finest materials available. Her collections are presented at the Couture Bridal Market in New York twice each year, where they are viewed by magazine editors and select bridal salons.

Wedding Earrings

Fashion keeps changing. Before a particular trend reaches culmination, it is replaced by another. But, in this coming and going of various style statements, wedding earrings have been able to hold on to their position. They have always formed an important and inherent part of accessorizing. Men and women wear earrings in an almost equal percentage, and it is the most sought after piece of jewellery. It lends a unique touch to your wedding ensemble, and one may actually help enhance your personality.

Historical and archaeological studies have shown that the practice of wearing ear accessories first originated among the West Asians, in the form of hoops and pendants. They were people who believed in life after death and buried their dead with jewellery and other essentials. They wanted their dead well-equipped when they begin their new lease of life.

Various types of earrings and jewellery designs

Earrings come in myriad shapes and sizes. Starting from studs and slowly moving onto rings and "jhumkas." You also have danglers which brush against your shoulders. Earrings might resemble a square or a hexagon or you can also have your initials inscribed on it. Religious-minded people can opt for "swastika" or "trishul" shaped designs, though the style and designs keep changing with the shifting trends.

Earrings for weddings can be broadly classified into two types: the pierced ones and the clip-on types. The former are more prevalent because it's easy to get your ears pierced to hold the earrings firmly in position. Also, gold earrings, diamond, pearl, and solitaire fall under the first category and are generally worn on special occasions. The clip-ons are made of cheaper materials. As they are not very firm, there are chances one might lose it. Thus, expensive earrings are never available as clip-ons.

Make the right choice!

Bridal Earrings help enhance one's facial features. So you should be careful when choosing a pair of earrings for yourself.

Long danglers should be sported by people having a long, slender neck. Round button rings must be worn by people having a thin facial built.

People with perfect cheekbones and sharp noses should go for large hoop earrings, while those with roundish faces must wear something in oval or rectangular pattern.

Those with upswept hair or a long neck, opt for drop earrings and not studs. They will twist and move and help disperse light. Chandelier earrings are also recommended for girls with slender necks.

If your hair is down or if you have a short neck, go for delicate and small diamond or pearl earrings. They would add to your beauty.

A wedding is a big event and one must carefully choose her wedding earring. It should go with the dress and make-up. It must necessarily complement your hairstyle and other accessories such as wedding necklace, wedding bracelets, etc., and help enhance your facial features. Because on this day you need to look your best.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The London Vintage Wedding Fair

London vintage wedding fair logo

For those of you too far south to make the fair in Harrogate, London will see its first vintage wedding fair on Sunday 11th April at The 20th Century Theatre. Admission is £5 on the door and tickets are also available to book. Visit the website for more information.

vintage wedding fair

Images courtesy of The London Vintage Wedding Fair and from left to right; Emmy Shoes, Elizabeth Havey and Vintage Flair.