Bridal Tips from The Duchess of Cambridge

With the Royal Baby on the way, I took the time to reflect and look back on Kate Middleton’s wedding. In particular, her gorgeous bouquet of Lily of the Valley and how perfect she held her bouquet. I think all brides and bridesmaids can learn a little something from Kate 🙂

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Remember a bouquet is to accent your look not take away. Think of accessorizing your clothes – you wouldn’t want to wear a necklace that over powers your dress , would you?

Take note from Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

1. Get a feel for your bouquet , the handle or stems.

2. Hold it comfortably at waist level, angled toward your guests.

3. If carrying a bouquet, other than a standard hand tied – like a Miss. America Pageant style bouquet – known as a Presentation Style Bouquet, get comfortable with laying it on your arm. ** What I love about IND girls, is that during graduation all the girls hold a dozen Red Roses presentation style **

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4. GOOD POSTURE. Shoulders back, stand up straight, do not look down – always forward. This will make you feel more confident with the way you look and feel and will hold the bouquet properly.

5. POSE FOR THE CAMERA. You never know where your photo will end up so make them PICTURE PERFECT.

Something Old, Something New, Something BLUE

In a couple series, I’ll blog a little bit about each of these but today let’s talk about something blue, after all it is my favorite color. Something blue stands for purity, love and fidelity. In 1837-1901, prior to the reign of Queen Victoria, women wore wedding dresses that followed current fashion and color including creme and ivory.  Since blue stood for purity many women wore blue wedding gowns for that reason. 

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Royal CoupleQueen Victoria made a huge statement when she married Prince Albert of Saxe wearing a white satin gown, adorned with flowers in her hair, lace veil and an 18 foot train. Soon after, Victoria started something for brides – those in Europe and America began wearing white wedding dresses as well.

Since this post is primarily about something blue, if you were to go back in time and wear a blue wedding dress what would it look like or would you still choose white ?

Below are a couple gorgeous Blue gowns I think are fabulous and what a surprise it would be to everyone to wear a dress as your something blue 🙂

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Timeless Design Pattern: Chevron

No, I’m not talking about the gas station and the rise in gas prices, I’m talking about the inverted “V” that is appearing on Victoria Secret Bathing suits, table cloths, clothing on the runway, lampshades, napkins, table cloth runners, curtains/panels and just about anything you can imagine. This pattern was especially popular in the 70’s but has made a huge comeback and is now a summer trend for 2013.

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Not to be confused with the Herringbone Pattern which can be seen as backsplash pattern, pavements or floor tiling.

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If you look up what the definition of Chevron is , this will show up “b : a sleeve badge that usually consists of one or more chevron-shaped stripes that indicates the wearer’s rank and service (as in the armed forces)” http://www.merriamwebster.com/dictionary/chevron

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You will find there is a ton of history on Chevron so take the time to do a little research 🙂

Today, Chevron has made it’s way not only in the fashion industry but floral as well. I’m noticing more table cloths topped with monochromatic color schemes seen at weddings or bridal shows and bolder chevron patterned colors for birthday parties or Bat Mitzvahs.

There are countless ways to play around with this fun pattern , so with the right colors, accents, flowers and decor you can create a timeless design that will have your guests talking over and over about it.

How do you incorporate this “inverted v” pattern into your designs ?