Wedding season is coming. You're the bride, or you know a bride. The dress is important. The dress is expensive. The bride wants to feel special and most importantly, she wants to feel like herself. We suggest you take a basic, inexpensive dress with good bones and make it your own, because what makes a wedding beautiful is the love, not the money.
Start with a very basic dress. Here's one I bought for $99 from a large bridal dress store during their annual sale.
The more simple the dress, the easier it is to accessorize to fit your wedding, whatever the season.
This is a strapless satin A-line dress with simple beaded embellishments around the top, waist and hemline.
SPRING GIBSON GIRL
For a spring wedding, when the weather can be unpredictable, it's good to have a light lace sweater or shawl to warm your shoulders. This one was under $20.
I've wrapped a 3-yard piece of very pale pink Swiss Dot organza around the dress like an overskirt.
The top edge is folded under so it makes a pretty-looking high waist.
For the waistband, I'm using a black sheer ribbon because black and pink contrast wonderfully. It's best to use a ribbon that's 2-3 inches wide.
How we did it:
Wrap the ribbon around the waist snugly but not tight. Secure belt in place with a safety pin, and any trim excess.
Pull up the top part of the organza so that it's even, then pull up the ends in the back so that you have enough to tie together and wrap under the belt. It looks like a fluffy bow bustle.
This is the part that just pulls the entire look together: A big silk or real flower. You could use white, ivory pale pink or even black. I've taken some extra black ribbon and made a flat flower shape out of it then attached it to the back of the flower...pinning them both to the side of the belt.
I finish with a big pink pearl necklace that features an antique silver flower.
This whole look says fun, light-hearted elegance!
SUMMER FLOWER CHILD
For a summer wedding, let's keep our shoulders bare. Having an outdoor wedding? I'll show you how to accessorize a simple straw hat to complete your look.
How we did it:
Simply take 5 yards of beautiful fabric ribbon...whatever you love and will match your décor. Choose a ribbon between 2-3 inches wide.
To prevent slipping, use a little fabric glue (or a needle and thread) to tack ribbon in place around the top.
Tie in a big bow in the back and trim the ends.
Order a wreath from your florist to fit around the brim of your hat. Go heavier on the greenery and lighter on the flowers. Choose flowers that go with your bouquet and the color of your ribbon for a very simple yet pulled-together look.
Finish with a simple pearl necklace.
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