From the Top
of your head.....
Bridal Traditions knows that it's not just about the gown, although that purchase is significant in terms of emotion if nothing else. Our gowns are affordable and well-made. We do not order or carry items that can be found in the dark corners of a shop or the dark corners of the web. But after the gown is purchased, then what?
You need accessories and we relish adding new ones to our inventory and helping brides find just the right next level bling to complete a look.
Hair bands, pieces and accents
One thing that all of these hair pieces have in common is that they appear to float on the bride's head. They are ethereal, delicate and from another era, while being dreamy and modern too. We say, find one that makes you swoon and try it!
Belts with Bling
Since bridal belts were designed and became mainstream a decade or so ago, there has been no turning back. They accentuate the waistline if necessary; they add a special touch to more understated gowns, and they just look gorgeous. In accompaniment with other jewels, headpieces and accessories, a blingy belt can make a huge difference.
Our selection of earrings and necklaces is well curated. Come in to see what we have to go with any gown, but most especially your wedding gown. These make amazing gifts too.
Ultimately, the veil can make the bride. Once positioned on her head, whether she chooses to cover her face or not, she's transformed. We love the moment when a bride has found her gown and then adds the perfect veil. If there are tears in the mix, that's often when we see them. All hail the veil!!
Coco Chanel said that women should look in the mirror before leaving the house and remove one item or element, ... in other words - less is more. We agree. But you can choose wisely when it comes to accessories and make your look absolutely unforgettable.
We love to profile our brides when we can, but sometimes we only have lovely notes and images that are shared with us. These are worth more to us than we can say, because each one represents time we spent with a girl who comes in a shopper and leaves as a bride-to-be.
We thought we'd share a few as summer comes into full flower .... much like these ladies!
Congratulations to these gorgeous new wives and to the lucky guys who won them!
Yes, garters are still a thing. Some bridal and wedding traditions hold up and wearing a garter and having your groom toss the garter is often still a part of the day and the reception.
What's the Story?
In medieval times, (this is true! look it up!) wedding guests would tear the bride's clothes off (we hope in preparation for the bridal bed, because that's a bit weird), as part of the bride and groom send off. After that became a bit much, brides began wearing garter so that she could just throw a single item into the crowd to keep rowdies at bay while escaping with the groom. Today, the garter toss mostly symbolizes the passage from a single life to married life for the bride and groom.
At BT, we carry an array of garters to keep and to toss. It's your call.
The Garter Choice
A garter can be worn on either leg, but if you toss one (or your husband does to the crowd), then you'll need to wear two and let him take the first and leave one for you to keep. The man who catches the garter is considered the same as the girl who catches the bouquet: he'll be the next to get married.
What to Consider
Brides and grooms decide the order of their reception "duties" but the garter toss, like the bouquet, is still a loved custom. If you have a slim fitted gown, but want to send a frilly garter into the crowd, brides will wear one for themselves (and their husbands) and sneak away before the toss to don the more frilly one. The last thing you want (besides rain, and missing rings, and unhappy guests, a food poisoning, etc) is to have a poofy lump in your skirt caused by your garter. Keep it in a bag and put it on at the last second to be hurled into the crowd.
Where to Wear
As mentioned, you can wear the garter on either leg, but it should be worn just above the knee. Garters can cost between $15 and $125 of more if they are ornate. The garters we carry are typically under $50, and we have them available in singles and sets, so choose one you love to keep and if you're tossing one, you can scale back. A little side note; our garters are handcrafted in Salisbury, NC!
As summer weddings approach, we are restocking not only gowns but accessories and we'll be featuring more and reminding you of why each item in a bride's look has an origin story.