“This is the definitive guide for couples looking to slash their wedding budgets without sacrificing style. Sharon Naylor spells out just what “freebies” are accessible and practical and what you shouldn’t expect to get for free (and why). In today’s economy, this is a must-read for brides and grooms who not only want to have a fantastic wedding but also start their married life debt free.”
Editor in Chief
Bridal Guide magazine
You’re loving your freebie tips on personalized wedding elements to honor family and friends on the big day! Here is some more from my ebook, focusing on using family heirlooms in your wedding plans:
- Since wedding gown styles are now accented with a sparkling brooch – either on the bodice or in the back, you can honor your mother, grandmother, great-grandmother or an honored woman on your groom’s side by wearing her brooch as part of your ensemble.
- Brooches are also popular accents for bouquet handles, so perhaps that brooch, or a cameo pin, can be your bouquet accent in tribute to its owner.
- Wear the necklace your mom or grandmother wore on her wedding day. It might be a demure piece you wear only for the ceremony, and then you can change into a more dramatic sparkler for your reception.
- Bracelets may be more fitting to your gown’s style, so wear an heirloom diamond tennis bracelet, or it may be that piece that your mom wore at her wedding, either as an heirloom or a gift from your father…which actually honors him as well.
- A saint medallion owned by your grandmother can be pinned underneath the skirts of your dress or pinned onto your bouquet handle.
- Rhinestone hair clips are often found in grandmothers’ jewelry boxes, and vintage hair accents are in for today’s weddings. If you slip these into your wedding day hairstyle, you add an element of your beloved grandmother’s style to your look.
- Sisters can be honored too, by wearing their jewelry or hair clips for your wedding look.
- Have your mother’s wedding-day headpiece re-made to include a slightly altered design, perhaps more or fewer rhinestones or faux gems.
- You don’t have to be the one wearing the heirloom piece! Perhaps your mother can wear her mother’s jewelry, or if you have a daughter, a small rhinestone hairclip owned by her grandmother or great-grandmother is a pretty way to include honored relatives.
- If an heirloom piece of jewelry doesn’t work for your wedding day look, wear it to your rehearsal dinner or engagement party.
- Take some lace from your mother’s or grandmother’s wedding dress and use that as the wrap for your wedding bouquet.
- Birdcage veils are in now, and if your grandmother wore one at her wedding, you might wear hers for your ceremony, or just for some post-ceremony photos if you’d rather wear a different style of headpiece for your ceremony.
- Your groom can wear his father’s or grandfather’s pocketwatch, wristwatch or cufflinks during the wedding.
- Handkerchiefs were musts in wedding days of old, so bring your grandmother’s along to the wedding to capture in some of your wedding photos.
- Don’t forget that your future in-laws would love to be so honored, so ask if there are any costume jewelry heirloom pieces that you might be willing to work into your wedding look. It’s quite an honor!
- If your mother’s or sister’s ring pillow fits with your ceremony style, and is in perfect condition, you might use that as your ring pillow. You can always pin on some pretty faux flowers or ribbon to make it your ‘own.’
- Save a little bit of money and honor your parents by using their original cake topper for your wedding cake, or use it as the topper for your engagement party or rehearsal dinner cake if you have a different style in mind for your wedding cake’s accenting.
- A mom’s or grandmother’s wedding shawl or wrap, or winter stole, can be a wedding day accessory – just be sure to get at least one pro photo of you wearing it!
Find more wedding freebie ideas in my book The Bride’s Guide to Freebies.
The ladies of Modern Family can do no wrong fashion-wise lately, and Sarah Hyland has always been an age-appropriate inspiration for Junior Bridesmaid fashion, so I was very excited to see what ‘little sis’ Ariel Winter would wear to the 2013 Golden Globes. Her purple dress last year opened the door to her Junior Bridesmaid Fashion Icon status, and now I’d love to know what you think about her neon embroidered Valentino dress for the 70th annual Golden Globes. Fashionista blog www.styleite.com called it very age-appropriate, but does that mean it’s a trend-setter for Junior Bridesmaid dress picks? Do you love the embroidery? Is it too ‘young,’ even for Ariel? What do you think of the sparkly silver headband and shoes with the neon accent dress? Is a blingy headband perfect for the Junior Bridesmaid? Share your thoughts here, and win a copy of my new book Bridesmaid on a Budget! www.sharonnaylor.net/books.htm
My take on it? Love the dress, and especially love the sparkly shoes. Now that’s a fun trend for Junior Bridesmaids!