Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Choosing a Wedding Handbag

Choosing a Wedding Handbag
The handbag you carry on your wedding day should only be big enough for the few things you will need. For most women this means purchasing a new handbag for their wedding day.

The first step in choosing your wedding handbag is to find one you are comfortable with. A clutch is the typical choice, but many women avoid this type of handbag because it doesn’t usually come with a strap, and holding the clutch all day can become cumbersome. If you must have a clutch, try to find one that has an optional shoulder or wrist strap that can be attached and detached at will.

Depending on your priorities it may be important to you to have your wedding handbag match your shoes. Since most brides wear white shoes, this can be easy to do. However, in the event that you want colored shoes, consider purchasing both shoes and a handbag that can be dyed the same color. Note that you will need your handbag and shoes to have the same texture if you want everything to match.

Not all brides insist on having their shoes and their bag match, so if you really want to make a splash on your wedding day the color of your handbag can be a contrast to the color of your shoes or any other part of your outfit. A sheen or metallic bag can add some more excitement to your wedding dress.

If a plain colored bag isn’t your style, considering purchasing a wedding day handbag in a floral pattern. This is especially common among brides getting married during the summer or in a tropical location.

An out of the box idea for your wedding day handbag is a hard case box clutch. This has become a very trendy bag to carry whether it is your wedding day or not. Softer material isn’t good for a wedding handbag because the items in the bag will likely make it look overloaded and bulky. Using a handbag with a hard case on the outside is the best way to make your wedding day more elegant. Straw clutches are also becoming a popular choice and can be used as a wedding day handbag if you choose.

For a timeless classic, you can’t go wrong with a handbag adorned with pearls, either real or fake. Any Mother of Pearl handbag makes it one that will enhance how you feel about yourself on your wedding day. It is also an investment in your future as you will likely be able to hand that bag down to your daughter, daughter in law or granddaughter someday.

Beaded and embroidered bags are also a great choice for a wedding handbag. Since most evening bags are beaded and embroidered it is the perfect choice for a nighttime wedding and reception.

As long as your wedding handbag is a help and not a hindrance on your big day, choosing the one you want is a personal decision to make. Style is everything at your wedding, so focus on finding a look that matches the rest of your dress and accessories and you should be in business.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

DIY Sparkler Holder Templates

Buying sparkler holders for your upcoming wedding can be quite a challenge, especially if you are planning to use a specific set of colors or a general theme. Fortunately, you can make your own wedding sparkler holders in a huge variety of colors without having to pay someone else to do it! I found this great Instructable that allows you to download a template of your choice, print them out, cut them to size, and insert your own wedding sparklers. Here’s a picture of what you can expect:

Sparkler Holder Templates

They provide a link to several different patterns and colors in this tutorial, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a template that suits your needs. You could always shop for sparkler holders on Etsy, but it’s so much cheaper to do them yourself; plus it can be a fun activity at your wedding shower!