Wedding Accessories to add SPARKLE

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Hopefully you're going to have a bright, sunny day for your winter wedding. Clear blue skies and maybe a touch of frost and snow.

In any case, you can introduce some wintry sparkle to your day with some well-chosen accessories.

And some of these accessories would make perfect gifts too - what little bridesmaid wouldn't be delighted to receive her very own first pearl necklace? And a cuff in seed pearls is a classic accessory.

All the above are available online from Dessy.com so you can order today.

Five Accessories For A Beach Wedding

Are you having a destination wedding? Looking forward to hearing the tropical palm trees whispering overhead, the white sand beneath your feet and the waves lapping the shore?

Congratulations on your choice!

A destination wedding demands some slightly different accessories, so we've put together a list of five we think you'll find perfect - and all can be ordered today via the Dessy website.

pink satin flip flops Wedding flip flops in satin £11 from Dessy

1. Flip flops are a must for a beach wedding. You'll love Dessy's which come in over 40 different colours at just £11 a pair. Maybe you could leave a pair for each guest in their room? They come in a pretty bag too, beautifully presented.

navy blue tote bag Perfect for everything you want to take to the beach. Tote bag £22 by Dessy

2. You're going to want to spend some time at the beach or the pool at your destination wedding. So you'll need a sturdy but good-looking tote to carry everything around in - book, sunnies, phone, cash, sunscreen - like this one from Dessy (which comes in seven different colours). Maybe a gift for your maids?

purple pashmina shawl Pashmina shawl by Dessy £21 - and over 30 colours to choose from

3. It can get a bit chilly on the beach in the evening - so have some pashminas to hand for you and your bridesmaids to snuggle into. Dessy has so many colour choices you'll find the perfect match for your theme.

4. Beach weddings are often a little more casual - and that can mean you opt for long flowing locks for you and your bridesmaids, rather than formal updos. If that's the case, then rhinestone headbands add a touch of sparkle - and look pretty for flower girls too.

5. Okay, so a wedding dress isn't really an accessory - it's a key part of your wedding look. However, if you are having a beach wedding you need to think carefully about your wedding dress as the climate will make different demands on you. You need to think about keeping cool, having a style that works well on the beach and also something that will travel easily.

The Versatility Of Pink

Pink. Is it a bit Marmite? Do you love it or hate it? Well stop right there. Keep an open mind on it. Because there are actually many different shades of pink - over 50 in fact.

There's (deep breath here) - blush pink, baby pink, soft pink, rose pink, hot pink, shocking pink, fuchsia pink, deep pink .. and so on.

And it's a great colour for weddings ... whatever shade you choose.

Going for Ombre

What's ombre? Well, it's when you combine contrasting shades of the same colour - and here's we're talking pink - to give a graduated effect. If you don't want a single shade it makes a great overall look. You can use the ombre option for bridesmaids dresses, the groom's waistcoats and cravats, your wedding chairbacks, your flowers and even your wedding cake. And of course, many colours come in pink - another reason why it's such an inspirational option.

pink ombre flowers Here's how to do ombre table flowers in pink. Image via OneWed.com

This image is a perfect example of how you can use pink in a way that doesn't overpower. Pretty hey?

What pink will suit your wedding season?

We'd say that gentle pinks - light rosy hues, petal pinks and blush - work well in winter (add a touch of sparkle) and in the height of summer.

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Gorgeous pink ribbons for this bride. Maybe match up your flowergirls' sashes to this? Or is it the other way around.

On the other hand, if you're marrying in autumn or winter, then think about deep shades. Maybe a deep merlot or a rich plum, or an aubergine. You want to go for pinks that have a purplish/blue hue. The light is different in winter and summer so make it work for you.

As for spring, then take your inspiration from the colours around you. Maybe the blossom on the trees (so that will be a light pink or maybe a fuchsia), hyacinths in pink or pink tulips.

pink roses decorating wedding chairs

How pretty is this?

We'd always say go for flowers in season - it's more eco friendly and it's more budget friendly too. Talk to your florist about what's on offer during the month you get married and maybe let your floral pinks dictate the pink you choose.

Pink at your wedding reception

This is where you can really indulge yourself . If you're marrying out of doors under a gazebo, then dress it up with chair sashes in your chosen shade. And again, don't feel you have to stick to one colour. You can add table sashes, lanterns and ceiling drapes too.

On your tables you could scatter pink confetti or tuck a pink flower into each guest's napkin.

pink rose in napkin Image via Wallpaperscraft.com

Tools for choosing the right pink for you

Browse through the various pinks on offer by buying a Pantone colour guide to your selected hues.

pink Pantone colour guide Pantone colour guide in pinks. from Dessy.com

So see what you can do with pink - your wedding options will surprise you.

Featured image via SarahKatePhoto.com

Accessories for a beach wedding

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Looking for accessories for your beach wedding?

White always looks dazzling under bright blue skies - especially if the backdrop is golden sands, waving palm trees and an azure sea.

pearl wrap bracelet Pearl wrap bracelet by Dessy £25

1. Jewellery

A touch of sparkle is perfect. Pearls are perfect - and a pearl cuff or bracelet will set off your gown without being overfussy. Take a look at Dessy's pearl accessories and see what appeals to you.

white wedding flip flops Wedding flip flops by Dessy £11

2. Shoes for the beach

Obviously you're going to have a perfect pedicure. But ditch the high heels for the beach. Wear a pretty pair of flats or bridal flip flops. These by Dessy come in a pretty travel bag and a variety of colours including white. You might also like to put a bag full of flip flops out for your wedding guests to slip into.

tulle wedding headpiece Tulle wedding headpiece by Dessy £22

3. Instead of a wedding veil. On a beach, a veil can get in the way, especially if it's breezy. So maybe opt for a wedding headpiece like this one from Dessy - you'll feel suitably bridal ...
beach wedding tote The perfect wedding tote. £22 by Dessy

4. The perfect beach tote. You're probably going to enjoy your time at the sea; sunbathing, walking, lunches. So you'll need a wedding tote to keep your kit in - here's one (and it comes in different colours) that you'll wonder what you ever did without.
one shoulder white goddess style wedding dress One shoulder goddess style dress by Dessy. POA.

5. Oh and the big day dress. One shoulder dresses look fabulous at a beach wedding. Take a look at Dessy's and you'll feel like a goddess!

Our Favorite Dessy Accessories for Fall!

Our Favorite Dessy Accessories for Fall!

Are you thinking about the fall as much as we are? We are so excited for the season that starts in just a couple of weeks we thought we would share some of favorite accessories from Dessy that would be perfect for a fall wedding! So if you're looking for the perfect gift for your bridesmaids, look no further than right here as we share with you some of our favorite accessories!

A little Seapearl this fall: The Seapearl Woven Wide Bridal Cuff and the Seapearl Woven Collar Bridal Necklace both have such a classic look for any bridesmaid dress you choose and goes beautifully with those rich fall burgundies and browns. It is definitely an accessory to consider for the bride and her bridesmaids!

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Left to Right: Seapearl Woven Wide Bridal Cuff and Seapearl Woven Collar Bridal Necklace

Keep Warm: For those weddings that will be later in the fall season, it is important to keep warm with our Pasmina/Evening Shawls and the Ombre Pashmina. They are definitely a must have for your fall wedding!

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Left to Right: Pashmina Shawl and Ombre Pashmina

Shoes and Clutch: No fall bridal look would be complete without the perfect pair of shoes and handbag or clutch. That is why we love the Scroll Beaded Bridal Clutch and the Luxe Crystal Peep Toe Platform Bridal Pumps. The colors of these two accessories go perfect with any fall colored bridesmaid dress and wedding dress!

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Left to right: Luxe Crystal Peep Toe Platform Bridal Pump and Scroll Beaded Bridal Clutch

Looking for bridesmaid dress for a wedding this fall? Check out Dessy Collection Style 2917 for the autumn season!

Dessy Collection Bridesmaids

Check out all of our accessories and bridesmaid dresses for fall!

Inspiration From A Wedding Bouquet

wedding moodboard in grey and redInspiration for your wedding day can strike in all sorts of ways. You may read a book that gets you thinking. See a film. Go to a show.

I spend a lot of time looking at photographs of weddings and sometimes one just jumps out at me - like the one of the dress and bouquet on the moodboard above.

I think the bouquet is fantastic - that's an artichoke flower in the middle but what really gets me is the colour combo. It's definitely a shot to inspire and show to your florist. I love the way it dazzles against the blue/grey of the bridesmaid gown.

Dessy has bridesmaids dresses in similar colours - larkspur and flame - so you can achieve same colour palette (the dresses shown on the bridesmaids above are all by Dessy).

Work your accessories into the mix. Add detachable chiffon flowers to the neckline or waist of your bridesmaid dresses. Maybe a floral headband? Ballet flats in reds and greys - the bridesmaids don't all have to wear the same shade - mix it up a bit.
scarlet cravat for bridegroom Add a flame coloured cravat for the men (or larkspur if that's what you prefer). You could put the groom in one colour and the groomsmen in the contrasting shade.

Putting your bridesmaids all in the same shade looks rather dated - today's brides are mixing it up a bit and bridesmaids are loving it. Use two or three colours for your palette and let each maid choose the colour that suits her best.

I love this larkspur/poppy red colour combo. I think it would work beautifully at an autumn or winter wedding. Particularly if you want some more unusual shades.

Dessy has frocks and accessories in a rainbow of colours.

Happy colour planning!

Photograph of bouquet via Find.com

Wedding Themes Taken From TV and The Movies

Themed weddings are all the rage - and TV inspired weddings all the more so.



Take Game of Thrones. On inspection, it's an odd sort of series to theme a wedding on - and yet there have been a fair few weddings in the four series shown so far.

x marrying x . x marrying Joffrey (and we know what happened at THAT reception. x marrying x (another reception that didn't end quite as planned. Tyrian Lannister marrying Sansa Stark.

However, the 'cloaking' ceremony in Game of Thrones where the bridegroom covers the bride with his cloak is rather romantic - so we can see why some couples want to include this on their wedding day.



Personally if I was going for a TV or movie themed wedding day and I was a fantasy fan, I'd probably go for the wedding in The Lord of The Rings when Aragorn marries Arwen. Fabulous costumes, a happy ending and plenty of ideas there.



If you're a fan of dancing and the pair of you don't mind showing off, then you could replicate Burt and Carole's Glee wedding when they danced down the aisle after the ceremony. That would certainly be different!



The Little Mermaid - if you're a Disney fan. Or you could do Robin HOod and Maid marion (see film clip).Cinderella and Prince Charming.

Sex in the City - really for the bridesmaids - mismatched dresses and looks fabulous.





A Little Wedding Sparkle with a Whole Lot of Love

A Little Wedding Sparkle with a Whole Lot of Love

Rhinestones and any kind of sparkle are a definite must for your wedding day! There are several places you can incorporate a little sparkle on your special day. Here are some ideas for wedding sparkle!

The Cake: If you are a bride that wants and enjoys sparkle, the cake is already grabbing the center of attention at the wedding, so why not give it a little more? A rhinestone border alongside the each tier of the cake or tiny crystals throughout is a great way to add wedding sparkle.

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Use rhinestones on each tier like this one to give your cake a little more sparkle! Photo by Something Blue Wedding Photography

Your Centerpieces: The centerpieces are a great place to have rhinestones and anything else that sparkles. You can decorate each table beautifully and add a little more to your wedding decor.

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Sparkle to the table? We love it! And you will too! We promise! Photograph by Something Blue Wedding Photography

In the Little Details: Whether it is in your bouquet, your shoes, or on your dress, there are plenty of little ways you can incorporate sparkle into your wedding. If you are a bride that loves it, then by all means go for it!

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Sparkle for your feet! Enjoy this pair of Heaven Dyeable Crystal Bridal Sandal for your wedding!

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Make your wedding bouquet even more beautiful! Photo by Limelight Photography

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Sparkle at the waistline! Photograph by Tikko Weddings

Guest at a wedding soon and need a little something extra go with your outfit? Check out all of our accessories available at Dessy.com!

Looking To Visit A Wedding Show? Here's A List Of 30 Top Shows To Visit

If you're looking for wedding inspiration, one way of finding it is by attending a wedding show.

That's when a whole load of suppliers get together under one roof to show off what they do - whether it's wedding dresses, wedding cakes, bouquets, fabulous venues, catering, shoes, stationery ....

You get to browse around, pick up some samples (and maybe taste a few), chat with suppliers about what they offer and what availability they have - basically immerse yourself in wedding stuff for a good few hours so you can really get some aspects well on the way to being sorted.

Wedding shows are also fun - you could invite your mum, your sister, your best friend, your chief bridesmaid ....

Lots of you may get engaged over the summer when you're on holiday with your boyfriend or partner - so I thought it was a good time to give you a list of the wedding shows you can visit over the rest of 2014.

Have a look and get that diary out!



Moodboard For A Monochrome Wedding

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If you're getting married in a chic city and want a really stylish, sophisticated look on your big day, then you seriously need to think about having a monochrome wedding theme.

It's a very easy look to put together - because you only really have two colours to think about - and they are so versatile.

Black and white wedding invitations. A cinch.

White flowers. Think roses, orchids, lilies, tulips, narcissi - all depending on the time of year.

Your dress? Well - white, cream or ivory.

And you could put your maids in elegant black frocks - perfect for an evening reception (and a dress they're likely to wear again and again).

You can use black and white as blocks of colour - as stripes, spots or overlay black with white lace.

Have a look at our Pinterest boards for some more inspiration. And you can create your own wedding moodboard for free here!

Photo credit. All dresses via Dessy. Wedding cake via GC Couture Cakes.