Sometimes the most simple themes have the most impact. Sometimes extravagance can put to one side and a single detail can be played on to create the most beautiful style for your special day. Let's imagine your gown has a pretty bow sash. Simply taking this feminine motif and incorporating it into your bridesmaid's outfits, your reception décor and cake, will build an elegant bow wedding theme for a Pinterest-worthy special day.
Images: Top Row Left via Belle The Magazine | Top Row Right via Mod Wedding | Second Row Left via Refinery 29 | Second Row Right - Bow of Pearls Hair Clip by Glitzy Secrets| Third Row Left via Style Me Pretty | Third Row Right via Wed Luxe | Fourth Row Right via Rock My Wedding | Bottom Row Left via Fabulously Homemade | Bottom Row Right via Hitched
Whether you opt for an oversize bow sash or dainty bow embellishment on the bodice, your wedding dress is the perfect opportunity to really highlight your wedding theme. If you’re struggling to find the dress of your dreams, ask your consultant or dress designer about customisation options and think about adding a bow at the base of a low scoop back or be adventurous and add a statement bow to the front of your dress for a flirty and feminine look. Alternatively, adorn an ultra simple gown with a sparkling bow brooch - perfect to take an off-the-rack dress to budget-friendly couture status.
When it comes to bow bridal hair accessories, take the opportunity to choose pieces which really reflect your style and personality. If you adore vintage fashion, go for a dramatic oversize ribbon headband for a 1950s inspired retro look. Prefer a timeless, understated style? A chic crystal embellished bow comb or clip set in a classic up-do will give an effortlessly timeless quality. Subtle touches like a bow attached to a shoulder length veil nods to your theme without being overpowering too.
Every bride loves shopping for wedding shoes and our best advice would be too choose something you’ll wear again. A pair of sleek sandals or court shoes with a small bow motif on the toe will see you through your wedding day and into your honeymoon in style. Consider buying a pair of plain shoes and adding a bow shoe clip at the front for completely flexible footwear. Alternatively, if you’re wearing a tea-length dress think about choosing shoes with a bow on the back for 360 degree glamour. Fun and fearless brides might even bag a pair of colourful heels topped with bright bows to flash underneath their frock.
Images: Top Row Left - Vintage Ribbon Headband by Glitzy Secrets| Top Row Right via Style Me Pretty (same as before)| Second Row Left via Wedding Chicks | Second Row Right via Style Me Pretty (same as before)| Third Row Left & Right via Style Me Pretty (same as before) | Fourth Row Left via Mod Wedding (same as before)| Fourth Row Right via Ruffled | Bottom Row Left via One Fab Day | Bottom Row Right via Cotton and Crumbs
Don’t forget to include the groom in your bow-buying frenzy. A classic bow tie has so much versatility from a formal black tie ensemble to a vintage inspired outfit with braces and brogues. Get your groom involved in the fun by playing around with different fabrics from silk and velvet to wool and tweed. For a truly unique look, mix and match a patterned bow tie with a patterned shirt so he stands out from the rest of the wedding party as the man of the moment.
Adding an oversized bow to a simple and traditional wedding cake lifts the design tremendously and adds an extra point of interest to play up your theme. Think outside the box and add miniature bows to a tier of cupcakes or wrap a large ribbon bow around the base of each cake tier. For a cake with the wow factor, why not speak with your cake designer about creating a sensational statement bow in icing to top very simple tiers in your chosen colour scheme.
Let's not forget about the venue. Decorating with bows couldn't be easier. Bow sashes on chairs is a simple yet effective way of enhancing your wedding theme. Tied straight or at an angle they can easily be incorporated into your colour scheme. Continue your bow theme by tying colour coordinated bows around the stems of glasses or lavish bows around your dessert table for a modern day theme.
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