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Budget-Friendly, Beautiful Bridesmaids Bouquets

Our recent Facebook post on one bride’s baby’s breath bridesmaids’ bouquets got lots of y’all talking—some loved ’em, some…not so much. One commenter suggested carnations instead, if budget was an issue. Which got us thinking: There are so many options for bridesmaids bouquets that are both budget-friendly and beautiful. The key is sticking with one or two simple, striking flower types, and taking a monochromatic approach (a pop of accent color is fine). Check out some of our favorites right here, and make sure to Pin to your wedding inspiration board or share with your florist.

1. Antique Carnations Bridesmaid Bouquet ~ Photo: Branco Prata 2. Baby’s Breath & Eucalyptus Bridesmaid Bouquet ~ Photo: Allison Stahl 3. Blue Hydrangea Bridesmaid Bouquet ~ Photo: Hales Studio 4. Dinner Plate Dahlia Bridesmaid Bouquet ~ Photo via Happy Wed 5. Garden Rose Herb Bridesmaid Bouquet ~ Photo: Michelle Warren Photography 6. Gerbera Bridesmaid Bouquet ~ Photo: Boro Creative Visions 7. Pink Rose & Baby’s Breath Rustic Bridesmaid Bouquet ~ Photo: Live View Studios 8. Sunflower & Daisy Bridesmaid Bouquet ~ Photo: Emmaline Bride

2015 Wedding Gown Trend: Drop Waists & Sheath Gowns

Drop waist and sheath gowns have taken over the runway and our favorite Houston bridal salons. This flattering silhouette looks great on every shape and pairs beautifully with a sweetheart neckline. We’ve narrowed it down to our top fave gowns from the 2015 Bridal Market runway. Which one is your fave?

Floral Drop Waist Bridal Gowns All White Drop Waist Bridal Gown and All-Over Lace Bridal Gown Beaded Drop Waist Bridal Gown with Flowing Skirt White Lace Drop Waist Gown with Sheer Halter and Gold Lace Sheath Bridal Gown Beaded Pure White Bridal Gown with Flowing Skirt and Lace Bridal Gown with Floral Lace Flowing Skirt Gold Detailed Bridal Shift Gown and Drop Waist Bridal Gown with Flowing Skirt and Sheer Sleeves Beaded Bodice with Lace Flowing Skirt and Pure White Sweetheart Neckline Bridal Gown with Flowing Skirt Sweetheart Neckline and Tiered Skirt Bridal Gown with Jeweled Belt and Silver Sheath Bridal Gown Pure White Bridal Gown with Off-the-Shoulder Sleeves and Gold Detailed Bridal Gown

1. Enzoani: Brickhouse Bridal, Parvani Vida, Weddings by Debbie 2. Anne Barge: Ivory Bridal Atelier 3. Anne Barge Blue Willow: Ivory Bridal Atelier 4. Watters Wtoo: Brickhouse Bridal, Houston Bridal Gallery 5. Lazaro: Brickhouse Bridal, Ivory Bridal Atelier, Mia Bridal Couture, Weddings by Debbie 6. Rivini: Ivory Bridal Atelier, Mia Bridal Couture 7. Jim Hjelm: Houston Bridal Gallery, Now & Forever Bridal Boutique, Weddings by Debbie 8. Enzoani: Brickhouse Bridal, Paravani Vida, Weddings by Debbie 9. Hayley Paige: Now & Forever Bridal Boutique 10. Enzoani: Brickhouse Bridal, Parvani Vida, Weddings by Debbie 11. Enzoani: Brickhouse Bridal, Parvani Vida, Weddings by Debbie 12. Hayley Paige: Now & Forever Bridal Boutique 13. Pronovias: Brickhouse Bridal, Houston Bridal Gallery, La Reve Bridal Couture, Mia Bridal Couture, Weddings by Debbie 14. Enzoani: Brickhouse Bridal, Parvani Vida, Weddings by Debbie 15. Winnie Couture: Winnie Couture Houston Flagship Salon 16. Lazaro: Brickhouse Bridal, Ivory Bridal Atelier, Mia Bridal Couture, Weddings by Debbie 17. Jean Ralph Thurin 18. Lazaro: Brickhouse Bridal, Ivory Bridal Atelier, Mia Bridal Couture, Weddings by Debbie

HWB Hearts: Chic, Classic Navy Blue

Listen up, sophisticated brides: Navy blue was MADE pour vous. Whether you like your navy nautical-cool (navy, white, red, gold) or New-England-classic (navy, ivory, green, silver), navy, aka the new black, is among the hottest “anchor” hues for 2012 and 2013 wedding palettes. Combo it with coral and cream for a totally modern color scheme. Or marry it with lilac and pewter, with accents of delicate lace. Our favorite navy touches include navy-blue wedding shoes, like Nina’s jeweled, peep-toe Elke pump in “True Blue;” a navy grosgrain ribbon belt for your classic wedding gown; tabletop touches like dark-blue glass bottles and votive holders; and all manner of b-maid bounty, from navy chiffon shifts to striped clutches. Are you planning a navy-based palette for your big day? Comment here!

Navy Bridesmaids Clutches Navy Bridesmaids Dress and Table Decor Navy Shoes Navy and Red Wedding Invitation Navy, Coral and Yellow Table Decor

Credits: Navy Blue Bridesmaid Dress (Photo: Yes My Bride) ~ Navy Blue and Red Invitation (Photo: Sarah Drake Design) ~ Navy Blue Wedding Shoes (Photo: Zappos) ~ Navy Blue and Coral Table Decor (Photo: JL Designs) ~ Navy Blue and Green Clutches (Photo: AO3 Designs) ~ Navy Blue Flower Rhinestone Decoration (Photo: A Bespoke Touch)

HWB Hearts: Crystal Wedding EVERYTHING

Here’s the thing about crystals: No matter how simply they’re used in wedding décor, once you get them next to a light source—whether fixture or flame—they just can’t help but sparkle. And that little flash and glow is what makes an occasion feel…special. There’s no occasion more special than your wedding. And no better way to make it shine than with twinkling crystal elements. Like these.

Crystal Manzanita Tree Crystal Silver Mist Chandelier and Crystal Wine Cork Place Card Holder Swarovski Crystal Votive Holder Crystal Mr. & Mrs. Place Cards and Snowflakes Wedding Cake Hanging Crystal Curtain and Crystal Tree Wedding Centerpiece

Photos (top to bottom, left to right): Isha Foss Events via Weddify ~ Overstock.com ~ Gallery 360 ~ Panache Bride ~ Tange Design ~ Sue’s Sweets ~ Designs by Hemingway ~ Camlie Inc.

HWB Hearts: Laser-Cut Wedding Lovelies

Behold the amazing laser—truly a bride’s best friend. First it whitened our wine-stained teeth. Then it became our can’t-do-without waxing alternative. And now? Now it’s bringing us some of the most ah-mazing paper creations we’ve ever seen (with our laser-corrected perfect vision, thanks). Such crisp edges, such smooth curves, such lacy loveliness—like those scissor-cut “snowflakes” we loved making as kids, only crafted with, well, laser-like precision. We love laser-cut wedding invitations, save-the-dates, stationery and favor packaging so darn much, it’s hard for us to imagine a time before the dawn of the laser. Which, incidentally, sounds like a sci-fi flick our future fiancé would be, like, totally into.

Credits: (Photos from Top to Bottom, Left to Right): Avie, Wood & Grain, Chartula, StoreyShop Etsy Shop, Wedding Star, Paper Orchid Stationery, Boris & Doris, 2 Paper Dolls, Made By Julene, Cookie Bits Etsy Shop, Seven Swans, The Hummingbird Card Company, Cutture