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Using flowers for a theme is a popular choice for wedding. A floral theme can stimulate both visually and sensually. Flowers transform a wedding. They provide colour and fragrance as bouquets for you and your bridesmaids, and in the wedding party corsages. At the wedding venues – at the church and at the reception – they brighten every table, they light up a room, and they provide a fantastic talking point for your guests.


Flowers have been used in weddings for centuries. The custom of bouquets has its origin in ancient times. Women carried aromatic bunches of garlic, herbs and spices to ward off evil spirits.

In ancient Greece and Rome, the bride and groom wore a garland around their necks, symbolizing new life, hope and fertility. Traditional Celtic bouquets included ivy, thistle and heather. The garland was not made of flowers but of strong-smelling herbs and spices. The strong-smells were thought to have mystical powers and meant to keep away evil spirits.


When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, the herbs and spices had been replaced by fresh flowers, especially marigolds. Edible flowers were still included in the bouquet. The bride would carry her arrangement as she walked down the aisle. The dill from the bride’s bouquet (also known as the herb of lust), was consumed by the bride, the groom, and their wedding guests during the reception, as the herb was meant to increase sexual desire.

You could choose to have a ‘generic’ floral theme, with all types of flowers, or centre your theme on just one flower. For example, if you chose to have a ‘rose’ theme, you could ha have red roses in your boquet, have your bridesmaids wearing red, groom with a red rose button hole and so on…


Depending on the season, some flowers may be more appropriate than others. It is also possible to mix two or more flowers together for a wedding theme; for example, rose and orchid.

Some flowers are more fragrant than others; again you could have roses as well as hyacinth and lily-of-the-valley. Going back to the rose, it is alleged to have aphrodisiac properties too, hence why they are popular at Valentines Day in particular as well as making them a perfect choice for a wedding! Asian brides believe the colour red and red roses bring luck.


A growing trend in 2011 will be the use of imaginative vases or containers for your flowers. Stand out from the crowd by using unusual containers like teapots, hatboxes, or old milk jugs. Alternatively, add a contemporary twist by opting for cottage garden flowers but in bright and unusual colour combinations like bright pinks, yellows and blues.

This season sees delicate floral appliqués blossoming all over many wedding dress designs.  Accessorized with a sprinkling of romance, oversized blooms and oh so pretty petals, flowers will be a big feature in this year’s wedding gowns.


For bridal and bridesmaid’s bouquets, an important point to consider is the colour of the dresses. You can choose to co-ordinate or contrast the colour of your flowers with the dresses.

Choose your flowers after choosing your dresses and deciding on your wedding colour theme. That way you can give a fabric swatch to your florist so he/she can colour match the flowers.


The groom often chooses a flower for his buttonhole which also occurs in the bride’s bouquet. This is a vestige of the time when a Knight would wear his Lady’s colours to display his love.

Brides can choose to use flowers to decorate the wedding cake. Fresh flowers can be co-ordinated with the bridal bouquet. Edible flowers can be used, and crystallized, to decorate a wedding cake but it is worth checking if any wedding guests, who may eat the cake, have particular flower allergies as some people may be allergic to some species of flowers.


There are several ways in which a wedding cake can be decorated with flowers:

  • place a corsage flower arrangement on top of the wedding cake and/or each cake tier
  • place flowers between the tiers of the wedding cake
  • sprinkle flower petals over the cake
  • make the cake tiers from flowers
  • create a cascade of flowers to flow from the top cake tier to the bottom cake tiers
  • Decorate the cake table with flower petals or flower arrangements.

Flowers may be used both in wedding invitations and thank-you cards. The invitations or cards may simply be printed with a picture of the chosen wedding flower; the more creative bride may also wish to include flower petals. Reception placeholders with guest names may be printed with the same flower theme.

Speaking of flower petals, you could use them as confetti for your guests to throw, or to scatter over your tables as decoration. Perhaps you could put flower petals in a bowl with floating candles for centrepieces? In movies, you see flowergirls scattering petals whilst walking up the aisle, but check with your ceremony venue before you try this too!

Flower wedding favors include giving the guests the gift of soap and candles, either scented with the chosen flower fragrance or incorporated into the product. Another idea, that is growing in popularity, is to use seed kits as wedding favors.

Why not wear a floral perfume, floral jewellery etc? The options with flowers are endless! Share your ideas with us in the comments!

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LHG Designs is our very own label of handmade wedding tiaras, vintage headbands, vintage combs, jewellery -necklace, bracelets and earrings.

In the 2011 collection our designs are not only trend focused, we also have unique fashion forward designs that are sure to create new trends

Ruffles, flowers and lots of fabric are HOT in wedding dresses for 2011, so what does the on trend bride do with her accessories?
The LHG Designs collection at http://www.weddingandbaby.co.uk/ have got that sorted. Look no further than your complete guide to accessorising your dress.

Traditional tiaras are starting to take a back seat with most discerning brides opting for headband and combs, that are adorned with rhinestones, feathers and flowers.

Birdcage veils were extremely popular in 2010, however for 2011 the trend is moving away from these as dresses become embelished with fabric flowers and ruffles.

LHG Designs have been creating accessories for the last two years that are not only sought after by celebrities, but also provide value for money and longevity. Louise regularly speaks with brides and develops designs that can be used long after the wedding or special occassion.

For the bride that wants to create the veil effect without the added fabric, our Marquise Veil Comb is the Show Stopper in our 2011 collection.

Amazing diamante claw set rhinestone comb creates this striking piece. Beautiful vintage style floral focal design mounted onto a silver silver comb. Birdcage veils take on a whole new dimension with our unique rhinestone side veil design. What makes this ultra special is that it can be converted into a brooch and worn again!

Floral wedding dresses need to remain with the theme, without adding more fabric to the design. So the best option is rhinestone embelished floral combs and headbands.

If you have opted for the simple dress but want to incorporate the floral theme, why not add fabric flowers to the hair. These can be flat on the head as in our Floral lace design below.

In our 2011 range also comes a romanesque headband /circlet. Stunning for a Grecian style wedding. Silver beadwork creates leaves and branches for this earthy deisgn.

If you are looking to include vintage and floral theme then look no further than our new range a shown below – that will be hitting the website very soon

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Classic, elegant, designs with a beautiful, vintage twist are what award-winning bridal jewellery designers, Chez Bec, do best and this is what their 2011 Collection is all about.  Right on trend with the still-strong vintage theme, Chez Bec’s latest Collection is simply stunning and brides will be spoilt for choice. Whether you’re opting for 1930s, 1940s or 1950s vintage style, the glamour and sparkle in Chez Bec’s latest offerings will be sure to delight.

Featuring heavily in the 2011 Collection are gorgeous, diamante-encrusted Swarovski filigree flowers, complete with a delicate dusting of the finest freshwater pearls. Perfect for the romantic ruffles and flower-embellished dresses which are set to be a huge trend for 2011.

Another major focus of Chez Bec’s 2011 Collection is their divine range of vintage-inspired hair accessories featuring stunningly beautiful appliquéd
headbands, gorgeously sparkly diamante hair combs, clustered freshwater pearl hair pins and stunning silk hair flowers.

Chez Bec will also be launching a Luxe Collection during 2011 which will run alongside their 2011 Collection. The Luxe Collection will feature a premium range of exquisite hair accessories including headbands and bird cage veils. Watch this space!
Each and every piece within the Chez Bec 2011 Collection is beautifully designed and hand-made using the finest A-grade freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals. With one of the largest collections of bridal jewellery available online, Chez Bec offers a beautiful array of wedding jewellery and bridal hair accessories.

All purchases from Chez Bec are gorgeously gift wrapped as standard in luxury branded gift boxes complete with lashings and lashings of the softest white tissue paper, and a hand written gift card.  Perfect for bridesmaids’ gifts and one less thing for busy brides to do!

Chez Bec launched in 2006 and is now regarded as one of the UK’s leading providers of Wedding Jewellery having won the Award for Best Bridal
Accessories at the Wedding Ideas Awards 2010 as well as being nominated on one of 3 Finalists for Best Bridal Accessories in the Wedding Ideas Awards 2008 and 2009. Chez Bec was also short listed as one of 5 Bridal Jewellery Finalists in the UK Jewellery Awards 2008.


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Pretty girl looking lovely………….gorgeous girl looking stunning. The difference? The detail.

Get it right and it is amazing. It really is worth the time and effort to get the right advice and be sure you make an informed choice, knowing that your choices are perfect for you.

Sixteen years ago I designed and made my first tiara and veil. I took into account the style of the brides gown (essential) her hairstyle, shape of face and her likes and dislikes. She loved the result and the rest as they say is history. The collection now includes jewellery, capes, every type and style of hair accessory imaginable including our petite hat range, and original designs by baba-c.

Our passion to provide every client with expert advice, unrivalled choice, unique and inspirational designs has only increased over time. If you are looking for traditional elegance, silver screen glamour, simply stylish or anything else, you are sure to find it at Baba-C Designs.

The style of your gown to a large extent will influence your choice of hair accessory. As all our designs are bespoke you can make any changes necessary to perfect your design.

Bridal jewellery is usually different from fashion pieces. As you will be wearing a fabulous gown and your hair will be dressed your jewellery should reflect this. A more discreet look works well for most designs and a bare neck can look extremely elegant. It is all about balance and all your chosen pieces should blend and work with each other.

Pearls are always popular due to their timeless quality, but there are many other options available from traditional to modern and much more. The more quirky and fashion led gowns can take some real statement pieces of jewelery and head wear. Again, style of gown is the central theme for your accessories.

We have a fabulous new collection launching soon. Inspired by vintage but with a modern twist sure to appeal to today’s fashion conscious brides. Have a look at http://www.baba-c.co.uk to see the current collections and for details of new listings.

The memories of your wedding will last forever, make sure they are all happy ones!

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