Ever wondered what it might be like to ditch your iPhone or Android camera for just one moment? That’s right, breathe – no posting happy snaps to Instagram, typing excited tweets, or writing regular status updates.
With the art of being present all the rage right now, no wonder unplugged weddings are the flavour of the month. Imagine your big day without the distraction of a cell phone. Sounds like bliss right? Or maybe not?
Unplugged weddings offer an opportunity for bride, groom, and congregation to truly connect with the heart and the soul. Without the hassle of text messages, camera filters, social media platforms and incessant ringing, everyone can unwind, converse and relax.
Alongside this, guests with devices can get in the way of your professional photographer and you’ll be devastated when they deliver photos full of people standing around with phones. The team at La Belle have glimpsed many photos on social media where parents of the bride, parents of the groom and other guest’s faces were blocked with either an iPad or iPhone, leaving the photographer unable to capture the most beautiful and candid of moments.
But how do a bride and groom who want everyone to enjoy the moment, tell their guests to put the phones and tablets away? Especially when loved ones want to take personal snaps for their own online photo albums?
HOW TO PREPARE GUESTS ABOUT YOUR UPCOMING UNPLUGGED WEDDING CEREMONY?
1) A great way to navigate this is to make mention of your no-phone policy during the invitation stage. That means your guests have plenty of time to come to terms with your big-day media and technology ban and can whinge and then get over it! You can write something quirky and fun in the invite too, so not to make anyone feel sore. Planning well in advance means there are no big day surprises and everyone can simply enjoy themselves.
2) If addressing your request in the wedding invite isn’t really your style, how about setting up fun signs at the wedding venue entrance so your guests know to switch off their device?
3) Another great idea is to hire security (or assign a couple of very good friends or family members to help) for the day who will “check-in” phones and store them safely in a glamorous and secure cloakroom. You can decorate the booth or room to match your venue – this way it looks extra official!
4) Give guests an incentive to unplug on the big day. Make sure your official photographer delivers a selection of easily-accessible online shots so the congregation can download and share.
5) You can also ask the wedding officiant to announce your device free demands at the beginning of the ceremony. No one is going to start an argument before the bride walks down the aisle!
6) Forward little mail-outs after the wedding invites have been accepted and everyone has RSVP’d. A cute “no camera’s please” card with a humorous or flattering message can work wonders on even the most technology-loving family and friends.
7) A too-cute way to send the no-phones message is to have your flower girls or bridesmaids walk down the aisle holding pretty signs. They’ll be sure to grab the attention of the guests before the wedding gets underway.
Do you have any other great ideas to get your wedding guests to stop snapping, texting and posting and focus on the day itself? Post your comments in the box below and contribute to our brainstorm.
Along the La Belle journey, it’s been an absolute honour to have met so many talented customers, artists and fellow creators. I’ve loved seeing my bridal combs, wreaths, pins and veils showcased by imaginative hair stylists in blog and magazine photoshoots, and at weddings all across the world. Seriously — the icing on top of the cake (pun totally intended)!
One of the reasons I started this business 6 years ago was to help brides-to-be enjoy a stress-free wedding — creating fail-safe, boho-luxe hair adornments and dishing out great advice.
Amy Griffiths is one of those super-clever ladies who I can’t wait to introduce to all our lovely readers because she is full of wedding-day secrets. A professional hairstylist based in both Sydney, Australia and Toronto, Canada, Amy is the owner and lead stylist of a glamorous team of international bridal and event hair specialists: Bridal Hair Collective.
As part of La Belle’s blog post series — which explores how brides can achieve gorgeous hair on their wedding day no matter the cut, colour or condition — the amazing Amy let us in on all her tricks and secrets. Stay tuned for more to come in the following weeks.
From one fine haired lady to another I understand the frustration and limitations that can come with owning a finer head of hair, today I am sharing my go to tips and advice on how to get those fine haired strands to work just the way you want them to on your special day!
1. Nourish the hair: Fine hair can often grow at a snail’s pace and be extremely fragile and prone to breakage or damage, to ensure your hair is at its healthiest consider adding a hair growth and strengthening supplement to your regime. There are many varieties available and I recommend trying some of them in the lead up to your wedding day! Biotin, silica, and zinc are all great supplements to assist with the healthy growth and development of hair & nails. Find the one that is best suited to your needs and budget keep in mind these supplements can take 6-8 months until you see any results so start early.
2. Plump up the volume: Select a professional range of shampoo & conditioner that has volumizing or thickening benefits, they are often less likely to weigh the hair down or make it oily making the hair look thicker and fuller.
3. Shampoo less: I know this can seem like an impossible cycle to break although it’s worth persevering through a few bad hair days to achieve a balanced & healthy scalp. Shampooing the hair more often then required strips the hair of its natural oils causing your scalp to overproduce the oils that have been stripped from over washing. To achieve a balanced scalp limit shampooing & conditioning to three to four times a week. Only apply your conditioner on the ends of your hair.
4. Protect your hair: Heat damage from hot tools is often underestimated and once the hair has been exposed to heat damage your only option is to cut it off! If you are using heat styling tools such as blow-dryers, curling irons or flat irons ensure you are using a thermal protection spray to prevent heat damage in the lead up to your wedding day.
5. Volumize with color: Hair color can create an illusion of thicker/denser hair when placed strategically. I recommend a multi-dimensional look with 2-3 shades of variation to make your hair look thicker. Always add a professional treatment after your color service such as Olaplex and avoid over lightening the hair which can lead to breakage and damage.
6. Add Volume: Adding hair extensions to your wedding day hairstyle can be the perfect instant fix to longer thicker hair that will have the benefit of longer lasting hairstyling results on your wedding day. Hair padding (synthetic hair) is also a great alternative to hair extensions to achieve additional volume, and shape to bridal updos.
I hope you enjoy the first post from Amy today. If you have any questions or need some advice, please comment it here- Amy will surely get back to you. For more inspiration or if you like to book Amy for your wedding day, please contact Amy via her website and Instagram.
Did you know the humble hair pin is not so humble after all? Used by women across the world for centuries, this little accessory packs a whole lot of glamour and versatility. From Old Hollywood slides glimpsed on red carpets to super cute pins criss-crossed for decorative effect, the hair pin has transformed from the simple bobby pin to a more flamboyant version of itself.
Here at La Belle, we ADORE the hairpin. It’s the perfect hair accessory for any bride looking to make an understated or extravagant statement. Wear singularly or cluster together, boldly mix and match, or aim for minimalism. To celebrate our beautiful June Blossom Hair Pin with its artful spray of freshwater pearl buds and beautiful ivory blooms, La Belle has put together a mini-guide of all the ways to wear them.
1. Slide across bangs to sweep hair off the face. Think golden era Hollywood or art deco elegance.
2. Pin above a loose chignon at the nape of the neck. Perfect for subtle wedding day looks and ‘less is more’ statements.
3. Create the illusion of a larger hair piece over the top of a bridal veil. Add as many pins as you want depending of the aesthetic you’re going for.
4. Slip into the top of a crown chignon for an eye-catching effect. This classic ancient Greek look is the ultimate in sophistication.
5. Scatter through braids, plaits or pixie cuts for a carefree bohemian look. Think 1960’s hippy chic or Drew Barrymore’s iconic 90’s look.
6. Secure into twists along the side of the head to re-create an angelic wreath effect.
7. Slide above a sleek, ponytail that trails down the back.
On your wedding day, it’s your time to shine. You want to look and feel more beautiful than you ever have in your life. You also want to make sure that your look represents your signature style and the aesthetic of your wedding. With that said, we bring you 8 top tips from bridal stylists and salon professionals to ensure you ace a successful hair trial in the run up to your wedding. Let’s get to it!
How to get the Best Result from your Bridal Hair Trial
1. Choose your hair inspiration wisely. Talk to your stylist in advance about the specific look you’re trying to achieve. If you are unsure about the do you want, flip through inspirational wedding blogs and glossy bridal magazines.
2. Prepare your hair. Book salon appointments for hair treatments before your trial to make sure you’re putting on your best display. If you don’t have time to see a stylist, make sure you have clean and dry hair on the day of the trial. Also, if you plan to cut or colour your hair, ensure you leave plenty of time before your wedding to chop or dye your tresses. You don’t want to be surprised with accidental highlights, a too-short bob cut or a bleach job gone horribly wrong! Your stylist will be able to achieve your perfect look if they’re starting with amazing hair!
If you have engagement photoshoot, try to organise the hair trial on the very same day so that you can make use of your hair trial and have plenty of photos to look at!
3. Bring your hair accessories: This includes tiaras, bridal headpieces, wedding veils, hair extensions and padding (if needed). Keep in mind that your stylist will charge you separately if they have to use their own padding or hair extensions.
This is the perfect time for you and your stylist to decide the best position to place your headpiece and veil. Communicate openly with them so that you are happy with the final result. This is also a great opportunity for your stylist to pre-tame your hair accessories to ensure they will stay in place securely at your wedding, all day long.
4. Wear a button up shirt: If you can’t get your shirt off without flattening your hair, find one that is loose-fitting and easy to remove. A plain button-up will be fine for the hair trial, but you’ll probably want something prettier for your wedding day.
5. Be open about what you want: If you can’t bring your dress direct to the stylist, then high resolution photographs will do. This way, the stylist can better understand your wedding day aesthetic and can advise you about hairdos accordingly.
6.Allow enough time for trial: Make sure that everyone is working with the same schedule for your trial. If hair and make-up are being done at different places, you need to account for travel time in between. Each member of your bridal party should get their own appointment card; this will mean less stress for you, your bridal party and your stylists.
The Ultimate Wedding Hair Don’t List
1. Don’t be too attached to only one hair style. Of course, this is YOUR big day, but keep an open mind and be willing to listen to any suggestions your stylist may have. He or she is a career professional and might have ideas you hadn’t thought of yet that will suit your style and facial features!
2. Don’t “fix” your hair. You should wash it and apply some styling products such as mousse or light wax so it’s easier for the stylist to work with, but no more than that. You’ll achieve better results starting with your natural hair part, texture etc.
Wedding Planning Timeline
The area where you live and who you’re planning to book will determine how much notice you need to schedule your stylist. When scheduling your hair trial, keep in mind that you’re probably going to want to try more than one style. Your trial should occur approximately 12 weeks before the wedding to give you enough time to make any adjustments or even to find a new stylist if you’re not happy with the end result. The one thing that every bride-to-be must do is speak up! If you don’t like your look, don’t be afraid to say so. Also keep in mind that there are some things that your hair just absolutely will not do. Hair stylists are awesome, but they’re not magicians. Don’t expect the impossible!
What’s your hair trial story? Do you have any tips and tricks to share? We’d love to hear about it. Let us in on all the juicy details in the comments box below.
We’ve seen it in romcoms many times. The harried bride-to-be, frantically trying to finish up a seating chart for 300 people, keeping in mind that you can’t put crazy Aunt Clara anywhere near Uncle Douglas and your cousin Staci is coming solo but she’ll literally kill you if you put her at a “singles table” and your best friend is mad at you because your mom made you ask your sister to be your maid of honor and the napkins don’t quite match the plates and what do hydrangeas even look like and…sheer panic.
“We should just elope!”
That doesn’t happen in real life though, right? Real couples don’t just decide to go to Vegas and get married by an Elvis impersonator in a drive-thru chapel, do they? Yes, they certainly do! Lots of little girls (and some boys!) dream of the perfect wedding. By the age of 10, they essentially know what type of dress they want, what kind of flowers and whether it will be at a church or on the beach at sunrise. An elopement would mean giving up those dreams…or does it?
For many couples, the traditional wedding is the only viable option. Family and friends often play a big role in pushing (overtly or subtly) for that beautiful white wedding. A chapel decked out in Forget-Me-Nots and Lillies fills up promptly with hundreds of guests. Adorable twins march to the front of the church, the ring bearer proudly holding his pillow and the flower girl carefully dropping petals as she goes. Four beaming bridesmaids strut down the aisle in gorgeous matching gowns. Friends and family rise in anticipation with the first few chords of The Wedding March and a collective “aahhhhhhh” sighs through the room as the bride steps into view. The groom’s face lights up while watching his beloved walk toward him. Her father kisses her cheek and steps away before his tears overflow. Perfect music, eloquent vows, and the promise of a lifetime of bliss make this the ideal ceremony.
After a brief interlude consisting of thousands of pictures being taken, it’s party time! An elegant meal, open bar and the perfect mix of mainstream pop and golden oldies set the tone for an evening to remember. Everyone leaves with the thought in their mind that they were just in the presence of true love. This is obviously the only way to get married.
Unless it Absolutely Isn’t
On the other hand, there is the ever-growing population of couples who just don’t want to do it that way. The connotation of elopement is vastly different now than it was years ago. It’s no longer always, or even usually, a matter of wanting to get married secretly so no one (ie, parents) can stop the couple.
The old-fashioned idea of elopement tends to be that of a couple sneaking off in the middle of the night or running to the courthouse. The notion is that it lacks romance and is something a couple will later regret. What a lot of people don’t know is that an elopement can be planned and there can be guests invited as well!
Opting out of the traditional wedding no longer means that your union will be devoid of personality or that the couple will not have the support of their family and friends. You can elope to Hawaii or invite your parents to a meeting with an officiant in a park. There is no reason why you can’t wear the most beautiful floor length gown to the courthouse or jean shorts to the cathedral.
There are just as many reasons people choose to elope as there are for deciding to go the conventional route. Anxiety at the thought of being the center of attention is a very common reason couples decide to run away and marry in secret. The cost of a traditional wedding plays a large part in the decision for many people. There’s also the excitement factor in doing something unconventional, especially pertaining to such an important part of your life.
Like most things, deciding on a church wedding or a spur of the moment bungee jumping marriage ceremony is a personal decision. If you’re terrified that you’ll have a wardrobe malfunction in front of everyone you know, you may not want a huge wedding. If you’ve dreamed for years of flipping back a long, pearled veil at the altar to kiss your husband for the very first time, the courthouse might not be the best choice. Whatever you decide to do, make sure that you and your partner are both happy with the verdict. You don’t want your first married fight to be about how/where/when you got married!
Do you have a dream wedding planned in your head or does the thought drench you in a cold sweat? Have you ever been at a dream wedding that turned into a nightmare? Have you or any of your friends chosen to elope? I’d love to hear your stories!
Rose gold: who can resist it? Here at La Belle we simply love, love, love it! A gorgeous twist on traditional yellow rose gold is imbued with the warmest, pink-tinged tones. What better a metal and colour to incorporate into your wedding? Let us tell you why it’s so special.
First fashionable in Russia throughout the 19th century, rose gold was later used in jewellery in the ornate Victorian era. In the Roaring 20’s, iconic jeweller Cartier won a legion of fans by integrating this precious metal into his pieces. Women valued it for its beautiful glimmer and warmer, romantic appeal.
Today, this copper-infused alloy is a must for weddings and engagements — think rings and bands and hair accessories; there are so many ways to utilise it!
Here are our top ten tricks for bringing a little rose gold fever to your big day. It’s the metallic you’ve always dreamed about but never knew how to incorporate!
1) Wedding Rings:
Rose gold wedding rings are a beautiful twist on their traditional yellow counterparts. Complimentary to any skin tone, invest in a pair of gorgeous bands.
From extravagant, Cinderella-style gowns embellished with the frothiest pink tulle to sparkling fitted numbers reminiscent of Old Hollywood movies, a rose gold wedding dress is a magic alternative to classic ivory and white. A bride never looks drained in this sophisticated colour. We dare you to try it!
Rose gold hair accessories are an incredible way to glam up in style. Offering a bohemian and vintage aesthetic, select from tiaras, crowns, and slides. La Belle’s very own rose gold hair adornments have featured at a plethora of weddings and in glossy magazine photo shoots. Fall in love with our Camelia Rose Gold Crown with its delicate blooms and handcrafted leaves, or swoon over our Aubree Comb with its subtle rose gold beading.
From the envelopes themselves to the typographical lettering, rose gold can be utilised in a number of clever ways in the lead up to your wedding. Located a print shop that can produce high quality metallic inks, or scour the internet for the most precious rose gold stationery, wax stamps and ribbons.
Whether you desire a six-tiered frosted extravaganza or a collection of heavenly cupcakes, nothing looks more divine than a wedding cake with rose gold touches. Alternative tiers of ivory and rose gold look incredible when stacked. Have your cake designer make rose gold flowers and ribbon flourishes to decorate the layers.
If you want to keep yourself in white and your cake to match your dress, why not incorporate rose gold into the reception table setting — think candles, glasses, and trinkets.
The perfect hue to include in your bouquet, touches of rose gold can be added with either natural flowers or blooms that have been professionally sprayed. Mix pink tinged peonies and roses with elegant calla lilies before finishing with a rose gold ribbon that shimmers iridescently.
Rose gold earrings and necklaces look incredible when teamed with swept pack hair or a sleek and shiny down do. A fusion of princes’s perfection and old-world elegance, rose gold jewellery offers a timeless bridal look.
Dresses Wanting to jazz up your wedding day with something a little out of the ordinary, whilst still keeping things super classy? Rose gold coloured bridesmaid dresses are an amazing way to do this. From sassy sequins to ethereal chiffon, this elegant and feminine colour looks complimentary on everyone!
Forget deep earthen hues and get fresh! Rose gold makeup offers every bride the opportunity to sparkle and impress. From glimmering eyeshadows that shine under sunlight to understated lipsticks that keep things natural, highlight your face with a warm summer palate and ditch the heavy pancake layers.