by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
More and more love birds are choosing to pop the question or tie the knot on the most romantic day of the year--Valentine's Day. Celebrating the big day on the biggest day of love (and also sharing a wedding anniversary with Chris and Stuart Freedman, owners of Fire Mountain Gems and Beads), is a popular choice among couples today.
Of course one of the obvious benefits of getting hitched on Valentine's Day is that it makes it an easy anniversary to remember, but more importantly it provides an instant on-trend wedding theme--for fun and easy wedding planning. Just envision shades of pink and red, sparkling and romantic jewelry, heart, rose and cupid motifs, chocolates, candy, love notes and more. Tying into the vintage chic and kitschy wedding styles we're seeing, weddings and Valentine's Day is a match made in heaven. Use this style guide to plan the perfect Valentine's Day wedding or to incorporate a Valentine's Day-inspired theme into weddings any time of the year.
Real brides wear pink. According to WGSN, the worldwide leader in fashion trend forecasting, pink is emerging as an essential element of the women's fashion palette for footwear and accessories this season, ranging in shades of soft ice-cream pink to illuminated and saturated bright tones. It's no wonder brides are love struck by pink this year and are quickly incorporating this feminine and flirty color into all aspects of the big day--and yes, even the dress.
In addition, brides are creating pink and red ombré color effects, such as using different shades of these key colors in bridesmaid dresses or groomsmen's ties. This color trend is also beautifully ushered into weddings in the form of pink and/or red statement jewelry for brides, mothers of the bride and groom, bridesmaids and guests.
Find a stunning array of pink and red (and all the shades in between), such as the ruby Swarovski crystal color found in the jewelry set above, in Swarovski crystal beads and components, gemstone beads and Celestial Crystal®, for wedding-worthy designs. Simply use Fire Mountain Gems Beads' Swarovski crystal shop by color and gemstone shop by color guides for easy selection and design planning. Pink is also being paired with complementary green colors (ranging from emerald to mint), or rose gold, in this year's most-loved color messages.
Materials and Motifs
Cupids, roses, chocolates, candy and hearts are just what the love doctor ordered. Incorporate these well-recognized symbols of love into bridal jewelry, bouquets and wedding décor to celebrate the big day.
Falling right in line with current fashion trends, heart motifs are being championed by new designers and long-established luxury fashion houses alike. Heart motifs are defying their cute, novelty associations to adorn must-have luxury items, such as bridal jewelry. Feeding into the trend for pop motifs, heart jewelry is a fun way to literally wear your heart on your sleeve--or in the case of a bride, on the arm, ears or neck. Find a large selection of heart jewelry-making components, beads, charms and more for a limitless amount of design possibilities.
Spell out messages of "love" or a new married name, such as Mrs. Smith, etc., using alphabet beads (available in the Dione® Add A Bead System as well) in necklaces, bracelets or earrings for fun bridal and honeymoon jewelry, favors and/or bridal party gifts. These designs will be right on style wise as single-word statements and cheeky slogans are currently being sported all over the fashion runways. Looking for something fun and unique? Gift "love muffin" favors at the bridal shower or wedding by making these adorable Swarovski crystal cupcake earrings to enjoy.