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2009 Wedding Trends: Bridal Wraps

It seems that bridal wrap are going to be a big hit as a Wedding Accessory in 2009. Designer Alfred Angelo has put out a line of Bridal Shrugs with others to release lines in the lead up to the Fall.

Bridal or Wedding Wraps are defined as anything worn by the bride that covers or "wraps" the upper torso. They are often used during outdoor wedding ceremonies the keep the bride from getting chills. But recently more thought has been put into making them a genuine bridal accessory.

Shawls, shrugs, stoles and Capes are all loosly known as Wraps. Aside from being functional they also add some panache and flavour to simple gown designs. But when accessorising, be sure not to go too far. Eye-catching bridal wrap should never detract or divert attention from the Bride.

The trick is to have a Bridal Wrap that is both Functional and Decorative but compliments the bride. It's also important to consider Bridal Hairstyles when wearing wraps. Keep things sleek and simple and try not to let the two clash.

The Many Uses for Your Wedding Handkerchiefs

Wedding or bridal handkerchiefs are used during wedding ceremonies as a symbol of a woman’s love for her chosen man. They are also quite handy during the emotional moments of the wedding ceremony since they can be easily used to dry the eyes of a weepy bride or groom. Wedding handkerchiefs are generally made of linen, cotton or silk and can be plain and simple or elaborately decorated with lace and colorful embroidery.

Brides will most often carry their wedding handkerchiefs in their hands to the altar with the decorative portion of the fabric facing outwards from the hands. They can also be wrapped around the base of the bridal bouquet to make it more comfortable to hold. If wearing gloves, the bride might want to place a wedding handkerchief folded neatly inside or hanging from a sash or ribbon that is on the wedding dress. If you do not want to ruin your beautifully decorated wedding handkerchiefs with tears and mascara, carry a separate one that can be used for wiping the eyes or nose. Choose a wedding handkerchief that is embroidered with blue flowers to fulfill the “something blue” requirement.

Bridesmaids can also carry wedding handkerchiefs because they can often become weepy during the ceremony as well. While the bride will probably carry the most decorative wedding handkerchiefs, her attendants can carry ones that are just as lovely, yet less ornate. You might also want to turn this into a bridesmaid gift by having each of the wedding handkerchiefs embroidered in a different color or with a different design to personalize them. These can be carried during the wedding ceremony and kept afterwards as a reminder of your special day together.

The groom and groomsmen can also carry wedding handkerchiefs in the front pockets of their suits. No suit is complete without a neatly folded handkerchief, so providing each groomsman with his very own pocket handkerchief will add a nice touch to any ensemble. These can also be embroidered in white with the names of the groomsmen and given to them as wedding party gifts as well. Grooms will also appreciate having their own wedding handkerchiefs because even men get all weepy on the day they get married, so being able to reach into the pocket to use their wedding handkerchiefs to get that “dust” out of their eyes will come in handy.