Sparkle Style: What Your Ring Says About You

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Are you dreaming of a sparkly Christmas?
According to a recent poll by Brides magazine, about 51 percent of brides are involved in choosing their engagement rings. Whether the rock is a complete surprise or you show him exactly what you want on that special finger, we hope that you receive a design you absolutely love. After all, you’ll be wearing it for the rest of your life!
When it comes to diamonds (still the most popular stone for engagement rings), the four C’s reign supreme. Clarity, color, carat, and cut play into how expensive your bling will be. We’re going to focus on the cut of your gorgeous stone—which comes in a dazzling array of choices—and what each shape says about your personality!

Cushion Cut – Modern, Trendy, Fabulous
Also known as a “pillow cut” or “candlelight diamond,” a cushion cut stone looks like a square with rounded corners. Sparkling like crushed ice, this cut has enjoyed recent popularity with brides who want something slightly more modern than a round diamond—though this style has been around for over 200 years! Usually set as a solitaire or halo, the cushion cut embraces any band with dazzling radiance. Cushion brides lean towards runway trends such as plunging necklines, embellished backs, snazzy silhouettes, and celebrity styles. You are modern and not afraid to shine!

Heart Shape – Sentimental, Romantic, Feminine
If you’re a fairy-tale bride, a heart-shaped ring may be in your stars! This sweet shape evokes a theme of true love; you are marrying your soul mate. Pairing this enchanting stone with an engraved band will personalize your engagement ring. Only the true romantic chooses a heart and keeps it with her always. Heart brides lean towards lavish lace, extravagant floral arrangements, feminine colors like blush or champagne, and intimate wedding details. You are in love with love!

Emerald – Confident, Powerful, Sleek
Utterly chic, an emerald cut evokes minimalist beauty. The confident, no-fuss bride with a penchant for shine prefers this clean look. Free from distractions and crafted with narrow, long facets, the emerald cut is best if you prefer pure elegance. Due to its shape, jewelers often need higher grade clarity diamonds to create this cut (making it more expensive). Emerald brides are attracted to sheath gowns and simple, elegant details. You already know you’re fabulous.

Round – Classic, Traditional, Sparkly
If you love sparkle, choose a round brilliant stone! With 58 facets and the most brilliance of any cut, a round stone will make everyone stare at your hand. This cut looks amazing accented with a pavé band, halo setting, or raised solitaire. Classic yet popular, a round stone is the best choice if you’re unsure of what you like or want something that will stay in style. Round cut brides are modern yet classy, leaning towards popular wedding trends and flattering styles.

Marquise – Alternative, Free-Spirited, Artistic
If you like to stand out from the crowd, a marquise diamond is right up your alley. Unique as the bride who wears it, this stone is shaped like a tiny boat and has a slimming effect. This brilliant, elongated cut marries a look of courtly elegance with creative appeal.Marquise brides go for non-traditional gowns and quirky accents.

Princess – Trendy, Modern, Romantic
Combining classic sparkle with an edgy shape, the princess cut looks square (sometimes slightly rectangle) with the most brilliance and fire of any non-round cut. One of the most popular choices for engagement rings, princess diamonds add artistic beauty to any setting. Princess brides stray only slightly from the beaten path, enjoying classy but modern gowns, trendy accessories, and just a few romantic touches. You’re willing to bend tradition and personalize your wedding!

What shape of diamond would you choose? Would you prefer a colored gem?

Do you want to pick it yourself?

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Top Reasons to Have a Christmas Wedding

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‘Tis the season to get engaged! Amongst the beauty and cheer of the holidays, we can’t help but wonder how many of you newly engaged couples will be saying “I do” again in about a year’s time? Summer and fall weddings are more popular than winter celebrations, but the cold season offers plenty of charming reasons to tie the knot.

Holiday Colors

Green and red, silver and gold, or white and blue are all beautiful color schemes for a holiday wedding. Choose a theme that is right for you and run with it!

Sparkling Accessories

You can’t wear sparkling high heels to a beach wedding. Romantic cathedral veils, stunning headpieces, and formal gowns stand out as some of our favorite winter wedding elements. To add holiday cheer, incorporate green, red, or gold into your bouquet! From shimmering headbands to twinkling bouquet jewelry, a few bits of bling will infuse your look with gorgeous radiance.

Bright Decorations

Tinsel, garlands, strings of lights, mini trees, poinsettias, pinecones, plaid table runners, ribbons and presents—what’s not to like about holiday decorations? Provide your guests with an ornament decoration station, so they’ll have something special to take home! From the table cloths to the centerpieces, you can enjoy reusing these seasonal home accents for years to come.

Religious Significance

If you are deeply spiritual, a Christmas wedding may brighten your ceremony and make your vows even more meaningful. Churches tend to put up gorgeous decorations this time of year, and you can easily incorporate a religious or festive theme.


If your friends and family gather together for holidays, why not plan your wedding around the same time? You can incorporate traditions from both sides, create a few special memories of your own, and enjoy the cheer of celebrating anniversaries to come.


So, what do you think? Is a Christmas wedding right for you? Let us know when you’re planning on getting married and why you picked the date!

Your Guide to Holiday Style

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Are you getting married this holiday season, or thinking of tying the knot next December? Incorporate all the festive cheer and joy of your favorite holidays into your wedding look! A few simple color accents will go a long way into making your celebration merry and memorable. From bold lipstick to sparkling brooches, here are some of our best ideas to spice up your wedding!

Pop of Color

Whether you accent your gown with a bright shawl, cute mittens, a long scarf, or a cozy coat, the winter weather offers plentiful opportunities to accessorize with a fabulous splash of color. Bright red, fresh green, or cool blue tones can tie in beautifully with your overall theme. This not only adds seasonal charm to your wedding photos, but will keep you warm all day and night.

Groom’s Style

You’d be surprised, but a lot of guys like to play with color. Festive socks, berry boutonnieres, winter hats, and plaid scarves are classic yet fun ways to celebrate in style! Coordinate your guy’s look with your overall color scheme or mirror the seasonal accents from his ensemble in your bouquet.  You don’t have to wear reindeer antlers or funky ties (though you certainly can) to express holiday spirit.


Spiffing up your table décor with holiday accents is probably the easiest way to subtly (or quite overtly) give your wedding a festive twist. Bowls of ornaments, colored tapered candles, sparkling painted trees, or strings of lights all lend instant holiday charm to your celebration.


Whether you choose green and red gowns, velvet sashes, snowflake jewelry, or poinsettia or holly bouquets, you can outfit your bridesmaids in beautiful ensembles to complement the season (and weather). This is a great opportunity to indulge in some new boots or sparkly heels! Colorful scarves or elegant wraps make wonderful gifts and will keep your best friends warm and cozy.


Pinecones, mistletoe, and holly add amazing color and festive spirit to your overall wedding look. Rustic, seasonal bouquets not only look unique and smell wonderful, but cost much less than all peonies or red roses. If you’re going for a more glamorous look, incorporate crystal bouquet jewelry or brooches—the more sparkle, the better!


Are you planning a winter or holiday wedding? Tell us how you are accessorizing!

Black Friday Beauty

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We hope everyone had a fun and delicious Thanksgiving holiday! Now it’s Black Friday and the retail craze is on. Will you be braving cold weather and morning crowds to shop? Fortunately, finding the perfect bridal treasures has never been easier. Visit our Store Locator page and call your local retailer to set up an appointment! From gorgeous gowns to amazing Bel Aire Bridal accessories, our partner salons are waiting to help style your look.

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It’s best to go prepared with an idea of what you might be looking for, but also keep an open mind. You never know what pretty accent will unexpectedly capture your heart!

Start by checking out our My Bridal Style pages and deciding on a look. Do you want to appear modern and trendy on the big day? Classic and simple? Sparkling and extravagant? Perhaps romantic and soft? We offer a diversity of stunningly beautiful veils and headpiece—no matter what bridal style you like—so you will feel gorgeous on your special day.

Once you get an idea of the look you want, have fun browsing our newest collections! That way, when you coordinate a total ensemble, you’ll be able to try on your favorites and narrow down your options. Be sure to take your time—and enjoy the experience! Keep calm and don’t let stress suck the joy out of planning your special day.

Have a wonderful Black Friday, and let us know what Bel Aire Bridal design you choose!

Happy Shopping,

♥, Bel Aire Bridal

Thanksgiving Love Notes


Happy Thanksgiving! Here at Bel Aire Bridal, we are giving thanks for our friends and families by sharing a few thoughts from our staff. Enjoy a wonderful and safe holiday, and tell us what you are thankful for!


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“I was thankful for having family and close friends there. We enjoyed good music, food, and cake! Our two dogs, Thor and Natasha, were with us.” –Margie

“I was so thankful that we avoided rain! Our families were so helpful with setting up, and the flowers were gorgeous. The best part was when my groom saw me and grinned.” –Erin

“I was thankful that so many family and friends were able to be there, and that everything went off pretty much without a hitch! But mostly, I was thankful to be marrying the man of my dreams.” –Stephanie

“I was SO looking forward to this day and my favorite memory is that it was exactly how I wanted it – all of my family and friends smiling and supporting us. Truly perfect!” –Irene


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“I am thankful for having a very understanding husband.” –Margie

“My husband and I are very career-oriented, so I’m most thankful for the time he sets aside for our marriage. He’ll drop whatever he is doing and give me attention, which shows me how much he cares.” –Erin

“Marriage is such a beautiful thing when two people work together to cultivate and nurture a relationship. With God’s help, it has all been possible.” –Obdulia

“I have too many good things to choose from but most importantly I’m thankful for the journey we have had together. Our love and closeness has grown tremendously as our families have united over these past 33 years. I am truly blessed and thankful!” –Irene

“It’s fun to have someone to talk to and laugh with. It’s such a blessing. We haven’t shut up since we met almost twelve years ago!” –Joyce


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“I am very thankful for having the most beautiful step-daughter and two beautiful grandchildren.” —Margie

“I am most thankful for the female influences in my life: my mother, sister, aunts, and cousins. They give the best advice, have been there for me, and always remind me how lucky I am to have them.” –Marissa

“The number one blessing is that God has given us our children as a result of our marriage. We are thankful for their health and well-being as they grow up and share their dreams with us.” –Obdulia

“My relationship with my mom because she’s been an amazing parent, business partner, confidante, and friend. It sounds so silly, but it’s true. I’m thankful that this is my ‘normal’: working with my family. There aren’t many industries w/ multi-generational family businesses.” –Eric

Top 5 Late Autumn Wedding Details

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With cold weather creeping right around the corner, we’re bidding adieu to our favorite fall trends! Savory foods, bold colors, romantic sleeves, and metallic accessories transition us from the warm styles of autumn to darker, more wintery themes.

Bold Colors & Jewel Tones

Jewel tones and bright accents incorporate the gorgeous hues of late autumn into your wedding. These complementary colors carry tasteful, seasonal touches into your theme.

Romantic Lace Sleeves

We’re still swooning over the timeless beauty that pretty lace sleeves add to your wedding ensemble. This is a great fall or winter look, adding just a touch of warmth while looking classically bridal.

Romantic Bridal Halos

A sparkling rhinestone or metallic halo touches your locks with unforgettable radiance. Transitioning us from summer’s floral wreaths to winter’s blissful bling, these trendy headpieces have us falling in love.

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Harvest Theme

Say “I do” to kettle corn, pumpkins, preserves, and cornucopias of harvest decorations! This deliciously colorful time of year lends itself to gorgeous photos.

Dramatic Veils

A beautiful veil catches the light of the setting sun and lights up your look with incredible romance. Try a few outdoors shots to capture the glory of autumn before it’s gone!


What is your favorite late autumn detail?

Product Spotlight—Halo 6500

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Shimmering rhinestones over glistening links of silver oval motifs

We are so excited about our newest collection of boho-chic accessories! Hot from our Spring 2015 line, the 6500 rhinestone headpiece is a gorgeous, glittering statement.

Designed to evoke radiant elegance with a twist of carefree beauty, 6500 pairs the intricacy of dimensional rhinestone flowers with swirling silver filigree.

A delicate yet decadent halo, this glorious design perfectly complements the extravagance of a formal event with a touch of bohemian whimsy.

The versatile possibilities for styling this headpiece allow brides to personalize their ensembles.

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Style Me

For dreamy romantics, 6500 drapes decadently over an ethereal veil. The interplay between light tulle and the sparkling stones creates a fairy-tale look of maidenly enchantment.

A relaxed, modern bride may beautifully enhance her flowing hairstyle with bold sparkle that shimmers like the sun on a lake. Halo 6500 enriches loose braids, relaxed curls, and straight hairstyles with a bridal glow that exudes confidence and understated luxury.

Match Me

Halo 6500 is pretty with a touch of glamour, making it the perfect mate for a variety of gowns. To dress up plain satin or add sophisticated sparkle to sweet lace, adding a belt with a touch of bling polishes the whole ensemble. Twinkling earrings beautifully finish the look with star-kissed elegance.

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My Perfect Wedding 

Romantic yet modern, this striking design is an eye-catching beauty worthy of admiration—a perfect companion for any bride on her special day!

Love This Look

Love this design and want to see similar accessories?

Try checking out our Spring 2015 collection page

Welcome to the Bel Aire Bridal Blog!

If you are here, you’re probably planning a wedding. Congratulations! In addition to being your source for a gorgeous veil and unforgettable accessories, we would love to support your journey from “Miss” to “Mrs.” with a few tips & tricks!


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