Top 10 Gift Ideas for Mothers (of the Bride & Groom)

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend!

Here at Bel Aire Bridal, we love to honor our mothers, mother-in-laws, and grandmothers. One way to do this at your wedding is by walking down the aisle together, sharing a special moment, expressing your feelings with a letter or speech, or gifting them with wedding day accessories.

Women of every age want to look great in photos—especially ones as important as wedding pics. Gift the special mothers in your life with something extra special (and sparkly) to wear on the big day! We’ve rounded up ten of our best accessories for your MOB or MOG, so you can give her a keepsake that she’ll cherish forever.


Always Mother & Daughter, Forever Friends


You’ll always be mother and daughter; as adults, you can be forever friends. Share this once-in-a-lifetime moment with the other love of your life—your mom! Celebrate your bond with the infinity symbol on a sparkling rhinestone bracelet. This lovely design is available in rose gold or silver.


Classic Beauty for a Classy Lady


Did your mother ever tell you the secret of KISSing? Keep it simple, silly! This classic rhinestone bracelet features square cut rhinestones with glittering halos. A beautiful keepsake, she’ll be able to wear this lovely accent to a variety of events. This style is available in rose gold or silver.


Never Leaf You Behind


No matter where you’ve gone, your mother has always been there for you. Let her know that as you move into your new life, you’ll always remember your family and her unwavering support. This lovely, nature-inspired bracelet glitters with small rhinestones in a leafy design. Available in silver.


Tears of Joy Sparkle the Most


Some tear drops are good! If your mother or future mother-in-law likes a touch of sparkling elegance, these shimmering, vintage-inspired drops are the perfect solution. Stud earrings with dangling ovals and pear shaped rhinestones coordinate seamlessly with other accessories. This style is available in silver.


Pretty in Pearls, Please


There’s nothing classier than good manners—and pearls. For that special lady who insists that you always give your best, this lovely pair of rhinestone and faux pearl drops is the perfect way to express your thanks. This dazzling pair adds lustrous beauty to a person who is already beautiful, inside and out.


Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice


Does your mom like to keep her look simple and sweet? These glittering stud earrings shimmer with tiny halos in a floral design. Perfect for any wedding event, this lovely pair coordinates with a variety of rhinestone jewelry. This style is available in opal rhinestone, silver rhinestone, or rose gold.


Pretty Pins for the Prettiest Lady


Did you spend your childhood admiring your mother’s exquisite sense of style? This lovely pair of floral, vintage-inspired pins is set in antique gold with sparkling rhinestone centers. The perfect touch for your MOB or MOG, these lovely little accents may be split up or worn together.


Dazzle Her, Darling


Want to see your mother shine? This easy-to-wear comb is composed of glittering rhinestones in an attractive design that perfectly adorns any updo. Make her feel beautiful and special on your big day with this glamorous bit of pretty that she’ll treasure for years to come.


The Best Solutions Are Beautiful


Hosting an outdoor wedding? A pretty headband will help your mother keep her tresses tamed, regardless of the wind or weather! This lovely design features leaves and pearls in a classic, elegant design. She’ll love the sophisticated simplicity of this easy-wear band.


Past, Present, Future & Always


 Did you know that a trio of stones represents the past, present, and future? Express a theme of continuous love for your mother—with a healthy dose of sparkle! The perfect way to spiff up your mom’s hairstyle, this pretty little comb will make her feel extra special. This style is available in opal rhinestone or silver rhinestone.


Want to see more? Check out our Instagram feed for styling solutions and our Combs, Clips & Pins for pretty little accents. Browse our website for more Jewelry Sets, Earrings, Bracelets, and Belts!

Shop Us at BHLDN


Did you know that you can buy select Bel Aire Bridal accessories online? Check out our lovely Carlyle comb, currently available through BHLDN, here!


Slip a pretty vintage-inspired bow into your tresses. This silver Art Deco accent shimmers with tiny rhinestones. Easily fitting into an updo or partial updo, this carefree comb combines the jazzy elements of 1920s style with sweet sparkle. Perfect for wedding events such as engagement parties, bridal showers, and the honeymoon, this petite design also makes a lovely gift for bridesmaids.8814de94437ff68969893cfd10d208b6

Create a look that is all your own by adding a veil or coordinating jewelry. You can browse our earrings for some super swanky styles, or check out our other vintage-inspired combs and clips for more options. Visit My Bridal Style: Vintage for some fabulous inspiration to get you started!

Want to see our designs in person? Visit our Store Locator and find us at a bridal salon near you.

My Bridal Style: Bohemian Love


The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and here in L.A., the jacaranda trees are blooming! Hot off the heels of Coachella weekend, we can’t get enough of this beach-worthy weather.

In the spirit of summer solstice bliss, we’re introducing a few of our prettiest bohemian bridal veils! Whether you’re getting married this summer or just want to channel your free-spirited personality, we think you’ll find something special to love.


Cloud Nine Cathedral


Want Pinterest-level wedding photos? The best way to get a dreamy, ethereal look is to tuck a cut edge cathedral veil into your long, flowing tresses. This ultra-soft, two-tier luxe tulle cathedral floats down your silhouette in a cloud of tulle.


Lace on the Beach


Who says lace is just for the honeymoon? Kick off your destination wedding with a gorgeous lace appliqué veil. This stunning cathedral veil features floating lace accents, adding dramatic romance to your unforgettable day. For brides who believe YOLO.


Spirit of the Sea Pearls


Top off your windblown tresses with some boho-luxe sparkle! This lovely little fingertip veil shimmers with faux pearls, bugle beads, and rhinestones, adding P.O.S.H. elegance to your look. Treat yourself to bridal heirlooms that you can treasure forever.


Ribbons in Her Hair


Do you enjoy life’s simple pleasures? If your big day is all about love, keep your style simple with a classic ribbon edge design. This sweet, cascading fingertip veil adds charming bridal beauty to any gown. Add special meaning to your ensemble with jewelry gifted by your SO.


Midsummer Dream Veil


Does your love story feel like a dream? Celebrate with an ethereal, romantic horsehair edge veil. This soft two tier veil cascades to waltz length with enchanting shape and style. Add a bohemian headband or hair wrap to complete a look straight from a fairy tale.


Flowers for Hours


Celebrate your inner romantic with a gorgeous lace cathedral veil. Equally at home in a boho garden wedding or formal church ceremony, this stunning design features silver flower embroidery all along dreamy, cascading tiers. Add a floral headpiece to complete your look!


Want more? Check out our My Bridal Style: Bohemian page for inspiration, or follow us on Instagram for all things bridal!

Sneak Peek at Our MVP from New York Bridal Fashion Week


Hey all! We’re back from the New York Fashion Week at the Knot Couture Show, and we’re so excited to say that our gorgeous boho-friendly headpieces were a hit!

This leafy little band sold like wildfire, and we can’t resist giving you an exclusive sneak peek. Style 6781 is an oh-so-pretty headband featuring natural-looking greenery and delicate pearls. Glittering rhinestone sprays and golden details make this design a fabulous must-have for any spring or summer bride. Coachella vibes? We think so!

This nature-inspired design pairs beautifully with a variety of veils, or it can be worn alone as a leafy crown. We can even imagine this green, gilded accessory on bridesmaids, too! Ideal for an outdoor rustic or bohemian wedding, this charming design will never wilt or fade, making it the perfect memento. Fall into a midsummer night’s dream and bring your fairy tale to life.

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Want to see more? Check out our Instagram feed for more gorgeous, bohemian style headpieces and veils. Follow us and stay in the loop

Veils for Every Gown Silhouette


You might be wondering how to choose a wedding veil, now that you’ve selected the perfect gown. We’re here to help! Check out our expert stylists’ advice about which veils best complement your dress!ba-veil-lengths-2017


Love the hip-hugging, flared skirt of a mermaid or trumpet? A fingertip veil drifts to 38” and a waltz veil to 60”. These mid-length styles end right about where your skirt flares out, perfectly balancing your silhouette. Consider just one tier, so the back of your gown will remain visible through the tulle!


Ever imagine yourself in a gorgeous ball gown? Bring your fairy tale to life! A short elbow veil hits around your waist and beautifully offsets the voluminous skirt. A formal cathedral veil provides a frame for your outfit and transforms your look with elaborate beading, lace, embroidery, or rhinestones.


The A-line gown is on our A-list: it looks amazing on most body types! Veils may be paired with the length of your train: our floor length is 72”, chapel is 90”, and cathedral is 108” long. You can select lace to add romance, rhinestones for a splash of sparkle, or a plain trim for classic elegance.


The cool, 90’s inspired sheath dresses are coming back. These slim-fitting gowns don’t need a lot of veil—try pairing a shoulder length veil or a French net to get that whimsical bridal look. Another great option is a plain cut edge cathedral veil that blows behind you like a wisp on the breeze.


Your short bridal dress will be a mini version of the ball gown, A-line, or sheath silhouette. Aside from choosing stunning shoes, you’ll want to select a veil that falls no lower than your waist line: elbow, shoulder, and French net veils are ideal.

Want more inspiration? Follow us on Instagram for styling ideas and all things beautifully bridal!

7 Nature-Inspired Accessories for the Adventurous Bride


Have you noticed the explosion of elopements and destination weddings on Pinterest?

It’s everywhere: adventurous young couples saying “I do” atop the slopes of misty mountains, on cliffs overlooking gorgeous ocean vistas, or at historic chapels in exotic locales.

We can’t help but think that this new trend of rugged, outdoorsy romance has something to do with a rekindled spirit of exploration—a yearning for far-flung destinations and once-in-a-lifetime moments.

So we selected a few accessories just for you jet-setting, camping-obsessed, trail-blazing brides! Inspired by nature and crafted with care, these special accents are designed to make you look and feel amazing as you embark on the greatest adventure of all.


Pearl Inspiration Headband


Style a free-spirited, of-the-moment bridal outfit with a glittering headband. Pretty faux pearls packed in a shimmering design add the perfect accent to your breeze-blown locks. Wear a cut edge veil for a whimsical, ethereal touch of romance.

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Siren’s Song Halo


Top off your destination wedding outfit with a boho-luxe halo. This narrow rhinestone-studded band slips over your hair in a continuous design that may be worn alone or with a veil. Available in silver or rose gold, this gorgeous accent crowns your locks with exotic sparkle.

You might like My Bridal Style: Destination


Walk in the Woods Clip


Channel your inner goddess flaunting a leafy clip adorned with gilded leaves. This woodsy, nature-inspired design is available in silver or gold to match your other accessories. Style it in the back or on the side to show off an utterly enchanting hairstyle.

You might like My Bridal Style: Bohemian


Graceful Weaving Headband


Exuding sweet charm, this weaving tie garland features tiny metallic flowers, pearls, and rhinestones in a flexible design. Pairing perfectly with beachy gowns and ethereal skirts, this light headpiece tops off a romantic ensemble with delicate beauty. This style is available in silver or gold.

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Wanderlust Headband


Feed your wanderlust and travel back to simpler times. Lavish your bridal locks with a gorgeous headband composed of gilded metallic leaves in a shimmering display. Available in silver or gold, this everlasting headpiece channels all the elegance of nature’s bounty.

You might like My Bridal Style: Vintage


Beach Beauty Comb


Getting married on an exotic beach? This lovely little comb slips into tousled tresses with perfect ease. Featuring glittering metallic flowers and freshwater pearls, this floral accent adds stunning sparkle. Pair it with pearl earrings or a bracelet for an ensemble you can rock again and again.

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Unburied Treasure Halo


Revel in rustic beauty with a shimmering metallic filigree and pearl halo. This radiant design sparkles in the sunlight, giving you a gorgeous glow. Add a cascading veil for that final once-in-a-lifetime accent, and pair it with jewelry to complete a stunning look.

You might like My Bridal Style: Glamorous  

Want to see more? Follow us on Instagram for all things beautiful and bridal!

5 Tips for Planning a Religious Wedding


Marriage is steeped with religious meaning. Though social views have changed over time, many people still view it as a sacred union.

Often, brides and grooms choose civil ceremonies for more flexibility; however, religious traditions may still be incorporated to honor one or both parties. In fact, this can be a helpful option if one partner is more spiritual than the other, or each person comes from a different faith.

If you prefer to get married in your place of worship, it’s a good idea to talk to your officiant, first. Most faiths have rules about what a marriage ceremony includes, how long it takes, and when it can be scheduled. Here are a few tips to get you started!

Get a Marriage License

Bottom line: if you’re getting married, you need a legal license. This is not provided by your church; you have to get one from your county or city office. You must verify your identity, eligibility to get married (age and single status), and pay the fees. There may be waiting period and/or window in which you may use the license, so schedule your visit accordingly.

Schedule Ahead of Time

If you’re Roman Catholic, for example, you may not be allowed to marry during Lent or Easter weekend. While some parishes may not prohibit marriages on Sundays, most churches will not cancel regular worship sessions to schedule a wedding. You’ll want to check with your church and find out what days are available ahead of time.


Consider Your Partner

Interfaith religions and same-sex marriages have been a point of contention over the years. Some religions frown upon marrying someone from another faith and/or require conversion; others are neutral and allow spouses to keep their religions. Some churches/temples only approve weddings after interviewing both people—even couples of the same faith. Some churches recognize civil unions and others do not; the spiritual aspect of marriage also varies between faiths. Be aware of the rules about marriage, children, and divorce before you walk down the aisle!

Include Ceremony Traditions

Religious traditions can add beauty and significance to your wedding. There’s usually a reading from scripture along with words about marriage and/or the couple from the officiant. A ring exchange is typical. Depending on your faith, your ceremony may include a mass, communion, and/or audience participation (sitting, standing, readings, or prayer). Folk traditions such as jumping the broom or handfasting may or may not be allowed, so ask your officiant. Some faiths encourage special practices before or after the ceremony, such as periods of seclusion or traditional dances.

Follow Venue Rules

If you’re getting married in a church, the reception will be in a separate space. There may also be rules about who is allowed to attend the ceremony (for example, if you’re Mormon getting married in a temple). Some venues allow lighting a unity candle and others do not. Jewish weddings are often held outside under a chuppah. Churches may limit your choice of music; a specific dress code may also be required. Don’t assume, however, that you must cover your shoulders or hair. Different parishes espouse different traditions, so check with your local house of worship for specifics.


Weddings comprise a meaningful part of our culture. Talk to your partner and discuss how your families feel about a wedding that does (or doesn’t) include traditions belonging to a specific faith.

Decide which practices are important to you, and which ones you’d rather leave out. Ask your religious officiant for more guidance, so you can plan a wedding that honors your beliefs and feels right for you. Happy planning!


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Style Spotlight: 10 Stunning Veils in Waltz Length


Why walk down the aisle when you can waltz?

Veils come in a variety of lengths, and one of our favorites is waltz. Hitting at mid-calf, waltz (aka ballet) designs give you the figure-flattering look of a long veil without hitting the floor. Aptly named, this graceful length is short enough that you can dance in it all night long!

We’ve rounded up ten of our most beautiful waltz veils. Discover your perfect match!


Graceful Lace Appliqués


Alençon lace lends a polished air to any bridal ensemble. If you’re a romantic, this rolled edge veil with rhinestone-accented lace appliqués might be for you!

You might like My Bridal Style: Romantic


Breezy Cascading Horsehair


A two-tier veil with a narrow horsehair edge, this minimalist design cascades down your silhouette with sheer grace. This lovely look is perfect for the breezy, easygoing bride.

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Embroidered Floral Mantilla


Unbeaded floral lace drifts like trailing blossoms in a beautiful scalloped pattern. This gorgeous mantilla is made for memorable romance.

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Ethereal Chantilly Lace


Love Chantilly lace? This airy lace is featured on this gorgeous, two-tier design that cascades in a waterfall down your silhouette. This ethereal lace complements many designer gowns.

You might like My Bridal Style: Trendy


Dazzling Double Rhinestones


Get ready to sparkle! If you’re a glamorous bride, this one’s for you. Scattered rhinestones add radiant shimmer with this two-tier beauty.

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Romantic Flower Lace


Combining the formal beauty of a mantilla with the gathered look of a veil, this pretty style incorporates floral Venise lace in a stunning design. We’re swooning already!

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Dreamy Scattered Lace


We love florals, don’t you? This design features a cut edge with square corners and scattered flower lace appliqués. This veil beautifully enhances gowns with graceful lace details.

You might like My Bridal Style: Destination


Simple Ribbon Silhouette


Minimalist. Elegant. Worry-free. This ribbon edge veil features pointed corners in a cascading shape that accentuates your best features.

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Regal Alençon Mantilla


If you want princess-worthy beauty, this traditional mantilla rises to the occasion! Gorgeous Alençon lace frames your face with floral scallops.

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Luxurious Gilded Lace


Add unique beauty to your ensemble! This cascading two-tier veil features a metallic rolled edge and either gold or silver threaded lace appliqués for a look that is simply stunning.

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Our veils come in different colors of tulle to match your dress, and ALL of these designs are available in cathedral length, too! Ask your bridal stylist about your options, and follow our Instagram feed for styling ideas!

The Pros and Cons of Elopement


Thinking about running away to get married?

Elopements are a growing trend in 2017, and it’s easy to see why—without all the hustle and bustle of planning a wedding, you can really focus on what you want. If you dream of getting married on a mountaintop, you can! Want to say I do in city hall? Go for it!

On the flip side, weddings evolved for good reason, and skipping the traditions can mean you miss out on some important rites of passage. Let’s dive in!

PRO: Focus on Your Love

When you elope, it’s just you and your partner. This moment is private, romantic, and memorable—without extra frills. You can truly let go of the superfluous details and focus on your love. You don’t have to spend a lot of time saying hello to friends and relatives in a whirlwind of a day.

CON: No Family Present

Back in the day, people would elope precisely to cut out disapproving parents and relatives. But if you’re on good terms with your family, you may want them present for this special moment. It’s possible to plan a small and/or casual wedding so your closest loved ones can bear witness.


PRO: Exotic Location, Small Budget

It’s cheaper to avoid renting a space and feeding guests—hence the attraction of elopements. You literally just have to show up and sign the papers, if that’s all you want. In the social media age, more couples are opting to hire a photographer and exchange vows in a beautiful location.

CON: Missing a Life Event

Your wedding is a rite of passage: it helps to prepare you, socially and emotionally, for marriage. We make a big deal of it because, like graduating school or having a child, it is supposed to stand out. You might later wish you’d worn a white dress, or gone ring shopping, or done ____ differently.


PRO: Getting What You Want

Tired of your mother-in-law’s unwanted advice? Don’t care what the bridesmaids’ shoes look like? When you elope, you have control over what elements of style—if any—you care to incorporate. You can go to a chapel and have it over in an hour, or say your vows in a hot air balloon. It’s all up to you!

CON: Ignoring Stakeholders

Imagine you’re a parent. A significant moment in your life includes when your daughter or son gets married—you’re probably a wonderful mess of pride, sorrow, and joy. Siblings or close friends may also feel hurt if they’re left out. Bottom line: unless you live under a rock, people care about you and want to participate in your biggest life events.


PRO: No Planning Needed

Don’t want to stress over planning a wedding? You don’t have to! Eloping means you can skip hiring a wedding planner, following a timeline, obsessing over a gown, picking florals, and choosing invitations. All you need is a license and someone legally certified to marry you (check your state’s requirements).

CON: No Social Skills Gained

Ever hear that communication is vital to a marriage? When you plan a wedding, you also gain skills such as: event planning, interpersonal relations, time management, negotiation, cooperation, compromise, emotional intelligence, budgeting, scheduling, organization, problem-solving, and multi-tasking.


PRO: Short Waiting Period

Does waiting for years to get married while you plan an extensive wedding sound exhausting? It’s common for couples to spend at least one year (sometimes two or three) saving and planning so they can throw the wedding of their dreams. Eloping can be done in a few days.

CON: Truncated Engagement

When you cut down your engagement time, you also miss getting to know your partner better. Even if you’re a thousand percent sure, an engagement period is like a test drive. It gives you both time to prepare for marriage—and see new/different aspects of each other in the process.



Whether you’re eloping or planning a large wedding, we’re here for you! Check out our accessories to make your big day even more special, and follow us on Instagram for styling ideas. Congratulations!

10 Top-Selling Carryovers from Bridal Market

It’s that time of year again!


We’ve just returned from Chicago Bridal Market and we’re so excited to share that our Fall 2017 Collection was a huge hit! Check back with us in a few weeks to see what made the cut—we’ll post our newest items on our website for all to see.

In the meantime, our most popular carryovers (favorites from past seasons) included stunning veils, pretty rose gold headpieces, and glittering clips and combs. Check out our Top 10 List and see what this year’s bridal shop owners loved the most!


Rose Gold Comb 6202

This delightfully elegant bridal comb slips easily into an updo and is a quintessential accent for any bride. Combining pearls and rhinestones in a floral design, this match-everything design is super trendy in rose gold. Style it with pearl or rhinestone jewelry for the ultimate romantic look.

Rose Gold Halo 6505

Last year’s bohemian trend has evolved into a gorgeous, boho-luxe style in which brides adorn themselves with utterly elegant, unstructured designs. This lovely rose gold halo dovetails beautifully with a rustic style. Made for the modern bride, it looks great with or without a veil.

Rose Gold Belt 6518

Another hit in rose gold, our glittering metal filigree belt 6518 has been selling fast! This lovely rhinestone encrusted belt twirls in an elegant, vintage-inspired design that beautifully enhances any gown with panache. This style may also be worn as a headpiece.

Gold Tie Headband 6558

Our headpieces in luxurious yellow gold were hugely popular at market! This warm hue looks especially pretty with blush, champagne, and ivory gowns. This gorgeous tie headband is composed of tiny faux pearls and a metallic nature-inspired design of open leaves. Pair it with pearl or gold jewelry.


Gold Flower Pins 1718

Romantic brides are still having a say in 2017. Right alongside bohemian fashions, feminine flower patterns are everywhere this season. These delightful pins feature everlasting, metallic blooms and add the perfect touch of elegance to any ensemble. They’re also available in silver.

Horsehair Edge Veil V7388

One of our most popular veils from last season, this lovely fingertip length design gracefully cascades with sheer elegance. The foldover top tier may be worn forward as a blusher or back for extra shape and style. Beautifully complementing a variety of gown silhouettes, this one’s a must-have.

Cushion Cut Bracelet BC134

Did you know we sell beautiful bridal jewelry? Our earrings and bracelets are more popular than ever this year! This design features cushion cut rhinestones with glittering pavé halos secured with a lobster clasp. Available in rose gold, gold, or silver, this bracelet beautifully finishes off any ensemble.


Beaded Veil V7056

Shimmering with bugle beads, rhinestones, and crystals, this lovely design adds subtle glamour to any bridal ensemble. Available in ivory, white, diamond white, blush, champagne, and latte, this versatile veil style is popular year after year. It is even available in cathedral length!

Luxe Tulle Cathedral V7333C

Working with a Pinterest bride? There’s nothing more graceful than a light-as-air cathedral veil blowing in the breeze. Our luxe tulle cathedral veil features faux silk tulle in a beautiful cut edge design. This style complements just about any gown silhouette and is only available in ivory.


Alençon Lace Cathedral V7034CX

You can’t beat classic, beautiful lace—our V7034 is number one time after time. This gorgeous cathedral design features a simple rolled edge at the top and floral Alençon lace along the curve. Bursting with romance, this bridal essential complements a variety of lace gowns with perfect elegance.


Want to see more? If you’re a bridal retailer, be sure to come see us at New York Bridal Fashion Week. Follow us on Instagram for sneak peeks at our new collection, and check back on our website for updates soon!