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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!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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!


7 Essential Elements of Your Groom’s Style


Men have their own code of style.

Sure, they often gravitate to the same fashion categories as brides (such as bohemian or vintage-inspired), but the way men create a snazzy look is different.

Different does not mean better or worse; in fact, guys are getting bolder and more creative with their wedding day outfits, and we’re head over heels for this trend! So while we love to celebrate beautiful bridal fashions, we feel that groom’s styles can be just as exciting.

For all your fashion-forward brides (or grooms), we’ve put together seven tips about how to create a masculine style that is wedding-appropriate and on theme. Check it out!



Perhaps the most striking part of a man’s wedding day look is his level of formality. If a guy is waiting for his bride in a black tuxedo, you can bet her attire will be equally polished. Choose whether your theme will be formal or informal; find out if he prefers a tux or a suit, a jacket with pants, or no jacket at all. Some guys go with a vest or wear suspenders, instead.



You can actually tell a lot about someone by checking out their shoes. Colorful sneakers indicate a wedding that is meant to be edgy or whimsical. Shiny dress shoes? A formal affair. Cowboy boots? Definitely rustic. Sandals? Obviously you’re at the beach. Plenty of men add quirky socks to otherwise formal outfits to shake things up, too!



In most photos of a groom, you’ll see his tie. Choose this accessory wisely—apart from a man’s suit or shirt, a tie is probably the most expressive element of his wedding style. Is it a bow tie? A skinny tie? A vintage-inspired pattern? Made from cotton, silk, polyester? Does it have a tie bar? Does it match the ties of his groomsmen, or coordinate with the wedding colors? Does it match a pocket square?



Did you know they make superhero cufflinks? They also make ones that look like sheet music, or are shaped like airplanes, or mimic the points of a compass. This quintessentially male accessory is typically a classy, formal touch—and these days, he can choose from literally hundreds of design options. You can even get monograms or engrave your wedding date—the whole point is personalization!



This classic element of a man’s wedding attire is usually worn by the groom, male family members, and groomsmen. The groom’s boutonniere should mirror his bride’s bouquet, but be smaller and unique to him. Modern couples creatively incorporate not just flowers, but elements such as fabric, greenery, pinecones, berries, or knick-knacks to accentuate a style or theme.



This accessory is more important than cufflinks, because a man wears it far more often. Some brides will gift their grooms sentimental watches for the wedding, but the style of this functional piece matters. He might prefer to wear one he already owns (as a bride might don her favorite necklace). Watches can look sleek, heavy, formal, complicated, vintage, or trendy.



Every groom brings his own indefinable charm to his wedding day outfit. Some men might wear suspenders; others may roll up their shirt sleeves. Vintage-inspired guys often wear hats for photos. Sunglasses are both practical and cool-looking. The way he shaves for the big day is telling, too—is he sporting a beard like a mountain man, or going for a sleek, clean-shaven look?

Your groom may choose to rent a tux or put together a custom outfit—but his look is anything but simple. Find a style that’s right for your wedding day, and go from there!



Want more inspiration?

Follow us on Instagram and check out our Style My Groom Pinterest board!


6 Green & Utterly Magical Places to Propose


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In the spirit of celebrating lush, natural beauty as seen on the Emerald Isle, we’re highlighting romantic and scenic destinations IDEAL for popping the big question. So grab a Guinness, kick back, and check out these awesome proposal spots well worth your greenbacks.


Maui, Hawaii

A wonderful destination for honeymooners, this lovely island features sandy beaches, warm weather, tropical forests, romantic waterfalls, and plenty of outdoor activities. Whether you’re dropping to one knee on a beach or asking atop a mountain, this is an incredible place to get engaged!


Hoh Rain Forest, Washington

Did you know that not all rainforests are tropical? Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Forest abounds with gigantic old growth trees, moss thicker than blankets, and gushing waterfalls. Bring a raincoat and hot drinks, and enjoy snuggling up after a long day of hiking.


Big Sur, California

Feed your wanderlust with a road trip along the California coast! A delightful stop along the way, Big Sur is renowned for its stunning views and abundant hiking opportunities. You can take a mini-cation at one of the bed & breakfasts, or spend all day at the beach.


Parc des Buttes Chaumont, France

A picnic lunch served with sparkly bling in the most romantic city in the world? Yes, please! This lovely park in northeast Paris offers charming views, caves and waterfalls, ponds with wildlife, and lots of greenery. Idyllic for a short stroll, we can easily see dropping a knee in some secluded area.


Milford Sound, New Zealand

Ready for an adventure? Fiordland National Park in New Zealand boasts spectacular hiking, incredible species diversity, and scenery so gorgeous you’ll feel like you’re in another world. With beaches, forests, and mountains, this breathtaking natural gem is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts.


Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

This stunning natural formation in County Clare is awe-inspiring. Towering from 390 to 702 feet above the ocean, these world-renowned cliffs are a beloved tourist destination in Ireland. Bring a jacket or buy an Irish sweater, and enjoy amazing views—just don’t drop the ring over the edge!



What other beautifully green places would you suggest for a proposal? Share your favorite getaways!

All That Glitters: Gold, Rose Gold & Silver


Ever feel like indulging in luxury? Your wedding is the time to do it!

Weddings are so naturally elegant and gorgeous that a bridal gown without adornments is like a cake without flavor. Accessories help you express a personalized look. Boho or rustic; destination or glamorous; romantic or vintage—choose from any style your heart desires!

In honor of St. Patty’s Day, we are celebrating all that glitters in our oh-so-pretty jewelry collection. Check out shimmering shoulder jewelry, earrings, belts, and bracelets so stunning, they truly deserve to sparkle at the end of a rainbow.




Styling a romantic ensemble? These rhinestone-encrusted beauties feature a floral rosette and dangling, pear-shaped drops that glitter with enchanting grace. Style this vintage-inspired pair with an antique gold clip or halo, and add a veil for that final, heart-fluttering touch.

Also available in rose gold and silver



Shimmering with delightful beauty, this vintage-inspired belt features metallic motifs of pear, round, and marquise rhinestones. Dazzling yet dainty, this narrow belt secures on satin ribbons and may be paired with the gold accessories of your choice.

Also available in silver

(Adore these styles? Check out our Love List for more pretty yellow gold accessories.)



Gown Jewelry SH209

Shoulder jewelry transforms your strapless gown with unique style. Once you slip on this beauty, no other outfit with match yours! Pair these pretty, shimmering strands of bead and crystal with dazzling rhinestone earrings. Add a headpiece and veil for a truly glamorous outfit.

Available in silver only


BELT 6377

Wrought with silver filigree and iced with sparkling rhinestones, this gorgeous tie belt sits on light-as-air tulle for a look that is ravishingly glamorous. The sash blends into your gown color with breezy beauty, while the stunning metallic design creates a princess-worthy accent.

Tulle is available in blush, champagne, diamond white, ivory, latte, and white.

(Adore these styles? Check out more of our glamorous belts and gown jewelry.)




Trendy yet romantic, rose gold is a delightfully feminine metallic to tie into your wedding. Pair these glittering, pavé rhinestone pear drops with a rose gold headpiece for an absolutely stunning look. You can pair this with a blush or rose gold gown, too!

Also available in silver and yellow gold



When you know your love is forever, commemorate the occasion. This pretty rhinestone-encrusted bracelet features the infinity symbol among shimmering loops in a wedding-worthy design. Marry this piece with rose gold earrings or a romantic veil for an unforgettable outfit.

Also available in silver and yellow gold

(Adore these styles? Check out our Love List for more rose gold designs.)