Brides Daily

BRIDES goes wild...in Africa

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Erik Almas/BRIDES

A destination wedding is a great excuse to add original, unexpected flourishes to your bridal ensemble. Take a tip from our January "Go Wild" story and mine your locale for wardrobe inspiration. The story was shot in South Africa, so BRIDES editors incorporated details inspired by the natural beauty of the continent: A heavy gold statement necklace made by a local designer anchored a long-sleeved floaty frock; a custom-embroidered rattlesnake belt wrapped around the waist of an otherwise traditional sweetheart wedding gown and a metallic embroidered dress and shawl were made from handwoven Ethiopian-cotton gauze.

Other ideas for how to go local when dressing up for your wedding day: Use colorful indigenous flowers in your hair when saying "I do" on a tropical island, throw on a velvet caplet or faux-fur jacket for ski-resort nuptials, wear locally made jewelry or accessories like an embroidered wrap or a lace veil just about anywhere. —Elizabeth Swanson, BRIDES Fashion & Beauty Department

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