Wedding Parasols and Fashion Umbrellas: A Bride Has Options
by Jolene Rae Harrington, Director of Creative Content
There’s nothing like a prop to bring out a woman’s inner diva. Whether vamping it up with a feather boa or flirting coyly with a painted fan, a woman becomes positively magnetic with the addition of just the right accessory. Though a bouquet is a bride’s traditional best friend, daring damsels are reaching for parasols and umbrellas to best set off their feminine charms.
Advantages of Parasols and Umbrellas:
- They look great in photos.
- They protect you from the elements.
- As an alternative to the bouquet, they may save you $ on flowers.
- They make a pretty souvenir or decorative accent for your home.
- You can re-use them at another outdoor wedding or event.
A Novel and Versatile Accessory
Although historically umbrellas were waterproof and parasols weren’t, both are now made in a wide range of materials and designs. From beach wedding to Victorian soirée, whatever your bridal style there’s a parasol or umbrella to match. Is your event Asian-themed? A rice-paper parasol evokes zen-like simplicity, while an antique pink silk brocade umbrella recalls a luxurious Japanese kimono. Have you chosen a turn-of-the-century wedding ensemble, with groom in Edwardian attire? Then by all means, a frilly parasol is a must, my dear.
Brides aren’t having all the fun: Color-coordinated parasols unify the overall look of a bride and her attendants. It’s the answer to the question “what should my bridesmaids carry?” and is a lovely way to make them feel pretty, special and comfortable.
Parasols and fancy umbrellas bring pizzazz to photo shoots, too. There’s nothing more fetching than a bride and her ‘maids taking a stroll with their parasols playfully aloft. Or use old-fashioned umbrellas to add period flavor to dramatic, sepia-toned engagement portraits.
Brides are also distributing umbrellas or parasols to their wedding guests as they arrive at an al fresco reception. Like lords and ladies of yesteryear, guests stroll about the grounds, protected from an unexpected June drizzle or the blazing sun. And ho-hum bridal showers come alive when you gift your gal pals with a parasol—just loop one on the back of each guest’s chair for a flirty thank-you memento.
Up With Umbrellas
The largest source of vintage and vintage-styled umbrellas in the world is Bella Umbrella. Unique designs include Tartan plaid patterns that are perfect for Irish or Celtic weddings, and umbrellas with Italian jeweled handles to set off your European couture. Whether you’re looking for a classic style like the Pagoda, a girly-girl model with ruffles, or a delicate cotton umbrella embroidered with Battenberg lace, you’ll find those and hundreds more available for rent through Bella’s website.
Bella also has a world-class umbrella designer that can make anything you can dream up. How about an umbrella from the same fabric of your gown or bridesmaids’ dresses? Or fringed to match the beading or antique lace of your wedding gown? But of course.