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Top Makeup Tips for a Radiant Bride

Yes, we all know the age-old saying that simplicity is beauty. But let’s face it: there’s nothing like a flick of properly applied lip gloss, a brush of mascara and a sweep of blush to make any girl feel ultra-special. While the new trend is to follow Kate Middleton’s footstep and try to achieve a very discreet and barely existent bridal makeup, the truth of the matter is that artfully applied makeup will certainly enhance your features and bone structure while hiding any imperfections.

Bridal makeup

Indeed, if properly or professionally applied, a perfect makeup palette can turn you from a regular girl in a white dress into a radiant bride. Still, remember that too much can completely swamp your features, so keep your makeup noticeable but classy. The whole point is to put just enough makeup to take it a step up from your average look. For example, brides who usually wear eyeliner as part of their daily look may indulge in some professionally-applied smoky eye makeup.

Smokey eyes makeup

The good thing about this type of makeup is that, not only will it widen your eyes and make you appear even more radiant, but smoky eyes go stunningly well with various skin tones and colors. Superbly versatile, smoky eyes are traditionally painted using varying shades of grey, white and black, but you may also indulge in some bright colors such as gold, vermillion, green and mocha brown. If you do decide to go for colored smoky eyes, however, try to tone it down on the lips. Remember that the first rule of makeup is to either be extravagant on the lids or the lips- never both.

Red lipstick

Brides who would rather lay emphasis on their lips instead of eyes may even go for several slicks of bright red lipstick. A definite fashion statement, this particular shade of lipstick was widely popularized by the iconic Marilyn Monroe who taught women that it was okay to go heavy with the lip brush, provided that you play it simple on other areas of the face. Red lipstick goes extremely well with an artful face contouring done up in bronze or dark brown. Other than complementing your highlighted areas, face contouring is also a fabulous way to sculpt the cheekbones and give you a catwalk look. This is also a popular bridal makeup technique to hide double chins and narrow the nose.

Face contouring

Bear in mind that this will be an extremely emotional day for you, so, if you’re the sentimental type, always make sure that your makeup is waterproof. After all, having a raccoon-like look with black mascara dribbling down your cheek is not exactly the epitome of a radiant bride. Hence, pay attention to the brand of makeup that you’re going for and if possible, try to seek professional advice.

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Posted in Top Weddings on Jun 12th,2014
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A lively color palette for your spring wedding

Spring wedding collage

The most popular wedding season, spring certainly does provide the perfect weather conditions for the big day. The warm breeze, the sunshine and the general air of calmness and serenity will most definitely enhance your wedding. So, if you’re planning on having a spring wedding, read on to learn more about the liveliest color palettes which will make the grand day even more special.

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For example, keep in mind that you should absolutely avoid anything with cool undertones. Pale, icy blue, frigid green or somber black should exclusively be used in winter or fall weddings. This is spring after all so be sure to indulge in some lively pastels. An absolutely stunning spring color palette, for example, is the ultimate blend of sunny yellow and lime green. If you’re bold enough, never hesitate to go for a yellow wedding dress which you can accessorize with a lime green veil, shoes and bouquet. Yes, it may seem over the top and overly untraditional but if you don’t care about tradition and if you want to leave a sophisticated, rather imposing and spring-like presence on your wedding day, this certainly is the way to go.

Yellow and lime green palette

Of course, if you’re not that daring, you may stick to the white gown and go for lime green shoes and maybe a pretty yellow hairband to accessorize. Another sublime color palette for spring is turquoise and white. Guaranteed to liven up just about any gathering, this palette will instantly infuse life into your special day. An easy way to infuse this combination in your wedding is through the cake. If you’re having a tiered wedding cake, ask your baker to layer each tier according to this specific color combination. Another really original way to use this palette would be to go for a smallish turquoise wedding cake and surround it by white and turquoise cupcakes.

Turquoise and white wedding cupcakes

And of course, it wouldn’t be a spring wedding without a hefty dose of pink. Pink wedding gowns are increasingly growing in popularity so you can be sure to find one in your local store. For a more traditional look, consider wearing a crown of cream and pink flowers instead of the customary bridal tiara. Brides who are ready to go all the way for a pronounced spring-like effect might even include all these different combinations in their bridal bouquet. Yellow, red, white, purple, orange and green flowers, with some bright pink, sparkly ribbons will most certainly bring some extra kick to your overall attire.

Lively pink wedding dress

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Shopping for the perfect dress: some helpful money saving tips

Shopping for the perfect wedding dress is always an exhilarating experience. The thrill of trying on dress after dress and of discovering new, unfamiliar designs will never fail to render just about any bride hyper. Indeed, there’s a reason why brides tend to try around thirty or more gowns before finding the one of their dreams.

Trying on wedding dresses

On the flip side, however, most brides also happen to be on a restricted budget, something which can seriously dampen the entire wedding dress shopping experience. In most cases, the unfortunate scenario is that most brides to be end up going way above their budget just to get their hands on the dress of their dreams- no matter how outrageously expensive it is. The lure of the wedding dress in display windows can be quite irresistible to most. But, contrary to what most brides believe, there’s really no reason to stretch the purse strings just to get the perfect wedding dress. In fact, there are quite a few helpful money saving tips that will help you shop for the gown of your dreams.

Wedding dresses in display window

For starters, you should be ready to make just a few concessions that will help you cut back on any necessary expenses. For example, consider buying your wedding dress online since these gowns tend to be a lot cheaper than those hanging in display windows. Be sure to take your proper measurements and ask the seller about his returns and exchange policies before ordering. Most importantly, you should also order your online wedding dress at least four to five months before the big day. This way, you’ll have ample time to try it on, exchange, return or modify it to your liking.

Tailored wedding dress

Another fabulous option would be to give up the idea of slipping into a ready-made dress in favor of a bespoke one. If one of your friends is into sewing or if you know a reliable tailor or designer, don’t hesitate to give him or her an exact idea of what you want and watch as your wedding dress comes to life. Tailored dresses are fabulous options, not just because they are cheaper, but because it also gives you more control over the exact design of your frock. In fact, if you’re having your wedding dress made from scratch, you might even go for a simple, inexpensive white dress and ask your tailor to vamp it up with some lace, ribbons, sparkles and sequins. Adding some rhinestones to a simple frock, for example, is an extremely easy and cheap way to bring some extra flair to any wedding dress.

Adding rhinestones to simple white gown

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Posted in BridesWedding Dresses on Jun 12th,2014
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A bride’s guide to the perfect bachelorette party

Undoubtedly one of the most memorable moments before the wedding, the bachelorette party is the best time to relax, let your hair down and forget about all the stress and planning that have led up to this moment. After all, a bachelorette party is so much more than celebrating your last night out as a single lady. It’s also about hanging out with your friends, having fun and being wild, which is why you should make the most out of every single minute. After all, who knows when you’ll have another night like that one?

Bachelorette party

While etiquette usually dictates that the matron of honor hosts the bachelorette party, we all know that the bride is the mastermind behind every move. You’re the one who’ll ultimately give instructions to the maid of honor, so, it’s important for you to take certain things into consideration. For example, you should decide whether you want a really wild, all-hells-break-loose party or a more toned down and elegant affair. Afterwards, it’s important to determine whether the party will last all night or just for a few hours. Most bachelorette parties usually last all night, whereby the bride and her bridesmaids rent a hotel room to continue the evening.

Bachelorette kit

If you decide to go with the hotel room, don’t hesitate to make the most out of the private setting to show the special ladies in your life how thankful you are for their support. Some brides make a general speech while others address each bridesmaid individually. It’s also a good idea to bring along a small bachelorette party kit for each lady. A bachelorette party is also the best setting to give your bridesmaids their bridesmaid’s gifts. Another wonderful idea for the party is to ask everyone to dress up in bright and colorful wigs and costumes which will add some extra panache to your big night.

Costume party

Some couples decide to skip the entire stag and hen do in favor of a joint bachelor and bachelorette party. This isn’t such a bad idea since it allows both the bride and the groom to spend their last single night together with their friends and relatives. However, since this is not such a common occurrence, you should probably send out invitations stating that your party is going to be a joint one. The one thing that you should bear in mind, though, is to avoid hosting your bachelorette party on the eve of the big day. Indeed, the last thing you want is to be drunk over and harassed on your wedding day, so it’s safer to have your fun night out at least two weeks before you walk down the aisle.

Gifts for the special ladies

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Destination Weddings in Australia: The most coveted venues

Dotted with sandy white beaches, lush vineyards, piers and elegant halls, it should come as no wonder that Australia is one of the world’s favorite wedding destinations. After all, with the sun, the soft sloshing of the waves and the general air of merriment and contentment, what else could a soon-to-be married couple want more?

Destination wedding in Australia

And, to make things even better, Australia is simply brimming with wedding venues to suit every budget. Since this is a destination wedding, you probably won’t have the chance to visit the venue beforehand so it’s quite important to run as many online searches as possible to learn more about the location of your choice. Don’t forget to contact the site manager as well and discuss- in as much detail as you can- everything that you want to be ready for your arrival date. Most crucially, be sure to book everything, from the location to the caterer, several months in advance. Indeed, destination wedding venues in Australia are always in high demand so try to book as early as you can. Once you get all these pesky little details out of the way, you will be able to really relax and enjoy the best locations that Australia has to offer.

Savannah Function Centre

The Savannah Function Centre, for example, is the perfect wedding venue for couples who are looking for an elegant, fairy-tale like location. Nestled in the middle of lush, airy grounds, with a stunning lake and artificial waterfall right next to the reception hall, this place usually provides catering and band services to those who need it. But, if you want something a little more low-key, why not look into one of Australia’s numerous vineyards? Spacious and romantic, these will definitely bring some extra romance and charm to your special day. The Borrodell vineyard, for example, is quite a popular choice for foreign couples who want to have the most stunning destination wedding.

Borrodell vineyard

Couples who are looking for something a little more casual might want to check out one of Sydney’s numerous piers. But, bear in mind that some of them are on the small side so you might want to keep your guest list to a strict minimum. Pier weddings are quite a common sight in Australia, but, on the flip side, the bridal party will normally have to move to another location for the reception due to lack of space. If your bridal party is on the larger size, you might want to consider a beachside wedding. Reputed for its marvelous beaches, Australia has quite a lot to offer in terms of tropical weddings. For example, the picturesque Sapphire coast provides couple with a sublime, almost ethereal backdrop for them to tie the knot.

Pier at Sydney

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Planning a military wedding reception

Compared to traditional after-wedding parties, military wedding receptions tend to be more or less something of a more formal affair. Of course, since every couple has their own preferences, you may plan your reception as you wish and decide how formal you would want it to be. However, there are a few military traditions and protocols that always seem to trickle their way down to the wedding reception, hence bringing a rather sophisticated feel to the entire ceremony. Still, remember that it is your special day to begin with, so you might feel more comfortable with a traditional after-wedding party if you’re more of a free spirit and wish to avoid the protocols that surround military receptions.

Military wedding

For example, if you’d like to plan a military wedding reception, it’s important to start by finding the perfect location.  According to protocol, most military receptions are hosted at enlisted officers’ or army’s clubs. However, it is entirely possible to hold your reception in a regular restaurant or hotel, although that would somehow deviate from the theme of the day. The one thing that you can’t neglect, however, is the proper seating of the guests at the reception. Because of protocol, guests are often seated according to their rank in the army. Seating arrangements can be included in the military wedding invitation card.

Military wedding invitation

As far as the music goes, it’s not a bad idea to select a playlist that blends both regimental and regular music. Military brides and grooms are also allocated a theme song that depends on the groom’s service and this tune is very commonly used for the first dance at the reception.

Military bride and groom

Of course, like every wedding reception, you are going to need some decorations and accents but keep in mind that military decorations also include flags, national colors and badges. It is customary for the flats to be displayed right behind the couple’s receiving line. A typical military cake topper is also included among the other touching accents.

Military cake toppers and touching accents

One of the most important moments at military receptions is, without doubt, the customary cutting of the cake. Extremely formal, this ceremony starts with the saber bearers who file into the reception area to stand in front of the receiving line.  Then, they held up their swords, forming an arch under which the military couple pass through. It is common for the happy couple to pause and kiss under the makeshift aisle before moving on to the cake. And of course, since this is not any old boring reception, the cake is always cut with a military sword, hence concluding the ceremony.

Cutting military wedding cake with sword

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Posted in Military Theme WeddingsTopic WeddingWedding Theme on Jun 05th,2014
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Selecting the perfect going away outfit

For the bride, one of the most important aspects of the wedding is the dress. It should therefore come as no wonder that brides usually pound the pavement for weeks- if not months- in search of the perfect dress. Retro, A-line, Ball gown, Mermaid or Princess, there certainly isn’t a lack of wedding frocks on the market. Even wedding magazines are practically brimming with a huge variety of choices for the bride to pick from.

White going away dress

However, amidst the excitement and flurry of selecting the perfect wedding dress, several brides usually tend to neglect another important outfit for the big day: the going away attire. Of course, some brides prefer to spend the entire reception in their wedding dress and wear it as they slip out of the reception. But, the majority of us would certainly feel much more comfortable in another outfit before jetting off to the honeymoon. Whichever going-away outfit you chose to go for, just bear in mind that it should reflect the overall festive mood of the day. Steer clear from dark, drab colors and go for bright, sunny pastels.

Elegant going away dress

Since this will be your very first attire as a married lady, it’s important for you to select a glorious outfit that will show off your best features. The good news is that there are quite a lot of going away outfits to choose from, which means that you’ll be able to find the perfect ensemble without spending too much. Some brides, for example, choose to don a white going away dress to keep in line with the theme of the day. After being in heels and a long dress for the better part of the day, you might feel more comfortable in a knee-length, elegant going away dress teamed with a pair of flats or kitten heels. Alternatively, a classy white linen dress, not unlike Bella Swan’s going away outfit in the fourth episode of the epic Twilight movie series.

Classy white linen dress

Simple and sophisticated, this attire will help you look more toned down, without being overly casual. But, if you’re more of a jeans and shirt kind of girl and if you do want to wear something casual, why not don a smart pair of casual linen pants and suit? This can actually be quite a lovely option for winter time. Don’t hesitate to accessorize with some boots, gloves and a smart hat to keep warm. Brides who don’t want to wear pants may also go for a long or calf-length skirt and suit teamed with boots, wedge heels, pumps or even stilettos.

Sophisticated skirt and suit outfit

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Touching song options for the mother-son dance

There’s no bigger pride for a mother than seeing her son all dressed up as a groom on the most special day of his life. It should come as no wonder that mothers often tear up as they watched their sons reciting his vows in front of the entire bridal party and guests. After all, he is starting a new life and hovering on the edge of a new horizon. It’s no surprise, therefore, that the first mother and son dance is always a memorable moment, which is exactly why it’s important to select a mother-son song that will summarize the adequate emotions of the day.

Mother of the groom and the groom

The mother of the groom, for example, will undoubtedly share a touching moment with her son if they both waltz to the soft beats of ‘Because of You’ by Celine Dion. Indeed, what parent wouldn’t want to see the love reflected in their son’s eyes as they both slowly dance to lyrics such as “You were my strength when I was weak?” So, if you’re more of a sentimental person, it’s best to select your mother-son dance according to the lyrics and then work your dance moves around the song. Other such touching songs include ‘Wind beneath my wings’ by Bette Miller, ‘Child of Mine’ by Carole King, ‘In My Life’ by the Beatles, ‘Blessed’ by  Elton John, ‘I hope you Dance’ by Lee Ann Womack, among others.

Touching moment between  mother and groom

Of course, there’s no reason why the dance between the mother and groom song can’t be upbeat as well. Some upbeat tracks with a sense of humor include ‘Your Mama Don’t Dance’ by Loggins and Messina, ‘Mama Tried’ by Merle Haggard and ‘Take your Mama’ by the Scissor Sisters. If you’re more a fan of rock-like songs, you’ll most certainly appreciate tunes such as ‘Simple Man’ by Lynyrd Skynrd’ and the iconic ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ by Guns and Roses.  However, bear in mind that upbeat and rock songs are a little bit tougher to dance to and might ask for a few dance lessons.

upbeat song between groom and motherDance between mother and son

Grooms who don’t stand on tradition might even give their guests a preview of their song choice by playing this very track as the mother walks her son down the aisle to wait for the bride. Whilst unconventional, this custom is being adopted by quite a few contemporary grooms because they want to celebrate that wonderful lady who gave them life and led them to where they stand today.

Mother walking son down the aisle

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An exotic buffet for your Chinese themed wedding

If you’re planning a Chinese themed wedding, you will, of course, go for traditional dresses, accents and accessories that will reflect the overall theme of the day. The bride, for example, might either don a traditional cheongsam for the ceremony or she might wear a white dress and change into a red outfit for the reception. And in keeping with an important Chinese belief, couples might even indulge in some red and gold decorations for good luck.

Bride at chinese wedding reception

However, the one thing that you should absolutely not neglect is the Chinese-food buffet. Indeed, no Chinese wedding would be complete without the traditional Asian delicacies that made this culture so popular all over the world. Of course, you might go for fusion cuisines and serve both Asian and Western dishes, but, a more traditional approach would be to go for a pure Chinese cuisine and allow your guests to sample some of the most delicious dishes. Just remember to decorate the individual tables, place settings and buffet tables in red for good luck!

Chinese wedding table

Rest assured though: a Chinese wedding table is much easier to plan than you believe. While you may give your regular caterer a list of Chinese dishes to serve, it’s best to contact an experienced Asian caterer who will not only be able to whip up some of the most luscious delicacies, but who will also be able to advise you on the most popular Chinese dishes. Peking Duck, for example, is the type of main course that you might see at just about any Chinese wedding. But, bear in mind that Asian receptions are brimming with food and a couple of course will not be enough.

Chinese wedding menu

So, be sure to serve something light albeit exotic for the entrees. Dumplings are your best options because they come in an astounding number of varieties. This will hence provide your guests with a choice between steamed, fried, calamari, fish, chicken, prawn or even meat dumplings. Whichever main course you chose to go for, try to also provide a consistent side dish such as noodles or boiled rice. In fact, noodles also play a major role in Chinese cuisine and they come in several different varieties. From soba noodles to thin rice vermicelli, there certainly won’t be a lack of choice for you to browse through!

Chinese dessert

Chinese desserts are bound to be very well received. For example, chilled tapioca pearls pudding served with some fruit and two scoops of coconut and vanilla ice cream is one of the most refreshing desserts that you will ever taste.

Tapioca pearls for dessert

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Posted in Chinese Theme WeddingsTopic WeddingWedding Theme on Jun 05th,2014
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Top ideas for a retro wedding

The 50’s were all about fun, rockabilly and everything’s that was cool and flirty. This is exactly what makes retro weddings such a joy for both the guests and the happy couple. Indeed, in stark contrast to other overly-formal and rather stuffy ceremonies, retro weddings are all about loosening up and enjoying every single moment. Not unlike Boho weddings, retro ceremonies do not take the usual norms and traditions of regular weddings into consideration even if the couple can, of course, incorporate their own rules.

Retro bridal party

For example, a really fun way to bring a retro touch to your wedding is by selecting 50’s-like gift box or wrapping paper for your wedding favors. Bright and pink boxes, polka-dot paper and lots of colorful ribbon will automatically put everyone in a retro mood. Don’t forget to include the wedding theme in the invitation as well. This way, all the guests will be prepared and can deck up in their favorite and most extravagant retro outfits.

Retro wedding favors

As far as your bridal party is concerned, it’s not a bad idea to ask your bridesmaids to dress in retro outfits as well. Bear in mind that this does not include short dresses. Instead, knee-length colorful frocks with a wide swing skirt were all in the rage during the 1950’s. For an added touch of retro, be sure to choose funky prints such as floral, polka dots or even zebra and leopard prints. Don’t forget: with retro, it’s always the wilder, the better!

Retro bridesmaid dresses

Don’t neglect your shoes as well: Retro shoes are all about bows, flowers and highly extravagant and bold prints. Bear in mind that retro shoes are more about the prints and less about the heels, so, if you want, go ahead and wear flats if you want to, as long as the prints are more or less retro. The same applies to your dress: you may wear a traditional white dress or else improvise with a brightly colored one. Some couples even like to throw a retro jacket over their traditional wedding attires.

Retro wedding shoes

Since there’s no set code for the retro wedding buffet, it might be a good idea to go for fusion cuisine in order to stay within the overall theme of the day. Since retro is all about being different and exotic, never be afraid to mix and match. French pastries, Russian Blinis and American turkeys will definitely enhance the retro mood. The same applies for your music and decor. Wild and upbeat music coupled with some disco lights will undoubtedly have your guests dancing the night away.

Retro bride and groom

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