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Corsets under the wedding dress: Keep or toss?

Wedding dresses come in a variety of styles and fabrics, which is why most brides normally take weeks-if not months- to find the perfect gown. However, once you settle on the perfect dress, there’s a whole lot of issues to consider, including your undergarments and shape-wear. While Spanx is one of the most popular shape-wears on the market, several brides prefer to opt for traditional bridal corsets to attain that perfect hourglass shape on their special day. While these undergarments do bring an enticing shape to your figure- regardless of your weight- there are quite a few cons to this accessory. So, to help you make the perfect choice, let’s examine the various pros and cons of the bridal corset.

Bride wearing bridal corset

Pros: A perfectly sculpted body leads to a confident demeanor

There’s no doubt about the fact that a bridal corset will instantly nip in the waist, lift the bust and create softly rounded curves, even on really thin people. The perfect accessory for overweight brides, a corset is also going to instantly take a few pounds off your body while making your silhouette appear more elongated and balanced.

Of course, to achieve that perfectly sculpted shape, it’s important to make the proper choice of corset. These usually come in various styles including lace up, zip, steel or plastic boned. Your choice should ultimately depend on the reason why you’ve chosen to wear a corset. A steel, lace-up undergarment will suck in your tummy and slim down your waist while a plastic or non-boned one will only serve to create curves and contours.

Bridal corset to take in the waist

Remember that a corset looks absolutely fantastic under a ball gown or mermaid dress because it creates the allusion of an hourglass shape.

Mermaid dress

Cons: Comfort and mobility

While a corset certainly has the above-mentioned advantages, it can also be detrimental to your wedding day in the sense that it largely limits your comfort and mobility. A bride wearing a corset can look absolutely fantastic but, have you thought about how easy it would be for you to dance or simply sit down? These are definite matters to consider, especially if you’re opting for a boned corset.

Corset to enhance the silhouhette

It’s recommended to buy your corset quite a few weeks before your wedding and occasionally wear it around the house to make sure that you can actually walk in it. A common mistake is to eagerly slip into the corset for the first time on their wedding day- and then spend their reception uncomfortably shifting around, unable to dace or greet the guests.

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Posted in Topic Wedding on Feb 28th,2015
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Go back in time with a Gone with the Wind wedding

Undoubtedly one of- if not the most- iconic movies of all time, Gone with the Wind is renowned for its extravagant and elaborate costumes as well as for the airs and graces of the highly acclaimed Scarlet O’Hara. It’s therefore no surprise that several couples want to integrate a Gone with the Wind theme within their vintage wedding. In fact, the 30’s was one of the most fashionable era of all time, filled with debonair tuxes and huge poufy ball gowns with tiny bodices. Best of all, planning this theme for your wedding is actually much easier and less expensive that you think.

Period costume

For starters, remember that first impressions are last impressions, so be sure to start off with a vintage wedding invitation that will set the overall tone and mood of your special day. Antique or lace trimmed stationaries are fantastic options for these types of cards. Also, remember to include a separate note in your invitation to inform your guests about the theme of the day. If you want to really feel like you’ve stepped back in time, don’t hesitate to ask your guests to dress up in various period costumes from the 30’ as well.

Vintage invitation

Next is the location. Gone with the Mind is also reputed for its picturesque and romantic settings that manage to look extremely appealing even in the midst of the civil war. Indeed, who can forget ‘Tara’, the extravagant mansion nestled in the midst of lush greenery? So, forget about typical indoors weddings and try to book an outdoors location, preferably in the middle of nature, next to a river or waterfall. If you can afford it, don’t forget to embellish the place with an appealing white-flower wedding arch, a circular seating arrangement and the likes.

Romantic location

As far as your wedding dress goes, it’s best to stay away from contemporary styles such as A-cut or Mermaid hems.  The 30’s were brimming with huge, Princess-like dresses and Ball gowns so bear that in mind when you shop for your perfect outfit. However, as large and billowy as the skirt portion of the dress is, remember that the bodice was notoriously small and was often worn with a corset. Now, comfort is the key to any successful wedding so you can of course skip the corset. But, brides who want to go all the way in their Gone with the Wind wedding can buy a vintage boned corset to nip in the waist by several inches. As for the groom, he might want to don a gentleman’s suit as well as a top hat for the special day. Of course, growing a mustache is quite a nice idea as well, especially if he wants to look like the ever-dashing and suave Rhett Butler.

Ballgown dress

 

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Posted in Topic WeddingVintage Theme Weddings on Feb 26th,2015
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Dress options for the Indian bride

Red bridal sari

A few decades ago, Indian brides used to be ornately decked in heavy red fabrics and saris. To symbolize the importance of the day, the bride also used to be covered in luxurious gold jewelry including bangles that go all the way up to the elbows, nose ring, large earrings, anklets, as well as a forehead chain known as ‘mang-tika.’

Indian garment collage

While this used to be the traditional attire for brides in India, the emergence of new styles, as well as the myriad of new, emerging cultures ultimately led to an upsurge in Indian fashion. Indeed, Indian ladies are nowadays eager to explore several new avenues and indulge in new trends. For example, other than the traditional sari, one of the most popular dress option for the Indian bride also includes an elaborate two piece colloquially known as the ‘Lehenga.’ Available in any color, this consists of a crop top designed to show off the stomach, coupled with a matching skirt which is usually flared, ball-gown, A-line or mermaid. While most of ‘Lehengas’ are often in red, gold or pink, contemporary brides can experiment with colors and try a multi-colored two-piece in contrasting shades.

Indian bride multi-coloured two piece

Trendy brides might even consider an Indo-Western outfit for their special day. A novel albeit rapidly emerging trend in Indian fashion, these outfits manage to strike the perfect blend between the East and the West. Since there’s no set style in fusion clothing, don’t be afraid to experiment and play around with different combinations until you find the type of outfit that works for you. An idea would be to wear an elaborately decorated mermaid skirt and tunic and add some classical Indian jewelry like the ‘Mang-Tika.

Indowestern indian outfit

And then of course, if you’re eager to venture into new trends and explore different cultures, why don’t you go for a traditional white wedding dress paired with traditional accents? In fact, several bridal magazines have gushed over the exquisite combination of the western white dress coupled with Indian henna patterns, makeup and jewelry. Bear in mind that this is your wedding day so it’s really important that you wear something in which you feel completely confident and comfortable in, even if it’s not within the norms. In fact, some Indian brides- who wish to wear white on their wedding day while infusing a slice of their culture- are opting for white bridal ‘lehengas’. This may or may not include the customary wedding veil and bridal crown that Indian brides usually wear.

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Posted in Indian Theme WeddingsTopic Wedding on Feb 16th,2015
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Top wedding tips for the pregnant bride

Nowadays, more and more brides choose to celebrate both their pregnancy and wedding on the same occasion. Indeed, gone are the days when pregnant ladies used to have a hush-hush and rapid wedding in the dead of the night to keep the unexpected pregnancy a hidden affair from everyone. Instead, pregnant brides now indulge in extravagant affairs- and rightfully so. Expectant mothers usually have a very appealing glow around them so don’t hesitate to use this to your advantage as you transform yourself into an exquisitely elegant and classy bride.

Groom and pregnant bride

However, there are a few things to take into consideration if you’re pregnant. For examples, while brides normally slip into the highest pair of heels they may find to walk down the aisle, this may not exactly be your best option if you’re pregnant. Being fashionable is an important part of the ceremony but then again, you do not want to indulge in any hazards or put your baby at risk. So, it’s best to stick to very low heels or even flats. Fortunately, the bridal industry is brimming with various flat-shoes options which come in a variety of colors, texture and materials. White diamante sandals will look absolutely wonderful poking out from under your dress. Alternatively, you may even slip into a pair of beaded turquoise ballerina shoes to add a special touch of “something blue” to your special day.

Flat bridal shoes

The fact that you’re pregnant shouldn’t stop you from wearing the dress of your dreams. You’ve always dreamt of walking down the aisle in a mermaid dress? Go for it! Bear in mind that your big day should be exactly what you want it to be, no matter what other people think or say. However, it is recommended to have your dress customized because your baby bump might do a bit of growing while you wait for the special day. A custom made frock can very easily be adjusted over your belly and be perfect for the wedding.

Clingy dress to draw attention to the pregnancy bump

Your choice of dress also depends on your mood: some brides would rather be discreet and conceal their bumps. If you’re one of them, remember that billowy gowns are the perfect ways to discern a rounded belly. If your bump is on the bigger size, it’s best to favor Princess-cut ball gowns because they allow quite a lot of movement whilst masking the bump. But, if you’re the sort of bride who isn’t afraid to flaunt her changing body, then by all means go for a straight, long and clingy dress that will show off your baby bump in all its glory.

Billowy dress

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Posted in Top WeddingsTopic Wedding on Feb 13th,2015
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Wedding gifts etiquette

Gifts form an integral part of weddings. From the gift registry to the favors, presents circulate quite freely on wedding days, which is why it’s extremely important to remain courteous and establish a few rules of etiquette. Indeed, merely accepting a wedding gift with a quick “thank you” is not at all enough. There are certainly a few rules of the thumb to follow both during and after the wedding reception.

Wedding reception

For example, it’s an all too common occurrence to stack the gifts in a corner of the wedding reception hall. However, while this certainly adds an air of festivity to your special day, a blatant display of presents might be embarrassing for any guest who got you a smallish parcel. Most importantly, as alluring as gifts are, a wedding should be so much more than just presents. So, be sure to assign someone who will either stack the presents in a different room or place them in a car, ready to be driven to your place after the reception.

Stacks of wedding gift

Of course, we all know that a thank you note is in order after the wedding. Unfortunately, after the high merriment of the ceremony followed by a peaceful and relaxing honeymoon, most couples blissfully forget about thanking the people who took the time and funds to buy them a wedding present. Bear in mind that you don’t have to send thank you notes right away: your guests will certainly understand that the first few days are the wedding are going to be quite hectic will a lot of readjustment from your part. But, a month later, after the honeymoon and after you’ve settled into your new life, it’s really crucial for you to address a note to each guest. Phone calls are obviously too time consuming and texts are too impersonal. Emails are acceptable but, honestly, most people would rather receive an actual handwritten card which will look and feel much more personal.

Small thank you gifts to your guests

During the reception, it’s not a bad idea to give your bridal party and guests a few inexpensive tokens as a thank you for their gifts and presence.  Of course, you already have the wedding favors on hand but a cheap albeit tasteful memento of the wedding is always an appreciated touch. Think simple items like gourmet recipes of every food at your reception, homemade soap or sachets of potpourri. You can also attach a handwritten note to each thank you gift which reads something along the lines of “Thank you for thinking of us.”

Couple and bridal party

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Posted in Etiquette & GuestsTopic WeddingWedding Planning on Feb 11th,2015
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Innovative ideas for your fall wedding

 

Romantic, soothing, with just a light brush of nostalgia, fall is one of the most popular wedding seasons. The crisp but not overly cold weather creates the perfect atmosphere for both indoors and outdoors wedding alike. Several couples chose to innovate and introduce new albeit different ideas that will take their special day from ordinary to wonderful. After all, it’s not a bad idea to make the most out of this season and introduce a few touches of fall on your wedding day.

Candied pumpkins for guests

Unfortunately, the one mistake that most couples seem to make is drown their wedding decorating scheme in a furious and rather tacky avalanche of orange. Understandably, this is the fall color by excellence and yes, you should certainly integrate this color within your decorating pattern, but, it’s best to be a bit more innovative and go for a really vibrant palette. Indeed, this is one of the rare seasons that’s brimming with a plethora of hues so don’t hesitate to mix and match different combinations, even if they do contrast. Purple, for example, looks stunning against a backdrop of orange, brown and gold.

Contrasting fall colors with bright purple

Every fall wedding seems to have a large bowl filled with dried red leaves at the very center of the table. So, to add an innovative twist to this decor, why don’t you gather a bunch of fall flowers and place them in a flat vase as a centerpiece for each table? This will not only look stunning but it will also bring a rather fresh feel to your wedding reception. Alternatively you can also ask your groom to tuck a single fall flower in the pocket of his tux.

Fall flowers in vase as table centerpieces

Fall is also a great time to have an outdoors wedding. However, remember that it’s best to go for an evening ceremony because this is when the sweet fall scent is more pungent. If you can afford it, don’t hesitate to hire a flowery spot of land or private field to tie the knot. Lakesides and forests are other great venues for your autumn wedding. As far as the guests go, don’t hesitate to really pamper them by giving them some fall-related albeit inexpensive tokens to mark both your wedding and the season. Jars of fall potpourri or candied pumpkins are the type of gifts that are bound to delight just about anyone. By the same token try to favor fall-related dishes for your reception: think thick slices of pumpkin pies, individual apple pies and other such treats.

Holding fall wedding outside in the evening

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Wedding dresses for the tall bride

Tall bride and groom

While tall brides do have the added advantage of being able to wear practically whatever they want without risking the much-dreaded meringue-like look on their wedding day, the unfortunate truth is that there are a few limitations for these ladies as well. Indeed, while you can wear anything you want to, it doesn’t mean that the outfit of your choice is going to suit you, which can yield a less-than-perfect look on the most special day of your life.

Tall bride

The first thing that you should keep in mind is that being a tall bride is much more something of an advantage than a con, even if there are certain adjustments that you have to do within your outfit. For example, while straight and clingy or mermaid dresses look absolutely spectacular on just about anyone, keep in mind that they tend to emphasize your silhouette and can make you look much taller than what you really are. If you are tall and curvy, a mermaid frock might just work for you. Tall and skinny brides, on the other hand, should preferably refrain from adopting this style.

Princess cut dress

On the other hand, be eager to look into the type of dresses that most averagely-sized ladies yean to slip into, but can’t. Poufy princess-cut wedding dresses, for instance, feature the sort of cut that made us dream of our wedding day since a very young age. The good news is that, if you’re just as tall as Lady Di, why not take a leaf out of her highly-fashionable book and don a full-skirted fairytale princess-like dress for your wedding day? In fact, since you’re at it, feel free to explore different options and play around with various styles. A corset-like, gathered bodice with a full, billowy skirt will look positively spectacular on just about any tall bride. Of course, there’s no reason why you should stick to just one color either: while petite brides can’t mix colors for fear of appearing wider in the middle, taller ladies can easily indulge in several shades without dreading that dilemma. White and red, white and silver, white and blue or even white and ivory are fabulous shades that will bring a deeply sophisticated look to your overall attire.

Gathered bodice and billowy skirt

And then of course, there’s the train: one of the most prized wedding accessories, the train has the added advantage of trailing behind you to create a mesmerizing optical illusion by balancing your height with the shape of your body. Don’t forget the shoes as well- you certainly don’t need any extra height so ditch the heels and start looking into beautiful bridal flats.

Long train

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Posted in BridesWedding Dresses on Feb 09th,2015
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Traditional wedding rituals with a twist

Circular seating arrangement

Wedding traditions form part of the entire charm of the ceremony. From the rice shower to tossing the bouquet or even sharing a first dance with your new spouse, weddings are certainly brimming with the sort of traditions and rituals that add to the overall romance. Still, with the emergence of new trends and contemporary lifestyles, it’s not a bad idea to add some innovative twists to your traditional wedding rituals. More and more couples are tweaking with classic rituals, with some of them even going for circular seat arrangements instead of the classic side by side ones.

Wedding doughnut cake

The wedding cake, for example, is another easy element which you can use to add a refreshing twist to your special day. Indeed, forget about the boring sponge cake and don’t hesitate to let your imagination run wild as you find some handy substitutes. While the Croquembouche is certainly different from the classic cakes, it is increasingly growing in popularity and therefore lack that particular original touch. On the other hand, something unique like a pancake or doughnut wedding cake will not only bring a twist to an age-old wedding ritual, but it’ll also impress your guests who were undoubtedly expecting boring slices of sponge cake! Don’t be afraid to explore new boundaries as well: for example, if you’re having a summer wedding on a really hot day, there’s no reason why you can’t create a giant ice cream sundae and, instead of slicing into the cake, you reach for a scoop of ice cream.

Toasting the guests instead of the couple

Another innovative twist is through the wedding toast: while the parents and the in-laws normally toast to the happy couple, it would be quite a nice touch to direct the toast to the guests or to the bridal party instead. After all, bridal parties provide an extremely firm support on your special day, which is why it’s important to thank them through a surprise toast. The toast can be followed by an energetic first dance- a wonderful twist on the traditionally slow dance. In fact, couples can even take some salsa, cha-cha, step or even Charleston dance lessons prior to the big day and wow their guests with some rapid moves on the reception night.

Energetic first dance

The ritual of tossing the bouquet has been present for ages. It is commonly thought that whichever single woman catches the bride’s bouquet will be the next to walk down the aisle, but does it seem fair that only one-out of so many- female wedding guest gets to grab the bouquet? In fact, to tweak this ritual and give more than one lady a chance, why don’t you toss several bouquet or a multitude of flowers over your shoulder instead of limiting yourself to just one single bouquet? Indeed, this fresh idea is bound to impress your guests while bringing a deep touch of fun and merriment to your wedding day.

Throwing several flower

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Posted in Etiquette & GuestsWedding Planning on Feb 05th,2015
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Planning the most romantic Ireland wedding

As a country that’s full of striking sceneries, lush green vegetation and majestic ancient castles, Ireland certainly presents an excellent wedding destination. With the epic, almost picturesque cliffs and moors, this country sees a plethora of couples who flock to this glorious country to tie the knot. If you’re one of them, scroll down to learn how to very easily plan the most romantic Ireland Destination Wedding.

Irish wedding collage

Say I Do in a fairytale castle

The venue is, of course, the most important thing to consider when you’re planning any destination wedding. Fortunately, Ireland is brimming with venues which are so stunning that they’ve even been used as prized locations for Hollywood movies. Of course, there’s no lack of castles in Ireland: all you have to do is look around and find the perfect one that matches your budget and personal preferences. Newlyweds-to-be are going to be happy to learn that, as Ireland’s favorite wedding venues, most castles do offer an assortment of marriage deals. In fact, the majority of them take care of the flowers, the decorations, the catering and may even put a wedding planner at your disposal.

Wedding inside irish castle

Start a new life on the cliffs and wild sea

Ireland is also reputed for its awe-inspiring wild seas that lash against the side of steep cliffs. If you’re a fan of nature and if you love adventure, you’re certainly going to love getting married in such a dramatic setting. If you want to get married on the cliffs, however, there are a few certain things that you should consider to guarantee your comfort. A long billowy veil, for example, is not really recommended because of the furious winds. For the same reason, it’s best to keep your hair up. Short wedding dresses are huge No’s, unless they are straight and hang close to the body to avoid flying up.

Irish castle

Irish wedding on cliffs

House Hotels

Several couples also chose to hold their weddings in one of Ireland’s numerous House hotels. These normally accommodate your guests as well but it’s important for you to make the reservation several months in advance, especially if your bridal party is on the larger side. Killashee House Hotel, for example, is an extremely popular Irish venue that can very easily cater to a multitude of guests. It’s also recommended to go for a house hotel that boasts of a large backyard to accommodate your ceremony. If you’re lucky enough to have a summer Ireland wedding, don’t hesitate to throw the reception outside as well: indeed, your guests are going to enjoy the warm balmy evening and fresh air, away from the normal city pollution.

Irish wedding at Killashee House Hotel

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Ideas for a St Patrick Day’s Wedding Celebration

St Patrick day wedding collage

Undoubtedly one of the most fun celebrations, St Patrick Day is full of merriment, good humor and of course, luck. It should therefore come as no surprise that more and more couples are opting for this day to say ‘I Do.’ In fact, more superstitious couples believe that tying the knot on this special day is bound to bring them good luck through their entire lives, while solidifying their relationship. Green, of course, is the St Patrick Day color by excellence, so, it’s important to really infuse this hue as much as you can in your decoration theme. So, read on to learn how to very easily have a green-themed wedding on St Patrick’s Day.

Green bridesmaid dress

Don’t forget that your bridesmaids are really going to stand out on this day, so, an extremely easy way to bring a St Patrick Day theme to mind is by dressing all of them in green frocks. Of course, it goes without saying that you can opt for several shades of green: from lime green to a darker forest-like shade, the choice is all yours but just remember to keep the dresses on the classy side. Knee or floor-length are the best ways to blend in with the overall St Patrick cheer. Alternatively, the groom can also don an elegant dark green tie with four-clover leaves printed on it.

Elegant st patrick tie

Green St Patrick Day-related wedding favors are other touches that your guests are going to appreciate. A great example would be to go for candy favors such as sugared four-clover leaves, green cookies with leprechaun-shaped icing and other such treats. You don’t have to limit yourself to candy: don’t hesitate to think outside the box: handing each guest a four-clover pin and a small glass of green melon liqueur prior to the ceremony are touches that are always quite appreciated.

St Patrick day candy wedding favor

To really stay within the theme of the day, it’s best to hold your wedding outdoors. You may certainly have an indoors St Patrick Day wedding but then, it might lack that special atmosphere which this particular occasion seems to bring. Most importantly, a lush outdoors wedding will require very little decorations and accents since nearly everything will already be green. It’s recommended to favor venues such as gazebos in the middle of gardens, parks or forests. Several of these locations normally require a license so be sure to take care of all the paperwork beforehand. If you’re on a limited budget, don’t forget that your backyard- or a friend’s for that matter- will work just fine as long as there is plenty of green scenery around.

Lush outdoor wedding venue

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