Muslim-theme weddings are one of the most diverse and flexible ceremonies. Indeed, not one ceremony is exactly the same, which leaves the bride with a wide variety of dress options. In fact, Muslim bridal attires usually vary according to region and family traditions. It should therefore come as no surprise that some brides choose to get married in simple white dresses while others don elaborate green, red, gold, orange or even black attires.
In more religious countries like Pakistan, brides are usually decked in traditionally Oriental Indo-Muslim attires which consist of a red sari and lots of gold jewelry. Henna patterns are painted on the hands, legs and feet a couple of days prior to the wedding and this tradition is found in nearly all Muslim weddings, even if the bride chooses to go for a more laid-back affair.
On the other hand, Muslim brides who come from more flexible and less religious families often choose to don an Occidental white dress on their wedding day and several of them also go without the traditional headdress or hijab. While most ladies commonly opt for loose-flowing dresses, contemporary brides can wear figure-hugging, mermaid dresses, but this is quite a rare occurrence.
In more religious families, the hijab is an integral part of the bride’s wedding attire. While this headgear is often black and simple in everyday life, Muslim brides often go for more elaborate styles of hijab for their wedding days. Hence, if you want to infuse a Muslim theme on your special day, don’t hesitate to decorate your hijab with pearls, sequins or diamante. For a more striking look, you can even go for a shiny satin or velvet fabric and wear it in the form of a turban.
As far as the white dress goes, it can either be simple and elegant or elaborate and frilly. In fact, some Muslim families strive for simplicity and in such cases, the bride is usually adorned in a plain albeit sophisticated gown made in satin or taffeta. Even if modern ladies choose to go for the typical strapless gowns, traditional Muslim bridal dresses are usually floor-length, high-necked and long-sleeved. Some ladies also refrain from showing their wrists and hands and in such cases, they can don satiny gloves for a shimmery effect.
Of course, there are some brides who are more liberal and hence opt for the classic white dresses without hijabs. In families where the headgear is a must, some stylish ladies often arrange a shimmery scarf on their head.
One of the most touching moments after the wedding ceremony is undeniably the traditional Father-Daughter Dance. This is the moment where the father dances with his little girl for the first time after she’s officially married. In fact, the Father-Daughter dance is such a classic and emotional moment that even ultra-contemporary brides choose to incorporate this tradition into their wedding ceremonies, even if they skip all the other rituals and customs.
This special dance is also a way for the dad and daughter to relax and unwind after all the stress and tension following the wedding ceremony. A typically bittersweet moment, this dance is also where the two of them will be able to laugh and cry about all various memories leading up to the wedding and as the music slowly glides to a close, the father realizes that he finally has to let go of the woman who was once his little girl.
This is why it’s crucial to properly select the adequate song for your Father-Daughter dance. The first thing that you should bear in mind, however, is that you should try to avoid falling into clichés. You don’t have to select a certain song only because it’s a popular choice for Father-Daughter dances. The most important thing is that the song of your choice reflects the emotions between your father and you, even if it’s not a popular track.
While some brides tend to go for the typical slow dancing songs, others choose to opt for upbeat and more contemporary tunes. Psy’s epic “Gangnam Style” song, for example, is the new track of the moment that various brides are selecting for their Father-Daughter dances. This certainly is the perfect tune if you’re looking for something preppy, fun and trendy. Other such songs include Guns and Roses’ “Sweet Child of Mine”, Zepplin’s “Thank You”, Rolling Stones’ “She’s a Rainbow” or even Queen’s “You’re my Best Friend.”
Alternatively, if you’re the sort of bride who wishes to adhere to tradition and go for a slow-dancing song, bear in mind that Bob Dylan’s Butterfly Kisses is one of the most popular choices. Indeed, with lyrics such as, “She’ll change her name today. She’ll make a promise and I’ll give her away”, this song is definitely one that will tug at your heartstrings while allowing you to share an extremely special moment with your father. Another popular touching song is the classic “My Girl” by The Temptations, Jimmy Buffet’s “Little Miss Magic” and Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely?”
We all want to thank our wedding guests for their presence, but sadly, too many couples have fallen into the cliched trap of offering the same usual edible treats of macaroons, tea sachets, chocolate-covered pretzels and the likes.However, if you want to be different, never hesitate to think way outside the box in order to provide your guests with some of the most unique edible treats they’ll ever get. Think mini pizzas, ice cream cups and other such treats that they won’t usually expect in a wedding. So, read on to familiarize yourself with some of the most unique edible wedding favors that will certainly bring a smile to your guests’ faces.
The most-sought after pastry of the moment, Cronuts even got celebrities to queue up in front of the bakery at the crack of dawn just to lay their hands on one of these unique delicacies. Created by the award-winning New York bakery, the Dominque Ansel, this mouth-watering delicacy is a cross between a doughnut and a croissant. What makes it ultra-special is that the cronut is exceptionally hard to procure. Indeed, your guests are certainly going to appreciate the time and effort that you’ve invested in getting some of these incredibly delicious pastries for your guests. Just be careful to order the cronuts at least two months in advance though.
In fact, for an ultra-special touch, the couple can even hand out two mini cronut in a box, with each pastry bearing the name or initial of the bride and groom.
Individual mini wedding cakes
Forget about boring slices: a rare and unique edible treat, the mini wedding cake allows each guest to go home with his or her own treat. If you can afford it, as your baker to mold the individual cake after your real wedding cake.
Try to go beyond the traditional fruit cake as well. These tend to be quite heavy and dry and you certainly don’t want that in your mini wedding cake. Instead, don’t hesitate to explore new, different flavors such as chocolate mousse, peach, raspberry or even a layered vanilla and almond cake.
Thank you chocolate bars
Who doesn’t love chocolates? Even the most body-conscious dieter can weaken in front of a dark, shiny, caramel and nut-stuffed bar of chocolate. These incredibly delicious pieces of candies are guaranteed to melt just about any guest’s heart. To take things up to the next level, you may even ask for special messages to be printed on the chocolate bar. “Thank you”, or “Best Wishes” are definitely the sort of messages that will bring a personal touch to your edible wedding favor.
If you’re getting married during the summer, it’s a good idea to wrap the chocolate in foil and keep them on ice until it’s time to serve them up. Try not to stick to just plain old milk chocolate either: cherry, coffee or tiramisu-flavored bars will certainly impress your guests while making them feel ultra-welcome.
We all want to look our best on our wedding day; that’s a given. While the wedding industry is simply oozing with a wide variety of choices for several body types, it’s extremely important to select a gown that flatters your figure and hides any unruly bulges or lumps. Most crucially, the bride should feel completely at ease in whatever gown she chooses to wear. After all, remember that it is your very own, once-in-a-lifetime special day and it’s quite important that you feel comfortable in your wedding dress.
While there are a lot of options for curvier brides, some of them might feel ill at ease in certain types of dresses. A strapless dress with a tight bustier, for example, is quite a popular choice among brides, but curvy ladies should be particularly careful while choosing this type of dress because they can accidentally expose more cleavage than they bargained for! To be on the safe side, it’s best to go for a halter-like dress which will lift the bust while bringing a streamlined look to your silhouette. However, if you’ll feel more comfortable in a strapless dress, make sure that the bodice and cleavage allows room for movement and don’t forget to wear a properly-fitted strapless bra.
If you want to look more slender on your wedding day, stay far away from thick, meringue-like taffeta gowns. Ballroom dresses only look nice on curvy brides if you make sure that the waist is properly nipped in. A popular trick among fashion designers is to create quite a lot of ruffles and designs on the upper part of the dress in order to draw attention away from the hip and waist areas, hence elongating the silhouette. This simple tip can make any bride appear at least ten pounds lighter.
Brides who aren’t obsessed with the idea of wearing white for their wedding should absolutely experiment with colors. We all know that white is quite an unforgiving hue and wearing white from head to toe can be quite a difficult look to pull off if you’re not ultra-confident in your skin. So, if you’re okay with wearing colored wedding frocks on your special day, try to go for red, blue or even yellow gowns for a more slimming effect. Don’t hesitate to create a contrast with different colors as well. For example, if you want to elongate your lower body, try to go for a white, sparkly corset and a black, A-line skirt.
Whichever color you decide to go for, keep in mind that Empire Waists, A-line and Mermaid cuts are the most forgiving ones. Also, it’s important to make sure that your dress is neither too loose nor too tight on you: too tight will show off any bulge while too loose will only add pounds to your figure. Don’t forget that the proper pair of shoes can also work wonders in bringing a flattering effect to your figure.
A bride’s hairstyle is the one factor that will ultimately set off her entire attire. Whether you choose to go for an updo or leave your hair flowing across your shoulders, there certainly isn’t a lack of wedding hairstyles to choose from. Indeed, since wedding magazines are literally brimming with various styles and hair accessories, some brides can even feel overwhelmed by the number of options displayed in front of them.
Choosing the proper wedding hairstyle that matches with your dress will certainly enhance your look, turning you into an even more striking bride. The easiest way to select the perfect bridal coiffure is to go for one that’s in harmony with your dress. Updos are definitely among the most popular styles but, that being said, there are quite a few different types of wedding updos. If you have curly hair, for example, an intricate knot piled on top your head with a few escaping strands will look absolutely divine. Alternatively, you may also go for a half-up, half-down hairstyle and in this case, it’s recommended to go for a flowing lace dress which will bring a romantic aura to your special day.
The twisted knot is another popular wedding hairstyle which goes fabulously with curly hair. If you have straight hair, however, bear in mind that it’s more difficult to arrange straight strands in an intricate bun without the use of several pins. For a more dramatic effect, don’t hesitate to go for a beaded or diamante pins. These will also bring some added glamour to your outfit, hence making such accessories perfect for the ultra-contemporary bride. If you want to adopt a more Princess-like, romantic look, try to go for flowered pins. In that case, don’t hesitate to opt for multi colored flowers such as pale pink or yellow. A sapphire-incrusted hair comb is also another original way to add your special “something blue” to your outfit. Bear in mind that tiaras are other fabulous accessories that will go beautifully with bridal updos.
Another very popular wedding hairstyle is a straight, loosely flowing arrangement with just a few curls here and there. However, if you do decide to keep your hair straight, it’s important to make sure that your hairstyle doesn’t look like your everyday, ordinary coiffure. Hence, never hesitate to go for combs or even hair glitters that will bring an ultra-special touch to your wedding coiffure.
Several brides also choose to go for a French Braid on their wedding day. In this case, you may string some flowers in your hair or enhance your braid with a couple of multicolored studs.
Ladies who are found of the demure, flower-girl look can even don a flower crown or simple flowered headpiece. Such accessories will look twice as amazing if paired with an intricate French braid, glittery diamond studs and a long, flowing veil.
Anyone who has seen the movie “The Proposal” will be awed by the breath striking images presented by the Alaskan scenery that’s rendered even more romantic by the constant preparations for an upcoming wedding. Weirdly enough though, whenever anyone mentions a destination wedding, the initial images that springs to mind are quite far from the freezing Alaskan surfaces. Palm beaches, turquoise seas or even a lush green vineyard are usually the favorite locations for a destination wedding.
If you want to be different, though, an Alaskan wedding can be quite a deeply romantic location to fly your guests to. Of course, given the colder-than-average climate, you do have quite a few arrangements to do in order to render your location even more comfortable.So, read on to familiarize yourself with a few aspects to take into consideration for your special destination wedding.
Okay, let’s face it: you do want to be different, but you don’t want to be drastic either. There’s absolutely no reason why you should fly your guests to Alaska during winter. That will only dampen your special day and you might even find yourself lacking quite a fair amount of guests! So, it’s best to go during warmer months, where you will still be able to enjoy the white Alaskan scenery, but without the freezing cold.
If you want to borrow a leaf out of Sandra Bullock’s wedding in “The Proposal”, getting married in a barn in Alaska will certainly add a special touch to your wedding day. Of course, you can very easily get married in a church, chapel or hotel, but don’t hesitate to push the boundaries and be different as well: retreats, lodges, roadhouses or even lakesides are wonderful places that will let you enjoy the stunning Alaskan scenery.
Couples can also run a few online searches to find some companies that provide full Alaskan wedding packages, complete with location and catering.
Bear in mind that this is Alaska that we’re talking about: strapless dresses are quite striking, but, if you’re getting married in the great outdoors, you may find yourself being completely frozen to the ground even before you walk down the aisle. Fashion-conscious brides shouldn’t worry though. There are quite a few ways to warm up your outfit without going for a drab, old-fashioned gown. If you do want a strapless gown, don’t hesitate to opt for a thick, faux fur shrug that will keep your shoulders warm during the ceremony. Don’t neglect your feet as well: ankle boots are other trendy options that will help you look stylish while keeping you warm on your special destination wedding day.
Airy, serene and definitely romantic, gardens can be the perfect location for your wedding. In fact, with the recession and ever increasing prices, it’s probably a good idea to hold your wedding in your own garden instead of renting a more expensive location. By cutting back on such expenses, you’ll definitely be able to spend more on other things such as your dress, shoes or accessories.
If you don’t have a large backyard, you can always check with your local municipality or council to rent any green space or garden in your locality. While garden weddings are undeniably easy to prepare and set up, there are several things that the couple should take into consideration: bear in mind that an outdoors theme wedding means that you’ll need to bring in some extra supplies to ensure the comfort of your guests, especially if you’re holding the reception outside.
Since you’re holding your wedding in a garden, it’s crucial to take into consideration the type of weather that you’ll be having. While spring and summer are the perfect seasons for wedding under the sun, bear in mind that sudden downpours can occur. If you want to be particularly careful, you can set up a gazebo to shelter your guests in case of rainfall. Ladies who are lucky enough to have a gazebo in your backyard can certainly get married under it for some added charm and romance. Alternatively, garden ponds and flower arches are other incredibly dreamy and romantic locations that you can incorporate into your special day. Try to dress up your bridesmaids in green as well in order to bring a homogenous atmosphere and draw attention back to the outdoors theme.
As far as the aisle goes, it’s best to keep it as natural as you possibly can. After all, this is an outdoors wedding and you need to stay in harmony with nature. So, if possible, ditch the red or white carpet in favor of flower petals and scraps of lace. Of course, you’ll need to create your own aisle by using some garden chair and in that case, remember that it’s always best to go for white or cream-colored chairs. These hues usually provide a beautiful contrast with the lush green grass and trees.
If you can afford it, then by all means feel free to add a few unique touches to add some charm and flair to your outdoors wedding. An arrangement of flowers spelling out the couples’ name is undeniably a special touch that will forever mark your wedding day. As for the reception, it’s quite a good idea to hold it outside, especially if you’re expecting a nice weather. In this case, couples usually have a choice of two arrangements: you can get a long buffet table and a long banquet table to seat all your guests, or you can get several rounded tables to seat small groups.
Don’t forget to invest in some garden lights or string a few fairy lights among the trees if you’re expecting your reception to go well into the night. A naked patch of green grass would also provide a magnificent area for your guests to dance the night away as they celebrate the union of two hearts.
The wedding industry is positively booming with a plethora of accessories and clothes. Nothing ever comes close, however, to competing with the intense attention that usually accompany wedding shoes. Indeed, the most important wedding attires- other than the dress of course- are the wedding shoes. Lace, satin, leather, white, silver or even blue, wedding shoes are the ultimate bridal accessories. After all, every girl knows that the perfect pair of shoes will instantly make you feel more confident and elegant, while adding that particular spring in your step that only heels can bring.
Let’s be realistic though: sky high heels are absolutely awesome but if you’re not used to heels, you may start to feel like you’re walking on coals after just half an hour. Besides, even if you’re a heel-addict like Victoria Beckham, weddings and receptions can be long affairs and you certainly want to be as comfortable as you possibly can be on your special day. Brides who aren’t used to high heels, for example, can look into flat ballerina shoes or even sandals. In fact, if you’re tall enough, you may not even need heels on your wedding day and in this case, flat sandals might be the perfect choice for you. This is also a great option for brides who are getting married in vineyards, flower fields or beaches.
Other great wedding shoes options are wedges. One of the most comfortable footwear in the industry, wedges have the advantage of supporting your feet in a very harmonious manner. Best of all, wedges can easily be worn on beaches and even in damp fields or forests- if these happen to be your wedding venue. However, brides who absolutely need their heels can try to look into low heels: these are shaped exactly like stilettos, but they’re lower and can hence be worn for extended periods of time.
Ladies who aren’t afraid to explore new boundaries and look into more cutting-edge options can even go for ankle or knee boots. Your boots aren’t even going to be visible under a long dress, which means that you’ll be able to be ultra-comfortable without risking a leg injury on skyscraping heels.
Petite brides who wish to look taller on their special day can also give platform shoes a try. These can be quite tall as well, but on the flip side, platform shoes provide support on both the front and back part of your feet, which ensures easy balance.
There’s absolutely no question about it: Vintage weddings are literally oozing with romance and will bring a profound rustic-chic charm to your special day as a whole. Contrary to most contemporary weddings, these types of ceremonies tend to lean towards a rustic-like decor and setting. However, to really lay emphasis on the vintage-like feel of your ceremony, it’s important to choose an adequate location. A vintage theme wedding, for example, will certainly not feel particularly rustic if you hold it in a lavishly decorated hall or interior space. It’s therefore quite important to select the adequate location for your vintage wedding.
Barns, for instance, have always been a firm favorite among couples who are looking for a rustic-like location for their vintage weddings. Brimming with tranquility and romanticism, barns can be decorated according to your liking, but try to stick to a shabby-chic decoration scheme. Fairy-lights and squares of hay piled on each other can only add to the vintage-like feel of the day. Don’t hesitate to create an aisle made of flower petals and scraps of lace.
If you want to be in the open-air, however, you may try looking into vineyard weddings. This setting is guaranteed to bring a vintage-like feel to your special day, especially if you hold the ceremony right before sunset.
Couples who can’t afford to purchase a vineyard wedding package may also look into renting a lavender or flower field, two locations that are known for their profoundly vintage feel. In this case, you may even go for white wooden or wrought-iron chairs that will draw attention back to the vintage theme.
Alternatively, couples who want to add a mysterious-like feel to their vintage wedding can even get married in a forest. Not unlike the highly romantic scene in the Breaking Dawn movie, forests are definitely one of the most rustic and charming locations that you’ll be able to use for your special day. Don’t hesitate to think outside the box as well: if all you can’t afford to rent any exotic locations or if you’re simply on a limited budget, you can very easily hold the wedding in your backyard and accessorize with a few accents and accessories to enhance the vintage theme. Overhead lanterns dangling from trees, a flower crown around your head and a long, silk old-fashioned wedding gown are all the little accents that will definitely bring a pronounced vintage atmosphere to your special day.
We all have an idea of how we’d like our wedding day to be. While some of us are fixated about the traditional idea of walking down the church aisle and towards the love of our life, others may want something just as romantic but less traditional in the form of a beach wedding. In fact, cutting-edge brides are even more than eager to get married in hot air balloons or under waves during sea-walks expeditions.
So, if you want to have an outdoor theme wedding, don’t hesitate to think outside the box. Too many brides hastily limit themselves to the typical vineyards or garden as the perfect outdoors setting. However, if you can afford it, you can also opt for a highly romantic cruise wedding.
Highly romantic and exotic, cruise weddings are rapidly growing in popularity, with several companies offering special packages, not only for the bride and groom, but also for your guests. Indeed, nothing can ever beat the exquisite sensation of standing on the deck of a luxurious ship as you say your wedding vows. If done properly, a cruise wedding can be one of the dreamiest and most romantic ceremony you’ll ever be part of, especially with the salty sea breeze and gentle rocking of the ship.
Of course, it’s important to talk to the Captain beforehand in order to families yourself with the various types of accents and accessories that you can use to enhance your wedding day. Alternatively, several ship offer their own decoration and catering services that will help you cut back on some expenses. In some cases, the ship can be entirely decked up in golden fairy lights that will add some extra charm to your special day. Best of all, if you choose to hire a complete wedding cruise package, you’ll be able to avoid the stress that usually accompany all the planning. Just remember to go for a ship-related wedding cake to keep in line with the outdoors theme.
As far as the reception goes, you can either hold an all-night dance party on the deck or throw a more formal affair in the ship’s ballroom. The main advantage of throwing a cruise wedding is that you’ll be able to enjoy a lovely honeymoon with your husband right on the ship. However, not all of us can afford a cruise that spans over the course of several days. Some companies offer exclusive sunset or one-day cruises whereby you’ll be able to get married and enjoy a few hours on the ship before going back to shore. Exotic locations such as Mauritius and Seychelles even offer specially chartered Wedding Catamaran packages whereby you can privately rent the entire catamaran for an entire day.