Newly engaged ladies can get quite nervous when it comes to shopping for the perfect wedding dress. Thing is, even if you’ve dreamt about the perfect dress during your entire life, selecting a frock for your special day is not an easy task. It certainly doesn’t help that the pages of your favorite bridal magazines are constantly splashed with picture after picture of wedding dresses, with each one looking better than the other.
Indeed, there’s no doubt that selecting the perfect wedding dress can be a difficult, almost overwhelming task for brides-to-be. To narrow it down to just a few choices, don’t hesitate to make a list of the most popular types of wedding dresses and then make your selection according to your budget, personal preferences, body types, accessories and overall color scheme. A-line dresses, for example, is still among the most popular- if not the most popular- wedding gown. Superbly flattering on various types of figures, A-line dresses are quite nipped in at the waist with a slightly flared skirt. This type of dress is very suited to curvaceous brides to be because it can very easily hide any bulge or lump.
For a more romantic touch, however, don’t hesitate to go for a Princess-like ball gown. Not unlike the dresses that we so often see on Disney princesses, this type of wedding dress will certainly bring a dreamy feel to your wedding day. But, on the other hand, Princess-like dresses are extremely, extremely flared on the hips and can add pounds to your silhouette if you’re short and curvy. Strapless sweetheart necklines are also quite suited to this type of wedding dress, which can be quite an advantage for ladies who want to display a bit of cleavage on their special day.
A new, emerging trend- particularly among celebrities- is the pale pink wedding dress. This is definitely the type of gown that you can go for if you still want a traditional-looking dress but with just a hint of color.
On the other hand, if you want to go for a more vintage look, don’t hesitate to look into Victorian-like wedding dresses. Straight, high-necked and often made from flowing silk or satin, these gowns are particularly suited to tall and slender ladies. The best way to accessorize Victorian wedding gowns is to go for a classic look that includes teardrop earrings, choker necklaces and pearl tiaras. Alternatively, if you’re planning a wedding on the beach or if you simply want a more contemporary affair, you may even go for a short wedding dress that skims your upper thighs.
Rich and vibrant in colors, Chinese weddings are among the most grandiose celebrations that signify the start of a new life together. While contemporary couples are nowadays going for a more low-key ceremony, authentic Chinese theme weddings usually include fireworks and even a traditional dragon dance. A real feast for the eyes, these weddings are also centered around red hues, a color which represents peace, love and harmony in Chinese culture.
If you want a Chinese-theme wedding, the one thing you should consider is your wedding dress color. Other than red, Gold is another hue which, according to Chinese culture, is supposed to bring luck, joy and wealth to the new couple. Hence, brides who want to adopt a more traditional look can go for a bright red and gold cheongsam wedding dresses. Still, if you don’t want to give up the big white dress, fret not: many modern Chinese brides are now going for traditional white dress but with red accessories. Think red shoes, red-stoned tiara or even ruby red earrings.
As far as the decorations and wedding favors go, it’s recommended to stick to the red color palette. You can, for example, enhance the reception with some red accents such as red tablecloths, napkins and the likes. Glasses of sparkling red wine are also going to bring a festive feel to the ceremony, without deviating from the overall theme. Crystal keychains, scented sachets, manicure sets, mini champagne bottles, mini wine glasses and monogrammed chocolates are all among the various tokens that you can present your guests with to thank them for attending your special day. To add a Chinese-feel to the favors, don’t hesitate to present them in bright red boxes.
It’s also quite important for the bridesmaids, groom and best man to keep in line with the Chinese theme wedding. Hence, while the groom can don a bright red tie, the bridesmaids can don gold or red dresses that will definitely draw attention to the overall theme.
As far as the cake goes, ask your baker to trace some typical Chinese patterns in the form of thin, dark branches and flowering trees. Of course, if you want to go all the way, don’t hesitate to go for brightly lit firecrackers that you can set off at the end of the ceremony or during the reception. Small gold bells as well as red and orange flower garlands are other small touches that are going to infuse a deep Chinese-like feel to the overall atmosphere.
Dreamy and romantic, with just a hint of nostalgia, a winter theme wedding can be quite striking if you do it properly. Indeed, to create your own winter wonderland ceremony, it’s exceedingly important to take into consideration the comfort of your guests and assure that they won’t get too cold. While an indoors ceremony is recommended for winter weddings, we just can’t deny the lure and appeal of getting married in a glorious fog of snowy mist.
So, if you have decided to hold your winter theme wedding outdoors, you should definitely be considerate of your guests’ well-being. It is therefore advised to go for a thick marquee or tent under which you can hold the actual ceremony before pausing for pictures in the snow. Never neglect the importance of candles as well, particularly if you’re throwing the reception in a marquee. Soft, romantic and sensual, candles are also going to add charm and panache to your wedding. In fact, if you want to take the decor to the next level, you can even scatter them around in long, ornate translucent candle holders.
Since your bridesmaids are so eagerly braving winter to share in your special day, it’s your duty as the bride to keep them warm. Forget about the typical short and strapless bridesmaid dresses. Instead, be sure to select long-sleeved ones made from thick, supporting fabrics such as velvet or linen. Gloves are wonderful winter accessories: not only will they keep the bridesmaids warm but they’ll also add a touch of glamor to the outfits. Of course, thick cardigans are absolute must-haves for winter weddings. In fact, even the bride can accessorize her dress and keep warm by going for a thick, faux fur shrug which will protect her shoulders from the cold. This is particularly handy if you’re going for a strapless dress. Bear in mind that bridal shoes are very rarely noticeable under the wedding dress. So, if the need arises, don’t hesitate to don a pair of white faux leather boots to keep you extra snug on your special day.
As far as the decorations are concerned, it’s best to focus on colder tones such as icy white, blue, silver and gray. These hues will instantly bring the winter theme to the foreground. You can, for example, place a centerpiece of white and blue flowers on each table for the reception. A really easy way to set off the theme even before the special day is by going for a typically winter wedding invitation made up in grey or white with silvery snowflakes printed over it.
Symbolizing happiness, peace, serenity and pure, undiluted joy, yellow is bound to add a hefty dose of cheer and merriment to your special day. Extremely versatile, this color is suited to both indoor and outdoor weddings. Best of all, this sunny hue can very easily be blended with other colors for a more striking effect.
One of the easiest colors to work with, yellow also has the advantage of presenting you with a wide variety of shades to work with. Whether you’re looking for a rich, vibrant yellow or a softer, more lemony one, you can be sure that this gorgeous color will embellish your wedding day. Couples who are going for a more informal setting may even create exotic yellow flower garlands for their guests to wear during the ceremony.
While some brides want to go for a classic white wedding dress and use yellow in the decorations and accessories, the more daring ladies can consider wearing yellow to get married. In fact, this particular color is gaining popularity in bridal magazines. If you don’t feel like going for a deep canary yellow, you may even consider wearing a paler, sun-kissed tinted gown. A good alternative for traditionalists would be to go for an all-white wedding dress with the occasional yellow stone around the bodice.
The lucky ladies who are getting married on the beach should absolutely consider yellow covers for the outdoor chairs since this color will go superbly with the turquoise waves lapping against the sand. In fact, since you’re at it, why don’t you decorate the wedding aisle with a blend of bright sunflowers and yellow roses. Another easy way to go for a yellow-themed wedding is to bring this particular hue to your wedding buffet table. If you’re serving desserts, you may even create an all-candy wedding buffet table to display an assortment of yellow sweets and treats.
As for your wedding cake, you may of course go for just about any flavor of your choice but ask your baker to cover it with rich yellow fondant or Royal icing. To create a lovely contrast, consider embellishing your cake with white flowers, all-white cake toppings or even a white Mr. and Mrs. Centerpiece which you can place right in front of the cake.
Nothing screams romance more than gliding down an aisle on the beach with the vermillion sun setting on the horizon. Indeed, if you do have the chance to go for a beach wedding, bear in mind that while your ceremony will undeniably be extremely romantic, there are quite a few things to consider to ease your comfort and that of your guests.
For example, while many dream of sinking their toes in the warm, powdery sand as they stride down the aisle, a more practical option would be carpet the area where you’re getting married. If you absolutely must feel the sand under your feet, try to consider carpeting the area where your guests will be suited: don’t forget that several of the ladies might be in heels and you certainly want to assure their comfort.
The bride’s choice of footwear, however, will ultimately depend on her overall attire. If you’re going for a flower-girl, vintage-like look, with a long, breezy gown and a crown of flowers on your head, then you can very easily go barefooted. Alternatively, you will find that there’s absolutely no shortage of toe rings and bejeweled flats that will complement your beach wedding dress while adding a touch of glamor to your outfit as a whole.
As far as the wedding altar goes, don’t hesitate to dress it up in light gauzes, flowers or even seashells. These little touches will ultimately enhance any beach theme wedding. Don’t hesitate to favor marine-like colors such as ecru, turquoise, marine green, eggshell, white, ivory and other sand-related hues. This palate can also be used for the reception, even if you’re not having the actual reception on the beach itself. In fact, a particularly lovely idea would be to have a cake made up in sea blue and white with fondant or sugared seashells draped over it. Don’t hesitate to run a few online searches to find some really original cake toppers that will bring out the marine theme of your special day.
Another important factor to consider is the seating arrangement: in most beach theme weddings, the seating area and aisle are parallel to the sea. However, a more romantic option would be to seat the guests and create an aisle that actually faces the sea. This way, the bride will be able to stride towards the shoreline as her groom waits for her under the wedding arch.
A Goth-theme wedding can be an extremely beautiful and mysterious affair if done properly. While this type of wedding is certainly gaining in popularity, a lot of people are simply throwing themselves in a dark, morbid-like setting that borders on tacky. Indeed, plenty of Goth brides just slip into the first dark-colored dress that they find- and many of them end up regretting it later!
This is exactly why you should be extremely careful when it comes to your type of dress, especially if you want to throw a mysterious aura around your Goth wedding. Black, of course, is the color of choice for most Goth brides. Sensual, mysterious and highly elegant, black also has the advantage of being extremely flattering on every type of figure. If you’re on the curvaceous side, for example, don’t hesitate to slip into a black, Empire-waist dress with long lacey bell sleeves. More slender ladies can go for a figure-hugging black satin dress for a more flattering look. Whatever type of dress you decide to go for, make sure to select the type of accessories and jewelry that will provide a contrasting effect with your dress.
For instance, if you choose to go for a black dress, you can select bright red earrings and even a black and red headpiece to enhance your gothic dress. However, bear in mind that Goth weddings do not only mean black dresses. Red and deep purple are other extremely popular choices for Goth brides. A red full-skirted, Princess-like dress is another fabulous choice for these types of weddings. In this case, you can dress up your bridesmaids in dark purple frocks for a more pronounced Goth look. Also, remember that red wedding dresses look best if they’re flared: after all, a straight strapless dress can look like just about any cocktail dress and you do want to look different on your wedding day!
If you absolutely want your white wedding dress, don’t hesitate to go for an all-white one with black trims. Another option would be to wear a black leather corset and a mermaid-style black leather skirt with a dress tail. In this case, a tiara studded with black stones will definitely enhance your overall look and bring a deep touch of sophistication. Don’t forget that your shoes have to match with your overall attire. Spiky stiletto boots are going to look absolutely gorgeous with just about any type of Gothic wedding dress. But, if you’re not much of a heel person, don’t hesitate to go for flats as well. After all, the essential thing is that you should feel comfortable and at ease in whatever footwear you choose to don. Make sure to pay attention to your makeup as well: scarlet red lipstick, purple eye shadow and a white base foundation will certainly transform you into a deliciously alluring Goth bride.
We’ve all come home with those typical, rather boring wedding favours that we end up tucking away in a cupboard and forgetting about it until the next spring cleaning. Of course, a wedding is already an expensive affair and no one says that you have to spend a whole lot on the favours. Still, it’s always a nice touch to go for something that your guests will actually be able to use and enjoy- without going over your budgeted limit.
Indeed, brides and grooms to be should consider stepping out of the comfort zone and ditching the traditional cookie cutters, jigsaw puzzle and sugared almonds in favour of trendy and memorable pieces that will make a lasting impression on your wedding guests. After all, even if your wedding day technically is about you, it’s important to show your guests how thankful you are that they’re sharing this special moment with you. Future couples should therefore take the time to carefully select a variety of wedding favours that are bound to enchant their friends and relatives.
So, read on to discover the top five wedding favours that will help you wow your guests.
Elegant hangover kit
This is an absolute must have if you’re planning a wild reception or after-wedding party. A tasteful hangover kit should traditionally include a couple of painkillers, some mint, a hairband for the ladies, a small carton of tomato juice for the obligatory post-partying Bloody Mary, a stick of instant coffee and of course, a small bottle of mineral water.
Handcrafted scented soap bars
Seriously, who doesn’t need soap? Best of all, handcrafted scented soap bars have quite a rustic charm to them and differ so drastically from the usual chemically-laden products that we so often find in supermarket. The bride and groom to be can therefore contact an organic farm or small independent enterprise for a bulk order of handcrafted soap. If you can afford it, don’t hesitate to go for the eye-catching ones in the form of cupcakes, dragonflies, diamonds and the likes.
Mini Champagne Bottles
If you can afford them, mini champagne bottles are always going to be a welcome addition to your wedding favours. Let’s face it: we all love free champagne and if you’re not on a limited budget, you can always turn it up a notch by adding some mini champagne flutes. Otherwise, a cheaper option would be to decorate your little bottles with some bright purple, pink, green or red sparkly organza fabric to enhance the overall presentation. In fact, why don’t you attach a small note to thank your guests for coming?
Cheap, elegant and constantly in demand, coffee beans are always in demand! To vamp things up a bit, try to go for a highly delectable melange of chocolate and coffee beans. Of course, you can always play up the flavours and add some caramel or candy bites to your coffee beans. To really impress your wedding guests, don’t hesitate to go for the best gourmet coffee that you can afford. Pack them in a rustic mini burlap or contemporary organza pouches and tie them up with a thin, delicate piece of sparkly string. It’s also a nice touch to add a personalized note to let your friends and family know how grateful you are for their love and support.
“Get Ready to Party” Kit
This is, by excellence, the ultimate must-have party favour. The “Get Ready to Party” Kit promises hours and hours of fun and provides guests with everything they’ll need to face the party. From condoms to painkillers or even chocolates, mini liqueur bottles, breath spray, mini cologne bottles, lip balms or even a spare mini tube of mascara for the ladies, this party kit is especially designed for those who aren’t afraid to have a wild time after the wedding.
One of the most anticipated season, A summer theme wedding definitely infuses joy and merriment in the heart of everyone. It should be no surprise therefore, that this particular season remains a firm favorite for weddings all across the world. Indeed, who doesn’t wish to get married in the great outdoors, serenaded by the soft chirping of birds?
A summer theme wedding might be the easiest to host but there are still a few things that couples should take into consideration in order to pull off the perfect ceremony. For starters, brides should bear in mind that not all wedding dresses are weather-appropriate for a summer wedding. A high-necked, long-sleeved puffy taffeta gown, for example, will most certainly result in unsightly stains of sweat all over your outfit. Hence, it’s recommended to go for lighter cuts and fabrics such as cotton, gauze, organza and lace. Guaranteed to keep you cool, a strapless, Grecian-style dress would be absolutely perfect for a summer wedding, especially if you’re having an outdoors ceremony.
Alternatively, some brides might even find it easier to beat the heat in a short wedding dress. This is particularly suited to beach or informal affairs. Another fantastic choice would be to go for an oblong frock, where the front hem plays above the knee while the back hem skims the floor. In fact, this particular style will not only keep you cool during a summer wedding but it’s also extremely suitable for long veils and trains.
Since it’s summer, couples shouldn’t hesitate to showcase a fabulous display of bright, vivid colors in the likes of green, turquoise, yellow, red, fuchsia, bright pink, pale brown, gold and other such hues. The bridal bouquet, for example, can be crafted using bright purple flowers with a couple of daisies nestled here and there. To create a homogenous look, don’t hesitate to dress up your bridesmaids in the same bright colors reflected in your wedding bouquet.
As far as the decorations go, try to go for anything that’s bright and sunny. A bunch of white flowers tied to each pew or chair will most definitely infuse a summery feel to your wedding- whether you’re throwing the ceremony indoors or outdoors. By the same token, don’t hesitate to dress up the wedding arch in sunflowers, red roses and the likes. Bear in mind that the main centerpieces of your summer wedding should revolve around flowers: they are, after all, the most potent symbolisms which show that winter’s finally over.
Extremely grandiose and rich in colors, an Indian theme wedding is certainly not a small affair.Indeed, in some parts of India, weddings are usually held within the span of an entire week, with all the friends and families gathering at both the bride’s and groom’s place. Dancing to traditional Indian beats and intricate henna applications on the arms, hands and feet are just a few of the festivities that happen during these ceremonies.
So, if you’re planning on having the perfect Indian Wedding, it’s quite important to familiarize yourself with the typical Indian palette and various accessories that will bring a pronounced Oriental touch to your special day. Bear in mind that sparkling red, yellow, green, orange and gold are Indian wedding colors by excellence. Indian brides, for example, are often decked up in a bright red sari with heavy gold jewelry. However, in more contemporary times, some brides are substituting the red sari for white, cream, beige, pink, turquoise or even pale lavender.
As far as the accessories go, don’t forget that Indian brides usually favor heavy, ornate bangles that go all the way up to the elbows. These bangles are readily available online and come in a variety of colors but it’s always best to go for a completely contrasting shade. This way, if you’re wearing a red and gold Indian bridal attire, try to go for gold and black bangles. A large nose loop with a chain that links the loop to your earring is another common accessory for Indian brides.
Some ladies also choose to wear a “Mang-Tika”, which is basically a chain that the bride wears on her hairline parting. This particular piece of jewel is held in place with pearled or beaded beads.
Henna application also forms a vital part of Indian weddings, with a special ceremony dedicated especially to the application process. A highly trained makeup artist comes to the bride’s place and applies henna on her arms, legs and hands while other female relatives sing and dance during the application process.
Other than the clothes and accessories it’s extremely important to properly decorate your wedding altar. In comparison to the tall wedding arches that usually accompany white weddings, Indian altars are not unlike a stage set on an elevated platform, with two chairs or stools for the bride and groom to sit on. Don’t forget that Indian wedding ceremonies can last up to three hours so it’s important to have comfortable seats. Like everything else, the stage is very lavishly decorated with thick velvet rugs and curtains in order to bring a highly elegant and luxurious feel to the entire ceremony.
One of the most spectacular seasons for a wedding, fall is all about the harmonious play between rich, deep and nostalgic colors. In fact, to keep in line with the overall nostalgic feel that fall so often brings along, many people opt for a rustic or country-chic like decor for their wedding. Of course, planning a fall wedding is no rocket science but couples have to be extremely careful about the colors that they select to highlight this particular season.
Bear in mind that fall usually equals to golden orange hues, nuts, crisp air, berries, pinecones, dried leaves and the likes. These are therefore the main elements around which you should center your overall decorations. Never hesitate to think outside the box: just because your best friend didn’t scatter dried red leaves down the aisle when she got married doesn’t mean that you can’t do it. In fact, the more you stand out from the average crowd, the more emphasis you’re going to lay on your fall-themed wedding.
Couples should also remember that there’s absolutely no need to build a backdrop from scratch. So, instead of investing a lot of time and money into creating an artificial aisle with birch trees and flowers, why don’t you go for a natural setting? There’s no reason why you shouldn’t get married under the beauty of naturally fading trees and plants. In fact, an outdoor wedding in a natural setting is certainly going to bring the fall theme to the forefront. Best of all, there’s quite a big chance that fading autumn leaves are going to descend down on you as you glide down the aisle, hence enhancing the striking visual aspect of your fall wedding.
As far as your bridesmaid dresses and accessories go, the easiest option is to go for intense oranges and golds with just a splash of the occasional red. While some brides can very easily don a red, orange, gold or pale yellow wedding dress, most of us can be quite hesitant about walking down the aisle in a colorful gown. In this case, don’t hesitate to dress up your bridesmaids in fall-related hues. By the same token, brides can also wear a crown of gold, red and orange flowers. Alternatively, you may also go for orange shoes and a matching orange bridal bouquet which will instantly direct your guests’ attention towards the fall theme.
Those of you who are planning a church wedding can very easily dress up the aisle and pews using orange and gold flowers with brown organza to wrap up the whole look. As for the reception, there’s no reason why you can’t go for a spiced pumpkin wedding fruitcake to stay in line with your fall-themed wedding. In fact, a particularly eye-catching idea would be to present the cake on a table decorated with small pumpkins, autumn leaves and pinecones.