Fans of destination weddings normally consider typical venues such as tropical islands, France, London or even Australia, among others. However, very few couples would think about getting married in the wild exotic wildlife. In fact, while African destination weddings are extremely popular, they normally happen in hotels or resorts.
But, if you’re an avid fan of nature, what better place to tie the knot than the rugged beauty that made the wild African plains popular all across the world? In spite of what you may believe, it’s relatively easy to plan an African wedding as long as you’re flexible and don’t mind the heat. Of course, it goes without saying that you may fly to Africa during the winter to beat the heat, but then again, winter is an extremely unpredictable season in this continent and temperatures can drop drastically, especially at night.
Several companies actually offer the couples the chance to say ‘I Do’ on a private reserve. These companies normally offer a few luxurious touches such as air conditioning in the reception hall, lush grounds and wide seating areas. The good news is that these wedding agencies normally take care of everything, from the catering to the decoration or even the seating arrangement and wedding favors. The one important thing to remember is that you should constantly stay in touch with the wedding planner to make sure that everything is up to your expectations when you show up in Africa with the bridal party.
A destination wedding in the great African wilderness doesn’t necessarily need to be in a luxury private reserve. If you don’t mind roughing it up, the African forest is actually a pretty romantic place to tie the knot. Of course, don’t just venture into any other forest with your groom and bridal party in tow unless you want to come nose to nose with some wild predators: always contact a tour guide or a wedding agency that will locate the safest and most beautiful forests for your wedding. This is a wonderful option for nature lovers as well since you’ll be able to go all the way with a flowered aisle and leafy canopy.
Alternatively, if you’re fond of animals, why don’t you hold your African destination wedding in a wildlife reserve? In fact, couples may even hold the actual ceremony as well as the reception in the savannah? It goes without saying that space won’t certainly be an issue and you’ll be able to arrange your tables and dance floor in just about any way you want!
Very often, hiring a wedding planner might seem like an over-indulgence that’s only portrayed in romantic comedies. The truth, however, is that hiring a wedding planner might be much more advantageous than you realize. Technically, a wedding planner is supposed to do exactly what his or her title suggests: help the happy couple plan the most perfect, most inspiring and romantic wedding. In reality, though, a wedding planner does so much more than this. A bride and her wedding planner usually share a special bond, which makes yields for a perfectly decorated wedding.
Indeed, what many people ignore is that the role of a wedding planner is not merely to orient you towards the perfect wedding. In fact, this is a trained and often highly experienced professional who will allow you to enjoy every single hour leading to the wedding, with none of the stress, frenzy and hair-pulling that accompanies couples who chose to do everything by themselves. There are various items to plan for a wedding and in the end, it’s rather unrealistic to imagine that you can do it all yourself.
Bear in mind that in the years- or decades- to come, you want to look back on your wedding planning days with a fond smile, which is not exactly a feasible task if you’re constantly stressing about the flowers, dress, seating arrangements and other such trivial items. Most importantly, stressing and fussing over the wedding arrangements have been shown to lead to arguments between the couple, which can be the worst thing to happen in the weeks before the big day.
Another top reason why you should hire a wedding planner is because of the amazing deals this service can offer. We all know that looking for the right wedding dress is not an easy, and often expensive task. The good thing about wedding planners is that they have an extensive list of contact and can therefore get you some fabulous discounts and deals on dresses. In fact, some highly experienced trainers can very often get their clients a discount of around 25% or maybe more on the wedding frock of their choice. The same goes for flowers and the wedding cake: not only will you benefit from great deals to save up for other expenses, but the wedding planner will also help you make the perfect choice in accordance with your overall outfit.
Las Vegas is undoubtedly well-known for the famous and sometimes, notorious, knots that were tied in its dazzling chapels or hotels. Indeed, long before us lesser-known folks decided to get hitched in Vegas, a string of celebrities paved the way for romantic albeit spur-of the moment weddings. The Always and Forever and the White Wedding chapels are actually reputed as two of the most favoured marriage venues among the rich and famous.
So, here’s a list of some of the most popular Vegas celebrity weddings.
Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu
One of the most popular- if not the most popular- Vegas wedding of all time, Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu’s union enchanted fans from all across the globe. Their wedding was quite a lavish affair for 1967, but the invitation was only limited to close friends and relatives. A makeshift altar was quickly set up in the posh Aladdin Hotel and the intimate ceremony was followed by a more laid-back reception that included no less than 100 guests. Unfortunately, though, in spite of the deeply romantic ceremony, their union couldn’t make it past six years.
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton
This couple has notoriously been acclaimed for their wildly unconventional union at Vegas’ Little Church of the West. Indeed, in May 2000, Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton turned up in Vegas wearing blue jeans and shoddy-looking shirts for their wedding. In a typically gory and somewhat creepy gesture, the newly married couple decided to wear vials of each other’s blood strung in necklaces around their necks. However, in spite of their vampire-simulated love, neither one of them was able to make the marriage work and called it quits after a mere three years. So long, Vegas!
Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow
In spite of the thirty year gap between their ages, the deep-voiced crooner wedded Mia Farrow in a surprisingly elegant Vegas affair. However, in stark contrast to other celebrity weddings, Frank Sinatra wanted to keep things classy and ditched the drive-through chapels in favour of Jack Entratter’s Vegas home. Several well-known guests were in attendance and this union looked like it was actually going to last. Sadly, though, Frank and Mia separated after bitter fights about her unavailability to star in his movies. Mia was actually served with divorced papers during the shooting of one of her most-acclaimed movies, ‘Rosemary’s Baby.’
Elegant, refined and exquisitely sophisticated, it’s no wonder that the Cheongsam is always growing in popularity. While this used to be the traditional Chinese wedding outfit, this figure-hugging gown is quickly soaring in Western countries as well. Indeed, who wouldn’t want to slip into a fabulously flattering and eye-catching dress on the most special day of their lives?
Most importantly, Cheongsams- unlike traditional wedding dress- are very easy to pair with a plethora of jewellery and accessories. Of course, the accessories, shoes and jewellery that you decide to go for will ultimately depend on the type of Cheongsam which you will wear. For example, classic long Cheongsams with a high neck rarely require much jewellery. In fact, these are so beautifully detailed and elegant by themselves that they rarely need to be accessorized, unless you really want to go all the way and lay on the accents for your wedding day. Brides who want to keep a toned down look and minimal accessories can only wear a long pair of teardrop earrings and select a gold or bright red Cheongsam with intricate patterns. The traditional Cheongsam colour is red so if you decide to go for this hue, don’t hesitate to go for accessories in contrasting shades such as orange, gold, silver or brown.
Contemporary Cheongsams are normally on the short side and lack the traditional high neckline. Longer versions may even include a lit up the thigh. Since these tend to look a tad less elegant than longer ones, it’s important to take the proper time and care to accessorize your Cheongsam. This is your wedding, after all, and you do want to look more dressed-up than on any regular day! Brides should remember that diamonds go extremely well with modern Cheongsams so don’t hesitate to invest in a diamond chocker, bracelet and matching tiara. Of course, not everyone can afford a full set of diamond jewellery. In that case, you can very easily substitute real diamonds for diamante accessories. Semi-precious white or clear stones are other great options to beautify your wedding Cheongsam.
And then of course, there’s the shoes. Cheongsams look doubly sophisticated when paired with strappy heels, preferably in sparkly gold or red. However, brides should try to avoid wedges with this type of garment because they won’t balance out the figure-hugging aspects of the Cheongsam and make you look bulky instead. If you’re tall enough, you can even slip into some sequined flats.
Charming and magical, with stunning scenery and colors, Disney’s ‘Frozen’ movie is considered as one of the best animated films of the year. The costumes and hues are so absolutely wonderful that more and more brides are choosing to integrate this theme in their special day. In fact, a ‘Frozen’ theme is absolutely perfect for colder weathers, given the winter backdrop that lingers through the entire movie. Best of all, this theme is quite a versatile one and can be tweaked to your liking.
To begin with, it’s important to decide whether you want to go for a traditional white dress or adopt Princess Elsa’s iconic frock from the movie: an ice blue shimmery mermaid gown with a fishtail, this ‘Frozen’ inspired costume has captured the hearts of brides from all over the world, which means that it’s quite easy to find it in bridal stores these days. Alternatively, you can also find this dress online. Of course, let’s not forget that unlike Disney’s animated Princess Elsa, we do happen to be non-animated which means that you’ll certainly need something to cover up and keep warm if you chose to don this dress during winter. A blue glittery shawl or a snowflake-printed coat will work wonders with your Disney ‘Frozen’ wedding dress.
Another dominant theme in the movie is the color blue to represent the ever-lasting winter. So, be sure to really lay this color on thick for your wedding day but don’t go for any shade of blue: toss aside cherry turquoises and dark blues in favor of grayish and pale blues. You can very easily include this color in your blue wedding cake. Also, remember that snowflakes are present in nearly every scene of the ‘Frozen’ movie, so, be sure to include this as well. For examples, a blue-iced cupcake with a sugared snowflake would make a wonderful wedding favor without distracting from the overall theme of the day.
Don’t hesitate to play with a few ideas until you find the best décor for your ‘Frozen’ themed winter wedding. For instance, to keep in line with the natural palette that winter often brings, you may even add some blue food coloring to your cocktails and garnish the glass with a plastic or iced chocolate snowflake. Of course, brides and grooms should also make the most out of the natural winter setting as well: the snow, for example, provides a stunning backdrop for pictures and will certainly enhance your ‘Frozen’ theme. Another easy way to achieve this purpose is to go for ice sculptures or maybe even some ‘Frozen’ inspired Pyramid-shaped vases for your flowers and centerpieces.
The most iconic and flattering accessory that any bride can wear, the wedding veil is one of the most- if not the most- popular item on your wedding attire. Indeed, even the most contemporary brides chooses to go for a veil on her special day, just to complete that ultra-glamorous and sophisticated look that only a veil can bring.
The best things about veils is that not only do they flatter your face and bring a mysterious demeanour to your look, but they also come in a plethora of fabrics. So, there’s no doubt about the fact that your bridal veil will very easily match with whichever wedding dress you decide to go for. Of course, while you can go for just about any fabric, provided that it’s see-through, there are some materials that are more flattering when paired with wedding gowns.
Gauze veils, for example, are the most popular choices and for a good reason. Indeed, these are so exquisitely light and airy that brides rarely feel that they’re actually wearing a veil. Most importantly, gauze veils are flattering to every complexion and usually show off your perfectly rouged cheeks and lips. Gauze veils look best in pure white or ivory but if you’re the sort of bride who loves to be trendy and push the boundaries, then, by all means, go for a brightly coloured one which will beautifully contrast with your dress.
Another popular fabric option for the wedding veil is net. Very often favoured for short or birdcage veils, nets will instantly bring an aristocratic look to you face. This fabric is also fantastic for 20’s or Victorian themed weddings because these were the most popular choices at the time. Net fabrics also go well with short or tea-length dresses made of silk, satin or taffeta. Of course, it goes without saying that lace is another extremely easy fabric to pair with whichever outfit you’ve chosen to get married in. Don’t hesitate to add some beads or sequins to your lace veil to embellish it.
Some cultures require brides to be decked in a rather thick veils on their wedding day. In such cases, the veil is kept on the short side so that the bride can lower her head and look down to see where she’s walking because very often, these thick veils are not transparent. Orthodox Jewish brides, for example, usually don a short taffeta veil which they can decorate with a lace or silk trimming.
Pulling off a winter wedding dress is never an easy task, particularly considering the thin, flimsy fabrics that are normally used for wedding gowns. This is when a dressy jacket comes in really handy. Indeed, a formal jacket will keep you warm on colder days, without distracting from the design of your wedding dress. Cold weather aside, jackets are universally flattering as they create a gorgeous, streamlined look while enhancing the nips and curves of your body. Most importantly, jackets are extremely handy in camouflaging any unruly bulge or lumps that tend to be visible with lighter fabrics.
Contrary to what most people believe, it’s not that hard to wear a jacket over a wedding dress. If you’re wearing a standard Princess-cut or Ball gown, for example, any long white jacket would do. However, don’t hesitate to embellish it by going for flattering fabrics in the likes of satin, silk, gauze or even linen. A shimmery or pearled jacket would look absolutely wonderful when paired with your wedding dress. Just be sure to take the jacket in at the waist to enhance your silhouette. If it’s really cold, brides may even go for a faux fur coat to sheath their arms and shoulders. But, leave it unbutton to avoid distracting attention from your dress.
If you want to show off as much as you can of your gown, don’t hesitate to go for a bolero jacket instead. Wool is a fabulous material for fall or winter and it actually goes pretty well with wedding dress fabrics like gauze and taffeta. For spring or summer, you may even pair your wedding dress with a short satin bolero with trumpet sleeves and lace edging. Brides who don’t stand on tradition might even select a contrasting shade for their jacket or coats. In fact, this is a very easy way to add your ‘something blue’ touch to your overall attire.
Also, don’t hesitate to take a leaf out of Kiera Knightley’s book and slip into a waist-length jacket over a shorter wedding dress. Throw in an oversized bridal bouquet, white glittery heels, a flower crown and you’ve got yourself the perfect wedding jacket attire! As a last resort, brides who aren’t too fond of jackets might even wrap a shrug or shawl around their shoulders to keep warm. Of course, there’s no reason why you can’t add some long sleeves to your wedding dress or go for a thicker material to keep warm.