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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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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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A mystical summer solstice wedding

Celtic weddings very often present a deeply romantic and rather mystical-like affair. Indeed, Celts have an extremely close relationship with nature which is why the majority of Celtic couples choose to tie the knot during summer in a summer solstice wedding. Indeed, in Celtic culture, the summer solstice normally happens around the end of June and is normally centered around the arrival of sun and warmth. The summer solstice is thought to represent joy and courage, fertility, marriage, wealth and overall bliss in their new life.

Mystical outdoors location

There are, of course, several ways to throw a summer solstice wedding. While some couples go all the way and include every Celtic tradition from the Handfasting to the Unity Candle ceremony, others decide to keep things rather toned down by going for a nature-infused wedding instead of indulging in the different rituals. If you’re one of the couples who doesn’t mind going the extra mile, however, don’t forget that it might not be a bad idea to travel to exotic and mystical places where the summer solstice is usually celebrated. Stonehenge, for example, is an extremely popular venue for summer solstice weddings, especially at the crack of dawn. Waterfalls, lakesides or mountains are other fantastic options.

Thick flower crown

Another element that’s nearly always present in most Celtic summer solstice weddings are the various nature-infused touches. Of course holding the wedding in the great outdoors is a great way to do that: your backyard, the beach or even a local park are great venues for these types of ceremonies. However, another much easier way to add a nature-infused touch is through your accessories. For instance, a very thick flower crown, paired with a matching bridal bouquet will instantly bring an alluringly mystical look to your outfit, while keeping in line with the summer solstice theme. Since this ceremony is also supposed to celebrate the sun, try to go for yellow flowers for a more sunkissed look.

Floaty celtic dress

Bridal shops are brimming with floaty Celtic dresses to enhance your overall look. Trumpet sleeves, gathered bodices and lace trimmings are all fantastic options for the Celtic bride. It’s also important to pay particular attention to the overall décor and accents. For example, since it’ll be summer, your guests are probably going to be quite thirsty. So, as a special touch, why don’t you serve some refreshing cold drinks right in antique-looking bottles with straws? Don’t hesitate to go for typical Celtic meals such as scones, corned beef and cabbage, iced Irish coffee and the likes.

Refreshing summer drink in bottles

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Posted in Celtic Theme WeddingsTopic WeddingWedding Theme on Feb 02nd,2015
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A Destination Wedding at the Very Heart of Africa

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.

Destination wedding in African wildness

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.

African wedding on private reserve

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.

Wedding in wildlife reserve

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.

Wedding in African forest

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!

Reception table setting in the savanah

 

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Top Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner

Bride and wedding planner

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.

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.

Various items to plan for wedding

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.

Wedding planner to advise on the best flowers

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.

Wedding planner to find best deals on dresses

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