Increasingly growing in popularity, cruise ship weddings certainly are unique in terms of setting and location. Nothing beats the exquisitely picturesque backdrop of a glistening turquoise ocean and the sun setting just behind the horizon as you say ‘I do’. However, while these weddings are undoubtedly appealing, there are quite a few drawbacks that you should think about before roping your guests on a ship with you.
Of course, you’ve certainly got an idyllic setting, but, couples should also consider whether their guests will appreciate being gently rocked on the waves during the ceremony and reception. Indeed, some guests might get sea sick and it’s quite important for you to make sure that everyone is at ease. For starters, with cruise weddings, it’s always best to keep the bridal party to a strict minimum. This will radically minimize the risk of any guest getting sick during the wedding. Alternatively, why don’t you hire an usher to hand out mints or sea-sickness pills along with chilled bottles of mineral water to every guest who steps onboard? It’s also a good idea to always keep a cabin prepared for anyone who falls sick and needs to lie down during the cruise ship reception.
If you do believe that a cruise ship wedding is an ingenious idea, however, be sure to add some touches that will add some extra flair and charm to your big day. A marine-themed cruise ship wedding cake is quite a lovely touch if you want to draw attention to the theme of the day. Arrange for a meeting with the captain to talk about the various decorations that you will- or will not- be allowed to have on board. Strings of flickering fairy lights will most undoubtedly enhance the magical feel of the evening.
All in all, newly wed couples are certainly going to have the time of their lives on a cruise ship if they take the proper precautions and make sure that every single guest is comfortable. Is the idea insane or ingenious? It ultimately depends on you and your guests. Your budget and the length of your ceremony are other factors that should influence your decision. Smaller ships do offer you the possibility of renting the boat for an entire day or even the night, but, there are some companies that will rent it for just a few hours and at a much cheaper rate. If you’re on a tight budget, try to look into catamarans because these tend to be much cheaper, albeit smaller than cruise ships.
When the talented Kelly Clarkson finally unveiled her much-anticipated wedding pictures, the world was stunned by the breathtaking bride and the even more striking backdrop. The couple decided to go for an all-natural setting that wowed fans with a sparkling lake, lush airy grounds and magnificent greenery. In fact, the simple albeit charming backdrop combined with the bride’s equally modest attire brought a rather enchanted feel on the whole day and it’s no wonder that most brides choose to have a similar ceremony for their own special day. So, if you’re one of the lucky ladies who plan on having a celebrity wedding a la Kelly Clarkson, read on to find out how you can easily and efficiently bring the same magic to you big day.
Simplicity is beauty
While most celebrities normally indulge in lavish, extravagant and sometimes vulgar weddings, Kelly Clarkson decided to keep things sweet and simple. So, forget about the usual Kardashian-like tackiness and overblown celebrations. Instead, keep everything as basic as you possibly can and, most importantly, make the most out of what nature has to offer. If possible, try to hold your wedding outdoors, without any tent or gazebo over your head. Parks, lakesides or even beaches offer idyllic settings for such events.
Couples who are on a limited budget may even have their weddings in their backyards or, failing that, the backyard of a close friend or relatives. Possibilities are endless when you’re working with nature, so be sure to use a lot of imagination and creativity and you’re soon going to find out that you won’t even need to spend an extravagant sum of money.
A charming attire for the bride
Kelly Clarkson was an absolute vision in white as she glided down the aisle in her straight lace white dress. Indeed, lace, satin and taffeta are the best fabrics to go for if you want to mirror that same charming look. It’s best to go for A-line or Mermaid cut dresses that will emphasize your silhouette while bringing a highly sophisticated look to your overall attire.
As far as her bridal hairstyle went, Kelly Clarkson wore a simple, loose bun with a 20’s like diamante headband that wasn’t showy enough to distract from her dress. If you want to wear your hair down, however, don’t hesitate to top this hairstyle with a gorgeous flower crown or simple tiara. Also, bear in mind that Kelly’s bouquet consisted of nothing more than a simple bunch of purple flowers and sunflowers without any fancy ribbons or bedazzled stems. In fact, every single accessory complemented each other by their exquisite simplicity, hence throwing a radiant and highly appealing aura around the bride.
The leading capital of fashion, design, culture and glamor, London is certainly the most sophisticated place to get married. Each year, couples flock from all over the world to go tie the knot in this extraordinary place. If you’re planning a London Destination wedding as well, you can certainly be sure that you’re headed for an adventure. Best of all, there’s absolutely no lack of picturesque wedding venues that will add some extra charm and flair to your special day. Imagine leaning over the rail to pose for pictures on the iconic Westminster Bridge as you stand surrounded by floaty, billowy clouds of white lace.
The iconic Westminster Abbey, for example, has housed countless of wedding ceremonies in the past, including nearly every royal wedding. So, don’t hesitate to book a package that will allow you to pluck a leaf out of Kate Middleton’s book and glide down the impressively long aisle like an enchanted princess. If you want something more toned down, however, keep in mind that London is home to countless other chapels and churches that each have a deep and fulfilled history.
Since London’s black taxis are among one of the city’s primary landmarks, it’s not a bad idea to book one as your wedding car. Couples will be happy to learn that several black taxis do offer the possibility of hiring their vehicles for the big day. In fact, several cab drivers will even decorate their taxis in ribbons and sequins for your wedding. However, it’s extremely important to book your taxi as early as you can because they are always in huge demand. Car decorating service do come at an extra fee, but, if you’re on a limited budget, you can take care of the decorations yourself or ask a close friend to do them for you.
Couples who are more interested in the great outdoors but who still want a British destination wedding can try to seek some wedding venues out of London. Essex, for example, is full of lush, sprawling grounds that will offer the perfect backdrop to your special day. A very popular venue is the Braxted Park Wedding Venue in Essex. Not unlike an aristocratic fairytale-like castle, this park is surrounded by wide, spacious grounds that will look simply magical in pictures. Brides and grooms who are looking for an indoor venue can also check out the grand Bloomsbury Ballroom. While this is certainly on the pricey side, the ballroom is bound to provide you with an enchanted backdrop that you will remember for decades to come.
Goth weddings can be quite a sober affair if not done properly. With all the black clothes, deliberately morbid atmosphere and gloomy settings, these weddings can seem quite depressing to outsiders. Still, if you’re into gothic culture, there’s absolutely no reason why you should have a traditional wedding. Indeed, being different is not always a bad thing. In fact, if you dare to be different, your wedding is certainly going to be unique, stand out from others and give all your guests something to talk about for the years to come! You should, however, take some extra precautions to enhance your Goth wedding and make it an enjoyable experience for every single guest. For instance, think about giving edible black and red Gothic wedding favors to your guests instead of the usual gifts.
While it is customary to wear black on your Gothic wedding day, a more pronounced touch would be to give this usual tradition a twist. For example, a deep brown bridal gown might look even more stunning on the bride, especially if you accessorize it with some Goth-like jewelry and accessories such as elbow-length black satin gloves, chocker necklace and even a birdcage brown veil. Pair this outfit with a slick of scarlet red lipstick, jet black mascara and eyeliner, white base foundation and you’ve got yourself a super glamorous Gothic look.
The one thing that’s present in nearly all Gothic wedding is, of course, the traditional black, white and red Goth wedding cake. To take it to the next level, however, why don’t you cut it with an axe? Not only will this add a pronounced touch of goriness to your special day, but it will also make you stand out from the other Gothic couples. Of course, you’re also going to need a Goth bridal bouquet. However, don’t limit yourself to just flowers: ribbons, stems, leaves or even jewels are going to take your bouquet to that next level. Just be sure to stick to the black and red color palette for some extra panache.
As for the wedding decorations, it’s best to follow the same color scheme, but, don’t hesitate to indulge in some other hues as well. For example, if your basic decor is black and red, it’s recommended to add a few touches of purple and green around the reception area. Think glass chandeliers, dried flowers hanging from the ceiling and dried roses strewn over the floor. Red LED candles are other fabulous accessories because they will throw a mysterious glow over the entire affair. Be sure to go for proper lighting as well: dim lights with occasional candle flickers dancing over the wall are certainly going to enhance the overall Goth theme of the day.
One of the reasons why everyone looks forward to Jewish weddings is the absolutely succulent feast that awaits every guest afterwards. These feasts are indeed reputed for their decadence, which means that you’re certainly going to have to live up to the expectation if you’re having a Jewish theme wedding. If you’re unfamiliar with Jewish customs, it’s crucial for you to familiarize yourself with the different customs and dietary restrictions. Challah bread, for instance, is regarded as an absolute must because the Rabbi normally blesses the bread before starting the feast.
Traditional Jewish families will only eat Kosher-certified food, which is actually quite easy to get. Jewish individuals also follow the ‘Kashrut’ dietary customs which state that they can’t eat the eggs, flesh and milk of certain animals. Meat is never eaten with dairy and some orthodox families even try not to eat fish and meat together. However, these can be served at the reception, provided that they’re not included in the same dish. Seared salmon, for example, is an extremely popular dish at Jewish receptions because they are thought to enhance fertility and vitality. However, shellfish such as shrimps, crabs, lobsters, oysters and clams are forbidden, as are any pork-related products.
As far as alcoholic beverages are concerned, bear in mind that traditional Jewish people will only consume wine produced by Kosher manufacturers while some might even avoid it altogether. A safer bet would be to serve whole grapes fruit cocktails or non-alcoholic sparkling wine. Non-fruity beers are perfectly wine but some people might restrict champagne altogether. If you’re expecting a large party and can’t contact each person individually to enquire about dietary restrictions, it’s best to provide both an alcoholic and teetotal bar.
Kosher meals for your guests don’t have to be boring either. If you’re unfamiliar with the dietary requirements, why don’t you contact a Jewish caterer who will take care of all the food pairings for you? Don’t hesitate to be creative as well: briskets, sushi, roasted vegetable kebabs, garlic and ginger marinated tenderloins and other such dishes are bound to enthrall your guests. As for the desserts, there are practically no dietary restrictions provided that you refrain from including non-Kosher grapes. A very popular sweet dish found at Jewish receptions is the Sutlac. Not unlike rice puddings, Sutlacs refer to a creamy delicacy made from rice, egg yolk sugar, milk and cornstarch.
All in all, the most important thing to keep in mind is to learn as much as you can about the various dietary restrictions and requirements while using quite a bit of imagination to provide your guests with a diverse and delectable wedding buffet that they’ll remember in the years to come!
We all look forward to the reception party. Indeed, this is the time when everyone can finally relax after the stressful planning that have led up to this event. It’s no wonder that reception parties often tend to be the wildest and most-anticipated moment after the wedding. To throw a highly successful reception, however, there are a few things that the bride and groom should absolutely take into consideration.
Contrary to what most of us believe, holding a reception is not necessarily easier than the wedding. Sure, the mood’s much more relax and your guests will probably not stand on protocol, but, it’s still to show them a wonderful time. Therefore, the very first thing that you should consider is the music. In fact, one of the most common mistakes at receptions is to go for slow, romantic tubes that will enhance the sentimental mood of the day. However, while this can be quite a lovely touch at the start of your party, slow songs do tend to get boring after a while. Hence, be sure to ask the band or DJ to play some upbeat and rhythmic songs, especially during the last two hours of the reception.
Don’t forget that your wedding reception is typically a place where everyone can unwind and let their hair down. So, it would be fair if parents could get a break from their kids as well. If you can afford it, never hesitate to plan a special entertainment corner for the kids. Hire a clown, magician or even a couple of babysitters to keep the kids entertained, safe and parent-free all night long. Best of all, this will contain all the mess in one corner, hence allowing both the kids and the parents to relax and have fun in their own individual way.
Also, be sure to provide enough napkins for each and every guest: it may seem quite trivial but several couples often ignore such tiny details, hence resulting in quite a bit of discomfort for the guests. Don’t neglect the importance of accents and accessories as well. A perfectly decorated hall, for example, can play wonders in setting the proper mood and feel. Small centerpieces for each table, a small fountain in the corner, streamers, ribbons and balloons are definitely going to set a festive mood. Candles are other great decorating options for receptions, but, since you’ll be entertaining a crowd, it would be much safer to go for LED candles instead.
There’s no question about it: your entourage certainly makes the entire wedding planning process much less strenuous. Indeed, bridesmaids and groomsmen are usually chosen on the basis of their relationship with the bride and groom because they are the ones who will support the happy couple every step of the way. This is why etiquette dictates that it’s considered good form to hold a small gathering or party after the wedding to thank your closest guests.
Of course, the wedding reception is a chance to thank everyone while showing them how grateful you are for all their help. But, since it can be quite impersonal, it’s not a bad idea to host a post-wedding celebration to thank a few select friends and relatives. A personalized gift for each of them is a nice start, but the new trend nowadays is to invite your most special friends to a small post-wedding gathering where everyone can finally have a chance to put their feet up, relax and talk about the celebrations.
Since you’ll probably be exhausted in the days after the wedding, be sure to stick to a simple gathering. For example, if you’re honeymooning at a hotel, why don’t you invite your maid of honor and best man over for a post wedding brunch? Casual, albeit elegant, a hotel brunch will not only display your gratitude towards these important people in your life, but it will also provide you with a cozy environment where you can reminiscence about the wedding. If you want, don’t hesitate to ask your parents and in-laws to drop by for brunch as well.
Another relaxed post wedding celebration that won’t strain you out is taking your closest friends and relatives out for a casual picnic in the great outdoors. Indeed, if it’s spring or summer, don’t hesitate to make the most out of the weather by taking the bridal party to lunch on the beach or next to a lake. Remember to keep things casual by packing light fares such as salads and cold cuts. To really show your appreciation for their help, make it clear that none of your picnic guests will have to contribute anything because you will take care of everything.
If you can afford to splurge and if you want to do something extra special for everyone who’s been by your side during the entire wedding, think about taking all of them out to dinner in an elegant restaurant. The posh setting, the soothing atmosphere and the glamorous air will be more than enough to show these special people that you do recognize everything they’ve done for you.
Yes, we all know the age-old saying that simplicity is beauty. But let’s face it: there’s nothing like a flick of properly applied lip gloss, a brush of mascara and a sweep of blush to make any girl feel ultra-special. While the new trend is to follow Kate Middleton’s footstep and try to achieve a very discreet and barely existent bridal makeup, the truth of the matter is that artfully applied makeup will certainly enhance your features and bone structure while hiding any imperfections.
Indeed, if properly or professionally applied, a perfect makeup palette can turn you from a regular girl in a white dress into a radiant bride. Still, remember that too much can completely swamp your features, so keep your makeup noticeable but classy. The whole point is to put just enough makeup to take it a step up from your average look. For example, brides who usually wear eyeliner as part of their daily look may indulge in some professionally-applied smoky eye makeup.
The good thing about this type of makeup is that, not only will it widen your eyes and make you appear even more radiant, but smoky eyes go stunningly well with various skin tones and colors. Superbly versatile, smoky eyes are traditionally painted using varying shades of grey, white and black, but you may also indulge in some bright colors such as gold, vermillion, green and mocha brown. If you do decide to go for colored smoky eyes, however, try to tone it down on the lips. Remember that the first rule of makeup is to either be extravagant on the lids or the lips- never both.
Brides who would rather lay emphasis on their lips instead of eyes may even go for several slicks of bright red lipstick. A definite fashion statement, this particular shade of lipstick was widely popularized by the iconic Marilyn Monroe who taught women that it was okay to go heavy with the lip brush, provided that you play it simple on other areas of the face. Red lipstick goes extremely well with an artful face contouring done up in bronze or dark brown. Other than complementing your highlighted areas, face contouring is also a fabulous way to sculpt the cheekbones and give you a catwalk look. This is also a popular bridal makeup technique to hide double chins and narrow the nose.
Bear in mind that this will be an extremely emotional day for you, so, if you’re the sentimental type, always make sure that your makeup is waterproof. After all, having a raccoon-like look with black mascara dribbling down your cheek is not exactly the epitome of a radiant bride. Hence, pay attention to the brand of makeup that you’re going for and if possible, try to seek professional advice.
The most popular wedding season, spring certainly does provide the perfect weather conditions for the big day. The warm breeze, the sunshine and the general air of calmness and serenity will most definitely enhance your wedding. So, if you’re planning on having a spring wedding, read on to learn more about the liveliest color palettes which will make the grand day even more special.
For example, keep in mind that you should absolutely avoid anything with cool undertones. Pale, icy blue, frigid green or somber black should exclusively be used in winter or fall weddings. This is spring after all so be sure to indulge in some lively pastels. An absolutely stunning spring color palette, for example, is the ultimate blend of sunny yellow and lime green. If you’re bold enough, never hesitate to go for a yellow wedding dress which you can accessorize with a lime green veil, shoes and bouquet. Yes, it may seem over the top and overly untraditional but if you don’t care about tradition and if you want to leave a sophisticated, rather imposing and spring-like presence on your wedding day, this certainly is the way to go.
Of course, if you’re not that daring, you may stick to the white gown and go for lime green shoes and maybe a pretty yellow hairband to accessorize. Another sublime color palette for spring is turquoise and white. Guaranteed to liven up just about any gathering, this palette will instantly infuse life into your special day. An easy way to infuse this combination in your wedding is through the cake. If you’re having a tiered wedding cake, ask your baker to layer each tier according to this specific color combination. Another really original way to use this palette would be to go for a smallish turquoise wedding cake and surround it by white and turquoise cupcakes.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a spring wedding without a hefty dose of pink. Pink wedding gowns are increasingly growing in popularity so you can be sure to find one in your local store. For a more traditional look, consider wearing a crown of cream and pink flowers instead of the customary bridal tiara. Brides who are ready to go all the way for a pronounced spring-like effect might even include all these different combinations in their bridal bouquet. Yellow, red, white, purple, orange and green flowers, with some bright pink, sparkly ribbons will most certainly bring some extra kick to your overall attire.
Shopping for the perfect wedding dress is always an exhilarating experience. The thrill of trying on dress after dress and of discovering new, unfamiliar designs will never fail to render just about any bride hyper. Indeed, there’s a reason why brides tend to try around thirty or more gowns before finding the one of their dreams.
On the flip side, however, most brides also happen to be on a restricted budget, something which can seriously dampen the entire wedding dress shopping experience. In most cases, the unfortunate scenario is that most brides to be end up going way above their budget just to get their hands on the dress of their dreams- no matter how outrageously expensive it is. The lure of the wedding dress in display windows can be quite irresistible to most. But, contrary to what most brides believe, there’s really no reason to stretch the purse strings just to get the perfect wedding dress. In fact, there are quite a few helpful money saving tips that will help you shop for the gown of your dreams.
For starters, you should be ready to make just a few concessions that will help you cut back on any necessary expenses. For example, consider buying your wedding dress online since these gowns tend to be a lot cheaper than those hanging in display windows. Be sure to take your proper measurements and ask the seller about his returns and exchange policies before ordering. Most importantly, you should also order your online wedding dress at least four to five months before the big day. This way, you’ll have ample time to try it on, exchange, return or modify it to your liking.
Another fabulous option would be to give up the idea of slipping into a ready-made dress in favor of a bespoke one. If one of your friends is into sewing or if you know a reliable tailor or designer, don’t hesitate to give him or her an exact idea of what you want and watch as your wedding dress comes to life. Tailored dresses are fabulous options, not just because they are cheaper, but because it also gives you more control over the exact design of your frock. In fact, if you’re having your wedding dress made from scratch, you might even go for a simple, inexpensive white dress and ask your tailor to vamp it up with some lace, ribbons, sparkles and sequins. Adding some rhinestones to a simple frock, for example, is an extremely easy and cheap way to bring some extra flair to any wedding dress.