While weddings are always extremely emotional, there are some easy steps which you can adopt to make it even more sentimental. From the always-popular digital dioramas to a poetic exchange of the vows, couples can certainly make the most out of a few inexpensive albeit imaginative ideas that will bring tears to the eyes of even the most hardened guest.
An exquisitely sentimental touch, for example, would be to play a slow and meaningful tune to serenade the bride as she walks down the aisle, instead of the usual “Here comes the Bride” music. Popular choices include “Thousand Years”, “Heaven” and “Chasing Cars” among others. Don’t forget that the tune of your choice can either be with or without lyrics. Sometimes just the music is fine so whether you’re looking for a piano, cello, flute or violin track, make sure to find the piece of music that reflects your relationship.
Another highly sentimental touch would be to place framed photos of the happy couple around the reception. If you’re holding an outdoors reception, you can even string miniature photo frames to tree branches. Hanging them to fairy lights will also leave quite an impression on your guests.
Yet another sentimental wedding touch which would undoubtedly mean a lot to the bride is to have both parents walk her down the aisle. Indeed, the sad truth is that mothers are much too often neglected during weddings. So, it’s not a bad idea to create a wide enough aisle for both parents to accompany you. In fact, to make things even more emotional, the groom’s parents can even walk him towards the altar to wait for his bride. The same goes for the famous father-daughter dance: try to divide the dance between both your mother and father or, better yet, the three of you could share the dance together.
One sentimental moment that will definitely tug at anyone’s heartstrings is that very first look between the bride and the groom. This tradition is growing in popularity and it basically involves the yet-to-be-married couple as they share a private moment away from the guests to look at each other before the ceremony. Indeed, the first look moment can be a highly emotional one and most couple choose to share this moment in private. After all, this is the first time that he’ll see her all decked up as his bride to-be, something which reduces most grooms to tears.
Let’s face it: as romantic and dreamy as weddings are, they are also one of the most stressful events that you’ll ever have to plan in your entire life. There’s just so much to do- from the seating arrangements to the invitations, the altar decorations or even the wedding favors, guest list, buffet and so much more, the bride and groom are often faced with an overwhelming amount of items to tick off their checklist.
This is why it’s so important to adopt a few habits which will help you relax in the weeks that follow your wedding. After all if you’re tired, grouchy and overstressed, you won’t be able to enjoy your wedding day, which defeats the purpose of all the incessant planning. So, here are the top rules that you should follow to have a romantic and stress free wedding.
Massages and Spas
Nothing will help you unwind like a lengthy, deep-tissue massage. For best results, it’s recommended to get a massage at least three times a week, for two weeks prior to the wedding. This will not only soothe your senses and help you relax, but regular spa trips will also revitalize your senses and help you face all the planning.
Other than massages, consider frequent Jacuzzi dips, hot stone therapy or even acupuncture and acupressure. To strengthen the bond between you and your would-be husband, don’t hesitate to book special pre-wedding spa packages that offer couples massages and the likes.
Seek professional help
You don’t have to drown the midst of incessant wedding planning. If you feel that things are starting to get overwhelming, don’t hesitate to solicit the services of a wedding planner. An experienced professional will be able to handle things with a much cooler and collected mind. In fact, planning a wedding is basically routine work for them since they’ve done it so many times before!
Makeup artist and hairdresser
The one big mistake that most brides seem to make is believe that they’ll be able to easily do their own makeup and hair on their wedding day. Yes, you may be an expert at applying makeup, but, remember that your fingers will most likely be shaking with nerves on the special day. Your mind will be all over the place and the last thing that you’ll feel like doing is try to wrestle the tangles in your hair.
So, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced makeup artist and hairdresser to help you look even better on your wedding day. Remember that there’ll be very little time for touch-ups and the last thing you want is for your makeup to melt while you’re reciting your vows. You want the good stuff- which is why it’s crucial to hire a makeup artist who will be able to provide you with some of the best products on the market.
Nowadays, wedding are becoming more and more extravagant, often with several hundreds of guests flocking to the venue. While a big extravagant wedding will look good in pictures and will most certainly be the talk of the town for quite a while, smaller weddings can actually end up being more cozy, wholesome and budget-friendly.
In fact, the sad truth is that several couples go out of their way to strain their wallets and throw a big wedding just to impress their friends and relatives and in retrospect, they end up with more stress and preparations than they’d originally called for! There are, therefore, countless reasons for throwing a smaller wedding, three of which are listed below.
It certainly goes without saying that a smaller wedding is easier on the wallet. There are less guests to take care off, hence less tables, food, chairs and favors. Besides, if you save up on these factors, you will be able to splurge on others. For instance, by keeping a tight rein on your budget, couples will be able to afford things that really matter to them such as a stunning designer wedding gown, a lavish gourmet dinner or even a five-piece band for the reception.
A more flexible venue
Not every venue can easily accommodate hundreds of guests, especially if you’re planning a destination wedding. Therefore, a smaller wedding will allow you to be much more flexible about your location: in fact, since you won’t have several guests to fly out, why don’t you check out an exotic Caribbean island for your special day?
Romantic couples can even get married in tiny chapels by the sea because they won’t have to arrange for hundreds of seating options for all their guests.
Plenty of love and intimacy
A few years ago, a renowned wedding magazine showed the story of a couple, whom, at the reception, wouldn’t walk around the reception to go and meet all the guests because there were so many of them. A major breach in wedding etiquette, this story certainly highlights the major disadvantage of inviting every single one of your distant extended relatives to your wedding. At the end of the day, you will find yourself running in circles, trying to meet every single guest to thank them for coming instead of sitting down and enjoying your reception.
Hence, a small wedding will certainly ensure that you manage to spend enough time with each and every one of your friends and relatives, without giving up a fun, relaxed time filled with plenty of love and intimacy.
Every bride deserves to look her best on her wedding day. Indeed, the wedding industry is always pushing various types of dresses, makeup, manicures and other bridal accessories that will help you sparkle and look ultra-glamorous on your special day. However, while you may be completely polished from head to toe, there are five main factors in your bridal attire that will ultimately set off the vibe that you want to give while enhancing your overall look. So, read on to familiarize yourself with the top five favors that will help you enhance your bridal attire.
The ultimate bridal accessory by excellence, tiaras can very easily add flair and panache to your outfit. Bear in mind that tiaras don’t have to be expensive. There’s no law which states that your tiara should absolutely be made of expensive stones. If you’re on a budget, don’t hesitate to get an ordinary one with semi-precious stones. It’s quite important to match your veil to your tiara as well: an elaborate lace veil will look absolutely stunning if paired with a glittery tiara with white and red stones.
The veil- or lack of veil- is another important factor to consider. If you do choose to wear a veil, it’s absolutely important to choose one that goes perfectly with your dress. You do not want to accessorize a thick, velvet dress with an equally thick velvet veil: this will only drown you and bring a rather tacky look to your overall outfit. For a more striking effect, it’s always best to create a contrasting feel between your veil and dress.
Some bride believe in the age-old adage of donning something blue on their wedding day for luck. Luckily, there are quite a few blue-tinted accessories to choose from. A simple blue hair pin is discreet enough to enhance your outfit without being over the top. If you do want to go over the top, however, you can go for a blue-stoned tiara or even a prominent blue necklace to enhance your cleavage. Non-traditionalists can even dip-dye the end of their hair blue and allow the strands to cascade freely down their shoulders as they glide down the aisle.
Garters are other much-neglected accessories, especially of you believe in the all-time tradition of tossing the garter. In some cultures, tossing the garter is an integral part of the wedding reception, not unlike throwing the bouquet. In fact, the gentleman who manages to catch the garter is supposed to place it on the leg of the young woman who managed to catch the bouquet. Hence, it certainly pays off to ditch your old, frayed garter in favor of a brand new one. Don’t hesitate to add a splash of color to your outfit by going for a bright red, green, yellow or even blue one.
Far, too many brides worry about finding the perfect shoes when in fact, they’re not even visible from underneath your long dress. So, it’s important to focus on the items that are going to be most visible and striking. Gloves, for example, are an integral part of your bridal attire and will ultimately set off the tone and mood of your wedding. In fact, gloves are quite the underestimated accessories: many people ignore how wearing them- or not- can ultimately transform your entire outfit. For instance, a strapless dress with long, elbow-length satin gloves can instantly make even the simplest of dresses appear more elegant and glamorous, especially if you choose to go for glittery ones.
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.
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.
Be the perfect stunner during your wedding. Who says colored theme weddings should only go with the gowns? There are actually many ways of showing off the wedding color through the final outfit of the bride, the groom, the bridesmaids, the groom’s men, the ring bearer and the flower girls. Some even have special instructions for their wedding guests like wearing a specific color of hair accessory or shoes or lipstick or sash.
To get the blazing effect of a red themed wedding, use the color in various ways.
An ultra-white bridal gown is perfect for reds. The bride can show off a bloody red bouquet of roses with few garden greens. The bundle of reds leveled on her navel is all she needs so anyone can perfectly guess her wedding theme color. The groom and his men can also use a deep red rose as pocket flower.
While the whole entourage can go for the all-white dresses, they can also use a detachable red sash worn diagonally on their body or across their waist. The men can pick red ties to match their black or red suits.
The wedding accessories such as flower girl baskets, ring bearer pillow, unity candle, guest book and garter can be adorned with one big red bow for a romantically loud theme. Or they can use tiny bits of red bows thrown all over the accessories for a sweet effect.
Ladies are to polish their nails with strikingly red finish. Don a nail art and get a glittery nail look with rhinestones. Tying the knot on a cold weather? Put on red formal gloves for a sexy look. Wear a noticeable bling on one of the fingers while the bride wears nothing except the wedding bond.
The wedding dresses can also have a peeping red color as embellishment. It can be red beads thrown all over the bodice or a slip of red fabric by the hem or on the slit side. Some chooses a pure white wedding gown with traces of red embroidery on the long train. The dresses of the bridesmaids, maid of honor and flower girls can all be designed to only have a peek of red.
While the ladies can wear sparkly red shoes, men can wear matching red socks to perfect the entourage. Or let the ladies wear white shoes and the men black shoes while the bride dons the red shoes all by herself. The groom can wear stylish red leather shoes too! If it’s a little too loud for his personality, then the red socks will definitely do.
Yes it’s already the electronic and digital world of the internet and everything just goes around it in a blink of an eye. Everyone can get in touch with people and they will not even feel like they are half way around the world apart. Spare the electronic wedding invitations this time.
It is part of the etiquette to send wedding invitations in a very tactful way. Given that the internet has hosts of online wedding invitations, it is still important to know if these paperless invites can contain the proper information necessary for the wedding guests. And by the way, there is nothing more memorable than receiving a wedding invitation by hand – the one that carries the wedding theme, the matching lace or ribbon and the silk-like embossed lettering of the name of the guest.
Rule no. 1, Spell out the professional titles of the guests. It should be Attorney instead of Atty. It should be General instead of Gen. And never use their nicknames! A wedding is a formal event so it is right to address the guests appropriately as well.
Rule no. 2, Use “Ret.” at the end of the name of a retired high-ranking official. Use “Mr. and Mrs.” for married couples who are still living together. If they are no longer living together or if there are couples who are not married but living together, list their names separately in alphabetical order and provide separate invitations.
Rule no. 3, Children’s names are not supposed to be included in the outer envelope. But if the kids are invited, make sure to include their name in the inner envelope. Say, “Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bright and Grace.” If there is no child’s name, it is commonly assumed that the kids are also invited. In this case, emphasize if the wedding is black-tie and that adults only are expected. It is kind of uncomfortable but it will still be proper if the guests know how you expect the formality of the occasion.
Rule no. 4, Include the complete ceremony and reception address in the inner envelope. Formal weddings should only use number words for time, street number and date. Street names should all be unabbreviated and no handwritten notes should be included. Semi-formal weddings can use numbers but still do away hand writing some details.
Rule no. 5, It is never proper to include gift suggestions in the wedding invitations. Any information about gifts should be sent out separately through the wedding website. Lastly, never include a map in the fine paper along with the list of guests. Have a separate print-out to be included in the envelope instead.
Gowns should perfectly fit the body. But aside from that, it is also important to know the perfect cut of the dress that will flatter the bridesmaid’s best parts.
Believe it or not, bridesmaids are also nervous for the wedding day. They want to make sure that they will also look stunning in the dress that they are going to wear. There are wedding themes that the bridesmaids do not have to wear exactly the same style of dress. The latest wedding couture encourages bridesmaids to wear the same color but of different styles. They should don a number that will flaunt their best parts and hide their not so desirable parts.
Let’s not talk about shapes as they exaggerate the body type of the bridesmaid. Let’s talk about figures instead.
Petite bridesmaids are the ones with small body frames. An A-line cut dress is perfect for this body type. It elongates the body therefore adding height to the bridesmaid. The fabric should only be light in texture. The bride should not consider asking petite bridesmaids to wear ball gowns or heavy fabric as it will only look too much for the wearer. Wearing a ¾ sleeved dress will also help add some inches to the height.
As they say, “Thin is in,” but a bridesmaid dress should not make a girl look like she has not eaten for months. Avoid the exposure of obvious collarbones and instead go with chic shoulder straps over a ball gown type of dress.
You think your body is just fine until you fit a dress and notice your tummy sticking out? Or your waist almost the same width as your hips? You have to know that you will perfectly fit in an empire-cut dress. The cut that does not emphasize the mid section of the body. Pick a strapless neckline to move the eyes away up the torso.
Afraid that you can’t get rid of your full hips until the wedding? Put on an A-line bridesmaid dress with bare shoulders. The cut will hide the unflattering width of the hips and the shoulders will give just enough proportion of the upper and lower torso.
Full-figured bridesmaids should don sexy attire. Yes you read it right. They, too, can look sexy with the right bridesmaid dress. Let them fill in an off-shoulder nipped-in waist dress and they will instantly look like they’ve lost 10 pounds. The slimming effect of strapless or sexy strapped tops will also make them look voluptuous and romantically very daring.
The time that a woman really feels like a bride is the moment when she puts on her wedding veil. Married women can definitely attest to that. So if you have been so busy about the knickknacks of your wedding and have totally forgotten about this little piece of cloth on top of your head, well it’s time that you consider making it up and choose the perfect veil for you.
Veils are important part of the wedding. It symbolizes many things according to different cultures and traditions. Matter of fact is, it is still a part of the bride’s final look before and after going through the aisle.
Brides with classic attire should find a matching classic veil to complete her outfit. The best example and is one of the most patterned of today’s wedding veils is that of Duchess Catherine’s. Kate Middleton’s veil has style that is timeless and with much elegance. It can be chosen with various lengths and embellishments.
The 1 tier voile with pearls look very delicate as it covers the face of the bride. The pencil cut edge and the pearls are added for a sophisticated look. The edges are neither laced with ribbon nor does it have scallop design. It is just plain in order for the pearls to get noticed. Others use rhinestones thrown all over the fabric. They can also opt for beads along the edges for an elegant touch.
Some brides use their grandmother’s veil or their mother’s veil. During their time it is common and virginal to use mantilla cathedral length wedding veil with embroidered fabric. It still in fact, one of the best choices today especially if the wedding gown has simple style and traditional fabric.
The modern bride may work a little more on her veil and don a birdcage veil attached to a rhinestone studded comb. The comb holds the veil steady on top of the head. This veil is short (just enough to cover a part of the face), chic and very modern.
Angel-cut wedding veils are ethereal and encourage solemnity. It has white lace ribbon sewn on the edges for a soft and gentle look. This is perfect with balcony or square-cut necklines. The hair should be firm on a bun in order to contain the weight of the hip-length fabric.
One favorite of the classic bride is the long single-layer veil made of fine tulle. It gives a royal princess drama to the total wedding outfit. It can be adorned with a satin bow, tiara or rhinestone comb as hair clamp.