Beach weddings are highly coveted because of the romantic setting. Indeed, very few venues can beat the crash of the waves against the shoreline as you take your vows. For this reason, more and more couples are choosing to embrace this type of wedding. However, because it has grown so popular, the allure of a beach wedding has somewhat lessened over the years. Indeed, with everyone adopting the same beach wedding trends, it would be too easy for this type of ceremony to lose its charm. You should therefore strive to think outside the box and surprise those wary guests who think they’ve seen it all before. So, read on for some unique ideas that will undoubtedly add a special touch to your beach wedding.
Slash the guest list
If you want to enjoy an intimate gathering on the beach after the ceremony, don’t hesitate to slash the guest list and only invite your closest friends and families. This will enable you to interact with everyone after the ceremony and hence intensify the celebratory atmosphere. Consequently, an intimate gathering will also bring a deep sense of coziness to the ceremony, once again enhancing the special touch that a beach wedding brings to the day. The rule of the thumb here is that less is always more.
Have the ceremony at night
The majority of beach weddings happen during the day under the bright sunshine. For an extra-special touch, however, don’t hesitate to have a sunset or even a nighttime ceremony. The moonlight-leeched sand will undoubtedly bring a unique twist to the ceremony as a whole. In this case, don’t hesitate to go for some LED candles or lanterns as well as strings of fairy lights to create a perfectly romantic atmosphere. Bear in mind that a nocturnal wedding by the sea can result in a dip in temperature so be sure to dress adequately.
Formal dinner on the beach
In the majority of cases, couples hold the actual ceremony on the beach and then move on to a different venue for the reception. However, if you want to add a unique twist to the festivities, why not hold the reception on the beach? In fact, instead of a picnic dinner around the bonfire, you can even hold a formal dinner on the beach. If you can afford it, don’t hesitate to hire a professional catering service who can even set up a gazebo for you right on the beach.
Choose your setting
With its versatile weathers and backdrops, the beach does offer different types of settings which you can use for your wedding, with the most popular being the sparkling turquoise lagoon. For a unique twist, however, you can have your wedding against a backdrop of rocks in the sea. These will add a rather rustic look to your ceremony. More importantly, this type of background drastically differs from the typical settings, which will bring a unique look to your wedding pictures.
The 1950’s were all about fun, dancing and being different. So, it should really come as no surprise that more and more couples are trying to incorporate a 50’s theme on their special day. If you’re one of them, the good news is that it’s a much easier task than you think. Indeed, the 50’s is actually one of the easiest themes to pull off. Grace Kelly to Shirley Temple or even Robert Kennedy were lucky enough to have tied the knot back in the real 50’s, hence setting the stage for the millions of couples to follow.
A 50’s bride, for example, doesn’t have to be conventional and stick to a particular tradition. Don’t forget that the 50’s was all about embracing your wilder side and taking risks that others never dared to take so if you want to get married in that white miniskirt, then by all means, go ahead! In fact, very few wedding dresses were floor-length back in the 50’s.
Quite on the opposite, 50’s wedding dresses were all about flared tea length or even knee-length cuts. If you do want to go for long dresses, though, avoid contemporary figure-hugging mermaid-style dresses in favour of straight gowns that will emphasize an hourglass shape. Stick to vintage fabrics like lace or satin for a more pronounced 50’s look.
50’s style colors were just as daring and adventurous as the dress: forget about whites, ecru and pastels. Instead, be bold and embrace darker hues like red, magenta, blue, lime green or vivid pink. Don’t fuss over coordinating colors as well because this era was quite artistic in the sense that it never hesitated to mix and matched various hues to create a beautifully contrasting effect. The one thing that you shouldn’t leave out, however, is the polka dot.
The symbol of the 50’s by excellence, polka dots will instantly bring your theme to the forefront, even if you don’t indulge in any vintage outfits or decorations. Brides who are not bold enough to don a polka dot wedding gown might even go for a colourful polka dot cake. Again, be sure to pay particular attention to the colors and don’t even think about going for washed out white or yellow cakes. Bright pink with white and turquoise polka dots are the types of combinations that you should focus upon. Of course, you can always ask your bridesmaids or flower girl to slip into flared polka dot dresses for a more pronounced effect.
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.
For the bride, one of the most important aspects of the wedding is the dress. It should therefore come as no wonder that brides usually pound the pavement for weeks- if not months- in search of the perfect dress. Retro, A-line, Ball gown, Mermaid or Princess, there certainly isn’t a lack of wedding frocks on the market. Even wedding magazines are practically brimming with a huge variety of choices for the bride to pick from.
However, amidst the excitement and flurry of selecting the perfect wedding dress, several brides usually tend to neglect another important outfit for the big day: the going away attire. Of course, some brides prefer to spend the entire reception in their wedding dress and wear it as they slip out of the reception. But, the majority of us would certainly feel much more comfortable in another outfit before jetting off to the honeymoon. Whichever going-away outfit you chose to go for, just bear in mind that it should reflect the overall festive mood of the day. Steer clear from dark, drab colors and go for bright, sunny pastels.
Since this will be your very first attire as a married lady, it’s important for you to select a glorious outfit that will show off your best features. The good news is that there are quite a lot of going away outfits to choose from, which means that you’ll be able to find the perfect ensemble without spending too much. Some brides, for example, choose to don a white going away dress to keep in line with the theme of the day. After being in heels and a long dress for the better part of the day, you might feel more comfortable in a knee-length, elegant going away dress teamed with a pair of flats or kitten heels. Alternatively, a classy white linen dress, not unlike Bella Swan’s going away outfit in the fourth episode of the epic Twilight movie series.
Simple and sophisticated, this attire will help you look more toned down, without being overly casual. But, if you’re more of a jeans and shirt kind of girl and if you do want to wear something casual, why not don a smart pair of casual linen pants and suit? This can actually be quite a lovely option for winter time. Don’t hesitate to accessorize with some boots, gloves and a smart hat to keep warm. Brides who don’t want to wear pants may also go for a long or calf-length skirt and suit teamed with boots, wedge heels, pumps or even stilettos.
Wedding receptions are never easy. While everything normally works out in the end, no one can deny that receptions involve an extraordinary amount of work, planning and careful consideration of each and every guest and their individual requirements. In fact, one of the toughest things that usually come with the reception buffet is trying to cater to different dietary needs.
Indeed, whether your guests are diabetics, lactose intolerant, vegans or vegetarians, couples should normally try to accommodate various dietary needs, a task that can seem infeasible for many. The good news is that, in most wedding receptions, you might have a maximum of two to three dietary requirements to cater for, unless you’re having a massively huge ceremony.
The easiest way to have plan the various types of food-related needs that you will have to cater for is to include a small note in the RSVP asking your guests to mention any special dietary requirements. This will help you have a general idea of what to expect on the big day. Having said that, no one can ignore how complicated and, more importantly, expensive it will be to include such a huge variety of dishes in your wedding buffet. If you’re on a limited budget, add a discreet note listing the types of meals that will be served at your reception.
However, if you can afford to splurge and want to make sure that all your friends and relatives are perfectly fed, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take their dietary requirements into consideration. Vegans, for example, will absolutely love having a special vegan wedding buffet table all to themselves. By the same token, if your wedding cake contains eggs, why not ask your baker to whip up a batch of eggless cupcakes for anyone who’s allergic to eggs? For a more dramatic look, you may even place the cupcakes around the wedding cake.
Vegetarian options are certainly not lacking on the market nowadays, which is why it’s probably going to be easy for your caterer to prepare several meatless, fishless and chicken-less options for your vegetarian guests. Tofu tacos, for instance, can be exquisitely delicious if properly prepared. In fact, you might even find your non-vegetarian friends reaching for the tofu tacos as well! Don’t forget to include a few eggless and vegan desserts as well. After all, if the iconic Ellen Degeneres could have a vegan red velvet wedding cake on her special day, why can’t you?
Sometimes, a full-blown wedding is not always a good idea. There’s all this planning to be done, all the cakes to taste, the dresses to select, guest list and more. So, at times, to avoid all these constraints or to save back on money, some couples choose to have a simple civil wedding. This is also quite a good idea for couples who are having a shorter engagement period, because it will allow you to get married whenever and wherever you want. All you need are you wedding licenses, a quick trip to the civil marriage and you’re all set.
Of course, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a festive civil wedding. It might be all about signing a bunch of documents, but you’re certainly allowed to have fun on your wedding day.
For starters, while several couples decide to embrace their new life together in regular everyday clothes, it’s also a good idea to wear something festive or- at the very least- something new. Think elegant, formal clothes such as cocktail dresses, tuxes or maybe even a calf length white dress. Some brides decide to go all out and don a traditional white dress for the ceremony.
In fact, if you’re the sort of bride who wants to have her civil wedding in a traditional white dress, why not go all the way and invite guests? In such cases, couples usually try to invite closest members of their families and best friends. You are, after all, going to need marriage witnesses, which means that you can very easily ask some other guests to accompany you to the civil office.
Some couples can even ask judges to host a civil ceremony in their own home. This way, you’ll be able to have a cozy get-together after the civil wedding. Small wedding cakes and champagne can also be served after the civil ceremony to make the occasion even more festive.
Alternatively, if you do want a wedding party without going through the entire walking down the aisle thing, you can gather some of your best friends and hit the town on the night of your civil weddings. Pub crawling, posh restaurants or even dance clubs are popular ways for couples to mark the start of their new lives together.
Choosing a wedding cake is both a fun and a challenging task for just about any couple. The fun bit is, you get to taste and sample quite a lot of cake and enjoy these delicacies to your heart’s content. The challenge, however, is when you realize that the market is oozing with an insane amount and variety of cakes that will make it so much more difficult for you to choose only one. Of course, if you can afford it, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go for two cakes, hence making the selection process even easier.
So, read on to learn how to easily choose your wedding cake– not matter what your budget or personal taste is.
Decide whether you want something simple or extravagant
As obvious as it may seem, most couples don’t even think about whether they’d like a simple or an extravagant cake until they reach the cake shop. This concludes with both the bride and the groom being overwhelmed by the sheer varieties of cake on display, which can ultimately lead to a poor judgment call and the wrong cake.
The easiest way to determine whether you’d like a large or small cake is obviously by going over the guest list and counting the number of people who will be attending your wedding. Having said that, bear in mind that, if you’re not on a budget, there’s no reason why you should have an extravagant cake even if you’re holding a small ceremony. An extravagant cake will allow room for several personalized touches such as a mini replica of the church in which you’re tying the knot.
Sample the cake on displays
Cake shops are notorious for their alluring display of wedding cakes. The sugary scents, the exquisitely crafted flowers and the light, airy sponges are enough to crack even the toughest of pre-wedding dieters. However, it’s quite crucial for the actual couple to sample the wedding cakes instead of sending the groomsmen or bridesmaids for a test.
Make sure to eat before you go to your cake sampling: several people are under the illusion that it’s best to go to a cake testing on an empty stomach because that will help them appreciate the taste even better. This is unfortunately not the case. If you sample your cake on an empty stomach, you’ll automatically find everything super tasty, which can be quite derivative to the whole purpose of the cake testing. It’s equally important to have a mint or, at the very least, a minty drink to sip on as you alternate between different cakes and flavors to clear your palate.
Undoubtedly one of the most- if not the most- memorable moments at the reception, the first dance symbolizes your very first gesture as a married couple. It should therefore come as no surprise that most couples usually obsess about their choice of song. Indeed, the first dance song should be selected with extreme care and after taking quite a few issues into consideration.
For example, it’s quite important to make sure that your song choice matches with the special effects. This will not only be aesthetically pleasing but it will also infuse a deeply romantic touch to the dance. Bear in mind that a couple’s first dance is always a sentimental moment and there’s no harm in adding some extra feelings, right? So, if you’re opting for a slow dance, don’t forget to enhance the overall mood with some lighting effects. Compared to popular belief, clichéd songs are not such a bad idea for first songs: tunes such as Shania Twain’s “From this Moment” or even “Forever and Always” will help you celebrate your new union while emphasizing on a happy future.
For ultra-contemporary couples, on the other hand, Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” can be a much better option. This can actually be quite an appropriate choice for newly-weds who have decided to go for a more energetic first dance. Don’t be afraid to go for pop, techno, or even heavy metal first songs if that’s the type of music that you and your new spouse usually listen to. Bear in mind that your first dance song should be an intensely personal choice and one that should be dictated by your personal preferences, not society’s. By the same token, if you’d like to go for a different or more acrobatic song choice for your first dance.
Another factor to bear in mind is that you and your spouse have to find a common interest in the song of your choice. An all-too-common scenario shows the bride insisting on one song and the groom on another, which often leads to conflicts prior to the wedding. Hence, instead of trying to coax your song choice on your spouse, try to work a compromise which will please both of you.
If you want- and can afford to- hire a professional choreographer, then you’re certainly going to pick up on some of the most alluring dance moves. However, if you just decide to go by the beat of the music, be sure to select one that’s easy to dance to. “Sway”, for example, is an extremely popular first song choice, but, not the easiest one to dance to unless you have some salsa or cha-cha dance move.
Weddings are always full of traditions and rituals that bring a charming, rather old-fashioned feel to them. There’s nothing more romantic than reciting the ever-lasting vows that have been recited by countless other brides for centuries, or tossing the bouquet in the same age-old gesture. From the wedding kiss to showering the new couple with rice, there are quite a few rituals that find their places in the actual ceremonies. Indeed, if you’re one who abides by traditions, you’re certainly going to enjoy the following list of popular wedding traditions from around the world.
Painting the hands, legs and arms
In India and some Arabic countries, a lavish ceremony is usually held on the eve of the wedding to decorate and adorn the bride with red body paint and black henna. Using a plastic cone, a designated female relative decorates the bride’s hands and feet. In some cases, the guests’ hands are also adorned with henna. A common tradition in India is to trace the groom’s initials on the bride’s hands, amidst the various patterns and designs.
Breaking the glass
In some Jewish cultures, it is customary for the groom to stamp on a cloth-covered glass bottle right after the ceremony. In some cases, a light bulb can be used instead of the bottle. This ritual is to remind the guests and the new couple that too much joy should be tempered. Some Jewish families believe that the sound of breaking glass will chase away the demons that manage to pass through the timeframe between the married and unmarried status of the happy couple. Breaking the glass is usually followed by happy cheers of “Mazel Tov!”
Stepping over the broom
In some African and Romanian cultures, the groom and bride usually step over an ornately decorated broom before walking back down the aisle as a married couple. In our contemporary time, this gesture symbolizes love, good luck and harmony in their marriage. However, this tradition dates back to the time of slavery where slaves weren’t allowed to get married. Hence, young couples in love used to jump over a broom and declare themselves married.
In Romania, southwest England and Wales, couples usually jump over brooms that have been placed over the threshold before entering their new homes together. This tradition ultimately coined the popular phrase “jumping the broom” to refer to marriage.
There’s no time better than Valentine’s Day to tie the knot. One of the busiest days of the wedding industry, Valentine’s Day is undoubtedly rich in colors, merriment and of course, romance. If you’re one of the ultra-romantic couples who wants to get hitched on this exquisitely memorable occasion, read on to learn how you can very easily bring some sentimental Valentine’s Day touches to your wedding.
An inspired hearts and flowers decor
As cliched as it sounds, a typical hearts and flowers decor will undoubtedly bring a deeply romantic touch to your special day, while drawing attention to the Valentine theme. However, there is a fine line between tacky and elegant so make sure that whatever decoration you choose to go for borders on tasteful instead of overdone.
For example, don’t hesitate to scatter a trail of red rose petals down a white-carpeted aisle: an extremely popular trend, the scattered petals will instantly take your wedding decor to the next level. But, if you strive to be different and something more original, why don’t go get your flower girl to scatter a trail of sequined or glittery red paper hearts instead of petals? If you’re going for a church wedding, bear in mind that the pews can be decorated in red satin bows. After all, red is the Valentine’s color by excellence, which is why it’s better to incorporate it as much as you can on your special day. A series of red candles or even a typical red heart behind the altar will undoubtedly complete your Valentine inspiration look.
Valentine favors and other touches
No wedding is complete without some elegant favors and Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to wow your guests with some out of this world, exceedingly romantic favors. Think candied hearts, Hershey’s Kisses or even some half-hearts couple key chains for each couple.
And of course, it goes without saying that your wedding cake should also reflect the overall Valentine’s spirit of the day. Try to stick to a traditional white and red palette for a more striking look. A particularly elegant idea would be to go for an all-white cake with a single red heart as a cake topper, instead of the traditional bride and groom toppers. Don’t forget to add some Valentine’s touches to your wedding buffet as well: oysters, chocolate mousse along with some strawberries and cream are the perfect way to infuse a deeply romantic and sensual air to your big day.