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!
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.
Dotted with sandy white beaches, lush vineyards, piers and elegant halls, it should come as no wonder that Australia is one of the world’s favorite wedding destinations. After all, with the sun, the soft sloshing of the waves and the general air of merriment and contentment, what else could a soon-to-be married couple want more?
And, to make things even better, Australia is simply brimming with wedding venues to suit every budget. Since this is a destination wedding, you probably won’t have the chance to visit the venue beforehand so it’s quite important to run as many online searches as possible to learn more about the location of your choice. Don’t forget to contact the site manager as well and discuss- in as much detail as you can- everything that you want to be ready for your arrival date. Most crucially, be sure to book everything, from the location to the caterer, several months in advance. Indeed, destination wedding venues in Australia are always in high demand so try to book as early as you can. Once you get all these pesky little details out of the way, you will be able to really relax and enjoy the best locations that Australia has to offer.
The Savannah Function Centre, for example, is the perfect wedding venue for couples who are looking for an elegant, fairy-tale like location. Nestled in the middle of lush, airy grounds, with a stunning lake and artificial waterfall right next to the reception hall, this place usually provides catering and band services to those who need it. But, if you want something a little more low-key, why not look into one of Australia’s numerous vineyards? Spacious and romantic, these will definitely bring some extra romance and charm to your special day. The Borrodell vineyard, for example, is quite a popular choice for foreign couples who want to have the most stunning destination wedding.
Couples who are looking for something a little more casual might want to check out one of Sydney’s numerous piers. But, bear in mind that some of them are on the small side so you might want to keep your guest list to a strict minimum. Pier weddings are quite a common sight in Australia, but, on the flip side, the bridal party will normally have to move to another location for the reception due to lack of space. If your bridal party is on the larger size, you might want to consider a beachside wedding. Reputed for its marvelous beaches, Australia has quite a lot to offer in terms of tropical weddings. For example, the picturesque Sapphire coast provides couple with a sublime, almost ethereal backdrop for them to tie the knot.
Compared to traditional after-wedding parties, military wedding receptions tend to be more or less something of a more formal affair. Of course, since every couple has their own preferences, you may plan your reception as you wish and decide how formal you would want it to be. However, there are a few military traditions and protocols that always seem to trickle their way down to the wedding reception, hence bringing a rather sophisticated feel to the entire ceremony. Still, remember that it is your special day to begin with, so you might feel more comfortable with a traditional after-wedding party if you’re more of a free spirit and wish to avoid the protocols that surround military receptions.
For example, if you’d like to plan a military wedding reception, it’s important to start by finding the perfect location. According to protocol, most military receptions are hosted at enlisted officers’ or army’s clubs. However, it is entirely possible to hold your reception in a regular restaurant or hotel, although that would somehow deviate from the theme of the day. The one thing that you can’t neglect, however, is the proper seating of the guests at the reception. Because of protocol, guests are often seated according to their rank in the army. Seating arrangements can be included in the military wedding invitation card.
As far as the music goes, it’s not a bad idea to select a playlist that blends both regimental and regular music. Military brides and grooms are also allocated a theme song that depends on the groom’s service and this tune is very commonly used for the first dance at the reception.
Of course, like every wedding reception, you are going to need some decorations and accents but keep in mind that military decorations also include flags, national colors and badges. It is customary for the flats to be displayed right behind the couple’s receiving line. A typical military cake topper is also included among the other touching accents.
One of the most important moments at military receptions is, without doubt, the customary cutting of the cake. Extremely formal, this ceremony starts with the saber bearers who file into the reception area to stand in front of the receiving line. Then, they held up their swords, forming an arch under which the military couple pass through. It is common for the happy couple to pause and kiss under the makeshift aisle before moving on to the cake. And of course, since this is not any old boring reception, the cake is always cut with a military sword, hence concluding the ceremony.
If you’re planning a Chinese themed wedding, you will, of course, go for traditional dresses, accents and accessories that will reflect the overall theme of the day. The bride, for example, might either don a traditional cheongsam for the ceremony or she might wear a white dress and change into a red outfit for the reception. And in keeping with an important Chinese belief, couples might even indulge in some red and gold decorations for good luck.
However, the one thing that you should absolutely not neglect is the Chinese-food buffet. Indeed, no Chinese wedding would be complete without the traditional Asian delicacies that made this culture so popular all over the world. Of course, you might go for fusion cuisines and serve both Asian and Western dishes, but, a more traditional approach would be to go for a pure Chinese cuisine and allow your guests to sample some of the most delicious dishes. Just remember to decorate the individual tables, place settings and buffet tables in red for good luck!
Rest assured though: a Chinese wedding table is much easier to plan than you believe. While you may give your regular caterer a list of Chinese dishes to serve, it’s best to contact an experienced Asian caterer who will not only be able to whip up some of the most luscious delicacies, but who will also be able to advise you on the most popular Chinese dishes. Peking Duck, for example, is the type of main course that you might see at just about any Chinese wedding. But, bear in mind that Asian receptions are brimming with food and a couple of course will not be enough.
So, be sure to serve something light albeit exotic for the entrees. Dumplings are your best options because they come in an astounding number of varieties. This will hence provide your guests with a choice between steamed, fried, calamari, fish, chicken, prawn or even meat dumplings. Whichever main course you chose to go for, try to also provide a consistent side dish such as noodles or boiled rice. In fact, noodles also play a major role in Chinese cuisine and they come in several different varieties. From soba noodles to thin rice vermicelli, there certainly won’t be a lack of choice for you to browse through!
Chinese desserts are bound to be very well received. For example, chilled tapioca pearls pudding served with some fruit and two scoops of coconut and vanilla ice cream is one of the most refreshing desserts that you will ever taste.
The 50’s were all about fun, rockabilly and everything’s that was cool and flirty. This is exactly what makes retro weddings such a joy for both the guests and the happy couple. Indeed, in stark contrast to other overly-formal and rather stuffy ceremonies, retro weddings are all about loosening up and enjoying every single moment. Not unlike Boho weddings, retro ceremonies do not take the usual norms and traditions of regular weddings into consideration even if the couple can, of course, incorporate their own rules.
For example, a really fun way to bring a retro touch to your wedding is by selecting 50’s-like gift box or wrapping paper for your wedding favors. Bright and pink boxes, polka-dot paper and lots of colorful ribbon will automatically put everyone in a retro mood. Don’t forget to include the wedding theme in the invitation as well. This way, all the guests will be prepared and can deck up in their favorite and most extravagant retro outfits.
As far as your bridal party is concerned, it’s not a bad idea to ask your bridesmaids to dress in retro outfits as well. Bear in mind that this does not include short dresses. Instead, knee-length colorful frocks with a wide swing skirt were all in the rage during the 1950’s. For an added touch of retro, be sure to choose funky prints such as floral, polka dots or even zebra and leopard prints. Don’t forget: with retro, it’s always the wilder, the better!
Don’t neglect your shoes as well: Retro shoes are all about bows, flowers and highly extravagant and bold prints. Bear in mind that retro shoes are more about the prints and less about the heels, so, if you want, go ahead and wear flats if you want to, as long as the prints are more or less retro. The same applies to your dress: you may wear a traditional white dress or else improvise with a brightly colored one. Some couples even like to throw a retro jacket over their traditional wedding attires.
Since there’s no set code for the retro wedding buffet, it might be a good idea to go for fusion cuisine in order to stay within the overall theme of the day. Since retro is all about being different and exotic, never be afraid to mix and match. French pastries, Russian Blinis and American turkeys will definitely enhance the retro mood. The same applies for your music and decor. Wild and upbeat music coupled with some disco lights will undoubtedly have your guests dancing the night away.
Thanks to the age-old adage of “something blue”, blue is, by far, one of the most popular hues at weddings. The good news is that this is an extremely harmonious color to include in just about any setting. From the drapes or even to the aisle carpet, there certainly isn’t a lack of ways to incorporate blue in your wedding and reception. So, read on to learn how you can very easily bring this color to the forefront on your special day!
The one item that will certainly be on display at your reception, your wedding cake should preferably be done up in varying hues of blue in order to keep in line with the all-blue theme. In this case, couples usually have several options to choose from: for example, you may either go for an all-blue cake or a white and blue cake, or even a plain white cake with a blue cake topper. Adventurous couples might even ask their baker to add a few drops of blue food coloring to their cake batter for a more daring look.
If you want to adopt a blue themed wedding decor, one of the easiest ways is to incorporate this shade through the table settings. Indeed, the catering industry is practically brimming with blue tablecloths and napkins. There is one thing that you should bear in mind though: a blue wedding reception doesn’t mean that you should go crazy on this color. Far from being appealing, an overdose of blue might end up short of being sickening.
It’s therefore crucial to properly balance the various colors and incorporate other tones in the overall decor. For example, a nice idea would be to select a napkin and a tablecloth made of two different shades of blue. Dark blue and turquoise, for example, go superbly well together. Alternatively, you may also go for an entirely contrasting combination such as blue and yellow. Blue-rimmed plate with an ivory surface will also complement your color scheme.
Wedding favors and other decorations
Since wedding favors are usually lined up on a same table, a particularly pronounced effect would be to pack everything in the blue boxes or packaging, which will instantly draw attention to the overall theme. Of course, couples should also focus on a few other accents and decorations to liven up the blue theme. Blue candles, for instance, are fabulous choices to vamp up your reception decor.
It is common knowledge that all-white themes automatically bring this special charm, pure and calm feeling to any room. And with white bring the most popular choice for wedding dresses, it should come as no surprise that this particular hue is always increasing in popularity, especially when it comes to wedding decorations and backdrops. After all, this is the color that symbolizes serenity, purity and everything that’s good in the world.
As stunning as an all-white wedding decor can be, though, an avalanche of white might end up looking like something out of a child’s Christmas cartoon. It is important to properly work with this color to make sure that nothing gets thrown out of balance. A white wedding may also look quite plain and overly simple if not properly executed, which is why it’s quite important for the couple to liven up the decor.
However, a common mistake that most couples make when trying to vamp up a white wedding is adding too many splashes of color to the overall decor. Indeed, there’s no point in establishing an all-white theme if you’re going to indulge in a colorful palette. That being said, though, it’s not a bad idea to include a few dashes of color to your white setting. For example, gold is a perfect complement to white, which is why you should think about adding some gold touches to the reception. White tablecloths with gold napkins, for instance, will certainly provide a deeply sophisticated look.
Don’t underestimate the importance of fairy-lights as well. These lights do not only reflect off pale surfaces, but, they will also draw attention to your white theme. This will look particularly dramatic if infused in an outdoors wedding, especially if you’re getting married next to the sea. Yellow and white is another fantastic combination for outdoors weddings. As far as the bride goes, she may either go for an entirely white dress or, liven things up a bit by selecting an ivory one. Another option would be to select a dress with a white bodice that flows glamorously into a full ivory skirt.
One of the easiest ways to vamp up a white wedding decor is through the flowers. Whether it’s the bridal bouquets or the small springs of flowers that bridesmaids usually carry, keep in mind that an all-white arrangement does hover on the wrong side of boring. To take things up by another notch, be sure to tuck in just a few tiny springs of green or yellow flowers to the white bouquet.