If you’re planning a brown-themed wedding, it’s not a bad idea to take things up a notch by bringing a touch of the Wild West to your special day. Rustic, exquisitely elegant, with a timeless classic charm, these weddings can easily be achieved with just a few special touches. Contrary to what most people believe, brown Western weddings aren’t at all that complicated. All you need is a lot of creativity, some careful planning and a bit of imagination to achieve what’s bound to be a marvelously dreamy wedding.
A brown western decor, for example, can very easily be achieved by going for a brown wedding dress or tux. While this may sound unconventional, it certainly is a fabulous idea for couples who don’t want to be restricted by traditions. In fact, come to think of it, why don’t both of you don typical Wild Western attires to get hitched? A cowboy outfit, complete with the hat, will certainly make quite a striking impression, especially if you’re having an informal or Vegas drive-through wedding. For a more toned-down and traditional look, however, don’t hesitate to wear your traditional white dress with a brown sash or maybe even brown cowboy boots.
Brown cowboy boots aren’t such a bad options for bridesmaids as well, especially if they’ll be wearing Western dresses for the big day. Remember that there’s no actual rule which dictates that they should imperatively wear dresses: Pocahontas-like outfits or even brown dresses and skirts will remain quite in line with the overall theme of the day.
As far as your wedding cake goes, it’s important for you to stick to the theme. Forget about hearts and flowers pastel-hued cakes. This is the time to get the guns out and really show your wild side. Square brown cakes, with maybe some boots-shaped icing will definitely draw attention to your rustic side. Alternatively, you can very easily add a few western touches by going for brown table settings, brown wooden chairs or maybe even some brown bows around the pews or chairs.
A brown-themed western wedding is also quite rustic, so, it’s a good idea to stick to country dishes like hash browns, mashed potatoes, fried chicken or fish and the likes. As far as the wedding favors go, stick to engraved rustic pens, miniature faux leather pouches, potpourris, mini ornamental horseshoes and other such items. It’s also important to select an adequate location such as a barn or even a vineyard.
Nothing screams romance more than a good old Disney movie. Indeed, with its deeply comforting thematic, the happily ever after and the much-awaited kiss between the Prince and the Princess, these movies will certainly infuse a deeply romantic and magical touch to your special day. Best of all, it’s quite easy to bring a Disney theme to your big day, without breaking the bank.
Fret not: there’s no need for you to fly to Disneyland for your wedding. While it certainly pays off to indulge in a fairytale-like decor and location, couples who are on a restricted budget can very easily go for an enticing backdrop for their Disney wedding. In fact, there are quite a few companies that cater to theme weddings. Some of them can even provide you with a Disneyworld backdrop, complete with Cinderella’s castle. Bear in mind that strings of fairy lights, colored lamps and sparkles will certainly bring this fairytale-like atmosphere to your special day.
Of course, since the main focus of the day will be on the bride and groom, it’s important for the two of you to really dress the part. There’s no reason why you can’t don typical Disney attires for the wedding. The groom, for example, can dress up in Prince Charming outfit, while the bride will look absolutely fabulous in a flared, sparkling Disney-like dress. To turn up the charm a notch, why don’t you hire a couple of Disney performers who can dress up in Mickey and Minnie costumes? This is a particularly good idea if you’re expecting a lot of children at the ceremony.
Being another main centerpiece of your wedding day, the cake should also reflect the overall mood of the day. Fortunately, there are quite a few varieties of Disney-related cakes which you can chose from. For instance, while some couples chose to go all the way and opt for an extravagant fairytale castle-shaped cake, others decide to tone it down by going for a simpler, albeit just as romantic cake. Another option would be to ask your baker to add a sentimental message to your wedding cake. Examples include “Happily Ever After”, “Far Longer than Forever” and the likes.
Don’t forget that it’s important to pay attention to your wedding dance song as well. Disney’s famous “Whole New World” song certainly has the perfect lyrics that reflect the start of a new life together as husband and wife.
Fall weddings are not unlike romantic Disney weddings: the golden sprinkling of leaves, the spicy, nutty and pumpkin scents in the air…this season is undoubtedly one of the most sensual parts of the year. This is why it’s so easy to present your guests with various types of fall wedding favors. From pine nuts potpourri or even packed slices of pumpkin pies, you certainly have quite a few choices to pick from.
So, scroll down to familiarize yourself with some of the best wedding favors that will reap quite a few happy guests.
Nothing screams falls more than the classic scents of dried leaves and pumpkin. And there’s no easier way to immortalize these fragrances than to present each guest with a fall-scented candle. Favor scents such as cinnamon, apple, pumpkin, nutmeg or even dried autumn leaves. For a more striking effect, try to go for candles that offer combined fragrances like chocolate and cinnamon or even orange and pumpkin.
Everybody needs home wares. From vases to bowls, plates, kettles or even jars, you can definitely find an extended array of home wares which will reflect the nostalgic mood and colors that usually accompany fall. A small pumpkin-shaped jar, for example, is bound to be useful in just about any household.
Similarly, you may even present your guests with any home ware that bears the typical fall hues of orange, green, dark red, yellow, or brown. For a more special touch, consider handing each guest a jar of spiced apple cake prior to the ceremony.
Fall gift box
If you’re not sure what to give your guests, why not go for a fall gift box? This can contain several different items such as spiced apple soap, candied maple leaves, sachets of hot chocolate and cinnamon mix and other such items.
Of course, you should absolutely pay close attention to the packaging. Bear in mind that your fall wedding gift favors won’t stand out as much if they’re wrapped in those typically shiny wraps. Be sure to select flowery papers in pale orange, brown or green. If you can afford it, you can even tuck a small fall bouquet with the gift box.
While it certainly is a nice touch to add some fall souvenirs to your wedding favors, don’t forget that you can obviously go for traditional gifts as well. A mini bottle of red wine paired with a small individual pumpkin pie will satisfy any guest!
If you’ve always dreamt of having an outdoors wedding, but if you’re getting married during the winter, don’t panic: contrary to what most people believe, it’s not such a difficult task to pull off a successful outdoors wedding during the winter.
It does, however, require quite a fair amount of planning and arrangement to make sure that both your you and your guests are as comfortable as can be. For starters, know your limits: you might have always wanted to have an outdoors wedding but a below zero temperature might put most of your guests off the wedding. No one wants to sit outside during an ice storm, no matter how close they are to the bride and groom. In fact, if you’re reckless about hosting an outdoors winter wedding, you might even end up losing most of your wedding vendors, especially the videographer, cameraman or even DJ.
Having said that, if the weather conditions aren’t too hostile, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t hold a great outdoors winter wedding. For example, you can have ushers pass on new complementary scarves and gloves for each guest to wear during the ceremony. Think about your bridesmaids as well: instead of imposing your dress choice on them, allow them to pick out their own dresses and see which outfit they would feel more comfortable in. Faux fur coats and shrugs are fantastic options for both the bride and her bridesmaids. By that same token, the groom and groomsmen can don thick, floor-length coats over their suits.
Winter often rhymes with strong winds or maybe even gales. This is why it’s also important to invest in a sturdy gazebo or tent to host the reception. This can be quite an advantage because it will allow you to string some fairy lights, hence adding some extra decor. In fact, there’s no reason why you can’t hold the actual ceremony right under the gazebo, especially if there’s chances of snow.
To show your guests that you really appreciate their presence, be sure to hire an usher to pass around mugs of hot cocoa prior to the ceremony. After all, everyone loves hot chocolate, right? You may even have a tea, hot chocolate and coffee station at the reception. Similarly, skip the light wedding nibbles in favor of hot and filling dishes which will bring some added warmth to your guests after the ceremony. Think fried chicken, baked or whipped potatoes, macaroni and cheese and the likes. These may not be the type of dishes that you’ll typically find on wedding buffet tables, but, they’re definitely the sort of food that anyone would appreciate during winter.
Who doesn’t love vintage weddings? The old fashioned, Scarlet O’Hara dresses, the soft blue, pink and beige pastels, the groomsmen in suspenders and other such touches are more than enough to wow even the toughest of critics. However, while vintage weddings are certainly growing in popularity, there’s no denying that, with the amount of people adopting this theme, these ceremonies are gradually losing their charm.
So, if you want to stand out from the crowd, be sure to add some special touches that will enhance your vintage wedding theme while providing a stunning visual effect.
Vintage clothing for the entire bridal party
It definitely goes without saying that the bride should preferably be dressed in a vintage-theme gown. Of course, there are quite a few eras to choose from, so you’ll certainly have a wide variety of choices. Whether you want to go for a puffy 30’s ball gown or a slinky 20’s wedding dress, be sure to accessorize it with the proper vintage accessories. Chocker necklaces, 20’s headbands and anklets are all items that will instantly draw attention to the old-fashioned atmosphere.
For a more pronounced vintage feel, the groom, as well as the groomsmen and bridesmaids can also dress up in vintage clothes. Don’t be afraid to push the boundaries and add a bit of a costume-party feel to your vintage wedding for a more striking effect. The groom, for example, can don a thick velvet suit instead of the typical tux. Suspenders, polka-dot bow ties and hats are other accessories that the groomsmen can don for the special day.
Cake and table setting
Don’t undervalue the importance of table settings as well. This is not the time to invest in ultra-contemporary, sterling silver table settings and decorations. Go for softer hues instead. Pale pink, blue, cream, beige and ecru will definitely enhance your vintage wedding. Lace napkins or tablecloths are absolute must-haves in any old-fashioned weddings.
As far as the cake goes, try to decorate it with varying shades of peach or pink for a more pronounced vintage look. Candies in old-fashioned jars or tubes will most certainly make your guests nostalgic for the bygone days. If you can’t afford to invest in some vintage table place cards, why don’t you go for DIY cards using clothes pins, vintage frames and twine? Bear in mind that it’s not necessary to match every place card: in fact, contrasting cards will bring quite a lot of emphasis to the overall theme of the day.
Red and Green may be the Christmas colors by excellence, but, an all-green Christmas wedding can bring a more homely and rustic charm to the ceremony. Getting married at around Christmas time will undoubtedly provide you with one of the most- if not the most- magical events of your life. From the tree to the cookies, there are quite a few ways in which you can very easily incorporate a green theme to your ultra-special Christmas wedding. Best of all, contrary to what most people believe, you won’t even need a huge budget to adopt this theme. In fact, a green festive wedding demands quite a lot of DIY, which ultimately cuts back on certain costs.
If you want to go all the way, then, by all means, don’t hesitate to decorate your entire house and yard in a typical Christmas fashion. This way, you can very easily string green fairy lights around your front porch or trees, if you have any. This will certainly provide an exquisite backdrop to couples who are having a home wedding or, at the very least, a home reception. A lavish green Christmas wedding decor will also add a fun and festive touch to the overall atmosphere and put all the guests in a party mood!
Of course, there’s no rule which states that you can’t go for a green wedding cake. However, if this sounds a bit over the top for you, why don’t you opt for a typical white wedding day and spruce it up by adding some green touches around the cake? Hanging Christmas balls or pine needles are wonderful ways to infuse a festive look to your wedding cake table. Similarly, think about giving the customary champagne the sack in favor of a perfectly chilled eggnog for the wedding toast. In fact, you may even serve it up in green rimmed glasses for an ultra-Christmassy look!
Don’t forget that the best way to enhance a green theme would be to add some red touches to the overall decor. Some red sprinkles or red flowers around the wedding cake will draw more attention to the green theme. Don’t forget to select this hue for your wedding favors as well: Christmas tree cupcakes or Christmas cookies are the best ways to put your guests into a festive mood.
Of course, the bride can even don a green wedding dress. In fact, if your groom agrees to it, he can either wear a matching green tux or even a red one for a more Christmas-like look.
There’s something about the great outdoors that never fail to make people hungry. Maybe it’s the fresh air, the feel of the sunrays seeping into the skin or the tantalizing scent of grapes. But, whichever the reason, guests do tend to feel hungrier during outdoors gathering.
So, if you’re having a Vineyard Wedding, it’s your duty as the host to provide them with satisfying dishes. This is not the time for delicate scotch salmon fillets. Instead, go for heartier meals that include potatoes, meats, chicken and fish. Of course, it goes without saying that you should tend to favor wine as the beverage of choice if you want to stick to the overall theme of the day. In fact, it’s not such a bad idea to make a wedding toast with wine instead of champagne.
Bear in mind that you also have to assure the comfort of your guests during winter as well. In this case, you can even have ushers pass out some warm mulled wine or cider during the ceremony. This will not only help them feel snug and warm, but they’ll also appreciate the personal gesture. Winter or not, it’s always recommended to go for a tent or, at the very least, a gazebo to protect your guests against the sun and potential winds.
Don’t forget that a vineyard means quite a bit of mud and grass and most of your female guests will probably be in high heels. If you don’t want to see them struggle with every step, make prior arrangements to place a carpet or some kind of comfortable flooring which will make things easier for them. This definitely applies to the dancing area as well. A homely touch would be to invest in some vineyard-related decorations. Bunches of grapes scattered over the buffet table and garland of vine leaves and fairy lights are all special touches that will enthrall everybody. If the vineyard is equipped with a barn, it would really be better to host the pre-wedding party inside for the convenience of your guests.
Parking spaces can also be quite an issue with vineyard weddings. The last thing you need are frustrated and harassed guests who don’t have the faintest idea where to place their vehicles, so, contact the vineyard owner to arrange for parking facilities. Couples who are not on a restricted budget can even hire valet services to take this extra burden off your guests’ shoulders!
Almost poetic in nature, Japanese weddings are full of symbolism and traditions that bring a special old-school charm to the ceremony. Each each family brings its own culture and tradition to the ceremony, which makes it even more special. While several families have now adopted Western church weddings, a few of them still decide to go for authentic Japanese weddings.
Not unlike Western weddings, Japanese weddings also require a rehearsal which usually occurs a couple of days prior to the actual ceremony. Upon the last rehearsal, the bride’s mother usually adjusts a veil across her daughter’s face- a symbolic gesture that represents the very last act that she will do for her child before sending her off as a married woman. In church Japanese weddings, the father takes his daughter’s arm and walks her down the aisle, but, in authentic ceremonies, the entire bridal party makes a procession to the shrine.
Prior to the wedding, the groom offers nine presents to the bride and these usually include a fan, dried cuttlefish, dried bonito and linen threads, among others. This is followed by the “Shinto” ceremony- or wedding- at the shrine. A Japanese priest, also known as the Shinto priest, guides the family into a series of payers. The priest also conducts a purification ceremony for the couple, hence preparing them for their wedded life.
Another popular tradition that occurs during Japanese theme weddings is the exchange of sake. An authentic rice wine, Sake is the Japanese celebratory drink by excellence and the bride and the groom often sip this drink right after the vows. The exchange of sake is quite a symbolic tradition because it represents the union of two different families; not unlike the lighting of a unity candle in Western weddings. Afterwards, the couple is paraded in a carriage to show their new union to their communities.
Japanese wedding receptions are also brimming with traditions that are thought to bring love, fertility, good luck and wealth to the newly wedded couple. The reception hall is usually very lavishly decorated in hues of gold and red for prosperity. If the bride wore a white dress for the ceremony, she might also change in a silk kimono for the party. The reception ends with the bride and groom lighting the candles at their guests’ tables to share some of their happiness and good luck. Another larger candle is then placed in the very center of the room and the new couple lights it before going away for their honeymoon.
Fun, relaxing and undoubtedly filled with surprises, Destination weddings are steadily growing in popularity. The good thing about Destination weddings is that you’ll get a chance to explore new places and hang out with your friends and partner prior to the ceremony. This certainly provides the couple with a chance to unwind before the wedding, instead of constantly stressing about minor details. After all, destination weddings are not unlike a fancy holiday!
However, there are quite a few things to consider before embarking on a destination wedding. It’s important to think beyond the vows or the table settings: Destination weddings also demand practical issues that should be dealt with even before you embark on your flight. For example, several brides underestimate the importance of properly storing their wedding dresses before they step into the plane; something that usually results in stains or maybe even rips.
Hence, it’s crucial to properly protect and pack your dress before your jet off to whichever exotic destination that you’ve chosen. Invest in a few protective sleeves that will protect your dress during the trip. In fact, it’s not a bad idea to speak to the airline and ask if they would consider storing your dress in the first class closet to avoid any accident.
Tropical islands will undoubtedly result in romantic destination weddings, but, you should also remember that the climate can get quite hot and humid. This is a factor to consider even before you chose your wedding dress because the last thing that you need is patches of sweat dotting your precious white dress. Don’t forget about your bridesmaids as well: short, light and floating tropical bridesmaids’ dresses will ensure that your special ladies are comfortable at all times.
If you can afford it, it’s also a good idea to fly to the wedding location a few weeks before the big day to avoid any unwanted surprises. This will also give you the chance to discuss with the hotel or wedding planner and fine-tune any last-minute details. However, if you can’t afford the plane fare, don’t hesitate to check out some high-quality and reliable travel websites that will help you get a general idea on how the location truly is. Factors too look out for are room size or chapel size, a hall or bare space for the reception, as well as the catering. Many destination weddings tend to serve local delicacies but this can be quite a risk if your guests don’t have an adventurous taste buds. Try to keep a balance between familiar and more exotic dishes to make sure that everyone appreciates the wedding feast.
From fried snacks, to rice-based desserts, Indian wedding buffets are brimming with exotic delicacies. Since India is such a huge country with a wide variety of cultures and traditions, you can be sure to be welcomed with a plethora of meals that is bound to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Indian buffets are also amongst the most diverse ones you’ll ever find. If you’re going for an Indian theme wedding, it’s equally important to pay attention to the presentation to infuse an intense exotic touch to the overall day.
Presentation and Setting
In traditional Indian families, meals are not served on plates, but rather on clean banana leaves. This tradition is deeply rooted in Indian culture and it’s considered much easier to serve the feast on banana leaves because there’s no washing or cleaning involved afterwards. While rural areas still opt for natural leaves, people from the city often choose to go for synthetic or plastic leaves for aesthetic reasons. Wealthier families, however, tend to ditch the banana leaves presentation in favor of Limoges or other such elegant plates.
The reception buffet setting is not unlike a typical western buffet, where all the dishes are laid out on a beautifully decorated table and everyone goes to help himself to the delicacies. However, in stark contrast to Western weddings, a lavish dinner is served both on the eve of the ceremony, as well as on the actual wedding night. These two dinners are more of a seated affair whereby guests sit in the eating area and are often served food by the bride’s and groom’s relatives. This is linked to the ancient Indian culture of receiving guests and making them feel welcomed by serving them. The third dinner is normally held at the reception and this is more of a self-service affair.
Popular dishes and desserts served
Several types of snacks are often handed out to guests during the Indian wedding ceremony. These may include both sweet and savory items such as fried dumplings or small cups of rice puddings. After the ceremony, guests are usually served no less than seven Indian curries. The curries are accompanied by plain white rice as well as a traditional fried flatbread. For religious reasons, orthodox Indian families refrain from serving any non-vegetarian dishes on the wedding day, but, chicken and fish are almost always served during the reception.
Several types of Indian desserts are also served to the guests after the delectable feast and these include rice puddings, sweetened cottage cheese, an Indian version of the American donut served with syrup as well as “Kulfi”- which is a highly delicious and creamy ice cream made that contains several aromatic spices.