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.
While all weddings are poignant, military ones are doubly so, particularly because of the long separations and trials that military couples will have to endure. Indeed, being at the service of the nation is not always the easiest task. Husbands or wives have to stay away from their families for extended amount of times, which severely affect both parties. A tiny touch of nostalgia is nearly always present at military themed weddings, which make the ceremonies even more special.
Hence, it’s quite important to make sure that the ceremony is as meaningful and romantic as possible. For starters, since this is a military wedding, you may want to infuse a deeply patriotic feel to the day. To achieve this, you can, for example, ask your baker to decorate your cake in the colors of your national flag, or maybe even in the Marine Corps color and flag. And of course, no patriotic cake would be complete without a military cake topper. The good news is that these toppers are readily available, both online and in bridal stores or cake shops. Best of all, you can be sure to find a captain, cadet, marine or even lieutenant topper alongside a romantic representative of the bride.
Brides who don’t care about traditions may even don for a camouflage military-print wedding dress as a nod to their groom’s profession. Since these may be quite hard to find in traditional bridal stores, don’t hesitate to run a couple of quick searches online. Another alternative would be to have a custom-made camouflage wedding dress. A more toned-down option for it is to go for a classical white dress with a camouflage hem or neckline.
Certain members of the army are officiated to perform weddings, so, don’t hesitate to ask one of them to don a full uniform and marry you. This will bring a pronounced military feel to your special day. But, if you’re more of a church wedding person, fret not. All you have to do is stick to the brown, green, black and white color palette that are usually present at military theme weddings. To achieve this romantic look, be sure to play on flowers, ribbons or scraps of lace and gauze which you can nestle in the bride’s bouquet.
To enhance the poignancy of the overall day, try to write your own vows. Be sure to express everything you’d like to say to your spouse and what every moment of having him or her by your side means to you. After all, you only get one special day and it’s certainly worth investing your finances, time and emotions in that gloriously romantic occasion.
Destination weddings are never boring. The fun and excitement of being in a new place, the exotic decorations and the simple fact that you can have both your wedding and honeymoon in the same place is definitely guaranteed to take the romance factor up a notch. However, that being said, destination weddings also involve several friends and relatives who have flown quite a long distance to share your special day with you. This is why one of the main destination wedding traditions is to host a morning-after brunch to show them how grateful you are for their presence.
Of course, certain couples may feel reluctant to host this brunch. After all, the one thing that most couples seek after their wedding is some alone time together in a quiet, cozy and romantic environment. This leads to quite a lot of couples wondering whether it’s even important to have a morning-after wedding brunch. The answer is- yes. Plain as that. You’ll get all the alone time you want afterwards; in fact, you’re in for a lifetime of alone time now. A morning-after brunch is definitely considered as common courtesy: these people have flown over oceans just to watch you tie the knot and ditching them right after can be quite rude.
It is completely understandable, though, that the stress and exhaustion of planning a wedding will catch up with you, hence making the morning-after brunch quite a tedious process. In such cases, bear in mind that this is not a wedding, this is not a wedding reception and you certainly don’t have to invite the whole world. Stick to the closest persons to you and those whom you really want to thank for their help. The couple’s parents, the bridesmaids and the groomsmen are more than enough. If you don’t feel like planning another even, you may even talk to a wedding planner or book an entertainment service to take care of everything. All you’ll have to do is show up. Catering services can also provide a wedding brunch buffet to make things easier for you.
A morning-after wedding brunch doesn’t have to be long either: an hour or two is plenty. After all, everyone understands that you’ll be in a hurry to escape back to your own quiet time together. Contrary to what several people think, it’s quite easy to plan a quick and easy brunch with just a few things. Some wedding brunch decorations and a nice setting will easily convey how grateful you are to those special people in your life.
If you’re among the lucky couples who are planning an outdoors wedding, you’re definitely in for a treat. In fact, it has been shown that outdoors weddings are amongst the easiest to plan and decorate, particularly because of the vast space that’s available to the couple. So, here are a few unique ideas that will turn on the charm and welcome factor at your outdoors wedding.
Lanterns and more lanterns
Whether you’re going for Japanese lanterns or traditional outdoors one, the one thing that you should remember is that lanterns have a special glow and charm that will bring an almost magical feel to your wedding day. Of course, it goes without saying that these will look fabulous at night, but, these lanterns will also look stunning during an outdoors sunset wedding, especially if you use them to line the aisle.
Luxurious Drapes and Cushions
Tourists who visit Saudi Arabia often gush about the opulent luxury that surrounds them. A closer look at the decor will show quite a few drapes and cushions scattered all over the place, especially in far-away places like the dessert. This is because drapes, cushions, rugs and outdoors furniture stand out so much more easily in a stark environment- which make these accessories even more important for your outdoors wedding.
Don’t hesitate to vamp things up with some silk cushions and gauzy drapes as a unique twist to the traditional outdoors wedding decoration. In fact, if you want to pluck a leaf out of the Middle East, why not arrange some cushions on a soft and mossy surface where your guests can sit down and relax? This works best with informal outdoors wedding.
Drapes across the chairs, lining up the aisle, will also help you bring to the great outdoors the same romantic feel that decorated pews bring.
Ponds and water works
For a pronounced romantic touch, don’t hesitate to hold your wedding right next to any water scenery. Even a backward pond will work. If you can afford it, though, never hesitate to book an even more stupendous location such as waterfalls, lakes or even the beach. If you’re choosing a public space, however, be sure to book it quite a few weeks in advance. Don’t forget that boat houses are other fabulous options to help you make the most out of the soft splashes of water that will serenade you as you tie the knot.
In terms of romance, nothing can ever beat a dreamy beach wedding, complete with the dusty white sand, soft sloshing of the waves and cool sea breeze fanning your hair. With its picturesque and fairytale-like setting, it’s certainly not a surprise that beach weddings have been soaring in popularity during these past few years. In fact, compared to other wedding themes, this one is extremely easy to pick off and definitely on the less expensive side: after all, there’s no need to invest in pricey decorations since nature already took care of everything!
One main concern, however, are the various dress options for a beach wedding. While indoors weddings allow you to wear whatever you want without a second thought, beach weddings can be just a tad complicated in that department because there are quite a few factors to take into consideration: for example, you have to consider whether you’re amendable to soiling the hem of your long dress with sand and sea water. Don’t forget about the infamous sea breeze as well: one gust and your hem can billow up in quite an undignified manner.
So, having taken all these points into consideration, it’s time for you to decide which dress you’ll don to glide down a sandy aisle. Bear in mind that the dress of your choice should first inspire comfort- no matter what style it is. Some traditional brides, for example, feel much better in a classic long white dress, even with the risk of spoiling the hem. That’s not such a bad choice in fact, because it will bring quite a romantic and authentic feel to your special day.
On the other hand, if you’re more of a casual person and couldn’t care less about traditions, consider going for a regular beach outfit, even if it’s on the unconventional side. A swimsuit and sarong, for example, can actually be quite a fun dress option for a beach wedding. By the same token, don’t hesitate to ask your groom to slip into a casual attire as well. A pair of loose slacks or Bermuda, coupled with a loose shirt will definitely complement your casual wedding look.
Brides who do want a traditional look, but without ruining the hem, can of course go for calf-length wedding dresses. These usually bear the same designs as traditional dresses but with a shorter hem. And of course, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go for a short white dress either. In fact, to avoid all the mishaps that come with the sea breeze, why don’t you go for a straight dress which is guaranteed not to billow up?
New York. City of passion, excitement, sophistication and everything’s that glamorous and cutting edge. It is said that New York changes an individual’s mindset forever, something which can explain the incessant wedding flocks to the Big Apple. Indeed, while several people content themselves with flying to the beach to tie the knot, more daring individuals choose to go for a New York Destination wedding instead.
The good news is, New York is positively brimming with endless wedding venues that can very easily accommodate your own personal needs, budget, as well as the size of your bridal party. Here are just a few of the most romantic New York locations for your destination wedding.
The Central Park Boathouse, for example, is definitely the location that will please just about any romantic couple. Imagine the lush lull of the river serenading you as you walk down the aisle and towards your awaiting groom. This venue is best suited to couples who are looking for something airy, elegant but not overly formal. For a dreamier setting, you may even hire a boat to carry you to the venue while your groom awaits you on shore.
Couples who are looking for something more elegant can also book the ornately decorated Gotham Hall. Definitely suited to individuals who aren’t on a restricted budget, this hall is the type of venue which will help you feel like some kind of fairytale princess who’s getting married in an exceptionally luxurious castle. However, since this is one of the most popular wedding spots in New York, it’s recommended to book this hall several months in advance. This place also offers several package options that caters to your meals, decorations and even bands. There are quite a lot of packages to choose some, which means that you’ll most certainly find something that suits your budget.
If you’re more of an intellectual and if academics are your passion, you’ll definitely be glad to learn that New York City offers an array of age-old, stunningly furnished libraries that will be glad to accommodate your wedding. Indeed, there’s nothing more romantic than tying the knot surrounded by the greatest love books of all time. However, if you’re more of an outdoorsy person, be sure to check out the City’s internationally renowned botanical garden. With its stunning glass dome, lush greenery, rare plants and flowers, the botanical garden is definitely the type of venue that will complement a cozy outdoors wedding.
With the numerous similarities between the Bohemian and Celtic cultures, it should come as no surprise that more and more couples are opting for a Bohemian-Celtic theme for their special day. This is particularly suited to exotic, free-spirit couples who would like to have more freedom in planning every single step of their wedding. Boho-Celt unions certainly represent everything that’s fun and natural.
To hold a successful Bohemian-Celtic wedding, it’s quite important to select the adequate location. A library or a lavishly furnished space will certainly not do the trick here. Bohos and Celts are all about nature and natural touches, which is why it’s best to host the actual ceremony outdoors, even if you’re renting a hall for the reception. Think large green spaces such as parks, botanical gardens or maybe even a wide, spacious backyard. An extremely romantic touch would be to get married right in the middle of a lavender or flower field- two locations that will provide absolutely stunning backdrops in pictures. Try to look into vineyards as well: these usually offer special wedding packages that are tailored to your budget and personal needs.
Also, it wouldn’t be a Bohemian-Celtic wedding without the proper outfits. Long, billowy dresses made of lace or gauze will beautify just about any Boho-Celt bride. Bear in mind that gauzes and laces should remain the fabric of your choice and this is the time when you have to give the traditional satins, cottons or taffetas a miss. Don’t hesitate to go for lacey accessories such as a lace crown, chocker necklace or even a handcrafted lace crown to complement your exotic look. As far as the wedding cake goes, the sky’s the limit. You may either go for a typical white wedding cake or opt for one in the form of the traditional Celtic knot. If you really want to be different, however, think about skipping the wedding cake in favor of something more exotic like a flan?
Since Bohos and Celts have a special affinity with nature, it’s not a bad idea to include a few green touches to your outfits as well. And of course, there’s no reason why you should don typical wedding attires. The entire point of this theme is to dare to be different, something which both the bride and groom should embrace. Scents are also going to play a huge role in your Bohemian-Celtic wedding, which is why you should also invest in pumpkin, honey, molasses, chocolate or even coffee-scented candles to scatter around the reception area.
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.
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!