Archive for July 2012
Whether you are planning to tie the knot on a hillside coast in Devon, the snowy Ice Chapel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, or the wilds of Africa with a backdrop of gazelles and giraffes – what matters is that your big day is exactly how you dreamed it would be. Part of every girl’s dream day is getting the chance to wear couture wedding dresses, but a bride should know that though the dress is one of the most important parts, good accessories go a long way to completing the look. In addition to the dress, a bride should consider hair accessories, jewellery and shoes that flatter both her and her overall look.
Hair accessories – While a bride may not want to take away from the style of the couture wedding dresses with an over-the-top bit of headgear, a few well placed hair accessories can go a long way in adding to the elegance of her look. Some of the most popular hair accessories come in the form of crystals. These can be made into a tiara, encrust the top of a small comb, or even be tacked onto the end of hair pins and dotted throughout the bride’s hair. The look that will work best comes down to the hairstyle the bride chooses, and the image she wishes to portray.
Jewellery – What bride-to-be doesn’t like a bit of bling to really highlight the expensive look of couture wedding dresses? Some even go so far as to decide on jewellery before the dress – much less the locale! From ornate, diamond necklaces made by famous jewellery brands such as Tiffany’s, to the more affordable glitter of Swarovski crystals, a well selected piece or two can go a long way in enhancing more subtle looks by bringing an element of understated class. But, conversely, there is such a thing as too much, and the bride-to-be should let the style of the dress, the wedding venue, and the wedding party help her make a sensible decision on the jewellery she chooses. After all, the ring should be the piece of jewellery that everyone remembers when all the vows are said and done.
Shoes – At the best of times a woman loves her shoes, and many amass a collection of them that is often impressive and extensive – with at least one pair for every occasion. Why should a wedding be any different? When a bride is putting forth the effort to try a variety of couture wedding dresses to make herself into the image of perfection, the shoes are an important element that can often be overlooked. For the majority of bridal occasions, simplicity is the best way forward – something with a heel the bride can walk down the aisle in, that doesn’t glaringly stand out from the rest of her look. But this doesn’t mean that she should just grab any old white shoe! In fact, many designers understand the necessity of pairing the perfect dress with the ideal shoes that enhance the whole look in an understated way. But be aware of venue too – there is no place for the perfect heels if you can’t walk down the sandy isle of your beach side wedding.
Everyone is looking for wedding ideas but imagine you are finally going to propose to the girl of your dreams so you will want to make the occasion special and do something that will be memorable. You can get the best ideas from the person you love and the things they love to do most. If they are into films, you could take them to a movie and then pop the big question right in the theater or if you want something private, you could just cook a nice dinner and pop the question at a warm cozy time.
Taking your loved one away for a nice vacation is a good way to make that proposal as well. If you want romantic destinations then Paris, Prague, or Venice are nice romantic destinations that can help you get the job done well. Why not take the climb up to Eiffel tower and ask the question or book a Gondola in Venice and pop that question just at the right time?
If you are into food then you can use a related approach for such an occasion. Book a restaurant that is known for its good food and great service. You could add a nice twist by making the chef hide the ring in the desert plate or you could ask the chef to write a note right on the edge of the plate in chocolate.
Many people are not that comfortable with great shows of public affection and if you are that kind of a person you could make that occasion private and be comfortable with it. You could prepare a dinner for your loved one and turn on the music. This could create the perfect ambiance for you to get in the mood.
There are also some other ways of proposing that might be funny. You could simply hide the proposal in a fortune cookie and give it to your loved. Or maybe if you are traveling by a plane and you could ask the captain to make the announcement over the loud speaker. Moreover, you could persuade the local cinema to play your proposal as an advertisement before the movie. Another interesting idea would be to write a song and ask the local radio station to play it for you. All these techniques would add a nice bit of fun to your proposals. Another way to add fun to your proposal would be to start a little treasure hunt in which clues would follow one after the other. The ending revelation of course would be the marriage proposal. After that, you can indulge all the wedding planning ideas since you have gotten through the original hurdle.
Planning a wedding is both exciting and nerve-wracking. The biggest strain most couples have is figuring out ideas to make their wedding stand apart from the rest. It is not so much about being in competition with other weddings, but more about making sure their wedding is indicative of the people they are as individuals and as a couple.
Invitations will give your guests the very first impression of your wedding. Whether you like calligraphy script or a more minimalist sans serif font, or prefer either a timeless or trendy design, your invitation should reflect who you are. Here are two simple ways to twist the invitation tradition just enough that anyone who receives on will remember it forever.
Fortune Teller Invites
Note: For those who are not familiar with paper fortune tellers, you may want to look up the design before reading on so you can understand how this can be transformed into an invitation.
Does everyone remember playing with fortune tellers back in elementary school (ahem, sometimes even high school). Of course we do! There is so much appeal in using the fortune teller design for invitations. For one, upon slipping the invite out of the envelope, your guest will instantly be transported to their childhood, giving them a dose of nostalgia that will surely bring a smile to their faces. Secondly, they’re fun! The four exterior corners of the fortune teller can indicate the main invitation headings-Date, Time, Place and Map-and as the details of each heading will be noted underneath the corresponding flap. You can even go a step further by putting a photo or writing up a story in the internal blank side of the full-length page. Whether you are planning a wild destination wedding in Vegas or choosing a quaint local wedding banquet hall, guests will appreciate the time you put into making the invitations, and will especially appreciate you sending them on a journey down memory lane.
That’s right, I said it: Hand deliver your invitations. Depending on the number of people on your guest list, this may be easier for some than for others. But imagine how touched each guest would be by you taking the time to stop by everyone’s house to hand them over their invitation. It is not only kind and thoughtful, but it is intimate in the way weddings are viz. the closeness you share with your friends and family is amplified when they are all in the same wedding hall, on the same night for the sole reason of celebrating your love. What if you drop by and they’re not in? Well, I guess then you’ll just drop it off in the mailbox. At least you will save on postage!
While winter weddings are less popular there are many advantages to being a winter bride, the main factors being the cost and that it will be easy to book your venue with less competition for dates, but also the unique style that you can explore for your frosty theme.
Indoor locations tend to be the best for a winter wedding just in case the weather is not great. Traditional churches, grand hotels, reception rooms or inviting bed and breakfasts with open fires are all perfect for a warm and cosy wedding.
The colder weather may mean you can choose heavier fabrics for your dress with a fake fur wrap, stole or shawl to cover your shoulders so that you don’t get cold, or go for a long sleeve gown which are becoming increasingly popular.
Some wintery colours to consider for your theme, your dress and make-up are shimmering silver, icy blue, or pale grey.
You can choose some great food for a wintery wedding – warm soups with seasonal vegetables, and a white chocolate or frosty iced wedding cake.
The warm colours of autumn can provide a spectacular backdrop for your wedding, with the leaves on the trees bursting with color and the orange and red hues from an Autumn sunset will make for some stunning photographs. Be sure to look up the time for sunset and plan your wedding carefully around that so that you make the most of the day!
Choose a theme that matches the time of year, go for a woodland rustic country style with teal, duck egg blue and natural browns and coppers.
Decide on a venue where you can capture the essence of the season and its natural beauty, some great ideas for an autumn wedding are a vineyard, farm or botanical garden.
The weather will be turning cooler so choose a fur wrap, stole or shawl to cover your shoulders so that you don’t get cold, or you can go for longer sleeves on your dress.
Choose your bridesmaid dresses by selecting from colors that you naturally see occurring in the fall season – go for burgundy, apricot, mustard yellow, dark greens and warm browns, they will really help to reflect the beauty of Autumn..
There are also some stunning flowers that you can match into your theme, it would be better to consider flowers that are in season as these are likely to be less expensive – such as holly, amaryllis, daphne, iris, winter jasmine and cotoneaster. You can also include dark green leaves, or red berries to finish off your bouquets.
Design a leaf logo or pattern that you can include in your invitations, place name cards, wedding favors and bomboniere gift ideas – this is a really nice way to add a touch of the season’s theme into your stationery and decorations.
Summer is the most popular season for a wedding, when the sun is shining and the weather is beautiful! Make sure that you book your venue well in advance to avoid any ‘Bride Wars’ style shenanigans!
For a relaxed and casual style beach wedding, choose a long flowing sun dress, kick off your heels and go naturally barefoot to your ceremony. Make sure that your invite states that ‘thongs’ and sandals are welcome and that you have plenty of water bottles in an ice filled bucket on hand at your hot beach location.
Provide some sun shades for your guests – grab individual umbrellas or parasols, these are available in a wide range of colours so you should be able to find something to match in with your colour scheme.
Make sure that you wear a foundation with SPF and keep your wedding make-up light and natural for that ‘beachy’ look. Don’t forget to wear SPF lip balm under your lipgloss too or the Cancer Council offer their own range of lipsticks and glosses that carry a SPF 30.
Provide personalised sunscreen for your guests, buy your own bottles of a brand that you trust and then have labels or bottle wraps made up with your names and the date, all in line with your colour and theme.
Try to stay out of the sun before your wedding, that way you will avoid embarrassing red skin or strap marks on your big day. If you are after a bronzed look, consider getting a spray tan a couple of days before your wedding – make sure that you have a trial a few months earlier so that you know you are going to like the way that it looks.
When choosing your flowers make sure you consider types that can withstand the heat, like orchids or Calla Lilies or perhaps you could go for a seashell bouquet.
When choosing your summer wedding menu, consider the summer produce available, fresh fruit platters are a great idea and provide plenty of colour. When making your wedding cake choice, think light, rich chocolate cakes have become very popular in recent years, but lighter flavours will be best for summer.
Spring is the traditional season for a wedding – the weather is warmer but not too hot and it is a beautiful time of the year to say your vows.
You can choose an outdoor location at this time of year such as a vineyard or botanical garden with their flowers in bloom, but also somewhere that you can spend the evening indoors should the weather still be slightly unpredictable.
White wedding dresses are always popular and it should be warm enough for a strapless, or short skirted number. You could go for something a bit bolder in colour or with floral embroidery on the bodice or train, a splash of colour in a sash and light floaty fabrics like chiffon will reflect the spring light perfectly.
Spring is also the season when the most beautiful flowers are in bloom, you can have the pick of the bunch with some fantastic colours to choose from, consider stunning yellow daffodils, brightly coloured tulips are in abundance and paler posies such as sweet pea and lily of the valley.
Be sure to go for a spring feel in your hair too, you can add a little flower to your up-style, maybe a frangipani, or some pink diamantes for some extra sparkle.
The sun can still be very strong in spring time so be sure to use a foundation with an SPF and add pastel colours for a fresh look.