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Each self-planning couple looking for a perfect honeymoon location spends a few hours surfing the internet looking for other travelers’ pieces of advice and recommendations. Even if your trip will be taken care of by the travel agency, it is still fun to gaze upon beautiful views online as well.

For those who are willing to go hand in hand with the latest traveling trends and for those who don’t necessary want to spend their honeymoon on an island, today we are going to share a list of five most exotic and lovely cities according to cheap hotels booking site Travel Ticker!

1. Ubud: one temple for everyone

In the Indonesian island of Bali, you can find a small city of Ubud, which got a lot of attention after a super popular 2011 movie called “Eat. Pray. Love.” The film made the island and the cultural center of the island the city Ubud famous, so now it attracts thousands of visitors each year. Here you can get familiar with traditional local dances and arts, and afterward explore thousands of temples, which are believed to be found in every yard there is. To be fair, travelers are also rushing to visit another island’s celebrity – green, surrounded by jungle, Tegallalang rice terraces which will look breathtaking in your honeymoon pictures.

2. The old Hanoi on the old scooter

An increasing number of travelers flock to Vietnam to see such natural wonders as Halong Bay, but their tour of the country begins at the Hanoi airport. In the capital and second largest city of the country where is a ton of things to see, since all around the city you can see a lot of remains of the era, then Vietnam was a part of French Colony.

Do not miss the chance to visit the most important part of the city – Ba Dinh Quarter, where the narrow streets and the ancient buildings can be explored on the scooter. There is also no shortage of souvenirs and traditional goods shops so that you can bring a lot of lovely gifts after the honeymoon too. By the way, this area has a very vibrant nightlife too – bars and karaoke clubs can be found on every corner.

3. The magical neighborhood of Siem Reap

Although Siem Reap city in Cambodia is full of bars and clubs, people from all over the world come here not only to party. Tourists are rushing to see one of the world’s seven wonders –  the Angkor. Huge, more than 160 hectares covering Hindu temples and the palace complex, settled in the middle of the jungle has sprouted at the 12th century.

Angkor will take your breath not only by the number of temples here but also by drawings on the walls picturing the exploits of the gods: there are about 3000 different art pieces all over the complex!

4. Marrakech: aromas instead of tour guide

In recent years, Morocco was discovered by many tourists around the globe who were attracted by the beautiful nature and ancient cities. One of them – Marrakech, which spirit you can best feel at the Jemaa el-Fna Square. Here you will be greeted with thousands of small local vendors trying to sell various colorful goods.

Since the stalls are full of fragrant spices, fresh fruits, and traditional Moroccan dishes, follow your nose and thus discover the delicious Moroccan delicacies which will bring a whole new taste of your honeymoon.

5. Istanbul views from the historic tower

Istanbul remains to be one of the most popular vacation or honeymoon destinations. Turkey’s biggest city will amaze you with the beauty of Byzantine cathedrals, crowded markets and the cafes and bars. However, most travelers are rushing to visit the Bosporus Strait, which separates city into two parts – one European and one Asian. Here you can also visit the famous Virgin tower.

Built on a miniature island, this structure in the past served both as a lighthouse and as a prison. Now more than 800 years old city’s celebrity works as a wonderful observation deck, a historical museum, and a restaurant.

 

Make your guests green with envy with a wedding cake that stops the show. Green may not be the most popular color in the wedding world but it can sure make a scene with its organic and natural tones. Check out these cakes dressed in this rich and beautiful color!

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Every wedding deserves a signature cocktail. A sip that tastes like and represents the day’s theme and season all in one. We’re gathering the year’s best in flavors and sharing the look and ingredients of some of our favorites. And today’s it’s all about the refreshing and revitalized tastes of summertime. Take a look at these 6 summer-inspired signature cocktails and see if one catches your fancy or works for your celebration!

Watermelon Sangria

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Watermelon is known for its light and refreshing nature, making it the perfect summertime treat to both cool off and revive in the heat. Serve up some sangria with a side of this melon-infusion. Don’t forget to add extra ice to this white wine concoction that we’re sure will satisfy every one of your guests! And of course you can make a non-alcoholic version for the little ones.

Coconut Margarita 

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Serve up something that could really get the celebration started with these coconut margaritas. The best part about them is this is actually a skinny recipe, but it’s completely indulgent too. Entice your guests with something that feels like vacation on your big day!

Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco

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This signature cocktail will light up the reception with its sweet, summertime flavors and light, breezy feel. It’s sweet and a bit feminine, but everyone will want to take a sip. Especially with these fresh raspberry garnishes floating around the glasses for extra pops of color. And it’s bubbly too, which is perfect for celebrating.

Beach House Cosmos

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We found the perfect recipe for those that are having a destination celebration. Get ready for your beach wedding with these beachside cosmos! And they’re blushing with all the right ingredients including: limeade, vodka, cranberry juice, triple sec and fresh lime slices as garnish

Tropical Fruit Punch with Fruit Ice

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Make something extra fruity and delicious with the help of this fabulous and unique recipe. And what’s extra unique and detailed is the addition of the “fruit ice” your guests will rave over! It’s certainly one of the most perfect, summertime cocktails around.

Sparkling Mint Pineapple Lemonade

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Here’s another unique drink mix that all your guests will fuss over and remember. It’s quintessential of the season but it’s also something that is original enough to serve as a signature drink of the day. Catch the recipe and try this one out before the celebrating starts.

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You want your wedding to be elegant and stylish. That’s why you buy the most beautiful dress, why you book a stunning venue, and why you should design a gorgeous wedding table setting. These are our 18 helpful tips to get you started on designing the ideal wedding table setting for your perfect day.

1. Know Your Colour Wheel

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Using a colour wheel to determine what kinds of colours go well together will save you the embarrassment of a clashing colour palette.

2. Banquet Tables

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Long banquet tables are modern and make the most use of the space available, leaving plenty of room for the dancefloor.

3. Bright Colour Accent

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Choosing your colour palette is important, but if you are looking for something simple and modern, choose one accent colour against white linens. A colour theme that pops makes for a memorable wedding design!

4. Tall Pomander Centrepiece

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A tall pomander centrepiece is not only a bold statement piece, but gets a big display off the table, allowing your guests to see each other and making room on the table for all the dishes.

5. Simple Rose Decoration

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Decorating a table with a lone rose is simple and chic. Enough said.

6. Crisp White Linen

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Neutrals are a safe bet when determining a colour palette for your guests’ tables. And nothing says class more than a crisp white table cloth, neat white napkins, and white roses and candles as the centrepiece.

7. Engraved Wooden Box Centrepiece

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If you’re looking for a centrepiece for your rustic wedding, a wooden engraved box, with the word “Love” or with your names is a great DIY project and makes a perfect container to build a floral arrangement. Use floral foam to pose and arrange your flowers.

8. Flower Bulb Wedding Favor

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If you’re looking for wedding favor inspiration, look no further. Not only does a flower bulb wedding favor add colour to your table setting, it’s also a sweet gift from you to your guests.

9. Creative napkins

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Who says table decoration has to stop at the centrepiece? Use creatively folded napkins to add some flair to your table setting.

10. Simple Jar Vases

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Use jars or glasses as vases, and jazz them up ribbon or paper. Fill the bottom with beads or marbles to make them look even better.

11. Beach-Themed Centrepiece

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Centrepieces don’t have to be floral. If you are having a beach themed wedding, try a beach-themed centrepiece. Use some sand and shells, and a candle holder filled with water holding a floating candle.

12. Quality Crockery

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When choosing plates for your wedding table setting, you may be tempted to select the cheapest option. But the quality of the crockery you select will impact the quality of your entire wedding table setting. You want the very best, so make sure you learn exactly what items are required for a wedding table setting and how to set the table properly.

13. Rose Petal Centrepiece

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Need to save space on your wedding table setting, but still want a beautiful centrepiece? A minimalist centrepiece using scattered rose petals is a lovely way to use the space you have without taking up too much room.

14. Round Tables

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Round tables are classic. They leave more room for centrepieces and allow your guests to communicate with more people across the table and beside them without yelling down a banquet table.

15. Candle Centrepiece

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A candle centrepiece looks lovely, but also serves a purpose, giving off beautiful golden light when the lights are dimmed and offering a truly romantic feel to your wedding reception.

16. Rustic Hessian Table Runner

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If you are having a rustic, barn wedding, your wedding tables should suit your theme. Try a hessian table runner and couple it with candles and wildflowers.

17. Matching Place Cards and Menus

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If you want to avoid utter chaos at your wedding reception, it’s best to assign seating. Place cards should be visible and face towards the guest’s seat. They should match the design of the menu card.

18. Succulent Wedding Favors

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Choosing a succulent as a wedding favor and decorating the pot or jar with twine and hessian will look beautiful on your rustic wedding table setting as well as make a beautiful and lasting gift for your loved ones.

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Now that you’ve sorted out your table setting, why not move on to choosing your bridesmaid dresses or take a look at these unique wedding cakes.

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There is something about winter weddings that evoke a sense of magic and mystery in even the most mature of us. As it is more common for couples to host their weddings in the summertime, many of us may have not had the chance to attend a winter wedding, let alone know how to plan for one. Tips are scarce when it comes to a frosty celebration, but that is going to change today – the time has come to make sure your winter wedding is even more memorable than its more common summer sibling.

Follow this guide to planning your winter wedding to perfection and host one of the most memorable mid-year wedding events that everyone will be talking about for the rest of the year!

1. Light It Up!
As the days in winter are shorter and darker, it is important to have sufficient and adequate lighting at your winter wedding. It is advisable to hold your ceremony a little earlier than you would in the summertime, to fully utilise all the sunlight that you possibly can. Once the sun has set, you want to make sure that your venue is well lit for both visual and photography purposes. One great thing about winter weddings is how magical it can look with appropriate fairy lighting and tealights.

2. Go Wintery With Your Wedding Favours
Another plus of a winter wedding is being able to hand out wedding favours that differ from the norm. Including blankets or pashminas, sparklers, warm spiced cookies, mulled wine spices or little bottles of warm alcohol are all very cute and doable winter wedding favour options that will be remembered for a long time to come!

3. Warmth And Weather
The weather is often unpredictable during winter – it can start pouring rain at any moment, or sometimes the wind starts howling like a wolf out of nowhere. It is important to familiarise yourself with the weather for the day – look on weather applications and websites. Once you know what to expect, check with your venue ahead of time to make sure the building will have had time to warm up before your ceremony. According to a company that specialises in marquee hire in Melbourne, many choose to set up marquees at winter weddings just in case the rain decides to pay them a surprise visit. There is nothing worse than guests not being able to concentrate or pay attention because they are wet and freezing their socks off!

4. Pay Attention To Those Winter Coats!
As most of your guests will be arriving at your winter wedding in a cover up or coat, make sure to have someone in charge of collecting coats at your reception and making sure that they are kept safe and available for collection at any point during the ceremony or reception.

5. Flowers
Unfortunately, certain flowers will not be in season during Winter – but don’t let this get you down! Talk to your florist about what flowers are in season during winter, and work from there. You will be surprised at how many beautiful flowers (that you would not have even thought about) are available during the colder months. Greenery like eucalyptus leaves lend itself well to a winter wedding, and branches can be inexpensive and elegant centrepieces.

6. Keep Your Guests Warm And Toasty!
Consider making an effort to ensure that your guests are kept warm and cheery upon arrival. A hot drink such as warm tea on arrival is a nice and simple idea, and another fantastic idea is to provide each guest with a pair of pocket warmers. On top of that, having pashminas in baskets or on chair backs for guests can be a great idea in case they start to feel a little chilly.

7. Don’t Forget Cocktail Hour!
Winter is the perfect time to spruce up that boring old cocktail menu that everyone else uses at their weddings. For a winter wedding, you will want to serve drinks that fit the season. In addition to the usual lager, wine and standard cocktails, be sure to include a choice of warm drinks such as Irish coffee, Hot Chocolate, Espresso, and Boozy White Hot Chocolate. Make sure there are both alcoholic and non-alcoholic choices, so that there is something for everyone!

Always remember, winter weddings can be one of the most stunning and memorable events that your friends and family will be talking about for years to come. With both this guide to planning your winter wedding to perfection and a little research, you too can have the magical wedding of your dreams!

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The planning of your special day can be part of the fun, but it can’t be denied that it can get a little stressful from time to time, especially on top of your day-to- day duties. Therefore it’s worth trying to reduce some of this strain wherever possible so you can enjoy the whole wedding process, from start to finish. With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you on your way.

Leaving Little Room for Error
Plan everything in only one location; this will help to minimize error and everything going awry. To make sure that everything shows up at the right location, including your guests, one location makes things so much easier. It will be helpful for vendors – like your caterer or florist – and will give you peace of mind.

Make a “Plan B”! Seriously, there is nothing more disappointing on your wedding day than when the weather simply won’t agree and your once-in- a-life- time affair gets rained out. Of course you can’t control the weather, but you can plan for it. Make an indoor Plan B alongside your outside Plan A. Expect the best, but be prepared for the worst.

Here’s a handy tip. In case the cake gets slightly damaged in transit or during set up, keep a couple of flowers from your color scheme on hand. Place them on any damaged areas to keep your cake looking perfect. It will also look like it was ordered that way, because your cake will adhere to the wedding color scheme.

Keep it Organized
RSVPs are incredibly important in order to know how many people are actually coming to your wedding. Make your life easier by numbering on the back of each RSVP that corresponds to the guests in your list. Looking for a number instead of names will help you more quickly check them off the list. Furthermore, you should include self-addressed envelopes for guests to send the RSVPs back. This is made easier by printing them out, or buying a stamp or personalized stationary. This saves you the effort of hand writing the same address over and over again. It’s also a good idea to address two envelopes to each person right from the get-go: one for the invitation and one for the thank you card. This will help your post-wedding tasks go quicker and more smoothly as well.

Of course one way to keep everything organized is to throw it all into digital format. Instead of worrying about your guests mailing RSVPs back, why not make this a feature on your wedding website? This will keep your RSVPs organized and up to date, without waiting for them in the post and without risking any getting lost along the way. Aside from RSVPing, you can also have them picking their meals, sign up to the program schedule if they want to present something, and even allow them to tick things off your wedding registry. It’s incredibly easy to set up a site like this and there are a lot of free graphics, templates, and backgrounds out there to get you started – there are plenty of options discussed here. In the end, accumulating the info you need through a website will make your life so much easier. It also helps you to give your guests more information than is possible on the invite alone; for example, letting them know that the wedding will take place on a lawn and therefore they should probably not wear stilettos.

DIY Decision Making
Get other people to do some of the work for you. For example, once you know your color scheme, tell each bridesmaid and give them a link to a site in order to pick out their own dresses. This ensures that they find something that they like and that you have one less thing on your to-do list before you say your I do’s. Just be sure that everyone uses the same website so that the dresses are all the same shade of the color you told them to go with.

Let your guests seat themselves! Not only does this give them a bit of freedom and ensures that you don’t get blamed for seating someone at the wrong table, it also saves you from having to create a seating plan and place seating cards in each spot at the tables. This will save you a lot of time and planning hassle.

Black and white, black and gold, even a bit of black and pink can set the scene for not only a sophisticated and classy affair but a wedding full of romance too. Just check out some gorgeous examples of real-life celebrations that utilized the timeless shade in its overall design. And make sure to visit our first set of inspiration here.

 

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Dressing all your beautiful best friends for your big day can be tricky. We love our friends for their different personalities, styles and characteristics but they’re also usually all different shapes and sizes, and this can prove to be quite the task when trying to dress them all the same as bridesmaids for your wedding. There are a few things you can do to make this a little easier, here are our top tips for choosing your beautiful bridesmaids dresses:

Mismatched maids
Long gone is the tradition of having all your bridesmaids in the same dress. Going mismatched adds a real trendy edge to your wedding day and makes making decisions as the bride a lot easier. Pick a colour pallet you want your bridesmaids to wear then let them pick their own style dresses. That way each of yours bridesmaids will feel comfortable in their dress and the different fabrics and hues will really complement each other, adding a fashionable edge to your day.

Make a mood board
To avoid turning into a bridezilla, making a mood board of different fabrics and colours that you like then invitee all your bridesmaids around to discuss what shapes and styles they like to gather a consensus of what types of dresses to start looking for. It’s your wedding day so don’t be afraid to push for what you want but remember you want your friends to feel comfortable on your big day.

Go colour crazy
An alternative way to do mismatched is to pick out a dress you like and let the bridesmaids wear the same dress in different colours or let each bridesmaid pick their own colour and style dress. This works particularly well with different pastel shades or bold colours which complement each other.

Have a girly day
If you do prefer a more cohesive look when it comes to the bridal party, there’s nothing better than having a girls day out to pick your dresses together. Visit a few different shops and try on lots of different styles of dresses to get a feel for what types of dresses your bridesmaids like. Occasion wear specialists like Coast have amazing advisors in store who can help and plenty of different styles and sizes online to make ordering your dresses super easy.

Although it’s important to make sure your bridesmaids look lovely when stood altogether, thinking about how they’re going to look next to you is also important. Don’t forget to consider how the fabrics and colours will match your gown most importantly.

Check out this stunning, teal wedding inspiration and how you can incorporate this smooth tone all around your big day! From the fashion to the reception, you can weave this rich shade throughout the entire celebration.

 

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Don’t follow tradition if it doesn’t feel right, instead go with something a bit more unique and outside-the-box. Take these marbled wedding cakes for example. You can a classic, center of the reception and a sweet bite with a more personalized and original styling!

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Isabelle Armstrong wedding gowns are gorgeous and ultra feminine. And we’ve chosen 10 of our favorite designs from their Spring 2017 collection to show off and feature all of the delicate details.

When it comes time to decide on wedding invitations, one can get seriously overwhelmed. Color choices, font styles and themes become the cause of a lot of stress and confusion. But when you’ve got trust in the makers behind the invites, things can be more enjoyable and less worrisome. And that’s what we’ve got here; 5 of our favorite wedding invitation sites that you can completely trust and order your Save-the-Dates, reception cards and actual invitations with the click of a few buttons!

Wedding Paper Divas: This site has a great mix of invite styles from girlishly vintage to crisp and modern. You’ll find a ton of great inspiration too especially if you’re looking to find a design that’s on-trend and influenced by the fashions of the present time. You can even request free samples and an entire kit to try tangible see and feel what you’re ordering and interested in.

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Minted: Precision, tradition and complete quintessential bridal spirits are found here. You’ll find foil-printed, letter-pressed and even minibook designs that will wow each and every one of your guests. We love this classic, minimalistic “Someone Like You” design which encompasses how chic and sophisticated this site is when delivering up the perfect invitation for your vision. And look at this “Wed In Type” design as well – modern, contemporary and forward-thinking when it comes to fonts!

Tiny Prints: They may not have strictly wedding invitations but they have a generalized section that you can personalize and make work for your big day. And we love it because their designs are incredibly lively, unique and fun! Sifting through these quirky invites you’ll find everything from chic appeals to artistic vibes.

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Mixbook: If you’re looking for a spot to get a fully customized look, then this is the place to peruse. From words to photos to colors, you can truly create your own work of art for every guests to have and to hold until the big day arrives. Just check out this “Delicate Overlay” finish that will have you all swooning in delight. Plus, those engagement photos will come in handy quite nicely.

Shutterfly: And finally, if you didn’t know about Shutterfly already, you’ll thank us immensely later. Here too you can make a more personalized and customized design. Although, they have some trendy, ready-made designs waiting for your to sift through as well. They’re great at mixing photos and moments with gorgeous overlays and accents. Take a peek now!

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Rings are probably one of the most important aspects of the wedding (sorry ladies – not even a wedding dress is that important!). After all, you are going to carry these symbols of your eternal love for a rest of your life, so it is crucial to choose your weddings rings right.

But how to make a good decision and how to choose the best rings you can? Follow these few rules we are going to share today and enjoy stress-free shopping for sure!

Start early

Nothing can help you more to find those two perfect rings than starting your search early. Ideally, you should start looking for rings about two or three months before the big day. This way you will get the best opportunity to discover really what you want; check the price ranges and visit a few different jewelry stores too. Plus, keep in mind that creating a custom set of rings takes even more time. So, for instance, if you are looking for engraved rings, give it three to four months for the search.

Budget, budget, budget!

Surely, another thing you should really take care of before heading to the jewelry store is your budget. Keep in mind that in many cases rings costs vary from very little, to very big, and it is always healthy to have a strict budget in mind. A plain gold ring can start at $330; while plain platinum one can cost almost twice as much as gold one. Not to forget additional decorative elements like diamonds or other precious stones, also engraving, that will increase prices even more. You can also try skipping expensive jewelry stores and even choose to get your rings (if you are really on a strict budget) at regular retail stores like Kohls. With some discount codes and coupons from ChameleonJohn, you can purchase those rings even cheaper.

Be practical

Another aspect you should consider is your style and your lifestyle. If you usually wear simple and plain clothing, an expensive all diamonds covered wedding ring might be super impractical and not matching at all. Wedding ring will be with you no matter the occasion and the dress code, so primarily the best style should be pure and simple (that will reflect on prices too – so that is good!). Also, rings should feel comfortable as well, because you don’t really don’t want to feel that ring on your all the time. Besides, if you work with your hands, better choose a streamlined ring with little to no frills.

Plan the future

Surely, then you are getting married, you are planning a long term future with your spouse, but we should also remind you this before you are searching for your wedding rings. It is always okay to be trendy, but you should also remember that you are going to wear that ring for a rest of your life. This means that after 40 years that super trendy ring you bought in 2016 might look a bit odd. The best choice here is the undying classic ring styles which can be upgraded with diamonds in the future if needed, engraved and decorated as much as you want.

Size it

And, as mentioned before, you should really consider the size of the ring too. You are going to wear that ring during all season of the year, during pregnancies and weight loss or gains, and that perfect ring should fit you during all these stages of life. So, to get the actual right size for you, do your final fitting only then your body’s temperature is normal, it is not too hot or cold, and you are calm. You should also avoid fitting rings in the morning. It might be difficult to fit all these conditions, but that is the only way how you can get the right size which will stay with you forever.

 

You don’t have to have a huge diamond sitting on your finger to feel the love or impress other with its beauty. These smaller, more delicate engagement rings are full of storybook romance and gorgeous detailing.

 

 

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Swoon with us over these stunning dahlia-filled bridal bouquets. There are options for all seasons; winter, spring, summer or fall, find the designs you love below!

 

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Brides often ask us, “where should we look for inspiration?”

We say look no further than the season of your wedding, and voila! inspiration!

Now let’s focus on florals. If a springtime soiree is in your future, we urge you to select foliage that’s in season to ensure you’ll get the most vibrant blooms. Lucky for you, it’s the best time of year for flowers. Peonies, roses, sweet peas, lilacs, ranunculus and tulips are all in season, so take advantage of ‘em! And it’s these varieties that make for that rustic, just-picked-from-the-garden look that’s so hot with brides right now.

 We’re smitten with these sweet springtime bouquets:

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Orange isn’t mutually exclusive with black.

We’re charging you to think outside the Halloween box and see orange in a new light. Bright, fun and cheery, orange has to be the happiest color in the rainbow. So why not bring a little extra “happy” to the big day? Whether you go with tangerine, apricot, carrot or true orange as the central color in your palette, orange overall is perfectly fitting for summer and spring weddings. It’s bold, brave and will leave an impression on your guests.

Take the orange theme to the next level and serve orange-infused signature cocktails, and incorporate the actual fruit into your design elements for a pop of color and fragrance. Arranging simple oranges in a cool vessel is just as beautiful as the most dramatic floral centerpieces.

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From vintage botanical prints for invitations to bloomified table linens and even flower-filled bridal gowns, florals are on-trend for spring and summer wedding decor and fashion.

There’s something incredibly chic about featuring florals front and center in your wedding design elements. And don’t think florals can’t be subtle, either. Softer patterns and colors make for a sweet hint of interest without being over the top. We are majorly crushing on floral patterns on table linens, painted onto fondant-covered cakes and even on ties and shirts for men’s fashion.

If you’re as mad about floral prints as we are, we charge you to think beyond the bouquet and incorporate blooms into every nook and cranny of the big day.

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Purple is absolutely perfect. But lavender? Even better. We’re head over heels for the light shade of purple that steals the show in wedding-day palettes. Lavender is feminine but not over-the-top girly, so you can accomplish that soft look without turning off your groom. Pair lavender with sage green and mint for decadent hue harmony.

Take the lavender theme a step further and incorporate the actual herb for a Provençal-themed day that’s sure to be unforgettable.

And now, for some luscious lavender looks:

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The special day is drawing near, and you’re beginning to get antsy with anticipation to watch your bride walk down the aisle and officially become your wife. This is such an exciting milestone, and if you want to make sure your wedding day goes off without a hitch (no pun intended), it’s all about the details. Find the perfect gift for your bride and start your new life together in the best way possible.

A Special Performance

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen the happy grooms and brides who have jumped on the trend of performing a special show for their significant other at their wedding reception. If you’ve got any bit of rhythm and don’t mind getting out on the dance floor to shake it for your new bride, plan a special performance. You can get your bridal party in on the fun and choreograph a big group number that will have your bride and the rest of your wedding guests looking on in delight.

Engrave the Wedding Ring

She’s got the engagement ring on, but it’s up to the groom to make sure the wedding bands get there the day of the nuptials, so you have the upper hand on this one. Take your precious cargo to a jeweler and have a special message inscribed on the inside. Once you’ve said your “I do’s” and you’re enjoying yourself at the reception or in the honeymoon suite, instruct your bride to slip the ring off her finger and see the special message hidden on the inside of its band. It’s an extra special touch to an already wonderful moment, and she’ll be sure to love it.

A Shoe with a Kick

She’ll likely have picked out a special pair of bridal shoes for her walk down the aisle, and by enlisting the help of your friends, you can hide a special message on them to include along with her “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”. Once you have her shoes in hand, take a permanent marker or pen and write a heartfelt message on the bottom of the sole. It might be something as simple as “I Love You” or it could be lines from a favorite love poem. Ask her bridesmaids or mother to take the shoes back to her when she’s getting ready—she’ll cry happy tears at your thoughtfulness and you’ll be there with her every step of the way down the aisle.

A Spa Treatment

You’re both probably experiencing your fair share of nerves before the big day, and that’s to be expected. Make sure she takes a moment to relax by orchestrating a surprise massage or facial before she begins getting ready for your ceremony. You can hire a masseuse to come straight to where she’s getting ready at the venue or plan ahead and have them show up at the house long before she’s scheduled to depart. If you think she’ll be too busy on the day of, you can always elect to plan the treatment for the day beforehand, or even the weekend prior.

A Sweet Treat

She and her bridesmaids will be buzzing with excitement as they get ready, and she might be experiencing some pre-wedding jitters. Help her kick back and relax by having some chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of special champagne sent to her prep room. A little gesture like this will make her heart soar, and she’ll have a little something to nibble on while she waits for the most important walk of her life.

Something Just for Her

If you want to make a present special, tailor it specifically to her. Browse a collection of items that you can personalize, like Personal Creations wedding gifts. It could be a beautiful charm bracelet with both of your initials inscribed on the back, a special wall hanging emblazoned with your names, or a special customized photo frame. What matters is that you take the time to make it specific to her and your relationship. The extra effort is sure to be appreciated, and you’ll have a new addition to your home together that reminds you both of your wedding day—what is likely to be the best day of your life so far.

We’ve already talked about how braids are all the rage, but we’re currently swooning on a specific type. Meet fishtails. Whimsical, ethereal and over-the-top gorgeous, fishtails are über popular with the daring brides who aren’t afraid to opt for a different hairdo on the big day.

With bangs, to the side, teased, neat, messy — however you style them, fishtails always stun. And since your hair will be pulled away from your face, we recommend wearing a pair of chandelier earrings to add drama to the look. Are you a flower girl? Tuck a bloom into your tail for some extra flirty fun.

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Naeem Khan knows how to make a scene, in the most beautiful of ways. Have everyone weak at the knees by wearing one of these gorgeous wedding gown designs. With a bit of color or a lot of drama, these dresses are bound to make you swoon.

Are you torn between the big ball gown and something more flirty and fun? Why not say ‘yes’ to two dresses? It’s becoming more and more commonplace for brides to ditch the big gown and change into a party dress after they walk down the aisle. They want to be free to dance, make the rounds and party at the reception — can you blame them?

If you’re planning to pull a quick change, don’t be afraid to think outside the bridal box. Opt for something beaded or sparkly, a fun color, or a completely different design like a jumpsuit. Your groom and guests will love the drama.

One tip: Don’t change too early. Make sure to capture photographs in your main dress. There will be plenty of snapshots of you dancing the night away in dress number two.

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Both of these Pantone colors of the year will rock your 2016 wedding. Rose quartz and serenity are quite the magical duo. These specific shades of blush and blue are a surefire way to win the hearts of your guests and create a storybook celebration.

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From fashion to home decor, geometric prints and patterns are hot, hot, hot.

Colorful, playful and relatively inexpensive, we love the idea of using tiles for table numbers, place cards and seating cards at a wedding reception. Even cooler? Line them in a row to make a table runner on your reception tables or group them together in a square pattern to make a custom charger beneath dinner plates. The options are endless. And tiles serve a dual purpose — they double as wedding favors for your guests to use as coasters at home. Can’t beat a two-for-one deal.

Tiles are cheap and DIY-friendly, too. Head to your local home improvement store or scrap lot to find them, then enlist the help of a couple friends or family members to write the names or numbers. Easy, peasy!

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Your wedding is going to be one of the most important milestones of your life. It’s a milestone that a lot of us get to appreciate and look forward to. For that reason, however, it can be tricky business trying to make your wedding stand out from the rest and really evoke your individuality. We’ve compiled our top 8 ways to personalise your wedding, so your special day will be remembered for years to come.

1. Creative vows
Having heartfelt, original vows is one of the best ways to accurately express how much the wedding means to you, whilst also reinforcing to your guests why they are there. A well-crafted vow can bring down the house, and make both women and men cry. They don’t have to be handwritten or flashy, you just have to mean them. Draw inspiration from your favourite lyrics, books and poems to help you communicate just how much you love your partner.

2. Cake toppers
Don’t listen to what anyone says, cake toppers are back! Cake toppers are a timeless, classic method of personalising a cake. These days, there are a huge range of cake toppers that you can choose from and personalise. From wooden script cake toppers featuring your names, to Mr. & Mrs., to monograms, or even lyrics for your first dance song!

3. Customised drinks
Serve drinks that reflect you as a couple. Perhaps you’re favourite wine is rosé, and your favourite cocktail is an Aperol Spritz? Serve both alongside other non-alcoholic refreshments so your guests can get a palatable taste of who you are and what you enjoy. Not only can you customise the drinks your guests will be sipping, but you can also personalise the vessels they’re sipping out off! Monogram glasses or plastic cups with the initials of the bride and groom to add that special touch to your special day.

4. Personalised photo booth strips
One of the best ways to ensure your wedding is remembered long after it is over, is to extend the life of the day by having a photo booth. These days, there are a wide range of photo booth hire services on the Gold Coast, that will enable you to customise your photo booth to personally represent you and your partner. One way to do this is to have personalised photo booth strips serve as a memento of your big day.

5. Cater the food to your tastes
Do you have a sweet tooth? Why not eat dessert first? Perhaps you’re more of a savoury fiend? What about stacked cheese wheels instead of a wedding cake? Whatever you decide, remember that this is your day. You are projecting who you and your partner are to the world, and the more personalised the event is, the more special it will be for both you and your guests.

So whatever your tastes or desires, make sure that they are communicated as best you can with all the tools your wedding can provide you with. Personalise the drinks and food, write original, meaningful vows and design a unique and entertaining cake topper. Once all this is done, ensure your day is remembered forever by hiring a personalised photo booth to capture each and every moment. Most of all – enjoy yourselves!

 

Create a personal, unique wedding without bursting the seams of your wallet. Check out these budget-friendly wedding ideas and transform the day into something magical.

 

 

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Thanks to fashionista Whitney Port sporting the style for her wedding to Tim Rosenman, high-low dresses are flying high in bridal couture.

If you’re waffling between a short and long style, a high-low dress is the best of both worlds, varying from just a dip to a full-out mini front. This type of dress is flattering to many different body types, from curvy to boyish and everything in between.

One thing’s for certain — if you opt for a high-low gown, you’ll need to spurge on special shoes — with a short front, they’ll be the stars of the show. Most important? You won’t be tripping over heavy fabric walking around or dancing your first dance!

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Dress your summertime wedding in a tropical, funky style. Add some pineapple pieces into your wedding reception or ceremony decor!

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Naturally, spring weddings call for lighter, brighter wedding color palettes than, say, fall or winter weddings. From blush flowers to soft-hued table linens, it’s all about achieving that sunny garden feel. And the light color palette doesn’t just apply to decor, either. It’s equally applicable to fashion. Natural makeup, neutral and pastel bridesmaid dresses and gray groom and groomsmen attire is what’s in step for spring.

Now let’s focus on gray for the guys.

Why gray, you ask? Black is harsh for a springtime affair, but gray is oh-so-fitting. Set against budding florals, a gray getup for the guys will blend with pastel or floral bridesmaid dresses seamlessly. If you’re going gray, accessorize with a brown belt and shoes for a modern combo.

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Dip into a non-traditional color as you make your way down the aisle in a minty-hued beauty. Check out these green wedding gowns that will have you swooning with Mother Nature herself!

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Fill your warm-weathered event with tons of fun details and inspiration. Dive into these unique summer wedding ideas and create a memorable event!

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Peek into the magic of MuMu and a get a taste of their beautiful bridesmaids dresses. From prints to solids they’re perfect for all kinds of women of all kinds of shapes, sizes and skin tones.

These stunning Eve of Milady wedding gowns will take the breath away of every in site. But their drama and bold designs will have you rethinking the way of traditional bridal style.

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Some mistakenly envision a vow renewal as an intricate reason to throw a party, but this milestone moment is so much more than that. Motivations for a vow renewal are vast, but the outcome is the same—a wonderful day that focuses on the love between two people. From songs to rings, your vow renewal ceremony can be as simple or extravagant as you like—after all, it should be a day all about the two of you and your love.

When to Renew
Choosing to renew your vows is based on individual experiences, and very personal to the couple in question, so the timeline can vary immensely. Sometimes a renewal comes when a couple has recommitted to each other after a rough patch in their marriage; other times, it’s many happy years down the road and used to reaffirm the strong love that has grown and blossomed since their original wedding day.

What Should You Wear?
Renewal ceremonies tend to be more casual affairs, so a sundress and bare feet might fit the occasion perfectly. However, if you’re planning a vow renewal because your original wedding day wasn’t the dream occasion you’d always wanted, don’t be shy about wearing a wedding dress. You also have your pick of vow renewal dresses, so pick what fits your style and rock it—this day is all about your preferences, no one else’s.

Writing Your Vows
Will you again recite your original vows? Most couples find that they need to add on; years together highlight the different ways love and life can affect a relationship, and this should be reflected in your words to each other. If you still have a copy of the words you said to each other on your first trip down the aisle, take them individually and make addendums or alterations as you see fit. This will make your ceremony much more meaningful and your words will become the perfect tribute to your marriage up until this point.

Who Should You Invite?
Some choose to invite all of their family members and friends to this joyous occasion, but other couples consider a renewal to be more of a private experience. As always, the more people you invite, the more expensive the day will be. If you have children, ensure they are in attendance, as this is a monumental day not just for the two of you, but for your entire family.

New Rings or Old?
Couples sometimes choose to purchase new rings for their vow renewal, but others choose to exchange the same wedding rings for the second time—it’s completely up to you. If you’re looking at your vow renewal as a way to start over, than it’s a wonderful idea to start fresh, and that includes rings. You can take a look at inexpensive moissanite engagement rings, add a band to your existing ring, or choose to forgo rings altogether. Consider your budget and your reasoning for new rings before heading out to purchase.

Presence Not Presents
If you do choose to invite loved ones to your vow renewal ceremony, keep in mind that etiquette for this occasion is much different than it would have been back on your wedding day. Don’t expect presents from guests—that means a wedding registry is a definite no-no. If you have family or friend who truly want to share in your joy, ask them to give something to your preferred charitable organization. Your renewal should focus on the two of you, and while it is a wonderful event to exult, don’t let celebration planning get in the way of the true reason for the day.

If you and your spouse are considering a vow renewal ceremony, sit down and discuss what you want the day to be about. Whether it’s a private affair or a full blown family-and-friends celebration, the second time around is a chance to truly focus on each other. Reflect on all the things you’ve been through together: good times, bad times, moments that helped you reaffirm your love. There’s never a bad time or reason to celebrate love, and renewing your vows could be the perfect homage to your life together so far.