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Show off those your toned and tanned arms by highlighting them. These one-shoulder wedding gowns bring the eyes up and are quite glamorous too!
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Destination Weddings are weddings that take place away from where the bride and groom live. They happen in some of the most exotic and wonderful places in the world. These types of non-traditional weddings provide the bride and groom with dreamy settings, while doubling as an opportunity for guests to experience a place they have never been before. But, because destination weddings mean traveling far away from home, the bridal couple and their guests may need additional time for all planning components. They must also apply a little more due diligence on research side then they would do for a traditional wedding.
Following is a destination wedding timeline which can be modified to suit your individual destination wedding vision.
Have your mom dress in a beautiful, blushing shade of pink on the day you say I do. It’s such a romantic and versatile color for a variety of skin tones. Take a peek at these gorgeous options!
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Prepare yourself and do your homework before making your way into all of those wedding gown boutiques. Of course you should be doing your homework and have some kind of idea in mind before you make your way into the heaps of lace, white and tulle – but more importantly have the essentials with you to make your experience stress-free with a flawless finish. Have everything you need with you before you start shopping, and begin with our list of must-haves!
Plan your winter wedding with simplicity and romance in mind. Here’s a quick list of some beautiful and simple reception designs that pay homage to the season in the most gorgeous and subtle of ways.
If you’re lucky enough to be able to still hold an outdoor reception during the winter months, we love this subdued tablescape as inspiration.
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The average wedding will cost you approximately £21,000 whilst the wedding planners themselves take a sizable cut of this fee. That is a significant sum eating into the budget of what is already going to be the most, or at least in the Top Five most, expensive days of your life.
No-one can deny the expertise of such companies and individuals, our hats truly go off to them. The ability to arrange a spectacular event, such as your wedding day, with charm and ease is impressive to say the least. With a knack for creativity and superhuman organisational skills, wedding planners can seem, and be, a necessity to many looking to ease the pressure of planning this momentous occasion. However, there are ways you can channel your inner planner to save yourself a small fortune and get the wedding of your dreams.
It is the start of a brand new year and that can mean a number of factors. A new weight-loss plan, quitting those nasty habits and reading more books are always top on the resolutions list, but there is a far more pressing matter at hand; you’re broke.
The festive period also happens to be one of the most romantic times of the year with many couples choosing Christmas as the ideal time to get engaged, but when January rolls round, so does the planning.
The costs are already beginning to mount up by there are many simple ways that you can become your own wedding planner:
You don’t have to go it alone. The internet has revolutionised our lives, we often don’t know what we would do without it, but there is more to it than cute animal videos and Facebook. The internet is a treasure-trove of wedding inspiration; delights that will suit every style of couple you can possibly think of, and more.
With a wedding site directory at your fingertips and more Pinterest mood boards than you can wave a bouquet at, online tools are often free and full of advice to guide you well on your way to marital bliss.
From seating planners to maintaining your budget, your planning is all in electronic form, neat, tidy accessible.
These online tools will become essential to your planning, but also make sure to take advantage of the online directories. Thousands and thousands of suppliers are listed and compared for your benefit, no matter where you live or when you’re getting married. You can filter by budget and relevance to book meetings; the Big Day sorted in no time.
Calendars, diaries and post it notes will become your best friend. Well, second best friend after the internet.
Whilst the internet has that sheer abundance of inspiration and the organisational skills only a robot can possess, a mixture of cyber space and good old fashioned note making will take you a long way.
Carry around a pad of post its to jot down addresses of venues and suppliers as well as all-sorts of inspiration that you see out and about. Make sure that pad stays with you at work, home and in-between sticking as you go to create a powerful trail of contacts and ideas.
A calendar or small diary dedicated to your wedding planning can also give a focused yet fun approach, keeping you calm and ahead of the game.
Your friends and family are with you through thick and thin, so why not throw them headfirst into the whirlwind world of wedding planning. This is making us sound a little evil but there are a number of fun ways you can get your loved ones to help without filling them with dread.
Those imaginative parents who are handy with a glue gun can get their creative juices flowing with some beautiful invitations and all those little details that make a wedding complete. Your budding chef of a Gran can create canapés and nibbles fit for a royal wedding whilst your friends will be perfect at suggesting venues, locations and of course, the hen party/stag do.
Friends and family are always happy to help and including them as a vital part of your wedding will make the whole planning and Big Day itself that extra special.
Whilst wedding planners reward themselves on a job well done, and a lovely fee, you can reward yourself in many different ways.
For example, the more you stay under budget, the more you should spend on yourself as a couple. Create a piggy bank to collect all funds saved and treat yourself to a honeymoon of a lifetime, your new home or split the funds and get each other something special as a surprise.
Staying on, or underneath, your budget has many advantages for yourselves but why not treat those guests too? With small and intimate occasions, you can give those attendees their very own token from the day, whether that’s a piece of jewellery or some posh chocs. For bigger fanfair style weddings, the jewellery option might work out a little too pricey. An amazing band, food and individual card creates a personalised touch for everyone.
When you are in the market for an engagement ring, you will soon see by looking at the market that there are a wide variety of choices that are available. No matter what your taste, you will be able to find something that is suitable for you to celebrate your engagement, as well as also fits your budget. Whether you choose a brand new engagement ring or decide to go with an antique one, will all depend on your taste, as well as also depend on your budget. Whatever you decide on there are advantages to choosing both types of engagement ring.
There are many people that like to keep traditions in their family alive, and a popular tradition is to pass down antique engagement and wedding rings. If you have a ring in your family, this means that you will not have to go out and look for antique engagement rings for sale. You may be lucky to have one in your family that is not only suitable for the job, but also looks stunningly beautiful. One thing about passing down a ring and keeping it in the family is that this can save you potentially quite a lot of money when planning your wedding. Engagement and wedding rings are not always cheap, especially if your partner is looking for something that sparkles on their finger. If you have a ring that is passed down through your family, you can then put the money you save towards other wedding expenses, or potentially towards the cost of your honeymoon.
If you do not have a ring in your family that you will inherit, or would rather have a new ring, there is still a world of choice available. One of the first things that you will need to decide on is what your total budget is going to be. When you have worked out your budget, you can then start touring all of the jewellery shops to see which ring catches the eye of your partner. You will find that most jewellery shops will also have a website, so you can even do a lot of looking around online from the comfort of your home. By using the internet, you can narrow down your search before you start to visit the shops to try the rings on, which can save you a lot of time and hassle.
If you like the idea of an antique engagement ring or wedding ring that you can pass down through your family as a heirloom, you can always purchase an antique rather than buying a new ring. There is something to be said for antique rings as they can not only look terrific, but some of them have a lot of character about them. You may even find that you can get an antique ring cheaper than you can buy a brand new one, so this could be a worthwhile investment for you and your partner. You may even be able to afford a more extravagant ring than if you were to buy a new one. As well as having character, your antique ring could also add a bit more bling to your finger! Whatever style of ring you decide on, it all comes down to the commitment you make as a partnership, with the ring just being the icing on the cake!
Check our some of our favorite Claire Pettibone gowns from her Fall 2015 Collection! They’re whimsical, romantic, and full of bridal style and vintage inspiration.
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Want help with wedding planning, but don’t want to hire an actual planner? Wedding planning books are great resources, and offer everything from advice about vendors and flowers to helpful hints regarding annoying family members. Check out two fabulous options and enjoy moving forward with the planning process!
1) The Broke-Ass Bride’s Wedding Guide
A book featuring “hundreds of tips and tricks for hitting your budget,” including “the top 14 rules for choosing your location, dress and menu,” The Broke-Ass Bride’s Wedding Guide is ideal for anyone not looking to break their bank. Written by Dana LaRue, this wonderful and witty wedding guide is chock-full of wallet-friendly advice. Find sample budgets, DIY ideas, and plenty more awesome ideas here. You can also check out LaRue’s website, The Broke-Ass Bride. The Broke-Ass Bride’s Wedding Guide
2) Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette
Written by Anna and Lizzie Post, the great-grandchildren of Emily Post, this guide provides updates on the original author’s text from 1922. Find tons of etiquette tips here (don’t advertise your wedding on Facebook!) as well as lots of helpful advice (how to deal with divorced parents, etc.). Check out info on budgeting, guest lists, style, reception details….there’s even detailed wedding checklists, tipping charts, location tips, and so much more. Nifty! Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette, 6e
Check out one or all of these books and get the help you need! Happy planning!
Create a wedding day look that’s even more whimsical with a matching cape to dawn throughout your winter celebration. You’ll be bridal and beautiful in one of these stunning designs!
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Want to find the best dress for your shape? Check out our guide:
…look for a dress that gradually flairs out in an “A” formation from the natural waist to the floor. This highlights the midsection while cleverly disguising hips and thighs. Try sturdy, non-cling fabric such as duchesse satin and taffeta for best results. Additionally, a spaghetti-strap bodice or “V” neckline will showcase a slender upper body. Note that this silhouette is best for more formal weddings, however it can be reworked for casual weddings using fabric such as eyelet lace.
…go for a dress with a scooped neckline. This opens the face and displays the décolletage without revealing a ton of cleavage. If a fan of strapless gowns, opt for one with a sweetheart neckline over one that goes straight across. The latter will make the bust look even bigger, and worse, shelf-like. Also keep in mind that ruched bodice fabric or that with a sheen will add volume and once again call attention to the chest.
…try an Empire dress with a skirt that begins just under the bust. Ensure the seam does not begin on the chest and the fabric doesn’t feature pleating, as these features are for maternity dresses! A loose dress will add weight, so look for an option that plays up the shape. In terms of fabric, go for options that offer structure, such as satin. Stay away from “flowy” fabrics as well. If a fan of this look, opt for a gown with a stiffer base, then add a tulle overlay.
…look for a dress that cinches in at the waistline’s smallest point, then flares out into a gradual “A” shape. Try a bodice with lots of texture, such as ruching or lace, as this creates a corset-like effect. Deep “V” necklines are best, as they draw eyes “towards the vertical.” Avoid trumpet-style dresses, which accentuate the widest parts of the body.
….go for a dress with a simple silhouette, which emphasizes the natural shape. The lower waistline and floor-sweeping hem do well for longer proportions, and if wearing sleeves, make them longer. This will avoid the “I’m wearing a dress that’s too small!” look. A statuesque figure also doesn’t need a lot of dress embellishments, such as ruffles and rosettes.
…wear a dress that creates the illusion of curves. Think wispy, bias-cut sheath dresses, as the curving seem will provide the va-va-voom needed. Other options include ball gowns that cinch at the waist and descend into full, flowing floor-length skirts. This shows off slenderness and doesn’t bring attention to lack of hips. Bodices with ruching are also ideal for small busts.
…look for trumpet, modified A-line, and sheath gowns. Find a style with a waistline above the natural waist to make the lower half of the body appear longer. While detailing should be small and limited to the bodice, any fabric will do, including shinier options. Stay away from dresses with a dropped waist, which make legs go bye-bye, and ball gowns, which swallow small figures. Anything calf-length makes the legs look short.
…a ruched bodice is best. Extra fabric at the top fills out the upper body and provides curves; try lightly-padded halter styles. Self-adhesive silicone bras are ideal if wearing a strapless or backless dress.
Use this guide to find the ultimate dress for you! Have fun!
Dress your ladies in a rich shade of navy blue and let them wear a dress that floats down the aisle. Check out these beautiful, full-length gowns that will make your ladies in waiting sparkle.
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Thinking of adding something blue to your bouquet? Why not add some uniquely-hued flowers right into the mix? Check out these bouquets filled with bits and pieces of blue!
Looking for something that will not only compliment the groom but the weather too? Take a peek at some beautiful fall and winter tuxedos from Bonobos!
Just in time for the colder temperatures and crisper evenings comes Bonobos Fall 2014 collection … for your men! Their new set of wool suits, tweed blazers and tuxedos are the perfect addition to your wedding party’s attire. Remember, it’s not only important to think about your bridesmaids but your groom and groomsmen need to be looking fashionable and beautiful as well!
Bonobos focuses on better-fitting clothing, which we want to point out is extremely important when it comes to men’s suits and tuxedos, especially since your wedding day will be immortalized in photos! Too many times we see men in jackets too small and pants too long, it’s time to be bold but detailed in groom style … and in the meantime, take a peek at some of these photos from their Fall 2014 Lookbook.
Walk down the aisle in a stunning bridal ball gown that matches your setting. And these designs are great choices for a warm, winter wedding full of romance and sparkle.
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Are you walking down the aisle during the most magical time of the year? Take a look at these whimsical, Christmas bridal ball gowns and enjoy each bit of they’re holiday spirit!
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Are you searching for some wedding bands that are a bit outside-the-box? Diamonds, colors, patterns and additions, there are so many ways to personalize and scour for the perfect wedding day and lifelong piece. Instead of going with classic white gold rings, grab some inspiration from this compilation of gorgeous, unique wedding bands.
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Dress your ladies in a stylish and festive way for your Christmastime wedding. With these red gowns, they’ll be dawning the magic of the season all throughout your celebration!
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From destination celebrations to reception-only looks, we have something for all brides to get inspired with. Short wedding gowns work too, whether you’re a traditionalist or an outside-of-the-box thinker, we urge you to take a peek at this wonderful selection!
Simple, youthful with a silhouette that will flatter most, we love this dance-ready dress.
A modern take on an Aubrey-Hepburn style, this dress is fit for a fashion-forward, contemporary celebration.
Sexy and youthful, this gown with its ballerina-inspired twist is so much fun!
The beadwork on this dress is breathtaking and so its the silky satin foundation.
We feel as though this number is the best pick for a fun reception gown. Take off the ball gown you said, “I do,” in and grab this for the party!
Those sleeves were meant to be seen, so don’t be afraid to be bold in this stunning, yet simple, design.
This flirty dress has a detachable train that will work everywhere from the aisle to the dance floor.
How incredible is this fluffy skirt and one-shoulder combination, especially for a winter wedding reception.
Flowing and gorgeous, we love how this piece takes from both traditionalism and contemporary traits.
Sparkle and shine down the aisle towards your groom in this sexy and elegant dress.
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Are you thinking about planning a winter wedding? From the snow covered streets to the hint of festivity and magic in the air, it may not be the most popular time to get married, but we like to think it’s the most romantic season to say your I do’s. What’s also great is the extra themes, styles and decor pieces you can choose from that you can’t touch throughout the rest of the year. So, let’s take a peek at 5 fun and festive themes that will get your winter wedding planning off to a great start.
As we said earlier, there’s something quite magical about a winter wedding. The snowflakes in the air, the creams and golden glitter, it’s all quite royal and, well, princess-like. So, what better time to have that quintessentially bridal moment, dressed in a princess gown and feeling like the princess you’ve always dreamed of, than during a cold, dark night in the midst of a “winter wonderland” inspired reception? From blue-hued lighting to icy details, this is a theme you can have a lot of fun and get creative with.
Of course, an obvious theme for a wintertime celebration is to go with the “all white” style. From the floor to the ceiling, you’ll choose various shades or just one bright white color to create the night. Reminiscent of the snow-covered mountaintops or flakes falling on Christmas morning, it’s such a romantic and beautiful way to theme your wedding. You can play with certain styles, from modern or feminine, but the overall monochromatic mood will, no doubt, stand out from the crowd.
Of course this too may be an obvious choice but it’s also a great one since you can only use it during this time of the year! Christmas-themed weddings are festive, magical and so much fun for all of your guests. So, if you’re saying your I do’s close to December 25th why not design your big day around the bold spirit of the holiday? Rich, cranberry reds, crisp whites and cozy greens can all come together to create a holiday celebration with a lot of love and fashion-forward energy.
Rustic, country-flavored weddings don’t have to be meant for outdoor weddings only. Instead, think about how cozy a cabin is in the wintertime, with its fireplace and candlelight, you can easily recreate that same warm and welcoming feeling for your wintertime, evening wedding. Think organic, natural details and soft, amber lights. Your guests will feel right at home and it’ll be such a romantic way to celebrate your vows.
Just like with an all-white wedding, you can go with a similar theme by following the sparkle and shine route. Throughout the holidays, we see a lot of glitter or “frosting,” and we like to think that the first snow of the season has that same hint of sparkle. Powder blues, silvers, golds, blushing pinks, pastel purples and more, go with the tones that are subdued, romantic and you can add a bout of shine to.
From beautiful real weddings to a host of the best images and inspiration from over the past year, here’s our top picks from the past week’s most creative and beautiful wedding fun!
Here’s a classic navy and white wedding that will give you butterflies. — Project Wedding
Sit back and relax while watching 6 of the best wedding films from 2014! — Bridal Musings
And while you’re at it, check out some of the best wedding images from the pas year. – One Fab Day
Check out this board of organically beautiful winter wedding ideas. — French Wedding Style
Have you still no decided on the perfect bridesmaids dress? Maybe this one will be THE ONE. — Bridesmaid.com
10 finishing touches to your wedding that you may not have thought about before. — Alice in Weddingland
Peek at this charming, rustic wedding full of homespun ideas and inspiration. — Boho Weddings
Mad Lib Drink Coasters? Have some fun at the showers, parties or the actual wedding with this DIY idea. — Martha Stewart Weddings
A wedding by a castle, well that’s a definite must-see, don’t you think? — Love My Dress
Jot down some notes as you read about these 6 magical ways to banish negativity from the wedding plans — Offbeat Bride
Christmas is right around the corner and if you’re celebrating your holiday with a wedding, you may want some floral ideas that pay homage to the season. Let’s take a peek at some festive, Christmas bridal bouquets, shall we?
all photos via Style Me Pretty
Are you planning a winter wedding complete with snowflake details, frosted accents and rich, sultry hues? From your gown to the treats passed around during cocktail hour, every part of your celebration will reflect your couple style and the season! And with a winter wedding comes so many unique ideas that spring, summer and fall cannot handle. Although you may think it’s more challenging to plan this type of party during wintertime, it can also be a lot more personal, romantic and unique: all the way to what your guests will be sipping on! We suggest warming your loved ones up with one of these heated, signature drinks … take a peek!
Offering up a hot toddy to your guests will be like offering up a nice, relaxing night in at home. It’s relaxing and comforting, with some incredible flavors. First you start with a tea of your choice, lemon, honey and pick your bourbon or whiskey mixed with hot water. This is a great choice for an afternoon wedding or one with a more rustic, homey setting.
Use this recipe that we stumbled upon or create your own twist on this idea, whatever the case, you cannot go wrong with a combination of warm, chocolate and peppermint, especially during the holiday season. Your guests will feel like they’re getting the ultimate treat and completely being spoiled by this signature choice, especially if you’re saying your I do’s during Christmastime!
Brown sugar, honey, cinnamon and of course, some rum, are just some of the key ingredients in this cozy drink. Some of your guests may never have tasted this treat before, but when they do they’ll never forget it. A liquid heaven that agrees with most, it’s a most sophisticated drink for a more formal or evening wedding throughout any of the winter months.
Most of your guests will expect wine at your wedding, but none will except a warmed, mulled wine! And that’s why you should surprise them with it! With some orange slices and the right glasses, your guests will get to choose not only between the usual white and red, but mulled too! It’ll be a detail they’ll remember along with all of your others nods to the season.
This cider has a bit of rum in it so give it a boost and personality, which we’re sure your loved ones won’t mind. But cider is a great choice is you want something that people are familiar with. The key is to make it better than any other cider than they’ve ever had before. Which is why the rum and orange touches come in handy.
Most brides want their flowers to match the season the wedding occurs in, which makes….well, perfect sense! If you aren’t exactly sure which flowers belong to which seasons, check out our short guide and enjoy picking the right blooms for your upcoming nuptials!
Winter weddings are super-romantic, but many brides feel there isn’t a huge selection of flowers to choose from. Yet never fear–plenty of options are available! Some that come into season during chilly weather include amaryllis, which you can use with holly to create ah-mazing centerpieces, as well as cymbidium orchids. While the latter is available year-round, you’ll get the best price for them during winter. Other tropical flowers widely available during cold months include tropical anthuriums, or you can try red dogwood stems and tactile pussywillow stems to create arrangements.
Nature comes back to life in the spring, and since the season is all about birth and renewal, it’s ideal for weddings. Among the many blooms available in springtime are peonies, Lily of the Valley, forsythia, daffodils and tulips. Peonies are available in open and closed blooms; just tell your florist if you want them open.
Another season brimming with flowers, summer options are many and include delphiniums, gladioli and columbine (aquilegia). Irises are available in late spring through the summer and work well in assorted displays. Other options include bright bouquets filled with pink roses and lime green chrysanthemums, or displays featuring snapdragons (Antirrhinums).
Fall is synonymous with rich reds, burnt oranges and stunning yellows, and it’s entirely possible to purchase arrangements with all of these hues. You may want to infuse fruit with your displays, such as crabapples and Chinese lantern fruits. Other autumn bloom possibilities include dahlias and ornamental cabbage.
It’s perfectly okay to go with non-seasonal flowers for your wedding, however you will get the best prices and the freshest blooms when you buy in-season. Flowers available year-round include roses, lilies, tropical flowers, orchids, gerber daisies and anthuriums.
One of the most fun parts of any wedding is the dancing, so if looking for awesome tunes that inspire everyone to get up and get moving, check out the 20 most-requested dance songs of 2014! From classic Michael Jackson tunes to recent hits, you’ll find a wide range of danceable options here:
20) ‘Billie Jean,’ Michael Jackson
19) ‘Thrift Ship,’ Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
18) ‘Yeah,’ Usher featuring Ludacris and Lil’ Jon
17) ‘Twist and Shout,’ The Beatles
16) ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me,’ Def Leppard
15) ‘Wobble,’ V.I.C.
14) ‘Call Me Maybe,’ Carly Rae Jepsen
13) ‘Moves Like Jagger,’ Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera
12) ‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)’, Beyoncé
11) ‘Love Shack,’ The B-52s
10) ‘Sweet Caroline,’ Neil Diamond
9)’Cha Cha Slide,’ DJ Casper
8) ‘Gangnam Style,’ Psy
7) ‘Brown-Eyed Girl,’ Van Morrison
6) ‘You Shook Me All Night Long,’ AC/DC
5) ‘Livin’ On a Prayer,’ Bon Jovi
4) ‘Sexy and I Know It,’ LMFAO
3) ‘I Got a Feeling,’ Black-Eyed Peas
1) ‘Cupid Shuffle,’ Cupid
To celebrate the start of 2015 and the wedding season getting into full planning mode, Top Wedding Sites is giving away $500 in Cash to one lucky bride to use towards her wedding. The cold hard cash can be used for anything from wedding invitations, wedding flowers, wedding cakes, wedding dress, favors and just about anything else you want.
From wedding gown inspiration to lists of winter wedding ideas, this week’s best of the best has so much planning and brainstorming material that anyone prepping for their big day just has to take a peek!
This elopement has so many wonderful details, we had to feature it for you to see! — Love My Dress
The best wedding cakes of 2014 have been rounded up and ready for you to scroll through. — Martha Stewart Weddings
Here are 20 winter wedding bouquets that will absolutely knock your socks off. — Rustic Wedding Chic
Have you picked out your signature drink yet? Get inspired here. — One Wed
Check out these stunning, must-see wedding ball gowns! — Wedding Chicks
This DIY holiday wreath would be a stunning piece of decor for your ceremony chuppah or somewhere at the reception. — 100 Layer Cake
Your wedding day dilemmas have been solved. See if yours made the list! — Rock’N’Roll Bride
Looking for a wedding dress on a tight budget? Check out this list of bridal gowns under $1000! — Style Me Pretty
You have to see all this sparkle and shine for your New Year’s Wedding. Take a peek! — Green Wedding Shoes
Your southern, winter wedding just got the best real-life celebration to snag ideas from. — Style Me Pretty
There is so much winter and holiday-inspired ideas on our best of the best list this week. From cakes to colors, let’s have a look at our favorites from the wedding world this week!
How to plan a successful and tasteful bachelor party …. check out our tips! — Top Wedding Sites
For some incredible inspiration, you’ll need to catch a glimpse at this edgy, romantic and beautiful bohemian wedding inspiration. — Ruffled
This is one of the most gorgeous and romantic real-weddings we’ve ever seen, so you’ve got to take a look! — Green Wedding Shoes
Just in time for the holiday season we’re showing off a charming and adorable engagement shoot set in a Christmas tree farm. — Artfully Wed
If you’re in need of some wedding color inspiration for your winter celebration, check out this holiday red color palette and grab some ideas. — The Bride’s Cafe
This site has some of the best budget-saving tips, and their #12 is a must-read. — The Budget Savvy Bride
Blush is one of the best wedding day colors, so when we find great inspiraiton we have to share it with you. — Style Unveiled
Winter wedding cakes that will wow and inspire you with some fabulous ideas. — Chic Vintage Brides
Are you planning a boudoir session with your photographer to surprise your groom with? Take a peek at these elegant and sexy ideas. — Once Wed
Take a peek at this beautiful list of engagement rings for a non-traditional bride. — Top Wedding Sites
Bachelor parties and weddings could not be further apart in terms of what to expect. One is wild and raucous and unrestrained, and the other is organised, charming and dignified. Most everyone has a concept of what to expect at a bachelor party, and that’s probably why the groom cuts loose with his best buds in attendance. The bachelor party is essentially an opportunity for the groom and his groomsmen to pay homage to a life once lived and now relegated to the annals of history. For others, the bachelor party simply provides an opportunity for the boys to hang out and do their thing before the big day. All sorts of fun-filled activities typically pepper the evening at bachelor parties. Depending on who the characters are, the evening could include things like a night out at the movies, tenpin bowling, miniature golf, bars and strip clubs, and of course the thrills and spills of casino-style entertainment. It is the latter pastime that many folks have taken to, and with good reason!
Movies like The Hangover have really been instrumental in redefining the concept of a bachelor party. The premise is simple: a group of guys head off to Vegas in search of fun before the wedding. And so it is with many other guys seeking casino-style entertainment as the theme of their bachelor party. It makes sense: the hubbub of casino resorts in the iconic Las Vegas strip, or the Atlantic City boardwalk is incredible. There is action and entertainment 24/7, and the casino games are exceptional. In Atlantic City for example, Caesars Atlantic City recently launched an online casino known as Caesars Online Casino. Now, it’s possible to book your bachelor retreat at any of the Atlantic City casinos, enjoy a wild time on the casino floor and then relax in your room with CaesarsCasino.com. And the gaming selection is a marvel to behold: slots, blackjack, roulette, video poker, jackpot games and standard casino games abound.
As an extra special treat to the groom and his groomsmen, CaesarsCasino.com even offers a generous first deposit bonus to players. You can claim a 100% welcome bonus up to $300 once you register and deposit at the casino. Among the many offerings is an impressive selection of no-download casino games, many of which feature all the wild and unrestrained action that bachelor parties typically thrive off. Online slots games like Big Vegas, Aladdin’s Legacy, Dam Rich, Star Trek and Street Fighter II abound. Of course the distinguished gentlemen also enjoy games of blackjack, and Vegas Blackjack, European Blackjack and Win Win Blackjack are all in attendance. With these online casino games, you don’t need to go out looking for the party; the party comes to you!
Your girl isn’t like other girls. No, sir. She’s tough, sharp as a razor, and she’s got more ink than you do. She can drink wine with the girls and beer with the boys, and she doesn’t do pink. A traditional white diamond engagement ring for this lady would be appreciated, but it wouldn’t woo her how you want to woo her. For all the guys here in love with a woman who doesn’t do “girly”, these engagement ring suggestions are for you. You can pretty much mix and match these suggestions, too.
While white diamonds are time-honoured and conventional, coloured diamonds have been trending in recent years. Coloured diamonds have become a fashion-forward accessory on the red carpet, with celebrities including Carrie Underwood, Halle Berry, and Jennifer Lopez sporting the coloured eye-candy.
Produced in every hue of the rainbow, red diamonds are the rarest of all coloured diamonds. The colour which graces these gemstones is produced from what the American Gem Society calls imperfections, however we don’t think many people view coloured diamonds that way.
For the extra-alternative diamond pick, black diamonds exist, too. And they’re cheaper to produce than white diamonds, probably because diamonds are valued based on their bright, vivid attributes.
Another diamond trend that’s popular with more contemporary couples is massive gemstones –that can be seen from across a crowded street with the capacity to blind innocent bystanders.
Yes, popularized on the red carpet and trending among both traditional and non-traditional diamond aficionados; big booty on the ring finger is becoming a mainstay.
Not only are they adored for their girth, they’re appreciated for their value as an asset. Giant chunky diamonds only make up a small percentage of the overall diamonds produced globally, annually. In other words, they’re kind of rare –and their rareness makes a statement all on its own.
Scrap the Diamond Altogether
Birth stones and rare gems are making a comeback, with many engagement rings opting for the striking look that only some alternative gemstones can provide. Sapphires, moissanite, sunstone, opals, pearls, rhodolite, and tourmaline all make the cut in terms of grace and style, and our sure to impress your contemporary lady.
Diamonds and other gemstones cut into geometrical shapes are most commonly cut into the following shapes;
Beyond the latter top three gem stone cuts, other popular cuts include; marquise, cushion-cut, emerald cut, asscher cut, radiant, heart and pear shaped as well.
While selecting the right engagement ring for your lady friend is a top priority, how you select your engagement ring is equally important. A diamond is also an asset, and a liability if it isn’t properly valued and protected and diamond retailers are still businesses trying to make a buck. No matter how relatable and pleasant; a diamond sales person is not your best friend.
Jewellers will often show two or three diamonds of various cuts or quality in an effort to sell you the best of the options shown. But that’s the thing –the best of the options they selected. They could be good, bad, and ugly for all you know, so be sure to compare based on repeatable metrics such as how deep and fancy the cut is, the true GIA colour grade, and carat weight.
The carat weight is typically rounded up in a fraction from a decimal, and deeper poorly cut diamonds are worth a little less per carat than finer cut diamonds.
Ensure that your jeweller can provide you with a certificate which speaks to the diamond’s quality called a GIA grading report. If they can’t provide one, it’s best to pass on that jeweller.
It is important to do a little research and take into account other factors such as warranty, colour grading, symmetry, depth of each cut, and so on. There are a lot of really great resources online which thoroughly break down each and every factor you need to consider when looking for beautiful diamond rings for sale. Make yourself familiar with exactly what is covered under your warranty beyond the usual free cleanings and regular inspections.
It is quite common for diamond warranties to not include coverage for theft or loss, so it is also suggested an insurance policy is purchased for your engagement ring. They only cost a small percentage of the cost of an engagement ring annually, and are much more affordable than the cost of replacing a misplaced or stolen engagement ring.
Word play is also quite common; there is a difference between a diamond that’s been certified by a GIA trained gemmologist and a GIA certified diamond, with the latter being more likely to follow proper grading protocols, and therefore be more accurately graded and appraised.
As with any large purchase, also be sure to get a second appraisal on your diamond ring at some point to confirm its value.
There are so many things to keep track of during wedding planning. In the blur of cakes, gowns and caterers, don’t forget about your marriage license. Without that important piece of paper you may say “I do” at your wedding, but it won’t be a legal marriage.
A marriage license is the legal document issued by your county clerk’s office that will be filed by your minister or officiant after your wedding ceremony to ensure that you are legally married. After it is filed, a certified marriage certificate will be issued by the clerks office and mailed to you. That document is your legal proof of marriage.
Every state and even each individual county can have different rules relating to filing for your marriage license. It is imperative to research the rules of the county you are getting married in. You should know if both you and your fiance need to file in person, how many days prior to your wedding you should file, how long your marriage license is good for, what the fee is and if any blood test results or legal documents need to be presented when you file.
Does understanding the whole marriage license filing process seem overwhelming? MarriageLicenseNow was created as a simple online resource to provide brides with the exact information they need to know about acquiring a marriage license in their county! No more sifting through endless government sites and hoping you get the process right the first time. Everything you need is in one place and you can even read tips from brides in your county on the best ways to file for a marriage license based on their experiences!
From gift ideas to must-read proposal stories, this weeks’ roundup of the best of the best from the wedding world has some fun surprises hidden throughout!
Check out these incredible, must-read proposal stories. — Style Me Pretty
This winter wedding is exceptional, especially the bride’s outrageously beautiful gown. — Green Wedding Shoes
Take a look at this list of personalized gifts and get some ideas for your bridesmaids! — Rock N Roll Bride
Blush pink never looked so good in this gorgeous San Francisco wedding. — 100 Layer Cake
Here’s a unique color combination: purple and gold! Hop on over and check out the bridal shower that was dressed in this duo. — Wedding Chicks
Peek at these 15 ideas for planning your lakeside wedding. — Rustic Wedding Chic
A shoe list that will help you be comfortable and uniquely stylish on your wedding day, mid-height heels that will wow! — Offbeat Bride
22 winter cocktail and signature drinks ideas for your reception! – Martha Stewart Weddings
You’ll definitely want to skim this list of honeymoon destinations you’ll love if you’re still figuring out where to jet off to after the wedding! — Grey Likes Weddings
Are you dreaming of a yellow wedding? Check out this bit of inspiration then! — Boho Weddings
From a wedding dress that will wow and inspire to a simple and fun DIY project, this week’s best of the best is light and airy, just as your wedding planning should be!
Check out our tips and ideas on what to wear to a winter wedding. – Top Wedding Sites
This forest elopement Snoqualmie Falls can be summed up in one simple word: WOW! — Green Wedding Shoes
Check out this DIY rope table runner, perfect for classy, yet rustic, celebrations! — Ruffled
A Norwegian wedding with outside-the-box style and an amazing wedding gowns; it’s a must-see! – Rock’n’Roll Bride
Are you on a quest to find the perfect groom’s gift? Take a look at all of these fabulous ideas. — One Wed
A Chinese-inspired wedding full of color and a bit of 1920′s charm, it’s such a romantic and personal way to celebrate. – Love My Dress
Hop on over and take a look at these 5 money-saving methods of lowering your wedding expenses! — Offbeat Bride
19 Christmas wedding inspirations and ideas. This is a must see if you’re planning a holiday event! — Martha Stewart Weddings
Why not come or go from your big celebration in a gorgeous car? Check out our top picks! — Top Wedding Sites
A photoshoot that will inspire and ignite your floral and romantic senses, we love the delicate charm of this spread. — Grey Likes Weddings
The wedding car is an important part of every wedding, no matter where you’re tying the knot. Be it in a church, hotel or Country Park, arriving in style adds that layer of class to proceedings and the right vehicle should be chosen for both of you.
Many will have shared the standard dream of arriving in a horse drawn carriage, ala Cinderella, but that’s not always practical and can be costly for such a short period of usage. Likewise, using a generic wedding car can be expensive and may not suit your style. There are many other options out there.
Using a classic car to drive to and from your wedding in adds a unique touch. If the two of you have a passion for a particular model then it should be no problem to rent one, as long as it’s not a rare version. Browse the classic car section on Exchange & Mart to find ideas if you’re both struggling to agree.
You don’t just have to rent it either. Buying a classic car can be relatively cheap depending on the model, and you could even ask for it as a combined wedding present from guests. Just don’t ask for a Suzuki X-90.
More expensive than a classic car to buy, renting a sports car for weddings is becoming more common place. It’s your big day, so if being chauffeured round in a Ferrari has always been the dream then you may as well splash out that bit extra to make the occasion even more memorable.
Convertibles to 4X4s will help to make a grand entrance, though you’ll have to consider the colour to avoid any clashes with the dress. And deciding who’s going to drive it away at the end could prove the first test of newly married life.
It doesn’t even have to be a car you use. A speedboat gives that feeling of power but is only useful if the wedding venue is near a river or lake. Tractors could be appropriate for countryside locations while motorbikes are great for the more daring couples. Even helicopters have been used by those with the finances.
It all depends on what you both have a passion for but any of these options will help create a far more unique wedding experience. They will also improve the photographs tenfold and ensure your special day really is that. Especially for the inner car fan.