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Get ready for a downright gorgeous Hollywood bride and groom, because Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are engaged and ready to wed! I guess Jackie and Kelso from ”That ’70s Show” were meant to be.
The couple of nearly two years are engaged, a source confirms to Us Weekly. “She is crazy about him!” the source adds. Rumors have circulated about the Mila and Ashton getting engaged for a while now and it appears the rumors appear to be true. The first real hint was the noticeable ring on her engagement finger while out shopping with her mom at The Grove in L.A. on Thursday, Feb. 27. She wore a baggy white sweater, jeans, sunglasses . . . and a noticeable ring on her engagement finger.
Pals close to the former That ’70s Show costars have been waiting for Kutcher, 36, to propose.
A source told the entertainment site that the two have been getting more and more serious: ”They talk about getting married and having kids” and ”An engagement is imminent” were both reported to the large celeb magazines over the last few months.
The former “That 70s Show” co-stars were first linked in 2012, though Kunis insisted at that time that she was “totally single.”
“Listen, we hang out. We’ve known each other for 15 years. We have mutual friends,” she told Elle UK of Kutcher, who at the time was separated from his ex-wife Demi Moore. “We’re comfortable with one another. That’s it! There’s no crazy love story, nothing more.”
But in no time the cute couple was spotted kissing in New York City’s Central Park , accompanying each other to basketball games and traveling together across the globe.
This would be the first marriage for Kunis. Ashton Kutcher, 36, was married to Moore for seven years, until their separation in 2011. Their divorce was finalized in November and it seems like he hasn’t looked back.
What’s the easiest way to keep track of all those little details that will seamlessly pull your wedding day together? A list, of course. But we know you’re busy already, so we’ve saved you some time by creating a list that you can simply print out and keep with you. Many of these items, such as creating lists or timelines, can be done before the wedding week, so look it over and get an early start to ensure a relaxing approach to your big day.
Did we forget anything on our wedding checklist? If so, let us know in the comments!
As the Oscars approach this weekend, we thought it was a great chance to track down some amazingly inspirational beauty tips from our favorite celebrities walking the red carpet. Weddings are all about inspiration so where better to start than the awards season. We’ve included our seven favorite overall beauty looks we’ve admired from Hollywood. Each one would be perfect for a bride!
The mom of three and 2006 Best Actress winner looks stunning with amazing, lustrous Old Hollywood locks. This is the perfect beauty look for a vintage wedding, the subtle makeup also makes her glow. Gorgeous.
Kristen Wiig put aside the comedy for a seriously stunning look on the 2012 Oscars red carpet. We love this look for a wedding, with those loose waves and taupe makeup. It definitely was one of her best looks and has a casual glam about it we just love for a bride.
Jessica looked effortlessly beautiful with loose, half-up waves and a neutral lip at the 2013 Oscars. Three words came to mind: Drop. Dead. Gorgeous. And, if you were looking for proof that redhead brides can — indeed, should — wear red lipstick, this is all the evidence you’ll need.
Pure perfection. The nominated actress Mastered the red carpet in a chic bouffant and low bun, created by hairstylist Laini Reeves. This look is just stunning and really shows off just how beautiful she is. It is a little retro, a little modern, and a lot gorgeous.
Amanda Seyfried’s tousled updo went perfectly with her purple smokey eye and high neck to her gown for the 85th annual Academy Awards. She looked beautiful — but who could be surprised, as the woman has been consistently killing it beauty-wise throughout awards season. But, then she blinked, and holy cow! We didn’t know that a metallic lavender cat-eye could be a thing, but now it’s top on our list of looks to try.
No fair that the Silver Linings Star gets to win her first Oscar, stumble her way to the podium in the most adorable way, deliver a thoroughly endearing speech, AND win our award for best overall look. Those eyes, that hair, that pout! Simply stunning. This look is perfect for a glamorous wedding.
Wearing a shimmering Armani Prive dress, actress Naomi Watts was an Oscars stunner from her hair style to her gown at the 85th Academy Awards. We love her unique take on the wavy upsweep for the awards, it would definitely look amazing on a bride.
Luxurious and a bit posh, silver accents make a party sparkle, shine and create an easy, sophisticated appeal. Why not dress yourself or your ladies in waiting in this glimmering shade? It’s subdued and delicate enough to feel dainty, but elegant and formal enough to fit the part of “wedding day.” Let’s take a peek at some beautiful, inspiration silver options!
Whimsical and fairy-tale like, this ballgown takes a classic look and turns it into a modern, edgier take on the usual bridal style.
This dress screams sophistication and couture design, but it also screams “bride!” This silver-hues gives an elegant look to this bold style.
This combination of silver shades bring about an easy sense of romance to the bridal party, don’t you think?
For something a bit more swanky, why not dress your girls in a lighter shade of silver? If you’re throwing a super formal celebration, this could be the right pick!
Save something glossy for yourself. This dress may not be a typical bridal look, but it sure is bridal-worthy.
Even a bit of lace can be dressed in silver, this dress takes traditional style into the future for a trend-loving bride.
Walk the aisle in this glittering show-stopper. Not only is it covered in silver glimmer but it’s accented by golden shimmer: beautiful!
Okay, you asked for it. We asked our readers and they wanted to know whether we could track down the best wedding cake recipes. We search far and wide in internet world and managed to select not just one, but several awesome wedding cake recipe ideas.
A wedding cake is essentially just a really big layer cake, and making one from scratch can be fun as long as you plan ahead, are organized, and have all the right equipment on hand. One of these wedding cake recipes will be right for you, so have some fun and make a few and invite your friends over for a little testing.
The Add A Pinch food blog is one of our favorites. For this specific white cake, she uses a combination of her grandmother’s recipe for a Vanilla Cake and one she had for her Butter Cake. Perfect not just for weddings, but great for birthdays and anniversaries too.
This Martha Stewart cake not only tastes great, but also have beautiful fondant teardrops. Any wedding cake recipe that includes instructions for teardrop cutters to cut shapes from the three different hues you know is going to be great.
This surprisingly simple but awesome recipe has fantastic flavor and a texture that is truly perfection. We chose this because readers of the blog say that even the-pickiest-dessert-eater-ever will love it.
Before tying on your apron you should probably check out the secrets to making a wedding cake. A wedding cake recipe is only one part of the equation and we think this writeup has tons of details you should also know.
When the big day is looming, it’s likely that you’ll have a great deal to think about, from your hair to your bridal accessories. Your wedding day is meant to be the best day of your life, but the run up to it can certainly be stressful in terms of the amount of organisation that will become your responsibility. Between the catering and the music, it’s easy to forget that those involved in the wedding would appreciate a small gift to say thank you for their commitment. Some brides find it easy to buy for their bridesmaids, but are stumped when it comes to choosing gifts for ushers and groomsmen. However, this doesn’t have to be the case and there are plenty of options that will be suitable for the men involved in your big day.
A winning gift for any style-conscious chap is a high quality shaving kit. Some men are reluctant to treat themselves to luxury toiletries, so they often make excellent gifts. Think spicy or fresh scents, and perhaps consider a little set that includes shower gel, shaving foam, and after-shaving balm. Another smart idea is to purchase a couple of sets of individually monogrammed handkerchiefs, for a personal and stylish gift. Ties and cufflinks are also good traditional presents for ushers and groomsmen, and are guaranteed to be appreciated.
Think outside the box when it comes to choosing gifts for your ushers and groomsmen, and they’ll remember what they receive forever. A framed collage of wedding photographs that they feature in is a simple and unique gift idea. You could also purchase a number of small trophies with the recipient’s name engraved on them, to show your appreciation of their efforts on the day.
If you only have a couple of groomsmen to buy for, you might wish to consider something a little more lavish. Every man needs a high quality dressing gown that has more in common with an elegant smoking jacket than a towelling robe. A luxury silk or cotton dressing gown is something that they’ll keep for years to come, and remember your wedding every time they slip it on. Make sure you get the sizes right, and check out some classic menswear retailers like New and Lingwood. We love the unique and awesome pieces they have, perfect for the discerning guy in your bridal party.
Planning the final details of your wedding ceremony, but are unsure whether to hire a live band or go with your own iPod playlist? Let’s look at the pros and cons of both, which will hopefully help you make a decision that works for you!
Be sure to check out those “recommended vendor” listings provided by venue websites. You’ll likely find plenty of quality musicians to choose from. If working with a wedding planner, ask him or her for recommendations as well–they probably have a long list of bands and singers somewhere!
Consider the pros and cons of both and think about what works best for you and your groom, the venue, and any other factors. Good luck, and have fun!
Wedding cake prices are usually quoted by the slice, and the range is wide — anywhere from $1.50 to $12 a slice. The more complicated the wedding cake, the more you’ll pay. Fondant icing is generally more expensive than buttercream, and if you want elaborate molded shapes, vibrant colors, and/or handmade sugar-flower detailing, you’ll pay for the cake designer’s time and labor. The key to understanding the wedding cake prices and what they mean (and ultimately how to save money) is to follow our proven four steps.
Here is a good guide to use for figuring out just how much wedding cake you will need for your guests. For example a 14″ round cake will serve 66 peopled whereas a 14″ square cake should be good for 84 guests.
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As you begin to plan your cake, remember that of all the costs mentioned above, it is the labor — the time spent constructing, icing and detailing — largely determines most of the cost, not the ingredients. This isn’t to say that size and shape don’t come into play: They do.
Where you live also matters. The average cost of wedding cakes and desserts in the United States was $451 in 2013 and that’s going to jump to $466 in 2014. That’s a lot of money, but don’t forget that in areas like New York City and fancy parts of California wedding cakes can run as high as $1,200-plus. We’ve heard that in New York a custom wedding cake can be around $12 a slice depending on the degree of the custom work desired.
Hollywood’s biggest stars will gather at the Dolby Theatre this Sunday for the 86th annual Academy Awards. While it’s fun to guess who the night’s winners will be, most soon to be brides are stressing about their upcoming weddings. There is so much left to do, who has time to the 2014 Academy Awards.
Think outside the box and the Oscars are great for wedding planning. From analyzing their red carpet attire for inspiration to enjoying celebrity hairstyles for ideas, Oscar night is about star power. The one thing that the 2014 Oscars won’t help with though is planning your wedding songs.
At Team Wedding, we decided to help. We assembled the top wedding songs 2013. Sure there are other awards ceremonies out there that do this, but none that focuses on the songs popular wedding songs 2013 bought us that should be added to your shortlist.
So throw on your outfit, getting into planning mode and smile for the camera. It is time to enjoy the wedding songs 2013 gave us that should be added to your wedding reception music playlist. Our nominations for popular wedding songs 2013 are:
Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines ft. T.I., Pharrell
Trift Shop - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Mirrors – Justin Timberlake
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake feat JAY Z
Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars
Love It (feat. Charli XCX)
Wake Me Up – Avicii
Cruise (Remix) ft. Nelly – Florida Georgia Line
Feel This Moment feat. Christina Aguilera
Treasure – Bruno Mars
Sweet Nothing ft. Florence Welch - Calvin Harris
Diamonds – Rihanna
Beauty And A Beat ft. Nicki Minaj - Justin Bieber
Best Song Ever
RSVP. Répondez s’il vous plait. You’ve kindly requested a response to your wedding invitation, but the response cards are being returned slowly. You need to give the caterer a final head count and your mom wants to confirm the seating arrangements. What should you do?
There’s no exact science to a better return rate on wedding RSVPs, but there are a few guidelines to consider for both the wedding hosts and guests (e.g. allowing enough time for guests to return response cards) to ensure the wedding invitation process runs smoothly.
Here are a few do’s and don’ts to keep in mind:
Wedding RSVP Do…
Wedding RSVP Don’t…
The goal for wedding hosts and guests should be to make invitation responses as easy as possible for each other. Wedding hosts should consider providing RSVP response options like a mailed response card (envelope and stamp included) AND reply email address. Hopefully, this helps wedding guests reply in a more efficient, concise manner to make the RSVP process more seamless.
The dress. The shoes. The jewelry. The makeup. It seems like all these decisions are checked off before a bride starts to consider her hair. How’s it going to be styled? Will you be doing it yourself or hiring a professional? Don’t wait until the last minute to figure out this integral part of the bridal day beauty. And in the months leading up to the walk down the aisle, pay attention to the health of your hair. Here are a few important tips on getting your hair wedding ready from start to finish.
1. Take your vitamins.
You want healthy hair on your wedding day. Instead of brittle, dry dos, a healthy head of tresses will be glowing, shiny and more voluminous, which are all important factors no matter what type of style you’ve chosen to go with. Besides, healthy hair grows faster! So, those vitamins will also help to grow some long locks for the big celebration!
2. Get inch trims.
If you are trying to grow your hair out as much as you can before the wedding date arrives, don’t skip on getting your hair trimmed. Go in every 4-6 weeks as you plan the party and get what I like to call “inch trims,” where your hairdresser takes only an inch off the bottom. It’ll keep split ends at bay and promote faster growth!
3. Stop using heat.
As much as you can in the months leading up to your walk down the aisle, stop using heat on your hair. When you can let your head air dry, let it. When you can put away the curling rods and straighteners, do it. Heat will dry and break you hair, so time without the disturbance will help to conjure up a healthy glow.
4. Test out different products.
Don’t use new products on the day of the wedding. Instead, test out different products long before you plan your hairstyle. Using new stuff without any experimenting can easily turn into a big disaster. Make sure you know how certain products work with your hair before you rely on them.
6. Have several trial runs.
Yes, just like with your makeup, it’s imperative that you have not just one, but several trials concerning your hair. Make sure it’s exactly what you want in terms of style. And then make sure it photographs just the way you like it. Finally, time it out so you can create an accurate timeline for your “getting ready” moments.
7. Don’t wash your hair.
If you’re styling your hair in an intricate up do or with luscious curls, nix washing your hair on the day of. Wash it the day or evening before, yes, but hair with a little oil built up is so much easier to style. It also holds volume, curls and even waves far better than clean, silky hair does.
8. Have a backup plan.
When it comes to hair, there’s always an unpredictable element attached to it. Have a backup plan in place in case anything goes wrong or just, not quite right. Have extra hair accessories, have extra products and have an extra style ready for any of those pop-up problems!
all photos via Style Me Pretty
At Team Wedding, we’re like most of you in loving vintage weddings, spending hours on end finding Pinterest inspiration. We found a vintage wedding cake on Pinterest last week and added some serious daydreaming since then to find some amazing vintage wedding cakes for you to enjoy. Satisfy those cravings of yours with vintage wedding cake designs we’ve hand-picked to feast your eyes on. Get your sweet tooth ready because these amazing vintage wedding cake photos are seriously addictive and make us want to eat cake all day.
Vintage Ruffled Wedding Cake
We know, we know, not an original name for a cake, but we figured that an obvious name was the best in this case. This perfectly balanced wedding cake is a beautiful vintage looking, ruffled wedding cake with gorgeous pink roses scattered throughout the cake adding serious pop.
Simple Yet Detailed Vintage Wedding Cake
This is gorgeous vintage wedding cake that initially seems really simple till you look at it closely. The flowers and decorations are plentiful and exquisite. The cake itself has lots of small details and touches that really add to the appeal of the cake without taking away from the feeling of vintage simplicity.
Vintage ‘Naked’ Wedding Cake
We really wish we had a larger image of this cake. Some may argue that it is more rustic than vintage, but we think it really is vintage. There is no fanfare or frosting, just a simple, towered wedding cake with gorgeous flowers and greenery. The sign is pretty too.
Three-Tier Ruffle & Lace Wedding Cake
This vintage wedding cake by JCakes begins with a freshly baked, moist cake and is then filled with homemade. Finally frosted with your choice of flavored French buttercreams or rich chocolate ganache. Hmmm.
Vintage Floral and Polka Dot Wedding Cake
The Cakery created this awesome vintage floral and polka dot cake. Seriously, who doesn’t love polka dots? That’s right, everybody loves them but they are hard to integrate into wedding cakes without going overboard. This is a great example of a vintage cake that has polka dots in a classy way.
Textured Vintage Wedding Cake
This neutral ivory wedding cake has deep plum roses and some small hints of dark blue berries. It all comes together with a great outdoorsy vintage feel. The textured look also combines perfectly.
Peach & Blue Vintage Texas Wedding Cake
This cake was made for a Texas wedding. It is full of vintage details including a peach and blue color palette. The “we do” wedding cake toppers really finish off the vintage look. Love it.
Dusty Pink Peony Wedding Cake
This is probably the most unique vintage cake we have ever seen. It takes the rustic yet vintage look to a whole new level by incorporating natural flowers and greenery in such a visually enticing way. The flowers look gorgeous and the overall feel is so luxuriously chick.
Rustic & Vintage Combined Cake
This combo cake has great elements of both vintage and rustic components. We love the vintage cake topper and ruffled cake feel. The straw and greenery really dresses it up well and gives it that rustic theme.
Nigerian Wedding Vintage Lace Wedding Cake
The name says it all with this cake. The lace is a stunning vintage look with lots of details. This is one hard cake to make so we’re in awe of just how amazing it came out. One our favorites.
Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” have been engaged since last spring, but wanted to celebrate with family. Desiree and Chris had a huge engagement party this past weekend in Washington, and it looks like they had a blast.
People shares the details of Hartsock and Siegfried’s big event. “The Bachelorette” engagement party was held at the DeLille Cellars winery and about 40 people attended. Desiree’s parents flew in, and fellow “Bachelor Nation” duo Molly and Jason Mesnick were in attendance. The couple shared a few pictures via Instagram throughout the evening, and Desiree tweeted that it was an “Incredible night with friends and family!”
“Incredible night with friends and family!” she Tweeted, along with a selfie of the happy couple.
In an interview on KiroRadio with The Bachelor’s Jason and Molly Mesnick on Friday, Hartsock, 27, said she was looking forward to partying at the DeLille Cellars winery in Woodinville, Wash. ”My parents are flying in from Ohio,” she said. “There’s about 40 people coming. I’m so excited.”
The Mesnicks, who met on season 13 of The Bachelor, attended Saturday’s event. “Celebrating the love of @DesHartsock & @ChrisRSiegfried this evening,” Molly Tweeted. “BEAUTIFUL party…love these guys!”
Pictures of wedding cakes are such a great way to start the day, but what if we told you that this week, Team Wedding has decided to dedicated a ton of blog posts to the getting inspired by wedding cake images from across the internet. That’s right, we’re calling it Wedding Cake Week, a whole week basically dedicated to mouth-watering wedding cakes with ingredients like vanilla buttercream, raspberry jam, chocolate ganache and anything else that you can think of. Sounds tasty, right? Wedding cakes inspire, but it is hard to get a sense of what you want unless you spend days perusing pics of wedding cakes and styles, which is why we thought we’d help by assembling the wedding cakes that inspired us.
As bakers continue to create cakes with innovative shapes, bold fillings, and intricate detail; the infinite amount of opportunity and creativity is obvious from wedding cake pictures we’ve assembled in this post and the rest coming throughout the week. Before you roll your eyes at us, please remember you can never have enough cake. Check out 11 wedding cake images below that start the week right.
This floral wedding cake is gorgeous. The gold cake and peach, pink and white flowers just looking amazing.
This wedding cake is truly unique, we’ve never seen one that looks like a well designed wedding dress, amazing detail.s
Who says white is plain and boring? We love the detail on this cake and with the right table and linen, a beautiful focal point. Timeless and elegant.
White cakes can also be made to pop with bold, strong colors as accents. This white cake has great dark blue and the bold flowers capture your eye.
Who says that traditional wedding cakes are the only way to go? This gooey and golden naked cake oozes love. So tasty.
Who doesn’t love ruffles on a wedding cake? This cake is stunning and is perfect for a vintage wedding.
This cake had to be included on the list because it is epic. One of our favorite, fun cakes ever.
Now trending: naked wedding cakes.
This wedding cake with pink and white florals is simple, yet so elegant. Stunning.
More ruffles. We told you we loved wedding cakes and ruffles.
This wedding cake picture captured our attention with its vintage, victorian-like look.
Christina Aguilera has had a busy few weeks. She got engaged to Matthew Rutler on a romantic holiday around Valentine’s Day! Not surprisingly the singer announced the news on Twitter with a photo of her brand-new fiance and giant rock. The statement was simply: “He asked and I said……”
He people confirmed the engagement to People, telling the magazine, “They’re very much in love and are really excited to take this next step!” Rutler, is a film producer who has dated Christina for over three years. He asked her to marry him in Hawaii.
“Matt spent over a year designing the ring with the ring designer to represent their three-year journey together as a couple,” the source said. “He has been planning this for a while and was just waiting for the right time—the ring has been done for months. Every single placement of each stone has a reason and meaning.”
Since then we have now heard from several people that they’re also expecting a baby!
Aguilera is already mother to 6-year-old Max, her son from her first marriage to Jordan Bratman. She’s gushed about her son in the past, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, saying, “He’s the love of my life, and I adore him. He’s such a character, and he’s so happy and at the end of the day, that’s what’s most important.” We always knew that The Voice judge wanted have another child, and we’re so happy that her dream is coming true!
With that, we have to wonder how her pregnancy affects her engagement. Aguilera is just the latest in a group of engaged-then-pregnant celebs, including Olivia Wilde and Ginnifer Goodwin. All three of these expectant brides-to-be seem to be waiting to get married until after they give birth, and we’re betting Aguilera will follow suit.
Wedding planning can be equal parts intoxicating and stressful. Details, decisions, and projects can fill every free moment for months. But always remember that your engagement is not only a time for planning your wedding day—it is also a time to prepare for marriage! The things you’ll want to discuss during your engagement vary depending on how long you’ve known each other, if you’re already living together, and topics you’ve already worked through. Don’t assume that you know your partner’s answers to these questions until you’ve asked—it may surprise you how much similarity you’re assuming when, in reality, your individual expectations may be very different.
As a starting point, here are nine things that every couple should talk through before the wedding day.
Sit down together and write up a monthly budget for your first month of marriage. If both of you are working, what is the total of your combined incomes? If one or both of you is going through school, how and when will tuition and loans be paid? What percentage of your income should you save, and what percentage should be spent? Do you have similar or different priorities? What are your financial goals? In 1 year? 5 years? 10 years? If your spending or saving styles are very different, what books or other resources could you access to help you compromise?
What will this look like? What are your expectations? Will you be working 9-5 jobs or jobs with varying or unique hours? How will you prioritize together time, social time, and alone time? What are you expecting? Is it the same as what your partner has in mind?
Where do you see yourselves in one year? Five years? Ten years? How many children, if any, and when? Are you both equally ambitious? How will you handle job offers that require you to move? Will one of your careers have more priority? What if one of you decides not to work? Do you have that freedom? How would the working partner feel about that?
What are your expectations for frequency and types of sex? How will frequency be decided? How will you both respond if desires don’t match—for a night, a week, a month, a year? Be sure to talk about how each of you is feeling about sex in marriage. How do you plan to prioritize sex as you get older and life gets busier with careers, children, etc.? If you’re waiting until the wedding night to have sex, it’s extremely important to talk about how both you are feeling and what you’re expecting for the wedding night and the honeymoon. Is there anything from your past that you need to communicate?
How do you feel about counseling in general? Do you see it as healthy maintenance or a last resort? Would you be embarrassed to go to counseling? Have you had any negative or positive experiences with counseling that could affect your view? Under what circumstances should you seek out couple’s counseling? Who can you talk to about conflicts? To what extent can you share difficult times with friends and family?
This is a basic topic that can be the source of a lot of conflict, especially in the first few years. It can be really helpful to talk about what roles each of your parents took on, as it is common to assume that “normal” is what your parents did. Who will go grocery shopping, prepare meals, clean up after meals, take out the trash, do the laundry, clean the house, and maintain the house?
Do you both have similar approaches to health? Do either of you have any habits that the other perceives as unhealthy or would like to see change? How do you feel about weight gain as you get older? What do you consider reasonable and what might be prevented? How important is health to both of you?
How will you handle major and minor holidays? How involved will your extended family be in your new life, and vice versa? Do you have ground rules for visits, phone calls, or other communication? Is there anything that one partner could do that would make the other uncomfortable—such as calling up your mom to discuss a fight that you and your partner just had?
What are your expectations and priorities? How will you maintain friendships? How do you feel about your partner traveling with friends, or traveling to see friends? Will you be more or less involved in friendships and social obligations after you are married? What are your partner’s needs for cultivating and maintaining friendships? Are they easy to support or do they bother you?
See photos of our favorite dresses from David’s Bridal’s Spring 2014 wedding dress collection. There are lots of top wedding dress designers and a tremendous range of prices to suit all bride types. The designs we loved really embrace a feminine elegance with an enriched minimalistic approach. That’s a big theme for 2014 that we absolutely love. Lots of effortless elegant glamor that will make you want to take off your shoes and go dancing in the rain!
Want to help your wedding photographer take the best possible pictures of your special day? We spoke to a top wedding photographer to get a list of tips on how to create amazing photos. Remember, although your photographer is probably a professional and has shot many, many weddings, there are still things you can do to ensure he or she successfully captures your wedding day… and more importantly, provide you with results that will leave you speechless! With that, here are some great wedding photography tips.
Make sure you share specific details with your photographer regarding what you want. After all, photographers are only human, and can’t read your mind! Your photographer won’t know that the handkerchief in your groom’s pocket was created from his mother’s wedding gown, or that your soon-to-be in-laws spent long hours creating centerpieces for you. Most photographers would love to photograph such details, so let them know what you want photographed. Don’t leave anything out!
Let the Person Know What’s Important to You
If you’re the type of bride who is really close to her family and wants candid photographs of them, be sure to tell your photographers. Point these people out to your photographers on the big day, or designate someone to do it for you. Also, scheduling your family photos before your ceremony is a really good idea. It allows your photographer to attend your cocktail hour to shoot candids, and learn any other important information. The cocktail hour is also a great time for you to say hello to your guests and take photos with them, especially if they aren’t part of family portraits.
Make a List Regarding Family Portraits
Taking family portraits can be a fairly smooth and painless process- if you’re prepared, that is! Provide your photographer with a list of the family members you want in group photos at least three days prior to the wedding. It’s best to start the list with the with the largest number of people that make up one group, and then removing a few individuals to create the next group. For example:
Group One: (8 people) Bride, Groom, Mother of Bride, Father of Bride, Sister of Bride, Sister of the Bride’s Husband, Bride’s Niece, Brother of Bride
Group Two: (6 people) Bride, Groom, Mother of Bride, Father of Bride, Sister of the Bride, Brother of the Bride
Group Three: (4 people) Bride, Groom, Mother of the Bride, Father of the Bride
This is a short example, however it makes a big difference when dealing with a large group. Starting with 20 people and then working your way down to a few people creates a lot less confusion and re-organization. And in addition to helping your photographer arrange the groups, your family members will know when they are finished with photos.
Assign One or Two “Wranglers”
If you have friends familiar with the majority of your family, such as one for each side, they can act as “wranglers” for your photographer. The wrangler(s) will assist during family photo time by letting the people in the next group know they’re up soon and ensure they’re ready when called. Provide wranglers with copies of the shot list so they can check it off along with your photographer. That way, everyone who needs to be photographed will be.
Have the Photographer Eat When You Eat
Your photographer isn’t going to be taking photos while you’re eating. Besides, do you want images of you with your mouth full? The photographer is with you all day, and like you will need to eat and reenergize. If you are not providing meals for your photographers other vendors/staff members, let them know in advance so they can be prepared instead of feeling hungry all night long.
Tell Your Photographer What You Expect
You’ve hired your photographers because you’ve looked at every image they’ve ever taken, right? Well, maybe. A photographer may have been a referral, a family friend, or perhaps they were chosen because your fiancée is a big fan. Whatever the situation, you have to communicate what you expect from the person, and you should do this before your wedding day. Don’t make assumptions, and send a reminder email if necessary. Photographers love hearing from their couples, and they want to know what you’re looking for so they can deliver the best product. Whatever you’re looking for, communication is essential.
Even the littlest things make a big difference! Keep these tips in mind and treasure the beautiful photographs from your special day for the rest of your life!
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Congratulations, you’re engaged! You’ve got a shiny new diamond glistening on your finger and …. you’re overwhelmed with excitement! But, anxiety is already starting to creep in. Between dates and guest lists and dresses and bridesmaids, you’re up to your ears in stress. Have no fear, we’re here to tell you the 5 biggest things you need to worry about first. Once those are done, it’ll be smooth, fun sailing from there. Take a peek at our early, must-do list and jot down some notes.
1. Announce the News.
Family first and friends too, make it official when you announce the happy news to the world. Decide whether you want to tell everyone right away or get those engagement photos done early and use them as the big reveal. This is one of the most exciting and fun parts of your experience as a bride-to-be, so enjoy your engagement from the very first second!
2. Decide on several possible dates.
Without a venue you can’t set a date. So, the first thing you have to do is decide on a time of year. Do you want a summer celebration or a cozy winter wedding? Then, take a look at the calender and choose some maybe dates around that time. With those dates in the bag, once you find the perfect spot you can have different choices depending on rates and availability, especially during busy times of the year.
3. Pick a spot!
Once your dates are chosen, start scoping out locations. Make sure you go to the actual area and look around and get a feel for the place. Unless it’s a destination wedding and you can’t get there and see it first hand, it’s important you get a peek at the real deal. Then, you’ll be able to set a date in a cinch. You may even want to take photos on your phone of your favorite spots and then go home and talk about them with the groom. The pressure will be off and you’ll be able to talk freely.
4. Money, Money. Money.
Yes, the worst part of the whole process, you’ve got to set a budget. Whether you and the groom are throwing the party yourselves or you need to sit down and talk it out with the parents, it’s a conversation that has to be had especially during the dress and venue stages. You’ll thank us later by doing this task early one, it’ll become a headache rather fast if you’re swimming in dollar signs and question marks.
5. Draft the guest list.
It’s important that you have some idea of how many friends and family will be attending the big party. You’ll need this information for not only booking the right venue, but also for every other integral part of the wedding planning. From chairs to food, you’ll need to know how many guests will be there to serve. Although, it’s again, not the most fun part of being a bride, once it’s done, it’s done and you can enjoy everything that follows.
all photos via Style Me Pretty