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Modern, cool and on-trend, geometric styles, shapes and patterns are popping up in everything from interior design to fashion, art and now, weddings.

From hanging hexagonal flower arrangements to triangle-topped tiers and terrarium centerpieces, geometric-inspired weddings are the coolest — unique, hipster and chic all rolled into one. You can opt for a multi-colored spread of shapes for a fun spin, or keep it neutral with shapes in metallics and wood materials. Either way, we can’t get enough of the clean lines of geometric design.

Now go ahead, get lost in shapes.

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Lush, abundant and the most decadent shade of green, fern-filled wedding-day decor is a look we’re mad about. Did we mention it’s an unconventional take on wedding foliage? While big, bountiful blooms are stunning, we can’t help but go gaga for a greened-out floral theme — unique, interesting and just as beautiful.

Baby ferns, big ferns, tall ferns, short ferns — they’re all equally amazing. Whether you cascade ferns down your reception tables, bunch them as a bouquet, or nestle them in between the layers of your cake, ferns create an ethereal, fairy-like feel that’s sure to add magic to your wedding day.

Here’s some of our favorite fern inspiration if you’re planning to go green!

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The first signs of green are starting to bud as we transition out of winter — and with good ol’ St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner — thus, we are majorly crushing on the earthy hue, and expect it to be a big trend for spring and summer weddings.

Modern brides aren’t afraid to brush other colored blooms aside and embrace all things green. The trick to pulling off a greened-out event is to incorporate several different varieties of greenery in a similar hue. The end result? A monochromatic yet interesting look laced with texture and appeal.

Sage, mint, pistachio, emerald, lime, forest — whatever the tone, go green or go home.

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ring-1167513_1280Melbourne, being both dynamic and cosmopolitan, has become known as Australia’s hub of style and culture. This is why it is such a great destination to find the most stunning wedding rings in the country.

Just as with anything however, when there is a lot of choices, it can get tricky to spot the average from the amazing. When it comes down to jewellery stores, being able to differentiate the two is essential so you can walk away with something you can treasure for years to come.

When looking for a fine jewellery store in the Melbourne area, start by finding someone or a place you can trust. Simon West Jewellery offers the finest handmade diamond engagement rings around. With their personalized service and reputable track record, you can be confident when purchasing anything from their store.

If you want to know how to spot the best jewellery stores in any location, look out for the following signs and you will find it:

Do They Have a Good Reputation?

Sometimes it’s hard to tell this just by walking into a shop. That’s why online reviews and social media testimonials are so valuable these days. Even better, if you know someone who has had a positive experience in a store this will really boost your confidence.

It can be almost impossible to tell the quality and style of the perfect engagement ring you are looking for. Especially if you have never shopped for diamond rings before! So asking the right questions to the jeweller is essential to making a great purchase.

Simon West has a page especially dedicated to testimonials which instil you with confidence that they truly care about your purchase and experience. Click here to view details for more jewellery collections and discover what stunning handcrafted pieces they offer.

Spotting a Brilliant Jeweller

It really helps if you can build a relationship with them. Get to know them so you can form a bond of trust and this will really help the whole purchase go smoothly. You should be able to tell whether the seller is worth your time firstly by how well they listen to your needs. Knowing you are speaking to an observant and astute jeweller is key in the buying process.  If they know what they are doing they should focus on the bride and her personal style whilst listening to you. Once they start going down their own route or getting too pushy, this is a red flag!

You Know They’re Good When They Offer Lots of Services

The more services they offer to help you choose the right engagement ring, the better. For example, a great engagement ring store may have a resident gemmologist or a bench jeweller. These trained and certified people can help you choose the right stones for your style and budget.

Now you know some key signs to look out for, you should be able to find the most exquisite jewellery stores in Melbourne.

It’s wedding season and that means it’s bridal shower season too! Celebrate with your gals or throw a beautiful event for your sister, best friend or college roommate! And while you’re planning, grab some inspiration with these ideas that are both unique and memorable.

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These Rami Kadi wedding gowns will have your jaws dropping from every single stunning detail and innovative silhouette. Beading, whimsy and more come together to create a couture-inspired collection of beautiful, bride-worthy pieces of art. Take a look!

These floral wedding gowns will make your heart skip a beat and have you daydreaming about a springtime celebration in no time. Colors, prints, patterns and interest come together to make these gowns show-stopping numbers.

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Check out these 10 Lela Rose Ready-To-Wear Wedding Gowns we’ve fallen head-over-heels in love with! There are so many styles and silhouettes to choose from – from formal to a bit more casual and free.

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By Megan Velez, Destination Weddings Travel Group

From relaxing beachfront honeymoons to a mountainside stay for two, there is certainly a destination out there for everyone. As all-inclusive resorts continue to pop up in new locales and more countries are opening their arms to welcome same-sex couples, honeymoon options are virtually unlimited, allowing couples to truly personalize their vacation experience. While certain destinations are eternal favorites, there are quite a number of places that couples are flocking to for a more off-the-beaten-path feel, so let’s take a look at some new favorites:

South Africa
A gem of the southern hemisphere, South Africa is filled with hidden spots to explore for any adventure-loving couple. Grab a pair of binoculars and take a safari. Catch some waves at high tide. With volunteer honeymoons on the rise as well, couples are loving the ability to give back during their trip, while also enjoying some of the luxuries of major cities like Cape Town.

Bora Bora
Perfect for those seeking a private getaway, Bora Bora offers all there is in luxurious, intimate destinations. Book an over-water bungalow and wake up to a cool breeze before heading off to your morning massage. Newlyweds who seek a peaceful honeymoon away from the rest of the world will love the opportunities that await them on this gorgeous tropical island.

New Zealand
It’s hard to beat Queenstown, New Zealand when it comes to a thrilling honeymoon. Known as the adventure capital of the world, the city is home to numerous luxury accommodations and cuisines, as well as opportunities for everything from parasailing to mountaineering. Busy-body couples will love the chance to make memories from the numerous activities available in the region!

Hawai’i
Hawai’i has always been a popular spot for honeymoons and for good reason! The Pacific archipelago is home to a number of different climates, allowing it to offer a wealth of exciting opportunities. Island-hopping is fun in itself, as each island boasts its own unique environment. From trekking through a tropical rainforest to snorkeling among the reefs to climbing a dormant volcano, Hawai’i will always be a hot destination for couples who want to spend their honeymoon in paradise.

Europe
One of the biggest draws of Europe is the ease of traveling between countries for a relatively low cost. This allows honeymooning couples to experience a diverse mix of cultures in a matter of days, from taking in the scenic Italian countryside to touring authentic Spanish cities. Perfect for any couple that values good food, beautiful scenery, and rich history, a trip through Europe is an incredible way to create memories that will last a lifetime.

British Columbia
You may not need to cross any oceans to have your dream honeymoon. On the western coast of Canada, British Columbia provides all that gorgeous scenery has to offer and more. Pairing pristine wilderness with charming small towns, this Canadian province is a great option for anyone looking for a mixed bag of activities. Spend the day ziplining or snowmobiling through the peaks, only to retire to the city for a night of great foods and drinks. Consider taking a day trip to Victoria, the capital city, by ferry to explore the quaint Victorian-style atmosphere.

No matter what a couple is after on their honeymoon, there’s certainly a perfect locale out there, if not more. Spend the days exploring one area or plan to take in as much as possible by traveling from place to place – whatever it is, a honeymoon should be planned with only the couple’s preferences in mind!

Megan Velez is the Vice President of Product at Destination Wedding Travel Group, the world’s leading destination wedding and romantic travel planning company. Destination Wedding Travel Group, which encompasses GayDestinationWeddings.com, DestinationWeddings.com and LuxuriousDestinationWeddings.com, has worked with over 20,000 couples and half a million guests to plan dream destination weddings around the world. For more information, visit DestinationWeddings.com.

Pay attention to every nook of your big day from the corners to the floor. And with these 10 floral reception ceilings, you’ll be rethinking the wedding decor immediately.

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Add a bit of pink or mint pop to your bridal hair for when you hit the aisle. Long or short, infuse your look with your personality and don’t go with the flow of tradition if it doesn’t represent who you are. Don’t be afraid to rock colorful tresses on your big day!

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Although themed weddings may not be your cup of tea, they can be great fun and very memorable. If you and your other half have wanted to run away to Vegas to get married but still want to be surrounded by your friends and family. Why not have a Las Vegas casino themed wedding and treat yourself to going to Las Vegas for your honeymoon? If you are thinking of having a Las Vegas theme wedding here are some ideas to make it a fun risk.

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If you are looking to have a Las Vegas casino themed wedding why not look to a hotel as a possible venue. In most hotels you will be able to have the ceremony there as well as the reception. If you have the ceremony and reception at a hotel you only have to pay for transport to the hotel and you may be able to get a package deal saving you money too.

The reception for all weddings is a big deal. You can make your wedding reception a night you, your partner and all your guests will remember. Deck your wedding reception out like a casino; you could have show girls and magicians playing magic tricks that will keep the kids and adults entertained. As well as more importantly having lots of table games adults can play on. Table games like blackjack, roulette, baccarat would be the ultimate touch for your casino themed wedding.

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Elvis Presley is king of entertainment and there are some very good Evils impersonators you can hire to perform at your Las Vegas casino themed wedding. Elvis is closely linked with Las Vegas due to his popular status in the city. If you don’t want to hire an Elvis Impersonator there are more cost effective and inventive ways to incorporate him into your wedding. If you hire a band or DJ ask them to play some of you and your partner’s favourite Elvis tracks as that will be a nice addition to your Las Vegas wedding.

Wedding Favours

Wedding favours are little gifts that are the perfect way for your guests to remember your big day and for you to say thank you. If you are having a Las Vegas casino themed wedding there are endless opportunities you could do for wedding favours including personalised playing cards or even personalised poker chips which can all be wrapped up in a box that is decorated like a dice.

Why Not Honeymoon in Las Vegas?

Weddings are known for being big events but there are ways you can still make it a special day that doesn’t have to be expensive. If you can make your wedding budget relatively small you will be able to spend a bit more money on having your ideal honeymoon. There is no reason to stop the Las Vegas casino theme at your wedding why not try and extend it to your honeymoon with going to Las Vegas? The great part about Las Vegas as well as the casinos is the sunny weather and lovely beaches you and your partner can relax on.

These 10 black wedding cakes will leave your mouth gaping open with WOW and have you rethinking the traditional fare for your big day! These tiered-creations are just as beautiful in this offbeat shade, just look at these deigns!

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Spring Wedding Fever by Anoush Banquet Halls & Catering and L.A. Banquets!

Spring is upon us, which means so is wedding season! Anoush Banquet Halls & Catering, LA’s premier full-service catering company for weddings, screenings, parties, and more, and L.A. Banquets, home of the most luxurious event spaces in the Los Angeles area such as, Brandview, Glenoaks, Le Foyer and Galleria Ballrooms, believes that bringing family and friends together over great events to create memories should be a beautiful experience for the bride and all involved. What began as a small catering company over three decades ago has evolved into a full scale event planning business. The teams at both companies create exquisite cuisine experiences that fuse tradition with modernity, and in recognition of their 30–year anniversary, the company wants to share their favorite tips so your readers can throw their best wedding ever!

Below is a collection of their favorite tips and tricks of the trade. Please review the below offering about “Tips on Designing the Best Spring Wedding.”

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Planning a wedding is never easy, so here are some tips on how to plan the perfect Spring wedding!

Color Palette
There are many color options that can be incorporated into the perfect spring wedding! You can never go wrong with the traditional pastel colors in pinks, greens and yellows to give your wedding ceremony a classic yet fresh look. If you’re feeling a little daring, adding pops of colors such as deep reds and oranges can help add that splash of color to your already sophisticated ceremony. Another bold color choice would be using earthy tones such as deep browns, sages, and ivory

Wedding Food – Light, Bright and Healthy
Planning meals for a Spring wedding is simple and easy with a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables to choose from. Some favorites include steamed asparagus, fresh snap peas, and salad greens. All of these choices drizzled with some dressing will make an excellent pairing with your main course. The main dish is where you can get creative and serve a wide variety of cooking styles for traditional meals. You can’t go wrong with grilled chicken, a rack of lamb or even a fresh fish fillet. No wedding is done right without dessert. Fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate, or cheesecake topped with fresh fruit, or even lemon meringue tarts can be added to your dessert menu.

Flowers
Popular flowers for spring weddings include fragrant lilies, tulips, daises, roses and hyacinths, which are all in full bloom for Spring 2016 season. They also all pair beautifully with each other and will create a beautiful and colorful arrangement.

Spring Fashion
It may not be hot enough for a Summer wedding so wearing a lightweight suit along with a vibrant pastel color is always in style for a spring wedding. Choose breathable fabrics like cotton, and stay away from wool or polyester. Pastel colors to think of when accenting your spring fashion would be; mint green, yellows and pinks.

Bring Nature In
Incorporate different shapes and sizes of centerpieces into the wedding by adding flowers and green plants to supplement your spring wedding. Furnish a small planter with long stemmed spring flowers.

Or, Host Outdoors
As mentioned above, you can bring the outdoors inside, but it’s spring, so why not just stay outdoors! An outdoor wedding is perfect for spring, like this L.A. Banquets location nestled on the Angeles National Forrest in the image above.

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Lots of people are planning wedding services that are not entirely traditional today. Not everyone wants to have the formal church wedding that people all throughout Western society once had. Some individuals do not consider themselves religious, and a growing portion of society falls into that category. Some people see traditional wedding ceremonies as being less creative than the sorts of wedding ceremonies that they would have planned for themselves. Other people just want their weddings to be about self-expression. For some people, a casino style wedding is going to do the trick like no other.

Individuals who are regulars at places like casino are just the sort of people who would decide to plan a casino style wedding for themselves for various reasons. For one thing, many people now actually meet their significant others through such online casinos. Online casinos are quickly forming a community and a fandom. It is not surprising that a lot of people would start to meet through places like this today, since they are going to be united by common interested and gambling is the sort of activity that is going to create a lot of very strong emotions. For couples who met through online gambling in one way or another, a wedding that incorporates elements of casinos in some ways could be something of an expression of their romantic history and their very unique bond.

For other people, a casino style wedding may be romantic for other reasons. These people might associate casinos with the best parts of their dating years. They might have met each other in physical casinos. They may also have gone on great casino dates at certain points during their years as a couple before marriage, which means that there are going to be a lot of pleasant memories connected to those casinos for them.

Of course, for some people, the aesthetics connected to casinos are positive enough that they might want to add them into their wedding ceremonies anyway. A lot of people really love the look and feel of casinos. They like the flashy lights and colors. They like the very particular brand of luxury that casinos happen to offer their customers. They like the promise of better days that casinos are often going to be able to offer their customers in a way that is difficult to find in other places. All of these emotional associations can be great for the people who are planning on getting married, even if they have not spent a great deal of time in Las Vegas or Atlantic City personally, and even if they are not avid gamblers.

A casino style wedding can also end with a casino style reception. A lot of couples are going to want to enthusiastically add the trappings of casinos to their wedding receptions. Some people are going to dance the night away during wedding receptions. Other people are going to want to gamble the night away. People might plan all sorts of exciting activities for their wedding receptions if they are interested in casino style wedding receptions that follow their casino style weddings. They might have a reception that resembles a casino charity night. They might also have decorations that are highly reminiscent of what people would find in the usual casino outlets.

Naturally, the people who have weddings like this are also going to want to have honeymoons that will give them similar experiences. They might spend their honeymoons in casinos at the hotels. Or, they might gamble together playing Royal Vegas casino games at sites like Royal Vegas online casino. Either way, they’re doing something different.

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A wedding theme is usually a reflection on the bride and groom’s tastes, it representssomething of great importance to them whether it’s related to their jobs, their favourite book or just a colour. This is why it’s important you choose the perfect wedding theme for you, and here’s how.

1. What do you and your partner consider special to you both?
A theme should be a joint effort, or if you have differing tastes, combining two isn’t an issue. She might be an avid Harry Potter fan and he might love vintage cars – both easy themes to subtly incorporate into a big day and that symbolise your love for something other than each other.

2. Will your engagement influence the theme?
Wedding themes can be influenced by something as small as the engagement ring picked up from 77Diamonds or where the question was popped. A Paris engagement could create a Parisian themed wedding, with Eiffel tower decorations on the tables, pastel-coloured macaroons as favours and red white and blue colours throughout. Think about how your engagement ties in with the big day and perhaps use it as a theme.

3. Do you want to be loud or subtle?
Themes don’t need to be in your face; subtle additions to your big day can create a theme that people will notice but they don’t necessarily run your day.

Let’s say you both have a huge love for Marvel comics, superhero cufflinks for the groom and groomsmen are easy to incorporate, while the table decorations could feature the colour schemes of your favourite superheroes or even just have tables named after them. You and your partner of course get the table with your favourite superhero name.

4. Don’t base your choice on Pinterest
While Pinterest is a fantastic source of inspiration, it should be used just for that. Don’t decide upon a theme that you saw executed perfectly on the pinning site, it won’t be as cheap nor as simple as it looks to carry off. We’ve all seen those Pinterest fail posts, don’t let your day turn into one of them because you wanted to copy a theme you found on Pinterest.

5. Do something different
Vintage, rustic, pastel are pretty but have all been done to death so why not make your theme something a little different? Of course, don’t choose something just to create an unusual wedding theme, or you could end up regretting it years later and not really enjoying yourself on the day. But if you’re passionate about something don’t hold back, feature it in your big day and try to avoid the usual cliché themes.

6. Think about the season
Whatever time of year you decide to have your wedding, it will have a big impact on your theme. A winter wedding isn’t going to feature summer florals while a summer wedding won’t include any fur capes or ice décor. The season you say ‘I do’ in is important to your theme, whether you’re planning a fun but tasteful Halloween wedding or creating your very own beach paradise in July.

Choose a theme that you and your partner feel passionate about and have fun with it!

Strapless, spaghetti straps, plunging v-neck, cropped, ball gown, a-line — no matter the neckline, shape or style, there’s always room for pockets.

For a while now, pockets have been finding their way into bridal couture designs; however, when they made their debut, they were seemingly always found on an a-line dress fashioned from heavier fabric. Not anymore! As you’ll see in the pics below, pockets are stepping out of the box and crawling into all styles of wedding gowns — even a lace fit and flare.

We adore how pockets bring a relaxed, casual vibe to even the most formal gowns, providing a spot to tuck your hanky or put your hands for a cute photo op.

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Add some personalization and surprise to your wedding! Check out these 10 swoon-worthy, unique wedding details to get inspired by!

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glasses-213156_1920(1)When it comes to impressive wedding destinations, there are few places which beat the sun and the sands of the Golden State of California. While some people will be naturally drawn to the appeal of a Disneyland wedding, there are plenty of places across the state where you can get married far cheaper. If you’re keen on staying in the area for your honeymoon, your friends and family can head back home once the ceremony is done, or head off on their respective holidays. Either way, if you want to make the most of your Californian wedding and honeymoon, here are a couple of things you need to take with you.

 

Travel Documents
First things first – you need to make sure that you have the right documents in place before you leave your house in the UK. If you get to the airport and you haven’t remembered your passport of if you’ve forgotten to apply for your ESTA, you’re starting off the trip of a lifetime on the wrong foot. Make sure that you take care of all of this well in advance of actually travelling.

A Special Outfit For Your First Night
Since this is a trip to remember, you’re both going to want to bring the right outfit for your first night. Whether that’s a suit or a dress for your first dinner of the honeymoon or a special set of lingerie to make the night that little bit different, you’re both going to want to make an effort here. This will go a long way towards making your night one you will remember for the rest of your life together.

The Right Outfit(s) For the Rest of Your Honeymoon
The weather in California is fairly different to the weather you’ll come across here in the UK. Make sure that you not only have the right clothes for your time in the Golden State, but that you have the right clothes for the flight and the subsequent trip back home. As far as the Californian outfits go, a pair of shorts, a vest and a shirt will have you covered for the most part; it’s pretty warm over in California, and those shorts and vests are great up until a point. Just make sure you bring your sun screen and your after sun if you wish to avoid going lobster on your first day out as a married couple!

A Basic First Aid Kit
As with any holiday, you need to make sure that you’re prepared for the worst. You don’t want to spend your honeymoon being ill because you drank the wrong water – a small first aid kit with all the basic first aid you need can be the difference between the honeymoon you’ve always wanted and trying to spend a day on your honeymoon looking for a pharmacy which sells the meds your new spouse needs to make them healthy enough to leave the hotel room.

The Right Perfume
It has been proven that smell is one of the strongest memory triggers. Wear the same perfume or after shave that you wore on your wedding day throughout your honeymoon – this will help establish the strongest possible memories of your time in California. The next time you smell that particular perfume, whether you’re in the UK or anywhere else, your memories of your holiday will come flooding right back.

Warm up the party with these fun way to serve hot chocolate at your wedding! Winter months call for festive treats and this is one of the best! From a spread full of toppings to favors they’ll remember, let’s take a peek!

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There’s almost nothing more gracious and charming than a backyard wedding on a sunny day. It’s much more personal than a reception at a hotel or other public space, and there are almost no rules about what you can or can’t do, including having your canine best friend be part of the party. But whether your style is rustic or sophisticated, and whether you’re going to have a small or large guest list, there are still a lot of things to consider. Here are some of them:

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Is The Backyard Ready?

This is first on the list because a backyard wedding calls for your lawn and flower beds to be in their best condition, and that takes time.  Hiring a professional lawn care service is the easiest and most effective way to level the ground so that tables and chairs don’t wobble, and to get the lush green grass you want without worrying over what products to use and how to use them.

As far in advance as you can, you also want to plant new flowers and prune the existing ones so they can bloom prettily in time for the reception. Have trees trimmed, too, to allow them time to grow out of that “new haircut” stage.

If you’re lucky enough to have been invited to use someone else’s backyard, giving them the gift of professional lawn and gardening services for the months leading to your wedding — and a touch-up visit afterward — would be a wonderful way to say thank you!

How Many People Will Fit?

The size of your guest list will be determined not only by the size of your backyard, but by the kind of event you have in mind. If the ceremony will be at home, too, you’ve got to decide how you’re going to set that up, as well as whether you can afford (in time or budget) to use the same chairs for dining after the ceremony. If you’re planning a simple reception with finger food and cake, you can accommodate more people than if you want a full-on seated meal because you can use smaller tables — but still, you should have seats for everyone and spots for them to settle their plates and glasses.

While you’re plotting the layout, remember that you’ve got to allow space for serving or buffet tables, the bar, musical entertainment, and somewhere to dance if that’s part of your plan.

What Will You Have to Rent?

If you’re serving a meal, the short answer is: almost everything. Even if you’re only having a cocktail buffet, you’re going to need a lot of things. Chairs and tables for sure. Linens, too. Silverware and serving pieces. Plates in several sizes for food and cake, as well as coffee mugs or cups and saucers. Wine, water, and bar glasses. Chafing dishes, pitchers, coffee urns, platters, and trays — the list goes on.

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A full catered meal for a reception that exceeds the capacity of your kitchen will also require rental of a portable refrigeration unit, cooking equipment or hot boxes for food not cooked on site, and most likely a generator. Pay special attention to where the generator will go, because some hum quite noisily.

Your caterer can arrange for all cooking and serving-related rentals. But there’s more! Musicians may need rentals, too. Some groups own their own mics, amps, and speakers, and others may need you to supply them. Even DJs may require rented speakers, and they’ll generally also want you to supply a table or two. For dancing, if there’s no patio or other appropriate solid surface in the backyard, you can rent a dance floor in just about any size you’d like. These are all issues that would be taken care of for you in a hotel ballroom or other public venue; just be aware that you have to plan for them.

Where Will People Park?

If you’re having more than a few dozen guests, it’s a kindness to them and to your neighbors to hire a valet service. And do remember that your caterer will need to park cars and equipment close to the house.

What About the Neighbors?

Absolutely let them know in advance so they can plan their own day accordingly and not interfere with yours. You don’t want someone using a power drill all afternoon, for example. Ply them with treat bags, or invite them if you must, but make sure no one is surprised that a wedding is happening next door.

OMG What if it Rains?

Letting a smile be your umbrella may not be sufficient if the skies open up. Have a contingency plan you can put in place within a few days if the weather report isn’t promising. Just be prepared and then don’t sweat it. Some of the most memorable and loving celebrations have taken place under what might have seemed like the most dismal conditions.

For more tips on backyard weddings, check this out.

Long gone are the days of the bride and groom locking eyes for the first time when she walks down the aisle. The “first look” prior to the wedding is the new black. Couples are now opting to see each other for the first time on their wedding day before the ceremony starts. Some choose to make it a private moment, while others include their family and friends in the special moment.

One thing’s for sure — nothing is as photogenic as capturing the bride and groom locking eyes on each other for the first time on their wedding day.

Take a look at 10 of our favorite first look snapshots.

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Up-do? Down and flowy? If you can’t decide between the two dos, why not go with something in between? Enter half-up, half-down hairstyles.

Whether you part and sweep your hair back, poof and pin, straighten or curl, the achieved look is classy, put-together and simply gorgeous. While we adore a bridal up-do, there’s something utterly ethereal about locks cascading down your face — but the last thing you want is to be fiddling with your hair all day long. The solution? Half-up, half-down.

Check out these stunning styles we love.

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Few people can capture the special moments on your wedding day in the same way that a professional photographer can. There is often a misguided opinion that anybody with a semi-decent camera, smart-phone or tablet can take a photo equally as well as a professional and all of their equipment. So why pay to have someone shoot your wedding when absolutely anyone of your guests could be doing it? Well, there is a distinction between amateur and professional photographers; years of experience, training and practice that helps them understand lighting, movement and angles, and then of course there are also post-processes. The hours of work touching up and editing the photos to make them perfect. That is the difference you should pay for.

Let’s see what’s involved in professional photography:

Skills and Equipment
Well, instead of just an iPhone and some holiday snapping experience, a professional, like those in the Studio 4 Photography Team,  will arrive with a neatly packed and ordered kit of lenses, flashes, lights, tripods, memory cards, batteries, backup batteries and spare cameras; somehow all stowed neatly along without getting in the way at all.

But all of this equipment would help very little if they weren’t in the hands of someone with the experience to use them, and the understanding to combine colour, light, texture, angles and shutter speeds perfectly, to get the exact shot they are looking for. An eye for those kinds of things only comes from the extensive experience found in photographers.

Professional Courtesy
Perhaps the biggest difference between an amateur and professional photographer is that one knows how to get great shots without tripping over the bride and landing camera first into the wedding cake, and it may be a bit of a chance to take with the other. Even with all their equipment, a good photographer knows how to do two things: they can easily stay out of everyone’s way, and they can make you feel comfortable about having a camera in front of you. What you want is a photographer like the one from Rachel and Luke’s engagement shoot.

After The Shoot
Photo editing is where a lot of the best work goes into photographs, and it also happens to be the hardest part (depending on what needs editing). But the point is that a pro’s understanding of what goes into the photograph’s makeup and their know-how when it comes to editing it, will make every single photo they work on look magical. You wouldn’t get that kind of photo-editing from your groom to be’s nephew.

So, you can see that wedding photography is not a simple matter of point and shoot. There is a lot to think about when you want to bring your photographs to life, and life is exactly what a professional will give them. So instead of just having snaps at your
wedding, get someone who can produce images that will be good enough to frame in your home forever.

Before we dust off our dancing shoes to break it down at wedding receptions in 2o16, let’s take a look back on the wedding tunes that had us tapping our toes and clapping our hands in 2015.

According to Spotify, which examined more than 400,000 wedding-themed playlists from around the world, the top five song choices among couples included “All of Me” by John Legend, “Marry You” by Bruno Mars, “Thinking out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, and “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers.

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You’ve done the dating, met each other’s parents, and now you have the ring to prove it. If you’ve recently gotten engaged, congratulations! If you’re soon to be in the thick of wedding planning, you might be feeling overwhelmed by all the ins and outs of organizing the perfect ceremony. Instead of feeling tied down to old traditions, infuse some life back into your wedding shindig by trying these modern takes on some of the nuptial classics and create an event you and your guests will never forget.

Specialized Drinks
Instead of hosting an open bar, try a more tailored approach with specialized signature drinks created with your big day in mind. Both the bride and groom can choose three cocktail favorites, and create His and Hers wedding drink menus that guests can peruse. This provides a unique touch to the festivities and will cut down on the exorbitant costs that come along with alcohol purchases for the reception.

The Wedding Cake
You’ve likely been to a wedding or two in your lifetime, and most have probably served cake fothe dessert of the night. Now think back. How many of these cakes were something you remember? How many were so delicious that they were worth the probably exorbitant cost paid by the happy couple? If you’re scratching your head to come up with at least one example that fulfills these qualifications, it’s no surprise. Traditional wedding cakes cost more than a pretty penny, and often they’re the least memorable portion of the evening. Instead of shelling out the big bucks for a frosted masterpiece that your guests may or may not enjoy, try offering trendy dessert tables that are becoming more and more popular. From fresh baked cookies to chocolate dipped fruit, cupcakes to jars filled with candy, you’ll see hordes of people at the dessert table all night long, and happy faces on everyone from the littlest of children to the oldest members of the family.

Skip the Rice
It’s in pretty much every wedding movie you can name—the couple runs out and joyful wedding guests sprinkle rice over their heads. While still a cute and sentimental tradition, you can make this a bit more exciting by using something else as confetti in place of the little kernels. Delicate flower petals make for a softer and more fragrant shower of congratulations as the happy couple makes their way to the car and glitter will work for the couple who lives out loud.

Color Your World
Instead of sticking to the classic white wedding dress selections, brides are tending to be more daring with their wedding colors, especially on their gown for the big day. For some its subtle hue changes to softer creams and beiges, while for other brides, it’s a full 180-degree switch to colorful wedding gowns that signify their exuberant joy on this momentous occasion. If you’re not sold on a white wedding dress, follow this trend and try something different—it is your special day after all so shouldn’t you be able to dress the way you want?

The Bouquet Toss
While throwing your bouquet to all the single ladies might be a fun tradition, you can make the event more meaningful. Instead of tossing it to a bunch of gals who might not be clamoring to catch it, select a special woman who has made a positive influence in your life or that of your groom’s and present the bouquet to her. If you feel like explaining your decision, give a short but heartfelt speech explaining how she’s made a difference in your life. It could be your mother, sister, his mother, or a friend who has really impacted you in a positive way.

The First Glance
In the past, couples weren’t supposed to see each other before the aisle walk—it was considered bad luck. These days, superstition is kicked to the curb and love is celebrated with private first viewings. That means you can see your betrothed before taking that walk and have a more sentimental reveal. If you’d like to capture the moment forever, have a photographer ready in the wings to catch the looks on your faces when you first take in your soon-to-be husband or wife.

As you get more involved with the wedding planning, consider some of these modern updates to traditional ceremonies for an occasion that will exceed all your expectations.

Once thought of as blah, dull and boring, gray is the neutral everyone is crushing on. Sharp, soft, elegant and romantic at the same time, incorporate gray into your winter wedding color palette for a look that everyone will swoon over.

The best thing about gray? It matches EVERYTHING — pair shades of steel, slate, silver and pewter with both pastels and jewel tones, for a clean, gorgeous look.

We’ll leave you with some luscious gray-spiration to get you thinking.

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Not the typical couple? Are you on the hunt for a venue that’s a bit more out of the box than the predictable ballroom or barn? If you’re an art-loving duo, why not hold your big event at a local gallery? From the urban structures to exhibits hanging from the walls, the end result is an über cool, sophisticated soirée that will leave an imprint on your guests.

Even cooler? Play off of the displayed art for your wedding color palette. Make sure to inquire as to the rotation of the exhibits with the timing of your wedding day, so you won’t be surprised with a change in color or theme.

Check out these unique, art-centric weddings:

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Check out this new and funky trend in the wedding world! These color-dripped wedding cakes will rule the reception and create a special uniqueness to your big day!

We’ve talked quite a bit about the growing popularity of different holiday-themed weddings in past posts; but, if we had to choose one special occasion as our favorite for a wedding, it would be — hands-down — Valentine’s Day.

It is the day devoted to love, after all.

From hearts to roses, arrows, cupid, kisses and chocolate — you’ve got endless accents at your disposal to create a themed wedding bursting with love. However, beware that this type of holiday decor can get cheesy, fast, so opt for more muted and chic versions of the aforementioned decorations in soft pinks, berry reds and blushes. Combine these traditional tones with accent hues like sage, mint and metallics for an elegant take on V-Day. Do that, and the result is a big day full of heart.

Xoxo.

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These 10 magical Alvina Valetta wedding gowns from the 2016 collection are must-see’s for any and all brides-to-be! Made with a bit of flirtatiousness, classic lines and a lot of girlish accents, we’re in love with this spring line!

Think outside-the-box for your wedding with these unique color palettes! Steer clear of tradition and go with shades that reflect your personal style instead. From winter to spring to fall and summertime too, it doesn’t matter the time of year for an original idea.

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Get fresh inspiration for your ladies in waiting with this compilation of powder blue bridesmaids. Full of romance, sultry designs and complimentary tones, dress your best gals in something they all love and feel comfortable in.

 

 

 

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Over the last 25 years or so, there has been between 2000 and 2500 Tons of gold mined per a year and over 50% of that gold goes towards making jewellery. The jewellery industry is a massive one and a lot of money changes hand each year in the purchase of both the raw materials for jewellery and also the finished product. So where does this gold come from and who mines it?

The Source of Gold

Although you can find gold throughout most of our planet, some countries have much more resources than others. The top ten gold producing countries are:

  1. China
6. Peru
    2. United States 7. Indonesia
     3. Australia 8. Canada
    4.  South Africa 9.Uzbekistan
    5. Russian Federation 10. Ghana

The majority of the gold that is mined each year is done by big corporations, but there are also many small and independent mining operations that exist all over the world. As with any industry, competing with the larger firms can be hard, so to help combat this, the Fairtrade movement was founded. It is good to learn more about the Fairtrade movement before buying your wedding rings, as you can source rings that come from ethical sources.

What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade covers a lot of products that are produced by small independent sources and covers a wide variety of different products.

  • Gold
  • Bananas
  • Coffee
  • Cocoa
  • Tea

The idea is that the smaller producers can receive a fair price for the products that they produce, rather than have the larger retailers try to cut all of their profits so that they can gain more. When you purchase from a Fairtrade supplier you are helping to sustain the local economy and the workers will receive a fair wage for the work that they do. So when looking for a something blue wedding inspiration in the form of a gold and sapphire, you will want to make sure that the gold comes from a Fairtrade supplier. By doing this, it will allow you to feel at ease knowing that you are helping others, and letting the smaller and independent businesses compete against the conglomerates and corporations.

We all like to get things for as cheap as possible, but you need to remember that the people that often make and supply all of your favourite luxuries are often living in close to poverty conditions. Many large corporations will also force indigenous people from their land to make a new gold or diamond mine, which is not the case when you purchase Fairtrade gold.

The concept of Fairtrade includes sustainability which is why the producers of the goods that sell within the system own 50% of Fairtrade. The system provides a big incentive for producers which allows the owners of the firm to pay the workers a higher salary, often making them more productive if also offered other incentives. Money is pumped back directly into the local economy right where it is needed, at grass roots level and not into the back pocket of corporations!

Check out these 10 groomsmen gifts that your pals will actually use and love. Instead of wasting money on trinkets your boys won’t keep, invest in something usable and fun!

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