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Ines Di Santo wedding gowns will make you weak at the knees. Just take a glimpse at these 10 whimsical and romantic designs!
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We pride ourselves on delivering high-quality jewelry to each and every client, and we don’t cease until we can help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Among our prestigious collections of rings are our handwoven wedding bands, which provide a new and interesting take on the traditional wedding jewelry. Men typically get the short end of the stick when it comes to experiencing the luxury of a wedding, but we think that both the bride and the groom deserve to be pampered on their special day. Our wedding bands allow you to relive the magic of the moment each and every day.
An Eye-Catching Display
Our handwoven wedding bands are one-of-a-kind creations that are crafted from the finest elements and with the utmost care. You will proudly want to display your wedding ring for all to see, and they will be intrigued by the twists and turns of the eye-catching rhythm and movement. These rings come to life and are a far departure from the boring and old-fashioned wedding rings of decades past. While looking and appealing, these rings still maintain the elegance and luxury of their older counterparts. Everyone will find something to love about these rings, but the most important thing is that you fall in love with it!
Choose the Character of Your Ring
When you opt for one of our handwoven wedding bands, you can choose from a variety of styles, colors, and metals. The handwoven designs can range from intricate and minimalist to sweeping waves that circle around your finger. Your metal options include white and yellow gold, as well as rose gold, palladium, and platinum. The interwoven designs are surrounded on each side by a stunningly bright metal of your choice. You may also choose the width of your intertwining pattern; choose from a narrow patterned band around your finger or a wide display of twists and turns in your carefully selected metal.
High-Quality Every Time
Any choice you make is going to be a great one because we pride ourselves on offering only the highest-quality stones, metals, and materials out there. We want both the bride and the groom to be more than satisfied with their purchases, which is why we take the time to get to know you and what you want from a wedding band. Handwoven designs are the ideal choice for the couple who is looking to go against the grain, make a statement, and start their own wedding tradition.
One of my dearest friends recently got married and in her infinite wisdom she chose the one person who has never been married, will most likely never be married and who knows practically nothing about weddings to be her maid of honor – me!
As flattering as that was I hit panic mode because like I said, until this point I had absolutely no experience with weddings. So that night, I spent hours trying to find out what exactly I was supposed to do as MOH.
And then I was terrified! By the time I was done I had worked out that a while a wedding is all the dreams a bride has ever had about her big day finally coming true, it is up to the MOH to turn them into reality! Now if that’s not stress, then I don’t know what is! So if you you’re as clueless about your MOH responsibilities as I was – here’s what I learned from my experience…
Have a meeting with the bride before the planning starts
The maid of honor’s duties will completely depend on what the bride wants, so that means you need to get together so you can discuss what she expects from you. Does she want you to be a traditional MOH who helps with the hosting of all the pre-wedding celebrations such as the bridal shower, will you need to help with the cake tasting, dress selections and fittings as well as everything else wedding related?
Or does she have other people handling those things and you’re only meant to show up on her big day, trying to look pretty in whatever dress has been chosen for you? Whatever the case may be, it is essential that you have both agreed on your role so that there are no last minute surprises and hurt feelings as the big day approaches.
What you’ll be doing before the wedding
The MOH is the brides right hand woman, her sidekick in the wedding war (trust me – it is a war!) and the person that she will depend on the most in the days leading up to the day, on the day of and even after the day!
The bride will be asking for your help with everything from shopping for the wedding party’s outfits to helping with the décor, and sometimes just listening to her vent about everything that’s going wrong with the wedding plans!
So be prepared for almost every spare minute of time you have from this moment until the wedding is over to be booked with wedding related activities, start becoming an expert on weddings and make sure you know every trick to calm your bride down when necessary! If the money becomes a problem, try checking out coupons. There’s plenty of them online nowadays, on such sites as Discountrue or RetailMeNot, so you can choose out of many different stores. JCPenney, Neiman Marcus – you name it, it’s there!
Choosing the dresses
Some brides have been dreaming about their wedding dress forever, and know exactly what they want. Others have only the vaguest idea and spend months looking for the perfect one. And you are going to need to be at her side the whole time, helping her find the dress that makes her look and feel as beautiful as possible!
Your honesty is crucial here, because brides can be pretty insecure about what they look good in, and they can get over excited about a REALLY bad choice!
As the MOH you probably have more say in the bridesmaid’s dresses, which is fantastic news for you. But if your bride is has several bridesmaids, then remember you’re not the only one standing at her side on the special day.
So be kind, avoid potential unhappiness among the bridal entourage and help the bride choose dresses that will be comfortable for and flattering to all the bridesmaids. Also, the MOH traditionally pays for her own dress, shoes and jewelry (as well as any wedding related beauty treatments).
Hosting the pre-wedding parties
Have I mentioned that being a maid of honor can be pretty costly? You already know that you are probably going to be paying for your own dress and accessories, but the MOH is also normally responsible for the bachelorette party and the bridal shower.
And if you are hosting a party of any kind that means you are going to be responsible for at least some, if not all of the costs related to it. So before you agree to be a maid of honor, make sure you are upfront with the bride about what you can and can’t afford!
Sometimes the hosting of these parties falls to other people, but make sure you’re ready to arrange both of them – just in case! And if you find yourself drowning under this responsibility then don’t try to be a superwoman, ask your fellow bridesmaids for help!
Know as much about the whole wedding as the bride does
No matter how simple your bride wants her wedding to be, it is one of the most involved and complex events there are. There are dozens of little details and everyone is going to have questions, which means you need to be able to provide the answers.
You are the brides’ sidekick, and she has tons on her plate so it is understandable that she might forget things. So you need to know the wedding planning schedule – who is responsible for what, when important appointments are happening and when things need to be ready by.
You’ll also need to know answers to the questions the guests may ask which includes everything about the registry (where it is, what’s on it), events leading up to the wedding and specifics about the itinerary for the day of the main event.
Make sure all the guests have your contact details so they can get hold of you if they need to – your social media details, your email address and your phone number. By making sure you’re available to answer any and all questions you’ll reduce a lot of the bride’s stress!
Be the ultimate sidekick
The MOH needs to be there for the bride as much as much as possible, but especially on her big day. Whenever she needs something – whether it is a tissue, assistance when going to the loo, someone to run interference or a calming influence you need to be within arm’s reach!
The bride will probably be pretty emotional on her wedding day, so you will need to do everything in your power to reduce her stress. That means you’ll need to handle the vendors if there are any questions or problems, have backup plans for backup plans and manage the bridesmaids.
You are also going to have the honor of witnessing and signing the marriage certificate, and then be on hand to help the bride while the post ceremony photography is happening. That means touching up her makeup, and finding the guests who are supposed to be present for the photographs!
By this time a lot of the pressure is off, but you are still going to need to know how to bustle your brides dress for the reception which can be a lot more complicated than it seems! It is also up to you to make sure the bride actually eats something or she may just pass out before the reception is over!
It is not always compulsory, but have a maid of honor speech ready if your bride has asked for one. Pull out a few personal stories, but don’t embarrass her in any way! And lastly, get the bride ready to leave by helping her change if necessary and collecting any gifts that guests brought to the wedding.
Our closing thoughts
No matter how many or how few duties your bride has asked you to perform, at the end of the day there is just one thing you need to remember – and that is to have as much fun as possible! Help your bride laugh at any disasters that happen, instead of falling to pieces.
She chose you to help her get through one of the most important days of her life, and it is something that both of you will remember for the rest of your lives. By the end of it, your friend will be Mrs. Prince Charming and that is something precious – so embrace and enjoy it and help her do the same!
1. Dr. Scholl’s Mole Skin: Probably our favorite item on this list. Your wedding day is not the day to be limping around with blisters from your shoes rubbing in all the wrong places. Pre-remedy this by slapping moleskin on in all the places where there’s potential to rub.
2. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder: A good powder controls shine and minimizes the look of pores — which you’ll need to be photo ready all day long. This is the perfect compact to slip away with to pat your nose.
3. Goody Mini Bobby Pins: We are partial to the mini kind. They hide easier. Match to your hair color.
4. Clear nail polish: Whether you need to smooth over a nicked nail or stop a run in hose, clear nail polish is the star of many hacks.
5. Safety pins: This is the most important outfit you’ll ever wear…but things happen. A button may burst, a piece of fabric might snag, and so on — so be ready! Safety pins are lifesavers.
6. Healthy snack: Okay, this one is really important, so listen up. You need to eat while you’re getting ready. We repeat, you need to eat while you’re getting ready. Things get hectic, so plan ahead and stash a couple protein and fiber-packed bars in your purse. Try KIND bars.
7. Sewing kit: You’ll want mini scissors, thread, needles and buttons to mend any snafus that come up.
8. Hair spray: No explanation needed. Mini Hard Head by Bed Head is a winner for maximum hold.
9. White chalk: Ditch stain remover pens. When it comes to masking a stain on a white gown, chalk is the way to go.
10. Clear Band-Aids: Whether you cut yourself shaving, or accidentally get a paper cut, have some clear band-aids on hand to help you out.
Don’t be afraid to shower your bridesmaids with a bit of extra love on your big day. Don’t go with cheap, favor-like gifts but instead, try to invest in a piece of jewelry or a designer piece they’ll keep around for years to come. But besides the usual “thank you” token, there are some other items you may need to make sure your ladies in waiting have when the day of arrives.
A piece of the ensemble: from jewelry to cardigans or even a hair accessory or two, you could surprise your gals with a piece of the day they can wear now and later.
Square CZ Pendant Necklace from CC
Disposable Cameras: Pass these babies around and have your bridesmaids snap shots throughout the night. These candids will be the most sought after of memories.
Fujifilm Quicksand Flash 400 Single-Use Camera from Amazon
Candy or Snacks: Provide your gals with snacks that will put a spike in their blood sugar. It’s not unusual for all the ladies to go without a bite and this will be ready for each and every one of them when they need a pick-me-up.
Wild West Pop from Dylan’s Candy Bar
Extra Band-Aids: Provide your ladies with some extra boxes of Band-Aids. Make them neutral, make them fun, either way be prepared for accidents and blisters!
Oh Joy! Adhesive Bandages from Target
Bottled Water: Keep those girls hydrated. Just like candies or snacks to keep your bridesmaids on their toys, make sure they have a drink of something nice when and if they need it.
Fiji Natural Artesian Water from Walmart
Weddings and engagements don’t happen everyday, yet you can look back at the event every single day of your life when you choose Now and For Always Photography. Expert equipment, stellar skills, and the knowledge of capturing the romance and magic of the day, these professionals will fully take care of your special event’s photography. When you think about it, why wouldn’t you entrust a reputable photographer to snap pictures of the happiest day of your life?
The Perfect Angle, Every Time
When you choose Now and For Always Photography, you are guaranteed to have perfect photos, every time. Your wedding or engagement is a once-in- a-lifetime event; one that warrants the best quality photography possible. That is why these professionals don’t rest until they snap the perfect picture that you will want to cherish for years to come. One of the most popular reasons why people hire professional photographers is that the experts know which angles work best under specific lighting circumstances, in various situations and locations, as well as just how to capture the ambiance and romance of the event.
When You Want, Where You Want
Another wonderful aspect of hiring the professionals at Now and For Always Photography is that as the client, you have the power of deciding where to shoot and when. As long as timetables allow, you can have any part of your wedding ceremony or reception photographed with top quality equipment and the utmost skill. Before and after the event, feel free to fit in time for a photo op with the wedding party, your new spouse, or friends and family members. Plus, you can tell the experts when you want your pictures to be taken, so that you can plan out the day to fit in with the rest of your activities.
A Memory That Lasts a Lifetime
Finally, just imagine how busy you will be on your big day. The bottom line is that you want to fully enjoy the event and just be in the moment. A professional photographer helps to make that happen, because you don’t have to worry about following the photographer around or even toting the camera around by yourself. You also don’t have to entrust a friend or family member to take the pictures, which puts less stress and drama on the entire situation. Yes, the experts are there to help you, and they know the ropes like the back of their hand. You will be well taken care of!
As a little thank you, send off all of your guests with a tiny treat. Whether you want it to be edible, keepsake worthy or just plain fun and unique, have it coincide with the overall vision for your day. Start shopping around, grabbing ideas and taking a peek at some of our favorite picks that are some of the best buys around – sale included!
Light in the Box has some of the most inexpensive and expansive favors list around. And some of our favorites include:
My Wedding Favors always has chic and sophisticated finds as well as the most trendy-worthy favors! And they run some of the best sales too!
JJsHouse is another spot that you’ll find a variety of inexpensive favors. They run sales and have both traditional, personalized and unique options.
Beau-coup wedding favors are seriously some of the most adorable. Check them out and skim what’s on sale for the best deals.
title photo via The Knot
Planning a wedding can be a very time consuming and stressful process that has obvious rewards when done right. There are many different elements that go into the planning of a successful wedding like choosing the right Jamaica wedding villas and the décor you will use for the ceremony. The look and feel of your wedding is a very important part of people’s perception of the affair. One of the best ways to increase the overall aesthetic appeal of you event is by adding ice sculptures to your wedding. The following are a few of the benefits of having ice sculptures at your wedding.
Originality and Creativity
One of the biggest benefits of having an ice sculpture is that it can add a sense of creativity and originality to the design of your wedding. Many people struggle with a sense of originality at their wedding due to the décor that is traditionally used in weddings. You will be able to give your ideas to the ice sculptor and then they will take them and bring them to life for you. If you do not have any ideas about the sculpture, then the ice sculptor can help you get some ideas that may work with the existing décor that you have.
Another benefit of having an ice sculpture at your wedding is that it can act as a conversation piece that will bring people at your wedding together. Typically, the guests at a wedding don’t know each other that well and conversation can be a bit scarce in these situations. By having a beautiful ice sculpture in the middle of you wedding, you will give people a jumping offer point to converse at the wedding. The more communication there is at your wedding, the more enjoyment people will have at your wedding proceedings.
Another benefit of having an ice sculpture is that it is very cost effective to get and the benefits that come along with it are more than worth it. You need to speak with a few different companies to see who can give you the best price on the sculpture that you want. In most cases, the couple planning the wedding has a firm budget that they have to follow, which is why ice sculptures are such a great idea
The more research that you do on the ice sculptures companies you are considering, the better off you will be in the long run. Getting a great ice sculpture is contingent on getting the right company.
An engagement is one of the most delightful moments of your life, so why not hold onto that memory with a beautiful photo? Finding the right expert in engagement photography in Chatham doesn’t have to be a chore, but there are some things to look out for. Of course cost is an important detail, but also pay attention to professionals who offer outstanding customer service, freedom to create the scene you want, and the knowledge and expertise to handle the photo shoot perfectly.
A Memorial of the Magic
Choosing the perfect engagement photography in Chatham means doing your research, because this is a once-in- a-lifetime event and you want to make sure that every detail is just right. With a recognized expert, you never have to worry about preserving those memories so that they last a lifetime. After all, they say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so make sure that your engagement photo says more than just “will you marry me?” A professional photographer is able to capture the intimacy and romance between a couple, as well as the past experiences and moments that they’re been through.
Aesthetic Ideas and Expert Skill
Sure, you could try to take your own engagement pictures, but the effect is nowhere near the same as when you entrust this moment to a trained and skilled photographer. First of all, the expert can give you some aesthetic ideas to set the scene and recreate the magic of the moment. Secondly, a professional photographer will know how to get the ideal lighting and angles to make you and your partner look absolutely astonishing in the picture. Without the right knowledge of camera equipment and artistic compositions, your engagement photo will just end up looking ho-hum.
Competitive Pricing and Customer Service
Finally, as you scope out your options, you will find yourself wanting a photography service that can offer high quality but not a high price tag. Believe it or not, you can choose a professional who is trained, experienced, and recognized without having to pay big bucks. Just do your research and make sure that you take into consideration the technical aspect of photography, because a bargain price doesn’t always mean a great photo! Only the experts who take customer service seriously should be on your radar. Recreating the happiest day of your life takes on a whole new meaning when you have the help of a distinguished professional photographer.
Each self-planning couple looking for a perfect honeymoon location spends a few hours surfing the internet looking for other travelers’ pieces of advice and recommendations. Even if your trip will be taken care of by the travel agency, it is still fun to gaze upon beautiful views online as well.
For those who are willing to go hand in hand with the latest traveling trends and for those who don’t necessary want to spend their honeymoon on an island, today we are going to share a list of five most exotic and lovely cities according to cheap hotels booking site Travel Ticker!
1. Ubud: one temple for everyone
In the Indonesian island of Bali, you can find a small city of Ubud, which got a lot of attention after a super popular 2011 movie called “Eat. Pray. Love.” The film made the island and the cultural center of the island the city Ubud famous, so now it attracts thousands of visitors each year. Here you can get familiar with traditional local dances and arts, and afterward explore thousands of temples, which are believed to be found in every yard there is. To be fair, travelers are also rushing to visit another island’s celebrity – green, surrounded by jungle, Tegallalang rice terraces which will look breathtaking in your honeymoon pictures.
2. The old Hanoi on the old scooter
An increasing number of travelers flock to Vietnam to see such natural wonders as Halong Bay, but their tour of the country begins at the Hanoi airport. In the capital and second largest city of the country where is a ton of things to see, since all around the city you can see a lot of remains of the era, then Vietnam was a part of French Colony.
Do not miss the chance to visit the most important part of the city – Ba Dinh Quarter, where the narrow streets and the ancient buildings can be explored on the scooter. There is also no shortage of souvenirs and traditional goods shops so that you can bring a lot of lovely gifts after the honeymoon too. By the way, this area has a very vibrant nightlife too – bars and karaoke clubs can be found on every corner.
3. The magical neighborhood of Siem Reap
Although Siem Reap city in Cambodia is full of bars and clubs, people from all over the world come here not only to party. Tourists are rushing to see one of the world’s seven wonders – the Angkor. Huge, more than 160 hectares covering Hindu temples and the palace complex, settled in the middle of the jungle has sprouted at the 12th century.
Angkor will take your breath not only by the number of temples here but also by drawings on the walls picturing the exploits of the gods: there are about 3000 different art pieces all over the complex!
4. Marrakech: aromas instead of tour guide
In recent years, Morocco was discovered by many tourists around the globe who were attracted by the beautiful nature and ancient cities. One of them – Marrakech, which spirit you can best feel at the Jemaa el-Fna Square. Here you will be greeted with thousands of small local vendors trying to sell various colorful goods.
Since the stalls are full of fragrant spices, fresh fruits, and traditional Moroccan dishes, follow your nose and thus discover the delicious Moroccan delicacies which will bring a whole new taste of your honeymoon.
5. Istanbul views from the historic tower
Istanbul remains to be one of the most popular vacation or honeymoon destinations. Turkey’s biggest city will amaze you with the beauty of Byzantine cathedrals, crowded markets and the cafes and bars. However, most travelers are rushing to visit the Bosporus Strait, which separates city into two parts – one European and one Asian. Here you can also visit the famous Virgin tower.
Built on a miniature island, this structure in the past served both as a lighthouse and as a prison. Now more than 800 years old city’s celebrity works as a wonderful observation deck, a historical museum, and a restaurant.
Make your guests green with envy with a wedding cake that stops the show. Green may not be the most popular color in the wedding world but it can sure make a scene with its organic and natural tones. Check out these cakes dressed in this rich and beautiful color!
Every wedding deserves a signature cocktail. A sip that tastes like and represents the day’s theme and season all in one. We’re gathering the year’s best in flavors and sharing the look and ingredients of some of our favorites. And today’s it’s all about the refreshing and revitalized tastes of summertime. Take a look at these 6 summer-inspired signature cocktails and see if one catches your fancy or works for your celebration!
Watermelon is known for its light and refreshing nature, making it the perfect summertime treat to both cool off and revive in the heat. Serve up some sangria with a side of this melon-infusion. Don’t forget to add extra ice to this white wine concoction that we’re sure will satisfy every one of your guests! And of course you can make a non-alcoholic version for the little ones.
Serve up something that could really get the celebration started with these coconut margaritas. The best part about them is this is actually a skinny recipe, but it’s completely indulgent too. Entice your guests with something that feels like vacation on your big day!
This signature cocktail will light up the reception with its sweet, summertime flavors and light, breezy feel. It’s sweet and a bit feminine, but everyone will want to take a sip. Especially with these fresh raspberry garnishes floating around the glasses for extra pops of color. And it’s bubbly too, which is perfect for celebrating.
We found the perfect recipe for those that are having a destination celebration. Get ready for your beach wedding with these beachside cosmos! And they’re blushing with all the right ingredients including: limeade, vodka, cranberry juice, triple sec and fresh lime slices as garnish
Make something extra fruity and delicious with the help of this fabulous and unique recipe. And what’s extra unique and detailed is the addition of the “fruit ice” your guests will rave over! It’s certainly one of the most perfect, summertime cocktails around.
Here’s another unique drink mix that all your guests will fuss over and remember. It’s quintessential of the season but it’s also something that is original enough to serve as a signature drink of the day. Catch the recipe and try this one out before the celebrating starts.
Check out springtime flavors here!
You want your wedding to be elegant and stylish. That’s why you buy the most beautiful dress, why you book a stunning venue, and why you should design a gorgeous wedding table setting. These are our 18 helpful tips to get you started on designing the ideal wedding table setting for your perfect day.
1. Know Your Colour Wheel
Using a colour wheel to determine what kinds of colours go well together will save you the embarrassment of a clashing colour palette.
2. Banquet Tables
Long banquet tables are modern and make the most use of the space available, leaving plenty of room for the dancefloor.
3. Bright Colour Accent
Choosing your colour palette is important, but if you are looking for something simple and modern, choose one accent colour against white linens. A colour theme that pops makes for a memorable wedding design!
4. Tall Pomander Centrepiece
A tall pomander centrepiece is not only a bold statement piece, but gets a big display off the table, allowing your guests to see each other and making room on the table for all the dishes.
5. Simple Rose Decoration
Decorating a table with a lone rose is simple and chic. Enough said.
6. Crisp White Linen
Neutrals are a safe bet when determining a colour palette for your guests’ tables. And nothing says class more than a crisp white table cloth, neat white napkins, and white roses and candles as the centrepiece.
7. Engraved Wooden Box Centrepiece
If you’re looking for a centrepiece for your rustic wedding, a wooden engraved box, with the word “Love” or with your names is a great DIY project and makes a perfect container to build a floral arrangement. Use floral foam to pose and arrange your flowers.
8. Flower Bulb Wedding Favor
If you’re looking for wedding favor inspiration, look no further. Not only does a flower bulb wedding favor add colour to your table setting, it’s also a sweet gift from you to your guests.
9. Creative napkins
Who says table decoration has to stop at the centrepiece? Use creatively folded napkins to add some flair to your table setting.
10. Simple Jar Vases
Use jars or glasses as vases, and jazz them up ribbon or paper. Fill the bottom with beads or marbles to make them look even better.
11. Beach-Themed Centrepiece
Centrepieces don’t have to be floral. If you are having a beach themed wedding, try a beach-themed centrepiece. Use some sand and shells, and a candle holder filled with water holding a floating candle.
12. Quality Crockery
When choosing plates for your wedding table setting, you may be tempted to select the cheapest option. But the quality of the crockery you select will impact the quality of your entire wedding table setting. You want the very best, so make sure you learn exactly what items are required for a wedding table setting and how to set the table properly.
13. Rose Petal Centrepiece
Need to save space on your wedding table setting, but still want a beautiful centrepiece? A minimalist centrepiece using scattered rose petals is a lovely way to use the space you have without taking up too much room.
14. Round Tables
Round tables are classic. They leave more room for centrepieces and allow your guests to communicate with more people across the table and beside them without yelling down a banquet table.
15. Candle Centrepiece
A candle centrepiece looks lovely, but also serves a purpose, giving off beautiful golden light when the lights are dimmed and offering a truly romantic feel to your wedding reception.
16. Rustic Hessian Table Runner
If you are having a rustic, barn wedding, your wedding tables should suit your theme. Try a hessian table runner and couple it with candles and wildflowers.
17. Matching Place Cards and Menus
If you want to avoid utter chaos at your wedding reception, it’s best to assign seating. Place cards should be visible and face towards the guest’s seat. They should match the design of the menu card.
18. Succulent Wedding Favors
Choosing a succulent as a wedding favor and decorating the pot or jar with twine and hessian will look beautiful on your rustic wedding table setting as well as make a beautiful and lasting gift for your loved ones.
There is something about winter weddings that evoke a sense of magic and mystery in even the most mature of us. As it is more common for couples to host their weddings in the summertime, many of us may have not had the chance to attend a winter wedding, let alone know how to plan for one. Tips are scarce when it comes to a frosty celebration, but that is going to change today – the time has come to make sure your winter wedding is even more memorable than its more common summer sibling.
Follow this guide to planning your winter wedding to perfection and host one of the most memorable mid-year wedding events that everyone will be talking about for the rest of the year!
1. Light It Up!
As the days in winter are shorter and darker, it is important to have sufficient and adequate lighting at your winter wedding. It is advisable to hold your ceremony a little earlier than you would in the summertime, to fully utilise all the sunlight that you possibly can. Once the sun has set, you want to make sure that your venue is well lit for both visual and photography purposes. One great thing about winter weddings is how magical it can look with appropriate fairy lighting and tealights.
2. Go Wintery With Your Wedding Favours
Another plus of a winter wedding is being able to hand out wedding favours that differ from the norm. Including blankets or pashminas, sparklers, warm spiced cookies, mulled wine spices or little bottles of warm alcohol are all very cute and doable winter wedding favour options that will be remembered for a long time to come!
3. Warmth And Weather
The weather is often unpredictable during winter – it can start pouring rain at any moment, or sometimes the wind starts howling like a wolf out of nowhere. It is important to familiarise yourself with the weather for the day – look on weather applications and websites. Once you know what to expect, check with your venue ahead of time to make sure the building will have had time to warm up before your ceremony. According to a company that specialises in marquee hire in Melbourne, many choose to set up marquees at winter weddings just in case the rain decides to pay them a surprise visit. There is nothing worse than guests not being able to concentrate or pay attention because they are wet and freezing their socks off!
4. Pay Attention To Those Winter Coats!
As most of your guests will be arriving at your winter wedding in a cover up or coat, make sure to have someone in charge of collecting coats at your reception and making sure that they are kept safe and available for collection at any point during the ceremony or reception.
Unfortunately, certain flowers will not be in season during Winter – but don’t let this get you down! Talk to your florist about what flowers are in season during winter, and work from there. You will be surprised at how many beautiful flowers (that you would not have even thought about) are available during the colder months. Greenery like eucalyptus leaves lend itself well to a winter wedding, and branches can be inexpensive and elegant centrepieces.
6. Keep Your Guests Warm And Toasty!
Consider making an effort to ensure that your guests are kept warm and cheery upon arrival. A hot drink such as warm tea on arrival is a nice and simple idea, and another fantastic idea is to provide each guest with a pair of pocket warmers. On top of that, having pashminas in baskets or on chair backs for guests can be a great idea in case they start to feel a little chilly.
7. Don’t Forget Cocktail Hour!
Winter is the perfect time to spruce up that boring old cocktail menu that everyone else uses at their weddings. For a winter wedding, you will want to serve drinks that fit the season. In addition to the usual lager, wine and standard cocktails, be sure to include a choice of warm drinks such as Irish coffee, Hot Chocolate, Espresso, and Boozy White Hot Chocolate. Make sure there are both alcoholic and non-alcoholic choices, so that there is something for everyone!
Always remember, winter weddings can be one of the most stunning and memorable events that your friends and family will be talking about for years to come. With both this guide to planning your winter wedding to perfection and a little research, you too can have the magical wedding of your dreams!
The planning of your special day can be part of the fun, but it can’t be denied that it can get a little stressful from time to time, especially on top of your day-to- day duties. Therefore it’s worth trying to reduce some of this strain wherever possible so you can enjoy the whole wedding process, from start to finish. With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you on your way.
Leaving Little Room for Error
Plan everything in only one location; this will help to minimize error and everything going awry. To make sure that everything shows up at the right location, including your guests, one location makes things so much easier. It will be helpful for vendors – like your caterer or florist – and will give you peace of mind.
Make a “Plan B”! Seriously, there is nothing more disappointing on your wedding day than when the weather simply won’t agree and your once-in- a-life- time affair gets rained out. Of course you can’t control the weather, but you can plan for it. Make an indoor Plan B alongside your outside Plan A. Expect the best, but be prepared for the worst.
Here’s a handy tip. In case the cake gets slightly damaged in transit or during set up, keep a couple of flowers from your color scheme on hand. Place them on any damaged areas to keep your cake looking perfect. It will also look like it was ordered that way, because your cake will adhere to the wedding color scheme.
Keep it Organized
RSVPs are incredibly important in order to know how many people are actually coming to your wedding. Make your life easier by numbering on the back of each RSVP that corresponds to the guests in your list. Looking for a number instead of names will help you more quickly check them off the list. Furthermore, you should include self-addressed envelopes for guests to send the RSVPs back. This is made easier by printing them out, or buying a stamp or personalized stationary. This saves you the effort of hand writing the same address over and over again. It’s also a good idea to address two envelopes to each person right from the get-go: one for the invitation and one for the thank you card. This will help your post-wedding tasks go quicker and more smoothly as well.
Of course one way to keep everything organized is to throw it all into digital format. Instead of worrying about your guests mailing RSVPs back, why not make this a feature on your wedding website? This will keep your RSVPs organized and up to date, without waiting for them in the post and without risking any getting lost along the way. Aside from RSVPing, you can also have them picking their meals, sign up to the program schedule if they want to present something, and even allow them to tick things off your wedding registry. It’s incredibly easy to set up a site like this and there are a lot of free graphics, templates, and backgrounds out there to get you started – there are plenty of options discussed here. In the end, accumulating the info you need through a website will make your life so much easier. It also helps you to give your guests more information than is possible on the invite alone; for example, letting them know that the wedding will take place on a lawn and therefore they should probably not wear stilettos.
DIY Decision Making
Get other people to do some of the work for you. For example, once you know your color scheme, tell each bridesmaid and give them a link to a site in order to pick out their own dresses. This ensures that they find something that they like and that you have one less thing on your to-do list before you say your I do’s. Just be sure that everyone uses the same website so that the dresses are all the same shade of the color you told them to go with.
Let your guests seat themselves! Not only does this give them a bit of freedom and ensures that you don’t get blamed for seating someone at the wrong table, it also saves you from having to create a seating plan and place seating cards in each spot at the tables. This will save you a lot of time and planning hassle.
Black and white, black and gold, even a bit of black and pink can set the scene for not only a sophisticated and classy affair but a wedding full of romance too. Just check out some gorgeous examples of real-life celebrations that utilized the timeless shade in its overall design. And make sure to visit our first set of inspiration here.
Dressing all your beautiful best friends for your big day can be tricky. We love our friends for their different personalities, styles and characteristics but they’re also usually all different shapes and sizes, and this can prove to be quite the task when trying to dress them all the same as bridesmaids for your wedding. There are a few things you can do to make this a little easier, here are our top tips for choosing your beautiful bridesmaids dresses:
Long gone is the tradition of having all your bridesmaids in the same dress. Going mismatched adds a real trendy edge to your wedding day and makes making decisions as the bride a lot easier. Pick a colour pallet you want your bridesmaids to wear then let them pick their own style dresses. That way each of yours bridesmaids will feel comfortable in their dress and the different fabrics and hues will really complement each other, adding a fashionable edge to your day.
Make a mood board
To avoid turning into a bridezilla, making a mood board of different fabrics and colours that you like then invitee all your bridesmaids around to discuss what shapes and styles they like to gather a consensus of what types of dresses to start looking for. It’s your wedding day so don’t be afraid to push for what you want but remember you want your friends to feel comfortable on your big day.
Go colour crazy
An alternative way to do mismatched is to pick out a dress you like and let the bridesmaids wear the same dress in different colours or let each bridesmaid pick their own colour and style dress. This works particularly well with different pastel shades or bold colours which complement each other.
Have a girly day
If you do prefer a more cohesive look when it comes to the bridal party, there’s nothing better than having a girls day out to pick your dresses together. Visit a few different shops and try on lots of different styles of dresses to get a feel for what types of dresses your bridesmaids like. Occasion wear specialists like Coast have amazing advisors in store who can help and plenty of different styles and sizes online to make ordering your dresses super easy.
Although it’s important to make sure your bridesmaids look lovely when stood altogether, thinking about how they’re going to look next to you is also important. Don’t forget to consider how the fabrics and colours will match your gown most importantly.
Check out this stunning, teal wedding inspiration and how you can incorporate this smooth tone all around your big day! From the fashion to the reception, you can weave this rich shade throughout the entire celebration.
Don’t follow tradition if it doesn’t feel right, instead go with something a bit more unique and outside-the-box. Take these marbled wedding cakes for example. You can a classic, center of the reception and a sweet bite with a more personalized and original styling!
Isabelle Armstrong wedding gowns are gorgeous and ultra feminine. And we’ve chosen 10 of our favorite designs from their Spring 2017 collection to show off and feature all of the delicate details.
When it comes time to decide on wedding invitations, one can get seriously overwhelmed. Color choices, font styles and themes become the cause of a lot of stress and confusion. But when you’ve got trust in the makers behind the invites, things can be more enjoyable and less worrisome. And that’s what we’ve got here; 5 of our favorite wedding invitation sites that you can completely trust and order your Save-the-Dates, reception cards and actual invitations with the click of a few buttons!
Wedding Paper Divas: This site has a great mix of invite styles from girlishly vintage to crisp and modern. You’ll find a ton of great inspiration too especially if you’re looking to find a design that’s on-trend and influenced by the fashions of the present time. You can even request free samples and an entire kit to try tangible see and feel what you’re ordering and interested in.
Minted: Precision, tradition and complete quintessential bridal spirits are found here. You’ll find foil-printed, letter-pressed and even minibook designs that will wow each and every one of your guests. We love this classic, minimalistic “Someone Like You” design which encompasses how chic and sophisticated this site is when delivering up the perfect invitation for your vision. And look at this “Wed In Type” design as well – modern, contemporary and forward-thinking when it comes to fonts!
Tiny Prints: They may not have strictly wedding invitations but they have a generalized section that you can personalize and make work for your big day. And we love it because their designs are incredibly lively, unique and fun! Sifting through these quirky invites you’ll find everything from chic appeals to artistic vibes.
Mixbook: If you’re looking for a spot to get a fully customized look, then this is the place to peruse. From words to photos to colors, you can truly create your own work of art for every guests to have and to hold until the big day arrives. Just check out this “Delicate Overlay” finish that will have you all swooning in delight. Plus, those engagement photos will come in handy quite nicely.
Shutterfly: And finally, if you didn’t know about Shutterfly already, you’ll thank us immensely later. Here too you can make a more personalized and customized design. Although, they have some trendy, ready-made designs waiting for your to sift through as well. They’re great at mixing photos and moments with gorgeous overlays and accents. Take a peek now!
Rings are probably one of the most important aspects of the wedding (sorry ladies – not even a wedding dress is that important!). After all, you are going to carry these symbols of your eternal love for a rest of your life, so it is crucial to choose your weddings rings right.
But how to make a good decision and how to choose the best rings you can? Follow these few rules we are going to share today and enjoy stress-free shopping for sure!
Nothing can help you more to find those two perfect rings than starting your search early. Ideally, you should start looking for rings about two or three months before the big day. This way you will get the best opportunity to discover really what you want; check the price ranges and visit a few different jewelry stores too. Plus, keep in mind that creating a custom set of rings takes even more time. So, for instance, if you are looking for engraved rings, give it three to four months for the search.
Budget, budget, budget!
Surely, another thing you should really take care of before heading to the jewelry store is your budget. Keep in mind that in many cases rings costs vary from very little, to very big, and it is always healthy to have a strict budget in mind. A plain gold ring can start at $330; while plain platinum one can cost almost twice as much as gold one. Not to forget additional decorative elements like diamonds or other precious stones, also engraving, that will increase prices even more. You can also try skipping expensive jewelry stores and even choose to get your rings (if you are really on a strict budget) at regular retail stores like Kohls. With some discount codes and coupons from ChameleonJohn, you can purchase those rings even cheaper.
Another aspect you should consider is your style and your lifestyle. If you usually wear simple and plain clothing, an expensive all diamonds covered wedding ring might be super impractical and not matching at all. Wedding ring will be with you no matter the occasion and the dress code, so primarily the best style should be pure and simple (that will reflect on prices too – so that is good!). Also, rings should feel comfortable as well, because you don’t really don’t want to feel that ring on your all the time. Besides, if you work with your hands, better choose a streamlined ring with little to no frills.
Plan the future
Surely, then you are getting married, you are planning a long term future with your spouse, but we should also remind you this before you are searching for your wedding rings. It is always okay to be trendy, but you should also remember that you are going to wear that ring for a rest of your life. This means that after 40 years that super trendy ring you bought in 2016 might look a bit odd. The best choice here is the undying classic ring styles which can be upgraded with diamonds in the future if needed, engraved and decorated as much as you want.
And, as mentioned before, you should really consider the size of the ring too. You are going to wear that ring during all season of the year, during pregnancies and weight loss or gains, and that perfect ring should fit you during all these stages of life. So, to get the actual right size for you, do your final fitting only then your body’s temperature is normal, it is not too hot or cold, and you are calm. You should also avoid fitting rings in the morning. It might be difficult to fit all these conditions, but that is the only way how you can get the right size which will stay with you forever.
You don’t have to have a huge diamond sitting on your finger to feel the love or impress other with its beauty. These smaller, more delicate engagement rings are full of storybook romance and gorgeous detailing.
Swoon with us over these stunning dahlia-filled bridal bouquets. There are options for all seasons; winter, spring, summer or fall, find the designs you love below!
Brides often ask us, “where should we look for inspiration?”
We say look no further than the season of your wedding, and voila! inspiration!
Now let’s focus on florals. If a springtime soiree is in your future, we urge you to select foliage that’s in season to ensure you’ll get the most vibrant blooms. Lucky for you, it’s the best time of year for flowers. Peonies, roses, sweet peas, lilacs, ranunculus and tulips are all in season, so take advantage of ‘em! And it’s these varieties that make for that rustic, just-picked-from-the-garden look that’s so hot with brides right now.
We’re smitten with these sweet springtime bouquets:
Orange isn’t mutually exclusive with black.
We’re charging you to think outside the Halloween box and see orange in a new light. Bright, fun and cheery, orange has to be the happiest color in the rainbow. So why not bring a little extra “happy” to the big day? Whether you go with tangerine, apricot, carrot or true orange as the central color in your palette, orange overall is perfectly fitting for summer and spring weddings. It’s bold, brave and will leave an impression on your guests.
Take the orange theme to the next level and serve orange-infused signature cocktails, and incorporate the actual fruit into your design elements for a pop of color and fragrance. Arranging simple oranges in a cool vessel is just as beautiful as the most dramatic floral centerpieces.
From vintage botanical prints for invitations to bloomified table linens and even flower-filled bridal gowns, florals are on-trend for spring and summer wedding decor and fashion.
There’s something incredibly chic about featuring florals front and center in your wedding design elements. And don’t think florals can’t be subtle, either. Softer patterns and colors make for a sweet hint of interest without being over the top. We are majorly crushing on floral patterns on table linens, painted onto fondant-covered cakes and even on ties and shirts for men’s fashion.
If you’re as mad about floral prints as we are, we charge you to think beyond the bouquet and incorporate blooms into every nook and cranny of the big day.
Purple is absolutely perfect. But lavender? Even better. We’re head over heels for the light shade of purple that steals the show in wedding-day palettes. Lavender is feminine but not over-the-top girly, so you can accomplish that soft look without turning off your groom. Pair lavender with sage green and mint for decadent hue harmony.
Take the lavender theme a step further and incorporate the actual herb for a Provençal-themed day that’s sure to be unforgettable.
And now, for some luscious lavender looks:
The special day is drawing near, and you’re beginning to get antsy with anticipation to watch your bride walk down the aisle and officially become your wife. This is such an exciting milestone, and if you want to make sure your wedding day goes off without a hitch (no pun intended), it’s all about the details. Find the perfect gift for your bride and start your new life together in the best way possible.
A Special Performance
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen the happy grooms and brides who have jumped on the trend of performing a special show for their significant other at their wedding reception. If you’ve got any bit of rhythm and don’t mind getting out on the dance floor to shake it for your new bride, plan a special performance. You can get your bridal party in on the fun and choreograph a big group number that will have your bride and the rest of your wedding guests looking on in delight.
Engrave the Wedding Ring
She’s got the engagement ring on, but it’s up to the groom to make sure the wedding bands get there the day of the nuptials, so you have the upper hand on this one. Take your precious cargo to a jeweler and have a special message inscribed on the inside. Once you’ve said your “I do’s” and you’re enjoying yourself at the reception or in the honeymoon suite, instruct your bride to slip the ring off her finger and see the special message hidden on the inside of its band. It’s an extra special touch to an already wonderful moment, and she’ll be sure to love it.
A Shoe with a Kick
She’ll likely have picked out a special pair of bridal shoes for her walk down the aisle, and by enlisting the help of your friends, you can hide a special message on them to include along with her “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”. Once you have her shoes in hand, take a permanent marker or pen and write a heartfelt message on the bottom of the sole. It might be something as simple as “I Love You” or it could be lines from a favorite love poem. Ask her bridesmaids or mother to take the shoes back to her when she’s getting ready—she’ll cry happy tears at your thoughtfulness and you’ll be there with her every step of the way down the aisle.
A Spa Treatment
You’re both probably experiencing your fair share of nerves before the big day, and that’s to be expected. Make sure she takes a moment to relax by orchestrating a surprise massage or facial before she begins getting ready for your ceremony. You can hire a masseuse to come straight to where she’s getting ready at the venue or plan ahead and have them show up at the house long before she’s scheduled to depart. If you think she’ll be too busy on the day of, you can always elect to plan the treatment for the day beforehand, or even the weekend prior.
A Sweet Treat
She and her bridesmaids will be buzzing with excitement as they get ready, and she might be experiencing some pre-wedding jitters. Help her kick back and relax by having some chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of special champagne sent to her prep room. A little gesture like this will make her heart soar, and she’ll have a little something to nibble on while she waits for the most important walk of her life.
Something Just for Her
If you want to make a present special, tailor it specifically to her. Browse a collection of items that you can personalize, like Personal Creations wedding gifts. It could be a beautiful charm bracelet with both of your initials inscribed on the back, a special wall hanging emblazoned with your names, or a special customized photo frame. What matters is that you take the time to make it specific to her and your relationship. The extra effort is sure to be appreciated, and you’ll have a new addition to your home together that reminds you both of your wedding day—what is likely to be the best day of your life so far.
We’ve already talked about how braids are all the rage, but we’re currently swooning on a specific type. Meet fishtails. Whimsical, ethereal and over-the-top gorgeous, fishtails are über popular with the daring brides who aren’t afraid to opt for a different hairdo on the big day.
With bangs, to the side, teased, neat, messy — however you style them, fishtails always stun. And since your hair will be pulled away from your face, we recommend wearing a pair of chandelier earrings to add drama to the look. Are you a flower girl? Tuck a bloom into your tail for some extra flirty fun.
Naeem Khan knows how to make a scene, in the most beautiful of ways. Have everyone weak at the knees by wearing one of these gorgeous wedding gown designs. With a bit of color or a lot of drama, these dresses are bound to make you swoon.
Are you torn between the big ball gown and something more flirty and fun? Why not say ‘yes’ to two dresses? It’s becoming more and more commonplace for brides to ditch the big gown and change into a party dress after they walk down the aisle. They want to be free to dance, make the rounds and party at the reception — can you blame them?
If you’re planning to pull a quick change, don’t be afraid to think outside the bridal box. Opt for something beaded or sparkly, a fun color, or a completely different design like a jumpsuit. Your groom and guests will love the drama.
One tip: Don’t change too early. Make sure to capture photographs in your main dress. There will be plenty of snapshots of you dancing the night away in dress number two.
Both of these Pantone colors of the year will rock your 2016 wedding. Rose quartz and serenity are quite the magical duo. These specific shades of blush and blue are a surefire way to win the hearts of your guests and create a storybook celebration.
From fashion to home decor, geometric prints and patterns are hot, hot, hot.
Colorful, playful and relatively inexpensive, we love the idea of using tiles for table numbers, place cards and seating cards at a wedding reception. Even cooler? Line them in a row to make a table runner on your reception tables or group them together in a square pattern to make a custom charger beneath dinner plates. The options are endless. And tiles serve a dual purpose — they double as wedding favors for your guests to use as coasters at home. Can’t beat a two-for-one deal.
Tiles are cheap and DIY-friendly, too. Head to your local home improvement store or scrap lot to find them, then enlist the help of a couple friends or family members to write the names or numbers. Easy, peasy!