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Outdoor vs Indoor Weddings

Outdoor Weddings

Many couples have the dream of being married under the sky, be it a cloudless day or a starry night, but any outdoor wedding is at a god’s mercy and couples have to protect their event and their guests with utmost care. It is important to be prepared for weather that is less than ideal.

When hosting any part of a wedding celebration outdoors, be it the ceremony, phrases, or reception, it is crucial that there be a tent. First and foremost, a tent provides protection, even in the best of conditions. On the most gorgeous sunny day, a tent is still necessary to keep the guests from sweating, getting a sun stroke or food from sitting out too long in the sun and going bad.

Apart from tents it is also essential to note that there must be a floor in place on the ground to create a flat surface for guests to walk upon. This will prevent the dreaded sinking of heels in grass, Keep in mind

Winter Wedding Photography

Making the most of a stark landscape

Seasons bring visual changes to surroundings, like little props in a studio. Winters traditionally get that stark look, with the mercury dipping. If wedding photo shoots take place after a snowfall, the opportunities to get exciting pictures are endless. The bride should wear make-up that is light to contrast with the stark backdrops. The beauty of a cute little boutonniere, or that adorable bouquet set against the frosty landscape will capture wonderful memories with a timeless tag.

Illuminate expressions with adequate lighting

With natural lighting expected to play truant, the couple should plan outdoor shoots with artificial lighting in mind. These shoots may take a little longer than photo sessions in natural light. Therefore, couples should plan their day keeping this in mind. For winter wedding photography, professional photographers choose tripod lighting, and other artificial lighting such as reflectors. This takes a wee bit more time than other shoots.

Choose the right dresses to stay warm and look comfortable

Winters can be bone-chilling

Something Old Something New

Something old: Traditionally, the “old” is more like a family heirloom that has been handed down from your ancestors. It usually has sentimental value too.

It could be a locket, a particular ring or a bracelet. Or it could be the beautiful lace gloves your great-grandmother wore for her wedding, which your grandmother wore and your mother wore.

If there are no pieces of jewelry or any sentimental heirlooms that have been handed down, you can always start a new tradition.

Check out some consignment shops or antique shops and look for something old that you can wear and hand down to your daughter or granddaughter.

‘Something old’ may even be your mother’s wedding gown that she’s been saving for her daughter to wear. Maybe the daughter’s seen photos of her mother’s dress and adamantly refuses to wear it because it’s outdated, too “retro.”

In that case, the old dress can often be updated with the help of a professional wedding dress seamstress. Sleeves can be shortened, the train can be shortened, even the overall look and style of the dress can be modernized to fit the bride’s tastes.

And if none

Unity Sand Ceremony

Some Interesting Variations in the Unity Sand Ceremony
Some couples include their parent and grandparents in the ceremony, with each pouring from specific vessels into the main vessel. Another variation is in symbolically blending the children of the couple together.

For the last several years, it’s become more common for couples to have already been married and had children and even grandchildren with former spouses. So not only are the bride and groom being joined together, the Unity Sand Ceremony is a perfect way to symbolize blending the two separate families into one.

Pouring the Sand from the Separate Containers Into the Larger Keepsake Jar or Box
There are a few different ways to do this too. Some couples pour their individual sands into the larger container at the same time, and others pour them in alternately.

The sands can be poured before taking the vows, after the vows or even during the vows. As each individual repeats a line of the vows, he or she pours the sand, alternating until the vows have all been said.

Some Unity Sand Ceremonies have the couple emptying their individual containers completely into the larger container to

Wedding Dress With a Price Tag

Kate Middleton

When Kate Middleton married Prince William, with the huge fanfare that accompanied the event, the dress had a lot of expectations to live up to. Inspired by Grace Kelly’s dress, the gown was designed by Sarah Burton from the house of Alexander McQueen. Utilising yards and yards of silk net and lace it featured hand stitched appliqué and cost around £250,000. Within hours of the wedding, replica gowns were being produced all over the world.

Princess Diana

Princess Diana’s custom wedding dress was designed by David and Elizabeth Emmanuel. It is said that Diana’s unique personality and the way she wore it added to the value and beauty of the gown. With pearls, sequins and lace frills on the bodice it was offset with a train of around 24 feet in length and was priced at a quite modest £9000 in 1981.

These amazing dresses may be out of the range of most brides-to-be, however they could certainly serve as an inspiration for a custom wedding dress design.

Grace Kelly – ‘The Wedding of the Century’

Number one is reputed to be (comparatively, by today’s standards) the most expensive custom

Wedding Receptions on a Budget

DIY, DIY, DIY

When it comes to weddings, choosing to do it yourself can be a lifesaver while adding a special, personal touch to your day. There are different levels of DIY for you to choose from, so do whatever you’re comfortable with and make sure you have a trial run before the big event. Many brides, for instance, choose to do their own flower arrangements for the reception tables.

Know your alternatives

Knowing what alternatives you have can also be a huge fund-saver. For instance, you can use silk flowers in your arrangements as opposed to live ones, this allows you to research and compare flowers ahead of time while also saving you time and stress when designing and putting the arrangements together.

Know the common hidden costs

Don’t let hidden costs catch you by surprise. Research every aspect of what you’re paying for and what you’ll be receiving when it comes to your day. Things like taxes and gratuities can really add up the larger your party is, so make sure you know what’s customary and what’s expected at your venue.

Organize and prioritize

Organization and prioritization will save you both money and stress. What about your reception is most important and what can you

Wedding Vow Ideas

It would be hard not to love the idea of beautifully written verse and deep and meaningful words spoken in mellifluous tones but don’t be put off if you are not a fan of classic literature and don’t use words you don’t fully understand. All, that will happen is that you will feel foolish and the sentiment will be lost. Don’t be afraid to include a particularly poignant song lyric or quote from a favourite film, book or poem if it has meaning for you.

“You had me at hello” is just as romantic as anything by Keats or Byron if it means something to you both.

Incidentally, there is nothing wrong with promising to wash the dishes or cook the dinner either! Just make sure you mean it.

Below are two suggested ideas for wedding vows but don’t just copy them add your own words, change things around and make them your own.

All that I am and all that I have, I offer to you in love and in happiness

From this our wedding day and every day from now I will love and comfort you when you are sad,
I

Take Your Vows

Do you have a life-sized chip on your shoulders, always thinking that your opinion is the best and your decision ought to be final. Are u more likely to throw a tantrum once someone disagrees with you? Then you are ripe, not ready for marriage.

Do you always need someone to make decisions for you and somehow you have come to believe that your future depends on someone else? Then you are ripe, not ready for marriage.

Do you need someone who will meet all your financial needs? Then you are ripe not ready for marriage

Are you more excited about the wedding than the marriage? Sure the beautiful ring, white gown and cake are alluring but when the dress comes off and all the well wishers are gone then starts the real thing. If you’ve not spent time thinking about that part then you’re ripe, not ready for marriage.

If you’re doing it just because all your friends are getting married too then I guess I don’t need to tell you that you’re ripe, not ready for marriage.

If you’re not ready to put someone’s needs first before yours then you’re definitely

Stretch Tents

Stretch tents are formed from an incredibly strong, flexible and waterproof material that can be stretched over a variety of styles of frame to produce an architecturally stunning display; in a variety of colours to suit the occasion. The flexibility of Stretch Tents means that the wedding tents can be used virtually anywhere, covering a range of sizes, adapting to uneven surfaces, and even joining on to existing buildings. The visual impact of the outside of the stretch tents alone will be enough to give your guests something to remember. The fabric of these tents for events also works well with lighting, letting natural daylight in; while reflecting coloured mood settings as the evening draws on.

Supported on aluminum poles, these tents for events are relatively quick to put up and take down, which can be important if you are paying a day rate for the space; this can be taken into account when you are choosing the structure. The flexibility of the design means that caterers can assemble their requirements to one side, flooring suitable for dancing can be put down; and furniture (or any props or decorations,) incorporated with ease. During the summer the sides

Choosing Bridal Gloves

Bridal gloves come in several types, according to length – from short one-button styles, to 16-button opera styles that reach way past the elbows. The rule of thumb for choosing the length is the shorter the sleeve, the longer the style of hand wear. This is why opera styles go so elegantly with strapless gowns, while elbow length sleeved dresses look better with one-button styles. When considering the length, try on several types to find exactly what complements your particular gown. The length is also traditionally an indicator of how formal the event is, so you’ll need to factor that in as well. Ultimately, however, your choice will depend on the look of the gown and the overall theme of your wedding.

Just like other accessories, bridal gloves come in different styles and material. Naturally, you should apply the contrast principle again: if your gown has a lot of details, opt for plain one, and if your gown is simpler, that’s when you could have more fun with your hand wear. Moreover, matching with your gown doesn’t necessarily mean using the same exact fabric, especially if your dress is a combination of different types of fabric. The

Different Styles Of Wedding Rings

For grooms considering a solitaire setting, fancy diamond shapes add a unique touch if a traditional round or square-cut stone seems too plain. There are many different diamond cuts available, including emerald, pear, marquise, oval, and heart. Emerald-cut diamonds are rectangular in shape, and are very popular with celebrities.

Three-stone wedding rings are also popular, and they offer more variety than diamond solitaires. Three-stone bands are symbolic, with one diamond representing the past, one representing the present, and one representing the future. This type of ring serves as a visual representation of the life you and your fiancee have built together and the many milestones you will experience as a married couple. This type of band offers greater potential for customization than a diamond solitaire. You could choose three diamonds of equal size or put a larger diamond in the center and surround it with two smaller stones. You could even choose to combine diamonds with other types of stones for a truly unique look.

Split-shank wedding rings offer a more eye-catching option than traditional bands. This type of ring splits the band in half as it approaches the center diamond, meaning that the band will

Furniture Hire

There are plenty of companies which offer event furniture hire to help people out of tricky spots just like yours. You’d be surprised how many people forget about these things until the last minute. It will be slightly more difficult if you are looking for a very specific look, but if you just need tables and chairs for that seating plan you’ve been slaving over, there are lots of event furniture hire companies who will be able to help you out of that particularly tricky spot. No one’s expecting your great aunt Maureen to cope with standing for the whole affair.

If you’ve managed to remember that event furniture hire is an essential part of your big day, you’ll be able to look at lots of different options, and make sure everything is just right. Are the seats comfortable? There’s going to be people of all ages sitting on them, and it might be for quite a long time, so you don’t want to cause any back pain to tarnish the big day.

Speaking of all ages, will you need to provide any booster seats or highchairs for any tiny wedding guests? You might not invite

Gown Styles for Beach Weddings

The other area where there could be a difference is in the attire of the bride and groom. A beach wedding may be unsuitable for a typical, old-fashioned or traditional wedding gown with a long train that will likely get entangled in the sand, may get in the lapping of the waves or simply fly about and refuse to stay in place. Designers these days are taking into account these factors while showcasing bridal dress designs for beach weddings; in fact, some have launched separate lines of alluring designs for beach weddings, allowing the destination itself to gain popularity.

In fact, one of the reasons why brides pick out a beach or seaside wedding is the factor that it is a far more relaxing and fun atmosphere to be married in and the wedding gown can be more casual than traditional.

These are some of the popular choices of wedding gowns for a seaside wedding in terms of fabric and style. Traditional whites and ivories besides, pastel shades such as lime green, powder blue, peach pink and soft orange in lace, chiffon, satin, organdie and silk are the best for a beach wedding.

Another area

Festklänningar inspirerade av celebriteter

Det finns numera en stor mängd kändisevenemang i världen. Det är inte bara Hollywood som kan ståta med kändisar på röda mattan numera. Nej, det finns kändisevenemang och galor över hela världen och de har alla sina egna stilar – de hävdar i alla fall att de har sina egna karaktärer.

Det är ofta på röda mattan som kändisar kan visa upp sig i all sin prakt och det ofta lite oklart om det är det senaste modet som kändisarna bär eller om det kändisarna bär blir det senaste modet därefter.

Mode för festklänningar

Modet för festklänningar har förstås ändrats över åren. 2019 har vi landat i en situation där modet är extremt fritt. Det är numera möjligt att bära nästan vad som helst och det är också okej att kombinera dessa plagg nästan hur som helst. Det samma gäller för accessoarer till festklänningar. Även dessa kan kombineras väldigt fritt och det är inte heller ovanligt att någon av accessoarerna ger uttryck för en uppfattning av något slag.

Hårfärger, smink och tatueringar

Det är inte bara modet för festklänningar som är fritt 2019 utan även hur en person kan förändra

Wedding Prep

  1. The guest list – you have a big social circle and love to have everyone around you, but when it’s wedding time, prioritize. Cut down on unnecessary guests; friends of friends, your friends; bridesmaid that you used to hang out with once upon a time, etc. This will automatically lower your catering costs and other related costs.
  2. Digital Invites – everyone these days is social media savvy, so instead of having your save-the-date cards printed and mailed through post, email them. This will save you time, effort and money. Also, it will help your guests to respond to RSVP more easily.
  3. Wedding favors – choose wedding favors that are under a dollar. Also, think of practical options such as edibles including chocolate coated coffee beans, mini honey jars, cookies, etc. If you think “usability” while picking your wedding favors, you will find inexpensive ones and, your guests will love!
  4. Skip the Florist – even though the florist will give you a flawless and effortless flower arrangement for your wedding venue, you can do the same in less than half the cost. Buy fresh flowers from a farm, or a local flower shop.
  5. Go with

Red Bridesmaid Dresses

Red colour is the best

It is often seen that most of the brides love to wear a dress that looks better on other. Remember while choosing a colour for your dress, you need to keep your skin complexion in view. For instance, if you have a dark skin then you aren’t supposed to choose red bridesmaid dress. Red colour is best suit on women with fair skin. However, it doesn’t mean that women with dark skin cannot use red colours. They can also use red coloured dresses but they have to use some accessories to match it perfectly on them. It means that if you are a girl with dark skin, you need to choose some other colours accessories that can be used along with your red bridesmaid dress.

Types

It is often seen that most of the women like to choose wedding dresses that are in vogue. However, fashion is certainly the main point to consider while choosing a dress for your special event but you can also select classic designs dresses. While choosing red bridesmaid dresses, you need to focus on your test. It means that if you love classic style

Perfect First Song

Pick a Song That Is Easy to Dance Too

Again, this comes down to find a song that is appropriate. Some songs are made for singing along too, some are made for relaxing and others are made for dancing. Try and find one of the latter. A great way to do this is when deciding upon a song, try and practice some traditional ballroom steps around the room with your fiancé and see what works best!

Don’t Make it Too Long

Unless you are a professionally trained dancer, I’m sure none of your guests will want to see your dancing go on for too long. Make sure you pick a song that is under 3 minutes as dragging it on for any longer will increase the chances of something going completely wrong!

Hire a Wedding Band to Play it

The wedding DJ has become a bit of a cliché in recent years, and has been overtaken by the wedding band. This is a bit more expensive, but will make for a memorable experience for everyone involved. Most wedding bands are experienced session musicians so will be able to play most songs you require.

Caribbean Wedding

Named after St Lucy of Syracuse, the island of St Lucia is number one on the popularity list. From the unspoilt miles of beaches with their endless sandy shores, to the Piton Mountains surrounded by amazingly blue waters, you really can have the nuptial event of your dreams on St Lucia. The island mountainous and covered in rain forests (far more so than its neighbours) and it is a prime choice for romantic couples, so everywhere you go you can be assured of the best possible facilities and services for your big day. This will leave you free to focus on other things, like relaxing with your family, guests, and new partner.

Less mountainous than nearby St Lucia, Barbados is another top contender for weddings. Caribbean weather is generally very hot, but if you choose to get married here, Barbados has over 70 miles of blissful beaches for you to get your feet wet and escape the heat.

With plenty of waterfront options, you can have your event right beside the water. If you prefer, you can look into tying the knot somewhere in the interior of the island near one of the stunning nature preserves.

Four Great Seasonal Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas

It is a lovely feeling when that wedding invitation arrives, but it can be quickly be followed by some panic over what to wear. It’s important to match the outfit to the season, so here are some tips on how to do that.

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Warm and Summery

For summer weddings, you can never go wrong with beautiful florals and light pastel fabrics. This is where you can show off legs with strappy sandals and break out that fascinator you have been dying to wear. Don’t get too matchy but aim for your accessories to complement the outfit and perhaps add a dash of contrast.

Bold prints also work well for warm-weather nuptials, but when picking bright wedding guest dresses, beware of over-accessorizing. Let the print do the hard work and complete it with simple drop earrings and a quality bag. For weddings in the UK, it is always best to be prepared with an umbrella and perhaps a shawl for draughty churches.

Dark and Cozy

Winter wedding dressing is quite different. Now you can opt for deep colors, richer fabrics and more elaborate tailoring. Well-cut jackets and

Pull Off Plus Size Mermaid Dresses

If you do want to wear a mermaid style, it is important that you choose the right undergarments to go with the dress. This is especially true if you are looking at plus size mermaid wedding dresses. Because these designs are so form fitting, if you are not wearing the correct (properly fitting) underwear, you could end up looking “lumpy” or you could develop unsightly rolls which will not look sexy. Choosing the right underwear to wear under your gown will help you to feel more confident. The best choice for plus size women is an all in one undergarment, which will offer support and shape. You may also want to wear an additional slip over your underwear, because this will help to hide the pant lines.

For plus size ladies with a larger bust, mermaid dresses with straps or sleeves are a good idea, because this will help to support your bust properly. Strapless gowns may not stay up properly, and you could end up having an embarrassing “wardrobe malfunction”. If you have a smaller bust, strapless gowns can help to accentuate your figure. If you have larger hips or a fuller bottom, it is essential

Interesting Places to Get Married in the UK

Tunnels Beach Weddings, Devon

A beach wedding might seem more suited to the tropical climes of the Caribbean but Tunnels Beach in Devon offers a beautiful beach location to tie the knot. Even the weather can’t stop a wedding here, as there is a stylish function room overlooking the sea that will protect your guests from the ever-changing British weather. Tucked away in a private cove, there are stunning views and amazing sunsets that will make the perfect backdrop for you special day. There is even a resident seal that is known to show up on the shore during a wedding!

Mussenden Temple, Londonderry

What could be more impressive that a Cliffside temple for your wedding? This amazing location was originally built 1785 and forms part of the estate of the 4th Earl of Bristol. It stands solitary on the edge of the cliff, and offers a fantastic view of the sea. Perfect for anyone who has an eye for history!

The Underground Cavern, Somerset

For people who like a bit of drama, this venue will see your wedding take place deep beneath the countryside surrounded by clear pools and rock formations. For

Make Wedding Eco Friendly

An Outdoor Wedding – Instead of having your wedding at a banquet hall or a lavish hotel you could have it outdoors at a farm house or a green patch in the country side. It would make for a romantic setting and save on all the electricity that would be consumed in an indoor wedding.

Recycle Paper for Invitations – You could send out your wedding invitations on recycled paper. Now days there are many great options for recycled paper with a plethora of choice in colours, font and textures- perfect for the eco- friendly person in you. Or you could send e-invites. Select a fancy e-invite that showcases your wedding theme.

Organic Mehendi – Decorating hands and feet with intricate designs is a cultural heritage in most Hindu weddings. Mehendi used to be made out of natural ingredients in olden days but with advanced technology now we have chemical laiden henna that gives fast results but is harmful for the skin. Ensure that on your special day you opt for organic powdered form of mehendi that you can make into a paste yourself.

Solar (Tea) Lights – Candlelight is considered to be romantic and