Bridesmaids Gowns

Bridesmaids GownsThere isn’t a bride out there who doesn’t want a *picture perfect* wedding day, from the moment he *popped the question* you have been planning and dreaming of this day and every bride always wants to get a head-start on the preparations and planning. You are at the point in your plans where you have your wedding dress picked out; you know who your bridesmaids and groomsmen are and now you want to organise the bridesmaid’s dresses.

What happens if you have a bridesmaid who’s a little *different* you have a friend who loves to dress like a Goth, or your sister has nose or other facial piercings, or a friend has tattoos – you are probably wondering how you can get them looking a little *more conservative* for your big day.

Don’t worry – your choice of bridesmaids is based on who your family and friends are and how close you feel towards them, your choice has never been based on looks has it? After all if it was an issue you wouldn’t have chosen them in the first place. Your matron of honour and bridesmaids are the friends and family you are closest to.

Never try and change who your bridesmaids are. If you have a friend who loves brightly coloured hair, you could probably ask her to tone the colour down and for those with facial piercings; you can always ask that they be removed just for the day. If your bridesmaid has a lot of tattoos you could ask if she could cover her arms with makeup – but you still want to be mindful of hurting anyone’s feelings. Let your bridesmaid’s personalities shine by choosing the dress and proper makeup for her to wear on your big day.

Gone are the days when bridesmaids all wore the exact same dresses and it is up to you to choose the bridesmaids dresses that are right for the occasion. You can always consider having your bridesmaids wear a different style of dress – one that suits their body shape, but have all dresses made of the same coloured materials so your still have a co-ordinated look.

You can also keep to a co-ordinated look through hair and makeup – even if your bridesmaids have different styles and lengths of hair you can still coordinate by using the same style of hair accessories and makeup can be coordinated to give everyone the same look.

You can still allow your bridesmaids to have their own individual look – from tattoos to hair colouring – let their personalities shine through, while still achieving your dream of a coordinated look through choosing the same coloured dresses, hair accessories and makeup.

When Should You Start Shopping for Your Wedding Suit

When Should You Start Shopping for Your Wedding SuitFor a bride, the search for a wedding dress starts almost immediately or at least four to six months before the big day. Grooms don’t really have this concern when it comes to shopping for a wedding suit. However there are a few factors to consider when it comes to when to buy the wedding suit.

So when should a groom start shopping for your wedding suit?

Firstly, ask your bride. When she has an idea of the type of wedding dress that she is going to wear, then you can start looking for your suit. This is important because if the bride has decided on a big princess bride wedding dress, you are going to have to complement her style with an equivalent style of suit. In this case, a tuxedo may be the best option.

If you are going to have your wedding suit made from scratch by a specific designer or tailor, then you will need to factor in the time for making the suit. If you are using locally sourced materials, then it could take your tailor about two to three months to make your suit. However, if your availability for fittings is minimal then it could take a month longer. If the material for your suit needs to be imported, then you need to consider the travel time. Items that are imported via sea can take three to four months to arrive. When it is imported by road freight, it is slightly shorter at about a few weeks. Airfreight is usually the quickest at about a week or two but it costs much more.

If you and your bride have decided on a modern wedding then you have many options available to you. A wedding suit boutique will have a wide range of wedding suits available in different colours and sizes. For an off-the-rack wedding suit, you can shop about one or two months before the big day. Because it is a fully made suit already, you simply need to find the one that you like and that is in the colour of your choice. If the suit needs any alterations, a tailor can usually do this for you within a couple of days.

In conclusion, the time that you need to start shopping for your suit depends on your bride’s attire, whether it will be made from scratch, or whether you want an off-the-shelf designer wedding suit. This can be anything between one month and six months.

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Common Mistakes Made in Wedding Gown Selection

Common Mistakes Made in Wedding Gown SelectionMost important attire in a girl’s life is her wedding costume. A girl, from her young teens starts planning about her gown and wants to look like a perfect fairy, straight from any fairytale on her special day. But when the actual time comes for picking up the right one, most women make some crucial mistakes. These mistakes are enlisted below in this article:

Shopping in advance:

Most girls start to shop very early. Since plans of tying the knot are as exciting, girls love shopping. So the first thing she buys for her special day is her gown. But during the course of time and several other associated pre-marriage stresses, most of the girls end up in losing some of their weight. Moreover, there are reported cases that, some girls get so much pampering from her relatives that they gain huge weight before their ceremony ( though this is rare as girls, especially now when girls are always conscious about their weight). This increase and decrease in the weight creates a barrier in the apparel fitting.

Trying too many dresses:

Some girls in order to grab the pristine and sophisticated attire search or pay a visit to innumerable shops and designer scan numerous style, designs, cuts, colours and fabrics. The result is, at the end of the day they get too confused under the ocean wide collection of garments and land on to an ill fitted attire which hampers all the glamour of the day.

Going for discounted items:

Some girls prefer to avail discounts on their garments. Now as these things are a bit costly, so hunting for some lucrative discounts is a profitable plan. But, the problem is, most discounted items lack the basic market standards and hence you need to compromise with ill fitted clothes.

Strictly abiding the trend

Some girls blindly go by trend like, some famous celebrity and others take reference from their friends’ floor kissing attires. But that’s not the way it should be. Sure following trends is good but doing it blindly will not serve you well. A trending one might not look so good on you.

Result for these mistakes and subsequently remedy:

These kinds of mistakes usually harm the fittings, hampering the overall layout of the look. Now attires as mentioned above are costly and you cannot change it from scratch. As all the attires are unique and further alterations of attires will lead with huge waste of time, money and energy and all these are quite primitive when the tension bells of “getting hitched” are knocking at the door. So, a perfect solution is alteration. An alteration specialist will skilfully alter your costume keeping in mind your bespoke statistics and will make the look appear like an exclusive piece, solely designed for you.

 

Choosing a Color for Your Wedding Dress

Choosing a Color for Your Wedding DressThe most traditional Western wedding dresses come in all different shades of white, each of these different colors more for different skin tones and tastes. However, the more adventurous can now find more colorful options on the market too, ideal for standing out from the pack and celebrating a truly unique wedding.

Many major brands such as Marisa and Allure bridal wedding dresses have several different shades of white for you to consider first, as you may well find that going down the traditional route is better for you. If you do this, simply be aware that there will be better shades to suit your natural coloring.

It is often recommended that very fair skinned brides choose more ivory shades in their wedding gowns, since dark skinned women can opt for almost every shade of white for their dress. Skins with yellow undertones often do very well with pure white dresses, and tanned skins look particularly nice with richer, cream colored whites.

This is just a brief guide to whites that you can wear, so try out a few of the different ones above and see just how they work together with your particular skin tone. If you notice that the tips given above are correct but you are not particularly happy anyway with this particular colour, you can always try something more dramatic.

It is a less traditional choice than classic white Pronovia or Allure bridal wedding dresses, but selecting a brighter shade of color can actually look stunning. You may already have a color in mind that suits your tastes and your theme, but if not, why not consider the options below.

Firstly, one option that is very popular is keeping a white dress but with a splash of bright color thrown in. This helps blend the traditional and the modern, and helps you stand out without looking too bold or garish. One common choice is a streak of color running down the back of the dress and throughout the dress train.

This particular style can be especially eye catching and very flattering, drawing the eye down the back of the dress. Another option for a splash of colour includes a white dress with colorful motifs, such as black, grey or pinks flowers or beaded lace. This is a way of adding extra embellishment to your gown that will really turn heads, without going too bold with color.

Other colors that can look great as wedding dresses include soft pastels, such as pale yellows, lilacs, pinks and blues. All of these can be sumptuous and delicate, and you have more choice here for a dress that will flatter you in particular.

Despite the boom in the popularity of soft pastels as great colors for your wedding dress, some prefer even bolder shades. Really unusual colors that work well for wedding dresses include dramatic shades such as deep jewel tones like emerald, sapphire and ruby, or striking black and white designs. Be careful not to choose a color that is too garish or bright for best results.

Deeper and richer colors also work best when they are paired with a truly dramatic dress style, with plenty of frills and taffeta, length and width. To distinguish your colored wedding gown from a regular ball gown, a really dramatic and sumptuous cut should be chosen.

Whether you settle for classically beautiful white Allure bridal wedding dresses or something far more daring, you can make almost any color work for you at your wedding. All you need to be aware of is ensuring that you choose a color that suits you and the theme of your wedding, and a great cut.

 

3 Ideas for Eye Catching Bridesmaid Dress Designs

3 Ideas for Eye Catching Bridesmaid Dress DesignsThere are many aspects involved in creating the perfect wedding, including picking out a gorgeous wedding dress, finding the perfect venue, booking a good caterer and hiring the best musical entertainment. Another important thing to think about is picking out the right bridesmaid dresses for the occasion too, and this can be more difficult than it first appears.

One thing to consider here is that you will likely have several different people as bridesmaids, each with different body shapes, preferences and skin tones. Picking something to fit all of them at once was always going to be a tricky task, but there are some ways to please your bridesmaids and choose some eye-catching bridesmaid dresses that suit your big day too.

The first step is to take into account the personal preference of your bridesmaids in general, considering how daring they are prepared to go in the cut of their dresses and the length of the hemlines. Your bridesmaids will want to feel comfortable, but this does not mean that you cannot create a show-stopping look anyway.

Of course, the first way to create a really eye catching look is to choose a dress that has an unusual or striking cut. These can include having asymmetrical cuts, high-low hems, long Grecian gowns, 1920s style flapper dresses or anything else that stands out from the crowd. However, take into account the feelings of your bridesmaids before settling on something really unusual.

The second way to make a big impact with your bridesmaid dresses to select some really bold and exciting colors that will really draw the eye. These can include bold blues, pinks, purples and greens, many of which are popular in modern bridesmaids’ dresses anyway.

Many people choose to stick with one block of color to stay within their theme, and this is often popular with bridesmaids and is very flattering. However, you should avoid using colors that may be unflattering to your bridesmaids – after all, a wedding is a very beautiful affair. Pale peach, salmon, brown and skin tones should be avoided, and yellows and golds approached with caution.

However, a mix of colors and some gorgeous patterns on bridesmaid dresses can be an absolutely stunning way to dress your bridesmaids. You can choose floral patterns, watercolour print designs and ombre designs, all of which are eye-catching without going down the road of one block of vibrant color.

The third tip for gorgeous eye-catching bridesmaid dresses is choosing one shade of color by having each dress in a different style. These can include long flowing dresses, cocktail dresses, summer dresses and almost any other design. The key here is that the shade of color must be the same in order to unite the theme.

It is also important for the dresses to all have the same level of formality – some should not be scruffy whilst others are extremely expensive looking and classy. Often, a store selling wedding and bridesmaid dresses will be able to help you here, picking out several smart but different designs from their choice all in the same color shade.

This is a great solution for eye-catching bridesmaid dresses that please the bridesmaids too – not only can they wear a dress that they feel comfortable in, but this creates and unusual and attractive look for your wedding day. If looking for eye-catching bridesmaid dresses, consider the ideas above when picking out these garments.

 

5 Places Where You Can Use Pre-Wedding Photography

5 Places Where You Can Use Pre-Wedding PhotographsIf you are one of those excited couples who believe that you are entitled to have the best wedding ever, there is nothing wrong in that. You rightfully deserve to have the best wedding for yourself as it is a once in a lifetime opportunity where you join hands with your partner to enter a world of marital bliss and have two souls walking towards a single goal. A wedding includes several arrangements that come together to make a successful event and one of the most important aspects is the photography. Professional wedding photographers are always at hand when you get to approach them whenever you intend to.

Most professional wedding photographers offer wedding packages to the couples which often include pre-wedding photography along with capturing the best moments of the wedding day. These sessions are something that not all couples prefer due to the added costs but is often recommended for various reasons. Apart from getting to know your photographer and his style of capturing photographs, you get benefitted by the following ways.

• Wedding invitations – While you prepare and print wedding invitations, you can always include the pre-wedding pictures in the invites o give it a personalised look. You could choose the best-looking photograph of you and your partner and flash it on the card for people to see and appreciate your idea.

• Wedding favours – While you are confused with what to give away as wedding favours to your guests, you can personalise little keepsakes with your pre-wedding photographs. This would make great gifts and memorable for them as it consists your photograph which would make them reminisce your presence in their lives.

• Personal Websites – If you have unique ideas of creating a website to your name or want to have a social presence and announce your wedding, you could use these photographs to create collages and virtual banners which could make people know about your presence and how you want to make your wedding day special.

• Frames for the loved ones – It is natural for your family members to miss your presence after you are married and therefore engagement photographs are the best pictures to present family members with where they can keep them close. This would make them feel your presence whenever they miss you after you are married and away.

• Keepsakes for yourself – You could create photo albums or frame the best pictures to decorate your house. This would not only make you remember the day whenever you look at the photographs thus making it a great keepsake for you and your partner.

 

Tips for Successful Wedding Videos

Tips for Successful Wedding VideosYour wedding video will be the best memento of your big day enhanced with emotions, joy and love. This means you will want a video with superior quality, music to boost the moment, slow motion movements that will show off your love story. Today wedding videos are more than movies recorded on a tape. Producing a wedding video incorporates all details with a realistic approach that will elevate every single detail of the ceremony.

There have been great achievements in the video technology over the last decade, so the video is becoming such a huge part of every wedding. There have been also changes in the preferred wedding style of videography, so the only question that remains is: Who to choose and how do you find the right videographer for your day.

Film making techniques are very often required over the past seven years as it is no longer necessary to carry everywhere light sensitive cameras that will obstruct the scene. Smaller, less obvious cameras are more preferable option when it comes to recording the wedding events and producing love memories.

The wedding video is far more than capturing content. Whatever your wedding theme is, the wedding video is a lot more than pixels per inch and lines of resolution. As you look at the videographer’s website you need to decide if they are right for you. Even if it’s not always possible to have an exact plan keep an eye on the style, the capacity of the equipment because the final product is much more important than who is the owner of the studio. On the website you need to examine the work of the videographer and to gather more detailed information about the price of their packages. You’ll find that having as much information as possible ahead of time will influence every aspect of your wedding video, from the types of shots you’ll plan for, to the overall look and feel in the editing phase. Latter on, you can set an appointment that will give you a great opportunity to select the video package you are most comfortable with. It will also help you familiarize yourself with everything from potential lighting and sound issues with the order of events, to assume what scenes to include in the final version of the wedding video.

As obvious as it sounds, confirm that your videographer is well familiar with different types of video products. Make sure they have specialized in weddings so they are capable to choose the proper place and capture all the special moments as they happen in real time. Remember to ask your videographer about the editing skills they have. The quality of the sound and the special effects are a great way to add a dynamic to the entire story and turn off any unpleasant mistakes into advantages through the editing. Whether the wedding is formal, casual, theme-oriented or traditional, the most important goal is to establish a partnership with a wedding studio so they can deliver a video full of wonderful memories from your big day.

 

Tips for a Floral Themed Wedding Decor

Tips for a Floral Themed Wedding DecorDecor plays a major role in any wedding. It adds character to any venue and creates the ambience for the occasion. The best seller for any wedding decor is a floral theme. It is the most adaptable and perfect for any season. All you need is the right kind of flowers. We give you some brilliant ideas to make your wedding look prettier with flowers. You can also log onto any of the good matrimony sites to get more ideas.

Deck up the Mandap with flowers – The wedding mandap is the most important part of any wedding venue as the actual wedding takes place there. So it’s important to doll it up beautifully and what better way than with flowers. Choose the flower colours as per the general colour scheme of the wedding or according to the bride’s attire and have the whole mandap covered with flower garlands from top to bottom.

Flower Backdrop – Have a floor-to-ceiling backdrop with greens and colour coordinated exotic flowers like lilies and orchids to set the scene for pretty wedding pictures. Contrast the flowers with the wedding attire of the bride and the groom to make for perfect pictures.

Floral Centerpieces – You could have beautiful flower decorations as centerpieces for the dinner counters, snack tables or even at the seating areas. Add a twist to it and have contrasts with some centerpieces with only greens while others with vibrant flowers.

Floral Chandeliers – If you are having an indoor wedding then you could have floral chandeliers. Arrange some upside down stems of carnations in white on the chandeliers. They will transform your light fixtures into beautiful chandeliers and also look different from the usual flower arrangements.

Floating Florals – If your venue has a pool you could do up the pool with some floating flower arrangements. Don’t go with the regular arrangements. You could have a monogram of the couple’s initials on a bed of moss and have floating candles to add to the effect. This will make for jaw-dropping aesthetics.

Floral Rangoli – Rangolis are synonymous with any auspicious occasion in India. Usually, they are made with colours but to add a different flavour you could have a floral rangoli made with marigold flowers. It will make for a great way to decorate the entrance and also the mandap.

Flower decorations for the dining area – If you plan to have a sit down dinner at your wedding then you can have some unique decoration arrangements. For instance you can have some decoration around the plates to give it a festive look.

Innovative flower ideas with crockery – You could have innovative cocktail stirrers with flowers wrapped around the top of the stirrer. Use smaller flowers so that they fit snug. They would look good and also go well with the floral wedding theme. You could dress up a table setting attaching a single long lasting bloom like a rose on a piece of wire and pin it into a napkin ring. It will be elegance personified.

These tips are sure to make your wedding venue look striking, stunning and completely unforgettable.

Finding The Perfect Wedding Photographer

Finding The Perfect Wedding PhotographerYour wedding photos are something that you’re going to treasure for the rest of your life, so it stands to reason that you should want the best wedding photographer you can get. But how do you know who to go to when it seems like on every corner there’s a wedding photographer? In particular,being such an enormous city and a hub of businesses, is difficult to navigate due to the sheer mass of photography businesses. So, what’s a newly engaged couple to do? Here are a few tips to help you make your decision and come out of your photographer search with satisfying results.

First, you should always take a look at the photographer’s past work. Check out the photographer’s portfolio on their website, and see how versatile they can be. Do the couples in the photos look natural and happy, or are the photos awkward and forced-looking? Speaking of the couples in the photographer’s portfolio, another way to see if a wedding photographer is as good as they seem is to check in with their past clients. Have the couples they’ve photographed before been satisfied? Were there any problems? You can definitely ask a photography company for client contact information and references. Any photographer worth their salt will be happy to oblige.

An important thing to consider is wedding photography prices. This location has a number of wedding photography businesses who will happily charge exorbitant costs for some crummy photos, so it is important to make sure that you don’t confuse expensiveness for quality. Especially since you’ve likely already put down a small fortune for the engagement ring (not to mention the cost of the upcoming wedding and subsequent reception!), you need to be careful and prudent about how you spend your money. Hire someone good, but be practical -don’t blow your money on the most expensive option just because the price sounds promising.

Once you’ve found the right photographer, it’s a good idea to them to do your engagement photos before the wedding. Why? Because a great way to make sure that your wedding photographer is exactly the right person for you is to have them be there to take your engagement photos. Not only will the photography style and lighting choices be more congruent than if you hire two separate businesses for your engagement and wedding photos, but you’ll also be able to evaluate how well the photographer knows how to capture the moment, and whether or not they’re easy to work with. If the photographer is a difficult diva, drop them! It’s your day, not theirs, and you don’t want to be distracted from your own wedding because of problems with the photographer. On the flip side, if the engagement photo session goes off without a hitch, you’ll be all the more comfortable come your wedding day!

You should never have to worry about the small details on the most magical day of your life, so be smart – invest in finding the best wedding photographer.

 

Things To Do To Create The Perfect Wedding Album

Things To Do To Create The Perfect Wedding AlbumWedding photo albums are real treasures that keep memories alive. When you have a carefully designed and organized album, you will love going over your big day and sharing your best moments with friends and family. You will enjoy the album every time you bring it out and a few assembling tips can help you create the perfect one to enjoy and share with loved ones.

1. Do pick favorite wedding photos. The fact is that not all photos taken on your big day will end up in your album. Choose the photos you feel you cannot do without and make them part of your valuable collection.

2. Do include captions for the photos. This is one of the easiest ways of giving a story using the photo album. However, captions can create visual clutter and you therefore want to lay out the photos appropriately so that you have enough space for a necessary caption without leaving your pages too crowded.

3. Do arrange the photos chronologically. An album that sort of tells the story from the bridal party getting ready to the ceremony and evening party is a great item indeed. You can choose just a few good photos from earlier in the day before then spreading your wedding photo shoot photos.

4. Do give enough breathing space. Even without captioning, you should ensure that your photos are spread in a professional manner. You should not have album pages that are overwhelming to the eyes because of too many photos however large the space it. The fewer your photos the bigger and clearer and enjoyable they will be.

5. Do mix colors and contrasts on album pages. Bright colored photos can be very enjoyable, but they work even better when you strike a balance between the colored photos and the black and white ones you might have. Digital developments make it possible to change colored photos to black and white. You can use this feature to create a beautiful contrast across the album. You can also combine the bright outdoor photos with darker indoor ones.

6. Do choose photos for the front and back album covers. They can be pictures of anything, including a colorful wedding bouquet or a lovely wedding dress. Some couples prefer a large photo of their wedding album front cover. You can be as creative as you wish when making your selection. For instance, you can put a photo of guests leaving or waving goodbye on the black cover.

7. Do choose an album that matches wedding size. Scaling your album to how big your wedding was is a good thing to do. Short intimate weddings do not have that many photos compared to extravagant ones. Try not to make the photos appear forced and avoid putting photos that are similar and have nothing much to tell about the wedding. Let the photos represent all big moments you had during the ceremony without necessarily repeating. Think quality rather than quantity when choosing what goes into the album.