As with the rest of the fashion world, vintage is becoming an increasingly popular concept in bridal wear. Brides-to-be looking to invoke the timeless grace and elegance of eras such as the 20s are regularly seeking out dresses, and indeed basing their entire weddings, on fashions gone-by. Of course, planning for a vintage wedding takes quite a bit more effort than simply going to the local bridal shop to try on a couple of dresses; not only do you have to find a specialist retailer who deals specifically in vintage bridal wear, but other considerations such as the time period you want to take inspiration from have to be taken into account. The world of vintage weddings can be a daunting one, and it’s easy to forget certain important elements of the wedding amongst the flurry of dresses, decorations and venues being thrown your way; shoes for example.
Authentic or Designer Vintage?
Wedding shoes are the proverbial icing on a bride’s delicately designed cake. A bad pair of shoes can completely offset an otherwise beautiful dress and can turn the blushing bride in white into a bride who happens to be blushing for an entirely different reason. Add in the vintage aspect of wedding shoe-shopping, and the task of hunting out the perfect wedding shoes suddenly becomes a whole lot more scary. So, how do you start on the big hunt for the perfect wedding shoes?
Whilst a great deal of brides seeking out the perfect vintage ensemble would love to get their hands on authentic pieces from the era to parade on their big day, the sad reality is that this is a route that is both expensive and extremely difficult to hunt down. Good quality authentic vintage is extremely costly due to the sheer amount of demand and the rarity of items over time; bad quality vintage is available in droves, but the risk of walking down the aisle with a coffee stain and a tear in the back of your dress is significant. Fortunately, there is a wealth of designers creating beautiful vintage-inspired creations that not only recall the golden ages of fashion, but also won’t leave a pricey shoe-shaped hole in your bank balance
Where to look for the perfect vintage wedding shoes
By opting for vintage-inspired creations rather than the real deal, brides-to-be leave themselves with a greater deal of options with regards to design and style, whilst also allowing them to invoke their favourite era of fashion. A quick browse through the collections of a specialist designer such as Rachel Simpson illustrates this point perfectly; her collection recalls the golden age of fashion perfectly whilst also offering a wide range of shoe designs and most importantly, a high quality comfortable shoe. Furthermore, the prices for these sort of collections are very reasonable – far more so than your average collector demanding huge fees for worn goods.
Vintage weddings, when pulled off right, are undoubtedly beautiful spectacles. The dresses, the decorations and the shoes combine to create a beautiful bride on a glamorous, classy occasion. It’s the ideal choice for a bride looking for a unique wedding, and as shown in this article, it doesn’t have to cost the Earth either.
Strapless gowns remain the most popular style for brides, and to ensure that your gown looks absolutely perfect, it is key to find the perfect undergarments. Different types of wedding dresses will do best with different types of foundation garments. This is your guide to help you find the perfect undergarments for your strapless wedding gown.
When it comes to choosing your wedding undergarments, function has to take priority. No doubt when you envision bridal lingerie, the first picture that comes to mind is something white, lacy, and romantic. However, in many cases, those types of undergarments are not the ones that are needed to create the best possible fit for the wedding gown. Remember that you can always choose special romantic lingerie to wear on the wedding night and the honeymoon; don’t worry if the foundation under your gown is more utilitarian than beautiful.
Obviously a regular bra with straps cannot be worn under a strapless bridal gown. Some brides can get away with a standard strapless bra, as long as the back of the gown cuts straight across, with little or no dip in the back. Look for a strapless bra which has a silicone grip strip along the edges to help keep it from slipping down. Many an active dancer has found her strapless bra down around her waist at some point during the evening, so when in doubt, choose a bustier or long line bra instead of a basic strapless.
Most brides will choose to wear a bustier or long line bra under a strapless wedding dress. Because they go to the waist, there is no chance that they will slip around or fall down. There are a variety of materials and cuts available, some of which work wonderfully, and some of which are just terrible. Be very careful when selecting a bustier for your gown, as you want it not only fit well, but also to be well concealed under your dress. If your gown has heavy embellishment or a lot of lace on the bodice, you may be able to get away with a lacy bustier, but in many cases, the lace will show through as bumps under the gown.
Speaking of bumps, take care that the boning of your undergarments does not show through when you are in your wedding dress. Some of the more costly bustiers do a good job of concealing the boning under a smooth layer of fabric for a seamless look. These bras are usually not at all pretty, but they tend to be the most practical. Color is another consideration; match the bustier to the color of your skin, not the color of your bridal gown.
Choosing the right undergarments for the lower half of a strapless gown is usually easier. Many will have built in petticoats, which means that you can get away with underwear that is as fancy as you like. If you plan to wear stockings, choose alluring garters with stockings over unattractive pantyhose. You can really have fun decorating the garters and your undies with details like pearls or crystals to match your bridal jewelry. This will make for a very special look on the wedding night when you wear little more than your lingerie and bridal jewelry. And remember that if you have to choose something practical to disappear under your gown (no v.p.l., please!), you can always pick up something more romantic to wear in the honeymoon suite!
If you’re planning a wedding, chances are that you have noticed the high prices that many wedding trends demand. Even if you’re on a budget, though, there is absolutely no reason why you can’t plan a fabulous wedding. Because a wedding reception is expected to cost as much as 50% of your wedding budget, it would be wise to find ways to save money in that area first.
1.) Save money on your cake by pairing a large groom’s cake with a small, two or three-tiered wedding cake. Especially whenever a reception holds more than 50 to 75 people, it can become expensive to purchase a wedding cake to accommodate all of those people. By simply purchasing a large sheet cake in the same flavor as your wedding cake and cutting those pieces first, guests will never know (or mind, for that matter) that they weren’t receiving the real wedding cake pieces.
2.) Make your own reception centerpieces. Flowers arrangements are classic methods for adorning reception tables and can be purchased affordably when you choose to make them yourself. There are many flower companies that offer online ordering where you can purchase your flower stems at discounted prices and have them delivered on the day that you need. To save even more, consider borrowing vases from close family friends in a variety of shapes and coordinating styles for an eclectic and trendy appearance.
3.) Find tablecloths and other supplies at a discounted price on eBay or through wholesale retailers online. The web provides a wealth of resources for wedding supplies and all you have to do is be willing to search for the bargain. Sometimes people will sell their old wedding supplies on eBay just to get rid of them and many wholesale retailers sell tablecloths and other decorating supplies for less than it costs to rent.
4.) Cut your entertainment costs by nixing the deejay and supplying your own music. MP3 players and I-Pods are abundant this day in age, so surely you or someone you know will have access to these devices and a computer with internet so that you can download songs and create your own playlist for your reception. You may also consider renting a microphone and speakers.
5.) Find a venue that will allow you to organize your own food and beverages. One thing that costs couples tons of money is the catering and open bar expenses, especially when the reception venue requires that you use a certain company to provide your catering and beverage needs. To choose your own catering and beverage providers based on your individual needs, find a reception venue that has an open vendor policy so that you can negotiate and compare prices.
Choosing your wedding dress is one of the biggest choices you have to make when it comes to your wedding. There are so many factors to consider, your idea of your dream wedding dress, what suits you, the time of year you’re getting married, the location of your wedding and budget to name a few.
There are so many different designers and styles on the market today that it’s no wonder it takes a bride to be so long to come to a decision. Whilst shopping around and choosing your wedding dress is an exciting and fun experience it can also become a little over whelming, especially if there is more than one that you like the look of.
What happens if you have found your dream dress, the one you have dreamt of since you were 4 years old, teetering around in your mums best high heels dressed as a princess, and the price tag is out of your budget? Then what?! There is nothing more disheartening than finding ‘The One’ just to find out that you can’t have it. OK so you could cut back on other aspects of your wedding budget, source cheaper wedding invites, get the ‘other’ wedding cake that was on your list or go without that gorgeous bridal tiara you had your eye on. BUT…. There really is no need to do any of those things. With a bit of research and planning you CAN have your dream wedding dress and still go for everything else you want for your wedding. Yes really… you can!!
In my opinion this is where the fun starts. Before jumping online and overloading your eyes and brain with an array of images of stunning dresses you will need to venture outside and go wedding dress hunting. No doubt you will be bursting with excitement at the thought of trying on endless gorgeous dresses but before you consider anything else, you need to know which type of gown will suit you and flatter your figure. You may have a style in mind that you think will suit you perfectly, but when it actually comes to trying on the dress in that style the reality can be very different. I know some of you will be a stickler for sticking to trying on the style of dress you have in mind and that you think will suit you best, but you’ve nothing to loose by trying on other styles or even something you wouldn’t normally go for. You never know you might be surprised!! Try to remember some key factors: If you’re a buxom lass you will need more support so a design with a boned corset will make the best of your assets. If you have a slim frame then you can pull off a wedding dress that has an A line skirt and if you’re petite try to stay clear of ball gown style wedding dresses, the skirts on this style of dress are very full and can engulf you, you’ll end up lost under all the layers.
Once you have found a style that suits you and your gorgeous figure you can really trawl the shops. Don’t be put off by the store assistants trying to sell you a dress there and then. Most will be pretty relaxed and are used to brides to be popping in for a nose around. Explain that you are getting an idea of what is available and they will be more than happy to assist you in and out of all those lovely frocks. OK so this might sound lame to you guys, but take a pen and paper so you can make a note of the dresses that have caught your eye, who has designed them and the names of the dresses. If you’re not comfy with taking such notes designate the job to your maid of honour or if your mum has tagged along I’m sure she would be thrilled to help keep a record. Remember to take note of the style, designers name, name of the bridal dress itself and the sizes you try on.
Now you’re armed with all the knowledge you need for your perfect wedding dress you can go back to the comfort of your sofa to continue your search.
There are many online stores that offer discounts on all the well known wedding dress designers. Which one you choose will mostly be your preference; however there are some things to look out for. Make sure they are dispatching from the UK unless you’re willing to wait longer for delivery from another country. This is also likely to incur extra postage charges. Do they offer FREE postage and packaging? Dispatch times. Are there any extra charges, colours and sizes on offer etc?
After you have searched the internet high and low for your perfect wedding dress and decided where to buy and clicked on the all important ‘BUY IT NOW’ button all you have to do is wait. Wait with baited breath for it to be delivered. There is no doubt you will try on your beautiful wedding dress as soon as you have received your delivery and have closed the door. You’ll hardly be able to contain your excitement. Remember when trying on your stunning new dress that it may not fit perfectly. If you need some adjustments don’t fret, this is easy to rectify. There will be a local dress maker or seamstress that will be able to alter the dress to fit you perfectly or the website that you bought your dress from may offer dress alteration at an extra cost.
So there you have it… how to have your dream wedding dress without breaking the bank!!
Wedding photo blogs is an excellent way to learn about photojournalism. Most smart brides and grooms often give effort to get to know their photojournalism photographers so that on the day of wedding, they feel more comfortable in interacting with the photographer. It is also very effective in capturing the most intimate moments when family and friends become comfortable with the photographer. When they feel relaxed, they build a trust in believing the photographer’s skill and it makes the photographer’s job so much easier as the wedding photographer can somewhat become invisible during the event.
When the couple and their family forget about the existence of the photographer, it is often the best time to capture the true intimate moment. For an example, when the mother and the bride step aside to get a private moment with each other and talk in whisper. Another good example is when the bride hugs her father without people near them, these shots are priceless. There are many good example of photojournalism in many wedding blog. A good wedding photographer sense the moment is coming, and switch their none full frame camera with the long range telephoto lens and get ready to document that scene.
One of the most important parts of shooting these critical moment is knowing when to stop shooting. If the photographer kept shooting that intimate moment of the family like paparazzi, often people would become more conscious of the camera and that beautiful moment will disappear. These moments are the beauty of photojournalism and a good photographer should know how to maintain the balance to keep these moments going.
It is not necessary to spend a lot of money on the wedding to have beautiful photos. A good wedding photographer should be able to build relationship with the couple. Knowing the couple means to know their family and friends. The energy of love floats throughout that special day. It is a big part of wedding photographer’s job to seek and find those moments to photograph, as these shots are the likely the style of photojournalism.
Let’s be honest. It can sometimes be a tad tricky to find the perfect wedding gift for a bride. Naturally, you’ll want to find her something a bit more imaginative than the typical toaster or kettle, but also, you’ll want to find her something she’ll enjoy or use for numerous years, not least something she actually likes!
That means steering clear of things like cooking books, diet pills (and don’t even think about including an explanatory note with them saying you knew she just wanted to be in shape for her honeymoon – it won’t go down well!), or a T-Shirt emblazoned with “Nervous Bride Alert: Proceed With Caution.” Can you really call any of these wedding gifts for brides? Quite frankly, N-O.
In the same way, giving swim wear, lingerie or anything that can be worn, in a size smaller or larger than the bride wears, is considered tasteless, not to mention tacky.
With all this in mind, why not consider creating a gift for her from the comfort of your home? It’s that easy, folks. There are oodles of online retailers who specialise in personalised gifts at fantastic prices, for all occasions – weddings included! Simply grab your laptop or PC, get comfy on the sofa and let the bridal gifts-buying-mission begin. “Hang on a second!” we hear you cry. “That’s all very well, but what the hell do I get her?!” Okay, let’s take a look at some of the most popular personalised gifts for brides…
Wedding Champagne and Newspaper Gift Sets
Welcome her into the marital home with something useful and beautiful and also something that’s a wonderful keepsake of the big day. One of the top gifts for a bride to be is a gift set consisting of wedding champagne featuring both the bride and groom’s names on the bottle label along with an original newspaper from any date.
Personalised Wedding Calendars
Other personalised wedding gifts for the bride include customised calendars complete with 12 wedding-themed photos for each month featuring the couple’s names on each one.
Gourmet Food Hampers
Luxurious and downright delicious, a food hamper makes a super yummy wedding gift for brides everywhere. Filled with a selection of sweet and savoury sensations, from chocolate and fudge to olives and luxury tea (not forgetting a bottle of personalised alcohol such as wine, champagne or even whisky!), this is a gift to truly tantalise her taste buds.
Perhaps one of the most elegant, unforgettable bride to be gifts is that of engraved jewellery. There’s everything from silver compact mirrors and necklaces to bracelets and bangles, all of which are gorgeously etched with her name or a special message. You could even opt for an engraved photo frame featuring her name plus the wedding date.
Personalised Pamper Hamper
After the stress of the wedding and all the planning and nerves that go with it, she’ll be in need of some TLC. One of the best bride gifts you could get her would be a hamper complete with an array of pamperlicious delights, including bath salts, soaps, candles and more, plus a bottle of sparkling ros?� with her name and a special message on the bottle label. It’s a sure-fire way of getting her to relax and unwind.
Wedding dresses and other clothes can be rented. It could be a dollar saver to proceed down this route. Past generations got wedding dresses because it was the only option. The idea is that the little ones of the married two will also utilize the dress. But how solid is this concept?
End of the year sales can be another superb way to find the ideal outfit for way under price. Most ideal businesses will hold seasonal sales to cut down inventory and make way for new gowns. Be sure to organize with friends and family to make purchasing during the sales a positive event.
Floor models can be another path to chop corners. Dresses that are special bought will always be more costly. It may be that an outfit that has been fitted on again and again reflects a little wear and tear, but the huge discount may be worth a couple imperfections.
Bridal shows and wedding shows are one end way to mark down on wedding gown costs. Many of the vendors will supply great deals to those making a buy at the moment of the show.
Getting the ideal outfit at a price that you can afford may seem like a dream. With a small amount effort and some time you can find your ideal wedding day ensemble and still manage to meet your money needs. You can never put in too much effort as it comes to your big day. This is a memory you are going to keep for a lifetime, so hold on to it and put in whatever it takes to make it a great day!
An ordinary wedding gift is not your cup of tea. You know you wanted to give a personalized item for a wedding present because either the bride or the groom is your best friend. But where do you find them? This is the question that you must be able to answer to come up with a special, customized gift for the newlyweds. Go get dressed and off you go outside of your home to look for gift that will not only make you creative, but will also make the couple very happy and appreciative:
1. Gift Shops
Often, gift shops have their sets of own personalized gift ideas. You may look into them and check how they are made. As you go home, be sure you already bring with you the ideas. Draw the one that you choose or write some notes so that you will not forget it. Buy the necessary accessories or items immediately and start working on it.
Go to bookstores and browse or buy a book that teaches how to do creative designs to simple items, such as tea cups and wall frames. You need not copy everything. Out of these ideas, you will be able to build your own. Let your creative juices out and produce something that will be appreciated by the couple.
If you have no time to go shopping, but you have internet connection at home, look for commercial web sites that present ideas on personalized gifts and provide instructions on how to do them. Consider the one that is easy to make, but artistic.
Talk to your friends and ask for ideas. They may have bright, new ideas that have never been known or seen by too many. Or, you can put their ideas into one fantastic, personalized wedding gift.
You may not know it, but the idea may already be inside your home, waiting for you to recognize them. Just examine each corner of the house. You may be able to come up with a personalized wedding gift that will surely make the bride and the groom smile.
6. Antique Shops
Go to antique shops. You need not buy something expensive. Even a small piece will do. Just be creative. For instance, look for a small wooden box. If you are successful to find it, buy it immediately for it may not be available the next time you visit the antique shop. Buy wooden letters that spell out the names of the newlyweds. Arrange them in the cover of the wooden box. If you will not find wooden letters, try to look for gold ones or cut your own.
7. Garage Stores
The value of gifts is not measured by how much they cost; even cheaper ones can be greatly appreciated. Look for items in the garage stores. Again, let your creative juices out as you roam around the four corners of the stores. Imagine each item dressed with your designs. Buy the one that you were able to design best (in your mind).
The British royal wedding and Chelsea Clinton’s wedding went off without a single problem, didn’t they? In fact, every celebrity or royal wedding seems to go off that way. And those are huge affairs. If they can pull it off, how hard can it be for you to pull yours off? Is that an argument that seems to make a lot of sense to you? Well, they probably have more people on the job of putting that wedding together than there are guests. That’s not really how your wedding’s going to work. These things somehow have a knack of going awry just at the wrong moment. There could be a massive power outage 4 min. before your ceremony is to begin; your caterer could fall ill or have his home robbed. Or your photographer could just decide to take a better-paying assignment on that very day and offer to give you your money back. What do you do when things go badly wrong on your special day? Of course, nothing can really make up for the loss. But one can try – in the form of insurance money. In the age of the expensive wedding, wedding insurance happens to be a hot ticket item.
Wedding insurance is protection you buy against the unforeseen. Whatever nonrefundable deposits you make in the course of preparing for a wedding, you can count on being made whole for those if you have insurance. No matter why your wedding is postponed or canceled – injury, natural disaster, illness or whenever, having wedding insurance can protect your investment. There is wedding insurance for nonperformance by the professionals you hire to carry your wedding out, and there is coverage if you should decide to pull out for some real reason (but only if the person who’s doing the pulling out isn’t the person paying for the ceremony). This is what you need to know about wedding insurance.
Before you sign on the dotted line to buy such a policy, make sure that you ask your insurance agent to look through your other insurance policies – for your home, for your rented home, for your car or anything else – to see if they give you free wedding insurance just like that. If they do, you will not need to buy new insurance. If you aren’t that lucky, you may have to actually spend money on custom wedding insurance. Shopping around is always a good idea. Sometimes, you’ll go and buy wedding insurance and then find out when you need to make a claim that the insurer wasn’t authorized to do business in your state after all. Once you make sure of how you’re completely covered, wedding insurance can be a truly valuable way to keep your sanity on your wedding day.
If you are planning to have your wedding, you have to make sure that everything will be in order. Wedding is deemed to be one of the most special events that could ever happen in your entire life. With this being said, you really have to prepare and plan ahead. First on the list of planning is choosing your wedding celebrant.
Looking for a good wedding celebrant may sound a tedious task to do, but it is actually easier nowadays. There is a growing number of efficient All you need to do is to keep in mind various things to consider in choosing an excellent celebrant.
First and foremost, you have to look for a celebrant that has ample legal knowledge about marriage preparation procedures. This is necessary since there are lots of legal requirements needed when marrying the person whom you love the most. In fact, some of these requirements are the birth certificate, evidence of marital status, notice of intended marriage (NIM), and statutory declaration. You can complete all these requirements with the help of a wedding celebrant. There are quite strict rules when it comes to marriage legality so you must have all these documents at hand before your wedding day.
Another thing to consider in selecting a wedding celebrant is the services which he can offer. Make sure that your chosen marriage celebrant is flexible enough to offer a wide range of services like drafting your past experiences or personal history, writing your wedding vows, and organizing the ceremony for your wedding. Having a marriage celebrant who can help you in all your wedding preparations would ease most of the wedding hassles. After all, you do not want to feel so exhausted before the very important event in your life.
The fees which you need to pay for the marriage celebrant is also a vital thing to take into consideration, especially if you are on a tight budget. Thus, you have to choose a celebrant who can offer different services at affordable prices. This is actually not a problem because there are wedding celebrants who are willing to customize their services.
Indeed, you need to think over essential things when looking for an efficient wedding celebrant. That way, the one you have chosen can be a great help in accomplishing all your wedding preparation needs. Choosing the best celebrant would definitely make your long-awaited wedding day a superb one.