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“Mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, listen. On my wedding, I’m going to wear… wait for it… pink.”
It wouldn’t be surprising to see your whole family, including your dog, glaring at you for saying this. Tradition suggests (enforces, rather) that every bride must wear white on her wedding day. When asked why, people will instinctively say, “white symbolizes purity of the soul.” But history explains that it is Queen Victoria who should be blamed for starting the whole white wedding dress bandwagon. In 1840, the queen wore a momentous white wedding gown. The wedding pictures were widely published and being a trendsetter during her reign, many other brides opted for white too. The norm has stuck ever since.
Most brides choose to follow, while some brides refuse to let tradition dictate their wedding fashion. If you have a solid style statement, here are some ways you can use a non-traditional wedding dress without taking away the “bridal” feel.
One of most fun things about planning a wedding is registering for your gifts. The wedding registry process is exciting and fun, because it brings up conversations about your future home and life together. However, with all of the excitement can come a lot of confusion.
Walk into any store to register, and it quickly becomes overwhelming. There are no shortage of things to add to your registry, and it often times brings up larger questions between you and your future spouse.
While it’s impossible to predict everything you will want and need once you start your married life together, here are eight often forgotten things to add to your registry. You might not think you need these, but our experience says they are essentials to add!
The crock pot is the single most used appliance in our household. Prior to getting married, this amazing tool is not often used, and thus not necessarily added to the list. Crock pots do well when cooking a lot of food, and when single this isn’t something you do often.
A crock pot works like this. In essence, you can put pretty much anything in at the start of the day, turn it on low and forget about it for 8 hours, and come back to an amazing meal. Frozen chicken? Throw it in. A cheap pork shoulder? It’ll be amazing after 8 hours of slow cooking.
Not only will a slow cooker work amazing for a busy lifestyle, but you’ll have a lot of leftovers. Crock pot recipes are simple, easy to make, and don’t cost much. A true win/win.
Getting dishware is typically a priority for newlyweds, but often times a serving platter is the first thing to get eliminated. It seems very unimportant in the grand scheme of things. Its easy to add it to the list of things “we’ll get later.”
Well, one of the first things most married couples love to do is host other couples. It might not be something you did as much when you were dating, but it is the thing to do when you’re married. And, having a nice serving platter is a go-to for every dinner party. Don’t leave this off the list – you’ll be wanting one within months of getting married if you do.
Getting one nice set of sheets is a no brainer, but multiple sets? Yes. It will make your life so much easier. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck pulling the sheets off the bed, getting the laundry done, and remaking the bed all in one day. While not impossible, it won’t be long before you miss the mark on that.
Two sets of sheets means you can change the bed and not have to stress about getting everything done same day. Chances are, your schedule is going to get busier with marriage, not slower. You’ll appreciate having the time to get that laundry done.
Inevitably, you’ll probably start cooking some recipes that are more advanced than ramen and macaroni and cheese. If you haven’t already started cooking together, it’s a wonderful way to connect with your spouse and enjoy each other’s company. And, there are a set of staple spices you’ll need for the majority of meals you make.
No need to go out and buy all of the exotic spices, like saffron and turmeric. A simple spice rack with the essentials will allow you to cook the majority of the recipes you find, without having to make an emergency store run.
When single, a salad spinner seemed like a bit of a luxury. Why doe one need dry lettuce leaves to have a decent salad?
Salads make the perfect compliment to so many meals, and a good salad spinner is worth its weight in gold. Doing the same actions by hand takes some time. And you’ll get a lot of mileage out of a salad spinner.
Big, upright vacuums with all of the bells and whistles are expensive, bulky, and heavy. Chances are, when you are first getting married, you’ll be living in an apartment, condo, or small home. You don’t need a huge vacuum, and instead could benefit from a stick vacuum.
A stick vacuum is lightweight and portable. Many are cordless, with batteries that last 20-40 minutes, more than enough time to cover your new living quarters. Today’s stick vacuum’s have plenty of suction power, and will do a great job on your carpet, hardwood floors, and upholstery. And, you’ll save a bunch of money by not going after the expensive upright vacuums.
Pyrex dishes range from glass cookware to food storage containers. Having a good assortment of these pyrex dishes will serve you really well.
You’ll be amazed at how valuable it will be to have several pyrex dish pans of several sizes. Some of the common and popular sizes are 9×13 and 10×15, for example. You can cook casserole’s and vegetables in the oven, or bake brownies or cake. Having several of these will serve you well.
You can also store food in pyrex storage containers. Yes, you can always buy some of the plastic versions instead, but having a set of glass storage containers is much better.
A food processor is a luxury, but it is a very functional luxury. A food process helps you blend, grind, chop, dice, or puree pretty much anything you want. Unlike having to chop all of it by hand, you can stick everything whole into the food processor, press a button, and stand back.
Food processor’s are a life saver when you’re throwing a dinner party, or making food in bulk. Dicing several onions is now only a matter of peeling the onions and throwing them in the processor, whereas prior that process could take 10-15 minutes.
There are some many things you can add to your wedding registry. You’ll learn more and more about eachother, and what you need, as the years go by. In the meantime, hopefully you’ll see the value in a few of these wedding registry essentials.
Have you ever gone to a wedding reception and felt like something was off? The couple’s poor choice of wedding colors is probably to blame.
The color scheme is one integral aspect in wedding planning. Colors have the power to create the mood and complement the particular theme or unique aesthetic you envisioned. Like the choice of fabrics, decorations, and venue, the colors that have to be mixed and matched have to be planned and situated well. They have to be cohesive. They have to suit your personality. They have to be able to evoke the right emotions. And most importantly, they have to please the eye.
Unfortunately, it’s easy for couples to mess up their wedding décor with the wrong choice of wedding colors. Here are eight ways you’re making wedding color mistakes and some ways to avoid them.
Coral, teal, and purple – these are just three of the all-time favorite wedding colors. Some blend them with tried and tested partners, like coral and gray, teal and baby pink, and purple and apple green. These are classic wedding colors and combos that have held up over time and yes, brides continue to love ’em.
But why stick to the safe and most used fusions when there are endless color combo possibilities to recognize? Perhaps you haven’t tried mixing and matching emerald and melon with a hint of metallic gold.
If you want to have a unique wedding motif yet you’re running out of ideas, here are some of the rare wedding color combinations to take inspiration from.
Perfect for: Autumn wedding, vineyard wedding themes
Opting for a fall-inspired wedding? Orange is a no-brainer but you can create a rich intoxicating blend to set the autumnal tone by adding purple and burgundy. The deep, moody details are also perfect for the old-world charm of vineyard weddings.
Aside from incorporating the deep colors into the fabrics, flowers, favors, invitations, and other wedding elements, try to experiment with food. For instance, consider serving creamy tomato soup atop beautiful satin burgundy tablecloth or table runner. You can also place a mix of orange, plum, grapes, and apples on the table.
Perfect for: Summer weddings
Perhaps you have seen the aqua-pink combo before – the fun and feminine color combo that makes you think of unicorns, cotton candies, and everything sweet. But when the preppy colors are styled with metallic and glitzy elements, like gold ribbons, draping, light fixtures, and table centerpieces and dinnerware, the vibe can be elevated into a glam affair.
Perfect for: Late-spring, summer wedding
If you want the similar fresh and fun vibe but you want to steer clear of vivid colors, then the mint and coral combination might appeal to you.
For a more elegant and sophisticated setting, play more with mint. Think of mint clothing, invitations, and table setting decors. Then, let the lush floral arrangements and even the sugar blooms on your cake display pops of coral. You can also incorporate coral through small details like your favors or the ribbons.
If you want to go for a laidback chic vibe, choose coral as your lead with mint as your undertone. To elevate it into a more luxe look, infuse metallics like gold, silver, copper, or rose gold.
Perfect for: Rustic and shabby chic wedding themes
Going for an earthy theme without sacrificing elegance? You’ll love this color scheme as it binds perfectly with natural hues and wooden details. Analogous colors go well together, which is why rich merlot and soft peach look cohesive. Having sage as an accent color balances them out and adds freshness into the mix. Sage can easily be incorporated by playing with florals.
The color combo has a down to earth vibe, which is perfect for garden and woodland weddings. Just make sure you balance out natural surroundings with some grandiose elements like chandeliers, candelabras, and elegant dinnerware.
Perfect for: Modern summer wedding, beach wedding
Orange symbolizes optimism while yellow symbolizes happiness. The vibrant mix is perfect for cheery, flamboyant couples who want to add a bit of fun into a solemn ceremony. The combo is also perfect for a seaside wedding as the warm tones complement the ocean’s bright turquoise hue. The best tip: let the flowers do the talking.
You just have to balance them out with white and neutral details so your guests won’t be overwhelmed by the vivid colors. Let your vases filled with vibrant fresh flowers and bright table decors sit on a white tablecloth.
Perfect for: Art deco weddings
Navy and eggplant are colors that scream “majesty” and adding metallic accent hues such as gold or copper make everything just better. The ethereal combo is perfect for grandiose wedding ceremonies, like a Gatsby-themed party adorned with gold chandeliers and dinnerware, and silk eggplant tablecloth, and filled with bubbly champagne and live jazz music.
Perfect for: Fall and winter weddings
If you’ve always been drawn to berry-kissed, cranberry-esque shades, then the fusion of these bold colors is to die for. The pops of rich colors against the winter’s cold and pale surroundings display a lively contrast. For a more elegant look, you can infuse metallics, like silver accents.
The combo is full of lovely possibilities. They work on white tables and wood tables as well. Since a few varieties come in blue, play around with marsala for your flowers and use midnight blue for the vase and table decors. You can also experiment with food. Apart from red wine, consider offering vibrant cocktails for your signature sip. You can also use fruits with rich hues, like grapes, blueberries, and cranberries.
Perfect for: Spring and summer weddings
The emerald-melon combo is an unexpected fusion I can’t help drooling over. Emerald is a rich shade of green that is inspired from the gemstone itself while the color melon is a soft shade of pink that provides depth and balance to the boldness of the jewel tone. The two colors work perfectly together.
These colors can create either a big and elegant statement or a rather low-key and effortless chic vibe. It depends on what tone you’ll emphasize and what should serve as the undertone.
If you’re into a more luxurious setting, then play more with the emerald with the melon undertone. Apart from using it heavily for fabrics, incorporate it into the smallest of details including the bold patterns in your invitations, the linen of your cake table, or the wrap of your bouquet. Try adding melon-colored flowers and apricot deserts to subtly infuse melon.
If you’re going for a chic, low-key setting, let melon dominate the environment and infuse emerald here and there, in your garlands and floral arrangements, aisle decorations, and party favors.
Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is one of the enthusiastic writers for Jennifer Regan, a shop in Sydney that caters to women who are looking for the perfect bridal dress to wear as they walk down the aisle. Her articles mainly focus on fashion and beauty, which help soon-to-be-brides prepare for their wedding day.
By the time of their wedding, most grooms are already on par with moisturizing and cleaning techniques. They have a hairstyle in mind, and are all set for the big day. However, for some it’s not enough. Grooming goes beyond shaving and showering. From when to trim your beard to how far you should wait, to cutting your hair or not, to hiding a bad hangover, we’ve laid out some of the best tips to help you look like a million dollars on the day of your wedding. Have a closer look!
Wash up, drink up & and repeat
It might seem foolish, but you should wash your face daily the moment you get engaged. Don’t just use water and soap; buy yourself a good-quality cleanser and an exfoliator. These products will help your skin look perfect on the day of your wedding. But you need to use them properly.
It’s equally important to drink plenty of water throughout the day if you want your skin to glow. Water replenishes nutrients that your complexion needs to remain elastic and flawless. Aim at 8 glasses a day, and increase the amount to 10-12 glasses with at least 10 days before the wedding.
Whether it’s summer or winter, the skin dries out when not properly taken care of. When your skin is affected by harsh weather conditions, zips and pimples emerge; more severe conditions can occur, such as redness and uneven spots. That’s not really something you need on your face days before the big day.
Sunscreen is vital. It prevents sun burns and intense redness that might ruin your wedding photographs. Moisturizing is equally important. It protects the skin from dryness, and replenishes hydration. Keep in mind that nourishing and moisturizing your skin is not a onetime thing; it should be done regularly, preferable every 2 days; and daily with a week before the wedding.
Choose the right grooming products
Now that you know why it’s so important to moisturize, move on to investing in the right products. Before investing in the next best face scrub that you’ve heard work miracles, due your due diligence. Ask at the pharmacy about ingredients and side-effects. Acne is a serious skin condition that might require an appointment to the dermatologist. Test your products before using them on your entire face; this helps you figure out if a product matches your complexion or not.
Practice the beard growth and styling
If you already have a beard and you’d like to restyle it, you should do a test with at least 6 months in advance. In case things go south, you’ll have plenty of time to let is grow back on. But if you’ve just decided to let your beard grow, you should ask for professional advice on how to style it. Only an expert hairdresser will be able to tell you what shape best suits your facial features.
Finely plucked eyebrows that make you look frowned or evil is not something you want to see in your wedding photographs. But then again, you also don’t want to see an angry unibrow. If you’re just getting started with eyebrow plucking, prepare for a little pain. You should only remove stray hairs that have nothing to do with your brows – the area between your eyes, and those extra hairs just above the eyelid. That’s about it. Don’t overdo it as you’ll end up looking weird and unnatural. If plucking seems too extreme, use a trimmer.
Most men are used to using waxes and hair gels. However, for a softer, more gentle look, hairspray might be a better choice. The right products keep your hair looking natural; not to mention that it holds better, too. Test a few products before making your final pick, just see which one best matches with your scalp and hair type.
Looking and feeling confident on the day of your wedding is not something impossible to do. All you have to consider is proper grooming. Use the right primer for oily skin, and every week get a face mask to remove impurities and dead skin formed at the surface. Make an informed decision when doing your hair, and stick to a classic yet appealing style your future wife will adore.
Saying that fresh, vibrant flowers add a visual interest to weddings is an understatement. Not only do they provide aesthetics but they also freshen up and enliven the celebration. Apart from being a staple to wedding aisle and reception decorations and bridal bouquet, raw and fragrant blooms also make a stunning, incredibly versatile floral headpiece for the bride.
Wearing freshly-picked blooms, whether in a form of a crown or subtly sprinkled throughout your intricate braids, is a smart, chic alternative to traditional veils. They work best if you’re opting for a laid back and romantic woodland, garden or beach wedding ceremony. And when situated creatively, you can get the best of both worlds by combining the whimsical details of fresh blossoms and the classic appeal of a veil in one look.
But before stealing the look of the lovely brides in Pinterest, here are some of the important points to keep in mind to rock your floral headpiece.Continue reading
Who wouldn’t want to have a perfect wedding day? Soon-to-be married couples pour the best of their time, abilities, and cash into the success of their once in a lifetime celebration of love. They choose the best officiant and hire experienced organizers, caterers, florists, dressmakers, and photographers to ensure everything turns out the way they envisioned smoothly and flawlessly.
But let’s be honest, is there really a “perfect” wedding? Do couples, who spend the most of their time and resources, really achieve their ideal wedding celebration without running into bumps and hurdles in the process? I don’t think so.
Life is full of surprises, isn’t it? However, nobody likes it when not-so-pleasant surprises show up in the course of wedding planning, or worse, on your big day. A simple yet unresolved mistake can sabotage everything at the drop of the hat. Fortunately, most common wedding blunders can be remedied. You just have to think fast and handle them with grace and poise (even if they’re driving you nuts IRL).
Before you go into panic mode, stop, take a deep breath, and check out the following solutions for the most common wedding planning emergencies.
Unless you are an event planner, your wedding may be the most complex project, and the biggest party you will ever plan. Your wedding, if prepared correctly will be the best party of your life. It will also be the most memorable day for you and your significant other. Your guests, however, will have attended and will continue to participate in weddings throughout the year. You want your wedding to be the one they remember even when they are old. An excellent way to make that day memorable is to create a personalized experience for each guest. They may not feel the joy you will be feeling because you are marrying the love of your life, but they may share the excitement and be happy for you because they felt great attending the wedding. You may be freaking out right now, but no, it will not cost you excessively to plan that wedding. There are simple ways to make your wedding memorable.
Keep your guests informed
One of the easiest way to ensure that your guests are entertained is by sharing your program with them. While they may love you to bits, they will be bored if they feel like they are just following the crowd with no knowledge of what is happening. This is the digital era, take advantage of it. Share your program with your guests on social media and have a printed copy of the program at the gate for anyone who did not see it on their social media pages. Include logistical information. No one likes being lost. Ensure that you have also included a dress code if any. The last thing you want is to make one of your guests feel out of place. You may also want to create a website dedicated to the day. This site may contain information about what will happen at what time and where. You may also want to include directions, shuttle bus services, parking restrictions and accurate information about the property the party will be hosted at such as rocky terrain.
Make your guests feel welcome
If you want to guests to feel that your party is the best they have ever attended, it is great to ensure that they feel welcome. Nothing says “welcome and thanks for coming” like welcome bags. Sure, it may be a lot of work assembling them, but they are worth it. If you will be doing some of these things yourself, a welcome bag includes a bottle of water, snacks and local specialties like wine or chocolate. You may also want to include a map or brochures for great places to visit in the locality. You should also include a personal letter from the couple expressing just how happy they are that the guests have left their busy schedules to attend the wedding. If your guests are few, then you might know what they like and don’t like so you may make their welcome bags more personal for them.
Make them comfortable
Everyone is usually very tense when they are visiting new locations. You want your guests to feel as comfortable as possible. Depending on where you are hosting the wedding, you may choose to have a welcome bar with non-alcoholic beverages. If you are hosting your wedding outside, you may want to have a bug repellant station. Bugs can be an issue that will keep your guests from enjoying the day. If you are hosting a beach wedding, have flip flops for your guests in case they did not carry their own.
Wedding reception venues are not usually kids-friendly. However, you want the parents to have just as much fun as the singles in the wedding. An excellent way to help parents is by making sure their children are having a good time too. Kids love to explore and have fun. They may not have a concentration span as long as that of adults. So make sure there are fun things for children to do throughout your wedding and fun places for them to hang out and have fun during the reception party. You may employ people who will act as baby sitters for that day. You may even make it a sleepover party with cartoon and pizza!
Unique wedding themes are the trends nowadays. Gone are the old traditional wedding themes where everything has always been what it was. There are some traditions we don’t break away from like the bride’s white dress which was initiated by Queen Victoria in her wedding with Prince Albert or the classic wedding rings. However, due to the rise of social media platforms, newlyweds can now share their most memorable moments to the whole world, giving a spotlight to even the tiniest wedding detail, not just the dress.
One of the raves nowadays is the photo of the soon-to-be-husband-and-wife’s wedding rings. In fact, it is so trendy that the #weddingring has more than a million posts on Instagram. With all of the photos, you might want yours to stand out and the best way to do it is to present your wedding rings in an eye-catching ring holder.Continue reading
The stress of planning a wedding is no joke – plenty of things has to be done including the hunt for the best yet budget-friendly caterers, dressmakers, and photographers. Since it’s one of the most memorable events for the couple, everything has to be perfect. Not to downplay grooms but in most cases, the brides are the ones who get really exhilarated about the wedding day. Next to the wedding gown, the bridal hair and makeup are a crucial aspect, though they’re often put at the least of priorities.
With other wedding costs to keep in mind, we cannot blame frugal couples for skimping on these. Some brides opt for cheaper styling services, hire a non-pro makeup junkie, or even do their own wedding hair and makeup to cut expenses. But is omitting the need for a professional hair and makeup artist (HMUA) worth it?
When you look at the numbers, pro hair and makeup may seem a bit pricey. By the end of the day, the cosmetics will still fade so why bother throwing $150 for it? But if you come to realize the pros and cons of having your bridal look done by a professional, the good will knock off the bad. Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t scrimp on your look.