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How to Choose Your Wedding Day Jewelry

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When it comes to your wedding day, you as the bride are on display. It is your day and everyone’s eyes will be on you. For this reason, you must look your best, and your dress, accessories, and hair should be perfect. When the time comes to choose jewelry for your wedding day, you should follow some specific guidelines in order to select the right items.

Don’t pick wedding day jewelry for the sake of wearing jewelry. In some cases, you may not need it. The style of your dress is the best indicator as to whether you need jewelry. If your wedding dress is busy with diamonds, pearls, and sequins, or its fabric goes high at the neck and long on the sleeves, then adding bridal jewelry may make the final look too garish.

Enhance the beauty of your dress with jewelry, don’t ruin or hide it when selecting your wedding day jewelry. This is why you should allow your dress to decide what is needed as far as jewelry. Do you have a lower neckline that a necklace and earrings would complement? Are your sleeves short enough for a bracelet to be added gracefully?

Reflect the type of wedding day jewelry with various features of your dress. For example, if your dress boasts specific color gems, pearls, or sequins, then consider jewelry that matches this in a balanced fashion. Don’t overdo it, however. In some cases if the gems are liberal on a dress, then selecting jewelry that is simpler creates balance.

Allow your hairstyle to dictate your wedding day jewelry selection. If you are wearing your hair up, then earrings that hang may be appropriate. But, again, don’t select anything that takes over the finished look. Every item of jewelry you choose needs to complement your dress as a whole, and your final look needs to show you off, not camouflage you.

Choose jewelry that reflects your personality and who you are. You want to feel comfortable in what you are wearing. You have presumably selected a dress that matches your personality, so do the same with your jewelry. If you feel more comfortable with simpler jewelry, then select items that match your dress and your personal style.

A few do’s and don’ts when picking your wedding day jewelry:

  • DO mix borrowed with new.
  • DON’T wear a necklace with this season’s asymmetrical gown trend.
  • DO bring your headpiece when trying on earrings.
  • DON’T wear a watch.
  • DO mix finishes: your ring is its own entity.
  • DON’T over-accessorize.
  • DO give yourself enough time!
  • DON’T compromise personal style.
  • DO incorporate color into jewelry.
  • DON’T cut corners — quality lasts a lifetime.
  • DO wear your wedding jewelry after the big day.
  • DON’T wear wire earrings.
  • DO change jewelry for the reception.

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Wedding Flowers

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How to Choose Your Wedding Flowers 

 

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A wedding would just not be the same without flowers. Every bride wants her wedding to be memorable and her choice of wedding flowers or arrangements should reflect her specific taste and personality.

Understand that there are no right or wrong choices when selecting your wedding flowers. It is your own personal choice, as your own preferences are the most important part, as well as having a basic understanding of what works well for the theme you’ve chosen and your budget.

 

Start by looking through bridal magazines, books, and even gardening books that focus on flowers. If you don’t already have an idea of the types of flowers you’d like to have, simply looking at beautifully photographed flowers can be a lovely way to start getting an idea of what you like. Learn the different meanings of the flowers so that this can play a part in your decision; you might want to express certain sentiments through the “language of flowers”.

 

Consider the color of the flowers. Color is an important part of your decision about which flowers to have. The colors chosen should complement the bridal gown, the wedding theme, and the clothing of the rest of the bridal party.

 

Start with the bridal bouquet. This is the most intimate floral arrangement for the wedding and if you can’t afford many flowers, at least don’t skimp on the bouquet! The bride’s bouquet should be the largest and most spectacular bouquet in the wedding party.

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Decide upon the bridesmaids’ bouquets. The bridesmaids’ flowers can be a smaller version of the brides flowers or a different shape but still maintaining the color theme. If the bride is carrying a trailing bouquet the bridesmaids could carry round bouquets. Ultimately, aim for good coordination.

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Decide upon the style of the flower girl’s flowers. This daintiest member of the wedding party could carry a small basket of flowers to match the bridesmaids’ flowers. The basket can be sprayed white or a pastel shade. Another alternative is to attach a spray of flowers to a piece of ribbon and tie it around the flower girl’s wrist, tying the ribbon ends in a bow with long ends. This is particularly suitable for a very young flower girl who may find a basket awkward to carry.

Prepare the bridegroom and groomsmen. Although their need for flowers is less showy, it’s just as important, and they will wear a buttonhole/boutonniere. For the groom, provide something that has a slight difference from the buttonholes for the groomsmen – such as a single flower that is the same as one in the bridal bouquet. Flowers that are popular for buttonholes include roses, carnations, orchids, and small varieties of lily. Lily of the valley is popular for buttonholes because it is an expensive flower but goes a long way in a buttonhole.

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Choosing Your Wedding Party

 

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1. Think twice before you ask.  Once you’ve asked someone to be in your wedding party, you can’t go back. So while it may be tempting to ask all of your favorite friends to be in your wedding party the minute you get engaged, don’t. Take your time. And pose this question to yourself: Do you imagine you’ll be just as close to this person in five years as you are now?

2. Set honest expectations. What sort of a role do you want your wedding party to play? Is it important to you that they help to address wedding invites, dress shop with you and attend all of the prewedding parties? Or will it be enough for them to wear what you chose and show up the day of? If it’s the former, think twice about asking friends or family who live far away or have extremely hectic schedules. The worst thing you could do is set yourself up for disappointment.

3. Include your brothers and sisters. Not to sound like mom, but think about it: Even if you’re not particularly close to his sister or her brother, siblings are going to be around well past your 10-year anniversary, and chances are, you’ll become closer over the years. If you come from a big family and you can’t possibly include everyone, draw the line at teenagers. Instead, make them a part of the ceremony by asking them to pass out programs or seat guests.

4. Consider the size of your wedding. You can have as many (or few) bridesmaids and groomsmen as you like. The average wedding party size is eight – four bridesmaids and four groomsmen. Use that as a guide when you decide. Depending on formality, go larger or smaller. For a smaller wedding with around 50 to 60 guests, have no more than four, but for a larger wedding of, say, 150, you could go up to 12 if you really wanted to. Just keep this in mind: More isn’t always merrier.

5. Choose responsible honor attendants. Choosing your best man and maid of honor might not be an easy task. The best honor attendants are friends who are responsible (since you’re going to rely on them for some big wedding planning tasks and to hold on to your expensive rings) and friends who are good at providing emotional support, because there just might be a few prewedding meltdowns. (It also helps if they’re super-fun, since they’ll be planning the bachelor and bachelorette parties!).

6. Don’t ask someone just because they asked you. Weddings are no time for quid pro quo. You don’t need to ask someone to be in your wedding because they asked you to be in their wedding.

7 “Others”. You might need ushers to lead the guests to their seats at the ceremony, plus a couple candlelighters and program distributors. But there are a lot of other options as well than just bridesmaid and groomsman. Maybe you have a musically inclined friend who would love to play something at the reception. Or what about that friend who is an amazing writer? Have them write up something to read at your ceremony.

8. Kids aren’t required. If there are no children you two feel particularly close to, you don’t need a flower girl and/or ring bearer. And if you have many children you want to include, feel free. Have three little flower girls instead of one and give them each their own basket of flower petals. Or have your two little guy cousins walk down the aisle as pages. They can bear the ring, hold a keepsake or carry a “Here Comes the Bride” sign.

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Be a Great Wedding Guest!

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Being a wedding guest is an honor. After all, there are few days more significant, more personal. The happy couple wants you to be there to revel in their joy by being their wedding guest.

Here is a short “Do’s and Don’ts” List:

DO Be in the Moment

Picture this: you’re in the church. The Maid of Honor has just finished walking down the aisle. The music changes, heads turn to the back of the church, the door slowly opens. The bride appears and walks forward, holding on to her father’s arm.

And you? You smile. You tear up. You hold the hand of the person next to you. And you leave your camera in your purse or on the pew. You don’t walk out into the aisle to take a picture with your camera or your phone.

DO Be On Time to the Church

The time listed on the invitation is the time the ceremony will (or should) begin, so be sure to get to the church/ceremony location at least 10 minutes earlier. Don’t be a late wedding guest.

DO Have Fun & Dance

Hit the dance floor, enjoy the food, have some drinks and at the end of the night tell the bride and groom that this was the best wedding you have ever been to. Give them a hug, wish them well and thank them for inviting you.

DO Act As Though This is The Only Wedding… Ever

Don’t tell the bride or groom about things you have seen at other weddings. Don’t ask them why they didn’t do a candy station or chocolate fountain. Don’t say that so-and-so’s DJ/band was better. For one day, let that bride be the only bride in the world and that wedding be the only one you can even think about.

DON’T Hide in Pictures

If the bride and groom ask you to be in a picture with them, please make sure that the photographer can see you. Don’t try to hide behind someone tall, or duck a little in the back. The couple wants to be able to see you.

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DON’T Tell the Bride

You got a flat tire on the way to the wedding? Your heels are sinking into the grass during the ceremony? The drummer for the band is running late? Unless it’s something crucial for the bride to know, don’t tell her. She probably can’t do anything about it, so let her bask in the joy of the day and the blissful ignorance of anything going awry. Don’t be a pain in the butt wedding guest.

DON’T Monopolize Their Time

I know you’re super excited to talk to the bride and groom. You may not have seen them in months or years and you’re thrilled to get the chance to catch up with them. Unfortunately, the wedding day is not really the time to do that. So, talk to them for a few minutes but please, please don’t monopolize their time.

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Destination Weddings

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Believe it or not, marrying away from home used to be synonymous with eloping. While destination weddings look different now, they’re still a great way to ensure you have a wedding that is decidedly you.

  1. They’re Virtually Stress-Free

Watch any classic wedding movie, and you’ll soon understand why destination weddings are so popular. They are almost guaranteed to be simpler (and faster!) to plan than a traditional wedding and reception for two main reasons:

  • Honeymoon resorts and cruise lines around the world have made it easier and more appealing to wed on-site. Many have full-time wedding coordinators on staff who are familiar with that country’s marriage license requirements and who offer wedding packages that take care of all your ceremony essentials (photographer, cake, minister, etc.). You step off the plane and sign the papers; they take care of the rest.
  • If you’re not getting married at a resort, you can hire a stateside wedding planner who specializes in destination weddings, contact a wedding planner in the town you plan to wed, or start early and do it yourself. Either way, hire a planner and the logistics of pulling off a reception and party are off your plate.
  1. No Family Drama

The second reason destination weddings rule? No scene-stealing family drama. It’s great if the two families are in rapport, but if not, who needs all that negative stuff?

  1. They’re Cost Effective

The affordability of a destination wedding has many couples speeding off to the airport faster than you can say “I do.” For instance, a couple can fly to an all-inclusive resort, get married, and stay for a deluxe week long honeymoon for a few thousand dollars, including lodging, meals, drinks, and airfare. Compare that with your average 150-guest wedding costing about $29,000 — which can easily go up to more than $100,000. (Not to mention a few extra thousand for a honeymoon.)

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  1. You Call The Shots

While formal weddings hold meaning for many couples, linking them to the traditions of their ancestors and culture, others want the experience to be unique, with a ceremony and location that reflect their true colors. Perhaps an exotic tropical paradise experience? A snowy mountain-peak ceremony? It’s all up to you.

  1. They’re Perfect for Second Marriages

Been-there-done-that couples who are getting married for the second or third time choose destination weddings because they’re simple and private. If either person or both have done the Hollywood-scale production before and want something quieter or less expensive this time around, it’s the right way to go.

  1. They’re a Once-in-a-Lifetime Reunion Opportunity

At a typical wedding, you’re on the run, meeting and greeting. Destination weddings are on vacation time. You’re usually required to arrive a few days early to fill out the paperwork, so by the time your wedding rolls around, you’ve had two to three days of fun with family and friends. How often do you have the opportunity to spend no-rush quality playtime with dear, far-flung friends? This is your chance.

 

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Who Will Marry You?

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Your master of ceremony is a personal choice for your wedding day. Who should you use for your I do’s?

Justice of the Peace is a layperson licensed to perform marriage ceremonies. You can find one at www.findaajp.com. The fee varies but $75 to $200 is typical. It is best to meet your JP in advance. This will allow you time to talk about how you can personalize your wedding ceremony. If you go to City Hall you can personalize your ceremony by writing your own vows. Some City Halls will allow other personal touches for your wedding ceremony. You will need to check out your local rules. This is a great way to go if you are having a wedding out of the country. By doing it this way you will be 100% certain your marriage is valid.

A Clergy Member is a religious official that will perform your wedding ceremony. A clergy member is recognized by the state to perform your wedding ceremony, so there will be little danger of invalid paperwork. Most religions will allow clergy to marry nonmembers, but some may require additional premarital counseling. They may also require to hold the wedding ceremony in a house of worship. You maybe able to customize some parts of the ceremony but they do have rules to follow as well. If you have a multi faith wedding ceremony in mind you will need to discuss with both clergy members to see what can be done. The donation range should be $200 to $1500.

A Special Friend or Relative – they must be ordained as a minister to perform your wedding ceremony. This option by far would be the best choice if you want to have a more personal wedding ceremony.  You must also check your state rules as they do vary in each state. The key to this is to make sure the person you wish to perform your wedding ceremony can handle the pressure and take it seriously. So choose wisely! To be ordained is free, but you can offer to pay for the printed certificate.

So many options to say I do. Research them all and choose what is best for you and your future hubby.

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Top Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make on Your Wedding Day

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Weddings are a magical time that makes every lady’s heart melt into a puddle. Is it any surprise that most women have been imagining their special day since they were young.  However as she gets older, the wedding in her imagination starts taking a defining shape with details that make her sigh. If you are one of these women, you already know the type of wedding you desire as well as all other tiny details including flower arrangement, the dress you want, what the groom would be like, the bridesmaid dresses and the venue.

However when it is finally time to transform the childhood dream into a reality, there are some things that you need to be careful of, as these insignificant details can become major blunders that can turn your special day into a disaster. The last thing you want is a bad taste in your mouth when you think of the wedding day. The mind tends to focus on all the wrong things; if you do not want to flinch every time you remember your wedding day, keeps these tips in mind to make sure you do not make these mistakes.

  • One of the biggest blunders that most people make on their wedding day is to forget to invite significant people for wedding photos. People tend to hold grudges and by not inviting them for a photo, it might leave them feeling left out, ignored or insulted. Make a list of the people you want in the wedding photographs and make several copies so that your bridesmaids and family members make sure that every person on the list is in the wedding album.
  • Make sure a family member or close friend is snapping photos from their own camera or mobile phone so that they can capture special moments that can add a personal touch to the photo album. These photos usually are able to capture the special glances between the couples, the expressions and emotions of the family members as well as mishaps that will make for good memories after the wedding, whenever you glance through them.
  • Make sure you have helpers for the wedding day, so you can enjoy the day while they take care of all the details. If you spend your wedding day, running around making sure everything is in order, you will miss out on one of the most important days of your life.
  • Make sure that there is a copy of the wedding vows with your bridesmaids so that in case you lose them, you are not lost.
  • Have coffee or energy drinks at hand, so that you can get energized pretty quickly every time you feel fatigue creeping on you.
  • Make sure that you wrap up the cake cutting ceremony and speeches early, so that you can get it over with and enjoy the rest of the evening without a care in the world.

However the most important of all is to enjoy your wedding day because, if you are lucky, this will be the only wedding day of your life.

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Making the Most of the Wedding Vision

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Years before you are ready to walk towards altar and formally commit to your spouse, you would’ve had the wedding vision. It is your idea of the perfect wedding – what it should or should not have. Over time a few specifications might change depending on other factors like the budget. Nevertheless, most of your wedding preparations are dependent on your wedding vision!

Some people dream about the beach wedding right in front of the scenic waves. A few might like the spiritual silence of church to create the bond. Everyone has different preferences. Amidst those who have envisioned already, only a few would know how to translate these images into reality. For others, the event managers are available to take on this job!

Why Should You Go For An Event Management Team?

For a simple reason; you want your big day to be perfect! If you overburden yourself with chores that you need to do before your wedding, you end up tiring yourself. Not only this, such kind of stress can easily mess up your tasks as well. Having an event manager by your side will allow you to channel out your stress productively without getting worked up.

Your wedding day is one of those important ones which stay in your memories for the rest of your life. On such an auspicious occasion, you definitely don’t want to be worrying about the color of the drapes or the flower arrangements around the venue. You need time to yourself to prepare and outshine on the big day. It is time to let the worries go; it is time for a positive change!

Having an event management team by your side can be really helpful for you. It doesn’t necessarily mean you will not be able to have your way or end up spending too much on your wedding. Most reputed event managers begin by conducting a consultation session in which they hear about your wedding vision. This is when you get to express everything that is on your mind.

Subsequent meetings help you decide on the budget, the venue and other particulars of the event. There may be a few compromises but in the end, it is worth your finances because it gives you the peace of mind that you need the most!

Getting Caught Up In A Whirl

The moment your spouse proposes till the time you say “I do”, time seems to fly by. The excitement and happiness will take up most of your time and energy. You meet up with your friends and family often to cherish these moments. There is so much about the wedding arrangements that you need to supervise in order to turn your wedding vision into reality. Often, you don’t realize the pace at which the time passes till you are just a couple of days away from it!

The event manager ensures you get to spend quality time with those that matter to you the most. They take up the burden of arrangements so you can focus exclusively on yourself, your health and your loved ones!

 

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How to Deal with a Bridezilla

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 Wedding and a Bridezilla

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Bridezillas can be one of the most difficult obstacles for a person to overcome when planning a wedding. Here is a person that is under such an intense level of stress that they start taking it out on their friends and family members. If you’re going to survive the next few months with this woman, you’re going to have to follow a few of the tips we’ve lined up for you below:

1.) Realize who you’re dealing with. Everyone gets stressed about something, and chances are you know the bride so well that you know what she’s stressing over. So help her calm some of her stress. If she thinks there’s absolutely no way she’s going to be able to stuff 368 envelopes full of wedding invitations, get on the phone and get a small collection of people over at her house to do the job.

2.) Really give everything a legitimate try. Even if you think it’s crazy, at least try. Of course there are just some things you won’t be able to do, like travel to Rome for the wedding dress fittings. In these cases give a strict, non-negotiable “No”. For other things though, go ahead and try and indulge her. Baking 400 cookies for the rehearsal dinner sounds pretty impossible, so bake as many as you can and then stop by the store the next day to make up the difference. She’ll see how much of an effort you put in as well as possibly realize that her original demands were pretty impossible to begin with.

3.) Treat her like a princess. Sound tough? Of course it is, but she’s planning her wedding day. In her head, nothing is more important than this wedding, so treating her like the important person she feels she is right now will actually help you both to get on the same page. Don’t worry, as soon as she’s married the urgency will go away and everyone will be more relaxed.

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4.) Seek out close friends. If you do have some issues going on in your own life, contact your friends and vent with them instead. You’ll be able to clear your head all while they’re intently listening and not worrying about what exactly you are doing.

5.) Stay positive. It’s perfectly natural to want to talk about the bride behind her back. If she’s bossing you around like crazy, of course you’re going to be bitter. However, you have to remember that she is not herself right now. All of the crazy demands and even insults that she hurls your way are not what her personality is made of. You’ll have your friend back as soon as the wedding is over, so keep the negative talk to yourself for just a few more months, at least.

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How to Know When You’ve Found “The One” (Wedding Dress)

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Finding the right wedding dress is actually a lot like finding the person you’re going to spend the rest of your life with. You’ll do some searching, you’ll question whether or not it’s worth the investment and you might even have second guesses about taking the leap. Thankfully though, we’ve compiled a list of ways to know when you can put down that bridal magazine and put down a deposit; here’s how you know you’ve found your dream dress.

1.) You can afford it. No matter what dress you think you might need, if you can’t afford it, it’s the wrong dress. There’s no use putting yourself in debt for the rest of your life for one night in a beautiful garment. Think about it; it’s going to be pretty tough explaining to your kids that only one of them gets to go to college because Mom “just had to have 10,000 hand placed crystals.”

2.) It matches your personality. Your dress should be a perfect reflection of who you are. If you’re a free-spirited bohemian bride, you probably aren’t going to be very comfortable in something very structured or architectural. Likewise, if you’re a funky, high fashion bride, you should hold out for something with a unique cut or embellishment. You should feel 100% like yourself in whatever you choose.

3.) It makes you feel like a million bucks. This is your day to feel absolutely amazing! You’ll know you’ve found “the one” because it will make you feel like a goddess the second you slip it on. Things you’ve been self-conscious about will melt away and beautiful curves you may have never even noticed will be perfectly accentuated.

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4.) You know your fiancé will love it. Your wedding dress is your choice alone; it really doesn’t matter what your fiancé thinks of it. However, your fiancé will still love it. Not because he has a specific taste in wedding dresses, but because the right dress will be a perfect reflection of yourself, along with all the little reasons your fiancé fell in love with you in the first place. If you can imagine the look on his or her face as you walk down the aisle, you’ve probably found “the one”.

5.) You get “the feeling”. “The feeling” refers to that same feeling you get when you know you’ve found the right person. You know this is it; you have no other reason to keep searching for your dress. As soon as you get “the feeling” trust it. Doubting yourself will only create confusion. If the dress fits, is a true reflection of yourself and is in your price range, you’ve probably got it made.

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