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Bold Brave Beautiful – Your Style

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Wedding Wear to Reception & Your Honeymoon – The Bride Guide!

Your big day needs to be as bold, beautiful and unique as you.  That’s why it’s important to have the right attire to match your own individual style, be meaningful like your marriage and help you stand out, while staying comfortable.  Whether you like traditional or your own personal flair, here are some fun ideas for fabulous fashions that you can tie into your big day.

Two Wedding Dress Alternatives!

Who says you need a big ball gown?  Not us!  Some brides prefer not wear a huge dress to weight them down.  If you want comfort, style and flair, here are two fun alternative bride looks to let you love your wedding day without breaking your bank!

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Corsets are back and they are “Haute”, “Hot”, “Haute!”.  Many traditional dresses use them as a top, so don’t let the word scare you.  You can combine them with a flowing blouse, wear them as is and then combine them with a long skirt for a polished, elegant and show stopping look.  If you really want to turn heads, you could go to the “dark side” and try a black Victorian bustle skirt with a traditional white or off white top. 

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Here is a fun combination for a vintage bridal look.

Cotton corset combined with the vintage cotton petticoat

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But what about your bridesmaids?  Simple, have them try the same corset or go with a similar style like one below.  By choosing the right color combinations, you could help your outfit pop and steal the show! 

The Jacquard corset combined with the black Victorian bustle skirt or the long white side slit skirt

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The Mother of the Bride

You don’t want Mum to feel left out.  Try one of these gorgeous gowns to let her grace the aisle when she walks you down it.  

The Siren

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The Soft and Comfy Criss Cross Gown in White

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The Honeymoon!

There’s nothing more romantic than your honeymoon.  You can heat it up for a “haute” time with these fabulous styles f honeymoon lingerie at night and sultry swim suits during the day.

Lingerie:

Traditional White Satin and Lace Bustier

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The Strappy Stretch Lace Bra in White

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The Ainsley Raw Silk Steel Boned Corset

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Black Ruffle Mesh Sarong

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Super-soft Wide Neck White T-shirt

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Shirred Tab Side Swim Bottoms

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Your wedding attire doesn’t have to break the bank.  Thanks to our friends at Hips&Curves you can have fun, traditional and unique styles that meet your own preferences and styles. 

A Little More Food For Thought

A Winter Wedding

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While we think of spring and summer as the “wedding season” many couples prefer to have a winter wedding instead. There can be many reasons for this, but can include incorporating a key date into the wedding plans, such as having the wedding on or near the anniversary of the engagement. Many venues offer discounts to off-season weddings, so couples can save money by having  a winter wedding. Some people simply enjoy the look and feel of winter. While it is cold outside, the snow – if it snows where you are – is beautiful. People often associate the winter with warm things and warm emotions – snuggling by the fire, hot cocoa and cider, and warm, soft clothing. Whatever your reason for wanting your winter wedding, here are some ideas to make your winter wedding the perfect day.

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Winter Wedding Themes

One of the first things brides consider when planning a wedding is the theme. The winter lends itself to some beautiful themes. Here are a few favorites that can help get your imagination going. Remember, when you are planning your theme, to include winter wedding invitations that match your theme. This will help set the mood for guests and give them an idea of what they should wear to a winter wedding.
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Winter Wonderland Wedding

Your wedding dress will be white. Why not let everything else be white as well? Have your bridal bouquet and flower arrangements be white roses and other white, wintery flowers. For the reception, have white tablecloths with silver snowflake glitter. Choose glass crystal that is reminiscent of snowflakes. Make sure complimentary linens are white or pale blue. You can also use snowflakes as decorative accents to hang around the reception and dance floor. For your wedding cake, a traditional white cake is perfect. Consider decorating it with snowflakes and winter flowers. Do not forget to serve up warm cider with the cake.

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What will you wear?

The traditional white wedding dress is perfect for this type of wedding. You can consider a dress that incorporates fur, though convertible fur is best – that is something you can remove once you are indoors. Dresses that incorporate or suggest snowflake designs are perfect for a winter wonderland wedding.

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What will your bridal party wear?

For a winter wonderland wedding, your bridal party should have dresses designed with winter and comfort in mind. Remember that while the weather outside is frightful, the temperature inside will be warm, so do not put them in anything too warm, or choose convertible dresses that include warm coverings for the arms while outside for pictures that can be abandoned once they are inside for the reception. Since colors are traditional for bridesmaids dresses, stick with cool colors that suggest winter. Pale blue is the best.

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Christmas Themed Wedding

Christmas is one of the biggest holidays of the year, and you can incorporate its themes into your wedding. Christmas is all about bold colors – green, red, silver, and gold – and these can make spectacular accents for your special day. Christmas weddings also allow you to add a traditional and even rustic flavor to your wedding. Consider plain glass ornaments or glittered ornaments for table and hanging decorations. Candy canes make great napkin decorations. Traditional Christmas plants like poinsettias, holly, and of course, pine wreathes make wonderful decorations as well. Do not forget to have mistletoe hanging over the wedding altar for the kiss. You can also have mistletoe hanging over the dance floor as well. Your cake can be a traditional white cake or you can accent it with Christmas colors. Offer your guests hot chocolate, warm cider, and eggnog for drinks.

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The New Years Wedding

Why not ring in the New Year with your special day. The classic, chic charm of a New Year’s party lends itself perfectly to a wedding. Your colors will focus on black, white, and silver, so matching colors will be simple. You will also have many very nice, classy decorations to choose from, allowing you to decorate your wedding and reception at a reasonable price. You will still have your traditional white wedding cake and many of your table decorations will be white – such as tablecloths and napkins – though your accent will be black and silver. The traditional favors for New Years, such as poppers and sparklers, area a great idea for wedding favors and you can use white poinsettias and other white winter flowers for decorations, with silver and black accents. Do not forget to serve up the champagne for the wedding.

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Your Role As a Bridesmaid

 

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Your friend is getting married, and she has asked you to be a bridesmaid. She is giving you a special honor and a touching compliment. The bridesmaids are usually those closest to the bride, her close family members and her best friends. You want to show your support and appreciation to her by being there when she needs you and helping make her day special and stress free.

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What is Your Role?

The role of the bridesmaid can vary slightly depending on the bride’s needs, and how traditional the ceremony is going to be. The Head Maid or Matron of Honor has most of the roles in assisting with wedding planning and during the wedding day festivities. As a bridesmaid, however, you do have your role as well. You will be standing in the wedding party with your friend or family member. You will also have things to do leading up to the big day.

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First, you will help the bride shop for her wedding dress and the bridesmaid’s dresses. It is very important that you offer your input about color and style preferences, especially if a style or color does not work for you or indeed your Bride. Some people look pale wearing certain shades of pink, red, or orange. You want to look beautiful on the big day because your beauty will help enhance and add to the bride’s beauty. Be honest with the bride about the dresses that she tries on as well. She may have her sights on something elegant, but if it does not look perfect on her, she will not be happy on her big day.

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You will also assist with different aspects of planning the wedding. When asked, offer your input on decorations, colors, music, and favors. If you happen to know that the kids are enjoying certain types of party favors, let the bride know. Flower girl gifts and gifts for the pageboys are important, and meaningful gifts they will enjoy will give them lasting memories of the day.

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Be ready to help the Maid of Honor plan the bridal shower and Hen Party. You may be asked to chip in for expenses for either event. If you are able to assist, be sure to save money aside for those events as well as your own gift for the bride. If you cannot assist financially, ask the Maid of Honor what else you can do to chip in instead. She will appreciate it and you will feel like an active part of the wedding planning.

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At the wedding reception, be social. Speak to as many guests as you can, help introduce people, and guide guests to the guest book and be ready to help with the special moments, such as the cake cutting. Do not forget you will have an important role before the ceremony as well. You will help get the bride ready for her day and keep her calm. It is also a good idea to assist the Maid of Honor in making sure the bride remembers to eat, as many forget that in the excitement of the day.

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The bride has given you a big honor and shown you how special you are by including you as an active participant in one of the most important days of her life. Enjoy your role as bridesmaid. Be there for your friend and most importantly, enjoy the excitement and the festivities.

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A Vintage Themed Wedding

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While traditional weddings have their appeal, adding a theme can make your wedding something more than just your special day. It will stand out as the event of the year for your family and friends, creating memories not only for you and for your groom, but everyone invited.

While some people look to weddings themed after favorite books and movies, vintage weddings offer you the ability to turn your wedding into something special while still maintaining the tradition and formality that makes a wedding beautiful.

Planning a Vintage Wedding

A vintage wedding adds a touch of history to your special day. Whether you simply enjoy the inspiration of older times, or you want to set your wedding theme around a memory or a special “something old,” this style of wedding is unique and rich in both tradition and imagination.

Vintage Decorations

The decorations that you choose for your wedding can help set the mood and atmosphere for your special day. By shopping in second-hand and vintage stores, you can find favors, table toppers, and even serving dishes that have the time-period flare you want for your wedding. The style of wedding cake and topper will also help set the mood for your reception.

For vintage wedding ideas, consider Tabitha Emma and Erika Toth’s weddings. Tabitha Emma’s Vintage Romance wedding highlights how decorations and location help to build the vintage theme. Erika Toth wanted a Southern Vintage Wedding. In keeping with Southern tradition and hospitality, they held the wedding at the home where they met and fell in love. They opted for table decorations that were folk-inspired, casual, and warm. They also included vintage decorations such as vintage oil lamps, antique phonographs for music, and even a fun bride and groom photo stand for guests to take pictures.

Vintage Dress

What you and your wedding party wear for your special occasion will also help set the mood for your vintage wedding. Frock and Frill offers a selection of wedding dresses that will have you looking beautiful and standing out. The Penelope White Embellished Maxi Dress offers vintage style and traditional elegance. The Zelda Flapper Dress offers elegance with a short and flirty design that will have you ready to dance through your reception. You can choose from hundreds of elegant designs for you and your bridesmaids. Combine these dresses with vintage wedding hairstyles and vintage wedding rings, and you have the perfect wedding ensemble.

 

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A vintage wedding is a wonderful way to create a fun and memorable experience for you and your friend and loved ones. Decorations, flowers, cakes, even your wedding shoes, will help set the tone for your wedding. Explore some of the vintage wedding ideas and congratulations on your special day.