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A Winter Wedding


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.


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.

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.


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.



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.



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.


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.

New Years Eve Wedding PhotoSome Winter Wedding Music 

The Perfect Beach Wedding or Honeymoon


If you are looking for the most luxurious  wedding and honeymoon destinations, you really don’t need to look any further than Sandals Resorts. When it comes to honeymoons  and international wedding locations that demand full on luxury, they have everything – location, amenities, and ambiance. Their honeymoon packages are amazing and what they offer for those wanting exotic locations for weddings is fantastic. While Sandals has many different resort locations to consider, we are going to focus on two, Your Jamaican Villas and Grand Pineapple.

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Your Jamaican Villas

Sandals offers three private villas, Rio Chico in Ocho Rios, Lime-Acre Villa in South Coast, and Sundown Villa at Discovery Bay. Each location has specific amenities that vary slightly, however they all feature a private beach, swimming pool, and a luxury villa that includes a kitchen staff and chef ready to serve up private meals or group events. You only have to worry about a few extras, such as groceries, which Sandals will help you see to throughout your stay.


The villas include almost everything you will need to make your honeymoon memorable. They provide beach gear, entertainment inside the villa, and even real wood bonfires so that you can roast marshmallows or just snuggle next to the warmth after watching the sunset together. You also have internet access so that you can upload photos of your honeymoon to your wedding blog and stay in touch with family and friends who want to wish you the best in your new life together.


Grand Pineapple

Grand Pineapple Resorts in Antigua and Jamaica offer you the best Caribbean experience with all of the amenities. Enjoy beautiful accommodations with tropical décor and air-conditioned rooms. Enjoy all of your meals and unlimited drinks, and all the water sports and entertainment you could want from your all inclusive vacation and honeymoon.

If you are dreaming of a beach wedding, then the Grand Pineapple resorts offers an incredible package that includes a personal wedding planner and dedicated wedding team, music, cake, breakfast in bed for the honeymoon, and even transfers to and from the courthouse to complete the license application. Everything that you need to make your ceremony and reception perfect is provided by Sandals to ensure you have the wedding you have always dreamed of.


Wedding and Honeymoons with Sandals

All Sandals Resorts offer six wedding themes so that you can create the perfect experience for your wedding. If you stay at a Sandals Resort for at least three nights, you can receive the Beautiful Beginnings wedding package free. This simple and elegant package includes the cake, bouquet, boutonniere for the groom, and a table for eight to celebrate the happy occasion. You can also use the credit for the Beautiful Beginnings wedding toward one of the other wedding packages. Each package offers you a way to customize your wedding experience, so that you have the wedding you have always dreamed of, whether in pure white, with a splash of fluttering color, or seaside.


Sandals all-inclusive honeymoon packages make their resorts your honeymoon island destination. You can match the resorts by your desired features, mood, or location to find your idea resort. The Love Nest suites take romance to the next level, offering privacy, exotic views, and indulgent romance. Enjoy luxurious furnishings and special touches that will help make your island honeymoon perfect. The top-tier suites even offer the Butler Elite service, so that you have flawless attention to every detail of your stay.

If you have dreamed of a beach getaway for your wedding or honeymoon, Sandals offers everything you need to make your special day perfect. Their service, accommodations, and locations simply can’t be beat. Check out everything Sandals has to offer and happy honeymooning.

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The Dessy Group



The Dessy Group has been providing brides with wonderful fashions since 1939. Founded as A & M Rosenthal, the founder Margot Rosenthal began with a focus on bridal dresses and headpieces. In the 1950’s the company expanded to Bridesmaid Dresses as well. Today the company partners with Alfred Sung, After Six, Lela Rose, and other top designers to offer brides the best that bridal fashion has to offer.



The Pantone Wedding

One of the challenges that all brides face when planning a wedding is color coordination. Every designer, every provider, has a different idea of what the ideal hue of blue, green, red, and pink are. While some colors are forgiving if tone is off, others can create a glaring contrast that will throw off even the most magical of days.


When the Dessy Group partnered with Pantone LLC, they offered brides the ability to easily overcome this challenge. They offer a collection of wedding planning tools, the highlight of which is the Chiplette Color Guide. This foldout color palette gives brides the ability to accurate share colors with their bridesmaids and vendors, ensuring a perfect color match. 


Elegance and Grace

What a bride really wants to know from a designer is – what dresses do you have? The After Six wedding collection offers brides elegant designs with flattering silhouettes. The collection offers classic and modernist styles. Destination 1034 even offers Grecian inspiration for brides who want to add classical flare to their weddings. The After Six collection is also affordable, offering brides on a wide range of budgets the ability to enjoy elegance. They dresses are 100% returnable, in the event that something is wrong with sizing or some other unforeseen circumstance occurs. If you are unsure about a material, you can even order a free swatch to help you match materials. Brides who prefer to handle their dresses in person and enjoy the excitement of trying on wedding gowns can also find a Dessy retailer in their area.


The selection of bridesmaids dresses is equally elegant and a perfect complement to the bride. You have elegant choices from Alfred Sung, Lela Rose, After Six, and others. Brides and their bridesmaids can use the Pantone Chiplette fan to ensure that colors match not only their preferences, but the color theme for the wedding. They can top everything off with accessories and gifts from flirty shirts, adorable flip flops – that match the wedding colors – and shoes and handbags.


Planning and Partnership

A bride needs more than just a dress for her and her maids from a designer. She needs a partnership. Dessy offers a variety of wedding planning tools, including assistance with creating a website and designing invitations and other stationary. Dessy’s partners also offer wedding registries, gifts and favors, tradition guides for your bridesmaids, and tips to help make your wedding greener.

Dessy Group

With elegance, style, and beauty, the Dessy Group shows why they have been a leading manufacturer of wedding gowns and other special occasion dresses for over 75 years. From a planner, to a color guide, to elegant dresses, to help creating an eco-friendly wedding, you are sure to find everything you need to create your perfect day.

Dessy Spring Style 2013

womens-mother-of-the-bride-dresses_slide1The Brides Mother ……….. One of the most important people to grace your wedding day. It goes without saying that she need to look fabulous , but without taking focus away from The Bride. On many occasions the Mother Of The Bride will ware something dramatic and demure for the for the day festivities and something a little shorter and flirty for the evening celebrations. We have tried to put together a selection of outfits from the Nordstrom collections, that compliment all shapes sizes and tastes.


Accordion pleats create flattering shape down the halter-style bodice of a flowing chiffon maxi while the inset waist draws the style in to emphasize a feminine silhouette. Ethereal, large-scale blossoms wash the full length in a warm, glowing palette.


A lovely three-quarter-sleeve sheath made from elegant lace is cast in two neutral hues for subtle contrast. The bow-detailed waistband defines the figure and draws the eye toward the narrowest part of the silhouette.


Contrast dots pepper a burnout dress cast in a whimsical silhouette with a fitted bodice and flouncy, accordion-pleated skirt. A glossy buckled belt completes the look’s vintage charm.


Luminous sequins and metallic threads highlight the embroidered lace blossoming atop a scalloped sheath. Tonal bands crisscrossing the waist accentuate a feminine silhouette.


Luminous sequins and metallic threads highlight the embroidered lace blossoming atop a scalloped sheath. Tonal bands crisscrossing the waist accentuate a feminine silhouette.


Lovely floral lace with scalloped edges brings romantic charm to a bateau-neck dress styled with a flouncy skirt to twirl over the dance floor. Peekaboo sheerness at the yoke and three-quarter sleeves adds an alluring touch.


Achromatic blossoms illustrate the pale chiffon canvas that renders a sweeping, accordion-pleated dress polished with a glossy gunmetal belt.


Gentle scallops trim an elegant two-piece ensemble fashioned from metallic floral lace alight with scattered sequins.

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Shimmering sequins are neatly arranged in a romantic floral pattern on this beautiful lace cocktail dress, from the elegant double V-neckline to the softly scalloped edges.


Icy beads sweep across the side-gathered bodice and fluttering sleeves of this flowy crepe gown, offering glittering contrast to the matte A-line skirt and further accentuating the two-piece look.


Clear faceted beads adorn the V-neckline of a sleeveless dress in richly pleated ombré satin with a tiered chiffon hemline. The pleated chiffon jacket is trimmed with satin and secured by a single button.


Slim solid insets stripe the floral lace of a lovely fit-and-flare dress styled with a flattering banded waist and sheer elbow-length sleeves.


Diaphanous chiffon tiers overlay the dramatic floor-length skirt of a gown fashioned with a layered surplice bodice and an ultra-wide pleated band defining the Empire waist.


Luminous, travel-friendly charmeuse is expertly hand-pleated and heat-set in this endlessly flattering A-line sleeveless dress inset with beautiful lace to accent the expertly crafted texture. Gleaming jewels highlight the décolleté-baring V-neckline and an open-front chiffon jacket offers tasteful coverage.

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