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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

The Mother of the Groom

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In a wedding, a lot of attention is paid to the Mother of the Bride. The Mother of the Groom is an equally important role. She is about to take part in a very important day in her son’s life, so it is important that she have an active part in the festivities and feel a part of the new family that is forming.

Her Role in the Grand Affair
motherofthegroomspeeches_bWhile the Mother of the Bride traditionally takes on many of the pre-wedding planning responsibilities, many modern couples are including the groom’s mother as well. If your son is getting married, it is a good idea to let your daughter-in-law to be know that you are ready to assist in any way she and her mother need. You do have some key traditional roles as well.

6a00d83451fe0769e20120a5ba68c0970cOnce the engagement is announced, be sure to invite the bride’s parents over for cocktails or out to dinner. This allows you time to meet and get to know each other. If you already know each other, this is a perfect opportunity to congratulate each other and see what the preliminary plans are for the wedding, and what additional assistance you can offer. You should also arrange a dinner to introduce the bride to the rest of your son’s family.

stephs-hen-partYou will attend the Hen Party and bring a gift. You also have your role at the wedding, such as standing in the receiving line with your son and dancing during the mother/son dance. In addition, you have an important role the day before the wedding: the rehearsal dinner. You and your spouse will be responsible for paying and planning the rehearsal dinner, including sending out invitations and managing RSVPs.

dreamers-wedding-planner-cutting-costsIf you are unsure about what additional roles to take on and want to be sure that you don’t step on anyone’s toes in wedding planning, offer to the bride and her mother to help them manage the invitation list for your side of the family. This can be especially helpful if they are planning a large wedding. You will know the contact and RSVP habits of your family members better than anyone. Offer to gather addresses and make follow up calls to your family members to ensure everyone gets their reply back in time for wedding planning.

What to Wear for the Big Day

The other important thing for the Mother of the Groom to know is what to wear. The Mother of the Groom’s outfit should complement the wedding and coincide with wedding colors. It should also never clash or overshadow the dress for the Mother of the Bride. Traditionally, the Mother of the Bride will contact you to let you know what dress she has chosen, so that you can match color and style appropriately. If she does not contact you, reach out to her so that you can get the information you need. You can also relay the information about color and style preferences to your family members so that wedding guest dresses do not overshadow the wedding party.

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Top Wedding Mother of the Groom Dresses

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Top Wedding Mother of the Groom Dresses

If you are looking for a good way to bond with the Mother of the Bride, consider inviting her for a Mother’s Day Out to shop for dresses and plan hairstyles and make-up. Shopping together means that you both ensure dresses that complement each other and the wedding itself. Getting your hair and make-up done together is a fun and relaxing way to prepare yourself and get to know each other.
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As the Mother of the Groom, you have a very big day ahead of you. Your son is about to begin his life with the woman he loves. Enjoy the day and all of the excitement that leads up to it and congratulations. 

Article Author: Daisy Flipper

The Perfect Beach Wedding

gordonnash-183-X2You have fallen in love with the idea of kissing your groom as the sun sets in the west, casting hues of orange, pink, and violet across the sky. In your mind the moment and the picture is perfect. The kiss, the shading, the lighting, everything is made for a photo finish.florida_beach_wedding_photography_50Getting to that perfect moment takes planning and organization. You also want to create an experience, not just for yourself, but also for your wedding party and your guests. A beach party is more than just a beautiful moment for the kiss. It is also a joyful event to celebrate your big day. In addition to your normal wedding planning routine, here are a few extra tips to help you plan something special for yourself and memorable experience your guests will treasure and talk about for years to come.mainnew

Plan Ahead

When you plan a beach wedding, the venue is very important. You want a beach that blends accessibility with some degree of privacy. After all, you do not want a rogue volleyball encroaching on your wedding photos. Scout your locations carefully, giving yourself plenty of time to find your venue, reserve it, and ensure that you have all the license and permit requirements in order.sashes-beach-wedding-chairsBe ready to provide detailed lists of equipment and items, including food and beverages that will be brought to the site, as many venues need that information. Also, have an alternate venue planned, just in case things do not work out with the beach. Even the best-laid plans can go astray, but you and your wedding party can always hit the beach later for perfect pictures.airlie-wedding666x300

Rain on Your Wedding Day?

Have a plan for weather incidents as well, and plan your wedding for when there will be fewer problems with sudden rains or serious storms. For example, Florida is a favorite destination for beach weddings.Casa-Velas-WeddingThe beautiful beaches all around the state make it an ideal venue. June through November is also the Atlantic hurricane season, and the summer tends to see a lot of rain, sometimes at unpredictable intervals. That can make planning challenging, but not impossible. Off-season wedding are often a money-saver, and venues like Florida offer temperate weather through most of the late fall, winter, and early spring months. They also tend to offer early blooming seasons. This means that an off season wedding in March or even late February, when weather is more stable and temperatures are nice, are not just possible – it could be perfect. Research your chosen location to see when the ideal time will be for your wedding.brp-015

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Planning your wedding takes thought and strategy



A wedding is a very special occasion for every bride and groom, and a very memorable occasion that will not be easily forgotten by their guests. Planning a wedding has now been made a little easier due to the huge array of “Wedding Blogs” like Brides Down South. However you will still need to plan everything very carefully, and without help this can be very challenging.

Some couples choose to hire a Wedding Planner to organize their big day for them. Hiring a wedding planner can be costly and may take a way the fun and sense of achievement you will get from doing it yourself. If you use our “Wedding Check List” from the very start you will find it far easier to plan things like choosing wedding rings, wedding outfits, the venue and the wedding breakfast. It will take you through a step by step process that you will find easy to follow while achieving the best possible end result. It will prompt you ever step of the way and won’t let you forget things that need to be done in a certain order.  Wedding Dresses 2015 Spring

Generally speaking, DIY wedding planning is the best and most cost-effective way for those who need to keep to a strict and defined budget. There are so many aspects of your wedding that you can make yourself. Given a little time and careful planning they can drastically cut down your wedding expenses plus they let you show your own flare unique touches.
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To keep costs down, you may consider other DIY wedding ideas such as making your own decorations, centerpieces, wedding favors etc. You can get as creative as you want in making your own wedding accessories.
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Planning and preparing for a wedding should start as early as possible, especially if you want to do it yourself and without the help of an expensive “Wedding Planner”. Remember, there are many things that you will need to do and plan for, you will not want to leave everything to the last minute, as this will only make the job difficult and stressful. You want to enjoy this exciting and fun journey you are both taking to make sure your married life starts from a firm and memorable base.
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The Internet is a huge source of ideas and information that will make your wedding planning run smoothly and without mishaps. There are so many websites that specialise in all the different facets that need to be brought together to create your perfect day. You should plan to purchase wedding supplies and accessories from different site that specialise in what you are looking for at the best possible price.

With the help of the Internet, you can also find unique and creative wedding ideas. From different wedding themes, bridesmaids and ushers gifts, wedding favors, reception supplies too many more… name it and rest assured the Internet have it for you. Just always remember to plan early, take time when shopping, and to compare prices, if you follow this simple path you will not go far wrong.