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How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress: Part II

Choosing the Perfect Wedding Dress

In part of our choosing the perfect wedding dress series, we gave you some ideas to take into account your body shape and those areas you want to conceal in order to make your body look much better. Now, let’s continue with more useful tips and make sure you remember them when choosing your wedding dress so you take the best out of your figure! Perfect Wedding Dress Photo by: The Long Hau
If you are tall, try a dress with lace or any other decoration to give the dress dimension. If, in addition, you are thin, you can let yourself be free to try a variety of gowns to see what feels the best on you. If you are blessed with curves, choose a dress fitted at the waist and that has minimal decorations on the hip or chest. Go for lightweight fabrics that fit well and flow freely. If you have a pear body shape (small waistline with curvy hips), try a dress fitted at the top and then have volume flowing down. This will make your torso and neckline to look tight and draw attention to enhance the upper part of your figure. If you love your back and want to show it off, look for an open back with a deep cut to the lower back. These designs look amazing if you have a curved back. Now, finding the perfect wedding dress is essential; however, it is also important to consider other elements that will not only complement but also reflect the bride’s personality on her whole look. Now that you selected the best fit for your body, you need to decide which accessories you will wear to make your outfit perfect. Concentrate, be calm and think which accessories you want to wear to match your dress and not look too charged. There are jewelry, tiaras, veils, gloves, hair accessories, purses and much more accessories to choose from and the decision should be based on the style of the bride, the weather/location and the dress. Something else you should consider is the design and the color of the dress. Therefore, the accessories will combine with it instead of standing out and discredit the dress. Finally, it is vital to pay special attention to the shoes. Remember you will be standing for many hours plus the dancing and greeting and your feet will definitely appreciate comfortable shoes. Look for elegant, beautiful and comfy shoes. Make sure to choose your size and a height you can handle. Also remember that many brides opt for two pairs of shoes; one to show for photos and for the ceremony, and another for an outdoor photo session and reception dancing. Overall, choosing the perfect wedding dress will have a huge impact on your big day. The more beautiful you look, the more beautiful you will feel.
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Weddings from the World: Gypsy Weddings

Wedding FamilyWe have been visiting different cultures for the last weeks so you know more about how wedding traditions are in other places of the world and in case you want to theme your wedding based on a culture. This week, it is the turn of gypsies. Gipsy weddings are unique, full of color, celebration and fun, let’s learn more about them. First of all, you should know that if the bride is not a virgin, she cannot get married unless she finds a man who is not married and wants to marry her despite that. To determine if the bride is a virgin, she has to pass the “test of the handkerchief” which consists of getting the bride into a private room and extract blood from her hymen. The “ajuntaora” uses a handkerchief and it must show three roses to prove her virginity, otherwise, the girl cannot get married. Once they pass the test, the wedding celebration starts. All guests will break their shirts to show joy. The couple will be raised over shoulders and everyone will throw caramelized almonds while singing. The wedding dress is actually two dresses. One is pink and goes under representing femininity and the other one, white, represents purity. The dress must always be new and purchased by the bride’s father. The groom wears a conventional suit. Usually the religious ceremony is Christian; however, some gypsies are married at the Roma rite and by the Catholic or evangelistic church while others are just married by the Roma rite. The bridesmaid and best man are usually the same of baptism and some other times, uncles. The pastor usually invites the “church’s elderly man” who, out loud, recites a mix of prayers and petitions for the couple. Gypsy weddings usually last for several days and they have a huge feast. This may also vary from the region where the gypsies are settled. The gypsy wedding ceremony is all full with hymns or spiritual songs played by guitars and other instruments. Everybody sings in unison so it is basically a chorus coordinated by a director. They are always sung in groups, preventing them individually. So they enjoy a chorus that will be coordinated by a director.
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Floral Cake Toppers

We have been discussing fall theme weddings for the last couple weeks and part of fall are of course, flowers. In some of our articles we have given ideas to incorporate flowers to your wedding decoration such as the cake, the centerpieces and much more. So why not including flowers in your cake toppers? Or even better, having them as protagonists replacing the traditional groom and bride cake toppers with beautiful flowers. We have selected our favorite flower cake toppers for you to take a look and perhaps choose the one for your cake! Crystal Romance DIY Cake Topper Base

This is a beautiful porcelain base which you may use with many of our cake toppers. It presents a gorgeous flower arrangement with fine crystal branches. You can browse our figurines to select the one you feel more attracted too and make your cake a nice flower decorated piece of art! Pastel Rose DIY Cake Topper Base

This is also made of porcelain but it features small colorful roses in a cute arrangement. Chose this one if you have a pastel color wedding decoration so it matches perfectly. It matches a lot of cake topper figurines so you can make your own original decoration. Calla Lily DIY Cake Topper Base

Last article we gave you the idea of using calla lilies on your autumn inspired cake, so wouldn’t it be nice to include a calla lily topper base to match the rest of the decoration. Just choose one of our cake topper figurines and you will be good to go!  Vintage Elegant Rose Wedding Cake Topper This is a unique cake topper with beautiful velvet roses and faux pearls and crystals. In addition, it includes the wedding couple made of porcelain and if you pay close attention the bride is carrying a handmade baby pink rose bouquet. This is a perfect cake topper if you have a vintage wedding theme. Vintage Paper Gardenia Cake Topper with Pearl Heart

  This romantic cake topper features white paper gardenias and a stunning faux pearl heart. It has a vintage style and it is perfect if what you are looking for is to replace the traditional bride and groom with something original and love inspiring.

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Ideas for your Autumn Wedding

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Autumn is here, and with it comes the cool wind, dry leaves and awesome colors such as copper and gold. It is such a lovely season that many brides choose to celebrate their wedding during it. It offers a lot of possibilities and of course, beautiful landscapes for the pictures! If your wedding is going to be held in this season, take a look at these ideas to use autumn as part of your ceremony and have a magical fall wedding. Decoration A very original and nice idea is to use a lot of candles and lanterns everywhere to highlight the beauty of autumn’s colors. You can use little candles inside of mason jars previously decorated with ribbons or acorns. Talking about acorns, they look amazing in deco, take advantage of them and also use pumpkins in different sizes, you won’t regret it! Wedding Dress Autumn has the perfect weather to wear a long sleeve wedding dress. Lace, nice and warm fabrics, elegant and long cuts. You will look stunning! Bouquet Take advantage of the beautiful flowers that bloom during fall and use them for your bridal bouquet in combination with warm colors. Use roses, peonies, Choose flowers for your bridal bouquet in warm colors and contrasts with mint leaves in tone. You can create a bouquet with cream roses, peonies, chrysanthemums, dry leaves and even seasonal fruits and nuts such as artichokes and apples. Bridesmaids Dresses Use autumn colors in the bridesmaids’ dresses. The best color shades are wine, gold, purple or mustard shades. Also, you can use Marsala, the color of the year according to Pantone, as we learned last week. Desserts Autumn offers a wide variety of nuts and fruits you can implement to offer the greatest fall themed wedding dessert table. Use rustic wooden tables of tree trunks instead of regular tables. Serve desserts made with pumpkin, apple, nuts and berries. Your guests will not stop talking about it! There are so many great ideas for autumn weddings that you will want to use them all. Make sure your wedding is unforgettable to all your invitees!
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Top 7 Ethnic Cake Toppers

Every day, our country becomes more diverse and full of new cultures. Therefore, more and more couples are looking to display their ethnicity through their wedding decoration. If you want your wedding to be traditional or ethnic, you must be careful to preserve the native and cultural style of your ethnicity All the wedding deco, even the colors, must be in harmony with the couple’s traditions. Ethnic wedding are commonly held in the place where the couple or one of them is from. However, if you are not lucky to be at your place of origin, ensure you make yourself and your invitees feel as if they were. A vital part of the decoration that you cannot miss, are the cake toppers. We have pulled together a list of our top seven ethnic cake toppers, check it out!! African American Bride and Groom Wedding Cake Topper This cake topper is perfect if both of you are African America. It is a very traditional but beautiful cake topper that you will want to have in your wedding. Check more African American cake topers here. 

  Cute Asian Couple in Traditional Wedding Attire This adorable cake topper shows an Asian couple wearing a traditional wedding attire! Imagine how cute it would look if you are also wearing a matching attire. Check more Asian toppers here.

  Latin Dancer & Mariachi Player Cake Topper Figurine This is so cute!! If you have Mexican heritage, why not depicting it through your cake toppers? You may find other cake toppers here if you are Latin American.

  Contemporary Indian Bride and Groom Mix & Match Cake Toppers This is a must cake topper if you are looking forward mixing traditional and modern. A bride with henna and bindi details and wearing a sari plus a black suited groom. Check our complete Indian colection here. Groom in Kilt Figurine and Fashionable Bride Mix & Match Cake Toppers If you want to embrace your Scottish heritage, you should consider this beautiful cake topper showing the groom wearing a Scottish attire while the bride wears an elegant dress. Find more Irish and Celtic toppers here.

  Dutch Cake Topper This cute Dutch cake topper with the bride wearing a Volendam hat, black dress and blue jacket while the groom wears an black fisherman cap and a red jacket with black breeches is perfect to show your Dutch heritage. Find more scandinavian cake toppers here.

  Chic Interracial Wedding Cake Topper - Caucasian Bride / African American Groom What if both are from different ethnicities? Nothing to worry. You can always find interracial cake toppers to suit your needs. Here you have a caucasian bride with an african american groom. But you may find more combinations here.

Do you see how wide the cake topper world is now? Just make the arrangements and certainly you will find the perfect one to suit your needs.

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How to Choose the Rings

Do you know what details you should consider when choosing your wedding rings?

Photography by: This Love of Yours   http://www.stylemepretty.com/2015/05/16/23-vintage-inspired-engagement-rings/

Photography by: This Love of Yours
http://www.stylemepretty.com/2015/05/16/23-vintage-inspired-engagement-rings/

It is not only the budget you have available for the engagement and marriage rings, it is also vital to know the characteristics that make on ring more valuable than another and there is, of course, the sentimental side.

There are some aspects you should know before buying the rings, we have listed them for you below:

  • Before starting the search, you must definitely define your budget. Usually, it is the groom who takes the lead because, by tradition, he will buy the engagement ring. However, some couples decide to buy all the rings together so they must discuss how much money they may spend.
  • Visit different jewelers to get an idea of the current price ranges, characteristics and other details such as reservation, installment payments, custom fit, initial engraving and discounts.
  • Some jewelry shops offer a package that includes the engagement ring plus the wedding rings, so you have a clearer idea on how much you may spend.
  • Do not confuse the carat of the stone with the carat of the gold. The carat in stones refers to the mass of the stone while for gold it refers to the fineness of it.
  • There are a variety of stones that can be used for wedding rings and its value is priced according to their size, color and the less amount of imperfections.
  • Besides yellow and white gold, there are also rings made of platinum; however, due to its high cost, fewer jewelers provide them.
  • When choosing, it is vital to take into account the taste and personality of the bride. The groom should know if she prefers yellow or white gold, flashy or discreet, modern or classic. If chosen correctly, the bride will wear it proudly as a symbol of the love union.
Photography by André Teixeira, Brancoprata.  http://www.stylemepretty.com/2015/05/16/23-vintage-inspired-engagement-rings/

Photography by André Teixeira, Brancoprata.
http://www.stylemepretty.com/2015/05/16/23-vintage-inspired-engagement-rings/

You may also take into account the new tendencies:streaming Rings film

  • White gold is currently the most popular.
  • Brides are looking for rings that do not have a lot of stones around the main one.
  • Most women are interested in single rings with small stones so they don’t risk to hit it or stay hooked in their clothes.
  • Sapphire rings such as the ones worn by Princess Diana and Kate Middleton are in vogue now.

 

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Monogram Wedding Cake Toppers

Monogram cake toppers are becoming super popular this days. Using the, is a perfect way to use personalized wedding toppers for your special day. There is a huge variety of letters, numbers, styles, fonts, colors, designs where you can choose from to ensure your cake topper will be completely unique. Depending on your wedding theme, you can look for different styles that suit you better. To help you, we have created a list of the five best monogram wedding cake toppers we offer. Take a look! Personalized Wood Veneer Sign This beautiful cake topper is a perfect match for a wedding with a nature or eco inspired theme. It is made of walnut and oak veneer. In addition, you may add engraved personalization with up to three characters.

Crystal Vine Monogram Initial Cake Topper These crystal cake toppers are super elegant and made with Swarovski crystals which make everything look shiny and pretty. You may choose up to three letters. Just take into account that the ampersand is not available in large size.

Custom Names Cake Topper Custom name cake toppers are the best! You have so many possibilities such as spelling your names, wedding date, a phrase that represents you or anything you want. It will make your cake stand out and give your guests something nice to talk about.

Mr and Mrs Cake Topper The Mr. and Mrs. Cake topper is handmade, made of acrylic and you can choose from four different colors. Just enter your last name, select a color and order, you will have a unique and very original wedding cake topper.

Fun Tinsel Monogram Cake Topper These monogram cake toppers are very elegant and classy. You may choose the letters you need and they will give some fun to your already perfect cake.

Which one do you like the most? You can browse the store to find much more monogram cake toppers!

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Lingerie for the Wedding

Photographer:  Claire Loves Love http://ruffledblog.com/editorial-boudoir-shoot-with-bohemian-styling/ Photographer: Claire Loves Love
When you are about to get married, your attention usually goes to the dress, the bouquet and the shoes, but what about lingerie? When you are preparing for such a special occasion, you must definitely not forget to include intimate apparel for both, the ceremony and the wedding night because it is indispensable to wear super comfortable and functional clothing. The design of the lingerie will directly depend on the style of wedding dress. For instance, if you will be wearing a dress made of silk or satin fabrics, you should better avoid lace or thigh lingerie that may be noticeable or can leave marks. Even if there is no magic wand to make you look perfect, there are some types of underwear that help shape your body to look much better and sexier. For example, girdles, padded or push-up bras, are ideal for corset of strapless wedding dresses. The underwear you choose for that special day will also vary upon the details of the dress such as trim or fabric, but also on how you want to look that day. It is not the same using a padded or push up bra than using a regular bra. Fantasy The functional and comfortable stay behind to let lingerie for the wedding night take place. In this scenario, you want to look for more sensual underwear that provoke and become part of the seduction and mystery ritual that happens on the wedding night. Fantasy lingerie is perfect if you want to be extra ordinary. It may include lace, garters, belts and applications. Look for garments that are non-traditional, that you would not wear every day. The color palette for both outfits is kind of limited to white, ivory, pink or lavender; however, if you are bolder, you may include other tones such as red or hot pink, especially for the wedding night. The most important when choosing lingerie is to consider how it makes you feel when wearing it. You must feel sexy, elegant, confident but above all, comfortable.  
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Top 8 Sexy Wedding Cake Toppers

When it comes to choosing the perfect wedding cake toppers for your wedding, you may be halting between a traditional cake topper and a funnier one. There are a great number of original or classic designs you can choose from. All you need is to take a look at them and decide which one suits you and your spouse-to be better. If you are a really playful and sensual couple, you should then go for a unique and sexy cake topper that represents your personalities. In case you haven’t seen options or you are still trying to make a choice, use this list we have created with the top eight  sexiest wedding cake toppers you may find. "Super Sexy Dancing" Wedding Bride and Groom Cake Topper Figurine

This cake topper will put a little spice to your wedding cake. If you both love to dance, this is the perfect one for you. You can even change their hair and other detail colors to make it more personalized. "Tie(ing) the Knot" Wedding Cake Topper

If you are looking for a romantic but sexy cake topper, you should try this one. It is sweet but humorous by depicting a seductive bride gripping on her groom’s tie. Funny Sexy Tender Touch Cake Topper

If you want your cake topper to show your dirty and funny side, you would love this one. It shows a mischievous bride and groom patting their butts while in their front faces they look calm and as if nothing were happening. "Over the Threshold" Wedding Bride and Groom Cake Topper Figurine

This cake topper is funny, sexy and it displays the excitement, flirting and love you both feel towards your marriage, "Funny Sexy" African American Wedding Bride and Groom Cake Topper Figurine

Smoking hot! This cake topper displays an African American couple formally dress while the bride’s legs are wrapped around her groom’s and her garter is exposed. "Super Sexy Spy" Rhinestone Heart Wedding Cake Topper

For a Mr. and Mrs. Smith-like wedding, this cake topper is a must have. It displays the couple with a hand gun while the bride’s gather is exposed. Love Never Dies Skulls Making Out Wedding Cake Topper

This is not only a very unique cake topper, it is also super sexy. The skeleton bride is sensually laying on top of the skeleton groom and next to them, the statement “love never dies” makes it really romantic. To Have and to Hold Cake Top

If you want to show off how women are not the weaker sex, you should take a look at this cake topper. It is a twist to all the conventional and how sexy it is to see a strong woman, isn’t it?
As you can see, there are many different options when you have to choose a cake topper; they have evolved so much that you can adapt them to your tastes and likes. You just need to see around, compare and decide.  

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Top Ten Cartoon & Animation Cake Toppers

Cake toppers are highly regarded by couples and guests at a wedding. Some couples want cake toppers that resemble them, some others want classic ones or vintage, while some others look for funny and unique ones. The idea is to catch everybody’s eyes and give them more to talk about. A great and original idea is to use wedding toppers inspired on your favorite animated movies or TV cartoons. That’s why we have put together a list with the top ten cartoon and animation cake toppers. Take a look!   1)      Beauty and the Beast Cake Topper Beauty and The Beast is such a romantic story about a couple who fall in love regardless of physical appearance and rise above all the incidents they face. It is a great topper if your love story is similar or if this is your favorite animated movie a wonderful story about love overcoming all obstacles. 2)      Cinderella and Prince Charming Wedding Cake Topper Cinderella is one of the favorite fairy tales ever because it shows that when you are meant to be with someone, it will happen. It will be a lovely detail, especially if you have a fairy tale or Cinderella-inspired wedding. 3)      Feel The Love Lion King Simba and Nala Cake Topper Simba and Nala, a couple of friends since birth who eventually realize they are in love and want to be together for the rest of their lives. Did this happen to you?  Then you might want to have them as your cake’s decoration. 4)      Lady and the Tramp Wedding Disney Wedding Cake Topper The Lady and the Tramp movie depicts how love can be true no matter social boundaries or obstacles. Plus, they sharing a spaghetti string is such a sweet and romantic scene. Wouldn’t you love to have them in top of your cake? 5)      Mickey & Minnie Disney Wedding Cake Topper Mickey and Minnie are the pure image of love! He is always courting her and even if they have their issues, at the end, they are always together. Perfect if you feel identified with them or if you are a Disney fan. 6)      Miss Piggy Kissing Kermit Wedding Cake Topper Miss Piggy Kissing Kermit have such a funny relationship. He runs away from commitment while she demonstrates how to control a man. It is a great cake topper if you are a fan and you want a little humor at your wedding. 7)      Vive L'Amour PEPÉ LE PEW and Penelope Wedding Cake Topper L'Amour... L'Amour… Did you fall in love at first sight? Then, this is the cake topper for your. Pepe le Pew is a clear example of how to be persistent. 8)      Arlene Kissing Garfield Wedding Cake Topper Arlene is often the one helping Garfield  make the right decisions and she loves him in spite of his rudeness and gluttony. Does it ring any bell to you? Then you might want to have it as your wedding cake topper. 9)      Superman & Lois Lane Wedding Cake Topper This cake topper portrays a very common situation in Superman’s life: rescuing Lois Lane. It is a great decoration if you love Superman or if you feel you groom is a superhero! 10)   Flintstones Wedding Cake Topper Figurines

The Flintstones was one of the most successful animated TV shows ever and if you want them as part of your wedding, you have the option to choose between Fred and Wilma, Betty and Barney or Bamm Bamm and Pebbles. Which relationship do you feel identified with?  

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Top 10 Wedding Cake Serving Sets

Since cake cutting is a wedding tradition favorite, there are a lot of wedding cake accessories. Really, it is those accessories that is Wedding Collectibles's specialty, focusing on wedding cake toppers. Along side toppers we have a wide variety of cake serving sets. It might seem silly to have so many different options for a server set and you may ask, "Does it matter?", but when you are cutting your cake and all eyes and cameras are on you -zoomed in on that serving set - you will be happy you picked out the perfect one. So, this week's top ten is on Cake Serving sets, with a focus on the unique and the beautiful. Enjoy! 1.  Mother of Pearl Wedding Cake Server SetBeautiful Cake Serving SetThis mother of pearl serving set starts off the group in absolute elegance. It would work with almost any wedding style, including vintage, shabby chic, country, and seaside! 2. Vintage Embossed Cake Server SetVintage Wedding Cake Server Set This vintage set is a gorgeous choice for any vintage or traditional wedding. We love the detail and the customization. This could even make a sweet anniversary gift for couples renewing vows or having an anniversary party. 3. Foundations Wedding Cake Knife and Server SetFoundations Cake Server Set The best part of this sweet and simple set is the hidden, "love always" on the server handle with the small heart.

4. Fleur de Lis Cake Server Set
Fleur de Lis Wedding This set is sure to bring in some glam to your wedding scene. 5. Enameled Wedding Cake Server Set Enameled Wedding Cake Server  This wedding cake serving set is wonderful because of its versatility. It's sweet feminine shape could find its home in almost any wedding style. 6. Porcelain Cake Serving Setweddingcakeserverset If you want a unique cake server, this serving set is your best bet. Made completely from porcelain with a less detail, it will stand out and make a wonderful keepsake! 7.  Silver Plated Staked Hearts Cake Serving Set 
Heart Wedding Cake Serving Set For those of you having a sweetheart wedding, we love this pick for you! It is not so obvious that it is corny, but emphasizes the idea of love and romance. 8. Brushed Rhinestone Cake Serving Set Rhinestone Cake Server This rhinestone crowned set demonstrates that sometimes simplicity is the key. 9. Porcelain Rose Bouquet Server Set  rosecakeserver We like this set as a traditional style of a knife and server set with a touch of femininity. This would look great at an outdoor reception!

10. Royal Cake Server Setmoderncakeservingset To end our Top 10 is this modern wedding cake serving set. It can be customized and will definitely add to your contemporary wedding theme.    

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How to "Rush" Your Order From Wedding Collectibles

Wedding Accessory Rush Shipping Is your wedding date coming up fast? Are there a few more items you need for the big day that you are worried won't be able to reach you in time? Every wedding is going to have those last minute details that either slipped through the cracks or just couldn't be ordered sooner. This may tempt you to run to your local Walmart and pick up something generic. While this may do in an extreme crunch, you probably don't won't to settle for just about anything. Wedding Collectibles At weddingcollectibles.com, if you have found the perfect wedding accessory, but are worried about how long it will take to get to you, you can "rush" your order. To do so, call our customer service line, 1-866-210-2226, during our normal business ours of Monday through Friday, 9:30-6:30pm and an associate will do everything they can to assist you. On our regular order form, there is a field for you to enter your event date. Please note that the date of your event will have no bearing on how long it will take for your order to be processed, made, and shipped. The only way of ensuring a rush on your order is to call the customer service line.   Also, keep in mind that Wedding Collectibles can only rush your order so far. If you select the normal delivery service, you can expect it to take the normal delivery time. So, pay attention to delivery speeds and select the one that makes the most sense to your needs. For more information on our shipping and order policies please check out our customer service page or take a look at our Questions and Answers blog category.
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