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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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A Wedding into the Woods

 Lucy Munoz Photography http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2015/03/12/elopement-inspiration-redwoods-woodland-wedding/ Lucy Munoz Photography
We have been writing about fall-inspired weddings these last weeks and today is not the exception. Even if fall is almost done to give room to spring, there are still ideas we can implement if you are getting married in this beautiful and magic season. There is nothing that resembles more a fairy tale than weddings in the woods; therefore, if you have always dreamed with a fairy tale like wedding, this is the perfect opportunity for you to make your dreams come true. The woods are full of magic, leafy trees and bucolic floral nature. You will be delighted by an explosion of intense colors thanks to the beautiful peonies and the most perfect moss rug that give color and softness to the environment and combined with a rustic decoration makes the whole thing look like taken out of a tale. Autumn is so hard to resist because wedding ceremonies during this amazing time of the year are full of tastes and exquisite colors which makes it a perfect time to celebrate without the heat of summer and allowing you to take advantage of the natural landscapes that bloom during this season. A perfect way to take advantage of all that nature gives us during autumn is to celebrate your wedding in the woods. These weddings are full of magic and are usually very intimate ceremonies with a reduced number of guests and a really simple decoration because, why would you need a super elaborate decoration when nature in its maximum majesty is the protagonist of the decoration? Just let nature express itself and your wedding will be stunning. The details of weddings in the woods are usually obtained by using fruits, vegetables and flowers of the season such as grapes, mushrooms, pumpkin, squash, berries, lilies, sunflowers and much more. Combine them with decorative elements that match and you will have a dream wedding!    
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Weddings from the World: Japanese Weddings

Photographer: Vivian Chen  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2014/03/12/diy-california-chinese-cultural-wedding/

Photographer: Vivian Chen
http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2014/03/12/diy-california-chinese-cultural-wedding/

We have been talking and learning about weddings celebrated in other countries, with cultures very different from ours and that you can bring you so you can immerse into their traditions. Today we will learn about Japanese weddings, which ceremonies are full of tradition even if they have been very influenced by the Western lately.

In Japan, you may see Christian, Buddhist, Shinto and non-religious weddings. In addition, the couple may choose a style of ceremony without being part of their religion.

When you receive the invitation for a Japanese wedding, the recipient must return it with an answer. Also, you have to take cash with you so you can give it to them as a gift in a special envelope called “Shugi-bukuro” with your name written on the front. The amount for the gift will depend on the relationship you have with the couple. Just take into account that the amount must always start with an odd number because when the Japanese marry, they are looking forward union and not dividing anything between two.

The bride and groom’s gowns are very traditional. The bride wears the “shiramuko” which is a white silk kimono. The most appealing detail is that they cover they head with a circular hat called “tsuno-kakushi” which purpose is to cover the horns (jealousy) to her mother-in-law and future mother. Really traditional brides will also paint their faces white to symbolize virginity and purity. Once they are married, the bride usually changes her costume to celebrate. They usually use red because it is a good luck color. The groom carries a “montsuki” which is black kimono. They also change for the celebration by wearing a gray kimono or a black Western suit.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

The wedding are held in a temple called “Shinto”. Guests and family are to enter first, followed by the bride who enters taking her mother’s hand and leaves by taking her mother-in-law’s hand. After that, the groom enters taking his father’s hand. Finally, the Shinto priest enters lastly.  The ceremony take approximately 20 minutes. It begins with a prayer in classical Japanese, then the couple exchanges the “Juzu” which is a type of old rosary and then exchange the rings.

The most important part of the ceremony is when they drink the “San San Kudu,” which means Three-Three-Nine and represents heaven, earth and man. This act symbolizes union of the couple and the gods. They use three cups called “sakazuki” and drink in three sips. Number nine is three times number three, which is a sacred number meant to bring happiness to the couple.

After the ceremony, all the guests and family members walk, in procession following the couple for the family photos. Now is when the bride takes off her hat. Japanese do not usually have physical contact or displays of affection in public, for you to take into consideration.

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Ideas for your Autumn Wedding

Photography:Bellamint Photography  http://www.stylemepretty.com/vault/image/2000897 Photography:Bellamint Photography
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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"I Do" Wedding Shoes

"I Do" Wedding Shoes Heart + Sole “Shoe Talk” Stick on Decals for Shoes

Have you seen those cute engagement and wedding photos that focuses in on the sole of the bride and grooms shoes (p.s. if you can see the photo above, then yes you have!)? This is an adorable and cute trend that just adds a little something extra to your wedding day.

If you want this photo for your engagements, consider wearing the same shoes you are going to wear on your wedding day for your engagements so that you don't have to buy two different sets of "I do" shoe stickers. If you are a gal that never wears the same thing twice (or doesn't want to for her wedding), then go ahead and buy two separate sets. This also gives you the freedom to use different sayings. For example, in your engagement photos you could use sayings like the "Yes!", "Heart + Sole", or "I Do", and then for the wedding day you could use the "Initial" decal for a "Mrs. Initial of your new least name" and then the "She's Mine" or "I'm Taken" decal. With that in mind you may want to get two different sets whether you wear the same wedding shoes or not!

Writing on Wedding Shoes

Aside for creating some cute photos, the shoe decals add that something special to your wedding look. Of course you will be wearing a beautiful dress and will be gorgeous from head to toe, but this is a way to add a sweet  or fun note that only those that pay attention will notice. Another way of doing this on your wedding day is to have either the bride's parents or her bridesmaids write a special note on the bottom of her shoes, and then the grooms parents or groomsmen on the bottom of his shoes. The wonderfully sappy idea here would be that the bride and groom would have the words of encouragement and advice with them as they begin the walk of their new and incredible journey. A lot of brides will have their loved ones write in blue sharpie in order to incorporate it as a very personalized something blue.  
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If the Shoe Fits, Wear it in a Bright Color

If the Shoe Fits, Wear it in a Bright Color!

Splash of Sunshine Wedding Shoes It is of course traditional in mainstream society for the bride to wear all white: White veil, white dress, white shoes. But what if you are one of those gals that just can't help but always want to wear a pop of color? You could select a dress that has colored beading, wear a colorful petticoat, or a colored veil, but one of the easiest and most fun ways to include that drop of sunshine in your white wedding look is to have some peek-a-boo color with your wedding shoes.

Stand Out on Your Own

Green Wedding Shoes

A lot of brides that want to have that spice of color in their wedding look will choose to have that bright color featured only on themselves, or in a way that is unique to them. For example if you want to have some peek-a-boo green shoes, green may be one of your wedding colors, but you wouldn't have your bridesmaid's wearing the color or even having their shoes being in the same color. If anything, their bouquets may feature some green in either the flowers or in the ribbon. Ideally, your shoe color pop would be in one of the color accents your are featuring in your wedding color scheme, but probably not the main color. Doing this, makes your color pop, more of a stand out, rather than a matchy match look.

Match the Bridesmaids Trend Alert: Brightly Colored Shoes with Little Black Dresses   Another options is to match your bridesmaids. This is done in three variations. First you can wear the same shoe in the same color as each of your bridesmaids like shown in the image above. Or, you can wear shoes in the same bright color, but a different style. For example, if your bridesmaids are wearing red heels like in the image above, you might be wearing red flats, or higher heels, or perhaps sequined heels (a little wizard of Oz theme?). The third "match your bridesmaids" is to match not the shoe color, but the dress color. So, if your bridesmaids are in purple dress and black pumps, then you would wear purple pumps.

Color is the Thing

Trend Alert: Brightly Colored Shoes with Little Black Dresses

Or if your color scheme really is just COLOR all around, then you might decide to go for a rainbow styled bridal party. With this each bridesmaid gets her own color and the bride gets her own color like in the image above. If you do want to do a rainbow bridal party, we do recommend having the girls and guys wear a solid black ( or other neutral color) and then have the bright rainbow touches in the bouquets, shoes, socks, and ties. There is such a thing as too much color!

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Three Fun and Corny Date Ideas

Always Date Each other

You're in love and you're getting married. That is the end goal for the relationship right? We grow up playing barbies, ken and barbie date and then once we have decided they are in love they get married and that's that. Every Disney princess movie ends in that fairy tale wedding, happily every after, the end ( at least until they make a sequel that makes you cringe). In real life relationships there will be moments that you will be caught up in the romance and butterfly feeling that will move your love story right along to the wedding bell ending, but that is just the thing, that decision to get married and being married does not end the necessity to court and woo one another. So, here are some light hearted date ideas to help remind each other the point of the five page wedding planning check list. 

 

Ice Skating Around the World

1: Rollerblading or Ice skating.
This is an especially fun one if neither of you are very coordinated. With this date you can hold on to each other, or if one of you is rollerblading adept, one can help the other, and this will keep you physically close throughout the night. Then, with the very real possibility of falling over and looking ridiculous, you open yourself up to be a little vulnerable. If being vulnerable together is something you have a hard time with, this date would be a perfect exercise or way of tricking yourself into letting your guard down a little more. Plus, there is bound to be a photo booth at your local roller rink that you can squeeze on into and take those silly and cute photos that are designed especially for making memories.

"GROOM (under new management)" Wedding Transfer2: Make a Bet.
Let us explain. Buy coordinated Bride and Groom t-shirts or iron-ons and go out to the mall, a theme park, or otherwise crowded place. Before leaving, each of you place a bet on the number of times someone asks you about your wedding, openly stares, gives you a "I'm a stranger, but I am happy for you" smile. Then, simply keep a small notepad in your pocket or purse and as you go throughout the day mark down the responses. The one whose guess was closest can receive a "prize" of whatever sort you decide upon before heading out. You can, and should, of course do date-like things while the bet is going on, but this can add an extra twist and inside laugh for the day for you and your groom.

A Weekly Fangirl Discussion: A Couple That Plays Together Stays Together3: Geek Out.
Rent your favorite two player video game - be it a childhood favorite or your current weekend unwind. This can be fun because it can bring out the competitive nature of the most tame person. You may want to establish a "I am actually really frustrated by this game" safety word, but otherwise enjoy some junk food, and see how creative you can get with your smack talk.

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How Guests Can Dress Their Best for a Fall Wedding

How a Guest Can Dress Their Best As a guest, getting dressed up for an event like a wedding can be a little tricky. There are questions of how formal or casual the wedding will be; if it will be indoors or outdoors; if there is a specific theme that the bride wants people to adhere to; what colors should be avoided in order to not blend in with the wedding party; and even what the fashion trends are for the season. So, the question in this blog article is, what should guests wear to a fall wedding?

Warm Tones

Dressing warm for a fall wedding does not necessarily mean dressing to withstand cold weather. If the wedding is indoors, guests have a lot more wiggle room to show off their wedding ready bodies in elegant warm toned dresses, ties, and suites. A light strapped dress or even an elegant strapless gown can work in any fall wedding. The key for a strapless or thinly strapped dressed is keeping the color tone warm: Think maroon, custard, forest green, navy, rose, orange, brown, and black. Other elements that are trending this fall are mod and tea shaped dresses, as well as lace and crochet patterns. ABS Allen Schwartz Flair Lace Dress w/ Cutout Back Longer Lengths Knee length or floor length dresses are the ideal for a fall wedding. Not only do they work better for the colder weather, but the knee length ensures a classy look , and the floor length dress allows you to create a mixed look of formal and casual. With such a simple floor length dress like the one below, we would suggest a sparkling hair piece like a crystal comb or some large dazzling earrings. ABS Allen Schwartz Sleeveless Mesh Back Gown   Sassy and Classy If you want to wear something a little more vibrant, just stay away from the neon and highlighter colors that have been so popular the last few summers. Instead, go for a lively color that embodies the same intensity of the sun hitting fall leaves. You will want to pay attention to how formal the wedding style is when deciding between a mini skirt or a strapless knee length, but regardless you can still get that spunk from that perfect pop of color. Or, if you want to give yourself a little more edge, go for a dress with a gorgeous pattern on it! Patterns work great in the fall and will gladly say "I like to dance more than that monotone dress". A nice touch with these styles below could be a chic feathered head pieceRoxy Sea Siren Tube Maxi Dress - ZapposMuse    

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5 Items to Add to the Honeymoon Packing List

While you may believe that your love is so strong that all you need is one another to conquer all, when it comes to your honeymoon there are a few specialty items you are going to want on hand. 1. The most useful bag in the world - a Tote

Color Dipped Canvas Totes                   A cute tote bag is the number one necessity for any honeymoon getaway. It allows for quick storage, easy access, and fashionably translates from one outfit to the next. Some handy-dandy-musts to put in your cute new tote may include: sunglasses, lip balm, lotion, wet wipes,hand sanitizer, ibuprofen, allergy medication, and a digital camera. With a tote bag ready, you can take on your romantic adventures without a worry in mind!     2. Passport Covers

Mr. & Mrs. Passport Cover Gift Set  A passport cover may seem like an extra, but it is an extra you are going to want to pick up. Not only is this a fun Mr. and Mrs. set, but it will help you keep organized. The last thing you are going to want is a hard time finding your passport or important cards. With a passport cover set like this you can keep everything in one place for easy access. Plus, you can never have too many Mr. and Mrs. items to show off your new marital status!     3. Travel Grooming Kits                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 His & Hers Travel Bags Set Includes Grooming Tools     Chevron Spa Bag & Makeup Roll Brush Set Includes Brushes  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A travel kit for all of your make up and grooming odds and ends is an absolute honeymoon must! Get a his and hers set or if the Mr. doesn't think he needs it, get a snazzy and personalized set for just the Mrs! Or maybe even do both!. Each set can be personalized and comes with grooming tools or make up brushes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Jewelry Travel Case

Personalized Leather Slim Zip-Around Jewelry Case

Think of every trip you have ever taken and remember the necklaces and bracelets tangled, the earrings and rings misplaced, and now put a jewelry travel case on your honeymoon packing list. It really just makes sense. You're going on your honeymoon with the plan to get lost in your love, but that doesn't mean you have to loose your favorite earrings. So whether your a honeysuckle pink or a blue curacao kind of gal, pick yourself out a personalized jewelry case!

5. Cute and Comfy  Just Married Camisole & Boy Short Set                  Brides Pajama Set - Small

Along side the lace and silk, don't forget to bring some more comfortable sleepwear too. You don't have to sacrifice sexy for comfort either, just pack one of these bride pajama sets and you can have comfy cuddle time or make sparks fly!

   

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Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas

So the day is finally here! Your close friend from college is getting married! You will see people you haven't seen since your graduation. Frightening huh? You must wear the perfect outfit! We know! Don’t worry we have some wedding guest outfit ideas that will make your college ex wishing they never ended it with you. We put together 3 awesome looks for you to choose from below!  

Effortless Style

You want to look put together but don’t want to look like you have been planning what to wear to the wedding for months. Below is the Mint Talia Nasty Gal dress. Wear it with some nice simple black pumps and a simple gold necklace. Perfect color for a wedding guest at a summer wedding! nasty gal mint talia  wedding guest dress  

Floral Fun

Are you attending an outside garden wedding during the day? We suggest wearing something with some pops of floral. This asos floral dress is perfect for a day time floral wedding! Pair it with some nude heels and you are all set! floral asos wedding dress  

Daring and Dramatic

You really want to steal the show huh? This is for the wedding guest who will be on the dance floor all night long! You are here to show stop and have a great time!  Here we have the New Magic Hour Nasty Gal dress. We suggest a sparkly wedding headpiece and some black pointy heels to go along with it.   nasty gal magic hour dress  
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How to Customize Destination Weddings With Style & On Budget

Top 10 Ways to Customize Destination Weddings

Customize Everything For Destination Weddings, Including Accessories, Jewelry & Apparel

Customized Destination Weddings Can Be Fun & Affordable

Adding a certain uniqueness to destination weddings can mean finding the right kinds of wedding accessories and other little odds and ends to make it absolutely perfect. There are all sorts of things, which can help add the certain "something" to any destination wedding. However, there are ten particular inexpensive ways that should be considered or even used as inspiration for creating that personalized touch. 1. Customized Wedding Cake Toppers
It might not seem like the most important thing, but even the cake topper can be customized for destination weddings. Whether the wedding is in Hawaii or the English countryside, take inspiration from the destination's surroundings and add them to the topper inexpensively. Destination Weddings Wedding Cake Topper   2. Personalized Wedding Apparel
When it comes to destination weddings, the bridesmaids and groomsmen can have inexpensive and personal wedding apparel, such as the beach side wedding with tasteful and decorative flip-flops. There is no need to go out to the dollar store and return home disappointed. 3. Unique Wedding Accessories
Speaking of customized apparel for destination weddings, there are also unique wedding accessories you can use to accent your special day without having to go overboard on a "theme" destination. Small touches such as handmade table cards or customized groom cufflinks are all ways to keep your wedding budget reasonable without having to sacrifice personalization. 4. Specialized Wedding Jewelry
There are options out there for gorgeous but affordable wedding jewelry that will match your wedding colors and theme perfectly, contrary to popular belief. Whether it needs to sparkle or be down to earth, there are endless options for elegant and tasteful jewelry and accessories for brides, Maids-of-Honor and bridesmaids taking part in destination weddings. 5. Memorable Wedding Invitations
The invitations don't need to be designed by a huge printing company in order to be memorable. In fact, invitations personally designed by the bride and groom can be much more unique and welcoming. Destination wedding invitations can tie into the overall theme, such as seashell mementos or scrolls with wax seals. 6. Affordable Wedding Stationery
The guestbook and other stationery should be something that the happy couple can cherish, which is why they are perfect to customize for a destination wedding. There are countless ways to remember the day instead of the common guestbook, too. 7. Customized Wedding Decor
Whether it's fresh flowers from the countryside, braided knots and anchors or something other unique item; customized wedding decor doesn't have to mean spending thousands on decorations. Also, the scenery of the destination can be great decor in itself. 8. Destination Weddings: Gifts
While the couple will be receiving many gifts, why not add a personal touch to party favors for the guests? Or better yet, to the close family attending the wedding. Each gift can be personalized for each person, making it all the more personal during this unforgettable occasion. 9. Cute Flower Girl Baskets
Since wedding accessories happen to be the easiest and most inexpensive to customize, here's another consideration for that perfect destination wedding: the flower girl basket. While flower girls are certainly more traditional, her flower basket doesn't have to be. 10. Individualized Wedding Candles
No matter what kind of wedding destinations are popular, one wedding accessory that will always be a staple are candles. They are affordable, can be easily customized, and don't always have to be the traditional white candles. Destination weddings are getaways first and foremost to your dream location, and having the right kind of customized wedding accessories, decor, apparel and more, can certainly be included in your special day without being so costly. All of these mementos and accessories become great inspirations for unforgettable and affordable destination weddings wherever they may take you!
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Work Those Bride Yoga Pants!

Love your Pair of Bride Yoga Pants

Bride Yoga Pants

  When you’re working your hardest to sculpt that perfect beach bod for your wedding, it’s important to stay motivated. When you can match your stylish workout gear to your end goal, a la a pair of amazing bride yoga pants, you can keep your wedding day in mind for every Stairmaster you climb or Zumba class you attend. Bride yoga pants are a sliming black with a beautiful embellished “bride” logo on the leg, and wearing them is sure to keep your heart rate up as you near the end of your run during a rewarding workout session. Bride yoga pants are also wonderful casual wear. Sure, you can eat ice cream in bride yoga pants as easily as you can work it off – just remember to keep those activities balanced! Bride yoga pants represent only a fraction of the available bridal gear you can add to your closet; bridal jackets, shoes, hats, and even lingerie is necessary for a perfect bridal closet. There are even bits of groom apparel to match your bride yoga pants and otherwise. The best part of bride yoga pants? Even after you’re married, you’re still a bride! Wear your bride yoga pants with pride!
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