Tips to Choose your Wedding Dress if you are Pregnant

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Are you looking forward concealing your belly or you actually want to show it off? That is the question you need to answer yourself before you your wedding dress in case you are expecting. There are always an ideal dress for every bride and that also includes pregnant brides.

Many brides prefer to rush their wedding because they prefer their belly not to be noticeable. Other brides, oppositely, want to wait until their pregnancy is noticeable to throw their wedding and share their happiness with their invitees while having a double celebration.

There are many wedding dresses that are suitable to flaunt your pregnancy, all you need to decide if you want to hide your pregnancy or proudly display it. Once you are clear on that, just follow these tips:

Disguise your Belly  

If you prefer to hide your belly, you might want to go with a loose or an A-line dress that will help you conceal your abdomen. Take into account that this will only work if you are stating your pregnancy because your belly is still small. To help you camouflage, choose soft and loose-fitting fabrics which adapt better to your body.

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Show off your Belly

If, on the other hand, you want your pregnancy to be exhibited, you should go for a straight-cut dress. Even better if it has subtle pleats under the breasts. The best dress you can choose is the one that has ribbons on the back that you can adjust—corset like—so you can fit it to your back and let it loose in your belly. All dresses with an empire cut are appropriate to display an advanced pregnancy.  Another option is to wear a thigh-fitting dress; however, you must be careful because depending on your ceremony’s theme, your dress may not be appropriate.

 

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Now, when you decide which type of dress you want, you must consider the changes your body will present when you actually wear it. Usually, you will go at least a couple months before your ceremony to get your dress fitted and adjusted. Make sure to remember that your weight and size will increase at least by one (approx. 3.3 pounds) per month.

 So, how do you want your wedding dress to be? 

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.

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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.

 

Money, the New Trend in Wedding Gifts

Money is an always welcomed wedding gifts because it provides the couple with the freedom of buying whatever they want and need. This trend is becoming more popular every day. Why? Maybe because before getting married, couples now prefer to live together for a period of time so they now each other better; therefore, they end up buying a lot of the furniture and other house stuff they would usually ask for as wedding gifts.

If you are interested on asking for money instead of gifts but you are afraid of doing so, continue reading to learn some great ideas and tips to politely get money from your guests!

Wedding Gift Card

The most popular option to ask money as a gift is to use a wedding gift card which will be included with the invitation. The gift card will include a nice phrase and a bank account number so the guests deposit or transfer the money for the newlyweds.

Gift Envelope

Another choice is to include a little envelope inside your wedding invitation. Now, as part of the invitation, make sure to include a funny or poetic phrase to make your guests understand you prefer them to give you cash instead of a gift.

Sample Phrases to Ask for Money

If you are not sure which phrase to use in case you choose any of the above options, let us give you some brainstorming. You may feel free to use these or to edit them and make them sound as you wish:

  • Your presence at or wedding is the most important for us. In case you wish to give us a gift, we will appreciate if you may deposit at our bank account: XXXX.
  • In case you want to give us a gift, you may use the small envelope you will find inside your invitation. There will be a wish box the day of the wedding.
  • We appreciate you giving us a gift. Since we are building our house, a cash gift will be really welcomed. You may use the envelope you will find with this invitation.
  • Would you like to give us a gift? The best give you can give us is our honey moon! Find a small envelope in which you can give us your contribution towards our dream.
  • Your best wishes and your company in our special day are more than enough. However, if you want to give us a gift, we prefer a monetary one to help us build our new house.
  • Fortunately, we have all our household items. If you want to bless us with a present, we will greatly welcome cash gifts.

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European Wedding List

Our final suggesting is a new trend in European weddings. You will create a regular wedding lists at your preferred store (first ask them if they have this option). Once your guests choose and pay the gifts, the store will provide you with a gift card for the total amount of money. With that, you may buy whatever you want as long as you use it at the same store.

 

 

 

 

 

Must-Haves of an Artistic Wedding Photography Style

The artistic wedding photography style is that which displays the photographer’s point of view and his or her own creative vision. It is art and far from portraying all scenes as realistic and close-ups of the bride and groom, it presents a much more fine type of art in which the wedding is depicted as a fairy tale. Artistic photographers play with light, color, angles, framing and the scenery to make of each shot a work of art.

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When talking about weddings, there are the classic photos everybody wants to have. However, instead of a classis approach, we will show you how these classic pics will look from an artistic style perspective. Let’s take a look:

The Preparations

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It is common to see pictures of the bride getting ready, the venue before the ceremony or other preparation shoots. Artistic style proposes something more creative. The bride’s dress hanging close to the shoes and other accessories is a sweet idea.

The Ceremony

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Of course there will be lots and lots of ceremony pictures; however, the photographer must make sure he/she takes advantage of the light, color and framing to make an artwork out of a beautiful; yet, common scene.

The Kiss

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The most expected and magical moment of the wedding and it should not be taken for granted. A very romantic kiss under the bride’s veil or it fluttering by the wind would make a perfect photography of the newlyweds.

The Bridesmaids or the Flower Girl and Rig Bearer

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A nice picture of the bridesmaids using natural light in a chosen scenario or a shoot of the flowers and the ring being carried by the children will be an amazing artistic photo.

The First Wedding Dance

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The first wedding dance is such a romantic image that you will never want to forget. A bokeh photo (photo style in which the image seems a little blurred), would be a ideal taking advantage of the light surrounding the couple.

 

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?

 

DIY: Prepare your Face and Makeup for a Perfect Look at your Wedding

Getting ready for the wedding does not only involve choosing the perfect dress and a gorgeous hairstyle. Makeup is fundamental for a perfect look and more importantly, preparing your face days before the Day. If you want to do your own make up and preparation, we have prepared a list of steps and tricks you may follow to make an impact with your perfect face.

Preparation

It is essential to start getting your face ready ahead of time. At least a week before your wedding, exfoliate it and keep it moisturized; as a result, your skin will look fresh and with less fine lines. Make sure you use special eye contour gels or lotions. However, if you do not have these, you may use chamomile tea bags instead. On the rest of the face, use Aloe Vera for at least eight nights before the big day.

Note: It is super important to take into account that if you will need to remove any facial hair, do it at least a week before. You definitely don’t want a red face, swelling or any bubbles in your beautiful bride’s skin.

The day of the wedding, ensure to close your pores so your face is completely ready to get makeup on. You may use some ice cubes or cold water to close them.

The Makeup

Follow this steps and you will get a perfect DIY wedding makeup:

  • If you want your makeup to last for at least 12 hours, first apply a makeup primer. A primer is a cream that not only improves the effect of your makeup, but also makes it last longer. You just need to put a bit of the product in your fingertip and spread it through your whole face.
  • You have the option to apply a corrector or concealer—or both—if you need to cover any face’s imperfection or balance your skin’s color. A corrector is applied to reduce the redness or yellowness of your skin. To know which color you need, stick to these guidelines:

a)      Use green to correct redness or any red area in your face.

b)      Choose pink for purple under eye circles if you have a reddish skin tone.

c)       To hide brownish blemishes, use peach.

d)      If you have olive or tan skin and purple or blueish under eye circles, use yellow.

 The concealer is used to hide any blemish or dark circles and it always goes in top of the corrector.

  • Apply your foundation (prefer HD foundations to make your face look more natural.) If you are not sure which color to choose, try applying a bit in your forehead and waiting for it to dry and check how it merges into your skin.
  • Apply the pressed powder using a brush. Don’t use translucent powder or it won’t last. Be careful when spreading it; you want to avoid lighter spots.
  • Use a waterproof liquid eye liner to make sure it stays all day, no matter how many times you cry!
  • Remember to put on eye brow make up to define your face.
  • You might want to use a long-wear lipstick; however, it is better to go for a regular lipstick and retouch it through the day.

It is vital to try your make up several times before your wedding: trial and error will lead you to perfection. The day of the wedding, bring your make up kit with you to take care of any unexpected imperfection. The most important, enjoy and feel beautiful and confident. You will shine!

 

Guys: How to Deal with a Bridezilla

When you proposed, she was so happy and full of love and excitement…then she started planning the wedding. The girl who once was sweet and calm, suddenly became grumpy and obsessed about all her wedding details. There is a name for that my friend: A bridezilla! Unless you want to end up leaving her at the altar, stick to the below pieces of advice.

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 Help her with the Planning

If you want to have a really angry bride, don’t show any interest on the wedding. Otherwise, try to get as involved as possible. Take her look at the locations, give your opinion regarding decoration or do some research to choose a theme: she will be delighted. In addition, ensure you make her understand she is not alone at this, you will support her through the whole process. Don’t forget that leaving her alone will make everything worse and you will be the main affected.

 Spoil her Every Now and Then

Try to keep your bridezilla as relaxed as possible. How? Well, there are a couple techniques which never fail:

  • Buy her an emergency survival kit.  You will not only fulfill one of her needs, but you will demonstrate how caring and loving you are. This one doesn’t fail.
  • Book a spa session for you two. You will both relax and enjoy a nice moment together. If you want to save money, try to do the massage yourself. We bet she will think it is really romantic and will appreciate it.
  • Pick one day of the week and name it the “weddingless day.” None of you will be allowed to talk about the wedding during that day and in exchange, you will let her choose an activity for that day.

Don’t Allow Tantrums

Yes! you have to support, love, help her and be patient; however, that doesn’t mean you must let her be a bridezilla. As soon as she starts yelling, doing tantrums and disrespecting you: stop her. You don’t have to put up with that. Let her know you will gladly comfort her and listen to her; but, whenever she calms down. Don’t let her turn you into a groomzilla.

Most likely, you will be the one with the feet on the ground. Therefore, make sure you help her stay in the real world. If you remember to show her how much you love her and at the same time draw the respect line, you will definitely pacify your bridezilla.

 

Top Five Mistakes When Organizing a Wedding

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Planning a wedding is a lifetime adventure: unknown, intriguing, and exciting. While most people prefer to hire a wedding planner, some prefer to organize their own to make sure it goes perfect. If you’re planning to organize your own wedding, keep in mind that you will need to invest a lot of time and effort on it. To make sure your plans go as expected, you better take note of the below mistakes so you don’t make them:

1.    Not Having a Defined Theme

The theme of your wedding will reflect your and your couple’s personality and interests; that’s why you have to define one before you start the whole planning. Not being clear on a wedding theme will lead you to combine different elements or styles, and end up with a characterless and forgettable wedding.

2.    Lacking a Budget Estimate

Planning a wedding when you don’t have a defined budged could be catastrophic. If you’re unsure of how much you can spend, you might end up burning all your savings, or even worse, getting bogged down in debt. Be careful, you don’t want your wedding to become a complete nightmare.

3.    Not Hiring a Good Photographer

A close friend or relative –who likes photography- might ask you to let them take the pictures of your wedding. That sounds like a good way to save money, but don’t forget that once the wedding is over, the only visual memories that will last for many years are the photographs. So carefully choose a professional photographer, even better, an expert wedding one.

4.    Choosing a Place without Knowing the Date

Now, this might sound dumb, but choosing a place for your wedding involves a lot of visiting, thinking, and time. Before choosing your setting, make sure when exactly your wedding is going to take place. Choose a specific time also to know the season and weather you’ll have on your dream day, so you can get ready for every possible scenario.

5.    Not Having an Agenda

Unless your main virtue is being super organized, you must have an established agenda -enough time- ahead of the wedding day; otherwise, you will probably go nuts. Take note of all the information related to your wedding and create a time table to help you organize all your pre-marriage tasks.

Make sure you don’t forget any of the above and we promise your dream day will be smooth sailing. But, above all this, make sure that you really enjoy your wedding day. None of the planning will be worth it if you don’t relax and relish this day like you’ve never enjoyed any other day before. Remember, it will only happen once!

 

How to Get What You Want for Your Wedding

How to Get What You Want for Your Wedding

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Saying “no” while planning your wedding may seem like a natural reflex to some brides, but may actually prove difficult to others who cannot seem to be comfortable with asserting what they want when it comes in conflict  with someone else’s wants. Which is really a more complicated way of saying they are people pleasers and can’t give up on their people pleasing way. Really, it can be a good thing to be so aware of other people, but sometimes that awareness can turn into substituting anything you need and want to providing the needs and wants to other people. One of the biggest times in a people pleaser’s life where they are going to not want to compromise what they want for other people is their wedding day.

Your wedding day is suppose to be all about you and to help you celebrate your love. So when it comes to planning this special day, you need to go with the mindset that yes, there is an “I” in “Team”.

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