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
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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.
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You may also take into account the new tendencies:

  • 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.

 

Ideas to Decorate the Aisle

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Photography: Max Wanger
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If you have already thought of decorating every single space in your wedding such as the banquets, tables, chairs, roof, and so on. One more pace you should take into account is the aisle… the way to the altar. Walk to the man of your dreams through a magical passage.

When people think about decorating, they usually forget about the floor, or, they use a red carpet for the aisle; however, more and more couples are now choosing to decorate the floor with cute, original and unique ideas perfect for any bride. Some ideas would suit especially well if the ceremony is outdoors, some others to decorate the church hall and others are versatile. Let’s check them out!

Carpets

The safest choice for the aisle is the traditional red carpet, but why not risking and getting away from the conventional by being bold and using other colors. What about white, green, pink, blue… the color you want to use will be just perfect. Analyze the decoration of your wedding and the theme so the color matches. If you want something even more innovative, you may print your names or initials in the carpet or you could build a road with using carpet for the path to the altar, choose to print the names or initials of the couple in it or you could even build a road with different kilim rugs if you are holding a boho wedding.

Petals and more Petals

Embellishing the aisle using petals is the trendiest option these years. There are so many different options in which you can decorate the way to the altar by using petals and create a magical atmosphere that you will be awed by the results. You can choose to scatter petals without a specific order. Try a monochromatic style or combine different colors as well as types of flowers.

Now, if you prefer a more organized style, fill the hall with petals of the same color or create a drawing if you want a slightly more orderly style, chooses to completely fill the hall with petals of a single color or create a degraded drawing with them. Petals are super flexible for decoration because they allow you to create beautiful figures and make your way to the altar a fairylike experience.

The Edges of the Hall

If you are not attracted to the idea of walking on petals, you can also use them for the roadside or play with different types of floral arrangements and place them on the floor. If what you want is to light the road, use beautiful lamps or candles inside cages and place them on the sides of the aisle.  This idea will be super cute if you are getting married at night.

The edges could also be decorated in accordance to your wedding’s theme. Use straw or bales for a rustic theme; palms and exotic flowers for a beach team or incredible floral arrangements for an elegant and chic wedding.

There are so many options to decorate the aisle, choose the one you like the most so you feel in heaven when you give the expected “I do.”

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!

Lingerie for the Wedding

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Photographer: Claire Loves Love
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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.

 

8 Alternatives to the Wedding Dance

 

western-florida-beach-wedding-84You don’t know how to dance or you don’t are too into the wedding dance? Don’t worry! Even if most weddings have a wedding first dance, there are some grooms and brides who prefer to replace that with other activities. Here you have some ideas so you can use them as an alternative or as ideas to come up with your own one.

1) The first idea is that you choose love songs that you like a lot or that have a special meaning for you. Then, you can organize a karaoke. But not a regular one. It would be a sort of competition of the guests against the bride and groom. You can have little gifts as rewards.

2) Something else you can do is to show a video of how you two met, images of your childhood, your best moments together, etc. You can even tape a video thanking your guests for being there.

3) The third proposal is the shoe game. The couple will sit in a chair giving their back to the each other. Each will have a bride and a groom shoe in each hand. A volunteer will ask you questions and depending on the question, each of you will raise the shoe of the person who is best suited for the answer. This will show how much you agree in your answers and how much you happen to know each other.

Here are some questions that you can use:

  • Who wears the pants in the relationship?
  • Who cooks better?
  • Who drives better?
  • Who is more romantic?
  • Who is the best kisser?
  • Whose feet smell worse?
  • Which of the two says “I love you” more often?
  • Who spends more money?
  • Who spends more time on Facebook?
  • Who is the most conceited?

4) You can also do a monologue about marriage. Prepare yourself and you can choose the funniest friend you have to memorize and recite the monologue. Or, it if is possible, you can pay a professional that creates a special monologue for you.

5) A great game that will keep your guests wide awake throughout the wedding is “I spy.”  Put disposable cameras at each table for guests to capture moments in photos. Then, you will keep the photos as souvenirs for the couple.

6) You can also put a photo booth which is becoming very popular- To make it even better, you may give a small prize to the table that makes the funniest picture.

7) Another original idea and popular idea for the nightfall is to release balloons with LED lights or lanterns.

8) You can also play the musical chairs game. Choose one or two guests from each table and try to make it barefoot so no accidents happen.

Which idea do you like better? Did you come up with your own? Have fun at your wedding!!

 

 

 

10 Instrumental Songs for Walking Down the Aisle

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Jonathan Ong Photography greenweddingshoes.com

The wedding entrance where the ceremony is held at, is undoubtedly the most anticipated moment of a wedding and it definitely creates a romantic atmosphere while fills the guests expectation; therefore, it is important to take your time and carefully choose the perfect song for that moment when all eyes will be on you.  

Choosing the wedding ceremony music may simple; yet, it is not. Our recommendation is not to wait until the last moment to decide for a song or you might end up regretting your choice. Without a doubt, walking down the aisle is a tremendously special and emotional moment, which is why it is so important to identify what music you want to be played. We have created a list of 10 instrumental songs that are perfect for that unique moment:

  • The first proposal is the classic Felix Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” in C major. It may be too classic for some people. However, it may be dreamy—and a must—for some other.
  • We continue with another classic: Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major. It is a very suitable melody for the wedding entrance due to its romantic and delicate nature. It is very used in religious weddings.
  • A very emotional song is “The Moment” by saxophonist Kenny G. It makes of any wedding ceremony a magic and passionate event.
  • A song that really gives Goosebumps from start to end is the instrumental version of “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri.
  • “May it be” by Enya in its instrumental variety is another song that will perfectly suit your entrance. It is much more emotional when played with flute.
  • A song that works perfectly to walk down the aisle is “The Rose” by Amanda McBroom but in its instrumental version. There is a great one played by violinist Andre Rieu.

Soundtracks are a great choice for wedding ceremonies. Usually they are instrumental and appropriate for the entrance since they are emotional and inspiring. Here are our favorite ones:

  • “The Main Title” of The Cider House Rules is a sweet, slow paced and romantic song.
  • “The Ludlows” of Legends of the Fall. Who didn’t fall in love with the movie and that song?
  •  A very emotional song is “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” of the Lion King Movie. Especially when performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London.
  • Finally, a romantic, emotional and inspiring song is “Married Life” from Up.

What do you think? Which one do you like the most?

Ideas for Wedding Cake Toppers

The wedding cake has been part of wedding ceremony traditions from long ago and since then, the newlyweds accustomed to share their bread and now their cake with the guests to make them part of the celebration of their love.  Ever since, this tradition has been evolving to become what we know today, the cake is a really important part of any wedding and most guests are willing to see how it is decorated. With that, cake toppers have also changed a lot and now you can find a huge variety of them.

Gone are the days when wedding cake toppers did not show a single thing about the couple. Now, cake toppers reflect the bride and groom’s interests, hobbies, personalities, and even their looks.  It is behind the times when dolls did not express anything about the couple. If you need some ideas to choose your wedding toppers, keep reading.

Customized Cake Toppers

If you want to make sure your wedding is a success, you should consider to personalize every detail of it, from the decoration, the hairstyle, the makeup, the cake and the cake toppers. Choose a theme that displays details of your relationship, hobbies or likes. For instance:

  • Sports lovers:

If you are fans of any sport or specific team. It is a great idea to choose cake toppers that mirror that. You can find very original toppers that are sports related and still, glamourous. You would find toppers playing soccer, tennis, hockey, video games and even surfing, you choose.

  • Replicas:

Did you know that you could get replicas of you and your spouse to be? What could be more custom than that? Some places will just ask for your pictures and they will copy your features and gestures.

  • Toppers with attitude:

If you consider you are a fun couple, then you should not doubt to get cake toppers that express that. There are lots of them with fun poses, behaviors and even clothing.

  • Cartoon, TV or Movie:

If you are a huge fan of any character, you can definitely have it on top of your cake! There are tons of figures you can choose from and even though they are characters, they may come dress as bride and groom.

 As you can see, there are plenty options. You just need some time and dedicationa dn you will find the perfect wedding cake toppers that best express your feelings and likes.

Top 5 Girls you Must Not Invite to Choose your Wedding Dress

Are you ready to perfect wedding dress? Choosing the ideal wedding dress is one of the most important tasks of a bride; therefore, everything related to it has to be flawless so she finds in the mood to buy it. So, no matter if you love them or are dear friends, there are five people who you should leave out when you buy your wedding dress.  

Intense Smarty

There is always that girl interested in fashion who thinks she is an expert in image design. If you don’t want to suffer by someone telling you that you look fat, too thin, flat boobs, pear body or that white doesn’t really suit you well. Please don’t you ever take her to buy your wedding dress!  You will definitely not feel comfortable with her comments and she can even make you feel insecure about the dress you might want to get home.

The Single Mother who Hates Weddings

This is a definite no! When you choose the perfect wedding dress, you must be a little selfish. That means that all eyes should be on you and all comments must help you decide which dress is perfect for your body type. If you invite a friend who hates marriage, weddings and everything relate, will most likely end up sucking up your energy.

The Girl who is Getting Married and Wants Attention

It is to be nasty or have a bad attitude, but it is common that this girls discuss everything related to your wedding in a way that attracts the attention to their wedding and them. It may happen that when you are trying your dress, she will be talking about heirs and how prettier or expensive it will be. You want to feel like a princess that day, regardless of what type of dress you are buying, so keep her away.

The Very Judgmental Girl

Yes, there will always be that rude person who says exactly she has in mind. Although frankness may be appreciated in some scenarios, choosing your wedding dress is not one of those. You want to be surrounded by people with the right attitude because you will most likely be super sensitive due to all the nerves and emotions. If you want to be with positive and supportive people, do not invite her.

The Married and Depressed

This is a big DON’T. If you have a married friend who is really depressed, never invite her. It is feasible that she will keep talking about her wedding and how sad she is because it was not as good as she expected and so on. If you don’t want to start with the wrong foot, leave her out of your special choosing day.

The day you go to choose your wedding dress, make sure you invite people with a great attitude and who you feel comfortable with. Those who understand your emotions and feelings in making such an important decision. Just go with those who get you and enjoy!

 

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.

 

Wedding Collectibles

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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.

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.