How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress: Part II

Photo by: The Long Hau

Photo by: The Long Hau

In our first article, 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!

If you are tall, you should wear dresses with lace or any other decoration. If, in addition, you are thin, you can let yourself be free since you could wear almost anything you want.

If you are chubby choose a dress fitted at the waist and that do not have any decoration on the hip or chest. Go for lightweight fabrics that are not too tight but have a nice fall.

If you have a pear body shape (small waistline with large hips and thick legs), your best bet will be to get a dress fitted at the top and then have volume. You want your torso and neckline to look tight and amazing to make your figure look better.

If you love your back and you want to show it off to look sexier, look for a rear cleavage wedding dress. These designs look amazing if you have a curved back.


Now, finding the perfect 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 appropriate dress for your body, you need to decide which accessories you will wear to make your outfit perfect.

First, you need to concentrate, be calmed 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 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.

How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress: Part I

Photo Credit: June Cochran

Photo Credit: June Cochran

Your wedding day is getting closer and with that, one of the most difficult decisions comes, choosing your wedding dress. Probably, by now you have looked to a lot of magazines and websites to learn about the trends in wedding dresses; however, the most important is to choose a dress that will make you look even more beautiful.

There are so many options to choose from that brides get confused when it comes the moment to choose one, especially because they want to get the most out of their body and cover up those little details that worry them. No matter if you are thin, chubby or curvy, there is always a perfect dress for you. You just need to take some aspects into account and your choice will be easier. Here we have some useful tips for you.

To look more stylized, go for a mermaid cut dress. There are tons of beautiful designs that will improve your figure Just take into account these cut of dresses have tail.

If you don’t have a small waist, the best you can do is wear a deep V neckline which will lengthen your torso. Wearing heart-shaped necklines will make you look curvy.

If you are lucky to be curvy, highlight that by wearing lightweight fabrics with a nice fall. Also, look for tight fitting designs that help you highlight your waist, hips and breasts.

If you have small breasts, go with draped and decorated dresses which will help you create a volume effect on the area. Also, you could look for a push up or magic bra that helps you disguise that small detail.

If, on the other hand, you have really big breasts, the best way to disguise them (if you want to), is to wear dresses without decoration on the neckline area and look instead for those that have those details on the bottom. Also, avoid turtleneck dresses which will emphasize that area.

In case you have broad shoulders, you should try to divert attention from them. A great idea is to avoid large or pump sleeves.

If you have too wide or thin arm, you will need to find a dress with sleeves that helps you conceal them. Also, you could use your veil to cover them a little.

Choose an empire style design if what you are looking for is to hide your tummy. Another great idea is to get a dress with decoration below the neck so all attention is driven to the top of your body.


Find more useful pieces of advice on the second part of our article so you choose the perfect dress for your body.


Weddings from the World: Chinese Weddings

Photography: Brandon Kidd

Photography: Brandon Kidd

As we have seen these last weeks, marriage ceremonies throughout the world are so different that you will never see exactly the same celebration on any. Each country has different customs and traditions that make their weddings unique. This week, we will be learning about the picturesque Chinese weddings.

Before the process of the wedding starts, an intermediary takes care of all the formalities of the proposal. First they will give one gift to the parents of the bride and the groom and also get the birth information of her so they can investigate. An expert will decide if their marriage will be viable based on astrology. If it is, the groom’s parents will provide details about their son to do the same and compare their astrological chart. If everything goes well, both families will meet and evaluate the agreement.

Once the marriage is decided, they start exchanging gifts between the two families. The parents of the bride are in charge of choosing the date of the wedding. This whole process can take even up to two years.

To prepare for the wedding, the bride will be in a secluded room with her closest friends. During that time, they will sing to cry over the loss of her family. In the meantime, the groom will get the bridal bed installed the day before the wedding. However, they are usually helped by someone who has a lot of children since that is considered to give them luck.

Something very typical about Chinese weddings is color red. Red for them symbolizes love and prosperity. Therefore, it is used in the bride and groom’s gowns, decorations, gifts and much more. The bride, dress in red, will get her hair arranged as a symbol of the initiation of adulthood. Also, she will get a red veil to cover her face and she is taken to her parents as a gratitude sign.  Once she is ready, there will be a procession to take her to her future husband’s house. The groom, also in red, will undergo some ceremonies at the altar.

They will the go to enjoy dinner at the bride’s house and at this point, the veil is taken off the bride’s face which, after a series of rituals, represents that the couple is now married. Then, the couple will offer a cup of tea to their respective parents-in-law to signify they have become one family. After that, the bride receives her wedding gift. A red envelope with money.

Finally, the wedding celebration ends with a huge feast accompanied with fireworks, cigars and confetti.

Top 5 Halloween Cake Toppers

Bun-Bun Skeleton Wedding Cake Topper           

This is a gothic and at the same time cute and romantic cake topper if you wedding theme is based on Halloween but you still want to have a special and loving touch, do not doubt to use this pair of skeleton bunnies cake topper. In addition, you can later use them as salt and pepper shakers.

Jack and Sally Kiss Wedding Cake Topper

Are you fan of a Nightmare before Christmas? If so, you cannot miss including Jack and Sally in your wedding cake. This is a perfect cake topper that depicts love through a warm kiss and it will go perfectly with your Halloween decoration. This can also be used as salt and pepper shakers.


Day of the Dead Skulls Wedding Cake Topper

This beautiful and colorful skeleton couple will definitely embellish your wedding cake. They are made of ceramic and carefully hand painted to look like a Dia de los Muertos bride and groom. It will look perfect on your cake and match your Halloween decoration.

Day of the Dead Sexy Skulls Wedding Cake Topper

If you and your partner are bold and sexy, this is the perfect cake topper for you. It features a bride and groom gothic skeletons in a very sexy pose. Dare to use this in your cake and make sure no one forgets your wedding cake decoration. You can change their hair to look similar to yours and you can choose different colors for the bride’s shoes and bouquet.

Day of the Dead Light-Up Wedding Cake Topper

This cake topper is unique and nothing like what is usually on top of wedding cakes. It features a clear acrylic with a Day of the Dead design. It contains LED lights of which you can choose the color from: Blue, green, purple, gold, red, turquoise and white. Also, you can customize two first names and the wedding date. It will look gorgeous, especially at night!

A Spooky Wedding

Photographer: Meghan Elise Photography

Photographer: Meghan Elise Photography

Many couples love the idea of getting married on Halloween. It is the opportunity not only to have fun and let your inner child come out but also to show off your creativity and ability to scare all your guest through original and creepy decoration and details. From pumpkins, witches and ghosts to terrifying scenarios, there is a lot of material for a really scary and unique Halloween themed wedding.

If you are going to celebrate your wedding on Halloween, you will need a lot of great ideas to make it the spooky wedding of the year, we will gladly help you with that, so take note on the below ideas and plan a spectacular Halloween wedding.

  • Castles have always been surrounded by mystery and horror; therefore, they become the perfect scenario for your Halloween wedding. Do your homework and search for the scariest. If you have the resources, you can even look for a castle abroad.
  • Pumpkins are definitely the main characters when we talk about Halloween, so you cannot miss them on your wedding. There are many ways in which you can incorporate them: as centerpieces, as lamps to light the corridor where you will walk to the altar or in the floor, as decoration and of course as part of the menu!
  • Your Halloween party must of course include terrifying elements. Thus, why not decorating every corner of the venue with them. Use skeletons, witches, zombies, insects, heads and much more to make the place as scary as possible. You can decorate the ceiling, the tables, chairs, walls and a lot more with them. You can even do a photo booth with the creepiest figures!
  • Your dress may become the protagonist! Not by wearing a black dress or one that looks like a costume but, instead, you can prepare it to look awesome by adding any details you wish. It may be spider web, insects, wearing a creepy veil or even adding a vampire-like coat.
  • People love disguises, so you should take advantage of the holiday and ask your guests to wear costumes to your party. To make sure it goes as planned, include instructions in the invitation to make sure everybody wears a cool disguise. If you want to make it even more interesting, you can offer a prize for the best costume.

These are just a few ideas to get you started, but you could definitely come up with more and have the best Halloween-themed wedding ever!

Weddings from the World: Armenian Weddings

Continuing with our series about Weddings from the World, this week we have chosen to talk about Armenian marriages.  Armenian weddings are full of personality thanks to its wide variety of traditions, customs, dances and music which makes them exceptionally different to what we are accustomed to.

Before the wedding, the future husband’s family will house the future wife and ask her father for permission to let the relationship continue. Once they get permission, the future groom gives the future bride the engagement ring. To celebrate, they toast with Armenian cognac and they even hold an engagement party hosted by the girl’s parents.

Unlike other cultures, in Armenian, the family of the groom are the ones in charge of paying the wedding costs. The celebration will start will a lot of rituals the evening before the religious wedding, let’s go through them:

  • Late at night, the groom, family and friends will go to the bride’s house to deliver the veil she will wear during the wedding. They will play music, dance and bring gifts. While they are celebrating, they steal the shoes that the bride will wear on the wedding ceremony which symbolizes how the girl will be taken away from her family. To recover the shoes, the best man and maid of honor must pay a ransom.
  • The day of the wedding, the groom and his family will take the wedding dress to the bride and will ask the father permission for her to wear it.
  • The brother or the closest male to the bride, will put her shoes on and place money inside to wish her luck and fortune.
  • Before putting her veil on, the bride will pass it over the bridesmaids head to wish them luck in finding good husbands. Then, a happily married woman will put her the veil on to have good luck.
  • Since the bridesmaids are single, the wedding day they will write their names on the right sole of the bride’s shoe. Once the party is over, the bride will check her sole and that name which can still be read, will be the next to get married.
  • Green and red ribbons are placed by his mom on the groom’s jacket to symbolize happiness, promises, health and wellness.

The Religious Wedding

During the ceremony, the priest will bless the rings and then put the hands of the couple together to represent their union.  The couples make their vows and promise to support and commit to each other. The best man will lift a cross over their heads to legitimize their union. After that, the priest puts their forehands together to represent that even if they might have different opinions, they must agree based on trust, love and solidarity. Also, the couple gets crowned to symbolize their power and authority while taking the lead in their home. Finally, the priest will pray, they drink a glass of blessed wine and commit to live their lives as one.

  • When they leave the church, two doves are released to wish the, happiness and love. In the meantime, guests will throw flowers and petals to the couple.
  • Before celebrating, the couple will break decorated plates at the entrance of the venue. This ward off evil spirits as well as negative energies. They also do it before they enter their new home.
  • When they enter, the go under an arch made of flowers which symbolizes happiness and prosperity.
  • To welcome the couple, the guests will have colored scarves (usually red and green as the groom’s ribbons) and they will wave them while dancing.
  • Finally, we have the shabash which consist on throwing money and coins to the couple to wish them fortune, wealth and good luck.

Tips for Short Brides

Photography:Di Bezi

Photography:Di Bezi

A woman should always wear what best suits her body and the wedding day must not be an exception. If you want to look stunning at your big day, make sure you choose the right dress for your body.  If you are short, here you will find some tips to take into account when buying the dress and preparing your wedding look.

  • The first thing you should take into account is volume. When you are short, you should avoid a lot of volume and instead, go for a tube or mermaid cut dress. The tightest your dress is, the taller you will look. In case you want to have a little volume on your dress, we recommend you to wear an A-line one.
  • A dress with jewel details is also a great choice. The only thing you must take into account is that the jewelry must never be below your hips and of course, you should not abuse them; otherwise, the effect will not be as desired.
  • When you are to choose the color, go for only one shade. Combining colors or shades will actually make you look shorter and that is what we want to avoid. Also, try not to choose a dress with prints.
  • Elude any round-necked dress, it will not favor you at all. Instead choose a V-neckline which not only stylize your shoulders and neck, but it will only make you seem taller. Don’t be afraid of wearing a cleavage, it will definitely flatter your figure.
  • As a bride to be, you may probably be dreaming with a long tail or vail. However, we are afraid to tell you that in your case, this is not a good idea as it will emphasize your height. Instead of a veil, you could wear a beautiful headdress which will make you look elegant and even taller.
  • Stay away from big accessories. You could wear whatever you like but of an average size so you do not overdo your look.
  • Shoes are your best allies when you are short. Therefore, do not be afraid to wear high heels. The higher they are, the higher you will look. Of course, do not compromise comfort. Choose high heels that you know you will be able to carry all day without ending up walking weird or with a terrible feet pain.
  • Finally, a great tip to get a couple additional centimeters is with your hairstyle. Bet for high ponytails or buns. These will not only make you look elegant but also taller.

Hopefully, these tips will help you looks even better for your special day. Good luck!

50s Inspired Bride and Groom

Photography: Mona Lisa T

Photography: Mona Lisa T

Vintage is still in vogue; however, the tendencies now are to focus on a specific period of time to have a more defined theme.  If your favorite decade are the 50’s and you want to have an awesome vintage wedding, you must definitely have your and your groom’s look match the decoration and everything else. So, if you are wondering, what dress, accessories, hairstyle and others you should wear, keep reading.

The Bride

Too look like a real 50’s bride, there are some aspects you should take into account, let’s overview them:

  • The wedding dress should be short—knee height—and with a lot of volume. It is better if you choose a tight-fitting dress with sweetheart neckline.
  • Choose 50’s accessories such as a very vintage handbag, gloves, pearls and you cannot forget a birdcage veil. Also, you could add a floral hood or a feathered headdress. You will look so 50’s!
  • Since you are wearing a short dress, you must pay special attention to the shoes. Try to find shoes from that decade with high heels such as pumps and with rounded tip, for instance. If you are bold enough, buy shoes in bright colors such as blue, red or fuchsia.
  • Your hairstyle must be simple but elegant. You can choose a half up with the rest of the hair in nice waves or you can wear it tied which will match perfectly with the birdcage veil.
  • The bouquet has to be classic and/or decorated with roses, pearls and even vintage jewelry. You will awe your guests!


Photography: Joielala Photographie

Photography: Joielala Photographie

The Groom

What should a groom wear on his wedding to have a 50´s look?

It is actually not that complicated, with a few accessories and the right clothing, you will obtain the retro look you are looking for to match your beautiful 50’s inspired bride.

  • Go for brown, gray and blue shades. Why? Because those are the colors that were most used in that decade and the most used in vintage costumes.  If you like, you can even combine colors such as wearing gray pants with a blue jacket. Also, you can choose a light brown suit; it will definitely give you that retro air.
  • Something really representative of that decade are vests; therefore, if you have the opportunity to wear one, do not hesitate!
  • Something else that will give you a unique look is a bow tie. It will not only make you look vintage but also handsome.
  • Now, if you are into mastering the look, then wear a plaid shirt combined with a vest and a bow tie. You will look so elegant and retro.
  • If you are more classic, then you could wear a tuxedo but instead of wearing a regular tie, use a bow tie that combines the suit.
  • If you are not into bow ties, then choose a dark and tight suit with an also dark and narrow tie.
  • And if you want to look really classic, then choose a frock coat with a crossed vest. This will make you look like a high class 50’s groom.
  • If you want to add accessories, the most convenient ones are suspenders, a hat, laced shoes and of course, a boutonniere.


Weddings from World: Italian Wedding

Photography:Darya Kamalova of Thecablookfotolab

Photography:Darya Kamalova of Thecablookfotolab

We continue with our articles about the different rituals and traditions of weddings around the world. Today, we will talk about Italian weddings. Italians focus more on the ceremony than on the party and they have some other believes before the marriage that we will talk about.  

Before the Wedding

Before the marriage, they start celebrating with what they call “La Promessa” which is a list of questions that the pastor asks the couple at the same church where they will get married. After that, he will give them the certificate to get married which they will take to the town hall. There, they will sing the legal marriage license application which is published for 8 days before the civil marriage is signed.

Few days before the wedding, “fa ill letto” (the bed is made) in the future house of the couple. Friends and family get together to decorate the couple’s bedroom. The couple’s moms make the bed and then they place chocolates, candies, flowers and money on it.

The Wedding

The day of the wedding, family and friends divide to get to the house of the groom and bride. They toast and greet and then, in a caravan, they head to the church behind the couple’s car. The religious ceremony is basically a catholic ceremony; it may have some modifications but it is in essence the same. After the ceremony comes the best part, the party!

As you may already know, Italians have an obsession with food and weddings are not an exception. There is one rule, eat as much as possible. Therefore, once the ceremony ends, the couple go out to take the pictures as the guests enter the venue.

The party starts and the guests have a snack while the couple is out. Once the couple returns, everybody goes to the main room.  There, guests can see the huge menu which is usually really assorted. Two appetizers, two main courses, two garnishes and of course desserts. After that, they serve coffee, fruit, candies and amaro (liqueur) for digestion.

Once everybody eats and have full bellies, the bride and groom stand next to the souvenirs so guests give them money because gifts are no longer in vogue. In the meantime, people go to the disco part of the room and dance!


Top 6 Gay Cake Toppers

Now that gay marriage is legal in our country, gay couples do not have any limitations to celebrate their love as they wish by having the same rights as a straight couple. Therefore, a lot of couples want to show their pride through their wedding decoration which of course includes wedding cake toppers. We have selected our favorite six cake toppers so you can choose!


Brides Blowing Kisses Gay Cake Topper

These cake topper is so adorable! Brides elegantly dressed in beautiful wedding dresses while leaning forward to blow a kiss to their beloved. It is a perfect choice if both brides are very girly and you can choose different hair colors for the brides.

Romance Gay Rose Pearl Wedding Cake Topper (Silver or Gold)

This cake topper features a romantic kissing scene of two grooms. They are on a beautiful base cake made of porcelain and covered with roses and pearls. In addition, you can choose the vest and suit’s color.

Gay Lesbian Wedding Cake Topper

This wedding cake topper is super romantic and casual at the same time. It is perfect for those tomboy couples because both brides are wearing jeans and t-shirts. It depicts love through a sweet hug among the couple. You can change the brides’ hair colors too!

Ty Wilson Gay Interracial Interchangable Wedding Cakeside Figurines

As the name suggests, this cake topper was designed by the globally known artist Ty Wilson. It shows a couple standing on a porcelain base while holding a bouquet.  The greatest part is that the grooms’ ethnicity can be mixed and matched and you can change their hair color and the bouquet’s color.

Crystal Romance Lesbian Gay Wedding Cake Topper

This is the perfect cake topper for those lesbian couples in which one bride loves girly clothing while the other is more into a less girly look. It features a romantic scene of a lesbian couple kissing while standing on a beautiful base with roses and faux pearls.

Gay Climbing Groom and Helpful Groom Mix & Match Cake Toppers

This cake topper is for those couples who want a bit of humor in their cake. It features a groom lending his hand to help his loved one climb the cake to finally meet the love of his life. You can choose up to five different hair colors to make them look more similar to you.