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Plus Size Brides | What to look for in a wedding dress | Part Two

Plus size brides may find themselves getting frustrated trying on wedding dresses in bridal shops that just don’t seem to be catered to them. It may take a little time and a few deep breaths, but you can and will find your dream wedding dress! Here are a few things to look for to help you along the way!

Material Matters:

One of the first things you should look for is a dress made of a thicker and sturdier material. Thin materials might seem like a good idea for a summer wedding or a “light” feel, but you need a material that will hold it’s shape! Avoid the skim the body fabrics and go for materials like taffeta, organza, lace, and duchess satin.

Remember, you are not LIMITED on what your wedding dress should and can be. There are so many options out there, but some will be better for a curv-licious body type.

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10 Wedding Dresses from around the world

Be Inspired by these Wedding Dresses from Around the World

When you are planning your wedding and finding yourself a little stuck, it’s always a good idea to take a look at the traditions of other cultures. Not to steal their traditions, but to recognize the beauty and power behind the traditions. This will pretty much guarantee a break out of your funk as you get inspired by the symbolism of color and the relationship of clothing to the wedding ceremony.

So this week, we went hunting to find gorgeous and inspiring wedding dresses from around the world. We stumbled across Fashion Wanderer’s top 50 and narrowed down our favorites to 10! If you would like to see the full list, check it out here.

Nigeria

Nigerian Bride

Brides from Nigeria will most likely be found in a brightly colored traditional Igbo wedding gown. For Nigerian brides, bright colors are always better!

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Plus Size Brides | How to Find the Perfect Dress | Part One

Let’s be real. Shopping for a wedding dress can be stressful. It becomes more stressful when you find yourself looking at a rack of dresses that just don’t even come close to hitting your size. Gone are the days that it’s somehow expected that every woman should be the same size. However, the trickle of growth is slow and it can still be a challenge for plus size brides to really have the dream wedding dress shopping experience.

Below are a few tips to help you not only get your dream wedding dress, but the best shopping experience!

Go to Bridal shops that you know carry plus-size gowns!

A big frustration full-figure have when shopping for clothes (not just the dream wedding dress) is that clothes in typical shops don’t seem to be made for their bodies. This leads to leaving stores tired and frustrated! This is not the experience you want to have when shopping for your wedding dress!

So before you start shopping boutiques, do a little research. A quick call to ask what sizes they carry in store and available to order, along with how they handle fittings will save you some frustration of realizing the cute shop you thought you would love only carries sizes up to 10 and calls it good.

Try on sizes known to work well with full-figure body types!

Similar to tip one, the idea here is to set yourself up for finding something you really love minus the frustration of having to kiss too many frogs that just don’t fit.

Below we have three wedding gown styles that are some of our favorites for plus size brides.

Sheath: Sheath wedding gowns are perfect for our plus size brides because they offer simple structure with clean lines.

Drop Waist: This is perfect for the curvy bride that wants to accentuate her shape. This style will offer a clear waistline, while accenting the natural curves of the body.

Mermaid: Mermaid wedding gowns for plus size brides are a dream come true! The mermaid wedding dress will give you a look of long legs, an accentuated waistline, and curves to envy.

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A Fun Wedding Tradition to Break

The Wedding Dress: White or not to White

It is traditional in many cultures to wear a white wedding dress. Surprise! Okay, so that isn’t a big shocker. For the most part it has to do with representing purity or in some cultures, virginity.  Either way when someone says wedding dress, people think white.  Wedding dresses have grown in styles, but the traditional white is still the most dominant and breaking the trend of the white wedding dress is often the most statement making veer from tradition.  So if you run in a more traditional crowed – grandpa will have a heart attack if you walk down the aisle in a gorgeous ruby gown – be prepared for possible back lash. However, for those wanting a unique wedding dress, this can be one of the funnest wedding traditions to break

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Really this could be any bold color, but jeweled tones are one hundred percent on trend this year. A jewel toned wedding dress would be keeping with top trends, but also be a huge step out of tradition! The key to still keeping the bridal look will be in all the styling. Imagine this unique wedding dress with an emerald lace veil and a bouquet of all white flowers. Can you say show stopper?  Continue reading

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

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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.

How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress: Part I

How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress

Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress

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Your wedding day is getting closer and with that, one of the most difficult decisions comes; how to choose the perfect wedding dress. By now you have probably looked to 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 wedding dress for your body.

 

The Perfect Color for Fall Weddings

Photography: Jose Villa  http://www.stylemepretty.com/collection/873/picture/1032398/

Photography: Jose Villa
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Since fall starts this month, we will be sharing some tips with you related to weddings held in this beautiful season of the year. Our objective is to give you inspiration to have the best fall wedding ever!

Today, we will be discussing the color of the year according to Pantone—the authority on color—, the Marsala. This red wine family color is warm, vital, sensual and romantic, perfect for a Glam wedding. Therefore, it has been an inspiration for many brides worldwide and it is projected that it will be the best color for autumn weddings in 2015.

If you are not sure how this color would fit your wedding, you just need to visit Pinterest and write “marsala” and you will get a huge load of images to get inspiration and decorate your wedding using all shades of this cousin of wine.

Photogrphy: The hearts haven  http://www.100layercake.com/wedding-ideas/marsala/134832/bohemian-desert-wedding-portrait

Photography: The hearts haven
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Marsala is perfect for decorating in the autumn, not only because it is within the ocher hues, but also because it is within the palette of colors exhibited by nature during this colorful season. It combines perfectly with subtle and neutral colors, therefore, you can highlight it essence without undermining other colors.

The best colors to combine it with are gold, light pink, olive green beige and cooper. You can use them in your flowers, centerpieces, candles, menu, invitations, and why not, the cake, it looks simply stunning!

Photography: Nicole Berret Photography  http://www.100layercake.com/wedding-ideas/marsala/131402/marsala-and-floral-wedding-cake

Photography: Nicole Berret Photography
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If you want to include it in your bride’s apparel, you can use marsala shoes with your white wedding dress, lipstick, nails, earrings. Also you can have your bridesmaids wear marsala dresses. Use it in your bouquet and for the boldest brides, wear a marsala wedding dress! The outcome is fabulous.

Give marsala a shot, we bet you will not be dissapointed!

Photography: Jose VIlla  http://www.stylemepretty.com/collection/873/picture/1032436/

Photography: Jose VIlla
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Real Wedding with Dani and Taylor (Part 2: The Big Day)

Engagement Photography

 

Meet the couple and and read about pre-wedding set up, mishaps, fixes, and planning by clicking Real Wedding with Dani and Taylor: Part 1

 

 

Real Wedding with Dani and Taylor (Part 2: The Big Day)

Beach Wedding

Wedding Photography by Dorritt Solesbee

Their California wedding was styled simply but with precise elegance. Her colors were navy, peach and creme. She decided on these colors because she desperately wanted a bright wedding, but didn’t want to use summer colors during the fall. So she used the navy to bring in a deeper tone and allow the peach to pop out. She, Taylor, their relationship and their wedding are absolutely breathtaking.

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Finding the Perfect Wedding Jewelry

 Finding the Perfect Wedding Jewelry

Wedding Look

GreenWeddingShoes: Boho Feather Wedding Inspiration for Your Wedding Look

If you look at the dress in the photo above, it’s flowing style works great for the boho, whimsy look that the bride went with. But if she had worn her hair up or neatly curled with a small gem clip, and instead wore a a pearl necklace, the dress would still look gorgeous and a new look would be created. A wedding dress can be seen as a bit of a blank slate. Lace and beads does not require a traditional bridal look (though it also doesn’t hurt it). It is instead the wedding jewelry and headpieces (along with her hair) that creates this boho style. There will always be exceptions like how a large poofy ballroom style dress doesn’t exactly scream whimsy, but what your wedding look really comes down to is your chosen wedding jewelry and accessories. Continue reading

How to Include Your Canine in Your Wedding

How to Include Your Canine in Your Wedding

How to Include Your Pet in Your Wedding

Your getting married. You are inviting another person to be your partner in life. Side by side, through thick and thin, ups, downs, happily ever after. BUT, you already have a handsome gentlemen growler or little lady yapper that has snuggled into your heart and you want him or her to be apart of your big wedding day! No big deal, go for it, but think it through!

First off, ask yourself some questions:

  • How well trained is your pup?
  • Will he or she be easily distracted by people, ribbons flying in the wind, or flower petals on the floor?
  • If you want your pup to be a part of your ceremony, can you trust the dog to not relieve him or herself or bark during the ceremony or say on the aisle way? Would it be a devastating or just a funny story if it did?

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