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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

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

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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“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.

 

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!

The Tradition of the Bride’s Wedding Handkerchief

The Tradition of the Bride’s Wedding Handkerchief

Bride Hankie

The wedding handkerchief is one tradition that has stood the test of time, although it’s meaning has changed and is in contemporary times somewhat lost. It is claimed that the tradition goes as far back as the days of ancient Rome where brides would soak the handkerchief (or a version of one) in perfume and wear it around their necks on the wedding day. In early America, it was said that a bride’s tears were lucky and when caught would bring rain to crops and others said that if a bride cried on her wedding day, then she would never cry over her marriage again (ie. a happy marriage). Wedding handkerchiefs are often passed down from generation to generation and bride to bride becoming a family heirloom. Part of what makes the wedding handkerchief an important wedding tradition is that it almost acts as a marker for the marriages in the generation’s passed that have come down to create the lives of the new bride and groom and how this bride and groom will continue the family line. Also, more recently the bride’s wedding handkerchief will be monogrammed with her new initials or embroidered with her new name, a poem, or the date of the wedding.  Again it is a symbol of marriages passed and the uniting of a new family, but it is almost also a symbol of tradition itself. The wedding handkerchief given to the bride is usually gifted by a close family member, but can also be given by a close family friend.  

Blue Bow Hanky

The above wedding hankie is a beautiful combination of both the wedding handkerchief tradition and also incorporating your something blue ( if it were passed down it could also be your something old, and if you bought it new….then it can also be your something new). This hankie also includes a poem to the bride. By combining these traditions you give added meaning to both and you help yourself out economically in not having to buy or find separate items for each. 

Wedding Garters: Don’t Blush!

 Dorritt Solesbee Photography - Garter TossWedding Garters: Don’t Blush!

Tossing the wedding garter is a fun tradition that has come to be thought of as the male version of tossing the wedding bouquet, but it has some interesting roots. There are two slightly varied roots for this tradition. The first was that in order to gain proof that the marriage was consummated a witness would be given the garter. Then along side the “as proof” tradition, the garter was seen as good luck and it was seen as good luck to get pieces of any of brides undergarments. This became quite obviously problematic in a way that no bride appreciated as people tried very desperately to get a hold of the garter. The tradition has thus tamed down to not giving it out from the bride and grooms bedroom on their wedding night to some witness and to having the groom toss the garter to the single men rather than them take it from the bride.

Beach Wedding Garter

With that background being laid to rest in the past, the wedding garter is now a playful and teasing tradition that is fun at any wedding. Typically a bride will have two garters; one to keep and one to toss. We recommend not spending as much money on the one you will toss and to make sure the elastic has a lot of bounce. Also, the garter is a perfect opportunity to get your something blue! The garter is to be worn above the knee and during the reception with the bride sitting on a chair the groom removes it with his hands to then toss it. More…adventurous grooms with brides that won’t punch him in the nose may even decide to snag the garter with his teeth, but we recommend reading your audience on whether or not this will be appropriate or if you will be making enemies with your new in laws. 

French Lace Wedding Garter

The garter is to be tossed to the single men at the wedding (much like the bouquet is tossed to the single ladies). The gentlemen who catches the garter is said to have good luck and to be the next man to get married (which is seen as a lucky thing…). Sometime people will have the gentlemen who caught the garter put it on the lady who caught the bouquet, but this might be a tradition that would make the two uncomfortable and you wouldn’t want to discourage anyone from participating in all the fun! However you do it, keep it fun, full of laughs, and PG (Don’t forget who your guests are!!!).