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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? 

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.

 

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.

Calm a Bridezille

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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 Decide Where to Get Married

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This cute couple decided on a destination wedding at their honeymoon spot. It was the perfect choice for them, but meant a small ceremony with a limited number of guests.

A problem some couples will encounter is the difficulty of deciding where they should get married. These are usually couples that have family in different states, opposite sides of the country, or even a different country all together. There really is now barrier to who you will fall in love with in relevance to where your families and friends are from. So how do you decide where to get married?

Here are some factors to consider:

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How to Tell Someone They Won’t be a Bridesmaid

How to Tell Someone They Won’t be a Bridesmaid

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When you get engaged you are going to be face with a million decisions big and small. One of which will be who to include in your bridal party. This can be difficult if you have a lot of friends and family members that you care about and have been important parts of your life. Really, to have so many people in your life that are important to you is a blessing, but when it comes to narrowing it down for your bridesmaids, it becomes a curse.

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First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes…Life

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes…Life

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Getting married is a wonderful moment in someone’s life. The wedding ceremony is full of love, promise, and hope. The bride and groom are standing before all of their friends and family, sharing their love with each other. Truly, it is a beautiful thing. However, the wedding and marriage are two separate things. Your wedding day is a sweet memory you can lock up in boxes, pictures, and sentiment. Marriage can be equally sweet, but is out in the open, experienced day in and day out, and comes with a lot of responsibility. Both are beautiful, but the later requires everlasting effort and isn’t done in a day, though you may find that life still runs by in a blur.

Because of this day in and out experience with your loved one, it is easy to lose a little bit of your wedding day spark between the toe nail clippings and the mouth guards. The days of waking up to your husband’s mysteriously minty fresh breath and your wife’s seemingly naturally smooth and hairless legs are over. But does this mean you love each other less? Of course not! Does this mean you can’t still get butterflies when he smiles? No! But sometimes you may need to remind each other of just how crazy in love you are with one another.

3 Tips for Keeping the Romance Alive:

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How to “Rush” Your Order From Wedding Collectibles

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Is your wedding date coming up fast? Are there a few more items you need for the big day that you are worried won’t be able to reach you in time? Every wedding is going to have those last minute details that either slipped through the cracks or just couldn’t be ordered sooner. This may tempt you to run to your local Walmart and pick up something generic. While this may do in an extreme crunch, you probably don’t won’t to settle for just about anything.

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How to Deal with Summer Heat on your Wedding Day

Summer brings in wedding season, sunshine, and blue skies – as well as heat, sweat, smeared make up, and bad tempers. If you are having a gorgeous, outdoor summer wedding, you may be worried about how you are going to make it through in your floor length ball gown or how your grandma will do sitting in the sun so long.

Here are 10 quick tips for  surviving the heat on your wedding day:

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1) Wear a slip to take tulle off legs and skin

No matter what kind of wedding dress you are wearing, even if it is strapless,chances are it is going to be hot. There are just so many layers, and layers that cling. It might seem counterproductive to add another layer to your onsomble, but by wearing a silk or light weight slip underneath you can keep the tulle – major heat maker – off your legs and from clinging to your skin.

2) Get ready and dressed in a cold room – keep that AC going!

Have you ever gone from a freezing room and then out into 100 degree weather and felt: “awww that feels nice”? Well, that is the goal here. If you get ready in a cold room it will make it so it takes longer for the heat to take it’s toll. Plus, it will give your make up a chance to set and encourage a good attitude and feeling beautiful (think trying to get your skinny jeans on in a hot humid room versus during winter when everything is nice and cool).

3) Make sure any car or transportation is completely cooled before you get in.

This is a similar concept as getting ready in a cool room with the added detail of avoiding irritation if the car is crammed and not giving your make up the opportunity to sweat off before you even reach your summer ceremony.

4) Keep some blotting papers ready to help your face stay matte

On your wedding day, you are going to sweat and chances are your face is going to get shiny – and I don’t mean the bridal glow. The best and easiest way to handle this is stocking up on some blotting papers. Perhaps have your maid of honor carry them for you, or keep them in your bridal purse.

5) Use Primers and Waterproof Mascara

While we are talking about make up, another tip to help it survive the heat is to use primers for you face and eyelids and then also use a waterproof mascara. Waterproof mascara has improved leaps and bounds, so you don’t need to worry about it being flaky.

6) Provide accessories that will help keep guests cool

Now, to look beyond the bride. Provide cute little umbrellas or fans is a great way to help your guests enjoy the ceremony and not complain about the heat. To take things cuter, you can create a fan program. There are a lot of great DIY templates available and it will create a cute keepsake, rather than a crumpled make shift fan.

7) Schedule your ceremony for the late afternoon or early evening and reception at night.

This may seem simple, but…well…it is. This is a great option to avoid the heat if you don’t mind planning around that burning sun. If you are having an outdoor wedding it may be well worth it to schedule it so that you don’t have to worry about getting sunburnt or anyone getting hit stroke. Plus there are very few times of year that are more romantic than summer nights. 

8) Have a portion indoors

If you don’t want to plan the time around the sun, than perhaps just plan the where around the sun. This way you and you guests are not outside in the heat of the day for the entire celebration. Having that beautiful outdoor ceremony followed by and indoor reception may be that perfect compromise. Plus, if your venue allows it, you could still have some outdoor options at the reception, but have the primary party inside.

9) Keep the Ceremony Brief

If you are determined to have an outdoor ceremony, try keeping it short (like 20 mins) to avoid having to stand -and your guests sit- in the harsh sunlight for a long period of time.

10) Serve cold water and keep the wedding party hydrated

Really, this should almost be number one. When it comes to summer hit, it is not just discomfort that is a concern. There is a very real safety issue: heat stroke. So be sure to have lots of water available and keep yourself, your wedding party, and your guests plenty hydrated.