50s Inspired Wedding Theme

1950s Inspired Wedding

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 the perfect 1950s inspired wedding, let’s start with the appearance of you and your husband to be. Lets dive into what dress, accessories, and hairstyles would best fit the 50s theme.

1950s Inspired wedding

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The Bride

To look like a real 1950’s inspired bride, there are some aspects you should take into account:

  • 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!

 

1950s inspired wedding

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The Groom

What should a groom wear on his wedding to have a 1950´s look?

Here are some tips for the groom to obtain the 1950s inspired look to match your beautiful 50’s inspired bride.

  • Go for brown, gray and blue shades. 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.
  • Vests are really representative of that decade; 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.

A 1950s inspired wedding is easier than it seems! We hope these tips help you achieve a unique, vintage look for your big day.

Weddings from World: Italian Wedding

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Photography:Darya Kamalova of Thecablookfotolab
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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.

Weddings from the World: Buddhist Weddings

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Photography: Alison Mayfield Photography Studio
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We have been learning about weddings from the world, their different customs, traditions and much more. This time, we will talk about Buddhist weddings.  When we think on a Buddhist wedding, we might imagine the bride with a super colorful wedding dress and a priest that looks like Dalai Lama. However, our perception and believes of other culture weddings are usually based on what we have seen on movies or TV shows and the reality is nothing similar to that.

When discussing marriage in the Buddhist religion, it is important to take into account that they do not have a specific wedding ritual or ceremony because they do not consider marriage a religious event; therefore, when they celebrate a wedding, what they do is the called couple’s blessing. Even if they take different traditions and symbols from other religion weddings, the ceremony is not as stiff as a Muslim or catholic wedding.

Buddhists give a great deal of importance to astrology, that’s why everything related to commitment and weddings is dictated by the monks who, beforehand, prepare and interpret the couple’s astrological chart. Based on those, they determine different aspects such as the time and date of the wedding.

They marry in front of an altar that has the Buddha. It is usually decorated with flowers and other elements chosen by the couple. Friends and family will be behind the couple and the Buddhist monk will usually be standing higher than the rest of the people.

During the wedding ceremony, the couple must be together in a posture known as the Wai, which is gesture of respect, before receiving the Buddhist monk’s blessing. Then, the monks will start the ceremony with a sermon and once he finishes sharing his thoughts, he will lead the vow interchange which is a vital part of a Buddhist wedding.

Once done, to express their gratitude, the couple offers food to the monks and Buddha and the monks will chant the wedding prayer and then will eat. Only after they finish eating, the senior monk will bless the couple and all the guests with holy water.

The celebration after the wedding ceremony is a traditional wedding party with food, music and dancing. The type of food will depend on the country where the couple is from but it usually includes pork, beef, rice and other traditional dishes.

 

A Wedding into the Woods

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We have been writing about fall-inspired weddings these last weeks and today is not the exception. Even if fall is almost done to give room to spring, there are still ideas we can implement if you are getting married in this beautiful and magic season. There is nothing that resembles more a fairy tale than weddings in the woods; therefore, if you have always dreamed with a fairy tale like wedding, this is the perfect opportunity for you to make your dreams come true.

The woods are full of magic, leafy trees and bucolic floral nature. You will be delighted by an explosion of intense colors thanks to the beautiful peonies and the most perfect moss rug that give color and softness to the environment and combined with a rustic decoration makes the whole thing look like taken out of a tale.

Autumn is so hard to resist because wedding ceremonies during this amazing time of the year are full of tastes and exquisite colors which makes it a perfect time to celebrate without the heat of summer and allowing you to take advantage of the natural landscapes that bloom during this season.

A perfect way to take advantage of all that nature gives us during autumn is to celebrate your wedding in the woods. These weddings are full of magic and are usually very intimate ceremonies with a reduced number of guests and a really simple decoration because, why would you need a super elaborate decoration when nature in its maximum majesty is the protagonist of the decoration? Just let nature express itself and your wedding will be stunning.

The details of weddings in the woods are usually obtained by using fruits, vegetables and flowers of the season such as grapes, mushrooms, pumpkin, squash, berries, lilies, sunflowers and much more. Combine them with decorative elements that match and you will have a dream wedding!

 

 

Ecological Weddings

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Photo Credit: Best Photography
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Today, more people are paying attention to the environmental damage humans cause with their lack of attention or interest. Therefore, many couples have chosen to celebrate their wedding with style but respecting our mother earth by paying attention to all details and making an effort to cause as little damage as possible.

Green weddings have become a phenomena lately and there are even special companies that help you prepare in case you have no idea how to start. The greatest part of it is that your wedding ceremony will still be fabulous and stylish but without compromising our house, which we must keep safe for future generations. It may seem expensive; however, a green wedding is actually more economic than a regular one. Here you have some options to have a great ecological wedding:

  • Choose a dress made of organic fabrics such as cotton, hemp and/or recycled textiles. You can even find sexy lingerie made of the same materials. There are actually foundations that resell these type of dresses and then help a charity of your choice.
  • You can choose to use ecological jewelry. There are a lot of options for jewels produced without being so harmful with nature such as diamonds that meet all worker protection laws or rings made with recycled gold or platinum. Even better, use heritage jewelry, it will look chic and vintage.
  • Get an ecological bouquet from an organic florist, some of which use plants that can then be transplanted. If you prefer, grow the flowers yourself. Then you can brag to have a grow-it-yourself bouquet!
  • Regarding the menu, you can use seasonal and organically produced food. Avoid buffet since there is usually a lot of waste. Try using that recyclable china made of paper or bamboo. Then you can take all the food and china leftovers and make compost with it.
  • For the invitations, you can go with recycled paper ones. There are so many beautiful and modern styles to choose from and you will not feel bad if you have too many guests
  • If you want to give out something for guests to remember your wedding, you can be original and give those bonsai plants and even seed packages.
  • For the honeymoon, you can search the web for eco-tourism which has increasing popularity lately so it won’t be hard to find. It offers greener options for you to enjoy and some even help local communities.

As you can see, there are so many options to reduce your ecological footprint while offering a remarkable, beautiful and unique wedding ceremony. Give it a try!

Weddings from the World: Gypsy Weddings

Wedding FamilyWe have been visiting different cultures for the last weeks so you know more about how wedding traditions are in other places of the world and in case you want to theme your wedding based on a culture. This week, it is the turn of gypsies. Gipsy weddings are unique, full of color, celebration and fun, let’s learn more about them.

First of all, you should know that if the bride is not a virgin, she cannot get married unless she finds a man who is not married and wants to marry her despite that. To determine if the bride is a virgin, she has to pass the “test of the handkerchief” which consists of getting the bride into a private room and extract blood from her hymen. The “ajuntaora” uses a handkerchief and it must show three roses to prove her virginity, otherwise, the girl cannot get married. Once they pass the test, the wedding celebration starts. All guests will break their shirts to show joy. The couple will be raised over shoulders and everyone will throw caramelized almonds while singing.

The wedding dress is actually two dresses. One is pink and goes under representing femininity and the other one, white, represents purity. The dress must always be new and purchased by the bride’s father. The groom wears a conventional suit.

Usually the religious ceremony is Christian; however, some gypsies are married at the Roma rite and by the Catholic or evangelistic church while others are just married by the Roma rite. The bridesmaid and best man are usually the same of baptism and some other times, uncles. The pastor usually invites the “church’s elderly man” who, out loud, recites a mix of prayers and petitions for the couple.

Gypsy weddings usually last for several days and they have a huge feast. This may also vary from the region where the gypsies are settled. The gypsy wedding ceremony is all full with hymns or spiritual songs played by guitars and other instruments. Everybody sings in unison so it is basically a chorus coordinated by a director. They are always sung in groups, preventing them individually. So they enjoy a chorus that will be coordinated by a director.

Looking for the Perfect Wedding Hairstyle

The wedding hairstyle is vital if you want to look the best on your wedding day. To find the perfect one, you must take into account your personality, your dress’ design, make up and of course, rely on a good hair stylist to make you look absolutely gorgeous.

Since your wedding day will be super busy for you, please avoid last minute decisions and make sure everything is carefully planned. The best you can do is to visit the chosen hairstylist several months in advance so you can both plan ahead and even choose the dates for the hairstyle tests.

There is a wide variety of styles trending right now in regards to wedding hairstyles. However, keep in mind that if what you want is to look simply beautiful, you do not have to strictly choose a hairstyle sticking to the latest trends, but choose one that suits your personality and the rest of your wedding look. Still let’s talk a little about tendencies.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY STYLE UNVEILED
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Braids are the trendiest of the season. No matter if it as a diadem, herringbone, sideways, or from the neck to the top of the head, they are always a simple and right choice. The best about them is that you could always include nice details such as flowers, spikes and other minimal decoration to match the rest of your wedding look. Twisted hair, which is very similar to a braid, is also a great idea. You can wear a half up or have loose hair while wearing a headband made with your own hair.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY WHEN HE FOUND HER
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If you want a classic style, tied up hair will always be the protagonist. Buns are super elegant in different versions and shapes and they work perfectly in case you want to lengthen your neck and increase the volume at the top of your head.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIDAL MUSINGS /
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If you have long hair, your best shot will be half ups and wearing your hair loose. Nobody says that a bride must as a rule wear her hair up on her wedding day. Actually, it is more common to see brides showing off their beautiful hair on their most special day. Besides, there are beautiful and chic headbands in vogue that you could use to complement your look.  More and more brides are also choosing to het balayage and ombré for their wedding day. Many celebrities are wearing this popular hairstyle because it looks natural, beautiful and romantic.

It may seem complicated to choose the right style, but just remember to take into account:

  • Your face and hair: If you have a round face, wear a simple style but if you have an oval face, you can play more with different styles. If you have short hair, you can always resort to hair extension!
  • The wedding’s time and place: If your wedding is at night or indoors, you can go with a more elegant style. Meanwhile, a day and outdoors wedding allows you wear a more relaxed look
  • The dress and veil: Make sure everything is in harmony and suits together.

Remember that the wedding day is not a time to start experimenting your styles. Choose a hairstyle that makes you feel comfortable and that highlights your natural beauty.

Floral Cake Toppers

We have been discussing fall theme weddings for the last couple weeks and part of fall are of course, flowers. In some of our articles we have given ideas to incorporate flowers to your wedding decoration such as the cake, the centerpieces and much more. So why not including flowers in your cake toppers? Or even better, having them as protagonists replacing the traditional groom and bride cake toppers with beautiful flowers. We have selected our favorite flower cake toppers for you to take a look and perhaps choose the one for your cake!

Crystal Romance DIY Cake Topper Base

This is a beautiful porcelain base which you may use with many of our cake toppers. It presents a gorgeous flower arrangement with fine crystal branches. You can browse our figurines to select the one you feel more attracted too and make your cake a nice flower decorated piece of art!

Pastel Rose DIY Cake Topper Base

This is also made of porcelain but it features small colorful roses in a cute arrangement. Chose this one if you have a pastel color wedding decoration so it matches perfectly. It matches a lot of cake topper figurines so you can make your own original decoration.

Calla Lily DIY Cake Topper Base

Last article we gave you the idea of using calla lilies on your autumn inspired cake, so wouldn’t it be nice to include a calla lily topper base to match the rest of the decoration. Just choose one of our cake topper figurines and you will be good to go!

 Vintage Elegant Rose Wedding Cake Topper

This is a unique cake topper with beautiful velvet roses and faux pearls and crystals. In addition, it includes the wedding couple made of porcelain and if you pay close attention the bride is carrying a handmade baby pink rose bouquet. This is a perfect cake topper if you have a vintage wedding theme.

Vintage Paper Gardenia Cake Topper with Pearl Heart

 

This romantic cake topper features white paper gardenias and a stunning faux pearl heart. It has a vintage style and it is perfect if what you are looking for is to replace the traditional bride and groom with something original and love inspiring.

A Fall Inspired Wedding Cake!

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Photographer: Photography By Charise
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A wedding in fall is awesome! Trees and leaves gives such a magical landscape full of color and texture. Beside the weather is perfect for you to use the dress you wish without worrying if it is going to be hot or cold. Most importantly, the season is full of delicious flavors! Pumpkins, apples, nuts, cider and much more culinary pleasures. Therefore, if you are planning to get married in autumn, you will definitely be inspired by a lot of elements when designing your wedding cake. Here we share with you some ideas for you to get motivated!

  • Get inspiration from spiced apples and ask get some thin strips of stretched caramel as decoration. In addition, you can use a nice autumn arrangement with dry branches to resemble a fall background.
  • Offer a real tribute to fall by including colorful autumn dry leaves not only to the decoration of the cake but also of the table where it would be located. You may also add a beautiful fall tree instead of the classic cake toppers.
  • A great floral autumn theme would be recreated by including sunflowers, hypericum berries, min roses in different colors and a few maple leafs. This will definitely make your cake look amazing!!
  • Use calla lilies to really catch everyone’s attention and make your cake elegant and modern. White calla lilies can be used as part of the cake to make it a master architectural piece by inserting them inside the cake.
  • A creative and delicious way to decorate your cake with an autumnal wedding theme is using seasonal fruits. Since fall is a harvest season, you have a lot to choose from. You may use fresh fruit or you can opt to use caramelized or crystallized fruit. This is a great options since it will fill your cake with flavors and colors!
  • Are you a chocolate lover? Then why not including chocolate covered fruit to your wedding cake. Also add melted chocolate to the top of your cake so it then spills over the other layers. You may use chocolate covered strawberries and keep the leaves uncovered to make it look more colorful! You can also use white chocolate for a more elegant cake or if you prefer, use leaves, flowers and fruits made of chocolate. Yummy!

There are many more ways in which you may incorporate autumn into your wedding cake, just let your imagination and creativity fly!