Fashion & Lifestyle Blog
August 29, 2017

Your wedding is your chance to showcase your personal style. Through the theme, decorations, and of course, your wedding wear, you can show off your personal sense of style to all of your nearest and dearest.

As it’s your wedding day, you should be able to dress yourself, your bridesmaids, and everyone else in the wedding party for that matter, how you like. After all, it is your big day, isn’t it? With that being said, there are still a few fashion mistakes that you should aim to avoid, after all, you don’t want your wedding photos spoiled by some questionable style choices, do you?

To ensure that you don’t make any embarrassing fashion faux pas when it comes to your wedding day wear, take note of the common wedding day fashion mistakes below. These are all faux pas that brides make time and time again…

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Ordering a standard sized dress

Wearing a standard sized dress to a wedding as a guest is one thing, but when it’s your wedding day you want to ensure that your dress fits your body perfectly. Every woman has a different body size and shape; even two sisters often have completely different body shapes, which is why choosing a dress that can be altered to fit your bespoke shape and size is so important. After all, you only get married once, so it’s vital to ensure that your wedding dress fits your body like a perfectly sized glove.

Picking bridesmaid dresses that are too revealing

There is a time and a place for revealing dresses, and for the most part, a wedding isn’t one of them. Picking bridesmaids dresses that show a little skin and have a sexy yet elegant vibe to them is one thing, choosing dresses that flaunt everything your bridesmaids have is quite another. Aim to pick dresses that are stylish, sophisticated, and look good on a range of body sizes and shapes.

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Not considering the venue

When shopping for your dress, the groom’s and groomsmen’s’ suits, and your bridesmaid’s dresses don’t make the mistake of not taking the venue into account. Say, for example, you are having a beach wedding; the styles of your dress, your bridesmaids’ dresses, and your groom’s and groomsmen’s suits can be more casual compared to if you are having a wedding in a church. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that when it comes to the groom’s and groomsmen’s suits, the venue doesn’t matter, because it does. Just like there is a wide range of bridal dresses and bridesmaids dresses, there is a wide range of suit styles to choose from. To have a browse of all of the most popular suit styles, click here. The fact is that with any outfit for your wedding, it is vital that you take the venue into account.

Going overboard with accessories

Be wary of choosing too many accessories for yourself, your bridesmaids, the groom, and the groomsmen. The fact is that you want your dress, the bridesmaid’s dresses, and the suits worn by the groom and groomsmen to make a statement, which is why overloading these outfits with accessories is a bad idea. Instead, opt for a few simple accessories; for yourself and the bridesmaids, a necklace, bracelet, and earrings, along with a flower posy is ideal. For the groom and groomsmen, a watch and a buttonhole flower are all it takes.

There you have it, everything that you need to know about the most common wedding day fashion faux pas, and how to avoid making them.

 

August 16, 2017

For all the guys out there wondering what the perfect marriage proposition looks like, we’ve put together some key points. It can be daunting asking the person you love to marry you, and we’re all scared of rejection. However, most people know when the time is right, and they are confident that they’ll get a yes before they pop the question. That doesn’t mean that the way in which it all plays out doesn’t matter, though. Here are some of the things that it needs to have if you want it to be special.

The Perfect Setting

First of all, you need to think about the setting in which you’re going to actually ask the vital question. When you get the setting right, you can be sure that you don’t have to worry about that. Then you can get on with the rest of the important things that we’ll look at in more detail below. It might be a location that’s relevant to you and your partner in some way. Or it could simply be a spot that you think is nice and romantic. Almost any place can be a good setting, but it depends on the person and the relationship, so give it plenty of thought before deciding.

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A Great Engagement Ring

You definitely need to make sure that you have a great engagement ring for your partner. Places like Baunat sell them, so make sure you browse all the options. You want your partner to have it on her finger for the rest of her life, so you need to make sure you get it right. Choose something that you think she will like depending on her general taste in jewellery. An ugly or inappropriate engagement ring can have a ruinous effect on your whole proposal plans, so you can’t afford to get this wrong.

A Heartfelt Message

You should have something to say in the buildup up to asking the big question. If you just blurt it out, it doesn’t have quite the same impact as saying something special and heartfelt beforehand. Delivering a message with love and meaning is something that will most definitely be appreciated by your partner, so it’s definitely worth getting this right. The message doesn’t need to long or particular clever or witty. It just needs to be heartfelt and true. And your partner will love it if they know it’s coming from you and not just a cut paste message you found online.

An Element of Surprise

There has to be some kind of surprise involved. Marriage proposals are all about surprises. Without that element of surprise, it can all fall a little flat, and there is no way of going back and doing it again once it’s done. So, you definitely need to think about what you can do to keep things under wraps. Try to act normal and don’t give off any signs that you’re planning something out of the ordinary. No one wants their marriage proposal to be predictable. But for many people, this is one of the very hardest parts to get right about all this.

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Historical Importance

Many people choose to make their marriage proposal in some way relevant to a past moment in their relationship. If it has that historical importance, it can seem all the more special. For example, you might take your partner to the location of your first date. Or you could cook them the meal that you first cooked for them. These small things that might not stand out as meaning much to begin with can become much more special later on when you’ve popped the question. It’s a nice touch to consider, so keep that in mind as you plot your marriage proposal.

A Plan for the Rest of the Night

Finally, you need to make sure that you have a plan in place for what you and your partner are going to do for the rest of the evening and night. Many people choose to propose in the evening around sunset. This is definitely a good time to do it. But if you’ve got nothing lined up for what to do next, it might all be a little strange and awkward. Prepare something great; it could be as simple as a walk along the beach, but at least it’s something. Your partner will certainly appreciate this, so it’s something worth thinking about.

There is no one way to propose, but if a marriage proposition includes some of the things above, it’ll be sure to go down pretty well.

August 9, 2017

Honeymoons are a very special kind of holiday in that, all things being ideal, they are experiences you will only have once in your life. Yes, there will be other memorable breaks; some may even stay in your memory for longer. However, there’s no doubt that the honeymoon is the one where you need to pull out all the stops to help destress from the wedding and launch your new life together on the right note.

Making it special can mean different things to different people, but one thing that sets a honeymoon apart is the fact that you want to have time together alone as a couple. So, while there are some holidays you will really want to take – a shopping trip to New York, for example, or a luxury European cruise – these ideas might not be honeymoon material. What you’re looking for with a honeymoon is idyllic, undisturbed alone time.

Perfect Paradise #1: Bali

The world’s great poets and most gifted painters could come together to depict natural wonder, and Bali would still beat them all into irrelevance. Volcanic landscapes, perfect beaches, and jade-colored rice fields all come together to make possibly the world’s most beautiful island.

Bali is popular with honeymooners, but not in a way that makes it a packed, hectic trip. Walk along the beaches, hire a car and drive along the coast, and just appreciate the true romance of it all.

Perfect Paradise #2: The Australian Rainforest

Seclusion is an important part of a honeymoon. Ideally, the only other people you will speak to will be the ones checking you in at the hotel. What makes the best Queensland honeymoon packages so ideal for loved-up couples is that they offer that seclusion, and more benefits besides.

Stepping out of your cabin, you will not see a queue for the pool. Instead, the vista will be nothing but blue water, gorgeous trees, and the occasional rare bird or koala. It’s a dream break with your dream partner, and there’s nothing better than that.

Perfect Paradise #3: Brazil

Keen eyes may note that Brazil is not noted for its private beaches and quiet resorts, but we’re not recommending that you honeymoon on the Copacabana. Instead, check out the Ilha Grande resort. There’s not much human traffic here, and no road traffic at all; cars are forbidden. Instead, you reach the island by boat and, once there, have all the alone time you could possibly need to absorb the scenic surroundings.

Fresh seafood restaurants just off the beach will feel like your own private dining room. Afterwards, you can relax in a hammock and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Of course, the entirety of the world is at your feet with regards to honeymoons that offer the seclusion that a newlywed couple so dearly needs. Don’t be afraid to stray off the beaten track and away from the tours that attract so many honeymooning couples; find something that works for you, and you’ll be getting your marriage off to a perfect start – all thanks to the gems around the world, just waiting for you to explore.

July 19, 2017

All weddings seem to follow a set format; ceremony, reception, some sort of food, and a night of entertainment. It’s a nice guideline to follow, but you should also feel free to have something unique for people to talk about at your wedding – besides you and your partner, of course. Whether it’s something useful for your friends, or a way to make more memories, the following ideas will have people talking about your wedding at your 50th anniversary.

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Childcare

It can be tricky deciding whether to invite friends with small children. Of course you want them to be there, but they’ll have to decide between keeping the kids entertained or hiring a babysitter so they can partake in all the fun. Make the decision for them by hiring a wedding nanny for the big event. Set them up in a room near the reception and stock the room with snacks, games and a portable DVD player to keep them entertained and make sure there’s a soft sofa and blankets for those inevitable naps. Mention to their parents that they can check in on their children whenever they want. Your friends will thank you for your thoughtfulness, and remember your wedding as a rare night off.

Food trucks

It’s tough catering for so many people, especially if they all have different dietary requirements. Instead, why not hire a few food trucks to park outside your venue for a few hours. You could hire one vegetarian truck, one hot dog and burger truck, or just a big pizza truck to keep everyone happy. You could supplement the food from the trucks with a few salads, fresh beverages, and some small desserts to go with the wedding cake.

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Photobooth

Usually, you’ll have a professional photographer walking around taking pictures of everyone, and, of course, everyone will be taking their own shots and selfies on their smartphones. However, you can take more memorable photographs, and add another unique feature to your wedding by getting a Wedding photobooth and Giant LOVE letter hire to decorate your dance floor. Everyone can wear funny hats, giant sunglasses, or feather boas in the pictures and instantly have a hard copy to take home. It could be a long time before all your loved ones are in the same room again, so this is a nice souvenir for them to treasure.

Keep everyone dancing

If your wedding venue has a dance floor, you want to make the most of it by getting everyone dancing. This can be a bit challenging is most of your guests are shy about their moves. To add a little encouragement, request songs that are special to specific guests. For example, if you and your college friends had a special song that always got you dancing, have the DJ play that song and request that they all dance with you. Special dances don’t just have to be reserved for your partner or parents; after all, your friends have lived through this relationship with you too.

June 20, 2017

When you think about a marriage proposal, you are likely to think of a man dropping to one knee and producing a ring. Usually, this is done in a very romantic setting, either in public or in private, depending on the preferences of the couple. However, in various places around the world, the way proposals work are very different.

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Proposals in Vietnam

Should you be in Vietnam, then a proposal has nothing to do with romance. Rather, it has to do with the families approving of the union. In fact, unless both parents accept, the marriage is unlikely to take place. On a side note, if the families do agree, they will also be involved in the entire ceremony, from the wedding hire to setting the date!

Proposals in Japan

In Japan, an engagement happens after a ceremony known as a Yunio. Here, the families of both the bride and groom meet and exchange a total of nine gifts, each wrapped in delicate rice paper. The presents stand for good wishes and particular sentiments such as healthy children, wealth, and longevity.

Proposals in Chile

In Chile, both the bride and the groom will wear an engagement ring, which will be on their right hand. Then, on the day they get married, that ring is moved to the third finger of the left hand instead. Where in our cultures wedding props with a difference are all the rage, Chile is more about the simplicity.

Proposals in India

Many marriages in India are arranged by families. However, it is now more widespread for children to choose their own suitors, although family approval continues to be vital. If the engagement is accepted, a huge party will usually follow.

Proposals in Ghana

In Ghana, the groom would take some close family members and knock on the door of his bride to be, announce he intends to marry her. This happens just one week before the wedding itself and is known as the ‘knocking ceremony’, or Kokooko.

Proposals in Thailand

Thai men perform a ‘gold engagement’ or Thong Mun. Hence, to show his intentions to marry, he will present his bride to be with lots of different gifts, all of which must be gold.

Proposals in Greece

In Greece, men must ask permission of the father of the bride first. If he accepts, then they must receive pastoral counselling three times for approval and blessings. Once done, a huge party will ensue.

Proposals in France

In France, a man will ask his beloved for her hand in marriage. If she accepts, they then ask permission of her father. Presuming he also agrees, the engaged couple will go ring shopping together. The ring will then be presented at a small family gathering.

Proposals in Scotland

In Scotland, a man will go through a Beukin or Speerin, which means the father of the bride will set them various tasks to complete if he is to marry the daughter.

These are just some examples of the interesting cultural differences regarding asking for someone’s hand in marriage. Each country will have its particularities and traditions. Hopefully, those will continue to exist.

June 19, 2017

When it come to picking your wedding venue you really want to make the right decision. You want you guests to be swept away with the romance of the place. What you don’t want is everyone to be complaining about how difficult it is to get to. Or, how your cousin’s’ wedding was at a much nicer place. With that in mind read on for some advice on wedding venue issues and how to resolve them.

The reception venue is separate to the ceremony

Why this is such a big deal, I’ll never understand? As this has been the way that wedding have been for decades. It’s just that since folks have started to have their celebrations in hotels, that can offer both the service and the reception, people’s ideas of what to expect has changed. But remember, if you want to have your ceremony if a different location than your reception it is perfectly possible.

To do this, you can ask your guests to make their own way from one to the other. But for convenience’s sake, it is usual to put on some transport.

This can be in the form of regular taxis or minivans. But it’s much more fun and festive to provide something like an old vintage bus, or even a hay ride for you guests. Especially, if it fits in with the theme of your day.

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The venue doesn’t offer catering

Another venue problem can be that you have found the perfect place, but they don’t offer any catering or drink packages. Luckily, you can hire outside caterers in to provide food and refreshments for your party.

Remember, even if the venue doesn’t have a kitchen or bar, this isn’t a problem. As many caterers can provide outdoor kitchens and pop up bars for the evening, along with people to man them.

The venue is remote

Another issue can be if your wedding venue is in a remote location. Of course, some of the most beautiful and picturesque places are remote, far away from civilization. So if you want to host your wedding in a place like that, remember the following guidance.

First of all, try and find somewhere locally for you guests to stay. This will make it a lot easier for them to get to the location for the start of the service. Also, provide a printed map and postcode for Sat Navs so your guests can find their way to the venue easily. As no one wants to arrive at a wedding stressed out of their mind because they have been lost for the last hour and now they are late.

The venue is not exclusive

Lastly, a common issue with wedding venues that you may come across is that you do not have exclusive use for the duration of your celebration. This means that other events, possibly even other weddings are going in at the same time, in the same building.

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However, you will likely have your own area in which to stick to so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Also, wedding venues that offer multiple events at one time are often much more reasonably priced than exclusive ones. So it can make sense financially to go for this option.