The Best Maternity Wedding Dresses for 2019

 

Being an expectant bride and mother can be momentous experiences on their own or simultaneously. If you are going to walk down the aisle with a baby bump in tow, there are some considerations that you have to keep in mind when looking for maternity wedding dresses.

With that being said, however, there are quite a lot of wedding dresses out there for mothers-to-be to wear on their big day. And below are some of the more notable examples.

Tiffany Rose

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Amelia

Designed by Tiffany Rose, the Amelia gown is all about highlighting your baby bump. It’s jersey made from soft ivory lace hugs your upper body comfortably without making you too hot. It also comes with an elegant design from top to bottom which highlights any figure elegantly.


The Amelia dress comes in both mid length and full length variants. This way, you can pick which style suits you best on your wedding day.

  • Classic Ivory plus over 8 other colours 
  • Designed to grow with you 
  • Sheer lace sleeves and neckline
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Alaska gown

Designed by Tiffany Rose, this wedding gown is made of a light fabric and is quite perfect for summer weddings. It’s design makes it easy to wear and the sleeves contain quite a lot of detail which gives the gown a rather elegant finish.


And if you are worrying about fitting issues, the dress does come with a stretch finish. This makes it easy to adjust to your body figure regardless of the stage of your pregnancy.

  • Sheer floral lace with subtle stretch 
  • Full-length maternity gown
  • Also available in a Plus size

Eden gown

Tiffany Rose’s Eden dress is able to find a balance between Elegance and Simplicity. It comes with a stretch lace overlay design and is made from a lace that gives off a shimmering effect whenever the wearer moves.


All of this is then pulled by a satin belt on the west which highlights the wearer’s figure even more.

  • Worn by Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine of Sweden
  • Works well with different hair colours and skin tones
  • Best-selling gown in new shade of Arabian Nights

Helena gown

If the wedding is going to be set on a colder month like December or January, then this gown should be ideal for you. It is made from thick yet light lace with a streamlined design. It should conform to your figure while keeping you warm while still keeping everything elegant.


There is also an optional sash which can be placed on the belly to highlight your womb even more but makes it look smaller. And, to top things off, the gown ends on a fishtail-like design, giving the entire dress a flowing appeal.

  • 1930s style and inspiration 
  • Demure high front neckline 
  • Daring scoop neckline to the back
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Verona gown

One of the best gowns to come from the Tiffany Rose collection, the Verona is a gown made from eyelash lace which is then paired with a soft ivory jersey. It’s design is elegant enough but will complement your figure regardless of how well you are into your pregnancy.


And if you need a bit of proof on this gown’s popularity, a copy of it was worn by Julia Stiles on her wedding day. Knowing that the dress you wore has found its way into Hollywood should be enough to put a smile on any lady on their big day; apart from the main event, of course.

  • Delicate eyelash lace overlay
  • Three quarter sleeves 
  • Also available in Plus Sizes
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Liberty

This dress comes with a scooped neck and off the shoulder design, giving it a timelessly elegant appeal. It comes with a simpler design all over which makes the gown a great partner for simple accessories.


The gown is made from a light lace material which allows the figure to breathe on a hot day. This makes the gown ideal for summer weddings or any wedding with a nature theme.

  • Off-the-shoulder sleeves giving a relaxed, grown-up feel
  • Ivory drape from a stylish cowl neck
  • Iconic

Seraphine

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Lace and Silk

With a design adorned with fluttering lace sleeves, this ivory silk wedding dress looks like it stepped right out of a fairy tale. The gown was designed to make the wearer feel comfortable as they move while still retaining a great level of elegance.


And if you are wondering if this gown fits all stages of pregnancy, it does. It comes with a sash of silk satin which gives the dress a rather form-fitting yet tailored look.

  • Fairytale wedding
  • Lace bodice
  • 100% silk skirt

Wrap maternity

Designed again by Seraphine, this dress keeps everything short yet dignified. It has a shorter hemline which pushes focus on your belly and allows you to move more.


The wedding dress is also designed to be flexible. This means that it will hug your figure comfortably on your wedding without restricting you on your waist.

  • Classic
  • Lace back detailing
  • Flattering ruched bodice
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Motherhood Maternity

Lace Hem Maxi

This wedding gown is perfect for beach weddings and other open air events due to its flowing, elegant design. It’s waist was designed to hug the belly so the wearer can proudly show their figure.


Also, the dress uses a fine silk lace which allows the body to breathe. This should make anyone wearing it feel comfortable as they move.

  • Sleeveless maxi with scoop neck 
  • Lace trim
  • Textured fabric

White Runway

Composure gown

This gown is designed by Pasduchas, this gown features the right kind of sexy with an off-shoulder design. If you are one that is a bit conscious with your baby bump, this gown should be an option as its design takes focus from your belly to your shoulder.


The gown comes in the traditional ivory white which is perfect for traditional weddings. But, if your wedding is far from traditional, the gown also comes in a bright wine color.

  • Super comfortable
  • Zip on centre back
  • Fully lined

ASOS Edition

Floral and Sequin gown

This gown is designed by ASOS, this gown sports embroidered flowers all over. It is then topped with vine patterns which completes the gowns earthy look.


The floral and sequin dress carefully treads the balance between formal and casual due to its sequin details and sleeveless design. As such, it is perfect for a wedding set out in the open air and during summer.

  • Sheer mesh with embroidery
  • Partial lining
  • Lightweight design
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Envie De Fraise Flora maternity maxi dress

One of France’s best-known wedding gown lines for expectant mothers, the Envie De Fraise Flora line features a simply yet undoubtedly European flair with a sleeveless design and a V-neck. The gown features a knot just above your belly, giving your baby bump the right kind of attention.

And due to its simplicity, the Envie De Fraise flora gown is great when partnered with more elaborate accessories. If you are the one to walk down the aisle wearing a tiara or a jeweled headdress, this gown might be the one for you.

  • Simple yet elegant
  • Sleeveless & V-neck
  • Machine wash or Dry clean

Finding the Perfect Wedding Gown

Choosing a maternity wedding gown can be daunting itself. To help alleviate some of the
stress from finding the best gown for you, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  • Mind the Silhouette

First of all, do you want to emphasize the fact that you are pregnant or not? Your
answer to this question dictates your options for gowns as there are types out
there that either hide or highlight your baby bump.

If you are one that does not want to give too much emphasis on your growing belly,
then a gown with an empire waist or a lace overlay is a good option. But if you
are not one to shy away from showing your baby bump, it is best to find a dress
that comes with a satin mesh or a belt that highlights your belly more.

  • Size Up

Usually, it will take a few months for you to get your wedding dress once you have
ordered it. That means your belly should have grown even bigger by the time
that gown arrives on your doorstep.

When looking for a gown for your big day, make sure that it does not hug your belly
too tightly as of testing if it fits. The rule of thumb is to add an inch of
your belly for each month from that day to your wedding. And, if you are not
that confident with math, you can always refer to the store’s sizing chart.
They will guide you in picking a dress that will comfortably fit you regardless
of how big your belly is going to get.

  • Know the Fabrics

The materials that make up the gown can determine whether or not you will be
comfortable wearing it on your wedding day. Stick to fabrics that can stretch
as this will give your figure enough leeway so you won’t feel restricted as you
wear it.

Fabrics like thulle and chiffon are lightweight and allow the body to breathe despite
the gown hugging the shape of your body. Jersey is also a great material as it
can stretch considerably, making wedding dresses made of this material ideal
for women on the later stages of their pregnancy.

  • Simplicity is Always the Best

Even if it is your big day, it would be best to not to go over the top. The reason
for this is that you are competing with your belly so having an overly designed
dress is going to make you look off. Also, an overly designed dress tend to be
cumbersome which will not do you any favors on your wedding.

Instead, look for a dress with a design simple enough that it captures your figure and
complements it. This way, the focus is shared between you and your baby bump
even as you walk down that aisle.

To Conclude

So which wedding gown works best for you? That is one thing that only you could
answer. When looking for the best wedding dress, it would be ideal that you
find a balance between Form and Function.

Simply put, that dress should be the kind of attire that can make you look good
without making you look uncomfortable. If you can do this, you can make
yourself elegant without sacrificing your ability to enjoy your big day.

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Writing the Perfect Wedding Vows

 

There are a lot of important moments in a wedding ceremony such as the signing of the marriage certificate or the presentation of the ceremonial items. However, none of them are as most-anticipated than the Exchanging of the Wedding Vows. Save for the Kiss, of course.

The exchange is a rather straightforward affair. The bride and the groom simply recite their vow to their partner, promising to be there for each other for everything, and this segment would not even last for more than 10 minutes.

However, what is said during those moments would matter significantly. Its the moment where both pour out their hearts to one another, after all. There is the option to use the generic “for richer and for poorer” vows and that would be perfect for any wedding.

But for a wedding to be more memorable, it would be best for the partners to recite their unique vows. And to do that, there are a few things to consider first.

Why are Wedding Vows Important?

Before everything else, it’s best that we address this question: why are wedding vows that important in the ceremony? After all, there are more portions in the ceremony that are either more momentous or, better yet, legally-binding.

But, believe it or not, wedding vows hold a great importance to the ceremony itself and to the marriage as a whole. First of all, the vows act as the very foundations of the marriage. The placing of the rings on the fingers and the signing of the certificate may have some tangible bind on the couple but the words they speak to one another act as an unbreakable promise.

And if you are the religious type, you can consider the exchange of the vows to be the couple’s formal announcement of their promises to one another before the unseen and the divine. Also, it tends to make a person even more cautious about treating their relationships knowing that they’ve made their promises before their god.

On a more legal sense, the vows are the vocal announcement of the promises that are directly (or indirectly) included in a marriage certificate. To put it simply, the vows act as one’s vocal agreement to the terms and conditions put forth in the marriage. Of course, this also acts as their willingness to be held liable if they break even a single portion of what they said.

The value of the wedding vows, then, cannot be underestimated. However, there is no hard and fast rule as to what can be said and how they are said during a wedding. So as long as the one officiating the ceremonies allows for it, couples can say their own, personalised wedding vows to one another.

Words and Phrases

Creating personalised wedding vows can be a bit daunting, especially if you are not the one to be poetic in your statements. As such, it would be best that you look to other vows for inspiration. Fortunately, there are certain terms and words popularly used in vows today. Here are some of them:

“For Richer and for Poorer……” - Anyone who has heard these lines know exactly what these sets of promises mean. It’s basically the conventional wedding vows wherein couples promise to be there for one another in times of wealth, want, health, illness, and even if death parts them from one another.

It’s cliched to recite these phrases at the wedding but the power of these words are still there. You can even use variations of these terms in your wedding if you are that concerned with sounding generic.

Comfort - Emotional support is often one of the unspoken promises couples make during their wedding. We often talk about providing support to one another through money or assistance but rarely is there any talk about just being there when the other is at their lowest point.

Phrases like “to comfort” and “to encourage”, and “to uplift” are becoming popular with wedding vows in recent years. Perhaps people are now valuing other things that money cannot buy in relationships.

Cherish - The literal meaning of this word is “to build up”. it connotes commitment to the personal growth of one another throughout the duration of the marriage.

It also has a rather profound message for the couple and the people in attendance. It connotes that the marriage will have an atmosphere wherein both will be able to improve themselves and, hopefully, reach their potential through each others help.

Friend - This term can be used alternatively with “partner”, “soul mate”, “confidante”, “lover”, and “best friend”. It connotes a notion of equality between the couple as they start their own family. No one is superior to the other and both have a say in how their family is going to grow and flourish.

It also hearkens back to how the couple first met: as friends. Acknowledging how everything began for the couple is a good way to end one chapter of their relationship while starting another.

Forever - Also synonymous with “eternity”, “for good”, “permanent”, and “endure”. It connotes that the marriage is one that has no finite term. Sure, there might be chances that everything will be called off later down the road but adding these words to a vow encourages the couple to maintain their love for one another for as long as humanly possible.

Writing Tips

There is an air of challenge in writing wedding vows. Aside from that, there’s the chance that you’ll suffer from writer’s block when preparing it. However, whatever you will write for the vows will be so important and worth it once uttered at the altar. As such, here are some tips that will help you get through the writing process.

Take Inspiration

If you are stumped in figuring out what works for the upcoming wedding, it’s best to look into what has worked in the past. The traditional, minister-approved wedding vows are a great source of inspiration as they give you an idea as to the format, length, and tone used in vows.

Of course, there is no harm in incorporating sections of these traditional vows on yours. Eventually, with further editing, you can come up with a vow that is both profound and still personal to you and your partner.

Set The Tone

Now, there is no hard and fast rule on what tone should wedding vows take. The traditional ones are quite formal because, well, weddings in the past were formal. However, wedding vows now can be romantic to the point of being cheesy, funny as if two friends are just making pinky-swears in front of the altar, or poetic and profound.

You and your partner should have a uniform tone so take the time to discuss and agree on what your vows should sound like. You should also consider the logistics of the writing process. Would both of you create your own separate vows or would you go for one uniform vow as is with traditional wedding vows? Lastly, will you allow each other to view and critique your vows or would this be a secret until the wedding day?

Look into Your Relationship

Writing the wedding vows can be a perfect opportunity to reminisce. Think about that time when you first met or the time when both of you became official lovers. Think of the time when you decided that you would rather spend the rest of your life with them and what made you fall for them in the first place.

You can even go back to those times where your relationship was tested and how both of you were able to pull each other together. Write all of these things down so that you have a lot of inspiration when finalising the vow.

Come up with Many Promises

There is  reason why they are called wedding vows, after all. Keep your promises as diverse as possible. You can start with broad ones like “I’ll always be there for you” and then finish with more specific ones like “I will always prepare dinner if you are cranky”. The more promises you can think of, the better.

Trim the Fat

Once you have come up with your first draft, now is the time to start editing it. You should keep the ones that are important and worthwhile while editing or removing the ones that don’t fit the overall theme of the vows.

You might even want to remove things that are too cliched or ridiculous to listen to. Also, be mindful of how each vow is going to be uttered. Some vows might look good when written but are embarrassing to say in public, let alone listen.

Also, you should mind the length of the vows. The goal here is to come up with something modest in length but profound and memorable. Keeping things too long will just make your vows all the more impossible to keep. A vow that is a minute or two in length should be your standard.

In Conclusion

It could not be specified further how important vows are in a wedding. They symbolise that you and your partner are ready to take that next step in your relationship and seal your fates to one another. As such, it would be best that you approach this process with a great deal of respect and consideration.

However, that is not to say that writing your wedding vows be needlessly complicated. Always look to what made your relationship with your partner all worth it to the point that you’d want to spend the rest of your life with that person. Once you have found that, all you have to do is to write everything down and gradually refine it before the big day comes.

 

The Wedding beard

 

The Wedding Beard

It used to be the case that only certain cultures of our society wore a beard but try walking down the street without seeing at least one. Yes, times have changed and beards are commonplace. With beards actually raising the standard of looking their best no doubt our grooms will want to parade their furry friends on their big day so today we are going to talk about how you might prepare your beard for that wedding.

Firstly note that not everyone can grow the same type of beards. So first thing is to know what suits you.

Like looking for that particular style of wedding suit, preparation begins months in advance for a well-manicured beard.

We suggest the ManCave beard oil is a reasonable product to keep the beard soft and itch-free.

But before anything else, let’s lay out some “ground rules” first.

The Do’s and Don’t’s of Having a Wedding Beard

The key to having a perfect Wedding Beard is just forgetting you have shears and shaving cream, right? Wrong. Growing that perfect beard is going to take a lot of care and a whole lot of common sense. In fact, there are a few things that you have to keep in mind.

  1. Do Mind Your Role

When it comes to beards, just remember that the range of your options is inversely proportionate to your importance in the wedding. If you are a guest, then pretty much anything goes. This is true if you are attending the wedding on your own.

And even if you have your wife or girlfriend with you, your options for beards are going to be considerable. However, keep in mind that you might also be dragged into a lot of photo opportunities. As such, looking your very best will still matter.

However, if you are playing an important role in the wedding like the best man or, better yet,
the groom, then how you can style your beard is going to be limited. In fact, you might have to fight it out with your partner and family just to have a beard on your big day.

Either way, it is best that you pick the styles that highlight your best features. Which leads to our next point.

  • Don’t Make a Drastic Change

Ironically, the rule that brides have to follow with their wedding makeup applies to men and their wedding beards: pick one that reflects YOU, and not you putting on some costume.

If your everyday stubble goes along with almost every formal wear that you have ever worn, then adding a few centimetres of hair on your face is not going to hurt. If you have always looked good with a full-on beard, then trimming it at the edges would work well to your favour.

That being said, a wedding is not the time to do something cool with your beard. If you’re just fine with a regular beard, then showing up on the wedding looking like you’ve just stepped out of the 18th century is going to make heads turn; for all the wrong reasons.

  • Do Clean Up

Having the perfect wedding beard is actually finding a balance between letting things grow and cleaning up. Think of it like you are making sculpture out of a bush: you’d have to know where and how to trim things to add dimension.

And, of course, you can’t do this without the right tools. There are products out there like
Professor Fuzzworthy’s Beard Shampoo and Old Spice’s Sculpting Pomade that are going to give your beard the volume and luster it needs. Plus, these products can help you keep your beard in place when you opt for something stylish.

Investing on a good brush and comb will also do wonders. There are several products out there
that do come with a complementary comb or brush made specifically for beards.
As such, it would be best that you consider these items.

  • Don’t Make it a Last-Minute Decision

Growing a beard takes a lot of time. In fact, it would take you more than a month to grow a
beautiful patch of beard over your face for the wedding.

Planning to get a beard a few days before the wedding is not going to bode well for you. At the
least, you’ll get something pathetic. At worst, you’ll end up with something that looks scraggly and unkempt. And no, even the best growth oils out there like Growther Beard Growth Oil can’t get your face blanketed with enough facial hair in such a short amount of time.

Give yourself at least a week to a full month to grow a beard and then trim and care for it. Not only will you end up with something majestic but you’ll send a signal that you have actually made an effort in making yourself look good to everybody; especially if you have an important role in the wedding.

And while we’re on the issue of last-minute decisions, never ever shave your beard on the night before the wedding. Not only does this mean that you are going to throw out months of work literally down the drain, but you’d end up with a haphazard shaved look. Think of it this way: you can’t expect to remove an entire beard of your face overnight without leaving stubble here and there.

The Best Wedding Beards Today

Now that these concerns are out of the way, let’s get to the part of actually growing your beard. Sure, you can grow your beard however you like but there are some styles out there are more suitable to a wedding. Here are some of them:

  1. Imperial Style

One of the more trending styles today, the Imperial style is traditional enough to give men Imperial beardthat “macho” vibe. However, it has an artistic flair to it to give anyone wearing a bird that much-needed class.

Imperial style beards have a standard beard that measures up to an inch in volume along the lower jaw. However, this is then topped with a full moustache that curves upwards at the side.

The imperial style works well if you have short yet styled hair. Also, it works great for men with long faces but are of average height.

  • Short and Trimmed

Short beardThis style is quite popular because it is easy to grow and manage. All you have to do is to let 

your beard grow for a week and then trim it at the edges just before the wedding day. There are trimming kits readily available online that can give your beard the dimensions it needs. Also, this style is best for men with round-shaped heads.

 

 

 

  • The Full Beard

For the ultimate of dashing manliness, the Full Beard is your best option. This style Full beardis quite straightforward a concept as it simply means you allow your beard to cover your entire face and have it reach as far as your Adam’s Apple.

However, the key to success here is to reduce the “fuzziness” of your beard. That means you have to constantly trim it at the edges especially at the lower sections. This way, your beard takes on a more bulb-like shape by following the contours of your chin.

Also, this is the style that is going to take the longest to prepare. If you don’t have the genes to grow facial hair that fast, it can take months for you to get a full beard. As such, it’s best that you start growing your beard as soon as you get that wedding invitation.

Like the Imperial Style, Full Beards complement equally fashionable hairstyles. In this case, a high and tight haircut goes well for your full beard or even a simple barber’s cut. The point is that your hair should be shorter than your beard if you want to take full advantage of this style.

  • 5 O’clock Shadow

For men that are not genetically predisposed for full-on beards, this is the best (and sometimes only) option. It’s also the fastest style to grow as you can have one just by opting not to shave for a day or 3.

However, the key here is to maintain that thin stubble and prevent it from growing a centimetre further. Again, there are trimming and styling kits online that can help you shave off extra bits of hair. If done right, what you’ll end up with is a quasi-bearded yet still rugged face.

  • French Style

Another popular beard style, the French is great for men with round faces or those with a less-pronounced chin. To get this style, all you have to do is to grow a full beard and then shave off the unwanted areas. These are the sides at the cheeks and at the lower jaw.

What you will end up is a beard that covers your chin and connects to your moustache. It would be even better if you can maintain a soul patch below your lower lip to give your beard a crown or anchor-like appearance.

If you want to take things a bit further, you can let the beard grow into a medium stubble. This will make the French style even more pronounced by giving your beard extra layers. After that, all you have to do is just trim off the edges and prevent things from growing any further.

In Conclusion

It’s often said that growing a perfect beard is hard. That is not exactly true if you already have the tendency to grow facial fuzz within a few days. The challenge comes in committing to a certain style and maintaining the health and luster of your beard before the big day.

Fortunately,
there are products and tools out there that can help you grow, trim, and style
our beard. A wedding is a momentous and stylish event, after your face.

Products:

ManCave Beard Oil

Polished Gentleman Beard Growth and Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner

Professor Fuzzworthy’s Beard SHAMPOO

Old Spice’s Sculpting Pomade

Growther Beard Growth Oil

Trimming kits

 

It was Inevitable – Amazon does Weddings

 

​It had to happen. Now Amazon does Wedding Lists.

For a company that is the Worlds largest undisputed retailer as measured by revenue and market capitalisation it often enters into a new product category like an elephant who sees a mouse.

​With well over 500 million products available to choose from, Yes I'll repeat that, 500 million products ! you can be certain that there'll be something that the couple will certainly find useful to have.

​This service is based in the UK meaning purchases will need to be delivered to an eligible address.  A useful feature is the 'registry sugestion' which comes up when pressing the 'Browse the Wedding List Experience'. With fourteen of the most favourite categories right on top to get you into the Wedding feel.

AMAZON WEDDING LIST​

Create your Wedding List, then manage it from there as well as integrating with sellers at Amazon​.

5 Things to Consider When Booking Wedding Venues

 
Photo Credits: Bruce Russell

Photo Credits: Bruce Russell

Wedding Venues are another important detail in a wedding couples list. The venue is usually tied up to the theme of the wedding the couple want to have.

Here are some tips from Jen Barton before booking that Wedding Venue of your dream.

Wedding venues: 5 things to consider before booking yours

Scheduling considerations

This will certainly have an impact on your own big day – timings for the ceremony and other logistics from setting-up flowers (or indeed whether you’ll have to share flowers), coordinating when one set of wedding guests will be leaving and the next arriving, transport etc.

If you are using a large venue with multiple rooms, you should check out their procedure for how they handle multiple weddings over the course of one day – you don’t want to feel part of a ‘production chain’; it should feel special for both you and your arriving guests.

Personalisation vs. venue restrictions

2) Recently I’ve detected a new trend among couples who are moving away from ‘the standard’ suppliers in a bid to create a sense of ‘home’ for their guests on the big day.

This is something I wholeheartedly encourage – the wedding day should be a reflection of the bride and groom. However, this degree of personalisation does require an element of flexibility when it comes to suppliers, set-up and the look and feel of the venue.

Often, couples want to choose their own table settings, rather than hiring ‘the usual’ from the venue, or to work with their favourite restaurant to create a really exquisite private dining experience. The art of beautiful ‘tablescaping’ takes time but looks stunning.

Timings

3) It’s important to confirm timings with the venue, particularly with regards to access – both before and after. How much time will you have to set-up? Is this sufficient for your florist, band or production team? Do check this, as it can cause problems down the line. Don’t just think about the set-up: the de-rig can also be time-consuming and, if it hasn’t been discussed and confirmed, you could end up with a hefty final bill.

Other costs

4) Be aware of hidden extra costs. It’s surprising how many couples don’t read the fine print of their contracts; please do, it’s vital! Best to ask all the questions in the early stages – is service charge included or discretionary? If you’re hiring security, must it be the venue’s own team? Again, timings come into this, too.

Think of ways to save

5) Finally, if you’re working to a slightly tighter budget, one of the first elements to establish is whether the venue allows corkage, or whether ‘dry hire’ is an option and you have the free reign to bring in your own suppliers. This is an area in which couples can make the biggest saving.

How did you consider your wedding venues? We would love to here your input.

Wedding fashion 2018: brides are ditching veils for modern hats

 

In the past it has been customary to walk down the aisle wearing a sweeping white dress and matching elegant veil.
But, in recent years, modern brides have well and truly switched up wedding day style rules, banishing tradition bridal dresses for jumpsuits, capes and colour, as well as ditching veils for flower crowns or bedazzled headbands.

Sabrina Carder writes in the Evening Standard her update on the wedding veil.

Anything that isn’t a veil seems to go. From sleek white fedoras to floppy straw styles, bridal hats are the new ‘it’ wedding accessory in town. And, thanks to Instagram, the new trend has quickly picked up pace.
Emily Ratajkowski first bought the trend to our attention back in February when she married Sebastian Bear-McClard at New York City Hall in a very unconventional outfit.
The ensemble consisted of a £120 mustard suit from high-street shop Zara and a wide-brim black fedora hat adorned with a mini veil.

Furthermore, the model isn’t the only celebrity to take bridal headgear up a notch.

Millie Mackintosh

Photo Credit: Evening Standard Limited

 

Millie Mackintosh opted for a similar bridal ensemble when she recently wed Hugo Taylor.
But, the 29-year-old managed to put a tradition spin on the suit and hat combination, sticking to an all-white colour scheme.

 

The ‘gram has also been filled with fashion-forward brides rocking the new must-have accessory.
For ultimate inspo check out hat enthusiast, Quigley Goode, who has served up numerous perfect bridal looks featuring extra large panama hats. Tempted? Us too.
Or, if you’re feeling brave, you could make a real show-stopping entrance in an extra large straw hat like Danish model, Emma Leth, who paired a piece of Jacquemus headgear with a see-through wedding dress back in June.

So, if you want to elevate your bridal look this year, you now know how.

Be the best conditioned bride you can be

 

Ok so this one is more for the ladies. Be the best bride you can be is about you on your wedding day in peak condition. Since all eyes will be on the bride it kind of makes sense to be in the best place physically, emotionally, mentally. So we have come up with a plan which starts from three months counting down. Three months is enough time to make changes. Lets face it your wedding day is the one day where all eyes will be on you. You are the star of the show – Don’t let hubby to be tell you otherwise!

The Three month Plan

Eating well

Diet

The two main things to get from diet is

  1. Keep hydrated
  2. Eat good clean food

You want to have lots of energy and avoid lethargy.  Find your local greengrocer in your town and explore the fresh vegetable and fruits aisles. As a counter from eating and testing all those cakes you want to balance by eating foods that give you fuel.

Drink lots of water – Your partner will think you are glowing and shiny because of the strong love between you. Well that is of course true, but another factor which you don’t need to publicise is the copious amount of water you have been drinking.

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Not only should good food play towards being more healthy it is always a good idea to target and keep on top of any physical systems that are constantly under attack. So as well as eating your greens we might imagine the stresses of wedding planning might increase chance of acne and spots. We recently discovered BigGreenSmile.com They are one of the biggest online retailers of natural and organic products in the UK.

Using organic tea-tree soap that doesn’t dry out your face is a great way to keep skin right.

 

Exercise

Let run through the demands. In one day your body will have to:

  • Long day – Waking super early and to bed very late
  • Go long periods without your regular feeding times
  • Standing
  • Sitting
  • Holding poses
  • Keeping still
  • Smiling…After few hours your jaws will be super stiff
  • Wearing a very heavy dress without the strongest or practical shoes!
  • The wedding dance

and thats not to include any stress whatsoever !

So by working backwards what do we want to achieve. You don’t want to look like a body builder – Aim for a French exquisite look, where wedding guest will remember the words elegant, graceful, delicate and extremely beautiful.  99% of wedding gowns are designed this way so you will have less customisation to do.

Go for tone. Things like yoga, swimming, Maybe some high intensity training to work on losing some inches. You don’t need to spend much money, nor add hours to your already busy daily ritual. Just thirty minutes a day at home.

Planks

Planks

Simply lie down face down and with elbows to the floor try and maintain a straight posture. Holding this position for a while is going to work your abs, back and core. The Plank is one of the best exercises for core conditioning yet it also works your bum and hamstrings, supports proper posture and improves balance.      This is the ker-ching your wedding body has been waiting for.

The test is that if you can’t hold a plank for 120 seconds, you’re either a) too fat, b) too weak, or c) doing something wrong in your workouts. A fit, healthy person should be able to hold on for two-minutes before feeling the burn.

 

If you’ve been good and started 12 weeks back you would most likely be in good shape. Take plenty of rest by ‘trying’ to get to bed and sleep at an early hour.

Above all, amidst the stress, you can peace out and have moments of pleasure for yourself. It’s your wedding – Enjoy it 🙂

Five wedding trends for 2019, according to experts

 
2019 - Year of bright colours

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Olivia Petter has written an article collating just what couples to be or should be planning for 2019 to make their special day the wedding of the year.

As summer typically denotes the end of the wedding season all that means is the start of planning for next years events.

Click here to see the original 2019 trends article

Five wedding trends for 2019, according to experts

The key pointers thus far are:

‘Practical’ dresses

Having the odd pocket to be comfortable and keep confidence from waining looks to be the way its going. Also, that creature comforts around the dress design. So for example trains which are not too long so transition of wear throughout the day to be more seamless.

Colour everywhere

As Rihanna said ‘Shine bright like a diamond; Well not so much about bright but definitely more colours – We are talking reds, pinks and even oranges to take a more prominent role in all things from bridesmaid dresses to floral arrangements.

‘Conscious’ Keep it Green Ceremonies

Going Eco is actually a thing that is spreading to all areas including a thought on the smaller details of a couples main event. From removing plastic to organic menus and flowers that can be replanted.  This in a large part is being driven by Princess Eugenie who revealed that her wedding to Jack Brooksbank will be completely plastic-free.

Marriage Tech

The use of drones being used by some couples has risen significantly in recent years. To get that money shot drones are great for taking memorable pictures and video at a height capturing not just a person but the ambiance of a wider scene.

Engagement Moons

Going on your honeymoon BEFORE you get married !?  Yes you read it here. It seems couples are indeed choosing to go away during their engagement rather than soon after we are calling them Mr. & Mrs. Apparently, weddings cost a tonne of dosh and after splashing out for the big day there may not be all that much left in the bank account to spend on a margarita and sun.

HILARY Swank secretly marries in forest near her home

 
Hilary Swank marries

Photo credit: Vogue

The actress Hilary Swank ties the knot with social entrepreneur Philip Schneider in a stunning yet intimate wedding location close to her California home.

Alexandra Macon of Vogue detailed the joys for us.

Actress Wears Elie Saab Couture and Christian Dior at Her Wedding in the Redwoods

Hilary wore a white lace and embroidered dress by Ellie Saab Couture for her fairytale ceremony. Mariska Hargitay served as her maid of honour while fellow actor and Supernatural star Misha Collins were amongst the guests.

The gown comprised of 25 meters of Chantilly lace, eight meters of silk chiffon, furthermore six meters of organza silk. It took 150 hours to create with 70 hours of that focused exclusively on embroidery. Seven people made the dress, including three seamstresses, two petites mains, one patternmaker, and above all, the head of the atelier. “I have loved Elie Saab for years and was thrilled he designed my dress,” Hilary says. “I wanted something romantic that felt as timeless as the redwood grove where we were to be married, and he consequently delivered. Designing something that far surpassed my greatest expectations, as a result it was certainly everything I imagined and more.”

Of the setting, most noteworthy, “It was timeless. There is just no other way to describe it.” explained Hilary. The couple said their vows in intimate redwood grove populated with trees that are over 800 years old.

Looking to have a wedding that is truly personal to your being? A good tip is to mull over what resonates with you, whether you want all your brothers and sisters in particular colours, or that as an environmentalist you’d want to press the point home around using recycled or sustainable goods and products.

Whatever it is, jot it down and keep doing this. Oftentimes, the ‘resonation’ comes to you unexpectedly when exercising, or having doing something quite unrelated! Over a time, you’ll have put together a vision of what you truly would like to have on the rare day where you get to call the shots in having that perfect day.  Then the rest is simpler to execute, if you have a wedding planner give them the vision, otherwise do it yourself pick up things in advance. Half the fun is in the journey

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