Wedding Dress Silhoutte
Picking the perfect wedding dress is a delicate balance between budget, venue, and body shape. You want a wedding dress that suits your shape and personality, but price and formality are major considerations for every bride to be. Certain silhouettes like a, ball gown or a-line, are historically more formal, while tea-length or mini wedding dresses would be more appropriate for a casual event.
A ball gown wedding dress is extremely form-fitting on top with an exaggerated poof from the hips to the floor. Ball gown wedding dresses are the most traditional, formal choice in wedding attire. If you plan to have an evening wedding in a classy, upscale venue, a ball gown wedding dress is an appropriate choice because of its princess feel.
Similar to the ball gown silhouette, an a-line wedding gown is fitted around the bodice. Unlike the ball gown, the bottom of the a-line style is not structured; it simply flows from the hips to the floor. The a-line wedding dress is very popular right now and is the ideal choice for a trendy, nighttime wedding in an upscale location. This style works well both indoors and outdoors and is flattering on a variety of body types.
If you’re on the slender side, you may prefer a modified a-line, which has a slimmer bottom, to a traditional flowing a-line.
The trumpet silhouette begins to flare at mid-thigh and is a great option for full figured brides who want to show off their waistline. Similar to the mermaid style, the trumpet silhouette creates drama with its curvy form. In regards to its formality, a trumpet wedding gown can be dressed up or down depending on material and detailing, but it’s still a style best used indoors.
A much more dramatic sister of the trumpet wedding dress, the mermaid silhouette is sure to make a bold statement. Mermaid dresses work best on smaller hourglass frames, as the exaggerated flare begins at the knees and hugs everything above. Since mermaid wedding dresses are considered glove-like and sexy, this silhouette is the perfect choice for a very glamorous reception.
Sheath wedding dresses have a “straight skirt” meaning these dresses are fitted from head to toe. The bottom provides minimal flow and may restrict movement, which could be a problem if you plan on dancing the night away. Sheath wedding dresses are a great choice for outdoor weddings or beach weddings as the style is slightly less formal than other choices and will not drag on the ground.
If a long wedding dress with a flowing train is not your style, tea-length and mini wedding dresses are a great choice. Although short wedding dresses used to be an unusual choice, the style has become much more popular. Brides who want something fancy and fun find tea-length and mini wedding dresses to be their happy medium. These dresses work well for afternoon and outdoor weddings, but the tea-length or mini wedding dress can also be worn for an evening wedding. Many brides are opting for a removable bustle or train that allows them to change from a traditional ball gown style for the ceremony to a mini or tea-length dress for the reception.
With so many versatile wedding dress choices, it can be difficult to determine which style works best for your wedding day. Although wedding dress silhouettes are very important, the material of the dress can make or break formality. Choose a wedding dress that makes you feel your best. This way, you’ll glow from the inside out.
5 Fun Wedding Reception Ideas
Believe us when we say that next to getting away from the previous wedding hysteria thanks to a honeymoon, your reception will be the means by which you are able to blow off some of the stress that has no doubt been hounding you and your new spouse for the past few months. Therefore, we firmly believe that all couples should be able to get rid of wedding tension by having an insane amount of fun at their reception. What follows are five fun reception ideas that brides and grooms can incorporate into their wedding to have the most fun they will have for a long time!
Make an Entrance
Why just walk into your reception when you can run, do cartwheels, act out a scene from one of your favorite romantic movies or more? Entering your reception in an interesting and fun manner will only tell your guests that you are ready to have some fun and to have them let down their hair, unbutton their jackets and let loose with you!
Have a Dance Off
Due to the viral nature of fun reception videos, many of us have seen the bride and groom engaged in epic dance offs or the wedding party joining together to recreate a dance scene from a Broadway show or movie. Yet, why not get your guests in on the festivities and start a dance battle? You may be surprised at the moves Grandma Edna has up her sleeves
Fun & Games
What better way to release your inner child than by playing games at your wedding? For outdoor receptions, cornhole, croquet, bocce are all great options. However, even if you don’t have the room to spare at your reception, you can still play some games. A round of trivia, a scavenger hunt with prizes for the winner will get everyone in the spirit of enjoying themselves.
Hilarious Cake Topper
The rise of custom cake toppers should not be a surprise to anyone. Weddings have gotten more and more personalized over the years. Thus, it is only natural that cake toppers have evolved as well. We have seen a plethora of toppers showing couples doing all sorts of fun things. Our suggestion, find something you and your future spouse love to do together and have a topper made in that image.
We once asked wedding guests what their favorite favors were and even though the answers varied, they all had one thing in common, food. Thus, we recommend eschewing favors which will more than likely end up on left behind on a table somewhere. We can assure you that a candy bar, complete with goody bags, will go far in boosting morale among guests. We warn you however, buy more candy than you think you will need. Candy bars and buffets are one of the most popular types of favors with guests.
Never forget that weddings are celebrations of love, of family and of friends. Thus, you should be encouraged to celebrate yourselves and celebrate fun. Receptions are meant to let you be around the ones you love, so you can relax and enjoy the new life you are about to begin.
Interesting Bridal Trends from the Runways of Bridal Fashion Week
Bridal Fashion Week has just wrapped and what a whirlwind time it was! This is because we saw some interesting fashions walking down the runways which we have not seen in quite some time (decades really). Yet, many of the styles were still oh-so pretty which makes us confident that we will see them on many confident brides in 2015.
We don’t think anyone could have predicted the rise of the crop top in bridal fashion, yet it’s here and it has made a huge impact on next year’s trends. Obviously this look is not for the faint of heart, however designers have managed to elevate the look to something which looks supremely elegant. Reem Acra is one of the designers spearheading the trend, so it should come as no surprise that her cropped creations are as dazzling as they are elegant.
This trend is not to be confused with the cropped trend that we mentioned above. For this fashion is about taking two pieces and making them as one (Sort of like marriage, don’t you agree?). The best part about this trend is that it is possible to wear the pieces again. If you love the top, wear it to a black tie function. Love the bottom? Then why not throw a beautiful sweater over it and wear it to a party? This may be the one bridal fashion which manages to pay for itself over the decades.
Wear a Sweater or Cardigan
Yes, you read that properly, wear a sweater or cardigan as part of your bridal ensemble. More than once, did we see a sweater topping a lush skirt or a demure cardigan. Whether this trend can be attributed to Olivia Palermo’s bridal look or it is more a case of great minds think alike, one thing is for sure, the fashion has struck a chord with wedding designers.
For the past few years, brides have complained that there are far too many strapless, low-cut dresses on the market and how frustrating it was to go to shop after shop looking for something a bit more covered. Well, brides should now be elated because the designers have created something just for them and we must say they nailed the look. Very high necklines are very much on trend and they look amazing.
We must say that this showing of bridal fashion week has been one of the best in our memory. We can’t remember another time when we saw so many varied, yet beautiful and trendy looks. So, how many of our brides will be wearing one of these looks when they walk down the aisle? Let us know in the comments below!
Surprising Origin Of Wedding Traditions
Modern wedding day traditions are ubiquitous, but few know the origins of popular wedding practices. Read on to put your wedding tradition knowledge to the test:
The removal of the wedding garter has been a tradition dating back to the 14th century. The garter was perceived as the virgin girdle. The bride was representing the relinquishment of her virginity to the groom when she allowed him to remove it from her thigh.
Diamond Engagement Ring
Everyone knows that a diamond is forever, but did you know that the slogan and practice of giving diamond engagement rings began quite recently? Although Archduke Maximillian of Austria gave the first diamond engagement ring to Mary of Burgundy in 1477, diamond rings were much too expensive for ordinary people. It wasn’t until African diamond mines were discovered in the 1870s that diamond rings became more common. Even then, the diamond engagement ring hit a slump due to the Great Depression in the 1930s and it looked as though the practice would disappear. Enter De Beers, a jeweler whose 1947 marketing slogan “A Diamond is Forever” encompassed the ideal American marriage and established the diamond engagement ring as standard. Three years after the “A Diamond is Forever” campaign, sales of diamond engagement rings rose over 50 percent.
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
The old, new, borrowed, and blue tradition came from a Victorian rhyme about weddings. Each element symbolizes an important part of the bride’s history and new role in life. The old is meant to preserve the bride’s connection to family and the past, whereas the new represents the start of married life. The borrowed is supposed to be a gift from family or friends who wish the bride well, and the color blue is a historic symbol of fidelity. The original Victorian rhyme didn’t end with “something blue”; in fact, according to the rhyme brides should place a penny in their shoe for good luck. Who knew?!
Although some people believe the veil symbolizes purity, others believe the true origin of the bridal veil is much darker. Some Romans believed brides to be susceptible to enchantments by evil spirits, and a veil was intended to protect the bride from demons. Other Roman brides were much more practical about the veil: they planned to use their veil again as a burial shroud.
Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties
When it comes to celebrating your last taste of singlehood, this is Sparta. No, really, the Spartans are responsible for the tradition of partying like a rockstar before tying the knot, at least for men. It wasn’t until the sexual revolution of the 1960s that women decided it was time for their own festivities and the tradition of Bachelorette parties was born.
Imagine carrying around a bundle of garlic and other herbs for months, then walking that sack down the aisle. Let’s just say we’re all very happy this tradition has evolved. Yes, brides used to carry garlic around to ward off evil and protect themselves from illness. Over time, we swapped smelly for science and adopted a much more fragrant, beautiful arrangement of plants.
The Best Man
Did you know it used to be common practice for the groom to abduct his bride? Usually, the groom had company. Traditionally, the best man position was awarded to the friend who was most helpful in assisting the groom with the kidnapping and protecting the groom’s bounty (the bride) from being recaptured by her family.
Today’s adoption of wedding traditions and lore is much less barbaric and smelly, and we can all be happy for that. The modern wedding is a celebration of love, and we like that much better.
A wedding is undoubtedly an incredibly important day for a couple. Whether they are going to be tying the knot in a lavish ceremony with 300 guests or are becoming husband and wife in an intimate setting with just close family and friends, this is going to be one celebration that the newlyweds will remember for the rest of their lives.
If you are in the process of planning a wedding with that special somebody, one of the things that you’ve likely thought about, in addition to finding the perfect dress and setting the menu, is where to set up a registry.
As a blushing bride-to-be, you’ve probably heard horror stories about your friends receiving awful gifts from that dreaded long-lost aunt they haven’t seen in years. As sweet as it was for her to attend the wedding, you have found yourself asking questions like “What was she thinking when she gave the bride that 1950s red checkered vinyl tablecloth and matching napkins?”
Sure, it was a nice gesture, but in all seriousness, there’s no way those items are ever going to be used unless your going to take it to a pawn shop, in which case you’d still walk away with about as much money as the cost of your daily latte from the local coffee shop.
If you want to avoid this predicament and say goodbye to the days of receiving horrendous wedding presents, then set up a cash registry using Bowl of Cherries. When you use our website, you’ll be able to add gifts from any store or register for cash gifts. On your special day, you deserve to be the recipient of items you’ll use for years to come. Guests will be able to put money toward items that you’ve selected making the days of embarrassing presents long gone.
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