Holiday Weddings: Are They a Good Idea?

Three-day weekends are amazing, really. After all, who doesn’t like having one extra-day of weekend, especially given how tired and stressed out we all are?

Are three-day weekends a good idea for a wedding date, though?

Well, the answer may depend on a lot of factors. We have gathered some tips to help you make the right decision, so read on if you want to learn more about this.

• There are a number of reasons to consider holiday weekends a bad idea for your Big Day. The first one (and the most frequently called out) is connected to your guests. Because everyone’s having an extra-day off, it is quite likely that they will make plans (to stay at home and relax, to travel, or to spend time with their families). Therefore, they might not give you a positive RSVP.
• At the same time, three-day weekends are great for those of you want to celebrate for three whole days (just like in the fairytales). Plus, they’re an even more amazing choice when you are genuinely in love with the holiday itself and want to infuse your Big Day with it (e.g. 4th of July motifs for patriotic couples, for example).
• If your heart is totally set on a holiday weekend, be sure to plan everything long in advance. The closet your calendar gets to the holiday weekend, the less like it is you will find the right venue and vendors. Also, be absolutely certain your Save the Date cards are sent long before the wedding date, so that guests can plan according to it.

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Starry Patterns Are Breathtaking on Wedding Dresses

You want your wedding dress to be totally unique – and while you might not want to go all the way and wear a colored, or even a black wedding gown, the truth is that you have a lot of options that lie at the borderline between tradition and contemporaneity.

Take star patterned wedding dresses, for example. Beautiful, playful and torn out fairy tales, these dresses can make any bride feel like a real-life princess. Here are some of the most inspiring types of designs to look into:

  • A short one. Who said you have to wear a long wedding dress? It’s summer, weather is nice, and it’s 2017 – so if a short skirt is what you want for your Big Day, you should be more than free to wear it. We suggest a ruffled dress with intertwined star patterned bits. It will look so childishly graceful on you!
  • A super-long one. Want to be a bit more traditional? Opt for a super-long dress with long sleeves. The best ones are made from airy fabrics (such as organza or veil), and they come in a multitude of shades – from pure white to creamy champagne. Wear yours with star appliques for a dash of luxury, beauty, and…magic.
  • A bridal cape. Not sure about wearing a dress that’s fully star patterned? No worries! If you plan on having your Big Day later this summer or even during the early Fall, wearing a thin veil cape is more than suitable. Get yours with a star patterned design if you want to look really chic and pretty!

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A Brief History of the White Wedding Dress

It may seem that the wedding dress has been around since the first two people who got married – but the truth may be more surprising than you think…

Are you interested in finding out more about the history of the white wedding dress? Read on!

• Shockingly enough, the white wedding dress was an actually daring and unconventional move made by Queen Victoria about two centuries ago. Before her, most wedding dresses were colorful and very ornate – but she chose to make a statement of simplicity, purity, and innocence by wearing a white dress.
• Slowly, the white dress started to be adopted around the Western Hemisphere as the number one (and frequently the only) choice there was. These days, most brides choose to wear white on their wedding day, even if it is not compulsory anymore.
• There are a lot of reasons that push brides into picking the white wedding dress over any other color. One of the most common reasons is connected to being traditional and conventional on a very formal day of your life.
• Other reasons include the symbolism of the color itself. In the beginning, the white wedding dress was associated with the purity of the bride, but these days most people associate it with the purity of love itself.
• Last, but definitely not least, white is a truly stunning choice for a happy woman who walks down the aisle, ready to spell out the two most important words ever: I Do.

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Best Wedding Dresses for Fairy Tale Weddings

Your wedding dress is more than just a clothing item – it is a statement. It pertains to you and it mirrors your own style, your wedding style, and your personality. It is part of your love story just as much as the wedding dance song is.

Therefore, it is only understandable that you want to choose a wedding gown that truly suits you from all points of view. For instance, do you know the best wedding dress designs for weddings inspired by fairy tales? Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Long sleeves. You may not think of long sleeves to be a wedding-appropriate element – but truth be told, they can look absolutely breathtaking. Intricate and beautiful long sleeves add simple elegance and beauty even to the simplest wedding dress design. Plus, they are perfect for chillier areas and seasons too!
  • Plunging backline. A dress with a plunging back is daring by definition – so if you want to look like a modern princess who makes a real fashion statement as she walks down the aisle, this is the design to settle for. You will look absolutely magnificent wearing it!
  • Illusion neckline. Unofficially, this is the kind of dress the most famous real-life, modern princesses have worn at their own weddings: Grace Kelly, Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, and so on. If you want to invoke the same fairy tale, royal vibe, the illusion neckline wedding gown will help you create a truly magical effect.

 

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The Hardest Parts to Face When Planning the Big Day

There seems to be a million things to do when planning the Big Day – and truth be told, no aspect of this entire process can be seen as “easy”. However, there are certain parts that are generally considered to be more difficult than others – and it is highly important that you are ready to face whatever comes your way.

What are the hardest elements to handle when planning the Big Day? Here are some tips for you to keep in mind:

  • Treat your parents with politeness and diplomacy. Chances are that they will want to actively participate in the wedding planning process (especially if they’re financially involved as well). However, if you talk to them and tell them your reasons for doing or not doing a particular thing, they will be more than understanding.
  • Treat your money matters with a LOT of attention to detail. Every dollar matters, especially with the high prices of weddings these days. Plan with your fiancé, discuss the elements that truly matter to each of you, and establish a very clear budget for each of the major wedding elements. Yes, you can definitely have your dream wedding on a lower budget – but it takes patience and dedication to pull this off!
  • Treat your wedding seating chart with plenty of sensibility. For example, it is highly recommended that you don’t seat divorcees next to each other, no matter how complicated this may seem. Bring together people who already know and like each other (or at least people you strongly believe would get along with each other).

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How Old Should Your Flower Girl Be?

Wedding etiquette can be quite confusing at times, especially since the rules have changed a lot in the past few years – and it can be difficult to understand which of the old-school “laws” are still followed.

For instance, what do you know about your flower girl and her age? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Your flower girl can be whoever you want to – the daughter of a friend, a cousin, a young sister who couldn’t be a bridesmaid because of her age, and so on. Moreover, boys can play the “flower boy” role too (same as girls can be ring bearers as well).
  • Moreover, you can choose to skip this tradition altogether. It is not mandatory to have a flower girl and not even a ring bearer. It’s all up to you and to the type of wedding you want to create for your love story.
  • As for the age itself, there’s literally no limit. From toddlers to grandmothers, your flower girl can be anyone. Again, this is the kind of element where you set the rules – you can have a very young flower girl that spreads joy with her adorable ways, or a dear grandmother who plays the flower “girl” role in a way that’s filled with beauty, humor, and elegance.
  • Remember, though: if you want to have a very young flower girl, you should collaborate with her parents and prepare her for the Big Day and for the role she has to play!

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Top 3 Tips for Perfect Wedding Photography

You don’t get married every day – so it is more than understandable why you need to make sure your wedding pictures perfectly capture the beauty, the emotion, and the uniqueness of your wedding day.
How to do this, though? What are the most important things to remember when planning your wedding photos? We have some tips of advice for you – read on and find out more.


• Hire two photographers. No matter how amazing and talented someone may be, they cannot be everywhere. One photographer is great – but two photographer is absolutely excellent, as they will manage to cover the entire wedding and capture all those small, magical moments.
• Don’t be afraid to really take your time that morning. You need to look flawless, so it is more than OK to take your time with the preparation. Just make sure to plan it as such on the day-of schedule. Also, if you want your hair and makeup to look amazing (and last for the entire day), it is more than recommended that you hire pros for this. It will cost you more, but it will be worth every penny!
• Don’t forget to have fun – and sprinkle the photo album with a few sentimental pictures too. For instance, you could have a post-wedding fun photo shooting, or you could have a First Look photo shoot with your father. These ideas will add diversity and “texture” to your entire wedding album, making it more unique.
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These Wedding Planning Tips Can Be a Life-Saver!

We’re sure you’re putting all of your time and effort into planning the perfect wedding day. Yet, no matter how much you plan, and no matter how much you read about it, there are still quite a lot of things people simply…forget about.

What are the less common, but monumentally important wedding planning tips to keep in mind? Read on and find out more.

  • Things might feel absolutely crazy – and that’s fine, most couples go through this at one point during their Big Day. If you feel it’s just too much to take, push the “pause” button and go talk to an old friend. Listen to what they have to say and “tear” yourself from the wedding-related topics for 10-15 minutes. It will refresh your thinking and refill your batteries!
  • A lot of people will give speeches at your wedding – and it is very important that each and every one of them is “briefed” before the Big Day. This way, you will help them avoid any kind of stories or anecdotes that might offend the other guests present at the wedding.
  • It’s really OK to assign someone to “steal” you from conversations that are too long. People will want to talk to you – and it is more than alright to spend a couple of minutes at each table, smile, take pictures, and be generally polite. But when these discussions are stealing precious wedding time from you, it is very important to be “saved” from them. Assign a bridesmaid to always come and politely take you away when you encounter these situations.

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4 Wedding Budget Tips That Save a Lot of Money

Nobody likes talking about money, especially when it comes to events that are supposed to be all about happiness and beauty – like weddings, for example. However, the sad truth is that your wedding budget does matter more than most people would like to agree – and with the high price of organizing such an event, it is perfectly understandable if you want to save some money.

Following, we have gathered some of the very best wedding budget tips to help you save as much as possible – so read on if you want to find out more.

  • Don’t go the DIY route – or at least not entirely. Contrary to the popular belief, DIY weddings are not even by far less expensive than “normal” weddings. In fact, they very frequently turn out to be pricier – not to mention that they are a lot more time-consuming (and potentially more stressful too).
  • Replace blooms with greenery – entirely, or at least partially. Greenery is a really hot trend right now and it can look absolutely amazing when used the right way. Plus, it’s a really nice way to show the world you are really serious about your environmental friendliness (because, yes, some types of greenery can be either re-planted or offered as favors in adorable pots).
  • Splurge – but only on those items that matter most to you. Some couples care about the food, others are more about the décor. Sit down with your fiancé and discuss those items you really, really want to include in your Big Day (and in big style too, of course). Splurge on those items, and save on everything else – it will create the perfect blend between an event that makes you happy and one that doesn’t leave you with a serious hole in your finances!

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Yes, You CAN Stay Calm on the Big Day!

Brides are usually so stressed out on their wedding day that it has become almost like a tradition to not fully enjoy this special event in your life. The great news? Things really don’t have to be this way – not even remotely. And yes, you can totally stay calm on the wedding day – following, we have gathered some tips to help you precisely with this.


• Are some traditions making you feel anxious? Simply skip them. If you feel awkward, stressed out, or anxious over any of the “established” wedding etiquette rules, skip them. Just a few of them still make sense today, so there’s no point in following a custom that doesn’t make you feel good (and even more, can be replaced with something more comfortable for everyone involved).
• You are with your friends and family – not strangers, and most definitely not anyone who wants to take down all of your wedding decisions. The whole point of the entire event is to feel happy – so put a smile on and enjoy yourself together with your closest friends and relatives.
• Having trouble with the wedding planning? You have an entire wedding party, an army of family members, and a loving fiancé – all ready to help. All you need to do is actually talk to them – yes, it is as simple as that.
• Don’t dedicate your entire life to wedding planning. Your engagement is a special time in your life – and the wedding will only last for a night, after all. Enjoy some quality time with your friends and with your loved one – you really don’t need to spend every minute of your pre-wedding life planning the big event…
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