Selecting Bridal Lingerie

January 30th, 2015

There are so many little details a bride has to plan for herself when planning a wedding.  Besides the big number, which is the wedding dress, a bride has to plan her beauty treatments, perhaps attire for her honeymoon, like a perfect swimsuit, as well as lingerie.  Whether you like them to be subtle and sexy or provocative, there are a lot of beautiful lingerie options to select from and you can get some pieces that are just right for your style. 

The thing to keep in mind is that you will most likely also receive lingerie at your bridal shower.  So, the main pieces you want to get on your own are for the wedding day, don’t forget to include a pretty little garter on this list.  Although, the carter is often picked out according to the wedding theme or sometimes handed down by somebody special to the bride.  It is a good idea to keep an extra one on hand.  You may also consider purchasing lingerie on your own for your wedding night.   These are the two events that you want absolute perfection on and you don’t want to rely on receive a gift that will work.  Many couples also follow the tradition, where the groom purchases the bridal lingerie and leaves it in the honeymoon suite for the bride.  It is up to you how you want to do it, but make is special.  Bridal lingerie is something that both the husband and wife enjoy on their wedding night.

Other pieces of lingerie that you may want to ensure that you have is for the honeymoon because you are still continuing on a romantic adventure, which will eventually unfold down to your lingerie.  These pieces you may select from your bridal shower gifts and then go buy whatever else you may need.  Many bridal showers have an entirely sexy lingerie theme and it might even be an overnight event where the girls will dress in their favorite lingerie.  For this type of event you will be able to sample plenty of lingerie styles and even the bridal shower favors may be lingerie.  When you are in need of a lot of lingerie for a personal bridal shower fashion show or gifts, you may consider elegant pieces of Bridal Lingerie from DevilPlus, where you will find a variety of selections.  This type of option for making your purchases is nice, particularly if you want to be discreet and order online for delivery. 

Classic Wedding Songs

January 28th, 2015

Classic wedding songs always fit beautifully into any type of wedding.  It being an oldie, but goody makes it easily acceptable and you don’t have to worry about whether you picked a bad song to include in your wedding.

One all-time favorite is “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” by Elvis Presley.  The king of rock and roll make it famous and the song itself was included in film for the picturesque setting of Hawaii.  We think, this song would be great at a destination wedding in a tropical location that includes all the provincials of a Luau.  Even if you are not going on a trip for your wedding, it is a beautiful song. 

A beautiful song like “Our Love Is Here To Stay” by Ella Fitzgerald plays tribute to one of the greatest and will bring an art deco feel to your wedding.  So, if you are looking for old Hollywood glamour at your wedding this is the song to go with.

You can’t go wrong with reminiscent melodies by great artists like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole or Elvis Presley.  So, don’t be afraid that it will be boring or old fashioned.  Rather, you will be displaying elegance and your taste for good classic music selections.

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Wedding Sendoff Ideas

January 28th, 2015

Couples are always looking for unique ways to plan their wedding sendoff.  The old fashioned rice toss is out.  You know it is not good for the environment or the birds and many wedding venues will not allow it.  Did you know that many people were using quinoa rather than rice for this reason?  Although whether that is any better of a choice for the birds is questionable.  We have the classic rose petals that people substitute, but it is a bit boring.  So, let’s explore some unique ideas for a wedding sendoff. 

There are a lot of unique ways to do it.  Many people opt for bubbles, which can come out quite beautiful in the photography if your photographer knows what he or she is doing.  However, bubbles can be a bit messy and make the grounds slippery. 

Another fun option is wedding poppers filled with confetti.  This one has to be planned really perfectly, because you will have to make sure everyone pops open their poppers at the very exact time to make sure that is effective.  Otherwise you will have sprinkles of confetti here and there.  One way to do it is to have everyone line up in two rows between which the bride and groom will walk through and each person will pop their designated popper as the couple passes them by.

This concept of creating two rows of happy guests bidding their farewell brings up another awesome idea which will not require a whole lot of coordination.  Wedding sparklers create a beautiful ambience for a sendoff.  Simply hand each guest a sparkler, make sure they all get lit and the bride and groom will be surrounded by sparkle as they get sent off to their honey moon.  Cheap wedding sparklers are easy to find and can be purchased in large quantities online through sites like theweddingsparkler.com.  There sparklers are specifically for weddings.

There you have it, some really great ideas for a wedding sendoff that will be memorable and make the best final impression for your wedding.

Home Based Wedding Businesses

January 26th, 2015

Today we are taking a break from wedding ideas and focusing on how to turn these great ideas into a wedding business.  There are many home based businesses in the wedding niche industry, such as wedding planning or even catering.  Most of these types of business owners are working out of their home and meeting with clients at coffee shops or restaurants and lugging their entire portfolio with them.  These types of businesses require a lot of labor and effort, however if that is your specialty, then go for it.  If weddings are your forte and you are a creative person then you may be thinking along the lines of custom wedding products.  Perhaps you want to do bridal tailoring or sell bridal wear.  Maybe you want to sell wedding supplies.  However, your start off budget may be small and you may be wondering if there is any way to start the business out of your home without so much labor or even supplies.  Consider an online retail business.  There are many such companies in the wedding industry that operate entirely online.  They do it by making arrangements to drop ship to their customers through their suppliers.

You could set up your entire store and products online, without actually having to store a single product in your home.  You will need to do some research on suppliers for the products you want to sell and see if you can arrange to either have your orders drop shipped or purchase in small quantities.  You may be wondering why a supplier would want to sell in small quantities.  When it comes to something like wedding favors, an average order may have a quantity of 100 for one item. So, for your supplier this may not be very small.  You have to remember that for wedding parties people need lots of supplies.  With an e-commerce site, your store management will be online.  You won’t have to hire additional sales or backroom help.  You can work customer service by phone, email or use a customer service online live help service.  The great part about this business is that not only can you serve the entire United States, but if you want you can open your store up to the entire world with International Shipping.  You can become internationally known!

If you are not ready to take the jump with an online business, you can start smaller by being a rep for catalogue companies.  You can start by selling products that you like to friends and family or select a niche like jewelry and head out to local wedding shows to sell.  There are a lot of companies that offer opportunities in selling products like jewelry and personalized gift, which fits right into the wedding niche.  Regal Gifts Corporation is offering home based business opportunities in Canada.  A well reputed company such as this is a great place to get started on a home based business.  You set your own schedule and sell as much or as little as you like.  The great part is that you can get discounts on products that you like for yourself. 

The wedding industry is vast you could specialize in anything from baking to crafts and find a retail niche.  So, you it is easy to take your talents and turn it into a business for the wedding market.

A Spa Bridal Shower

January 24th, 2015

A wonderful treat for both the bride and all her friends is to plan a spa bridal shower.  If you’re a bride’s maid in charge of the bridal shower, this may be one of the easier themed parties to plan.  You may not initially think so, but you will get some very easy tips and ideas here.  There are several types of spa bridal showers that you could put together. One way to do it is to just go out to an exclusive spa and schedule a party with full services.  You can also simplify it with just a mani-pedi party at a local nail salon.  You can also set up home spa services and hold the party at your residence if you have the space.  Finally, there is the option of a spa themed party with no spa treatments what so ever.

 

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A full service spa party can be easily done by reserving a private room at a spa and inviting the bride’s closest friends.  Many spas will accommodate bridal parties by setting up fresh and healthy food and drinks or allowing catering.  Your group can enjoy the facilities by hanging in the steam room, Jacuzzi, and enjoying simple treatments.  If you are planning the shower for the bride, then all you have to do is bring the bride and presents for her.  You might consider getting the bride a gift certificate for the spa that she can use for treatments on that day. 

 

If you decide to do just a mani-pedi party, this may be a more inexpensive option, especially if you are paying for all the treatments.  It is also a preferred option for many guests, as some people don’t like body spa treatments or facials, but they are willing to spend a little on a manicure just to be part of the party.  Most nail salons don’t offer packages and services for a party, so you may have to go in and negotiate some kind of deal or buy the whole place out for one to two hours as long as you have enough guests to fill the chairs.  Many full service spas also have the option for manicures and pedicures, so you could still plan a party there and limit your selves to just the mani and pedi.  A mani-pedi party also gives you more time to interact and enjoy the time together because most likely everyone can be in the same room and don’t have to split up for their services.  It is also very easy to plan a mani-pedi party in your home without a lot of space requirement.

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If you are planning the party in your home then you want to contact the service providers who are licensed and bonded and provide in home treatments.  These professionals are usually very experienced in managing spa parties at the homes because that is what they do all the time.  They bring their own equipment and products and set everything up beautifully.  If you choose to do a few different treatments, you may need a few rooms, so talk to the service provider in regard to exactly what you need before you go out and plan a spa party in your home.

 

Finally, if you want to throw a spa themed party, but not bring an entire spa to your home or splurge on going out to a spa, here is how to do it.  It is all about the little details.  Serve lots of healthy and fresh food, like fruit and salads.  Also offer a few flavored waters with cucumber and lime or orange slices floating in the water.  They look beautiful and create a spa feeling.  Offer each of your guests slippers and maybe a small pack of spa samples products.  Set the ambience with mellow background music.

 

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A fun idea is to set up stations with nail polish and hand lotions where you can give each other mini manicures and pedicures or just do each other’s nails.  You can also practice different hairstyles on the bride for her big day.  You could play a game to split up into groups and do makeup and hair, which the bride votes on and decides who has the better look.

 

In the invitations, let your guests know that it is a spa themed party and ask them to bring spa themed gifts for the bride.  Some wonderful spa themed gifts would be mani-ped kits, his and her robes and slippers, and spa products.  If you want to splurge a little you can even get the bride a gift certificate for laser hair removal, which she will love to use prior to the wedding and before she sets out on a honeymoon.  This would be a wonderful treat for the bride and something she would appreciate for a lifetime.  An effort like a spa themed bridal shower can be very intimate and truly enjoyed by the bride.

 

Pre-Wedding Beauty Prep

January 24th, 2015

After the dress is picked out and all the wedding planning is complete, a bride is still left to follow a beauty regiment counting down to her wedding day.  Some things that a bride should be doing prior to her wedding will lead to a glowing bride on her wedding day.  Whether you are the bride or someone trying to keep all the details in order for the bride, this is what you need to know about bridal beauty.

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Firstly, the bride should set up a series of facials six months prior to the wedding day and they should be about 4 weeks apart leading to the big day.  Make sure not to schedule a facial the day before the wedding, the last facial should be at least one week before the wedding. 

The next thing on the bride’s list should be to see a brow specialist.  A bride should have a full flattering shape for her brows and that takes time to build up to.  The bride should book brow shaping appointments every four to six weeks leading up to the wedding, and abstain from DIY plucking between visits.  Another area that needs to be focused on ahead of time is hair.  For healthy hair avoid applying shampoo to the ends and focus in the roots.  The bride should condition daily and use moisturizing treatments once a week.  If the bride wants long locks on her wedding day, then she will have to start growing herr hair out ahead of time keeping in mind that hair grows about a half inch per month. 

Another plan ahead beauty regiment is weekly manicures and monthly pedis to create a uniform length and shape for nails. The bride should also want to test out nail polish to choose a color for the wedding.  Select a dozen colors that and try a new one each week. Once you decide on the color, buy a bottle for emergency touch-ups.

The bride may want to think about her teeth because they are most likely going to appear in every picture.  If you want pearly whites, get a professional bleaching ahead of time since the procedure can leave teeth sensitive for two weeks afterward. Avoid red wine, coffee, tea, and berries to keep your teeth dazzling leading up to the wedding.

You will want smooth healthy skin on your wedding day, besides the regular facials, think about a deep-cleansing body facial if your gown reveals your back or shoulders. If you’d rather not spring for a spa treatment, have a friend apply a purifying mud or clay mask to your back once a week to draw out oil and grime.  Bride’s maids can make these pre-wedding beauty preps easier on the bride by taking her out for a spa day and maybe even stopping at a few spa boutiques to get help choosing aromatherapy products that can help the bride relax prior to her big day.  You may also find great deals on skin care and spa products at Spa Boutique online.  They have a great variety of quality products that you can get to set up you own mini spa at home for some of your beauty treatments.

 

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We often think that a bride is glowing on her wedding day because she is so happy and high on love and Champagne.  However, the blushing bride gets her polished and gorgeous look on her wedding day because of the beauty prep she began when the invitations went out.

 

Unusual Wedding Centerpieces

January 23rd, 2015

The tradition of using flowers as the centerpieces at a wedding reception has been done to death. These days’ brides are coming up with other ideas for their centerpieces. The high cost of using flowers as a centerpiece is part of the reason why so many brides are switching to unusual wedding centerpieces.

Among the new and unusual ideas for wedding reception table centerpieces in 2015 comes using a decorated wine bottle in the middle of each table. It is easy to take empty wine bottles and turn them into a beautiful candle. All you need is a candlestick, a wick and decorative grapes (real or fake, depending on your budget) to wrap around the bottle’s base.

Since it is your big day and you and your fiancé are the stars of the show another unusual centerpiece couples are starting to use is pictures of themselves. All you have to do is purchase a stand for every table you will have and you can choose to display picture of yourself and your fiancé taken over the course of your relationship and/or photos of both of you growing up. Either way, your guests will find it entertaining and you will have a personalized centerpiece you can be proud of, and one that won’t break your budget.

If you or your fiancé have a particular interest in birds another unique idea for your wedding centerpieces is wrought iron birdcages. These can help bring a rustic feel to your wedding. You can spray the birdcages whatever color you feel is appropriate and then all you have to do to complete your centerpieces is to insert a votive candle into each birdcage and decorate the base of the cage with leaves, flower petals or something similar. If you would prefer, you can instead purchase wooden birdhouses and simply paint them a color that matches your wedding’s scheme. Once you have them painted you can take it one step further and decorate them with leaves and maybe even some ivy.

One idea that you can use to make your guests feel more like they are a part of the wedding is to create a wishing well to serve as the centerpiece on each table. If you also provide your guests with paper and pens at every table they can write messages to you on the paper and put them in the wishing well. This allows you to make your wedding more interactive and gives you a very unique souvenir to remember the day by. Your wishing wells should be decorated in the same color or colors that are included in your wedding theme.

Another popular choice is to create hybrid centerpieces made from things like flowers, small branches, and even sparklers for weddings that can be used later on during the reception. If it is something that can easily fit into a vase and will be either useful or beautiful during the wedding reception, creating a one-of-a-kind arrangement can be a very practical and unusual centerpiece concept.

To make your wedding an even sweeter experience, consider placing small cakes on each table and having a separate cake for yourselves and your wedding party. This gives everyone a sweet treat to enjoy at the wedding itself and one for guests to take home.

Inexpensive Wedding Favor Ideas with Favor Bags

January 23rd, 2015

Wedding favors tend to be the last thing on the wedding planning list and after spending our budget on every essential element of the wedding, we can often find it tight to squeeze in wedding favors.  It doesn’t have to be completely skipped for this reason.  You can find many inexpensive ways to present wedding favors to your guests that can be squeezed into your budget.

One way to keep it simple is to use pretty organza bags and fill them with a small treat.  The bags are very elegant, they can be coordinated with your wedding colors and they cost pennies.  Look around for discount wedding favors stores that sell them in bulk.  There is a gift bags wholesaler in Canada that offers a great price on the organza bags.  The bags come in a variety of colors and the selection of designs like polka dots is endless.  You have plenty to choose from and coordinate with you special event colors or theme.  You can always find bulk candy on sale to fill them with.  The organza bags also come in different sizes so you can fill them with more or less.  The smaller bags also make lovely sachets when filled with lavender that guests will be able to preserve in their dressers.

 

 

Organza Favor Pouch

 

The same store, Partytrends, also carries cello bags that are very versatile for party favor presentations.  Bake your own cookies or brownies and present them in these clear bags tied with pretty ribbons and favor tags.  It is very wholesome gift and thoughtful since it is homemade.  The cello bags are also available in different sizes, so if you wanted to pack a couple of items for your wedding party, this is an inexpensive way to package it together.  You can even skip the welcome baskets and use the cello bags for all the items you want to leave for your guests at an event or a destination wedding.  DIY favors and gifts like this are inexpensive and easy to do.

Five Great Bottle Stopper Favors for Parties and Celebrations

January 23rd, 2015

The silver plated or chrome bottle stopper is a classic wedding favor that has been around for quite a while. Times may have changed but the bottle stopper wedding favor is still around, but takes on new styles and designs.  You can get them from many places and not just wedding favor retailors, for example Stark and Whyte has a unique selection of bottle stoppers to pick from.  Here are top five bottle stoppers for parties and celebrations.

Chrome Heart Bottle Stopper

Chrome Heart Bottle Stopper in Gift Box

This is a timeless classic that never goes out of fashion.

 

Snowflake Bottle Stopper

Snowflake Bottle Stopper in Gift Box

These are wonderful and festive for the winter season.  It is needless to say that they make beautiful winter wedding favors, but you can also give them out as party favors for your next winter event of as a holiday gift.  They will be appreciated regardless. 

 

Fall Leaf Bottle Stopper

 “Lustrous Leaf” Copper-Finish Bottle Stopper in Laser-Cut Leaf Gift Box

There is a bottle stopper wedding favor or gift for every season.  Even fall is not missed with copper tone favors to embrace the warmth of the crisp season.

 

Spiral Chrome Bottle Stopper

 Spiral Chrome Bottle Stopper

Be whimsical with this fun bottle stopper favor.  The contemporary swirl design wine stoppers are sure to become a modern classic.

 

La Tour Eiffel Chrome Bottle Stopper

 La Tour Eiffel Chrome Bottle Stopper

Give ode to the lovely Paris with these French Eiffel Tower themed bottle stoppers.  They are oh so chic and perfect for those who love everything French.

Wedding Videographer Styles

January 15th, 2015

When you are trying to select a wedding videographer, it is important to consider the videographers style to understand the end product you will get.  It is essentially about the type of video you want to end up with and how it will be managed at the wedding.  Here is an idea of the different styles of videography and what they entail to help you make your decision.

The Cinematic style wedding video may rely more on montages, music or special effects such as slow motion.  It is usually filmed and edited more like a movie emphasizing the emotion and drama of the day.   Most likely the Cinematic style Videographer will interact significantly more on the day, sometimes setting up shots and directing the couple or guests.  For example, if you decide to use someone like Paul Hubbard Wedding Videographer, they will use a higher level of technical skill and advanced capture techniques to produce a film style video rather than the more standard video documentary.

If you want your wedding video shot with minimal disruption to your event, then you may want a documentary style videography.  This documentary approach has little need to direct scenes, arrange people throughout the day or disrupt you special day’s proceedings.  This approach may also involve a bit of a Journalistic style featuring interviews with the bride and groom or with their guests, commenting on the day or offering congratulations.  Aside from these interviews, the videographer will generally stay discreetly in the background during the day and will not interact greatly with a couple or their guests.  This approach allows the couple and guests to feel the most natural and go on with their day as they wish.

The Traditional wedding video style is the old style of wedding video.  It is filmed from start to finish with minimal editing, the Traditional wedding video often lasts 2 to 3 hours.  These videos are becoming less popular, and few videographers offer this service anymore. This could be your choice if you can’t stand to miss a moment of your wedding.  If you want a more modern approach you can still ask your videographer if they could provide you with the raw footage.