Choosing the Colour of Your Wedding Dress

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White wedding dresses aren’t the only choice when it comes to modern bridalwear! More and more brides are choosing coloured and patterned wedding gowns to show their individuality and colour-theme their wedding.

Choosing a coloured wedding gown can add an extra dimension to your wedding look, and each different colour has different meanings and significances that you might want to take into account when making your decision.

1. Blue

Light blue is a calming and serene colour, reflecting the colour of the ocean and the sky, whereas deep and dark blues are sumptuous and give the appearance of quality and wealth.

Electric and bright blues are dynamic and make a real statement, but beware of overusing blues as they can also create a cold atmosphere.

2. Yellow

Yellow brings to mind the brightness of summer, flowers and sunshine, and is uplifting and full of youthful optimism. For a more mature look, use golden yellows to create a glamorous atmosphere for your wedding.

Yellow is a stimulating and creative colour and is perfect for an energetic, outdoor summer wedding. Recent wedding trends pair yellow with grey for beautiful, understated wedding gowns.

3. Green

Green is the colour of spring and new beginnings as well as the natural world and, more recently, anything ‘eco’ themed. Great for an outdoor wedding, green is a tranquil, peaceful and refreshing tone. Green is a popular colour for bridesmaid’s dresses, too.

4.Orange

Orange is a strong, autumnal colour, which can be bold or earthy, depending on the tone. A warming colour, orange is becoming more popular in its muted shades, for example peach or terracotta, both of which add a subtle interest to a wedding outfit. Bright oranges are fun and flamboyant and are sure to raise a smile on your wedding day!

5. Purple

Purple has a regal history, and gives a sense of luxury and elegance to a wedding dress. Use dark shades sparingly, however, to avoid overwhelming with such a strong tone. Lighter tones of purple are uplifting, and are often chosen by creative people.

6. Red

Red is traditionally the colour of love, and it is has a warming, romantic effect. The use of red for your wedding dress will make you the centre of attention, either as a block colour or used as an accent on a predominantly white dress. Dark reds are a perfect choice for an intimate winter wedding.

7. Brown

Browns and beiges are becoming more popular as wedding dress colours, especially when choosing a vintage wedding dress. Brown is an earthy, traditional and organic colour, giving a feeling of wholesomeness and stability. Vintage wedding gowns are often made in subtle, delicate tones of brown, beige and peach, and you can accessories wonderfully with this colour by using lace, pearls and wooden beads.

8. Black

 

Don’t be afraid of a black wedding dress! Black is a sophisticated and classic colour for a dress, especially if you are having a clean-cut, contemporary wedding, or a black tie affair. Black is a strong, authoritative colour, and of course pairs excellently with white for a twist on the traditional.

You can experiment with colour when choosing your wedding gown in many ways:

 

Top 10 Wedding Dress Shopping Mistakes

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There are many common mistakes brides make when they come wedding dress shopping – often because they are underprepared or unwilling to think beyond the ideal vision that they have in their head. But wedding dress shopping needn’t be stressful, or fruitless, or time-consuming. Here are our top 10 mistakes that brides make when shopping for a wedding dress – try to avoid these and you should be fine!

1. Not knowing their budget

 

Unless you really do have an unlimited amount to spend, you should have an idea of what you can afford. Obviously your budget will go a lot further if you choose to shop for discount wedding dresses, from a factory outlet or discount designer store, but you still need to know what your limit is.

2. Not considering extra costs

When you budget for your outfit, you need to remember that you will be wearing more than just a dress! You need to consider your shoes, underwear, a veil if you will be wearing one, any jewellery you don’t already own (I’m guessing most of us didn’t have a tiara before we got married!), and even your hair and make up should be included.

3. Bringing too many people

You should definitely bring someone. Many people bring their mum and a sister or a close friend. Whoever you choose, they should be people you trust to give an honest opinion but also not try to influence you to choose a dress they like rather than the one you like!

Any more than two people and you’re going to end up with too many different viewpoints, which can get confusing for you. Besides, you want your wedding dress to be a surprise for as many people as possible on the big day!

4. Getting all made up to come wedding dress shopping

Okay, so wedding dress shopping feels more special than normal shopping, but there really is no need to get all dressed up for us! You should make sure that you are wearing a well-fitting bra if you are likely to need extra support under your wedding dress, but apart from that, casual is fine.

In fact, we would prefer you didn’t wear any make up that could get smudged off on to the dresses.

5. Shopping too early (or too late!)

Shopping too late is less of a concern for shopping at wedding dress factory outlets, for example, as these dresses don’t need to be made from scratch for you, but you should still aim to leave enough time for any alterations.

As for shopping too early, you really need to at least have the wedding date booked, and preferably the venue, as both of these decisions will influence what style of dress you choose. Also, if you aren’t ready to make the purchase, you could fall in love with a dress that isn’t available when you have the money ready.

6. Not having done a bit of research before

It’s all very well having an open mind as to what style of dress you want, but you should have some idea about what you like. Knowing your venue will help (beach weddings have a very different dress code to church weddings!), but take the time to look at some pictures and see what appeals to you.

Perhaps you prefer plainer dresses to the more detailed ones, or a detachable train to a built in one. If you have no idea where to start, it can be a bit bewildering to look at all the wedding dresses on the rails!

7. Only trying one style on

Conversely, being adamant you will only try on white strapless ballgowns, may mean you miss out on a dress that would suit you more, as well as restricting your choice somewhat.

8. Trying to buy a smaller size saying “I’ll lose weight before the wedding”

It’s so easy to say, but not as easy to achieve, and while we’re not saying that you won’t lose weight before your big day, it is worth remembering that most dresses can be taken in by as many as four sizes without affecting the style.

Letting a dress out is much more difficult, and if it is possible, you will only be able to let it out by one size. So choose a dress that fits now, and have it taken in when you lose that weight!

9. Forgetting they have to spend a whole day in the dress

This sounds obvious, but many people will try a dress on and decide to buy it without even trying to sit down in it.

The wedding dress is for more than just the ceremony, so think about how comfortable it will be to wear while sitting down, eating and even dancing in.

This is particularly important with corset style bodices that can be restricting, and fishtail dresses, which if too closely fitted can stop you being able to sit down at all!

10. Buying a dress you don’t love

This is YOUR dress. It should be the dress that you keep comparing all other dresses to (I still do this 4 years after my wedding, and so far, I still love my wedding dress more than any other!).

Choosing a dress because it made your mother well up, or just because it has a coloured trim that will match the bridesmaid’s dresses is really not advisable. You aren’t planning to do this more than once, so make sure to buy the wedding dress of your dreams.

 

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How to Find the Perfect Second Hand Dress For Your Wedding

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How to Find the Perfect Second Hand Dress For Your Wedding

All brides want to look and feel their absolute best on their wedding day. Finding the perfect wedding dress is one of the most important parts of planning a wedding.

Unfortunately not all brides can afford to buy the brand new designer gown that was just featured on the cover of the latest bridal magazine. For brides that are on a tight budget, buying used wedding dresses is a good way to go.

For some brides, there is still a stigma when it comes to wearing a dress that was previously owned by someone else. Just because it was another bride’s wedding gown does not make it any less special for your wedding.

Many used wedding dresses look just like new

Many used wedding dresses look just like new. Obviously they were only worn once, some may never have even made it to the alter making it completely new. You would be surprised how many gorgeous dresses you can find that have been pre-owned.

The prices of used wedding dresses can be fractions of their original cost. Most of the time you are able to get savings of up to 50 -75% off. The price will depend in large part on the condition of the dress.

If it looks like it didn’t even make it out of the store, the asking price will probably be higher. If it’s a designer dress, expect to pay more as well. Designer dresses are hard to come by, and you are still paying significantly less for it than you would for a brand new dress so it’s still a great deal.

As more brides are considering buying used wedding dresses, the places that are offering them for sale are steadily increasing. The first place to go look for pre-owned dresses is a brick and mortar consignment shop.

Remember to always ask the clerk if they have any wedding dresses there

Remember to always ask the clerk if they have any wedding dresses there. Don’t assume they don’t carry any if you don’t see it displayed in the store. Some wedding dresses can be quite bulky and are stored in the back.

Online sites such as Bravo Bride and Once Wed are another great resource. They specialize in bringing brides together to buy and sell wedding dresses.

These online marketplaces let brides who no longer want their dress to post on there and sell it at deep discounts to new brides looking to find one. They will often include lengthy descriptions of how the dress looks with lots of pictures so the buyer has enough information to make a purchasing decision.

Besides being able to get your wedding dress cheap

Besides being able to get your wedding dress cheap, there are other benefits for buying used wedding dresses. One of the best reasons is that it is extremely eco-friendly. By recycling these dresses, you are making a great contribution to the environment.

Instead of ordering a dress months in advance at a bridal boutique and go in for numerous fittings to make sure it fits perfectly, if you try on a used dress that fits well, you can take it home immediately. Any kind of imperfection can be fixed by a skilled tailor.

You can score a brand name dress that you can actually afford. Last but not least, most wedding dresses do not go out of style so quickly. Dresses from a few seasons ago are still trendy today, so you will still look like the fashionable bride that you are.

 

Fall Wedding Theme 2020

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The fall wedding theme provides a vivid and thoughtful experience for all those attending the wedding ceremony and reception. Fall is a time when deciduous leaves decide to change colour and drop them, providing a rich and colorful backdrop theme in which to celebrate your wedding day.

A little planning and creativity will go a long way in creating your own stunning fall wedding idea comes to fruition.

Your fall wedding theme planning will start from deciding what colour palette you will be working with for your wedding attire which will also determine the color for the wedding decorations.

As part of the wedding theme thought process you can also tie in the food, the entertainment, favors and the location of your wedding ceremony and reception as part of the fall wedding theme.

The wedding experience all starts from the wedding invitation that the guest receives from the couple being wedded. To welcome them into your wedding theme – think about typesetting the wedding invitation in your fall wedding theme. Invite them to become a part of your fall theme and to attend your wedding in a fall themed dress.

Fall Wedding Theme Color

What do you think first of when images of fall fills your mind? Feelings and past memories that you evoke through this process could be and should be a part of your fall wedding theme.

The images of harvest and preparation for the coming winter – the memorable changing color of the leaves along a Maine highway or Washington state – or any other location you’ve got deciduous trees on hand.

Your colour palette for your wedding would work around the color generated by the changing color of leaves as the tree loses its leaves.

The wedding theme colour would consist of rich golden to yellows, brilliant reds, browns, burgundy and eggplant. Other colour you may like to consider are other shades of red, oranges, rust pastels, wine, navy and mustard yellows – all the different shades of colour of Fall.

There are so many different colors to choose from – the difficult part is in finding the palette you love and limiting your choices.

Fall Wedding Locations

You’ve chosen to hold your wedding during the fall season and have decided to take on the wedding theme to play out the theme of the season. You plan to decorate and to work fall color around your wedding.

Another way to accentuate your theme is to introduce a location that promotes your theme or provides a blank working space with which you can work to decorate around.

Sure you can hold it in a church and decorate your theme color around that but have you considered other options? How about a wedding in the great outdoors where all the smells and color are all there for you and your guests to experience? You could hold it in the back of your home, at an arboretum (a greenhouse), your local gardens/parklands, vineyard, golf course or at a farm.

Decorating your Fall Wedding

So you have the color you want to work around with in your fall theme wedding – the next step is to plan out how you can incorporate this into your theme. Remember to think big – and that even the smallest ideas could have the biggest effect in the impact of the theme. Keeping it simple is also best.

Here are some simple ideas to get you started on your way to planning out how you will decorate your wedding according to your theme. At your ceremony the most simple but effective decoration could be your pew or seat bows which could be made of ribbons in the color you’ve chosen from your themed palette.

Your flower arrangements, in decorations around your wedding ceremony or reception and your bouquet would also reflect the color of your theme. Your wedding dress and the attire of your guests, groomsmen and maids would also reflect the color of fall.

You may also consider decorating the wall with grapevine wreaths to celebrate your theme. Candles and candleholders would also be a nice addition. And at the reception at your fall themed wedding you may want to decorate each table with a centerpiece celebrating your theme.

With this centerpiece you may want to fill a bowl or glass with a combination of color that screams fall such as dried fruit and nut offerings mixed with herbs and dried leaves or dried bouquets that evoke the feeling of the season.

With a well planned wedding theme your fall wedding will be a memorable event that would remain the talk of the town for some time.

 

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7 Top Wedding Themes 2020

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If you and your significant other are the type who find weddings boring and stuffy you may want to consider having a themed wedding. They can be very casual and light-hearted, and you will certainly be giving your guests something to remember.

A couple of things to keep in mind when considering a themed wedding: choose a theme which speaks to who you two are as a couple; make the theme easily accessible to others, don’t choose something so obscure that others might have trouble dressing for the occasion.

What are 7 top themes you might consider for your wedding?

1. Hawaiian or Beach Theme

The good thing about a Hawaiian or beach-theme wedding is the amount of decorations you can find. You can make your own paper leis or paper palm trees, or find Hawaiian-themed items anywhere.

Be sure to check the local thrift stores for anything tropical – dishware, shirts, dresses, etc. Just make sure all the decorations, as well as the attire, scream “BEACH.” And, you can cut down on the cost of champagne and serve Mai Tai’s or other tropical drinks.

You might think a Hawaiian or beach-theme wedding is just perfect for a summer wedding. Well, you’re right. But, a beach-theme wedding can also be fun during the wintertime as well, and give people a fun respite from cold, dreary weather. Just remember if you’re having a beach-theme wedding during the winter to hold it indoors. Those slinky Hawaiian dresses and breezy Hawaiian shirts can get a little cold in the snow.

2.Country Western Wedding Theme

Plan a shotgun wedding with a country western wedding theme. Western outfits are fairly easy to create or assemble, and a western cookout will surely keep your wedding reception costs down. You can either hire a company to have a western-style barbecue, or just use your own grill.

Western decorations are very easy to make or buy. Again, thrift stores can be perfect places to find boot-shaped vases, cowboy hats and shirts, or other western items for decorations. For music you can play country-western CDs or hire a country trio or band.

3. Wine Wedding Theme

For those of you into wine, a wine-themed wedding can be a great idea. You can hire a sommelier to put together a flight of wine for a reception tasting, or choose wines that mean something to the both of you. Perhaps the first bottle you ordered at a restaurant. Or a champagne dated the year you met.

Decorations can include grapevines, wine bottles, or posters of wine regions. For wedding favors you can give your guests a bottle of wine with a personalized label of the bride and groom.

4. Butterfly Wedding Theme

Butterfly releases after the wedding ceremony are becoming quite popular with couples. If a butterfly release will be part of your wedding, you can make butterflies part of your theme with butterfly decorations.

5.Sports Wedding Theme

No matter what type of sports the bride and groom are into, you can turn it into a wedding theme. You could have a theme of a certain sport, such as golf or baseball, and decorate with items from those sports, with wedding favors reflecting the sport given to guests. Or, you could celebrate a certain team.

If you wanted to go totally casual the bride and groom can dress in attire from the sport, such as basketball jerseys, with all the guests dressing in costume as well. As for the bouquet that the bride throws? Maybe instead of a bouquet she’ll throw a football or toss a baseball.

6. Las Vegas Wedding Theme

 

Hire a few poker, roulette and craps tables and a few Vegas-style dealers and you have yourself a Las Vegas-themed wedding. Throw in an Elvis impersonator and you have yourself a wild Vegas-themed wedding.

In most large cities there are companies which rent out tables and dealers, as well as any number of Elvis impersonators to choose from.

For wedding favors consider a pack of cards with the bride and groom’s picture.

7.Pirate Wedding Theme

Decorate your reception hall to look like an old saloon or the deck of a ship. Peg legs, hooks for hands and eye patches make nice touches to your pirate wedding costumes. You might consider using a treasure chest to store your wedding gifts.

As you can see, when it comes to wedding themes, the possibilities are only limited by your own imagination.

 

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Benefits of Having a Wedding Theme 2020

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Benefits of Having a Wedding Theme

When planning your wedding, one of the easiest ways to have cohesion among the different elements of your special day is to have a themed wedding. Many people think of wedding themes as dressing in costume or doing something completely off the wall.

But they can be classy and elegant while also creating a wedding day that will be hard for your guests to forget.

Whether or not you realize it, themed weddings are very popular at the time. You commonly see weddings designed around a season or holiday. The theme of a wedding can also be a general design element.

For example, you can have a rustic wedding, a nautical wedding, or a crystal wedding. Weddings can be centered around tree branches, a monogram, or acorns. There are a multitude of options when deciding the theme for your wedding. One of our favorites, though, is a peacock wedding.

It is much easier it is to plan a themed wedding compared to a non-themed wedding. Wondering what color palette to use? If you’re having a peacock themed wedding, just find an image of a peacock and choose your favorite colors represented.

Choosing your stationary? Go for your favorite peacock adorned wedding invitations and paper goods. When meeting with your florist you can have him or her include peacock feathers in your bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces.

You could have your baker include a peacock design or peacock feathers on your cake. When you have a themed wedding, the decisions you make for the details of your wedding day can be made quickly and easily because they will all already be narrowed down into a handful of options and you can just choose whatever you like the most.

When choosing a theme for your wedding, you should go for something that fits your personality as a couple. If you are ritzy and elegant, a country theme is probably not the best for you. On the other hand, if you are love being in the outdoors an expensive crystal themed wedding may not be your best fit.

Think about different design elements that you both like or things you both enjoy to get an idea for your wedding theme. For example, if you love sailing a nautical wedding may be perfect. If you love going to the beach you could base your wedding around seashells or sand dollars.

If you are considering using our favorite, a peacock themed wedding, you should be outgoing and passionate about life. Peacock feathers represent beauty and pride and are perfect for the couple who loves to be the center of attention.

The details of your wedding day

While making decisions about the details of your wedding day, try to choose the option that best fits your theme, your preferences, and your taste. Never include something in your wedding that you believe is tacky or not your favorite option just because it fits your theme.

Themed weddings should be personal and show your style, not just a cookie-cutter product. Make sure that you always choose the decor and personal touches that best represent your taste and preferences no matter what wedding theme you choose.

 

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How to Pick the Right Theme For Your Wedding

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Coming up with a wedding theme is one of the first steps in planning a successful wedding. There are already so many wedding theme ideas that are available for a couple to choose from that finding the right one should not be difficult.

Wedding theme ideas

When selecting a theme, it’s important to consider the location, how many people are going to be in attendance and budget.

Wedding theme ideas should reflect the interests and personalities of both the bride and the groom. Themes are great, because it makes the planning process easier and more enjoyable.

Making decisions become simple, because you when you focus on a theme you know exactly what you want for things like wedding invitations, wedding cake and the decorations. Your guests also get to experience a wedding that is a little out of the ordinary.

There are wedding theme ideas that revolve around different colors. These types of weddings are relatively easy to plan, all you need to do is make sure the color of your choice is prominently displayed at both the ceremony and reception. Pick out flowers, use table settings, and find other decorations in that specific color.

There are plenty of ways to incorporate that color in almost every aspect of your wedding.

Other popular wedding themes are based on the different seasons of the year. Spring, summer, fall and winter, there is something special about each season.

The key to properly encompassing the season as your theme is to use the appropriate colors to represent the season as well as serve foods that are fresh during that time of year.

Wedding theme ideas include specific destinations

 

Other great wedding theme ideas include specific destinations. You can either arrange to have the wedding at a garden, a beach or resort, or bring the destination to you by using props and other creative decorations.

Let’s say you want to capture the magnificence of Paris for your wedding, but you are unable to actually have the wedding there. All you need to do is add some signature Parisian elements to the decor, use well-known flowers from France and give out cute French inspired wedding favors.

Set your wedding to a certain time in history, that’s another idea that has been popular. There have been plenty of wedding themes that try to recreate different time periods.

If you are interested in having a medieval wedding, try booking the venue at a castle. If you want your wedding to have an old Victorian feel, make sure there is plenty of lace on your wedding dress and serve your guests tea from fancy tea sets.

There are countless other wedding themes for you to choose from. Cultural themes are great if one or both of you have a strong cultural background with its own wedding traditions.

You can have a modern wedding, but still add some of those traditions to the ceremony.

There are fairy tale themes which are no doubt on the top of many brides’ lists. For the environmentally conscious couple, an eco-friendly theme would be perfect. Just remember to pick a theme that is a good representation of you and is one that your guests will enjoy.

 

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The Best Budget Wedding Ideas 2020

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Want a fabulous wedding but strapped for cash? When planning a wedding budget, engaged couples often ponder this question; “What is the best way to save money but for a low cost?” Most weddings cost an average of $20,000- $50,000. This will not work out for cash- strapped couples. Below, I offer cheap wedding ideas that will fit your wedding budget!

Avoid the High Season:

The majority of wedding events occur between the months of May- October. Having a ceremony in these months does not bode well for your budget. To avoid the high season, the best idea would be to get married in low- season months, such as December – March.

Wedding vendors also have less bookings in these months so you will definitely get a better rate for their services. Remember to try to negotiate (not bully!) for the best cost for your budget. This is a cheap idea that will not hurt your pockets!

Cheap Wedding favors as your Centerpiece:

A great idea is to incorporate cheap favors as a centerpiece. This way, you can cut cost on the amount of flowers and accessories that you may order.

A great, but cheap idea would be to order chocolate kisses ( in your wedding colors) and place them in a beautiful vase that your guests can admire and eat! Votive candles with your ceremony date and colors is also a beautiful and cheap wedding idea that will cut costs!

Cheap Wedding venues:

Most Reception halls charge their highest fees on weddings held on Friday- Saturday. For cheap wedding venues options, try having your event on a holiday that happens to fall on a weekday or have your wedding on a Sunday or Monday. These dates will likely guarantee a bargain for your wedding budget.

Inexpensive Wedding Cake:

Who can afford an elaborate, overpriced wedding cake? To have a really inexpensive wedding cake, you can have a small wedding cake on top and a faux bottom for the lower two tiers of the wedding cake. A sheet cake may be served for the guests. This is a cheap idea that will not make a dent in your wedding budget!

 Affordable Wedding Flowers:

OK, so you’ve decided that you want flowers for your event. How to find affordable wedding flowers fit for your budget? Find out what’s currently in season and use more green plants in your blooms. Also, use flowers that the florists always have in stock.

Carnations, Baby breaths, Roses and Lily’s are always in stock and are great, cheap wedding ideas for your decor. For a church wedding, I would rather have flowers at the reception; add pillar candles in a clear glass hurricane lamps down the aisle for a serene and romantic atmosphere.

* Discount Wedding Dresses: Most brides dream of a Vera Wang or Justin Alexander dress but if your are on a tight budget, that will not be possible. A great idea for discount wedding dresses would be to check out the sample sales and outlet stores for sales prices! If the dress is a tad bit big, you can always have a seamstress make adjustments.

Another idea? Pick a Bridesmaid dress! Find out what color the bridesmaid dress comes in and order it in white. Voila! You now have a wedding dress that you got on a discount!

For more Cheap Wedding ideas, please view related articles ” The Cost Effective Bride ” and “Weddings on a Budget!” For wedding dresses, please view our selection of Discount Wedding Dresses!

 

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Beach wedding ideas

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You may have noticed that themed weddings are the norm these days. Couples usually prefer a themed wedding because having a motif makes it easier for everybody to plan the wedding. A focus on a single theme will mean easier color, decoration, wedding favor and even venue coordination.

A Beach themed wedding is perhaps one of the most popular motifs for weddings today. There are lots of beach wedding ideas in the internet. You just need some creativity and a lot of imagination.

Beach weddings are fun and very exciting to plan for. The atmosphere for beach weddings are light and gay but it can also be sweet and romantic at the same time. Nothing can be more heartwarming than having that first kiss during sunrise or sunset.

For any wedding, one of the first things on top of the checklist is the budget. Depending on how much you plan to spend, beach themed weddings can be as affordable and as expensive as you want them to be. Once you have settled on a budget you are comfortable with, everything comes easily into place.

The invitation sets easily conveys to your guests the theme of the wedding

The invitation sets easily conveys to your guests the theme of the wedding. One of the cutest beach wedding ideas we have come across is to use starfishes as invitation decorations. You don’t have to use an actual starfish but alternatives include Papier-mache starfishes, ceramic starfishes and even hand drawn starfishes.

Food is another one of the most important considerations for any weddings. Most guests will expect at least a light snack or a full meal after the wedding. With beach weddings, receptions can be held indoors or outdoors.

Ideas for food can include a barbecue or grilled assorted seafood. Dessert can range from ice cream to tropical fruits. Speaking of tropical fruits, these make beautiful centerpieces for your guests’ tables. They can be arranged in beautiful and creative ways. It gives the wedding reception a tropical beach feeling.

The cake is the piece de resistance of any wedding reception. It symbolizes fertility and good luck. Wedding cakes have been a wedding tradition ever since the Roman Empire. Wedding cakes for beach weddings can be decorated accordingly.

Aside from starfishes, shells, wave designs, mermaids and corals; the whole sea can be an inspiration for your beach themed wedding cake.

Beach wedding ideas

Beach wedding ideas are easy to come up with. Take your groomsmen’s boutonniere for example. Instead of the typical red rose, why not exchange it for leis? The bridesmaid’s headdresses and bouquets can be made from tropical flowers.

Your cute little flower girls can wear hula costumes instead of gowns while they shower the aisle with colored sand and petals.

Perhaps the best thing about beach weddings is that you can hold the wedding and reception on the sands. The mood is almost always light and festive compared to church weddings.

The wedding party can enjoy the view of the beach and be comfortable walking around either barefoot or wearing sandals. The beach is almost always breezy so you won’t have to worry about fainting spells or stuffy atmosphere.

Thinking up beach wedding ideas are an exercise not only in creativity and imagination but in originality as well. As it becomes more and more popular people are finding lots of ways of personalizing their beach I do’s.

 

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Small Wedding Ideas For A Small Intimate Wedding

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Why on earth would anyone want to throw a smaller wedding? In these days of over-the-top celebrity weddings and spending enough on a wedding to put you in debt for years to come, you don’t hear much about small weddings.

But they are making a comeback, particularly for those brides who prefer a more personal, intimate atmosphere. That’s why I wanted to share some small wedding ideas with you in this article.

First, though, let me clarify a few things. A small wedding does not mean an informal wedding, or a simple wedding, or a cheap wedding (though obviously, because the guest list is dramatically reduced, there can be significant savings).

It simply refers to the size of the guest list. Instead of inviting your best friend’s great aunt from Pittsburgh, the guest list and wedding party are confined to a small circle of close relatives and friends. How small? Often as small as only ten to fifteen people.

Beyond sharing the most important day of your life with a small, intimate group of friends, a small wedding allows you the freedom to focus on those areas of the wedding that are most important to you and might otherwise have been out of your reach.

For instance, a smaller wedding makes a destination wedding far more practical than a large wedding. A destination wedding is exactly as it sounds …

the wedding is held out of town, at a setting that meets the interests of the bride and groom. Las Vegas is a destination wedding. A theme park, such as Disney World, is a destination wedding. There really are few limitations …

a mountain lodge, a beach house, a bed and breakfast, a ski trip, etc. When the wedding party and guest list are small, a destination wedding becomes much easier to achieve.

But what if you’d like to keep things simple?

The reception for a small wedding can be held in the intimate, comfortable setting of a family member’s home. It can be held at the favorite restaurant of the bride and groom. It can be held out doors at a favorite park, or in the backyard of your best friend. With these more intimate weddings, your options are nearly unlimited.

You also have more leeway in your food choices. If this is an important area for the wedding of your dreams, then catering or dining out at a fine restaurant are far more likely to fit within your budget. But you may equally enjoy a potluck or a buffet or even an afternoon of hors d’ourves. A smaller wedding allows you the freedom to pursue the wedding you really want for yourself.

Small Wedding Ideas

Here are several unique small wedding ideas that can make your wedding day memorable for the rest of your life:

1. Since the whole idea behind an intimate wedding is to share the day with close family and friends, consider making your own wedding favors. For instance, a homemade goodie basket of cookies, breads, and candies. Or personalized CDs created with the music that you and your loved ones enjoy. The point here is to make your wedding favors as personal as possible.

2. How about having your guests sign and write a personal sentiment on a tablecloth? Then, at a later date, you can have the signatures and sentiments permanently embroidered into the tablecloth as a family keepsake.

3. Make your own wedding invitations, personalizing each one with a special sentiment. You can design them completely from scratch, choosing the paper you want, adding dried flowers or bows, or even adding your own background image if you’re talented in this area (or know someone who’s talented).

4. Instead of the usual reception activities, try activities that you know your guests enjoy. For instance, if your family and friends enjoy board games, run a tournament with the winner taking home a gift basket of games. Or try a scavenger hunt, or a softball game, or a trip to a local movie theater.

The idea behind a smaller wedding is to share your special day with only a few special people. Since the size of the wedding party and guests is easily manageable, small weddings ideas often allow you to pursue the wedding of your dreams when otherwise it wouldn’t be possible. Whether it’s a fancy, elegant wedding or a few close friends sharing a common interest, the choice is yours. Make your intimate wedding a wedding that you’ll never forget.

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