Choosing the Right Dress for Your Body Shape

Right-Wedding-Dress-for-Your-Body-ShapeGowns, like brides, come in every size and shape imaginable. One of the most important elements of looking and feeling your best is choosing a gown that’s right for you- that is, one that flatters your figure. The right gown can really do wonders; it should highlight your best bits and help to deemphasize the parts that could use a bit more help. A great place to begin your wedding dress search is with a return to basics: determining your body type and learning how to best dress it. And know that whatever your shape, there is absolutely a dress cut out there that’ll ensure your look stunning on your big day. As you should, of course.

Determining Your Shape
– Apples are usually well proportioned, but tend to carry their weight around their mid section, without a well defined waist. But chances are that you have a pretty fabulous set of legs and/ or boobs.Famous apples include: Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Hudson, and Fergie (the ‘licious’ kind, not the duchess).

– Pears shapes are, funnily enough, the most common woman’s body shape. If you’re a pear, you

13 Wedding Makeup Tips and Tricks For Your Big Day

3260144669967ebba180f9a04a5941d91. A little more goes a long way.

On your wedding day, you can scrap the line “less is more”. Why? On your big day, the camera will be following you everywhere you go and might blow you out in photos. This is why putting on a little more makeup will do you more good than harm. The camera, plus the lights, will do a number on your makeup. You don’t want to look washed out in your photos, ladies, so don’t be afraid to put on that full face.

2. Prep your face properly.

Again, your wedding day will be a day-long event and your makeup should be able to last until the last minute of the celebration. Hence, prepping your face before applying makeup is crucial to the lasting effect of your look. Use a face primer, an eyeshadow primer and a lip primer (you can’t be too safe on your wedding day!). Not only will primers help your makeup last longer, they’ll also smooth your face out by filling in fine lines and pores.

3. Use the appropriate concealers.

Your skin and makeup should look

11 Little Tricks for a Stress Free Wedding Day

download (1)1. Really. You can’t control it anyway.

You can, however, prepare in advance—especially if your ceremony or reception is outdoors. Ask your rental company to put an extra tent on reserve, says Calder Clark of Calder Clark design firm in Charleston, South Carolina. (They may charge you a small percentage of the total cost, but it buys you peace of mind.) You can also reserve stand-up fans if you’re worried about a heat wave. After that? Stop looking at the hourly forecast every 45 seconds.

2. Hire a day-of coordinator.
“So many couples think they can do all of the planning on their own, and that’s completely fine—up until the day of the wedding,” says Brooke Keegan of Brooke Keegan Weddings & Events in Newport Beach, California. “If you can hire someone to handle the details on the actual day, it alleviates so much stress. You should be a guest at your wedding, not the staff.” Even if a soup-to-nuts planner isn’t in your budget, many offer more affordable, day-of services.

3. Keep your schedule clear.
It’s tempting to plan a big brunch or line up manicures, pedicures, hair, and a bikini wax on the morning of

Eight Wedding Tips To Pull Off The Perfect Celebration

These wedding tips will help you to have a celebration unlike any other. Your wedding should be a time of rejoicing and excitement. It should be a time that is free from stress, where you can relax and just enjoy the fun of having all of your family and friends around to enjoy the big day. Unfortunately, this is rarely how it all works out. If you look at the following wedding tips far in advance, you can make sure that you do not forget anything that may cause your day to be stressful.

1. Invite more people than you think will come.

Most of the time, only about seventy-five to eighty percent of the people who are invited actually come to the wedding. Invite more than you want so that you can fill all of the seats.

2. Mail out Save The Date cards before your invitations.

You want people to be able to plan ahead since many of them will have to get work off to come. This can help them do that months or even a year in advance.

3. Delegate as many things as you can.

You want to plan your own wedding, of course, but you should accept help from your

Top Tips on Selecting your Bridesmaids Dresses

Make Sure They Look Great

Despite what you may have heard, it is absolutely in your best interest to find gorgeous bridesmaids gowns. Your bridesmaids, and therefore, your wedding party will look fantastic. They’ll also appreciate your making them look great, and will more likely have great attitudes in the lead up to, and during, the wedding. Don’t even bother worrying if they’ll outshine you- you’ll be the natural centre of both visual and social attention on your big day!

Size and Shape
It’s easy to forget that your bridesmaids will most likely come in different shapes. If they’re all wearing the same dress, ensure that the cut is universally fitting. Sweetheart necklines, A-line skirts and medium- tick straps tend to suit most women.

Suit the Scene
When shopping for dresses, it is essential that the gowns you purchase match the theme of the wedding. If the motif for the occasion is red and gold, the dresses should either be red or gold, or have both hues. Clarify with your bridesmaids whether you want both hues on the dresses, or if it’s okay for the dresses to at least be red, or at least be gold – this is if you don’t plan

20 Tips For a Successful Party at Your Wedding Reception

This is a very general statement but I suggest dancing to start no later than 9:30pm at a wedding. Any later than this and it will be hard to keep your guests amused. They will start to get bored and be less interested in dancing by this point. Some will leave early or maybe even before the dancing starts. The bride and groom may be tempted to delay dancing to go and mingle after dinner with each table but this should be done in a way that doesn’t delay the party. This could be done during cocktail hour instead of after dinner. Remember that the formal dance songs such as the “first dance” need to occur before the dance floor can open. One other idea would be to have the formal dance songs done before dinner or right after speeches so that the DJ can begin to entertain the guests early on. One mistake some people make is to give a huge playlist of 50-60 songs to the DJ to play at their wedding that may have been compiled by many guests or a few guests. One thing to keep in mind is that a wedding can only fit in

10 Tips To Consider Before Planning A Cocktail Wedding Reception

When you’re planning a huge event for the first time (like, say, a wedding), it’s tempting to throw the rule book out for the sake of ease. Why have a big shindig when you can elope?! Why do a sit down dinner when you can have a cocktail wedding reception?! The only trouble with throwing the rule book out? You’re also throwing out all the hard-earned knowledge and experience that comes with the rule book, and instead learning by the seat of your pants. More and more couples are turning to cocktail wedding receptions each year as an alternative to the traditional sit down reception dinner—for both financial and logistical reasons. But are cocktail wedding receptions really cheaper and easier than a traditional sit down dinner? Well, a few weeks ago we opened up the APW floor to discuss just that. And today we’re compiling all of the most important things you guys have learned (which was a lot). So without further ado, here are ten things to keep in mind when you’re considering hosting a cool laid-back cocktail reception for your wedding:

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT COCKTAIL WEDDING RECEPTIONS

1.TELL YOUR GUESTS WHAT TO EXPECT

This one is first because it’s simultaneously

10 Tips and Tricks for a Beach Wedding

1. Keep it simple

No need to go all out with extravagant decor for your beach wedding. Keep it simple and let the ocean serve as the backdrop, that’s why you’re there anyway right?

2. Check your permits

Every beach might have different rules and regulations. There are certain permits required for beach weddings and receptions, so check to make sure you have all of the required authorization for your event.

3. Prepare for the worst

You never know what the weather will do, so it is always best to have a backup plan. Make sure to check for weather updates. The Florida coast is known for frequent rainstorms, so plan ahead and rent a tent or move the ceremony indoors.

4. Turn up the volume

Believe it or not there will be waves on the ocean, and they will be loud. It will be hard for your guests to hear. Make sure your officiant has a microphone so that everyone can listen. Also, check to make sure that electricity will be available to set up speakers, and any other sound equipment you want.

5. Smile for the camera

You will definitely want some great pictures with just you and your loved one, so plan out a time to

Top Ten Tips and Tricks for Choosing Your Reception Venue

1. Experience is Everything, So Listen Up

Past brides are a wealth of information. If you know anyone who has gotten married recently, ask them for recommendations and suggestions. They’ll have first hand experience of service, facilities, and issues to look out for.
2. First in, Best Dressed
During peak wedding seasons, reception venues are in high demand and can often book up very quickly. Make sure you have enough time prior to the wedding date to research and book your venue.
3. Timing is Everything
Try to avoid booking your wedding close to any major events. Around particularly busy periods such as the Grand Final Weekend, prices tend to skyrocket- not only at reception venues, but hotels, restaurants, bars, and general attractions. Also, you’ll have to deal with increased crowds (who are prone to get rowdy around these sorts of periods).

4. Inquire About Other Weddings
Always ask your reception venue if they hold more than one reception on any given day. Ensure that if another reception is booked before yours, the area will be spick and span for your event. If you’re booked before another event, make certain that you won’t be rushed out of the venue soon as your

Top 5 Beautiful Balloon ideas

Balloons balloons galore! Now you may think, “Balloons really? Great for kids birthdays, but not a classy elegant affair… aka my wedding!?” Not the case with these great ideas. Balloons can add a pop of colour and fun to your wedding decor without breaking the budget. And because they come in so many shapes, sizes and colours they can fit in with a ton of wedding styles and themes!

1) Giant Balloons for a great Photo Op

Giant Balloons make a fabulous prop for your wedding photos. Selecting a colour that either suits your wedding party attire, or is a contrasting colour that pops will look amazing!

2) Fabric Covered Balloons

Covering your balloons in fabric (tulle, chiffon, lace etc) is a simple way to transform a party balloon into something a little more elegant. Adding a flower or ribbon embellishment to hold it all together, perfection!

3) Confetti filled Balloons

These are a really great fun idea for clear/ opaque balloons. Multicolored confetti or a single colour would work well. Its that splash of colour that’s a little more interesting because its semi hidden!

4) Balloon Walls

Cake tables & candy buffets in particular can look fabulous with a gorgeous balloon wall behind them in a colour

Choosing Your Wedding Colours According to Their Meaning

When creating a wedding theme, the most important thing to consider is what best represents you- the bride and groom- as a couple. There’s various ways of doing this, like choosing a shared interest, favourite season, favourite animal and of course the location.

And one way that best creates a theme is simple yet extremely effective- colour. Brides often select their favourite colours to base their theme around, however one thing to also think about is what mood that colour creates, and what it means about you.

White: Symbolic of purity, innocence and cleanliness. White is also a symbol of a fresh beginning or to clear clutter away. White can also represent a desire for simplicity or the simply life, and for older people can be a means of recapturing lost youth. Other personality traits white can represent are honesty, stubbornness, seriousness and shyness.

Yellow: Generally symbolises wisdom, happiness and intellectual energy. Yellow is also a very imaginative colour and chosen by those seeking self-fulfillment and adventure. People with good senses of humour often tend towards yellow and other personality traits yellow can represent are curiosity, awareness, and those who are driven and focused.

Light yellow: Intellect, joy and freshness.

Dull yellow: Caution, sickness and

7 Tips for Shooting Awesome Wedding Video

1. Communicate with the couple, venue, and vendors.

Well before the wedding date, you should have a sit-down meeting with the engaged couple. Get to know what they are looking for in their video. Do they want to make sure you capture certain moments? Will there be any surprises or choreographed dances you need to know about? Will the bride be wearing her Great-Great Grandmother’s earrings? Being ready to capture these moments will truly make your work stand out.

Reach out to the ceremony and reception venues and find out if they have any rules or regulations. Many churches won’t allow videographers in certain areas, so it’s important to note if you will need to bring a zoom lens. Some large reception venues require a proof of insurance before they let you shoot on the premises. It’s your responsibility to have everything in order before showing up.

Talk to some of the vendors, mainly the ones you will work with on the wedding day. Knowing vendors in the industry is your gateway to success. Their recommendations can help you land future weddings. First get to know the Wedding Coordinator. Ask for a copy of the schedule and contacts for the other vendors. Then

10 WEDDING REGISTRY TIPS and TRICKS

Let’s face it, registering for your wedding might be one of the best parts of the wedding planning process. This is your chance to create the ultimate wish list for your new life as a married couple — and although super fun, it can be daunting as well! I have created a few tips & tricks to getting your scanner gun game on, & then rounded up a few of the items that I’m crossing my fingers for!

Get organized – Decide what type of person you and your fiancé are, and go from there. Do you love to cook? Entertain? Do you keep sweaters in your stove a la carrie bradshaw? Start with the easy stuff that you love the most, and then add the necessities from there.
Register early – The gifts start rolling in the moment you get engaged, so you want to be sure friends & family have a place to go to to see what items are needed!
Appeal to everyone – make sure the place(s) you register have a brick & mortar store as well as an online website. We all know how mom, dad and especially the grandparents feel about doing anything online #theyreoldschoollikethat

Tips and Tricks On Cleaning Your Beloved Wedding Dress

You might have been longing for your big day in a perfect wedding gown looking like a princess since you were a child. You might pay hundreds or thousands of pounds for your dream wedding dress. I bet you want to keep your favorite dress looking amazing after many years. Or you even would like to pass your cherished wedding gown to your daughter or granddaughter as an heirloom. Knowing how to clean your wedding dress is definitely important before you store it.

There are four common ways to clean your wedding dress and its accessories – dry cleaning, hand washing, machine washing and spot treatment. You need to pick the proper method to wash your wedding gown according to its fabrics and accessories.
• Dry Cleaning
Dry cleaning is the most popular way to wash a complicated dress like a wedding gown. And sometimes you may find a “Dry Clean Only” tag on the care label. Especially when the gown is made by fabrics such as charmeuse, silk, crepe, taffeta, silk Shantung lace, lame, brocade, silky crepe, georgette, etc. In this case, the safest way is taking your dress to a professional dry cleaner such as Priceless Cleaners. Make sure

Creative wedding styling ideas to make your day as beautiful

1. Be inventive
Everyday items can provide a fresh take on the traditional centrepiece. Fill bowls with quirky pieces, use vintage maps as place mats or scatter colourful buttons on tables to make your reception a truly unique event.

2. Make it memorable
Show your guests just how special they are by making a photo board. Cover a large rectangular piece of MDF board with some pretty fabric using a staple gun. Next, place images of guests in mismatched frames, then attach the frames to the board using liquid nails or small hooks.

3. Appeal to their inner kid
Besides being fun, you can use Candy Bars to style your event – just choose lollies in coordinating colours. For an extra-quirky touch, try hiring a fairy floss machine or retro ice-cream bar.

4. Don’t neglect the bathroom
It’s the most visited room at your reception yet it can often be forgotten. Dress it up with decadent bowls of handmade soaps, fresh blooms and candles and your guests won’t mind lining up to use it!

5. Paper art
Cut small circles (no larger than the circumference of a coffee cup) from tissue paper. Using a needle and thread, pierce through the centre of each circle

5 Expert Wedding Planning Tips and Tricks

Now that you are engaged, you are ready to plan the wedding of your dreams! But how do you exactly do that? You have never done this before, don’t really plan on doing it again and really don’t want to make any mistakes along the way.

One of or favourite resources for wedding tips and tricks is theknot.com. They put out some of the best wedding fashion advice, planning tips, venue advice, how to manage your guest’s and so on. I’m sure you have been there before but if you haven’t, definitely check out there site.

Wouldn’t it be great to know ahead of time the essential wedding planning tips and pieces of advice that every bride wishes she knew before her wedding. Well the knot has just such a post and 5 of our favourite tips from that post are below.

1. Plan Your Guest List First

To get started and definitely before you settle on a venue, sit down with your fiancé and really come to terms with the approximate number of guests you would like at your wedding. This will ensure you have all the space needed for your celebration, and that Aunt Judy and Uncle Bob aren’t dining in the

Top 10 Wedding Cake Tips and Tricks

1. What are the most common shapes to choose from?

Round, square, octagon, hexagon, scalloped, and topsy-turvy.

2. What’s the difference between buttercream and fondant?

Buttercream is known for it’s rich, buttery flavor, whereas fondant is known for it’s dough-like consistency. However, most don’t prefer the chewy texture and bland taste.

3. Which colors are inedible?

Watch out for any type of color. They will stain guests’ mouths or even worse, their attire.

4. Which flavors are most popular?

In no particular order — red velvet, chocolate devil’s food, lemon, carrot, spice, coconut, almond, and funfetti.

5. Should I decorate with fresh flowers or sugar flowers?

Unless the flowers are organically grown, be sure to ask your florist if they are pesticide-free and sanitized. Bonus: It’s budget-savvy compared to more intricately designed and labor intensive sugar flowers.

6. Where should the cake be placed?

It’s not just about the cake, it’s how the cake is presented on a table. Be sure to designate an area in your venue complete with a variety of sweets grouped together, arranged in differing heights, and properly named, in case any guests have allergies.

7. When should the cake be cut?

Normally, the cake is cut an hour before the reception ends.

8. What’s the myth behind ordering sheet

5 Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding Cake

It is entirely possible to have an absolutely gorgeous wedding cake without totally blowing your budget. Here are some easy ways to save money on your wedding cake.

Choose a Simple Design
Consider a simple, clean and streamlined design – avoid crazy shapes and intricate designs. The more labor-intensive your cake design is, the better for your budget. Be upfront and honest with your cake baker about your budget, and let him or her create a design that will work both your price point and your style.

Go Small
Even if you’re having a lot of guests, your cake doesn’t have to be an eight-tier tower. Regardless of your guest count, keep your wedding cake small and ask your baker to create sheet cake to serve, rather than display.

Fresh Flowers vs. Sugar Flowers
Decorate your wedding cake with fresh flowers rather than intricate sugar blossoms. Again, creating sugar flowers can be quite labor-intensive – and fresh flowers can be just as pretty.

Buttercream vs. Fondant
Ice your wedding cake with buttercream rather than fondant – buttercream is much easier to work with and is a good deal less expensive than fondant.

Simple Flavors
Instead of asking your cake baker to create a custom flavor

20 Top Tips For Your Wedding Planning

When you first start planning, sit down together and work out your budget before you book anything, be realistic. Now use that as a reference point and try not to go over it.

Decide what is most important to both of you and what is less important to you and split your budget accordingly.
Split your jobs up into what needs to be done first, and then allocate each job a month, giving yourself a monthly check list of things to do.
Always spend as much on photography as your budget will allow, it’s one of the only things from your wedding you will be able to keep forever and your lasting memory
DON’T get a friend to do your photography (unless they are a professional) you will regret this forever!

Don’t do wedding planning every day, give you self-set days in the month to ‘wedmin’ based jobs otherwise the planning will consume you and you will begin to hate it.
Never loose site of what the wedding is for. At the end of it all the wedding is a day, but your marriage lasts forever, remember your relationship.
Don’t get forced into doing things you don’t want to, remember it’s your

7 Things a Wedding Guest Should Never Do

1. Arrive late to the ceremony.

“This is an obvious rule that everyone seems to ignore. Do not assume everyone else will be late. Remember that the bride and groom have to take family portraits and group shots after the ceremony, so it is important to be mindful of time.”

2. Bring a last-minute guest.
“The amount of guests at a wedding is a big ordeal and you never want to add more stress to the couple. Guest lists depend on the type of wedding, the venue, and any added costs. Do not take it upon yourself to bring a guest that has not been accounted for by the RSVP deadline. It is also impolite to ask the bride and groom for an addition past the RSVP date.”

3. Wear white.
“Traditionally only the bride should wear white, so you should check with the bride before wearing that perfect white dress.”

4. Switch seats at the reception.
“The seating assignments are planned out in a specific way for a reason. You should never alter your seating arrangements or switch seats at a wedding reception, however it is acceptable to mingle at different tables once dinner has been cleared.”

5. Make unlimited trips to the buffet.
“The buffet at the