How to Start Looking for Wedding Dresses

When you’re starting to search for wedding dresses, there are a few items to keep in mind. You’re likely bursting with excitement, so keeping a calm head might be difficult. Still, you can be rational and have the shopping experience you’ve dreamed of by remembering these few things.

Know Yourself

This piece of advice-know yourself-is vital in many areas of life, including wedding dress selection. First, know what looks good on you. Even if you just have a general handle on this, such as that strapless doesn’t flatter you, it really makes a difference. You can eliminate dresses that won’t look good on you immediately, thus saving time. Furthermore, know your personality. If you’re shy and reserved, a dramatic dress with feathers or ruffles probably will only make you feel uncomfortable. Likewise, daring brides will feel stifled in modest, plain bridal gowns. Many brides find it helpful to bring in pictures of gown styles they like and dislike. This also assists in saving time considering gowns that don’t suit you or your style.

Know the Lingo

For some of you, this may not be an issue. You may be able to use terms like cathedral length and empire waist at the drop of the hat, but for those of you who aren’t as familiar with dress terms, it really helps to study them. Learn the different parts of a wedding dress and the commonly used fabrics. When you’re working with the bridal shop consultant, he or she will certainly use these terms. It will save you time and hassle if you simply learn the phrases for yourself. Of course, you should also know that various dress silhouettes and have an idea of the types you’re open to.

Know the Facts

You need to shop for a wedding dress fairly early in the planning process. Bridal gown experts suggest purchasing a dress nine to twelve months before the actual wedding. This may seem excessive, but there’s a reason behind it. First, wedding dresses have to be made, unless you purchase one off the rack. It takes time, and it can take several months for your dress to even arrive. After that, you will most likely need to have it altered. This, again, takes time, and you’ll go for several fitting to ensure that it will fit you like a glove, leaving you looking your absolute best on your big day.

Moreover, many brides are unaware that some wedding dresses come with options. For instance, you can request that some embellishments, like beading and bows, be removed. Particularly if you use the same designer, you may even be able to use the bodice from one dress and the skirt of another. No matter what you prefer, just stay calm and enjoy browsing all those gorgeous wedding dresses.

Custom Made Wedding Dresses – Common Mistakes

There are many factors to consider for brides-to-be when choosing custom made wedding dresses, and also plenty of pitfalls to avoid. Wedding days can be stressful enough, without realising half way through that something has been overlooked and the day is heading for catastrophic failure. Here are a few things to bear in mind to ensure that, with the dress at least, everything is perfect.

Enough on your plate already?

When choosing custom made wedding dresses, brides have all the benefits of a bespoke piece of clothing – it is unlikely that an off-the-peg-dress will fit particularly well without alterations. The problem is that the custom made dress will take a long time to manufacture, meaning that the bride-to-be will be extremely conscious of any weight loss or gain that she experiences as the wedding approaches. The temptation, then, is to engage in crash dieting or other measures to achieve quick changes to body shape. This can have terrible results, leading to all kinds of side-effects – from spots and greasy hair to dizziness and fainting. All best avoided!

Don’t leave it too late!

Custom made wedding dresses have become the pinnacle of wedding fashion, integral to making the special day even more special. But again, it is important to remember that they are expertly made bespoke pieces and, as such, have a long lead time in manufacturing terms. This is a good thing – brides-to-be want to know that their dress is being produced by an artist who will put as much care and work into the dress as they would themselves. But it is a sad fact that many brides leave it far too late to order their bespoke garment and end up missing out on the dress they would really like to be married in.

Make sure you co-ordinate

While it is important for brides to be decked out in perfect custom made wedding dresses, it is just as important for their bridesmaid’s dresses to match – or at least work in harmony with the bride’s attire. Sometimes colour clashes can work in a way that is visually arresting, but before taking too much of a risk, it is important that when planning the outfits you ensure that the colours or styles really can work together. Remember that all of the dresses will be seen together for most of the big day, making it all the more important that they can share the stage without causing offence/hilarity/migraines.

Don’t be afraid to ask

If you have any concerns or there is any more information you’d like, remember that the person designing and making your wedding dress will be only too happy to help. Just ask – after all, it’s the designer’s big day too!

An Exact Measurement on the Wedding Dress Will Enhance Your Look

An ideal wedding dress is of great importance for your special day. It flatters your figure, splurges your unique taste and personality. Also this special dress is a tangible symbol of your love. A perfect wedding gown will be a keepsake that will be treasured by you for years to come.

You will be the focus on the wedding day. You do want others to see your best. Although a large variety of modern wedding gowns are available today, most brides still opt for white pieces-the classic style. A pure color signifies your hopes for the future. However, before choosing the style or material, you need to take an exact measurement of your body! The wedding gown can only become ideal if the size is exact. Here is a professional wedding dress designer who can provide you with some information about how to measure the most important parts for your wedding dress.

Design around the bust is rather crucial for the entire look of your wedding dress. Designers first take the measurement around the fullest part of your bust. The tape must be placed through your two nipples. Otherwise the size will be much smaller. You will never want the dress to be twinkled or distorted, won’ t you? Therefore, do measure on the highest parts of your bust. Then, experts would like to take the size between your two nipples. Most brides have not emphasized on this part as they think this does not affect the look of wedding gown at all. However, designer gets to know whether the earlier bust size is comfortable for you in this way. An ideal look should be comfortable, right? A right size does not press your nipples.

Most sexy styles, like A-line, Mermaid and Ball Gown, hug the wearers’ bodies rather tightly. Therefore, the size on the waist is also critical. A right size can best flatter your slim figure. Designers place the tape around the smallest part of your waistline to get the most exact size. Like measuring the bust, the widest parts of your hips will be measured. Most elegant gowns begin to flare near the hip. A wrong measurement must cause your dress to seem distorted. This directly affects the look of your figure.

The last but not the least, how long should your dress be? It’ s easy to take this size. If you choose a floor-length style, you should take the size between the top of your shoulder to floor. Remember to add your wedding shoes’ height. You will not want an elegant gown with feet outside, won’t you?

Other parts are much easier to be measured, like shoulder to nipple, shoulder to waist, shoulder to hips, shoulder to shoulder, neck and biceps.

A right size on the wedding dress helps you showing your best. There will be slight changes on the measurement due to different styles. Some parts need to be accented at times. But make sure be careful while measuring the above important parts.

When Shopping For Vintage Wedding Dresses

There is something good to be said about wearing vintage wedding dresses. They are exquisitely made and amazingly designed considering their age, not to mention that you can actually wear your “something old” and show it off!

Still, shopping for vintage wedding dresses can be easier said than done since you have to contend with various issues like stains, rust and missing parts. Not to worry though if you have your heart set on a vintage wedding dress with these tips.

Check Your Measurements
Vintage dresses are often sized differently than the more modern clothes you shop for. As such, you should be armed with a full set of body measurements, your measurements of course, from your arms to your shoulders.

Better yet, buy a corset or a girdle and put it on before fitting on the dresses. This is because most women for whom the dresses were made often wore corsets and girdles to achieve a sculpted look. Besides, it will look good to have curves on your wedding day!

Check for Stains
Some stains are harder to remove than others. If you think that a stain will not come off and it shows in a very visible area, then you probably should just walk away and look for other vintage wedding dresses.

Some tips to help you remove stubborn stains from your dream vintage wedding dresses, which is assuming that it can be removed without going to a dress restoration expert of course.

* Place your dress in a bathtub filled with either lukewarm or cold water mixed with a gentle liquid detergent. Be sure to remove metal and plastic accessories first as these can add to your restoration problems. Soak it for at least 24 hours to loosen stubborn stains and lessen yellowish discolorations.
* Remove stains with a sudsy spray solution and then gently brushing them with a toothbrush. Just don’t apply a club soda solution as it will worsen the stains, even make them settle more into the dress.

Whatever you do, avoid rubbing vigorously on the fabric. It can be fragile that any drastic wringing, rubbing, pressing and cleaning performed on it can make it fall apart. And then where would you be? Perhaps, you will be saying goodbye to anything vintage, wedding dresses or not, and that would be a shame.

Check for Missing Parts
Some vintage dresses may be older than your grandmother so checking for missing parts – buttons, embroidery, ribbons, and other stuff – is a must. If you can find a store that sells vintage accessories, it will be better for your restorative efforts.

If you don’t have any knowledge of such a store, try looking for possible replacements. Some stores may even carry reproductions of vintage accessories that you can use to cover up the missing parts.

If you have your bridal heart set on vintage wedding dresses but can’t find one that meets your requirements in terms of it being able to withstand wear for more than 8 hours, then you can always ask to have it reproduced. There is no shame in that and you can even pass it to your daughter!

How to Officiate a Wedding: What to Do When Wedding Participants Aren’t Prepared

Many couples choose ceremony elements that include their guests, like the wine box, letter box, unity candle, guest readings, etc. and often times those guests aren’t prepared. Most of the time it’s because the couple forgot to tell them, so be sure to introduce yourself to anyone who’s participating before the ceremony begins. Roughly 1/3 of the time, moms aren’t told that they’re coming up to light candles or family hasn’t been asked to write letters for the couple’s letter box.

Couples often use the letter box or wine box as their imagery, where family members are invited up to deposit letters they’ve written to the couple and exchange hugs.

Family members usually get immediately stressed and freak out because they weren’t told and never wrote a letter to the couple. Your job is to officiate, so tell them that it’s no big deal and that it happens all the time. The last thing the bride and groom needs are stressed out family members.

If they don’t have paper handy, find them a few pieces and tell them to bring up blank paper to deposit during the ceremony and to write letters of blessings, encouragement, and support later on, after the wedding. This usually calms nerves immediately and gives them permission to relax.

Guest readers are often not prepared, too. The male ego is an interesting thing. So many guys refuse to practice out loud and often say, “I got it, man.” They inevitably trip on their words and lose their place and bomb.

So, tell them that “We want the couple’s ceremony to kick butt and that takes a team effort.” It’s a bit passive aggressive, but then say something like, “Since everyone here wants their ceremony to be their best memory yet, I’m sure taking a few minutes alone to practice your guest reading out loud makes sense. Right?”

Then, show the guest reader where you underline words in your ceremony book to remind you where to inflect your voice in some way and that it helps you to keep your place, so you can look up from the page. That usually works and the reader then finds a quiet place to practice.

Before every ceremony, be sure to ask the bride who will escort her down the aisle and if she’d like you to ask, “Who has the honor of escorting Bride down the aisle and presenting her to groom?”

The old-school way to say that is, “Who gives this woman away?” but times have changed and the bride’s not a possession or gift. If she’d like you to formally ask, be sure to then speak to her dad, or whoever is escorting her down the aisle so that person knows you’re going to stick a microphone in his face, expecting an answer.

You don’t want to surprise him and make him look foolish in front of all the guests, but when dad messes up, it’s usually funny and a great ice-breaker. The bride’s dad is usually grateful for your introduction and attempt to prepare him prior to the ceremony.

Dad usually asks, “What do most people say?” Tell him to please feel free to say whatever he likes, but most dads say something like, “I’m her dad and it’s my honor.”

As officiants, it’s our job to be prepared and to help others do the same. Calming nerves and preparing others is part of the deal.

How to Officiate a Wedding: What to Do When Someone Faints or Throws Up

For the first time in nine years of officiating weddings, a recent bride threw up during the ceremony.

She came down the aisle with her mom and then barfed out of nervousness before anything was even said. She handled it like an absolute champ, but was certainly embarrassed nonetheless.

If you want to really know how to officiate a wedding when someone faints or throws up, follow these steps.

  • Instruct the couple and their bridal party to eat a little before the ceremony. Don’t suggest they pig out, just have a little something in their stomachs.
  • STAY CALM! Your energy is contagious and if you freak out, you’ll make it much worse for the wedding participants.
  • Instruct the person who’s experiencing upset to squeeze their feet and toes inside their shoes. This naturally grounds us and brings our conscious awareness back to the present moment.
  • Instruct the person who’s in trouble to BREATHE. Tell them to take full, deep breaths.
  • Ask a guest or someone in the bridal party to get water for whoever about to pass out or throw up.
  • Get a cold, damp towel or handkerchief for their forehead or to wipe their mouth and clean up.
  • Act like it’s no big deal! The person who experienced the upset is undoubtedly embarrassed and if you remain calm and act like it’s no big deal, their embarrassment will be diminished and you’ll look like a pro. Celebrate their recovery and ask the guests for applause.

Having a bunch of people clap for you feels great, even when you’re embarrassed. That person will then know that his/her guests love and support them and then the ice has been officially broken before the ceremony even started. It’ll be way more comfortable for the fainter when first walking into their reception.

8) Give them a mint. Man do I wish I remembered that I had Altoids in my pocket! I carry a small tin of Altoids to hand out to the couple and their bridal party before walking into a ceremony. I would’ve looked even more professional, but it was my first time experiencing something like this and I forgot that the mints were there.

The 8 steps above work equally well for someone who faints, as long as they don’t hit their head on the ground. If they hit their head, seek medical attention!

Weddings are live events and so they don’t always go as planned. The best way to handle unexpected things is to act like you’ve seen it before and that it’s not a big deal. Stay calm, THEN ACT.

Destination Wedding or No?

You have seen just the place for your dream wedding. No, it’s nowhere close to home but who cares? You just have to be married there.

You have dreamed of getting married on the beach at a tropical destination but you live in a city nowhere near a beach.

The solution? A destination wedding. While many think this means a wedding where you and a selection of friends and family hop on a plane to a tropical island, there are also destination weddings that happen closer to home, just not at home.

Getting married elsewhere may mean that tropical beach, but it may also mean an apple orchard hours from home, a quaint town nestled in the mountains, a historic location that you just fell in love with. Whatever the ‘destination’ there are a few things to remember before booking.

If you are planning to get married in the country that you live in, that’s one less thing to worry about. If, however your ideal place is outside of the country there will be paperwork and licenses that have to be obtained. Most places known for their weddings will have a packaged deal that will be stress free and simple, they’ve done it before and they’ve perfected what they need to do.

If, however your dream wedding is in a place not known for weddings, you’ll have to do a lot of the legwork and planning on your own. (or with a professional planner of course)

Going out of town to get married is a lot more simple, you take who you want to be part of your big day and you save money on a huge reception since you only have a selection of friends and family in attendance. You can spend more time with your guests since there won’t be as many, and you will find the whole thing just a bit more relaxed than a large wedding with a large reception and everyone you have ever known in attendance.

If, however you have close friends and family who can’t travel or you just can’t leave out certain people no matter the numbers, then choosing a destination closer to home may be your ideal way to go. No one says it has to be a church and traditional, but having something within an hour of home helps everyone get there with not much hassle. Beach? Mountains? Historical site? Garden at home? Whatever you choose it’ll be beautiful.

Why Rolls Royce Wedding Cars Make the Perfect Wedding Transport

Choosing which type of wedding transport you want for your wedding can be an extremely difficult decision. With so many different types of cars, and different makes and models, you are literally spoilt for choice. In this article, we will consider some of the advantages of choosing Rolls Royce wedding cars, and how you can choose a wedding transport company to help you to find your perfect wedding car.

Rolls Royce wedding cars are known as the ultimate classic weddings cars. Whether you choose a silky White, or shimmering Silver or classic Black exterior, Rolls Royce wedding cars are the luxury premium within wedding car transport. Put simply, Rolls Royce equals stylish.

The style and elegance of the Rolls Royce will really shine on your wedding day when you take your wedding photos. The image of the beautiful bride exiting her style Rolls Royce will capture a truly breathtaking moment. Wedding photos now form last memories of your special day, so having the perfect atmosphere and photos can be truly wonderful.

However, there is a lot more to the Rolls Royce than simple style and elegance. It is also remarkably practical and reliable as a wedding car. The Rolls Royce has a reputation for being trustworthy, and is very unlikely to break down. With such a rich tradition of luxury and reliability, it is easy to see why Rolls Royce wedding cars are so popular among couples choosing their dream wedding transport.

In addition to its reliability, Rolls Royce wedding cars are also practical in terms of their lower flooring. This provides practicality in terms of the wedding bride being able to easily enter and exit the Rolls Royce without causing any damage to the dress. As you can imagine, this is extremely important for any bride, especially before entering their own wedding ceremony.

The luxury and comfort of your own dedicated chauffeur driver also provides additional comfort on your wedding day. The advantage of a dedicated chauffeur driver is that they will focus on the timings and getting you to the venue at the right time, and you can focus on enjoying the important things that really matter on your wedding day.

Once you made the decision that you wish to hire a Rolls Royce as your wedding transport on your special day, you will have to decide where you wish to hire the car from. Many people will use the internet to find a wedding transport company, where they can hire the car and a chauffeur driver from.

Always remember when looking on the internet, it is always a good idea to also visit the wedding car showroom. One the main advantages of this is that you can actually physically see the car in the flesh before you secure the booking. Unfortunately, some wedding transport websites may advertise certain cars, and have “stock” photographs of the car – however, in reality, they are leasing a much older model.

Double check some of the practicalities such as will the car be professionally cleaned before it is used on your special day; how long will the chauffeur driver be able to stay; what insurance or coverage does the car have in the case of an accident etc. Although some of these questions may seem over the top, it is important that you consider all eventualities and scenarios for your special day.

Remember, your wedding transport is performing one of the most important parts of your wedding day – it is delivering you to your wedding venue, and will be a prominent part of your wedding photos. Take the time to choose the right transport for yourself, and enjoy your wedding day.

How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Transport: Useful Hints and Tips

Getting married is one the happiest days of your life. Planning the logistics for the big day can be some of the most stressful days of your lives. Choosing the right wedding transport for your big day can be one of those stressful decisions. In this article, we will consider some of the factors that you should take into consideration when making this decision.

The first thing you need to decide on is the budget for your wedding transport. Weddings are traditionally one of the most expensive events of your life, so you will need to have a budget in place for each of the wedding elements and decorations. However much you choose to allocate to your wedding transport is obviously a personal decision. Whatever the budget you set, you should try to keep as close as possible to this number.

Once you have a budget in mind, this will help you to progress to the next steps. The main question here is – what can you afford within your budget. Of course, some people may have no set budget in place and be able to afford the weddings of their dreams. They might choose a traditional horse drawn carriage, or a set of matching stretch limousines. These are classic types of wedding transport which can provide beautiful memories.

In this article, we will focus on choosing wedding transport within a certain budget. Choosing where to book or hire your wedding transport from can be a tricky decision. The majority of people these days will book this transport online. This tends to make financial sense as the cost of booking online is usually significantly cheaper than going to a physical store. However, just because you are booking online does not mean that you should expect any less of a customer service experience.

A simple Google search for “wedding transport” will return millions of results; so, how do you narrow this down. Firstly, try to understand what specific type of transport you wish to book. Many people grow up dreaming of their wedding, and have a very good idea of the type of transport they want to show up to their wedding in. Whether it is a classic Bentley, or a stretch limousine or even a classic Rolls Royce, there are literally hundreds of options.

Once you have decided the type of transport that you require, you are now left to choose where you wish to hire the wedding car from. As we mentioned above, there is an abundance of websites offering these types of services. You can rely on an internet search, or you can also rely on word of mouth. In the wedding industry in particular, people will often rely on word of mouth because it is something so special to a person. Your wedding is the most important day of your life, so you, understandably, do not want to leave anything to choice.

If you do not have the luxury of relying on a word of mouth recommendation, then you can also find a company on the internet. Try to focus on companies which have a good reputation and with professionally designed websites. This promotes the idea of trust and you can be more assured that they will provide a professional service at your wedding.

The majority of wedding transport companies will also provide a chauffeur service for the transport. Although this is now commonplace as a standard, you should ensure that the company is providing a chauffeur for you. Always double and trick check timings, as there is nothing worse than being late for your own wedding.

Remember, your wedding is your dream day. Picking the perfect wedding transport can make your day extra special.

Things to Consider While Using Wedding Decor

When it comes to weddings, the right decor can completely transform even the simplest of venues into the magical setting you always wanted it to be. This is a once-in-a-lifetime celebration that deserves nothing short of the very best of everything. But then, take a moment here to define what makes ‘best’ in terms of the decor for your wedding ceremony? Do you like flowers or lights? Glamour or simplicity? Extravagance or minimalism? What color scheme do you wish to follow? What about the stage – how do you want to make it look prominent? The chairs and tables? The pews and altar? Wow. didn’t think there would be SO MANY choices to make now, did you? Don’t worry – this article is here to sort out most of your confusions.

Here is a basic list of things that you should consider when finalizing and using you wedding decor:

Final plans for your celebrations

The eventual proceedings that you have planned for the day will have a major impact on your decorations. For example, whether the wedding will be indoors or outdoors? Are you planning a church ceremony or an informal event? The schedule, timing, day, predicted weather – all these factors should be taken into account while choosing your wedding decor.

Your overall theme for the day

Everything from the colors to the material used for decorations to the way your furniture has to be arranged will depend on the theme that you have picked out for the day. Picking out a central color scheme from the start will help you match everything related to the central theme perfectly. When it comes to items of wedding decorations, the most popular options are flowers, candles, and ribbons. You can use them in many creative ways to come up with ethereal decorations for a dreamy day.

Priority areas in the venue

Speaking about the decorations for your ceremony, the focus will primarily be on the altar or the altar equivalent as the focus and attention of all the guests will be on it. Some other important areas that will require special focus for decor are the pews and the doorway through which the bride and groom will enter. For the decoration of your reception area, the priority areas are the head table where you will be sitting and which will be the center point of the celebrations. Next choose some stunning centerpieces for the tables, decor for the entrance, and the dance floor.

Your overall budget for the party

This is the last and probably the most important factor to consider when it comes to planning your wedding venue decorations. If you are looking to save some money here, make sure that you keep your purchases to a minimum. Instead, choose wedding furniture and decor rental services and get the right items to deck up your venue without breaking the bank.

The right wedding decor is the key to making this special moment unforgettable. So if you are planning to get married soon, then don’t forget to consider these things while using wedding decor.