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Modest Wedding Dress Patterns

41f2fe4f088371386707afb808b9519dIt’s that special time in a woman’s life where she finds herself nervous, yet excited about that big day in her life. The air is permeated with wedding fever, with so many things to do like sending out the wedding invitations, picking out the perfect giveaways, booking the wedding reception venue, selecting the perfect caterers, deciding on the colors and designs for the bridesmaids’ dresses, rehearsing for the wedding and finally the best part for any woman – looking for the wedding dress.

Girls have fantasized about what that dress will like when that day finally arrives to walk down the aisle, dreaming about being shrouded in the perfect white dress.

Modest Wedding Gown Patterns

There are so many wedding dress magazines and websites, with designs that are sure to leave you baffled at the end of it. You’ll spot a design that you really want to go with, and then suddenly see something else better. You’re indecisiveness will leave you switching between at least 20 different patterns – very exhausting task. So, if you’re going with a particular design, stick to it and envision the pattern in your mind’s eye. Then spread out an array of patterns, comparing styles and work done on the dresses, even mixing it up to have a feature from each dress, combined into one. When you read about the suggestions below, picture that pattern in your mind and choose the dress according to the design pattern. That should help you decide easily on what dress to go with in the end, when it comes to choosing the wedding dress style.

Lace

This may seem like a common choice of material, but you need to look past stereotype designs and come up with something unique. When picking out lace, familiarize yourself with the different kinds of lace available to stitch onto the dress. Laces types can range from.
Netted lace
Sequenced lace
Intricate embroidery lace
Embedded stones lace
Plain clear lace
Shimmer lace
Lace is a thin, see-through material, which can be either stitched over the top of a tube dress, to cover the chest, shoulders and back area, or it can cover the entire dress’s length to give it a heavier facade. It can look very stylish, and can really bring out the dress’s design. It can go over any material, the best one being stiff satin. It gives off that princess-like look, if you experiment with heavy work and intricate detailing. The lacy material works best when it ends at your elbows or in full sleeves with it tapering into an inverted pyramid, or ending around your wrists. Make sure the lace is tight against your skin; you wouldn’t want it puffing up in places, ruining the whole look.

Layering

Layering a bridal gown means letting different sized length materials fall against the dress right till the end of it. This works best for a dress that is mushroom-shaped (puffy hem), because the layers show better when the dress is more spread out. These layers can be satin folds, which go around the dress in a wave-like fashion vertically. Go easy on the folds to avoid it looking too cluttered, consult a good book and look out for layering designs that are neat and not overly done to make it look old-fashioned. It can look like the dress is weighing you down if the folds aren’t stitched on right.

Dress with Mini Overcoat

Satin Tube Dress:
Satin works best for any wedding dress design, with that nice shimmery gleam that bounces off the material. In modest wedding dress patterns, this look will really bring out a bride’s dress design. The tube dress can either be placed over a bracket to give it that mushroom bulge, or it can fall straight down, gathering around your feet. The material should ideally be folded and stitched around the waist area to give it more flow, rather than just sitting straight against your body. You can even have the dress end at knee-length, to show off a pair of classic white stilettos. You can split up your waist area in two parts – pick out a satin black/pastel colored bow that ties in at the end in a neat bow tie for a knee-length pattern only, for a long dress that isn’t in a mushroom bulge design, you can use this idea. Keep in mind that lengths have to complement each other. So, if you’re going with a knee-length design, a short wedding veil that ends midway behind your back, works well and vice verse. For the tube dress, the little overcoat is long-sleeved with intricate work done or can be plain with lapels. Don’t include buttons, but with an open front that shows off that tube-topped dress.

Halter Dress:
A halter dress design works well for a short length dress and even for long lengths, provided it isn’t fitted over a puffy hem. It can circle around your neck with a nice lacy finish. Go easy on the work done on the front of the halter, if your overcoat is done with heavy design work.

Modest wedding dresses are a good choice in getting ready-made, but starting from scratch seems more fun because you get to experiment with your own ideas. I hope this section helped you out on what kind of dress pattern to use for your dress.

Dessert Ideas for Weddings

A wedding is considered to be incomplete without desserts. Whether it’s the wedding cake, cookies, ice creams, etc., desserts are loved and enjoyed by people of all ages. Since these dishes hold an essential part in a wedding, every couple wants to provide a memorable and inspiring dessert station, which will encourage their guests to join in the celebrations, and create a lighthearted and fun atmosphere.

Unique Ideas
While one can’t say when the tradition of a wedding cake began, it’s normally considered as a ritual of blessing the newly married couple with prosperity, fertility, and happiness. However, there are many people for whom it may not be on the top of the list of favorite desserts, and hence, present generation couples do not serve a traditional wedding cake. Cupcakes on stacked tiers with the top level as a small cake, can be an elegant alternative.
For couples who don’t want to feel obligated to have a four-tiered, fondant-covered wedding cake, individual ones in the shape of an open Tiffany-style box stuffed with cream and berries, or an inquisitive chocolate fountain, shaped like a three-tiered cake can be a stylish dessert option.
You can set up bowls having toppings like sprinkles, fruits, sauces, mini candy sweets, chocolate flakes, creams, etc., for your guests so that they can create their own ice cream sundaes with these toppings.
One can set up a cookie decorating station that will not only entice their taste buds, but will also keep the kids amused.
Having a chocolate fondue fountain at each guest table with a tray of assorted sweets like fruits, cookies, or maybe even pound cakes to dip into the chocolate fondue fountain can be fun, and will also look extremely sensual.
Bread pudding made up of brioches or croissants can be one of the scrumptious dessert ideas for large groups of guests. Your caterer can come up with different flavors in the bread pudding like apple, chocolate, raspberry, peach, etc.
You can provide your guests a dipping station for fruits like strawberries and apples, where they can choose to dip their favorite fruit in milk, dark or white chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and sugar.
You can also ask your caterer to prepare special cookies with a picture or message placed in the center especially for your guests, as this will give a more of personal touch to the occasion.
Since desserts are not just about wedding cakes, couples are opting for bars that comprise various mini-desserts for guests to choose from. Such ideas are not only trendy, but are also cost-effective.
For some guests, desserts are incomplete without coffee or tea, and so you can serve your guests both these beverages before they leave for the evening.

Chocolate Wedding Cake with Flowers

Ideas for Serving

Along with the taste, how you serve the desserts is equally important. Therefore, following are some tips that will enable you to present these dishes.
If you are planning to have a seated meal, try having an exclusive dessert station with a buffet setup. This will enable your guest to circulate a bit, and mingle with other guests.
Having a table full with an assortment of beguiling plated desserts will make the presentation look extremely stylish.
Setting separate truffle stations with a variety of individual chocolates or chocolate cordial cups filled with a delicious liqueur is also an innovative alternative.
Along with these lavish dishes, mini desserts served on trays at the end of the meal, can also make a good statement.
Having a separate cart including desserts like cake, ice cream, pie, etc., at one corner of the dining room can be a unique dessert serving idea.
You can either cater the desserts, or ask your friends and relatives to prepare some treats to make your wedding special and memorable. Since the choice solely depends on you and your partner’s liking, you can make it as interesting and enjoyable as you desire. However, the above mentioned ideas will definitely help you in planning the desserts in a delicious way.

Funny Wedding Ideas

If we follow the conventional ideas of a wedding, then it is supposed to be sensuous, eternal, glamorous and in sync with traditions. We barely imagine a wedding to be funny or comical. Isn’t it? A wedding blended with humorous themes is rather unique. With so many options in hand you can laugh your heart out in your wedding ceremony. The day will be memorable forever when you make merry with your prospective bride/groom and the guests present there. Elements of fun when harmonized with traditions would indeed be a great idea for making the W-day extraordinary.

Funny Wedding Themes

Looking for some funny wedding ceremony ideas? You can utilize the unconventional wedding themes quite humorously. How? Think of characters from cartoon shows, sitcoms and movies that have made people laugh forever. You can prepare masks of the comical characters and wear them on your wedding. Dress up accordingly and create an ambiance that will complement the theme. Design the costumes and wear similar makeup to emulate the characters exactly. The preparations for hosting a funny wedding theme are definitely big and so for the costumes. However, your efforts will never go in vain when both of you share the moments of fun together and also with the people present in your wedding ceremony. Here are some funny themes that you can choose from.
Shrek – Princess Fiona
Marriage Woe Themes
Superhero Themes
Lily Tomlin – Charlie Chaplin (vintage!)
Marge Simpson – Homer Simpson
Funny Wedding Dances

How humorous will it be when you rhapsodize the ‘Thriller’ dance steps with your partner on your wedding ceremony! Instead of walking on the aisle, you can tap your feet into the rhythm of funny wedding songs. Ask the DJ to play humorous songs one after another so that you keep dancing non-stop. Try unique feet moves and allow your guests to participate in the comical dance show. We have provided you a list of wedding songs in which you can dance with a spark.
Hokey Pokey – Ray Anthony
Making Whoopee – Eddie Cantor
When I’m Sixty Four – The Beatles
Hey, Good Lookin’ – Hank Williams
Shake Your Booty – KC and the Sunshine Band
We Are Family – Sister Sledge
I Wanna Grow Old With You – Adam Sandler
Funny Wedding Vows

This time no more reciting the cliched wedding vows, In the name of God, I, take you to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death……. Try something humorous, something that would make the audience burst into peals of laughter. Keep the vows purely humorous without adulterating with raunchiness. Phrase your own sentences that will make her laugh without surprising her badly. Do not bring out any private issues or crack jokes that would confuse other people present around. Let’s take an example from the movie ‘Wedding Crashers’. Craig vows, “I, Craig, take you, Christina, to be my wife, my best friend, and my first mate. Through sickness and health, clear skies and squalls.”. Then Christina takes the vow, “I, Christina, take you, Craig, to be my best friend and my captain, to be your anchor and your sail, your starboard and your port.”

Here’s another example where Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston promised each other, “I vow to split the difference on the thermostat.”

Well, these were just examples to present you the ideas regarding some laughable and funny wedding vows (like, I vow to make pancakes for you every Sunday or treat you chocolate everyday!). You can come up with your own ideas and compose jokes and poems that would evoke a great deal of laughter among everyone. Read it aloud posing a comical gesture so that the essence of fun is retained.

Funny Wedding Games

The fun is never complete without games! Even the stupidest of all games emerge as being funny! When people gathered mix with each other along with the bride and the groom, then a lot of amusement goes around. People who show a high degree of enthusiasm while playing games are perfect for a funny wedding. Crazy games when executed wisely becomes highly entertaining for everyone present in the wedding ceremony. And to watch those captured rib-tickling moments together with family and friends gives immense pleasure. So here are some funny games to play in a wedding.
The Kissing Game (kissing your sweetheart only if you successfully complete the task provided to you!)
Musical Chairs (play a funny song when the game is on and the winner gets the gift!)
Quiz the Couple (Ask random questions to the newly married couple and find out how deeply they know each other!)
Jokes (Compose your own jokes and recite it before everyone. If the audience fails to laugh then you have to perform some comical acts!)
Weren’t those really really funny wedding ideas? Well, I’m sure you have loved the concepts provided in this article. Do not forget to capture the fun-filled moments because you will enjoy much more when you see them over and again… Happy Wedding!

Rustic Wedding Ideas

rustic-outdoor-reception-right-next-to-the-barnColor Palette
Color palette plays a major role in bringing a balance and consistency in your theme. You can use colors like rust, gold, pine, brown, and champagne color shades for your rustic wedding.
It’s the most important day of life, but, planning a wedding is no easy task. If you want it to be different and unique then why not opt for a rustic wedding. It is the perfect theme for those who like to keep things simple, and want to be with their loved ones and nature on the day.

The charm of a rustic countryside wedding is unparalleled. It offers everything; beauty, privacy and simplicity. You can relax, and truly enjoy each moment, which is hardly possible in the city.

Planning needn’t be a task, as all friends and families can be involved to make it grand. To make it a little easier, we have sorted all the details for you, and compiled some of the best ideas. Take a look!
Invitations

You can make your rustic wedding invitations simple yet interesting. If a wedding has a theme, it should reflect through the theme. You can make use of colors like gold, brown, or cream. Sending invitations in old-looking envelopes is also a good idea, make use of brown crushed paper for this. Keep the invitation wording simple, avoid the use of jargon or too much flowery language. Nor only is it contradictory to the theme, but it can also confuse the guests.
The Setting

Barn Setting

You can have a barn or farm as the setting, for an uncomplicated and rustic look. The key to a perfect setting is the use of right elements. Vintage cars, cycles, barrels, baskets, and other such elements will make the place look absolutely picturesque.

Rustic Wedding Canopy

Rustic Wedding Reception Setting
Decorations

Rustic Decorations – Bouquets on Wooden Background

Rustic Decorations – Flowers on Wooden Background

Rustic Decorations

Rustic Decorations – Rings and Vows

Rustic Decorations – Birds on a Wooden Background

Rustic Decorations – Cheerful Signboards

Rustic Decorations – Candles and Hearts

The best part of a rustic wedding is the decoration. There are no strict rules, and anything that you have collected over the years can be part of the celebration. Colors like gold, yellow, umber, sage, russet, or shades of brown will instantly give a country style look.

Rustic Decorations – Unusual Light Arrangements

Rustic Decorations – Flower Arrangement in Cages

Rustic Decorations – Flower Arrangement in Cages

Rustic Decorations – Wall Hangings
Wedding Centerpieces

There’s no limit to how creative you can get with these. Right from beautiful vases with dried flowers and leaves, from vintage frames to any sort of antique elements that you think would add to the rustic feel, anything will do. Just remember it has to be eye-catching.
The Cake

Don’t go for a boring white cake, make it rustic! Cakes that have flower or leaf decorations, or are made like a log of wood or tree trunk are some options worth trying. If you want to stick to a conventional cake, no problem, just keep it on a trunk of tree, to add that rustic feel. You can even decorate the table with some dried leaves or flowers.

Rustic Wedding Cake with Flower Icing

Rustic Wedding Cake Ideas – Cupcakes with Flower Icings
The Bride

Go for a fuss-free yet graceful look for an added appeal. A gown lined with pretty lace or even a country style gown with long sleeves would look elegantly old-style. Add some flowers in your hair, or other ornaments that go with the theme.

The Rustic Look for the Bride

The Rustic Look for the Bride
The Bride and the Groom

Ahh… the bride! Yeah also the groom! They just have so many ways to look rustic, regal and beautiful on their special day. It’s all about adding little elements that will take the look to entirely new notches altogether. For example, a cream-colored gown would give it a more countryside wedding look rather than a white one.

Rustic Wedding – Couple Portrait

Rustic Wedding – Couple Portrait
The Guestbook

Rustic Wedding Guestbook Idea
Here’s your chance to go truly rustic. A beautiful antique lamp, thick old book, all perched on a slab of a tree trunk. Sounds good, right! Think out of the box, and showcase your creativity through this one.
A rustic wedding will not only give you a peaceful, pretty environment, but will also save you a lot of money! So, go ahead with these ideas and make your wedding a perfect fairy-tale, but a simple one!