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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!

Wedding Candy Buffet Ideas

Are you looking for an innovative touch at your wedding reception? Do you want your wedding reception to be unique? Then a candy buffet is what you should add to your nuptial party. A wedding candy buffet is nothing but a table full of candies waiting to be relished by guests at the wedding. Candies are placed in containers or baskets with scoops and guests are invited to take as many candies as they want from the table. The self-serve candy buffet is amongst the latest trends in weddings today! They not only add fun and color to the wedding reception, but also take the bride and groom back to their childhood days. Candy buffets bring a smile on everybody’s face, irrespective of age, and add that extra touch of excitement to the wedding. An elaborate display of scrumptious sweets is sure to cause a lot of mouth-watering moments!

Candy Buffet Ideas for Weddings
While choosing candies for the buffet, one should consider the wedding theme, colors, and one’s favorite candies. Buffets inspired by the wedding theme appear very attractive at the reception. Candy buffets with coordinated colors appear far better than the random-colored ones. Don’t forget about the table centerpiece. The whole candy buffet is to be arranged around the centerpiece, so it’s definitely an important aspect of the candy buffet. You can place anything large and attractive, such as vases filled with fragrant flowers, lamp shades, etc. Let’s have a look at some candy buffet ideas for some common themes.

Romantic Themed Candy Bars

Red and white candies go great with love and romantic wedding themes. You can purchase heart-shaped red and white candies, candy canes or red and white jelly beans to go with your theme. Candy buffet doesn’t mean that you can place only candy on the table. You can also use heart-shaped wedding cookies in between the candy to add to the charm of the buffet. This will give a little variety and will also keep your theme intact. For the centerpiece, you can place a large vase filled with fresh red and cream-colored roses. You can also place some red lollipops in between the flowers. If you manage to find some heart-shaped pillows, place them in between the containers to make the buffet even more attractive and appealing.

Fall Theme Candy Buffet

You can incorporate all the lovely colors of fall into the candy buffet. Gummy bears are great for fall wedding themes. You can also place orange, yellow, and green colored candies on the table. Your centerpiece can comprise a vase filled with fall leaves. You can also scatter some leaves on the table to have a more natural appeal. However, if you have an outdoor setting, then the leaves can fly off and cause a mess. So depending on your setting, adjust the arrangement. Moreover, if you happen to find maple leaf candle holders, buy them. Placing small electric candles in these holders and will add a definite glow to the whole setting. You can also keep a large lamp shade with maple leaf designs on them as the centerpiece.

Christmas Candy Bar

If you’ve chosen Christmas as your wedding theme, then red, white, and green are your candy buffet colors. There are scores of options for you to choose from. Right from red candy canes, Christmas jelly candies, snowflake candies, red lollipops, etc. For variety, you can also place some gingerbread cookies on the table. To accentuate the theme, you can hang a few stockings, wreaths, and candy canes above, on, or around the table. You could even place Santa soft toys. For the centerpiece, you can have a large gingerbread house, a large Santa soft toy, or anything else you desire. For the favors, instead of giving fabric bags, you could give little stockings.

Chocolate Buffet

For those of you who chose chocolate-brown as your wedding theme color, there is a lot of scope to make it look dazzling. Find an outlet whose chocolates you like the most and ask them to have different kinds of chocolates such as dark, milk, white, coconut-flavored, mint-flavored, orange-flavored, etc., to be displayed. It’s best to label your chocolates for the convenience of your guests. For the centerpiece, a chocolate fountain is a good option. However, this will escalate your expenses considerably. Moreover, you will have to keep fruits, marshmallows, biscuits, etc., for dipping. Alternatively, you can keep a nice large brown teddy bear as the centerpiece. Chocolates can be displayed on trays or brown candy can be placed in clear containers.

Garden Themed Candy Bar

For garden themes, you can either have colored candies which symbolize the different items found in the garden, or you can also have your candies placed in baskets that look like flower pots. You can also place vases with beautiful flowers in between the candy pots. This will really add to the vibrant look of your candy buffet. You can also make a bouquet with fruits and insert marshmallows between them as an addition to your candy buffet.

Beach Themed Chocolate Buffet

Beach weddings are extremely popular, thus beach theme candy buffets are also gaining popularity. Various shell and fish-shaped chocolates are available which go with this theme. Moreover, one can also place salt water taffy, shark sweets, fish candy, rock candy, etc., on the table. If you get hold of a large seashell, you can place it on your buffet table as the centerpiece. Place small shells on the table in between the candies. If you cannot get hold of such fish-shaped candy, then go with a blue theme. Place blue and white candies on the buffet table, and use sky-blue runners to on the table.

Using Candies as Wedding Favors

Besides being a fun treat at the reception, wedding candy buffets are also great ways to thank the guests. Who can resist candy and chocolate wedding favors? Providing personalized bags or boxes serve as great wedding favors. Guests enjoy nostalgic childhood moments while choosing their own candies at the buffet. There are umpteen favor bags for you to choose from. If your budget permits, small personalized fabric sachets with the names of the bride and groom would also be great! You can also give little decorative containers in which your guests can fill their chocolates.

Candy Containers

To set up an attractive candy bar, one will need to consider a few things. The first step is to get a hold of some neat candy containers and scoops. One can either purchase them or get them rented. Clear containers are the best as they showcase the wonderful candy selections. Clear containers in fancy sizes and shapes will look great. It’s better to get medium-sized containers than to get some that are too large or too small.

Types
of Candy Holders

If you do not wish to use glass containers, you can also opt for basket containers or tiered stands. Ribbons or bows made from tulle can be attached to the basket to enhance its look. You can also place your candy in plain trays or trays with inbuilt compartments to separate the candies. It all depends on your taste and your budget.

Candy Buffet Tables

Purchasing fancy containers is not enough; the containers have to be displayed artistically as well, for which you can create different levels to place the containers. This can be done by placing inverted milk crates, dessert stands, small benches or other supporting material covered by a neutral colored table-cloth to create different levels. As far as the table is concerned, one could consider decorating it with candles, table runners, ribbons, flowers, or even pictures of the bride and groom. When placing candles it’s best to use votive or electric candles, in order to prevent any kind of mishap. Candies placed on the buffet table can be labeled or left as it is. Labeling is good, because if someone dislikes a particular flavor, he or she is notified immediately. Moreover, for the diabetic guests, one can have a separate counter with sugar-free candies.

How Much to Buy?
Once the theme, type, and color of the candy, has been decided upon, one needs to plan the amount of candy to be purchased. Logically, you may have enough candies for the guests to comfortably dig into; however, for the wedding candy buffet to look good, it is crucial to have enough candies displayed on the table. There’s no easy way out here! Cutting down on the quantity will only make your candy buffet look bad. It’s all about being appealing to the eyes as well as pleasing the palate of your guests. 7-10 types of candies, with 15-20 pounds of each variety would be substantial to make the buffet look good and lavish. This amount may appear a lot; however, it enhances the look of the reception.

Cheap Candy Buffet Ideas
Wedding candy buffets are added expenses and must be considered at the time of the wedding budget preparation. Cheap wedding candy buffets can be confined to common, cheaper candies such as Hershey’s Kisses, Jolly Ranchers, mint candy, and Hot Tamales on display. These candies should be bought from a bulk candy store to cut down on expenses. Moreover, keep an eye out for seasonal discounts. If you end up buying the candies months before your wedding, don’t fret. Only make sure the seal is intact, which will keep the candies fresh for the wedding. Simple containers can be used with fitting scoops. For cheap candy buffets, presentation is the key, which can make it look very opulent.

A candy buffet is an all-time crowd-pleaser! While setting up a candy buffet, the sky is the limit and one can be extremely creative! Wedding candy buffets are great to make the wedding unique and memorable for the wedding guests. So unleash your creative side and create your wedding masterpiece!

Wedding Food Ideas

Planning and organizing a wedding is a huge venture and as a prospective bride you want everything to be just perfect. With so many things to oversee, from choosing a wedding dress to wedding decorations, it is important to remember, that the most memorable thing for your guests will be the food. Bad food or bad service at a wedding reception can be disastrous and there is nothing worse than watching the guests go unfed. So plan your wedding food with care and make the right choices while putting together a menu. Yes, putting together a menu for the wedding sounds intimidating, but with a bit of organizing you can come up with a menu that is both delicious and manageable. While there are many wedding food ideas, there are a number of factors that you should consider before finalizing a menu.

Choosing a Wedding Food Menu
Some important elements to consider before choosing a menu for your wedding are; the number of guests, the time of the reception, the theme of the wedding (if any) the style of food presentation and of course the budget. Choose caterers for your wedding reception after thoroughly reviewing their services and select caterers that have been recommended by trusted friends. After you have finalized the food for the wedding, it is best to ask for a tasting menu to make sure that the food matches your expectations. Discuss with your caterer the kind of food presentation you want. Food presentation in a wedding is essentially of four types. Classic seated service, where the food is presented by servers course after course, buffet where guests serve themselves, station service, where several food areas featuring different types of food are set up, and cocktail service where bite sized appetizers are served to guests. Once you have decided on how you are going to present your food, you can then decide on the kind of food to serve.

Summer Wedding Menu Ideas

If you’re having your wedding in the summers, then you can select a wedding menu that features fresh summer fruits, vegetables and the choicest cuts in meat. For a formal sit down dinner, you can plan to serve a four course or seven course dinner, depending on your budget. For a more casual cocktail dinner you can serve a three course meal and dispense with the dessert by serving only the wedding cake as the dessert. For a buffet dinner, you need to have a more varied menu with lots of choices for your vegetarian guests. Given below are some wedding reception food ideas for a summer wedding.

Appetizers
Potato Gaufrettes with Salmon and Dill Sauce
Deviled Quail Egg Canape
Mini Beet and Goat Cheese Salad Hors d’Oeuvres
Shrimp Ceviche Cocktail
Zucchini-Mint Soup

Entrée
Rack of Lamb with Gremolata
Glazed Ham with Apricot-Mustard Sauce
Scallops with Wilted Spinach and Arugula
Salmon with Tangerine-Lemon Hollandaise Sauce
Wild Rice Pilaf With Baby Carrots

Accompaniments
Grilled Eggplant Provolone
Lemon-Buttered New Potatoes
Steamed Carrots with Garlic-Ginger Butter
Green Asparagus with Morel Hollandaise Sauce
Roasted Peppers with Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts

Desserts
Caramelized Pear Terrine
Chocolate and Strawberry Parfait
Mini Tiramisu
Hazelnut Praline Torte
Passion Fruit Soufflé
Fall Wedding Food Ideas

If you are having a fall wedding, then your wedding food menu should feature seasonal vegetables and fruits. You can opt for a more rich menu with lots of gravy items and delectable desserts. Some of the best ideas for serving food at a fall wedding are hot soups and side dishes having root vegetables.

Appetizers
Bacon-wrapped Shrimp with Basil-Garlic Stuffing
Crab Cakes with Chive Aioli
Marinated Beef Wraps with Pepper Relish
Mini Lamb Meatballs with Mint Sauce
Sweet-Potato Soup with Prosciutto Crisps

Entrée
Marinated Lamb with Orange Chimichurri
Fennel-Crusted Pork with Roasted Artichokes
Grilled halibut with Dill Mustard Glaze
Wild Mushroom Ragout
Roasted Breast of Chicken with Pinot Noir Sauce

Accompaniments
Grilled Fennel with Coriander
Sautéed Mushrooms with Fried Sage
Sautéed Radicchio with Shallots
Braised Lentils with Chopped Herbs
Mango and Red Cabbage Slaw

Desserts
Raspberry Sorbet
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Brown-Butter Pears
Pineapple Granita with Chile and Mint
Chocolate Panna Cotta with Spiced Brittle
Bittersweet Chocolate Puddings

If you are having a beach wedding, then keep the menu unfussy and casual. Barbecued sea food, spareribs and lots of cool drinks and granitas should feature on the menu. For a themed wedding, the food should revolve around the theme of the wedding. When considering different wedding food, make sure that the selection is classy, presentation is perfect and the food is flavorsome.

Ladies Suits for Weddings

Ladies suits undoubtedly exude elegance, class and grace If you are the mother of the bride or of the groom, a wedding suit is the perfect choice for you. You can select a color that matches with the wedding palette, and complements your skin tone and age. While the bride will be the one stealing the show, you too have to make an effort to look as beautiful as you can. Let it be known that you are the mother of the bride/groom and the one who is proudly giving her daughter away, or receiving a daughter-in-law instead! Let us find out why every woman must own a few formal suits for weddings.

Such suits were once a very integral part of formal occasions, where women wore their best ones for luncheon, kitty parties, gatherings, weddings, baptisms, prayer meetings, and for funerals. These suits have been losing their popularity with the onset of modern gowns and dresses, nonetheless the dignity and magnificence offered by these suits remains unmatched. After a certain age, some women find it inappropriate to wear certain designs and patterns of clothes. They would rather go in for something that graces their body and their state of mind. Ladies suits being as well-tailored as they are, allow women to wear skirts without looking too provocative. Hats are not an essential part of this attire, but in case you choose you wear one, there are a vast variety of patterns and colors to avail from. The best are those that have a sheath of net/lace that allows you to shield your eyes, so that you can have a bit of privacy in case you cannot help control your tears. After all, to witness your daughter getting married to someone she loves and someone who loves her, can be a very overwhelming and joyous moment.
Designs of the Season
Bolero Coat

The hottest designs of this season include adapting knee-length skirts with bolero coats. These coats look the best with 3/4 sleeves, however full-sleeved lace, or satin coats looks fantastic as well! Bolero coats are made to accentuate the shoulder line and bust, and are an elegant escape from sleeveless and strappy dresses.
Mid-Length Suits

A well-fitted symmetrically designed mid-length skirt adapted with an equally well-tailored blouse and a coat, is all that you’ll need for looking beautiful. You may go in for silk, satin, or chiffon suits and blazers, to give your wedding suit a dynamic appeal. You can always opt for embroidered fabrics and ready-made designs as well.
Long Wedding Suits

There are stunning new designs available this season, which allow you to opt for sensual and classy suits, which come with ankle length skirts. However, these skirts must be plain, without any added frills or embroidery.
Long Coated Wedding Suits

Adapting a long coat with a mid-length A-line skirt, and other patterns, looks fabulous as well. This trend is so hot this season, that it seems it’ll take a few years for it to fade away. It is by far the most elegant, suave, and safe option for older women, who’ll be attending weddings soon. Include some lace, and embroidery to the coat, if you please.
A Well Tailored Affair
Make it a point to get your suit tailored to perfection. You wouldn’t want to look as if you had to stuff into it, nor would you like it to be too baggy from the sides. You also need to make sure , that you are dressed according to the occasion. The reason being, that weddings today may be set on various outlandish themes. If it’s a beach wedding, you cannot and should not wear a suit! For the simple reason that, firstly; your attire will not go along with the theme, secondly; you will get roasted in the heat. You should instead go in for a flowing dress of a fine silky material which allows you to breathe and move around freely. Being a wedding, it is important that you pay attention to the way you dress, because there will plenty who would be noticing you as well. That includes members from the groom/bride’s side of the family.
Plan Ahead of Schedule
You can get yourself a fine wedding suit, from a boutique that deals specifically with wedding garments and embellishments. Or you can get one tailored to perfection. Keep a look out for sales, which could help you drastically minimize your expenses, without jeopardizing with the quality of the dress. However, make it a point to get your suit tailored, at least a month in advance so that there are no last-minute delays or errors. You will need to select a fabric which suits the prevalent whether, so that you do not sweat profusely, or catch a chill! You will also need to pay close attention to the color you select. Choose colors that are soothing, and attractive, such as lavender, light peach, pink, turquoise, steel-gray, cream, bronze, and plum. You can even go in for trousers for weddings and match it up with an elegant shirt/blouse, and coat. Do not wear unfeminine dinner jackets as that will make you look out of fashion, and out-of-place. If you do decide to go in for a jacket, wear exceptionally attractive and delicately designed ones.
You can accessorize these suits with elegant jewelry, such as a beautiful brooch, or a chunky necklace, and earrings, or you can wear really delicate bracelets, and chains as well. Do not forget to wear color coordinated footwear. Also try wearing footwear that you’ll be comfortable walking in, since weddings need a lot of last-minute running around, no matter how much planning goes into them.

Summer Dresses for Weddings

f228c7132828ee51ad21075a82e8b19dSummer weddings are very popular, and along with the bride, even the guests attending the wedding are in need of tips and pointers regarding what to wear and what to avoid. The best thing about having a summer wedding is that you have a humungous variety and styles to choose from, and the length of the dresses can vary. If the wedding is during the day, you can wear short and casual dresses, whereas, if the wedding is at night, you could get into a stunning maxi and look fabulous. The length of the dress is not very important during the hot summer months, as comfort is the key factor that needs to be focused on. Style and comfort walk hand-in-hand, so it is best to be comfortable while making a style statement at a wedding. You can play around with bright colors, accessories, shoes, makeup, and jewelry, to make your attire look trendy and fabulous. One basic key point to remember while dabbling in different styles, is that, the final outcome should look glamorous, graceful, and decent. Given below are a few styles of summer dresses that you can wear for weddings, either as a guest or the bride-to-be.

Bridal Wear

For the Guests
Maxi Dresses

Printed Dresses

Short Dresses

Dress Styles and Materials

Color
To begin with, you have you the basic types of dresses – maxi, short, and bridal gowns. Guests can wear nice graceful maxi dresses in beautiful summery prints, or even one-colored dresses in bright, vibrant colors. Wedding dresses look best in classic white, or shades like ivory or champagne; but colored wedding dresses are becoming a bit of a fashion statement nowadays, especially during the summer months. Bold, bright colors like turquoise, red, and yellow, are in vogue, whereas, pastel shades are also making an entry into the bridal trousseau preferences.

Bride’s Trousseau
Short length wedding dresses are a huge hit with younger brides-to-be, and are also very comfortable and elegant. Tea-length wedding dresses are good picks for beach weddings. Long gowns with a high waist, V-shaped neckline, and a sleeveless pattern, make lovely plus size summer wedding wear. Princess style dresses in soft colors, with thin straps, are a favorite amongst brides. Using frills and laces which add a touch of glamor to the outfit. Belts and bows are other accents that you can have added to your dress.

Guest Appearance
Guests can opt for casual colorful summer dresses. Dresses of any length, teamed with the right accessories, look fabulous and very classy for a summer wedding. Bohemian-styled maxi dresses have made a comeback into the fashion world this summer, so you could give these dresses a try. Going in for a strapless gown is a smart way to stay comfortable in the summer. You can also pick a thin-strapped or single, cross-strapped dress instead. Avoid wearing heavily sequined dresses, or very dark-colored dresses, because you will feel stifled in them.

Fabric
The fabrics that you can use are cotton, chiffon, crepe, or any natural fabric. You can also wear satin, georgette, or silk by adding a pure cotton lining to your dress, so that you don’t perspire too much in the dress. Always try to go in for materials that breathe and those that are comfortable to move around in. Light pastel shades or bright eye-catching hues, teamed with breathable fabric, and a beautiful dress, is every woman’s dream dress for any summer occasion.

Embellishments

For a wedding, especially one that is during summer, you can’t really do much as you will feel suffocated with heavy jewelry. The best choice is to go simple and light, where accessorizing is concerned. A beautiful pair of dangling earrings, or even simple studs, paired with a delicate neck-piece, bracelet, brooch, and a simple studded hair-pin, is all you need to give your entire get-up a touch of sophistication and style. Your jewelry should complement your dress and your shoes. On your feet, you can wear a nice pair of sandals, heels, or wedges, in a color that go well with your dress. Your makeup should be natural so that it does not look bad if and when you start perspiring. A nice bright shade of lipstick, mascara, liner or kohl pencil for your eyes, is more than enough to give you that simple yet sultry aura.

Dressing up for a summer wedding is easy and hassle-free. All you need is a nice light dress that has been tailored well, a beautiful pair or shoes, simple accessories, and natural makeup, and you are good to go.

Wedding Planning and Preparation Tips

There are a million things to be looked after at a wedding. You have the guest list to prepare, caterers to choose, wedding gown to select, etc. Sounds like quite a muddle, isn’t it? However, since this is a beautiful event, it is important that all the arrangements be extremely perfect. On that note, this article contains some wedding planning and preparation tips, which will make your marriage a memorable one and also reduce your hassle to a great extent.

List of Tips
Remember that you do not need to invite your co-workers. If there is someone you are close to, it is something else, but inviting 100 people from the office is just a waste of your money on the invitations, because only the ones that you are close to will come anyway.
The first step is deciding how much money you are going to spend, and make a budget. When planning the budget, allow 25% more for extras that you haven’t planned for.
Order the invitations four months in advance. Invitations should be mailed four to six weeks in advance. Take the invitations to the post office to be weighted for sufficient postage.
On the D-day, bring along an emergency kit with a needle and thread, safety pins, hairpins, hairspray, nail polish, and extra pantyhose.
Start shopping for the dress six months in advance. You will need several fittings before it is perfect.
Do your hair and makeup before putting on your dress.
Plan your honeymoon six months in advance. Make all arrangements and reservations well in advance.
If your budget is small, share your joy and happiness with only family and your closest friends.
When selecting a caterer, try to sample their food before hiring them. If it is a restaurant, go there to have dinner before you hire them.
Invitations should always be addressed by pen, preferably a black fountain pen.
Plan your budget first. The rest you can fit into that budget.
If you and your significant-other have a disagreement, work it out without involving either set of parents.
When shopping for your dress, state your price range at the beginning.
Remember to always send a “Thank you” note for all the gifts you receive.
When choosing a date, take your guests into consideration. Avoid family birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Also, think about those who will be traveling.
View his or her photographs to see if you like their style of photography. If you do, book as early as possible.
Planning a wedding takes a lot of time. If you don’t have the time, hire a wedding consultant.
When you are meeting with a florist for the flowers, know what your budget will be and the colors you have chosen.
Eat something before your wedding. Even though you might not feel hungry, try to swallow just a few bites. You don’t want to faint on your big day!
Make detailed photocopies of your wedding day schedule beginning that morning and continuing until your departure for your honeymoon. Give copies of the schedule to all parents as well as everyone in the party.
Don’t hesitate to ask family and friends to help with preparations. Choose the appropriate task for the person you are asking.
I hope the above mentioned tips will help you prepare well for your D-day! All the best!

Winter Wedding Planning Tips and Ideas

It the most important time of your life, that moment you have waited for. You want nothing short of the best. This winter season will launch you on a new journey you have always dreamed about. Having a winter wedding can be certainly advantageous in many ways. Sure, the winter brings a lot of chill and it’s not exactly fun to shiver in your wedding gown. Well, the great news is that there are many ideas you can think of to make this event a successful one for your friends, as well as your family.

Winter wedding planning can be fun and can incorporate many innovations in the theme of the event. You can see the brighter side; you do not have to doubt and worry about the weather and unexpected showers that can cause a damper.

Planning a Winter Wedding

This is where you can experiment with the theme, create dramatic effects, as well as innovate and improvise on the clothing. Planning during winters can also be a lot easier as you will be able to book the venues easily, which will help you manage the event without much hassle.

The Venue
The choice of the venue largely depends on the number of guests you are planning to invite. The prime factor in this case should be the heating systems. You can look for a club, inn, any historic mansion, or palatial place. Then, you need to find out about the seasonal decorations of the place. Many times, the place is generally adequately heated; yet you should be sure there are no chances of a draft that may cause a chill and discomfort the guests. You must check the locality around the venue; if there is an unexpected increase in the snowfall, the venue should be easy to access for all your guests.

Arrival at the Venue
‘Tis the Christmas season and time to be jolly! You can opt for a dramatic entrance such as white horse carriage instead of a luxurious car. The idea is to innovate and use the theme of this season to the fullest.

Decoration
Most of the places you plan to decorate may already have their own decoration for the interiors. In such cases, all you need to do is add some of your own touches. You can use winter accents such as holly and ivy leaves, pinecones, eucalyptus, Baby’s Breath, wheat stems, pumpkin or squash gourds, fir, or even some Christmas ornament balls. You can suspend some artificial snowflakes using a transparent fishing line from the ceiling. The tables can be covered with shimmering white tablecloths and can have silver candelabras holding white candles to add to the pure and pristine look. You can check your local store that stocks Christmas objects, to pick some inexpensive buys. For the centerpiece, you can try to add some bright red cranberries to a decorative bowl, that is filled with water and contains floating candles. This would contrast well with the shimmering white tablecloths. Add some elements, like a gingerbread house or even a decorative ice sculpture, that are bound to elicit some ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from the guests!

Dresses
For the girls, this is the time where you can look super hot on a very chilly day. You can stick to your icy cold theme and use a lot of heavy lace and satin in your outfits. Although most women would love to go in for strappy or off-shoulder gowns, these may not prove to be suitable for the chilly weather. For such cases, you may have to opt for delicately designed shrugs, shawls, white faux fur, or velvet wraps, and hooded capes that can look simply awesome when combined with a white wedding dress. Add some exotic diamond jewelry to add to the cool look that’s completely haute for the season. Winter formal dresses can be combined with some sexy white satin boots, which can be designed to match your dress. You can add drama to the wedding by opting for colors apart from the basic white, such as icy blue, shimmering silver, and steel gray; this can also help you achieve the ice maiden look, but in an unconventional way. Ensure that the couple looks well-balanced in terms of the colors used. These dresses can thus offer you plenty of options to experiment and carry off different looks.

The Menu
You can stick to the ice theme and incorporate it in the way the food is presented. Do opt for a white sumptuous cake in three tiers that can be decorated with snowflake patterns. Add some sugar sculptures on the table; use a snow globe and such other elements to add to the effect of the way the food is displayed. How about a white chocolate fountain to add to the excitement? The bottom line is to innovate and present it in a unique way.

Incorporate unique ways to decorate the invitations and create an interest in the minds of the receiver. I am hoping these ideas help you get the basic outline that will help you plan the wedding in the best way possible. This is the time you can let your imagination run wild and try something different from the traditional style!