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Weddings Throughout History

I’ll start with Queen Victoria’s wedding, which dates back to 1840. Hey, traditions have to start somewhere, right?

Long before and long after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert took the vow of marriage, there have certainly been some eminent weddings, including colorful attire, but the one wedding day tradition that has remained the most constant has been the white wedding- and we have Queen Victoria herself to thank for that.

Victoria was a true wedding trendsetter; from her wedding day apparel to her fleet of twelve bridesmaids. Her dress was made up of pure white satin, but the wow factor came in on the hem. Victoria’s train was trimmed with four yards of Honiton lace that measured almost a full yard in depth. Historically, Honiton lace is one of the more intricate styles of lace. It consists of numerous natural motifs such as flowers and leaves, all sewn together into the net ground of the piece.Victoria’s dress: A heavy, white satin gown trimmed with ornate, Honiton lace

Your dress: When looking for white satin and lace wedding gowns, your options are almost unlimited. To achieve a royalty-inspired gown, consider looking at the David Tutera for Mon Cheri line.David Tutera has been working closely with Mon Cheri designer Martin Thornburg to develop a collection of wedding dresses that feature those key traditional elements that Victoria (and many others) donned. Most of them have elegant lace detailing that would surely uphold a royal standard.

Up next is the Wedding of the Century- the day Diana Spencer married Prince Charles and became Diana, Princess of Wales was presumably one of the largest royal spectacles of all time. It’s been said that on that day in 1981, nearly 750 million viewers tuned in for the event. The princess’s trailing bouquet of flowers was but one of the most sought after splendors. Princess Diana’s wedding was so influential that many brides thereafter longed to have a fairy tale wedding like hers. This is a trend that has remained strong in the world of weddings.

Diana’s flowers: A cascading bouquet of gardenias, myrtle, ivy, lily of the valley, freesias, yellow roses, and more.

Your flowers: Stick with the iconic waterfall of white flowers and ivy or trade it in for a more compact bouquet; but in order to channel your inner Diana, choose the right flowers and bouquet accessories for a high-end, timeless look.A good way to achieve this is to select an easy-to-hold and fashionable bouquet holder for you or your florist to build upon.

The final stop on our royal wedding tour is at Westminster Abbey in London, the place where the beautiful Kate Middleton married Prince William in 2011. This wedding was the perfect combination of traditional and modern, exciting and refined. Kate’s gown, designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen (that’s a resume-builder, huh?), was made of satin with a lace overlay.

Trendiest Color for Weddings in 2017

If you are afraid of having a shade of green be the star of your wedding, have no fear. There are plenty of other colors you can incorporate to subdue the hue and enhance your wedding day aesthetic.

1. Pink – Blush and other variations of pink are a great route to go. Pair it with Greenery for a romantic, refined setting. This is an easy route to take especially when dealing with floral arrangements. Oftentimes flowers make one of the largest statements (other than the bride, of course) at weddings, and many flowers bloom into a beautiful range of pinks, so Mother Nature is essentially doing the work for you!

2. Brown – Variations of brown pair really nicely with green. Incorporating tan, beige, and sandy brown will ensure that your wedding is earthy and welcoming. Think about adding a metallic, too! Bronze and gold are beautiful shimmery additions to this palette. A great place to include this color scheme is in your decorations. Look for mossy accents and other rustic pieces like reclaimed wood to help polish the appearance.

3.Blue – The options with blue are limitless. There are so many wonderful shades of this calming color that you could go several different directions with this. For a gentler atmosphere, try adding light blues and blue-greys to your palette. And for those of you who really like to make a statement, you could include more vibrant varieties like aqua and royal blue. This is great for the ever popular beach-themed and peacock-accented weddings.

4.Purple – You might not typically pair green with purple, for fear that the two strong personalities of each might clash. Nope! With Greenery, your purple pairing options are virtually endless. Lighter shades like lavender, orchid, and mauve are great matches for green. This combination really brings a soft, earthy presence to any event. On the other end of the spectrum, we have shades like royal purple, plum, and amethyst, which will make your wedding rich and vibrant.

5.Pastel – White, ivory, yellow, and other pale colors are an exceptional option that will accent those pops of Greenery, all while maintaining the long-standing tradition of having a white wedding. Pale colors alongside green make for a truly subtle, yet beautiful wedding.

 

 

Tips Buying Dress

Here are a few things to consider in the process of buying the perfect dress:

1.Budget

One of the first things to do is set a budget that is reasonable for all parties. Beyond the actual dress, there are also jewelry, shoes, and other accessories, so the cost can soon start to add up. When it comes to deciding on a price for the dress, it helps to consider the lifestyles of the bridesmaids. A high-end outfit may seem appealing, but this could easily be a financial burden for one or more of the bridesmaids.  Alternatively, there are the rental sites that offer designer dresses and available at reasonable prices.

2.Leave enough time

Whether the bridesmaids are buying off-the-rack, a unique designer number, or renting, it helps to put in placed a relaxed timeline to avoid issues with last-minute scrambling. The designer gown is the longest to organize and can take up to six months to complete. Also, the off-the-rack dresses can easily be out of stock, so it makes sense to buy these as soon as possible. Also, the renting option may need a few weeks to ensure the right style is in place.

3.Color schemes

Color is likely to be a key issue in choosing the right dress for the bridesmaids. In addition to complementing the bride’s gown, it is also worth considering the schemes at the reception and ceremony. For instance, a wedding ceremony in a rustic inn with dark green and burgundy decor isn’t likely to go well with a dress in fuchsia or a similar color.

4.Coordinate dresses

The wedding gown must be chosen before it is possible to decide on the attire for the bridesmaids. While it isn’t necessary to create an exact match, the style of dress should go well with what the bride is wearing. For instance, it the wedding gown is ultra romantic, you may want to avoid modern silhouettes for the bridesmaids. Also, if the gown is strapless, the bridesmaids shouldn’t be wearing the outfits with long sleeves.Also, body types should be taken into account. If the bridesmaids have quite different shapes, you want to go with a dress style that has the ability to look great on everyone. Alternatively, choose a dress style that is easily altered and can be let in or out.

 

Tips to plan the wedding on a budget

With a perfect budget plan you can effectively get all your wedding arrangements done in a cost-effective manner. If you have less time in hand and there are plenty of arrangements to be made, you need to stay calm and never compromise with your finances. To plan a lavish wedding on a budget, all you need to do is start planning early in order to avoid hasty decisions. You can prepare a detailed budget checklist that will help you handle all the expenses in a systematic and organized manner.

Here are a few helpful guidelines implying which you can keep a track of your expenses and avoid unwanted financial distress in your wedding:

1.Make a wedding-budget checklist:

Planning a wedding on a budget can be a bit stressful, but it can be achieved through proper tactics. Before you start making your purchases or hire service providers like decorators, florists and caterers, make a budget checklist. It could help in the decision making process and can make a lot of difference for your well executing wedding. Always carry the checklist along with you when you are going out for shopping. This will help you keep a track of your expenses and you do not end up buying overpriced stuffs.

2.Hiring a wedding planner:

Hiring a wedding planner is a great idea for budget-constraint people, as they can take the entire stress of wedding planning and plan everything within your budget. The proficient planner can handle multiple wedding related tasks like booking the wedding venue, arranging caterers, setting up locations, placing orders with businesses, and various other tasks.

3.Keeping all the arrangements simple:

If you have a tight budget limit, you need to keep all your arrangements simple. You need to be open about the simplicity of your wedding and can save your money for future planning like buying a new house or going for a honeymoon.

4.Inviting close friends and family members only:

As you are planning a wedding on a budget, you also need to consider the total number of guests invited on the big day. To stay within your allocated budget frame, you cannot invite tons of people to the ceremony. It is better to stick to the budget list and only invite close family and friends.

5.Purchasing the diamond ring online:

As you set aside a stipulated budget frame for your wedding ring, you can consider shopping the diamond ring from an online store. Reputable online jewellery stores usually have the widest collection of wedding rings to choose from. It becomes easier for you and your fiancé to explore their enormous collection of diamond rings and choose the one matching your taste and budget limit.