Wedding Ideas

Top Tips for Toasters

Out of the hundreds and hundreds of toasts I’ve witnessed, many have fallen flat or bombed completely.

However, almost every one of them had good intentions…so here’s some help to get you on point before you

grab that microphone and go live:


Always write your speech down…Never just speak “from the heart”

Write it…then re-read and think about how you can make the same point with less words.

The more you practice your speech the more natural and un-rehearsed it will appear when you give it live.

Be honest with yourself… if you are not a genuinely funny person then don’t try to be funny during your

speech. A short, heartfelt speech always goes over better than a serious of jokes that are not landing.

Be true to yourself.

If you are known in the group for being witty then feel free to integrate something funny into the toast but

remember that it’s not a roast and nobody in the room will get inside jokes so if you make a joke be certain it

will be understood and is content appropriate.

If you’re a more serious person then just speak from the heart and talk about your history with the couple or

offer some advice etc…

Remember to change the intonation of your voice throughout your speech.

The tone of your speech should be happy, enthusiastic, and optimistic.

Once you have the toast written then video yourself during practice and watch it to make sure you are happy

and comfortable with your presentation.


Always be sure that you speak to both the bride and groom.

Even if your sister is the bride and you hardly know the groom it’s inappropriate to go on for 3 minutes about

the bride and say nothing about the groom and vice/versa.

Always find a way to finish the toast by focusing on what a great couple they are together.


Your toast should not be longer than 2-4 minutes- Time yourself.

Remember, often times there are 3-5 people speaking and they usually go back 2 back…so that is already 8-12

minutes that guests are sitting and listening to people talking. If everyone starts to go longer than 2-4 minutes

it’s a real energy killer and guests start to lose interest.

Short and precise is always better than long and rambling.

Use IPad or note cards

Unless you have a photographic memory no matter how many times you rehearse don’t try to go from

memory. You may forget a key point and regret it later or lose focus and start to ramble. I know some people

worry that using notes doesn’t feel authentic but I promise you that a short and meaningful toast will always

trump a long rambling one and if you need to use notes then don’t worry about it!

If you do use notes, don’t use multiple long pages of paper.

Instead use small note cards which look much cleaner.

You can also use your phone or Ipad but make sure you have it opened to the screen BEFORE you are called


Where to stand?

It really depends on the room layout and where the couple is located.

But usually the best place to stand is adjacent to the sweetheart table but so that your back is not turned to

the room. This was you can look over occasionally to the couple but also address all the guests. If the couple

don’t have a sweetheart table and are seated at a long bridal table then sometimes you have to just stand on

the dance floor but again, find a position that will allow you to face the majority of the room.

How to hold the Microphone

The closer the mic is to your lips the better…as long as you aren’t making contact with it.

Speak at a level slightly louder than conversational tone

Remember to keep the mic centered at your lips and don’t let your mic arm move around as you gesture to

make a point

Don’t forget to bring your drink with you.

Decide in advance if you are going to hold your drink in your free hand.

If you are using notes then have a plan for where you’ll set your drink down until it’s time to toast at the end.

(Usually you can place your drink on the sweetheart table)

Getting Emotional

It’s okay to get emotional as long as you can keep your composure and finish the speech.

This is another reason that you should practice the speech several times in advance.

If you get emotional take a moment to compose but then push through.

If for any reason you feel you can’t continue then it’s best to wrap it up instead of standing there and letting

things get awkward.

If It Goes Sideways

If a toaster rambles too long, gets inappropriate or is just bombing then the couple should give a look to the DJ

or wedding coordinator. In severe situations we can fade up the music and walk over to take the microphone

back from the toaster. However, a smoother way to handle this is for the bride or groom to walk up and hug

them so that it’s less obvious that they are being cut off.

Toast Topic Suggestions-
Thank the parents for putting on an amazing wedding

A short story about the couple back in school etc…

Your best memory of the couple

Best vacation moment

Talk about how the bride/groom is a better person for having met the other.

Something the couple did that impresses you most

Your relationship with either of the couple

The dynamic that the couple has with each other

Why the couple is so perfect for each other

Think of all the things that the other wedding guests could say about the bride and groom and say something different.

Find an interesting quote or song lyric to use when wrapping up your toast

When in doubt follow this simple formula:

#1 Introduce yourself and how you are related to the couple/bride/groom

#2 Thank both families and whoever funded the wedding

#3 Talk briefly about your primary friend (bride/groom) and your relationship.

If appropriate tell a short/entertaining story (ONLY 1 story)

#4 Talk about why the spouse is such a great match

#5 finish with a quote, sentimental thought or well wishing to the couple.

#6 Cheers and hug the couple!

Toast Don’ts

Don’t drink too much prior to the toast. (2 drink maximum prior to the toast)

Don’t mumble, enunciate!

Don’t bring up exes- ever.

Don’t get too personal about your own life- this is about the couple…not you.

Do not swear. Remember there is a whole room of people and some might be easily offended.

If you do tell a story…ideally it shouldn’t pre-date the couple.

Don’t make amends. The toast is not the time or place to make up or compensate for any past history.

Don’t joke about marriage. Again, you never know how easily offended the family members can be.

Don’t forget to make eye contact with both the crowd and the couple.

Telling a story is fine…just make sure it’s a story that everyone will actually be interested in hearing.

Don’t pass the mic off to anyone that isn’t on the list to speak.

Final tips

Usually the couple (along with the coordinator) decides what order to arrange the toasts.

However, I think it’s smart to have everyone communicate on what they are going to speak about so that the

order makes sense. It really sucks to follow “THE MOST AMAZING WEDDING TOAST EVER” so in that situation

we’d put the best toaster last to bring it home on a high note.

Don’t be afraid to run your speech past a friend or family member prior to the wedding.

Use someone you trust as a filter to make sure your toast is on point.

Now go give the best toast ever!

Bride Pops The Big Question

Bride Pops The Big Question

Weddings are a big deal. There are a lot of steps, stages and events leading up to the big day. For example: Step one- the Proposal. Gotta get everyone on board with this marriage, right? You have a big gesture planned out, and it blows up in your face (sometimes literally).  Occasionally things just don’t turn out like you expected.

We’re here to tell you that it’s okay if things don’t go perfectly. The perfect proposal, bachelorette party, engagement party, rehearsal dinner, and wedding are made in the details. The personal, unique touches you add to all the events are what will be most memorable to your guests, friends and family.

How do you add these small details without breaking the bank? Start thinking sticky:

Personalized wall decals are a great way to customize any space from bedroom to ballroom. You can even order custom large format decals for the ground, indoor or outdoor. 

Bottle labels are a great way to customize and alcoholic gift to family members or to ask your closest friends to be part of your wedding. 

Wedding favor labels are a great way to package your wedding favors or other event favors while still keeping with the theme or style of your wedding. 

For more inspiring ideas, visit our wedding page. You’ll find lots of ideas for adding small details to your wedding. All products can be completely customized by uploading your own designs or altering any of our templates, so all your products will look consistently beautiful and professional. 

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Venue Coordinator vs. Wedding Planner

  • Sometimes Venues Do Provide a Planner: Although most venues that advertise in-house coordination only provide a venue coordinator, there are some venues that actually include a Wedding Planner or Day-Of Coordinator. If they are truly a planner, that person will be in constant communication with you throughout the entire planning process. We applaud these venues for including such an important service in their wedding packages!

We encourage you to do your research!  Your wedding day is a very special, once-in-a-lifetimAfter more than 11 years planning weddings, we’ve seen so many changes happen in the industry! One thing that has remained the same is the common misconception of the duties performed by a Venue Coordinator as opposed to a Wedding Planner.

Occasionally, wedding venues will offer an in-house “coordination” service, which can be a great feature for you and your family. However, most of these venue coordinators that offer wedding day assistance are not experienced planners. These individuals work for the venue and are there to oversee/protect the venue, offer facility-related assistance (i.e. questions about where light switches are located, how to adjust the thermostat, etc.), and be the client’s point of contact in the weeks leading up to the wedding. They are there specifically to represent the venue and will unlock the doors, turn on lights, report any accidents/incidents, and lock up/reset at the end of the night.

Over the years, we have provided “facility” or “venue” coordination for several venues that do not want the overhead costs of an in-house staff, so we have a very intimate knowledge of this service and how it works. While we truly appreciate the venues that choose to provide that type of amenity to their clients, remember that a venue coordinator is not a substitute for a “Wedding Planner” or “Day-Of Coordinator”.

Different venues assign a variety of job titles to their employees that fill a similar position. We encourage you to ask a lot of questions when deciding if you need to hire a third party wedding planner or coordinator.

Some tips and hints to keep in mind:

  • Venue employees are there for the Venue: Facility coordinators are employed by the venue and protecting that facility is their first priority.

  • Your Planner/Coordinator Only Has You in Mind: If you choose to hire a Wedding Planner (or Day-Of Coordinator), they work for you. Their sole concern is alleviating the stress that you and your family may experience while making sure the event runs flawlessly. They accomplish hundreds of tasks leading up to and on your wedding day, while always acting in your best interest.

  • Know What’s Included: If your venue provides a coordinator, make sure you have a very clear understanding of what that person’s job role entails. Outline exactly what they will be taking care of on your behalf so you don’t experience any surprises right before or during your event.

  • True Story: We have witnessed a venue receive negative reviews and harsh comments because their “coordinator” terminated employment the week before a wedding. That specific venue received backlash because of one employee’s lack of judgment and poor timing, although the venue never offered any in-house coordination services. However, the bride’s family was under the impression that they would be provided with an in-house “Day-Of Coordinator”. The employee therefore caused an immense headache for the venue (and an even bigger burden on the bride and her family!) by over-promising and under-delivering.

An event that should not be left to chance. Ensuring that you have someone working on your behalf will make the planning process and wedding day go much more smoothly. If your venue provides a coordinator, that is wonderful! We are delighted to work with them as a point of contact and venue liaison to ensure that your wedding is the best celebration of your life!

“You gave us the best gift on our wedding day – peace of mind. I am so thankful that you were there to coordinate everything, and it really gave me the ability to relax and actually enjoy my wedding day. So many of my friends told me the day would fly by and that I wouldn’t remember anything, but they were wrong. You gave me the chance to take those pauses, take a breath here and there (my dress was TIGHT), and really be present throughout the whole day and the reception. You really did such an amazing job; this card probably doesn’t even begin to do it justice. To the both of us, the wedding was flawless. We have received so many compliments on how well the wedding was produced, and I can’t take any credit for that – it was you. Kim Moody Design really is the best in the business, and I am so honored that you were a part of our big day.” ~Stephanie & Mike

Kim Moody is the owner and principal planner at Kim Moody Design, a full-service event planning team celebrating their 11th year in business. With offices in Blackstone and Richmond, they also provide fresh floral design, linen & décor rentals, invitations, and much more! For more information, visit

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Sandals Resorts Honored at this year’s World Travel Awards

~ Luxury Included® Resort Company Takes Home 17 Awards at Annual World Travel Awards Ceremony ~

Sandals Resorts International (SRI) was honored with prestigious recognition at the 22nd Annual World Travel Awards’ Caribbean & The North America Ceremony, held on October 17, 2015 at Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis & Spa Resort. The Luxury Included® Resort Company collected 17 awards, demonstrating the continued success and evolution of the brand and its resorts.  In addition to this distinguished accomplishment, SRI once again received the notable recognition of Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand, thus earning this title for 22 consecutive years.  New to the winners’ circle was Sandals Barbados, which was awarded Caribbean’s Leading Resort after recently opening this past January.

“We are honored to be continuously awarded by the World Travel Awards,” said Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International. “These outstanding recognitions validate the hard work of our staff and their constant commitment to providing our guests with the best possible experiences each and every day.”

With a total of 17 trophies from this year’s awards ceremony, Sandals Resorts International rose above other highly acclaimed hotel brands. The Caribbean resort company’s top honors included:

Caribbean’s Leading Adventure Tour OperatorIsland Routes Caribbean Adventures
Caribbean’s Leading All Inclusive Family ResortBeaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa
Caribbean’s Leading Conference HotelSandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis & Spa Resort, Great Exuma, Bahamas
Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon ResortSandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa
Caribbean’s Leading Hotel BrandSandals Resorts International
Caribbean’s Leading Luxury All-Inclusive ResortSandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa
Caribbean’s Leading ResortSandals Barbados
Caribbean’s Most Romantic ResortSandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa
Caribbean’s Leading Private Island ResortFowl Cay Resort, Bahamas

Antigua & Barbuda’s Leading ResortSandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa
Bahamas’ Leading Spa ResortSandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island
Grenada’s Leading ResortSandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa
Jamaica’s Leading All Inclusive Family ResortBeaches Negril Resort & Spa
Jamaica’s Leading Resort: Sandals Ochi Beach Resort
St Lucia’s Leading Resort: Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort
St Lucia’s Leading Spa ResortSandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa
Turks & Caicos’ Leading ResortBeaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa

The World Travel Awards were established in 1993 for the express purpose of acknowledging and celebrating achievements in all areas of the world’s travel and tourism industry. This year’s voting campaign reached a total of 183,000 travel professionals worldwide in more than 160 countries. Nominations for this year’s World Travel Awards were based on the previous year’s voting.  The World Travel Awards will culminate with the Grand Final Gala Ceremony taking place this December 12th in Morocco.

This is why we only sell Sandals Resorts! They are amazing at what they do! Beautiful properties and beautiful people make for beautiful honeymoons! Get Started planning today! Our planning service is FREE! We’ll match you up with the perfect resort!  Get started now.

The Highly Evolved Groomsmen Gift Ideas List

The world is in a constant state of evolution, the way humans think is constantly changing, so naturally, so is the world of groomsmen gifts.  As it comes to the Darwinism of gift giving, we like to think we are ahead of the evolutionary curve.  While groomsmen gifts may not rank quite as high on the scale of importance to humanity, it should be absolutely vital to you as the groom. There are not many occasions in a man’s life where he can formally celebrate what his friends mean to him. The groomsmen party is exactly that – a celebration of your best men gathered around you during one of the most important days of your life. To do that right, a groomsmen gift should reflect what those relationships mean to you in the most unique and thoughtful way possible.

Don’t be a caveman, a Neanderthal of gift giving.  Do not celebrate your groomsmen with a haphazard primal grunt. It must be done the right way as you anoint yourself into marriage and with a sincere level of thought so it actually has meaning.  The chances don’t come around often for us guys who are generally unsentimental and insensitive; start your hunt for cool and creative groomsmen gift ideas right away.

We realize that this decision often comes rushed at a leg of the home stretch that is often long on stress and short on time.  So to get it right, we are going to do some of the work for you and offer what we consider to be groomsmen gift ideas that go the extra mile.   This stuff isn’t rocket science, but there is an art to understanding a great groomsmen gift.

1. Toms – Sometimes one of the coolest gifts you can get is something that can bring a guy comfort the day he is slogging around trying to stay ready for the wedding.  Introducing Tom’s – Toms are basically like cool looking socks with soles and give a guy a chance to let the dogs breathe a little while he’s aiming to style up and look good for the ceremony and ensuing pix.  Give him a chance to relieve himself from those tacky tux shoes whenever he can, then have a pair of these to take home.

2. Anything NFL – Why?  Just because it’s the most popular sport in this country by a landslide.  Men attach themselves to their favorite team like a jester does to his king.  From preseason to the draft, football is no longer a sport in this country, it’s a religion.  That said, you can go in a variety of directions with this theme.  We love this NFL emblazoned growler set or the super cool personalized jerseys on  What a better way to tune into your Sunday’s than by cracking open this container.

3. Group Groomsmen Caricature – Have we mentioned we love cool and creative groomsmen gift ideas?  The group groomsmen caricature is one of the best ideas out there because you can have one uniform item that captures your entire team, pulling out complications given there is an element of artistic interpretation that makes the gift so much fun.  Who doesn’t love a good caricature, which is basically a cartooned version of themselves.  Make your buddies most distinct features bulge for a good laugh and fantastic moment.

4. Super Cool Belt & Buckle Set – This one will strike a chord because dudes just like belts and not many have cool buckles.  Get them a combo- personalize it, and you’ll have an accessory that will be sure to stick and be something all your men will look forward to pulling out.  As we’ve said, men love material and there aren’t many combinations that drive the hearts of them wild more so than leather and steel.  Best of all, they could even wear them with their tuxes if the fit is there.

5. The Bobblehead Doll – What is it about these little desk trolls that bring us men such simple joy?  Is it the big head?  Is it the over-exaggerated likeness for ourselves?  Whatever it is, it takes hold of our simple minds and can pretty much make any guy laugh with a quick flick of the finger.  This usually becomes the centerpiece of any guy’s desk or workspace.

6. The Cap Catcher – What makes this gift cool is just its authenticity.  It has that hand- made, hand welded feel and will be guaranteed to find a spot in any guy’s man cave.  It’s just too functional and too cool not to, as it can mount in just about any place of convenience where a guy calls his drinking home.  This bad boy is the perfect blend of functional and unique.

7. The Scorzie – We want to give a personal shout out to the inventors of the Scorzie, for they are men that know men.  While there is nothing scientifically amazing about this apparatus, the pure genius in making something that makes so much sends needs to be acknowledged.  A koozie keeps your beer cold, balances it on a lawn and combine it with an ability to keep score during your favorite backyard game, and wow.

8. A Really Sweet Mug – Unless you are strange man with strange friends, your groomsmen drink beer and will likely be drinking beer, unless they have a gluten intolerance, for the rest of their lives.  Like most men, we tend to baseline how we drink our ale by going can or bottle.  Well any smart beer drinker knows that the right way to drink is to pour and to pour appropriately, a man needs to have “his” glass or mug.  There are a ton of cool options out there, but make it big, make is specific to his favorite kind of beer if he has one and absolutely personalize it.

We hope we have given you some help in your hunt for awesome groomsmen gifts.  No matter what you end up getting, make sure you have a good speech lined up when you hand over the gifts.  Good luck with your hunt.

Elegant Dinnerware Deal

Posh Party Supplies is the one stop shop for the most elegant plastic plates, bowls, silver like cutlery, cups, glasses, serving trays and utensils, pitchers, cocktail shakers, appetizer dishes, napkins, plastic table covers and much more that will surely make your wedding sparkle.  And now you can take advantage of a very special 15% discount on all items by using coupon code wv15.

And making a wedding perfect has never been easier thanks to Posh Party Supplies’ huge selection of customized party packages that accommodate anywhere from 20 to 120 guests.  Included in standard packages are dinner plates, salad/dessert plates, clear tumblers and metallic plastic cutlery.

Regal elegance is the resounding theme at Posh Party Supplies and as such, you may choose from 18 unique designer collections that perfectly suit any and all occasions; no matter how big or small.  The impressive array of collections offered by Posh Party Supplies are the Kaya Square plastic dinnerware and Wave Collections that sport a contemporary motif and the more classic-elegant looking Premium Collection.  Other collections such as the Crystal Collection offer gold and silver trimmed tumblers and wine glasses.

Choosing a color scheme for your wedding is a breeze at Posh Party Supplies as you select from their exclusive collection of over 30 shades.  From “Hot Magenta” to “Luscious Lavender” to “Mimosa Yellow” to “Bermuda Blue” there is a color for everyone’s taste and style.

Because Posh Party Supplies takes environmental issues seriously, they offer a fabulous selection of eco-friendly dinnerware such as bamboo and wooden plates, bowls, lunch boxes and trays.

Great for caterers and restaurants looking for disposable tableware at discount prices.

Preparing for a wedding can be quite overwhelming as there are countless details to coordinate but Posh understands that there is so much to be done before a wedding. We want to make things super convenient for our customers so when you order from Posh Party Supplies, everything for your wedding arrives in a box. No unnecessary hassle or headaches trying to find all the items you ordered.

Shoppers can breathe easier knowing that Posh Party Supplies offers free ground shipping within the US for orders over $249 and flat rate shipping for orders under $249. Complete customer satisfaction is our main objective!

From now until Thanksgiving, visit Posh Party Supplies at for your 15% discount by using coupon code wv15. Order today!!

11 Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

Shopping for your wedding dress can be so exhilarating. It can also become quite frustrating and stressful, especially if you don’t know your budget up front or don’t leave enough time to shop. These 11 wedding dress shopping tips can take the anxiety right out of the shopping experience and put you back in the driver’s seat of choosing your own perfect wedding gown!

Tip #1: Set your budget FIRST.

If you know your gown budget – and here, try to set a range rather than a specific dollar figure – you won’t waste time on dresses that are way out of your financial reach.

Tip #2: Start shopping the day of your engagement.

Okay, maybe you are celebrating that day and you want to wait until the day after your engagement. But the point is, the earlier you start shopping the more choices you will have and the more successful your search is likely to be.

Tip #3: Shop to the dress code.

If your faith requires certain standards or the venue has a dress code, it is best to be aware of this before you start shopping. As well, the time of day and venue for your wedding can indicate a more or less formal gown.

Tip #4: Do some preliminary research.

If you are like many brides today, you have already been imagining yourself in your own wedding dress. But you should still take the time to sit down and really do some preliminary research. Write down the features you like. Clip pictures of dresses that inspire you. Bring your “wedding dress book” with you as you shop, and keep clipping and taking notes as you go.

Tip #5: Make an appointment.

Most boutiques and shops that sell wedding dresses like to have an appointment in place – especially if you have your heart set on trying on a particular gown. Calling ahead saves everyone time and ensures the boutique will have a dedicated staff person to assist you.

Tip #6: Keep your mind and heart open to ideas.

This is your wedding day, after all, and you want every detail to be perfect. But sometimes “perfect” is hiding just where you least expect it – in a dress you are just sure will never work. So go ahead and try it on and just see….you never know what you may fall in love with!

Tip #7: Shop on weekday mornings.

Work schedules mean many brides have to shop evenings and weekends only. So shop the slow times if you can – and bring only one other person with you to keep the experience simple.

Tip #8: Shop for your current size.

If you are dead-set on hitting a certain number on the scale before the big day, wait to shop until you’ve hit that number….or shop for the size you are now and have alterations made closer-to.

Tip #9: Read the entire contract.

No one likes reading fine print, but when it is about your wedding dress and when it will arrive, its color and style, how alterations are made and when it will be ready, you want to read every word before you sign!

Tip #10: Shop with your accessories.

If you have already chosen accessories, bring them along….most especially your shoes.

Tip #11: Go with your gut.

There is a big difference between “yes I guess this one works” and “I LOVE it!!” So if your gut isn’t leaping up and down, keep looking. You will know “the one” when you find it!

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Article written by Best Miami Weddings, the premier wedding and event planners in South Florida.

Honeymoon Excursions

After you have chosen your perfect Caribbean honeymoon destination, how do you make your honeymoon even more amazing?!? You add an excursion of course! Going to the all-inclusive resort and taking advantage of everything that’s included is just one part of the experience! You’ll also want to take the memories of the island home with you on your honeymoon.
Whats on your “to do list”? I’ve always wanted to go ziplining, so my husband and I decided the best time to cross this off my bucket list would be on our honeymoon. It was amazing because every time I think of our honeymoon, the thing that stands out is the exhilarating feeling and sense of achievement we both felt from experiencing this together. Think of something that you have always wanted to do-maybe it’s the thrills from driving an ATV or Dune Buggy through the jungle, or it could very well be the excitement from swimming with the dolphins! Get your heart pumping with the Islands’ Adventures!
Each island has something unique to offer. Some islands are very rich in culture, so there are “must see” locations! There is no going to Jamaica without climbing the famous Dunn’s River Falls or diving and snorkeling to see Grenada’s most beautiful underwater sculpture park. Exploring the islands’ culture is just another way of enhancing your honeymoon. You can go on a shopping tour to mingle with the locals and get one of a kind souvenirs, sail on a catamaran to historic sites and beautiful locations and see what the island has to offer.
Excursions don’t have to be tiring! Whats more romantic than an evening horseback ride and swim or  drifting down the river on a bamboo raft while feeling the Caribbean breeze, sail into the sunset while listening to roots rock music and feeling the island vibes. This is a where you forget about the cares of the world, you live in the moment, and enjoy the love you share.
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Whatever you want to do, create memories of a lifetime by exploring the options, finding your “must dos” or as ISLAND ROUTES would say – just LIVE FUNNER!!!

Tips for Finding Bridesmaid Dresses According to Wedding Theme

Your wedding day is one of the most significant days in your life and you would definitely want it to look stunning. A major chunk of the appearance goes into elaborating on a theme that you’ve chosen. Ensure that you already have a selected wedding gown to match with your theme and décor prior to expanding your search to the dresses for your bridesmaids.

Traditionally, bridesmaids are the bride’s closest friends who play a supporting role during the trying times of wedding organization. They not only keep the bride calm and composed but also look out for her whims and fancies. On the final day of the wedding, the bride should ensure that her bridesmaids look as much a part of the wedding as she does.

Choosing a bridesmaids’ dress is tricky and can make or break the visual effect that a bride wants to create. The basics to making this decision can be roughly broken down to a few steps:

  1. Choose your dates for the wedding first since the measurements, tailoring, delivery and fittings can take almost two to three months. Also set your heart on the wedding dress before you focus on the other dresses.

  2. Know your theme and color scheme well. The cut and color of the dresses are greatly influenced by what the couple intend their wedding to look like. If you have a beach wedding, choosing a fabric that’s not well suited for the wet and sandy outdoors is not advisable.

  3. Keep the season of the wedding in mind. If it is a summer wedding on a sunny day, go for chiffon fabrics that are light and airy while autumn can lend a whole new color palate to the wedding theme. Aligning the dresses with the season will give a more holistic feel to the event.

  4. Keep your bridesmaids’ comfort in mind. The bridesmaids usually pay for their own dresses so choosing something extravagant for someone who cannot afford it would be insensitive. Think about their body types and what they are usually comfortable with. Allowing them to choose a neckline that they think flatters their figure is a small way of giving them control on their appearance while the color and design still remains your choice. Let them have a say in choosing the footwear as well, since it plays a crucial role in making their day comfortable.

  5. Opting for prints over block colors for the dresses could be an interesting way of breaking the monotony of your theme. Another way to include a variation is by choosing different shades of the same color, and teaming the entire look with flowers that compliment the overall look.

There are so many new trends in the wedding scene that keeping up with the buzz becomes difficult. Match Z UP helps in not just deciding the theme of the wedding but also in all the other steps that ultimately lead to your D-Day. A few themes to spoil you for choice are:

  1. The 1920s: It is a timeless pick and will ensure elegant photographs and graceful moments in your wedding.

  2. The destination wedding: usually, at a beach. They lend a carefree yet somber feel to your wedding. Sunsets at a beach on your wedding night could be the most breathtaking thing you could experience.

  3. The ‘Boho’ day: going bohemian with a garland of flowers instead of a tiara and choosing a wedding dress to go with the look is as different as it can get. Choose a venue to compliment the attire!

  4. A Fairytale wedding: This is the teenage girl’s dream wedding complete with a stone-studded tiara, a big wedding gown, fitted bodice, and a hairstyle that emulates royalty.

  5. The 1950s: Another classic that never goes out of style and guarantees gasps from all those who have the pleasure of attending it.

Article Submitted By: Andy Bell

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