Casual Beach Wedding Dress Ideas

Beach weddings are casual in their nature, so beach wedding dresses should be casual too. It will not very comfortable for the bride to have a ten foot train on her dress. The challenge is to choose a great dress for your body shape, but taking into account that the wedding will be celebrated on the beach.

Which are the best places to find a great casual beach wedding dress? Bridal shops or magazines are the first natural choice. Shops have specific departments for casual dresses, and something similar happens with magazines, there will certainly be some pages or an entirely number dedicated to casual wedding dresses.

There is something interesting about beach wedding dresses, it does not need to be a wedding dress. If you have a traditional wedding on a church , the tradition says that you should wear a traditional dress, and probably you have never dreamed to wear something different. But on the beach you have the possibility to wear any dress that fits with the theme of the wedding. If you are on a tight budget, this can be great news as this type of dress is more affordable than the traditional ones.

It is also important to think about the shoes you will be wearing. You should consider using shoes suitable to be used in sand, which will be different from the ones you would use on an indoor wedding. There is another option, many couples decide to go completely barefoot, not wearing any shoes.

Finally, it is not recommended the use of veil as part of your beach wedding dress. It depends on the location of your beach wedding, but wind can be very strong at the beach and you will feel uncomfortable. You can adorn your head with flowers instead, it will make you look great and you will not have to think about weather.

Wedding Dresses and Prom Dresses: The Pitfalls of Going Cheap

Today’s brides and prom girls are faced with ever rising costs in all areas of their lives, but especially so when it comes to preparing for special occasions, like weddings and prom! So it’s important to create a budget and to plan and shop wisely. Getting the best value for the money is on every shoppers agenda and today, more than ever, women are given the option of purchasing a custom prom or wedding dress at a fraction of the cost, just by heading overseas!

Many companies overseas are willing to make a custom-made dress for women in the U.S. who want a certain style, but are unable to afford a high quality designer wedding or prom dress. If you decide to purchase your dress from an overseas factory, you need to be aware of the many important issues that will come up regarding the quality, size and color of your dress. You will also be faced with all sorts of shipping issues which are out of your control and out of the control of the vendor.

Lately, there has been whole slew of defunct factories that have re-purposed themselves to address the needs of American women seeking affordable formal wear. Often, these factories have no other experience in fashion except how to run the machines and how to convince the public to buy from them. They own none of the beautiful gowns you see in the pictures and they have made no money selling their gowns to knowing customers.

Low Quality

The actual photos of the real gowns are owned by the real designers of the dress, who overlook the production of each and every gown at each and every aspect of the production cycle.This is called Quality Control and at many overseas factories, you will have none of that. For instance, the picture will only be the suggested look of the dress. The vendor will use a photo of a dress to copy it in your preferred color and size. But keep in mind, the dresses are only replicas of the picture, they do not own the actual dress you are seeing in the picture. The copy will be made so it looks like the same dress even though the material, quality or details won’t be the same, for the price you are willing to pay.

Most likely you will not even get a dress that looks like the picture, so beware. One dressmaker from Hong Kong told me, “even though the dress will be almost similar in shape, we cannot be 100% sure, that this dress is exactly as the picture or that the quality will match the original one”. She went on to state: “if the quality was the same as the real dress, believe me, the price would also be much higher.”

Nevertheless, even if you were happy with a dress that looked almost like the picture, you might be surprised if the details of your dress were of a less expensive version. For example, one customer expressed regret that her wedding dress looked cheap because her foreign dressmaker used sequins instead of beading. Sequins on a wedding dress! From far away, you couldn’t tell the difference, but she was too embarrassed to wear it to her own wedding, so she had to purchase another dress that was of the quality she felt she deserved. To make matters worse, since it looked like the photo, she was not given one dime of her purchase price back, even though she shipped the dress back at her own expense!

Poor Fit

Your custom made dress will be made-to-order, using your own measurements. If you receive your dress and it needs to be tailored, you be prepared for the additional cost and time to make it fit your body perfectly!

Nowadays, good tailors charge $45.00 – $55.00 per hour. Extra turnaround time could be up to a week, or more, if the tailor is not overbooked!

Other common design problems include:

cheap fabric that wrinkles or shows permanent water spotting from steam irons

poor workmanship

plastic beads and crystals

large pearls in place of seed pearls

garish thread color

poor or non-existent foundation / boning features

poor finishing

unprofessional hemming

see-through lining

While it’s true that many of the authentic design companies use manufacturers in Asia and beyond, not all factories are created equal, we know. The really good ones are contracted by the major design houses around the world and are constantly monitored for quality.

Strange Color

If you are buying online, you will obviously be viewing the color choices for your dress on a computer screen. Since computer screens have chromatic aberration, especially between CRT screens and LCD screens, you cannot be guaranteed that the color of the dress will be exactly the same with the photographs you saw. Don’t take a chance on being shocked at the outcome. Always ask for fabric samples (swatches) to be sent to you by mail before you order! Any reputable distributor is more than happy to send you samples of various colors and the various fabrics they incorporate into their gowns.

Uncertain Shipping Time

Shipping time can also pose a problem, especially if you are up against a deadline and did not allow enough time for the dress to be transported across the ocean. You might not get your dress for up to 30 days after you place your order. Because you bought the item from opposite side of the earth, it needs time to ship and the duration on its way to you is out of your control. Once the item leaves the hands of the dressmaker, it is out of their control as well. So if the shipper has to add a few days here and there to their travel time based on unforseen circumstances, you may be without a dress for your next special occasion. The shipping times for overseas packages have a lot more leeway than what we are used to in the U.S. Keep in mind that you won’t get your money back, if the vendor sent your dress on time, but the shipper held its arrival up for some reason.

While we are on the topic of shipping, you need to be aware that you, the buyer is responsible for all import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping charges. Your dress will sit in a crate at the dock until these expenses are paid and the box is released to the overland transportation company. This could take up to 2 additional weeks if Customs waits for your check to clear, before it ships.

Oh, and in the event you are so dissatisfied with your dress, you do want to send it back for a refund, be prepared to pay the return shipping as well.

Are you willing to gamble that your next special occasion dress will be just what you want in all ways: fit, color, quality? If you don’t want to take a chance, then be sure to purchase from an authorized dealer of authentic formal wear. Be patient and mindful, and watch for semi-annual sales of last season’s dresses and you will be rewarded with the best, not the second best.

Custom Made Wedding Dresses – Wedding Attire Around the World

Custom made wedding dresses are the traditional wedding attire for much of Western society. But across the globe, there are as many different styles of wedding dress as there are styles of ceremony. Here are a few of the alternatives seen across the world, many of them are derivatives of the formal wear seen in the countries and cultures listed.

Africa

In West Africa the most notable item of wedding clothing isn’t the women’s custom made wedding dress, but the men’s dashiki: a colourful garment that covers the top half of the body. The dashiki is worn as regular clothing, not just wedding wear, but in West Africa it is usual for the groom to wear a white dashiki. In monotheistic religious ceremonies in West Africa, notably Christianity and Islam, white represents purity. In these ceremonies, the bride will usually wear a kaftan or blouse and skirt set that matches the colour of the dashiki.

America

The native American alternatives to custom made wedding dresses are more culturally specific and vary between the different groups. Wedding clothing tends to be hand-woven and decorated in ribbon-work and beads.

Europe

In England, custom made wedding dresses are the order of the day for women, while morning suits are the standard formal dress for men – often finished off with a top hat. For Scottish grooms, the kilt has become fashionable in some circles, although there is a move amongst many young couples to avoid the tackiness associated with the ‘national dress’.

The suit for men and dresses, usually white, for women tend to be the preferred wedding clothing for European couples, in line with most of the Western world.

Asia

Asia, with its myriad cultures is a continent with just as many variations on traditional custom made wedding dresses. In Eastern Asia, traditional clothing is the attire of choice for couples getting married. The Japanese kimono is worn by both men and women. The traditional kimonos are made from yards of fabric skilfully folded and tucked to form a voluminous gown.

In China, the cheongsam is favoured for women. It is a figure-hugging dress decorated in intricate p

Flattering Wedding Dresses for Average Figures

A wedding dress is the most important piece of clothing a woman will ever wear. It is so important, she will start shopping for it nine months before her big day. It is so important, she will spend thousands of dollars and only wear it once. It is so important, she will preserve it for years in the hope her daughter will one day wear it.

Shopping For a Dress

Even women who have never been dress-wearers get a little crazy when it comes time to shop for their wedding gowns. One reason is that formal gowns can be hard to find for women who don’t have classic figures, and that means most women. Fortunately, wedding gowns are available in different cuts, and each compliments a different body type. Let us take a moment to review them.
But before we start, take a deep breath! The single most important piece of advice we can give you is to give yourself time to find a flattering dress. No bride-to-be finds her dream dress during a 30-minute shopping session. In fact, most women try on over a dozen dresses before they fall in love with one. So, take your bridesmaids-to-be along with you and take your time. Remember, wedding dress alterations are expensive, so it behooves you to find a gown that fits.

Small/Petite

Petite women often complain that they feel lost inside of formal gowns. This goes double for the average wedding dresses, which can weigh over ten pounds. That is simply too much size and weight for a small woman with a petite frame. In addition to being uncomfortable, most dresses are not designed to flatter a petite woman’s figure. Experts agree that an A-line dress with a raised waistline is the best choice for small women. The raised waistline can help elongate the frame, at least visually, which makes the bride appear better proportioned in pictures. For a more informal affair, especially an outdoor wedding, sheath wedding dresses are popular with petite women. They are much lighter and are said to compliment a smaller woman’s curves.

Tall and Thin

Tall women have some of the same problems as petite women. They often complain that formal gowns make them look like coat racks, i.e., they drape off of them and don’t hang well. But a Grecian-style dress can solve that problem. Named after the stately Greek columns, this style was designed for brides with long, slim torsos, which most tall, thin women have. Wedding gowns in the Grecian-style hug the hips and show of a tall woman’s natural curves. Higher hemlines for more informal ceremonies also give her a chance to show off her long legs.

Pear-Shaped

Millions of American women have pear-shaped figures. That is, they carry most of their weight in their bottoms and in their hips. This can make it difficult for them to find a formal dress that doesn’t make them look too hippy. One popular option for these brides-to be is the basic A-line. Shaped like the letter, the A-line is narrower and tighter on top and wider and looser on the bottom. The tight-fitting top lets larger women show off their busts a bit and keeps them even with the hips. Since many women with pear-shaped figures are also high-waisted, they often select a dress with a V-neckline. The V-neckline helps add balance to a slightly smaller and narrower upper half.

Plus-Size

Big is beautiful! But being bigger does make it harder to find a formal gown. The number one complaint most women with plus-size figures have is that their dresses conceal their best assets and accentuate their worst ones. This often happens when a large woman chooses the wrong cut or silhouette.

Larger women love their curves, so they should never keep them under wraps, especially on their wedding day! Of course, plus-size brides also have the same problem as women with pear-shaped figures – they have big hips. A wedding gown with an empire-waist can draw attention away from their ample hips and thighs and put it where it really belongs, on the bust! A gown with an A-line silhouette and an empire-waist that cinches just under the bust will make a bride seem more proportional in picture and draw attention to her curves.

Ruler

While they might look great on the catwalk, women with the ruler body type often have a hard time finding a gown. Since their hips, waist, and chest are all around the same size, a formal gown conceals whatever few curves they have. Still, there are options. While women with the ruler shape might not have many curves, they do have attractive waists and torsos, which can be accentuated by wearing the right silhouette. Ball gowns were designed specifically for women with long, thin torsos and tiny waists. Most rulers look like Cinderella when they wear a full ball gown on their wedding day.

Before venturing out to find that perfect dress, take these tips into consideration. They just may help you find the wedding gown of your dreams that much faster!

What’s in a Chinese Wedding Dress?

One will find that the traditional Chinese wedding dress is a little different from the typical American dress. It is generally much more decorative, and much more work is put into it. The type of dress that is worn usually has something to do with the region that the family is from. Those who are in the north may wear the Qi Pao, and those who are from the south would wear the Cheongsan. There are many other examples from within china which are shown in the styles of dress, which could be Mongolian, Tibetian, or even Taiwanese. There are many other groups as well which we will not have time to go into.

The dress’s color is also important. Most often, women wear red because this signifies happiness. Traditionally, brides do not wear white, because white symbolizes death in China. However, lately, Chinese brides have begun to embrace Western traditions, and are wearing more white.

A man getting married in a traditional Chinese wedding is likely going to wear gray or black. These colors are suitable for a man, but on a bride would signify grief. They may also have clothing colored specific to their station, much like western wedding ceremonies. They generally do not wear red, and instead wear colors such as those who grieve do. This doesn’t mean anything bad; it’s just the way it is.

Most Chinese wedding dresses are also embroidered with golden decorations, and it is important to note that not just every tailor can work with golden fabric. For this reason it may be necessary to call in a highly skilled cloth worker, and for this reason it may only be the very wealthy Chinese who use any sort of gold embroidery on their wedding dresses.

The modern Chinese wedding dress tradition is said to be coming from the ancient Qing Dynasty, the last dynasty to rule in China. This Dynasty ruled from 1644 to 1912, and was established by the Manchu Clan, still in existence in northeast China today.

It is absolutely amazing to look back at the past and see the things that influence who we have become. This is of course true for every culture, and not just China. Every culture has its own traditions and past, and if you look closely at your own culture, you may find that it’s not that much different than it was just a few hundred years ago.

There is a lot more to this, and in order to find every piece of information on the traditional Chinese wedding dress, you will have to look back in time and do a lot of reading. There is a fascinating story behind everything that is just waiting to be uncovered!

Western Wedding Dresses

Wedding dresses vary in designs, styles, colors and fabrics. Coming in a wide range of diversity, wedding dresses are also different from one place to the other place. The background and culture matter a lot in the overall theme of a wedding. As a result of globalization, western wedding dresses are popular with more and more new couples.

Just looking for a western wedding dress, there are several important considerations. First are the fabrics. Satin and crepe are currently the most popular in North American weddings. The chic sophisticated finish enables such dresses fit most themes easily. As to the style, reserved people prefer to the dress and shawl and the expressive ones may go for the pearl studs and crocheted lace. Some intricate embellished pearls, sequins or embroideries will really unwittingly bring scream of magnificence or even extravagance. However, western wedding dresses are renowned for their elegance and trendy appearance. In addition, the classic and traditional dress color is white, which used to be the symbol of purity and virginity. Also there are numerous colors to choose from now, like champagne, ivory, cream and pink. The color chosen must fit the theme of the wedding. Otherwise, there could be a disjointed look on ceremony.

To the conclusion, wedding dresses can really catch a great attention as they have pervaded the wedding scene. The detail can also matter the most. Western wedding gowns follow such way in design and meanwhile it is believed that achieving elegance through simplicity is possible as well. Weddings may just last one day but the memory can last a lifetime. Careful options for a wedding dress can enable you to create that most beautiful moment of life.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Destination Wedding or No?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why Rolls Royce Wedding Cars Make the Perfect Wedding Transport

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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