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If you are getting married this winter, you should know that the variety of dresses from which you are given the chance to choose is pretty wide even if you need to buy the gown in a plus size. In addition, the prices tend to be pretty affordable because online retailers like lightinthebox.com make available gorgeous dresses at discounted prices.

For instance, the A-line wedding dress style 00164197 is currently available only for $499.99 and can be purchased in a variety of plus sizes. It’s an A-line winter wedding dress made of taffeta and lace. It’s also sleeveless and strapless and impresses with a dropped waist as well as with a cathedral train. I am also a fan of the side draping that accentuates the waist being embellished with a floral detail. The lace and the beads that are also part of this dress’s design are used to accentuate the stylish neckline as well as the volume and the hemline of the beautiful skirt. This is the kind of wedding dress that you should pair with an up-do and just a few simple accessories such as a necklace. I must also mention that you can purchase this dress in the traditional white and ivory as well as in the more unconventional blushing pink and champagne hues.

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Cheap Plus Size Winter Wedding Gowns (Photo by: Matthew Hutchinson)

If your wedding is scheduled to take place close to Christmas, you should consider purchasing a beautiful white dress with red accents. It’s true that you can customize the color of the dress as well as the accent color used, but I find the white and red combination to be most suitable for a stylish winter wedding. What I also like about this option is it’s availability in various plus sizes and in exchange for an affordable discounted price of $249.99. This is yet another A-line dress that impresses with a natural waist, a strapless neckline and a beautiful chapel train. The red details are added as a trim for the bust and continue in the back, where they are integrated in the beautiful train. All the red accents are accompanied by white embroidery that’s also used along with beads in order to decorate the bust area and the front of the dress.

If you are interested in a simpler design you should switch the focus to the A-line Princess Wedding Dress listed as item 00182008. This dress is currently available in exchange for only $149 and was inspired by Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. Its main attractions are the strapless sweetheart neckline, the beaded natural waist and the drapes used to create a simple yet stunning skirt.


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If you want your bridal look to be perfect you will have to buy a flattering wedding dress and the right accessories and in the same time make sure you book in advance a wedding hair stylist and a makeup artist that can make you look stunning on the wedding day. In fact, you should choose a hairstyle and the type of makeup you are interested in with plenty of time before the wedding and schedule a rehearsal with the booked professionals that will be taking care of you on the wedding day. Fortunately, no matter where you live you will be able to choose from plenty of options. Here are a few of those that serve the Raleigh area.

My first suggestion is IBDcosmetics. This business specializes in makeup as well as hairstyling and is known for its ability to come up with the most spectacular looks for the special events in your life. You will be able to enjoy the services of these professionals in their studio as well as at the wedding venue you decide to choose. Moreover, you should definitely visit this studio before the wedding because the staff is also amazing when it comes to facials that will make you look fresh and relaxed on your wedding day. Not to mention that you will be able to choose airbrush makeup.

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Wedding Hair And Make Up Raleigh (Photo by: Luciano Meirelles)

Also in Raleigh and also talented when it comes to coming up with the perfect hairstyle and makeup for your wedding day is the Ginger Mullins Salon Inc. This hairstylists and makeup artists know how important your bridal appearance is, so they are ready to listen to all your suggestions in a preliminary practice session meant to determine what hairstyle and what makeup would work best for your bridal gown. So, on the wedding day you will be able to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Another option that I find suitable is Attraction Makeup Artistry. This source of makeup artists will be there to relieve the stress of your wedding day and help you look like a Greek Goddess or a fairytale princess. The choice is all up to you. You should also know that these professionals offer their services for the entire bridal party and in the entire North Carolina area. That means you will be able to employ their services even if you don’t live in Raleigh.

If you are interested in keeping the hairstyling and the makeup eco-friendly, you should also consider the services of Skin Deep by Stephanie. The seven years of experience allow these professionals to help you look stunning.


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Vancouver is a good place to tie the knot because it offers plenty of amazing wedding venues which can ensure a memorable experience. If you are looking for a great wedding reception venue in Vancouver you should visit the following locations and choose the one suitable for your wedding theme.

I will start by mentioning the Sooke Harbour House which is one of the most spectacular venues in Canada suitable not only for an overnight stay, but also for meetings and weddings. This venue is available at 45 minutes from Victoria and impresses with a west coast ambiance and 28 luxury guest rooms. You should also know that this venue has its own International Renowned restaurant which is able to provide exquisite dishes made of fresh and local seafood, meat and vegetables. If you decide to get married at the Sooke Harbour House you should also know that you have the opportunity to plan your wedding ceremony indoors or outdoors. For instance, you can get married under the Alder Tree which offers spectacular Pacific Ocean views and is surrounded by gorgeous flowers or on the Totem site which can accommodate up to 150 guests and offers three guest rooms and a restroom for guests. Don’t hesitate and visit this place. You will definitely be impressed by its natural beauty and the excellent services provided.

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Wedding Receptions Vancouver (Photo by: Rachel Black)

Another suitable place for organizing a memorable wedding reception in Vancouver is the Bombay Banquet Hall which provides a luxurious and elegant ambiance for any special event. Located at 7475 135th Street, Surrey this venue offers a comprehensive range of in-house services thanks to the specialized and experienced staff. With the help of the available personnel you will be able to organize a beautiful and sophisticated wedding without getting stressed. You should also know that the banquet room available is able to accommodate up to 2,500 people. You can also organize an outdoor event on the beautiful patios available. Visit this beautiful wedding reception venue because you won’t be disappointed.

You should also take into consideration the Swan-E-Set Bay Resort & Country Club which is a well known wedding venue in Canada thanks to its picturesque views over the Pitt River Valley and its peaceful atmosphere. This luxurious clubhouse with more than 65,000 square feet is the perfect destination for golfers, but also for those who are interested in getting married in a unique and beautiful place. Suitable for a fairy tale or an intimate wedding, this venue provides exquisite rooms and complete services. The Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 350 guests and offers spectacular views.


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If you are interested in having your wedding reception in the Sacramento area you should know that there are many of unique locations from which to choose. You simply need to have available a generous budget and be ready to make a choice based on the theme of your wedding and your personal wishes and expectations. Here are a few of the unique wedding locations that Sacramento has to offer.

For those who are planning an elegant wedding I recommend the DoubleTree Hotel that can found at 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento. This hotel can accommodate any number of guests of your interest and makes available three ballrooms all renovated in 2012 and ready to impress your wedding guests. What’s even more important is that each one of the three ballrooms benefits from its own entrance and makes available easy access to the parking area. This reception venue can even host an outdoor wedding ceremony thanks to the available Capital Patio which impresses with a lush garden. When it comes to pricing, you should know that it varies based on the amount of space that you are interested in renting and the menus you want to use in order to impress your guests. For instance, for a stylish and delicious wedding menu you can expect to pay anything between $30 and $57 per person.

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Unique Locations To Hold Wedding Reception In Sacramento (Photo by: kangotraveler)

Another unique location that you should consider renting for an intimate Sacramento wedding is The Heirloom Inn. In this case you will have to hold both the wedding ceremony and the reception in the outdoor space made available that offers enough room for 150 seated guests. This is a beautiful location that you can reserve for a wedding only between April and October. You should also know that the event can’t last more than 11pm because the area is the subject of music restrictions. At least the price for renting is pretty affordable, varying between $2,800 and $3,400.

If you are not that found of restrictions, you should switch the focus to the Bear Flag Farm that reminds of the French countryside. Like in the previous case, you will be able to have your wedding in an outdoor space that this time can host up to 200 hosts. Most suitable to use for the reception is the grand terrace that can be adapted to both a day and an evening wedding. For a day event you will be able to install parasols while for a night event you will be able to use romantic chandeliers and lanterns. The only problem is that the rental fees are not that affordable.


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If you want to get married in the countryside, under a charming tree or in a country barn, you should know that you will have the possibility to find plenty of decorations and wedding favors suitable for a rustic event. I’ve actually selected a few of the most interesting rustic wedding favors that will definitely impress your guests.

My first suggestion is the French Provencal Mini Decorative Canister which comes packed into a set of four units priced each at $1.98. This stylish wedding favor is suitable for a French country event and impresses with a catchy design. It measures 3 1/8 x 3 1/8 inches and is made of enamel. You have the opportunity to personalize each canister by applying a stylish label with the names of the bride and groom printed along with their wedding date. I also need to mention that this mini canister features an attractive lid. If you want to give it a more stylish and personal touch you should consider filling it with some herbs or fresh wildflowers.

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Rustic Wedding Favors (Photo by: Elin B)

Another catchy and impressive rustic wedding favor that you should take into consideration is the personalized rustic favor bag filled with goodies. This stylish bag can be made of burlap or jute material, depending on your personal choice, and measures 4.75 x 7.5 inches. On the front side of this burlap/jute bag you have the possibility to print the bride’s and groom’s initials inside a heart. This rustic favor is closed with the help of sturdy drawstrings tied with a bow. Inside, you can place coffee beans, flower bulbs and even edible treats. You should also know that this wedding favor is sold in a set of 12 pieces which costs $29.99.

If you want to offer something more sophisticated and stylish to your wedding guests you should consider buying the Bluegrass Whiskey Barrel. This elegant wedding favor is made of white oak and catches your attention with a beautiful brown color and great details. You have the chance to choose one of the three dimensions available (the largest one measures 8.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches). Each barrel comes with a fitted wooden plug placed at the top of the barrel, a shapely wooden stand and a fitted wooden spigot. On the whiskey barrel you can print your guests’ initials or the bride’s and groom’s names. Filled with quality whiskey, this stylish Bluegrass barrel will definitely be well appreciated by your guests. To purchase this wedding favor you will have to pay $72 per set.


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If you are getting married on a beach and you want all the details to be in harmony you should consider buying beach inspired decorations and outfits as well as a matching beach ring pillow. On the market you have the opportunity to find a wide variety of ring pillows made of quality fabrics and decorated with beautiful beach inspired details. Here are only a few catchy examples.

My first suggestion is the Seashore wedding ring pillow which is available for $34.95 and impresses with a stylish design. Made of matte white satin, this beautiful wedding ring pillow is trimmed with tulle and is decorated with real seashells and a bow twine. This beautiful pillow works perfectly for any beach inspired theme. You also have the opportunity to order the entire Seashore set which also includes a matching guest book and a flower girl basket.

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Beach Wedding Ring Pillow (Photo by: Nick Ortloff)

Another suitable beach inspired wedding ring pillow that you should buy is the ivory ring bearer pillow part of the Beach Wedding Collection. Available for $42.95, this elegant ring pillow measures 7 ½ x 7 ½ inches and is made of Duchess Satin. It catches your attention with a romantic design accentuated by the small crystals and glass pearls elegantly mounted as well as by the three starfishes which adorn the top area of the pillow and are embellished with diamond dust. In the middle this gorgeous ring pillow features a white satin bow with a small crystal. You have the chance to order this pillow in ivory or white.

You should also consider the Seaside Allure wedding ring pillow which costs $59.50. This outstanding beach inspired ring pillow has a squared shape, measuring 20 cm, and is made of quality linen satin. It impresses with an aqua blue linen fabric which wraps the pillow decorated with embroidered scallop shells. On the same blue band you will also notice a beautiful silver starfish with a satin ribbon.

If you’re interested in an alternative for the traditional beach wedding ring pillow you should consider buying the Hawaiian wedding nautilus shell ring bearer which measures around 5 inches and is actually a genuine Nautilus shell. This ring bearer is available in various colors, patterns and sizes, so you will have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of shells. Each Nautilus shell was cleaned and polished and then filled with a soft and colored fabric on which you will have to place the rings and secure them with the help of satin ribbons available in numerous colors. Designed by Jenna Tatters, this stylish ring bearer can be yours for $38.


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Moonlight is a prestigious fashion brand which always releases on the market exquisite wedding dresses as well as elegant and outstanding bridesmaid gowns and mother of the bride outfits. That’s why if you want to look ravishing on your daughter’s wedding day you should consider buying one of the mother of the bride dresses signed by Moonlight.

I will start by mentioning the mother of the bride dress style MB7180 which is available in various sizes and colors and costs $407. This elegant dress is made of taffeta and catches your attention with a sweetheart neckline, an open back and a softly pleated bodice which is decorated with a cascading 3D floral embellishment and rhinestones. You will also be impressed by the asymmetrical waist and the A-line skirt which nicely flows on your body flattering your silhouette and ending with a kick train. This beautiful gown also comes with a matching shawl and works perfectly with a pair of high heel shoes or sandals and long pearl earrings.

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Moonlight Mother Of The Bride Dresses (Photo by: sylvar)

Another outstanding dress that any mother of the bride should wear on this special occasion is the dress style MB7191 which is part of the 2012 Fall Moonlight Collection. This stylish gown is made of chiffon and impresses with a sweetheart neckline, cap sleeves with rhinestone edges, a high back and a form fitting bodice. The floor length skirt catches your attention with its richness and softly pleated design. You should also know that this dress can be purchased in various colors and sizes between 2 and 26. To buy this dress you will have to spend $495.

I also recommend you the mother of the bride gown style MB7196 which is available for $627. Made of iridescent taffeta, this off the shoulder dress will definitely make you look ravishing on your daughter’s wedding day. It has a pleated of the shoulder neckline adorned with a stylish floral detail, a flattering and pleated bodice enriched by black embroidery and beads and an asymmetrical waist. The beautiful A-line skirt nicely flows down on the floor highlighting your silhouette. This elegant dress also features a concealed back zipper closure and an open back. Available in numerous color combinations and sizes, this gown should be accessorized with stylish and sparkling diamond earrings and a pair of high heels.

These are just a few of the most elegant and sophisticated mother of the bride dresses signed by Moonlight. You should also check out the gown style MB7166 and the dress style MB7055.


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Planning a wedding only for adults is not a taboo anymore. This doesn’t mean that the couple doesn’t love children. But there may be circumstances don’t favor the presence of children at a wedding. Besides this, there are many brides and grooms simply don’t like the idea of having kids running up and down their wedding site. If the wedding is super formal, the couple has serious reasons to not include children. This should not be interpreted as a rude gesture, although many families find this etiquette too cold to assume.

They are free to invite anyone they like and make it clear about children from the start. It is proper etiquette to specify this in the wedding invitations. This will help you avoid misunderstandings and other discussions on the subject. Writing this code in your invitation also saves you from telling it in person, which may sound kind of awkward, even for those who know how to express themselves in a polite manner. The invitations for an adults-only reception should not sound rude at all. You must find the right way to tell your guests that they are not allowed with children at the reception in a nice and friendly way.

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Adult Only Wedding Reception (Photo by: librarianalexa)

You should not think of the discomfort when doing this. The essential is to be clear with your invitees that they should leave their kids at home on their wedding day. In general, people assume that casual wedding receptions are for both adults and children. On the other hand, formal affairs may require only the presence of adults. You should not let your guests “assume” your intentions but say it out loud in your invitations. This way you will avoid confusion and blunders. You simply can not afford this on your wedding day. There are no hard and fast rules regarding the presence of children at a wedding. This can be seen as a personal preference. You have to decide about this when making the final guest list with your partner.

The decision is only yours, since the etiquette doesn’t have any specific guidelines in this respect. But this should be done with care and precaution. If the majority of your invitees have children and you know them well, you can allow them to come. Mature couples usually have mature guests who already have big families. It would be rude in this context to skip children. On the other hand, if you’re planning an intimate wedding and wish for more quietude during this day, it would be wiser of you to have an adults-only celebration. There are also those who are having a wedding on a budget. This means that any additional guest means an extra menu they won’t be able to pay for.


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When planning a wedding event, the only thing you have to be very careful with are the costs. You need to calculate and analyze all costs. If you are on a tight budget, that means that every penny counts. So before buying everything in sight, you need to sit down and focus on your expenses. Analyze the services of all vendors and go for the most affordable one. This can be done if you make list and a price estimation. The first thing is to see how much the marriage license will cost you. Then you have to find a venue for the reception and the ceremony. Renting a chapel or a church will also cost.

Find a restaurant or a hall that you like for the reception. Analyze more locations and more prices before you decide to book the final one. You will also have to make a list of all your guests. This will help you decide how many tables and chairs you need. Hiring a catering company is also crucial. Contact a florist to help you with the arrangements, a band or a DJ and of course a bakery. Some couples decide to invest in a wedding planner, while others rather do things on their own. Remember that next to all of these costs, your attire and the groom’s attire should also be added on the list along with the rehearsal dinner, the wedding invitations, programs and the wedding keepsakes.

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Wedding Costs (Photo by: Westin Hotels and Resorts)

You should be able to calculate an overall sum for all of these things. You might spend more than you have if you don’t stick to your plan and if you get distracted by other things. So whatever you do, stay on track and consult with your future groom on every single detail. Sales and discounted stores might help you stay on track concerning your budget. So don’t let any sale opportunity pass you by and be on the lookout for these amazing deals. A wedding comes with a price but it’s up to you to decide how low or high this price is.


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Your 50th wedding invitations can be classical ones, humorous and funky or modern styles. They will set the tone for the whole celebration, so you need to be wise when choosing then. Look at stationary shops and based on your budget for this party, decide which invitations are the wisest purchase. You can find really colored cardstock and others with abstract designs on them. You can choose a floral type of invitation or one with a scenery if you like. You can also choose to add an old picture of the two of you and a current one. There are many comical images as well if you wish to go for the humorous invitation type.

You can also ask your daughter or son to help you modify some pictures and print your own invitations. You can also use the original wedding invitations if you still have a copy only instead of the wording referring to a wedding, you will need to modify it. This can be done by professionals and would be a nice touch as well. This date should mean a lot to you because 50 years ago you said yes to the man and woman you love. So you and your wife should be involved in planning this event. You can also have these invitations custom made if you are looking for something in particular that no stationary shop has.

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Elegant 50th Wedding Anniversary Invitations (Photo by: Cheri Wenger)

If this event is a very formal and elegant, opt for classical invites. They can be shaped as hearts if you also want the cardstock to be unique. It can also be a 3D invitation if you want that modern note. The wording has to be original so make sure you come with catchy lines and quotes. Use examples from the intern or from your favorite books and poems. This will add an even more spectacular touch to the invites. If you are a creative person and you have been all your life, show it off by choosing some unique invitations and don’t forget about the wording. Your guests will need to have precise information concerning the location and date of this event.


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Gazebos can be decorated in lots of ways. Some are very simple and elegant while others stand out through their decorations. You can use gazebos to frame the aisle and this is a perfect idea for a summer or any outdoor kind of wedding. You can also use a gazebo for a beach ceremony. Find some blue fabrics and play around with lots of draping details. These will make a difference for sure. You can also choose a patterned fabric if you wish and if you can find shell models and other see elements on this fabric, even better. If not, add your own adornments. You can hang shell shaped lights or some simple round ones.

These lights can be rented or if you need more for the rest of your reception, buy them in bulk. You can also play around with lots of flower types and decide which arrangements you like best. Consulting with a florist in this case would be a smart thing to do. You may love flowers and you may know everything about flowers, but combining different colors and flower types is not as easy at it seems. Not all flower types work well together. You should decide on the flower combination you wish to go with and the colors. The brighter your arrangements are., the more your gazebo will stand out. You can hang miniature flower corsages all over this gazebo or place taller bouquets next to it. Look at online photos just to get an idea on how these arrangements look.

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Wedding Decorations For Gazebo (Photo by: Mariana Saldanha)

If you like this look, show the florist a picture of what you would like. This will help this professional understand your desires in terms of colors and complexity of the arrangements. You can also use leaves if you are planning a fall theme and add pumpkins next to the gazebos. Base your decoration choices on the theme and adapt the color scheme to the season in which you are having this wedding. Make a list of the things you will be needing for the gazebo and calculate the prices for these decorations to make sure you don’t overspend.


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If you want a centerpiece based on natural beauty you should buy trees. As long as these decorations are a refection of your theme, you can decorate them and make them stand out in endless ways. This is the perfect idea to use for a garden theme wedding or a simple outdoor one. You can use birch trees for this décor or simple branches which can be adorned. If you hang some crystals or some paper decorations on these branches you will surely obtain the look you are aiming for and that is a whimsical and unique one. These branches can be added in all kinds of containers and even wooden vases.

You can mix them up with flowers or with candles. You can add tea light candles all around these arrangements. The branches can also have silk leaves attached to them or silk flowers. Lights are also a good idea especially for a holiday theme. The lights can be white, red, purple, blue and whatever other shades you think will work with your wedding concept. Use tinsel and miniature globes for a Christmas theme if you like or add paper angels on these branches. Palm trees added in vases is a great touch for a more tropical theme. These tree decorations don’t have to be natural ones.

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Wedding Ornament Tree Centerpiece (Photo by: Danielle)

They can be plastic or they can be made out of wire. This is perfect if you want to add votive candles on the actual branches. If you love cupcakes and want to include a cupcake tree ornament for the tables, you can do this by recurring to a professional baker. He will make the cupcakes exactly how you want. This way you will have an edible tree centerpiece. The same can be done with candy. You could order topiary candle trees or add candy canes on some branches. Choose the colors of the candy based on the color palette. You can also order a tree made out of jelly or gumballs. Be creative if you want this tree centerpiece idea of yours to pop. Don’t be afraid to try different and non-traditional decorations. 


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If you are planning a fall wedding, this should take place between the moths of September and November. You can plan a harvest wedding concept, a Halloween one and many other fun concepts like these. Planning your reception is not an easy thing to do, but if you have help it should go a lot smoother. Find the perfect location and then use your imagination to decorate this place and bring it to “life’. Add bright colors and use the vast fall color palette. The flowers can be used as centerpieces and you will also have to decide on the flowers you wish to incorporate in your bridal bouquet and in your bridesmaid’s bouquets.

Roses, mums, dahlias or sunflowers are just a few examples you can use to create rich flower arrangements and bouquets. Plants used as centerpieces would make a good centerpiece idea for a more rustic concept. If you want to have a fall outside wedding, you have to be very cautious with the weather. So just to be sure, it would be best to set up a tent and secure it. If you want to thank the guests for attending your event, favors will help you do just that. If you are looking to cut down on expenses, these favors can have a double purpose. They can be easily used as table decorations and as wedding mementos.

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Autumn Wedding (Photo by: Jamie G)

You can use candles, honey jars, gem jars or other edible treats as favors. Last but not least, your wedding attire is also something that has to be chosen based on your fall wedding concept. You can choose a funky costume if you are going with the Halloween inspired theme or a more rustic attire. You can incorporate colors in your dress or opt for colored shoes instead. Boots in the color brown or even purple can be a funky accessory which will make your bridal look turn heads. Choose the dress based on your body shape and fashion likes. The prices vary, but if you do not want to purchase the gown, renting it is a great option. The same can be done with the groom’s tuxedo.


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When deciding on wedding favors, your wedding theme is a big part of this. You can use a certain concept or you can choose a symbol which will also be ideal to represent your wedding theme. If butterflies are what you love, you should find ways to include them in your wedding favors. If you wish to decorate these favors yourself or to make something on your own, you should get started as soon as possible. Because sometimes these experiments can go wrong and you need to have a back up plan just in case the original plan doesn’t work.

You could choose to buy simple picture frames and then buy plastic butterflies or sparkly ones and use them as decorations for the frames. This is not something too difficult and you can create amazing favors with the right supplies and imagination. You could also add these butterflies on coffee cups or on glasses. This is a good way to give some practical favors to the guests. These butterflies can also be applied on other items. You can also make edible butterfly favors. If you have a delicious recipe for cookies and if this is not your first time making this recipe, give it a try. These butterfly cookies can also be decorated with frosting and you can add sprinkles on them or even create smiley faces on these butterflies.

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How To Decorate Wedding Favors With Butterflies (Photo by: Decorada)

There are plenty of ways you can make these butterflies look creative and different. Looking at some online decoration tutorials can also help. It might give you ideas and hints. Remember that making these favors takes time and an extra set of hands. You can’t expect to do all of this on your own and still deal with planning the rest of your wedding. You have to learn how to delegate and share your chores with the bridesmaids and with your family. The cost for these favors is not relevant as long as you have obtained what you needed and as long as you are pleased with the final results.


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All wedding anniversaries are important. You have to celebrate each anniversary and recognize its significance. Your 40th celebration should be just as important as the rest of the years you’ve celebrated. Only by now you should know what are the items your wife or husband prefers. You shouldn’t have any more inner struggles when looking to find the perfect gift. Since 40 years of marriage are related to the ruby symbol, you should consider buying your wife some ruby jewelry pieces. Earrings or a bracelet would make a great purchase. If your wife loves to accessorize with brooches get her a vintage one. You could also buy your husband jewelry.

You can find ruby cufflinks or a pin tie. Red roses are of course the traditional anniversary gift you could get for your wife. They are a symbol of love and romance. These are the perfect flowers for your ruby celebration. You could buy her as many as you think she deserves but since you are honoring the lucky number 40, why not buy her 40 roses? Clothing items might not be a romantic anniversary gift, but if your wife loves shopping, go with her and let her pick whatever she likes or dare and get her something. You could buy her a red scarf or red leather gloves. Lingerie can also be a choice.

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Ruby Wedding Gifts (Photo by: Keren)

For men, pajamas and shirts would be an appropriate selection. If you know your husband enjoys drinking wine, get him a  bottle of the finest red wine you can find. These are steep bottles, but you can savor it together while having a romantic dinner. You can cook something special or you can go out to eat. You can also get him some crystal wine glasses. For your wife you can purchase the same crystal gift only instead of glasses, focus on buying a decorative vase, a bowl or a platter.  Look for a decorative clock decorated with red rubies or other items like this with the red ruby stone on them. Your wife or husband will be happy to receive any small attention from you.


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Some women are naturally curvy, others are very slim. But this is just because everyone’s body shape is different and even if everyone wants to look like a catwalk model, this is not possible. So when you are invited to a wedding and you need to find a plus size dress to match your silhouette, look for something that looks stunning on you. It might be a certain dress style, a color that you like and details like these. You have to impress your date or your husband with your choice and of course feel good about yourself.

This is the number one thing that you have to consider when choosing an attire. It can be a formal or a casual one, this depends on the wedding event. If you are attending a summer wedding, choose a light color like blue, gold shades, cream dresses and light fabric. You can find pretty chiffon models in stores or even satin ones if you like this fabric. Lace is also a  very elegant choice and it is appropriate for any formal or informal wedding theme. It can be a black lace dress with long sleeves or with some puffy sleeves. You can wear some silver jewelry pieces just to make this look pop.

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Plus Size Wedding Guest Dresses (Photo by: Steve Johnson)

If you love gold, opt for a dress with straps and maybe a bolero to cover your arms. If you want something flowy, choose dresses that are quite long or even tea length ones. Just make sure that they don’t have any more volume because this will not look good. Tighter dresses on your body are also not a good choice. You have to be able to move in the dress and be comfortable all night long. You can also choose the colors of your dress based on the season or the color palette of the wedding. The prices for such a dress varies, but if you are looking for a cost reduction, shop for the sales. You can also make your own attire for this day if you know how to sow and if you are a very creative person.


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Weddings are very emotional events, but they can also be pretty stressful ones. Planning a wedding on your own is not easy. There are loose ends that need to be tied and many other situations to solve. So make sure that you have an organized agenda and that you start solving things one by one. Your venue is the most important thing. Make sure that you book it as fast as you can, because the really good ones tend to be booked fast. Then once you see and love the location, you have to imagine how you want the reception to look like. A theme can help you decide on  the color scheme you wish to use and on the ornaments that you wish to display on the tables.

For a fall concept, use earthy tones and deep warm shades. These colors can be found in the decorations of the tables and chairs. You could also use silk flowers as part of the table décor and even to adorn the rest of the venue. Flower garlands can also be hanged from the ceiling creating a whimsical setting. They can be combined with lights or with lanterns on the tables. These lanterns are perfect for a rustic concept or for a vintage one. You can also use edibles as table decorations such as candy, cookies, cakes, fruits and even vegetables. If you have a dance floor, use balloons and confetti to decorate it and make it pop.

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Wedding Celebrations (Photo by: Daniel Krieger)

Draping details can also make a difference. Add organza and fancy candelabras if you are planning a very festive wedding event and a very formal one. Also other wedding photos can be your inspiration. If you like a certain like a color, flower arrangement, table setting and so on, write this idea in your agenda. You can find other ways to make your reception look lovely, but getting inspired is the first thing that you should do. Don’t worry too much about the amount of money you invest in these decorations, the important thing is that everyone enjoys the reception. You have to make sure of that.


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The choice of a wedding dress is complex. It depends on many important factors. The bride need to take into consideration the formality of the wedding, the season and time o day, the venue and theme of the event. The specific of the location are extremely important when it comes to choosing this or that dress. You can make this selection by neckline and consider something more unique to fit your personality. One-shoulder wedding dresses are recommended to those brides who are having a beach wedding or an outdoors celebration.

One-shoulder wedding dresses based on a full length are also adequate for evening receptions. This style has become a popular trend among those who want to look and feel like a Grecian bride. Chic and glamorous, the asymmetry of the neckline draws more attention to the bride’s beautiful silhouette and shoulders. The models with natural waists and drapes are the most romantic ones. The fluidity of this style is ideal for Oceanside nuptials. If you want a more glamorous look, consider wearing a dress with a jeweled accent at the waist or shoulder. You can find this style in a myriad of designs that can fit both formal and casual occasions.

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One Shoulder Wedding Dresses (Photo by: love_K_photo)

This type of dress allows you as a bride to showcase your sense of style and fashion. Let your natural beauty shine through by wearing a dress with a single strap or sleeve. Before you purchase one, we suggest you try this style on and see how it fits. Not everything that we see in photos or on other women is right for us. The contrary, many of us fell in love with a silhouette after seeing it on a model and got disappointed when trying it on. This is why we should not base your wedding dress selection on something you intuit but not know. Besides this, one shoulder wedding gowns have a collar line that might not fit all body shapes. It depends on the cut you choose.

Those who have a big bust may find this style inappropriate, especially because it doesn’t cover you enough. The dress you wear at your wedding must be both unique and comfortable. If it doesn’t flatter your figure and it doesn’t feel commodious, think of something different. One shoulder bridal dresses are tricky because they must be paired with a strapless bra. Don’t wear this dress with a strapped bra because it will ruin your look and the design of the dress. There are models with low backlines that require a stick-on pastry bra. Don’t cover the dress with a shawl or cardigan because it will detract from the uniqueness of the shoulder cut. Wear simple accessories and try to skip a necklace adornment.