2014 wedding trend: Color pop!

According to Elegant Wedding Invites, to have your big day in bright paddle-pop colors is the ‘in thing’ to do for the year 2014.

While it is certainly a cheery and refreshing theme, having a rainbow palette at your wedding risks falling into the trap of seeming too childish and/or gawdy.

How to avoid these pitfalls and still have a one-of-a-kind wedding? Scroll down for more ideas!

The Look:
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For guys unwilling to play with colors, socks are your best bet. (Picture credit: here)

The decor:
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Kids will love your wedding and so will the adults who wouldn’t mind relishing some childhood fun. (Picture credit: here)

Cool Weddings: A Harry Potter and Star Wars-themed big day!

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Movies are fast becoming an increasingly popular source of inspiration for couples who want to have a unique wedding. And with the help of wedding planners, to recreate your wedding venue into your most-loved movie is perhaps not too difficult (as long as you’re willing to spend the $$$) but for those with a smaller budget, DIY is undoubtedly the way to go.

Before you start saying “No way! Are you kidding me?”, read on about Mrs Victoria Maclean-Price, a bride from the United Kingdom, who made her wedding into an homage to her favorite Harry Potter and her husband’s film of choice, Star Wars.

Note: she did all the decorative items, by herself.

Speaking about her unusual wedding, the Harry Potter aficionado said, “While planning the wedding with one of my bridesmaids, she told me to make sure that we put our own personal stamp on our wedding day.”

“I am the Harry Potter fan and Adam is the Star Wars fan, so what better way to make it our day, then to have these two films as the theme for our big day. It was the most perfect combination: the best of both worlds,” she added.

As a result, invitations to the wedding came in the shape of Hogwarts’ acceptance letters while the cake was decorated with an AT-AT walker. Guests were also surprised by a life-size “pensive” (the golden sink used by Professor Dumbledore to relive precious memories) and a replica of Godric Gryffindor’s sword!

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In keeping with their passion for all things magical, the pair even managed to unearth a photographer who moonlights as a magician, and who spent the rest of the wedding entertaining guests with tricks.

What a cool wedding!

Lifestyle: Real Food

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Healthy diets do not have to mean unpalatable food that you can hardly taste. Brides looking for a healthier diet to kickstart your beauty regime would be delighted with Real Food Grocer, a small independent cafe that serves good organic food.

Started by a group of three individuals, Real Good Grocer believes in serving honest ethical food to its consumers — the cafe’s menu is free from processed ingredients, artificial preservations and trans-fats; they also spend time to source ingredients from known origins and farms.

While organic food might bring to mind images like raw vegetables and tofu dishes, you will be happy to know that you can get your regular sweet fixes such as strawberries and banana pancakes, and blueberries and banana french toast at Real Food Grocer. Our personal favourite on the menu would be the extensive juice menu, which boasts innovative concoctions such as wheatgrass apple, celery carrot pineapple, and so on. Each juice comes with a description of its benefits to your body, so do take your time picking out your favoured mix!

The cafe swears by serving slow food, meaning, they prepare your food only when your order is placed — a refreshing take on F&B, we say, especially when there are other places on the scene that value speed over quality of food. This goodness comes at reasonable prices too. You can get all-day breakfast and sandwiches at under S$10, and mains (pastas and pizzas) start from S$10 onwards. Juices cost around S$6.

To get a taste of real food, you can visit any of their outlets at Central, Square 2, Killiney or West Coast.

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Website: http://www.realfoodgrocer.com

Wedding Inspiration: Nude Wedding Gowns

White wedding gowns are timeless and classic. But at the same time, they’re safe, traditional, conventional, boring… and the list goes on. For brides who are looking for colour options that are less sedentary, but not over the top, we recommend nude as your new best friend. While not quite as predictable as white, nude is a shade that nonetheless evokes romance and femininity — just the way you would like it for your wedding day. Today, Wedding & Travel rounds up some of our favourite collections featuring this favoured shade!

Armani Prive Fall/Winter 2013-14

Giorgio Armani’s haute couture label, Armani Prive, rolled out a divine series of nude dresses for its Fall/Winter 2013-14 collection. We were absolutely blown away by the generous amount of exquisite details that went into the dresses, such as intricate lacework, hand-beading, and hand-pleated tulle that was meticulously put together. With styling that recalled the glamour and romance of the 1920s with volume on the hair, and sparkle in the accessories, this is definitely a look that you can easily adapt for your own wedding.

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Reem Acra Resort Collection 2013

Reem Acra’s Resort Collection 2013 showcased its versatility with a series of nude gowns that would please brides of any style. The romantic bride would appreciate the gown with a timeless fluid silhouette and ruffled details around the hem; the glamorous bride would love the form-fitting full-body sequinned gown; adventurous brides would be intrigued by fashion-forward details such as structured ruffles and sunburst pleating in the dresses.

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Vera Wang

And who best to look to for the most classic nude gowns than the eponymous Vera Wang? Nude has featured regularly on the acclaimed designer’s palette, as you can see from these gorgeous creations we pulled from Vera Wang’s Spring 2011 and Fall 2012 collections. However, we would have to give it to the designer for being able to put a new spin on the tried-and-tested colour with every new collection. While the dresses in the Spring 2011 collection were light and whimsical, the dresses from the Fall 2012 evoked a darker and more mysterious charm.

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Limited Edition London Rain

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What could be more British than London rain?

Created by Jo Malone’s Master Perfumer Christine Nagel, this Limited Edition collection captures the different moods of a downpour, from the soft sparkle of a morning shower to a wild rainstorm at night.

“The initial concept from Jo Malone London was to create a scented portrait of London to conjure up the romantic and deeply intense rainy days,” says Nagel.

A scent is personal and memorable. Just like true love, some of us takes years to find the perfect one. And when you find the one, there’s no letting go.

Cherish your moment for this limited edition collection goes on sale in March and ends while stocks last.

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Rain & Angelica
Glassy beads of dew, awakening a London park at dawn.  A revitalising scent, enlivened with herbaceous angelica and juicy lime  on an earthy base of vetiver. Aqueous and clear.

“To me, Rain & Angelica is all about breathing in the freshness of a breaking London dawn. When the city is dew-covered and glistening, the grass and trees of Hampstead Heath take on an aqueous, almost fluid quality. Their greenness is exaggerated and everything seems enlivened and youthful. Morning rain just seems to refresh the city bringing clarity and a sense of hope.” ~ Christine Nagel, Master Perfumer

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Wisteria & Violet
A soft morning shower, soaking purple wisteria cascading  over London stone walls. Infused with the wet-petal scent of violets  and water lily. Rainwashed and intoxicating.

“Wisteria & Violet is such a poetic fragrance. It transports me to Highgate, that 18th century literary hub of an urban village. The houses are draped in wisteria that comes to life after a brisk morning shower.” ~ Chris Wyatt, Fragrance Director

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White Jasmine & Mint
An afternoon cloudburst, drenching gardens  exuberant with jasmine, lily, orange flower and rose. Eccentric with  its dash of scrambling wild mint. Enchanting and refreshing.

“White Jasmine & Mint is a contemporary and beautiful scent – so evocative of London gardens in spring. It transports me to St James’s Park and there is nothing like sheltering under the old, red mulberry tree to escape an April shower. You can smell the light spring scent rising from the freshly planted flower beds. Here, I can simply soak up the London atmosphere.” ~ Debbie Wild, Lifestyle Director

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Black Cedarwood & Juniper
Midnight rain. Seductive with the carnal touch of  cumin, chilli leaves, and aromatic juniper. Dark with cedarwood.  Humid with moss. Modern and urban.

“Studio Director Black Cedarwood & Juniper has that late night danger about it. It makes me think of a dark, glistening London where anything could happen. The smooth cedarwood mingling with an unexpected hint of juniper and chilli lends an urban rush to the fragrance.” ~ Celine Roux, Jo Malone Creative

Jo Malone “London Rain” Limited Edition Collection
Available from March 2014
Each 100ml cologne at SGD194

Wedding Inspiration: Something Blue

If there is one trend from the Fall/Winter 2014 collections at last month’s London Fashion Week that we think would be hot in the bridal world, it is royal blue. After all, there is never a more auspicious trend, as the old tradition of having brides bring something blue with them at their weddings was to ensure that she carries good luck with her! We’ve rounded up some inspiration of how you can use blue in your wedding to give you some ideas!

The Flowers

The ever popular hydrangeas would be our top choice for a refreshing touch of blue to your floral arrangements. Alternatively, you could consider blooms like cornflowers or delphiniums for extra variety. Blue flowers go best with complementary shades like peach, coral, yellow and white, and are perfect for a warm tropical wedding that is so apt for Singapore!

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The Dress

Blue is not a shade we see brides opting for every day, and we absolutely love how delicate they can be, when crafted in the right fabrics! We love the following creations from Ellie Saab and Hamda Al Fahim (photos from here and here respectively) for their romanticism and details such as lace motifs and beading that bring that touch of wedding magic.

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For the bridesmaids, instead of going matchy-matchy on another shade of blue, we love the idea of mixing in pastel vintage floral prints, which helps to set off the blue perfectly!

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The Invites

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We absolutely love this set of classy letterpress invite cards that cleverly uses touches of blue to accentuate the patterns on the invite, which creates interest while maintaining an elegant and understated style.

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These two invites are perfect examples of how couples have used complementary colours such as yellow to accentuate blue. The top design is a playful, summery design that is perfect for casual lunch weddings, or outdoor and garden weddings. The bottom design, which is a playful interpretation using the venn diagram, is suitable for quirky and creative couples who love coming up something different for their weddings.

The Favours

And just so your guests will walk away with a piece of blue from your wedding, these wedding favour ideas are not only pretty (in looks), they’re pretty practical too!

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(Above: Royal blue macarons, photo from here; Below: Tiffany blue macarons; photo from here)

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(You can also pack candies and chocolates in these beautiful package boxes, photo from here and here respectively.)

Go green! Ideas for an eco-friendly wedding

As people become increasingly environmentally conscious, cutting down unnecessary waste during extravagant events, in particular weddings, has become a value that many young couples advocate. From eco-friendly wedding decor to recycled bridal wear, going green seems to be the way to go nowadays.

Apart from doing your part for mother earth, having a ‘green wedding’ is also wallet-friendly. Encompassing the best of both worlds, here’s how we think you can go about planning your very own eco-friendly wedding.

10 tips from Huffington Post:

1. Pick a bridal gown design that you could imagine altering done for you to wear it for another occasion. If not, choose a gown created of organic cotton and silk.
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2. Use tree-free papers that are made of cotton, linen, bamboo and hemp, as your decor materials. Recycled paper made of post-consumer, recycled waste are preferred.
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3. Use organic foods that create less waste and require less energy to produce and are healthier and taste better! Donate excess food and beverages.

4. Fruits, nuts, and vegetables make beautiful and unusual floral decor. Incorporate these natural elements and you’ll be able to eat these afterwards!
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5. Choose a florist who specializes in organic flowers. Incorporate live plants and cuttings as floral decor. Drought-tolerant succulents are ideal.
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White Calla Lilies and Green Flowers Bridal Bouquet

6. When planning your lighting ask the lighting tech to use only LED lights.
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Eco-friendly lanterns

7. Ask your wedding photographer to do “online proofing only” to save on paper.

8. Alternatively, choose photo albums that are made of post-consumer, recycled, or sustainable plant-fibre paper.

9. Give gifts of tree starts, plants or seeds to your guests.
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Heart-shaped bird seed wedding favor ornaments

10. Doing your part continues while on honeymoon. Opt for a green destination or check-in at a hotel that has green in-room .
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Lifestyle: The Bravery Cafe

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The people behind this new cafe in the up-and-coming Jalan Besar vicinity are probably, in our opinion like how the eatery’s name suggests, brave souls.

Without a signboard of any sorts, The Bravery Cafe, situated opposite the Jalan Besar stadium, blended in (almost) with the quiet surroundings.

We had gone past it twice before finally spotting it.

Enter the cafe and you’ll find the interior equally simple. Keeping it true to the neighborhood’s industrial vibes, the cafe is minimally decorated. The walls have (intentional or not, we don’t know) signs of uneven old paint and the high ceiling seen grey, similar to surrounding shops which sold manufacturing parts.

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But as the saying goes, never judge the book by its cover.

This unassuming cafe serves probably one of the best smoked salmon and poached eggs in town. Brownie points are awarded with the generous serving of salmon which is definitely twice the amount you’ll get at other cafes.

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The pancakes with banana and ricotta are also a must-try. Fluffy and fit for sharing between 2 people, this dish is a definite great way to kick start your weekend.

This cafe also has another specialty: Lavender latte. Be sure to try it and enjoy the unique aroma of coffee intertwined with a faint lavender scent.

The Bravery Cafe
66 Horne Road, Singapore 209073
Opens from 8am to 8pm.Closed on Tuesdays.
6225 4387 | www.thebravery.com.sg

Steal the look of… Jamie Lynn Spears

On our blog, we often share inspirations about how to make your big day closer to perfection. We also absolutely love sharing happy news about celebrities and/or famous personalities who have tied the knot and moved on to the next stage in life.

And on the list of famous newlyweds for the month, is country singer Jamie Lynn Spears, also known as the younger sister of American pop star Britney Spears. (If you missed our entry on that, click here!) Certainly a sight to behold at her wedding in New Orleans on March 14, we want to furnish you with some ideas on how you can make her look yours.

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The look: Decked in a V-neck mermaid gown by Liancarlo, Spears accessorized her dress with a cathedral-length veil featuring lace appliqués.

Make it yours: If plunging necklines are your cup of tea, here’s our selection of similar designs!

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‘Kimye’ donned on bridal wear for latest VOGUE cover

Kimye is in the news again. This time round, the high-profile couple made it to the front cover of *gasp* the April edition of U.S. Vogue magazine.

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Reality star Kim Kardashian is seen having on a white strapless Lanvin wedding gown while her husband-to-be rapper Kanye West stands behind her in a dark suit, with his hands wrapped around her waist.

The cover was said to be the result of Kimye‘s endless petitions to the fashion bible’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, according to Dailymail. An enthusiastic Kardashian tweeted on Friday that her appearance on the magazine was a “dream come true.”

As the clock ticks towards their wedding set for May 24, we are sure we’ll see and hear more from Kimye in the months to come… whether you like it or not.