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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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.

Real Food Grocer
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