Fashion: Houghton NYC

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(Photos from Houghton NYC)

Hailing from Chelsea, West New York, Houghton NYC is definitely a bridal label that reflects the urbanism of the city it is based in.

We were blown away by Houghton NYC’s designs from the get go, as they are absolutely edgy (definitely rare for wedding dresses!) and reflect the hottest runway trends of the moment! The fact that the label’s creations mostly come in ready-to-wear separates also means that you can feel free to mix them with your other wardrobe staples and give them a new lease of life after your wedding! If that doesn’t speak to all you fashionable young brides out there, we don’t know what else would.

One of our favourites from Houghton NYC’s 2014 Fall/Winter collection is the two-piece wedding dress that features a crop lace top and high-waisted skirt in the same lace fabric — a classic wedding look that is fashion forward at the same time! Another standout design for us was the sheer lace bustier top paired with a long skirt, which we feel is an inventive silhouette that we haven’t spotted in other collections!

Each of Houghton NYC’s creations are handmade in New York with fine fabrics such as imported silk, laces from Paris, cashmere and light wools from Milan and Switzerland, and are often finished with hand sewn embroideries, appliques and beadwork.

Check out the full collection at Houghton NYC’s website.

Fashion: Dresses for the Mothers

There is no lack of articles on bridal fashion for the bride out there, but what about something for the bride’s mother and mother-in-law? Apart from the bride, we dare say here are two women who deserve to look their best on this big day too! Shopping for the perfect outfit for the mothers is far from easy — the dress will have to be age-appropriate, while still being classy and not frumpy. Today, Wedding & Travel has rounded up some inspiration from around the web to get you started on your search.

The Classic Gown

If there is one thing you should remember, that’s ‘simple is best’ — one can never go wrong with a well cut gown in a classic silhouette. We recommend that you cut down on the skin-baring and choose a sleeved dress for the mothers. Alternatively, you can also throw on a bolero or scarf  over strapless and sleeveless gowns (which might be a little easier to find.) More adventurous mothers can also consider an off-shoulder gown that shows off some décolletage.

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We love the first sleeved lace gown as it looks glamorous while offering coverage for the arms, which are typically a problem area for mothers. The second dress shows that a sleeved gown can look absolutely light and flattering on the body as well — simply pay attention to the fabrics used. (Pictures from White Azalea)

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Voluptuous mothers would look divine in gowns that make use of clever draping to give the illusion of a slimmer silhouette. For mothers who are more bottom heavy, a dramatic neckline would help to draw attention upwards. (Picture from Dotaroot)

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We love how this mother looks so confident in this light chiffon number which is effortlessly elegant and sexy at the same time! (Picture from My Inspired Wedding)

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A beaded scarf is not only practical, it adds the right touch of sparkle to the mother’s outfit as well. (Picture from Martha Stewart Weddings)

The Dress Suit

With the advent of androgynous fashion in the recent years, another fashion choice that the mothers can consider is that of the dress suit. While some may be worried this look might be too masculine, the following pictures will assure you that with the right touch, this can a smart and chic look as well! The trick is to always pick well-tailored pieces that would accentuate the mothers’ womanly curves, instead of conceal them. The styling of hair and make up can also make or break this look!

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Slender mothers would love this gown suit, which has a classic and straightforward cut. A jacket or bolero is great for covering the arms, or simply, to keep warm. (Picture from My Inspired Wedding)

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We love this navy perplum dress suit that is fashionable while being age-appropriate for the mothers. (Picture from Lily & Iris)

What other ideas do you have for mother of the bride dresses? Let us know!

A SWAT officer’s engagement photos took the internet by storm

It is little wonder why this set of bridal photos, celebrating the union of a Chinese couple, went viral over the weekend in China.

According to China’s state media Xinhua, the photos became widely circulated after the groom’s employer – the Chongqing Special Police Corp – posted the photos onto Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, last Friday.

Hou Weilin, the groom is a SWAT officer and due to the nature of his job which requires him to be on standby 24/7, he has been unable to take wedding pictures with his fiancee in a professional studio. Therefore, the couple decided to opt for a photoshoot in the groom’s work setting and the end result, is a collection of photos that is uniquely theirs.

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How much do people spend on wedding gifts?

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Are you curious about how much people around the world spend on wedding gifts for friends and/or family?

If you are, like this W&T writer, then here’s a report done by online wedding site Zankyou which looked at nearly 300,000 donations given through its website to determine the average gift spending across 12 countries.

Here’s the ranking from smallest to largest: (spending in USD)

12. The Netherlands
Average spending: $97

11. Brazil

Average spending: $104

10. Mexico
Average spending: $122

9. Belgium
Average spending: $150

8. United Kingdom
Average spending: $159

7. United States
Average spending: -2% $167

5. (tie) France & Germany
Average spending: $195

4. Portugal
Average spending: $236

3. Austria
Average spending: $252

2. Italy
Average spending: $317

1. Spain
Average spending: $365

And if you are wondering how that compares to Singapore, we ran a check and realized that angbao rates deemed appropriate in Singapore range from $90 (approximately USD $73) for a wedding lunch to $260 (approximately USD $210) for a wedding dinner at a 5-star hotel.

Wedding Inspiration: Zesty & Citrussy

We know, we know — sometimes, it’s such a pain to get married in our tropical weather (heat and humidity are a bride’s worst enemy!). As the perfect cool-me-down in our soaring temperatures, how about some refreshing zesty goodness to cheer you up? That’s why we have rounded up some inspiration on how to create your own zesty wedding today. We hope these bright citrusy colours bring you and your guests some relief!

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Who says girls have all the fun in fashion? Grooms can take a leaf from this groom’s book by injecting a bit of colour and interest into your get-up with this gingham check bow-tie. For less adventurous grooms, go with your usual tie, but pick a nice vitamin colour to perk your look up!

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Stationery

These beautiful invitation cards and wedding stationery will definitely brighten up your guests’ day as their cheerful designs are just like a dose of sunshine! A foolproof trick for the colour palette? Take your cue from your favourite zesty fruits such as lemons, oranges or lime!

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Table Arrangements

What’s a zesty wedding without a lemonade table centrepiece? We think this delicious idea is genius — not only does it serve as a handy thirst-quencher for your guests, these bottled lemonade also look colourful and fresh on the table! Other couples have also paired the main colour of yellow with playful prints (like polka dots or zig zags) that help to bring out the fun and casual vibe of their weddings.

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Food

The best part about planning for a zesty and citrussy wedding is looking at all those pretty yummy food that you can put together for your guests! As a first choice to combat against the heat, our vote goes to fruity popsicles that are good to look at and fun (and healthy) to eat! If you’re looking to hire a vendor to dish out the icy goodness at your wedding, check out Popaganda. For other dessert ideas, tangy favourites such as lemon tarts or lemon chiffon cakes are no brainers!

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Fashion: Laure De Sagazan

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Today we shine the spotlight on another young French designer whom we love for her easy bohemian wedding dresses — Laure De Sagazan.

Based in Paris, Laure De Sagazan had only just set up her label in these couple of years, after she made a dress for a cousin that received such good reception that it surprised the designer herself. With the boost of confidence, Laure De Sagazan took the plunge to start up her own bridal atelier, designing dresses for the unconventional bride who, like her, is not a fan of traditional wedding dresses that are “dripping in frills and satin”.

Laure De Sagazan’s dresses would definitely strike a chord with brides who appreciate comfort and do not believe in “suffering for beauty”. Be it dresses or tailored separates, Laure De Sagazan’s collection consists a number of versatile pieces that encourage brides to create their own styles. While the look is easy and unpretentious, one needs no reminder of their quality, as they are crafted from fine French lace and look luxurious to the touch. Most pieces also reflect Laure De Sagazan’s slight rock-and-roll aesthetic on bridal fashion with flowing silhouettes contrasted against structured lines.

For more of Laure De Sagazan’s gorgeous collection, visit her website.

Gifts? No thanks, we prefer cash: UK couples

British couples are increasingly shunning traditional wedding gifts like expensive silverware, a new poll by a wedding website revealed. Instead, the 2,500 couples surveyed prefer friends and family to give them cash.

A reason why traditional presents like toasters, microwaves and other household appliances are now seen as outdated is because the bride and groom are more likely to already be living together for a number of years. Hence, financial contributions are deemed more practical, according to DailyMail.

Unlike in Singapore where wedding gifts are equivalent to angbaos bearing cash, this is not the norm in the U.K.

To make the request, many British couples are choosing to write a poem inside their wedding invitations to avoid the embarrassment of asking outright for money. One reads like this: “If you were thinking of giving a gift to help us on our way/A gift of money in a card would really make our day!”

Hilarious Wedding Crashers: #westillcoming

Here’s a delightful piece of wedding news that is bound to get your Friday started a bright note.

Detroit couple Kristen and Rob had intended to text their friends with the details of their wedding and post-ceremony barbeuqe, but a wrong text to a stranger set this string of events in motion.

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As seen from the text messages, though the bride tried to backtrack on her mistake, it was already too late. But far from being a wedding nightmare, Kristen and Rob were able to take their little mistake with good humour, and walked away with a brand new set of friends on their wedding!

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This swag bunch of wedding crashers have also managed to start trending on Twitter, with users having a field day with the hashtag #westillcoming.

Vivian Hsu holds wedding in Taiwan, undeterred by typhoon

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After her romantic wedding in Bali, Taiwanese singer-actress Vivian Hsu and her husband proceeded with their wedding banquet in Taipei yesterday. The event was undeterred by Typhoon Matmo, which had caused the closure of schools and offices across Taiwan for the day.

Dressed in pink strapless Vera Wang wedding dress, pearl necklace and ring, the 39-year-old Hsu fielded questions from the press in a photo call before the banquet. She denied rumors that she is pregnant, but said she hopes to have a baby boy in the future, as she already has two step-daughters from her husband’s previous marriage.

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As compared to the low-key registration ceremony in Singapore and wedding in Bali, the Taipei wedding had a star-studded guest list including Taiwanese model-actress Lin Chi-ling and actress Shu Qi.

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According to Taiwan media, each table was decorated with white roses and given the name of a song by Hsu. Small gifts and cards bearing a picture of the couple were also presented to each guest. Hsu’s husband, Singaporean businessman Sean Lee, is chief executive officer of Marco Polo Marine, a Singapore-based integrated marine logistics group.

Just Married: ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ Adam Levine

Ladies, brace yourselves.

Adam Levine, the 35-year-old frontman of popular U.S. band Maroon 5 who’s been crowned “Sexiest Man Alive”, has officially tied the knot with the equally gorgeous Behati Prinsloo, a Victoria’s Secret model, last Saturday (July 19), reported People magazine.

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The couple, with a 10-year age gap, has dated for about a year before getting engaged in July last year. The wedding which was held in San José del Cabo, Mexico, was “a night of gorgeous locale, food and a night of rock ‘n’ roll performances worthy of a music festival, according to various western media.

The wedding: Or rather the concert, saw the groom take to the mic stands to serenade his bride. In return, the beautiful Behati, who was apparently equally musically-gifted, sang an equally romantic song “First Day of My Life” before their 300 guests, how sweet!

That’s not all, the rest of Maroon 5 played a lovely song for the couple as they walked down the aisle. legendary singer and ‘The Voice’ judge Stevie Nicks belted out the melody for the couple’s first dance.

Adam’s childhood pal, funnyman Jonah Hill, entertained the crowd with his humor while he officiated the ceremony.

The dress: A custom-made blush pink creation by famed fashion house Marchesa. While pictures of the dress has yet to be reported, the dress was reportedly featured long sleeves and nude and transparent hues, with white flower embellishments decorating the long train.