Wedding Advice: Planning a ‘Chillax’ Wedding

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We’ve all come across this dilemma before — you would much rather have a small, intimate and informal wedding (or none at all), but are compelled to throw a wedding banquet because of your family members. The good news is, you are not alone with this headache. Here are two pieces of useful advice from professional wedding planners on how to make your big day as ‘chillax’ (chill and relax) as possible.

Goodbye Bridezilla

The largest part of a bride’s stress comes from the actual planning of the wedding itself. To avoid this, hire someone to do your wedding planning for you, if you’re absolutely turned off by the idea of planning a massive banquet wedding. Research and find service providers whose aesthetics match yours, and let the professionals work their magic.

For brides who are not a fan of over-the-top wedding makeup, do your own makeup! (Ignore those people who insist that you can’t do that.) Tap on the expansive range of online video tutorials to find a look that is perfect for you. Alternatively, enroll in a short makeup workshop to learn a few tricks on how to glam up your look before your big day.

Plan a wedding that you would want to attend

One of the biggest sources of frustrations for many brides is when you feel like your family members start to overrule what you want and impose their views on your wedding decisions. Try to be firm in the face of such family members and state your preferences politely but firmly. Don’t feel obliged to conform to certain family traditions if you honestly do not identify with those practices. This is your wedding, and if you’re not having fun, no one else would. Oh, and if you need a convenient excuse to ignore your family members’ views? Just say that your wedding planner said otherwise.

What other tips do you have on planning for a super no-frills wedding? Share with us!

Read the original article on Yahoo Style.

Reality TV ‘Brides Gone Styled’ Hosts Dish Out Wedding Dress Advice

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US reality show Brides Gone Styled hosts Robert Verdi and Gretta Monahan are probably the best people to dish out advice on wedding dress shopping — after all, this is what the pair do professionally on TV, where they help not-so-fashion-forward brides find their ideal wedding style. Here are some practical advice that could be helpful for your own wedding dress shopping.

Be prepared, very prepared

This may seem like a no brainer, but many times we fail to be amply prepared when we step into a bridal boutique. We’re talking about wearing the right underwear, and bringing the shoes that you would be wearing on your wedding day.

First, do remember to put on underwear that would be appropriate for your dress fitting. If you’re intending to try on strapless dresses, do remember to wear/bring a strapless bra or nu bra. Ditch those granny panties and put on some seamless underwear. Trust us, it makes a difference.

As for bringing your own shoes, this is something that many brides forget. The height of your heel can change the overall silhouette and look quite significantly so do bring a pair of shoes that is indicative of what you will be wearing on the actual day. That said, it doesn’t mean that you have to bring high heels. If you already know that you will be going for more practical options like flats (or even sneakers), then bring those.

Don’t ignore your own style

While keeping yourself updated on the latest bridal trends is great, do always remember that at the end of the day, you have to feel comfortable and confident in whatever you’re wearing. Don’t chase trends blindly — if off-shoulder dresses make your arms look bulky then ditch them, even if they’re the hottest trend this season. If you’re a spunky bride who hardly wears any skirts or dresses in your everyday life, then go for the jumpsuits or pant suits. It is perfectly fine to inject your own style and interpretation of fashion into your sartorial choices on your wedding day; you do not ever have to feel obliged to conform to others’ perception of how it should be like.

Shop for the body you have, not the body you will have

Most brides go onto a diet regime when they are planning for a wedding, but you should be shopping for the current body you have, instead of the body that you will have. Apart from the obvious reason of not being to guarantee that your diet is going to be as successful as you like it, shopping for your current body will reduce a lot of stress and unnecessary plummeting of self esteem. It is much wiser to try to find a dress that complements your current body type, than try to convince yourself that you will look good in a not-so-flattering dress after your diet. In any case, if you manage to shake off some pounds before your wedding, there is always enough time to make the necessary alterations.

Keep the whole look in mind

Last but not least, do remember that the wedding dress is just one component of your wedding day look. Do budget for other things such as headpieces, veils, accessories and shoes, as they would all add up.

Do you have any other handy advice for wedding dress shopping? Let us know!

Read the original article on Yahoo Style.

Double Happiness: A Proposal During A Wedding

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Last month we blogged about how popping the question at your friend’s wedding without prior notice was bad wedding etiquette (read it here if you haven’t already) as it upstages your friend’s big day. But that was not the case for bride Chelsea Pulse — in fact, she suggested that her friend Brett Davidson propose to her cousin Megan Creal during her own wedding.

The idea came to Pulse when she found out that Davidson and Creal’s anniversary happened to fall on the same day as her wedding. Keen to make the day extra special for them, Pulse suggested that Davidson propose during the wedding. While Davidson declined at first saying that he wouldn’t wish to steal the couple’s thunder on their big day, Pulse assured him that it would be their honour to commemorate the special moment during their wedding.

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The proposal was simple but impactful — instead of throwing the wedding bouquet, Pulse turned around and presented the bouquet directly to Creal. She then gently nudged Creal around to face where Davidson had gotten down on one knee. Due to the unexpected nature of the proposal, the pictures of Creal’s surprise and following delight were just absolutely priceless.

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All photos from Huffington Post.

Pinterest Secret Wedding Boards

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We’ve long known that Pinterest is one of the most favoured online image platforms that brides-to-be use in their wedding planning, but did you know that pinning weddings has risen to be a popular pastime brides-not-to-be as well?

Latest figures from Pinterest show that there are a total of 38 million wedding boards on the platform, and of these, secret wedding boards (boards that are set to private and locked from the public eye) have grown two times from 15% to 30% of all boards created.

The potential commercial spinoff for the wedding industry from Pinterest is a force to be reckoned with as well — a recent study by Millard Brown Digital revealed that 96% of Pinterest users were using the platform to plan for wedding purchases, and 87% made an actual purchase based on something they saw on Pinterest.

For users who are not actually getting married, what is the attraction of pinning their dream wedding, even if they are nowhere near from realising it? Pepper Schwartz, sociology professor at the University of Washington, said, “It’s a kind of dreaming, a kind of fantasy. It’s like reading bride magazines, but it’s also like people reading Architectural Digest … I should say 99% of them cannot afford — even 99.5 of them cannot afford what they’re looking at. But they think about it.” Indeed, one can definitely “plan” their perfect wedding on Pinterest.

With the right balance, Pinterest can definitely make the wedding planning process much easier, especially when you are trying to communicate what you want to your wedding planner and other vendors. While in the past brides had to spend more effort finding their references from extensive amounts of bridal magazines or search efforts, now, everything can be conveniently compiled into one Pinterest board. That saves a lot of time and effort to get you and your wedding planner on the same page.

But Sara Fields, a US-based wedding planner, would remind her clients to stop pinning at an appropriate stage — before they start to obsess about every single detail that might not make a significant impact on their wedding day. “You kind of can’t stop yourself,” Fields shared, “’Oh,’ you’re second guessing. ‘Oh, I thought I wanted this.’ It’s a lot of additional stress.”

Did you use Pinterest to help you during your wedding planning process? What do you think of ladies who start a wedding board even before they have found a partner? Share with us!

11th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest

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The winning design from this year’s Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest is a refreshing masculine-feminine wedding gown that draws its inspiration from tuxedo menswear.

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This is the 11th year the Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest has happened in New York, and it just gets better. Apart from the usual spectacular pleats and applique that contestants fashion from plain old toilet paper, this year’s winning design is a refreshing masculine-feminine gown that takes its inspiration from tuxedo menswear. Notably, this is the first time that the contest has tied up with Manhattan bridal store Kleinfled and the winning design will be made into a ready-to-wear wedding dress that will be available on the racks of the popular bridal boutique.

On her win, designer Donna Pope Vincler said, “It’s quite an experience to work on something. And then my daughter was the model and that means a lot of me, and my mom taught me how to sew when I was very young, so it’s like the three of us. And the design on the dress has three pedals, like an appliqué and that kind of stands for the three of us, the three generations.”

Vincler took three months to create her winning look and used a total of 22 rolls of toilet paper in the process (and lots of tape and glue). Contestants are not allowed to use any fabrics or closures (including Velcro) in their garment.

“It’s amazing how strong glue and toilet paper can be. Actually, after I made it I was hitting on it like a drum because you can play it. It’s like, it’s very sturdy. And it’s just all toilet paper, sort of like if you were going to papier mache something. And so, I don’t even know how many layers I just did it till I thought it would stay together,” Vincler shared.

We think Vincler totally deserved her win as her design proved to be right on trend and definitely stood out in the crowd of traditional wedding gowns. We can definitely see sassy brides rocking this look on the aisle!

What did you think of this year’s toilet paper wedding dress designs? Let us know!

Read more at Yahoo.

Celebrity Wedding: Huang Xiaoming & Angelababy

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From breakup rumours to high-key public displays of affection, Huang Xiaoming, 37, and Angelababy’s, 26, romance have hogged the entertainment spotlight for as long as it has been going on. And finally, it is official — the photogenic couple have just registered their marriage at Huang’s hometown in Qingdao, China.

Following news of their marriage, Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy have also released their pre-wedding photos to the media. The photos are all sweet and lovey-dovey, with Huang kissing a bashful Angelababy, or with the couple sharing cheeky and playful moments on set.

Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy first met through a mutual friend in 2009 and have been dating for the past six years. The couple first confirmed their relationship last year, when Huang orchestrated a surprise on Angelababy’s 25th birthday, which saw him dishing out a lavish Lamborghini birthday gift for his lady.

Congratulations to the beautiful couple!

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Celebrity Wedding: Won Bin & Lee Na Young

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Bucking the trend of extravagant celebrity weddings with excessive fanfare, top Korean celebrities Won Bin and Lee Na Young have tied the knot in a private and intimate wedding in the Korean countryside.

The couple’s wedding was attended by just 50 of their closest family members and friends and there were no celebrities in attendance. Representatives from their agencies revealed that the couple wanted to have a wedding that was “as quiet as possible” as they “make an ever-lasting promise” to each other.

It was also reported that Won Bin and Lee Na Young wanted to have a small ceremony that would be meaningful, and that the couple handled many aspects of the wedding on their own, including the bridal bouquet, which consisted of wild flowers gathered from the field that was the wedding venue. (Altogether now, aww…)

From the pictures, both Won Bin and Lee Na Young look a million bucks even with an ultra simple wedding ceremony. We are loving the couple’s super down-to-earth approach to celebrity weddings!

Congratulations to the gorgeous couple!

The Most Popular Wedding Playlist in Singapore

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Spotify has just released the results from their analysis of over 400,000 wedding themed playlists worldwide to reveal that John Legend’s All of Me ranks top globally and in Singapore as the most-listened song for weddings. Jason Mraz is also the world’s most popular singer for weddings, with two songs ranking in the worldwide top 20.

In Singapore, Spotify found that romantic ballads seemed to be the preferred genre for weddings, with familiar hits from well-known crooners such as Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years, Adele’s Make You Feel My Love rounding up the top three besides Legend’s hit love song.

Sunita Kaur, Managing Director, Spotify Asia, commented, “Weddings are one of life’s most important milestones and often calls for a lavish celebration in Singapore. Not only does music have the power to tell the story of the newlyweds’ relationship, it also sets the celebratory mood for guests and encourages them to strut their stuff on the stage.”

Globally, tracks from Bruno Mars (Marry You), Ed Sheeran (Thinking Out Loud) and Robin Thicke (Blurred Lines) ranked high as one of the most popular wedding music as well.

For couples who are putting together your wedding playlist at the moment, here’s the top 20 list of most popular wedding music in Singapore from Spotify:

  1. All of Me – John Legend
  2. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  3. Make You Feel My Love – Adele
  4. Stuck On You – Meiko
  5. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  6. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  7. Lucky – Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat
  8. You are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
  9. Everything – Michael Bublé
  10. Marry Me – Train
  11. Marry Me – Jason Derulo
  12. You and I – Ingrid Michaelson
  13. The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
  14. Home – Edward Sharpe, The Magnetic Zeros
  15. Marry You – Bruno Mars
  16. How long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
  17. Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
  18. Latch (Acoustic) – Sam Smith
  19. Bonfire Heart – James Blunt
  20. Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars

Flying Made Epic

Ever since we were introduced to the gorgeous landscape of New Zealand in The Lord of The Rings movies, fans and travelers from around the world have been flocking to Middle-earth in search of the promised land. And what better way to get there then by the airline that knows New Zealand best?

Our team at Wedding & Travel got to experience it first-hand and are thrilled to share their experience.

Like an assurance of good things to come, our first taste of Kiwi hospitality was on board Air New Zealand via its inflight video – The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made. No more shifting your gaze or nodding off to yet another safety video. Instead, be entertained by the cast from the Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies as they demonstrate the importance of air safety in an epic yet lighthearted way.

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Bound for an epic journey on the official airline of Middle-earth

But what is even more epic is the Skycouch, an innovation exclusive to Air New Zealand. Offered in Economy class only, the Skycouch is a row of three seats with armrests that can be lifted and leg rests that can be stretched out flat to create the closest thing to a bed. The full size of this flexible space is 1.55m in length and 74cm in depth. This means that you and your partner can lay quite comfortably side by side for the nearly 10-hour flight from Singapore to Auckland.

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The only first class experience you can get in the economy section

Not just that, each Skycouch also comes with 2 large pillows, underlay and duvet so you can really get to enjoy the whole experience. Just make sure you don’t get too comfortable or we can’t guarantee that you might start providing sound entertainment for the other passengers with your snores. In case you are wondering, yes, you do have to put seatbelts on when you are in lying position, an extension seatbelt will be provided by the crew.

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Savour the freshness of New Zealand with every bite

For couples who wish to fly in comfort without the presence of a third party, you need only top up S$600 per way in order to secure the third seat for the Skycouch.

One of the many advantages of flying with Air New Zealand is the various seat categories you get to choose from. If flying Business isn’t an option, then Premium Economy is your next best bet. At first glance, it looks almost like you are in the Business section. The seats are spacious and in a section of their own, away from the normal economy, and offer 50% more recline.

The extendable foot rest elevates your legs and provides a platform to rest your feet on. Even the armrest is wider than those in the economy section so you and your neighbor can rest your elbow at the same time and still have room to place your drinks. After you have settled comfortably into your seat, it is time to check out the inflight entertainment. With a wider video screen and many up-to-date and classic selections, it’s hard not to let your eyes be glued to the screen.

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Enjoy more leg room and arm space with Premium Economy

And if you should need a snack or a drink, you can select from the screen too, complimentary of course. But unless you have an extremely healthy appetite, there’s hardly a need to as the friendly attendants will be passing out meals and snacks every so often. In Premium Economy, the meals are as good as what they serve in Business class on many airlines. And of course, there will be New Zealand fine wines to accompany your delicious meals.

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Be pampered by the gourmet selections in Premium Economy

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Be pampered by the gourmet selections in Premium Economy