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!

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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!

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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.