How to Make a Wedding Reception Fun

21st June, 2013 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

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Weddings can either be time for celebration, but often guests flinch at the invitation, worrying it’ll be a stuffy affair, so the last thing you want is for your friends to think the same thing. So here are some tips to liven things up at your wedding celebration.

The first dance will have everyone’s eyes on you, and while there is something timeless about a Viennese Waltz or a sappy romantic tune, try to jazz this up a bit. This is the time to shock your guests – surprise them with a sexy Latin dance or a jazzy swing step. This will definitely set the tone for a lively party.

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Bored children at a wedding could very easily lead to disaster, so make sure you’ve got a game plan to entertain them. Set up an area for them, perhaps in a separate room with a babysitter who can set up movies for them to watch or even just give them a couple of tables with coloring books, toys and such.

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Toasts can be brilliantly witty, but sometimes they run on and on leaving guests to look at their watches often. Prep your toasters to keep it down to two-minute max and to keep long-drawn stories for the anecdotes during drinks.

A wedding is a party, so give out some favors like noisemakers or masks. Encourage the guests to let their hair down and have a bit of fun once the formalities are all over and done with.

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Get rid of the sit down dinner and get your guests involved. Great food is a good way to celebrate, but when everyone gets what he or she likes it’s even better. Set up a customizable food station where people can either have a pasta bar or a grilled cheese stations they can pick and choose from. It’s fun and everyone gets what he or she wants!

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Nothing kills a party more than having all your guests leave early, so give a reason for them to stay. Plan some fireworks or an exciting surprise and tell them about it. It’ll give them an incentive to stay on until the very end.

But, sometimes the best parts are the bits the guests don’t see coming. Plan a surprise that will awe your guests until the very end, like a mariachi band or a troupe of belly dancers.

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Going back to formal matters, make sure you arrange seats thoughtfully. The last thing you want is to sit people next to each other who don’t get on. Pick people you know would have a lot in common or great chemistry and build up based on that. That way you’ll have a great ambience at the wedding.

And last but not least, order food that isn’t formal or stuffy. You want the wedding to be fun, so go for what you would eat. If you fancy something exotic then go for Spanish tapas or Mexican. Be creative and everyone will have a great time! If you prepare a wedding thoughtfully and creatively, you’ll find people will have the time of their life and talk about it for the rest of it.

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Oscar De La Renta Wedding Dress

17th December, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Oscar De La Renta Wedding Dress

Something borrowed, something blue – the new spring 2013 wedding dress trend

 There are a lot of trends that are going to be hot in 2013, from vintage style through to avian, rustic fares. It also looks like the traditional white wedding dress is getting a make over into a cooler color.

There is something about the color blue, with its evocation of the sea and romantic moons, that has helped it make its way onto the bridal catwalks for those brides looking to break outside the usual traditional whites. Perhaps your something blue can be more obvious than your garter.

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In elegant and softer shades, the blue wedding dress trend works as a classy alternative to white, and can even be married with white details such as lace details. The collection for spring 2013 in wedding dresses from Oscar De La Renta shows a gorgeous mix of light blues and white bridal gowns. The collection mixes ice silk faille with blue tulle and satin.

These looks allow the bride plenty of freedom to accessorize, but care needs to be taken not to outshine the blue and white or plain blue details. Jewelry in white, blue or silver are great choices, as well as for shoes to accompany the dress. For more creative brides, why not go for cornflower hues on the nails to really make that wedding ring really stand out.

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Another designer who is looking beyond the white meringue wedding dresses is Clara Rose, who knows how to dress a bride in elegance and sophistication with a light palette of blues. There is something so feminine about Clara’s spring bridal collection, from her blue satin crepe bridal dress with its slinky fluidity to the elegant high neck gown that conjures images of a princess with its embroidered blue organza.

Douglas Hannant has gone for a wilder approach to bridal dresses with his creation of the blue and white floral print, which looks more suited to a red carpet that to trail down the aisle and certainly a good pick for a bride looking to get noticed.

For the brides who can’t afford the big designers, there are plenty of small time ones on Etsy who can design a gorgeous sky colored wedding dress to measure. Perhaps you can accessorize a white wedding dress with blue or vice versa. In 2013 the color blue expresses unity, stability and confidence – sounds pretty perfect for your nuptials, doesn’t it? So forget the virgin white, go for something that may not necessarily be borrowed, but is certainly blue.

etsy.com as a wedding resource

11th September, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Planning a wedding is tough even at the best of times, but the new Etsy Weddings may help to make things run a little smoother.

The website offers a selection of curated items, how-tos, trends and not to mention anecdotes from real couples and expert advice. All of the above makes Etsy.com an appealing destination to look for all your wedding needs and to inspire bridal shoppers along each and every stage of their wedding planning. Whether you’re looking for handmade crafts or vintage heirlooms, to traditional wedding planning – Etsy is a great tool for any nuptial plans.

Right now Etsy helps to bring businesses offering their services and products to shopper who like to browse for ideas, making Etsy ideal for brides and grooms who are looking for ideas and inspiration in their wedding plans.

But it’s not only the browsing experience that makes Etsy great for weddings, but they’ve recently introduced a new Wedding Registry – where you can look at a variety of gift ideas from vintage kitchen items, personalized décor and much more.

To get you into the festive spirit, Etsy Weddings will keep clients updated on a variety of nuptial themed posts to help you pick up new ideas and inspirations.

This site can help you find everything you need in the same place – from a selection of wedding dresses, whether you’re on the hunt for a Victorian wedding dress, handmade couture or even something a little alternative you can find it here.

Décor, rings and even things for your party members are abound on the site. Looking for a bridesmaid’s dress? No problem! Etsy even carries wedding gear for your pets too.

Scrolling down the page gives you some tips and stories on planning and hosting weddings. Here you can find accounts with a personalized touch to help you plan your own wedding, or simply get excited while reading others.

With the internet, planning the perfect wedding is getting easier and easier. The new wedding planning facilities on Etsy give you the opportunity to plan and prepare without flicking through millions of bridal magazines and wondering round shop to shop. You can do this from the comfort of your own home and make it fun too.

In conclusion, Etsy is a great resource for the busy, yet tech savvy, bride looking to get ideas and become inspired – not to mention sorting out the practicalities of putting a wedding together.

vera wang 2012 collection

17th May, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Vera Wang is one of the most popular designers of wedding gowns (and other fashions and accessories) in the world. Brides everywhere get giddy at just the thought of trying on a Vera gown. Purchasing one for their wedding day may be reason for hyper ventilation.

All joking aside, a Vera wedding gown is the dream of most every bride, but becomes a reality for only those who have thousands and thousands of dollars to spend. Think J Lo, Meg Ryan, Jennifer Garner, Chelsea Clinton and Avril Lavigne (to name a few).

The spring Vera Wang collection of wedding gowns is no different from previous collections when it comes to their high fashion couture extravagance and beauty.

Vera’s use of honeycomb tulle swirling around the skirt of a satin and lace bodice with capped sleeves and a modest and diminutive neckline is accented with a large tulle bow to be worn in place of a veil.

A bright-white trapunto stitched bustier is joined to a full princess-styled skirt of patterned tulle with a bustle in the back. A grosgrain sash and bow finish the detailing of this dreamy wedding gown.

Celadon replaces white in this organza ball gown. The multiple layers of fabric with its laser cut floral design features an over-sized bow at the waist that extends up into the trapunto stitched bustier. The lines of this gown are sharper and more distinct than the soft, flowing lines we are used to.

Using yet another unusual color, Vera presented a gown in her spring 2012 collection in charcoal. The ballerina styled ball gown is made of layers of organza that fall gracefully to the floor and is accented by a pleated train. The bodice is made of French tulle that drapes beautifully in all the right places.

A mermaid styled gown of dusty rose colored French tulle and organza. The skirt is attractively pleated sunburst style. The bodice includes a criss-cross grosgrain sash and bow and an organza bow in place of a veil.

Mermaid style ‘strikes again’ in a stunning pale pink gown of chiffon and organza. The blossom technique used to form the mermaid skirt portion of the dress is nothing short of breathtaking. The pleated bodice only accentuates the gown’s beauty.

Other gowns in the 2012 Vera Wang collection include a mermaid style gown of beautiful white lace, a nude, one-shouldered satin and organza ball gown with a full skirt and gowns of white satin, tulle and chiffon that look as if they are made of spun sugar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wedding makeup for dark skin

16th May, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

To say someone is dark-skinned is rather general. Hispanic, Mediterranean, African, Native American, Latino…all are dark-skinned but not all are alike. And not all of these women should wear the same type of makeup or apply it in the same way on their wedding day.

When applying your makeup, remember to use it sparingly. Makeup is meant as an enhancement not a do-over. The key word in makeup application is b-l-e-n-d. Choosing light-weight products that glide on easily will make that possible. So keeping this in mind…

  • Olive skin: yellow toned foundations, peach or coral blush, and browns, smoky charcoal, deep purple and deep green eye shadows. Mascara and eyeliner should be black. Lips; deep reds or corals. NO PINK! Also…olive skin tends to accentuate dark circles under the eyes, making them appear black or bruised looking. A well-applied concealer is a must.
  • Native Americans with reddish-brown skin should use a foundation just slightly lighter than their skin and apply very sparingly. Blush; rosy pinks and reds, but don’t paint it on. Instead, accentuate those beautiful cheekbones oh, so lightly and naturally. Brows should follow their natural line; plucking only the strays and for shaping if too bushy. Pinks and subtle reds for lips and a little bit of shine. Black, to accent dark eyes should be the color of choice for mascara and eyeliner and should be applied in a thin line.
  • African –American women will need to take great care in selecting a foundation that is just a bit lighter than their skin, so as to not darken or mask your face. It also needs to be oil-free, as black skin tends to reject those that do contain oil. Dry or water-based are best. Rosy reds and pinks are the blush colors of choice, as well as for lips. Burgundies and rust colors are also appealing lip colors for African-American women. Browns, pinks, bronze and gold will accentuate your eyes in the best way possible and even though you can use brown or black eye liner, using a fine line of white brightens the whites of your eyes and makes a dazzling contrast when done correctly. If you haven’t used white liner but would like to, practice. You’ll love the results. Black mascara will finish off the eyes.

Check out Iman Cosmetics for tips and products. There are some amazing looks on there!

 

 

 

 

things we love- shoe clips…

10th May, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

I love etsy.com and when I came across these gorgeous shoe clips or accessories I simply had to share them with you. There are numerous styles to choose from and they are just perfect to dress up a plain pair of shoes or sandals, just clip them on and you’ve got yourself a chic pair of wedding shoes with flair! Shoe clips can be clipped onto the side, back, front or on a sandal strap, the possibilities are endless.

 

 

Photos: etsy.com (sofisticata)

bling wedding ideas

5th May, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

You Ain’t got a Thing if you Ain’t got some Bling.

Flowers, lace, music, glitz and glam; these are the things a fairy-tale wedding are made of. Oh, and don’t forget the bling!

Bling-the word for anything shiny and eye-catching; the perfect compliments to a day already filled with beauty. And the best part? It doesn’t cost much to get the bling-effect many brides want.

For the ceremony, consider filling the stage or area where the bride and groom will say their vows with ‘oceans’ of tulle that has been a) sprayed with gold or silver glitter b) sprinkled with sequins of silver or gold or c) embedded with twinkling lights.

Other stunning effects:

  1. Having the flower girl sprinkle synthetic white feathers with sequins on them
  2. Placing an archway at the front of the church for the couple to stand under that has been wrapped in twinkling lights and shimmery fabric
  3. Use gossamer sprayed with glitter to form a canopy over the bride and groom accented by large gold silk flower arrangements in clear glass or white milk glass vases.
  4. Fill the church with gold and silver candles which have been placed on mirrors to reflect the light.
  5. Gold, silver, bronze or jeweled colored dresses for the bridal party are stunning against a background of twinkly lights and/or sequins.

Moving on to the reception…

  1. Gold or silver table clothes and table service. Why not use both; silver table cloths with gold table service or vice versa.
  2. Place gold or silver candles on mirrors in the center of each table and sprinkle large ‘crystals’ or ‘gems’ around them.
  3. Fill the reception hall with twinkling lights, gold and silver balloons and clear glass bowls filled with gold and silver balls.
  4. Table cloths of shimmery fabric sporting centerpieces of gold or silver flower picks or bowls filled with glittery balls and ‘gems’ swathed in feather boas

Finding the shiny, shimmery décor for your wedding isn’t difficult, either. If possible, shop for these items during the Christmas season when there is an abundance of such items. You can also find unique items on wholesale floral supply websites as well as the popular party supply sites such as orientaltrading.

If you’re thinking less is more when it comes to bling, that’s okay, too. Adding some pizzazz to even the softest of color schemes can be done tastefully; making your day something special to remember.

** Mini Shimmer & Bling Inspiration Board**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

retro inspired veil…

1st May, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

The bandeau veil is perfect for achieving a retro glamour look. This is a bandeau style veil made with tulle can be ordered on etsy in a  choice of white, diamond white, or ivory. The bandeau is a very versatile style. It can be worn on top of the head, covering half the face, or covering the entire face. A wonderful style statement we all love here at MPW.

punk rock bride with elegance…

1st May, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

I love the look of this “editorial” photo of a punk, rock bride bride. If you can achieve this look (if you want to of course!) you’ll definitely stand out, from the modern hair updo to the muted makeup to the choice of modern wedding dress, it’s a bridal look that’s edgy, young and a bit wild while at the same time remaining elegant…….

Photos source: http://www.martalocklear.com

yellow wedding accents…

29th April, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Yellow, like most colors, comes in a wide variety of shades and hues and can be teamed with both complimentary and contrasting colors to make for a stunning wedding.

When deciding which shade of yellow to use, you need to keep the season of the year and the tone of your wedding in mind. For instance, use deep golden tones in the fall rather than the pastel or brighter shades that we usually see during the spring and summer months. Brighter, sunnier shades of yellow are acceptable for less formal weddings, while more formal affairs should use more conservative pale and muted shades.

When it comes to decorating with yellow, three are several flowers to choose from and ways to incorporate them into a number of different themes.

Daisies, with their bright yellow centers are quite common, but with good reason. They are quite durable in spite of their delicate look, and can be used for outdoor country-styled weddings, quaint garden weddings and simple, yet lovely indoor spring time nuptials.

Yellow roses represent joy, friendship and a new beginning. Yellow roses are appropriate in all but the most casual of weddings. Pair them with lilacs to fill the church with a heady scent or with ivy and ferns for a more classic look.

Yellow tulips are available year-round and can be used for any wedding-no matter how formal (or not) it

Sunflowers and black-eyed Susie’s are sturdy and plentiful throughout the summer months. But their strong personalities lend themselves to country or old-fashioned themes.

Depending on the shade of yellow you use, the following colors with well with yellow: pink, white, green, black, lavender, grey, brown, coral and even red.

Yellow can also be used with a bright, sunny beach theme or destination wedding or as an accent for a shimmery silver or gold theme. Here are some image-ideas to perhaps inspire you to add yellow, eben in small doses to your wedding theme!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Sources:

(Wedding Invitations): www.greerloves.blogspot.ca, (Hair accessory): www.loboheme.com/, (Bridal Shoes & Sash): www.blog.malinder.com/, (Shoe with bow): Source unknown, (Necklace): www.weddingobsession.com, (Modern Cake): www.outstanding-obsessions.com

 

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