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Traditions out, innovations In—10 ways to make your wedding different!

Anyone…..yes anyone, can have a traditional wedding!

Most couples limit their experiments to the palette or decorations at the wedding, and play it safe. At times, this is all it takes to make the wedding memorable. At other times, it may be remembered for a while, but is then quickly burrowed in the memories of your guests when newer and more interesting things capture their attention.

So, how do you make sure that your wedding is remembered forever?

The only way is to do something entirely different and unexpected, that it settles permanently into the memories of all at your wedding. This isn’t too difficult, and here is all the help you need with ideas. Get ready for some inspiration, and build your own vision from what we have in store for you.

#1 Bride in color and bridesmaids in white

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Let’s begin with the star of the show, the bride herself. The wedding dress has always had to be white. So, start by working against this itself. Now, we all know that colored wedding dresses are not a novelty, but you can make a drastically different statement style by putting all your bridesmaids in white, while you walk down the aisle in a beautiful colored gown. Imagine the scene! Don’t you feel that this will definitely be a winner? Choose the dominant color from your wedding color palette to get the look right. Dark hues like navy, red, purple, golden and black are all great choices.

If you are a bride who’s never really liked the idea of wearing white, we think this is a definite alternative for you to consider. And, with your bridesmaids in white, imagine how beautiful your wedding pictures will be with them in the backdrop of your wedding pictures. The best thing is that you will have no difficulty finding a fabulous gown in any color, from our wedding dress collection at Best for Bride. Our Alfred Angelo Disney collection features many stunning wedding gowns in a range of colors, and it is just one among the several other collections.

#2 Reconsider the rings

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 We’ve seen enough bands in gold, silver and platinum. Many couples do not step away from tradition, where wedding bands are concerned. But, have you ever considered that your wedding ring should be a piece of jewelry that will forever appeal to you?

Most couples find it boring and totally uninteresting after a while, and you do not want that. Remember that once the original lustre wears off, there should be something that is interesting and always mysterious about your ring, so you want to wear it not because you have to, but because you really love it. Here are some suggestions to make your wedding band truly unique

  • Consider having a quote engraved on the inside, such that the quote is split into two and the halves go on either of your rings. It will be a special secret that the two of you can always enjoy, and an interesting extension of the fact that you both complete each other.
  • Choose a fingerprint ring, which is engraved with your beloved’s fingerprint on the inside. Just like your partner’s fingerprint is unique to him, so will this ring that is the symbol of your love.
  • The third option is to make it almost traditional with a gemstone, but do it differently where the choice of the stone is concerned. We suggest brilliant colored stones like saphire that make a statement appearance, or you can also consider chossing a different color like rose gold for your ring so it looks unique.

You can find more ideas for unique wedding rings at the Brilliant Earth website here.

#3 Rethink the bouquets

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Floral bouquets are beautiful and refreshing, but they are usually pretty expensive. Remember it is not only the bridal bouquet that you need for your wedding, you’ll also have to consider the price for bridesmaids bouquets, boutonnieres and any other floral décor that may be part of your wedding scenery. While you may not be able to do away with all the floral elements at your wedding, especially if your theme demands the presence of these natural beauties, you can still reduce your floral budget by looking at alternate choices where possible.

Start with the bridal bouquet. How about considering an alternate bouquet made from paper, dried flowers or even brooches and buttons for an unusual and attractive effect. Or you can hold on to a flower bouquet yourself, and have your bridesmaids march with paper flower bouquets, fabric bouquets or decorative bouquets instead. Non-floral bouquets can feature anything, from feathers to ferns, to look attractive and dramatic. We simply fell in love with this beautiful article on Popsugar, featuring 18 unusual bouquet designs. From artichokes and brooches, to pinwheels and ribbons, you will find some of the least unexpected items featured in these bouquets. So, do check it out.

#4 Skip the guest book

 

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The guest book isn’t necessary, as long as the essence of the overall idea isn’t lost. Nevertheless, it is an area where you can make it interesting by choosing an innovative and different approach. We love the idea of using a shadow box or wishing well, where your guests sign their names onto scrolls and drop it into the box, with their brief messages and well-wishes.

Featured here, is a shadow box with a heart motif that is both classic and relevant to any wedding theme. Once it is filled with the wishes from your guests on your wedding day, seal it up and make it a permanent display in your new home. You can even consider hanging it up, if that is what looks better in your home. To check out this guest book alternative, or look at the various other options we have, we suggest you visit this page on our website.

#5 Replace dinner plates with cardboard boxes

 

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You know how exciting it is to eat pizza out of a takeaway box! Let your guests enjoy the same, by making your casual wedding party a hit with boxes in place of plates. Not only will it be a feature that nobody can ever forget, it will also create that informal and fun effect that a casual wedding deserves. You can always do it in style, by having specially created custom boxes with your initials or a special logo that matches the wedding theme. If you want something more classic, consider replacing the plain cardboard boxes with something more ornate or with an intricate print like fine filigree or pretty damask details. It will be an interesting idea that will capture your guests interest immediately. Best suited for casual theme weddings, we can see how practical it will be at a beach or garden wedding. What do you say?

#6 Spice up the seating

 

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Continuing with the idea for boxes at a casual wedding above, you can take the effect even further by choosing different seating arrangements for your wedding. How about benches instead of chairs, that are so expected? Or consider having cosy couches in a cafe fashion arranged for a warm winter wedding. All these are so casual, that it will do most of the job of creating the casual ambiance that you aim for, at your wedding. Wooden benches would be perfect for a garden wedding, but you can really make them statement pieces if you choose them for an outdoor wedding where the benches will be placed in rows along a long table. It will be very informal, and perfect for a vintage theme. If you have this arrangement in a barn or gazebo, it will be both practical and interesting.

#7 Create your own signature drink instead of having an open bar

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One of the areas where couples spend a huge amount of money is the drinks that are served at the wedding. Save on the drinks budget, even while keeping your guests happy by serving one or two signature cocktail drinks that tie to the theme of your party. Make it interesting and festive with the addition of attractive color and garnishes that are too good to be ignored. Let the drinks glasses double up as party favors, by simply adding tags with your custom theme print or initials to it.

As long as you choose interesting drinks whose taste will go down well with the majority of the guests at the party, an open bar service will not be missed. Also, it will create a lasting impression. This interesting DIY guide on the Martha Stewart website will direct you to several impressive cocktails. So, check it out and find one that you favor.

#8 Find an alternative for the “bouquet” in the bouquet toss

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The bouquet toss has a long-standing tradition, and so may be difficult to actually “toss” off your wedding schedule. So, keep it in your plan, but make a variation. How about changing the idea of having your single friends line up in queue to battle for the bouquet? Instead consider gifting it to the couple at your wedding who has been married the longest number of years? This idea that we found on the Weddingpartyapp blog is just perfect, when we consider how meaningful it is. It suggests that there be a dance for all the married couples. As the Emcee announces the years in a progressive manner, the couples who have been married for that long can be eliminated from the dance floor. Continue in this manner, till there is the longest married couple on the dance floor. Now, all you have to do is gift them the wedding bouquet. How brilliant is that?

#9 A humorous ceremony program

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Wedding ceremonies can be lovely to some, but most of us wouldn’t really mind skipping the long program, if we had a chance. Don’t frown upon guests like us at your wedding. Instead make their lives a lot easier by handing out a program that will keep them smiling throughout the ceremony.

We found a beautiful example on this article at the Weddingpartyapp website, and the very front page is bound to bring on a chuckle. Well, anything that says, “A Practical Guide to not falling asleep and Figuring out just what exactly is going on” has to top the list. Don’t you agree? Check out this and many more fantastic alternative wedding ideas, by visiting this article here.

#10 Unusual wedding party favors

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Your wedding is unique, and so should your wedding favors. While some wedding favors look fancy and attractive to a guest, when they first receive it, few are good enough to be saved forever. So, when you choose a wedding party favor, make sure it is one that is rare in some aspect and it is likely that they will hold on to it. Here is an example from our collection at Best for Bride. Perfect for a travel-themed wedding, an adventurers compass is a trinket favor that is unusual in many ways. If not for the beautiful look, compasses are often associated with a bygone era and this makes it very interesting. Whether it is to simply be displayed in the house, or carried as a lucky charm by the adventurers at heart, it will be a different favor that will be special just because of what it is! It is not something that everyone will obviously own, but definitely one with an endearing appeal, so it will be kept.

There are so many brilliant ideas out there, to help you carve out your own signature wedding style. All it takes is that one special element to make your wedding memorable, and here we have provided you inspiration for ten. Hope you find this useful, and are able to use this as the starting point to planning your own fantastic wedding that will be remembered forever and ever!

For more wedding planning tips, advice and all your shopping needs, keep visiting us here at Best for Bride.

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10 wedding invitation mistakes to avoid

Your wedding invitation is a very important aspect of your wedding.  The invitation often offers your guests the first peek at what is in store on your big day. More importantly, it provides crucial information, like the date, venue and time. This allows guests to plan their availability and schedule your special day into their calendars. So, it is only necessary that you choose your wedding invitation with due care, and avoid any mistake in it.

Today, we will look at the most common mistakes that couples make when planning their wedding invitation. This will allow you to avoid the same, and do it right. So, here goes.

#1 Placing your order late

Wedding invitations should go out early, so your guests are informed on time and can send their RSVP’s early. You need the RSVP count early, in order to get on with the rest of your wedding arrangements. Since the RSVP’s are necessary to know how many guests will be attending, it is directly linked to finalizing your venue, planning the seating arrangements, quantity of food to be ordered, party favors etc. If you delay ordering your invitation, you automatically delay the time when it is sent out, and with it all the rest of the wedding plans are also delayed. So, once you decide to get married, let the wedding invitation be on your top list of priorities. Set aside time to sort out the design, plan the overall look, draft the words to go with it, choose stationery and place your order. After that, it will still be a couple of days before you receive it. So, factor in all these aspects into your planning time line, and make sure you place your order as early as is possible, so there is no delay in the rest of your wedding plans.

#2 Making it too cluttered

Many couples make the mistake of going overboard with the design and wordings for their invitations. This can clutter  up the invitation, and the little details may not even be noticed. You can always use color, but do it in a manner that it is easy on the eye. Similarly, distribute the message in such a way that it fits neatly, and there is still plenty of empty space, so it doesn’t look stuffy. If you pack your invitation with information on every page, it can be overwhelming and your guests may not find it appealing at all. If there are too many details, it is best to divide it into sections and fit it neatly into separate pages. This will make it a lot easier to take in. Also pay attention to the font. Choose one that is not only easy to read, but is neat and matches the tone of the invitation. If you must have a long invitation message, consider stationery that is longer than it is wide, so it looks evenly distributed and streamlined.

#3 Adding too many details and colors

Similar to adding too much information in your message, too many details and colors can also take away the charm of your wedding invitation. It is true that your wedding invitation offers a sneak peek into what is in store for your wedding, but it is essential that you do it tastefully to create the right effect. If your wedding color palette includes several colors, don’t include all of them in the invite. Balance it out by mixing neutrals with the brightest colors in your palette. Similarly, forego the finer details like intricate designs that will be used at your wedding, or technically complicated stuff that can cost a lot, but may not turn out so dramatic on paper. What matters most is that your wedding invitation contains all the essential details that your guests must know. For the rest, less is more!

#4 Not proofreading your copy properly before printing it

There is plenty of chance for the words on your invite to go wrong. From the names of the couple, to grammatical errors, to important information like the date or time of wedding, everything has to be checked and cross-checked. So,  have it checked several times, and no mistakes are overlooked. Be attentive when you do your checking, and don’t hesitate to ask your family or friends to check for typos. A single typo can end up as an eyesore that you can do nothing about, once it is printed. The most good looking invitations can also fail if there are grammar or spelling mistakes in it.  So, do all you can to avoid it. Take your time when drafting the invitations. Look at the various options available and try each one out till you find the right choice. Don’t do a hurried edit, take your time to read through and make sure everything is alright. We suggest checking every word individually. It is also a good idea to leave the invitation untouched for a day or two after you draft it. When you then return to it, it will be easier to spot errors that you missed in the first check and correct them promptly.

#5 Adding the registry information in the card

It is a breach of wedding invitation etiquette to include your registry information on the card. It will not only look as though you are fishing for gifts, it is simply not the right place to do it. The intention of the invitation card, like the name suggests, is to invite a guest to your wedding. So, focus on that. Whether you want gifts or not, don’t make any mention of it on your wedding invitation. Some couples add a “No Gifts please” statement to their wedding invitations. Even this can be inappropriate. When a guest is invited to a wedding, they know they are usually expected to get the couple a gift. Nowadays, the common practice is to provide this information on the wedding website, which is a must-have for every wedding. So, they’ll either look for this information there, or else ask someone in the wedding party and find out. You can always include your wedding website URL in your wedding invitation. This should be sufficient for your guests to find your wedding registry, and choose a gift from the list.

#6 Doing a sloppy job of addressing the envelopes

Two common mistakes are to address the envelopes in a rush so it looks shabby, and using sticky labels to address the envelope. Addressing the envelopes should be a priority, as it is the first thing that your guests look at when they receive the invitation. Do it well, and you create a good first impression. If you do this yourself, make sure you do not do too many invitations in one go. Give yourself enough time to do it in batches. Also, your handwriting should be good, legible, and using a very good pen. The worst thing that can happen is your ink running out while you address an envelope. So, make sure that you have a spare pen in hand, all the time. Using sticky labels may seem practical, but it can ruin the appearance of your invitation. Also, it looks very impersonal and your guests would appreciate it more if you wrote or printed on the envelope directly. Consider hiring the services of a calligrapher or having the cards printed by the same stationer who prints the invitation cards. The latter will save you plenty of time and effort, will be neat and look professional.

#7 Ordering the wrong number

When you have a guest list in hand, you should be able to make an educated guest of how many invitations you will need. Remember that you do not need one invitation per person invited to the wedding, as many of them will be couples or families who can be covered with a single invite. The best way to sort this out is to edit your guest list, so all those who are covered under the same invitation come together on it. Once you have an idea of how many invitations will be required, you can add an extra 25%, just to be on the safe side. This will cover up for the last minute additions you may have missed, and also leave you with enough copies as keepsakes for your wedding treasure box. Read more about setting this up here, on this previous post. Ordering a few extras will also save you the trouble of going back and buying more cards, if you end up having lesser cards than you actually need. A fresh order can have you spending a for

#8 Not using a separate card for the reception

If the wedding ceremony and reception are at different venues, it is a good idea to use separate cards to clearly mention both the venue addresses and times, so there is no confusion. This is even more important if you haven’t invited everyone on the guest list to both functions. In which case, having two separate invitations for both functions is the best way to handle it. Just make sure that you separate both sets and address them correctly, so there is no confusion about who will receive which card. We also suggest that you add directions to the venue on either card, so it is easy for the guests to find their way to the venue on the day. Read more about what essential information has to be contained in an invitation card at our previous post here.

#9 Not using the required amount of postage stamps

When you mail your wedding invitations, you will have to send them with the correct postage stamps so they reach where they ought to. We often make the mistake of assuming that a certain number of stamps would be sufficient. If you put more stamps than the actual weight calls for, it will be fine. But if the number is lesser, it will lead to the card being returned and simply causing unnecessary delays. Don’t assume that the invitation will be just like normal postage. An invitation card will usually have several pieces of paper inside, and each of these can quickly add up, requiring you to pay higher postal charges. All you have to do to avoid this problem, is to take a sample to the post office, have it weighed and buy sufficient quantity of stamps to cover all your invitations. Also, don’t forget that you may need more stamps for cards that have to travel further.

Tip: Invitation cards of standard size and weight normally cost less, while bulky invitations cost a fortune in postage charges. So, remember this when you are considering odd shapes and unusual looking cards that may not fit into a regular letter box. You may be better off avoiding more inserts than is absolutely required, as each piece can contribute to added postal charges.

#10 Sending the invitation card too late

Just like ordering the card late can cause a lot of inconvenience, sending it out late can do the same. Your guests should be informed of your wedding plans well in advance, so they can mark their calendars and make their plans by setting aside any other engagements. You should send it at least two months before the wedding date, so there is enough time for it to reach the recipient, time for them to return the RSVP and plan their activities on the day. Place your order early, address the cards soon after you have them printed and send them out in the post immediately afterwards. This way everything will progress smoothly and without confusion.

This covers all the likely mistakes you can make where your wedding invitations are concerned. So, stay one step ahead of the game and avoid all these problems. At Best for Bride we have a dizzying array of invitations including the ones in this article. There are amazing offers too, so you get the best deal for your money. Check out our website here today, to choose your special wedding invitation card and place your order right away.

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How to choose your bridal shower dress

With weddings come wedding showers, bachelorette parties and rehearsal dinners. And, you have to be a ravishing bride who is the focus of the party, at all these celebrations. While your wedding dress may take months of research, shopping and fittings to perfect, you should also spare some attention to the dresses that you choose for the events leading up to the wedding.

There are certain factors that will help you choose a good bridal shower dress. So, join us as we find out what they are.

Keep it casual but elegant

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Your bridal shower is a casual event. So, you can choose any dress that is semi-formal to casual, but make sure it is elegant and has some interesting details. Think of it as a dress that reflects your personal style, but is one that can impress. Keep it chic and consider going with the latest trends in color and design that will look good on you. Although you needn’t spend a fortune on it, remember that the money you spend on it is worthwhile as you can use it again in the future.

Dress for the weather and venue

Decide your outfit based on whether your bridal shower will be held indoors or outdoors, and whether it will be warm or cold at the time. For a garden party, floral dresses would be a stunning choice. If it is an indoor event, a monochromatic design, or one with vivid details would look good. Similarly, consider breezy lace dresses and cotton dresses in breathable fabric for summer and spring parties. If the weather is cool, choose satin, silk or wool blends that will keep you warm.

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Match your dress to the theme

It is likely that your host will inform you of the theme of the party, if there is one, a few weeks in advance. Once you know what it is, choose a dress that will reflect the color palette and party theme. This way, you will look dressed for the part by choosing a matching dress. It also makes your job of shortlisting the right choices easier.

Accessorize to dress up or down

While your dress choice is important, the accessories you choose are also equally significant. If you think your dress is really simple, dress it up with bold statement jewelry and a pair of killer heels. If your dress is a star by itself, keep the accessories simple so it doesn’t steal focus from the dress. All the components should come together beautifully, and make you look fantastic. Try on your dress with the accessories you chose before the actual day, so you can decide whether you should make changes.

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As with any other wedding-related outfit, make sure that you choose a silhouette that suits your body shape. This is the best way to look fabulous. It is not about how a dress looks by itself, it is all about how well it looks on you. Go for colors that complement your skin tone and a pattern that shows off your best features and hides any trouble spots.

To find a dress that is perfect for your bridal shower, take some time to visit our splendid selection of dresses for every occasion at Best for Bride.