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Do you want a nighttime wedding? Here is how to get it right

Does your idea of the perfect wedding theme involve drama, glamour and unparalleled romance? If yes, you will love the idea of a night wedding.

Night weddings may be a relatively new thing, but it is certainly gaining popularity. After all, a ceremony under a starry moonlit sky is simply lovely. Not only is it an intimate affair, it is also a whole new experience that your guests will not easily forget.

Not yet convinced? Here are some factors that are exclusive to night-time affairs.

The sunset and night hours create a magnificent backdrop

Imagine how beautiful it is if you had purple skies speckled with scatterings of sparkle from twinkling stars as your backdrop. The beautiful colors of the setting sun and magical sounds will be your background. Need I say more about how dramatic nature is at this time of day? Take a look at this post on the Budget savvy bride for some breathtaking photos that will have you excited about this plan. 

Beautiful lighting can transform any space into a haven

At night, you have ample options to create a dramatic and impressive venue. It is very different from when your venue is flooded with natural light and you must work with the available colors and details of the space. Different types of lighting will yield different settings, giving you a plethora of options to work with and create a beautiful ambiance.

You have plenty of time to get ready, and so do your guests

This factor makes it just awesome to have a Friday evening wedding. Your guests can return from work, take their time to get dressed and then travel to your venue. You can also avoid an early-morning hair and makeup session, and instead take things at a relaxed pace.

I hope you get the idea now!

Planning an evening wedding is rather different from a day-time celebration. Here is what you should know about getting this plan on the road.

Important factors to consider when planning a night time wedding

How your venue looks at night

A venue will look entirely different by night than it does during the day. So, you should check it out at night time to ensure it meets your expectations. This is in addition to all the other factors you should consider when booking a venue, as is mentioned here on the Huff Post. Pay attention to whether the ceremony and reception areas are well-lit and there are provisions to illuminate it as per your idea. Also, ensure that the areas that connect from one part to another or pathways leading indoors are well-lit. If there are really dark spaces, find out whether these areas can be lit up to improve the ambiance.

For outdoor venues, check for bugs and insects

Pesky little creatures tend to become active at night. This can be a nightmare for your guests. Find whether the area you pick is particularly problematic in the venue and area you choose before you commit to the paperwork.

Find out how cold it will be

The weather will be colder and windy in the evening. So, consider this factor when planning your wedding. Ensure the area isn’t too windy, or bring in heaters to keep your guests comfortable if necessary. You can also have a small fire pit or serve warm wine to warm up your guests if the weather gets too chilly.

Understand costs

Night time weddings can be just as expensive as weddings in the day. When working out your budget, consider factors like extra illumination, vendors working overtime and transportation costs. Ensure you can afford the extras because of the late hours at which your wedding is. Read all about the different pros and cons of planning a nighttime wedding in terms of cost, at the Confetti UK website. 

Plan the wedding timeline appropriately

Although you may have a late start to the ceremony, be considerate of the needs of your guests. Not all of them may enjoy an all-night party, especially if there are older guests or young children attending. It is a good idea to finish off the important events like the cake cutting early, so they can retire from the function when they feel tired.

Check for local rules and regulations

In certain localities, you may have to conform to noise restrictions after certain hours. If you intend to have your party late into the night, find out if this is an issue. Ask the venue manager about noise curfews if any. It is also a good idea to have the party hours put down on paper, so there is no confusion later.

Make the dress code clear

Since nighttime events are still a novelty, your guests may be unsure of how to dress for your wedding. Rather than assuming that they will turn up in formal attires or automatically realize it is a casual evening, specifically address it in your invitation. Set out the dress code as part of your invitation, to rule out confusion and more importantly, not embarrassing your guests.

Discuss your photo shoots

Inform your photographer that you have your heart set for a night time wedding, right when you book his services. This will allow him to plan the shoot accordingly. The lighting requirements will be different when the event has to be captured in artificial lighting. So, a heads-up will allow your photographer to plan his work for the day appropriately. You may also like to find the best-lit areas of your venue, so you can have the staged photographs clicked there.

Make arrangements for guest rooms or return transportation

A late night party will leave at least some of your guests too tired to drive back home. Don’t rule out the chances of their being too inebriated to make the trip. Keep this factor in mind, and book at least few rooms for your guests to spend the night at, should they need it. Ensure your venue has this facility, so your guests have a place to stay at, should it become necessary. You can also arrange for return transportation for your guests, so they can enjoy drinks at your party.

Use warm lights for better photography

Harsh, white lights will not work in your favor, as it spoils the effect of the romantic black starry night. Instead use the glow of warm candles, dancing fairy lights and pretty chandelier bulbs to create a soft glow. This will flatter the complexions of everyone in the photographs while making the entire effect soft and cozy.

Be careful when using candles, fireworks and other accessories that use fire

Candles and lanterns are essential wedding accessories for most nighttime weddings. However, when using these items, exercise caution so you avoid accidents. Make sure they are contained in suitable candle holders and votives. Also, place them at safe distance from anything flammable. If you plan to use sparklers or fireworks for added drama, think it through to ensure there are no untoward accidents as a result of carelessness.

Now that we’ve covered the important factors to consider when planning a night time event, here are some ideas to make it a fantastic and memorable affair.

Ideas to make your Nighttime wedding a splendid affair

Make the most of the natural starry night

A starry night is a luxury item where wedding décor is concerned. Make the most of the natural environment by having your ceremony or hosting part of your reception outdoors. Let the beauty of the natural surroundings truly shine through with soft lighting that compliments the outdoor setting. If it is impossible to plan an outdoor event, mimic the effect of the night sky with a lavish starry night ceiling. Achieve this effect with dark drapes that extend all the way to the ceiling and twinkling lights attached to it.

Use star lanterns to celebrate the theme

Star lanterns made from paper are inexpensive décor that will bring your theme alive. Suspend it from the ceiling at regular intervals and complete the effect with beautiful twinkling strings of light to set the right ambiance for the event. You can also add disco balls of different sizes to add more visual appeal to the starry sky you create indoors.

Embrace the power of metals to create the effect of bling

Sparkling sequin table linen, napkins, and even drapes will enhance the glamour of your setting. Choose it in metallic hues of gold or silver for an elegant vibe. Alternately, go with colorful sequin fabrics if you have a specific color theme or prefer a casual look. Sequined charger plates will also look pretty in your dinner table arrangement. Other ideas are to have your different direction boards, seating arrangement chart and similar accessories trimmed with metallic borders.

Choose a wedding dress with the right touch of sparkle

Nighttime weddings create the ideal background for glamorous bridal looks. So, choose a wedding dress with plenty of sparkles to look gorgeous on your special day. Silhouettes like the ball gown, mermaid and sheath will look splendid in such settings. Also, include beautiful bridal accessories with crystal and diamond embellishments to complete your look. Sparkling hair accessories like headbands, hairpins, and combs are lovely additions to your ensemble. Since it is a nighttime affair, add color to your bridal look through deep dark nail polish, colorful gemstone jewelry or dress accessories like sashes and brooches.

Candles are absolutely essential for a warm and cozy ambiance

Add lots and lots of candles to add a warm glow to your wedding setting. They are very versatile décor elements that work with various other ornamental accessories to form breathtaking arrangements. Whether you mix them with flowers or another fancy décor, they will add drama to your settings. Have candles of differing heights in various types of containers to form creative tablescapes that wow your guests. Just make sure that they stay alight by choosing good containers that protect them from sudden breezes and winds.

Illuminate the aisle with pretty lanterns

Imagine how dramatic your entry will be when the aisle is softly illuminated with the beautiful glow of lanterns. Set these up beside rows of chairs or benches, so the rest of the area is dark. Then light up the arbor with brilliant, bright lights, so it contrasts with the rest of the scene. You will then be the center of attention as you walk down the aisle and enter into bright light at the arbor.

Use white as the neutral in your theme for the required contrast

Whether it is against black or metallic hues, white adds a sophisticated and clean feel to any setting. So, include white in the flowers, décor elements, and even the lettering. It will also add a smooth contrast to the pitch black that dominates the night space.

Sparklers are a wonderful alternative to confetti and petals for your send-off

The romantic appeal of sparklers will be unbeatable at this time of day. So, make it a part of your exit or entry, and the drama will be impressive. Your guests will also have fun with it. However, some venues do not allow them. In that case, you can consider glow sticks or bubbles for your exit. If you must have rose petals, make sure they are white since this looks best in the photographs at night.

I hope these ideas give you enough inspiration to plan your special nighttime wedding. If you can think of something we’ve missed, do share them with us in the comments below. For more wedding day ideas, inspiration and everything you need to bring your wedding vision alive, keep visiting us at the Best for Bride blog.

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Trends we love: Wedding Dresses for the minimalist bride

Elaborate, embellished gowns and shimmery shiny ones were all seen on the bridal catwalks for Spring 2016. However, it was the minimalist wedding dress style that stood out, and really impressed us. Many design houses focused on simple but refined details in minimalist wedding dresses, offering a welcome choice to the brides who don’t want to be drowned in layers of fabric. Soft, minimalist gowns were the forte of Houghton, Randi Rham and Amsale design houses and many brides have been swooning over the delicate beauties they created for brides this year.

We love minimalist wedding dresses for many reasons, some of which include

  • The straight cuts and simple sheath silhouettes allow a bride to flaunt her naturally sexy figure
  • Sometimes, it is the subtle details and simple embellishments that are more attractive than elaborate and exquisite designs
  • With the focus on few key features, the dress is graceful and the few details are emphasized.
  • It is perfect for the confident modern woman, for whom simplicity means style
  • The natural shape is an update to the traditional wedding dress silhouettes

We have splendid minimalist gowns in our bridal collection at Best for Bride. So, why don’t we head over there now, and take a look at some of our favorite picks from the lot.

Mori Lee 5307 Organza gown

This gown has just the right amount of details. With a simple fit and flare silhouette that snugly drapes over your sensual curves, the embellishments are kept to a minimum and aren’t overwhelming. A soft sweetheart bodice allows you to show off your toned shoulders and collar bones, while light lace motifs add a dainty touch to the dress. The back is simple with a low cut neckline ending in a strand of satin buttons that extend to the derriere. At the natural waist is a small strand of crystal embellishments that add subtle sophistication to the pretty dress.

Mori Lee Voyage 6798 Sleeveless gown

Glamorous, yet minimalist, this gown glides over your natural curves, carving a fresh look. The embellishments are limited to the upper body and are dainty floral lace clusters on delicate chiffon georgette. The striking element of this dress is the shimmering shoulder strap that extends into a lining of glitter along the neckline. The low cut neckline in the back is encrusted with crystal beading to create an enchanting effect.

Mori Lee Voyage 6786 chiffon bridal gown

Elegant and endearing, this beautiful wedding gown is light and breezy. A pleated bodice and softly scintillating waistband are the extraordinary details that add a touch of elegance to this refined wedding gown. The sweetheart bodice dips softly in the center and the skirt extends into a short train at the back. Subtle and soft, this dress is the ideal choice for a minimalist wedding and the clear lines and soft drape will show off your natural curves beautifully.

Do you love the idea of a minimalist wedding dress? If so, do tell us which of these is your favorite. If you would like to explore more options in these wedding dresses, visit us today at Best for Bride. You will certainly find a dress that is minimalist, yet you!

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Dress to impress: How to dress for a wedding

Weddings are occasions to shine and look fantastic at. Although it is the bride who will steal the show in her fantastic bridal attire, it doesn’t mean you have to tone down your glamour quotient. As a wedding guest, make sure you dress your best, and get noticed. Here are some fashion tips to help you look fantastic at the next wedding you attend.

Bring on the accessories

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Step out in style in a fantastic pair of heels, and give everyone the opportunity to look at you from Toe-to-top, for a change! Accessories are a fantastic way to transform a regular dress into something spectacular, and the best part is that it doesn’t have to break the bank. Experiment with statement jewelry, or invest in a killer clutch. Go with the latest trends and buy bold and bright accessories that add instant glamour to your look.

Stay Away from White and Black

When you have a whole color spectrum to choose from, why should you opt for the one color that screams “Bride”? White is the bride’s color, and don’t attempt to steal her thunder by appearing in white. As for black, we have seen enough of short black dresses at every occasion. You can be certain that there’ll be at least three other women in black, so don’t join the queue. The only time you will be excused for wearing black is if you have a super-stylish formal black gown that is so unique, you won’t face competition from anyone.

Bright or light, dress for the weather

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Choose colors that match the vibe of the season. Also, don’t forget that your dress should be appropriate for the weather at the time. Choose bright, bold prints or cheerful pastel colors for summer and spring. If it is a winter or fall wedding, embrace the beauty of the cooler climate and go for classic, dark tones. This is the chance to bring out your precious silk scarf or stylish stole, and enjoy the attention it gathers.

Make an effort

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A wedding is a special occasion, and however casual the style is don’t dress in anything you can be seen in on the street. You do not need a new outfit, but keep it formal or semi-formal, dress up in style, wear makeup and try to look good. Also remember that there will be families attending the event, so avoid dresses that are too revealing, too tight or low cut, that it can make you uncomfortable wearing in front of company.

Bring out your style with modern twists on classic dresses

Dressing up for weddings doesn’t have to be boring and always classic. This is your chance to let your personality shine through, with fantastic twists and elements that are your own idea. If your dress looks too plain, add an interesting scarf or pair it with a stylish jacket and you are set to go.

To choose the perfect dress to wear to the next wedding you have to attend, or your own wedding dress, visit us at Best for Bride.