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How To Find The Best Dress For Your Shape

Publish On 2015-06-24 , 2:13 PM

Wedding gown shopping can be overwhelming. But knowing basic dress silhouettes and body types and also understanding how they flatter your figure will help. Remember: How you feel in that dress is crucial to finding the right fit.


Petite, plus or average size, you've got a full bust.

Dress dos: Accentuate the positive with an uplifting foundation garment, like a good bra, or a corset. Or minimize your curves by balancing your top with a full skirt.

Dress don'ts: Be careful that your dress isn't too revealing -- you want the focus to be on your face. And don't forget to move around in your gown during fittings to make sure everything stays in place.

You're built like a swimmer, with wide-set shoulders.

Dress dos: Highlight your toned shoulders with a halter neckline, or go for drama in a gown with long sleeves worn off the shoulder. Select a dress with a bodice that highlights your waistline to offset your shoulders and create an hourglass shape.

Dress don'ts: Trying to conceal your shoulders is not recommended, as it sometimes produces the opposite effect. Stay away from cap sleeves, which can add width to the shoulder area.

Though small on top, you round off toward the bottom.

Dress dos: A dropped-waist style or a strapless ball gown will cover your bottom half and put more emphasis on the top. An off-the-shoulder neckline will keep the attention on your upper body, and an A-line gown is always a flattering choice.

You're voluptuous, with a well-endowed bust and curvy hips.

Dress dos: Try a mermaid- or trumpet-style gown, which will have a slimming effect. A high-waisted A-line dress with a low neckline also complements curves.

Dress don'ts: A slim sheath or slinky bias cut will cling and may accent any extra inches; also avoid spaghetti straps because they won't provide the support you need.

Short or tall, you have a boyish waistline.

Dress dos: Empire-waist gowns are made with you in mind. And a ball gown with a basque waistline, which is a V-shaped dip in the front, will give your waist a nipped-in look for more shape.

Dress don'ts: Steer clear of sheaths and dropped-waist styles, which will make you appear boxier.

You're tiny.

Dress dos: The key word here is elongation. It's best to keep it simple. A column-like sheath or an A-line dress works best: These will keep the eye moving and create the illusion of height.

Dress don'ts: Almost all silhouettes will flatter your figure, though a big ball gown or a dress with lots of voluminous fabric may look overwhelming on your small frame.

You're five foot ten or taller.

Dress dos: Taller women look great in everything from sheaths to A-line styles and full ball gowns. A long veil is great for you because you can carry it off.

Dress don'ts: Skip gowns with high necklines because they'll draw the eye upward and create more length. And avoid updos and headpieces that add too much extra height.

Short or tall, you're not a fleshy woman.

Dress dos: Bateau necklines and sleeveless gowns are flattering options for you. A ball gown is a very feminine shape that will balance out your overall silhouette and visually create curves. Try one with a dramatic cutout back.

Dress don'ts: If you're concerned your collarbone is too bony, stay away from portrait, off-the-shoulder or halter necklines. And if you're flat-chested, avoid a bodice with pre-designed cups.

You've got a baby bump, anywhere from four to nine months along!

Dress dos: Buying a gown while pregnant can be tricky, since you can't predict how big you'll be come the wedding day. An Empire waist is your best bet for its loose structure and relaxed silhouette. For the mom-to-be who wants to show off her belly, a soft, clinging sheath in a stretchy fabric makes a proud statement.

Dress don'ts: Avoid anything that's too constricting or uncomfortable, including tight bodices and ball gowns, which will emphasize your middle.

Arm Issues
You're self-conscious about your arms, whether they're heavy, jiggly or too skinny.

Dress dos: Choose long or three-quarter-length sleeves in a sheer illusion fabric, or add a bolero to your look, which can be removed whenever you like!
Dress don'ts: Steer clear of off-the-shoulder styles and cap sleeves, which will highlight the upper arms.

Even though certain styles work best on certain body types, don't let the "rules" narrow your search too much. It helps to try on all different kinds of dresses and then decide what shape and style you look and feel best in.


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Choosing a Tuxedo or Suit for Your Wedding Day

Publish On 2015-06-30 , 3:10 PM

Proper fit is the key when it comes to dressing the men in the wedding party. To determine the fit, try on the suit or tuxedo, including the correct shirt and shoes. Place your arms at your sides, fingers extended. The hem of the jacket should be no longer than your middle finger. The sleeve should grace the top of your hand, and your shirt cuff should peek out from the jacket sleeve no more than half an inch. Your trousers should skim the heel of your shoe in back and break slightly over the tops of your shoes in front. Because the extra buttons on a double-breasted jacket draw the eye toward your midsection, that style looks best on someone who's tall and slender. To create a more debonair silhouette, consider having some extra padding put in the shoulders and the waist taken in a bit.

What's your style?
Whether you go for a traditional or trendy look, you need to understand the elements of style at your disposal, as shown in Figure 1, and how to carry them off.


The style options for the male members of the wedding party include

  • Cutaway or morning coat: In its traditional design, this coat is for the most formal morning weddings. Coats are black or gray with a single button at the waist and one broad tail at back. You wear this style of coat with a winged-collared dress shirt, ascot, and striped trousers. If you're going all-out and — this is important — you can carry it off without looking like you're playing dress-up, add gloves, spats, and a top hat, and perhaps even a walking stick. It can be made a bit less formal with a patterned tie in lieu of the ascot.
  • Dinner jacket: In classic white or ivory or a subtle pattern of the same, with peaked lapels or shawl collar. Works well in summer months or in warm climates, in the afternoon or evening, and is considered an appropriate substitute for a standard tuxedo. Great for a casual wedding or a rehearsal dinner. Looks particularly well with formal black trousers with a side satin stripe — think Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca.Available for purchase or rent at a formalwear shop. (With some vigilance, you may unearth one in a vintage clothing boutique, but go over it carefully for stains, rips, missing buttons, and so on.) You may wear a white dinner jacket even if your ushers are in black tuxedo jackets. Some designers are showing white-on-white suits replete with vests.
  • Stroller coat: Variation of the morning coat, usually hip length. Looks good with fancy waistcoats. Designers such as Kenzo and Christian Dior Paris have in recent years shown versions with a touch of whimsy.
  • Tails: A jacket that's short in front with two longer tails hanging in back. Worn with braces (suspenders) and a white pique shirt, vest, and bow tie (as in "white tie and tails"). Very formal.
  • Traditional tuxedo or black tie: Usually worn after 6 p.m., but can appear at a formal daytime wedding anytime after noon. A black or gray jacket with a single button is the most classic. Has shawl, peak, or notched lapels. Worn with matching flat-front (or one-pleat) trousers, bow tie (no clip-ons or glitzy colors), and suspenders, vest, or cummerbund. For some of the elegance of tails without the full grandeur, you can wear a tux with a white vest and white tie.
  • Updated black tie: The evening suit is a newer variation on the classic tux with the satin or grosgrain trim on the lapel and pants legs, albeit subtly. These tuxes are worn with a black shirt and a regular tie in lieu of a bow tie, and often with a belt rather than suspenders.
  • The gorgeous dark suit: For a dressy but not formal wedding or for the groom who absolutely won't wear a tuxedo. Choose charcoal, black, or navy and a solid-color or subtly patterned tie to dress it up.

Check the lapel
An important aspect of a jacket's cut is the lapel, especially with a boutonnière pinned to it. Here are the main choices:

  • Notch lapel: This jacket lapel boasts V-shaped cuts pointing inward where the collar and lapel meet the jacket (as in Figure 2). Accentuates the horizontal, so not a good choice if you're on the heavy side.
  • Peaked lapel: A jacket lapel that includes two points of fabric on either side that project upward, with narrow spacing between the lapel and collar.
  • Shawl collar: A rounded jacket lapel (as in Figure 2) that rolls back in a continuous tapering line. Double-shawl collars roll to reveal satin lining. Looks very elegant trimmed with satin stripe or contrasting piping. A great choice whether you're tall and husky, short and stocky, or generally super buff and want to create a more vertical line.

Renting versus buying a tux

Buying a tuxedo or a good suit is always a better investment than renting a cheap tuxedo. Rented tuxedos unfortunately often look like rented tuxedos, as ill fitting and uncomfortable as bad toupees. They're also not cheap, running between 25 and 50 percent of the purchase price of an average tuxedo. It is a safe bet that you'll get more wear out of a tuxedo that you own than you may think. Remember, also, that you'll be looking at these photos for the rest of your life. If you're renting, don't spend the extra dough for the shoe option. Rental shoes by definition fit poorly and look worse. Shining up a pair of your own makes infinitely more sense. You're getting married, not going bowling.

Finding the right suit, tuxedo, and accessories can take as much time as locating the perfect wedding gown. If you're getting married in a popular wedding month and are planning to rent for yourself and/or the ushers, reserve the tuxedos as soon as possible so that you don't wind up with the dregs. Because you'll be on your honeymoon, have the best man return rented outfits the first working day after the wedding.

If you do rent, you can usually pick up the tux two or three days in advance. Check to make sure that all the buttons are on and secure and that the tux has no stains, cigarette burns, or other damage.


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Finding a Wedding Reception Location

Publish On 2015-07-07 , 10:35 AM

Tagaytay Wedding Reception


Setup by Town's Delight The Caterer

Once you've have the right spot, all the rest of those wedding day details (color, style, decor etc.) should fall into place. What should you look for in your wedding reception site (aside from that sense of rightness you know you'll have the moment you see the perfect spot)? Keep these helpful hints top in mind.

A Roomy Fit
It sounds obvious (because it is) but make sure the room is large enough to accommodate the number of people on your guest list. The space may look enormous when it's empty, but wedding essentials -- tables, chairs, a buffet, a bar, the band or DJ setup, the dance floor -- can take up a lot of space. Not to mention your guests will need some elbow room. Even if you choose an outdoor site, you'll need ample room on the lawn, in the arboretum, or poolside. The best way to assess the size of a site? Ask to take a peek of the space when another wedding (with an equivalent guest list size) is all set up. Of course, if you decide you must have your wedding at your favorite bar (the one with one bathroom, two booths, and three feet of floor space), you can always work backward and tailor your guest list to match.

Eating, Drinking and Partying Areas
There should be logical places within the space where guests can eat, drink, talk, and dance. When you're standing in the space, try to envision where each activity would happen (especially if your ceremony will be there). If a room is too small to separate into sections accordingly, you will probably feel cramped. If it's shaped like an S or some other oddball figure, that could compromise your party's flow, as well. Also, note the locations of columns or other obstructions in the room -- will they block people's views of the dance floor or the cake table where the best man will give a toast?

Privacy varies widely from place to place, as does the importance couples place on it. If you're having a daytime event in a public spot, such as a park, beach or botanic garden, be prepared for strangers to trek past your party. They may even smile, wave, and come by to offer their good wishes. If this is okay with you, go for the park. If not, opt for a lawn on a private estate or golf course. Or, hold the reception at a restaurant or gallery that will allow you to buy it out (as in, guests-only). Be sure to ask about available security at your site to keep gate-crashers at bay.

In addition, don't think that just because you're indoors, you're safe from uninvited guests. Banquet halls and hotels often hold more than one affair at a time. If there'll be other events going on simultaneously in rooms close to yours, you may hear karaoke-loving guests singing their hearts out to the sounds of Madonna through the walls or meet them over the hot-air dryers in the bathroom. If this bothers you, try to schedule your wedding when there won't be another one next door. If this is impossible, visit the site on a dual-party night and see how the sound carries and whether there really are any major people problems -- before you make a decision.

Light can make -- or break -- the mood and the space. If you're marrying during the day, make sure your hall has plenty of windows. Who wants to spend six hours in a dark room when the sun is shining? If it's an evening affair, make sure the room's not too dim -- or that the lighting can be controlled for the big entrance, dinner, and dancing. If you're marrying outdoors, say, at dusk, will you be able to set up candles if necessary?

Visit the site at the same time of day that you've chosen for your wedding. Even if the space looks romantic by candlelight, you may be surprised by the sight of that 20-year-old carpet during the day. You'll also miss a chance to see how sunlight streaming through floor-to-ceiling windows completely transforms the room, if you only check it out in the evening.

A Great View
What will your guests see when they walk into the room? Whether it's your city skyline, a stunning vista of rolling mountains beyond the windows, or the crashing sea on the sand behind you, exceptional locations with a view are always a plus. If there's no view per se, look to a place's decor or architectural details: artwork on the walls, fine Persian rugs on the floors, period furniture in the corners, or an amazing crystal chandelier as the room's centerpiece all give your reception site that something extra.

The Right Color
If you're considering a certain theme and color palette for your party -- say, a modern lounge-style cocktail party reception done in black and red -- those gold cord swag curtains are really going to wreck the effect. The site doesn't have to be done in the exact colors as your planned decorations, but the walls, carpets, chairs, and curtains shouldn't clash or conflict with your party's mood or theme. If you want a spring wedding brunch, look for a space that's done in light (perhaps pastel) colors or florals. For classic elegance, consider a room done in neutrals or black and white.

Ample Outlets
Be sure to take a thorough cruise around the room to see if it has lots of places to plug things in -- especially if you're partying in a place that's not a regular spot for hosting weddings. Your main user of outlets will be the entertainment crew. Take note of where the outlets are; if their location will force your DJ to spin records in the bathroom (kidding, but you get the point), make sure she or he has plenty of extension cords.

Good Acoustics
If the place is too echoey, it could give some weird reverb to the band, not to mention make it difficult for guests to hear one another talking. A tile or wood floor, for example, will amplify sounds, while a thick carpet will tend to muffle them. Check out the room's sound quality during an event. And tailor your music to the acoustic conditions. A jazz combo will sound better at an intimate art gallery than a 14-piece orchestra would (not to mention the fact that it takes up less floor space).

Plenty of Parking
Make sure the site is near a good parking lot, garage, or big, empty (safe) street where it's legal to park. If parking is a problem, look for other ways to get everyone to the party. Can a shuttle bus or vans take guests from the ceremony to the reception? Inadequate parking isn't necessarily a deal breaker, but it may mean spending more time and money to figure out a viable vehicular alternative.


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8 Steps to Choosing Your Wedding Colors

Publish On 2015-07-14 , 1:48 PM

Teal and gold wedding palette inspiration


Picking your wedding palette isn’t exactly as easy as choosing your two favorite colors and making them the foundation for every wedding detail. Get started with our guide for selecting your wedding hues.

1. Get Inspired by Your Setting
First things first: location. Have a color palette in mind as you start your venue search. Think about what colors you'd like to use, and whether you'd want to prioritize finding the perfect venue or having your perfect color palette. If you find a venue that you love, but it doesn't work with your colors, you'll want to switch up a hue or two so you don't bust your budget on trying to cover up or distract from the fact that it doesn't match. Venues like converted warehouses, lofts and tents are all blank slates, meaning you can really add as much or as little as you want to carry out your vision for color and style. If you've already found the perfect venue, use the space to help you come up with your color scheme. The colors of your reception space and its surroundings, whether it's the vintage Persian rug in the dining room or the view of the ocean, can spark an idea. And that way, you won't have to work against a clashing color palette and your colors will enhance what you love about your venue.

2. Keep Your Priorities In Mind
While the venue is usually the biggest choice you have to make in your wedding planning, sometimes there are other details to consider that might come before choosing your colors too. If you've always dreamed of having your wedding overflowing with purple dendrobium orchids, then you should use that as a starting point for your palette, instead of trying to figure out a way to work it in later. You don't want to choose a color scheme only to find that a must-have, like your grandmother's ivory table runner, looks out of place or may get lost in the décor rather than standing out like you want it to.

3. Think Seasonally
Just like your wardrobe, your wedding color scheme can be inspired by the time of year you're saying “I do." Think about the shade you want to use to bring out the season in your color palette. Rosy pink is perfect for spring, while a brighter coral is a summer staple. For fall, a rich fuchsia pairs well with other jewel tones, and blush and silver are a pretty wintry combo. Don't shy away from colors you love though just because of seasonal color “rules," which have pretty much gone the way of wearing white after Labor Day. Light pastels and barely there hues, like buff, can work for a fall or winter wedding. The trick is to concentrate on texture, and maybe even bring in a stronger accent color.

4. Set the Mood
Your wedding colors can also help create a vibe for your wedding day. If you're going for a lot of drama, then a dark or jewel tone palette, like ruby red and black or emerald and gold, is a better choice than, say, light pastels. Think about the style and atmosphere you want to have, whether it's relaxed or nostalgic, and what colors put you in that mind-set.

5. Look to What You Love
The colors that inspire your home décor are ones you know you can live with for a long time (and it's an extra perk that leftover items like Moroccan lanterns will get used after your wedding day). Open your closet: What color clothes and accessories are you drawn to? Use that as a starting point for choosing your wedding hues.

6. Do Your Research
Magazines, art galleries and friends' weddings are all great sources for inspiration. While you wouldn't want to choose a color combo just because it's on trend, looking towards art and design may help you see colors you already love in a new way.

7. Consult the Color Wheel
You don't need a degree from art school to pick your palette, but there are some basic principles to follow. Typically, colors that go well together are ones that are opposites because they pair a cool and warm (examples include orange and sky blue and turquoise and coral). Other color pairings that work are “neighbors"—they're similar to each other and share a primary color (think: sunshine yellow and melon orange or fuchsia and blush). A classic way to build your color palette is by pairing a bright, saturated color with a neutral, like violet and gray or blush and gold.

8. Don't Overthink It
It's easy to get caught up in the idea that you have to have a strict wedding color palette. If you're early in the planning process, you'll probably get asked, “What are your colors?" a lot by friends and family, and that can put pressure on you to pick the “right" hues. But color doesn't have to play the major role that it's sometimes made out to be. While your palette will inform a lot of your wedding decisions, like your flowers and your bridesmaid dresses, you should use it as a guideline instead of a rule. Not every part of your wedding has to match perfectly, so don't stress on having every detail color-coded just right. Instead, think of your wedding planning in terms of style, formality, texture and mood, in addition to color.


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Selecting A Wedding Car

Publish On 0000-00-00 , 12:00 AM

There is no other element that creates a spectacular arrival than the wedding vehicle that you and your wedding party arrive in. Wedding cars play a key role in making magnificent entrances and nothing beats the pleasure of traveling in opulent luxury and style. That’s why selecting the right wedding car to compliment the style and theme of your event is crucial.

Vintage, Classic Or Modern?

Vintage cars are generally made between 1919 and 1930.

Classics are from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s and are no longer in production, yet still popular.

Modern Classics tend to be iconic cars from some of the classic makes that people believe stand out enough to be classics. Examples include: Ferrari Enzo, Jaguar XK8R and Aston Martin DB9.

Modern cars are generally late model luxury limousines and vehicles such as Mercedes, BMW and Ferrari’s.

There are no rules when it comes to wedding cars and arriving in style, however make sure that it is YOUR style and that it matches your wedding style.

If you’re having a modern or casual wedding, consider a motorcycle, converted fire engine or flashy new convertible Mercedes or Ferrari as your wedding transport. On the other hand, if your ceremony and reception is more traditional, a classic Rolls Royce, Jaguar and Aston Martin, or a vintage Dodge or Buick may be exactly what you’re after. These are definitely for those couples that want to make a statement.

Limousines are a classic choice for wedding cars. The couple hosting a classic and traditional wedding generally choose the limousine to accommodate themselves, their family and the bridal party. Other excellent choices in wedding cars that can also accommodate a large wedding party include stretch SUV’s.

For the bride and groom who want a more intimate experience, consider wedding cars that are elegant, yet provide a more romantic and intimate setting of a classic car, such as the Rolls Royce and Bentley. Each of these wedding cars will definitely leave a lasting impression on your wedding guests.

A wedding car of any era will make you feel a million dollars and selecting the right wedding car company will take a lot of the stress away from your wedding planning. So read these helpful tips to choose your wedding cars wisely.

Size Does Matter...

The first thing to do when organising your wedding cars is to determine how many cars are required. Will the entire bridal party be transported by a single car or by several cars? It is customary for the bride to ride with her parents to the wedding ceremony and don’t forget to include the parents and grandparents of both the bride and the groom.

The style of vehicle you select will also determine how many people it will seat. Generally classic vehicles seat four adults plus the chauffeur. Limousines on the other hand will seat 10 or more adults plus the chauffeur.

Reputation Is Key!

Once the number of cars has been decided, it is important to make sure that you choose a single company to handle your wedding transportation needs. Be mindful that some car hire companies sub contract wedding cars from other operators. This provides opportunity for mix- ups to occur, as the more people that are involved in the transaction, the more complicated it can be. To reduce any potential problems ensure that the wedding car you select is actually owned by the operator. Also make sure that you obtain a guarantee that the wedding car you reserve is the one that you will receive by reserving the specific car you have chosen by its registration number.

A long established wedding car hire company generally means many years of valuable experience providing wedding car hire services. Research the operator with your local office of consumer and business affairs to see if any complaints have been registered.

A car hire company with many vehicles also means that alternative arrangements can be made in case of an emergency such as vehicle breakdown. Ask your operator what will happen if your wedding car breaks down. The best response would be ‘We’ve never had one break down!’

Ask the wedding car hire company for references as well as people you know who have recently married, as they will recommend the wedding car service they used if they were happy. They can also warn you about companies they rejected as well. Your photographer would also know who arrives on time and who doesn’t.

Dress Code

Reputable companies also take much greater pride in the presentation of their chauffeurs and ensure that their chauffeurs are dressed smartly and are well groomed. Personal service, attention to detail, comfort and individuality are the hallmarks of a professional chauffeur service.

These days most modern couples prefer their chauffeur to wear a dark suit, shirt and tie, rather than the more old fashioned uniform that is associated with chauffeurs.

Book Early !

Book your wedding car well in advance, especially if you are looking for a particular vintage model as the best cars generally go quickly.

Many wedding car hire companies often hold bookings up to 18 months in advance, with many couples booking up to 9 and 12 months in advance – so start early!

You Get What You Pay For

Choose quality over price. That great deal that you have secured won’t seem like such a great deal if it arrives unclean and with scratches – not the best backdrop to your wedding photos.

Examine the car that you are considering for any visible damage, cleanliness and wear and tear, because if it doesn’t look like it hasn’t been taken care of on the outside, then it probably hasn’t been taken care of on the inside and the last thing you need on your wedding day is for your wedding car to break down.


There is no specific time frame as to how long you should hire a wedding car, however with some companies a minimum period and charge applies. You can generally make use of the vehicles for as long as you like, limited only by your wedding budget.

Wedding cars usually pick up the bride and then take her and bridal party to the place of ceremony then wait and move on to the reception. Depending on distance this normally takes approximately two hours.

After the ceremony couples usually visit various photo locations before going on to the reception, sometimes using the vehicles for up to five or six hours. However, every couple and every wedding is different so it is entirely up to you.

Protection From The Elements

Ask the wedding car hire company whether blankets and large umbrellas are carried in the cars to protect you from the outdoor elements such as rain and cold and if red carpets are available to protect your wedding dress from the ground.

Added Extras

Many wedding car hire companies provide a bottle of champagne (or if you prefer soft drink, orange juice or water) for the journey as part of the package. Check if you can bring your own bottle of Moét for something really special!

Confirm Date, Time & Directions

Organising wedding cars successfully means ensuring that the drivers know where to be and at what time.

A week before the wedding, fax a set of typed directions and maps on how to get to your house, reception, church etc to the wedding car hire company to confirm the date, time and locations so that there are no misunderstandings. Also, ask for the driver's mobile number in case you need to get in contact with them.

Keep another copy of the map and directions with you on the wedding day. You may need to give them to the driver if the car hire company sends a different driver at the last minute or if they forget their copy.

Wedding Car Hire Checklist - Questions To Ask:

•     When should we book?

•     How do we book the vehicles that we want?

•     How much is the deposit?

•     When is the balance payable?

•     What is the overtime rate if the wedding goes longer than expected?

•     Are all the vehicles licensed by the Dept of Transport to conduct this sort of activity?

•     What happens if we need to cancel our booking?

•     What happens if a breakdown occurs?

•     Who supplies the decorations and ribbons?

•     Who will be the driver?

•     What do the drivers wear?

•     What if it is cold or rains?

•     What else do you offer?

•     Are we able to use your vehicles in the photographs?


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