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What to look for in a wedding dress

Publish On 2015-01-06 , 2:12 PM

How to choose a wedding dress
The one main thing to remember when choosing a wedding dress is that it's about how the dress looks on you rather than how it looks in a catalog picture or a mannequin. While it seems trivial, it's surprising how many brides make the mistake of finding their perfect "style" in a magazine, racing to the store to find this same or similar type of dress they like so much and trying it on only to be disappointed in how they look.

The next thing that usually goes through their mind is something like "If only I was skinnier / taller / more shapely / etc." No wonder wedding dress hunting becomes more of a chore rather than the fun experience it's supposed to be! Well, learning from our own experience (as well as a countless number of our friends and a large number of brides here at who recently got married), here are a couple of tips on how to choose your perfect wedding dress and skip on all the frustration.

Find your unique dress style
Each body is different, so it only makes sense that the same dress will look very different on different people. Thus, the best way to figure out what type of dress will look best on you is to try as many different types, styles, and colors and see which patterns emerge. Instead of going through countless bridal magazines, make a few trips to actual bridal stores. Start with the largest stores (think David's Bridal vs. small boutique) that carry the largest variety of wedding dresses.

At first, don't be picky. Try every imaginable style and dress and begin the process of elimination. Take notes on what features of a dress look good on you and which ones simply don't. For instance, a "mermaid" style dress might make your hips look big (in which case, scratch that one out) or this same style might make you look shapelier and sexier (in which case, it's a keeper).

At this step, don't pay attention at the price - you are still in the "discovery" phase simply looking for the style of dress that looks best on you. Once you've figured out your unique style, you are 90% done. The next step is to visit bridal shops with that particular picture in mind and simply find the dress that would suit your budget.

Find the perfect wedding dress
Hunting for your perfect wedding dress will take longer than you expect. Most brides assume it won't take more than 2-3 waves of bridal shop visits to find their perfect dress. They are greatly underestimating the effort! In a quick pole we took, brides made an average of 9 trips to different bridal shops and tried and average of 8-10 dresses at each store. That's 90 different dresses tried on... daunting isn't it?

One thing to remember is not to settle because you think you will never find a wedding dress you will be 100% happy with. After all, you found your perfect man, why can't you also find your perfect dress :)? Remember that it's not just you - unless you are wearing your mother's dress to the wedding, finding your wedding gown may take a few months.

Here is an advice from us at be patient and take as long as you need. It's worth it, given that your wedding dress (as captured in wedding pictures) will literally be looked at and remembered by generations to come (including your children and grandchildren).

Bring a camera to a bridal shop
Definitely bring a camera to each dress fitting and take pictures of every dress that you try on from every angle. Not only will this help you to later remember which dresses you liked the most/least, it will also help you:

  • see how your dress will look in wedding pictures (objects in pictures and real life don't always lookidentical),
  • compare different styles of dresses and how they look on you side-by-side,
  • share these pictures with your bridesmaids and girlfriends and ask for their opinions.

Enlist help of friends to find the dress

Don't go to the fittings alone! Bring your bridesmaids or friends and ask them what they think looks best on you. Take lots of pictures, share them online and ask your friends to vote on the top three dresses they like best. Although everyone has different tastes and opinions, you will soon see a trend that will help you figure out which style of dress looks best on you.

Happy hunting for that perfect wedding dress!


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The Glens Tagaytay

Publish On 2015-01-07 , 9:16 AM

Hidden within the now bustle of Tagaytay is a secluded haven for nature lovers aptly named The Glens. This exclusive sanctuary was built with respect to the original trees, foliage and landscape of the property, preserving as much of its natural state for our guests to bask in and enjoy.

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How to pick the right shoes for the wedding for guys

Publish On 2015-01-14 , 1:55 PM

Ok, so shoes are not a big deal for guys, right? Right.

The only thing you need to be able to do in your shoes is look good in your photos and dance your first dance. Still, do plan to buy new shoes.

The two show color options that people like the most when looking back on the photos after the wedding is over (these are your wedding memories that you'll post all over Facebook and will be showing to your grandchildren one day) are:

Option 1, typical: black leather
Option 2, premium: dark "red" leather. These are suitable for some attires, but not all. They do look black from a distance, but look very expensive up close. Try a few options on and see how they look on you.
That's it - no other options! No beige, creme, grey or any other colors you might want.

Also, you might not think of it too much, but pick a high heel - you'll look taller and more impressive, both at the altar and in the photos. Remember, you will be standing next to other men in suits - your buddies - and you want to look better so that it's crystal clear to everyone who's getting married today. Every small thing counts. How tall you appear usually is one of the most important factors to you looking "impressive."

Finally, pick comfortable, thin synthetic socks, and pick up an extra pair. Thin socks work well for long days like your wedding day will be, and should it rain on the day of your wedding, you will likely be taking plenty of photos in the rain - you will need a dry spare if your feet get wet.


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Choosing wedding attire color palette

Publish On 2015-01-21 , 2:26 PM

You probably thought there are many options, and you just cannot choose among so many colors, right? Well, here is the simple empiric breakdown for you of what couples end up with:

  • About 50% of guys wear a white tie on their wedding (white shirt, plus solid whitesolid white or woven silk tie, for guys and a white dress for girls)
  • About 25% of couples go with a purple theme
  • About 15% of couples choose aquamarine theme
  • The remaining 10% wear other color choices

It's that simple. You can experiment a bunch with different color options, but statistically, we bet you'll end up with one of these three. So check them out right away to save time!

From the trends perspective, "white tie" option has been one of the most popular ones. Surprisingly, many grooms have been picking that in the last wedding season. This color choice has by far the largest number of votes among grooms. That leaves brides with two other accent colors for their bouquet and bridesmaid's dresses - purple or aquamarine.

Bright colors are great for skinny bridesmaids, and darker purple colors work well on all bridesmaids.

For guys, the common way to match brides' and bridesmaids' colors is:

  • Purple shirt and dark purple tie
  • Aquamarine vest and tie, plus white shirt

Thinking of choosing the classic plain black and white? Not really in style recently. While you might not care about "what's in style" right now, seeing yourself look "plain" in photos after the wedding is over is not really a fun thing.


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18 Tactics to Cut the Cost of Your Wedding

Publish On 2015-01-22 , 1:09 PM

1. Avoid guest list bloat.

For some people, it can feel very tempting to invite hundreds of people to the ceremony. Howver, with each addition to your guest list, you’re adding a person that’s of lesser importance to you compared to the people you’ve already invited. To a degree, this was a trap we fell into with our own wedding – our guest list grew and grew to the point where we invited people that we didn’t know well simply out of a sense of obligation. Instead of just adding more and more people, consider inviting fewer people and making the event more intimate. Try cutting your list in half and see if you’re happy with it.

2. Ask for wedding help instead of wedding gifts.

We were lucky that several of our friends and family had musical talent, so they were able to provide musical accompaniment for our ceremony. We also have a close friend who is an extremely skilled amateur photographer and he was willing to serve as photographer for our ceremony as our wedding gift – after the ceremony, he provided high quality digital images of everything.

3. Have the ceremony at home, or outdoors.

You may find that the cost of renting a building for your ceremony and reception is expensive. Instead, consider using your own home (or the home of a parent) for your ceremony, or perhaps a public park with a beautiful view. In each case, you can also have your reception outdoors, often eliminating the cost of renting a place as well as creating a memorable ceremony.

4. Do the catering yourself, or hire a family-owned restaurant.

For our wedding, we handled our own food preparation and catering with a lot of help from my wife’s family. This drastically reduced the food costs for the ceremony. If this isn’t your forte, look around your community for a family-owned restaurant and ask the owners directly to cater your wedding. Family-owned restaurants are always the first place to check – they will almost always go the extra mile to make your wedding special and will also charge a reasonable rate.

5. Go minimal with the flowers.

Instead of having huge piles of flowers everywhere (something that will only really last for an afternoon), instead simply go with a single rose for each bridesmaid and a very small bouquet for the bride. If you know someone with a rose bush, you can actually easily make your own bouquets the day before the ceremony by cutting the roses yourself and trimming away the thorns.

6. Choose very personal books for groomsmen/bridesmaid gifts.

It’s often customary to give gifts to one’s bridesmaids or groomsmen. One very effective (and frugal) gift is to give personally important books to each person. Choose one that expresses something personal that you feel is appropriate for each member of the wedding party and hand-write an inscription on the inside, noting that the gift is for the wedding and why it’s an appropriate book.

7. Make your own invitations.

With a quality home printer and some time, you can make very classy invitations on your own. My wife and I picked up a simple blank invitation kit on sale at Staples and made our own invitations to our wedding. No pictures or anything – just a very classic font and simple text. It looked stylish and didn’t cost us much at all.

8. Use a good home stereo system for the reception music.

Rather than hiring a DJ, just use your own home stereo (or the stereo of a close friend). Put speakers around the dance floor area – there’s no need to spread them around the reception room. Then just create a few mix CDs from your own collection – there’s all the music you need.

9. Have “vendor cards” in exchange for reduced rates.

If you’re hiring people to provide services for your reception (musicians, a DJ, florists, caterers, photographers, etc.), offer to advertise for them in exchange for reduced rates. At the reception, put a small card in each person’s place that lists the businesses responsible for each service at the wedding, along with their contact information. Since this tends to be very effective advertising, many businesses will happily provide services at reduced rates in exchange for this opportunity.

10. Contact the local university for musical accompaniment needs.

If you’d like live musical accompaniment for the ceremony (and perhaps for the reception), one place to look for low-cost musicians is at the local university’s music department. Contact them and ask if there are any students who are studying a particular instrument or vocal work and see if they’re available to provide music for your wedding. It can help them with their resume and save you on this part of your wedding.

11. Patiently shop for any decoration needs.

Michael’s, Paper Warehouse, and Hobby Lobby all have sales somewhat regularly throughout the year – and they all sell supplies that can be helpful with your wedding. Know what you’re looking for as far in advance as possible and let the sales come to you. Michael’s in particular is a good place to shop, since they often have very strong coupons in the Sunday paper that are perfect for wedding decoration supplies.

12. If you’re getting married in the church you’re a member of, ask the ladies’ auxiliary for help.

Most churches have a women’s organization that is very happy to help with wedding preparation in exchange for a reasonable small donation. Get them involved – they can take a lot of worry off your shoulders for a relatively low price. At our wedding, the “church ladies” were a great help with church decoration and other helpful things on the day of the ceremony.

13. Buy dresses together when a sale is on.

Similar to the tip for shopping for decorations, you can often save a significant amount of money by shopping patiently for dresses as well. Many dress stores have sales on holidays such as Memorial Day – keep an eye out for such sales. You may also want to shop together so that you can all save during the sale.

14. Rent tuxedos as a group.

Unless you have a specific reason for owning a tuxedo (and few people do), you should rent one. It’s often useful to rent the tuxedos as a group through the same business, as you’ll often get a group rate. It’s often useful to rent through a place that’s fairly close to the site of the wedding so last minute adjustments can easily be made.

15. Make a simple honeymoon, not an ostentatious one.

A huge, over-the-top honeymoon might sound fun, but it’s far, far cheaper (and often more enjoyable) to have a much more laid-back honeymoon. Instead of planning a big trip, just hop in the car and spend a week or two together just driving around and enjoying being married. The fewer plans, the better – and the cheaper.

16. Involve your closest friends and family in the preparation.

As you’re developing plans, you should get your closest friends and family involved with the details. Quite often, they’ll have surprisingly good ideas that can save you money and effort – perhaps they’ll know someone that can cut you a deal on a certain part, or maybe they’ll just volunteer to help out with that piece. Good friends and family are always there to help, so you might as well use it.

17. Plan, plan, plan.

List everything you can think of and walk through these items step by step. The earlier you get started – and the more things you think about early on – the less “last minute stress” you’ll have and the more time you’ll have to find sales and discounts and other good ideas.

18. Don’t stress.

Something will probably go wrong at the last minute – a little detail of some sort won’t work out. For us, the pastor almost missed our rehearsal dinner, so we barely rehearsed. Don’t worry about it – just assume something little is going to go wrong and don’t respond by throwing cash at it. Most likely, no one will even notice the little issue, and quite often someone in your wedding party (or someone helping out) will come up with a pretty good solution to fix things.


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