Five Wedding Traditions You Don’t have to Follow

When you’re getting married, there are an endless amount of details that go into the planning process. Some people have an idea of what must be done at a wedding, and there are traditions that have simply grown tired over the years. Who says you have to follow any of those traditions set up by generations past? Here are five traditions that you don’t have to follow for your wedding:

The whole wedding is paid for by the bride’s family

While it is extremely generous for the bride’s family to offer to cover the bill for the wedding, this tradition just isn’t realistic anymore. Weddings can be very expensive, so why should the mother and father of the bride be expected to drain their entire life savings to pay for their daughter’s wedding? Sit down with both sets of parents and decide who can afford what when it comes to paying for the wedding. Maybe your parents would like to split the price of the wedding, or your fiancé’s parents want to contribute more than to just the rehearsal dinner. Or maybe you and your partner have decided that you want to pay for your own wedding. No matter who is paying, it’s important to get your finances in order and look into your options of footing the bill. For example, you can take out a low-interest personal loan to avoid credit cards with higher interest. Instead of paying for everything at once, you’ll have a monthly payment that will make your wedding costs much more manageable.

Waiting to see the groom until you walk down the aisle

Ah, the age-old tradition of you and your groom waiting to see each other until you’re walking towards them down the aisle. This tired rule is based on the fact that it’s a bad luck to see each other, but if you and your partner are in love it’s not based on luck. Plenty of couples are foregoing waiting and doing first looks so that they can get all their pictures done before the ceremony and enjoy the cocktail hour mingling with their guests! If getting your pictures over with isn’t enough reason to choose a first look, here’s 75 reasons why it’s the right choice. And there’s nothing like capturing photo or video of the first time you see each other with no one else around–priceless!

Providing wedding favors

You’re already doing so much to make your wedding enjoyable for your guests and you don’t need to spend even more money on wedding favors. While a favor is a nice gesture, a majority of your guests will forget to bring it home and some even forget and leave  them at their table. If you have a photo booth, let the printable photo strip double as your favor. Or if you’d like, donate the money you would have spent on favors to a charity like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Feeding America. No one is going to even notice if you don’t have a favor, and the thank you cards you send after your wedding will show more than enough appreciation.

Smashing cake in each other’s faces

Cutting the cake is always such a picture-perfect moment during your reception, but leave the cake smashing behind. You’ve most likely spent all day having your hair and makeup done to look beautiful for your wedding day, so no one can blame you if you’re not into getting it ruined within seconds from the cake. Discuss with your partner beforehand exactly what you want to do when you cut the cake, and make a strict no smashing rule if you’re against it. You don’t want to spend an hour getting cake out of your hair and off of your dress, and there are still plenty of pictures to take as the night goes on!

Leaving on your honeymoon right after the reception

You know how the newlywed couples in the movies would always run right into their limo or car after the reception, and everyone is waving them off to their romantic honeymoon together? Well, the tradition of going right on your honeymoon has faded. All of your family and friends have come to town to celebrate you, and leaving immediately just doesn’t always make sense. If you wait, you get to enjoy the day after your wedding with everyone you love and talk about how much fun you all had. You can wait a couple days or a week to go on your honeymoon. Or wait a few months to go. It will give you more time to save money after your wedding and you’ll have more time to plan the perfect honeymoon.

 

You’re getting married to the love of your life and it’s going to be the most special day of your life. It’s your wedding, so you don’t have to follow any rules or traditions. This day is about you and your fiancé, so do what makes you happy and comfortable.

Dancing up the Aisle Collection

Every girl has a dream of becoming the most beautiful woman during the most especial day in her life: the wedding day.  To make her  more beautiful and confident as she walks down the aisle, a bride carefully choses and try what kind of hairstyle and what shade of make up will best suit her that will make each and every guest’s jaw drop. And on the top of the list is the wedding gown which was carefully chosen to make the bride feel like a princess on her most awaited day. For all the bride-to-be here’s some bridal gown inspiration to make you feel beautiful and unique on your special day.

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Bands for Hire

Every wedding is an event we all look up to, especially for couple to wed and their family and friends. From he engagement activities to the save-the-date, invitations, gowns and tux, name it everyone is anticipating the big day! In all the parts of the wedding, there is music played. This is very important because music sets the mood and it can solidify your wedding theme.

What type of music then suits your wedding. Most popular is hiring talented band or DJ. So how do you decide on what you want? Here are some tips from us.

  1. Genre- the type of music can set the tone of your wedding so choose the best that reflects your personalities and inspires the ambience you want to create.
  2. Variety – be sure that whoever is playing on your wedding will cater to your guests of all ages.
  3. Budget – While they say that the DJs costs less than live bands, think again if it’s a celebrity DJ you are hiring. The budget also includes the prices of musicians, amount of time you want to play for them, day of the week (holiday) and what time of year it is.
  4. Venue Space – consider this if its a live band. The reception must be able to accommodate not only the people playing but their musical equipments as well.

Whatever you’ve decide, let us know because we’ve got partners to play for your wedding day!

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Classic Bridesmaid Dresses that can be Reworn after the Wedding

As joyous of an occasion as a wedding may be, many women feel ashamed to admit that they often dread being a part of the bridal party. The reason for this dread of being a bridesmaid is because they know they’ll have to buy a dress they’ll likely never wear again. In the past, a typical bridesmaid dress would cost upwards of 100-300 dollars and sometimes even more than that! Even if that’s in your budget, you probably don’t want to buy a dress you’ll wear only once; especially when you’re spending that much money on it.

Fortunately, weddings and bridal party attire has become a lot less “formal” and “traditional.” Now that brides are becoming a lot laxer on what type of bridesmaid dresses their bridal party can wear, bridesmaids everywhere are rejoicing and actually getting excited about buying their dress. Not only because they can choose the cuter, wearable styles but also because bridesmaids dresses are more affordable than ever now. Check out these classic bridesmaid dresses that you can wear long after the wedding fun is over.

Flower Power Maxi Dress

What girl doesn’t love a maxi dress? A maxi dress always knows how to make a statement at any occasion. Wear the maxi dressed up with heels for the ceremony or switch things up and dress it down in a pair of white Chucks for Sunday brunch. If the weather gets too cool pair the dress with a light sweater so you can get even more wear out of it. This dress will keep you looking stunning on the big wedding day and many days after. In fact, it might even become your new favorite dress.

Wouldn’t that be a plot twist?

Graceful in Lace

No one can deny how delicate and beautiful lace looks. Which is why a knee-length lace dress is both the perfect bridesmaid dress choice, as well as for other big special occasions. After the big day festivities are done and over with, you can wear this gorgeous bell-sleeved lace dress to graduations, church, meeting the parents, or any other occasion where you need to look a little nicer than usual. Pair it with a set of pearls for a truly forever classic look.

Jumpin’ Jumpsuits

If you’ve ever fallen in love with a dress at a store only to discover that it was actually a jumpsuit, you’re not alone. However, jumpsuits are quickly becoming a hot trend in bridal wear. They’re fun, flirty, and oh, so flattering.

Jumpsuits, despite being pants, look just as pretty as dresses. The best part? They have so many chances to be worn again. Dress up the jumpsuit with wedges or open toed heels and meet your BFF for dinner and drinks downtown. Want to keep things casual? Toss on a light denim jacket to keep that fun, flirty vibe alive and well.

High-Lo

Still spotted on runways around the world, let your bridesmaids experience fashion fresh off the runway with a satin hi-lo dress. Not only do these dresses look great dressed up, but they work just as well when worn casually. Just like the jumpsuit, to keep these dress casual, pair it with a light washed denim jacket. To keep things dressy, pair the satin dress with a blazer or sweater when it gets chilly.

Till Forever Do You Part…

Being a part of the bridal party is such an intimate and memorable experience. To be able to share such a truly magical day with your closest friends, getting ready and dressed up, is an experience you will treasure for a lifetime.

With these helpful tips on how to wear these classic bridesmaid dress styles again and again, you’ll never have to sweat buying another bridesmaid dress ever again. Thanks to less formal weddings and brides being more open and receptive to letting their bridesmaids pick their dresses, you can get a dress that you actually like. Not just one that you have to pretend to like. Looking cute and flirty long after wedding season is over is a breeze with these classic styles.

Author Bio: Carolyn Clarke is a freelance writer and fashion enthusiast based in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to her full time job as a buying consultant for small boutiques, she also writes fashion advice blogs that have been published across a number of digital platforms. In her free time, she takes her dog running along the Malibu coastline.

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The Grooms Guide to Weddings

There are many guides out there for women surrounding the time before, during, and after their wedding. There are a lot of tips and great information to make the process and their experience a pleasant and smooth one. With the piles of stress that come with getting married these great resources are extremely useful and will calm your nerves.

However, as a man, the groom, it’s just as important for you to be ready for your big day! Men get equally as nervous and there’s far less information available. We at iManscape want to guide you through your wedding to make sure you’re well prepared and we’ve got plenty of tips and reminders you’ll want to know.

This is an amazing time in your life and this article aims to make sure you look your best, perform your best, and have a completely stress-free experience.

Getting Into The Right Mindset

Making sure you’re in the right frame of mind is the first step towards making everything a top-notch experience. You’re going to be told the wedding is “her big day!” and the way the wedding industry is built you’re going to feel like a prop in your own wedding that’s only meant to make the bride stand out.

Think about it… it’s even referred to as the “bridal industry”. I’m not saying you should try to steal her thunder because that’s definitely not what you want to do! Instead, your frame of mind should be about working as a strong team and helping out as much as possible.

Don’t be the guy who lets his wife handle everything. Even if she says you shouldn’t worry about any of the planning. Get involved because marriage is about showing your commitment to her. Make sure she knows you want the big day to be just as special as she wants it to be.

Know Your Role in Wedding Planning

While no one’s wedding is the same and you want your wedding to be unique to you we’ve put together some tips that you can pick and choose from. While your wife may not let you pick out the color theme or the details of the wedding cake you as the groom still have pre-wedding responsibilities. Here’s what you should know.

Take Advantage of the Rehearsal Dinner – Even though no one really rehearses at these dinners anymore this is an excellent opportunity to spend quality time with close family and friends. During the actual wedding day, you may not have the same opportunity since you’ll have more guests.

Try to talk with each person and thank them for attending. This is also a great time to bring a small gift for each person at the dinner to say thank you. This way on the actual wedding day the people closest to you won’t feel out of the circle and instead will feel appreciated.

Tone Down Your Selfies – In today’s age of social media and quick snap pictures we’ve become selfie-taking fiends. During these days leading up to your wedding and the day of you’re going to be looking your best and it’ll be tempting to take more selfies.

Instead, limit the number of selfies you’re taking. Especially on the day of your wedding. Instead, make sure you’ve hired photographers and let them do their jobs. The more selfies you’re taking the less time you’re spending enjoying your wedding. Spend more time in the moment!

Picking Your Groomsmen – If you have a lot of close friends the more difficult this task is to do. The simplest way to do this is to write your friends names down as they come to your mind. You’ll likely think of the friends closest to you first.

Once you complete the list of friends anyone after #5 should be an usher or cut from the list as a groomsman. It’s a tough decision but it’s one every groom has to make.

Refining the Guest List – Be confident in your guest list and stand firm on it. Surround yourself with people who are important to you. Just remember that it’s your and your wife’s wedding and no one else’s so, don’t let anyone else persuade you into making changes you don’t want to make.

A Unique First Dance – One thing that is often overlooked is the music for the first dance. It’s too easy to pick a classic song that everyone has seen before at other weddings. Instead, pick a song that’s unique to you and your wife. Aim for something that sparks a great memory between both of you.

Don’t worry about the song being too different. It’s a song that should be different and picked just for the two of you.

Having an Open Bar – Having an open bar at your wedding can be great but it can also be expensive. However, it doesn’t have to be. You can have pre-selected cocktails, pre-made drinks, or even beer on tap. Our recommendation is to do what you can to make it work. There’s already a lot of tension and social awkwardness and open bars are great to help everyone loosen up a bit.

Wedding Planning: The Fun Side!

While all of the duties above are still be fun the ones below take the cake. They’re also some unique ideas that could be fun to make your wedding really stand out.

Choosing Wedding Transportation – How cool would it be to have all your groomsmen drive up in matching cars? Rent everyone matching BMW’s or convertibles and you’ll definitely be the groom of the decade with a wedding all your groomsmen will be talking about for some time to come.

Spice Up the Pictures – You can add small tweaks to your attire for wedding pictures. Think of things like using superhero socks or ties for each groomsman. These are easy to remove or replace on the wedding day. Do you enjoy fishing or camping? Use a fishing pole as a prop showing your groomsmen reeling you back in. There are plenty of cool ideas out there.

The Honeymoon – Your wife will have her hands full picking out her perfect wedding. So, take over the honeymoon 100% if she’ll let you. Don’t make your honeymoon just another vacation and find things to do once you get there.

Instead, plan out the details from top to bottom. Timeout activities you both enjoy and don’t forget to calendar in visits to the spa. She’s going through a lot of work with wedding planning and it’s your turn to show both of you a great time. The least she knows the more spontaneous you can be.

Groomsmen: How to Take Care of Them

Your groomsmen are going to be your responsibility and it’ll be your job to make sure everyone is looking top notch. The key here is actually to not do anything too drastic. Don’t make a spare of the moment decision or let your groomsmen make one to get a haircut they’ve never had before. Instead, keep everything simple.

Many grooms do their bachelor parties different but it’s a good idea to use that day out with the boys in a purposeful way. Here’s a quick list of activities you should consider doing before you jump into the “fun stuff”.

Get Fitted – If you don’t want to appear like penguins wearing bagging clothing you should get everyone fitted for their tux or suit. Even if you’re going with a more relaxed attire make sure everyone pants are at good lengths, shoes fit well, and everyone looks spiffy.

Tackle Facial Hair – You don’t want to shave the day of your wedding but the day before. This way if you end up with any nicks or cuts you’re not bleeding or have visible red cuts in your wedding pictures. You’ll also avoid having red skin in those pictures if you get unlucky with some skin irritation.

Grab yourself an electric shaver and shave those whiskers down if you’re going to shave. Once the electric shaver has tackled the bulk you can finish up with your safety razor.

Keeping the Beard? – If anyone’s keeping their beard that’s fine but make sure to tidy it up! If everyone in your groomsmen group needs some facial hair maintenance it can be fun to visit a barber as a group or have a barber come to you. Just remember to tidy things up and don’t go crazy.

Don’t Forget the Nails – On wedding day you’re not going to be thinking about trimming and cleaning your nails. Tackle this the day or so before your wedding. It’s modern times and taking your groomsmen for a massage and manicure can be fun before heading to the local bar.

Don’t Forget Your Groomsmen’s Gifts

Your gifts don’t need to be expensive but it’s a good gesture to give each of your groomsmen a little something. I’ve seen people give bottles of whiskey, .50 caliber bullet bottle openers, and initial key chains. No matter what you choose to do the best time to hand these out are at either the boys day out or rehearsal dinner.

Here are some other gift options you might like.

Man Crates – This company offers different small wooden crates filled with a genre of goods. They have beef jerky crates, BBQ & grilling, hot sauces, and other crates to choose from. It would be a unique gift with a spark of manliness.

Sports Tickets – Depending on the time of year buying tickets to a sporting event can be awesome gifts. No matter what seating you choose.

Subscriptions – Buying 6 months of Hulu, Netflix, Spotify, or some other subscription service can be an excellent gift. You can pick up prepaid visa cards and use them to activate accounts with a certain number of months on each card if the provider doesn’t have prepaid options.

What to Tackle a Few Days Early

Since you’ll have hundreds of things running through your mind handle your hygiene early. This includes taking extra small steps you may not always take on a daily basis. Begin using facial masks, cleansers, and lotions to make sure your skin looks great for your pictures.

Maybe do a little manscaping ahead of time for your wedding night. Take all the stops with baby powder, trimmers, and getting bare below the belt. Doing this ahead of time will make sure you’re not itchy during your wedding day.

Some other things you may not have thought about are trimming eyebrows, waxing nose hairs, and removing ear hair. Make sure your fingernails and toenails are trimmed and clean. Some of these things can be done on your boys day out if you choose to get a group manicure and pedicure. If you’ve never had one they feel amazing!

Your main focus for early hygiene is tackling the things that take longer to grow back. For everything else write down a short list to remind yourself and stick it in your bathroom mirror. That may sound petty or minor but trust me you’ll have everything else on your mind and these small notes help.

How to Make Your Attire Stand Out!

The following tips are for looking your best in your suit or tux. These small changes will make a huge impact on how you’re going to look wearing your attire. If you’re not well versed in the art of wearing suits or a tux then please pay special attention to this section. It’ll make the difference.

Use Collar Stays – Collar stays are small metal pieces that tuck into the pointed end of your collar. It keeps the tips of your collar from curling inward and keeps them straight. It’s a subtle change that makes a big difference.

Cufflinks – Wearing these small pieces can upgrade your appearance. Cufflinks also fit in well for both extremely fancy weddings and laid back weddings. You could possibly wear superman cufflinks and no one would likely notice but from a distance, they upgrade your overall attire.

Cummerbund – This piece of fabric often comes with a tux. It’s the centerpiece you wear around your waist. They come and go in popularity but they can be slimming and do look nice. It’s not required to be worn with your tux but if you choose to wear one it would be best if your groomsmen wore one also. If you choose to not wear the cummerbund then you should wear a vest.

Shoes & Socks – Make sure your shoes are well polished. If you don’t know how to polish your own shoes make sure to take them somewhere that does. Your socks should be black or a dark color and patterns are usually fine since they won’t be in sight unless you’re sitting or certain poses for pictures.

Boutonniere – It’s the one flower that the groom typically has to worry about. It’s the small flower you wear on the chest of your attire. It’s a good idea to match these flowers to the color of the flowers the bridesmaids will be holding. Usually, these are small budding roses but can be other flowers.

Avoid These – If you’re wondering if you should wear a watch it’s recommended to wear a small thin band silver watch. However, it’s actually best to avoid wearing a watch all together. Also, avoid wearing a top hat and gloves. These items are usually paired with a white tie tux with a long tailcoat. You’ll be better off avoiding most add-ons like these.

5 Must Take Wedding Photo’s

You’re going to be taking tons of pictures on the big day and it’s important to have plenty with your bride but here are some other fun photo ideas for you and your groomsmen to take together.

The End: Giving A Thank You Toast

Giving a speech is one of the most feared parts of a wedding for men. Having to stand up in front of everyone and speak is a fear of a lot of people but your speech doesn’t have to be long or even well planned as the groom. During speech time as events are winding down, you’ll typically be the final person to give one.

You’re really giving more of a thank you speech. You can keep it simple but just make sure to thank the people who helped make your wedding special. That includes people who catered the wedding, assisted, and even those who drove from further away to be there. They all pitched in one way or another to help make your wedding special.

That’s about it… no long story or humor needed.

Submitted by Wesley Oaks. Original posting here.

3 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing Your Wedding

When it comes to planning weddings, design is the fun part. Whether you’ve had an idea of what you want since you were a little girl or you’re inspired by things you’ve seen recently, design is your chance to put it all together and create a day that feels like you. But it can also be stressful. Really stressful. Because when it comes to design, the possibilities are endless — which is definitely a blessing and a curse. Luckily, following a few guidelines can help ensure that your day is perfect for you. Here are the major mistakes you want to avoid when designing your wedding.

  1. Choosing Items That Aren’t In Season Or Are Hard To Find

You really need to think about when your wedding is — and where it is — when you start on your design. Sunflowers in the middle of a New England winter won’t just be impossible to find, they’ll also probably just look out of place. Asking a wedding planner or local vendors about what they recommend can be a huge help in finding out what is easy to source. Trust me, it will make your life way easier.

  1. Falling Into The Latest Pinterest Craze

I know — it all looks so beautiful, right? You go to Pinterest and there are endless stunning options for your wedding. They all look elegant. They all look simple. And many look really to DIY. Don’t believe it.

There are a couple of things to bear in mind with Pinterest — the first is that it’s way too easy to see and pick designs that are outside of your budget. It can drive a bride crazy if you sit there sifting through hundreds of options that you just can’t afford. Don’t stress yourself out — there are plenty of ways to have an amazing wedding, no matter what your budget is.

The second thing to bear in mind is that there’s just so much to see on Pinterest that you can get overwhelmed. You don’t want your wedding design to turn into a total mish-mash of every latest trend and crazy fad. Instead, focus on a few design elements that feel true to you.

3. Doing What Everybody Else Does

Finally — and most importantly — be unique. You may have been to some weddings in the past that looked beautiful, but this is your wedding. Sure, you can use other ceremonies for your design inspiration, but, ultimately, this is your day.  So make it about you. Someone can have a stunning, lovely wedding — but that doesn’t mean it’s representative of you or your relationship. You want it to be as original and fresh as your love is.

Designing your wedding can be the most fun part of wedding planning, but it can also be overwhelming. Sticking with ideas that are easy to source, within budget, and, most importantly, special will help you create the perfect day that’s unique to the two of you.

The Style Guide to Customized Bridal Party Gifts

No matter how large or small your wedding party, giving each participant a token of appreciation is a tradition worthy of upholding. The size and cost of the gift really doesn’t matter, so long as the gift shows genuine gratitude for being part of your wedding. And most importantly, selecting gifts for the wedding party doesn’t have to create more stress in your wedding planning process. If something unique products and on the latest trends is the idea you’d like to go for your bridal party gifts, you can check My Wed Style. Start shopping now to find the perfect gifts for your groomsmen and bridesmaids. And not all that, they also offering unique products designed by them and personalized by you isn’t that exciting well at least you can put your personal touch to your gift just to make it more meaningful to them.

This site My Wed Style is highly recommended to the future Brides-to-be’s. Wedding is the most important event in your life, so you must also treat the people who make your wedding possible and memorable. And their mission to make their customer happy and seeing them smile specially the Brides and Grooms. And their passion to make sure that each and everyone has a wonderful and unique shopping experience while their on this website.

And the most important is that you find your perfect compliment to your wedding style. When you visit My Wed Style site you will feel special why? Because they make it easy for you to find the most stylish, unique, and fun wedding items out there. They are passionate about hand picking unique vendors and designers, and then curating their best products right here in this site. They spent a lot of time finding them, so you don’t have to. It’s like that searching the most stylish  and lovely wedding products they can possibly find anywhere and them bring them here and making them available to their most amazing brides and grooms.

Here’s some of the personalized gift ideas and they are the best sellers.

Robes

First on the list that you can give to your special bridesmaid.  Robes make great gifts, and you can all use them as you prepare for the ceremony as the wedding photographer snaps away.

Necklace

Accessories, on the other hand, are pretty and useful gifts that your entourage can wear on your wedding day.

 

Sunglasses

You can opt to give different gifts for each bridesmaid, but it will be a lot easier to come up with a special gift that you can customize and give out to the bridal party. One of them is these stunning personalized sunglasses.

Mini Bottle Flavors

Customize your Mini Liquor Bottles and use them as the most bad-ass wedding favors ever! Add custom labels to mini liquor bottles and give your guests something to truly appreciate.

 

 

Wedding Tank Tops

These are the perfect stylish shirts for the Bachelor Party or just hitting up the Bridal Expos with your girls! My Wed Style ribbed tanks use the best quality of crystals, so all of the items are sparkly and shiny!  (The cheaper versions you see sold use dull, flat stones and are poor quality.)

 

Our I Love My Wife T-Shirts are absolutely adorable for those loving married couples. For white shirts the text color comes in black.

 

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