Stylish Ring Bearer Outfits For Your Springtime Wedding

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Ring Bearer in his cute little outfit : Flickr

Planning a wedding can be hell for a bride, particularly when it comes to dressing the bridal party.  Choosing the right colors and styles can be difficult, unless its spring.  With all the colors and styles available, spring weddings are a brides dream; and as we all know weddings are all about the bride. Except, of course, when the adorable little ring bearer comes marching down the aisle.  He is the one person, in my opinion, who can and should outshine the bride – at least for a few minutes.  So it’s important that you dress him right, because as much as I hate to say it I have been at weddings where that cute little boy wasn’t dressed so cute.  There’s a fine line between precious and what-were-they-thinking ring bearer outfits. Hopefully these tips I came up with will help you.

One rule you should always remember is: gimmicky ring bearer outfits may look cute in a magazine, but they won’t look so cute 20 years from now in your wedding album.  For example, if you’re ceremony is around Easter doesn’t mean you should have him wear every color of the pastel rainbow.  Seriously I once saw a little boy wearing pastel blue, pink, yellow and turquoise.  You want him to steal the spotlight, not people’s eyesight.  Stick to neutral colors with maybe an accent color for the bow tie or cummerbund.  Keep it simple so he wears the outfit, not the other way around.

Another good tip is that although you might see unique (translation: odd) ring bearer outfits, a traditional boys tuxedo is usually the best choice.  I know, I know, tuxedos are so boring and traditional – but they’re not.  They’re traditional attire for a reason: a tuxedo ALWAYS looks good.  Face it, there is nothing cuter than little boys tuxedos, everybody oohs and aaahs when they see him.   So even though its spring and the weather is warm, save the knickers (shorts for those of you born after 1980) for Halloween and get him a tuxedo.  You can spice it up with a stylish vest or graphic tie.  There are also plenty of boys suits you can pick if boys tuxedos don’t work. Trust me, you’ll look back at your pictures without cringing.

Many spring weddings take place in a garden or yard, so if you want to dress him in something less traditional/more casual you have plenty of choices.  A stylish pair of Khakis, paired with a button down shirt and vest will have your ring bearer looking his absolute cutest.  Pair it with a vest to up the cuteness factor to insanely adorable.  You could also go with a pair of black jeans, button down shirt and suspenders and bow-tie for a nerdy/chic look that only a little boy could pull off (seriously no adult should ever wear suspenders).   You can’t go wrong with either of these looks.

The most important thing to remember is: your ring bearer is a child, not a circus performer.    Make sure he is both stylish AND comfortable.  If he’s fidgeting or tugging, maybe the material or cut of the outfit is wrong for him.  If he has a problem walking in dress shoes, let him wear black sneakers.  He’s a child, he’s still going to look cute it’s not going to ruin the wedding.   After all, weddings are all about the bride (until the ring bearer comes walking down the aisle).

To Infinity and Beyond! Superhero Themed Wedding

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Cyclops and Jean Grey. Black Panther and Storm. Vision and Scarlet Witch. Superman and Wonder Woman. Batman and Robin.  When superheroes meet and fall in love, it is cause for celebration. For newly engaged couples seeking a way to incorporate their shared love of one particular superhero or superheroes in general, a superhero wedding theme is an idea easily adaptable for any type of nuptial celebration.

First, set a budget and determine the number of guests. Come to an agreement on how far to carry the superhero wedding theme.  Keep in mind it is not always a great idea to encourage guests to come in full costume. The possibility of future in-laws wearing tights and capes is worth a discussion – some things can never been unseen. One compromise is to keep it tame during the ceremony, letting the fantastic fun loose during the reception.

Superhero wedding invitations

Set things in motion with the invitations. Guests will be curious and excited about a superhero wedding theme. Create a personalized comic book with a brief story about the bride and groom along with all of the pertinent wedding details. A budget-friendly version of this is to have an artist draw a comic strip version of the bride and groom as superheros for the front of the invitation with more traditional details included inside the card.

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Most women dream of wearing a beautiful wedding gown. However, there is no reason a traditional dress cannot be made a little bit “super.” A visit to any online store specializing in costume merchandise will reveal superhero garters, lingerie, socks and even shoes to fit the theme without detracting from the gown.  Brave brides might opt to sport a belt fashioned after Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth or her golden arm-cuffs.

Men might enjoy sporting action figure boutonnieres with appropriate flowers attached. They, too, can opt for subtle superhero garb. The groom can wear themed boxers and his favorite super hero t-shirt under his tuxedo. Don’t forget to check out superhero cuff links, rings and other jewelry.

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The reception is the time to really make a statement. Have a back drop where guests can take photos – Gotham City? Plain white with thought bubbles painted at head height? Have props like capes and superhero gadgets available nearby. At the bar, create themed drinks with superhero ice cubes and straws with cartoon markers. Top it off with super hero theme coasters.

The wedding cake offers countless possibilities. Each layer of the cake can be decorated to represent a different super hero. A plain cake can be covered with fondant symbols and BAM! POW! blurbs. For a black-white-red Spiderman wedding, feature white cupcakes with delicate spider webs on top.

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Don’t forget the guest favors. Superhero Pez dispensers are always a hit. For something more elaborate, assemble bags with Pez dispensers,  masks, silly string and small flashlights with a Bat Signal taped on the lens.

Skip the Macarena or the Chicken Dance – get guests dancing to the Batman TV theme song and a host of other theme songs covered by artists of every genre. Hong Kong Phooey by Sublime will bring everyone to the dance floor. Put the best man to work compiling a play list. If there will be a live band, ask if they will cover one or two favorites.

Have fun. Remember, memorable does not mean expensive. Gather inspiration from: friends, comics, movies, and the internet. While planning a superhero wedding theme, remember the words of the Scarlet Witch, “Everyone’s story begins once upon a time, and it’s up to us to cherish the time we’re given to ensure we live happily ever after.”

Thanks to vanessajoy, jaggerphotography and dpersonettphotography for providing the beautiful photos. Please check them out for more eye candy.

Finding the Right Flower Girl Dresses

There’s nothing more adorable than a flower girl at a wedding. In fact, flower girls play a pivotal part in countless weddings and receptions each year. Whether serving as ring bearers or simply accompanying brides, flowers girls are known for being immensely cute. Selecting the right flower girls dresses, however, is just as important as choosing your wedding dress or suit. For soon to be newlyweds, the process can be both arduous and tedious. According to wedding experts, however, there are several ways to find the right dresses or gowns for flower girls. All it takes is a little creativity to establish uniformity in design.

Themes and Styles

In order to pick the right flower girls dresses, you first have to establish the main theme or style of your wedding. For example: a modernistic wedding may feature sleek and contemporary attire. In these instances, traditional dresses and gowns simply would not suffice. Therefore, the flower girls must don dresses that effectively capture the allure and essence of your wedding. Whether they sport white, green, red, or even yellow dresses, it has to effectively match the overall décor and theme of your special day. Since most couples are incredibly busy planning their wedding and receptions, parents have to step in and take leadership roles if possible. This will alleviate some of the tension, and may be a great way to offer new ideas on captivating dresses for flower girls or ring bearers.

Affordability and Value

When shopping for flower girls dresses, there’s no need to pay outrageous costs. In fact, there are plenty of outlets that specialize in affordable attire for nuptials and weddings. From top name brands to stylish accessories, these items feature multiple designs and styles. This includes traditional wear, along with trendy and even urban outfits. As previously mentioned, it all depends on the theme of your big day. If you want to play it safe, simply go with that classic and formal look. Not only will your flower girls look great, they won’t have to worry about wearing dresses that may conflict with warm, humid, or hot weather. To get your true money’s worth, try shopping for dresses at stores that do not specialize in weddings or receptions. You will be amazed at some of great deals and dresses you can find at these venues.

Comfort is Key

Before purchasing flower girls dresses, you have to make sure they fit and are comfortable. While this may bore your nieces, cousins, or friend’s daughters, it’s the only way to ensure the perfect look. The last things you need are dresses that are too big or simply uncomfortable for your flower girls. No matter the style or design, comfort and flexibility are the keys to avoiding mishaps and crying flower girls. If shopping at a wedding boutique, you can rely on professional assistance from industry leading sales associates. There are also wedding planners, designers, and dress experts that can help you with all your questions and concerns. Finding the right flower girl or ring bearer dress does not necessarily have to be hard. With so many options and choices available, there are experts that can assist you from start to finish.

 

Flower Girl Dress Trends for 2014

The phrase “the more things change, the more they stay the same” definitely applies to the topic of Hot Flower Girl Dress Trends for 2014. For just as some of today’s flower girls are wearing new and exciting styles, others come bedecked in the beautiful, classic gowns that come steeped in tradition.

It may come as a surprise that, in some cases, modern flower girl apparel is not very flowery at all. Some of today’s youngest wedding attendants don’t even wear dresses, but opt instead for eye-catching pant suits in various colors and styles. These suits might include blazers, jackets, vests, and/or button up shirts that accompany leggings or comfortable slacks. These outfits are sharp and ultra-modern; also very comfy, which younger children are likely to appreciate. And they still can be highly feminine, especially if they come in beautiful shades of ivory, pink, gold or lavender; or if they come complete with jeweled accessories, fresh floral headpieces, and—of course—an assortment of lovely petals that the girl will scatter at various points down the aisle.

In other, more traditional ceremonies, the flower girl of 2014 might resemble a miniature version of the bride. She might wear a tiered pearl white dress of lace, silk or taffeta, along with a sash in red or pink. She might wear her own veil or a floral headpiece, along with jewelry and the prerequisite floral bouquet.

If, on the other hand, the bride chooses to reign as the ivory goddess of the day, she might choose to adorn her flower girl in taffeta and pastels; allowing her to glow in her own special way as she reflects the colors of the rainbow. Her flowers just might serve to reflect these classic, ethereal hues, as might the crown of florals that adorns her tiny head.

Ring Bearer Fashion

Going Vintage

A vintage style can be a great way for a ring bearer to be dressed for a wedding. This look goes particularly well with outdoor weddings but can look great with indoor ceremonies as well. One key component with this look is the choice of a bow tie and a newsboy styled hat. These are available through a variety of retailers and look great with a button front shirt, long shorts or pants and vintage styled tennis shoes. It is a comfortable look full of pieces that the parents will use again.

Top of the Line Fashion Sense

For the bride and groom who are trendsetters and always dressed in the latest styles it would only make sense that their ring bearer be as fashionable during the ceremony. There are several key pieces to creating this look. One is that a bow tie is going to be used again. In addition suspenders are a great way to give a young child some stylish flair. Dress pants, a button front shirt, a patterned pocket square, and oxfords completely take this child from the playground to the pew.

A Gentleman Approach

Styling a little guy to look like a gentleman is another trend that is popular especially in the southern US states. This look takes pieces that are created for spring and summer and puts them together in a way that will give the ringer bearer a style and personality while making him look fit for the country club. This ensemble requires a blazer, pants, shirt, bow tie, and flip flops to update it from traditional and boring to tradition with a flair.

The Eclectic Touch

With barn weddings being so popular it is important to have an idea of how to style a little one who is going to be the ring bearer on the farm as well. With this setting a nice pair of dark washed jeans, cute tennis shoes, a bow tie in a fresh pattern, suspenders, a newsboy cap, and a button up shirt will work perfectly to keep the child happy and able to play when the ceremony is over.

Ready to Walk in the Sand

Beach weddings are another popular trend where a ring bearer should be dressed appropriately for the weather but still look good enough to be a part of the wedding party. For this type of wedding a blazer and pair of shorts can be perfect with a fancy boutonniere, and a pair of boat shoes. Not only is this look perfect for warmer weather but it also still will look appropriate with any style of wedding party.

Too Cool for School

The trendiest boys will find many of these outfits to not be what they’d choose for themselves. Regardless of your wedding’s style a child can still reflect who he is and look great too. Choosing pieces like a dress vest, long sleeve button up shirt, fun patterned tennis shoes, and pants can help them to look cool while still being dressed up enough to represent in your wedding.

Top 10 Must Haves for the Ultimate Beach Wedding

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The beach is perhaps the ultimate setting for a wedding ceremony; indeed, when a couple chooses to tie the knot in such a beautiful, nature made venue, they often find that they have little need for decorations. The gleaming golden sun, the swaying, emerald-hued palms, the bronzed sands, and the jewel blue sky will in themselves serve as radiant adornments; coming together to provide the perfect backdrop to any wedding.

Even so, you can give nature a gentle nudge with the help of a few must haves; those beautiful little accents that will lend beauty and character to any beachfront ceremony:

  • Flowers. When a couple chooses to tie the knot in a natural outdoor setting, they can further adorn the exotic venue with the help of some tropical floral arrangements. Whether these florals take the form of water lilies, orchids, sunflowers, birds of paradise, or more traditional buds like roses and carnations, they are sure to illuminate and enhance the natural beauty of this venue.
  • Tropical refreshments. At a beachfront wedding, guests are sure to be in the mood for a little tropical refreshment—preferably in the form of fresh fruits, tropical drinks (both alcoholic and otherwise), candies and cookies colored every color of the rainbow and baked in the shape of fish, starfish, exotic birds, etc. The couple also might opt for a custom made cake baked in the likeness of a beach, island or sea castle.
  • Lighting. Granted, any beachfront wedding is sure to be doused in radiant sunlight—the most beautiful and naturally generated light source of all. Yet if the day turns out to be less than sunny, or if the wedding takes place at night, then the couple may wish to post tiki torches in a line across the beach; alternately, they might adorn surrounding palm trees with lines of rainbow-hued lights.
  • Beachwear—Only Fancier! Even a couple getting hitched on the beach might not opt for bikinis or Bermuda shorts; they might, however, opt to wear lighter fabrics, like cotton and satin, and in vibrant colors like red, pink, and azure blue. Same goes for the ring bearer and the flower girl. Get them something in a more of a neutral color like grey or khaki. The flower girl can sport any little dress she likes, just make sure it fits the wedding theme!
  • Tropical Music. Guests at a beach wedding will be primed to party—and they’ll be eager to dance to tropical tunes and jazzy island music.
  • Tarps, Tents and Coverings. When planning an outdoor festivity of any kind, one always must allow for the possibility of wind, rain, and other forms of inclement weather. Be sure that you have some coverings on hand, to ensure that the ceremony can proceed as planned regardless of a change in weather.
  • Barbecue! It just wouldn’t be any sort of a beach party without barbecue—and whether you’re cooking up hot dogs or steaks, you are sure to impress your guests with some tasty barbecued eats.
  • Beach games. No beachfront wedding reception would be complete without a full round of beachfront games; activities that could range from swimming matches to beach volleyball, sand castle building contests to spirited sessions of Marco Polo.
  • Tropical party favors. Hula dolls, miniature beach balls and adorable hula dolls might not be in place at many weddings—yet they are guaranteed prerequisites at beachfront ceremonies.
  • Safety equipment. As beautiful and exotic as a beach can be, it can still be a bastion of heat and discomfort for children and older guests in particular. Keep plenty of sunblock, sunglasses and disposable hats on hand to serve their needs.

 

Planning a Beautiful Wedding on Any Budget

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When you finally find the person of your heart—the one that you want to spend the rest of your life with—then it may be time to make it official; to make the person your lawful and eternal mate. And what better way to acknowledge this major life landmark than through the royalty and regality of a beautiful, ebullient wedding ceremony?

Of course, beautiful and ebullient does not have to equal expensive; and truth be told, just about any couple can host and facilitate the wedding of their dreams—even if it’s on a budget.

  • Guest List: If you have an unlimited budget, then feel free to invite all of the family members and friends to your special event, ranging from cousins to co-workers and everyone in between. Those counting their pennies may wish to restrict their guest list to immediate family (parents, siblings, grandparents, etc.) and closest cronies only.
  • Invitations: If money is no object, feel free to order engraved invites on the most elegant card stock, through a printing company or wedding supply store. If cash is the biggest object, you might buy general, prepackaged invites that still manage to shine in their beauty and warmth; or even create your own, either by hand or on the computer.
  • The Wedding Dress: Of course every bride would love to wear a custom made Vera Wang on the big day; or, at the very least, to custom design the dress of her dreams, ordering this prized frock from a local designer or bridal shop. Those that don’t have this option available might instead sew their own gown, one that is sure to be even more memorable and meaningful than any of its store bought predecessors; or shop at bridal store sales or even thrift stores for more affordable options.
  • The Ring: Couples with unlimited financial resources can feel free to design and order their own wedding and engagement rings from an upscale jeweler, either online or in their area; others may wish to surf the net for bargains, also visiting local stores for sales and bargains.
  • The Venue: Couples with cash can reserve elaborate social halls and event facilities for the big day; even going so far as to rent space at mansions, museums, public gardens and amusement parks for a particularly splashy, high profile event. Others may dream of getting hitched at the church they’ve attended since childhood, at a public park, at city hall, or even at home.
  • Decorations: For those with abundant resources, silk and lace will be the order of the day when it comes to wedding day decorations; expressed in the form of banners, pennants, wall and floor coverings, favors, doilies, etc. Also post an assortment of ribbons, floral bouquets, balloon columns, fountains, and perhaps even crystalline or ice-based sculptures. Yet anyone can plan a beautiful design scheme with the help of handmade wedding favors, paper lace, a few balloons here and there, and some decorative faux florals. Also shop for bargain décor at department store sales, card shops, and at dollar and thrift stores.
  • Music: It just wouldn’t be a wedding without music; and some couples have been known to hire live entertainers to serenade them and their guests with songs of tender and romantic love; whether it’s during the ceremony, the reception, or at both events. Others play recorded music at both times or may hire a d.j.; alternately, a family member that is particularly talented at crooning may agree to sing for free—just make sure that they are indeed particularly talented at crooning, well before the date of the ceremony! And regardless of their financial means, sometimes the groom will serenade the bride on the big day. Awww…
  • Grooming the Groom and Bedecking the Bride: Brides in particular sometimes like to get their hair and make-up professionally done on the big day, also opting for manicures and spa days. Yet even if your mom and sisters come over to make you over just before the ceremony, you are sure to look a vision on your big day.
  • The Reception: Well to do couples often pull out all the stops for their major occasion; renting an elegant, fully decorated reception hall and catering a full meal that guests can enjoy after the ceremony. They also might choose to serve wine and cheese at a clean, well lit social hall, or even enjoy a gourmet meal at home or at a restaurant.
  • The Cake: Regardless of what type of reception you plan, guests are sure to expect cake; and any number of gourmet, fully decorated confections can be custom ordered for the big event, through a caterer, bakery, or independent pastry chef. Yet a particularly lovely and very tasty cake also could be prepared at home, or ordered at a local grocery store.

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Happy Civil Rights Day.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! This man changed the world for the better.  He inspired all of us to become better human beings. Never forget what he’s done.

Game of thrones Wedding. This one has a happy ending!

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Qarth is a city from the popular HBO series Game of Thrones. Which is based off the epic novels A song of Ice and Fire written by George RR Martin. The complexity of the characters makes it one of the best fantasy novels of our generation. I dare to say he’s the equivalent to the modern day J.R.R. Tolkien. I know I will have others who disagree, but what fun is an opinion if everyone agrees?

A cute couple named Monica and Zlatko decided to tie the knot in Qarth. Or should I say Lokrum Island, Croatia. A beautiful ancient city by the sea still standing in this modern era.  The city overfills with details that make you perceive like you traveled back in time. When Game of Thrones became a huge hit, Croatia was no longer a hidden gem. I would fully expect more weddings and events being held at Croatia. Perhaps a brave couple would even hold a ‘red’ or ‘purple’ wedding.

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The exchange of vows in the presence of a priest.

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The Kiss

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A wedding well suited for a king and his queen.

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Married.

Thanks to Svadbas Photography, Monica and Zlatko for providing the beautiful photos.

Svadbas beautiful photography: www.svadbasphotography.com

Monica and Zlatko :

www.flickr.com/photos/zlatko

http://www.flickr.com/photos/monicazlatko/

Rustic Weddings: Convince the bride to go rustic

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Rustic Wedding. Source: Flickr

Let’s face it; when most women are asked to describe their ideal wedding, the word ‘rustic’ does not rank among the top adjectives she is bound to offer you. Indeed, the vast majority of females want one of the most important, monumental days of their lives to be beautiful, elegant and timelessly sentimental. They don’t want to ‘rough it’ on the day of their nuptials; quite the contrary, they yearn to feel at all times like the princess of the day.

It’s a good thing, then, that today’s rustic wedding is indeed the picture of classic beauty and whole hearted tradition; and if the bride happens to balk at the concept of this wedding theme, then hasten to remind her of the elegant elements that merge to create a rustic ceremony.

  • Flowers. As the vast majority of rustic weddings take place in nature borne settings—such as forests, barns, parks, and woodland clearings—then fresh flowers are bound to play a role in this ceremony. The couple could be surrounded by rose bushes, daisy beds, and fields filled with lilies and dandelions; and they are more than welcome to integrate these precious floral buds into arches, trellis displays, arrangements, and—of course—into the bride’s bouquet.
  • Nature made cloths. Fabrics such as silk, cotton, organdy and muslin are all culled from nature in various ways; and just about any bride would be pleased to wear a dress that featured one or more of these fabrics.
  • Scenic settings. OK, so some brides might balk at the concept of getting hitched in a barn—until she realizes that the barn in question is classically designed and well maintained; bearing some resemblance to a downtown social hall. And she definitely would not object to marrying beneath a gem blue sky and a golden sun, with her friends and family members smiling around her.
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