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Planning on Having a Flower Girl at Your Wedding? Here’s What You Need to Know

Weddings are all about spending time with the people we love, which is why careful planning and a strategic timetable are crucial for a well-executed day. And a big part of that day is different traditions, one of which is the most adorable member of the squad – the flower girl. But like with most things that are wedding-related, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. So to make sure you are all prepared for those steps down the aisle, here’s what it takes to have a happy and successful flower girl.

Make sure it’s something she wants

Sure, you know your niece is going to look absolutely adorable walking down the aisle, throwing about petals and smiling into the camera – but does she want to do that? If this is a child you are close with, you should be able to estimate whether or not they are up to the task. If they don’t usually like being the center of attention and having all eyes on them, don’t put them on the spot. If you, however, aren’t that close to them, you should ask their parents and let them decide. Finally, you need to ask her. If she isn’t sure, or flat out says she doesn’t want to do it, there is no point in forcing it upon her – just let her enjoy the wedding as a guest.

Explain the duties

Once you have a willing flower girl, it’s time to explain to her exactly what her duties are. If you think carrying a basket and evenly spreading out petals is a bit too complex of a task, there are plenty of alternatives. She can simply walk down the aisle with a small bouquet or pomander, carry a sign that says “the bride is coming”, or blow bubbles. If you are going with the traditional basket, you can fill it with candies or confetti. Meet up with the flower girl a few times before the ceremony to practice walking, throwing and anything else you’ve planned, and try to set up one rehearsal at the actual venue. If you see that she is struggling with some part of her duties, alter them so that she is comfortable in her role.

Get the perfect look

You will definitely not be able to hold back your “awwwwws” while looking through beautiful flower girl dresses. They are all the most adorable things you will ever see and it will be hard to pick a favorite. But this is why you have these things to consider: The girl’s parents should be present when you are choosing the dress, or you should consult them before choosing to make sure that they agree that the dress is appropriate. Secondly, you have to make sure that it is the right size and perfectly comfortable for the flower girl. She will be wearing it the whole day, and any itchiness or tightness will not be tolerated. Next, you want to consider the theme of your wedding. If you have a beach wedding, you don’t want her in a puffy ballgown. Lastly, of course, the flower girl herself needs to like the dress, or she won’t want to wear it. When constructing the look, also consider things like shoes, tights, headpieces, as well as hair and makeup.

Include her family

Your biggest allies in this endeavor are the girl’s parents and close family. You want to make sure that they are sitting near the front row during the ceremony, so she knows that she should walk towards them. During the entire process of preparation, they should be present to make sure she feels comfortable. Ideally, one of the bridesmaids (or the bride herself) is the girl’s sister or mother, so that she can attend all of the activities – from hair and makeup to bridal brunch – together with the group. Kids are great, but they are also unpredictable, so having their parent close by will allow for swift problem-solving in case of an emergency.

Having a flower girl is an amazing addition to a ceremony, but you have to keep in mind that they are still young, and that you shouldn’t expect too much. They will do their best, but if you expect perfection on every step, nobody is going to have a good time. So just let her do her magic and congratulate her as soon as you get the chance.

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Rules for Accessorizing Your Wedding Dress

A bridal look is like icing on the cake of a perfectly planned wedding. It’s not just clothes: it is a bride’s statement of how she wants to present herself and it is one of the few things she will be doing for the wedding that is for her and nobody else. But while the gown itself is the main piece, it is not the complete outfit, and it won’t be complete until all the accessories are put into place. But how do you find the right dosage without overdoing the jewelry? Follow these tips and you are guaranteed to look elegant and fashionable:

Think about shape

Your wedding accessories can drastically alter the shape of your dress, and with that, your body. If you want to add some edge and rock-chick vibe to your outfit, then a structured jacket with padded shoulders can be a great option, but steer clear from it if you want to maintain a softer look. A belt or sash will not only add an interesting detail to the dress, but it will also draw the eye to your waist, which is perfect for brides with an hourglass silhouette. If you have a beautiful, detailed neckline, then you don’t want to cover it with a jacket. Accessories that alter the shape of the dress are an amazing tool that can help you create the dress of your dreams, but they can also ruin a good thing if not used in the right way.

Arrange your metals

Before you put anything on, try to display it all on a neutral-colored surface. The first thing you want to look at is whether all the metals match. A mix of silver, yellow, gold, white gold and everything in between will make you look more tacky than elegant, so try to make sure that it all matches. If you’re not sure which one you prefer, choose a favorite – or most symbolic – piece of the bunch and match the rest to that one. The next step is putting it all on. You want to make sure that two or more pieces aren’t competing for attention on any part of your body. If you have a statement choker necklace, then you don’t want large, dangling earrings that will hang right next to it. Try different lengths, sizes and styles until you find a good balance. When you look at any one part of your body, your eye should be drawn to just one thing, but it should all work together.

Get comfortable

You are going to be spending a long time in that outfit, so you really don’t want to have anything poking, pinching or stabbing you. The first thing to think about are the shoes: you can find an amazing selection of Badgley Mischka shoes, from closed pumps to kitten heel sandals. Try the shoes on well in advance and wear them a bit around the house to break them in. Secondly, if your dress has boning, you want to make sure it’s tailored and comfortable even after prolonged wear. Make sure your jewelry isn’t too heavy, because your ears or neck might start to hurt after the whole day. This also means making sure that everything you are wearing is the right size and made from materials that won’t irritate your skin.

Don’t forget the staples

There are two things that are the cherries on top of a bridal outfit: the veil and the bouquet. The bouquet is a great way to add color to your outfit, and if you have some color in your set-up already, then make sure the colors don’t clash. There are plenty of beautiful flowers native to Australia that can be put into a bouquet. As far as the veil goes, you should get acquainted with the different shapes and styles that are available. Choose something that will complement your dress and won’t cover any important details that you want to stand out. Remember that these don’t have to be traditional versions: you can wear a stylish hat instead of a veil and your bouquet can be transformed into a balloon, basket or even a floral necklace. Take the best of what tradition has to offer and make it your own.

Accessorizing a wedding gown is not an easy task, and it might take you just about as long as it will to find the dress itself, but when you take that first look at the mirror, it will all be worth it. Remember to use these accessories to express your personality and any message you want to send to your guests.

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Wedding Cake Alternatives Your Guests Will Love

There are some things that a wedding simply needs to have: a dress, flowers, speeches, gifts, cake… Or does it? More and more young people are answering that with a firm “no”, and simply doing things their own way – from venues your grandparents would never think of to entertainment, outfits and food choices beyond our dreams. One thing that’s seen plenty of changes is the universal wedding symbol: the cake. Some still have it, but today there are plenty of alternatives as well, so if you are thinking about switching it up a bit too, maybe some of these ideas will help:

Looks like cake, but isn’t

While many couples want to offer something different than a cake, there is still an amazing wow factor in seeing a big, tiered dessert. But it doesn’t have to be made out of cake. We’re getting creative and building towers out of donuts, cupcakes, pies, meringues and other sweets. Even an elegant croquembouche has seen a wedding ceremony or two. The desserts are either stacked directly on top of each other or placed on a tiered platter to achieve the wedding cake look. And if you still want something to cut into as a couple, you can place a single tier of cake on top and cut a piece for yourselves.

Ice cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream when we see something as creative and fun as this idea. Perfect for summer weddings (or perhaps a winter themed one too?), giving your guests a variety of ice cream to choose from and make their own combination will definitely be the star of the show, and very popular with your younger guests. You can easily find an ice cream store that will come to your wedding with an ice cream truck full of delicious flavors for your guests to choose from, including your favorites, whatever they may be. And instead of cutting the first slice, you can have the first scoop!

Deconstructed

Do you want cake, but not exactly cake? That’s perfectly fine. The deliciousness of cake is not in question here, but the traditional presentation can leave a lot to be desired. However, if you opt for any other version of a cake, like cupcakes, cake pops or deconstructed cakes in individual glasses, you can not only have a unique presentation, but also a variety of flavors. Unlike a traditional cake where you have to stick to one flavor combination per tier, if you deconstruct it and make it smaller, you can combine the cake, the buttercream and the filling in so many different ways that every guest will find something they love.

Pies

As we come to pies, we can see a clear trend appearing: people want more variety in their dessert selection. And since you can fill a pie with virtually anything, you are well on your way to achieving that. Consider either a selection of pies filled with everything from fruit to chocolate ganache cut into slices for your guests, or make a series of mini-pies, so every guest can enjoy the wonderful flaky crust all the way around. You can also mix up the pastry by making a crumble, a puff pastry pie or other alternatives.

A little bit of everything

The best part is, you don’t have to decide on just one option. Make a dessert table that will feature everything you love from candy bars and milkshakes to cookies and cake – everything goes. Try to give the table a theme or tell a story, so it doesn’t feel like a bunch of sweets just thrown together. Maybe you can tell the story of your relationship, from something sweet you had on your first date, and then all the things you had throughout the years. Or you can make it an “around the world” theme, featuring different desserts from all over the world, placing a little flag into each one to show which culture it represents.

And if you still want a traditional wedding cake – that is perfectly fine. Most of these ideas can also be used as additions to the cake. Just keep your options open, think about what goes with the theme of your wedding, and as long as you are happy with what’s on display and your guests leave full, that is all that matters.

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Destination Honeymoon: A Planning Cheat-Sheet

Are you overwhelmed with wedding preparations? Follow these easy steps and planning your honeymoon will be a breeze!

Scouting locations, purchasing décor, contacting vendors, working on your design scheme, making a seating plan, writing your vows, sending out invitations, buying gifts for the bridal party… The list of wedding planning tasks goes on and on and you barely have time to even think about your honeymoon. Don’t worry, if you start with the preparations early enough and take one step at a time, it will be an easy job!

Honeymoon Planning Timeline

To take the stress out of planning, you need to be organised. It is never too early to start thinking about your trip, especially if you don’t have a clear idea where you want to go. Begin by creating a planning timeline and make sure you stick to it. The key is to have everything booked and all the documents sorted well before the most hectic period of wedding preparations commences.

6 Months Prior

  • Do your research and gather information on various destinations
  • Decide on the budget
  • Find a travel agent

3 Months Prior

  • Have all your documents ready
  • Book a flight
  • Book accommodation
  • Arrange transfers

1 Month Prior

  • Buy everything you need for the journey
  • Create your honeymoon itinerary
  • Purchase travel insurance

1 Week Prior

  • Exchange cash if you are travelling to another country
  • Get informed on the weather at your destination
  • Make final purchases
  • Pack your bags
  • Prepare your documents

How to Set the Budget?

Divide your honeymoon costs into different categories as this will make your job much easier. You will need to cover the transport, accommodation, meals, sightseeing, local transfers and shopping. Find out if you can get any discounts if you are travelling as a newly-wed couple and ask which documents you need to show to prove that. Then calculate all the costs to get the idea of how much money you will have to spend.

If you are on a limited budget, then make sure to get the most of it. You can considerably cut your costs if you look for good all-inclusive deals or consider travelling out of season when there will be fewer tourists anyway.

Another great advice is to make privacy and comfort one of your main priorities. Island honeymoons are perfect because you will be far away from the hustle and bustle of big cities, surrounded by beautiful nature. There will be things to explore, but there will be no pressure to make complicated itineraries. The Canary Islands is a destination that ticks all the boxes because it offers a really good mix of culture, activities and the newly-wed bliss!

Choosing a less popular destination that is off-the-beaten-track can also help you maximise your budget. Spend a little more time browsing the internet until you find a hidden gem you can call your own honeymoon paradise. And don’t forget to make a list of the best affordable restaurants and bars in the area!

How to choose your destination?

From cosy mountain retreats and romantic cities to remote beaches, uninhabited deserts and wellness retreats, there are so many beautiful places where you can unwind. Of course, there is pressure to make this journey a unique and memorable one. Not to mention that you will be exhausted after the wedding!

Our best tip is to make a good balance between adventure and a relaxing holiday. Make your journey fun and eventful, do something you have never done before and try new gourmet delicacies, but be a little lazy too!

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Lifesaving Last-Minute Wedding Gifts

There’s a wedding coming up and you still haven’t found a proper gift for the newlyweds… If this sounds way too familiar, you’re definitely a person who needs a last-minute wedding gift guide, so stay with us and keep on reading. Here’s a list of six lifesaving presents you should take into consideration, so check them out and go shopping as soon as possible!

The amazing 12-wick candle

Even though this may sound a bit silly, getting a fabulous candle is actually a great gift, especially if you know that the bride and the groom enjoy spiritual stuff. Of course, ordinary candles are out of question since they are too simple, so make sure you find a 12-wick one that’ll sweep everyone off their feet. Flashpoint Candle is a brand that offers such beauties in a range of wonderful scents, so pick one you find most appropriate and instantly make the couple’s home more Zen.

Name a star after the newlyweds

One of the possible last-minute wedding gift ideas that’s really authentic and romantic at the same time is definitely naming a star after the newlyweds. This is a present not many people will receive, which is exactly what makes it extra special and unique. You can also opt for naming two stars, one after the bride and other after the groom so that they forever stand side by side. If you pick this gift, you’ll get a map, a certificate, and a software in a stunning folder, so that the newlyweds can keep it somewhere safe.

Vintage bedding set

Quality bedding is never a bad idea, especially if we’re talking about wedding gifts, simply because the newlyweds need a lot of stuff for their new home. You can’t make a mistake with luxurious bedding by Florence Broadhurst since this brand offers a lot of fabulous products designed to fit every bedroom. Their Chinese Key Gold Quilt Cover Set will suit any sleeper’s needs, as it is so smooth and extremely durable. We’re sure that the happy couple will be thrilled to use it right away, which means that you nailed it with your gift choice!

A surprise trip for the newlyweds

If you know that the newlyweds are always on the go, a surprise trip is definitely a fantastic idea they’ll appreciate a lot. The choice of destination depends on your budget, of course, and the truth is that you don’t have to pick some exotic destinations that cost a fortune. A weekend getaway to a nearby city will be more than fine, as well as a day at the spa which can be the best idea after the exhausting wedding day. The happy couple will certainly love this gift, no matter what you choose.

A set of brand new plates

Similarly to bed sheets, which are a true necessity in any couple’s new home, there’s also a set of brand new plates which are also an absolute must in their kitchen. Even though this is a quite popular wedding gift, the truth is that it’ll never go out of style simply because it’s highly required in any home. And what’s even better, you can find beautiful plates anywhere you like, from your local stores to some online shops, which makes them even more attractive.

Fresh flower delivery service to the rescue

If you want to add a touch of color and freshness to your home, the best way to make that happen is to buy some freshly picked flowers. That’s exactly what you should provide for the happy couple, and a fresh flower delivery service is there for you. When you choose the size and style of the bouquets, all you should do is to pick a frequency of delivery (there are weekly, monthly, and quarterly deliveries). It can be done in just a couple of minutes, and the newlyweds will absolutely adore your unique gift!
As you can see, there are many amazing last-minute wedding ideas that are true lifesavers, especially if you’re in a rush. You won’t make a mistake whichever you pick, just bear in mind the newlyweds preferences and you’ll nail this task without any doubt!

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