Jul 18

Flowers and colors on your wedding – checklists

The meaning of flowers in Victorian times the ‘language of flowers’ was an elaborate code which lovers (or suitors) used to send detailed messages to each other. Here are the meanings of some of the flowers that you may wish to include in your bouquet. Carnation fascination, love Chrysanthemum, red I love Chrysanthemum, white truth Daffodil regard Daisy innocence Flowering almond hope Fern fascination, sincerity Forget-me-not remembrance Heliotrope devotion, faithfulness Honeysuckle generosity Hyacinth, white loveliness Ivy geranium bridal flower Ivy fidelity, marriage Iris flame, my compliments Japonica, white loveliness Jasmine amiability Lemon blossom fidelity in love Lilac, white youthful innocence Lily, white purity, modesty Attendants’ flowers

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Jul 16

Wedding flowers and colors

Flowers Flowers have played a part in countless weddings throughout the centuries, and a wedding wouldn’t really feel complete without them. In ancient Roman and Anglo-Saxon wedding ceremonies both the bride and the groom wore garlands, and in the Middle Ages children strewed flowers in the path of the bride as she emerged from the church – this is the origin of our tradition of the flower girl. In early rural weddings in this country the bridal wreath often consisted of ears of corn or wheat, signifying plenty and fertility, and in some traditions the bride still carries ears of grain in her bouquet.

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Jul 14

Wedding ideas – grooms clothes and choosing his outfit

Groom’s clothes Shown here are some options for the groom’s outfit; the men of the wedding party should wear clothes of the same style and degree of formality or informality. 1Lounge suit with waistcoat. 2Morning suit with wing collar, stock and top hat. 3Morning suit with ordinary collar and tie. 4Morning suit with darker jacket and gloves. 5Formal suit with dark jacket and striped waistcoat and trousers. Groom’s clothes – Choosing an outfit 6For a formal afternoon wedding followed by an evening reception, a dinner jacket with cummerbund, tartan trews, dress shirt and bow tie. 7White tie and tails – a short tail-jacket, stiff shirt, white bow tie and black top hat. 8Outfit for the traditional wedding of a Scot. 9Double-breasted suit. 10Morning suit with dark jacket, pale waistcoat, top hat and striped trousers. (more…)

Bridesmaids dresses - optional styles

Jul 12

Bridesmaids dresses – optional styles

Styles for bridesmaids’ dresses Bridesmaids’ dresses can come in almost any shape and color; the styles shown here are just some of the many options. 1 Formal plain satin dress with fitted bodice, puffed and gathered sleeves and gently gathered skirt. 2 Ruffled dress with sash and puffed sleeves. 3 Gingham dress with broderie anglaise apron and mob cap. 4 Ruffled and frilled dress that could be made up in a plain or printed fabric. 5 Striped dress with leg-of-mutton sleeves and square neckline. 6 White dress with sash and underskirt in a contrasting color. 7 Bride’s and bridesmaid’s dresses showing how the same basic style can be adapted. The bride’s dress has flowers along the neck ruffle and skirt, and a gathered overskirt that has been caught up with ribbons. The bridesmaid’s dress has a narrower neck frill and ruffle around the skirt. 8 Dresses for two bridesmaids of very different ages, made up in two shades of peach. Both dresses have gathered and ruffled sleeves and are trimmed with lace. 9 Matching bridesmaids’ dresses in white overlaid with spotted voile; these dresses would suit bridesmaids of any age from young girls to a matron of honor.

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Bridesmaids dresses - fabrics, accessories and checklist

Jul 10

Bridesmaids dresses – fabrics, accessories and checklist

Fabrics During the 50s and 60s satins were the rule for bridesmaids’ dresses, and were very suitable for the extremely simple princess styles and straight skirts of those eras. Since the advent of ‘flower power’ and subsequent fashion trends, dresses for both bride and bridesmaids have become much more feminine. As a result many more fabrics have been brought into use for bridesmaids’ dresses – prints, ginghams, cottons, slubbed silks, broderie anglaise, checks, etc. Choose a fabric that complements your wedding dress; for instance if you are all layers and layers of fine net and organdie, bridesmaids in tartan wouldn’t look very appropriate – or if you are in Edwardian style, bridesmaids in satin and net crinolines would look strange. Don’t just look in the ‘bridal’ departments of shops for fabrics and dresses; these tend to be very safe and predictable. Shop around in boutiques and the other departments, and you could come across just what you are looking for.

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Wedding ideas - tipps to the bride to look best

Jul 08

Wedding ideas – tipps to the bride to look better

Looking your best Needless to say, on your wedding day you will want to look your very best, with all your good points emphasised and your weaker points played down. Go over in your mind each aspect of your appearance – weight, complexion, hair, make-up, etc – and think it through in the light of how you want to look on your wedding day.

Face A good deal of attention will be focused on your face, as this is the focus of your general wellbeing and emotions – and also the cause of lots of beauty problems! However, with a little planning and preparation you will be able to be a radiant bride. Even if you don’t generally wear very much make-up, make an exception for your wedding day; with all the finery around you it is easy for your face to ‘disappear’ and be overshadowed. Plan to wear quite a lot of well-chosen and well-applied foundation, blusher, eye-shadow and lipstick, and (more…)

Wedding ideas - floral headdresses und other bride accessories

Jul 06

Wedding ideas – floral headdresses und other bride accessories

Floral headdresses Flowers are very attractive as headdresses for your wedding; they can be used in many different ways, from single blooms to entire garlands. The flowers may be real or imitation; if you want to use real flowers in your hair on the day check the details with the florist when you order your bouquet. 1White side comb holding trailing strands of tiny flowers. 2Circlet of white and colored flowers round a topknot. 3Exotic-looking wreath of large net flowers and leaves. 4Floral headdress holding a veil in place. 5Circlet of large and small silk roses and colored ribbons. 6Ivory rose and rose petals decorating a chignon. 7Wreath of white lilies. 8Circlet of colored flowers and ribbons. 9Half-circlet of white and colored roses and stephanotis. 10Circlet of tiny flowers with star shaped trim. 11Side spray of flowers and stems.

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Accessories It’s no good choosing your dress carefully unless you pay just as much attention to what goes with it! Your accessories should complement the mood and style of your dress and of the wedding in general – for instance it would be inappropriate to wear flat white sandals with a very formal dress with a train. Keep your dress in mind when choosing all your accessories – ideally try them on with it – and you can be sure that the complete effect will be harmonious. (more…)

Wedding ideas - headdresses of the bride

Jul 04

Wedding ideas – headdresses of the bride

Headdresses What am i going to wear on my head? This is perhaps the first question to ask once you have decided on your wedding dress. Of course you don’t need to wear anything, but it is the rare bride who doesn’t at least want to put a flower in her hair for the trip down the aisle. The veil is the most traditional bridal headdress; it is seen in various forms in different cultures, where it sometimes had the purpose of preventing the bride and groom from seeing each other, and sometimes was supposed to offer symbolic protection to the couple. At times the veil was a piece of fabric held over the head of the bride or of the couple as the ceremony took place; in some cultures the bride was draped to the ground in the veil. Veils disappeared from fashion in this country for several centuries and brides tended to wear flowers instead; the joint Victorian cults of the white wedding and the coy female led to the reinstatement of the veil as a means of hiding the bride’s supposed blushes! (more…)

Making your wedding dress special - checklist

Jul 02

Making your wedding dress special – checklist

Making your dress special Once you have decided on the basic shape you want your dress to have, there are all kinds of embellishments that can be used on bought and home-made dresses that make that particular garment special. Some of the finishing touches are shown here; there are endless combinations of effect and color. 1 Tiny colored flowers can be dotted over the dress or over the hemline and sleeves. 2 Larger flowers can be made out of fabric and appliqued to the dress. 3 Lace can be used for necklines and inset panels. 4 Ribbons can be used as sashes and to tie in bows on sleeves and flounces. 5 Ruffles of lace or fabric can be used to decorate sleeves, necklines, flounces or hemlines. 6 Small or large tucks can be made in the fabric of skirt, bodice or sleeve. 7 Embroidery can be used to decorate any part of the dress. 8 Net may be layered over the main fabric of the dress to give an ethereal look. (more…)

Wedding ideas - finishing touches of bride s dress

Jun 30

Wedding ideas – finishing touches of bride s dress

Making your dress special Once you have decided on the basic shape you want your dress to have, there are all kinds of embellishments that can be used on bought and home-made dresses that make that particular garment special. Some of the finishing touches are shown here; there are endless combinations of effect and color.

1Tiny colored flowers can be dotted over the dress or over the hemline and sleeves. 2Larger flowers can be made out of fabric and appliqued to the dress. 3Lace can be used for necklines and inset panels. (more…)