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Ways to Choose The Right Wedding Shoes

After the wedding dress and the ring, the cake and the flowers, one of the last things that any bride starts to think about is her wedding shoes. In all truth, shoes are certainly not the most important part of what you will be wearing that day, and most of the guests at your wedding may not even notice them, but if you aren’t wearing a pair that fit you and look great, you won’t feel good.

What Should You Look for in Wedding Shoes?

The first thing to remember is that your wedding day is not the day to bring out the “stripper shoes.” There is no need to look taller than you are on that day – after all, you’ve already got the guy! Also, keep in mind that your dress will usually cover your shoes, so making a statement isn’t really necessary.

Do They Have to Be Flat?

Wedding shoes do not have to be flat, though you will certainly find a wider selection of shoes specifically designed for weddings with one inch heels or smaller. Having comfortable shoes on during your wedding day is something that you might not think of as terribly important, but if you truly want to enjoy your day, it is a very wise decision to make. After all, with the exception of dinner, you will be on your feet for probably 12 hours straight!

What About Color?

Perhaps the best thing about wedding shoes is that you can find almost any style you want, in any size, as long as it’s white. But that doesn’t mean that you have to wear white shoes. Dying shoes for a wedding is a very common practice, and although you may never have had a pair of shoes dyed before, it is the best way to ensure that you are getting a comfortable pair of shoes in a color that really suits your outfit.

When you buy shoes that you plan on dying, make sure you try them on and wear them for a while (inside, of course). This will help you to be sure that they will feel good all day long. You won’t have time to “break in” your shoes, so they need to feel good from the first minute you put them on.

Once you are sure that you will be able to tolerate them all day, you can then have them dyed to almost any color under the sun. You can even bring in a swatch of fabric to a professional shoe dyer, who will be able to match it.

Do You Wear Them Just One Time?

Another great feature of wedding shoes is that you will obviously wear them on your wedding day, but then you can keep them the same color or dye them again for future use. This means that it is almost like having two pairs of shoes in one – a beautiful pair of shoes for your wedding day, and then a very comfortable pair of shoes in any color for later use.

 

Choosing Simple Wedding Reception Menus

At times, it is not easy to cut down the number of guests to be invited to your wedding reception. Perhaps it would not be wise if you limit the number of your family members, close friends, colleagues and neighbors to be invited to the party. So, without having to compromise on the guest’s list, why not plan for simple menus for the event. Here are some tips to save those extra bucks in your wallet!

Choose the Right Time
A reception held in the morning would comprise breakfast or tea. An afternoon reception would include lunch or cocktail hour. The earlier part of the day, that is, the morning and the afternoon are the ideal times when you can save a lot on the cost of the food items, and safely present a casual and low-key menu. Going for a brunch reception is also not a bad idea. Here, fruit, bread, muffins, mimosas, and other breakfast foods can give a well-finished look to the reception menu. Evening is one such time which does not have any specific course of food. It may include just about anything; appetizers, snacks, main meal, desserts and drinks. That’s why, receptions during evenings usually cost more. Particularly, the alcoholic drinks that are usually served during evenings, make the reception a costly affair. So, always plan for the perfect time which would help you with your budget crunch.

Just Desserts
Apart from deciding on the time for your wedding reception, you can also do some extra savings by limiting the amount of food to be served. Dessert reception is a popular choice for budget savvy couple. Instead of following the typical course of meal, try serving your guests with a variety of delicious tummy-filling desserts. You can include brownies, cookies, cheesecake, ice cream malts, and of course your wedding cake. This can be a great treat for those who have cravings for the ‘sweet stuff’.

Afternoon Tea
Invite your guests to an afternoon tea, and offer more than one variety of cheese, biscuits, bread, and grapes to choose from. You can also treat your guests with multiple varieties of finger sandwiches, several cold salads, scones, and fruit bowl and veggie tray. If you have a garden or a backyard lawn, then no other place could be a befitting reception venue for the afternoon tea.

Choose the Indian Way
Certain Indian meals are not only delicious but cost-effective as well. Speak to any local restaurant which offers Indian dishes. You can invite your guests for lunch and serve them with two kinds of non-veg dishes, one vegetable dish, rice, and naan bread. Trust me, you can never go wrong with Indian dishes.

Plan A Barbecue
If you and your spouse are planning your reception in the warmer months of the year, then nothing could fit the bill better than throwing a barbecue party for the guests. Barbecues in summer do well with both non-vegetarians and vegetarians. The price would cover the salads, bread, meat, and BBQ. And to give a fine finesse to the reception, be the chef for the day!

Strike off Alcohol
Although alcoholic beverages make up for an important part of any wedding reception, it is not a bad idea too to treat your guests with non-alcoholic drinks such as frozen mocha, Shirley Temple cocktail, lemon, lime and bitters, barley water, etc. And if your reception is during the warmer months, then you might not have to give a second thought about this idea. It is most likely that after enjoying such refreshing drinks, the last thing your guests would care about is holding a glass of alcohol beverage.

Hotel Reception
Planning a reception at a hotel is also a good idea. According to your budget, you can decide upon the kinds of meals to be catered to your guests. To start with, you can decide on appetizers comprising bean salad, asparagus, fruit and cheese platters, stuffed mushrooms and sea food. Remember to serve them on pretty trays. Now, the main course of the meal can include chicken dish, pasta, wild rice, glazed carrots, and steamed vegetables. You may not go with lamb or pork dish, as they are pretty expensive. You can exclude the usual hotel dessert from the menu, and replace it with your wedding cake. Your guests would love it! Also, if you should include drinks in the reception, then be sure to inquire if you can bring your own beverages. They would cost a lot lesser that the pricey ones of the hotel. Also, you can pass on the idea of hiring servers to attend the guests with appetizers. The appetizers are what that would interest your guests more than how they are presented

Unarguably, the most important aspect of any wedding reception comprises food and drink, which also undeniably, comes with a high price tag. For some couples, who are at the initial stage of their new married life, the reception menu may become an important concern for their budget. But such occasions needn’t be expensive. All you have to do is make some smart choices which would add to the delight of your guests, but without burning a hole in your pockets. Sure money is important, but it cannot outweigh the spirit and purpose of a wedding. Have a blast!

Affordable Wedding Shoes Online

Your wedding will be a ceremony which will appeal most to you along with your close relatives. However, you and your partner are, in all probability, the ones who will remember your event most vividly. To virtually all your guests, even the close family members, your special occasion will only become memorable for a brief while; beyond that, all they will remember might be just your vows. As such, you might wish to make your event nearly as memorable to all these guests. There are various factors which could make your wedding sparkle and become memorable. These range between wedding centrepieces to wedding bouquets and invitations. However, among the most underrated factors are wedding tiaras and wedding shoes.

Now, it is quite clear that women are the persons who are most likely to note the subtle touches which you will place in planning your wedding, like shoes and tiaras. Since women are also the ones who most likely plan the finer details of their weddings, they are, undoubtedly, the ones you should first seek to impress. If you succeed, they will remember your event for a considerable while, if only because of the tiara you wore or the invitation you sent them. Shoes and tiaras for your wedding should be purchased online. You can find them within your local store, certainly, but there are numerous benefits which you will gain from going online.

For instance, you will experience an immense diversity when you purchase them online. The online stores are numerous and, even in an individual store; there are plenty of accessories from which you may select. If you wish for something creative or unique, online is your most convenient destination. After all, you could wind up with a tiara which will attract oohs from your guests. A tiara is among the accessories which are immensely underrated since they are so small. Hence, if you find one which will garner some attention, even if the attention only stems from some of the women, it will be a massive success. You could find some of the most astounding and unique pairs from an online store. Hence, if you wish for diversity, online is your safest destination.

Online tiaras and shoes are also increasingly affordable, especially when compared to the tiaras and shoes which are sold in local stores. This is due to the massive competition that lies among online stores. The competition they face is typically on an entirely global scale, which means that a store based in Paris could be competing with another store based in Rio de Janeiro. With local stores, the only competitors are two or three other local stores, which might even offer similar accessories and attire. Furthermore, online stores utilize discounts along with coupons and gift cards. There are also sales for particular seasons on certain accessories. No matter your choice, purchasing online is the most cost-efficient solution for obtaining eye-catching yet affordable tiaras or shoes.

 

Ways to Make a Cascading Bouquet for Weddings

Did you know during the prehistoric times a bouquet was in the form of a garland? This garland was a combination of herbs and wild flowers. The ancient Romans believed a bouquet of strong-smelling flowers kept evil at bay. In England, during the Victorian period, lovers used these to send secret messages to their sweethearts. Today, they play a vital role in wedding ceremonies. A reception is not complete without floral arrangements and a bouquet is a part of the bridal suit. The florists make these in traditional and contemporary styles. Two models – round and cascading bouquets are currently in style. The wide selection such as heart-shaped, crescent-shape, teardrop, and round bouquets is a recent development.

Flowing flower arrangements are commonly known as the cascading bouquets. In this, the flowers are arranged in a cascading manner below the main design. They are the traditional bridal decorations that are very much in fashion even today.

Preparation Procedure
You can either use silk flowers or real flowers to prepare this floral arrangement. Follow the steps given below to make one of silk flowers and real flowers.

Materials required:

  • 12-15 flowers of medium size
  • 15-20 flowers of smaller size
  • 12-15 stems of leaves/greenery
  • Satin Ribbon
  • Bouquet holder
  • Floral stem wrap
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

Additional Materials For Real Flowers:

  1. Water
  2. Floral Foam
  3. Bowl

Directions:

  1. If you are using real flowers, start by cutting the floral foam to fit the holder. Both the holder and the floral foam should be soaked for sometime in a bowl of water. This step can be omitted if you are using silk flowers.
  2. Place the holder in a large vase. This helps to hold the bouquet in place while arranging it.
  3. Arrange the longest cascade stems on the table and tie them together using a floral stem wrap. The length of the cascade stems depends on the length of the bouquet.
  4. If the flowers are made of silk, use glue on the tip of the stem of each flower and stick it to the holder. If you are using real flowers, insert the stems into the floral foam.
  5. Space out the medium-sized flowers and fill in the design with a combination of small-sized flowers and the greenery.
  6. There should be a cluster of flowers at the top, i.e., above the holder. The flowers should be placed in such a manner that you avoid any uneven gaps.
  7. Once you have completed shaping the arrangement, wrap this using a ribbon. The ribbon helps to hide the stem tape and the uneven edges.
  8. You can make a bow with the ribbon at the base. This would give a pleasing look to the flowers.
  9. Always remember to buy a bunch of flowers treated with preservatives to make them last longer and refrigerate them till the wedding day.

Bouquets are an integral part of a wedding. Whether it is a church wedding or a seaside wedding, it is not complete without this. Cascading bouquets can be made using either real flowers or silk flowers. Silk ones are fast becoming popular because of the rising costs of real flowers.