Tips for Your Rehearsal Dinner

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Your rehearsal dinner is a great opportunity to bring your friends and family together for your special occasion. Integrating the friends and family of the bride and groom should be a fun experience where new friendships are readily able to blossom. Here are some tips to help you make the most out of your rehearsal dinner.

Sending out invitations for your rehearsal dinner is a great way to allow people to prepare for the event. The invitations shouldn’t be as formal as your wedding invitations, but should allow guests to know when and where the dinner is as well as what to expect as far as attire is concerned. Make sure you include directions to the location and state whether or not there will be transportation.

Pick a theme that incorporates both the bride and the groom’s personality. Having a theme may seem like a chore, but in actuality it will help you determine the food and the location easier than if you don’t have a theme. If you want to really impress your guests, have a backyard picnic or a buffet on a boat. These unique ideas will be unlike any rehearsal dinner your guests have attended in the past.

Everyone who is involved in your wedding should be invited to your rehearsal dinner. Dates of adults and grandparents of both parties should also be invited. Make sure you are thorough in your invitations as not to risk leaving anyone out and possible hurting their feelings.

Don’t be afraid to go the traditional route and have a formal sit down dinner. You can rarely go wrong with tradition and it’s a nice way to make your guests comfortable as they have probably been through a similar experience. Most restaurants have private rooms that are available for you to rent for your rehearsal dinner.

Have an informal meet and greet before the dinner so that people can get to know one another ahead of time. Try and seat like-minded individuals near one another so that they will have things to talk about over dinner. One of the most exciting parts of a wedding is the opportunity to forge new friendships.

Also, it’s important not to serve the same food as you’ll be having at your wedding. Make sure that you have a variety to offer your guests. For instance, if you are serving American food at your wedding, try for Italian or French food at the rehearsal dinner. Creating an unforgettable environment for your guests will give them something to look back on fondly for the rest of their lives. Creating great memories if one of the best parts of having a wedding and a rehearsal dinner.

Summer Wedding Advice

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Summer is probably the most romantic time that you can have a wedding, but there are also a lot of headaches that can come with planning your big day in the scorching heat. Summertime pitfalls can be easily avoided by following a few simple tips to make your big day as lovely as you imagined. The summer is packed with holidays, so start by making sure that you do not book your wedding on the same weekend as Memorial Day or the Fourth of July.

A lot of the time, people have already pre-planned vacations on these weekends and you’ll want to make sure you do not cut into the time they’ve set aside to spend with their families. Also, booking weddings on these weekends will probably end up costing you a pretty penny. Send out your save-the-dates as soon as possible so that your guests can plan ahead. The summer is when everyone travels and goes on vacation so you want to make sure that everyone has enough time to book the necessary flights and make arrangements around any prior commitments they may have.

Help your guests make the most out of your wedding by turning it into a vacation for them. Hand out lists of things to do in your area as well as maps and directions to local hot spots. Visiting a new city is exciting and your wedding may be the perfect opportunity for people to get to know a new place. If you know certain guests have certain interests, make special lists for those attendees that you know they will enjoy. This extra touch will make your guests feel welcome and ensure that your wedding is an unforgettable experience.

Keep it Local

Whether you are hiring entertainment or catering, supporting local businesses is a great way to save money and give back to the local economy. Having your rehearsal dinner at a local restaurant will help give back to your community as well as give your guests a taste of what your city has to offer. The summertime is when fresh, local vegetables are at their peak so you really have an opportunity to show off your cities local harvest and cooking skills.

Have a Back Up Plan

Having an outdoor wedding can turn into a beautiful celebration but in some parts of the country the weather can be extremely unpredictable. Always ensure the beauty and comfort of your event by having a solid back up plan in case the weather decides to take a turn for the worse. Also make an effort to avoid having your wedding during the hottest hours of the day (between 10am and 3pm) in order to keep everyone as comfortable as possible.

Chose Your Dress Wisely

Make sure that you choose a dress that is beautiful and practical at the same time. A great summer wedding dress should look wonderful while allowing you to breathe at the same time. Pick a light weight material so you can be comfortable throughout the day.

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Tips for Your Destination Wedding

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Planning a destination wedding can be an adventure for you and your groom to embark upon together. The planning is usually very detailed, and by following a few simple tips you will be able to ensure that the experience is less stressful and more fun. Between choosing the right destination, finding accommodations and familiarizing yourself with a foreign country it may seem like you have a lot of your plate, but do not despair. Use these tips to help you simplify the process.

Choosing the right location can mean the difference between spending over budget and saving money compared to having a wedding in the United States. For instance, if you chose a destination such as the Bahamas and you live in New York City, chances are that even with airfare your wedding will be less expensive than if you’d had it in the States. By the same token, don’t forget to factor in all of the extra expenses in order to stay within your budget. Food, airfare, hotels, and other expenses need to be taken into account in order to ensure that you don’t over spend during your destination wedding.

Be careful when choosing which vendors to work with. There are a number of online resources that can help you determine which vendors are credible and which vendors you should avoid. In order to help you figure out whom to trust, it’s important that you do some research. The worst thing that could happen to you is to entrust someone with your money only to find out that they can’t deliver on their promises. Finding people to work with in a foreign country always requires a little extra care. Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends and family for help as well as consult with local travel agents and other professionals with expertise abroad.

Always inform your loved ones where your wedding is going to be before you invite them to be a part of essential planning. It’s important to give everyone a chance to determine whether or not they will be able to make it. Not everyone is going to be able to afford airfare; hotel and other expense so don’t expect your entire guest list to attend. In fact, it’s safe to assume that a number of people will not be able to come.

Check the local whether predictions ahead of time and make sure you don’t go to a remote island during hurricane season. The weather is always going to unpredictable, but with a little research you can reduce the odds of having your wedding during a full blown monsoon. Don’t assume that just because you are having your wedding in a tropical paradise, that the weather is always perfect. Also make sure to set aside plenty of time to pick out bridesmaid and wedding dresses.

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Wedding Day Makeup

When planning your wedding day most brides think about their wedding dress first, then maybe what accessories they will wear, and then what bridesmaid dresses their party will wear.  However during wedding planning it is also important to think about what you would like your wedding day makeup to look like!  Here are a few wedding makeup trends to help you draw inspiration from.  

‘The Color Smoky Eye’

 A smoky eye no longer means shades of grey, black with a silver highlight!

For a more modern look use shades of purple, green and blue to create a ‘bridal appropriate’ smoky eye. This is a more unconventional look that could be daring for a lot of brides but done in a subtle matter with the correct shades will make your eyes pop!

‘The Bold Lip’

Sometimes Women make the mistake of playing up more than one feature at a time. You do not want to look like you’ve decided to put on all the makeup you own at once! Chose you best feature that you want to accentuate and work on that.
A bold red or pink lip is a romantic choice that is a simple way of tying your look together if you don’t want to pile on the makeup.

‘The Golden Eye’

This is a new trend that has shown up on the 2013 Runway’s, a goddess golden eye! Sweep a shade of deep gold with a copper brown in the crease to highlight your eyes and achieve a sexy, dewy complexion. This is perfect for darker skin tones!

Airbrush Makeup!

To get your foundation to last all day consider using airbrush foundation! This gives a flawless finish that will cover all imperfections and discoloration. If you don’t feel the need to purchase your own airbrush foundation, go to your local makeup counter and get it professionally applied!

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Get the Look: Taylor Swift

Are you inspired by Taylor’s dress from the CMT Artists of the Year event?

Try Liz Fields bridesmaid’s dress style#225!  This short, strapless chiffon/charmeuse dress is the perfect style for any special occasion, and is the perfect way to wear Taylor’s signature color Red.  Plus the embellishment on the neckline and the shirred fly-away panel on the skirt give an ultra-feminine touch.

Liz Fields wedding dress style#9204 is the perfect dress to achieve Taylor Swift’s goddess look from the 45th Annual CMA Awards! The modified sweetheart neckline and asymmetrical raw edged layer creates a soft feeling that ties together the entire look. The vintage embellished waistband adds that extra sparkle that every women wishes to achieve on their special day.

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A Wedding Dress That Will Flatter Your Body Shape!

When choosing a wedding dress you want to make sure it is the correct silhouette for your body shape that will look flattering in person and in pictures!

Pear Shaped:

Chose an A-Line wedding dress that gradually flares out from the waist downward to make your mid section appear narrow. You want to make the focus your upper half by wearing a one shoulder, strapless, v-neck or scoop neckline.

We recommend:

Liz Fields Style #9233
This strapless ball gown style dress with a full skirt is the perfect dress to accentuate your tiny waist!  The  jewel encrusted waistband brings even more attention to your top half and minimizes your waist.

Busty:

Many women believe if you have a larger bust you are unable to wear any type of strapless style, this is untrue! It is all about choosing the right type of strapless neckline for your bust. Look for a style with a scoop neckline or just any type of slight dip along the neckline. This will still showcase your cleavage but in a classy, appropriate way. Avoid a straight across neckline or any type of fabric with a sheen to it such as organza or silk which will actually make your bust appear even larger.

We recommend:

Liz Fields Style #8369
This sweetheart neckline made out of crisp Taffeta is the perfect fabric and neckline that will flatter a larger bust.

 

Tall:

For taller women look for a simple silhouette that will emphasize your natural shape. A good way of doing this is having a lower waistline and a floor sweeping hem!

We recommend:

Liz Fields Style #9229
This mermaid style wedding dress is great for taller women with long torso’s. The silhouette is still simple but the jewel embellishment adds a little interest to make the bride feel extra special.

 

Petite:

Smaller body frames want to look for a modified A-line wedding dress that lays above your natural waistline that will make you appear longer. There is no specific type of fabric to look for you can either chose a simple material or one with sheen however you want to keep the attention towards your top half. Avoid any big details such as an over-sized bow which will make you look disproportionate.

We recommend:

Liz Fields Style #9232

This empire waist gown with a silver embellished detail at the bust is the perfect waistline to make you appear long and lean! The chiffon cascade detail in the front is the right amount of detail to add height without being overwhelming.

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A Wedding Day Hairstyle for Every Hair Type

When choosing a hairstyle for your wedding day there are different factors to take into consideration such as your hair type and what it will look like at the end of the night, and if it will compliment the style of wedding dress you have chosen.

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SHORT HAIR

It is hard for a bride with a short style to make your hair look different from your everyday, ordinary do.  Here are some suggestions to add a touch of glamour.

* Curl

If your hair has a little length, but is still not long enough to do an up-do,
try doing loose, wavy curls.  This will add softness, and make you feel like
your look is put together and complete.


* Embellish

If you have naturally straight hair that is resistant to curling or is just
too short, put on a detailed headband or elegant hair pin. This is your
chance to accessorize your wedding dress in a different way than just
wearing extravagant jewelry or shoes.

MEDIUM LENGTH HAIR

This is the easiest hair length for special occasions because it is not too long and heavy for up do’s but is still enough to create a style.

* Braid

Braiding can give your hair texture and dimension. You can either use
them to create an edgier look or a simple ‘goddess’ effect. This would be
good for a younger bride with darker hair who is having a non-formal
ceremony and reception

* Chignon

A low textured chignon (a fancy name for a bun!) that is set off to the
side is a romantic style that looks good on all hair colors and face shapes.
The key to this style is for it to look natural and unpolished. You want to
curl your hair beforehand and have loose curls flowing freely. This works
best for people that have angles towards the front of their hair or longer
bangs.

LONG HAIR

With this hair length you have the most options to choose from when it comes to hair styles. It’s your chance to be creative and different!

* High Ponytail

A pulled back ponytail is a way to focus on your top half and is good if
you are wearing statement jewelry. To make it fancy add a little volume
at the crown of your head but be careful not to tease too much! Look at
your ponytail from different angles in order to find the right height.
Then you can chose to either curl the remainder of your hair or leave
it straight.

* Half-up

This timeless style will always look good on all long hair! Create loose,
tousled waves with a little volume at the crown. Then pull back the top
half of your hair, leaving a few front pieces to frame your face. To make
it more complete, twist the two sides towards each other and add a
sparkly accessory to cover the pins!

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Picking the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress

There is nothing worse than being the bridesmaid who puts on an act of loving to wear that dreadful, tacky bridesmaids dress that the bride swore would be the most flattering dress because it obviously would look good on every body type.

Here are some tips for the bride to make sure their bridesmaids are the perfect complement on their big day:

Consider your environment

Much like your wedding dress, you want to make sure the bridesmaids’ dresses are cohesive with your theme and venue. When going for an outdoor wedding, choose something casual that still looks put together without taking away from the scenery.

Let the spotlight be on you

Don’t be afraid to act like a little bit of a diva! Today is your day and even though you want your wedding party to feel comfortable, stay away from dresses with a lot of embellishments or details.

Cover up!

Any cleavage should be put away and left to the imagination.  Every bridesmaid will have a different body type, it is important to consider these factors especially when choosing a strapless or low V-neck line. This is up to each individual bride, but major tattoos or piercings can go along with taking away from the bride’s attention. If the dress does not cover any tattoos that you wish to not be shown in your photos there are always options such as airbrush makeup, which is a temporary concealer that can be removed with soap and water.

Try Letting Your Bridesmaids Wear Different Style Dresses

This has become more of a trend lately where the bride allows the bridesmaids to pick out their own dresses that can either be different styles, lengths, or colors. This would be most appropriate for a more casual wedding or if you’re on a budget!

Still not comfortable going that casual? Stick to the same color scheme but with different necklines and lengths.

 

Top Styles From the 84th Annual Academy Awards

As a designer of wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, and now prom dresses, there isn’t a lot of TV more fun than watching the stars get all dressed up and walk down the red carpet.    It’s a time, not only for Hollywood’s more elite to show off their personalities through fashion, but for the other designers to try out next seasons styles on the viewers.

Here were my Top 5 favorite styles from the 84th Annual Academy Awards

1.  Angelina Jolie… She always looks amazing!

2.  Gwyneth Paltrow looks stunning. Very chic!

3.  Mila Jovovich looks beautiful. So elegant!

4.  Glenn Close looks stunning!

5.  Stacy Kiebler’s dress was a major fashion highlight of the show!

Notable Mentions

Michelle Williams

Ellie Kemper

Octavia Spencer

Emma Stone

Viola Davis

What did you think? Who were your top picks for best dressed?

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Prom Traditions Around the World

So far, we have had a very busy start to 2012!  Not only did we launch our new Liz Fields prom line for Spring 2012, but we also greatly expanded our presence in Canada to over 50 locations!

Of course, with any new location comes new customs and traditions.  For example, we never knew that In Canada, while most schools do have a prom, it is only held only for the graduating class.  Because of this the terms “grad formal” and “grad dress” are used more often than our prom and prom dress.  There is no prom held for Grade 11 in Canada, It is strictly a ceremony celebrating the graduation from high school, so don’t expect to be asked you your junior prom if you move to Canada!  We also learned that the shopping for grad dresses begins much earlier in Canada than in the US, starting in early January, something to think about ladies!  No matter where you live, it’s never too early to start trying on prom dresses!

Of course, learning all of this has perked our interest, what do other countries do for prom?  So, we did some research, here are a few of our favorites:

South Africa – Their version of the American prom is the “Matric Dance.”  The Matric happens during the matriculation year of high school, hence the name.  The Matric dance takes place shortly before the spring break, and before their final Matriculation Examinations begin.

Russia – Their prom is called “Vipusknoy vecher,” which literally means “evening of graduation.”  This takes place at the end of June after all of their Sate exams have finished.  The opposite of when they have their celebration in South Africa.

Belgium – Instead of prom the senior class celebrates their last 100 days of high school with a special day called “Chrysostomos” or “100-dagen feest” (100-days party).  The tradition for the 100-day celebration is that on this day, seniors are allowed to pull pranks on their teachers and fellow students.  In the evening, students head to a rented club to party.

Norway – They call their celebration “Nyttårsballet” which means “The New Year’s Ball.”  It is normally held during the winter months.

Peru – In Peru, their Prom is called “Fiesta de Promocion.”  Now get this, they are normally held at hotels where students might choose to stay the night!  While some parents and teachers are often invited, but they don’t normally stay the whole night.  Not only is dinner served at the party, but breakfast is often served the next day!

(source: Wikipedia)

 

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Now it’s your turn!  We would love to know; where are you from, and did you have a prom?  If so, when was it, and what was it called?