Elizabeth Taylor’s First Wedding Dress to be Sold at Major Auction

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When Elizabeth Taylor was 18 years old she wed Conrad Hilton Jr. in 1950 and the dress she wore is going up for auction at Christies in London on June 26. The gown was designed by MGM by designer Helen Rose and is made of 25 yards of satin with a 15 foot train. The dress is expected to go for roughly $75,000 and will draw an international crowd of bidders.

Dresses that were made in the 1950’s have a nostalgic, vintage feel that many skilled designers are able to replicate if you don’t have 75k laying around to purchase Elizabeth Taylor’s first wedding dress. Vintage dresses are great for brides who are having a vintage inspired wedding or for brides who want to have a more conservative look. Dresses that were made in the 50’s are known for being very modest and conservative and this can bring an element of style to many traditional types of weddings or conservative ceremonies.

If you are trying to decide which type of wedding dress is best for your big day, start by using the Internet for inspiration. Browse through different eras of wedding dresses and pick a time period that you feel moved by and go from there. Each era had a different style, cut and overall look and you can even get creative and pull different components from each era that you like the most. Finding inspiration from different eras is a great way to start your wedding dress search if you are at a loss as far as where to start when deciding on a wedding dress.

Finding the perfect custom wedding dress is a wonderful experience that you can enlist your friends to help you with. That being said, find inspiration from your friends who were already married. Ask to look at their wedding dresses and even ask them what their favorite and least favorite aspects of the design and overall fit were. Learning from your friends experiences is a great way to ensure that you make the best decisions when it comes to picking out your own wedding dress.

If you are still unsure about where to start or if you are truly having trouble finding a wedding dress style that you fall in love with, you may want to enlist a custom wedding dress designer who can consult with you to help you find the perfect dress. Once you’ve decided on a wedding dress, you will be able to build the entire theme and motif of the wedding-from the invitations to the bridesmaid dresses-around the style of your dress. Finding a wedding dress is a great way to take advantage of your close friendships and is an opportunity to create long lasting memories that you’ll have for the rest of your life.

Dock Collapses at Wedding, Leaving Bridal Party Soaked

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Over the weekend, a wedding in Gainsville, Georgia ended up being one of the most memorable experiences ever, even if for the wrong reasons. A wedding party of 27 people were on the dock at the scenic wedding location when it broke, sending the entire bridal party plunging into the lake below them. One of the bridesmaids suffered from a fractured bone, but other than that nobody was hurts. Onlookers said that you could hear playful screams and shouts and that overall the experience was humorous and livened up the proceedings.   Everyone was said to have dried off, and the wedding and reception went on as planned.

Weddings are a great place to create long lasting memories, and it’s important to remember that if something like this happens to you, not to panic. Panic at a wedding is one of the worst types of emotions to feel due to the fact that A. there’s probably not a whole lot that you can do to change your circumstances and B. you will remember whatever is happening for the rest of your life. There is always more than one way to handle a situation. Over the weekend, this bride had a number of different choices and she chose to not make the worst of an already less-than-ideal situation. Instead of making a big deal, or worse, turning into a “brideszilla”, this bride took the high road and made everyone feel like they were okay, because she was okay.

Making people feel comfortable at your wedding is a huge part to having an successful event. People are sensitive, and can easily pick up on others emotions. If a bride or groom is unhappy on their big day, chances are their “vibes” will wear off on the rest of the party, making everyone noticeably uncomfortable. The more calm, cool and collected you act at your wedding, the more enjoyable it will be for everyone in attendance. The fact of the matter is that when a situation like this one arises, you are presented with a choice. It’s much easier to panic than to take a moment, breathe and make the best of the situation. It helps to prepare yourself mentally for snafus before they happen. Going into your wedding with a mindset of preparedness and confidence that you can handle anything that life throws you will help you to remain strong and more important to remain grateful despite what shortcomings you may experience.

Had this bride freaked out when her entire wedding party fell into the lake, wedding and bridesmaid dresses in tact, she wouldn’t have had the perspective that this was the “best day of her life” and that the experience made her wedding beyond memorable. We can all take a page from this brides book when it comes to making the most out of accidents and moving forward with the plans we have to share with our loved ones on the big day!

Bridesmaid Dresses that Will Hurt Your Eyes

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Yes, this is an extreme example, and no, it doesn’t have to happen to you. That being said, it’s never a bad idea to give yourself a little taste of what could happen if you let your wildest dreams actually become a reality.

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One of the most difficult decisions that comes into play when planning a wedding is that of finding the perfect bridesmaid dress. Bridesmaids come in all shapes and sizes, and this can either be ideal or a disaster waiting to happen for both the bride and her maidens. Taking a look at a bridesmaid’s nightmares, finding a dress is the number one worry for any of the women who agree to be in a wedding. The risk that is taken when committing to be a bridesmaid is a pretty big one. For one reason or another brides tend to choose dresses that have over-sized shoulders, making their brides look like they just jumped out of a plane and used their dress as a parachute in order to land perfectly at the scene.

In other cases you find the bride who wants all her bridesmaids to match her style and thus chooses dresses that are just as large in the skirt as her own but with loud vibrant colors that are to match the rest of the colors of the wedding. Finding dresses that are this large and vibrant take away from the bride herself and result in a wedding spectacle. There are many ways to turn a traditional wedding into a flaming hot mess, and without proper guidance a bride can be convinced by herself that she is making the right decisions for her bridesmaids. In order to avoid having all eyes on a wedding disaster, brides should take many things into consideration before saying yes to any dress.

A great way of knowing that you are making the right decision for your bridesmaids is by allowing your bridesmaids opinions to be heard. Plan a few days where each day has a different goal in order to reach one optimum goal. In weddings, brides and their bridesmaids can become extremely stressed, turning that once lovable woman into what is known as a bridezilla. By having different days planned with distinct tasks to achieve one goal it will help relieve the stress of going to a boutique and having to pick a dress that day. A helpful idea would be to plan a day where the bride and her bridesmaids take a look at dresses online and in wedding books, a great website to start would be Liz Fields. Separating the search for a dress into days will not only help with the anxiety of being at a store for hours and making a rushed decision, but it will also allow for the bridesmaids to voice their opinion.

Bridesmaids like to know that their feelings and opinions are being heard and taken into consideration by the bride, they understand that it is the brides day, but no one wants to invest time and money into something they don’t agree on. Brides should always remember that although the final decision on a custom bridesmaid dress is usually up to them, it is a dress that they will not be purchasing for her friends, therefore planning days to help come to one understanding and agreement will help so much more in the long run. This in fact will turn a disaster waiting to happen into a smooth and fun ride for all. Leaving the wedding party feeling and looking fabulous.

The Worst Wedding Photo You Will Ever See

It just so happens there are a lot of them, but here’s one that caught our eye.

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Nothing says “I love you” like portraying that you’re broke in wedding pictures that will most likely be immortalized.

Weddings have a way to bring out the best and the worst in people. Many times you will find yourself having conversations with friends and family that you never imagined possible. It seems like everyone becomes a wedding expert the moment you are engaged, filling your ears with advice. At times the advice you receive is very useful and turns your wedding better than you had originally imagined, but what happens when the advice all sounds like nonsense? You must know when to agree and disagree, letting your loved ones down easily or even pretending to take their advice into consideration for the duration of the conversation.

Many times mothers and in-laws think they know the best way to go about planning your wedding. Mothers become the decision maker for many things, even the dress. This isn’t necessarily the best way to plan your wedding, remember they have already had their own wedding and now it is your turn to plan and decide. Brides must be very careful when planning their weddings, and oftentimes mothers, sisters, cousins, in-laws, and even wedding planners become overly wise and think they know whats best for you. This can become a very big issue and leave the bride and groom unsatisfied and resentful about their wedding.

Remaining assertive about your wants and needs when it comes to your wedding is extremely important. Not to be confused with turning into a bridezilla that in turn no one wants to help or be around. It is always good to hear other peoples thoughts and opinions about a situation, and getting a second opinion has always been popular advice given to people for just about anything. However, it is your wedding and you have every right to make the decisions that are best for yourself and your partner. Reminding everyone that although everything they do and say is greatly appreciated by you and your partner, that you have the final say in the decision making will help alleviate any tensions between those advice givers.

 Planning a wedding isn’t easy, and it can become very stressful and at times it may feel that you don’t even want a wedding anymore. Those are the moments where you should take a step back, take a deep breath and zone everyone out. No matter what you do or say chances are that you will have at least one person nagging about everything and telling you the correct way to do things. Just remember to be patient and respectfully assertive, the more you keep to yourself and hold your ground the easier your wedding plans and choosing a custom wedding dress will become. A wedding is a team effort, remember to always include your partner in the decision making, you will find at times that by doing so the decisions have now become less stressful than before. Always remember, this is your wedding not theirs.

Insane Bridezilla Letter Goes Viral on Web

Below is an except from a letter written by a soon-to-be bride to her bridesmaids regarding her expectations of them during the wedding festivities. Needless to say, this is one of the milder sections of the letter, which is still blatantly demanding and pretty, well, terrifying…

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Don’t let this happen to you!

When it comes to planning a wedding, a bride will  oftentimes be so involved in every detail and decision made that she slowly becomes stressed out about everything and eventually finds her friends and family calling her a “Bridezilla.” Here are some useful tips for a bride to avoid becoming a bridezilla. Weddings take much time, effort, and patience to plan, as well as having someone to always be a positive influence in the brides life is dire. A bride should allow herself enough time to get everything done. When a couple is choosing a wedding date, although you are extremely excited and just want to get it over and done with, pick a date that isn’t approaching too quickly. By choosing a date that is far into the future (not too far of course), the guests can have enough time to ensure they can request off from work and fly in if they need to, at an affordable price.

A couple must always remember that although this is their wedding, there are some aspects that they should be considerate about. Giving your guests and yourselves enough time to have everything settled is very important. Once you have set a date you can now begin to find a venue that is cost effective and available on your date. Having enough time from the day you begin to plan your wedding and by your wedding date should allow the bride and groom to plan their wedding with the minimum amount of stress. It will allow for days to be planned individually and accordingly to different aspects of the wedding.

While the wedding plans are constantly on a brides mind, more so than the grooms, the bride should always remember to take a break from wedding planning and spend time with her fiancé. This time should be spent reminding yourselves why it is that you love each other and plan to marry in the first place. Many couples lose themselves during the time of a wedding being planned, fights arise and tension quickly takes over. A great way to avoid or control these moments from happening are by planning days for each of you. There should be times where the groom is without the bride and thinking of wedding plans, the same for the bride. They should both enjoy time with their own friends and families, watching the game or having a spa day.

Couple spa days once a month or as much as possible can be a great way for couples to relax together and relieve the stress that has been added from all the wedding plans and finding a custom bridesmaid dress. If the couple is on a budget and prefers to save every cent they have for the wedding, they can have their own spa day at home. Cooking a nice dinner together, turning on light music and lighting the candles around the house and bedroom will automatically put you both in a nice and relaxed mood. Enjoying each others company and even taking turns massaging each other is an effective way to keep the closeness and forget about the stress that has been added to your relationship from planning. Don’t forget to always be grateful for each other, and your families, a wedding can be extremely stressful to plan, but staying focused on whats most important is key.

Helpful Wedding Planning Advice for a Stress Free Day

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The thought of planning any event can be daunting, but planning possibly the biggest event of your life is downright terrifying. If you aren’t an experienced wedding planner, planning your own wedding can seem like an impossible task, but here are some tips to help keep you from becoming a bridezilla on your big day.

You’ll want to begin by getting yourself organized. A good way to do this is by starting  a binder. This binder will contain cutouts of clothing, decorations and food from various sources (i.e. bridal magazines and internet websites.) This binder will give you and anyone else assisting you in the preparations an idea of what you’re looking for. You also want to use this binder to keep any information you’ve found on florists, photographers, entertainers and caterers. Another way to stay organized is by starting a wedding website. This will help you stay organized and keep those in your wedding party informed.

You’ll want to have all of your vendors and venues set up at least 8 months prior to your wedding. When hiring entertainment for your wedding, book a few entertainers to see which one performs best in front of a crowd.

Next, you’ll want to set up a budget. You need to figure out how much you plan on spending based on how much money you’re putting in and how much your family may have contributed. After this, you’ll need to make a budget for the individual components of the wedding: clothing, food, invites, gifts, entertainment, etc.  You’ll also want to set some extra money aside in the event that an extra person shows up or the band you hired is expecting to be fed.

It’s also important to choose your wedding party. As soon as you’ve announced your engagement, your friends and family are going to want to know who has been chosen.

The bridesmaids and groomsmen should be notified immediately upon your decision, as they’ll also be needing to purchase custom bridesmaid dresses and tuxedos to accommodate the bride.

There are a few steps you can take if you’re looking to cut costs while planning your wedding. One way to cut costs is to reduce the number of guests attending your wedding. This means you’ll be spending less money on invites, food and wedding party gifts. If you’re not hell-bent on planning the wedding by yourself, you could hire a planner, who may have connections with other vendors.

When planning your wedding, you want to reserve the date and location in advance; This saves you the irritation of finding out that the nice hotel or banquet hall you had planned on using had other arrangements the day of your wedding.

If you’ve booked a separate place for the ceremony and the reception, you’ll need to factor in travel time between the two places. It’s important to reserve a block of hotel rooms and make accommodations for parking near the venue(s) for out-of-town guests.

 

The Perks of Having an Outdoor Wedding

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Deciding on the style of wedding venue that is best for you and your needs can be difficult at times. There are so many styles that can be incorporated into a wedding that it can become overwhelming. One main dispute on style is whether to have an outdoor ceremony over a traditional wedding scene. The original idea of a wedding being in a church setting has always been the traditional dream. Yet in today’s world we are see a new trend that has started to lean couple toward having an outdoor wedding.

“There are many perks to having an outdoor wedding over a traditional setting that allows this new trend to become a superior choice in certain situations.”

Overtaking Traditional

Over time this new wedding trend has gain popularity as the idea of being surround my nature seems to add a great deal of success to a wedding’s ambiance. Now on the perfect day an outdoor wedding will makes it like no other. If you think about it if you are have a traditional wedding setting than that is what you will get, a “traditional” wedding that is just like the thousands before.

Remaining Unique

In an effort to remain unique, an outdoor wedding venture will be like no other as it is impossible to replicate the exact same day from wedding to wedding. Nature is natural and it plays by its own impulsive rules making it the ideal choice for planning the most unforgettable wedding. Yet with careful considerations when choosing your wedding ceremony venture you will fully be able to understand the perks of having an outdoor wedding. You will also want to consider the wedding dress that you decide on because outdoor weddings require you to wear a lighter material than indoor weddings.

The main advantages to having an outdoor wedding over a traditional wedding ceremony are as followed:

  • Natural scenery provides the ideal ambiance for your special day. As the idea of nature is that is unaltered with no boundaries just as the love between couples that have decided to commit their love to one another.
  • Cost of a traditional wedding ceremony can pose a problem as there are separate payments between the church chapel and wedding reception venues. This is not the case with an outdoor wedding you will be able to find a wedding venue that will offer an area that is used for both the wedding ceremony and the reception. The combined cost helps out significantly when budgeting a wedding is a top priority.
  • Less restrictions as traditional church weddings may not agree with certain themes that alter the usually conservative ideas for church weddings. With an outdoor wedding your only limit is your imagination

Modernizing Your Wedding by Abandoning Old Traditions

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Planning your wedding is an intricate endeavor and when it comes to certain wedding traditions it’s important to understand that how having a fresh perspective on old traditions can help you revitalize your wedding. Although most people find it refreshing to engage in old traditions, many people like to put a fresh spin on certain things like cutting the cake and throwing the bouquet in order to surprise guests and leave everyone with a memorable and unique experience.

Cake cutting doesn’t have to be as traditional as most people make it. As a matter of fact, many couples are opting to do different types of desserts altogether which make it to that there isn’t any need for even a knife! Having a different type of dessert at your wedding gives you the opportunity to make a speech or even give your significant other a kiss instead of placing each other’s hands together in order to cut the cake. Some people opt to use a different dessert as an expression of their love and feed one another the dessert rather than ceremoniously cut the cake together.

Let’s face it, throwing rice can be messy and the traditional itself is extremely outdated. In order to prevent this from happening at your wedding, try looking into different options such as flower petals or candy. Candy can be fun if your wedding involves children and flower petals are great for a romantic, smaller wedding setting. Another option to utilize in lou of rice throwing is biodegradable confetti. Biodegradable confetti is eco-friendly and will reduce the amount of time that you spend cleaning without having to worry about harming the environment.

Wearing a wedding veil is another tradition that many women are starting to stray away from. Many brides are opting to wear tiaras instead of veils because of their light weight feel and their modern look. Veils can often be cumbersome and in some cases, and modern brides are deciding more and more not to wear them.

Another outdated tradition is the giving away of the bride by the father. In more progressive relationships, it isn’t couth for the father to give away the bride anymore. If you are planning a wedding and want to do something that strays from tradition, you may want to walk yourself down the aisle instead of pick a less traditional family member to walk you down the aisle.

Decorating your car is yet another tradition that people are straying away from. Rather than decorate your car for your wedding, change it up and decorate the valet instead. This will be an added surprise for your guests and leave them with a unique experience that they’re sure not to forget.

4 Things to Know Before You Buy a Wedding Ring

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Wedding ring shopping can be stressful because there are so many different things to keep in mind and you don’t want your loved one to be disappointed. Many people are hesitant when it comes to finding the right wedding ring because they want to make their significant other happy, and can’t always get the input that they need in order to make the right decision. This is why it’s important to follow some simple advice when it comes to finding the perfect wedding ring for your future partner.

Compare Settings

Having only seen one setting, you will not be able to make as good of a decision as if you compare many different settings in order to see which one compliments the diamond in the best way. You should be able to look at as many different setting as you’d like, and doing so will give you a better idea of what looks good with the diamond that you picked out. Different settings may make the diamond look bigger, or smaller than it actually is. Take your time when you are comparing settings in order to make the best possible decision.

Get Certification

The worst thing that you could do is to buy a fake gem. Every diamond should come with a gem report and a certification from the gemologist to ensure the quality of the stone. If you are unable to obtain this report, than it’s important that you pass on buying that particular stone. Your wedding ring should be looked at as an investment and like any other expensive purchase you need to have proof of its quality in order to ensure that you are making the right purchase.

Get Insurance

Not getting your ring insured is one of the biggest mistakes a person can make when it comes to buying a wedding ring. Insurance guarantees that you will be protected should anything happen to the ring and it’s never too late to insure your ring if you haven’t already. Insurance usually only costs about 2.7% of the cost of the ring and it are always a good idea to have insurance for your wedding ring. The worst thing that could happen would be if you were to lose your ring or have it stolen and not be able to replace it because you did not insure it.

Trade Up

Many retailers will let you apply the value of the ring to a larger one in the future. For a special anniversary or birthday, many people decide to buy their loved ones a grander ring. This is something that you should keep in mind when it comes to choosing who to buy your ring from.

When to Hire a Wedding Planner

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When planning a wedding there are many things to think about. On your wedding day you want to be relaxed and able to enjoy your special day. Oftentimes, the bride wants to take on all the responsibility and make every single decision regarding even the smallest details. This causes a ton of anxiety and even causes some brides to turn into bridezillas! Having a wedding planner could be one of the greatest wedding gifts you could give yourself. A wedding planner is there for you to use at your convenience. Not only can the wedding planner use your ideas and hear what you want, but they can actually apply everything you tell them and turn your dreams into a reality; a hassle-free reality.
For instance, a professional wedding planner will ask you the right questions… What is your budget, what colors do you like, have you picked a theme, do you have a song, and so on and so on and any other questions you may think of . The wedding planner, should you choose a good one and we hope you do, should have a wealth of knowledge about vendors, schedules, venues, prices, quality, and even people and so much more. The best research you could do for yourself if to research who is the very best wedding planner you can find in your area.
As many people know either through their own behavior or someone else’s; planning a wedding is a very stressful task. Most wedding planning takes anywhere from three to six months to even a year or longer. The wedding planner has your best interests in mind. The planner just wants you and your future husband or wife to enjoy your engagement as long as possible. Their ultimate goal is to see the both of you happy, stress-free, and loving each other on the day of your wedding.
“During the planning process, brides are able to deal with spreadsheets, contracts, negotiations, logistics, and the ‘business’ end of planning a wedding.  On the big day, though, they want to just show up, get dressed, get married, and have fun!  Wedding day coordinators take over the ‘business’ side of the wedding, allowing brides and their families to relax, let go, and have a wonderful stress-free day,” states Laura Auer from Wish Special Events.
So if you still can not decide whether or not hiring a wedding planner is a wise investment, just ask some of your friends who got married, both with or without a wedding planner, and see what they have to say and what their reactions are. Nine times out of ten, the brides that have had a wedding planner will strongly recommend you get one and the ones who missed out on having a wedding planner will tell you they wished they had one, especially when it comes to picking out a custom wedding dress.