Matching VS Mismatching Bridesmaid Dresses

So, you’re finally engaged! You’ve been on cloud nine imagining the new chapter in your life you’re about to start with your sweetheart and then the wedding planning hits you. Your stress level during planning all depends on how large your wedding will be, how much you’re going to plan by yourself, and how many different personality types you have in your family and now newly extended family.
 
One of the most difficult decisions you will have to make is the bridesmaid dresses! Not only are you choosing for yourself, but you’re choosing for multiple women!
 
Every woman is built differently and we each have our own insecurities, which can add headache and drama into a bridesmaid dress fitting. There are two different roads you can go down which completely depends on your taste and vision for your big day.
 
Matching:
 
Traditionally, brides would choose the color that fits their wedding theme, fabric, and which dress style; long or short, strapless or straps, loose fitting or form fitting. Unless you’re the lucky bride that knows exactly what she wants and has family and friends that have the same taste, choosing the perfect bridesmaid dress can be a tad difficult.
 
Your main challenge will be to find a style that flatters most of your bridesmaid’s taste and body types. Princess skirts, empire waists or A-line are the styles that flatter most body types. You will want to find a dress that complements the rest of your wedding and has the same ‘feel’ as your wedding dress without being too similar. Be a good friend and don’t choose anything too outrageous or else your bridesmaids will feel uncomfortable. After all, they’ll most likely be covering the cost themselves.
 
Definitely hear out all your bridesmaids’ suggestions and thoughts but don’t forget it is your special day. If you choose darker hues, they usually look the best on almost every bridesmaid and give a more formal feel. These dresses can usually be worn to other formal events in the future much easier than other styles.
 
Mismatching:
 
Mismatching bridesmaid dresses are becoming more and more popular. This idea gives the bridesmaids a little bit more say. The obvious perk of this is that there’s less fighting about the style, which will allow all the bridesmaids to be more comfortable. This will add another nice touch of personalization to your wedding.
 
By picking their dress color and fabric, but allowing them to choose the cut and style, you ensure the dress flatters your bridesmaids and that they will be comfortable. You could go further than just picking a color and pick shades of a certain color. For example, if the Bride chooses pink for the bridesmaid dress, each bridesmaid could wear a different shade of pink. Once lined up, it will give a nice Ombre effect which will be a unique touch to photographs and the wedding itself. If you’re having a spring, fall, or beach wedding, choosing pastel colored dresses is another idea; they’re all the same shade but different colors. If it fits your theme, bright colors tend to be a bit more flattering, so don’t be afraid of the reds, oranges, greens, yellows, purples; whichever ones fit your theme and time of year.
 
There are many ways for the bride to make this their own. If you’re stuck between the two of all matching or mismatching, you could pick one dress color and style and allow your bridesmaids to pick a shoe style. This one works best if you’re having a short bridesmaid dress of course and can see the shoe. This gives the tiny detail of mismatching while still matching.
 
There are so many different ways either can be pulled off. Whichever you decide to do, it will add to the beauty of your special day!
 

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Valentines Day Proposals Dos and Don’ts

Roses, hearts, flowers, love notes, cupid…You guessed it, Its Valentine’s Day!

If you are planning a Valentine’s Day proposal, or sometime soon, here are some dos and don’ts to help you plan your day.

Do:
– Surprise her! She might be hinting, but don’t give her a reason to guess. The best told story is one that they never saw coming
– Personalize the moment. Sure, romantic movies give guys loads of ideas for proposals but chances are, your sweetheart has seen a lot of them. Use bits and pieces from others but make sure yours has something unique about it.
– Relive a first date or a special moment. Take her to the spot where you first said ‘I Love You’, the place where you two met, or go to that cute coffee café you two had your first date.
– Keep some classic elements in your proposal. Whether it’s giving her a dozen roses (108 Roses are the amount that experts say means Marry Me), or have a special song playing in the background.
– Consider documenting the proposal. You can hire photographers or videographers to hide near your proposal spot and capture the moment.

Don’t:
– Don’t hide the ring in food. It should explain itself. Among a lot of things that could go wrong, you don’t want your future fiancé to swallow something worth a couple thousand dollars
– Don’t be afraid to be emotional. Your loved one wants to see you pure your heart out in the moment, so don’t hold back.
– Don’t propose in a drastic way. By drastic I mean faking your own death, faking injury, or anything similar. Make it pleasant, not scary.
– Don’t propose unless you’re absolutely confident. A lot of pressure can be put on you to propose on this holiday from your women, family, friends, or media but only you and your sweetheart combined know when the perfect time is.

But above all, personalize it and make it one BOTH of you will remember.
And CONGRATULATIONS!

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Valentine’s Day

LET LOVE SHINE ON VALENTINES DAY!
Roses, Romance, and Proposals!

Valentine’s Day is one of the most common holidays for couples to get engaged on. From simple and romantic proposals, to wild and extravagant, it’ll be your very own special memory!

There are many versions of where the Valentine’s Day holiday came from, but the most common version dates back long ago when the Roman Empire forbade their soldiers to marry during wartime because it was thought that single soldiers performed better. Saint Valentine of Rome went against the Roman Empire and was imprisoned for performing weddings for those soldiers. On the last day of his life, February 14th, St. Valentine wrote a letter to his sweetheart and signed it ‘From your Valentine’

Some fun Valentine’s Day facts:
-The average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year is 220,000!
-Verona, the Italian city where Shakespeare’s famous story of Romeo and Juliet took place. still receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet on Valentine’s Day.
-More than 189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on Valentine’s Day and over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased
-If you though $75 for a dozen roses in the US was expensive, check out these prices!
—- A dozen roses are sold in Bangkok at the rate of $487 and for one rose its $45
—- In Hong Kong it is $205 for a dozen
—- In Singapore it is $148 for a dozen
—- In London it’s UK $96 for a dozen
—- In Africa it’s $90 for a dozen
-More than 9 million pet owners will get their furry friends a gift on Valentine’s Day

So whether This Valentine’s Day is the day you get engaged or not, make sure you spend it with the person you love!

But please, if you ARE proposing, do us all a favor and don’t attempt to hide the ring in the chocolate, it most likely won’t turn out how you planned.

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