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First comes the ring, then come the beautiful wedding invitations. After that, it’s time to find that one special thing that the bride-to-be has likely been dreaming about for a very long time: the white dress. It’s often a very exciting time for brides, who get to spend time trying on different styles and finding out what kind of dress they want to wear on their special day.
Even though there are a wide variety of dresses available in all kinds of colors, fabrics, and designs, it’s important that brides are aware of the different styles of wedding dresses available as well. Depending on the shape of a bride’s body, there might be certain styles that best complement her figure, and in which she will feel the most comfortable and beautiful.
If you are looking for a wedding dress, consider these 6 tips for finding the perfect wedding dress for your body type:
1. A-Lines Are Perfect for Pears
Pear-shaped figures are generally smaller on top and larger in the hips and legs. This beautiful, curvy figure looks good in lots of wedding gown styles, but especially in the A-line dress. The idea behind the A-line dress is that it is more fitted on the top section, and hugs the midsection to accentuate the waist.
From there, the dress flows out and down naturally, gracefully floating along the floor. This style is ideally made in a thicker fabric such as satin so that it doesn’t cling too closely to the body.
According to the Google Fashion Trends Report, tulle skirts are one of the most searched-for clothing items, which means they could be one of the most popular items we will see people wearing this spring and summer.
This got me thinking about tulle wedding skirts. If I had to do my wedding over again I’d probably go with a full tulle skirt. I just love the look so much, and it looks fantastic at short, midi, and long lengths. I think it’s the volume that’s added by the tulle, which helps create the fit-and-flare silhouette that’s flattering on most body types. The downside to tulle wedding skirts is that they can be expensive to purchase. As you can see above with those two options from BHLDN, they certainly aren’t cheap!
Thinking about the cost of tulle wedding skirts lead me to think about DIY tulle wedding skirts. While I have very few sewing skills, it seems like creating a tulle wedding skirt would be easier than a traditional wedding skirt because there is possibly a little more room for error as tulle generally doesn’t have to hang perfectly flat or anything like that. Plus, a DIY tulle wedding skirt could be a fairly affordable option for brides-to-be on a tight budget.
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When my friend got married she took some time before the wedding ceremony to write out a card to her soon-to-be husband and he did the same for her. I loved that they did this and I still regret that my husband and I didn’t do the same for one another on our wedding day. (Although, we wrote our own vows and I wrote mine the actual morning of the wedding… so that kind of counts, right?)
If you’re planning a wedding and want to exchange cards with your betrothed, here are some groom cards from Etsy that are worth checking out:
I Can’t Wait to Marry You Card from Memento Paper Company • $2.75
This card is simple and to the point.
All of Me Card from laLa Grace • $5
I don’t know about you, but I can’t even look at this card without humming some John Legend.
We are right in the thick of wedding season, so chances are you have a wedding or two to attend over the next couple of months. Maybe you’re even in a wedding. Maybe, just maybe, you’ve even been asked to give a toast at the wedding of a loved one. Eek!
Not all of us are natural public speakers, so the idea of getting up in front of a large crowd may be nothing short of terrifying. I should know. It was almost a 10 years ago now (!!!) that I was the maid of honor in my best friend’s wedding.
Somehow I managed to not look absolutely terrified in this photo, despite the fact that I’m pretty sure I was barely holding it together. I don’t think I slept in the week leading up to the wedding because I was so darn nervous!
Now, so many years later, I don’t really remember what I spoke about, but I remember feeling proud that I pulled it off. The only way I made it through though? Advice from the internet, of course. I read everything I could find in the weeks leading up to the internet, which was quite a bit less than what’s available now. I’m a little envious at just how much is available now because from what I’ve seen in the years since the wedding I made a major faux pas:
I used a cheat sheet. 😬
I actually don’t regret using the cheat sheet since I was quoting Shakespeare and didn’t want to mess up the quote in front of the bride’s father, who just so happened to be a scholar of Victorian literature. But still, I’ve heard that the trend now is having the entire speech memorized. If you’re trying to figure out how to give a wedding toast though, my recommendation is thus: Do whatever makes you comfortable! There’s absolutely nothing wrong with using a cheat sheet or a teleprompter or even your phone. The only thing that matters is the sentiment.
I just spent some time searching for tips for how to give a wedding toast and came across a couple of good resources. If you’ll be standing in front of a crowd and toasting your friend as he or she begins the next phase of life, calm your nerves and check out the tips after the jump.