With multiculturalism one of the amazing things about Australia, many couples are finding that in order to bring the best out of both families, blending cultural traditions is the way to go. For those of you who are of the same cultural background, or want to add something different to your day, be inspired by some of the looks and traditions of foreign weddings. From top to bottom: Indian Mehndi (hand painting), Jewish chuppah and glass smashing, Eastern European & Asian money dance, American sand ceremony, Japanese paper cranes, Chinese tea ceremony. If you know of any others please let us know!
I really wasn’t across the whole nail art phenomenon until I kept seeing awesomely styled pics popping up on Pinterest. And then when Zooey Deschanel rocked tuxedos at the Golden Globes, I knew it must have taken off; splashing some carefully arranged polish on your nails and flashing them to the world.
So why shouldn’t you and your girls do something fun with your nails for the biggest day of your life? Your nails are guaranteed to be seen (and photographed) like you’re at your own Golden Globes, so why not embrace the trend for unique and style up something fun, pretty, rustic or colourful to complement your dress, styling and day?
Your something blue perhaps?
I stumbled (accidentally) across a few gorgeous cake toppers over the weekend and I’ve become a little obsessed! Ranging from the cute to the drop-dead-stunning, cake toppers are another clever way to bring your theme alive on the big day. Here are a few of my faves (click the pics to go where I sourced each from).
I was obsessed with the Dessy Group’s Twist Dress long before I bought one to wear on my European jaunt last year. The idea that I could pack ONE dress and wear it as many different ways as I could invent thrilled me.
I also then set about buying as many inexpensive pairs of shoes clips I could so that my plain nude peep toes could be changed on a daily basis too.
I went crazy! Pouring over youtube clips before I left, I was confident that one night I could wear my dress in a twist halter style with blue bow shoe clips and another I could wear my dress as a wrap strapless with pink flower shoe clips. I thought about how convenient it would be to only have to look for ONE dress for each of your bridesmaids and then allow them to style it the way they felt most comfortable.
And Dessy Group aren’t the only group making such dresses. Two Birds Bridesmaids has some gorgeous colours and similar styles while Candarra has some more unique styles. And Matilda’s Place has a very cost effective edition. Go here if you’re after some awesome tutorial videos on styling and wrapping. But my favourites of the moment come from Annah Stretton, kiwi based fashion designer whose stall I saw this past weekend at the Craft and Sewing Show in Rosehill.
Looking at her latest ad campaign, I’m fairly sure you’ll fall in love with the unique chameleon dresses she designs. Perfect for a boho or colourful, vintage wedding, Stretton’s designs are sustainable, fit ladies whether they are a size 8 or 16 easily and are limited editions (each dress comes numbered).
Maybe you too should try out the convertible/chameleon style dress for yourself or your bridesmaids? I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Who didn’t dream of receiving their special diamond ring presented to them in a cute blue box? And not just any blue box…theblue box…so, if you did here’s your chance to relive the moment again. If you didn’t? Oh well, you can always draw inspiration from these Tiffany blue themed weddings, some with unexpected nods to that most famous of couture colours.
That gradual change in colour: the bleeding of tone on tone; it’s all a little too much for me. At times beautifully bold and others achingly sweet, the design trend that is taking the wedding world by storm has punctured my heart with its little cupid arrow. Used for nearly everything including cakes, flowers, dresses and even hair, this tonal trend will have you wanting more.
With a new found fascination for all things body art spreading the world very quickly (thanks LA Ink et al), I am suddenly aware of tattoos appearing everywhere. With NRL players sporting full sleeve tattoos on our screens every weekend during footy season and celebrities flashing their flesh art at any given opportunity (think Rihanna at the recent Grammy Awards), it’s little wonder that lovers of all things ink are starting to make it a feature of their days. Although I don’t have a tattoo, nor do I think I’ll ever get one, I think that if people are fans of something then they should make it something special in their wedding plans. Whether it be in design decor…
…a feature in your photos…
…or even a guest favour…
…if tatts are your thing, then you definitely should feature them some way.