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By: Bob Hoffman Video & Photography
This might sound a bit alarming, but before you start designing that tiny little blouse for your attractive cocktail sari, consider yourself warned; afterall it’s a traditional wedding! You might easily be able to do away with the garish silk sari and the excess of jasmine flowers without causing too much of a protest, but try cooperating with your gold jewelry and keep in mind that its a brand new ball game.
Usually the chic aunties from every corner of the world have a very carefully acquired talent, theur fortune by can actually read yoased on how much gold you wear at the next family wedding, be it through your jewelry or saree embellishments. The more gorgeous saree you wear, the more wealth you actually flaunt. The new designer sarees available in the Indian market have already shown its magic in every corner of the country.
The traditional south silks and heavy, fat motifs are hardly in use now. The South Indianwedding sarees are now found in various combined styles within one single embodiment. May be sounding strange, but yes you can actually derive the taste of gold embroidery, zari pallu, heavy motifs and traditional designs in one wedding saree of South India.
Kanjivaram Silk has been the typical south Indian bridal saree, however today many more fabrics are used to manufacture gorgeous and vibrant silk sarees. How much the bridal saree of South India must have undergone changes, they still have the traditional charm and purity. The bridal sari is bought with a lot of care, since for a bride her bridal dress is her topmost priority. For any married lady, her most memorable and most treasured ensemble in her wardrobe is her Wedding Sari, and south Indian women are no exceptions. In-fact, more than just a gorgeous outfit, the bridal sari is still holding a lot of emphasis in the Indian tradition.
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You will need: a turntable, a spatula designed for spreading icing, cardboard rounds, plastic wrap, a frim cake, a good icing recipe and patience.
My first most important tip is always use a very cold cake. In fact I reccommend freezing the layers prior to filling and frosting them.
My second tip is to use a soft (but not too soft) buttercream recipe. My favorite is an Italian Meringue. It is light and fluffy and not too sweet.
After your cake layers have cooled, you will wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze for at least a few hours, overnight is even better.
(Note) You can cut one cake to make two layers if you bake them in the higher sided pans, which you can get at your local craft store. Wilton is a good brand. If you choose to do this, then cut the cakes after they have cooled, but before they are put into the freezer.
You will need cardboard rounds, precut to each cake size that you are planning on using. Two for each cake to slide under the cakes as you work with them and to serve as a base for each finished cake.
Filling the cakes: For a practice cake, I recommend filling the cakes with plain buttercream icing. No fancy mousses just yet! The cold cakes will solidify the buttery mixture quickly so that the layers will not slide around while frosting the cake.
The first layer of frosting that you put on your cake is called a crumb coat. A crumb coat is a thin layer of icing that is used to seal in the crumbs. This makes it much easier to frost without getting those yucky crumbs mixed in.
The crumb coat doesn't have to look good because you will be covering it with a thick layer at the end with a final coat. Once you crumb coat your cake, you need to return it to the fridge or freezer to firm it up a bit.
Now for your final coat: Place the filled and crumb coated cake onto the turntable and plop a large amount of frosting onto the top of the cake. Now spread from the center out with your spatula, being careful not to press too hard. I always use a back and forth motion while turning the table.
You should end up with some icing further out than the edges of the cake. It should be fairly thick, you will be scraping the excess off later. Now work some of that icing down the sides of the cake gently while turning the table. Don't try to make it look great yet. The idea here is to get the buttercream thick on the entire cake and then scrape it down to perfection later.
Now keep adding it to the sides as needed until the whole cake is covered. You are now ready to scrape some of the excess frosting off. Angle the spatula vertically, and using the edge of it, as you turn the table slowly. Some of the icing will form a ledge that is slightly higher than the top of the cake.
Once you get the sides looking pretty good, start working the top edges. Angle the spatula horizontally and start at the opposite side bring the spatula towards you as you turn the table. Be gentle and don't scrape away too much or it will make a divet.
Keep in mind that you will be putting a border around the edges and decorations on top or possibly a another cake on top, so if it is not absolutley perfect you will be able to cover some mistakes or uneveness.
The final step is to heat up the spatula with hot water and then go over the sides one more time and the top once to really make it smooth. You will need a long wide spatula for this.
You can store your cakes in the refrigerator uncovered once they are frosted. Just make sure that there are no dominating odors, because the buttercream will absord some of that.
The same applies to cake decorating!
Couple Dressed Very Uniquely for their wedding day (simply adorable), with simple Pink reception decor. Note the plastic silverware in the jars - Cuteness!
Like any bride-to-be, it’s easy to fall in the trap of having to find the perfect dress for your wedding day. Does such a thing exist? Yes, but it’s wise to remember that you’ll go through piles and piles of dresses to find the right one. The pressure of choosing a wedding dress is a common scenario that plays out in many bridal stores, and you’re not alone. As with any article of clothing, however, choosing the appropriate dress for your body shape is important. And if that dress is your wedding gown, there’s added incentive to find the right one.
Few dresses are ideal for everyone – and there are obviously assets you would like to emphasize and others you’d prefer to downplay. Usually, the sales associate at most bridal boutiques or stores will be able to offer an accurate analysis of the dresses you’ve selected, though you can also have your gown altered to make sure it ‘hugs’ you in the right places. While no body is alike, the following guidelines on choosing a wedding dress are designed to help you stick to the right style when browsing through the racks, online, or even having a dress specially made.
The Right Dress for Your Wedding Day
If you’re like most women, you’ve been dreaming about your wedding day since you were a little girl, imagining a beautiful, fluffy white ball gown. Choosing your wedding dress may not be so simple. Today’s bride has a plethora of gown options available to her, including A-line, sheath, mermaid, empire, and ball gown silhouettes. Though fitting sessions are the only way to tell what works best for you, the following body shape tips are meant to help you sort through the pile.
Hourglass: This shape is, by far and large, considered the ideal of feminine beauty. Ball gowns are perfect for those with smaller waistlines, while form-fitting gowns work just as well and cleverly show off your curves. Choosing a wedding dress like a dropped waist wedding gown, an updated look from the 1920s that’s becoming very popular, works well for those with longer torsos and some height to them. Hourglass-shaped women are usually on the bustier side, so you’ll want to avoid the harsh straight lines of some strapless gowns; instead, opt for sweetheart necklines or something with a little twist.
Rectangular: Finding a dress for your wedding day is all about knowing your body shape. The idea here is to look for gowns that create curves even if you don’t have them. Elegant sheath dresses cut on the bias or bust-enhancing necklines create curves where none exist. A cinched waist dress on your wedding day, one with slightly puffier skirts, will similarly capitalize on your small waist and create volume.
Slim: A mermaid or trumpet dress for your wedding day is perfect for the slimmer bride with smaller hips, though this style can favor anyone on the slender side. A dress with a ruched bodice will create the appearance of a larger bust line, and, again, add curves where needed. Modified A-line gowns with slightly higher waist lines will make you appear taller as well.
Oval: Oval-shaped and plus-sized brides benefit from the classic lines of empire dresses; whether simple or jazzed up with some embellishments, this dress (a wedding day classic) hides numerous figure flaws and enhances the bust line. When choosing a wedding dress in the empire style, remember that it should be somewhat fitted, since a gown that’s too loose can become billowy.
Show Off Your Wedding Day Style
As a last note, an A-line dress on your wedding day is more often than not universally flattering. Tall brides should keep the lines, detailing, and fabric simple, though smaller brides can pull off fabrics with high sheen; however, they, too, should avoid decked-out gowns, opting instead for nice touches at the neckline or the bust line to draw the eye up. Choosing a wedding dress in this style hides a lot of flaws, but still offers that big skirt appeal from your girlhood days in a stylish way. Sheath gowns, too, offer the same benefits as A-line gowns, meaning they camouflage many of the flaws you’re looking to hide. In this case, however, differentiating between constructed (more curvy brides) and loose sheaths (slender brides) makes the difference when choosing a wedding dress.
Yet a fresh and unique wedding centerpiece can be just the thing to make the decor of a reception click.
Glass Rock Gardens: Choose a glass bowl of any dimension or shape that fits the reception tables, fill it roughly one third full with decorative rocks, add a small quantity of water, then plant a wide assortment of succulents (from your local nursery) for a striking attraction that will not be just like every other wedding reception centerpiece you have ever seen.
Breakaway Centerpieces: Position a proportionally sized mirror in the center of the table and place the wedding favors that table in an eye pleasing arrangement on the mirror. With a little practice this can be very tasteful. It also has the added benefit of making a brides budget stretch by taking care of both her centerpiece and your favors with the same money!
Wedding Cake: This is especially useful if the couple opts to use some other element as the focal point of the reception, something such as the ice sculpture, or a string quartet, or the grand piano with the professional jazz pianist at the keyboard, anything... Have the pastry chef create a small cake designed to fit the theme of the wedding for the center of each table and place instruction cards asking that the cake not be cut until the formal cake cutting ceremony.
Floating Citrus Candles: For colorful variations on the floating candle theme have someone halve a variety of citrus fruits just in time to insert candles and float them in bowls of water on the reception tables. The look is as refreshing as a burst of fresh citrus right off the tree. But practice a few times. It looks simple, and it is, but trial and error while the guests are waiting to be admitted is not the preferred method.
Balloon Artwork: We are not talking about the balloon animals the clowns make at kiddy parties. A true artist can work wonders with balloons that will look spectacular and elegant.
The best advice is to play with multiple wedding centerpiece ideas and see what works.
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In order to make your wedding dress truly yours on your special day you might want to have a wedding dress custom made for you. This gives you the option of choosing your own fabrics and having a say in the detail such as bead work, netting and ribbons. With so many different materials and shiny little things to choose from, it is really easy to lose track of what goes where, and end up with something that people need to wear sunglasses to look at.
There are also factors like the time of year and the weather conditions. No one wants to walk down the aisle in the middle of a heat wave swathed from head to toe in chiffon and crepe.
Wedding Dress Cost, unfortunately is usually an issue. You might love the softness and texture of a material, but if it is made from the hair shed by andalusian mountain goats once every 10 years and costs thousands of dollars per square inch it might not be feasible. If cost is really an issue then you might consider buying a relatively simple type of dress and smarting it up with some custom decorations such as bead work and other decorations. Adding details to the dress is therefore very pocket friendly, it allows you to buy a much plainer dress for less and then change it to your liking, making it spectacular!
Decorations can be a lot of fun. Have a look at the decorations and bead work on pictures in expensive wedding magazines - these are a greate source of inspiration! If you are having the dress made from scratch ask your dressmaker if she can match the decorations and bead work on some of the pictures that you really like. If she really knows what she is doing, she should be able to give you something similar.
There are so many different ways of making your wedding dress beautiful but bead work remains a perennial favourite; a bead work design on the bodice of the dress is both elegant and contemporary. The other advantage of bead work is that it does not take too long to put in, so if you change your mind, your tailor can always take it out again with very little effort.
All in all, finding the right decoration for your dress can be a lot of fun. Take your friends along and make a day of it. Do not be afraid to ask questions of the shop assistants, that is what they are there for, besides, everyone wants to help with a wedding.
This is your opportunity to really express yourself through your bridal gown and we recommend that you take full advantage of it.
Wedding Table Linens and Reception Theme
By: Janet Ireland
From choosing wedding table linens to decorating for your reception to gifts for the guests, all this and more can often be as exciting as the ceremony itself! Because your guests spend a good deal of time at the reception, sitting at their tables, here is where you can really let your creativity flow and create a spectacular event for your friends and family to remember for all time. Do you want the party of a lifetime? Do you want a deeply romantic affair with a dreamy feel? Do you want something completely original that wows the crowd? Now is your chance.
There are endless creative ideas to use in designing your wedding reception. Start by thinking about your wedding table linens and how they will support your overall theme, so that all of the bells and whistles match the feeling you want guests to have coming in, as they mingle, and as they say goodbye. Your theme can be a time period like the sleek retro 1940's, a season-based spring lawn event, or a color-driven design where everything reflects your favorite palette. Get more information on how you can make your upcoming event more unique here.
It's the big things at your reception (tables, chairs, buffet, walls and ceiling) that will really bring your theme to life, and the detailed decor and subtle touches that will delight your guests as they sit and mingle or move around.
Think about your reception tables from a distance and then up close from the perspective of a guest sitting down to dinner. From a distance, will your tables have a look of splendor and extravagance, or simple beauty? Will they fill the room with visual delight, or serve as a neutral backdrop for something else you would rather feature at the reception, like the bride and groom's table, or the stage, or the banquet?
What About Lighting?
Lighting your wedding tables makes all the difference in your guests' experience. Beautiful, low light makes everyone glow, look his or her best and feel part of something intimate and special. Candles provide the best possible light for a reception, so consider decorating your table with regal stylish candle pillars or glimmering candelabra. You can also float candles in shallow vases of water, or perch them in topiary. Find out how you can incorporate custom linen rentals into your wedding reception design here.
What About Color?
The tables set the theme of your reception from a distance and inspire your guests when they are seated. Use color carefully. Less is more. Use a wedding table linen of basic white or ivory and accent the table with the naturally elegant colors of wedding flowers or the refinement of ribbon or decorative fabric. Or, use a colored or patterned wedding table linen and choose one thematic color for your table decor, with sharp, bright accents to catch the eye. No matter what color palette you choose, remember that candlelight will show it off best.
And the Details?
Your guests will spend quite a bit of time at their tables, so then is your time to wow and delight them by adding small details that bring smiles, appreciation and good impressions. Choose small gifts to have at their place settings that warm their hearts (like sweet sayings about love and marriage), dazzle their eyes (like bejeweled keepsakes that they can remember you by) or tempt their taste buds (like rich chocolate truffles). Also pay attention the detail of the centerpiece and place settings, in addition to wedding table linens, adding special touches where you can to communicate to your guests how special they are to you. You won't have much time during the wedding to say Thank You for Being Here, so let your table decor do it for you.
Wedding Table Linens as a Starting Point
You can't fail if you begin with the colors you love, the lighting that feels right, and the detail that lets your guests know how much you value them. Work your way to those small details by picking wedding table linens that reflect your taste preferences and the overall vision for the reception that you want your guests to experience. The sky is the limit! Any color of linen will work, as long as you stay focused on your theme and consistent with your palette.
Once you have a color and style, you are ready to add the finishing touches to your one-of-a-kind design.
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Today's modern version of Valentines Day originated as a Catholic feast that honored St. Valentine. As the legend goes, St. Valentine sent a love letter to his jailer's daughter the night before he was to be executed that was signed "From Your Valentine." Sending flowers on Valentine's Day is based on the old tradition of sending flowers to convey a message without words.
Flowers of Choice for a Valentine's Day Wedding
While any flower choice is a good choice to give to have at your Valentine's Day wedding, roses are the number one flower. Roses look and smell beautiful as a single stem or in a bunch with dainty baby's breath. Red roses convey love and passion and are the perfect thing to display or carry on your Valentine's Day wedding. Other flowers of choice include carnations, orchids, lilies, tulips or daisies.
Lilies are strong in fragrance and convey purity. Roses can symbolize many things including love and friendship. Carnations can convey a variety of things as well such as adoration, friendship, love, purity and luck. Orchids are a symbol of wealth, love and beauty. Tulips stand for true love and daisies mean purity and innocence. With all flowers, meanings can vary greatly depending on the color. If you are having a Valentine's Day wedding, choose your floral colors and types carefully. Carnations and roses would be a good combination to represent love, friendship and luck.
How to Make Your Valentine's Day Wedding Flowers Live Longer
Flowers are a beautiful decoration for any wedding particularly one that is held on Valentine's Day. Why not help them live long past the wedding by cutting the stems before placing them in water. Dried out stems prevent water from getting up the stem to the flower. Place the flowers in water with plant food and stir. Replace with fresh water every few days. Keep them in a cool atmosphere and out of the way of heating vents.
Use Caution When Buying Flowers for Your Valentine's Day Wedding
Having flowers for a Valentine's Day wedding seems like a great idea. However, check to make sure that those involved with the ceremony do not have allergies. Also, be careful about where you buy the flowers. High-end florists will charge an enormous amount of money for something you can get for far less at wholesale stores like B.J.s or discount stores like Walmart. To save even more money, make the bouquets and floral displays yourself.