Are you the type that has dreamed of your wedding since you were a little girl? Surprisingly, almost everyone I know never had "Wedding Fantasies" as a child. If you have been envisioning exactly what your day will look like since you were young-that is great! If not, join the club...
Here are some awesome tidbits about veils; what lengths mean what, what other hair-piece options you have etc...
-Longer veil are more formal...
-If your dress is more informal, a longer veil will be contradictory-opt for a fingertip or waist length veil
-Short birdcage veils are classy and cute, yet very vintage and representative of prestige...
-You can easily replicate lace on your dress on the hem of your veil
-Borrowing a relative's veil is a great way to check off your, "Something borrowed" or "Something old" category!
-Traditionally, brides would cover their face with the veil & as the Father is giving away his Daughter there was a ceremonial lifting of the veil and kiss... Many do not adhere to this veil-over-the-face tradition currently, but still exchange Father-Daughter kiss to symbolize giving her hand in marriage...
-Don't forget, you always have the option to wear a feather headband, jeweled tiara, beautiful bows or ribbons, ornate barrette, family heirloom etc
Awesome website, and there are many more resources for inundated Brides.. If you are unsure of how to change your name, or any other question you might have, don't be afraid to ask!!
It is easier in the short term to not deal with an issue, but in the long term it is better to just get it over with! Plus, you'll only become more confident and knowledgeable when you ask questions and learn answers... Go on, take on that big scary world :)
I don't know about you, but I am not the biggest fan of mass-produced monogrammed nick-knacks. I really enjoy giving gifts that actually pertain to the person receiving the gift. Sure, I'll admit I gave all of my bridesmaids monogrammed slippers... BUT, (not only did they wear the slippers on the dance floor at my wedding), they actually wear them frequently, like them and enjoy them. What I dislike are all the bells and whistles that wedding websites convince brides to buy. Some of it is fun, but most of it is redundant and unoriginal.
So, how to be unique and special? Consider your wedding location: are you having a destination wedding? Are you having a special theme wedding? To show your gratitude to the people who helped make your event great, a functional item might be just right.
For example, one of my great friends is planning her July 2010 wedding in Minnesota. She grew up on a lake and their wedding is very much going to be a 'lake-side' wedding. Her fiance plays for the NHL and is very gear-conscience. She had the brilliant idea to give her bridesmaids Sperry Topsider boat shoes. Not only can the girls wear them during the wedding weekend festivities, but they are also great quality shoes that will last for years to come.
If you're having a simple affair that isn't really theme-driven, consider the bridesmaids and groomsmen and whoever else you are buying gifts for: what are their likes and dislikes? It is totally kosher to give a gift to your Maid-of-Honor that has nothing to do with the wedding. If she is enamored with a certain Farmers' Market in your neighborhood--plan a special trip to the Market together and buy her groceries. Or if you are artistic, paint a picture of the Farmers' Market during a busy morning... there are a multitude of ways to turn an uncomplicated pleasure into a daily reminder of your appreciation to her.
A spectacular option is to give gifts related to a cause. I knew of a bridesmaid's mom who had Breast Cancer, so the bride and groom's gift to whole wedding party was to donate money for everyone participating in a local 5k for Cancer research, very cool. This is not only for a purpose and will help research, but it is also a great way to bond with your wedding party in non-wedding related events. Not to mention cardio exercise is a ridiculously good way to blow off some steam and wedding-related stress.
Another great idea, depending on your budget, is Wine of the Month club. Many people out there enjoy a good bottle of wine, what better way to remind them monthly of your appreciation? There are many "of-the-month-clubs" with other products such as cheese, fruit, book, album etc...
So you see, thinking outside the box has its short term and long term benefits ;)
Professionally, I am an Event Planner and Wedding Coordinator in Colorado Springs.
Personally, I am an animal lover. We currently have a Pomeranian, Black Lab, Siberian Huskey and Maltese/yorkie mix living at our house-never a dull moment!
I'm six minutes younger than my twin sister. I love 5ks, hiking, my wonderful husband, (who makes me want to be a better person), and all things Colorado. Many things to be appreciative of in this life! Less barking, more wagging :)