You've planned every last detail of your big day, but somehow managed to overlook one crucial element—a gift for your husband-to-be. Amid seating charts, floral designs and last-minute decor issues, it's understandable that a gift for the groom hasn't been top of mind. We're here to help with gift ideas tailored to your perfect guy.
For the Literary Lover
Whether he's a die-hard reader or working on a novel, if your man is into literature, you can use this interest to get him the perfect gift. Search for a first edition of his favorite book. You'll score bonus points if you can find a signed copy. Scour local used book shops for his favorite title. If your search is for something more rare, search online. AbeBooks, an exclusive rare book dealer is a great resource.
For the Musician
If your guy is a hardcore rocker, sensitive acoustic player or a classical enthusiast, music can be a romantic and defining factor in your relationship. Go simple with his favorite record or a rare find that you tracked through record stores. Go extravagant with a new instrument (be sure to know what brand he likes). Or, if you are really daring, write him a song, with a little help from this guide, to perform at the reception or on your honeymoon.
By now you’ve read the recaps and heard the insider scoop on George Clooney’s weekend wedding to Amal Alamuddin. Yes, we’re wondering how someone finally managed to tie down the 53-year-old mega-star, but what’s keeping us up at night is our curiosity about the intricate details of the lavish Italian nuptials.
While facts, insights and speculation continue to roll in, let’s take a fashion pause. Amal was spotted in several on-trend looks over the course of the weekend, from causal to sophisticated. She reportedly wore an Oscar de la Renta gown for the “I Dos,” according to WWD, but the civil rights lawyer was a fashion star throughout the affair.
Our favorite inspiration for your own wedding weekend is the dress she donned the day after the ceremony. The cream-colored lace Giambattista Valli dress is absolutely stunning, and we love the feeling it evokes. It says class, playfulness and sexy in one perfect fit.
Most of our “I Do” budgets don’t have room for this luxury, but take inspiration from the lace-look, the short length and the detail to pick your perfect post-wedding ensemble. Here are two suggestions worth browsing:
Convention can be a helpful guide for planning a wedding, since few brides want to walk down the aisle wearing mauve. If you want to buck the trend, consider a white wedding and going against the grain of the 250,000 couples who plan their wedding in July, according to the Association of Wedding Professionals International. You'll have the advantage of more available venues and the backdrop of a winter wonderland. The trick is managing seasonal concerns such as weather and transportation. Use these mobile tools and tips to help ensure that the big day goes off without a hitch.
One thing is certain: You can expect colder temperatures come winter. But when you plan a wedding, you need to know exactly how low temps will go on your big day. Brides-to-be and wedding planners can download the most popular Google app for an Android phone, WeatherWidget, to determine an hour-by-hour breakdown of temperatures and precipitation as far in advance as seven weeks. With the power of weather in your palm, you can direct traffic to avoid snowy streets or shift plans to take advantage of more tolerable temperatures.
Still need to figure out your wedding day makeup look? Don't worry ladies, there's an app for that!
Tap and slide your way to the app store on your smartphone and check out ModiFace. The company creates beauty apps allowing you to try hair and makeup looks virtually. (There is also a desktop version). Need additional inspiration? The ModiFace team has compiled for us five hot, yet classic, makeup looks this wedding season.
Neutral elegance is all the rage this season. The look focuses on light washes of color in neutral tones creating a fresh, soft glow. This means dewey, au naturale skin using peach tones, pale pinks and browns.
There is a lot of chatter about pre-marital “rules,” but what about the things a bride should and shouldn’t do on the big day? It’s bound to be a day that flies by so make the best of it by keeping these six bits of advice in mind.
Don’t Get Drunk Pre-Ceremony
Did you know in some states your marriage can be deemed null if you’ve had more than two drinks? Even if this doesn’t apply to your wedding locale, you don’t want to be intoxicated during your ceremony. It’s OK to have one or two drinks to calm your nerves, but save any more for celebrating after you say “I Do!”
Do Spend Alone Time with the Hubs
Between friends, family and questions from event staff, it’s easy to get swept up in the chaos of the day. You’ll be in high demand and everyone will want your attention, so don’t forget to carve out some alone time with your new hubby. A few stolen moments amidst the chaos are memories you will treasure.
Not every fashion trend is worthy of bridal interpretation, but the golden luxe cuff can be a sophisticated yet daring addition to your wedding day statement.
This hot accessory trend for Spring/Summer 2013 takes the form of a solid metal cuff or arm bracelet on the runways, but for the aisle opt for a version that softens the edge.
With our faves below, you can pair your bows and lace with some rockin’ metal. There’s one that signifies the knot, or union, and even one perfect for a beach celebration!
Antique gold knot cuff from St. John, $145
Flower cuff from Meydalle on Etsy, $50
Crystal Gazer Cuff at Nasty Gal, $38
Isharya square bangle, $278
Alexis Bittar ‘Opehlia’ Vine bracelet, $350
The wedding dress will undoubtedly consume most of your time, budget and worry, but it is far from the only bride-to-be ensemble you need to plan for. You’re in the spotlight now and wedding-related events, from showers to bridesmaids lunches, are about to fill your calendar. So ladies, get your closets ready!
Start with rehearsal dinner wardrobe, but don’t make it more difficult than it needs to be.
Shop online or hit your favorite stores at the mall. You don’t need to go overboard. Heck, I picked up my rehearsal dinner dress at H&M for under $50! I got rave reviews on the silky blue dress because it fit well, it was a great color and it was my style. When you’re comfortable and confident it shows, regardless of how much or how little you spent.
Below are six dress picks that won’t comprise your big-day floral budget, and there is something for every style. If your wedding is glam from start to finish or if you are having a more relaxed or earthy affair, these dresses will affordably have you looking the part of bride-to-be. (see shopping info below)
Knee-length satin dress from H&M - $34.95
Sixties-inspired gold stain dress - $40
Chiffon, one shoulder dress, more than 20 colors to choose from - $96.56
Beaded, Pleated Chiffon Dress – sale price $80.10
Ruffles, chiffon and a woven print bodice from H&M - $49.95
Cap-sleeve, crochet lace dress at Macy’s - $79
Take a break from the beasts, oops we mean bridesmaids, of drama this Sunday to enjoy the silver lining of Hollywood’s biggest night. Whatever do we mean? Each year, the Academy Awards delivers a strong dose of fashion and beauty bridal inspiration.
Fall in amour with the gowns, the jewels and the Hollywood charm. Oh, how we wish it were the life of us!
If by now you’ve tired of our attempt to play off of the Best Picture nominee titles, then take a peek below at some fun ideas for incorporating your love of the movies and the big awards into your wedding.
*We’ll talk Academy Awards fashion and bridal inspiration next week!
- Evoke old Hollywood glamour with vintage marquee lights. Showcase your initials in grand fashion as guests enter your reception. $249 each.
- A popcorn bar is an absolute must! Complete the theme with these sweet favors, popcorn-shaped cookies. One dozen for $32.95.
- Customize color and fonts on these movie ticket escort cards. They are a guest’s admission to the film, a.k.a. the wedding, fans will be raving about! 30 custom cards for $49.80.
- Give placecards the Hollywood treatment with these clapboard style frames. Or pair one with each centerpiece and use them to display table numbers. $1.40 each.
- Don’t forget the red carpet. Get a custom step and repeat, complete with your initials and wedding date, for guests to pose in front of. Have your photographer play paparazzi while guests enter the reception. Or incorporate the backdrop into a live, open-air photo booth setup.
Let’s face it, the cost of weddings is certainly not going down. So what’s a creative way to strike a balance between style and your budget? Consider renting your wedding. No, not just the tuxedos, consider renting nearly your entire wedding ... yes your entire wedding! Read on for four ways to save by renting.
The Wedding Dress
Don’t feel like dropping thousands on a wedding dress you’ll only wear for a few hours? Consider renting. Websites like One Night Affair offer designer wedding dresses for rent at a fraction of the cost. Although it’s still in Beta, another site to watch is RentaWeddingDress.com, which lets you rent a wedding or bridesmaid dress from another local bride. You can list your wedding gown for rent or browse for one in your area.
If you want to feel like a celebrity on your wedding day (really, who doesn’t?!), rent glamorous, real fine jewelry from Adorn. Forget faux baubles, diamond chandelier earrings that retail for a whopping $16,225 can be rented for just $210. And the $27,000 4.3 carat TW diamond chandelier necklace rents for only $270. There are loads of gorgeous necklaces, earrings and bracelets to choose from, starting as low as $60.
Adorn offers hair accessories and clutches, too. And the process is worry free. Each item is insured in case of any wedding day catastrophes. Your bridal bling will arrive two weeks prior to your wedding. Once the “I Dos” are done, simply return items using the pre-paid UPS label.