The “First Look”: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

A “First Look” is when a Bride and Groom sneak a peek at one another before the ceremony. It’s entirely up to you if you want everyone there to witness it or have it be just the two of you sharing a special moment together. Typically, the “First Look” is followed by the formal wedding party pictures.

Really, there is no right or wrong here, it’s all just a matter of personal opinion. Some people say it’s bad luck to see each other before the ceremony and that it ruins that moment when your Groom sees you for the first time walking down the aisle. Others say it’s a great photo op for one of those really special, candid moments you’ll want to remember.

So, to gain a little insight into this somewhat controversial topic, I took to ourĀ Facebook fan page and asked our fans what they thought about the “First Look”. Continue reading

Shweta + Jason: A Hindu Celebration

Bright jewel tones, intricate patterns, elaborate jewelry and the hum of tradition are what makes this Hindu wedding celebration so wonderful to witness.

You won’t believe your eyes when you see how beautiful this Bride is!

Shweta Agarwal and Jason Bhardwaj were married on May 20, 2011 in Portsmouth, Virginia, United States. Continue reading

Designer Spotlight: Anniversary Gift Guide

Hello, Andrea here again. I can’t believe it has been a year since my last blog post. If you remember last time I posted I gave a little insight into Destination Weddings after I attended my brother’s wedding in the Dominican Republic.

With all of the engaged couples preparing to say “I Do” this year, there are also numerous married couples celebrating wedding anniversaries, marking another happy year they have spent together. This second blog post marks a one year anniversary since my first post, so I thought it might be helpful to share with those couples celebrating an anniversary a rundown of traditional wedding anniversary gifts. Continue reading

Srey + Chris: A Cambodian Celebration

A special touch of tradition, colors that light up the room and beautiful intricate detailing on the traditional Cambodian attire make this wedding an undeniably romantic event.

Srey Um and Chris Hubbard were married on July 29, 2011 in sunny California, United States. Continue reading

Tips: Choosing to Wear a Veil or a Headpiece for Your Wedding

With casual, outdoor, destination and vintage inspired weddings growing in popularity over the last year, more traditional-style wedding trends have sort of come to a standstill.

Our dresses are sexier, our shoes are colorful and our hairstyles have taken on a more tussled, natural look…and typically sans veil. But with the royal wedding taking center stage earlier this year and the consequential emergence of grandiose, Victorian inspired weddings predicted for 2012, it’s more than likely the veil will be making a comeback.

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Tips: The ‘What,’ ‘Why’ and ‘How’ of the First Dance

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The first dance is often the most romantic part of weddings, next to the vows of course. It’s two or three minutes that the bride and her groom can make all their own, forget about the hustle and bustle of the day, look into one another’s eyes and get lost in the moment.

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Inspiration: Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

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As the popular old folklore goes, brides who wear something old, new, borrowed and blue will bring good luck to her and her groom on their wedding day and for the rest of their lives together as husband and wife.

Although it’s not entirely understood exactly where this long-standing wedding tradition came from, it’s said to be traced back to England sometime in the 19th Century (Victorian Era), and was believed to be a good luck charm for all young couples.

Whether it’s true or not, the superstitious side of most brides has kept it alive this long, and it doesn’t seem like this tradition is going to be fading off into history anytime soon. Continue reading

Wedding Themes from Around the World

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As you begin to figure out what you want your wedding to be like, consider these inspirational wedding traditions and themes from across the globe. There sure are some amazing colors, patterns and rituals out there that just may help you put the finishing touches on your dream wedding.

While researching this topic, my eye continuously wandered over to three worldly influences: Indian, Celtic and Asian. They are colorful, unique and packed full of longstanding cultural tradition.

So, here’s the color palette:

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By no means do you have to incorporate all five colors into your wedding theme, but just take a look at what happens when you do…

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