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So every girl loves a bit of bling but for your wedding day the bit of bling you choose can become one of the most important decisions you make! Will it highlight the dress just right, will it take away from the dress. Will my earrings be too heavy and give me big red droopy ears in the pictures!

Well have no fear ladies. My Dream Wedding has a fantastic range of “Wedding Bling” and we have put together a wee guide for you!

Most important of all What is the style of your wedding dress?

In very broad terms there are four styles of wedding dress (or indeed bridesmaid’s dress), namely:

(a) classic elegant dresses  (e.g. a simple white satin a-line dress nipped in at the waist);

(b) princess style dresses (e.g. boned with netted underskirt);

(c) flowing and romantic dresses (e.g. empire line, perhaps with chiffon or lace); and

(d) figure hugging dresses (e.g. fully fitted with a fishtail).

Jewellery works best when it either subtly accents your dress or acts as a stunning feature against a simple background. It’s best not to, for instance, overpower a traditional lace ornate dress with heavy diamond jewellery when an elegant pearl pendant would look more in keeping with the style of your dress.

Again as a very general guide, dresses falling within category (a) are the simplest to accessorise as they look great with almost any jewellery. For a full on princess effect (category b), chandelier earrings or a fancy diamond necklace are probably the order of the day, since you’re likely to be a fan of sparkles! For dresses in category (c), these team best with pearls or more subtle pieces; and for (d) you can either keep the jewellery to a minimum by wearing smaller or non drop earrings and no necklace or go all out and wear a showstopping piece of jewellery or two.

Earrings:

Earrings can make or break an outfit. Your hairstyle, necklace and headpiece can play a major role in deciding the type of earrings you wear. If you have an upswept hair style, long earrings with drops will be the ideal option for you. Similarly, small bejeweled hoop earrings or simple studs can complement a decorated veil, tiara or a dramatic necklace.

Consider also the bodice of your dress. If your dress has a lot of detail you might be better off going for a simple stud or a small drop. If your neckline is a sweetheart neckline a necklace may be too much for the dress in which case your earrings will be your jewellery statement, a chandelier style would be perfect for this.

A simple drop earring:

Ava Earrings, €25.00 available from http://www.mydreamwedding.ie

€25.00 available at www.mydreamwedding.ie

A Simple Drop Earring with Pearl

A Statement Chandelier Earring:

€40.00 available from http://www.mydreamwedding.ie


Lightweight Statement Long Drop Earrings:

Audrey Earrings, €58.00 available from http://www.mydreamwedding.ie



Necklace:

Choose a necklace that complements the cut of your wedding gown. A diamond solitaire will surely work well with a V or sweetheart neckline, whereas a rhinestone choker or a pearl will look stunning with a strapless straight across bodice.

Use the length and drop of your necklace to draw the eye down to your dress or up to your face.

A choker can feel either modern or antique at the same time, for instance a pearl choker can turn a lace dress into a vintage masterpiece.

If you have delicate straps on your dress then you will need a delicate necklace.

Statement Drop Necklace:

Saoirse, €38.00, available from http://www.mydreamwedding.ie


Delicate Style Necklace:

Ava Necklace, €25.00, http://www.mydreamwedding.ie

Vintage Style Choker:

Three Strand Pearl Choker, €20.00, http://www.mydreamwedding.ie

Bracelets:

Bracelets are becoming increasingly popular as wedding  jewellery. If you have a high-necked dress then your bracelet can be your statement piece. Try to avoid going for the whole earrings, necklace and bracelet set.

Be careful when choosing your bracelet. If it has a lot of rhinestones it may get caught in your dress.

Also, consider wearing a tennis bracelet to complement bare plain gloves and pearl or rhinestone cuffs over bare wrists.

Delicate Style Bracelet:

Jessica Bangle, €25.00, http://www.mydreamwedding.ie


Statement Bracelet:

Juliette Stretch Bracelet, €34.00, http://www.mydreamwedding.ie

Watches:

Some say never wear a watch with a dress and that bride does not need to know the time. However if you are a bride that just can’t be late then they are some wonderful pieces available.

Cuff Watch:

Goes with most dresses. €44.00, http://www.mydreamwedding.ie


Vintage Style Watch:

€44.00, http://www.mydreamwedding.ie


Don’t forget to harmonize the gemstones present in your headpiece or dress with those present in your jewelry. Zirconia or diamonds will complement crystals or sequins whereas pearls will go well with beading.

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Great fun at your rehearsal dinner or your hen and stag parties.

MR AND MRS QUIZ

Before the party, ask the groom 20 or so questions about himself.
At the hen party ask everyone how well they think the bride knows her groom. Have them write down how many of the twenty questions they think she will get right.

Here are some sample questions to get you started…

  1. What is ‘HIS’ confirmation name?
  2. What shirt collar size does ‘HE’ wear?
  3. What kind of animal was his first pet?
  4. What was the name of his favourite childhood pet?
  5. What is his favourite music group?
  6. What was his first album/cd he brought?
  7. What was his first album/cd he brought?
  8. What was the first movie they saw together?
  9. What is his favourite meal that the bride has made?
  10. What Female movie/TV star does ‘HE’ fancy?
  11. How old was he when he had his first kiss?
  12. What bra size does she take? (no peeking)
  13. What day did he say is their anniversary?
  14. What were his exact words when he proposed?
  15. What is his favourite Ruby/Soccer Team?
  16. What is his favourite car?
  17. What famous movie/TV star does ‘HE’ think he is most like?
  18. What is his favourite lingerie of hers?
  19. Who will be the most hung over after the wedding?
  20. What does he like best about his “bride to be”

When you have finished asking the “groom” the questions, ask him how many of them he thinks his “bride to be” will get right. Compare his guess to her result and for everyone she gets wrong make her do a forfeit.

I thought this was fun!! Anyone know if their one is true?

A January bride will be a prudent housekeeper, and very good-tempered.

A February bride will be an affectionate wife, and a tender mother.

A March bride will be a frivolous chatterbox, somewhat given to quarreling.

An April bride will be inconsistent, of forceful, but well-meaning.

A May bride will be handsome, agreeable, and practical.

A June bride will be impetuous, and generous.

A July bride will be handsome, but a trifle quick-tempered.

An August bride will be agreeable, and practical as well.

A september bride will be discreet, affable, and much liked.

An October bride will be pretty, coquettish, loving but jealous.

A November bride will be liberal and kind, but sometimes cold.

A December bride will be fond of novelty, entertaining but extravagant.

Married when the year is new, He’ll be loving, kind and true.
When February birds do mate, You wed nor dread your fate.
If you wed when March winds blow, Joy and sorrow both you’ll know.
Marry in April when you can , Joy for maiden and the man.
Marry in the month of May, And you’ll surely rue the day.
Marry when the June roses grow, Over land and sea you’ll go.
Those who in July do wed, Must labour for their daily bread.
Whoever wed in August be, Many a change is sure to see.
Marry in September’s shine, Your living will be rich and fine.
If in October you do marry, Love will come, but riches tarry.
If you wed in bleak November, Only joys will come, remember.
When December’s snows fall fast, Marry and true love will last.

Since I’ve been in the Wedding Business the one think that has surprised me is how particular people are about their Cake Toppers! Although when you think about it it makes perfect sense! Your cake topper one of the very subtle ways you can add your personal touch or sense of style to your wedding without conflicting the design. A cake topper gives you a chance to add romance or to show your sense of humour without going overboard!

Another interesting discovery My Dream Wedding has made is that the grooms are more particular about their Cake Toppers than their Brides!! Yes this surprised us too! However, they sometimes require a gentle shove in the right direction. Most of the time they even forget to order the accompanying Bride to go with the mirror image of themselves they have so meticulously selected!! So note to all the grooms out there “Don’t forget the matching Bride for your Wedding Cake Topper” – just like in Real Life!!

Wedding Cake Toppers have become the most searched for wedding item and many couples now opt for the sometimes expensive option of personalising them. However at My Dream Wedding HQ we believe you don’t need to go down the expensive route of personalisation. There are cake toppers available to suit all shapes & sizes, tastes & styles, brides & grooms! We have put together a comprehensive collection of unique Wedding Cake Toppers at www.mydreamwedding.ie .

The most popular Cake Topper at www.mydreamwedding.ie is the:

 Soccer Player Groom Wedding Cake Topper. – Frequently purchased by the groom or at the groom’s request and more often than not the matching Exasperated Bride is left in the shop! Who could blame her for being so exasperated!

Soccer Player Groom Wedding Cake Topper

Another popular Sports related Wedding Cake Topper at www.mydreamwedding.ie is the:

Rugby Couple Wedding Cake Topper – A most for Brian O’Driscoll and Amy Huberman! This is the ideal Wedding Cake Topper for Tag Rugby enthusiasts! This is a great topper for all Rugby fans or for the bride who wants to tackle her Groom’s love of Rugby! This topper comes as a set so it is convenient for those forgetful Grooms!

 

Comical Couple Wedding Cake Topper – with the Bride having the Upper Hand! Popular among brides this is a great topper if you want to show your guests your sense of humour or just to show them who is boss!

 

My favourite cake topper at www.mydreamwedding.ie has to be the

True Romance Wedding Cake Topper – the perfect cake topper for the perfect couple. This stylishly dressed couple gaze adoringly at each other. If you want to let your guests know just how completely in love you are then this is the way to go.

 

If couple figurines are not to your taste then why not go for one of our statement Glazed Heart Cake Toppers.

The My Love Wedding Cake Topper – is contemporary and sleek. If elegance is your theme then this is the way to go. It can also be used as a centerpiece!

If you still need a little personalisation or you feel there are some important family members that simply must be part of your cake topper then why not get crafty! My beloved Golden Retriever Shadow had to be on my cake topper so I used a miniature Golden Retriever Figurine found in an old cornflakes box and put him where he belonged. Pride of place on top of the cake with his faithful servants the Bride & Groom!

So if you are looking to make your mark on your wedding then do it through your cake topper. The above suggestions are just a small selection of cake toppers available. To see our full selection visit www.mydreamwedding.ie .

‘Have I a wife? Bedam I have!
But we was badly mated.
I hit her a great clout one night
And now we’re separated.

And mornin’s going to me work
I meets her on the quay:
‘Good mornin’ to you, ma’am!’ says I,
‘To hell with ye!’ says she.’

Say goodbye to the the white, pastel greens and lilacs of recent years. 2010 wedding trends are centered around bold and bright hues and few pastel color schemes. From vibrant red wedding gowns to bold turquoise  accents, here are some of the top colour trends for the 2010 wedding:

For dresses, black is still a leading trend for the fashion-forward bride that wants to make a bold statement for the Big Day. This colour scheme was popular on the Paris fashion runways in 2008 and has remained in the forefront of wedding dress trends in subsequent years. Black dresses embellished with lace and pearls are an attractive choice for the fashionable bride, but you can also consider black piping or embroidery over the classic white dress for variation.

Red wedding gowns are also a top trend for 2010 weddings, especially for the Spring and Fall months. Look for bright red gowns embellished with large satin sashes and bows, or red gowns with black piping and detailing for a fresh new look.

Bridesmaid dresses get a pop of color for 2010 weddings in pink, bright orange or turquoise shades. The bride looking for a fun and playful addition to the wedding can wear a simple cream colored gown with a colorful sash that matches the bridesmaid dresses. Look for dresses embellished with large petals and over sized bows for a stylish look.

Bright yellow and peach tones are also some of the top colour trends for the 2010 wedding season, especially for weddings taking place in the spring and summer. Avoid pastels and go for the bold and bright color palettes in these colour families for a fashionable look.

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