Oleg Cassini Bridal Gowns, Veils, And Shoe Tips

Oleg Cassini has been known to have been the designer for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy designer gowns and dresses. The Oleg Cassini Bridal dress collection is one of timeless elegance. There is great attention to detail on the Oleg Cassini bridal Gown Collection. The collection includes modern nuances and some two piece designs. If you really want to be original and stunning this bridal collection is an excellent choice. The Cassini collection will blend with the traditional sophistication of the traditional bride. There are other Designer Gowns to choose from, you may want to attend some bridal trunk shows.

Veils Tips
After choosing your wedding dress the veil is the next step. Not every bride will want to wear a veil but here are some tips that can help you if you choose to wear a veil. If you are looking for a light fabric veil the silk tulle or net drape veils are you best choice for a light veil. If you like the traditional look the lace veil would be the answer for a more traditional look. The lace veil also comes in white or Ivory. Always try the bridal gown and veil on together to see how they look together on.

Now the synthetic net veil will give you a fuller shape but the problem here is that the net can be slippery and hard to hold in place. If your wearing your mom’s gown or a period wedding dress the best choice will be to choose a veil from the same era.

The Veil can be worn at any length and can have more than one layer. Your veil can frame your face, or be piled high over a headdress or bunched at the back of the head. Veil lengths include fingertips length in which the ends are at the point where your fingertips will skim the dress. The mantilla is a short lace trimmed veil that frames the face. The church veil length is a full length veil which can be extremely beautiful. The cathedral veil length can be longer than your dress and train.


When you start to pick out your shoes remember the time of year. Strappy sandals may not be the best choice for the winter months. You may be left freezing and wet. Make sure that your shoes that you are wearing with your gown will be comfortable. The reason for this is that you will be wearing them for most of the day. It is a good idea to wear your shoes and to try to break them in . If you are wearing a ivory gown, your shoes need to be dyed to make sure have a piece of material from your gown so as make sure that the ivory color will match exactly.

Jodhpuri Coats: Stylish Men’s Formal Wear

Men often find themselves wondering what to wear on a formal occasion. A formal shirt and trouser for a wedding or a reception party often turns out to be too boring. For the man of today there could be nothing more stylish and appealing than a Jodhpuri coat. Jodhpuri suits add an indefinable elegance and sophistication along with an ethnic ever green look. Traditional men’s wear has flooded the markets across the globe. They are available in new varieties, colors and have a perfect blend of modern and contemporary. Designers from across the globe are trying their hands for bringing more options for today’s fashion conscious men. Gone are the yester years when men didn’t think and found contentment in adorning any suit.

Jodhpuri coats can be worn in a good mix and match style after consultation with your designer. Depending upon your skin color and taste you can go ahead with clichéd colors like white, off white, cream etc. Perhaps if you want something bolder and unique then you have at your disposal a wide variety of grey, black and a whole range of color palette to chose from. The coats can be altered and changed to suit you perfectly. You may also opt for some embroidery work to highlight the neck. Jodhpuri coats are generally worn with jewelery and other matching accessory. Men’s wedding accessories include buttons in gold, silver and other precious stones. They also prefer to wear a gold or silver plated watch in accordance with the color of their wedding attire.

Indian wedding sherwani which is an all time favorite for men is custom designed for them according to the taste, style and color choice. It is one of the most respectable wedding attire that even the most urbane people prefer. You can go ahead for a heavy traditional sherwani with embroidery all over giving you a majestic look on the d-day. Sherwani helps in making you looking more handsome and attractive than you already are! What more could one ask for? Designers usually prefer offering the sherwani with a typical Nehru collar followed by a buttoned up look on front. Following set patterns sherwanis are usually made long and are meant to be at least knee length if not slightly more. Sherwani looks best when accompanied by appropriate jooties and sandals.

The younger generation of today is seen in weddings all across the globe sporting designer kurta pajamas. If you are very casual and the wedding not so important then you can team your collar less kurta with something as simple as denim. This gives you a trendy indo western look. But generally kurtas are worn along with loose trouser like pants. Gone are the days when kurtas were worn only in light shades. The markets are flooded with really nice kurtas in pastels and other bolder colors for todays men. The older men still prefer to be seen at get togethers and functions in embroidered dhoti kurta. This makes them feel closer to their roots and gives them an exceptionally respectable look.

For the powerful and vibrant men nothing looks better than a pathani suit. It is very casual in appearance but as they say appearances can be deceiving! Something as simple as a pathani suit can make you stand out in the crowd like never before. Designers have experimented with pathani suits also and today you can get them in heavy embellishments and embroidered work.

Mens wear achkans, chic tuxedos, mens suits and more from India are getting world wide acclaim. Different accessories for men are also flooded in the markets today. You can browse online for thousands of designs of apparels and accessories. What you need to do is browse patiently and then you must choose the best from the rest!

Beach Wedding Cake Toppers & Beach Wedding Cakes

If you’re destined for a beach wedding, you may be interested in beach wedding cakes.

Beach weddings are often destination weddings, a popular choice by many couples who are looking to wrap their honeymoon and wedding into one, or to have a smaller, intimate and inexpensive event. To boot, getting married near the shore is extraordinarily romantic, and can make your wedding experience and memories, that much more special.

If you’re a bride-to-be, looking for a beach wedding cakes, what design should you be looking for? What design makes a cake so “by the shore”? Well, that depends on a lot of things. It depends on the couples’ style, interests and hobbies. It depends on theme of the event, the time of year, the characteristics and layout of the location…just to name a few. To get ideas on which cake may be right for your beach wedding, we’ve rounded up lots of ideas that we’ve included below:

Sea Shell Cakes – You just can’t go wrong with sea shells on a beach wedding cake. So what shells? Beaded periwinkle, Florida cone, and maculated ear moon, are some of the most beautiful sea shells for decoration. Small pieces of coral, is also another great choice. The sea shells can be real (wash them well!), or can be made from a variety of icing, molding paste or chocolate. Sea shells can be used subtly or as the main design of the cake. A cluster of shells, as the seashell cake topper is a must for this cake design.

Marine Wild Life Cakes – Incorporate enchanting sea creatures, such as anemones, turtles, tropical fish, sea lions, jellyfish, sea stars, dolphins, whales, or sea horses. We did a wedding in Monterey a few years ago, and the reception was at the Monterey Plaza Hotel – which is right next door to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The entire wedding party visited the aquarium the day before the wedding, experienced a private tour and had a wonderful time. The aquarium was the perfect inspiration for the theme of the cake. The cake designer subtly incorporated some of the sea creatures from the aquarium into the dessert. The topper was a large pearly clam with jewels and pearls pouring out of it, cascading down the side of the cake. (not real pearls, but fondant balls covered with pearl dust!)

Surf Cakes – Crashing waves encircling the cake is the perfect trim for a cake with a surf theme. This style cake is most appropriate for couples who surf, or just love the waves. The surf can be puffy foaming waves, or just subtle hints of wave shaped frosting. Incorporating some blue into the cake can help it look more like the ocean. Airbrushing blue onto cake’s frosting, gives a real nice blended, and realistic effect. Add in a surf boards or figurines surfing as your cake topper, and you’re set.

Tropical Flower Cakes – Hibiscus, cymbidiums, tuberose, or any of your tropical favorites. They can be used as a flower cake topper, they can cascade down the side of the cake or tiers, or used sparingly throughout. Tropical flowers can also completely cover the cake, or be used just on the base. Wherever placed, they will dress up the most plain and dull cake – and make it instantly gorgeous looking, and smelling.

Sandcastle Cakes – Sandcastles on wedding cakes, are usually used as a toppers. But, we have seen entire cakes shaped like castles, or at least the top half of the cake shaped like a castle, with a few traditional wedding cake tiers below it. To get the sandy effect, the cake can be sprinkled with fine graham cracker crumbs or brown sugar.

Palms and Coconut Cakes – To remind you of your beautiful location, how about a subtle design of palm leaves circling the outside cake? A few coconuts as garnish? A cake topper oasis? How about a cracked open half of a coconut as a cake topper, with bride and groom figurines lounging in it, as if it were a hammock?

Buried Treasure Cake – You don’t have to be in the Caribbean to pull this off. The topper could be a treasure chest with gold coins and jewels pouring out of it, cascading down the side of the cake. If you’re in love with Pirates, make have figurine cake toppers of a bride and groom…one as Captain Jack Sparrow, and a fair maiden in her wedding dress, of course.

Bamboo and Tiki Cake – Coat the outside layers of the cake with confections made to look like bamboo. You can also incorporate Tiki masks. We once attended a luau wedding and the cake had miniature tiki torches sticking out of the top, and around the cake on the table. When the bride and groom cut the cake, tribal drums were playing in the background.

Ocean Activity Cake – Love to go snorkeling, fishing, diving, boogie boarding, or kayaking? How about bride and groom figurines fishing for wedding rings off of a pier? This would be easiest to incorporate into a cake topper, but don’t forget figurines can be anywhere on the cake! Get creative! Any of your favorite ocean activities can be incorporated into your cake.

Sea Bird Cake – Sea birds in flight, in love, with their long necks forming a heart. Best as a cake topper, but can be incorporated throughout the cake tastefully if sea birds are your thing.

Lighthouse Cakes – Is your wedding near a really cool lighthouse? We’ve seen a lot of lighthouse cake toppers, but we also had a client who had her baker create an entire cake as a lighthouse. Another client had the two bottom layers of the cake as tiered rounds, and the top half of the cake was a lighthouse and its surrounding area, right down to the boating docks below it.

Sand Cakes – Not real sand! Many bakers use crushed crumbs, like graham crackers, or brown sugar. The base of the cake can be covered with “sand”, or the top of each exposed layer…or the entire cake! Our favorite, is when a pile of “sand” is formed at the base of the cake and spread out on the table a couple inches around it. Something can then be written in the sand, i.e. “Charlie and Beth Forever”, or “CV + BE, 9/12/08”. You get the picture.

Nautical Cakes – Go Nautical! Anchors, ropes, buoys, wooden docks, life preserver rings, etc. These can be made from marzipan, subtly sprinkled around the cake, placed as the base, or used as a cake topper.

Beach Relaxation Cakes – Our absolute favorite beach wedding cake is 2 Adirondack chairs as the cake topper, with 2 pairs of flip flops beneath them. Figurines of the bride and groom sitting in the chairs is optional. A regular beach or lounge chair can also be used instead of the Adirondacks. One of our other favorites was a figurine bride and groom snoozing in a large hammock as the cake topper, with sand and miniature beer bottles beneath them.

Swimming Pool Cakes – Not with real water, we promise! Picture this: the top cake layer made to look like an endless swimming pool. This can be done by cutting the top square edge off of the cake (like a router would carve out the edge of a wooden table), to simulate an endless pool. Figurines of the bride and groom’s heads could be sticking out of the top of the pool, with shades and sunhats on, holding cocktails of course!

Hawaiian Cakes – How about leis as a cake topper? Or a hula bride figurine enticing the groom on the top of the cake? The cake could be wrapped with a sarong, or beach umbrella, Hawaiian cocktails, pineapples, or anything else Hawaiian could be incorporated.

Beach Colored Cakes – Just want to use beach themed colors? Stick with white, tan, off-white, teal, and of course, blue. The use of blue can be subtle as the color of the frosting, or air brushed onto the outside of the cake for a blended or accented look.

Ideas For Wedding Flowers: Bridal Bouqet Design

Bridal bouquets have been around for a very long time. In fact Greek brides in ancient times had bouquets made of herbs that were believed to ward of evil spirits! Since you may be searching for wedding flower ideas and because bridal bouquet design has evolved so much, this article will be dedicated to different bridal bouquets.

Designs have become bolder and more individual which is a great thing. You can leave your mark on your bridal bouquet as well and have something that truly reflects who you are. More and more interesting materials are being used in bridal bouquets and it gives the designer a lot more to work with besides various flowers.

Although you can have a bridal bouquet in any style, color and design you like, this is not something you can pass over. Here are some wedding flower ideas and in particular ideas for the bridal bouquet:

1. There are many ways to personalize your bouquet like adding a monogram to it. You can for instance have the groom’s first letter of his last name (or both the bride and groom’s) printed on the ribbon that will be used for the bouquet. Another way to include monograms is to use piping or wiring shaped in the relevant letter and inserted in the bouquet among the flowers.

2. Lately bridal bouquets have become more bold in color and design and it does not have to be white, cream or pastel anymore. Purple and hot pink, a mix of citrus colors or orange and red. Or you can just have a monochromatic theme and use just one favorite color. This is a fun touch to any wedding and the bouquet really pops against the dress!

3. A very practical (but beautiful) solution to keeping cost down in these hard economic times is to make use of a “breakaway bouquet”. Although this appears to be one big bouquet, it is actually two or three in one which can be taken apart easily and be used separately for the tossing bouquet and to give to the matron of honor or other honored person or persons. The bride may also want to keep one for herself.

4. If you really want to go with something different, you must think texture. And not just in the flowers but using different materials to add texture to the bouquet. This adds a three dimensional feel which is very unique.

When you decide which flowers are abundant at the time of your wedding, select ones that have different textures to use together like hydrangeas and calla lilies or star gazers and roses. Then maybe add some special elements to enhance the dimensional look. Visit a hobby store and wander the flowers section to get ideas of interesting textures to add.

If you do some research you will find that bridal bouquet design is not as structured and traditional as it was before. This is very exciting – for you and for the quests. This is your wedding after all and you do not want to look the same as everyone else do you?

Cheap Designer Wedding Dresses: The Three S

Recession or no recession, you may want to wear designer wedding dresses on your wedding day. And who can blame you? It is your moment of glory, after all, and moments of glory deserve only the finest finery!

With that being said here are the three S of getting your manicured hands on cheap designer wedding dresses.

Sample Sales

When you were a single lady, you probably heard of brides-to-be stampeding into stores in search of the Holy Grail of wedding dresses, designer or not. You probably thought, too, that there is no way on Earth you are going to be one of the masses, figuratively speaking of course.

However, now that you are about to add another ring to your finger, then you need to consider sample sales to save on wedding costs. Simply put, sample sales are events where stores sell their wedding wares at a discount, a hefty discount. This happens about once a year so you need to tap into your network of family and friends to be on the alert for these sales.

Here is how it works: You line up very early in the morning in front of the store. You then join the throngs of brides-to-be who dress and undress themselves in designer wedding dresses at the speed of light. You choose the dress and you pay for it.

Some tips: Go in your bathing suit to save on the hassles of getting into fitting rooms. Bring along a friend to help you with the process. Have an idea of your wedding dress to save time on looking at dresses that you will not like anyway. Most importantly, try to be a size 8 to 10 because that’s usually the largest size available.

Second-Hand Shops

There is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing second-hand designer wedding dresses especially when these are heirlooms. Think vintage and you can become one of the most fashionable brides on the block.

When you buy from second-hand stores, however, always opt for those in upscale neighborhoods for better finds. Or better yet, go to consignment shops. You can usually find better dresses in these stores since they only accept items in perfect and near-perfect conditions, which means more bargains for you.

Be sure to check if you can afford the cost of alterations and repairs since most second-hand shops don’t have return policies. Even if they profess to accept returns, put it in writing.

Sites over the Internet

Yes, the Internet is one of the best ways to save money on designer wedding dresses. Usually, websites will offer lesser prices than brick-and-mortar stores mainly because the profits of the middlemen are eliminated.

And then there are the auction sites like eBay, of course. You must proceed with caution, however, as there are Internet scammers who will not hesitate to rob money from starry-eyed brides like you.

When looking for the perfect designer wedding dresses to make you the glowing bride, you should never settle for less but you must balance it with your finances. Besides, who will know that what you’re wearing is cheap for a designer dress?