Creating Your Look
No matter if your wedding party is large or small, ensuring you look and feel your best should be at the top of your list. You are the star of the day and belle of the ball! If you have strong feelings about the look of your hair and makeup from the get-go, it may be a good idea to plan the rest of the day’s theme around them. If the venue and décor are already set, take this into consideration as well.
For example, if your wedding is a 10:00 AM garden brunch, a full smoky eye and bright red lip will look out of place. Work with the style of your wedding instead of against it. If there’s a lot of greenery incorporated into the flowers, a rich berry lip would look incredible. If you’re saying your vows on a beach, a textured up-do would be perfect.
While brainstorming, think about the vibe you want to achieve: sultry and glamorous, natural and bohemian, or classic and clean? Consider the neckline of your gown and the facial features you want to accentuate. But most of all, you should look like the best version of you. Think about when you felt the prettiest – was it after a sun-kissed vacation or when you were all dolled up for a gala? – and go from there.
Brides are Looking Up!
No, literally – look up! The emphasis on decorating at weddings has taken flight into the rafters. Creative elements are being designed to hang, suspend, and appear to float above the celebration of nuptials, many of which are comprised of greenery, floral, and lighting.
Decorating a ceiling in a lofty venue or tent is not a new concept, as many weddings have used draping, string bulb lighting, or chandeliers to fill the gaps of empty space. But the expansion of ideas and materials at hand has generated a new version of the trend. Where draping used to suffice for a ceremony backdrop, now high-hung lanterns adorned with flowers provide an elegant look. Where chandeliers were previously used to light a tent, they’re now found dripping in greenery and full-sized blooms. And where the attention on the head table used to be concentrated downward toward the centerpiece, it’s now focused above the table, where a rustic ladder features a blooming field of wildflowers and a couple’s personalized monogram.
The objective is not only to fill the void of space overhead, but to create an awe-factor with a fresh, new element no one has ever seen before.
Silent Last Call
Everyone is acquainted with typical “last call” bar procedures. Thirty minutes before closing, a loud and usually obnoxious announcement is made that if you’re thirsty for another beverage, you’d better propel yourself toward the nearest bartender to order one final drink before alcohol service is suspended. While this makes for some quick cash for the business, it isn’t logically safe for guests. Instead of ordering one last drink, many guests choose to order two, along with a side round of shots for their circle of friends. This increases their level of intoxication shortly before exiting.
Now, think of the bar you’ll be hosting at your wedding and the room filled with all of your dearest friends. By announcing last call, you’ll be encouraging them to consume as many drinks as they can before leaving your reception. If an open bar has been available all evening long, chances are they won’t need any extra alcohol anyway. The best course of action you can take to keep your loved ones safe is by implementing a “silent last call.” The procedure of serving the last drink 30 minutes before the end of the event is still intact, but no announcement is made that the bar will soon be closing. This keeps your guests from flocking from the dance floor to the bar to consume large quantities of alcohol. It also keeps your liquor tab in check if you’re paying by consumption. Be sure to talk to your venue or bar service provider about implementing a silent last call at your reception.
When diamond shopping, you’ll want to take into consideration cut, color, clarity, and carat. The diamond industry uses these characteristics to grade and categorize diamonds. The more you know, the better prepared you’ll be to make the best decision regarding your purchase.
Know Your Cs
Cut: When a diamond is transformed from rough to a dazzling gem, it’s cut with facets, which are different shaped and sized areas on the diamond’s surface. Each facet is positioned and polished to create angles that best allow light to enter and reflect back out of the stone.
Color: The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has devised a set of guidelines to grade diamond color. A lettering system from D to Z is used to identify the amount of color present in each diamond, with D awarded to only rare, colorless diamonds.
Clarity: Clarity refers to the presence of identifying characteristics within the stone. The visibility, number, and size of the inclusions determines the clarity and value of that diamond.
Carat: The carat is the unit of weight of gemstones, including diamonds. Jewelry pieces with more than one diamond will be described in terms of combined total carat weight (TW). The price of diamonds increases rapidly with size, so a single 3-carat diamond will cost much more than three 1-carat stones. W