L&D’s Mallorca wedding was as charming as could be! Their outdoor celebration focused on family, friends, and magical details that added a personal touch and carefree, rustic feel. The sweet simplicity of a ceremony in a garden and a reception filled with field and mountain views, and minimal decor was a breath of fresh air that we simply can’t get over!
Don’t stress about the closed doors behind you. New doors are opening if you keep moving forward.
The bridegroom usually speaks after the bride’s father, who almost always concludes with a toast to the bride and bridegroom.
You reply, on behalt of your wife and yourself. There is no set length of time for you to speak and no hard and fast rules of what to say. Do not be afraid to be brief, that is often preferred by an audience. If gifts are to be given out it is usually best to present them as you mention the recipient, so the speech continues to flow well. The bridegroom traditionally finishes by proposing a toast to the bridesmaids but you may think another toast is more appropriate… such as to your lovely wife!
Today I present you wedding dresses by Nurit Hen, an Israeli designer.
She creates beautiful Mediterranean-inspired dresses; the collections are known for feminine detailing and a modern approach to bridal design. Her wedding and coctail dresses represent greatness and grace, they’re glamorous and sophisticated.
Fashion has travelled back to the Jazz Age since the release of Baz Lurhmann’s film of The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio as sartorialist Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as elegant socialite Daisy Buchanan.
The bridal industry in particular has taken inspiration from the lavish film based on the iconic American novel depicting the era when the rich got richer and style ruled.
In this post we take a look at some 1920s inspired dresses – perfect for that vintage Gatsby inspired wedding!
Which one is your favourite dress?
From stately homes to traditional fincas, rustic barns to contemporary hotels with the quirky thrown in, there’s literally hundreds of venues a bride and groom can choose for their big day in Mallorca, whether they want the whole day there, or just the ceremony or reception.
You’ll need to make sure you choose the perfect one for your needs.
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- Start your planning early – until you start researching you don’t know what legal requirements you might have to fulfil or how long they will take.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions – no question is stupid, you’ll only have your perfect wedding if you make the right choices, and that means asking questions.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help – there are specialist wedding planners who deal with destination weddings and can offer you all the advice you need. Most resorts also have in-house wedding planners.
- Visit before you book – if you think you want to marry in a certain location why not take a little holiday there first? You wouldn’t think of booking a venue at home without visiting first after all.
- Get everything in writing – especially before you pay any bills.
- Arrive early – that way you and your groom can acclimatise, check any last minute details and relax before greeting your guests.
It’s hungry work attending a wedding.
Feeding your guests well is the key to them enjoying your day. Here are some ideas on how to keep them fulfilled.
Traditional wedding breakfast
This is still the most popular option for catering for your day guests, usually consisting of a meat and two veg option. Ask the venue to create your menu around ingredients that are in season or locally grown produce.
Ice cream van
If you’re having a summer wedding then hire an ice cream van. Ices can replace a traditional dessert, entertain the children and transport the adults back to childhood.
What do you need?
Think about important moments during your day. At the ceremony, do you want an organist/a string quartet/a choir? Do you want music while your guests are eating? And, if the wedding includes evening entertainment, will you need to book a band or a DJ, as well as other styles of entertainment such as magician or a caricature artist?
How can you set the right mood?
Choose the musical style according to the formality of the wedding. A grand venue and formal meal will be best accompanied by a live band. A funky DJ is more in keeping with a civil ceremony and coctails. If the rooms are large, remember to check whether speakers will be necessary – and if they are permitted.
How can all tastes be catered for?
Your guests are bound to be a mixture of ages and they won’t all share the same taste in music. You’ll find choosing a mixture of classics and modern songs will appeal to most people. If you want the dance floor heaving, 70s and 80s disco tunes are always popular.
What is your budget?
The more performers you have the greater the cost so, if your budget is limited, think about keeping things simple: have just an organist for the ceremony; compile a CD of your favourite background music to play during the meal; and then book a DJ for the evening.
Styles of bridal bouquet
The bride’s bouquet is the ultimate wedding accessory and you’ll want the work with your florist to create something extra special.
Blooms, usually a variety of roses, wired together or casually hand-tied. They work best at a contemporary wedding with a simple, modern dress.
A tight ball of flowers, usually without foliage, suspended on a ribbon that the bride hangs on her wrist. These are also very popular for bridesmaids of all ages.
Small, simple and usually hand-tied with ribbon. Lily of the valley makes the perfect minimalist posy.
The classic bouquet, usually consisting of larger flowers such as roses and peonies loosely arranged and tied with ribbon.
A waterfall-like spill of flowers wired to cascade from a handle. This is the most traditional and formal of the bouquet shapes and suits full-skirted dresses.
Photo Credit: Pam Scott Photography
Have you asked around for recommendations?
Do you know anyone who has been married recently or have you seen a wedding album that you like? Look at the real weddings section on www.youandyourwedding.co.uk for inspiration or contact a professional association such as the Master Photographer’s Association.
How much of the day you want photographed?
Do you want photographes of every part of the day or just the ceremony and important moments such as cutting the cake? How much does the price drop if the photographer is there for only part of the day?
What is your budget?
Prices vary enormously and you’ll need to do your homework, comparing what’s on offer to find the best photographer. It is important that you like him or her too!
Popular wedding photographers get booked up quickly, so start looking as soon as possible.
Decide on the style of photos you prefer. Do you want traditional shots or a more relaxed, reportage style? Choose someone who specialises in your preferred look. Reportage photography may look easy but it takes a certain sill to capture unposed moments well.
The shape and colour of your bridal bouquet or posy will be guided by your dress.
Have you chosen a formal gown, which will be best complemented by an elegant bouquet filled with structured flowers and foliage? Usually these bouquets feature a single colour theme. Or will be wearing a cocktail, prom-style or flowing empire-lline dress, which will enhanced by gentle, delicate posies? For these styles, you could try wildflowers or cottage garden blooms in a mix of colours, loosely tied together.
Is a wedding abroad right for you?
Getting married abroad is becoming more and more popular and appeals to couples who have been married before or who simply want something informal in an often amazing location. A wedding abroad is usually a cost-effective way of marrying but you’ll have to accept that a lot of family and friends won’t be able to join because of financial or time constraints (which may, or may not be a good thing!).
Favours are traditionally given as a thank-you taken to guests for attending your wedding.
From heavenly chocolates to personalised cards, you can make all manner of gifts that will please your friends, young and old. Think of unusual options that say something about you as a couple.
Decadent little rounds of soft chocolate, dusted with fine cocoa powder, melt-in-the-mouth truffles are simple to make at home. Prepare them just a few days beforehand, and keep them cool. Continue reading
Mallorca’s annual Wedding Show, Nupcial, ended this year with a 29.5% increased visitor number and with a high degree of satisfaction regarding the results between the exhibitors. Thus, 95% of those said they will return to participate in the next edition, scheduled for the first half of November 2014. With more than 80 wedding experts and inspirational features, Nupcial is the ultimate wedding shopping experience with hundreds of ideas to plan your perfect day on Mallorca. If you didn’t make it to the show this autumn then you can take a look about what you missed here!