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A Brief Introduction to Wedding Dress Styles

A Brief Introduction to Wedding Dress Styles

Every woman in the world wants to look fabulous on her big day. This needs great efforts to achieve the effect. One of the most important aspects is the wedding dress. Today I’ll going to introduce the major wedding dress styles and help you to choose the wedding dress style which flatters your body most.

Generally speaking, there are five major bridal dress styles in terms of the silhouette of a dress. They are A-line/Princess, Empire, Mermaid/Fishtail, Ball Gown, and Column.

A-line or Princess line dress can be called the most ideal and most populous one because it almost suits every one. The A-line dress is characterized by a shape that is fitted around the bodice and flows out to the ground with the outline of uppercase A. This kind of dress can slimmer your waist and flatter your bust. Due to its classic and simple style, the A-line dress can be worn in any occasion, varying from a quite backyard, a traditional church ceremony to a beach wedding ceremony. In a word, A-line dress is pretty versatile, you can stand out your strong points of body or hide those of which you are not so pound by add simple modifications to neckline, waistline or fabric etc.

An empire dress features a shape with a raised waistline and a virtually straight line past the hips. It is especially appropriately for those bridals have a small bust or a broad waist. Like the A-line, the empire dress is also very versatile. The sleeve on an empire dress ranges in length from a long, bell sleeves for a chilly winter wedding to a sleek, sleeveless terrific design for an outdoor summer ceremony. Light fabrics such as chiffon, silk contribute to a graceful and romantic effect.

A column dress, also referred as a sheath, is fitted with a straight skirt. It tends to hug the body so that it shows all curves. There are many ways to change the overall look of a column dress. Different necklines, sleeve length, skirts length and fabrics can give a totally fresh look of the dress. A willowy bridal bride, tall or short, in a column dress is definitely the focus of the wedding. Due to its design, a column dress is not a good choice for those plump bridals. Besides, the bride in a column dress may have constrictions on your movement such as sit and dance.

The ball gown has a full skirt and is most suitable for a large and traditional. Trains are perfect with the ball gown, both cathedral length train and brush lent train. A ball gown can flatter your from head to toe if you have a full bust and a small hip. But for those petite bridals, it not wise to wear a ball gown dress because it make you smaller and seem to disappear into skirt. Anyway, the A-line is a better choice for petite bride.

A mermaid dress, also known as hourglass, is tightly fitted to the body …

Photography Marketing Ideas for Photographers: 10 Low Cost Ideas

Photography Marketing Ideas for Photographers: 10 Low Cost Ideas

Marketing your photography studio does not have to be expensive. I've used hundreds of low cost marketing strategies over the last twenty five years and managed to build my photography studio to the point where I am one of the busiest and most successful studios in my city. Here's a few tips for you:

1. Create a photo display. A photography display can be as simple as displaying a few small portraits at a store and offering some free information about your studio or more elaborate set ups with framed wall samples. You can even create large temporary displays inalls or at events such as trade shows. The important thing is how it looks. You will attract a lot of attention with some great images, especially from woman, who happens to be your target market. Displays will help you create a lot of business if you play your cards right. Have a great selection of images, be presentable yet never pushy, have a system for collecting names and address's from those wanting more information by simply asking or offering a draw prize, and keep in touch with all those prospects. It's the beginning of a potential long term and lucrative relationship.

2. Have a free giveaway. Offer a time limited in studio session and small reprint. Tell them there is no obligation for further purchase, and mean it. You will make some sales anyways and you will acquire many long term clients if you do a good job for them. Some will only grab the freebie, but the odds are very good that you will upsell without being sneaky or pushy. Especially if you are professional and create some great images. Do this at mall displays, banks, schools or offer it to a list of clients from a non-competitive business in your town or city. Freebies are the best way to get your studio busy, start making sales and most of all for getting tons of exposure.

3. Reward referrals. Make a policy to reward anyone who brings you referrals. When a client brings in a relative client, give them a gift of appreciation, such as a coupon worth reprints dollars at your studio, frames, or to a local spa or restaurant. As an added incentive, give a small gift to the new client as well.

4. Create a tie-in with another business. Contact a local business and offer to exchange coupons. For example, your client receives coupons from a local restaurant, hair salon, spa, or where your typical prospect would shop. A great place to start is with clients of yours who already own their own businesses.

5. Make your reception or waiting room "prospect and sales friendly". Whenever you create a family portrait or are shooting a wedding there are often people waiting in your reception area. Offer them snacks or something to drink. Make sure your place looks great and smells nice. Make it comfortable. Use this time to increase your upcoming sales presentation by explaining some …

The Wedding Eve "Slumber Party"

The Wedding Eve "Slumber Party"

There is an old custom that the bride and groom should not see each other after the rehearsal dinner the night before their wedding. With so many couples living together before they are married, this means that at least one of them will need to spend that night somewhere else. It is also customary that the bride will spend her last night as a single woman in the company of her closest female friends, having a wedding eve “slumber party”.

Unlike the type of slumber parties that girls have growing up, the wedding eve gathering should definitely end with the guest of honor turning in early. Don’t get so caught up chatting with your girlfriends that you forgo your beauty sleep! It is the job of the bride’s friends to see to it that she is well rested on the morning of the wedding.

The wedding eve slumber party is a great time for the bride to reminisce over the great times that she has shared with her friends. Often these are very old friends, and they have shared many happy adventures together. Although she will no doubt be keeping her close friends, things can change when a woman gets married, so it is nice to have this special time to share memories with her dear friends.

This is also a good opportunity for the bride to talk through any nervousness she may have about the wedding day. Hopefully at this point, she does not have any question about her decision to get married, but many brides will feel some anxiety about the actual proceedings. It is up to her friends to reassure the bride that everything will surely go off without a hitch, and that she will have the wedding that she has always dreamed about.

There are plenty of other things that go on the night before the wedding. If the bride or her bridesmaids need to touch up their manicure or pedicure, this is the perfect time to take care of it (don’t wait until the morning of the wedding). It is also fun to share a bottle of Champagne in celebration of the bride and groom.

The wedding eve slumber party can be a time when wedding jewelry gifts are presented. If the groom has picked out something special to give to his bride-to-be, he can give it to her maid of honor to present to her the night before the wedding. This works out very well, because often the groom will have consulted the maid of honor about any gifts of wedding jewelry that he was considering, to make sure that they matched the bridal gown. This is the sort of surprise that any bride would love to receive!

Most of all, the wedding eve slumber party is a time for the bride to relax in the company of good friends. These are likely the same women who have supported her and guided her throughout the wedding planning process, and it will mean so much …

Pashmina Shawls – What Color Shawl Can I Wear With a Red Dress?

Pashmina Shawls – What Color Shawl Can I Wear With a Red Dress?

Shawls and wraps! Whatever the occasion may be, whether it is the corporate Christmas party that your company is having, or an elegant charity ball in one of the classiest venues in town… the main point of concern that most women would have would be: what to wear? Of course, most women would want to stand out from the crowd and not want be singled out as drab or boring during the event.

The best way to achieve this effect is with a red dress.

Red is now considered as the new neutral for corporate attires, but it can also be used as a dress color if you really want to stand out from the ordinary multitude and be noticed. Wearing a red dress can really catch people’s attention and would make them stop and listen to what you want to say, particularly in a public or social event that you are heading to.

However, wearing a red dress can also limit your accessories as most coats would not be proper to wear and this would be to your disadvantage particularly if the weather or the venue is quite cold. The best way to remedy this is by wearing a shawl or a shrug, which can bring you to this one particular question: what color shawl can I wear with a red dress?

The Allures of a Red Dress:

The red dress is the best thing to wear if you want to attract attention to yourself at the party or the event, as most people would not even dare or have the confidence to wear such a bold color in such a public place. Wearing it with confidence would have everyone’s eyes on you.

You can wear a red dress that is fit to flatter your figure more and look really, really sexy, or you can be modest and wear a cut that is not so flattering but would still look hot in red. A red dress can be worn at practically any season, but would suit the holidays well if worn with a woolen scarf or shawl. Some modern women, who are unconventional in their taste, would prefer to wear red for their wedding dress, complete with red accessories and all. That would really look rather stunning and different at the same time, but the bottom line is still there – they would really like to stand out and look good.

Style and Functionality of Wearing a Shawl:

Men and women from different cultures, race and nationalities have been wearing shawls for centuries; some for aesthetic purposes while others are purely functional. Shawls can protect the wearer from the elements and from the cold. They can be worn to cover the shoulders or the neck or wrapped around the head as a turban. In some cultures, shawls are worn around the body as part of the traditional garment. In modern times, shawls are worn both for its functional use as well as a fashion accessory and have been a …

Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers

A wedding photographer is not just any photographer who comes along to take some photographs; they should be able to connect in a friendly and confident manner, with the bride, groom, parents, grandparents and any children at the wedding and sometimes, the pet dog as well. The photographer should feel all the emotions and become a part of their day, by that I mean that they should understand the emotions of the people attending the wedding, after all, how else can the wedding photographer capture these emotions on camera, if they don’t feel and understand them.

The romance, excitement and the final realisation of months, maybe even years, of planning for this one day and it’s the wedding photographer’s job to capture these emotions in a realistic yet, beautiful way. The bride and groom will be nervous, the parents hoping everything runs as smoothly as they have planned for and the kids, trying not to look too bored with all the fuss around them. I often capture some great photographs of the kids at weddings. The photographs should reflect the events of the day in such a way that, looking back, when you’re an old married couple, it will seem like the wedding was only yesterday.

All the details need to be photographed, including the church or venue for the ceremony and of course, the reception. As a wedding photographer, I consider it a vital part of my work, to arrive early, get to know the layout of wedding venue, select the best positions and angles for the shots that I want to capture, during the ceremony and strive to produce incredible photos.

Unfortunately, there are still some people who will not allow the religious ceremony to be photographed which is another reason I like to arrive early, to give myself the opportunity to chat with the minister, priest or official who will be conducting the ceremony and if possible, gain a little compromise, in such cases. A good wedding photographer will be aware of all the areas to consider for every occasion. Your wedding will be unique and your wedding photographs should also be unique.

I chose to specialise in wedding photography, initially because I didn’t have a photography studio however, while I run a photography business, I also get so much personal enjoyment from photographing weddings, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My approach to wedding photography is very relaxed; I prefer the wedding photojournalism approach, as most top wedding photographers do. My wedding portfolio is full of photographs of relaxed couples enjoying their wedding day and spending time with friends and family not, the photographer. These photographs are far more enjoyable to look at and also help to capture the wedding’s events as they unfold, naturally.

In short, wedding photography is very much a specialised area and wedding photography should always be left to the professional. Weddings can’t be re-photographed in a photography studio. The photographer who chooses to photograph weddings, had better know exactly …

The Difference of Wedding Customs Between China and America

The Difference of Wedding Customs Between China and America

The wedding custom is an important element of different cultures. Different traditions and customs can be represented vividly in the wedding customs, so wedding customs are of meaningful symbolic customs.

Apparently, the wedding customs of China and America reveal the traditional cultures of the two countries. The difference of wedding customs between China and America reveals the difference in thinking model, value orientation, and code of conduct as well as religion beliefs of the two countries.

The culture can influence people’s acknowledgment and the opinion towards the outside world. Different countries own their different culture. So, there sure is the difference in the thinking model which is represented obliviously between the two types of cultures.

As the development of the communication, the two countries’ wedding ceremonies influence each other also. Moreover, the combination of the two counties’ wedding ceremony shows that not only the culture conflict but also the culture combination exist. The thesis shows us a clear picture of the differences in the wedding customs between China and America and traces the reasons for the occurrence the differences.

The betrothal the preparation or things need to do after weddings are all different in the western and eastern countries.

The preparation for a Chinese traditional wedding day is complicated and busy. The installation of the bridal bed is an important element on the day before the wedding. An auspicious hour and a “good-luck woman” or “good-luck man”, that is a man or women with many children and living mates, will be selected to install a newly purchased bed. For the same reason, the bed was scattered with red dates, oranges, lotus seeds, peanuts, pomegranates and other fruits. Several chefs must be invited for preparing the wedding feast which usually takes place in the courtyard of the boy’s house. The bride has to bathe in water infused a variety of grapefruit the night before the wedding day to cleanse her evil and soften her skin.

There always a honeymoon after the wedding in America but which is not the must-have for Chinese pairs. From the ancient Anglo- Saxon customs, the groom needs to take his bride away immediately after the wedding to avoid the robbing of the bride by another man. Now honey moon is no more regarded as of this purpose, it is the most happy and expectable time for the new pair as the celebration of their new marriage.…

Wedding Reception Protocol – Who Says What and When?

Wedding Reception Protocol – Who Says What and When?

A wedding reception can be formal or informal, but you must make sure you do it right — in other words you should follow the normal wedding reception protocol as that is what people will expect. Note however that the protocol is not as rigid as you might think, and can be regarded more as a set of guidelines. But what is the traditional wedding reception protocol?

A formal wedding reception is normally held in the restaurant of a hotel where facilities and staff are on-hand for a full sit-down meal — sometimes still referred to as the “wedding breakfast“. An informal reception with a buffet menu can be a less expensive option.

When the guests arrive at the reception, they should be greeting by a receiving line. This is normally the bride’s mother and father, the bridegroom’s mother and father, the bride, and finally the groom — in that order. If there is a large number of guests you might want to simply have the bride and groom welcoming the guests.

Guests are then normally presented with a drink, and when everyone has arrived they can start to look for their name cards in the dining area. The bride and groom should have sorted all this out well in advance, and the only point of protocol here is that at a formal wedding reception there is normally a top table for the principal members of the wedding party.

At some point the cake is normally cut — this is either at the end or part-way through. The bride holds the knife in her right hand, with the groom’s right hand on hers, and then the bride’s left hand on top of that. This is a big photo opportunity and the couple will have to stand in that position with a smile on their faces for several minutes! The cake is then whisked away by the restaurant staff to be cut up ready to be given out at the end of the reception as people are leaving. You may want to rescue the top tier to save for the christening of the first-born.

After the cake-cutting comes the highlight of the reception: the speeches.

The first to speak is the bride’s father. He will normally say a few words and then propose the main toast: “Health and happiness to the bride and bridegroom” (or something similar).

The bridegroom then responds, thanking the bride’s parents and the guests, and he ends by proposing a toast to the health of the bridesmaids.

The best man then speaks, replying for the bridesmaids, reading out the congratulatory cards and telegrams. The best man will also relate some stories about the groom (and bride, if they are friends too).

That is it as far as tradition is concerned but, if they wish, the bride, bride’s mother, and the maid of honor (chief bridesmaid) can all make speeches — but it is best to check with the bride and groom first.

Any and all …

Catering Your Wedding Day

Catering Your Wedding Day

Your wedding day is something you have dreamed about forever. Maybe the unicorns that you had in mind when you were ten have now been deemed a little over the top, but nonetheless you want a day to remember. You are marrying the love of your life, your best friend, the one and only. You want everything to be perfect. You have planned, planned and planned some more about every aspect but what about the food?

Finding the right caterer is tough, and unless you happen to have one in the family, you’ll have to go hunting for one on your own. The best place to start, like with most things is to ask your friends and family who they used or if they know of anyone who caterers weddings. Armed with this information you can then go and visit with the caterers to see if they would be a good fit. It’s not use waiting till the last minute, however, as they can get booked up. Give yourself a good year if not more (if you live in a highly populated place) to find the perfect one for you.

Menus can be tricky. What do you want to feed your guests? Do you want the food to fit the theme of the wedding (like a barbecued feast for an outside barn style wedding or a lobster tail sit down dinner for a black tie affair) or will a simple menu do? Luckily caterers will have set menus that you can choose from and most will also let you customize what you want served. Maybe you want a little of this and a little of that? They can do that.

Caterers can also be in charge of your dessert table, a candy table or anything else that you wish to incorporate into your big day. Remember that they have done it all before and are experts in making food look and taste great.

Once you have found a caterer and have settled on a budget the fun can begin. You will have your dream wedding dinner all set. Some venues will do in house catering which will save you a lot of time and effort in finding another one, but if you aren’t a fan of their offerings, then by all means bring in your own. After all, this is your once in a lifetime, and you don’t want to be disappointed at the dinner.…

Learn to Dance For a Big Fat Greek Wedding

Learn to Dance For a Big Fat Greek Wedding

If you’ve seen “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, then you know that Greek folk dancing is a blast! From the outside, it probably looks a little complicated. There are many different Greek folk dances that are set to particular types of music. A few Greek dances might be too difficult to jump right into, but there is one dance in particular that is very easy to learn and always performed at parties and festivals. Put on your dancing shoes, you’re ready to learn to dance in the Greek folk style!

How To Dance With the Greeks

The first thing to know about Greek folk dancing is how it works. Greek dancing is done in a line, with people lining up from right to left. The “leader” of the dance will almost always be on the right. This lineup, dancing to the right, transforms into a large circle. Once this circle is formed, the leader of the line and the person dancing at the end will be near each other.

Do We Hold Hands?

For most Greek dances, people in a line will hold hands regardless of the gender of the person next to them. There are a few dances where the dancers put their hands on the shoulders of the people next to them (such as the dancing made popular in the film “Never On Sunday”). Many times I see people with no Greek dance experience attempt to hold onto the shoulders of the people next to them. This typically isn’t necessary. Hand-holding is normal and much easier. Typically, the right hand goes on the bottom and the left hand goes on the top. This means that while holding hands with the people next to you, you will have your right hand underneath the hand of the person on your right and your left hand on the top of the person on your left.

Breaking It Down.

The Greek folk dance that you’re going to learn has only six steps. When you think about it that way, it’s pretty simple! These six steps, once mastered, are simply repeated over and over again. There really isn’t much else to it! Here are the six steps: step right with your right foot, left foot crosses behind, step right with your right foot, kick your left foot to the right, step left to your left foot, kick your right foot to the left. That’s it! You really can learn to dance in the Greek folk style!

How To Practice This Dance

It might be easiest to try to learn this dance by yourself or with one other friend. Now, think about the six steps to this dance. Once you can visualize them, it is easier to refer to the steps as: right, left behind, right, kick, left, kick. Make sure that you understand what these directions really mean, though, so that you’re not kicking with the wrong foot, etc.

Take these six steps very slowly at first. Once you complete the last step, …

Dresses for Plus Size Women

Dresses for Plus Size Women

Most plus size women believe that magazines and dresses are modeled after only petite sized women. The truth is that many present day dress designers are catering for larger women and making plus size dresses. Whether it is a wedding dress to a cocktail dress for a cocktail party, a plus size woman can definitely find a dress for her needs.

The main consideration for a plus size woman to take is that the dress needs to flatter her positive features and hide the negative. A good tip is that dresses for larger women should be solid and made of dark hues. This is very fitting and flattering to the body. A nice solid dark black dress will make the body appear much slimmer and overall be much more flattering. As far as patterns are concerned, thin vertical stripes are good because they elongate the look of the body which makes the body appear much more slim. Besides that type of pattern, most should be avoided.

Cocktail dresses for plus size women should also be worn on their won, without large accessories. The accessories should be very minimal and subtle, if any at all. Big pieces will add bulk to the look and give an image of a larger body.

As far as wedding dresses are concerned, the dress should be very flattering and comfortable. A wedding is a once in a lifetime moment when a women gets to look her best in front of all her loved ones and family. It is a day that all eyes will be on her, especially when wearing the correct type of dress. A good wedding dress is one that will accentuate the positive points in the body and minimize the negative. For example, a woman with nice, toned legs, but not so great arms will want to wear a long sleeve wedding dress that is shorter in length. This way the arms are hidden and the legs can be shown off.

No matter what the occasion is, one can find a dress for a plus size woman. Whether it is a wedding dress or a dress to wear for a brunch, there is a style and fit for every type of body. The most important thing to remember for plus size women is to wear a dress to show off the good parts of the body and to wear toilet accessories that can add bulk or even take away from the entire look. …