Rent the Dress For Less

Why should the boys be the only ones who can rent their wedding attire? With so many different occasions involved with your wedding why not take some of the strain off your budget and rent, plus you get the chance to wear some seariously nice digs, with out the price tag.

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Mix & Match Bridesmaids

Mix and Match bridesmaid’s dresses have been becoming more and more popular for quite some time now. It is a style that I think is great for so many reasons. We all know that we each have different body types and personal styles. With a mix and match style, your girls can all choose a dress that they look and feel the best in.

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Pantone Wedding Colors 2016

 If you haven't heard of Pantone, they are a world renowned authority on color and providing color systems. Every year they name the colors of the year and everything from fashion and home decor to weddings will reflect these color selections. 

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Wedding Trend: Bridal Cape

Love the idea of something trailing behind you as you walk down the aisle, but want something more unique than the traditional veil or train? Capes and caplets seem to be one of the most popular (and unexpected) trends from the most recent bridal runway season. I am looking forward to seeing some of these at our weddings soon, we love this look. Perfect for those with a flair for the dramatic.  Designers featured gowns with these lacey and romantic cover-ups in their latest wedding dress collections. And the adornment isn't just for fashion-forward brides looking to make a style statement on their big day — capes are a great alternative for ladies who need a modest layer for a religious ceremony but want the flexibility of removing that layer for the reception.

And while a blinged-out, full-length layer is certainly glam, there's more subdued, sheer lace caplets out there, too.

Here, are few beautiful capes we have found, take a look. We certainly hope this runway-inspired trend continues to pop up in the wedding world!

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Watch this space for more wedding trends to come!

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7 Money Saving Wedding Tips

Money Saving Wedding Tips

When planning your wedding it really is staggering how quickly costs can add up. There are so many elements to consider for your wedding from the flowers to the dress, there are ways to save. I have some great money saving wedding tips. It is possible to have a beautiful wedding that your guests will always remember on a budget.

Prioritize

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Sit down with your partner and decide on your top five priorities. It is so easy to get caught up in the details and your families expectations along the planning process but just remember that this is supposed to be about YOU! So if your favorite DJ is a must, you need to have peonies or if you already have that perfect designer dress in mind get that down first so you can decide where it is most important to spend your money.

Guest List

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The biggest money saver of all is keeping your guest list small. Most of your costs will be per person or per table and the more people the more money. The difference in cost of 100 to 150 is quite significant. Start by making three lists; the short short list: those people who must be in attendance, the short list: those people who you would like to attend and the dream list: the list of anyone you can possibly think of. Try keeping the number low by refraining from inviting children or coworkers. Only invite spouses and significant others not casual dates. Another great option for keeping your numbers down is, get out of town! If you are getting married where you were born and raised you may feel obligated to invite everyone and their brother. Consider doing a destination wedding so you won't have to invite all the neighbors. A great rule of thumb is don't invite more people than you can spend at least one minute with each. If you invite 300 people it would take 5 hours to spend one minute with each one! Also consider keeping your bridal party small. You'll save on bridesmaids / groomsmen gifts and flowers. In addition it will save you a ton of precious time on your wedding day when comes to taking all your photos.

Booze

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An important part of any celebration and in many cases one of the most expensive. There are a couple of options to save here. Consider doing a signature drink rather than a full open bar. We often do Vodka Key Lime Coolers or Tropical Rum Punch. Find a venue that will let you bring in your own booze, rather than paying per drink or per person for an open bar. Then find deals at your local liquor stores or bulk bargain stores like Costco or BJ's. Another cost saver is skip the champagne toast, 50% of people who are served champagne for a toast don't even touch it, 25% will have a sip just because it is there. People will already have their drink of choice in hand for the toast. Keep the bubbly at the bar and serve it only to those who ask for it.

Flowers

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Flowers can be a big cost for many brides between the centerpieces, accent arrangements, bouquets and boutonnieres it adds up fast. Stick with flowers that are in season and local at the time of your wedding. If you have a specific flower or fruit in mind that you want to use, do your research on seasons before picking your date. Consider using bud vases, not only are they beautiful they require a lot less stems than huge arrangements and can easily be assembled by your bridesmaids or coordinator, no florist necessary. Choose flowers with a large bloom, the bigger the flower the less stems needed for a large arrangement or bouquet. Use non-floral accent pieces like lanterns, driftwood, candles or vintage books and suitcases.

The Cake

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Huge tiered cakes with intricate and custom designs can break the budget. If you really still want the look of the fancy cake, get a small one just for cutting and serve your guests a regular sheet cake. Steer clear of sugar flowers. While they are beautiful it takes great skill and lots of time to make them. Use fresh flowers instead. Consider buying regular sheet cakes and stacking them yourself using baking dowels from your local craft store, then decorate with fresh flowers.

The Dress

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There are loads of websites out there now like tradsey.com, oncewed.com and preownedweddingdress.com where you can find great deals on pre-worn or sometimes even brand new designer dresses at a fraction of the cost. Consider selling your dress on one of these sites to recoup some of the cost. Also give out your details on designers websites for special sales and trunk shows.

The Honeymoon

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Fly for free! Do your wedding spending on a card that will rack up airline miles so you and your new spouse can fly for free to your honeymoon. Do some research on airlinecreditcards.com. This day in age most couples getting married already have all their housewares. Rather than a registry at a home goods store ask your guests to contribute to your honeymoon with a site like honeyfund.com.

There are lots of money saving wedding tips! My last tip: hire a professional. With years of experience working with their bride's budgets they will have lots of cost saving tips and ideas for you. They also have relationships with vendors and can help you save there too. Call us at Caribbean Catering for more information on your wedding and how we can help you stay in budget!

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Boho Chic Decor

I don't know about you, but I am in love with everything house and home from Anthropologie. They have such a great style and uniqueness in all of their lines. If I could, I would decorate my whole house with their stuff! The last time I was wishful shopping their website I was thrilled to see they now have a wedding brand. They have put together an amazing collection of off-beat, vintage inspired decor items. They even have attire for everyone moms, guests and brides. The style they convey has influences of bohemian and hippie and the style is on the rise. It is very romantic and feminine at its heart and that's why I love it for wedding decor. Even you don't buy anything it is certainly a great place to find some inspiration. It is a great place to find super cute odds and ends, like table numbers and cake toppers.

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They have a great selection of ceremony accessories, from back drops to ring holders. I like this gilded seashell ring holder.

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I am so loving the paper plate selection!

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The centerpieces are to die for! I am so into these Ivory Hobnail Vases.

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They also have a line of stationary that leaves nothing out. The place card selection is on point and there are cards for the mother and father of the groom on my wedding day. A very nice touch for your parents. Also super cute cards for your soon to be partner!

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One thing that can slip your mind when planning all the details is gifts for your bridesmaids and mother. They have a great selection of gifts for bridesmaids, mothers and even for the couple. I think these Minimergency Kits make a super cute bridesmaid gift with out breaking the bank at only $18.00 each.

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The range of dresses they carry is in word, dreamy. They also have a full line of bridal shoes and accessories as well as lingerie for the wedding night.

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Visit Anthropologie's new wedding brand's webiste, BHLDN, for the full line of products, look book and inspiration boards. Contact us at Caribbean Catering for more ideas on styling a boho chic beach wedding.

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History of the Wedding Dress

Contemporary Weddings are a symbol of love and commitment between the bride and groom. However, historically weddings were more like a business transaction between two families and rarely for love. Most weddings were arranged in order to form a beneficial alliance. So therefore, since the bride was meant to represent her family the dress was meant to show her family in the best possible light. Especially in terms of their wealth and social status. wedding dress

Peasant brides did not purchase a new dress, they simply wore their finest gown. They were not usually white, in fact they were often black! Brides of wealthy families wore rich fabrics in bold colors and layers of fur to show the wealth and social status of her family and guests. Blue was a rather popular color for early wedding dresses as it was said to represent purity. The dark color also hid stains and imperfections well.

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Prior to the Victorian era white was not a common color for a wedding dress. Although there are a few documented instances including Phillipa of England in 1406 and Mary Queen of Scots in 1559. Wearing a white wedding dress on your wedding day did not become popular until 1840, following the marriage of Queen Victoria. She wore white to incorporate lace that she highly prized. Their official wedding portrait was widely published and inspired many other brides to choose white in accordance with the queen. A few years following Queen Victoria's marriage, early women's magazines and publications declared white was the best shade for a bride.

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From then on if you were someone, you wore white to your wedding. Even still white was a hard color to achieve and preserve in that time, so only the most wealthy could afford a white dress. With that said, you could hardly consider the dresses white, or even eggshell, as bleaching technology of the day was poor.

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During the great depression the white wedding dress went by the wayside, as people were hit with hard times. Often wearing just their Sunday best regardless of color. Following the economic boom of the second half of the 20th century once again white became the color of choice. Such as the iconic weddings of Grace Kelly and Princess Diana.

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Today Brides can choose from hundreds of colors and styles, however in western weddings white, ecru and ivory are still the most popular. About 75% of the wedding dress market is accounted for by strapless gowns. However we are starting to see a resurgence of sleeved dresses and those more like the styles of the early 1900's.

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How do you feel about a colored wedding dress? Will you go strapless or go with a sleeve? Picking the dress can feel daunting with so many choices.  Just be glad that today you marry for love and you get to love the dress too!

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References:

Picone, Kiri. (2013, August 1). The Intriguing History of the Wedding Gown. http://all-that-is-interesting.com/history-of-wedding-gowns/2

Wedding dress. (2015, February 15). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19:30, February 26, 2015, fromhttp://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wedding_dress&oldid=647244099