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A Few Tips to Dancing at Your Wedding

Yes, you might feel terrified at the very thought of dancing publically in front of all your friends and family. Who wants to look stupid on the dance floor? But don’t worry, because we’ve got you covered with these tips to keep in mind.

Choose a song that’s easy to dance to

Look for a song whose beat is clear enough to dance to easily. Whether you choose an old classic or a contemporary song, you need to be comfortable with its beat. Find a song that both of you are familiar with, and which is easy for you to fall in rhythm with. Oh, and while you’re choosing a song, make sure it doesn’t have any inappropriate lyrics or hidden meanings! A lot of songs may sound romantic, but have some dirty undertones!

Make sure it’s a dance both of you can do

It’s possible that one person is a better dancer than the other, in which case the better dancer is going to have to make some allowances and come down to the level of the less capable one. You don’t want to force your partner into learning a dance that’s too complicated for them, only to have them blank on the floor. Go for easy little steps.

Hold a good dance position and don’t sway

Practice beforehand so you know how to hold a proper dance position that allows you to feel connected to your partner when you dance. Plus, it’ll stop you from looking down at your feet, and allow you to have eye contact with your partner. This should also enable you to look great in the photos since you won’t look worried about stepping on your partner’s toes. And don’t sway! That’s just going to give you a very high school look.

Only dance for three minutes

Make sure the dance is under three minutes in order to prevent your guests from getting bored. They want to join in the fun too, so finish your dance within an appropriate amount of time and open up the dance floor to everyone.

Be confident and have fun

Enter the dance floor with confidence. You may not be the best dancer, but it’s still your special day! All eyes are going to be on you, and little missteps you make will probably be laughed off in the spirit of the occasion. The important thing is to stand tall, keep your head up and step confidently to the floor. Let the music play for a few seconds to get you in the zone, and then go for it!

And remember to have fun. The stress that comes with dancing in front of a load of people can make it easy to forget that this part is supposed to be enjoyable and memorable. Enjoy the dance, smile at your partner, and forget about how worthy of a video the dance might be. Lean into the moment and focus on having a good time. The genuine smiles on your faces alone will make it worth It in the end, since they’ll make for the best pictures.

Reciting Wedding Vows like a Pro

When the time comes to recite your wedding vows, there is a chance you will start getting the public speaking fright. All eyes will be on your when you’re declaring your love and lifelong commitment to the partner. However, luckily, we have come up with a few strategies that will allow you to recite your wedding vows like a pro!

Practice, Practice and More Practice

If you have spent a good time in writing your vows, you will not want to look at them while you are reciting them to your partner, in front of all the people that are sitting. Therefore, to save yourself from this mishap, practice your wedding vows as many times as you want before the wedding. This is extremely helpful because this way you will be making eye contact with everyone and delivering it well to your partner.

Talking Clearly and Slowly

When reciting wedding vows, it is important to recite them clearly and slowly. Many times, people start talking fast because of nervousness. If you have the tendency to do so, make sure you acknowledge it while practicing so you can stop doing so. You have to make sure your partner can hear and understand everything you are saying and all the guests can hear you clearly as well.

Visualize Your Wedding Vows

This activity is helpful in order for you to see what you want the outcome to be like. Say your wedding vows in your head a couple of times and picture the outcome. Imagine your partner in front of you and say the vows, think about how your friends and family will be coming to you and congratulating you on your marriage. Visualizing a positive outcome will motivate your to prepare well for the big day.

Hear Yourself

Once you have written your wedding vows, make sure you are reading them aloud. Reciting your vows loudly for yourself will allow you to identify any errors. Once you are happy with how they are sounding aloud, you can practice in front of a close friend or a family member. This will not only boost your confidence, but you will also get another opinion on it.

Take Deep Breaths and Relax

If you are getting nervous before reciting the vows, it is important to take a deep breath so you can calm yourself. Although there will be many other people listening to your vows, they will only be directed to your partner; therefore, there is no reason to feel scared. In addition, if you say something different than what you had written, you can skip that part. Nobody knows what was written on the paper other than you, so there is no reason to freak out!

 

Now that you know how to recite your wedding vows like a pro, you can begin solving the other wedding issues!

The History and the tradition of the Bridal Veil.

In ancient wedding rituals, the lifting of the veil (blusher) symbolizes the groom taking possession of the wife, protecting the bride from evil spirits, the revelation of the bride by her parents, to the groom, for his approval. In Medieval times, it was worn as a symbol of purity and chastity.  In arranged marriages, the veil was used to save everyone embarrassment, that the groom might not like the bride whom he sees for the first time, at their wedding.  In many religions, the veil symbolizes humility and respect before God, during a religious ceremony. During Victorian times, the Royals had the longest veils and the longest trains, which symbolized their status.

Today, generally, we assume the groom has seen his bride and won’t be disappointed and that the evil spirits most likely don’t exist.  So the tradition of the veil is more of a finishing touch to the brides attire.  A veil not only ties together the whole bridal look, but choosing a veil is almost as personal and emotional of a decision as selecting the gown itself.  9 out of 10 bridal entourages wind up crying the minute a veil is put on the bride, who is standing before them, in the gown she just said yes to!  Why?  Because it becomes so real, right then and there.

There are so many styles of veils, that it almost seems that no two veils are alike.  From raw or cut edged veils, to beaded or ribbon edged veils, the possibilities are truly endless.  But here are some basic veil terminologies that can help decide which veil is right for you.

Basic and most common Veil Styles:

Shoulder or fly away veil:  These are typically shorter veils, usually at shoulder or just below the shoulder in length.  They are usually a raw or cut edge, meaning there is nothing trimming the veil.  It’s just short and sweet.

Elbow Length:  Veil will be just at elbow length.

Fingertip Length:  Is just what it alludes to, the veil will end just at your fingertips.  This is a very common veil length because it’s not too light and it’s not too heavy.  It can be raw edge or trimmed with beading, lace or anything.

Waltz Length:  Typically about 60” long.  This is in between fingertip and chapel length veils.

Chapel Length:  Usually runs between 90”-108”

Cathedral Length:  Usually runs between 108” and 120”, but these are the super long and dramatic veils you will typically see for effect.

Keep in mind that veil length is not the only decision you will need to make.  You may also want a blusher.  That’s the piece that actually covers your face.  Often times, bridal salons make the blushers detachable, so the bride can keep the veil on for the rest of the evening and just remove the facial veil or blusher, as we refer to it.

Edging and trim of the veil is what we look for to help match the look of the bridal gown.  All of these options are what make each bride stand apart from the next one.  No two brides usually look the same.  Accessorizing the bridal gown is key to personalizing each bride.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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