Monday, January 28, 2013

Wedding trends for 2013!!!

Welcome to 2013 everyone!! We both hope this year will be wonderful for all of you!

Here at modern girls wedding we are not one to follow trends, we believe everyone should pick and choose for themselves but I could not help but notice all the ‘trends’ so here are a few for you. Inspiration comes from all different places so hopefully some of you lovely people can find some here or just have a good laugh!!

Food trucks/stations- As wedding receptions become more laid back in 2013 food stations will be popping up all over the place. Serving fun snack foods like popcorn, lollies, hot dogs even mashed potatoes. Even the good old ice cream trucks are set to be a popular addition to a relaxed reception. Probably not suited for a formal wedding in my opinion but each to their own

Floral or coloured wedding dresses- Apparently white is on the way out, taking its place is a range of coloured wedding dresses as well as floral print gowns. I’m assuming this is due to a few celebrities getting married in 2012 who said ido in a coloured gown! I really doubt they will take the place of white but I think if you’re after something different, colours are for you!!

Dresses with pockets- It would seem some designers have now suddenly felt the need to add pockets to wedding gowns making them functional as well as fashionable. What I’m wondering is why has it taken so long and what would you put in your wedding dress pocket???

Bird themed weddings- I’m not too sure about this one....2012 saw an increase of birdcages used as centrepieces and instead of wishing wells but some people are suggesting that this idea will be taken even further with the use of nests and even eggs as decorations as well as favours. Bird themed invitations, place cards and bird shaped bridesmaid jewellery are said to make an appearance in 2013. Also taking this theme in my opinion a little too far, feathered heard pieces instead of veils....I will be keeping an eye out to see if this ‘trend’ takes off

Button bouquets- Not everyone is into flowers and while these lovely creations have been around for a while they are becoming more popular in 2013. They can also be more cost effective if you make them yourself and it’s something you can keep forever. Also a great option if you suffer from hay fever!!

Reception lounge- this was seen in 2012 but will be taken to a new level this year. People will be finding reception places with enough room to accommodate a lounge area near the dance floor where people can sit and relax with a few cocktails after dancing. Sounds pretty good to me!!

Broadcasting weddings online- With technology coming along in leaps and bounds, this one is going to seen everywhere in 2013. With many people having family and friends spread out all over the world this can be very useful. Some guests for various reasons will be unable to attend your wedding but you don’t want them to miss out on your amazing day so broadcasting your wedding ceremony as well as your reception online can be the way to share every special moment with your loved ones.

Groom spending –Wedding budgets are set to increase due to grooms splashing out some extra cash on things they want included in their day. While I love the thought of grooms becoming more involved with the planning process id be a bit worried ladies!

1920’s vintage themed weddings- Vintage has become a very popular wedding theme in the last few years and brides will be diving into the past to get inspiration from the roaring 1920’s. This is due to televisions shows such as Downtown Abbey and a remake of the Great Gatsby set to be released later this year. Long strands of Pearls, drop wasted gowns, soft lace and ivory tones as well as beaded head pieces instead of veils are what we will be seeing this year.

Camping style weddings ‘glamping’- this one is pretty self explanatory, with more relaxed celebrations becoming the first choice for a lot of couples it’s no surprise that this idea is becoming more and more popular. Especially when celebrities like Matthew McConaughey treated his wedding guests to 3 days of ‘glamping’. Imagine ultra-luxe safari style tents with furniture, cosy white fur rugs on the floor, outdoor seating with doormats at the front, heating, air con, electricity and high-end linens. No sleeping on the floor involved! Now that sounds like my kind of camping.

Top colour of 2013- Mint. With the colour mint being splashed around on the runways all around the world it’s no surprise some designers will be using it in their bridal lines. I quite like it, it’s soft and can be used with other colours such as ivory and white without standing out too much, so ladies if you want to add a little colour to your wedding, this year mint is it!

Well there you have it, the expected trends of 2013! I know I will be watching to see which of these take off and which of them crash and burn...only time will tell J

 Keep true to your own style as well as yourself and your future spouse and you will have the best wedding ever! Happy Planning lovelies!

K & C

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hens party !!!!!

I didn't want a Hens Party were you stay out late and get really drunk. I also have a lot of friends with little kids so it really wasn't a option, Plus if I invite them to my party that way it would have to be child friendly and they couldn't surprise me with a stripper ( I would have died if they had !!!!) Call me a prude or whatever, don't get me wrong i do enjoy a good strip show, but not when its  thrust in my face if you know what i mean !
I am a non drink and non smoker and all I need for a good time is great company and a glass of water or OJ :)

I run my local crochet and knitting group and we have over 35 members
Due to the fact that I am not a millionaire, inviting all my ladies to my wedding was not an option :(
I decided that I would have a big party and celebrate that way. 

Being the cheapo that I am, I  made my own invitations and just bought colored paper to print them on. In total my invitations cost me $15 - trust me when I say that is a lot cheaper than getting them made !

I was asked by many of my guests if I wanted gifts - a bit of a background story - I have been with my Hubby to be for over 11 years so we have just about everything we need or want 
I asked that no one was to buy gifts but some people can be very stubborn and insisted they get me something. I told them that a plate of cookies or slice would be a perfect item to bring - Some of the ladies in my group are AWESOME baker's so I knew they would cook up a storm (plus it helped with keeping the cost of the party down)
I bit the bullet and hired chairs and tables at a cost of $150 - If you can borrow chairs or tables i would say go for it, I had so many guests that organising that would have been a nightmare
I had plastic plates, knives, forks, spoons

I had the Mad Hatters afternoon T party as my theme and put on the invite that if the guests turned up with out something in their hair or on their head I would make them do something silly - I didn't tell them that i would never do that to them LOLOL but it got some excellent creativity with their hats and some even dressed up !

How to keep cost's down
Borrow chairs and tables
Make as much food as you can instead of hiring a caterer 
Get friends to help out
Instead of gifts ask guests if they don't mind to bring a plate of food - some may think this is rude but if people offer, take it :)
Have the party at home
Shop around for best prices !!!
$1 or $2 stores are the best places to get plastic plates etc and also decorations 

Get as creative as you want !!!
I had just about run out of $$$ when it came to games, you can find HEAPS of items around the house to use for games 

Peg game 
You will need 
heaps of clothes pegs - 4-5 per guest  
1 pen
a piece of paper with he alphabet on it - this is for your use to call out the alphabet in a random order, when you have called out a letter cross it off  
How to play
randomly call out a letter of the alphabet
Example - D - the guests have to yell out a word starting with G that is RELATED To a wedding - Answer could be Dress
Example - W - Wedding
Example -  S - Sex - you will have some cheeky guest so get ready for all types of answers LOLOL
So when a guest calls out a correct answer they get a peg

Guest with the most pegs wins
This game can work with many party's - Baby Showers - Birthdays etc 

To go with the peg game, when guests arrive give them 2 pegs, tell them that they are not aloud to CROSS THEIR LEGS - this could be sitting down or standing up 
At first no one will cross their legs but with in 15 minuted they will relax and forget and BAM thats when you strike and take 1 of their pegs. 

Sammy from Art V's Cupcake made my AWESOME AWESOME cupcakes !!!!

Thanks for reading my blog post 
Clare xx

Friday, October 26, 2012

Is pink the new white???

I don't know about you but I got a bit of a surprise when I saw Jessica Biel's pink wedding dress when she finally married Justin Timberlake last week!!! She wore a custom, strapless petal pink coloured Giambattista Valli haute couture gown made of silk mousseline and silk organza. Her veil which consisted of her mothers heirloom pearls was also created for her by Giambattista Valli. Its about time the poor girl got her wedding day, she has waited long enough but I know I would wait for a bit of Justin too! :)

Although she is not the first celebrity to wear pink on her big day, it seems to be a favourite amongst the fashionable celebs! Gwen Stefani wore a custom made pink and faille wedding dress and an antique lace veil both made by John Galliano and Resse Witherspoon was also pretty in pink when she married Jim Toth last year. She wore a custom designed Monique Lhuillier blush-hued gown with a Chantilly lace corset bodice and a full tulle A-line skirt. Also aussie actress Portia de Rossi wore a backless pink dress by Zac Ponsen with a cinderella tutu for her backyard wedding to Ellen De Generes in 2008.

So with so many celebs going down the coloured dress road what do you think? would you be brave enough to wear pink or any other colour on your big day? Alot of wedding gown stores are keeping coloured dresses in stock and the colours available these days are beautiful so why not try one on for size when your dress shopping! Just a little food for thought!

Happy coloured dress shopping ladies!!

K & C

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