A Cinderella Fairytale Wedding

Every bride to be starts with an inspiration or thought as to how their wedding can be not only beautiful, but unique. Inspiration may be found in day to day activities, magazines, hobbies, or even romance novels or fairtales.

To help out brides along, we’ll be publishing great wedding ceremony and wedding reception ideas to help inspire you to create the wedding of your dreams – whether you just needed a few new tips or find yourself loving one of our complete wedding themes and just need to make it yours.

One of our all time favorites is the Cinderella Fairytale Wedding. Read on to see how one bride made her fairytale come true.

A Cinderella Fairytale Wedding

A pure white dress, flowing down to the floor, a train of endless length following gracefully behind, the veil placed strategically under a crown fit for a queen. This is our Princess, and this is her fairytale wedding.

Just imagine walking into a ballroom draped in exquisite gold fabrics and a red carpet leading down to two thrones in the middle. Gold and silver chairs on both sides of the long red carpet. The carpet comes to an end at three steps leading up to a platform of gold and white, two tall thrones, decorated in jewels and dark colored cushions, sitting side-by-side, the prince standing before the left throne. A grand organ in the back right corner of the ballroom plays the wedding theme as the princess makes her way down the carpet, her long train following behind.

She is wearing a flowing gown, a long veil, a gold crown on top of the veil. She is simple, yet elegant, with a gold necklace around her neck, decorated with a charm, or maybe she prefers a stunning Victorian inspired pearl necklace set. The dress is white, maybe with a gold trim, white strapped heels decorate her feet. A gorgeous bouquet of white roses (bridal white signifies happy love), a small gold ribbon keeps these roses bundled together.

The bridesmaids to the right are dressed in light colored Victorian ball gowns, long gloves matching their gowns, and each one is holding a single yellow rose in their hand (a yellow rose means “I care”, and signifies friendship), the groomsmen to the left in white gloves and tuxes, all standing in front of the platform, but not blocking the stairs up. Victorian style jewelry would be perfect for these gorgeous bridesmaids. The prince is dressed in a tux as well, with white gloves on, but unlike his groomsmen, he has one white rose pinned to the front of his tux.

The couple give their final kiss, and turn to their audience. As the ceremony comes to a close, the couple walk side by side down the long red carpet, white rice being tossed into the air, not at our couple, and they go outside to be greeted by two white horses, and a round white carriage. The couple ride off in this Cinderella style carriage.

For the after party of the happy couple, the fairytale can be carried over to the wedding reception. The room can be costumed in a Victorian ball style; gold, deep red, and white would be the ideal colors. The tables can be draped in deep red cloth with gold trim, white plates on top, a bouquet of white and red roses (these two colors combined symbolize unity) in gold vases in the center of each table.

The tables all surround a dance floor in the middle of the room, white and red rose petals scattered across, this will be where the couple shall share their first dance as a married couple and it should be special. A small stage beside the dance floor would be perfect for a small band.

Most importantly, the couple, as well as their guests, should enjoy themselves, so dance the night away! Don’t forget to thank your guests with Fairytale Wedding Favors so they’ll always remember your happily ever after fairytale wedding.

Wedding Hairstyle Updos; What You Need To Know About The Updo Hairstyle

formal_wedding_updos_hairstyleHair updos provide the perfect style for any occasion. Wedding updos can be elegant, sophisticated, and beautiful. Prom updos can be fun and flirty or classy and gorgeous. Similarly, hair updos can provide a casual look for day to day activities or a business look for work. Or, those looking for a little added sex appeal can experiment with a variety of hair updos to let the sultry side shine.

Half Up/Half Down Hair Updos

One interesting variation of hair updos is the half up/half down style. These modified hair updos involve pinning up part of the hair while allowing the rest of the hair to flow around the shoulders or back. These hair updos can look stunning on a wedding day or they can look sexy for a night on the town.

Women with fine hair sometimes have a difficult time with half up/half down style hair updos because the pins holding it in place have a tendency to slip. Therefore, it is generally best to treat the hair ahead of time with plenty of gel and holding spray and to use many bobby pins.

Creating Half Up/Half Down Hair Updos
Even if the hair is not thin, it is best to refrain from washing the hair for at least 24 hours before creating a half up/half down style. This is because the natural oils in the hair help the parts and knots used in these hair updos stay tight and long lasting. If the hair has been recently washed, it needs to be treated with hair spray or gel to prep it for styling.
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After the hair is ready for hair updos, it should be brushed thoroughly and made free of tangles and knots. Then, sections of about 1-2″ thickness should be created and straightened with a flat iron. After the hair has been allowed to cool, the tail of a rattail comb should be used to create a side part. This part should extend from the front of the hairline to about 2 inches from the crown of the head.

The hair should then be brushed from the part to the hairline’s opposite side. Then, the new section that has been created should be pulled behind the ear. The stylist should then use her hands and a paddle brush to smooth the hair in order to contain all of the random hairs within the new section.

The hair should then be temporarily clipped behind the ear. One small strand of hair can also be pulled from the new section in order to create an accent piece. This strand should be taken from near the eyebrow and it can be left either straight or slightly curled.

formal_wedding_updos_hairstyle-14.jpgNext, the other side of the hair should be brushed until it is smooth. It should be brushed behind the other ear and also clipped temporarily. Each section can then be unclipped from behind the ears one at a time. The sections should then be separated equally into bottom and top sections, making each section into two new sections. The bottom portion should be pulled into a loose ponytail in order to keep it out of the way for the next step.

Then, one of the top sections should be brushed toward the middle of the back portion of the head and rolled into a fairly flat and horizontal hair roll. It should be pinned securely and flatly against the scalp. It is generally necessary to add a light gel or a setting lotion to each section of the hair at this point. Otherwise, the hair may be too slippery and will not hold well.

The other top section should then also be rolled to the middle and back section of the head. It is important to be sure to slightly overlap the first section that was rolled. The second roll needs to be pinned in a fashion that hides the first roll. The entire area then needs to be sprayed with hairspray in order to keep it in place.

A large decorative clip, a flower, or other hair accessory can then be added. Not only is this attractive, it also helps to hide the overlapping hair rolls. For a little more pizzazz, a bit of glitter gel can also be added to the sides or back.

The sections that were being temporarily held in loose ponytails can then be let out. A curling iron can be used to create a soft bend in the ends of the hair. These will also need to be sprayed in order to hold them in place.

Top 6 Disney Wedding Items Sold on eBay

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  TOP 6 DISNEY WEDDING ITEMS ON eBAY
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Put a Twinkle in Your Lovebird’s Eye, Disney Style

Put a Twinkle in Your Lovebird’s Eye, Disney StylePut a Twinkle in Your Lovebird’s Eye, Disney Style

By Cara Goldsbury

Believe in Magic. If Walt Disney World is a land of magic it follows that it’s also a land of love. Amorous venues and storybook settings thrive in the land of Mickey Mouse. Here’s a step-by-step plan to help you light the spark that’ll put a twinkle in your lovebird’s eye.grand-floridian-romantic-disney-hotel

Indulge Yourselves at Victoria & Albert’s. Fine dining in an intimate setting combined with virtually flawless service sets Victoria and Albert’s apart. You’ll be treated to Wedgwood china, Christofle silver, Frette linens, Riedel crystal, and even personalized menus. A seasonal prix fixe dinner includes six sumptuous courses served by an ultra-professional wait staff, accompanied by lovely strains of music plucked by a harpist. It’s simply the ultimate in romantic dining. The lady leaves with a long-stemmed rose, the gentleman with the proverbial feather in his cap.

Capture the Romance of an African Safari at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. And don’t dare book anything less than a savanna view room or suite so you’ll get as close to the action as you possibly can. Enjoy breakfast on your balcony while giraffes nibble at the tree tops and gazelles frolic on the grassland. Later, after a long day at the parks, a bottle of champagne will set the mood for an enchanting evening sunset followed by dinner at the resort’s signature restaurant, Jiko. And don’t worry if your travel plans don’t coincide with a full moon. In true Disney fashion a shimmery moonlit effect is on order each night to assure you of a romantic nocturnal setting. It really is one of Disney’s best themed resorts.

Send a Postcard from Paradise. The tiki-lit Polynesian Resort is almost as satisfying as a trip to the South Pacific. Soft Hawaiian melodies set a dreamy mood throughout the resort’s luxuriant grounds where ducks and ibis roam the thick, grassy lawns and rabbits hop along meandering pathways lined with volcanic rock. As the sky darkens, three white-sand beaches dotted with hammocks and lounge chairs entice you to relax with your sweetheart and take in the Magic Kingdom’s breathtaking fireworks spectacular.

Cozy Up For a Carriage Ride. Bring your own beverages, a couple of glasses, and enjoy the moonlight and romance of the idyllic, pine-filled grounds at Disney’s Fort Wilderness. Your private horse-drawn carriage ride is a rare excursion through the scenery of old Florida, a fast disappearing way of life where a myriad of wildlife including deer, peacocks, ducks, and more still roam.

Pamper Yourselves With a Couple’s Spa Treatment. Imagine relaxing together while enjoying the Romantic Couples Massage at the Grand Floridian Spa where each person receives an aromatherapy massage in a candlelit room. Choose an aromatic side-by-side massage in a beautiful Balinese-style treatment room, followed by a river-rocked rimmed hydrotherapy tub with The Time For Two Massage at the Walt Disney World Dolphin’s luxurious Mandara Spa. Or try a romantic duet at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Spa with the Couple’s Relaxation as you and your partner switch in the same room between an aromatherapy massage and hydrotherapy. Whatever your choice, you will emerge in a calm and romantic state-of-mind.

Hop On Board Your Own Personal Love Boat. Rendezvous on your very own yacht for an intimate evening on the Seven Seas Lagoon aboard a 52-foot Sea Ray, the Grand I. Arrange for hors d’oeuvres and wine onboard to toast the glorious evening in anticipation of a course-by-course dinner served by your own personal butler. End the evening on the glistening water with a spellbinding and oh-so-private view of the Wishes fireworks.

Stay In. One privilege of choosing one of Disney’s luxurious accommodations is the sheer enjoyment of it for its own sake and simply time alone. Plenty of room to spread out and luxuriate in comfy robes, listen to soft music on the stereo, order a nice bottle of wine, put your feet up, and just snuggle. And be sure to book a room with picture perfect views of one of Disney’s lovely waterways. It’s the perfect ending to a perfect day.

Stroll the “World”. There’s nothing quite like Epcot’s World Showcase after sunset. The lights, the music, the restaurants, the quiet nooks, the entertainment – it all adds up to one exotic and entrancing place. Plan dinner at Bistro de Paris, a charming belle ?poque dining room with an air of exclusivity. It’s the perfect setting for enjoying charming French accents and delicious cuisine prepared simply in tantalizing sauces. A dessert of crepe suzette prepared and flamb?ed tableside or the perfect apple tart with calvados while lingering over cordials and coffee is definitely my idea of a nightcap, itself romantically capped by Epcot’s spectacular Illuminations show.

Renew Your Vows. All this romantic talk is bound to ignite a desire to recharge your marriage with a fairy tale ceremony. Choose from a variety of magical settings from a service overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Polynesian or Grand Floridian Resort to a stunning backdrop of Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom. Arrive in style in a vintage Rolls Royce or even a horse drawn carriage. Hire a bagpiper to play at sunset. Surprise everyone with a private fireworks presentation. Really, just about anything your heart desires.

So if you believe in magic, I highly recommend Walt Disney World. It’s a surefire way to make your romance sparkle.

Cara Goldsbury, is the author of The Luxury Guide to Walt Disney World? Resort, a guide book designed for travelers who desire to experience the Walt Disney World? Resort without sacrificing luxury and style.

With over 30 years of experience in the travel industry, and after innumerable visits to the Walt Disney World? Resort – where she has stayed at the most luxurious resorts, dined at the finest restaurants and been lavishly entertained in style – she is now considered an authority on Disney luxury travel. Cara has appeared as a leading Disney expert on two Travel Channel specials, Disney Splurge! and Disney Royalty. She has also been cited numerous times in national news articles, in such notable publications as Forbes Traveler, as an expert on the Walt Disney World? Resort.

Cara has assembled a team consisting of only the best and most knowledgeable Disney travel specialists from around the country to create Glass Slipper Concierge. Glass Slipper Concierge originated from a desire to offer a client centric option to those who want an exceptional and unforgettable Disney vacation. Much like the classic fairytale Cinderella in which Cinderella’s prince tirelessly scoured the kingdom until he found the girl whose foot fit perfectly into the glass slipper, the travel specialists of Glass Slipper Concierge will work diligently to advise you on all aspects of your Disney vacation, down to the tiniest detail, until your vacation fits you perfectly.

Visit Cara at http://WDWLuxuryGuide.com or at http://GlassSlipperConcierge.com

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Disney Happily Ever After Contest

Want to have your own Royal Wedding? Well, you can try to win one with Disney’s Happily Ever After contest. Just upload a photo and share your love story. You could win a Royal Wedding Celebration with Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings at Walt Disney World and a $1,000 Wedding dress gift card from Disney Fairy Tale Weddings by Alfred Angelo. I think I will enter because you can win to get a vow renewal too! Here’s the link to enter: http://family.go.com/happily-ever-after-contest/.  Good luck!

I Now Pronounce You Paid In Full: Who Pays for What During the Wedding

There’s no two ways about it: weddings are expensive. Paying for every detail is enough to drain any family’s financial coffers and – even worse – leave them wrestling with debt. Especially for new couples paying their own way during the wedding, the expenses quickly add up. The following is a traditional guide to dividing expenses equally and fairly among the four major participants in planning the four main parts of the wedding celebration: rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, and honeymoon. These are guidelines more than rules, and are intended to show tradition more than carved-in-stone etiquette.

The Bride’s Family

There’s a popular misconception among the unmarried of the world that the bride’s family foots the entire bill. That’s not entirely true, though unfortunately it may feel that way for the father of the bride! Traditionally, the bride’s family finances the reception dinner with all its facets: the food, drink, venue, service staff (including tips), flower arrangements, wedding favors, and any other miscellany. The bride’s family also pays for many of the necessities leading up to the ceremony: these usually include the bridal gown, the wedding invitations and save-the-date reminders, as well as the engagement and wedding photographs. Finally (!) the wedding ceremony costs, the photographer and videographer fees, the cost of the ring bearer and flower girl accessories, the transportation costs and bridesmaids bouquets are all picked up by the bride’s family. Honestly… if you’re the parent of a young girl, start saving right now.

The Bride

Compared to her family, the bride gets off relatively easy. Brides traditionally pay for the groom’s wedding band, gifts for her bridesmaids, the bridesmaids’ luncheon, her blood test fees, and the wedding day lingerie. In the strictest traditional sense, the bride should also pay for her out-of-town bridesmaids accommodations.

The Groom

Okay, guys. Time to pony up. Following the engagement ring (that two-month’s salary guideline is passé, by the way) you’ve still got a few things left to buy. You’ll pay for the honeymoon, the marriage license, and gifts for your groomsmen. The gentleman groom, however, also pays for the bridal bouquet and corsages for your mother and your new mother-in-law. You’ll also pick up the boutonnieres, ties, and accessories for the groomsmen, and finally the bride’s wedding ring. Gifts for the ushers and for your parents go the extra distance to showing your class. You should also pay the honorarium for the judge, justice of the peace, or clergyman who officiates the ceremony, too.

The Groom’s Family

Besides their own attire, the groom’s family is responsible for the rehearsal dinner and all its details.

The Maid of Honor

Bachelorette parties and wedding showers are the responsibility of the maid of honor. This includes all the details, top to bottom.

The Best Man

The best man is master of ceremonies and godfather of the bachelor party, from the planning to the execution to pouring all the guests into cabs at the end of the night. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.

The Groomsmen and Bridesmaids

Most of the attire – for example, the tuxedo rental and costs of the gown – are the responsibility of the individual wedding party member. They also give a gift to the newlyweds. Groomsmen arriving from out-of-town are also expected to pay for their accommodations. My Wedding Favors has a complete selection of elegant yet inexpensive wedding favors to fit any taste and style. We also carry a complete selection of groomsmen and bridesmaids gifts. Visit us online at www.myweddingfavors.com to browse our complete catalog.