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The Perfect Wedding Guest Book

The wedding guest book is a very important but often forgotten detail of the wedding. It is very important for your future memories of the wedding. It will become the only written and documented record of who attended the wedding. The wedding guest book will be something that you can pull out in the future and read over and remember your special day. It is therefore to plan ahead and select the perfect wedding guest book to suit your needs. Below are some ideas that can be used or you can make you own custom wedding guest book.

Themes –
The most obvious and fun way to have a unique and individual guest book is to use one that will compliment the theme of the wedding. After the wedding guest book will be the first impression of the wedding that most of your guests will have. So this is not very shocking but if you have a fairy tale theme wedding with knights in shinning armor and a beautiful white horse etc. Then you will want to pick a wedding guest book that follows along with this magical fair tale theme.

Wedding Guest Book Platter –
The wedding guest book platter is a new non-traditional guest book but it can nonetheless be a very fun and unique. The nice thing about the wedding guest book platter is that it can easily be displayed afterwards. While the more traditional wedding guest book will be kept away the wedding guest book platter can be displayed publicly and everyone can read the plate without opening a book. There are many companies online that make these they are easy to find. However, they make for a unique wedding guest book that your guests are sure to remember.

Photo Wedding Guest Book –
Here is a great idea that has become very popular recently a photo guest book. This can be especially fun for those that are into scrapbooking. This is a very easy yet unique guest book that can create many fun memories of the wedding in a very visual way. Simply take a picture of the Bride and Groom with a digital camera. Print the photo and glue insert it into either a photo album or a regular guest book. They should then put a little message in the guest book to their guests. Something like “Thanks for coming to our wedding, it is a big special day for us and we hope you will enjoy it also.” Then leave this out with a Polaroid or digital camera and enough film to ensure that everyone get a few chances to take pictures. As guests come in they can take their picture and place it into the guest book with a little message.

Puzzle Guest Book
Wow! Want another non-traditional and very creative way to do a wedding guest book? You can do this by taking a favorite picture of the couple before the big day and turning this into a large puzzle. There are many places online that can easily turn a photo into a large puzzle. Then assemble the puzzle

Monogrammed Wedding Guest Book
Want to add an extra special touch to the wedding guest book? One easy and fun way to do this is have the book custom-made with the monograms of the Bride and Groom.

These are just a few of the many thousands of creative ideas you will have. It is necessary to spend time before hand when you are not stressed with a million other details. Think about the theme, colors and tone of the wedding and try to incorporate as much of these as you can. Again plan ahead and leave yourself enough time.

Platter, Photo, Monogrammed  & Photo Frame Guest Books photos courtesy of Beau-coup.com

Sam Smith is the owner of Plan Best Wedding found at http://www.planbestwedding.com
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Classic Style Trumps Trendy Ideas for a Wedding

Wedding album, videos and a carefully preserved gown — your wedding mementos are meant to be precious reminders of your special day. But you may find yourself cringing with shame when you look at your album years down the road if you choose trendy over traditional style for the look of your wedding.

It’s easy to tell the difference between a look that’s trendy and a more classic style. Think of the bell bottoms and love beads from the ‘70s and big hair and “Dynasty”-style gowns of the ‘80s — looks that were “hot” at one time, but that years later elicit an eye-roll and a “what was I thinking” attitude from women who wore them.

Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face, 1957

Now consider the elegance, grace and demure femininity of icons like Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman and Audrey Hepburn. Their style was classic and timeless — and one that today’s smart bride mimics to ensure she’ll love the look of her wedding as much in 20 years as she does the day she walks down the aisle.

Today’s bride knows that choosing fabrics, silhouettes and accessories borrowed from the classic era — the 1940s through the 1960s — will give her wedding and gown timeless appeal. No dated looks from easy-to-identify fashion fads for her. The classic look also plays well with the growing trend to achieve less with more by accenting the basics with luxurious finishing touches.
Here’s how to achieve that classic look for your spring wedding:
The Dress
Avoid large, modern swags of fabrics in favor of silhouettes that emphasize an hourglass figure. Nipped-in waists, or waistlines defined with belts and sashes, often in a color that slightly contrasts with the dress, create an elegant, eternal style. You can draw your classic style from the ‘40s, ‘50s and even ‘60s.
Designers offer charming gowns that evoke the look of 1950s prom dresses with fitted bodices and full skirts in tulle, lace and appliqué. For a 1960s look, a shorter, sophisticated frock with a gathered waist and narrow skirt will be reminiscent of the classic ‘60s cocktail dress.
The Accessories
A veil is essential for classic bridal style, and birdcage veils with large netting that falls at cheekbone length epitomize the look. These simple veils frame the bride’s glowing face and highlight special jewelry. Ladylike wrist-length gloves are the perfect complement to vintage bridal looks.
The classic bridal look is a perfect match with a simple and elegant pair of pearl stud earrings and a lustrous 16-inch strand of cultured pearls around the bride’s neck. Pearls have long been associated with the essence of sophisticated womanhood in American pop culture.
“The Hindu Lord Krishna is said to have offered pearls to his daughter as a wedding gift, which is where pearls and weddings were first married,” says Jeremy Shepherd of PearlParadise.com, the world’s largest online pearl company. “Pearls are considered a symbol of purity, making them the perfect fit with a bride’s white dress.” Shepherd recommends white akoya pearls, a saltwater pearl that grows primarily in the coastal areas of Japan and China.
Considered to be the classic pearls for jewelry, akoya pearls are prized for their perfect round shape, mirror-like luster and soft, neutral colors.
The Look
Tie a classic dress and accessories together with a polished hairstyle such as a bun or chignon and keep makeup understated. Dark brown or black eyeliner extended slightly past the end of the eyelid, a touch of black mascara and a shade of red lipstick perfectly matched to the bride’s complexion are all that’s necessary to complete the perfect, classic Hollywood face.
— Courtesy of ARAcontent