Wedding Dancing Shoes for Grooms

Convenience matters the most when it comes to a groom’s attire for the big day and night! Shoes are of paramount importance, especially during the celebrations, and the dancing part of the wedding reception. He has to slide, swing and groove conveniently onto the stage, and like a graceful whirlwind entangle his bride into soulful movement. He also has to encourage others, get actively involved into the festivities and sweat the dancefloor out! Let’s see which special characteristics make his shoes perfect for the occasion.

CURATE YOUR SOLES

Are you the groom? Then you really need to prep your shoes before the big event by wearing them more that once at home to give your soles a ready-to-wear feel. Your brand new leather soles should not be completely unworn but a bit conditioned to walking and not as slippery as they might be right off their box. Avoid of course rubber soles because they will hold you down to earth and keep you away from spinning and twisting. Wear them on clean floor in advance, not only to condition the soles but also to mold the whole shoe into your foot shape.

PICK THE RIGHT LEATHER

Your shoes should be soft and flexible, ready to adjust to your actual measurements and your special characteristics. They should not be heavy and rigid, or the kind of shoes that look nice and shiny but really torture your feet. Try a variety of soft leathers, including suede, and prolong your fitting session at the shoe store, to see if they are actually comfortable. Pick half size larger than normal because your feet might possibly swell and get tired after so many hours dancing to the craziest tunes.

AVOID HEAVY DETAILS

Your shoes should be lightweight and subtle. Hardware such as chains, studs, and buckles will tie you to the ground, and this is the last thing you want when vibes go high. All these elements are also threatening of injuring the bride next to you. Sloppy dancers that might likely step on the bride’s toes, are highly recommended to pick the lightest, thinnest heels that won’t hurt her.

SKIP POINTED TOES

Some shoe shapes are extra-long and hard-to-control. Elongated toes might impede your moves and also threaten others. Just pick more rounded shapes; not extremely sharp and massive. Get shoes that are easy-to-walk-in, and are not altering your actual shoe shape and size. Elongated shoe shapes usually look like being a size larger and unfortunately they behave like that too!

THINK OF THE TERRAIN

If your wedding party is not taking place in a glittering reception hall, and instead is going on outdoors by the beach, the pool, or inside a magical garden/backyard, then probably your dance floor will be made of sand, gravels, earth and turf, or other natural element. In that case, forget the shiny shoes and go for something hip and comfy such as classy summer slippers, polished and fashionable sneakers, laid-back suede loafers, or even espadrilles. Just go with the dress code and the prerequisites of the natural terrain. To be able to dance and have fun should always be your priority.

BACKUP PAIR OF SHOES

Are your still insisting on wearing this gorgeous, yet uncomfortable, pair of shiny moccasins or brogues to your wedding ceremony? Then swap them for something more convenient during the party. Get a second option, equally stylish and chic, just to dance the night out. After couple of drinks and loads of great vibes, no one will be paying attention to your shoes. Just keep them under the table and change when ready to shake it!

BAREFOOT IS ALSO ACCEPTABLE

Beachfront wedding parties and their exotic setting are always tempting people to ditch their shoes out and dance on white powdery sand. If that’s the case, don’t think twice! Even flip flops will feel like a burden. Barefoot is nice, and it’s fun. Let everyone take their shoes off!

ENJOY YOUR SHOES

It’s true that you might have paid a little fortune to get your fabulous special-occasion shoes and you might fall easily into the trap of worrying not to get them messy during the festivities. If your moves are overly conscious because of that, then you are missing the whole point. This is a one-of-a-kind moment and post-wedding your shoes, worn and used, should definitely reflect that, as souvenirs of an action-packed, great-energy, love-infused night!

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Bridal Equation: Dress Code=Fun

Bridal Equation: Dress Code=Fun

Are you still pondering on whether to set a dress code for your bridal reception and pre-parties or not? We can assure you that sooner or later this is going to be major fun for your guests. Everybody feels a little nervous at the prospect of an event that requires special-occasion attire, but in the end most of them can derive great pleasure from the whole process of decoding such prescriptions and translate them according to their personal style. An invite with a dress code is a delightful challenge that makes the whole experience unique and memorable. Let’s see why your guests will ultimately love it!

BONDING OPPORTUNITY

An elaborate dress code description might raise further questions to be answered by the bride, the groom or members of their inner circle. The whole discussion will increase the element of bonding between the couple and the guests. A sufficient degree of responsiveness on these matters will bring about closer relationships and greater intimacy. Dress code can be an incredible unifying element, further reinforced by everybody’s willingness to honor the couple.

SHARING CONTEXT

Along with a carefully-curated, universally approved music playlist and an adorable bridal decoration, dress code will be a common denominator among guests, or else an element to share and have fun with. People will be feeling part of the same team or group of people in the same way teammates at the NBA or attendees at a costume party do. Sharing increases comfort and eases communication. If all people do the same extravagant thing at the same time, then no one feels over-the-top or out-of-place anymore!

SHOPPING EXCUSE

Savvy shoppers will greatly appreciate the opportunity to legitimately enrich their wardrobe with more eveningwear or other special-occasion garments and accessories. It’s their perfect excuse to buy those statement shoes they’ve been stalking for months but had nowhere to wear to! They can now load their closet and boudoir with more jewelry, clutches and sequined dresses. It’s even excusable to hire a stylist so as to put all these new items together into the most amazing party looks.

CREATIVITY TRIGER

For those with artistic inclinations, this is a moment of pure bliss. They will devote endless weekends thinking their choices over, reinterpreting the dress code and aspiring to make an attention-grabbing twist to the basic formula. They can mix & match, over-dress and under-dress, experiment on new glam touches and even DIY things that will make a difference. Creative people are thrilled to mix high with low, retrieve grandma’s treasures and hit some flea markets or thrift stores. It’s their own playground situation!

CONVERSATION STARTER

A bunch of exquisite outfits in the same room is always a communication-booster, even among people who are not that much of a social bee. Dress code gives them the permission to stare at others and initiate contact. They can share their awkwardness and difficulty in putting together their look, as well as express their admiration for somebody else’s successful choice. Fashion is always a way to communicate with others and an easy path to move to other topics later. And such delightful chats can hopefully lead to dancing the night out with the nicest company!

ONE-OF-A-KIND FACTOR

Stunningly dressed guests in a context of fun and happiness and under a very unique dress code can tremendously honor the couple as well as feel the singularity of the moment. It cannot be repeated or reproduced. Guests in these original outfits will create a special atmosphere for all. That’s why we are all living for; ultimate-joy unforgettable instances!

GLAMOUR OUTLET

Is this every girl’s chance to unleash their inner Hollywood diva? Surely yes! Ladies can dress up, glamorize, transform, and even overshadow the bride (by mistake)! A wedding reception allows for sparkly statement heels, dazzling jewelry, ethereal gowns, and bright eveningwear as long as they are versions of the dress code and choices that correspond to the setting. Whether in an exotic island, a country club, a winter resort or a heritage hotel in the city, there is always a way to appropriately glam up, sheen and shine!

Just think of it… Wouldn’t it be major fun for guests to show up at a pre-wedding party all dressed in Hawaiian shirts and florals, or hit a wedding reception in Great-Gatsby-themed decadent gowns and tuxedos? What a fabulous dance floor that would be!

Are you still pondering on whether to set a dress code for your bridal reception and pre-parties or not? We can assure you that sooner or later this is going to be major fun for your guests. Everybody feels a little nervous at the prospect of an event that requires special-occasion attire, but in the end most of them can derive great pleasure from the whole process of decoding such prescriptions and translate them according to their personal style. An invite with a dress code is a delightful challenge that makes the whole experience unique and memorable. Let’s see why your guests will ultimately love it!

BONDING OPPORTUNITY

An elaborate dress code description might raise further questions to be answered by the bride, the groom or members of their inner circle. The whole discussion will increase the element of bonding between the couple and the guests. A sufficient degree of responsiveness on these matters will bring about closer relationships and greater intimacy. Dress code can be an incredible unifying element, further reinforced by everybody’s willingness to honor the couple.

SHARING CONTEXT

Along with a carefully-curated, universally approved music playlist and an adorable bridal decoration, dress code will be a common denominator among guests, or else an element to share and have fun with. People will be feeling part of the same team or group of people in the same way teammates at the NBA or attendees at a costume party do. Sharing increases comfort and eases communication. If all people do the same extravagant thing at the same time, then no one feels over-the-top or out-of-place anymore!

SHOPPING EXCUSE

Savvy shoppers will greatly appreciate the opportunity to legitimately enrich their wardrobe with more eveningwear or other special-occasion garments and accessories. It’s their perfect excuse to buy those statement shoes they’ve been stalking for months but had nowhere to wear to! They can now load their closet and boudoir with more jewelry, clutches and sequined dresses. It’s even excusable to hire a stylist so as to put all these new items together into the most amazing party looks.

CREATIVITY TRIGER

For those with artistic inclinations, this is a moment of pure bliss. They will devote endless weekends thinking their choices over, reinterpreting the dress code and aspiring to make an attention-grabbing twist to the basic formula. They can mix & match, over-dress and under-dress, experiment on new glam touches and even DIY things that will make a difference. Creative people are thrilled to mix high with low, retrieve grandma’s treasures and hit some flea markets or thrift stores. It’s their own playground situation!

CONVERSATION STARTER

A bunch of exquisite outfits in the same room is always a communication-booster, even among people who are not that much of a social bee. Dress code gives them the permission to stare at others and initiate contact. They can share their awkwardness and difficulty in putting together their look, as well as express their admiration for somebody else’s successful choice. Fashion is always a way to communicate with others and an easy path to move to other topics later. And such delightful chats can hopefully lead to dancing the night out with the nicest company!

ONE-OF-A-KIND FACTOR

Stunningly dressed guests in a context of fun and happiness and under a very unique dress code can tremendously honor the couple as well as feel the singularity of the moment. It cannot be repeated or reproduced. Guests in these original outfits will create a special atmosphere for all. That’s why we are all living for; ultimate-joy unforgettable instances!

GLAMOUR OUTLET

Is this every girl’s chance to unleash their inner Hollywood diva? Surely yes! Ladies can dress up, glamorize, transform, and even overshadow the bride (by mistake)! A wedding reception allows for sparkly statement heels, dazzling jewelry, ethereal gowns, and bright eveningwear as long as they are versions of the dress code and choices that correspond to the setting. Whether in an exotic island, a country club, a winter resort or a heritage hotel in the city, there is always a way to appropriately glam up, sheen and shine!

Just think of it… Wouldn’t it be major fun for guests to show up at a pre-wedding party all dressed in Hawaiian shirts and florals, or hit a wedding reception in Great-Gatsby-themed decadent gowns and tuxedos? What a fabulous dance floor that would be!

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Wedding Signature Cocktails

Bridal Sips, Grooves and Moves!

For your special day you might be tempted to serve your guests a signature customized cocktail that will spread happiness and good vibes. You don’t want them to end up overly drunk and exhausted; instead, you want them confident enough to hit the dance floor and shake it for hours! And beyond that, you need a wider selection of drinks that will keep the cheery vibes alive throughout the reception. We selected for you drinks, trends and ideas for a fun party that will perfectly match flavors with tunes!

THE BASICS

Your drinks menu should include champagne, great wines and one or more cocktails. Your bartender should suggest either a signature cocktail of universal approval or a greater selection comprised of typical ‘feminine’ and ‘masculine’ drinks. Place all of them on a decorative table or a specially designed bar. Servers can offer your signature cocktail at the entrance as welcome drink. Go for some fizzy cocktails; they are the ultimate mood-lifters! Don’t forget to match your drinks to the season and the theme of the wedding.

THE TRENDS

People love to serve drinks with a rustic feel right now. They put them into mason jars and milk bottles with personalized labels, and they decorate them with rosemary sprigs, citrus peels, or cinnamon sticks. Cocktails mixing alcohol (usually gin) with homemade jam are quite on trend and in the same spirit. Usually you need 1-2 spoonfuls per glass and no additional sweetener. Jams, as well as fresh fruits, are quite popular because they give color and aromas to the mix. Accordingly, the punch which is based on a customized combo of fruits and alcohol has a momentum. It’s playful, easy-to-serve and guests’ opportunity to socialize around it!

THE SPARKLING PUNCH

It’s either based on pink lemonade or champagne or sparkling wine. Fill your container with one bottle of this and 4 cups of cranberry juice, and then stir together. Let them chill for 24 hours and add ¼ club soda before being served. If you are using champagne as your base, then swap soda with ¼ cup orange liqueur.

BELLINIS AND MIMOSAS

They are totally refreshing and good starters for a groovy night! Plus they are easy-to-prepare and a nice familiar flavor for everyone to resort to. Bellini is 2 parts Prosecco and 1 part fresh peach purée while Mimosa is 1 part sparkling wine and 1 part carefully chilled citrus fruit juice. You can place them in a champagne flute and decorate them in endless ways, to customize.

CHAMPAGNE COCKTAILS

There is a whole array of champagne-based cocktails ideal for a fun wedding. You can crush fresh strawberries, put them at the bottom of the flute and top them with champagne. You can also mix homemade or fine quality ready-made Limoncello with champagne and other aromatic ingredients. Mix in your blender 1/8 cup mint leaves with 1/8 cup Limoncello, 1 tablespoon raw sugar and lemon strips from ½ lemon for 10-15 seconds, strain into a cup, transfer into a flute and top it with champagne. You can even jazz up and sweeten your regular glass of champagne with beautifully colored cotton candy. It’s additional sugar and energy for your guests, plus so eye-catching!

SANGRIAS

They are punch-like and for that matter very coveted lately! You can go for the traditional mix of fresh fruits with sweetened red wine or you can maximize the festive spirit, topping it with champagne. One of its most popular versions is the White Sangria made of white wine and some non-red fruit juices such as melons, peaches, apples, and oranges. Just before serving add some chilled soda.

CRANBERRY KISS

It’s a sexy rum-based cocktail and a conversation starter. Shake well 2 parts cranberry juice, 1 part rum and ½ part citrus-based liqueur. You can also swap rum for vodka and your liqueur with Amaretto.

CHOCOLATE MARTINI

There many recipes about wedding-cake-flavored cocktails but we would suggest one with a notch less calories and still a euphoria-generating fame. It’s quite certain that the majority of guests are chocolate-junkies and in that sense that’s the perfect cocktail. Mix 1 1/2 shots chocolate liqueur, 1 1/2 shots crème de cacao, and 1/2 shot vodka. Decoration can be equally seductive!

FOR HIM, FOR HER, FOR BOTH

Let’s think of par excellence girly cocktails such as Carrie Bradshaw’s Cosmopolitan, various Frozen Margaritas, Daiquiris, Mojitos, Pina Coladas and exotic Blue Curacao-based drinks. Ask your bartender to create one of those with a special twist. Then think of what guys want, and you’ll end up with lots of whiskey! Make for them a whiskey-based lemonade, since lemonades are quite popular wedding drinks! Mix 1 part sugar with 4 parts water, some fresh lemon juice, top it with whiskey, and serve with ice. A pomegranate Martini can, finally, be a drink for both; the intersection of sweet and feminine pomegranate with a men’s favorite spirit (vodka or white tequila) and a dash of tonic. Everybody loves it, and most reportedly Oprah!

 

 

 

 

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Fantasy Celebrity Wedding Invite List

10 or more celebrities that everyone would love to invite to their wedding!

Going through a fantasy guest list that would include the most coveted wedding-goers across the globe is not an easy task. We thought of haute style women that rarely attend weddings such as American Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, who recently opened her Long Island seaside home for her son Charlie Shaffer’s wedding, to fashion e-commerce expert Elizabeth Cordry, while she also attended – Chanel-clad – the Clooneys’ wedding in Venice. We also brought up Cara Delevigne’s delicate image as her sister’s bridesmaid, breaking the rules and wearing white. But we ended up with famous people who scored repeatedly, or at least once, ground-breaking appearances as guests, grooms or brides!

BEYONCE

She and Jay Z recently (‘On The Run’ show in Miami) presented their fans with a rare video from their super private wedding back in 2008. She was hot in her rule-breaking form-fitting white dress, attending sister Solange’s wedding to Alan Ferguson. She’s even been a wedding-crasher while visiting a church in Portofino during vacation this summer. Wearing little more than a bikini and a sarong, she posed with the beautiful bride! Apparently, she has all the credentials for the most desirable celeb guest!

PIPPA MIDDLETON

The event-organizer/author is a regular at the lavish nuptials of the British upper crust. Following the typical Middletonesque dress-code (nude tights, feathered fascinators, and sheath dresses), but also experimenting a bit more than Kate, she usually attracts legions of paparazzi. Her stunning unconventionally-colored (white) Alexander McQueen bridesmaid gown at the Royal wedding earned her extra points as a socialite that creates headlines for every wedding she attends.

KATE MIDDLETON

It would be way harder to convince her to attend your wedding, but it would be worth it! After all, she is this century’s most famous bride and she’s always giving lessons of modern-day regal elegance. Kate regularly attends weddings, often in pastel-hued coat dresses. We love the fact that she never tries to overshadow the bride, sometimes even recycling fashion or adopting ‘highstreet’.

VICTORIA BECKHAM

We could call her the most importantly stylish guest at the British Royal wedding, rocking maternity look with a dark blue shift dress from her line, a matching Phillip Tracey fascinator and sky-high Louboutins! She was equally ‘vogue’ at Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ nuptials (2006) adopting a fresh bob, a black dress and wide-brimmed hat. Even before reinventing herself, she had attended high-profile weddings (e.g. Elton John and David Furnish’s) in fab evening gowns and diamonds! She would definitely add glamour to your wedding!

KATE MOSS

The ever-young chameleon of style and super model, loves adopting unconventional looks to weddings. She’s also a party girl; quite ideal for the festive atmosphere of a wedding. Kate has sported ballerina shoes, fedoras, and mini dresses with the same easiness and charm she did haute couture gowns. Best looks include a taupe short-suit at Bobby Gillespie’s, a polka dot playsuit at John Hitchcox and Phoebe Vela’s, a silver gown at Leah Wood’s, and a romantic lace dress at Jade Jagger’s wedding.

THE OLSENS

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are rarely seen on such social occasions. The twins ooze bohemian luxe and surprisingly instilled that flair as bridesmaids to a recent wedding in Mexico where they donned chic ivory maxi dresses making their fans swoon! A cameo appearance in opulent caftans was also at stylist Molly Fishkin’s wedding where they offered to design her gown.

AMAL (& GEORGE) CLOONEY

The most envied couple on earth took us by stylish storm during their cinematic wedding in Venice with Hollywood A-listers in attendance. Since then and her unique Oscar de la Renta gown, we are eager to see more snaps of her glam style! When’s the next big wedding?

SARAH JESSICA PARKER

That girl knows fashion and is a very popular actress too, plus her wedding works for years, and her image as bride at the ‘Sex & the City’ movie in a Vivienne Westwood dramatic gown is memorable. She recently became bridesmaid at friend Melinda Relyea’s wedding to James Kearns in Connecticut, and was unconventional enough to get married, back in 1997, in a black dress.

KARL LAGERFELD OR VALENTINO OR GIORGIO ARMANI

No bride would reject the opportunity to have a fashion legend in attendance, or two (it happened at Princess Charlene’s), even more the privilege to wear a custom-made wedding gown. Karl and Giorgio greeted themselves warmly as guests/designers to the Monaco wedding, while Valentino made it to the Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Chris O’Neill’s wedding as well as created her fairytale gown.

ANGELINA JOLIE (& BRAD PITT)

The Brangelina got hitched recently in an intimate family affair, with their six children designing the motifs for her playful gown by Atelier Versace. It’s the epitome of wedding bliss plus they are cool handsome guys. Anyone would want these vibes at their wedding!