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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!

 

 

 

 

First-Dance

Make Your First Dance Special

The first dance between the bride and the groom at the reception can be a very special and intimate moment. It is a traditional method of celebrating the couple becoming man and wife by watching them have their first dance together in front of all of their family and friends, and then those friends and family join them in their celebration by dancing alongside them.

It is therefore important to choose a song that means something special to both of you and that will remind you of how happy you both were in that moment, no matter how many years later it is before you hear it again or how many times it comes on the radio.

If you’re into more of the classic romance feel, you can’t go wrong with songs like Etta James’ “At Last,” Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable,” or Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” If you’d rather keep things more modern, however, a first dance to songs like Bright Eyes’ “First Day of My Life,” Blue October’s “18th Floor Balcony,” or Ben Folds’ “The Luckiest” will ensure that there isn’t a dry eye in the house – yours and that of your new spouse’s included.

Though, if you’d rather not turn into a sobbing mess before you leave the dance floor, you can opt for something a little more upbeat but that’s still slow enough to work into a first dance. For example, Feist’s “1234,” Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend,” and The Postal Service’s “Such Great Heights” keep the romantic sentiment alive without getting overly sappy.

And if you’d rather just have fun with it and save the sentiment for more private moments when it’s just the two of you, songs like Erasure’s “A Little Respect,” Depeche Mode’s “Just Can’t Get Enough,” or Hall and Oates’ “You Make My Dreams Come True” will ensure that by the time the song ends, it won’t just be the two of you dancing up there. Everyone’s going to want to get in on the fun and share this moment with the bride and groom. There’s just something about ‘80s music that can win over a room.

Once you have your first dance song picked out, you may want to consider the execution. Do you want your DJ to simply start the song, and then you and your spouse join up on the dance floor together to dance along? Or do you want to do something slightly different and surprise the crowd?

If your answer leans more toward the latter, consider possibly learning a new dance together. Imagine the look on your parents’ faces when you both start dancing in sync to Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”! Not only will you successfully surprise your entire wedding party and guests, but you’ll have something extra special to show off or rewatch in the future once you get your wedding video back.

Group first dances can also be a nice touch if you’re the type of bride who doesn’t enjoy being the center of attention. For a group dance, you can choose from the “fun” song genre, which will really kick off the party, or you can select one of the sappier numbers for all of the couples to join you in what could be one of the most romantic moments of your reception.

Another idea you can explore is to incorporate practices from other cultures into your wedding. For instance, with a little assistance from the DJ, you can enact a sequidillas manchega, which is a kind of dance that is performed in Spanish weddings wherein the guests all take turns dancing with the bride.

It is custom during this dance for guests to hand the bride gifts of money as they each get their turn to dance with her, but you can customize this if it makes you uncomfortable. You can have your guests write little notes of advice or well wishes on little slips of paper and hand them to you to place in a small clutch or something as you dance. These notes can become some of the most cherished items from your wedding when you re-read them years later.

Ultimately, it’s your big day, so whether or not you want to stick to tradition or carve out a more personalized niche is your decision. Either way, it’s important not to let yourself get too caught up in the details and to allow yourself to have fun. Don’t forget, it’s a celebration of your and your soon-to-be husband’s love for each other; it shouldn’t be clouded by overwhelming stress.

Also remember to take a moment during the reception to just breathe and take it all in. The day is always over way too quickly for the money and time you spent on preparing for it, so it’s important to truly live in the moment while you’re in it and just enjoy yourself.