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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Wedding Gown Styles With Long Sleeves


On the left is a picture of a 18th century wedding dress. Before Queen Victoria made white wedding dress a fashionable choice, brides had a variety of colours to choose for their wedding dress. Furthermore, the wedding dresses then were also designed to be modest in look, so that the bride exuded a demure beauty and grace that were becoming of brides in that time period. Brides were not required to project an overtly sexy image. In fact, it would be considered taboo.

Today's modern brides, however, want to look sexy. It is a challenge indeed for the bride who wants to be modest and yet appear sexy (in a subtle manner). Such brides would not choose sleeveless gowns, or plunging necklines. But many of the wedding dress designs today are geared towards an overtly sexy image. Not at all church or temple friendly! Baring all, and leaving nothing to the imagination is not always a good option.

So I decided to research the Internet, and I came up with some choices (ideas) for beautiful wedding gowns with long-sleeves. These are designs that are inspired from an era past gone, but modernized and updated to look elegant and not frumpy.

Enjoy :)


Satin Mock-Coat Wedding Gown

This one has slightly flared long sleeves, a wide stand-up collar and buttons on the jacket, and a long chapel train. Notice the beautiful beadwork all along the collar, down the middle of the dress. Incredible intricate design indeed.







Three-Quartered Lace Sleeved Wedding Gown

This is a demure, yet subtle sexy wedding gown. Intricate embroidered work on the hemline of the fitted skirt coupled with lace on the bodice attentuates the overall look.








Princess Long Sleeved Lace Wedding Gown

This is a wedding gown fit for a princess! The long sleeves are done in lace that continues on the bodice of the wedding gown. The full skirt is adorned with simple embroidery, so that it does not overwhelm the lace work on the sleeves and the bodice.

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Inspiration Board for Malay Wedding Dress, Wedding Gown

I have always loved attending Malay weddings because they are such colourful affairs. The bride is always decked out gloriously in an elegant and elaborate wedding dress. She changes her outfits several times during the wedding event - one for the actual wedding ceremony (called the nikah) where the marriage contracts are signed in front of witnesses, and another wedding outfit (or weddings outfits) for taking photographs with family and friends after the nikah ceremony, and another outfit for the lunch or dinner wedding reception.

I compiled some photographs of Malay bridal dresses and gowns for a Malay wedding into an idea inspiration board. Hopefully, readers will be inspired!

Inspiration Board for Nikah Wedding Gown




Most Malay Muslim brides today choose to incorporate the hijab (Islamic headscarf) for their nikah (wedding ceremony) dress. This is because the nikah is an inherently Islamic affair - the wedding ceremony during which the signing of the marriage contracts are performed involves praying as well, and women, including the bride, should be modestly dressed. The wedding gown styles above show how a bride can look beautiful, modest and respectable with the hijab on!

Inspiration Board Malay Wedding Gown




Malay Muslim brides like to change their wedding gown outfits after the nikah ceremony, so as to take memorable photographs on the pelamin (wedding stage) with family and friends. They can change their outfits three or four times during the photo-taking ceremony. Above are some beautiful wedding gowns worn by Malay brides. Notice that the bride and bridegroom wear matching wedding outfits, and that their outfits are usually colourful and cheery.

Inspiration Board Malay Fashionable Wedding Gown




The above contains ideas for wedding gowns that would be suitable for lunch or dinner receptions. Notice the beautiful play of vibrant colours, which are typical in Malay wedding gown designs.

Click here for more wedding dress designs:

Modest Wedding Dresses for Nikkah Wedding

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Why Do Brides Wear White Wedding Gowns?


I never thought to ask myself this question - why do the majority of brides wear white wedding gowns? I have noticed that many Western brides choose white wedding gowns, and I thought it served to signify the purity of the bride - that is, the bride's virginity before marriage.

In non-Western cultures though, traditional wedding gowns can be a variety of colours. Chinese brides have favoured yellow and red colours, and Indians also favour red. Malay brdes choose colourful and bright colours. However, over the past decades though, in Singapore, more brides are choosing to be wed in Western-styled white wedding gowns over their traditional wedding gowns that are of a variety of colours. I think that is such a shame so I thought I'd write about why white wedding gowns in the first place, in the hopes that non-Western brides will revert to their colourful wedding gown traditions.

Well, it turns out that the appearance of white wedding gowns was not started to signify a bride's virginity. It actually started as a fashion fad - imagine that! And this fashion fad started relatively recent - wearing white wedding gown is not an ancient tradition.

Wearing white wedding gowns gained popularity when Queen Victoria of England married Albert of Saxe-Coberg in 1840. She wore a white gown to incorporate some lace that she owned. At the time when she did that, a white wedding dress was extremely uncommon, and was not a sign of purity, but a sign of wealth -- for only very wealthy women could afford a dress that could never be worn again (cleaning a white dress was not so easy in 1840).

After her wedding, many rich women copied the queen's style for their own weddings. Still, it did not catch on until the mid-20th century when white came to dominate the wedding dress market - I suppose cleaning white became easier for people, and white gowns became accessible to people.

So the white dress was more a symbol of fashion than virginity. Before Queen Victoria, Western brides married in any color except black (the color of mourning) and red which was associated with prostitutes. Brides who wanted to wear a symbol of their purity wore blue.

Hopefully, brides will want to start exploring different colours for their wedding gowns. Especially in Singapore where we have such a rich and colourful tradition.

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Great Exercise Shape-Up Tips for The Bride-to-Be

You are busy planning your wedding - every little detail is accounted for. You have chosen the caterers, the flowers, the wedding decoration and so on. Now you have just settled in on your dream wedding dress or wedding gown. But do you look incredible in your dream wedding dress? Have you been planning to look great? Yes! I do mean that exactly.

Many bride-to-bes focus too much on the minute details of the wedding, but do not take the same time or effort for themselves. For instance, to look great in many of today's wedding gown styles, you need to have a good body. And you cannot shape up in a few days, it takes months of training! So I have compiled a list of shape up exercises that will help you tone your body so that you will look incredible on your wedding day. The focus is on the upper back and the area under the arms, the shoulders, and the core region.

60-Degree Static Sit-up

This exercise shapes up your abdominal muscles. Having a toned abdomen, and a smaller waist consequently, will make you look good in most styles of wedding gowns, particularly those fitted at the waist, like a corset wedding gown.

Procedure: Sit with your knees bent and lean back so that your back makes a 60-degree angle with the ground. Your abdomen should be drawn in, shoulder blades drawn down, and arms kept across the chest. Ensure that your back is kept straight, not rounded or bunched up, and that your hips are up, rather than slumped. Hold the position for 30 seconds at the beginning. Then build up to 2 minutes.

Single-Leg Static Squat

This area tones the hips, legs and calves. These are areas of the body that are important if you decide on a wedding gowns that are more fitted, like wedding gowns with a fishtail style.

Procedure: There are two positions for this exercise. The first is the high position - the thigh and calf of your grounded leg should form a 120-degree angle. In the tougher medium position, the angle should be 90-degrees. Your head should be up, back straight and butt out. Viewed from the front, your ankle , knee and hip should be aligned. Your free leg should be ahead of the body. Hold each position, once on each leg for 10 seconds at a time. The goal is to hold the position without any ankle, knee, hip or trunk distortion. Ensure that you give yourself plenty of recovery between each position attempt.

The Bridge

This exercise builds up your core area, which helps in your posture and overall look. Having a strong core will help you stand straight and tall during your wedding photography sessions!

Bridge Tips: The bridge is the basic building block of core strength and stability work. Start off holding each pose for 30 seconds and build up to two minutes - a target that should take about three to four weeks to reach. For all poses, your head should be in a neutral position, lower abdomen drawn in, gluteus activated and shoulder blades retracted (down and back). Ensure that your body always forms a straight line. Your hips should not be too high or low and your back should not be rounded.

Procedure: Begin in the front bridge position, with only your forearms and toes touching the ground. Next is the side bridge. Turn on your left side and support your body only with your forearm and left foot. Your support arm should be at 90-degrees to the body and your free arm by your side. Repeat on the other side. The final pose is the supine bridge, where your body is facing up, with only your arms and feet on the ground.

Once you reach the target of two minutes for each exercise, you should take each pose to the next difficulty level by starting at 30 seconds and building up again to the next target level.

Do the poses with straightened arms for a tougher exercise. Or lift one leg in the air for added difficulty.

Click here for another article Exercise Tips for Fit Brides.

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Monday, August 4, 2008

Lovely Wedding Cake Designs for Smaller Wedding Receptions

If you prefer smaller wedding cakes that are suitable for small receptions, for instance, the solemnisation ceremony at the Registry of Marriages or even engagement parties, then take a look at these lovely wedding cake designs I came across.

Simple white rose designs perfect for a small reception.


Got to love that elegant floral design that is so simple yet exquisite.


This one is an ethnic inspired wedding cake - the red borders are like the simple henna patterns on hands of Indian or Malay bridesmaids. The designs on the bride though would be far more elaborate and more suitable to be placed on a larger wedding cake.


Alternatively, you can go with wedding cupcakes for a smaller reception party.

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Ethnic Inspired Wedding Cakes

One of the more important pieces of 'decoration' in your wedding will be your wedding cake. Most people do not view the wedding cake as a piece of decoration, but if chosen carefully, the wedding cake can play an important role in the overall ambience of your wedding. Of course, the taste of the wedding is also important!

Here are some ideas for beautifully crafted wedding cakes inspired by the multi-ethnic nature of Singapore!

Lovely embroidery-like design on the sides of this wedding cake gives it an ethnic Indian flair.


I love the vibrant colour on this wedding cake inspired by the ethnic Chinese red dragon.


This is another wedding cake with a vibrant and striking colour inspired by the ethnic Malay Muslim designs. The embroidery designs on the wedding cake are reminiscent of Moroccan-Arabic royal motifs

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Who Should You Invite To Your Wedding?

I read with amusement an article at CNN which had a list of questions a bride should ask her potential guests so she can trim her inflated guest list. Some of the sample questions include gems such as "do the guests know names of both bride and groom" and do they know "where she went to college" and so on.

I agree that the list can be helpful to brides wanting to trim their guest lists, but I wonder at the practicality of it all. I can just imagine a bride sitting before a potential guest, and sneakily asking these questions to determine whether or not he or she qualifies to be her wedding guest!

Truthfully, not every of your guest will be able to answer the list of questions that CNN came up with. But should that be the yardstick by which you qualify a person to be your guest or not?

In Asia, family is big (and important). And family can be your blood relatives and your close family friends. It is unheard of not to invite your uncle (and I don't only mean your blood uncle because you can have many 'uncles', that is, your parents close friends etc) because you are not close to him.

Weddings are mainly for the family - the more the merrier. It is a way of announcing your new chapter in life to 'society' - be it whether they are close to you or not.

In this issue, sometimes, it is important to go by your gut feeling. And to help you with that, consult your parents - they'll tell you who is important to invite and who is not ;)

Here is what CNN came up with:

Here are 10 questions couples can use to trim that guest list and weed out the people you really don't want at your wedding.

1) Name the city I'm living in now (Good one to weed folks out, especially if you have moved a lot. Don't use this if you've lived in the same place for 10 years).

2) Name at least two of my closest friends.

3) Name my current employer and my past employer (Again, if you've remained in the same job for 15 years, this does not apply).

4) Do I have any kids?

5) Do you know the name of my fiancé? Bonus question: Where and when did we meet?

6) Do you know where my parents are and whether they are still alive? (Imagine a friend at your wedding asking how long have your parents been married when they divorced years ago).

7) Name at least two of my hobbies.

8) How old am I? (My favorite is when family friends would query, 'Are you 28 now?" Imagine their surprise when I proclaimed, 'yeah, 10 years ago!')

9) Where did I go to college? (Some people might not remember whether you attended college or even graduated.)

10) Name my last boyfriend before this engagement. Bonus question: if you can name the last two and why we broke up. If you get the bonus question right, that might automatically get you in.

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Wedding Planning Checklist and Timeline

A Useful Checklist to Help Organize Your Wedding

We pre-suppose that you have a year from the time of your engagement or wedding proposal to plan your wedding. Even if you do not have a year to plan your wedding, all hope is not lost, you can simply use the information below and do the items within a shorter time frame.

Soon After Your Engagement or Wedding Proposal


Start by determining your wedding date - get an idea of when you want to get married - is it during June (usually the hottest season in Singapore) or December (the rainy season in Singapore)? For instance, an outdoor garden wedding during the rainy season may not be a good idea because you have a higher probability of being rained out! You should also start to think about your wedding theme - indoor elegant dinner reception, outdoor garden or pool lunch reception etc.

12 Months Before the Wedding

Know your budget. If you are not sure of your expenses, start creating a budget as soon as you can. It will help you in keeping within your limits and not overspending. Select your wedding venue. Begin shopping for your wedding bridal gown(s) and groom's suit. If you need to, you can always hire a wedding planner to help you organize your wedding - if you choose to, this would be a good time to select a wedding planner.

If you want to look your radiant best on your wedding day, start yourself on a facial regime. Also be sure to exercise regularly to keep yourself in shape. Watch what you eat. We tend to get a lot of unwanted calories through snacks and soft drinks. If you need to lose some weight, you can engage a fitness trainer to help you achieve your target weight.

8 Months Before Your Wedding

Place a booking with the Registry of Marriages (ROM) in Singapore to confirm your wedding date. Decide on your wedding gown - if you are getting it tailored, then you should start working with your designer now.

Send out "save the date" cards to your intended wedding guests, and see how many are available to attend. Be sure to send them to your oveaseas guests as they need time to plan a trip for your wedding.

Make a booking with your photographer - if possible, ask for a trial photo shoot to see how comfortable you are with your photographer. If not, be sure to see sample wedding photo shots - both studio ones and actual wedding day shots.

Book your vendors - make-up artist, florists, videographers, musicians, wedding car, decorators etc.

Select members of your wedding entourage - best man, maid of honour, bridesmaids, flower girls and ring bearers.

5 Months Before the Wedding

Confirm your wedding invitation designs, and then begin printing them. Your wedding gown should be fitted and ready for studio photo shoot. Confirm your wedding venue decoration theme and be sure to confirm supplies needed for decoration, such as the flowers, wedding favours. Confirm the menu for the wedding reception with your caterers.

3 Months Before the Wedding

Prepare your wedding guest list and mail out wedding invitations. Set the RSVP to three to four weeks before the wedding day. Plan your honeymoon.

1 Month Before the Wedding

Finalise the RSVP lists and seating arrangements. But thank you gifts for your parents and wedding entourage.

2 Weeks Before the Wedding

Email guests to confirm attendance, and finalise any last minute seating arrangements issues. Arrange for a wedding rehearsal no more than a week before the actual wedding day, or else people will forget what they are supposed to do. Finalise the honeymoon details with the travel agent or hotel.

1 Week Before the Wedding


Collect the wedding rings, and be sure they are the correct size. Have your final facial, do not do anything new to your skin now, as you don't want to have an allergic reaction to any new product - stick to what you know works.

Pick up your wedding certificate and documents from the Registry of Marriages at the scheduled date.

2 Days Before the Wedding

Get yourself and your bridal entourage a manicure and pedicure. And Relax!

On the Wedding Day

Leave all the last minute issues to someone else. You don't need to pull out hairs on the very day you are supposed to be at your happiest. And enjoy yourself - you are Queen for the day.

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