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Big hair, petit body and a huge voice - We are bringing Diva back!

Imagine a filled 1920's jazz club... Mahagoni furniture with velvet cushions and brass details. Champagne towers are filled in the sparkling light of the women's jewellery and huge chandeliers. Couples are dancing everywhere and a smooth jazz rhythm controls the mood of the room, accompanied by an amazingly alluring vocal!  

Now this is vintage!  

Many couples dream about the perfect vintage wedding, and while the location can be quite easy to find and decorate, the music can be more difficult. Yes bands playing jazz, blues, soul ect. are easy to find, but the authentic diva-artist is a rare species! 

But we have found her. Gorgeous as few and with a voice like no one else, Joanita is the talk of the town!

Joanita was born in 1982 and has roots in Uganda and a Christian background. She specializes in Gospel and Soul, but her versitility is astounding. In person she is sweet and humble, but when she enters the stage, she tranforms into a pleasingly perfect vintage diva! 

She truly shines through and would make any vintage wedding a straight home run! 

So lean back and enjoy the pictures below. Also visit her website for a video of her performans, but bare in mind, that you will be blown away 😘 

Have a nice one 🙏🏻 

XoXo

 

 

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Lollipops - The new Hour D'oeuvres

In February 2016 at the Gulfood fair in Dubai, an absolutely delicious new food trend was presented for the first time. At trend so new that it still is unnamed!! For the time being let's call it the lollipop hour d'oeuvres. Aesthetically pleasing with flavours that just spoiles your taste buds while being easy finger foods, this is truly the perfect all in one wedding reception option! 

At a first glance they look like small sweet popsicles. With the expectancy of a hard and cold surface and a sweet taste, I was truly over thrown when met whit an all smooth and melting texture. The cheese and salmon one I tried first was like nothing I have ever tasted.

While knowing exactly what salmon and cheese are supposed to taste and feel like, this experience cought me of guarde! Both tastes were recognizable but they seemed way more intense because of the new way they were represented - and I was sold. The foie gras to come just made me an addict! 

I had the privilege to taste five amazing and very different flavours, each unique in their on way. All  products are made with the best ingrediences, and with a huge respect to the art of cooking! Unfortunatly I can not provide a taste sample, but let me try and fulfill your longing by pictures and discriptions!

If you want a taste the only Danish provider I have found is  http://www.cantinamaria.dk. Frank will be delighted to help you. 

Enjoy your meal and your weekend 😘

 Xo xo The Wedding Company 

Lollipop with Manchego Cheese and Salmon. The Manchego is a D.O.P and fresh. The Salmon is a Norwegian first class Salmon.  

Lollipop with Manchego Cheese and Salmon. The Manchego is a D.O.P and fresh. The Salmon is a Norwegian first class Salmon.  

Lollipop with foie gras and figs all home made 😋

Lollipop with foie gras and figs all home made 😋

This is called a priruletas with Manchego Cheese and blue berry.  

This is called a priruletas with Manchego Cheese and blue berry.  

Lollipop with very Dark chocolate and foie gras! Amazing 👌🏻 

Lollipop with very Dark chocolate and foie gras! Amazing 👌🏻 

Gin and tonic Lollipop with fresh lemon🍋 

Gin and tonic Lollipop with fresh lemon🍋 

Tattooed Bridal Perfection

Long sleaves and a high neckline - this is what many tattooed brides are looking for. Normally proud of their beautiful art work, as brides they want to hide it, before walking down the aisle. Here strong willed and stylish women tend to bow for the common consensus idea of how a bride looks. And a bride does not have visible tattoos!!!! 

WRONG!!! 

We are here to end this narrow minded idea of the bridal look, and give you some inspiration on, how you can bring together your tattoos and your inner bride.

Tattoos can be both romantic, feminine and very bridal like. If styled in the right way, your tattoos can be the foundation of you whole bridal look instead of the liability you would like to hide.

1) First of all find a dress that compliments your tattoos. They are there, so they need to be incorporated into the look. Does this mean that you are more bound than a non tattooed bride? Both yes and no. As to the style of the dress you are not, but some dresses might look strange or incomplete on you if only half a tattoo is showing.

One way to solve this problem is by laces. By wearing a laced dress you can both show off and cover your amazing body art work.  

Instead of hiding the tattoos, the white colour of the dress and the see-through laces are highlighting the coloured details of this brides beautiful tattoos. 

Instead of hiding the tattoos, the white colour of the dress and the see-through laces are highlighting the coloured details of this brides beautiful tattoos. 

The modesty of the loose hair and of the beautiful laces makes an edgy bride, when paired with this full back and arms tattoo 🙌🏻 

The modesty of the loose hair and of the beautiful laces makes an edgy bride, when paired with this full back and arms tattoo 🙌🏻 

Another excellent wedding dress solution is the bare dress. By this I mean a dress that is strategically bare, in order to probably show off the tattoos. 

This one shouldered beauty gives free played to this gorgeous bride tattoos. No point in hiding anything!  

This one shouldered beauty gives free played to this gorgeous bride tattoos. No point in hiding anything!  

I simply love this photo! A classic and elegant wedding dress parred with a romantic black and white flower tattoo, and the topping it with some hot red lips 😘👏🏻 This tattoed is wored as a jewel! 

I simply love this photo! A classic and elegant wedding dress parred with a romantic black and white flower tattoo, and the topping it with some hot red lips 😘👏🏻 This tattoed is wored as a jewel! 

2) Our second good advice is to coordinator your accessories with your tattoo. Whether it is the colors or the style of tattoo, accessories is a good way to connect the bridal look with the tattoo. You will find that a lot of jewelry often is a bad idea!  

The flower crown is always a huge hit, especially with the tattooed brides. Look how this bride has colour coordinated her flower crown with her tattoo, putting her hole bridal look to a hole new level! No visible jewels as the crown and the tattoo are more than enough to create a stylish and unique bridal look 😍🌹 

The flower crown is always a huge hit, especially with the tattooed brides. Look how this bride has colour coordinated her flower crown with her tattoo, putting her hole bridal look to a hole new level! No visible jewels as the crown and the tattoo are more than enough to create a stylish and unique bridal look 😍🌹 

This lovely vintage looking bride, matching her wide variety of tattoos with a 20's inspired wedding dress is just to die for! Not wearing any jewellery is a wise chooise! The vast detail work of the dress and the many tattoos are a perfect balance. Just enough and not too much! 

This lovely vintage looking bride, matching her wide variety of tattoos with a 20's inspired wedding dress is just to die for! Not wearing any jewellery is a wise chooise! The vast detail work of the dress and the many tattoos are a perfect balance. Just enough and not too much! 

This is a different approach to the vintage bridal look! Leaving the modesty to the remaining brides and going all in the the Rock'N'Roll bride, matching the brightly coloured tattoos, the dark hair and the dark red lips with the very lady like, divaish and vintage jewellery! I love this, though it is not for everybody 😍🌹 

This is a different approach to the vintage bridal look! Leaving the modesty to the remaining brides and going all in the the Rock'N'Roll bride, matching the brightly coloured tattoos, the dark hair and the dark red lips with the very lady like, divaish and vintage jewellery! I love this, though it is not for everybody 😍🌹 

Matching her brides maids and her lips with her tattoos - That is just brilliant 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 

Matching her brides maids and her lips with her tattoos - That is just brilliant 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 

3) The third and final tip has to do with contrasts. The pureness of the white dress and the rawness of the tattoos is an example of how opposites can compliment each other perfect. If you play with the given contrasts you will see, that instead of creating a messy and devided look, they will bring out the best of the two worlds and combined them in one amazing bridal look! 

She almost looks like a fairy princess ❤️ All natural and white - and tattooed  🙏🏻

She almost looks like a fairy princess ❤️ All natural and white - and tattooed  🙏🏻

In the end the essence is that it can be more difficult to create the perfect bridal look, when you are tattooed, but if you remember to use and show of your art work, then you are already one step ahead of the untattooed brides when it comes to the unique and personal bridal style!   

I have gathered a little portfolio beneath illustrating how amazingly beautiful tattoos can be at weddings 😍 

This beauty is also rocking the fairy princess style with white laces and a flower crown 👼🏼 

This beauty is also rocking the fairy princess style with white laces and a flower crown 👼🏼 

This is love ❤️ 

This is love ❤️ 

North and south inspired wedding dress

North and south inspired wedding dress

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Remember to rock your own wedding no matter what!!! 👊🏻 

Remember to rock your own wedding no matter what!!! 👊🏻 

Are you the perfect wedding guest?

Nobody is flawless and flewlessness is not expected, but there is no reason not to strive for perfection!

Most of us know how to conduct ourselves in a normal day to day setting, and being a good wedding guest simply comes down to manners. How well behaved are you?

We truly think the world of our guests, but a little list of helpful guidelines never goes un handy. 

1) The RSVP-ing  

RSVP as soon as possible, and most important NEVER after the given responds date. The way to respond is often written in the invitation. Today it is often by phone. When calling make sure that you reach the correct person, and by all means never leave you answer on the answering machine or write them a text! Whether the RSVP is to the host or an second person, make sure to given the person your gratitude. If the RSVP is not given to the host, still make sure to thank them right away for including you in their celebrations.   

Originaly the polite way to RSVP was in the same manner the invitation was given. If by phone one could RSVP by phone, if by letter the responds should be given by letter. This practice is almost gone but personally I still RSVP by letter on a written invitation. It is just so romantic and different to receive a letter instead of a phone call. If you would like to impress and do something special for the host, then try RSVPing by a hand written letter.  

My last comment on this subject is very important! If it is only your name in the invitation, then only you are invited! It sounds simple, but unfortunately it is not for everybody. Plus one is only if mentioned, and you cannot expect your brand new boyfriend to be invited, and you can certainly not ask for it. The same thing goes for children. If they are not on the invitation, then they are not invited. This goes for almost all children, except infants. They are so pedended on their mother, that the hosting couple would expect it to be present, when inviting the parents. But when it comes to weddings you should expect it to be children free, unless is says otherwise on the invitation.    

2. The gift  

This is quit easy. Stick to the registered gift list, and if you think you have spotted the holy grail of wedding gifts and it is not on the list, then make sure it can be returned for a full refund. As for the budget, it is up to you, but wedding gift attends to have a higher budget than other celebratory gifts. 

 

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3. Dress code 

The dress code is often written in the invitation, which makes it easy to follow, but if you are in doubt then ask. 

There is however one very important rule for women, and it is indisputable! DO NOT wear white. And by white I mean any types of white - off white, cream, eggshell ect. Sometimes even very light gray is to bold. If there is any chance it can be mistaken for white in pictures or at a distance then it is a no go. This is a matter of better safe than sorry. But you can be partial white. A good rule to follow is that a maximum of 50 % of your in tire outfit can be white. If you for example are wearing a flowered dress with a white background then at least 50% of the dress should then be covered in coloured flower print.   

By many it is also considered ill mannered for women to wear black. I to do not find black appropriate, but is is not as big a problem as white. But if you can leave the black dress in the closet then it would be preferable. 

If you need some inspiration for the perfect wedding guest outfit then check this out.

As for he gentlemen the dress code is quit simple. Do not overdress the groom or the nearest family, and do not wear smoking before 5 pm.  

Often there is time between the ceromony and dinner, were you can change you outfit into fx long dress and smoking. 

4. Attend the ceremony 

You might not believe in good or the message of the bible, but I you are invited to the ceremony then you should attend. Apparently the bride and groom wants you to be there - so be there. Keep you opinions to yourself and do not fall asleep 😜

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5. At the table introduce yourself to everybody at your table. 

For next many hours you are supposed to talk and have fun with these selected guest who shares your table. To secure a good beginning make sure to introduce yourself to each person, and try to remember their names. There is a reason the host placed you with these people - you must have something in common. Make it you business to add to a great and festive atmosphere by being dedicated to you table. 

6. Listen to The toastmaster

It is not an easy job being the toastmaster. The pressure is huge and the deadline short. Try you at most to help the toastmaster by listening to his or hers instructions. This means being quiet during information and toasts, and most of all respect the time line or pauses and toilet breaks. When the toastmaster announces a 10 minute break then check you watch and be back on time. Being back means being seated at the correct time. If a toastmaster needs to round up all guest at a wedding, telling them that it is time for a toast, it can be exhausting and it can spoiled the good mood. Help the toastmaster make everything run smooth. 

7. Do not get to drunk during the dinner.  

You can always get as drunk as you want after dinner, but during you are expected to be social and delightful. Nobody want to be seated next to the way to drunk cousin. This goes for it self. 

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8. Be attended and interested

You might not be the most outspoken or loud person in the crowd. Maybe these big weddings make you a bit uncomfortable and in the end more quiet than normal. Even though it can be difficult, please try and come out of you shell. The bride and groom placed you with some people they apparently thought you would click with - and most often they are wright. But you bare a huge part of the responsibility for making this happen. Be attended to the persons around you. Listen to the conversations and be interested. Ask open questions and look for some common ground. You might ask about how they know the bride and groom, where they are from, their work or their hobbies. This is a social event, so be as social as your nature alows you. 

9. Have a party

Photo by Sandra Aaberg  

Photo by Sandra Aaberg  

The party is not there for you, you are there to have a party. The greatest fear of all newly weds is that their wedding party is going to flop. They (hopefully)will never be able to do this again, so they have to ace it the first time. But what if the guest do not like the food or the company? What if they do not like the music or do not dance? What if they are not having fun? As an attending guest it is your job to get the party started. Even though you are not the best dancer or do not like to dance, the good guest would still dance in order to get the party starting. Once the dance floor is full, you can always relax. But all good parties need a good kick off, and if everybody just sits down and start talking, it will never happen. The hosting couple provides the scenery, but it is up to the good guests to make the party happen for them. Be attentive and notice if the party is going on as is should. If not, help the couple reaching the wanted party level. 

Do not leave the party to early unless you have a REALLY good reason.  

10. Say thank you

Again it should be obvious, but it is not. You can never say thank you to many times at these sorts of events. Make sure to thank the bride and groom, by complimenting the food, wine, venue and the party. They need the confirmation. You must also show your gratitude towards the parents of the bride and groom, congratulating them on their children and saying thank you for a lovely party. Parents often pays for some or all of the wedding. 

You gratitude should as a minimum be showed after the ceremoni, after dinner before you turn in and the next day before you leave.  

 

Photo by Sandra Aaberg

Photo by Sandra Aaberg

Now how did you do? Are you the perfect wedding guest, or are there room for improvement?  

As I said in the start - nobody is perfect! The best advice I can give you is to have a nice time and show the couple that you are truly enjoying yourself.   

 

Have a nice weekend 😎

 

xo xo  

10 perfect bridal manicures

Such a small thing, with such a huge impact! Eventhough it might seems unimportant, nails are not to be overlooked. They bring your hole look together, and are almost always noticed. Beautiful and healthy nails sends out a signal of surplus energy and personal control. 

This is true for women in general, and for brides in particular. Think about it - can you think of any other day, than you wedding day, where your hands will be the center of attention, be admired and be photographed more than this day? 

A pretty ring needs a pretty finger, and a pretty finger needs a pretty nail! Therefore we have gathered some of the most beautiful manicure styles below. We got something for everybody 😍

Be inspired and enjoy 💅🏻

The French  

The French  

The faded french  

The faded french  

Shiny, light and pink  

Shiny, light and pink  

Dull nude  

Dull nude  

With a little bit of purple and brown  

With a little bit of purple and brown  

The palette  

The palette  

The color palette  

The color palette  

Classic with a touch  

Classic with a touch  

Light blue with a golden french touch  

Light blue with a golden french touch  

Color blocking with golden details 

Color blocking with golden details 

20 budget friendly wedding guest outfits

When you receive an invitation for a wedding, one of the questions that pops up is always "WHAT TO WEAR?".

It is easy to find the perfect outfit, but when it comes to the perfect affordable outfit the task is a lot more difficult. Weddings are expensive - not only for the couple to be married, but also for the guests. So finding the perfect dress at the perfect price is the dream goal! 

But not to worry, we did the job for you! We have searched the Internet, and have gathered 20 amazing and wedding appropiate outfits. 

Enjoy it, and remember that a smile is the best wedding accessorie 😍

NB: All prices are in Dkk, and all prices are under 1000Dkk, 113 £ and 134 €. 

Pink dress from asos 335 Dkk

Pink dress from asos 335 Dkk

Blue maxi Chiffon dress from HM 499 Dkk

Blue maxi Chiffon dress from HM 499 Dkk

Army Dress from Zalando 649 Dkk

Army Dress from Zalando 649 Dkk

Green Jumpsuit from Zara 649 Dkk

Green Jumpsuit from Zara 649 Dkk

Flower print from Asos / Skirt 573,27 Dkk and Top 300 Dkk

Flower print from Asos / Skirt 573,27 Dkk and Top 300 Dkk

Red Dress from Asos 573,27 Dkk

Red Dress from Asos 573,27 Dkk

Shiny Dress from Zara 449 Dkk

Shiny Dress from Zara 449 Dkk

Navy Dress from Zalando 399 Dkk

Navy Dress from Zalando 399 Dkk

Pink Jumpsuit from Asos 335,14 Dkk

Pink Jumpsuit from Asos 335,14 Dkk

Nude silk from And Other Stories 575 Dkk

Nude silk from And Other Stories 575 Dkk

Blue Chiffon dress from HM 499 Dkk

Blue Chiffon dress from HM 499 Dkk

Multi colored Dress from HM 299 Dkk

Multi colored Dress from HM 299 Dkk

Green Lace dress from Asos 511,54 Dkk

Green Lace dress from Asos 511,54 Dkk

Red dress from Zara 449 Dkk

Red dress from Zara 449 Dkk

Navy Maxi Dress from Asos 573,27 Dkk

Navy Maxi Dress from Asos 573,27 Dkk

One Shoulder Dress from HM 299 Dkk

One Shoulder Dress from HM 299 Dkk

Nude Maxi Dress from Zalando 849 Dkk

Nude Maxi Dress from Zalando 849 Dkk

Navy jumpsuit from Asos 399 Dkk

Navy jumpsuit from Asos 399 Dkk

Red Dress from And Other Stories 450 Dkk

Red Dress from And Other Stories 450 Dkk

Gray Lace Dress From Zara 449 Dkk

Gray Lace Dress From Zara 449 Dkk

The unique and personal table setting

 

Details are so important if you would like your wedding to stand out. There are so many aspects one can consumplate in the search of the perfect personal wedding. One of these is the table setting!  

Most wedding venues provide a beautiful table setting, but it is still only classic and neutral. However it does not take much to turn this classic and a bit boring table setting into a personal wow factor at your wedding. It may seam as an unimportant expense, but it is truly worth the money! Trust me - your guest will notice and delight!

You can go all in and get new glasses, cutlery, plates, ect., or you could simply exchange one of the wine glasses with a colored glass, creating a hole new table setting look. This is also a cool and easy way to back up a wedding theme and make your special day thorough!

All the pictures below comes from A Table Story, which is one of our amazing vendors. We simply love their style! They have inspiration and great table setting ideas for everyone, and best of all - it is not expensive!

So just let your creative wedding ideas loose and be inspired!

Have a nice weekend and enjoy 💙

 

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Serenity Cupcakes

One of the things I love most about Copenhagen is it's authentic feeling. Narrow cobblestone streets surrounded by old buildings with beautiful details. This is truly a time warp creating the unique atmosphere that is Copenhagen. In one of these streets close to The Kings Garden and Rosenborg Castle we found a shop that reeks the essence of the Copenhagen feeling.

The interior design is kept in a douch coler scheme, with chandeliers, soft pillows and rustic furnishing, providing the cozy feeling that is "hygge". As the outline is soft and sweet, so is the product of this shop - delicious and cute cupcakes of all sorts of colors and flavours are presented behind the counter. There is a cupcake for every persons. Neetly decorated with a steady hand they just look so yummy!

Here are some of the flavours:

Banana Bumblebee
Apple Blossom
Carrot Karma
Bohemian Raspberry
Blueberry Rain
Chocolate O'dream
Rocky Mountain
Summer in Rio
Autumn in New York
Red Liquorice Devil
Ginger Infusion
....and many more

The name of this heavenly place is Serenity Cupcakes, and it was founded in 2011 by the present owner Mariam Mistry. Mariam bakes all the cupcakes herself. Starting early in the morning, so that the newly baked cupcakes are ready for sale in the afternoon. 

This respect for and striving after quality and a high end product, is was has given Mariam so much success. Every aspekt of her business is the best of the best, from the ingridiences used for the cupcakes to the Royal Copenhagen china the cupcakes are served on. The the is from the recognized the house Perch's and the coffee comes from Amokka. 

Her sense of style is also why we at The Wedding Company recommend her. As cupcakes for weddings are very trendy and highly short after, it was important for us to find the absolute best cupcake provider we could. The finish, quality and taste was extreamly important, but also the flexibility and professionalism of Mariam was noticed. She will without a doubt be able to make you the dream cupcakes for your wedding reception. Whether you would like a special flavour, a personalized sign on top of the cupcake or an entire cupcake tower, she will be able to help you reach your cupcake goal. 

Did I mention that she does also provide frosting classes for the bachelorette party? Well she does!

Stop by her shop and sug in the spirit of the Serenity universe and hopefully a great cupcake. And by all means tell her we said hi 😘

 

 

Mariam in the Serenity Cupcake shop  

Mariam in the Serenity Cupcake shop  

Custom made signs - What should it say on your sign? 

Custom made signs - What should it say on your sign? 

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Cosy and the essence of the danish "hygge". 

Cosy and the essence of the danish "hygge". 

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Feminine Coolness and A Couple

Skipping through bridal magazines, wedding blogs and other inspirational wedding sources, one gets an image of what the perfect bride looks like. As today's wedding dress fashion is very avantgarde, feminine and girlish, so has the styling of the bride often tended to be. But fear not - the edgy bride is returning! 👏🏻

One of our favorite Danish wedding blogs A Couple (link below) is bringing feminine coolness back in its shoot by the same name. Sunglasses, natural makeup, edgy accessories and untidy hair put together with the fashionably and feminine lace dress create a laid back and cool bridal look. We simply love this effortless look and the feeling of comfort that shines from the bride. 

Check out A Couple here and enjoy the amazing shoot below!  

 

Photo: Holm Jensen Foto (http://holmjensenfoto.wix.com/hjem)

Styling: a couple. 

Location: Aarhus Roklub og VinDanmark, Aarhus Ø

 

 

 

  

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Slør

Veils are still the most common headpiece of modern day brides, even though many brides have preferred flowers or maybe just a piece of jewellery as their hair accessorie.  The veils have been short and minimalistic without a lot of lace, and without it covering the face of the bride.

Minimalism in general is on its way out. The demand for more modest veils with a historical design touch is increasing.  Floor length veils with a lot of details and lace are high in demand. Covering the bride’s body and face gives her look an aspect of virginity and modesty that many brides pine for.

The antique bride of the late 19.century and the early 20.century is the main inspirational factor for bridal couture at the moment. This time also marks the beginning of the bridal fashion as we know it today. Until the middle of the 19.century white gowns and veils was not the normal equipment for a bride.  

Vails have been spotted throughout history on Greek goddesses and later nuns. Young women for the nobility wore veils as a sign of their virginity, but for the lower classes veils and headwear in general was a sing on a womens married position. Unmarried women had loose hair and no headwear.

When the bourgeoisie started using the veil as the bridal accessorie in the middle of the 19.century it was to show the modesty and virginity of the bride. Earlier the bride had worn a “bridal crown” made of flowers, with loose hair. 

The tradition of cutting up the veil symbolizes that the bride is no longer in title to wear a veil. Back in the days the veil was torn apart and exchanges by the heaswear of a married women. The unmarried women of the wedding are to receive good luck, if they get a piece of the veil to take home.

Still today many veils are suffering the destiny of being cut up by eager bridesmaids. Therefore many brides buys two veils, and changes to a cheap one just before the wedding dance.

We have gathered some of our favorite veils of the time. Many of them represent the more old fashion and antique look discussed above.   

   

 

Rainbowclub

Rainbowclub

Elie Saab

Elie Saab

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Brudekjolen  

Brudekjolen  

Reem Acra  

Reem Acra  

Design by Kristensen  

Design by Kristensen  

Jesus Peiro  

Jesus Peiro  

Hochzeitguide  

Hochzeitguide  

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Jaton couture  

Jaton couture  

On choosing the perfect toastmaster

As the name indicates the toastmaster is "the master of the toast", but he or she is so much more than that. Therefore the choise of the toastmaster is not to be taken easily.  

It is an honor to be chosen toastmaster, and a quality toastmaster will see it as such. But it is also a job.

Depending on the wedding, the toastmaster already starts his or hers job in the church making sure that everybody is well seated. Hence forth he leads the party all the way to the wedding dance. 

Mostly the toastmaster is only active during the dinner, presenting speakers, being in contact with the kitchen and keeping track of the deadline. This sounds quite simple, but a wedding is not a train station. Everything must be delivered with charm and humour. The good toastmaster is jolly, has an easy approach and is comfortable and maybe used to speaking at large assemblies. It is the toastmaster's job to make sure the party is active and fun. Nobody is to be bored. The toastmaster must lighten the mood, tell jokes, toast and maybe sing a song if necessary. But seldom this is the case! The perfect person for the job is not a stand up comedian and not a logistic trainee, but something in between. The keyword is smooth. 

When it comes down to it, today's toastmaster's job is to make the wedding day go smoothly. He is to make sure that the bride and groom can relax and enjoy their day. Therefore it is a good idea to establish a contract between your wedding planner and the toastmaster at an early stage. 

And for the toastmaster here are som tips:  

  1. Do not get to drunk.  
  2. Stick to your schedule, and only add newcomers if you are absolutely sure you have the time. It is okay to say no to last minute speakers.
  3. Due to the problem mentioned above it is a good idea to name the toastmaster in the invitation. 
  4. Remember that there is a speach hierarchy. Close family is more entitled than periphere friends. There is only a small amount of time, so it can be necessary to say no to someone. You must decide who are close and who are not that close. 
  5. Make sure you are certain about the names and relations of the speakers.  
  6. There is a speach line tradition.  Ask the bride and groom if it is to be honoured. 
  7. In fact make sure that you and the bride and groom agree on what type of wedding they want. Formal or informal?
  8. Remember that you are to give the last speach.  
  9. And last but not least - By all means make sure that the wedding dance is held before midnight. Otherwise it means bad luck, and it would be your fault!

To dresscode or not to dresscode

Bryllupssæsonen nærmer sig, og hvis ikke allerede invitationerne er sendt ud, er I måske ved at overveje dem. 

Såfremt der er en dresscode for jeres bryllup, vil invitationen være stedet at nævne den.

Det er væsentligt at overveje dresscode, for selvom man ikke altid tænker over det, har ens tøj og tidspunktet, man bærer det, en stor betydning for ens sociale udstråling. Noget af det første, vi ser på, når vi ønsker at forstå og fastlægge en social situation, er, hvad for noget tøj der bæres. Er vi i et træningscenter, er vi til møde, ser vi film på sofaen eller er vi fx til bryllup? Derfor er det tøj, som såvel brudeparret som gæsterne vælger at bære, også med til at sætte dagsordnen for festlighederne. 

Der er utallige holdninger til brugen af dresscode. Mange ser det som et unødvendigt og måske ligefrem uopdragent krav fra værterne - "Det er vel mig og ikke mit tøj, de vil se?!".  

Jeg melder mig modsat ind i gruppen af folk, som ser dresscode som et hjælpemiddel til gæsterne snarere end et krav. Jeg ser det ofte som et direkte problem, hvis jeg bliver inviteret til bryllupper uden en gennemskuelig dresscode. Dette skyldes mit behov for at være korrekt klædt. Man kan risikere ikke at være fint nok klædt på og derfor skille sig unødigt ud. Endnu værre er det dog, hvis man er finere klædt på end brudeparret og brudeparrets nærmeste familie. For det meste ringer jeg derfor og spørger yderligere ind til, hvad der forventes. For mit vedkomne handler det ganske enkelte om ikke at sætte andre eller mig selv i forlegenhed ved ikke at være passende klædt. Det er ikke mig, der skal have opmærksomheden, men bruden. 

Men alt har en gylden middelvej, som bør følges. 

Det første, man som brudepar bør overveje, er, hvilken type bryllup man ønsker. Nogle ønsker, at festen skal være meget uformel, mens andre gerne vil have højtideligheden og traditionerne med.

Også tidspunktet på dagen bør overvejes. Såfremt man gerne ser smokinger til brylluppet, skal man sikre sig, at der er tid til at klæde om, da smokingen hverken må bæres i kirken eller før klokken 17. Sådanne regler er der mange af, og der kan læses mere i linket nederst. 

Som det næste bør man se på, hvilke gæster man inviterer. Man skal overveje, om gæsterne har tøj til at følge en pågældende dresscode, eller om de skal ud og investere i det. Såfremt det sidste er tilfældet, skal man overveje, om det vil være en for stor økonomisk last at pålægge pågældende gæst. Det skal være en fornøjelse at komme til bryllup og ikke en økonomisk byrde, og ved siden af polterabend og gave kan det hurtigt blive dyrt, hvis der skal købes en smoking også. Heldigvis skal man her huske, at udstyret kan lejes for forholdsvis små penge. 

Hvis man beslutter sig for at tilføje en dresscode, så overvej, hvorledes I serverer budskabet. Man bør endnu engang kende sit publikum og så overveje, hvor "hård" eller "blød" man bør være. Hvis man fx skriver: "dresscode: festligt tøj", så bliver det pludselig en definitionssag for gæsten. For nogle er skjorte og jeans med en jakke ud over festtøj, mens andre trækker i gallakjolen. På den måde kan men ende med at få en meget broget fest. Dette kan måske være det, man ønsker, men mange føler sig faktisk bedst tilpas, hvis de føler, de er klædt på i stil med de andre gæster. Nogle har måske sågar fravalgt gallakjolen, da de var nervøse for at være overdressed. 

Modsat kan det man også risikere, at gæster ligefrem melder fra til et arrangement, hvor grænserne er trukket for stærkt op. Hvis der fx bare stod: "dresscode: Smoking", så kunne nogle føle sig trængt op i en krog, og måske ville disse personer slet ikke føle sig tilpasse og festlige i sådan et antræk. 

Men hvordan rammer man så de korrekte vendinger?  

Hvis vi endnu engang kredser om smokingen. Ved at skrive: "dresscode: smoking tilladt" eller "dresscode: Vi ser gerne smoking", så giver man en indikator til såvel mændene som kvinderne i selskabet om, hvilket niveau af højtidelighed I ønsker festen er på. Dette gør I dog uden samtidig at forlange noget af gæsten. Gæsten får den valgmulighed, at det er tilladt at komme i smoking, men at jakkesæt dermed også er helt okay. En sådan formulering sætter nogle gode grænser for påklædning uden at virke for krævende. 

Som en sidste ting skal det nævnes, at dresscode altid bliver sat ud fra mandens påklædning. Man nævner altså normaltvis ikke kvinden under dresscode, da mandens påklædning indirekte ansporer kvindens. 

Selvom mange vælger ikke at skrive dresscode på, så husk, at selv ingen dresscode er en dresscode. Men kan jo altid skrive: "dresscode: Det du føler dig bedst tilpas i." 

I nedenstående link finder I regler og overvejelser for valg af dresscode. Men uanset hvad så husk, at de væsentligste regler er de regler, I selv laver for jeres bryllup 🙏🏻 

 

http://www.bryllupsklar.dk/gaest-til-bryllup/dresscode.htm_

 

Er læselysten endnu ikke styret, så tjek også gerne hvad wikipedia har at sige om emnet!  

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dress_code