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Break Away from Convention

Dec 05, 2013 03:00AM ● Published by Anonymous



The Short Dress

Maybe you’ve already done the ball gown and are looking for something new, or perhaps short and sweet is simply more your style—a knee or tea-length white number can be just what you’re looking for. Whether your style is fun and flirty, like the “Giuliana” Dress by Donna Morgan with rosette detail in strapless chiffon; classic and sophisticated like the Lace Sheath Dress by Encore; or impeccably elegant like the Ivory Crinkle Jacquard shift dress by Monique Lhuillier, the options are endless. (Check them out on our pinterest board!) Just be sure to pick out a fabulous pair of shoes!



A Time Change

When you’re branching out and scaling back, keep in mind that there are no rules that say you have to host a four-hour reception to follow a 30-minute ceremony. Perhaps you’ve dreamt of a multi-day affair for your nearest and dearest. but couldn’t before foot the bill. Or perhaps you’re feeling that even an evening-long event is too much.

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If you fall in the camp of the former—embrace it. A small guest list doesn’t necessarily translate to a low-key event. Intimate affairs can be lavish. Choose a three-day weekend My Best Friend’s Wedding style. Upon your guests’ evening arrival to town, host a meet-and-greet with cocktails and dessert. The following day, gather guests for a group outing—like an Orioles game, or a casual dinner out cracking crabs and peeling shrimp. Host a lawn party complete with croquet and corn hole, and on the official big day, say your “I-do’s.” Then, before sending everyone off the following morning, invite them to brunch for a final celebration.

break2 If you fall in the camp of the latter—enjoy it. Maybe you just can’t imagine a full-on, six-plus hour affair. There’s nothing wrong with cutting it back—it’s just another opportunity to get creative. Instead of dinner, consider renewing your vows at sunrise before serving breakfast, mid-morning before serving brunch, or late in the evening before serving a late-night snack of coffee drinks and dessert. Guests appreciate nuptial affairs that are a reflection of the couple, and if small and simple is your style, they’ll love it like they love you.

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All in the Family

If you have children, these are the perfect occasions to include them. Second weddings and vow renewals, especially if children are involved, are about the blending of two families or the celebration of one, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to get everyone involved.

Nostalgic Details

With an intimate affair, it’s even easier to pay attention to the details, which can be a great way to celebrate your relationship even more personally. Think back to your first date, and consider selecting an element from it—perhaps a sushi appetizer, a particular cocktail you shared that first evening, even matchbooks from the restaurant. If you’re renewing your vows, you might feature the same label wine you served at your wedding. —A. M.

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