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Four Ways to Prepare your Guests for a Peru Destination Wedding

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If you decided to get married in a remote, wild and stunning place far away from home the first thing you need to make sure of is to prepare your guests for your destination wedding! So in this article I want to share with you some useful tips on how to prepare them, I am especially referring to your direct family and close friends. There is always a bit of “fear” of the unknown that you should deal with, when you announce your destination wedding in a country such as Peru. Many of your guests might not be expert travelers or might not know Peru at all, except for Machu Picchu of course. Some of your guests are not really into traveling, while some others might be extremely excited by the idea of discovering a new place, it really depends. Obviously this is also related to the average age of your guests; if you are dealing with young guests in their thirties for example they would be most likely thrilled by the idea of a new place to discover, since they have an inclination to travel abroad and they are used to. If you are dealing with older people, the excitement for a trip abroad may vary; there would be a bunch of people eager to a new experience and some other who are not so excited by the idea. To deal with this issue here some tips to consider before sending out your wedding invitations:

  1. Talk to your direct family and close friends before sending the invitation. Avoiding the surprise effect could be a good advantage for you, since they will have time to think about the idea and to process it. This is also a way for you to make sure that they are able to attend your wedding and they will understand how important their presence is to you for your special day. They will understand that it is sooooo important that you are also eager to sacrifice your venue and location idea for them to be able to attend.GUESTS FOR A PERU DESTINATION WEDDING 1
  2. Send your invitation in advance: once your family and close friends know about your decision it is time to send the invitation to all the guests on your lists. It is essential to send the invitations out at least 8-10 months in advance, remember that this is not a classic wedding celebration, this is a destination wedding and people need to start planning in advance. They need to check their finance first and see if they are able to attend or if they need to start saving money for a couple of months, they need to start checking their flights and plan everything accordingly. So send the invitation quite in advance!GUESTS FOR A PERU DESTINATION WEDDING 2
  3. Create a website for your wedding celebration: in my opinion this is mandatory! Your guests will be lost at the beginning so a website is a very useful tool to share information efficiently. It is important that you include there all the information that they need such as: international flights, airport pick-up options, accommodation options (Hostal, Hotels, private houses, etc.), activities, restaurants recommendations, tours options and other travel tips. Since this is a destination wedding you might want to create a specific itinerary for your guests, including some sort of tours, activities, parties, dinners, etc. So all this must be included on your website. Remember to constantly update your website and be in touch with your guests if they have questions and need advices.GUESTS FOR A PERU DESTINATION WEDDING 4
  4. Welcome your guests: they will have to make travel arrangements to attend your special day, they will have to spend money and you have to show them that you really value that. It is a nice way to welcome them properly. For instance you can prepare special welcome bags that they will find in their hotel room on arrival. You can fill this bag with local products, for example in Peru you can include a bottle of Pisco, Peruvian “canchita” (corn), Peruvian coffee and much more. I have already talked about welcome bags here. Other way to welcome them is to organize a welcome dinner or a welcome cocktail in a special place, which will give your guests time to socialize and relax after their trip.

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What you should always keep in mind is that this is not a classic wedding, this is a destination wedding and it is important to consider it this way; your guests will need advices and information on the country and you are the host here and you need to answer them. I always suggest my couples to work with us also for the travel arrangements part, since this would avoid a lot of stress for them; guests could bombard you with questions of any kind which sometimes you are not even able to answer. So it is always better to rely on professional travel experts, who will make your wedding planning process and your entire life much easier before your wedding day.

In Beauty & Fashion/ colors palette/ wedding dress/ Wedding Trends

Glamour Black and Gold Color Palette

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The combination of black with golden tones is perfect if you want a glamorous and luxurious wedding celebration.

The details of the cards, decoration, and rings in this wedding play an important role and give an interesting contrast with the environment of the ballroom.

Bride’s shoes are so glamorous; they are gold and have beautiful detail at the back, a precious ornament with shiny stones. The gold color comes back in the tie and the pocket-handkerchief of the groomsmen and the beautiful and elegant bridesmaids’ dresses. This color palette was chosen for a New Year’s Eve wedding and the effect was amazing.

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In Beauty & Fashion/ Brides/ Fashion/ Wedding Trends

Bridal Makeup Trends for 2017-2018

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Nowadays brides are edgier when it comes to makeup. For nighttime weddings the trend is the smokey eyes that can be made in different tones, such as gold, pink, copper, bronze or nude; the pink tones are the most used ones lately. We do not only use a range of cool tones or warm ones, but currently there is a tendency to use a combination of cold and warm tones, for example we can use grey and silver mixed with a chocolate tone for the crease to give warmth to the look. A good pair of false lashes, individuals or strips will complete the look.

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For day time weddings we can use similar tones or something more fun such as mango or cherry colors, or neutrals, but going softer with the dark tones to limit the dramatic effect of the makeup, which is more suitable for nighttime weddings. At the end, everything depends on what the bride wants, her style and the makeup she is looking for; there are brides who opt for natural makeup looks and others who choose a strong smokey eye. Let’s always keep in mind the style of the wedding: there is a big difference between a midday country wedding and a glamorous night wedding.

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As for the skin, I love the strobing technique; an illuminated skin in specific places (the highest points of the face) creates a nice 3D effect, a radiant and fresh look for the bride. Let’s forget the dull, total matte skin with a thick and cakey layer of foundation…now the trend is to have a healthy look, full of life and dimension.

Do not forget the contouring, which properly applied and perfectly blended, sculpts the face and can make you look like you lost 4 Kg. This technique sharpens and defines bride’s features to make her look even more beautiful in photos. You might need to use it moderately, so that it is not too obvious in person.

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In my opinion foundation with airbrush makeup is a perfect option for brides, either if they prefer light or full coverage. This technique uses an airbrush to apply the makeup as a spray onto the skin (makeup for airbrush is more liquid and is more pigmented); this makeup gives brides an even and smooth porcelain skin that lasts up to 24 hours. It is highly recommended for oily skin due to its long duration and a matte effect. Once applied, we can highlight the areas we prefer. It is noteworthy that this depends on the makeup artist’s technique and the products he/she uses. I always recommend having a makeup dry run or trial before the wedding to make sure that you like it and to avoid last minute issues. Other tip is not to have many hairs on the face because with this technique your face could look fuzzy, so it is always better to schedule your facial waxing before the wedding.

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As for the lips, matte lipsticks are very in, nude tones, light pink or a bit darker. The good thing is that they last very long and they do not leave the lip mark when you kiss the groom. That’s definitely the best part!

The eyebrows well defined while keeping a natural effect, let’s avoid extremely marked eyebrows since they make you look older and they just don’t look natural.
Moderation is the key.

By Fiorella Mancinelli
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In Art deco wedding/ centerpieces/ Decorations/ Flowers/ Wedding Trends

Five Centerpiece Ideas for your Wedding Reception

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Centerpiece is always going to catch the attention of your guests, so in this article I’m going to give you 5 tips for picking the perfect flower centerpiece for your reception tables.

1Looking at the color tones is essential, especially considering the venue you pick. It could be a beach wedding, an outdoor wedding, a hacienda wedding or a wedding in a Hotel ballroom, and there are color schemes that are more suitable for an outdoor wedding than for a wedding hosted in a hotel ballroom for example, so keep this in mind! You can certainly use light colors for your flower centerpiece for an outdoor or a beach wedding, and intense color tones if your wedding will be hosted in a ballroom.

Five Centerpiece Ideas for your Wedding Reception #2Also remember that the centerpiece plays an important part in your wedding photo session so try to combine it with other colors elements, such as your bouquet, details of your wedding dress, colors of your bridesmaids’dress, etc.

3The type of flowers to choose is also another detail you should consider. First of all you should get information on the types of flowers available on that season and in the country you decided to get married. As for Peru I always suggest to brides to opt for Peruvian flowers, which are exotic and very colorful. Brides usually love them!

Five Centerpiece Ideas for your Wedding Reception #4It´s not necessary to spend a lot of money in flowers, you can have a great result using a lot of greenery for example. This could be a good option if your budget is not so flexible.

Five Centerpiece Ideas for your Wedding Reception #5Flower vase is another element you should select, this choice is important since this complements how your centerpiece will look like. So consider the size, the color, the material and the decoration. All these details need to be in harmony with the venue and the color palette you chose.

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In Beauty & Fashion/ Bouquet/ Brides/ wedding dress/ Wedding Trends

Tips for Picking Bridesmaids Dresses

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Picking the bride’s dress is certainly the biggest choice you have to make for a wedding celebration, but after it you need to start thinking about your bridesmaids dress. The general rule is: buy your bridesmaids dresses after you bought your dress and you selected the venue and the date for your special day. Venue and date are things you should have already set before shopping for your dress as well, as I say here: http://sayidoinperu.com/blog/2017/05/06/tips-for-choosing-the-perfect-wedding-dress/

The aim of this article is to give you some useful tips before picking bridesmaids dress:

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  • Look at your dress, the style and the silhouette of your dress, as well as the color, the texture and the details. Your bridesmaids’ dress should definitely fit the vibe of your dress. There should be some sort of connection between the bride’s dress and the one of her bridesmaids. For example if your dress is a boho/vintage style, your bridesmaids cannot ware an eccentric gold and sparkly dress or a very formal dress.

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  • As you should have done before choosing your dress, always consider the date and the time of the wedding. A black long dress is not a good pick for a spring or summer midday-wedding celebration, or a hot pink short dress for a fall late night wedding. So always keep in mind that every season has its colors and every time of the day has its dress etiquette as well.
  • Your bridesmaids are your best friends so you should know them very well and know what they like, what they do not like, what they would wear and what they would never wear in their life. So always keep in mind their preferences before making the choice. Also, it would be good if you could include them in some way in the final decision. Flexibility is a great skill you should show here, as well as being understanding.

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  • I am sure your friends are beautiful to you, but let’s be real, not all your bridesmaids will have the perfect body to fit any kind of dress, there is always a very tall one, or a very short one, one with broad hips or a tiny waste, etc. So pay attention to all these details and try to find the dress that can perfectly fit them all and most importantly that can allow them to feel good in it for that day. Your besties will have to smile a lot and to take thousands of photos with you, so let them be comfortable at your wedding! Something that could be done in this situation is to use the same fabric and tailor different dresses for your bridesmaids depending on their silhouette shapes. You can use a mix of lengths and necklines for example.
  • Try to match the color you are going to pick for bridesmaids dress with your wedding color palette and take also in account that bridesmaids have flower bouquets that need to be matched with the dress. So keep in mind that too!

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  • Accessories them! You should pick a nice necklace, or a cool pair of shoes that can all wear that day. This will look very nice on your wedding photos.
  • Set the budget with your friends. Do not assume that your bridesmaids have plenty of money to spend on your wedding day and set a specific budget for it and let them agree on the cost.

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Latest trends are using different kind of textures in the same colors for bridesmaids that works for informal wedding. For a very formal wedding it is necessary to use the same fabric for bridesmaids dress and in my opinion it would be better to have also the same dress silhouette for all of them. Other trend is to use different shade of specific color, for example shades of blue, or shades of green, this is a very common tendency lately, and I have to admit that the perfect combination of shades can look amazing!

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In Beauty & Fashion/ Fashion/ Wedding Trends

Make-up Tips for Brides to Be!

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Every bride needs to be beautiful on her big day, so make-up is one of that thing that you have to consider carefully. Believe or not it’s easier that you expect, here I give you few basic tips that will save your life as bride to be!

  • Choose the correct makeup base according with the tone of your skin is the key to get a good result.

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  • The eyes are extremely important, so we certainly need to highlight them. Depending on the eye color we might need to use dark, smoky or light tones.

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  • Stick to the “Less is more” lemma. You cannot use too much make-up, or extremely dark tones, always remember that this is your wedding and you should appear ethereal and charming. So try to shine and enhance your natural beauty using brown shades, smoky tones, especially for green and blue eyes, and nude lips.

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  • The season is a very important factor that you should consider while choosing the right color. Light and warm colors are perfect for summer and spring, while dark and cold colors are the ideal accomplice to look beautiful in winter and autumn seasons.

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  • Don´t forget the balance and harmony between the hairstyle and the makeup tones to get the correct result. This is an issue you might want to discuss with both your hairstylist and make-up artist.

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In Beauty & Fashion/ wedding dress/ Wedding Trends

Find the perfect wedding dress for you with these tips

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Find the perfect wedding dress to complement your body shape is a hard one! When shopping for your wedding dress you should focused on colors, fabric, details, but most importantly on the silhouette style of the dress, since it needs to perfectly fit your body shape. This is actually good, since you will see that you manage to limit the endless stream of wedding dress choices on the market.

What does “it needs to perfectly fit your body shape” mean? The wedding dress needs to emphasize your best body features and it needs to de-emphasize your critical areas (large shoulders, tiny waste, broad hips, etc.) The key here is to enhance your figure and make you look amazing for your wedding day!

If you have a full bust and full hips kind of body shape with waist definition you should definitely opt for a classic A-line model which camouflage hips, balance wide shoulders and it is the perfect way to elongate your body line. It’s a classic wedding dress style from the 50’s and it is actually ideal for several kinds of body shapes such as the apple, pear and rectangle shapes.
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If you have a full bust and full hips kind of body shape without waist definition you should definitely avoid puffy designs and stiff fabrics, so do not opt for the ball gown silhouette style, but rather go for a softer style such as the empire model or the classic A-line dress. This will definitely help hiding your critical area, such as broad hips or big thighs. The empire model has a high waist and short bodice and the skirt begins under the bustline. This style de-emphasizes the waist-line and makes you look taller and leaner.

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If you have broad hips and little shoulder (triangle shape) you can also opt for a mermaid silhouette style, which follows your body line from the chest to the knees and then flares out into a widening skirt. It is a glamorous and sensual style, ideal for brides who want to show off their curves. This type of dress is not good for apple shape and plus size brides. A special tip: this dress style is ideal for those brides extremely comfortable with their body, so if you do not feel that way it is not worthy to wear it. Remember that the wedding day, you should look awesome, happy and you should not be worried about how you look like or if the dress is too much for you.

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Very similar to the marmeid silhouette is the trumpet model, the difference is that this style has a straight-lined bodice and the cut before the flair skirt begins is more pronounced. It is ideal for bride with small waist, but not for apple share and pear shape brides since it stresses critical areas, such hips and belly.

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Another classic wedding dress silhouette is the ball gown, which is characterized by a fitted bodice through to a tiny waist with a full skirt. This type of dress is good for almost all body shapes since it balances proportions, but it is not a good choice for short bride and apple shapes with full bust, full hips and no waist definition. A special tip: this silhouette style looks good on masculine figures, since it enhances elegance and bride’s feminine side and it gives the illusion of improving your body curves.

If you are short and slim and you are in love with simple and elegant dresses you should opt for the sheath model, a signature of simplicity that extends your bodyline and gives the illusion of height. This silhouette style has no waistline and the skirt falls straight down the floor, this creates a sense of elegance and sophistication.

Overall, what I can say from my experience as wedding planner the silhouette style is essential but it is also important that every bride doesn’t limit her preferences and try on all the dresses that she likes. These are only tips, the real wedding dress is also made by the bride, her personality and her appeal. Finally one thing I have personally experienced: that day you will look amazing and radiant, since your happiness will make vibrate everything!

In colors palette/ Decorations/ Wedding Trends

Romantic, Stylish and Elegant Blue Tones Color Palette

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The blue tones combined with green accents are perfect for a summer wedding, this is a fresh and elegant color for a romantic bride.

In this wedding we loved how different tones of blue combined together, especially for the bridesmaids’ dresses and the awesome flowers bouquets with long multicolored and flowy ribbons. They were really fabulous! Blue tones were everywhere at this wedding: the cake topper, flowers decorations at the ceremony, bride’s shoes (so stylish!!!), photobooth backdrop and much more!

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In Beauty & Fashion/ Fashion/ wedding dress/ Wedding Trends

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Wedding Dress

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Are you in that moment of the wedding planning process? I know…it’s a big deal! Choosing your wedding dress is a stressful and extremely important decision a bride needs to make. Let’s start from the color, it can also be a huge issue: “I might opt for a classic white, no wait maybe ivory is classier… and if I opt for ivory…which shade of ivory should I go for? … Or maybe a champagne tone goes more with my skin color.” We better do not mention the kind of the fabric, should I opt for an embroidered lace or for a more simple option such as satin … should I consider chiffon or tulle … and what about the accessories you might want to use???… it is a huge and apocalyptic decision! As you can see there are soooooo many things you should consider before choosing your wedding dress, but one thing is for sure: try not to make such a big deal!

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The purpose of this article is to help you consider the relevant and pertinent things before making the big choice. Here a list of things you should definitely consider before going shopping for your wedding dress:

  • BUDGET: this is an extremely important issue, without money you cannot have the $ 100,000.00 dress of your dream. So prioritize and come up with a real budget for the dress. This should not include accessories, so reserve a part of budget for accessories: veils, shoes (I mean SHOES, other scary and apocalyptic issue!), jewelries, tiaras and more.
  • DO RESEARCH: you should definitely spend some time researching the web and the major bridal and wedding magazines. You will end up knowing the names of the best wedding dress designers and dreaming about haute couture wedding dresses. Other suggestion I can give you is to prepare some mood boards with what you have in mind, perhaps use Pinterest; this will help organizing your ideas. You can divide the boards based on the dress color, the dress length, the top choices and the less probable choices, etc.

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  • SEASON: take in account when you are getting married. Is it a spring wedding, a winter wedding, a summer or fall wedding? This is something you got to have clear before making your choice. On the season depends the fabric you might want to use, the neckline, the accessories and much more.
  • TIME AND PLACE: you should consider at what time are you getting married, is it a day or a night wedding? Also what about the venue? Is it a rustic Hacienda, a luxury hotel ballroom or an open space with a tent? All this factors influence your wedding dress choice. For example if you are tying the knot during the daytime you can also consider a short wedding dress.

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  • LENGTH: definitely consider length as an important factor and have a clear idea of the length of the dress you are looking for. Are you looking for a floor-length wedding dress? or do you prefer a knee-length? Or what you have always dreamed of was a wedding dress train? And if this is the case, a cathedral train, a royal train or perhaps a chapel train? … So, have this clear before going shopping!
  • SILHOUETTE: you got to be honest with you and your body. Try to find the dress shape that best fits your silhouette. For example if you have some problems in the hips and thighs you should opt for a ball gown dress, if you have curves go for a mermaid dress, etc.

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A part from all the items listed above I suggest you to be honest with yourself and also to believe in your instincts, so if you feel like you have just found the dress of your dream, just go for it. Try to make it not so complicated! Also try to think outside of the box and be open to different styles, even if you have your own thoughts on the wedding dress. Many brides opt for dresses that not necessarily reflect their style. So, good luck on your wedding dress hunting!

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In Beauty & Fashion/ Shoes/ Wedding Trends

4 Ideas for Wedding Shoes

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Shoes are one of the most important accessories for your wedding day my dear bride! You got to keep it on mind! Shoes needs to be fashion, trendy, elegant and comfortable!!!

We imagine how difficult it can be to choose the correct pair of bridal shoes! To do the right choice you need to consider several things: they need to complement the wedding dress; I mean the color, the shape of your dress and the length. Remember that even if they are the most gorgeous pair of shoes you have seen in your life they got to be comfortable, since you will wear them all day/night, from the moment you walk down the aisle to the moment of your last dance on the dance floor.

Here we give you 4 shoes ideas from my past weddings. I hope to inspire you!

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You should certainly consider the place where the wedding will take place, is it a garden? Is it an historic house, is it a hotel ballroom? So if your wedding will be in a garden area you have to be able to walk on an unstable ground, and definitely you have to go for comfortable hills, not so thin.  These shoes were perfect for our bride.

 

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The idea of adding “I do” on the soil was so original, I definitely loved it! Every detail counts, so here the bride really hit the target! We the guests loved the message! In addition the color of the shoes is extremely sophisticated and they are embellished by beautiful stones in the back. Tese shoes were used for a New Year’s Eve wedding in a beautiful ballroom in Lima.

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Traditionally most brides choose a classic white or ivory pair of shoes, but there are those who dare with something different like these light blue shoes, which combined with the wedding color scheme. I loved these shoes with this beautiful crystal stone on top!

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You also have the option to change your shoes. This bride opted for a trendy pair of white and gold shoes embellished with studs, but she knew she could not make it for all night! So she planned to change these beautiful shoes with a more comfortable pair of sneakers with studs details. We really loved her smart idea and she managed to keep the shoes’ style! Wearing hills all night is definitely a crazy idea!