“Once upon a time, set ontop of the hills of the Hobbits Shire far far away, was a wedding ceremony…”
Hola mi amigos!¿ 😀
How was your weekend? C’mon, i had you confused for a second. Lol! I will be putting up two posts. I had noticed a particular colour trend for almost 3 months and I finally decided to do a post on it. The colour is Mint Green. Yep, that is the trending colour for this summer. Remember the Pantone® colour for 2013 is Emerald Green, so we are still in line. However, I diagress. This week’s post is for my brides who are on tight and heavily guarded budget. Lol! I bring to you, (drum roll, and trumpets sound)…Destination Wedding!
Until recently, anytime I had heard someone mention destination wedding, my first thought was, the person most be seriously loaded. Biased thinking right? Se la vie. 😉
I have a friend who had mentioned to me a while ago that she wanted to have a destination wedding. I asked why, and she said to avoid the hassle of unknown guests and family members and most of all to cut costs. I laughed, however I am seeing her point. I read an article online from a Nigeria couple who had a destination wedding in the South of France (no it was not Stephanie Okereke and Linus Idahosa’s wedding), and it changed my point of view about DW’s. So, in this post, I am going to re-highlight the points and add my own reasoning logic for you to embrace the idea of DW’s.
Some of you may ask the large invisible white elephant question, isn’t it expensive? Well, here is answer I believe any professional planner would say to satisfy any sceptics, “…If well planned, it will end up being less expensive, because you will make plans for what you need and only those you have budgeted for…”. I can not stress this enough to both my clients and friends who complain about them being on a tight budget, CUT DOWN ON YOUR GUEST SIZE!
Luckily, this is one of the many advantages of DW’s, it helps with downsizing your guests, and both you and your groom can careful pick guests that are of significance nd importance. With this, you won’t have the usual “mo gbo mo branch” crowd that show up uninvited to your wedding, this includes unknown and uninvited family members, the village community counsel of elders/chieves, either parents church/nasfat group/club members, who all end up coming with their own “supporters club,” or the displacement of the bridal party and the couples friends/colleagues from their reserved seating (another blog post for another day, hehehe), and let’s not forget the usual yet embarrassing hulla-ba-loo for wedding souvenirs. Oi!
Advantages of a Destination Wedding
1. They’re Virtually Stress-Free. How?
Hotels, Resorts and Sea Cruise lines around the world normally have full-time wedding coordinators on staff, who are also familiar with that particular country’s marriage license requirements. If you’re not getting married at a resort, you can hire a wedding planner in that locale who specializes in destination weddings, or you could contact your own wedding planner to start early planning arrangements with your travel agent and the hotel’s in-house wedding planner.
2. Family Drama Denied!
All forms scene-stealing family drama will be avoided. This includes a very large get-together of extended families and various business associates. Predictably, each set of parents have their own ideas. One set would like the wedding to be held in a prominent part of the city or location of residence because most of their guests, or social circle are residents in the area. This would a great avenue for them to show off to their friends and business associates. On the other hand, the other set of parents may have problems with the expense of a high society, over elaborate, typical Nigerian wedding. Most of the time, the parents tend to forget that the event is, first and foremost, about the two people getting married! This usually occurs when a certain family seems more financially buoyant than the other then they want to take control and make all the decisions, paying no attention to what the couple desire for their wedding. With a destination wedding, you the couple are in charge and you set the rules to your desires in your own chosen terrority. A bride commented on DW’s saying “…it would be nice to have both parent’s anecdotes families in good rapport, but what’s the point if they fight and snigger over trivial things about the our wedding?” – from The Knot.
3. Pay Less, Stress Less for Fun!
“The affordability of a destination wedding has many couples speeding off to the airport faster than you can say ‘I do.’ For instance, a couple can fly to an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica, get married, and stay for a deluxe weeklong honeymoon for a few thousand dollars, including lodging, meals, drinks, and airfare.” – from The Knot.
PS>> I did a small calculation of the figures they give in the article and then i converted it to naira for you to understand it better. An example; a wedding of 150 guests wedding may (emphasis on the word MAY. I didn’t say it WILL, I said MAY) cost about
N 3.7m to which it can easily skyrocket to more than N 6.5m if your guest size increases — plus a few extra hundred thousands of Naira for a honeymoon. Do a comparison of costs for a wedding in your locale or aboard (aboard meaning outside of your country, FYI: Ghana is aboard).
To help ease the financial burden, many couples should opt to travel to a place where they can havee their dream wedding, have their honeymoon, and still have some money left over to start their new lives together. Hotels and Holiday Resorts offer great discounts for early and large group bookings. So you can speak with a travel agent to help with arrangements on special discount packages for your guests on airfares, transportation and hotel bookings too!
PS>> You don’t pay for your guests airfares, hotel accommodation or feedings. However, you both can decide on whom you both can afford to pay half if their travel expenses for.
4. You Are In Charge!
That’s right! You call the shots. Many formal/traditional weddings mean a lot for some couples, some may link them to the traditions and culture, some others want the experience to be different and unique, with a ceremony and location that reflect their individualism, and style.
LOCATION! LOCATION!! LOCATION!!!
Early selections of your dream wedding location saves you both time, money and unneceassary expenses while planning. There are many places on this beautiful world has to offer for your unique wedding, let’s start with the common and yet popular locations: Dubai (like Tuface and Anne), The Caribbean Islands, France (like Stephanie and Linus, to me whose wedding set a bar for Nigerian celebritity weddings. Tiwa Savage my eyes are waiting for yours), Italy, Spain, UK and US. For those who do not want to be too far from home, here are some African countries such as Ghana, Tanzania, Seyechelles, Mozambique, South Africa, Morocco, and The Gambia.
Then for those who want the Nigerian experience, there’s, Lagos (Lekki town after the New Lagos Free Trade Zone, Akodo La Campainge Tropicana, Whispering Psalms Badagary, Tarqwa Bay, any of the private beach houses on Ilaje), Ogun State (Abeokuta), Oyo (Ibadan), Ondo, Cross Rivers (Calabar, Tinapa, Obudu Hills), Akwa Ibom (Uyo, Eket), Delta State (Warri, Asaba), Edo (Benin), Rivers State (Port-Harcourt, Bonny Island) etc. You can ask a travel agent or the local tourist board for a state, or your wedding planner, for information, brochures listing ceremony sites, Hotels, Resorts or Sea Cruise-liners in various International countries and Nigerian States. Recently, governments have began working to ease restrictions and attract to-be-weds.If you’re not getting married at a resort, you can hire a stateside wedding planner who specializes in destination weddings, contact a wedding planner in the town you plan to wed, or start early and do it yourself. Either way, you won’t have to plan an elaborate reception. Best of all? You make the rules! Feel free to wear white bed sheets, a sundress, or that hot pink maxi dress you’ve haf you eye on, or you both can wear shorts (even a bikini!), or go barefoot, or you both can go nude! ROFL!! Just kidding. The simple truth is if you have dreamt it, then you can do it.
5. It’s Simply Perfect!
It is great for “been-there-done-that” couples who are older, renewal of vow, or getting married again, and choose a destination wedding. This is because DW’s are simple, quiet and private. Either the bride and/or groom have done the Naija o wan bé – up scale society wedding before, or they both just want something quieter, less expensive, and with hassle this time around, or they may also just want to be someplace anonymous, without the watchful eyes and whispers of the home crowd.
6. It’s a Once-in-a-Lifetime Vaycay
At a typical Nigerian wedding, both you and your groom are on the go, meeting, greeting, thanking whomever that person is, kneeling, prosrating, and non stop smiling, wondering when will this all end. However, for destination weddings you are on vacation time throughout. As expected, you will be required to arrive a few days early (2-3days early), to fill out all the important and necessary paperwork, so that by the time your wedding day arrives, you’ve had days of relaxing fun, and sight seeing with your groom, family, and friends.This may just be the opportunity to spend a no-rush, quality playtime with family, and far-flung friends.
PS>> Before you make up mind completely about having a Destination Wedding, you and your groom should sit and discuss it between yourselves. Write out all the pros and cons and weight it. Don’t involve a third party just yet, unless you are both certain of your choice.
Here is a to do list I got from an article:
1. Pick out a destination with your partner so you can start to make plans.
2. The Weather Factor. It is important to know what the weather would be like at your desired destination spot at the time you want to get married. For instance, you don’t want to be saying I do during a monsoon or rainy season.
3. Prepare a realistic budget. Make adequate research on prices for accommodation, food & beverages, travel, cakes, musicians, photographers and other services that you may need. Because you will be going out of your comfort zone.
4. Arrange travel plans. Negotiate a good travel package for your guests with a reputable travel agency. Do not forget to include all important information such as names of your guest, hotel plans. If possible drop one of you invites with the agency.
5. Travel Insurance. Having a good insurance is very important. A good insurance policy will cover you for injury, medical assistance and also the in case of loss of property. It gives you the needed peace of mind.
Click here for more information about the above to do list article.
What more can I say? You can consult with your wedding planner or a wedding planner who specializes in Destination Weddings. They would be able to help you in making the necessary enquiries for your needs.
SOURCES: Google, Pinterest, The Knot, Our Wedding Story Nigeria
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How are you all doing? Been a long minute. Lol! My technological challenges started up again hence my long absence. I am tackling each issue one at a time, please bear with me.
The title of this post may give you an insight into what you are about to read. Hence the no feature image at the top. I am sure some would be wondering what colour analysis am I about to embark on. Lol! Just keep reading and you will soon find out.
Who remembers Jessica Biel’s wedding dress? For those who may not know, she is Justin Timberlake’s wife. Yay! If you still don’t whom I’m speaking of Google it!
Anyway, when I saw a few photographs of the wedding online, I thought the colour of her wedding dress was a bit off, I assumed the lighting of my laptop was the reason for her dress peculiar colour. However, I later realised that that was the colour of her dress, frost pink!
I did investigations, and I found out that my favourite fashionista and my style inspirationist (lol! New word.) Sarah Jessica Parker(SJP), of “Sex and the City” , had done the same thing when she got married 1997 to Matthew Broderick. She wore a black wedding dress.
Jessica Biel’s reasons, “I wanted the dress to be very romantic and feminine and a shape that I very rarely wear. I have never been crazy about all-white wedding dresses, for me at least. [Giambattista Valli] had created that same fabric in a fuchsia-and-pink combination for a dress in a previous collection, and I asked him if he could create that same pattern in a white combination, and he suggested pink. It was a bit of a leap of faith at the time, but it turned out better than I could have ever imagined. [Putting it on], I felt like I had made the right choice. I felt elegant. And it moved like a dream.” – source from The Huff Post
Let me bring this topic to home soil. There was an article a while back in Bella Naija on a popular Nollywood actress, Ufoma Ejenobor. When she got married, she wore a metallic silver wedding dress made by Frank Osodi.
This was her reason, ” …Because everybody wears white! Everybody has their unique picture of what they want their wedding dress to be like. I’ve been obsessed with “The King & I” and there was this lovely dress Mrs Anna wore, it was gold and green and I thought that was the most beautiful dress I’ve ever seen. My dress was made by Frank Osodi. He didn’t think the mix of gold and green would go well so he asked me to choose any colour and he would mix it with white. Because I wanted to run away from white, I thought of a colour that would contrast with white so we came up with metallic silver.” – from Bella Naija. CLICK HERE for full interview.
As you know I am a huge fan of colours, and in my own opinion wearing a coloured wedding dress is a ver bold, brave and exciting thing to do. If you are the non traditional type and you have the liver to pulling it off, take a cue from Nike and “just do it”! It is different, it is unique, and it says a lot about your individuality. Afterall, it’s all about involving your personal style into your wedding and creating fun memories for your wedding.
Last year I did a post on “What’s your Style” (click here) where I quoted John Fairchild. He said, ” style is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma”.
BRIEF HISTORY ON WEDDING DRESSES
Wedding dresses have traditionally been based on the popular styles of the day. For example, in the 1920s, wedding dresses were typically short in the front with a longer train in the back and were worn with cloche-style wedding veils. This tendency to follow current fashions continued until the late 1940s, when it became popular to revert to long, full-skirted designs reminiscent of the Victorian era. Although there has always been a style that dominates the bridal market for a time, and then shifts with the changes in fashion, a growing number of modern brides are not choosing to follow these trends. This is due in large part to non-traditional and non-first-time weddings, and women who are marrying later in life.Today, Western wedding dresses are usually white though “wedding white” includes shades such as eggshell, ecru and ivory. Mary, Queen of Scots, wore a white wedding gown in 1559 when she married her first husband, Francis Dauphin of France because it was her favorite color, although white was then the color of mourning for French Queens. The first documented instance of a princess who wore a white wedding gown for a royal wedding ceremony is that of Philippa of England, who wore a tunic with a cloak in white silk bordered with grey squirrel and ermine in 1406. White did not become a popular option until 1840, after the marriage of Queen Victoria to Albert of Saxe-Coburg. Victoria wore a white gown for the event to incorporate some lace she prized. The official wedding portrait photograph was widely published, and many other brides opted for white in accordance with the Queen’s choice.
The tradition continues today in the form of a white wedding, though prior to the Victorian era, a bride was married in any color, black being especially popular in Scandinavia. Later, many people assumed that the color white was intended to symbolize virginity, though this was not the original intention. (It was the color blue that was connected to purity.) The white gown is in fact a symbolic Christening gown. It is a variation of the white surplice worn in the Western Catholic tradition by members of the clergy, church choirs and servers and the gowns worn by girls celebrating their first communion and at their confirmation and also by women making religious vows. Jews have gone to great lengths to follow these Western (Judeo-Christian) customs, whilst adhering to the laws of Tzniut. Today, the white dress is understood merely as the most traditional and popular choice for weddings.
Now, answer me this, do you see an average Nigerian parent agreeing to your choice in wedding dress colour? Lol! I can picture some parents I know ranting, screaming, sobbing and wailing in their native dialect, (please imagine this scenario in your mother tongue it’s funnier), “…this child wants to kill me oooh! You want to make me the laughing stock ehnn!?” , all in despair and aversion over your decision to wear black polka dotted dress for your wedding. ROTL!!
Before you embark on this BRAVE adventure for your wedding, you need to consider the pros and cons of this decision and a solid reason for doing so. This was a latter part of the article I read on Sarah Jessica Parker’s choice of wedding gown.
“SJP chose a non-traditional gown in a stark shade of black. Though her decision was a bid to escape unwanted media attention, the trendsetter now says it’s her biggest regret to date. In fact, if she and Broderick ever renew their wedding vows, Sarah says she’ll most definitely go for white. “I’d wear a proper wedding dress,” she said in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar. “Like I should have worn that day.” “
What to do …
1) you need to speak with a bridal image consultant. Reputable bridal houses have bridal consultants who can help you with choosing the proper tone or colour shade that will match your skin tone and style of your wedding. Not everybody looks good in fuchsia or red or deep purple.
If you are on a tight budget, your wedding planner (if you are using one), could serve as an image consultant or you could ask 3 friends, whom you trust their sense if style. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT ask more than 3 people, if not you are heading for great confusion. Too many mouths, thoughts opinions, ideas, and I feel’s, create confusions and bad decisions.
2) the idea of a second dress for your wedding reception fits in here. If you have already discussed with your parents, and they hadn’t liked the idea of a coloured wedding dress, you can suggest the second change of dress. With this you can go all out with style and colour(s), if it is within your budget. If not….let’s go to step 3.
3) in your white wedding dress you could add a touch of your colour into your dress. It could the colour of your bolero jacket or your sash around your waist that flows down or just a fancy bridal studded belt etc e.g..
In the picture collage, the ombre wedding dress is my personal fav, however not my colour but its lovely. It was designed for Gwen Stefani in 2002 by John Galliano. So, there you have it! Either ways you will still be the trending bride no matter what colour you decide to wear. Here are some celebs who didnt wear white at their own weddings
SOURCES: The Huff Post, Pinterest, Elie Saab, Monique Lhuillier, Munaluchi. History from http://www.marryjim.com
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This 2013 I will be adding some widgets to the blog as the year goes on, especially one called “I’m part of post a week 2013”. This will prompt me to put up posts once a week. So keeping my fingers crossed I intend to follow it through.
Also as I had announced last year, that some changes will be made to the blog. I have decided NOT to change the name of this blog. Lol! I will tell you about it some other time. However, the blog is being worked on behind the scenes by my meek self and my tech geeks to make this blog service you and I better. I would update you from time to time as things progress.
So how has the New Year been so far? With the weird flashes of rains that has been occurring, aka Global Warming. Hehehe!
In this post we are doing colour combos of Turquoise Blue and Peach, with highlights of gold. Thus the post topic: “Sweet Turquoise Peach”. Another common name for all shades of Turquoises is “Aqua” or Cyan for the lighter shades. It wasn’t until I began this blog that I found out that there were 2 types of Turquoises. There’s Turquoise Blue and Turquoise Green. They both pretty much explain their hues and intensity by their names. The palettes below show what I am trying to say.
From the colour palettes I’m sure you get the picture.
The chosen colour combos of Turquoise Blue, Peach and a touch of Gold are actual colours for a client’s weddings in April. Though they are not within the Pantone Colours for 2013 L, I will still talk about the lovely colour combination anyway.
These colours are sweet! And they can be used at any season of the year. Though they are spring/summer colours and are usually recommended for beach, tropical or nautical weddings, it doesn’t matter! If you love a certain colour for your type of event, use it! No matter the season, weather, or region.
Peach is from the family of Orange, which is birthed by the combination of Red and Yellow. In the colour palette of Tangerine Tango post, you’ll also be able to identify the colour Peach in its hues.
The inspiration board I made below should be able to give you ideas of how the turquoise blue, peach and gold can be implemented into your event(s).
Picking the Colour Flow for Your Décor
You could have the overall background to be just one colour with accents of the other colours to bring all the colours together.
For example; in the picture below, it shows the overall décor in Turquoise, with the floral centrepieces, and the couple gazebo, adorned with Peach and Pink flowers. The roof/ceiling of the tent/marquee has Gold stars scattered all over, and as an added advantage, the incandescent chandeliers or warm white, is giving off a golden glow consequently highlighting the gold stars.
Also, you could use Gold as the main colour as the overall décor design. Then your Turquoise Blue and Peach become added touches to the golden décor theme. Like the Marie Antoinette Gold themed décor picture from Wedluxe.com below.
In these pictures you can tell that the Wedding Style is Formal with a Modern twist. The tall French windows, the cutlery, the deep set gold chiavari chairs, the menu card design and the cute peachy pinky wedding favours with “Merci” written on them in elegant calligraphy. Hmm…breath taking, isn’t it. I’m sure it was.
Another way to give a flow to your décor colours is by using Peach as the main colours and using turquoise and gold as the décor centerpieces or table settings like in the Marie Antoinette in Peach reverse. Lol!
So there you go, Turquoise/ Aqua Blue with Peach and a touch of Gold!
♥ ‘Jumoke Abudu!
Merry Christmas everyone!
I have missed talking about colours, haven’t you? Well I have.
I began this blog this year with a post on Pantone Colour for 2012, which is (because we are still in 2012, Lol!) Zesty Tangerine Tango. I even got a really cool font for my invitation and stationer designing called “Tangerine”!
So, this post I’m going to announce to you, the Pantone Colour for 2013.
Drum roll please….
Coincidence with Christmas colour green? I think not. As a matter of fact, the season colours for winter (Harmattan haze for us within the West African region) are Evergreen, Red, Chocolate, Periwinkle (Sky blue), Silver and White.
Odd enough, where I am sitting in this café, I have spotted almost 5 people with a touch of emerald green on them. Cool!
The Beauty of Emerald
An Emerald is a pure verdant green coloured gemstone, which can be found in three main mines of Colombia, Muzo, Coscuez, and Chivor. An Emerald is regarded as the traditional birthstone for May, as well as the traditional gemstone for the astrological signs of Taurus, Cancer and sometimes Gemini.
Emeralds occur in hues ranging from yellow-green to blue-green, with the primary hue necessarily being green. Yellow and blue are the normal secondary hues found in emeralds. Only gems that are medium to dark in tone are considered emerald; light-toned gems are known instead by the species name green beryl.
History of Green
Lol! Remember the last story I told you about how Purple Delight came to exist?
Well, I am about to tell you a little story about Emerald Green.
“Once upon a time, there were 3 prominent families of the Primary Colours Kingdom, far far way. The families were Red, Yellow and Blue. They were the great descendants of White and Black…hang on? We know all this already.
So, Sir Blu had had an affair with Lady Yellow (I’m beginning to think this Blu guy is a major playa). This scandalous affair was the painful consummation of two soul mates that could not be together! Though Sir Blu was betroth to Lady Redd from when they were infants, Sir Blu and Lady Yellow had shared a great sired bond, which made them soul mates. They bore many illegitimate children of Greens.
Lady Redd had wickedly manipulated and schemed her way into being Sir Blu’s wife. Out of anger and vengeance, Sir Blu intentionally had affair with Lady Magenta, Lady Redd’s Twin sister…”
Ok I’m sure we get the math behind this tale. Yellow + Blue = Green.
Like all colours, Emerald Green (Green) has its meaning, importance and value. Green is considered to be the color of nature, fertility, life. Green symbolizes self-respect, balance, learning, growth, desire to expand or increase, harmony and well being. Green is a safe color, if you don’t know what color to use anywhere use green.
It often symbolizes money (dollar dollar bill y’all! Lol!). It was believed green was healing for the eyes. Egyptians wore green eyeliner. Green eyeshades are still used. Friday is considered to be the day of green. Green jade is a gemstone that is a sacred stone of Asia.
“Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the colour of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. Also the colour of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other colour conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”” – Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute.
What colours mix with Emerald?
Well, thanks to Pantone Fashion report, here are the colours for spring 2013!
Remember my last post on Green and Yellow Mix? In that post, I said green and yellow were best friends. And I still stand by it, because you can see lemon yellow in the colour palette. Plus, the compatible colours I mentioned in that post can also be seen in this colour palette. The colour before the Lemon Zest Yellow is “Nude”. Yup! Nude colour is back, especially for lip sticks and lip glosses. Lol!
The names of the shades of green in the palette are, Emerald, Greyed Jade, Tender Shoots (don’t ask). The other colours are African Violet, Dusk Blue, Monaco Blue (navy blue, right?), Nectarine, and Poppy Red.
The tips given in Green and Yellow Mix (click here) would also apply when using Emerald Green and any other colour. With Emerald Green, because is a strong verdant colour, I would suggest using colours that are softer, or lighter in shades. Pastel colours would mix wonderfully with Emerald Green. I have also taken the liberty of doing up an Emerald Green wedding inspiration board, with lovely Elegant Emerald Green pictures.
However, should in case you decide to make your entire event Emerald Green alone, (without it looking like, your guests have been lured into the evil forest), and the colour of the walls at your selected venue seem to be at odds, may I suggest using lights. See the picture below.
All you have to do is instruct your décor designer, to cover the walls with a darker fabric, like navy blue (not black), then have drape green fabric over it, then strategically place the green coloured lights in areas with the green fabric has been used, and voila!
Do check out Real Wedding features. I have finally put up the post on a real wedding I had spoken about in an earlier post What’s Your Style. Also in real wedding features, I would put a newspaper article about a wedding Dews of Keziah coordinated on the 29th of November and the 1st of December, 2012.
Remember Jesus is the Reason for EVERY Season! Till then, have a Blessed and Very Merry Christmas!
♥ Jumoke Abudu! Yes that’s my name. Lol!
Hello my fellow women of beauty!
Last week’s post was the 1st half of That Body…That Dress. This week I bring to you the 2nd half.
I spoke about the 4 basic Body Types and Shapes, which are
- Apple shape or “V” type (inverted triangle/ triangle downward)
- Banana, straight, ruler shape or “I” type (rectangular)
- Hourglass shape or “X” type (facing in triangles, or opposing triangles)
- Pear, spoon, bell shape or “A” type (triangle upward)
And I spoke about, The Hourglass Body Shape and The Ruler Body Shape. I forgot to mention some top celebrities that have the Hourglass Body Shape and Ruler Body Shape. Hmm…
Please identify which celebrity has either an Hourglass or Ruler Body Shape
a) Nicole Kidman
b) Marilyn Monroe
c) Christina Hendricks (FYI she’s the red head in Mad Men)
**you are allowed to Google their images and scrutinise their body shapes. Lol!
In the 1st part of That Body…That Dress post, a friend asked me privately, about to know your body shape or body type. I told her that there are two ways, which was, by measuring herself or she could do it the way I did, which was to standing backing the light in my full underwear (minus body-magic, spanx, and girdle), and the shadow that was cast upon the wall revealed my body type, which is Ruler. 😀
The Pear/Spoon/Bell/Triangle or the letter “A” Body Type
This is a classic feminine shape, which has a shapely bottom, with a small waist. Meaning, that you are thinner on top with more curves or fullness on the bottom half.
The features of a Pear/ Triangle body shape are where the hip measurement is greater than the bust measurement.
NOTE: the bust/shoulders are not proportional to the hips, unlike the Hourglass, where both the bust/shoulders ARE proportional to the hips! So stop deceiving yourself o! Also having a massive bumbum with no hips doesn’t equal to hourglass or pear shape o!
The distribution of fat varies, with fat tending to deposit first in the buttocks, hips, and thighs. As body fat percentage increases, an increasing proportion of body fat is distributed around the waist and upper abdomen. The women of this body type tend to have a (relatively) larger rear, robust thighs, and a small bosom.
- A-line and ball gown silhouettes flatter triangle-shaped brides. Select a gown with some sort of detail at the waist to draw the eye to the smallest part of the body. A drop waist styled dress would do just that. Kim Kardashian’s wedding dress by Vera Wang, is a classic example of a drop waist styled dress.
- Try to create a balance for your shape by putting the attention on your upper half. Great options are one shoulder, strapless, V-neck, bateau or scoop necklines.
- Sheath wedding dress styles would be too clingy for your shape
- Mermaid and Trumpet would pull attention on the wrong half of your body, which is attention to your hips.
- Halter/High Necks can cause a disproportionate appearance
The Apple Body Shape or the letter “V” Body Type
An Apple/ Inverted Triangle/ Triangle Downward/ letter “V” shaped woman has broad shoulders as compared to her narrow hips. Her best features are her trim waist and slim killer legs/thighs that make her look sexy, confident and fit. Because the legs of an Apple shaped woman are typically well-sculpted, it is best to show them off.
Apple/Inverted Triangle/ letter “v” shaped women tend to have fat that is mainly distributed in the abdomen, chest, and face. While the abdomen and chest tend look larger compared to the rest of the body.
- Use lower/plunging necklines draw attention upwards. Cowl necks V-neck and sweetheart necklines are great options, it creates an illusion of the shoulders being narrow.
- Elongate your silhouette with a high waistline and a skirt that flows away from the body. Empire waistlines and A-line silhouettes are best for this. Full skirts help to balance your shoulders, by focusing on your emphasised waistline
- Consider showing off your legs with knee or tea length dresses. Tea length dresses would be fantastic to show off those sexy legs of yours. Let your dress determine your style to a fab 50’s pin-up modern look
- Sheaths, Mermaid and Trumpet will accentuate the widest part of your frame and flare at the slimmest
- Ball-gowns won’t elongate your silhouette
- Straight Across Strapless necklines won’t accentuate your bust-line
- No ruffles around the neckline!
WARNING: Keep embellishments to a minimum, especially around the neckline. Don’t draw attention away from features such as your slim waist.
In some cases, the Apple body shape and the Orange body shape/ Circle body type have a lot in common. So I will talk very briefly about the orange body shape/ circle body type.
The Orange Body Shape/ Circle Body Type/ Letter “O” Body Shape
The Circle body types, like the Apple body Shape, tend to have fat that is mainly distributed in the abdomen, chest, and face. However, Circle body types have a less defined waistline, unlike that of Apple Body Shape. The Circle Body Types also have slim killer legs and thighs.
For the Circle Body Types, the same rules apply to you, as that of the Apple. Just take notes of the Do’s and Don’ts for the Apple Body Shape.
Which top celebrity went from a Circle Body Type to an Hourglass Body Shape?
So…I don’t want to stretch this post any further. Don’t forget to answer the quizzes.
Have a great weekend!
*Singing* “Please forgive me…,” for being so absent with posts for this blog. 😦
I got wrapped up in things that didn’t concern me. However, I’m back! And better! I’ve got great things lined up for you my darling readers. Oi! Where do I begin…?
A great man of God preached a sermon early this year called, “Start from Where You Are.” That sermon moved my spiritual life. So using the topic as a motivator, I’m starting from where I am!
In my last post, I said I had a real wedding feature to show you, it is ready! I also said I would talk about knowing your body and finding that wedding dress.
Woo-hoo! Let’s Do This!
First, I’d like to mention that the 30th of October was my Birthday. Yayy! So, Happy Birthday to me 🙂 I’d like thank my all readers that sent me emails, asking what’s up with my blog and those that know me personally for sending texts and calling to find out what is going on. I really appreciate the concern. I love you all. :* :*.
Also, I’d like to quickly thank a particular reader, for her suggestion with my last post about, “What’s Your Style”. I do agree with you, it was quite lengthy, and tiring. However, despair not mi fair maiden; I will re-visit the topic and emphasise on each one, piece by piece. I also split this post into 2 lovely parts and a grand finale showcasing of wedding styles are that in vogue for 2013 and 2014 (hopefully).
Getting to Know Your Body
Miss Bride-To-Be, knowing your your body shape or type is a MUST. In fact EVERY WOMAN needs to know her body shape or type. This post isn’t restricted to brides alone o!
As a woman you need to know your body type, that is your body shape, what suits your body figure, what styles compliment your body and in some cases which fabric would help to flatter your frame.
There are various body types, so please don’t feel bad or shamed to know it. For example, my body type is the banana/ruler/rectangle. I will explain on that shortly. Here are some of the generic Body shapes and body types:
- Apple shape or “V” type (triangle downward)
- Banana, straight, ruler shape or “I” type (rectangular)
- Hourglass shape or “X” type (facing in triangles, or opposing triangles)
- Pear, spoon, bell shape or “A” type (triangle upward)
In the first part of this post, I will talk about the Hourglass, and the Banana body shapes. So, let’s begin with the Hourglass or as we Naija people call it “Figure 8.” (Shina Peters sepe sepe figure 8 just popped into my head). Lol!
The Hourglass Body Shape or the letter “X” Body Type An hourglass body shape can be described as the letter “X” body type which is also known as the facing in triangles, or opposing triangles as shown in the picture above; this is when your shoulders/bust area and your hips are almost equal in width, and you have a well-defined narrow waist.
For this body type it is best to take advantage of your well-proportioned body and defined waistline, by playing up an embellished style in bridal gown design.
Fitted gowns will do wonders to your figure by showing off your curves.
The best way to emphasize your natural beauty with an hourglass body type is to make sure the gown hugs your smaller body parts, meaning your waist.
With this figure, here are styles that will flatter your figure, they include:
A-Line / Trumpet / Ball Gown
- DO NOT wear an Empire Styled dresses. It won’t show off your slim waistline and to die for sexy figure. Always go for bridal designs that would both compliment your figure and provide you with the confidence, and poise of gorgeous appeal, that would allow you to relax, knowing that you look your very best.
WARNING: If you are Ginormous-ly endowed around the hips, and bust regions, don’t go jumping into a Mermaid style dress all in the name of “Fashion”. You have to know what style would suit and compliment your figure that would be pleasing to you and to the eyes that would have to watch you.
The Banana/Straight/Ruler Body Shape or the letter “I” Body Type
The banana body shape can be described as the letter “I” body type which is also known as the rectangular body type as shown in the pictures below.
The Banana/ Straight/ Ruler body shapes can be described as a rectangle, that is if your shoulders and hips are about the same width, and if you do not have a lot of waist definition.
Your waist measurement would be about less than 9 inches smaller than the hips or bust measurement.
Your body fat is distributed predominantly around the abdomen (tell me about it, *rolling ma eyes*), buttocks, chest, and face. This overall fat distribution creates the typical banana/ ruler (straight) shape.
- With a banana/ straight/ ruler body type (like mine, Lol!), you’d need to create the illusion of curves. You can do this by drawing attention upwards, which is from the waist up your torso (strapless, v-neck, one shoulder) or towards the hem for example, Mermaid.
- An empire waist will showcase the smallest part of your torso, aka Maxi Dresses.
- You can also define your waistline with belts, sashes. Beaded details or coloured sash around the natural waistline will create definition.
However, if you still wish to add that dramatic flair in your wedding dress style, you could look for a peplum styled wedding dress. I am a huge fan of peplums, because it hides my non existence hips and creates the false illusion of curves. Here are some wedding dresses in peplum styles:
- Halter and High Necks (aka turtle necks or neck lines that go past your collar bone). This will make shoulders look narrow and as a result will not flatter your waist
- Sheaths dress style will make you look boxy confused fit. Remember, your body type doesn’t have a lot of hips (not bum, hips), and you’d end up looking like figure 1 hehehe!
This brings me to end of Part 1 of, “The Body…the Dress.” Watch out for Part 2 next week 😉 !