Create The Perfect Backyard Wedding

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Creating a backyard wedding is a great way to save money, especially if you want a small ceremony. But realize that a backyard wedding still needs as much planning as a traditional event. Here are some tips to make sure your day goes smoothly.

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1. Invitations
Because your backyard may not be able to host a lot of people, you can create DIY invitations or even have someone handwrite them for you! Calligraphy artists can work wonders with pen and ink, or if you are artsy and prefer to be more hands on, you can create your own! There are plenty of online printing companies who specialize in invitations. Just don’t do an e-vite!

2. Rentals
Rental companies have everything you need these days. They are a one stop shop for everything you need for an event. A tent, lighting, dance floor, tables, cloths and chairs are the minimum you would need. You may think you don’t need a tent but it will come in handy if it rains or if the sun is beating down. Your guests can move the chairs from the ceremony area to their table.

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3. Flowers
To save money, choose flowers that are in season. It wouldn’t be wise to choose a summer blossom in the winter as they will most likely have to be brought in from warmer areas and therefore more costly. For centerpieces, use large clear jars for flower bunches at each table.

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4. Catering and Dessert
Find a catering company that specializes in buffet style food. This way you won’t need a service team other than those behind the table. Or if you have a particularly small event, you can have the company deliver and set up the food only. For dessert, cupcakes are a popular choice and they can be decorated in your wedding theme colors! Plus you’ll be able to have more flavor choices to make everyone happy! You can also have your bakery create a small bride and groom cake for you to freeze until the next year.

5. Drinks
Save more money by buying drinks (even alcohol!) at your local bulk grocery store. Beer, soda, bottled water and wine are wedding staples.

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6. Table Settings
Instead of having a formal place setting, your catering company can provide durable and even elegant looking plastic utensils and plates.

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7. Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
An easy and affordable option for dressing them is to have the bridesmaids pick their own dresses in a color of your choice. The groomsmen can wear suits in the same color family (dark blue, black, brown, beige, etc.) For fun, have them wear socks in the color theme of your wedding. They can wear the same color tie to keep their looks cohesive. The bridesmaids can wear the same style of wedding heels or carry the same clutch bag to tie them together.

8. Photography
Saving money in other areas will allow you to splurge in wedding photography. This is one area you don’t want to skimp out on. These memories are priceless so make sure you hire a photographer you click with.

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9. Bride and Groom Style
Your personal look can be as ornate or as simple as you like. To save money, look for off white or beige bridesmaid dresses instead of a bridal gown. You can even choose a lace sundress if you want to go a little more casual. Have a friend do your makeup or do it yourself, and keep your hair simply styled, with a crown of flowers or a braided up do with crystal bobby pins tucked in. Splurge on some beautiful crystal heels for a touch of glam for the ceremony and photos. You can change into a pair of flats or cute sandals for dancing! Don’t forget your wedding clutch! Your groom can wear one of his own suits, but invest in getting it tailored so that it fits perfectly. It’s a good time for him to get a new shirt and tie, anyway! Have him buy new shoes as well. He can always wear them after the wedding.

10. Guests’ Comfort
Don’t forget to provide enough toilet paper, paper towels and soap for the bathroom. A large garbage can or two can keep things neat. Don’t forget your wedding playlist! An iPod and a good pair of speakers will take care of that easily.
With these tips, you are sure to pull off an affordable, fun and elegant wedding in your own backyard! For affordable and elegant wedding clutches, corsets and shoes, visit Chicastic today!

How To Accessorize For YOUR Special Day

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Weddings have become sort of a “super sport” these days. Brides scramble to find the perfect dress, the perfect flowers, the perfect makeup, the perfect hair, perfect perfect perfect! But ladies, perfection isn’t real. You are real! This is your day, and while perfection might be something to strive for, try not to let yourself get so focused on an unattainable status quo. This day comes once in a lifetime, so remember to enjoy yourself and create beautiful memories! Find yourself in your wedding theme and ask the question “Is this me or is this just a magazine?” It is totally understandable to be overwhelmed, especially with the amount of information and trends that are out there. You must remember to incorporate YOUR personal style, no matter what the voices outside your head and couple are telling you. Remember, less is more. Here is a list of wedding accessories that will help you curate a wedding that is uniquely you.

1.Wedding Dress

No, it isn’t an accessory, but it determines the accessories you choose! If you purchase the accessories first, like a tiara or bib necklace, you are limiting the choice of dress and that makes it more difficult for you in the long run. Make sure you purchase the dress first.

2. Garment Bag

Definitely useful in keeping your dress pristine and clean before you walk down the aisle. After the final fitting, keep the dress in the garment bag until the very last minute to ensure that nothing happens to it!

3. Shawl, Cape, or Short Jacket

This depends on the weather of the day, especially if your wedding is outdoors. If it is cool, it will keep you from freezing. Remember to balance the textures. A smooth silk or satin gown will benefit from a beaded capelet instead of one made of the same material as the dress. A knitted cardigan will look wonderful over lace, especially for an autumn wedding. A spring morning wedding might do well with a silk chiffon scarf wrapped around your shoulders.

4. Shoes

We believe that every bride needs two pairs of shoes. The ones she walks down the aisle in, and the ones she hits the dance floor in! While they might be the same for most of the day, I guarantee the heels will fly off as soon as the bride’s ankles cannot take anymore! These crystal platform heels provide the elegance one needs, while these ballet flats are great for boogying the night away!

5. Hairpiece

The different hair pieces and accessories geared towards brides are endless. It can be so daunting to figure out which one is best for you. Tiaras are one type, but try not to limit yourself to tradition. There are fascinators, headbands, clips, and pins! Or you can opt for no hairpiece at all. It is your choice!

6. Veils

Some say the veil is second to the dress as the most important part of a bride’s look. From small facial veils to ones that stretch the entire length of the church or walkway, there is no shortage of fabrics or styles of veil. A few things to remember:

– Make sure your veil matches your gown.

– Mind the style of the veil. Do not allow it to steal the spotlight off your gown.

– Backless dresses require a sheer veil. You do not want to lose the style of the gown.

– After your purchase the dress, try different veil styles to make sure you find the right one for you.

8. Jewelry

Your jewelry depends solely on the style of the gown. High necked bodices might not need necklaces, where a strapless dress might find it necessary. The metals must match – there are very few exceptions to this. Silver threads in a dress calls for silver jewelry. Gold beaded gowns demand gold jewelry. The only exception is the wedding band. Make sure the style of bracelet you choose is smooth so it will not snag your gown. This one works well.

9. Sash or scarf

This is a great way to incorporate your wedding color scheme into your dress. Usually made of satin or silk, they wrap around your waist and help to shape your body. Make sure you wear a corset or waist train before hand to get the right silhouette for this accessory. For a different take, try wrapping a chiffon scarf around your waist in an obi style.

10. Lingerie

A strapless bra will help you keep your shape. If you need additional assistance or your gown is sheer, a white or nude colored corset or bodyshaper is a great choice.

11. Clutch Bag

The bridal clutch bag is an extension of your jewelry. Make sure the hardware matches the metals of your jewelry. You can choose a white or beige clutch bag for a traditional bridal look. A blue purse can serve as your “something blue” for the day. Or you can choose to match your wedding color scheme with a plethora of color choices.

12. Bridal Gifts

Accessories for your bridal party can double as gifts! The best part is that you can get a clutch for every woman’s personality and still match your wedding colors. Chicastic has a massive collection to choose from, in every color and style imagineable. You are sure to find a style and color that is exactly you.

Remember, your special day should encompass who you and your mate are. While traditions are nice to uphold, sacrificing your image, style and personality to accommodate outdated customs that you do not care about is not worth it. You will be worrying too much about others and not focusing on your couplehood. Be the best version of yourself this day because you are already perfect, just the way you are.

Purple Pleated & Braided Rhinestone Evening Clutch

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Purple is such an elegant color. So show some love for this beautiful hue and add some purple to your life with this Purple Pleated & Braided Rhinestone Evening Clutch. It’s just what you’ve been looking for, you just didn’t know it yet!Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 11.35.26 PM.png

This pretty piece would be ideal for any occasion you have in the future whether it’s a wedding, cocktail party, or work event. It measures 8.5” long, 6” high, and 1.5” wide—just the right size to stash your wallet, phone, and some makeup!

This rhinestone clutch purse even comes with a chain tucked inside if you want to sling it over your shoulder. It’s the perfect party accessory!

The pleated and braided design is what makes this clutch truly unique. And you can wear it with almost any outfit you own as it’s a versatile piece and it will really pop against any color, especially with the rhinestone accents.

For other fabulous finds, hit up Chicastic, ASAP!

 

Red Crystal Hard Box Cocktail Clutch

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It seems like everyone is getting married all of a sudden. You have so many summer weddings to attend, you don’t know how you’re going to spring all that money for a different dress, jewelry, and accessories! Well, we’re here to help with that dilemma. We have a stellar accessory you can bring to all of your weddings: this Red Crystal Hard Box Cocktail Clutch.

Its silvertone hardware and bold red color will really make a statement. The sparkling crystals will catch the light beautifully and twinkle with every move.

One of the fabulous features about this clutch is its 22” long removable chain string. You can keep it on if you want to go hands-free throughout the day. This clutch purse measures 6” long, 4” high, and 2” wide—it’s just the ideal size to fit your money, lip stick, and ID.

This lovely accessory is very versatile and it would go along nicely with most dress colors. If you are looking for other great accessories, jewelry, or dress shoes, visit Chicastic today!

Satin Evening Clutch Purse with Rhinestones

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Pay day is on the horizon and you can’t get your mind off treating yourself to something new. If you’re longing for a new clutch purse, look no further than this Satin Evening Clutch Purse with Rhinestones! You’ll love the … Continue reading

Crystal Studded Peacock Evening Clutch

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Ladies, don’t you hate it when you’re getting ready to go out and you quickly realize that you don’t have anything to wear? What’s even harder, is deciding on those finishing touches … the earrings, the bracelets, the handbags, etc. … Continue reading

Beige & Gold Sequin Lace Hard Box Clutch Purse

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Need something cute to bring along to your next lunch date? This Beige & Gold Sequin Lace Hard Box Clutch Purse ought to do it! What’s better than sequin embellishments after all? This cocktail clutch features attractive goldtone hardware, gold … Continue reading

Purple Paisley Small Flat Hard Clutch

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Get pretty in paisley! Spring is in full-swing and summer will be here before you know it. Do you really need another reason to get yourself a cool new clutch? This purple paisley clutch is super sweet looking and colorful as … Continue reading

Leopard Print Flat Hard Clutch Wallet

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You can’t go on like this…cramming your spare cash in your old wallet, creating a crumpled, unorganized mess. What you really need is a chic and spankin’ new wallet. One that has pockets for cash and extra pockets for your … Continue reading

Sequin & Lace Hard-Box Clutch Purse

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A brand-new evening clutch purse will do ya good! And if you’re looking for something sparkly and glam, then you’re in luck. This Sequin & Lace Hard-Box Clutch Purse is the epitome of feminine chic thanks to its lovely embellishments. … Continue reading