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!

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Mesh Rhinestone Peacock Hard Box Clutch

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Pleated and Braided Clutch

Here at Chicastic we are excited to introduce our pleated and braided rhinestone clutch.

This clutch is perfect for a wedding or any evening occasion. The beautiful rhinestone handle makes this purse go from a just a purse to a statement piece! Why shouldn’t your bag be just as cute as any other accessory?

It comes in nine gorgeous colors. Royal blue, purple, black and grey to name a few. You’ll find the perfect color to match any dress.

The pleated and braided clutch makes for a perfect gift. You can give it to your bridesmaids, the bride or whoever else might need a little statement clutch.

The clutch is 8.5″ in length, 6″ in height and 1.5″ wide. It also comes with a chain that you can pull out to make a purse or keep it tucked in and use it as a clutch. We love the versatility of this piece. It’s different styles will fit any fashionista’s needs.

 

More colors can be found by clicking here.

Want to see more styles that will go perfect with your evening outfit? Check out our huge clutch selection like the Duster Knuckle Clutch or the Peacock Hard Box Clutch.

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New Year’s Eve Outfit

December is filled with special occasions. It’s as if every week there is a new holiday to celebrate.

One of our favorites is New Year’s Eve.

It’s a night of fun, friends, family and fashion. What could be better than that?

Picking out an outfit all depends on the type of night you are going to have. Pajama parties are becoming the latest way to ring in the new year. While other people are still going out to town for parties.

No matter how you choose to bring in the new year and out with the old, you should always look your best.

Sparkles and sequins seem to be the favorite style when picking out a New Year’s Eve outfit. Don’t go overboard though. Keep to one or two pieces that shine. Is your dress all shimmery? Than choose accessories that are solid and neutral. Is your outfit all one solid color? Make it pop with sparkly shoes and a handbag. We offer excellent dress shoes for any occasion in plenty of colors!

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Having a pajama party? Look cool and relaxed while still effortlessly beautiful. Matching top and bottom sets are always the perfect way to go. Plaid and striped pajamas are totally in this season. Don’t forget about your feet! Slippers are a way to pull the whole look together. Want to add a robe to the mix? Check out our satin robes in red, black and white.

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Have fun with your outfit! After all, this is the first one of the new year. Better make it one worth remembering!

Check out Chicastic.com for more fashion fun! Loved this blog? Take a look at other advice for all your style questions.

Secret Santa Ideas

So you and your friends decided to do a secret Santa. Of course if you picked out your best friends name you would know exactly what to get them without even having to think about it. But what about when you pick out someone you don’t know all too well? You might not know what to get the new girl in your friend group or your friends coworker might be in on this fun gift giving idea.

As always, Chicastic has you covered.

First things first, check with the group to see if you have a spending limit. Most secret Santa’s do. This keeps the group presents generally in the same range.

Now you can begin your search for the perfect gift.

We recommend jewelry as our number one go to secret Santa gift. What girl doesn’t like a good necklace? Even if the person receiving doesn’t always wear jewelry, it’s something that every woman should have for those just in-case moments.

 

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Click here to check out Chicastic’s jewelry selection.

 

If you know the person you picked is a fan of accessories, why not buy them a scarf? They are perfect for the winter and also look super cute with any outfit. Infinity scarves quickly became a classic winter piece. Perfect as a gift for anyone!

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Chicastic has plenty of wonderful scarves to offer!

 

Another simple and easy go-to for secret Santa is gloves. They are something everyone wants/needs but rarely ever buys, so why not help them out? Our finger-less gloves are perfect for everyone and they come in different styles and colors! Now it’s just up to you which one to buy!

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The perfect gift for secret Santa.

 

Don’t be afraid to add two gifts to your secret Santa. After all, no one is going to complain about receiving gifts!

Need more gift ideas? Check out our other blogs like Stocking Stuffers and Gift Ideas For The Women In Your Life.

Do’s and Don’ts to Holiday Fashion

It’s a week before Thanksgiving and you still don’t know what to wear. This is a holiday that’s all about eating. So how do you dress cute while still comfortable enough to fill your stomach with delicious turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing?

No need to worry, Chicastic has the perfect advice for you! Here are the do’s and don’ts for what to wear to this holiday dinner.

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Wearing white anything to a holiday dinner is risky. Especially Thanksgiving. There are so many colorful foods and drinks that you have a high chance of spilling it on you.

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Instead of white, opt for darker colors. Deep plums, reds, greens, and blacks are perfect colors for this season. And if you do end up spilling something on you it won’t be as noticeable.

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DON’T

Try to stay away from tight clothing. It looks great when you arrive to the dinner party but you don’t want to be sitting at the table feeling like your clothes are going to pop off.

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Wear loose shirts or even a dress. This will allow you to fill up on food without filling out over your clothes. You’ll feel 10x more comfortable and confident. Plus you won’t want to skip over dessert for the sake of fashion.

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DON’T

Don’t show up in a big chunky coat. Yes you want to stay warm when arriving to a party but what are you going to wear when you get cold during the party?

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Make sure you bring a light shawl or sweater. Chicastic recommends wearing a poncho. They are this seasons must-have item and they are guaranteed to keep you warm.

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Use a clutch pocketbook as your statement piece! Find more ponchos and shoes in different colors on our website.

 

Using these do’s and don’ts for holiday fashion will ensure a comfy and chic holiday dinner! Check out what we would wear to a Thanksgiving dinner here.

 

 

 

 

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