Something Borrowed, Something Blue

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The wedding day is any bride’s most special and cherished occasion.  Why not help her to feel extra special with a beautiful gift from the heart?  When I think of a special gift for a bride, the term something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue comes to mind.  Chicastic has a beautiful array of blue accessories, perfect for any blushing bride.  My favorite is the Lace Bridal Wedding Clutch.  This beautiful bag will impress any bride, with it’s richly saturated royal blue hue and satin and lace exterior.  This clutch also comes equipped with a silver chain shoulder strap, for added style versatility.  Pair this elegant clutch with other blue accessories such as Chicastic’s Chiffon Scarf in Royal Blue and a beautiful pair of blue rhinestone earrings, for a gift that she will always remember you for.  The Lace Bridal Wedding Clutch is available in a variety of colors at Chicastic’s online boutique and also makes a great gift for the entire bridal party.  To see other glamorous accessories for weddings, visit Chicastic.com.

Spring Wedding Elegance

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Are you attending a wedding this spring?  Maybe you’re the mother of the bride or just a guest attending the wedding.  No matter what, Chicastic’s Glitter Mesh Wedding Clutch in Gold is the perfect handbag for your wedding ensemble.  This elegant handbag features a  luxurious, glittering gold exterior and a rhinestone studded top closure clasp.  This clutch also comes equipped with a chain shoulder strap, for added versatility.  Channel your inner Golden Goddess by pairing this chic clutch bag with a champagne colored column dress, gold toned accessories and Chicastic’s champagne colored stole draped around your shoulders for a look that may steal attention away from the bride!  The Glitter Mesh Wedding Clutch is available in a variety of colors at Chicastic’s online boutique and also makes a  great bridesmaid’s gift for the members of the wedding party.  To see other stylish accessories that are perfect for spring weddings, visit Chicastic.com.

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

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Nothing is more beautiful than a radiant bride on her wedding day.  If you are a maid of honor or the mother of the bride, you may be looking for just the right gift to help her commemorate her special day.  Chicastic has a beautiful array of accessories that are perfect for any bride!  We’ve all heard of giving the bride something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.  Why not surprise her with Chicastic’s Blue Sparkle Wedding Clutch?  This elegant bag features a shimmering sky blue color, wrapped in  delicate lace and a top closure rhinestone clasp.  It also comes equipped with a gold chain shoulder strap that can be worn on the shoulder or tucked inside for added versatility.  The bride isn’t the only one worthy of receiving a gift.  Brides to be, why not gift your bridesmaids with Chicastic’s luxurious Blue Chiffon Stole.  Every time they see this stole, they will be reminded of the warm memories of your wedding day!  The Sparkle Wedding Clutch can be worn for any special occasion and is available in a variety of colors at Chicastic’s online boutique.  To see other beautiful wedding accessories for both the bride to be and bridesmaids, visit Chicastic.com.

Bridal Elegance

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Are you planning for your special day of walking down the aisle?  Planning a wedding can be very stressful with all of the decisions that you have to make.  From choosing the perfect venue, selecting the guest list and cake and most importantly, what you will be wearing.  Let Chicastic take the stress out of selecting your wardrobe on your special day with their beautiful selection of bridal accessories.  My personal favorite handbag from their bridal collection is the Sparkle Wedding Clutch in Silver.  This gorgeous handbag features a sparkling exterior, with shimmering flecks of silver and a rhinestone closure.  It also comes equipped with a gold shoulder chain that can be tucked inside, for added versatility.  I would pair this clutch bag with a lace column gown, silver accessories and Chicastic’s white chiffon stole draped around the shoulders, for a glamorous look that will be sure to turn heads as you walk down the aisle.  Chicastic has a vast array of bridal accessories, for both the bride and bridesmaids.  To see their full line of accessories, visit Chicastic.com

Elegant Mother Of The Bride

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Being the mother of the bride is a very joyous, yet stressful situation.  With all of the planning and preparing that you have to do for the day that your daughter walks down the aisle, it is easy to put off planning what you will be wearing for the wedding.  Chicastic’s  Satin Evening Clutch is the perfect accessory for this special day.  This Silver clutch has a sleek, satiny texture, pleated detailing and is accented with shimmering rhinestones.  It is also just the right size to store a tube of lipstick and your cell phone.  For an understated, yet elegant look, I would suggest building your look around this bag by pairing it with a full length, one shoulder gown and sophisticated accessories.  By eliminating the stress of deciding what you will wear, you will be able to put all of your focus on the celebration at hand!  I also think that this clutch bag, which comes in a variety of colors, is the perfect gift idea to give to your bridesmaids as a token of your appreciation.  This evening clutch is available at Chicastic’s Amazon boutique.  Chicastic has beautiful selections of bridal and evening clutch bags and accessories.    To see even more formal accessories and for more shipping options, visit Chicastic’s official online boutique.

Edgy Wedding Style

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Invited to a formal wedding  and stumped on what to wear?  Start your look off with Chicastic’s Hardbox Crystal Wedding Clutch Purse.  This chic clutch is the perfect go to accessory for a formal, yet trendy look.  While everyone else is wearing dresses, stand out from the crowd by pairing this clutch with a slinky, silk jumpsuit, bold accessories and a pair of Chicastic’s heels for an unexpected look that is formal, yet edgy.  This ultra glam look is also perfect for a night out on the town, dancing the night away.  This stand out clutch is currently on sale and is available at Chicastic.com.  Visit Chicastic’s Amazon boutique to see their selection of clutch bags, accessories and apparel.  For an even larger selection of wardrobe and accessory items currently on sale and for more shipping options, visit Chicastic’s official online boutique.

Art Deco Allure

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The term Art Deco conjures up images of a time during the 1920’s and 1930’s that was filled with vampy silent film starlets, bold accessories, beautiful architecture and all out glamour.  Unleash your inner femme fatale with Chicastic’s Abstract Rhinestone Satin Evening Clutch.  This elegant Art Deco inspired clutch is the perfect accessory for all of your upcoming holiday black tie affairs.  Pair this ultra chic clutch with a dramatic black gown and chandelier earrings for an alluring look that will rival any movie star.  This evening clutch is currently on sale and is available in a variety of colors at Chicastic.com. Chicastic’s Amazon boutique has an amazing selection of clutches and accessories for all occasions available .  For an even larger selection of  apparel and accessory items currently on sale, visit Chicastic’s official online boutique.

How to Use Social Media Effectively On Your Wedding Day

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These days, using social media in your wedding is an absolute must! It’s a great way to share you most precious moments and memories with friends and family who are not able to spend the day with you. However, there are still some rules and etiquette that must be followed, whether you are a guest or the bride. Here are some helpful tips to get you on the right track.

For the Bride and Groom

WEDDING PLANNING

Make sure you call your parents and any close family members to make your announcement personally. No one wants to find out big news about you on Facebook, especially if you’re getting married! Announcing your engagement on social media may seem fast and easy, but even with new technology, the same consideration and etiquette must be applied.

Send traditional paper invites for your wedding. You don’t want your wedding invite to get lost in the slew of daily emails your guests receive. Save the e-vite for the rehearsal dinner or bachelor/bachelorette events. You can still make them cute! E-vite creation sites have very beautiful options and are way easy to design.

If you choose to post photos of your engagement ring, keep the details about it to yourself. Bragging about the size or cost of your new bling is tacky and it really isn’t anyone’s business but yours and your groom’s.

Create a #hashtag! Encourage your guests with an announcement or a pretty sign before the wedding takes place to use it! This way, you are able to collect everything about your special day and save it.

ON THE WEDDING DAY

Take selfies! But please don’t forget to enjoy your day! You’ll have everyone taking pictures of you, and your professional photographer will be there snapping away. You don’t want your professional pictures with your phone in your face. Plus you’ll want to spend the day connecting with those around you.

Stay positive! If something goes wrong, don’t complain about it online! If someone takes advantage of the open bar, don’t blast them on Facebook. Speak to them privately and in person, or have someone do it for you. Negativity will only create animosity and paint you in bridezilla green.

Want to go tech free? It’s okay! It’s perfectly acceptable to ask that your guests put their devices away during the ceremony. That’s what ht wedding photographer is there for – to do the work so everyone can enjoy the ceremony live and not looking through a tiny screen.

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For the Guests

Give the professional photographer his or her space! There is nothing more annoying than a guest trying to steal the photographer’s poses from behind (not to mention violates copyright), and it’s extremely violating to the bride and groom. They spent good money so they can have beautiful memories of their day, so respect the photographer and let them work.

USE the hashtag! Don’t make the bride and groom chase you down for wedding pictures. It’s not nice.

Don’t spend the entire day glued to your phone. The couple invited you to celebrate with them, and you don’t want the only pictures of you with your face stuck to a screen.

Ask before sharing pictures of the bride and groom. They may want to keep certain photos to themselves, or want to share theirs first.

DEFINITE DON’T’s

Don’t post pictures of gifts. Tack tack tacky go wacky. ‘Nuff said.

Don’t discuss or complain on social media how much your wedding costs. That makes everyone feel awkward and uncomfortable.

Don’t post all the dirty details of a breakup if your engagement or wedding is canceled. Just like when you announced your engagement, your guest should find out about it through you, and not on Facebook.

For wedding clutches, bridesmaid gifts and bridal accessories, visit Chicastic!

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 Dress For A Summer Wedding

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This post goes out to the wedding party and the wedding guests! Summertime is HOT! Here are some tips to dress appropriately for the weather during a summer wedding of any style!

When planning a summer wedding, color is of utmost importance. You want to reflect the spirit of the season! Jewel tones mixed with soft pastels can work very well. For example, a soft periwinkle blue paired with kelly green is absolutely gorgeous. Here are a few more color schemes that might work well:

1. Navy Blue and Hot Pink

2. Peach and Emerald Green

3. Rose and Grey

4. Gold and Red – for daring brides!

5. Orange and Lemon Yellow – can you pull that one off?

6. Black + Any Jewel Tone (great for evening weddings)

Next, you want to make sure that your outfit, dress, or gown is weather appropriate, especially when the temperature climbs! It’s all about keeping your cool while looking elegant. You will want to skip the stiff and heavy traditional dresses of brocade, satin, or taffeta. Breathable fabrics are a definite must to fight off humidity and overheating. Short dresses are not the only option, as long as whatever you choose to wear is made of light and airy fabrics like silk, chiffon, cotton, or linen. Floor length gowns are made even more summery by way of vibrant colors. A lace overlay is especially summery and very pretty.

One caveat: You must respect the couple’s dress code requirements. Regardless how hot it gets, formal means formal. Do not show up in a cotton sundress and wedges to a formal summer wedding, or you’ll end up being “that girl” at the wedding. Make sure you match the formality of the event.

CASUAL WEDDINGS

There are a plethora of summer bridal and bridesmaid dresses available today. They usually show some skin (strapless, off the shoulder, one shoulder) because in the summer, it is acceptable to show more skin).

If you choose to wear a short dress, don’t go too short. Unless you’re in Vegas, because everything stays in Vegas. A few inches above the knee is short enough. Add some summer sparkle with a pair of cute rhinestone studded heels. Carry a light scarf with you for an indoor affair because the venue will likely have the air conditioning on turbo. Chiffon scarves or a bright pashmina are both doable. If the wedding is outdoors, be mindful of the style of dress. A short flowy dress might be in danger of revealing too much if the wind blows just right.

Another option for a casual summer wedding is to go with a linen pants suit. This works for both men and women! Women can even shorten the hem of their pants for a capri style. A chiffon scarf in the colors of the wedding theme will add just the right touch.

SEMI-FORMAL WEDDINGS

Semi-formal weddings are just a step up from a fancy tea. Lightweight mid length dresses are acceptable, especially in a beautiful print. You can even wrap your shoulders with a light pashmina during the evening. The clutch or handbag you choose to carry may or may not be covered in rhinestones. That is up to you! Of course, we at Chicastic LOVE our sparkles, so we recommend this velvet clutch for a semi-formal wedding. Just the right balance of bling.

FORMAL WEDDINGS

Long dresses are great for a black tie wedding. Make sure that you aren’t squeezed into a corset dress if you are outdoors or you may overheat. Corset dresses will work for indoors, as their inherent strapless style is already summery in appearance. You can even pair a corset with a long skirt. Finish with rhinestone heels and a glittering (repeat: GLITTERING) clutch and you’re good to go! Find the perfect one from Chicastic’s collection of bridal clutches.

INFORMAL WEDDINGS

This style leaves the manner of dress up to the guests. While most might not go so far as to wear a ballgown, a casual cocktail dress or simple sundress will do just fine for your guests and bridesmaids. You might even let your bridesmaids pick their own dress as long as they adhere to the color scheme. The best part about that is you can give them all a clutch bag gift that matches their style!

A few things to remember:

Summertime is not the time for big heavy jewelry, regardless the wedding style. Stick to studs, tear drops or small dangling earrings. Necklaces should be a thin delicate chain, or a simple strand of pearls or beads. Simple wire bracelets are more appropriate than bold bangles.

Sandals or peep toe heel are a great choice for summertime! Unless the wedding is at the beach, when you may want to forego shoes altogether.

A wedding salon can help you choose the right style of dress. Definitely take advantage of their expertise. They are aware of things that you might not have thought of.

There you have it! Best of luck and many blessings to you on your special day!