Well the wonderful ceremony is over and all the photographer has performed a great job of getting all your wedding shots done, so it’s time for the party to really begin. Wedding receptions are all about having a good time. They are also all about the newly-weds so it is the time for wedding speeches to be delivered with good taste, wonderful humour and with messages that come from the heart.
Coco Chanel really did change how women perceived fashion. She revolutionized the whole female ‘look’ and made it into one of pure style and comfort. We have to remember that when she first started designing hats, women at the time were still wearing tight bodices that restricted them in many ways, apart from being incredibly uncomfortable to wear as well. So when her beautifully casual but tremendously stylish designs first appeared on the scene, women were delighted!
Coco Chanel was very much her ‘own person’ and shunned away from the heavy dresses that were fashionable in her day. She opted for her own ‘poor little suits’ as she referred to them. A male friend realized the importance of her look to her and had an English tailor make elegant copies of her designs for her to wear. The little French milliner was on her way to becoming a legend in the world of fashion.
Coco Chanel Wore Her Outfits with Such Panache
Chanel wore her outfits with style and would often pair her designs up with white shirts as well as ties and coats she borrowed from various lovers she had in her early years. This was to become one of the fundamental principles she used in her clothing designs – she became the ‘master’ at adapting certain elements of male dress so that it became truly feminine.
She was first recognized not as a dress designer but as a milliner, her ‘boater’ hat was the height of fashion in the early 1900’s and remained so for fifty years or so. But soon her lovely comfortable dress designs were being noticed by many high society ladies. These ladies started to contact Chanel for assistance with their own uncomfortable and cumbersome wardrobes. Coco Chanel was swept away on a wave of innovation in ladies fashion and in 1915 opened her very first boutique in Biarritz. By 1916, she employed 300 people in her fashion houses in Paris, Deauville and Biarritz.
The Legendary ‘Little Black Dress’
Coco Chanel’s ‘little black dress’ is legendary. Vogue magazine adored it and referred to it as ‘a Ford car signed Chanel’. This simple yet so very elegant design, made out of ‘Crepe de Chine’ with lovely close fitting sleeves was simply divine. Women from every corner of the globe adopted this concept of elegance. They all had a ‘little black number’ in their wardrobes.
Coco Chanel was inspired by luxurious Russian furs, she drew inspiration from England and their tweeds. Her work in Hollywood earned her fantastic amounts of money but her designs were not considered sensational enough by the stars at the time. Chanel left Hollywood and was never to return there.
Her designs have been worn by the most elegant women in the world among them Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Onassis and many, many other women whose beauty was astounding. Her signature label is one of the most recognized in the world and her perfumes are legends in their own right. To own a Chanel dress, jacket or handbag is a sign of success today as never before. This lovely stylish ‘little French milliner’ has left the world a wonderful legacy, she alone changed fashion forever.
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There is a certain etiquette involved in sending out an invitation to an event and this applies to weddings as much as any other ones. RSVP means simply ‘reply if you please’ although it sounds so much nicer when said in French – ‘Repondez s’il vous plaît’.
When sending out wedding invitations I believe an RSVP message is rather nice as it gives the invite that little bit extra. I love it when these letters are embossed discreetly on the invitation, it makes any event feel really special. The importance of replying to an RSVP invitation is something that needs to be taken seriously and a reply should be sent in a timely fashion, which means a couple of days after receiving the invitation as this is only good manners.
It All Comes Down to Good Manners
At the end of the day replying to an RSVP invitation is simply just good manners and as such these invitations should be replied to in the way it has been requested on them. Here are a few things to remember when you receive an RSVP invitation:
- Check just how you are being asked to respond to your invitations
- Always send your reply in a timely manner – maximum is two days
- Make absolutely certain that if you reply ‘Yes’ then you can indeed make it to the event and only have to change this should an emergency or unavoidable situation arise that prevents you from attending the event.
Some People Are Reluctant To Respond
There are some people who always feel awkward about responding to RSVP invites and there could be several reasons for this. However, even if you feel that you may offend the host or hostess you have to accept the fact you are allowed to say ‘no’ without causing any offence at all. It is a lot better to say ‘no’ nicely than to not say anything at all, this is far more offensive.
You have to think about the host/hostess and this is especially true for RSVP wedding invites, because they need to know how many guests will be attending their wedding in order to help the organize the numbers for the ceremony as well as the reception.
How Important Is a Reply To a RSVP Invitation For the Host or Hostess?
If you are planning a wedding you have to know just how many guests will be attending your big day because you need to know the numbers when you are organizing the event. At the same time you have to be prepaid for a few guests to either not reply or send a ‘no’ answer to your invitations. You have to learn not to be offended by either of these in a gracious manner. You need to always act very graciously when people you invite cannot make it and you have to be very forgiving.
Every bride wants to look stunning on her wedding day and this means from head to foot. Every little detail has to be taken into consideration from the tiny details on a designer wedding gown to the veil as well as hair jewellery, not forgetting the beautiful wedding bouquet. Your make-up is immaculate and shoes comfortable yet stunningly stylish. But what about nails?
If you’re thinking about having false nails for your wedding day and have never worn them before, you need to get in some practice before the big day. It is surprising how different everything feels when you wear false nails, this is especially true if you are planning on wearing long ones. It takes a bit of getting used to and the last thing a bride wants is to feel awkward about handling things on her wedding day. She needs to feel comfortable about every aspect of her body. She has to wear her dress like a glove, glide along in her beautiful wedding shoes and be able to sign the register as well as cut the wedding cake.
So the excitement of the big day is over. All the carefully laid out plans and preparations went well and your wedding day went off like a dream. There’s a heap of wedding gifts just waiting to be admired and used, which means it’s time to think about sending out ‘Thank You’ cards to all the people who offered these presents to you on your wedding day.
The tradition of wedding cake began way back in the Roman Empire, when a groom would break a loaf of bread over his bride’s head, as a symbol of his dominance over her.
Of course, it’s come a long way since then. And it came closer to the tradition we would now recognise with, with the French croquembouche, which is essentially a tower of profiteroles.
It is a truth universally acknowledged (to paraphrase Jane Austen) that all brides look beautiful. Chances are, your wedding gown; with tight-waited petticoat and figure-shaping bodice, will nip and tuck you in all the right places, which will dramatically improve your posture.
However, don’t assume that the dress will do all the work for you. There are other things you’ll to consider to ensure you’re able to walk gracefully in your wedding gown.
Traditionally a bridesmaid has always had to pay for her own gown although as a treat the bride may wish to pay for her hair styling, make-up and other facial treats that they can do together. Brides need to be aware of the cost implications that bridesmaids have when choosing what outfit with them So the best way for a bride to do this is to choose three or four outfits and then show these to her bridesmaids. This way the girls can decide which ones are the best for them and which they can afford.
It’s great if bridesmaid dresses can be worn after the wedding too. This makes the expense that little bit more bearable for bridesmaids as they know they can wear them for other special occasions. If you are asking them to wear a dress they may never get the chance to wear again, then this could be a little unfair as well as asking them for too much. A bride needs to be sympathetic to her bridesmaids’ financial situations when choosing the gowns she would like them to wear at her wedding.