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Nails that Slay on the Big Day

Weddings are not always perfect but your nails can be, right? Whether you are thinking of spending more on a professional and fresh manicure or a standard one, it’s always a great idea to share the session with your bridal party. And we’ve got some interesting ideas to help you nail your wedding day nails.

No.1 Go Neutral:
The most famous options? Pale pink, solid white, classic nude, and traditional french tip manicure. Classic, timeless, and flattering on all nail shapes and lengths, neutral nails win the battle for almost every bride.

 

No.2 Glitter it Up:
Cascading glitter on top of neutral or pink nails makes a statement that you are ready to celebrate!

 

No.3 Something Blue:
Every bride needs ‘something blue’, so why not make your nails just that in a light or bold blue.

 

No.4 Pop of Color:
Add a pop of color to your all-white bridal look with red, pink, or a color from your bouquet. You can also wear the color of your bridesmaids’ dresses on your nails which brings a beautiful and cohesive touch to the details of your big day!

R and B Garter Toss Songs

Finding the right song for the groom to toss the bride’s garter to all of the “available” men and boys in attendance at his wedding is a moment captured in video and pictures. Play the perfect R&B garter toss song to accent your moment.

R&B is the most popular music style in America and finding the right one for the Garter Toss is our goal. See a list of our favorites below and if you have one not on our list, be sure to submit it as a comment.

 

R&B Garter Toss Songs

Ridin’ Solo – Jason Derulo
2010, Jason Derulo

If I Was Your Girlfriend – Prince
1987, Sign ‘O’ the Times

Nobody – Keith Sweat feat. Athena Cage
1996, Keith Sweat

I Wanna Be Your Lover – Prince
1979, Prince

Don’t Wanna Be a Player – Joe
1997, Booty Call

Bump ‘N Grind – R. Kelly
1993, 12 Play

You Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate
1975, Hot Chocolate

Whatta Man – Salt ‘N’ Pepa and En Vogue
1993, Very Necessary

Addicted – Ne-Yo
2007, Because of You

Do Me – Bell Biv DeVoe
1990, Poison

Better Man – Leon Bridges
2015, Coming Home

Suit and Tie – Justin Timberlake and Jay Z
2013, The 20/20 Experience

Pony – Ginuwine
1996, Ginuwine…the Bachelor

Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker) – Parliament
1975, Mothership Connection

Superfreak – Rick James
1981, Street Songs

Earned It – Weeknd
2015, Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack

Step In the Name of Love (Remix) – R. Kelly
2003, Chocolate Factory

How Many Drinks? – Miguel
2012, Kaleidoscope Dream

The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
1987, Center Stage

Drunk in Love – Beyoncé
2013, Beyoncé

Hotline Bling – Drake
2016, Views

Yeah – Usher
2004, Confessions

It’s a Man’s Man’s World – James Brown
1966, Released as a single

The Man – Aloe Blacc
2013, Lift Your Spirit

Bootylicious – Destiny’s Child
2001, Survivor

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. T.I. Pharrell
2013, Blurred Lines

Hope you enjoyed this list of R&B garter toss songs.

Site credit to www.myweddingsongs.com

No Matter Your Style, A Simple Approach to Bridal Fashion

From the layers of tulle to breathtaking, detailed lace and sequins for the perfect bit of sparkle, there’s that perfect dress for any bride- to-be. For some desiring a more ‘less is more’ approach to your dream dress (no- frill but stunning nonetheless), we have good news and believe this can be easily showcased. Attracted to clean lines, minimalist aesthetic, and of course, the top of the line craftsmanship, these wedding dresses showcase that no matter your style, you can go simple.

Princess

Princess gowns don’t always have to sparkle and shine! These full skirts are contrasting light and full on layers, but both make a unique statement with beautiful lace details.

Glamorous

Vintage- inspired with the allure of glamorous style of bridal fashion. Focus on showcasing that structured shape and fabric, which is the true heart of glamour.

Traditional

This traditional sleeve never gets olds. While the lace details is a soft touch, its texture and details can bring a sophisticated sort to the front and center of the dress’ design.

Edgy

Bold necklines and daring angles will define for the true, avant-garde bride. Choose a dress that will turn heads- the ultimate statement for these brides.

Modern

This contemporary route might lead you to be all about texture. Uniquely shaped and high to low hemlines might bring a new and fresh take on the big day’s dress.

Boho

As a huge trend in the market, these simple, albeit individualistic dresses should still shine in a way that lets them do it all on their own. Say hello to flowy and unrestricted.

How to Walk Into Your Reception Like a Boss

YES! You made it through the wedding ceremony! Now, it’s time for your first announcement as a married couple. Walking into your reception is ​kind of ​a big deal, and you don’t want to wait until the day of to figure out how you’re going to make your grand entrance! These days, moments like this are captured not only for your official wedding video, but also on a few dozen smartphone cameras, and possibly shared across multiple social media platforms, but no pressure!

No need to scour internet forums or frantically search YouTube videos for ideas. At Complete Weddings + Events, we’ve witnessed thousands of entrances through the years (some awesome, and some not so awesome). From choreographed dance moves to props, we’ve seen it all. So, we put together the perfect “How To” guide just for you to make sure you walk into your reception like a boss.

 

Don’t be afraid to be goofy. If it’s not a little awkward you’re not doing it right. You have to fully commit, and remember that everyone is there to celebrate YOU! When the guests see you having fun, it automatically sets the tone for the rest of the reception. Comedy is your friend!

Get the whole bridal party on board. The bride and groom are the main attractions, but it’s even better when the whole group gets in on the fun to build up the momentum for the new married couple’s big announcement! Encourage them to get creative, and props are always a fun addition. Sunglasses, hats, or switching outfits (pending both parties are on board) can elevate an entrance from bland to grand. Props help take some of the pressure off because there’s something else for people to focus on, and they help spur creativity!

Be yourself! Some people go for the shock value and others go for sweet and romantic -but whatever you do, make sure it feels authentic for you. At the end of the day, you want to be comfortable and able to enjoy YOUR moment to its fullest.

If dancing isn’t your thing, you can use dramatic lighting to take your moment to the next level. Complete’s lighting experts will help make your entrance all about you. From Old Hollywood with dim lighting and a spotlight, or neon flashing lights for the rockstars out there.

 

Now, let’s look at some epic entrances (and fails) to get inspired for what TO DO and NOT TO DO.  If being outrageous isn’t your style, here are some entrances even your grandma can get behind.

Let’s take a look at the the video that inspired people to start getting more creative with their entrances: The JK Wedding Dance Entrance. Granted this is a wedding entrance, not a reception, but with over 97 million YouTube views it’s deserving of a mention! If you have been been living under a rock and haven’t seen this yet, you’re in for a treat! It has it all – the whole bridal party, props, music, authenticity and most of all FUN! Enjoy!

Who doesn’t love a good riding lawn mower entrance. Now that’s authentic!

 

DO have a wedding party dance party once the bride & groom make their entrance!

 

DO learn choreographed bridal party dance moves / dance offs!

 

DON’T knock the bridesmaid over!

 

 

We hope you are inspired to create your own unique moments! Once you have your ideas ready, you can work with your DJ to play the perfect soundtrack as you and your bridal party walk in. Our DJs have all of the best playlists to make your entrance one for the books! The best part is, you get to decide because after all, it’s all about you! Happy wedding planning. If you’re ready to get your party started from photography, videography, DJs, photo booth or lighting, contact Complete Weddings + Events. We would love to help you celebrate your special day!

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Destination Wedding – Unexpected America Edition

When you say “Destination Wedding”, most think of a windy wedding at a tropical island resort in the Caribbean (and are jealous they’re not there right now). But if you’re wanting to do something a bit different, but still want have an island-feel get away for your wedding with stellar views, there is hope!

We have destinations right here in the U.S.A. that are easy to get to (no passport required!) and have unexpectedly beautiful venues with tropical touches. Here are some of our favorite venues in America’s unexepected destination locations!

 

Fort Myers, FL
Heitman House

This venue gives you that backyard wedding feel, with a few outstanding bonuses: A ceremony location with water views; The cutest pale yellow historic house; A green lawn so large all your friends and family can fit! We could easily feel right at home at the Heitman House.

Photography by COMPLETE weddings + events Ft. Myers

 

St. Augustine, FL
Palencia Golf Club

Have we landed in an old world Mediterranean oasis? Nope! We are just in the oldest city in America known for its Spanish architecture (clearly reflected at this venue.)

Photography by COMPLETE Weddings + Events Jacksonville

Charleston, SC
Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina

When the “Friendliest City in the Nation” has a waterfront resort with every amenity imaginable, we think it makes for an amazing destination spot for the happiest day of your life.

Photography by COMPLETE Weddings + Events Charleston

 

Sunny Isles Beach, FL
Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort

If you’re all about the beach, how about walking down a sandy aisle to breathtaking ocean views? Head south to Sunny Isles Beach located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, FL to find this extraordinary oceanfront resort.

Photography by COMPLETE Weddings + Events Fort Lauderdale

 

Santa Barbara, CA
Villa Verano

In the mountains of Santa Barbara sits a Mediterranean Villa you’ll love exploring with your loved one. Think sunken gardens, exotic plants, plus Pacific Ocean views. This venue has one fine collection of nature, and we absolutely love it!

Photography by COMPLETE Weddings + Events Santa Barbara

 

Orlando, FL
Rosen Shingle Creek

With an international airport near by, Rosen Shingle Creek is easy to get to and can house all of your wedding guests! The Spanish-inspired atmosphere is perfect for accomplishing a wedding getaway that’s not too far away.

Photography by COMPLETE Weddings + Events Orlando