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David’s Bridal Exclusive Dresses - Coming to London

Exciting news coming to London. David’s Bridal, one of America’s largest bridal retailers, opens its first London Boutique at my favourite shopping Centre.  Westfield Stratford City on 3rd October 2013.   At David's Bridal their purpose is to help ensure your wedding is nothing short of spectacular. They go beyond your expectations and providing unique benefits you will not find anywhere else. Vera Wang the designer has crafted wedding gowns for celebs like Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson and Victoria Beckham, but now her creations are available to everyone here in the UK. I am looking forward to attending the VIP Event on 3rd October and see the Exclusive designers including White by Vera Wang, Melissa Sweet and Oleg Cassini.  Their collection consists of

  • Hand crafted, couture quality and styling at affordable prices
  • The ability to try in your perfect size (4-30)
  • One stop shopping for your entire event, with an incredible range of bridal gowns, bridesmaids, flower girls and mother of the bride dresses in stock
  • On site alterations
  • Amazing savings for your entire wedding party with David's Bridal Rewards
  • A beautiful store experience.

Vera Wang has a collection of 15 dresses which will go on sale here when David’s Bridal opens.  It’s definitely a one-stop shop for bridesmaids, flower girls, mother’s of the bride and special occasions such as proms or Birthday parties etc.  They have a huge focus on affordability.  They have a lovely collection ranging from £80 to £1,650.  Which are very popular for ladies wanting an off the peg dress.  Vera Wang has an amazing collection which will be followed by another designer called Zac Posen in February, with other British Designers and David’s range of dresses and accessories.  White by Vera Wang. They have other designers including Melissa Sweet, Oleg Cassini, Galina’s Signature and Collection gowns.  Consultations can be booked at the Westfield Stratford City store.  Gowns range from size 4 – 30 and are available to be taken home on the day.

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"Endless Quality Selections at Infinity"

Are you in the Caribbean? Cayman Islands Shopping for quality fashions, variety and great prices has got as good as anything you will find on a jaunt to Miami, but without the hassle of travel.

In fact, shoppers will only have to go as far as Heritage Square at the four-way stop in West Bay to find a gem of a shopping experience.

The place is Infinity Fashions and owner James Anglin is doing a lot to appeal to the store’s appeal. With five years of service under its belt, he has just expanded operations, making way for a vast inventory, new products and more of the top designer products.

There is a new line of ladies designer dresses, tops, trousers and skirts, and a variety of club wear. Cool kids wear is a strong feature of the store, with fantastic items in casual and special occasion wear. Infinity has added a large selection of school wear in khaki and navy blue by Authentic Galaxy and Lee.

Not to be outdone, men’s fashion has also been given special attention and there is a large section dedicated to men’s wear, with some of the top name brands in fashion. Suits for the debonair gentlemen, shirts in a rainbow of colors, slacks and shorts, are on display. Not to be left out is the linen loving man, who will be able to find his fit in shirts, pants and shorts. For the laid back man, there is a wide array of polo shirts as well.

For the shoe lover, male or female, there are shoes want to be, with shoes for every occasion and then some. With the amazing prices on these and all items in store, it will hard to leave without taking home a pair or two.

Even the experts will agree that Infinity Fashions is a happening place for being well-dressed, even if on a budget. London-based destination wedding planner Lisa Lee says, “If you’re looking for a cool, cream linen shirt and pants or a white suit for a smart casual event, church, or wedding reception, the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger men’s shirts and dress suits by Vinci are perfect for the Cayman climate, and work well for both beach weddings or private and hotel venues. Ladies, if you have a formal function to attend, the Nine West and Calvin Klein block color dresses teamed up with shoes from the Infinity Fashions collection are a winning combination. And don’t forget your accessories — from earrings, and necklaces to sequin purses to complete your look.”

It all comes together at Infinity Fashions and is complemented by great customer service in store from a very dedicated and welcoming staff. The store is open Mondays to Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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What to wear to a Summer wedding

So, you’ve been invited to a wedding this summer… Great, now what do you wear?

The first thing you should do is to find out the colours of the wedding party. If this was not indicated on the invitation, use your connections with the couple and their families to find out.

From your invitation, you should know the venue and time of the ceremony and reception. This will help you to determine how to dress properly for the occasion. This will answer some of the most important questions in your mind, such as: Is it a formal event? Should I be prepared for the heat? Do I have a long distance to walk ? Should I wear comfortable shoes? How do I wear my hair? I could go on.

A church, civic centre, town hall or a hotel conference room are sure bets it’s formal or semi-formal affair. A garden wedding is an entirely different matter. So too is a beach wedding. You wouldn’t want to be dressed in high heels , there, would you?

Let me just get to the point. You want to look as good as everyone else, not stick out like a sore thumb. Most of all, you must be comfortable to make it through the ceremony and reception. Remember, you’ll be dressed up for at least a few hours, unless you forget your manners and leave early, right after the groom kisses the bride.

Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Formal evening/black-tie wedding

Ladies, you can go all out for a this occasion, with a long and glamorous evening dress. Hold the beading and sequins unless you know that it’s a black-tie event. Bring out the diamonds, rubies and precious stones or your thrifty, but expensive-looking bling. If you’re wearing strapless or spaghetti strap dress, this is the time to bring along a very extravagant shawl.

Gentlemen, you may wear a dark suit with a really nice dress shirt and matching tie. Make sure your tie is a solid colour, preferably the same colour as the shirt. Remember, you’re not going to the office. Wear a tuxedo for black-tie and black-tie-optional evening weddings; however it’s best to stick with the traditional tux, unless the invitation specifies creative black tie.

Formal daytime wedding

Ladies, formal daytime weddings are quite rare; however, choose a short cocktail dress for a formal daytime wedding, making sure it’s not too revealing. And, no flowers please. If you’re wearing a dress that’s strapless, has spaghetti straps or a deep neckline, bring a nice lace shawl or a matching satin jacket for a religious wedding. You may opt for a nice suit, instead, something in a light shade that is well-tailored, no dark frumpy suits, because you don’t want to look as though you are heading into or just popped out from work.

Gentlemen, choose a nice dress shirt. These days men are heavy on satin, but remember your venue; think heat versus air-condition, so choose appropriately. Wear a darker suit and tie for a formal daytime wedding. Remember, don’t wear a tuxedo, unless the invitation specifies “Black Tie.”

Semi-formal daytime

Ladies, your best bet is to wear a fairly conservative, slightly floral or colorful short dress. Failing that, a business attire usually works as well; however, stay away from black, navy or dark brown. You may choose to glam up your suit by wearing an elegant hat and a pair of lacy gloves — no white please. Ladies, Caribbean women love bling, but please, not on this occasion.

Gentlemen, select a dress shirt, nice slacks, tie and sports coat — black and navy are fine. You may also choose a light coloured or seersucker suit. Jeans for this occasion is definitely a no!

We live in paradise, so there will be persons who don’t really care about all the pomp and circumstance when it comes to saying I do. So you will get invitations for beach and garden weddings. Some want you to dress semi-formally and some don’t really care; they just want you there.

For the persons who can’t be bothered to tell you how to dress, commonsense should apply. How do you think you will look in a wedding photo on the beach, everyone in smart casual, but you show up in torn jeans and a scruffy t-shirt? Definitely not cool. When it comes to a wedding, the word ‘casual’ usually means choosing a pretty sundress, or smart slacks and a smart shirt.

With that said, let’s get to the don’ts of dressing.

Ladies, don’t:

Wear white to any wedding. It’s the bride’s day not yours.

Wear black to a daytime wedding.

Wear jeans, unless the invitation says so.

Wear sequins during the daytime. Anything too sparkly will make you look overdressed.

Wear colors that the bridesmaids or the mothers are wearing

Wear clubwear, i.e. overtly sexy clothing (strapless, see-through, etc)

Wear opera-length gloves, unless you’re attired in a strapless or sleeveless gown.

Men, don’t:

Wear too casual of a pant such as cargo pants or worse, jeans

Wear Birkenstocks

Out-dress the wedding party

Wear unironed clothes and unpolished shoes

Wear wild colours and prints.

Wear a tuxedo during the day time, regardless of the formality of the event.

Don’t try to get cute with a tuxedo. A black tux with white shirt and black bow tie is the best way to go.

In the end, use good judgment if the invitation doesn’t specify the formality of the event. A pastel suit or soft floral dress for daytime event, or a little black dress for evening (after 6 p.m.) will take you almost anywhere. Gents, a dark suit and conservative tie will take you just about anywhere. Until next time, enjoy these lazy hazy, summer days and the weddings that come your way.

Great Wedding Destinations

Tobago

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Weddings by Lisa Lee recommends Tobago – Having visited there with family and parents originating from Trinidad it’s a fantastic weddings destination with unspoiled beaches, colourful reefs, pristine rainforest, historic forts and quaint hotels, Tobago offers countless possibilities for romantic weddings and delightful honeymoons. From the historical Ole Time Tobago wedding procession to traditional nuptials or an underwater exchange of vows, the island offers the perfect ambience for your dream wedding.

Many of Tobago’s hotels specialise in wedding packages and the island’s event planners can help with arrangements or plan your wedding from beginning to end.

Weddings by Lisa Lee has worked with the Magadalena Grand Beach Resort in Tobago and recommends this resort to couples looking for the dream wedding experience in Tobago.

The Magdalena Grand Beach Resort is nestled in the tropical Tobago Plantations Estate, a 750-acre gated community of luxury Tobago suites, villas, condos and bungalows around the Tobago Plantations PGA designed Championship (18 holes) Tobago golf course. Situated along two and one-half miles of beach and coastline the grounds offer nature trails and canopy walks through a virgin mangrove forest at one of the finest resorts in Tobago.

“Magdalena” was the original name of Tobago, derived from the name of one of Christopher Columbus’ ships, and the name pays homage to the island’s rich history, tradition, and people. It signifies the majestic beauty of Tobago in its natural and purest form. Experience the best Luxury Resort in Tobago where you will find a rich culture and rejuvenate your body and spirit with exceptional comforts and service at the majestic Magdalena Grand Beach Resort.

 

Tobago Has Other Great Places To Get Married

Here are a few other great places to get married in Tobago. great-testinations

  • Pigeon Point:With its white-sand beach, Pigeon Point is naturally a popular choice for weddings, but given its popularity with bathers, don't expect total privacy. For raw, natural beauty look elsewhere
  • Coco Reef: Probably the most popular hotel for weddings. Can cater for large numbers and accommodate most requests. Also one of the only luxury hotels on the island, so it's not cheap. Entertainment is easy to organise and nothing's a problem – there's even a hair salon on site
  • Castara: The beach is a real favourite with tourists and the village is very traditionally Tobagonian. Some of the best sunsets can be seen at Castara, or from the roads that wind down into it, along the Caribbean coast
  • Magdalena Grand Beach Resort: The largest hotel on the island. Good conference facilities. Good for indoor weddings. The beach is on the Atlantic side of the island Great Wedding Destinations.doc.v
  •  The Seahorse Inn/Stonehaven Bay: Great food, a good wine list and a very romantic location, set right on the beach. Has a courtyard which is perfect for your ceremony
  • Private villa locations: There are numerous accommodation options available to suit all your requirements.

 

Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Tobago

To avoid disappointment it is important to observe and note the following documentary and legal requirements:

  • Residency: Both parties must be resident in Tobago (and/or Trinidad) for a minimum of 3 days before the wedding ceremony. It is important to note that the day of your arrival does not count in the three-day period. The Special Marriage Licence can be applied for from the fourth day and is valid for six months. Some countries require that their intention to marry is registered in their home country and others require an Apostille to the marriage certificates.
  • Identification: Both parties must produce proof of ID in the form of passports and proof of entry. Visitors with e-tickets should ensure they have a printed copy of their ticket.
  • Divorced/Widowed: Divorcees must produce the Decree Absolute with court stamp. Widows and widowers must produce the Death Certificate of the former spouse.
  • Age Restrictions: Anyone under 18 years of age must produce a Statutory Declaration, signed and stamped by a solicitor, proving parental consent.
  • Name Change: If you have changed your name, or are a divorced woman who has reverted to her maiden name, your must supply legal proof signed and stamped by a solicitor.
  • Ceremonies: Wedding ceremonies can be conducted almost anywhere, subject to agreement with the priest or minister. Ceremonies can only take place after 6am and before 6pm. It should be noted that civil weddings can only be conducted at the Registrar's Office in Scarborough.
  • Marriage Licence: Available from the following offices on production of all necessary documentation. The Special Licence is TT$300, from the Warden's Office and the Marriage Certificates (two) are TT$37.50 from the Registrar General's office. Please note that it can take around a week from application to get them. When applying for a wedding licence, you will be required to make an affidavit or statutory declaration declaring that you are single and free to marry.

 

Registrar General's Office Jerningham Street, Scarborough Tel: (868) 639 3210

Warden's Office TIDCO Mall, Scarborough Tel: (868) 639 2410