When you receive an invitation to a wedding the chances are it will include a dress code and possibly two different dress codes for the main event and for the evening reception so it’s important that you know what they mean and how to follow them.

Wedding Dress Codes and How to Abide


Not every wedding will have a dress code so it’s always worth checking with the groom what his expectations are for guests who will be attending as it’s also possible the groom won’t understand what the dress codes really mean.

For this post we asked the team behind Dobell – an online source of fashionable menswear; and they gave us an easy guide to what the wedding dress codes mean and how to abide by them:

Smart casual
Smart casual means the wedding is going to be a fairly relaxed event and provides you with a broad range of clothing choices however for men it doesn’t mean jeans but more like chino trousers with a smart shirt and an optional jacket. Don’t wear trainers either, go for brogues or loafers with your smart casual outfit.

Cocktail dress code
Cocktail dress code is semi-formal and can be fun and creative but is more formal than a smart casual dress code. For men it means wearing a suit, generally a dark colour such as navy or charcoal, with a white or single colour shirt and tie.

An evening wedding certainly needs a dark suit and muted shirt, whereas an afternoon wedding could give more leeway when it comes to colours and patterns but if you have any doubt as to what’s appropriate, check with the groom.

Jacket and tie dress code
This is another code for a semi-formal wedding and requires men to wear a suit jacket with a tie, as the name implies. It can either be a matching suit or, in this situation a smart blazer and tie, teamed with a pair of smart chinos would also be acceptable.

Lounge suit dress code
This one can be confusing for men but it just means a formal suit with waistcoat, shirt and tie so is a step above jacket and tie dress code in the formality stakes. It’s a dress code which applies mainly to day time weddings.

Morning suit
A very formal daytime event might require the guests to wear morning suits in which case you need to don a full tailcoat, waistcoat and trousers. This would be a very formal dress code and the wedding would need to be taking place before 4.30pm for this to apply.

Formal dress code
A formal dress code requires men to wear a traditional dark coloured suit, conservative tie and white shirt. For an evening event a tuxedo can be appropriate as well. It’s another way of saying black tie optional meaning guests need to be formal but not necessarily full black tie.

Black tie
Black tie is the most formal dress code for an evening wedding and requires men to wear a black tuxedo with a bow tie.

White tie
This is quite an unusual dress code but is also known as full evening dress. With this dress code a man needs to wear trousers with satin sides, an evening tailcoat which is double-breasted, a white waistcoat and bow tie.

Clothing optional

This unusual dress code is generally reserved for nudist weddings so that non-nudist guests can decide if they feel comfortable naked or would rather wear clothes. There is no guidance as to what kind of clothes can be worn so it might be worth checking with the groom.

No dress code

Sometimes you might be invited to a wedding which doesn’t have a dress code at all and in some ways this makes deciding what to wear even more challenging. In this case perhaps seek some advice from the groom about expectations and then go for an outfit which you think is appropriate. However casual the event might be, it’s always better to err on the side of formal as you can always remove a jacket and tie, but it’s harder to dress up jeans and a t-shirt if you get it badly wrong.

Conclusion

Following a wedding dress code is important for the bride and groom as it means all their guests will look smart in the photographs and everyone will fit in with their chosen theme. There might also be guidance from their venue as to what type of clothing people are permitted to wear so bear in mind it might not be the bride and groom dictating the dress code, but the wedding reception venue.

As long as you abide by the dress code, which should be easy now you have our quick and easy guide, you will be fine and will be able to work out what to wear to every type of wedding event and venue without any difficulties at all.

Quick makeup tips for beginners
 Makeup can magically transform you and enhance your personality. You can be the center of every occasion with the right makeup. Although it is an art, putting the right makeup is not that difficult. It has been a mystery for many people but you can master the art by taking simple lectures from master classes on makeup tutorials for beginners from an appropriate online tutorial. What makeup is perfect depends on the occasion and timing. However, some basic makeup tips can help you stand out of the crowd in all situations. Here we present some simple and quick tips for basic makeup.
    Cleaning
The basic and essential groundwork for any kind of makeup is cleaning your skin. You can either wash your face with a gentle cleanser or can use a toner to wipe away dirt and impurities.
    Moisturizing
This is important to moisturize dry skin patches. Even if your skin is oily, you should not skip this step completely. Putting a little moisturizer will keep too much oil on your skin during day time. For oily skin, you can use a gel-based alternative.
    Light Foundation
Put foundation in little spots on your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin. Spread it in an outward direction. You should select the foundation that matches your skin tone. For better coverage, you can use a makeup sponge to apply the foundation but use the same spreading technique.
    Little Concealer
Use a concealer to cover dark circles under the eyes. Use a pointed brush put a dot of concealer on the dark circles. Use a concealer that is closest to your skin tone in shade. Remember not to pick a lighter shade.
    Set Concealer and Moisturizer
Use the translucent powder to set the concealer and moisturizer. You should apply it to your face with the help of a velvet powder puff in a pressing motion. You can remove the excess powder with a powder brush.
    Eye Shadow
You can use an eye shadow shade of your choice. If you are a beginner, you can start with a single color. A rounded brush or your fingertip is ideal to apply the shadow. Make quick short swipes across your lid up to the brows.
    Eye Liner
Use a black or brown pencil instead of liquid to start with. The best way is to lift your upper lid with one hand, look down, and apply it along the rim of the upper lash in small strokes.
    Curl Lashes
Perfectly curled eyelashes can enhance your look multiple folds. Use a lash curler for the purpose. You should put the curler at the base of your eyelashes. Press for around five seconds to see the magic.
    Mascara
One coat of mascara will keep your lashes in shape for a longer time. Apply to upper and lower lashes moving towards the outer corner of the eye.
    Blush Your Cheeks
Applying blush to the apples of your cheeks gives you a natural glow. You can use either cream-based or powder-based blush. Apply on apples blending upwards towards the temples. Smile while doing it for better results.
    Lip Gloss and Lip Color
Put lipstick with your mouth little open and starting from the center. Blend to the corners with your finger. You can also enhance your lips by outlining with a lip liner. If you are using a regular lipstick but want a matte finish, apply a little powder after putting on lipstick.




How do you imagine your dream wedding to be? Would you want it dreamy, whimsical or nostalgic, perhaps? Whichever way you like it, for certain, you should have been in a fog in choosing the best among the long list of classic songs you would want to play in your wedding day. To help you out, plug in your earphones, as this article fetch you the oldies-but-goodies wedding songs that will both give you the romantic wedding feels and likewise, take you back in time.



The Way You Look Tonight
This exceptionally lovely song by Frank Sinatra was an Academy winner for Best Original Song way back in 1936 for the movie Swing Time. Ever since then, it always has been mandatory in weddings following the 1942 movie Once Upon A Honeymoon. For sure, you will fall in love with the intro lyrics which are: “Someday, when I'm awfully low, When the world is cold, I will feel a glow just thinking of you. And the way you look tonight.”

Moon River
If you and your partner have a love for the timeless classics, then for sure you will love this song. You may have heard it in the well-known movie Breakfast at Tifanny’s sung by the ever adorable and iconic Audrey Hepburn. This song is perfect for grand and formal ceremony space, and you may like to play the powerful rendition by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Admittedly, it will blow everyone off as the harmonica solo will provide the perfect point for the bridal entrance.

Isn’t She Lovely
In apprehension to celebrate the birth his daughter Aisha, Stevie Wonder composed the classic song Isn't She Lovely to become a worldwide hit.  It usually played as the herald of the momentous arrival of the bride at the wedding reception.

Make You Feel My Love
If you didn't know yet, this is a classic song originally sung by Bob Dylan. But when Adele made a cover on this masterpiece song in her album 19, it gained an outdoing worldwide recognition and eventually, made it to the top wedding songs list. It also made a significant highlight in the film as it was featured in the 2010 US rom-com movie When in Rome.

Endless Love
Superstars Diana Ross and Lionel Richie’s Endless Love has been synonymous with wedding ceremonies. When these two souls and voices combine, it vents out the essence of true love becoming a picture-perfect wedding soundtrack. It was the official music of Endless Love, the movie, but it outshined the film when Ross’ 1981 single topped the Billboard chart to become Ross’ maximum selling record. The song itself truly is endless.

Can’t Help Falling In Love
From Elvis Presley’s movie Blue Hawaii in 1961, Can’t Help Falling In Love has always been in attendance to weddings. The song's wondrous melody is based on the 18th-century French love songs. Presley’s magic touch had its way of immortalizing the song although there were numerous covers present herein today. The King's resonant tender rendition led the chart in 1962. This enduring classic is just so perfect for wedding ceremonies as it transcends every listener to that peak of romance and to that of dreamy euphoria. Recently, it became the soundtrack of the film Crazy Rich Asians where it was played in the wedding scene as the bride walks her way to an exceptionally watery aisle.

From This Moment On
This country-pop ballad is a must-played song in weddings around the world. The song was stapled in the name of the country music superstar Shania Twain in her 1997 album Come on Over. The dynamics of this song lets you feel soaring emotions that will give you tears of joy. Distinctively, the best thing about this song is the lyrics were fashioned out to be just like a wedding vow starting from the very beginning: “From this moment, life has begun. From this moment, you are the one.”

My Heart Will Go On
Just like the title, Titanic’s theme song went on and on through the years. It makes a fittingly beautiful wedding song as it conveys a message of unyielding love to the newly-weds. Its worldwide appeal made the song Celine Dion's biggest hit with some 50 million copies sold, making it one of the greatest singles ever. Feel in love with the promise of loyalty that the song brings: “Near, far, wherever you are. I believe that the heart does go on.”

I Will Always Love You
As the timeless theme song of the film The Bodyguard, I Will Always Love You was considerably Whitney Houston's signature song. This single earned an astonishing success selling more than 4 million copies in the United States alone. The song is impossible to forget as Houston delivered this spheres ballad with all-out emotions. Music lovers and moviegoers cannot resist it, and neither wedding singers and music DJs.

Time After Time
Singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper’s voice never sounded better than it does in on this tender ballad that catches the heart of the world. This song was Lauper’s first number 1 hit in the United States. It is lyrically a song of devotion, that is why it is fir for weddings. Happy tears are sure to flow as you hear the promise of lyrics: “If you’re lost, you can look, and you will find me. Time after time.”

Music will always play a huge part in everything we do, especially on the most romantic day of our lives—our wedding day. List down your top classic wedding songs picks and send it as a must-play list to your wedding DJ. You would want everything to be perfect, from the decorations to the music arrangements, or even in choosing the best mats for turntable that the DJ will use. Weddings are just once in a lifetime. But the special memories that come with it are timeless, like the classic songs that inspire a lot of people to believe in the power of love.

One thing that every bride wants on their wedding day is to look as beautiful as they can ever be on the day that they exchange their vows with the love of their lives. They give so much thought on all aspects such as the makeup, bridal gown, and hairdo. However, many people underestimate the impact the color of their eyes can make on their overall appearance. In making your decision, you need to learn what colors are suitable for the specific wedding motif you choose.





1. Formal or Traditional

Even in this modern time, there are still people in the world that want to go traditional with their motif. For this theme, it is best if you choose a more natural eye color. You should stay away from very colorful contacts and stick with darker tones like brown or black.

2. Nautical
Another familiar theme that people around the world choose us the nautical theme. Most of the designs in this kind of wedding are in the colors of blue and white. The best contacts you can wear at this wedding would be hues of blue. Here are some that you can check out:
      Ocean Grey
      Ocean Blue
      Queen Blue
      Aqua

3. Tropical
In a tropical-themed wedding, people decorate the venue with lots of plants. That would mean that you can wear shades of green or even yellow to depict a beachy vibe. The more vibrant the color, the better.

4. Vintage
If you want more of an old feel, you can go vintage with your wedding. Decorate the place with more antique-looking items and wear vintage-colored contact lenses. The best choices would be olive- and chocolate-colored lenses.

5. Romantic
This motif is a classic choice. Your wedding day is a day full of love, and so a romantic theme isn't uncommon. It is best to stick with soft hues for your eyes on this one. Try out the ice selection with tones of:
      brown
      blue
      pink
      green

6. Fun and Whimsical
If you and your soon-to-be husband are quirky, you can do a fun-themed and colorful wedding. You will have to match the quirkiness by wearing bright and fun contact lenses. You can explore the rainbow series from The Third Eye.

7. Modern
Trends change over time, and at present, the most trendy decorations make use of geometric shapes and minimal design. To accentuate your look, you can wear crystal ball contacts with colors that match your motif. There are different colors like blue, caramel, deep grey, and yellow-green.

8. Casual
If you want to hold a more intimate and informal gathering, you can do an outdoor garden type of wedding. You can do a more bold yet simplistic kind of look by using the floweriness design of contacts. It comes in different colors that you can use, like blue, green, and even pink. Better use more bright and noticeable ones.

9. Rustic
Some people opt to have a rural-feeling wedding using rustic decor. If you choose this theme, your wedding will have more of a brown design. You can get dominantly brown contacts that have an upgraded structure or pattern. Try out the Lolly series and remember to choose the darker hues to complement your motif.

10. Alternative
This type of wedding contains moody colors, and the best way to match this motif is to wear deep-colored contact lenses. It would be even better if you try ones that have a unique pattern. Check out the Starshine Doll designs.

11. Bohemian
Nothing screams "carefree" more than a Bohemian-themed wedding. With this theme, you get to design the venue in a simplistic yet elegant way. To give a similar appearance, you can put on contacts with the Iris design. I suggest you try on either the brown or green pair.

12. Southern Style
If you wish to go more southern for your wedding, you will need to use more of pastel hues. The same goes for your eyes. The Juice designs from The Third Eye will make a great addition to your overall look.

13. Great Gatsby
For a more lavishing party, you could try out an art-deco theme. Of course, you will have to dress the part, too. To bring out an elegant look, wear contacts that are colored silver or gold.

14. Eco-Friendly
Being an environment enthusiast gives you the option of having an eco-friendly wedding. The best eye contacts you can choose for this theme are those that are green, specifically shades of green that are brighter and pop out.

15. Celestial
One of the most beautiful ideas for any party or gathering is a galaxy-inspired one. You can decorate the place with stars and constellations, which is unique. Do you know what else is unique? Galaxy contacts. It comes in 3 different colors, namely:
      purple,
      pink
      grey

16. Music
Couples that are music lovers tend to set music-themed weddings. You could give it a more vintage feel and so you can also use brown-colored contacts. The lily patterns from The Third Eye are the best options for you if you choose this motif.

17.  Floral
Flowers are classic decorations for a wedding. If you go with this type of theme, you can use contacts with flower patterns. Another great option you can choose is pink-colored contacts.

18. Christmas
Some people around the world hold their weddings during the holiday season. Nothing can give a more Christmasy feel than red-colored contacts. Don't choose the incredibly luminous ones because you will look out of place.

19.  Animal
Couples that share the same love for animals can do an animal-themed wedding. For such a theme, you can wear grey-colored contacts with any pattern. Try to stay simplistic with the design of the lenses.

20. Travel
A lot of people's dream is to travel around the world, and so it is common to do travel-themed weddings. Using contacts with star patterns will give off a visionary vibe. It will show people that the motif you've chosen is the dream you and your husband are hoping to achieve.
 There are still a lot of designs and colors of eye contact that you can explore. It is best if you can look at all your options before choosing a specific one. You have to consider your eye color, hair color, and skin tone to see which suits you best. Visit https://ttdeye.com/ now.