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The Best Versatile Shoes: Wedding Season and Beyond

It’s that time of year again when the wedding invitations start coming in and you’re left wondering what you’re going to wear.

Well have no fear because we’ve got your shoes covered.  Refinery 29 gives us a list of shoes that won’t be just one hit wonders.  You can buy them to wear to your weddings without worrying that you’re splurging on something that you’ll only wear once.

Slide into some mule shoes like the ones featured below and you’ll not only feel comfortable and secure enough to dance the night away, but you’ll also be able to wear them during the day with your casual outfits.

These Nasty Gal mules let you show off your pretty toenail polish while adding a splash of pastel color to your look and making it feel super summer inspired!

Nasty Gal ($98.00), Image Courtesy of Refinery 29. Click to original article
Nasty Gal ($98.00), Image Courtesy of Refinery 29. Click to original article

The next one I like from the Refinery 29 list is a pair of Tory Burch sandals as seen below. These safari-styled chunky sandals will add life to any dress you wear to the wedding, while being perfectly stylish for your casual summer vacation ensembles.  Most importantly, the chunky heel and thick foot strap will give you the comfort and security you need to dance the night away in these uniquely geometric sandals.

Tory Burch at Neiman Marcus ($395.00), Image Courtesy of Refinery 29. Click through to original post.
Tory Burch at Neiman Marcus ($395.00), Image Courtesy of Refinery 29. Click through to original post.

Now it’s time to lace up your shoes and get ready to party in the camel-colored leather sandals.  These shoes will give your look a sense of casual and practical comfort while still adding some intrigue to your look.  The double-layered sole will help your feet go all night on the dance floor.

Heels.com ($199.99), Photo Courtesy of Refinery 29. Click through to original post
Heels.com ($199.99), Photo Courtesy of Refinery 29. Click through to original post

I did a little browsing of my own to find a pair of sandals that are feminine, fun, casual, and won’t break your budget.  The pink sandals from Aldo featured below will look stunning paired with a pastel summery dress or any neutral-colored cocktail dress.  These simple and subtle shoes will add a much-needed splash of feminine color to any outfit.  Whether you’re wearing a dress, a skirt, or a pair of jeans, these sandals will add a lovely touch.

Aldo ($80.00) Found on Aldo.com, click through to original source.
Aldo ($80.00) Found on Aldo.com, click through to original source.

Four, three, two, one, it’s time to get shopping for shoes! Use this guide to help you find a pair that won’t disappoint!  Check out the StyleChat app for all your browsing and shopping needs.

By: Jaclyn Parker

To Veil or Unveil?

Do you plan on wearing a veil on your wedding day? I’ve spoken to many brides-to-be who have told me different things when it comes to a wearing veil with their wedding dress. Some say it’s a tradition in their family. Others say they don’t see a point in wearing one, or they wouldn’t want to because it would cover an intricate design on the back of their dress. So what’s the point of a veil anyway? And is there really a tradition of wearing one?

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There are many traditions of wearing a veil.  Research shows a veil means something different based on cultures and beliefs. According to howstuffworks.com, a bride wears a veil to be hidden from evil spirits because she’s vulnerable. Maybe it’s called a veil because it conceals a face. Roman brides wore flame-colored veils to scare off spirits. A veil can also symbolize “humility and respect before God during a religious ceremony.” The Victorians saw the veil as a status symbol, where the weight, length, and quality of the veil truly mattered.

According to veilubridal.com, some say the origin of the veil comes from arranged marriages.  To keep the groom from backing out of the agreement, the veil would be lifted after the ceremony. Some say the veil was worn to symbolize a bride’s submission. In medieval times, a veil would be used to protect the bride from “the evil eye,” and it symbolized “purity, chastity, and modesty.”

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In movies, we see brides and grooms say goodbye before their bachelor and bachelorette parties, because they normally wouldn’t see each other until the wedding day. I can picture a scene in a movie where a groom tries to see his bride in her dressing room only hours before the wedding starts, but her bridesmaids are all shooing him out because “it’s bad luck to see the bride before the wedding ceremony.” Sound vaguely familiar? Well, that tradition could also be another reason to wear a veil, according to timesdispatch.com.

Enough about the history. You know how a veil works, right? According to The Knot, it’s traditional to wear a blusher-style veil when you walk down the aisle. What’s that? It’s one of those short veils that covers your face. It can be lifted by your father (or whoever walks you down the aisle) before they leave your side, or either your maid of honor before the final vows or your groom after the final vows. If you don’t want to wear a veil over your face, you can always wear it away from your face.

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So what kinds of veils are there? According to timesdispatch.com, like the blusher, a flyaway is another short veil which falls at the shoulders. A sweep veil, in contrast, falls to the floor. Chapel veils and cathedral veils trail behind the bride about 9-12 feet. A fingertip veil hits the bride’s waist. Now, with all that in mind, “many wedding attire consultants suggest choosing the gown prior to the headpiece and veil.” It may be easier to find a veil to go with your dress rather than the other way around.

Still not sure whether or not you should go with a veil on your wedding day? If it doesn’t mean something symbolic to you, consider other reasons to wear one. Does it frame your face well? Is it a great final touch to your wedding dress? Will it work with an outdoor wedding if it’s windy? Will it ruin your hairstyle? Is it detachable for easy access if you want to hit the dance floor right away? Will you have one that’s a good length so you won’t trip on it? Do you feel comfortable in it? At the end of the day, it’s YOUR wedding, so you should do what YOU want! Here are a few examples of different veils.  Don’t forget to do your veil research!

By Stephanie Wong

You Might Hear a Song From “Frozen” at a Wedding

Disney’s “Frozen” seems to be one of those movies that follows me everywhere I go.  Kids sang songs from the movie as I walked down grocery store aisles, and Vine and YouTube videos of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” parodies and covers filled my newsfeeds. However, I didn’t expect to hear a song from the movie at a wedding.

Tess Koman’s Cosmopolitan.com article,“Now People are Singing ‘Frozen’ at Their Weddings; When Will it All End?” explains it all.  I’ve always dreamed of hearing my favorite songs playing at my wedding. Which ones would I choose? Would my husband-to-be like them? What kind of band should I hire? Should I let people do karaoke? I thought about everything except dancing and lip-synching along to a song during my first dance with the groom.

No, there’s nothing wrong with incorporating your favorite movie tunes into your wedding. (Let’s be real, I’d love to have music from “Pride and Prejudice,” “Brideshead Revisited,” or “The Holiday” playing at my wedding.) But, “Frozen?” I’m a little confused.  No, the brides and grooms in the videos Koman shares weren’t asking each other to build a snowman.  Instead, they were dancing and lip-synching to “Love is an Open Door,” which made a little more sense.

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Photo credit: Mark Romine Photography Romineweddings.com/

I guess this is just another modern love song. Call me a little old-school, but when I think of first-dance songs at weddings I think of classics such as Edwin McCain’s “I’ll Be,” Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me,” or Harry Connick Jr.’s “It Had to be You.” Even when I consider modern songs for weddings, ones from “Frozen” don’t pop up into my head. I think of ones such as Sara Bareilles’ “I Choose You,” Ron Pope’s “A Drop in the Ocean,” or Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.”

The videos of these newlyweds singing and dancing weren’t impressive to me, although that most likely wasn’t the goal.  In the case of a wedding, it isn’t about impressing a guest, it’s about making the bride and groom happy. If lip-synching “Love is an Open Door” makes them happy, then so be it. Who knows, maybe they’re just huge “Frozen” fans? I definitely know a few of those.

“Frozen” was a cute movie, but I’m not a die-hard fan. If it was my wedding, I’d do it differently. I’d pop in an instrumental track of “Love is an Open Door” (or perhaps a song I like more) and actually sing.

This may be an issue if my hubby doesn’t like to sing, but I think it would be a little more interesting to say the least. Or maybe I’d re-think this song for a first-dance and use it for something else instead.

How amazing would it be if the whole wedding party performed to this song? The bride and groom could be singing (or lip-synching) while the bridesmaids and groomsmen are the back-up singers and dancers. If you’re going to have a fun song at your wedding, why not make it a great memory to capture on video?

In the end, I think it’s important to choose a first-dance song that means something to the newlywed couple, and if a song from “Frozen” is special, then maybe that’ll do it.

By Stephanie Wong