Archive for July, 2011

Wedding Planking Photos

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Planking. It’s one of the strangest phenomena that I can remember and now it’s taking over the wedding world. I can’t say that I understand it. However, if it’s going to replace the groomsmen jumping photo… I could learn to live with it.

wedding party planking

Wedding Party Planking

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Bridesmaids planking in Alaska (photo – Barbie Hull Photography)

bride groom planking

Bride and groom planking

And yes, there’s even this video feature two groomsmen getting ready for the wedding by doing, what else, planking.

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Have you planked? Would you consider planking at your wedding? Do tell in the comments section below.

It’s Your Wedding, Too: Ride Off Like a Man

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Be honest: Most of you cringe at the idea of leaving your upcoming nuptials in a horse-drawn carriage with your new bride. While she may have been envisioning riding away from her wedding like royalty with her new Prince Charming beside her, you’re probably thinking that leaving your wedding ceremony in a carriage is only appropriate if you’re an heir to the throne or you belong in a Disney movie. How can you find a solution to your transportation woes that will leave both of you happy (and not stranded at your wedding destination)?

white escalade wedding limo

Ambassador Limousine, a premier Tampa limo and luxury car rental service that serves the greater central Florida area, offers advice for several transportation options you should consider before the big day. If you’re looking for a low-cost or eco-friendly option for your wedding day, consider riding off on two bicycles or even a bicycle built for two. Is your fiancée cringing at the idea of riding a bike while wearing her wedding dress? No problem: Another low-cost alternative would be to rent a Vespa or motor scooter, which typically costs between $35 and $60 for two hours.

Not interested in do-it-yourself modes of transportation while wearing a tuxedo? Fair enough. There’s always the classic stretch Tampa wedding limo or vintage car like the Rolls Royce if you want to create that classy, romantic feeling your bride desires without sitting downwind of a horse. And if you’re feeling exceptionally romantic, yes, you can opt for the aforementioned horse-drawn carriage.

While selecting a ride for you and your bride is important, don’t forget about the other people in attendance you’ll need to provide transportation for — your wedding party. Because it’s unlikely your wedding party will be keen on the idea of cycling or scooting around town for your nuptials, make sure you arrange for them to get from the wedding venue to the reception in a fun and safe way. If you decide to rent your pals a stretch limo, throw in a few disposable cameras and ask your buddies to take photos in the limos on the big day. (You might want to ask them to keep it PG-rated, but that’s your call.) If you aren’t keen on having the bridesmaids and groomsmen leave the ceremony in their respective limos, consider renting them a party bus so they can grab a brew or sip on champagne while they’re en route to the reception. If you live in a large city like San Francisco or Savannah and want a more unconventional mode of transportation, see if you can arrange for them to snag a ride on a trolley or a cable car.

Once you select a preferred method of transportation, your planning isn’t over quite yet. With the Internet brimming with photos, it’s easier for companies to take photos from Google Images than it is to take original photos of their transportation fleet, which can leave a big discrepancy between what you see online and what arrives on your wedding day. Before making any commitments, check out your vehicle in person to ensure you’re getting what you’re paying for.

Ambassador Limousine is refining and redefining luxury Tampa limos and car service industry in the Tampa Bay and central Florida area. Whether you have your eye on a vintage or modern Tampa Rolls Royce rentals or a class black or white wedding limo, our expert wedding specialists plan every detail of your transportation so you can focus on the wedding. For more information, visit our website or call (727) 442-9050.

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What would your ideal wedding day transportation be? Have you booked yet or are you still on the hunt? Share your answers in the comments section below.

Will You Be an Artfully Disheveled Groom?

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

You know the guy. He’s nonchalant. He’s hip. And even though he puts zero time into his appearance, his look always appears calm, cool and calculated. Pulling off this disheveled style isn’t easy, but it does help to have the goods. And by goods, I’m referring to one of my favorite new brands: the aptly named Artfully Disheveled.

Artfully Disheveled

In the brand’s own words, being Artfully Disheveled in your style is to dress as if one puts little thought into his choices. The Artfully Disheveled man appears to be sloppy in his attire choices, when in reality; premeditated measures were taken to create a particular look. In other words, it means looking slick even though everyone around you is convinced that you just rolled out of bed.

I recently had the opportunity to sample a few of the line’s top sellers: The Academy and The Sharps. I was struck by two things. First, how much more my wife paid attention to me while I was wearing them. But also (and more importantly), how many grooms are going to snatch these up for rehearsal dinner attire. See, the problem with rehearsal dinners is that they’re a tricky mix between casual and formal events. Black ties are too much, but a golf polo isn’t enough. Lucky for you, A.D.’s tie collection boasts some real treasures. If you’re currently on the tie hunt for yourself or your groomsmen, I strongly encourage you to check out the line.

And not that I needed any further convincing to give A.D. the seal of approval, I learned about another feather in their cap. They’ve recently teamed up with Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones in support of his Bowtie Cause which supports people going through life-threatening diseases.

And now for the goods:

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The Academy

artfully disheveled sharps bowtie

The Sharps Bow Tie

Finally, if you need a refresher course on how to properly tie a tie (let’s be honest, who doesn’t?) there’s always this gem:

cheers, ce

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What style of tie will you be sporting at your rehearsal dinner? What’s your favorite part of the Artfully Disheveled look? Let us know by sharing a comment below.

What are the Best Groomsmen Gifts?

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Being an all-star groom means doing it up the right way when it comes time to thanking your best man, groomsmen and ushers. Sure, you could get them them the standard watch or cuff link set… but what’s exciting about that? The best groomsman gift ideas involve doing a little research on each member of the wedding party and discovering the gifts that are perfectly suited for each guy. Remember, there’s no golden rule that says you’ve gotta get the same thing for everyone.

Here are some tips for nailing the gift selection process:

  • - Think about the hobbies and interests of each guy. If he’s an outdoorsman, get him something that he can use on his next fishing or hunting expedition. If he’s a golfer, there’s no shortage of golfing gear and tools that he can add to his repertoire.
  • - Go personalized. Gifts are always meaningful. However, having initials or a name engraved onto a gift can offer that extra touch you’re looking for.
  • - When presenting gifts at the rehearsal dinner or wedding reception, remember to say a few personal words about each groomsman as he receives his gift. He’ll appreciate whatever you get him, but your words might be what says with him the longest.

Here are a few out of the box gift ideas that will help get your creative juices flowing:

bluegrass bourbon barrel

Bluegrass Bourbon Barrel

The 2 liter Bluegrass Bourbon Barrel is the amateur bartender’s dream. Age and perfect your own whiskey, rum, tequila and wine from the comfort of your own home or man cave. Included with each barrel is a set of instructions and recipe tips to help get you started [Buy Here].

custom hockey pub sign

Custom Hockey Pub Sign

Hockey lovers will surely appreciate this custom hockey bar sign featuring the name of the gift recipient. The piece measuring 18″ 14″, will be ideal for hanging in a home office, man cave or den [Buy Here].

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What do you think it takes to be an all-star groom? Tell us in the comment section below.

Check out the UK for an Amazing Stag Do

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

With thousands of unique activities and pulsating nightlife the UK really is a fantastic destination for your stag do.

bournemouth stag party

The city of Bournemouth is ideal for a stag party by the sea.

Destinations by the Sea

England offers some of the best activity sites in Europe set along its glorious coastlines.

Bournemouth is top of the list with 7 mile of glorious sandy beaches and more lively bars and clubs then you can visit in a week let alone a weekend.

You are spoilt for choice with the amount of activities on offer that include rage buggies, quad biking, mini car racing, clay pigeon shooting, deep sea fishing to give you just a taster.

Bournemouth boasts Europe’s first artificial reef, which has made this lively seaside town an absolute hub for surfers.

Newquay has always been a hot destination for hen and stag weekends and you will see why from the exuberant nightlife and the activities available.

The centre of Newquay is littered with bouncing bars and clubs all within easy walking distance of your accommodation. Sandy beaches provide the perfect backdrop to the electric atmosphere.

Newquay has one of the best quad bike racing sites in Europe with a track’s capacity of over 30 riders at anyone time. This mile long course will see you tackle adverse and reverse chambers, straights at full speeds and jumps to create air between your bike and the mud.

Newquay is world famous for having reliable swell 365 days of the year so you could become a surf dude or body border or you could throw caution to the wind by jumping off a cliff edge in to the sea during a coasteering session but then again you may feel like putting your two fingers up to energetic activities and just do a spot of sunbathing on one of the blue flag beaches.

UK Cities Rock

A stag weekend in the UK capital city of London has always been choice, however other fantastic UK cities are snapping at its heels. Take Nottingham for example, this city has always been a stag do Mecca, It’s not surprising when you take a stroll around this vivacious city at night with its abundance of trendy bars and fashionable clubs all buzzing.

Nottingham is perfectly set up for the stag do market with an amazing choice of activities to choose from, it also has one of the biggest paintball sites in Europe.

Bristol since it’s billion pound refurbishment is a firm favourite and is now a must do stag destination.

Stag parties that choose Bristol enjoy luxury city centre hotels, copious array cosmopolitan bars and clubs all within easy walking distance. The waterside has stacks of bars and eateries including the American export, Hooters. At the very heart of Bristol you will find some amazing super clubs and contemporary gentleman clubs.

To keep your boys out of the bars during the day the activity sites surrounding Bristol are pretty full on and include activities to keep the adrenalin pumping well into the night.

The Capitals

Edinburgh has an atmosphere you’ll want to pick up and marry, the nightlife is just simply outstanding.

Enjoy the dynamic atmosphere around the Grassmarket bars or eat and party hard in the west end, wherever your stag convey parks up you are guaranteed a cracking good time.

Edinburgh is also only one hour away from the best white water rafting in the UK, however if you feel like becoming a true Scot why not tackle the Highland Games activities which obviously includes tossing the caber.

Cardiff in recent years has been rejuvenated into one of the most modern looking cities in UK. Cardiff Bay has tons going on including loads of bars and clubs, it even offers a man made white water rafting experience.

Just a short drive away is one of the best stag playgrounds for outward bounds type of activities including the extremely popular Gorge Walking.

Last and but not least London, probably one of the most trend setting cities of the world, London is one of the eclectic cities to hold your last days of freedom.

Tour the colourful markets and famous sites by day before experiencing the seven wonders of this great city at night; Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Camden Town, Covent Garden, China Town, Notting Hill and Soho.

So for a Stag Do with a magnitude of epic proportions choose a town or city in the UK.

Written by the DesignaVenture team.

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