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Wedding Photo Collage Ideas

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

A wedding photo collage is an interesting idea with lots of great possibilities. You can create them for yourself or for family, friends and anyone else you want to share your memories with. Here are just a few ideas for those looking to share their big day in a special way:

a. You might want to make a photo collage of your wedding for your parents or grandparents. You can do this as a special gift shortly after your wedding day using pictures that you have selected from the photographer or someone else who took pictures at the event. Try to select ones that the recipient would like, making it as personal as it can be. For example, your grandparents will probably like a collage of just family, whereas your folks might prefer a mix of family and close friends.

b. You can combine photos from your wedding with others such as your first date, destination vacations and other special occasions and give them to your husband or wife as an anniversary gift. This will have much more meaning than the usual anniversary presents, and you can take a trip down memory lane together.

c. If you want to do something really unique, make your photo collage into a jigsaw puzzle. You can take your favorite shots from your big day, e.g. the first dance, cutting the cake, family table pictures, and upload these to an online service that will turn them into a unique wedding photo collage puzzle. These can be great for everyone, as they combine the memory of your special day with a fun activity for kids and adults alike. After all, who doesn’t like a jigsaw puzzle?

Whatever you decide, make sure it’s done right. Look online for companies that specialize in digital wedding photo collages, and choose one that offers a wide selection of options. Most good online stores will have some of their past work displayed so you can get an idea of what the photo collage may look like. If you can’t decide what to choose, they will suggest a photo collage for you.

If you go the puzzle route, there are only a select few companies that do this, at least professionally. You want to make sure the company you choose specializes in digital photo jigsaw puzzles. It shouldn’t be too difficult to determine this. You can order them in a variety of puzzle sizes depending on skill level, from 35 pieces all the way up to 1500 pieces. Prices usually range from around $80 to $250.

Picking the Perfect Tuxedo

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Tuxedos are the tailored suit for men. It is well known for its satin lapel. This type of formal wear could be widely seen during formal dinners as well as other events like a wedding.

Today, tuxedos could be seen worn by everybody especially on formal occasions. Here are the most popular types of tuxedos and some guidelines on what occasion to wear them.

The first is the Full Dress Tailcoat. It is more commonly known as the White Tie. This type of tuxedo is perfect for formal evening weddings.

Another type is the Stroller. This type is often seen being worn by the attendants of the groom in a wedding. This type is great for a formal morning wedding.

A contemporary substitute for a formal occasion is the Notch Lapel Tuxedo. But the Peak Lapel Tuxedo is a more traditional alternative than the Notch Lapel plus it could be worn both in the morning as well as in the evening.

In choosing the perfect tuxedo, the body type of the man who will wear it is the utmost consideration. The tuxedo should not only show elegance but it should also flatter the one wearing the tux. It should be able to enhance the whole package.

For short, slender grooms, they should be looking for single breasted jackets that have long lines. A low button stance and wide-peak lapels lengthen the body visually.

They could also opt for double breasted jacket or delicately patterned vest and tie for a more stylish approach. The pants should always break somewhere on the top of the shoe. It should also slant a little downward at the back.

For short, stocky grooms, slim shawl collars would fit them best. Here the top button should be somewhere near the small of the waist so it will give the torso an illusion of a leaner waist.

Avoiding a more broad-shoulder styled jacket would also help. Men with this body type should stick to a more natural shoulder-lined jacket. This time the pants should reach the foot but be careful not to make the pant leg break too much on the foot else it will make it look shoddy.

Shawl collar tuxedos are best for tall, husky grooms. This would enhance the broad shoulders and the muscular body type of the men. The length of the jacket is essential. The fingertips should reach the bottom of the jacket. The shirt cuffs should also extend at least a half inch beyond the jacket sleeve.

Tall, slim grooms could best fit in almost any tuxedo type of his choice. But still, the tuxedo should be full and follow the lines of the body.