As seen on Samantha Bridal fashion show during the July Wedding Expo, below are tips on how to place the mother of the bride on the wedding fashion radar.
1. Mom’s outfit should complement bridesmaids’ dresses, and not match them. You don’t want the ushers confusing the seating arrangement!
2. Help her chose a color that suits well her tone, and sits pretty with the overall wedding palette
3. Just for modesty, its best to have your shoulders and arms covered, at least for the ceremony. Lace is the all-time graceful look;consider sheers and organza too, just a hint of elegance. Chose a comfortable style and cut to flatter your body.
4.Avoid black and white in whatever shades. The former is too severe, whereas the latter is too bridal, lest you be accused of trying to outshine the queen!
5. Good supportive underwear will come in handy, not only for comfort but to help you fit well into your Queenly role.
6 . Match your shoes and clutch bag, remember less is more and avoid too much beading especially for the daytime celebration. Heels are preferable. They will add to you that graceful gait for the occasion.
8. Involve her. Have her understand that she too will attract attention on that day and needs to look fabulous for you.
9 If she can afford to buy her outfit, accompany her anyway and help her choose. If you are the groom and have no idea what to select, have a younger female relative accompany her.
10. If you do not know where to start, refer to fashion publications such as Samantha bridals for listings of outlets.
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Photography by Digital Eye
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Dress Shopping Guide
According to age old tradition, the mother-of-the-bride purchases her dress first, which subtly determines what the mother-of-the-groom should wear. This however is not a protocol that has to be followed. Wedding etiquette suggests that the mother-of-the-bride should politely inform the mother-of-the-groom about her dress, so as to avoid clashing and to ensure synchronization. This can be done without seeming too pushy and bossy by having the-bride-to-be, communicate it to the mother-of-the-groom.
Ensure that the mother-of-the-bride’s dress compliments the bridal party colours. A Subtle hue of the colour of choice is the best way to go. Stay away from white, cream or ivory. Lean more towards earthy tones such as beige, taupe, champagne and stone. For most colours, the best choice is hues in blue, purple and brown. Ultimately, you can never go wrong with the grey family of colours; whatever the colour scheme. Be sure to avoid something in the same exact colour as the bridesmaids’ dresses and extremely flashy colours as well.
Dress Type Guide
Let the bride be your guide. Follow cues from the bride about the acceptable colour scheme, dress style, texture and of course the theme of the wedding; black tie, casual or vintage. The venue of the ceremony can be a guide as well. While tradition leans more towards a little cocktail coat atop a mid-length dress, this would be an overdress for a beach location wedding but very appropriate for a church wedding. In other instances, for example when it is too hot to wear a coat, a wrap would be very much appropriate paired with a strappy dress. Whatever the theme, location or weather, the golden rules to stick by are:
- Appropriate and
- Elegantly subtle
Dress Shopping Timeline
It is advisable to have made a choice a month before the wedding. Since the bridesmaids and the bride will have begun the shopping process several months before, you will have a guideline to go by -by the time you begin shopping for a dress, which should be no later than three months before the wedding. Shopping well in advance will allow enough time for special orders, alterations and any changes that the dress will require.
The Samantha’s bridal wedding fair premier bridal exhibition is setting trends in July 2015. Today, weddings have become a lifestyle statement for the many couples that will spare no coin for the most elegant affair. It is a time for friends and family to come together and celebrate in the inception of a union. Even men are no longer taking a back seat they are actively involved in planning a wedding. We invite you to join us on this magical and exciting day out.
Trend Hot Spots
Trend-conscious brides and grooms are in for a treat. The Samantha’s bridal wedding fair has handpicked some of Kenya’s leading wedding planners, designers and caterers to create trend hotspots around the show where the latest in colour themes, floral arrangements, textures, gowns and décor accessories will be on display. Couples are constantly looking for what’s new and hot based on what is happening locally and internationally and want their weddings to be on par with what celebrities, royals and internationally acclaimed wedding planners are doing. By introducing the trend hotspots and trends theater we are opening a whole new world for show visitors to come and explore all the different possibilities for their big day.
Trend hotspot February winners were drop of a hat, evensis ventures, aura event planners, black tie events, majestic events, allure events, ATS travels, sunflower tents and decor, Sarova hotels, safari park hotel, ogake, occasions n days.
Ambience lighting paired with floral accents give a romantic feel complimented with elegance and style. This decor comes together against the backdrop of a towering Arabic influenced arch, with detailed moldings of rich ancient culture which exudes sophistication and raw beauty.
This dreamy subtle decor was achieved through the use of calm colours- peach and white against the bold earthy green tones. The cascading floral arrangements, white feather centerpieces and the all white shimmery linens add to a classic fairytale ambience that gives a warm feel.
The use of bold independent colours in this decor gives a lively feeling of instant happiness and excitement. The placement of navy blue in the linens brings out the boldness of the yellow colour as they are both unified and toned a notch down by the elegance of white and the pureness of the high top glass candle holders.
Silver accents in platters, table linens and the use of an elegant hollowed out silver champagne holder exude royalty and class. The crystal centerpieces compliment the pure colour used in the chiavari chairs and the linens, bringing together a classic look of platinum silver and white.
Animal print plates, masala coloured table linens and log animal carvings, instantly transport you to a bush safari in a place of your choosing. The versatility of the use of deco to bring out your desired theme, feel and look normally lies in the detail, paying close attention to the smallest of items to unify all elements used. In this case, logs and an artificial fire complete the bush safari theme and give an outdoor feel of the wild.
The Drinks Bar/ Champagne Bar
What better way to celebrate your upcoming nuptials than with a bubbly drink? Start the celebrations early by purchasing the VIP ticket to make your day extra special. VIP cocktail tables will be set up at various points within the expo area for show visitors to relax and enjoy in between the shopping
To-be-weds and their entourage can take time out and indulge in all things bride and beautiful at The Samantha’s Wedding Fair®. This is definitely the place to see and be seen!
The fashion shows are definitely a highlight of The Samantha’s Bridal Wedding Fair. No expense is spared to give our show visitors a world class runway experience to assist them in choosing the prefect dress as well as giving them a taste of the latest in occasional wear and bridal fashions. All of which is broadcasted live on KTN on the Sunday of the expo.
The Samantha’s Bridal Wedding Fair Cake Challenge which was one of the highlights of the wedding fair was a fantastic success. The competition attracted cake makers whose entries were displayed in a special area at the show for visitors to admire and sample out. Being a first time competition, the expectations for the Cake Challenge were very high and they were met by the array of exquisite cakes that contested for the big price.
It was an excellent showcase of the combination of high quality products and high levels of creativity of the participants. The wedding cakes were both beautiful to look at and delicious.
“The Samantha’s Bridal Wedding Fair Cake Challenge was the most fabulous demonstration of baking and cake design talent. The sheer variety of cakes and the quality of entries was excellent. This competition was interesting and exciting to judge as there were several beautiful cakes on display. We were impressed by the creativity, techniques and flavor combinations presented and I definitely see this competition becoming a sought-after event on the wedding cake maker’s calendar” says Doreen Mbaya, marketing director at KTN who was one of the judges of the competition.
Winner of Best Overall and Best Tasting categories, Mercy Munywoki from Cake Affair says she is “over the moon with this win and still floating on cloud nine”. Her goal for 2016 is to stay on top and unshaken. “Winning this award was completely unexpected. The cakes were spectacular and the competition was tough. Thank you to the Samantha’s Wedding Fair team for helping push cake decorating in Kenya to the next level and for giving us an outlet to push the boundaries and showcase our work.”
Winner of the Best Design Cake category Mr. Zahir Nazir Cake City was also delighted with the recognition he received for his finely crafted cake. “We are thrilled that the judges appreciated the workmanship that went into our cake and awarded this accolade to us. The standard was definitely high and we look forward to more cake designers participating in this competition in future,” he adds.
The runners up award for the Best cake Design was awarded to Phylis from Cake Couture.
To enter the competition, cake makers were required to submit a dummy wedding cake and a piece of real cake for tasting, together with a description of their cake and details on what motivated their design. All cakes were submitted to a blind judging. The panel of judges featured Beatrice from Sweet Inspirations, international chef Solomon Obano from S&J Caterers, Doreen Mbaya, marketing director at KTN and Anne Nduku from Samantha’s Bridal.
Samantha’s Bridal is proud to be associated with a competition that attracts baking of such high standards.
There is no denying that these days; brides-to-be want wedding cakes that are anything but ordinary. And meeting the challenge head-on, entrants for the wedding cake challenge bakers have elevated baking to an art form that defies the boundaries of tradition, construction and flavor. The next competition will take place at The Samantha’s Bridal Wedding Fair 2016, and we are eager to see what innovative creations will be showcased at East Africa’s ultimate bridal event. An event like this gives bakers and fans alike the opportunity to experience first-hand the quality and versatility of cake bakers. Cake Bakers will be invited to interpret a set theme for the competition. The overriding requirement will be for bakers to innovate and break tradition. They will need to showcase their talent in such a way as to truly wow the judges, who will comprise of several highly-respected representatives in the baking, culinary and media worlds. The 2016 competition will not just be about appearances cakes will have to taste as good as they look. We look forward to many more exhilarating and equally successful cake challenges.
Here are the top 10 highlights which make the Samantha’s Bridal Fair the biggest wedding fair an essential day out for brides and grooms together with family and friends.
- All under one roof: Buy and hire everything for your big day under one roof! Whether you are recently engaged or your big day is just around the corner, Samantha’s Wedding fair is the ultimate destination for wedding planning perfection! You can do everything from trying on dresses, shoes and accessories to sampling cakes, buying beauty essentials to booking your perfect honeymoon, all in a day’s work!
- Meet the experts: Meet over 100 experts specializing in everything from beautiful bridal wear and suave menswear to magical photography and exciting entertainment.
- Find your dream dress: The Bridal ready-to-wear boutiques and designers will be on hand to help you findthe dress of your dreams. Browse through collections from Kenya’s finest bridal designers like Wambui Mukenyi, Monica Kanari and Ogake just to name a few.
- Unmissable feature areas: Immerse yourself in inspiration heaven at the show’s unmissable feature areas which include the breath-taking Catwalk Show, Big Day Top 10 Tips at the Wedding Trends Theatre and the Cake Gallery where you can vote and win a wedding cake.
- The catwalk show: The breath-taking Catwalk Show brings the latest wedding themes and bridal trends to life on the runway, showcasing collections from the hottest designers, retailers and boutiques.
- The Big Day Top 10 Tips: The Big Day Top 10 Tips provide you with valuable advice on hair, beauty, styling and planning. Featuring experts including leading wedding planner Marion Obura and bridal stylist and makeup artist guru Corrine Nyumoo. Each session will reveal 10 essential tips and tricks in a live and interactive countdown.
- Reception Essentials: Discover all the fabulous essentials for your reception from mouth-watering cakes to striking stationery. Whether you’re dreaming of a fairy tale wedding or a modern chic wedding, there are stylish solutions for all themes.
- Dazzling Décor: If you need help transforming your venue into a magical haven, seek inspiration from exhibiting wedding planners and décor specialists. Dazzling lighting, stylish tableware, stunning colour schemes and beautiful blooms from the finest florists will be featured to help you create your perfect setting.
- Relax and unwind: Round off an exciting day in the lounge Room, where you can relax and unwind with a cup of tea, or head to The Champagne Bar in the lounge room and toast to future happiness with a glass of bubbly champagne.
- Enjoy the show in star style: Bag yourself VIP tickets. This exclusive experience includes fast track entrance, reserved seating at the Catwalk Show, a complimentary glass of bubbly and an exclusive luxury goody bag filled with beauty products to pamper yourself in the build up to your big day.For those looking for an extra-special day out with the girls, this glitzy VIP ticket package is the ultimate purchase. Your big day will go off in style, why shouldn’t the planning too?
Preparations for the Samantha’s Bridal Wedding Fair are well under way. We have been busy beavering away to create a truly unique event showcasing the best vendors in the wedding business will be some amazing wedding suppliers.
Over the next few days, read about individual exhibitors and learn about the different talks and demonstrations lined up for the fair. Also a brief introduction to the music acts who will be entertaining you throughout the fair. For now, take a look at what to expect.
You can read more about the upcoming fair here — Samanthas Bridal Fair – 2015
Date: February 27-March 1, 2015
Location: The Sarit Centre
Time: 9am – 6pm
Fee: Ksh 400 per person for adults. Free entry for children below 10
With just 4 months, the countdown to The Samantha’s Wedding Fair has begun. Taking place on February 26 to 28th 2016 from 9am to 6pm daily, the fair is the ultimate place to be to make planning for your dream wedding run as smoothly as it possibly can. There will be more than 100 local exhibitors all on hand to offer advice and suggestions on every area of wedding planning.
The highlight of the weekend is the two-times-a-day catwalk show, which is acknowledged as the best in the business and is well worth every cent.The choreographed shows with presentations of the latest in bridal gowns, bridesmaids’ dresses, menswear and mother-of-the-bride outfits are guaranteed to have the audience in awe and excited about the perfect weaving together of great music, fashion, raffle competitions and amazing fashion.
This is the ultimate haven for wedding planning: The Samantha’s Bridal Fair, will have car rental / limousine services, wedding cake sampling from amazing cake houses, floral design displays from the best florists, plenty photographers and videographers and of course, wedding planners at hand to discuss ideas and help bring your vision to life.
Hotels like the prestigious Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club, Safari Park Hotel, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Sarova Hotels, Swahili Beach Resort, Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa, Fuchsia Gardens at Eldo Farm, face gardens among others will be exhibiting. So whether you are looking for a wedding destination, a first-night location or a honeymoon destination, Samantha’s Bridal Fair is the one place to find a suitable option.
Guests will take part in fun and exciting competitions and prize draws each day and will stand a chance to win a honeymoon package, a wedding cake and many more prizes. There will be workshops to engage those in attendance; entertainment, refreshments and a champagne bar for a truly exhilarating experience.
Date: February 26- February 28, 2016
Location: The Sarit Centre
Time: 9am – 6pm
Fee: Ksh 400 per person for adults. Free entry for children below 10
Contacts For Booking :0722480068
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