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Bridal Shows

Posted on December 30th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Planning 1 Comment

Bridal ExpoIf you are getting married in 2008, it’s a fun idea to go to a bridal show. At bridal shows, you will be able to see all the hottest trends in weddings, meet with vendors, and oftentimes take home some free stuff.

Last year I went to a bridal expo (yes, I know I’m already married – I went just for fun) and they had a huge “cake dig” for prizes.

The brides-to-be rolled up their sleeves and dug through gigantic cakes looking for prizes and money. There were diamond engagement rings, coupons for free honeymoon travel and other very expensive prizes hidden in cake.

The ladies got messy, but they found their prizes!

Keep an eye out for bridal shows in your area and surrounding communities.

Here are some places on the web that list upcoming bridal shows.

Do you know of any other bridal show directories?

If so, leave your comments here and let us know!

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Chocolate Fondue Fountain

Posted on December 28th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Food 1 Comment

Chocolate Fondue FountainA dramatic addition to your wedding reception is a chocolate fountain. These flowing fountains allow your guests to use a fork, fondue style, and dip fruits and other treats into the chocolate.

Chocolate fountains normally range in size from 24″ to 52″ tall. These fountains can hold as much as 40 pounds of chocolate. You can normally rent the fountain, along with the chocolate, dippers and an attendant for $5-$8 per guest.

You can use milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate or even caramel.

So, what should you dip in the chocolate?

You can choose fruit cut into chunks, such as apples, bananas, cherries, kiwis, melons, oranges, pears, pineapple, raspberries or strawberries. You can also dip graham crackers, marshmallows, potato chips or pretzels.

Another alternative is cutting cakes and other sweets into squares for a real treat. Use angel food cake, brownies, cheesecake, ladyfingers, pound cake or any other type of sweet that you like.

Select anything you’d like for dipping. A wedding that I attended last summer, they used peanut butter balls! It was like unlimited Reese’s all night!

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Giving Back at Your Wedding

Posted on December 28th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Planning 2 Comments

Floral CenterpieceIf you are in the financial position to do so, there are many ways you can give back to the community and charity organizations at your wedding.

  • Ask that your guests contribute to a charity of your choice instead of buying wedding gifts. Many celebs have done this in recent years, such as Christina Aguilera, who requested her wedding guests make donations to Hurricane Katrina victims.
  • Make a donation to a charitable cause in each guest’s name. At the reception, present each guest with a printed card, along with a very inexpensive wedding favor, explaining about the charitable gift.
  • Arrange for leftover food from the reception to be donated to a local homeless shelter and flower arrangements to be brought to a nearby nursing home or hospital.
  • Donate your bridal gown, accessories and even wedding supplies to Goodwill or another charity in your city.

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Fergie and Josh Duhamel Engaged

Posted on December 28th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Celebrity Weddings No Comments

Josh Duhamel - FergieAccording to E! News, TMZ and several other media outlets, actor Josh Duhamel recently popped the question to his long-time girlfriend, singer Fergie.

The two have been dating since September 2004. They met when she guest starred on Las Vegas. Duhamel is currently in his fifth season on the show.

Earlier this month Fergie had told Blender that she was in no rush to get engaged because they were “practically married anyway.” The Black Eyed Peas singer is currently working on her second solo album.

I can’t wait to hear all about their wedding plans. Congrats to the cute couple!

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Royals Anniversary Party Footage

Posted on December 27th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Anniversaries 1 Comment

In her annual Christmas message yesterday, the Queen of England released personal footage of the Royal Family gathering to celebrate her diamond wedding anniversary, along with her traditional address.

You can watch the video of the Christmas broadcast here on YouTube.

Whatever you think of royalty, it’s certainly fun to get a behind the scenes look at the big anniversary party. You can see the guests mingling, the posing for the formal portrait and much more.

Congrats again to the Royal Couple, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last month with a huge celebration at Westminster Abbey.

Royal Family Portrait


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A Look Back at 2007: Weddings worth Mentioning

Posted on December 27th, 2007 by Courtney in Celebrity Weddings No Comments

Wedding PeopleThere’s a lot that happens in a yeara lot of parties, a lot of break ups, but most of all, a LOT of weddings. Here’s a little list of what happened on the celebrity wedding front over the course of 2007. Congrats to all the happy couples that tied the knot this past year!


  • Jan. 1—Kate Moss and Pete Doherty


  • Feb. 3—Melissa Rothstein and Bam Margera
  • Feb. 14—Kerri Russell and Shane Deary


  • Mar. 2—Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar


  • Apr. 7—Nichole Kessler and John C. McGinley
  • Apr. 28—Roma Downey and Mark Burnett
  • April—Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack


  • May 5—Neve Campbell and John Light
  • May 9—Jordana Brewster and Andrew Form
  • May 18—Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil
  • May 19—Sherri Saum and Kamar de los Reyes
  • May 26—Lisa Ling and Paul Song


  • June 5—Marika Dominczyk and Scott Foley
  • June 6—Melanie Brown and Stephen Belafonte
  • June 10—Tamara Taylor and Miles Cooley
  • June 16—Penny Lancaster and Rod Stewart
  • June 16—Lisa Joyner and Jon Cryer
  • June 16—Jeri Ryan and Christophe Eme
  • June 21—Susan Crow and Tony Bennett
  • June 25—Marjorie Bridges and Steve Harvey


  • July 7—Eva Longoria and Tony Parker
  • July 14—Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell
  • July 22—Laila Ali and Curtis Conway
  • July 28—Anne Stringfield and Steve Martin
  • July 28—Sarah Thompson and Brad Kane


  • Aug. 3—Tameka Foster and Usher
  • Aug. 6—Ye Li and Yao Ming
  • Aug. 25—Willa Ford and Mike Modano


  • Sept. 1—Jennifer Lucas and Byron Allen
  • Sept. 1—Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo
  • Sept. 3—Daniela Lavender and Ben Kingsley
  • Sept. 3—Jennifer Meyer and Tobey Maguire
  • Sept. 3—Kate Walsh and Alex Young
  • Sept. 22—Marcea Dietzel and Ricardo Chavira


  • Oct. 6—Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon
  • Oct. 6—Tara Fowler and Montel Williams


  • Nov. 24–Courtney Ford and Brandon Routh


  • Dec. 8— Renee Sloan and Scott Baio
  • Dec. 8—Leigh Boniello and Howie Dorough
  • Dec. 23—Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley

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What to wear to an evening wedding

Posted on December 27th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Attire 2 Comments

black-white-dress.jpgWomen have trouble deciding what to wear to most special events, but an evening wedding seems to be even more troublesome.

If you have been invited to an evening wedding, the main thing to remember is don’t out-do the bride.

Though, you want to look great, don’t wear anything too glitzy. You will draw too much attention to yourself. If this is a black tie affair, an evening gown is appropriate. If it’s less formal, then a cocktail dress is suitable.

When choosing an evening gown, avoid sequins. They are just “too much.” Beaded gowns are fine as long as they are not too glitzy. And though many people think, you shouldn’t wear black to an evening wedding, it’s actually perfectly acceptable for a black tie wedding and reception. Skip the plunging necklines and high slits. Instead choose something a little more conservative.

For the less formal event, don’t go too short. Mini dresses aren’t appropriate to wear to church weddings and you want something you will be able to dance and move in. I am partial to dresses that fall right at the knee or tea length dresses for this type of event.

Whatever you wear, be comfortable. Weddings and receptions last for several hours. So don’t kill yourself by wearing something too tight or shoes that are too high.

If you are buying a new dress for the event, make sure it’s something you are going to wear more than once. There’s no need to waste considerable money on a dress you will never wear again. Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and most other department stores have a nice dress section, you can also check out online retailers such as for plenty of options.

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Sparkly Bridal Shoes

Posted on December 24th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Attire 1 Comment

Touch-Ups Bridal ShoesInstead of wearing basic white bridal shoes, you can add a little pizazz by wearing shoes embellished in crystals, rhinestones and metallic fabrics.

Here are three sparkly bridal shoes in various price ranges, which would all look fabulous on your wedding day.

The Affordable
Touch-ups Amy Bridal Shoes – $41.99
These bridal sandals feature an interesting asymmetrical design and lots of rhinestones on the shiny silver fabric. The heel isn’t too high, so they will still be comfortable while offering a fun, modern look.

The Pricey
Grazia Vanessa Bridal Shoes – $210.00
These open-back bridal shoes come in white or ivory satin and feature gorgeous rhinestone-studded straps. The 3″ heel is a nice height, particular for petite brides with tall grooms.

The Extravagant
Giuseppe Zanotti d’Orsay Crystal Bridal Shoes – $540.00
These shoes feature feminine cut-out sides and large crystals across the toe strap. The heel is 3 1/2″ high. If you are going to break the bank on these shoes, make your add extra cushioning under the balls of your feet to prevent slipping.

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Toilet Paper Wedding Gown (Anyone Need a Tissue?)

Posted on December 24th, 2007 by Courtney in Funny, Wedding Attire, Wedding Fun 1 Comment

Toilet Paper WeddingHere comes the bride, all dressed in white…toilet paper that is.

Jennifer Cannon, of Lexington, Kentucky, didn’t just don her stylish two-ply extra-soft wedding duds, her wedding actually took place in a restroom in Times Square. Granted, the Charmin restroom was only temporary, and it was actually put up for the promotional event, but still.

Though Cannon wore the dress, it was Hannah Kim, winner of the 2007 Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest sponsored by, who designed the dress.

According to the official rules, entrants in the contest were only allowed to use toilet paper, glue, and tape in the construction of their wedding dresses. Submissions were due in by July 31, 2007 and were judged on creativity, originality, and beauty.

Hannah Kim isn’t all that new to the toilet paper designing world of wedding dresses, though. She actually competed in the same contest just last year and came in second! Well, I guess second best wasn’t quite good enough, and with her first place prize this year, Kim will get to see her design turned into an actual wedding gown. Not an easy feat considering Kim’s intricate detailing!

Oh yeah, and as the overall winner, Kim also received $500 for her efforts. Not bad considering her only expenses were seven rolls of toilet paper! If you want to see pictures of Kim’s wedding gown designs, you can check them out at the Cheap-Chic-Weddings winners’ pages.

And if you want to enter, I’m sure they’ll be having another contest next year. (This year marked the third annual contest.) Why not get an early start?

A wedding dress made from toilet paper?! Who would have thought… I, for one, will be seeing toilet paper in a whole new light from now on!

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Love Poems and Readings

Posted on December 22nd, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Songs, Wedding Traditions, Wedding Trends 2 Comments

If Thou Must Love MeWhen planning your wedding, you should consider having someone in your wedding party or a family member read a love poem, biblical verse or other piece of prose during the ceremony. In making your selection, just make sure that it is not too long. You don’t want to bore your guests!

Here are a few of my favorite choices, which will add a touch of class to both civil and religious wedding ceremonies.

If Thou Must Love Me
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

If thou must love me, let it be for naught
Except for love’s sake only. Do not say,
‘I love her for her smile – her look – her way
Of speaking gently, for a trick of thought
That falls in well with mine, and certes brought
A sense of pleasant ease on such a day’ –
For these things in themselves, beloved, may
Be changed, or change for thee – and love, so wrought,
May be unwrought so. Neither love me for
Thine own dear pity’s wiping my cheeks dry:
A creature might forget to weep, who bore
Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby!
But love me for love’s sake, that evermore
Thou mayst love on, through love’s eternity.

Because She Would Ask Me Why I Loved Her
Christopher Brennan

If questioning would make us wise
No eyes would ever gaze in eyes;
If all our tale were told in speech
No mouths would wander each to each.

Were spirits free from mortal mesh
And love not bound in hearts of flesh
No aching breasts would yearn to meet
And find their ecstasy complete.

For who is there that lives and knows
The secret powers by which he grows?
Were knowledge all, what were our need
To thrill and faint and sweetly bleed?

Then seek not, sweet, the “If” and “Why”
I love you now until I die.
For I must love because I live
And life in me is what you give.

The Art Of A Good Marriage
(shortened version)
Wilferd Arlan Peterson

A good marriage must be created.
In marriage the little things are the big things…
It is never being too old to hold hands,
It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once a day,
It is never going to sleep angry,
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives,
It is standing together and facing the world,
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family,
It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways,
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget,
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow,
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful,
It is not only marrying the right person, it is being the right partner.

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