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2008 Wedding Trends from Preston Bailey

Posted on January 28th, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Trends 5 Comments

Preston BaileyPreston Bailey, Internationally Celebrated Event Designer and Wedding Planner, offers us great information about wedding trends for 2008.

After 27 years in business, Preston Bailey has become especially renowned for his ability to completely transform raw, ordinary spaces into sumptuous, theatrical environments, translating his clients’ fantasies into awe-inspiring reality. Preston’s one-of-a-kind events, which include the most extravagant weddings and galas for Royal families across the globe, have earned him a reputation as the world’s preeminent event designer.

He has attracted such clients as Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Uma Thurman, Joan Rivers, Donna Karan, Liza Minnelli, Matt Lauer, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, Laurence Fishburne, Emmitt Smith, and Bill Cosby. Learn more about Preston at

Here are the trends, straight from Preston!

More relaxed! I am thinking a lot more couples are going to be doing cocktail parties and less formal affairs.

More and more I am seeing the trend of couples hiring celebrity vocalist at their weddings, we have had Stevie Wonder and Patti LaBelle just to name a few. Music is becoming a bigger part of the reception couples who cant afford to hire a celebrity singer or having their local bands/singer perform at the wedding instead of a DJ.

Caribbean Sunset TablescapeFlowers
Classic flowers are making a comeback, which I love. Gardenias, orchids, and stephandois are very much in trend for 2008.

I think people are going to veer away from a signature cocktail and go more with a fresh juice bar where each guest can customize their own drink with the help of a bartender.

As with flowers, I really see the more classic shapes and colors returning. Rather than bright contrasting colors and unconventional shapes, I see brides returning to the tiered shape with colors that compliment the décor.

Destination, destination, destination! I just see this trend getting bigger and bigger. I love these events because everyone from the mother of the bride to groom’s childhood best friend really relaxes and focuses on the spirit of the wedding.

I really like that people are being a bit more playful with the look of their invites. I also love that more and more couples are creating wedding website with all the logistical information. Not only does this cut down on paper in the envelope and make your wedding little bit greener, it lets the design of the invite shine which sets a tone for the whole event.

Along with celebrity performers, couples are taking it upon themselves to entertain their guests. In the past couple of months, I have seen some really wild first dances, I am sure you have all seen the phenomenal “Sir-Mix-a-Lot” dance on YouTube, which really sets to the for the party. At an event we did, the couple hired look-a-like professional dancers and dressed them in the couple’s wedding outfits. They went out the dance floor for the first dance, and blew the guests away with a tango. They quickly exited the dance floor, and in walked the real couple!

As you know, I love themes. I think it is such a great way to unify the event from the invite to the favors. Next year, I see couples letting the location inspire the design of the event and really letting nature do most of the work.

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Eco Friendly Wedding Designs by Rene Geneva

Posted on January 24th, 2008 by Courtney in Green Weddings 3 Comments

Rene Geneva DesignChartreuse. Lime. Olive. Kelly. Emerald.

You might love it, or you might hate it, but it looks like green is here to stay.

Whether you want to green your wedding a lot or a little, it’s not entirely likely that you’re willing to give up all your dreams for your big day in the name of the environment. Unless you’re quite the greenie, that is.

Well, since green has gotten so big, you might not be the only bride planning an eco-friendly event, but you do have the chance to wear something a little more couture than a burlap sack.

Enter Rene Geneva Design.

You may not have heard of this eco-friendly designer yet, but she’s well on her way to making quite the (non-carbon) footprint on the fashion world. Not only did her designs appear at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in L.A. last year, but she’s already set to show her stuff at many fashion shows in 2008 too.

Not all that inclined to wear itchy, itchy hemp? Don’t worry, Rene Geneva designs her stylish duds with soft silky hemp as well as eco-friendly cotton and silks. On top of that, all fabrics are imported and designs are exported carbon-neutral, and everything is made with fair trade and ethical labor as top priorities.


If you think all that attention to the environment means these dresses aren’t gorgeous, think again. The picture above is just one of her many designs, and it proves that this is one couture creator.

If you’re looking for wedding gowns, there are a few great options available, but my personal favorites are all dresses that could be worn by bridesmaids.

What do you brides out there think? Are these designs fabulous or will we have to agree to disagree?

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Trends in Wedding Flowers

Posted on January 21st, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Flowers 3 Comments

Tara Powell Flowers Tara Simone Powell is a floral and event design expert and owner of Barbara’s Flowers, an innovative flower retail boutique with two locations in New York City. Barbara’s Flowers offers clients a glimpse into the range of possibilities for extraordinary blossoms with a plethora of design choices.

Her impressive and extensive list of corporate and celebrity clientele include: Con Edison, CBS, Lehman Brothers, McGraw Hill, Essence Communications, Merrill Lynch, Macy’s, Senator Hillary Clinton and Alicia Keys. Tara was kind enough to share with us the trends in wedding flowers.

From Tara …


TRENDS IN COLOR PALETTES: Sepia or Chocolate brown as an accent color to a cool color palette has been particularly trendy amongst brides this year. We have worked with mint green and chocolate brown, raspberry and chocolate brown, sky blue and chocolate brown. The intensity of the chocolate brown offers a warm balance to cool colors. Fiddle head, which resembles a chocolate straw, is often used as floral accessory in this palette.

TRENDS IN FLORAL MENU: Many cost conscious and younger brides are opting to veer away from the exotic and elegant and find flirty uses for the everyday blossom. Whimsical bouquets designed with gerbera daisies or dare I say “carnations!” Carnations, so often frowned upon as a “funeral flower” come in a wide range of colors and of course are very reasonably priced. For a day time wedding, consider a “tussy” of carnations bound with a whimsical patterned ribbon!

TRENDS IN DESIGN: We have found that many of our brides have opted for a blend of the chic and rustic. Often combining a natural vessel with elegant blossoms such as Cymbidium orchids. This offers a delicate balance between a well stylized design and something ethereal and abstract.


FRAGRANT FLOWERS: Spring and summer are the perfect time to experience the fragrance that many flowers offer. Some of the more fragrant blooms are: hyacinth, lilac, lilly of the valley, freesia, Casablanca lilies, gardenia, tuberose and roses.

BLOOMING BRANCHES: One of the true signs of spring are the blooming Cherry, Quince and Pear branches. These delicate blossoms on tall branches offer a dynamic visual presentation for reception designs. The key to using blooming branches, however, is keeping them in receptacles that hold plenty of fresh water and in environments where the temperature is regulated between 65 – 70 degrees.

PURE WHITE: Crisp white blossoms offer an elegant palette for day or evening spring/summer affairs. Among my favorites are: Casablanca lilies, ranuculus, French tulips, peony and Cymbidium orchids.

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Think Pink: Pink Wedding Favors

Posted on January 21st, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Favors 3 Comments

Pink is one of the most popular wedding colors. It’s flirty, romantic and fun. When pairing pink you can choose from a wide array of options, from pastels to metallics to even brown.

If you are ready to buy wedding favors, Truly Wedding Favors offers a tremendous selection of pink favors that are perfect for a Spring or Summer wedding. Here are some of my favorites:

Pink Rose Ball Candle
This beautiful candle is an affordable favor. Right now, you can get these for as little as $1.19 each at Truly Wedding Favors. Each candle is packaged in a clear box and wrapped in a pink ribbon.

Pink Wedding Cake Candle
I think these cake favors are some of the cutest favors available. The three-tiered pink wedding cake candle is adorned with little white hearts, flowers, garlands and bows. If you are interested, a blue version of this favor is also available.

Pink Cross Deluxe Bookmark
This favor is very lovely and delicate. These favors can be for wedding, or even a christening or first communion celebration. Each favor consists of 2 pink rhinestone-adorned crosses joined by a pink organza ribbon with decorative beading.

Learn more about the Tradition of Wedding Favors and 10 Cheap Wedding Favor Ideas from Truly. Check out the

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Jenna Bush on Her Way to Wedded Bliss

Posted on January 21st, 2008 by Courtney in Celebrity Weddings 1 Comment

Jenna Bush Getting MarriedIt looks like President Bush has a busy year ahead of him, and not just because it’s his last year in office. People reports that President Bush’s daughter, Jenna Bush, is all set to wed her beau, Henry Hager on May 10.

Jenna’s engagement was announced in August of 2007, but other than that, all plans have been kept under wraps until now.

That’s not to say there’s a whole lot of new information about the ‘I do’ Day other than the locale.

Though her mother, Laura Bush, thinks a White House wedding would be “a lot of fun,” Jenna’s opted for a more private affair that is rumored to take place at the Bushes’ gated, 1,600-acre Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, TX.

Aside from the wedding’s supposed location though, the public doesn’t know much. Looks like we all might be stuck waiting until May for all the juicy details. But hey, look on the bright side: at least that’s only three and a half months away!

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Wedding Lipstick: Shade of Pink or Shade of Red?

Posted on January 21st, 2008 by Courtney in Wedding Makeup 2 Comments

Red Lips BrideYou want to look absolutely perfect on your wedding day—that’s a given. But everyone’s always asking what you want: you have to pick out your dress, your hairstyle, and yes, your makeup look too.

Your wedding day doesn’t deserve just an ordinary makeup look. You need to go all out! And one of the best ways to glam it up is to pick the perfect lip color.

Don’t know where to begin? Well, lip color has a lot to do with the season, so consider these tips when considering which color you want to build your look with:

  • Winter Shades: Winter is a time of year when you don’t want to go too dark, but too bright wouldn’t be much better. You’ll want a clear, refreshing look compared to the quiet stillness the season offers, so the best colors are crisp, solid shades of red.
  • Spring Shades: Ahh—the season of color. Spring usually sees the return of beautiful blossoms and brings to mind pastel and bright floral colors. Keep in the same tone of the season by choosing a paler lipstick shade like soft pink or coral.
  • Summer Shades: Summer is probably the one season you can get away with just about anything. You’ll want to go brighter than you would in the fall, but bolder than you would in the spring. More intense shades of reds and pinks will brighten your face and bring the season’s style into your wedding look.
  • Autumn Shades: When you think of fall, you usually think of things like pumpkin and spice. Inorporating this into your lipstick color will help you play your style off the falling leaves and give you some great wedding pictures. Your best bet is to go with a lipstick that has darker tones, golden hues, or even a touch of brown.

As always, make sure to try your intended look out before the big day. The last think you want is to be late for your own wedding because you’re having a bad makeup day! Have fun and good luck!

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Skin Care Tips for Preparing for Your Wedding

Posted on January 18th, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Makeup, Wedding Planning 1 Comment

Beautiful BrideHere at Truly, we are lucky enough to be able to consult with wedding and beauty experts to provide you with fabulous advice, tips and trends for planning for your wedding.

Victoria Nash, President of the newly launched skincare line Esentè was kind enough to offer tips on how to prepare your skin for the “Big Day.”

The trends emerging seems to be that pretty, soft, slightly glamorous and fresh look. A little more makeup than normal so you don’t get washed out in the photos, but always “pretty and soft”. The hair is one place that women want to change it up a bit. They seem to be more willing to experiment and do something that flatters their dress and veil.

Start thinking about your skin months in advance of your wedding. Victoria provides these prep steps to beautiful skin for brides.

This is a good time to curb your sugar,alcohol, and salt intake. Sugar can make your skin dull, wrinkled and saggy. The sugar molecules attach themselves to the collagen fibers causing them to become stiff and inflexible leading to wrinkles and facial sag. Alcohol in excess effects the blood flow to the skin and can cause a red and blotchy complexion.
Salt as we all know can make us retain water and cause puffy eyes as well as a bloated look.

Purge your sin of acne flare-ups rather than suppress them. No one wants acne to show up on your big day. It is good to use products that purge rather than suppress your acne. Try to start using the products two or three months ahead of time. Esente’ has a great acne kit that helps to do just that.

Exfoliate you skin. It’s a good idea to either do some at home exfoliation or perhaps do a few microdermabrasion treatments in the months leading up to your big day. Exfoliation will help to purge your skin of comedones (blackheads) minimize your pores ,and help to retexture your skin.

Don’t try to get that tan! Healthy skin is in. All brides look better with the beauty of their own natural skin tones. The effects of the sun and tanning beds will age you quickly. Tanning beds even more so as the rays penetrate deeper into the dermis aging our skin up to 40 times faster than if we don’t use them. Remember we want to look beautiful for our anniversaries as well as our wedding day.

For Victoria Nash, the creation of esenté Physioceuticals culminates a lifelong passion for advanced aesthetics and health. Her formal education includes Phoenix Medical and Kar-Ché Professional Career Center, where she received her license for facials and skin analysis. In addition, Victoria has received comprehensive training in Silhouet-Tone equipment for dermabrasion, cellulite treatment, and microcurrent and light therapies. To learn more about her Esentè skin care line, visit

Photo credit: Andrew Shoshev

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Destination Romance

Posted on January 18th, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Attire 1 Comment

David’s BridalThis spring, David’s Bridal is celebrating weddings with fresh, modern colors and cutting edge silhouettes through three unique bridal themes: Garden Delights; Destination: Romance; and Black & White.

With the number of destination weddings on the rise, let’s concentrate on the Desintation: Romance theme. Here are some tips straight from David’s Bridal about silhouettes, colors and fabrics in wedding attire for spring.

Silhouettes – The sunny and warm atmosphere of a Palm Springs poolside is the inspiration for this season’s destination wedding trend. A glamorous waterside wedding can even be achieved at a local venue, evoking the same tropical feeling. Representing a more playful style, gown skirts are short and flirty, reminiscent of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Long and sleek gowns with an informal twist — such as a strapless Goddess A-line style that features a stunning crystal brooch (Style T9389; $399) or a flattering halter gown designed in a uniquely rich burnout fabric (Style EK9343; $499) — showcase a touch of city chic. A coordinated bridal party can be achieved with relaxed, sexy dresses or short and sweet styles.

Colors – This trend boasts two distinctly different color schemes. Fresh, modern hues, including Watermelon, Azalea, Honeydew, and Pool, make for a bright, energetic look that pops. This look is best captured in a halter clip-dot chiffon short dress with charmeuse trim and ruffle skirt (Style F12892; $135). Neutral colors, such as Canary, Chocolate and Honey, provide a contemporary, monochromatic feel, channelling the hues that are key this season.

Fabrics – Shimmering satin and silky charmeuse styles are prevalent, allowing brides to combine a modern feel with an exotic look. Allover lace gowns complement brides of any figure, while textured fabrics such as crinkle chiffon provide a dramatic touch.
Accessories – With an emphasis on short or tea-length gowns for brides and bridal parties, stylish shoes play an important role. Choose colorcoordinated styles or pair metallic shoes with sleek, shiny jewelry, for a stunning look. Veils are long and narrow to highlight the lustrous fabrics, and hair adornments — such as headbands, combs and romantic flowers — lend themselves to less traditional settings.

Whether looking for a style that is classic, glam, sweet, or sophisticated, David’s Bridal offers today’s bride endless opportunities to create the wedding of her dreams with gowns ranging in size from 0–26W, with select styles in 28W and 30W, and prices from $299–$1,200. Bridal party dresses are also available in sizes 2–26, with select styles in sizes 28 and 30, and prices ranging from $105–$180.

Catering to brides of all shapes and sizes, David’s Bridal recently introduced two special sizing options. For the first time, David’s introduces the Galina Woman Collection, boasting soft, flowing gowns, available up to size 26W, with added support and control for full-figured brides. Petite brides now have more options than ever, with an expanded assortment of petite gowns (Sizes 0P–16P) designed specially to fit the proportions of a petite shape.

David’s Bridal also recently unveiled the db Online Collection, an impressive collection of 15 beautiful new bridal styles, available at Dresses start at $99 and are available in both missy sizes (2–16) and David’s Bridal Woman sizes (14W–26W). David’s also incorporates cutting edge “motion” technology on the product detail pages, allowing brides to see how a dress will move and look from all angles.

With more than 50 years of bridal experience, David’s Bridal understands the importance of providing brides-to-be with a vast selection of exquisitely crafted dresses, available at affordable prices. Today, with more than 280 locations nationwide, David’s Bridal continues to expand its retail store locations, while maintaining its philosophy of superior quality, value and service. To locate a store nearby, consumers can call 1-877-693-BRIDE or visit

The dress pictured is from David’s Bridal Collection. This strapless V-notch chiffon A-line with empire gathered waist with bow and brooch is priced at $399.00.

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A Wedding Cake for Mii

Posted on January 17th, 2008 by Courtney in Wedding Cakes 4 Comments

Wired Wii CakeI was surfing the web for awesome wedding ideas, and looky looky what I found. I guess you can make any wedding an original.

Adam posted pictures of his and his bride’s Mii cake toppers (see below) stationed appropriately in front of their gorgeous ivy cake. They even made sure they had a console cake ready for Adam’s son! Way to be creative!

I’m not quite sure where they got their fantastic idea. It could have been from Martha Stewart’s Wii cake on the cover of Wired Magazine. While Martha made a console cake that stood on it’s side, she didn’t have any Miis in site, and her cake wasn’t actually edible. Such a shame.

Whether you like the console lying on it’s side, or standing up, if you’re a Wii-fanatic, this is an idea that’s perfect for you! Just be sure to make sure your Miis have smiles on their faces! It is, after all, your wedding day!

Mii Wedding Cake Toppers

(Photo credit: Adam via Flickr)

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Wedding Dress Tips: Stain Removal

Posted on January 17th, 2008 by Courtney in Wedding Attire 1 Comment

Wine GlassPicture this: You finally make your way through the wave of guests trying to talk to you before the night is over. As you approach your Maid of Honor, she swivels unexpectedly, spilling her almost-full glass of wine all over your gorgeous gown.

Try not to hyperventilate! This is just a scenario. I promise.

Scenario or not, though, an unwelcome disaster like this could happen, and instead of spending the rest of your reception crying in the bathroom, wouldn’t you rather be prepared?

I’m sure you’re nodding in agreement. Well, if you’re the ready-for-anything guru you think you are, you might want to print out a list of these hints to keep you sane if (somehow) your dress gets stained:

  • Red Wine: Dab at the stain with a clean cloth. Then, dampen the cloth with club soda and dab some more. Don’t rub! Keep dabbing with clean parts of the cloth until most (or all) of the stain has come out. Use chalk or talcum powder to disguise any traces of the stain that remain.
  • Oil or Grease Stain: Sprinkle talcum powder to cover the stain. Wait 10-15 minutes, then shake off whatever hasn’t stuck.
  • Lipstick: Since lipstick has such a thick consistency, your best bet is probably to use dry cleaning fluid, or possibly lighter fluid, as a solvent to help it dissolve. Make sure to try either liquid on an unseen part of your dress before applying to the stain, though, because they might discolor your dress’ fabric. If you opt to not use either of these solvents, try covering the stain with talcum powder or baking soda.
  • Ink Stain: Lucky for you, this stain solution is probably something you have in your beauty bag! (Again, make sure to test an unseen portion of your dress before using this cleaning solution.) Place a clean cloth underneath the stain then spray the stain lightly. Wait about five minutes then dab at the stain gently with a clean cloth.

And crisis averted.

Just a heads up—if the stain in question isn’t incredibly noticeable, you’re probably safer waiting till the next day and dropping your dress off at the cleaners. Nothing can beat dry cleaning, and if a quick fix isn’t absolutely necessary, you’re probably better off trying to hide it!

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