Archive for October, 2008
Posted on October 31st, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Cakes
Posted on October 31st, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Attire
One of the hottest trends in wedding cakes is the topsy turvy cake with slanted tiers in different shapes, styles and colors. This wedding cake definitely isn’t the best choice for a conversative wedding, however it could work nicely with a more modern, casual wedding.
What do you think about the trend to go away from traditional white wedding cakes?
Photo credit: istockphoto
Posted on October 31st, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Funny
The red wedding dress is gaining popularity. If you are ready to take the plunge with this red hot trend, this strapless A-line gown is available now at TJ Formal for under $800.
This scarlet red bridal gown features a skirt adorned with hand-placed flowers, crystals and beads. Visit TJFormal.com or call (877) 769-1336 to order this wedding gown.
Photo credit: TJFormal
Posted on October 24th, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Attire
Everyone knows that comic books (manga) and anime are very popular in Japan with some of the characters becoming celebrity icons. Now a Japanese Man wants to take things to the next level. Taichi Takashita has launched an online petition trying to get one million signatures to present to the government in order to get a law passed on marriages betwen people and cartoon characters.
In the first week, he has gathered just over a thousand signatures.
“”I am no longer interested in three dimensions – I would even like to become a resident of the two-dimensional world,” he wrote.
“However, that seems impossible with present-day technology. Therefore, at the very least, would it be possible to legally authorise marriage with a two-dimensional character?”
Call me crazy, but I think marriage should be left to the humans.
Posted on October 12th, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Celebrity Weddings
Recently, I had a chance to check out a variety of a bridal gowns from the Alvina Valenta fall collection at a shop in New York City.
Alvina Valenta bridal gowns are elegant, sophisticated and very detailed. The fabrics are luxurious and all the dresses are finished by hand with intricate beading and their hand-rolled roses
Here are a few of my favorite wedding dresses from the Alvina Valenta Fall 2008 Collection.
Visit the Alvina Valenta website to view more fabulous bridal gowns from designer Victoria McMillan.
Are you getting married soon? If you haven’t picked out your wedding favors yet, Truly Wedding Favors offers a variety of elegant wedding favors that are perfect no matter your wedding theme. Unique wedding favors at very affordable prices are available at Truly.
Photo credit: Alvina Valenta
Posted on October 10th, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Anything Goes
Apparently on a spur of the moment whim, Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony renewed their wedding vows in Las Vegas over the weekend. The happy couple renewed their vows early Sunday morning (around 3:15am) in front of two friends at the Caesar Palace Forum Tower Penthouse. A rep for Caesar’s Palace confirmed the story.
Lopez and Anthony were married in 2004 and Jennifer gave birth to their first children – twins named Max and Emme – in February 2008.
With all the celebrity couples on the rocks these days, it’s great to see a couple renewing their commitment to each other. Congratulations to Jennifer and Marc!
Here’s a great picture of the couple from back in May at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Gala.
Posted on October 5th, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Bridesmaids, Wedding Attire
The average wedding cost in the U.S. is upwards of $25,000. That’s oftentimes more than a couple spends on a new car. Planning such an expensive and important event can be very stressful and sometimes risky.
The couple should consider buying wedding insurance to protect themselves from unforeseen circumstances. Now, I’m not saying that something horrible is going to happen but it’s best to be prepared.
Travelers Insuarance offers a Wedding Protector Plan designed specifically to cover weddings.
“A wedding is a large investment both emotionally and financially,” said Alan Tuvin, vice president of product management for Travelers. “There are a lot of moving parts to a wedding and things can go wrong. It is important to protect such a significant financial investment.”
Their standard policy covers wedding ceremonies and receptions in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, a U.S. Territory, or aboard a cruise leaving from one of these locations. For an extra premium, they can also cover weddings in the United Kingdom, Mexico, the Caribbean Islands (excluding Cuba and Haiti) and cruise ships leaving from a port within those territories.
Though the policy doesn’t cover if your fiance cancels the wedding, it does cover many other things, including damage or loss of the bridal gown or groom’s tuxedo, lost deposits if vendors go out of business or don’t show up, damaged or lost photos, sudden illness by the bride or groom and many other items.
It’s difficult to imagine cancelling or postponing your wedding, or other wedding day disasters that might happen. But it’s better to be safe than sorry. You can protect yourself for a premium as little as $160.
Even if your wedding is right around the corner, it’s not too late. If your wedding is more than two weeks away, you can sign up for Travelers’ wedding insurance.
To get more information, visit ProtectMyWedding.com and put your mind at ease. You have enough to worry about while planning your wedding.
Posted on October 3rd, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Anything Goes
In the past, you’d never see a black bridemaid dress. However with so many couples having evening weddings, that all changed. I think black bridesmaids dresses are fantastic because the bridesmaids can use them again and again at other evening events.
Here’s one of my favorite from Eden Bridals. This black chiffon dress features a sweetheart neckline and a beaded bust. But what I really adore is the hi-lo hemline. It’s sophisticated and sexy.
You can find this dress (style #7207B) and many other bridesmaids gowns online at EdenBridals.com.
Posted on October 1st, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Locations
To get your skin prepared for your wedding day, you need to pamper it with one of the world’s oldest skin care regimens – honey.
Christopher Watt, a licensed aesthetician who cares for some of Hollywood’s top stars, suggests the following homemade honey-based skincare treatments for today’s most common skin problems:
Dry Skin Moisturizer
Makes 2 Applications
2 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons cocoa butter, melted
2 drops bergamont oil (optional)
1 drop lavender oil or tea tree (optional)
Mix all ingredients together and apply to clean, dry face. This all-natural moisturizer can be covered and kept in a cabinet, but it will solidify. For a second application, heat in microwave for 10 seconds, stir and apply to skin same as before.
Sweethearts’ Chocolate Honey Body Scrub
For the body, Watt recommends exfoliating and moisturizing with this sweetly soothing therapy:
Makes 2 Applications
2 cups honey
½ cup grapeseed oil
6 Tablespoons unsweetened chocolate, grated (can be substituted with cocoa powder)
2 cups kosher salt
In mixing bowl, combine honey and grapeseed oil. Stir in chocolate and salt, mixing completely. Consistency should be grainy and thick. Apply scrub to skin and gently massage all over body. Remove with warm, damp towels or rinse in shower.
Gentle Honey Cleanser for Acne
Contrary to popular opinion, acne can occur at any age. It is a disorder caused by a bacterial inflammation of the skin’s glands and follicles. Because honey has anti-bacterial properties, Watt recommends washing the face with a honey-based cleanser twice weekly for acne-prone skin:
Makes 1 Applications
¼ cup honey
1 Tablespoon liquid soap
½ cup glycerin (available at drug and beauty stores)
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl until fully blended. Pour onto clean face sponge or soft cloth and gently rub onto face, wash away with warm water and pat face dry.
Purely Honey Face Smoothie for Normal/Combination Skin
Those with normal to combination skin can keep it glowing by pampering it with Watt’s face smoothie:
Makes 1 Application
¼ cup honey
2 Tablespoons pomegranate juice
Handful of pitted cherries
¼ cup of plain yogurt
½ of a banana (optional)
Blend all ingredients together and rub onto clean, dry skin. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes then remove with damp sponges or a soft facial cloth. Pat dry and apply moisturizer.
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Las Mananitas Hotel is located in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. Cuernavaca, also known as the city of eternal spring, has the perfect climate for a destination wedding almost all year round. It has a beautiful reception hall as well as covered terrace space that is surround by gorgeous gardens, fountains and wildlife.
For your wedding, they offer personalized service from their event coordinator, support staff on your wedding day, valet parking, catering and much more. Your guests will adore the hotel and the surrounding locations.
Visitors to Las Mananitas can take tours to a variety of attractions in Cuernavaca. The Cortes Palace, once the home of Hernan Cortes, is now the location of the Cuauhnahuac Regional Museum. It was built in 1533 on an Aztec temple. Guests should also visit the grand cathedral in Cuernavaca. Built in 1526 by the request of the Franciscan Monks, it was referred to as the Franciscan Convent of the Assumption. Other attractions in Cuernavaca include the Brady Museum, the Muros Museum, the Borda Gardens, Tepoztlan Market, Xochicalco Fortress and Taxco.
The hotel has 25 elegant suites, all decorated in the traditional style of colonial Mexico. Las Mananitas Hotel also has a full spa. The restaurant at Las Mananitas Hotel has a delightful menu of classic Mexican dishes. The dining room is encompassed in a large garden with sculptures and tropical birds. To learn more about Las Mananitas, visit lasmananitas.com.mx.
Follow these tips for planning a destination wedding to make your wedding day just perfect.