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Winter Wedding: Keeping Warm

Posted on January 6th, 2008 by Courtney in Wedding Planning, Wedding Trends 1 Comment

snowbride.jpgMost brides pride themselves on having their wedding bells in April, May, or June, but really, can you imagine anything more romantic than red roses and snowflakes falling all around you on your wedding day?

There is certainly something about the atmosphere of a still, snowy winter’s day that reminds us of Elizabeth Bennett finally getting together with Mr. Darcy and leaves us feeling all warm inside. That is, at least for the romantic bride.

Aside from the warm fuzzies you’ll get from experiencing your fantasy wedding, though, you’re bound to be pretty cold if you’re dwelling around outside in an attempt to get pictures, or especially if you insisted on an outdoor ceremony to set the ‘winter wonderland’ mood. Fortunately, there are a few extra things you can do to make sure you’ll stay warm even when it’s oh so cold outside.

  1. Stop by Starbucks: You’ll definitely want to be all warmed up on the inside if you’re going to brave the winter winds. Stop by your favorite coffee shop and get something that will warm you up before you walk down the aisle.
  2. Wear Your Hair Down: Even if you are having your wedding somewhere that is notorious for humidity, on cold winter days your hair is a lot less likely to go flat than it would be in summer months. Also, by wearing your hair down, you’ll avoid having your ears turn as red as Rudolph’s nose!
  3. Accessorize: Winter weddings make it possible to add extra accessories you wouldn’t see in the summer. Having a wedding cloak and hand muff could add a romantic element to some of your pictures while keeping you warm at the same time. You’ll probably wear just your dress at the reception, so it might be fun to look a little different for the actual ceremony!
  4. Keep Your Feet in Mind: You probably should opt out of open-toed shoes for your winter wedding; that’s a given. Have you thought about wearing furry white boots though? Not only will your feet be warm, you’ll have a very distinctive style about you!
  5. Watch the Clock: You’ll want to make sure an outdoor ceremony is short, sweet, and to the point and that it goes of without a hitch. Not only will watching the clock keep you from spending extra minutes in the bitter cold, your guests will appreciate the chance to get out of the cold sooner too!

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Wedding Planning with Beyonce and Jay-Z

Posted on January 4th, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Celebrity Weddings, News, Wedding Planning 1 Comment

Beyonce and Jay-ZBeyonce and Jay-Z have reportedly begun planning their wedding. The couple has been engaged since June, however they hadn’t started doing any planning. I was beginning to think they might be one of those couples that stays engaged forever.

The Globe (I know, not the best source) is reporting that Beyonce has now started to look for venues.

Their source says, “There was a time when Beyonce wanted an enormous fairy-tale wedding, but now she’s a masterminding a smaller party in New York.

“At the moment, she considering either The Carlyle or Peninsula Hotel.”

I love Beyonce! So I can’t wait to see what she does with her wedding. Hopefully we’ll be able to get some details soon on the plans!

Source

Photo credit: Eonline

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Spring 2008 Bridal Collection: Oscar de La Renta

Posted on January 3rd, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Attire, Wedding Planning 4 Comments

Though many of us could never afford them, it’s certainly is fun to look at designer bridal gowns.

In this video, you can view the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2008 Bridal collection. Here you will see a wide variety of designs and silhouettes, including beaded ball gowns, lace sheaths and even a casual satin dress with a fringe bottom.

I surprised myself by loving the all lace gown around the 2:20 mark of the video. I’m not normally a fan of lace dresses.

Which bridal gown is your favorite?

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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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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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A Honeymoon Around Here?

Posted on December 21st, 2007 by Courtney in Anything Goes, Wedding Planning, Wedding Traditions, Wedding Trends 4 Comments

After all the hard work you put into planning your wedding, you definitely deserve a relaxing honeymoon. As a modern bride, though, you might (just might) end up having to plan that too.

I know you’re excited now. You’re honeymoon is supposed to give you a break from the everyday; it’s supposed to be a time for you and your new hubby to enjoy your first few days (maybe even the first few weeks) of your marriage.

As nice as it would be to go gallivanting all over the world, sometimes that’s not the best option. Do you have a passport? Do you have enough time to attain a passport before your wedding? Do you have an extensive budget to accommodate a Caribbean getaway? Do you have family or work that can be accommodated from afar?

Clearly there are a lot of things to consider before you even decide on the location of your honeymoon! In any case, for one reason or another, it might suit you and your hubby-to-be a little bit better if you choose to remain stateside rather than jetting off to some remote location.

You might be a little disappointed to find you can’t or shouldn’t cross an ocean for your honeymoon, but you really have a lot of options if you choose to stay here in the U.S. Think about it, the United States is home to beaches, mountains, national parks, historical cities, and even islands. Really, it’s a world of endless possibilities if you just use your imagination!

That said, there are certainly a lot of places you could go, but maybe you’re not so sure where you should go. To help you decide, we’ve decided to include the top 10 stateside honeymoon destinations courtesy of About.com. Take a look at these locales and let us know which one you choose! Enjoy!

  1. Hawaii
  2. Las Vegas
  3. Florida
  4. California
  5. Texas
  6. Georgia
  7. Virginia
  8. New York
  9. North Carolina
  10. Colorado

(Note: These top stateside honeymoon destinations were acquired from About’s Vacation Travel Spots USA. Their data was derived according to page hits on About’s Honeymoon information website.)

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Basic Ways to Cut Wedding Costs

Posted on December 19th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Favors, Wedding Planning 1 Comment

Simple Wedding CenterpieceWhen you are planning your wedding, you might be overwhelmed by all the information available on the Internet and in wedding books on how to cut costs. There are probably a thousand ways you can trim your wedding costs. Don’t freak out and try to do it all. Just keep it simple.

Here are some basic ways to cut costs:

Schedule your wedding on a weekday. Vendors oftentimes charge more than double for their services on a weekend evening than they do during the week. If you are really against a weekday weekend, an afternoon wedding on the weekend will also be cheaper than a weekend night.

Make your own centerpieces. Centerpieces can be simple yet beautiful. You can save money by saving your own. They don’t have to be floral centerpieces either. You can use picture frames, mirrors, candles or even a bowl of fruit as a centerpiece.

Have cupcakes instead of cake. Enlist a friend or family member to bake cupcakes and then arrange them in the shape a cake. You should still have a small cake on the side to cut during the cake cutting ceremony.

Cut down your guest list. Gasp! I know it sounds horrible but you don’t really need to invite your third cousin’s boyfriend, or a friend of a friend of the family.

Have a sponsored wedding. A sponsored wedding is one where much of the wedding costs are offset by allowing a particular business (or businesses) to advertise in some manner during the wedding ceremony or reception.

Buy affordable wedding favors. I would never suggest you skip favors all together. After all, they are a small way to thank your guests. However, you can make or buy cheap favors. One of the most affordable favors is to buy mints, candy hearts, Hershey’s Kisses or Jordan almonds and then package them in wedding favor boxes, bags or tins. At Truly Wedding Favors, you can even find some favors for under $1.

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A Shiny New Wedding Rose

Posted on December 18th, 2007 by Courtney in Wedding Colors, Wedding Flowers, Wedding Planning 3 Comments

Platinum roseWe all know that a red rose represents love, a yellow rose expresses friendship, and a white rose symbolizes truth and purity. But what does a platinum rose represent? And what about gold or silver?

Believe it or not, you can now add gold, silver, and platinum to your wedding color scheme options, and you can order your roses to match your metallic theme! After a little bit of web searching, we found some interesting floral options at Love is a Rose, an online merchant offering 24 karat gold, sterling silver, and pure platinum dipped roses.

So if your theme includes platinum, gold, or silver hues, you could always show your diva side by carrying a bouquet of metallic flora down the aisle. The best part? You can be certain you’ll have at least one memento that will last forever.

After all, a rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but precious metal isn’t a bad alternative!

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Maternity Wedding Dresses

Posted on December 14th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Attire, Wedding Planning 2 Comments

Maternity Bridal GownIn days gone by, women wouldn’t dare get married while pregnant. However nowadays, it’s not uncommon at all to see a pregnant bride or bridesmaid. If you are expecting and planning your wedding, here are few tips about what to wear on your wedding day.

The Gown
Most wedding gowns are obviously not designed with the pregnant bride in mind. However, one wedding dress style is very suitable for a pregnant bride – the empire waist dress. With these dresses, the waist is right under your bust. The bodice of the dress flows outward from there, draping loosely over your stomach and hips. The empire cut dress is very romantic and feminine.

If you want to flaunt your baby bump, you can be daring and choose a more clingy dress in stretch fabric. If you can’t find anything you like in bridal stores, consider buying a formal maternity dress rather than a bridal gown.

Here are a few online shops where you can find wonderful maternity wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses.

The Shoes
Feet swell during pregnancy, so don’t make yourself uncomfortable with pointed pumps or high heel sandals. Choose wedding sneakers or ballet flats instead. You don’t need to stick to white, metallics and pastels also work well for bridal shoes.

Here are a few cute options:

The dress pictured above is from Madeline Isaac-James’ collection at bridesnbumps.com.
Photo credit: © Madeline Isaac-James

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Outdoor Weddings: Butterfly Release

Posted on December 14th, 2007 by Courtney in Do It Yourself, Wedding Fun, Wedding Planning, Wedding Trends 5 Comments

butterflyYou want your wedding to be unique, but it seems like everything different you could do has already been done before. Maybe that’s why some people spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on their wedding—so they can have an unforgettable, unique event and nothing but good memories for the rest of their lives.

Maybe, though, if you are creative enough, you can come up with a wedding plan that features something amazing without spending ungodly amounts of money. Something beautiful that symbolizes love; something that that you and your guests have likely never experienced before: a butterfly release.

Granted, a butterfly release is best suited for an outdoor wedding (I have no idea how you’d gather them up again if you released them indoors), but even if your wedding is indoors, there are ways to incorporate a butterfly release. If, for example, you are married in a chapel, the butterfly release could be timed to occur as you and your guests exit the building.

In any case, there are a few basics you might want to consider if you choose to have a butterfly release at your wedding:

  1. Butterflies can be released individually or all together from a large box. If you’d like each of your guests to release a butterfly, you would want to look into the first option. If you have a young flower girl or ring bearer, however, releasing all the butterflies might be a very meaningful task for them.
  2. The butterflies are typically kept chilled on ice until the time of the release. Just to make sure the release goes off without a hitch, you’ll want to let them thaw about a half hour before they are freed.
  3. Many butterfly vendors also offer decorative cages where the butterflies can be viewed as centerpieces before they are released. If you are planning an outdoor reception, releasing the butterflies at dusk might be an ideal option.
  4. Most butterfly vendors are actually butterfly nurseries where butterflies are raised. If you hope to plan a butterfly release for your wedding, make sure to place your order in advance: two to three months is ideal; six weeks is cutting it really close.

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