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Bridal Jewelry: M. Flynn Accessories

Posted on February 5th, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Bridesmaids, Wedding Attire, Wedding Vendors 1 Comment

Beehive Semi-Precious NecklaceM. Flynn is a Boston-based accessories business owned by sisters Megan & Moria Flynn. Three years ago, these two sisters started their own company designing classic jewelry and handbags. They sold their goods to small boutiques around the country and started to garner quite a following.

Since they always made a lot of jewelry for wedding parties, the Flynns decided to make it easier for people around the country to order their items online.

Recently, they opened their new website – mflynnwedding.com, where you can find a terrific collection of earrings, necklaces and bracelets for the bride and her bridemaids.

What I like about their website (in addition to the jewelry being beautiful) is that it allows you to shop by color, as well as by design. This way, it’s easy to find jewelry to match your wedding colors.

If you can’t find what you are looking for on the website, brides can customize their existing styles like the twist necklaces and the freshwater coin pearl collection to match any dress, or they will work with you to create a custom piece.

M. Flynn offers generous bridal discounts for orders of 4 or more pieces:

4-6 pieces – 15% discount
7 or more pieces – 20% discount

Each item is finished with the crystal color of your choice and packed in a beautiful gift box with a jewelry pouch. Monogrammed pouches and engraved tags are also available.

If you are in boston, you can visit M. Flynn Accessories at:

46 Waltham Street, 101
Boston, MA 02118
mflynnstudio.com
(617) 292-0079

If you are anywhere else in the country, visit mflynnwedding.com to check out their fabulous wedding jewelry.

The necklace pictured features blue lace agate and is available for $198.

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Get Creative with your Wedding Guest Book

Posted on December 6th, 2007 by Courtney in Wedding Planning, Wedding Vendors 5 Comments

Wish and Prayer boxYou’re always going to want to remember your wedding day. Well, hopefully anyway. And while pictures and videos are great, they certainly aren’t all-encompassing.

As silly as it may seem at the time to have all your guests sign their names to your guestbook, you’ll be glad to look back and remember all the people that were there to share your special day with you. Pictures are great, but there’s no way to be sure you’ll capture every guest who attends your event, especially with everyone so into getting pictures of you.

Guest books are the traditional method for guests to sign good wishes to the bride and groom. And just like no wedding album would be complete without photos, no wedding guestbook would be complete without words.

But just like everything wedding these days, wedding guest books are very often given a modern twist, so just for you, we’ve found out the most creative ways to have your guests sign in at your wedding. Check out the following ideas to turn this time-honored tradition into something that suits your contemporary style:

Combine your efforts: I’m a big fan of Adesso Albums because they allow you to fit your pictures and guest signatures all in one book! This is a convenient, classy solution if you want to keep everything together.

Make it all about you: Have a picture printed of you and your husband-to-be. Choose an overly large frame and matte the photo to fit the frame; then, have guests sign all around your picture. This will become a unique memento of your big day, and will always remind you of those who care about you.

Think inside the box: One of the most modern ideas I’ve seen is called the Wish and Prayer box. This contemporary take is a keepsake that allows guests to write a wish for your and your new husband on a blank card and drop it in the box. At the end of your reception, you’ll have a whole box full of memories!

Go practical: If you don’t want your guestbook to sit in a closet for years to come, you still have a few options. Many couples today are getting creative by having their guests sign platters, or even vases, so they can be reminded often of how much they are loved.

Enjoy!

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Hot Trends: Wedding Webcasts

Posted on December 6th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Fun, Wedding Trends, Wedding Vendors 1 Comment

Wedding AltarOver the last few years, wedding webcasts have become very popular. Having a webcam at your wedding will allow your friends and relatives who can’t make it to the wedding to be able to watch your ceremony and reception live on the Internet.

Many couples are opting to pay the cost of setting up a webcast of their wedding, and then cutting back on their guest list.

One wedding webcast company that is very reputable and relatively inexpensive is Webcast My Wedding. They can set up a full-service webcast package for just $595 that includes a live broadcast of your wedding over the Internet, plus an on-demand archive where anyone can view the video for the next 30 days after you wedding day.

What do you think about wedding webcasts? Leave your comments here and let us know!

Photo credit: Erick Gómez

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Unique Jewelry Designs by Ilan Wedding Jewelry

Posted on December 4th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Attire, Wedding Rings, Wedding Vendors 1 Comment

Designs by IlanIf you are looking for an interesting one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry to wear at your wedding, check out Designs by Ilan.

Ilan Yampolsky is a self taught artist who came to America from Israel in 1999. When she arrived, everything she brought with her was stolen, plus the job she lined up for herself didn’t work out.

After sleeping on a friend’s couch for a while, she ended up finally getting a job where she met her husband-to-be Harris. And with his encouragement, Ilan began making and selling craft items, which eventually escalated to one-of-a-kind jewelry. Now Ilan, Harris and her mother-in-law work together to create a very unique line of jewelry.

Using a mixture of semi-precious stones, glass beads, Swarovski crystals, fused glass and other elements, Ilan creates wonderful earrings, bracelets and necklaces. You can view samples of her wedding jewelry at designsbyilan.com.

Each piece is handcrafted and unique. She can make a piece to order and design something special for you.

A necklace or pair of earrings from Designs by Ilan would make a great “something new” for your wedding day!

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Pretty in Pink: Wedding Gowns by Alfred Angelo

Posted on December 3rd, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Attire, Wedding Colors, Wedding Trends, Wedding Vendors 4 Comments

Pretty in Pink with Alfred AngeloIn recent weeks, we have discussed several times about brides wearing colored wedding dresses.

Although I have always thought it was unique and innovative, I hadn’t really seen a colored wedding gown that I loved. But now I have …

This Alfred Angelo gown pictured here comes in Rosebud (pictured), Vanilla Cream and White. The A-line strapless gown features a basque waistline and a chapel train. If you aren’t into wearing a completely strapless dress – you can get optional spaghetti straps. It comes in every size from 2 to 28W.

What I really, really love about this dress is the skirt. It’s full without being puffy and it exudes confidence. Whoever is wearing this dress would feel like she is the most beautiful woman in the world.

Another great thing about this dress is that it’s priced under $599!

Check out this and many other wonderful wedding gowns at the Alfred Angelo online gallery.

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Glam Up Your Hair with Fete Accessories

Posted on December 2nd, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Fun, Wedding Makeup, Wedding Vendors 1 Comment

Fete AccessoriesIf you are looking for a very unique way to wear your hair for your wedding, I’ve come across Fete Accessories.

Instead of wearing a veil, tiara or bridal headband, you can wear one of these hair accessories to glam up your look. They are made from a variety of interesting fabrics and embellishments, including recycled suede, velvet, feathers, crystals and antique jewelry.

Many women are wearing them to holiday parties and other special events. However, some of these would also look marvelous for a wedding. Even if you don’t like them for a bride, I think that they would be great for bridesmaids.

Some of the styles (particularly the ones that are all feathers) are just TOO outrageous, but others are rather beautiful.

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Disney’s Happily Ever After Inspired Wedding Gowns

Posted on December 1st, 2007 by Courtney in Wedding Attire, Wedding Vendors 1 Comment

Belle DesignIf you’re looking to have a fairy tale wedding, a must have for your “I do” day is a happily-ever-after dress fit for a princess. It may have been hard finding a gown fit for royalty in the past, but since couture designer Kirstie Kelley joined with Disney to bring brides everywhere her fairy tale inspired gowns, you may just have your chance to feel like Cinderella, Belle, or even Snow White for your big day.

Since the collection debuted at the 2007 Bridal Fashion week this past April, Kelley has followed up her creations with a Maidens collection (dresses for your bridesmaids) and a story book inspired jewelry line. Her flower girl designs are to be released later this month.

Kelley’s collection is available nationally at stores in 29 of the 50 United States, as well as internationally in Canada, Ireland, Israel, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia. More information about store locations can be found here.

Disney’s Fairy Tale Wedding Gowns are a little on the pricey side, ranging in price from $1500 to $3000. According to a Disney spokesperson “The price point is aimed at a generation of couples who are getting married older and paying for their own celebrations.”

Maybe these dresses are a little pricey, but they certainly are gorgeous! If you can splurge for one of these dresses, it might just be worth it to be a princess for a day!

(Photo credit: Disney Bridal)

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Feel Like a Princess in Your Bridal Tiara

Posted on December 1st, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Attire, Wedding Traditions, Wedding Vendors 1 Comment

wearing-a-tiara.jpgWearing a tiara is a beautiful way to look and feel like a princess on your wedding day. If you have decided to wear a tiara for your wedding (I did!), there are a couple ways to wear it which will make you look simply gorgeous.

Front-Mounted Tiara
This is one of the more common options for wearing a tiara. Wear it toward the front of your hair or even as low as your forehead. This type of mounting is popular because you can wear a veil directly attached behind the tiara. As with all tiaras, make sure it is securely attached with pins. However, don’t make it so tight that it becomes uncomfortable. You wedding day is long – you don’t want to be in pain all day!

Crown Tiara
If you are wearing your hair in an up-do, such as a bun, you can attach the tiara higher on your head and around the hair-do. The crown tiara should fit tightly against your hair and be secured by your hair dresser after they finish styling your hair. You can also add a veil behind the up-do. Your hairstyle should be slightly higher than the tiara. You don’t want the tiara sitting on top of the hair like an actual crown.

If you are looking to buy a tiara, consider one of the beautiful options at Princess Bride Tiaras. They have a wide selection of tiaras, bridal jewelry, veils and other accessories.

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Redfoot Afterparty Shoes

Posted on November 26th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Attire, Wedding Vendors 1 Comment

Redfoot Afterparty ShoesAt your wedding wedding reception, your feet will undoubtedly be tired from the day’s festivities. Now, instead of wearing your high heels well into the evening, you can put on your AfterParty Shoes.

Redfoot has created these very cute ballet flats and flat slingbacks that fold up and fit easily into your handbag. This is a great idea for brides who want to relax a bit at the reception. The AfterParty Shoes would also make a fun gift for your bridesmaids! When it’s time to relax (and dance!) at the reception, you can all change into your AfterParty shoes.

These portable shoes come in a lot of great colors, including silver, cream and others that will go nicely with your wedding attire. The Kylie is my favorite because I like the slingback style, but these cute Ada Silver ballet flats are adorable as well.

You can order these shoes for £25 (about $50 USD) at redfootrevolution.co.uk. They ship worldwide!

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Culture Shock Bridal Wear

Posted on November 24th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Attire, Wedding Vendors 2 Comments

Culture Shock GownCulture Shock is a bridal gown design company that creates original couture and made-to-measure weddings gowns that feature the color and traditions of different cultures around the world.

Located in Sydney, Australia, Culture Shock uses amazing fabrics and textures to design beautifully detailed gowns. They are a little funky, a little trendy, and very, very different than your standard wedding gown.

For example, this beautiful bride Meghan (pictured here) wore an amazing gown inspired by Japanese culture to honor her husband’s heritage. The gown was made from a vintage kimono, spliced together with silk fabric, a bustle and train.

Culture Shock prides itself in providing individualized attention for each bride to create the perfect wedding dress. Though the price tag is steep, these original wedding dresses certainly are beautiful. Check out more designs in their photo gallery at Culture-Shock.com.au.

The exclusive Culture Shock Couture gowns are priced from $3,500 – $7,500 AUD, while their Fusion line of made-to-measure designs are available from $2,500 – $3,000 AUD.

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