Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wedding Gowns, Wedding Dresses

Simple destination wedding dresses don't even have to be actual wedding dresses. If you are looking to save some money on your wedding dress, check out your department stores or Online discount dress stores for a simple white dress. Doing this may be able to help you find a dress of your dreams and save you some money so you can spend it on your honeymoon.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Destination Wedding Gowns, Wedding Dresses

If you are getting married in a museum, art exhibit, or some place that is known for forward thinking fashion such as Paris, then a modern wedding dress may be for you. Unlike other styles of wedding dresses though, a modern dress can also fit in well with a beach wedding or a garden wedding, depending on the style you like. Modern destination wedding dresses are left up to the imagination and creativity of the bride.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Wedding Gown, Wedding Dress Questions

Lastly, make sure that your wedding dress is comfortable. Even if you love a dress but it is the most uncomfortable thing, shop around some more to find another dress that you love and that is comfortable. No ones want to be tugging and pulling at their wedding dress during their whole wedding day. There are plenty of destination wedding dresses to choose from, so why pick one that will make you miserable on your wedding day?

Monday, December 28, 2009

Micro-mini destination wedding dresses

Micro-mini destination wedding dresses can come in a variety of shapes and styles. There are form fitting ones, loose ones, babydoll dresses, and even bubble hem dresses. If you are looking for a micro-mini wedding dress be sure that you try on the different styles to see which one best fits your body shape and is appropriate for your wedding. Some minidresses may look really nice on a model or on the hanger, but don't do you justice when you try it on.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Wedding Gowns, Wedding Dresses

There are some brides that have dreamed about their wedding dress since they were a little girl. Some brides when they think of their dream wedding dress, they envision sparkles, glitter, and gleam. Don't let a destination wedding stop you from having the wedding dress of your dreams.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Modern destination wedding dresses can be a little hard to describe, as they are forever changing and staying ahead of the times. Right now, features like an oversized bow, or a pleated skirt can be considered for the modern wedding dress. Other special features on modern wedding dresses may include geometric patterns, metallic hues, chunky embellishments, or even a simple sheath dress paired with a belt or sash to give it that extra edge.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Wedding Gowns, Wedding Dancing

Wedding Dancing by Robin Lord
For those who have not seen Austin Powers, the word "mojo," which originally meant "a charm or spell," now means either "sex appeal" or "a touch of magic or charm." I use it in the latter sense to refer to the celebratory appeal of weddings, and most particularly to impressions drawn during the recent attendance of my niece's wedding.

I must confess that I tend to zone out during such occasions, so nothing seemed unusual as the finery of the crowd settled into the pews, and the bride beamed up the aisle to meet with the reverend's sincere and passionate guidance toward the promises of marriage. But at one point during the recitation of the vows, the bride — my niece — politely barked "Say it to me" at the groom, who smiled contritely and complied. The crowd's laughter and the reverend's smile stirred my complacency into a condition of curiosity, and that was when I decided to observe the occasion in light of its "mojo" factor.

It struck me that a bride sees her vows as a promise of devotion, while a groom sees his, at least in part, as a loss of freedom. My own observation is that a bride usually presents herself with vivacity and poise, while a groom often projects nervousness and doubt. As for this particular bride, her charismatic smile and air of confidence seemed potent enough to quickly and irrevocable dissipate whatever traces of anxiety the groom may have temporarily encountered. One could not help but admire her infectious magnetism. To describe it would be tedious, so suffice it to say that she cheered the hall first with warmth and then with humor, and it set the tone for the remainder of the day.

A backyard photo session immediately followed, and I was afforded the opportunity to check out the bride's new ring, which appeared to present enough "carat" mojo to please both matrimonial and compensatory needs. From there, it was on to the reception, the locale of which seemed exceedingly remote, but then, at my age, breaching the town line is beyond convenient. It was dark by the time Mother and I crossed the bridge into Salem, and the sketchy directions on the invitation put us somewhere south of our destination, which was emblazoned in fancy letters as the "Hawthorne Hotel."

Directions in broken English from a foreign vendor delivered us just outside the square, and a dog-walking gentleman directed us toward the hotel marquis, but after circling twice around the block, I realized that the parking garage was my only option. Guiding Mother's slow, unsteady pace down the ramp onto a dark cobblestone path and then along two blocks of uneven sidewalk left my celebratory mojo at a low point. I escorted her across the street, through the lobby and to the powder room.

The sequence of festivities is somewhat sketchy, but I remember how the best man's toast carried a "welcome to the family" motif, whereas the maid of honor's toast focused more on keeping the groom in line. As a lifelong confidante of the bride, it was her job to point out (albeit much more diplomatically) how the groom was one lucky (expletive for "dude"), and how he would need to answer to her — the maid of honor — if he strayed from the straight and narrow. Her "friendship" mojo gets high marks in my book, but more importantly, her presentation was potent enough to give our side the tactical advantage.

Out on the dance floor the ladies' moves would have invoked accusations of demonic possession during centuries past, but most of the men moved with rigor. What was missing was "Dancin' Harry" (the nickname for my departed dad), whose moves can best be described as "devilish." The ladies at the table invited me to dance, but my "boogie" mojo had vanished some years back when I stopped drinking. Nowadays, I would rather streak naked through the streets than display my lack of mojo on the dance floor. I preferred to observe, and I was impressed with how the mojo of "Dancing Queen" has held up through decades' worth of weddings.

As the hour drew late and I readied Mother to leave, I thought about giving the bride a send-off hug so that some of her "vivacity" mojo might rub off on me, but then I realized that it could work the other way around and some of my "grumpy old man" mojo might rub off on her. Better to let sleeping dogs lie.wedding Viewpoint
Robin Lord

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wedding Photography Survival Tips: The Preparation

Written by Christina N Dickson, portrait photographer and instructor for the Institute in Photographic Studies.

Weddings.
To the inexperienced photographer, the first wedding is that single most daunting event that stands as Mt. Everest in one’s profession. It is a feat that could define success or failure for the rest of one’s career. Much preparation is required. Much focus is essential. Much passion is critical.
Every detail of the day is important. The clothes. The favors. The people. Tensions are high. Schedules are tight. Emotions are charged. A wedding shoot is not the time to test one’s people skills or experiment with portraits. It is a day that an experienced photographer must practice everything he or she has ever known.
However, each wedding photographer has had a “first time”. On this day, the photographer discovers the key to thriving in the world of wedding photography: An ability to take the unpredictable in stride and thrive amidst challenges.
What does this look like to an inexperienced wedding photographer? How does a novice go about capturing beautiful shots in unpredictable and varied settings? With a little bit of hard work, these 8 tips will help you cover essential preparations for a successful wedding shoot.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wedding Dress Styles, Wedding Gowns

The first option is the lace wedding dress that has the floral pattern on it. The dress can be all lace or just have certain areas on the wedding gown that are made of a floral patterned lace. This may be for the bride who still wants that romantic and classic style but also wants to be trendy.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Wedding Gowns, Wedding Dresses

A one-shoulder wedding dress can be casual or formal. They can be a great option for a beach wedding with a casual feeling. On the other hand, find a princess style one-shoulder gown and it could very well fit into a more formal garden or museum wedding.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Destination Wedding Gowns, Wedding Dresses

Goddess destination wedding dresses are not just for beach weddings. They can be worn for all kinds of different destinations weddings as they work well in just about any setting. They would look fabulous at a garden wedding, but would also work well with a traditional church wedding.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Lace Wedding Gowns

Not all lace dresses are the same. In fact, it would be rather hard to find two destination wedding dresses that are made from the same pattern of lace and have the same design. You can chose from a wedding dress that is made up of all lace fabric, or one that has accents of lace throughout the dress. The dress may have a lace top that goes into a chiffon bottom. Or maybe you want a long sleeved wedding gown for an outdoor fall wedding. In this case you can find a dress that has lace sleeves to add elegance to the dress

Monday, December 7, 2009

Wedding Gown, Wedding Dresses - Styles

When you think of a goddess inspired wedding dress, the first picture that may come to mind is a long white fluid dress that has the hint of sparkle details by the bust line. This is the typical Greek goddess wedding dress. What some brides may not know before they go wedding dress shopping, is that nowadays there are tons of different variations on this style of dress. It has become a very popular style of dress and not just with wedding dresses.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Bridal Gowns, Wedding Gowns - Shopping

Give yourself plenty of time to shop for your wedding dress. Don't wait until weeks before the wedding to start your shopping. Unless you are having a wedding that is being planned in less than two months, you should start shopping for your wedding dress at least 3 months before the wedding. If you plan on ordering your wedding gown, then you may need at least 16 weeks for the dress to come in.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Wedding Dress Types

If you were to look at several wedding dress designer's collections, you are bound to find at least one minidress in each collection. Since most destination weddings are more casual, mini-destination wedding dresses are being seen at more and more destination weddings. One would not wear a minidress to a church ceremony, but may have no problem wearing one to a beach wedding. Some brides who are having church ceremonies are changing their dress and partying the night away in their micro-mini wedding dress instead of their formal one.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Wedding Dresses, Wedding Gowns

If you happen to find a wedding dress that you really like, but something seems to be missing from it, you can easily add some accessories to the dress to make it more of your vision. There are plenty of different accessories that you can add to destination wedding dresses.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Wedding Dresses, Bridal Gowns, Wedding Gowns

Your wedding dress is likely to be the most significant component of the wedding ceremony. Everyone’s eyes will be on the bride. Whatever style of wedding you settle on, you’ll find that there’s a lot of traditions that relate to the wedding ceremony - even with some of the more unusual themed weddings. Still, there is room for you to add your own special touches - to make your wedding uniquely your own.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Themed Weddings, Wedding Gowns

Western Themed weddings are simple and often easy to afford. The use of beautiful wild flowers for bouquets and vintage wedding dress items add to the ambiance, and are in some cases very affordable. The use of wildflowers brings a personal feel to the bouquets, almost a nostalgic trip back to summers spent on the farm.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Often, when people talk about wedding shoes on women, they comment on the heels or straps. But many women love looking at the colors and accessories on some shoes, especially when seeking out the perfect shoes to match the wedding dresses they are considering. For instance, no one gets mad at a bride whose shoes sparkle. It’s in how they sparkle that women love to see which direction a bride has gone. In the past, many bridal shoes had sequins all over them, which are nice and sparkly. However, sequins are also big, and in some cases they can make wedding shoes look gaudy.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Sexy Wedding Dresses, Plus Size Wedding Gowns

I love how a bride who wore a sexy wedding dress describes how she felt wearing it. She always say how she felt like a glamorous movie star. Confident and beautiful.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Wedding Dresses, Wedding Gowns

Tiered wedding dresses will look wonderful on tall brides or pear-shaped brides, but petite brides should stay away from this trend because the layers will draw too much thought to the bottom and break off the vertical lines a petite bride should be annoying to achieve.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wedding Dresses, Wedding Gowns

Finding the perfect wedding dress for your big day can be a daunting task. While some brides find “the one” immediately, others try on dozens of gowns before they find the wedding dress that makes them swoon. This challenge can be especially tough for a destination bride.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Wedding Gown, Wedding Dress Questions

These are the most important questions to ask, but you will probably have some of your own. Beware of any wedding dress shop that won't give you straight answers or written estimates. When you think you have found just the perfect wedding dress, ask if they can hold it for a day or two, then go home wait at least 24 hours and go back for another look. If you still love it, then go right ahead and buy it.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Wedding Costs, Wedding Planning, Wedding Gowns

You and your husband to be will want to sit down together and decide on what, where, and when you want your wedding. There is always a cost that comes along with planning your wedding. You have to choose bridesmaid, best man, flower girl, and ring bearer.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wedding Dresses, Plus Size Wedding Gowns

If you’re a plus-size bride, the most important thing to remember when choosing a wedding dress is to pick an outfit that makes you feel fabulous. There’s no rule that says you can’t wear a mini dress; as for shoes, the heel’s the limit. Many full-figured women love to show off their curves and do so with pizzazz. It’s your wedding, and your body, so work them both.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Wedding Gowns, Wedding Dresses

One very popular style of wedding dress is called the mermaid style. It is basically as it sounds. The wedding dress is tight on the top and through the hips. After the hips and around the thigh to knee area, the dress then goes out, like mermaid fins. Not all women will find this style of dress flattering though. You have to be willing to show off your curves to pull this kind of wedding dress off. A mermaid dress is also known as a trumpet dress due to it's flaring style at the bottom. Mermaid style destination wedding dresses can have a variety of different necklines and styles for the top half of the dress. They can be sleeveless, halters, spaghetti straps, and even short sleeves.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Wedding Dresses, Wedding Gowns

If you happen to find a wedding dress that you really like, but something seems to be missing from it, you can easily add some accessories to the dress to make it more of your vision. There are plenty of different accessories that you can add to destination wedding dresses.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Wedding Gown, Wedding Dress Questions

Every last detail matters when you are planning your wedding. From start to finish every bride worries about the small details and the overwhelming details like flowers, seating including her wedding dress and cake. Yes the food that you serve at your wedding is the food that everyone will be talking about for weeks months and even years to come.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

When is the proper time to host a bridal shower?

Pre-wedding celebrations are meant to enhance the engagement period, honor the couple, and simply to create an opportunity to spend quality time among your closest family and friends. Appropriate planning is an imperative part of proper etiquette, and therefore, timing, with regards to these celebrations, your wedding gown, is an integral part of the wedding planning process. It is not only necessary to have consideration of the bride and groom, but it is necessary to consider the couples families and closest friends when deciding when to plan each pre-wedding soiree. The optimal time to host a bridal shower would range in between eight to four weeks prior the big day.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wedding Dress, Wedding Gown Flowers

When you begin planning your wedding, probably one of the first things that comes to mind is flowers. As you order the bridal bouquet, you might simply order smaller versions of the same design for your bridesmaids to carry. But before you do, take the time to look into your options for alternatives to the standard bridesmaid bouquets.

If you definitely want to have your attendants carry flowers, but also want something unique, consider kissing balls. They are made of flowers arranged into a round ball, and are usually hung from a pretty satin or organza ribbon. Kissing balls have a very romantic look, and also add a pleasing architectural element to the wedding procession.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

In the Bag

As the celebration continues into the night you'll want to keep a few essentials by your side. A simple chic white clutch adorned with a smattering of crystals is the perfect complement to your big day glamour- the shine from the bag can play up the sparkle of your shoes, earrings, wedding dress or even your wedding-day china. Not only is it pretty, its practical. Its roomy enough to hold more than just a lipstick.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Wedding Dresses Q & A

This is the time of the year that June brides should start planning their weddings. Actually a good way to start is to go online and print out a month by month suggestion of what should come first, second and third etc. Of course, you probably already have the engagement ring but if you don't that is the first thing. Brides always really love to look for their wedding gowns for a long time. So there is actually no schedule for that as many brides start shopping for their gowns ever before they are engaged. That is perfectly acceptable. Shop on the internet and look at what is available from sites like the knot.com and there are many more. Take you time and make certain that the gown that you buy is really the gown that you want. Have a wonderful time shopping and planning your wedding.

Monday, October 12, 2009

What are some unexpected wedding guest-book ideas?

Loved ones can pen their well wedding wishes on a small wooden bench for your porch or a bright canvas that can be framed afterward. Each can make a great showpiece for your home later. Cards in an array of pretty patterns and colors are available, on which friends and relatives write a message to the couple on one side and their contact information on the other.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Wedding Dresses

The Wedding dress is main attraction of wedding ceremony and therefore wedding dress is designed according bride and groom personality. Now many fashion designers are engage to design modern and stylish wedding dress and at present lots of wedding dresses are easily available in the market. Some designer design wedding dress remembers season favor and actually bride sees eyes attractive and beautiful in well designed dress.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Choosing a Wedding Dress

When looking for your perfect wedding dress, you most shop around for the one that best fits best. Never settle for one that is okay or just fine. You will be wearing the wedding gown for a large portion of that special day. Make sure you choose one that is a very comfortable fitting to you.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Wedding Details

Every last detail matters when you are planning your wedding. From start to finish every bride worries about the small details and the overwhelming details like flowers, seating, wedding gown and cake. Yes the food that you serve at your wedding is the food that everyone will be talking about for weeks months and even years

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

How to find the perfect Wedding Dress

You want the perfect wedding dress, so you have made it a major focus of your pre wedding planning. There are some things you need to find from the wedding dress shop, before you even look at your first perfect wedding dress.
Do you need to make an appointment to visit the wedding dress shop?
Does the wedding dress store carry wedding dresses you can afford?
Can you browse the whole wedding dress collection, or do you only
get to see the dresses the sales person chooses for you?
If this wedding dress shop doesn't carry the dress you love, can it be ordered?

Once these questions have been answered and you find a wedding dress or two that you like, there are still more questions you need to ask.

Can a particular dress be ordered with different sleeves, or neckline?
What alterations can be done and what will that cost?
Can you get a written estimate on the alterations?
If we order the bridesmaids dresses here, can we get a discount or
free alterations?
Do you have headpieces and or veils that will go with my wedding dress?
How much is the deposit and when is the balance due?
What are the cancellation and refund policies?
Can we get a Rush on this dress if necessary?

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Vintage Wedding Dress Vintage is IN!

Those uber-fabulous fifties-inspired short wedding dresses of the past are back. Harness your inner Jackie-O and don a pretty pencil or circle skirt that will allow you to really cut a rug at the reception. These wedding gowns allow you to show off those colored crinolines everyone has been rockin' under the long dresses that tend to mask the fun surprise.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Wedding Gown, Wedding Dress Questions

For that special moment on your wedding day make sure you choose the right colors. Colors set the mood of your wedding, and represent you and your personality. So choose the colors that you want that best describes you. It also reflects your guest as well. Choose the colors to match your theme, your wedding dress and remember you do not want to have different colors mismatching.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Wedding Q & A

Best Mascara for Your Eyelashes

Mascara Mania Only the Best for Your Lashes
By Kathryn M. D'Imperio
Sometimes simplicity makes all the difference. Getting all dolled up doesn�t have to become a hassle every time you have somewhere to go. A nice dress or outfit can be complemented with a few jewelry items, a fashionable hairstyle Haute Hair (or hair brushed out straight) and a light smattering of makeup - see Carmen diva look.

Whether you are going for all-out glamor or girl-next-door gorgeous, a coat or two of mascara will work wonders for bringing out your beautiful eyes and long lashes Lashes Unlimited. If you don�t regularly wear makeup, you may want to consider these questions before selecting mascara from among countless brands and styles.

What type of eyelashes do I have? Are they long, curly, thick, thin, short, just right?

Once you answer this question, you can learn what positives your lashes have going for them and what element could be easily enhanced with the right kind of mascara. Shorter lashes could lash out with a length enhancing type of mascara. Thinner lashes will become fuller with a thickening formula and longer lashes will really benefit from curling mascara.

What will look best with my complexion? What will complement my outfit and wardrobe in general?

Mascaras are available in a wide range of colors and styles, from blackest black and dark brown to lighter shades of both, or even fun colors like blues and greens. Most times black and brown hues are most appropriate and work well with any skin tone, eye color and choice of wardrobe.

Do I plan to go swimming? Is there a chance I might cry, or laugh so hard that I cry? Am I going to take a quick shower at some point and hope to avoid re-doing my makeup entirely?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, waterproof mascara is the way to go! Great for preventing soppy scenes at sad movies or emotional times � weddings, graduations and the like, waterproof mascara can save the day, or at least your face. Available most often in shades of black and brown, this type of mascara can be difficult to remove unless you have a makeup remover that is capable of gently washing away water resistant makeup.

Do you cringe at the thought of that archaic metal eyelash curler getting within a foot of your face?

If so, you will want to keep an eye out for mascara that has a curling element to it. Sometimes these products come with multiple characteristics, like thickening or lengthening aspects as well. First determine your needs and then seek out mascara that will satisfy them.

Do you feel that your eyelashes are very blonde - Blondes Have More Fun, or not so noticeable? Do you often feel like you have to glob a lot makeup onto them just to make them stand out?

If this problem seems to haunt you, try a lash thickening mascara, or possibly one that lengthens and thickens. A thicker formula will be better for your lashes than a product that cakes on layer after layer. Even if your eyelashes are still a bit subtle, you can always further accent your eyes with eyeliner and darker eye shadows. If you still seem to have trouble making your eyes more defined, consider checking into fake eyelashes - be a bombshell for special occasions.

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No matter which mascara suits you best, remember to pair it with a pretty shadow and eyeliner - see Artistic Palletes if you so desire. To prevent smudges on your pillows and bits of makeup irritating your eyes overnight, remember to remove mascara and other makeup with a gentle cleanser before bed

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Wedding Gown, Wedding Dress Questions

Can you suggest some alternatives to a veil?

Consider how you want to wear you hair. A romantic ostrich-feather comb can perfectly accessorize any type of up-do. If you prefer to wear your hair down, dress up your look with a jeweled headband. For short haired brides, another great alternative to a traditional long veil is a stunning birdcage net.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Destination wedding dresses

If you are a future bride and you are not afraid to show some leg at your wedding, then a minidress may be the wedding dress for you. Believe it or not, one of the growing trends for destination wedding dresses is high hemlines. The short wedding dress has raised it's hemline from right below the knee to above the knee.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Wedding Q & A

Wedding Dress Question: I'm worried about squinting in the sunlight for my wedding pictures. Any suggestions?

Answer: Borrow a groomsman’s dark jacket and lay it on the ground in front of you. The dark color will help you soak up the sun and keep some of its reflection off of you. And in between shots, keep glancing at the jacket. The dark color will give your eyes a rest from the light, which will curb your need to squint.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Wedding Q & A

Wedding is the most auspicious day for every person and this day is a bride dress is wants to be the most beautiful woman in the world. And this wedding dress is one most important thing in wedding that enhances the entire beauty of bride. In the marriage season the designers are busy in designing something very special for designer bridal wedding dress collection.

If you want to buy or design your bridal wedding dress than become a part of best designing wedding dress and choose your best one from the famous designers. We would provide you the best tips to select your bridal wedding dress and suggest the best designer that enhances your beauty.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Honeymoon tips:

When planning and taking your honeymoon, remember that your time is limited and you don't want to waste a minute. You have already picked out your wedding gown. Mapping out what you are planning on doing in advance means you can relax when you get to your destination.

Go to the neighborhood hangouts once you arrive at your destination. Steer clear of all the tourist traps so that you get a taste of the destinations real attributes.

Alone time on a honeymoon is fun but socialize with the locals so that you make new friends and learn about new places. Be it a jazz club or a late night bar or dancing on the beach, meeting new people adds a special memory to the event that you will never forget.

When you are in taxis chat with the driver as they are a really good resource for local activities. Often these conversations reveal gems of places that you wouldn't have visited if you hadn't had the chat with the driver.

Before you leave home, download music or grab a booked inspired by the place you are visiting. You will always associate the music with the trip for a lifetime.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Wedding Questions

Nothing screams elegance and refinement quite like a pair of white gloves for your wedding gown. Just the idea of them is enough to conjure up iconic images of Camelot or Breakfast at Tiffany’s. In fact, gloves used to be a must for all formal events. These days, however, they’re more of a fashion statement – and are completely optional.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Beach Weddings

There’s nothing quite as alluring as a beach wedding, but it’s important to maintain that theme with your wedding favors. Make sure your wedding guests leave with more than just sand in their sandals. The following beach wedding favors are fun, inexpensive and sure to conjure beachside memories for years to come:

Shell design place card holders
Beach-themed glass coaster wedding favors
Flip-flop photo frame
Starfish wine stopper
Beach pail candle holder favors
“Hot Wedding” themed sunscreen favors
Palm tree wedding favor boxes
Palm tree themed soap

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wedding Q & A

The perfect wedding jewelry can make your wedding gown even more spectacular. There's no better day for the bride to feel beautiful and elegant. Be careful not to be over accessorized, the bride should look like a true beauty.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Unveiling

Veils with unexpected details will give your big-day look an altogether modern spin and have you walking down the white carpet in style. Whether trimmed in ruffles and decorated with delicate floral embroidery, embellished with satin ribbon piping along an asymmetrical hem or sprinkled with silver bugle beads and draped over a sparkling tiara.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Have a Tress Rehearsal

Bring a snapshot of your wedding gown and headpiece to your hairstylist. If you’ll need hair extensions, ask your stylist to order them now; they’ll need to be cut and colored to match your hair. Still having trouble committing to a look? Try a classic chignon or a half-up, half down creation. Both are timeless and work on most women. After your hair is done put on a party dress and hit the town so you can see hot the hairstyle makes you feel.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Three Easy Ways To Save

Use less fabric. The bigger the gown the heftier the price tags. To keep costs down, shop for a simple silhouette like a streamlined sheath, curve flattering mermaid cut, or short, sassy cocktail dress.

Choose fewer details. Embellishment is pretty but the handwork increases the expense. You can cut corners by selecting an unadorned gown and adding your own flourishes like a vintage brooch or jeweled belt.
Go for a blended lining. Order your wedding gown with a polyester-blend lining instead of pure silk and you could save up to $600.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Wedding Officiant

Looking for a wedding officiant and have no idea where to start? Although many couples generally select their officiant depending upon what religious services they attend, others face the daunting prospect of finding a virtual stranger to play such an integral role on their wedding day. Here are a few tips of things to look for when searching for an officiant:

Look over their websites. Many officiant sites provide helpful links and testimonials. Some officiants are starting to not only include sample videos of ceremonies, but also links to other practical information, like how to apply for a marriage license or name change. Some sites even have worksheets or outlines to help couples write their vows.

When you meet your potential officiants, don’t rush through the conversation. Weddings can often be filled with unpredictable moments; you need to find someone who is highly adaptable to any situation.

Above all, if you can avoid it, don’t "settle" for an officiant. If you don’t feel at ease around them, or strongly disagree on philosophical or religious issues, keep looking. Your ceremony should be tailored to what the two of you believe is significant.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Dress Up Your Hair

Think beyond the long white veil. Whether you add sparkle with a crystal pin, comb, or a brooch secured with bobby pins. Place it at least two inches away from the face, behind one ear, on the side of a chignon, around a low ponytail, or in the crease of a French roll. Your accessory shouldn’t overwhelm your hairstyle.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Throw a Backyard Wedding

Whether it’s the spot where you’ve spent countless summers your groom’s family residence or the house of a close friend, a private home makes an ideal wedding locale. Set the tone before the big day by choosing an invitation with an emblem or color relating to the spot, such as flower found on the property or a fresh, grassy and carry the motif though in your reception décor and even your cake.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Wedding Q & A

Q: It bothers me that my fiancés buddies are planning a wild night out for him before we get married. Would it be wrong to send a couple of friends to the clubs they’re visiting and ask them to report back?”

A: Sending spies to the club will only cause a lack of trust and feelings of betrayal between you both If they are found out. He’ll probably have a great time but come running home to you after a night in a club. Step back let him have his fun.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Wedding Q & A

Q: My boyfriend has proposed but hasn’t given me a ring yet. Do I tell people our news or wait for the ring?

A: The ring definitely matters, but it will come eventually. Sometimes they want to make sure they have the ring you really want. You can get married without a ring but not without a proposal. You can still tell everyone you’re getting married, maybe after you’ve gone public, he will feel the pressure to get the ring.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wedding Gowns for Seniors

Every bride wants to look beautiful on her wedding day. Many seniors today and getting married and wanting to have a real wedding gown. Maybe when they were married the first time, they just wore a suit or special dress but whatever the reason they want a full length spectacular wedding gown. Many of their friends say that it is not proper. Is that so? We absolutely don't believe so. If you want a really fancy wedding gown then go for it and just take into consideration your figure type. Also there is the possibility of wearing a beautiful soft color other than white. There are beautiful gowns in peach, pink, blue, yellow and green. Or if you really want to make a statement wear red or black. Yes they really do make wedding gowns in all of those colors so have a great time looking for the gown of your dreams and remember the skies the limit. Happy Shopping Seniors

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Shopping For A Wedding Ring

Some brides and grooms are lucky enough to have a fabulous ring from their mother or grandmothers but for the rest of you, you must think about where and how to shop. Of course a good place to start is online. You will see the different styles and learn the names and shapes of diamonds. You will also learn about the clarity of a diamond, which will have a great baring on the ring you finally purchase. A trip to your local jeweler with the information that you have shopped the internet would be a good move. Share with the jeweler the budget that you would like to spend and the size and quality if the stones that you wish to have. Of course, there are these wedding ring emporium stores that have thousand of rings to choose from that may give you a great overview of the ring of your dreams. They offer so many styles that you literally can try on every style that appeals to you. Whatever you final choice is, go back to the internet and to your local jeweler and give them the chance to bid on the ring of your dreams. Another option might be to go to antique stores and second hand stores. There you will truly find unique heirlooms that could also be a good choice for you. Remember that this is the most important piece of jewelry you will probably ever buy so make sure you really love it and want to wear it forever.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wedding Q & A

Question?
The best man is super-shy and is really dreading giving the toast. Can he just skip it?

Answer
The best man has to give a toast it’s one of the man part of his job. Thankfully, it doesn’t need to be a State of the Union address; in fact he should keep it short and sweet, two minutes, tops. To increase his comfort lever, tell him he can read his speech from a card, and suggest that he rehearse it a few times in front of friends before the big wedding day.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Twyla’s Takeaway Tips

Pick an unexpected first song that makes you laugh, “One couple chose ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours’ and hit the dance floor with grins you could see a mile away. ”Remember this will be a moment to remember and the perfect wedding song should be an important decision to make on your special day.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Make a Grand Exit

Here’s how to depart in style. No wedding is complete without that special shot of the tow of you leaving the reception. You can’t go wrong with the classic sparklers send-off, but if your venue doesn’t allow them. Have guests wave confetti sticks, spin colorful pinwheels or hold wands streamed with ribbons in your wedding colors as you pass by them. Hand our mini bells for friends and family, or operated tea lights to illuminate your path. Say goodbye to your guests while driving away in a vintage vehicle. Attach a Just Married sign to a pickup truck for a western theme wedding, a horse-drawn buggy for a Cinderella affair, or a bicycle built for two for a sweet garden soiree.

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Affordable Cocktail Party

Cocktail receptions are one of my favorite things to do on a limited budget.

Hold your reception on a Sunday, cheaper than Saturday night. State on your invitation that the event is for cocktails, so guests won’t expect dinner.
You’ll save thousands on decorations simply because you won’t need big floral arrangements. Decorate small cocktail tables with candles and modest bunches of blooms.

For budge, I suggest offering fingers foods like Italian breads, olives, artichoke hearts and cheeses, finger fruits and salads. Nestle the food amid small bunches of flowers and grapevines. Arrange the wedding cake on its own table.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Don’t Leave Your Reception Without….

Use this handy list to ensure nothing important gets lost or left behind after the last dance is over:

The top layer of your cake
Cake knife and server set (unless you rented)
Cake topper
Your bouquet (unless you tossed it)
Toasting flutes (unless you rented)
The copy of your vows (if you handwrote and read them)
Your heels (if you changed into flats or flip-flops to dance)
Your handbag
Your camera (if you brought one)
Any heirlooms you carried (handkerchief, etc)
Any family memorabilia you displayed (framed photos, etc)
Your guest book and pen
A favor and program

Monday, August 10, 2009

Wedding Questions

Question
My maid of honor just got a new pair of funky glasses; they’re bright blue with thick frames, very hipster. How do I ask her not to wear them with her elegant bridesmaid’s dress? She has contact lenses, after all.

Answer
Give your friend a little credit. No doubt she’s perfectly aware that her hobo specs don’t match that formal frock and was already planning to wear her contacts. And if she doesn’t just let it go. The focus of the day will be on you, not on her blue crush.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Wedding Questions

Question
Will guests be insulted if I have my bridesmaids make fallow-up RSVP calls instead of me?

Answer
Traditionally, it’s the bride or her mother who does the phoning but if you and Mom are too busy trying up loose ends, feel free to ask someone involved with the wedding and yes, that can be your attendants to help you out. Don’t worry about insulting anyone, those dearly beloved should have RSVP’d on time!.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Wedding Questions

Our Maid of Honor an Groomsman just broke up. How can we make sure it’s not too awkward on the wedding day?

Don’t make changes to your wedding that’ll leave you unhappy just to accommodate them. If they are truly your friends, they will act like adults. I would not allow a plus one for either party. This day is about you and your groom, it is not a competition to see who has the more attractive rebound. Do what you can to keep them apart, position them far from one another in the lineup at the altar, in photos and at the bridal party’s table at the reception, you can even seat them at separate tables.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Pull Off an Appropriate First Kiss

Smooching in front of everyone you know at the altar is considerably less comfortable than making our on the couch. Here’s how to avoid classic wedding PDA pitfalls.


Smile at each other, many forget because they are still nervous.

Tenderly hold one another closer than a junior-high slow dance when you were in junior high, but farther apart than a junior-high slow dance today.

Gaze into each other’s eyes; do not look at the guests, even from the corner of your eyes.

Close your eyes lean in and make contact. Strive for the proper tongue balance in the kiss. Let people know tongue is involved without people knowing you wanted them to know tongue is involved.

Find the right duration on the kiss. Your two enemies are the impersonal peck and the long slobber (there may be kids in the crowd). Studies show that four seconds is optimal.

Slowly pull apart, smile and keep your eyes fixed on each other for a moment. Then turn towards the audience. Let the applause dissipate. Now look

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Write your own Vows

Exchanging marriage vows you’ve personally composed is a nice way to make your ceremony even more meaningful. But unless you come up with the heartfelt messages in Hallmark cards for a living, you’ll benefit from following these two tips:

Don’t worry about a little plagiarism. Rely on poems, song lyrics, movie quotes and lines from literature.

Do have a close friend look over both sets of vows to ensure their length and tone is similar. (Nothing worse than hearing one person pours his or her heart out and the other recaps)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Wedding Questions


Question
We’re not Jewish, but we love the significance and look of a huppah. Can we still use one at the ceremony?

Answer
Just call it a canopy instead of a huppah, and of course you can have one. Wedding canopies are especially popular for outdoor ceremonies, where they can help define the altar area. According to Jewish wedding custom, four attendants hold or stand by the poles, and a prayer shawl is draped over the top. Obviously, you’d omit these specific elements, but feel free to get creative with other details and embellishments.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Wedding Etiquette

Question
My mom is happy I’m getting married, but sad because she says we won’t be as close as we are now. Will marriage actually change our relationship that much?

Answer
Maybe, growing up creates a fundamental shift in the parent-child relationship. A parent goes from being the numero uno cheerleader and nurturer involved in your day-to-day life. For some parents this can be a difficult transition. Tell your mom how much you love her and that you want to make sure she continues to be an important part of your life. Set up lunch dates, or if she’s far away, phone dates. You’ll both look forward to get-togethers and may find your conversations becoming even deeper as you address the ups and downs of the married life.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wedding Etiquette

Question
How do I refer to the groom’s stepfather on the invitation? He’s not a host, but his wife my future mother-in-law is pushing for it.


Answer
Tradition holds that the brides parents are the hosts, regardless of who pays for the wedding and only their names are listed on the invite along with yours of course. But nowadays more and more couples are including the groom’s family on the invitations, too. In that case yours would read “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter, Jane Smith to James Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Martin. if you want to acknowledge the groom’s father, add “and Mr. Dean Jones” on a separate line under his mom’s line. You may want to order an oversize card to fit it all in.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Proper Wedding Etiquette

Question
We're on a tight budget. Do we need to invite my sister’s boyfriend to the wedding rehearsal dinner? They’ve been together only three months.

Answer
The significant other of every person attending the rehearsal either the spouse, fiancé, or anyone in a serious relationship should be invited to the dinner. There’s no hard and fast rule regarding length of the relationship. But if your sister considers herself part of a couple, her man should get the green light and be invited.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Create Your Own Elegant Undo

How to get a professional look at home

Apply Volatizing Mousse to towel dried hair, then flip hair forward and blow-dry with a flat, wide brush.

Curl hair in sections with a 1” curling iron, then brush through to loosen. Spritz with a light-hold spray.

Section Hair from Crown to just above temples in a v-gather into a ponytail, then secure with elastic, making sure to pull the hair only halfway through to create a loop.

Take sections of hair from over both ears and gather into a second ponytail below the crown, finishing as in step #3

Gather remaining hair at nape of neck and repeat as above

Pin all loops to base of neck, spay into place

Monday, July 20, 2009

Sending Thanks


Question: How much time do we have to send our thank you notes for our wedding gifts? My fiancé thinks its six months, but I believe its sooner than that. Who’s right?

Answer: You are correct, wedding gifts thank-yous should be sent within three months of the wedding date, so be sure to acknowledge immediately any presents you receive before then. That way, you won’t be overwhelmed after the wedding. And if you both share the writing duties, you’ll get them out in no time.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Sister Act


Question: My sister is turning in to a bridesmaidzilla. She’s insisting I invite fiver of her friends even though I don’t know them, and that I pay for her hair and makeup. My budget is limited, but should I try to appease her to keep the peace?

Answer: No!! There is obviously something more going on here, and I have a slight feeling that nothing you will do will make her happy. You are not obligated to invite five people you don’t know to your wedding, nor should you pay for her hair and makeup if you can’t afford it. She needs to be reminded that this is your wedding, not hers. She may resent all of the attention you’re getting or even that you’re getting married and she’s not.

My best advice would be to ask her to join you for lunch, dinner or a day of shopping. Don’t talk about your wedding plans initially. Ask whets going on with her life and what she’s been up to. Keep the conversation just all about her, don’t let her know that you’re hurt by her behavior hoping she would be happy for you and she would be your biggest supporter. Remind her that her day will come, too, and when it does you’ll be right there for her. She should respect that you are on a budget. Ask her if there is something troubling her and what you can do to help. Hopefully if you reach our to her in a kind, loving way she will respond accordingly.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Lace Effect


Question: We’re planning an outdoor wedding that will start at 6pm, is it possible to wear a lacy gown?

Answer: There are no rules that say you can’t wear lace outdoors, so by all means go for it. Most of the prettiest bridal gowns today feature delicate lace accents (Chantilly and venise are two personal favorites) on bodice, skirts, sleeves or jackets. It lends romance and femininity to any dress and it looks especially beautiful when used on fabrics like silk organza, chiffon or tulle. You’ll be amazed at the wonderful selection available in styles that are just right for an outdoor wedding. So don’t be scared to use a lace gown if that’s what your dress wedding gown is.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Create Cool Cocktails


Putting an original spin on party drinks is one of the best ways to set your Wedding reception apart. A drink that’s new to guests becomes a conversation piece and something memorable.

Dress up your drinks. When it comes to cocktails, small touches can make a huge impact.

You can serve colored liquor that matches your wedding décor. Give your guests a pretty place to rest their drinks with decorative coasters. Serve with style, mix things up at the cocktail hour by offering drink from a punch bowl or a pitcher.

Top Cocktails Tips

Offer a variety
Buy strategically
Bolster with bubbly
Personalize the potables
Prep ahead

Friday, July 10, 2009

How Can I break in my shoes effectively?

One month before the wedding start wearing your shoes at home (not outside) for about an hour at a time, and work up the wearing them for three or four hours. That way you will know if the shoe you choose is the right shoe for your wedding. To further comfort, insert self-adhesive pads to cushion the balls of your feet ad add heel grips so your feet wont slip, or rubber pads (available at shoe repair shops) to the soles of your shoes.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Worried About Being Cold At Your Wedding?


I’m worried about being chilled in my strapless dress at my October wedding. I’m looking for something I can wear over it that’s warm, but not bulky. Any suggestions?

We suggest cozy cashmere wraps, lightweight bolero jackets something that can be easy to put on and take off throughout the day. In cooler months, you’ll find a wide selection. You can either choose a white or ivory to match your dress or a color that complements your bridesmaid’s dresses or your bouquet. Another easy-on off accessory is a shawl. For a truly luxe looks check out our faux fur jackets offered visit http://www.bargainweddinggowns.com/jackets.html

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Romantic Wedding Gown Collection Just Added


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Monday, July 6, 2009

Thursday, July 2, 2009

New Collection Added


We have added a new collection to our Great Bridesmaids Dresses.
The Modest Bridesmaids Collection. Please take the time to view the lovely dresses. Thank you, Price Less Bridals

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Seating Chart


Who needs one?

Anyone who’s having a seated reception meal. As tempting as it may be to let guests sit wherever they like, if you’re serving a full meal (buffets count, too) you need a seating plan. Not only do assigned places make your loved one feel cared for, but they prevent guest from adding chairs to tables or taking them away. And they guarantee that everyone has someone to talk to.

Specialty Seating:

Who sits at the head table? The newlyweds sit at the center of this table, which is in the most prominent spot in the room. Other tablemates: the best man (on the brides’ right), the maid of honor (On the groom’s left), the rest of the bridal party, and sometimes the couple’s parents.

What’s a sweetheart table? If you don’t have a head table, some brides and grooms prefer to sit by themselves at a table for two.

Where do the brides and groom’s parents sit? Seat them all with you or let them host their own table: divorced parents should host separate tables.

What about the officiant? Seat him or her at the table, along with his or her spouse, or with your parents if they’re hosting their own table.


Smart Moves

DO put people together who have things in common.

DON’T seat all the single guests together or they’ll spend the night feeling as though they have the word “loser” stamped on their foreheads. Seat them with people they know.

DO have a kid’s table if more then a handful of children will attend.

DON’T put elderly guests too close to the band, speakers, kitchen, or any location that loud or busy.

DO put the escort cards in rows in alphabetical order near the entrance to the reception.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

What You Really Want to Know


Question: How can I make sure that my thank you notes sound personal?

Answer: To start replace the traditional “Thank you for your gift” with something fresher like “What a great …! Describe the item and how you plan to use it.

Question: I went to my hair trial and hated what the stylist I’d chosen did. Should I fire him/her?

Answer: Before giving him/her the boot consider scheduling a second trial, if you are convinced he/she’s not the one for you, be truthful about it once the trial ends or with a follow-up phone call.

Question: Is there a way to get my guy to do some “manscaping” for the wedding (without offending him)?

Answer: Pointing out a grooming need is never easy; casually remark that he might look best if he had his eyebrows cleaned up a little. Or mention your own appointment and invite him along. Many spas and salons offer couple’s packages.

Question: How do we steer guests toward giving us money, not gifts for the wedding?

Answer: Enlist your parents and bridal party for this task; they can inform guest that you are saving up for a specific item, whether it’s a new car, a down payment on your first home or spa treatments on your honeymoon. Conveying a clear goal gets a better response than just stating “ They want money”

Monday, June 29, 2009

SAVING ON STEMS:


The cut flowers consume too much of your decorating budget.try the following ideas.

1-Float flowers on the water useing a vase or crystal bowl which makes a big impact with minimal expense and looks great.

2-Use rose petals instead of the blossom.Sixteen roses will approximately have 200 petals and it is perfect for scattering on the tables among candles

3-Single blooms in bud vases clustered around candles provide stunning look on a limited budget.

4-Cluster potted plants in the distressed wood boxes and filled with fragrant herbs such as lavander,mint brings a fresh ,outdoorsy touch to garden wedding.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Get The Ring You Want

The diamond-ring is as exciting as when you first try on your first wedding gown. Not only is this precious gem but a lasting symbol of your love. Both the band and the shape of the stone. (Oval and round shapes tend to be classic; emerald and square, more contemporary; pear and marquise, retro-chic), but the diamond itself can be trickiest of all to choose.

Know the 4 C’s

Cut: A diamond’s cut refers to the series of tiny flat planes created within it.

Carat: This term indicates weight and therefore the size of the diamond, but can vary widely in quality

Color: The most valuable diamonds are colorless, but nearly all have traces of color that are caused by impurities in the stone.

Clarity: The number of inner flaws, as well as their size and visibility, determine a diamond’s clarity. Those with fewer or less visible inclusions are more brilliant, so they’re also pricier.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Picture Perfect


The right photographer is the key; here is what to know before you hires from starting the search to signing the contract. Yes diamonds are forever but they’re not the only wedding investment that stands the rest of time. After the wedding dress is put away, the photographer remains as the tangible reminder of your special day. Most couples consider a good photographer a worthwhile splurge. In fact, it’s not unrealistic to spend $2,000 or more on this service, so choosing the person who will capture your memories on film should be anything but a snap judgment. To guarantee great photos, you need to keep a few things in mind.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Find a photographer you really love, but first set a budget because photographers encounter clients to be straightforward about what they can spend. Take caution against hiring an amateur or even a professional photographer from another field, such as journalism. This is not an event where it’s safe to bring in someone who’s inexperienced.

STYLE AND SUBSTANCE: A couple searches fist and foremost for someone who shares their vision about how their wedding day should be documented. Before you choose a photographer, decide what sort of shorts moves you. There are traditional poses, photojournalistic and candid, or those that look like from a fashion magazine. Get referrals from friends, check online portfolios, and scan local magazines for images so you can get some ideas. Once you feel confident, schedule appointments with five or six photographers you like.

IT JUST CLICKS: Once you find the perfect list of contenders, the bride and groom should sit down together to conduct interviews. Review the sample shots of each photographer, and don’t be afraid to ask for additional images. Request the full album from at least one wedding. Another suggestion is bring samples of photography that have caught your eye.

GET IT IN WRITING: Once you’ve found someone within your budget don’t be afraid to pounce. Good photographers tend to be booked early. Before you sign the contract read the fine print.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Party Time


You always want to make sure that your activities proceed in a timely manner. But it depends on the length of your reception, but is smart and plan ahead and don’t leave details to chance. A great party must have what’s called “Flow”.
Usually with a reception lasting four hours or more you usually have time to schedule things then when you have a shorter event. Once you know exactly what you and your groom would like to do at your celebration, you can then notify your Dj and other wedding pros about your activities and times they will be accruing. Remember if you have a wedding consultant she can help with timing and pacing.

Hour One: Pictures, bride, groom, attendants and family members pose for wedding pictures.
Hour Two: Guest take there seats for there first course, champagne toast usually offered by the best man. Others such as the bride’s father or maid of honor may say a few words.
Some couples prefer to have their first dance, fallowed by their father-daughter and mother-son dances.
Hour Three: The main course is served, and guest dance and mingle.
Hour four: Cut and serve cake, the bride tosses her bouquet, and the groom tosses he garter (optional). Then guest begging to leave. These are just some guidelines. You are entitled to schedule your reception in whatever way you like. Whatever you decide plan your party in a way that’s most comfortable for everyone.

Friday, June 19, 2009

June Weddings:


Everyone always thinks that June weddings are the only time that brides get married. Actually according the the major bridal magazines, there is only about a 10% increase in June weddings and the rest of the months are basically about even.

We have conjured up in our minds the idea that June is the time to get married. Actually June is probably the worst time to get married as that is the time that all catering facilities are full retail. Since there are only 4 weekends in that month photographers are more expensive as they only have the possibility of 8 photo shoots for the month. So why not discard that June wedding idea and try for a great bargain like December or January. Or even Friday these days has become a great day for a wedding. Just remember that anytime that is slightly off time for a vendor is the best time for you to get married.

June weddings can be very romantic just because they are June weddings. So don't just fall in love with an idea rather look for the best economical times to get married in these recessionary times.

June weddings are wonderful but there are hundreds of other days of the year. Remember just have fun!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Mother in Laws:


At what point do we start to include future mother in laws in the planning of our weddings? Well it is an individual thing but generally speaking, you will have a longer, happier relationship with your future mother in law if you include her from the start. At least ask her to be involved in the planning and you will really score points. As for the really big times that your mother in law might want to share with you one would be the shopping of your wedding gown. Maybe you shop and shop and them let your future mother in law see the final selections with your mother and your future sisters in laws and your sisters and then they will feel as though they are really a part of the event. You may also want your future mother in laws final approval on the reception location. You and your fiance may also want to speak to your future mother and father in law about the church, synagogue or location where the actual ceremony will be help. Remember that family traditions start at the engagement time so don't leave anyone out. and remember have a really fun time at everything that you do.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Who Walks You Down the Aisle:


There is always the tradition of your father walking you down the aisle but what if your father was not around when you were growing up or what if your father has passed. Often times even if your father is alive today the mother and the father walk you down the aisle. If the mother and father were separated or divorced especially that if the case. The mother feels that
she raised you and that she also deserves that prove.

What if your father was never in your life and your step father raised you? Well it is not at all uncommon to have the step father walk you down the aisle. Another option is to have your father and the step father walk you down the aisle. Another option is to have your grandfather walk you down the aisle.

Whatever you do son's forget the most important thing is to have a wonderful
time and a wonderful memory of your big wedding day. Choose the person you are closest to for your big walk down the aisle.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Ultimate Don't List:


Don't demand that your guests dress like wenches. If you want to wear a plunging neckline for your Renaissance themed wedding that is fine but don't put that onto yourt guest as a requirement.

Don't send the yellow pages for a hotel selection for your out of town guests. Rather go to a reasonably priced hotel that is near the festivities and make a block reservation for your guests. Give your guests an inexpensive price range and also a medium and a high price range for their possible bookings.

Don't send your wedding gift wants to your wedding guests. If you are having a wedding shower then it is acceptable to let your guests know where you are registered. Otherwise just accept the gifts and thank each personn individually.

Don't charge admission. As cash bar is not in good taste. Rather than look cheap, scale your wedding back and don't have booze at all if you can't afford to pay for it.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Garden Weddings


Have your ever dreamed of a lovely garden wedding but thought it was too much work? Wel dream no more here is the way to plan that wedding and also to do it on a budget.

If you consider borrowing from your neighbors and friends the chairs and folding tables as well as dishes and silverware, you can really do this wedding on a tight budget.

Go to Costo or Sams Club and you will find incredible things to buy that are already made and are discounted to boot. You can even have your wedding cake done there are the prices are wonderful.

Think about going to a thrift store to find really cute items that some other bride may have used for her wedding and you can buy them for a song. You can decorate with beautiful vines and leaves from your garden. If you plan far ahead enough you will be able to plant your own seeds for flowers and they will be full grown for table decorating by August. Just let your imagination go wild.

Actually speaking of thrift stores, why no shop for a vintage wedding gown for your garden wedding or for a used wedding gown that shows hardly no wear. You will have fun doing it with your mom and sisters or even your fiance.

Whatever you do make certain that you have a fun time at your garden wedding. This will be the most exciting day of your life and one you won't want to forget forever. So make that garden wedding a spectacular event!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Slimming Down for the Gown:


When the "big day" comes you want to be slim and mostly that happens in a hurry. You realize 6 weeks before the wedding that the big day is approaching and how do I get this weight off FAST? Well there's nothing like an impending deadline to get you started down the road to weight loss.

First focus on the good not the bad. You can get yourself sick if you just go on nothing and your body will go into starvation mode and you may in fact, gain weight. A smart nutrition plan is about finding more foods that you can eat and making good choices.

Never let yourself get hungry. It is better to eat 6 little meals a day that to just have one. Also don't forget how important small portions of protein are to your well being. You will feel full and not want to pick all of the time. Remember this is about burning fat and it take fuel to do that.

Pay attention to the 12 food groups....almonds and other nuts, legumes and beans, spinach and other greens and veggies. Dairy, instant oatmeal, eggs and turkey and other lean meats, whole grain breads and cereals, and extra protein when you feel hungry.

Cut back on the baddies. Don't forget that there are some trans fats that are good for your direct like avocados, nuts and other natural sources.

Whatever you do keep a positive attitude and exercise as much as possible. Start this the year before your wedding and you will have no problem loosing whatever amount of weight you need to loose to fit perfectly into that beautiful gown for the "big day".

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wedding Checks:


Should you save them or splurge? Whether your cash gifts total $1,000 or $1,000 you'll want to make the most of every dollar. And that doesn't mean blowing it on a new plasma t.v. Here's what SCBC personal finance expert Suzie Orman would do with it.

First take care of your immediate needs. For most newly weds, this will involve some aspect of nesting, like putting down a deposit on a rental apartment. buying basic home appliances or purchasing a bigger bed.

Next work out a way to decrease your monthly expenses. This usually means addressing the debt you have. from acrued credit cards and home loans. Line up your debt payments from the highest to the lowest. Pay off the bills with the highest interest rate first.

Set up an eight month emergency fund. Even two happy newly weds need one. Sock the ,omey in an fdic secured account, so that if one of you looses your job you will be able to pay basic bills.

Start a savings account for your house. The best bet for any young marrieds is to start an emergency account as soon as possilbe. Start your account for the down payment on a home for the two of you. Shop around for an account that will bring you the highest yield.

Fund your retirement account. Invest in a 401 k or put your wedding money into a Roht Ira. That way, the money over time, won't be taxed. After all the best way to start marital life is not being just young and fabulous but solvent too.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Wedding Gown Preservation


You took the time to choose the gown that is just right for you, so after the wedding take the time to take care of the gown you choose so that you can pass it down to your daughters......Find a preservation specialist that you trust. Get recommendations from your friends. Ask your preservation specialist what precautions will be taken with your prized gown. Make certain it is put into an acid free environment, museum quality archival wedding chest lined with fabric or acid free.

Never store your gown in a plastic bag or a shrink wrap container. Plastic emits fumes that can yellow the fabric and trap moisture in the packaging mildewing your gown.

Avoid storing your gown in the attic or basement where there are extreme changes in temperature or humidity from season to season.

If traveling out of town for your wedding, ask your specialist to prepare your gown for the travel with you or for shipment to your destination.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Persian Weddings

When a Persian bride and groom get married the father walks down the aisle to the beat of a daf, an ancient drum. The ring bearer carries the wedding bands in a moss lines wooden jewelry box belonging to a relative. To ward off evil spirits, incense burns in a carrier used at a number of past family weddings . Contemporary touches to say the least. The officient receives a special ordination to perform the vows. Sacred script will be read and a small prayer book belonging to a dear relative will be placed in the brides bouquet to symbolize something old something new. Guests receive hand blown monogrammed votives as lovely gifts. The bride and groom choose a symbol of their love as a logo to be used at the wedding ceremony.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Slim down for your Wedding:

The best way to loose wright is to fall in love and get engaged.....at least that is what the experts say. There's nothing like an impending deadline and a form fitting wedding gown to get the weight off and give you the inspiration to diet. Problem is, too many young women try to shed pounds by starving themselves or by trying fad diets. There's a better way...you can actually eat your way thin, By concentration on the right foods, you can reduce your calorie intake while inspiring your body to burn fat only and not muscle. The result is lean wedding day physique that can look as toned and fine on your 5th, 10th or 20th wedding anniversary. Focus on good, not the bad. One of the problems with the traditional diets is that they are all about deprivation. You can't stick to them for very long because they make you feel bad. It's all about can't, can't can't. A smart nutrition plan is about finding more foods that you can and should eat. Eating as many of them as possible each day. Never let yourself get hungry. Two bad things happen when you get hungry. First you start craving fast easy energy and the fastest and easiest comes from junk like cookies, candies and chips. Second, when you're breaking down muscle (not fat) lease to the rebound weight gain is so common with fad diets. Try to eat six times a day three square meals and three smart nutritious snacks. This will keep your body constantly fueled and constantly burning fat.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Honeymoon Destinations:

The alllure of the penthouse suite is one of vegas's most fun ideas and at one the fanciest hotels the MGM Grand You get the best toys in all of Sin City. Vegas has come a long wat from it's past and eve if you never cut a deck of cards, the chef will ovrwhelm you when he does his magic in your own skyloft suite. There are 51 lofts.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Quick Fixes for your wedding:

A guest brings a surprise date. Your first impulse may be to throw a fit
but opt for this gracious, low-drama response instead. Ask the catering manager to squeeze uninvited 'plus one" in at your guests table. If that table is too full, move them both to an emptier table. Though frustrating, such drop ins are common and an experienced caterer should have enough food, flexibility and know how to handle them.

The reception is over but nobody's leaving the dance floor. There are two fail safe ways to communicate to your guests that the party is over....Stop the music and stop the booze. If that doesn't work, and you've still got guests who are taking their time chatting and nursing their drinks, ask a groomsman to lead the stragglers to a new venue for an after party party.

Your mind goes blank during the vows. Every couple should give the effiicient a copy of their vows before the ceremony, just in case. Otherwise just improvise from your heart. Talk about what the person means to you or when you met or realized he was the one.

Your ceremony garden is looking sparse: Rent trees or purchase potted plants from a nursery,

Monday, March 16, 2009

Celebrity Wedding Chat

Sarah Jessica Parker said "The bet part of being married? Having a date to take to all the big parties".

Kelly Rippa says " I'm very content in my marriage to Mark. We argue but we know how to compromise. When we fight, no one really ever wins. It's not like one of us is living the others lifestyle....we're living our lifestyle".

Ellen DeGeneres says: Being married feels different and I didn't think it would because I already had the committment and was planning on spending my life with Portia but until you're married, you just don't know. It feels wonderful".

Sandra Bullock says " I was so happy before I got married, so satisfied and in the best place of my life, and the timeing was such that I met someone(Jessie James) that complimented me and gave me a nice net to feel more adventurous with in life. It makes me want to be the best that I can because I've stepped up to the plate".

Friday, March 13, 2009

First Dance Lessons

Ballroom basics: On you wedding day you want everything to be magical. The first dance can either be beautiful or be a hot mess. So whether you're planning a fox trot, rumbas, or waltz, consider taking a few lessons at a professional studio. You should begin starting your lessons about three to four months before the wedding. Ideally you should sign up for two hours of private lessons and then do group for your practice. Get into a class that is doing the dance that you want to do on your wedding day. To Master your steps and to ensure you don't forget them when the spotlight is on you, practice in between lessons at home and safer your dance class is completed. Book a refresher class two weeks before the wedding.

Honeymoon Trips

Some trips are impossibly alluring, the stuff of fantasies and bucket lists. We've got eight classes worth saving up for along with surprisingly affordable ways to live each pinch me I must be dreaming moment for less. Come along on a fantastic voyage. There's nothing like a private charter to make you feel as if the world evolves around you. After all, it is you, with perhaps a bit of counsel from the captains who decides which island to visit and what the menu should be fort the day.....It is you who the cook is determined to delight each meal, served on your schedule. And it is you who the people standing on the decks of cruise ships and the balconies of hotel rooms are so envious of, wondering why their own vacations are quite as measuring up. All inclusive yachts can start at $1300 per night so save your pennies for this one

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bridesmaids


Butter up your bridesmaids and they'll go to the ends of the earth for you. Treat them like you're auditioning them for mean Girls 2 and you'll live to regret it.

Brides I asked my bridesmaid to wrap the presents for the maids at the last minute and really got a payback, the gal I asked picked the best pair for herself and the maid of honor was really bumed out.
Brides, consider yourself warned. Be good to your bridesmaids.

Wedding Budget


Typically the following should be observed when planning your wedding.
Reception 50%, Music 10%, Flowers 10%, Wedding Attire 10%, Photography 10%, Stationary 10%, Additional Expenses 6%. Of course, like any project the additional expenses when planning a wedding budget can go over considerably.

Just try and make a budget and stay as close it to it as possible. I know you start to look at flowers and gowns and reception locations and you start to dream grander dreams but you must stop yourself and remember that this is for one day and you can make your wedding look like a million but not spending a million. The most important thing to do is to have fun in the planning and a great time on your wedding day.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Wedding Entertainment

This subject is one that is so vast it would take days to tell you the possibilities. The basis ones such as the D.J. and or a small or large band are typical. Ever think of the UCLA marching bank or the Bagpipers for a Scottish wedding. Some of these ideas are very pricey but maybe you're a dot.com'er who has lots of do-re-mi. The stripper is always fun for the bachelor party and of course that works both ways, depends on whether you're the bride or the groom. You might want to have a wedding singer or you yourself might want to sing "your" song to your bride. That one is always a realy tear jerker. It is always fun to take dancing classes before the big event so that your first dance can be a tango or a salsa. In any event, you will thrill your guests with your new found talents. At the actual wedding a harpist is very romantic as well as a solo guitarist.....get creative and do what works for your personalities.

Mexico Honeymoon

What could be more romantic than the Carribean for your honeymoon. The air is warm, the water is like a bath tub and the prices are great at this difficult time of recession. For very little money there are Mexican honeymoons that are all inclusive holidays and include your room, food, liquor and entertainment. What a deal! There are liquidators who sell these packages online and they are so reasonable that you could have a weeks honeymoon for $1000 per person or under. Can't beat that and the places are big and glamorous.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Wedding Cakes

Confection perfection depends on a clear vision of your cake design and good
commmunication with your baker. The following terns you need to know in order to make sure you're on the same page when it ccomes to the cake.

Basketweave: A popular pattern for wedding cakes. Most often, white on
white creations that is made using piping techniques interweaving vertical and horizontal lines resembling a basket weave.

Buttercream: Your wedding cake with butter cream is a mix of butter, sugar, and eggs that makes a delicious filling and rich icing. Watch the temperature: If buttercream isn't kept cool, it can melt.

Dotted Swiss: A piped pattern for your wedding cake made with masses of tiny dots resembling dotted swiss fabric.

Fondant: A chewy, sweet sugar dough that's rolled out and wrapped around each tier of your wedding cake. It is an ideal icing for outdoor receptions as fondant does not need to be refrigerated.

Royal Icing: A blend of egg whires and sugar, which forms a thick frosting that can be used for lace and laticework. The royal icing wedding cake should not be refrigerated because, when dry, the texture becomes hard and brittle.

Whipped Cream: This light, delicious filling or frosting is a very delicate style for your wedding cake. use only if you are able to have your cake refrigerated until just before it is served.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wedding Gowns


The day you become engaged, the first thing you think about is your wedding gown . Will this be a formal wedding, casual or at the beach? The first thing you need to establish is where the event will be held. Once you have that nailed down, then you can shop for your wedding gown. Most of the time your mother and future mother in law will help you shop for your wedding gown. Sometimes your sisters and father may be part of the group as well. When shopping for a wedding gown make sure that you are the one who makes the final decision. Sometimes you can get swayed from the type wedding gown you have in mind and then you have buyers remorse afterwards and think you may have made a mistake in your wedding gown selection. So visit the bridal magazines and all of the online places to view wedding gowns. Once you have a firm idea of what you are looking for, you can easily make your wedding gown selection . Go to a reputable dealer for your wedding gown needs and make certain they have a go seamstress so that your wedding gown will fit you perfectly on your wedding day.

Makeup For Your Wedding Day

Many brides have never worn any make up except perhaps lipstick in their normal everyday life. So when you contemplate the kind of make up for your wedding, don't just have a make up expert come the day of your wedding and put it on you. Have a discussion with your fiancé about how much makeup for your wedding he would like to see you wear. Otherwise he may come walking down the aisle and not even recognize you. If you could get your makeup expert to have your makeup done in advance the way you want to look on your wedding day and have your friends, mother and fiancé voice their opinions about it, you will be much happier with the make up for your wedding.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Wedding Food

Wedding food can have such a wide variety of possibilities that we could literally write a book about wedding food. A small wedding at home will often have the bride and her family planning and cooking the food. Often brides think they save money by cooking themselves but in the scheme of things sometimes that is not the case. Many caterers prepare fancy wedding food that is easily purchased and served as though you had prepared it yourself. If you are having your wedding at a large hotel, the wedding food can have the sky as the limit for fine dinging. Usually your wedding food selection is one of the bride and grooms favorite food and sometimes foods that they ate on their first date. Hotel wedding food can go from a simple hors d'oeuvres selection to an elaborate 7 course meal. Your wedding food selected will certainly be a meal you will never forget.

Seasonal Weddings

Although most brides choose June, July or August for their wedding there are many other seasonal weddings that are equally lovely and appropriate. My favorite is a fall wedding in the Eastern part of the country. The leaves are turning, there is a nip in the air, and the colors a bride would select for her fall seasonal wedding are spectacular. Valentines day is, of course, a very popular time for a romantic wedding featuring the color red for love. Spring seasonal weddings bring spring flowers and the feeling of a new beginning. Then we come full circle back to the June bride. NO matter when your seasonal wedding may be, it will be the most exciting and important day of your life.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Wedding Cake

Television shows that specialize in wedding cakes has certaily changed the way we think about a wedding cake. You can take your favorite hobby or maybe a theme on where you met and build your wedding cake around that theme. Any color in frosting is acceptable and the wedding cake can still be traditional depending on what you put inside the cake. Whatever you do, be creative and have epople rave about the wedding cake that you had for your wedding.

Wedding Photography

Wedding photography is, to my thinking the most important element to a wedding . After all you will live with those wedding pictures for a lifetime. So plese make certain that you get a good photographer that is reliable and comes highly reccommended. Don't hesitate asking for references and look at all of the weddings they have done. You can ask for the negatives but usually that will cost you more. Today everything is digital and much more forgiving for the wedding photographer. Plan, Plan, Plan.....for these fabulous wedding photography pictures.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bridal Apparel

There is such a vast range of Bridal Apparel that you could write an entire book on it but thre are some basics you should remember when thinking about the Bridal Apparel that you will need. There is of course, the wedding gown, then there is the gown that you may wish to wear at your reception, then there is the lingerie that you will want for your honeymoon. If you are honeymooning at a beach resort you will need beachwear. If you are going on a skiing honeymoon then ski wear would be appropriate. Maybe you're just taking a a road trip and then you would need very casual apparel. Whatever your bridal apparel needs are plan them far in advance.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Beach Weddings

What could be more romantic than a beach wedding ? I have been to Mexico and seen many brides getting married with beach wedding and they look lovely. Everyone from the beach becomes your guest and they even cry when the vows are said. When planning a beach wedding make certain you remember that you will probably want to go barefooted so the wedding gown should go along with that theme. Beach Weddings are a simple, informal way to tie the know at a glamorous location on a budget.