Archives for July 2008

Hello sunshine: The yellow wedding!

For brides who want something pretty and feminine, but are weary of pink, yellow is a hot alternative.  If the color yellow makes you think of fuzzy baby chicks or iconic smiley faces, think again! When done right, yellow is fun, fresh, and sweetly elegant. WedSmack offers the following four tips on how to keep it real: - Color Block. Take a tip from home interiors and go for fresh-looking bouquets filled with chunky, alpine-white flowers. Then pop in a few super-bright yellows (like … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Avoid Wedding Disaster

There are many ways to plan a wedding that you won't enjoy.  For example, your best friend says you MUST do the bouquet toss, although you think it's the silliest of customs. You want to cry as you cut the over-your-budget wedding cake you ordered to please your mom. Your guests are cold and wet after an unexpected shower at your outdoor ceremony... Don't let this happen to you!  From the Wedding Examiner, an LA-based creator and conductor of hundreds of civil and event weddings a year, comes … [Read more...]

Don’t bore your wedding guests with a lengthy floor show

There's the happy couple's first dance. Then there is the father/daughter and the mother/son dance. Then we segue into the son and mother-in-law, then son and grandma dance together, etc... "What is appropriate?" is the question posed to Miss Manners. "How long should the dances be, and how many should there be?" As usual, Miss Manners' answer is smart, practical, and, of course, mannerly. The idea is for the bridal couple to open the dancing, not to give a private dance performance … [Read more...]

Mother of the Bride speaks

There's nothing like a mother's love, especially when agonizing over wedding gowns and color schemes. Wondering what your mom is really thinking as she helps you pick out invitations and register for gifts?  Diane recently walked her daughter down the isle, and here she shares some thoughts and lessons learned with perfect bound.  From trying on wedding gowns to lining your dancing shoes with moleskin, here are one mother of the bride's top 10 tips! 1. Decide what is most important to you... … [Read more...]

Bride Accessories: Putting the “Oooh!” into Something Blue!

Something old, something new Something borrowed, something blue And a silver sixpence in her shoe. According to Yahoo Answers, "blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. Christianity has long dressed the Virgin Mary in blue, so purity was associated with the color. Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding as evidenced in proverbs like, "Marry in blue, lover be true." Quaint as … [Read more...]

Frugal Brides Unite!

Were you married by a Justice of the Peace? Are you sewing your own wedding gown? Plan on using an iPod instead of a band?  Giving money to charity instead of giving out wedding favors? We love online communities, and on this ivillage message board you can meet lots of lovely brides who are finding new ways of saving money. And if you google "frugal wedding" you'll find that there is a multitude of people who think just like you! "I was watching the news the other day," says cmamy, "And they … [Read more...]

Why are you still single?

That headline caught my eye! Even though I am married, I have a single sister and many single friends! so I read with interest this ivillage article called "5 Love Mistakes that Are Keeping You Single". I thought Sherry Amatenstein's advice was sensible, and if you can't seem to find true love, her commentary might give you the help you need to make a change.  "If one or two sound familiar," she says, "Don't beat yourself up.  Just recognize that you deserve better and commit to making a … [Read more...]

Elegant, fun, whimsicle, classic: Wedding centerpiece for every mood!

The has over 700 gorgeous photos of wedding centerpieces, a great way to get ideas for your own wedding table decor. Of course, I did not have the patience to browse all 700 pictures, but of the many I saw, here are my top ten favorites! What I like about these centerpieces is that they're relatively simple but extraordinarily pretty! You could even put them together yourself! 1. Bold and Beautiful: Nothing says "passion" like the color red! These artful centerpieces graced … [Read more...]

Bride and Groom Cut the Cheese

As an alternative to a traditional wedding cake, I've heard that some people like to use cupcakes.  That is still be too conventional for some folks, and I've heard of people using rice crispy treats or ice cream cake. Maybe even cheese cake. But here's a new thought: Cheese cake. Or rather, just cheese. Cheese in the shape of a lovely, decorated cake. Well, my sweet tooth will have none of this cheese instead of cake business. But there are people out there who have a "real passion for … [Read more...]

Dreaming of a Rainy Wedding Day

I know we are just getting into the heat of the summer and most summer brides are envisioning sunny skies for their wedding day.  But if you are planning a wedding for the winter months, it can be tricky being prepared for any weather situation. Should the reception be held indoors or outdoors? Will the cloudy skies or rain ruin the photographer's plans? I started thinking about that becuase I saw Offbeat  Bride's entry called Rainy wedding = Gorgeous wedding, along with a super cute picture … [Read more...]