Archives for August 2008

Making Waves with Beach Wedding Favors

If you love the beach enough to have a sea-side wedding, you probably want your decor and favors to reflect that beach-y theme. You can browse online for some sweet, ocean-inspired favors that you can personalize with cutting-edge style. I like favors that are not only good-looking, but fun and useful for your guests as well. There are so many good ideas at American Bridal, I couldn't choose just a few, so here is a whole selection to choose from! We've got: Photo albums, tea lights, luggage … [Read more...]

Hosting and Toasting: Guidlines for the Father of the Bride

Traditionally, the bride’s father is the host of his daughter’s wedding. Daddy reserved this right becuase he used to be the one who paid for the wedding. Although this is not always true today, it remains the custom at most weddings. Typically, the father of the bride is expected to give the opening speech and propose a toast to the newlyweds at the start of the wedding reception. He will often continue as the master of ceremonies. Here are five key steps to a good father-of-the bride … [Read more...]

How to be a Photogenic Bride

You don't have to be a model or a celebrity to be photogenic. Most people do not actually like having their picture taken. The good news is that anyone can learn how to take a better picture, they just need to learn a few tricks of the trade! The key is to look natural, relaxed, and happy. Here are some tips from the professionals to help you look your best in (almost) every picture! Wear colors that compliment your coloring. Not all whites are created equal! Pick a dress in a shade that … [Read more...]

10 Fun and Funky Ways to Dress your Bridesmaids

You wedding ensemble was chosen amidst great deliberation, and the wedding day is the bride's time dazzle.  But although the spotlight is on you, you'll have more fun if you share the attention and include others in your fun! Let your trusty bridesmaids shine in their dresses too. Choosing unique gowns that incorporate your chosen colors and compliment your own dress can be lots of fun, and will add style and flair to your celebration... not to mention your photos! Here are 10 ways to choose … [Read more...]

The pefect wedding gown: Green and Gorgeous!

Style Me Pretty has a couple entries on eco-friendly wedding dresses. Surprisingly, these are not the roughly-woven, roomy hemp affairs you may be thinking of.  These gowns by Morgan Boszilkov are handcrafted using sustainable fabrics and environmentally responsible business practices, and gives five percent of the proceeds to environmental causes. Not only that, but her gowns are stylish, elegant, and daringly different: Another favorite eco-chic designer is Deborah Lindquist, who mixes … [Read more...]

That wedding cake looks kind of fishy to me…

I like sushi and I like cake. So how about a sushi "wedding cake"?? No thanks, not for me! I'll gladly eat sushi as an appetizer or an entre, but I want my cake too!!  And how, exactly, are you supposed to serve this interetsing creation? … [Read more...]

Short and Sweet Dresses for the Unconventional Bride

When I think "bridal gown" I think of long, long, long dresses, preferably with long, long, long trains. "Not many women seem to take the plunge and go for the short stuff," says fab sugar, pointing out that cocktail-inspired dresses are a bit unconventional. But there are those brides who prefer something "short and sweet" like the budget beautiful bride. Besides for just liking the look, her reasons for choosing short over long are as follows: "We are humble people who do not live fancy … [Read more...]

In the quest for perfection, some brides go to extremes

According to Newsweek's article "The Incredible Shrinking Bride," (Feb. 2008) today's bride wants everything to be perfect, and that means a bride with perfect skin, hair, nails, dress... and of course, figure. Often brides will order a dress a size or two smaller than what they currently wear because they're determined to be thinner by the big day. Some go much further than that.  Ironically, says the owner of one bridal boutique, it's often the women with the least to lose who lose the … [Read more...]

Should I purchase Wedding Insurance?

To be honest, I was not even aware that wedding insurance existed. Add it to the list of things I don't know (but I do now!). Just because I was in the dark (and luckily didn't need it at my own wedding!) doesn't mean you should be unprotected too. Understanding the risks involved in planning a wedding can help you determine whether or not you should purchase insurance to protect you against misfortune and mishap. According to, wedding insurance policies are relatively inexpensive – a … [Read more...]

Flowers and Fairy Tales: The Garden Theme Wedding

For the setting of the sweetest day of your life, what could be more romantic than taking a walk down a grassy isle, surrounded by blue skies, butterflies, and the heady perfume of a garden in bloom? The Faire Garden blog has pictures of the most beautiful garden wedding! I can catch the scent of those flowers all the way from here! And not just flowers... don't you wish you could offer your guests treats like this... straight off the vine! Even if you don't have a gorgeous 5 … [Read more...]