Archives for September 2008

The Rehearsal Dinner: All you need to know

Your wedding celebrations actually begin the day before the wedding, with the rehearsal dinner.  It is often the first opportunity for family members and guests to meet and get to know each other.  Like a calm before the storm, says egala, it’s usually relaxed and intimate, allowing the bride and groom to unwind with those near and dear before the whirlwind of the main event. Traditionally, the groom’s parents host and pay for the rehearsal dinner.  Nowadays, however, planning and hosting … [Read more...]

An eye-opener for brides: Lash extensions

Forget the eye-liner and mascara! Brides looking for glamor have a much more powerful weapon at their disposal when it comes to extreme flutter power. Lash extensions, not to be confused with old stick-on lashes, are the newest bridal beauty trend being unveiled.  These semi-permanent, synthetic extensions mimic the natural lash.  Longer, thicker eyelashes are just an hour and a half away, as a technician applies them one at a time using tweezers and adhesive (there also appears to be … [Read more...]

Wedding Theme: Asian Inspiration

Fusing Asian tradition with Western weddings is a popular, growing trend. Asia is known as a place of multiple cultures, adventure, and mystique, with a history dating back thousands of years. Tying Asian elements into your wedding will add layers of richness and significance as you connect to your heritage.  In Chinese culture, red signifies good luck and is widely used in auspicious events, and gold accents further signify prosperity. If you want to celebrate your heritage and showcase the … [Read more...]

Bridal shower and Movie Night, all rolled into one!

Friends of ThatBride threw her a bridal shower with a twist. Sure they had gifts, a fuzzy pink princess crown, (not to mention three awesome looking trifles) and then... a movie! Ok, so they only got 1/3 of the way through "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," but I think that is such a great idea. Movie nights are always fun, and if you want to shake off some of that wedding-planning stress, what better way to relax and enjoy the evening? As the bride-to-be points out, "I think most brides will agree … [Read more...]

The Dos and Don’ts of Wedding Registries

The wedding registry can be a confusing and touchy subject for both the bride and her guests. Brides might wonder: Do I have to register? What if I don't really need household things? Are there other alternatives? Of course the guests have their own questions? Do I have to buy something on the registry? How much do I need to spend? If I bought an engagement gift, do I also have buy a wedding present? I was reading All About RegistriesQ&A at the Washington Post, moderated by Summer Krecke, … [Read more...]

Secrets of Love and Marriage

What is love and what keeps it alive? What is marriage and what makes it work? Maybe it takes a poet to express the first, and a philosopher to explain the second. If you want to unlock the secrets of a good marriage, start with these quotes from some of the world's most famous people. You can find a longer list at about.com... these are some of my favorites to give you something to think about: Mohandas K Gandhi I first learned the concept of non-violence in my marriage. Socrates My … [Read more...]

How to Make Your Own Bouquet

Simple touches can add elegance and beauty to any wedding.  But elegance doesn't need to add up to high costs.   My wife's sister arranged the flowers and bouquets for my wedding.  If you have a sister, or friend with a bit of an artistic touch, here's a great video on how to put together an elegant bride's bouquet with white roses, eucalyptus and beaded wire. … [Read more...]

A Classy Wedding That Won’t Put You in Debt

As the economy takes a downturn, many couples are looking for ways to scale back on a lavish wedding without sacrificing a special day. Wedding spending is expected to dip slightly this year, in contrast to the 48 percent growth documented from 1999 to 2006. How can you save smart and still host a classy wedding? There are so many ideas, here are just a few from the Eagle Tribune: Trim the guest list. Invite only the people you feel close to. "You really don't need to invite everyone you … [Read more...]

Move Over, Bridezilla, You’ve Finally Met Your Match!

If the term "bridezilla" is annoying you as much as it's annoying me (no, it's NOT cutsie, it's irritating and unbecoming), I have bad news for you.  A new species of wedding obsessors, closely related to bridezilla, has surfaced. Experts agree that he has always been around but has only recently been discovered and named. According to the globeandmail: They stomp through wedding shows and rip apart floral arrangements. They snap at wedding planners and send caterers running for … [Read more...]

Choosing the Perfect Gown for the Tall, Elegant Bride

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to choosing a wedding gown that will compliment you figure. The main thing is finding a dress that emphasizes your good points and hides any flaws, and of course makes you feel beautiful.  That said, there are certain styles of dress that will probably compliment your body type more than others. This consideration can play a part in deciding which wedding gown is the right one for you. After you have narrowed your preferences by browsing online … [Read more...]