Archives for February 2009

Inspiration from a real African safari-styled wedding

There are many exotic places in the world to have a wedding, but there is a special magic found in South Africa, a captivating country of rolling plains and big game. Couples intrigued by the idea of a safari-centric celebration can find inspiration in this elegant wedding that took place at Boulders Lodge at the Singita Private Game Reserve. Brides.com brings you celebrity event planner and South African son Colin Cowie, who designed this wondrous African safari party. Photos by Sang … [Read more...]

10 Eat-Your-Way-Slender rules for brides

"What's the best way to lose weight fast?" David Zinczenko answer, "Get engaged." There's nothing like an impending deadline—and a formfitting gown—to inspire someone to take her diet seriously. But too many women try to shed the pounds by starving themselves or by trying fad diets. So wouldn't it be great if you could actually EAT your way slim? By concentrating on the right foods, you can reduce your calorie intake while inspiring your body to burn only fat, not muscle. The result: a lean … [Read more...]

Old Hollywood Glamour: Silver & Navy Blue Wedding

I found the most extraordinary wedding designed by Colin Cowe that took place at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Iced blues and silvers, reminiscent of the Art Deco era, evoke the glamor of Old Hollywood starlets. I cannot remember the last time I was so taken with the look of a wedding reception, but I think it has everything to do with the romantic lighting and mirrored table tops. "The reception carried the theme of glamor way into the night. To start, we laid down a powder blue carpet to … [Read more...]

Going green: Tree-free wedding invitations

At Green Field Paper, it's all about style and environmental responsibility. They offer a beautiful array of wedding invitations, using both handmade paper and machine made hemp paper. Or, if you're into the celebrity wedding trends you can follow the likes of Alicia Silverstone and husband Christopher Jarecki, who sent out invites printed on Green Field Paper's famous 100% recycled paper embedded with seeds. Once the wedding took place, guests could plant the paper and add a little more … [Read more...]

Barack and Michelle: A Model Marriage?

A very interesting Newsweek essay calls Barak and Michelle Obama's union "Our Model Marriage" and claims that "the Obamas have the kind of relationship millennials aspire to." All you have to do is watch them slow dancing to tuba music at last month's Youth Inaugural Ball, with President Obama "resting his head, eyes closed, on Michelle's shoulder" to realize that this is a love that's hard to fake. Romano calls their marriage "a union of self-sufficient equals" that appeals to 20-something … [Read more...]

Creativity & Humor in Wedding Invitation Wording

The more I blog about weddings, the more I find things that make me sigh and think, "I wish I'd done something like this at my wedding!" Well here's one of those ideas... I was browsing {ritzy bee blog} and found this awesome wedding invitation RSVP card, featuring the droll "bell controversy." I LOVE the idea of letting your individuality and sense of humor shine through the typically formal (ie: dull) wording of wedding invitations and RSVP cards. And why not? In addition to the joy of … [Read more...]

Role Reversal: Why YOU should propose to HIM

Ariel, at Offbeat Bride, has a post called Proposing Part 1: Why you should propose to your boyfriend. As the title suggests, she was the one to propose to her husband. Sort of... On our third anniversary, we went to this pottery painting place. As I'd planned, I painted a big plate with a picture of us holding hands. (Yes, we were naked in the painting. I like painting butts!) [See naked butt plate here.] Above the little people, I painted the words "Psst: will you marry me?" Then I put my … [Read more...]

Dramatic Bridal Hats

Most will agree that a bare-headed bride leaves something to be desired... and I don't think wedding accessories get much more fun than finding a really smashing hat! If you're planning a themed wedding, or just looking for a fresh twist on traditional bridal wear, the perfect hat puts the finishing touch on your look. As a nod to tradition, you can attach a veil to some fashions, like the perky hat and birdcage veil worn by the bride on the left. While a wedding with a theme is the perfect … [Read more...]

Credit Cards and Travel Rewards Credit Cards

We all know what credit cards are. They allow us to spread the costs of big purchases by paying off a little each month. However, in doing this and not paying off the whole of your credit bill, you will incur interest charges. But how about a credit card which actually rewards you for spending on your credit card? Travel rewards credit cards do exactly that. One of the greatest types of credit cards available to the millions of people who apply for them and use them is the Travel Rewards … [Read more...]

Bridesmaids: Mismatched & Marvelous!

I was browsing articles at Manolo and found myself loving the Mismatched Bride thing. This means dressing your bridesmaids in one color but different styles, or picking one style and creating dresses in "carefully coordinating" colors, such as the photo below (which I LOVE). It reminds me of a friend who's brother got married, and the bridesmaids were told to dress in "the colors of the ocean," which I imagine would look something like this: Notice that although the styles and colors … [Read more...]