Archives for August 2009

5 Steps to a Financially Secure Marriage

Although financial concerns may be far from your thoughts when you became engaged, money quickly becomes important within weeks following the exchange of vows. There are things to buy, bills to pay and various other monetary decisions to consider. Unfortunately, far too many American families live from one economic crisis to another, never developing the habit of living within their means. A happy marriage is hard to maintain amid endless financial stress and conflict. Al Jacobs, a professional … [Read more...]

Your Most Flattering Wedding Gowns

The runway models below would look good in almost anything, but the rest of us may have a few teeny-tiny flaws that we'd like to disguise. Fortunately, says The Knot, a gown’s design can go a long way toward making every shape look great. Here are their 10 most flattering, pound-shedding wedding dresses, hot off the bridal runways. Pear Shaped: An A-line dress like this one, by Jim Hjelm, has a V-neckline, spaghetti straps, and a natural waist, so it highlights the tiniest part of your figure … [Read more...]

How to Negotiate with Wedding Vendors

According to The Knot, it's worth negotiating with even the hottest vendor in town, especially if there's a good reason: like having the wedding on a less-popular Friday night. Here are some more crucial pointers: Know the market Find out what other vendors offer for the same price point, and use this as leverage. Ask about every single thing that's included in your package. Then find out in advance what extras are going to cost -- and whether those costs can be waived. Stick to your limit A … [Read more...]

Top 3 Wedding Registry “Must Have’s”

According to InStyle Weddings, here are today's hottest new must-have items for your wedding china gift list. Silver Streak A silver motif is always classic, no matter how modern the design. Pictured: "Embroidered" Collection, Jasper Conran, 5 pc. place setting, $149; wedgwoodusa.com or Macy’s and Bloomingdales store nationwide. Gardner St. Platinum" Collection, Kate Spade, 5 pc. place setting, $139; katespade.com or 1-800-999kate. Ruffles The soft, petal-like edges provide a … [Read more...]

Last Minute Wedding Day Skin Care

Even if you stick to a careful skincare regiment in the weeks and months before your wedding, anything can happy in the days before the big day. Stress, which mounts as the wedding day gets closer, is notorious for causing breakouts and other skin problems. Here are some tips on what to do to avoid or repair a complexion emergency. Day Before Eating a well balanced diet and staying hydrated will enhance your skin's natural radiance.  Getting a full night's rest is important too, and will help … [Read more...]

Saying I’m Sorry: Mending the Relationship

No one is perfect, and no doubt, one fine day, you will find yourself in the wrong. You know you messed up. Your partner is hurt. You need to say "I'm sorry," but do you know how to express a sincere apology?  Whether you've forgotten her birthday, insulted his mother, or been untrustworthy, make sure he/she knows how truly sorry you are. Diane Gottsman, a nationally recognized etiquette expert, shares some simple, yet effective ways to make an apology the right way.  As she reminds us on … [Read more...]

Weddings with Fans & Parasols

I loved this post on Manolo so much that I decided to carry on the theme here. An outdoor summer wedding is all about enjoying the season, and keeping cool. What better way than to outfit the bridal party and even the guests with some pretty fans or colorful parasols to keep cool! As Twistie points out, "there’s nothing wrong with not using flowers for your hand-held accessories. Many a bride and bridesmaid down the ages has carried a fan, a parasol, a prayer book, or nothing at all in her … [Read more...]

Put a Twist on “Old, New, Borrowed, Blue”

As the old Victorian bridal saying goes, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe.” Most of us have heard of the tradition of the bride wearing something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue on her wedding day, but of course today's bride has put a twist on the old tradition. Taking it one step further, the "old, new, borrowed, blue" symbols can be applied to another wedding element of your choice. Read on to … [Read more...]

Unique Wedding Program Ideas

Not every wedding needs a program, but in certain situations you may find it helpful. It can help make the experience more meaningful and personal for your guests. For example, if you are having a religious or cultural wedding, with many guests who are of another faith or culture, a program is a useful way to let everyone know what to expect. A program is also a great way to say your "thank you's" and introduce family and wedding party members. Here are some ways to dress up your programs in … [Read more...]

Perfect Summer Wedding Shoes

Every girl needs a pair of fabulous shoes to complete her bridal outfit! Even if your dress allows only a small peep at your footwear, you'll feel better knowing you're perfectly clad from head to toe. Here are some beauties to get you started, priced for any budget! Designer: Over $100 The best shoes of summer 2009, from InStyle Weddings: Satin peep-toe pumps by J. Crew, $265 Silk satin pumps, Martinez Valero, $149 Satin sandals, BCBG Max Azria, $198 Deals: Under $100 … [Read more...]