Glamorous Updos for the Bride

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Upswept hair styles have long been favored among brides for their elegance, versatility, and ease. This style is low-maintenance and best reveals the bride's face, jewelry, and dress. Your wedding-day hairstyle should flatter your face and also be in keeping with your overall look. A sleek, sculpted updo is more formal; a soft upsweep with a few loose tendrils is more romantic. Have a good time playing around with hairdo's, either at home or with a stylist. Bring pictures of styles you … [Read more...]

Wedding Tables: What’s in a Name?

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Numbering your tables is easy but you're loosing a great opportunity to use some extra creativity. An easy way to add character to your wedding is by creating fun table themes or naming your tables according to the theme of the day. * * * A nature-loving couple was married in the forest, and used large pots of different herbs as table centerpieces, with the name of the herb (the table name) written on a small chalkboard stuck into the pot's soil. Aubrey Joy Photography via 100 … [Read more...]

Unique & Fun Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

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You have many things on your mind while planning a wedding, but don't forget to say thank you to the bridesmaids who have stood by your side through it all! A small (or large!) bridesmaid gift will let her know how much you appreciate all her loving help and support. Choose something special that she will treasure throughout her life. It doesn't have to be expensive, just something thoughtful that you think she'll like. It's best to buy the same gift for everyone, but you can personalize it … [Read more...]

Wedding Hats for the Modern Bride

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Dramatic, unconventional, and more than a bit coquettish, bridal hats have been the preference of some of the world's most fashionable brides: The Duchess of Windsor wore a blue straw halo-style hat trimmed with pink and blue coq feathers, Rita Hayworth chose an enormous cartwheel, and Grace Kelly wore a Juliet cap that matched the lace of her gown. "You can do all kinds of wonderful things with hats. They can be dramatic, romantic, whimsical, or traditional," says Kelly Christy of Kelly … [Read more...]

Floral Wedding Gowns for Spring 2011

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Pay homage to the springtime by wearing a wedding gown with floral details. Big silk flowers, lacy panels, and subtle appliques are some of the pretty extras you'll see all over this season's gowns. A cluster of silk roses adorns the back of a ballet-inspired peach gown by Lazaro gown featuring A cluster of silk roses at the back and an embroidered hem of vines and pink flowers. All photos: Martha Stewart Weddings Halter gown with organza flower by Amsale Spring 2011, … [Read more...]

Flower-Decked Wedding Cakes for Spring

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March has blown in, which means spring is just around the corner!  After a long, cold winter, we want to see flowers everywhere! Sugar flowers and real flowers, vines and butterflies, your cake will be so gorgeous, no one will want to cut into it! * Cake: Dale Lamberty, The Cake Lady, Westport, CT. All cake photos are from The Knot Nine Cakes, Brooklyn, NY Nine Cakes, Brooklyn, NY Mark Joseph Cakes Ana Parzych Custom Cakes, Cheshire, … [Read more...]

Wrapping Paper Table Runners & More!

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A beautiful and inexpensive way to create table runners for your wedding: wrapping paper! You can cut them to any length, roll it down the center of the table, and voila-- gorgeous tables in no time at all. Plus, for a really finished look, you can layer them, or create matching place mats or gift favor boxes. You can also embellish the table runners/place mats by gluing ribbons or other trimming along the sides of the wrapping paper. Scrap-booking papers, while smaller, also provide lots of … [Read more...]

Planning a Blissful Financial Future

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Finances are not always something that's discussed during courtship and engagement.  I mean, who really wants to talk about money when you're enjoying a candle-lit dinner or a walk on the beach? But ensuring a secure financial future together is an important step to creating a secure, happy marriage, and that takes a bit of planning.  Whether you are before of after tying the knot, the experts recommend sitting down together to develop a financial strategy that will help secure the long … [Read more...]

Distinctive Boutonnieres for the Boys!

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Nothing like a splash of color on the lapel to dress up on otherwise black-and-white affair! Whatever the color or style of your men's suits, a boutonniere is an eye-catching and attractive addition. Here are some ideas that are both formal and fun! Fresh flowers, ribbon, fabric, crepe paper, berries, herbs, acorns... this little ornament provides a great little outlet for your creative abilities! * All photos compliments of Martha Stewart Weddings * * Dahlia + Polka dot tie = … [Read more...]