iPod your Wedding Music

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It will require time, thought, and effort on your part, but it could save you a couple thousand dollars if you B.Y.O.M. (bring your own music, of course)!  You save money on hiring a DJ or band, and you can control every song that's played at your wedding, from your walk down the isle to the dinner music to the last crazy dance. feature image credit "But like everything else, if you want to pull it off and not drive yourself nuts, there are rules," says The Broke Ass Bride.  Here she lays … [Read more...]

Garden Tea Party Wedding Shower

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I am totally smitten with this Mad Hatter Tea Party themed bridal shower featured on Green Wedding Shoes, with photography by Bryan Miller. The bride and her sister have always been fans of the Mad Hatter, so a Sunday brunch bridal shower in their parents back yard was the perfect setting for this whimsical tea party in the grass.  "I can't say enough how much we got at thift stores and sap meets," says the bride's sister, who planned the party. "The great thing about this theme is the more … [Read more...]

Turn your Event into a Wine Tasting Party!

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Looking for fresh, hip party inspiration for your bridal shower, bachelor/bachelorette party, or even your wedding? A customized wine tasting party will be fun and memorable! Swirl Events (found via ritzy bee blog) offers a full-service solution-- you be hosting a rocking party without having to lift a finger! "A Swirl wine tasting includes everything from hand-selected wines to paired cheeses and chocolates to an enthusiastic and savvy Swirl expert who will guide you and your guests through … [Read more...]

Astoundingly Beautiful Wedding Cakes from the Cake Girls

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Sister team Mary and Brenda Maher have created some of the most amazing cakes you have ever seen. You need to take a look at these edible works of art, so head on over to CakeGirls right away to feast your eyes on their gorgeous designs! Here are some of my favorite traditional designs (although with each one more awesome than the next, it's hard to pick favorites...) Looking for something nontraditional?  CakeGirls also has "luxury cakes" for that once-in-a-lifetime event, and … [Read more...]

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...]

“Man Showers” for the groom who doesn’t want to be left out!

I admit that there might have been a slight smirk on my face as I read this Boston Herald article on Man Showers. It seems kind of funny, but why not? Instead of dainty petit fours and lingerie, these male-bonding sessions focus on pizza and power tools. After all, what's a guy to do while his fiance is out with the girls, giggling over toilet paper wedding gowns? The theme of the Man Shower: the manlier the better! At Nick Dekker's shower, guests ate from old license plates, participated in … [Read more...]

How to be a Gracious Host at your Wedding

ABC 7online and The Knot put together a list of helfpul hints to make your guests feel simultaneously comfortable, joyful, and excited.  It may take a little patience and forethought, but it's well worth the effort to ensure that everyone at your wedding will be having fun! Review the Guest List  Discuss the invite list with your fiance and your families a week prior to the wedding to avoid any uncomforatable situations, and to find out about key people to meet and any taboo topics (like Aunt … [Read more...]