Picture Perfect Wedding with straps, hems, veils in place!

I recently saw an adorable first dance video that someone had posted to YouTube. But I could barely concentrate on the dance moves because I was so worried that the brides strapless dress was going to malfunction at any moment. The poor girl kept tugging and readjusting all throughout the dance, and I'm sure everyone breathed a sigh of relief when she made it through without flashing anyone. Don't let that be you! Be prepared for any wardrobe disaster! Keep the bride and bridal party … [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...]

I Do Now I Don’t: Buy and Sell Engagement Rings (and more) at Great Prices!

Did you know that jewelers mark up rings two or three times over their wholesale cost? According to Joshua Opperman, founder of I Do Now I Don't, a $10,000 ring probably cost the jeweler $3,500. Why should you have to pay so much more than the ring is actually worth? Well now, couples looking to purchase their dream ring can do so without breaking the bank. And those couples who find themselves with a ring but no engagement, can find a place to re-sell their diamonds. How I wish I'd know … [Read more...]

2009 Wedding Trends from The Knot

2009 brings with it many things, including economic distress. But planning a wedding on a budget doesn't mean you have to skimp on style. Being creative and innovative will get you far in planning a wedding everyone will remember, and The Knot has a few tips on what's hot for 2009 Weddings! Rustic homespun details Outdoor weddings -- on a farm, in a vineyard, or even in the backyard -- are huge right now, and t's really no wonder: An outdoor setting makes for a fun, laid-back vibe and the … [Read more...]

Beautiful brooches to spice up your Wedding Gown

If your wedding dress is simple, or you're looking for a little extra something to add interest and sparkle, a brooch is a wonderful thing that can be placed almost anywhere! American Bridal has some lovely options, including the stunning vintage-inspired Retro Flower Brooch (on left; save 36% on the retail price too!). Take a look at their exquisite pearl pin and jeweled dragonfly brooch for some other pretty pieces. If you want to add some color to your wedding ensemble, without doing … [Read more...]

Looking to Save? Buy and Sell Pre-Owned Wedding Stuff at Bravo Brides!

The current recession has forced many brides to slash their wedding budget and cut out some of the more extravagant details from their original wedding plan. The New York Times reports that some brides are relocating to cheaper venues, nixing the wedding cake, asking a shutter-happy friend to replace the photographer, downsizing the bouquets, and slashing the guest list. The NY Times also mentions a cool website called Bravo Brides. This is a fantastic forum for brides-to-be who want to save … [Read more...]

We’re Engaged! Now what?!

Congratulations on your engagement! You're basking in the happy anticipation of your new life together and looking forward to your wedding day. You're envisioning yourself clad in white (or cream? or lilac?) holding a lovely bouquet of-- roses? calla lilies? wild flowers? -- as your mom and bridesmaids (sister? cousin? best friend from college?) beam at you in their matching bridesmaids dresses (pink? brown? long? short?). And then it dawns on you: Planning a wedding involves lots and lots of … [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...]

The pefect wedding gown: Green and Gorgeous!

Style Me Pretty has a couple entries on eco-friendly wedding dresses. Surprisingly, these are not the roughly-woven, roomy hemp affairs you may be thinking of.  These gowns by Morgan Boszilkov are handcrafted using sustainable fabrics and environmentally responsible business practices, and gives five percent of the proceeds to environmental causes. Not only that, but her gowns are stylish, elegant, and daringly different: Another favorite eco-chic designer is Deborah Lindquist, who mixes … [Read more...]

Short and Sweet Dresses for the Unconventional Bride

When I think "bridal gown" I think of long, long, long dresses, preferably with long, long, long trains. "Not many women seem to take the plunge and go for the short stuff," says fab sugar, pointing out that cocktail-inspired dresses are a bit unconventional. But there are those brides who prefer something "short and sweet" like the budget beautiful bride. Besides for just liking the look, her reasons for choosing short over long are as follows: "We are humble people who do not live fancy … [Read more...]