Oct 27, 2008

Ethnic Inspired Wedding Dresses

Therez Fleetwood started designing bridal patterns in 1996 to reflect a more diverse collection of exotic and romantic Afrocentric wedding gowns and headpieces using beads, embroidery, feathers, cowrie shells and lace. All of these stunning headpieces can be ordered separately, and made to order according to the bride’s specifications. Also up for negotiation are the color, fabric, and trims that compliment each custom made wedding dress.

Chiffon veil with satin trim and cowrie shell embellishments.

Silk shantung fitted cap with ‘V’ shaped front. Cowrie shell adornments
and detachable tulle veil. 3" height. Fully lined.

100% silk shantung hat. Embellished with cowrie shells, feather and decorative pin.

Oct 26, 2008

Winter Wedding Favors Under $3

What I love about these winter wedding favors is that they are stylish, sophisticated and arrive beautifully gift-boxed.  Perfect for gift giving.  The silver snowflake bookmarks are priced at around $2 each and wine stoppers about one dollar more. These festive holiday glass coasters - $1.75 each for a set of two - feature an elegant clear and white snowflake pattern. Neatly wrapped, all of these winter themed favors will make well-loved and graciously given little gifts. Or simply unwrap and arrange them on gift or guest tables as part of your winter wedding table décor.

Oct 11, 2008

Groom’s Cake Ideas

Groom's cake ideas - all of these beauties have a baseball or football theme.  The only ones that require a special pan are the hats, helmets and footballs.  The Yankees and Texas Ranger groom's cakes prove you can still make the magic happen with ordinary round shaped cake pans.  Traditionally groom's cakes were made with dark chocolate and dripping with chocolate covered strawberries.  Now, the outside is more important than the inside!  All of these except for the first is made with fondant icing - that requires a bit of expertise.  If you can whip up a  batch of homemade buttercream icing (best I've ever tasted), buy yourself some disposable cake decorating bags and star shaped metal tips, you can make a professional looking cake just like those below.

Redskins groom's cake
Texas Rangers groom's cake

Buffalo Bills groom's cake

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Oct 7, 2008

Wedding Cupcake Cakes

Wedding cupcake cakes - so sweet, so simple, so appealing to both young and young at heart.  Here are why brides are choosing cupcakes over traditional wedding cakes:

1. Pay approximately two to three dollars per cupcake compared to $5 to $15 per piece of traditional wedding cake.
2. Save on cake cutting fees charged by caterers and banquet facilities.
3. Less cleanup for casual or outdoor weddings.
4. Decorate your cupcakes to match your wedding colors.
5. Make them weeks in advance and put them in the freezer in air tight containers.
6. Pick them up at your local bakery and save on delivery and set up fees.
7. Cupcake stands are available with three, four, five and six tiers on Etsy and eBay.
8. Find inexpensive cupcake liners at almost any grocery store.
9. Guests that want to take their dessert home will find it easy and convenient.
10. Save leftover cupcakes, put them in your freezer, and use them for other special occasions.

red and white wedding cupcakes
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Oct 3, 2008

Maggie Sottero Wedding Gowns

What do all these classic Maggie Sottero wedding gowns have in common?  Lovely, delicate and comfortable cap sleeves.  To be honest, very few of us have perfectly toned upper arms.  In a perfect world we would.  Until that time I say - welcome back sexy little sleeves!  The first of my three favorites is a fairytale chic organza ballgown (shown below in ivory) but also available in white.  It has a shimmering Swarovski crystal bodice, accented with an illusion bateau neckline and finished with signature corset back closure.

A soft tulle overlay shimmers over this delicate lace sheath creating an ethereal aesthetic, while a Swarovski crystal embellishment sparkles at the waistline. A deep V-neckline edged in lace and feminine cap sleeves adds sophistication and glamour to this beautifully draped gown.

This stretch satin fit and flare skirt has a comfortable yet romantic lure with a stretched net illusion neckline and embellished lace cap sleeves, complete with a zipper and crystal button closure.
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