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, trinkets, embroidery, cowrie shells and lace. All of these stunning headpieces can be ordered separately, and made to order according to the bride’s specifications. The bride may also can choose the color, fabric, and trims that compliment her ethnic inspired wedding gown.

Peau de soie (a silk or artificial fabric with a smooth texture and a fine grainy or ribbed surface) cap with embroidered lace trim and detachable chiffon veil. The attached forehead band is made of gold coins and pearls.

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.

Peau de soie hat with gold cording, beads and embroidered trim. 6" height. Fully lined.

Brocade rouched fabric with decorative embroidery around the opening, front fan and pearl buttons.

100% silk shantung hat. Embellished with cowrie shells, feather and decorative pin. Fully lined. 4 1/4" height. Strap 22" long. (Isn't she gorgeous?)

It was her love of African culture that prompted Therez to write “The Afrocentric Bride, A Style Guide". 

Oct 26, 2008

Snowflake Wedding Favor Ideas

What I love about these snowflake wedding favors is that they are stylish, affordable and arrive beautifully gift boxed.  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 will make well-loved and graciously given little gifts.  Or simply unwrap and arrange them on guest tables as part of your winter wedding table décor.

Oct 11, 2008

Groom’s Cake Ideas

What could be more fun than a mouth watering homemade groom's cake that reflects his personality, profession, hobbies, or even his favorite boyhood superheroes? Present it at the rehearsal dinner, alongside the wedding cake or enjoy it after the reception with just your bridal party. Forget the high priced bakery, you can do it yourself!

Look at all the fabulous cake pan shapes available today, most of which take one store-bought cake mix and sell for less than $10. Today, I saw the motorcycle pan I bought last year to make a Harley groom’s cake, for $4.99 on Ebay. Don’t want to purchase a pan to use only one time? Take a plain sheet cake and design your fiancé’s favorite sports team logo or alma mater on top. All you need are cake-decorating tips, disposable piping bags, and icing colors. He’ll thank you from the bottom of his heart.

Yankees Groom's Cake

University of Florida Groom's Cake

Pool Table Groom's Cake

 Beer Can Groom's Cake

Spiderman Groom's Cake

Oct 7, 2008

Wedding Cupcake Cakes

Wedding cupcakes - so sweet, so simple, so appealing to young and old.  Let’s see why some brides are choosing cupcakes over traditional wedding cakes.

1. Pay approximately $2 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. Use cupcake centerpieces on each wedding reception table instead of expensive floral arrangements
5. Decorate your cupcakes to match your wedding colors
6. Make them weeks in advance and put them in the freezer in air tight containers
7. Use the top tier of your cupcake stand for a traditional round cake complete with wedding topper and decorate the bottom tiers with cupcakes
8. Pick them up at your local bakery and save on delivery and set up fees
9. Affordable cupcake stands are available with three, four, five and six tiers from Wilton and on Ebay
10. Find inexpensive cupcake liners at almost any grocery store
11. Guests that want to take their dessert home will find it easy and convenient
12. Save leftover cupcakes, put them in your freezer, and use them for other special occasions

Oct 3, 2008

Maggie Sottero Wedding Gowns

What do all these classic Maggie Sottero wedding gowns have in common?  Lovely and delicate cap sleeves.  It's been so long and I know I speak for so many brides - welcome back sleeves, even small ones! To be honest, very few of us have perfectly toned arms.   The first of these 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.