Mar 26, 2009

Italian Confetti Flowers

Italian confetti flowers - sweet little wedding favors (bomboniera) imported from Italy. Still made by hand, these sugar-coated candies have been lovingly formed into delicate flowers by the Pelino family for over 300 years. You can choose from daisies, roses, calla lilies, magnolias, petunias, and sunflowers and they are amazingly affordable, from about $2.75 to $7.50 each. They will add a lovely bigliettino (favor tag) tied on with ribbon at your request. Shipping takes 4 to 6 week.

Five sugared almonds for each guest to eat
To remind us that life is bitter and sweet
Five wishes for the new husband and wife
Health, wealth, happiness, children, and a long life

Italian wedding favors
Italian confetti flowers

Italian bomboniera

Mar 25, 2009

Sexy Red Wedding Dress

Hot, hot HOT! At Angel Q Bridal they don’t offer this gown in red, they offer it in h-a-b-a-n-e-r-o! The orangish-red habanero is one of the most intensely spiciest of chili peppers and will turn you into a fire breathing dragon if you accidentally reach for the hot sauce named “Kick Yo Ass.”

This is a strapless red wedding sheath with netted lace in a floral motif. It has Swavorski crystal accents and Japanese baby beading. The detachable organza ruffled skirt with side slit can be removed for a strapless mini dress. Worn with or without a matching fur stole. Sold in Canada, England, Puerto Rico and twenty three states in the US.

Mar 20, 2009

British Bridal Designer Ian Stuart

Only 10 years in the business, but British bridal designer Ian Stuart is in demand ALL over the planet. Based in London, he finds inspiration for his “belle époque” (beautiful time) collection from music, theatre and the nightlife and is in demand from Canada to the Middle East. Boutiques in the US that carry his signature collection are based in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Pennsylvania as well as the famous Kleinfeld’s ("We sell more designer bridal gowns than any other place on earth.") in Brooklyn, New York.


Puerto Rico


Paso Doble

Verve Cliquot

Ian Stuart Mother of the Bride

One Sexy MOB

Mar 17, 2009

Shamrock Wedding Favors

Shamrock wedding favors - why not these deliciously addictive shamrock sugar cookies?  They are hand decorated with royal icing in the colors of the famous Irish flag: green, white and orange. This order contains 4 dozen mini cookies, so at $16 for the set, they are about 33 cents each.  Keep in mind they are quite small, each cookie is approximately 1 1/2 by 1 1/2 inches, and come in a clear cellophane bag tied with a ribbon.  Two delicious flavors are available: a signature almond sugar cookie (by far the best seller, subtle and delicious) or a classic vanilla sugar cookie.  Gluten free upon request.


Mar 15, 2009

Beach Wedding Cake Ideas

Beach wedding cake ideas - bet you didn't expect three vintage "suitcases" covered with periwinkles, sea stars and bay scallop sea shells.  It's a fabulous idea, especially if you're having a intimate honeymoon hideaway for two at the Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay.  But you could be "shelling" out as much as your first expensive night's stay on this beautiful beach wedding cake, when traditional ones with sweet sugar paste scallops and sculpted sand dollars look just as great.

beach themed wedding cake
beach themed cupcakes
hawaiian themed wedding cake
Don't Miss!  Beach Wedding Theme

Mar 12, 2009

Wedding Dress Cookie Favors

Wedding dress cookie favors - can you make them yourself?  Yes!  Expect to pay between $5.00 to $6.00 each (or more) for custom wedding dress cookies, usually made from a standard sugar cookie recipe and finished off with a lovely matte satin royal icing finish.  If you decide to make them yourself, cookie dough can be frozen up to 2 months in advance.  Or cut them out and freeze them before being baked! Place the raw cookie cutouts in a single layer on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Cover and freeze for 20 to 30 minutes. Quickly transfer frozen cut outs to an airtight container, separating each layer with waxed paper.  Hand decorate each bridal shower or wedding cookie (using only egg whites, powdered sugar and lemon extract) with this easy royal icing recipe.

damask wedding dress cookie
flower girl cookies
wedding dress sugar cookies

Mar 10, 2009

Lace Bolero Jackets from Alfred Angelo

Lace bolero jackets - not just for brides who are 100 pounds soaking wet - but for the rest of us who love our arms and want to show them off to best advantage.  Short sleeve or long - they are dreamy and delicate!  Bolero jackets can transform a plain, sleeveless wedding gown into a lacey masterpiece. What I love about these beaded lace boleros, besides the elaborate Swarovski crystal and sequin embroidery, is that they are available in white or ivory and come in sizes 2 to 28W.

short sleeve lace bolero
long sleeve lace bolero jacket


Mar 7, 2009

Feather Wedding Bouquets

Feather wedding bouquets - American brides bored with traditional bouquet choices can’t seem to get enough. And the British are so smitten by feather headpieces they lovingly call them feather fascinators. Two such feather-loving friends named Carrie and Shannon were looking for a more fashion forward wedding bouquet for Carrie’s wedding. When their search turned up empty, they decided to craft fabulous feather bridal bouquets and ring bearer pillows with feathers, crystal gems, buttons and luxurious ribbons and named their new business, Emplume.

Mar 5, 2009

Corset Wedding Gowns by Pnina Tornai

Pnina Tornai, Israel's best-kept secret. She bases her designs on every woman’s most flattering (and uncomfortable) friend, the corset. Then she makes a hand embroidered, sensual, eye-popping masterpiece from the best fabrics in Europe. Pnina Tornai currently resides in Tel Aviv and commutes from Israel to New York to meet with brides and work on her amazing collections for Kleinfeld Bridal in Brooklyn.

Mar 3, 2009

Weddings in Canada

I love french fries. I l-o-v-e gravy. But gravy on top of french fries? You have to go to Canada to “marry” these two flavors together. Like many Americans, I don’t know a toonie from a two-four (two dollar coin from a case of beer). But I do know one thing. We wish our economy was better, and theirs is better than ever. Maybe it’s the gravy. Even if, like most of us, you know little about our friendly neighbors in the north, here are a few things you might want to know about weddings in Canada.


  • Weddings in Canada are a $4 billion dollar a year industry compared to America at $40 billion.
  • One in 5 Canadian couples hire a professional wedding planner.
  • There was nearly 160,000 weddings in Canada last year.
  • Canadian men pop the big question during December more than any other month of the year.
  • August is the most popular month to get married, followed closely by September.
  • Canadian couples typically invite about 140 family and friends to celebrate the big day.
  • Destination weddings remain popular with 10% of Canadian brides.

Mar 1, 2009

Wedding Gown Trends For 2009

Wedding gown trends - see what's coming to your nearest bridal boutique!  Want to break from the pack and run free with your own unique bridal style? This year belongs to YOU. Like a kid tasting cotton candy for the first time, these new looks will have you begging for more. Say goodbye to plain, strapless gowns and fall head-over-heels in love with these new colors, new textures, and brand new attitudes.  Here are 3 of my favorite popular styles:

Ruffled Wedding Dresses

Short Wedding Dresses