Mar 26, 2009

Italian Confetti Flowers

Pellino confetti flowers - delicious and fresh almond favors (bomboniera) imported from Italy. Still made by hand, these sugar-coated candies have been lovingly created by a four-day process into delicate flowers by the Pelino family for over three hundred years.  You can choose from daisies, roses, calla lilies, magnolias, petunias, and sunflowers.  They are amazingly affordable for fresh, handmade favors, 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 weeks.

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.

Pellino confetti flowers
Italian confetti sunflowers
Italian bomboniera
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Mar 25, 2009

Sexy Red Wedding Dress

Yes, this slinky red slice of heaven is, in fact, a wedding gown. Created by a young, passionate Italian bridal designer named Alessandro Angelozzi and modeled by five foot ten inch Russian beauty (and former Sports Illustrated cover model), Irina Shayk. Alessandro Angelozzi Couture has stunned the fashion world with a philosophy of boundless freedom (no kidding, you can see it below), elegance and sex appeal. Would you strike a pose on your wedding day in a red wedding gown like this?

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Mar 20, 2009

British Bridal Designer Ian Stuart

Edgy and theatrical.  A little over 10 years in the bridal business, British bridal designer Ian Stuart is in constant demand everywhere from Canada to the Middle East. Based in London, his collections include these seductively named styles: Lady Luxe, Frill Me, Supernova, Killer Queen, Revolution Rocks, Paramount and Belle Epoche (beautiful era).  Lucky brides in the US can find his signature wedding gowns 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.

burlesque wedding gown by Ian Stuart
"Boudoir"  A beautiful burlesque style gown available in so many romantic color combinations including my favorite, antique pink with metallic lace.  Corset fitted bodice  and apron skirt with hand beaded French lace and flower corsage at back.  Exquisite!
blush wedding gown
"Four Seasons" Available in blush or ivory of rich silk gazar, this romantic gown features
hand made silk flowers that cascade gently down the front of the body.
Ian Stuart wedding gown
"Caracas"  A fitted taffeta bodice and ribbon-trimmed multi-layered tulle skirt
available in pale blue/ivory tulle or dark ivory/ivory tulle.

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.  And gluten free upon request.


Mar 15, 2009

Beach Wedding Cake Ideas

One of my favorite beach wedding cake ideas - three vintage "suitcases" covered with periwinkles, conch shells, and tiny white sea stars. Delicate cake designs like this will cost you more than a three night stay in the classic French Quarter Inn in Charleston, South Carolina. And while I always prefer a helicopter ride (with champagne) and a private carriage ride through every city I'm visiting, I'm basically a Holiday Inn kind of girl, who likes to get a great deal, with no frills attached.  That includes how much I want to "shell" out for a beautiful beach themed cake.

beach themed wedding cake
beach themed cupcakes
hawaiian themed wedding cake
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Mar 12, 2009

Wedding Dress Cookie Favors

Here are some sweet designs of wedding dress cookies you can bake a month or more before your wedding day. Expect to pay between $5.00 to $6.00 each for custom made cookies online, loaded with preservatives which explains a "shelf life" up to 3 months. Back to making them yourself - cookie dough can be frozen up to two 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 cookie (using only egg whites, powdered sugar and lemon extract) with this easy royal icing recipe.

white wedding dress cookies
white and black damask wedding dress cookie
flower girl cookies
bridesmaid dress cookies
wedding dress sugar cookies

Mar 10, 2009

Lace Bolero Jackets from Alfred Angelo

Lace bolero jackets - not just for size 2 women who are 100 pounds fully clothed - but for the rest of us who love our arms and want to show them off to sexy advantage. Short sleeve or long - they are dreamy and delicate! Bolero jackets can transform a plain, strapless wedding gown into a lovely lace masterpiece. Alfred Angelo specializes in sizes that real women wear. That's what I love about these beaded lace boleros, besides the stunning Swarovski crystal and embellished sequin embroidery, they are yours in white or ivory in sizes 2 to 28W.

short sleeve lace bolero

long sleeve lace bolero jacket

Mar 5, 2009

Corset Wedding Gowns by Pnina Tornai

Pnina Tornai, Israel's best-kept secret. She bases her wedding dress designs on every woman’s most flattering (yet uncomfortable) friend, the corset.  With the idea of giving every bride the tiny waist she wants and deserves, Pnina creates a hand embroidered, sensual, eye-popping corset wedding gown from the finest fabrics in all of 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.

Pnina Tornai corset wedding gown
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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 be Canadian 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