Swarovski crystal bracelets - in a lovely assortment of pink, blue, emerald or green faceted crystals with white pearls. And a lovely silver charm with your choice of one initial or 3 interlocking initials. Why a crystal bridesmaid bracelet? Once upon a time - a million or so years ago, being a bridesmaid meant buying a bright and shiny and totally tacky satin dress with your own hard-earned money and showing up at the church with your teeth brushed and your best smile on. Maybe you would have to pony up for matching satin shoes and maybe not. Now it's a lot more complicated (and time-consuming). A well-loved bridesmaid may be needed - as a confidant, a counselor and even a critic, when necessary.
Are you looking for wedding ideas that include children? Download these free wedding coloring sheets for weddings at Lee Hansen and Coloring Book Fun. More kid-friendly wedding ideas include asking the DJ to play a few popular children’s songs - think Disney movie music - and having a “kids only” dance. No potentially bored child will ever walk away from a “gift bag” at the reception that includes a drink box, crayons, stickers and a small puzzle or book.
What I wouldn't do to own one of these charming retro style wedding dresses from Candy Anthony. Magnificent petticoats, flattering sweetheart necklines and dresses made with duchess satin, vintage inspired lace and soft tulle. So elegant! Hand cut and made to order - within 3 to 6 months - these retro style dresses are available in dreamy shades of pure white, ivory, blush, taupe and oyster.
Wedding favors less than $2 - do they look cheap or charming? Are they a sweet and sentimental little token that will be cherished such as these charming heart shaped measuring spoons? Or for your tea-drinking friends, a rich variety of whole leaf tea favors, available in chamomile, citrus mint, earl grey, flora, ginger, and ever so sweet jasmine. Wedding favors $2 or less - practical, personal and easy on the purse.
Designer bridal shoes - in a beautiful variety of colors you want and prices - $29.99 and up - you can afford. I especially love the Badgley Mischka satin bridal shoes with a slender and stylish (and very comfortable according to many reviews) 3 1/4 inch heel, with the stunning crystal brooch embellishment!
Short bridesmaid dresses - charming and sweet, and usually less expensive. You can’t go wrong with short dresses for your bridesmaids, especially for a spring or summer ceremony. For my daughter Danielle's wedding she went online and found short black bridesmaid dresses for her attendants from (of all places) Target. Like every other bride here in Virginia Beach, she went to David’s Bridal first, but decided the short black dresses were one third the price, and three times as beautiful as anything at David’s. And she was right.
I’ll be honest. I’m not fond of fondant. Butter is better and cream is supreme. But even a buttercream-icing-junkie like myself can’t deny the smooth-as-silk perfection of fondant wedding cakes. Three tier fondant wedding cakes such as the amazingly beautiful pink fondant wedding cake shown below are my favorite. How to have it both ways? Why not have a smooth fondant cake as your show stopper, and several flat sheet cakes - with delicious buttercream icing - to serve your guests?
Vintage style wedding dresses - lovely figure flattering corset tops and layers of French lace and silk fabric - made by designer, Joan Shum. After graduating from The Fashion Institute of Merchandising and Design and 10 years experience working in the heart of the fashion district in Los Angeles, Joan has launched a unique bridal collection that unites her passion for art, costume, and vintage fashion into a line of elegant gowns. As of this writing you can now find her on Etsy but expect to see a price tag of up to $5,000 for one of these exquisite Joan Shum wedding dresses, something exquisitely made, just like you.
Bride and groom favors - two charming ways to package your Jordan Almonds, pastel mints or personalized M&Ms. How lovely is the bride's gown - a white satin bodice, a full tulle skirt with a delicate daisy hem and tiny faux pearl neckline. The groom's tuxedo is made of black satin with stylish lapels and matching bow tie. These bride and groom favor bags are about $20 for a set of 12 and the tuxedo and gown favor boxes are about $1.00 each. Only ONE bride and groom at your wedding? Maybe not! Win your guests over with a small memento - a meaningful wedding favor more fun than glass coasters, candles or key chains.
Mermaid wedding dresses - they hug your curves like nobody's business and Uncle Gus, your best friend’s brother and all your male cousins will be saying they don't know much about fashion but today they've seen the most beautiful bride on the entire planet.
Romantic lace wedding dresses - draped across the body of a young bride-to-be who now passes as an ethereal Roman goddess. This is Claire Pettibone's unique talent. Claire evidently views a woman's back as one of the most sensual parts of her body, and her exquisite lace embroidered wedding gowns show it off to best advantage.
You can pick up one of her handcrafted silk beaded purses in Neiman Marcus, Lord and Taylor, or Nordstroms. Or maybe, like me, just lovingly gaze at her accessories online. But even if you’re not a Saks Fifth Avenue kind of gal, you can still look like a million dollar bride with one of Moyna Singh’s beaded purses for around $200. Handmade by skilled artisans in India, these vintage style purses are crafted with Asian beads, fabrics (100% silk) and colors, and slight variations make each purse totally one of a kind.