Apr 30, 2009

Wedding Emergency Kits

Wedding day emergency kits - everything you need in a pinch from hand sanitizer to hair pins. Here's hoping you don't need a needle and thread to fix the zipper on your new $2,000 embroidered lace sheath with Swarovski crystal neckline, or super glue the heels back on your Oscar de la Renta gold metallic leather pumps...but you never know. As for me, I always carry flexible fabric bandaids - wedding day and every day. And, unfortunately, tampons came in handy (as well as extra strength Tylenol) for this December bride many years ago.

wedding day emergency list

Apr 28, 2009

Wedding Coloring Pages

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.

Newlywed Bears Coloring Sheet

Bouquet of Flowers

Wedding Bear Bride

Apr 27, 2009

Retro Wedding Dresses by Candy Anthony

I love these short, sweet and sassy retro style wedding dresses from Candy Anthony, based in London's Oxo Tower Wharf. Perfectly made tulle petticoats, flattering sweetheart necklines and dresses made with duchess satin, and vintage inspired trimmings such as traditional Nottingham Lace. A small but dedicated staff hand cuts each dress and - within 3 to 6 months - these lovingly designed tea length bridal dresses are available in subtle shades of white, ivory, blush, taupe and oyster.

short white wedding dress
short pink wedding dress
short red wedding dress

Apr 24, 2009

99 Cent Wedding Favors

What kind of favor that costs less than 99 cents will be sweet and sentimental enough for your cherished family and friends?  The kind that are lovingly homemade.  Cookies - dough is good for up to three months in the freezer - and cupcakes (four to 6 months). And if you'd rather change a tire than make a homemade wedding treat, you can always assemble your favorite candies inside a drawstring bag, a mini Mason jar or box. Labels are lovely and in some cases, free online for the printing. I found this cookie wedding favor idea on Evermine (nothing to gain by promoting them, but love their blog including free wedding printables and lots of great DIY ideas).

The labels on these DIY cookie favors (any rolled cookie recipe
recipe will do nicely) are priced as follows:  large cellophane bag (16 cents each),
circle label (40 cents) and 11 cents for the small oval shaped label at back. 

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Apr 23, 2009

Couture Bridal Shoes

Badgley Mischka created a lovely line of couture bridal shoes available at Amazon - in a price you and I can afford, especially compared to the Jimmy Choo bridal collection, which will set you back a fist full of fifties or more. Who are Mark Badgley and James Mischka? A pair of talented designers who came together in 1988 to create everything from shoes to swimwear based on their passion for 1940s Hollywood glamour. See if the reviews of these sweet satin pumps are rated high enough for you for style, craftsmanship and comfort.

Apr 20, 2009

Short Bridesmaid Dresses

I found these incredibly lovely short chiffon bridesmaid dresses, available in lovely shades of blush, coral, peacock, wine, eggplant (shown here), expresso and navy (just to name a few) at Kennedy Blue for $155.  The strapless dress "Sydney" features a figure-flattering sweetheart neckline and ruched boned bodice, and is made for women in every size from 0 to 24.  Worried about buying bridesmaid dresses online?  Kennedy Blue boasts a very forgiving return policy as long as items are received within 14 days of purchase (with a return request), in original packaging and with tags still attached.

eggplant bridesmaid dresses

Apr 15, 2009

Fondant Wedding Cakes

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 wedding cakes made with fondant icing. Below is a hand-painted wedding cake by Melonie (Mel) Stanger of For Goodness Cakes. The asymmetrical placement of fondant pleats create a sense of movement, and are painted in pretty shades of pink, peach and blue with a lovely matching lotus flower.

watercolor wedding cake
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Apr 12, 2009

Vintage Style Wedding Dresses by Joan Shum

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 ten creative years 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 Joan Shum wedding dresses, something exquisitely made, just like you.

vintage style wedding dress by Joan Shum
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Apr 8, 2009

Bride and Groom Favors

Bride and groom favors - two charming (and cheap) ways to present your Jordan Almonds, pastel mints or personalized Hershey Kisses.  A tiny little wedding gown with a white satin bodice, a full tulle skirt and delicate daisy hemline.   The groom's tuxedo is made of shiny 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 (shipped flat) are about $1.00 each.

Apr 6, 2009

Mermaid Wedding Gowns

Mermaid wedding gowns - lovely to look at but hard to move around in on the dance floor. Unless you find one that flares out above the knee and is sometimes called "fit and flair." Galia Lahav is a Russian born designer you may already be familiar with if you were crazy about the dance costumes on season seven of "Dancing With The Stars." My big Irish heart belongs to The Empress Collection, an ethereal series of fit and flair gowns made with luxurious Italian silk fabrics and intricate French lace. This classic collection reflects both drama and comfort, and the silhouettes are sleek, slimming and sensual.

Galia Lahav mermaid wedding gown

mermaid style gown by Galia Lahav

Galia Lahava wedding gown

Apr 2, 2009

Romantic Lace Wedding Dresses by Claire Pettibone

Delicate lace wedding dresses - created with embroidered European laces in an ethereal, romantic style. It all began when Claire Pettibone started out designing luxurious lingerie and then transitioned into bridal wear in 2005. Her bohemian inspired wedding dresses are unfussy and unconventional, and breathtakingly beautiful for rustic, vineyard and garden themed weddings. When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerman married Priscilla Chan, she chose a Claire Pettibone wedding gown, called “Sky Between the Branches,” an Asian inspired dress with embroidered lace over silk charmeuse and a low-cut back. When I can, I always choose lace. Claire evidently views a woman's back as one of the most sensual parts of her body, and I totally agree.

Claire Pettibone bridal collection

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Apr 1, 2009

Moyna Singh's Beaded Purses

A Moyna Singh purse. Handmade by skilled artisans in India, these beaded bridal purses are crafted with intricate Asian beads and 100% silk fabric. Slight variations make each purse totally one of a kind. You can pick up one of these silk beauties in upscale stores like Neiman Marcus, Lord and Taylor, or Nordstroms. Or maybe, like me, just lovingly admire 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 bridal clutches for around $200 and up.

Grey Silk Clutch with White and Silver Bugle Beads - $259
Gold Silk Clutch with Kiss Closure and Chain Shoulder Strap - $210
Ivory Satin Clutch with Swarovski Crystals and Beads - $220