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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cigars and Cufflinks - A Night For The Groom--See DATE CHANGE

Alright men, you've gone and popped the question (or said 'I Do' if she's asked)but now what? Your fiance is all geared up and into the wedding planning,she's going to bridal fairs and researching every tiny detail of your wedding--but what can you do? How can you be part of this process?(If you want to see much of your bride to be in the next 9 months to a year it's time to get with it!)

Events of Sophistication offers grooms a night called "Cigars and Cufflinks." This night, just for the groom, helps you take a more active role in planning your wedding and offers grooms the chance to meet with wedding pros who specialize in formal attire, music for your wedding, grooming, health and fitness and other topics (such as budgeting and the all important honeymoon planning.) Events of Sophistication offers grooms all this information while they enjoy an evening of cigars, hors oeuvres, cocktails, entertainment, swag bags and raffles.

Where and when can you find this great event?

The Crowne Plaza Hotel North - Hunt Valley
2004 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, MD 21093

Date: Thursday, September 29th, 2011  Date Changed to OCTOBER 6, 2011

5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Registration Link

Cigars and Cufflinks is sponsored by:

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Try Color Select Studio To Colorize Your Wedding Photos

I love this program! So easy to use and you can apply color to portions of your photos, a flower here, a sash there, color the accents in your photos to give them a custom look without the cost. (video courtesy of

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Something Blue--That's Edible?

I'll bet you never considered your something blue at your wedding could be bleu cheese! White you certainly don't want to carry it down the aisle (what a mess that would be!) many cheeses offer your guests a chance to sample something blue for some additional bridal luck as well as providing a colorful cheeseboard while avoiding an orange color cheddar! Add some boutique crackers and some pretty flags identifying each cheese by name and your cheese board is ready to roll.  Don't forget to put out plenty of cheese knives for cutting!

Cameos and Your Wedding

Visit Bridal Black and White Blog and see an incredible tablescape featuring cameos! Love the look for a Victorian wedding.

Monday, July 18, 2011

More About Pudding Lane And Something Special For My Readers!

A few days ago I wrote a post called "The Next Cupcake?" about a great company called Pudding Lane in Havertown PA.  Pudding Lane offers a lot of pluses but for some, best of all, they offer a GLUTEN FREE option for anyone planning a wedding or other event.

In case you missed my previous post Pudding Lane is available for a variety of events including company groups, church events, holiday parties, bridal showers or sweet bars at weddings. The comany sets up a pudding bar for the guests with a selection of puddin flavors and a variety of toppings. Just mention THE WEDDING QUEEN and get your 10% discount for the remainder of 2011 on your catering service.  You can also get a 10% discount on any in-store birthday parties by mentioning my blog.  For your next event call the experts at Pudding Lane and let someone else do the work! Best of all call them this year and get your discount!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Aisle Runners

Photo posted on Preston Bailey's site, Bride Ideas of floor decals by Blik are a great idea for an aisle runner or even a dance floor--perfect for a wedding! The GIANT doilys are made by Blik and they aren't the only ideas you can find on this incredible web site.  (Actually both Blik's web site and Preston Bailey's site have great ideas!)  Love this lacey look for the ultra feminine bride!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Chocolate Cheese?

Want to WOW your guests? Serve this Chevre Chocolat Cheese.  I have to admit I've never seen chocolate cheese before but if it's chocolate I'm game!  This cheese is so pretty it's sure to impress both the eye and the palate of your guests.  Order through Sid Wainer & Son, as great web site for fun food including edible flowers and baby veggies.   Sid's baby veggies are almost too good to eat and would wow as part of a centerpiece or other flower arrangement or on a dinner plate.  Take you time going through the site--it's a visual feast for your eyes.  And be sure to order your favorites!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Hand Painted Wedding Shoes--By Figgie Shoes

Want to go over the top for your wedding shoes? Green Wedding Shoes showed off these great hand painted shoes in their blog.  The shoes are created by Figgie Shoes, and the styles and designs are limitless!

Visit Figgie's web site to learn more about this artist who can turn your shoes into a piece of artwork!
Be sure to read how she got her name and about her other endeavors.  Figgie can make shoes for any occasion and does! I love finding an artist who thinks outside the box--in this case, the shoe box! 

From Figgie's Web Site

Why just spend a lot of money of designer shoes for your wedding when you can have a piece of art that you can display after your wedding? 

Brides Across America--Free Dresses for Military Brides

Brides Across America is a great program that gives military brides a dress for free.  Check out their web site for the date it is coming to a city near you!  The event began with the idea that we needed to do more to help out our troops and their families (or families to be).  Bridal salons donate wedding gowns to qualified military brides (see web site for qualifications).  Most gowns are samples and overstocks and worth up to $3000.  So if you know a military bride you think might qualify, send her the web site and help her cut her wedding budget!  Coming to Pennsylvania July 13 and 14, New York later this month (other states are listed on their web site.

Catering Software

Cooking for your own wedding? Own your own catering business? Are you an event manager? I found this simple but effective software on Linked In.  Called 'Catering Tracker' this web based software tracks all your vendors, lets you process invoices, processes cost changes instantly, generates a customer database and the ubiquitous TO DO list everyone has (or if they don't have, NEED).  More tools include a menu manager and the ability to use this anywhere there is a computer.  You get a free trial so why not give it a whirl? Love that it's web based! Makes it so convenient!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Love Chocolate But Cutting Calories? Try This!

If you are cutting calories but love chocolate...and eat it or need it in one form or another when you are stressed, this chocolate perfume you can find at Temper Chocolate might be just the thing you need to get you through the stress of wedding planning without adding any extra pounds! Temper Chocolate is a tiny yet elegant chocolate shop in the lobby of the Commonwealth Hotel in Kenmore Square in Boston. The owner, Caroline Yeh speaks about the perfume on the video above. She assures us that the perfume doesn't really smell like chocolate (after all you really don't want to smell like a Hershey's factory) but rather has cocoa as one of the ingredients. This complex blend of aromas is sure to please both chocolate fanatics as well as those looking for an exotic perfume as well. Stop in and give it a try!

Friday, July 8, 2011

The Next Cupcake?

Pudding Lane introduces Gourmet Pudding Bars! We have talked about a variety of types of bars for weddings, everything from mashed potato bars to churro bars, now thanks to a company in Havertown PA we have GOURMET PUDDING BARS! The company that is the genius behind this wide selection (with more coming) of gourmet puddings is called Pudding Lane.
 Pudding Lane offers a variety of toppings for gourmet rice puddings that let your guests have the final say in just how they want their pudding to taste.
You can vary the flavor of rice puddings and the types of toppings. Everything from fruit to candy to great tasting syrups, and of course, great whipped cream as toppings. Not every topping is available year round due to Pudding Lanes' commitment to freshness. 
Visit Pudding Lane, the web site of the great entrepreneurs who are making pudding the next cupcakes!  For those looking for a great business opportunity they have a link that is up and coming about franchise opportunities--I'm afraid I'd eat all the profits, but if you have just a little self control... keep you eyes open for their franchise opportunities.  Also note if you want to stop by their web site they sometimes have coupons for their readers. 

Paper Blooms

I found great paper flower tutorials on Knuckle Salad, a great site for foodies and crafters. Kristina's directions on how to make six different types of paper flowers is invaluable. You can use them alone or mix and match them as you like. Enjoy reading the rest of the site for other great entertaining ideas. I love finding someone who offers my readers a lot of great creative and/or tasty content, a site that offers both is a real bonus. Read the directions as well as the comments before you start your flowers. The follow up comments are very helpful too. If you manage to master these paper blooms you'll save mega $$$ on your flower costs for your wedding. Congrats to Kristen and Knuckle Salad!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Do You Think They Consulted Disney?

My sister forwarded this very funny set of pictures to tell me...what do you think? Do they look alike or what?

Shopping for Your Honeymoon?

Romantic in the city

Anna Sui silk dress, $697
Oasis faux fur coat, £25
Vanessa Bruno sheer lace bra, $78
Vanessa Bruno sheer panty, $60
Miu Miu platform heels, £259
Moschino evening clutch handbag, $564
Cathy Waterman gold jewelry, $5,370
LOWLUV 14k jewelry, £38
Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer, $21
Manhattan View, USA By Night Poster: 91.5cm x 61cm - Buy Online, £3.99
Dior Miss Dior Cherie 3.4 oz Eau de Parfum Spray, $98

Check out some of these great looks if you're shopping for your honeymoon. It's not all lingerie but still it's guaranteed to knock his socks off! Visit at this link.

When A Long Gown Isn't What Your Want...

Haute Hippie dress

Haute Hippie dress (see more asymmetrical dresses)

Looking for an unusual wedding dress? How about a short flapper dress with the appropriate accessories? Sometimes when a regular 'gown' doesn't fit the bill for your personality it's time to think out of the box,and this dress certainly does that! You could build the whole theme of your wedding around the era of the 1920's and the flapper look. You can find all the links for the products shown here.


Other options for accessories are shown below:

Hats off to You!

Pleaser retro heels
$58 -

ASOS cuff bracelet
$18 -

Kenneth Jay Lane tahitian pearl necklace
$224 -

Monsoon trilby hat
£26 -

NARS 'Multiple' Tint
$38 -

Dior 'Addict' Ultra-Gloss Reflect
$27 -

Check out some of the graphics in these pics that would be great for use for table numbers or decorating.

Roaring 20's