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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Demetrios' Collection Will Make Your Feel Like A Princess On Your Wedding Day!

Looking for a dress with a ballgown style? Wedding gown designer, Demetrios, has a large selection on his web site. Shown above is a style from the Ilyssa collection, one of my personal favorites, but there are plenty of choices for every bride to choose her own personal look.
This elegant style looks like the perfect gown for a bride who wants style without going over the top and wearing something that is really 'out there.' Sometimes less is more. Not too much lace, ruffles etc. can be a real selling point for a dress especially for a petite bride.
This gown, sprinkled with glitter, is the perfect Cinderella look. You'll feel like a princess in all of these gowns. Visit your local Demetrios salon listed on their web site to try on their selection of dresses. Real Demetrios gowns are only sold in their salons.
Demetrios warns: "Buying gowns on the Internet is NOT authorized by Demetrios and the buyer does so at the risk of receiving an inferior product. Some brides who have ordered their gowns over the Internet have found that the gown they received was not an authentic Demetrios gown, the wrong color, damaged or the wrong size.Demetrios supports only the finest full service brick and mortar bridal salons so that we can ensure that our trained retail sales personnel will treat you with the attentive and knowledgeable service you deserve!" Just a heads up for anyone considering purchasing their gown on the Internet.

Flower Girl Dresses Go Pastel

Flower girl dresses with a ballerina theme in pretty pink and lavender are perfect for little girls as they walk down with their basket of rose petals. Love the border around the hem and the pretty flowers shown on the back of the dresses. Flower girls and ring bearers round out a wedding party and add a little something extra to your wedding day.
This pink flower girl's dress has a border as well. This photo is from Pinterest, I could not find it on the site stated, just sharing for your inspiration. This flower girl would fit right in with my family--no shoes! Below an aqua flower girl dress would be perfect for a spring wedding, love pretty pastels for weddings! The aqua dress is perfect for peacock theme weddings.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Peacock Theme Wedding

Photo courtesy of Wendy and Jesse on Rock n Roll Bride and
their photographer Paul from Patton Productions
Wendy and Jesse's wedding is featured on Rock N Roll Bride. Their peacock theme was a hit with guests and the photos by Paul of Patton Productions bring out the theme without overwhelming the viewer. Brides planning a peacock color or theme wedding will enjoy browsing through these photos.
Even invitations had a peacock theme. They were bright but not overwhelming, a perfect choice. Visit this link and see the rest of the photos from this creative wedding.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Baby's Breath For Flower Girls

 Photo courtesy of Southern Wedding; Posted on
These flower girls have a unique way of carrying their flowers down the aisle. Their 'rope' of baby's breath is perfect with their delicate white dresses. Their ballet flats are likely the most comfortable shoes ever to walk down the aisle. Why do we as adult women torture ourselves by wearing high heels when we could be wearing soft, comfortable ballet flats?

So if you love pink and white, visit this link and see how they incorporated the colors into their wedding theme.

The Shoes Have It!

Brides everywhere will fall in love with these shoes decorated with tiny flowers, pearly and gold beads.
I couldn't find the source for these shoes which leads me to believe they are a DIY project of a bride who has very creative fingers! If not, there's no reason you couldn't attempt this on your own. Yes, it will take a huge amount of patience, but the final look will be well worth it. Totally lovin' these pretty shoes for the bride. How about you?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Baby's Breath Font For Brides

Make your own wedding invitations or other paper designs using Keziah Chong's gorgeous font that has baby's breath wound through each letter. It's breathtaking and will be sure to wow your guests with that little something extra that every bride is looking for to make her wedding unique. I hope you enjoy this font as much as I do.
Take the time to browse through Behance, a great site for the creative and the wanna be's who love seeing what people who can, can do.

Low Cost Centerpieces

Trying to plan a low cost centerpiece? Do a take off of this lantern with candles and a gold runner instead of flowers. for your wedding. This look is upscale without the high cost of fresh flowers. It also lets you use candlelight at your reception (flattering for everyone!)
One caveat, be sure to check with your venue to see if they allow candlelight. If they don't, consider purchasing battery operated candles. They aren't as pretty in daylight but are a good option for evening. Buy them in bulk from Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Enjoy browsing through Style Me Pretty for other great ideas for your wedding day.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Flower Do? Hair Do That Is

Photo from Merle Dress Facebook Page
I've seen some creative hairstyles for brides in my time (and I guess this would work for bridesmaids as well.) The floral design in the back is perfectly designed and executed, and WOW, I hope it has a lot of pins and hairspray!
For other great photos visit Merle Dress' Facebook page.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

KISS and Weddings

Photo courtesy of 312 Photobooth
Avoid some stress on your wedding day by KISS (no not kissing, though that's not such a bad idea) but by 'keeping it simple stupid.' Weddings today have become huge productions--photographers, videographers, DJs, bands, photobooths, games, mashed potato stations, dessert making stations, magicians and clowns, fancy chalkboard displays for the couple's names and for their seating charts, ice carvings, martini bars, and so on and so on and so on. All of this in addition to the usual flowers and other decorations. As a guest I'm tired before the night starts.

So I have one suggestion for the bride and groom planning a theme wedding--choose one great idea, like a photobooth, and do it really well. Add great costumes, hats, boas, signs to the photobooth. Use the photos as your favors. And don't add dancing bears and caricaturists to the mix! (OK, I'm kidding, I've never been to a wedding with dancing bears, just the idea of it spooks me.)

Dancing bear courtesy of Can Stock Photo

Go big with your one idea. It will be a much more powerful statement than if you scatter multiple ideas throughout your wedding and reception. The fewer little details you have to manage on your wedding day the more you and your groom can enjoy your day--and isn't that a big part of what you want for your wedding day? With a little careful planning (notice I said 'little') you can avoid overdoing it and have a tasteful wedding that rocks! So remember, KISS. (Yes both kinds!)

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Winner Of Tickets To 'Catch Me If You Can' Is...

Denise Haines is the winner of a pair of tickets to see the musical 'Catch Me If You Can' at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Hope you enjoy the show Denise!
Look for more great shows in Philadelphia this season. Keep your eyes open for other giveaways in the future! (Crossing my fingers! Hoping I'll have some to offer you!) So if you didn't win this time, keep on trying!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Win Tickets For Catch Me If You Can

Win tickets for the Tuesday night performance of Catch Me If You Can in Philadelphia. This toe-tapping Broadway musical will be at the Academy of Music Tuesday, January 15 - Sunday, January 20.
I know you're busy wedding planning and saving money is key, so free tickets are just the thing for the busy bride to be and her fiance. You need to take some time away from wedding planning and a musical is just the thing to get your mind off budgets and guest lists.  Come on, it's time for date night!

Catch Me If You Can is a rollicking adventure that follows con man extraordinaire Frank Abagnale Jr. as he uses his charm, imagination, and boyish good looks (and a few million in forged checks) to live the high life posing as a doctor, lawyer and pilot. Not only does he pull off these cons, he falls in love with the girl of  his dreams. Close on Frank's heels is FBI agent Carl Hanratty. Hanratty chases Frank, laugh as he 'just misses' catching up with him multiple times.

This entertaining musical was created by a Tony Award®-winning 'dream team,' book by Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime), score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray), choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Legally Blonde), and it was directed by Jack O'Brien (Hairspray, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels).

Don't miss this chance to win two free tickets to see this big-hearted musical adventure "based on an astonishing real-life story of being young, in love...and in deep, deep trouble!"

To get a chance to have a chance to win two free tickets write a comment below on why you want to win these tickets and who you'd like to take with you if you won. Be sure to provide your email address so I can contact you to let you know you are 'THE WINNER!" One set of free tickets available for the giveaway on this blog.

Other bloggers giving away free tickets (just in case you don't win mine):

Delco Diva

Genesis Moments

Fun Finds For Families

Kitchen Table

Mommy Entourage

**The blogger was provided with free tickets for running this giveaway. This has not effected the content of this blog post and all opinion remains her own.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Getting Your Rings 'Safely' Down The Aisle

Photo from Wedding Day Pin
Tired of those same tried and true cutesy pillows that the ring bearer carries? Looking for something a little bit different? Why not give him this little safe, complete with a headset and shades to make him look like he's 'top secret' and carrying very important items. Like your wedding rings!
 Love this photo. You need a ring bearer who can carry it off with a straight face but it would be fun, especially if your ring bearer is a little older than the usual. So lock up those rings (just be sure you don't forget the combination!)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Breaking The Ice

Going to a wedding where you don't know most of the guests? Feeling a little shy and not sure how to navigate a whole day of talking to strangers? What to do?

First plan some questions to ask ahead of time. This lets you easily come up with an easy question to show your interest in a new acquaintances without searching for one spur of the moment. Think about easy social questions that apply to almost everyone.

Or consider comments that you can make that are easy for new acquaintances to reply to like how pretty the bride looked, how much you like the flowers, how moving the ceremony was, or how much you like the location where either the ceremony or the reception are being held. A short comment with a  followup question asking their opinion can get the conversation started.

You can also easily ask if people are friends of the bride or groom and after they tell you follow up with how you know the couple. Introduce yourself to others by name. Say "Hi I'm Nancy, I'm a friend of Tina's. I don't think I've met you before. Are you a friend of the bride or groom? " Easy social chatter that breaks the ice lets you move onto additional conversation. Party conversations don't have to be 'deep' but rather should show your interest in others.

Ask open ended questions that require a response from the person you are talking to. This immediately gets the conversation started. An open ended question requires a person to reply with their opinion or thoughts and encourages them to elaborate--and a conversation is born.

And a compliment to your new acquaintance is an easy way to get the conversation started. What man or woman doesn't like hearing a compliment? It's hard to dislike someone who is admiring your shoes, suit, dress or hair.

Listen to conversations other people are having to pick up cues to good questions to ask them. If you overhear someone talking about their golf game, there is a good chance they'll enjoy discussing their passion with you. It lets you gauge ahead of time what you have in common with someone so you aren't floundering around for commonalities.

  • Keep it light, this is a wedding not a philosophy conference or a political rally.
  • Don't just talk about yourself, show an interest in others, who they are and what they do.
  • Keep it friendly and positive.
  • Have positive and open body language. Often our non-verbal communication says as much as our verbal conversations.
  • And most of all, remember, first impressions do matter. Show people your best side.
  • Critical to meeting a lot of other people and having a good time? Look like you're having a great time even if you are uncomfortable. People are naturally drawn to others who look like they are having a great time, so be the person who is enjoying themselves. When you can have a good time with one or two other people you soon meet a whole new group of friends.
Now you're ready to go to the next wedding (or party) and feel comfortable meeting new people and making new friends.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Wedding Shower Ideas

Photo courtesy of Giver's Log
Looking for a great way to up the look of the balloons for a wedding shower? Why not have double balloons? The wedding theme colors on the inside of a clear, polka dot balloon on the outside? Great look that takes the decorations up a notch from simple balloons from your balloon store.
Don't know how to make these? eHow tells you how to make them using a straw or chop stick to insert the smaller balloon inside the larger one and then blowing up the larger balloon first, finishing off with the smaller one and tying off.  Their tutorial is step by step and will make these professional looking balloons take your party to the next level.
Looking for some other polka dot theme party food to serve? Try visiting Pinterest where you'll find lots of links to websites with ideas for fun party ideas using polka dots.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Baby's Breath Highlight

If you are trying to save money but want large bouquets using baby's breath is a great option. You can get a lot of volume for your dollar.  These delicate white flowers give your wedding a lacy look and are perfect especially for weddings in cooler venues or during cooler seasons.
See the huge bouquets above for your  aisle for your ceremony--an inexpensive way to look like you've gone all out on your flowers. Just sprinkle some rose petals on the floor between the tall standing bouquets to keep your guests from knocking over the tall vases.
If you're looking for other ways to use baby's breath for your wedding day, check out my posts: Lacy Look For Weddings Isn't Expensive; Fall Wedding Finery; Romantic Pumpkin Carvings For Weddings; and Easy Wedding Ceremony Backdrop.
If you like the wreath look for your pews, baby's breath can make inexpensive and easy DIY (do it yourself) wreaths. Add some pastel ribbons to hold them on the pews and they are easy to set up and take down. Use them later on the wall of your reception venue.
Look for future posts on using baby's breath for bouquets on WDW(Wedding Day Weekly).

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Details That Create The Perfect Wedding

Plaid Shoe Bows from Etsy
The Belle and The Beau on Etsy offer these cute shoe clips perfect for the bride who wants to kick up her look at her wedding from ho hum to WOW! Carry over the look to the groom's bow tie in a similar though not matching plaid. Perfect for a spring or summer wedding.
This Etsy shop is the perfect place to shop for wedding accessories that will take your wedding from the everyday to the unique. I love a wedding where the details are what make the wedding's look.

Wedding Cakes With Inner Beauty

Cake photo from Hong Kong Fashion Geek cakes from Ms B's Cakery
Instead of a typical wedding cake why not try some individual cakes for each table that are show-stoppers? The cake above is one of my favorites. I love the layers of colors inside and my tongue is just dying to taste all those flavors blending together! The butterflies on top make it easy to decorate. All the hard work on this cake is on the inside.
Cake for Ms. B's Cakery/Photo from Hong Kong Fashion Geek
Having a black and white wedding? Why not serve these black and white checkerboard cake? Again, serve one per table or per several people, these cakes rely more on their inner beauty than fancy icing. This uses coconut and a simple black and white butterfly to make a statement.
What will you do for your wedding? Go traditional with a three tier wedding cake or try one of these interesting takes on delectable desserts?