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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Exquisite Wedding Invitations!

The place to find exquisite wedding invitations, save-the-dates and stationery to complement your dream wedding! Give Your Marriage An Elegant Start With Contemporary Wedding Invitations!

You’re planning your wedding...It’s the happiest of times and there’s so much to do! We can relieve some of the stress that accompanies this important occasion by helping you create the perfect invitation for your special day.
Whatever your wedding style may be, Exquisite Invitations offer invitations & stationary to accent the glamorous, fun and luxurious nature of your ceremony. All of our wedding invitations are tailored to your style, completely customizable and delivered with a superior level of customer service.

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Wedding Favors!

Your wedding is unique. Your wedding favors should be, too! You want to provide a favor that is a reflection of you and your spouse and a keepsake that your guests will treasure forever. You will find the perfect gift among the selections here! Your unique wedding favor is only an order away.

It’s all in the details, and the right wedding favor is one way to make your wedding unforgettable. We offer the most stylish and distinctive wedding favors and wedding favor ideas for any style of wedding, within any budget.

Our extensive favor line and wide selection of unique wedding favors, gifts and personalized wedding favors are available at incredibly low prices. Browse our site to discover the secret that thousands of brides have been talking about!
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Bridal Accessories

Looking for beautiful Couture Bridal Accessories?
We have everything from bridal wedding accessories to bridal hair accessories to help you plan your very special wedding day. At A Beautiful Bride you'll find beautiful designed tiaras, hair combs & bridal accessories to go with any theme you have chosen for your wedding ceremony and reception. There are also many options for the perfect bridal veil accessories, and veils with stylish pearls and crystals that will compliment your beautiful wedding dress.

A garter, tiara, necklace or a veil - they all come together to make you beautiful on your wedding day. No one element completes the beautiful picture - it's how they look together that is important. Let us show you the latest trends and explore your accessory options.

Our goal... is to provide you with the best service and prices you can find anywhere for all of your bridal accessories and wedding supplies. We only offer products from the top names in the wedding industry and at incredible savings.

Because every bride deserves to be A Beautiful Bride!

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Unusal Wedding Chapels!

I love unusual wedding chapels! I wouldn't want to get married in one, I probably wouldn't recommend them to my clients, but oh how they make me smile!

How about an Inflatable Church?

Or maybe you'd like the chapel to come to you?

Perhaps you'd rather get married in a floating chapel? This is a whole new view of getting married at the beach! Visit:

These are great, innovative ideas for the couple who wants to have a wedding ceremony that's non-traditional, and bordering on wacky. As I tell all of my clients, there are no rules to the perfect ceremony. This is your wedding, have fun!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Trends & Traditions

New wedding themes will also emerge in 2010. Thanks in part to Vera Wang’s 2009 classical design of Ivanka Trump’s dress, I believe we will start to see fewer strapless gowns and more creative accents like feathers. "The stuffy by-the-rule-book wedding of years past has completely vanished. There is a woman in white, music, food, cake and vows - but every other aspect of the American wedding has been reconsidered," reports BRIDES Magazine New American Wedding Survey. Here are some additional statistics from the survey related to emerging wedding trends:
• Fewer than half of weddings take place in a house of worship.
• 20% of couples have a friend or relative deputized to perform the ceremony.
• 13% of receptions feature music via iPod.
• Couples going with live bands are hiring specialty bands such as salsa, R&B and Polka.
• Over 1/4 of couples plan their weddings around a theme.
• 97% of grooms get involved with the planning.
• Soul-food and Mexican are the new go-to wedding cuisines.

Despite the surge in new wedding trends, many old traditions will still live on throughout the next decade. BRIDES Magazine New American Wedding Survey also reported:
• 76% will have a large wedding with all the traditions.
• 87% of women will wear a long white dress.
• 93% will indulge in a cake-cutting ceremony.
• 75% of brides will toss the bouquet and just under that amount will share a father/daughter dance.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Rose Ice Cubes

For a truly romantic evening, whether it’s for Valentine’s Day or an anniversary, show your love with this wine bucket filled with roses encased in ice. They’ll melt any heart.

Is it edible?
Most roses are indeed edible. However, many growers use pesticides on the roses, so avoid putting these ice cubes in drinks unless you’re sure there were no chemicals used. Just use the ice to cool the wine or champagne bottle.

What you’ll need:
(per ice tray)
12 spray roses (the small ones)
12 twist ties
2 wooden skewers
1 ice tray
Floral tape

1. To keep the roses submerged in the ice trays, we have to build a framework that will weigh them down. Cut the spray roses, leaving about 2 inches of stem, and use twist ties to attach the stems to the skewers.

2. Place the roses, which are attached to the skewers, upside down in their individual ice compartments of the tray.

3. Tape down the skewers at the ends of the ice tray to keep everything from floating when you add water. Your ice tray should look like the one in the photo.

4. Add water to the ice tray and freeze overnight.


Friday, July 23, 2010

Chattanooga Bridal Show

The Chattanooga Bridal show is your opportunity to plan your wedding in one day! Meet the area’s finest wedding professionals face-to-face and find the ones who share your vision for your special day! Many vendors will offer samples, coupons, and budget-saving discounts. Every registered bride will receive a copy of Chattanooga Premier Bride Magazine free! The brand-new, full-size East Tennessee Pink Book will be available for purchase!

Tickets are $10.00 at the door or $8.00 online. Click on the coupon link to register for your $2.00 off door admission coupon. This coupon is valid for admission at the door only.

Your ticket price also includes a year’s subscription to Brides Magazine for each registered bride-to-be.
Be present at our final fashion show of the day for your chance to win cash prizes!

Purchase your tickets online to receive the special online only price! Or click on the Coupon above to get a Coupon for our show emailed directly to you.

Chattanooga Premier Bridal Show
Sunday, July 25, 2010, 12 pm - 4 pm
Chattanooga Convention Center
One Carter Plaza
Chattanooga, TN 37402


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Why Wedding Favors?

The history of wedding favors is a long and amazing one. After all, everyone knows what a wedding favor is. If you have ever been a guest at a wedding, you more than likely left with some kind of wedding gift or keepsake. This is known as a favor.

Back in the day (which in this case means many centuries ago), in places like Italy and France, people who were having a wedding would send their guests home with a small gift that was (in that day) called a Bonbonniere. However,it's very important to note that at that time these where not just given out at weddings. They were given out at almost any kind of celebration that you invited people to, like a birthday party. Now, what a Bonbonniere really was, was a favor box that was made out of something like crystal or some kind of stone, and inside you would find great things that were usually made out of sugar. It's very easy to see how wedding favor ideas were derived from these gift wrapped boxes.

So why was the Bonbonniere given out in the first place? Well, things like weddings (back in the day) were considered lucky. The thought was that if the bride and groom would pass out gifts to the guests, it would somehow include them in the luck as well. Back then, the most common type of wedding favors that were given out were actually five pieces of sugar coated almonds. These almonds were supposed to show luck for wealth, happiness, fertility, health, and a long life.
At many weddings this tradition is kept alive as being one of the best wedding favor ideas.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Green bride exquisite and eco friendly!

Deborah Lindquist is a designer of beautiful eco friendly wedding gowns.
After showing one wedding dress during a fashion show a few seasons back Deborah received such an overwhelmingly positive response, she decide to start a “green” wedding collection. The collection is bursting with couture inspired gowns, chic column skirts, bustier tops and cashmere shrugs & sweaters. The simple yet intricate construction of the Vintage Lace Bustier and matching skirt are perfect for any type of wedding, from beachside nuptials to traditional church ceremonies. For the bride-to-be looking to make an unforgettable impression, the Organic Linen Dress embellished with billowing rosettes is sure to make a statement sauntering down the aisle.
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Green Weddings: Are Your Rings Earth-Friendly and Conflict-Free?

As if buying a diamond wasn't tough enough on your wallet -- there's also your conscience to consider. Though outcry about "blood diamonds" (ones whose trade yields profits for warfare in unsettled regions) and environmentally poor mining practices has led many jewelers to adopt higher standards, it's still smart to do some homework.

Other Alternatives:
Consider wood. Yes, wood! This is for the true green heart. If you still want your piece to sparkle, artist Gustav Reyes' designs include braided silver and eco-friendly diamonds set in a wooden base.

All the material used to make these rings had a previous noble life before their transformation to a new life of beauty. Every ring is handcrafted to bring out the warmth and honesty of the wood. The artist endeavors to maintain the original spirit of any wood that offers itself to evolve into something new such as a wedding ring, anniversary ring or just simply a celebration of nature ring.
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Monday, May 17, 2010

Wedding Cake Topper Take the Cake!

Wedding cake toppers have a rich cultural history, which can be traced back to the late 19th century. While toppers became wildly popular in the mid-20th century, most cultural historians agree that they first hit the social scene in the late 19th century.

Original wedding cake toppers featured a bride and groom in various poses. These were removed and saved as treasured mementos of the wedding ceremony by the bride and groom. As cake toppers became more en vogue in the 1900s, variations on the bride and groom theme began to expand. Options that became widely acceptable were silver bells, love birds, doves, cherubs, cupids, etc. As varied as the style, the materials from which wedding cake toppers are made run the gamut.

Nowadays, couples have a range of options from which to choose. The variety of custom and personalized wedding cake toppers is simply astounding. They come in every theme, shape, size and color imaginable.

3 Ideas for Selecting Unique Wedding Cake Toppers:

So, how do you choose a unique topper?
1) Think about the couple getting married. Are they sports fanatics?
Choose a wedding cake topper with the bride and groom dressed in baseball attire - instead of the traditional wedding dress and tuxedo.

2) Another way to choose unique wedding cake toppers is to highlight a couple's future plans.
For example, do they have a dream of sailing around the world? Cake toppers of sailboats and sea maps would illustrate this dream perfectly.

3) Many couples often overcome difficulty before getting married.
Choosing unique wedding cake toppers that highlight the adversity a couple has overcome can not only add to the festivities, but remind the couple of what brought them to this point.

Whatever you choose to grace the top of your cake, make sure it's a reflection of you as a couple. After all, you'll be keeping it forever right?

Monday, May 10, 2010

Bridal Mehndi

Mehndi is the applying of a temporary form of skin decoration that is also known as a henna tattoo. It is applied during special occasions such as weddings or festivals. Usually it is put on your hands or feet and can last for a couple weeks.

The History of Mehndi:
If you have ever been to an Indian wedding you have probably seen brides wearing the “henna tattoos”. Mehndi is a timeless tradition that goes way back. In the Indian culture it is an important ritual that symbolizes beauty and is acquired for all ceremonial occasions, such as weddings. It is an essential part of the wedding ceremony and brings good luck in the couple’s years to come together. It shows glamour and adds mystery to the bride’s appearance on the wedding day.
Mehndi is made from the henna plant, or lawsonia inermis, the leaves from the henna plant are finely ground and is mixed with lemon juice and oil. The mehndi is only temporary and when washed off shows an orangish-brown color. It is completely safe and painless and has been used for over 5000 years. This art is now popular all around the world.

Importance and Designs:
Henna or Mehndi has a deeper meaning than just a temporary tattoo. One of the celebratory nights of a South Asian wedding is the “Mehndi Party”. All the relatives and friends of the bride come over to the bride’s house to get henna done on them, just small designs. As the bride gets intricate henna on her hands and feet she is informed of the marriage life and the mysteries of it. Not only does the Mehndi look gorgeous on a bride’s hands and feet, but it compliments the beautiful colors and shine that Indian Wedding & Bridal Outfits consist of.

In the design of the mehndi, the groom’s name is usually added upon the brides’ design where his name is to be found by the bride or couple. Each design is very intricate and usually covers up the entire hand. It takes a couple of hours for each mehndi to be completed depending on how detailed it is.

Tips for Brides:
* Plan your Henna Night two days before your wedding. It takes around 24 hours for your mehndi to reach its best color.
* If you have a lot of guests arriving, make sure to start your mehndi at least 3 hours ahead of time.
* Get all your pre- bridal beauty work done before so that nothing will get ruined.
* It takes around 15 to 20 minutes for your mehndi to dry. Once dried, you need to apply lemon sugar solution to help enhance the color. It will start crusting off after a few hours leaving an orange stain to your hands. Keep it away from water for about 10 hours to help last longer and it should last around 2 to 3 weeks.

Mehndi is a great way to bring your relatives and family together a few days before the wedding to enjoy each other’s company and have fun while getting hennas. It is a very unique idea added into the wedding ceremony and can be used for any type of wedding.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Knot Wedding Dress Look Book on iPhone!

Obsessed with finding the perfect wedding dress? Of course you are. Now you can browse dresses whenever you want! Download Wedding Dress Look Book, our new (free!) iPhone app, and look through hundreds of new wedding dress photos, no matter where you are. You'll also get listings of wedding dress salons that carry dresses you've been dying to try on. Search dresses (by style, shape, and price), and bookmark your favorites for later. It's the new go-to app for wedding dress shopping. Need we say more?

About Wedding Dress Look Book...
Think of it as your on-the-go source for wedding dress shopping on your iPhone from -- from wedding dress suggestions, customized to your body type and wedding style, to the bridal salons in your area that carry your favorite designs. With our app, you can:

* Get suggested wedding dress search results based on your body type, wedding style, and personality.
* Search the hottest new wedding dresses -- by style, shape, price, and designer -- and bookmark your favorites for later.

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RSVP Etiquette

As an wedding planner, I’ve observed that some of the simple, basic rules of etiquette seem to be disappearing. One example of bad manners I continue to see time and time again is how people handle an RSVP.

More and more these days, hosts are not receiving firm RSVP’s for their events and it’s causing unnecessary hassles for those who are kind enough to extend invitations. Among many headaches are difficulty in planning food quantities, uncertainty over the number of party favors and difficulties in planning appropriate seating, just to name a few.

If an invitation includes an RSVP, it means the host needs a definite head count for the planned event, and needs it by the date specified on the invitation. The process is not complicated – Step One: The host invites a guest to a party. Step Two: The guest tells the host they are either a) attending or b) not attending. Simple, right?

But there are three (at the least) very frustrating anomalies in the world of entertaining: The RSVP Blow-Off, the RSVP Fake-Out and the RSVP Take-Back.
• The RSVP Blow-Off is when the guest just doesn’t RSVP at all. They are too busy and important to even bother responding to an invitation and expect their hosts to be mind readers and just know if they are attending an event or not. RSVPing is the most important responsibility guests have. Not following through is inexcusably lazy, thoughtless and rude. (Note to guilty parties: The host will absolutely remember that your RSVP habits (and tell everyone who will listen, and eventually, if not immediately, you will be blacklisted.)

• The RSVP Fake-Out is when a guest tells their host they are attending an event and then don’t show up. Again, this guest was too busy and important to let their host know that their plans have changed and they will not be attending. Barring illness or Acts of God, are you obligated to attend if you RSVP? Yes! Backing out once you’ve committed for a “better” event or because you’re too tired is unacceptable, it’s disrespectful and it’s an abuse of the host’s time, money and effort.

• The RSVP Take-Back is when a guest RSVPs no and then shows up anyway. This is just plain inconsiderate. For most events, the cost of everything increases exponentially with the guest list. The more, the merrier does not always apply to hosts who have carefully planned out their party (and paid a head count to the caterer).

Whether it is to a wedding, a dinner, a shower or just a party, keep the following guidelines in mind:

RSVP – What It Means:
It’s French and it means “Répondez, s’il vous plaît,” or, “Please reply.” Please do so promptly, within a few days of receiving an invitation.
• Response Card: fill in and reply by the date indicated and return in the enclosed envelope.
• RSVP with phone number: telephone and make sure to speak in person – follow up if you leave a message.
• RSVP with email: you may accept or decline electronically.
• Regrets only: reply only if you cannot attend. If your host doesn’t hear from you, you presence is expected (and probably paid for)!
And always pay strict attention to the deadline – it’s there for a reason.

Changing Your Mind:
• Changing a ‘yes’ to a ‘no’ is only acceptable on account of illness or injury, a death in the family or an unavoidable professional or business conflict. Please call your hosts immediately to explain.
• Canceling because you have a “better” offer is unacceptable.
• Being a “no show” is unacceptable.
• Changing a ‘no’ to a ‘yes’ is OK only if it will not upset the hosts’ arrangements.

Bringing …
• A Date: Some invitations indicate that you may invite a guest or date (Mr. John Evans and Guest) and when you reply, you should indicate whether you are bringing someone, and convey their name.
• Children: Never bring children to an event unless they are expressly invited.
• A Houseguest: It’s best to decline the invitation, stating the reason. This gives your host the option to extend the invitation to your guests, or not.

Say “Thank You”:
Make sure to thank your hosts before you leave. Follow up with a quick note or phone call within the week following the event.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Photo Booths Create Forever Memories!

Many people remember the days when instant photo booths were everywhere. From carnivals to stores, movie theaters to sidewalks, those large boxes with the pull curtain and single seat produced strips of candid pictures that were later pinned to bulletin boards or tucked into wallets or scrapbooks. Today, those clever booths have entered the digital age and found a new life adding a fun and memories to wedding receptions.

Photo booths are available to rent from companies and independent entrepreneurs. The booth is brought to the reception and placed at the entrance or positioned in another easily accessible location. During its time of service, guests can use the booth to create a little extra wedding favor keepsake for themselves. And copies of all photos taken become an extraordinary treasure for the bride and groom.

Photo booths are a great way to entertain guests and capture priceless memories at your wedding reception. You'll get great pictures that will give you a cool behind-the-scenes look at your own wedding, or you can use the photos as favors that your guests can take home. You can either rent a photo booth from a rental company, hire a photographer to man one for you, or set up an easy DIY photo booth that your guests can operate themselves.

Fun reminders of a great day with friends and loved ones!

Remember a Loved One On Your Bouquet

Keep the memory of loved ones close by adding their photo to this pewter frame and attaching it to your bouquet. You may also add the frame to a vase holding an arrangement in your loved one's honor or to a memory candle. Frame holds a 2 1/2" x 2 1/4" photo and is engraved with "In Loving Memory." 3" x 3" frame. White ribbon included; colorful ribbon sold separately. Available for $18.00 at

Butterfly Bouquets!

This whimsical bouquet has been crafted from lots of fake brown and orange butterflies. I included all sizes and types. This is something a little different from the traditional bouquet. If you like butterflies or just want something different this bouquet is for you!! This bouquet of butterflies is hovering around a stem of ivory hydrangeas. It was tied off with a ivory bow.
The bouquet measures about 17” round and 12" tall. Available for $65.00 on

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

How Sweet It Is! Building the Candy Buffet of Your Dreams!

So — you've caught the candy buffet bug. You're not alone. More and more brides want to see a tower of sweets at their reception. Motives differ: some like how buffets allow guests to hunt and pick according to their personal sweet tooth, others like the fairytale flavor.
Candyland, Babes in Toyland, Willy Wonka: some of our earliest dreams involve forests where gumdrops hang from trees, chocolate runs in rivers and pillars are peppermint sticks. But just as with Hansel and Gretel, there's a catch to the candy buffet. Namely? Pulling off a successful one involves a touch of magic.
And if that makes you nervous, rest assured you have company. A candy buffet isn't free. Like any other "wow" aspect of a wedding, it's part of your overall investment. And while the wait staff might pass the hors d'oeuvres and the venue lay out the linens, you could be on your own when it's time to design the candy buffet.
* You choose the flowers because they're beautiful, the candy buffet should be too.

* You have to budget the candy buffet into your wedding expenses. It doesn't work well as an afterthought.

* When it comes to candy, the more the merrier. If you have a large table overflowing with candy, you have presence. The biggest disappointment I hear is that the candy buffet didn't look substantial.

* Have a focus. Focus can be anything. Candies you personally like, or a theme, or a texture. If you're having an all-white wedding, you'll want an all-white candy buffet. If you're having a destination wedding in an exotic location, you could choose dramatic, Caribbean types: Island Punch Jelly Belly beans.

When you think about it, it’s just a trend people are enjoying right now. But when you really dig down, it's not about the candy at all. It's about the nostalgia. In a lot of weddings, two people are taking a major step toward adulthood. The candy buffet lets them connect back to any fond memories they have of childhood. Candy is powerfully reminiscent, and oh how sweet our memories can be.

An Alternative to Guest Books

Wedding Wish Tree
Looking for something unique to display at your wedding reception? Consider a “wedding wish tree”!
I’ve coordinated a couple of weddings recently where the bride and groom decided to move away from the traditional guest book and mix it up a bit with a Wish Tree. The Wish Tree is a Dutch wedding custom where guests are given a piece of paper, either shaped like a leaf or made of card stock. The guests write their wishes to the bride and groom and then hang it on the tree. This creates a gorgeous centerpiece and the tree is placed at the entrance to the reception to wow your guest’s right when they walk in.

After the wedding you can create a scrapbook with the wish cards. You could even find pictures of the guests who wrote each one and place it next to their wish.

Helpful hint: give yourself plenty of time to assemble the Wish Tree. It must be done onsite and can’t be moved once it’s assembled. The one in these photos took about two hours to complete from wrapping the crystal garland inside each hurricane to laying out the wish cards for the guests to hang. It takes some time, but the wow factor is huge.

Unique Groom’s Wedding “Gear Ring”

Most men are finicky when it comes to selecting their wedding ring. They want something masculine, that expresses their personality, yet also keeps the new misses happy that he's wearing a visible sign to the world that he's not available. Enter a unique alternative to the typical band: The Gear Ring

The Gear Ring is made from high quality matte stainless steel. It features six micro-precision gears that turn in unison when the outer rims are spun.
Gear Ring's creator, Glen Liberman, has always been fascinated and inspired by small mechanisms and their complementary movements. With this interest in mind, the concept was envisioned for the Gear Ring, a product “complex enough to play with, yet simple enough to wear.”

Now I know this ring looks a little bit odd but I also know that some of your men would just love it! This ring is made by Kinekt Designs and it actually moves! How fun! The Gear Ring is made from high quality matte stainless steel. It features six micro-precision gears that turn in unison when the outer rims are spun.
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See it in action on YouTube

I Do! Take Two

Family Medallion Ceremony
If a parent gets remarried after a divorce or the death of their spouse, they may decide to have a family medallion ceremony. After the couple exchange wedding rings, their children join them at the altar. The bride and groom will then place a medal "medallion" around the neck of each child and pledge their love to them.

Family Medallions were created to assist with "family weddings" and to recognize a family commitment. The Family Medallion symbol includes three equally merged circles. Two circles represent the marriage union while the third symbolizes the importance of children within the family. All Family Medallions come with a copy of the "Celebrating The New Family" ceremony.

Cute Bride & Groom Favors

Whether you mix n' match or pair them up, these mini-brownie candy wedding favors are sure to be a guest favorite. They arrive wrapped in a cellophane bag with an organza bow (packaged either individually or as a pair).
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Signature Wedding Drinks

Signature drinks – That’s right, come up with your own concoction, preferably something both you and you’re future significant other like or have a bride drink and a groom drink. Hopefully, you pick something that most other people would like too! Give it a fancy name that personalizes it for you. You can post the name and ingredients at each bar.

Check out On their site you can find drinks that match your wedding’s color scheme. They have resources to print labels to make custom stirrers and templates to print custom drink menus! Stirrings sells the mix for all the drinks they mention. You can coordinate with your caterer or banquet hall to order Stirrings mixers.

Idea: Instead of an open bar offer only beer, wine, champagne, and one signature drink that you name and tie into the theme of the wedding.

Non-Traditional Wedding Rings

Although classic wedding ring styles will always be prevalent, more couples are choosing non traditional wedding rings to symbolize their union than ever before. There are many reasons a couple may choose a non-traditional wedding ring over a more classic style. The appeal of contemporary rings is great, and many brides and grooms-to-be want a unique symbol of their love for one another.

Historically, wedding rings were simple round gold bands with no adornments whatsoever. Since then, the wedding ring business has opened up a host of opportunities to design the perfect ring to commemorate a marriage with a variety of gemstones, precious metals, settings and other design elements to choose from.

However, there are a variety of even more alternative styles that may suit the truly unique couple who do not want to spend a lot of money for a wedding ring and want something different from the norm, or even something different from more contemporary styles!

For something non-traditional and yet still gorgeous check out this wedding set of Alex and Chloe’s "Holding You Forever Wedding Ring for Her"

* 14k solid gold circle-meets-square bands
* Made in USA
* Three princess-cut inverted white diamonds; .70 carat.
* Each ring is custom-made when your order is placed.
* Rings can be ordered separately or as a set.


Sunday, April 18, 2010



When the party is over and the cake is gone you can have a keepsake to treasure and display for the years to come. These cake toppers are works of art that are a lasting reminder of your very special day. You can have a cake topper that is uniquely yours, made from your photographs to not only resemble you but capture your uniqueness as a couple. Let it reflect your humor, hobbies, interests, and career. From comical to sophisticated, traditional to outrageous...

Each figurine is hand sculpted with great attention to detail from photos provided by the customer and can be customized for a topper that is truly one of a kind. Cake topper figurines will normally be about 7.5" tall and are made of polymer clay.

The figurines are made of colored clay though some items are painted such as the eyes, lips and some clothing details. Some embellishments are used that are not clay such as Swarovski rhinestones, antique pearls, and sheer cloth for the bridal veil. Figures are mounted on a wooden base and come with a beautiful glass display dome.
Visit to view their impressive gallery.

The Twilight Bride

Black Wedding Dress – Why Not?
You Don't Have To Be Goth To Get Married in Black:
The idea of a black wedding dress might make some women cringe, but to an unconventional bride-to-be, a black wedding gown could be "the one." Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be Goth to look and feel great in a darker dress on the big day – but it is easy to go overboard. Here are some great tips and suggestions on how to totally rock your black wedding dress without going over the top.
* Mix it with white. The best way to incorporate black in a wedding dress is to pair it with a classic white or even ivory. You can have more black than white or vice versa, but this way you’ll look more "black tie" than Morticia Adams.
* Nix the dark makeup. Sure, you want smoky eyes. Who doesn’t? If you’re looking into wearing a black wedding dress, however, dark eyeliner can make you look like something out of the graveyard. Go easy on the makeup for a fresh-faced, dewy look instead.
* Avoid heavy fabrics. Black velvet simply screams Gothic teenager. If you’re going dark, go with thinly layered chiffon or light satin instead of thick, heavy garments.
* Consider a tighter fit. Drenching yourself in layer upon layer of black fabric will only make you look like a Gothic prom queen in your black wedding dress. Look for something with a streamlined fit or a tighter bodice with a flowing skirt. Try going for a blend between cocktail dress and traditional wedding gown.
* Don’t wear long sleeves. Enough said.
* Wear minimal jewelry. If you were planning on wearing a huge Victorian-style necklace with your black wedding dress, you’re better off with a simple pair of drop earrings. The focus is on your dress and you don’t want to look cluttered. That actually goes for any dress with strong colors or a lot of detail.
As you search for the perfect black wedding dress, you may be surprised at the variety of styles that fall under the term gothic. A gothic wedding dress is similar to a Renaissance dress and it may be closer to the dark style of the underworld.

Romantic black bouquets complement twilight nuptuals:
Whether you looking for a pretty black bridal bouquet or beautiful contemporary black wedding flowers there are 100's of inspirational wedding bouquet ideas and designs to choose from. Black wedding flowers for brides are interesting and a different side of style and statement. There are many flowers with black colors or tints.
This bouquet is made up of Black Calla Lilies, Chocolate Cosmos and Peacock feather make a sassy, chic bouquet. Visit

Twilight and Vampire Wine are both love at first bite!
Vampire Merlot was harvested from cool-climate, coastal vineyards at the southern end of the Central Coast’s Paso Robles viticultural district. At this site, sunny summer days are tempered by daily afternoon fog rolling in off the nearby Morro Bay and Pacific Ocean. Cost: $10.95 For more information visit

Wedding Cake Charms

Cake charms can be used for many different reasons. One of the most popular is for cake pulls. What are those? Well, you simply have your baker attach each charm to a length of ribbon and insert them in between the layers of your cake with the ribbon extending out beyond the edge of the cake. Then at the reception you have each of your bridesmaids pull out a charm for good luck

In the Victorian Era, a Bride would place wedding cake charms into the bottom layers of her wedding cake. Each bridesmaid would pull a ribbon from the wedding cake and discover the cake charm dangling from the other end of the ribbon, revealing her fortune.

Today, wedding cake charms are used at the Bridesmaid Luncheons, where each bridesmaid pulls one ribbon from the center of a bundt cake to find her cake charm and reveal her fortune.

The wedding cake charms are also used at the wedding reception before the cake cutting ceremony. The individual cake pulls are nestled in the icing of the bottom layer of the wedding cake and each bridesmaid pulls a ribbon from the cake to reveal her destiny.
However you choose to use them they are a unique and fun surprise sure to add a special touch to your event. Visit for a unique selection.

Convertible Gowns: Going From Your Ceremony to Reception in Style

Face it, going straight from a wedding ceremony to the bash of your life is a radical transition few brides can carry off without making some changes to her attire. The most typical adjustments are to head and hemline. Following the ceremony, a bride usually takes off the longest layer of veil or removes it entirely leaving only the headpiece. A train that looked spectacular during the walk down the aisle gets bustled up for dancing and moving around. Some brides even take time out between ceremony and reception, changing into an entirely different dress—usually something "cocktailish" that’s chic in addition to comfortable.

Enter the Convertible Wedding Gown. A convertible wedding dress transforms from a glamorous mermaid style complete with chapel train to a fashionable cocktail length gown. The secret is in the invisible zipper cleverly tucked under one of the ruffled tiers. The halter strap is also removable for the ultimate transformation. The aisle will feel like a runway as you make your grand entrance in this unique creation. Your guests will be amazed when you re-emerge in the more practical yet still fabulous knee-length version.

The detachable skirt zips off for convenience. Wear the short dress for another occasion: for the reception, an after party, on your way to the honeymoon or even for a special first anniversary party! The dress shown is available from