Archive for January, 2012
Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
Selecting the Right Bridal Hair Accessories
Bridal Hair Accessories
Bridal hair accessories are what makes a complete outfit on your wedding day. Whether you have your hair up, down, pulled back, front, curly, or straight, every bridal “do” needs some special bridal hair accessories to complete the look. So what are some of the advantages and disadvantages of each style? Which bridal hair accessories are best for different wedding styles and venues?
Bridal Combs: If your inspiration is a mix of old Hollywood with contemporary glamour, bridal combs might just be the right bridal hair accessories for you. Bridal combs work best with long hairdos that sweep to the side – these hair accessories should look like they’re held up effortlessly. If you have thicker, longer hair that will look heavy if pulled to the side, opt for a different style.
Bridal Combs are the most versatile of all bridal hair accessories; from sparkling flowers to beaded tendrils, there’s a bridal comb that will fit your look and your venue.
Tiaras: No girl is ever the wrong girl for a tiara. These bridal hair accessories work best for formal affairs and sweeping ball gowns – just like the fairy tales. Almost any hairstyle will work well with a tiara, especially if you don’t have much to work with. Short hair tends to be limiting in the world of bridal hair accessories, but tiaras are a great compliment to any length.
Birdcage Veil: The reason birdcage veils count as bridal hair accessories is this: they’re usually secured by a headband or small pill box hat. Birdcage veils take a special kind of bold to pull off well, especially if you’re opting for a funky head accessory. Vintage weddings tend to rock these bridal hair accessories best, but don’t be intimidated – Birdcage veils are all about the attitude.
Sunday, January 29th, 2012
Decorate with Cartoon Cake Toppers
Cartoon Cake Toppers
Were you and your future spouse glued to the television on Saturday mornings as children (or last weekend)? Celebrate your love of late nights on Cartoon Network with cartoon cake toppers! Cartoon cake toppers take the shape of all your favorite characters, including the Flintstones (and the Rubbles, if Barney and Betty were more your style), the Jetsons, The Simpsons, and every other famous animated couple. Cartoon cake toppers also showcase your personality to your friends and family on your wedding day. Did your courtship get a rocky start – just like Penelope and Pepe Le Pew or Lucy and Shroeder? Showcase those beginnings with cartoon cake toppers!
Cartoon cake toppers don’t have to come from the small screen – the Sunday Funnies can be inspiration as well. Many a romance blooms while sharing giggles in front of a newspaper on the living room floor – invite Garfield and Arlene or Blondie and Dagwood to take center stage on your unity dessert.
Cartoon cake toppers will add color and fun to your cake or display table on your wedding day, and they make even better keepsakes after the festivities have come to a close. Keep your cartoon couple close in your new home as a reminder of romance’s ability to last through time.
Saturday, January 28th, 2012
A Football Wedding Cake Topper for your Big Day
Football Wedding Cake Topper
If you and your betrothed are big football fans and Super Bowl Sunday is the highlight of your year (aside from your wedding day, of course), think about finding yourself a football wedding cake topper. A football wedding cake topper works great as the centerpiece of your main attraction cake (the big fluffy one your guests will be eyeing), or as an accessory to your groom’s cake. A football wedding cake topper also looks great on your guestbook table or alongside your escort cards.
Wherever you decide to put it, a football wedding cake topper will be hard to miss. A football wedding cake topper shows your guests how you and your future spouse bond, and can be a great crowning piece to a themed cake. Did you meet at a college game? Did one of you play in high school? Did you attend rival universities? Incorporate your personal story into your cake and cake topper – a football wedding cake topper should be a piece of your story that guests can enjoy even before they dig in to the dessert!
A football wedding cake topper doesn’t have to be one solid piece, either; individual bride and groom figurines with cohesive themes make it easier for same-sex couples to get a piece of the wedding cake gridiron.
Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
Many brides that their impending wedding day makes a great motivator for their weight loss goals. Upcoming nuptials are a good marker for health goals: your friends and family will be looking at you all day, you’re going to fill several albums with pictures of you and your new spouse, and you have to fit into what will likely be a very expensive and wonderful dress. All of these factors make getting in shape for your wedding an important goal, but try to keep these tips in mind as you’re dusting off your chin-up bar:
Waiting Until the Last Minute will Wreck your Body
Typical engagements last close to a year – so unless you’re running to the altar, you’ve got plenty of time to develop good, healthy habits. Don’t spend months cramming in burgers and fries as you’re addressing invitations only to switch to a cabbage-and-tequila diet two weeks before your final dress fitting. Getting healthy and losing weight is a long, difficult process, and you need to respect your body as you work toward your goals. Start small, and work your way up to taking out red meat and dessert, or drastically reducing your daily caloric intake. Long-term weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint, and if you crash diet at the last minute, you’re not going to find results that last.
Dieting Alone Isn’t Optimal
Try to think about weight loss as a reflection of both biology and physics: If your body isn’t getting as much energy as it usually gets, it’s going to find it somewhere else so you don’t starve. Your hope will obviously be that it takes what it needs from fat that you’ve already got, but there are other places your body can find what it wants: your muscles. Unless you’re using your muscles regularly (by exercising them), your body will assume that it’s cool to dissolve them. You will see yourself losing weight, but good luck with the pickle jar in a few months. Incorporate an exercise regimen in whatever capacity you can, and find time for both cardio and weight training.
When I was in high school, one of my teachers got engaged in the first few weeks of the year. She immediately switched from high sugar/high fat foods to fresh green salads and colorful, whole fruit, in addition to a high-intensity workout routine that she followed for months. By the time her big day came around, she’s lost more than fifty pounds. When school started the next year, it had all come back.
The reason most diets don’t work is because the people employing them tend to be short-sighted. They think of their new routine as a temporary hardship that will give them results that last forever, but the truth is: You can’t just diet; you have to change the way you live. Make your new habits a part of your life, or the weight will flood back to you as soon as you return from your honeymoon. Use your wedding as your motivation, not your goal.
Monday, January 23rd, 2012
Eco Friendly Wedding Accessories for an Environmentally Conscious Event
Eco Friendly Wedding Accessories
If you and your fiancé are environmentally conscious and you want that passion reflected in your wedding day, you’re going to need some eco friendly wedding accessories. The easiest way to remain eco friendly on your wedding day is to communicate your preferences with your vendors before signing any contracts and making any plans. Most vendors are happy to accommodate vegan/vegetarian diets, eco-friendly lighting, and any other environmentally friendly needs that you may have. If you vendor can’t accommodate you, and being eco friendly is a big concern, take your business elsewhere. Environmentally friendly business practices are growing in popularity; your search won’t take too long.
For the smaller stuff, eco friendly wedding accessories are a fun way to show your guests your passion for the environment. Consider eco friendly wedding accessories such as invitations and guestbooks make of recycled or natural paper. These things are better than processed goods for mother earth, and they fit seamlessly into any decor. Select paper products with pressed flowers inlayed into them, or pieces of nature sewn into their lining. Eco friendly wedding accessories don’t have to sacrifice beauty for practicality!
Think about eco friendly wedding accessories for your favors as well. Use that same natural paper for environmentally friendly hand fans for your guests, or find escort cards or menus that can be planted (seeds sewn into paper products are growing in popularity for eco friendly weddings). Whatever you do to help the environment on your big day, eco friendly wedding accessories are there to help!
Saturday, January 21st, 2012
Enjoy your Shindig with Bachelorette Party Accessories
Bachelorette Party Accessories
Whether you’re getting hitched right out of your family’s home or you’ve been living together for years, every bride deserves a bachelorette party. And every bachelorette party deserves killer bachelorette party accessories.
So what will you need to hit the town with your closest gal pals?
Some bachelorette party accessories that can’t be missed are: themed favors, transportation decals, and sashes that tag you as the lucky future wife. Themes and color coordination aren’t just for the big day; they can also have a place at your bachelorette shindig. Make sure your bachelorette party accessories (such as favors and banners) are coordinated so you can find each other across the club, and make your way back to your ride (driven by a designated driver, of course).
If you’re having your last hurrah in Las Vegas, your bachelorette party accessories practically pick themselves. Go for banners and car decals that sport the iconic sign for Sin City, or bachelorette party accessories that showcase some sexy silhouettes.
Don’t forget favors at the end of the night! Bachelorette party accessories wouldn’t be complete without a few little gifts to give your favorite girls. Show them you appreciate their support with shot glasses dedicated to your last wild night before your nuptials.
Saturday, January 21st, 2012
Las Vegas Wedding Accessories Light up the Night
Las Vegas Wedding Accessories
If you’re tying the knot in Sin City, you’ve got to be prepared. Las Vegas wedding accessories can take your event from a run-of-the-mill shindig on the strip and turn it into an elegant (yet cheeky and fun) event that would make any traditional wedding blush.
Vegas weddings aren’t what they used to be (though you can still find Elvis impersonators who will jump at the chance to officiate your wedding), but you still have to bring many of your Las Vegas wedding accessories with you. You can count on your chapel for flowers and a musician, but what about flower girl baskets? Car decals? Cake toppers? Las Vegas wedding accessories are the little pieces that really bring your day together, but with a little Sin City flair.
The phrase “Las Vegas wedding accessories” doesn’t necessarily imply the bold and brazen trinkets that a bachelorette party on the strip might have, though that is always an option. There’s no rule that says shot glasses and racy cake toppers are off the table for Las Vegas wedding accessories, but they aren’t your only option. Vegas can be a family venue too, and classy weddings aren’t as rare as they used to be. Accent your decor with Las Vegas wedding accessories that showcase poker themes or the specific theme of your hotel. Little hints of Vegas make your wedding your own, and Las Vegas wedding accessories can set the tone you want for your big day.
Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
Last time, I reviewed a great chapel on the Las Vegas Strip: The Chapel at Mandalay Bay. Not all of Vegas’s wedding establishments are as elegant as Mandalay Bay, however, so if you are thinking about traveling out to sin city for your nuptials, a little research is pertinent. Don’t stick with the first place you see – the perfect Vegas chapel, like a good Christmas tree, is hardly ever in the first lot.
The Chapel at the Luxor, for example, would not be my first choice for tying the knot in Las Vegas. Here’s why:
Unlike the quiet location of the Mandalay Bay chapel, the Luxor’s chapel is located right next to the food court. The chapel is over the main hotel lobby and directly behind the seasonal hotel attractions. Though the main rooms of the chapel seemed more or less soundproof, don’t expect your entrance to be subtle or private.
I was invited to look around, but no one seemed particularly eager to help. I was told that there were three chapels, but I’m still not sure where the third was. (If you’re doing your own research in Vegas, pay attention to how you’re treated by the staff. If they don’t seem to care that you’re there while you’re looking around, think about the kind of service you’ll receive on your wedding day.)
The decor was also not really what I expected. The main lobby was a little cramped, mainly because of the floral cooler (Unlike Mandalay Bay, which hid their hardware in some other part of the chapel).
I felt like I was in an old, important house – the kind with overstuffed chairs and couches that look like they should be comfortable, but aren’t. Everything looked more French than Egyptian, and what could have been classic and elegant ended up looking and feeling more old-fashioned.
The detailing in the ceiling was pretty, but it disappeared once I entered one of the first chapels. The chapel was nice, but I wasn’t really blown away. The carpet looked very much like the kind you put in a hotel room because it’s easy to vacuum, and the chairs were about as comfortable as benches. I’m sure the chapel looks nice in final wedding pictures, but it felt stuffy and cold while I was there. The two cut-out cubby holes at the front of the room had big cameras in them, and it wasn’t as subtle as it could have been (though the bunches of dusty silk flowers did try to, unsuccessfully, hide them. I hope they’re tucked away better when there’s a ceremony on).
Their packages were about the same in price as the ones at Mandalay Bay, but I never really understood what they included. If you’re doing research for your own wedding, make sure you know what the price pays for. If all you’re getting is an minster and a DVD, consider taking your business somewhere else. There are plenty of options in Vegas for your big day – don’t settle without doing your research!
Monday, January 16th, 2012
Plan Ahead for your Bridal Shower Favors
Bridal Shower Favors
A bridal shower is a pre-wedding event often hosted by a bride’s female friends and family. Etiquette dictates that all those who are invited to the bridal shower must also be invited to the wedding, but the guest list is always shorter (sometimes just the closest friends of the bride) and usually entirely female. There’s no rule that says bridal showers can’t be co-ed, but a bride’s shower can be a great time to kick back in an estrogen-fueled environment and talk about girlie things before the big day.
If you’re hosting a bridal shower, it can be a little nerve-wracking – especially if it’s your first time. Bridal showers can become mini events in themselves, and they have many of the components of the actual wedding, including food, centerpieces, and even bridal shower favors.
How can you be sure that the bridal shower favors you’ve selected will be as unique and interesting as the rest of your event?
Well, bridal shower favors have the advantage of not being intended for both genders. Bridal shower favors are more of a female thing, so traditional and universal gifts such as soaps and mini scented candles will always go over well. If you’re in a rush and don’t have much time to plan, these bridal shower favors are a good go-to.
If you have a little more time, and you want to make sure the bridal shower favors you select will be the hit of your event, consider a mani/pedi set, elegant serving dishes (for olives or cheeses), or just purchase unique and flirty packaging for hand-made gifts like chocolate or jewelry as your bridal shower favors.
A bridal shower may be for showering the bride with gifts, but that doesn’t mean your guests have to go home empty handed!
Saturday, January 14th, 2012
Wedding Bouquet Accessories Highlight your Creative Choices
Wedding Bouquet Accessories
Whether you’re building your own bouquet or looking to improve on your purchased one, wedding bouquet accessories are a stunning addition to all of your floral arrangements. Usually an accessory such as a bird, crystal, flower, or other trinket is suspended on a long, thin wire to make up a wedding bouquet accessory, so they are easy to place and arrange in a tightly-bound floral arrangement. Florists will often mark up wedding bouquet accessories, but if you have an eye for design and style, there’s no reason why you can’t fit them in to your bouquet yourself.
Wedding bouquet accessories that are simple and not so varied in color (such as teardrop or cluster crystals) are great for winter or solid-color bouquets. They won’t distract from the bold floral statement, but will add sparkle to your day.
Wedding bouquet accessories that feature garden-like trinkets (such as hummingbirds, ladybugs, and colored crystals) look wonderful in whimsical and colorful bouquets, especially in the spring.
And don’t discount the other uses for wedding bouquet accessories. To create unity and flow in your reception space, highlight and accent your cake and centerpieces with the same wedding bouquet accessories that adorned your floral arrangements as you walked down the aisle. You can add your own creative touch to every aspect of your day with wedding bouquet accessories!
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