Archive for May, 2012
Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
Abstract Wedding Cake Toppers for an Adventurous Wedding
Abstract Wedding Cake Toppers
Some couples don’t really want traditional cake toppers: toppers that feature what you might expect from the top of a wedding cake. For more adventurous couples, abstract wedding cake toppers are what really embody the look and feel of a truly artistic wedding. What are abstract wedding cake toppers? Well, much like many works of modern art, abstract wedding cake toppers chose to represent love in new and exciting ways through interesting aesthetics and symbolic expression. Abstract wedding cake toppers experiment with color and shape to show you the union of two people in a way you wouldn’t expect on top of your cake. In a way, abstract wedding cake toppers are a whole new kind of art.
What’s really wonderful about abstract wedding cake toppers (aside from their departure from the mundane) is their versatility. Abstract wedding cake toppers are more “figurine” than topper, and they won’t look out of place anywhere at your wedding – or in your home. Abstract wedding cake toppers fit in wonderfully on a sweetheart table, at the bar, or right where it was intended – the top of a beautifully decorated wedding cake.
Your abstract wedding cake toppers will fit beautifully into the décor of your modern home as well – be sure to give it a place of honor!
Sunday, May 27th, 2012
Many facets of the wedding industry have been trying to convince us for a while that a “cheap” wedding gown is anything under eleven hundred bucks, and that’s not true. Wedding dresses are whatever you make of them, so you shouldn’t let a bridal salon or brand decide whether or not something is an “acceptable” wedding dress. There are countless numbers of places you can find beautiful white dresses in reasonable price ranges, and they’re every bit as wonderful and beautiful as the ones you see on pricy wedding shows. Think about:
Finding Something at David’s Bridal
Sometimes a dirty word in the high-end wedding industry, David’s Bridal gets more grief than it deserves. Their customer service is super helpful and accommodating, and their selection is fabulous if you know what you’re looking for. The problem is that there are a lot of styles and options to look through. Many people picture an uninteresting, , empire-waisted white potato sack with a burgundy ribbon when they think of the selection at David’s, , but the breadth of selection makes it much easier to find something that fits your tastes. On their website, I found a number of fabulous gowns under $300.
Utilizing the Services of Department Stores
Both Nordstrom and Macy’s have wedding dresses for much lower prices than I expected. You do have options outside of the traditional bridal salon, and while you may not get the same loyal salesperson at your heels while browsing racks at Nordy’s, department stores are worth checking out if you’re interested in a pretty but inexpensive dress for your wedding day. Also, consider searching the racks away from the “bridal” section to find simple white dresses that aren’t marked specifically for weddings. No guest will tackle you at the altar for wearing something that wasn’t filed under “bridal” on the department store website.
Specialized Private Dress Makers
It sounds like it would be a more expensive option, but it really depends on where you go for your custom wedding dress. Most seamstresses will make you a white dress for next to nothing, but like with everything else in life, the price goes up the fancier you get. If you have a fabric you’re set on, take it in and see what the professionals quote you – the same goes for a cut or design. Sites like “Dolly Couture” offer wonderful custom dresses that start at very reasonable rates, and private sellers like Dolly make it much easier to find a dress that suits your particular style. It takes a bit of hunting (online and in the field), but it doesn’t have to be impossible to find a wonderfully fabulous dress for way less than most bridal salons would have you believe!
Saturday, May 26th, 2012
A Traditional Wedding Cake Topper for your Nuptials
Traditional Wedding Cake Topper
You don’t have to be engaging in a typical wedding or a “traditional” marriage in order to enjoy a traditional wedding cake topper. A traditional wedding cake topper is perfect for any wedding occasion, and is “traditional” only in the sense that it makes a nostalgic and elegant touch to your big day. A traditional wedding cake topper could feature a same-sex couple, couples of different and mixed ethnicities, and every other grouping under the sun. A traditional wedding cake topper often refers only to the pose and style of the figurine.
A traditional wedding cake topper will feature a bride and a groom (or a groom and a groom and a bride and a bride) embracing in a tactful manner atop a beautifully decorated iced confection (or dessert table or otherwise). Be sure when you order your traditional wedding cake topper that you’ve already talked to your wedding cake baker and you know what to expect. Make sure the surface you’re placing your traditional wedding cake topper on is sturdy and solid – no one like a topper sinking half way into the top tier of German chocolate!
A traditional wedding cake topper is “traditional” only in style and aesthetic – all couples can enjoy and employ them!
Friday, May 25th, 2012
Handmade Wedding Accessories for Your Big Day
Handmade Wedding Accessories
You have many choices as you’re buying things in the months leading up to your wedding day – what influences your buying decisions? If you’re interested in supporting local artists and guaranteeing yourself the most personalized products available, consider handmade wedding accessories. Handmade wedding accessories can often be found on such sites as Amazon and Etsy, but you should look for them on most wedding accessories sites – the best will have handmade wedding accessories sections.
No matter what your theme or budget, handmade wedding accessories are your best bet for high-quality and one-of-a-kind items for your wedding. Quality is assured for most of them because you can be assured that they aren’t being assembled in a factory – someone is making these handmade wedding accessories just for you.
Handmade wedding accessories also put your mind at ease when it comes to how personal your items are. Not only are most of them customizable, they’re also assembled individually – you can be sure that handmade wedding accessories are one-of-a-kind even if a site is selling many of the same product. Because they’re being made by hand, no two handmade wedding accessories will be exactly alike.
Thursday, May 24th, 2012
Casual Cake Toppers Work for Any Style
Casual Cake Toppers
Want a cake topper for your special day but you’re not sure if the typical hand-holding bride and groom are really your style? Many brides who are hosting more casual affairs sometimes have this problem. Luckily, there are many casual cake toppers for the laid-back couple who aren’t looking for anything fancy on their wedding day.
Casual cake toppers go great for the couple looking for a piece for their cake that doesn’t have quite the stuffiness of some traditional cake toppers. Casual cake toppers often feature couples in laid-back positions with their shoes off engaged in a little PDA (but nothing that would give grandma a heart attack!). Casual cake toppers might still feature a bride and groom in their traditional wedding garb (suit, white dress, etc), but that doesn’t mean that you have to match outfits on your big day. If you’re having a fancy to-do with some casual cake toppers to show your chilled side, that’s cool too. Casual cake toppers are more about the spirit of the couple than the actual reflection of the day’s garb.
Casual cake toppers reflect who you and your new spouse are as a couple: chilled, relaxed, and ready for a lifetime of married bliss!
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
Thank you cards are a chore most brides don’t exactly look forward to as a “fun” part of the wedding planning process. They’re tedious, time-consuming, and they give brides everywhere hand cramps. They are, however, an important part of letting your guests know that their gifts and attendance are appreciated, and they are still an expected part of the wedding process. Getting them done (in a timely manner) is something you shouldn’t put off, so here are a few tips to make the whole experience a little easier:
Write them NOW for Early Gifts
Many brides panic when they receive a gift way before the wedding date. Though it’s now common courtesy to send a gift to the couple’s home instead of bringing it to the wedding venue the day of the event, that leaves many couples receiving gifts before and after the big day. Here’s a tip: write the card as soon as you can and put it away in a designated spot for later. While you shouldn’t use the gift until after the wedding, write the card as soon as you’re able. The sentiment will be fresher than if you’d waited to write the card until later.
If you’re worried that your guest will be wondering whether or not the gift made it safely, don’t be afraid to give them a call – just don’t send the actual note until the wedding day is behind you.
Write a Detailed Thank You Note List
Though you will be getting some of your gifts before the big day, it goes without saying that the bulk of the gifts and notes and cards will arrive all at once. You probably know that you should make a list, but I suggest making a more detailed list than just “name and gift.” Make note of who couldn’t make it and specific sentiments that were addressed to you and your new spouse in the note. This will allow you to keep it fresh in your mind and make your cards more personal. You think you’ll remember these things, but you won’t.
Don’t Put Them Off
Don’t put writing these cards off. I mean it. Really. No one likes writing thank you cards, but they are so very very important to many of your guests. No one likes writing them, but everyone likes getting them.
It is so easy to forget to do thank you cards, but you have to make them an immediate priority (after your honeymoon, of course). Thank you cards are important to people, and it’s the least you can do after your guests made the effort to send your their love to you and your new spouse for your wedding. Thank you cards that are ten months late are almost worse than no thank you cards at all. Imagine opening one up eons after a wedding and going “Oh yeah, I guess they never did thank us until just now. THEY’RE OUT OF THE WILL.”
Write Personal Notes
Thank you notes are there most enjoyable when the writer takes the time to note a more personal message than “Thanks.” Say what you plan on doing with the gift, and tell them how much you enjoyed seeing them, but really try to make it specific to them. It’s common courtesy to write a thank you note, but it’s truely enjoyable when you take the task in stride and mention just how thankful you really are.
Monday, May 21st, 2012
Bachelorette Party Shot Glasses Keep the Party Going
Bachelorette Party Shot Glasses
Every good bachelorette party includes a little alcoholic indulgence – it’s part of the tradition of the night. Bachelorette party shot glasses add to that feel not only by providing the receptacle for your libations, but also allowing you to send your maids (and other happy-go-lucky party-goers) little gifts to remind them of the fun that was had.
Bachelorette party shot glasses are always good for at least one thing: drinking. You might find that regular glasses don’t do the trick on your night of indulgence and frolic – bachelorette party shot glasses add the right amount of spunk and color that makes any night of (responsible) debauchery that much more entertaining. Bachelorette party shot glasses (especially the personalized ones) make it a party, not just a binge. Theme them for your party needs – thinking about playing pub golf on your big night? There are bachelorette party shot glasses for you! Take your bachelorette party shot glasses out with you bar hopping and keep an eye on your drinks (and designate exactly WHO is with the bridal entourage) all night.
Bachelorette party glasses also make great gifts. Remind the girls just how fun your party was months and years down the line – when they’re still pulling out your bachelorette party shot glasses to have their own nights of Dionysus-inspired merriment. Bachelorette party shot glasses always fit the bill!
Saturday, May 19th, 2012
Cat Wedding Outfits for your Big Day
Cat Wedding Outfits
So last time around we chatted a little bit about dog wedding outfits. Well, cat lovers, hold on to your butts; this time we’re going to be discussing the newest trend for the brave and kitty-crazy: cat wedding outfits. What are the conditions under which cat wedding outfits are safe and well-advised? Well, for the right pet owner, cat wedding outfits might just be exactly what you need. Just like their doggie counterparts, cat wedding outfits come in all colors and styles, but they mostly follow the “adorable-bowtie-and-crisp-white-shirt” line of stylistic thinking. Most events where you might find cat wedding outfits probably won’t have a strict dress code, so I wouldn’t stress about the lack of an accompanying dinner jacket.
If you’re going to attempt to dress your kitty in some cat wedding outfits for your big day (or maybe just an engagement photo shoot or a particularly spirited rehearsal dinner), be sure to do a trial run first. Make sure that your kitty doesn’t object to cat wedding outfits before committing your feline to a few hours of labored tearing and ripping. Cat wedding outfits are an adorable addition to your day, but make sure your cat is into it too!
Thursday, May 17th, 2012
Fun and Stylish Dog Wedding Outfits
Dog Wedding Outfits
Your pooch is a big part of your life – why leave him or her out of your wedding day festivities? Including your dog in the wedding ceremony is becoming more and more popular (and subsequently less taboo), so be sure to prepare fluffy for her moment in the spotlight with a few adorable dog wedding outfits.
While tuxedos and bows are what leaps to mind when you consider dog wedding outfits, don’t think that you’re limited when it comes to your puppy’s duds. Browse dog wedding outfits that fit the look and feel of your wedding. Just like dressing up your bridesmaids and future husband, dog wedding outfits are as diverse as they are fun!
Dog wedding outfits that fit a springtime or summer wedding will differ than those in the winter and fall. You want to make sure your puppy is comfortable, so don’t load him or her down with fabric if you’ll be wed in July. Also, dog wedding outfits might be new to a dog who hasn’t been fitted in fabric before. Dress your puppy in his or her dog wedding outfits a few times before the big day to be sure that they won’t get ripped to shreds before the vows even start.
Dog wedding outfits will make sure that everyone looks their best on your big day!
Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
It’s no wonder that summer is such a popular time of year for weddings – your chances of getting rained on drops sizably, family vacation time is being cashed in, and you can almost guarantee a sunny day of happiness and frolic. The only problem is the potential for some serious warm weather. You don’t want your guests fried and flustered during your nuptials, so plan ahead! Here are some tips for beating the heat during your warm weather wedding:
Shade it Up
When you’re evaluating your wallet for your outdoor wedding, it might be easy to check “No” when you’re asked about optional tenting, but you should think about the shade opportunities of your space. If the weather gets severe enough, and you haven’t provided any shade, dehydrated guests will start dropping in energy, and fast. If you can’t pull off the tent, make sure there are umbrellas or trees or other sources of ample shade for your guests. At a more formal affair, you might even consider distributing individual shady umbrellas to your guests.
Use the Programs
Venues during the summertime (especially those without central air) tend to get a little warm. Many of the places where you find wedding stationary will likely have program hand fans – programs printed right on to hand-held fans for your guests. You can make them available at the front of your ceremony space or have your ushers distribute them. They’re fun and bright and might just keep everyone cool enough to live through the ceremony.
Make some Baskets
Courtesy baskets are an optional collection of goodies that many couples provide for their guests either in their hotel or during the reception. Though these baskets usually sport mouthwash and safety pins, think about also offering bottles of water and sunscreen (especially for out of town guests who might not have thought about it). Tie the baskets with ribbon that matches your wedding colors to keep everything cohesive and the baskets won’t look out of place at all. Your guests will thank you when an afternoon of sun doesn’t leave them looking a lobster-fied!
This stunning recreation vintage cake topper features a sprig of rhinestone studded roses in a sea of faux pearls accented with silver wiring. It compliments the romantic Gay kissing couple. The base ...