May 28, 2009

Red Flower Girl Dresses

I wish I could find the source for this sweet little pair in their lovely red silk flower girl dresses. The maker of these ball gown dresses with over sized sashes and small ruffled cap sleeves remains unknown to me. Maybe a well-loved aunt donated her sewing time and talent to make these little flower girls look so gorgeous. As if these two didn't look enchanting enough, a small hand-tied bouquet of red silk gerbera daisies and soft white ballet shoes makes me (once again) regret I didn't dress up my nearly six-year-old niece and give her a special place in my wedding that sunny December day so many years ago.

May 26, 2009

Royal Blue Wedding Ideas

Royal blue wedding ideas - these are all my favorites. I love this bold and beautiful color all by itself. What other colors pair well with royal blue? Look at all the stunning possibilities you have to choose from: royal blue and silver, gold, yellow, purple or white. The color blue is said to have a calming effect on mind, body and soul. Exactly what this nervous bride needed on that December day so long ago. Wedding planning can make you and those close to you - worried and worn out. Celebrate this unforgettable day with the bright royal blue color that makes everyone feel relaxed and refreshed.
Elegant royal blue and gold place setting.
Royal blue and silver wedding cake with mini calla lilies.

May 23, 2009

German Wedding Customs

Although many modern German brides might consider some of these traditional German customs “altmodisch” (old fashioned), they are full of Old World Bavarian charm! Here is a list of German wedding traditions - including hiring an official greeter dressed up with ribbons and roses, to go door to door welcoming invited guests, and a fun and festive Wedding Eve where treasured china is trashed to scare off evil spirits.

Eheringe (Wedding rings) During the engagement period both the bride and groom wear a ring on their left hand, and after the wedding they move it to their right. Usually the rings are gold or silver with no diamonds.

 Br√§utkleid (Bride's attire) In Germany, as in the U.S, the bride usually wears white, but German brides wear either very short trains or none at all. If veils are worn they are of fingertip length and typically never worn over the face. Other accessories include a flowery headband with ribbons, tiaras, a little draw string purse and gloves. The custom is for the bride to dress at her home or her parent's home, and be driven to the ceremony.

Die Standesamtliche Trauung (The Wedding) Before a church wedding the bride and groom will have been married in the Standesamt (Registry Office) by a registrar, which is most often in the Rathaus (town hall). A witness is needed for the bride and also for the groom.

Die Kirche-Hochzeit (The Church Wedding) Together, the bride and groom will enter the church and walk down the aisle. Because it is not legal to have only a church ceremony, a Standesbeamte will have already legally married the couple. It is not customary to be attended by bridesmaids, groomsmen or flower girls.

Hochzeitslader This Bavarian tradition has an official inviter clad in fancy clothes decorated with ribbons and flowers going door to door extending a personal rhyming invitation to the invited guests. Guests accept by pinning one of the ribbons to the Hochzeitslader hat and by offering a drink or two at each stop. Should the invited guests be numerous and the Hochzeitslader be of the nature to accept the offered drinks, he may need a day or two to complete his duties!

 Polterabend (Wedding Eve) At a party on the evening before the wedding plates and dishes are smashed to scare off evil spirits. Only china can be used. Anything else would bring bad luck. The bride and groom clean up everything to indicate that they can work together.

German wedding custom

Hochzeit-Schuhe (Wedding shoes) The bride collects pennies for years to pay for her shoes and insure that the marriage "gets off" on the right foot.

Reis Werfen (Rice throwing) In this tradition it is said that the amount of rice that stays in the bride's hair is the number of children the couple will have.

Hochzeitssuppe (Wedding soup) The Hochzeitssuppe is made from beef, dumplings and vegetables and the guests eat if from a large bowl.

Eine Weisse Band (A white ribbon) As the guests leave the church the bride gives a white ribbon to each driver of a car in the procession to tie to the radio antenna of the car. This procession then drives through the town honking their horns. Other drivers on the route honk their horns in return to wish the newlyweds good luck in their marriage.

May 21, 2009

Silk Halter Wedding Gowns

Silk halter wedding gowns - something that Jean Harlow, the "blonde bombshell" of 1930s Hollywood would undoubtedly love. After becoming one of the brightest and most highly paid stars of MGM, she was gone too soon at age twenty six. But the revealing silk gowns that were her personal trademark - continue to inspire designers like Jane Yeh of Auckland, New Zealand today. Jane Yeh's simple and sophisticated wedding gowns are reminiscent of the gowns made for Harlow's fabulous tiny frame. Just a little over five feet tall and 109 pounds, she looked like a sexy, statuesque goddess in her breathtakingly beautiful silk halter gowns.

Jean Harlow in sexy gown

Jane Yeh Couture
Jane Yeh wedding dress
open back wedding dress
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May 19, 2009

Ruffled Wedding Gowns

Ruffled wedding gowns - so full, so flowing, so incredibly feminine. My dark and lovely Danielle dreamed of a body hugging mermaid gown with lovely organza ruffles that flared out above the knee and cascaded in soft layers to the floor. We found exactly what she wanted at a privately owned bridal store, well within our budget (under $500). She wore a strapless ivory dress with a gold and silver embroidered bodice, pearls and sequins that sparkled like stars on a cloudless night, and a breathtakingly beautiful ruffled train that made her look so exquisite, she stole our hearts away.

Romantic wedding dress by Hayley Paige.
Strapless ball gown with sweetheart necklace by Maggie Sottero.
Ruffled mermaid gown for Mon Cheri Bridals.

Ruffled wedding gown by Spanish designer, Rosa Clara.

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Organza Wedding Gowns by Lazaro

May 15, 2009

25 Best Slow Dance Songs

Slow dance songs - here are some of the most popular, a list researched and compiled by Rolling Stone Magazine. Even if you're not a big Aerosmith fan, you have to love the hauntingly beautiful Steven Tyler ballad (lyrics by Diane Warren) of "I Don't Want To Miss a Thing" written for the 1998 movie Armageddon.

I could stay awake just to hear you breathing
Watch you smile while you are sleeping
While you're far away and dreaming
I could spend my life in this sweet surrender
I could stay lost in this moment forever
Every moment spent with you is a moment I treasure

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25 Best Slow Dance Songs

· “I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing,” Aerosmith
· “Unchained Melody,” The Righteous Brothers
· “Crazy For You,” Madonna
· “Take My Breath Away,” Berlin
· “I Only Have Eyes For You,” The Flamingos
· “Never Tear Us Apart,” INXS
· “In Your Eyes,” Peter Gabriel
· “Love Song,” The Cure
· “Eternal Flame,” The Bangles
· “I’ll Be There,” The Jackson 5
· “Always and Forever,” Heat Wave
· “Fade Into You,” Mazzy Star
· “I’ll Make Love To You,” Boyz II Men
· “Faithfully,” Journey
· “Wild Horses,” The Rolling Stones
· “True Colors," Cyndi Lauper
· “How Deep Is Your Love,” The Bee Gees
· “I’ll Be There For You,” Bon Jovi
· “Drive,” The Cars
· “Babe,” Styx
· “Careless Whisper,” Wham!
· “Save a Prayer,” Duran Duran
· “Lady In Red,” Chris de Burgh
· “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” Olivia Newton-John
· “In the Mouth a Desert,” Pavement

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May 12, 2009

Celebrity Updo Hairstyles

Celebrity hairstyles - these are some of my all time favorites.  We love these women - their money, their movies, their make up, their men. Looking for inspiration for your bridal updo? Borrow an amazing bridal hair style idea from one of your favorite stars of the silver screen. Catherine Zeta Jones may be five years shy of fifty, but she looks like a breathtaking porcelain beauty with her loose curls and messy updo.

Jennifer Lopez


Catherine Zeta Jones

Katherine Heigl

Eva Longoria

May 8, 2009

Fall Wedding Cake Ideas

Fall wedding cakes - lovingly decorated with an abundance of charming autumn colors: chocolate, rust, amber, burnt orange, tangerine, mahogany, emerald, olive, and yellow green chartreuse. Fall centerpieces abundant with pumpkins and pinecones. Copper colored candles cast a warm glow from inside large Mason jars. The hot days of summer have left and the delicious days of candied apples, hot apple cider with fresh cinnamon sticks and crunchy caramel corn have arrived. Fall weddings are cool and casual, and because they are considered to be in the "off season" a great money saving wedding idea.


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May 7, 2009

Vintage Lace Wedding Dresses

Vintage lace wedding dresses - you find one for less than $100. Is it too good to be true? It all depends on the repairs according to Nancy Eaton, author of “Your Vintage Wedding." Obviously, anything under the dress - no harm done. Missing buttons, broken zippers and loose seams shouldn't keep you from buying that lovely vintage wedding dress. Visible underarm stains - don't even think about it!   Here are some valuable tips for buying a vintage wedding dress or gown and I'd like to add one of my own. Don't assume that a trip to your favorite dry cleaners will change or brighten the overall appearance of the dress, especially with fabric that is 25 years old or more. Sometimes pearls "dissolve" in the cleaning process and leave a small spot that can't be removed.

vintage lace wedding dress

· Rusted or missing buttons
· Ripped trains
· Torn undernetting
· Missing beads
· Missing or damaged pearls
· Broken zippers
· Tears on seams
· Some pulls in the fabric
· Minor lace tears

· Split or “shattered” silk
· Dry rot in fabric or lace (fabric is dry and brittle)
· Badly torn lace
· Rust stains
· Visible stains or dirt in conspicuous places
· Tears, holes or burns in visible places
· Visible underarm stains

· Hem dirt
· Water staining on the hem or train
· Inconspicuous stains
· Inconspicuous small holes
· Minor scratches, scuffs, or pulls

May 6, 2009

Irish Wedding Poetry

No doubt my lovely Irish mother, who was born and raised on an emerald green hillside overlooking the Atlantic ocean in County Clare, would be pleased that so many brides are including Irish wedding blessings in their wedding programs. Here is a small sample of the breathtaking beauty of Irish wedding poetry - a love so deep and so true - you'll want to hear it over and over again.

You are the star of each night,
You are the brightness of every morning,
You are the story of each guest,
You are the report of every land.
No evil shall befall you, on hill nor bank,
In field or valley, on mountain or in glen.
Neither above, nor below, neither in sea,
Nor on shore, in skies above,
Nor in the depths.
You are the kernel of my heart,
You are the face of my sun,
You are the harp of my music,
You are the crown of my company.

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The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland

May 4, 2009

Strapless Satin Bridesmaid Gowns

This strapless satin bridesmaid gown believe it or not, is available from David's Bridal, the stunning creation of designer and Project Runway judge, Zac Posen. This lovely fit and flare dress has a flattering sweetheart neckline and corset style detailing in the bust, bodice and hips. Red carpet ready for just $199. Now the bad and unbelievable news. This dramatic strapless bridesmaid dress is only available in sizes 0 - 14. So many curvy American women (a new study says on average wear a size 16) will be forced to wait for figure flattering bridesmaid dresses from top designers as elegant as this.

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Wedding Program Thank You Messages

These sweet sentiments are easy to write, especially from the heart.  And they make your aunts and uncles, cousins and co-workers feel lucky to share this special day. I borrowed well-loved words and phrases from other wedding programs and crafted these custom wedding thank you messages of my own.

We are grateful to our parents, for making this a joyous celebration of love, that may be enjoyed by friends and family, and remembered for a lifetime. With patience and guidance, they helped us become the people we are today, and enabled us to find an everlasting love that will enrich us for the rest of our lives.

Being a witness to the first day of our lives together; you have all filled our hearts with joy and gratitude. We are honored that many of you have traveled a great distance to be with us today.

May God bless each and every one of you for sharing this joyful day with us. Your support and friendship have made this a celebration of love that we will cherish forever.

We are blessed today to express our love in the presence of God, our parents, our brothers and sisters, family and friends. Each anniversary of our marriage, we will celebrate the memory of this day, and all of the wonderful people who made it so special.

Bless you for honoring us on our wedding day. May God enrich your lives, and provide those who have traveled far, a safe and happy journey home.

Today, in the presence of God and all our loved ones, we have promised our love and devotion. Thank you for being witness to this sacred moment. Our gratitude is boundless.

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May 1, 2009

Couture Wedding Gowns

Couture wedding gowns - you may love them or loathe them but you probably won't forget them. Jean Paul Gaultier, the infamous bad boy of French bridal fashion, designed these eye-popping haute couture wedding gowns. Why is he so special? Long before the bridal industry embraced full figured brides, he was proudly showing off their curves on catwalks and in exhibitions. And ditto for models with body piercings and tattoos. Men he dressed as beautiful women and women he dressed as men. He refused to do what had always been done on fashion runways from Barcelona to Brazil. A French bridal designer with a point of view you won't soon forget.

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