Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Plastic Anyone? The New Trend for Bridal Attendants!

Botox. Teeth whitening. Skin peels. Boob Jobs. According to ther Herald Tribune - Bridesmaid's or attendant gifts of jewelry or knickknacks have gone by the wayside. It would seem that group manicures have gone the way of the wedding night pep talk as today’s brides are more and more often brightening their wedding party with some pretty serious and extensive work. Spas, plastic surgeons and cosmetic dentists are showing up at bridal expos in hot demand and it’s not just an afternoon out with the ladies anymore; some treatments are done over several months (not including recovery time.) Many brides are picking up the tab, but for those who aren’t, spa owner, Camille Meyer, explains why the bridesmaids are often willing to pay: “Most women, when they come in here, they want it. They know they’re aging.”

All I can say is you have to be a pretty darn good friend to all this as a wedding attendant : ) It's not just throwing the bachelorette party anymore!

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Retro Wedding? or Want the 50's Look? This is perfect!

Strapless Knee Length Homecoming Dress by Mori Lee

Looking for a fabulous dress for your 2008 homecoming or prom? This beautiful short strapless dress has a demure knee length. A homecoming dress that features vertical shirring overlaying the strapless empire bodice and a flared a-line knee length skirt. Available in many
colors this strapless dress for homecoming will have all eyes on you.

And don't forget the shoes... these shoes come with lots of ribbon!

Ribbon Heels

If you are looking for heels for your special occasion you’ve found them here at Prom Girl. These 3 inch high heel shoes are amazingly available with thirteen different colors to match any color dress! Wear these shoes to prom and make heads turn. These high heel sandals are just the right sexy heels that you are looking for for your special event. White, black, yellow, orange, pink, red, dark blue, gray, lavender, peach, teal,
hot pink, and light green.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Good Eats! Cookies as Wedding favors

Wherever the ocean s waves kiss a sandy beach, there are palm trees gently swaying in tropical breezes. Bring back sweet memories of your moment in the sun with a wedding favor that promises tasty ... more info.

Chocoholic's Delight : Just biting into one of our chocolate covered fortune cookies is an experience beyond description. They are a unique way to "WOW" your special guests or clients.Perfect for ... more info.

Grandma used larger versions of these jars to hold candy, cookies and treats. Now available in a miniature version, these vintage glass jars give you so many things in one. Serve as a cute container ... more info.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Bride's Lucky Sixpence ... For Luck : )

Bride's Lucky Sixpence Pendant

Looking for a special gift for the bride? How about a Lucky Sixpence? One you don't have wear in your shoes ... For hundreds of years brides have worn a sixpence coin in their shoe to bless their marriage with wealth and prosperity. This pendant puts a new spin on the tradition and allows you to wear your lucky coin long after your wedding day. Each pendant features a hand selected coin that is at least 50 years old and comes with an 18" sterling silver chain. And it makes a great heirloom....

Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Knot Wedding Shop - Opened for Business

Check out The Knot Wedding Shop - Lots of cute favors, attendant gifts, items for the reception, ceremony and of course....the bride. Since it's summer and so hot .... here is the pick for the day. The adorable wedding swimsuits : )

Just Married BikiniResorts love giving honeymooners the royal treatment -- wear this sexy black bikini and reap all the benefits! There will be no mistaking your newlywed status on the beach or by the pool -- shiny crystals spell “Just Married” on the back of the hipster bottom. Small, medium, or large; 80% nylon, 20% spandex

Just Married 3-Piece Bikini Set - TurquoiseA fun essential for your beach honeymoon, this adorable heart-printed bikini in turquoise with a tie halter top is inscribed with “Just Married” on the back of the flattering standard-cut brief. For an extra flirtatious touch, the skirt cover-up keeps the message hidden to be revealed only when you want. Available in sizes small, medium, or large.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Couture Cupcakes --- Flour Power!

Way to cute.

These Couture Cupcakes are impossible to resist. Each flavor is named after a special someone, giving all of the flavors just a little more personality. So with that in mind, they are not only good to eat ... but they are beautiful too. (Check out their gallery). This is my favorite. The cupcake flower arrangement. They offer a bouquet of five or 24 cupcakes with buttercream blossoms in any color you want. It's so different. Great for a bridal shower, tea or any other event. Use it as a centerpiece where it can do double duty ... look pretty and you can eat it for dessert.

The Maryland-based delivery bakery’s cupcakes look as good as they taste. Founder Paola Domenge got the idea when she needed cupcakes that could dazzle alongside diamonds in a jewelry store’s ad campaign. She whipped some up from a family recipe and never looked back.

They offer nineteen flavors at present; such as:


Vanilla Cake with Marshmallow Filling, Decadent Chocolate Ganache with Graham Cracker Border


Vanilla Cake with a Rum Raisin Butter Cream Frosting (Does contain alcohol)


Vanilla Cake with Chunks of Strawberries and Strawberry Vanilla Swirl Butter Cream Frosting

Couture Cupcakes (301-926-7333 or couture-cupcakes.com).

Saturday, July 12, 2008

The "Updo" a Classic Timeless Hairstyle for Your Wedding

Custom Every girl wants to look fabulous on her wedding day. With that in mind, the updo is a popular and beautiful style. You can have it! Our 14" long hair extension is custom dyed to precisely match your hair color so you get the same professional look as top models and Hollywood stars.

This type of hair piece is best for creating an updo or wearing at least part of your hair pulled back. Whether placed at the nape of the neck or on the crown, it adds 14 inches of length and extra volume to your own hair.

If you want to wear your hair down and need extra length and fullness at the side of your head, consider one of our hair extension sets instead.

Don't Forget to Accessorize

Simple accessorizing can make or break your look - this includes, shoes, jewelry, veil and makeup, all of these things are what will create the whole new you!

What Not to do!

Here's Some Humorous Tips on What NOT To Do,

  • start thinking about your hairstyle minutes before you're due to go out
  • cut your hair yourself - after all, it can't get any worse, can it?
  • try anything new for the first time (hair products, styles, cuts)
  • leave it until the last minute

Hair pins and combs will also help create the "whole" look:

Flamenco Crystal CombTraditionally carved of tortoise shell, this "peineta", or Spanish comb gets an updated look with sparkling crystals on a rhodium plated base. Part comb, part hair pin, this can be tucked into the side of a chignon or updo, or used to accessorize a hairstyle that's worn half up. Crystal decoration measures 2.5" wide and 3" tall. The entire piece measures approximately 5.5" tall.Saturn Hairpins

Placed in just the right spots, scattered throughout an updo or clustered alongside your chignon, these Heavenly 'pins are add subtle decoration to your hair. Made with freshwater pearls, clear crystals and glass pearls in white or ivory. Each piece is handcrafted with 14K gold or sterling silver wire and comes in a set of eight. Each silver hairpin is 2.5" long and the cluster measures approximately .3".

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Choosing the Perfect Bridesmaids Gift

Bridesmaid gifts can be fun, practical, useful or all of theabove. Your bridesmaids have known youMiranda Pearl and Crystal Earrings through all the good times aswell as the not so good times; therefore, your choice of bridesmaid gifts will symbolize yourhistory with each other and your appreciation.

The traditional bridesmaids gift is to choose matching jewelry for each
bridesmaid; such as: earrings, necklace, bracelet and/or hair accessories for the bridesmaid’s to wear during the wedding ceremony. Jewelry functions well as a gift of thanks for each bridesmaid and as a way of making sure that the bridesmaids’ jewelry is uniform in all of the wedding photos. Bracelets or anklets are another good selection for bridesmaid gifts as are little evening purses. Taking the jewelry concept one step further, consider having the bridBlue Tux Satin Gather Handbagesmaid gifts handmade by you or someone else. Visit a local craft store for ideas and take a swatch of the bridesmaid dress with you. Look at the various beads and see what complements the dress colors. If you think you are handy enough to make the bridesmaid gifts, do it! Or can ask the store manager for contacts of people who could craft them for you.

Some brides chuck the idea of traditional bridesmaid gifts and go for something else. Keepsake photo albums and picture frames are popular, especially if engraved with something personal. Elegant compact mirrors are treasured bridesmaid gifts because they can be carried in their purses and used forever. Those particular bridesmaid gifts are definitely unique and special. Plus, your bridesmaids will remember you every time they use those items. Another unique choice; a day at the spa; a massage; a day of pedicures and manicures or even a bridal tea with just your friends.

The next question is, when do you give them their gifts? Generally, the bride gives her gifts right before the ceremony. But, ifyou want to break tradition; here are some great ideas to show your friends how much you appreciate tFlamenco Crystal Combhem:

  • A new trend that is really taking off is the bridesmaid proposal. Insteadof calling your friend and asking them to be in your wedding, you can create an elaborate request with a card, a poem, and the bridesmaid gift itself. Not only will this inspire your bridesmaid to accept your invitation, it will
    free you up from having to worry about bridesmaid gift buying later when your wedding planning becomes more intense.

  • Another option is to give them their bridesmaid gifts at the bridal shower. As you know, all of the attention is on the bride at the shower; but, honoring your bridesmaids during the shower will be a selfless way to honor your maids when they are least expecting it. Since the bridesmaids usually plan the shower, there's no better time to than to say thanks then. Destination or beach wedding? Try giving them tank tops, wedding flip flops or even personalized bags.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Kirstie Kelly Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings

Most girls dream of being a princess on their wedding day. And, if you want to be the fairytale princess, why not check out the Disney Collection of Wedding Gowns by Kirstie Kelly? Live Happily Ever After… Kirstie Kelly for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings presents bridal gowns inspired by Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Belle of Beauty and the Beast and even Jasmine.. The gowns embrace every girl’s wish to marry their prince in the most beautiful of bridal gowns. The bridal gowns are gorgeously designed in Silk Tulle and Duchess Satin with lavish accents of Crystal and Silver threading. You don’t need a “fairy godmother” to make your dream come true with the gowns of the Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings collection! The Kirstie Kelly for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings collection is available to purchase exclusively at House of Brides Couture in Chicago Illinois and House of Brides in Orland Park Illinois. Available at the House of Brides.
P.S. -- They have great prices and sell other designer labels as well : )