Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Veils for Less

Brides spend hundreds of dollars at a store for a veil to go with their wedding dress. Do you really need to spend that much for a little bit of tulle? The answer is no! I know some brides who have made their own veil, but if that doesn’t sound like something you want to do then consider buying your veil on Ebay. 

my veil from veilbylesliev

There are many sellers who make all types of veils. I ordered a white cathedral length veil from veilbylesliev and it was perfect. You can get veils with lace, ribbon on the edge, little crystals and in all the lengths you could want.  When you are at the bridal store figure out what length and style of veil you want then look online before buying an expensive veil.  

Note: I would recommend not getting a veil from ValuVeil.  I ordered an elbow length veil from this seller and when it arrived I was very disappointed in what I received. The veil was velcroed on to the comb. Not what you want to be wearing down the aisle. 

Monday, August 30, 2010

Dress Giveaway from Mon Cheri Bridals

Mon Cheri Bridals: James Clifford Collection is having a dress giveaway. Click here to enter a chance to win your dream dress. All you have to do is fill out a little bit of information including your top 3 James Clifford dresses and top 3 dress colors.
Good luck ladies!

Ends September 30, 2010. You must be a resident of the United States to register. You can only enter once!
Images via Brides

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

DIY Friday: Picture Frame Photobooths

I love Photobooths! They are a great way to add fun and uniqueness to your wedding reception but to rent one can cost $800 for just two hours. Having fun should not break the bank, and thankfully there are ways to have a photobooth without paying so much.
A couple weeks ago I saw a wedding where the bride and groom made their own photobooth. I was amazed at how creative they were!

They took a big piece of plywood and cut holes for the picture frames. They put wall paper over the plywood to make it look pretty. They placed empty picture frames on the edges of the holes they cut. Guests could then go behind the photobooth and put their heads in the empty frames for their picture. They also hung picture frames with their pictures and old wedding photos from their parents on the plywood. They made a mount for the plywood and hung fabric at the bottom so the mount didn't show.

To the side of the photobooth they had a stand with a sign on it. It said
Photo Booth
 "Strike a Pose"
Thank you for sharing our special day
and giving us memories to last a lifetime.
They had two disposable cameras hanging from the stand that the guests could use to take pictures at the photobooth.

I hope this idea helps you add some fun to your wedding reception!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Honeymoon Registry

One of the neatest things to hit the bridal world is honeymoon registries. These are great for brides who already have all their household items, or brides that would like decrease the cost of their honeymoon. I've found that guests love having the option of helping you experience your dream honeymoon. You can register for hotel, transportation, meals, spa days, entertainment, and so much more! Guests can choose to mail you a check or give it you on your wedding day. You can easily put a link to the registry on your wedding website.

After you get back from your honeymoon you can send a picture of you and your husband on your honeymoon with the thank you card to the guests who chose this registry.

There are a few different honeymoon registries out there but the best one I found is Honeyfund . The service is free for basic, I'm pretty sure premium just makes the registry look prettier. You can put whatever you want on your registry and they have a bunch of different photos to choose from to match your item. Below is an example of their registry, you will want to put a lot more things on yours though.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fuchsia Inspired

Images via:
wedding dress, cake, and bridesmaid dress- 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Twist Wrap Dress

Every bridesmaid hopes for a cute dress, something that will flatter her figure, and if she is really lucky a dress that she can wear again. For most women the last thing usually never happens. Bridesmaid usually spend over $100 on a dress only to wear it once. These days some designers have created dresses to fix that, one of them being Dessy Creations. Dessy sells the Twist Wrap Dress. I love this dress because its cute, it can look flattering on many different figures, and if the bridesmaid likes the color she can defiantly wear it again! On their website they have several different ways you can wear the dress, but Ive seen other sights list more. 

The twist wrap dress from Dessy comes in short and long lengths. Dessy's website prices them at $190 and $236.25 for full length. I found Toast Bridal sells the short length for $145 and the full length for $165.

Image via Dessy

Monday, August 23, 2010

A Silhouette for Everyone

Every bride has a silhouette that looks great on her. The dresses today are all different silhouettes and all priced under $1000.

Mermaid from Allure Bridals 8526

Trumpet from Wtoo Brides 12012

Sheath from Maggie Sottero Carmella

A-Line from Mia Solano M1067Z

Ball Gown from Jacquelin Exclusive 19827

Images via Brides

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Shoe Saturday: Color by Unlisted

These cute heels by Unlisted are great for bridesmaids. They come in 6 colors and at a great price, Zappos and Shoes.com have them for $49.
Images via Zappos

Friday, August 20, 2010

DIY Friday: Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Today's DIY project comes from Martha Stewart's weddings. Usually I do not like Martha Stewart projects because they take me way too long to do or when I finish them they look nothing like hers, but the other day when I was on her website I found a series of tissue paper wedding projects that I thought would be pretty easy and a money saver for brides. 

So here it is, our first DIY Friday: Tissue Paper Pom Poms, semi revised

Supplies: Tissue paper, scissor, and 24-gauge white cloth-covered floral wire (I used 16-gauge green floral wire... its all I had)

1. Stack eight 19 3/4 in x 26 1/4 in sheets of tissue paper (Martha used 20 by 30 in)
    Make 1 1/2 inch wide accordion folds, creasing each fold.
2. Fold an 18 in piece of floral wire in half, and put over the center of the folded tissue, then twist the wire.
3. With scissors, trim the ends of the tissue into rounded or pointy shapes.
    (I found it a lot easier to do the pointy shapes)
4. Separate the layers by pulling the tissue paper away from the center one at time.
5. Tie your desired hanging material to the wire for hanging.

Note:  I found that only 8 sheets of tissue paper did not make a very full looking pom pom. The image above is with 16 sheets of tissue paper. You can put 16 sheets of tissue together and do these steps or when you get to step 4 separate the tissue all to one direction making half of a ball, then get another 8 sheets and repeat all the steps and put the two halves together.
1st Image via 
Martha Stewart Weddings

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Honeymoons by Travelzoo

When I was looking for good honeymoon deals one of the best sites I found was Travelzoo. Every Wendesday they send out an email with their top 20 travel deals that week. They have everything from cruises, trips to disneyworld, flights to many different countries, and flight, air, and car packages to many destinations. Most of their deals are for travel within 3 months, so you wont be able to plan way ahead but you will be able to get a great deal. 
This week one of my favorite deals is a Tuscany 6 night vacation at a Castle Estate which includes car and Air for $799 a person. Most flights alone cost this much. I hope this helps you get a good deal on your dream honeymoon, or just a vacation get-away. 

Images (2nd and 3rd) via Travelzoo

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cupcake Tower

Cupcake towers are a popular alternative to the traditional wedding cake. Many times cupcakes can be cheaper than a wedding cake and you can get a wide variety of flavors. I love how these two pictures have a wedding cake at the top so the bride and groom can save it for their anniversary. If you decide to do cupcakes instead of a wedding cake check and see if it will be cheaper for you to buy boxes of cupcakes and then get a cupcake stand, instead of saying you want 100 cupcakes for a wedding and the bakery providing the stand. 

Cupcake Flair on Etsy sells this cupcake stand that can hold 150-300 cupcakes for $48.95. You can dress up this stand with ribbon or fabric so that it fits in with your wedding. 

Images via The Knot and Etsy

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Flower Updo

I found these updos today and had to share them. They are so elegant and the flower adds the perfect touch.  
Images via Weddingbee

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Shoe Saturday: Zappos has the heels

One of the greatest places online to buy shoes is Zappos! I love this site because you have 365 days to return the shoes and you do not have to pay shipping to return them.When I was looking for my wedding shoes I would order a few at a time to see which one I liked. Below are some white heels. Whether you want to spend less than $100 for your bridal shoes of splurge on them there is a pair of heels for you. 


Images via Zappos

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Not your grandma's lace

After a long morning meeting its is time for some wedding dresses! One of my favorite designers of lace wedding dresses is Enzoani and Blue by Enzoani. Their dresses have a unique and modern twist to the lace wedding dress. I hope you enjoy these from their 2010 collection.

Images via Enzoani

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Headband Glamour

Hair accessories are a great way to add glamour to your wedding day look. Hair Comes the Bride has a variety of hair accessories to match any style. Above are some of my favorites from their Headband collection.

Images via Hair Comes the Bride

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Treehouse Getaway

You don't have to spend lots of money and go out of the country to have a romantic honeymoon. There are many great locations to honeymoon in the continental United States. Why not have a unique honeymoon in a romantic treehouse? In Eureka Springs Arkansas there is The Original Treehouse Cottages. They have 7 great treehouses to chooses from that all have a hot tub, and a private deck. They also provide champagne and chocolates for their honeymoon guests. The treehouse's range from $145-$165 a night.

While you are in Eureka Springs you can go enjoy a day at the Eureka Springs Spa, go on a hike at Lake Leatherwood, and go to the Turpentine Creek Exotic Wildlife Refude.

Monday, August 9, 2010