Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rehearsal Style

Sure we want to look fabulous for our wedding day... but we can also look great at our rehearsal. Check out these cute dresses that will leave money in your pocket for your honeymoon.

Embellished Asymmetrical Dress
at Forever 21 $24.80

Put a colorful necklace on and this will look great!
at Dillards $26.70

 at Forever 21 $29.80

at Sears $29.99

at Charlotte Russe $36.50

Images via stores websites

Monday, November 29, 2010

Alfred Angelo: A's all around

Alfred Angelo is a wonderful and affordable wedding dress designer. Check out my favs from the AA collection.

Alfred Angelo style 2119
it has pockets!

Alfred Angelo style 2047

Alfred Angelo style 2049

Alfred Angelo style 2100

Alfred Angelo style 2105
The perfect touch of color

Images via Brides.com

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Shoe Saturday: Splash of Color

A splash of color for the non-traditional bride

Image via zappos.com

Friday, November 26, 2010

DIY Friday: Paper Canopy

Want a unique and cute ceremony canopy? Check out this paper canopy. The canopy can be any color you find the paper in and can be as big as you make it. If you have your reception in a pavilion at a park these honeycomb-paper garlands are a great way to liven up a old concrete pavilion.

Tools and Materials
20 to 28 "Leaf" or "Arcade" honeycomb-paper garlands
3 3/4-inch-diameter PVC pipes cut to 5 feet in length
2 PVC corner joints
14-inch round-bottom lampshade ring (or 14-inch wreath ring) 
Clear packaging tape
5 Command-brand removable self-adhesive hooks

Pop-Up Paper Canopy How-To
1. Connect the three PVC pipes to the corner joints to create a horseshoe shape. Tie monofilament to the four corners of the U pieces. Attach hanging hardware, such as a Command hook, to the ceiling (one above each corner) and attach the monofilament so the PVC frame hangs approximately 6 feet (or more if your groom is taller) above the floor, with the open end of the U facing the audience.

2. String garlands onto the lampshade ring. Close the ring by wrapping the opening with tape.
3. Divide the garlands into four sections and tie monofilament to the ring between each section. Bring the four lines of monofilament to the center of the ring and knot together.
4. Tie another piece of monofilament to the X in the center of the ring. Secure a self-adhesive hook to the ceiling and tie this last piece of monofilament to the hook so it is centered approximately 30 inches above the PVC frame.
5. Drape garland over the PVC frame, grouping or gathering at each corner.

PVC pipe and pieces from Home Depot, "Leaf" honeycomb garlands from BulkPartySupplies.com, lampshade ring from The Lamp Shop.

Images and text instructions via MarthaStewartWeddings

Thursday, November 25, 2010

So Many Ways to Give Thanks

There is no right or wrong wedding favor. With so many creative ideas, brides can get wedding favors for their guests on any budget. Check out these favors from brides over at Weddingbee.

Such a fun gift for the ladies at your reception. When the dancing starts put these out for your guests so they can kick off their heels and dance the night away. Look for flip flop sales at Old Navy and try to get the ones that are the colors of your wedding. Don't forget to get different sizes.

Go green! These favors are little bamboo plants. A great way to spread a better environment.
You can also find many different tree and flower plants that you can use for favors.

I love fishes so delicious! A little snack of gold fishes for the road.

I love this one. Get your family together and bake one of your favorite recipes.
Then get some lunch bags and start bagging.
You can find printable stickers at your local office store to add the personal message and description.

Jam favors. So cute and colorful.

The breakfast bag! Love it! Donuts, frappuccino... nothing better to give your guests after a long night.

Images via Weddingbee.com

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Accessorize with the Bridal Sash

Bridal sashes add beauty to any gown. Check out these bridal sashes from Etsy.com

Satin Bridal Sash in your choice of colors
by BCGirls $79.95

Sparkling Mood -Bridal or special occasion sash
by daniel12 $33

Organza Flower Bridal Sash - black, white, ivory, bridal corsage, ribbon belt

PETITE JOSIE - Vintage Ivory on Ivory Bridal or Bridesmaids Sash
Images via Etsy sellers

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Bridesmaids for Less

Brides have two options when it comes to their bridesmaids' dresses: have the girls pay for them or the bride pays for them. With all the wedding expenses most brides choose to have their bridesmaids pay for their dresses. With many of us going through tough financial times its good to try and find inexpensive dresses for your bridesmaids. Below are some dresses from Dillards that would work great as a bridesmaid dress and not put a dent in your bridesmaids' wallet.

Jessica Howard Ruffle-Neck Shantung Dress $48

Jessica Howard Ruffle Dress $48

Night Way One-Shoulder Dress $59.40

Night Way Strapless Taffeta Dress $80

London Times Strapless Taffeta Dress $90

There are many dress options at all department stores.
 Remember it does not have to be labeled as a bridesmaid dress to be one.

Images via Dillards.com

Monday, November 22, 2010

Top 10 Wedding Dresses under $500 continued

Here are my top 5 out of 10 wedding dresses under $500.

#5 Davids Bridal style VW9340
This sheath dress screams outdoor wedding!

#4 Mia Solano style M1058L
The gathered fabric along the stomach will help you to have the flat stomach look to help you look your best on your wedding day.

#3 Davids Bridal T9389
I love the organza that flows from this dress.

#2 Allure Bridals style 8720
This dress has so many fabrics mixed together to make a beautiful dress.

#1 Mia Solano style M1030L
This taffeta dress is form fitting to the body and has beautiful beaded straps!
The straps are my fav which makes it my number 1!

Remember beauty doesn't have to cost a fortune.

Images via Brides.com

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Shoe Saturday: Kate Spade Boots

Its winter so your wedding may be battling rain or snow. You can go out in style with these cute pink boots.

Image via zappos.com

Friday, November 19, 2010

DIY Friday: Ribbon Save the Date

When I look at all the different DIYs out there for brides, I have no idea how I would narrow it down if I could do it all over again. There are so many cute and creative ideas that it is hard to just choose one save the date, ceremony booklet, and menu card. Jennifer is one of my favorite DIY brides. Her save the date was inspired by a Martha Stewart Weddings DIY and she personalized it to fit her wedding.

Jennifer's blog post on her save the date

I love the ribbon attaching the numbers and how your guests pull the date out of the envelope.
Below is a picture and link to Martha Stewart's Ribbon Save the Date.
You can tie in all the colors of your wedding with these.
 All you need is paper, ribbon, envelopes and friends to help you do this cute save the date.

Image 1 via Jennifers Blog
Image 2 via Martha Stewart Weddings

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Table Numbers from Etsy

Many weddings these days have assigned seats and require the use of table numbers. Table numbers do not need be a boring black number on a white piece of paper, check out these table numbers from Etsy sellers.

I just love this one! You will defiantly want to put this in your wedding scrapbook
Custom Wedding Table Decor Card
by ishoutnouns $2.50 each 

Love it!!! I know I seem to stay that often but its so vintage and ties in fall! 
Autumnal Vintage Style Table Numbers-Hand Stamped-Fall Leaf with Script-Double Sided
by CraftyPagan $6.50

You can do so much with these! The stands are rustic but you can make the table numbers anyway you want.
50 Place /Table number Card Holders (rustic wood rounds)

Great for any fall wedding.
12 Autumn Leaves Table Numbers

This would be perfect for an outdoor or fall wedding.
12 FALL Table Number / Menu Card Wire Holders

Images via Etsy sellers

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Anna knows Invites

Anna Griffin invitations are truly one of a kind and bring the do it yourself invitations up a notch. Her invitations have been featured in Brides magazine and are perfect for the budget bride.
Such a fun and creative save the date..especially for an outdoor wedding.
Georgette Glittered Vellum Fan "Save the Date" Invitation
10 for $24

I love this purple wedding kit. Invite, reply card, and matching thank you card.
Purple Vellum Invitation Enemble

No need for dull colors! Check out this fabulous orange invite
Orange Flourish Invitation Kit

A girl has to have her pink!
Pink Pocket Invitation Ensemble

Images via AnnaGriffin.com

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Unique small touches

Im always looking for different things that will make a brides wedding unique. These boutonnieres and corsages from Etsy will add a unique touch to make your wedding stand out.

                   Custom Paper Pin-On Corsage by Desicra $18

                    Harvest Custom Origami Boutonniere by Lunatiger $11

                  Roses are Pink Boutonniere by peppermintcloud $24.99

              Custom Pinwheel Boutonniere/Corsage set of 3 by Rule42 $36

Images via Etsy sellers

Monday, November 15, 2010

Top 10 Wedding Dresses under $500

Here are my top 10 Wedding Dress all under $500. As long as you don't need a designer name, you can most likely get your dream dress without spending a fortune!

#10 Destinations by Mon Cheri style 29123

This sophisticated dress is made out of lace and tulle

#9 Davids Bridal style T9168

This dress is a ballgown! Dont ever let anyone tell you that you cant get a ballgown for a low price.

#8 Davids Bridal style V9497

I love the back of this chiffon dress

#7 Destinations by Maggie Sottero style VD9706

This chiffon dress is perfect for a beach wedding. And I love the neck!

#6 Destinations- Marys Bridal Informals style 2175 

I love how this Aline fits the body. 

check back next Monday for my top 5 favorite wedding dresses under $500

Images via Brides.com