April 17, 2009

Marrying Again: What to Wear

When my husband and I bought our first home, we were lucky enough to have an incredible neighbor named Laura. I loved living next to her. She was vibrant and always had a smile on her face. Laura was also in her early 80's and had been widowed twice. I learned a lot from Laura during our two years as next door neighbors. But the greatest lesson Laura taught me is that no one is ever too old to find or renew love.

I still remember how excited Laura was to tell me about finding some of her former schoolmates online and renewing old friendships. One of those friendships bloomed into love as Laura re-connected with an old flame. Their wedding (Laura's third and his second) was truly a celebration. Laura was beautiful in her floor length bridal gown and simple veil. It was wonderfully romantic when Laura reached the front of the chapel and her soon-to-be husband took one of her hands and raised it to his lips. You could just feel the sigh from all the ladies in attendance.

Today, it's quite common to meet couples marrying for their second or third time because of either the death of a spouse or divorce. No matter the circumstances, the most important thing to remember is that it's not the number that's important, but the celebration of your love, union, and commitment to each other. If the couple wants to have a huge splashy wedding and reception, then go for it! Other couples may prefer a more intimate, casual gathering with family and friends. The couple should talk together, and include any children they may have, to decide what type of setting they'd like for their wedding.

One of my readers asked what to wear to a second marriage that is not going to be formal. Than answer is - anything you'd like! Color is no boundary - white is perfectly fine. Today, white is a symbol of joy rather than virginity. Also, remember that before Queen Victoria wore white at her wedding, brides got married in their best dress of any color. The only color I would caution against (and this is just my personal opinion) is black. While black can be elegant, it's a dark color usually associated with sadness or death. But like I said, that's my personal opinion. If black is your favorite color to wear, then that may be the color you'd like for your bridal outfit.

When considering what to wear for your wedding, think about the setting. If it's not formal, how "less-than-formal" will it be? You can find very simple, but beautiful wedding dresses. Other options are cocktail dresses, dress suits, or a pant suit. Some brides even get married in jeans and a dressy top!

I did some research and found a variety of outfits as examples.

Eternity Gowns #8913
Matte satin sheath with gathered empire waist accented with lightly jeweled band.

Eternity Gowns #8302
Matte satin mermaid with three-quarter length bell sleeves.

Eternity Gowns #7902
Beaded Georgette sheath with bias cut ruffles, double flutter sleeves and a sweep train.







Alex Evenings Beaded Jacket Dress


There are many options of beautiful outfits for an encore bride. I would like to point out that the most, most, most (yes, I really mean it!) important part of choosing your bridal outfit is that you absolutely love it and feel gorgeous in it. Because no matter if it's your first or fifth marriage, one thing remains true - every bride wants her groom to think she's so beautiful, he can't take his eyes off her. And ladies, your groom will feel that way if you feel that way, too. So go out, shop, and enjoy finding the perfect outfit for your wedding day!

Happy Wedding Preparations!

Danyelle


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April 9, 2009

How to Add Zing to Your Wedding

One of my friends just got engaged and emailed me with her wedding color selections - black, white, and lime green. This totally suits her personality - formal, with a touch of playful zing. Then, as I laid in bed this evening trying to get some much needed sleep, my mind kept coming up with all these awesome ideas of how to take some basic formal colors, in this case black and white, and add another color for some fabulous accents. Here are some of my ideas:

Just for the Bride

Tie some zing onto your gown by adding a colorful sash. A removable sash allows you to still wear your gown for the temple ceremony. When you return to the bridal room, you can put the sash on for wedding pictures and the upcoming reception. Sashes can be custom made with any color, material, or style your prefer.



There are lots of wonderful ways to add zing to your wedding. I hope you find some inspiration and are bursting with creative ideas for your wedding.

Smithfield Gown by LatterDay Bride
The sash on this gown is tied in the back,
creating a touch of color on the front with a dramatic sweep of sash in the back.

Prescott Gown by Latter-Day Bride
The sash on this gown is "tied" on the front,
adding a playful, but elegant look.



Bridesmaids Only Please

I love my friend's choices of black and white, which are both elegant and versatile colors. Adding a sash of lime green to either of these colors will either make it more formal (black with a lime green sash) or summery and playful (white with a lime green sash). As I searched for bridesmaid dresses, I discovered that both LatterDay Bride and Modest by Design offer custom dresses. You get to choose the design and they will make it in the colors of your choice. Here are a few bridesmaid dresses as examples:

Taffeta Gown by Modest by Design
features a contrasting wide ruched sash.

Duchess Satin Gown by Modest by Design
features a contrasting band and bow at the waist.

Plumeria Gown by LatterDay Bride
features a sash with bow in the back.



Gorgeous Groomsmen

Even the guys can get in on a little color co-ordination. You'll see from the pics below, that you can get vests, ties, and tuxedo bows to match your wedding colors. If having a vest and tie is too much color, consider wearing a vest to match the suit and the tie the accent color. Just that little bit of color truly pulls the complete bridal party look together. Also, think about if you want all of the guys wearing the accent colors, or the groom in traditional tux with just the groomsmen wearing the accent colors. Here are examples for both a white tux and a black tux with co-ordinated accessories:


Wilke-Rodriguez Two Button Satin Edge Notch Lapel Tuxedo from Men's Wearhouse



Wedding Invitations with Zing

Don't stop with your bridal party, be sure to pull your wedding colors through your whole wedding. You may find a wonderful invitation with your wedding colors on it. Another option is to choose a simple, elegant invitation and tie some organza ribbon around the middle. Here are some invitation from Wedding Paper Divas I totally loved:

Monogram Stripe - Meadow
This is an excellent example of using my friend's black and white theme with just a touch of lime green. This invitation is beautiful, simple, and elegant. I love the personalization with the monogram at the top as well.


Banded Damask - Kiwi
This invite does the exact opposite as the one above.
Instead of having the green color as an accent,
this invitation brings that fun accent color into the spotlight.
It's very bold and energetic.

Simple Elegance - Black
This is a great example of choosing a simple, but elegant invitation
then adding your accent color with some organza ribbon.
Obviously the ribbon isn't pictured here, but can't you just see some pretty lime green ribbon tied in a bow across the middle? Gorgeous!


Tie It All Together


Ribbon is an inexpensive way to co-ordinate the wedding colors throughout the wedding and reception. There are lots of options for different looks and textures - satin or organza, shiny or beaded. And there are limitless ways to use the ribbon - wrapped around candles or center-piece stands at the reception, braided into the flower girls or bridesmaids hair-dos, as well as the examples below.




Above are two unique ways to wrap bouquets with ribbon.
I love how they added the gemstone pins for bling and the beads to create a bow pattern.


These little black boxes are great for reception thank-you's.
Simply wrap a bit of ribbon around it and it totally compliments your wedding colors.
These boxes are available in a variety of colors from Beau Coup.

These personalized tags look fab on your guest gift boxes.
They would also look fantastic on the wedding bouquets (especially the one the bride tosses!),
candles, and table centerpieces.


Happy Wedding Preparations!

Danyelle


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April 8, 2009

And the Winner of the Blanca Bracelet Is . . .

Sorry I didn't get this up yesterday. My hubby had an accident on Saturday, and we spent yesterday going around to various doctor appointments.

Today's contest winner is announced on this video!

video


Congrats, Laura! Please send me your mailing address and I'll get the Blanca bracelet, along with catalogs and 20% off gift certificate. Enjoy!!!

April 3, 2009

Around the Clock Bridal Shower

Around the Clock themed bridal showers are very popular. Basically, the idea is to assign each guest to represent a certain time of day. The guest then purchases a gift for that time frame. And yes, we're talking all 24 hours of the day! As the bride opens her gifts, have the guests tell her what her assigned time was and why she chose that gift. Here are some ideas to incorporate the Around the Clock theme into the bridal shower.

First of all, let's talk invitations. These fun invites are from My Gatsby.

Clock Mega Topper on Orange/Pink Base


Jewel Clock on Green Slimline Invite



If you're making your own invites, here's a fun way to word them:

An Around-the-Clock Shower
Come celebrate our bride-to-be
Jane Smith
as she prepares to have the time of her life
when she marries John Jones
An Around-the-Clock Bridal Shower and Brunch
April 14th, 2009, 11:30 am.
Your time of day is _____________
Please bring a gift appropriate to that time of day.
For example, 8 am might mean a breakfast tray or a robe.
7 pm might be movie tickets, or whatever else you can think of!
RSVP: Maid of Honor, 555-555-5555 or MaidofHonor@email.org by April 1st.


Now, let's great those refreshments ready!

Something sweet: A chocolate clock cake. Yummy!

Something light: Put together trays representing the different times of day, such as bagel bites with cream cheese for morning, mini-chicken salad sandwiches for lunch, sliced fruit for snacks, etc. Come up with little place cards with a clock representing the time for each tray, ie. 8 am for the bagel bites, 12 noon for the sandwiches, etc.


And the winner is . . .

A fun game to go along with this theme is to come up with a questionnaire and see how well the guests know the bride. Include questions like: What time does the bride get up in the morning? What time of day did the couple meet? What time does the bride like to go to the grocery store? What time of day did the bride go shopping for her gown? What time is the couple getting married? What time did the groom propose?

Another fun game is everyone likes is bingo. Make up bingo cards with different times of the day, (each card should be scrambled differently). Then the guests mark off the times as the bride opens her gifts. Whoever gets bingo first wins the prize!


For the guests . . .

As a guest, sometimes it isn't easy to think of something to go along with your assigned time. Here's a list of suggestions for different time frames:

Early Morning (1-5 am)

A book to read to go back to sleep
Lavendar lotions to relax
Bedside lamps
Bed Sheets
Warm blankets
Humidifier
Alarm Clock

Mid-Morning (6-9 am)

Hot chocolate
Breakfast foods (instant oatmeal, bagels, cereals)
Breakfast cookbooks
Toaster
Kitchen towels and washcloths
Bathroom towels, washcloths, and hand towels
Scented bath soaps and body sprays
Blender


Late Morning (10-12 noon)

Crock Pot
Cleaning Supplies
Laundry Detergent
Cook books
Cooking Utensils
Lunch Plates
Smoothie Machine


Afternoon (1-3 pm)

Cake stand
Bakeware
Serving plates and dishes
Gift cards to grocery stores


Early Evening (4-6 pm)

China
Flatware
Pots and pans
Pot holders
Food Basics: oil, sugar, flour, etc
Cute apron
Grill supplies


Mid-Evening (7-9 pm)

Movie tickets
Gift cards to restaurants
Bed sheets
Bath robes
Fluffy slippers


Late Evening (10-12 midnight)

Lingerie
Massage for Couples book
Wine glasses & bottles of sparkling grape juice
Gift Certificate to hotels or B&B



All in all, an Around the Clock shower is a lot of fun and a great way to get the couple started for their new life together. Enjoy!


Happy Wedding Preparations!

Danyelle


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