You are currently browsing the monthly archive for March 2009.

 

Alright ladies listen up. 

Grooms can go one of three ways right?

1. Groomzilla: They rival the bride for total control on every friggin’ detail from start to finish

2. Helpful but totally bored: They’ll help you but truthfully don’t really care what shade of pink ribbon you tie on the program

3. Non-existent: Bad news Bears.

This one’s for the boys. So spin them, take off the blind fold and point them toward the computer for some lessons in Weddings 101.

It won’t hurt I promise. There’s much to learn little bird. 

First up…

 

Photo Courtesy of The Man Registry

Photo Courtesy of The Man Registry

The Man Registry

Seriously. Are you over the name yet? How great is this?  This site is so great. It’s a complete guide to all things groom. You can sign up and create your own MAN-REGISTRY. (Yes capital letters are necessary) and you can send the registry to guests so that they can look at your MAN-REGISTRY. There’s a Groom 101 area where your groom and his guys can plan and execute successful bachelor parties- with o without strippers- there is a pretty great list of Extreme Bachelor Party Ideas including sky diving, wedding speech survival tactics, and a whole section on how to prank the groom… ladies you might want to send that one out via e-mail to the groomsmen asap. 

AND there’s a blog. I love the blog. I follow these guys on Twitter. They’re great. Lots of really fun info to check-out for everyone.

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Groom Grove

Photo Courtesy of Groom Grove

Groove Groom

GroomGroove.com is like a fortune teller’s paradise for a groom. From start to finish your groom can calculate an engagement ring, pick out his groomsmen gifts,  plan a stellar Rehearsal Dinner, even impress his future mother-in-law. It’s been featured on major media outlets too, which is always a sign of legitimacy right? Wait…even if it’s Fox?  I digress. GroomsGroove.com has loads of articles on tons of relevant topics that will answer his questions before he starts firing them at you.

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Beau-Coup

Photo Courtesy of Beau-Coup

Beau-Coup Weddings: From Bended Knee to Boutonniere (His Perspective)

Actor Eric Saient’s personal journey from proposal to the aisle. “I DO (Not know what I’m doing).”

His blogging is great and it’s so fun to hear the man’s perspective on everything! Plus it’s witty, cause the guys an actor who lives and writes in NYC… so. it’s great.

Check it out.

 

*Remember: Happy Grooms make Happy Brides…

Advertisements

Seriously. Enough with the freakin’ rain already.  It’s spring. Mama needs some freakin’ SUNSHINE.

It’s going to be April this week…and you know what they say…

April Showers Bring… the Parade of oversized Envelopes.

They’re coming…

Soon I’ll show you a picture of my fridge… You can’t actually see it.

It’ll make your day. 🙂
 

While I wait for the sunshine and the parade of over sized envelopes to arrive. I’m going to indulge in some lost scenes of The Hills, look forward to The Duel, and tomorrow’s Gawker recap of Gossip Girl. I love guilty pleasures.

What’s yours?

Happy Almost April!

 

 Sigh. So this Real Wedding is pretty special because I have known the bride for a very long time!  We used to play tennis and listen to Wilson Phillip’s tapes (yes TAPES) together when Wilson Phillips was the jam. Ahh the good old days…

 Anyway, when I saw her wedding photo’s I HAD to share them with you. Such magical, magical photos from photographers, Alisha Clark and Luke Walker of Luke Walker Photography (together they make up Lillie Studios.) Very different shooting styles, yet completely enchanting from every angle!

Don’t miss the link to Annie & Dan’s amazing wedding video (at the bottom of the post) from Lillie Studios and videographer Chris! It’s incredible and so touching given their joint musical background! 

From the beautiful bride on how she met her groom…

“Dan and I met in college at Ithaca. We were in the same violin studio (Dan’s also a violinist; turned to Architectural Acoustic Design, but different circles of friends. We were friends but never really thought about dating each other due to relationships we were in. We were both single during our senior year, and happened to be working together on a project together – my graduate audition CD. Post recording session, we decided to go out for a drink. We had a great time hanging out, we decided to hang out again the next night… and the next…. and before you know it, we were dating. After college, we dated long distance, and worked very hard to keep the relationship strong. About a year after I finished grad school, Dan surprised me with a proposal on the beach on New Year’s Eve, while we were visiting our relatives in FL. He apparently had asked my Dad for permission to marry during Thanksgiving. So everyone knew, except for me. Soon after the engagement, we set a date and started planning.”

Photo Courtesy of Alisha Clark

Photo Courtesy of Alisha Clark

 

 

From the bride… “Our main mantra throughout the wedding process was to be as practical as possible. We did a lot of research on pricing and so before we dove into actually booking anyone, we made sure to plan a reasonable budget. We knew we wanted to splurge a bit more in certain areas like photography and food. Less in other areas like flowers, invitations, decorations, reception venue, etc. We didn’t want to start off in debt. Especially with today’s economy. So having the budget really kept us on track.”

Photo Courtesy of Luke Walker Photography

Photo Courtesy of Luke Walker Photography

 

From the lovely and very budget conscious bride…(WE LOVE THIS)

“I found my dress at a liquidation sale from a discount bridal store that was going out of business. I actually didn’t expect to find a dress there. But the ladies at the store let me loose in their store and I came out with 2 dresses. I ended buying both dresses because it cost me only $500 for both and I couldn’t make up my mind because they were so different. So I was a 2 dress bride. Now, I chose my dress over the other because the other dress was your typical wedding dress- silk, diamond white, plain. The dress I ended up wearing is a Casablanca Bridal Dress, and it had lovely lace on it with a bit of sequins. Just enough to catch some light. Plus it had a really pretty hem. So I felt more drawn to it after trying it on many times.” 

Photo Courtesy of Luke Walker Photography

Photo Courtesy of Luke Walker Photography

 

Photo Courtesy of Photographer Alisha Clark

Photo Courtesy of Photographer Alisha Clark

Photo Courtesy of Photographer, Alisha Clark

Photo Courtesy of Photographer, Alisha Clark

Photo Courtesy of Photographer, Alisha Clark

Photo Courtesy of Photographer, Alisha Clark

 From the bride…“Our church (Westminster Presbyterian Church, Albany, NY) was a combined effort. We fell in love with it the first time we stepped through it’s doors. We knew that it was our church, and it worked out in our favor. March was a less busy month for weddings, so they were quite open to doing a wedding. “

Photo Courtesy of Luke Walker Photography

Photo Courtesy of Luke Walker Photography

Photo Courtesy of Luke Walker Photography

Photo Courtesy of Luke Walker Photography

Photo Courtesy of Luke Walker Photography

Photo Courtesy of Luke Walker Photography

Photo Courtesy of Luke Walker Photography

Photo Courtesy of Luke Walker Photography

Photo Courtesy of Luke Walker Photography

Photo Courtesy of Luke Walker Photography

Photo Courtesy of Luke Walker Photography

Photo Courtesy of Luke Walker Photography

Photo Courtesy of Luke Walker Photography

Photo Courtesy of Luke Walker Photography

 From the bride… “We went with a florist that had a background in horticulture for the bouquet, bouts, corsages, and church decoration. We wanted something a bit more unusual and not your typical rose bouquet, etc. So I took clippings from bridal magazines and brought it to him, and basically told him to be creative. We didn’t want it to be too matchy matchy. Dan and I liked more modern designs with shape and simplicity in mind. The day of the wedding, I was blown away with all the bouquets, bouts, and church decoration. It was better than we imagined.” 

Photo Courtesy of Photographer Alisha Clark

Photo Courtesy of Photographer Alisha Clark

 From the bride… “Our reception venue (The Appel Inn in Altamont, NY) was actually chosen by Dan, who’s actually been there prior to planning the wedding. So when we started the process he suggested for us to take a visit, and I loved it and booked the place. From there, we connected with our DJ, reception florist, and limo – and because we were working with the reception venue, we were able to get some good deals and great service.” 

Photo Courtesy of Photographer Alisha Clark

Photo Courtesy of Photographer Alisha Clark

 From the bride… “I can’t really pin point a favorite moment because of how fast the day went, and there was so many things going on. But, I really enjoyed my first dance as husband and wife with Dan to our song “Such Great Heights” by Iron & Wine. It was beautiful and touching and completely sweet. It was also when I felt relief from the day, from the planning, and from experiencing a life changing experience. It was very emotional for me- especially after having planned the wedding for over a year and to finally see everything come together. “

Photo Courtesy of Luke Walker Photography

Photo Courtesy of Luke Walker Photography

From the bride on her photographers… 

“We chose Luke Walker after an intensive search and interview process for about 3 months. We had about 10 photographers on our list, local and non-locals. In the end Luke stayed in our mind because of many reasons. 1) he did photojournalism, which we were in love with. His work was fairly vibrant and colorful, and we appreciated that a lot. 2) he was moving to the area from NYC, so he was local! 3) we talked to him over the phone and he was so laid back and candid with us 4) we had a common connection: ITHACA. He used to live in the Ithaca area, and both Dan and I were Ithaca College alumni 5) he was open minded to a different package set up. In the end we ended up with a very nice package with items that were important to us. Luke has now become good friends of ours through this whole process. We frequently go on double dates. That’s how we became friends with Alisha, and how she came to be the other photographer in our wedding. “

Check out Annie & Dan’s Wedding video from Lillie Studios. It’s amazing and so beautiful. It completely blew me away…

Last Fall I was walking around the annual Oktoberfest Street Fair & Market  in Harvard Square and stopped to check out these very unique and very cool bracelets made from vintage fabrics and bright colored buttons.  Kiel James Patrick is a seriously adorable prepster with an entrepreneurial edge, a very cool name, and collection that is taking off. ( Have I mentioned they’ve been featured on Gossip Girl. Well they have.)

Now I don’t know how “Wedding” appropriate this post is, but I wanted to share. In my head I feel like it’s the cutest weekend attire for lakeside, or nautical themed wedding weekends. But also really… can you say super cute honeymoon staples?

 

Photo Credit: Kiel James Patrick

Photo Credit: Kiel James Patrick

 

 

Every product is customized individually and produced in Rhode Island. They have these great Nautic Key Straps (keychains) which would be adorable in Wedding Weekend Welcome Baskets in patterns that land in your wedding color scheme with customized button colors.

 

Anchor at Point Judith Key Strap $22.50-KJP

Anchor at Point Judith Key Strap $22.50-KJP

 

Tautshire Woven Seerdras Key Strap $22.50- KJP

Tautshire Woven Seerdras Key Strap $22.50- KJP

 

 

 

I love the bracelets, but their new polo’s are pretty great too! The bracelets are unisex which is great. My sisters and my brother all have KJP bracelets in super unique fabrics that are fitting to their personalities.

Kiel James Patrick BraceletsThe Mackerel Cove Calendered Polos  are super cute. I’m partial to the pink, obviously but the white is very versatile and cute. 

 

Perrytown Glamour Polo $68- KJP

Perrytown Glamour Polo $68- KJP

 

 

 

Skimming Stone in Grace Bay Polo $68- KJP

Skimming Stone in Grace Bay Polo $68- KJP

Love the guys version of the polos too. This is KJP himself. Cutie.

 

Manchester Bluff and Norwell Polo $72.50- KJP

Manchester Bluff and Norwell Polo $72.50- KJP

So a good friend of mine, who recently got engaged and is totally enthralled with all things Anthro (I mean who isn’t)  asked me if they offer bridal registries for showers or weddings. 

Honestly… I had no idea.

So I asked and it is amazing what you can find out if you just ask.  

Here’s the answer from Anthropologie:

“Our Wish Lists may be made public so that you can share them with friends and family members who are interested in purchasing gifts for you. In order to make your Wish List public, you must select a default shipping address. Even if it is the same as your default billing address, you must add it a second time and select the box that states “Set as Default Shipping Address”. Then, view your Wish List again and select the box that states “Make List Public”.
You may also send your Wish List by utilizing the “Send List” button that appears at the top of your wish list. This is especially helpful if you have a small group of people that you would like to share your list with and have their email addresses available.”

In english…you can compile everything you could possibly imagine for your kitchen in one place and do one of three things:

1. Direct guests to search online for the “Wish List” using your last name or e-mail address

2. Share your wish list with friends and family via e-mail through the “Share” option on the “Wish List” page always directing them to purchase directly online.  

3. Print  out and send to guests with your invites (not likely- and kind of ugly). 

BUT, there’s a catch. This is ENTIRELY online. In-store purchases cannot be deducted from a Wish List.  Which means, if you’re one of the lucky lovelies in walking distance to a an Anthropologie, you have to pay the shipping to make sure yours is the only Fresh-Baked Cake Stand your bride-to-be receives. 

Update: In an e-mail, Anthropologie said:

“When items are bought from stores our stores will email us and ask us to remove the items from the wish list so duplicates are not purchased.”

So in-store purchases at your own risk then.

Otherwise, this works just like a traditional registry. As items are purchased off your Wish List the list repopulates to show “Desired” “Received” quantities.

I’d love to see someone successfully execute this registry option, as it’s a pretty great one and why not register for cool, quirky, kitchen style in addition to all the blenders, food processors and pots n’ pans on your other lists?

 

 Hi lovelies! So I decided to make Wednesday my mid-week “WED favorites” day. Get it? There’s no rhyme or reason, just some of my most favorite pretties from the past few days.

Think of it as a Mid-week round-up of all things fun, fabulous and very right now. 

O.K. class. Let’s get started… 

 

New monogrammed items dropped into my e-mail box from The Palm Gifts today! Love the aprons and the new boat totes!

 

Boat Totes $24- The Palm Gifts

Boat Totes $24- The Palm Gifts

Preppy Aprons $20- The Palm Gifts

Preppy Aprons $20- The Palm Gifts

Also, I LOVE the total focus on ACCESSORIES (FROOF) happening at Anthropologie. It’s wonderful! I love all of it. Sigh.

 

Anthropologie Accessories

Photo Courtesy of Anthropologie

 I mean if this doesn’t scream Derby Day party, I don’t know what does. Seriously.

Photo Courtesy of Anthropologie.com

Photo Courtesy of Anthropologie.com

 

While I was home shopping at the little- shop that isn’t anymore, I bought myself a pretty patterned Vera umbrella for spring in their new yellow bird pattern. I love it.

 

Vera Bradley Yellow Bird Umbrella & Keychain

Vera Bradley Yellow Bird Umbrella & Keychain

I also really love this. I was Etsy browsing again… really nothing new, and came across this perfect vintage inspired pearl and gold charm bracelet from Glint by Mich. I’m kind of a closet beach freak stuck in the concrete jungle of the city, so I think this- subtle gold beach charms and perfect little pearls- are charming… get it. Ha. These are totally sold out, which is sad, but maybe they’ll be more? It’s called the Hampton Lane Ivory Pearl Bracelet with Sea Charms- AND get this… inspired by Grace Kelly in Rear Window. Amazing.

 

 

Hampton Lane Pearl Bracelet- Glint by Mich

Hampton Lane Pearl Bracelet- Glint by Mich

I also got a sweet little fragrance package from Lulu Beauty last night! Can’t wait to test out their fun and flirty fragrances and give you the lowdown on what’s aisle worthy!

 

Happy Hump-Day!

When I was growing up there was a small shop in my small town that helped every bride in a 100-mile radius register for her wedding china.  It was downtown, and mostly I remember going in there and looking up at all the crystal, glass and ceramic “things” that I could not touch (but desperately  wanted to) in complete and total awe. Sparkly things are mesmerizing to an 8-year-old right?

Since I had double shower present buying needs this past weekend, I wanted to check out the little shop’s new location…

Turns out, that little shop… not so little anymore AND… ironically enough sparkly things… still super mesmerizing fifteen years later.

 I’m not gonna lie. There are stores I could wander around in for hours… dress shops, shoe stores and tabletop shops. It’s kind of like walking into the housewares department at Bloomingdales, or the downstairs of Michael C. Fina.  Magic.

Alright. Giggle if you must, but I love entertaining! And you should entertain with pretty things. It’s fun. A lot of people don’t register for China anymore. And truthfully, I understand why. The formal idea of entertaining with “good china” sort of sits somewhere around Thanskgiving and Christmas. Important for holidays and out of town family. But why should you waste your beautiful settings on obscure out of towners?

GET SOMETHING YOU’RE GOING TO USE.  I’m serious.

 I don’t think you’re good china should sit and collect dust on a shelf somewhere post-nuptials. Your dinnerware should be beautiful and PRACTICAL. 

There were so many beautiful and practical things in that not -so small little shop in my still kind of small, little town that I had to share a few with you!

Mariposa

One of my all-time favorite lines of table top is Mariposa. Affordable, durable, pretty and timeless. You really can’t go wrong. They have just about anything you can imagine- from serving platters, bowls and vases for weddings to baby items for showers! They also have these really great napkin holders with a whole line of different kinds of weights- holiday themed, sunflowers, sleds, fireflies, ladybugs… the list goes on…

Brillante Line

Brillante Line

Brillant Line

Brillant Line

* See the spoon, cup and bowl? That’s what we decided on for my friend K’s baby shower this weekend. Isn’t it super sweet? The spoon also doubles in a different set with an adorable appetizer dish that they have- which I received as a Christmas gift! Love it!
 

Juliska

This is one of my all-time favorites too. My sister bought me my first piece at Christmas and I’m kind of hooked now.

Juliska Collection

Juliska Collection

 

Kate Spade

She does more than the bags and the shoes girls. These adorably vintage looking plates are a happy addition to any kitchen. 

Kate Spade Larabee dot tidbit plates- $80/Set of 4

Kate Spade Larabee dot tidbit plates- $80/Set of 4

Now there are also cheaper versions that have the same kind of feel as the items above. Crate & Barrel has a great line of place settings that are really affordable and really classic and Williams-Sonoma has some nice everyday options as well. Crate & Barrel’s White Pearl Dinnerware set is very reminiscent of the Brillant line from Mariposa in a classic white.  There’s always the reliable stand-by’s at Anthropologie too and check out Home Goods –  They often have beautiful Waterford and Lenox items at a serious discount.

Happy Entertaining! 

Seriously. Does it get any better? I got this in my e-mail box the other day from Martha, well Darcy Miller, her wedding go-to- girl, and HAD to share this with you. What a great idea! I mean… I could easily get carried away with this. Can you imagine? 

Personalized Bridesmaid/Bride/Everyday/Special Occasion Ribbon Shoes! Use narrow or wide ribbon (Solids, patterns, polka dots, gingham, stripes, the world is your oyster) to cover plain sandals. Craft stores like Michael’s and A.C. Moore often have ribbon sales- I got 5 spools for $1 each over the weekend! Or if you’re really looking for the perfect pattern ribbon head to specialty shops like M&J Trimmings in New York.

 

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart

 

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart

 

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

1. Wide or Narrow ribbon (depending on the shoe)

2. Darning Needle (For shoes with buckles)

3. Fabric Glue

4. SHARP fabric scissors

5. Your favorite plain pumps, heels, wedges or sandals that need a little kick of fun

 

 

 

Lela Rose’s new collection for Payless is a perfect line because they come in lots of different styles that can be customized to look similar… but different for each bridesmaid!


 

Gloria Platform Sling $24.99 - Lela Rose for Payless

Gloria Platform Sling $24.99 - Lela Rose for Payless

 

Diana T-Strap Pump $24.99- Lela Rose for Payless

Diana T-Strap Pump $24.99- Lela Rose for Payless

 

 

 

 

Jackie Dress Sandal $24.99- Lela Rose for Payless

Jackie Dress Sandal $24.99- Lela Rose for Payless

Imagine the possibilities!

 

SO I made the trip this weekend for two of my favorite ladies. One is a beautiful and hilarious blushing bride-to-be, and the other might be the cutest little pregger mama I’ve ever seen.

The showers were super cute, so I wanted to share some of the lovely little details with you all! 

First up… babies 🙂 (Even though that’s not the objective here at Wedding Belles, a lot of the ideas can be applied to a BRIDAL SHOWER too! Take notes.)

 

Centerpieces

Centerpieces

Case in point. My favorite floral technique – bunches of same stem flowers that look beautiful in bulk! I’ve talked about this before, but budget friendly flowers in bulk look amazing together! These mini carnations worked perfectly and were perfect for the “It’s a Boy” Shower.

They also kicked up the tables with adorable stuffed animals, and INCREDIBLE cake plates. I had to go get one of my own after the shower. Home Goods is a magical place that everyone should visit. These cake plates came with TERRIBLE kiddie-bling. That’s the only thing I can call it. Wires with ribbons, buttons, soccer balls … you get the gist. Anyway… wire kiddie-bling removed and replaced with ribbons in shades of blue, gingham and polka dots it’s perfectly wonderful! You can change the ribbons depending on the theme and color scheme of the shower, and  it’s so easy! 

I’m making up my own right now, and can’t wait to share with you all the fun details! 

 

The other amazing little table details were the cupcakes! They came from out of Philly and all of the cupcakes had piped in icing shaped ducks, booties and rattles. AND, there were homemade chocolate lollipops shaped like safety pins and rattles! I mean… come one. How great is that! 

 

Cupcakes- Booties

Cupcakes- Booties

 

Ducky cupcakes

Ducky cupcakes

 

Chocolate Rattle Lollipops

Chocolate Rattle Lollipops

You can buy chocolate lollipop molds at craft stores, and follow recipes like this one from Jacques Torres, this one for two color lollipops, or this one for marbled chocolate lollipops to make and decorate your own fabulous favors! 

Moving on… Brides! 

My friend J is getting married in May, and while her shower was very traditional, it was completely unique to her at the same time! Love it. I’m a pretty staunch hater of shower games. HOWEVER, sometimes they can serve as great ice breakers, and really hilarious moments. You have to gauge your crowd. This crowd was all about fun, so the games were mild and very entertaining.

Because J and her fiance are honeymooning in Hawaii, her shower was themed accordingly with  starfish wine stopper favors, orchid centerpieces, red velvet cupcakes and a lei for the beautiful bride!

 

Orchid Centerpieces

Orchid Centerpieces

 

 

 

Starfish Wine Stopper Favors

Starfish Wine Stopper Favors

 

The Blushing Bride

The Blushing Bride

 

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

J got a few of the questions in the Newlywed Game (see below) wrong, and her punishment was based on her own personal vice… red wine. Her quick thinking bridesmaids made up red wine jello shots instead of the hard liquor variety for her to spoon out every time she got a question wrong.

 

The Newlywed Game

The Newlywed Game

All-in-all it was a wonderful weekend of showers- both bridal and baby! I’m so glad I could share these with you! I detailed three of the bridal shower games below.

 

Game #1- Bride Bingo

Print out empty grids- which you can find online- and have guests fill out the boxes with gifts they think the bride will receive- dishes, bath towels, blender etc. Then add bowls of m&m’s on the tables for people to use to mark the boxes as gifts are opened. Winners yell bingo, prize is distributed… you get the point. This keeps all of the guests engaged in the gift opening process and limits the table chatter at traditional showers. Plus it’s a great way to keep everyone involved.

Game #2- The Newlywed Game

Ask the groom a set of questions prior to the shower and have the bride guess his answers. Every time she gets a question wrong you can have her (eat a marshmallow or a piece of gum) which truthfully, is kind of gross… OR you could always make her take a red wine jello shot…(again… gauge your crowd accordingly)

Game #3- The Purse Game

Make a list, or look on up online of things that you may or may not find in your purse (comb, sunglasses, safety pin, 1986 penny etc.) Assign points to each item and have guests tally up their bags.

Hello my lovelies!

I hope your weeks are going well! I’m heading out of town this weekend for double shower duty. Yes. Saturday = Baby Shower First, Bridal Shower second. But I’ll have lots to share when I return! In addition I have some really great Real Weddings in the works from some fabulous photographers and incredible brides. (LJE- this means you) and a beauty round-up on the way.

PLUS! My friend C just got engaged last weekend, so I’ll have her story and some photos to share soon too! SO many engagements… it’s starting to feel like Spring! Hope you’re all enjoying this beautiful weather too!

Delightful Blogs Directory Member

Wedding Belles Tweets

Error: Twitter did not respond. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page.

March 2009
M T W T F S S
« Feb   Apr »
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031  
Advertisements