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APPARENTLY we’re forecasting correctly… again.
Check out the new bridal trend originating on the red carpet that Brides is reporting on from their Wedded Bits blog.

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So most of you know that the magazine industry is fighting an uphill battle thees days with the economy in the tank, and content platforms moving over to digital. Well two of Conde Nasts’ three bridal magazines are the latest victims.  Elegant Bride, and Modern Bride folded today, leaving Brides as the sole Conde Nast bridal title. They kicked up the frequency, so that Brides will now be available monthly to represent Conde in the bridal market. Gourmet and Cookie also folded today making it a death toll of four at the holy grail of magazine publishing this morning.

When I first started in this industry, my very first job was at Modern Bride, so this is especially sad for me. The staff there is really wonderful, and very good at what they do. Condolences to everyone who is affected by this.

To read the full internal memo check-in with Gawker here.

So Brides.com today has this stellar piece up about Peacock inspired wedding ideas. And you KNOW I love me some feathers. Just remember… don’t go overboard. Integrate the colors into the wedding with subtle actual peacock elements. Otherwise it’ll just look like a complete and total mess… trust me.

First… this cake is to DIE for. Seriously AMAZING. $520- serves 40 by Mark Joseph Cakes

Photo by John Aquino- Brides.com

Photo by John Aquino- Brides.com

Then there’s the flowers…

Photo by John Aquino- Brides.com

Photo by John Aquino- Brides.com

And the bridesmaid dresses…

Photo by John Aquino- Brides.com

Photo by John Aquino- Brides.com

There are loads more fun and beautiful peacock inspirations to choose from at Brides.com. In addition, head over to your my never fail… Etsy… like these below.

Peacock Ring Pillow $28 from Busy Buttons- Etsy

Peacock Ring Pillow $28 from Busy Buttons- Etsy

Peacock Feather Boutonniere $15 Ruby Feather- Etsy

Peacock Feather Boutonniere $15 Ruby Feather- Etsy

HOLLY Peacock Fascinator $19 The Sleepy Albatross- Etsy

HOLLY Peacock Fascinator $19 The Sleepy Albatross- Etsy

 Here are some of my favorite  dresses from the Spring 2010 Collections…

Vineyard Collection 2010

Photo Courtesy of Brides.com

Vineyard Collection 2010

 

Amsale 2010

Photo courtesy of brides.com

Amsale Collection 2010

 

Peter Langner 2010

Photo Courtesy of Brides.com

 Peter Langner Spring 2010 Collection

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Brides.com

Photo Courtesy of Brides.com

Anne Barge Spring 2010 Collection

 

 

Photo courtesy of Brides.com

Photo courtesy of Brides.com

Carolina Herrera Spring 2010 Collection

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Brides.com

Photo Courtesy of Brides.com

Rivini Spring 2010 Collection

I did a short stint as an intern at one of the bridal mags in my post-college/pre-real world days and completely and totally loved it. Obviously. While I was there, I had to file my way through countless stationary samples from invitation companies hoping to be featured in the next big article on paper goods. I’m a pretty simple girl, so it’s tough for me to differentiate between all the loopy, letterpress that’s out there, but there’s one thing I totally fell in love with while I was there…custom wedding maps.

I know they’re not SUPER necessary. But they’re kind of great. Especially if you’re having a destination wedding where most of your guest have no idea where to find you, the happy couple, the hotel their staying in, or the nearest happy hour.  If you have the funds to splurge on one more thing to shove into your envelopes…opt for these, and if there happens to be no more room left in those envelopes, they also fit nicely and look great in welcome baskets for guests upon arrival.

Calligraphics, on Etsy does custom drawn and digitally colored custom wedding maps. The price varies depending on the number of details you want to include and how many you’ll need. It’s best to contact them directly to discuss.

Custom Wedding Maps- Calligraphics- Etsy

Custom Wedding Maps- Calligraphics- Etsy

For this custom map design it’s $25 and printing is either additional or on your own accord. Again…check with the seller at checkout.

GoAgainstTheGrain Custom Maps- Etsy

GoAgainstTheGrain Custom Maps- Etsy

Laura Hooper Calligraphy and Lucky Orchid Invitations are Etsy sellers that offer some of the best custom wedding maps I’ve ever seen. She offers 100 custom drawn maps for $415 and for $150 you can have you map enlarged to a watercolor painting.

LH Calligraphy & Lucky Orchid Invitations

LH Calligraphy & Lucky Orchid Invitations (front)

LH Calligraphy & Lucky Orchid Invitations (back)

LH Calligraphy & Lucky Orchid Invitations (back)

LH Calligraphy & Lucky Orchid Invitations- Etsy

LH Calligraphy & Lucky Orchid Invitations- Etsy

LH Calligraphy & Lucky Orchid Invitations - Etsy

LH Calligraphy & Lucky Orchid Invitations - Etsy

Mira Aster is one of the most amazing wedding invitation designers around, and her work has been featured just about everywhere.  They’ve been doing custom hand stitched invitations since 2000 and for some seriously incredible wedding maps Mira Aster teams up with the unbelievable Stephannie Barba of Couture Maps. Design starts at $400 for one color, but each order’s cost is different based on what you’re looking for as far as printing, paper and design go.   To get an estimate for what you’re looking for go to their order page and fill out a form to see what kind of cash you’re gonna have to lay down to get these in your possession.  Samples are available for $10 in the US and $15 internationally.

Couture Maps with hand stitching by Mira Aster

Couture Maps with hand stitching by Mira Aster

Couture Maps by Stephannie Barba

Couture Maps by Stephannie Barba

Couture Maps by Stephannie Barba

Couture Maps by Stephannie Barba

If you don’t have the funds to pay someone else to draw, paint and print your beautiful wedding maps, make your own! There are plenty of DIY templates out on the web, or you can get someone with some serious artistic ability to draw them for you and then scan and print.  Wedding Mappers offers custom DIY Map Guides so you can create your own map right online with icons and styles that match your wedding!

The wedding cake is so often a detail that is pined over by the bride and groom, but I’ll be honest here… A lot of people don’t even eat the cake.

I know! It’s so much money, there are so many choices… blah blah.

But some people ( your college roommates) are  too busy throwing elbows at the bar and gettin’ down on the dance floor to worry about red velvet vs. carrot.

BUT I know… some people eat the cake.

Personally, I just think it looks pretty…

So I wanted to give you some of my favorites as inspiration for whimsy and excitement in the dessert department.

So with that said… let there be cake.

Photos courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Photos courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Photo's courtesy of Brides.com

Photo's courtesy of Brides.com

Photo's Courtesy of The Knot

Photo's Courtesy of The Knot

I know I already posted a yellow edition of the Spring Flowers post…BUT it’s really cold today and yellow makes me happy…and warm.

So here are some more of my favorite flowers to keep you “thinking” warm in this brutal cold weather.

Photo's courtesy of Brides.com

Photo's courtesy of Brides.com

Hi ladies! I told you there were changes a brewin’… 

After much thought we’ve decided to expand Be My Bridesmaid  to all of the ladies of the aisle. So Wedding Belles Online is for the bride-to-be, and her bridesmaids to plan and gather together for the big day. After all you’re all belles of the wedding!

We realized that a lot of our readers were brides, reading up on how the world looks through the eyes of her bridesmaids anyway, so we figured we include everyone in the fun! 

Embrace the change. It’s good I promise. You won’t even notice. And when you do, you’ll love it!

Thank you so much for your unending support and patience!

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