The Bespoke Bride: Budget Wisely, But Splurge For Your Dream Wedding Dress!

by Azure

About The Bespoke Bride As a bride-to-be one of the most frequently asked questions seems to be, “So? Do you have your dress?”. I get this. It makes sense. The Dress plays a big role in a wedding. I know it’s the first thing I’m looking at when the bride is walking down the aisle . It’s probably the most significant single piece of clothing you’ll purchase. For many, it’s also the most expensive single piece of...

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Father of the Bride

by Azure

I love my dad, but I hate trying to come up with gifts for him. There are only so many books, gadgets, and t-shirts I can buy him over the years. Every year, I desperately look for themes to try and inspire me. You though, you’re lucky, you have your theme, your wedding. How does your wedding tie in to your father’s day gift? Well, here are some ideas: 1) A photo album of pictures of the two of you, or just one nice one framed (this may be difficult if your dad is the family...

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Featured Wedding: Gabe and April

by Azure

Special Feature by Evan Vanderwall of Evan Vanderwall Photography. This April I was granted the privilege of traveling to the beautiful state of Arizona to capture Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel and April Flores uniting as one. Gabe and April are a young, beautiful couple, full of life and love for each other. Taking their portraits was a blast - they felt so comfortable and natural being affectionate with each other, which makes things especially easy on a photographer. The ceremony took...

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POP a Platinum Proposal, Win Kirk Kara Platinum Wedding Bands

by Azure

Remember way back in 2000 when Monica proposed to Chandler on “Friends”? Women proposing used to seem edgy. Today though, it’s a bona fide trend! Celebrities like Jennifer Hudson are leading the charge, and with movies like the Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds production, The Proposal, opening this Friday, it’s becoming more and more popular. OneWed is awarding one lucky reader the ultimate prize to get in on the trend of proposing to her man- a pair of hand engraved Platinum...

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Father’s Day Quiz (and a little giveaway)

by Azure

Last month, we got a lot of laughs out of moms in pop culture. In movies, bad/scary moms can be sort of funny, but dads, well, not so much. So, instead of listing the worst dads or the best dads, we thought we’d test your knowledge of pop culture. See if you can match the four father/daughter pairs below. 1. Jon Voight 2. Ravi Shankar 3. Jawarhalal Nehru 4. King George VI A. Norah Jones B. Elizabeth Mountbatten C. Angelina Jolie D. Indira Ghandi Still reading? We have a...

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Doing your homework: Finding the right readings for your wedding

by Azure

Feeling at a loss about what readings to incorporate into your wedding? Check out this special feature by personalized wedding poet and wedding blogger Chloe’ Yelena Miller for some great ideas. My favorite wedding reading was a passage from The Little Prince about slowly and patiently taming a fox. What's yours? Let us know in the comments!

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Lufthansa Does Weddings??

by Azure

Who knew! Lufthansa just celebrated a big anniversary. 50 years of service to India. In honor of this, the airline tapped the "Vera Wang of South Asia", Manish Malhotra, to design three wedding dresses exclusively for Lufthansa. This is all part of a larger promotion (for details, click here), but... I thought these designs were just stunning and had to share! Nearlyweds were asked to select their favorite Manish Malhotra/Lufthansa design as part of the contest. So, I'm...

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It’s A Jaime Thing: Sweet Home Chicago Weddings…

by Azure

About It's A Jaime Thing ...Planned All The Way Down To The Last Detail! They say, "If you've got it, flaunt it" - and Chicago's definitely got it! If you and your love are planning a Chicago wedding, consider flaunting this gorgeous city of ours at your wedding, all the way down to the very last detail. Adding a lil' Chicago into your wedding has never felt so good! Below are a few ideas on how to celebrate your love of the "Windy City" by incorporating it into your big...

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Hostess with the Mostess: More Wedding Ideas and Inspiration from Artfool Events

by Azure

About Hostess with the Mostess Back in February, I shared with you one of my favorite spots to draw decor inspiration for your big day- professional event design portfolios. I've said it before and I'll say it again, the folks at Artfool have a true flair for creating a stunning, cohesive, sophisticated atmosphere at the events they design. Their website, chock full of color palette, floral design, and centerpiece ideas, is one of my first stops when I'm feeling...

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Plus Size Female Form- Because Every Girl Deserves Her Dream Wedding Dress

by Azure

Special to OneWed by Debbie Welcher of Chatfields Boutique As full figure brides are aware, many bridal boutiques do not carry sample sizes to try on in their size. The bridal industry, as with most designers, is influenced by smaller-sized brides. It’s all a bit confusing in a nation where the typical woman is a size 14, as very few designers feature plus size models to exhibit their bridal gowns. Often, a designer will offer their stunning designs up to size 26, but don't...

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Featured Wedding: Amber and Jeff

by Azure

Special Feature by Katie Minister of Minister Images I flew to Philadelphia to photograph the wedding of my good friend from college, Amber. From the minute I got to her house, I knew I was in for a fun event! We went to Carinwood Mansion, one of the most beautiful venues that I've ever seen, where we took family pictures. Amber honored her mom's memory by wearing her wedding dress. On to time spent with Amber & Jeff before the big event, and then Jeff's entrance into the...

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How to Survive Your Father Daughter Wedding Dance

by Azure

In movies, the father/daughter dance always looks so beautiful: There are flashbacks and fuzzy camera work, everyone cries tears of joy. In reality though, it can be stressful, even if you don’t have a “complicated” family relationship. The truth is, most of us don’t have a lot of practice dancing with our dads, and a lot of dads don’t like to dance. Here are some tips on how to survive your father/daughter dance. 1) Talk to your dad Find out how your dad feels about...

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Savvy Steals Weekly Giveaway- Put Your Wedding Cake on a Pedestal!

by Azure

About OneWed's Savvy Steals Weekly Giveaway This week’s Savvy Steal is a gorgeous, antique white, 16’’ Victorian Frill handmade cake stand from Handmade Cake Stand. This gorgeous piece will become an heirloom for one lucky bride-to-be, and is valued at $250.00! Each cake stand from Handmade Cake Stand is made one at a time, using a potter’s wheel and a lump of porcelain clay. From start to finish, each stand takes 8 weeks to make, so much time and patience is put into...

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Rock ‘n Roll Bride: Edgy Engagement Photo Shoot

by Azure

About Rock 'n Roll Bride Engagement sessions. You either hate them or love them. Personally, I started off in the first camp but since being sent a million and one fabulous ones I have to say my mind has now been changed. A good engagement session will bring out the personalities of the couple and will be as far away from mediocre as possible. Holley & Jason score highly with their session by The Nichols... the cars, the tattoo, the glasses, the bright red dress... this is right up...

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Bubbly Bride: Early Morning Wedding

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride Not every bride has dreams of her wedding lasting late into the night. Some morning brides love a delicious brunch served along with a desire for early morning vows. This is a great way to save money and some couples have traditions of brunch every Saturday or Sunday morning and want to share this with their friends and family. The menu will obviously offer much different fare with items such as eggs benedict and fancy french toast ending with a delicious...

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The Best (and worst) Father Daughter Dance Songs

by Azure

WARNING: This post may cause unintentional sniffling. Happy Monday! Father’s Day is this weekend, and to celebrate we offer a week’s worth of posts honoring dad. Today, we give you a completely unscientific listing of what I have determined are the top ten father/daughter dance songs. I'm not saying all these songs are great, I'm just saying they're what a lot of people choose. 1) Sunrise/Sunset (Fiddler on the Roof) 2) Father and Daughter (Paul Simon) 3) Unforgettable...

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Weekly Wrap-Up of Wedding Ideas - Week of June 8

by Azure

Welcome, you Saturday and Sunday Savvy Scoopers! Here’s your weekly wrap-up to make sure you don’t miss a thing. On Monday: We learned that when it comes to wedding planning, three is a magic number. We kicked off Geek Week with a proposal in search of a bride. The Bubbly Bride took us out for a spin. We got a little messy with Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride. On Tuesday: We downloaded our “Marriage” app for an iPhone proposal. We put the word out in style with 1st Class...

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Savvy Steals Winner- Hand-Painted Wedding Stationery Designed by a True Artist goes to…

by Azure

Guess who is walking away with 75 custom-made, hand-painted wedding response cards and invitations from Momental Designs? The lucky winner is...(cue the drumroll)... MrsOlsen2B! This Savvy Scooper's hard work this week really paid off! Thanks to her smart, savvy comments on many blog posts this week, MrsOlsen2B will kick-off this most momental event (her wedding) with stunning, beautiful wedding stationery. Congrats, MrsOlsen2B!

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Ever After Wedding Market: Radiant Roses Wedding Ideas

by Azure

About Ever After Wedding Market Roses are not strictly limited to your wedding bouquet! Our merchants demonstrate the wide variety of ways in which you can incorporate roses into your ceremony. Flowers always make a beautiful hair accessory and roses are no exception. The Floral Facinator from Ann Leslie Designs features an ivory rose embellished with Swarovski pearls and crystal with layers of French veiling between the petals. Agape Gifts has an equally elegant creation in the...

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Bride Chic: Unique But Understated- Wedding Dress Ideas for a Relaxed Look

by Azure

About Bride Chic Want a more relaxed look for your wedding day? If you're not so much into 'The Big Dress' and more about being yourself in some really great fabric, here are a few choice picks from the best of the Spring/Summer 2009 collections. Though understated, these all have some intricate detailing. 1. Full-length white dress from Temperly 2.Cream stretch lace bandage dress with tan leather lace up back. Alexander McQueen dress has overlapping shoulder straps, a concealed...

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Neil Gaiman Helps out with a Marriage Proposal

by Azure

What better way to finish off Geek Week than with the intersection of graphic novels and fairy tale romance? Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline and the Sandman series, gave fans Jason and Maui a little romantic help at a signing for The Graveyard Book. Jason called ahead to arrange the surprise. Everything went perfectly - except for the part where Maui was so excited to meet Gaiman that she almost didn't read the inscription! The full, sweet story is on Jason's blog. I'm huge fan...

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Pre-Wedding Party Idea: A Wine Tasting

by Azure

Are you looking for a way to make some of your wedding planning decisions a little more fun? Why not involve your friends? When my friends Michael and Matthew were getting married they were lucky enough to have a venue (Chicago’s Newberry Library) that allowed them to provide their own bar. We’ve written about this idea before, because it’s a great way to save money. Michael and Matthew both like a nice glass of wine, but neither of them are exactly Alpana Singh. So, to...

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Loving Jenny Yoo’s Spring 2009 Bridesmaid Dress Collection!

by Azure

Clean and simple, yet flattering, stylish and beautiful. Every bridesmaid's dream come true, right? These bridesmaid dresses from Jenny Yoo's Spring '09 collection are so lovely! I adore the understated elegance and whimsical, romantic colors present in this collection.

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Ask the Wedding Maven: Psycho Families

by Azure

In this week's column, the Wedding Maven answers a question about how to handle relatives who are not sitting on the bride's side. Do you have a question about wedding relationships, etiquette or traditions? Write The Wedding Maven at onewedmaven@gmail.com

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