Expert Answers: The Picture of Financial Compromise

by Azure

Special Feature from Dr. Taffy Wagner, Creator of Money Talk Before The Commitment Walk and Debt Stops At The Altar Over the last few days, I have watched different clips on morning shows or read in the news about brides saving money as they plan their wedding. One that really spoke volumes to me and bodes well for the couple’s financial future was a $20,000 wedding on a $6,000 budget. Take a look: http://www.abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=6969926&page=1 Let’s look at...

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Rock ‘n Roll Bride: Three-Ringed Circus-Themed Weddings!

by Azure

About Rock 'n Roll Bride Here we go then, my debut as not only a Savvy Scoop guest blogger but any guest blogger. I am super excited (and shh! a teeny bit nervous – please play nice with the new girl). Quite apart from the lengthy and wordy bio I’ve already shared with you (I’ve never been a girl short of words) there are a couple of things you should know about my blogging style over at Rock ‘n Roll Bride (or R’nR Bride as it is slowly becoming affectionately known...

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Introducing Rock ‘n Roll Bride: One of Our Fabulous Weekly Guest Bloggers!

by Azure

Rock ‘n Roll Bride promotes individuality and general awesomeness in a cookie cutter, pastel pink, poufy dressed wedding world. Don’t let the wedding industry define your day – let *you* define your day. I'm Kat AKA The Rock 'n Roll Bride. I'm a pink haired, tattooed, Britney loving girl who has a rather sizable obsession with weddings...oh and yes you did read that right. Britney. As in Britney Spears. I love her. Don't mess...Britney and 24 are my weaknesses. Just leave it...

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Ever After Wedding Market: Beautiful Bordeaux

by Azure

About Ever After Wedding Market Whether you’re planning a wedding at a vineyard or simply love a fine vintage, this inspiration board is for you! Burgundy and gold are a beautiful color combination to pair with ornate and elegant details. Surprise your guests with a wine tasting or test your abilities as a sommelier by carefully selecting a wine for each course of your wedding dinner. Wine bottles have beautiful decorative labels and a favorite design might inspire your wedding...

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Bride Chic: BEYOND WHITE

by Azure

About Bride Chic Would you get married in black? Once upon a time most women did. In the 1800's brides wore everyday colors, mostly darker, somber ones. Today when we think black though, brides rarely come to mind. It's usually a shade reserved by society for widows and vamps. But times are a' changin' ladies. We're in the midst of an era where we're looking beyond the white philosophy that's defined wedding fashion for two centuries. No longer restricted to white on white, red, blue...

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The Worth of a Good Wedding Photographer

by Azure

Special Feature by Krista Guenin of Krista Photography Every once in a while, a bride will contact me about photographing her wedding and will find that I'm out of her price range. It always stinks to miss out on a potentially great wedding, but I've done my homework and know what I need to charge to make a living, and so I usually pass along the names of some other great photographers who might be a better fit for her budget (and who I know will do a great job). Not long ago,...

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Featured Wedding: How Amy Met Gabe

by Azure

Admittedly, I am a sucker for "how we met" stories. The tale of Amy & Gabe, below, is just one of those stories. How did you meet your sweetheart? I was staring into space as I waited to order my Potbelly’s sandwich in Midway Airport. My future husband thought I was “checking him out.” Little did I know that a tired gaze would lead to love! I proceeded through the line, bought my sandwich, and headed towards my gate. Meanwhile my future husband was contemplating...

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Wedding Cake or Work of Art?

by Azure

It seems like the wedding cake is taking a back seat these days. Cupcakes, chocolate fountains, sweet tables, they’re all wonderful, but there’s something truly special about a beautiful wedding cake. Maybe because it reminds us of childhood, there’s really no other chance to recapture the excitement of the unveiling of a birthday party cake. Well, if it’s excitement you’re looking for, check out these creations from Pink Cake Box. They’ll work with you to create a cake...

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Always A Blogsmaid: Great Garters!

by Azure

About Always A Blogsmaid With all the great ways out there to personalize your wedding, it's amazing that for so long, the Garter has been the unsung heroine of wedding festivities! Really, she's a best supporting actress; a scene stealer, if you will. Though brief in appearance, she is immortalized in photos. So why should you settle for something blase? Julianne Smith saw that need and launched her own line of garters filled with personality! From animal prints to sweet...

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Music to Your Bridesmaids’ Ears

by Azure

Why shouldn't your bridesmaids' gifts be pretty and practical? Supplement that mix of your favorite girlgang songs with these terrific little earbuds from chicBuds. They're retractable, compatible with computers and portable CD and MP3 players, and just happen to be decorated with Swarovski crystals in five fun colors. You say you want a pair for yourself, just to make sure you all match? Sounds good to us... Now tell us: What songs remind you of having fun with your bridesmaids?...

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NYC Brides & Grooms: Tuxedo Warehouse Sale March 12-15

by Azure

Who doesn't love a good bargain! Dress your wedding party in style with up to 70% off retail prices! HART SCHAFFNER MARX WAREHOUSE SALE 317 West 33rd Street Thursday, March 12th - Sunday, March 15th Thursday: 8:00am – 7:00pm Friday: 9:00am – 7:00pm Saturday: 9:00am – 6:00pm Sunday: 9:00am – 5:00pm Visa or Mastercard ONLY No cash or checks. All sales final, no exchanges or returns.

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The Man Registry: What in the World is a “Man Shower?”

by Azure

About The Man Registry One of the hottest trends in the wedding industry is the growing popularity of man showers. Sounds funny right? It did to us too. But, as funny as “man shower” sounds – trust us grooms, this is something you’re going to want to be aware of. Surely, you’re aware of the traditional bridal showers that your fiancé gets so excited about. You know, the ones that involve lots of giggling women, wedding talk and a plethora of kitchen, bathroom and bedroom...

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A Wedding Budget That’s Gone to the Birds

by Azure

While most of today’s brides are looking for ways to cut back a little on expenses, the British are going all out. Check out this article about an owl that delivers wedding rings during the ceremony. For a little extra, you can also hire an eagle to serve as an usher! So, this makes me wonder, what’s the most ridiculous expense you’ve seen at a wedding? Wedding planners, what’s the most expensive request you’ve gotten?

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Indian Wedding Favors a Slumdog Millionaire - or Anyone - Can Afford!

by Azure

Special Feature by Susan Hawkins of My Wedding Favors. If you haven't seen Slumdog Millionaire yet, you should! It's one of the best movies I've ever seen. Hi! I'm Susan, and I'm a movie fan, a devoted dog lover, a wild woman... and I know wedding favors. As a writer for Here Comes The Blog, (I'm "Jayne") and the number-one online wedding favors site, My Wedding Favors, I'm always seeing the latest and greatest new wedding favors from top-tier favor designers like Kate Aspen. I...

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Hostess With The Mostess: Pomegranate Martini

by Azure

About Hostess with the Mostess If you’re looking for a yummy drink to serve at your bridal shower, bachelorette party, or wedding reception, try this simple Pomegranate Martini recipe! Pomegranates have been taking wedding menus by storm, and are a colorful addition (and healthy touch- full of antioxidants) to any event! Sit back, relax, and enjoy you big day while the bartender shakes up this refreshing concoction for all of your guests… What You’ll Need: 2 oz citrus...

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Bubbly Bride: Crystallized Weddings

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride When you want to add some “bling” to your wedding, Swarovski Crystals are a stunning way to create a luxurious feel to your big day. Drip your centerpieces in crystals and jazz up your details with some added sparkle that will scream delicate romance. In the first photo, from Allegro Photography,leading entertainment expert David Tutera designed this gorgeous blinged-out centerpiece! When these crystals are incorporated into your details, your guests will be...

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It’s A Jaime Thing: Buds & Blossoms…

by Azure

About It's A Jaime Thing ...Less Is More With Affordable Decor! If you're looking for fun, affordable decor ideas for your wedding day, why not head over to cb2? They have an adorable array of bud vases to incorporate into your wedding or home! Cut down on your flower costs by using one stem for each vase. Bunch your vases in small groups of three at round tables or line them up in a row across longer tables, such as your head table. Perhaps alternate them between...

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Custom invitations to show off your inner designer

by Azure

Whether it's because you like things just so or just plain gorgeous, sometimes a girl's gotta design her own. Better yet, you can let a talented designer do the crafting to suit your exquisite taste while you sit back and approve. This custom-designed wedding stationery from Ink Umbrella comes in a zillion varieties of fantastic. Designer Jane Tomlinson works with you to make a beautiful, unified suite of wedding stationery - everything from save-the-date cards to parking...

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Wedding Flowers on a Budget

by Azure

Believe it or not, March 1st was the first day of meteorological spring. I don't really know what that means either, but at this point I'm desperate for any sign that winter will end. One of the best signs is the coming of spring flowers. Not only are they beautiful, but for brides getting married in the spring and summer they're a great way to save money! If you're looking for a painless and beautiful way to cut down your costs, choose in-season flowers for your bouquet,...

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Wedding on a Budget: Interview with Sharon Naylor

by Azure

Attention Savvy Brides! I was lucky enough to score an interview with Sharon Naylor, author of 1,001 Ways To Save Money… and Still Have a Dazzling Wedding. Get ready to make your wallet happy and your budget a little roomier. You have a ton of wedding books out – I stopped counting at 18. How did you get so interested in weddings? Yeah - I have 35 books out. You know, I just started off as a magazine writer and was planning my own wedding. I loved seeing how the industry...

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Insider Tips for Creating a Green Wedding

by Azure

Special Feature by Brian Worley of YourBASH! and host of Party Monsters Cabo. These days, throwing green weddings and events is much easier than in the past and doesn't have to cost you much more, if anything, than a traditional wedding. The three key words to throwing a "green" or eco-friendly wedding are “recycle,”“reuse,” and “reduce”! 1. Rent the dress Grooms and groomsmen have been wearing rented tuxedos forever, so why not rent a wedding dress? I know it sounds...

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Finding Inspiration in a Williams-Sonoma Catalog

by Azure

Afternoon Savvy Scoopers! Last night I found a wedding delight in my favorite cook's catalog - Williams-Sonoma. Perhaps not the first place you go for wedding decor ideas, but WS knows how to dress and photograph a table! For a Sunday brunch Wedding or bridal shower consider these pastel treats:

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Ever After Wedding Market: Crystalline Glamour

by Azure

About Ever After Wedding Market Create a sophisticated celebration by combining the sparkle of crystal with white and silver accents. Delicate flowers and shimmering pearls are a perfect addition to this theme. Attach rhinestones to invitations or include a pinch of iridescent glitter. Carry a bouquet of white roses and wear a tiara as you walk down the aisle! In order from Top Left to Bottom Right: Daisyblu, Elaine Haydon Jewelry, Luv to Peek Bridal, Oh Faro!, Nina Renee Designs,...

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Free Wedding Jewelry

by Azure

I was at the gym the other day and I picked up the February issue of Lucky Magazine (magazines are really the only reason I get on the eliptical). Anyway, I noticed that their sweepstakes for the month included some great jewelry from Fortunoff, Ritana, and these sweet earrings from ice.com that just scream wedding day to me. There are two lessons here: 1) Go to the gym, it’s good for you. 2) Sometimes we can get a little tunnel vision when it comes to weddings. But take some time...

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