Bubbly Bride: Patterns full of Personality

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride Too often as we choose our dresses, linens and invitations we stick to traditional solid colors. When asked, "What are your wedding colors?", pattern is never mentioned. While most brides shy away from patterns, I think that adding patterns to your wedding day will bring out your personality. It will take your color scheme and add textures and dimensions that will WOW your guests! Become inspired by simple things around you and incorporate the patterns you see...

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Destination Wedding ... for Teens?

by Azure

If last week’s post about honeymooning in Italy has you singing “That’s Amore,” then why not get married on Romeo and Juliet's balcony in Verona? According to articles here and here, a balcony that supposedly once belonged to the Capello family (the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Capulets) will be available for weddings starting in April. Too bad Bristol and Levi broke up… Check in with us tomorrow, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day we’ll be filled with “green”...

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Hanna Hartnell’s Double Dare Wedding Gowns

by Azure

For all you financially savvy nearlyweds and “green” brides-to-be, the Double Dare wedding gown collection from California-based Hanna Hartnell was created with you in mind! Not only are these gowns gorgeous, they are eco-friendly too, fashioned from sustainable silk processes by clean technology. And, I haven’t even gotten to the best part yet! Known for creating the most daring and glamorous bridal gowns, Hanna Hartnell’s Double Dare wedding dresses are lined with colored...

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Bride Chic: Hollywood Brides

by Azure

About Bride Chic Claudette Colbert as Ellie Andrews, Audrey Hepburn as Jo Stockton (Photo 1). No, they weren't real brides but the designers, writers and producers who created them certainly were. Hollywood designers and the actresses who wore their creations influenced the way we look at weddings and fashion today. All the gowns pictured here are works of art and stellar representatives of their times. What could be more 1930s than Robert Kalloch's creation for Claudette Colbert in It...

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Destination: Italy An Off-the-Beaten-Track Honeymoon for the Adventurous Couple

by Azure

Special Feature by Madeline Clarke Jhawar of Italy Beyond the Obvious Hello, savvy travelers! Feel free to use the honeymoon itinerary below, or contact Italy Beyond the Obvious for an itinerary that’s more closely matched to your interests and travel pace. Tell us you saw us on OneWed.com for a 20% discount, through July 2009. Summit a volcano at midnight. Hike high above the Mediterranean coast on a narrow mule path. Balance the hiking with beach time and a visit to the ancient...

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Saving money on your reception menu

by Azure

Sure, your guests expect to eat at your reception, but they probably won’t be demanding Lobster Thermidore with a caviar chaser. If you remember to think in terms of satisfying your guests rather than impressing them and keep a sense of play in your planning, you can keep everyone happy without busting your budget. 1. Go loco. Locovore, that is. Choosing foods that are locally grown or raised and in season will cut your costs by a lot. Even better, your food will be fresher and...

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Bridal Shower Games: Think outside the Toilet Paper Roll

by Azure

As you may have noticed, I’ve been thinking about bridal showers lately. Maybe it’s because I recently co-hosted a baby shower. Much to my chagrin, the other hostesses insisted on a game involving adult men, diapers, and baby bottles filled with beer. Luckily, the canapés needed restocking at just that moment. I don’t like games. I’m not a good sport. If anyone had come near me with a roll of toilet paper at my bridal shower I would have run screaming from the room. But, I...

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Always A Blogsmaid: Owning Vs. Renting!

by Azure

About Always A Blogsmaid Even if you are looking to trim your budget, you may not want to to scrimp on style. Lately, I've been advising my clients to consider working with your florist or decorator to supply some of your own materials. Sometimes buying your own votives, pillars, candelabras or even vases may enable you to get the look you want for less. It's not uncommon that you'll have to pay your florist a small handling fee for the items, but it's often a small price to pay to...

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Bring the celebration home with a tropical-themed party!

by Azure

Destination Weddings are a popular choice for couples-to-be, and while the concept of a big party “away from it all” is exciting, not everyone can make it. Luckily, there are many ways a bride and groom can celebrate with family and friends who couldn’t make it to the big event. To help bring the party home, throw a small celebration with a tropical theme! Three simple steps to bring the celebration home (without throwing off your budget): 1. Use backyard decorations but keep...

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Butterfly Inspiration Boards!

by Azure

Whether you are a butterfly fanatic like Mariah Carey, or just looking for a little something to put some “spring” in your step, get inspired by our Butterfly Inspiration Boards! From beautiful Save the Dates to gorgeous Versace dinnerwear, these items are sure to make your heart flutter! Inspiration Board 1: 1. Martha Stewart Weddings magazine: Winter 2009 2. Versace Butterfly Garden Dinnerware 3. Versace Butterfly Garden Coffee Pot 4. Versace Butterfly Garden Service...

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Saving money on wedding decorations

by Azure

Your wedding décor is one of the areas where you can get really flexible with your budget. There’s very little that’s mandatory nowadays, so spend on what you love and toss the rest. Here are a few tips to get you started. 1. Go with the season. In-season flowers are much cheaper than anything that has to be grown in a hothouse or imported. There’s beauty all year round, so check with your florist and see what will be available locally – you may even be able to work your...

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Something to clutch at your wedding

by Azure

Let's face it: even if you have a champion maid of honor, you may need to have a place to keep a few little things on your wedding day. Since wedding dresses with kangaroo pouches are out this year, how about this practical-yet-delicious clutch instead? It's a perfect winter white for your wedding day, but stylish enough to make the cut for nights on the town on your honeymoon. You'll be able to keep everything you need, like a touch of mint for when you plant one on your...

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The Man Registry: It’s my Bachelor Party, do we have to hit the clubs?

by Azure

About The Man Registry As Best Man, you surely want to give your best bud a proper send-off into married life. The bachelor party is your opportunity to do so. However, before you start planning the ultimate man-bash, you need to consider the wishes of the groom and his fiancé. Traditional bachelor parties at the clubs can be a blast, but they can also upset the bride-to-be. Do you really want to land the groom in the doghouse with the wedding just around the corner? What's the...

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To Trash or Not To Trash?

by Azure

Special Feature from Forever Photography by Kylene Your wedding is over. It was a huge success with lots of great memories, and you’ll see your proofs in a few weeks. Now what? What will you do with that beautiful wedding dress? You searched months to find the perfect one. You probably spent a good bit of money on it too. Will you preserve it with the hopes of your future daughter wearing it at her wedding? Will you donate it to charity? Will you sell it on eBay? Will you trash...

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Keeping honeymoon costs down and the romance up

by Azure

Getting away with your groom is half the fun of getting married, but the honeymoon is another thing to budget for. A few tips and a little research can help you get the financial wiggle room to let you give your wanderlust free rein. 1. Work the off-season. Just a few weeks out of most tourist destinations’ high seasons, you’ll find the same great weather – but way more empty hotel rooms. You’ll be able to get better rates and should be able to get some good packages as an...

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A DIY Wedding… with Professional Flowers

by Azure

Sometimes, being a DIY bride isn’t as much of a money saver as you expect. After all, professionals have a little perk known as “wholesale prices.” Fiftyflowers.com gives you the best of both worlds. Their DIY packages let you purchase all the flowers you need to make your own bouquets and table arrangements at deeply discounted prices. Depending on the flowers you want, you could save $200-$300. Here’s the catch though, these are fresh flowers, so ideally you’d have them...

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We’re Delightful & Alltop!

by Azure

We are so proud to join all the fantastic wedding bloggers listed on Delightful Blogs&AllTop! Featured Fashion Blog If you have a second, please rate OneWed's Savvy Scoop on Delightful Blogs!

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It’s A Jaime Thing: “Hello, Gorgeous.”

by Azure

About It's A Jaime Thing "How Do I Look?" Aaah yes, the classic favorite quotes from Barbara Streisand and Audrey Hepburn. Both lovely and alluring, these women knew just the right way to get a guy's attention. Right now, you get to play the role of bride-to-be...but are you ready for the role of Mrs.? Get prettied up for your honeymoons, darlings...but don't let it stop there! You've got a long road ahead of you ~ my suggestion? Through your entire marriage, never stop...

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Finding a Bargain Wedding Dress that Looks Like a Million

by Azure

Sure, you want to look amazing at your wedding, but a Savvy Bride like you knows you don’t have to spend a fortune to do so. Here are a few tips on finding the perfect white wedding dress without spending too much green. 1. Set a budget before you start looking. Yeah, we say it over and over. But that’s because it will really help you out. Decide early on how much you’re willing to spend, striking a good balance between the fact that it’s for a dress that you’ll only wear...

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Light up your Outdoor Wedding

by Azure

Your outdoor wedding just got even more gorgeous. These beautiful sea glass luminaries from Package Perfect are just the thing to light your way down the beach at sunset or illuminate the faces of your loved ones at the reception. And with their soft, frosted glass and beaded silver handles, your guests will be thrilled to get them as wedding favors. They come in sets of three, and there's even a discount for multiple orders. Heck, just dot them around the yard or your apartment and...

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Bubbly Bride: Welcoming your Guests in Style

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride When your friends and family fly in from around the country, it is always nice to have something to welcome them and let them know how grateful you are they came! This is especially important for destination weddings since most of your guests traveled further to attend. You want to introduce your guests to the city and let them know all of the fantastic sights and places to eat during their down time. Another great idea is to include an itinerary for the long...

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Bridal Showers vs. Man Showers: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

by Azure

Last week The Man Registry wrote about “The Man Shower". I’m all for single-sex parties and showers. I have lots of male friends, but I really value the times when I can just hang out with the girls. I know plenty of guys feel the same way. When you’re planning a wedding, those events can be extra special. BUT, what’s with this line “A man shower is the perfect opportunity to grab some of the gifts that you care about! The bride usually has several showers and brings home...

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Lowering the Bar for Your Reception

by Azure

Alcohol is one of the big expenses of most wedding receptions. In most areas, your guests will expect an open bar, and costs can rack up faster than you think. Fortunately, your friendly former bartender is here to help. One of the most important things to know is that most mixed drinks do not need top-shelf alcohol. If you’re having a dry martini, in which only a tiny drop of vermouth (if any) is added, then, yes, you might want a high-quality gin or vodka. But if you’re having...

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