Bride Chic: LIVING THE DREAM

by Azure

About Bride Chic Visions of last night's dreams come to light with the morning sun; Soon the order of these days and nights will be simple; a pure sensuality arrives enhanced by the rose-sweet fragrances of noon. Mind and body become one as you envision the days ahead: A wedding picnic, a night under Orion with your beloved; Once nature’s carnival beckons in the form of flowers, trees and newborn animals, You go willingly . . . Gowns byManon Pascual-Paris Photos:...

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Jewish Weddings: An Interview with Rabbi Hyim Shafner

by Azure

Interview with Rabbi Hyim Shafner author of The Everything Jewish Wedding Book When I got married I was decidedly un-interested in Judaism or religion. But, my husband and I are both Jewish and so we went with the flow and had a Jewish wedding. After reading Rabbi Shafner’s Everything Jewish Wedding Book, and having a chance to talk to the very forward-thinking man. I sort of wish I could have a do-over. His relationship-based, spiritual approach to weddings and Jewish life in...

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Always a Blogsmaid: Open Bar or on Consumption

by Azure

About Always A Blogsmaid The Question: For my reception, I have the choice to do Open Bar, top Shelf for $60 per person, or beverages on consumption around $8 for a cocktail. I'm not sure which one will work out better for me and I need some advice. The Answer: Well, I think that this really depends on both your crowd, AND the price of non-alcoholic beverages. On average, most guests at a wedding drink more alcohol than they would normally. Typically a drink per person, per...

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Who Doesn’t Love Vera Wang on Sale

by Azure

Nothing says "Good Morning" like a Vera Wang sale announcement in my inbox! Save 30% on Fine Linens & Luxury Bedding at the first Vera Wang on Weddings White Sale. Just enter SPRWHT at checkout. Happy shopping!

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Top off your wedding cake with a laugh

by Azure

I absolutely love the creativity and playfulness that goes into cake toppers. A topper that's a little bit of fun and a whole lotta you is a terrific, subtle touch that can really make your wedding cake. Package Perfect has a great selection of everything from sweet to silly. Best of all, you can mix and match most sets to create a couple that really looks like you.

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Planning a Wedding? 10 Reasons to Think Small

by Azure

By Christina Friedrichsen, IntimateWeddings.com Job losses. Plummeting stocks. A housing market that continues to tank. It's enough to make any girl get the jitters. And as if the recession wasn't bad enough, you have a wedding to plan! Take heart. You can still have an amazing wedding - and stick to your budget. How? A small guest list! When you've got fewer guests, you can splurge on the things that really matter to you. For some that might be a gourmet dinner, for others it...

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OneWed’s “Genius Wedding Expert” Talks Wedding-Night Sex on Glamour.com!

by Azure

Glamour.com’s daily sex and relationship blog, Smitten, wanted some expert advice on doing the deed on the big day. You’ll never guess whose wealth of knowledge they tapped into… I’ll give you a couple of hints. She’s a OneWed gal, a devoted Savvy Scooper, and her name starts with J and ends with N. Yep, you got it! Our very own Jen N offered smart and savvy advice for Smitten’s “Wedding-Night Sex: Would You Take a Sex Break Before Your Big Day?” This fabulous...

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Hello!Lucky: Invitation Trend: Luxury for Less

by Azure

Special Feature from Eunice & Sabrina Moyle of Hello!Lucky Necessity is the mother of invention – or in this case, invitations– and we can’t be happier to say that the silver lining of the economic downturn is that stylish, budget-friendly invitation options are cropping up everywhere! Hello!Lucky’s new digital line is printed on gorgeous letterpress papers, giving you the feel of letterpress for half the price or less. 100 invitations come in at just $240, including...

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The Man Registry: Groom’s Guide to Wedding Day Transportation

by Azure

About The Man Registry Let’s face it men, when it comes to wedding planning, there are only so many things that can actually get you revved up. Chances are you could care less about the flower colors, bridesmaid dresses, or how many layers are on the wedding cake. But, my guess is that you might have a little something to say about the transportation on the big day. Cars, after all, are a boy’s best friend. Arranging wedding day transportation is one of the groom’s biggest...

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Married Name-Change 101

by Azure

Special feature by Danielle Tate of MissNowMrs.com. Name change is a very big decision for brides. It’s important to take some time to consider how you and your fiancé feel about name change as well as what form of name change you both want. Will you change your name to his, hyphenate, or use your maiden name as your middle name? With so many choices and strong opinions, it has become increasingly important for couples to compromise on your new married name. Remember that a...

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Flower Girls and Ring Bearers: Give Them a Gift You’ll Both Enjoy

by Azure

You’ve probably given some thought to your bridesmaids’ gifts, or at least put it on your list of things to think about, but what about your littlest attendants? Do yourself a favor, get them a dual-purpose gift, something they’ll love and something to keep them busy at your reception. This is especially important if they’ll be the only kids at your wedding. I love Land of Nod’s “I’m not bored anymore art jar.” It has everything you need to keep a child busy at an...

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Hostess with the Mostess: Black & White Inspiration

by Azure

About Hostess with the Mostess During my time at The Special Event 2009 in San Diego back in January, I attended the “Wedding Lunch”, and was beyond inspired! With 16 different Black & White table looks throughout the room, all designed by different companies, there was always something new to discover. Seeing such creativity and over-the-top glamour really got my wheels spinning! Just as Bubbly Bride said in her “I Thought Black Was For Funerals?” Savvy Scoop post, black...

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It’s A Jaime Thing: Born For Brides…

by Azure

About It's A Jaime Thing ...Shoes For Your Something Blue Green! Modern brides today are reinventing tradition. So why not turn that "something blue" into "something green" instead? By green, I mean smart and eco-friendly- like these adorable, ever comfortable bridal shoes by Born! "Handsewn constructions require fewer adhesives and cements and fewer internal components, creating footwear that is more organic, naturally. Børn Footwear is handcrafted by skilled artisans, not by...

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Spread the luck and spread the love.

by Azure

Happy St. Patrick's Day! We think you deserve a little luck at your wedding whether you're Irish or not. Here are a few fun superstitions to liven up your ceremony. As you may know, you can draw good fortune by complementing your something old, something new, something, borrowed, and something blue with a lucky sixpence in your shoe. Sixpences are thought to be lucky in general, but worn down the aisle in your left shoe is where they really shine. You can find sixpences embedded...

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Help your wedding guests get lucky.

by Azure

...Lucky in love, that is. These dice-shaped wedding favor boxes from American Bridal are just the thing for letting a little bit of your good karma rub off on your friends. They come in sets of 24, are easy to assemble, and are just the right size to fill with sweets. And if they encourage your guests to roll the dice, well, so much the better...

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Green Weddings: All the Fun, Half the Guilt

by Azure

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Here in Chicago, the holiday is a good excuse to turn everything green, from the river to the beer, to the way you feel around the gills the next morning. But, last month I had the chance to interview Wenona Napolitano, the author of The Everything Green Wedding Book and ever since then I’ve been stuck on green, as in environmentally helpful. Even if you wear a gown made of 100% organic hemp grown in your neighbor’s backyard and made on a solar-powered...

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A tasty way to make every penny work double-time!

by Azure

Special Feature from Forever Photography by Kylene This post is from my personal experience as a bride, as opposed to being a photographer. But I really think it’s a valuable tip and wanted to share! My husband and I had a 16-month engagement. This was for a lot of reasons, one of them being that we wanted a long stretch of time to come up with ideas, secure the right vendors, and have the money to pay for everything. One of the smartest things we did was to have our...

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Rock ‘n Roll Bride: RnR Bride part deux

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About Rock 'n Roll Bride Hello and welcome to guest blogger RnR Bride part deux. I hope you enjoyed my first post and have been chomping at the bit for more…but if not then don’t tell me, I’ll only get upset. I am been a massive fan of Sloan Photographers. I love featuring their edgy, unique photographs on Rock 'n Roll Bride and I always check their blog for new and exciting weddings. When I stumbled across this little gem I knew it was the perfect wedding for my second...

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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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