Ceremony and Reception


Wedding Cake Traditions, a Little History

by Azure

One of the things that makes planning a wedding so challenging is that people like to tell you that either you can’t, or must, do something because “it’s tradition.” What’s so interesting about this is that most of us actually know very little about the wedding traditions to which we’re so attached. For example, did you know that wedding cake was traditionally a meat dish, and not a very tasty sounding one. Lamb testicles anyone? It wasn’t until the 1500s, when sugar...

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Featured Wedding: A Backyard Wedding

by Azure

Special Feature by Stacey Chance of Discovery Bay Studio Elyse & Mark we're married on their back deck, overlooking the water. Their ceremony was casual, short, sweet, and very festive! Near the end of the festivities Elyse and Mark changed into their "wedding boating attire", jumped into their boat, and motored off in dramatic fashion. We had such a great time with Elyse & Mark and enjoyed meeting their family and friends.

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Hostess with the Mostess: French Bridal Shower Ideas? Mais Oui!

by Azure

About Hostess with the Mostess Happy Bastille Day! The French may have gained their independence, but we’re still hopelessly addicted to French style! There’s nothing like a little Parisian accent to make a party seem both sophisticated, and a little naughty. The bride being honored here met her French fiancé at the France pavilion at Epcot, where they also got engaged. But this theme would be perfect for any bride who dreams of a honeymoon in France! For more pictures from...

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It’s A Jaime Thing: Life After The Wedding…

by Azure

...Should Still Include Time For Friends! About It's A Jaime Thing You get a bridal shower, a bachelorette party, a wedding and then maybe go on a honeymoon. We all know how it goes... but what about after the wedding? Sure, you're "Coo-Coo For Cocao Puffs" for each other so of course you'll want to spend every waking minute together... but don't forget margaritas with the girls! As we get older, we get married, have kids, become work-a-holics, ya-da, ya-da, ya-da.... sometimes...

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A Fabulous Wedding Favors & Gifts Idea for the Charitable Couple!

by Azure

Wanting to include a small take-away favor for your wedding guests, but finding it difficult to settle on something? A lot of the wedding favors out there feel more like a throw away than a keepsake, an extra expense adding little to the overall fabulousness of the wedding. There are two things that most people have in common, though- a love of chocolate and an affinity for philanthropy. Truffles for a Cause combines the two into beautifully packaged wedding favors, donating two...

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Unique Wedding Transportation: Bride and Groom on Chicago’s El

by Azure

Forget the romantic horse-drawn carriage! This couple opted to share their love with the public... the Chicago public transit authority, that is! If it were me, I'd like to make our entrance on a beautiful hot air balloon (I just saw the Pixar movie Up- can you tell I'm inspired?)! Although I think I'd settle for a Maserati... Now I'm curious... What's the most unique or creative mode of transport for soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. that you've seen or heard of? Photo courtesy of man...

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Savvy Steals Weekly Giveaway- 50 Wedding Invitations and Response Cards from Urbanity!

by Azure

Let the celebration begin with this week’s Savvy Steal! About OneWed's Savvy Steals Weekly Giveaway Featured in Modern Bride and The Oprah Magazine, Urbanity Studios has been gaining momentum since inception nearly three years ago. After Meghann Kopecky planned her wedding and was unable to find the perfect wedding invitations, she and her husband decided to make their own. From this, Urbanity Studios was born! This week’s Savvy Steals winner will chose 50 flat panel wedding...

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Wedding Photography Tips ... for Wedding Photographers

by Azure

Happy Monday! Many, many years ago I went out on a date with a guy I met while working out. These days, the most interesting thing I pick up at the gym is a magazine! I love to see what other people leave there, usually it's Shape, or Entertainment Weekly. Last week someone left Photo District News (pdn), a trade magazine for photographers. As coincidence would have it, they left “The Wedding and Portrait Issue,” full of advice for wedding photographers. Since I usually read...

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Bride Chic: FINDING YOUR CHIC FACTOR

by Azure

About Bride Chic Once upon a time I was a bride-to-be. And the day my husband proposed I thought whipping up my bridal look would be simple. I was a designer of Harlowesque bridal gowns and envisioned myself in an ivory bias cut crepe carrying one long stemmed calla lily. Then my hopeless romantic Edgar said, "I have a request, Amy. I'd like a band of Scottish pipers and to wear a kilt." Add to that we lived at the San Francisco Theological Seminary, a landmark that looks like an...

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How to Create the Perfect Wedding Toast, Have Someone Write it for You

by Azure

You love your maid-of-honor. She’s your best-friend, she’s been with you through grade school, summer camp, high school, and countless break-ups. You know she loves you and has hundreds of great things to say about you and your fiancé at the wedding, if only she were capable of writing a decent speech. Too bad speechwriters are only for politicians. Guess what? Now they aren’t. Oratory Laboratory takes the concept of speech writing and brings it to a level everyone can take...

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Beautiful Red and Black Wedding Inspired By Couple’s Alma Mater!

by Azure

Who knew Bucky Badger could inspire such a classic, stunning, sophisticated affair! Our head developer recently attended the wedding between his college pals Gina and Ben, and when I saw the photos, I couldn't wait to feature it on the Savvy Scoop! Clearly, no expense was spared in making this wedding an over-the-top, exquisite affair; each and every detail was thought out, and executed to perfection. My favorite thing about this wedding, though, is how the couple infused their UW...

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Amazon Gift Registry: How to Set a Table

by Azure

I’m really loving browsing through Amazon’s new gift registry information. My favorite parts are the helpful illustrations they have to explain terms you think you’re supposed to know! Check out these photos for setting formal and informal tables. Are you registering for china, or just everyday dishes?

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Featured Wedding: Jessi and Sean

by Azure

Special Feature by Photography by Solaria Jessi and Sean are a fun couple! What else can you say about people who choose to do their wedding processional on Vespa scooters and exchange tattoos instead of rings? Photographing their event gave me a great chance to capture two unique personalities!

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Michael Jackson and Wedding Music

by Azure

A few months ago I did an article on hiring wedding bands. Becca, the bandleader I interviewed, mentioned that there were some songs that people requested that she preferred to put on an ipod. One of them was Michael Jackson’s Thriller. If someone wants to hear Thriller, they want to hear the real version! This wedding party obviously did! With Jackson’s death, we’ve all been reintroduced to the music catalog of Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5. What are your favorite Jackson...

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Hostess with the Mostess: Signature Drinks for Non-Drinkers

by Azure

About Hostess with the Mostess There’s been a lot of talk about creating a“signature cocktail” for your wedding reception; some of that talk has even come from me! But don’t forget about the non-alcohol drinkers at your wedding as well. Having plenty of non-alcoholic drinks available is especially important if you’re having a summer or outdoor wedding, to keep people from getting dehydrated. An appealing and unusual non-alcoholic drink will ensure that everyone is...

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DIY Wedding Idea for Mac Users

by Azure

Ahh, romance, love, weddings, obviously the next word in this list is... Mac computer! No? Well, maybe it should be. Office 2008 for Mac provides amazing tools for creating your own professional looking save-the-dates, wedding invitations, and place cards. They even have templates for your wedding budget and checklist (although, obviously, as a Savvy Bride, you’re already using OneWed’s wedding checklist and timeline). As a bonus, the first three people to tell us (in the...

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Engage!09 ... A Wedding Industry Summit in Paradise

by Azure

I had the incredible honor of recently attending the engage!09 luxury wedding summit by the lovely and talented Rebecca Grinnals & Kathryn Arce of Engaging Concepts. With an unbelievable line-up of speakers including Carley Roney, Darcy Miller, Marcy Blum, Millie Martini-Bratten, Sylvia Weinstock, Antonia van der Meer, Simon T. Bailey and Preston Bailey, spectacular opening event design from Michelle Rago and closing party design from Jo-Anne Brown of Celebrations, invitations from...

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Love in Bloom: Ideas for Your Wedding Flowers

by Azure

Special Feature by Robbin Montero of A Dream Wedding. Someone once said, “Flowers are love’s truest language.” The selection of flowers is one of the most vivid reflections of the couple’s personal style and taste. You may prefer the look and fragrance of roses, lilies or gardenias, but many brides design their bouquets based on the meanings of various flowers—daisies for innocence, forget-me-nots for true love, honeysuckle for generosity and devoted affection, and ivy...

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Newfound Respect For The Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Game!

by Azure

I've always said that when I become engaged, I'll be putting the kibosh on all of the age-old bridal shower and bachelorette party traditions- think "Bride-to-Be" sash, the plastic, princess-esque tiara, and most of all, the infamous toilet paper wedding dress< /a> game. When I stumbled upon this post in New York Magazine's Fashion section, though, my mind was forever changed... I knew I had to stop sipping on the toilet paper wedding dress haterade! CheapChicWeddings.com hosted a...

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Bubbly Bride: Men’s Wedding Fashion Trend Alert- Suspenders

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride There is something about men in suspenders that makes the wedding's atmosphere a bit more lighthearted and fun! They add a vintage touch, a little bit of rock 'n' roll and a whole lot of attitude to the men's attire on the big day. Don't worry about sacrificing a formal feel at your wedding. During the ceremony the jackets can stay on and no one will see the suspenders, but during pictures and the reception let the guys cut loose and have some fun! Your...

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DIY Decorating Idea for a Casual Event

by Azure

Happy Monday, hope you enjoyed your long weekend! Remember a few weeks ago when Jamie pointed us toward paint cards as a way to get inspiration for wedding colors? In Real Simple, one of this month’s “New uses for old things” has an idea for folding the paint cards over and making place cards out of them. I tried it this weekend for a family brunch, and it really brightened up the table. Obviously, not the way to go for a formal event, but it could be a fun touch for a...

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A Fourth of July Ballpark Wedding

by Azure

Welcome to your three day weekend. We hope you've enjoyed our week of patriotic and Fourth of July themed posts. You can't get more All-American than baseball, so we hope you enjoy this video! If you get dizzy easily, be careful, the cameraman seems to have had one or two ballpark beers too many!

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The Bespoke Bride: Plan To Enjoy The Wedding Planning Process

by Azure

About The Bespoke Bride Long before I got engaged and began planning my own wedding, I planned events for a living. So it came as little surprise the level of detail and logistics that are required to pull one off – whether it’s a small intimate gathering or grand scale ballroom affair. Pulling things together, getting people in one area, and providing them a memorable experience, takes work. There are so many options to choose from, costs to incur and decisions to be made. If...

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Ask the Wedding Maven: Potluck Wedding Reception, Can it Be Done?

by Azure

In this week's column, the Wedding Maven looks for a way to combine: a tight budget, a desire to feed people, and good manners. Do you have a question about wedding related traditions, etiquette, or relationships? Why not write the Wedding Maven at weddingmaven@onewed.com

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