Ceremony and Reception


Wedding Music Gone Wrong

by Azure

Last week we ran a little piece with the worst Father/Daughter dance choices. Which got us thinking, what would be the worst music choices for weddings in general? It turns out the folks at NPR were one step ahead of us (hey, they’re very smart over there). Here are some of my favorites from their list: Send in the Clowns (as the bride walked down the aisle no less) You’ve Lost that Loving Feelin’ (first dance, no joke) The Lady is a Tramp (sung by the groom to the bride,...

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Hostess with the Mostess: Summer Spirit featured in People Style Watch!

by Azure

About Hostess with the Mostess HWTM got a little mention in the new June/July 09 issue of People Style Watch! Enjoy this fabulous and fruity cocktail recipe- perfect for your outdoor bridal shower, engagement party, or bachelorette party! Or... especially perfect to kick back with after a long day at the office!

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It’s A Jaime Thing: Spellbound Weddings Inspired By The Indian Culture

by Azure

About It's A Jaime Thing Indian weddings have always fascinated me. Vibrant colors, luscious details, the long celebration that often times (from what I hear) lasts for days.... I'm in awe! While I wish I knew more about the traditions that go along with an Indian wedding, I can say that every time I see pictures from one of these gorgeous celebrations, I wonder - who couldn't get inspired by the beauty of it all? I'm mesmerized by all of the bright, bold and colorful decor and...

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Savvy Steals Weekly Giveaway- 50 Customized Note Cards from Polka Dot Design

by Azure

About OneWed's Savvy Steals Weekly Giveaway Your stationery “wardrobe” can convey just as much about your personal style as your clothing! This week’s Savvy Steal is from the talented ladies at Polka Dot Design, a leading online retailer of custom printed stationery. The winner will receive 50 foldover personalized note cards, in the style of their choice, from Polka Dot Design’s charming collection of patterned note cards or pre-printed monogram note cards. Whether your...

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Betty White Flips Ryan Reynolds The Bird on Set of The Proposal

by Azure

Did you go out and see The Proposal this weekend? If not, check out this hysterical promo for the production! Wait 'til you've left the office though, as it's NSFW! Once you've laughed until it hurts, get those creative juices flowing and dream up yourperfect platinum proposal, and you could win a set of hand-engraved platinum wedding bands from Kirk Kara, worth $4,500. Enjoy this hilarious clip!

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Rock ‘n Roll Bride: Orange, Peach, and Teal Edgy, Rock ‘n Roll Wedding

by Azure

About Rock 'n Roll Bride Lori and Phillip are most definitely a couple with rock star credentials - check out how much they rocked these portraits. And I can't believe I've never seen a couple posing in a bath before, there is just something about that that I can't get enough of! Everything from the boys 50's style tuxes and the shots on the motorbike to the gorgeous flowers and the amazing peacock cake absolutely screams rock and rooooll! And don't forget to check out the new...

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Bubbly Bride: DIY Wedding Ideas- Wedding Day Wine Corks

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride If you are a wine lover like myself, consider carrying over your passion for wine into your wedding day. Wine corks can be used in a variety of ways to add some style to your big day! If you are well prepared, I suggest simply starting a year out and saving all of your wine corks as you celebrate your upcoming wedding and using these for place cards or decorations. Let your friends and family know your plans and have them start saving their corks, depending on...

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Savvy Steals Winner- A Vintage Chic Cake Stand Made For This Bride!

by Azure

Congrats, sdbtrflygrl! Your comments this week earned you the beautiful antique white, 16’’ Victorian Frill handmade cake stand from Handmade Cake Stand. This will be a perfect accent at your vintage chic-themed wedding! We know your cake will steal the show atop this stunning cake stand! And for the rest of our Savvy Scoopers... Grab your best girls and head to The Proposal (starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds) this weekend, all the while thinking about how you would...

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Ever After Wedding Market:Sunny Day Wedding Inspiration

by Azure

About Ever After Wedding Market Every couple wishes for good weather on their wedding day, but you can obtain instant assurance by choosing items from our sun inspired selection! Start with a cheerful wedding invitation like the Elegant Floral Wedding Invitation from Letterpunch Design. Pairing canary yellow with black and white, this invitation suite includes matching lined polka dot envelopes. The Love Bug Letterpress Wedding Invitations from Invited Ink are equally charming with...

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Looking for New Budget Wedding Ideas?

by Azure

Hey, did you know that having 50 guests will cost you less than having 200? Well, yes, you probably did. So many articles on how to have a wedding on a tight budget give you "helpful" advice like this. That's why I loved my conversation with Stephanie Berenbaum, co-founder of Fabulous and Frugal, Stephanie gave me real examples from her own wedding of how you can reduce costs while increasing the personal nature of your wedding. Come over to the advice section and check it out.

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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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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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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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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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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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The Bespoke Bride: Hiring a Day Of Coordinator for a Stress-Free Wedding

by Azure

About The Bespoke Bride One of the first things I did once we started planning the wedding was to find a wedding planner, or rather, a day of coordinator (DOC). Given my Type A tendencies and event management career I knew that I wanted to plan my own wedding but I hadn’t any desire to look after the day of bits, nor did I want to task my family or friends with it. Partly because I envisioned a wedding day that involved sleeping in, getting a manicure and generally lazing about the...

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Be Savvy, Brides!  Don’t Miss Your Chance to Win 75 Wedding Invitations and Response Cards

by Azure

Hey ladies! Don't miss your chance to win 75 gorgeous, custom-made, hand-painted wedding invitations AND response cards from Momental Designs! Only 2 more days to comment your way to this week's Savvy Steal! For full details on this weeek's fab swag, and how to win it, click HERE!

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It’s A Jaime Thing: Wedding Color Palettes Inspired By Sexy Paint Colors

by Azure

About It's A Jaime Thing Go On, Grab Some Paint Chips... Choosing your wedding colors can be a frustrating task. You might have an idea as to what colors you like, but why not get some further inspiration by taking a walk down the... paint aisle? Yes! Let's take a walk, shall we? House Beautiful recently featured an article called "Sexy Paint Colors" for your home. Being wedding-obsessed, my brain automatically switched gears and the phrase for your home turned into for your...

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