Ceremony and Reception


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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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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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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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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Bliss Unveils New Bliss Bridal Couture Line!

by Azure

There are few things in life I love more than a fabulous pair of shoes, and I have a serious weakness for anything that BLINGS! As if the existing collection from Bliss Bridal Shoes weren't tempting enough, Bliss has just rolled out its Couture Collection of Limited Edition Bridal Shoes! If you're looking for a sexy embellished sandal that glistens with beautiful pearls, or a peep-toe platform that sparkles with rhinestones, Bliss has got you covered!

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Hostess with the Mostess: Fabulous Event Inspiration from Artfool Events

by Azure

About Hostess with the Mostess If you’ve got a wedding to plan and love looking at gorgeous design to pull inspiration for your big day, professional event design portfolios are a great place to start! To gather ideas for floral design and color palettes, check out artfool events’ online portfolio! Artfool Events brings style and grace to each of its planning endeavors- for a website full of amazing inspiration Click Here! They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here...

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The Man Registry: Groom’s Guide to Selecting Wedding Party Members

by Azure

About The Man Registry Selecting members of your wedding party can be a very overwhelming task. The more people you know, the harder it becomes. Obviously, you want to get these choices right and you want to convey how thankful you are to the lucky few that you choose. Asking someone to stand next to you on your wedding day is an honor that is hard to equal. Ideally, you want to make your decisions nine to 10 months before the wedding. The first thing you want to consider along with...

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Dressing Your Groom Like a Star

by Azure

Having trouble getting your groom to settle on a tux? Maybe he just needs a little inspiration. It never hurts to look to the Academy Awards red carpet for the latest in formal fashions... Well, almost never. A classic tux always looks smashing, as Will Smith illustrates, but this year I was really digging the black-on-black looks I saw. It's formal, different, and the perfect contrast to a white gown. Sean Penn and Phillip Seymour Hoffman both showed off the look well (though my...

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Depth of Focus: A Wedding Film from My Point of View

by Azure

Special feature from Nathan Maulorico of Unknown Films Depth of focus: The range of image distances corresponding to the range of object distances. Depth of focus is an important part in what filmmakers and videographers do. Without depth of focus, it would be impossible to place objects or people where you want them in the frame. It would be impossible to make your vision clear to the viewer. There’s also another type of depth of focus, the type filmmakers must have inside...

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How to Have a Great Green Wedding!

by Azure

One of the perks of this job is getting a chance to chat with fascinating people. Check out this interview with green wedding author and blogger, Wenona Napolitano. Then, visit onewed’s new bookshelf section to read a review of The Everything Green Wedding Book. Interview with Wenona Napolitano author of The Everything Green Wedding Book by Marta Segal Block Marta: Do you consider yourself a “wedding person” who became interested in the environment, or an environmentalist...

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Diamonds are a drink’s best friend

by Azure

What's cooler than cool? Ice cold. Add some extra sparkle to your reception or engagement party with Cool Jewels from Fred. These diamond-shaped ice cube trays are an easy and inexpensive way to play up your party's theme - not to mention a fun surprise when your guests order something "on the rocks".

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Introducing It’s A Jaime Thing- One of our Fabulous Weekly Guest Bloggers!

by Azure

Hi Everyone! My name is Jaime, I'm a wedding blogging, high-heel wearing, dark chocolate loving, red wine drinking Chicago girl who loves to plan, create, try to inspire & make people smile! I write the wedding blog at http://www.itsajaimething.com.

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Who Shined the Brightest at the 2009 Academy Awards?

by Azure

Last night, the stars on the red carpet took the 2009 Little Gold Dress trend to new heights! Stars like Sarah Jessica Parker, Tina Fey, Evan Rachel Wood and Jennifer Aniston dazzled in gilded gowns.

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Bubbly Bride: Ice (Sculptures that is) Takes the Cake

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride If you are looking for ways to WOW your guests, ice sculptures are a unique way to bring in creativity to your day! Whether it is as simple as an ice vase centerpiece or as complex as an ice bar for your drinks, your guests will appreciate the skills of the artists I found at Ice Sculpture Designs. Have bowls and trays carved to serve your shrimp and hors d'oeuvres during your cocktail hour, It will keep them fresh and looking tasty! If you order an ice bar,...

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Ever After Wedding Market: Sweet Menagerie of Birds

by Azure

About Ever After Wedding Market Fill your wedding with the cheerful melody of chirping birds! Our merchants offer a wide selection of bird inspired products to embellish your ceremony. From exotic peacocks to delicate hummingbirds, the variety of plumage makes it easy to match your wedding colors. Try adding elegant feathers to favor boxes or have your guests toss bird seed instead of rice. In order from Top Left to Bottom Right: Nansglam Pink Lily Press Elaine Haydon...

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Ever After Wedding Market: True Blue

by Azure

About Ever After Wedding Market A selection of items to chase away your winter blues! The color blue has a long history of symbolism for weddings. Brides in Ancient Rome wore blue to represent their love, modesty and fidelity. And to this day, many brides follow the Victorian tradition of wearing something blue for good luck. The color blue continues to be a popular choice for weddings and these suggestions from our merchants will certainly inspire you to pick something blue! In...

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