Origin of “The Best Man”- Did you know….

by Azure

That the term “best man” dates back to the times when Scotsmen kidnapped their future brides. So who was the "best man" accolade bestowed upon? The friend of the groom who had excelled at the abduction.

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Two Heavenly Wedding Dresses from Amy Michelson

by Azure

I am dying over these new designs from Amy Michelson, drooling on my keyboard as we speak. Ok... not really drooling, but how amazing, dreamy, sexy and chic are these wedding dresses? I've always loved the look of a bare back with a stunning, classy dress. There really is nothing sexier. If you're a bit unsure about baring it all in one of these dresses, though, check out Amy's tips on how to wear your Spanx with a low-back dress!

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Ask the Wedding Maven: Interfering Mothers-in-Law

by Azure

The interfering mother-in-law seems like an old-fashioned stereotype. But, unfortunately for the bride in this week's column, it's a reality, and it's leaving her with a big problem, 20 extra wedding guests. Do you have a question about wedding-related traditions, etiquette, or relationships? Write The Wedding Maven at weddingmaven@onewed.com

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Featured Engagement Session: Chioma and Seun

by Azure

Special feature by Fola Adewole of Fola Adewole Photography This June, Aba and I were granted the unique privilege of traveling to Old Town Alexandria to capture the pre-wedding session of Chioma and Seun. Chioma and Seun are a young, beautiful couple, full of love and laughter. Taking their portraits was a blast - they were so comfortable and natural being affectionate with each other. They exuded intelligence, charm, and sexiness. Aba and I are so excited to be photographing...

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Top Wedding Invitation Trends: Colors, Patterns, Silhouettes and More!

by Azure

Special to OneWed by Jeanne & Joyce of Invitations4Less.com Your wedding invitation is more than a piece of paper inviting guests to your event. In addition to setting the tone for your special day, your wedding invitation is an extension of your individuality, style, and taste. The wedding invitation is the first glimpse your guests will have of your wedding day. Because the design and color used on your invitations will set the mood for your special day, you may be curious as...

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More Tips from Amazon’s Wedding Gift Registry

by Azure

As we told you last week, your favorite online bookstore, Amazon.com, has a brand new wedding gift registry service. One of the best things about doing your registry at Amazon is that you can register for all sorts of items you might not think of getting at your typical department store. Check out this info from their section on registering for personal care items: Scales and Health Monitors
 You might think there is nothing romantic and exciting about a bath scale or blood...

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Playboy Mansion, Pinup, Player and Platinum: Kendra Wilkinson to Wed This Saturday!

by Azure

Kendra Wilkinson is expected to wed Hank Baskett at the Playboy Mansion this Saturday, and she will be dripping in platinum and diamonds- over $100,000 dollars worth! For her big day, Kendra will be wearing... - Platinum drop earrings with 4.25 carats of diamonds ($47,000) - Platinum pendant with 2.50 carats of diamonds ($33,700) - Platinum bracelet with 4.50 carats of diamonds ($21,000) All personally selected by Kendra, and designed by jeweler Michael Barin. Celebrities...

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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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The Man Registry: Invest in Engagement Ring Insurance

by Azure

About The Man Registry If you’ve recently ponied up for an engagement ring, then you know the stress that goes along with making such a high dollar investment. Whether you went with the traditional “two months” salary or something more in a realistic price range, you’ve made a substantial investment and you should take the steps to protect her new finger candy. Most jewelers or engagement ring websites offer insurance through their store or can point you in the right...

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Zero-Gravity Wedding

by Azure

Noah Fulmore and Erin Finnegan knew they wanted a wedding that was out of this world. Rather than wait for a moon colony, they settled for having the first weightless wedding. The two got married on a jet that specializes in making deep arcs to get astronauts used to the sensation of weightlessness. Fulmore and Finnegan also had rings made from metal extracted from meteorites, and, yes, the bride wore slacks under her dress. Congratulations to the happy couple. It's not everyone...

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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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First Look: Must-Have Bridal Jewelry from Watters

by Azure

During Chicago's Bridal Market a few months back, I had the pleasure of watching a Watters runway show. The dresses, both bridal and bridesmaids, were absolutely stunning. But the show was stolen by the necklaces worn by the models. I have been chomping at the bit since Market for Watters to officially launch this amazing new jewelry line, and it's finally here! These made to order pieces are beyond beautiful, the perfect accessory for your big day. To find an upcoming Watters...

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Featured Engagement Session: Rafaela and Kendall

by Azure

Special feature by Amanda McMahon of Amanda McMahon Photography Rafaela and Kendall are a very special couple planning to wed in December 2009 in Florida at the historic Farmer's Market Building in downtown Winter Park. These two are one of those couples that makes your heart melt. Not only are they super cute, but they are fun and they totally defined the word "candid". We had so much fun that I am ecstatic about how beautiful their wedding in December is sure to be!

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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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Monday Morning Makeup Tips and Great Deals from Sephora

by Azure

Happy Monday Savvy Scoopers! Looking for a little Monday pick-me-up? Our friends at Sephora just told us about two great sample packs that have “Bride to Be” written all over them. Even if you usually choose makeup by grabbing whatever you can find at the drugstore, you might want to take a different approach to mascara on the big day. Think, crying, uncles who put you in a bear hug, and pictures and you’ll understand why choosing the right mascara is important. Sephora is...

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Weekly Wrap-Up of Wedding Ideas - Week of June 15

by Azure

Welcome, Savvy Brides! Here’s your weekly wrap-up to make sure you’re up-to-date on everything swoonable. On Monday: We learned the best and worst songs for father-daughter dances. Bubbly Bride woke us up for an early morning wedding. Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride gave us an engagement session with an edge. On Tuesday: We got some survival tips for father-daughter dances. Debbie Welcher of Chatfields Boutique showed ways for every bride to show off her beautiful...

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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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Top Tips on Reducing Your Wedding Costs

by Azure

If you're just diving in to wedding planning and feeling overwhelmed with expenses, Pure Ambiance Event Planning has some great basic tips on reducing your costs. Check out our special feature by Kisha Barner of Pure Ambiance Event Planning over here.

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Bride Chic: Elegant Asymmetrical Wedding Dresses

by Azure

About Bride Chic The picture above inspired this post. Truly unique, simply stunning . . . . There's something exotic about asymmetrical necklines and we've been seeing a few of them gracing the runways in the past couple years. The beauty of going asymmetrical is, you can ruffle, ruche, dapple with florals, or simply leave the shoulder bare and whatever treatment you choose, it always comes off elegant . . . . If you're a tall, heavier or large boned bride, an asymmetrical...

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