Wedding Gifts and Re-Gifting, Can it Be Done?

by Azure

Happy Monday! I’ve been thinking about gifts and re-gifts today. I know someone who is a notorious re-gifter. She accidentally gives people back gifts that they bought for her, as well as gifts that were obviously bought for her by other people. She has given people gifts with cards tucked into the box that are addressed to her. She’s shameless about it. Why do I think this is so tacky? It’s because she’s ignoring two underlying beliefs about presents. The first is that...

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Our Ten Lucky Winners of Premium Packages from The Wedding Lens are…

by Azure

About OneWed's Weekly Savvy Steals Giveaway - apptygmbrzrk - alexis784 - caeebe - Claudia Arzeno - Dream Weaver - LBM7189 - nicoledrumm - MrsOlsen2B - Ninedays9 - SkippyNXC Congrats, all! Have a fabulous weekend! See you back on the Scoop on Monday, when we'll introduce our next Savvy Steal!

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Ever After Wedding Market: On The Patio Wedding Inspiration

by Azure

About Ever After Wedding Market As long as the weather is pleasant, an outdoor wedding offers a wonderful opportunity to be inspired by nature. Consider holding your wedding in a botanical garden or near a field of wildflowers. Be inspired by this selection of artisan handmade items in pretty pastels and floral prints! The modern Lattice Wedding Invitation from Pink Lily Press is perfect for an outdoor wedding held in a field or on a patio. The Bees in Blossom Wedding Invitation...

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Buy and Sell Designer Wedding Dresses on whiteXchange!

by Azure

White Chicago is a fabulous consignment bridal boutique in Chicago that sells new, sample and once-wed designer wedding dresses. Allowing only the most pristine dresses, the entire shop (from the floor, to the walls, to the décor) is luminescent white. Brides-to-be take their shoes off before entering and are given, what else, white socks to wear, and dresses are touched only with white gloves, ensuring the gowns are kept in mint condition. Living in Chicago, I feel blessed to have...

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Bride Chic: CHEMISE DRESSING

by Azure

About Bride Chic The chemise or shift is actually a relaxed version of the sheath. It falls in a straight line usually cut on the grain of the fabric. The exception was Madeline Vionet's chemise that was pioneered on the bias cut around 1925. The waistline if any is loosely fitted and fits low on the hips a la 1920s style. Two periods of the twentieth century are known for chemise dressing: the 1920s and 60s. Mod London looks incorporated mini versions of chemise more commonly known...

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Unique Thank You Notes and other Wedding Stationary

by Azure

When screenwriter Sean Abley and his husband were getting married they wanted to find unique items that expressed their personalities. Sean has a love of many things retro, especially B Movies, and 1950s and 1960s music. The couple is also passionately devoted to recycling and reusing. So, Sean came up with the idea of creating his own Thank You notes out of reclaimed books and album covers. Sean now sells these cards (and some funky shirts) on the Etsy site, Jenneration Fix. Each...

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Cheech Marin’s Beautiful Bride Wore Amy Michelson

by Azure

Last week, we covered the marriage of Cheech Marin (one half the famous comedy duo Cheech and Chong) to Russian pianist Natasha Rubin. The bride wore a gorgeous wedding dress designed by Amy Michelson. Below are a few more of my favorite dresses from Amy Michelson. Her pieces are simply stunning, and are sure to make any bride feel like a million bucks on her wedding day!

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Ask the Wedding Maven: Can They Have a Second Wedding?

by Azure

In this week's column the Wedding Maven answers another question about the propriety of having a second wedding ceremony for the same marriage. Do you need wedding advice? Have a question about wedding traditions, wedding etiquette, or wedding relationships? Write the Wedding Maven at weddingmaven@onewed.com

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Featured Engagement Session: Nicole and Brandon

by Azure

Special Feature by Sheena of S.C. Photography Nicole and Brandon were high school sweethearts, now engaged. Brandon flew to London to visit Nicole while she was doing an internship for three months. They decided to head to Paris to check out the sights because neither of them had ever been there and he popped the question unexpectedly on a bridge of the river Seine with the Eiffel Tower sparkling in the background (swoon!). This couple loves traveling and decided to go for the wedding...

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Winter 2009 Bridal Hair Accessory Trends

by Azure

Special to OneWed from Maura Foster of DTABridal.com It's 90 degrees outside right now, but bridal designers are thinking ahead to Fall and Winter 2009 with an eye towards the newest designs and the hottest trends. Bridal magazines rarely focus on bridal accessories– for them, it's all about the dress. Hair accessory aficionados know how to track the trends – look towards the hair styles. Accessories tend to follow the current hair styles. There are two styles right now leading...

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Amazon Wedding Registry Tip: Kitchen Tools and Gadgets

by Azure

It may be that all you really need is love, but life is a little more fun with the right tools and gadgets! That’s where this week’s Amazon.com Wedding Gift Registry tip comes in. Cook's Tools & Gadgets In the kitchen, as in all things, nothing beats the right tool for the job. Using an ice-cream scoop as a ladle may have suited the single life just fine, but now that you have the occasion, why not create a well-oiled kitchen with a collection of helpful tools? Tools of the...

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The Man Registry: Best Man Qualifications

by Azure

About The Man Registry Having a tough time deciding on your Best Man? Don’t worry; this is more common than you think. Here are a few pointers to remember when making this important selection. Get it right, because for 50% of us, this is the only wedding you’re ever going to have! Can he plan a party? Can he plan the bachelor party that you want? If not, move on to your second choice. Life-long friend Thinking about giving the Best Man honor to your current man crush you just...

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Let Us Help YOU: OneWed’s Wedding Checklist, Secrets Revealed!

by Azure

Feeling overwhelmed by all of the outstanding To Dos on your Wedding Checklist? Never fear, OneWed's Wedding Pre-Party is here to save the day! So take a deep breath, relax, and we'll make sure that you get through all your To Dos before your I Dos, armed with our fab Wedding Checklist! Our checklist is totally comprehensive, but we understand that every wedding is unique! So, you can... •Add and delete tasks, because one-size-fits-all does NOT fit all when it comes to your very...

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Gurkha Cigars: Treat Your Groomsmen to the Very Finest

by Azure

Some people feel that cigar smoking is taboo, some feel quite the opposite. Regardless of what camp you fall into, cigars can be a great little addition at your wedding. Many men love their cigars as a way to celebrate their nuptials and bond with their new family. And for the right group of guys, cigars can make a fabulous groomsmen gift! Gurkha Cigars is a premium cigar brand with a fantastic suite of cigar products, boasting the most expensive cigar in the world (His Majesty...

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New Wedding Gift Registry Ideas

by Azure

In 1924 Marshall Field’s department store in Chicago introduced the idea of a wedding gift registry, where brides could indicate their preferred china and silver patterns. The idea took off and couples began thinking of their ability to choose their own wedding gifts as a time-honored right. In 1993, Target introduced the idea of self-service gift registry, and people suddenly began registering for items well outside the traditional plates and towels. Today, you’ll often hear...

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Be Grateful for your Freedom and Enjoy A Beer Today!

by Azure

On my way to work this morning, I read an upsetting news article that really touched my heart (and made me appreciate what we have here in the U.S.). A beautiful Muslim model in Malaysia has admitted to drinking a beer... And under Islamic law, she'll be punished for this by a caning. Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno is the first woman in Malaysia to be given this punishment, and will be imprisoned for one-week while her sentence is carried out. This just breaks my heart, and I can't...

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The Honeymoon, Special Feature by Robbin Montero of “A Dream Wedding”

by Azure

Special feature by Robbin Montero of a Dream Wedding Generally thought to be the most “honeyed” time of a couple’s marriage, the honeymoon is certainly one of the most romantic trips you and your spouse will ever take. With careful planning, you will have many treasured memories of this occasion. I highly recommend using the services of an experienced travel agent. Not only will you get the best prices, but most agents have traveled extensively and can easily provide...

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It’s A Jaime Thing: Light Up Your Wedding Night…

by Azure

...With Glowing Lanterns! About It's A Jaime Thing So, your friends keep telling you you're glowing, huh? Well then, glow on, girl! If you're in love and your heart, soul and mind are glowing along with that gorgeous smile of yours, why not carry that glow throughout your wedding decor? Do so with these lovely lanterns by Hannah Nunn... Aren't these lovely? If you're a bride on a tight budget, however, fear not! Grab your girls and get a little crafty...you can probably make...

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Women Who Proposed, Part IV, Travel

by Azure

Last month, we finished up an amazing contest. Working with PGI, we gave away platinum wedding bands. To be entered in this contest, women had to tell us their stories of how THEY would (or did, or might) propose if they had been the ones to ask the question. We received HUNDREDS of entries. The winner was chosen randomly, but we received so many amazing entries we just had to find a way to share some of them with you. Check our advice section every week for a new article featuring a...

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Calling Chicago Brides, Great Designer Wedding Dress Sale

by Azure

Hey Chicago Brides! Are you looking for a great chance to save money on a Caroline De Villa wedding dress? This Saturday and Sunday is the semi-annual sample sale. Call 773-342-0096 for more info, or to RSVP.

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Hostess with the Mostess: How to Win Money by Serving Wine!

by Azure

About Hostess with the Mostess After years of serving as a punch line for jokes about tacky parties, wine in the box is finally coming into it’s own. To prove it, this summer Black Box Wines launched the “You Got Boxed” contest to challenge its fans to share boxed wines with their friends. For a chance to win, contestants secretly serve guests Black Box Wines (in lieu of traditional bottled wine) and capture their reaction on camera when the box is revealed. There is a monthly...

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Featured Wedding: Jennifer and Matt

by Azure

Featured Wedding by Mark Lovett ofMark Lovett Photography It was a soft lit day on Marlyand's eastern shore in beautiful Saint Michaels, Maryland, where Jennifer and Matt became one. Family came from across the country to celebrate the union, and there was no shortage of real emotion. I could sense the deep connection between Jennifer and Matt, which was undeniable in every photo I captured. The event was held on the waters edge at an absolutely beautiful historic venue called...

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A Great Inexpensive Site for Bridesmaid Dresses, Accessories, and More!

by Azure

I recently discovered LuLu's, an online shopping site featuring emerging new designers and pieces from around the world, all of which are affordable for the average gal! I poked around a bit, and found some adorable dresses, shoes, and hair accessories that would be perfect for your bridesmaids! With dresses for under $50, shoes under $40, and hair accessories under $15, your 'maids would be delighted to pony up a little cash for these cute items. And if these finds are too casual...

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Savvy Steals Weekly Giveaway- Gifting Ten Couples with the Perfect Online Wedding Album!

by Azure

About OneWed’s Savvy Steals Weekly Giveaway This week’s Savvy Steal is a bit different… We’ll be hooking up not one, but TEN lucky couples with the ultimate prize! We know you want to capture each and every moment at your wedding, and while many guests will bring their digital cameras and snap away, the tough part is accessing those photos after the fact. You can access some on facebook, some on Flickr, some on Photobucket, and the list goes on, but that creates a lot of...

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