Featured Wedding: Kristi and Daniel

by Azure

Special feature by Wendy Cooper of Something Blue Photography Kristi and Daniel got married in a "castle" outside of the very small town of Ludowici, Georgia. There is a relatively new event venue built to resemble a castle in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by woods. The couple chose this location because it references Daniel's family castle, which has special meaning for the couple. They were the perfect Cinderella and Prince Charming.

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Wedding Industry Inspiration

by Azure

A month ago, I eagerly joined a group of wedding bloggers pledging to write a blog post today, April 21st, about someone inspiring in the industry. The tough part of this pledge is choosing just one person...so I will mention a few. Several amazing wedding bloggers have been unbelievably giving of their time, expertise, creative verve and I am forever grateful. In particular, Always a Blogsmaid, Bubbly Bride, It's A Jaime Thing, Hostess with the Mostess, Rock n Roll Bride, The Man...

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Heartwarming Proposal Live on TV

by Azure

Too cute...love a good live on TV engagement. Embedded video from CNN Video

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Get in Shape for Your Wedding Day with these Top Fitness Exercises!

by Azure

It's time to get in shape for both your wedding &honeymoon. Score strapless wedding dress-ready arms & shoulders and bikini-worthy legs & bottom with these fabulous exercises from Katie of KTFitness. And for those brides (and grooms)in the Chicago area, Katie would like to giveaway an 8-week Beach Ready BootCamp membership starting this weekend to a lucky Savvy Scoop reader. Simply email katie@ktfitness to enter.

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Top Ten Tips for Creating Your Kitchen Registry

by Azure

If your gift registry is leaving you wilted, check out our advice section. We sat down with personal chef Susan Hynes to get ten top tips on registering for your kitchen. Whether you're the second Martha Stewart, or a gal who doesn't know a sauté from a flambé, these ideas can help! If there are other areas of the registry process confusing you, let us know!

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It’s A Jaime Thing: For The Sunflower Bride - Gorgeous Letterpress Wedding Invitations!

by Azure

About It's A Jaime Thing Who's ready for summer already? I know I sure am! If you're planning a sunflower wedding, send a little extra sunshine to impress your guests! Do so with these stunning swirly Sunflower Letterpress Invitations which I absolutely adore, by Chicago designer Denise Johnson, owner of Bellis Studios.. What is letterpress? "The art of letterpress involves inking raised type and then impressing it directly onto the printing surface. The result is an impression...

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Beautiful bracelets for a beautiful bride

by Azure

Why should your neck have all the fun? When you're getting dolled up for your wedding day, don't forget your wrists! I love the bridal collection from BGB Jewelry. The pieces are beautiful, handmade, and designed to be affordable. The collection is a great place to browse if you're looking for ideas for your wedding accessories. You'll find great vintage looks, and the styles range from simple elegance to WOW!

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Savvy Steals Weekly Giveaway- Budget Wedding Ideas with Bridal Bargains!

by Azure

This week we are thrilled to offer an amazing wedding planning resource from the authors of Baby 411 and Baby Bargains (both books turned me into an unbelievably savvy mom). Rest assured, our Savvy Steals giveaway this week will be all about Weddings and not bringing up baby. Product Description: To help plan your dream wedding without breaking the bank, one lucky Savvy Steal winner will receive the Bridal Bargains Gift Set- America’s best-selling guides for planning a fantastic...

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Win a Felt and Button Bouquet for your Wedding Day!

by Azure

Rock n’ Roll Bride, one of our fabulous weekly guest bloggers, is running a fantastic contest on her blog right now. With so many creative Savvy Scoop readers, we knew this contest would be right up your alley and just had to share! Kat (Rock n’ Roll Bride) is ready for a change, and is looking for a new slogan for her site. She’s become a bit bored with her current slogan- “Wedding inspiration… in a Rock n Roll way”- and would like your help creating a new one! All she...

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Rock ‘n Roll Bride: Another fabulous wedding captured with artistic photos

by Azure

About Rock 'n Roll Bride Wow, what a busy week it has been over at Rock n Roll Bride HQ. I have not only launched myself a little contest to find a new slogan (plug plug!) but I have been inundated with amazing amazing amazing engagements, weddings, videos all week (not that it is any cause for complaint!) So I had a plethora of little gems to choose from to share with you all this week. It really was a toughie (mainly because I just want to post them all on my RnR Bride!) but I have...

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Bubbly Bride: Bringing your Hometown to your Wedding

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride If you and your husband met in New York City, moved to Chicago but left your heart in NYC... why not remind your guests what you love about the city? You might not be able to return to your favorite location, but you can bring it to your friends and family! The best way to pull off this idea at your wedding, is to create food stations. I will use New York as an example since they are known for their famous food, found all over the different neighborhoods. ...

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Wedding Idea for a Warm Wedding Party

by Azure

Happy Monday Savvy Scoopers. Here in Chicago, this weekend had all the typical spring weather, sunny and warm one minute, cold and rainy the next. It’s always a risk you take with spring weddings, but the payoffs of beautiful flowers, generally good travel weather, and the feel of love in the air is well worth it. Here’s an idea to lessen the threat of an impending cold front. Why not get your bridesmaids gorgeous pashima scarves to wear over their dresses. If you’re one of those...

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Top Ten Tips for a Good Working Relationship with Your Wedding Caterer

by Azure

Getting ready to choose your caterer? We talked to some wedding reception catering veterans to get their very best advice. Check out our Top Ten Tips for a Good Working Relationship with Your Caterer for a wedding reception that's as effortless as it is delicious.

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Weekly Wrap Up of Wedding Ideas - Week of April 13

by Azure

Welcome Weekend Wedding Warriors. Are you worried you missed something in this week’s scoop? Here’s your wrap-up of our wedding ideas for the week of April 13th. On Monday: • usabrideweddings.com gave OneWed readers a great deal on accessories. • Bubbly Bride proved that when it comes to dresses, having back is a good thing. • Rock ‘n Roll Bride shared some amazing photos from Mangored photographers. • We saw some great designs for your free wedding website from...

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Beautiful nails on your wedding day… We have a winner!

by Azure

I am SO pleased to announce this week's Savvy Steal winner! Thanks to her smart, savvy comments, our winner is... PattyJ! You deserve it, Patty J, and we cannot wait for you to get your hands on these 5 Essie must-have shades. Not only will you be all set for you wedding day, but you will now be armed with fabulous Essie shades for every occasion. Many thanks to all the rest of our devoted Savvy Scoop readers! Keep the comments rolling in, and your lucky time will...

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Hey Grooms!  GQ’s Rules for Planning the Perfect Bachelor Party

by Azure

“Who says closing the book on a man’s singlehood has to involve overpriced hotel suites, bad steak, and dingy strip clubs? If you do the age-old celebration right, you can make it what it was originally intended to be: a douche-baggery-free weekend of male bonding no one involved will forget- or regret.” Below, I’ve chosen a few of my favorites from this honest, fun article, but for GQ's full "How to Build a Better Bachelor Party" rules, click here! No. 2) Just say no to the...

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Bride Chic: A Celebration of Bridal Fashion and Photography

by Azure

We are so excited to have a first look at Amy-Jo Tatum's photo shoot, with wedding photographer Stephanie Williams, featuring five gorgeous bridal gowns from her Dioresque collection! About Bride Chic If there is such a thing as visual poetry it is in these images. All are from a recent photo shoot I had with Orange County wedding photographer Stephanie Williams. We shot five of my gowns in various locations around San Juan Capistrano, California--including the mission. While I'm...

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Great Wedding Idea: Bring the Wedding to the Guests

by Azure

Shortly before my wedding, one of my readers had a family tragedy and another reader lost his job (here’s a hint, if I ever ask you to read something, say no). We found replacement readers, but what really made me sad was that these people, who were so important to me, couldn’t be at the wedding. Well, today they could be. If you have family and friends who can’t come to the wedding due to money or illness, consider a live stream broadcast of your wedding. If just reading those...

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Always A Blogsmaid: Green Gifting with your Wedding Registry

by Azure

About Always A Blogsmaid If green living is a way of life for you, you should consider starting a registry with 3R Living. This Brooklyn Based company has items for the home from cookware to bedding, all of it eco friendly and most of it pretty design friendly as well. Started by an actual couple, they have filled their catalogue with items that are design friendly and useful. For the couple looking to live green and not break the bank, this is an amazing option, as the products...

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Save on Letterpress Wedding Invitations with Wedding Paper Divas!

by Azure

With so many fabulous wedding invite and stationery designers out there, it’s not always easy making your final invitation selection. What if I told you that you could get exclusive wedding invitations and announcements designed by some of the hottest artists in the industry for free? Would this help make your decision a bit easier? I thought so! The folks at Wedding Paper Divas are currently running a promotion unlike any other they have ever offered, and we wanted to let all of...

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Featured Wedding: Adam and Betsy

by Azure

Special feature by Imthiaz Houseman of a.h.p. photography. Adam and Betsy were wed in front of close family and friends at the historic Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, CO. They were looking for a venue with a beautiful backdrop of the Flatirons. They wanted something that was close to the foothills so their guests could spent the weekend skiing. Adam and Betsy put their personal touch on every detail. They wanted dark reds and earth tones to match the Hotel Boulderado. Betsy...

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Bridal hairpieces to make your groom swoon

by Azure

I love the vintage look of these elegant hair pieces. They're perfect whether you go for a swirly updo or something more sleek. Jennifer Behr's collection is handmade and made to order, so you know you'll have something that truly suits you. The flowers are made of gorgeous silks and leathers, and often have individual wiring in the petals so you can arrange the piece just right once it's on. These are pieces you'll want to keep wearing long after you walk down the aisle.

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Celeb Engagement Ring Trends: Get the Look for Less in Platinum

by Azure

Enjoy your celebrity fix for the day! Special thanks to... Tips provided by: world renowned style expert and jeweler to the stars, Michael O’Connor Ring Images provided by: Platinum Guild International

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The Man Registry: Best Man Tips for Keeping the Bachelor Party Cheap

by Azure

About The Man Registry We’re taking a departure from our weekly advice for the groom to offer some tips to another guy who may need it: The Best Man As Best Man, you want to give your buddy the ultimate bachelor party send-off into married life. Only problem is that your wallet is feeling pretty light lately (Let’s face it, whose isn’t)? Cuts in bachelor party festivities have been an unfortunate result of the economy we’re living in. However, this doesn’t mean that the...

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