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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Father of the Bride, Is He Feeling Left Out?

by Azure

Whenever people asked my father how he felt about me, his youngest daughter, getting married he would say “Well, you know, the marriage industry is about disenfranchising men.” Now, perhaps I should explain that in addition to being a grump, my father is also an anthropology professor, so yes, he really does talk like that. Over the years, I’ve gotten pretty good at ignoring my father’s pronouncements, but I actually think he was trying to say something here, he felt left out....

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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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Reese Witherspoon Finds “The Dress” For Upcoming Nuptials To Jake Gyllenhaal

by Azure

Unfortunately, we don't know much more than that! According to this week's In Touch Weekly, Reese has decided on the dress she'll walk down the aisle in. We don't know the style, we don't know the designer, but... We do know that Reese will don a gorgeous gown in a non-traditional color, similar to the fabulous frock Gwen Stefani wore (designed by John Galliano for Dior) when she wed Gavin Rossdale in '02. And to up the cute factor at the wedding, Reese's adorable daughter, Ava,...

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Gorgeous Vintage-Inspired One Shoulder Wedding Dress for $98?

by Azure

The Bespoke Bride is right. You should love how you feel in your wedding dress, and adore how you look in the photos that captured the big day. But... If you can find a beautiful wedding dress, perfectly suited for you on the cheap, that's as good as it gets, right? While trolling the fashion and wedding style websites today, I came across these two gowns, and could not believe my eyes when I saw the prices! The first dress, ultra chic and glamorous, with a long sheer train and...

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New Gift Registry from Amazon.com!

by Azure

Although picking out gifts may seem like a lot of fun, registering does not always make you feel like a kid in a candy store. Sometimes it makes you feel like a kid in a department store with lots of products and terms you’ve never heard of before. But today’s Savvy Brides have it easy. Thanks to Amazon.com, you can learn about and complete your registry without changing out of your pajamas. Anything Amazon sells, from cookbooks, to kitchen items, bedding, and even those pajamas...

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Ask the Wedding Maven: More Information about Signing Contracts with Vendors

by Azure

In this week's column, I once again look at the issue of contracts for wedding services, this time from the vendor's point of view. Do you have a question about wedding traditions, etiquette, or relationships? Ask the Wedding Maven at weddingmaven@onewed.com

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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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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Father of the Bride

by Azure

I love my dad, but I hate trying to come up with gifts for him. There are only so many books, gadgets, and t-shirts I can buy him over the years. Every year, I desperately look for themes to try and inspire me. You though, you’re lucky, you have your theme, your wedding. How does your wedding tie in to your father’s day gift? Well, here are some ideas: 1) A photo album of pictures of the two of you, or just one nice one framed (this may be difficult if your dad is the family...

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Featured Wedding: Gabe and April

by Azure

Special Feature by Evan Vanderwall of Evan Vanderwall Photography. This April I was granted the privilege of traveling to the beautiful state of Arizona to capture Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel and April Flores uniting as one. Gabe and April are a young, beautiful couple, full of life and love for each other. Taking their portraits was a blast - they felt so comfortable and natural being affectionate with each other, which makes things especially easy on a photographer. The ceremony took...

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POP a Platinum Proposal, Win Kirk Kara Platinum Wedding Bands

by Azure

Remember way back in 2000 when Monica proposed to Chandler on “Friends”? Women proposing used to seem edgy. Today though, it’s a bona fide trend! Celebrities like Jennifer Hudson are leading the charge, and with movies like the Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds production, The Proposal, opening this Friday, it’s becoming more and more popular. OneWed is awarding one lucky reader the ultimate prize to get in on the trend of proposing to her man- a pair of hand engraved Platinum...

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Father’s Day Quiz (and a little giveaway)

by Azure

Last month, we got a lot of laughs out of moms in pop culture. In movies, bad/scary moms can be sort of funny, but dads, well, not so much. So, instead of listing the worst dads or the best dads, we thought we’d test your knowledge of pop culture. See if you can match the four father/daughter pairs below. 1. Jon Voight 2. Ravi Shankar 3. Jawarhalal Nehru 4. King George VI A. Norah Jones B. Elizabeth Mountbatten C. Angelina Jolie D. Indira Ghandi Still reading? We have a...

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Doing your homework: Finding the right readings for your wedding

by Azure

Feeling at a loss about what readings to incorporate into your wedding? Check out this special feature by personalized wedding poet and wedding blogger Chloe’ Yelena Miller for some great ideas. My favorite wedding reading was a passage from The Little Prince about slowly and patiently taming a fox. What's yours? Let us know in the comments!

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Lufthansa Does Weddings??

by Azure

Who knew! Lufthansa just celebrated a big anniversary. 50 years of service to India. In honor of this, the airline tapped the "Vera Wang of South Asia", Manish Malhotra, to design three wedding dresses exclusively for Lufthansa. This is all part of a larger promotion (for details, click here), but... I thought these designs were just stunning and had to share! Nearlyweds were asked to select their favorite Manish Malhotra/Lufthansa design as part of the contest. So, I'm...

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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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Plus Size Female Form- Because Every Girl Deserves Her Dream Wedding Dress

by Azure

Special to OneWed by Debbie Welcher of Chatfields Boutique As full figure brides are aware, many bridal boutiques do not carry sample sizes to try on in their size. The bridal industry, as with most designers, is influenced by smaller-sized brides. It’s all a bit confusing in a nation where the typical woman is a size 14, as very few designers feature plus size models to exhibit their bridal gowns. Often, a designer will offer their stunning designs up to size 26, but don't...

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Featured Wedding: Amber and Jeff

by Azure

Special Feature by Katie Minister of Minister Images I flew to Philadelphia to photograph the wedding of my good friend from college, Amber. From the minute I got to her house, I knew I was in for a fun event! We went to Carinwood Mansion, one of the most beautiful venues that I've ever seen, where we took family pictures. Amber honored her mom's memory by wearing her wedding dress. On to time spent with Amber & Jeff before the big event, and then Jeff's entrance into the...

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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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The Best (and worst) Father Daughter Dance Songs

by Azure

WARNING: This post may cause unintentional sniffling. Happy Monday! Father’s Day is this weekend, and to celebrate we offer a week’s worth of posts honoring dad. Today, we give you a completely unscientific listing of what I have determined are the top ten father/daughter dance songs. I'm not saying all these songs are great, I'm just saying they're what a lot of people choose. 1) Sunrise/Sunset (Fiddler on the Roof) 2) Father and Daughter (Paul Simon) 3) Unforgettable...

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