Archive for October, 2011

October 31, 2011

Wedding for All Seasons: Dressing the Ladies

With Phlox, Cedar and Coffee Liqueur infused as your fall wedding colors, let’s dress the ladies! Don’t be afraid to go beyond the bridal salon to dress your party. Try off-the-rack styles from Macy’s, Nordstrom, Ann Taylor and J.Crew for a great selection that fit your autumn color scheme and everyone’s budget.

Here are our picks for dressing the party this fall!



Coffee Liqueur

October 28, 2011

Foto Friday

A sweet moment between bride and her father, sealed with an Eskimo kiss.

Heather Gray Photography

October 26, 2011

Ask Wednesday

Dear Wednesday,
My fiancé and I come from different cultural backgrounds and we’re trying to figure out who pays for what. In my culture, the groom’s family pays and in his culture, the bride’s family pays. How can we compromise on this?

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It’s best to consider who is financially able to contribute to the wedding rather than sticking to cultural traditions. As we discussed in our budget blog, have a conversation with both sets of parents to see how they would like to be involved. Also, consider your personal finances and discuss how much you and your fiancé can contribute toward the wedding.
– Wednesday
October 24, 2011

DIY: $5 Fascinator

Add the finishing touch to your bridal look with a funky and fun fascinator. These beautiful headpieces can replace a veil or be worn during your reception. Whether it’s soft floral petals or a feathery number with a bold pop of color, you can create your own fabulous fascinator for just $5!



  • Step 1: If you’re unable to find the flower with the clip already attached to it, just buy the silk flower and clip separately and glue them together. A big silk flower costs about $3-5 and a pack of alligator clips will cost about $2-3. Both items can easily be found at Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts.
  • Step 2: Apply epoxy glue to the backside of the button.
  • Step 3: Glue the button in the center of the flower and let dry.
  • Step 4: Trim feathers to desired shape and length.
  • Step 5: Squeeze out a dollop of glue and dip the end of the feather (we used a water bottle cap).
  • Step 6: Carefully insert the feather in between the flower petals, glue-side in.


October 21, 2011

Foto Friday

Aubrey Joy Photography

October 19, 2011

Ask Wednesday

Dear Wednesday,
My fiancé and I have been living together for years and do not need traditional wedding gifts. What is the best way to ask for money instead?

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There is no appropriate way to ask for cash gifts. A great alternative to traditional wedding registries is to set up a honeymoon or wish fund. Check out,, or For a small fee, usually a percentage of gifts received, these websites allow you to register for non-traditional things such as a romantic dinner or a scuba diving adventure. It also gifts you the option of splitting up big ticket items. For example, you can register for a new refrigerator and divide the cost into $50 increments.
– Wednesday
October 17, 2011

Wedding for All Seasons: Fall Fashionista

Let your inner fashionista emerge when deciding on your wedding look. The bride is one of the key focal points of the wedding and you want to be dressed to the nines when you walk down the aisle. Texture is all the rage this season — from cascading floral appliques to sophisticated layers, these styles add the perfect amount of drama to any fall celebration.

Floral Applique

Delicate Layers

October 14, 2011

Foto Friday

After saying “I do”.

Jana Williams Photography

October 13, 2011

Wedding Infographic

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October 12, 2011

Ask Wednesday

Dear Wednesday,
To-may-to, to-mah-to, fiancé, finacée?

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Fiancé is a male, fiancée is a female. If you are a woman, you would refer to your hubby-to-be as fiancé. If you are a man, you would call your wife-to-be finacée. [Random fact: These words are often mispronounced — the emphasis should be on the 3rd syllable, like fee-ahn-SEY.]
– Wednesday
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