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 honeyfund.com, depositagift.com, or uponourstar.com. 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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October 10, 2011

Wedding for All Seasons: Fall Inspiration

The colors you choose for your wedding day set the style and tone for the entire event. Often times, we draw inspiration from our surroundings, especially the time of year. We’re kicking off our Wedding for All Seasons series to share color schemes, inspiration boards, flowers, invitations and much more to help capture the true spirit of the season. Through money-saving DIY projects, we’ll show you creative ways to turn inspiration into reality.

There is nothing more beautiful than an autumn wedding saturated with rich and earthy colors. We draw our inspiration from Pantone, a leading color system company that helps to set color trends for fashion, home decor and everything else in between. For fall 2011, Pantone showcases a rich purple hue paired with a neutral muted green for a perfect autumn color palette.

Don’t have a Pantone color book to reference the colors? No worries! Below are the Behr paint color equivalents, so head out to your local hardware store to grab some paint chips. The best part? They’re free!

  • Pantone Phlox: Behr Raspberry Mousse (SG-680)
  • Pantone Cedar:  Behr Boston Fern (410F-5)
  • Pantone Coffee Liqueur:  Behr Bitter Chocolate (790B-7)

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Photo Credits
Purple Peep Toe Shoes: Badgley Mischka via Zappos.com
Green & Brown Table Setting: Fresh Designs, photo by Janie Osborne Photography
Green Wedding Cake: bakery unknown, photo by Elizabeth Messina
Bridal Bouquet: Ariel Yves Designs, photo by Barbara Alessandra Photography
Champagne Bridesmaid Dress: J. Crew
Green Bridesmaid Dress: After Six via Dessy.com
Wedding Dress: The Limited
Wood Plate with Pear: Classic Party Rentals, photo by John & Joseph Photography
Ring Pillow: White Thistle Bridal via Etsy.com