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Bonding and Blending: The Latest Trends in a Wedding Ritual

Friday, January 24th, 2014

The Sand Ceremony remains an extremely popular wedding ritual!  The creation of a touching memento and the safety of sand versus flame have been the prevailing reasons this ceremony has been a trendy way for the couple to share and show their love.

However, today’s wedding ceremony has become much more of a “family affair.”  Going beyond the traditional giving of roses or flowers to bridal party mothers, and even the solemn and sweet lighting of the unity candle, we are seeing a wonderful increase in extended family and friend involvement! 

Perhaps significant, and frankly touching, is the notion that a couple that has come together and chosen to marry, has experienced a circle of love and caring that extends beyond parents, or one or two special individuals.  

It is in this spirit, that the Sand Ceremony has taken on much more significance as a wedding ritual.  We are happy to see that brides and grooms are choosing multiple sand colors and vessels for this lovely blending and bonding commemoration, representing the joyous inclusion of a wider circle of cherished family and friends.  

We offer so many vessel styles and clever and creative ceremony variations that we couldn’t possibly capture them all here but we’ve selected a few that are just stunning and elegant!  

Blown Glass Heart and Stand

This blown glass heart  is incredibly beautiful and timeless! 



Ebony Shadow Box

A lovely ebony shadow box that will be a gorgeous addition to your decor after the big day!


 Slender Engraved Glass Vase and Pouring Vessels 

Slender, glass- blown elegance! 

Vintage Bottle Set

Beautiful hues of blue!


Heart Vessels

Hearts are always enchanting in a wedding ceremony!


Blown Glass Heart with Beach or Tropical Color Scheme

 Gorgeous stacked sand color in this heart-shaped blown glass vessel! 


White Shadow Box

A lovely shadow box to grace a shelf or table in your new home!



Elegant Purple and Lavender Motif in Pillar-Shaped Vase and Pouring Vessels

A stunning display of purple and lavender!  



However you choose to show that your family and friends have become one, we offer a lovely variety of options

to make your special day a unique reflection of your love and commitment and your personal style!  

Wedding Theme: All Things “Tiffany Blue”

Friday, August 24th, 2012

While couples spend a pretty penny shopping for engagement rings at Tiffany & Co., at least the brides-to-be will also walk out with an infamous Tiffany Blue Box® to cherish for years to come. Tiffany Blue – the trademark color known as Robin’s egg blue or forget-me-not blue – first appeared in the Tiffany & Co. catalog in 1978.

Turquoise gemstones were popular among Victorian brides during the 19th Century, so the color was derived from this wedding trend. Tiffany Blue remains as fashionable today. Modern brides can incorporate this glamorous color into their wedding theme, with either subtle hints of Tiffany Blue or full-blown obsession with the trademark Tiffany color.

Inspired by the Tiffany Blue Box®, Advantage Bridal carries wedding accessories and bridal accessories in the hue that’s been on the scene for more than a century. The Tiffany-inspired plush ring pillow, which resembles that little blue box, is wrapped in matte aqua satin and tied with double-faced satin ribbon. The flower girl basket matches the ring pillow, so the littlest ones in the wedding party can shine carrying these Tiffany-inspired wedding accessories. Tiffany Blue favor boxes look adorable on the reception tables.

What about a Tiffany Blue bridal shower or Tiffany Blue wedding party gifts? Advantage Bridal carries unique gifts, such as adorable custom rhinestone tanks, wedding albums and new spa wraps in our version of Tiffany Blue.

For girls’ only gatherings or bachelorette parties, have friends wear their little black dress for a Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme party complete with Tiffany Blue party accessories. Chocolate brown and diamond white look beautiful with shades inspired by the Tiffany Blue Box®. It’s amazing how one little blue box, tied with a white satin ribbon, is a source of inspiration for brides, wedding planners and designers. Classy . . . elegant . . . glamorous.

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Friday, August 17th, 2012

The adage, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” is thought to bring good luck to a bride and happiness to her marriage. You can incorporate these wedding elements in many creative ways.

Wedding Shoes

Arbie Goodfellow Couture Wedding Shoes $1,080

Your wedding dress can serve as any of the four special elements. While many brides wear a new bridal gown, you could opt for a vintage one if it fits with the style of your wedding or borrow a wedding dress from your mother, friend or relative. Wedding dresses are not required to be white or ivory, so a blue bridal gown is an option that will be fresh and imaginative. Even blue bridal accessories, such as jewelry, a garter or wedding shoes, will fit “something blue.”

Wedding Tradition

Wedding Shoes "I Do" Applique $4.95

For “something old,” vintage jewelry is great way to incorporate this requirement. Online auctions are often a good place to find antique earrings, estate necklaces, bracelets, vintage brooches and antique hair accessories. A local antique store is also a great source for vintage jewelry. Just make sure that whatever you choose complements your wedding theme and style of your bridal gown.

“Something new” is pretty easy to achieve. If you are not wearing a new dress, you almost certainly have a new piece of jewelry or pair of shoes. If these are all old or borrowed, you can wear new bridal panties or pantyhose to serve as something new.

Blue Silk Garter

Blue Silk Bridal Garter Set $44.95

“Something borrowed” can be just about anything. Ask your mother, grandmother or sister for a classic piece of jewelry – a pearl necklace, a pair of pearl drop earrings, or even a diamond watch. If your mother or grandmother still has her garter, she would likely consider it an honor to lend it to you for your wedding day.

“Something blue” involves a little imagination. Garters often come in blue, but if you really don’t want a blue garter, there are many other ways to add something blue to your ensemble. “Something blue” wedding tattoos are temporary and easily wash off. Blue wedding shoes are a nice option if they look good with your dress and color scheme. If blue simply doesn’t match your clothing or wedding theme at all, you could always wear blue underwear or a piece of jewelry with a small blue stone.

Silk Underwear

100% Silk Boy Shorts $25.95

Lastly, the “something old” element also calls for “a lucky sixpence in her shoe.” A sixpence is an old British coin that is no longer minted, so it can be hard to find. However, brides can substitute a dime or old penny and even find keepsake sixpence coins at collector shops. You can wear the sixpence taped to the inside upper of your shoes, where you will not feel it. Don’t fall prey to the thought that you need to be stepping on it all day or night!

Design Wedding Inspiration Boards @ Style Me Pretty

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Style Me Pretty

Wedding inspiration boards let brides express their creativity and find out what colors, themes and styles speak to them. Brides can visualize their dream wedding with images that paint a story.

Style Me Pretty redesigned its Inspiration Board Builder with new tools for easy interaction. With Style Me Pretty’s Inspiration Board Builder tool, brides can use images from the website, other online resources or their own collection of wedding images to share with family and friends. Brides can email their wedding inspiration board, share with friends on Facebook and send links via Twitter.

“This use of an inspiration board has quickly become a critical component to planning for modern brides,” states Abby Larson, editor and founder of Style Me Pretty. “The wedding industry moves quickly now and this tool helps save time and money by offering brides a simple way to design and plan their big day.”

Shop Advantage Bridal for bridal accessories and wedding accessories when planning your dream wedding. From DIY wedding invitations and DIY favors to couture wedding shoes and bridal jewelry, Advantage Bridal offers plenty of inspiration for brides and grooms before their big day.

Pre-Wedding Fitness & Nutrition

Monday, March 12th, 2012

For many brides and grooms, too, wedding planning is a reminder to get in shape. Kick starting a pre-wedding fitness routine means you’ll look better walking down the aisle, feel better and reduce stress.

Establish a goal, and give yourself time to achieve it. It’s never too late to squeeze in exercise before the big day. Proper nutrition is also good for glowing skin and shiny tresses. Give yourself 5-10 weeks to set a pre-wedding fitness/nutrition plan.

Crash dieting is never a good idea, experts warn. Instead, focus on reducing body fat and increasing muscle.  You don’t want to be a flabby or “skinny fat” bride.  Tone up your arms since they’ll likely be prominent in wedding photographs.

Most people can safely lose up to 6 pounds per month but if you have more than 25 pounds to lose, experts suggest starting at least six months before the wedding.

Excercise helps reduce stress during wedding planning, but stress can make losing weight more difficult and even cause weight gain. Stay away from high amounts of sugar, caffeine and comfort foods that will slow progress. Reduce carbs, but don’t go below 1,200 calories a day or you’ll have trouble losing weight.

Focus on both cardio and weight training 3-4 times a week, while adding more fruits, veggies, protein and fiber to your diet.

A healthy diet and fitness plan is a lifestyle change and will benefit you after the wedding. Cravings are easier to handle when you don’t restrict yourself to strict diets or rules. Moderation is key, as long as you can burn it off and don’t overdo it.

While it’s important to watch what you eat, you should also make sure you are eating enough so you have ample energy and don’t lose muscle mass. Don’t forget your daily vitamins and supplements to ensure you are getting nutrients that you may not be getting from food alone.

Congrats to all the brides who have begun their pre-wedding fitness and nutrion plan! We know your hard work will payoff. Visit Advantage Bridal for post workout accessories, such as bridal flip flops, bride hoodies and sweats, and spa wraps and robes. Treat yourself to something special like a day at the spa to unwind!

Young, Engaged & On a Budget

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Lily, 22, just graduated college and celebrated her accomplishment with more than a graduation ceremony. Her boyfriend, who she met during her freshman year, proposed on graduation day. They’re young, in love and on a tight budget. But like other brides we know, they’re determined to plan the wedding of their dreams in just 12 months. If they work efficiently, that gives them enough time to shop for wedding venues, vendors, bridal accessories, food and cake, as well as learn the dos and don’t of planning this momentous affair. Think Wedding Planning 101. To top it off, Lily’s mom has ideas for the wedding that aren’t exactly in line with hers. Rest assured, there are steps brides like her can take to smooth out the details.

Brainstorm first. Write it all down, including a tentative guest list, possible venues, day or evening wedding, music preferences, wedding theme, bridal gown style, etc.

Set a budget, and stick to it. Become a DIY bride, even if you don’t have a creative bone in you. There are plenty of kits that make it easy to do DIY wedding invitations and DIY favors. A little hard work up front can save in the long run.

Look at the big picture. Prioritize your plan by starting with the big-picture, like the venue and type of wedding. Fill in the details later to see what’s left in the budget.

Stay organized. Search for vendors, setup a website and utilize wedding planning tools on websites such as The Knot.

Make decisions quickly. Being wishy-washy adds stress and can have a domino effect on other plans.

A little etiquette goes a long way. Buy a book on wedding etiquette to easily navigate the process and omit any faux pas. Tips help with everything from the guest list to thank you cards.

Accept good enough. We all want the couture wedding shoes, 2-carat diamond ring and designer bridal gown. But you can achieve the look of luxury without going broke. Pick items that mimic your favorite style and designers. Sites such as The Budget Savvy Bride or The Broke-A** Bride provide useful tips.

Remember wants vs. needs. Do you need it for the wedding or simply want it; paring down this list will cut costs.

Think beyond traditional. Your preconceived ideas may blow the budget, so think outside the wedding box. Marry at a public venue or the courthouse and spend on the reception. Have an intimate ceremony with a larger reception. Combine your ceremony and honeymoon. Serve h’orderves and cake instead of a meal. Skip the alcohol. Rent or borrow a dress. . .

Have a heart-to-heart with mom. Sit down with your mother over coffee and be specific about her involvement in the wedding planning process. Let her know how you feel, that you appreciate her and that your wedding will be different than hers. She loves you and wants the best for you, but you’re all grown up now and this is your wedding after all.

2011 Top Honeymoon Destinations

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Hawaii lands the #1 spot for honeymoon destinations, with Belize as the #1 up and coming destination. BRIDES Magazine and Signature Travel Network announce BRIDES Best Honeymoons of 2011. More details will appear in the March issue of BRIDES.


The 2011 top honeymoon destinations survey was conducted through the Signature Travel Network, a group of more than 6,000 top travel agents in North America. The full findings will be revealed in the March issue of BRIDES, on newsstands next week, and includes the top 20 honeymoon destinations, top 5 hotels and resorts in numerous categories and inside scoop on best bars, best pools, best beaches and more.

Shop Advantage Bridal for honeymoon gifts, newlywed gifts and honeymoon essentials, such as beach towels, bathing suits, tote bags, flip flops, hoodie and pants, and tons of personalized gifts.

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Chic Bridal Hats for Modern Brides

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Fashion staples from decades ago often return to the scene with a modern twist. Take the bridal hat. It wasn’t long ago that women wouldn’t leave the house without wearing the adored and respectable hat, choosing an appropriate hat for the occasion. Kate Middleton, royalty and other socialites have embraced the hat as a modern fashion accessory.

Erica Koesler Bridal Hat $328.95

Brides can borrow some of the guidelines that apply to veils when it comes to selecting the perfect bridal hat. The simpler and more minimalist the gown, the more ornate hat you can wear — but an elaborate wedding gown calls for a simpler hat. Try on many hats for the right symmetry, but wait to pick the bridal hat until you are in front of the mirror with your wedding dress alterations complete. Today’s wedding hats are often adorned with feathers, flowers, beads, rhinestones, crystals, ribbons and birdcage veils, so your options are endless.

"Sex and the City" Wedding Hat $119.95

The key is to consider different style bridal hats for proportion and to achieve the perfect look on your wedding day. Chic bridal accessories such as gloves, pearls or vintage inspired jewelry double the impact. With bridal hats, it’s all about preference. But don’t be afraid to be the sophisticated bride on your wedding day.

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After the Vows: Changing Your Name

Saturday, October 29th, 2011
Marriage Certificate

Marriage Certificate

After the stress of wedding planning and honeymoon planning, there’s another time-consuming process that can add more stress to already hectic beginnings as husband and wife. When it comes time for the bride to change her name, there’s a myriad of paperwork and government forms that need to be completed to assume her husband’s last name. But an online service at makes the process a little easier.  For $29.95, brides simply fill out automated questionnaire forms on a secure website and then print them with detailed instructions on how and where to file, as well as the required fees. Simplify your life, so you can enjoy being a wife. According to the website: “ was designed to simplify the entire married name change process into three easy steps: Questions, Forms, File. We have spoken with every U.S. government and state level office to ensure that our customers receive the correct form with the most accurate filing instructions available. The meticulous research that powers our name change service results in a quick and painless transition from Miss to Mrs.” Check out the beautiful, decorative marriage certificates at Advantage Bridal.  A decorative marriage certificate looks great in a scrapbook and is a cherished wedding memento.

Upcoming Southern California Bridal Shows & Expos

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
SoCal Bridal Shows & Bridal Expos

SoCal Bridal Shows & Bridal Expos

Brides can gather inspiration and pertinent information by attending local and regional bridal shows, which puts them in touch with potential vendors. In one place, brides can shop and compare products, services and prices with numerous vendors that specialize in every aspect of wedding planning.  But don’t go unprepared: Get organized. Have a game plan. Follow up with vendors. Act on research quickly.

Below is information on upcoming Southern California bridal shows for the remainder of the year.  Several online sources post bridal shows and bridal expos for 2011 in California and states throughout the country, such as OneWed, Great Bridal Expo and Here Comes the Guide.

October 17:  Premier Bridal Expo at the Radisson Newport Beach.  Everything you need to plan your perfect day – see, shop and sample.  11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $5 presale, $10 at the door;

October 17:  Carmel Mountain Ranch Bridal Faire at the Carmen Mountain Ranch Country Club in San Diego.  The event features more than 50 of the areas best wedding services and locations.  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $10 at the door, free with online registration;

October 24:  The Temecula Wedding Event & Holiday Party Show at the Pechanga Resort.  The event features hundreds of vendors from Temecula Wine County.  11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $10 at the door, free with online registration;

October 31:  Expo Bridal Events Fair at Universal City Hilton.  Expo Bridal Events brings brides and vendors together.  11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; $7 plus free guest with online registration;

October 31:  Wedding Party Bridal Show at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in San Diego.  The show’s theme is “Love Wonderland: a postcard to San Diego.”  Noon to 5 p.m.; $20, with half price coupon online;

November 7:  Bridal Showplace at the Hilton Hotel in Pasadena. Meet some of So Cal’s most prestigious wedding professionals.  11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $5 at the door;

November 7:  Premier Bridal Show at the Los Angeles Marriott.  11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $5 presale, $10 at the door;

November 21:  The Premier Bridal Event at The Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. Vendors include celebrity florists, premier event designers and other specialty wedding vendors.  Noon to 5 p.m.; $15 presale, $20 at the door;

December 2:  “It’s a Bride Thing” Bridal Soiree at the Museum of Ventura County.  A source of ideas and inspiration for engaged couples.  6 p.m.; $6 presale, $10 at the door;