Posts Tagged ‘brides’

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 WORLD’S TOP HONEYMOON DESTINATIONS HAVE BEEN NAMED:
1. HAWAII
2. FRENCH POLYNESIA
3. FIJI
4. ITALY
5. BALI
6. BERMUDA
7. COSTA RICA
8. GREECE
9. THE BAHAMAS
10. FRANCE

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 MissNowMrs.com 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: “MissNowMrs.com 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; www.premierbridalexpos.com.

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; www.allwedsites.com

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; www.temeculaweddingevent.com

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; www.expobridal.com

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; www.sandiegoweddingparty.com

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; www.bridalshowplace.net

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

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; www.harsanik.com/bridal-show

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; www.soulmatesbridalconnection.com

Celebrity Engagements: Model Molly Sims & Twilight’s Nikki Reed

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Celebrity Engagements Molly Sims and Scott Stuber

Molly Sims & Scott Stuber To Marry

It’s official: Two more celebrity weddings to look forward to. Model Molly Sims is engaged to producer Scott Stuber and actress Nikki Reed is engaged to American Idol’s Paul McDonald.

According to People, Molly Sims, 38, and Scott Stuber, 42, dated for a year-and-a-half before he popped the question the weekend of May 20.

@MollyBSims sent this message via Twitter: “I’m beyond thrilled to be engaged to Scott! I’m so happy and over the moon!”

Best known for her photo spreads in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, the bikini model transitioned to an actress and entrepreneur. She launched the jewelry collection  Grayce by Molly Sims in March 2010.

Scott Stuber has produced top movies, including Love & Other Drugs, Role Models, The Break-up, and You, Me and Dupree.

Celebrity Weddings Twilight Actress Nikki ReedPaul McDonald & Nikki Reed Celebrate Whirlwind Relationship

 

Twilight fans might be surprised to hear that actress Nikki Reed confirmed her engagement to American Idol contestant Paul McDonald after dating for less than 6 months. Reed plays Rosalie Hale in the Twighlight series. The bride-to-be showed off her engagement ring as she posed with her fiance at this year’s MTV Movie Awards.

Can’t wait to see what type of wedding they plan . . . An inimate affair or big bash? Traditional or Hollywood glam? Beach wedding or indoor venue? Celebrity weddings provide plenty of inspiration for all those planning their own special day!

The Bridal Tiara Takes Center Stage

Friday, May 6th, 2011

1936 Cartier Halo Tiara

Thank you, Duchess of Cambridge, for showing how a tiara can transform a bride into a modern royal. Royal bride Catherine Middleton wore a sparkling “halo” tiara as she revealed her bridal ensemble to the world on April 29. Who could keep their eyes off the gorgeous, ornate 1936 Cartier tiara? We couldn’t!

The Queen graciously allowed Prince William’s bride to wear the diamond encrusted tiara, which was purchased by The Duke of York (later King George VI) for his Duchess (later Queen Elizabeth).  The tiara was presented to Princess Elizabeth (now The Queen) on her 18th birthday.

Regardless of budget, any bride-to-be can caputure the look of regal elegance on her wedding day, whether it be a rhinestone tiara or pearl tiara. Pair it with a veil for instant glamour. Advantage Bridal carries tiaras for all occasions, such as a wedding, sweet 16 party, Quinceañera or beauty pageant. Our selection of wedding tiaras include stately pieces, as well as understated styles, for brides and flower girls. From head to toe, walk down the aisle looking like a princess bride.