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September 2010

Symbol of Love

09/28/10

Symbol of Love

According to The Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette, the custom of giving a diamond engagement ring started in the 15th century when the Archduke Maximilian of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy. He was told to give her a ring set with a diamond and thereafter diamonds became associated with engagement rings. However, over time the use of sapphires, emeralds and semiprecious stones like aquamarines have become popular settings in engagement rings. The general guideline for how much to spend on an engagement ring is two months’ salary. For appraisals, contact The American Gem Society (AmericanGemSociety.org) to locate certified jewelers and gemologists in your area.

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Anthropologie to Launch Bridal Line

09/24/10

Anthropologie to Launch Bridal Line

I was thrilled to hear that my favorite store, Anthropologie, would be launching a bridal line. The still-to-be-named bridal collection will debut in Spring 2011 featuring heirloom wedding gowns (ranging from $750 - $5,000), bridesmaids dresses (starting at $200), accessories, gifts, invites and much more. The designs will reflect the unique Anthropologie brand, appealing to brides who are looking for something a little different. The collection will first be available online for preview and brides can schedule fittings at local stores (Anthropologie is in The Mall at Millenia). Check back for more updates!

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Wedding Accessories

09/21/10

Wedding Accessories

Brides are still setting the trend by selecting romantic, flowing dresses with soft fabrics, ruffles, sashes and delicate embellishments. Therefore, veils and accessories should be simplified to appropriately complement these style of dreses. Shorter veils (especially birdcage veils, pictured), boleros, shawls and crystal brooches (for dresses and hair) are top picks. Necklaces and earrings shouldn’t overwhelm or take away focus from the dress. And with cooler weather this fall/winter choose wraps of faux-fur, velvet, heavy satin, or a classic pashmina for the perfect accessory (with a dual purpose to keep you warm).

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Guest List Dilemma

09/17/10

Guest List Dilemma

How do you decide who gets the honor of making your guest list and who gets cut? Every other aspect of wedding planning seems like a piece of cake compared with making up the guest list. Budgets, venue size and location, just to name a few, are determining factors for how many you can invite, and when you get to the magic number the realization often sets in that some very difficult choices have to be made, possibly at the risk of hurting feelings. So how DO you decide? Tell us your story. You just might have the solution a desperate bride is searching for.

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Something Old, Something New

09/14/10

Something Old, Something New

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” dates back to the Victorian Era and actually includes another line: “And a silver sixpence in her shoe.” Each line in the poem represents a good-luck token for the bride and has a specific origin. Something Old is meant to link back to the bride’s family, Something New is for good luck in the bride’s future, Something Borrowed is to show support of friends and family, Something Blue is a symbol of faithfulness, purity and loyalty and a Silver Sixpence in the bride's shoe represents wealth and financial security. I love the stories and ideas behind each bride’s choices – so whether you were married 10 years ago, 3 months ago or your nuptials are pending let us know if this...

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Wedding Linens

09/10/10

Wedding Linens

There are hundreds of selections to choose from when looking for wedding linens. But if you have a specific theme or idea in mind you may not always be able to find appropriate pre-made linens to rent. An easy and affordable solution is to visit a local fabric store (Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts, Calico Corners or Michaels) and find a print that matches your wedding palette. This fabric can be turned into full tablecloths, overlays on white or black linens (already provided by most venues), or table runners and napkins for a decorative accent on matching solid colored linens (either rented or provided by the venue). A good seamstress can make these, or to save money, DIY by using hem tape and an iron!

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Gifts for Attendants

09/08/10

Gifts for Attendants

My collection of engraved picture frames, costume jewelry and beer glasses has tapered off now that my friends are married. While seemingly appropriate gifts for bridesmaids, they become redundant after a group of friends makes the rounds in each other’s weddings. Rule #1: Keep it fair: Get the same gift for everyone. Rule #2: Once you’ve decided on a price range, pick something they can truly use after the wedding (a challenge, yes - but impossible, no). Here are some suggestions: silk pashminas ($10, Bijoux Turner), monogrammed canvas totes from LL Bean ($17.95 and up), gift certificates for manicures ($15-$30), ipod shuffles ($59), sterling silver bead earrings (Tiffany, $100).

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The Limited’s Collection

09/03/10

The Limited’s Collection

In June The Limited launched a bridal line that included two wedding gowns retailing for less than $300 each and four bridesmaids dresses priced at under $90 each. While the line received mixed reviews from fashion experts, I think it’s a nice alternative for brides that might be on a budget and still interested in style. The designs are simple and whimsical, though reviewers were critical of the quality of the apparel. All gowns and dresses are available online at thelimited.com. The Limited hopes to add to the collection, so keep checking its website for updates.

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