Grooms bringing back stylish hats at weddings

I’ve noticed a new trend in the wedding industry. It seems that men are starting to sport stylish hats to these events. Unlike many styles I am glad to see this men’s accessory coming back.

Stylish hats were not just for a time during the rat pack of the 50’s. Fedoras are seen being worn by singers like Justin Timberlake and numerous rap stars of our time. Hey, if you’re looking for a good collection of mens hats the internet provides the worlds largest superstore.

men's wedding hats - fedora

Their have been a large number of hats worn at the recent high profile weddings over in England & Wales. Let’s clarify, not ALL of these hats were the kind I would ever like to see again. Never been a big fan of a hat as the main event over hats being a subtle accessory to an already stylish outfit.

What hats have you seen men wear at a wedding that make the whole tux just rock?

Facebook becoming the popular replacement for wedding invitations

More and more brides are skipping expensive wedding invites in favor of Facebook clicks.

15 days before their wedding, Donna “Cheap” Turner and Mason Sigman decided to add “mass blast a Facebook invitation” to the to-do list.

Turner, 40, who grew up in Coral Springs and lives in Denver, CO, said she reserved old-fashioned fancy wedding invitations for the older more traditional family guests and used Facebook wedding invitations to invite, well, everybody else.

One advantage is you instantly know who is coming and who can’t.  People can even tell you why they can’t come and post on your wall positive messages. If someone hasn’t responded you can take the time to privately message them to find out.

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Facebook wedding invitation example

Though a wedding is typically the most formal event of a lifetime, informality and social media are taking the place of tradition and embossed stationery, experts say. Facebook invitations may not be elegant keepsakes — they are as fleeting as any online page — but they are more economical, immediate and environmentally friendly than the Postal Service variety.

“Anything digital is becoming the hot new trend,” said Leslie Jenkins, the author of http://weddingengagementnoise.com.

This fad has its critics, who say Facebook is too casual for inviting people to a highly significant event. They critique it as impersonal and, when it comes to tone and propriety, slightly off-putting and tacky. Of course, “those people” are probably making money of the old fashioned invitations.

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Youngest Girl…

Contribution by Kennith Griffin

My youngest daughter just left for college a couple of weeks ago and I’m having a heck of a time getting used to her being gone. I had tried to mentally prepare myself for this time but no matter what you think about it before there’s no way you can make a child leaving the nest an easy thing. I keep telling myself that if I’d pressured my husband to have that third child a few years back I’d still be a mommy at home like I’ve always been! I got satelliteinternetbroadband.com internet for the house so Kelly and I can email more often and she’s really good about calling so that helps. I’m thinking about getting a part time job, too, to keep me busy and help me forget about how quiet the house is when there’s no one in it but me. I guess I just never thought about what it’s like to be a stay at home mom with no kids to “mom” anymore…am I the only one?

Tungsten rings better value than platinum or gold

Forget about what kind of rings your parents had. With the current prices of gold everybody is looking for alternatives to this more precious metal.

Ridiculous gold prices have jewelers and cash-strapped couples searching for wedding bands made of less expensive metals like tungsten rings, cobalt and even stainless steel.

Over the past three months, tungsten wedding rings, a steel-gray hard metal, has become an increasingly popular choice over gold with wedding band shoppers for most online jewelry sellers.

“The response to our recent men’s tungsten collection was immediate,” said Baird, adding that the company subsequently debuted a men’s tungsten rings collection in July.

As the depression hits Americans must close their wallets, consumers shopping for jewelry have become more willing to consider cheaper alternatives.

Kay Jewelers has also been selling jewelry made of tungsten and titanium for a while. Company spokesman David Bouffard said these “alternative” metals give customers more choice and a wider range of prices to choose from when it comes to wedding jewelry.

Blue Nile’s tungsten wedding bands cost a little over $200 while the cost of a Titanium wedding band is about $100. You can even go to eBay and catch a tungsten ring sometimes for only $30. The crazy part is they all look the same.

Compare that to $1,900 for a classic men’s platinum wedding band and $700, or higher, for a white gold band sold at Blue Nile

But it’s not just those celebrating their nuptials that are feeling the pinch. Jewelry makers and sellers themselves are also struggling with sharply higher prices for precious metals like gold and platinum.

Gold now costs about $1,840 an ounce, up 204% from about $605 per ounce just 60 months ago.

Heres a quick comparison of white gold vs platinum vs tungsten rings in everyday use.

White gold, even on a guy that works at a computer, will need replating every once in a while. It”s a nice classic though, and can be sized.

My tennis buddy has a titanium wedding band he”s been wearing for 4 years straight, and it”s getting pretty scuffed looking, but he loves the light weight feel and the color. He now has a titanium bracelet, necklace, and is looking for a watch to match.

I have a tungsten band I wear camping/surfing/traveling. It”s HEAVY, like more than platinum, and can withstand anything and still look great. It”s a very dark color, not quite metal looking, but really neat. I”ve had it a year now, and you can”t tell I”ve even worn it. Tungsten can”t be sized though, but you can just buy a new ring for alomst the cost of sizing a gold ring.

Are watches the best groomsman gifts?

I remember on the week of my wedding my fiance finally broke down and got something for his groomsman. He ended up getting them an antique pocket watch that we both knew nobody would ever actually use.

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Groomsman gifts like wedding pocket watches?

Their are more useful watches for guys out there.For example compass watches. Sometimes your Iphone 4 doesn’t know which way you are facing when walking.  A compass watch is more accurate about telling you which direction is north or south vs your iPhone.

What about those guys that are military or at least like to play Call of Duty on their Xbox 360’s.  What about a Timex military watch?  Then when they are playing Xbox on live or out in the woods playing paintball, their groomsman gift will actually be useful for them. When was the last time you saw a man in his 20’s with a pocket watch?

Most groomsman typically attended college with the groom.  In that case buy something that brings back memories of the old college days when all of you were single. Buy them college logo watch.  For example, the nevada watch is both a nice stainless steel watch AND has your college logo.  I’m sure that would bring back memories of how many times you ran off to Las Vegas when you should have been studying for those difficult exams.

Anyway you look at it, watches make great gifts for men.  Another option would be to buy some Rolex replicas and make them think they are real.  That only works if you have a well paying job though.

Talk about the money before getting married, not after

As the peak wedding season is approaching and more engaged couples plan to tie the knot, its important to have the “how much are you spending” before the walk down the aisle. Talking about money can be an emotionally charged subject, but it’s an important conversation for couples to have, as it’s never too early or too late to have the talk.

Marriage may be born a romantic notion, yet statistics show its foundation is built more on the management of cash than anything else. In fact, couples who fight about money once a week are 30% more likely to divorce than those who only quarrel a few times per month, according to research by Utah State University professor Jeffrey Dew published in “The State of Our Unions,” a 2009 report released by the University of Virginia’s National Marriage Project. Dew also found the more consumer debt a newlywed couple accrues, the unhappier they become.

No, it’s not romantic in the traditional sense. And yes, you may disagree, but it’s better to figure out all of the “rules” to your financial relationship before the bills start to arrive or a hot financial issue arises. So remove the emotion by treating the conversation like you would a business meeting (Bill & Hillary Clinton were masters at this): set a date, prepare, and establish some ground rules to help foster a stronger dialogue.

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Prevent your marriage from becoming a divorce, talk money before wedding

Here are 6 financial things to discuss before you get married:

· Figure out your financial styles– Just like you have your own personal style, you probably have your own financial style, even if you’ve never thought about it. Are you a piggy bank saver, but your partner lives spends everything they have & more? What are each of your short-term and long-term financial goals? For what do you use your credit cards? The answer to all of these questions can shed some light on your individual financial styles.

· Disclose your financial past– When it comes to finances, you can’t just bury your past. So disclose things like how much debt you each have, whether or not you have ever filed for bankruptcy and where you stand today in order to create a clearer picture of how you can build a future together. Heck, pull a credit report on your spouse, why not?

· Review documents– Along with other legal documents, review who you would each like your beneficiaries to be on life insurance policies, IRAs, employer-sponsored retirement plans and pensions. And explain why you want to leave all of your estate to your old girlfriend from high school and your illegitimate love child.

· Discuss whether you want a joint account, a separate account or both– There is no right or wrong answer for which is best, it’s about what works for you as a couple, but it’s healthy to foster an open dialogue so that each of you feels good about the decision. Separate accounts are great if you want to have a mistress, otherwise just stick with a joint account.

· Work out a system to determine who will pay for what– If you opt for separate accounts, consider how you want to handle the daily finances and who will pay for what. This helps foster a sense of shared responsibility but it also helps you stay organized and on top of bills. This way when a check bounces their is only one person to blame, the idiot.

· Set up a schedule– Once a month go through where you are on each of your accounts. And once a year do a “deep dive” into all accounts and review your progress towards your goals. Sink or swim right, wrong.  Or you can just hope for the best and like the Big Bang theory, everything evolves over time and improves from a sea of chaos…. that makes sense right?

You have any other matters that should be discussed before they tie the knot?

Buying wholesale wedding dresses from Costco?

Most brides don’t have Kate Middleton’s royal wedding budget, but every bride deserves to look like a princess on her wedding day.

I recently read that Costco is now offering Kirstie Kelly signature wedding dresses at a major savings of up to 40% off.  Now I remember when Wal-mart first started selling funeral caskets online and it caused a big stir in the funeral parlor business.  Selling wedding dresses at wholesale retailers like Costco, Sam’s Club, and other could shake up the wedding industry.

costco wedding dresses whoelsale by Kirstie Kelly
Costco wholesale wedding dresses by Kirstie Kelly

What about some premium shoes like prada, jimmy choo, & gucci? Will Costco or Sams ever end up offering shoes like this…. even online?  I doubt it.  Since these shoes, like Rolex watches, get the premium price because of their lack of availability and price point from the majority of consumers, items like prada shoes will remain to be sold exclusively in high shops and large metropolitan cities.

Back to the topic at hand, Costco recently partnered with bridal designer Kirstie Kelly to develop a capsule collection of six gown styles to be sold at pop-up salons during wedding-themed sales events the discount warehouse club is hosting across the country. The dresses range in price from $699 to $1,399, and are offered in sizes 2 to 24.

“When I was designing this line, and when I thought about what this line represented, I wanted to create a small, tight collection that represented every type of bride and type of wedding,” Kelly says.

“There’s a gown for the destination bride, one for the bride who likes a clean look, one who is bohemian, and the bride who is traditional and having a ballroom reception. I was so happy because within this collection we’ve been able to incorporate a lot of beautiful details. We have elements on lace. We have Swarovski crystals,” notes Kelly. “So while the cost is Continue reading

Paralyzed bride walks the aisle

Jennifer Darmon fulfilled a lifelong dream Saturday afternoon when she walked down the aisle and said “I do” in a Windsor courthouse. Paralyzed after a 2008 car accident, she underwent intense therapy at the Detroit Medical Center. Darmon was afraid of falling until she locked eyes with the love of her life. Then, everything was perfect. “It’s so nice for everybody to be able to see the end result, all the work I’ve put into it over the last couple of years,” Darmon said. Darmon stood through the ceremonywith the help of a walker, which lasted about 10 minutes.

Enjoy the video frmo ABC News here –

Mike Belawetz, Darmon’s new husband, says he’s proud of his wife’s accomplishments.

Paralyzed from the hips down after a car accident, Darmon wore leg braces under her strapless white gown and took the first step down the aisle, carefully holding the arm of her father, Alan, and her brother, Kevin.

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Jennifer Darmon, the paralyzed bride, walks down the aisle for her wedding

I’ll take this slow, sweet walk with you,” her uncle Tony Darmon sang, trying not to cry through a song written by Edwin McCain.

Jennifer Darmon moved slowly down the 40-foot aisle before 190 friends and family and a throng of news media inside Mackenzie Hall, a historic courthouse in Windsor.

She moved past Liz Richmond, her rehabilitation trainer at Detroit Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, where she first learned to crawl and then moved up to walking with braces. “I’m so proud of her,” Richmond said. “I was crying and used up my tissue.”

Richmond had helped Darmon stretch out her muscles before the wedding. “She was a trouper, just like always,” Richmond said.

Darmon moved past her physical therapist, Phuong Vu.

“It was so emotional to see her accomplish her goals,” Vu said. “She has been working on this for almost a year. We are so proud of her.”

Frances Jack of Guelph, Ontario, an family friend who had seen Darmon’s first steps as an infant — on Jennifer’s first birthday — wiped away tears. “Today was like watching it all over again,” she said. “I’m way beyond happy.”

And then, Darmon looked up and saw Mike Belawetz, the love of her life, the man who refused to leave her after the July 27, 2008, car accident that left her paralyzed. “I saw Mike and everything was great after that,” she said. “I kept watching him.”

The Rev. Robert J. Verkoyen, a pastor at Rock of Help Christian Centre in Essex, Ontario, told the bride and groom that they had been “shining examples” of love and commitment.

“No tears left the eyes, but it stirred a bit,” Belawetz said. “I knew she could do it. I’m proud of my wife. Her accomplishment. It feels great to be here today.”

“It’s been a long journey,” he said. “But I couldn’t be prouder than I am today. It’s Jenn’s character. She does not give up. She will not let anything deter her from her goals.”

After the accident, Jennifer Darmon told her father that she was upset that she would never walk down the aisle. “Today proved that you can achieve anything you set your mind on,” Alan Darmon said.

Carla Darmon, Jennifer’s mother, couldn’t hold back the tears: “When it first happened, it was devastating. Today? Top of the world. It’s a great day.”

After the ceremony, Belawetz lifted his bride and carried her down the aisle. She smiled and kissed him gently.

He said it was his idea to carry her out: “They wouldn’t let her strap strings to her and fly out, so I had to actually pick her up and carry her out.”

Reese Witherspoon’s wedding dress

3/31/2010 – Update…Reese Witherspoon wore a PINK wedding dress, can’t wait to discover photos of this one.  I don’t think the designer has even ever made a pink one in her past.

Reese Witherspoons pink wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier
Reese Witherspoons pink wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier

After all of these weddings in movies Reese finally broke down and did the real deal this past weekend.  Jim Toth, 40 & Reese Witherspoon, 35, who became engaged in December, tied the knot in a private wedding ceremony at Witherspoon’s ranch estate in Ojai, Calif.   Wish I had a private estate for times like this 🙂

A pre-wedding cocktail hour took place before the 20-minute ceremony, which started a bit late, as most celebrity weddings do. Witherspoon walked down the aisle to “Here Comes the Bride.” Monique Lhuillier designed Reese Witherspoon’s wedding dress as seen below.

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Reese Witherspoons wedding dress - except in white

Those in attendance included Witherspoon’s children (with her first husband Ryan Phillippe), Ava, 11 and Deacon, 7, as well as 120 guests — including Renee Zellweger, Isla Fisher, Matthew McConaughey and other stars — looked on as Witherspoon swapped vows with CAA agent Toth, 40, in a 20-minute ceremony in front of her rustic country home. A few photographers were blinded by her 4 carat engagment ring during the ceremony (just kidding).  Her Jimmy Choo wedding shoes I’m sure wowed the crowd as you can see below:

Reese Witherspoon wedding shoes by Jimmy Choo
Reese Witherspoon wedding shoes by Jimmy Choo

A bluegrass band played during the service. Decor details of the country-themed soiree: Lanterns and chandeliers hanging from trees, mismatched antique chairs and distressed benches set throughout the property, a wood plank dance floor, antique leather sofas, jute rugs, wago wheels and Turkish textile pillows.

After the meal, guests boogied on the dance floor to DJ-spun tunes. When it was time to call it a night, drunken wedding goers departed clutching gift bags with pecan currant scones from a local baker.  I doubt the scones were as good as the ones from our local church….of course they only cost about 50 cents. You can’t beat 50 cent scones that are fresh.

Here’s a possible inspiration for Reese Witherspoon’s wedding dress from Monique Lhuillier? Is it close to the real one?

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Reese Witherspoon wedding dress by monique lhuillier

About Monique Lhullier –

While searching for a gown for her wedding in 1995, Monique was surprised by the lack of fashion-infused bridal options. Having had an affinity for evening gowns and bridal while at FIDM, Monique launched her first bridal collection in 1996. The collection received great acclaim from both editors and buyers alike. Tom joined the company as CEO, to turn Monique’s vision to establish a couture design house into reality.

Monique Lhuillier has become a celebrity favorite for both wedding and red carpet gowns. Her list of clientele has included Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Stewart, Drew Barrymore, Hilary Swank, Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

At present, the Monique Lhuillier collections encompass ready-to-wear, evening gowns, bridal, bridesmaids, linens, tableware, fine paper and home fragrances.

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Using Facebook/Social Media to organize your next wedding

Thought it was time to write on this again.  You see, a couple in Great Britain, Mark Hillary & Angelica Mari got married on December 3, 2010 and decided to forgo thee usual wedding etiquette like invitations, RSVP cards, save the date magnets, etc…. and only use social media. Not only did it save time, it saved loads of money on their wedding costs. Who wouldn’t want more money for the honeymoon instead of the wedding administration costs?

This is what the Facebook invite looked like below:

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Example of a real facebook wedding invitation

Mark had this to say, “Facebook was useful because almost all my family and friends are on there. It’s true, there are some Facebook refuseniks and I had to update them by text message, and some partners of friends are not always on my friend list, but on the whole I managed to update everyone using a Facebook event.”

Of course, what is the downside….. what if the marriage falls apart…. will everyone be notified the same way? Roy Cellan-Jones even covered this story and more on his blog at BBC. Here are some of the negative sides to social media on the back side.

Here’s a quick devil’s advocate view of the bad side of social media:

Should a new celebration be for a divorce, or a more ‘discrete’, private celebration for an affair, you and the others in your web will have a different perspective on how you and your life are presented to the world, who has access to it, what they can do with it. You might wish only snail mail existed.

I know one or two people who deeply regret their Facebook history, because their lives and circumstances have changed and they wish that they could redefine their privacy, their friends, what the world knows about them. They can’t. They’ve tried. It’s to late.

What are some more pros and cons of using social media for your wedding?

 

3 Tips for that perfect lipstick on your wedding day

Since you were a teenage girl you’ve been pulling lip glosses out of your purse and swiping them on without even thinking. Your love affair with gloss was natural; it just felt so right.

And then things started to change. You wanted more. Like heroine to an addict you needed more. Lip Gloss just would not do anymore. You even started fantasizing about bringing home that ruby red lipstick you spotted in the cosmetics section of Cover Girl at Wal-Mart. You fell to your cravings and started buying lipstick, BUT your mom never really showed you the way. Now your wedding day is approaching and you want that perfect look that will knock your husband to be on his knees all over again.

If this is something you understand, then here are 3 tips to help shock your new husband into submission:

1st Falsehood: Lipstick will accentuate “flaws”

Some women shy away from lipstick because they assume it will accentuate perceived lip flaws such as wrinkles and dryness. And while lipgloss is the worst culprit when it comes to falling between the cracks of your lips, a bit of preparation is all one needs to ensure that lipstick goes on smoothly and doesn’t head south.

Start by caring for lips nightly with a light exfoliating treatment and application of moisturizer. For exfoliation: you can make a sugar scrub at home by combining a teaspoon of sugar and a few drops of water. Follow up exfoliation with an application of hydrating lip treatment. In the morning, slick on a coat of moisturizer before you begin your makeup routine. Allow it to sink in while you apply your other makeup first and then blot lips before applying lip primer, lip liner and lipstick.

2nd Falsehood: Lipstick is too bold for sunshine

Some women eschew lipstick for fear it is just too much for daytime wear. I suppose if your days are destined to be dull and void of color, this could be true. Otherwise, it’s how makeup is combined that really makes it “too much.”

3rd Falsehood: The color is short lived

Assuming lips are prepped in advance, begin by applying a lip base to enhance lipstick wear and banish color bleeding.

Lip liner is a must. If you don’t have the matching liner, opt for a neutral shade.

Experts always seem to recommend applying lip liner first, but novices know that leads to chalky, overdrawn lip lines. I recommend applying one coat of lipstick after the base, and then blotting lips. Next, apply lip liner and then reapply lipstick.

If the change from sparkly lips to matte is too much for you, add some shine by dotting a touch of eye shadow in gold or silver to the center of your bottom lip to add shimmer.

Do you want plumper lips like Angelina Jolie? Here’s a tip!

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Angelina Jolie wedding dress - full lips

“Using lip liner in a shade slightly darker than your lipstick, overdraw the line (so the line is right outside your lips),” says Revlon consultant , Jody Fisher.

“Apply the lipstick, and then in the center of your lips, blend in a drop of foundation and top it off with a gloss.” Don’t worry about lip lacquer, just stick with the basics.

Anyone else have tips on keeping your lips beautiful for that wedding?

The most creative marriage proposal of 2011

A friend of mine on facebook just posted this and I am impressed with Michael’s ability to lay out a creative proposal by using his superb video editing skills & making the ideas in his mind come together.  Here’s a quick outline of what you will see in the video, the most creative marriage proposal of 2011.

15 – 1:40 – Where Michael plays with the poster radio that seems to respond to his every wish.

58 seconds – he turns the radio right before Bush’s chorus of ” I want to f*#* you like an animal comes on….”

Here are the words he wrote for this:

Hey Baby just wanted to take a few minutes – to say a few things I’ve been wanting to say – Ever since I’ve been on my own – I’ve been drifting through life – aimlessly & without direction – clinging onto any scrap of philosophy – that made any sense to me – I left alot of people & things I love behind – (Michael points to the stick figure of him running away) – for something new. A change of pace – What I got was much more – You found me and gave me a future to look forward to – & a reason to believe that TRUE LOVE is real – I love you more than you know – more than I’ve ever loved anyone – EVER (he shakes it in the air) – Your Everything I want – & everything I never knew I needed.  – And although I can only afford this – (picture of a very small diamond engagement ring) – you deserve this – (picture of large diamond ring, made of aluminum foil – VERY SHINY) – But if you accept it and me…. – I promise to spend the rest of my life – making you feel like the most beautiful (pic of rose)-  woman…. mother… – wife? – Meet me out back XOXOXOXOXOXOXO –

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Need ideas for creative marriage proposals?

5:25 the recording shows him on the back deck waiting for Jen to respond to the video.

5:31 – she walks out in a white nightgown and pink slippers & embraces him –

5:48 he gets down on one knee… the music changes to hard rock

6:00 she looks at the rings and hugs him….. for the next 40 seconds you can see her excitement, her tears & happiness……all only to the sound of music

6:42 Michael gets up and they embrace in a beautiful moment….

7 minutes – Where Michael picks up his bride to be and her pink slippers fly into the air!! Love this part!!!

So they are now engaged as of January 19th, 2011. Love the phrase Gingers Unite at the end.  What do you think of this?
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I Love Scrubs – did you see the Wedding episode?

I recently was browsing some episodes of Scrubs and ran into the wedding episode.  I love the part where JD remembers making out with a “short” girl or… maybe was on her knees.  Turk reminds him she was a midget…. It was great stuff.  Anyone know who designed the wedding dress that his wife wore for that episode, it was beautiful.

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Turk dancing during his wedding on Scrubs

Of course Scrubs always has the characters wearing different nursing uniforms.  Of course the janitor has the best uniform…. even at this wedding he wears his standard janitor attire.

Has JD ever dreamed of wearing prison style burnt orange scrubs, like the ones correctional inmates have to wear.  I think it would b a good color for him.  The only episode he did in prison he just kicked and beat some people in a normal blue collar shirt…. not as much fun as it could have been.

I’m really surmised Turk didn’t wear a white cotton lab coat or something, just to be a pain to his boss on this episode.  It’s so hard for me to believe the show is gone and no new episodes will ever air again. On May 14, 2010, it was announced the show was officially canceled. The season nine finale, titled “Our Thanks”, aired March 17, 2010.  I remember that show… I teared up….. but not as much as this wedding episode.

Winter Wedding Dress Trends for 2010

2010 is near the end and fabulous wedding trends are set but winter wedding dress looks this year are still expected. Tying the knot is a big deal for any girl. To be focus and impress her wedding guests and especially her love, every bride to be never ceases to search her wedding dress until the big day. After all, it is so vital to select a right gown to enable a beautiful lifetime memory. And it is no wonder that choosing the right dress is practically as big a decision as choosing the right husband.

White winter wedding fur dress
An elegant white winter wedding fur dress - 2010 Trends

No matter what you define your dream dress, it is always helpful to understand the trends for a fashion-forward wedding look. And here winter wedding dress trends for 2010 is in details.

2010’s wedding dress collection in style includes a wonderful subset-Ball gown. This classic yet classy dress silhouette is favored by women who live with fantasies. The voluminous skirts make the bride look like she is walking on a cloud. A ball gown can create a fairy tale effect. Regardless if the ball gown is covered in embroidery, ruffles or feathers, surely, the wedding guests will let out a collective sigh of admiration as the bride makes her entrance. To be practical, full ball gowns will be nice options to cover larger hips and thighs, further flattering the figure. This style is great for winter wedding due to its sumptuous look in a warm way. Fashion designer Monique Lhuillier has popularized this ultra romantic silhouette with her well-known flowing designs.

Pleats and folds are also seen to rule the runway this year. For cold winter weather, more fabric pieces for pleats and folds will provide you warm while keeps you in style. Since the Project Runway winter Leanne Marshall started this trend with her signature pleats and folds two years go, dress styles with pleats and folds in any possibility enable Continue reading

Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie intimate wedding – pictures, photos

Hilary Duff’s weekend wedding to Mike Comrie couldn’t have been more romantic, says her sister Haylie Duff (luck maid of honor too).  “What a special weekend filled with love and beautiful memories,” she Twittered.  The 22-year-old Hilary (in Vera Wang) and the Canadian hockey player, 29, exchanged vows in front of 100 guests & was walked down the aisle by her mother Susan Saturday August 14th, 2010 in an intimate ceremony in Santa Barbara, Calif.  She also sported a 14-carat, $1-million dollar diamond engagement ring.

Hilary Duff engagement ring photo
Hilary Duf showcases a 14-carat, $1-million dollar diamond engagement ring.

Says a witness, “It was one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever seen. Absolutely stunning. They thought of every last detail and it was an incredible sight. Mike held his arm around Hilary for most of the romantic, candlelit ceremony, and they both looked extremely happy.”

The couple, who began dating in 2007 at a resort in Idaho, got engaged this past February in Hawaii.  The couple exchanged vows at the sprawling Villa La Quinta estate just outside of Santa Barbara and then they spent their first night as a married couple at the famed San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito. 

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Hilary Duff (wearing a Vera Wang wedding dress) & Mr Comrie at the alter.

Their honeymoon is sure to be memorable at the Kennedy cottage for $4,000 a night. The Kennedy cottage at the San Ysidro Ranch was the spot where Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie retired to on their wedding night. This cottage is quite famous as it is the spot where John and Jackie Kennedy spent their honeymoon Continue reading

Chelsea Clinton Wedding Photos & Pictures

Congrats to Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky (an investment banker and political offspring) getting married this past weekend on Saturday July 31st, 2010 at Astor Courts in Rhinebeck, NY. The Friday night before wasn’t to hectic either. Crowds gathered outside the Beekman Arms, another hotel fully booked by the wedding party. Guests, including the bride’s parents, were seen heading from a rehearsal dinner to a cocktail party at the local tavern.

Mezvinsky, 32, is Jewish, while Clinton, 30, was raised Methodist, like her mother Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Their Saturday ceremony, which was co-officiated by Rabbi James Ponet, a Jewish chaplain at Yale, and the Rev. William Shillady, a Methodist minister from New York City, was a nod to both their faiths.

Chelsea Clinton wedding dress - walking down the aisle with Marc Mezvinsky
Chelsea Clinton wedding dress - walking down the aisle

It featured many Jewish traditions: the couple married under a chuppah or canopy; the groom wore a yarmulke or skull cap and tallis or prayer shawl; friends and family recited the Seven Blessings typically read at traditional Jewish weddings.

Former president Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton allowed a statement about their “great pride and overwhelming emotion,” and their staff offered a few grace notes about the interfaith ceremony, which was conducted by Rabbi James Ponet and the Rev. William Shillady. (Mezvinsky was raised in the Jewish faith, while Clinton is a Methodist.) Along with their vows, there was a reading of the Seven Continue reading

Wedding Invitations online? Yes or No?

Even with the advances in social networking is it proper yet to sent out wedding invitations by enite, facebook, twitter, or text messaging?  Depends on what angle you want to use.  If people know you’re just being cheap, it may offend them. If you spin it towards a “green wedding” then people will respect how you kept the environment in mind even with your wedding.

eco friendly wedding invitations
Environmentally friendly wedding invitations - cheaper?

I was reading about trying to go green for your wedding and I think an important point is brought up in repards to wedding gifts. She asked people not to wrap the gifts, or use “green” alternatives. (I suggested wrapping them in baby blankets, cloth diapers, the comics section of the newspaper, fabric, etc.)  So to keep to her “green” theme, she used Evite Continue reading

Chelsea Clinton’s wedding announced to Marc Mezvinsky on July 31st

Chelsea Clinton’s wedding to investment banker Marc Mezvinsky is the hottest event of the summer on July 31st somewhere in New York. Of course to help out her parents Chelsea has said, She must personally know every invitee. There will be only 400 names on the guest list, a good size for a wedding by ordinary standards, but barely big enough to account for all the people Bill Clinton slept with…..hehe. “Donors are expecting to be invited,” says a major Clinton fund-raiser. Then there are the campaign, State Department, and Clinton Foundation staff, plus foreign dignitaries and both Clinton and Obama White House officials. “You really see who their closest friends are in this list,” says an insider. “It’s not a celebrity-driven wedding.

Chelsea Clinton Marc Mezvinsky getting married
Chelsea Clinton Marc Mezvinsky married?

The secrecy has seemed more reminiscent of a covert Iraqi undercover sting than a wedding. Ruomor on the street early was that it would be held on Martha’s Vineyard, but more recently sources have confirmed that the nuptials will be held on July 31 in a still-secret location within a three-hour drive of New York City. Reasoning says that the Hampton’s are not a plausible location because the Long Island Expressway is too long of a road. A more reasonable place for the big event would be somewhere upstate in Westchester or Dutchess County. “The wedding planner will contact each guest directly a week in advance and let them know where it is,” says the fund-raiser, who speculated that the Hamptons are out because the L.I.E. can be a very long road. The smart money, then, is somewhere upstate, possibly in Westchester or Dutchess County—most likely on property owned by a Clinton supporter. ”

Most of the planning is falling on the shoulders of Continue reading

Should you hire a professional for your wedding makeup or do it yourself?

I’ve heard some arguments for and against the use of a professional makeup artist lately that I thought I would come up with a nice pro and con list for each of these:

Professional wedding makeup artist:  Pros

  • Possible to get it free with makeup purchase of a certain amount
  • You only use the makeup once, so need to buy special makeup you may never use again
  • Typically allow some sample trial applications to play with your makeup a little to find that perfect look
  • TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System ($225) is a lightweight system that lets you spray on concealer, blush, bronzer, or highlighter. It gives you a flawless, fresh, and dewy look. You can even use it all over your body.  Really fast to do….Sephora lets you do a trial of this stuff..
  • If you buy a wedding package sometimes it includes the professional makeup as part of it
  • If you never wear makeup this will add that extra surprise to the groom and obviously you shouldn’t attempt your first makeup application at your wedding
  • You can use a makeover as a gift to your bridesmaids as part of your package

Professional wedding makeup artist:  Cons

  • Price can range from $60-$100
  • If you’re not famaliar with the makeup artist they could do your makeup wrong and still have to pay
professional wedding makeup
Professional wedding makeup

Do it yourself wedding makeup: Pros

  • Like Chelsea Clinton, you could keep it real simple and opt to not wear any makeup.  Especially if you have a great skincare regimen and your skin looks great anyway like hers.
  • You already own your favorite colors and know how you like to look. Continue reading