A good friend of mine, Staci, recently celebrated her 15th wedding anniversary out in San Francisco at the Forest Hill Club House. She was trying to keep her costs low and debated on hiring a wedding planner. She actually does a number of custom cakes for weddings all the time so she decided to forego the cost of a wedding planner and let her good logistics friend, Angelina, handle some of the details.
Angelina and I talked on the phone a few times and decided there was a few things that we wanted to make sure went right – a good DJ, a solid caterer, and an amazing photographer. Her original wedding had the worst photographer of all time, no music or dancing (which she loves) and the food was made by her mom. Based on the stories that Staci has told me in the past I knew what she was really looking for.
When it comes to food, Staci has always planned her vacations around restaurants and food anywhere she has traveled. She is a bit of a foodie and loves new things so I decided that we needed of the reputable Bay Area wedding caterers, and TasteCatering.com fit the bill just perfectly.
I’ve decided to start reviewing some of these diamond retailers from time to time to help guide you when it comes to finding the special ring for your engagement or wedding day. Today I am starting with JamesAllen.com.
When shopping for an engagement or wedding ring one of the things to remember is that this ring will be with you for a lifetime. Shopping online for a ring can take some of the mystique out of the experience, but you are more likely to find exactly what you want than if you look locally. Nothing quite beats trying on that ring and falling in love with it in person, this is well known by jewelers, and if you are willing to forego the fantasy of walking into an overpriced shop like Tiffany’s then shopping online may be just the thing to do if you want to find that perfect ring.
James Allen has done a pretty good job with their website. They have attempted rather successfully to make the experience as easy as possible. In comparison with DeBeers the website is much easier to navigate. I will admit I got lost, even drooling a bit Continue reading →
In 2013, variety is the new catch of the day. As you know, many wedding dresses don’t feature the shoe unless the bride wants them to be seen. In the past many brides have worn simple flats or even white sandals to ensure comfort. This year, is the year of the bold bride that likes to add a dash of bold style to her somewhat traditional ceremony. Today I will list the top 10 wedding shoe trends for 2013:
Pink Heels – Many women first started planning out their perfect wedding when they were even a child. The pink bridal heeled shoes lets a woman declare her of love of the simple girly things in life and yet still be proud to call herself an independent woman.
Custom printed shoes – Thanks to the improvements in technology today, made heeled wedding shoes can have your favorite print, or even something symbolic or sentimental printed on them.
Mint – Hot color of the year. This is the hot color of 2013 and seem to be found throughout numerous wedding magazines and fashion runways. A little hint of mint adds crispness and a light dash of color to any color palette.
Custom decorated vintage wedding heels – With places like Etsy now very popluar you can easily find the perfect shoes and get it custom tailored to your exact specification including adding delicate vintage lace or retro styles to it. Continue reading →
When I started this humble blog years ago who would have thought I would have nearly half a million people drop by to visit me and read my thoughts. Now that I have established a large following averaging 12-15K visitors monthly I would love to offer retailers & vendors a chance to advertise with me.
The main banner ad 125 x 230 on our right navigation will soon be available at $100 monthly or $950 a year if interested. I will be adding no more than six 125 x 125 graphic ads for much less at $25 a month or $250 yearly. If interested in a something other than this or a creative partnership or sweepstakes please contact me at weddingnoise (at) gmail.com. Look forward to hearing from you.
I just read a post about a 29 yr old man in Florida that tried to make his fiancee swallow her diamond engagement ring because she no longer wanted to live with him. Not only did he do this, he tried to do it while she had a 1 yr old in her arms at the time.
Let’s get to the heart of this. This “man”, according to this article, physically assaulted his fiance and tried to use an engagement ring as the weapon to choke her. He then has the audacity to say, “women always claim assault, but never accept responsibility for provoking someone,” according to deputies. You CAN NOT provoke someone to assault you and break the law. You CAN lose your temper and take out your anger inappropriately in a way that is considered domestic violence.
Speaking of domestic violence in the home in front of children, I recently came across a comment from an organization titled “Children of Domestic Violence” that speaks on the impact of children just witnessing domestic violence. One surprising statistic they brought up was that 63% of all boys, age 11-20, who commit murder kill the man who was abusing their mother. These kind of statistics scare me and we must do something.
We must stop men like this from perpetuating the cycle of violence and educate the children so they learn NOT to repeat what they see.
Today’s wedding break out of the traditiona. Need some ideas on current fashion, check out some fashion blogs on the net. When you decide to get married while on horseback you need to think of a couple of things first:
(Photo below by James Hazelwood of Kate Taylor riding her horse. Read more about her life at lucysquest.blogspot.com)
Is their a stable on the property of your venue?
Does your venue even allow horses on the property?
What color/breed of horse do you want?
How experienced are you as a rider? Do you need some lessons to get comfortable again?
Make sure your dress is properly seated so it is no stepped on or pooped on.
Make sure you practice your entrance and exit in full dress before the actual wedding. Practice allows you to think of things you might never have imagined if you had not done it.
Ride the horse at least once that you will be using on your wedding day so you are familiar with each other.
Find a photographer that is gifted at shooting horses and you should be fine for the wedding.
Suggestions for the logistics of the horse wedding. I would suggest just the bride come in on the horse, dismount, then get married while standing. This prevents numerous variables from happening including kicking of the wedding guests in the face, the awkward moment while the horse is pooping during the ceremony, and that moment when the horse decides to eat something it should not.
Now if you need some stylish equastrian clothes for sale for your reception gear, then hop to it. Who says you need to wear a trraditional white dress in the reception. Have some fun with it.
When I got married….many, many years ago…… one of husband/s groomsman was definitely in the big and tall category for his suit (He was 6’4″ and about 270 pounds). The tux company ended up shipping something to short and small for him and no replacements. He ended up just wearing a nice pair of black slack from his own closet at the wedding. If we had new about companies like “Mens USA” back then we could have saved all that hassle.
Of course, this blog entry is about a company that helps the big and tall guy AFTER his wedding day. Looking for some great clothes for that husky man from brands like Carhartt, Levis, Dickies, Timberland, and laCrosse, then look no further then G and L clothing for your Big and Tall clothing needs. As with most big and tall stores you expect to track your order easily and hassle free returns if things don’t fit properly. G & L offers all of this with top notch customer service.
When you spend over $100, shipping doesn’t need to be a hassle for you either. Even if your wedding day was lightly messed up from a tuxedo not fitting, the rest of your life should not be the same. Check these guys out.
Months and months of planning for the happiest day of my life everything had to be perfect. The problem was I knew what I was putting off until the last minute. No matter how beautiful the dress or how glamorous my hair would appear on the day I could still not hide away from my arch nemesis: acne. I had struggled with acne from the age of 15 and now at 21 I still had not been spared of the nuisance that acne created. My wedding was now a matter of months away and although everyday my wonderful fiancée told me I was beautiful I still felt my acne was holding me back from being the beautiful bride I dreamed of being. Creams, pills, even new makeup techniques only failed to disappoint me. Harry told me he didn’t even notice the acne but I knew the ugly truth, I knew when I looked in the mirror it dominated the lower half of my petite face. Why hadn’t I used acne removal system from Tanda for my big day?
I had to learn to deal with acne and accepted it would always be in my life plus I was one of those people to sweep problems under the carpet BUT this was my wedding and this was no ordinary day. There was no room for regrets or second bests, so acne light therapy
seemed like the solution. So here I am standing at the makeup counter with one of my bridesmaids naturally pondering over the vast selections of thick foundations and concealers. My friend out of nowhere suddenly asks me if there was one thing I could change about my physical experience. I’m like “well durr look at this freakin’ acne that’s illegally parked on my chin!”. Fancy shoes, dieting, tanning even expensive hair cuts would never distract me from the acne slowly spreading across the lower half of my face. So mini breakdown over my friend hauls me into her apartment to check out the latest in acne treatment as if I’ve never thought to do that myself! “Another cream, right” I ask my friend. After listening to my friend rant at me for half an hour about bright light LED treatment I realise she may have a point. Maybe this will show promise. I studied tandaskincare.com looking for the obvious before and after pictures of “acne ridden” models. What did I have to lose though it was my wedding anything was worth a shot right? Unlike the previous creams and pills I had once bought in desperation to cure my acne this was actually good for the general health of my skin and could produce visible results I could actually see.
So here I am a few nights from my wedding day with a noticeably clearer lower face thanks to the acne light treatment. I’m still using the piece of kit for my treatment but I already see my own smile reflecting back in the mirror at how good I feel just by doing something about my long struggle with acne. Now I have finally stopped obsessing about my acne I have finally noticed that my shoes do not in fact match my wedding dress!
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.
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?
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.
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 →
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.
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.”
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:
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?
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 –
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? Continue reading →
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.
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.
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.
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 →
I was thinking about this the other day when I ran across an article about a lady that climbed mountains for cancer charities in her wedding dress. Most of us have heard of typical fundraising oppurtunities but this one was new to me. In Anne-Marie hopes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in a dress, but it seems that that is currently prohibited in their guidelines for safe climbs.
Of course that isn’t as strange as what principal do for their kids at school once they reach a fundraising goal. See below.
This was the deal, if his students made $15,000 in sales, Gerard Lotz would don a wedding dress and Principal Denise Bourgeois would wear a tuxedo, naturally, to be the groom. When administrators asked the students to pick a goal for the deal, the odd wedding scene was tops. Teachers joined in the merriment and dressed in an array of gaudy bridesmaid dresses. Hopefully when doing Continue reading →
The more I think about technology the more I question the traditional practices surrounding weddings. Do we really need to buy “Save the Date” magnets when you can send out an Evite to everyone on your friends list on Facebook and by e-mail? I mean, I guess sending out modernwedding invitations might keep your mom happy BUT do we need it?
Over at Huffington Post, I was reading a great article that stated, “Is social media killing simple etiquette?” This seems to overflow to traditional media like RSVP’s for wedding invitations sent by snail mail too. In fact, more than 80% of personal invitations and personal e-mail requests receive no response at all. They are simply ignored.
Speaking of weddings, I just heard today that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are getting married. You want to know why Continue reading →
It was your typical day in Rapid City, Michigan for bride to be, Teoni Taylor. She went in to a local grocery store to grab some last minute produce for dinner that night and thought it would be OK to leave her car running since it was so cold. She thought she locked the keys with her remote but found out when she returned she must not have. Small mistake, USUALLY,but not only was her car stolen, but the wedding dress too. In her words. “”Two bridesmaids’ dresses, a wedding dress, purse, car seat, wallet, toys.” I guess they don’t teach you everything in hair stylist school.
It is a story that would cause just about any bride to have a nervous breakdown. Taylor said she cried a lot, but had to get over it. With just nine days until the wedding, she had little time to waste. “I was pretty nervous,” said Taylor. “I know it’s just a dress. I was just Continue reading →
How would you feel to get married at an airport? Is this a publicity stunt to promote the new film “Up in the Air“ starring George Clooney reminding the world that some people live their lives in airports? I guess this newly married couple would agree with the quote from this movie – “To know me is to fly with me,” Clooney says. “This is where I live.”
Mumbled overhead airport announcements. And a few hundred weary strangers by your side. Talk about a romantic wedding to remember, a Toledo man gets the surprise of his life from his fiance at a Texas airport.
A Texas woman said she celebrated the airport reunions and goodbyes of her long distance relationship by surprising her boyfriend with an airport wedding. Robyn Moore says she and her fiance had spent half of their relationship in airports. So, what better place to get married? Robyn Moore said she greeted her boyfriend, William Acosta, Monday at Corpus Christi International Airport with a camera and a wedding party ready to make good on the marriage license. She greeted him, wearing a Continue reading →
While browsing around hoping to find something funny that people do in weddings today I ran across some funny wedding invitations I had to share. This first example is designed for the couple that has lived together for years and even has kids. It makes light of the fact that the kids were definately born out of wedlock. No doubt this is an example of a modern wedding invitation.
Then there’s the wedding announcement you send to people you don’t want to come. This is sent to those that did not want you to get married OR thought you had Continue reading →