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Wish Upon a Wedding: The Fairy Godmother of Wedding Organizations

Because everyone deserves a happy ending...

When a co-worker forwarded me an email titled “Announcing America’s ONLY Wedding Wish Granting Organization,” my immediate thoughts went straight to “DE-LIGHT!”  Even before I opened the email and read the press release in its entirety, I knew there had to be something magical in store… and magic, my dear friends, is exactly what I found.

 Wish Upon a Wedding is a brand new (for real – their launch party was yesterday 1.28.2010) nonprofit organization whose intentions and goals are nothing short of extraordinary.  As America’s only wedding wish granting organization, Wish Upon a Wedding  fully intends to “produce weddings and civil union ceremonies at destinations across the United States for individuals facing terminal illness.”  If that doesn’t have *tear* written all over it, I don’t know what does.

After perusing through their Web site, I came across something that moved me.  Because I consider myself an eternal, hope-FULL romantic, I’m always looking for optimistic news, which seems to be few and far between these days.  Hence why fairytale-come-true stories are always topping my list.  As a self proclaimed cheerleader of love, there’s nothing that warms my heart more than seeing just how far a little love can be spread. 

By celebrating the courage and spirit of these couples, it is our hope that others facing similar situations will find hope, strength, and the promise of eternal love.  (wishuponawedding.org)

 This is truly inspirational, which is why I encourage you all to read Florence’s storyWish Upon a Wedding’s first recipient winner and see what you can do to help!  Speaking from experience, proclaiming my love to my Mister – in front of all our family and friends – has hands down been the most beautiful moment of my life.  So, anyone or organization whose soul intention is built around helping others, especially those as deserving as Florence, achieve this goal are gold star worthy in my book and merit all the help they can get!

So thank you, Wish Upon a Wedding, for bringing the *Bibbidi, the *Bobbidi and the *Boo to those who merit it most!  And cheers to everyone who’ll get their “happily ever after…”

Photo Courtesy of Fanpop.com

January 29, 2010 at 1:20 pm 2 comments

Save the Date Videos: Let Your Wedding Day be a Box Office Smash

“All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close up.”  Sunset Boulevard

Yesterday, a girlfriend at work (whaaaduup, Nat!) asked me if I saw the Early Show on CBS that featured a couple’s Save the Date video… I was like, “Whhhhaaaaa?  A video??  For their save the date?  That’s incredible!”

Incredible, I came to realize, was the understatement of the century.  After perusing through a few YouTube videos last night, I became a woman possessed.  Save the Date videos have been around for awhile, and over the course of time, they’ve become – among other things – a force to be reckoned with.  So, reckon, I shall.

When I featured the blog post about the Mister & Me’s Save the Date Magnets, I have to admit, I was pretty impressed with myself and our pre-invitation mailers.  Armed with my Adobe Photoshop skills, I created something original in design and unique to us, and while I’m still proud of our little save the dates, I’d be lying if I said they weren’t dwarfed by the awesomeness of these videos.

Just like every couple is different, so were the videos they directed.  Dead sere, I saw everything!  Some couples treated it like a  movie trailer to a big ticket event; while others stuck with the more traditional video / picture montage approach.  In the end, however, it didn’t matter if they were telling story, being romantic or simply downright ridiculous, because with the conclusion of each video came the knowledge to Save the Date!  Below are some of the standout examples: ENJOY!

Poking fun at Bridal Stereotypes: 

Takin’ the CUTENESS to a whole new level!:

Bringing the Humor with Beyoncé (P.S. That’s the groom on the left) :

Movie Trailer Madness:

Traditional Montage:

EPIC (aka forgot-what-I-was-watching) Movie :

January 27, 2010 at 12:43 pm 3 comments

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed & (Go Ahead, Make Everything Else) Blue!

Photo Courtesy of W. Scott Chester

Formally known as just another “something,” blue is proving to be more than just another pretty face in the crowd for 2010 weddings… and I must admit, I’m a huge fan.

While 2010 is likely to bring all kinds of wedding trends, when it comes to color, blue is easily the go-to hue for brides everywhere.  According to The Wedding Report‘s 2010 Wedding Color Trends, over 20% of brides are planning on using blue as their primary color. 

This may not seem like much, but considering green is the next biggest competition at 11.3%, I’d say blue has more than a leg up on the competition.

Photo Courtesy of Beautiful Blooms

Brides are incorporating its cool tone into everything from bridesmaid dresses and bouquets to reception centerpieces and accessories… and making their guests “ooh” and “aww” accordingly.  No longer a just a sad shade for Picasso’s blue period, this cobalt encrusted hue epitomizes peace, tranquility and harmony.  <Sigh>Sounds pretty incredible, right?

Well, historically speaking, blue is also the symbol of unity, trust, confidence, loyalty and security; so, it seems like a no brainer that brides would want it to be a part of their day.  Buuut, if you still need some convincing, feast your eyes on some of the Google images I’ve collected to help state my case… Case dismissed :)

January 25, 2010 at 2:57 pm 2 comments

How-to Create Your Own Wedding Day Bouquets!

Photo Courtesy of Intimate Weddings

I may not know much, but I do know this: Weddings Are Expensive.  And I’m not just talking about the main venues (reception hall, food, booze, dress, etc.); I’m talking about eeeevvveeerrryyyythiiiing, and one wedding detail that are often times overlooked in expense are flowers.  My poor father – who was constantly being told by my well-intentioned mother, “Just shut up and pay, William… just shut up and pay” – had a very hard time keeping quiet about the florist’s bill… so hard of a time, in fact, that he decided not to keep quiet at all.  Haha! 

I’m not kidding you, the man almost fell out of his chair when he read the circled price hovering over the dotted line.  Then, while readjusting his specs and squinting his eyes, he almost immediately began making remarks that would hit home to fmost athers around the world.  “Are you kidding me?  For flowers??  Why on God’s green earth… (inaudible grumbles)… But they’re dead the next day!”  

And while I love love love flowers (what girl doesn’t?) I’m afraid I had to agree.  Like every bride, I had to find the balance between my dream wedding and our actual budget.  We started throwing out ideas, and we decided it might be fun to make the bridesmaid bouquets ourselves and save on the expense of having a florists bring them in.

What You Will Need:

  • Flowers (focal, filler & greenery)
  • Vase
  • Vase Filler
  • Scissors
  • Floral Tape
  • Finishing Ribbon
  • Straight Pins
  • + Any Additional Accessories of your Choosing (ie. lace, tulle, beads, etc.)

What You Will Do:

First, gather your flowers, vase and vase filler.  Be sure your vase is congruent to the size and shape you want your bouquet to be.  Add in the vase filler of your choosing to the bottom of the vase.  Sand, beans and pebbles all work nicely and will make arranging your flowers much easier.  

**Extra Tip** Whether you choose real or fake flowers is totally up to you!  But if you choose to do real flowers, check out FiftyFlowers.com.  They sale large quantities of flowers at wholesale prices and also provide tips on flower combos and arrangements.  For fake flowers, try a local arts and crafts store.  Places like Hobby Lobby and Michael’s have large selections of flowers, as well as a number of products you can use to “spruce” up your bouquet.

Next sort your flowers by color, bloom size and the amount intended for each spray and trim their stems to equivalent heights.  This will make it easy for you to build your bouquet, as well as keep it organized.

***Extra Tip*** When trimming the stems of real flowers, be sure to cut them under water with sharpened scissors.  This will help keep the bloom healthier for longer.

Then, using the vase as your holder, start placing in your flowers.  Because larger blooms are more difficult to maneuver, you should start with them first.  Work your way from the center, outward and alternate from color to color (when applicable) until a desired look is achieved.

After all your larger blooms have been added, start adding any “filler flowers” or smaller blooms into the bare areas of your bouquet, followed by any greenery.  This will give your bouquet a full and polished look.

***Extra Tip*** Great filler flowers can be found anywhere.  The most popular choices include: hydrangea, baby’s breath, asters, statice or limonium flowers and blooms, which feature several buds on a single stem.  

Once you’ve reached the desired amount of flowers and size of your bouquet, shift them around and rearrange them accordingly until you’re satisfied with the appearance.  If you’re not completely satisfied, try adding in accent accessories, such as bouquet pins, picks or anything with sparkle.

After you have your bouquet positioned perfectly, remove it from the vase using your hands carefully, making sure to disturb the arrangement the least amount as possible.  Then, using florist tape, wire or even a rubber band (depending on your preference), tie off the bouquet. 

Finally, finish off your bouquet with any desired accents, ribbons or jewels and – voilà! – you’ve just made your first bouquet!

***Extra Tip*** If you’re having difficulty getting things “juuuust right,” try using a hot glue gun.  This will ensure your arrangement stays in place.

January 22, 2010 at 2:59 pm 5 comments

Be Oscar-worthy at Your Wedding with a Wardrobe Change

“Dumpy economy. Schmumpy economy.”  Not even an economic crisis can prevent this dual dress, wedding trend from booming.  With a growing number of brides saying “Yes!” to not one, but two (sometimes even three) dresses, it seems as though future Mrs. everywhere deserve a pat on the back for causing the most fashionable, most fabulous, economic stimulus ever!

But who’s to thank for this diva-riffic duality??  You guessed it… celebutantes.  Like so many trends, we have our famed sisters to thank for trickling this treat down to the rest of us.  Everyone from Britney and Christina to Avril and most recently, Khloe Kardashian-Odom pulled the  showed off  but they aren’t the only ones.  This trend can be seen everywhere!

And it didn’t begin, nor will it end with celebrities.  In fact, it’s been a part of many bridal cultures for centuries.  Having multiple dresses has been associated with a number of different cultures and ethnic groups around the world.  Especially enriched in East Indian and Asian cultures, many brides of certain heritages will wear traditional garb during the ceremony and switch it up at the reception to really let loose… which I consider the main reason behind any girl’s decision to bait ‘n’ switch.

It’s about being young and having fun!  While many wedding ceremonies are viewed as traditional and sacred, their accompanying receptions are a time to PARRRTAAAY!  Hence why so many wardrobe changing brides tend to wear more formal, fairy tale or traditional gowns during the ceremony, and jazz it up at the reception!

While this wasn’t in my budget, I soooo encourage any bride-to-be who can afford it, to be like Nike and “just do it!”  I mean seriously, it’s like having the most fun dress up day… twice!

And finally, for your viewing pleasure… by merging photos from Google Images, I’m proud to present some of my favorite celebrity, wedding wardrobe switches!

From Vera to Velour, Khloe Kardashian was all kinds of FaBuLoUs!!

Christina Aguilera transformed from "Oh Wow!" to "Ow Ow!" on her wedding day!

Even though she didn't find her "happily ever after," Britney still rocked out both her wedding dresses!

Our favorite Bachelorette, Trista, also pulled the 'ole switch-a-roo!

Avril went from glowing bride to ready to rock'n'roll!

January 20, 2010 at 4:02 pm 3 comments

Impress Your Guests with a Star Studded Exit

All Aboard! It's Trolley Time! (Photo Courtesy of Erin Chris Photography)

A Poem for the Getaway Girl in all of us…

It’s time for stretch limos and fancy cars to take a rest.

Because brides and grooms want to “WOW!” their guests!

And there’s no better way to leave a lasting impression,

Than an exit devised by pure imaginative obsession…

For real though, it’s all about avant-garde getaways these days.  Not only are they a super fun way to tie in your personalities to your big day, but they also create incredible photo ops and leave the guests cheering for more. 

I mean think about it, we’re a world obsessed with grand finales and happy endings; so, what better way to “exit stage right,” than with something that has “Mr. and Mrs. (Insert Your Name Here)” written all over it?  Whether you choose a customized mode of transportation or simply just try something fun… I can guarantee your guests will love sending you off with love when you leave them in style! 

Here are some of my favorites…

Tandem bike for two? Whoop-it-tee-do! (Photo Courtesy of Grazier Photography)

Newlywed nerves? No way! (Photo Courtesy of Google Images)

Fairy tales DO come true with carriage rides! (Photo Courtesy of An Urban Affair)

ReV up the love! (Photo Courtesy of Kurt Photography)

This is just plain hilarious! (Photo Courtesy of Google Images)

Saddle up your partner and ride into the sunset! (Photo Courtesy of Emily Porter Photography)

Be a motorboatin' maniac! (Photo Courtesy of Claudia Akers Photography)

Jet settin’ has never looked this good! (Photo Courtesy of Richelle Dante Photography – love her!)

    

January 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm 3 comments

Carrie Underwood: Keepin’ it Country for Her Wedding & I Dig It!

(Photo Courtesy of Google Images)

One thing that I will forever and always stress to any bride is how important it is to look and be “you” on your wedding day… of course the prettiest, most fabulous version of you… but you, nonetheless – hehe!  After all, the man waiting at the other end of the aisle proposed to you – the woman he loves most; so, it would be really nice if you could let that be who he sees on your big day!

All that being said, you can imagine my delight when I read this on People.com:

“I’m Southern,” she (Carrie Underwood) says.  “I like big hair and eyeliner.  I want my wedding day to be me, so I’ll probably be rocking some big hair and some eyeliner.”

F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S.  I always knew that country cutie was one smart cookie, but I had no idea her genius was so down to earth.  I’m assuming since we have so much in common – blonde hair, stunning good looks, impeccable singing voices and sheer genius, haha! – that we’re basically best friends… sisters from another Mister, if you will.   (Yeah, I took it there.)

And since BFF’s share everything, I believe I have the perfect wedding ‘do for you… mine!

It’s big, long, blonde and country…

(Photo Courtesy of Jessika Feltz Photography)

It looks good from all angles…

(Photos Courtesy of Jessika Feltz Photography)

AND, not even The Governator can outshine its celebrity swing!

(Photo Courtesy of Jessika Feltz Photography)

Okay, so it’s not the real Governator, but it’s still a pretty sassy ‘do!  I loved my hair because it was so “me,” and considering the fact when I Google “Carrie Underwood,” I get nothing but big haired results, I’d say she’s following the golden rule rather nicely!  Way to be you, Ms. Underwood!  And *CHEERS* to soon joining the Mrs. Mafia!

 ***Extra Fact*** Carrie Underwood also shows up hand over fist when Googling “wedding hairstyles.”  I’m telling you what, this girl’s got it on lock, and here are some of the ‘do-riffic reasons why…

(Photos Courtesy of Google Images and People.com)

January 15, 2010 at 1:05 pm 1 comment

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