Archive for February, 2006


Sunday, February 19th, 2006

Dig in!

A New York couple recently saved matrimonial money by holding their wedding reception at a local McDonald’s. Corey Cutcheon and Doreen Brown spent about $250 to feed friends and family.

Then the two joined 50 friends and family members to feast on cheeseburgers, Fillet-o-Fish and Chicken McNuggets…Desert was slices of Ronald McDonald chocolate cake and hot fudge sundaes.

In 2002, a British couple, Judy Foulkes and Andrew Smith, did the same.

“Some people thought I was daft but I just wanted a cheap and cheerful reception,” said 27-year-old Ms Foulkes.


Modest yet sexy

Friday, February 17th, 2006

Now where\'s the prince?

Ever since one of ya’ll prompted me to look into more modest gowns, I’ve totally been digging on the new spring gowns from Eternity Gowns. Um, the bridal collection, that is. The evening gown styles they offer get a little wacky. Anyway, today’s gown can make you feel like you just landed the starring role in The Prince & The Showgirl. I love this charmeuse mermaid under gown with sheer beaded lace overlay. The ribbon accents are wide yet subtle enough as to not make wearers look too abundant. And the whole look is completed with a short train that allows the bride ease of movement.


Colette’s beauty

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

While wedding gowns are gradually getting more colorful, stark white is still a popular color for cakes. Which, I think, is a shame considering the absolutely gorgeous cakes one can now procure from cake-makers so skilled their confections look like edible art. A certain Colette Peters of New York’s Colette’s Cakes creates masterworks of cake and frosting that will knock your socks off. And they deliver to “anywhere.”

However, if you’re not willing to drop over $600 (plus delivery) on your cake, you can still delight in the beauty and majesty of Colette’s cakes in her books.

Colette\'s Cakes : The Art of Cake Decorating

In Colette’s Cakes : The Art of Cake Decorating, Colette presents detailed instructions, accompanied by line drawings and color photographs, of three dozen of her elaborate creations.

Cakes to Dream On : A Master Class in Decorating

Cakes to Dream On : A Master Class in Decorating reveals the secrets to fashioning gorgeous and utterly distinctive cakes for all occasions.


The Wedding Blogs

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

Manolo says, for the many days now the Manolo he has been meaning to mention that the Manolo’s good friends at the Ourday-Online are offering to the readers of the Manolo’s humble Bride Blog the opportunity to receive the free wedding blog!

Mr. and Mrs. Bug Lover

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

She loves bugs. He loves bugs. Perfection!

I guess none of you folks out there got engaged on Valentine’s Day. Well, neither did I. It’s probably more romantic to be proposed to on some random day of the year, like June third or the fifth of September. However, at least one semi-famous couple was married yesterday. Mr. Kanchana Ketkaew, who set a world record by spending thirty-two days in a cage with 3,400 scorpions, and Ms. Bunthawee Siengwong, who set a similar record by cavorting with with 1,000 centipedes, were wed in Thailand. Supposedly, they had plans to consumate their wedding in a coffin. Congrats!

And, since I’m all about the belated Valentine’s Day stuff, I wanted to highlight a sweet little contest hosted by (now ended), where people were able to post a free Valentine message to their sweeties on a blinking red and white heart gif – rollover the red circles to read the notes. It’s kind of crazy looking, but I like to read the love notes folks left the same way I like to read the ten pages of Valentine’s Day classifieds in the paper every year. Yay Valentine voyeurism!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

What could it be?

To all those who receive engagement rings today, I say congratulations! Unfortunately, I do not number among you. Ah, well. I gave The Beard software for Valentine’s Day and he gave me a beautiful flame point Siamese cat named Mannix. Tonight we will dine together – perhaps in, perhaps out, depending on how my workday goes. Of course, we dine together every night and love each other every day, so I can’t complain.

Valentine’s Day makes me think about all of the ways one could incorporate the pinks and reds and candy hearts of this Hallmark holiday into a wedding theme. A white dress with red or pink accents can look divine. Paired it with a romantic old-fashioned cloak because, hey, February can be chilly! Roses (red or pink) for the ladies, of course, and red bow ties for the gents make a classic statement. Soft lighting creates an atmosphere of romance. Keeping the reception music as classicaly romantic as possible can help, too. Give out those chalky Valentine hearts as favors instead of chalky Jordan almonds. Let guests toss (biodegradable) heart shaped confetti instead of birdseed. The possibilities are endless.

Happy Valentine’s Day, all! If you got engaged today, let me know!

Ladies, be your own Valentine

Monday, February 13th, 2006

Let me tell you a secret. Even though I love thinking about marriage and am crazy about all things pertaining to weddings, I am not one of those people who has to have a man on Valentine’s Day. Likewise, I am not expecting The Beard to present me with a ring tomorrow nor do I anticipate his making a “big deal” out of this Hallmark holiday.

That said, I can definitely understand how many people without singificant others can get a trifle peeved when subjected to the site of hearts, roses, chocolates, and cherubs for the six weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day.

So, for those of you ladies out there who are single and proud, here are some neat gifts you can buy for yourself to celebrate your independence.

Without Reservations : The Travels of an Independent Woman

Alice Steinbach is definitely an independent woman. In Without Reservations : The Travels of an Independent Woman, a memoir and travelogue, she bounces from city to city throughout Europe, making friends and learning about her inner self. Pair it with A Journey of One’s Own: Uncommon Advice for the Independent Woman Traveler and you’ll be primed and ready for your own journeys.

Even God Is Single, So Stop Giving Me A Hard Time

If you find your folks or your friends give you a hard time come tomorrow, point them to Even God Is Single, So Stop Giving Me A Hard Time by Karen Salmansohn. It’ll shut them up fast.

Lara Croft Two Pack (Tomb Raider/The Cradle of Life) - Widescreen

Forget the wilting lily act and get a double dose of independent womanhood by spending an evening with leggy yet bad-to-the-bone Lara Croft in the first two Tomb Raider flicks.

18K White Gold Plated Heart Solitaire Ring

Finally, as Ben suggests in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, “frost yourself.” There’s no rule saying you have to wait for some man to lay out the bling bling.

Have fun tomorrow!