Archive for September, 2006

Get the power up, win the game

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

The princess is in another castle?

Commitment-phobic fellows everywhere will likely rethink their aversion to tying the knot when they see the wedding cake with which a certain Annette surprised her groom. I don’t know anything about Annette (or Brent Gustafson , her now husband) except that she is obviously super cool and must love her man very much. She apparently didn’t tell Brent that she had ordered this super-detailed Nintendo cake created by Gateaux, Inc. of Plymouth, Minnesota. On the day of their wedding, he got quite a surprise.

Luckily, Brent has a LiveJournal, so we can read about his reactions first-hand:

I couldn’t believe it. The most amazing cake I’ve ever seen in my life. In fact, the entire thing, except for Mario and the Princess is cake. Even the Piranha Plants are made out of frosting! They even went so far as to add a bouquet to the Princess made out of frosting as well. It was so well done I couldn’t believe it.

The cake is the creation of Robin Martin and her staff at Gateaux. From what Annette says, she was super excited to make this cake, as she herself is a huge Legend of Zelda fan. I can’t believe the work she did on this, it is simply amazing.

I also can’t believe Annette was able to get such great figures for the cake top. If anyone is interested, she ordered them from Japan. There’s a box set you can get of the “Mario Family” from Club Nintendo in Japan. Since normal mortals can’t buy this thing (you have to get “points” from purchased Nintendo Japan products to get this stuff), she was lucky enough to find someone on eBay willing to sell one and snatched it up right away.

Now that is what I call love! Congrats Annette and Brent!

Photos by Ben Edwards – see more here

The icing on the cake

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

Pretty as a princess, without the veil

The traditional image of the western bride has her decked out like a princess and topped with a long, flowing veil. But not every modern bride opts for a veil. It’s a choice like any other. Today’s women no longer feel the pressured to express their subordination to men through their choice of matrimonial headgear (as they would have in ancient Greece and Rome, where yellow and red were the hot bridal hues). In fact, veils only gained popularity in the U.S. in the 1700s, after a certain Miss Nelly Curtis donned one at her wedding to Major Lawrence Lewis, one of George Washington’s nephews.

Silver-tone leaves and freshwater pearls will knock your socks off.

So how can brides who choose to eschew veils top themselves off? With headbands, tiaras, and hair jewels, of course! I’m a fan of the Rosa Bella tiara from Isabelle Tiaras, which combines delicate silver-tone leaves with ivory freshwater pearl flowers. It’s less ‘in your face’ than a veil but still beautiful and feminine. And it’s great for brides with almost any length of hair!

Turning Japanese

Monday, September 18th, 2006

Candy can add color to your wedding celebrations!

I’m a big fan of favors that are food. While many guests will leave mini picture frames, potpourri sachets, and engraved key rings lingering on the table, few will pass up a chance to snap up cookies or individual packets of gourmet tea. Even those people who don’t like the favors themselves may have kids or grandkids who will appreciate an edible memento.

Of course, there is no rule saying that edible nuptial table treats have to be shaped like little brides and grooms or wedding bells. Crazy and colorful Meiji Chorus Bubble Gum can add a touch of Japanese whimsy to your matrimonial fete. So can Pocky – and since Pocky boxes come in a variety of colors, you can easily choose a variety that matches your wedding theme. Personally, I like the caramel variety. Not sure what your guests will be brave enough to eat? Impress them with your knowledge and weird Japanese candies AND give them a choice by outfitting each of your reception tables with a sample of items of from the Taste of Japan party pack from Pier Mall. Guests who don’t like gummies can swap with guests who don’t like gum.

Your guests may forget the name of the groom or the cut of his coat, but I can guarantee they won’t forget your favors.

It’s easy being green

Friday, September 15th, 2006


When my father was married for the third time, I was lucky enough to be chosen as a bridesmaid. That was back in nineteen-eighty-something and I must have been about nine years old. If the same wedding were happening today, I would have been dubbed a ‘junior bridesmaid.’ Usually I think such age-related designations are silly, but for young ladies too old to be flower girls and too young to plan bachelorette parties, it makes sense.

How involved young bridesmaids are in the wedding planning process is up to them, their parents, and the bride- and groom-to-be. Exceptionally mature junior bridesmaids may feel comfortable taking on many of the roles undertaken by adult bridesmaids. Others may enjoy having some task to perform on the day of the wedding. In my father’s wedding, for example, I lit the alter candles just before the ceremony began.

Now, in my stint as an itty-bitty bridesmaid, I wore a scratchy electric blue dress my grandma made. No offense to grandma, but I would have rather worn this lovely kiwi junior bridesmaid gown by Jim Hjelm. What can I say? Even as a little girl, I loved the finer things in life.

Pre-wedding gown care

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

Couture Plus Size Wedding Gown White Size 18

You hear a lot about post-wedding gown care, but what about pre-wedding gown care? Let’s say you order the fabulous Saison Blanche Couture gown above. The expected shipping date is four months from now but it arrives four weeks after the date of purchase. How do you keep it clean and stunning without going nuts?

FabricLink suggests that all brides “obtain information, if possible in writing, concerning the proper care of the fabric, as well as all of the trims and embellishments attached to the dress…Be sure to look for the care label in all wedding gowns purchased in the United States. Apparel manufacturers are required by the US Federal Trade Commission to attach a care label in all garments, which provides a viable care method for cleaning all component parts of the garment, including trims.”

When you receive your dress, keep the garment bag it came with if it’s a good fit and allows your dress to breathe. There is no guarantee that you’ll find another bag that is large enough to accommodate your gown. Unfold the gown on a flat, clean space if it was shipped to you. Take a moment to inspect your gown, inside and out, before putting it away. Are there loose beads or threads? You’ll want to make a note of everything you suspect is amiss to take to your seamstress.

Don’t worry about the wrinkles – they’ll be pressed out later. If you decide to hang your gown up, be sure you use those little ribbony things (loops, I believe they are called) so you don’t stretch your straps. However you choose to store your dress, however, be sure that it’s kept away from direct light sources, which can cause fading in the fabric and the embellishments, and anything at all that might get it dirty.

And finally, under no circumstances should you ever use garbage bags or similar bags to store something as precious as a wedding gown. A good friend of mine learned that the hard way, unfortunately. Put your gown in something like this, this, or this.

Stop the aural insanity!

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

Stop the insanity!

Put off by the expense of a sixteen-piece orchestra? Hate the way those goofy DJs push the Chicken Dance like it’s crack? Don’t feel like listening to live covers of lame 70s love songs? In other words, are you stymied as to how to handle the reception music question?

Doug Gordon, author of The Engaged Groom: You’re Getting Married. Read this Book., suggests busting out the iPod. And I agree with him. Many people, in considering their nuptial tunage, forget that they have 10,000 songs on their hard drives – none of which are the Electric Slide or Saturday Night Fever.

Why not create your own perfect playlist and hook your handheld digital listening devices to some tricked out speakers? Likewise, a laptop equipped with iTunes or what-have-you can get the rump shakin’ started. Even a boombox like the Sony ZSSN10PS (which plays MP3s and other audio formats) can inspire your guests to bust a move.

FACT: When you take charge of your own music – or have a good friend oversee the aural stimulation – you never ever ever have to worry about inappropriate songs (I Will Survive, anyone?), sexed-out mustachioed crooners, or the dreaded conga line.

Now, if it were only this easy to decide on a song list…

Size shouldn’t matter

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Size doesn\'t matter

Dear wedding gown designers and manufacturers,

We are not all perfect size two’s. Nor is every woman a Marilyn Monroe-esque size twelve (and pushing the top of your size spectrum). No, it’s time for you needle pushers and thread pullers to realize that brides come in ALL dimensions.

I understand that you ardently believe that the best way to showcase your clothing is by selling it only to skinny-minnies. But are you equally aware that there are scores of ladies who don’t fit your paradigm who want to wear something shapely and sexy during their nuptial celebrations?


That sealed and stamped, who else here hates the fact that a lot of bridal lines only go up to a size sixteen? Not to mention that a size sixteen in wedding wear is more like a size twelve in street clothes. What’s up with that? Where did these people get the idea that plus sized brides don’t care about looking fabulous? Because that’s seriously not true. Duh.

So, what’s a big beautiful bride to do? Wear whatever makes her feel gorgeous, of course. But if you are looking for some advice, consider rocking an A-line gown in a medium-weight fabric like silk shantung or satin, which will create a smooth silhouette. A basque waist can lengthen the body and low neckline can accentuate a full bust. Checkout PlusSizeBridal for ideas. Their selection of gowns (like the matte satin number with metallic embroidery, intricate beading, and cathedral length train above) will knock your socks off.