Archive for November, 2006

If money was no object

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Am I the only one stressed out by all the holiday prep? I’m not cooking anything for Turkey day (I’m a vegetarian, anyway), but I still have plenty to do. When things get out of hand, I relax by imagining I’m a billionaire who can pay someone to take care of ALL THIS STUFF. If you, too, want to be a mental billionaire, have a gander at Forbes’ article on billionaire weddings.

The Trump heir finds romance

Here we see Donald Trump Jr. and his (surprise) model wife. They, like the Trump chump himself, tied the knot at the palatial Mar-a-Lago estate, which boasts a $45 million grand ballroom.

Forbes asks:

What kind of wedding would you have if money were no object? How about one with 10,000 flowers, 45 chefs, a 200-pound Grand Marnier Cake and live performances by Billy Joel and Tony Bennett.

Personally? I think I’d still have a modest wedding…but I’d have that modest wedding somewhere utterly gorgeous and I’d pay for all of my guests’ travel expenses. How about you?

Maxing out on calla lilies made easy

Monday, November 20th, 2006

Calla lilies are kind of overdone where weddings are concerned, in my humble opinion, but I love them anyway. In art and some religious traditions, they symbolize purity of heart and of you-know-what, as well as virtue. Of course, if you go back a few thousand years, you find that calla lilies were also associated with lustfulness. Legend has it that when the goddess Venus saw the beauty of the lily, she caused the thick yellow stamen (wink) to grow up from its center (wink, wink), marring its perfection.

In the present, calla lilies represent a popular nuptial “theme” flower. Personally, I believe that themes are best applied to wedding decor in moderation, i.e. sparingly. There is only so far a theme will take you before your reception hall will start to look like a grade school classroom.

But, if you do for some odd reason, feel compelled to max out on a theme and your theme just happens to be calla lilies, you will find no shortage of wedding schwag to see you through.

Masterpiece White Calla Lilies Invitation and Note Card Kit - 50 Sets

Give your guests a botanical heads up with DIY white calla lilies invitation and note cards.

That\'s easy enough...now who sits where...

Then tell ’em where to sit with calla lily place cards!

Masterpiece White Calla Lilies Letterhead - 8.5 x 11 - 25 Sheets

If you’re planning to hand out a wedding program–how else are guests supposed to know who the major players in your wedding are?–why not print it on creamy calla lily paper?

Okay, now we\'re going overboard

Don’t forget the calla lily unity candle! Wouldn’t want anyone to miss your theme, here!

I beg of you, do not go crazy with your theme! Color, yes. Theme, no.

And then finish off your floral look with a calla lily cake topper, like this porcelain design featuring a keepsake bottom.

Links for a lazy Sunday

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

Is he standing on a box or something?

Um, either Katie is bending her knees a bit or Tom is wearing elevator shoes because she usually towers over him in flats. That said, congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs. Cruise. In case you were unaware, they were married in a 15th-Century castle in Bracciano, Italy. Armani designed the wedding duds. And the couple’s vows were likely Scientologist through and through. There is a breakdown of the ceremony elements at the Daily News of Halifax. Here’s a peek:

…they may be told that newlywed “girls” expect “frills” and maybe a cat, and young men are prone to “forget” their promises.

Um, okay. Moving on.

Can’t see buying your diamonds the regular way? Want to pretend you’re buying your baubles on the stock exchange? Then look no further than IDEX Online. In their own words:

Derived in real-time from actual asking prices of the global diamond industry, IDEX Online Diamond Prices objectively reflects price trends as they happen. The Diamond Index and Diamond Drivers were formulated following comprehensive research and analysis of the IDEX inventory database, aggregated since February 2001.

And, finally, if you’re of the rainbow persuasion (getting hitched somewhere like New Jersey, perhaps), the Rainbow Wedding Network Magazine may be right up your alley. From rings to etiquette to gifts, this online mag highlights the best in gay-friendly wedding gear. Requires subscription.

A beautiful gathering

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Though many gowns have decorative and non-functional bustling incorporated into their designs, the bustles that keep new brides from tripping over their trains while dancing are usually installed by a seamstress. A good seamstress will be able to determine upon examining a dress what bustle design will both look good and work well. I don’t know about you guys, but I find bustles infinitely fascinating. For one thing, a well-done bustle just looks absolutely stunning. And anything that will keep me from ripping the hem off a long gown with a high heel (something I’ve actually done) is golden in my book.

Many brides-to-be know very little about bustles–other than the fact that they will be needing one. And a quick Google search reveals a lot of sites that talk about bustles but few that actually feature accompanying illustrations. Which is all right, I suppose, except what good is knowing that an underbustle (or French bustle) is created by pulling “over” sections of the train and securing them on the waistline or at designated points on the back of the train? I want to see bustles in action, baby!

If you, too, want to see the best in bustles, I highly advise you to check out The Great Bustle Debate at Leanna.com or the Trains, Etc. glossary at Weddings.Pirate-King.com. Both illustrate their discourses on bustling with pictures of the bustles in question.

And that underbustle I was talking about? Well, it looks like this:

How do they do it?

Handy with a needle and thread? Try making your own bustle using the directions at About.com.

Great headpieces. Not so great web site.

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

There are plenty of veil-makers out there. But most haven’t been in business since 1922. Edward Berger, however, has been topping off beautiful blushing brides for about 80 years and continues to create stylish, sparkly, and sometimes funky veils, headpieces, crowns, and tiaras in New York City’s Fashion District.

You want a fingertip length veil with a wide lace edge? Done.

It\'s not your average veil.

You want a veil that keeps going and going and going? Oh, and also has rhinestones? Not a problem.

Just don\'t trip on it.

And you want to pair it with the perfect headpiece? Sure thing. The friendly folks at Edward Berger will answer any questions you have about putting together the perfect wedding day look.

Perhaps when you call you can politely ask them to organize their web gallery a little better…they could start by grouping all of the veils together instead of mixing them hapharzardly in with the headpieces.

Playing with food

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

Remember the Mario Bros. and XBOX cakes? In the grand tradition of video game themed groom’s cakes, may I present the Galaga cake:

BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP

Wade of Rockett Science sent me a link to this most unusual cake…I say unusual because most cakes do not have an upright portion. In case you don’t know, Galaga was a fixed shooter arcade game released by Namco in 1981. Try your hand at playing it here.

But wait, there’s more. r4kk4 of Glitter Pissing crafted a number of cakes that would make perfect groom-specific confections (or a neat treat for a gamer bride):

Up Up Down Down Left Right Start

All I can say here is \"wow\"

Wow!

Bride or mother of the bride?

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

Nice, but I\'d like to know more. Are you listening, Daymor?

I love the simple elegance of this Daymor dress. At least, I think it’s a dress. It may be a two-piece suit with a skirt that ends promptly at the knee, for all this picture tells me. What I really hate about some of the designers and manufacturers of wedding wear is the lack of information available on the web. I’m not saying they should necessarily sell their wares online, but how about a little information above and beyond model numbers (in this case, 4001)?

Seriously. I had a look about to see if I could find a retailer stocking this classy, feminine number that could provide me with a little more information. I discovered only that Style Number 4001 is available in regular and plus sizes, and comes in a range of hues from ice white to champagne to lilac to teal to black.

I also learned that Daymor Couture dresses are designed for MOBs – but a quick look at their collection tells me that most of their dresses would be better suited to the brides themselves. I mean, what bride wants mom to show up at the wedding wearing a soft white off-the-shoulder dress with a delicate lace overlay on the bodice or a sleek spaghetti-strap sheath gown in crystal?