Archive for June, 2009

Gather Ye Skirts While Ye May

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

It’s no secret that I love gathered ruched skirts on wedding gowns. Twistie, on the other hand, longs to grab the nearest iron! But my love does come with a few caveats… the gathers have to look sort of natural, rather like one has been enjoying an impromtu picnic in one’s wedding gown on the morning of the ceremony. And the skirt itself must be full enough to facilitate that aesthetic.

There is another sort of gathered ruched skirt (usually found on the bridesmaid) that I’ve come to hate, if only because it does not fulfill my requirements for a messy-but-not-too-messy full skirt. Take a gander at these bridesmaids’ dresses from Raylia Designs:

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Now is it just me, or do these skirts look like someone put a tube sock on a ferret and let it roll around for a while*? You know what I mean — the ferret does a little breakdance and the sock gets all skootched up around its midsection. It’s not very attractive on the ferret or on the bridesmaid!

*Dear PETA: Don’t hurt me. I swear the ferret was having fun.

My Big Fat ______ Wedding

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

One of the big problems with writing about weddings for a living is that when your own wedding rolls around, no one wants to help you plan it. All right, maybe family and friends might want to help you plan your wedding, but they assume that you know exactly what you want and how to get it and therefor don’t need any wedding planning help. Or, worse, they are afraid to offer suggestions or lend a hand because they think you’ll get po’ed. Needless to say, I did not have a big fat German/Russian/Scottish/French/Whatever wedding.

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I can see the same thing happening to professed wedding enthusiasts, which I know many of our readers are. Your loved ones may assume that you don’t need or want any help putting together your ceremony and reception because, well, you obviously know all there is to know about weddings. Then again, maybe you’re drowning under a sea of well-intentioned busybodies who are insisting that you simply must hire their hairdresser’s niece to create your wedding cake, since she just completed a cake decorating course at adult extension. The grass is always greener, right?

Today we’re curious to know about your wedding planning experience? Did your family let you know what their expectations were? Did your friends make not-so-subtle suggestions where the food, drink, or dresses were concerned? Or was your wedding planning experience more like my own, where you found yourself waiting for help that never materialized? Vote in the poll and then elaborate in the comments!

Image via Sandie Bertrand Photography

WE Strikes Again

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

(Note: this was meant to go up on saturday, but clearly I am made of fail and hit the wrong button, because I found it this morning lurking in the depths of the saved drafts. Sorry.)

So.

We’re two weeks into a new series of Bridezillas over on WETV. So far the horror entertainment has included a bride choosing to believe that the groom’s concerns about people not wanting to wander from table to table searching for clues in the reception game of Clue meant that his family was far to stupid to follow the directions; a bride who demanded that all her bridesmaids weigh a minimum of 200 pounds in hopes that this would make her (the bride) the only pretty woman in the wedding party (no hope there, because mean is the ugliest thing on any person); and a psychobunny from the depths of perdition who crashed the bachelor party, socked a woman outside the club in the head because she just felt like hitting someone, is willing to change lanes into one going the wrong direction in order to avoid a) traffic and b) a bridesmaid trying to have a serious conversation with her, and will tomorrow night throw a hissey fit about chocolate cake that may put last season’s veil-ripping drama junkie to shame. Seriously, she’s going into her third week on the show while the other brides profiled thus far have only lasted one ep each. The standard is two episodes. I’m beginning to think Valerie may wind up being in every episode this season.

These people are making my hair itch.

There is, however, one WETV wedding-related show that I’m seriously enjoying. Amazing Wedding Cakes is a fun look behind the scenes at several different wedding cake designers/bakers across the US. Each week the viewer gets taken through the steps from initial client consultation to delivery of the finished product.

The fun is what happens in between. You get to see how the design is developed, how many hands get involved in creating each cake masterpiece, and sometimes even the fun of getting a multi-tier cake to the venue on time in a taxicab.

As a longtime cake junkie who makes ’em tasty, but not that pretty, I’m fascinated by this show. I love watching the cakes come together, the in-jokes, the meltdowns in both buttercream and emotion, the pride taken in a job well done, and the frustrations when things don’t work out as planned.

Also, seriously, if you’ve hired someone to make an elaborate wedding cake for you, don’t try to change the design a couple days before the event. One bride called the bakery two days before her wedding just as the head designer was smoothing that gorgeous terra cotta colored fondant over the second tier of her cake to say she’d decided she wanted white instead.

Don’t do that to your baker. It’s Just Not Nice.

If you haven’t watched Amazing Wedding Cakes, be sure to check it out. It’s a lot of fun! (WETV Sunday, 10pm/9 Central). As they say: No guts, no ganache!

For When You’re Lucky in Love?

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

I think it’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of the wedding favor. It’s not that I think it’s horrible, more that I firmly believe that it’s in the first line of what should be cut when your budget is tight. It’s not required, it’s often left behind making it wasteful, and really most of us are quite old enough to enjoy a party without taking home a toy prize to boot.

On the other hand, every once in a while something comes along that I think is kind of a fun idea for a favor if you’re interested in giving one. Just yesterday, my brother the medieval historian who has been playing and running RPGs (role playing games, for the uninitiated) since Dungeons & Dragons was three staple-bound booklets, brought just such a favor idea to my attention.

For some reason beyond my understanding, Word Press has decided not to allow me to post a picture today. Humph. (Note to Word Press: no, I will not be downloading another freaking browser! I already had to download Firefox because you won’t format correctly in Safari. It’s your turn to compromise. Wait a minute…I can add graphics on the other two Manolosphere blogs I write for. What’s the beef here?)

Anyway, until that gets sorted out, I guess all I can do is link to the pictures (and video) of the cute custom dice I’m talking about. They’re from Custom Dice.com and you can have them made up however you like.

Why dice as a favor? Well, they can fit a theme nicely, whether it’s ‘lucky in love’ ‘casino night’ ‘geeks in love’ or ‘we’re taking a chance.’ Dice are useful whether the person in question enjoys playing craps, goes dungeoning and dragoning on a semi-regular basis, or just keeps losing the dice to the Monopoly set. If someone doesn’t want them, someone else can probably use them. What’s more, they’re not expensive. Prices start at a dollar apiece for thirty standard sized dice with pips and your name engraved on them. A hundred translucent dice with a custom logo instead of pips run “less than a dollar and fifty cents each.” If your reception crowd runs more heavily to RPGers than board gamers or gamblers, you can get your dice with different numbers of sides (I saw at a glance four-sided and ten-sided as well as the standard six-sided dice)…you can even get dominoes, though I wouldn’t recommend that as a wedding favor unless you’re inviting a very small number of people all of whom are buggy about dominoes.

Are they for everybody? No. But if they’re for you, then roll the dice and have fun!

Getting There Can Be Half the Fun

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Stretch Hummer party limo with full bar and disco mode? Yawn. Rolls Royce Silver Dawn? It’s been done. Bright yellow Lamborghini? All right, that’s a little more interesting, but let me present you with a few alternative wedding day transportation ideas.

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Brides and grooms who are lucky enough to be holding their wedding ceremony and wedding reception in locales where there’s an abundance of land or water should think about ditching the road-based transportation in favor of something more unusual.

Rock the Boat, Baby
If your ceremony and reception venues are on the water, you can pull up to the nearest dock in a rented boat. Search for “boat rental” and your zip code, or find the nearest marina at Marinamate.com. Take this idea off the table if either the bride or groom is prone to seasickness or if the weather in your chosen locale is unpredictable. There’s nothing worse than being on the water in your wedding gown during a freak hurricane!

Get High (Tee Hee)
Want a great view of your wedding venue? You can charter a helicopter at Helicopterrides.thrillplanet.com—wedding party transfers are one of the services they offer. Just make sure you stay in the chopper until the blades have stopped spinning so you don’t destroy your bridal hairstyle.

The quieter option is seriously old school. Getting from place to place in a hot balloon isn’t practical, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an open air interlude between your ceremony and your reception. Find a willing balloonist at Hotairballoon.thrillplanet.com or 1800skyride.com/BalloonRides.

Photo via Visio Photography
Excerpted partially from iDo

LOVE/HATE: The It’s a Long Story Edition

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Longinvitation is long:

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Omg, LOVE.

What say you?

Why You Should Always Eat a Little Something Before the Wedding

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

On the morning of my wedding, my stylist looked me straight in the eye and said “Honey, a glass of champagne and a bite of a muffin do not breakfast make.” Guests have it so easy, sitting there in pews or folding chairs while the bride, groom, and their attendants stand stock still in dress shoes for the duration of the wedding ceremony.

Unless, that is, they fall over, like this groomsman, who probably did not have any breakfast. The temptation to skip the pre-wedding meal is always there… think of the bride or bridesmaid who wants to avoid a foodbaby or the groom or groomsman who is in too much of a rush to grab a bite. Unfortunately, some of us do not handle low blood sugar as well as others, and a fainting bridal party, while occasionally humorous, does not make for picturesque ceremony photos.

Brides and grooms, do yourselves a favor and bring a little snack with you to wherever it is you’re getting dressed and prepped for the wedding ceremony. Remind your bridesmaids and groomsmen that it’ll be a while before the reception meal is served, especially if you’re taking wedding photographs after the ceremony. Better yet, equip the bridal (and, uh, groomal?) chamber with a fruit plate or a platter of bagels for everyone, including your stylist, to nosh on while ties are tied and makeup is applied.