Archive for September, 2009

LOVE/HATE: The Floater Edition

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

The talented owner of Doloris Petunia’s Everything Lovely, maker of amazing chunky necklaces and sweet custom wedding accessories, recently posted this fascinating necklace. I immediately thought “bride.” Perhaps it’s just that a lot of ladies don’t have the courage to wear something so in-your-face except on their wedding days? Not that they shouldn’t wear an ostentatious necklace every day if they want to. I’m wearing a tiara right now! But many, many do not.

floating necklace wedding

The $90 Floating Statement Necklace, as she calls it, can be customized to the bride’s specs, whether she wants a particular netting color, pattern of gems, gem quality or color, or the overall size. According to the description, the necklace floats around one’s neckline, making me think it would look quite fetching with a simple sheath wedding dress or even a more elaborate gown, provided Doloris Petunia can do a bit of crafty matching so there’s no jarring disconnect between the embellishments on your frock and your necklace.

I’ll cast my vote for love, assuming one could get fairly invisible netting so that the gems really do appear to float. I eagerly await the day the creatrix posts a pic with the necklace on a model. Preferably a bridal model, naturally. What say you?

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One Sweet Union

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Though cake toppers I can get behind are few and far between, I’m almost always in favor of the formation of a union between the humble cake topper and sweets. Particularly if said cake topper is made of chocolate, and especially if it’s made out of really, really nice chocolate.

same-sex wedding cake topper 2

For those same-sex couples thinking of marrying in or around Manhattan, Martine’s Chocolates, a popular New York City chocolatier, now offers three styles of same-sex matrimonial duos crafted from fine chocolate. The chocolate grooms come dressed in tuxedos and boutonnieres, while the brides come in two, ahem, flavors: romantic and contemporary. The romantic brides hold bouquets and wear billowing wedding gowns, while the contemporary brides toppers are clad in form fitting wedding dresses.


And here’s a fun aside. More people in the U.S. are playing for keeps when it comes to marriage, or at least stopping at just one. New Census data shows 76% of Americans who have ever been married have married just once, reflecting a choice to stay with their partner or to not remarry after divorce or the death of a spouse. Nearly 20% of Americans have married twice and only about 5% have married three or more times, according to USA Today.

Follow Us On Twitter

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

computer bride

Yep, that’s right! Manolo for the Brides is now on Twitter! Check us out for mini tips and more, daily. Or almost daily. You know how it is. Leave a comment pointing us to you if you’re a bride or wedding vendor rocking the tweets.

A Horse(less Buggy) of a Different Color

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Being drawn to and from one’s wedding ceremony site isn’t a tradition grounded in religion or history, but I’d venture to call it an established tradition nonetheless (even if the romantic nature of the carriage ride is simply part of the idealized princess aesthetic that some brides like). The iconic horse drawn carriage, however, is one form of wedding transportation that the folks at PETA would like to see phased out, particularly in New York City.

peta carriage horses

Two members of the group felt so strongly about what they see as the plight of carriage horses that they staged a wedding and a protest at the same time. In full view of the line of carriages that wait for passengers in Central Park, they said their wedding vows, sliced their wedding cake, and drove off in an electric buggy festooned with a sign reading “JUST HITCHED and not to a Carriage!”

If [Paul Kercheval and Kelly Respess] have their way, a fleet of electric cars resembling vintage automobiles will replace the carriages – retaining, the couple says, Central Park’s old-world flavor while relieving the horses of their burden and being kind to the environment.

“We chose to get hitched. Those horses don’t have that choice,’” said Respess, who wore a fluffy, snow-white gown and carried a bouquet of red roses and white lilies.

Huh. Weddings paired with protests irk me more than a little, if only because you’ll have the rest of your lives to protest, but only one day to enjoy celebrating your newly created union with family and friends. Charitable wedding favors that contribute to an animal welfare organization are one thing; it seems a bit gauche to involve loved ones attending your wedding in a protest that they might not necessarily support or involve themselves in otherwise. One hopes that Kercheval and Respess at least warned their wedding guests that their PETA-endorsed ceremony would be held on a street corner.

That said, I have no doubt that some carriage drivers mistreat their horses, but I lived with two Central Park carriage drivers when I called New York home. They treated their horses like gold, even going so far as to buy a building in Manhattan and renovating it to create a state-of-the-art city stable. Besides the fact that their horses were an investment and their source of livelihood, they loved their animals like pets. They also trained their horses to feel comfortable with city life, e.g., honking cars, loud music, and pedestrians. The NY SPCA monitors the condition in which horses are kept by carriage drivers, and if there are signs of abuse, tighter regulations might be a better answer than banning the carriages altogether.

That’s my opinion… what do you think?

Hanging Out, Getting Hitched

Monday, September 21st, 2009

I occasionally answer wedding-related questions via Aardvark and yesterday I got this gem: “Is wearing a$$less chaps good wedding etiquette? My friend just threatened to make me wear them to his wedding.” In composing my answer I was reminded of how important it is that one repeat “To each their own” a few times before rendering judgment on a wedding or a wedding dress or a choice of reception menu.

The bride and groom want their attendants in assless chaps? That’s fine as long as they accept that they may have to deal with one or more prospective bridesmaids or groomsmen declining to be in the wedding party. Naked wedding? Sure, just don’t ask your guests to disrobe unless you’re a part of the nudist community. Video game wedding? Bring it on! Sci-fi wedding? I’ll be the first to say “Live long an prosper.”

How about a wedding where body modification takes center stage because throughout the ceremony both the bride and the groom are hanging by what is apparently known as a suicide suspension?

goth wedding

Let’s just say I’d never tell a bride or a groom not to go there, but boy howdy if it doesn’t give me the willies just a little bit.

Twistie’s Sunday Caption Madness: The Finger Lickin’ Good Edition

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Greetings caption fans! It’s time once again to play Twistie’s Sunday Caption Madness. You all know how this works. I post a pic with great caption potential. You all lob your best shots at it via the comments box, and next saturday I declare a winner. Got that? Good! Then here we go.


How to Dress Appropriately for Anyone’s Wedding

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Many’s the time I’ve seen a nervous soon-to-be wedding guest panic over what to wear to the big event. It’s a question that comes up again and again in advice columns and Yahoo questions, and around water coolers at multinational corporate offices. Really, though, it’s not that difficult. It’s mostly a matter of common sense combined with a touch of information.

So what are the rules? How to approach the question? Read on and learn, my friends.