Archive - December, 2010

From Us to You: Gorgeous New Year’s Eve Wishes from Manolo for the Brides!

We hope that all our lovely brides, former brides, grooms, and former grooms have a night to remember on this, the last day of 2010!

Bye, Bye Boring Wedding Speeches! Hello, Wedding Speech Bingo!

Admit it – unless you’re the bride or the groom or someone really close to the bride or groom, listening to wedding speeches can be kind of tedious. Not everyone knows how to give a great wedding speech, and not all wedding receptions time the service of the apps or cake to coincide with the speechifying. There’s not much any of us can do about it, which is why I’m loving Wedding Speech Bingo, a free download from One Fab Day. There are eight different Wedding Speech Bingo cards using the same basic phrases in different combinations, which means couples can print a card per table or give everyone at each table their own card. Want to be extra sweet? Have prizes at the ready for the winners!

Your Wedding Five-a-Day: Veggies

Fruit as centerpieces and fruit in bridal bouquets? Then there’s fruit on wedding cake, and even fruit used as place card holders. Fruit has definitely found its way into the modern day wedding for a lot of brides and grooms, with beautiful (and tasty) results. But what about the fruit’s more savory cousin, the vegetable? I’m not about to argue that fruit is prettier or lends itself more readily to use in centerpieces and such. Vegetable centerpieces are just as easy to DIY – just check out this video – and the arrangements below. Vegetables can even be used in a bridal bouquet, as demonstrated by floral designer Robert Blancaflor. Best part? Veggies are a lot cheaper than flowers for the bride who is on a budget!











Aren’t these pics all just gorgeous? The reception centerpieces are all super easy to DIY, though I can’t say I’d be the first person to stand up and choose that particular bridal bouquet. I do think that vegetables can be used in bouquets to good effect if you mix things up with some flowers, some vegetables, and some bridal bouquet accessories!

Pretty, Perfect Picnic Weddings

Ever since I was planning my own nuptials back in, jeez, 2006, I’ve been enamored with the idea of the picnic wedding. I know that picnic weddings conjure up images of an overwhelmingly rustic wedding in most people’s minds, but they shouldn’t. A picnic wedding – yes, complete with blankets and baskets – can be as elegant or as rustic as you want it to be. Picnic doesn’t translate into sandwiches and sodas, after all! There could be anything in those baskets and maybe the pillows on the blankets are silk. Here’s some sweet inspiration to get your mind going:


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And the Winner of the Hardcover Photo Book from Lulu Is…

The gorgeous Emily! Who says she wants to to make a book of photos from the first five years she and her hubbie-to-be have been together, which sounds like a lovely idea to me.

free photo book

Big congrats, Emily – I or someone from Lulu will be in touch soon with details on how you can redeem your prize!

P.S. – I am so, so sorry that the contest winner wasn’t announced sooner. Long story short, my family suffered a loss recently that made it very hard for me to keep up with certain things. Needless to say, future contest winners will be announced on time.

Easy-Peasy DIY Felt Wedding Bouquet

If you’re in the market for a fun, easy DIY bridal bouquet idea, have a look at La Belle Bride’s felt heart bouquet tutorial! You can make one for around $10, which is a helluva lot less than your standard bridal bouquet or anything similar you’ll find on Etsy.

Seriously, it’s easy. You don’t have to be an experienced or talented seamstress (or Ms. Martha) to make this bouquet. It’s one wedding DIY project you won’t have to stress over!

Merry Christmas from Manolo for the Brides

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Merry Christmas, everyone! And may all your wedding dreams come true.

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