Archive for February, 2011

Redneck and Proud of It

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Every twice in a while, a bridal reality show comes along behind my back. This was definitely the case with CMTs My Big Redneck Wedding. At least it makes a change from bridal weight-loss shows. Here’s what CMT has to say about the show:

CMT gives a whole new meaning to for better or for worse. After scouring the country to find the most down-home country couples, CMT documents their journey down the aisle, as outrageous and over the top as it might be. Each episode, hosted by Tom Arnold, will feature a different redneck wedding, each with its own rustic eccentricities, whether it is a four-legged best man, a romantic beer can canopy, a celebratory shotgun salute or a reception filled with mattress surfing and mud wrestling.

The couple shown above, Chris and Jennifer Rodriguez, chose the Redneck Yacht Club for their venue, sent out beer bottle invitations, and were married (well, they’d actually already had a civil wedding beforehand) under an arch of mufflers. The bride and groom both wore camouflage, and their ring bearer was a remote-controlled Chevy truck.

Hey, whatever floats their boats, right? That’s what we say here at Manolo for the Brides. We believe in freedom of expression and defining fun for yourselves, after all.

There is, however, one thing that gives me pause about the experience the Rodriguez’s had. Here’s the thing as reported in the Herald Tribune:

Once they were chosen for “Redneck Wedding,” they began making arrangements with a reality show producer. Things did not go smoothly.

“We kept butting heads,” Jennifer says.

Negotiations continued right up to New Year’s Day with a new producer.

“They started to get you drunk before I even got there,” Chris says. “And when I got there, they gave me a bottle of Hennessy.”

Seriously, folks, if you have to get your reality show participants drunk to get them to agree to your plans, chances are you’re exploiting them rather than making their dreams come true.

That said, as much as I’m not a redneck kind of gal at all… I have to admit the idea of playing horseshoes with toilet seats is oddly appealing to me.

I just hope that other couples don’t need to be sloshed to find the producers’ ideas happy-making.

LOVE/HATE: The Now You See Me, Now You Don’t Edition

Friday, February 18th, 2011

I thought of this edition of LOVE/HATE after reading this post over at Encore Bride – she talks about and includes pictures of getting ready with her groom. Are those gasps, I’m hearing? I know some people will gasp at the notion of a bride and groom (or bride and bride or groom and groom) getting ready for the wedding in the same room. That means no big reveal of the wedding dress or whatever the marrying parties have chosen to wear and no sweet ‘first glimpse’ reaction shots at the beginning of the wedding ceremony. “It’s tradition!” some people will say. But come on… so many of today’s couple’s live together before getting hitched, or at least have intimate knowledge of one another. At this point, so much of tradition is just play acting.

The big reveal? Should be entirely optional. If a couple wants to keep what they’re wearing secret until the wedding ceremony and sleep apart and so on, fab. And if a couple wants to share a bed before the big day and dress in the same space, also fab. I LOVE the idea of a couple who’s comfortable with the idea sharing tie tying and dress zipping duties! Frankly, it sounds like a lot of fun, and maybe even less nerve-wracking than being in a room full of friends with a photographer, not knowing what your other half is up to. What do you think? Would you get dressed with your sweetie on your wedding day?

Image: Cholmondelly

Wood You Be Mine?

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Wood can be used SO many ways in weddings, whether you’re talking about wood grain prints or a wedding cake with the look of real wood. But there’s nothing like the real thing, or so they say! Wood doesn’t even have to be particularly rustic, in case you fear countrification. Here are seven ways to use wood in your wedding, all of which are super sweet:

via Intimate Weddings


A Most Unusual Wedding Venue

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Forget ballrooms or catering halls and museums and art galleries – at least if you happen to be planning a wedding in Miami. The new hot space in which to say your vows in that corner of Florida is a really surprising one. Because it is a parking garage. Sure, it’s a seriously nice parking garage designed by the Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron (designers of both the Tate Modern and Beijing’s Olympic Stadium)… and it did cost $65 million.

Actually, even though it usually plays host to more high end automobiles than people, it’s not a bad choice if you’re looking for an unusual wedding venue. On top of 360-degree views and sky-high ceilings, it features embedded artwork and a grand staircase just right for making dramatic entrances and picturesque exits. Plus, wedding guests are guaranteed a place to park – since they’ll be stashing their cars one floor below the ceremony and reception space.

I have to say, I like it. It’s unusual, most certainly, but definitely a striking choice for the less-than-ordinary couple. What do you think? Could you get over the fact that this wedding venue is a garage by day?

11 Sustainable Wedding Trends for 2011

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Tracy of Recycled Bride, a huge bride-to-bride network for buyers and sellers of stuff like wedding dresses, ceremony accessories, reception decor, and more wrote to me recently to ask me to share her 11 sustainable wedding trends for 2011. And I thought, why not? As you probably know, I sort of recently started writing over at Green Manolo, so sustainability is definitely a topic that’s on my mind!

1. Diamonds are no longer a girl’s best friend: Inspired by the sapphire ring that Prince William gave to Kate Middleton, alternative gemstones are all the rage for engagements in 2011. Brides will express their individual style — and avoid conflict diamonds — with rings made of colored stones like sapphires, emeralds, and rubies, and sparkly diamond alternatives like moissonite and synthetic diamonds.

2. Chalkboard chic: Stylish slate signs will take the place of paper wedding programs, seating cards, and menus. Chalkboard signs can be made to look elegant and fancy or sweet and rustic, and can be created inexpensively at home using scavenged picture frames, chalkboard paint, and a little creativity. Reducing paper waste at your wedding never looked so stylish!

3. Weddings go local: Farmer’s market menus and locally sourced favors and gifts are hip as can be this year. By doing their wedding shopping locally, couples minimize their carbon footprint, support their local economy, and delight guests with unique details they won’t find elsewhere. This trend caught fire after Chelsea Clinton’s locally lovely wedding in Rhinebeck, New York, and will continue well into 2011.


Happy Valentine’s Day from Manolo for the Brides!

Monday, February 14th, 2011

As always, on what is for some – and hopefully for YOU – a most romantic 24-hour period, we want to say Happy Valentine’s Day! If today is the day that your darling pops the question or if you’ll be saying your vows in one year’s time, do let us know in the comments. (And I should add a big happy birthday to all the folks who, like La Paloma, were born on this lovely, lovely day!)

Because Sometimes You Just Can’t Stop at One

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

via Mail Online
This is Helene Manca, now Mrs. Joe Glass. This is one of the nine wedding gowns she wore at her wedding and reception. That’s right, nine wedding gowns in one day.

In point of fact, this is the gown she wore for the ceremony. As the day wore on into the early hours of the next day, she changed her clothes for: her arrival at the reception, cocktail hour, banquet, the speeches, cutting the cake, the first dance, dancing, and the 2:00am disco. Each gown was worn anywhere from a measly thirty minutes to as long as two hours.

How did the lady wind up with so very many wedding gowns? Read on, my friends, read on.