The Mud-Slinging Grooms Cake

So, apparently, this is a thing now…

Grooms cake shaped like tire in chocolate mud.

Grooms cake shaped like tire in chocolate mud.

Grooms cake shaped like tire in chocolate mud.

Grooms cake shaped like tire in chocolate mud.

Grooms cake shaped like tire in chocolate mud.

Grooms cake shaped like tire in chocolate mud.

Groom’s cakes shaped like tires spinning chocolate mud onto a pretty bride’s cake. The thing about this is that, as you can see from the examples above, the skill level of the cake decorator has to be pretty high for this to not look like an awful mess.

Men’s Diamond Cross

Men’s Diamond Crosses are a trendy piece of jewelry these days; with the increasing penetration of the music culture, many pop icons and rap stars wear them to set themselves apart. Traditionally, fashion has always been associated with women, however as times have changed fashion does not remain restricted to women alone. Men are equally interested in looking good, wearing the best clothes, designer wear, and especially things that are custom made. Rather than buying something off the rack people prefer to add a personal touch to most of their possessions; the reason being the desire to look distinct, to stand out in the crowd. One way this can be done is through accessorizing, and a really cool accessory that can help make a statement is a Men’s Diamond Cross.

Men’s Diamond Cross pendants comes in a variety of sizes, designs and shades, thereby giving the option of choosing one that best suits you. Also, they can be customized according to your need so that you are able to get something distinct and eye catching. Their prices vary depending on the amount of diamond it has and its size. Because there is a great variety available, you can choose one that is affordable for you.
Before planning on buying a Men’s Diamond Cross, there are a number of things that you should consider so that you make a smart investment. The first thing is to decide how much you are willing to spend on it. Remember that more money does not guarantee more class. However you should have a modest budget so that you can play around with it, and are able to stretch a bit in order to get what is best for you. Another thing to consider is the size. Choose a size that compliments your body type. A big cross is likely to give you the “bling” factor, but it might be bulky and become a nuisance to handle and maintain.

Since it is diamond, it is a great investment and is likely to appreciate in value. Therefore, you must consider the caratage of the diamonds so that you are able to make the most out of your investment. Also, the color of the diamonds should complement your style, so that you give off a vibe of fashion and class.

TraxNYC is one of the companies specializing in custom made jewelry and also have a great collection of designs for Men’s Diamond Crosses to choose from. Their customers include well known celebrities like Ludacris, Akon and Jay Z. They offer a variety of designs for Men’s Diamond Crosses to choose from at affordable prices, and their latest designs can be seen at traxnyc.com.

The Teacher’s Favor(ite)

Here’s an image from the Wedding Chicks that has set me to thinking…

Pencils as Wedding Favors

Pencils given out as a wedding favor, an idea which can only be described as smart, fun, and affordable.

But, of course, this is the perfect favor for teacher’s wedding, especially if you use promotional pencils, with the bride and groom’s names, or maybe a witty/charming/lovely saying.

The best part of this idea (aside from the fact that it’s 100% less boring than jordan almonds and just as inexpensive) is that it can be adapted for any sort of wedding, from the most stylish (see the picture above), to the most whimsical (use mulitcolored pencils with humorous sayings).

Yellow Pencil Wedding Favors

Or, if you’re into tradition, try yellow #2 pencils, which would work well with a more casual outdoorsy wedding featuring sunflowers and daisies.

LOVE/HATE: On and Off


This is the top of Rosa Clara’s new wedding gown, BASILEA.


So are both of these.

Rosa Clara’s latest line features a slew of gowns that are mostly strapless with sheer boleros on top. BASILEA is unique in that it features spaghetti straps and a more imaginative jacket with French cuffs.

Me? I LOVE this one. I like the clever nods to a man’s formal shirt combined with lacy, feminine details. I also rather love the elegant wedding dress yet stripped down ballgown underneath. And the pockets? Make me smile. I love pockets.

What say all of you? LOVE it? HATE it? Something in between?

On Flowers in a Wedding

Weddings are the beginning of a life-changing and life-long journey to create life and live happily ever after. Hence, flowers and herbs have been used since the ancient Greeks to symbolize love, happiness, luck and long lives. Usually, the brides, and sometimes the groom too, would wear flowers and herbs around their head to symbolize fertility, fidelity, purity and ward off evil spirits. In India, flower petals were sprinkle over the bride and groom at the end of the wedding ceremony as a magic shield against evil spirits as well. In England, a small girl would lead the bride and her bridesmaids to the church while sprinkling flower blossoms along the path to ensure a life filled with flowers and happiness. The small girl is now called “flower girl”.

Bridesmaids have also existed since ancient Greece, and they would make the floral decorations including bridal bouquet and boutonniere.

Herbs had had different meanings. Dill was considered the herb of lust, and when carried down the aisle the bride would lust only for her husband. The aphrodisiac power of dill has not been yet confirmed. Furthermore, the Ivy was used to represent enduring love.

Nowadays flowers are still used in wedding for tradition and to set a relaxing, youthful, festive, cheerful, joyful and lively atmosphere. Vases for weddings are used as decoration and to extend the beauty of its contents, which usually are flowers. Cylinder glasses are also used as centerpieces containing water, flowers and/or floating candles; but more often are used to hold alcoholic beverages.

The Post I’d Hoped I’d Never Have To Write


I well remember when I found the glories of Manolo for the Brides. Back then, the editor was the fabulous Never Teh Bride. I lapped up the pretties and the advice and the humor… and I always had something to say back.

That tendency got me the gig of filling in when Christa went on her honeymoon… which led to a regular weekend gig on the blog, and eventually it became my baby.

For the past five years and change, I have written about nearly every aspect of getting married and how marriage is changing. I’ve written about etiquette, trends, media representations, and the nuts and bolts of how to feed and entertain a large guest list while jumping through legal and cultural hoops. It’s been a blast, and I probably could have gone on for years.

But effective immediately, this here blog is shutting down, along with the rest of the Manolosphere. I know it’s a decision that’s been a long time coming for a variety of reasons. I’m just sad it had to happen.

I’ll miss you all terribly. I’ll miss sitting down at my computer to seek out the wild, the wooly, the ridiculous, and the endearing in the world of weddings.

On the upside, I can finally take Bridezillas off my DVR for good.

I wish all of you the very best of luck, the happiest of marriages, and every possible good thing.

Oh, and that illustration at the top? Well, things are not always what they seem on the surface. That’s good to remember when something happens that seems like the worst possible thing.

I’ve decided this was the kick in the pants I needed to move onward and upward with my writing career. I’m going to put together a book proposal or two and see what happens.

After all, when the wedding is over, it’s time for the next big adventure of your life.

I see no reason why this should be any different.

May the Force Be With Them

Check out this adorkable method of proposing marriage featured at The Mary Sue:

This is just the sort of imagination I love to see go into a proposal. Pick something that means something to the person you’re proposing to, and use it in a creative way.

ps: I hope she said yes!

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