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Manolo for the Brides | Manolo Loves the Brides! - Part 346

The Hong Kong Bride

Hong Kong PhooeyHong Kong Phooey

Manolo says, Manolo’s internet friend the Spirit Fingers, she has commented in her inimitable way upon the peculiar customs of the brides of the Hong Kong.

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The Laptop Bride

Laptop Bride: Using The Internet To Plan Your Dream Wedding by Cathy Lynn

The Laptop Bride by Cathy Lynn

Manolo says, the Manolo he recently saw this book in the bookstore and so leafed through it. If like the Manolo you are the internet person, comfortable with using the net to do the shopping, and unlike the Manolo you are the bride to be, then this book it may be helpful to your in your preperations for the big day.

It had much good information about using the internets effectively to plan the wedding. Sadly, the Manolo he must report that there is no mention of the Manolo or his humble Manolo for the Brides blog.

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The Running of the Brides

Manolo says, here is the amusing article on the chaos that is the annual Filene’s Basement bridal sale, this one held in the Pittsburgh last Friday.

Friday marked Filene’s annual Bridal Gown Sale – jokingly referred to by some as “the running of the brides” – and well before sunrise the wedding-bargain hunters already were queuing outside.

By 7:45 a.m., there must have been more than a hundred, including moms, grooms, maids of honor, future mothers-in-law, friends, and loved ones of every description. Some “teams” wore bright matching hats, scarves, and even purple bunny ears to help them distinguish each other from everyone else in the trenches.

At 7:50 a.m., some 10 minutes before the doors would open, they broke out in a determined chant: “Let us in! Let us in!”

On the other side of the doors were 1,400 wedding dresses priced at a drastic markdown. The sale lasts one day only, and dresses are non-returnable, but the prices are right.

Gowns once priced at $800-$8,000 were tagged at $249-$699. Because of a strict agreement between Filene’s Basement and its vendors, the gowns’ brand names can’t be advertised, but some of them are straight from the studios of swanky bridal ateliers from both sides of the Atlantic.

Manolo says, you must read the whole article to get the proper flavor of the brides gone mad with the shopping frenzy.

Here is also the article on the Running of the Brides in the New York

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Designer Wedding Gown Auctions

Manolo says, if you like to look at the pictures of the wedding gowns up for the auctions, the Manolo he would like to remind you that he has built the site where you can do just that: The Designer Wedding Gown Auctions.

Here, if you are searching for the gown from the Monique Lhuillier or the Vera Wang or the Oled Cassini, or you are just the looky-loo, you can see what is out there.

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Celebrate with the Rene Caovilla

Rene Caovilla Beaded Mesh Mule    Manolo Likes!  Click!
Rene Caovilla Silk Moire and Mesh Beaded Slingback      Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, this blog it has languished while the Manolo he has been occupied with other matters. However, now that the other things they are more managable, the Manolo he has decided to revive this blog.

In honor of this new commitment to the bridal-blogging, and of the course, in honor of the new version of the Manolo’s Shoe Blog, the Manolo he gives you two beautiful and fancy pairs of the Rene Caovilla suitable for the celebrating.

As with many of the shoes of the Rene Caovilla, these shoes would be perfect for the wearing by the bride. They are most super fantastic!

(Of the course, they are also both on the deep discount at the Bluefly.com.)

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Anne Klein For the Bride

Anne Klein New York - Flava (Snow White Satin) - Women's

Manolo says, these beautiful shoes from the Anne Klein, they are on the sale, 51% off! Reduced over $100 of the American dollars.

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Short and Sweet

Monique LhuillierMelissa SweetWatters Bridal

As you can see, thanks to the suitcases surrounding the model in the Melissa Sweet dress in the upper right, these short dresses are perfect for the more simple affair – the elopement, the second marriage or perhaps the ceremony on your parent’s front porch.

As someone who’s been down the aisle more than once, I’m especially happy to say that most of the bridal designers are now including short dresses in their lines. Sometimes a girl just wants to forget about all the overblown formal wedding stuff, and rush off to Paris, or New Orleans, or city hall for a simple ceremony.

Happily, thanks to the likes of Monique Lhuillier, Melissa Sweet, and Watters Bridal (shown above) we can find short dresses that allow us the freedom to do as we please but are still unmistakably wedding dresses. We can have the best of both worlds. We can feel justified in ditching the over-priced caterers, byzantine seating charts, and unpleasant in-laws, but still look fabulous.

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