Archive for January, 2009

Twiste’s Sunday Caption Madness: The Extreme Makeover Edition: The Result

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

As always, I’m so proud of the level of snarkitude displayed by our readers here at Manolo for the Brides. Last week I present you with this disturbing image:

And you came back at me with five gigglesome reactions.

Alas, there can be but one winner. This week it’s the always superfantastic TeleriB for this gem:

The Baroness wanted to be sure that it would be a wedding night for Destro to remember.

Congratulations, TeleriB! And thanks to everyone who played!

Simple Beauty

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Wedding gowns are frequently “busy.” I know my own was — it was festooned with crystals and beading and odd snakes of lace that wound their way about my bodice. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course. It’s just that a busy wedding gown almost inevitably ends up standing on its own. I was too aware of my own gown’s embellishments to add much more than a choker, a pair of matching earrings, and a plain gold bracelet. A veil or bridal tiara would have been serious overkill.

The beauty of simple wedding gowns is that you can go nuts with your bridal accessories… or not. The loveliest among them look wonderful without any embellishments at all.

Simple wedding gowns

These wedding gowns are from Vineyard’s 2009 collection and while I’m sure we’d all like to see a few more sleeves, it’s difficult to deny that these dresses are simply stunning.

LOVE/HATE: The Magic Eye Edition

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

In the past couple of years, mismatched bridesmaids were all the rage. Whether the bride dressed her bridesmaids in different styles but put them all in one color or carefully coordinated different colors of bridesmaids dresses in one particular style, there lots of ways to do the whole mismatched bridesmaids thing.

What I’m seeing now is bridesmaids’ dresses crafted out of patterned fabric — sometimes as the main uniform of all of the bridesmaids in the bridal party, and sometimes as a way to differentiate between honor attendants and other attendants. There are plaids for bridesmaids, there are polka dots for bridesmaids, and stripes for bridesmaids. Then there are the more subtle options, like these bridesmaids’ dresses from Dessy:

Bridesmaids\' dresses by Dessy

Okay, so the third dress isn’t particularly subtle at all. I guess that’s kind of the point. While I don’t really like that dress and I think the one in the middle looks like it took a ride on the vomit comet, the first dress is lovely and I’d like to see more bridesmaids’ dresses featuring patterned fabric that manages to be intriguing without screaming LOOKIT MAH PATTERN! Overall, I hate a lot of the patterned bridesmaids’ dresses out there right now, but I love the idea.

What say you? Is the look just unusual enough to be cool? Too hard to pull off? Too busy for a wedding?

To Press or Not to Press

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Apple wedding invitations

Wedding stationery experts Hello! Lucky just added a new option to their list of pretty stationery options. Up until now, they specialized in lovely letterpress printing, which I cannot deny absolutely rocks my socks. I love letterpress wedding stationery and am glad that it made a big comeback a few years ago. That said, not everyone can afford it. Heck, not everyone likes it!

And there are so many other printing options out there, from engraving (which uses a copper plate negative to create raised inked impressions in paper) to thermography (which mimics engraving using heat-treated colored resins to create raised lettering) to foil stamping (which also uses a copper plate negative except with foils instead of inks) to offset lithography (which uses a rubber cylinder or plate to transfer ink to paper).

So what is Hello! Lucky’s new option? Surprisingly, it’s digital printing, which is cheaper even than lithography because it utilizes high resolution digital printers to produce wedding invitations and thank you cards instead of more expensive printing equipment. All of the shop’s digital designs are printed on high-end museum quality cotton paper so your wedding invitations are going to look good, if not quite as good as letterpress invitations.

When it came to my own wedding invitations, I went with thermography, but that was because it was the only option offered with the paper I liked. Were I to go back and do it all again, I’d probably do DIY wedding invitations and print them myself. I’m curious to know what you chose or are thinking of choosing so I put together a little poll.

After you choose your answer, let us know why you chose (or are choosing) the wedding stationery you did (or will) in the comments.

Win a Wedding Gown from

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

preowned wedding dresses

Wedding gowns are frequently budget busters, so wouldn’t it be lovely if you could get one for free? One bride-to-be who isn’t weirded out by the notion of wearing someone else’s wedding gown will be able to do just that, as Preownedweddingdresses is giving away $1,500 worth of secondhand designer gown. Until February 28, you can fill out the contest entry form once a day, and the winner will be selected on March 2.

You can win any wedding dress available for sale on Preownedweddingdresses, regardless of size, designer, or style. Basically, you choose the wedding dress you want if you win, and if it costs $1,500 or less, the site will buy it outright from the consignment seller. If it costs more, they’ll pay the seller $1,500 toward the dress, and all you have to do is pony up the difference.

Good luck!

For Bride and Groom by Fade

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Want a wedding dress that falls outside of the mainstream, by which I mean really outside of the mainstream? Olivier Bobin (aka Fade) and Yoshiko Creations have you covered… mostly. Their For Bride and Groom wedding wear collection wavers between leaving plenty to the imagination and not leaving much at all to the imagination. Fade’s one nod to tradition is that almost all of his wedding dresses are white.

For Bride and Groom by Fade

Olivier Bobin\'s wedding dresses

Bobin\'s For Bride and Groom

The last wedding dress looks very much like what sat atop my Christmas tree this past December, except my angel only had one face. I think that if you took away some of the see-through elements and nixed the accessories (headgear, wings, etc.) you’d have some pretty interesting wedding dresses. Not the kind of dresses most people actually wear, mind you, but something fascinating to peer at as it saunters down a runway.

Twistie’s Sunday Caption Madness: The Extreme Makeover Edition

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Yes, everyone, it’s time once again to play Twistie’s Sunday Caption Madness! You all know the rules: I post a funny or bizarre picture, you all give me your best captions via the comments section, and next saturday I declare a winner.

And what image do we have in store for you today? Take a gander at this one.