Archive for June, 2012

Let’s Honeymoon on the Death Star

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Millennium Falcon Wedding Cake

I got all giddy seeing this fabulous cake of the Millennium Falcon, complete with ‘Just Married’ banner. Check out more pics at Between the Pages… and if anyone can tell me who made this wonderful cake, I’d love to feature more of their work.

Quickie Question: Tips From Wedding Reality Shows?

Friday, June 29th, 2012

As you know if you’ve been reading this blog for more than a minute and a half, I wade through a lot of bridal reality programming every week. I spend a lot of time breaking down the mythos they sell and thinking it’s a good thing I don’t drink or my liver would never recover from another season of Bridezillas.

There is wheat, of course, but it needs to be winnowed from a metric buttload of chaff.

Back when I was planning my own wedding, I didn’t have cable, and these shows weren’t on the major networks. Any wedding planning advice I found on TV was from morning shows, soap operas, and the occasional Very Special Wedding Episode of whatever series’ I was watching. But even if I’d had cable back then, wedding reality wasn’t a major genre.

Today, though, there’s an entire channel devoted to nothing but bridal planning and bridal reality shows. There are several channels that would be seriously hurting for programming if bridal reality went away. The Say Yes Empire is the new one on which the sun never sets.

That means a lot of people other than charming and talented wedding bloggers must watch these shows, and watch them a lot.

So I’m curious. What bridal programming do you watch on TV? And what’s the best piece of advice you ever got from one of these shows? Was it one the producers intended to pass on to you?

Wow. Bet That’ll Work.

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Before I get to today’s post, I want to apologize for the lack of posts the past few days. I’ve been down and out with a nasty, potentially fatal virus from the depths of Hades, and it’s really difficult to type a legible sentence that makes any sort of sense whatsoever when one is running a high fever and unable to focus one’s eyes.

At long last I’m better, though, so without more ado, let’s get back to talking wedding stuff, okay? Fabulous!

Or possibly not so fabulous, as in this item currently for sale at The Cheeky:

See? It’s a wedding ring with the words ‘I’m Married’ negative engraved (and how appropriate is that method!) inside. The idea is that if a potential Lothario slips off his wedding band in order to have a little extra-marital hanky-panky, his finger will give him away as the cheating slime-sucker he is. All that in a titanium ring that will set you back just $550.00! Fashion, commitment, and peace of mind all rolled into one!

Except that you know what? It. Won’t. Work.

Either your intended is intending to save it up just for you or (s)he isn’t. Someone who goes in planning to cheat will quickly find ways of getting around a gag like this. Someone who didn’t really plan to cheat but finds themselves irresistibly drawn to another partner down the line and begins a serious affair is most likely going to start it with someone who knows there’s an aggrieved spouse sitting at home. There are people out there who actually prefer to have affairs/one-night stands/random booty calls with people they know to be married. And frankly, even though I have never for a nanosecond even fantasized about cheating on Mr. Twistie, you can bet your bottom dollar I would have walked before agreeing to wear something that assumes I cannot be trusted.

Here’s the thing: whether this is meant seriously or not – and I’m guessing it’s meant to be an expensive joke – the fact is that there are a lot of people out there who want something like this to be a magic bullet against the possibility of being cheated on. But there is no magic bullet. Sexual infidelity does happen in a lot of marriages. Not all, certainly. I don’t have the statistics, but I can tell you flat out there are plenty of couples out there with nothing at all to worry about on that score. But there’s no way to tell in advance and beyond a shadow of a doubt whether you’ll be in one of those lucky couples.

Ultimately all you can do is take a leap of faith, say ‘I do’ sincerely, keep the lines of communication open with your spouse, and hope for the best.

Oh, and don’t ever marry anyone you don’t feel you can trust.

LOVE/HATE: Face the Music and Dance

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

One look at this gown from the Reem-Acra Spring 2013 collection and I’m having a total Ginger Rogers moment.

From the beaded illusion on the bodice to the sumptuous cascade of tulle at the hemline, I’m utterly in LOVE with this one. The silhouette would work on quite a few body types, and – while it’s fitting for a spectacular setting – this is one dress a bride can wrangle in the facilities by herself. Yes, I think about these things. It’s my job to think about them. You’re welcome.

And then if Fred Astaire happens to show up unexpectedly at your reception, you’ve got the perfect thing to wear while you do what he does backwards and in heels.

So what about you? Do you LOVE it or HATE it?

The Art of Wedding Cake

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

I love cake. It’s delicious, decadent, and an impressive blank canvas for the imaginative decorator. Nowhere is this more evident in designs for wedding cakes.

And so I thought today that I would share some examples of cake artists doing fabulous things with buttercream and fondant. Let’s take a look, shall we?

This Klimt-inspired cake from Sweet Ladies Bakery would make quite a focal point at your wedding reception. After all, what’s not to love about a classic done in a different format?

Of course not everyone loves Klimt.

Now What Do I Do With It All?

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Your wedding is going to be lovely. After all, you’ve worked hard to come up with just the right accessories to carry out your dream theme, picked the perfect flowers, designed a menu that will delight the taste buds of your friends and families, and chosen a spectacular one-of-a-kind gown.




But what the holy heck are you going to do with it all once the day is over? After all, you don’t want to be a one-woman ecological disaster in the making, and you don’t want to be wading through masses of wedding detritus come your tenth anniversary, either.

That means you’ll need a plan to store the things you care about keeping and dispose of the things you don’t want anymore responsibly.

As per usual, I have a couple thoughts on the subject.

Quickie Question: Best Internet Resources?

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Way back in the dark ages when I was getting married, the internet wasn’t a part of my daily life. In fact, it barely existed then. I knew a couple couples who had used computers for keeping track of records when getting married, but, well, I used 3×5″ index cards and two file boxes, one for the guest list, one for vendors and receipts. It worked just fine. I read a few bridal magazines, thought about weddings I’d attended over the years, and went from there.

But that was nineteen years ago and I was behind the times technologically then. I’m haphazardly Luddite/technophile in my leanings.

Now, though, most couples planning weddings start by booting up the ol’ laptop and doing a Google search on weddings or wedding planning… unless they do most of their planning using bridal reality shows as their basis.

So I’m curious, other than the obvious (aka: the blog you’re reading right now which, it goes without saying is a treasure trove of fabulosity and function), what online resources have you found useful while planning your wedding? Which ones would you recommend to someone starting to plan? Have you found any you would steer couples away from?

It’s a world wide web out there! Tell me what you’ve found.