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Polka Dot Beauty: Rocker Baby Inc.

These two polka dot darlings are the creations of Rocker Baby, Inc. Don't you love 'em. Get one of these or see their other designs here.

Something Floral and Blue: Twigs and Honey by Myra Callan

It's your something blue available at Twigs and Honey.

The Look of Love: Matthew Ryan Photo

I love spotlighting wedding photographers who know how to capture that look of love. If you are forking up a few thousand dollars to capture your magical moments, you want jaws to drop. Matt Ryan has what it takes. The first photo is my absolute favorite. Want Matt to immortalize you and your future hubby, contact him here.

Vintage Decor: Jamali Garden

If you are looking for something to add a vintage or rustic flair to your reception, these antique brass lanterns are a great option. I love Jamali Garden. You can always find something beautiful for your reception.

The Perfect Red Shoes: Karen Millen

Karen Millen shoes never disappoint. You know how I feel about shoes. So adding that pop of color under your white dress is a welcome surprise. Get Corsage @ Karen Millen.

Wedding Location

Newport Beach Wedding Location - Photographers Analysis of Balboa InnWedding Location

By Vanessa Honda and Stephen Honda

While the quality of a wedding photography collection is influenced most by the photographer, the location of the wedding also has an impact on the tone and quality of any wedding portraits. Balboa Inn, rightly shot, is a location that will contribute greatly to the goal of obtaining a memorable wedding album.

Balboa Inn is a Mediterranean style wedding site located in Newport Beach California. The ceremony location is a large raised balcony. This balcony is an excellent spot to get fun, memorable pictures. The photographer can stand below the subjects standing on the balcony. The balcony is large enough that a number of people can be lined up side by side. Photographers often position a large group - say the bridesmaids at a large wedding and have them jump in the air, raise their arms in the air and cheer, or throw flowers. The result is a beautiful action shot full of expression from a unique angle with the sky in the background.

There is a tiled Mediterranean-style courtyard below the balcony. It has adobe walls and potted plants and is an excellent location to catch people mingling. While the bride and groom are getting ready, this is an excellent location to get portraits taken of the guests. Guests usually appreciate pictures taken at this point. The surroundings provides a great backdrop, the guests are already dressed up and there hasn't been time for hair to be blown out of place.

The reception hall has large windows which provides soft natural light. As long as sun is still up, you should be able to shoot using the natural light only. The location where the dance is likely to be held does not have any windows. It has colored artificial lighting similar to that which is found in a club. Plan on shooting with slow shutter speeds during the dance/night time reception.

While the ceremony in this location will not be right on the beach and the beach will not be directly in the background, it is nearby. After the ceremony is a good time to take the bride and groom to the beach to get some casual sand shots.

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Wedding Coordinator

Reasons Why You Need a Wedding CoordinatorWedding Coordinator

Weddings are big events and can be very overwhelming for the couple. Again, you will need to get more hands to help with the organization, coordination, confirmation and décor. You therefore need a professional to help with your day. In most cases, you can hire a wedding consultant which people also call a wedding coordinator, organizer or expert.

By experience planners can suitably match venue with theme of wedding so that your guests can be comfortably seated, officiating become unhampered and the couple celebrate their event in great style. The planner will also help you with the choice of dress. Lastly, consultants help you save money. Wedding coordinators help the couple take control over their wedding.

Why Have a Wedding Coordinator?

One of the biggest decisions in planning your wedding is to determine if you are going to use a wedding coordinator. A wedding coordinator is the person that pretty much organizes your entire wedding. The day itself is the biggest reason that one should have a wedding coordinator. The coordinator in effect, makes it so that the Bride and Groom can relax on their day and simply have fun.

The large number of contacts that are handled by a wedding coordinator is really quite stunning, particularly for a larger wedding.

Another key function of the coordinator is to advise the Bride and Groom about themes and decorations. When you secure a wedding coordinator, it is important that you ask a number of important questions. The coordinator is the maestro of the wedding, and orchestrates every detail so that the event is about exactly what it should be... the Bride and Groom

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Western Wedding

Western Wedding Traditions and Where They Come FromWestern Wedding

Ironically many of the rituals being performed by devout Christians in a Christian church and ceremony are essentially based on Pagan beliefs.

Thankfully sometimes it is an elegant ritual and equally thankfully some of the rituals are just plain fun. It is likely that any ritual not fitting either the elegant beauty category or the fun category would have been phased out long ago and is thus no longer being practiced today. There are likely countless marriage rituals in various cultures which have long since been forgotten due to their disuse. Let's look at some of the more popular traditional western rituals that are still being practiced today and perhaps see just why they have stayed around so long.

The throwing of rice is an interesting ritual of the kind that is very popular in animist or Pagan cultures as it is essentially a ritual of fertility. Rice is a seed and it doesn't take a far stretch of the imagination to see just what showering handfuls of white seed on a newlywed couple is symbolic of. Besides, it's possibly the most fun of all wedding rituals.

The wedding bouquet itself is one ritual that has transformed over the years into something far different than it was originally intended to be performed. It had been a bouquet of intense herbs which were thought to have the effect of protecting from undesired "energies" which were considered inappropriate for the wedding ceremony. Imagine walking down the aisle with a bouquet of garlic today. Thankfully that is one ritual that has changed for the better.

Finally one tradition which may seem Pagan in its concept of luck is the tradition of the groom not being allowed to see the bride prior to the ceremony.

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Wedding DVD

Freedom With a Wedding DVD?Wedding DVD

A wedding DVD? When picking a photographer for their wedding, a lot of people fear the following scenario: the wedding day was a great success, they get a booklet or a disk of proofs with 200-300 non edited images out of which they are to choose a whopping.

20 photographs.

And they don't know which ones to choose, because the choice is so limited. Sure they wanted a great looking hand crafted leather bound album in a wooden box, but what about their memories? They've already paid a handsome amount to the photographer, but 20 photos doesn't allow for a lot of details to be preserved, and memories fade away quickly...

The wedding consumed most of their savings and used additional card credit. You can have all of your wedding images. And I'm not talking about some little proof booklet or reduced size ones on a cheap CD. I'm talking about canvas size, fully edited, ready to print images on a dedicated wedding DVD that give you the freedom of choice as to what you want to do with them. You need to browse a bit to find a great offer, but it is possible and profitable, but make sure you make your choice based on the quality of the photographer's work first, and then the rest of the offer.

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Wedding Venue

Simple Tips For Decorating Your Wedding VenueWedding Venue

By Amanda Jane

Your wedding venue is the most important location in your planning. It is the main location at which the ceremony is held. That is where the rings are exchanged and the vows made. For these reasons, you will want your wedding venue to look the best so that you get personal satisfaction and your guests are able to look on the event as one that was well held. The simplest way to go about the wedding venue décor is to hire a florist. If for reason of budget or personal fun you are unable to do so, here are few tips that you can apply to get a magnificent decor for your venue.

Never lose sight of your wedding theme at your venue decoration. You must let your guests have the impression that you are actually holding a formal or casual event by the kind of décor you put up. Avoid mixing themes and stick to one. It is also considered ideal to decorate according to the season. Green and red will fit winter themes as well as white and ivory. Bright colors such as red and green will be appropriate for summer. Your decoration must start from the entrance. As soon as the guests reach the gate or door, they should be able to see your flamboyant display of colors and floral.

Getting your own wedding venue décor is fun. It makes you obtain that personal gratification that you were able to incorporate the things that you personally like. It also helps you to save money as you would them avoid the expensive floral and the fees of the florist. You will however have to ensure that the décor you put up conforms to your themes, the profile of the guests and the season. You will also want to ensure that you get your guests into the right mood with the right floral. Live plants will be great but consider the climate of the room. A room too hot will cause them to wilt. Artificial plants can look too cheap and may not fit certain types of formal weddings.

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It's Cutesy: Jonathan Adler @ Delight.com

Jonathan Adler always creates something adorable for your home. Here are some really cute salt and pepper shakers that would make a unique gift for the bride and groom. Get it at Delight.com.

Statement Jewelry: Kevia Jewelry

Still searching for the perfect necklace to complete your wedding ensemble? Try this gorgeous necklace by Kevia. Get it on their web site.

E! Entertainment segment on Trash the Dress

I was contacted a few weeks ago by E! Entertainment about a new morning show they're creating that will air this Fall season. The new show will be (tentatively) called The Breakfast Show, airing nationwide on E! Entertainment. The new show's producer Stacey wanted to do a segment on "Trash the Dress" (TTD) and so what better way to learn all about this bridal trend than to experience it for herself?!

The premise behind Trash the Dress: if you're a bride you're probably going to spend a considerable amount of time (and money) finding the perfect dress that you'll fall in love with. Sadly after your wedding day, you may never put on that dress again - after all, your husband is your one and only true love right? And realistically, your (future) daughter will not want to wear your dress. There's no future occasion to put it on again, unless you create a reason to. In planning a Trash the Dress session, you'll have the most amazing time wearing your wedding dress a second time, but you'll be free from worrying about keeping it in pristine condition. This gives you the freedom to be creative, daring, sexy, and adventurous! Afterward, you have the option to donate the dress rather than storing it forever. A great organization to donate a wedding dress: Brides Against Cancer

Stacey and Wil wanted to see what it's all about so they dressed up like a bride and groom then headed to Laguna Beach with me for a "Trash the Dress" photo shoot!

We totally had a blast in the water, on the rocks, and all over the sand! But that wasn't enough - Stacey wanted to go all out. What else could top a frolic on the beach in a wedding dress? I think the next segment would make most brides gasp and cringe at the thought of what we had planned...

We picked up some paintball gear, the same wedding dress, a box of paintballs, then headed for the woods to shoot. With guns.

At the end of the day Stacey was exhausted and bruised up, but the dress actually held up fairly well.

Keep an eye out for the video clip once it airs!
Tags: TTD, Trash the Dress, Wedding Gown, portraits in a wedding dress, beach photos, Laguna Beach Trash the Dress, Orange County Wedding Photography, E! Entertainment, E! Online, television, bridal pictures on the beach

Wedding Consultant

Why a Wedding Consultant is So Important

Wedding ConsultantLet's be perfectly honest. A wedding can be a huge undertaking. There are so many things to think about like transportation, catering, photographer, the reception, the florist, the wedding dress, and so much more.

I suppose your family and friends can help you out, but chances are, they have their own life to live, and probably don't have the kind of time needed to dedicate to your wedding. The only thing you have to do is make sure that you pick a planner who can achieve the wedding of your dreams.

You have to make sure that find a wedding planner early. For example, if you plan on getting married in the summertime, then you should start deciding on a wedding planner some time around the spring. If you do this, chances are you'll give you planner enough time to make sure everything goes splendidly. You'll need that time for her to give you all the choices and recommendations she has to offer. Even if you don't, the wedding planner can give you a wide variety of options from which to choose from, irregardless if you want a big or a small wedding. They will cater to your needs.

So, in summary, if your budget will allow you to, you should seriously consider getting a wedding consultant. You'll know that both you and your wedding guests will enjoy a night that nobody will forget. They have the experience and skill to accommodate the most precise wedding.

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Wedding Albums, Choosing the Right Type For You

Wedding Album1. Flush mount albums:

You may have heard flush mount wedding albums referred to as 'storybook', 'magazine type', 'digital' or 'coffee table' albums. Albums can be designed by your wedding photographer or directly by the album manufacturer. Pages are laid out using design software and may use one or more images per page. Different types of flush mount albums:

While the design process for all types of flush mounts is the same, there are variations in the way that albums are printed and bound. High quality albums are printed on photographic paper and mounted on board before binding them into an album.

Other albums (often called 'books' rather than 'albums') may be printed using a digital press system. Both types can give excellent results, though I would always recommend photographic paper for a main album. 'Flush mount wedding albums' tend to be on photographic paper, 'Digital coffee table books' or 'digital albums' are more likely to be printed using digital press. Advantages of flush mounts:

Limitless design options. Possible cost savings, compared to matted albums, especially on second albums and parent books.

2. Matted albums:

These are a more traditional type of album, photographs are mounted behind openings or apertures, bevel cut into boards (or mattes) and assembled into pages. The more expensive versions will be laid out page by page, then each matte will individually cut and bound into the album. Photos are mounted behind the mattes, framing each image in it's own aperture. As with a flush mount you can have one or more images on each page, though the design options are more limited. Prices can be quite a lot higher than flush mounts. Advantages of matted albums:

Choosing between a flush mount or matted album is a matter of personal choice, they can both look great.Wedding Album

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Casual Beach Wedding Dress Ideas

Beach WeddingBeach weddings are casual in their nature, so beach wedding dresses should be casual too. The challenge is to choose a great dress for your body shape, but taking into account that the wedding will be celebrated on the beach.

Which are the best places to find a great casual beach wedding dress? Bridal shops or magazines are the first natural choice. Shops have specific departments for casual dresses, and something similar happens with magazines, there will certainly be some pages or an entirely number dedicated to casual wedding dresses.

There is something interesting about beach wedding dresses, it does not need to be a wedding dress. If you have a traditional wedding on a church , the tradition says that you should wear a traditional dress, and probably you have never dreamed to wear something different. But on the beach you have the possibility to wear any dress that fits with the theme of the wedding. If you are on a tight budget, this can be great news as this type of dress is more affordable than the traditional ones.

There is another option, many couples decide to go completely barefoot, not wearing any shoes.Finally, it is not recommended the use of veil as part of your beach wedding dress. Choosing a great casual beach wedding dress can be very funny.Beach Wedding

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Travel Wedding Packages

Cruise Ship Travel Wedding Packages

By Dominic Ferrara

A wedding has to be an affair to remember as it comes once in a lifetime for most. Have you ever dreamt of exchanging vows with your beloved on a beach in the Caribbean under stars? It used to be a dream earlier, but now with cruise ships offering wedding cruise ship travel packages, it can become reality. Cruise ships offer something called as destination-wedding packages where you can select the location where you want to exchange vows. Let us have a look at some of the services under wedding packages in Cruise ship travel.

Travel wedding PackagesOn Board Wedding Cruise Ship Travel Packages

You can select a wedding package where the ceremony will be held on the homeport of the ship or on any other port where the ship docks. It can also be held in a small chapel inside the ship as well. Most cruise ships have a wedding coordinator with them who will help you plan and execute your wedding. You can call all your guests, plan a grand wedding and a grand reception and then while your guests disembark, you two can sail off to your chosen destination for your honeymoon.

Destination Wedding Cruise Ship Travel Packages

Destination cruise packages are also quite popular nowadays. You can choose where you want to hold your wedding and exchange vows. Do you want to get married on a glacier in Alaska or the Hawaii? Maybe, on a remote beach in the Caribbean islands. It is up to you to decide and you can have it.

Your preferences

You can make it as grand and elaborate as you wish or you can make it a simple down to earth affair. If you have dreamt of a wedding amidst friends, relatives surrounded by the sea, spending romantic evenings on a deck, dancing, shopping, watching movies, enjoying the privacy of your room and getting pampered by room service, then a cruise ship travel is your best option.

Services on Offer

The basic services that you get on a cruise ship wedding packages include the services of a wedding coordinator, recorded music, a small wedding cake and some mementoes and a certificate which you can keep as an acknowledgement. If you want something fancier, you can get it at the cruise. You can get everything from the Tuxedo to special audio video packages, live coverage via webcam, buffet luncheons a multi course feast and much more depending on how much you are willing to spend.

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Bridal Favor

Selecting the Best Wedding and Bridal Shower Favors

Bridal FavorMany brides and grooms like to bless their wedding party with special tokens and gifts of appreciation that are personalized to show the uniqueness of their love.

Bridal FavorsOften, brides also like to have a theme to their bridal showers that they showcase in their bridal shower favors for all the guests who attend. Ladies love beauty products, so this Bridal Shower Favor always proves to be popular amongst the bridesmaids. "A Leisurely Game of Love" Golf Ball Tape measure is perfect for the gentlemen who are avid golf players or fans.

Often times, it is difficult to think of a wedding shower favor to please and flatter the groomsmen, so choosing something sports related that is personalized to your big day is a fun way to show them how appreciative you are for their presence in your wedding.

Another cute wedding shower favor for both male and female alike is "A Lovely Mix" personalized hot cocoa that comes with an optional whisk. This way, your whole wedding party can enjoy a lovely hot chocolate drink and remember your gratitude for their roles in your wedding.

Often times the stress surrounding the wedding day can make it easy to forget to thank your close friends and family, so finding the perfect wedding shower favor can show them how much you honor their love and support of your big event that you will remember for a lifetime. Overall, finding the right bridal and wedding shower favors takes time and effort on the part of the bride and the groom.

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Bridal Shower Favors

Bridal Shower Favors and Traditions

bridal shower favorsWhether you're planning a traditional shower or something a little more creative, Her Bridal Favors can help you create the perfect event.

Traditional Bridal Showers

Just because you're throwing a traditional bridal shower doesn't mean it has to be generic. Unique invitations, centerpieces, and bridal shower favors can turn an ordinary shower into something your guests will be talking about long after the day has passed. Thanks to Her Bridal Favors, finding themed wedding accessories for your shower has never been easier.

There are many possibilities for traditional shower themes. You can find a wide variety of party favors, decorations, and even bridal favors that go with these themes.

The garden theme is one of the most common bridal shower themes because it is so classic and versatile. Calla lilies are more popular than ever, and Her Bridal Favors has a wide selection of Calla Lily Theme Favors. Flower seeds are traditional wedding favors. Not-So-Traditional Showers.

From couples showers to bridal gatherings at the spa, there are countless modern-day twists on the age-old tradition of throwing a party to shower the bride with gifts. These events are usually less formal than classic showers. Our "Showers and Flowers" 3-Piece Bath Gift Sets make great shower favors for a spa party.

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Destination Wedding

Tips For Planning a Destination Wedding in the Caribbean

destination weddingAre you gearing up to plan your wedding? You may want a picture perfect fairytale wedding in the Caribbean. If so, you want a destination wedding. Yes, really free weddings! Many resorts provide guests with a free standard wedding, provided they meet a minimum stay requirement. What else should you look for in a Caribbean resort when planning a destination wedding? The ability to have your wedding onsite.

You also want the ability to upgrade your free wedding package. Right away, Caribbean resorts claim you get a "standard wedding." Have your destination wedding double as a Caribbean honeymoon too. As previously stated, many all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean give you a free wedding with a minimum 3, 5, or 7-night stay. It will not take that long to plan your wedding, so meet the minimum required stay by combining your wedding and honeymoon.

Contact the resort in question. In most cases, you will be put into contact with a wedding planner, even when making use of a Caribbean resort's free wedding. This wedding planner makes it easier to plan a destination wedding when you are located hundreds or thousands of miles away.

Order destination wedding invitations for your guests. As previously stated, your destination wedding guests are unlikely to attend your wedding and leave. Your honeymoon and their Caribbean vacation may overlap. Luckily, most free weddings include a couple of guest passes for those staying offsite.

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Wedding Florist

Tips to Choose the Right Florist For Your Wedding

Wedding FloristPlanning a wedding is not easy as there are a lot of details to take note of. You need the help of your lover and family members to help you with it.

When it comes to wedding, the decoration is very important. When you are decorating your reception hall, you definitely need to use some flowers. Working with the right florist is one of the most important aspects when it comes to wedding planning and yet many people just miss this out. In this article, let me share with you some tips to choose the right wedding florist.

A good wedding florist will help you to arrange the flowers and ensure that the colors match the decorations of the hall. Having the right mixture of color between the flowers and the venue is very important. If the color does not blend, the whole decoration will look weird. Therefore, choosing the right wedding florist is something that you cannot compromise.

So how do you choose the right florist for your wedding? First of all, you need to choose the type of flower you want to use for your wedding. A professional florist will recommend the best type of flower for your big day based on the decoration and theme of your wedding. The color will be very important so make sure that the flowers you choose match the color of the decoration.

To look for wedding florists, just go online and do a search on search engines. Spend some time to browse through the search results listings and go to their websites to conduct your research. When you are doing your research, do not restrict yourself to finding local florists. As long as the florist is experienced in wedding decoration, you should consider giving them a try.

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It's All In The Entrance

A unique take on the wedding march.

INTERVIEW: Julianne Smith Garters

{images courtesy of Sevan Photography (www.sevanphotography.com)}

The smile on her face is indicative of a woman who loves what she does for a living. Julianne Smith is that woman. She recently celebrated the launch of her new collection in DC with a fab party and cupcakes, of course. She was so kind to give The Bridal Wishlist an interview.

TBW: What is your name? What is the name of your business?
JS: Julianne Smith; Julianne Smith Wedding Garters

TBW: Tell me a little bit about yourself?
JS: Let's see...I live in Washington, DC with my husband and daughter. I'm a virgo. I don't like change, but I love when things are different. I'm incredibly loyal. I become obsessed with things way to easily. And, I almost always make my own ravioli. Oh and I don't like when the seat is hot from the person who sat there before me.

TBW: Why did you get into the wedding business as a garter designer?

JS: Like the obsessive person that I am, I was determined that my friend, Brooke, have the most perfect garter for her wedding. I was given one bridesmaid duty and I didn't want to fail. I couldn't find anything to match Brooke's fun, simple personality, so I just made it myself.

TBW: What is your typical work day like?

JS: I don't have a typical day. I wish I could say this was due to my almost 2 year old. But, no. It is me; I'm all over the place. There is nothing typical about any of my days.

TBW: How do you choose your fabrics and color palettes?
JS: I like to follow wedding trend colors, but then mix the palettes up a little bit. That is what I think brides want and expect from me.

TBW: Where do you go for inspiration?

JS: I'm really inspired by anything and everything around me. I love color and jewelry, and people with amazing personal style.

TBW: Do you do custom work? If yes, tell me a little about your custom process?
JS: Most of my wedding garters are custom designed. Brides generally want something in particular to match their personality and their day. My custom process is fairly simple: just tell me what you want/like and I'll try to make it work.

TBW: What is the most unusual design request that you have received?

JS: Here is kind of a cute idea that I haven't thought of before...I just recently received a request to make a headband for an infant to wear on her baptism which would then be saved for her wedding to wear as a garter.
TBW: That is totally a cute idea!

TBW: What advice do you have for brides?
JS: Just have fun! If you aren't enjoying it then don't do it.

TBW: If you could design a garter for anyone in the world, who would it be?
JS: I have no idea...
TBW: I guess that's a loaded question.

You can see Julianne's entire collection on her web site. Here's her contact information:

Julianne Smith
Garter Girl Blog: http://juliannesmith.wordpress.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/gartergirl
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Julianne-Smith-Wedding-Garters/52379142626
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