84th Academy Award’s Red Carpet Channels Bridal Couture

I love celebrities.

I love weddings.

Hence, I love nothing more than when celebrities and weddings somehow join forces to make magic.  And nowhere has this combination been more apparent than at this year’s Oscar Celebration!  Celebrity starlets came out of the wood work, seriously workin’ all kinds of bridal couture!

Okay, so maybe they weren’t actually bridal gowns, but between the bashful shades of pinks and creams to the stark bright contrasts of crispy whites and metallic dreams, this proved to be one red HOT carpet filled with a whole lotta wedding looks!  Check out below and see what I mean :)

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford

Dream! La-Louvre this impeccably tailored gown and cape combo! (courtesy of huffingtonpost.com)

Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture

If Marilyn Monroe were a wedding dress... she'd look an awful lot like this :) (courtesy of huffingtonpost.com)

Cameron Diaz in Gucci

Flared to perfection, this is an "I do" nude and gold dream come true! (courtesy of huffingtonpost.com)

 

Stacy Keibler in Marchesa & Judith Leiber

Give us the gold baby, and make a bride 'pop' with richly awaited applause! (courtesy of huffingtonpost.com)

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

The deeply plunging neckline and perfectly tailored diagonals give this gown a whole lotta POW! (courtesy of huffingtonpost.com)

Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab Couture

Talk about Old Hollywood GLAMour at its finest! And what bride-to-be wouldn't want to be seen sporting this sparkling dream? (courtesy of huffingtonpost.com)

Shailene Woodley in Valentino Couture & Harry Winston

While it may be a little "too old" for such a young girl, I could see a number of slightly more mature brides rockin' this Westwood! (courtesy of huffingtonpost.com)

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji & Neil Lane

Can you say, Silvery Siren, Ms. Spencer? Another vintage styled, cap sleeve gown I'll be dreaming about! (courtesy huffingtonpost.com)

Kristen Wiig in J. Mendel & Neil Lane

Tiers of neutral tulle make this unique gown a pixie-inspired bridal pick! (courtesy of huffingtonpost.com)

Kelly Ripa in Carolina Herrera

Grecian goddess meets modern princess with this twisted halter dress. (courtesy of huffingtonpost.com)

Giuliana Rancic in Tony Ward Couture

Love love love everything about this illusion neckline and intricate beadwork! Brava! (courtesy of huffingtonpost.com)

Li Bingbing in Georges Chakra Couture & Cindy Chao

Strapless florals and appliqués... can it get anymore bridal than that? (courtesy of huffingtonpost.com)

Grown Up Advice from Not So Grown Up Kids

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I love kids for a number of reasons. 

  1. They’re fearless.  They haven’t lived long enough to know true heartbreak or ache, making them far braver than any adult counterpart. 
  2. (An extension of one) They love recklessly and unconditionally.  They’re pure spirits, yet untainted by the worries and stress most people know all too well.
  3. They’re hilarious.  Dead sere, no one makes me laugh like my 3 year old nephew and 2 year old niece. In a word, they’re riotous.
  4. But most importantly, they’re honest.  While they learn the difference between what is right and wrong, they still have the innate ability to give responses that both refresh and revive the soul.

And when you combine points 3 and 4, you generally have some severely comical moments.  I recently received an email forward from my crazy Aunt Julie – holla AJ! – and I thought I would share it all with you.  So, so funny!

1. HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY?  

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and be sure to keep the chips and dip coming. – Alan, age 10  

-No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with. – Mary, age 10 

2.  WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?

-Twenty-three is the best age because you’re old and practically known the person FOREVER by then. – Camille, age 10

-Once I’m done with kindergarten, I’m gonna find me a wife. – Bert, age 6 (Who says only older men want to commit?) 

-No age is good enough to get married.  You gotta be a fool to get married. – Isaiah, age 6 (He must not know Bert.) 

3. HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?

-You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids. – Derrick, age 8 (Brilliant!)
 4.  WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?  

-Both don’t want any more kids.  — Lori, age 8

5. WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?  

-Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough. – Olivia, age 8 

-On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date. – Martin, age 10 (Seems logical enough – hehe)

6.  WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?  

-When they’re rich. – Lucy, age 7 (Pam’s my favorite so far – haha!)

 -The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that. – Curt, age 7

-The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do. – Howard, age 8 (And who said chivalry was dead?  Look at Howie here… so incredibly noble!)

7. IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?  

-It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them. – Anita, age 9 (bless you child )

8. HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN’T GET MARRIED?  

-There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there? – Kelvin, age 8 (Sooo cute!) 

But the best answer by FAR…

9. HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?

-Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck. – Oscar, age 7 (Haha!  Amazeballs!)

Wedding Trend Alert: Comic Book Inspired Invites

designed by Tony Fleecs, courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

Zap!  Boom!  Whoosh!  Bamf! POW!

That’s right.  As geek chic becomes more and more popular, so do all the nerd-tastic trends it represents!  And brides and grooms everywhere are learning just how fun incorporating these once less desired details into their big day can be!

As a lifetime-achieving, self-proclaimed nerdy bird, I’ve got to admit, I love this… especially when it comes to the comic book themed invitations.  My brothers and I were raised on comic books and continue to little-kid-at-Christmas excited every time the latest Marvel or DC dream is released to the silver screen!

But I’m not naive enough to think that everyone will delight in this trend as much as me.  In fact, I’m sure the more traditional and classic-minded folks out there might even turn up their noses to it… but even the most cynical comic book critics have to admit… they are one of a kind at the very least!  And when done appropriately, turn out pretty amaZING!

Check out below and see what I mean

Designed by Tony Fleecs for Heidi Atocicco and Chris Ryder’s wedding, this 5 page invitation was nothing short of a page turner :)

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Hello Kitty meets Archie Comics for this couple’s ‘happily ever after’ invite :)

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Get super literal with a comic book cover invite, captioned with all the big day details and custom illustrated just for you :)

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Take it even a step further by filling your invitation with graphically inspired inserts and super fun details :)

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Or simply pop in thought bubbles with your favorite photo and BAMF! you’ll have a one of a kind invite like Jay and Anna :)

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No matter how they do it or choose to showcase it, there’s no denying these original invites stand out and leave audiences (err, guests) hoping for the *To Be Continued…

Give the Gift of Green: Earth-Friendly Wedding Favors

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With everyone going green these days, it was only a matter of time before weddings would catch the earth friendly fever.  And why not??  We’re all raised under the respectful manner to “love our mothers;” so, why should Mother Nature be any different?

One area to really show your “Mother” loving ability is found within the confines of the biggest expense in your wedding budget: the reception.  While some couples are opting to budget crunch out favors for the guests, others are simply choosing to keep costs minimal.

Both smart and stylish, eco-friendly favors are the latest and greatest gifts to hit the wedding market.  When deciding which favor will be friendliest, keep three R’s in mind: Reduce, Recycle and Reuse, and incorporate them accordingly.  Below are some ideas on how to keep Mother Nature pleased during your planning:

  • Trees, Please: Who says Arbor Day is the only day to hug a tree and save a life?  Planting trees throughout the year is a great way to honor your guests, while making an everlasting impression of your love for the environment… think of them as symbolic saplings, if you will.  As the years progress, trees become greater in size and rooted in strength – just as you and your Mister will!  (Awwww!)
  • Potted Centerpieces: Perfect for all the do-it-yourself brides out there, these powerful potted plants serve a dual, ovation worthy purpose.  Not only do they make fabulous, eye-catching centerpieces during your big day, but you can invite your guests to take them home and replant them their gardens.  AND, if you stick to perennial flowers, your guests will delight in seeing them come back year after year :)
  • Dandy Donations: It truly is in giving that we receive, which is why making a donation to your favorite charity in honor of your guests is an ideal way to help out Mother Nature, while helping others.  A perfect example of a gift that keeps on giving, donations – no matter how big or small – help make a difference!  Not to mention, with the ease of a donations, there will be no excess wrapping paper or trash!  Now, that’s a “hooray” I can really get behind!
  • Shop Locally: Consider reducing your carbon footprint by shopping close to home.  Driving long distances or having things shipped separately or from long distances can only add to the problem; so, be a part of the solution, instead, by looking online for the best deals in your area and taking advantage. 

In the end, every little bit counts; so, why not do the eco-chic thing and be a bride who goes green?  And feel free to check out our line of Eco-Friendly Wedding Favors and give the earth a hug today!

Top 15 Silver Screen Wedding Dresses & the Sassy Sirens Lucky Enough to Wear Them

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As much of my life is consumed by weddings – whether it be planning them, participating in them or simply attending them – I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of the day’s biggest crowning jewel… The Dress! It’s the one thing I will always look forward too, and the one thing that’s presence will never be surpassed. 

Heck, since of the dawn of time, people have been getting hitched and bridal dresses have been worn, but it remains the singular bridal accessory that is both static in concept and oh so dynamic in content.  With all the vibrant styles, designs, assortments, creations etc., it’s no wonder why it’s a favored part among so many.

And there is no better place to immortalize the wedding dress all than the Silver Screen!

With the well anticipated release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 coming out this Friday (yeah, I just took it there), I couldn’t help but get excited to see the wedding scene again… if for nothing else, the ka-ka-ka-KILLER Carolina Herrera wedding dress, which is tailored impeccably to dance along Kristen Stewart’s delicate figure.

The $35,000 (yes, I said $35,000) custom created gown, which took four seamstresses six months to complete, oozes with timeless bridal elegance and has a regal quality unmatched by today’s standard of competition.  In a world dominated by strapless couture, it’s the kind of dress that stands out in all the right ways…  and don’t even get me started on the jewel-encrusted Manolo Blahnik’s she got to rock with it!  I mean hellooo!?!?  Can you say dream?!

And speaking of dreams, here’s our Top 15!  Feel inspired, feel encouraged or simply feel completely green with envy like me, but no matter what, you gotta pay respect to the style :)

1. Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)

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2. Elizabeth Taylor in Father of the Bride (1950)

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3. Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City (2008)

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4. Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

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5. Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face (1957)

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6. Kate Hudson & Anne Hathaway in Bride Wars (2009)

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7. Claudette Colbert in It Happened One Night (1934)

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8. Rachel McAdams in The Notebook (2004)

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9. Jennifer Aniston in Marley and Me (2008)

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10. Natalie Portman in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)

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11. Audrey Hepburn (again!) in Sabrina (1954)

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12. Sasha Barrese in The Hangover (2009)

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13. Keira Knightley in Love Actually (2003)

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14.  Amanda Seyfried in Mamma Mia! (2008)

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15. Ginger Rogers in It Had to Be You (1947)

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Forget Super Bowl XLVI: The Real Party Comes to Lucas Oil Stadium in June

Being that the Mister and I attend such a large number of friends’ and family weddings (51 & counting – boom!), I’m always leery to ever classify anything as “THE BEST.”  In lieu of not wanting to catch feelings but also because I pretty much la-LOUVRE everything anyone does, it’s never an easy thing to pick out favorites amongst friends…

However – and this is a HUGE however – a couple weeks ago, we received what is legit THE BEST Save the Date EVER!  It was super cute, super inventive and perfectly personalized with the couple’s names in mind. 

Her name: Katie Matis.  His Name: Liam Smith

Mash them together in holy matrimony and what do you get?!??

Mr. & Mrs. Smith, of course!!  So, you can imagine my delight when I opened the mailbox and found this save-the-date dream waiting for me!!  There’s nothing I love more than when a couple makes their wedding their own, and in this case… it couldn’t be more perfect!  It is just sooo them, and sets the tone for what will no doubt be an unforgettable evening of family, friends and matrimonial celebration!!

I mean can you say, genius??  Here’s the front:

And the back:

Heck, the reception is at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of this year’s Pats VS Giants Super Bowl rematch!  I mean, how can it not be amazeballs?

The wedding may be months away, but I’m 100% confident in predicting… it’ll be one for the record books :) :) :)