Archives for the month of: January, 2011

When it comes to drafting a guest list, some people quickly find that their network of family and friends is much larger than they anticipated-and, unfortunately can afford. So, unless they want to impose a cover charge on the guests, they must cut the list.

Fifth cousin (thrice removed) you just found out about yesterday? Gone

Coworkers (that, face it, you don’t even like to begin with)? Buh-bye.

Your friend’s boyfriend? Umm…

Yes, many couples balk as disinviting a friend’s significant other. After all, that’s their baby, their boo. They’ll be lonely without them-I mean, who are they going to dance with when the DJ starts playing the slow jams?

In my eyes, the babes deserves an invite if…

*They are in a committed relationship (a year together, living together, engaged themselves)

*They are also a part of a close circle of friends

*You actually like them

If this just so happens to be a flavor of the week, then don’t even bother extending an invitation.

Also, what if they break up during the planning phase? Well, that’s a case-by-case basis. In some cases, they may excuse themselves from the guest list. If, however, they still have a spot make sure that A) BOTH parties will act civil and not bring their relationship drama to your big day and B) reassign their seats so that they don’t have an awkward moment during the toasts.

If they have a problem with it? Well, maybe you’ll have room to invite that obscure cousin after all…


Minter and Richter Designs is an Etsy shop that fashions wedding bands out of the most unlikely materials. The shop has the usual suspects (titanium) and has picked up on some trends (woodgrain inlay)… but, how many people can say that their wedding band features concrete? It may be considered an industrial material, but Minter and Richter designs incorporates it in a way that makes the final product an elegant option with  a little edge.

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Click here to shop Minter and Richter Designs.

For 2011, brides are still looking for drama when it comes to their accessories. One place where you can find high-impact accessories with an ethereal look is Flora Bond. This Etsy shop carries statement necklaces that combines light satin and silk with pearls and other jewels, creating pieces that even the most dramatic bride will appreciate. Flora Bond also has a range of millinery hair pieces and a budding earring collection that is sure to impress.

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Click here to shop Flora Bond.

Happy 2011 everyone! I hope everyone had fun ringing in the new year.

With the new year comes a new resource for high-fashion brides. Net-A-Porter has launched a new wedding boutique that carries gowns, veils, accessories, shoes, and fashions for the bridesmaids and mother of the bride (and groom) created by top fashion houses such as Alberta Ferretti, Issa, and Valentino. Don’t let the labels intimidate you though, as all items come in a variety of styles and price points. Fabulous!

Dress by Alberta Ferretti. To shop the new Net-A-Porter Wedding Boutique, click here.