Jewelry is and always will be the icing on the cake of a bride’s ensemble. To make sure your bling is extra sweet, head over to Amamika & Shinji. This Tokyo-based Etsy shop and private atelier sells artfully crafted sterling silver pieces inspired by whimsical motifs such as dragonflies, clovers and sakura, in addition to more simplistic designs. The prices may be a bit indulgent (from $40 to a whopping $940), but the pieces are well worth the cost.
Click here to shop Amamika and Shinji on Etsy.
Or, you could go to AtelierShinji.com for a wider selection.
Any bride (or woman, for that matter) would tell you that they have imagined their dream wedding dress at least once. Now, on Brides.com, you can test-drive that dress to see if it can be a reality.
The new Wedding Makeover tool on Brides.com has an extensive library of wedding gowns that you (or a virtual model that shares your shape) can “try on” before you head out in search of your dream gown. You can also get a head start in dressing your bridesmaids for the big day.
No makeover is complete without a little hair and makeup-and, the Brides.com Wedding Makeover delivers with a plethora of hairstyles and makeup shades you can test out. Then, print out your complete look and hit the stores (or salons).
Whether you’re mapping out your wedding day look, or simply looking to have a little wedding fun, the Brides.com Wedding Makeover tool is a surefire way to make sure that, on this day, you look absolutely fabulous.
Here's my bride! Click here to create yours.
So, one of my good friends just got engaged and she has put me in charge of her paper materials.
She and her fiancé have a lovely hobby of raising pet fish and a love for all things nautical. She specifically requested that I use the angelfish as a motif for their announcements because they are monogamus (fun fact!).
Take a look at the result below!
I just sent her the proof and she couldn’t be more pleased!
I may just put this up for sale in my Zazzle store. What do you think?
For those brides (or anyone, for that matter) that enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert’s famous memoir Eat Pray Love, her follow-up book is a must-read.
In Committed, Gilbert offers a very personal (and thoroughly researched) commentary on what being a wife truly means. This memoir offers a sobering, but ultimately positive analysis on marriage’s benefits and its defects, helping single women, brides, wives, mothers and life-long bachelorettes a grounded perspective on marriage and relationships, all while she examines her own relationship with, and eventual marriage to, Felipe. Part history book, part comedic memoir, part travel journal and all heart, Committed is a must-read for all of us.
Click here to purchase "Committed: A Love Story" on Amazon.com
First, the fun stuff: Utterly Engaged has released Issue 15! The theme: Sugar & Spice. The issue has fashion and decor advice for demure and daring brides alike, along with sweet and sizzling honeymoon tips. Be sure to take a look!
Also, I apologize again for being absent; my work life has picked up and I haven’t been able to blog as often. I promise you another post by the end of the week.
Click here to read the latest issue of Utterly Engaged!
You know that I LOVE me some David Tutera. Not only is he ridiculously handsome, he is a brilliant wedding planner and his reality series My Fair Wedding on WETV is a fabulous show full of touching moments and fabulous events.
I DVR all of his episodes, but his new book helps me literally read into the magic behind… well, the magic. Tutera’s book chooses 10 of the most memorable weddings from the first three seasons of the show and allows readers an intimate look behind the scenes, detailing the challenges that were conquered, and it includes testimonials from the brides themselves, some of which will bring tears to your eyes. Along with the profiles, Tutera offers practical advice on fashion, decor, transportation, the ceremony and many other aspects of wedding planning.
Oh, and needless to say, the book is filled with gorgeous photographs.
Definitely a must-read for brides looking for inspiration-both with wedding details and a positive outlook on wedding planning.
Click here to buy on Amazon.com
As I have said many, many times on this blog, I am a sucker for Asian culture. With that established, I just want to give you something to consider for your reception decor. Enter: ikebana.
Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging that uses minimalism and irregularity to create truly unique arrangements. Unlike traditional flower arrangements where the actual bloom is the star of the show, ikebana highlights the beauty of the other parts, namely the stems and leaves, focusing on line, shape and form rather than size and color. This could be a great alternative for modern, minimalist brides, or even brides with severe allergies as flowers are used very sparingly.
How awesome is this?! For more examples of ikebana, click the photo.
Technically, MyRegistry.com isn’t a shop, but it’s certainly a great resource for the modern engaged couple. MyRegistry allows couples to register for free and use their site to host an online registry list where you may have anything from any store on your wish list. No need to go to multiple stores to register; instead have that unique, handcrafted china set from Etsy along with that mixer from Macy’s and those kitschy wine tumblers from Target.
Along with items, MyRegistry also allows couples to set up a “Honeymoon Fund” so guests have the option to contribute to your getaway or a favorite charity in lieu of buying a gift. Not a bad deal!
Click here to visit MyRegistry.com
Candy bars are still in for 2011 and this boutique candy shop based in Southern California wants to help sweeten your set-up.
Have It Sweet specializes in gourmet caramels, nougat, and marshmallows, all of them handmade and infused with unique favors. Their caramel bars have gained notoriety with innovative flavors such as The Earl, made with Earl Grey tea, and Mayan Chocolat, a unique mix of sweet and spicy. Their nougat collection is also worth noting, as the flavors incorporate a variety of nuts and, in the case of the Cherry Walnut variety, fruit.
Personally, I am enamored with their marshmallow collection. With their modern square shape and flavors that go beyond vanilla (a snickerdoodle marshmallow-just imagine!) are sure to give your sweets table an edge. I especially love their rainbow marshmallow option, especially for brides that want to add even more color to their festivities.
Have It Sweet is a delicious option, but the small quantities available for sale don’t lend itself well to budget-conscious bulk orders-stick to using them for smaller soirées (for now at least).
Click here to shop Have It Sweet.