Dreaming Of A California Beach Wedding?

A beach themed wedding has become timeless and classic. For the bride and groom whose California Wedding Dreams include Malibu, Los Angeles or Santa Monica, The Shore Beach Weddings will make your surely make dreams come true. Headed by Event Planner Rose, you’ll be guided thru each detail  of your wedding from locations to chair decorations, flowers, minister services and more. Couples can also choose from a selection of complete all inclusive wedding packages. Custom mix and match are packages are also available making your destination wedding elegant and affordable.

April, May, June and July bridal couples save now thru November 1st on all inclusive packages in beautiful Santa Monica! Plus receive 50 professional photos on CD’s  FREE!

Rose of The Shore Beach Weddings can be reached by phone at 760-680-8200 to help you create your California Wedding Dreams.

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Stunning Vintage Wedding Dresses From The Wardrobe Shop

True romance comes alive in this pearl and pink long vintage wedding dress with its lace detail and soft ruffles. Also available in ivory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruby and Ivory come together in this spectacular vintage dress. Designed with a sheer ruby overlay and  floral appliques detailing is a truly unique find.  Available in plus sizes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sapphire and Ivory wedding dress. Perfect for brides and bridesmaids, the intricate detail on this dress is truly a vintage find.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Titanic dress in sage and ivory features a victorian style empire waist. So romantic with plentiful 1920s and 1930 soutache embroidery, victorian lace throughout with layers upon layers over a cotton slip and a satin bottom.

Our top pick is this ultimately romantic A-line dress with off the shoulder and exquisite detail. Perfect for an informal or vintage theme wedding.

The Wardrobe Shop’s Wedding Dress Collection features designs from Nataya. A California based designer, her pieces carry a delicious blend of Belle Epoque, Baroque and oriental elements. From Anne Hathaway to Katie Holmes, some of the world’s most distinguished women have shined in Nataya. Dressed in sophisticated details yet light, feminine, and translucent, Nataya’s creations are flared with artsy, bohemian comfort. Her sensual signature lies on timeless looks of wearable art.

What you will find at their shop is a labor of love and a passionate pursuit to compile the most authentic recreations of dresses from the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. For the bride dreaming in vintage, these inspiring dresses are sure to bring authentic vintage romance to set the theme for your wedding.

Visit The Wardrobeshop.com to view their extensive line of vintage inspired wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses and accessories.

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Something Vintage Something Blue Wedding Inspirations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The romantic elegance of a Vintage Inspired wedding is timeless. We love the accent of “Something Blue” to tie in with a Vintage Theme.  Our fabulous finds from Etsy designers capture this inspiration in an array of bridal accessories.

A stunning something blue bridal clutch purse is made from a soft blue dupioni silk with a matching bow from JuliaSherryDesigns.

Bridal sash in chocolate and blue is made out of vintage re-embroidered lace by Mysterious Mannequin.

Digital Download of Vintage Save The Dates by Sweet Paper Mints.

Button Bridal Bouquet using antique/vintage jewellery in either gold or silver tone by I Heart Buttons UK.

Ivory And Blue Hair Fascinator designed with blue silk flowers and 1950’s vintage accents by The Honeycomb.

Bridal Bouquet in ivory and blue with raw edging for a vintage shabby chic feel by Autumn and Grace Bridal.

Vintage silk hankie circa 1940’s with Victorian Wedding Ladies by Vintage by Teresa.

Ivory vintage inspired garter with blue and rhinestone accents by Who Made That Bow.

Share your vintage inspirations with us!

 

 

 

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Ten Tips When Ordering Your Party Favors

1- Try to incorporate your favors into your party theme.
For example if you are having a Diamond Theme wedding, try favors with rhinestone accents.If you are having a Beach Theme celebration, try favors such as a tropical drink mixes. Inspired a Tiffany theme? Aqua blue and white with a touch of sparkle is perfect!

2- Mix and match your favor colors to coordinate with your color scheme for a stunning display. You will add an extra decor element to your tables without the extra cost.
Here’s one example – if your colors are pink, black and white, try ordering pink boxes with white bows and black rhinestone accents mixed with white boxes with pink bows and black rhinestone accents.Fill with alternating coordinating colored candies.

3- Your favors should be a reflection of you and should celebrate your personality. Select either colors you love, an activity you love or a city or place that holds special memories for you.

4- A general rule of thumb when counting the number of favors to order is: order one favor per single guest and one favor per couple attending your event. When incorporating our favor boxes into your table decor, we recommend one per place setting or one in between each couple’s place setting. Having a candy buffet? Please allow one bag per person.

5- If you are having children and adults attending your celebration, try ordering two types of age appropriate favors. Children will love candies, coloring book sets or a small activity to keep them occupied while the adults will prefer a gift such as a coaster sets or truffles.

6- When ordering a monogram on your favors the first initial of the first name is placed on the left, the first initial of the last name is placed in the middle, and the first initial of the middle name is placed on the right. For weddings, the brides first initial is placed on the left, the first initial of the new last name is placed in the center and the first initial of the grooms first name is placed on the left.

7- If you are ordering personalized favors always double and triple check your order for spelling errors to prevent your favors from being printed with the incorrect celebration date or name. A simple typo unchecked can create delays and unnecessary extra costs with the entire order.

9- Always make sure you order enough favors for your guests. It is better to over order than to place a an additional rush order later for additional pieces. Dye lots may differ and you will incur additional shipping charges and perhaps a rush fee.

10- Have left over favors from your celebration?
If you are giving edible favors, why not donate them to a charity or a food bank? Your clergy from your ceremony or wait staff from your reception would also appreciate token of your thanks. Extra favors are perfect to have on hand for future hostess gifts,last minute holiday gifts or welcome gifts.

Author Jacqueline Oddo is the Owner and Head Designer at http://www.JaclynPeters.com This article is available for reprint with author’s bio included.

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Bridal Party Gift Ideas They Are Sure To Love

What to do when it comes to your bridal party thank you gifts? A questions all bridal couples ask themselves as they want to give a genuine, yet practical token of their appreciation. Finding the perfect gift for each member of the bridal party can sometimes be a difficult decision. We’ve found a few fabulous ideas sure to please everyone.

Gifts For The Men

valet tray set
Valet Tray Set
Thank your groomsmen with classic storage for their accessories! This trio of nesting trays organizes a man’s essentials with a dash of elegance, especially when a personalized nameplate is added with his name or initials. At the end of the day, every man needs a place to empty his pockets.Valet trays measure 11″ square, 9 1/2″ square, and 8″ square; set of three trays with one nameplate.

personalizable leather money clip
Personalized Leather Money Clips
Tell your groomsmen to wave bye-bye to their bulky wallets on your wedding day. Instead, give them these sleek, leather money clips for their tuxedo pockets. Post-wedding, they’ll be so spoiled by the style and convenience of these combo money clip/credit card holders that they’ll never look back. Available in brown and black leather money clips. choose from circle or block monogram to personalize. 4″ x 2.75″.

personalized barbecue kit
Personalized Barbecue Kit
This sleek carrying case conceals an arsenal of high-end grilling tools for your groomsman that takes pride in turning out the perfect barbecue. Adding his embroidered monogram to the sturdy polyester exterior will make him feel (and probably act) like a professional chef. the case features a carrying handle and zippered closure and inside rests a grill brush, spatula, basting brush, and tongs — all in stainless steel. kit measures 19 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ x 2″.

Gifts For The Ladies

friendship vase

Friendship Vase
Elegant simplicity is right up their alley, so thank your bridesmaids with these sophisticated, personalized vases. Made from hand-blown glass, the modern vase gracefully tapers to a sturdy base. The embellishment of a script monogram makes it a thoughtful keepsake she’ll treasure. each engraved vase measures 8 1/2″ h x 4 5/8″ l x 2″ w.

hanging cosmetic case
Hanging Cosmetic Case
She’ll love to keep her beauty routine organized when she’s on the go with this pretty and practical hanging cosmetic case. The clear, zippered windows put your beauty arsenal on display, making touch-ups quick and easy! Have one embroidered for each of your bridesmaids and present them at your bridesmaid luncheon — they’ll appreciate the convenience on your wedding day and while you’re at it, grab one for yourself for the honeymoon (with your new monogram, of course). The adorable polka-dot cosmetic case has sturdy leatherette handles and a hook for hanging. measures 10 1/2″ x 8″ x 4″ when closed.

luxury spa robe
Luxury Spa Robe
Soft and plush in cotton terry, this personalized spa robe is ideal for a girls’ spa day for wearing during wedding day preparations. Customize each luxury spa robe with your choice of color-embroidered monograms for a personalized bridesmaid gift that they will appreciate at home. The cozy cotton bridesmaid robes measure 38″ long with 8″ sleeves.

Gift For The Kids

kids' modern metal initials
Kids’ Modern Metal Initials

Kids love to see their names! These sweet and sturdy standing initials make the perfect gift for your little flower girl or ring bearer. Parents will love arranging these artisan-made initials on bookshelves in kids’ rooms. No child’s room is complete without a few abc’s! Perfect for a child’s name, initials or get creative with a fun phrase — ‘dream’ on a bedside shelf. Handmade in Brooklyn, NY. Measuring 2″ h x 1″ w. Not recommended for children under 3 years old.

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Fabulous Bridal Fascinators

We are fascinated with fabulous bridal fascinators! With their recent growth in popularity, there is a design available to compliment any bridal gown. Accents of crystals, feathers, flowers and more adorn these beautiful accessories. Many brides choose to incorporate a bird cage veil which is easily removable after the ceremony has ended. We’ve searched to find some of our favorite designs from vintage to contemporary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage meets contemporary with this stunning design from Ice Green Eyes. Custom crafted, this design features a large crystal embellishment surrounded by white and off white ostrich feathers with a bird cage veil. Pops of color in green and blues are featured with peacock feathers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A touch of feathers and Hollywood Glam inspired this design from Dream Catchers Studio. Gorgeous feathers are accented with various size Swavorski Crystals and exquisite beading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So vintage chic! This design features an Alencon Lace base accented with ivory ostrich feathers and a crystal beaded appliqué. Optional Russian Bird Cage veil is available to complete this vintage inspiration. Designed by Dream Catchers Studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the bride who loves flowers, this off white 5 inch flower fascinator is embellished with feathers and pearls.  The perfect compliment to almost any wedding gown.  Available at HairComesTheBride.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planning a tropical or beach theme wedding? Or perhaps you just love tropical flowers? We love this design also from HairComesTheBride.com where you can find a large colorful assortment of tropical floral hairpins to create your own custom color fascinator.

 

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A Celebration of Times Past: Planning a Vintage Wedding by Cherie Johnson

In 1840, the pageantry of the American wedding took off, thanks to England’s Queen Victoria, who quickly captivated onlookers around the world. She had thrown one of the most elaborate weddings the world had ever seen up to that time, and it was only natural for her contemporaries to emulate her. Weddings soon became events for everyone to enjoy and were no longer limited to just the couple and their families. They were extravagant celebrations of love, life, and happiness.

Before Victoria, weddings were simpler affairs. The sweet strains of Lohengrin were soon overpowered by DJs and bands, and beautiful, handmade nose-gays were eclipsed by bursting, colorful bouquets, among other things. For today’s bride, toning down what’s already an over-the-top affair is made appealing with the resurgence of the vintage wedding, a nod to nuptials of the past. Yet, there are multiple avenues to take when considering a vintage wedding theme; fortunately, there are also countless websites and books devoted to the subject.

As with anything, you can take inspiration from the past and carefully intertwine it with modern ambience to create a blend of old and new, or you can host a blowout vintage wedding bash that replicates the past to a T. The choices are endless!

Refining the Vintage Wedding Theme

Dress/Accessories: Finding the perfect dress is the goal of every bride. For those hoping to wear a vintage wedding gown to their ceremony, the search can be somewhat more complicated. If you live in large metropolitan city, there are likely quite a few vintage clothing or consignment stores that you can check out. Online browsing/shopping is always a good alternative, and if you do purchase anything, your local tailor can easily handle most alteration needs.

You can also opt for modern wedding dresses that have vintage vibes, such as mermaid or trumpet styles. Though, of course, when the elegant Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier in 1956, she chose a beautiful, full-skirted gown in ivory. The point here is to stick with flowing, high quality fabrics and classic embellishments that keep with the vintage wedding theme.

As far as shoes, jewelry, and veils, many of these items are also available online, either in their original vintage form or as modern reproductions. Your mother or grandmother may even have some pieces lying around that you can use to round out the vintage wedding theme.

Music: Undoubtedly, there are bands in your area that specialize in old-time hits or, at the very least, jazz standards. Some larger cities might even have mock big bands that can perform at your reception. There are a couple ways you can go about this: consider having the band greet guests on the lawn, in the style of an old garden party, or create a faux bandstand at the front of the reception venue to feature the band in all its glory.

To get guests excited about the wedding theme, before the band comes on, have a victrola or phonograph that you’ve rented or purchased piping music throughout the reception venue. It will set the stage for the coming attractions!

Food: Weddings in the past have traditionally been sit-down dinners, though you don’t have to follow this when planning a vintage wedding. Offerings weren’t nearly as diversified as today, and the usual fare consisted of various meats, salads, and fruits. Occasionally, brides also held pot-lucks, a way to get everyone involved in the festivities.

Selecting your menu can certainly play off these more traditional choices, but you can also mix and match. Pair old favorites with some new choices, and be creative! In terms of the cake, the flavor of choice was always buttercream. Obviously, white cake is still the reigning champ of wedding cakes, but if you decide to go with chocolate, red velvet, or the like, you can have your cake decorated with vintage flair – pearls, beads, feathers, lace, and other trimmings that meld with your wedding theme.

Pictures: As with your music, finding a photographer who specializes in snapping pictures with an ‘old-timey’ feel is not necessarily vital, but a consideration in your search. Certainly, the photographer can take pictures as usual, and revise certain elements when he’s back at his studio. Perhaps you’d like black and white or sepia-toned pictures – that’s doable. Maybe you want a crackled finish – sure. Get to know your photographer and his capabilities! Look at portfolios before hiring anyone, and you’re sure to find a photographer who can carry out your wishes for great ‘vintage’ wedding pictures.

Lighting: The right light is important for any wedding! Regardless of the time of day your reception takes place, the lighting you choose should foster both warmth and invitation. Elaborate chandeliers, candles housed in extravagant candelabras, and other sources of ambient light are ideal for a vintage wedding theme.

Warm up reception tables with centerpieces surrounded by candles, or purchase multiple mini-chandeliers and hang them around the appetizer tables, gift tables, or in the bathrooms. Milk-glass lanterns/lamps were also a popular choice of lighting; they provide a soft glow that’s unequaled.

A New Take on the Classics

A vintage wedding theme allows you and your guests to re-discover the beauty and elegance of the past. However you choose to incorporate these elements into your vintage wedding, just remember — have fun! From birdcage veils and quaint petit-fours to jazz standards and a 1940s getaway vehicle, there are multiple ways to make the ceremony and reception unique to you. Plus, a vintage wedding theme can be a lot of fun for everyone involved! They’re a great way to re-invent the past, learn a little history, and infuse your ceremony and reception with some wonderful, old-fashioned glamour.

About Cherie Johnson
Cherie Johnson is the founder and owner of Creative Wedding Favors, a one-stop shop for personalized, unique baby and bridal shower, graduation, quinceañera, anniversary, and wedding favors, helping countless couples and families make their big events a success. Cherie’s wedding advice has appeared on several websites including Little Wedding Guide, Wedding Lenox, and The Wedding Source. Before she launched her company in 2006, Cherie worked as a professional wedding photographer, capturing the most special moments of the bride and groom’s big day. For more information on Creative Wedding Favors or to find a variety of colorful, customizable gifts and favors, please visit http://www.CreativeWeddingFavors.com

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Truly Unique Custom Shower And Wedding Favors

Every wedding couple is seeking unique ideas for their big day. Searching for favors or thank you gifts that reflect their personality and decor is sometimes a difficult task. We’re inspired by Jaclyn Peters Designs, where each favor box or bag is custom designed in your choice of colors and embellishments. Each design is sure to “wow” your guests and accent your table scapes.
A two in one thank you gift, your guests will be sure to keep and use their favor box long after the celebration has ended.


Aqua And Black Feather Rhinestone Buckle Favor Box. Available in your choice of color box, rhinestone buckle shape and feather colors.


Custom Pink Satin Bow Rhinestone Purse Favor Box. Select Your Purse Color And Satin Bow Trims.


Custom Colors Elegant Satin Rose Gift Wrap Favor Box. A new Fall 2012 arrival.


Custom Organdy Rose And Pearls Favor Box. Organdy roses and pearls create a vintage feel.


Custom Organdy Rose Feather Favor Box. The color combinations are endless on this stunning design.

To Jaclyn Peters entire line visit online at Jaclyn Peters Designs

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Ten Tips for having a Smart Marriage from the Smart Marriages Conferences

1. Marriage matters. Married people & their kids do better on all measures of health, wealth, happiness, & success. And, married folks report having more & better sex than single or divorced people.

2. It’s not the differences but how we handle them that separate successful marriages from the failures. Disagreeing doesn’t predict divorce. Stonewalling, avoidance, contempt, criticism, and the silent treatment predict divorce. Learn how to disagree in ways that help you fall more in love.

3. All happily married couples have approximately ten irreconcilable differences – ten issues they will never resolve. If we switch partners, we just get ten new issues that are likely to be even more annoying and complicated. Sadly, if there are children from an earlier marriage or relationship, disagreements about them go to the top of the list. What’s important is to discuss our own set of issues just as we would discuss how to manage living with a chronic bad back or trick knee. We wish they weren’t there, but what’s important is to keep talking about how to manage them and still do the marriage “dance”.

4. Love is not an absolute (a yes or no situation) and it’s not limited substance. It’s a feeling and feelings ebb and flow depending on how we treat each other. We can learn new ways to interact and the feelings “of being in love” can come flowing back, often stronger than before.

5. Marital satisfaction often dips with the birth of a baby. That’s normal. Marital satisfaction is at its lowest when there are kids in the house between 11 and 16. That’s normal. We need to know what to expect, appreciate our parenting partner – and hang in. It makes good sense to stay married for the sake of the kids – and for our own sake. Even with the challenges, it’s a lot easier to be a parenting team than to be a single, divorced, or remarried parent. Plus there is a silver lining: satisfaction goes back up with the empty nest. The final stage of marriage – with a job well done – is the real honeymoon period.

6. Sex ebbs and flows. It comes and goes. That’s normal. Plan for & make time for more “flows”.

7. Creating good marital sex is not about putting the sizzle BACK INTO your sex life. Early marital sex is sex between strangers – we don’t yet know our partner or ourselves. The most passionate sex is intimate sex based on knowing our partner and letting them know us. One of the most important tasks of marriage is to develop a satisfying marital sex style. It’s not about going BACK; it’s about going FORWARD, together.

8. Repair attempts are crucial and are highly predictive of marital happiness. They can be clumsy or funny, even sarcastic, but the willingness to make up after an argument, is central to every happy marriage.

9. Learn to welcome, embrace and integrate change
– to discuss and update your wishes, hopes & dreams – on a regular basis. We often “interview” each other before marriage and then think “that’s it.” The marriage vow is a promise to stay married, not to stay the same. (Thank goodness!) Keep up-to-date with changes in your partner. Don’t fear changes, celebrate them!

10. Try several different marriage education courses.
Become informed consumers – rate the courses, discuss what you liked best – which ideas were most helpful. Decide which courses to recommend to your kids, friends and family – which to give as wedding, anniversary and new baby gifts. The courses don’t tell you what kind of marriage to have. That’s up to you. They give you the tools – the hammers, screwdrivers, and levels – so you can build the kind of marriage that suits you, one which can help you to negotiate, and renegotiate, your own values, meaning, and goals.

Find a class at http://www.smartmarriages.com/directory_browse.html Strengthen your own marriage and/or learn how to become a Marriage Educator and teach the courses in your community.

Diane Sollee, founder director, www.SmartMarriages.com®
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Colorful Contemporary Wedding Cakes

Today’s wedding couples see The Wedding Cake as one of the major highlights of their wedding reception. Selecting your cake should reflect your personality as a couple, as well as compliment your colors or decor. We’re inspired by these colorful and contemporary cake designs for the bold and whimsical bride and groom to be.

A Brilliant Modern Houndstooth Design With Gold And Bow Accents by Erica O’Brien

Bold And Beautiful Red And Black Swirls  by Cake Work

Gorgeous Turquoise Ruffle With Black Roses by Cake Work

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