Archives : 2010 : October

Spooks and Sparkles in OKC: Johnathan Kayne

Posted on October 29th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

Johnathan Kayne Brazil, Silver Bridal ShoesJohnathan Kayne, designer of Knot The Groom’s fabulous line of Johnathan Kayne Shoes is set to host Oklahoma City’s first ever televised fashion show tonight. The Spooks and Sparkles event will feature a $1,000 costume contest and hair and makeup lounge plus the main event: the fashion show. Read more »

2011 Wedding Reception Trends

Posted on October 26th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

Brides are really shaking things up when planning their wedding receptions for spring of 2011. Creativity is king for the upcoming wedding season, so it’s time to put on your thinking caps and dream up some new ideas for your own special day.

Individual box wedding cakes in ivory with purple ribbon accents

Individual box shaped wedding cakes are another recently new trend.

One of the biggest changes our brides are making for next year is scrapping assigned seating. One way to do this is to set up your wedding reception in a lounge style rather than a formal dining room style. The lounge style reception hall is an excellent new wedding idea that offers a variety of seating areas where guests can easily mix and mingle without feeling tied to that one assigned seat. And you can really save your budget by cutting out those fancy, overpriced nameplates.

Those brides who are opting to stick with the traditional dining room for their wedding receptions are mixing things up by using tables in a variety of shapes and sizes paired with complementary, mismatched chairs, benches and stools.

If you want to cut some costs without ditching the nameplates, hold your wedding reception at brunch time. You can really turn the tables by serving brunch before the wedding ceremony instead of putting on a full-on night time reception with DJ and lighting. Brunch foods can be elegant without breaking the bank. Fill your guests’ tummies pre-ceremony, and serve up the cake afterward.

If you’re going to skip the evening wedding reception but would like guests to stick around for cake and mingling after the ceremony, set up a coffee bar and offer a variety of coffees to compliment your cake. After-parties are another hot wedding planning trend for 2011. Many wedding planning experts are suggesting cognac bars with personalized cigars offered in a semi-casual, yet elegant lounge setting.

For those who would like to stick with the traditional evening wedding reception, wedding planners are turning more and more to DJs rather than piano players or bands. And, many brides are purchasing a 2nd, more casual bridal gown to change into for the reception.

If you plan to spare no expense for your wedding, then this last wedding planning trend may be just the thing. More and more, brides and grooms are opting for the weekend long bridal extravaganza as opposed to limiting their wedding festivities to just one day. Read more »

Lighting Up Your Wedding Day

Posted on October 21st, 2010 by Mandy Webster

October 21st marks the anniversary of Thomas Edison’s 1879 lighting of the first  incandescent light bulb. This first light bulb burned in Edison’s Menlo Park, New Jersey laboratory for almost 14 hours, lighting the way for millions of artificial lights to come. Today, the use of lighting, both artificial and natural, has become somewhat of an art in the bridal industry.

Tiered head table with pink lightingThe wedding reception pictured above is an excellent example of carefully balanced natural and artificial lighting used to create ambiance. The bride and groom’s seats at the top of the dais are spotlighted, drawing attention to the newlyweds as the two most important people of the day. Lesser players will be seated at the lower seats amid dim, yet romantic candlelight.

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Spring 2011 Bridal Fashion Trends

Posted on October 18th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

Yes, I know I’m a bit behind on the times… the Spring 2011 fashion shows all took place last spring. But, we didn’t have a blog back then… and in any case, I think the 2011 Spring bridal trends are worth another look. So, for those of you who have only recently begun planning a wedding for this upcoming spring, these fashion trends will likely feel like brand new to you!

Woman in Vintage DressTop 2011 Trends

  • Old fashioned and historical themed wedding gowns are a big trend for 2011. The vintage gown pictured at left is just one example of a vintage style that could be re-purposed or redesigned for your 2011 Spring wedding. With historical wedding gowns, your possibilities are endless. There’s the Scarlett O’Hara plantation style, Grace Kelly ballgown style, the Jane Austen inspired empire gown… the list goes on and on! Whether you choose to borrow your mother’s or grandmother’s bridal gown or have your own historical gown made brand new, you will be all the rage next spring in an old fashioned wedding gown.
  • Strapless sweetheart wedding dresses like those by Carolina Herrara or these beautiful samples from the Alfred Angelo’s new line are another style you can expect to see next spring.
  • Short wedding gowns were another favorite at the 2011 bridal fashion shows. (I love the removable pink silk organza skirt pictured on the Brides website.)
  • Brides magazine also predicts trumpet silhouettes, side bustles, black accents and dramatic veils will be the top wedding trends of the Spring 2011 bridal season.

My Personal Faves

I love the flowing white gown with ivory and tan accents by Luisa Beccaria as shown on The Ethereal Bride (scroll down to picture #8.) The flamingo dress (picture #13) by Nina Ricci would be adorable on your bridesmaids, as long as they are all thin like the model pictured.

Of course, you could take this same concept and redesign bridesmaid dresses for each individual body type. Let’s face it, few of us are built like these runway models! Some of our friends have the legs to pull this off while others will need a longer skirt. On the other hand, some of our leggy friends might not be able to pull off the particular bodice style of this piece.

The fact is, most of us are not built like runway models. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t be just as beautiful in the gown of our choice. The key is to find a seamstress who can take your favorite concept and rework it to meet the needs of each individual. So, choose your own favorite style and begin your quest to find a seamstress who can make it yours! Read more »

Wedding Inspirations: Heart Themed Wedding

Posted on October 15th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

Heart Themed wedding collage

Every happy couple wants a wedding that symbolizes their love and commitment to one another. And, nothing says love like the classic heart shape that represents the center of human emotion in Western culture.

Heart History

The heart as we know it today was first popularized in the Victorian era. However, it’s origins are far older. In fact, this ancient symbol has been traced back to a time before the last ice age! The symbol has been found in ancient Cro-Magnon pictograms… although, there’s no way to know if it held the same meaning for these ancient hunters as it does for us today. (Probably not.)

While a totally overblown heart themed wedding is ‘so last-century,’ artfully placed heart decor can add the perfect touch of romance to any wedding without coming off as too kitschy.

The Platinum Hearts Program Paper Kit – Half Fold (also available in Tri-Fold) is a perfect example of a small heart embellishment with its platinum silver hearts and white organza ribbon. And the great thing about these wedding invitations is they are Do It Yourself!

Ancient Egyptians viewed the heart as the ‘center of life and mortality,’ while the Greeks considered it “the center of the soul and the source of heat within the body.” And, Roman author, Ovid once wrote, “Although Aesculapius himself applies the herbs, by no means can he cure a wound of the heart.” (From Timeline: Heart in History.) Read more »


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