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Will and Kate Wedding Update | Feb 4, 2011

Posted on February 4th, 2011 by Mandy Webster

Bruce Oldfield is still a top contender to design Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. Check out Good Morning America’s interview with Oldfield:

While Bruce Oldfield will neither confirm nor deny his involvement in creating Katherine’s bridal gown, he did admit that plans are afoot for him to dress many of Will and Kate’s wedding guests. Oldfield does venture to guess that Kate’s wedding gown will have sleeves and that she will be sporting a bridal veil on her big day. Read more »

The Will and Kate Update: Bruce Oldfield to Design Royal Wedding Gown

Posted on January 17th, 2011 by Mandy Webster

While palace insiders have confirmed Kate Middleton has indeed chosen a designer for her bridal gown, they have not yet released the details of whom she has chosen. However, those in the know speculate that it will be Bruce Oldfield, a favorite of Prince William’s late mother, the Princess Diana.

Official Royal Wedding Update from ABC News

In other royal wedding news, the Queen has reportedly offered to allow Will and Kate to live at Buckingham Palace after their April 29th wedding. But, will they take her up on this generous offer? After all, what new bride wants to live with her new husband’s grandmother? Especially if she’s used to being in charge (of everything) like the Queen of England! Read more »

Top 10 Wedding Guest Complaints

Posted on December 14th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

Butterfly Wedding Window ClingIt’s your big day, and you want to throw the biggest, most fabulous fête that will have your guests talking for months to come. However, you don’t want your guests to gossip for months about the bad things. No, you want them to be so impressed they will have only glowing things to say about your wedding. To pull it off, here’s a list of the top 10 things wedding guests complain about the most: 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 »

Simple Wedding Reception Menus: Southwest Fare

Posted on September 1st, 2010 by Mandy Webster
Southwest Style Wedding

A simple southwest wedding reception menu can add the finishing touch to a southwest or western style wedding theme.

One way to plan a simple wedding reception meal is to choose a southwest style theme and get several friends and family members to help with preparation. My friend Val had chili for her wedding dinner and says she fed 80 guests for around $100. The meal was provided by one of her best friends as a wedding gift, and Val tells me this was such a great idea. The guests loved the homemade chicken salad and peanut butter sandwiches alongside their chili and soup. As Val says, you just can’t have chili without peanut butter sandwiches.

Chili would be a great wedding dish for a rustic, outdoor venue or a winter wedding. If peanut butter sandwiches aren’t your thing, you could pair it with toasted baguettes or just good, old fashioned saltines. Depending on where you live, there are a variety of other menu items you could pair with chili. For instance, in Hawaii it is common to eat chili served over rice. Some people prefer a sprinkling of shredded cheese or a dollop of sour cream on top of their chili. Many of these items could be served buffet style so your guests can choose for themselves how to prepare their meal.

There are several other routes you could take when planning a southwest themed wedding reception menu. A taco bar is one really simple option which can be prepared in advance. Either the morning of the wedding, or the day before, you (or whoever has volunteered to prepare the meal) can make up a huge batch of taco meat. You could offer just one ground beef taco filling, or also offer pulled pork and other fillings. The meats can be reheated and placed in crock pots or warming trays in time for the reception. Read more »

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