A typical Wedding

26th February, 2013 - Posted by Lia - No Comments


We hear all about the lavish weddings of hosted by celebrities, read plenty of ideas on how to have a vintage, bohemian and unconventional weddings – but a what about when the average Joe gets married?

A wedding for a typical person is hard to define, since we’re all individuals so perhaps it’s better to ask the question on how to throw a traditional wedding.

One important component in throwing a traditional wedding isn’t necessarily about the bank balance but about the timeline. For a traditional wedding that’ll be talked about for ages, it’s key to know when to do what and how to plan it.

After saying your vows, whether in a traditional church wedding or in a courthouse, it’s the reception after-party that’s the most important when it comes to your guest. It’s traditional at this point for the husband and wife to head off for pictures with their photographer in tow before you can really get down and celebrating. During this time, instead of keeping twenty to over a hundred of guest waiting, let them go off and being the celebrations without you.

The cocktail hour is a great way to get the ball rolling. Kick off the reception with some boozy delights and classy canapés, and this will give guests a chance to chat, socialize and wait for the newly weds to make their big arrival. One thing that’s important is to greet your guests, and it’s common for couples to greet their guests as they arrive on the site, but modern newlyweds are choosing a post ceremony line, rather than going round the tables during the dinner.  

Once everyone is lubricated with cocktails, the bride and groom will make their grand entrance, and perhaps kick start the dancing with their first dance. This can come later after the dinner, but it marks a nice arrival. 

Of course no dinner can start without the cheers and toasts, a great time to tell funny stories to the family and friends and to celebrate the couple. Then there is the dinner of course, but once the plates are cleared away it’s time to party. There is also the cake cutting that’s a huge part of the party!

After the party, all things must come to an end and the last dance is an important part to leaving the right lasting impression. So make sure you pick something festive.

For your final farewell, make sure you say your goodbyes and leave with a grand exit! Friends and family can blow bubbles or toss rose petals. Make sure you close in a way people never forget.

brad and angelina’s wedding plans

28th June, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Brad and Angelina…Finally!

The Pitt-Jolie wedding is set to take place at the home they share in France in mid-August. Other than that and knowing Brad is out over $500,000 for the ring, few other details about the upcoming ceremony are known. But those we do have confirmation on include:

  1. Brad is doing most of the planning. He is more of a traditionalist than Ms. Jolie, and is taking great pains in making sure the renovations on the chapel they will exchange vows in are done ‘to the letter’ in period style. The chapel is part of the manor they own in South France.
  2. Both the bride and groom to be agree they want the event to be festive and include all their friends and family.
  3. The cultural diversity that makes up their family will most likely be a great influence on the ceremony. It is reported that the couple wants to incorporate wedding traditions from each of the different cultures of their children’s countries of birth.
  4. Angelina’s brother, James Haven, who is a minister, will marry the couple.
  5. One of the hottest topics, of course, is Angelina’s dress. But the discussions are short and sweet, because no one really knows. It’s been rumored that her wedding gown will be either Armani or Versace. Only time will tell. As for the questions of what color…are you serious? White is an option simply because most people don’t stand on tradition anymore, but come on….
  6. The food will be rich, French and plentiful. Brad is already working on that and is adamant that as much of it as possible be locally grown.

The Pitt-Jolie wedding will be an A-list affair-you can count on it.


My Favorite Things: The One Shoulder

19th March, 2012 - Posted by Lia - 2 Comments

A reoccurring trend I absolutely love is the elegant yet sexy one shouldered wedding gown. It’s been a classic favorite over the past couple years, each year presenting a new design more beautiful than the next.

A favorite bride that we remember from past years’ is Guy Sebastian’s (Australian Idol’s winner) beautiful bride, Jules Egan. The gown was designed by Master/Slave, a famous Australian designer. It’s one shoulder design encompassed a vintage floral cluster with mauve and off white ribbons on the shoulder. Guy Sebastian still talks about how fabulous his bride looked on their wedding day.

Just a quick couple update: the couple is still happily married, Sebastian just released new tracks and his wife is a happy designer after having a successful Aussie fashion week. Fashion, love, and music? This couple still has it all.


xo Hope

Photo Taken from Polka Bride via polkadotbride.com

current top wedding shows…

27th November, 2011 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Who doesn’t have wedding shows listed as one of their guilty pleasures? Just starting to tune in to shows all about wedding bliss?

Here are the Top -Rated Wedding Shows on TV: 

1.       Say Yes to the Dress.  On TLC Friday nights, this show is the top favorite for brides, brides to be and brides-wanna-be! Watch as the bridal gown experts style and size brides from around the world, dealing with momzillas, bossy fiancée’s , brides with attitude and so much more. Will the bride in question say YES to the dress, try on 36 different options, or walk on out of the store? Stay tuned!

2.    Four Weddings.  Four brides to be weigh in and score in on one another’s wedding as they attend each other’s and score on VENUE, FOOD, THE DRESS, and THE CEREMONY. Highest score wins a luxurious honeymoon for themselves and their new husband. Watch them critique, say what they think, and see the different visions and ideas that these unique brides have. Only on TLC, Friday nights—check it out!

3.      Bridezillas.  On the WE/Style network, this show gives me a headache yet I just can’t get enough! Watch as these brides go from blissfully happy to evil in the blink of an eye as they yell, cuss out, and even get arrested for their bad to the bride behavior.

4.       My Fair Wedding with David Tutera. What if you had your entire wedding planned, just to have everything switched up and topsy turvey….just WEEKS before your wedding? Watch as bridal expert and wedding planner David Tutera changes a bride-to-be’s wedding planning and creates an entire new vision for her wedding, yet still always delivering a happily ever after. 

extravagant weddings of the past…..

25th May, 2011 - Posted by Lia - 2 Comments

With all of this Royal Wedding buzz and excitement, we decide to take a look into some of the most grand and extravagant weddings of the past. Take a look at our top Celebrity  Weddings of all time…Which is your favorite or most memorable? 


5. Celine Dion’s wedding to her long term manager Rene on December 17th, 1994. They married in Montreal at the Notre Dame Basilica. Celine’s gown and accessories were unbelievably extravagant with a 7-pound tiara made of 2,000 genuine crystals. Her gown, designed by Mirella & Steve Gentile was flowing with a 20 foot train and all-in-all took over 1,200 hours to complete. 

4.  Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes. This original and unique couple married with seven month old Suri Cruise in their arms. The couple married in Italy at a lavish ceremony but had the wedding legalized and arranged prior to leaving in LA. Both Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes sported Armani clothing; Katie in an off the shoulder original design and Cruise in a one of a kind tux designed by Armani just for the occasion.  The entertainment? Of course, Italian singer Andrea Bocelli. The couple exchanged Cartier rings and while the couple married in 2006, they are still happy and glowing just as if they were newly weds again. 

3.  Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Fondly known as the wedding of the 20th Century. After a short courtship, Prince Charles proposed to the future Princess, but without a ring. He later brought  her to the official crown jeweler, Garrard Jewelers where she selected her ring (that is now Kate Middleton’s) valued then at $65,000.  Months later, on July 29th, 1981 750 Million people tuned in to watch this momentous occasion. The couple was whisked away in a golden carriage and lived a beautiful marriage until Princess Diana’s tragic death on August 31st, 1997. 

2.  Ivanka Trump.  Style, class, and luxury are what we describe Ivanka Trump and her wedding day. In 2009 she married Jared Kushner at the Trump Golf Club (of course) at one of the biggest and lavish weddings of the decade. The height of discussion? Her dress, of course! Ivanka wore a custom Vera Wang wedding dress inspired by the gown Grace Kelly wore when she married Prince Rainier in 1956. A delicate, and classic piece that people are still talking about. 

What If….     

 1. Oprah Winfrey finally tied the knot to long term boyfriend and significant other Stephen? We imagine it would take place in an exotic location away from the hustle and bustle of this worldwide icon’s publicity. Of course her dogs (or as she calls them her “kids”) would be in her bridal affair as well!

your turn to feel like royalty….

30th April, 2011 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

While not all of us are lucky enough to be marrying into a Royal Family like Kate Middleton, you can certainly bring different aspects from the wedding of the decade to make you feel like royalty too! 

The Dress:  Pick a smaller boutique to find your dress and have it tailored and altered. You will have a smaller staff to work with, one that will be able to dote and attend to you more so than if you go to a larger shop or chain boutique.

The Glass Slipper: Once you have found your perfect dress, it’s time to find the perfect shoes for your gown and special day. Find an intimate, one of a kind shoe boutique. Splurge a little, live a little, and buy a pair of fabulous designer heels that are one of a kind. Just don’t lose one like Cinderella!

Royal Jewels: Accessorize your royal garb with gems and jewels fit for a queen.  Add  faux chandelier earrings, pearls to your veil, or head over to www.rentherunway.com to rent some fabulous designer jewels at amazing rental prices.

The Royal Court: So you get to be a princess for a day, why not treat your royal court (bridesmaids) as well? Give them sweet little gifts ( doesn’t have to cost a lot!), order mini petite cakes or fancy sandwiches while you and your ladies prep for your special day.  Treat them to an elegant tea to thank them for all of their hard work, love and support.

Enjoy your wedding preparations just as if you were royalty; remember, in your fiancé’s eyes you are his princess and queen-to-be! Happy Planning and Princess-ing!

for those loyal to the royal family….

23rd April, 2011 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

The Royal Wedding Rundown….

Last fall media outlets worldwide was discussing Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement. Today, they are still talking about it with just as much anticipation and excitement as if it were the day after Prince William popped the question. Yes, everyone is talking about it—the royal wedding is nearly here. The royal nuptials are set for next week, April 29th at 5am Eastern Standard time and will be broadcasted worldwide. Wondering why on earth they would get married that early? Due to the fact that the wedding will be taking place 11am London time, those of us in the Western Hemisphere will have to endure waking up early and brewing a pot coffee to watch the wedding of the decade.   

While many details, vendors, and aspects of the royal wedding are remaining a secret ready to be unveiled (yes, pun intended) for the big day, there are some points of interest that everyone is a buzz about as we count down to the happy –ever-after-affair that will be here before we know it.

Let’s turn our attention to the trinket that is making women all over the world drool with envy. Kate Middleton’s engagement ring.  The stunning piece of jewelry, was given to Princess Diana by Prince Charles, is encrusted with diamonds with a  huge sapphire in the middle.  Valued at £80,000, it is a jaw dropping ring that has everyone talking even after nearly six months since the proposal. Can’t get enough of it? You can snag a look alike here…

The dress? We still have no idea! Last week it was released that Sophie Cranston of the Libélula label will be making the wedding gown for this monumental occasion. There are no solid details on what sort of dress, fabric, or anything of that nature. One thing we are sure of: it will be original and absolutely breathtaking.

The cake will be a traditional fruit cake, not to everyone’s liking but oh well….

As for the couple’s honeymoon, many speculations are being made but nothing has been confirmed. The intense publicity has made it so that any details or arrangements are kept under wraps even as we near closer towards the big day so we are just going to have to wait patiently. Where do you think Prince William and the future Princess will spend their honeymoon? Any takers?

Until next week we will have to endure the waiting game but in the mean time take a look at this: : http://perezhilton.com/2011-03-23-royal-wedding-refrigerato . Obsessed a bit, aren’t we?


bridalplasty…what do you think of this show?

21st March, 2011 - Posted by Lia - 2 Comments

Have you tuned into E!’s hit show, Bridalplasty? It’s a more recent reality show that involves brides competing to receive plastic surgery before their big day. Think Biggest Loser meets Nip and Tuck meets Four Weddings. I was skeptical at first, but decided to give the show a try after hearing all of the fuss about it.

While people may feel they need cosmetic surgery to feel about themselves, the fact that plastic surgery has become so normalized and desired is a truly sad aspect to our society. The cost, the pain, the recovery time, and the life altering aftereffects is something that should truly be examined before becoming so quick to go under the knife.

Plastic surgery isn’t all it is cut up to be ( pun intended). The mental and physical recovery is one that should not be taken lightly. Bridalplasty tends to ignore these factors and turn the show into a dramatic competition to win a surgery (or multiple surgeries)  that will change a bride entirely for her wedding day, and for the rest of her life.

Aside from the potential permanent scarring, recovery time, and cost that plastic surgery brings, the show does not focus on the real reason why these brides are getting married in the first place. Their fiancé loved them and desired them before they began competing to go under the knife, so why change their bodies entirely? Part of everlasting and unconditional love is being able to love someone regardless of their bodies, weight, or appearance; Bridalplasty does not instill that aspect of marriage at all. This show is a heart wrenching and superficial reality show that does not focus on one of the most important part of love: acceptance of the other person!

Are you  an avid watched of Bridalplasty? What are your thoughts on the show and it’s contestants?

celebrity bride-to-be guide for 2011

24th January, 2011 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Everywhere you look, the stars we love on the red carpet and in Hollywood are getting engaged and tying the knot! Since the celebrities in Hollywood and across the world are ones that show us the latest styles, trends, and hottest news….why shouldn’t they have the best wedding planning tips and styles to take a look at?  We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 most talked about soon-to-be brides for 2011. Which one do you admire most?

Bride to be #5: Leann Rimes and  Eddie Cibrian became another one of Hollywood’s beloved engaged couples on Christmas eve. The couple battled engagement rumors in November so it didn’t come as a huge surprise to friends and family but was still a shock to the happy bride to be. Rimes was seen sporting a five-carat oval diamond engagement ring set in rose gold and the couple has no wedding date set. 

Source: http://www.thestylepa.com/2011/01/jewellery-reese-wetherspoons-huge.html

Bride to be #4: Reese Witherspoon and CAA agent Jim Toth are among the most recent engaged celebrities in Hollywood. The couple got engaged in late December, and plan for a wedding in fall of this year. This will be Reese Witherspoon’s second marriage and Toth’s first.  Her ring is a knockout, at four carats designed by William Goldberg diamonds. 

Bride to Be #3 Kat Von D and Jesse James: Controversy has definitely struck over this rocker couple. Hollywood is abuzz as Jesse James had been reportedly cheating on wife and actress Sandra Bullock in early 2010 and began dating Kat Von D shortly after.  The couple has never been happier, they claim, and Kat Von D’s ring is a modern and untraditional design by Neil Lane.


Bride to be #2 Natalie Portman and Black Swan costar Benjamin Millepied had two big announcements over the holidays : engaged AND expecting. The happy couple met last year when they began filming this multi-million dollar hit movie, and sparks have been flying ever since. This 29-year old actress has had quite a year and it isn’t over yet. Portman is not only expecting her first child this year, but is also predicted to have her upcoming movie with Ashton Kutcher, No Strings Attached (opening February 11th) to be another major hit. Portman revealed her engagement ring at the People’s Choice Awards last Sunday, dropping jaws with her one of a kind ring.

Source: http://www.usmagazine.com/stylebeauty/news/see-natalie-portmans-dazzling-engagement-ring-201171 

Bride to be #1 Kate Middleton & Price William  were the top searched, tweeted, and talked about couple near the end of 2010 and they aren’t losing any popularity anytime soon. The Price proposed to his girlfriend and college love of nearly eight years on November 16th, 2010. The couple was on vacation in Africa with friends  when Price William popped the question. The ring may look familiar to some people as Price William used his mother’s, Princess Diana’s sapphire engagement ring which is also surrounded by 14 diamonds and worth an estimated 30,000 pounds. The couple is not only in the spotlight due to the fact that the royal family is about to have a royal wedding—but the royal wedding planning, designing of the gowns, the fashion, the cake, and the venue are receiving the upmost exposure. The Royal Wedding is set for April 2011, and the couple is currently extremely busy getting things together for the wedding of the decade that will linger in history for years to come.

Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-20025462-10391698.html