Conshohocken’s David’s Bridal Brings Wedding Planning into a Social Media Era
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Brides have plenty to do. From selecting the flowers to selecting that perfect dress, she has a lot on her mind.

For ages, brides have tried different ways of organizing their planning. Now, the Conshohocken David’s Bridal offers local gals a solution. The bridal shop has “My Event.”

“My Event is an exclusive and free online wedding planning tool that allows brides to plan their wedding in an innovative way from start to finish using an all new, user-friendly interface,” said a recent release from David’s Bridal.

The new program, which was created in a partnership with Night Agency, is designed to allow brides to plan al…………… continues on Patch.com

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Elizabeth Richard Gifts: Wedding Registry
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In celebration of Wedding Week here on Connecticut Style, Lori Greene, owner of Elizabeth Richard Gifts ( www.elizabethrichardgifts.com ) in Waterbury, was in the studio to discuss the all important gift registry process.

In addition to researching products online, Lori stresses the importance of actually going into a store and handling the items you are registering for.  It’s helpful to see a place setting arranged on a table with stemware and flatware, so that you know all the pieces will work together.

Another great suggestion, is to register with only one store.  It’s tempting to register at numerous stores, but tracking the items purchased from each registry, and maintaining lists at various retailers can quickly become overwhelming – the very last thing a bride needs when planning her wedding.

For these and other great ideas, visit Elizabeth Richard Gifts in Waterbury or check out their website at www.elizabethrichardgifts.com .

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Question of the Day: Exactly How Many Gifts Should a Bride Buy For Her …
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One example of a bridal party gift, as seen on Pinterest.

My lovely new intern Megan recently got engaged, and she’s currently planning a January 2014 affair. She filled me in on an interesting new trend. Instead of simply asking the bridal party to be in the wedding, brides are now planning elaborate ways (including gifts) to present the “Will you…” question. I guess we can thank Pinterest for the rise in this new trend, as there are now boards dedicated to over-the-top ideas for asking ‘maids to be a part of the big day. Guys, you aren’t left out of the fun. Groomsmen are now being gifted presents such as cigars, bottles of Jack Daniels, and cases of beer when being asked. So here’s Megan’s conundrum: If she presents her gals with a gift (say, a necklace or a nice bottle of champagne) to ask them to be in the wedding, must she also buy them a gift to thank them at the bridal luncheon? I know there has to be an expert or two out there who can help! Comment, please.

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I Can’t Think of a Better Wedding Ring Than This Cool Titanium Utility Ring
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Salaries, wedding rings down the drain
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Mr Cash from Mr Cash Loans in Voortrekker road Goodwood speaks to the Cape Argus about irresponsible gamblers who comes to his shop to pawn all their valuables for gambling money. Picture Henk Kruger

Cape Town – Pawn shop owners say desperate gamblers pawn prized possessions such as wedding rings and family jewellery in exchange for money to gamble.

Leslie Cash, the owner of Mr Cash, a pawn shop in Voortrekker Road, Goodwood, said some people waited for the store to open so they could gamble before work.

“We try to advise them that they will lose their money but they say they want to win back money gambled away at GrandWest Casino.”

Cash added that some people had to go home to tell their spouse they gambled away their entire salary.

“Others don’t even have money to go home and need transport money.”

Another pawn shop owner, who declined to be named, said a woman entered her shop to pawn jewellery worth R9 000. “She pawned it for R1 500 cash. This woman and her family lost their home and two cars and are now renting a room.”

He said some people used their disability gran…………… continues on Independent Online

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Kelly Clarkson Engaged: Singer Says Wedding Planning Is ‘Overwhelming’
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Kelly Clarkson’s got a case of the pre-wedding jitters.

The singer, who is engaged to Nashville talent agent Brandon Blackstock, told southern California radio station KFROG Monday that the wedding planning process has been overwhelming for her.

“People think because I’m singing in front of people all the time that I’m comfortable being in front of people, but I’m actually terrified that everyone’s watching me walk down an aisle. That’s actually the worst thing ever,” Clarkson said. The KFROG interviewer joked that it would be awful if Clarkson tripped on her gown during the wedding, to which she replied, “[It] is not a ‘what…………… continues on Huffington Post

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Wedding Guide: Wedding planners help make event less stressful
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They help brides and grooms navigate the sometimes confusing and overwhelming world of wedding planning.

They are wedding planners, and whether they help the bride and groom from the beginning or just for the rehearsal and ceremony, they make the process of putting together a wedding less stressful.

Connie Amos-Parsons, owner of At Your Service Events Planner in Forest, is a professional bridal consultant with the Association of Bridal Consultants.

She said as a wedding planner, she helps the bride and groom work out a budget, provides a wealth of resources to help pick a venue and vendors, can go with the bride to interview vendors, gives advice on wedding etiquette and on handling special family situations, helps with the timeline, helps the couple save money and helps with coordination on the wedding day.

She can take the couple from the early planning stages through the end of the reception, she said.

Amos-Parsons recommends that couples start planning a wedding nine months to a year prior to the selected date.

The groom’s level of participation varies with each couple, but most attend the first consultation with the wedding planner, she said.

During that consultation, she asks questions about the style and theme the couple wants. She also asks what t…………… continues on Altavista

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TurningArt Unveils Innovative Wedding Gift Service, Delivering a Fun, Easy and …
News from The Providence Journal:

BOSTON, Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — TurningArt, the innovative internet company that allows consumers to experience art in a whole new way, has unveiled an easy-to-use gift service, providing wedding guests with a fun and original gift option for the happy couple. TurningArt provides art memberships to an ever-changing selection of museum-quality prints. Based on a three-, six- or twelve-month gift membership, the newlyweds choose pieces from thousands of independent artists nationwide. If they fall in love with a piece or several, they have the option to buy the print or original.

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Not only is wedding season an expensive time of year for the bride and groom, but wedding guests and bridal parties are constantly striving to find distinctive yet affordable gifts that fit the pair perfectly. Cash, check, and gift-registry items are being replaced with more personal and customized gifts. TurningArt’s service lends itself to being a more thoughtful gift and letting the couple make a statement about their relationship through art.

“Couples starting out may not have the money nor the inclination to purchase art, especially if they’re renting or haven’t developed their personal style as a couple,” said Jason Gracilieri, Founder of TurningArt. “Gifting a TurningArt membership will help create t…………… continues on The Providence Journal

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HEGARTYS SEEM TO BE A GIFT
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“Lucky in love and lucky 2013,” said Elizabeth O’Donnell as she posed for the cameras at the launch of Hegartys.ie new online wedding gift service. The Junk Kouture founder is saying “I do” this year and she is adamant that 13 will be her lucky number. “Thousands of couples will get married in 2013 and all the talk of superstition over the number 13 is rubbish! In fact I think it will be lucky for us” she said.

Elizabeth is founder of Junk Kouture

Elizabeth founded Junk Kouture in association with the European Recycling Platform in 2010, where students from around Ireland are challenged to create high-end wearable fashion from everyday junk, which would normally find its way into the bin……………. continues on Fashion.ie

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Katrina Bowden: I’m Planning a Wedding Without a Wedding Planner
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01/28/2013 at 06:30 PM EST

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Wedding planning is no piece of cake for Katrina Bowden.

The 30 Rock actress got engaged the night before the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards – and a year later, she’s still happily together with Ben Jorgensen. Not to mention totally stressed out.

“It’s just crazy,” Bowden, 24, told PEOPLE right before this year’s show on Sunday. “I didn’t know anything about weddings,…………… continues on People Magazine

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Say ‘I do’ to high tea with wedding planning
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It’s time to plan that glorious, wonderful wedding with the Best of the Best. High Tea at The Ritz-Carlton of St. Louis is from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24.

Reservations are advised because seating is limited in the elegant surroundings. Once they are made, it is on your calendar, too, to spend quality time with the region’s bset bridal providers. The event is sponsored by St. Louis’ Best Bridal.

Brides and their guests will visit select purveyors of wedding and reception sites, boutique fashions and tuxedos, luxurious flowers, luminous lighting, toe-tapping and romantic music and other exciting details that reliably provide the setting and capture the essence of their special event, while the bride, groom and parents enjoy that special day as they envision. The best outcome follows reliable planning with specialists who connect with the special couple and their unique vision.

Seating for everyone is at tables in the Grand Ballroom for The Ritz’s gracious serving of tea with petits fours, tea breads, miniature sandwiches and fruit tartlets. Then it’s time to watch the runway show with gowns brought from New York.

Brides-to-be can continue to visit with providers and also relax in the aura of the stylishly decorated runway. Tables prepared by local florists provide ideas for four seasons of delightful and unique bridal details.

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In Danielle Steel's forty-eighth bestselling novel, a Hollywood wedding sets the scene for a vivid portrayal of a prominent family whose hopes and fears are as real as our own.

Simon Steinberg and Blaire Scott are among the most respected couples in Hollywood. Simon, a major movie producer, and Blaire, an award-winning television writer, have defied the Hollywood cliches, keeping their marriage together for decades. Their three children—aspiring teenage model Samantha, pre-med student Scott, and entertainment lawyer Allegra—are successful and happy but must face the challenges we fear for our own children as well.

As an attorney for the stars, twenty-nine-year-old Allegra Steinberg is used to handholding her celebrity clients through their tangled lives and loves, negotiating major movie deals, and fielding phone calls at all hours of the day and night. But with a career that consumes so much of her time, Allegra has little time for a private life. Until a chance encounter with a New York writer turns Allegra's life upside down. And suddenly, she finds herself planning a wedding at her parents' Bel Air home.

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What to know when planning a fusion wedding
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Surbhi and Shawn Kildare from Baltimore, Md. had a Christian ceremony on one day and Hindu ceremony the next. (Courtesy of StoryMotion)

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WASHINGTON – In a traditional Indian wedding, a groom enters the ceremony from an outdoor celebration with music, dancing and drums. He rides a horse to the alter where he meets his bride dressed in a sari and bearing henna tattoos on her hands and wrists.

But what happens when the groom is American?

Though it can cause challenges and family tension, wedding experts say couples of American and South Asian backgrounds often have “fusion weddings” to honor both cultures and traditions.

WTOP talked with four local fusion wedding experts about the ins and outs of fusion ceremonies, mixed receptions and what advice they have for diverse couples exploring their wedding options.

Trisha Cranor is a wedding planner in Germantown, Md. Mekhla Stanton is a wedding planner in Woodbridge, Va. Sachi Sood is a wedding designer for wedding décor company Partyland Flowers & Event Decorators in Gaithersburg, Md. Ron Kee is a senior catering sales executive at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View hotel in Arlington, Va…………… continues on WTOP

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Online Wedding Registry Focuses on Local Stores
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One-Liner Pitch: NewlyWish is a free online wedding gift registry service that offers couples options beyond the usual big department stores.

Why It’s Taking Off: Couples can create a single wedding gift registry from a network of more than 50 independent shops, brands and artisans.

A few years ago, Amada Allen and Robard Williams were planning their wedding and trying to find time to look for the perfect venue and bridal dress. But when it came to figuring out t…………… continues on Mashable

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Facebook challenge offers brides-to-be chance at wedding planning tour
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Gala Beleza Events & Weddings and Humboldt Limousine, LLC have partnered to take brides on the Wedding Planning on Wheels Tour, according to a press release. The free tour will chauffer eight engaged brides-to-be in Humboldt Limousine’s Krystal Lincoln Stretch Limo on a “Bachelorette” themed wedding planning excursion featuring a selection of Humboldt wedding venues and vendors on Feb. 10, from 12:30-6 p.m.

For a chance to win a ride on the tour, brides-to-be must enter Gala Beleza’s 4-Step Facebook Challenge (https://www.facebook.com/galabeleza/app_237202476309340) by 12 a.m. Feb. 3. Eligible contestants will be entered into a drawing and winners will be announced on Gala Beleza’s Facebook page at noon on Super Bowl Sunday.

For more information about the tour or the services of Gala Beleza: 845-4998, www.facebook.com/galabeleza or www.galabeleza.com.

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Technology ‘trending’ in wedding planning
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In an era of technology, a bridezilla’s outburst can go viral on YouTube just as quickly as a crafty wedding table creation can be re-pinned hundreds of times on Pinterest. As the wedding trends of 2012 are turned into photos and dissolve into a framed memory placed on the mantel, one trend is here to stay: technology.

Flower shops, hair stylists and the wedding planning world are taking cues from brides with a smartphone in their hand and a picture on Pinterest pinned in their mind.

“If it’s on Pinterest, brides want it,” Linda Taylor, owner of Bowden Flowers, said about her prediction for wedding trends in 2013. “As a florist, I’m not seeing one up-and-coming trend, the trend is to not follow a trend but create your own ideas and personalize things you see on Pinterest and online. We’ve done stuff with peacock flowers, baby’s breath bouquets and bouquets with a rustic feel that have burlap intertwined in them, everyone is into their own unique thing, that’s the direction.”

Although brides are letting their creativity lead the way, Taylor did mention a color that is popping up everywhere – not just Pinterest.

“Lime green, it’s really big right now,” Taylor said. “Lime green roses, lilies and hydrangeas all are popular paired with a dark purple or red. We have a Kermit mum that’s really popular, the lime green is a big color seen in bouquets.”</…………… continues on Kokomo Tribune

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The Wedding


In Danielle Steel’s #1 New York Times bestseller, a Hollywood wedding sets the scene for a vivid portrayal of a prominent family whose hopes and fears are as real as our own.

Simon Steinberg, a major movie producer, and Blaire Scott, an award-winning television writer, are among the most respected couples in Hollywood. They have defied the clichés, keeping their marriage together for decades. Their children—Samantha, Scott, and Allegra—are successful and happy, but must face the challenges we fear for our own children as well.

As an attorney for the stars, twenty-nine-year-old Allegra Steinberg is used to negotiating major movie deals, and fielding phone calls at all hours of the day and night. But she has little time for a private life—until a chance encounter with a New York writer turns her life upside down. Suddenly, Allegra finds herself planning a wedding at her parents’ Bel Air home.

As preparations begin for a September ceremony, surprise announcements and ever-increasing anxiety bring out the best and worst in everyone. But as couples in each generation of the Steinberg family struggle with broken vows and new hopes, the real meaning of Allegra’s wedding emerges. For the bride, the ceremony is a bridge between her past and her future. For her parents, it is a reminder of the bond that holds them all together. And for both families, it is an opportunity for reconciliation, and new hope.

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Married to the Plan. Still Looking for a Possible Groom.
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Kate Owens, a 34-year-old project manager for I.B.M. who lives in Clifton Park, N.Y., had planned her wedding for more than a decade before marrying last June.

She began planning in her 20s as a single woman with no boyfriend and no prospects. She watched as her friends were getting engaged and sending photos of dresses and rings. She began daydreaming, looking regularly over the next 10 years at the Maggie Sottero bridal collection online and the Dessy Group Web site.

Ms. Owens did not know if she would ever meet someone and settle down. Still, she printed pictures of hairstyles, flower arrangements and ring settings she found online. She looked up locations like Birch Hill, a serene farm outside Albany, and found a wedding planner, Shannon Whitney, who agreed to speak t…………… continues on New York Times


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Let the bridal planning begin
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OHIOVILLE –  Before you say “I do,” The Times Bridal Fair has to top your “to-do” list Sunday.

As always, the fair at Seven Oaks County Club in Ohioville offers brides-to-be countless ways to make their wedding simple yet wonderful or a stunning “wow.”

And once again, many local photographers, caterers, florists, spas and limo services, bridal salons and travel agencies — 50 exhibitors in all — will show novice planners how to do everything well – twice. One show begins at 10 a.m with a runway show at noon, and a second show begins at 2 p.m, with a runway show at 4 p.m.

At both, Ribbon Bridal in Beaver, a show sponsor for the third year, will showcase the work of Colleen Bankovich, the salon’s accessory designer who for several years has created unique sashes, veils, headpieces and silk bridal bouquets for Ribbon’s brides and bridal parties.

On visits to Beaver County, the California native watched her late grandmother Kata Bankovich of Brighton Township, sew and knit outfits for her and the little girl’s Barbie dolls. Inspired, Bankovich, whose family moved to Beaver County in 1984, taught herself to sew. Four years ago, Melanie Vaughan, Ribbon Bridal owner, hired Bankovich as a seamstress. Soon, Bankovich’s handcrafted accessories made with silks, imported lace and hand…………… continues on Timesonline.com

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