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Ungaro, Angel Sanchez, Vera Wang, oh my!

Gilt‘s “Runway Bride” collection is going on now! Love the short Temperley London dresses and the gorgeous structured Carolina Herrera gown.

If you want to see the gorgeous gowns, click here.

Oh, and you can find some great gear for the groom, maids’ dresses, accessories, etc.

The Perfect Dress: Woodsy, Casual Wedding

This dress would be absolutely perfect for a retro/earthy outdoor wedding. A nature preserve or rustic woods would perfectly offset this cotton dress. Yeah, it’s an eBay dress, but the price is right for a bride on a budget.


Details: The Centerpieces

The centerpieces were simple, exactly what I wanted. I purchased 60 old blue Ball quart jars on Craigslist. The day before the wedding, my sister and I purchased 12 bouquets of flowers from Trader Joe’s.

We paired them with tealights and a mixture of bamboo table runners and polka dotted runners. My awesome aunt Vivian sewed the runners and arranged the flowers.




The results: bright, cheery and perfectly matched for our casual spring wedding.

All photos taken by Laura Ivanova – and cannot be reproduced or used, on the web or otherwise, without permission.

Win A Free Wedding Gown!

Ladies, I almost forgot to mention!

You can win a FREE(!!!) wedding dress valued up to $1,500 at PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com. The winner will be able to select any gown in the POWD selection up to the stated value. If the chosen dress is over $1,500 — you will be responsible for the difference. You can browse through over 1,000 different dresses from designers you *might* recognize — Melissa Sweet, Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier, Lela Rose, Amsale, La Sposa, etc, etc, etc.

Enter before February 28, 2009 for your chance to win! If you’re chosen, you’ll know as soon as March 2.

These are just some of the available dresses!
Good luck!

Bursting With Flowers

I love hydrangea.

They look stunning in a wedding bouquet, and make a decent centerpiece on their own (in narrow vase).

I love that I see them so often in weddings, but also know that many brides lament the cost of them (florist markup can be quite high).

I was perusing costco.com, as I often do, and found these: 60 stems of hydrangea for a mere $129.99 with shipping included!

Though you can’t choose the actual color (they’re “mixed”) — one or two bunches of these would leave even a picky bride happy.

I am Loving Aisle Pomanders

I adore Martha Stewart poms and plan to figure out a way to use them for our wedding.

But there’s something so spectacular about pomanders, that I figure I will need to use them as well, for a nice color *pop* at our reception.

However, with our meager budget, pomanders made of real flowers are SO not going to happen.

VintageGlam Blog, however, has the solution!

Check out these awesome tissue paper pomanders that Amanda used at her ceremony. They were fairly inexpensive and stunning, when seen in succession.

pomander_vintageglamblog (images from {snippet & ink}

Here’s the link to Amanda’s tutorial on her {VintageGlam Blog}, so you can do them yourself.

Adventures in Pocket Folders

I didn’t think I’d be a pocket folder kinda bride. I always pictured something simple, letterpress, maybe some ribbon to hold it all together. I imagined something basic, understated and far from the overly-organized bride-type.

Hmmm, well, how can I explain the stash of pocketfolder I have in the basement now? And what about the different stocks of paper, cut down and tucked into my “test” pocket folder, to determine the perfect shapes and sizes for my new masterplan?

And, what about the ribbon that I specifically chose because it would offset the sand metallic color that I’d fallen in love with (after a sweet bee hooked me up with her leftovers, and I simply HAD to order more)?

Sigh. I am officially a pocket folder bride. And I am THRILLED and so very excited to get my soon-to-be-amazing invitations off to my guests and “wow” them with my super-organized, she-thought-of-everything-and-aren’t-these-the-most-beautiful-invitations-ever suite.

Who ever thought this bit of info from Cards and Pockets would get me all a-twitter?!

Image from simply posy

Mix Up The Centerpieces

Who says that centerpieces have to be the same?

I’m loving this look, it’s quirky, fun, budget-friendly, eco-friendly (especially if your flowers are organic and locally grown) and visually cool.

I really hope I can save enough random glass jars in time for our wedding, so I’ve enlisted the help of a friend, cousin and my sisters to see if we can gather enough for centerpieces.

How cute would it be to fill these babies with whatever the farmer’s market has on our wedding day?!

Kick up Your Heels

Oh pink. Lovely, sweet, delicious pink.

I wish we were including pink in our wedding palette, even salmon would do.

Since we’re not, I’m simply swooning over these hot! pink shoes from Forever 21. They’d be the perfect pop under an a-line satin gown, and would look stunning in your wedding photos.

If pink isn’t your thing, these babies also come in aqua (hello, Tiffany Blue wedding!)

The beauty of them, for budget minded brides, is the pricetag… $20.80!

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