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    Where the Wild Things Are

    Welcome to our Friday series. Each month we bring you a multi-part blog series centered around one or two themes. This May our theme is “wild.” To us, wild means letting loose and having fun. This week we were inspired by Maurice Sendak’s beloved childhood classic Where the Wild Things Are. I have a confession. I’ve never seen the movie Where the Wild Things Are but I’ve read the book dozens of times during my childhood and to kids at the local library’s Story Hour. I’ve also watched Lady Gaga’s music video Bad Romance Max is sent to bed without supper for donning on his wolf suit, terrorizing the dog,…

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    Wild Wild West Wedding

    Welcome to our Friday series. Each month we bring you a multi-part blog series centered around one or two themes. This May our theme is “wild.” To us, wild means letting loose and having fun. This week we were inspired by old western movies about the Wild Wild West. One of my friends’ boyfriend loves Westerns and when they got engaged one of the themes on the table was –you guessed it! the Western. While they ended up going in a different direction, ever since she brought it up, I’ve been playing with the idea of a Western-inspired wedding. At first glance, Westerns seem to be part of the boy’s…

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    Five Weird Weddings

    1. A Funeral Parlor A couple chose to tie the knot at their families’ funeral home. Not only did they say their vows, but they also held the reception there as well. Creepy! 2. Underwater Do you like scuba? Several organizations will help you put on a wedding underwater. It usually takes place in a location without a strong tide. In addition to human witnesses, your vows will also have fishy onlookers! 3. At the Zoo The London Zoo allows you to get hitched surrounded by your favorite animal and human friends. 4. Up in the Air After winning a competition to ‘wing walk’, a Welsh couple decided that this…

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    How to Throw a Themed Wedding

    I’ve posting a lot on themed weddings lately, because most weddings do have a theme from ultra-specific Hunger Games-themed bashes to looser vintage-inspired ones. 1. Pick a Theme Rather than listing off the most popular themes of Spring 2012, I’d like you and your fiance to brainstorm about meaningful hobbies and places. Was your first date at an ice cream parlor? How about an old fashioned soda fountain reception! No matter how ridiculous your theme sounds, remember that your wedding is about you and your fiance and it should reflect who you are as individuals and as a couple. 2. Pick out a Fun and Fitting Location As more and…

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    Themed Weddings: Superhero Wedding

    Kitschy or classy, superhero themed weddings hold a special place in our hearts. Under the neon colored costume is a kid watching Saturday morning cartoons or reading stacks of comic books or pretending to have super powers on lazy summer afternoon. Superheroes wedding is just another variety of the fairytale princess wedding, except with more swashbuckling! Superheroes celebrate truth, justice, loyalty, and adventure! And isn’t that what marriage is all about? Like I mentioned in the Harry Potter themed wedding post, the key for a grown up themed wedding is the tasteful details. However, we have nothing against declaring loudly and clearly the things we love. The Attire Ironically, this…

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    Themed Weddings: Downton Abbey

    Have you heard about Downton Abbey? This popular British drama is about an aristocratic family and their servants at the fabulous country manor in Edwardian England. In addition to its addictive storyline, the sets and customs are amazing. It’s already inspired several weddings, and we’d love to hope onto the retro bandwagon. Here are some of our ideas on having a Downton Abbey-esque wedding. The Gown Downton Abbey, especially the first season, is full of absolutely gorgeous evening dresses. While there isn’t a ball gown in sight, the Crawley sisters and equally beautiful mother wear several sheath and empire waisted formal gowns with lovely lace and beadings. These gowns often…

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    5 Super Bowl-Inspired Wedding Appetizers

    It’s the day before the Superbowl and so many of my guy friends are stocking up on chips and dip and frozen chicken wings. I’ve seen a few cute sports-related weddings recently — even a fishing one — and I thought that some of you DIY-style ladies would like to test run a few appetizer recipes before handing it off to caterer or handing it to a trusted friend. 1. My Mom’s Chili The wonderful thing about chili is that freezes fantastically! A friend of a friend’s mother made chili every week for months to serve at her wedding. My mom’s version is super easy and vegan: one can of…

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    A Backstreet Boy Wedding

    Celebrity Wedding A. J. McLean On Saturday, December 17th, Backstreet Boys singer A.J. McLean tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Rochelle Deanna Karidis on the Crystal Lawn at the Beverly Hills Hotel, a five-star luxury hotel with 12 acres of seemingly-paparazzi proof gardens. Instead of something traditional and sweet, the couple went dramatic with a goth theme. Their invites where black and silver with red lettering that looked like they were written with blood! The ceremony itself seemed pretty romantic, though, the couple exchanged vows under a gazebo adorned with white hydrangeas, while guests were surrounded by elements like romantic chandeliers. Unfortunately, the ban on cell phones and cameras…

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    Themed Weddings: Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight

    6331252 Bella and Edward Inspired Wedding By Natalie Tsang October 22, 2011 With Halloween just around the corner, there seems to be a touch of magic in the air! Since little girls and boys everywhere are dreaming up their costumes, it seemed that we should be able to do a little dress up too. And dress up is the key word here. Themed weddings can often come off as childish or even slightly creepy. They just don’t feel grown up enough. I feel like themed weddings are the best when they’re almost covert. There are tons of little winks and nods to favorite books, movies, and comics, but nothing super…

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    Our Top Southern Inspired Touches

    6323932 A little southern charm By Natalie Tsang October 19, 2011 You don’t need to be from the south to want to show a little southern hospitality. Famous for it’s delicious filling foods, romance, and aristocratic touches, a Southern inspired wedding combines elegance and warmth. Groom’s Cake While the wedding cake may often be decorated in white and and is light in texture or color, the groom’s cake is usually dark and dense like chocolate, fruitcake, or cheesecake. Many couples have fun with the groom’s cake and have the shape and decoration honor the groom’s hobbies, talents or interests. Instead of being eaten at the reception, it is often boxed…