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Mother of the Bride: 4 Jewelry Do’s and Don’ts

Audrey Hepburn is the most searched keyword phrase on our blog.  And rightfully so.  A classic icon, Audrey Hepburn was the epitome of fashion from her role as Princess Anne in Roman Holiday to Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.  Her style was one of elegance and sophistication, even as a terrorized blind woman in Wait Until Dark .  With over 25 movies to her credit, there is no doubt that Audrey achieved a rarefied position as beloved actress and icon of style.

I recently came across a blog titled Audrey Hepburn and immediately a post about Jewelry Do’s and Don’ts for the Mother-of-the-Bride caught my eye.  Being the fashion icon that she was, and still is,  who better to offer Mother’s -of advice on what and what not to wear at the wedding.

Mother of the Bride: 4 Jewelry Do’s and Don’ts

Next to the bride herself, her lucky groom and their wedding party, you will likely get a fair amount of attention your daughter’s ceremony and the reception. Keep in mind too that you will be one of the stars in the wedding album. You want to be remembered by your future grandchildren for your hip fashion sense, not your hip replacement. Take a few tips from us on how to look your best when your little girl says her vows.

1. DO: Wear modern accessories

Fashion-forward jewelry isn’t about abandoning the classics. Current styles – cascade earrings, lariat necklaces and charm bracelets – have all been seen before. The trick to merging with the next generation is choosing pieces that feature colorful, interesting gemstones. Use them to bring out your eyes, pick up on a subtle color in your dress, or tie your ensemble into the wedding’s color theme.

Continue reading HERE for more Do’s and Don’ts of Wedding Jewelry

For more information on Mother-of attire, read Moms Just Wanna Have Fun on TodaysBride.com

5 Hot Trends In Wedding Shoes For 2010

When making wedding preparations, brides usually give minimal attention to their wedding shoes. According to some people, shoes aren’t visible because they’re normally hidden inside the wedding dresses, whereas others say there is so much money spent on the wedding dresses that it becomes very difficult to spend on the shoes. This shouldn’t be the case. Your wedding shoes complement your wedding dress and therefore, should be given similar attention.

The trends for wedding shoes change along with trends for wedding dresses. Some of the wedding shoes that are trendy in 2010 are listed below:


1. Antique-looking wedding dresses are hot this year, resulting in styles of wedding shoes that show elements of the past such as Victorian-style beading.

2. Sexy and more feminine wedding shoes are trendy for 2010. “Strappy” styles will surely make the bride look sensual and daring as she walks down the aisle.

3. Embellished shoes, especially those using crystal or pave adornments, are also trendy for 2010.

4. Another top trend for 2010 is shoes with various shapes such as bows. If the shape is echoed in the dress, it can give a perfectly coordinated look.

5. Feathers in shoes are a new hot trend for 2010.

Wedding shoes are an important part of your wedding plans as they complement the dress. Trendy wedding shoes give a contemporary look to the bride and coordinate with current dress styles.   So, when purchasing your wedding shoes, consider what is trendy this year.

About the Author:
Paolo is the owner of onlinebridalstore.com that provides wedding accessories.  In the last ten years he delicately working on online bridal accessories like bridal shoes, wedding jewelry, wedding shoes, etc.

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In Remembrance of Family That Has Passed

How to Keep the Mood Joyous While Remembering a Relative that has passed at Your Wedding

When a parent or other close relative has passed away recently, it’s important to find an appropriate way to remember them without ruining the joyous tone of the wedding. After all, a wedding is a celebration, and while a missing parent is certainly sad, it shouldn’t overpower the wedding day.

Some ways to remember a parent:

  • Set up a special small table at the wedding reception with a flower arrangement and a card saying “In memory of those loved ones who are not with us today” or more specifically, “In memory of Martina Jensen, mother of the bride.” You could also put a picture of the bride or groom with the deceased person you are honoring.


  • At the wedding reception, display wedding pictures of family members, or pictures of loved ones with the bride/groom. This is a more subtle way of not only honoring the bride & groom’s parents but also including the dead in your day.

  • Wear a piece of jewelry or article of clothing. (For example your mother’s wedding dress, your father’s cuff links, or your grandfather’s signet ring).

  • Carry the same flowers that your mother had in her bouquet.

  • Attach a small photo frame of the loved to your bouquet.

  • At the end of the wedding program, it is appropriate to add a memoriam line. For example, you might write “Today we honor those who could not be with us, especially the bride’s stepmother Alison Janet Brooks.”

  • If the person who is conducting the ceremony is someone who knew the deceased relative, it might be appropriate for him/her to say something during the ceremony – particularly if they are saying a homily or other sermon-like speech. They might say “Today, we have come together to celebrate the love of these two people and the life they are building together. As many of you know, the groom’s father recently passed away. And in times like these, it can be more important than ever to honor love and family. I know (groom’s father) was so happy to see (groom) find the love he has with (bride). Although it would be easy for his recent death to make this a sad occasion, (Groom’s father) would want to see you all so happy today,celebrating and full of joy. So today, let’s remember how precious life is, and be thankful that (bride and groom) are creating a new family together.”

By Nina Callaway, About.com
Center photos by Catherine McKinley Photography, courtesy of Elizabeth & Rob Mosher


Classic Style Trumps Trendy Ideas for a Wedding

Wedding album, videos and a carefully preserved gown — your wedding mementos are meant to be precious reminders of your special day. But you may find yourself cringing with shame when you look at your album years down the road if you choose trendy over traditional style for the look of your wedding.

It’s easy to tell the difference between a look that’s trendy and a more classic style. Think of the bell bottoms and love beads from the ‘70s and big hair and “Dynasty”-style gowns of the ‘80s — looks that were “hot” at one time, but that years later elicit an eye-roll and a “what was I thinking” attitude from women who wore them.

Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face, 1957

Now consider the elegance, grace and demure femininity of icons like Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman and Audrey Hepburn. Their style was classic and timeless — and one that today’s smart bride mimics to ensure she’ll love the look of her wedding as much in 20 years as she does the day she walks down the aisle.

Today’s bride knows that choosing fabrics, silhouettes and accessories borrowed from the classic era — the 1940s through the 1960s — will give her wedding and gown timeless appeal. No dated looks from easy-to-identify fashion fads for her. The classic look also plays well with the growing trend to achieve less with more by accenting the basics with luxurious finishing touches.
Here’s how to achieve that classic look for your spring wedding:
The Dress
Avoid large, modern swags of fabrics in favor of silhouettes that emphasize an hourglass figure. Nipped-in waists, or waistlines defined with belts and sashes, often in a color that slightly contrasts with the dress, create an elegant, eternal style. You can draw your classic style from the ‘40s, ‘50s and even ‘60s.
Designers offer charming gowns that evoke the look of 1950s prom dresses with fitted bodices and full skirts in tulle, lace and appliqué. For a 1960s look, a shorter, sophisticated frock with a gathered waist and narrow skirt will be reminiscent of the classic ‘60s cocktail dress.
The Accessories
A veil is essential for classic bridal style, and birdcage veils with large netting that falls at cheekbone length epitomize the look. These simple veils frame the bride’s glowing face and highlight special jewelry. Ladylike wrist-length gloves are the perfect complement to vintage bridal looks.
The classic bridal look is a perfect match with a simple and elegant pair of pearl stud earrings and a lustrous 16-inch strand of cultured pearls around the bride’s neck. Pearls have long been associated with the essence of sophisticated womanhood in American pop culture.
“The Hindu Lord Krishna is said to have offered pearls to his daughter as a wedding gift, which is where pearls and weddings were first married,” says Jeremy Shepherd of PearlParadise.com, the world’s largest online pearl company. “Pearls are considered a symbol of purity, making them the perfect fit with a bride’s white dress.” Shepherd recommends white akoya pearls, a saltwater pearl that grows primarily in the coastal areas of Japan and China.
Considered to be the classic pearls for jewelry, akoya pearls are prized for their perfect round shape, mirror-like luster and soft, neutral colors.
The Look
Tie a classic dress and accessories together with a polished hairstyle such as a bun or chignon and keep makeup understated. Dark brown or black eyeliner extended slightly past the end of the eyelid, a touch of black mascara and a shade of red lipstick perfectly matched to the bride’s complexion are all that’s necessary to complete the perfect, classic Hollywood face.
— Courtesy of ARAcontent

Top 7 Wedding Hairstyles For 2010

The crowning glory of every woman is their hair. The styles, embellishments and length all play an important role when it is time to do her wedding hairstyle. This year, the hairstyles that top the charts are classic yet modern, simply to accommodate the ever-changing trend each year. And a bride will do everything to get a great and glamorous hairdo on her special day not just to wow her groom but also to feel confident.

For the year 2010, many women are growing their hair long and applying various hairstyles to fit their tastes. Same goes for many would-be brides because most of them find it easier to style longer hair than short hair.

So for this year, here are the top 7 wedding hairstyles that you can choose from to show-off your crowning glory:

(1) Curly wedding hairstyle
There are a variety of curly hairstyles that can be done to the bride’s hair. Whether it is long, up to half of her back, or short just above her shoulders, she can have curly hairstyle that can fit her hair’s length. For longer hair, bigger and more curls can be made compared to shorter hair.

Head pieces such as headbands, feather clips, pearls and flowers can accentuate the overall style. Most often, a curly hairstyle is loose instead of tied in a ponytail. So check the best style for your hair and choose the best accessories that can add glamour.

(2) Up do for long hair
As mentioned earlier, many women are preparing their hair for the much awaited event of their lives. If you are one of them, by now your locks are longer and ready for hairstyling. One of the trends for up dos is applying bouffant to volumize the hair at the back. Another is if you have bangs, you can have a clean bouffant and bangs at the same time. This will depend if your hairstylist will want to use both, so it’s important that the style will fit your overall look.

(3) Semi up do for long hair
Some brides love the semi up do with bouffant. This has become a trend in the recent years as many women still want the length of their hair flowing freely for a dramatic look. The free-flowing hair can either be curled or just left straight.

(4) Ponytail
Some brides prefer simple and yet elegant hairstyles such as the ponytail. You can tell your hairstylist to accentuate the ponytail with flowers or gorgeous hair clips. The loose hair can be curled or straight, whichever will suit your overall look.

Other brides add bouffant with ponytail, while some just prefer the simpler version of a clean and combed ponytail. Other brides with bangs can apply either the simple or with neat bouffant for more hair volume.

(5) Side ponytail
Here’s a version of the regular ponytail that some brides are opting for. A regular ponytail can be more dramatic and stylish when tied on one side and accentuated with a barrette, flowers or other hair accessories. This can be applied to long hair as well as to shoulder-length hair. The idea is to add some style and accents to further beautify the hairstyle.

(6) Short and sweet hairstyle
Who says short hair cannot be styled on her wedding day? Short hair can be curled and styled according to the cut of the hair. If it is too short, it is best to use hair accents such as hair clips, small flowers and accessories to add a touch of elegance.

(7) Avante garde wedding hairstyle
There are some brides who prefer non-traditional hairstyles for their weddings. The avante garde style for brides may have some touch of tradition and yet they are uniquely different. The contrast could be from the hair color to the choice of headpieces or to overall look of the hair.

This is a daring hairstyle and not every woman can pull it off. There were some female celebrities who opted for avante garde hairstyles during their weddings, and it takes enough confidence a good hairstylist in order for this hairstyle to bring out the best in you.

Choosing the best hairstyle for your wedding day may be stressful, but it shouldn’t be. It is advisable that you talk to your hairstylist so you can try various styles and see what will make you more gorgeous. And remember that it’s not always dependent on the length of your hair, but how the style will fit you and how it can make you prettier on your special day.

Harrison Fray is has a lifelong passion with weddings and relationship matters. He can help you decide on the best groomsmen gifts cheaply and with classic style. Harrison also can help on picking the right cheap groomsmnen gifts. Stop by Go Wedding Gifts to see what Harrison recommends.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Harrison_Fray

2010 Wedding Jewelry Trends

Now that the new year is in full swing, designers everywhere are showing off their new collections. The fashion industry is simply buzzing with each designers’ prediction of what’s going to be hot this season. Wedding trends are no different – this multi million dollar a year industry is just as excited about new, trendy fashions. With the recession still holding a lot of people (and their wallets) down, accessories are huge.

Necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane

Traditionally, wedding jewelry is kept simple and feminine so that it accentuates the bride and her gown. This year however, big, bold jewelry is taking over the wedding scene. Layers are hugely popular and many brides will bring this into their wedding day attire. Large “bib” necklaces are expected to be a huge hit with brides this year. Vintage designed necklaces embellished with sparkling gemstones and soft, feminine pearls are the perfect statement piece to add to any gown.

If a large statement necklace is a bit too bold for you, there are a lot of other options! You can easily bring layers into your bracelets. Pile on the bangles for an exciting addition to your wedding day accessories. A great way to achieve a flawless look is to mix and match different styles. Instead of wearing ten strands of white pearls, layer just 2 or 3 pearl bracelets with a couple sparkly bangles. For that extra touch of flair, throw in some unexpected pieces like 1 or 2 strands of black Tahitian pearls. It will be a standout statement but still feminine and sophisticated.

Tejani Earrings

Big chandelier earrings are also big this season and there is no reason to leave this trend behind on your wedding day. Vintage is all the rage this year so find long, dangling earrings with a vintage twist. Soft metallics like gold or bronze are good choices and white, ivory or rose pearls always scream vintage. When your hair is in all of its up-do glory, chandelier earrings will frame your face perfectly. What’s even better is that most likely, the earrings you find to wear on your big day will integrate flawlessly into your every day wardrobe, so go ahead and splurge a little!

Last but not least, don’t forget your hair accessories. Short veils woven with soft pearls or worn with pill box hats are going to be hot this year. Accessories this season are all about femininity and sophistication. To spice up your hair, wind a long strand of pearls around a bun for an unexpected touch. Or, find a beautiful comb or clip made of bronze or copper that is embellished with sparkly gemstones and pearls. No matter what accessories you choose to wear on your big day you are sure to be the star of the show!

Piper Smith is the VP of Marketing for Museum Way Pearls, a leading provider of pearl jewelry such as pearl necklaces, pearl bracelets, pearl earrings, and much more.

Museum Way Pearls can be found online at: MuseumWayPearls.com.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Piper_Smith

Brides-to-be…What to do After the Bridal Show

Ok, so you went to the bridal show and talked to a lot of people, picked up a lot of literature, saw great fashions shows with the latest in wedding and bridesmaid gown design, awesome wedding cake ideas and so much that you are getting dizzy.  Hold on!  We made it happen, we will help you through it!  Great organization, follow through and planning can turn piles of brochures into a well thought out and perfect wedding day. 

1) Dump & Categorize

Dump your bag out and separate the brochures by category; DJs, cake companies, photographers, bands/live music, flowers, reception halls, etc.  Once you’ve done that, take each pile and pull out the company, or companies,  you actually had the opportunity to talk to.  These will be the first people to review.  From that group, chose one to three companies from each category, paying attention to any coupon or show pricing deadlines, that made the biggest impression on you when you spoke, i.e. personality of the representative, overall look of their booth – samples, photos, etc – and any offers they presented.  These will be the first people you want to consider for your wedding.

2) Contact them

Now that you’ve narrowed it down, the next step is to contact them and set up an appointment to talk about what you’re looking for, what your budget is for that particular service, availability on your date, etc.  The one thing we do not recommend is just calling up a company and asking what they charge.  That doesn’t give you a true idea of what that company can offer you.  Here’s something to think about, just because a company may LOOK expensive, i.e. high quality ads, brochures, booth displays, etc. doesn’t mean they are expensive, that they aren’t willing to work within your budget.  You’d be surprised how many companies can offer you their best work and still won’t break the bank.  Give them a chance. 

3)Research what you need to ask

After you set the appointment, print out  a copy of our wedding
planner  http://www.todaysbrideonline.com/planning_tools.phtml.  It contains great information and just about every question you should ask.   You may want to check out their website too.  Many companies will list their services and possibly a price list.  But don’t let that be the end of your research.  A true measure of a company is not necessarily what they look like online or what their brochure look like, it’s the people and how they interact with you.  Which brings us to the next step…

3)Get to know them personally

While talking with the vendor, make sure everything they will do for you will be written in the contract and that every aspect is covered.  Yes, they know what they need to do, but you need to know too!  They do this for a living and it’s second nature to them.  What you might assume will be included, often times is not and could be an issue later on down the line.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions and don’t be afraid to ask for it in writing!

4)  Time to Make a Choice

You’ve “interviewed” your top choices. Now comes the hard part, choosing that one company that will make your day perfect.  Review all of the information you collected when you spoke.  Take into consideration the personality of the person you spoke to, the atmosphere of where you met, any testimonials or recommendations from others that have used their service, etc and the choice should be obvious.

5) File It Away

Once you have made your final decisions and booked your wedding professionals, don’t throw away your research!  File it away for a future use.  You never know when you’ll need the services of a company you talked to or received literature from but didn’t use. 

Your wedding day is the most important day of your life and the companies you choose to help you celebrate play a big role in making it perfect.  Follow your heart, after all, it brought you to this point and hasn’t been wrong yet.