An alternative to the traditional wedding cake

Every girl daydreams of her wedding cake. A gorgeous multi-layered ivory cake topped with handmade sugar icing flowers and a chocolate or red-velvet flavored interior. We plan and imagine every little detail so that when it comes to meeting the pastry chef we are prepared. We go through tastings and several meetings with the caterer only to make sure that the wedding cake is nothing short from perfect. Yet, we seem to forget that although we go through all this time and effort to perfect the cake our guests rarely get a chance to taste it. A fun alternative that brides seem to like is to incorporate the party favors within the cake. The party favors can be mini cake giveaways, elegant cupcakes or truffles. The favors can be packaged under the actual cake or served separately. This way you can focus on both your dream wedding cake and favors that people will be able to taste and appreciate. Hope these ideas and pictures help inspire you.  Enjoy!

Today’s Thursday’s celebrity inspiration…Margherita Missoni

It’s finally Thursday and the weekend has finally arrived! Today’s celebrity inspiration is the beautiful Margherita Missoni. She married Eugenio Amos in Brunello, Italy. Her stunning one of a kind wedding gown was co-designed by Margherita and her mother Angela. The gown was inspired by a picture of a wedding dress that Margherita found about 15 years ago in a magazine. Margherita’s wedding was one to remember. The reception was filled with various color schemes as well as the Missoni’s trademark prints. This wedding sets an example to all brides proving that weddings do not have to be the typical all-white wedding. Hope her wedding inspires you to plan the wedding of your dreams.

Elie Saab for Pronovias 2013

We have been long time fans of Elie Saab couture gowns. His designs are romantic, glamorous and timeless. We are very excited about Elie Saab’s 2013 collection for Pronovias.  From the flowing gowns to the delicate and intricate embroideries its hard not to fall in love with each dress.

The perfect veil

Choosing the right veil is one of the most crucial decisions a bride has to make. Once you have decided on your wedding gown choose a veil that works not only with the design but also the length you are comfortable with. If you are a traditional bride choose a long dramatic veil, which is normally referred to as cathedral veil. The chapel veil is shorter than the cathedral veil and is usually around 1.5 feet from your waist. The fingertip veil is a medium length veil that sits below your fingertips, hence the name. If you are a daring bride opt for a veil that is different such as the birdcage veil, which never fails to make a statement. Remember to enjoy this process and to take your time when deciding on the perfect veil.

CATHEDRAL VEIL

CHAPEL VEIL

FINGERTIP VEIL

BIRDCAGE VEIL

Images from Pronovias and Colin Cowie Weddings

 

Meaningful flowers for your bouquet

Different types of flowers have different meanings. Think about the flowers you want in your bouquet. Why not choose flowers that have a symbolic meaning to complete your special day? Use Kate Middleton’s bouquet as an inspiration. Each flower in her bouquet was chosen specifically for its significant meaning. The lily-of-valley represented renewed happiness; sweet William meant gallantry (and happens to be the name of her prince); hyacinth represented the constancy of love. Her bouquet also included ivy and myrtle which represent fidelity and marriage. Take a look at the flowers below and their significant meanings.

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2013

We promised to post our favorite bridal 2013 collections. One of our favorite bridal couture designers is Monique Lhuillier. Monique is know for her modern, feminine and glamourous wedding gowns. This year Monique presented her “dream-like” collection. Models floated down the runway wearing layers of delicate tulle, lace and intricate embroidery. We were pleased to see sleeves on some of the gowns. Not only does it suit our culture in the Middle East but it is also a nice change from the common strapless gown. Monique’s collection also showed the overskirt. She discussed the trends in her collection in an interview with HuffPost Weddings: “Sleeves are very strong in my eyes, long sleeves with a column silhouette. I also think dresses with a lot of draping in lace are another strong silhouette. And I think the overskirt is going to be a very popular accessory. Girls love to transform their gowns, so this is just having two looks in one night. All of the overskirts [on my dresses] come off, so you can have two looks.” Last but certainly not the least, Monique showed shoes for the first time, something we can’t wait to see more of! Enough said.. now enjoy her collection.

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

Bridal shoes

Many brides-to-be debate on whether they should obsess about the shoes as much as they obsess about the wedding dress. It’s true your shoes won’t be showing most of the time, but we say your look won’t be complete without the perfect shoes! Of course comfort should be your first priority and that is why we prefer shoes with platform. Then comes the height and color. If you are a classic bride go for chic ivory satin or lace shoes. If you’re more of a modern bride then dazzle with crystal embellished sparkly shoes. We’ve selected the shoes we love this season all of which can be found online on Net-a-porter and Bergdorf Goodman’s websites. Now go ahead and start obsessing.

 

1. Charlotte Olympia (Net-a-porter), 2. Christian Louboutin (Net-a-porter), 3. Giuseppe Zanotti (Net-a-porter), 4. Manolo Blahnik (Bergdorf Goodman), 5. Jimmy Choo (Bergdorf Goodman), 6. Tabitha Simmons (Bergdorf Goodman), 7. Oscar de la Renta (Berdorf Goodman)