Mall Of Style ~ Exclusive Offer!
Today I have a sweet deal for you. A friend of mine is celebrating the Grand Opening of her new Jewelry Store Mall of Style and she is inviting us to join her in celebration. For this Labor Day weekend only (August 31 - September 3) Mall of Style is offering you an exclusive 65% discount on all jewelry. This offer is only available to Merry Brides Readers. When placing your order, you will need...
DIY Custom Ring Plates
Guest Blog Michelle Cangemi Ring plates are a fun alternative if you’re looking for your ring bearer to carry something other than a pillow. They are also a sweet little item that you can save as a keepsake from your wedding day. If you’re not planning to use a ring plate for your wedding day, another option to consider is using these little discs as hanging decor at your wedding. Just...
Stationery & Style: Sleek Bridesmaid Outfit
This sleek blue dress gets paired up with bright and colorful accessories for a bold look. Multi-colored rings and necklace add just the right amount of polish and texture to this simple, yet beautiful dress. This look is for the bride who isn’t afraid of turning up the volume on the color. Enjoy! Photo Credits: No. 1: Bouquet by Chestnuts in the Tuileries via InStyle Weddings No. 2: Green...
Beautiful Gold Cake
You can never have enough gold! I love everything about this magnificent gold cake, especially the detail of the design. And the flower accent is the perfect accompaniment. Stunning, elegant and priceless! (Photo courtesy of Brides)
Doily Escort Cards
Cute Doily Escort cards. * Photo Credit: Style Me Pretty
Carrot Cake Recipe
I have always loved carrot cake. So when I found this pure, unadulterated, ‘just carrot, carrot cake’ I had to try it. It always thrills me when a recipe has simple ingredients, easily and effortlessly blending together and resulting in a show-stopper mouthwatering creation such as this ! Recipe 2 cups flour 2 cups sugar 2 tsp baking soda 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp salt 1/2...
DIY: Frosted Glass Jars & Candle Holders
Are you looking for a way to enhance your tablescape without breaking the bank? Well, here is your solution… cheap glassware, a little paint, plus fancy frosted glass finish and tada, you have a perfectly personalized glass jar… great for any occasion! Fit for a candle, flower arrangement or anything your heart desires… get your gear and let’s diy… Supplies: Martha Stewart Spray Paint Kit...
Thank You Gifts for Your Parents
Your parents have played a very big role in making your wedding spectacular. Not only did they raise you into the beautiful bride-to-be that you are, they’ve stood beside you through all your planning stress, offered their suggestions, and they may be funding the affair. Your parents, and your fiancé’s, definitely deserve a huge thank you. Set a Budget I don’t have to...
DIY: Table Number Candle
For an inexpensive fun table number, wrap tissue paper around a glass cylinder, and secure with tape. Stick on an adhesive number. * Photo Credit: Martha Stewart
DIY: Save the Date Cards ~ Free Download
This Save The Date is simple, modern and downright cute! The hearts are available in four different color combinations and you can change the color of the text to just about any combination. Click here to customize and download this design over on The Wedding Chicks!
How to Sell Your Jewelry
Have you ever watched the tv show Pawn Stars? I will admit I am one of millions of people who sit at home and watch the show week after week. I used to wonder who would sell their jewelry to a pawn shop until one day I realized it was a lot more common than you may think. Many people have old family jewelry or diamonds from past relationships they never wear and it sits in a jewelry box...
A TWIST ON THE TOAST
Mini bottles of champagne can be served on ice with a straw to add a twist on the traditional “toast”.
How to Buy and Care For Sterling Silver Jewelry
Sterling Silver Pearl Set Due to the poor economy and the recent spike in gold prices it’s no wonder sterling silver jewelry is becoming popular once again. When it comes to beauty, versatility, and affordability, sterling silver jewelry is supreme. Stamps of Quality When shopping for Sterling Silver Jewelry beware as not all...
I always like to see a sweet twist on tradition which is why I fell in love with these dome-shaped cakes. I think they would be perfect for a French-themed shower or displaying a few on a table at the wedding itself. Precious! * Photo Credit: Just Married Cakes
How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress for Your...
Shopping for your beautiful wedding dress can start out as one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding but can quickly turn into one of the most frustrating experiences of your life. When shopping for your dress keep in mind that different styles can help you create a thinner, heavier, taller or shorter look. Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect bridal gown to flatter you...
Lunch Bag Wedding Programs
Wedding programs and confetti all in one? Sounds good to me! These adorable lunch bags are wedding programs for your guests. Put some confetti or glitter into the bag for the guests to throw as you make your way out as the happy newlywed couple! Photos courtesy of Under Consideration
Red Velvet Cupcakes Wth Cream Cheese Frosting
INGREDIENTS 2 large eggs, room temperature 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil 1 teaspoon cocoa powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/2 cup sugar 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2 tablespoon red food coloring 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Cream Cheese Frosting: 1 pound cream...
Beware Of High SPF Foundations / Skincare
I’m a huge advocate of using products with an SPF. Especially being the pale person that I am! However, have you ever noticed when you have a photo taken your skin looks slightly paler? Some foundations with high spfs have an ingredient in them called Titanium Dioxide. This ingredient *which is especially high in Dior foundations* will react to the flash of a camera and pale you out. Just be...
Your Guide To Formal Dining
Okay. You’ve just been invited to a fancy dinner party, wedding, or some other formal occasion. You’re seated at the dinner table, and suddenly your heart stops. What are all of these strange and foreign…things…laying before you? Who needs three forks when you can just use one? How many glasses do you really need? You expect me to do what with that knife? It’s truly a fight or flight situation,...
Paper Fun With An Embosser
A fun economical way to add some sophistication to your wedding stationery is with a hand embosser. An embosser will leave an indent in your paper. A custom embosser is an invaluable tool for the DIY Bride. You can easily add some elegance to to all your wedding paper projects. There are countless ways to use an embosser, including: refine your letters with...
DIY: Fun Envelope Liners
I love wedding stationery. It’s a little bit like a business card, in that it gives the receiver a little glimpse into who you are, your style, your ‘brand’. Every little detail should be just right, and one thing I absolutely love to see is envelope liners. They add that all important little extra touch, the detail that makes your guests think wow! You will need: An existing envelope,...
Can you believe how fast the summer has flown by? Before we know it fall will be upon us and we will be updating our wardrobes. I will admit I have a special affinity for handbags. I used to be a handbag addict and purchased bag after bag until one day my husband Matt started to complain my closet was full with junk (my bags). I will proudly admit that my handbag addiction is now under control. As...
Wedding Schedule ~ Free Download
I am a strong believer in the art of being organized. I am certainly aware that staying on task requires some clever juggling and careful planning, even at your wedding. To help you stay on task and manage your day filled to the brim, I found this handy Wedding Schedule for you on Wedding Chicks. A necessary little piece of paper to help your day run as smoothly as possible. I also found a...
Wedding Reception Etiquette: Assigned Seating for...
Q. I am having a buffet-style wedding reception. Is it necessary to have seating arrangements, or should I let guests sit wherever they want? A. Even though it’s buffet-style, you’re still serving a meal — as opposed to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres or punch and cake — so formal seating arrangements make sense. Guests do appreciate the time and effort you put into...
DIY: Wedding Signs with Pipe Cleaners!
Guest Blog: Michelle Cangemi Customization is key when planning your wedding. DIY signs are a great way to add fun, handmade and (most importantly) custom details to your decor. There are many different kinds of signs you could DIY. Today I have an easy tutorial for creating signs with words made from pipe cleaners! Materials Pipe Cleaners Fabric Scissors Hot Glue Gun & Glue Wood (or...
With the change of seasons fast approaching, it seems like the perfect time of year for some rustic sunflower inspiration… especially in the mid-western states! I’m really starting to fall for this effortlessly chic, outdoorsy look. Photo credit: Rustic Wedding Chic Sunflowers and Horseshoe Invitations Available Here Photo credit: Rustic Wedding...
25 Questions to Ask Potential Wedding Caterers
Guest Blog: Kaitlyn Dawn 1. Do they specialize in certain types of food? 2. What types of food do they offer for hors d’ouerves? For the main course? For dessert? 3. Can I sample their menu? 4. Is there a fee for a sample tasting? 5. What are their prices? 6. Do they offer food for certain dietary restrictions — vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, etc.? 7. Will the...
Sugar Cookie Hearts Recipe & Tutorial
If you’re looking to impress your guests, these cookies are the choice for you! Would you believe me if I told you that these cookies are extremely easy to decorate? It only takes 3 colors of royal icing (red, white and pink) in 3 squeeze bottles and a handful of toothpicks. Squeeze bottles are available at craft stores such as Michael or you can find them on Amazon. An...
DIY: Striped Candleholders
Give your centerpiece a powerful punch with stripped decorations. Use double-sided tape to attach streamers around glassholders.
Colorful Engagement Party Outfit
Bright, bold hues are still quite on trend, so I thought I would show you an engagement look that packed a little extra punch in more ways than one. Bangles for both arms that can be mixed and matched in multiple ways, a brooch to go on a purse or in the hair and gold strappy sandals round out this ensemble that is sure to keep the Bride-to-be the star of the show. Enjoy! Photo Credits: No. 1:...
I absolutely love candles! I think I have one in every room of my home. Candles are an inexpensive way to add a romantic ambiance to your wedding decor. I recently found a company called Name Candles who make fun custom designed candles. Aren’t these “Will You Marry Me” candles adorable? Candles with the bridal couple’s names would be great for the guest book table...
Cocktail Hour: Rosé Punch
Spiked punches are a great drink idea for weddings. They are flavorful and easy to make in large quantities, and they look elegant when displayed in pretty punch bowls— and this rosé punch is no exception. The rosé wine (the base of this recipe) has bold strawberry and raspberry flavors and a sweet rose petal aroma. It tastes absolutely delicious when paired with the...
Here Comes the Bridesmaids!
When you select your bridesmaids—whether one or a dozen—you are choosing people you truly care about, who share a deep connection with you. And just as your bridesmaids have specific wedding responsibilities, you my dear bride, have a responsibility to your girls. Choose Wisely Now is not the time to make any bridal-party decisions you may regret. If you are choosing between someone you knew in...
DIY: Mr & Mrs. Notecard ~ Free Download
I love this cute Mr & Mrs Note Card ~ Free download below Need a little more color? Well, you’re in luck – there are two bonus palettes included in the download Download Here
Love the lace! Dress from the Provonias Glamour 2013 Collection
Easy Sorbet Striped Cake Recipe
This sorbet cake would be a refreshing treat to serve at your bridal shower or next party. Instructions Line your loaf pan with with plastic wrap. Spoon the slightly softened sorbet into a loaf pan one layer at a time. Freeze one layer before adding the next. Stripes in the photo above are, from top, are cantaloupe sorbet, peach frozen yogurt, strawberry ice cream, and...
How To Put A Price On Resale Diamond Jewelry
People who buy diamonds quote widely differing prices on used jewelry. An unwary seller may become the victim of a savvy buyer by taking a price that is far too low. However, many sellers need to lower their expectations when it comes to the resale market for jewelry. By following some simple guidelines, you can take a lot of the stress out of selling jewelry, and most...
How To Plan A Vintage Wedding
It doesn’t take a time machine — or a fortune — to get the vintage wedding of your dreams. Here are a few simple ideas to give your big day some old-fashioned flair. Picture This Take a cue from the romance greats by staging engagement photos like iconic movie scenes. Check out Roman Holiday, Casablanca, Meet Me in St. Louis, and Gone With The Wind for inspiration, then hire...
I think the wishing tree is a great alternative to the wedding guest book and would love to see more brides incorporating this idea into their receptions. It would make a beautiful centerpiece. Tree available here (on Etsy)
DIY : Learn How to Emboss
If embossing seems like a formality beyond your budget, not to worry! It’s a very easy craft to learn and will give your papers and packaging that polished look. This particular project shows embossed favors, but you can use the same tools to emboss your invitations, menus, programs, or save the dates! You will need… Jar of embossing powder, which will last you through hundreds...
Food Ideas For A Cocktail Reception
Q. I am considering hosting an informal afternoon wedding reception. We have 200 wedding guests and our budget is very tight. Do you have any ideas? What do we serve that won’t break the bank? A. I think a finger food buffet reception would be a fun economical idea. It is perfect for an informal afternoon or early evening cocktail reception. Finger food can be eaten on the move so you...
DIY: Shabby Chic Save The Date ~ Free Download
I love the Shabby Chic meets French Provincial feel to these save the dates. Free Download is available in three color palettes. Download Here ~ The template is editable, so you can type in your information + print & send!
Sweet Pink and White Wedding Bouquet Recipe
I love this sweet and delicate pink and white bouquet. In the first photo above the bouquet has a lovely lace bow and the second photo below the same bouquet is wrapped with a glitzy gold band. Bouquet Recipe: Below are the exact flowers used. All you need to do is bring the recipe and the photo to your local florist and you to can have this charming pink and white wedding bouquet. 11 Blooms...
DIY: Gold Gilded Glass
Gilded glass bottles are a specialty usually reserved for only the finest of dinning. Pure gold on glass can be quite costly! I just love the look and found a fun DIY idea to easily incorporate this pretty style into our everyday entertaining. These DIY gilded bottles cost only a couple cents each to make and look so pretty filled with a festive drink. Line them up at your next celebration or...
Fashion Photographer Ian Egner
Today I want to introduce to you my friend Ian Egner. Ian is a Fashion photographer based in Walsall, West Midlands and works throughout the UK and abroad. Ian realized his passion for photography at a very young age and had his first commercial job at the tender age of 15. Since then he has established himself as a leading fashion photographer. His work has been featured in national...
DIY: Crystalized Candles
Guest blog: Courtney Here is a quick and simple way you can do to turn so-so candles into WOW candles. Materials Needed: Candles (any size) Epsom Salt Mod Podge Pour the Epsom salt into a tray. Paint the Mod Podge onto the candle. Paint it all over except the top. Then roll your candle in the Magnesium Sulfate (Fancy...
DIY : Sweet Wedding Favors
Chocolate lovers, rejoice. Instantly transform ordinary candy bars by replacing the typical wrappers with pretty patterned paper that coordinates with your palette and theme.