Monday, January 21, 2008

Free Wedding Planning Checklist

by Jennifer McCleary

Well, the big day is approaching and there is so much to do. Set the date, reserve the church, hire a band, get a dress, find a caterer, a photographer, a florist…the list goes on and on. For many new brides planning a wedding can seem like an overwhelming task. Don’t let it keep you from having the best day of your life, however, just follow my advice.

You are wondering how you will know what you need or where to find stuff. Well, take a deep breath and relax. It is going to be okay. Follow this free wedding planning checklist and you will be planning the wedding of your dreams in no time!

Places to Book:

Rehearsal dinner hall, Church or ceremony venue, and Reception location

Services to Book:

Pastor or officiate, Photographer, Caterer, Florist, Cake decorator, Band and or D.J., Wedding Coordinator, Pianist, and Vocal Performers

Things to Buy:

Wedding dress and accessories, Bridesmaids’ dresses and accessories, Flower girl dress and basket, Ring bearer pillow, Wedding party gifts, and Decorations

Things to order/rent:

Grooms tuxedo, Groomsmen tuxedos, Ring bearer tuxedo, Invitations, Programs, Favors, Thank you cards

There are a lot of things to think about when planning your wedding. This list just covers the bear basics. This is a really good starting place however to help you think about what you want and what you need.

For a more in-depth checklist visit

Jennifer is a full time teacher and has been planning parties and events on the side for years. If you found this article useful, check out Jennifer’s other party/event planning tips at You can also visit all of Jennifer’s other articles on a variety of topics.

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Unique Wedding Cake Toppers for a Unique Wedding Cake

While many couples today will choose a traditional wedding, often following in the footsteps of their parents and grandparents, a growing number of couples are electing to depart from tradition and frequently adopting less formal and more "fun" weddings.

Whichever route you choose however one thing that you are sure to want is at least something in your wedding that sets it apart and that will make it truly memorable for your guests. In many cases you'll find that this is not an easy thing to accomplish in terms of the civil or religious ceremony itself, but your wedding reception and, in particular your wedding cake, will provide the perfect vehicle.

Many couples are already moving away from the traditional white wedding cake and opting for cakes of various flavors, colors and shapes although, in most cases, cakes continue to be tiered to provide the height that is really essential if the cake is to command the centre of attention as far as the reception decorations are concerned. But why have just one cake?

How about individual miniature cakes which will not only impress your guests in terms of the imagination and work that went into making them, but will also make them feel that extra bit special at the thought that you had a cake specially made for them. This option has the added virtue of allowing you to offer a range of different flavors if you wish to provide for the variety of tastes amongst your guests and miniature cakes can still be arranged on stands into a tier to emulate the classical tiered wedding cake.

If you're feeling really bold, how about dispensing with cake altogether. We're all familiar with the elaborate displays that we see in the stores, especially around the holidays, with towers of chocolate chips cookies or gingerbread men and, while gingerbread men might not be quite appropriate, with a little imagination it's not too hard to think of a variety of sweet treats that would make a stunning display at your wedding.

And why stop there? Once you've created your spire of eye catching desserts why not mix in other sweets or even fruit and provide your guests with a variety of dipping bowls alongside the display so that they can coat their chosen sweet of piece of fruit in bitter dark, smooth milk or even white chocolate for that perfect after dinner treat.

These ideas in themselves can provide you with a memorable and quite unique "wedding cake" but, for that final touch how about a unique wedding cake topper?

Toppers come in all shapes and sized these days and are not only designed to crown your cake but also to give you the opportunity to make a very personal statement and to provide a talking point for your guests. There is a huge range of wedding cake toppers available today in just about every price range, from mass produced plastic toppers to exquisite and unique wedding cake toppers that can be hand crafted from a range of materials including crystal and semi-precious stones. What better way can there be to express your love for each other and to display that love to your assembled guests than by symbolizing that love in a unique wedding cake topper.

For more on unique wedding cake toppers please visit Talking Weddings today.

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Shoe Pick of the Week: Blondell by Benjamin Adams

The classic pump gets a new twist with a chic round toe and beautiful auroa boraellis Swarovski crystals across the vamp. Sporting a statuesque 3 3/8" heel, Blondell is available in White or Ivory (shown in White).

Blondell, like all Benjamin Adams styles, is hand crafted by Paradox London using the finest duchesse silk, soft kid leather lining and the highest quality leather soles.

The Benjamin Adams line of bridal shoes was introduced to the US markets in the fall of 2007 by Paradox London, the recognized market leader in the UK for bridal footwear. The appearance in today's top bridal magazines along with its unique styling and quality craftsmanship has put Benjamin Adams at the top of the list for this season's most sought after bridal shoes.

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Friday, January 4, 2008

Benjamin Adams by Paradox London now available

Wedding Party Shoes is proud to announce its association with Paradox London, a recognized market leader in the UK for bridal footwear. The Benjamin Adams line was introduced to the US market this past fall (along with Pink and Little Miss Pink which we will be offering shortly).

The Benjamin Adams line of bridal footwear is handcrafted using the finest duchess silk (available in white or ivory), features white or ivory duchess silk, stunning Swarovski crystals, soft kid leather lining, and the highest quality leather soles.

Heel heights range from the low-heeled 1" Powell pump to the 4" Scarlet peep-toe platform pump. Prices range from $169 to $599 for the most luxurious shoe in the Benjamin Adams collection which is the Lopez, shown above. Abundantly covered with Swarovski crystals, this high-heeled slingback is available in ivory duchesse silk only.

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