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PLAYLIST: I Melt With You by Nouvelle Vague

By aylee · October 4, 2008 · 0 Comments ·

I like the song “I Melt With You” by Modern English, even though the lyrics confuse me a bit. Nouvelle Vague sang the same song at the movie “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” with a more sultry tone, sexy and tender and still keeping up with the beat.

Snippet:
I’ll stop the world and melt with you
You’ve seen the difference and
It’s getting better all the time
There’s nothing you and I won’t do
I’ll stop the world and melt with you

Click here for the full playlist at my Wedding Resources page.

Feel free to contact me or leave a comment with your song suggestions.

Category: Music
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Poll: What makes a couple officially engaged?

By aylee · October 3, 2008 · 0 Comments ·

My dream engagement starts with a going down on one knee, a ring on hand, and a proposal. But that is not what’s happening in real life. Due to sudden and unexpected change in my boyfriend’s situation, it has become the right time for him to move to NY (he currently lives in Boston) and move in with me. However, we agreed way before that we would get married first before moving in, or at least get married soon after we move in together. So we jumped on the bandwagon of wedding planning - without him going down on one knee, ring on my finger, and a formal proposal.

Due to our current financial situation, we thought that it is more important to save for the wedding than save for the ring. A lot of people say that getting the engagement ring is what makes you officially engaged. I feel a little saddened by this because I don’t have one, and I feel that people think we have no right to plan a wedding.

But then I took a step back, breathe, and decided to not let it get to me. Why should I care what other people think? The ring is not important to me. He wants to marry me. What else matters?

 

What makes a couple officially engaged?

Category: engagement
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Fun bottled drinks at your wedding

By aylee · October 2, 2008 · 0 Comments ·

No bartenders on duty, drink at your own risk.

Add a different twist to your wedding by serving cool individually-bottled beverages. Serve them cold in a bucket of ice. They’re perfect for outdoor, beach or casual weddings.

Below are popular bottled beverages at wedding receptions:

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080823mycookinghut www.evian.com

080816izze01 www.izze.com

080816lorina03 www.lorina.com

080816myjones01 www.myjones.com - custom label option

080815stirrings01 www.stirrings.com

080918simplekitchen www.simplekitchenco.com

080816winecountry01 www.winecountrysoda.com

Click here for a guide on serving your own drinks and here for a drink calculator.

Category: Food & Drinks
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Wedding Guest Etiquette Series

By aylee · October 1, 2008 · 0 Comments ·

I always hear about etiquette for engaged couples… do this, do that, you’re not supposed to do this or that. Other people are even so critical. But instead of focusing on what the couples are doing right or wrong, let’s focus on ourselves as guests.

I don’t see a lot of etiquette info for wedding guests online. So I decided to make a short series on wedding guest etiquette. I will be talking about RSVP etiquette this on Monday, so stay tuned.

Category: Guests
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Go geeky with weddings

By aylee · September 30, 2008 · 0 Comments ·

Geek brides rejoice! Here are a few fun things you might enjoy:

Dream Day: Married in Manhattan

Want to plan a wedding? You can do it virtually with I-Play’s Dream Day: Married in Manhattan. The goal of the game is to help two couples create their ultimate NYC wedding. Choose 27 actual Manhattan venues around Greenwich village and the Upper East Side. Solve dramatic wedding crises and complete 42 wedding challenges. Earn registry items for the couple. You also get to unlock two honeymoon levels. The game is PC-based and can be purchased for $19.95 at I-Play.

Wedding Dash

Wanna know how it feels like to be a wedding coordinator on someone’s special day? Get your hands on PlayFirst’s Wedding Dash. Your goal is to help Quinn make that special day run smoothly. And in this game, it won’t be easy. There will be unruly guests, falling cakes, catty bridesmaids. The game features 50 levels, 10 different guest types, 9 wedding mishaps and more. The game is available for $19.95 at PlayFirst.

Connected Weddings

Plan your wedding on the go with the iPhone app: My Wedding. The app features 166 pre-populated To Do items. In addition, you can add, edit and track items. You can also organize items by category or due date. A bonus feature allows you to spin a wedding decider to help make crucial decisions. I usually don’t feature and download iPhone apps that are not free. But this looks like something brides might use for their wedding planning. You can download it from the App store for $3.99.

Anticipation

Excited about the wedding? The iPhone App: Anticipation is a multiple event countdown. It helps keep track of upcoming events including your wedding. It gives you the number of days remaining until the big day. The app is available for download from the App store for $0.99. Other countdown apps such as Wedding Day and ’til Wed are also available for $0.99.

Category: Tools
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Candy Buffet

By aylee · September 29, 2008 · 0 Comments ·

Indulge your guests’ sweet tooth with a candy buffet. Not only are they delightful edible treats, they can also serve as favors as much as party decoration. When we think candies, we think kids or casual or fun. But nowadays, more formal gatherings such as weddings feature candy buffets as well. Thanks to Martha Stewart Magazine. Candy buffets can look anything from colorful and fun to elegant and chic.

Step 1: Get inspired
Below are photos of candy buffets for inspiration. Your wedding venue/location, season, time, wedding motif can play a part in deciding how your candy buffet will look (i.e. candy colors, hard candy in the summer).

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Row 1 (from left):
Lollipops and candy sticks arranged in intricate pottery make unique and beautiful centerpieces as well as edible decors @ Rebecca Thuss; The different jar sizes makes this simplistic candy buffet eye-catching @ Rebecca Thuss; Recreating a candy shop is enticing to kids and adult guests alike @ Rebecca Thuss

Row 2 (from left):
Complement your cake with a candy buffet @ Rebecca Thuss; Even an all-white candy buffet looks delicious to a kid @ Rebecca Thuss; Tying ribbons around jars and scoops add spice to a candy buffet @ Rebecca Thuss

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Row 1 (from left):
Be creative with your containers like using shells at a beach-side wedding @ Brides.com; Coordinate candy colors to match your wedding motif @ Brides.com; When containers are of the same height, use a stand to add height to some @ Brides.com

Row 2 (from left):
Arranging candy jars in shelves creates a unique shop-like candy buffet @ Brides.com; What a wonderful idea to use s’mores instead of regular candies for the buffet @ Brides.com; Definitely do varieties (i.e. candies, pretzels, pastries, chips) @ Rebecca Thuss

 

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Row 1 (from left):
While the awning makes a good shade, it also is a great added decor to the buffet table @ TheKnot.com; These edible place card holders double as favors @ TheKnot.com; Apothecary jars are decorative in of itself and make fancy candy containers @ Michaels.com

Row 2 (from left):
Candy apple buffet includes fresh apples, caramel and several toppings for guests to choose from @ With This Ring…; Add a sign inviting guests to help themselves at the candy buffet @ Martha Stewart Weddings; Coordinate your containers with other elements such as the candy buffet table and the feel of the room @ Presentpast Flickr album

 

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Row 1 (from left):
Labeling the candies/treats lets guests know what they’re getting; Alternating colors make a beautiful display @ Ashley’s Bride Guide; Add a personal touch by imprinting your names/logo on your candy packaging @ Inspired Goodness

Click here for my complete inventory of candy buffet inspirations.

 

Step 2: Research and Budget
Don’t forget to include the candy buffet in your budget if you’re planning to have one. Cost of materials can add up quickly and your candy buffet can cost more than you expected. One of the most common advice for doing candy buffets is to not skimp. It is very possible for a candy buffet to look bare and pitiful when done on a budget. Depending on the number of guests and containers (full containers make pretty candy buffets), set aside about $200 to $500 or even more.

Step 3: Containers and scoops

  • You can use bowls, vases, jars, apothecary jars or similar as containers for your candy buffet. Feel free to use different sizes and types of containers. You can be creative and use unique and cool containers.
  • Clear/glass containers are best. They showcase your candies and guests can easily see the candies available. If you prefer opaque containers, go for low and open.
  • If possible, use containers with bigger openings so the scoops/tongs can fit and easily taken out when full of candy.
  • Large or tall vases may look attractive when added in to your candy buffet, but remember that scoops/tongs may not be able to reach the bottom. You can fill the bottom with fillers like colored tissue and fill the top with candy.
  • You don’t have to buy big or tall containers to add height to your candy buffet. You can use a stand, platform or overturned vases/containers to elevate some of the containers.
  • The number of containers you need may depend on the size of your table. A ‘full’ candy buffet table looks a lot nicer. If the table is too big, you can fill it with other items like flowers, linens, frames, paper lanterns to make it full.
  • You can use scoops or tongs or both. There are different types available (i.e. silver, clear, wood) that you can use to match the feel of your wedding if you like.

Candy buffet containers don’t have to be expensive. You can use bowls and vases that you already have at home. You can also ask friends if they can lend you some. Visit thrift shops and flea markets for cheap finds. If you prefer buying them new, below are some stores you can buy them from:

Ikea
Walmart
Target
www.amazon.com
www.save-on-crafts.com
www.instawares.com

Step 3: Candies
Though some suggest around 5-8 ounces of candy each guest, this may not be preferable. Containers that are not filled may not look pretty. You can either buy more candy to fill big containers or buy other fillers such as colored tissues or such. It is suggested to have 8 to 10 candy varieties and about 15 to 20 pounds each. When choosing the types of candies to use, take into consideration your venue and season. You may not want to have chocolates when it’s too hot.

You can save on candy when shopping right after holidays such as Easter and Halloween. You can also buy candy in bulk at the stores listed below:

www.bulkfoods.com
www.ilovesweettreats.com
www.bulkcandystore.com
www.economycandy.com
www.candywarehouse.com
www.metrocandy.com

Step 4: Packaging
Decide what guests will use to put their treats in. If needed, don’t forget to provide seals or adhesive labels to seal the packaging. You can be creative as much as you like. This is one element in the candy buffet you can personalize (i.e. stamp your names or logo on the packaging, monogram seals). If you’re on a budget, you can control the amount of treats each guest gets by the size of the packaging you provide.

www.paper-mart.com
www.asianideas.com

Step 5: Signs and labels
Add a sign inviting your guests to your candy buffet table. Labeling each candy also helps guests to know what they’re getting. Below are some wordings/sayings brides have used with their candy buffet:

  • Serving you a little treat just to say we think you’re sweet.
  • Love is sweet, enjoy a treat. Thank you for making our day sweet.
  • Help yourself to a tasty treat, and remember, love is sweet.
  • Wishing you a sweet goodnight
  • Love is Sweet
  • Sweet dreams
  • How sweet it is to be loved by you.
  • Get a bag, fill it up, and enjoy!

Please feel free to share your tips and/or photos by adding a comment below.

Sources:
Favor Ideas
RealSimple

Category: Food & Drinks, Favors, Decor
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PLAYLIST: When You Say You Love Me by Josh Groban

By aylee · September 28, 2008 · 0 Comments ·

I find this song very romantic.  Not to mention I love Josh Groban’s voice.  I almost forgot to add this to my playlist until I saw Josh Groban perform at this year’s Emmys.

Snippet:
You’re the one I’ve always thought of.
I don’t know how, but I feel sheltered in your love.
You’re where I belong.

Click here for the full playlist at my Wedding Resources page.

Category: Music
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Free wedding on Valentine's Day

By aylee · September 27, 2008 · 0 Comments ·

Every Valentine’s Day, Brides.com awards 14 couples from around the country a wedding of their dreams to be held at the world famous building in New York City - the Empire State Building. Entries are now being accepted for the 2009 Valentine’s Day sweepstakes.

Lucky couples will:

  • Get married in an intimate ceremony amongst family and friends, styled by the experts at Brides.com
  • Have pre-wedding consultations from the Brides.com editors
  • Be pampered with hair and makeup for the bride
  • Enjoy a champagne toast as a newlywed couple
  • Receive a gift bag worth over $500 and so much more

 

Click here to enter for a chance to be one of the 14 lucky couples. Contest ends October 24, 2008.

Category: Contests
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Free ticket to the Wedding Salon bridal event

By aylee · September 27, 2008 · 0 Comments ·

The annual Wedding Salon luxury event is here. Find spectacular table decor, honeymoons, invitations, favors, cakes & more. Receive complimentary beauty services, champagne & martinis, tastings & gift bags. The Wedding Salon hits Los Angeles on September 22, NYC on October 22, and Miami on November 10, 2008.

The Wedding Salon

Wishpot is offering free tickets to The Wedding Salon in Los Angeles. Enter coupon code WishpotLA08 to get your free tickets. Brides.com is offering 50% discount (2 for $25) with coupon code Brides08P on tickets to any of the events: Los Angeles, New York City and Miami. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.

Category: Events
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Wedding Scoop on Sugar

By aylee · September 27, 2008 · 0 Comments ·

I've worked in the wedding industry and have been blogging about weddings for a while in my own personal blog: www.ayleebits.com. I decided to create a separate blog specifically for weddings... and here it is. You will find wedding info, articles, tips, do-it-yourself (DIY) projects and templates, resources, reviews, sweepstakes/contests, as well as a glimpse of my own wedding planning adventures.

Thank you for stopping by and hope to have you here again.

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