The Unembellished Wedding Dress

There are more wedding dress styles than I can count…but my favorite, when I was young. was the unembellished wedding dress. No lace, beads, pearls or sequins for me.  If I had it to do over again, I might possibly enjoy a little bling.  And what about Pippa Middleton’s entire lace dress?  Exquisite!


All that being said…there are so many fabulously beautiful dresses that would have met my desire for an unembellished wedding dress.  Love the dress above, although strapless is not my favorite bodice.


A common theme in “unembellished wedding dresses” is a large bow, either in the back OR the front.  I am a fan of them as well.  There is something so romantic about a giant silky bow.


It appears that another common component to the “plain” wedding dress is an aspect of ‘sexy’.  I think this is a miss, as a young bride does herself a disservice when she tries to make her wedding dress cocktail attire.  But what about an older bride, or a second marriage?  Well, then, it would be just the ticket.  The dress below would be a perfect choice for a second marriage, perhaps in more of an ivory shade?  For a young bride, it would not be my choice, however – too low cut.


The next two dresses are just my dream wedding gown.  I love the elegance, the simplicity, the BOWS!  The full skirts of both dresses add to the “princess” effect.  But take heed.  One must be in terrific shape to wear such a gown.  Note how fitted the bodice on both gowns.




And what gown did I choose for my big day?  Well, take a gander of my dress below.  Would I choose something a little different today?  Yes, I think I would.  But I sure loved it then.  🙂


The Donut Wedding Cake

Love Donuts?…Consider the Donut Wedding Cake!  Looking for something a little different from the ultra traditional wedding cake, but something that your guests will love….that YOU will love?  Look no further than the “Donut Wedding Cake”.  When you think about it, it’s BRILLIANT!  Pretty, tasty and sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Now the “cake” above is just a thing of beauty!  And a donut is the prefect size to feed your bride or groom their “first bite” of something sweet.  And this particular cake looks sturdy enough for guests to “help themselves” from anywhere in the cake. If not done correctly, this could be a precarious situation with other “donut cake” types.


Looking to combine your favorite donut dessert with a traditional wedding cake?  Then either the above or below photos could be for you!  The top pic has a darling “cutting cake” for the bride and groom to do the honors… then PERHAPS preserving the top layer for their first anniversary. Interested in saving the top layer of YOUR wedding cake?  Click on the following link Preserving the Top Layer of Your Wedding Cake for details from an earlier blog post.  I actually used this method for my two daughters’ cakes and it worked well.  And the cake below provides an actual wedding cake with donut embellishments!


Love donuts, but desire something a little different?  These donut holes could be just the ticket.  Maybe they could serve as an end of evening snack.


And the donut cake below…love the flowers interspersed.  I think even I could create this lovely confection.  I know, I know, it wouldn’t be as easy as it looks.  But if you have a professional, or a talented friend or relative assemble this, it would definitely be a money saver.  An average wedding cake ranges from $ 500.00 to $ 1,500; most, somewhere in between. Not so with this cute donut cake.  But come on!  That’s probably not why you’d choose this option.  Donuts are just plain good…


And if I were doing it…I wouldn’t mess around!  I’d just create this delightful donut wall!  🙂



Will You Call Off The Wedding?

Yep…It’s just not going to work.  Will you call off the wedding?  Hard, yes, but if it just isn’t right, better to end it before the complication of a messy divorce, or the arrival of children.  But if you decide to do the, gasp, unmentionable, do it the right way.  Yes…there is a certain etiquette to calling off a wedding.

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1. Obviously…you have to tell you guests ASAP. This is especially crucial if you have out of town guests who may want to get air, hotel and car rental refunds.  Just can’t make the calls yourself?  That’s what a maid/matron of honor, or mother is for.  In fact, it is such a huge responsibility, it’s best to have several people jump on the task. Divide up the guest list and get to work.  Going to notify some people via email?  Ask that they send a reply that they received it. This is one email that you want a confirmed receipt for.  And no, you are NOT obligated to give a reason….unless you want to.

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2. Get those vendors cancelled as soon as you can.  Perhaps you can recover some of your deposit. It depends on your contract.  Again, get your girls and enlist their help.

3. Do you have to return the gifts?  Yes, of course you do.  An awesome responsibility?  Yes, yes it is.  But it must be done, and right away.  Yet another task that you should ask for help with.


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4. Ah…the ring… Do you have to give it back?  This has more rules, written and unwritten, than any other component of cancelling a wedding.  If the groom does the breaking up, it is thought that as a gift, the ring should be yours.  But do you really want it?  If you break it off, definitely return the ring.  Even states have statutes for what to do with the ring.  If you’re really confused, consult an attorney.

5.  Take some time to mourn the loss of your relationship.  It’s ok and normal to be sad.  Just don’t let it go on too long.  You’ll know when to get back in the game.  And once again, rely on your loved ones to watch over you.  You’d be there for them, wouldn’t you?



Shoes for the Bride AND the Bridesmaids!

Shoes for the bride AND her bridesmaids. Think your footwear is not a big deal?  That your dress will cover your feet anyway?  You’d be wrong.  With today’s hot wedding pictures of “the bride and her shoes”, you want to make sure you’re adequately shod.  But what about comfort?  That is also important.

Worry no more!  There’s a wonderful new option in town.  For great quality, flattering style and reasonable prices, you must check out fibs & clo.  What I especially like about this company is not just the “cuteness” of the shoes, or the reasonable prices, but the way the company stands behind their product.  In today’s age of on-line purchases, you need to be sure of what you’re ordering, what the return policies are AND the quality.  Fibi & Clo is a company you can count on.

Not a bride yet, or ever?  Well, you can still enjoy these great sandals.  Order with confidence that you’ll get great quality, style and customer service. What more can you ask?

Just click on the link fibi&clo, order and enjoy!

Still want to wear your high heels and get some epic bridal shoe photos? You can!  Grab your fantasy shoe, get your dream pics, and then switch to the equally, although different, dancin’ sandals from fibi & clo

The photo above is one of my favorites featuring colored wedding shoes.  angel marino photos

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