How Will You Photo Your Rings?



You think you’ve planned it all?  Well, add “Think of a memorable, creative, ‘never-before seen’ photo idea for your wedding rings”.  Wedding Rings??? You ask.  Yes. It’s quite the thing.  If you’re planning a beach wedding, the top photo could be just what you’re looking for…if not…not so much…and then again…might you loose those gorgeous rings in the sand?… could happen!


The fork idea is cute…but why???  Not sure what the theme is, but I really think there should be one…although the “Mr./ Mrs.” works for me.


I rather like the next picture.  It’s romantic, and shows both rings off to good advantage.  The bride and groom’s fingers intertwined is very intimate.
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The next picture is not original, as far as the ‘wedding ring photos’ are concerned.  In my research, I found several…But it’s cute, and if you enlarge the calendar, maybe it will be a way to remind your husband of your anniversary!


I LOVE the photo above.  It has all my favorite things: shoes, flowers… and jewelry – a can’t miss combo.  Maggie and Rob had some lovely photos of their rings.  Their photographer did a nice job, but they didn’t discuss it before hand.  If you really care, I suggest you think what about is special to the two of you, and try to incorporate that into a photo op.  Your wedding is a once in a life time event, make the most of it , and plan ahead.  Yes, yes, you have to micro manage – but you’ll be glad you did.  The photos will last forever.

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More Wedding Dress Bustle Ideas!




Even more wedding dress bustles???  Yes, there are at least three more types, in addition to the three I posted yesterday in my blog post, click on the title if you’d like to read it.

The Pick-Up Bustle is for slender, fitted gowns.  The train is much shorter.   There is usually one hook at the back of the gown in the center.  The train is gathered in two sections, and there are two holes at the bottom of the train, which hook onto one button around the bride’s derrière.


The French Pick-Up Bustle is a combination of the french and the pick -up bustles.  It sports one hook underneath the train. The train is then folded in half with the bottom half under the dress.


The American Bustle  is also called the “outer bustle.”.  It has hook and loop sets, or button and loop sets, that are sewn to the outside of the dress.  (


Whichever bustle you choose, be wise and listen to your bridal gown consultant.  He or she will be able to advise you as to which bustle will show you and your gown off to the best advantage.  And there are dresses to choose from that require no bustle, for example a tea length dress.  Would you like more info on them?  Click on the following link, and read my blog post on your options for a shorter, less formal wedding dress.

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Wedding Dress Bustles



What is a wedding dress bustle, and do you need one?  A bustle is a way of drawing up your train so you can walk freely around your reception without being a hazard to yourself and others.  There are six main types.  Not only must you consider the aesthetics of the bustle, but the size of your train, your dress style and the weight of your dress fabric.  My daughter wanted and “American” bustle, but due to the heaviness of her fabric needed a “French” Bustle.

The six main types of bustles are: Over Bustle, Tufted Bustle, French Bustle, Pick-up Bustle, American Bustle and French Pick-up Bustle.  

The Over Bustle, also known as a Ballroom Bustle, hides the train, and makes the wedding gown look just like a ballroom gown.  Hooks or buttons are attached at the gown’s waistline, then hooks are attached on the train to button onto waist loops.  After it’s all buttoned up, the dress is one length.


The Tufted Bustle sports jeweled hooks around the waist of the dress.  The train has loops attached to hook onto the bejeweled hooks.  These hooks are exposed to add additional bling.  The over-all look is a layered one.


The French Bustle was what my daughter sported.  It is an under bustle. A mother of the bride, bridesmaid, wedding coordinator, tucks the train underneath the skirt of the dress and ties numbered ribbons together.  For example: ribbon one to second ribbon number one, and so forth.  A word of advice:  Practice creating the bustle BEFORE the wedding.  And remember to bring your reading glasses if you need them!  My cousin and I were in charge of assembling my daughter’s bustle, and neither had our glasses.  Disaster was avoided when one of my daughters came to lend a hand.  😉  Below is a picture highlighting Maggie’s French Bustled dress, dancing with her father.


Next time, I will discuss and picture the remaining three bustles.

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Wedding Headpieces



So you have said, “Yes to the Dress!”  Next, your bridal consultant walks over to the ‘wall of veils’ and rushes back to your side with glee, (obviously thinking of her commission!), and arranges a veil on your head.  Now you really look like a bride!  “Of course,” she reminds you, “the color of the netting will match your dress color.”  VERY few brides today wear stark white…not the most flattering shade.

But what about a headpiece?  In my day, it was all about a wreath.  I think every bride for the first 5 years of weddings Kenny and I attended wore one.  The wreath headpiece was to veils what the mermaid dress was to wedding gowns.

I love the top photo.  This headpiece can double as a holder for the bride’s veil, and will look lovely if she chooses to remove her veil for the reception – something I HIGHLY recommend…


The above photo has quite the retro air.  One would have to have a certain “look” to carry it off, and a veil would be a no-go.  Maybe for an older bride, or a second marriage?


The photo with the tiara is quite regal.  It’s flattering and classic.  It too would double nicely for ceremony and reception.  And the styling of the bride’s hair and tiara will provide a nice “shelf” if she chooses to wear a blusher.


Seriously?  I have never been a fan of the 20’s/30’s fashion.  Never less so than for bride’s.  I think this bride’s headpiece/veil is gruesome.

And below…you see my own Maggie wearing my headpiece.  I have it on good authority that my own Kathleen is SERIOUSLY considering wearing it as well…could this become a Karnes girls’ tradition?  I certainly hope so…

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