t r e n d a l e rt
Fresh-flower bouquets are gorgeous, but if you’re
craving something more travel ready or longer lasting,
try one of these quirky alternatives.
Pinwheels These lightweight paper creations make a playful statement. Artist
Kellee Nelson of myrule42.com makes 17-inch-diameter custom pinwheels
starting at $15 each. Also available: pinwheel boutonnieres, corsages, hair clips
and cake toppers.
Hand Fans For something pretty, practical and reusable, opt for hand fans in an
array of colors. Want more drama? Dress them up with ribbons or fresh flowers.
Spanish-import company lands-faraway.com offers a wide array of specialty fans,
from printed lace to painted wood, in a rainbow of colors from $7.50 each.
Brooch Bouquets Find 50 to 60 vintage brooches on eBay, at local antique
stores and in your grandma’s jewelry box. Then have them crafted into a
unique bouquet that’s sure to become a treasured heirloom. Amanda Heer of
fantasyfloraldesigns.com builds bouquets for $350, including domestic shipping.
— Erika Hueneke
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no offense to mojitos and cosmos, but today’s
signature cocktails need a little more pizazz to
impress guests. “a specialty drink is a small
doing a live Web feed of your ceremony for guests back detail that makes a big impression at your event,”
home seemed like a great idea when it was first introduced, says mixologist Charlotte Voisey of William Grant
& Sons spirits company. Here are her tips for
but technical issues made the process better in theory than making your celebratory drink memorable.
practice. now, thanks to new technology, wedding webcasts
• Be inspired by flavors you and your groom
are easier and more reliable than ever. Broadband wireless love. Creating a drink your guests can associate
connections (and even live high-def streaming) now make it you with gives the cocktail more personality. For
example, if you’re known to have a weakness for
possible to broadcast weddings from almost any ceremony chocolate, serve chocotinis.
site, from ballroom to beach. (note: it’s still easier stateside
• Use local flavors to tie in your destination
than abroad, where broadband isn’t as readily available and and season — think tropical fruits like coconut
internet access varies by country.) Companies like i do and watermelon for a Caribbean wedding or figs
Stream and Webcast my Wedding offer an onsite video pro and apples for fall nuptials in new York.
to capture the big event, or as a cheaper alternative, go diy: • choose something Unisex, such as a Flame
Bring your own video camera, computer and uSB video- of love martini — a flaming drink originally
created for crooner dean Martin. Or go with his
capture device, and they’ll provide a personalized wedding and hers cocktails that complement your theme:
webpage, Evite and easy-to-use broadcast software. you at a Mad Men-style soiree, serve White russians
to the ladies and old-fashioneds to the gents.
can even post a link to your webcast on facebook for friends
to view live. DIY rentals from $125; onsite videographer • incorporate yoUr color scheme with a
flavored liqueur like Bols, which comes in a
from $600; packages include live technical support for up to rainbow of hues you can choose from to match
50 viewers. — Brooke Showell your decor. — Ivette Manners
grEEtingS from …
C OO l i d e a
Computer-sCreen inset: shawn starr; CoCktails: tetra images/Corbis
We’re loving the trend of save-the-dates in the form of vintage postcards — a great way to get guests
fired up for departure. These DIY tips from Melinda Morris, owner of Brooklyn, New York-based paperie
Lion in the Sun, also earn our stamp of approval.
soUrce Ask your venue if create Cast your own photo filled out the postcard for each
they have old postcards of in a black-and-white or sepia of your guests.
the establishment, or search hue to capture a vintage feel. Be
the Web and create your own. sure to ask your printing press get inspired Visit
Worried about copyrights? for authentic postcard graphics lioninthesunps.com for ideas, or
Relax — many vintage postcards on the back. contact Morris directly to order
are royalty-free and can be her original vintage-postcard
reproduced for free; for all personalize Consider creations. Custom designs for an
postcards printed before 1942, hand-writing the text and then hourly rate, circa-1940 postcards
the copyrights have expired. scanning it in so it looks like you $3.50 each. — Sarah Larson
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color me fab
You’re already designing a faraway fete — why
nametogame last name after you wed, the
If you plan change your
not go ahead and design your own bridesmaid process can be time-consuming and downright complex.
jewelry too? With the Kendra Scott Jewelry And for destination brides with multiple travel documents,
Color Bar online tool, customizing wedding-day
baubles is completely effortless and downright fun. it can be even more confusing. We turned to Danielle Tate,
Here’s how it works: Choose your style (there are 12 founder of MISSNoWMrS.coM, for her advice on making
options for earrings and five for necklaces, plus one
chic cocktail ring) and whether you want gold
the big switch.
or silver settings. then select your jewels and
drag them into place. use as many shades
• Getting married legally at home and symbolically over-
as you want — there are 20 brightly colored seas? Plan your justice-of-the-peace wedding at least
stones in all. (need help? the designer six months prior to allow time to change identification
suggests multiple color pairings for each
style.) With stones like turquoise, documents and book travel in your married name. If you
emerald jade, pink jade and cognac wait until less than three months prior, book travel in your
quartz, it’s simple to echo the tropical
seas, palms and flowers of popular
maiden name to avoid airport problems.
wedding locales like the Caribbean,
Hawaii and Mexico. From $50. —
• Before an international wedding, make sure the marriage
Melissa G. Lamkin certificate will be recognized officially back home. check
with Social Security (800-772-1213).
• Order extra certified copies of your marriage certificate
COOl SerViCe so you can file forms simultaneously.
We don’t have anything
• Look into your state’s laws. Some states won’t allow you
to take your maiden name as your middle name, and
some require your marriage certificate to be authenti-
remember being fascinated by home against the classic guest book. cated when you tie the knot overseas.
movies flickering on an old projector? But with so many creative
That’s the inspiration for the latest • Don’t want the hassle? For $29.95, MissNowMrs.com
ways for guests to share their offers name-change instructions and printable forms,
t rY t H i S trend in wedding videos from these
WoW voWS three companies, which capture your wedding wishes — from shells from voter registration to Social Security. — Katie Morell
memories with 1965 Super 8 mm film. to stones — why not have a
little fun with it? our favorite
Nothing gives your ceremony a more Joel Serrato Films like director Jean renoir, iteration of late: the hEllo
heartfelt, personal feel than writing your Serrato gets a natural look by filming outdoors as much
as possible. He’ll even loan you a vintage camera with hanna WiShing trEE,
own vows. Here, Boston-based interfaith a few rolls of Super 8 so you can create your own a heavyweight-paper kit that
minister Kaia Stern, who officiates at des- honeymoon flick — included in your final wedding video
tination weddings everywhere from Mexico or edited individually. From $6,250, including eight hours of comes with hangtags and
to Mali, offers tips for traveling couples.
wedding-day coverage, a 15- to 35-minute feature film, and
photographer accommodations and domestic flights.
flower cutouts on which your
loved ones can write their well
Reference your minister doesn’t get back to you Epic Motion Creator ryan koral takes pride in his wishes for you. additional
destination in your vows. immediately, don’t feel slighted same-day edit, a montage of wedding-day footage that
— remember that internet flower and bird cutouts are
wow Vows: andrew reilly; illustration: imagezoo/Corbis
“Your choice to gather your can be played at your reception. Feature presentation?
access in many countries can
beloved community for a
destination wedding reflects be spotty.”
Preparation, ceremony, cocktail hour and you! (reception available in blue, red, silver,
footage can be added to the final product.) From $3,000,
your willingness to seek new including daylong coverage, a five- to 15-minute feature film, white, green and pink. the
horizons. embrace that, and be Be disciplined, despite the a 60- to 90-second trailer and same-day edit. result: an adorable 19K-inch-
clear about the meaning of this long wedding to-do list.
chosen place.” “Make time to reflect together I Do Films Co-owners Matt Buckman and lori roche tall centerpiece that travels
and independently, to be still —
listen to yourself and each other
film your wedding day in a crisp high-def format and well — just fold it flat for easy
If working with a minister draw on their love of music to find a soundtrack that
from afar, reach out well in crafting meaningful vows.” fits you; they’ve even used indie bands like She & Him transport. Tree kit $39.95;
in advance. “Crafting all to complement their films’ oldies vibe. From $7,500, birds and flowers, packs of 20,
aspects of the ceremony is a
joint effort.” even so, consider
Stern is available for ceremonies
across the globe; rates from $100
including eight hours of wedding-day coverage, a 30-minute
feature film, a webpage with day-of highlights and the $5.95 each; tags, packs of 40,
cross-cultural variables. “if a per hour. — Baz Dreisinger original Super 8 stock reel in a film can. — SL $8.95 each. — EH
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Dress shopping is one of the most exciting
parts of wedding planning, but destination
dos come with distinct gown considerations.
Here are five must-knows from Ursula Guyer
“all the groomsmen and Stacy Senechalle, owners of salon
dropped their trousers,” whiteChicago and website whitexchange.com.
Brian miller says of his favorite
spontaneous wedding moment 1 Consider your setting. if you’re
having a beach wedding, you may want
captured on film by his to opt for a tea-length (or shorter) gown to
California-based company, keep cool. Ocean breezes can be an issue;
keep things simple by forgoing the veil
la Photo Party. a mobile and accenting your hairstyle with a
“photo booth without the booth,” sparkly headband or fresh blooms
this one-walled white backdrop pinned in strategic places.
is open to the party and fits up to 2 Mind the temperature.
15 guests in a single frame. the Heavier silk satin is great for
a cooler climate; a lighter, flowing
team of three interactive photogs fabric like silk organza is optimal for a
tends to inspire zany poses, from tropical evening.
handstands to group hugs. Want to amp up the
fun? on request, they’ll bring up to $100 worth of 3 Time it right. let the seamstress
know when you’re leaving — not just
props themed around any interest, from horseback your wedding date. You’ll want any alterations
completed in time for your trip.
riding to diving. Photos are printed on the spot in
eight seconds. Bonus: the company’s new live- 4 Fight wrinkles. Fabrics like chiffon and
lace travel well, while others, such as silk
link station allows guests to upload the photos taffeta, crease easily. Play it safe by packing
from giant touch screens to their email, facebook your dress with tissue paper in a carry-on
garment bag, and make sure your hotel has a
or twitter accounts live from your event — so even steamer for on-location touch-ups.
those who couldn’t make it can share in the fun.
From $1,825 for three hours (mention this article 5 Trust your gut. everyone reacts
differently when they find “the one.”
for 10 percent off). — Brooke Morton Go with your intuition; it won’t steer you
wrong. — SL
Food favors are a perennial hit. Bonus: These three also boast a conscience!
all Jarred Up edward marc chocolatier Baking for good
good for you These good for you This good for you Taking the
dress: Courtesy brides a la mode; food faVors: diane riCe
desserts come ready to eat 96-year-old family-owned bake-sale concept to the Web,
in half-pint jars; just heat and company specializes in this virtual bake shop offers
enjoy. Flavors are updated custom wedding treats, brownies and other yummy
seasonally and have names from chocolate menus and snacks. Our fave: the hand-
like Peachy Keen, Very Very medallions to decadent iced sugar cookies; choose
Berry, How Do You Like Them truffles in flavors like from beach, Western or bridal
Apples and Pear-ed Together. raspberry, amaretto, designs, or go custom.
good for the earth Jars champagne and espresso. good for the earth
are reusable or recyclable. good for the earth Ingredients are all-natural and
Plus, baker Teri Hiles uses only Twenty percent of each online organic, and 15 percent of
in-season ingredients and as sale can be donated to the each order is donated to any
many all-natural and organic partner charity of your choice. nonprofit of the buyer’s choice.
ingredients as possible. Ships domestically and Ships domestically; one dozen
Ships domestically; from $6. internationally; from $5. from $30. — EH
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what couples are registering for on wishpot.com*
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its starring role on tlC’s hit show Say Yes to (including more than 50
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kleinfeld Men, the guys can get their fashion can choose from the
on too. located on the lower level, kleinfeld salon’s own kleinfeld
Since 1941, bright-eyed brides have walked Men is reminiscent of an english-style men’s Men brand and the
into new York City’s famed kleinfeld Bridal in club, where private consultants steer grooms Hugo Boss collection
search of their dream dress. today, the iconic through suits, tuxes and more, in a variety of or customize with cash honeymoons hoUsehold items
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The sun. The sand and the beach. links are also
Peaks rising in the background. available.
The beauty of the sea meeting the desert. — Tara Bradley
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