Has Kelly Rowland Picked Out Her Wedding Dress Yet?

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Mar 312014
 
Kelly Rowland is engaged to Tim Witherspoon

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We're thankful for many things, but one of the things we're most grateful for is Destiny's Child. The iconic girl group gave us catchy songs, unbelievable coordinated outfits, and two of our favorite style icons: Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland.

Beyoncé has kept her 2008 wedding to Jay Z top-secret — only recently did we get a glimpse of her wedding dress. Thankfully, Rowland is a little more up front about her big-day details.

The singer, who has been engaged to fiancé Tim Witherspoon since last year, recently revealed to People that she probably isn't saying "I do" anytime soon.

"I am not really into doing a whole bunch of wedding planning and neither is he," she told People. "We just believe in love, we believe in our love, I don't think that it's nothing that we want to just go crazy about." In fact, she hasn't even picked out a wedding dress. "I cannot believe I am not this girl. I used to be!"

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Along with a brief nuptial update, Rowland also opened about two of our other favorite things: hair and makeup. "I like moles. I think they're the cutest thing. It's all Marilyn Monroe's fault," Rowland said of her quirky beauty habit. "I never walk out of the house without a mole. It can be anywhere on my face—it's the forever moving mole. Now it's over here [she points]; I have a blemish, it's helping me out."

She also added that her fresh bob is the result of some hair color that overstayed its welcome — and made her lose half of her locks! Luckily, the style works well on the gorgeous star and is actually one of our favorite wedding day hairstyles.

Since Bey's BFF has done next to no wedding planning, we have a suggestion: Based on her Marilyn Monroe-esque mole habit and her vintage-style bob, Rowland should plan a full-on retro wedding. Her round-cut engagement ring will be the perfect accessory for a glamorous silk wedding dress with a plunging V-neckline. That, plus some red lipstick, are classic elements for an Old Hollywood wedding-day look.

Express Your Personal Style With a Colorful Engagement Ring

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Mar 312014
 
Colorful engagement rings

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Kate Middleton, Blake Lively, Halle Berry, and Carrie Underwood's signature styles couldn't be more different, but they do have one very important thing in common fashion wise: engagement rings with colored-center stones! Kate is the ladylike princess, Blake is a self-styled fashionista, Halle is as close to Old Hollywood glam as we can get, and Carrie is a trendy country crooner. And yet, they all have bright baubles that complement their impeccable taste.

Non-traditional gems like pink or yellow diamonds, along with sapphires and rubies, give brides — famous and non-famous — an opportunity to flaunt their personal style even with the most traditional piece of jewelry. So, channel your favorite celebrity engagement ring, or express your own vibe by rocking a colored stone on your left ring finger.

We found more than 60 gorgeous rings, from giant emeralds surrounded by pavé diamond halos, to trendy rose gold bands studded with pink diamonds. Ready to see beautiful hues of stones in every cut? Click on the below link to see them all!

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See the Newest Royal Family Portrait Starring Prince George (and Lupo!)

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Mar 312014
 
Royal Family Portrait March 2014

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Can you say cutest family ever!? The dashing royal family — that's Prince William, Duchess Catherine, little Prince George, and, of course, dog Lupo — look picture perfect in a brand new family portrait. Jason Bell, the same photographer who captured George's christening, shot the photo at the window of their home, Apartment 1A in Kensington Palace in mid-March.

Although they're royalty, the happy family seems to prefer more low-key and relatable settings for their iconic portraits. The latest snap is so similar to the first official portrait of the threesome (well, foursome — we can't forget Lupo!) that Grandpa Michael Middleton took at Kate's family home shortly following George's birth.

See more: 5 Reasons We're Praying for a Pippa Middleton Wedding

Obviously, Kate looks as stunning as ever wearing a fresh cream blouse, a slightly smoky eye, and her ever-so-gorgeous blown-out waves. Little eight-month-old George steals the show, though, in his name-plated baby blue sweater and affectionate gaze towards Lupo. We can't forget Will, either, who matched his clan with a light blue button-up and deservedly proud smile.

See more: 4 Things to Know About Nico Jackson, Pippa Middleton's Rumored Fiance

The image was released in anticipation of a three-week family tour of New Zealand and Australia, which is their first with a toddler in tow. There's another reason this memento came at just the right time: This Sunday was Kate's first-ever Mother's Day (the holiday is celebrated earlier in United Kingdom than in the United States)! We hope she had a wonderful day with her beautiful baby boy and husband, and we can't wait to see more pictures as they embark on a slew of public appearances. Fingers crossed for another Lupo appearance!

A Fun-Filled Family Wedding in California’s Temescal Gateway Park

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Mar 312014
 

Celebrity couples often become known by a single moniker (think "Kimye" or "Brangelina"). And while Sharon Chin, 29, and Harrison Lee, 32, may not have quite the same social status as the #WorldsMostTalkedAboutCouple, they do have their own name: Sharrison. "We've been glued together since we met," says Sharon. "That's how we got our infamous name!"

Sharon and Harrison's nickname became the star of their September 22, 2012, wedding at Temescal Gateway Park in Pacific Palisades, California, making appearances on the couple's invitations, photo booth, and more. The bride and groom's personalities also took center stage, from a palette of vibrant hues to reception games — hula hoops, anyone?! — and a multitude of do-it-yourself projects. "Ultimately, our hope was that people would get drunk, enjoy the menu and dance the night away," says Sharon. "I think we succeeded!"

The flirty flare of a strapless Maggie Sottero gown spoke to Sharon. "As a rather busty woman, part of me thought I would hate the dress picking process," she admits. "However, I've never felt so beautiful in anything else I've put on."

Sharon's favorite accessories? A necklace and bracelet handcrafted by Anu Custom Made Jewelry using Russian-cut crystals. "I got so many compliments on the bracelet because people could really see it during the ceremony!" Sharon says.

Five friends (four ladies and one gent) served as Sharon's bridesmaids and bridesman, donning purple Bill Levkoff dresses in a variety of styles and shades of purple and a soft gray suit, respectively. "I liked that they didn't look like carbon copies of each other," Sharon says.

Harrison and his groomsmen wore gray suits, the perfect hue to accent the bridesmaids' purple looks at the summer wedding.

Peony & Plum made bouquets of pastel dahlias and roses wrapped in ivory ribbon.

Fans decorated with playful doodles doubled as programs for Sharon and Harrison's outdoor reception.

Two of Sharon's cousins served as flower girls, walking down the grass aisle before the bride, the eldest tossing petals as she went...

...But the younger girl "didn't toss any flower petals until the very end, when she pretty much threw the entire basket up in the air!" Sharon recalls.

Sharon made the brightly-colored tissue paper pom-poms that hung from a tree above the couple as they exchanged vows. "We didn't want things to feel too stuffy," she says. Harrison's grandfather officiated the ceremony, which included Chinese idioms read by the bride's grandfather and translated by her father and brother.

The couple's recessional was to Amy Grant's "Baby Baby," a shout out to when Harrison proposed by writing new lyrics to the song and playing them to Sharon as he asked for her hand in marriage.

"We wanted our reception to feel even more fun and relaxed than the ceremony," Sharon says. So, the couple hosted lawn games including corn hole, hula-hoops, and ladder golf for children (and adults!) to play with outside.

At the entrance to the indoor reception space, where guests found their table assignments, Sharon and Harrison hung old photos of themselves in the bushes for guests to peruse and laugh at.

Bright dahlias, lisianthus, and a smattering of other blooms made up the couple's mason jar centerpieces. To complement each table's number, Sharon and Harrison also placed a photo of themselves at that age. "It was a ton of work," Sharon says, "but it was totally worth it after hearing all the good feedback from our guests!"

The menu was important to the couple, who served a selection of their favorite comfort foods, like mac & cheese and fried chicken, instead of conventional entrées. Their cake was another non-traditional twist: The Hawaiian Paradise cake, with layers of guava, passion fruit, and lime chiffon cake, was filled with whipped cream and topped with fresh dahlias.

Now that the biggest party of their lives has ended and they've returned from an epic honeymoon to South Africa and Victoria Falls, Sharon and Harrison are looking forward to the next big thing: "We're trying to savor the time we have together before little Sharrison babies take over our lives and expand our 'famLEE,'" Sharon jokes.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Temescal Gateway Park || Wedding Planner: Orange Blossom Special Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero || Shoes: American Rag, Toms || Jewelry: Nordstrom, Anu Custom Made Jewelry || Hair: Christophe Salon || Makeup: Adam Mantell of Laura Mercier || Bridesmaids' Dresses & Flower Girl Attire: Bill Levkoff || Florist: Peony & Plum || Invitations & Paper Goods: BRIDES, Orange Blossom Special Events || Music: DJ Acapella || Catering: Jason's Catered Events || Cake: King's Hawaiian Bakery || Rentals: Signature Party Rentals || Favors: Lottery Tickets from California Lottery || Transportation: Royal American Tours and Charters || Accommodations: The Huntley Hotel || Photo Booth: Flash Life Photobooth || Videography: Aaron Bennett, Danny Roew || Photography: Blair Nicole Photography

How to Throw a Celeb-Worthy Engagement Party on a Budget

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Mar 312014
 
Celebrity engagement party

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Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross, Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade, and Johnny Depp and Amber Heard all celebrated their upcoming weddings with extravagant engagement parties this month. And while their lavish prenuptial celebrations probably cost more than the average couple's wedding, it is possible for you and your fiancé to throw an A-list bash without the celeb-worthy price tag. We spoke to a bunch of seasoned wedding planners to get details on how to host an epic engagement party on a budget.

Keep the Guest List VIP Only: The easiest way to save cash is to keep the head count to a minimum. That means don't invite your second cousin that you rarely speak to or your mom's best friend's friend. The guest list should include close family and friends only. "A small guest count will allow you to save money on food and beverages, not to mention go elaborate on other details like flowers, lighting and specialty décor," suggests Charleston-based wedding planner and designer Francesca DiSalvo-Follmer of Pure Luxe Bride.

Skip the Weekend: You know how it's harder to get a Saturday night reservation at your favorite restaurant than it is on a Wednesday? Well, apply that same logic to choosing your engagement party date. Instead of booking on the weekend, try a slower day of the week to help save serious cash. "Make a list and call at least three, compare prices, accessibility and what's being offered," advises Cemone Glinton, owner of Out of Box Events and Weddings, LLC.

Choose an Unexpected Venue: Think outside of the "event space." Often, locations that aren't traditional party locations come with a lower price tag. "Industrial warehouses, factories, rooftop gardens, atriums, and greenhouses create a magical aesthetic while still offering amenities for intimate parties to large numbers," event planner Claire Gordon of Claire Gordon Events says. "Restrooms, catering amenities, parking, and natural lighting options are often standard in these spaces, making them a cost effective 'non-venue'."

Get the Party Started Late: The time of day you hold your event can make all the difference. Pick a time that's in between meals to cut costs. "You can do an all dessert menu or ice cream truck for a late-night party or just appetizers or a food truck for a mid-day get-together," suggests wedding planner and founder of Pretty Pear Bride, Shafonne Myers.

Get Created With Décor: The key to throwing a star-studded engagement party without a star-studded bank account? Super-glam details. Instead of renting or buying expensive chandeliers, candles, centerpieces, and other décor, try scouring your local second-hand store or flea market. "Buy lots of crystal, such as glass wear, serving platters and bowls, for pennies on the dollar," says certified green event designer Veronica Cole. "If you find a great shaped flower vase but it's in a funky green color, spray paint it gold or silver. Make use of décor you already own, too." Another cheap, instant mood setter? White twinkle lights strung around the room — Ashlee Simpson used tons of them at her engagement party!

Think Quality Over Quantity When It Comes to Blooms: Wedding flowers often eat up a lot of a bride's wedding budget, but it doesn't have to be such an expense at the engagement celebration. Brooke Wetzel, florist on BloomNation.com and owner of The Plum Dahlia, advises choosing a "big bang" flower like hydrangeas to show off the detail of your vases without having to go break the bank on filling them. "Jewel tones like deep purples, pinks, and reds can instantly feel modern, luxuruious, and romantic." Bonus: Hydrangeas can be sprayed in just about any color.

The Unusual Way Johnny Depp (Finally) Confirmed His Engagement to Amber Heard

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Mar 312014
 
Johnny Depp Amber Heard engagement rumors

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If slow and steady wins the race in confirming an engagement, then Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are in for some sweet victory. After staying mum about their rumored wedding, Depp finally verified the nuptial news by wearing an unusual piece of jewelry while promoting his new movie Transcendence in Beijing according to the Associated Press.

"The fact that I'm wearing a chick's ring on my finger is probably a dead giveaway. Not very subtle," Depp replied when a reporter asked if the single diamond set on a band around his ring finger meant that he is, in fact, engaged. An insider explained to Us Weekly that he's sporting Heard's engagement ring because it was "too big for her, so he started wearing it."

With "man-gagement" rings becoming an unexpected trend, we're not surprised that the quirky Depp would embrace it in his own unique way.

Sources confirmed the couple's engagement back in January, after Heard was spotted wearing a conspicuous bauble on her left ring finger — her efforts to hide the engagement ring after photographers noticed it were for naught. Friends of the couple said that they'd been engaged for a while, and the pair even held an engagement party at The Carondelet House on March 14.

See more: Which Celebrity Couple is Getting Married Next?

After confirming he did propose to the gorgeous actress, Depp dished even more wedding details — well, sort of. "I think that I would be better at making women's shoes than I would be at wedding planning, I can't plan anything," he charmingly explained. "I'm really bad at that stuff."

If Heard's crazy-glamorous style is any indication, she'll plan a stunning celebration on her own. We can't wait to see the kind of whimsical wedding that the Rum Diaries co-stars will host!

5 Creative Wedding Welcome Signs for Every Type of Ceremony

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Mar 312014
 

It's always important to make a good first impression — especially at your wedding. The best (and easiest) way to do this? By displaying a creative welcome sign at the entrance of your ceremony. The sign will help express how grateful you are that your guests are celebrating your big day with you and your soon-to-be husband, plus it helps set the tone for the rest of the wedding. Whether you're having a beachside bash or city-chic affair, we've rounded up five pretty and elegant ways to greet your guests.

To complement a couple's modern rooftop wedding, the bride's (super-talented!) mother Beth Weeks created a beautiful yet simple calligraphed sign to say hello to guests at the ceremony (pictured above). It was displayed on an easel decorated with succulents and fresh greenery.

Above, the pretty wreath created by Shotgun Floral Studio featured orange-and pink-flowers to match the couple's color scheme. It also invited guests to grab a cool drink before taking a seat at the ceremony.

Chalkboard signs are perennially popular, but when combined with a custom-illustrated map of the wedding venue it becomes an incredibly useful tool to help guests figure out where all the festivities will be taking place. The chalkboard creation above was designed by Pressed Cotton, based in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Here's a DIY project even the least-crafty of brides can do: Scour vintage stores and flea markets for an old picture frame with an ornate shape that you like. Disassemble it and clean the glass pane. Next, spray paint the frame in a color that matches your wedding's style. Then, ask a friend with pretty handwriting to pen your message using a gold-ink marker. Or, you could find a cool calligraphy font and print the text onto a sheet of paper sized to fit the frame. Once you do that, position the sheet of paper beneath the glass pane and trace the letters. Your guests will never guess how easy it was to create!

Instead of having guests sit according to the traditional bride's and groom's sides, the cleverly worded sign above asks everyone to sit wherever they'd like at the ceremony.

It’s Finally Official: Elton John and David Furnish Are Getting Married!

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Mar 312014
 
Elton John and David Furnish are getting married

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"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," hello wedded bliss! Elton John revealed this weekend that he will marry David Furnish, his partner of 21 years, in May according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.

The pair, who are parents to two sons, have been in a British Civil Partnership since 2005. But with same-sex marriage finally legal in England (The Marriage Act was passed in July, but ceremonies officially began on Saturday), the couple will finally have a proper English wedding.

"We don't feel the need to take an extra step legally," he clarifies to the Las Vegas Review Journal. "But since we're committed for life, we feel it's really important to take that step, and take advantage of that amazing change in legislation. We all live by example."

See more: Which Celebrity Couple is Getting Married Next?

Their eagerness to be among the first same-sex couples to legally wed in England is part of his "duty," he tells the newspaper. In fact, they entered their civil partnership the very day the Civil Partnership Act became legal.

For his part, Furnish made a similar statement to Attitude magazine recently. "Elton and I will marry — as a high-profile couple, we feel it is our duty to do it, to make sure that everyone knows that this is something that many gay men living in this country never dreamed would happen," he wrote.

"I think what we'll do is go to a registry office in England in May," Furnish added. "[We'll] take the boys with us, and a couple of witnesses."

We're thrilled that their dream of blazing a trail of equal marriage has finally come true! And while it sounds like they won't have an over-the-top party to mark it, they do have memories of anotherblowout bash to cherish: They celebrated their civil partnership with a $2 million wedding reception with 650 guests.

The Three Least Sexy Yet Most Important Things to Do Before Your Wedding

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Mar 312014
 
Things to Do Before the Weddding

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Everything about getting married is exciting — well, almost everything. Along with buying your dress and honeymoon lingerie, there's something else you need to check off your wedding to-do list that's not as sexy but just as important: filing paper work. Below are three important steps to take care of (name change, anyone?) to avoid unnecessary headaches before and after the big day.

Marriage License: Check your state's application rules six months before the big day, says Ali Phillips, president of Chicago's Engaging Events by Ali. On the day of, have a plan for when you, your officiant, and witnesses (if they're required) will sign — usually right after the ceremony. Phillips also suggests asking the officiant to make a copy before she sends it in. Destination brides: Quadruple-check local laws; some countries have residency or blood-test requirements. Or hold a quiet (even secret!) civil ceremony in the U.S. before you go to be safe.

Name Change: Start with your Social Security card, then your driver's license (both in person). The rest (credit cards, bank accounts, airline rewards programs, et cetera) can usually be done online. Check your spelling, because a mistake equals disaster. It all must match.

Passport: You may be gung ho to change your name before the honeymoon, but the application process can take up to six weeks. If there's any chance you won't get it all done, wait until your return; the name on your tickets must match the one on your passport or you'll have trouble at customs, says Kara Bebell of the Travel Siblings. Also, if your passport doesn't have several empty pages and at least six months until it expires, it will be difficult to get into certain countries, especially with a visa. "This is an incredibly common mistake," says Bebell. "Update it!"

Should I Send a Wedding Invitation to a Friend Who Already Told Me She Can’t Attend?

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Mar 312014
 

You've chosen a wedding date and sent out the save-the-date cards. Good job on staying on top of wedding planning! However, one of your friends has already told you that she will be unable to make it to your big day. Are you supposed to still send her an invitation as a courtesy? Or are there unexpected strings attached in doing so? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your wedding invitation and stationery questions in our daily post.

A friend already told me she is unable to attend my wedding. Do I still need to send her an invitation?

This one is tricky, since it is always nice to receive something fun in the mail (something that's not a bill!) and there is a chance she may change her mind or that her plans will change somewhere down the road. But because a wedding invitation comes with the expectation of a gift, you do not want people to think they have to give a present even though they cannot attend the celebration. So if someone lets you know that they have a conflict, don't follow up with an invitation. Besides, each individual invitation does cost money, what with postage and envelopes. However, in the case of very close friends and family, you may want to send an invitation anyway with a note inside that explains you are sending it as a keepsake. They will appreciate the memento and still feel included even though they are not able to attend.

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