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May 2014 - New Orleans Weddings - Reception, Venue & Planning

Carrying the Them thru to the Cake

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May 312014
To make your wedding 'look' even more cohesive, try to work some aspect of your wedding decor into your cake design. Bakers can use pearl beads, frosting and other decorations to create the lacy look of your dress, the drape of your pew bows or some other part of your wedding theme.

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4 Dream Wedding Dresses for Angelina Jolie (In Honor of Maleficent’s Release!)

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May 302014
Angelina Jolie Wedding Dresses

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Angelina Jolie's highly-anticipated blockbuster, Maleficent, opens in theaters today. In the film, the engaged star not only wears some insanely intricate costumes but incredible makeup looks as well. The elaborate wardrobe work got us thinking about a few other important pieces of clothing she'll have to wear soon: Her wedding dress!

While we've commissioned fantasy sketches for the star, and have been anxiously waiting for an official big-day announcement, there's nothing like looking to our favorite runways for some celebrity wedding dress inspiration. In honor of Jolie's big release day, we went ahead and chose a few looks worthy of the star for her next important day, which (fingers crossed) will come very soon.

Angelina Jolie Dream Wedding Dresses - Amsale

Photo: George Chinsee

Amsale: When it comes to her wedding, nothing would show off Jolie's striking figure and features more than a minimalist mermaid silhoutte. This Amsale gown is just that — with the bonus of a barely-there illusion neckline.

Sleeveless crepe slim mermaid wedding dress with an illusion high neckline, Amsale

Dream Angelina Jolie Wedding Dresses - Jenny Packham

Photo: Robert Mitra

Jenny Packam: Similar to her Oscar gown, this Jenny Packham is bound for our celebrity bride. The blinged-out sheath offers a little bit more shine, a peek-a-boo illusion neckline, and a slimmer silhouette that would complement Jolie's statuesque figure extremely well.

Wedding dress by Jenny Packham

Angelina Jolie Dream Wedding Dresses - Reem Acra

Photo: Thomas Iannaccone

Reem Acra: Something about the confidence required to rock this Reem Acra gown makes it a perfect fit for Jolie. We love the way the belt adds structure to a somewhat whimsical design. And with this latest role under her belt, the enchanted lace feels appropriate for the future Mrs. Pitt.

Embroidered chiffon A-line wedding dress with a v-neckline and short sleeves, Reem Acra

Angelina Jolie Dream Wedding Dresses - Houghton

Photo: Thomas Iannaccone

Houghton: She's worn a plunging v-neckine before, so we wouldn't be too shocked if she did it again! This Houghton dress is simple, but also let's the silhouette do all the talking — just how Jolie likes it.

Wedding dress by Houghton

6 Things You Need to Know Before You Start Planning a Beach Wedding

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May 302014

A beach wedding, whether held at an exotic destination or your summer getaway home, can be a great experience both for the couple and their guests. After all, it's like a mini-vacation for everyone involved! However, pulling off a flawless event at the shore isn't without its unique challenges. We tapped destination wedding designer Michelle Rago for her expert advice on the most important things to know when planning your nautical nuptials.

See More: Quiz: Where Should You Host Your Destination Wedding

Have a Daytime Ceremony
"The ocean presents one of the most beautiful settings so I always encourage couples to consider having their wedding during daylight hours," says Rago. "Once the sun drops below the horizon, the water goes black — and unless you have a full moon, the sea is lost."

But having a daytime wedding means you need to consider a few things. "SPF 50 is sexy," laughs Rago. "You don't want to get a crazy sunburn on your wedding day." Flowers also don't like the hot sun and can be tricky to work with. "Choose a ceremony design and flowers that can hold up in the heat," advises Rago. "A few options that work well are freesias, calla lilies, orchids, and succulents. Steer away from hydrangeas and roses, which have a tendency to wilt quickly."

Have a Sound System
"Between the wind and the waves, there's a lot of background noise at a beach wedding," Rago explains. "I always suggest using a microphone for the ceremony. Also, make sure you use a windscreen cover for the microphone so that your guests are not frustrated by the fact that all they hear is the wind and not your vows!"

Public vs. Private
Many seaside resorts are anchored by beautiful beaches, but unless you "bought-out" the property, you might have to share your wedding venue with hotel guests. "If the possibility of having little Sally splashing around and yelling during the ceremony concerns you, make sure you ask the resort if privatizing the beach for your wedding is possible before you book," says Rago.

Dress Appropriately
Not all dresses, fabrics, and veil styles work for a beach wedding. An airy sheath is most sand-friendly, but if you want to wear a gown with a fuller skirt, make sure you choose a dress constructed of a lighter fabric that allows for more movement. Also, don't be afraid of trying a colored option, encourages Rago, who is partial to pale pink and pale blue dresses for the beach. "Lastly, keep in mind a veil is a bit like a sail in the wind," she says. "The less fussy your veil, the prettier your photos will look."

See More: Hairstyles for a Destination Wedding

But if You Have to Wear Louboutins...
A barefoot beach wedding is gorgeous, but it's not realistic to expect every bride to ditch her shoes. "One solution to get you down the aisle in heels is to bury a wooden walkway that leads to the ceremony under the sand," says Rago. "It still looks like a sandy beach, but makes it possible to walk in heels."

Prepare a Wind Plan
"As much as you think the rain is your enemy at a beach wedding, it's the wind you need to worry about," advises Rago. "Windy afternoons and evenings can be chilly, sandy, or completely drown out the sound for the ceremony." Take time to learn about the typical weather for your particular destination and always have a backup plan. Because you just never know with the weather, choose a resort that has multiple areas that work for the ceremony so you have a built-in Plan B. If you choose to marry on a beach that's not associated with a hotel, you'll need to reserve an alternate backup location, whether or not you end up using it.

Fire Up the Grill with These Must-Have Barbeque Registry Items

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May 302014
BBQ Registry Essentials from Target

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Memorial Day just passed — which means it's time to start spending every weekend grilling outdoors. And if you and your fiancé love to host warm-weather cookouts, we recommend adding a few barbeque essentials to your registry.

To help you decide exactly what you need for your first summer barbeque as newlyweds, we asked Brit Morin, the registry expert for Target (a Brides Live Wedding sponsor), to reveal her favorite stylish and practical picks. "Cooking outdoors is so much fun and something you can both enjoy together," Morin says.

Summer BBQ Registry Essentials - Weber Grill

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First, you'll need a grill if you don't have one. Brit suggests a classic: The Weber one-touch silver Charcoal grill.

Weber One-Touch silver charcoal grill (18.5"), $79.99, Target

Summer BBQ Registry Essentials - Grill Tool Kit

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Next up: Tools to cook meat and veggies on your amazing new grill. This 21-piece kit has everything you could ever need to flip burgers and ready those hotdogs.

Mr. Bar-B-Q 21-pc. Stainless Steel BBQ Tool Set, $31.99, Target

Summer BBQ Registry Essentials - Maverick Thermometer

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You can't properly cook meat without knowing the grill's temperature, so this thermometer is essential. It's especially great because it's wireless — that means you can walk inside while your steak is sizzling outdoors.

Maverick wireless grill thermometer set, $59.99, Target

Summer Barbeque Essentials - Plate, Tumbler, Pitcher

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"In addition to the obvious items like a grill and the right grilling utensils, I also like to keep plastic drinkware and melamine plates on hand," Morin suggests.

Summer melamine salad plate set of 8 in red, $14.99, Target; Mason jar plastic tumbler set of 4 in aqua, $10.79, Target; Sangria pitcher (2.8 L) in aqua, $7.19, Target

Summer BBQ Registry Essentials - Serving Platter

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"Don't forget the servingware," Morin advises. "So many people forget to plan out where they'll put the food once it's taken off the grill." As suggested above, try a cute patterned melamine platter.

Threshold melamine rectangular serving tray, $9.99, Target

Bridal Beauty Buzz: Get Emily Blunt’s Oh-So-Pretty Look

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May 302014
Emily Blunt Edge of Tomorrow Premiere

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Emily Blunt is killing it on her press tour for her new movie Edge of Tomorrow. From sleek gowns to flirty floral dresses, she's stopped tracks on every red carpet she's walked these last few weeks. But the new mom (she gave birth to a baby girl just three months ago!) looked extra-pretty in a strapless paisley Osman dress complemented with warm, pink-toned makeup and perfectly-tousled waves at the film's London premiere earlier this week. While you may not be able to steal the actress's new-mom glow for yourself, you can get her flawless hair and makeup for your wedding day. Here's how!

Warm Smoky Eye:
Emily's dusky mauve lids couldn't be more perfect for a summer wedding: a warm smoky eye gives the same effect of a dark smoky eye without any of the heaviness. Get the look by applying a deep pinkish-brown shadow up to your crease, filling in with a gold shadow through your inner corners, and a lighter champagne shade up to your brow line. Add some brown liner and mascara and — voilà — instant boho beauty!
Laura Geller ImPressions Eye Palette in Iced Berry Blend, $15, available at Amazon; Stila Baked Eye Shadow Trio in Gold Glow, $15, available at Amazon

Powder Blush:
Emily's got an advantage most of can't boast — a post-baby radiance. But even she's making use of the endless magic of powder blush. Applied to the apples of your cheeks over light foundation, it's all you need to nail that blushing bride look.
Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush in Exotic Pink, $25, available at Amazon

See More: Bridal Runway Hair and Makeup Trends

Petal-Pink Lips:
Emily echoes the pinks in her paisley design with a medium-rosy lip. Luckily, the shade looks just as great with a wedding gown as it does with her dress. Try a creamy, purple-based formula to offset your violet-shadowed eyes.
Sunday Riley Modern Lip Color in Duchess, $32, available at Sephora

See More: Wedding Makeup Under $20

Piecey Waves:
Celebrities can't get enough of the lob, and neither can we. Emily rocks it with the best of them, accenting her brunette waves with a few well-placed highlights around her face. Get her twisty hairstyle with shaping cream (a little goes a long way) and finish with shine spray.
Bumble and Bumble Semisumo, $28, available at Sephora; Aquage Beyond Shine Spray, $18, available at Amazon

5 Unbelievable Brand-New Kimye Wedding Rumors

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May 302014
Kim Kardashian Kanye West married first kiss

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There was no shortage of romance at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's blowout wedding at Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy last week: a ceremony in front of a wall of gorgeous, lush white flowers, dances to live John Legend songs, and heartfelt self-penned vows, all followed up by a honeymoon at an Irish castle. But if the New York Post's Page Six is to be believed, Kimye's nuptials saw a fair amount of wild behavior.

The popular gossip column had a "spy" deliver firsthand information from inside the Kimye wedding — and the published story is almost too insane to believe. There were so many absolutely crazy snippets that we had to cull together the five most absurd.

1. The toilets were a work of art on their own.
As with all outdoor weddings, Kimye had to provide portable bathrooms for their guests. Instead of regular old port-a-potties, they opted for what the Italians call the Torre di Bagni Oro (translation: the Gold Toilet Tower). The privies were contained in a 49-foot gold box. Unsurprisingly the source tells Page Six that, "Their toilet was the star of the show."

2. They forwent place cards.
Instead, they had stonemasons carve the name of each guest into their places at the long marble table. Engraving is expensive and permanent — a lesson Kimye learned the hard way since some of the names were spelled wrong. But so many of the guests brought friends that the seating was off anyway and, reportedly, the only people who sat at their own seats were Kim and Kanye.

3. There was some nude marble madness.
Four days before the wedding, Kimye ordered 30 life-size black marble nude statues. Marble workers worked nonstop to create the statues, but only six were approved for the wedding. They were initially arranged around the dinner tables, but Kanye changed his mind about their location two hours before the wedding. He decided he wanted them further away, so forklifts were called in to rearrange the half-ton sculptures. Guests apparently saw the forklifts (and the toilets) as soon as they arrived at the venue.

4. Kanye redefined the wedding toast.
Traditionally, the best man and maid of honor, plus any parents, in addition to the bride and groom, give toasts. At this wedding, the biggest speech of the night belonged to the groom. Page Six claims Kanye gave a 45-minute toast to himself during the wedding reception. This, of course, happened after Kimye had five first dances alone on the dance floor while John Legend played a custom-built marble piano.

5. The gifts were incredible, too.
Jay Z and Beyoncé were no-shows, but they sent their regards in a fittingly opulent way. Their wedding gift was a giant gold-dipped bottle of Chianti with a diamond cork.

Whether or not these rumors are true, we still think this might be the most epic wedding ever.

Real Brides Share Their Biggest Piece of Wedding-Day Advice

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May 302014

You've read all the bridal books there are to read, signed up for every wedding tip of the day, and downloaded an embarrassing amount of planning apps. But you can always use more big-day advice before you walk down the aisle — right? We asked nine real brides who've already been there done that to shell out their best advice for your wedding. So from one bride to another, listen up.

Take pictures before you say, "I do"
"You'll have more time to spend with your guests at the reception if you take your photos first. Even if you want to stick to not seeing your groom before you walk down the aisle, you can still get all of the other photos out of the way." — Jasmine, 24

Get your food to go
"Ask your caterer to pack away food for you (the cocktail hour food, the main course, the cake ... everything) because likely you'll have absolutely no time to eat any of it. And trust me: You'll be starving when you get back to the hotel at the end of the night." — Rebecca, 26

Don't sweat the small stuff
"Breathe, enjoy the planning process and ultimately, enjoy your day and being with all your loved ones. If something goes wrong, you're surrounded by people who are willing to help and support you. In the end, no one is going to remember how much effort you put into those paper flowers that now have crinkled edges anyway. Trust me, I made hundreds!" — Ashley, 23

See More: 5 Real Brides Reveal Their Biggest Wedding Day Surprise

Be a woman with a plan
"Before the wedding, designate someone to take home all your gifts and mementos (like your guest book and card box) after the reception and to close out any final vendor payments. If you're changing out of your gown before going to the hotel, you'll need someone to take it home too. You can delegate these responsibilities to a bridesmaid, family member, or day-of-planner." — Janice, 27

Tell your wedding party exactly what to do
"Create a very detailed itinerary of the wedding weekend for your wedding party and anyone else involved. It will help everyone understand where they need to be when and what is expected of them." — Kelley, 29

Remember to soak in the moment
"Really look around at everyone in attendance and think about how much they mean to you. It will probably be the only time all those people are in the same room. Take in how much you love your significant other and how amazing you feel at that very moment. Married life has its challenges, and you'll need to draw on that feeling from time to time. Whether you're worried about buying a home or starting a family, that feeling can get you through everything!" — Brittany, 28

Eat something
"The ounces you may think you are saving by not eating on your wedding day can be costly. A low blood sugar can make you feel sick, irritable, and tired. Eat regular (maybe even a little more), and put your most reliable bridesmaid or mom in charge of ensuring you do so." — Laurel, 34

Spend the night with your new hubby
"Focus on the person you are about to marry, not everyone in attendance. I spent the morning with my mom, the day with my bridesmaids, and I totally forgot to spend time with my husband during the reception. Looking back, I wish my memories were of spending time with him — not trying to keep the party going." — Ally, 23

Speak up during the toast
"You, as the couple, should address your guests during the toast time. Both my husband and I said a little something, and our guests told us how much it meant to them because at so many weddings you only hear from the best man and the maid of honor." — Denise, 37

5 Elegant Hairstyles with Flowers We’re Loving Right Now

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May 302014

If you don't see yourself wearing a veil down the aisle, there are plenty of other hair accessories to finish off your wedding-day look. One of the freshest ideas? Flowers! Whether it's a crown or a single bloom, a floral hairstyle is ultra romantic and it ties together your wedding's décor well, too.

To find out how to best wear blossoms in your hair on your big day, we consulted Brides Live Wedding sponsor Neutrogena hairstylist Sam Leonardi for his best flower fastening tips: He recommends locking in your look with hairspray prior to inserting any buds, because, as Leonardi explains, "spraying can damage the flowers." Also, if you want a big bloom, you may want to try using artificial flowers. "Small flowers tend to have strong stems, but big flowers can break more easily, so consider artificial flowers if you are going big," Leonardi suggests.

Now that you know what not to do when rocking flowers at your wedding, here are a few of our favorite floral hairstyles from real brides to help inspire you!

Who needs a blinged-out hair piece when you have a triad of flowers pulling your wavy 'do together (see photo above)? Also, the bundle of blooms matches this bride's sunflower-filled garden ceremony perfectly.

When adorning a very textured updo, all you need is one small flower to tie in your wedding's nature-filled décor.

For a vintage look with an on-trend twist, this bride opted for a flower crown featuring sweet mini white-and-purple blooms.

A single white bud in a simple bun complemented this bride's colorful wedding with a punchy personality.

A single white rose lets this bride's rustic sweetheart lace wedding dress shine. It's a sweet finishing touch to any understated look.

5 Ways to Make Your Engagement Ring’s Diamond Look Bigger

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May 302014

Engagement ring style is a matter of personal preference: Some girls dream of a classic and beautiful round-cut jewel, while others hope for a glam emerald style that could rival Beyoncé's gigantic rock. If you happen to fall in the latter category, but don't have the money to get a celeb-worthy sized bling (who does?!), we're here to help.

There are some ways to make your diamond look bigger than it is — without the cost associated with going up in carat size. Greg Kwiat, partner at Kwiat Diamonds and CEO of Fred Leighton, and Michelle Adorjan, Style Director of Tacori Jewelry, share five tricks that can make a big difference.

The Cut Is Extremely Important
"Make sure that your diamond is very well cut," advises Kwiat. "A well-cut diamond with proper angles and facets will not only be beautiful and brilliant, but look larger. The carat weight will be in its proper place where it adds to the visual dimension of the stone." So how can you tell if a diamond is cut well? For round diamonds, Kwiat recommends only considering stones that have an "Excellent" cut grade as issued by the GIA. For all other shapes, there isn't a cut grade, so you should seek the guidance of a trained gemologist. But, ultimately, you should also trust yourself: A well-cut diamond is brilliant and full of sparkle — something you can certainly judge.

Consider the Shape of the Center Stone
"In terms of shape, round diamonds look larger for their carat weight than many other cuts," says Kwiat. "The circular cut is not as deep so much of the weight is reflected in its size appearance." Elongated stones, such as oval, emerald, and marquis shapes, also tend to look bigger for its carat weight.

See More: From Beyoncé to Angelina: A Countdown of the Priciest Celeb Engagement Bling

Use Slender Prongs
One clever way of maximizing the appearance of your center stone is to minimize the appearance of something else: "Look for a setting that has more discreet prongs," says Adorjan. "You'll see the more of the diamond's surface area, rather than having the stone be covered by the prongs."

Choose a Bright White Metal Band
"The pure white metal of a platinum setting will act as a mirror to reflect the diamond's colorless-ness for maximum brilliance and shine. This creates the optical illusion of a bigger stone," explains Adorjan. "It's the same reason that interior designers add a wall of mirrors into a small room — to make it look larger."

Consider the Overall Appearance
Certain settings, such as a halo style where there's a band of diamonds that encircle the center stone, tend to make for a larger-looking ring. Also consider cluster settings since the grouping of diamonds add to the appearance of its overall size.

At the end of the day, remember that size is just one factor — sparkle and style are just as (if not more) important.

Can I Tell My Bridesmaids What Kind of Bridal Shower I Want?

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May 302014

If you are recently engaged, you're likely in full-on wedding-planning mode, tackling all the endless "to do" items on your master checklist. But one party you can hand off to someone else? Your bridal shower. Perhaps your bridesmaids have offered to throw the party in your honor. Is it appropriate to let them know what theme or color scheme you'd like to have? Or would that be stepping on their toes? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your bridal-shower questions in our daily post.

Can I tell my bridesmaids what kind of bridal shower I want?

If your bridesmaids have offered to throw you a shower, then it's a good idea to discuss some basic party details with them. Keep in mind, though, that contrary to popular belief, the maid/matron of honor and the bridesmaids are not required to host a shower as part of their official responsibilities, though they certainly can if they want to, so be gracious and thankful for their generosity. Talk to your bridesmaids about which dates might work best for you (the shower is ideally held two months to two weeks before the wedding), but avoid making specific demands, especially ones that might affect the budget. It's fine to mention that, say, you would prefer not to play any shower games, but refrain from requests that would be an extra expense. Don't try to take control of this celebration being thrown in your honor. Instead, just trust your bridesmaids—we're sure they are planning a party that totally suits your personality and sense of style.

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