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  • By Jackie Potts for Project Wedding


     


    The Celebrity Weddings forecast:

    The Oscars are over, the Super Bowl is done, and your pocketbook is still feeling a little light.  Why  not start a celebrity wedding pool? Plenty of celebs are set to dum-dum-de-dum.  We've even done the legwork and handicapped the players for you:


    The first ones in the honeymoon suite will likely be ...


    "The Bachelor"'s Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney! After that awkward moment when Jason chose her rival Melissa on national TV, Jason about-faced and popped the question to Molly in October at the site of one of their romantic show dates - Queenstown, New Zealand.  Next month, ABC will air their whole official wedding shebang at 8 p.m. on March 8, including footage of her bridal gown fitting, their bachelor and bachelorette parties, and the actual ceremony.


    Next in line is Jenna Fischer from "The Office"! The show's adorable receptionist is engaged to writer Lee Kirk in real life, and has been busily planning a summer wedding at a secret location somewhere in L.A. We're thrilled, but wonder:  How can she possibly top her primetime TV nuptials - when the Dunder Mifflin gang came boogeying down the aisle like the wedding party in the YouTube sensation "JK Wedding Entrance"?


    Right behind Jenna is her TV hubby, John Krasinski , who off-camera proposed to British babe Emily Blunt, from "The Devil Wears Prada," in 2008. The two have been mum on wedding plans so far but maybe seeing pal Pam get hitched will put a little fire in his giddyup!


    Speaking of international couples, wacky Brit comic Russell Brand and pop princess Katy Perry are also newly engaged.  The duo were all over each other at the Grammys, where Brand couldn't resist telling E!'s Ryan Seacrest how he almost botched proposing to the "I Kissed a Girl" singer while they vacationed over the Christmas holiday in India.  "We were on an elephant, it was at midnight -- and it is not a good idea to be on the back of an elephant during a fireworks display!" he warned.


    Talk about fireworks! Original "Beverly Hills, 90210" hunk Ian Ziering is in love again and says he's planning a spring wedding to fiancé Erin Kristine Ludwig -- a nurse! Maybe the second time's the charm for Ian. He divorced his first wife, a Playboy Playmate, in 2002.


    Also head over heels is "Crazy Love" crooner Michael Buble, who couldn't stop gushing to Oprah Winfrey about fiance Luisana Loreley Lopilato de la Torre, even if her name is longer than his tour bus! Buble popped the question to the Argentinian actress in late 2009 after they were introduced at a party in 2008.


    One of the White House's most famous first daughters, little Chelsea Clinton, is also expected to wed longtime boyfriend, Marc Mezvinsky, this summer. Mama Hillary told reporters in February she's looking forward to being the "MOTB," or Mother of the Bride, and has been dress-shopping with Chelsea.


    Over at the Kardashian crib, now that reality star Khloe's hitched, which of her sisters will be the next to walk down the aisle? Kim told a radio deejay that she and longtime beau Reggie Bush wouldn't wed until he won the big game, which the Saints did on Feb. 7. While Kourtney recently called her baby daddy Scott Disick one of the "loves of her life." 


    Fellow E! personality, Tara Reid, formerly as in "Taradise: Wild On!," is also freshly engaged to Internet entrepreneur Mike Axtmann, who popped the question in January. Here's hoping there are no wardrobe malfunctions and Tara's wedding dress stays up!


    But, of course, the big question is: Will this be the year that Brangelina make it official? Although the tabloids make it sound as if they're on the rocks, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie never do anything predictably. So why not hold a top-secret wedding? Ditto for longtime partners Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart, who have been together for years, but  just became engaged last Valentine's Day.


    Meanwhile, country fans are counting the minutes until Carrie Underwood weds Ottawa Senators hockey player Mike Fisher. He proposed to the "Cowboy Casanova" singer in December with a giant yellow diamond ring designed for her by jeweler Johnathon Arndt, and estimated at a  whopping $150,000 plus!

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  • By Tracy DiNunzio of Recycled Bride


    These wedding ideas aren’t just eco-friendly, they’re also inspired by every shade of the color green. From bright limes to cozy forest hues, this is your ultimate guide to a great green wedding.


     


    A Green Wedding Landscape

    Earth-loving brides know that nature is the world’s best (and most affordable!) decorator. You can skip the fussy flower arrangements and costly canopies if you choose a ceremony location that’s surrounded by lush greenery. Nothing beats the natural beauty of an incredible landscape.



                                                    Images courtesy of Succulent Love/Yes, Please Blog

     


    Favors for a Green Wedding

    Make green wedding favors eco-adorable by giving your guests a small potted plant or seeded paper box. The favors will double as wedding decorations when they’re sitting on reception tables, and then live on in the homes of friends and family as mementos of your special day.







    Green Wedding Decor

    It’s kinder to the Earth to replace floral centerpieces and decorations with organic and plant-based decor. These centerpieces are made from succulent plants and cacti, but you can also use fruits and veggies (think mini lime trees!), fresh fragrant herbs, soy candles, and vintage carafes filled with organic wine.



    To really stick with your green wedding theme, incorporate elements from nature everywhere – even your dessert table! Take your inspiration from this beautiful table by Amy Atlas: Hang recycled paper bags from a potted tree, then let guests pick and bag their own sweets. After the wedding, you get to plant the tree in your yard and watch it grow as your marriage blooms with it.



                                                                                    Images courtesy of AmyAtlas.com



    Eco-Friendly Food

    When you’re going green, it’s important to make sure that your food is sourced locally and grown ethically. (It’s not just good for the environment – it’s actually healthier and tastes better that way too!) Luckily, it’s easier than ever to find bakers who use local and organic ingredients. For extra eco-points, make your cake vegan. Your guests won’t taste the difference, and you’ll reduce your carbon footprint by cutting out animal products.



     


    Conflict-Free Jewels

    Who says that diamonds are a girl’s best friend? A green wedding calls for a green jewel! Gemstone rings are a fashionable engagement and wedding band alternative that ensure you won’t be contributing to the mining of conflict diamonds. Pick an antique ring like this peridot, gold and diamond beauty, and you’ll be doing your part to recycle while rocking some serious vintage style.



                                                                                 Image courtesy of LangAntiques.com


    Green Wedding Style

    Bridesmaids dresses made of sustainable materials like organic cotton or hemp silk are great. But since “re-use” is a big part of being eco-conscious, any bridesmaids dress that will be worn again is a good choice. These pretty green frocks from J.Crew are so versatile that they’re sure to be worn again by your maids. Customize simple dresses like these with a sewn-in crinoline for an extra shot of style.



    One of 2010's hottest wedding trends is brightly colored shoes. When you choose a shoe in a hue you love, you’ll be more likely to wear them again, which helps to reduce your wedding waste. These satin pumps from Christian Louboutin are leather-free, which also makes  them a humane choice for animal lovers.



    Nature’s bounty is everywhere, and a smart green bride can find affordable beauty in things that are eco-friendly, local, and natural. What are some of your favorite green wedding ideas? Share them with us in the comments below!





    Green Wedding expert: Tracy DiNunzio of Recycled Bride

    Before becoming a wedding recycling superhero, Tracy worked as an artist and writer, and spent many years traveling the world in search of adventure and great chocolate ice cream. When Tracy met Robert, she finally decided to settle down, and so they celebrated with an extravagant wedding that left them up to their ears in once-worn dresses and ties, spare decorations, and heart-stopping credit card bills. Tracy knew that there had to be a better way for women to plan beautiful weddings without the waste—and so Recycled Bride was born. Her blog naturally followed, giving Tracy and the Recycled Bride community a place to sound off and share ideas for creating a smarter, greener lifestyle, on their wedding day and every day.

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  • New York wedding dress directory

    Congratulations on your engagement! One of the next things you'll want to do is find the perfect wedding dress. After all, this is your most special day and the time to shine! If you are looking for a designer New York wedding dress, see our directory below. 

     


    Vera Wang  verawang.com


    At Vera Wang, they understand your wedding gown represents more than just a dress. It is also the embodiment of a dream. Wang offers dresses (from $3,000) for every kind of bride, ranging from simple A-lines to showstoppers with ruffled, sweeping skirts.


    Made-to-order gowns are available. By appointment only.


    Nicole Miller  nicolemiller.com


    Nicole Miller's signature is feminine, sexy and refined. Her understated, laid-back wedding dresses appeal to the free-spirited bride ($595 to $3,000). The Nicole Miller bridal salon prides itself on a speedy turnaround. Minor alterations can be made, however, they recommend you consult with a professional tailor. 


    Oscar de la Renta  oscardelarenta.com


    Oscar de la Renta is one of the leading design houses in the world. Take a look at his amazing spring 2010 bridal collection (from $3,300). These glamorous gowns are available at Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier. Alterations vary by location.


    Chanel chanel.com


    Looking for a New York wedding dress in a hurry? Chanel's perfectly cut designs are a great option. The time and attention to detail it takes to create these dream dresses is remarkable. Take the 2010 collection- one dress and jacket features over 13,000 satin flowers! Check out Karl Lagerfeld's latest designs for Chanel and you will see exactly why he is such a fashion legend. Alterations not included.


    Carolina Herrera  carolinaherrera.com


    Carolina Herrera's collection draws women looking for intricate, high fashion gowns. Herrera's Spring 2010 Bridal Collection takes a look back through history and pays homage to artists who have featured fashion prominently in their work. For example: Monet's water lilies are hand painted onto English tulle and the knife strokes evident in the creation of Van Gogh's sunflowers are re-created in taffeta ruffles. Perfection!


    Designer Loft  designerloftnyc.com


    This is the place to go for New York wedding dresses by high-end indie bridal designers like Adele Wechsler and Jenny Packham. They have a great selection of styles and sizes for all body types. Silk gowns start at $1,500; custom gowns at $3,000. By appointment only.  

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  • Nashville Wedding Cakes

    Are you having dreams of rolled fondant and buttercream icing that melts in your mouth? This probably means that it’s time to scan options in custom Nashville wedding cakes for the right combination that creates sweet memories for you and your guests. It's suggested to attend a few cake tasting events to get a feel for the flavors and fillings. You never know, you may surprise yourself with an out-of-the-ordinary selection.


     


    Where to find custom Nashville wedding cakes:

     


    Nashville Wedding Cakes: The Bake Shoppe


    A popular choice in Nashville wedding cakes is the Designer Series of The Bake Shoppe, which allows couples to browse pre-designed cake styles that are customized with chosen color schemes and edible embellishments. Perhaps you'd like fondant pearls or sugary ribbons cascading down the cake. At no extra charge, you can mix and match cake flavors. Prices range between $390 and $690 per creation, which is determined by the size and shape of a cake. Custom wedding cakes start at $700 per cake.


     


    Nashville Wedding Cakes: Dessert Designs

    Sometimes, you need a specialty wedding cake to satisfy your personal needs, such as flourless gluten-free and dairy-free creations. Dessert Designs typically uses meringue icings with real butter folded in. Chocolate lovers usually request the ganache icing – a blend of pure chocolate and cream. Cake flavors include Grand Marnier, Almond Amaretto, Kahlua Chocolate, and Red Velvet. You also have the option to include flavorful fillings, such as caramel, raspberry, mocha, and lemon. Wedding cake prices start at $375, which includes consultation time and delivery.


     


    Nashville Wedding Cakes: Becker's Bakery

    When you're in the business as long as Becker's Bakery has been, you learn a thing or two about putting together a fine wedding cake. The wedding cakes from Becker's Bakery are custom designed and include the freshest ingredients with a variety of flavors and fillings to explore. With four generations of Beckers churning out unforgettable Nashville wedding cakes, the bakery is known as the oldest family-owned business in the city.


     


    Nashville Wedding Cakes: Tips and Ideas

    When ordering a custom wedding cake, you might want to go beyond the creative possibilities of the typical confection. Some couples have chosen cupcake towers decorated with fresh flowers to form the shape of a wedding cake. That means less mess and also makes a fine conversation piece. Other couples have paired the traditional wedding cake with added desserts, such as chocolate dipped strawberries – sometimes decorated to represent the tuxedoed groom and bride in her dress.


     


    Links:


    Dessert Designs
    http://www.dessertdesignsbyleland.com


    Becker's Bakery
    http://www.beckersbakery.com/


    The Bake Shoppe
    http://www.thebakeshoppe.com

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  • New York wedding florists:

     


    Attention all brides... are you looking for top-rated New York wedding florists? Look no further! Check out our list that has everyone buzzing.

     




    Jeanne Costello Designs; 917-685-0547; jeannecostello.com



    A favorite among industry insiders at Vogue and Town & Country, this New York wedding florist makes the most gorgeous bouquets of lush freesia. Costello's creations- which usually feature berries, figs, and other non-floral elements- are perfect for any wedding.



     



    Antony Todd 212-367-7363; antonytodd.com


    With an impressive roster of clients that include The White House, Martha Stewart and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, it's easy to see why Anthony Todd is one of the most sought after New York wedding florists. This Aussie's breathtaking floral creations do not merely decorate ~ they transform.

     


    Bowman Dahl 212-647-7432; bowmandahl.com


    Brian Bowman and Dan Dahl are a creative force to be reckoned with. This dynamic duo loves to create classic arrangements with an eye-catching twist. Clients include the New York Botanical Garden and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Bowman and Dahl draw inspiration from the bride and groom's story- so each floral design is unique to the happy couple.


     


    Douglas Koch 212-255-9079; douglaskoch.com


    For nearly two decades, Douglas Koch, Inc. has been one of the go-to floral design companies in New York. Koch's arrangements have been showcased at the Macy's Bridal Show, the Bloomingdale's Bridal Show and Le Cirque. These elegant floral motifs are guaranteed to make a lasting impression on you and your guests.


     


    Elan Flowers; 212-240-9094 elanflowers.com


    Elan Flowers has been in business for over 20 years and pride themselves on being intimate, personable and receptive. Elan's arrangements have appeared at the St. Regis Hotel, the Metropolitan Club, and the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Known for their superb blending of color, contrast, and texture, these bouquets combine indigenous species with delicate exotics.


     


    VSF (Very Special Flowers) 212-206-7236; vsfnyc.com


    Looking for a very special New York wedding florist? With 25 years of business under its belt, this charming shop is known for their colorful, voluptuous arrangements. Fun fact: Sarah Jessica Parker hired VSF to create bridesmaid bouquets for the Sex and the City movie.

     


    Elizabeth Ryan 212-995-1111; erflowers.com


    Elizabeth Ryan's popular, poetic creations incorporate uncommon touches like feathers, vegetables framed in wooden boxes, Japanese teacups, and cone-shaped pots. This New York wedding florist has worked her way up from sweeping floors in a flower shop to designing centerpieces for everyone from Paris Hilton to the Dalai Lama.

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  • Nashville Wedding Catering

    When making decisions about Nashville wedding catering, keep in mind that you're selecting a company or individual to set the mood for one of the most important components of a reception. Caterers are responsible for preparing, cooking, decorating and serving the food during your special day and you'll want to make sure the fish is fresh and the vegetables crisp.


     


    Nashville Wedding Catering: A Catered Affair

    Not only does A Catered Affair offer a variety of menus for wedding catering, but also operates as a bakery and rental space contained under the same roof. For a bride that doesn’t like to look too far for her options, A Catered Affair can help with reception space, catering, and the cake.
    Before a dinner buffet, staff will pass out appetizers for an hour, including Assorted Cheese Truffles and Fried Green Tomatoes. Buffet selections include Blackberry Pork Tenderloin and Grilled Mahi Mahi. You could even skip dinner and opt for a fondue chocolate and cheese reception that typically costs $25 to $35 per person within their all-inclusive package.  


     



    Nashville Wedding Catering: A Dream Come True Catering

    Serving the likes of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Fox Sports, and even MTV, A Dream Come True Catering has an exquisite reputation that stretches across Nashville and other parts of Tennessee. Some of the dinner options for a wedding reception include Rosemary Garlic Filet Mignon, Grilled Tenderloin, and Wild Mushroom Ravioli. If you like the idea of stations for your reception, consider the Raging Cajun with Okra Gumbo and your choice of Etouffe or Jambalaya, and Red Beans and Rice. To top off the evening, treat guests to Dessert Shots or a Fondue Mountain of white or milk chocolate.


     


    Nashville Wedding Catering: The Vanishing Gourmet

    When looking for Nashville wedding catering that offers full services for groups ranging from 4 to 500 guests, look no further than the Vanishing Gourmet. Using the freshest ingredients, meals are prepared from scratch. Popular items include Spring Mix Salad with Mandarin Oranges, Creamy Butternut Squash Soup, Honey Wings, Seafood Lasagna, and Zucchini in Parmesan Butter. For the couple looking for a themed buffet, the Vanishing Gourmet makes it easy to celebrate in Italian, Mexican, Irish, New England, New Orleans, and traditional Southern style.


     


    Nashville Wedding Catering: Chef Penelope's Catering

    For a deluxe wedding buffet that is out of this world, Chef Penelope's Catering offers mini quiches as hors d'oeuvres (including Lorraine and Florentine). The carving station at your buffet may include Tuscan Pork Loin, Black Pepper Crusted Roast Beef, or Pork Loin with Caribbean Spices. Scalloped potatoes and green beans round out the meal. This Nashville wedding catering company pays special attention to the smaller, yet important details, such as the complimentary take away basket for the bride and groom – always included in the menu price.


    Links:


    A Catered Affair
    http://www.acateredaffair.net/


    A Dream Come True Catering
    http://adctcatering.com/


    The Vanishing Gourmet
    http://www.vanishinggourmet.citymax.com/index.html


    Chef Penelope's Catering                                                                                                http://home.comcast.net/~chefpenelope/


     

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  • Wedding cake toppers:

    Once upon a time, wedding cake toppers meant generic, assembly-line plastic figures of a formally clad bride and groom - whoever you were, whatever you wore to your wedding, your wedding cake toppers were pretty much the same as everyone else's. Nowadays, though, there's a seemingly infinite variety of wedding cake toppers - couples can even order customized wedding cake toppers designed to look just like them!


     


    Wedding cake topppers: limitless options! 

    Bride and groom wedding cake toppers are available in a number of materials - ceramic or porcelain, clay, glass, acrylic, marzipan and sugar are among the most common - and of course there's still the plastic variety. Those could actually be fun for a retro-themed wedding and can now be found with couples of different ethnic heritages, inter-racial couples and even same-sex couples. If the parents of either the bride or groom still have theirs, these old-fashioned wedding cake toppers would have special personal meaning to the new couple and could represent a new family tradition.


    Instead of bride and groom figures, some couples choose wedding cake toppers with their initials or new monogram or even a photograph. Wedding bells and hearts are also popular wedding cake toppers. Couples having a theme wedding might select wedding cake toppers that reflect the theme or the reception's color scheme, such as fresh flowers that match the bride's bouquet. Red roses and hearts are often used as wedding cake toppers at Valentine's Day weddings.


    Hand blown glass wedding cake toppers are lovely and elegant and are available in many different shapes and designs. Couples can use their imaginations and create seasonal or fairy tale motifs on top of the cake - if there's enough room! Other choices for unique wedding cake toppers include silk flowers, spun sugar designs, a small music box, a family heirloom or a fun reminder of the couple's favorite cartoon characters, hobbies or interests.


    Shopping online is a terrific way to get a sense of all the different wedding cake toppers out there, for couples who already have an idea of what they want or as inspiration for new ideas. Some couples select wedding cake toppers that are symbolic of their cultural heritage, such as a meaningful Chinese character or a Star of David. And in some cases, especially when the cake itself has a particularly elaborate design, there might not be any wedding cake topper at all.


    Wedding cake toppers can be stylish or playful, and there are also many funny wedding cake toppers - for example, the bride and/or groom talking on a cell phone, the groom sitting on a couch drinking a can of beer, the bride having her nails done. Before getting a set of whimsical cake toppers, bear in mind that even though it seems amusing at the moment, the wedding cake toppers are going to be immortalized in photos (lots of photos!) and videos of the event, along with the memories of all the guests. So couples should make sure that their wedding cake toppers present an image that they'll want remembered for years to come.

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  • By Jackie Potts for Project Wedding


     


    The Celebrity Weddings forecast:

    The Oscars are over, the Super Bowl is done, and your pocketbook is still feeling a little light.  Why  not start a celebrity wedding pool? Plenty of celebs are set to dum-dum-de-dum.  We've even done the legwork and handicapped the players for you:


    The first ones in the honeymoon suite will likely be ...


    "The Bachelor"'s Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney! After that awkward moment when Jason chose her rival Melissa on national TV, Jason about-faced and popped the question to Molly in October at the site of one of their romantic show dates - Queenstown, New Zealand.  Next month, ABC will air their whole official wedding shebang at 8 p.m. on March 8, including footage of her bridal gown fitting, their bachelor and bachelorette parties, and the actual ceremony.


    Next in line is Jenna Fischer from "The Office"! The show's adorable receptionist is engaged to writer Lee Kirk in real life, and has been busily planning a summer wedding at a secret location somewhere in L.A. We're thrilled, but wonder:  How can she possibly top her primetime TV nuptials - when the Dunder Mifflin gang came boogeying down the aisle like the wedding party in the YouTube sensation "JK Wedding Entrance"?


    Right behind Jenna is her TV hubby, John Krasinski , who off-camera proposed to British babe Emily Blunt, from "The Devil Wears Prada," in 2008. The two have been mum on wedding plans so far but maybe seeing pal Pam get hitched will put a little fire in his giddyup!


    Speaking of international couples, wacky Brit comic Russell Brand and pop princess Katy Perry are also newly engaged.  The duo were all over each other at the Grammys, where Brand couldn't resist telling E!'s Ryan Seacrest how he almost botched proposing to the "I Kissed a Girl" singer while they vacationed over the Christmas holiday in India.  "We were on an elephant, it was at midnight -- and it is not a good idea to be on the back of an elephant during a fireworks display!" he warned.


    Talk about fireworks! Original "Beverly Hills, 90210" hunk Ian Ziering is in love again and says he's planning a spring wedding to fiancé Erin Kristine Ludwig -- a nurse! Maybe the second time's the charm for Ian. He divorced his first wife, a Playboy Playmate, in 2002.


    Also head over heels is "Crazy Love" crooner Michael Buble, who couldn't stop gushing to Oprah Winfrey about fiance Luisana Loreley Lopilato de la Torre, even if her name is longer than his tour bus! Buble popped the question to the Argentinian actress in late 2009 after they were introduced at a party in 2008.


    One of the White House's most famous first daughters, little Chelsea Clinton, is also expected to wed longtime boyfriend, Marc Mezvinsky, this summer. Mama Hillary told reporters in February she's looking forward to being the "MOTB," or Mother of the Bride, and has been dress-shopping with Chelsea.


    Over at the Kardashian crib, now that reality star Khloe's hitched, which of her sisters will be the next to walk down the aisle? Kim told a radio deejay that she and longtime beau Reggie Bush wouldn't wed until he won the big game, which the Saints did on Feb. 7. While Kourtney recently called her baby daddy Scott Disick one of the "loves of her life." 


    Fellow E! personality, Tara Reid, formerly as in "Taradise: Wild On!," is also freshly engaged to Internet entrepreneur Mike Axtmann, who popped the question in January. Here's hoping there are no wardrobe malfunctions and Tara's wedding dress stays up!


    But, of course, the big question is: Will this be the year that Brangelina make it official? Although the tabloids make it sound as if they're on the rocks, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie never do anything predictably. So why not hold a top-secret wedding? Ditto for longtime partners Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart, who have been together for years, but  just became engaged last Valentine's Day.


    Meanwhile, country fans are counting the minutes until Carrie Underwood weds Ottawa Senators hockey player Mike Fisher. He proposed to the "Cowboy Casanova" singer in December with a giant yellow diamond ring designed for her by jeweler Johnathon Arndt, and estimated at a  whopping $150,000 plus!

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  • By Tracy DiNunzio of Recycled Bride


    These wedding ideas aren’t just eco-friendly, they’re also inspired by every shade of the color green. From bright limes to cozy forest hues, this is your ultimate guide to a great green wedding.


     


    A Green Wedding Landscape

    Earth-loving brides know that nature is the world’s best (and most affordable!) decorator. You can skip the fussy flower arrangements and costly canopies if you choose a ceremony location that’s surrounded by lush greenery. Nothing beats the natural beauty of an incredible landscape.



                                                    Images courtesy of Succulent Love/Yes, Please Blog

     


    Favors for a Green Wedding

    Make green wedding favors eco-adorable by giving your guests a small potted plant or seeded paper box. The favors will double as wedding decorations when they’re sitting on reception tables, and then live on in the homes of friends and family as mementos of your special day.







    Green Wedding Decor

    It’s kinder to the Earth to replace floral centerpieces and decorations with organic and plant-based decor. These centerpieces are made from succulent plants and cacti, but you can also use fruits and veggies (think mini lime trees!), fresh fragrant herbs, soy candles, and vintage carafes filled with organic wine.



    To really stick with your green wedding theme, incorporate elements from nature everywhere – even your dessert table! Take your inspiration from this beautiful table by Amy Atlas: Hang recycled paper bags from a potted tree, then let guests pick and bag their own sweets. After the wedding, you get to plant the tree in your yard and watch it grow as your marriage blooms with it.



                                                                                    Images courtesy of AmyAtlas.com



    Eco-Friendly Food

    When you’re going green, it’s important to make sure that your food is sourced locally and grown ethically. (It’s not just good for the environment – it’s actually healthier and tastes better that way too!) Luckily, it’s easier than ever to find bakers who use local and organic ingredients. For extra eco-points, make your cake vegan. Your guests won’t taste the difference, and you’ll reduce your carbon footprint by cutting out animal products.



     


    Conflict-Free Jewels

    Who says that diamonds are a girl’s best friend? A green wedding calls for a green jewel! Gemstone rings are a fashionable engagement and wedding band alternative that ensure you won’t be contributing to the mining of conflict diamonds. Pick an antique ring like this peridot, gold and diamond beauty, and you’ll be doing your part to recycle while rocking some serious vintage style.



                                                                                 Image courtesy of LangAntiques.com


    Green Wedding Style

    Bridesmaids dresses made of sustainable materials like organic cotton or hemp silk are great. But since “re-use” is a big part of being eco-conscious, any bridesmaids dress that will be worn again is a good choice. These pretty green frocks from J.Crew are so versatile that they’re sure to be worn again by your maids. Customize simple dresses like these with a sewn-in crinoline for an extra shot of style.



    One of 2010's hottest wedding trends is brightly colored shoes. When you choose a shoe in a hue you love, you’ll be more likely to wear them again, which helps to reduce your wedding waste. These satin pumps from Christian Louboutin are leather-free, which also makes  them a humane choice for animal lovers.



    Nature’s bounty is everywhere, and a smart green bride can find affordable beauty in things that are eco-friendly, local, and natural. What are some of your favorite green wedding ideas? Share them with us in the comments below!





    Green Wedding expert: Tracy DiNunzio of Recycled Bride

    Before becoming a wedding recycling superhero, Tracy worked as an artist and writer, and spent many years traveling the world in search of adventure and great chocolate ice cream. When Tracy met Robert, she finally decided to settle down, and so they celebrated with an extravagant wedding that left them up to their ears in once-worn dresses and ties, spare decorations, and heart-stopping credit card bills. Tracy knew that there had to be a better way for women to plan beautiful weddings without the waste—and so Recycled Bride was born. Her blog naturally followed, giving Tracy and the Recycled Bride community a place to sound off and share ideas for creating a smarter, greener lifestyle, on their wedding day and every day.

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  • New York wedding dress directory

    Congratulations on your engagement! One of the next things you'll want to do is find the perfect wedding dress. After all, this is your most special day and the time to shine! If you are looking for a designer New York wedding dress, see our directory below. 

     


    Vera Wang  verawang.com


    At Vera Wang, they understand your wedding gown represents more than just a dress. It is also the embodiment of a dream. Wang offers dresses (from $3,000) for every kind of bride, ranging from simple A-lines to showstoppers with ruffled, sweeping skirts.


    Made-to-order gowns are available. By appointment only.


    Nicole Miller  nicolemiller.com


    Nicole Miller's signature is feminine, sexy and refined. Her understated, laid-back wedding dresses appeal to the free-spirited bride ($595 to $3,000). The Nicole Miller bridal salon prides itself on a speedy turnaround. Minor alterations can be made, however, they recommend you consult with a professional tailor. 


    Oscar de la Renta  oscardelarenta.com


    Oscar de la Renta is one of the leading design houses in the world. Take a look at his amazing spring 2010 bridal collection (from $3,300). These glamorous gowns are available at Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier. Alterations vary by location.


    Chanel chanel.com


    Looking for a New York wedding dress in a hurry? Chanel's perfectly cut designs are a great option. The time and attention to detail it takes to create these dream dresses is remarkable. Take the 2010 collection- one dress and jacket features over 13,000 satin flowers! Check out Karl Lagerfeld's latest designs for Chanel and you will see exactly why he is such a fashion legend. Alterations not included.


    Carolina Herrera  carolinaherrera.com


    Carolina Herrera's collection draws women looking for intricate, high fashion gowns. Herrera's Spring 2010 Bridal Collection takes a look back through history and pays homage to artists who have featured fashion prominently in their work. For example: Monet's water lilies are hand painted onto English tulle and the knife strokes evident in the creation of Van Gogh's sunflowers are re-created in taffeta ruffles. Perfection!


    Designer Loft  designerloftnyc.com


    This is the place to go for New York wedding dresses by high-end indie bridal designers like Adele Wechsler and Jenny Packham. They have a great selection of styles and sizes for all body types. Silk gowns start at $1,500; custom gowns at $3,000. By appointment only.  

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  • Nashville Wedding Cakes

    Are you having dreams of rolled fondant and buttercream icing that melts in your mouth? This probably means that it’s time to scan options in custom Nashville wedding cakes for the right combination that creates sweet memories for you and your guests. It's suggested to attend a few cake tasting events to get a feel for the flavors and fillings. You never know, you may surprise yourself with an out-of-the-ordinary selection.


     


    Where to find custom Nashville wedding cakes:

     


    Nashville Wedding Cakes: The Bake Shoppe


    A popular choice in Nashville wedding cakes is the Designer Series of The Bake Shoppe, which allows couples to browse pre-designed cake styles that are customized with chosen color schemes and edible embellishments. Perhaps you'd like fondant pearls or sugary ribbons cascading down the cake. At no extra charge, you can mix and match cake flavors. Prices range between $390 and $690 per creation, which is determined by the size and shape of a cake. Custom wedding cakes start at $700 per cake.


     


    Nashville Wedding Cakes: Dessert Designs

    Sometimes, you need a specialty wedding cake to satisfy your personal needs, such as flourless gluten-free and dairy-free creations. Dessert Designs typically uses meringue icings with real butter folded in. Chocolate lovers usually request the ganache icing – a blend of pure chocolate and cream. Cake flavors include Grand Marnier, Almond Amaretto, Kahlua Chocolate, and Red Velvet. You also have the option to include flavorful fillings, such as caramel, raspberry, mocha, and lemon. Wedding cake prices start at $375, which includes consultation time and delivery.


     


    Nashville Wedding Cakes: Becker's Bakery

    When you're in the business as long as Becker's Bakery has been, you learn a thing or two about putting together a fine wedding cake. The wedding cakes from Becker's Bakery are custom designed and include the freshest ingredients with a variety of flavors and fillings to explore. With four generations of Beckers churning out unforgettable Nashville wedding cakes, the bakery is known as the oldest family-owned business in the city.


     


    Nashville Wedding Cakes: Tips and Ideas

    When ordering a custom wedding cake, you might want to go beyond the creative possibilities of the typical confection. Some couples have chosen cupcake towers decorated with fresh flowers to form the shape of a wedding cake. That means less mess and also makes a fine conversation piece. Other couples have paired the traditional wedding cake with added desserts, such as chocolate dipped strawberries – sometimes decorated to represent the tuxedoed groom and bride in her dress.


     


    Links:


    Dessert Designs
    http://www.dessertdesignsbyleland.com


    Becker's Bakery
    http://www.beckersbakery.com/


    The Bake Shoppe
    http://www.thebakeshoppe.com

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  • New York wedding florists:

     


    Attention all brides... are you looking for top-rated New York wedding florists? Look no further! Check out our list that has everyone buzzing.

     




    Jeanne Costello Designs; 917-685-0547; jeannecostello.com



    A favorite among industry insiders at Vogue and Town & Country, this New York wedding florist makes the most gorgeous bouquets of lush freesia. Costello's creations- which usually feature berries, figs, and other non-floral elements- are perfect for any wedding.



     



    Antony Todd 212-367-7363; antonytodd.com


    With an impressive roster of clients that include The White House, Martha Stewart and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, it's easy to see why Anthony Todd is one of the most sought after New York wedding florists. This Aussie's breathtaking floral creations do not merely decorate ~ they transform.

     


    Bowman Dahl 212-647-7432; bowmandahl.com


    Brian Bowman and Dan Dahl are a creative force to be reckoned with. This dynamic duo loves to create classic arrangements with an eye-catching twist. Clients include the New York Botanical Garden and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Bowman and Dahl draw inspiration from the bride and groom's story- so each floral design is unique to the happy couple.


     


    Douglas Koch 212-255-9079; douglaskoch.com


    For nearly two decades, Douglas Koch, Inc. has been one of the go-to floral design companies in New York. Koch's arrangements have been showcased at the Macy's Bridal Show, the Bloomingdale's Bridal Show and Le Cirque. These elegant floral motifs are guaranteed to make a lasting impression on you and your guests.


     


    Elan Flowers; 212-240-9094 elanflowers.com


    Elan Flowers has been in business for over 20 years and pride themselves on being intimate, personable and receptive. Elan's arrangements have appeared at the St. Regis Hotel, the Metropolitan Club, and the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Known for their superb blending of color, contrast, and texture, these bouquets combine indigenous species with delicate exotics.


     


    VSF (Very Special Flowers) 212-206-7236; vsfnyc.com


    Looking for a very special New York wedding florist? With 25 years of business under its belt, this charming shop is known for their colorful, voluptuous arrangements. Fun fact: Sarah Jessica Parker hired VSF to create bridesmaid bouquets for the Sex and the City movie.

     


    Elizabeth Ryan 212-995-1111; erflowers.com


    Elizabeth Ryan's popular, poetic creations incorporate uncommon touches like feathers, vegetables framed in wooden boxes, Japanese teacups, and cone-shaped pots. This New York wedding florist has worked her way up from sweeping floors in a flower shop to designing centerpieces for everyone from Paris Hilton to the Dalai Lama.

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  • Nashville Wedding Catering

    When making decisions about Nashville wedding catering, keep in mind that you're selecting a company or individual to set the mood for one of the most important components of a reception. Caterers are responsible for preparing, cooking, decorating and serving the food during your special day and you'll want to make sure the fish is fresh and the vegetables crisp.


     


    Nashville Wedding Catering: A Catered Affair

    Not only does A Catered Affair offer a variety of menus for wedding catering, but also operates as a bakery and rental space contained under the same roof. For a bride that doesn’t like to look too far for her options, A Catered Affair can help with reception space, catering, and the cake.
    Before a dinner buffet, staff will pass out appetizers for an hour, including Assorted Cheese Truffles and Fried Green Tomatoes. Buffet selections include Blackberry Pork Tenderloin and Grilled Mahi Mahi. You could even skip dinner and opt for a fondue chocolate and cheese reception that typically costs $25 to $35 per person within their all-inclusive package.  


     



    Nashville Wedding Catering: A Dream Come True Catering

    Serving the likes of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Fox Sports, and even MTV, A Dream Come True Catering has an exquisite reputation that stretches across Nashville and other parts of Tennessee. Some of the dinner options for a wedding reception include Rosemary Garlic Filet Mignon, Grilled Tenderloin, and Wild Mushroom Ravioli. If you like the idea of stations for your reception, consider the Raging Cajun with Okra Gumbo and your choice of Etouffe or Jambalaya, and Red Beans and Rice. To top off the evening, treat guests to Dessert Shots or a Fondue Mountain of white or milk chocolate.


     


    Nashville Wedding Catering: The Vanishing Gourmet

    When looking for Nashville wedding catering that offers full services for groups ranging from 4 to 500 guests, look no further than the Vanishing Gourmet. Using the freshest ingredients, meals are prepared from scratch. Popular items include Spring Mix Salad with Mandarin Oranges, Creamy Butternut Squash Soup, Honey Wings, Seafood Lasagna, and Zucchini in Parmesan Butter. For the couple looking for a themed buffet, the Vanishing Gourmet makes it easy to celebrate in Italian, Mexican, Irish, New England, New Orleans, and traditional Southern style.


     


    Nashville Wedding Catering: Chef Penelope's Catering

    For a deluxe wedding buffet that is out of this world, Chef Penelope's Catering offers mini quiches as hors d'oeuvres (including Lorraine and Florentine). The carving station at your buffet may include Tuscan Pork Loin, Black Pepper Crusted Roast Beef, or Pork Loin with Caribbean Spices. Scalloped potatoes and green beans round out the meal. This Nashville wedding catering company pays special attention to the smaller, yet important details, such as the complimentary take away basket for the bride and groom – always included in the menu price.


    Links:


    A Catered Affair
    http://www.acateredaffair.net/


    A Dream Come True Catering
    http://adctcatering.com/


    The Vanishing Gourmet
    http://www.vanishinggourmet.citymax.com/index.html


    Chef Penelope's Catering                                                                                                http://home.comcast.net/~chefpenelope/


     

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  • Wedding cake toppers:

    Once upon a time, wedding cake toppers meant generic, assembly-line plastic figures of a formally clad bride and groom - whoever you were, whatever you wore to your wedding, your wedding cake toppers were pretty much the same as everyone else's. Nowadays, though, there's a seemingly infinite variety of wedding cake toppers - couples can even order customized wedding cake toppers designed to look just like them!


     


    Wedding cake topppers: limitless options! 

    Bride and groom wedding cake toppers are available in a number of materials - ceramic or porcelain, clay, glass, acrylic, marzipan and sugar are among the most common - and of course there's still the plastic variety. Those could actually be fun for a retro-themed wedding and can now be found with couples of different ethnic heritages, inter-racial couples and even same-sex couples. If the parents of either the bride or groom still have theirs, these old-fashioned wedding cake toppers would have special personal meaning to the new couple and could represent a new family tradition.


    Instead of bride and groom figures, some couples choose wedding cake toppers with their initials or new monogram or even a photograph. Wedding bells and hearts are also popular wedding cake toppers. Couples having a theme wedding might select wedding cake toppers that reflect the theme or the reception's color scheme, such as fresh flowers that match the bride's bouquet. Red roses and hearts are often used as wedding cake toppers at Valentine's Day weddings.


    Hand blown glass wedding cake toppers are lovely and elegant and are available in many different shapes and designs. Couples can use their imaginations and create seasonal or fairy tale motifs on top of the cake - if there's enough room! Other choices for unique wedding cake toppers include silk flowers, spun sugar designs, a small music box, a family heirloom or a fun reminder of the couple's favorite cartoon characters, hobbies or interests.


    Shopping online is a terrific way to get a sense of all the different wedding cake toppers out there, for couples who already have an idea of what they want or as inspiration for new ideas. Some couples select wedding cake toppers that are symbolic of their cultural heritage, such as a meaningful Chinese character or a Star of David. And in some cases, especially when the cake itself has a particularly elaborate design, there might not be any wedding cake topper at all.


    Wedding cake toppers can be stylish or playful, and there are also many funny wedding cake toppers - for example, the bride and/or groom talking on a cell phone, the groom sitting on a couch drinking a can of beer, the bride having her nails done. Before getting a set of whimsical cake toppers, bear in mind that even though it seems amusing at the moment, the wedding cake toppers are going to be immortalized in photos (lots of photos!) and videos of the event, along with the memories of all the guests. So couples should make sure that their wedding cake toppers present an image that they'll want remembered for years to come.

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