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Screen Shot 2014-01-07 at 2.20.54 PMHey Ya’ll,

***This giveaway has ended. Congrats to Alyson, on her win!***

Happy 2014! Let’s get the New Year started right with a wonderful giveaway courtesy of Pear Tree Greetings!

Screen Shot 2014-01-07 at 3.28.01 PMSince 2008, Pear Tree Greetings has helped people celebrate life’s sharable moments with a collection of uniquely personal, high-quality greetings and stationery. Their website is easy to navigate and offers plenty of ways to customize their modern selection of photo cards, invitations, announcements, stationery, address labels, gift tags, save-the-date cards and dozens of other paper products.

Screen Shot 2014-01-07 at 3.33.52 PMWhether you’re planning a wedding, having a baby, or looking to connect with friends and family in a unique way, Pear Tree Greetings has something to help you do just that!

Screen Shot 2014-01-07 at 3.43.35 PMTo enter to win a $50 credit to PearTreeGreetings.com, leave a comment here to let me know what you would like to use the credit towards by browsing their selection now. Good luck!
-Brian

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***Giveaway ends at Midnight on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Winner will be randomly selected and announced at 9 a.m. PST on Friday, January, 17, 2014 at the top of this post. Winner will also receive a personal message through the account they use to comment, asking them to respond in order to claim their $50 credit.***

March Wedding Series: Grooms’ Cakes Galore!

Hey ya’ll,

As promised, today I’m posting all about the delicious and oftentimes outlandish southern tradition of groom’s cake! For those of you unfamiliar with this tradition, the groom’s cake is a gift from the bride to the groom. The groom’s cake is usually served at a separate table from the wedding cake at the reception, although, many people serve this cake at their rehearsal dinner.

Even if you weren’t aware of the tradition until now, you are still probably familiar with the most famous groom’s cake of all-time… the bleeding armadillo cake from the 1989 classic “Steel Magnolias”:

Due to the movie’s popularity, replicas of this cake began popping up at weddings left and right…

… And this adorable yet disgusting cake will undoubtedly continue to be spotted at weddings for years to come. But if a bleeding critter cake isn’t your thing, here are a few other fun ideas for your groom’s cake:

If you decide to do a groom’s cake at your wedding, I hope that you have fun with it! I always like to think of the groom’s cake as an inside joke between the bride and the groom. And while it doesn’t have to be funny, the cake should say something about the groom’s personality and hopefully make him smile on his wedding day!
-Brian

Spring 2012 Trends for the Wedding Party

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Hey Ya’ll,

For today’s installment of my March Wedding Series, I’m sharing my favorite trends popping up on stylish groomsmen and bridesmaids for spring 2012.

For the groomsmen, this season it’s all about skipping the black and white tuxedos and coordinating fun colors and patterns from head-to-toe instead! Personally, I feel that if the wedding is not an evening or black tie event and the guests are wearing suits for the most part, then so should the groomsmen! Not to mention, it’s a lot less wasteful to spend a little money on a suit that they can wear again, as opposed to a rented tux they’ll only get to wear once.

As men, we are limited in ways to accessorize, so go one step further in your color coordinating by mixing patterns into your look!

I’m also happy to announce that bow ties have been making a resurgence and with that comes another area to accessorize in fun colors and patterns that fit the wedding’s theme! However, the big spring trend is fun socks and shoes that allow each guy to show off their personality and style…

Ladies, don’t let the guys have all the fun! Creative bridesmaids dresses are also starting to become more popular. Bold pops of color are great for spring and summer weddings, as is selecting a shade of pink or blue for the bridesmaids to create an ombre effect is still a popular idea that is going strong.

Don’t forget, Bridesmaids come in all shapes and sizes, so I always suggest choosing a dress that comes in a few different styles so that they can each choose what they feel most beautiful in. The bride isn’t the only one who wants to feel beautiful, so do your bridesmaids! They’re standing next to the bride for the majority of the day, so they should also have the chance to look and feel stunning… especially if they are buying a dress that they will hopefully want to wear again.

Lastly, Kate and Pippa let the world know that it is now acceptable for bridesmaids to wear ivory or white… just like the bride! I think this is a very cool trend…
Remember, when deciding what your groom and wedding party will be wearing, be sure to use your wedding dress as the inspiration. Then, tie everything together using subtle accessories (for yourself, the groom and the wedding party), your table settings, wedding favors, and of course, flowers! All of these style choices combined will help to create an extraordinary experience.
-Brian