Friday, January 9, 2009

Bridal Headpieces in Plain English!

Headpieces are the ultimate bridal accessory, adding just the right sparkle to your look. They offer both and accent and overall dimension to the appearance of the gown. Many times it can also reinforce a theme. Headpieces are a strong component of the overall bridal look again this season. Veils, hats and hair accessories are graced with feathers, silk leaves and petals. Feathers are one of the hottest trends to emerge this season as an accent on dress hems, tops and headpieces.

HALF HAT - Small hat covering half of the head. Worn in any position. Often worn with a birdcage veil.

HALO - The bridal halo style by definition is a circular bridal headpiece. Some consist of fabric flowers, or rhinestones and pearls or a combination of all three. Bridal Halos are a good choice for a headpiece if you decide to wear your hair in a curly up do or have a short cut. These types of bridal headpieces can be worn alone or with a detachable veil.

HAIR PINS / STICKS - These are ornamental hairclips that both hold up the hair for updo's and act as an attractive accessory. They are a available in a huge variety of styles and colors.

JULIET CAP - A Juliet cap sits at the crown of your head, and can be adorned with pearls, beading, or any other materials that coordinate with your gown. You can wear a Juliet cap alone, or use it to attach a veil. The Juliet Cap style is not something we regularly see, but its undeniably pretty and unusual.

PICTURE HAT - The most classic hat for daytime formals. Wide-brimmed and typically constructed out of straw or horsehair, picture hats are sometimes swathed in netting and organza. Either way, they conjure up images of croquet parties at Jay Gatsby's and all those 1930s movies draped in garden party chic.

PILLBOX - Round and brimless, this hat's worn either centered or back on the head. Though the style was first launched in the 1930s, Jackie Kennedy revived the look. And guess what? Martha Stewart wore a pillbox when she got married in the early sixties. Generally this hat looks best with suits and fitted sheath designs, but it's super with most other silhouettes.

PROFILE - The profile is an ornamental comb (often featuring flowers, crystals or pearls) that is worn either on the top or side of the head, or underneath your hairstyle. Profiles can be worn with or without a veil and are a great way to accent a sophisticated updo.

SNOOD - A snood is a net that encases a bun at the back of your head and can be made from a variety of fabrics and embellishments. You can attach a veil to the bottom of this headpiece.

WREATH - A circle of flowers that sits above the crown of the head or lower, encircling the forehead.

TIARA - Perhaps the most popular headpiece is the tiara. A tiara is an ornamental crown of pearls, crystals or rhinestones worn at the top of the head. Tiara's can be worn alone or with a veil.

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Beaches Resorts Free Wedding

I found this deal while I was surfing around checking out contests for Brides. Thought it was worth a mention here since the destination is totally romantic and beautiful.

Stay in a Premium category or higher for 6 nights or longer and your wedding is free!!!
We'll even waive the goverment/administrative fees (savings of up to $700)
Plus, when you stay at Beaches in May, September or October, you get the free wedding regardless of which room category you select.
The Free Wedding Includes*
Personal wedding consultant

Picturesque wedding location

Preparation of documentation

Certified copy of marriage license

One 5"x7" wedding photograph

"Just Married" T-shirts

Caribbean Wedding Cake

Marriage officiant

Champagne & hors d'oeuvres reception

Honeymoon dinner for bride & groom

Continental breakfast in bed

Bouquet and Boutonniere

Goverment / Administrative fees

For your convenience they also have the local marriage requirements listed on their site - Click here.

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Contest Alert - Honeymoon

This is the same sponsor as the Sandals promotion but different locations. Win a 7 day/6 night all-inclusive honeymoon at a Beaches Resort of your choice.

Jamaica, the fairest isle of the Caribbean, is a nature lover's dream, a cultural haven, a sunseeker's paradise, and an artist's delight. In Jamaica, it's impossible not to feel "irie," which means feeling all right, all the time.

Halfway between Miami and Puerto Rico, lie an uncrowded, unspoiled group, of British Islands known as Turks & Caicos. Providenciales, home to Beaches, is the shining jewel in this exotic chain of isles.

Enter now!

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Contest Alert - Honeymoon

Win a 7 day/6 night all-inclusive honeymoon at a Sandals Resort of your choice (subject to availability).

This one is my personal favorite - almost makes me want to enter and get married again if I win! All inclusive so this package is awesome!

On four idyllic tropical isles, you'll find twelve extraordinary Sandals resorts. All have been created for two people in love and devoted entirely to making every moment perfect. Best of all everything is included, so your only concern is with each other.




St. Lucia

Enter contest
Learn more about the locations!

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Contest Alerts - Brides Questionnaire

In the 75th Anniversary Edition of Brides magazine is a questionnaire, complete these questions to win a a prize package including a 5 night stay at a Disney Resort hotel with an approx. value of $7,500. (Total package listed below) No purchase necessary - enter by February 10,2009.

I read this magazine front to back every month and have answered the questions for you. Answers are in bold.

1. Which designer lets brides emphasize their unique sense of style?

2. What beauty brand offers complimentary Signature Services?
Estee Lauder

3. The Allure bride is holding what wedding day accessory?

4. What website offers inspired ideas for a custom wedding?
Jean M

5. Complete the phrase: Banded together for ________.

6. What is the Bari Jay bridesmaid wearing in her hair?

7. Michael stores offer brides what percentage off of their total wedding purchase? 25%

8. Which product helps brides melt away stress before their big day?
Johnson's Body Care

9. Describe the color worn by the Alyce Designs bridesmaids?
The bridesmaids are in Blue Ice gowns and the maid is wearing what appears to be Alyce's Coral Blue color.

10. What company started crafting invitations and accessories in 1910?

11. Disney can turn your special day into what?
A fairytale

12. Name the three featured invitation collections for destination weddings. Tropical, Coastal, Vegas

13. What is Sam's wish for her perfect start?
There is no Sam - only Kate and Tim

14. Name one of the all-inclusive Palace Resorts destinations.

15. Which fashion brand encourages brides to experience a virtual dress rehearsal with Dress Your Wedding™?
David's Bridal

16. When are Kim and Steven getting married?

17. What destination offers a honeymoon away from everything...except each other? Tahiti

18. Which fine china brand transforms a bride into the queen of entertaining?

19. Name your favorite 'Invitations by Dawn' theme?
Cala Lillies

20. Which brand gives you diamond strength nails for your wedding day?
Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Polish

21.You can't buy love, but what company offers great bridal bargains?
Ann's Bridal Bargains

22. What color is the bride's vanity table?

23. Naturally ever after™ designs are made from what?
30% post consumer fibers.

24. Which designer features a Gold Key to unlock your passion?

25. Name your favorite style of the "Five Classifications of Bridal."
Three Stone

26. Which product will give you the brightest smile for your big day?
Nite White

27. What website is known as 'Your Wedding Invitation Resource'?

The prize is a Brides 75th Anniversary Prize Package including: (a) a six (6) day/five (5) night trip for two (2) to the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida that includes accommodations (one(1) standard room (double occupancy)) for five (5) nights at a hotel at the Walt Disney World® Resort selected by Disney Destinations, LLC ("Disney"), two (2) 6 day Magic Your Way Tickets with Park Hopper® Option and one (1) $500.00 Disney Gift Card, (b) one (1) $1,500 American Express gift card, (c) one (1) $1,500 gift card to Saks Fifth Avenue; and (d) up to $1,700 that winner may use towards airfare and ground transportation to and from the Walt Disney World® Resort. The total approximate retail value of the prize is $7,500, depending on exact itinerary

Click here or on the title to enter.
Official Album: The Happiest Celebration on Ea...Image via Wikipedia

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Contest Alert

Win the Hallmark Perfect Start Sweepstakes and you could win $4,000 and a year of free greeting cards!

Click here to enter!

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Contest Alert

EternityImage by rickz via FlickrEternity by Calvin Klein was inpsired by the ideal of lasting love and intimacy. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Eternity, win an eternity band as unique as your "eternal love" story.

Submit your eternal love story. Tell them why your love will last a lifetime and win your choice of eternity band. Send to by February 10, 2009

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Contest Alert

Win a Diamond Necklace!
Jewelry box need an upgrade? The Royal Asscher Diamond Company is giving away 75 of these pavé pendants, designed in honor of our diamond anniversary.

In celebration of its 75th anniversary is giving away 75 diamond pendants!

Enter now

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Contest Alert

Hello and Happy New Year to everyone. I hope your holidays went well. Mine were a little crazy, not sure what I was thinking opening a gift shop 2 weeks before Christmas, so I am way behind on my blog. Hopefully things will get back to normal now.

I have found quite a few contests going on for 2009 brides - good luck to you all and any winners please let us know! Once I get the contests posted we'll move onto some cool stuff for 2009!

The Lenox Opal Innocence Sweepstakes is your chance to win eight 5-piece place settings of Opal Innocence Stripe, Opal Innocence Scroll or Opal Innocence Classic dinnerware.

Enter here by February 16, 2009

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