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Chocolate Changes The World

In case you’re wondering how to express your love on Valentine’s Day: Love is chocolate. Just ask the Buddhist monks who make Intentional Chocolate™.

Infused with the intention of health and well-being by experienced meditators—some of whom trained with His Holiness the Dalai Lama—Intentional Chocolate nourishes both body and spirit.

Valentine Raspberry Hearts by Intentional ChocolateNeed Justification to Indulge?
Through rigorous scientific testing, researchers found that one ounce of Intentional Chocolate per day for three days increased subjects’ well-being, vigor and energy by an average of 67 percent and, in some cases, up to 1,000 percent. Besides being a great treat for your significant other, it’s also the perfect pick-me-up for couples exhausted from spending all their free time planning a wedding (including yourselves!), and it makes a thoughtful wedding favor.

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Allison Posted by Allison on Feb 11, 2009.
Filed under Stuff We LoveWedding Registries and Gifts

Way To Save: The Mid-Week Wedding

These challenging economic times have created a novel wedding trend: The mid-week wedding! While Wednesday-night knot-tying is never going to replace Saturday evening extravaganzas, we’re hearing about wedding couples that opt to celebrate on a non-traditional day of the week. And why not? Since it’s an off-time for wedding vendors, they’re more likely to discount their fees. Same goes for your wedding location—you’re sure to get more for less if you wed on an alternate day. Want to upgrade from community center to hotel ballroom? For sure.
Radisson Suites Hotel Rancho BernardoAnd a mid-week celebration isn’t really much of a stretch for your guests. Your single friends are used to partying after work, and even married couples typically have some extra-curricular activity after work. So instead of heading for the local bar for cocktails, they come to your wedding instead. Just think of it as your own personal “Happy Hour”… with presents!

For more about how the economy is affecting wedding budgets, check out this article from the Long Beach Business Journal. (And see if you can spot a familiar name!)

Jolene Posted by Jolene on Feb 05, 2009.
Filed under Budget Wedding IdeasExpert AdviceIn The NewsLocationsPlanningTrend Watch

Some Like it Short

Hanna Hartnell is a designing woman who has that special fashion savoir faire. She understands that elegance means quality fabric, fit and workmanship, and she’s adept at bringing out each woman’s “inner chic” by choosing (and custom-making!) just the right gown for her. So naturally when Hanna talks, we listen!

Her recent newsletter reveals the latest fashion trend for wedding-related get-togethers—the short dress:

Hanna HartnellLiving in California we expect fashion artistry for our posh parties, including rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, bridal showers and day-after wedding brunches. Short and sweet has captured an enchanted place in the wedding story.

Short Pink Wedding Dress by Hanna HartnellCharming georgette frocks began their life years ago in the 1920s, but I saved one or two from a Paris flea market and tweaked the designs into irresistible fashions for today. My new short and sweet chiffon dresses are a little innocent and a little naughty, but 100% feminine. Just the thing for the all-important rehearsal dinner (Hip restaurant+his parents meet your parents+an oh-so-stylish frock=Rehearsal Dinner Success!)

Another bonus: A short dress can have a life after the wedding, and it’s also a perfect second-wedding choice.

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Jolene Posted by Jolene on Feb 04, 2009.
Filed under FashionTrend WatchWedding Dresses