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Countdown to the Big Day

Wouldn’t it be great to know, to the second, how long it is until you say “I Do”? Never fear, iPhone brides. You can now have that knowledge with a simple, .99 cent app from the iTunes Store. brings you Wedding Day, an IPhone app that shows you exactly how much time you have left as a single woman.  

And, (this I love), it continues counting after you get married, so you can keep track of every second of your newly blessed union.

Wedding Day iPhone Application, available on iTunes

Meredith Posted by Meredith on Oct 15, 2008.
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Stupid Attendant Gifts

Ah, your bridesmaids…those girls who have been there for you for years, living through all your boy-drama and, lately, all your wedding-planning drama. They’re shelling out hundreds to be in your wedding and you’re supposed to give them a gift at the event to show your thanks. My problem is that so often those “attendant” gifts are just…lame.

Pink Leather Flask from HansonEllis.comI mean really, nothing says “thanks for being in my wedding” like…a pink leather-encased flask! What does that convey about what you think of your girls? Or, what about an engraved yo-yo? Now there’s a useful item! Yeah, I frequently find myself standing in line at Starbucks thinking “Gee, I wish I could yo right now, preferably with something monogrammed with Sheila and Charlie’s wedding date.” Sigh.

Engraved Yo-Yo from HansonEllis.comThe “attendant gift” is a great opportunity not only to say thanks, but also to show your girls or guys that you really know them and what they like. The gifts don’t all have to be the same, either; in fact, I think personalized is better. My sister gave each of her attendants a cookbook she thought they’d like. I use mine often, even 7 years later, and remember her wedding fondly every time I do.

articles_altI say we California girls start a rebellion and only give worthy and worthwhile attendant gifts. You can use your imagination and come up with something great. And, has some cute stuff. I like the pink jute bag, for instance. For the guys, they can get some inspiration from our “Gift Guide for The Groom’s Guys.”

Meredith Posted by Meredith on Aug 22, 2008.
Filed under FashionOff BeatStuff We LoveWedding Ideas

Questions to Ask at Your Wedding Location

Looking for your perfect wedding location is exciting. We get that. And now that you’ve narrowed down your choices to a select few, you so want to get down to the nuts and bolts of making your decision.

It’s at this point, however, that you need to remember something extremely important: picking your location is not just a fun part of the planning process, it’s also a business transaction.

The key to choosing your perfect place and negotiating a contract once you make your decision is knowing what to ask your contact at each location. We’ve put together that list of questions for you.

Here’s our advice: Negotiate what you want, make sure every single thing that is important to you gets written into your contract, and don’t sign until you’ve reviewed it thoroughly. Getting it all in writing will ensure that you can get hitched without a hitch.

Meredith Posted by Meredith on Jul 11, 2008.
Filed under Expert AdvicePlanningWedding How-to