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Three Ways to Cut Cake Costs

saint simons wedding cakeThe wedding cake you’ve fantasized about can also be the one your wallet says “yes” to. Here are some great ideas for a more affordable – but still gorgeous – wedding cake.

  • Get a smaller cake. Show off the beautiful wedding cake for everyone to see, then have a sheet cake of the same flavor cut in the back.
  • Make mini cakes. Instead of one large cake, split up the cost and ask your baker to make every guest a cupcake of your favorite flavor instead. Top each with something pretty, and build a ‘wedding cake’ tower of your fabulous cupcakes.
  • Offer a dessert bar. Another great way to offer dessert while having a smaller cake: set up a dessert bar with mini pastries and coffee to offset a piece of wedding cake.

Brown is the new black

If you have been loving the pink and chocolate, turquoise and chocolate or robin’s egg blue and chocolate, you already know about this trend. It’s been around for a “minute”, but it’s still making statements in weddings around the world. I love it so much I have it in my house! 

When I was looking for inspiration for the wonderful colors, I looked to Chiasso.  Chiasso has some of the BEST modern decor I have seen in a long time.  If you need color ideas or even some unique pieces for your centerpieces, you will really like Chiasso.

 The “chocolate” craze has been all the rage, especially in cakes:

 st simons and jekyll island wedding cakes    



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We SO heart you, Uniquity!

Do It Yourself Wedding Invitations DIYUniquity Invitations offers the most innovative, DIY wedding invitation templates we have ever seen!  Ella, featured left, is just a few of their gorgeous ensembles.  They range from romantic to hip and edgy to traditional.  You purchase the template and customize. You can then print them on your own, or for a more crisp and professional feel, send them to your local Kinkos or Staples (your local Mom and Pop printer might even have lower rates).  You can purchase just the invitation template, or the set (which includes the rsvp card, place card, favor tag, table number, menu and program templates!).

Give them a test run– Tammy is offering a free STD template; you’ll love it!

Uniquity has offered all our listeners a special offer:  You can get the  thank you card template for free by entering the code Weddingstyle with your order. 

Save Money and Make Your Own Bouquet!

DIY Do It Yourself Wedding Flower Ideas“Can I really do it myself” you ask? Absolutely. Thousands of brides just like you have said “no thanks” to outrageous florist fees and walked down the aisle with a magnificent bouquet that only looks expensive.

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You may also want to visit our newest vendor, My Wedding Roses.  You can buy your roses wholesale!  Oscar and Veronica do their very best to provide you with great ideas and educate you on your flowers (we just love that!).  From Timeless to Jades to Blue Curiosas, your choices are endless.  My Wedding Roses even offers a Bride’s Choice Program– Receive a test box first; Then, they will send 150, 300 or 450 of your selected roses directly from the farms in Ecuador! You can get a 15% discount by mentioning our show or newsletter, WEDDINGSTYLE, with your order. 

Come and Visit Georgia’s Jewel: Jekyll Island!

I just love where I live 🙂 We finally took a break from moving, cleaning and unpacking  and took the babies to the beach. We had an awesome time!  Jekyll Island’s beach is a great beach to go to– a little less congested than St. Simons, yet still has great views.  I did have a good time.  My hair on the other hand, did not.   I walked out of my house Hollywood glam, came back looking like Tina Turner’s lost love child.  The humidity is something down here!  So now I am on the hunt for Tigi’s S-factor products which is supposed to help with humidity. So a note to the fellow wedding divas, if you are coming this way….bring the spackle for your hair.

On the plus side, if you have not visited the island are considering it for your wedding destination, I hope you come and visit.  Jekyll Island is exclusive and intimate.  You will feel like the world revolves around you.  The Jekyll Island Club is always doing fantastic chef demonstrations, dinner and dancing soirees and more. If you have ever considered having your wedding at the Club, you shoud really come down for a visit.  The hotel is located in the Historical District of the island and offers you many options such as the Faith Chapel and Crane Cottage. 

Presently, the Jekyll Club is offering a special, which is a wonderful opportunity for you to come and visit and test the waters.  You can enjoy the exclusive club during its Fall special for only $139 per night, per person!  Simply enter the code FALL when securing your reservations. 

Be Careful of What You Share Online!

Talk about Bridal stress!  How about having your wedding vendors cancelled five days before your wedding…and you didn’t cancel them!?  A few women, affectionately known as “knotties” on the message board of The Knot, cancelled the contracts of another member’s wedding.  Read the story  or Watch the video

The O is one of the vendors where your wedding information is kept securely and must go through a system of channels in order to cancel with us and your vendors. This is done for your protection. 

Please be careful with the information you share online!  You never know another person’s motives. 

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Want your guests to be able to create memorable photobooks of your wedding?  Would you like to give a memory book as a gift to your bridesmaids or parents?

You can now receive a free 20 page 7×5 photobook from Photoworks when you use the code C440-38-5161-81 which expires on July 31, 2006.  This code will allow you to save $12.96 off of any purchase. 

If the Shoe Fits…





From fashionable New York to historical Philadelphia to glamorous Washington, DC., this week’s article was fun, exciting and insightful to research.

Shoes are the fashion acecssory which draws attention whether they are paired with formal attire or are making a statement with your favorite pair of jeans.

From flats to arch defying stilettos, the encasement of a woman’s foot is a window into her lifestyle.

So, as I journeyed between New York and Washington DC, shopping and, occasionally resting my feet 🙂, I discovered one thing – some women will wear shoes with total disregard to the fitting, height, support and (gasp) comfort!

The unspoken motto: “I’ll sacrifice comfort for fashion!”.

I’ll be the first to confess that I too am guilty of the same behavior,
so that brings us to the article for the week:  
If the Shoe Fits… 

On your wedding day, you are going to do a lot of walking, dancing, posing and standing in your bridal shoes. 

From heights of 1” to 5.5″ stilettos, your shoes must be selected for endurance AND comfort.

You want the shoe you fall in love with now to still be your favorite shoe at the end of your wedding night. 

I spoke with several shoe designers and read many publications and the advice was unanimous…every shoe selection should follow the (4) Comfort Tips rules:

–have your feet measured so that you are sure to order the right size
(It is normal for one foot to be slightly larger or wider than the other)
–always measure at the end of the day since feet will swell throughout the day

–a couple of weeks before the wedding, start wearing your shoes around the house.
–this will allow your shoes to stretch and conform to your foot’s natural form.

Use Foot Pads: 
–a well-placed footpad can help prevent slipping of the heels, shifting, rubbing and chafing.
–ask your salesperson for the appropriate pads when you purchase the shoes

Consider Quality
–the construction, material quality and design of the shoe may raise the shoe budget but it will also increase the chances of a more comfortable shoe.

According to current trend analysis, there is one other way to give your feet a break on your wedding day…

Pack a pair of ballerina slippers!  🙂



These Helena champagne flutes ring like wedding bells: perfect for newlyweds who’d love their own special glasses for toasting and for reliving memories of their special day. Designed by Gunnar Cyrén, one of Sweden’s greatest crystal artists, Helena flutes are handblown and feature a graceful pattern of optic grooves. Through July 31st, weâ??™re offering the Helena two-pack for only $50. That’s HALF OFF the regular price.

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