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Still searching for the perfect gift for your bridesmaids?  Dazzle them with a membership to Shoedazzle

Finding the perfect shoe at the perfect price can be hard for brides who have so many other things on their mind.  As for the bridesmaid, finding the perfect shoe to match your bridesmaid dress can be a nightmare, so let ShoeDazzle come to the rescue! The shoes are comfortable and affordable, as well as super chic and stylish. Everyone can find the perfect pair for the big day on ShoeDazzle.com and then share the secret with their best girlfriends (and wedding guests!). ShoeDazzle gift cards, available in denominations ranging from 1 month to 1 year, are also the perfect gift for all of your bridesmaids – After all, there is no better gift than the gift of style!

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About ShoeDazzle:
ShoeDazzle.com is an innovative online styling service delivering personalized monthly shoe, handbag and jewelry recommendations to members from its team of top celebrity stylists. Each recommendation speaks to au courant fashion trends and is selected based on each member’s own distinctive sense of style. The company was founded by Robert Shapiro and Brian Lee and launched in March 2009 with Co-Founder Kim Kardashian, who serves as the site’s Chief Fashion Stylist. ShoeDazzle allows members to experience the personalized service of shopping on Rodeo Drive at an affordable cost. ShoeDazzle’s no-obligation monthly membership cost of $39.95 includes the stylists’ selection service, a pair of shoes, a handbag or a jewelry set, as well as shipping both ways.

Getting Your Bridesmaids Acquainted

 

 

Part of the fun in choosing your bridal party (and sometimes much to your chagrin of having to decide who makes the cut) is mixing some of the most important people in your life.  You have people who love you and have been with you at various stages in your life.  Even though their common thread is you, you just know they would love each other once they get together.  Here are some innovative ways to do something special for your friends to create a welcoming, fun atmosphere:

 

 

Spa Picture with candles Spa Parties:  Spa parties allow everyone to take a break from their busy lives,  relax and make new friends.  You can book something at a local salon or spa or have a licensed masseuse come in to your own location.  Plan to have your infused waters, teas, robes, and candles to create an atmosphere of relaxation, peace and fun.  Add some light foods and music and you have a special time on your hands!

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Swap Party:  These can be exciting and a great way to get rid of clothes that fill your closet that you have never worn (or will never wear again!).  Your friends can bring everything from clothes to shoes to jewelry to swap with other participants at your party.  Paired with great hors d’oeuvres and wine, you’ve got some of the best staples in life:  good friends, good food and clothes!

 

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Spirits Tasting Party:  Nothing is more fun than getting your girlfriends together for great food and drinks.  At your spirits tasting party, you can pick out some of your favorite ideas for your signature drink at your wedding reception and get feed back from your girls.  Have them bring some of their favorite recipes or check for some of our favorite cocktail recipes, because you know we’d never steer you wrong. 

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These are just a few ideas to get you started on bringing some of your favorite people together.  Do you have something special planned?  Tell us about it!

Overheard At Your Wedding “I Hate the Head Table”

 

 

It doesn’t matter how gorgeous your head table or wedding is, as seen above, you risk isolating many of your guests and close friends by obligating them to a head table.  I am so happy when I see couples opt out of the antiquated tradition, and look to sweetheart tables instead.  At a recent wedding,  I was pulled aside by a guest who asked to speak with me about the seating arrangements.  The first words out of her mouth were, “I hate the head table”.  As we talked more, I learned that she was the fiancée of one of the groomsmen, and she was seated at a table far from him with a group of gentleman that she didn’t know. “It was so uncomfortable”, she said.  “They all knew each other, but I knew no one there”.  Her fiancé later joined the conversation and agreed that he, too, felt bad that she was alone and he couldn’t be with her.  I was given specific instructions to tell all my brides to “ditch the head table”. 

No one likes to fee that way—isolated, uncomfortable and far from those that you have a connection with or know.  This is what you risk doing with a head table, as well as a “bridesmaids’/groomsmen’s” table.  Your bridal party will have been together all day with getting dressed, as well as extended pictures before and after the ceremony.  Is there really need to have them away from their significant others an additional hour during dinner?

Of course, ultimately my suggestion would be to avoid the head table altogether and have a gorgeous sweetheart table that you can embellish and adorn for you and your new Mr.  Just like your bridal party needs this time to “come down” and reunite with their wives, husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends and children—you will need this time, too.  The rest of your evening, albeit fun, will be filled with structure and activities.  Having a semi-intimate dinner with your new spouse will allow you a private moment to take it all in and slow down to get a bite to eat.

If you are absolutely dead-set on having a head table, then you need to include the significant others of the bridal party at the table. This, in turn will make your head table larger and possibly distort your optimal design for your reception.  You could opt for separate bridesmaids?? and groomsmen’s tables, but again—be sure to include their significant others. 

 

Remember, your wedding is a celebration of your day, but should not be a sore note for your guests and bridal party.

 

Photo :: Michael Steighner

Amsale Wants to Hear Your Disaster Story!

 

The “Do Your Friends a Favor” campaign asks women to share their dress disaster stories; whether it was a horrible bridesmaid’s dress or just a major fashion faux pas, Amsale wants to know all about it!  It’s easy to enter; your readers can simply follow a few easy steps.  Here are the details:

  • Entrants upload photos of their dress disasters
  • Entrants then select an Amsale dress they would’ve rather worn
  • Entrants can even use the "Anonymator" tool to make their worst dress moments anonymous
  • Entrants then share their entries with each other via social media to get votes and reviews
  • Entrants can also make their entries go viral by sharing across the Internet with friends and peers via their social networks

Rewards:

  • Grand Prize: One winner, selected by Amsale from the top 250 highest scoring entries, will win a trip for 2 to New York City for two nights including roundtrip airfare and hotel. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with Amsale and enjoy a $2,500 shopping spree at the Amsale Flagship Salon.
  • Runner-Up: One winner, selected by Amsale from the top 250 highest scoring entries, will receive a $1,500 shopping spree to the Amsale Flagship Salon in NYC.
  • Most Viral: One winner, selected by Amsale from the top 250 Most Viral entries, will receive a $1,500 shopping spree to the Amsale Flagship Salon in NYC.
  • Sign-Up Sweepstakes: Six winners, who sign-up for the sweepstakes by filling out the form in the Campaign Highlights area of the Amsale “Do Your Friends A Favor” Campaign or who opt-in from the Submit Entry tab, will be randomly selected to win an Amsale dress, valued up to $400, plus a DVD copy of the movie "27 Dresses."  Find out how lead actor Katherine Heigl ends up in an Amsale gown after 27 ugly bridesmaid dresses!

Here’s an example of an entrant who’s fashion faux pas was wearing a gigantic girl scout cookie!: http://www.brickfish.com/Pages/PhotosAlbums/PhotoView.aspx?picid=832068_48507686&pid=1852896&scid=410&

You can see all the campaign details here:  http://amsale.com/doyourfriendsafavor/

(thank you to Ashley for sharing this with us!)

Bridesmaid’s Gift: Phat Straps

As a lover of my DSLR, I found the straps from Phat Straps’ store on Etsy via GeekSugar to be absoluxely adorable!  Fashion meets functions with these straps, which give you sense of security when shooting with your prized camera.  The wrist straps, which retail for only $17, keep your camera close to you in the very sad event that you drop it.  They also create quick release camera straps for only $27 (My favorite is the black damask, of course!).  With DSLRs becoming extremely popular, helping your best gal pals add their own stylish twist will be a much appreciated gift!