Thursday, January 29, 2009

Get my #1 Amazon Bestselling Bridal Shower Book

This just in: My book The Ultimate Bridal Shower Idea Book is #1 on the list of bestselling bridal shower books! Get your copy today, and find out how to throw an amazing shower on a budget, with fun themes, games, menus, and favors your guests will love.

Warning! Postage Stamp Rates Going Up!

I just heard on the news that postage stamp rates are going to be increasing in May, so be VERY careful about buying the right Love or personally-designed stamps for your wedding invitations that will be valid at the time of your wedding. You don't want to buy 42-cent Love stamps now and then have to supplement with a random 2-cent stamp later nor have all of your invitations bounce back to you for insufficient postage. Then you'd have to order new envelopes, address them all, buy new stamps, etc. Huge nightmare!

Think about your wedding date and invitation mailing date (6-8 weeks before a hometown wedding, 12 weeks at least for a destination wedding) -- and the same for your Save the Dates if that's where you're at in your planning -- and make sure your purchase and sending timing is spot-on!

For more info, visit

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A top, trendy gift for junior bridesmaids

Junior bridesmaids LOVE getting Teen Vogue subscriptions as their 'thank you for being in the wedding' gift. It's the gift that keeps on giving, a regular reminder of what a cool aunt or sister you are...and the magazine often gives out free totes and other fun swag just for subscribing.

Looking at this mag: were WE this stylish and phenomenal when we were their ages? ;)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Have a Haunted Honeymoon

It doesn't have to be Halloween for all things ghostly to be a part of your big getaway. Some of the most notable and luxurious hotels in the world are home to ghosts who just don't want to leave -- and can you blame them? Joe and I stayed at The Logan Inn, one of the haunted hotels in this article, and we heard several ghostly sounds during our stay. I've stayed at the Roosevelt, pictured above, and it's wildly haunted...but in a good way.

If you'd like to stay at a haunted hotel, or close enough just to tour one, check out this great starter article. and know that just like your wedding, your honeymoon is going to be unlike anyone else's in your circle of friends!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Are you missing out on free help from me?

Thousands of brides are getting free, insider information from me, and personalized solutions to their wedding problems at my iVillage Weddings Ask The Wedding Expert: Budgets and More message board. Come join in the conversation, and get your wedding-planning and budget questions answered by me.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

This is a CAKE!

How amazing is this? The wonderful, talented folks at Hansen's Cakes worked some magic with this one, and their Golden Globes Cake is a stunner as well. Visit their blog for more inspiring, amazing images and hopefully you'll be among the lucky brides who get a Hansen Cake for your wedding!

Monday, January 19, 2009

I just don't get flowers in a flash-freeze

I have to admit....I just don't get the allure of freeze-dried flower petals and freeze-dried flowers in bouquets, centerpieces and as decor. With so many inexpensive fresh flowers out there, ones that won't bust your budget, why would you choose drier-looking flash-frozen flowers and petals for your big day?

I've seen a lot of freeze-dried options out there, and I miss the silkiness of a fresh flower petal, the scent, the softness...if you have a preference for freeze-dried blooms, please do e-mail me and share your perspective because I'd really love a fresh look at this bountiful product in wedding floral world.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Check out 'Style Me Pretty' -- a Don't Miss wedding blog

It's just too gorgeous for words, and Abby is a style inspiration genius. RSS this one and don't miss it for one single day!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Check out the new invitation Pochettes by Mountaincow!

I think these are absolutely adorable! Pretty, fold-outs perfect for invitations, Save the Dates, thank you notes for your bridal party, even love letters between the bride and groom (hide one in a suitcase, place one on the pillowcase, and so on for the kind of sweet romance that keeps you close during wedding planning.

Check them out here:

And look at these colors!




pink lemonade


deep red

mandarin orange

dark yellow









deep pink



bright orange





dusty blue



dark chocolate



candy apple

deep orange



bright green



powder blue


Monday, January 12, 2009

Should you worry when a wedding expert doesn't have a 'package?'

No, don't worry. It's the new trend for more and more wedding experts, such as florists, photographers, caterers and wedding cordinators, to customize the details and plans they'll put together for your wedding. In past years, you'd see the Budget Package with just the basics, the Gold Package with lots of perks in addition to the basics, and then the Platinum Package that would blow your mind and budget. Now, wedding pros know that you want to create your own package of their goods and services, according to your own budget. And your wedding won't be similar to any other friends or relatives who had their weddings at the same place. So don't be afraid of the no-package pro. Just interview them with the same careful questioning you use for all of your experts and see what you might be able to create with them.

Friday, January 09, 2009

My new book on Amazon's Hot New Wedding Books list!

Seems like every bride wants to find out how to avoid some of the biggest mistakes possible! has included my newest book The Bride's Survival Guide in their list of the best new wedding books!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

See my Recession-Proof Your Wedding tips every day at Bridal Guide!

I'm SO excited to start my Recession-Proof Your Wedding tip-a-day program with Bridal Guide, in which you'll get an insider secret money-saver every day. Just go to Bridal Guide for more information. Here's the article to get you started!