By Lexi Dwyer, BRIDES Magazine
It doesn't have to be April Fool's Day for wedding-day bloopers. BRIDES magazine collected some of its readers' funniest moments.
"Our ring bearer, Andy, age three, was nervous about walking down the aisle. After a few steps, he turned around, ready to bolt. His mom, standing up front, pulled out a bag of Famous Amos chocolate-chip cookies and started shaking it. Andy heard the sound, saw the cookies, and sprinted down the aisle." -Samantha, 27, Indianapolis
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"No one was dancing, so some guests told my friend they'd each give her five dollars if she got up and did the salsa-alone. She made 30 bucks." -Alex, 31, Seattle
"We got married in the Florida Keys on the night of the annual Holiday Boat Parade. At one point, a boat with a group of sailors dressed as pirates cruised by. They yelled their congratulations, and then mooned us." -Torrey, 36, New York City
"My husband started his vows with 'I, Julie,
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Wondering if your honeymoon will rate high on the sexy scale? If you're thinking of staying at any of these hotels, it's easy to get your groove on with these steamy in-room amenities.
Kiki De Montparnasse's Intimacy Kit ($165) comes with silk ties and a (very) personal vibrator. Find it at the 60 Thompson hotel in New York City.
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Foreplay's even more fun with a fortune-telling "love decoder," part of Jimmyjane's Indulgences set ($25). Find it at Sky Hotel in Aspen, Colorado.
Booty Parlor's cheeky Intimacy LoveKit ($26.50) includes Don't Stop massage oil and Add Magic lubricant. Find it at The Nines in Portland, Oregon.
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Tiger-print jammies (a cami-and-shorts set) by KN Karen Neuburger ($30) are purr-fect for bed. Find them at 70 Park Avenue Hotel in New York City.
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By BRIDES magazineRead More »from 10 Steps to Getting the Perfect Wedding Cake
You don't have to match your wedding cake to your shoes (unless you want to), but you do want the perfect finish to your big night. BRIDES magazine outlines what you need to know about this most celebratory dessert.
1. Before hiring an outside baker, see what your caterer has to offer. If your cake is included in the package but you're not crazy about the colors or design, try working with the in-house baker on some tweaks to make it more to your liking.
2. Find the right pastry pro. If you want something more unique than your caterer has to offer, hire a special cake maker. (But remember: Your caterer may charge a cake-cutting fee of $1 to $8 per slice.) Get referrals from recent brides, then check out the bakers' websites. Rule out anyone whose design aesthetic veers too far from yours.
3. Meet with your top picks. View their portfolios and displays, and describe the cake you have in mind. Attend a tasting (some charge a fee for this but may deduct it if
- BRIDES | Love + Sex – Mon, Aug 2, 2010 3:55 PM EDT
By Sally Kilbridge, BRIDES Magazine
1. Classic Chelsea: Wearing a cloudlike ball gown, her blonde hair pulled into an updo, and a sheer cage veil covering her head to toe, the former first daughter illustrated what a princess bride looks like circa 2010. Chelsea's alabaster skin and wide smile outshone her simple drop earrings and pearl bracelet, as well as her clean, all-white bouquet (looks like there was some ranunculus mixed in with the roses). Nice going, Chels!2. Friends & Family: With more BFFs than BF names in the crowd, the day really was a family wedding-albeit a biggie. With the exception of Clinton-administration buds like Madeleine Albright and longtime Arkansas pal Mary Steenbergen, the celeb factor was zero. Were we disappointed not to see what Oprah would wear? Maybe. Were we happy to see two world leaders take a backseat to their child's big moment? You betcha!
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3. The Rite Stuff: You only have to glance at theRead More »from BRIDES Magazine's Recap: Why Chelsea Clinton's Wedding Will Stand the Test of Time
- BRIDES | Love + Sex – Wed, Jul 28, 2010 11:26 PM EDT
By Millie Martini Bratten, BRIDES magazineRead More »from BRIDES Magazine's Editor in Chief Shares Her Exclusive Chelsea Clinton Wedding Predictions
Following her recent appearances on Good Morning America, AOL, and Entertainment Tonight, BRIDES magazine editor in chief Millie Martini Bratten divulges her top wedding predictions for Chelsea Clinton's upcoming nuptials. (Does she know something you don't know? Hmmm...)
Chelsea's signature style-simple, subdued, and classic-will certainly be on display in the dress she chooses. Vera Wang, whose gowns have been worn by Holly Hunter, Karenna Gore, and Jennifer Lopez, will most likely be making a one-of-a-kind ball-gown fit for the palatial setting of Astor Courts in Rhinebeck, New York, and for political royalty. As a show of respect for future husband Marc Mezvinsky's Jewish heritage, the dress may also feature a high neck and sleeves to cover her arms during the religious ceremony. Like many brides today, she will probably change out of her formal ceremony dress at the reception into a less formal frock as the party goes on into the
- BRIDES | Love + Sex – Wed, Jul 28, 2010 5:43 PM EDT
At BRIDES, we've been seeing a lot of cash-strapped (or just musically picky) couples doing their reception music themselves. Going digital is tempting, but bear in mind that nothing sabotages a party faster than a music malfunction and an empty dance floor. Check out these possible iPod pitfalls and smart solutions.Read More »from Top Tips for Avoiding the Biggest DIY-Wedding-Music Mistakes
GLITCH: The gap of silence between songs is deafening in a crowded room.
HOW TO AVOID IT: Despite the common use of the term iPod wedding, it's actually easier to work with iTunes on a laptop than on an actual iPod--the screen is bigger, and you can avoid those uncomfortable silences and tweak equalizer settings to improve sound quality.
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GLITCH: Your laptop dies on the day of the wedding, and you can't get to your music.
HOW TO AVOID IT: Always have a backup plan. The easiest is to load your wedding playlists onto your iPod as well. Be sure you have the right cord to connect it to the venue's speakers--and be
- BRIDES | Love + Sex – Wed, Jul 28, 2010 1:44 AM EDT
With all the buzz over Chelsea Clinton's wedding this weekend, BRIDES Magazine asked our friends from Kakes by Karen, Cake Alchemy, and Just Cakes to dream up some exclusive cake designs that they think would be fitting for the former first daughter's reception.Read More »from BRIDES Magazine Predicts Chelsea Clinton's Wedding-Cake
Pink and yellow peonies intertwined in each of the three tiers strike a very romantic and whimsical note. Florida-based baker Kakes by Karen recommended a Meyer-lemon cake with lemon-curd filling, finished off on top with refreshing (and melt-proof) fondant--a perfect final course just in case it's a scorcher this Saturday.
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On the other end of the spectrum, cake number two, by Cake Alchemy in New York City (just a two-hour drive from Chelsea's wedding in Rhinebeck, New York), is simple and sophisticated. The baker wanted to pay homage to New York's state flower, the rose. The gorgeous, golden four-tiered cake has a personalized touch with Chelsea and
By Yolanda Crous, BRIDES magazineRead More »from 10 Ways to Save on Your Wedding Bar Bill
Whether you're having a wedding reception or birthday blowout, one of the biggest expenses is the alcohol. Here, BRIDES magazine offers up ideas on how to save money on the bar tab without sacrificing fun (or looking cheap):
1) Forgo the Full Bar
Providing only beer, wine, soda, and a signature drink can cut your bill in half.
2) Find a BYOB Venue
Choose a site that will let you bring your own liquor. Buy it by the case to save 10 to 15 percent off the cost of single bottles. Return unopened bottles, if that's allowed in your state.
3) Say Yes to a Different Bubbly
Instead of the real French stuff, serve sparkling wine like Prosecco (Italy) or Cava (Spain), which mimic champagne's bubbly personality but not its price tag.
Related: 10 Ways to Save up to $1000 on Your Wedding Reception
4) Avoid Designer Labels
Choose nonbrand liquors and house wines instead of premium brands. Most guests won't notice.
Until my wedding, I didn't think it possible to make a 170-person fete feel low-key and personal. But I have to say, Erica and I did a damn good job of it and pulled together an amazing night that was just our speed. No matter your style, there are things everyone can do to create an overall experience for themselves and their guests. Here are a few things we did:Read More »from Big-Day Advice from a Groom Who's Been There
1) Personalize the programs - Aside from the venue itself, programs are often the first thing your guests see upon arrival, so make them a reflection of the two of you. In our case, we asked some students from Erica's second-grade class to design them. They were cute, informal, and slightly uneven-kind of like us.
2) Set the tone for the party - We kept our first dance a secret, and then proceeded to bust out with a choreographed hip-hop routine to MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This." The crowd went crazy, and the dance floor was full until dinner.
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At most weddings, it's all about the bride. But when the MOB is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the eyes of the world will be on both former first daughter Chelsea and her famous mom. Here are our thoughts on how both Clinton gals can look their best at the summer nuptials.
-Beth Swanson and Marina Khidekel, BRIDES magazine
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