Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Don't take this the wrong way. . .

. . .but for the rest of the week, I've kinda got some better things to do. Eat. Do.
Bon Thanksgiving. . .back on Monday!

(Picture via food_in_mouth)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Day to night

I love this wedding profile from one of my favorite blogs, Snippet and Ink, and I couldn't get over one detail. . .
The dress. Beautiful right? I mean way to take tiers of tulle and just run with it. Silk tulle to be exact, by Monique Lhuillier, and the bride had the brilliant idea of making the bottom two tiers removable so she could dance the night a way in sexier short version.
Love it!

When white doesn't feel quite right

If you're like me, then maybe you got to a point in your wedding dress shopping where each gown was just another white dress. Scores of dresses with color names like ivory, snow, eggshell, chalk, pearl, cloud, champagne, cream. It made me dizzy. Eventually the dizziness subsided and I found the right one for me. But if your head is still spinning, maybe you need to walk away from all the white? Perhaps your colors are the more blush and bashful type. You'll find pink-hued gowns hidden in the collections of some major bridal fashion designers like Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier. Here are some pretty pinks to ponder. .
Sarah Jessica Parker - I call this shade petal
(image from Popsugar)

Rihanna, parfait
(image from
Winona Ryder, tulip
(Image from Coutorture)
Kerry Washington, ballet slipper
(Image from InStyle magazine)
Jennifer Lopez, punch
(Image from InStyle magazine)

Ain't that the truth

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Merci, beau-coup!

It's the weirdest thing. I am a warm-weather person through and through. As August draws to a close I start to physically dread Autumn and Winter. My wardrobe is in denial for a while - seriously, I don't wear socks for the longest time. And then. . .something just clicks. The leaves change and fall, there's a chill in the air and the upcoming holidays just woo me. Right now I am pretty much smitten with the seasons and I'm loving all the adorable winter wedding details that are out there. Like these adorable Mini-Holiday Brownie Pops from beau-coup!
Adorable right? I love using beau-coup for favors and wedding gifts, they have great products and are just lovely to work with. Which is why I am thrilled to announce that beau-coup is giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky bon mariage reader!
So what do you have to do to win? Here's the scoop. . .leave a comment below and tell me your favorite winter wedding detail. The winner will be selected at random, (but I love this stuff so if merely for the purpose of sharing you want to send me actual pictures, feel free to do so at Comments must be left by midnight eastern standard time on Friday, November 21st and the winner will be announced Friday evening. Good luck!

* UPDATE * The winner is Amanda! Congrats - enjoy your prize!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Nights in white satin

(Pictures from
Well doesn't Nicole Kidman just look the part of blushing bride? The actress has been showing a penchant for white while promoting her new film, Australia.
I love the knee-length sheath dress on the end and I adore the up-do.
(Picture via poetictouch)
The girl looks good in white.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Breakups & Makeups

It's old news by now that former Bachelorette DeAnna Pappas broke up with her fiancee, Jesse Csincsak. Another tv-romance bites the dust, and with it a tiny bit of my soul. Come on! It's like these people are purposefully trying to take my romantic hopes and crush them to bits. What are they trying to prove, that true love can't be found on ABC? DeAnna seems to be recovering nicely, she just got a gig over at Lifetime hosting the show Get Married. Call me crazy, but isn't that kind of like Spencer Pratt teaching modesty seminar?
On a happier, and less catty, note it looks like love is getting a second chance for one of my favorite past Bachelors, Charlie O'Connell (brother of Jerry), and his season's winner, Sarah Brice. The two dated from 2005-2007 and are now together again. Is it too melodramatic to use the old saying, when the lord closes a door, somewhere he opens a window, when talking about reality television?

Friday, November 14, 2008


How cute is Nicole Richie in this hairdo and why didn't I wear my hair like this at my wedding?
Photo from Popsugar

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Seat me

Do I need to tell you again? I am a dork for all things weddings. So naturally one of my favorite parts of the planning process is selecting place cards and arranging the seating. Think I'm joking? I do place cards for everything, if more than three people are coming over for dinner, you can bet I'm telling them where to sit. It might sound prety OCD, but the truth is I think it puts people at ease.
maitamaii99's photostream
Of course, I've been to plenty of weddings and been disappointed with where I was seated. Adorable place cards can only get you so far. You, the bride and groom, have to do the work and really think about where to seat everybody. . .and it's harder than you might think!
jessica has photos' photostream
The most important step is to put aside some serious time to tackle the task, and focus. What groups of people are truly going to have the most fun together, including the new Mr. & Mrs? Maybe your college BFF is the first one to have a baby. . .that doesn't necessarily mean you should put her at the parents-only table. Or perhaps your co-worker is no longer bringing her boyfriend post-break-up? Come on, she's not really going to be happy at a thrown together-table of singletons who don't know one another.
beastiekeith's photostream
Promise me you'll think about it peeps. Please. And don't forget to pick something pretty.
diane_witman's photostream

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Snaps all around

There is no shortage of great photographers in Washington, DC and don't listen to anyone who tells you any different. If you do the research I promise you'll find one that fits your style and budget and will deliver you gorgeous photos of your wedding day. Every once in awhile I scour the Wedding Photojournalist Association, you know just to look at pretty pictures. Ya'll know how I feel about this gal, and this gal. Here are some more great options.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Makes me feel fine

We're plunging into November, and I could really use some ocean views and the wind blowing through my hair right about now. The Sartorialist has the right idea with these shots from Rio. Easy, breezy honeymoon-worthy looks.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Naughty Girl!

In the midst of planning your wedding, while you were elbow-deep in place cards, seating charts and candied almonds, you may have turned to dear old Emily Post in order to get the etiquette down-low. I know she's been there for me when I've needed to confirm how exactly to address a tricky invitation or what time of day to host a bridesmaid's tea. Yep, Emily Post's legacy is the perfect solution to every etiquette dilemma, but I can't help it, I just don't buy that whole 'miss manners' thing. I just added Laura Claridge's new biography Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners to my 'to-read' list on Goodreads and you should too. So help me if Emily has a dark side I intend to find out. Come on, you know you want to hear about the time she 'dropped her drawers on Broadway'.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Solid as Barack

Despite living in our nation's capital (or maybe because of it?), we try to stay pretty non-partisan over here at bon mariage. But on a day like today, who can resist posting what I think is one of the best wedding photos ever? Yes you can, and should, pose like Barack and Michelle in your own wedding photos.

(Photo from

Monday, November 3, 2008

'Cause sometimes things go wrong

Looking for a unique gift to bring to your next bridal shower? How about Frit Fru's Wedding Day Survival Kit? Inside the sleek little case you'll find thirty of their suggested disaster-solving tools, everything from toothpaste to double-sided tape. Thanks to The Slice for the find.
If you ask around, I think you'll find that most wedding planners have their own version. Mine includes a few other essentials, Listerine, Emergen-C, airplane bottles of liquor, stockings, tweezers, sedatives. But you know, this one could work too.


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