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Wednesday
May072008

FUNK Shui

We're taking you back....way back. Start planning your wedding retro-style. Whether your inspiration comes from the 60's, 70's or 80's we've got the bright and ultra bright colors and combos for your super sheik and super funky wedding day decor.

The best part about a funky wedding theme is the energy it brings to your event. Who can not have a great time with bright yellows, pinks and oranges adorning your space? There is just something in the patterns and color combinations that puts you in the party mood right from the start.

But obviously, most grooms are not going to want to have a completely bright pink, flowered and striped wedding. So be discerning in your choices. Choose one piece as your central eye-catching detail item, and then choose solids to pair it with.

We've found some great examples of those "wow" pieces you can choose to base your theme around.


Top Left: Modern cake featured on Brides
Top Middle: Flower Power cake featured on Brides
Top Right: Pastel adorned cookie cake featured on Brides
Bottom Left: Yellow daisy cake featured on Brides
Bottom Middle: Pink Power flower featured on Brides
Bottom Right: Flower and Stripes cake featured on Brides


Top Left: Flower pouch favor from Favor Ideas
Top Right: Gerber daisy favor boxes from Favor Ideas
Bottom Left: Funky wedding favor tins from Beau-Coup
Bottom Right: Tulip placecards from Favor Ideas


Top Left: Labels from Posh Betty
Right: Retro chic invitation from Posh Betty

For the ultimate in retro sheik party table decor, check out Plum Party for fantastic party supplies. Just check out some of the great items we found there. And while these pieces are very bright, remember that just a touch of a brightly colored piece for your tables is enough to carry the theme across.

Tuesday
May062008

Mirror Mirror On The Wall (and on your dresser)

A hot trend in home decor for 2008 is mirror adorned furniture pieces. Mirrored pieces add sophistication to a room and go with practically any type of design style. So, if your fiance prefers a modern room and you lean more toward a traditionally designed space, mirrored furniture pieces are the perfect furniture for you because it will actually help you blend two styles into one.

The above buffet is available at Z Gallerie. Handworked antique mirrored glass over veneers and hardwood solids with antique silver finish. Side compartments have slots for adjustable shelves. This piece also has matching side tables, dressers, dining tables and more.

Also at Z Gallerie are several other mirror pieces in different designs. Check out just a few of their pieces below.


Once you get the furniture in place, top it off with accented decorated items. Check out these pieces, also from Z Gallerie.


Every girl needs a jewelry armoire like the one to the left! As glamorous as its movie-star namesake, yet as practical as we can make it - the Pier 1 Imports Hayworth Jewelry Armoire is all about functional fashion. This must-have for the bedroom or dressing area is handcrafted, hand-painted and covered with hand-cut beveled mirrors. Plenty of black felt-lined storage drawers and hangers keeps all her precious jewelry stored safely away. A Pier 1 Imports exclusive.

Monday
May052008

Inspired by Cinco de Mayo


You never know where your next form of inspiration will come for your wedding. Often times, all it takes to find new and inspiring ideas is to just look around you. Right now on the magazine shelves you may notice bright and bold colors adorning the covers. This makes sense, as Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner. And no other festive event is more colorful and bold than Cinco de Mayo.

With rich blues, reds, yellows, greens and oranges, the bold colors of Cinco de Mayo can set a vibrant backdrop for your wedding decor. Take a look at some of the great items we've found to complete this look.


Left: Bridesmaid Dress from J Crew, $175
Right: Bridesmaid Dress from J Crew, $215


Top Left: Lantern Candles from Cost Plus World Market, $12.99
Top Right: Scented Wax Beads from Cost Plus World Market, $4.99
Bottom Left: Battery Lanterns from Cost Plus World Market, $12.99
Bottom Center: Honeycomb Lanterns from Anthropologie, $15-$20
Bottom Right: Hanging Swirl Lanterns from Cost Plus World Market, $9.99


Top Left: Scarlet bouquet from Brides
Top Center: Decorated chair back from Brides
Top Right: Chinese Lantern Stems from Brides
Bottom Left: Yellow, Red, Orange and Blue bouquet from Brides
Bottom Right: Bright yellow tablesetting from Brides

Thursday
May012008

You Won't Believe What These Are Made Of

Getting married is such an exciting time in a couple's life. Not only are you vowing to love and cherish, but you are also committing to join two personalities together in one household. Now is the time for you as a couple to create your own personal style together. This is your clean slate to start fresh with a whole new home and interior design and we've found some wonderful, albeit unique, home decor items we think you just might like. After all, you pride yourself on being unique as a couple and are all about setting trends among your group of friends.

We'd like to introduce you to some everyday home decor items with a twist. Below we'll post some images of these items. See if you can guess what they are made of. Find the answers below the image.

Item #1: The Placemat

You may not believe it, but this intricately woven placemat is made of recycled candy wrappers. That's right, if you look closely you'll see the familiar logos of the tasty treats you've been eating for years. This placemat is fun, playful, totally recycled, and calorie-free, to boot! Pick yours up for $26 at VivaTerra.com.

Item#2: Decorative Bowls


You'll never guess what these handcrafted decorative bowls are formed from. Inventive natural sculptor Margaret Dorfman brilliantly transforms edibles into luminescent vessels. Building her bowls slice by slice from fresh produce, Dorfman presses each one into durable parchment, which she hand-shapes to resemble large, bright undulating flowers with vivid repeating patterns. Invisibly coated to maintain their vibrant translucent colors, the bowls comfortably hold a votive candle in a cup. The bowls above are made from Zucchini, Papaya and Beets. Retails for $42 and available at VivaTerra.com

Item #3: Glassware


These may not be as difficult to figure out, but boy are they innovative. Chalk one up for originality for this fun glassware. Comes with white chalk to write on, then erase and re-label as often as you like. The wine and beer glasses are great for a party as guests can write their names on their glass. You can also write expiration dates on the labels for the storage containers. Retails for $6-$12 and available at Cost Plus World Market.

Wednesday
Apr302008

Toast of the Gowns


On May 18th, we will be having a Toast of the Gowns Fashion Show at the Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, Washington to benefit Women's Cancer Research.

La Belle Reve will be donating 25 gowns to our Toast of the Gowns Fashion Show.

John Curley of Evening Magazine will be the emcee and auctioneer. There will be a silent auction and wine tasting reception followed by a live auction fashion show. La Belle Reve Bridal in Bellevue has donated 25 evening gowns to be auctioned off and our models include Christine Chen and Miss Emerald City.

$200 per guest
$250 for preferred seating

Visit www.dldfoundation.org for more information.

Wednesday
Apr302008

Recycled Gold

We'd like to introduce you to a company impacting the awareness of eco-friendly alternatives in the wedding industry. Meet greenKarat whose mission is to provide consumers with an ecologically and socially responsible jewelry alternative to those who are concerned about the effect of gold and gem mining on the earth's eco-system. greenKarat sells recycled gold jewelry and offers tons of choices in wedding bands. greenKarat states that there is enough unused gold above ground to satisfy the jewelry industry for the next 50 years.

greenKarat even offers you a trade-in for your unused gold jewelry. All you have to do is contact greenKarat and they will provide you with shipping instructions. Then once they receive your gold piece, they will let you know its worth and tell you how much store credit you will receive. Just make sure the gold you send is pure 10k, 14k or 18k gold. And remember, these recycled pieces will be melted down, so don't send anything with sentimental value.


Tuesday
Apr292008

New Trend? Buckle Up!

We found these crazy new shoes by Steve Madden and as nutty as they may look, we couldn't help but notice that these shoes follow a new trend we are seeing in weddings. BUCKLES!
{Steve Madden shoes: Pump or Boot; Pump: $99.95; Boot: $149.95}

Sometimes all you need to organize your designs and decor for your wedding is a simple detail of inspiration, and buckles do the trick. Rhinestone or heirloom buckles added to your wedding invitations, guests books, shoes, bouquet stems and even your gown help tie in each piece together. Check out these great examples of wedding invitations that feature a buckle below.

{Top Left: Olive Buckle Invitation from Imagine
Top Right: Suede Vogue Invitation from Tango Design
Bottom Left: Flower Album Invitation from Carciofi Design
Bottom Right: Silver Cameo Invitation from Carciofi Design}

Adding a buckle to the waist of your wedding dress is also a current trend we're seeing designers include in their gowns in recent months. The benefits are two-fold. First, the buckle accentuates your feminine shape by narrowing your waist. Second, the buckle can add flair to a simple gown when its adorned with rhinestones or gems.

{Gowns from: Mikaella Bridal available at I Do Bridal}

Below are an example of a perfectly adorned pump with a gem buckle. The buckle adds sophistication and dresses up a simple pump.

{Top shoes: from Giuseppe-Zanotti Design, photo from Brides}

Lastly, check out the buckle detail added to these bridal bouquet stems. Just a simple touch of flair helps bring your buckle theme full circle.


{Left: Buckled bouquet from Wedding Style Magazine; Right: Calla Lillie buckled bouquet from Wedding Style Magazine}