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Green Wedding: Planning your Eco-Friendly Celebration

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Mireya Navarro, an environmental writer for the  New York Times, has just written a wedding book for today’s eco-friendly world called Green Wedding: Planning Your Eco-Friendly Celebration.

The book features stories from couples who have “greened up” their dream weddings, along with beautiful photos and ideas for an eco-friendly wedding celebration. If your guests are interested in global-warming, and they should be, they will appreciate the efforts made by the environmentally responsible bride and groom.

Green principles will give you a much needed reality check as you grapple with the emotions and stresses of wedding planning. If you risk drowning in the wedding 100-item to-do checklist, a green wedding throws you a no-waste life ring.  It gives you an armor to fend off unwanted pressures from relatives, friends, or vendors trying to covince you to spend lavishly on fancy tablecloths or flower arrangements. It adds clarity, sorts out priorities and choices. “That’s not  green!” you can resond to a pushy helper and move on.

In addition, Green Wedding: Planning Your Eco-Friendly Celebration will make a great gift for a couple who just got engaged.

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Bridesmaid Dresses – Un-matching is the New Trend

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If you have attended a wedding recently, chances are you noticed the popular trend among bridesmaids. More now than ever, bridesmaids are wearing dresses in different styles or colors and more brides are starting to choose this option for their attendants. 

There are several reasons why this new trend is catching on. First of all, if bridesmaids are given the option to choose their own gown, chances are they’ll love it and be able to wear it again in the future. Many of us still have several bridesmaid dresses hanging in our closets from past weddings. Second, it’s  difficult for a bride to choose one dress style that will look good on several different  ladies with varying shapes.  Third, and most important, it’s one less decision for the bride to make during what ends up a very stressful time. Typically, brides will choose a color theme or style and send their attendants out to search for a dress on their own.

Finally, if bridesmaids are to pay for their own dresses, the bride can feel better about the expense their honored attendees will be purchasing for their wedding day.

For the easiest solution for un-matching bridesmaid dresses, shop through a bridal company where you will find the best selection.  The bride can choose the fabric and color, then the bridesmaids can simply choose their favorite style. 

Overall, the trend for un-matching bridesmaid dresses can be a positive experience for everyone involved.

Contributed by Krista Dunk.

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Design your own Engagement Ring

diamondengagementring 150x150If love is in the air this holiday season, you might be discussing getting engaged. Perhaps your sweetheart is planning to surprise you and propose.  If the discussion comes up about your desire for the perfect engagement ring, why not let your beau know that you can design your own engagement ring at DIAMOND.COM

So if he asks your preference, let him know about this site and the two of you can go online and design it together. Won’t that be a lasting memory?  Create the Engagement Ring of your Dreams at Diamond.com

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Cyber Wedding Album – Kiaran and Jonathan

 

Kiaran and Jonathan – San Francisco, CA

Met in October 2001

Engaged in December 2006

Married in March 2008

Met on Match.com

Kiaran and Jonathan met when they were in their early twenties on Match.com. They took it slowly, and after three months of emails, they finally met in person.  They couple dated for several years and were engaged in December, 2006. Their fairy tale wedding took place in San Francisco in March, 2008.

Congratulations to Kiaran and Jonathan and welcome to the Cyber Wedding Album at CyberDatingExpert.com.

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Destination Weddings

fotolia 9644396 xs 300x200The destination wedding celebration. It’s the latest trend for brides and grooms.  According to Adrienne Sasson, a Certified Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Specialist, over one out of six wedding couples are choosing a destination wedding for their ceremony and celebration.

So if you’ve just become engaged, after “Congratulations” the first question from everyone is, “When is the big day?” Today, we also need to ask, “Where will you be married?” Just this year alone I know some newlyweds who were married in Mexico, Hawaii, and the Caribbean.

Why has the destination wedding become so popular? There are so many reasons brides and grooms are choosing to take the show on the road. The destination wedding is perceived as a less stressful way to plan a wedding. Since most of the planning is done with the on-site coordinator and the travel planner, it reduces the time for couples to look at wedding sites as well as talk to caterers, photographers, and entertainers.

With so many families and friends geographically spread out needing to fly to the wedding anyway, guests can combine your celebration with a long overdue vacation.

Once the bride and groom arrive to their chosen destination almost everything has been completed. Some destinations will require a blood test and perhaps signing official papers.  The pre-wedding dinner will most often be held at the hotel or resort as will the wedding. 

After the ceremony, guests can stroll over to the reception area while the photographer is snapping pictures of the new couple. All this at a leisurely pace with wonderful scenery. Who can ask for more?

Contributed by: Adrienne Sasson,  Accredited Travel Counselor and Certified Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Specialist 

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Cyber Wedding Album – Emily and Scot

Emily and Scot San Antonio, TX

Met in February, 2006

Engaged in September, 2006

Married in December, 2006

Met on Match.com

Emily was determined to meet “The One” in 30 days or less. As a single mom, she found the man of her dreams with Scot in only 22 days after going online. Both Emily and Scot are successful dating coaches and are friends of Cyber-Dating Expert.

 

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Free Bridal Bouquet For Your Wedding Day

Are you worrying about what flowers you would like to walk down the aisle with? If you are lucky, you may have the opportunity to win a free bridal bouquet for your wedding day.

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A new company called Your Bridal Flowers is giving away a beautiful unique and custom bouquet worth $200 or a floral arrangement with equivalent value for a lucky bride. At Your Bridal Flowers, brides can find cascading flower bouquets, Nosegay bouquets, contemporary bouquets simple, Hand-tied bouquet and silk bridal bouquets for all seasons.

A bride’s bouquet is undoubtedly her best accessory as it completes the gown she wears and it remains the focal point of wedding flowers. The bridal bouquet shape and color, like any other accessory, should blend with the overall theme of the wedding and especially the bride’s gown as well as her bride’s maid’s gowns. Knowing the different bouquet shapes before taking that initial visit to the florist will help brides get the most out of their big day blooms.

To sign up to win your free bridal bouquet, please visit Your Bridal Flowers at http://www.yourbridalflowers.com and enter your email address in the space provided.

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Diamond Giveaway

Win a Blue Nile Signature Princess Cut Diamond valued at $5000

A gorgeous diamond is one of the most luxurious purchases in your lifetime.  How do you go about choosing it?  There’s a guide that simplifies your choice, and here’s what to consider.  The four Cs — cut, color, clarity, and carat weight, as well as diamond shapes and certifications all play a major role in your decision.  

Are you feeling lucky today?  You should be.  Break open the Bordeaux, prepare a little pate and enter to win the Blue Nile prize.  This glittering, flawless diamond is waiting to be found!   Register here and get the details at: http://www.bluenile.com

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Cyber Wedding Album

We would love to post an online photo album of your perfect wedding. If you met online, send us your wedding photos and we will make a video montage like the wedding photos below. Send your photos and information to: CyberDatingExpert.com


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St. Croix Ultimate Honeymoon Sweepstakes

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If wedding planning has you exhausted — relax! We’ve got your honeymoon covered! Enter for your chance to win a four-night escape to Carambola Beach Resort in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.

The Ultimate Honeymoon prize package includes:

  • 4 Nights – 5 Days in a Luxurious Oceanfront Suite
  • Airfare Voucher for two ( maximum value $1,500 )
  • Arrival Carambola Cruzan Cocktail served in Cabana
  • In-room arrival champagne with fruit and cheese
  • Turn down service first night with flower petals
  • Breakfast and Lunch each day of your stay
  • Two on site and two off site dinners
  • Private Beach Cabana
  • Two Carambola beach towels and beach bags
  • Souvenir Carambola Flutes
  • Carambola Robes
  • One hour professional digital photography
  • A choice of Daily Activities

Find all the details and enter to win at: http://www.GreatResortWeddings.com

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