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Brides/Grooms   20 January, 2011   Uncategorized    3 comments Post Comment
The cold, snowy weather has seemed to hit most of the U.S. this winter.  Instead of being lazy (which is sometimes nice to do), take advantage of it as prime wedding planning/preparation time.  
Where I live (New York City) we are expecting extremely cold weather this weekend.  I actually love being forced to stay in, during the winter.  I feel like I get so busy the rest of the year running here and there and trying to be super productive, its nice to have to stay in because of the cold. It is also an excellent time to knock some things off your wedding to-do list such as invitations, guest list, searching for ideas on-line, making a DJ/band song list, etc.  It feels so rewarding to be able to cross things off a list.  

Another activity I am looking forward to during my hibernation weekends is cooking.  I love trying new recipes, and I always try to make everything as healthy and with as many nutrients as possible.  I have dress fittings coming up so its also kind of necessary.  There are plenty of healthy cooking blogs on the internet that have some delicious recipes that are wedding dress friendly.  Some of my favorite sites are:   http://www.vitaljuice.com/entry_by_section/everywhere/recipe/all/all/1
It give you a chance to practice your wifely duties by cooking, and it would even be fun if you did it with your fiancee (even if you have to teach them, its a skill you can benefit from sometimes).

In addition to my wedding planning and cooking, I also use this as a chance to get some quality gym time in.  Trying new gym classes can always be entertaining, beneficial, and also wedding dress friendly.  Try something you have never done before such as spinning, pilates, yoga, zumba, or kickboxing.  Don't forget to have fun though!  

 Don't forget to allow some "you" time though to relax and read a favorite book or catch up on a favorite TV show.  During stressful or busy periods its necessary to allow some moments to do what you enjoy, otherwise you could burn out.
Brides/Grooms   19 January, 2011   Uncategorized    4 comments Post Comment
There are some changes that are going to take place once you get married.  You have probably been used to living on your own and having separate bank accounts so far, but once you are married, you are a joint unit.

There are of course benefits to being married such as joint tax filing and the double income.  However, you now have to think of somebody other than yourself when making financial decisions.

The best thing to do is have a discussion with your fiancee about their financial situation and goals. Here few questions that are good to discuss:

1. Do you have any debt (credit card, student loans, car payments, mortgage, etc.)?  If so, how do you plan to pay off that debt?
3. What are our financial goals for the next few years? Do you plan to buy a house, a car, or plan a vacation any time soon?
4.  How are you going to set up your budget?
5.  How are bills going to be paid?
6. Are you going to have a joint account or keep separate bank accounts or both?
7.  What if one of us decides to go back to school, how will we financially take care of household expenses and tuition?
8. What is the plan if one of us looses a job unexpectedly?
9. What are your career goals?  
10. If you plan to have children, what is the plant for maternity leave, child care, and jobs?  Are one of you staying home to take care of the children or are you paying for day care, a nanny, or will a family member watch the child?
11. If and When you do have children are they going to be going to private school or public school?  If they go to private school, what is the plan to pay for tuition?  Are you paying for your kids college?  If so, what is the plan to save for college?
12. How are you going to plan for retirement?
13. What are you going to do if an emergency happens and one of you are unable to work any more?  (Lets all hope that never happens, but its still good to plan)
14. What if another family member (parent, sibling, etc.) needs care, how will you handle that?

Its sometimes an annoying or tough discussion to have, but its good to strategize, compromise, or plan accordingly so you both are on the same page when facing these situations. 
Brides/Grooms   18 January, 2011   Uncategorized    3 comments Post Comment
Wait!?!?  I can rent a bridesmaids dress?  I don't have to spend $300+ on an ugly dress I am never going to wear again?  Sounds too good to be true!

RentTheRunway.com is launching a wedding site tomorrow.  Bridesmaids will be able to rent their dresses for a few days at the prices starting at $50.  Say good bye to ugly $300+ dresses!

Brides can also rent their engagement party, bridal party, and rehearsal dinner dresses on the site.  
Brides/Grooms   18 January, 2011   Planning    5 comments Post Comment

I need a little assistance. Our theme is "Picture Perfect" and we have decided to name each table after a place we have been together. We will aslo include a picture of us at the place. Well while I thought we were some seriously travelers I can't even come up with 16 places. UGHHHHHHH!!!

So should I cheat? I mean is HOME a place?? LOL

What we have so far...

1.       Gatlinburg
2.       Stone Mountain (cheating since we live here??)
3.       Memphis
4.       Virginia
5.       Orlando
6.       Cozumel
7.       Nassau
8.       Cocoa Beach
9.       Las Vegas
10.   Destin
11.   Progesso
12.   Botanical Gardens (cheating??)
13.   Atlanta (Ummm cheating?? LOL)
14.   Pigeon Forge ( Kind of the same as Gatlinburg...but we go every year)
15.   ??
16.   ??

HELP!!!!!!!!! :)

E=DC2

Brides/Grooms   13 January, 2011   Uncategorized    3 comments Post Comment
The most difficult thing during this whole wedding business thus far has been picking my wedding dress. It's not that this is difficult physically, but rather that it's been very difficult emotionally. I've always heard tales of how a woman steps into her dress and just knows that it is the one. Something about that particular dress speaks to her and she buys it right there on the spot. She never sees another dress that she even remotely likes and never regrets her decision.
 
I probably shouldn't admit to you how I've been to seven different stores in the pursuit of this shining example of dress perfection. I knew these things going in; I wanted something different and unique, I wanted it to have a slight vintage feel and I wanted it to be floor length.
 
What I expected was that I would hate everything except for one dress and that that dress would be the one. Love at first site, first shop I went to. So I researched places around town and found the shop where I was sure I would find that magical dress. Well that wasn't exactly how it went down. My first trip to a dress store was in August 2010. They didn't let me take any photos of myself in the dresses at that shop, but I can tell you that I liked everything I put on. I was so smitten by the idea of wearing a wedding dress for the first time that they all looked great, even the ones that didn't have my three criteria. So of course I didn't wind up finding my dress that day, but I did have one that seemed to stand above the others. Specifically Claire Pettibone's Origami.
 
 
Pretty right? Different right? It could work. Maybe it wasn't so vintage, but definitely unique. Still it wasn't exactly what I wanted so it was off to the next store.
 
 
This dress was okay, but it was a little too generic for me. I liked the sparkly overlay, but nothing about it said unique, different, or vintage.
 
 
This one was a little more vintage. I liked the beading around the waist, but it still wasn't me.
 
 
Ah, much more vintage, but maybe it was the color that was throwing me off. I wanted the vintage white or what we would call Ivory today. I also wasn't liking the fit in of the sleeves. I think this dress would be better on someone who had more slender shoulders.
 
From there it got worse. The more stores I visited and the more dresses I tried on the more dresses I liked! I had yet to find the one dress that was my dress, but there were some many that could work. I had to convince myself that I really wanted a dress that said something about me and not just a dress that looked nice. So it was off to another store and another and another. It started to get a little tedious.  My thoughts started to change from "I love it all!!" to "I don't like anything."
 
I still wanted my dress so I pressed on. My fantastic bridesmaid Stacey hung in there and came with me to store after store after store.
 
 
This dress was very different. It had a rose print which I absolutely loved, but after showing the photos to some friends I was told that the printed roses looked more like tea stains. That dress was out.
 
 
This dress had a great Hollywood feel, but had some weird details on the sides that I didn't like. Nixed!
 
Of course then I had to go back to the dress shops I visited before. That Claire Pettibone I liked from my first dress shopping trip? I tried it on again and didn't like it at all. I guess the glamor of wedding dresses had worn off.
 
But finally I stumbled across two dresses that I really fell in love with. I finally got that feeling of I could wear this. This could be my dress. So that's where I stand currently. Unable to commit, afraid I might make the wrong decision, afraid that I've thought too much about it, afraid that I haven't thought enough. I am leaning towards one in particular, but I have to say that it was so much easier to commit to the man than to the dress I'm going to wear to marry the man!
 
I'll keep you all updated on how it goes. Have any of you other brides had trouble committing to the dress?
 
 
Brides/Grooms   12 January, 2011   Uncategorized    1 comments Post Comment
With the beginning of the New Year comes many health/weight loss resolutions.  I would honestly say I am a health blog junkie.  I follow a few health and wellness blogs.  One of my favorite health and wellness blogs, Vital Juice promoted a few different cleanse/detox programs to help jump start the weight loss/wellness initiative.

There are many cleanse/detox options out there, but not all options are for everybody.  The purpose of a cleanse though is to give your digestive track a break for a few days and can often jump start healthier, conscious eating habits.  Most often claim to remove toxins, jump-start weight loss, bolster immunity, improve digestion, enhance skin and hair quality, relieve bloating, and reduce cravings and overeating.

There are fancy juices one can buy.  I know here in New York the Blue Print Cleanse is popular, as well as the Cooler Cleanse; however, these cleanses can get a bit pricey.  There are also ways to do cleanses on a  cheaper scale  on your own by just eating raw fruits and vegetables, and drinking plenty of water.  One thing to make sure with whatever one you choose is to make sure you are getting at at least 900 calories a day.  If you drop below 900, this can often put your body into starvation mode and will make the cleanse not as effective.

A cleanse/detox could be just what one needs to jump start getting in shape for a wedding, just make sure you choose the right one.
Brides/Grooms   12 January, 2011   Planning    2 comments Post Comment

YESSSSSSSSs...I made up LTDI! :)

LTDI- LET THEM DO IT

 

Soooooooooo Do-It-Yourself or Let-Them-Do-It??

I was starting to feel like I didn't have enough DIY projects. I've made an handy list and I'm starting to get excited about trying them out!! I'll keep you all updated as time goes along.

First up on the list is a card box. I found these at http://www.creativecustomcardboxes.com/ an absolutely FELL IN LOVE!!!

DIY vs. LTDI Cardbox :  wedding Cardboxes

 

What do you think??

DIY or LTDI???

E=DC2

Brides/Grooms   7 January, 2011   Uncategorized    2 comments Post Comment
As a bride we all know that its all about the dress!  The most exciting part of the wedding planning process is THE DRESS.

The Dress can get very expensive and some brides feel that it is a waste of money to spend $4,000 + on a dress you are only going to wear one day.

Well, have no fear because there are many ways to find The Dress for cheaper. Here are some ideas:

  • Ebay 
  • Sample Sales - these aren't always in New York (although that is where I live), your local Bridal Store will also have Sample Sales as well to get rid of last season's samples to make way for new ones. Dresses can often be found at 50-80% off at these sample sales.  You just have to be willing to make some alterations which could turn pricey.
  • The Aisle New York - an  on-line site that sells designer dresses at a discount.  Think Monique Lhuillier and Vera Wang at 50% off.  This site also sells accessories such as jewelry, veils, headpieces, shoes, etc. Here is an invitation code: http://www.theaislenewyork.com/invite/courtneygrill/
  • Preownedweddingdresses.com - Hey, the were only worn once, and the other bride paid full price, therefore you don't have to.
  • Local Department Store - Check out your local department store.  Sometimes regular evening gowns look and can be used as wedding dresses and can oftentimes be purchased at sale prices.
     
Brides/Grooms   10 December, 2010   Uncategorized    Post Comment
We recently sent our Save the Dates out, and I am so happy with how they turned out.  We scoured the Internet in search for a Save the Date idea the reflected our style and the style of our wedding, and we were able to find the perfect one.  When we found this style we loved, I got a price quote from the letterpress company that we worked with.  The quote was way more than double what I wanted to pay; however the vendor worked with us to bring the price down and have our Save the Dates still look exactly how we wanted. 
 
Here is what saved us money:
 
1. Not going with a lined envelope - they really don't need to be that formal for a Save the Date. Invitation yes, Save the Date no.  Going this route saved us half of the cost
2. Reducing the Save the Date "standard" size to a "reply" card size  saved a ton of money - There is no standard size in save the dates, so go a little smaller and it saves not only money on your order, but also oftentimes it saves money on postage. This saved us about $200
3.  Use one color for the images and wording instead of 2 or multiple and that saves quite a bit.  This saves about $150
4. Hand write your return address instead of having it printed and this saves $170
 
My personal note:  When looking for tips on etiquette I asked a neighbor who is close to my family about what is proper.  She told me that a "stamp" or sticker return address was not proper to use and that the only thing that would be appropriate would be to have the return address either printed or to handwriting it.  I figured if I hand-wrote my return address on each card, that would take a lot of time and it would make my hand cramp, so I looked up an embosser.  I found custom embosser's on-line for as low as $30.  The embossing looks elegant, classy, and professional and saves a ton of money vs. having the letterpress print it for you.
 
 
 
 
 

Brides/Grooms   4 November, 2010   Uncategorized    Post Comment
I cannot express how important it is to write Thank You notes promptly!  I haven't even said my vows yet, but I have attended enough weddings to know that it does go noticed when a thank you note isn't sent.

According to Emily Post, queen of etiquette, couples do not have a year's grace period to send thank you notes out.  All thank you  notes should be sent within three months receipt of the gift.  Ideally it should be sent on the day you receive the gift, but that isn't always possible.  

Depositing all your wedding gift checks less than 24 hours after you have said your vows and not sending your thank you notes out promptly is NOT OK.  

If you want find out more about thank you note etiquette, Peggy Post has come up with some good points on the Emily Post Website: http://www.emilypost.com/wedding-registries-gifts-and-thank-yous/167-wedding-thank-yous.  Its a good place to look for other wedding etiquette rules as well.   
Brides/Grooms   3 November, 2010   Uncategorized    Post Comment
Like Many Brides, I too am trying to grow my hair out long for my wedding, so I have more styling options for the Big Day.  I read many girly magazines for fun, and always find many of the hair tips interesting, but I always figured they wouldn't work on my frizzy hair so I don't try them, and I just continue to fry it with a flat iron.  However, lately I have been putting some of these expert tips to use lately.  Here are the expert tips and my findings: (Please note: I have naturally wavy/frizzy hair that is awful looking in its natural state)

1. Shampoo hair only once or twice a week - At first I thought that my hair would look crazy greasy and I thought this would be disgusting since I try to go to the gym every day.  To my surprise though my hair and scalp naturally adapted to the less frequent shampooing.  My scalp is far less oily than before, and my styling lasts longer because of it.  I still go to the gym and sweat and shower, but I only rinse my hair every day and put conditioner at the ends, and I still get the same results.  In addition, I have noticed less hair suck in my drain, and it seems healthier and has more volume!

2. Try to avoid heat styling - OK so it is hard to completely avoid heat styling if you have hair like mine, but it can be reduced if you wait to heat style your hair till the last possible minute - let it air dry most of the way then finish it off with blow drying.  Also make sure your hair is completely dry before styling with hot curlers, a flat iron, or curling iron.  These products can cause water to boil on your strands and will cause damage.  If you are heat styling, try to also use a leave in-conditioner and a heat protector or combination of both.  Since I cut back on heat styling especially during the summer, I have been able to go longer between getting my hair trimmed due to less split ends.  Less hair cuts/trimming = less money spent = more money to spend for your wedding.

3. Eating a balanced diet with Protein and getting the proper nutrients can help hair grow healthier and faster - A few years ago I had a diet that consisted of mostly vegetables and carbohydrates and little protein.  At that time my hair seemed to shed all the time.  Last year I increased my protein intake when I was training for a marathon and my hair seemed to get thicker and stronger because of it.  In addition, a friend who is a hairstylist suggested taking pre-natal vitamins.  Some pre-natal vitamins can be bought over the counter at the regular drug store or health food store and I swear my hair has been growing faster since I have been taking them.

4. Use the proper hair products for your hair type - This does not mean spending a lot, but buy products that work with your hair type.  I have recently tried Moroccan Oil, it is quite pricey, but it has reduced drying time for my hair, which means less heat styling and damage.  It has also repaired my hair and makes it feel softer and stronger, and it reduces the frizz!  I am a product junkie, I have tried EVERYTHING, all brands, and all price points, and I am easily convinced by product claims.  I always expect miracles from these new products and am always disappointed.  I think I finally found something worth it though!  While the product is pricey, you only need a little drop.  Don't use too much.  In addition, it works as a few products in one - leave in conditioner and protector.  This product probably isn't for everybody, but it has worked for me and I am happy to recommend it. 

 
Brides/Grooms   3 November, 2010   Uncategorized    1 comments Post Comment
Weddings can be quite expensive, and it is quite easy to go over your budget or have additional unexpected costs pop up.  Here are some ideas to still save for the Big Day without altering your lifestyle:

1. Use Sites like Groupon.com for date night - sites like this are great ways to still be able to go out for a date night with your fiancee without spending a lot of money, most of the coupons featured are for 50% off and there are usually limited restrictions on using Groupon.com.  Similar sites include restaurant.com where you can oftentimes pay $2 for a $25 coupon to a local restaurant; however these seem to have more restrictions put on them, so I guess you get what you pay for.  (Referral Code:  http://www.groupon.com/r/uu877307)    

2. Another idea if you like to enjoy a glass of wine while out on a dinner date, would be to check out local BYOB restaurants.  Usually the food is exceptional at these places, because they have to have good food in order to stay in business, especially since they do not have the liquor to profit off of.  I have never been disappointed with the food at any of the BYOB restaurants I have been too.  A lot of them are on the smaller side, so they tend to have a romantic atmosphere.  

3. If you are planning pre-wedding facials or other spa treatments.  Use sites like Lifebooker or living social (all like Groupon.com) to purchase discounted spa treatments, these also can be used for your big day as well! In addition, some of these sites allow you to purchase these deals for gifts, which would be great for manis and pedis for your bridesmaids!

4. Start packing a lunch!  For the price you pay to go out to lunch for one day, you can buy groceries to make your own lunches for the whole week.  In addition, homemade food is always healthier than eating out, and  less calories/healthier food = You will look more amazing in your dress

5. If possible walk or bike to work.  You save money on gas, and you burn more calories = You will look hot in your dress

Also, I have kind of a backwards way of saving, but it has worked well for me.  I put a certain amount of money directly into savings as soon as I get my paycheck, that way I am not tempted to spend it on other things that are not a priority.  Saving this way forces me to budget and live off the rest of my paycheck for the month.  

 
Brides/Grooms   29 October, 2010   Uncategorized    Post Comment
In addition to planning our own wedding, Tim and I have had the opportunity to attend 4 other weddings this year for cousins and friends.  I love being an attendee.  I decided this year to cuts costs and wear the same dress to three of the weddings since none of the attendees would be the same - nobody would notice.  This is the dress I wore to three of them, the bottom is super cute - ombre hem.  I definitely got my use out of it.

However, if you are trying to save money and don't want to wear the same dress twice or are going to events with the same people each time try Rent the Runway.  You are able to rent designer dresses and accessories for a specific event and the cost is $50-$200 depending on the dress and designer.  It is also a perfect option for your reharsal dinner, engagement party, or bridal shower dress, and saves a ton of money especially if you are only going to wear the dress once.  You can get a referral to the website here if you would like too: http://www.renttherunway.com/referral/courtney.grill

Brides/Grooms   25 October, 2010   Uncategorized    Post Comment
So I have never been the type to really just sit down and know what I wanted for my wedding. Well, now that it is here I am learning more than I ever thought about. Save-the-Date's are something new to me. I live in a small town, and so does all my family. We never really thought about a "save-the-date", or anything of that nature. All you had to do was send out a invitation. Now that I am marring into a new family, everything is way different. Save-the-Date's seem like a wonderful idea now. Not as expensive, can get an earlier r.s.v.p. (plus for head count), and many more things. I encourage you to post how you did your own Save-the-Date. I will post mine in a few weeks after we have our pictures done.
Love,
Jess
Brides/Grooms   22 October, 2010   Uncategorized    Post Comment
 
Trousseau. Not a term we tend to use very often anymore. I'm sure there are plenty of Brides who have never even heard of the term "trousseau." So what is it and why was it important?
 
Lets think back to the days before feminism. Back to the days when women were not expected to work more than part time outside the home. The American Heritage Dictionary defines the word trousseau as:
 
trous·seau, n. [French, from Old French, diminutive of trousse, bundle. See truss.] The possessions, such as clothing and linens, that a bride assembles for her marriage.
 
In short it was those items such as bed linens, napkins, clothing, crocheted doilies, candlesticks and anything else that a woman was going to take with her into her husband's home. The concept is similar to that of a Hope Chest. You fill a box with all those things you'll need to for married life.
 
This isn't a very popular practice anymore. Most women today work full time and we simply purchase what we need when we need it. Our culture is also not one that focuses on preserving items long term. How many of us buy a dress at Express or Kohls with the expectation of carefully storing it, always wearing a smock or apron over it when working in it, carefully altering it by hand when size adjustments must be made, and with the intent to wear said dress for the next 15 years? Certainly not me.
 
In the 1930s the Trousseau was a very common practice and many magazines for young women had lists suggesting what one should include. Here is a list from the April 1930 Good Housekeeping magazine.
 
Trousseau Budget
White Satin Wedding Gown -  $39.50 (about $496 today)
Tulle Veil (3 yards at $3.25per yard) - $9.75 (about $122)
Going away 3-piece suit - $16.95 (about $214)
Afternoon Dress for Formal Parties - $29.50 (about $375)
Street Dress of Silk or Wool - $25.00 (about $314)
Coat in Tweed or cloth - $39.50 (about $496)
Sweater, Cardigan, and Skirt Costume - $16.75 (about $210)
Washable Silk Sports Frock - $6.95 (about $87)
Sleeveless picque Dress with Jacket - $10.75 (about $135)
Lacy Diner Dress with Jacket - $25.00 (about $314)
Evening Wrap (to be made at home) - $15.00 (about $188)
Two Hats, One of Felt, One of Straw - $18.00 (about $226)
Shoes: Street, Afternoon, Evening Slippers, and One Pair of Bedroom Slippers or One Pair of Mules - $33.50 (about $420)
Negligee in Satin or Silk - $15.00 (about $188)
Lingerie, Girdles, and Stockings - $65.00 (about 816.00)
Accessories: Bag, 4 Pairs of Gloves, and 1 Dozen Handkerchiefs - $20.00 (about $251)
____________
Grand Total: $386.15 or about $4,848 in today's money.
 
Note that this was published in April 1930, about 7 months after the great stock market crash that started the Great Depression in the United States.
 
 
The September 1933 issue of the Delineator Magazine suggests a similar Trousseau, but one that's slightly more affordable. The magazine focused on needle work, dressmaking, and millinery. They were know for providing images of the latest fashions with just enough information to recreate a similar look at home. Making your own Trousseau was often much more reasonable pricewise. The September 1933 Delineator gives us this illustration and description.
 
 
A 1933 Trousseau
 
"The going-away outfit. She chooses a suit for a dramatic get-away. Or, if she is marrying simply, at the City Hall, she wears this for the ceremony, too. It is eel brown ribbed wool and the fur is flattering blue fox." "Her wool gadabout frock. For this backbone-f-the-trousseau frock she hits on olive green, with the touch of satin that is inevitable on smart wool frocks. The beret and the gloves are sating too." "Her dress-up frock. It's satin-and she uses the dull side for the dress itself, the shiny side for the small touches. It would be marvelous in rosy red, but every bit as smart in black or eel brown.
 
"A go-with-everything wrap. It's a wager one-the smartest wrap of the year. It belongs to her white frock but it's worn with the dinner dress, too. If she prefers a contrasting fabric, we suggest velvet or bengaline."  "Her 'grand' evening frock. To look grandest, this season, white satin is the thing at night. That's why we urge it for this frock with the Vionnetish neckline. The wrap belonging to this dress is the black one."  "And this for small evenings. A dress that can take dinners, dancing, the theatre, or any other kind of 'don't dress' evening in its stride. It's black satin and the coat of the white satin frock will go perfectly with it."
 
 
So if one were so inclined what would one include in their modern day trousseau? Susan Breslow Sardone recommends new clothes, sports wear, vacation wear, and luggage. She suggests that you keep your trousseau true to your personal style. Don't think of it like an image make-over, you're just collecting things that you will need.
 
I can tell you that my "trousseau" consists of several mismatched dish sets from college, banged up clothing from high school and art school (mostly covered in paint), and two pairs of twin sheets. Oh, and about 3 bath towels.
 
-Nancy
 
 
Brides/Grooms   21 October, 2010   Uncategorized    Post Comment
This isn't a vintage wedding post, but it is in the spirit of the season. Since Mr. Fiance and I will be getting married in October of next year the idea of a Halloween wedding has definitely crossed my mind. We're not really interested in doing a themed wedding, but we'd like to incorporate some seasonal motifs into the reception.

There are lots of ways to incorporate the season into a wedding reception without going over the top. I prefer subtle details myself (But if a full blown Halloween costume party wedding with spooky decor is your thing, go for it!). I found a few cakes over the past week that have really got my thinking about our cake.
 
GothBride55's cute wedding cake.
 
I just loved this cake. Yes it's Halloween themed, but the cake is still pretty. I might leave out the skulls myself, but the piped white spider webs over the white icing is subtle and still elegant.
 
 
Cake by Apuch 
 
This cake is definitely Halloween-esque, but it's also gorgeous. The colors and designs invoke fall and Halloween without the cake looking cheesy or over the top. No skulls, tomb stones, or ghosties here. A definite favorite of mine.
 
Licensed Cake by Pink Cake Box
 
I love the concept of this cake. I love that it's Halloween themed while not being stuck in the typical orange/black color combo. I also love the use of dragonflies and butterflies (an important running theme throughout the film.) I will admit that the cake doesn't look very appetizing to me though. Dark purple just doesn't make me think "Yum." This is more of a display piece in my eyes.
 
Unknown Baker
 
Now this cake definitely has a spooky theme (check out those trees) without being too spooky. The cake is still very pretty and those spooky trees are just darling. This is a great way to bring in a little Halloween spirit while still having the traditional white wedding cake.
 
Unknown Baker
 
Now this cake is my absolute favorite of the day. It says fall while still being fun, a color other than orange & black, and it's really pretty. Deep shades of red and that chocolate brown definitely invoke the feeling of Autumn. And best of all this cake looks like it would be tasty!
 
Now we've got a very large guest list for the wedding so that means lots and lots of cake will be needed. I don't really want a massive wedding cake or groom's cake, so I just love the idea of having some extra dessert treats available for guests. 
 
Mini Pumpkin Patch Cakes from Williams-Sonoma
  

Brownie Bits

Halloween Brownie Bites from Martha Stewart
 
Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
Sophisticated Pumpkin Sugar Cookies from NY Daily News
 
Or how about pumpkin pies and tarts?
Pumpkin Tart with Gingersnap Crust from Bakin' and Eggs
 
I have definitely got the creative juices flowing right now. October 2011 wedding, full steam ahead!
 
What are you other Fall wedding ladies planning for your reception? Let me know, I'd love to hear from you!
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