Someone asked me to do a blog post on some themed weddings.  After some research, the one I am going to display first is a Cainso/Vegas style wedding. Maybe I chose this one first because I’m currently in dealing school, or because I found a lot of good ideas on it. Either way, I love this theme.

For the bridesmaids and a less formal ceremony, I really like the simple cocktail style black short dresses. Paired with a pair of cute black or red stilettos, this would really be very sexy and cute. For the more formal ceremony, you could go with a longer black dress, like this one from


Another option is to mix up the girls dresses a little. Some girls in the black gowns and then some in a bright red colored gown, like this Googled pictured here.


Some might advise to wear a smaller, less Ballgown type of wedding dress for a Vegas or Casino wedding. I, personally, would choose whatever dress I loved, and build the theme around it. Maybe I say this because I am a huge fan of large ballgowns, and the more form fitting Vegas styled gowns don’t fit me very well. Just keep size in mind if you are flying to Vegas for your vows. I would, however, wear some bright red shoes that were sure to peek out from underneath my dress.

Something similar to these sexy little red shoes from for only $27.99.

For the overall décor of the linens, I would do something like red tablecloths with black overlays or table runners. I would have the chairs covered in black polyester chair covers tied up with red satin ribbons.

The head table would be decorated with the same colors, but with black curtains draped behind it, and red up lighting only behind the head table creating a dramatic, mysterious head table.

The centerpieces you can be very creative with here. Here are a few ideas that I found.

Available at or it looks like it could be a pretty simple DIY project. A deck of cards, some novelty casino object all glued onto some sort of a holder. Making it even larger would create more of a dramatic look.


Something like a collection of smaller casino objects and symbols such as the photo show above could decorate the card/gift table.

I just love this one. You could even exchange ‘Poker’ for other games and use those as your table names, depending how many tables are needed. This is how people will know where to sit when they come in. It could definitely strike up some conversation between old and new friends.

I also love this set-up. It is a little less casino-style, but with the same Las Vegas night club atmosphere feel.


These little holders could make double usage as place holders and favors for your guests. These dice holders with candy inside also would make great favors to your gambling loving guests.

They even make favor boxes!


Onto cake ideas!!

Use these photos for some inspiration and then find a good cake baker who can mimic them!


Here is a good option for a Save the Date. Save the Dates are very important if you plan on getting married in Vegas to ensure people have plenty of time to plan for it.

A cute idea for invitations.

 Personalized poker chip favors are also pretty reasonable!!


 You don’t have to go to Vegas to have a Vegas style wedding!! If you know anyone who has poker or blackjack tables in their basement or can find some cheap ones, this would be a fun option to have at your wedding! Hire some friends to deal for you. The options are endless!!


Add a comment March 28, 2011

The History of the Garter

History. Yuck. I know. But haven’t you ever wondered why brides wear a garter when they’re getting married? I was married recently and I have to admit that I looked and looked for the perfect garter to match my color theme of the wedding, and then for a cheaper one to throw to the girls so I could hold onto that one. I, not once, thought what is this small piece of fabric and lace even for? I still didn’t even think of it while my new husband was under my very large dress and even larger petticoat underneath. Until today. I wanted to know, and so I researched it a little and am now passing the information along to anyone else who cares to know. If anything, you can bring it up during your wedding planning and sound really smart.

Garters have been around for hundreds and hundreds of years. It actually dates back to somewhere in the middle ages. History says that it was actually custom for the newlywed couples family to escort them on the night of their wedding to their wedding bed to witness the consummation of the marriage. Oh my, how times have changed. Once the consummation was confirmed, they would take the garter as a symbol of this confirmation.

Fast forward a couple of hundred years, and probably once the newlywed couple decided this wasn’t comfortable to do with the families witnessing it decided they wanted their privacy. The family would then wait outside the window, and the groom would then toss the garter out the window for them to catch. As more and more years went by, people just began associating good luck with the garter, and today it is thought that the man who catches this good luck garter will be the next to marry. Today, most garters are sold in sets so the bride can keep her own symbol of consummation and toss the other one.

If anything, garters have definitely gotten sexier in the past couple of hundred years.

History lesson learned. Now, head over to to buy your new and improved, sexy garter so that you too, may consummate your marriage.

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How to make your own aisle runner

In this post, I’m going to explain in detail how to design a monogrammed aisle runner. Beautiful and they add a great personalized touch to your wedding day, just make sure if  are it outside on a windy day that you remember something to hold it down( mistake I made!!)

What you will need:

  • Aisle runner
  • Wax paper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Computer
  • Creativity

Step 1- Measure the aisle you want the runner to go on, and decide where you would like the monogram to be. Some brides like it at the front, some in the middle, and some in the back when you first enter the room. After you decide these things, you want to measure it out. Mark with a pencil exactly where you want the monogram to start and where you want it to end.

Step 2- Your next step will be to get on the computer and start designing. I use Powerpoint. You can look up a lot of different tutorials online on how to design a monogram,  or if you want something like your names and your date under it, you can do tha too. You can play around with fonts, location, sizes, etc. Making separate text boxes will allow you to move the different words around more. Whatever you want, design it in the program you wish to use. When your finished, print it out.

Step 3- Take your printed out design to a paper company, such as Office Max or Kinko’s and have it blown up to 400% This COULD vary depending on the size of aisle runner you have, but most standards aisle runners are about 40% My store usually charges about 4 and some change.

Step 4- Choose a large, newspaper area that you will be comfortable sitting at for a long time painting. You will want a smaller paintbrush and a larger one. You will also need some wax paper to lay underneath the aisle runner to prevent it from sticking to the newspaper and ruining it. You will also need a pencil.

Step 5- Place the blown up design underneath the aisle runner where you want it to be and begin tracing it.

Step 6- After the whole design is traced onto the aisle runner, grab the paintbrushes and paint and begin painting. If you start with the small brush, outlining the letters, and then filling it in with the larger brush, it usually works better.

Step 7- Let the monogram dry for several hours before removing it. I would even wait at least 24 hours to be sure. Then you are free to roll it up.

Step 8- Walk down it to get married!!

If you’re not into the creative stuff or just don’t have the time to do it, check out my customized affordable aisle runners at Ask for a special price for my blog followers!!

Add a comment February 18, 2011

Red & Yellow inspiration

I was looking up some wedding decorations today in red for a few people who are doing red accented weddings. I came across the most beautiful yellow decorations, and then I got to thinking.. does red and yellow go together? I combined the colors, and I absolutely LOVE it. It is so summery and elegant at the same time.

That bouquet would pop so beautifully in photos against an all white wedding gown.

So many different options to customize it how you like it. Like yellow more? You could go with a simple yellow bridesmaid dress by Alfred Angelo with a red sash. Like red more? You could do the red short flirty bridesmaid dresses with all yellow flowers in the bridesmaids bouquet.

This beautiful assortment could be used as a bouquet or as simple and cheap centerpieces for brides on a budget.

Add in this 4-tiered cake in yellow with red flower accents.

Choose one of these for your shoes which will add a  nice pop of color peeking out from under your dress, choose the others for your bridesmaids dresses.

Oh the many ideas I could come up with this color combination. Any red and yellow brides out there??

Add a comment January 25, 2011

Will you be my maid of honor??

Those 7 little words mean a huge responsibility. Although someone may feel special when asked to be someone’s maid of honor or bridesmaid in their wedding, they need to understand how much responsibility it can be. The bride needs to understand this also. The people that you choose to stand up with you when you say your vows need to do much more than stand up at your wedding. They’re responsible for so much more from planning to certain responsibilities at the actual wedding.

What do they actually do? How do I choose them?

Well a maid of honor is supposed to take a step above the bridesmaids and should be the head in all of the responsibilities that you ask of your bridesmaids. She (or he) should be the one to attend your appointments with you, your fittings, learn to bustle your dress, help you make decisions, plan the bridal shower, possibly, plan the bachelorette party, if applicable.  The maid of honor should be the bride’s right hand girl, and should make the bride less stressed in any way possible. The maid of honor is also responsible for giving a toast or a speech at the reception. She will be the girl who fixes your train and holds your bouquet during your ceremony. Make sure when you pick someone to fill this role that you can trust her to hold all of this responsibility. Sometimes your first thought isn’t always the best pick. This decision takes a lot of thought and consideration.

*Substitute matron of honor when married.

 The bridesmaids have a lot of responsibility too. They are responsible for also helping the  bride to relieve stress in any way possible. They will assist with planning the bridal shower and the bachelorette party. They will assist with shopping and planning in anyway needed. They will also be responsible for being social during the reception and ensuring that everyone is having a good time. When choosing your bridesmaids, make sure that the girls you pick are girls who are going to be there for you unselfishly and only want to make you happy. These are the girls who will still be okay with hearing about your wedding planning after a year of talking about it.

Dn’t forget to get your bridal party something nice for all of their hard work. They put in a lot of effort to ensure your wedding goes as planned. They also have to wear a dress and do their hair and makeup how you want! So remember to thank them in a special way! Jewelry, flasks, glasses, gift certificates, and personalized things all are great ideas!!

This pink flask is perfect for the girly girl who like to drink. Only 26.99 from

Add a comment January 25, 2011

I will to I do

Okay so the man of your dreams has taken you someplace romantic and serenaded you with gifts and his love and asked you to be his wife. You have accepted the ring, and said yes! Now what? That one little word begins the start of a long, complicated, exciting time of planning that perfect day of your wedding.

*Spread the word!* I’m sure this one comes without saying, because you will both be so excited and in the moment that you will want to share it with everyone you know. Call your parents, your friends, even your co-workers! This is an exciting moment for you, and you should share it with everyone!

*Insure your ring* I know, I know, this one doesn’t sound as exciting, but there’s nothing like losing your engagement ring to ruin the whole wedding planning high your on. Take a moment away from all of the excitement and go get it insured.

*Pick the date!* It doesn’t have to be the for sure date, but you should pick a tentative date. Think about what season wedding and what month you want, and pick a date. Plan on this date, unless something comes up that makes it impossible.

*Start dreaming* Start envisioning your day and what you want it to look like. This is the fun part. Look through wedding magazines, browse the internet, watch wedding TV shows and get some ideas.

*Hire a wedding planner* Hiring a wedding planner early on will ease the stress right away. They will take any and all unwanted stress off of you so you can focus on the important details. Hiring early is important in ensuring you have enough time to plan and let her know what you want.

*Choose your attendants* Choose the special girls you want to stand up with you. Think about this decision carefully because these girls are the people who you will continue to talk about your wedding planning with for the next 6+ months when everyone else is tired of hearing about linens and cakes. These girls will also help you get everything needed done.

*Start saving* Weddings cost a lot. Now is the time to choose a budget and start putting money into an account. This is also the time to figure out who is paying for what. It is even a good idea to set up a seperate savings account that you can put some money into every month. It is never too early to do this, even if you aren’t getting married for a year or two. You will just be that much closer to the final goal.

*Enjoy this  time!* This is a once in a lifetime(we hope) event, so take absolutely everything you can out of it, have the time of your life, and enjoy every last-minute of it. One day you will look back and remember how fun you had!

Add a comment January 19, 2011
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Top 5 reasons to hire a wedding consultant

When planning and budgeting for a wedding, one of the first areas you may want to cut out is a wedding consultant. You might think at first thought why spend the money when you can do it yourself, right?


This is what leads me to our first post, the top 5 reasons why hiring a wedding consultant, really is a good idea.

#5 *Informed decision* A wedding consultant will be there to give you informative answers to your questions you might otherwise not know where to get the answer from. They will help you decide if you should have a summer wedding at sunset or a winter wedding with a snowy feeling. A wedding consultant has done it before and therefore can let you know what will look best and go along with your vision best. If you were buying a house, you would consult a realtor. If you were buying a car, you would consult a salesman. When taking on the huge expense of a wedding, you should consult a wedding consultant.

#4 *Don’t sweat the small things* Along with wedding planning comes hundreds and hundreds of small details. These details may make you feel overwhelmed and take the enjoyment out of planning your wedding day. A consultant can help make these decisions a lot easier and quicker. Their creativeness can help you figure out the small stuff resulting in making the entire planning process more enjoyable.

#3 *Money-saver* Often the cost of hiring a bridal consultant is made up in the areas that she or he can save you. They plan numerous events, and because of this can often negotiate deals with different vendors. They also know the average cost of things and will be able to inform you if you are paying too much for something. Their creative ideas can help you save money on different areas of the wedding. A wedding is a huge expense and saving any amount of money is always a good thing.

#2 *Time management* A wedding consultant can help save time by providing informed information on small decisions. They also can take on a lot of the responsibility such as researching and booking for you. This will open up more time for you to concentrate on bigger things that matter. Remember, time is money.

#1 *Enjoy your once in a lifetime day* The #1 reason for hiring a wedding consultant is to enjoy your day with your family and friends. You spent all this time and work in planning your wedding to ensure it is the perfect day, you don’t want to ruin it by worrying about the logistics of everything on your wedding day. A wedding consultant can ensure that everything is running smoothly, as well as take care of any last-minute issues without even worrying you about it. This leaves you to enjoy your family and friends, and most importantly, your new husband.

There are may perks to hiring a wedding consultant for your big day. Let a professional take over so you can truly enjoy every minute of this special time, after all it is a once in a lifetime event.

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