Sunday, December 31, 2006

Custom Dress Shirts For Your Man

Giorgenti Best Custom Shirts launched its dress shirt holiday special:
50% off its $99 dress ( applies only to the first shirt ordered) with
  • free monogram,
  • a free matching tie and
  • free shipping.
WHAT A DEAL!!!! If your lovey dovey soon to be hubby has never had his dress shirts custom made, you owe it to him to do this. Once he does, he'll never go back: Promise!
I have not seen an expiration date on this offer but head on over and check out the site. It's very comprehensive and very tech savvy which is a blessing for anyone that enjoys the ordering online process. This used to be one of those things you really couldn't do online.

Giorgenti Best Custom Shirts is the vision of Janine Giorgenti, a fourth-generation Italian designer who blends old-world craftsmanship with today's cutting-edge technology. The company's master tailors cut the dress shirts by hand. They top-stitch the collars, cuffs, and fronts with more than 20 stitches per inch for a rich look that stands up to the test of time and regular dry cleaning. You choose from an array of fabrics and colors and prints. Again this is terrific!!!
  • Custom Economy ($49-$69) Wrinkle Resistant Cotton Blends
  • Deluxe Custom Shirts ($89-$99) Super Fine Cottons
  • Luxury Custom Shirts ($135-$165) The Finest Custom Shirts Available

Another Wedding Website

The Bridal Guides.com offers state-of-the-art streaming video uploads to users This and other unique, user-friendly services are reinventing the traditional wedding website model and another option to The Knot and Wedding Channel. A bride-to-be can browse thousands of local and national vendors and print online coupons from the site, all without logging in. (NO personal information!!! Yippee!!) With a few clicks, you can register on the site for free and build your own personalized wedding website which your guests can interactively visit.

Using the site's unique BridalTV streaming video (Do we hate this at The Knot Boards???) , the bride and her fiancé can upload personalized video invitations to their guests. Later, guests can watch the wedding videos online -- including video clips uploaded from their own Bluetooth cell phones. (Click on "BridalTV" on the homepage, TheBridalGuides.com , and watch Will Smith singing at a private wedding.)

Other click-to-use features include an interactive photo gallery, online RSVP and guest book (guests can leave messages here), gift registry, maps, hotels and city details. The bride can use the site's ePlanner tools, read articles, and chat in bridal forums. Best of all -- the bride and her guests pay nothing for these services.

Sell Your Wedding Dress... Already?

SellYourWeddingDress.com helps Brides by providing a place to sell their unwanted wedding dress. Through the company's website, brides can post their used wedding dresses online to prospective buyers.

Instead of packing up your used wedding dress, why not sell it?" The site allows sellers to easily post dresses and accessories, and communicate directly with one another in order to arrange for a sale. Buyers can also browse top designer dresses from around the world. This past October the firm began accepting dresses from Canada, the UK, and Australia."

Of course the flip side of all of this is yet another way to perhaps find that couture dress you can't bring yourself to spend $8000 on. Take a peek you might like what you see...

Free Bridesmaid Dress Contest

BridesmaidTailor.com has announced a new contest to award up to six custom made bridesmaids' dresses to the winner. Hong Kong based BridesmaidTailor.com is an online store that specializes in creating custom made bridesmaid dresses. If you know anything about tailoring Hong Kong is the home of some of the world's finest tailors on earth. The company, which has been in business for eight years, has created thousands of bridesmaid dresses for bridesmaids around the world.

In order to enter the contest, the bride-to-be ( Yes, one more thing for you to add to your list of things to do...) simply needs to write a short essay of 200 words or more that is related to bridesmaids' dresses in some way. She must also be planning a 2007 wedding, though there are no restrictions when it comes to the bride's country of residence. The exact topic is up to the discretion of the bride. "Some possible topics include problems with all the girl's figures, location of all the girls, or the inability t get everyone to come to consensus.

Contest entries must be submitted no later than January 31, 2007 in order to be eligible. Contest winners will be notified on February 14, 2007. For more information, visit BridesmaidTailor.com

Custom Designed Jewelry

Engagement ring experts, DiamondOcean.com, are poised to bring about a major change in the way people shop for high quality diamond jewelry online. People can now tinker around with different ideas and designs, and only after their approval is given does a design go into production. In addition to customized rings, they offer customized earrings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets, charms, bangles, watches, complete diamond sets and loose diamonds. Head on over and check it out, or better give your fiance something to do and let His creativity flow, you may be incredibly surprised at the results.

A New Twist on Lingerie

A new lingerie company is poised to hit the market in 2007. Anyone looking for lingerie might want to check out Vu Azul. Vu Azul has boldly decided to launch their store with a grand opening strategy never seen before. Mysteriously new shoppers will not be able to see or buy new items until they are officially released. The event will start on January 1st 2007 and will continue for 3 full months. Each and every day of the New Year for 90 days women across the globe will be anxiously awaiting the next new hot item for today's sexiest women. Each new item will be discounted 25% only on the day of it's release.

A Written Challenge

I know how much you all strive to keep up with what's "IN". Not necessarily fall a slave, but it's good stuff to know. Well, "IN" for this year is the handwritten note. I this this Soooooooo
apropos for the nearly brides. WRITE!

Invite your bridesmaids with a handwritten note? Thank You's for every gift you receive, the engagement ones, the shower ones, the wedding ones. Write a personal note. But don't stop there.
Send a note for nice things people have done for you. The kind word they gave or the shoulder offered. Assistance on a project or help hashing out an idea. But don't stop there take the offensive and send a note to someone in need of a note for... get this... no reason at all. A girl friend you haven't hung out with (because you're so wrapped up with wedding planning...) a sibling or your Dad.

Yeah, I know you're planning a wedding, going to law school and working full time. That's why it means so much more.

So find some beautiful paper and WRITE.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Upcoming Bridal Shows

The Great Bridal Expo is coming to town on January 6, 2007 at the Renaissance Washington, DC hotel. Surprisingly, this information came to me via my soon to be brother in law. Tickets are $7 in advance, $9 at the door.
I thought I'd pass on the information.

Happy Holidays!

Save the Dates

I'm in the midst of finalizing my save the dates - as I try to heal from a bout of appendicitis. Vistaprint has once again come to my rescue. After researching some of the more popular choices for save the date magnets (magnetstreet.com was the runner up), I determined that Vistaprint had the cheapest prices for my purposes: $67.99 for 200 or $99.99 for 500 (via a great special). What I loved most about using Vistaprint was that I had complete freedom to design the magnet; Photoshop is my new best friend.

My test version has shipped, and I am nervously awaiting that the PDF proof on my screen will resemble the actual product once it reaches my hands.

I will keep you posted.

Build Your Dream Engagement Ring via The Knot

I was just on The Knot recently, and noticed that they have come out with a new Ring Selector feature on their site. Probably gearing up for "Engagement Season," which from what I understand we are in the midst of.

I'm usually not fond of this type of ring selection mechanism, but I actually liked The Knot's version. I found the their selection device really easy to use, with a very clear display of the ring, and a lot of ring construction choices (including metal choices - for those of us less fond of platinum).

Just a browsing tidbit.

Friday, December 15, 2006

2 Anything Bride

I admit that I am the consummate bride, with a voracious bridal research appetite. I subscribe to four bridal magazines, am a user of the TheKnot.com, Weddingchannel.com, and participate on their various chat boards. And I never thought I would become a "two dress bride," or more accurately a two anything bride.

A two dress bride is, as the name implies, a bride who acquires one dress and for whatever reason the love affair with the first dress ends, and a second dress is acquired. I came across the concept of a "two dress bride," early in my edification, feeling quite sorry for the afflicted brides, and slightly worried for myself, knowing my own tendencies towards indecision.

While, I'm not a two dress bride, I'm on the precipice of becoming a two site bride. I'm ashamed to admit that another site has caught my eye, and with the appropriate wiggle room in my first vendor contract, I am tempted to switch.

Mind you, this is not simple indecision; there are actual benefits to the new site. Space being a primary consideration for us as we are having a very large wedding, the new venue has significantly greater capacity than the first, not to mention that it is less expensive!

So what is the hesitation? I have reservations about backing out of the first site. But, at the end of the day, the rational part of me understands that the new site may really be a better deal, and therefore the one I should pursue.

Hmmm, I guess I'll be visiting the boards to see if anybody needs a venue for my date....

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Customized Websites

Microsoft is offering web hosting and customized domain names through their Microsoft Office Live service. "Microsoft Office Live Basics is the easy way to get started on the Web. If you have always wanted your own Web site, Office Live has just made it easier — much easier."

Microsoft gears this service towards small business owners (however, perhaps it's possible to use if for something like a wedding web site?!). Three versions are available: Office Live Basics, Office Live Essentials, and Office Live Premium.

The best part of Microsoft's offer is that Office Live Basics is entirely free!

Food for thought.