Friday, June 4, 2010

Two Web Belles: Serving Up More Tasty Treats

1. We heard about the Lemonade Wedding contest going on down in Florida, and thought it was a really sweet (pun intended) idea. They'e looking for couples who may have fallen on hard times, and will gift one with an intimate wedding at a historic estate. Besides that, the pink, yellow, and gray website design is totally eye catching. Anyway, we were going to throw together a mini lemon-inspired board to include with this write-up, but turns out one of the contest sponsors, event designers studio six eleven, already did one. And did it really well (see below). Totally summery and laid back and...makes us really want to sip some lemonade during outdoor cocktails.

2. You know we get a kick out of offbeat wedding dresses - remember the one made from cake? - so when we saw this frock made from Whiffle balls we thought we'd share. There's a train people would definitely see coming, right?

3. DC area brides in the market for a caterer - RSVP Catering is hosting a tasting event for brides next Tuesday, June 8th. (Here's an invite). RSVP has working relationships with many of the DC metro area's premier venues, and they offer menus that change with the season. Large scale tasting events like this one are the best way to gauge a caterer's potential for your reception. Serving dozens or even hundreds of people visually appealing, well prepared, and most imporantly delicious food is no easy task. An intimate trial run for just you and your groom may be nice, but it isn't representative of all the skills a caterer needs to pull off a seamlessly executed wedding reception service. Plus, you won't have to worry about what to have for dinner next Tuesday.

4. Usually we stay on the bargain hunting end of the shopping spectrum, but we ventured over to luxury e-tailer Net-a-Porter's wedding boutique, and were blown away with the options for a fashionista bride. Imagine sauntering (yes, when you're this well-dressed, you saunter) down the aisle in this Temperly London Gown.

We were surprised to find many of the dresses are comparably priced to the wedding gowns in a standard brick and mortar bridal boutique. The site also features accessories, lingerie, and bridesmaid or mother of the bride/groom dresses. Apart from the shopping options, we LOVE the mini wedding magazine on the site. The "Four Weddings and a Dress" feature is like the beautiful baby of your favorite high fashion magazine layout and the inspiration boards that are a fixture on basically every wedding site across the blogosphere. Each of the spreads have a unique "theme" (country, beach, cocktail, and city hall) but are stylistically edited so they all come across as timeless and decidedly un-themed. (Pretty sure we just coined that phrase).

5. 632 on Hudson is one of Manhattan's most unique and intimate venues. This weekend the stunning restored historic property will serve as host to the Illegal Wedding Fair. The event is an opportunity "to celebrate love for all", and will feature gay-friendly vendors for all the commitment ceremony essentials. It is hard to believe in one of the most liberal areas of the country, same-sex couples are not afforded the same marital rights as other couples. We think this event is a great way to bring attention to the cause, and love the attention grabbing name. Tickets here.

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