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Hello ladies. Are you engaged to be married? Isn't it an amazing feeling? Let's talk about ideas for the ceremony, invitations, flowers, hair, bridal showers, special touches, DRESSES, how to stay in shape for the big day, and everything else having to do with planng our wedding.

Wedding Registry 101: Appliances

Posted By Food on Mar 29, 2007 at 6:58AM

So we've gone through what you need to look for when choosing dinnerware, drinkware and flatware, so today I thought we'd cover the fun stuff: appliances!

Now every couple is going to be different. If you don't drink coffee, there's no need to register for a coffee pot or espresso machine. Also, since so many couples tend to live together before getting married, they've probably already accumulated quite a few great items, so look at what you have, what you need to replace and what you want. To check out the appliances you might want to consider and some tips on what to look for, read more

You Asked: Do you Have to Attend Every Engagement Party?

Posted By DearSugar on Mar 29, 2007 at 6:00AM

Dear Sugar--

My boyfriend's close buddy is getting married this summer and the engagement parties are already in full swing. Neither one of us have been to many weddings so we are quite naive when it comes to shower, engagement party, and bachelor party etiquette.

With so many parties, are we obligated to attend everyone? While we both enjoy seeing all our friends and attending fun parties, I'm worried that my pocketbook will suffer. If we do decide to attend multiple parties, are we expected to bring a gift each time? My boyfriend is turning to me to answer all these questions and I am just as clueless as he is so I am hoping turning to you, Dear, will help put us on the right track. --Stumped Sammy

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The Most Stylish Wedding Registries

Posted By Fashion on Mar 28, 2007 at 4:50PM

If you're a design snob like me, you're sort of picky when it comes to receiving gifts. I always thought wedding registries were cool because you can pre-select everything you want - that way even your farthest away (and, er, ill fashioned) relatives can buy you something awesome. If you need help figuring out what you'll need as young honeymooners visit YumSugar Wedding Registry 101. Then, check out this extensive guide on where to go for what. But if you're looking for style, look no further!

The Neiman Marcus wedding registry is simply divine. This is the place to shop for fine china, barware, silverware, table accessories, fine linens and stylish men's items. You can view their selection before registering, which is key. Register with Neimans and experience one of the finest gift selections, a welcoming environment, and their legendary personal service. To read more about about the benefits of registering at Neimans click here.

They have other helpful wedding services like catering, The Bridal Shop and, if you decide not to register with them, you can create a wedding Wish List if something catches your eye you have to have.


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Engaged = Stress? It Doesn't Have To

Posted By Fitness on Mar 28, 2007 at 1:30PM

For most of us, we dream about the day when our favorite person, our lover, and best friend in the world will get down on one knee, profess his love, and ask for our hand in marriage. It's all dreamy and wonderful in our minds, but when it actually happens, it's a happy time but filled with stress.

The questions start flying...

"Who's going to be in your wedding party?"
"When are you getting married?"
"Did you pick out your color scheme?"
"Are the groomsmen going to wear tuxes or suits?"
"Where are you going to have the wedding?"
"Will my kids be invited?"
"What's your dress going to look like?"
"Are you going to wear your hair up or down?"
"Are you going to have roses in the bouquets because you know I'm deathly allergic?"

AHHHH!!!! Seriously. What do people think you've been doing for your entire life, planning a wedding? For most of us, we were so concerned with getting engaged, that we never thought much past that.

Just because you are engaged does NOT mean you know every last detail about your future wedding. So enjoy this extraordinary time and don't let other people's nosiness get in the way.

Want to know how to ditch the stress? Then read more

Fab Gift Guide: Engagement Presents for The Groom

Posted By Beauty on Mar 28, 2007 at 12:27PM

We have come to a point in Engagement Week where we must also focus on the groom some. It's so easy to get carried away in the girly aspect of weddings, we sometimes forget that the Mr. in this equation deserves something special too. Here are some Fab Gift Guide suggestions for the Groom in three different price ranges. To see gift ideas for the bride, click here.

Under $50

This Anthony Logistics Essentials Starter Kit, $40, is a great way to introduce your groom into the world of grooming! This kit includes: glycolic facial cleanser, shaving cream, facial moisturizer, lip balm, body cleansing gel, glycerin hand and body lotion, a product-info card (to help explain what everything is) and a storage container. Now the couple can primp and pamper together - fun fun!

For two more engagement gift ideas for the groom, read more

Beauty Mark It! A Medium Coverage Foundation

Posted By Beauty on Mar 28, 2007 at 10:02AM

In preparation for my wedding, my makeup artist told me to go to a Prescriptives counter and have them custom blend a medium coverage foundation for me. This type of coverage helps to prevent shine and hides flaws, redness and blemishes.

I'm not going to lie, custom blending is a bit costly, however, as your skin lightens or darkens with the seasons, Prescriptives will adjust the color for you at no extra charge.

The problem is that I got married a year and a half ago and I've still got this foundation lying around. I know that it's time to scrap it, but I just can't seem to find one that I like quite as much. Can you help me find a new foundation with the following criteria:

  • It leaves my skin looking flawless and it's not too heavy.
  • It looks very natural on and doesn't clog my pores.
  • My skin won't look shiny or greasy when I wear it.

Let's all go beauty marking to find a perfect new medium coverage foundation! Please come back and tell me when your Beauty Marks are up, or just tag your choices with medium coverage foundation. To learn how to make a Beauty Mark, click here.

To see some of my favorite online beauty stores, read more

Fab Site: WeddingChannel.com

Posted By Fashion on Mar 28, 2007 at 9:38AM

Now that you're engaged, and the big day seems so close yet so far away, you need to get yourself registered on Wedding Channel. This website is the be-all end-all destination for everything weddings.

Laid out so you can navigate everything from the get go, there are two main umbrellas everything falls under: Bride & Groom and Guests & Gifts.

For Bride & Groom, people can search for your registries, search for key elements such as: the dress, the jewelry, the hairstyle, the favors etc., have your wedding questions answered, view the editor's top picks, utilize their free planning tools and they even have a store! This all may seem overwhelming at first so it's best to tackle this site once you are organized.

For Guests & Gifts, people can search for your registries, learn all about the best gifts to give, gifts etiquette, get ideas for bridal showers (fun!), and more.

As well, there is a community section where you can read people's wedding diaries and learn about their personal experiences. I got a little distracted in the honeymoon section as well as, typical, the wedding dresses section. Check it out: you can also view the Spring 2007 bridal shows! Also super helpful for everybody is their local wedding vendors section. So hop to it! There's a lot to explore on this Fab Site.

To explore other wedding websites, visit geeksugar for a wedding site breakdown.

The How-To Lounge: Wedding Time Line

Posted By DearSugar on Mar 28, 2007 at 9:30AM

As much as you would love to fast forward to your wedding day immediately after your fiancé pops the question, weddings take time and careful consideration to plan. There are many caveats to making your day everything you always dreamt it would be, so it is imperative to create a time line leading up to your wedding day.

Whether you have hired a wedding planner or are orchestrating the big day yourself, you will need to keep track of important tasks, vendors, participants, and most importantly, deadlines. Having every detail accounted for and mapped out will help alleviate any unnecessary stress. Since most engagements last a year, I am here to give you some tips on mapping out your wedding time line.

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Wedding Registry 101: Flatware

Posted By Food on Mar 28, 2007 at 7:58AM

So you've picked out your dinnerware and drinkware, looks like the flatware is next!

Just like dinnerware and glassware, you will (traditionally) want to register for both fancy and everyday versions. Your fancy flatware is reserved for holidays and special occasions, while your everyday flatware is the stuff that is going to get banged around and ground up in the garbage disposal (come on, who hasn't done that at least once). You may decide that fancy flatware is not your thing, and that you would rather your guests spend the money on other accessories (soup spoons, knives, serving sets) instead. To check out a few tips on what to look for in flatware, as well as get a list of useful things to add to the flatware portion of your registry, read more

Come Party With Me: Engagement Party - Drinks

Posted By partysugar on Mar 28, 2007 at 6:59AM

The announcement of a marriage is an excellent reason for a party. I love the idea of making it a surprise by inviting intimate friends and close family over to a party and, along with your boyfriend (who has already proposed), announcing your engagement. If the announcement will be made at the soiree, the couple should host the engagement party. However, if the engagement is known it is typically thrown by the bride's parents. Another option (fellows please pay attention) is for the groom to host the party and surprise by proposing to his girlfriend in front of everyone. It's the most romantic if the groom lets all of the guests know the reason for the celebration, which can be easily conveyed in a short polite phone conversation. The last wedding I went to, the engagement party was the latter option and Ryan surprised Sarah on a vacation in Tahoe by getting down on one knee in their hotel room. Little did she know that he had rented the room next door as well and that all of their friends were waiting to commemorate the occasion. This week I am helping julieulie's parents plan an engagement for her and her husband-to-be, Scott. I created a collage (ideally of the couple) invite and chose the desserts to be on the menu. Today I am talking about what drinks should be poured during the fete, so please read more