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Italians say CVD to mean Come Volevasi Dimostrare, ie “end of proof”. I’m saying it about myself… I’ve just read a recap of the 2010 wedding trends, and I think I’m going to break for sure 8 out them, possibly more — how’s that for thinking with one’s head? I haven’t done it on purpose it just happened… I’m not evil it’s just how they draw me 🙂

Let’s start analyzing them one at a time…

“2010 is the year to bring out the color!  Bold has risen above the white and pastels even for spring and summer weddings”

All right this is easy, it has always been an “all-white” wedding: off-white/ivory, light pink, platinum, powder almond.

 

“It’s no less expensive to hold your wedding at a private home than it is to rent a reception location”

This one is easy to break too… it’s a destination wedding in an Irish castle 🙂

“Fondant is quickly becoming an old fad”

Too bad… I had just decided for the raspberry chocolate fondant and I’m not going to change it!

“A special thank you as an appreciation for your guests attendance is even more important in our economic times”

No favors here!

” Couples and guests alike enjoy the feeling of incorporating “green” into the wedding.  Not just with favors, but with food, decor and natural flowers as well”

Yeah right, how is cutting flowers green? Anyway, given that I’ll have only bouquets and petals and no other flowers, together with organic food this one I’m not breaking it.

“Real flowers are still the trend in today’s wedding.  The look, the feel, the fragance just can’t be beat!”

Stink like a funeral home to me!

“Technology continues to grow and with the popularity of HD TV, it only makes sense to purchase your wedding video in HD.  If you haven’t upgraded to HD yet, talk to your videographer and make arrangements to shoot in HD anyway.  Have them include not only the HD Blu Ray for when you do upgrade, but also a standard DVD for you to view now.”

Say what? I don’t know what you’re talking about 😉

“Gowns are flowing and light in 2010”

Yeah right mine is Alencon lace AHAHAH

“Veils are back in 2010”

IF I’ll have it, it will be a mantilla. Either that one or a fascinator.

“it is becoming increasingly popular for couples to have a very special dance that will wow their guests”

Good for them. We HATE IT 😉

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…I hate chair covers! I find them to be tacky, cheap, and – ultimately – something that only Trimalchio (and some assorted modern nouveau riche) could use and at the same time think it’s a classy act. In other was, somebody who doesn’t have taste or class and resort to “pick it up” from some magazines and opinion leader (think with your brain, brides! Not your mom’s, not your wedding  planner’s, YOURS).

Granted, despite the fact that chair covers rarely look good (especially the satin white ones), they definitely are useful and a good thing to do if the chairs you absolutely have to use are in foldable plastic. However…

Please please please consider renting nicer chairs instead.

If you don’t believe me, compare the first picture:

From Quality Chair Covers

with the second:

From Chiavari Chair Rentals

remember that there are two philosophies about weddings:
1) having a huge amount of guests, then feed them cr@p full of preservatives, food dyes, etc, give them useless favors, and pay for lots of pre-wedding parties, dinners and whatever
OR
2) having only the people you really care about and pamper them with better food and decor, cut on waste of time and meaningless “mandatory” celebrations, and – especially – have at least 10 minutes during the reception for everyone of them because people aren’t numbers and shouldn’t be treated as such!

Remember, who you are shines through your behavior. If you settle for cheap stuff and compromises, that’s what you get out of people because it’s your actions – not what you fool them into believing – that impact your reputation.

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Via Italian Lakes Wedding Planner

I love the Italian Lakes region. And I – usually – love Italian wedding planners and their sense of style.

Now I must confess… I’ve always dreamt of paying an eye of my head (that’s the Italian rendition of “an arm and a leg”) for a wedding planner who would write the name of the table up on a card mismatched with the centerpiece flowers by using a felt-tip pen in a bad calligraphy!If that’s the service I’m going to get, as a bride I would demand lowest fees and a less impressive location so that the “slip” in style isn’t THAT evident. And – just because I’m in a good mood – I’m not going to rant over the fact that pairing an uncolored candle (pure wax, that is yellowish) with a pink like that equals to retinal receptors mass suicide. The caterer on the other hand has a lot more sense of color… the WP could use some 🙂

Besides, somebody marketing a service like that as “attention to details” make me laugh (if I am in a good mood) or want to run away to a desert island (if I am in a bad mood). Either way, I often think that this wedding industry is a circus.

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Yesterday and today I have been searching for some providers of custom bridal jewelry. In the specific I had already decided that I needed Swarovksi pearls (as opposed to natural pearls) because their color is uniform and reliable, therefore it’s easier to match and even predict the effect of the ensemble. Furthermore, I needed a silver/platinum/white gold look because gold really doesn’t look great on me (euphemism!).

I had found a bracelet I absolutely adored by when I asked for the (Canadian) manufacturer to customize it, I got a “no thanks we don’t eat kids for Christmas” answer. So I needed to find somebody else.

The first one I’d like to share is a store in the Uk. The site stated – in a very authoritative way – that their jewelry came in either “white or ivory Swarovski pearls” (note how Swarovski pearls d NOT come in any one  shade called ivory — there actually are three, Cream, Creamrose Light, and Creamrose) so that they could be matched to “any wedding gown”, except that you wouldn’t know how to actually get it done, because not only one couldn’t understand which one of the three shades they offered, but there was also no Swarovski pearls color chart whatsoever in their site for you to browse and pick the color. Just trust what the Big Brother thinks for you, tovarish 🙂

The second store was an Italian one. It literally wondered “what jewelry can a bride wear?”. Well, dear, whatever is in her mind, for God’s sake!

All of a sudden I was reminded of why I dislike Europe so much. Too many nonsensical rules! And, as far as Italy goes, too much peer pressure.

These people need to understand that, for one, I’m not going to obey and comply with a rule that doesn’t make sense to me unless it’s a law and, for two, they can shove their beloved peer pressure up their @$$. I don’t think I’m better than them. But I do think I’m an individual and I have all the right to be myself whether they agree with me or not and whether they like what I do, think and feel or not.

Now, if only I could find a wedding planner who is onboard with this…. 😉

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There is only one thing that is presently in a worse shape than marriage and its definition, and that thing is the wedding industry.

I’ve been trying to have some invitations done. I didn’t mean to spend a fortune, as I’m not after luxury details (such as brooches with real pearls or silk boxes). What I am after is an invitation that matches the way I am and the wedding I want. That is to say, not a pre-made invitation but also not a luxury one.

Of the many persons I’ve contacted, I got two proofs so far. One was what in Italian goes under the name of “accozzaglia”, that is a messy mix of stuff that resembles my granny’s best vegetable soup, except that it’s not nearly as tasty. The other one looked – at best – Art Deco except that the font didn’t fit, the colors didn’t either and sure at heck the feeling you would get from it is the same I got out of my goddaughter the first time she tried to put make-up on and get dressed like an adult… nice try but that’s not the way you do it.

In short: if it has to look like cr@p – well – it has to also cost like cr@p. I’m not going to pay a stationery designer for producing something I could buy in an online store at 1/3 of the price I’m charged by the designer. And no, I’m not cheap. I simply won’t accept cheesy, tacky stuff just because it’s either the norm or the person who designs the stationery fancies herself as a designer who she obviously is not.

I guess it all boils down to self-awareness. Just because I would love to be able to paint, I don’t think of myself as a painter. If I were that cr@ppy of a designer (and I am!), I wouldn’t market myself as one. End of story.

Mysteriously, the wedding industry is full of persons like that (tailors, stylists, designers, planners). They think they are something they obviously are not. But, just because they are entitled to their own delusions, it doesn’t mean I will use their services.

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