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Planning the perfect proposal is one of the most stressful tasks for a man looking to pop the question.  Fortunately, newlywed Ivanka Trump has just launched her New York Proposal Package to simplify the process.

“We understand how challenging it can be for men to not only shop for a ring, but plan the perfect way to pop the question,” said Ivanka, who in turn pledged, “We will plan everything: all he has to do is ask!”

By purchasing any of the diamond engagement ring at Trump’s Bridal Bar in her Madison Avenue boutique, clients are entitled to:

  • A complimentary one-night stay at the Trump International Hotel & Tower, or the new Trump SoHo (opening February 1st), both in Manhattan
  • Champagne and one dozen long-stemmed roses waiting in the couple’s suite
  •  A romantic 3-course dinner (and more champagne!) at either hotel’s restaurant
  • Breakfast in bed the following morning

Prices at the Ivanka Trump Bridal Bar start at $800.  And if you haven’t checked out her jewelry collection, you’re really missing out.  The pieces are elegant and breathtaking, just as every bride should be!  See the Ivanka Trump collection at ivankatrumpcollection.com.

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Are you looking for the perfect holiday or bridal shoes?  Of course we’d all love a pair of Louboutin heels, but that could set you back several hundreds of dollars!  Luckily Marvelous Girl found a few great knockoffs out there:

Coloriffic makes a pair of glitter slingback peeptoes in silver or gold for $50-$90.  The least-expensive pair we found was at EllaParkBridal.com

Forever 21 makes a pair of gold glitter peeptoe pumps for only $23!

Chinese Laundry makes a hot pair of sequin peeptoe pumps in black or navy.  The least-expensive pair we found was $79 at Heels.com.

It’s not everyday you get to feel like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.  So whatever the event, now you can click your heels three times for a fabulous evening…because you saved some straw along the way.

foreverlily perfumeDid you know that smell is the most closely tied sense to your memory?  Brides-to-be want everything from their dress, hair and make-up to their flowers, cake and venue to be perfect, but what about the most memory triggering element of all…their perfume? 

Recently, I found a fragrance called foreverlily that’s intended to open the heart and inspire hope, which I thought couldn’t be more perfect for a bride on her wedding day. 

The fragrance is an enveloping Oriental blend with a top note dominated by clove and sweet accents of lemon and lychee. The crispness of fig and the feminine presence of stargazer lily are equally balanced in the middle note.  The base note consists of cedar wood, vanilla, amber and sandalwood. 

I’m very picky when it comes to perfumes, but foreverlily completely charmed me.  The scent is so unique.  It’s clean, warm and romantic.  I liked it immediately, but I fell more and more in love with it throughout the day.   

Click here if you’d like a FREE sample of foreverlily eau de parfum.

White Taffeta & Sequined Glamour Dress - $160

White Taffeta & Sequined Glamour Dress - $160

I love vintage pieces, whether authentic or replicated, because they stand the test of time and always remain classic.  Vintage wedding dresses are marvelous, but often difficult to find in good condition…and especially in your size!  If you’re looking for a vintage-inspired wedding gown there’s a boutique in Burbank, Calif. called Unique Vintage that may just have the reminiscent style you’re searching for. 

If you can’t make it to Burbank, you can order online at www.unique-vintage.com.  Whether it be a period-themed party or event, you’re sure to find affordable replicates of the era’s you love.

Unique Vintage is located at 2013 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506

Photo by night_fate

Photo by night_fate

Something old, new, borrowed and blue – that is the wedding tradition – but this season brides may struggle to get something new.  According to industry research firm IBISWorld, spending on rented bridal gowns is expected to grow 7.5 percent to $43 million – up from $40 million in 2008. 

With brides renting dresses, sales of new wedding gowns are expected to decrease 2.8 percent this year, reaching just $973 million.  While the decline is not as steep as the 4.2 percent drop experienced in 2008, the industry has seen declines since 2001.  Brides who do purchase a dress will more likely buy their garments in high-end department stores, formal clothing stores, or online – like PreOwnedWedddingDress.com – opposed to a bridal store.

The one thing couples will not be renting this year is wedding planners. Compared to 2008, the amount spent on wedding planners is expected to drop 4.2 percent to $785 million.  In fact, the average cost of a wedding is expected to drop eight percent in 2009 to just $20,000 – in 2007 the average was $30,000.

“The recession is expected to exacerbate the already declining marriage rate, as couples put off the ‘big day’ until the time is right financially,” explained Toon van Beeck, senior analyst with IBISWorld.  “Spending will undoubtedly be impacted by such postponements.”

Dress by Tadashi Shoji - $710

Dress by Tadashi Shoji - $710

It’s good enough for Selma Hayek, Mandy Moore and Adrianna Lima…eloping is the smart girl’s marriage.  With all the money you’re saving on a big affair you can put a down payment on a house, get a bigger diamond in your engagement ring or go on a lavish honeymoom.   

Just because you’re taking the low-cost road to tying the knot doesn’t mean you have to look like a budget bride.  Tadashi Shoji’s spring 2009 collection offers reasonably priced couture that’s perfect for your special occasion. 

I’m completely in love with this line!  Absolutely anything you choose will make you an effortlessly beautiful bride.

Slub Silk Penelope Gown - $695

Slub Silk Penelope Gown - $695

So you’re looking for the perfect gown but can’t afford to spend thousands of dollars on a Vera Wang dress. Just because you can’t buy couture, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look like you’re wearing couture. Still a well kept secret, J.Crew now offers a bridal collection that will have you looking beautiful while feeling like a smart buyer.

According to J.Crew, the company’s designers search the world for the best and most luxurious fabrics (many of which come from couture fabric houses). They are obsessed with detail, ensuring that every dress is cut to fit, impeccably finished and always elegantly designed.

The company also has an array of exquisite shoes and bridesmaid dresses. This is truley an easy, inexpensive way to a fabulous wedding.

Suggested dresses:  Feather Chiffon Gown ($795.00) and Solid Silk Chiffon Whitney Long ($325.00)


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