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Here you will find the archive of posts before the daily blogging moved permanently back to Brenda's Wedding Blog after hearing the comments and requests from my readers. Please be sure to visit our vendor guide to find your wedding pros and resources.



The sweetest of weddings : a real wedding of two friends since high school

Today's lovely wedding of Sara and John was photographed by Leigh Skaggs Photography. They have known each other since high school so not only are they best friends, but they are head over heels in love. Their wedding was held at the Half Moone Cruise Terminal in Norfolk VA. Don't you just love all the reflections in the photos during their ceremony? Oh, and when you get to the reception you will see cakes on each table - these non-edible creations were made by the bride and her friends for the centerpieces. I love the idea of a non-floral centerpiece. Very cute.

Wedding Vendors:
Photographer: Leigh Skaggs Photography
Cake Designer: Cake Delights
DJ: Astro Entertainment
Event Venue: Half Moone Cruise Terminal


Wednesday Wedding Accessory : Coastal Caketop

This resin seashell cake topper from The Wedding Outlet makes the perfect decoration for a destination or beach-themed wedding. The two starfish are a perfect beach-themed representation of the bride and groom. You can use the Coastal Caketop your wedding cake or decor on your dessert or gifts table.

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Giveaway : TACORI Earrings from Elizabeth Diamond Company

Happy Tuesday. Excited to have Elizabeth Diamond Company join us this week. They are offering one lucky winner a pair of the beautiful square Silver CZ TACORI Earrings {valued at $200}. For more than 4 decades, TACORI has blended classic elegance with modern inspiration and the Elizabeth Diamond Company is a Gold-Certified TACORI Retailer. Wouldn't you love to have these earrings for your upcoming wedding parties, a night on the town or even for your honeymoon?

To enter the contest, please leave me a comment {wedding thought} with your wedding date and your favorite TACORI Engagement Rings and/or TACORI Fashion Jewelry. The contest runs thru Monday January 16th, with a winner being selected on Tuesday January 17th. Please be sure to leave your email address on the comment form so I can email you if you're the lucky winner {it will not be published}. PS: don't forget to share this post with all your engaged friends.

Contest prize: a pair of Silver CZ TACORI Earrings {valued at $200}
Contest Deadline: Monday January 16th, 2012 at 11:59pm EST
Contest Question to Answer: What's your favorite TACORI Engagement Rings and/or TACORI Fashion Jewelry? {PS: don't forget to include your wedding date to be eligible to win}

Would you like FIVE additional entries into the giveaway?

For Entry Number 2: Simply follow Elizabeth Diamond Company on twitter and then come back here to leave a 2nd comment letting me know you're now following Sharon Naylor on twitter.

For Entry Number 3: Simply like Elizabeth Diamond Company on Facebook and then come back here to leave a 3rd comment letting me know you've now liked Best Wedding Sites on Facebook

For Entry Number 4: Tweet the following . . . "I just entered to win Free TACORI Earrings from @weddingsites and @edcshop - Enter Here http://ht.ly/8ojuz" and then come back to leave me a 4th comment with the link to your tweet and your twitter id.

For Entry Number 5: Simply follow Best Wedding Sites on Twitter and then come back here to leave a 5th comment letting me know you're now following @weddingsites on Twitter

For Entry Number 6: Simply like Best Wedding Sites on Facebook and then come back here to leave a 6th comment letting me know you've now liked Best Wedding Sites on Facebook


Winners Announced : wedding books from best-selling author Sharon Naylor

It's time for me to announce the winning recipients of the wedding books from best-selling author Sharon Naylor.

Winner #1 of the Mother of the Bride book along with five floral Kodak one-time use cameras is Melissa W who wrote: "I am having a Fall themed Wedding on October 20, 2012! I am really looking forward to planning the decorations for the Church & the Reception site, my Mother & I are planning it all!!"

Winner #2 of the Wedding Weekend Events book is Lindsay who wrote: "My wedding date is 4/6/2013. I'm most looking forward to dress shopping and of course the bachelorette party!"

Winner #3 of the Wedding Weekend Events book is Shannon who wrote: "My wedding date is September 1, 2013 - My favorite part about planning is that you get to pick everything, down to every little detail. I love that you are throwing the biggest party of your life with it reflecting both your personalities!"

Congratulations Melissa, Lindsay and Shannon - I'll be emailing you personally for your mailing address or if you see this before I write, feel free to send me a message. Please note: winner(s) have 48 business hours to reply or another winner will be selected.

For All My Brides and Family of those planning a wedding:
Stay tuned for another giveaway coming up a bit later this morning {here's a hint…it involves some bling}


The Rules of Engagement Parties : the question’s been popped, now what? 

article courtesy of Simply Perfect by Melissa

Engagement season hit it's peak on Christmas Day and will continue to stay strong all the way through Valentine’s Day and the first thing couples like to do is have a party to let everyone know and celebrate their big news. However, who is supposed to come to this party? Who should host the party? Are gifts expected? Melissa Phillips, owner of  Simply Perfect by Melissa has shared some answers to the biggest questions couples are faced with after the biggest question is popped:

Host: The couple should never host this engagement party themselves. Traditionally, the brides parents should be the ones to take this responsibility however these days many friends are stepping up to the plate. So long as it’s a friend or family member- couples are doing it right.

Engagement Party Invitations from Wedding Paper Divas
Totally Smitten, She Said Yes, Stamp on Over, Love Bird Banner

Invitees: Ideally, everyone invited to the engagement party will also be invited to the wedding. However, not everyone invited to the wedding must have been invited to the engagement party. Engagement parties are known and expected to be a much smaller, intimate affair.

Gifts: Gifts are not required. Even if the happy couple has already signed up with a registry, it is not appropriate to put this information on invitations. Gifts are not customary this early in the process.

Food & Beverage: This is typically up to the host of the party, but any host’s best bet is a cocktail/hors d'oeuvres setting, which allows guests to mix and mingle rather than feel trapped at a sit-down dinner table.

Venue: Depending on the size of the guest list, this could very well be hosted at a home or someone’s backyard for a more intimate feel. Other options are gathering at a restaurant or loft space but there should be absolutely no ballroom or banquet engagement parties unless the guest list is at 300+.

About Simply Perfect: Simply Perfect by Melissa works for and with their customers to deliver exceptional event coordination solutions. The customer focus helps them to understand and deliver your event vision. They offer exceptional service, value, extensive industry knowledge, and quality vendor relationships to create your Simply Perfect event. Their relationships with clients, colleagues, and partners are based on collaboration, communication and integrity. The services Simply Perfect by Melissa offers is a range from complete wedding planning months prior to your wedding day to sudden problems or challenges that occur the day of your wedding.  For more information on Simply Perfect by Melissa visit www.simplyperfectbymelissa.com. 


A Real Canadian Wedding in purple + green with a topsy turvy cake

location: Winnipeg, Canada
color palette: black, plum and lime green

Happy Monday!!! Today's wedding of Ashley and Alessandro is a beauty from Madeline's Weddings & Events. Madeline's team pulled out the works for their wedding including gorgeous decor, their very special and unique spotlighting as well as designing their wedding invitations and reception stationery. And, not only is the bride beautiful - but there's even the guys and a shopping cart {aren't guys silly?} along with leaves being tossed in the air. I love shots like this!

Wedding Vendors:
Ceremony: Holy Rosary Church
Reception: Four Points Sheraton Winnipeg South
Photographer: Curtis Moore Photography
Planning/Coordination | Invites/Stationery | Decor & Linens: Madeline's Weddings & Events
Flowers - The Floral Fixx
Cake: Cake Studio


Don't forget to enter the current giveaway . . .

Hope everyone has a terrific weekend planned. It's sadly time to take down our Christmas decorations - I'll miss seeing the twinkling lights of the tree and our garland on the mantle at night. But, maybe I'll break out the purple and red lights I know I have in storage to drape across the mantle as the birthdays of both my hubby and myself are coming up later this month and Valentine's Day is approaching, hmmmmm. Should I? What do you have planned this weekend?

PS: Don't forget to enter and win in this week's giveaway. Enter to win wedding books from best-selling author Sharon Naylor. Contest ends on Monday January 9th, 2011 at 11:59pm EST.

And, in case you missed any posts this week, here's a round-up . . .
- A Cupcakes and Champagne Photo Shoot with sparkles, glitter and glam
- A bright, bold and fun starfish themed Florida wedding with a sundae bar
- Winner Announced : Fresh Florals from 1-800-Flowers
- Winner Announced : $200 towards custom or pre-designed invitations
- Top 10 vegetarian dishes fit for a sumptuous wedding feast
- Friday Favor of the Day : Fleur-de-Lis Bottle Opener
- Celebrate Love with a Sparkling Wine Cocktail + other recipes