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It was 62 years ago this month that the bikini made its debut in Europe. However, the navel wasn't publicly paraded on America's beaches, until the 1960's. Think Elvis movies and Beach Blanket Bingo. I still haven't figured how bikinis get continually more expensive when there's less and less of it every year... Oh well. Need another suit for that destination honeymoon or to welcome the dog days

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What is it that you want your guests to remember about your wedding? Amazing food that your guests will rave about for weeks afterward? Music that keeps them shaking their tail feathers all night? Or, perhaps something much more exotic? Am I implying one more thing to stress out about or to spend more money on~ just to make an impression? Not at all. I'm simply talking about giving your guests

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SO EXCITING...MagnetStreet Weddings is being featured in the 2008 edition Chicago Style Weddings Magazine & Website in their style file section. Style file is the section where they highlight some of their fav products and ideas. We are thrilled and honored to be featured among their favorite ideas for invitations and favors. I could barely keep my nose out of the magazine this morning~ lots of

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As a child, I loved looking at my parents' wedding photos. Mom looked so beautiful in her wedding dress, to me~ just like Elizabeth Taylor. I so wanted that dress. Mom didn't keep her dress but I'm sure an excellent seamstress could have altered and modernized it for me if needed~ changing the neckline, hemline, etc. to make it fit. If you're the type that wants to keep her dress and pass it down

Albeit a little late, I finally saw 27 dresses. The movie where Katherine Heigl is always a bridesmaid and never the bride... Cute show. For days, I was singing Benny and the Jets. Anyways, if you've seen the movie, you'll know what I'm referring to... the two main characters, Jane and Kevin realize that their favorite part of a wedding is the same...when the bride is walking down the aisle to her

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Our local newspaper featured an article about a couple celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary last week. They're in their 90's! That's an entire lifetime of being married... of events, occurrences, milestones...a lifetime of crumbs on the counter and picking up soldiering socks that guard the outside of the hamper. A lifetime of kisses, hugs and 'I love you's" whispered at bedtime... My

Men, here's your chance to claim a right of passage that should have been yours all along. Take advantage of the growing trend in "guys only" wedding showers. We girls get 2-3 showers thrown for us and yes, co-ed wedding showers are fun, but... it's your turn! Good for the goose. Good for the gander. C'mon dads, brothers, cousins...throw that groom of yours a party that's testosterone room only

What inspires you? Far away travels, hiking, a great book...? Today, my bumper sticker might read, "I'd love to be inspired biking on Orcas Island, WA." For those of us that sit with most of our body parts at 90º angles all day, inspiration for great ideas comes at a premium. You're planning your wedding and there just doesn't seem to be enough time, right? Since your boss would rather see you

Does it seem like private wedding ceremonies are gaining in popularity? With a break-away from the traditional, couples are discovering that they truly can have their wedding, their way. Some couples run away and elope, saying their vows in less traditional surroundings. Others plan an intimate ceremony on a nearby beach or in a private garden. And, still others sequester themselves in the

Celebration! Celebration of freedoms, patriotism, family, picnics, BBQ's, history, traditions and making memories... I'm quickly becoming convinced that a July 4th wedding would be one of the easiest wedding celebrations to plan. Of course, it certainly helps if the holiday falls on a weekend. Flag photo collage...so interesting. A gorgeous quilted table runner. I found it on Etsy (all things

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Isn't the bride in this photo absolutely beautiful? I wonder if she is shy or just in a time of quiet reflection, needing a moment to herself to process all that is going on around her. If she is introverted, she simply needs a moment. If she is shy, she is probably feeling afraid of the pending social interactions and expectations of her wedding day. I am mostly an introvert~ I love, love my

It is so easy to send, share and print photos nowadays. Anybody can do it but is everybody doing it well or without hassle? If you're uploading digital photographs over the internet, you want to be aware of a few, time-saving tips for a hassle-free, successful endeavor. First off, before you send/upload your photo to a website, read the company's FAQ section on sending/uploading photographs. No