We are over the moon for Minted’s new 2015 Wedding Collection, a line of whimsical, fairytale-worthy paper goods designed by independent artists from all over the world. When it comes to wedding stationary, Minted is one of our favorites, offering customizable stationary suites (coordinating place cards, menus and more day-of essentials!) to couples at an affordable …

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wedding guest book

The traditional guestbook forms a permanent record of who attends your wedding wedding. It’s also an excellent way for guests to leave their thoughts and good wishes for your future. If you want the best wedding ideas for updating this cherished marriage tradition, check out these options. Postcards For a destination wedding or one with a travel …

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diy wedding invites

Every beautiful wedding deserves to have equally beautiful wedding favors. These keepsakes are the newlyweds’ way of thanking their guests. Here are 10 beautiful and creative wedding favors: Macaroons You will never go wrong with edible wedding favors. If you think chocolates are just too common, try French macaroons instead. A macaroon is a meringue-based …

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We decided to compile a list of our favorite wedding blogs, coming up with the Top 10 Wedding Blogs list. Each of these wedding blogs is a great best place for a bride to find tips, trends, advice and inspiration. Some of the sites are most popular and trafficked wedding blogs on the web while …

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newly engaged checklist

Eight Things to Do and Read if You’ve Just Gotten Engaged Getting engaged can be a joyful, but sometimes overwhelming experience. Planning a wedding is a great undertaking, but you don’t have to do it alone. Your fiancée, friends or other professionals can help. Here is a list of eight things to do and read …

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As promised in my previous post about losing weight for the wedding or, in my case, weight loss for busy women, I’ve tried the Fresh Diet for one week to get the skinny (sorry, I couldn’t help myself!) on how it works and IF it works. So…here’s my take on The Fresh Diet. Healthy Great …

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Need to lose weight for the wedding? There’s a ton of weight loss programs out there, so how’s a girl (or guy) to find out what really works and is safe/healthy, without wasting a pocketful of cash? Been there…now what? Relax, sit back and let me do the work for you. Over the next couple …

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My last child is graduating college and leaving the nest. I wanted to mark that occasion with a special gift for her graduation.  How does this relate to weddings or bridesmaids’ gifts? Hold on…I’m getting there.  Enter, Peace of Jewelry, which is a handmade inspirational jewelry business owned and personally operated by Morgan King, who …

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I bet you’re thinking, “What’s a hair dryer got to do with wedding day beauty”, right? Well, you do want your hair to look exceptional on your wedding day, don’t you? Sure, but aren’t hair dryers all alike? Why would I need a special dryer for my special day? Here’s why I recommend Hana air …

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When my fiancee and I started looking for a wedding venue in PA, I thought it would be more difficult than it really turned out. But, we did have one obstacle…location choice.  Picking a convenient location for everyone’s convenience was among our list of must-have’s. Her family is from NY, mine from PA/NJ, and our …

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elegant beach wedding favors

Recently, I had the pleasure of connecting with Tina of Scealu of South Shore, a premiere wedding favor designer and artist.  I told her, truly, these are some of the most elegant wedding favors I’ve seen, and I really meant it. I’m a huge beach lover, always have been, and even have a few rooms …

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When the idea of a Videographer filming our wedding came up, I’ll admit that I was not all in. I felt it was redundant when you have a photographer, that it might negatively affect the atmosphere of the ceremony, and that no one would ever want to watch the resulting product anyway (that’s probably just …

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Not just another review of some wedding service providers, but a real life review with real life experiences. We hope these reviews are helpful to local wedding couples, but also offering all wedding couples some insight into how a real life bride selected her wedding hair and makeup professional. My daughter-in-law selected The David Witchell …

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Many couples see the cake as the centerpiece of their wedding, showcasing their style while feeding their guests something delectable and memorable. So, if you’re not sure how to go about choosing a  wedding cake designer, maybe you’ll benefit from the experiences we’ve had during the planning of our October wedding… Our cake was made …

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wedding invitation

For our Fall wedding this past October, we ordered our invitations from Elegant Bridal Invitations, owned and operated by Julie Bernard, a longtime advertiser with Top Wedding Sites (since it’s inception in 2000). The overall experience was great, as expected. But there were some surprises…read on. Since our wedding was taking place in the Fall, …

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mother of groom dresses

As you may know, if you’ve been following my reviews, my son was married recently and I’m documenting the how’s and who’s of our wedding planning process. One of the most daunting tasks — my search for the prefect mother of the groom dress! Why do the mother’s find dress shopping for their children’s weddings …

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Been sweating the wedding hairstyle decision? Not sure what sort of hairstyle will be right with your face shape and your bridal headpiece? I found this really cool tool, called The Hairstyler, where you can actually try on over 8,000 wedding hairstyles right online. My now daughter-in-law and I both used the tool to see …

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mother of the bride shoes

I ordered my MOG bridal shoes and handbag from Bellissima Bridal Shoes after shopping and searching for months. I spent a long time bucking the idea of metallic accessories since the wedding was an informal daytime event. Irina, of Image and Beauty of NJ, a longtime wedding associate and resident expert for us at Pop …

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Looking for a neat way to thank the ladies in your bridal party for picking up the slack, or to give to bridal shower or bachelorette party guests? Then this adorable  little favor could be for you. It’s called the Heart Purse Valet by Kate Aspen, sold by The Wedding Shoppe – an online wedding …

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rehearsal dinner

There are all sorts of ways to plan a wedding rehearsal dinner, and all sorts of appropriate people can plan one. We did it the traditional way (sort of) since I am the mother of the groom. Truth be told, I really allowed my son and his bride to do much of the planning and …

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Recently, a new member came to TopWeddingSites.com, Christian Gifts Place,  and I had the pleasure of reviewing and approving their new listing with us. Since I always spend a little time reading about each company, and since my son’s wedding was coming up , I had a good amount of interest in the offerings of …

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I assumed that all of my reviews of the wedding service providers for my son’s wedding a few weeks back were going to be a breeze to write. They all seemed so professional, kind and  helpful, and The Country Gent was no different. Father of the groom (for an an out of town wedding) called …

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Several years back I tried the {then} new mineral powder makeup foundation.  Okay, so I bought it from an infomercial at 3 AM during a weak moment! The makeup concept looked amazing, I thought, and the idea of putting something all-natural on my skin was a plus. The makeup arrived and it worked pretty well, …

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handmade jewelry ideas

Is there one more week and my son will be married. Believe it or not, I’m still shopping for last minute items like shoes. Oh, I shopped for the dress well in advance. But, the dress needed a necklace, or so I was told by every woman who saw the dang outfit. A necklace was …

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I think the internet has officially caught on, heh, and it’s safe to assume it’s not going anywhere.  It’s time to harness its power to simplify the wedding planning process in every way possible.  So, with the help of Ewedding.com, and a little prodding by my mother, we created our own personal wedding website. Good …

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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the wedding organizer and planner from AdvantageBridal.com!  My wedding is only a few weeks away and I’m so excited. With all of the preparation for the wedding, and having a real life to live when I’m not planning, this item was second only to my beloved Coach bag and I went nowhere …

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Hi – I’m the soon to be daughter-in-law of the president of Top Wedding Sites, Inc.  and well, hey, the position has it’s perks.  No, that isn’t me in the photo – heh. But I did agree to review a few wedding products which I’ll be using for my wedding coming up really soon. So, …

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