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Friday, October 31, 2008

Haunted house wedding

Haunted house wedding brings out the ghouls and goblins at the Owego haunted house in NY. It's not a real one it seems, but one that is made up for Halloween. Site that has some Haunted Houses for the US.

My daughter visited two haunted houses tonight, my husband got suckered into going with her for the 2nd Haunted House based on the movie Saw. For some reason it was really hard to find the local Halloween Events in Los Angeles and Orange County, we only found the Saw one by accident (we were going to Star Bucks as a reward for my daughter going through the 1st haunted house, and saw the flashing lights).

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Unlucky Wedding

Groom battered and burnt by New South Wales country marriage - The Australian, Australia

Not sure there are any morals to this. Horses are dangerous and are not toys might be one.

My husband's Aunt owns a beautiful black horse, and she is super careful, and she has flexible titanium glasses that can survive a horses foot... Her horse has thrown her, and Sam is so gentle, but if he gets spooked, watch out. One time I was there and I opened an umbrella, and that scared him a little. So my Aunt then proceeded to open and close the umbrella for the rest of our time there, so he got used to it.

Bonnet in American English is the hood.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Page Design - Sizing Chart

I updated a couple of pages, but I am now concerned that may be it's too hard to see. Sizing charts are so import, since the sizes vary a lot from style to style. One dresses size 10 will often be different than another size 10's.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Don't plan wedding you can't afford

Don't plan wedding you can't afford - good advice column. And of course I do have flower girl dresses to help on the cost...

Monday, October 27, 2008

How to have an Earth-friendly wedding

How to have an Earth-friendly wedding from the Kansas City Star. Good article!

Local, local, and local. Many of our Flower Girl Dresses are made locally.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Challenging Wedding - Soot and Ties

Soot and ties about a wedding in the San Diego Wild Animal Park that happened with a lot of fires in the area causing a few closures. Really nice story.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

New Products Pictures

I plan on taking some pictures tomorrow so I can finally get up some new products, like the black dress and the Boy's Ao Dai. M-F just get so busy!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Improved Review Visibility

I improved the visibility of reviews today by moving the sizing chart to a tab. Here is an example of a revised page:

Girl's Red Traditional Chinese QiPao Dress

On many dresses I had the sizing chart at the bottom, but then you would miss seeing the reviews below this. Now I need to worry about customers not finding the sizing chart :-)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Reviews - Why people can't find them

Another day, another E-Mail from a customer who loves their dress, but can't find where to do a review.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

7 tips for a great wedding toast

  1. Evaluate if and why you want to speak - This is the Why.
  2. Be prepared - It will show if you are, or are not.
  3. Time it right - Know when to say your toast - not when nobody is paying attention, but may be that is when you want to speak.
  4. Keep it short and sweet - Short is good!
  5. Acknowledge the people who made it happen - Right thing to do and makes you look good, but do in moderate amounts.
  6. Get personal - ie don't read it out of a book of toasts, people can tell.
  7. Be thoughtful and creative - Focus on the audience and what they would like to hear.

7 tips for a great wedding toast from MSNBC

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Amish Wedding Feast

Amish Cook: From wedding feast to a treat for kids

  • 320 pounds of chicken were fried for the noon meal.
  • Three 20-quart kettles of potatoes were cooked as well.
  • Gravy, noodles and mixed vegetables were made. All of that was served along with lettuce salad, carrot salad, cheese, cakes, pies, tapioca pudding, a fresh fruit mixture and cookies.
  • The same menu was served for the evening meal with ham and ice cream.
Pretty big wedding obviously with a lot of guests.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Black is the latest wedding white Down Under!

Black is the latest wedding white Down Under! - I just got a cute black dress, it has cream colored flowers. I will take a picture tomorrow. I am thinking pink flowers may look better.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Video: Smaller Weddings

Video: Economy Has Brides Scaling Back Weddings in Oklohoma

Just ignore the advertisement at the beginning. Nice visuals in the video.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Expensive Wedding Rings

£6000 wedding ring stolen from couple's home is around $12,000 US. You can get a cheap car for around that. Good start for a down payment. Or a very nice wedding ring.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Indian Weddings

Excess not on the radar as Indian brides prepare for their big day - The Age, Australia.

Wow on the expense! Many Indians also consult an astrologer for a lucky day, as is done in Chinese Culture.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Who to invite - wedding etiquette?

They didn’t invite partners…what is the right wedding etiquette? from an Australian paper. This is such a touchy issues, and if you get it wrong it can have effects for years and years. My husband still regrets not inviting somebody to our wedding 20 years ago.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Green Wedding

Couple tie the knot at a 'green' wedding (w/video) from the Houston Chronicle. They used an eco friendly Wedding Planner to help make the wedding as green as possible (Green Lily Events).

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Scottish Turkish Wedding

Scottish-Turkish wedding blends cultures - article mentions the Bag Pipes, my hubbies family has some Scottish in their background, but he refuses to wear a kilt for some reason. In High School he was learning the bag pipes, but I have never heard him play. Our wedding was a mostly American style wedding that was on the cheap site, I did wear a Chinese Dress at the reception.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Economy wipes out big wedding plans

Economy wipes out big wedding plans from Newsday.

Something I did not think about: Many guests are not attending his clients' weddings because they can't afford the travel and hotel costs, or even an adequate gift.

At least if they need Flower Girl Dresses - Discount I have some great dresses!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

New Wedding Movie - Rachel Getting Married

Reviews for Rachel getting Married look pretty good... In 'Rachel,' Director Demme Casts Against Type. Finally, a good movie is out I can go see! Mama Mia was the last movie I saw.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

UK Tips on reducing Wedding Costs

Dan and Gemma Scott saved thousands of pounds on their wedding by bartering Telegraph in the UK.

Key Quote:

Dan said: "When the wedding was over we didn't owe anyone else and I think we ended up with a £12,000 wedding for the cost of £3,000.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Halloween Princess Costumes - $30!

I was at Costco today, and their Disney Princess Costumers were $30! I guess I should increase my prices or something for Holiday Dresses for Girls. For a one day dress, wow!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Before the Wedding in India

In India, pre-wedding investigations are big business from eTaiwan News. Sounds like a good idea, especially with marriages arranged through newspapers and the Internet. It's nice to find out what is true, and what is not.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Fall Wedding Flower Trends

Fall Wedding Flower Trends from ABC Eyewitness News in NY. Think texture, classic flowers in rich colors, structured bouquet, use flowers as a centerpiece, and many couples are only using locally grown flowers.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A Big Fat Greek Wedding

Josée's Big Fat Greek Wedding from the Vancouver Sun. A lucky couple won the prize of having a dream wedding, so they had one. A relative in Cyprus was having a wedding with over 3000 guests! My Big Fat Greek Wedding is one of my favorite movies.

$9.99 Chinese Halloween Sale

I am having a $9.99 Chinese Dress Sale, they make great Halloween Costumes!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

The big fat Indian wedding

The big fat Indian wedding from the Economic Times, India. Costs are increasing by 20% per year as they become bigger and bigger. Interesting to contrast the expenses with the typical US wedding.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Wedding Anniversary Ideas

The Obamas Celebrate Their Wedding Anniversary from the NY Times. Nice message on what's important in a marriage - “Never get so mad you forget why you love them.”

The evening included a nice dinner, flowers, and a gift.

May be I can get my hubby to read it the article.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Tracking of Packages now online

You can now track your packages online at EliteDresses. Every day try to make the site a little better.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Traditional 1850’s Wedding Celebration Re-Created

Traditional 1850’s Wedding Celebration Re-Created

Looks interesting, it's in Tennessee on a working farm. Here is the web site, I wish they had more details.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Ethnic Weddings - Somali

Somali wedding ceremonies — an ‘unnecessary extravaganza?’- nice article, I do question the part of the title that says an ‘unnecessary extravaganza? Compared to the average cost of a US wedding, a Somali wedding in the US is actually cheap.