Friday, July 31, 2009

Anna Christina - Melody

Anna Christina - Melody
Exquisite ivory satin and crepe designer dress. The bodice has timeless satin detail which falls gracefully into an elegant crepe fishtail. Made in London by British designer Anna Christina.

View the original advert on The Dressmarket

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wedding Chair Bliss

sheetseat wedding chair
Wouldn't these be great for an outdoor wedding venue! The Sheetseat is produced from a sheet of plywood and can be folded back to it's flat form with only 3/4" thickness. What a space saver! If you listen closely, you can almost hear all the wedding planners in the world rejoice.

Follow-up To The Crazy Wedding Dance Entrance

You knew it was coming, and here it is... The Unexpected Divorce Entrance. Ha!

10 Free SEO Tools Every Wedding Blogger Should Know About

This is the first article in a 10-part series from BrideTide that highlights how SEO (search engine optimization) can be used to help those with a wedding blog achieve more visitors, better rankings and targeted quality of traffic.
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SEO For Wedding Blogs: Part One
Hey all you wedding bloggers! Today's lesson will highlight 10 SEO tools that anyone can use to help improve their overall search engine marketing efforts. Each one comes with a detailed description about the tool and how it can be beneficial to a wedding blogger. Oh yeah, all of these SEO tools are 100% FREE to use! Enjoy, and don't forget to leave us a comment if you find this lesson useful and educational!

Check your Website Grade
Website Grader is a free seo tool that measures the marketing effectiveness of a website. It provides a score that incorporates things like website traffic, SEO, social popularity and other technical factors. It also provides some basic advice on how the website can be improved from a marketing perspective. Simply type in your blog URL and the tool will do the rest!

Analyze your backlinks
Search engine optimization greatly depends on quality of inbound links to increase your rankings. Backlink Watch helps you find info about your existing inbound links. It includes anchor text, pagerank, quality of backlinks by finding total outbound links any restriction of the nofollow tag. This is a good way to make sure most of your back links have the keyword "wedding" or "weddings" implemented.

Know your Google PageRank
PageRank is one of the methods Google uses to determine a page's relevance or importance. Google assigns a numeric weighting from 0-10 for each webpage on the Internet. The higher your PageRank, the better. PRchecker is a free and simple way to check your blogs PageRank. If you check the URLs of some of the more popular wedding blogs, you will see that their PR is high, which shows why you see their website in a lot of your bridal search queries.

Use better keywords
Using the correct keywords in your blog post title and article copy can make a huge difference in the amount of traffic your blog receives. Did you know that the term "wedding gown" is searched 550,000 times a month while the term "wedding dress" is searched over 4 million! Choosing the right keywords in your post title is an easy way to help boost your traffic. Use the Google Adwords Keyword Tool to help you target the terms your visitors are looking for.

Build backlinks
Building quality backlinks is one of the most important factors in Search Engine Optimization. A backlink could be considered as a quality backlink if:
1. The Theme of the backlinking website is the same and relevant as your website.
2. It links to your website with the keyword (keyphrase) that you are trying to optimize for.

In other words, if you have a wedding blog, try to build a back link profile from other wedding related websites. With that being said, we'd like to introduce you to BrideTide.com. Our website is dedicated solely to everything wedding. Not only is this a way to build quality backlinks to your blog, but it's an awesome way to introduce your site to a ton of our regular readers searching for wedding related info! Totally Free!

Get Analytical
Google Analytics is a free service offered by Google that generates detailed web tracking statistics about the visitors to a website. Powerful, flexible and easy-to-use features allow you see and analyze your traffic data in a simple visual way that will help any blogger with their overall marketing initiatives. You can greatly benefit from this data by finding out how your visitors are finding your wedding blog on the Internet. Once you know this info, you can then optimize your blog to rank higher for other searches that could help drive traffic.

Keyword Analysis
The Keyword Analyser can be used to analyze your blog and give a report on what words are used, and how many times they are used. This will give you a look at the keyword density of your site and allow you to focus more on the keywords that you want to rank for. This is a great tool for any region-specific wedding blog to make sure they are targeting local web traffic. 100% free to use.

Optimize your meta tags
The use of meta tags in web pages are often used by search engines as a source of information to help them to decide how to list and rank your website. Meta Tags are not always required, but as a rule of thumb, it makes more sense to take advantage of them than to leave them out. Use this free Meta Tag Tool to generate a targeted wedding meta listing for your blog.

Be unique
This Similar Page Checker allows you to determine the percentage of similarity between two pages or two websites. Why is this important? Because search engines are known to act negatively upon websites with duplicate content. It's also a nifty way to find out if another similar blog is copying your creative content.

Stay on Alert
Google Alerts is a free service offered by Google which notifies its users by email about the latest web and news pages of their choice. From a SEO standpoint, this tool can be used to notify you each time your blog is mentioned by someone on the Internet. Simply enter in your blog name, type in your email and click "Create Alert". Presto! You will then be sent an email each time someone talks about your wedding blog on their blog!

We hope you enjoyed Part 1 in our wedding SEO series. Part 2 will be coming out shortly so don't forget to subscribe here!
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Alcohol-inspired Wedding Rings

These alcohol-inspired wedding rings from Swiss luxury jeweller, Piaget, look as refreshing as their are sparkling. Imagine picking up the tab on these!Alchol-inspired Wedding Rings
The Caipirinha is a 18-carat white gold ring with 214 brilliant-cut diamonds, one round-cut green tourmaline and one citrine.

The Sex On The Beach ring is in the same white gold with the same diamond count but with one round-cut pink tourmaline and one peridot instead.

The Blue Hawaiian is a 18-carat white gold ring with 121 brilliant-cut diamonds, with a single cushion-cut blue topaz and white chalcedony with a round yellow sapphire
Alchol-inspired Wedding Rings

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Can you tell the difference between David's Bridal vs. Vera Wang bridal shoes?

David's Bridal vs. Vera Wang bridal shoesDavid's Bridal vs. Vera Wang bridal shoesCould you tell the difference between a $600 pair of Vera Wang shoes and a $60 David's Bridal pair? Not as easy as you might think... and that's how most frugal brides like it. On that note, this article cleverly compares some popular Verga Wang bridal shoe styles in a slideshow format that tests your shoe savviness between pricey and not-so-pricey options. You might just be surprised!

Wedding Stat of the Week: Full Service Wedding Planner Spending Down Slightly

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This week's wedding statistic comes from The Wedding Report. It seems engaged couples are spending slightly less in Q2 of 2009 compared to Q1 for full service wedding coordinators and planners.

Also, don't forget to folllow @weddingreport on Twitter

The Lego-Themed Wedding

The Lego-Themed Wedding
lego weddingsAhhh... Legos. How you've become part of our pop culture. From children to adults, Legos are synonymous with fun. Maybe that's why Christina over at Intimate Weddings has featured this fun-loving couple that celebrated their big day with a Lego theme. Truly unique! .

The Lego-Themed Wedding

See all the wonderful pictures of the Lego Theme Wedding here.


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Stop Motion Proposal: Man Uses 550+ Pictures Pop The Question

Stop Motion Proposal from Kent Yunge on Vimeo.


stop motion proposalCute! Kent Yunge, using over 550 still photographs, created this stop-motion proposal to ask his wife-to-be for her hand in marriage. The tune is New Amsterdams "Turn Out The Light".

Essense Of Australia - D128

Essense Of Australia - D128
Strapless silk full length gown in blush/ivory with ivory lace appliqué. Fitted bodice with lace up back and small train. The colour is warm and flattering on pale skin tones. The soft silk with the contrasting lace gives an antique feel.

View original advert on The Dressmarket

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

First Look: Get Married reveals newly-launching magazine cover

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get married magazine weddingHey all you brides! We've got the first screenshot and cover details showcasing the highly anticipated Get Married magazine that is set to launch October 2009 from folks over at Get Married Media.

The inaugural cover will feature a bridal tablescape design challenge showcasing the latest and hottest in bridal décor trends and inspiration. Word on the street is that celebrity florist Mark Held of Mark’s Garden in Los Angeles will lead the first cover challenge shot and nationally-renowned photographer Elizabeth Messina will capture.

Held, who created stunning designs for the nuptials of Fergie and Josh Duhamel, Heidi Klum and Seal, and Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, had the challenge of creating a gorgeous reception table. We're sure the cover will be simply amazing!

Want a FREE copy?
Oh yeah, did we forget to mention that you can get a FREE complimentary copy of the first issue of Get Married magazine?! Simply visit www.getmarried.com/magazine to reserve yours and be part of the excitement!

In addition to offering the first issue of Get Married magazine for free, one lucky bride will win some of the actual products displayed on the cover tablescape as well as the 8-piece Lenox Ivory Frost dinnerware set showcased in the cover. How cool is that!

Other details:
- national syndication
- semi-annual publication
- 100-page glossy format
- 8” x 10.5” size
- 60/40 editorial to advertising ratio
- newsstand pricing
- initial circulation of 300,000 per issue

We will definitely share more details with our readers as they emerge but until then, don't forget to reserve your FREE copy today!

Maureen Myring Kesterton (MMK) - Moonkiss

Maureen Myring Kesterton (MMK) - Moonkiss
This is a beautiful ivory duchess and organza slim A line dress with ribbon beadwork and embroidery. It has a deep but modest lace embroidered V-neck which is repeated with buttons at the back of the dress. The ribbon bead work sweeps from the hem of the dress up and around the front and train. The dress has a fitted bodice that glides over the hips before flaring into a spectacular embroidered train. The design flatters most figures but in particular hour glass or curvy hips as the shape provides balance to the feminine form.

View the original advert on The Dressmarket

Monday, July 27, 2009

De Beers Reports A 99% Drop In Net Profits For First Half 2009

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de beers profits 2009Stunning news from the diamond industry. The world's largest diamond producer, De Beers, has reported a 99% drop in net profits for the first half of 2009. De Beers made only $3 million in net profit versus $316 in the same period just one year ago. They have also reported that the sales of rough diamonds were down by 57%.

"The industry has been severely impacted by the global economic environment being the most difficult in decades," said the company, which has cut its global workforce by 23% and temporarily halted production at mines in Africa and Canada.

Alan Hannah - 22518

Alan Hannah - 22518
This superb Alan Hannah wedding dress has a Long Chapel/Short Cathedral train with beading all along the bottom, silk organza overlay on the skirt with buttons from the top of the dress all the way to the bottom, and very intricate beading on the bodice.

View the original advert on The Dressmarket

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Growing Trend of Non-Matchy Bridesmaid Dresses And Bouquets

The Growing Trend of Non-Matchy Bridesmaid Dresses And Bouquets
colorful weddingIf you are a bride planning a non-traditional bridal celebration and are thinking about giving your bridal party some creative freedom with their ensemble, you're not alone. This article from Rashana over at The Bridal Party explains that once a bride chooses a cohesive wedding color palette, allowing each maid to choose her own dress style and possibly even the flowers for her bouquet ensures everyone is comfortable and is a clever way to set your wedding apart from rest. Agreed. Read the entire article here and don't forget to follow @thebridalparty on Twitter.


Star Couple From Wedding Aisle Dance Video Bounced From Hotel/Flight By ABC

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"New York is cut-throat." That's what Kevin and Jill Heinz, the now-famous aisle dancing wedding couple from Minnesota, told a NY newspaper after being kicked out of their hotel and having their flight cancelled by ABC.

Apparently, when ABC execs learned that NBC had agreed to fly in the ushers and bridesmaids to reenact their dance with the newlyweds on the "Today" show, they decided to cancel the couple's hotel and flights! NBC quickly moved the couple to another hotel and agreed to fly them home. Who new the morning TV booking wars were so vicious!

The infamous wedding dance video has been viewed almost 7 million times on YouTube.


Monique Lhuillier, Enchantress

Monique Lhuillier, Enchantress
Beautiful classic Monique Lhuillier wedding dress featuring intricate beading around the décolletage and train of the dress and has a gorgeous lace up back.

view original advert on The Dressmarket

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Johanna Hehir

Johanna Hehir
An amazing wedding dress from Johanna Hehir. It is A line traditional dress that gives a fabulous waist. It is made of 100% Italian silk Mikado and beaded trim is from best lace house in Paris, full hand made in the UK. The dress can be bustled for dancing.

View original advert on The Dressmarket

Friday, July 24, 2009

Ultimate Wedding Ring For The Golfer

golf wedding ring
For any golf fanatic. More info can be found about this ring on Etsy.

We've Been Reviewed At KillerStartups.com

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What a cool way to start our Friday! Just received an email from Gonzalo Arzuaga (co-found of KillerStartups.com) letting us know that BrideTide.com has been reviewed on his site! Insanely awesome!

For those of you that don't know, KillerStartups is a huge website community that features the newest and hottest Internet companies that might become the "next big thing".

If you feel BrideTide offers a valuable service for planning brides and have a minute to spare, please drop by and cast your vote (one simple click) to show your support.

Thanks to everyone in advance!

Ian Stuart - Fortuna/Sabrina

Ian Stuart - Fortuna/Sabrina
One of a kind! This beautiful Ian Stuart dress is a combination of both Fortuna and Sabrina featuring the beautiful oversized bow. The bodice features intricate beadwork at the centre of the front neckline. The silk dupion skirt is draped into a wrap-over feature, revealing layers of soft tulle scattered with sequins.

View the original advert on The Dressmarket

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Caroline Castigliano - 146043 Castiglione Delle Stiviere

Caroline Castigliano - 146043 Castiglione Delle Stiviere
A beautiful Italian handmade lace two piece wedding dress, very flattering to wear. The skirt is figure hugging from the front and then has a full train from the back (with a number of layers of netting). This can be bustled up for dancing. There is intricate beading on the bodice and the front of the skirt.

View the original advert on The Dressmarket

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

How Green Is Your Wedding? Take The Quiz

how green is your wedding quiz
The Discovery Channel has created this neat little question wedding quiz on their Planet Green website that tests your "enviro-friendly green" bridal knowledge. Sample questions are:

What's the most effective way to cut your wedding's carbon footprint?

What should you NOT worry about when registering?

It takes about 3 minutes to take the quiz and the quick tidbits and facts definitely make it worthwhile. Click here to check it out.

Creepy Robotic Bride Makes Debut In Japan

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weird wedding robotA female humanoid robot, created by Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, was unveiled today in Osaka, Japan. Here actual name is the HRP-4C and she daunted a wedding dress to announce her arrival to the world. Around the office, we call her "Creepy McCreeperson".

The female android, stands 5'2" tall and weighs 95 lbs with her batteries installed. During here debut, she "walked" down the runway, she took time to eerily glance around the room and was able to strike a few calculated poses. All of this while in a wedding dress.

The video below shows the HRP-4C in all of her, ummm...bridal glory.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Alan Hannah - Hera

Alan Hannah - Hera
This Alan Hannah "Hera" dress is made from 100% silk. The dress is two separate pieces, a bodice and skirt. The bodice has a pleat detail on the front with a small crystal buckle on the top left hand side. The back fasteners with buttons. The skirt is a full netted 3/4 length.

View the original advert on The Dressmarket

BEST Wedding Entrance Dance Ever!

Love it! I bet the reception was a blast!

Bridesmaid Uses Industrial-Strength Velcro To Hold Dress Up...Bad Idea!

Bridesmaid Uses Industrial-Strength Velcro To Hold Dress Upcaution wedding weird newsDon't you just hate it when you are wearing a dress and throughout the course of the night it starts to loosen, which results in you constantly having to adjust and pull at it just to keep it fitting correctly?

Yeah, we hate it too, but that scenario is nothing compared to the results this creative bridesmaid had to endure when she decided to use industrial-strength double-sided Velcro to try to remedy the situation. Needless to say, the results are pretty bad and she ended up losing a few layers of skin, along with her sense of accomplishment. Ouch!

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Average Cost Of A Wedding Drops 14% In 2nd Quarter 2009

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The latest wedding industry statistics issued by The Wedding Report confirms that couples are continuing to cut back on their budgets when it comes to their bridal celebrations, but certain areas are starting to see an surprising increase in demand . Here are some highlights:

*The average cost of a wedding drops another 14% from $19,212 in Q1/2009 to $16,546 in Q2/2009.

*Items that saw the largest decrease in demand; items related to the honeymoon and day-of-coordination, with decreases as much as 54%.

*Items that saw the largest decrease in spending; jewelry, reception and ceremony accessories, with decreases as much as 52%.

*Items that saw the largest increase in spending; transportation rentals and decorations, with increases as much as 68%.

*Items that saw the largest increase in demand; Combined services (ceremony and reception) including music and services related to the reception, with increases as much as 180%.

**Results are based on 909 survey samples of both couples and wedding vendors across the US

It's A Same Name Wedding

same name wedding
This isn't a joke. An engaged Florida couple has the same first and last name.

Kelly Hildebrandt will marry Kelly Hildebrandt.
Don't believe us? Check it out here.

Maggie Sottero - Julie

Maggie Sottero - Julie
One-piece lace up, slim A line gown with asymmetrical drape on bodice. Organza over matt satin with clear/iridescent Swarovski crystals and bugle bead trim.
View Original advert on The Dressmarket

$20 Drive-Through Weddings Offered at Florida Store

$20 Drive-Through Weddings Offered at Florida StoreA store near Tampa,FL is offering $20 weddings from a drive-through window.

Couples who pull up with a marriage license and a witness over the age of 18 can tie the knot without even turning off their car engine. The store is a remodeled former dry-cleaning business that takes advantage of the big sliding glass doors where customers used to pick up their laundry.

As of today, the store has yet to officiate any in-vehicle wedding vows.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Helen Marina - Skye

Helen Marina - Skye
A stunning two-piece wedding dress in Silk Taffeta by Helen Marina, In excellent and clean condition. The style is Skye. The bodice is strapless and tightly fitted and boned. It features asymmetrical pleating towards a corsage of flowers at the front, and it has a corset back. The skirt is 'A' line soft and flowing, has an amazing bustle effect at the back.

View the original advert on The Dressmarket

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Man Proposes To His Girlfriend With 9,999 Roses!

9999 roses proposalTalk about romantic! A gentleman in East China decided that that his proposal to his girlfriend would be uniquely unforgettable by using 9,999 real red roses! The actual proposal took place in the room of a very popular hotel but the excitement started way before. Hundreds of roses were displayed in the shape of a heart on the grass on the way to the hotel and friends held huge bouquets of roses at every floor to welcome his blushing bride-to-be. Inside the room, hundreds of flowers and petals were beautifully arranged to create his masterpiece. As expected, the girlfriend said "yes".

Man proposes to girlfriend with 9,999 roses
Man proposes to girlfriend with 9,999 roses
Man proposes to girlfriend with 9,999 roses
For the record, 9,999 roses equals 833 dozen!

Vera Wang - Emily

Vera Wang - Emily
This is one of Vera Wang's most classic designs! Classically elegant "Emily" style A-line Vera Wang silk organza wedding gown. Fitted bodice & hem with matching parallel lined dutchess satin panel detail. Silk zibeline with full lining. Med oval-shaped train.

View the original advert on The Dressmarket

Friday, July 17, 2009

You Definitely Don't Want These Flowers At Your Wedding!

7 Most Beautiful-But-Deadly Flowers in the World
deadly wedding flowersChoosing your flowers for your big day can be both stressful and fun, but it can also be deadly. Whatever you do, stay away from any flower on this list of The 7 Most Beautiful-But-Deadly Flowers in the World. The scariest part is that they all look like regular everyday flowers!
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