Archive for April, 2011

Our Hats Off to You, Duke & Duchess

Saturday, April 30th, 2011
The only thing better than a Royal wedding, is having a blog on which you can express opinions about the Royal wedding. It was an elegant and, yes, romantic affair, which seemed to go down without a hitch, but for many of us, the most indelible impression we come away with after watching it is, “What’s up with those hats?”

Hats, hats, hats, they were everywhere; in every size, in every shape, every color, stuck to the front of heads, affixed to the sides of heads. Some looked like bird nests, others like the decoration atop a Cake Boss cake. Wide brimmed, no brimmed, and reindeer, courtesy of Sarah Ferguson’s daughter, Princess Beatrice. Even the gents had their hats in the form of top hats. But enough about hats…

Nice touches during the wedding included the bride’s bouquet of Sweet William flowers, albeit a bouquet on the smaller side. And, it was hard to not be impressed with a wedding that included calvary. Calvary! Where do you find one of those for a girl’s wedding?!

Surprisingly moving moments included the two public kisses from the balcony (one more than is standard for Royal weddings), and the bride and groom driving themselves away in an old, sporty car that is likely worth a penny or two.  And, let’s not overlook how moving it was to witness the size and cheering from the crowds that had gathered.  What a great display of country pride that united so many people for a celebration.

But, the most surprising moment of all was seeing how similar Kate Middleton’s earrings are to our Abbott earrings and Clemons earrings! In fact, the similarities between Kate’s and our Abbott earrings were so astounding, that we’ve renamed our Abbott earrings the Middleton earrings in Kate’s honor so brides that want to rent jewelry that looks like Kate’s will know which pair is nearly identical.

For more information on how you can get similar looks as those you saw during the Royal Wedding, watch The Early Show on CBS next Monday, May 2ndAdorn Brides’ real diamond royal jewelry look-alikes will be modeled alongside royal wedding attire knock offs.

Royal Madness Is Upon Us

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

With the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton finally taking place, Royal Madness is upon us and with it comes talk of anything royal. But, there are two topics related to the royal wedding that are uppermost in royal watchers’ minds – what the bride will be wearing, and the absence of Princess Diana.

Princess Diana, herself, is remembered as a fashion icon whose style embodied grace and elegance. As her absence casts a huge shadow over the celebration, people are taking a look back at her wedding style and choices she made for her own televised wedding to Prince Charles.  The flowing wedding gown with the never ending train is most memorable, but the diamond earrings she wore on her wedding day will be worn this Friday by Princess Diana’s sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale. What a wonderful way to invoke Diana’s memory and presence into the wedding of her son.

For brides wanting to get a similar look for your own wedding, check out our Clemons marquis diamond earrings, featured here.  Retail valued at over $7,000, we rent jewelry like these 18k white gold, 1.87 total weight diamond earrings for $240. Abbott Earrings Floating Diamond Drop Earrings. Retail value at over $7,000,  rental value $160.00.  Adorn you can be gorgeous and smart with your money!

Diana’s earrings were sent to Kansas City for a Union Station exhibit but then shipped back to England for Friday’s royal wedding.

Diana’s earrings were sent to Kansas City for a Union Station exhibit but then shipped back to England for Friday’s royal wedding.

Back to Bridal Basics

Monday, April 18th, 2011

One of the cable channels was airing the movie “Bride Wars” this weekend.  The 2009 comedy starred Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway as best friends who find themselves competing for the same wedding venue, on the same date, after becoming engaged at the same time.  The movie is forgettable, but for brides-to-be it provides a good reminder to take stock of what your wedding day should be about.

Bride Wars

Bride Wars

Too often, future brides get so caught up in the planning of their wedding, that their behavior becomes alienating, unreasonable requests are made, and compromise is often overlooked. It’s not unusual for relationships with friends and family to become stressed, and feelings easily get hurt during this time. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Your wedding day is about more than the obvious – marrying the one you love, uniting as a couple in marriage, and the joining of two families.  For most brides, it’s also the only time that you will have gathered in one place so many people that mean so much to you and your soon- to-be spouse. As such, when you look back on that day, it’s not the colors you chose, the cake you selected, or the flowers you picked (as nice as they all may be) that will hold the meaning on that day. It will be the people that were there for you and your fiancé at that special moment in your life – the grandparents who were able to join you, the father who walked you down the aisle, the lifelong friends who flew to be by your side. And they want your day to be perfect for you.

So, treat them all with respect. Don’t make demanding requests. Humble yourself, if only for a second, to listen, if someone only wants their opinion to be heard. Be flexible. Keep an open mind.  And, by all means, plan your dream wedding to your dream guy. Order your favorite flowers, put on that gorgeous wedding dress, treat yourself to real diamonds to look stunning on your big day.  Just remember, that when it’s all said and done, that classy wedding you’ve always dreamed about begins with how you’ve treated people along the way.

The hunky Prince William, it was reported, will not be sporting the traditional wedding band worn by husbands

Friday, April 1st, 2011
Yesterday, the world learned that only one wedding ring, the bride’s, will be a part of the marriage ceremony of Prince William and Kate Middleton.  The hunky Prince William, it was reported, will not be sporting the traditional wedding band worn by husbands. Apparently, his father also bucked tradition in the same manner when he married Princess Diana – and we all know how well that turned out.

As one of the most recognizable bachelors, and soon to be husbands, in the world, some are arguing it isn’t necessary for the Prince to wear a wedding band. But, you can’t help but wonder how fiancée Kate felt when the topic first came up among the two lovebirds.  Having your newlywed husband not wear a wedding band would be a deal breaker for most women, but then most men aren’t offering a royal kingdom, and being married to one of the world’s most eligible bachelors, as negotiating tools.

Prince William & Kate

Prince William & Kate

Selecting wedding rings for the bride and groom is an integral part of the ritual of marriage, steeped in tradition. The accessorizing jewelry, itself, is a special component of the wedding ceremony, as Adorn brides will tell you. The wedding rings are part of the dream for many brides and, most likely, a fulfillment of the marriage vows and dream for many men. Why else would so many of today’s grooms be selecting wedding bands with diamonds or more contemporary designs that reflect the character of the groom?

It will be interesting to see if this results in any trends among today’s grooms, but it’s hard to fathom many brides consenting to such an arrangement, although a few future grooms will try. Tiger Woods? Charlie Sheen? There are probably a few men out there that think it sounds like a great idea.

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