Monthly Archives: April 2011

Royal Wedding Inspiration Board

Happy Wedding Day to Kate and William!

…And they lived happily ever after! (So we hope!)

And since this royal wedding has been influencing current pop culture, Will and Kate can also influence your wedding style as you continue to plan for your own royal day.

Thanks to these etsy artists and merchants, you can incorporate these items into your bridal showers, house warming, wedding reception, thank you gifts, bridal party, and more!

TOP ROW
William and Kate Wood Dolls Cake Topper by Cakemates
Royal Crown Gift Tags by ifiwerecards
Mini Cupcakes by CrazyMae’s
Royal Wedding Invitation by thepapertailor

MIDDLE ROW
Wrap Dress by Lirola
Tulips by Tartlette
Royal Wedding Bunting by SnuginaDub
Union Jacks Mini Flags by britishcreamtea

BOTTOM ROW
Crown and Beads Pendant by dreamstorage
Union Jack Rubber Stamp by skullandcrossbuns
Royal Carriage Bronze Necklace by pennymasquerade
Silk Charmeuse Wedding Gown by andiemcguire

Be The Next (Jewish) Princess

The Wedding Yentas is a wedding planning blog, so it would basically be sacrilegious to not pay any attention to the wedding of the century. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the world is losing one in-demand bachelor on Friday. Prince William is marrying Kate Middleton and we’ve all lost our once-in-a-lifetime chance of becoming the next princess. Kate won the role and she’s one lucky lady.

But a girl can dream, can’t she? Want to see what you would have looked like if you were in Kate’s (probably jewel-encrusted, very expensive) shoes?

TLC’s website has a Princess Yourself app that allows you to see what you’d look like if you became royalty via marriage. Just pick out a photo of your face, select your royal hair, royal earrings, royal necklace, and royal wedding dress and you will royally laugh! If anything, have a grand ol’ time playing around with the different combinations while you keep yourself up all night in anticipation of the televised Westminster nuptials.

Here’s a sneak peak of Yenta Alison and Yentas Intern Rachel dolled up on their royal wedding days:

Next, we may be seeing apps for Kate to Jewish Princess herself which will have her uploading her headshot into a bride’s outline under a chuppah and a yarmulke on her groom.

Okay, maybe not.

As of Friday, she may be the next Queen-in-Waiting, but as we all know, there’s just nothing like a Jewish princess.

Faking It

Nothing says “a girl in love” like a bride who bats her eyelashes on her wedding day. That’s why the beauty secret weapon award goes to … drum roll, please… the false eye lashes!

According to celebrity makeup artist, Christian Zamora, “no bride should be without false eyelashes, be they strips, half strips or individuals. Lashes make the eyes pop in photographs, and we all want to see the love and joy in the bride’s eyes.”

He recommends Sephora Flirt-It Lash Duo because you have control of the length and fit of the lash to make it complement your natural blinks.

Before deciding if you would be a good candidate for false lashes, you should wear them around for a trial run. Yes, lashes are exactly like a new pair of heels — you’ve got to break them in! Or, in this case, break your eyes in. At first, lashes can feel annoying and big if you’re not used to wearing them, but like most things you wear for the first time, you get used to them after a while.

In case you want to practice yourself before you wear them on the big day, here’s how you can apply false lashes:

1. Examine the lash band. Decide whether or not it will comfortably stay on your lid. You can trim the band to make it fit any way you like.

2. Check the adhesive. Some lashes come with adhesive strips already on the band, while others come with it in a tube. If yours comes separately in liquid form, use a small toothpick or bobby pin to help you apply the glue to the lash band. Allow the adhesive to sit for a few seconds before applying.

3. Apply the lashes by holding the lash band inward, making it curve to the shape of your lid. Apply it as close as possible to your natural lashes, but not on the lashes themselves. If you are using individual lashes, apply them to the outer portion of your lash line first, then work your way inward.

4. After the glue has dried and the lashes are firmly in place, you can add another coat of mascara, and eye liner to make the lashes blend in.

People who have never worn lashes are sometimes concerned that taking them off is painful! Put your fears aside: it does not hurt! Eyelash glue is not permanent or hard. In fact, it is more like a tacky glue that has just enough adhesive to keep your lashes secure and stable through extensive wear, while still making removal an easy and pleasant experience.

One of the reasons you should consider wearing false lashes on your wedding day is for dramatic and noticeable eye beauty, yes, but also for the practical purpose of avoiding a messy and ugly spectacle: runny mascara! With false lashes, you don’t need to wear much mascara, if any at all. Your eyes will show beautifully in photos, adding the extra bridal sparkle to your overall look.

To be perfectly honest, there’s not much more you can do to feel prettier and girlier on your wedding day (other than wear a good bra or a rockin’ heel). So slap on the lashes and blink your way into happily ever after!

  • Janine says:

    Fake eyelashes are the best

Real Weddings | Woodland Hills, CA

The scariest night of the year — Halloween — was more like Valentine’s Day for this particular Northwestern University ladybug and clown. Jenny and Kenny met in costume at college, and their alma mater played a very important part in their super cute engagement story.

After college they moved to Jenny’s hometown of Los Angeles and in 2007, Kenny mentioned they needed to fly back to Chicago to attend a Cubs game. Jenny thought the trip was a little random, but went along with the plan because, after all, what Cubs fan turns down a trip to Wrigley Field? Once they arrived in Chicago, Jenny and Kenny visited with some old friends and even maintained their weekly date night. They took the El (the elevated train) to Evanston and during the ride, Jenny bent down to fix her shoe, causing Kenny to panic because the engagement ring was inches from her nose in his sock! He shooed her away from her shoe and told her to stop or she might break a heel. Peculiar, yes, but Jenny just went with it and sat back up. They arrived at tapas restaurant and the bad actress hostess let on a fishy “ooohhhh” when Kenny gave the reservation name. And at the table, he almost spilled his water! And after four-and-a-half years of dating and flowing conversation, they exchanged awkward silences at the table. Clearly, this night was strange for Jenny, but she tried not to read into it too deeply. Finally, Kenny got down on his knee and admitted the reason he brought Jenny to the city they met was not just for a Cubs game, but to propose! Of course, Jenny said yes.

After dinner, a limo took them to Harry Caray’s restaurant downtown where all of their family was waiting to celebrate with them! Everyone flew in to toast to the newly engaged couple and the next day, they all enjoyed a Cubs game… for real. And of course, the Cubbies beat the Brewers 5 to 1.

While incorporating Jewish traditions in their wedding, it was important to Jenny and Kenny to also personalize those traditions. They flew in their college rabbi to perform the ceremony and Jenny’s aunt made the chuppah canopy from a tablecloth that is intended to remain in the family for holiday gatherings. They had a one-ring ceremony using a family heirloom ring, but exchanged the rings they wear daily and love letters during the reception. It was a mix of modernism and tradition!

Mazel tov, Jenny and Kenny!

Venue- Woodland Hills Country Club
Photographer- ES Photography
Bakery- Cake Divas
Bridal Gown- Lili Bridals
Bridesmaids’ Dresses- Bill Levkoff
Tuxedos- Men’s Wearhouse
Ketubah- Pearl Editions, Pamela Feldman Hill
Kiddush Cup- Cost Plus World Market
Makeup Artist- Creative Illusions Cosmetics and Skincare
Menu Printing- Ink Centric
Getting Ready Location- Westlake Village Inn
Guest Accommodations- Warner Center Marriott
Rehearsal Dinner- Magianno’s

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  • Sara says:

    Great wedding feature! My colors are golds and creams as well and it’s nice to see how other brides accomplish color themes.

  • Dani says:

    Love her dress. Lili Bridals is on my list of places to visit when I start my gown search.

  • Katie says:

    Where did Jenny get her gold chargers? I am looking for ones just like that!

    Also, I love her elegant cake.

  • Jenny says:

    I got the gold chargers at Big Lots, believe it or not. Then found the same ones for a ridiculous markup everywhere else!

Tales From The Veil: The Rebellious Bride

Tales from the Veil is a new installment for real brides to share their real stories about everything from their proposals to wedding planning to big day experiences. If you would like to submit a Tale from the Veil, email info@theweddingyentas.com. Today’s Tale is from Lauren of San Francisco, whose bride experience began in the most non-traditional way, and how she continues to attempt blending tradition with uniqueness. Mazel tov, Lauren, and good luck with the rest of your planning!

I don’t think I will ever understand the wedding industry. Why do I have to sift through hundreds of color schemes, dresses, vendors, magazines, and venues? Why do I have to create an inspiration board, and what the heck does that even mean? Well, I chose not to. Not just because it was stressful, but also because half the time I had (and still have) no idea what anyone is even talking about! So, I will tell you what I do know.

I know that I want to be a “different” bride, but definitely not too “different.” I crave uniqueness, as well as rebellion over some standard wedding traditions. Yet, I also want to be a bride, experience what a bride should experience, and stay wholly true to my Jewish faith. My biggest obstacle has been how to combine tradition, uniqueness, and personalization. I often worry that it is not possible to have all of these elements in one wedding, especially when I have such little knowledge of what the traditions even are! In fact, my fiancé and I are so ignorant regarding wedding traditions, even Jewish traditions, that at times we have admittedly had to pathetically Google “Jewish weddings.” I spend so much time navigating the ins and outs of wedding planning that I worry that those special and meaningful details or moments — religious and non-religious — will never be executed properly.

My desire to be “different,” and also the “norm,” is best reflected by how our story began. On August 7, 2010, my best friend and my forever-love asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. One could say that the way that he proposed was so amazingly ridiculous, yet classic and traditional, that the two of us were destined to be what I would call cliché rebels. After a friend lured me to beautiful Bernal Hill in San Francisco, my fiancé suddenly appeared, scaring me to death, and dropped to his knee. Sounds classic, right? The caveat is that immediately before this, he had checked in at Bernal Hill on Foursquare, which Tweeted that he was about to propose, and included a link to the live stream of the proposal for all to see. After such a proposal, I knew that we would never be the type to fall for the wedding madness. Rather, the wedding would need to be “us,” something a bit different, and something a bit non-traditional.

My solution to balancing all of these thoughts and worries has been simplicity. I’ve decided to follow one wedding website that discusses style (stylemepretty.com), one website that sparks creativity (etsy.com), one website that identifies traditions (theweddingyentas.com). I am led by my heart, my love, and my family. I’ve eliminated wedding magazines and overexposing myself to too many options. When I visited that venue, and my heart fluttered, it became “the one.” Who cares how many “better” venues there might be on paper, or better anything for that matter? The reality is, there are countless beautiful flowers, dresses, locations, linens, and invitations that need to be chosen for a wedding. So, take the heart flutter, cherish it, remember it, and go with it.

I have experienced all of my own heart flutters by listening to my family and fiancé: those who know me best. It has made me realize that this day is not just for my fiancé and I, but it is also for my beautiful mother, my hilarious father, my rock of a sister, and my admirable big brother. When I have a hard time making a decision, they do it for me, and they do it well. In fact, my mother and sister are the ones who made the biggest decision for me: my dress. Wearing wedding dress number four, and no more than 30 minutes into my first appointment, my sister and mother burst into tears. I have no idea what kind of dress I wanted (thanks to the confusion instigated by wedding magazines and books), but if the dress made those who I love more anything in the world emotional, then it had to be The Dress.

I know that when our wedding day arrives, it will be everything that we wanted it to be: unique, traditional, and so very us. This will not be because we were wedding crazies, but because of the guidance of family, and our few go-to websites.

So, on September 25, 2011, I will take the plunge on a sustainable farm, in the middle of lavender fields, under a sunflower chuppah, sign our ketubah and follow in my mother’s footsteps by wearing a Priscilla of Boston dress and veil. I know that I will have forgotten to include a tradition or a unique detail when the day comes, but really, who cares? In the mean time, we brides should make it fun, be ourselves, and never think that we are crazy for not becoming crazy.

Check out the story of Lauren and Matt’s engagement!

  • Robin says:

    I like your attitude & approach. Mazel Tov and much happiness on your upcoming wedding!

  • Janie says:

    Keeping it simple is the best way to go—you are referring to great websites! Good luck with your planning.

  • GABBY says:

    THIS IS SO REFRESHING TO HEAR WHAT A REAL BRIDE IS THINKING. IT’S OKAY TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND GO AGAINST THE NORM. I ADMIRE THAT. THERE ARE NO RULES IN WEDDING PLANNING AND I’M GLAD THIS GIRL HAS THAT IN MIND.