Giveaway : Win $200 in Timeless Lingerie from The Giving Bride

Happy Wednesday! I have a brand new giveaway for you today and it's an intimate one. The Giving Bride is joining me today and awarding one lucky reader of Brenda's Wedding Blog a virtual Gift Card for $200 to shop for the timeless lingerie of their choice. The Giving Bride's classic styles are made from luxury fabrics and high end finishes and embellished with French lace and Swarovski crystals. The lingerie is made in America and a portion of every purchase goes to women's charities.

Giveaway ends on Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 at 11:59 pm est

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What Makes a Perfect Wedding? {+ more in my Interview at Marilyn's Keepsakes}

I was recently honored to be asked to take part in an interview with Marilyn's Keepsakes. It's always fun to think back to my own wedding day and when I started this blog. I've met so many amazing vendors along the way.

What Makes a Perfect Wedding? My {Brenda's Wedding Blog} Interview on Marilyn's Keepsakes

Here's what they wrote:
Recently we got the privilege to interview Brenda Bennett from the highly successful Brenda’s Wedding Blog. It is one of the leading wedding blogs in the industry and every day she gives inspiration and advice on how to plan an elegant wedding with affordable style to over 30,000 faithful daily readers. I myself have read her blog on a regular basis for a few years now and can honestly say she is a genuine all around wonderful woman. She answered for us multiple questions from how she got started in the business to marriage advice. If you are not already, make sure to give her a follow!

Here's an excerpt from the interview {the question + my reply}:

In your opinion what makes a perfect wedding?

A perfect wedding is not about all the details {while they make great photos, the day itself is really not about every detail}. At my own wedding all the balloons we had wanted at the entrance to the reception went up in the air when the florist opened their van doors and our cake didn’t have any trace of a raspberry filling. But, what mattered was that we were surrounded by our family and friends and had an amazing time dancing under the tent celebrating our new marriage.

Come see the full interview here and you can find out how I would advise a bride when choosing the style of their wedding and lots more.

Top 5 Trending Anniversary Gifts to say "I Love You"

When it comes to anniversary gifts, Bradford Exchange has a large selection of wonderful gifts for him and her - some with love inscriptions and some personalized. In addition to their engraved rings, there's even watches for the couple to gift each other with and a beautiful heart necklace featuring the couple's birthstones and names.

Featured Anniversary Gifts Include:

"Timeless Love" Engraved Diamond Men's Watch - this engraved watch is handcrafted in stainless steel with 24K-gold plating, 11 genuine diamonds and precision quartz movement. It also arrives in a gift box. Etched on the reverse side of the watch face is this loving sentiment: "For the memories of yesterday, For the happiness of today, For the promise of tomorrow. I love you".

"Love Always" Diamond Heart Watch With Engraving - this engraved watch features 50 brilliant-cut diamonds surrounding a Mother of Pearl watch dial. Comes with a gift box and is inscribed on the reverse side with the sentiment "Love Always".

"Love's Journey" Personalized Couples Ring - this 24K gold-plated solid sterling silver ring comes gift boxed and personalized with 2 engraved names and your choice of 2 crystal birthstones. The inscription on the inside of the ring reads "Our Love Grows Stronger".

"Forever and Always" Engraved Couples Birthstone Necklace - this solid sterling silver with 18K gold-plating necklace features a customized dual-heart design that is personalized with 2 names, 2 birthstones and a genuine diamond.

"Two Hearts, One Love" Personalized Ring features a sparkling white topaz and brilliant garnet gemstone in solid sterling silver with 24K-gold accents and 2 engraved names.

A Classically Rustic Chic Navy Blue and Gold Wedding with Pearls

It's time for another brand new inspiration board today and I like to call it "classically rustic chic" since pearls are always a classic for weddings and they never go out of style. But, they can easily be paired with other elements {like twine and paper}, making the pearls take on a whole new style. Today's inspiration started with the Jan Vermeer painting "A Girl with a Pearl Earring". I loved the colors in this painting and it's definitely a classic one ... and a great reminder that inspiration for your wedding can start anywhere. If you happen to be looking for the perfect pearl addition to your bridal attire or as a gift to your bridesmaids or even your mom - you will love the choices from Blue Nile {like the featured Sapphire and Freshwater Cultured Pearl Halo Stud Earrings in the inspiration board}. At the end of the inspiration board, I've gathered up some of my favorite Blue Nile pearl jewelry under $300. And, there's even a special discount Blue Nile wanted to share with my readers today. Please see the end of the post for the full details on that.

Now, it's time for a few of my favorite pearl necklaces, pearl earrings & pearl bracelets from Blue Nile, but first, here's a special offer they wanted to share with my readers {you can see the full terms and conditions at the end of this post}

Receive 10% off Blue Nile Jewelry with Code: SUNBURST10 from now thru 6/30/15.

terms + conditions: Valid on select regularly-priced jewelry excluding loose diamonds, settings, Build Your Own Diamond Jewelry™ and preset engagement rings. Offer not valid on preset engagement rings, sale merchandise, gift certificates, Monique Lhuillier jewelry, Zac Posen jewelry back-ordered items, polishing cloth, and jewelry cleaner purchases. Reference code SUNBURST10 must be entered in cart or mentioned over phone at time of purchase. Offer may not be combined with any other offer, and cannot be applied retroactively. Void where prohibited. Offer expires midnight PST 06/30/2015. The offer terms and conditions are subject to change at any time without prior notice. Other restrictions may apply.

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Additional Inspiration Boards You May Enjoy . . .

A Pink and Blue Summer Wedding with Roses Inspiration Board

Today's post is another fun flashback to a past inspiration board I created. Since, it's now officially summer, I thought it would be fun to kick it off with a pastel summery inspiration board for a pink rose wedding with sweet little blue touches. And, since it's summer, why not serve your guests gourmet ice cream with their cake? It's the perfect treat for a hot summer party. PS: There's a fun new addition to this inspiration board - be sure to see the end of this post to see what it is.

Photo Credits for Inspiration Board: ice cream: tartlette // bouquet: blush botanicals, photo by she wanders // vintage blue rose cameo earrings: nesting pretty // invitation: memories handmade stationery // floral heart ornament: hand painted petals // mini cake: peggy porschen via wedding magazine

The above sash was shared with me from Kathleen Barry Bespoke Occasion Accessories right after I posted this inspiration board and I just had to add it in. She just finished creating this bridal floral sash for a Bride to be in Washington. It's the perfect match for my inspiration board.

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Unique Wedding Ideas Round-Up : from Hourglasses to Bamboo Tableware

Happy Friday! I wanted to end the week with some amazing vendors that have recently joined the Hot Wedding Shops and the Local Vendor Guide on the blog. I'm giving these great vendors + shops a quick shout-out so you can go check out their listings and then visit their sites directly :)

You can click on any of the images above to see the vendor listings - and below is a little bit about each of these vendors that are ready to help you make your wedding day extra special.

The Giving Bride creates timeless lingerie for the discerning bride with classic styles made from luxury fabrics with high end finishes. The lingerie is embellished with French lace and Swarovski crystals.

Restaurantware is a manufacture of different lines of tableware, made of plastic, bamboo, ceramic, foil, glass, paper, and more. They're the perfect choice for fun and unique food presentations for bridal showers, weddings and parties of any kind.

With Heirloom Hourglass, you can Capture The Moment, Preserve Your Memories, and Create an Heirloom you can cherish forever as part of Your Wedding Unity Sand Ceremony. All you need is sand from a special place or sand that matches your wedding colors, an Heirloom Hourglass, and Each Other.

SplashOfSilver Stationery offers high quality wedding invitations and stationery with two options for their products: digital invitations and stationery for the brides who are going the more DIY route and printed invitations and stationery for the brides who don't want to fuss over the printing process.

Eternal Wooden Roses prides themselves in providing beautiful, handcrafted wooden flowers and accessories for all types of occasions. They even smell like real roses.

RSVP Custom Creations designs one of a kind invitations for all of life's occasions. Their invitations will ensure your event is truly special.

EightTreeStreet is a contemporary floral design studio located in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Maribel offers wedding flowers and elegant brooch bouquets with a cutting-edge, chic and couture flair.

Kensington Classics offers everything you will need for planning your special day. Fine Wedding Accessories, Invitations, Favors and Gifts. Low Prices Everyday.

Walkin on Air designs one of a kind unique heels, pumps, flats and more.

Giveaway : Win a Vintage-Inspired Pearl + White Topaz Pendant from Blue Nile

It's time for another giveaway to launch and it's a sparkly one. Blue Nile is joining me today and awarding one lucky reader of Brenda's Wedding Blog their gorgeous Freshwater Cultured Pearl and White Topaz Vintage-Inspired Pendant in Sterling Silver. You may have seen my sneak peek on instagram and facebook yesterday for this beautiful necklace as it's currently in my possession awaiting a winner to be drawn in two weeks. This sophisticated pendant featuring a freshwater cultured pearl accented with a halo of white topaz gemstones framed in sterling silver is even more gorgeous in person. I would definitely keep this necklace if I could, but I'm going to ship it to the winner {along with a fun extra little surprise in the package}.

Giveaway ends on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 at 11:59 pm est

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