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Wednesday Wedding Accessory : Brown Sash Wedding Set

This elegant and sophisticated Brown Sash Wedding Set from The Wedding Outlet includes matching guest book, pen set, ring pillow, flower basket and bridal garter. All items are draped in a soft off-white satin fabric and accented with a brown satin sash complete with a rhinestone buckle. This collection is the perfect way to beautifully coordinate your ceremony and reception accessories.

The Wedding Outlet is a sponsor of Brenda's Wedding Blog 

Great Savings from American Bridal

I recently wrote about the amazing clearance sale at American Bridal - and wanted to also let you know about their newest promotion that ends on February 16th, 2009.

They are offering $5 only Bridesmaid Tote Bags and Personalization is available.

Shirley Tan, founder of, has said, "It's become a priority for brides to find ways to cut costs on wedding expenses in small ways that minimally impact the overall wedding. By offering five dollar totes and bags, we are giving our customers an opportunity to get tremendous savings - up to 90 percent off regular prices."

The $5 Tote Bag special includes a selection of bags including tote bags, cosmetic bags, pet carriers, overnight bags, toiletry bags, purses, duffel bags, backpacks, garment bags, laptop totes and more. To receive the special pricing on the discounted tote bags, no coupon code is necessary. Monogramming is also available for an additional $10.

Be sure to act fast on this amazing deal as it ends on Monday February 16th.

Clearance Sale at American Bridal

Today, I wanted to share with you two amazing sales and later this afternoon, I'll have a great new product that I think you will love.

First up is the HUGE clearance sale at American Bridal that Shirley wrote to me about (who is also a Best Wedding Sites member). There are currently 600+ items are on sale with an additional 50% off from their already everyday low prices. Be sure to act fast as some of the items are limited to the quantity on hand. The sale will continue until probably the end of February depending on supply. Shirley told me that "brides and grooms can get nice stuff at around $20.00 or less even... and personalized". Wow!!!

To receive the additional 50% off the already reduced prices, be sure to enter coupon code: clearance50 when you're at the checkout page. The coupon is only valid on items featured on this page.

The color coordinated products featured are just some of the MANY items available on clearance at American Bridal.
• Personalized Straw Tropical Bridesmaid Bag at $15.95 each (plus take extra 50% off)
• Coffee Candle Favor at $4.50 each (plus take extra 50% off)
• Place Cards - Tent Style at $27.95 per 100 (plus take extra 50% off)

Be sure to come back in a little bit for details on another huge sale.

2009 Bridal Accessory Trends

Today's post is from Nancy Jaeger, founder/publisher of She has spent more than 12 years in the online bridal retail industry and today she shares with you her Bridal Accessory Trends for the new year.

According to Nancy, "2009 will be all about bold accessories and expressing your personal style and individuality. Flaunt your unique look by choosing a simpler, less expensive dress, and kicking it up with affordable and fabulous bridal accessories. Forget the cookie cutter, mass-produced jewelry sets and head pieces. Go for hand-crafted, artistic accessories - these types of luxury items are not only affordable, but will give you that one-of-a-kind look!"

Continue reading for the top 6 trends for 2009 - for any bride on any budget, according to
1. Vintage Inspired
The vintage inspired look includes rhodium or antique-silver hair accessories and jewelry, bird cage or visor veils as well as outrageous feather and flower combs - all of which are a throwback to the 1920s. The vintage look is also the perfect opportunity to incorporate family heirlooms, such as Grandma’s silver brooch – timeless pieces that can be used with the visor veils or as an embellishment on gown sashes.

2. Hollywood Glam
Big hair, big jewelry, sparkling head pieces, and tons of glitz! That is Hollywood glam at its best. Use dazzling bouquet jewelry and long dramatic beaded gloves for extra glam! Long, layered, draping necklaces, oversized earrings and bold colored stones in red and black are perfect to draw attention.

3. Don't Settle for Subtle… Chunky is in!
Brides are choosing to accent their gowns with big, bold jewelry sets--dramatic collars, clusters, or long strands of large pearls and beads, asymmetrical looks and multi-strand drops are all great ideas. Another new trend is a bare neckline with large chandelier earrings, paired with a wide, bold cuff bracelet to really make a statement – layering several smaller bracelets creates the same effect.

4. Go for the Gold!
The past year has been dubbed the return of gold bridal accessories! Brides are choosing darker-colored gowns in tones like champagne and dark ivory, in natural fabrics such as raw silk. Victorian style gowns accented with gold-tones are also popular this season. Nothing compliments these colors and textures like timeless gold jewelry. There is just something about the richness of the color gold that gives the feeling of luxury and elegance!

5. Organic or Natural Pearls and Stones
Continuing to be very hot this season is the trend to incorporate natural or "organic" elements and shapes into jewelry designs. The natural shape and beauty of Keshi and Fresh Water Pearls, mixed with glazed stones and dazzling Swarovski crystals, inspire exquisite bridal designs. A perfect match for a romantic destination wedding!

6. Greek Goddess Style
Want a look that’s sexy and modern, yet utterly classic? Go for the enchanting look of a Greek goddess-inspired style. The dress should be a long, lean and fluid silhouette or a romantic series of overlapping layers. With this look, the accessories are key to bringing it all together. Look for chunky leaf or vine patterns in a head piece or hair pins (depending on your hairstyle), as well as the jewelry. You could go with any color, but make sure it is artistic and fanciful.

Images shown include: Vintage Birdcage Veil, Felicity Bridal Comb, Whisper Feather Comb, Crystal Letter Bouquet Jewelry, Fingerless Bridal Gloves, Emerson Gold Crystal Earrings, and the Pearl Bliss Bracelet

Something Pink Day 13: Bridal Hair Comb

Over the summer I featured Angela Hurtado's stunning work from her Pavoreal etsy shop in the blue and white summer weddings inspiration board. But, since the above piece has pink in it and comes packaged in a beautiful pink box with velvet pouch I just had to feature it for today's "something pink" post in honor of breast cancer awareness month. All of Angela's pieces (jewelry, tiaras and custom orders) are truly exquisite and the photography of her work is gorgeous. The above featured bridal comb is called Garden's Crown.