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Friday Round-up : a vendor guide, wedding sales, wine & foldable shoes - plus, the top re-pinned posts of the week

Well, another week is coming to a close and I have so many wonderful things to share with you today.

First up is that a vendor guide is now in the soft launch phase on the blog. I'm beyond thrilled about this addition. Basically, the directory from will be moving over here so you will find all of your wedding planning needs and inspiration in one site. I've got some fun things planned for the future of - but more on that to come another time.

The all new and ever growing Wedding Vendors I ♥™ Guide currently features wedding favors and handmade weddings {plus, if you check it out, you might even spy the new tagline I now have... can you find it?}.

For Vendors: thru Monday February 18, 2013 at 11:59 pm est - if you contact me to find out more details on how you can reach my brides and purchase a listing, you will . . .

*** receive $14 off the already great yearly rates ***

{the $14 off is in celebration of not only launching the guide on the 14th, but because the 14th marks my 12 years of being online in the wedding industry}. Simply email me at bestweddingsites{at}gmail{dot}com

And, now it's time for some shopping and saving $ - there's several great sales going on this weekend that I wanted to share with you, along with some hot wedding items . . .

1. Little Things Favors is keeping the love going all weekend with their Valentine's Day Sale. From now thru Sunday February 17th, you can take 14% OFF any Red or Pink Favors or 10% OFF your entire purchase. No Restrictions. All you have to do is enter the code: BeMine14 for 14% OFF Red and Pink Favors or LoveYou10 for 10% OFF entire purchase at checkout to enjoy the savings.

2. Provence Rosé is a versatile, elegant wedding wine with many available at under $20 per bottle. The wines offer a good balance of fruit and acidity which makes them ideal on their own or matched with a variety of wedding-day foods {from appetizers and canapés to fish, poultry, pasta, and even ethnic cuisine}. full press release here

3. Wedding Paper Divas is offering up to $50 off from now thru March 5, 2013 at 11:59pm PT. Receive $10 off orders of $75 or more, $25 off orders of $149 or more, or $50 off orders of $249 or more using the code TP50WED at checkout on Wedding Paper Divas.

4. Footzyfolds {known for their compact and foldable shoe design which allows them to be thrown into any glove compartment, desk drawer, or bag to provide instant relief from painful heels} has released several new shoe designs - with Adrian in Black / silver studs and Cora in Cream / blackspkle toe being two of my favorite styles.

And, now for the top 5 pinned posts from this past week {these posts received the most re-pins on pinterest}. Are you on pinterest? If yes, please come follow me on pinterest.

1. pink and gold wedding inspiration board
2. inspiring seasonal wedding color palettes based on jewelry
3. free printable Valentine's Day dinner menu
{you could still plan a special dinner this weekend, keep the love celebration going longer}

4. a Valentine's Day dinner menu to heat up your body, heart and soul
5. new wedding cake toppers for 2013

wine photo credit: Francois Millo/CIVP

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Red and White Peppermint Weddings

Ideas and Inspirations | Photos and Galleries
Color Palette: red and white

I want to wish all of my readers a very happy holiday season. I'll be taking a break from blogging to spend time with family and friends, but, I do have some fun posts lined up for Mon (12/29), Tues (12/30) and Weds (12/31). I will be featuring my favorite Real Weddings from my Photography Blogs list. And, of course you can always browse thru my past inspiration boards, Real Weddings and all my previous posts until I officially return to blogging. I'll be back on Monday January 5th with all the latest 2009 wedding trends to reveal along with Real Weddings, my inspiration boards and of course, tons of other wedding tips, hot products and more. And, be sure to visit Best Wedding Sites for all your wedding and honeymoon planning needs.

Now, for today's inspiration board which features the ever popular holiday peppermint stripes. To help break up the monotony of the stripes, I've introduced round elements. While I could see this theme being used for a wedding - I just love the idea that is presented with the invitation sample I've shown {which can easily be customized with the text of your choosing}. The idea presented on this invitation is to ask your friends and family over for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to help celebrate the first Christmas in your new home as husband and wife. Below the inspiration board, I've also included a dress, a pair of shoes, and some fun candy cane drinks that I think would be perfect for the party.

Image Credit and Resources:
Christmas Tree with Stars, Candy Cane Centerpiece with Roses, Ornaments on Candlesticks, Mini Snowball Cakes {with recipe}, Candy Canes in silver container, Red Ornament Arrangement with beaded garland
from Country Living: Spritz Cookies {with recipe}, Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sticks {with recipe},
from Stonewall Kitchen: Candy Cane Dinner Napkins
from Jennifer Rydin Designs on etsy: Peppermint Earrings
from Invitation Box: Elegant Brocade Rouge and Ebony Invitation

Image Credit and Resources:
JS Boutique Embellished Matte Jersey Halter Dress
Stuart Weitzman 'Delovely' Sandal
Peppermint Stick Hot Chocolate
Cupid's Creamy Peppermint Punch

Blue and Green Winter Wedding

Ideas and Inspirations | Photos and Galleries
Color Palette: teal, chartreuse, green

I just love the color palettes that are becoming more popular lately for the holidays instead of the traditional red and green. While I still love this color combo, there's something special about putting together a totally unexpected color scheme for your guests at a winter wedding or any holiday party.

{clicking on the image will bring up a larger version}
Image Credits and Resources:
Table Setting from Better Homes and Gardens
Holiday Tree from Country Living
Flowers in Glass Vase from A Stylish Soiree
Peridot Pearl Earrings from Wearable Designs by MEG on etsy
Stockings and Greenery from Country Living

Pastel Blue and White Christmas Wedding

Ideas and Inspirations | Photos and Galleries
Color Palette: pastel blue, white, aqua blue, evergreen

Snowflakes, yummy cookies, hot chocolate, and an intimate gathering of your closest family and friends is what comes to mind with this soft-hued winter wedding. Evergreens and hints of aqua blue add a touch of brighter color to the pastel palette. For location - maybe even right at home or at a bed and breakfast that can accommodate small groups. This palette would also be perfect for a New Year's Eve wedding or one taking place in the bitter cold month of January.
Image Credits and Resources:
Mini Monogrammed Brownie Pops from Beau-coup
Aqua Tiara Gatefold Invitation from Polka Dot Design
Ornament on White Pedestal and Napkins from Matthew Mead Style
Centerpiece from
Pine Cone Wreath and Candle in Glass Jar from Country Living
Lemon Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies from
Dress from Nordstrom
Christmas Tree from Country Living
Styrofoam Sphere with Ornaments and feathers from

Real Wedding : Caroline & Edmund : Part 2

In continuation of today's Real Wedding with Caroline and Edmund, we move on to the reception at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch in Beaver Creek, Colorado. {photographed by Jenna Walker Photography}
Below: I love this idea . . . At 6:15 {the hour Caroline and Edmund first met}, they lit the candles of their guests' tables - in a "unity ceremony." The last table they were to light was their own.