who wore it best?

Lady Mary Crawley vs. Blair Waldorf 

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Both Lady Mary and Blair finally tied the knot during two highly anticipated episodes of their respective  shows and these lavish affairs had more in common than the average TV junkie may assume.  One involves British nobility while the other joins American royalty.  Both blushing brides are paired with grooms who are so perfectly polished that it should be illegal.  And even though one wedding takes place in the 1920s while the other is set in 2012, they both feature a strikingly similar garland encrusted headpiece that adds a glamorous final touch to both of their wedding styles.

So who wore it best?

Downton Abbey’s main character Lady Mary’s diamond embellished tiara is a family heirloom that her sister Lady Edith also rocks during her own wedding (even though this wedding isn’t as successful). This vintage headpiece was created by by royal jewelers Bentley & Skinnner  and helps carry Mary’s silver motif through with its dazzling 45-carats.

Blair officially became Mrs. Chuck Bass during the Gossip Girl series finale.  She successfully captivated fans in her detailed powder blue Elie Saab Couture gown and crystal-encrusted tiara.  The Park Avenue princess opted to go viel-less and showed off her Jennifer Behr  Swarovski masterpiece that retails for $1250. In an interview with InStyle.com, Behr says, “Think of headbands as jewelry for the hair and to select a piece that matches your style and just mix it in.”

This timeless headpiece worked flawlessly with both Lady Mary and Blairs wedding ensambles but that doesn’t mean you can’t be brave and explore other bold options!

a twist on tradition: the uncommon wedding cake

Nothing screams “90’s wedding” like vanilla cake with buttercream.  Nothing brings to mind images of weddings circa 2002 faster than globs of fondant.  For a fresh take on the standard wedding dessert check out these 7 non traditional wedding cakes and get inspired to leave your wedding guests craving more.

“I want more buttercream!” said no one ever….

The inside-out/ deconstructed wedding cake  

Redefine the tired wedding cake by serving your guests the visually unexpected.  Show off the insides of your luscious cake by opting for layers filled with seasonal fruit or accenting them with specific flowers instead of picking the typical sheath of icing.

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The cake pop wedding cake 

For a serious wow-worthy moment opt for a wedding cake constructed from individual cake pops.  You still can achieve the dramatic look of multiple tiers but you’ll skip on the cake-cutting cost by allowing guests to serve themselves by grabbing a pop or two.

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The pie wedding cake  

Let them eat pie! Pick your favorite flavor or dedicate each tier to a different filling and you will have a simple yet chic dessert for  your reception.  Pies are all of the rage and with endless flavors to pick from it could easily take a day to taste and customize your stacks.  Sampling endless pie…I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon.

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The macaron wedding cake 

These sweet treats can be ordered to compliment any color scheme while adding a modern vibe to your dessert display.  Whether it is is a  supplement accent or the entire “cake” this french treat adds a sweet spirit to any American wedding.

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The breakfast wedding cake

For a totally unique last course, why not serve your favorite first meal of the day?  Crepes, doughnuts, or pancakes can all be stacked in the shape of a classic wedding cake but that is the only thing conventional about this tempting dessert.

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The rice krispie wedding cake

Redefine the wedding cake by sticking to the traditional stacked silhouette but ordering your favorite dessert instead.  If you prefer cereal treats to cake then go for the rice krispies.  You’ll score points for adding personality to your event by staying true to yourself and serving your interpretation of the perfect wedding “cake.”

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The cookie wedding cake 

Allow guest to sample different treats by ordering a variety of cookies and encouraging them to taste away.  Cookie cakes can be composed entirely of the bride or groom’s other true love or a fun mix of delicate treats.

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weddings from 2012 that we are still talking about in 2013

The countdown is officially on for the first celebrity wedding of 2013! As we brace ourselves in anticipation, there are still a few 2012 affairs that we just can’t forget….even if we wanted to.

1) Bigger isn’t always better- especially when it comes to the headpiece

If you were wondering what was with the babushka wrapped around Anne Hathaway’s head when she married Adam Schulman in September, you weren’t alone.  If you couldn’t even tell that was Anne Hathaway drowning in the overwhelming mass of tulle, you still weren’t alone.

Anne dazzled in her custom Valentino gown which featured a tulle neckline and flowing skirt.  The problem is that a little tulle goes a long way and in an attempt to hide her newly cropped locks, Anne took the tulle to the extreme.

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2) Déjà vu

Mario Lopez wed gorgeous Courtney Mazza during a lavish December 2012 soiree in Punta Mitas, Mexico.  Fans could experience every detail of the romantic event on TLC’s special “Mario and Courtney’s Wedding Fiesta.” After spending a good portion of the two hour show drooling over Mario’s dimples and fawning over Courtney’s not one but two custom  Ines DiSanto, something seemed off.

No matter how cute the new Mr. and Mrs. Lopez are, I couldn’t help but have flashbacks to the previous Mr. and Mrs. Lopez and their Mexican wedding special.  Mario’s first wedding was in 2004 to actress Ali Landry and they tied the knot in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  Lets hope the second marriage works out better than the first since Landry had the marriage annulled after only two weeks and a cheating scandal.

Does anyone else think that it’s in bad taste to agree to a wedding special when this is your second time around, this wedding is extremely similar to the first, and the previous marriage combusted so publicly?  Either way, there is no comparison between Mazza’s and Landry’s (better known as Bride 2 and Bride 1’s) wedding fashion…again with the headpiece!

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3) Glamping with the stars

A thin Matthew McConaughey married an even thinner Camila Alves during a three-day extravaganza in June.  The 120 star-studded guests made the treck for this “destination” affair and were put up in high-end tents complete with air conditioning– of course.  This elegant yet family- centered affair proved that you don’t need to pick the most exotic spot to have a successful destination wedding.  If you settle on a location where the flights or accommodations are so expensive that most of your guests can’t afford to attend, then what’s the point?

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