The Bride Wore White

Over the weekend, one of my closest friends got married! The wedding (and all the events leading up to it) was everything you’d hope for your best friend; there was fabulous food, crazy relatives, shuttle bus crashers, emotional speeches,  power outages, and hashtagable quotes from the altar.  In short: it was an extremely memorable event from start to finish.

Weddings are always the best excuse for a reunion

Weddings are always the best excuse for a reunion

As I set forth this week to find a blog to feature, I got started thinking about wedding etiquette.  Should you wear white to a wedding? (No)  Should you assume you’re invited just because you’ve known the bride for 20 years (No)  Should you take a Xanax if you’re planning on drinking? (questionable)  With all these questions swirling in my head, I thought I would aim to find a blog about wedding etiquette.  Yet a quick search for “wedding etiquette blog” retrieved results for Emily Post, and a variety of subpages on the knot, but no blog that actually specialized in “Wedding Etiquette”.  I did find one post on Oh Lovely Day that spoke specifically to Wedding Guest Etiquette, but the space is otherwise pretty barren (nudge nudge to anyone looking to fill an open niche). On a side note, in my quest, I also learned more than I ever needed to know about Monogramming Etiquette.  Apparently it’s a really big thing.

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So, as I had already been weeding through a variety of wedding blogs in a vain attempt to find the elusive “Wedding Etiquette” blog, I did stumble across quite a few really stellar sites.  For an industry that makes close to $50 BILLION in annual revenue, it’s no surprise that there are nearly just as many blogs out there with tips on everything from the perfect “Something Blue”, to the best way to arrange the napkins at your reception’s place settings.

Through all the noise, there was one blog which really rose to the top for me: Grey Likes Weddings.  Brought to the web by the anonymous “Miss Grey” (the real life blogger is actually named Summer Watkins), the quirky About section of the blog (cleverly titled “Grey You Say“) reveals a penchant “for the charms of a well-healed woman”.  At this point, I should mention that while I may be a city girl, 11 years of living in the South did rub off on me a bit, so anything preppy, girly, and involving WASP-y customs is right up my alley. Hence, my instant affinity for this site.

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From the “Rockin’ a New Rock” section, with it’s guide for the newly engaged, to the tiny details (to encourage you to share a post, they use the quippy “Won’t you be a gem, and share this with your ladies”), this blog covers all the bases.  So much so, that they’re in the process of building a new online community, aptly titled “The Ladies Society of Matrimonial Finery”  that aims to be a social network for the budding bride, and everyone looking to share in her special day.

The site strikes a good balance between content, and imagery, and while it contains a TON on information, it isn’t nearly as daunting (or saccharine-y) as “The Knot”.  Any bride-to-be would be smart to add it to her blog role.

“Chic Looks” or “Fab Cooks”

I live in a somewhat bi-polar world–I’m a toal foodie (hence the TWO food categories on my blog role), but I work in the fashion industry (“Would you like a piece of marinated lettuce?”).  Finding the balance between the two can sometimes be a little tricky (although you would be surprised not only how much Fashion Girls can eat, but how much they will actually eat in front of other people).  While my co-workers use their free time to online shop, I have a split screen between foodporn (thanks foodgawker), and the latest sale at Saks.

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That said, in choosing the subject of my first REAL post, it came to the age old question: Food, or Fashion? Luckily, with the chic brûlée I don’t have to choose.  From a Lucky Magazine contributor, this site serves up recipes, runway shots,  and even restaurant recommendations (the blogger lives in NYC and recaps some pretty swank spots).

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Her recipes are amazing too (Fudgy Brownie Bites anyone?). Although the Almond Butter Rice Cakes (really–Rice Cake + Almond Butter + Sliced Bananas = Recipe?) were probably more suited for the more fashion inclined who head to the site.  Bust into the archives for some pretty great Christmas Cookie recipes, and then seamlessly transition to her take on holiday fashion.

One gripe – the site isn’t updated SUPER frequently, so if you’re looking for a new daily read, this probably isn’t for you.  If you do love the concept though, snag my trick: when I find a blog that I LOVE, but I know they don’t update on the daily, I’ll sign up to get their latest entries delivered by email.  That way I don’t have to check in frequently (which chances are I’ll eventually forget about if they’re not updating all the time), and every once and a while there’s a nice surprise in my in-box of something I actually want to read.

What do you think–would The Chic Brûlée make it on your blog roll?