Fab Find! Le Palais Des Thes Tea Sets, Canisters and Candles

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When I received this Palais Des Thes candle as part of my Bridal Guide 50 best bridal party gifts, it was love. Such a sweet and wonderful scent even without unwrapping the package, yet not overpowering. I consider it an upscale candle, perfect for giving to your mom, mom-in-law, your wedding coordinator, floral designer, as well as your bridesmaids and maid of honor for their thank-you gifts. And they’ll thank you. Here’s a little bit about my new favorite candle of all time:

The fragrance of the Fleur de Geisha tea-scented candle evokes the fragility of the first flowers of the season and the pearlescent sweetness of rice powder. As the candle burns, its perfume rises – airy, celestial and virginal. A veritable celebration of purity.

Made to the highest standards, this candle will delicately scent your home for about fifty hours.



palais des thesteaboxHere’s another fab find for the Moms: I always love to have a great tea caddy or box on hand for when guests are over, and since moms might host an engagement party or the rehearsal dinner, or just have relatives over to the house after the wedding, this gift gives them a fantastic way to offer their guests a wonderful cup of tea. Here’s a little about this gift:

Le Palais des Thés has hand-picked nine green teas from its selection of grands crus and perfumed creations for this beautiful box-set of fifty-four muslin tea bags.

Each tea bag comes in an individual stay-fresh sachet, ensuring optimal conservation and preserving the freshness of the tea once opened. The aromatic richness of whole tea leaves thus remains intact. When infused in 150ml of simmering water, the tea bags recreate the unique taste of each fine and flavoured tea.
Our muslin tea bags are manufactured with meticulous care: whole tea leaves are enclosed in large cotton muslin squares, giving them room to unfurl and release their full flavour.

The box-set contains 54 muslin tea bags, i.e. 6 of each of the following 9 varieties: Thé du Hammam, Thé des Moines, Fleur de Geisha, Sencha Ariake, Tamaryokucha Impérial, Long Jing, Grand Jasmin Chun Feng, Thé des Sources and Thé des Alizés.
Each tea bag contains approximately 2g of tea.



palais des thescanister1palais des thescanister2If you’re on a budget, check out the lovely tea canisters — there are lots of them on the site, in pretty colors and designs. This description is for the green bambo0 one shown above:

Washi tea caddy decorated with dancing bamboo shoots symbolizing fertility.

Washi paper, made from the fibres of the paper mulberry plant, is traditionally used in Japan to cover tea canisters. With their gold and pearly details, the papers are decorated with patterns often found on kimonos and Japanese textiles. Le Palais des Thés has discovered a series of wonderfully fresh prints for its new collection: dragonfly in the afterglow, white plum flower, competition of growing bamboo… a range of patterns that pay tribute to nature.

Each box has a double lid for perfect storage.



So, Le Palais Des Thes becomes my very first triple-pick of Fab Finds! Check them out if you’re a tea person, and you can’t go wrong giving these tea-themed gifts out to the moms, your bridesmaids and your favorite wedding vendors.

Newly-Engaged? Welcome to Wedding World 2012

This is me, happy that I finished the new book!

I’ve just put the finishing touches on my new wedding book, which is going to help you get lots of free wedding items the right way, sacrificing nothing, making no mistakes, not selling out, not avoiding wedding vendors, and not winding up with regrets. Quite the teaser, eh? Since this book won’t be out until the end of 2012, I didn’t want to leave all of you newly-engaged brides out in the cold. So here’s  little sneak peek at just one of the many categories of wedding freebies in my new book:

You’ve got to enter contests! As many as you can find! Brides are said to have a weird form of natural luck, and you might just magnetize…oh…a free honeymoon or a free wedding dress. That’s about $6,000 saved right there in some instances. Perhaps $2,000 or more, depending on the contest you enter.

Here’s my guide to the top types of contests and sweepstakes you need to enter now, and have your mom and bridesmaids enter for you, if they will. Some of those freebie prizes, after all, can benefit them. There are a ton of new contests out there that give the mom a new dress, or snag a free girls’ getaway to Vegas, which saves your bridesmaids serious money. So the more people you have clicking on Enter for you, the better. I got my husband in on the action when we were engaged, and we won some pretty sweet deals. Okay, so one of them was a lip gloss, but it was an awesome lip gloss.

1. Contests on bridal magazine sites. Bridal Guide has lots of contests going on throughout the year – free honeymoons and trips, gowns for your bridesmaids, beauty and jewelry swag. Check in at your favorite bridal magazines’ sites, or sign up for their newsletter, check their Facebook and Twitter posts, and click, click, click.

2. Contests on major bridal blogs. Right now, I have a giveaway going on Broke-Ass Bride in which you can win copies of my new books for the mother of the bride and for wedding weekend events, and 5 pretty blue floral Kodak cameras. Just about every major bridal blog — you know, the ones that win Bride Tide’s best-of awards — runs contests and giveaways all the time, and you might find that all of those too-busy, distracted other brides out there forget to enter them. So you might be one of 30 brides in the running to win mega-prizes.

3. Contests on so-called ‘smaller bridal blogs,’ the specialist blogs that are awesome but don’t yet have 150,000 followers. They may just be starting out, and they’re landing some fabulous prize deals from their partners and offering their products up as prizes as well. With a smaller entry pool, your chances of winning go up.

4. Hit the women’s magazines’ websites, for the mother lode of cash prize contests. At www.bhg.com, you’ll find lots of sweepstakes to win $5,000, $10,000, $15,000, $25,000 or more. Plus free trips. And blenders. They like to give away blenders. Don’t mind if I do. This link will take you to contests at their sister magazines, such as Parents. Even if you’re not a parent, click on those contests. You’re still eligible.

5. Bridal show giveaways. I can hardly believe how awesome the prizes are at The Wedding Salon! Valuable trips, designer gowns, designer cakes…it’s just mind-bending…but oh so thrilling! Attend this upscale show, and you could walk out of there needing a bodyguard. Any quality bridal show is going to offer terrific prizes, from honeymoons to elite photography packages, the works. The key is to stay until the very end when they do the winner drawings. Winning tickets have been pulled, with no bride in sight, and they go on to the next winner. One group won that girls’ getaway weekend after three not-there brides’ tickets were pulled. It pays to stay.

6. Network giveaways. We’re talking the HGTV Dream House, where you can win a house, a car and six figures in cash, plus all of the housewarming gifts that viewers have voted for you to get. Tons of network shows have giveaways, so follow them on social media, bookmark their entry pages, and do as I do…

I start each morning off entering all of the contests I can find on BHG. It’s like my Zen morning practice. Hot Dunkin Donuts coffee in one hand, and a big wellspring of hope and optimism all about me. Someone’s gotta win, they say. Might as well be me. Or you, as the case may be.

So get that bridal luck going, start or end your day with contest-entering, and hey, let me know where you’re finding great contests so that I can get YOU mentioned in the acknowledgments of my new book!

Visit my site at www.sharonnaylor.net and follow me at @sharonnaylorwed where my greatest sweepstakes finds will be posted! Good luck!


My newest books on Kindle!

Hey, all of you Kindle brides…now you can get instant access to my newest books — and my bestsellers! My wedding vows book is in the Top 10 of all Kindle wedding titles. Here’s what I have available on my list of Sharon Naylor wedding books on Kindle


Your Special Wedding Toasts by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Mar. 1, 2004) – Kindle eBook
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Your Wedding, Your Way by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Oct. 30, 2010) – Kindle eBook
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Love Bets by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Oct. 30, 2010) – Kindle eBook
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It’s Not My Wedding (but I’m In Charge) by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Apr. 1, 2007) – Kindle eBook
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What’s Your Bridal Style ? by Sharon Naylor and Casey Cooper (Kindle Edition – Oct. 1, 2007) – Kindle eBook
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1000 Best Secrets for Your Perfect Wedding by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Nov. 1, 2004) – Kindle eBook
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It’s My Wedding Too by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Mar. 31, 2007) – Kindle eBook
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Busy Bride’s Essential Wedding Checklists by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Sept. 1, 2005) – Kindle eBook
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Your Day, Your Way: The Essential Handbook for the 21st-Century Bride by Sharon Naylor, Michelle Roth and Henry Roth (Kindle Edition – Dec. 22, 2010) – Kindle eBook
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Bridesmaid on a Budget: How to Be a Brilliant Bridesmaid without Breaking the Bank by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Dec. 28, 2010) – Kindle eBook
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Essential Guide to Wedding Etiquette by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Oct. 1, 2005) – Kindle eBook
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1001 Ways To Save Money . . . and Still Have a Dazzling Wedding by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Aug. 9, 2001) – Kindle eBook
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The Bride’s Survival Guide by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Oct. 30, 2010) – Kindle eBook
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Renewing Your Wedding Vows: A Complete Planning Guide to Saying I Still Do by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Dec. 10, 2008) – Kindle eBook
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1000 Best Wedding Bargains by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Oct. 1, 2004) – Kindle eBook
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Your Special Wedding Vows by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Mar. 1, 2004) – Kindle eBook
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Bridesmaid Handbook by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Mar. 1, 2005) – Kindle eBook
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