A $2.99 Kindle #DealAlert for my novel ‘It’s My Wedding Too’

Just in time for beach-reading, my novel ‘It’s My Wedding Too‘ is on #dealalert at Kindle right now!

I had so much fun writing this one! It all started with an image of two wedding moms completely freaking out in a posh bridal gown atelier — we’re talking a rainbow of fabrics flying everywhere, while the hapless bride looks on, wondering where her own mom went and how she can ever give her fiancé’s mom a chance to be a part of her life when she’s so crazed about the wedding in general (or should I say, CHANGE in general.) I sprinkled a heart-broken, feng shui-obsessed roommate and a dependable fiancé into the mix, and here we have it.

I love that my debut novel is a fast read, light and frothy, lots of fun, and I’m so happy to see it up for $2.99 on Kindle (This won’t always be the price, so check to make sure you know what the current price is before you hit 1-Click.) Step into the world of this wedding, especially if you have wedding mama drama, and see how it all comes together.

Happy reading!

Wedding Symbolism: The Peacock

 

Peacock feathers are a top wedding trend, as a motif on invitations, wedding programs and thank you notes, and some brides are working peacock feathers into their centerpieces and color schemes. Bold, dramatic blues and purples evoke the colors of the brightly-colored peacock, and you’ll even find in nature all-white peacocks with graceful fanlike tails.

With peacock themes and colors going strong in wedding world, I thought I’d continue my series on animal symbolism with the peacock. Since so many elements of a wedding have a long history of symbolism bringing luck to the marriage, here is what the peacock’s symbolism can mean to your day:

  • Integrity
  • Showing your true colors
  • Nobility
  • Holiness
  • Guidance
  • Protection
  • Watchfulness
  • Great vibrancy
  • “A walk of faith”
  • Self-esteem booster
  • Vision
  • Refinement
  • Spirituality
  • Incorruptibility (a take on that ‘forsaking all others’ line from traditional wedding vows!)

In Greco-Roman mythology, the peacock is connected to Hera/Juno who, lore says, made the peacock from Argus with his hundred eyes. Thus, that mark on the peacock’s tail feathers that looks like an eye and in some legends symbolizes the “eyes of the stars.”

In Hindu culture, the Peacock is associated with the deity Lakshmi, representing benevolence, patience, kindness, compassion and good luck.

The peacock is also a symbol of Kwan-Yin in Asian lore, as an emblem of love, compassionate watchfulness, nurturing and kind-heartedness.

In Persian lore, the peacock symbolizes protection over royalty (and since you’re the queen of your wedding day….)

In Christian lore, the peacock represents the “all-seeing” church and has been connected to renewal as well as holiness.

So those are some of the top symbols of the peacock. How much do you love that for your wedding’s theme graphics or décor colors and accents now?

Brides, Start Your Jewelry Collection Now

Photo courtesy of Dune Jewelry

Photo courtesy of Dune Jewelry

Your wedding is the perfect time to start a jewelry collection that you’ll build upon all through your marriage. The time to start a new tradition is now, so that your collection extends from the start of your marriage and lasts for all time. Not married yet? Begin your jewelry collection during your engagement season — it’s your tradition to create as you’d like!

You might decide to stick with a particular brand, such as Alex and Ani, or go with a particular type of gemstone such as Aquamarine or Blue Topaz (in earrings, necklaces, and bracelets throughout the years!) Or, choose something highly customizable, such as jewelry bought during your honeymoon and lifetime travels. Dune Jewelry (above) lets you customize jewelry with actual sand from beaches all over the world [and if they don’t have your beloved beach in their sandbank, you can send in a small vial of sand you collected, to be incorporated into your chosen jewelry design. [I don’t work for Dune Jewelry — I own a bunch of their necklaces, personalized with our favorite beach sands!]

Happy collecting!

 

Fab Find! Shari’s Berries Chocolate Awesomeness for your Wedding Parties and Guest Welcome Gifts!

Shari's Berries chocolate-covered sampler for your wedding
We are in chocolate heaven over here at Sharon Naylor Wedding Books. The great folks at Shari’s Berries sent over some chocolate-covered goodies for our bridal shoot, and the place smells AMAZING!
Imagine setting up a chocolate platter on your engagement party, wedding or bridal shower bar, and giving your guests a great variety to choose from — and of course, the chocolate has to be The Best because your guests KNOW good chocolate from that cheap, waxy stuff you see at the supermarket. When you bring out the chocolate platter, your party space gets that mouth-watering chocolate scent, making your dessert bar stand out even more.
Here’s one of my top picks for your party:
Shari's Berries chocolate-covered sampler for your wedding
The Shari’s Berries site describes it like this: What would make sandwich cookies, gourmet pretzels, and graham crackers even more scrumptious? Chocolate of course! Each item in this tasty gift collection is smothered with a milk chocolate coating and then decorated with artful dark chocolate drizzle.
  • 8 Milk Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers
  • 12 Milk & Dark Chocolate Covered Bavarian Pretzels
  • 8 Milk Chocolate Covered Sandwich Cookies(R) Cookies
    Certified Kosher Dairy by Orthodox Union
  • Net Weight 1 lb 7 oz
  • Item #30001134

We created platters for ours:

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Shari's Berries chocolate-covered sampler for your wedding

Shari's Berries chocolate-covered sampler for your wedding

And think also about how happy your out-of-town wedding guests will be when they card-swipe into their hotel rooms and find a platter of chocolate-covered pretzels, grahams and Oreos instead of that been there-done that welcome bag of chips, packaged snacks and water. Instead, just like at a 5-star luxury resort, they find a platter of these chocolate-covered treats, or Shari’s Berries chocolate-covered berries (which are spectacular, fresh, sweet, juicy and every other word for delicious!) That’s indulgence, and that sets the tone for your guests having the best time ever on your wedding weekend. Or just set the pretty box in their rooms:

Shari's Berries chocolate-covered sampler for your wedding

Shari’s Berries also sent us some super-cute cookies that we’re photographing today, so I’ll post soon about those.

Fab Find! Neiman Marcus Rose Cakes for your Wedding or Bridal Shower

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How stunning are these rose cakes from Neiman Marcus as gorgeous cakes for your wedding, bridal shower or engagement party? I first spotted these in their holiday catalog and fell in love instantly! They’re so elegant and romantic, and it brought back memories of being a little girl asking for extra roses on my birthday cakes. My cousins and I would jockey for the roses at every family birthday party, and we still talk about roses on cakes now that we’re in our 30s and 40s.

Here are some details on these cakes:

Details

  • Four layers.
  • Pink-tinted white frosting perfectly swirled to look like roses.
  • Finished with edible glitter.
  • Thaw in refrigerator 24 hours before serving.
  • 6″Dia. Serves 8–10.
  • Made in the USA.

 

Allergen Information: Contains dairy and nuts.

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Red-Velvet-Rose-Cake/prod161280188/p.prod?eVar4=You%20May%20Also%20Like

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/White-Buttercream-Rose-Cake/prod170140228/p.prod?eVar4=You%20May%20Also%20Like

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Chocolate-Rose-Cake/prod161280171/p.prod?eVar4=You%20May%20Also%20Like

The “Boxtrolls” Trailer Song Is Perfect for Your Wedding — But Who Sings It? The Answer is Here…


Don’t you just LOVE this song from the upcoming Laika film “Boxtrolls” Behind-the-Scenes trailer? The first time I heard it, I was mesmerized, and then it hit me that this would be SUCH a great song to play at a wedding…
I couldn’t find out who performs this version, so I wrote to Laika, and they got back to me in minutes! So impressed!
Ready?
According to Laika’s email, the song is performed by Ritchie Young from the Portland-based band Loch Lomond.
Just gorgeous!

Newly-Engaged? Here’s the First Thing You Should Do

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An important part of planning your wedding is knowing what you DON’T want, which clears away the clutter and all those suggestions from other people, allowing you both to get clear about what you DO want.
And talking together about your Don’ts gets you communicating about what’s most important for your wedding day.
So print out and use the following worksheets as an essential part of your planning process…
[Plus, it makes life easier when you can hand these worksheets  to your vendors!]

Click on the links below to download the lists

What the Bridesmaids Don’t Want For Their Dresses
What We Don’t Want For the Wedding Cake
What We Don’t Want In Our Ceremony
What We Don’t Want For Flowers and Décor
Foods We Don’t Want Served at the Wedding

What We Don’t Want for the Honeymoon
Songs We Don’t Want Played At the Wedding
What We Don’t Want For Our Wedding Vows
What I Don’t Want For My Wedding Gown

Visit my site www.sharonnaylor.net for more free worksheets to get your wedding planning started off right!