And the winner is…

July 20, 2010

I know you’ve been shuffling in your seats wondering who has been declared the official winner of this exclusive MIZU Salon Contest.  Without further ado, I am honored to announce Amy Pantano as the winner and recipient of the $130 Mizu Salon gift card! Amy arrived to our office with a smile to brighten even the gloomiest of days (with this fantastic gift card to such a fine salon as MIZU, who could blame her for being so excited?)  Our photographer, Madison “Champagne” Gouzie, conducted a brilliant photo shoot to commemorate the moment.

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This is the start of something new.  We at Nieubreed enjoyed our partnership with MIZU for this contest so much, that we want to make this national! So stay tuned, you never know when you’ll have the opportunity to be the next winner of a gift card for a Salon or Spa in your area!


Bachelorette Predictions

July 14, 2010

As you might not know, one of my guilty pleasures is watching “reality” shows (I’d like to think I’m pretty selective about it though, no Jersey Shore here!)  My summer favorite is The Bachelorette. Now, before you judge me, I understand that this show doesn’t really make actual sense. One woman (or man) is placed with 25 or so ABC-selected men (or women).  After they weed out all the aesthetically unpleasing people and obvious crazies in the first round, they start to go on a slew of unrealistically grandiose “dates” (I don’t think it’s a real date unless it’s only 2 people present) that are sparked with the glitter of Hollywood. They don’t at all prepare them for a real relationship. Additionally, they’re on national television. Being on TV changes people, making most of them into fame-hungry contestants. That’s right, contestants. It is a CONTEST.  People tend to want to win, naturally. None of this is formula for a lasting relationship leading to marriage, which is why it comes as no surprise to me when almost every relationship on the show has ultimately ended in a dramatic break-up. This show just isn’t natural…

That being said, I still watch it and always manage to get somehow emotionally invested to it each summer. It’s that ABC drama magic, I just can’t fight it. The last episode broke my heart for the first time this season/cycle(I don’t know what they call it) as she tearfully let a man that she was clearly falling for go home. I didn’t even realize that I was a fan of the guy until she let him go! So I thought I’d analyze and predict the results of the show here, since we at Nieubreed are all about weddings and love and capturing them on camera…

Frank – I think this is a sweet guy, but I don’t think they would ever actually been dating in real life outside the show…He definitely wins the award for most emotional and sensitive on the show. I think Ali is his dream girl, and he can’t believe he’s living his dream! Come back to reality, Ali…

Roberto –  This guy is the complete package, hands down. He’s smart, suave, funny, extreeeeemely attractive, and seems like all around a good guy. I thought from the very first episode that he was going to be a front-runner in this competition. I think there is a great chance that Ali will choose him, but honestly…he’s not my first pick anymore. I think that for them the roles are reversed, Roberto is HER Dream guy and he needs to come to reality. Sorry Ali…

Chris L – Honestly, I didn’t really notice Chris until the last few episodes…and I don’t think Ali did either. I think the great thing about their relationship is that it started off with a friendship, they didn’t delve into romantic relationship the minute the show began. It seemed like the most normal interaction out of all of them. They progressed in the most normal time period you possibly could such an odd situation as the Bachelorette, and it looks like they are starting to develop real feelings. It’s just an added bonus that he’s from Massachusetts (home of Nieubreed and AFM!) Anyways, he’s funny, sweet, adorable, and seems…real. Plus the whole mom thing kindof tugs at my heartstrings, I must admit. So my hopes and ultimate prediction rest on the shoulders of Chris L.

Make the right choice, Ali!

I feel like that was the reality-tv-love version of ESPN’s PTI, and I love it.

Flowers take part in integral moments in our love lives.  They are of extreme importance in a wedding, they really seem to bring things to life. I’ve always been interested in the historical meanings associated with flowers, and have compiled some research on these beautiful living things.

Baby’s Breath – These small clusters of white flowers represent festivity. There are also symbolic meanings tied to it of sincerity and a pure heart.

Carnations – Although they get a bad wrap because of their low cost, they speak a multitude of meanings.  Pink represents gratitude, red – flashy, striped – refusal, white – remembrance, yellow—cheerful.

Daffodil – Chivalry is the historical meaning, but because of the vibrant yellow color it also issues a message of wellness.

Daisy – Innocence is the meaning most tied to the daisy. Also, it communicates loyal love and purity.

Delphinium – This flower is commonly known as a larkspur, and historically represents boldness.  Open heartedness and lightness are also common symbolic associations with this flower.

Freesia – Spirited is the historical meaning for this flower, but also convey innocence and friendship.

Gladiolus – This flower derives from the Latin word “gladius”, which means sword.  The historical symbolization is Strength of character.  A bouquet is said to convey to the recipient that they “pierce the giver’s heart with passion.”  Rawr.

Hydrangea –  This flower was first discovered in Japan, and derives from the greek words “hydor” and “angos” which respectively mean water and jar. The historical symbolization is perseverance, and it is the 4th wedding anniversary flower.

Iris – Inspiration is the historical meaning of the Iris, but faith hope and wisdom are also symbolic ties to the flower.

Lisianthus – This flower looks similar to a rose when in bloom, and symbolizes calmness and appreciation.

Rose – The most popular American flower has several historical meanings associated with it, based on color.  Pink represents friendship, red – passionate love, red & white – unity, white – purity, yellow – zealous.

Sunflower –  The sunflower were first grown in Sentral and south Emerica, and were used for providing oil and food.  Their utility was the reason that adoration is the historic symbol of this flower.

Tulip – the various colors hold different meanings. Pink represents caring, purple – royalty, red –declaration of love, white –forgiveness, yellow – hopelessly in love, violet- faithfulness.

Themed parties are amongst my favorite parties to attend and participate in, why not a wedding? I’ve never been to a themed wedding, my only knowledge of them stem from the extraordinary library of weddings in movies and tv shows I’ve seen. So I decided to do a little research, and I discovered a few of shockingly outlandish themed weddings:

Couple Goes Green – as Shrek Characters – for Themed Wedding| Weddings, Shrek, Shrek Forever After

When green weddings come to mind, nothing about it in my mind screams Ogre… I was shocked to find a very recent Shrek- Themed wedding! They really committed to this theme, green makeup and masks and all!

“When friends told Welsh couple Tracey and Vivian Williams they resembled characters from the popular animated Shrek movies – you know, those green ogres – the two weren’t insulted. They embraced it. ” See the rest of the article here.

There is no question that America is officially obsessed with vampires, so I wasn’t even surprised to find an ample amount of vampire-themed wedding strewn across the endless abyss of cyberspace.

I love a good video game at the end of a long day, but this Halo themed wedding really takes the cake! Although the bride and groom were dressed in the traditional wedding garb, they were married by a man dressed as the Master Chief–helmet at all!

I’m hoping Nieubreed will have the opportunity to do a themed wedding, I’m absolutely fascinated…

Now, I don’t actually listen to NPR- I’m more of a This American Life person myself. However, I ran into this awesome radio clip here and cringed as they talked about some of the Least Appropriate wedding songs…everrr.

A wedding couple enjoys their first dance.

The Least Appropriate Wedding Songs Ever

June 11, 2009, NPR

Judy Collins' 'Judith'

Send in the Clowns

Artist: Judy Collins

Album: Judith

At my first wedding in Tahoe, we quickly found a minister to perform the ceremony without discussing the details. Everything seemed fine as I walked up to the preacher, except that the bridesmaid was doubled-over in laughter. I was only vaguely listening to the lyrics… —Darol Allen In 1978, my sister walked down the aisle to “Send in the Clowns.” My mother picked it out, and to this day defends her choice. —Carrie Yankello Wow! Someone else chose “Send in the Clowns”? That was the best laugh my date and I ever had at a wedding. —Teresa Labella

The Righteous Brothers' 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin''

You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’

Artist: The Righteous Brothers

Album: 20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection

My husband has been a wedding DJ for over 20 years. He has lots of stories about weird wedding song choices, but my favorite is the couple that requested “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ ” for their first dance. Stunningly oblivious to the lyrics, or even just the title, they explained: “But we love Top Gun!” —Dana Robb

Louis Prima's 'Wildest'

Just a Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody

Artist: Louis Prima

Album: Wildest! [Expanded]

During the ’80s, one of my cousins got married for the second time. Since her first was an elopement, she did a nice job with a church, harp and flute with organ for the music. It was all quite dignified; her father performed the ceremony. The reception was on the ocean, also very nice. When the master of ceremonies introduced the couple for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. XXX, the wedding band played “Just a Gigolo.” Everyone under the age of 30 erupted into hysterical laughter. –Elisabeth Powers

Frank Sinatra's 'The Capitol Years'

The Lady Is a Tramp

Artist: Frank Sinatra

Album: The Capitol Years

At our wedding party with a live band of musician colleagues of my husband, Howard was persuaded to get on stage and sing. He serenaded me with “The Lady Is a Tramp” in the style of Tom Waits. Unbelievably, we’re about to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. —Jennifer Hollingsworth [Editor’s note: Some people find this song touching. But, as subtle and sophisticated as the lyrics may be, repeatedly singing the word “tramp” in the direction of one’s new wife isn’t to be encouraged.]

Carlo Bergonzi's 'The Sublime Voice'

Verdi: ‘La donna e mobile’ (Rigoletto)

Artist: Carlo Bergonzi

Album: Carlo Bergonzi: The Sublime Voice

I attended a wedding where La donna e mobile from Verdi’s Rigoletto was sung. I couldn’t believe it! The translation from the Italian is “Anyone who trusts her is always wretched; he who opens his heart to her is lacking in caution.” Did they really understand the lyrics? —Mike Comer

Unusual Wedding Venues

July 1, 2010

I’ve never really given my wedding venue a second thought, but I must say I’m a little inspired by this epic list of unusual and real wedding venues compiled by ryankett of hubpages. Here are a few from his entry:

Unusual Wedding Venues

Married Underwater
People getting married underwater is now so common that I cannot even really refer to it as ‘unusual’, but why? They are all diving fanatics of course! If you are planning to get married underwater, then you should certainly not choose the murky, cold, and dirty water around the UK coast near me, but instead head to some coral reef of some description. A number of Diving companies now offer the services, each of which have their own diving priest/vicar/rabbi. I don’t really have much more to say about them, as I know nothing about diving and the associated technicalities, perhaps all I can really say is “each to their own”. I certainly wouldn’t accept an invite to such a ceremony!

Zero-Gravity Wedding

Two wealthy space fanatics made the headlines in June 2009 when they became the first ever couple to be married in zero-gravity conditions. The bride wore earrings shaped like planets, and the groom wore cuff links shaped like spacecraft, and the wedding party (see picture) attended in blue jump suits! The wedding took place in a modified Boeing 727-200 aircraft operated by Zero Gravity Corp, a company which offers weightless flight experiences by flying thousands of metres about the gulf of Mexico (but not quite in space). The ceremony for the New York based couple was officiated by company co-founder Richard Garriott, also a registered notary. The couple just about managed to kiss, and did not drop the wedding ring, although there was great confusion when the wedding ring of one of the guests floated into their paths. It is not known how much the ceremony cost, but I am sure Zero Gravity Corp will quote you a (hefty!) price!

On The Outside Of A Plane

A British couple intrigued the world in August 2008 after getting married, whilst strapped to the wing of a plane! The groom was strapped to the wing of one plane, the bride on the wing of another, whilst the vicar was strapped facing backwards on another. In fact it wasn’t the first ceremony of the type to take place in Britain, as the 67 Methodist minister George Bingham was called upon after having officiated a wedding in similar circumstances 7 years prior! 100 guests watched from the ground and listen to the vows on loud speakers, rings were exchanged in a reception hall before take off.

I was so inspired by this list of true unusual wedding venues, that I decided to compile a list of wedding venues that would be unusual yet awesome if they were at all possible.

My Unusual (and sadly impossible) Wedding Venue Wishlist:

Middle Earth, specifically the Shire. A hobbit as the ring-bearer? It just makes sense!

Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory: Downside? You miiight bust out of your wedding dress from eating all the tasty treats. Upside: You know what’s better than a Chocolate fountain? A chocolate river,
that’s what.

The Garden of Eden: Imagine how lush the foliage must have been! You might want to rope of that one tree from all the guests so they aren’t instantly escorted out of the wedding, but other than that I really don’t see what could go wrong! Oh yeah, and stay clear of serpents.
I hear they can be a nuisance.
Pandora (from Avatar, for all you non-nerds.). How COOL would it be to have your wedding there?!? With all the beautiful colors and plants? I mean sure there are the whole freakishly large blue people that don’t really want you there…but I think it would be entirely worth it. Dibs.

Blingin’ Cake

June 28, 2010

I guess they’re right, you can’t have the cake and eat it too…because you’d choke on diamonds.

Wedding Wear

June 24, 2010

Today I get the pleasure to go to my first wedding while interning here, and I must admit I’m pretty excited! I’ll be honest, when Foley told me that I had the opportunity of accompanying him my first thought wasn’t of how pumped I was to see the inter-workings of a Nieubreed wedding and seep in all the knowledge I could…. Instead my thoughts immediately turned to: WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR? Thanks to my chiseled e-stalking skills I deduced from the pictures from the Philly wedding that the dapper men of Nieubreed wore black at the last wedding.  Ofcourse I decided to follow suit, and after a few minutes of peeling through my sisters much more affluent wardrobe, I found the perfect dress for this outdoor wedding. This ordeal ofcourse sparked this blog entry (I officially think in Nieubreed blog ideas now. It’s amazing.) and I decided post about what not to wear at a wedding.

Thanks Glamour for posting this faabulous article.


5 Things You Should NEVER Wear

To A Wedding

Normally, on Save the Date, we focus on what you should wear to weddings, but today’s topic is all about please Don’ts. See if you agree, after the jump.

A white dress (or anything that could under any circumstances be mistaken for a wedding dress)


It might seem pretty obvious but still, I’m surprised by how often I see women making this mistake. Not cool, ladies. Save the floaty white dress for another occasion and take your pick of the 8,000 million other colors chilling in your closet—seriously.
Anything too short ‘n too tight


If you’re really drawn to these kind of get-ups, you might get away with one at the bachelorette party. After that, skip it. Enuf said.
A really conservative suit


Suits at weddings can be a Do if they’ve got a skirt, come in a pretty color and have feminine details (think, gorgeous vintage Chanel skirt suit). But that blah work-y thing you wore to the last three job interviews? Nah. Remember, weddings are supposed to be celebratory occasions.
An upstager dress


This part gets tricky, especially if the invitation reads “black tie.” A good rule of thumb is to think carefully about what gown you pick. If it’s something that’s shouting “Look at me! look at me!” or has center-of-attention details like a train or bustle, you might want to reconsider. (Remember my friend, bride Marion’s every-color-of-the-rainbow gown?)


Sure, they’re sexy, comfy and you can dance all night in them, but c’mon—it’s just bad manners. As a bride, I was even a little offended by the few people who opted to wear golf polos and capri pants to my Saturday night reception. Plus, what will grandma think?

Photos: Bride Wars: Everett. All others: Getty


June 23, 2010

I know, you’re probably anxiously awaiting the results of our MIZU gift card contest! Calm down folks, we’ll make a decision shortly! Meanwhile, I thought it best to attempt to humor you during your wait. No serious or long-winded talks/articles of mothers or fathers today! I was quoting one of my childhood cinematic favorites, Princess Bride, the other day with my sister.

In between my tears from a laughter overload, I thought I should share my favorite clip from that movie with you all since it does take place during a wedding ceremony.  And as you know, we at Nieubreed are ALL about weddings here. It’s kind-of our thing.

It is, by the way, pretty near impossible to pretend like I am not quivering with laughter right now.  I don’t want to disturb the creative minds here at the office, but this guy makes me laugh so much…

It was 3:30am and the Lobby was bumpin’ at the Downtown Marriott in Philly PA.  Notice Foley in the background of this picture?  It’s just moments before he takes off his shoes, his socks, his hat and plops his head on the pillow – sprawls out completely flat and begins his short lived nap.  Seconds later security assures him he’s not on a bed and he must get up asap.  Foley replies with incoherent grunts and goes back to being tired in a seating up position.