Thursday, January 29, 2009

Weddings Event with Real Simple® and Crate and Barrel

It's time for Crate and Barrel's Wedding Parties! For a full two hours, the store is yours. Great food, good music, fabulous drinks and loads of advice on putting together the perfect gift registry. You'll also be greeted with a free gift.

RSVP today and have fun!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Lots of Luv Tapping (...or should I say Luv Tagging)

Over the last couple of weeks, I've been shown lots of  "LUV" from my fellow bloggers; three times to be exact (from Landra of EVENTistas, Brandi of Glitz and Glamour Events and Lisa of Elite Affairs).

So now I'm supposed to share the love, but I'm pretty sure all of my favorite bloggers have been tagged a few times already, so I'll forego that part just this once.

But thanks so much ladies!  It's a pleasure sharing the blogosphere with you.

Monday, January 26, 2009

9-9-09 ... Good or Bad Idea?

Triple-number wedding dates have been an interesting trend for the last 6 years or so. July 7, 2007 (7-7-07) was probably the most popular, and then of course August 8, 2008 (8-8-08) was not only the day the Chinese launched the Olympic games but the day chosen by thousands of engaged couples because the phrase “I Love You” has exactly 8 letters and the number "8" turned on it's side illustrates the symbol for "infinity." So what about September 9, 2009? Let's explore the pros and cons of 9-9-09:

  • Wikipedia says: "The number 9, being the greatest of single-digit numbers, was historically associated with the Emperor of China; the Emperor's robes often had nine dragons, and Chinese mythology held that the dragon has nine children. Moreover, the number 9 (jiu) sounds like the word for "longlasting", and as such is often used in weddings.

  • Several wedding planners and hotels (such as Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas) are offering their full-service packages at $999 if you book 9-9-09.

  • When examining the spiritual meaning of the number "9," it is said to represent attainment, satisfaction, accomplishment and success to achieve an influence in our circumstances.

  • 9-9-09 falls on a Wednesday.

  • Some view 9-9-09 as a scary date, being that it's 666 upside down.

  • See "first CONS bullet."

The the end of the day, it's all up to the couple which date is perfect for them. As long as your chosen day carries an extra special meaning for you both, you're starting off on the right foot.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ask Rashana: Sticky Situations

Dear Rashana,
I have two questions regarding wedding invitation wording and etiquette.

First, we're having a farewell brunch the morning after the wedding. I was wondering if it is considered either acceptable or tacky to include a coordinating invitation for the brunch with the wedding invitation, and then leaving a spot on the RSVP card to indicate attendance at the brunch.

Second, I'm having trouble figuring out how to word the "host line" of the invitation. The wedding will be hosted by my parents, the groom and myself. I've seen "Together with their families..." and "Together with their parents..." but since only my parents are helping us, how do I give them proper recognition?

Sticky Situations

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Dear Sticky Situations,
I love post-wedding brunches!  So glad you're having one.
While inviting your guests verbally is acceptable, I definitely support including a coordinating card in your invitation set.  Asking your guests to Rsvp to your brunch on a response card is also fine.  This way, you'll have a better idea of how many of your loved ones you should expect that next morning.  Finally, to keep all components organized, consider a pocket-fold style invitation. Envelopments offers many options for a custom design, as well as Gourmet Invitations (example pictured above).

As for the "host line" on your invitation, this is a touchy situation indeed.  It's understandable that you'd want to recognize your parents' contributions in conjunction with your and your fiance's, but if you ultimately decide to do what's "proper," you may not be able to do both on your wedding invitation.  Based upon my experience and research, you have the following etiquette appropriate options (the first being the best):
  • Bride's Parents in Host Line example: Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Martin request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Rebecca to Robert Anthony Jones ...
  • Bride's Parents in Host Line w/ Groom's Parents receiving respectable mention example:  Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Martin request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Rebecca to Robert Anthony Jones son of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Rudolph Jones ...
  • Couple Only in Host Line example: Rebecca Martin and Robert Anthony Jones invite you to share with them the joy of their marriage ...

When the bride's parents assist with wedding costs, they should always be recognized on the invitation, at the very top.  This is not, however, always the case when the groom's parents assist with wedding costs.  In your situation, you should probably default to giving your parents the honor (illustrated in the first example above).  In the event you are interested in giving your parents proper recognition while also considering the feelings of your groom's parents (which is an extremely gracious gesture), the second example given above could be the way to go.  Finally, if the costs are primarily being taken care of by you and your groom, it's acceptable to move forward with a couple-only host line (as long as your parents insist they aren't interested in having their names in print).

Best of luck to you!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

This Week In History: Ice Cream Cupcakes, Offbeat Wedding Finds, Martha Stewart's Wedding Cakes, Boxed Invitations

Your After "Yes," Before "I Do" & Everything In Between blog archive reminder has arrived! Take a look back at what we were discussing one year ago.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Cues From The Red Carpet: 2009 Golden Globe Awards

Sunday night, the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards aired and the red carpet leading into The Beverly Hilton was on fire! There were a variety of "hits" and "misses," but thankfully less of the latter. In my opinion, Eva Mendes stole the show ... as far as fashion was concerned. Glamour was truly in its prime.

Here are a few cues from the red carpet for brides:
(click on bridal fashions to enlarge)

Drew Barrymore
(Inspired options for brides from the following collections: Lusan Mandongus, Suzanne Ermann, St. Pucchi)

Beyonce Knowles
(Inspired options for brides from the following collections: Lazaro, Tara Keely)

Olivia Wilde
(Inspired options for brides from the following collections: Edgardo Bonilla, St. Pucchi, Carolina Herrera)

Evan Rachel Wood
(Inspired options for brides from the following collections: Elie Saab for Pronovias, Jenny Lee)

Eva Mendes
(Inspired options for brides from the following collections: Martina Liana, Tara Keely, Jane Wang)

Megan Fox
(Inspired options for brides from the following collections: Jim Hjelm, Ian Stuart, Badgley Mischka)

Madeline Zima
(Inspired options for brides from the following collections: Kenneth Pool, Stephen Yearick, Youlin)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Welcome, 2009!

CONGRATULATIONS to all newly engaged couples out there, especially those who decided to tie the knot over the holidays.  2008 was an exciting, eventful year for us all for many different reasons.  And we at The Bridal Party are particularly thankful for our growth and accomplishments.  In addition to our daily efforts of ensuring our clients receive the best possible service and that their weddings are spectacular, here's a short recap of the other achievements and activities The Bridal Party participated in throughout the year:

JANUARY - We ran our very first newspaper ad in The Star Ledger newspaper.

FEBRUARY - We began a lovely partnership with PosePrints, thus our special coupon code "bridalparty" was born (offering all those who use it a well-deserved discount).

MARCH/APRIL - We assisted our clients with selecting photographers for their engagement pictures, helped coordinate engagement announcements and visited Lollipop Land

MAY - We planned and designed a 50th Birthday extravaganza.

JUNE - We attended The Wedding Salon's bridal showcase in Somerset, N.J. and began a truly worth-while partnership with

JULY - The Bridal Party turned ONE as well as planned and designed an outdoor All-White 25th Birthday Party at a private home on Long Island (Dix Hills, NY) in just three weeks!

AUGUST - We announced an addition to all service packages, The Sweets Sideboard and celebrated the success and reach of our blog After "YES," Before "I DO" and Everything In Between, in that not only were folks reading in Oklahoma City, Sacramento and Seattle, but also in Bangkok, Sydney, Montreal and London (just to name a few locations).

SEPTEMBER - We released professional photos and a recap of our Fairy Tale Flutter bride's wedding and began a partnership with, launching our official email marketing campaign.

OCTOBER - The Bridal Party's NEW website was launched and we arrived on Facebook.

NOVEMBER - Our blog After "YES," Before "I Do" & Everything In Between was selected and added to

DECEMBER - We released professional photos and a recap of our Autumn Candlelight bride's wedding, The Bridal Party was featured on The Smart Planner™ blog and celebrated/planned my great-grandmother's 100th birthday celebration.

I, along with all of our supporters, anxiously await the possibilities of 2009.  Our work in designing Extravagant Experiences & Stylish SoirĂ©es has really only just begun ...

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