Sunday, May 31, 2009

Job Well Done

The Bridal Party's RU Pink Bride was married yesterday afternoon at the Voorhees Chapel on the campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (which is her, the groom and my alma mater). This ceremony site was founded in 1925 and is often the site of college ceremonies, student assemblies, musical concerts, weddings and other programs by artists, scholars and speakers.  Immediately following the ceremony a reception was held at the Bridgewater Manor and guests were intrigued throughout the day and evening by the beautiful pink and silver palette, a touching hand-fasting ceremony and a 7-piece live band.  Each and every guest left joyfully satisfied with the good times that were had and all involved did an magnificient job.

Below are a few snapshots of the day. And of course, professional photographs coming soon!

Also, our signature PINK "Sweets Sideboard" was a huge hit!
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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Friday, May 29, 2009

How To Nail It!

(photo courtesy of Utah Bride and Groom Magazine)
The six shades above were launched by Essie this spring, but when it comes to brides, I'm not sure any will gravitate to these newbies for the big day besides Ethereal Optimist or Flawless.  As far as nails go, old-faithful tends to be the french manicure.  But, hasn't that become a tad bit boring ladies?  Going for a bright, mesmerizing blue may not make you feel bridal, but it wouldn't hurt to give up those white-line tips and consider different style and hue...or two.  And don't be afraid to go ahead and let your bridesmaids go against the grain as well. Since white won't be their signature color that day, perhaps allowing them to choose a deep shade that matches their gowns wouldn't be such a bad idea.

In the meantime, here are a few of my favorites for the "HBIC" (translation: Head Bride In Charge):
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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Thursday, May 28, 2009

What's On Your Registry? (3rd Edition)

Setting up your wedding registry doesn't have to be as confusing and stressful as it may seem. It's actually quite easy to have fun while hand-picking many of the items you'll receive for your wedding. Just be sure to do your research, take your time and make it count!

So, if you have room for a few more items, here are a few snazzy picks in the marketplace to consider:

Milky bone china embossed with a simple ring of laurel. Perfect for formal or casual dining.

This impressive machine delivers pitcher upon pitcher of restaurant-quality frozen drinks thanks to its 3 independent blending stations. Blends delicious margaritas, daiquiris, piña coladas, mudslides, mojitos and smoothies at the touch of a button.

Naturally variegated bands of renewable bamboo create a sleek curved profile, with a roomy interior.

This vacuum has a simple, elegant shape that you can proudly display in any room. As the latest design from Karim Rashid, the KURV is a rechargeable, cordless hand held vacuum cleaner with convenience in mind.

With the chip-resistant durability and fun colors you expect from Fiesta, this dinnerware has a bold new shape that's worth celebrating.  Mix and match to make every meal unique.

Cascading florals on a soft blue background adorned with unique embroidered details create a look that's the perfect marriage of vintage and modern sensibilities.

Luxurious cotton loop towels by Lauren Ralph Lauren are available in colors to coordinate with any bathroom decor.

Fully automatic ice cream maker—makes up to 1½ quarts of soft ice cream, yogurt, sorbet or sherbet in as little as 20 minutes.
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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Weekly Wedding Eye-Candy: 5/27/09

Our Weekly Wedding Eye-Candy today features a West New York wedding that took place last summer on a mountaintop at Holiday Valley-Ski Snowboard Golf Resort & Conference Center.  This location is in the heart of ski-country, so even though there wasn't a flurry in sight, the bride, groom and guests all went up the mountain on the ski lift for the ceremony.  So sweet, I know!  The gorgeous photos were taken by Argento Photography and the fireworks display made for a magnificient icing-on-the-cake.  My favorite element, however, was the bicycle grand exit amidst dozens of sparklers.  Nice touch.

Feast your eyes ...

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

This Week In History: Paper Lanterns, Silouette-Style Stationary, GENI-ology, Photojournalistic Photography

Your After "Yes," Before "I Do" & Everything In Between archive reminder has arrived! Again, let's take a look back at about a month's worth of interesting and informative posts one full year ago.

* Paper Lanterns (inspiration for infusing paper lanterns into your event)
* NEW from PosePrints! (unique silhouette cards PLUS The Bridal Party's special discount)
* Have you discovered GENI? (online tool for staying in touch with your family)
* Inspiration Board: Chocolate Twist
* Photo Ops (introductions to the photography of Jeff Ascough, Bebb Studios, Joe Buissink, Jerry Ghionis and Christian Oth)
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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, The Bridal Party

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Signature Songs

My awesome time as a wedding singer allowed me to hear, learn and perform a wonderful variety of first dance songs. I've sung ballads, rock hits, hip-hop, country, folk and even tunes in different languages based upon the specific requests of brides and grooms. But through it all, there are only a few at the top of my personal list. Below are my top three. I used Oleta Adams' prayerful tune, "Just Before I Go To Sleep" in my own wedding and the lyrics to "Make Me Whole" by Amel Larrieux are among the sweetest I've ever heard. Still, "When You Love Someone" is my all-time favorite and will most likely kick off the soundtrack of my husband and I renewing our vows some 20 years from now.

Just Before I Go To Sleep by Oleta Adams

Just before I go to sleep
I say a prayer that God will keep
the two that He's joined together
safe and more in love than ever.

When You Love Someone by Bryan Adams
SNIPPET: You'll deny the truth, believe a lie.
There'll be times that you'll believe you can really fly.
But your lonely nights have just begun
When you love someone.

Make Me Whole by Amel Larrieux
SNIPPET: Your eyes are the windows to heaven.
Your smile could heal a million souls.
Your love completes my existence.
You're the other half that makes me whole.

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Friday, May 22, 2009

Make Sure Everything's In "Place"

(escort card design by Sarah Drake Design)

I love escort/place cards and nowadays there are countless unique ideas for displaying them in the most special ways. Some arrange their cards in various shapes amidst flickering votive candles or hang their cards from the branches of Manzanita trees, while others invest in holders that make a bold statement. If considering escort/place card holders, remember to keep these impressive styles for various themes in mind...

A symbol of friendship and long life in many cultures, bamboo brings an exotic touch to any wedding celebration. You'll be amazed at how something so light and delicate can carry so much meaning to your guests.

A decorative gift for your guests to take home and use as photo holders, these diminutive replicas of a grand piano are especially adorable for brides/grooms who are pianists.

With every realistic detail, this picturesque replica is a charming place card holder.  The hanging lantern swings with the slightest touch, as the metal lamp post proudly displays your guest's name on the scrolled placard that looks like a street sign.  New Orleans natives should definitely consider.

These pretty trays stand on a base of three gold rounds with their collars embellished with swirls of shells. Ideal for a beach-inspired wedding.

Mini Wooden Sailboat Place Card Holders
Each mini replica sailboat serves as a place card holder or table decoration for a nautical themed wedding. Rest a place card on the deck of the boat or tie one to the mast to create your own unique presentation.

Petite Jeune Bridal Gown Place Card Holders
Each is made of satin fabric with an empire waist, embellished with white, silver and glass beads.  The wire holder is made of chrome and will not tarnish.

Folding Beach Chair Place Card Holders
Each blue and white striped chair is a tiny vision of seaside relaxation complete with white wood folding frame.  Add custom printed beach-themed place cards to complete the look and prop a custom surfboard cookie next to each!

"Park Place" Vintage Park Bench Place Card Holders
Imagine these quaint place card holders greeting guests at your garden wedding. These charming, vintage benches with scroll design and brushed antique-gold finish are crafted from resin and metal.

“Recipe for Love” Wooden Rolling Pin Place Card Holders
Marrying a cook?  Invite guests to share their secret ingredients for a long and happy marriage with these perfectly practical rolling-pin place card/recipe card holders. The newlyweds get sage advice, and the guests go home with a cute recipe-card holder!

"Awakened to Love" Buddha Place Card Holders
He's a symbol of enlightenment and awakening - the red, resin Buddha is finely detailed, bearing golden "gifts" in each hand and wearing a golden, beaded necklace. His raised arms hold a place card or a favorite photo.
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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

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