Monday, August 31, 2009

Job Well Done

The Bridal Party's Outdoor Nuptials Bride tied the knot last night at The Bridgewater Manor in Bridgewater, New Jersey.  This was an affair centered around family and bringing everyone together by love.  The bride was one of the sweetest clients we've ever had and it was a pleasure working to make her wedding day beautiful.  All involved did an outstanding job, and this time, we have professional photos to share with you already, courtesy of Douglas Adams Jr.!

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Weekly Wedding Eye-Candy: 8/26/09

Our Weekly Wedding Eye-Candy today features a wedding shot in Australia by one of my favorite photographers, Jerry Ghionis.  For this one, let's skip the small talk and get right to the ART!

Feast your eyes ...

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Few Of My Favorite Things...

Each season brings new and exciting ideas/items for those planning wedding celebrations. Just when you think you've seen it all, something new knocks you out of your comfort zone. But I just love new ideas for ways to make your wedding really special. And the way to do that is to find favors/gifts/touches that are wonderfully unpredictable!

These are a few of my favorite things...

Postcup™ by bailey doesn't bark
Such a cute idea for bridesmaid gifts. These white porcelain cups are decorated with “postcard” design, where your custom message and the recipient's address are painted on. What a perfect way to say "thank you" and make each of your bridesmaids feel appreciated.

Save The Date Cookies by The Flour Pot Cookies
Now this isn't your average save-the-date magnet. Each recipient will literally be in for a treat as each cookie is personalized with your wedding date and wrapped in a cello bag with a festive raffia tie.

Crystal Diamond Paperweight by Z Gallerie
These oversized crystal paperweights will shimmer brightly on any surface. They're presented in a square black box with black satin lining. Any bride-to-be would LOVE one.

Leather Wrap Traveler's Journal by Barnes & Noble
If you're doing a travel theme, this might be a good gift idea for you. Furthermore, this luxurious leather journal is the perfect gift for anyone who appreciates the finer things in life. What better way to keep track of all of adventures and discoveries?

Shout-Out Tees by The Names Brand
These t-shirts are pretty cool and can be personalized according to the recipient's favorite sports team, politicians, bands, movies, video games alter egos, etc. In this case, the pictured item would be perfect for my husband who's a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Aluminum Water Bottles by Beau-Coup
Give these as gifts to keep your wedding party healthy and hydrated on your big day - and every day.

Monthly Cocktail Subscriptions by Stirrings
Sign someone up for six months of stupendous cocktails! With this delicious and luxurious gift, you or your lucky recipient will receive a full-size, 32 oz Cocktail Mixer, complementary Rimmer® Garnish, and a recipe card each month, for 6 months.

An Old-Fashioned Treat by Ronnybrook Farm Dairy
A really cute and really thoughtful take-home favor...cookies and milk! It's a no brainer. And these glass bottles are very charming. Everyone will be impressed. Photo courtesy of
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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Weekly Wedding Eye-Candy: 8/19/09

Our Weekly Wedding Eye-Candy today features a Maryland wedding that took place at Glenview Mansion in Rockville. These gorgeous photos were captured by Kate Headley Photography and they are impeccable. There are so many things about these photos and this event that I love.  I LOVE the lovely lush garden the ceremony took place in.  I LOVE that the bridesmaids had such a wonderful time.  I LOVE that they had a steel-drum band.  I LOVE that the bride-and-groom chose to pose for a day-after shoot.  And what a handsome couple!

Feast your eyes ...

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Our Blog is TBF! (to be featured)

Since After "YES," Before "I DO" and Everything In Between (the official blog of The Bridal Party LLC) was selected as a finalist in's blog contest, they've asked to include us on their site as a “Guest Blog” for one week!  Being that has a devoted bridal following, they want to introduce their audience to their favorite bridal blogs and we couldn't be more excited...and moreover thankful.


Stay tuned for dates & times.  We'd love for you to tell your other bride-friends to look out for us on

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Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Monday, August 17, 2009

The State of the Union

While flipping through my most recent copy of Brides New Jersey Magazine, I came across their latest at-a-glance review of what's happening in weddings, what wedding trends should be on their way out and what's on the horizon. The article is always pretty funny, and accurate, so I thought I'd share a few items on their list with you:

The 15 minutes during which these ideas remain compelling are almost up.

  • ECO-EVERYTHING: The marketing hype over green wedding products has left us rolling our eyes-and, more importantly, no closer to taking better care of the planet.
  • WEDDING TCHOTCHKES: Now more than ever, doodads and junkables seem not only silly, but tastelessly wasteful.
  • CRAZY BRIDES: Dear Movie Studio and Television Execs, it IS possible to be a young bride and not a crazy person at the same time.  Enough with all the vapid, dumb-girl stereotypes.
  • COLORED SASHES: It's a seven-year trend that's feeling it's age.
  • DAMASK: We loved it.  Then this ornate motif appeared on every surface imaginable.  Now it's looking a little stale.
  • PICK-UP SKIRTS: There are far more modern ways to embellish your bottom half.

These trends are on their way to becoming mainstream - grab them now while they're still hot.
  • PORTRAIT STATIONS: Photographers are now helping couples set up portrait stations to capture each and every guest.
  • SILHOUETTES: A classic for centuries, the recent silhouette trend has couples putting their profiles on everything from cookies to invitations.
  • TURQUOISE/RED: We like that this vibrant, gender-neutral combo is taking off.
  • OLD-FASHIONED LAWN GAMES: Bocce ball, croquet, and horseshoes give non-dancers something to do.  Note: The Bridal Party's Rustic Romance Bride's guests had a ball playing horseshoes while the band played everyone's favorite tunes!
  • CANDY BUFFETS: Maybe it's the sugar rush, but brides have taken this idea and run, jumped, and flown with it.  Note: The Bridal Party's RU Pink Bride worked with Rashana to create a spectacular display of PINK goodies that WOW'd each and every guest, young and old!
  • MARIACHI BANDS: A festive choice of entertainment, these bands are being seen at all types of weddings.  The Bridal Party's Chocolate Twist Bride featured a phenomenal mariachi band during her one-and-a-half hour cocktail hour, which was a huge hit! 
  • ENGAGEMENT SHOOTS: We've been suggesting these forever and they've finally become par for the course.

We've caught only a fleeting glimpse, but know we want to see more.
  • THE WEDDING PARTY IN ALL WHITE: In ancient Roman times, the bridesmaids dressed in the same color as the bride to confuse evil spirits whose intent was to harm her.  Now we just think this "upscale estate" style looks incredibly elegant in photos.
  • TANGERINE/COBALT: This combo is strong, fresh, and modern.
  • BIRDCAGE VEILS: This retro look is also quite flattering and practical.  Plus, there won't be anything obscuring your gown's neckline or back.
  • MULTIPLE WEDDING CAKES: A towering, sugar-flower-heaped wedding cake seems out of place at a quiet, at-home wedding.  Trade it in for several smaller, simple cakes displaced on cute cake stands.
  • RENTED JUKEBOX AT THE RECEPTION: After the band packs up, keep the dance floor jumping by letting your guests call the shots - just think of all the good-natured ribbing when Uncle Joe chooses "Sussudio" again.
  • CREATE-YOUR-OWN-MOJITO BAR: Froufrou signature drinks with cutesy names that match your wedding colors seem a bit twee.  Let guests art-direct their own mojitos with a spread of tropical fruits and syrups.
  • GOSPEL CHOIR AT THE CEREMONY: It's one of those grand statements that feels oh so moving - there won't be a dry eye in the house.
  • BRIGHT, COLORFUL HEELS UNDER THE WEDDING GOWN:  Hooray! No more frights in white satin.
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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Weekly Wedding Eye-Candy: 8/12/09

Our Weekly Wedding Eye-Candy today features an Independence Day wedding that took place at the Fairmont Nob Hill in San Francisco, California. Chenin of Boutwell Studio captured these stunning shots of the couple and their fabulous event. It's clear to see this was a laid-back day.  No huge wedding party...a soft white and ivory color palette...wonderful weather.  How perfect!  And I LOVE the vintage white mailbox used for the guests' "best wishes" for the bride and groom.

Feast your eyes ...

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

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