Thursday, November 26, 2009

From Our Family To Yours...

Have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving!

We're so happy to be in the spirit of humility and gratefulness ... so,

... to all of The Bridal Party's friends and clients,
for your support.

Also, we send special greetings to the top 25 foreign countries where our overseas blog readers reside:


merci --- Canada, France
grazie --- Italy
danke --- Germany, Austria
dziękuję --- Poland
salamat --- Philippines
dank u wel --- Netherlands
धन्यवाद --- India
благодаря --- Bulgary
谢谢您 --- Hong Kong, Singapore
teşekkür ederim --- Turkey
mulţumesc --- Romania
dankie --- South Africa
obrigado --- Brazil
gracias --- Spain, Columbia
hvala --- Croatia
σας ευχαριστώ --- Greece
köszönöm --- Hungary
شكرا لك. --- Bahrain

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Doreen & Alex: Dancing In September

We shared our Dancing In September couple's engagement photos back in July, as part of our Weekly Wedding Eye-Candy series, and now the photos of their wedding have arrived!

This evening ceremony and reception was held at The Imperia in Somerset, New Jersey (a venue The Bridal Party spent LOTS of time at during the 2009 wedding season). Even though it rained off and on throughout the day, it was a beautiful event, and we wish Doreen & Alex the very best.

We're excited to share a few of the best moments of their wedding day below, thanks to so.b.it.art photography.

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Bridal Party: 2010 The Knot BEST OF Pick!

Each year, The Knot surveys over 20,000 brides to find the cream of the crop among wedding professionals across the country...and The Bridal Party made the list! We were just notified of being named a 2010 pick for The Knot's BEST OF WEDDINGS and are beyond thrilled. We're truly humbled by this honor. Wow!

The Knot will publish its 2010 BEST OF WEDDINGS lists in their Spring/Summer’10 and Fall/Winter’10 issues, so be on the look out when visiting newstands. This list is a must read if you are planning a wedding because only those nominated and endorsed by brides made the cut.

Thank you to all the clients that voted for us.  We're so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with you!

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Friday, November 20, 2009

Don't You Just Love A Sale?


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Awesome Find: Hand Sculpted Wedding Cake Toppers


While taking time out to read my favorite blogs today, I was so excited to come across RedLightStudio's Double-Bride custom designed wedding cake topper. This is undoubtedly one of the sweetest wedding details I've come across in a long time. It's so perfectly emotional. I just love it!




You can request two brides, two grooms, a bride and a groom, or even love birds! Visit RedLightStudio's Etsy shop to view their entire collection.

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wedding Day Hopes, Dreams...and PRIZES


Today brings two rather philosophical announcements:
  1. The Knot has joined forces with lifestyle and beauty brand philosophy on an exciting new partnership:  “tying The Knot,” which is a just-for-brides gift set created to pamper the bride-to-be so she looks as beautiful as she feels on her special day.  It's available for purchase on TheKnot.com and philosophy.com, and includes nine essential bridal beauty products including purity one-step facial cleanser, amazing grace firming body emulsion items, kiss me exfoliating lip scrub, hope in a jar moisturizer, microdelivery peel pads, kiss me clear lip balm and eye hope deluxe samples.
  2. Also, to help announce the product launch, The Knot and philosophy have also launched the Wedding Day Hope Sweepstakes!  This interactive sitelet invites brides to share their hopes and dreams for their big day. These personal and authentic messages will be posted anonymously on the site’s user-generated bulletin board for everyone to see. The notes offer an outlet for brides to share their inner thoughts and feelings which every bride can relate to. Brides who share their hopes are automatically entered to win the grand prize of a luxury honeymoon worth over $10,000, courtesy of Viceroy Anguilla Resort & Residences. Other prizes include a wedding day makeover for one lucky bride and her bridesmaids, courtesy of philosophy beauty expert and makeup artist John Trau, as well as “tying The Knot” gift sets.
Have fun brides!  You deserve to be pampered.

P.S.  Don't forget ... philosophy also offers a quaint gift set that dons our company name, The Bridal Party Collection, which includes a trio of shower gels (named "Wedding Cake," "Bridal Bouquet," and "Bubbly"), also an ideal bridal shower gift and/or wonderful gift for bridesmaids.  We LOVE philosophy and we LOVE The Knot!

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Friday, November 13, 2009

Rashana's Favorite Things


I doubt it's been revealed whether or not Oprah Winfrey will broadcast her "Favorite Things" episode this year, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I absolutely adore that show. Still, I already have my own list of favorite things which I've decided to share with you, my readers. These items are useful for just about everyone, but perfect for brides and grooms to be.

Happy Wedding Registry Shopping!

Extra Ingredient Apron
Full of pleats and topped with a corsage, this striped beauty adds a dash of black and white to your cooking routine. Designed by Philadelphia-based artist Kim Soles.  Anthropologie.


 Capresso Electric Kettle
Boil water fast and elegantly with this smart electric kettle. Features concealed heating element, cordless carafe and auto shut-off. Convenient ounce and cup markings on carafe and cool-touch handle.  Sur la table.


Dividers Recipe Box 
A smart idea with simple styling in durable, eco-friendly bamboo. Acrylic recipe protector slides into box top to display while you cook, protecting recipe cards from dribbles and splashes. Eight interior dividers categorize recipes.  Crate and Barrel.


 Dransfield & Ross Laundry Totes
These crisp, tidy laundry totes make wash day a little easier, and a lot more attractive. Line them up in the bathroom or closet, and as they get filled up, the sorting is already done. Totes are made of Madagascar straw and lined with cotton poplin.  Neiman Marcus.


 Personalized Melamine Plates
Lightweight and unbreakable, these stylish, 10" dinner plates are perfect for picnics, tailgating, or poolside dining, and they make a fun and imaginative gift idea.  Horchow.


Hotel Silver-Plated Double Wine Cooler
The classic shape and beveled edges of our Hotel Silver-Plated Double Wine Cooler add style to entertaining.  Monogramming available.  Pottery Barn.


 Bling Wine Coaster & Table Coasters
 Encircled with three gorgeous strands of crystals, our Bling Coaster will keep a delicious bottle of wine elegant and stylishly contained, while our table coasters will stylishly protect your tabletop.  Z Gallerie.


 Monogrammed Fire Screen
Swirls surround a medallion with your personal mark. Fleur-de-lis crown. Neiman Marcus.


Premium Margaritaville Trio Frozen Concoction Maker
No matter the size of your party's guest list, this impressive machine delivers pitcher upon pitcher of restaurant-quality frozen drinks thanks to three independent blending stations, six automated drink settings and three jars that hold a combined 72 ounces.  Williams-Sonoma.

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Thursday, November 12, 2009

DIY Wedding Albums...Online!

Traditionally, a couple's wedding album was a large white book, but in recent years, its switched to the common big black book. Truth be told, there are endless options for wedding albums available...everything from genuine snake skin covers to metallic pages. Yet, another trend I've noticed over the last few years is that of couples NOT ordering their wedding album at the time they book their photographer. I usually advise against this, but perhaps they're on to something. One would never want to hire or not hire a photographer because of the albums he/she offers (although it should be a serious consideration). Nevertheless, now there's Album Boutique! With just a few clicks of the mouse, couples are able to upload digital wedding photos from their hard drive and start creating a dream album.

Hey, there's nothing wrong with options.
Click for more details below:


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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Your Fair "Little" Ladies

As you discuss and swap ideas for the adult women participating in weddings (brides, bridesmaids, mothers), you certainly should not forget about the "little ladies." Their primary job is to be adorable and invoke lots of ooohs and awwws, so it's important to start shopping early for their ensembles, especially since there are a great many styles and trends for flower girls nowadays.

Add these styles to your shopping list ...

Us Angels
Silky Taffeta orchid dress with sheer illusion neckline


Kirstie Kelly for Disney Fairy Tale Weddings
Princess Snow White dress with organza skirt and beaded trim bodice


Jessica Lynn
Taffeta ball gown with gathered crossover bodice


Joan Calabrese
Sleeveless faille dress with scoop neckline and full gathered skirt


Watters
Luminescent taffeta dress with flowers at neckline and hem


Fox 'n Lily
Silk dupioni layered dress


 Sweetie Pie Collection
Scoop neck, peau satin dress, trimmed in organza


Sweet Beginnings
Ballgown with full flounced skirt


Which is your favorite?

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Thrill of Frill


I'm a fan of volume in bridal gowns. Not necessarily "poof," but voluptuous substance and intricateness. Hence, I absolutely adore gowns donning ruffles or pleats, so much so I chose to wear a silk couture Romona Keveza along those lines for my own wedding. And singer Rihanna's recent choice for the GLAMOUR awards (pictured above) reminded me, this trend is still very much alive. Below are a few of my favorites, out in the marketplace for brides today:

Melissa Sweet


Oscar de la Renta


Vanitas


Pronovias


Rosa Clara


And last but not least...yours truly in Romona Keveza


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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Jumpstart On Being GORGEOUS!

For New York / New Jersey brides who are planning ahead ...


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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Recession Fashion - Un, Deux...TROIS

Our February and May posts on recession fashion were pretty popular, which is why we have more great finds to share.  As the holidays approach, everyone's paying close attention to their spending, so here are a few suggestions to you gals getting ready to walk down the aisle, preparing to stand up as bridesmaids or those just joining in the party.

BRIDES: Gorgeous choices for $1500 or less...


Satin & Lace Beaded Gown

 
Silk Taffeta "Sascha" Gown
 J.Crew.com, $1500

 
Notte by Marchesa Silk Embellished Halter
Bluefly.com, $448.80



 Sue Wong Strapless Dress with Ostrich Feathers
 

Chiffon Asymmetrical Neckline Gown



MAIDS: Gorgeous choices for $148 or less...

Adrianna Papell Rosette Halter Dress


Jersey Ruffle-Neck Dress
J.Crew, $49.99


JS Boutique Surplice Dress with Sequined Waist
Nordstrom.com, $88.90


Sunlit Angles Sheath



GUESTS: Gorgeous choices for $78 or less...

Belted Halter Dress


 Love Letter Dress
ModCloth.com, $67.99



 Strapless Velvet Bow Dress


 LA Made 'Meg' Ruffle Dress
Nordstrom.com, $44.90



Poplin Brynn Dress
J. Crew, $39.99

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

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