Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Casting Call: TLC's Four Weddings

TLC is currently casting Season Two of Four Weddings featuring NY, NJ, CT, PHILADELPHIA & DALLAS brides getting married in JUNE, JULY, AUGUST & SEPTEMBER!

TLC's hit series Four Weddings is a fun show that gives four brides the opportunity to compare notes with other brides, attend each other's weddings and WIN an exciting 5 star Honeymoon!
  • Only considering brides getting married within an hour of NYC, Philadelphia or Dallas.
  • Want to feature ALL types of weddings: Traditional, over the top, unusual venues or event spaces, married on a cliff, at the zoo, while sky diving, fairytale, on a boat, very small & intimate, themed...ANY and ALL types of weddings! Any and all ages welcome!
  • This is NOT a Bridezillas type of show.
If you'd like to be considered for the show, please email your name, wedding date, wedding location & short description of your wedding immediately to the Casting Department at: TLCBrides@gmail.com.

Here's your chance to win a 5 star honeymoon! If you already have your honeymoon booked, no problem! You can use the trip for whatever you want!

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Complimentary Wedding Class at PotteryBarn

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ask Rashana: Who Decides What The Flower Girls Wear?

Dear Rashana,
I have an issue I really need your help with.  We're thrilled to be having my fiance's nieces as flower girls in our wedding.  However, their parents would rather purchase their dresses from a department store as opposed to a bridal salon.  I'm concerned because I had ideas in mind for the girls already (which would coordinate with what the bridesmaids and I are wearing) and I doubt this can be achieved at a random department store.  Is there anything I can do without offending the family?  HELP!!

- Concerned Bride
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Dear Concerned Bride,
It is customary for the bride to select all attire for her attendants (bridesmaids, flower girls, etc).  However, this can get sticky in the case of child attendants if the bride hasn't agreed to pay for their ensemble.  Perhaps you should proactively choose a few dresses for your flower girls and take photos to their parents for review.  Just be sure to pick out options within varying price ranges (just in case the decision to purchase at a department store vs. a bridal salon is budget focused).  If you do this, they may agree to purchase whatever you've chosen, since you're the bride and might want to be sensitive to you having already done the "shopping."  If not, your only recourse could be agreeing to pay for the dresses yourself so that the choices are 100% yours (which is what I had to do for 2 out of my 4 flower girls when I got married 6 years ago).

To get you started, here are a few gorgeous styles by Annie Girl for the little ladies:

Good Luck!  I hope everything works out.

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Per A Change Of Plans ...

 (photo courtesy of Getty Images)

When planning a wedding, brides and grooms a will likely do all they can to prevent any major changes or an untimely cancellation. However, in case of an emergency, they should be sure to make themselves and their family aware of the proper way to handle such situations. A wedding is an enormous event regardless of budget or scope, therefore any major modifications or postponements should be handled very carefully, with utmost care and in accordance with proper etiquette.

Definitely talk to your wedding planner before making any decisions. We at THE BRIDAL PARTY recommend the following:

If the wedding is to be delayed but will be rescheduled within a reasonable amount of time, a mailed announcement is proper.  If time does not allow for a mailed notification to your invited guests,  telephone calls and email are acceptable.
Changes of Date:
  • If the wedding date changes after invitations have been printed but BEFORE they've been mailed, you may (1) add a printed/engraved card that indicates the new date to the invitation set or (2) if the guest list is rather intimate you may include a personal note with each invitation set or communicate the change via telephone.
  • If the wedding is rescheduled for an earlier date and there isn't time to have modification cards printed, it is acceptable to neatly cross-out the old date on the invitation and print the new date above it by hand.  This is the only time writing anything on an invitation (other than scripting the guest's name on the inner envelope) is permitted.
If the wedding is canceled after invitations have already gone out, a mailed announcement is also most proper.  If time does not permit a mailed notification, telephone calls and email are acceptable here as well.
Explanations are not required, so only elaborate when/if comfortable.  And in the case of telephone notification, it may help to have family and/or friends make those calls.  Just be sure their answers to any questions are general, to protect your privacy.

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Inspiration Board: Classic Love

I'm working with a couple, planning a late-April wedding, who aren't yet sure what their color scheme will be. I jumped at the chance to suggest we design their event around hues of purple, navy and pink.  I call this "Classic Love" and I'm very excited about this design. I hope they're just as excited.

Here's my first inspiration board for this couple's nuptials.

Credits (top, left to right): Magenta Vintage Floral Birdcage Veil/Headpiece - Etsy; 5-Tier Navy & Pink Cake - The Sugar Suite; Pearl Adorned Flowergirl (photo courtesy of Stephanie Williams Photography); Personalized Glass Paperweight Favor - Red Stamp; Orchid Boutonniere (photo courtesy of The Knot); Lavender Truffle Favor - Boca Bons; Navy Belted Menu Cards/Papers - Socially Write; Navy & Pink Monogrammed Invitation - Etsy; 3 Pink Shoes (photo courtesy of Stephanie Williams Photography)
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By Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Friday, June 4, 2010

Chance of Showers

Engagement photos outfit = CHECK.
Bridal gown = CHECK.
Veil and shoes = CHECK.
Honeymoon bathing suits = CHECK.
Hope you didn't forget a showstopper for your bridal shower!

Just in case you're waiting until the last minute or you are no longer in love with the frock you purchased on sale last season, here are some ultra cute options I've had my eye on:

Grecian Moon Dress (J.Crew)

Fall Out Dress (Karen Walker)

Embellished Taffeta Party Dress (BCBGMAXAZRIA)
One Shoulder Silk Dress (Isabel Marant Etoile)

Wizard Wonder Dress (French Connection)

Sequin Bustier Dress (Alice + Olivia)

Metallic Floral Tube Dress (AKIRA Black Label)

Hors d'Oeuvres Hour Dress (Modcloth)

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Wedding Guests: To Tweet or Not To Tweet

With each passing day, our world becomes more and more focused on digital/virtual communication. Whether we like it or not, portals like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are likely permanent fixtures within our society. But like everything else, etiquette is an important part of it ... thus "do's and don'ts" are fast emerging for weddings, even specifically for wedding guests.

released an interesting article on this subject recently that I really enjoyed and wanted to share. So, if you're attending a loved one's nuptials this year, be sure to read.
You're close with the bride and groom, so it's probably just fine if you simply text your RSVP, right? And you're so thrilled to be invited that you just can't wait to spread the word to everyone! Sound OK? Think again.
Just because you're usually glued to Facebook and Twitter, doesn't mean you should use them to announce your friend's upcoming nuptials. In most circumstances, wedding etiquette is a little more old-fashioned. That means, mailing the RSVP card and containing your excitement solely to conversations with other wedding guests. Read on to find out our top 5 wedding guest digital faux pas -- and make sure you don't commit these etiquette crimes yourself.

"Just checked into John and Jane's wedding." "Bride walking down the aisle now." It may be hard to resist, but sharing minute-by-minute details about someone else's wedding on Facebook, Twitter or foursquare is not okay. Let the bride check-in to her own wedding if she wants. And when it comes to the engagement -- make sure you ask the bride whether the happy news is public yet -- she might've only told a few friends so far and probably won't appreciate you sharing her engagement news on Facebook instead of her.

Just because you post what you eat every day on Flickr, doesn't mean the bride wants her bachelorette party, bridal shower and wedding seen by the world. According to a WeddingChannel.com poll, 40% of brides said posting photos online without permission or even a heads-up was their biggest digital wedding gripe. So ask before posting wedding-related photos and videos, and don't even think about posting unflattering wedding pictures and risque bachelorette party videos.


Unless the bride said "RSVP on Twitter," chances are she wants you to RSVP via mail. Not to mention, posting on your friend's Facebook wall may trigger drama. Who knows who the bride didn't invite!


Bride's being a bridezilla? Hate your bridesmaid dress? If you don't have anything nice to say, don't post it online-because chances are it will spread like viral fire, and you don't want the bride to find out. Or do you?

In this digital age, it doesn't take that much effort to go online and buy a gift—especially when you can easily find a couple's registry online.
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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Guest Blogger: Sarah Logan of ASI - Achieving a Flawless Look for Wedding Photos

Wedding pictures hold some of the happiest memories of a lifetime, so be sure you consider all the angles when preparing to be photographed on the big day.

Plan your procedures ahead
- it’s easy to get caught up in the craziness of tastings, fittings and appointments and forget to schedule facial treatments until the last minute. Don’t be tempted to get cosmetic lasering or chemical peels within 10 days to a month of the event, depending on the exact type of laser or peel. Even something as simple as a facial should be given a solid week for skin to normalize, especially if any extractions will be performed. Call well ahead of time and discuss this with the technician.

Practice good skin health - stay hydrated and eat healthfully leading up to the event. Don’t try new skincare products, or anything that may irritate your skin. Anticipate your skin’s history, and treat it accordingly depending on changes your skin may experience in the climate or weather that’s expected at the venue.

Start with a good base - be sure that your foundation is the right color and formulation for your skin. You may feel like you should use a heavy cream or stick foundation since you’re being photographed, but heavier formulas will look caked on and are more likely leave a line of demarcation around the neck and hairline that’s tougher to blend away. Just stick with the liquid or powder that works for you, and be sure it’s properly matched to your color. No one wants to look washed out, but it can also age you a bit if your base is too dark for you. Color correcting concealers, like green or yellow for redness, and peach or yellow for under-eye circles are a much better choice than simply layering on more makeup. Remember that redness will be easily picked up in photographs so take care to balance that out, and stay away from more pink based foundations.

Avoid the shiny look - glitter will reflect too much on camera, and shouldn’t be worn to a nice event like a wedding anyway. Radiance-enhancing or shimmery foundations make faces look too slick and shiny for photos, so if you must, only keep the sheen on cheekbones and the cupid’s bow for highlighting purposes. Always finish the t-zone with powder, which is especially important to balance any highlighting applied. If you know you’re more oily, pop pressed powder in your bag so that you stay shine free.

The eyes have it - keep in mind that darker eyeshadows and heavy liner make eyes look smaller. A matte or pearl shadow formula will be universally flattering and especially in warm, earthy tones. To keep eyes looking big and bright, highlight the inner corners and brow bone with an off-white, light pink or pale gold shadow or crayon. The older you are, the more important it is to stay fast to the no shimmer rule, as it tends to bring attention to fine lines. Black eyeliner can also look too harsh for older women (same goes for liquid liner) and fair blondes are more suited for eyeliner and mascara in the brown tones. Don’t forget to make sure brows are properly framing the face- everyone looks better and younger with defined brows. Fill the arches with powder or if using a pencil, blend with a brush. Brow color and size are important considerations here, so don’t forget to use a light hand and blend.
Consider your venue and lighting- do take the time to stop and think about if the event/ photos will be taking place indoors or out, and at what time of day. Indoor photos will be taken with flash, so it’s important to use powder to combat shine and to also be sure foundation is matched well. If outdoors, soften makeup a bit as it can easily look too heavy or harsh. Also adjust your makeup look for more formal locations, and later times in the evening. When considering these factors, you will want to use more color and definition over simply adding more makeup.

Keeping these ideas in mind, remember its always most important to look like yourself and feel comfortable on your wedding day. These techniques will help ensure you look flawless both in person and in photographs for years to come.

Content provided by Sarah Logan on behalf of ASI, which is an aesthetics school offering classes in waxing, facial treatments, cosmetic laser training, and medical aesthetics

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

2010 WeTV Wedding Mall Tour ... stopping in NJ!

Hey there New Jersey brides ... the WeTV Wedding Mall Tour is making a stop in the Garden State, so be sure to clear your schedules! On July 11th, Bridgewater Commons will host the 2010 WeTV Wedding Mall Tour featuring David Tutera, wedding planner to the stars and host of the hit WeTV wedding show, My Fair Wedding. As part of this exciting event, David will host a live, interactive, 60-minute wedding presentation and a 30-minute meet-and-greet at the Lord & Taylor court (which will be transformed into a luxurious wedding ceremony experience).

Alongside the WeTV Wedding Mall Tour, Bridgewater Commons will host a local wedding expo featuring best in class vendors in New Jersey (such as photographers, florists, caterers, cake designers, entertainment specialists, etc).  This is sure to be an awesome wedding experience!

And if by chance you'll be traveling, check out the WeTV Wedding Mall Tour's schedule for other stops, like Maryland, Ohio, California, Texas and Colorado.
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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

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