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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…

Complimentary Wedding Class at PotteryBarn

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

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…

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:

Postponement 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 …

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.
CLASSIC LOVE 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) - - - - - - - - - -
By Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL…

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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Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

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.

WeddingChannel.com 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 circum…

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.
IN THE WEEKS/MONTHS LEADING UP TO THE WEDDING:
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 clima…

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.