Monday, December 26, 2011

Over-thinking It = Overdoing it

The holidays are prime time for new engagements, so CONGRATULATIONS to all of you who found that little box in your stocking.  You're a bride-to-be, you're ecstatic and you can not wait to get started planning.  Please just resist the urge to over-think your wedding.  What do I mean by over-think?  Let's consider a few examples ...
  1. Example #1: Perusing 100s of wedding blogs and magazines, and attempting to cram 100s of different ideas into your ONE wedding.  
  2. Example #2: Selecting an extremely specific color scheme (that could probably only exist on a computer) and demanding that every single aspect of your wedding decor follow it to a "T."  
  3. Example #3: DVR'ing 5 different wedding reality shows and pressuring your vendors to duplicate/copy/follow the work of others, ignoring their own individual talent.
  4. Example #4: Giving your photographer 100s of "must-have" photos or providing your DJ with a full 5-hours of "must-play" songs or demanding your wedding planner construct a wedding day timeline that's broken down "by the minute."
It's understandable you take your wedding seriously. After all, it'll likely be the beginning of your forever (unless your name is Kim Kardashian...sorry).  But trust me, over-complicating leads to disaster!  You could very well end up with a hodgepodge of a wedding that looks and feels busy, or worse, cheesy

Quite frankly, I fully support the old cliche "less is more" here.  Less doesn't have to mean skimpy, certainly doesn't need to mean cheap, and probably shouldn't mean disjointed ... but an easeful, flowing wedding day that appears effortless is better for everyone. You're likely to drive yourself and everyone around you crazy if you stress out about each and every minor detail.  So, remember ...
  1. Check out the latest trends, but focus more on who you and your fiance are as individuals and/or who you are as a couple.  Let your wedding be a reflection of YOU, not of "Martha Stewart Weddings Volume 343, Edition 7, Adaptation 4590."
  2. If you've always dreamed of a wedding including your favorite color, light blue, go with that and allow for some variation.  It's great that you LOVE Pantone 18-4039 "Regatta," but unless your budget is ceiling-less, you won't be able to ensure all aspects of your wedding are exactly in sync.
  3. Trust and respect your vendors enough to produce their own work, not duplicate the work of others.  As long as you've done your research and feel confident who the support staff you've selected, let everyone do their job.
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Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Joyful and Triumphant

(photo courtesy of Amy Lashelle Photography)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Jamie & Nick: Isle To Aisle

We shared snapshots of our Isle To Aisle wedding back in September but, to our delight, professional photos became available today!

We'd worked with this couple for over a year prior to their big day, via satellite (since they reside in the Washington, D.C. / Northern Virginia area).  We partnered on each and every detail of their wedding, from selecting the venue, to incorporating their African and Caribbean heritages, to the intricate design of their wedding cake; and it all came together on September 3rd at Dolce Basking Ridge.  The ceremony and cocktail hour took place within the venue's handsome courtyard as guests were treated to the soothing sounds of a jazz duo.  The outdoor festivities were followed by a posh reception which featured signature cocktails, photo booth and a surprise African dance troupe performance.  The dance-floor was rarely empty ... guests continuously raved about how much fun they were having.

The chosen color scheme was a phenomenal hit, I think because it was left of what most summer brides and grooms move forward with.  The primary color was black, but the bold addition of orange, purple and pink added loads of POP!  The ballroom was set with specialty linens and lighting, golden chiavari chairs, break-away centerpieces (which allowed each guest at each table to take a piece of the wedding home with them), personalized menu cards and more!

It was great working with Jamie and Nick and we're happy to share some of the best moments of their wedding day below, thanks to Sobitart Photography.

For this wedding our team was just extraordinary.  From hair and makeup to photography to live performance artists, we produced a masterpiece!  We worked really hard and it shows, but it's always done with a smile.

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Monday, December 12, 2011

Color Me BAR

In wedding planning, selecting a theme can be quite involved and sometimes pretty cumbersome.  Just remember, you don't have to build an event around a "Vintage Chic" or "Romantic Candlelight" theme ... actually, color all by itself goes a long way.

Now, I'm sure you've already thought of laying the foundation of your colored theme by means of the bridesmaid dresses, linens and flowers.  Just don't forget the bar.  YES, that's right, the traditionally color-free zone where over half of your guests will spend most of their time during your wedding reception.  Think: Decorative Drinkware!  Bring color to your signature drinks and even those commonplace glasses of Pinot Noir.  It's totally fine to include your color scheme at the bar and most reputable party rental companies offer a wide range of options.

Check out some of our favs:

Classy Twist
The Marais collection features a single hand-blown frosted stripe twirled around the glass from top to bottom.
The white wine glass featured here is also perfect for your favorite martini.

Goblin Goblets
In a word ... sexy!  These black wine glasses are ideal for serving a variety of wines or waters in a cool, alluring style.

Art by way of Glass
A beautiful combination of creativity and craftsmanship handed down from generation to generation.  
Estate drinkware at its absolute best!

Pied Pipers
 Dress up any special occasion with these Gold Accented Flutes.  
Unique raised 18-karate gold design in the drape and swag.  Just gorgeous. 

 Baccarat Beauty
(no explanation necessary)
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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Friday, December 9, 2011

Watch Your "Tone" ... It's a HOT One This Year

If you're tying the knot this year and haven't already chosen your wedding color scheme or you're looking for the perfect accent hue, remember to reference Pantone's "color of the year," which is TANGERINE TANGO
An orange with loads of depth, 2012's signature color is both sophisticated and seductive.  Take a look at a few of our favorite ways to incorporate TANGERINE TANGO into your wedding:
 (photos courtesy of flickr, The Visual Vamp, Best Dress Shop, Invitations by Ajalon and Just Cake)

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

My Cup(cake) Runneth Over

As 2011 draws to a close most of us in the events industry are pondering what'll be in for 2012, and of course what'll be OUT.  Cupcakes took the world by storm several years back and have held a pretty tight grip on weddings, showers, birthdays, BBQ's - you name it!  Let's face it, this cute little ditty was even big and bold enough to knock the traditional wedding cake right off its pretty filigree pedestal; so could this monster of a trend be coming to an end?

While cupcake stand rentals are still helping most bakery bottom lines, it seems folks are ready and willing to move on, considering the plethora of other options in the world of confections (like pie, cookies, cake balls, push-pops and doughnuts). We've even noticed bedazzled bon-bons bogard their way into all of our hearts.  Regardless, people LOVE mini-anything, so even if cupcakes are being asked to take a temporary bow, it's safe to say they'll be back.  Especially if they continue to come in flavors like red velvet, chocolate cherry, s'mores and lemon coconut kiwi ... and look like this:

 (cupcake photos courtesy of Kati's Kupcakes and Call Me Cupcake!)

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

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