Thursday, January 27, 2011

Win Your Dream Wedding Registry from Williams-Sonoma

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Inspiration Board: Isle to Aisle

I'm working with a Washington, D.C. couple planning an early-September wedding who've chosen to incorporate island flair and culture into the design of their event.  My staff and I have been having so much fun brainstorming and compiling ideas, thus this couple has become our Isle to Aisle bride and groom.  So far, we're having visions of bright pink, purple and orange hues ... steel drummers and African percussionists ... frozen specialty drinks & rum punch ... hanging paper lanterns ... crackling fire pits encircled by plush pillows ... walls drenched in color ... message-in-a-bottle escort cards ... hints of black for "POP."  Oh the possibilities!

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


ISLE TO AISLE
Credits (top, left to right): Mermaid Style Wedding Gown - Henry Roth; Black-dress Bridesmaid holding bouquet (photo courtesy of TheKnot); Outdoor Courtyard Ceremony Set - Dolce Basking Ridge; Multi-colored Paper Lantern Clusters (photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens); Sparkling Sangria; Summer Bloom Table Setting - Evantine Design; 3-Tier Wedding Cake - Desserts of Distinction; Message-in-a-Bottle Escort Cards - Martha Stewart Weddings; Black Pintuck Table Setting - Mac's Flowers; African Performers - Nouvel Expose' African Dance Troupe; Orange Mosaic Hurricane (photo courtesy of The Studio Photographers); Orange & Pink lit ballroom (photo courtesy of Kreative Touch Photography); Vanda Orchid, Cockscom, Calla Lily and Rose bouquet - Natalie Galasso Designs; Sugar Bar (photo courtesy of Party Favorites Blog)
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By Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Monday, January 24, 2011

Love Is In The Air ... at Ann Taylor

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Congratulations, Danielle & Thomas!

One of THE BRIDAL PARTY's biggest supporters and helpers recently married the love of her life and we are so happy for them both. The bride, Danielle, has been in our corner since 2007 and remains a huge fan of all that we do. Not only has she contributed to many of our efforts in planning/designing outstanding weddings and events, she effortlessly brought an unmatched elegance to her own wedding.

The ceremony was held at Saint Edward the Confessor Church in New Fairfield, Connecticut and the reception took place at the Portuguese Cultural Center in Danbury.  Local specialties from Connecticut and Saratoga, New York (where the bride and groom are originally from, respectively) were lovingly incorporated like Saratoga Sparkling Water in all the hotel rooms and Q Products BBQ sauce (an ode to the bride's best friend, who is the founder).  And you'll notice from the photographs the wedding was a beautiful success and every guests had a ball!  Favors were bottles of wine from Altamont Vineyards & Winery in Altamont, New York (which one of the groomsmen owns).  Everything was perfectly classy, tasteful and gorgeous ... especially my favorite element, the cake (created by Sweet Rewards)!

We are proud to share a few of the best moments of Danielle and Thomas' wedding day below, thanks to Cristiana Paula Photography:

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Cues From The Red Carpet: 2011 Golden Globe Awards

Truvy: What are your colors, Shelby?
Shelby: My colors are "blush" and "bashful."
M'Lynn: Her colors are "pink" and pink."
Shelby: My colors are "blush" and "bashful" Mama!
M'Lynn: How pretentious is this weddin' gonna get, I ask you?

The red carpet of the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards was quite colorful this year, but it seems PINK reigned supreme.  So, as the character Shelby did from the play/movie "Steel Magnolias," could brides consider fleeting from traditional white in a big way this year?

Check out some of the celebs who blushed along the red carpet:

Megan Fox wearing Armani Privé
 
Leighton Meester wearing Burberry

Sandra Bullock wearing Jenny Packham

Natalie Portman wearing Viktor & Rolf

Now feast your eyes on some gorgeous options for this year's blushing brides:
(from designers Alfred Sung, Vera Wang, Palazzo, Lazaro, Leanne Marshall, Tara Atkins, Elio Bberhanyer and Enzoani)
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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Friday, January 21, 2011

Ask Rashana: What Size Tent Will I Need?

Dear Rashana,
My wedding is scheduled for Summer and everything will take place outdoors underneath a tent.  At first I thought planning an outdoor wedding under a tent instead of an indoor wedding at a reception hall would be easier ... but I found out rather quickly, that isn't the case.  Nevertheless, I'm dedicated to having everything outdoors and have begun the process of securing the tent.  We're inviting 175 guests for a sit-down dinner and I've been told I'll need a 30X60 tent.  Honestly, this seems waaaay too big and the 30X30 is closer to my budget.  Am I being duped or will I really need a tent of a larger size?
- Tent Chic Bride

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Dear Tent Chic Bride,
This is an excellent question!  First, you're right in that planning an outdoor event under a tent instead of an indoor banquet hall affair is not necessarily easier.  After all, for an outdoor/tented event, you must provide and account for EVERYTHING ... every chair, every fork, every napkin, and of course the tented apparatus itself.  We always have so much fun planning our tented events, like the all-white birthday extravaganza and the 19th century barn rustic wedding, but it definitely takes lots of organization, know-how and a mastering of logistics.  All of which leads me to answering your primary question, yes, you will need a 30x60 tent.  Here's the breakdown we at THE BRIDAL PARTY use without fail:


While you don't want a tent that'll leave too much space between and around your guests, having one that's too small will really ruin the mood.  Ordering a tent that's too small will possibly force your guests to get a little too close for comfort and/or put some in a position of having to sit out in the sun.  If you were holding a standing cocktail reception, 30x30 would be ideal, but for a sit-down you must account for the tables, chairs, wait-staff, etc.

I hope this helps,
Rashana

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sale, Sale, Sale...the Kleinfeld way


New York's most famous bridal boutique, Kleinfeld, is expecting LOTS of excitement this February!  Mark your calendars, girls ... it's time to snag a few deals.

FEBRUARY 1st
KLEINFELD BLOW OUT SALE
Save up to 70% Off!
3:00 p.m. - Doors close at 7:00 p.m.
No appointment necessary - First Come, First Served
Gowns starting at $799
Veils & Headpieces starting at $99
Bridal Shoes starting at $19.99

Save up to 70% on select sample bridal gowns, headpieces, veils and
accessories from top bridal designers.  Take an additional 25% off already marked down prices.


FEBRUARY 21st
Presidents' Day Sample Sale (one-hour appointments only)
Designers include: Alita Graham, Alvina Valenta, Amalia Carrara, Amarilidine, Amsale, Amy Michelson, Anne Barge, Badgley Mischka, Carolina Herrera, Christos, Claire Pettibone, Edgardo Bonilla, Eve of Milady, Henry Roth, Ian Stuart, Jim Hjelm, Judd Waddell, Justina McCaffrey, Kenneth Pool, Lazaro, Liancarlo, Marisa, Melissa Sweet, Michelle Roth, Monique Lhuillier, Peter Langner, Perla D, Pnina Tornai, Priscilla of Boston, Reem Acra, Rivini, Romona Keveza, Stephen Yearick, Tara Keeley, and many other famous Kleinfeld exclusive European designers!

Plus, receive up to 50% off a select group of accessories.
Call (646) 633-4300 today for your sample sale appointment!
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EXCLUSIVE BONUS:  As a valued reader, THE BRIDAL PARTY can offer you the opportunity to receive a 15% off gift certificate toward the purchase of any sample gown valued at $1,599 and over, and a $100 gift certificate toward the purchase of any accessory valued at $250 or more (shoes, veils, headpieces) when you purchase a sample gown at $1,599 or above during the sale.  Contact us if you're interested!
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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Casting Call: Martha Stewart Weddings "I Do My Do"

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Monday, January 10, 2011

Why Do Wedding Planners Cost "So Much?"

Virginia wedding planner, Shayna Walker Weddle of Williamsburg Wedding Design is a colleague and mentor in my head (as radio and TV personality Wendy Williams would say).  I follow and admire her blog.  And recently, to my surprise and delight, she posted an awesomely honest article concerning how/why wedding planners determine prices for their services using herself as an example.  This information has long been considered taboo, which is why I love Shayna's article so much and felt compelled to share with you, my readers. 

For some strange reason, many brides and grooms actually assume and expect that a wedding planner should only run them $500 for A-to-Z coverage.  Can you say "highway robbery?"  I've even had a few prospective clients tell me about the woman at their church who only charges $300.  Now, I could easily write several paragraphs about why paying these such prices for wedding planning are big red-flags and that a bride-to-be should never book a wedding planner based upon price alone, but thankfully Shayna has all of that covered in her article. This one's a must read guys!

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Saturday, January 8, 2011

An Early Letter to Santa

Dear Santa,
I trust you're enjoying yourself, winding down and relaxing in Kuau'i after the bustling holiday season we had.  And while reading another letter is likely one of the last things you'd be interested in doing, I just had to get this one in extra early (because it's gonna take some work).

You know we at THE BRIDAL PARTY are committed to giving our brides, grooms and clients our utmost attention, our creativity and sincere dedication in ensuring their event is executed flawlessly.  You probably also know most brides are always very concerned about their attire - gown, veil, and of course, shoes.  Thus, many of our brides chose a swanky pair of Christian Louboutins to walk down the aisle in, and they make sure their photographer gets the perfect photo-journalistic shot of the red-bottoms.  BUT ... what if their Christian Louboutins could be their "something blue?"  That's right, blue-bottoms!  What could be better?  Herein lies my request: Please convince Mr. Louboutin to resume his one time collection of Tiffany blue soles (see photo attached)I'd love for my brides to have them for the happiest day of their lives.  And just one more run of those beauties would make brides everywhere that much happier.

Thanks In Advance,
Rashana Anderson

P.S.  Can't wait to get started on your vow renewal / 2nd wedding with Mrs. Claus.  Thanks again for choosing us!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Exclusive Offer from THE BRIDAL PARTY

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*On-Site Rehearsal, Ceremony & Reception Direction *Distribution of Final Payments/Gratuities *Unlimited Email & Telephone Communication *Complimentary "Sweets Sideboard"

Trust us, peace-of-mind and being able to actually be a guest at your own wedding is worth so much.  Let us handle the last minute details!  Contact us today.
(Promotion Expires April 30, 2011)

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Thursday, January 6, 2011

e-Glossy ... the Style Me Pretty way

Style Me Pretty has been inspiring brides and wedding planners for years and remains one of the most elite blogs to date.  Honestly, this forum definitely helped me get my creative juices flowing when building the foundation for After YES, Before I Do and Everything in Between.  And just when we all thought it couldn't get any better ... they've unveiled a NEW digital magazine!

Run, don't walk, over to Style Me Pretty and check out '20 of the most swoon-worthy, gush-able, ah-inducing, style-savvy weddings of the year… all together in one pretty package.'

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

11 for 2011: Out With The Old ... In With The New

It's a new year, time for innovative ideas, time to leave a few things behind.  And in the case of weddings and events, this also rings true.  For example in 2010, trying too hard and missing the mark when producing green/eco-friendly events got a little "old" ... cupcakes-cupcakes-cupcakes and overly dramatic desert tables, oh my, they have truly run their course ... mermaid-style gowns, glamorous and sexy but hey la hey la - the ballgown's back!
So what are the bridal trends for 2011?
 
TheKnot.com released their predictions for the top 11 wedding trends for 2011 Tuesday!  Think you'll incorporate any of these fresh ideas into your wedding/event?

1. Prohibition-Era Elegance: So long, Mad Men—the most stylish new show is Boardwalk Empire and brides are noticing. From dusty nudes and lace dresses for the ladies to wing-tip shoes for the men, couples are falling in love with the dapper fashion of the 1920s. And it wouldn’t feel like Prohibition without alcohol. To reinterpret the boozy nights of the Roaring ’20s, couples are serving up “moonshine” and Prohibition “bathtub gin” in their very own speakeasy bar, all while guests dance the night away—to jazz, naturally.
2. The Redefined Princess: With a royal wedding around the corner, you can bet Kate Middleton’s going to alter what princess style is all about. Put away the ball-gown skirt because the new princess silhouette will be body-skimming but with a bold train. Add statement-making headwear like tasteful tiaras (seriously!) and cathedral-length veils. And you can count on sophisticated sequins and beading showing up on everything from the wedding dress to the floral arrangements and the wedding cake.

3. Sultry Ballerina Style: From feathered headpieces and shredded fabrics to airy plumes and pale pinks paired with black, the look of the season is all about Black Swan, right down to an ambiance where everything happens after 8 p.m. One idea we love? Romantic ceremonies by candlelight.

4. Ivy League Chic: From Fair Isle sweaters to Vineyard Vines ties and Tommy Hilfiger blazers, preppy chic is back in a big way, and weddings aren’t immune. Brides will be channeling their inner Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl or Ali MacGraw from Love Story and incorporating Ivy League-chic details like plaids and stripes for the perfect remix of retro, preppy sensibility.

5. Exotic Indian Inspiration: From Katy Perry’s Indian wedding and Eat, Pray, Love to Nicole Richie’s exotic elephant as a wedding greeter, India will definitely be the “it” country for wedding inspiration. Think vibrant color palettes like purples, reds and golds, lavish décor elements such as beading and rich drapery, and exotic, spicy dishes.

6. Wedding Man Caves: Blackjack tables, brandy bars, PlayStations and stogies. The man cave has officially moved from the home to the wedding, so don’t be surprised if you see all the male wedding guests in the new “groom’s corner” at the reception.

7. Prewedding PJ Parties: This isn’t Bachelorette Party, Part Two. Before the big day, brides will be planning a night of pampering and bonding via JHS-style slumber parties, complete with matching pj’s of course.

8. Food Truck Fun: Waffles, tacos and dumplings, oh my! People’s hunger for gourmet food trucks has seeped into weddings, and brides will be embracing it wholeheartedly by requesting makeshift sidewalk carts during the cocktail hour or food trucks for the wedding after-party.

9. Haute Desserts: Blame it on the popularity of Top Chef: Just Desserts, Amazing Cakes and Cake Boss, but desserts and wedding cakes will be taking center stage with gourmet flavor and haute style. Chocolate tart with a dash of sea salt, anyone?

10. Video Guest Books: Building on the popularity of “wedding photo booths”, wedding guests can expect confessional-style video booths and even iPads dressed up as guest books as the newest way to “write” well wishes to the happy couple. Bonus? Postwedding, couples can easily share their guest book online via YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Vimeo.

11. Surprise Honeymoons: Couples will be taking a cue from Chelsea Clinton’s wedding and have the groom plan a surprise honeymoon.
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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Natasha & Patrick: Vintage Romance

We shared snapshots of our Vintage Romance wedding a few months ago, but professional photos became available just last night!

The ceremony was held at Queen of Peace Church in North Arlington and the reception commenced at the One and Only Westmount Country Club in West Patterson. The event took place on a brisk yet beautiful late-October day and went off without a hitch! Guests absorbed every detail and the simple opulence that seemed to lurk around every corner. From the bagpiper that signaled the bride's entrance to the candlelit ambiance perfectly complemented by bold Autumn hues of eggplant and pistachio to the indoor/outdoor multi-cuisine reception ... to say it was a night to remember is an understatement.  

Lush floral centerpieces sat atop antique glass pedestals.  A delicate cymbidium orchid welcomed each guest to his/her seat.  The reception ballroom walls were heavily drenched in purple light and a live swing band jammed the night away.  All expectations were truly exceeded ... and more importantly, this group of 250 guests had FUN!

It was such a pleasure working with Natasha and Patrick, which is why we're very happy to be able to share a few of the best moments of their wedding day below, thanks to Milton Gil Photographers.

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

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