Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Flower Petals & Rings Are Very Important Things

Just this passed Sunday, my twins were dedicated at church in an intimate and loving ceremony.  Many of our friends and family joined to witness this important milestone; some even traveled from out of state.  We celebrated afterward with a big family-style dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Boulevard Five72, where the babies were honored with many cards and gifts.  It was truly wonderful.

Although the dedication didn't require the same preparation and attention a wedding would, dressing my little angels for the occasion took some effort.  Since my babies are a year old and walking, I found myself rubbing elbows with brides who were shopping for their flower girls and ring bearers ... all attempting to find the perfect ensemble.  After all, flower petals & rings are very important things!  But when it was all said and done, I found the most superb pieces that matched what I'd envisioned since they were born (pictured below).


Now, take a look at some of The Bridal Party's favorite flower girls and ring bearers of weddings gone by.  I'm sure you'll agree, they are just darling!  (click on the photos to see more of the entire wedding)

Fairy-Tale Flutter Ring Bearer

Golden Gala Flower Girl & Ring Bearer

Saree-Style Soiree Flower Girl Angel

RU Pink Flower Girl

Against The Grain Flower Girls

Chocolate Twist Flower Girl

What are your plans for dressing the little ones in your wedding?

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

What's IN (and OUT) for 2012 Weddings

As in fashion (sans the reality show, Project Runway), also for weddings one day you're in ... and the next day you're outWeddingChannel.com, the number-one wedding and gift registry website, has created a list of wedding details not to skip during wedding planning this year.  Some of Hollywood’s top A-listers like Katie Holmes, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Katherine Heigl, Jim Carrey and Billy Joel, gave an insider’s look at what’s in (and out) for 2012. 

Take a look:
Wedding Dress
In: Coy coverage
Out: Dare-to-bare necklines
Although designers have been creating dresses with sleeves for years, Kate Middleton has brought the trend mainstream. Don’t consider long sleeves your only option. Think: capelets, illusion sleeves, sheer backs and even a bolero for a demure wedding day look that’s all your own. “Every bride wants a gown and wedding that is uniquely ‘theirs,’” says Randy Fenoli, star of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress and fashion director at Kleinfeld Bridal New York. “They no longer desire to be that cookie-cutter bride, but wish to express their individual style and taste.”  (photo courtesy of Inmaculada-Garcia and Wedding Inspiriasi)
 
Wedding Style
In: Country-chic, waterfront weddings and Napa nuptials
Out: Vintage everything
Some of the most recent celeb weddings offer style ideas that step away from the overdone vintage theme. Be inspired by Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth’s country-chic wedding that took place at her rustic ranch, where guests were seated at long wooden tables, served mustard-grilled chicken and herb-roasted lamb and danced to the sounds of a bluegrass band. Reese even donned a pair of cowboy boots when it was time to hit the dance floor. If water and sun are your wedding day must-haves, take a cue from Brooke Burke and David Charvet, who exchanged vows on a 77-foot yacht in St. Barts with an intimate guest list and ended the night by sending a handwritten message in a bottle out to sea. Wine lovers? Look to the Napa nuptials of Seth Rogen, Tamera Mowry and Nikki Reed for influence.  (photo pictures Crescent Beach Club)
 
Wedding Food
In: Global meats
Out: Bacon, bacon, bacon
2012 is all about expanding meat options beyond steak and chicken, and while bacon is a flavor classic that showed up in a ton of weddings last year, it’s time to move on. “Lean global meats like goat, kangaroo, antelope and horse will be big,” predicts Peter Callahan, creative director of Peter Callahan Catering, whose clients include Will Smith, Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin. “Nothing takes on Moroccan, Mexican, Greek and Middle-Eastern flavors better than goat!”  (photo of lamb chomps courtesy of Olivier Cheng Catering and Events)

Wedding Cake
In: Hand-painted designs 
Out: Towering tiers 
Having an over-the-top wedding cake actually tower over the bride à la Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries is so 2011. Skip the desire to break a Guinness world record for the tallest cake and concentrate on the detailing. Buddy Valastro, owner of Carlo’s Bakery and star of TLC’s Cake Boss predicts, “In 2012, hand painted designs will give brides a new medium to add detail and personality to their cakes. Whimsical designs can be painted on top of fondant, and can be as subdued or as bold as the bride wants.”  (photo of hand painted Chocolate Cappuccino cake courtesy of Jan Kish la Petite Fleur)

Wedding Flowers
In: Textural, leafy bouquets
Out: Giant colorful bouquets
When it comes to bouquets, don’t be afraid of green. Think: mixed greenery with lots of texture such as bupleurum, hellebores, green hydrangeas and green dianthus for a monochromatic arrangement of lush foliage that differs from the traditional floral bouquet. Even incorporate greenery into your bridal party look like Kate Moss did with lush, green head wreaths worn by her bridesmaids. “Bouquets that are textural and interesting, yet not busy are in for 2012. Remember, it’s about you, then the dress, then the flowers. Not the other way around,” says Todd Fiscus, owner/creative director of Todd Events, whose clients include Tony Romo, Eli Mannng and Jay-Z.  (photo of Lily of the Valley / Sweet Pea / Bupleurum bouquet courtesy of Scarlet Petal)

Wedding Invitations
In: Dual-purpose interactive invitations 
Out: Ribbon and buckle embellishments
Thanks in part to Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo’s airplane ticket wedding invitation to their Necker Island nuptials, dual-purpose interactive invitations are on the rise. “Airline ticket invites for destination weddings, invites that double as fans for an outdoor affair and comic book save-the-dates that tell the engaged couple’s story are definitely in for 2012,” predicts Ceci Johnson, founder and creative director of Ceci New York, who’s designed invitations for Diddy and Katherine Heigl.  (photo courtesy of Invitations4Less.com)
 
Wedding Photography
In: Stylized postwedding shoots
Out: Trash the dress sessions 
Trash the dress photo sessions where a bride steps back into her gown postwedding to swim in the ocean or play paintball with her husband have definitely run their course. In for 2012 is the stylized postwedding dress session—a photo shoot wearing your dress, but this time restyling your look with chunky colorful jewelry, sultry makeup, wild hair or any completely different look than what you walked down the aisle in. “Maybe it’s the accessories that didn’t make the wedding day cut, or the hairstyle your mom didn’t approve of that you’re now able to rock in a restylized postwedding shoot,” says Robert Evans, celebrity photographer for Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise and cofounder of WeddingPhotography411.com. “It’s like the bride gets to style and star in her own magazine spread.”  (photo courtesy of Hayne Photographers)

Wedding Videos
In: Bride-to-be roast videos
Out: Choreographed bridal dance videos 
Definitely out in wedding videos this year? The choreographed bridal party dances we’ve seen time and time again to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” Chris Brown’s “Forever” and even Justin Bieber. Expanding beyond the popular “Sh*t Brides Say” YouTube video, brides are having a blast making fun of the silly (and sometimes ridiculous) things they’ve said and done during their wedding planning via Comedy Central-style roast videos. We won’t be surprised if more of these videos pop up at bachelorette parties where bridesmaids have the opportunity to “roast” the bride-to-be as a fun send-off before her big day.

Wedding Registry
In: Charity registries
Out: Reckless registries
If your registry includes things like a $1,200 serving spoon, $500 teapot and nothing under $100, you’re sure to upset more than a few of your guests. Instead of registering for the most expensive items you can find and not considering your guests, take a cue from Kate and Wills and create a charity registry. “At a time when most couples are feelings so thankful for what they have, the Charity Donation Program on WeddingChannel.com provides the perfect opportunity to give back to those who are less fortunate,” says Amy Eisinger, associate editor of WeddingChannel.com. 
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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hot Trend: Video Save-The-Dates

Thankfully videography/cinematography is regaining it's strength and popularity among brides and grooms.  As I always say, there's nothing like a MOTION PICTURE, and the trend of using video for save-the-date communication is growing leaps and bounds.  After all, unlikely someone in receipt of an ultra-modern video reminder will forget to make note of your upcoming nuptials.  You just can't throw something like this aside in a pile of bills.

Brides and Grooms, you can contact your favorite cinematographer OR even grab your FlipVideo camera and create your own little masterpiece.  It's all up to you.  The best thing about any finished product is that it will be a living, breathing reflection of your love and the amazing new life you're soon to embark upon.

Check out a few of our all-time favorites:






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by Rashana Anderson Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Monday, January 9, 2012

THE BRIDAL PARTY LLC, still bride's choice

WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, announced earlier The Bridal Party is a winner of a 2012 Bride’s Choice Award™!  This award recognizes the top 5 percent of local wedding professionals from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service and professionalism.The Bride’s Choice Awards™ are determined exclusively by recent newlyweds (brides and grooms) through extensive surveys and reviews, which means our past clients have spoken on our behalf and selected us to receive this honor.  This is our 3rd time receiving this award (having won the 2009 Bride's Choice Award and 2010 Bride's Choice Award) and we THANK YOU so very much!

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

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