Thursday, January 31, 2013

Translating Personal Style into Bridal Style - Part I

I've always believed your wedding should be a reflection of who you are as opposed to what trends, critics and magazines specifically call for.  In the grand scheme of things, there really are no wrong answers for brides-to-be.  Whatever you like is perfect!  So, I've been working on this four-part series on how to translate your personal style into your wedding design and look.

The series will feature ladies who are not “real” brides, but have inspired me via a bold sense of style and each week I'll share my thoughts on the direction this type of woman should take in planning her wedding.  Sounds like fun, right?

Without further adieu, let's get started with the GLAM TOMBOY:

The Glam Tomboy is energetic, sometimes boisterous and can be a spitfire for sure.  Boyfriend jeans and studded jackets are staples in her wardrobe.  Yet, she's easy-breezy, chill and relaxed, able to go up against the best of 'em when it comes to glamming it up and showcasing her femininity.  It's never a problem for her to pull out the Christian Louboutins and Hermès Collier de Chiens.  She loves showing off her versatility and isn't afraid to turn heads.

If you're a Glam Tomboy, consider these inspirations for your wedding:

I just adore the idea of  non-traditional bridal style.  Sure it might raise a few eyebrows, but isn't that what most glam tomboys live for?  Instead of the mermaid lace gown and satin Stuart Weitzman pumps, layer on a denim shirt or jacket complemented by a mean pair of cowgirl boots or nude Christian Louboutin platforms.  Go against the grain with a colored fondant wedding cake and signature cocktails featuring pop-sickles.  Work with your photographer to select fun locations that showcase your hobbies or dates you and your fiance have gone on while courting.  Instead of a candy buffet, ask your wedding planner to design a confetti bar for an exit just as magnificent as your entrance.  Remember ... whatever you like is perfect.  Congratulations, Glam Tomboy

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY LLC

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

What's The Big Idea?

When designing events, especially weddings, I go out of my way to incorporate memorability in even the smallest of details.  In my opinion, that's what will set your wedding apart from the others your guest have attended and even become accustom to.  And while I'm a huge fan of "WOW factor," I'm well aware not everyone has a "WOW budget" to match.  With that said, creatively infusing subtle touches that are in line with your ethetic go a long way.  Trust me, one or two of these little ideas can make a BIG impact.

Here are a few ideas/trends I am crushing lately:
  •  Napkin-Wrap Menu Cards - In my opinion, no wedding table is complete without menu cards - and these are such a unique way to showcase what each guest will be served.  These can be dressed up or down depending on the style of your event as well.  Plus, they save space!
  •  Monogram Cupcake Display - This idea creates a wonderful opportunity to add pizzazz to your decor while also offering a sweet treat.  Great photo op ... nice WOW-factor ... awesome departing gift for your guests.
  • French Macaroon Ring Stack - This one's just for show, but it's a showstopper without a doubt.  Stack macaroons in bright, bold color as pictured above, or pull from your wedding color scheme for a gorgeous addition to your wedding photography.
  • Cotton-Candy Champagne Cocktail - Consider this sweetie as your signature drink or as a twist to your champagne toast.  You can pull your wedding colors into this idea as well.  Your guests will love it!
  • For-The-Next-Morning Sunglasses + Advil - Such a cool favor idea for tropical destination weddings and island themes.  An item your guests are likely to appreciate (especially if you offered top-shelf open bar) and something they'll be able to use in the future.
  • Kiddie Camp Tent - As camp and farm themed weddings become more popular, this is a great alternative to the traditional "kids table."  Coloring books and crayons will still be appropriate, but adding s'mores, books and a few toys brings this full circle.
  • Vintage Frame Escort Cards - Using frames as escort cards holders and/or favors is nothing new, but taking time to select a special variety takes an old idea up several notches.  Visit your local antique shop as well as Home Goods for a nice mix.  Plus, this certainly makes a beautiful display.

(credits left to right, top to bottom:  napkin-wrap menu cards - photo courtesy of Aaron Delesie; french macaroon / ring stack - photo courtesy of Altura Studio; for-the-next-morning sunglasses - photo courtesy of Captured Photography by Jenny; kiddie camp tent - photo courtesy of Clean Plate Pictures; vintage frame escort cards - photo courtesy of Jack & Tina Fussell)

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY LLC

Monday, January 28, 2013

Published: New Jersey Bride Spring 2013

We were ecstatic to find out another of our gorgeous weddings was chosen to be published ... this time in New Jersey's premier bridal magazine, New Jersey Bride!  You'll find our Glamour & Grandeur couple on page 186 inside the new Spring 2013 issue.  It's quite a lovely spread too.

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY LLC

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Old Habits Die Hard...or Not: PAPER by Paperless Post

Living in what some call the "Digital Age," our lives are governed by virtual tools.  More than telephoning, we catch up with friends and family by Facebook, email or text.  We view/cherish each other's photos online as opposed to flipping through actual albums or asking to have copies made.  And instead of waiting for the mailman to see if you've been invited to a special event, most times invitations are waiting for you in your email inbox.  The company, Paperless Post, made a name for itself doing just that, allowing people to send visually interactive and engaging invitations/cards by email.  I excitedly used their service for two of my children's big events, their dedication and 2nd birthday party.  But, to my surprise, PAPER by Paperless Post emerged a few months back for those of us who still look forward to receiving an actual envelope in our mailboxes.  Admittedly, finding out Paperless Post (having over 1.5 million registered users) wasn't going to be "paperless" anymore seemed odd but at least now there's something for everyone.

As a proud paper-lover, I doubt I'll ever completely abandon printed invites, but what I like most about Paperless Post is their premium capabilities.  You even have the option to print your online invites on high quality stock!  Furthermore, their cloud based system makes personalizing your invitations an easy and beautiful experience.

Brides, be sure to check out the following key features:
·         Exclusive Designs – Paperless Post will offer a wide selection of exclusive designs including collaborative styles from kate spade new york, Mr. Boddington, Linda & Harriett, Indigo Bunting, Bernard Maisner and more.
·         Address Collector feature - digital invitations and save the date options include a great new address collector feature that lends itself to a seamless process when announcing the wedding date, allowing you to compile all mailing addresses for your guests in preparation of sending out the physical wedding invitation.
·         Mix and Match – Paperless Post offers the versatility of mixing and matching both digital and printed invitations all in the same design scheme.
·         RSVP management and tracking

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY LLC

Friday, January 18, 2013

Invitations: Everything You Need To Know

I recently came across an adorable wedding invitation infographic from Val Marie Paper via Every Last Detail that so very sweetly sums up everything you need to know about preparing wedding invitations.  You'll want to save, pin, tweet and print this one.  And be sure to keep it handy for non-wedding events as well.  

Always remember, the invitation is 100% reflective of the celebration to come ... attention must/should be paid.

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY LLC

I'm Back! (tap, tap, tap ... is this thing on?)

Well hello there, friends!  I know, I know, I know ... it's been a long while since I've written or participated in our dialog together, and while there are so many reasons why, in the end I needed to step away, reflect, recharge and refocus.  And now, I'm back!  

Generally at the beginning of each new year, I recap the previous year's accomplishments and gains.  Not this time.  Instead I'm humbly preparing for the changes and growth to come.  That's right, there are a few big changes coming down the pike and I'm hoping you'll stay tuned. 

Bottom line: running a business challenges you. It challenges your endurance, it challenges your relationships, it even challenges your character ... but for all of this I'm grateful. And while 2013 is sure to bring about new challenges, more importantly on my horizon is a change of focus.

Hope you'll join me for the journey!

(please keep your hands and feet inside the car until the ride has come to a complete stop)


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