Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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By Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday Funny: The Knot + Randy Fenoli = Harlem Shake

Let's face it, a wedding's ALWAYS the perfect reason to celebrate, laugh and dance!
Check out a typical day at The Knot offices, with Randy Fenoli:

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Translating Personal Style into Bridal Style - Part IV

Part 4 of my series on how to translate your personal style into your wedding design and look is here!  We've already explored the Glam Tomboy, Business Beauty and Bradshaw BelleToday we continue with the DIAMOND DIVA:

The Diamond Diva is high-maintenance.  Some would consider her flashy and flamboyant, but it's mostly due to her ability to command a great deal of attention.  She seeks out only the very best and tends to follow celebrity trends.  Still, she likes to be exclusive and one-of-a-kind stays top of mind.  WOW factor is her middle name.  She makes no apologies for innate expensive taste.

If you're a Diamond Diva, consider these inspirations for your wedding:

Sometimes, it's all about location ... therefore, Destination Paris!  After all, what's better than the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop?  Secure a venue that holds lots of history and refrain from modifying it too much.  A museum cafe or castle-like hotel would be perfect.  Be sure to take advantage of texture and pattern, particularly when choosing the perfect gown.  Every detail should be dressed-up - place lucite menu cards on your dinner tables, affix bow-ties to the shot glasses on the bar, cover chairs with satin, rhinestones and feathers.  Personalized bottle labels aren't quite your style, so go over the top with bling H2O.  And put lots of thought (and sparkle) into your entrance and exit, as both need to be GRAND.  Consider an alternative to the traditional cake table as well, like a hanging bed of flowers.  Finally, dress your flower girl and bridesmaids in couture, to complement your ensemble perfectly.  Congratulations, Diamond Diva

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

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Translating Personal Style into Bridal Style - Part III

In parts 1 and 2 of my series on how to translate your personal style into your wedding design and look, we focused on the Glam Tomboy and the Business BeautyToday, part 3 continues with the BRADSHAW BELLE (affectionately named after the Sex & The City character "Carrie Bradshaw"):

The Bradshaw Belle is stylish, creative, spontaneous and emotional.  Her closet's full of pieces that epitomize her personality.  She loves color, bold patterns and layering, which in most cases leads her to pairing unique combinations together.  There are times when she'd rather be simple, but there always has to be a twist.  She's a risk-taker above all else.

If you're a Bradshaw Belle, consider these inspirations for your wedding:

Infuse a Bohemian-chic vibe into your attire, it's trendy yet nostalgic at the same time.  Knowing you'd never consider skimping on shoes, be sure to go with the snazziest pair of Christian Louboutins you can find.  Also, give your nails added attention with applique-like embellishments that complement your dress.  Go the non-traditional, vintage route with table numbers and escort cards ... if you're a writer, use books ... if you love antiques, collect and share old-world keys.  Instead of 100% floral, do 50% feather.  Make the black and white anemone front and center; she's a pistol just like you.  Bring your hometown into the mix (in Carrie's case, this would be NYC), but take care in not  being too literal - something like a mini replica of the 6th Ave "LOVE" sculpture as a wedding cake topper is perfect.  And last but not least, channel Chanel!  Incorporate navy, beige and gray (Chanel staple colors) and don't forget wool or quilted napkins along with pearls.  Congratulations, Bradshaw Belle

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

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

{Brides}Maid Alert: Spring's Coming!

Sure, mounds of snow still cover sidewalks throughout the Northeast, but Spring will be here before you know it.  Two of my favorite retailers have just announced their newest bridal collections, BHLDN and J. Crew.  But what I'm most excited about is what's in store for bridesmaids!

Seems this year's calling for shorter lengths as well as more focus on muted colors. Here are a few of my favorites.  Be sure to pick out yours.

P.S.  Brides, you should also consider one of these beauties for yourself (i.e. Bridal Shower, Bridesmaid Tea or even Rehearsal Dinner)

BHLDN Spring Bridal

J. Crew Spring Bridal
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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY LLC

Friday, February 8, 2013

Translating Personal Style into Bridal Style - Part II

Last week, we discussed the world of the energetic, boisterous, spitfire Glam TomboyToday, part 2 of my series on how to translate your personal style into your wedding design and look continues with the BUSINESS BEAUTY:
The Business Beauty is refined, cultured, loyal to a specific aesthetic and exudes swank.  Designer handbags, understated yet exquisite jewelry and blazers are staples in her wardrobe.  Yet, she also enjoys inserting menswear influences here and there.  It's never a problem for her to take an in-the-office look and turn it into high fashion.  For her it's always quality over quantity, but she still loves to make a statement.

If you're a Business Beauty, consider these inspirations for your wedding:
 (photos courtesy of KT Merry Photography and Nadia D. Photography)

Tradition is preferred in this case, but a little twist here and there is still acceptable.  Push stark white aside and lead with creamy ivory or perhaps even beige, over black.  Infuse elegant tradition via gold accessories, mirrors and gardenias.  Focus on clean lines and simplicity.  Feature a bold-colored fondant wedding cake along with vintage sweets for your guests to enjoy on the ride home.  Work with your photographer to show off your jet-setter status and don't forget to incorporate devices ... after all, they play a major role in how you take care of business.  Finally, instead of votives, do tapers.  Instead of crystal, do milk glass.  Instead of a DJ, do live musicians.  Remember ... your wedding should be a reflection of who you are as opposed to what trends, critics and magazines specifically call for.  Congratulations, Business Beauty

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

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