Friday, May 29, 2009

Wedding Invitations on Stone

Sadie Ryan Keepsake Tiles are a very unique way of having an everlasting memory of your special day.
These keepsake tiles are hand-crafted using an age process called sand casting. It lets you have your invitation permanenently inscribed on stone and displayed on an easel.

Isnt this a lovely idea?

Click the link to see more Wedding Invitations on Stone

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Affordable Vera Wang Wedding Gowns

Vera Wang has presented in her Spring 2010 collection affordable wedding gowns which she calls
"demi-couture". She has lowered her median price point 30 to 40 percent. She has not sacrificed the quality but, the dresses are less traditional. Wang says that the gowns are suited more for a garden wedding.

M&M's: Put your face of it!

So you may have known that you can personalize M&M's candy with your names and wedding date, but did you know that you can add pictures as well?

You can add a picture of both bride and groom on the M&M's and still make them a perfect favor idea. They make great favors whether you put them in boxes, cellophane bags tied with ribbons or have them at your candy bar.

For more information on how to get your picture on M&M's, go to

Monday, May 25, 2009

Dress Pick of the Week (Brookelyn by Maggie Sottero)

Want to add a dash of color.....

One-piece, strapless, A-line gown with zipper over inner lace-up closure. This style features horizontal contrasting bands around the skirt hem. Contrasting bands also accentuate the waist with a bow and sparkling brooch.

Colors Available
All White, All Diamond White, Diamond White/Black, Diamond White/Antique Rose

To see this and other Maggie Gowns, Go HERE

Images taken from HERE

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Real Weddings: Ines & Andre Part2

So do you remember a while back I posted a short review about Ines & Andre's Wedding at Terrace on the Park (see here)? Well now we have some professional pictures thanks to Ben Asen. Thanks Ben!

Big Smiles

The Bridal Party {It was a nice day in March for outdoor pictures}

The new couple

One of my favorites!

Boys beings boys {does every wedding have one of these shots} :)

I wonder what he said to her......

Having some fun

For more info about Ben Asen Photography. Please visit Ben's website

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Real Weddings: Jessica & Christian 5/16/09

I met Jessica & Christian for the very first time in Spring of 2008. It is amazing how time flys. Last weekend they had their magical wedding at Chateau Briand. Their guests ate hard, party hard, drank hard and fun was had by all.
The day started out a little gloomy but nothing was going to dampen their spirits.

A little detail......
The couple chose black as their main color with a pink accent...IT WAS BEAUTIFUL! They had LOVE letters for their cake table, a "And they lived happily ever after" sign for their sweetheart table, their was a surprise grooms cake for Christian and the couple made a donation and gave CDs for their favors. Yes, their was also a candy bar. Everyone clearly enjoyed this because their was absolutely no candy left over.

The event went off without a hitch because of these wonderful vendors:

Venue: Chateau Briand
Photo: Duet
DJ: FM Entertainment
Hair: Hair By Diana
Make-Up: Sultry Cosmetics
Grooms Cake: The Sugar Chic
Limo: Royalty Limo
Flowers: Flowers by Kelley & Co.

The bouquet

Shoes & Jewelry

Their invitation (made by Tessa)

Just before she walks down the aisle

The Centerpiece

The Bridal Party

Groom with bridesmaids

Boys being boys

The Cake

CD Favor

It was such a pleasure to work with Jessica and Christian. I hope they enjoy their honeymoon and I wish them many years of happiness!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Dress Pick of The Week: Christian Wu 5489

This Christina Wu style 5489 was worn by one of our brides, Kim (Sept. 2008).
This taffeta dress features embellishments on the pick-ups, the waistline and under the bust.

To see this and other Christina Wu designs, go HERE

Friday, May 15, 2009

Wedding Flowers:: Stephanotis

The Stephanotis is very commonly used in weddings and has gained much popularity over the past few years. It is known by a few different names such as the “Madagascar Jasmine” and the “Bridal Veil”.

Did you know that stephanotis means "marital happiness"? With a meaning like that, shouldn't it be your obvious choice for use at your wedding?

The florets actually grow on a flowering vine and must actually be placed on a special holder before it can be used in your bouquet.
But one big advantage to using this at your wedding is that it is available year round.

A Bouquet with stephanotis

Images from Flickr

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Wedding Registries: What you should know

Many couples are faced with what or where to register based on the fact that they already live together and they already have all these items that couples would traditionally register for. If you feel like you have these items already, still register. It doesn't hurt to upgrade what you have.
Look through catalogs and get ideas of where you wish to register and definitely tell family and close friends so they can spread the word.

Think about registering for the smallest to the biggest items. This gives everyone a range of gifts to choose from.
Most registries provide free registry service online and in-store for brides and people that are using the registry.

Registries usually remain active for 2 years so guests can continue to purchase items for you (policies vary). Before you choose a registry, be sure to ask these questions:
How often is the registry updated?
What is your return policy?

What I recommend?
1.I recommend having at least 2 registries. This gives people different price ranges and locations to shop for gifts for you.
2.Use a gift recording system to keep track of who has sent you a gift (so you can send then a thank you card)
3. Do not forget to send Thank You Cards!

Some of the more popular registries: Fortunoff, Macys, Bed Bath adn Beyond, Bloomingdales, Crate & Barrel, Home Depot, JCPenney, Kohls, Lowes, Sears, Target, Williams-Sonoma.

Do your research and choose the registry that is right for you.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Still Looking for a Band?

NYC Based band SOUL REVIVAl is having a showcase on Monday, May 18, 2009

Monday May 18th at Ultrasound Studios in Manhattan
(251 W. 30th Street) at 7:30pm in Studio 10 on the 5th Floor

Soul Revival Entertainment
(631) 220-1652

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Beach Themed Wedding Anyone?

There are endless ways to incorporate the "beach" in your wedding decor. There can be clever uses of shells, starfish, beautiful linens and last but not least....that color blue. Here are some great ideas from wedding vendors in the tri-state area.

The first stage to settiing the themed would be this gorgeous message in a bottle invitation. This is from InvitesbyStephanie

Then there is the cake...... We found this one from PinkCakeBox

How about showing your appreciation to your bridal party with these personalized beach towels from JustEmbroideredTotes

Footprints in the sand? If you plan to wear flip flops on the sand, you can still do so in style with crystal topped flip flops from Jamie Kreitman

Now that you have some ideas, have fun planning that beached themed wedding.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Dress Pick of the Week: Illusion by Demetrios

This dress is from the Illusions Collection by Demetrios.
Taffeta One Shoulder Mermaid Multi Ruffled Skirt...isn't it fabulous?

To see this and other Demetrios Gowns, go HERE

Friday, May 8, 2009

Great Bridal Expo NYC

Dont miss out on all the wonderful vendors and giveaways at the Great Bridal Expo Show tonight 5/8/09.

Show Time: 5:30PM

1535 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

For more info about the show, go HERE

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Your Wedding Dress:Post Wedding Day

Every bride is faced with the decision of what to do with their wedding dress after the wedding. You spend hundreds of dollars on your what? We have a few suggestions and hopefully you will find one you are comfortable with:

1. Sell It
You can clean your dress and then sell it. This gives you the opportunity to get back some of the money you spent. There are sites like shejustgotmarried, that allow you do this.

2. Trash It
You have probably seen so many awesome pictures of brides trashing their dresses. "Trash the Dress Shoots" are very popular right now. This is something you can do months after your wedding or even for your one year anniversary. Many photographers do this.I must say, this option is my personal favorite.

3.Preserve It
This is the more popular option (in my opinion). Most brides opt to get their dresses preserved with the hopes that their own child will someday wear it. There are a lot of places that preserve wedding gowns...including your local dry cleaners.

4.Donate It
You can donate it to any local charity or even a thrift store. One organization that we favor is thebridalgarden. The Bridal Garden is a non- profit bridal boutique in NYC showcasing designer and couture wedding gowns up to 75% of their retail prices. You can donate your lightly worn gown to them and the best part...all proceeds benefit education for NYC children.

Which one of these options will you choose?

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Bridal Boot Camp

The Wedding Salon invites you to The Bridal BootCamp

Learn how to Save money and Avoid Hidden Costs!

Monday, May 18, 2009
The Harvard Club
27 West 44th Street
6pm - 8:30 pm

Learn the latest tips and trends to help you plan your Wedding!

For more info about this event, go HERE

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

{New Rates} Stamps for your Wedding Invitations

Whether you want to mail your invitation with customized stamps or the regular USPS stamps, you should know that the rates are going up!

On May 11 the price for a 1-ounce First-Class Mail stamp will increase from 42¢ to 44¢. Prices for other mailing services — Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services (including Parcel Post), and Extra Services — will also change

For a list of all the changes, go to United Postal Service website.

**Before you mail your invitations, take one completed set to the post office to estimate the cost per mailing. There is nothing worse than having your invitations returned with stamps all over saying "insufficient postage". That ruins your invitations and just makes the process a little longer.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Dress Pick of the Week: AA Sapphire Collection

This is from the Alfred Angelo Sapphire Collection
Taffeta, Embroidery with Metallic Accents
Crystal Beading & Sequins
Semi-Cathedral Train
Available in Diamond White/Metallic, Light Gold/Metallic, White/Metallic

For more info about this dress, go HERE

Friday, May 1, 2009

Fancy Foot Works

Do you want to add pep to your step and sizzle to your salsa for your upcoming wedding? Join Brides for their first-ever instructional dance series where they’ll help you master your first dance together as husband and wife!

One lucky fancy-footed couple will win a $10,000 grand prize towards their wedding and the chance to appear both on TV and in the pages of the magazine!

You don’t need to know how to dance, they will teach you! Enjoy interactive all-day events where you’ll learn from professional instructors with hands-on training. Pickup the steps and dance your way into the competition. Besides scoring some new moves, all attendees can win fabulous prizes, experience the best in bridal from our partners and take home a sweet swag bag!

Dancing With Brides
Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10am
583 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

To learn more about Dancing With Brides, GO HERE