Dec 2014 01

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10 or more celebrities that everyone would love to invite to their wedding!

Going through a fantasy guest list that would include the most coveted wedding-goers across the globe is not an easy task. We thought of haute style women that rarely attend weddings such as American Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, who recently opened her Long Island seaside home for her son Charlie Shaffer’s wedding, to fashion e-commerce expert Elizabeth Cordry, while she also attended – Chanel-clad – the Clooneys’ wedding in Venice. We also brought up Cara Delevigne’s delicate image as her sister’s bridesmaid, breaking the rules and wearing white. But we ended up with famous people who scored repeatedly, or at least once, ground-breaking appearances as guests, grooms or brides!

BEYONCE

She and Jay Z recently (‘On The Run’ show in Miami) presented their fans with a rare video from their super private wedding back in 2008. She was hot in her rule-breaking form-fitting white dress, attending sister Solange’s wedding to Alan Ferguson. She’s even been a wedding-crasher while visiting a church in Portofino during vacation this summer. Wearing little more than a bikini and a sarong, she posed with the beautiful bride! Apparently, she has all the credentials for the most desirable celeb guest!

PIPPA MIDDLETON

The event-organizer/author is a regular at the lavish nuptials of the British upper crust. Following the typical Middletonesque dress-code (nude tights, feathered fascinators, and sheath dresses), but also experimenting a bit more than Kate, she usually attracts legions of paparazzi. Her stunning unconventionally-colored (white) Alexander McQueen bridesmaid gown at the Royal wedding earned her extra points as a socialite that creates headlines for every wedding she attends.

KATE MIDDLETON

It would be way harder to convince her to attend your wedding, but it would be worth it! After all, she is this century’s most famous bride and she’s always giving lessons of modern-day regal elegance. Kate regularly attends weddings, often in pastel-hued coat dresses. We love the fact that she never tries to overshadow the bride, sometimes even recycling fashion or adopting ‘highstreet’.

VICTORIA BECKHAM

We could call her the most importantly stylish guest at the British Royal wedding, rocking maternity look with a dark blue shift dress from her line, a matching Phillip Tracey fascinator and sky-high Louboutins! She was equally ‘vogue’ at Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ nuptials (2006) adopting a fresh bob, a black dress and wide-brimmed hat. Even before reinventing herself, she had attended high-profile weddings (e.g. Elton John and David Furnish’s) in fab evening gowns and diamonds! She would definitely add glamour to your wedding!

KATE MOSS

The ever-young chameleon of style and super model, loves adopting unconventional looks to weddings. She’s also a party girl; quite ideal for the festive atmosphere of a wedding. Kate has sported ballerina shoes, fedoras, and mini dresses with the same easiness and charm she did haute couture gowns. Best looks include a taupe short-suit at Bobby Gillespie’s, a polka dot playsuit at John Hitchcox and Phoebe Vela’s, a silver gown at Leah Wood’s, and a romantic lace dress at Jade Jagger’s wedding.

THE OLSENS

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are rarely seen on such social occasions. The twins ooze bohemian luxe and surprisingly instilled that flair as bridesmaids to a recent wedding in Mexico where they donned chic ivory maxi dresses making their fans swoon! A cameo appearance in opulent caftans was also at stylist Molly Fishkin’s wedding where they offered to design her gown.

AMAL (& GEORGE) CLOONEY

The most envied couple on earth took us by stylish storm during their cinematic wedding in Venice with Hollywood A-listers in attendance. Since then and her unique Oscar de la Renta gown, we are eager to see more snaps of her glam style! When’s the next big wedding?

SARAH JESSICA PARKER

That girl knows fashion and is a very popular actress too, plus her wedding works for years, and her image as bride at the ‘Sex & the City’ movie in a Vivienne Westwood dramatic gown is memorable. She recently became bridesmaid at friend Melinda Relyea’s wedding to James Kearns in Connecticut, and was unconventional enough to get married, back in 1997, in a black dress.

KARL LAGERFELD OR VALENTINO OR GIORGIO ARMANI

No bride would reject the opportunity to have a fashion legend in attendance, or two (it happened at Princess Charlene’s), even more the privilege to wear a custom-made wedding gown. Karl and Giorgio greeted themselves warmly as guests/designers to the Monaco wedding, while Valentino made it to the Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Chris O’Neill’s wedding as well as created her fairytale gown.

ANGELINA JOLIE (& BRAD PITT)

The Brangelina got hitched recently in an intimate family affair, with their six children designing the motifs for her playful gown by Atelier Versace. It’s the epitome of wedding bliss plus they are cool handsome guys. Anyone would want these vibes at their wedding!

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Apr 2014 29

Going into their wedding, a lot of brides believe that planning their wedding is something that they can do on their own, or at best, with the help of their mom and their best friend. In truth, planning a wedding is definitely a very stressful event, one that will challenge a person’s physical and mental capabilities to the limit. If you’re a smart bride who wants their wedding to go off as smoothly as possible, you should consider hiring a wedding planner for your wedding.

Think about it this way: if you’re decorating your home, you hire an interior decorator. If you’re designing a building, you hire an architect. Doesn’t it make sense that if you’re planning a wedding – this big, once-in-a-lifetime, memorable event – you hire a professional as well?   This is where the wedding planner comes in.

Here are 3 good reasons why you should hire a wedding planner.

1.  Sticking to a Budget

One of the biggest challenges when it comes to planning a wedding is making sure that you stick to your budget. Sure, every bride dreams of a wedding where cost is not an issue, but sadly, this is not the case for many brides out there. They need to make sure that they are getting the best bang for their buck, and having a wedding planner at your side will help you make all the right financial decisions for your wedding.

2.  Contacts

If you book a seasoned wedding planner, they might be a little more expensive, but their wealth of knowledge and contacts within the wedding industry could be priceless. You won’t need to canvass for a great baker or an amazing wedding gown designer because your wedding planner has it all under control.

3.  Making your Dreams a Reality

The thing about planning a wedding is that what you see in your head doesn’t always translate directly into reality. Hiring a wedding planner is like hiring a person who can see your vision with you, then find the best, most practical and most affordable way to bring your vision to life.

Sure, a wedding planner could be an added expense to your wedding plans, but think of all the headache and heartache you can save because you’ve got someone who’s got the know-how, and who knows the right people. If you choose the right wedding planner for your budget and your preferences, it could turn out to be the best wedding decision you ever made (aside from having the wedding in the first place, of course).

Please leave a comment below with your thoughts on why a bride should or should not hire a wedding planner and please share this article with your friends.

Apr 2014 22

Every year there are dozens of trade shows and bridal shows that vendors have the opportunity to showcase their skills. These shows are meant to bring vendors and potential new clients together and to make a personal connection between the two. This is a time where vendors are able to showcase their talent on a large scale. Due to the cost of participating in a show, it is imperative that vendors make the most out of each interaction. Through the years, we have compiled a list of do’s and don’ts when at a show:

  • Stay off your phone.  Nothing says “you’re not worth my time” like ignoring a passing attendee because you were on your phone, tablet, or computer. This act alone makes you unapproachable.
  • Avoid Sitting. We know; they are long days and at some points there are slower periods, and all you want to do is get off your feet. Avoid this whenever possible. Bring three pairs of shoes if you have to, but try not to sit down. It looks unprofessional and again makes you unapproachable.
  • Don’t be Pushy. Going directly into a hard sell will not get you far. Have a conversation before you talk about your services and make a personal connection. If you make a connection, then move into what you can offer them. This approach will make a better impression than simply talking about yourself.
  • Make yourself approachable. For an attendee, the process of talking to strangers can seem awkward. You need to do what you can to make yourself approachable which includes smiling, making eye contact, and being the first one to engage the conversation.
  • Think outside of the box. Do something different at your booth. Have a drawing or a giveaway or have cool prop they can take a picture next to that attracts people. Ask yourself when prepping for a show, “why will people stop at this booth” because your dazzling smile isn’t going to cut it.
  • Provide Takeaways. If the attendee walks away with nothing in their hand with your information on it, then you are now just a distant memory. They are meeting 50-100 other vendors that day, without a takeaway you will not be remembered. Get clever with these! Brochures and business cards will get lost and forgotten. But a pen, CD, or sewing kit will actually get used.
  • Make your booth visually appealing. Go beyond the provided linen and 6 foot table. This is your time to shine and showcase your abilities. Someone passing by should instantly know what you do without ever reading your logo.
  • Be willing to hire. This is probably the most important factor to a successful show. If you are not a natural sales person, hire someone that is, even if it is just for the day. All you need someone that is approachable and knows enough about your area of expertise. They don’t need to be a complete expert because that is what you are. Know your weaknesses and spend the $100 to potentially land a client that you might not have gotten without that new sales person.

Click here to find all bridal shows and event trade shows happening this year.

Tarah Trump

Bravo! wedding & event

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Top 10 Reasons why a Wedding DJ can never truly be replaced by an ipod
Mar 2014 30

Should I hire a Wedding DJ or use and iPod for my wedding reception? This is a question many brides and grooms ask while they are planning their wedding.  Here are some reasons why a professional wedding DJ is worth hiring.

Top 10 Reasons why a Wedding DJ can never truly be replaced by an ipod

  1. A wedding DJ will give you expert advice based on years of experience.
  2. DJs have massive music libraries that include all the music you and your guests love.
  3. A DJ will make all announcements so your guests do not miss a single special moment.
  4. Your DJ will set up and tear down the equipment allowing you more time to party.
  5. A Wedding DJ has the flexibility to play music requests.
  6. It is difficult to find a reliable friend to run the ipod.
  7. Renting equipment and buying music can become as expensive as hiring a professional wedding DJ.
  8. Wedding DJs mix one song smoothly into the next with no akward delay.
  9. DJs are trained to read the crowd and play more of the music your guests love to dance to.
  10. Wedding DJs add energy and excitement to your reception.  People do not remember a lot of the details after the wedding, but the one thing they will always remember is how much fun they had.

Leave a comment below with your thought on this topic and share this article with your friends.

Sep 2013 08

Alicia and Edwin September 28, 2013

“I can’t say enough amazing things about Brett and his team. Brett was the first and only DJ we really considered for our wedding- not only was he a great value and right on budget- but I’d also heard great things about him previously. He lived up to the hype and more. He was extremely accommodating for the obscure music choices we made. He went out of his way and above and beyond to make sure we had a rocking party. I don’t think I’ve ever seen more people on the dance floor at a wedding. The fact that he took note of funny or personal stories during the toasts and incorporated them into his music selections (i.e. the sister of the groom mentioning she used to make the groom watch and sing along to Grease with her as kids, and hearing a Grease medley during the dancing just for them). Or his surveying of guests during downtime for things that they would like to hear. Or that he brought himself and another main DJ to run things since his wife was expecting and close to her due date, in case he needed to leave in a hurry. The forethought, the attention to us as a couple and what we were interested in, just everything. I truly can’t say enough.”

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