Archive for February, 2008
Posted on February 22nd, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Attire
Posted on February 21st, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Flowers
Many grooms think their only choice in wedding attire is a tuxedo. If you want to be a little more original, consider a custom designed suit instead. I know that you probably think that it’s really expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.
DressMonkey offers custom designed suits and blazers to ensure that every man in the bridal party is as stylish as he can possibly be — for significantly less money than what is available off-the-rack.
Customers choose from a variety of fabrics, styles and cuts, and customize every detail right down to the number of pockets and buttons.
DressMonkey offers a variety of differentiated offerings that let you spread personal style into your wedding. Visit DressMonkey.com to learn more about their gorgeous custom suits.
Posted on February 21st, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Planning, Wedding Trends
Everybody’s going green! I’m surprised there wasn’t already an organic florist open in NYC, but last month Gardenia Organic became the first. Gardenia Organic LLC is the first environmentally and socially conscious florist in New York.
Gardenia Organic sells individual flowers, pre-made hand tied bouquets and custom floral arrangements made only with flowers that have been produced using environmentally and socially responsible practices. All of their flowers are either USDA Organic or VeriFlora certified, whether they are grown in the US or overseas. VeriFlora is a certification program that ensures flowers have been grown using sustainable farming methods and fair labor practices.
Hannah Ling, the store’s owner, is making it her mission not only to highlight the issues within the floral industry, but also to prove that ‘green’ does not necessarily have to be more expensive.
“As consumers, we shouldn’t have to pay more to make conscious choices when making a purchase. Being environmentally and socially responsible needs to be a way of a life or it’s just not sustainable. Choosing to buy green should not be inconvenient or more expensive”, says Hannah. She also points out that organic flowers smell better and last longer.
Few people are aware that conventionally grown flowers are laden with unseen dangers. Eighty percent (80%) of the flowers sold in the US are imported from South America, where they use over 25 pesticides that have been outlawed in the US due to their carcinogenic nature. Coupled with child labor and poor working conditions for the farmers, there’s good reason to start buying organic and VeriFlora flowers.
And that’s not the only way this florist is doing her bit for the environment. The vases are made from recycled glass, the tissue paper and shopping bags are recycled and she even composts all flower waste. Ultra eco-friendly rickshaw bikes deliver flowers to anywhere in Manhattan.
Gardenia Organic also sells Fair Trade and/or environmentally friendly gifts and greeting cards for all occasions such as bamboo salad bowls, organic cotton baby clothes, hemp dog toys, candles, jewelry, body lotions and books.
Hannah moved to the US from England nine years ago. She comments that “You can buy fair trade all over London so I was surprised that so few people in New York even know what it means.”
To learn more about the organic flower concept, visit their website at gardeniaorganic.com. Gardenia Organic is located at 526 Hudson Street and can be reached at (646) 688-5753.
Posted on February 13th, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Attire, Wedding Movies
Vanessa Wakeman, CEO of Indulgence Weddings and Events in NYC was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to provide us with her Top Wedding Trends for 2008.
1. Eco-friendly weddings. Hollywood put everyone on notice by making large scale events like the Emmys and Oscars green. Now couples are looking to go green with their weddings.
2. Ice. Ice continues to stay on the trend list because it can be used in so many ways. Don’t think intertwined hearts or kissing swans, envision lush centerpieces housed in vases made of ice, dramatic martini luges or a chandelier with crystal embellishments all made of ice.
3. Wardrobe changes. The bride will show everyone it’s her party and she can change if she wants to. Expect this year’s bride to have two to three different looks throughout the wedding day.
4. Weddings become theatrical. While cookie cutter weddings are a rarity these days, couples will stop at nothing to create a wedding that is completely different from anything else. From dramatic entrances to jaw dropping decor and food, weddings will truly be productions with producers, prop masters and stage hands in the background to make it happen.
5. Budgets will sky rocket. It doesn’t matter what the feds say weddings are recession proof — whether ultra-conservative or over the top — couples will stop at nothing to show the world the true meaning behind what’s love got to do with it!
Vanessa is the Host of The Wedding Coach cable television program; Editor-In-Chief of The Wedding Coach Playbook; Creative Director for Wedding Fantasies, the annual bridal event for affluent brides and a featured Columnist in the society magazine The WAG. Under The Wedding Coach brand, Vanessa has authored “82 Fashion & Beauty Tips for the Full-Figured Bride”, “101 Money Saving Tips for the Bride & Groom” and “The Groom’s Pocket Guide to Wedding Planning” and has served as a special guest speaker and commentator at bridal events for Fortunoff, Bloomingdales and Westchester Weddings magazine.
Vanessa is also the Founder and Executive Director of The Foundation for Living and Loving Life, a non-profit organization with the mission of assisting female cancer Survivors with their wedding planning dreams.
Posted on February 8th, 2008 by Courtney in Wedding Favors, Wedding Trends
Do you want one of the ugly dresses from Katherine Heigl’s “27 Dresses”? I am not sure why anyone would, but check out this post from Edie over at Just A Formality.
As you can see, some stores are actually now selling some replica styles of the ugly bridemaids dresses that were in the movie. I’m not really sure why anyone would want them, but maybe there’s a market for ugly dresses.
If you want your bridesmaids to look stylish instead of ugly, I’d rather go with one of the fabulous dresses available from Mori Lee.
Below are two of my favorites from the Mori Lee Affairs Bridesmaid Collection, which will have your bridesmaids looking pretty in pink. These dresses are also available in dozens of other colors.
You can find out more about these adorable dresses and located at store near you by visiting morilee.com.
Posted on February 5th, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Bridesmaids, Wedding Attire, Wedding Vendors
I always thought wedding favors were cute, but a little awkward to give out.
Don’t get me wrong; I love wedding favors—I gave away favors at my wedding and, by golly, my sister will give them away at hers.
What I mean by awkward is, when do you give them to your guests?
If you give out favors as your guests arrive, they’re stuck carting around the cute little trinkets for a few hours. And they might even (gasp!) forget them.
If you wait till the end of your reception to give out favors, though, there’s no guarantee everyone will get one. What about poor grandma who had to take off early to get to her Jazz dance class? Or your dad, who so kindly spent the latter part of your reception making sure all of your presents were packed nicely in your car?
Ok, so maybe I’m being a little drastic here—handing out your favors before or after your reception are both good options, but I think I’ve found an even better one.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could combine your favors (something you want to give out) with something you’ll need to give anyway, like place card holders? Well, surprise of all surprises: you can!
Imagine pairing your favorite wedding favors with a cute little bride and groom that tells your guests where to sit. Or what if you gave the perfect Vegas themed favors for your reception at the Luxor? I’m really falling in love with some of these Coaster wedding favors.
Clearly I’m sold on this little trend, but what do you think? Yay or nay? Tell me; I can take it.
Posted on February 1st, 2008 by Kori Ellis in News, Wedding Fun, Wedding Traditions
M. Flynn is a Boston-based accessories business owned by sisters Megan & Moria Flynn. Three years ago, these two sisters started their own company designing classic jewelry and handbags. They sold their goods to small boutiques around the country and started to garner quite a following.
Since they always made a lot of jewelry for wedding parties, the Flynns decided to make it easier for people around the country to order their items online.
Recently, they opened their new website – mflynnwedding.com, where you can find a terrific collection of earrings, necklaces and bracelets for the bride and her bridemaids.
What I like about their website (in addition to the jewelry being beautiful) is that it allows you to shop by color, as well as by design. This way, it’s easy to find jewelry to match your wedding colors.
If you can’t find what you are looking for on the website, brides can customize their existing styles like the twist necklaces and the freshwater coin pearl collection to match any dress, or they will work with you to create a custom piece.
M. Flynn offers generous bridal discounts for orders of 4 or more pieces:
4-6 pieces – 15% discount
7 or more pieces – 20% discount
Each item is finished with the crystal color of your choice and packed in a beautiful gift box with a jewelry pouch. Monogrammed pouches and engraved tags are also available.
If you are in boston, you can visit M. Flynn Accessories at:
46 Waltham Street, 101
Boston, MA 02118
If you are anywhere else in the country, visit mflynnwedding.com to check out their fabulous wedding jewelry.
The necklace pictured features blue lace agate and is available for $198.
750 couples will gather in Pittsburgh on February 10 to renew their wedding vows.
This sold-out event, dubbed “Re-Union: The World’s Largest Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony,” is expected to set the Guinness World Record for the most couples to renew their vows at one time.
The Honorable Luke Ravenstahl will preside over the Sunday evening ceremony.
“This Re-Union event coincides perfectly with the City of Pittsburgh’s 250th anniversary in 2008,” said Mayor Ravenstahl. “I’m absolutely delighted to have the honor of presiding over this special, once-, OK, well maybe in this case, twice-in-a-lifetime occasion.”
The event is completely sold out, and the organizers regret that they cannot accommodate those who have not already registered.
The wedding vow renewal ceremony is the brain child of Kitty Julian, director of marketing for Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History and Pittsburgh 250 Committee Member.
“Besides potentially setting a new world record, this is just an ideal way for couples to celebrate their love in a meaningful and unusual way, and celebrate Pittsburgh’s 250th anniversary themed ‘Reunions and Homecomings.'”
She said the ceremony was purposefully planned to occur near Valentine’s Day, and noted that some women are planning to wear their wedding dresses. Several families are participating together, with parents and their married children, or with siblings and their respective spouses.
The ceremony takes place in the romantic and elegant Carnegie Music Hall, site of about 60 wedding receptions annually.
Couples for the event are being asked to furnish a copy of their marriage certificates. The number of certificates collected will be the determining factor for the attempt to set the Guinness World Record. The current record – 272 couples – was set September 16, 2007, in Sydney, Australia, breaking the previous record of 232 at Orlando Bike Week set in 2002.
In addition to the thrill of potentially setting a new record, the ceremony will be followed by a champagne and wedding cake reception. All couples will receive a commemorative certificate of participation that is suitable for framing, along with a bag full of gifts and special offers.
“Re-Union: The World’s Largest Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony” will take place thanks to major sponsors: TWOgether Pittsburgh, one of the most intensive marriage support initiatives in the Pittsburgh area, Great Western Champagne and radio sponsor Star 100.7.
Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History is working on the Re-Union event in partnership with VisitPittsburgh, the official tourism and promotion agency for Allegheny County, which is leading the “Reunion 2008 Initiative” of the Pittsburgh 250th Anniversary Celebration.