July 30th, 2014

Wedding Toast with VOGA DETAILS & IDEAS

Looking for an elegant alternative to the standard wedding favor?  This vino is different.



VOGA Italia hails from Italy, the country best known for producing some of the world’s best wine, as well as for its’ keen sense of style. VOGA Italia’s collection encompasses crisp, delicious wines thoughtfully packaged in a revolutionary designed bottle — a sexy and sleek glass cylindrical bottle featuring a unique resealable cap.

The collection retails from $5.99 to $15.99 and includes Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Moscato, Dolce Rosso, and Sparkling.   Best of all, it also comes in a personal sized “Baby Sparkling” wine  (187 mL), mini sparkling wine in chic packaging that makes for a perfect wedding favor.  It retails for $5.99 each — just tie a ribbon and tag and your guests are good to go!


July 17th, 2014

Thatched Cottage Closes, Leaves Wedding Couples in Limbo IN THE NEWS



We are sad to hear that the Thatched Cottage in Centerport is closing in October.  Not a surprise, since they had filed for bankruptcy protection.  Sometimes that helps businesses get back on their feet.   Not in this case, however, and we know many couples who had booked their wedding there are now scrambling to find a new venue.    As Newsday reported in January, back then eight couples cancelled their wedding reception there, just in case.

Which begs the question, did you book your wedding there and are now stuck trying to find a new space?   Let us know here.

July 14th, 2014

Bridal Reflections Sample Sale & Trunk Shows! FASHION FRONT

Great news at Bridal Reflections:  On July 31st, they are holding a SAMPLE SALE!

This is happening at the Carle Place salon only and appointments are required — 516-742-7788.
The dresses are being sold for $350-$895 and valued at $2,500-$7,000! Featured Designers: Ines Di Santo, Eve of Milady, Lazaro and Jim Hjelm. This event is cash and carry. No alterations.


In addition, Bridal Reflections is hosting several trunk shows this month –

Fifth Avenue

7/11-7/31                      Victor Harper Trunk Show Month
7/24                              Renee Pawele Bride- Couture Bridal Accessories
7/31                              Thomas Knoell Accessories

Carle Place
7/9                               Renee Pawele Bride- Couture Bridal Accessories
7/11-7/13                      Stephen Yearick Bridal & Evening Wear
7/18-7/20                      Yaki Ravid
7/23                              Thomas Knoell Accessories

7/10                              Boutique De Voile- Veils and Accessories
7/25-7/26                      James Clifford



June 20th, 2014

Generations Riviera Maya HONEYMOONS

You may have noticed that I’ve been gone for bit — but there’s good reason:  I was on a fabulous hosted vacation in Mexico at one of the newest beachfront resorts, Generations Riviera Maya, a Karisma Hotels and Resorts property.  

This 144-all-suite resort, which is just a quick half hour ride from the Cancun airport, features butler service and all-inclusive gourmet cuisine in its on-site restaurants that are individually themed — and each one is beautifully decorated to suit your mood.   Feel like Pan Asian for dinner?  Try Jade’s Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese menu.

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Looking for something bold and unique?  Make a dinner reservation at Wine Kitchen, Restaurant & Tasting Room, which has a seductive ambiance.  

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Of course, for casual fare there’s the beachfront Chef Market Grand Cafe & Deck, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets to please every palette.  

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I sampled pretty much EVERYTHING in there and here’s one item that you CAN NOT MISS:  the chocolate cake.   It was available every day and seriously, this was the best chocolate cake (moist, creamy) that I’ve ever had.    But I digress — let’s talk about the suites!

In a word:  massive.  I stayed in an elegant one bedroom jacuzzi suite featuring a living area separated by a decorative divider.  The living area features a pull-out couch and dining table–plenty of room for your BFFs.  But if there’s a whole group of you, there are larger suites available — a three bedroom suite, for instance, can also include an infinity pool right outside your balcony.

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Each suite overlooks the resort’s refreshing (and huge!) infinity pool …

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…and of course, the beach.  The beach!! 

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See the look of sheer bliss on my face?   This can be you.  

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So if you’re wondering where to go on your honeymoon or just a fun getaway with your friends, either before or after your Long Island wedding — look no further than Karisma

June 19th, 2014

Fortunoff Special! DID YOU KNOW…?

Brides, if you’re planning any outdoor pre- or post wedding celebrations this summer, spiff up your outdoors with fabulous finds from Fortunoff.  And here’s a special gift for you –between today and Sunday: 


May 9th, 2014

Godiva Dark Chocolate for Your Wedding? Yes, Please! DETAILS & IDEAS

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Look, we know this bottle speaks for itself.  But just in case you need a sales pitch:  Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur combines a sensual blend of dark caramel with flavors of burnt toffee, espresso beans and roasted hazelnuts. The taste is a wonderfully complex blend of bright black cherry, baker’s chocolate and candied orange peel with cold-brewed coffee notes peeking through. 

At just $29.99 per 750 ml bottle, this makes an elegant and delish gift for your gal pals.   Add a little pizzazz when asking your friends to join your bridal party by sending them a bottle. Provide them with recipes and have them each create their own signature concoction that can be mixed up at the bachelorette party celebration.   Here’s a great example:

GODIVA Minty Kiss

1 oz. GODIVA Dark Chocolate Liqueur
1/2 oz. Crème de Menthe
1/2 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
1/4 oz. Cream
Fresh Mint Sprig for Garnish


  1.  Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake well.
  2. Strain contents into a cocktail glass and garnish with fresh mint sprig.


Need a few clever reception ideas? 
  • Innovative Place Settings. Use GODIVA Dark Chocolate Liqueur 50ml miniature bottles as place settings during the reception. Tie a nametag on the neck of the bottle for a creative new way to seat everyone. Having a take-away gift that can continue to be enjoyed will have your guests toasting in your honor for weeks to come.
  • Customized Chocolate Martini Bar. Create a GODIVA Chocolate Martini Bar stationed next to the dessert table for a unique twist on an after-dinner treat. Adorn it with an array of decadent ingredients so they can celebrate with a modernized chocolate martini in their own unique way.


May 2nd, 2014

Bridal Reflections May Trunk Shows FASHION FRONT

In the market for a wedding gown?   Our friends at Bridal Reflections want you to know about their amazing May trunk shows — you can get discounts on gowns at these fabulous events, so be sure to make an appointment in advance!   Here are the dates for their three locations:


Fifth Avenue Salon

5/8 Thomas Knoell Accessories

5/8-5/10 Eve of Milady & Amalia Carrara

5/15 Renee Pawele Bride- Couture Bridal Accessories

5/15-5/18 Yaki Ravid with Designer Appearance

5/29 Boutique De Voile- Headpieces, Veils and Accessories

5/29-6/1 Ysa Makino Bridal & Evening Wear

Massapequa Salon

5/8-5/19 James Clifford
5/15 Boutique De Voile- Headpieces, Veils and Accessories

Carle Place Salon

5/2-5/4 Angel Rivera

5/16-5/18 Legends by Romona Keveza

5/21 Boutique De Voile- Headpieces, Veils and Accessories

5/30-6/1 Enzoani

May 1st, 2014

Secret's Out: ThirdLove Is In! FASHION FRONT

Ladies, we just adore the bridal collection from ThirdLove — it’s sexy and stylish and reasonably priced!   Just look at these delicate underthings (underthongs?), which are available in black and white and arrive elegantly packaged — at $9 each, they are perfect bridesmaids gifts or bridal shower favors.

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As a bonus, you know how shopping for a bra can be — well, often uncomfortable?  Now there’s an app for that!  And, ThirdLove offers 1/2 cup sizing, for a perfect fit!

April 24th, 2014

Galia Lahav Haute Couture at Oheka Castle FASHION FRONT

Long Island brides — our friends at Bridal Reflections asked us to share this news with you:

They are hosting a Galia Lahav Haute Couture fashion show at Oheka Castle on April 27th.  Galia will be debuting their brand new bridal collection as well as their first ever evening wear collection.  This is an event not to be missed with an opportunity to meet the designer!

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Brides-to-be will enjoy champagne, hor d’oeuvres and receive a luxury gift bag.  Purchase tickets right now to this unforgettable afternoon at Oheka Castle by clicking here: ohekacastle.ticketbud.com/galia-lahav-fashion-show.

April 13th, 2014

Make-Up Only at Soho's New Pucker BRIDAL BEAUTY

Ladies, hang onto your compacts –  We just discovered Pucker, New York City’s newest makeup-only studio which just opened in February in SoHo.   It’s like Dry Bar — which offers blow dry services exclusively, except Pucker offers make-up application! So this is the perfect place to look perfect before going out on the town. 


A collaboration between renowned celebrity makeup artist Julio Sandino and business-savvy mom Hiyam McKelvey, Pucker, at 129 Grand Street, offers  a chic, two-floor studio as the perfect place for bachelorette parties, bridal parties and everything in-between. 



Beyond doing away with the awkwardness (and pushiness) of a department store makeup counter, Pucker has many other fabulous attributes:

·         It’s affordable. Each session (including those with Julio) costs only $50

·         The studio is open and spacious with plenty of room to relax and have a cocktail before and after services

·         Pucker features eight individual makeup chairs as well as a downstairs Dressing Room. The dressing room includes private changing rooms, lockers for clothing storage, a restroom and shower

·         The downstairs also boasts a large vanity mirror area stocked with tools and hair items needed to primp or touch up

·         Last but not least: a selfie studio.  Yep, a permanent, private room set up with professional lights (no gray pallors here) for the sole purpose of selfies! 

For ladies who want to kick off their wedding day at Pucker, the Pucker team will provide a special experience that will make the best day of a bride’s life even more amazing.  (Off-site wedding packages start at $100/person, plus reasonable expenses for travel).

Of course, appointments are a MUST — 212-334-3690 (and ask about make-up classes, coming soon!)