December 12th, 2013
Ladies, are you planning to get married on a Long Island beach or park? Are you going to a warm, sunny locale for your honeymoon? Then consider taking along one of these hand-crafted body, foot and hand jewelry pieces from the debut collection of NEARLY NAKED. Romantic, feminine with just the right amount of sexy sass, these pieces add a touch of whimsy to your attire — or, they can BE your — ahem — attire.
Nearly Naked is a newly launched lifestyle brand made in L.A. by founder/designer Crista Grasso. Crista has been designing handmade jewelry since she was a child and has been selling her jewelry since she was in her teens. Out of the gate, her premiere collection includes 5 groupings; ‘Luxe’, ‘The Modern Rebel’, ‘Simply Sexy’, ‘Boho Eclectic’ and ‘Glam Goddess’. Each group is comprised of naked sandal foot jewelry (aka barefoot sandals), bracelet-ring hand-pieces, hairpieces, body chains and belly chains. Every piece is meant to be versatile. Headpieces, belly and body chains can double as long necklaces. Handpieces are fun and flirty statement pieces that can be worn on their own or paired with other bracelets and rings. The barefoot sandals are specifically designed to be worn with open-toed shoes instead of only barefoot, like this one (Boho Chic Turquoise Barefoot Sandals, $149)
By the way, we think these are perfect for your bridesmaids gifts!
December 10th, 2013
Q: I have a question that I hope you can help me with. My fiance and I are hoping to hold a winter wedding next December (2014). We are looking for a venue and any other advice that can accommodate our budget and guest list. First, since we are both originally from Long Island and our families still live there, we want to get married somewhere on Long Island. My family is in East Northport and my fiance’s is in Long Beach, so we are hoping to be close to one of them. Unfortunately, we currently live in Columbus, OH….so we will be planning from a distance for the most part. Second, we have a rather strict budget. We are hoping to spend less than 8,000 on the event… and believe we have a guest list of about 125 people. While I know our budget is relatively low, we think that having a winter wedding will be helpful. Our major concern has been finding an appropriate venue. Can you help? Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing back from you!
A: Hi Jane. Congratulations on your engagement! Long Island and Manhattan are certainly two of the most expensive areas to get married, but there are a few ways to cut costs. Here are some of my tips:
- The winter season is definitely the least expensive season to get married (as you mentioned). On average, prices start to drop in November and stay at their lowest price through March.
- A Saturday night wedding is the most expensive option, so try to be flexible with the date and time. An afternoon luncheon or cocktail style party may be your best bet.
- You can also stay on budget by offering guests a limited bar (beer, wine & a signature drink), instead of a full open bar.
- Look for venues or wedding service stores that offer vendor packages. I would suggest contacting the Wedding Center
in Commack. They offer affordable vendor packages, which may also be helpful since you will be planning from Ohio!
Good luck, and happy planning!
December 6th, 2013
Brides, if you’re in the throes of planning your 2014 wedding, take note: Emerald is so this year! By “this year” we mean, so 2013. So when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, a new color of the year will take hold in fashion, decor, beauty and that means, weddings.
And so, just announced, the color of 2014 is …… PANTONE® 18-3224 Radiant Orchid.
“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society. An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”
A dazzling attention-getter, Radiant Orchid permeated the runways during the spring 2014 fashion shows and is already making its way onto the red carpet. So, will it make its way onto your nuptials? What do you think?
December 3rd, 2013
Brides, just a quick reminder — if you haven’t picked it up already, do hit Amazon.com and order yourself Randy Fenoli’s book, It’s All About the Dress: Savvy Secrets, Priceless Advice, and Inspiring Stories to Help you Find “The One.”
We know (and adore) him from TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” but did you know that Randy was once a hugely successful wedding gown designer? Which is why he’s an expert on the subject. So if you’re shopping for your dream gown, It’s All About the Dress offers:
Suggestions on flattering cuts, fabrics, and styles for every body type
Price ranges and budget
Trains, veils, headpieces, undergarments, and accessories
Insider secrets on managing the bridal dress appointment
Options for bridesmaids, mother of the bride, and more!
It’s seriously a must-read for every bride.
November 26th, 2013
Call for entries and a chance to win the elegant, stylish wedding of your dreams! Here are the deets from our friends at BRIDES:
BRIDES Invites Engaged Couples to Compete For The Chance To Star in A Million Dollar Wedding
BRIDES’ second annual Brides Live Wedding call for entries will open on Facebook.com/Brides
On December 3rd, the call for entries will open and hopefuls across the nation will be able to submit video entries, detailing their special love story, on the Brides Live Wedding Facebook page.
When: Tuesday, December 3rd, 2014
Where: Hopefuls can submit entries on the Brides Live Wedding Facebook page – Facebook.com/Brides
Who: Engaged Couples
What: Brides Live Wedding’s call for entries begins the search for deserving couples who can submit a video detailing their special love story on the Brides Live Wedding Facebook page for the chance to star in a million dollar wedding. Beginning in January, the public will help choose one lucky couple followed by each detail of their wedding - from the flowers to the cake to the tuxedos – all details will be put to public vote on Facebook and finally revealed during the live stream of the wedding on Facebook.com/Brides, Brides.com and on BRIDES YouTube channel. For every vote, which is indicated by a ‘like’ on Facebook, BRIDES will donate funds to the winning couple’s charity of choice. To enter, couples must submit a recent photograph, a two-minute video demonstrating why they deserve to win, and essays of 150 words each answering the following questions:
- Tell Brides.com about yourselves
- Tell Brides.com how you met/fell in love
- Tell Brides.com why you would want a live wedding
- Tell Brides.com which charity you would support and why
A special good luck wish from GettingMarriedonLongIsland.com to all Long Island couples who enter!
November 25th, 2013
Q: Hi, Jody! What do you think about using fake flowers for our centerpieces? Or is that tacky?
A: There are many ways you can design a tasteful centerpiece by using artificial flowers. The best scenario would be to use silk flowers, which are the best quality and look the most realistic. But silk flowers can get pricey, so if that is not within your budget I would suggest ordering small centerpieces and using lots of candles to accent the flowers. Another idea: If you are looking to save money, reuse the bridesmaids bouquets! Place each one in a vase and use for the centerpieces, or for extra decor around the venue. But keep in mind that there are many options aside from flowers — antique candelabras, fruit displays, branches. Use your imagination!
November 22nd, 2013
Brides, this is a great time of year to go into New York City with your girls and have FUN. Go holiday shopping, take in a show, head to the clubs and when it’s time to catch some zzz’s — make a reservation at The Court, a St Giles Premier Hotel.
Conveniently located at the corner of 39th Street and Lexington Avenue in midtown Manhattan, this trendy and fashionable hotel includes 199 spacious guest rooms and suites with nine foot ceilings — the rooms are surprisingly large, unlike many other hotels in the area, so you won’t be tripping over each other if you room together.
The Court Bar in the lobby offers great crafted cocktails, whisky and tequila flights, bottle service and seasonal events including wine and spirit pairings. A “lite bites” menu is also available nightly. Pre-game in front of the cozy fireplace, or chillax after a fun night out on the town on the bar’s plush ottomans and cozy banquette areas.
And before checking out, have a bite at Icon Restaurant which offers a classic breakfast on weekdays from 6:00 am to 11:00 am and weekends from 7:00 am to noon.
For special offers, click here.
November 14th, 2013
Sexy, practical, new and blue: It’s called The GirlyGoGarter®, a modern day garter invention that uniquely and discreetly stashes your essentials under your wedding gown! The beaded wedding garter securely and conveniently holds all of your wedding-day necessities – and for every beaded garter you order at $55, you receive an extra FREE wedding blue satin garter to use for the garter toss!
At just $35, GirlyGoGarter® comes in five fashion colors with a fit for all sizes, and is now available in over 200 retail stores nationwide. You can also buy it online, of course. But brides, these aren’t just for the wedding day, so buy one for each of your bridesmaids. They make adorable (and practical) thank-you gifts.
November 11th, 2013
Melissa, East Hampton
Q: Hi. Can you tell me what are some of the new trends in wedding gowns for the spring/summer? Starting to shop around. Thanks!
A: Hi Melissa. Thanks for writing! Here are some of the top trends from bridal fashion week:
- Ruffles with simple necklines
- Illusion necklines with lace appliques
- Versatile dresses; a long dress that can convert to a short dress for the reception!
- Corset bodices
- Sleeves (inspired by Kate Middleton)
- Vintage with lots of beading and sequins
The most important thing is finding a dress for your body type. The bridal consultant at the salon should be able to point you in the right direction, but it’s always a good idea to do preliminary research. Check out Bridal Reflections‘ website for inspiration.
Here’s to finding your dream gown!
November 5th, 2013
This Valentine’s Day, the Empire State Building will partner with special occasions and gifting experts RedEnvelope and ProFlowers to give three lucky couples a wedding or vow renewal of a lifetime atop the world-famous Empire State Building. Look at the prize package:
- A personalized wedding ceremony or vow renewal at the Empire State Building
- 12 months of flowers and wedding bouquets/boutonnieres from ProFlowers
- Pearl and diamond necklace/earrings set from RedEnvelope
- USB flash drive cuff links from RedEnvelope
- Monogram keepsake box and champagne toasting flutes from RedEnvelope
- Newlywed cooking kit from RedEnvelope
- Personalized celebration wall art from RedEnvelope
- Personalized chateau wine bucket from RedEnvelope
- Personalized glass dome serving tray from RedEnvelope
- Year of Wishes candles from RedEnvelope
- 16×20 Photo canvas from Personal Creations
- Architectural “LOVE” photo frame from Personal Creations
- Wedding hurricane candle holder from Personal Creations
To enter, submit a creative and personal video that tells them your love story and why you want to get married at the Empire State Building.
You can send your video by either filling out this form or tweeting the link to your video with the official contest hashtag, #LoveAboveAll.
But do it now — the entry deadline is December 5th!