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Thank you, News 12 Long Island, for including the June 2016 issue of Newsday’s WeddingStyle in today’s morning broadcast (I’m the editor)!


Thank you to everyone who contributed amazing bridal products for our segments, and a special thank you to Painted Rock Designs in Huntington! Owner Melissa Sitbon Philip created gorgeous flowers for us in a summer garden theme.   When talking about summer weddings, it’s all about color this season…Pops of corals and plums are front runners for summer, and whimsical bouquets and arrangements evoke a “hand-picked” feeling. The beautiful wooden vases create an organic twist to the centerpieces;  they’re less traditional, more earthy and bohemian.  There’s an easy elegance about these that simply say, nature.

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Here are details on all the other products we featured in the News 12 Segments:



Tate’s Cookies – Made on Long Island and a favorite local treat—so many varieties!  Each gift box contains seven signature chocolate chip cookies.  $40 for a 12-pack of boxed cookies.  At

Eleni’s Cookies  – made in Manhattan, Eleni’s can create just about any cookie shape and design.  And they can add your monogram for an elegant take –home gift.  Prices vary, at

240 Sweet – handcrafted gourmet marshmallows come in many flavors — A perfect pack of 4 petite puffs come in a case of 30, for  $150.00. 10 puffs come in a favor pack for $10.00. At

Bijou Candles– luxury fragrant candles in a variety of scents;  pretty bases can be used after the candles burn!  Bijou is based in New York City.  Two sizes, $32, which are also nice bridesmaids gifts, and for favors, the small is $10.  At

Whimsical Notepads – For something fun and unique and practical, these notepads come with different inspirational statements.  And created here on Long Island, at Ben’s Garden.  Set of 3, $14 at

Mini Palm Plants –  Perfect for summer weddings these are sweet, mini palm plants with custom color ribbons.   $4.31each at Miniature

Air Plants – adorable glass terrariums with small air plants that require misting. They can be used as  escort cards, for table décor and of course, unexpected favors.  $7 each from  

Outdoor Wedding Ideas


A nice idea for outdoor weddings is to set up a basket of necessities for guests and a few fun and casual activities.   For example:

Pretty Paddle Fans – They come in an assortment of colors, or mix and match.   $15.50 – $19.50, set of 10 at

Rookie Sunglasses –  Match your color scheme or order a fun variety. These are great for photo opps and also as favors.   $11.95 each at

Lawn Games:  Washer Toss $79.99and Hook N’ Ring $24.99  ultra-portable, easy to set up games made of 100% wood and steel.

Groom’s Gifts

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Guys are sometimes hard to buy for –  But here are fantastic gift ideas for groomsmen!

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Crystal Dome Paperweights –  These make a beautiful gift. They are handcrafted on Long Island, French Crystal Compass $60;  Vintage World Map $60 at

Seamless Leather Wallet – These aren’t ordinary wallets.  The Frontier Wallet is made with no thread stitching, from a single piece of leather.  Can be customized with embossed initials. $65 at  Also these cool luggage tags –  Get Lost Luggage tags – $22, Explorer Luggage Tag$32.00

Original Grain Watch – It’s made from reclaimed American Oak Whiskey barrel wood and steel.  $189 at

For Grooming Guys: 

Sabon — Sabon was founded in Israel but now has a store in NYC and other parts of the world. For pampering, Blue Body Scrub Lemongrass Bergamot $35; Shower Oil Lemongrass Bergamot $ 25.00; Gift Set with toiletry case, shower oil, shampoo, shaving cream and hand cream $42  –  Fit for wallets, these handy combs come in a variety of styles.  Matte Black Fine Tooth Comb – Personalized “Rich”  $19.99; Stainless Steel Bottle Opener $15,95 at

Wedding Survival Kit by Mojuba – Includes shoe shine wipes, lip balm, band aids, and all kinds of emergency goods.  $42 at

For Techie guys:

S-BOX  Portable Bluetooth Speakers  — These are water proof, have an 8-12 hour battery life and has built in microphone so you can even answer calls hand free $99

MIXIT↑™ Lightning to USB Keychain – This charging accessory doubles as a charging cable and keychain for his iPhone or iPad. Simply plug it into any power pack or charger via the USB port.  Lots of other cool products.  $34.99

For Old-fashioned fun:

Rustic Lawn Dominoes - This set of 28 durable oversized dominoes is hand crafted from solid wood, $124  From Olive & Cocoa

Tequila Shooter Set - Serve tequila or any favorite spirit in these six thick textured glass shooters that sit snugly in an elegant  wrought iron stand. This clever caddy also features a handy tray at the base for fresh lime and salt garnishes. $138  From Olive & Cocoa

Bar Set –  Unique two of a kind wine pull and bottle opener two-piece bar set is Silver plated  wine pull & bottle opener   $50.00 by Kate Spade

Groomsmen Goodie Bacon Bundle – For guys who love bacon, they’ll love this gift box; comes with smoked bacon, bacon jerky,  bacon seasoning and a bacon pub glass. $41.85 At

For Guys With Cold Feet –  Erin Barges Designs makes these fun socks that say ….  $19.99 at