Leslie & Rich's Wedding: Apella & Riverpark

Leslie and Rich's August 26th wedding in Manhattan was a huge success! The ceremony took place at Apella in the Alexandria Center and the dinner/reception was downstairs at Riverpark. 

 
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Cake: Riverpark's pastry chef, Geoff Koo
DJ/MC: Stem Productions
Favors: Canele by Celine
Flowers: Scott's Flowers
Hair: Shunsuke Takahashi
Makeup: Yoshie Kubota
Photo Booth: Stem Productions
Photographer: Sean Gallery Photography
Videographer: Frank Ahn Films
Rentals: Your Green Room
Ceremony Venue: Apella at the Alexandria Center
Reception Venue: Tom Colicchio's Riverpark
Transportation: Luxor Limo & Car

Cynthia & Kyle’s Prospect Park Wedding!

This past Saturday was a beautiful summer day for an outdoor wedding at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. This extravagant mansion was built in 1900 by Manhattan architect William B. Tubby, and was the perfect backdrop for Cynthia and Kyle’s wedding.

The wedding began with the ceremony located in the garden area next to the venue. The bride looked beautiful in her white gown with gorgeous lace details.

Cocktail hour included passed hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails catered by Sips & Bites. Guests also had the opportunity to write a special message in Cynthia and Kyle’s custom photo guest book.

After cocktail hour, food trucks from Domo Taco and Milk arrived as dinner options for the guests. Domo Taco offered Asian inspired Mexican cuisine, while Milk offered gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and macaroni and cheese.

The dinner tables were decorated with mason jars filled with white summer flowers, votive candles and white rose petals sprinkled about. Each place setting included a personalized package of seeds placed on a blue linen napkin for each guest.

To create even more ambiance, white paper lanterns were hung throughout the tent.

After dinner the party moved inside to the dance floor where the bride and groom shared their first dance. The dance area was decorated with fairy lights, votive candles and rose petals sprinkled across the mantles.

After dancing it was time to cut the cake! The couple opted for two cakes; one that was white with magnolia flowers, and one that was an ombre blue with a custom bobblehead cake topper that resembled the couple.

After the cake cutting, the couple and their guests danced the night away!

The KBNY team loved helping make Cynthia and Kyle’s wedding a night to remember!

Beer: Brooklyn Beer & Soda
Catering: Sips & Bites, Domo Taco Truck, The Milk Truck
Cake: Whole Foods
Florist: Elan Flowers
Hair: Foster Glorioso
Officiant: Shannon Van Loon
Photographer: Joshua D’Hondt
Staff: Staffing 911
Tent: ACE Party Rentals
Venue: Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, Brooklyn
Wine: Astor Wines

Written by Emily Grosser, Intern. 
KBNY team: Karen Brown, George Martino, Event Manager, Rene Beight, Day-of Assistant and Emily Grosser, Intern

Laura & Jake’s Pioneer Works Wedding!

Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn was once the largest machine manufacturers in America back in 1866. Today the space has been transformed and reimagined into a gallery space used for performance art and exhibitions. It also doubles as an amazing backdrop for a wedding and our client chose this magical space to tie the knot amongst their beloved family and friends.

The day began around noon for the Karen Brown New York team where we joined together with the bride and her friends to begin adding personal touches to the space. What began with just art on the walls quickly transformed into a room filled with fresh wild flowers, tables covered in festive saris, bright colorful linen napkins and DIY decorations that were made with love by the bride’s mother and sister. Did I mention there was also a pinata!

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As the finishing touches were being added, Pioneer Works began to come alive with the sweet musical stylings of steel drummer Val Lewis as he played into the sunset while the guests began to take their seats for the ceremony.

The chuppa then made its way down the aisle and was carried by four of the couple’s friends, with Jake and his best man following behind. Our bride Laura was happily waiting in the wings with her father on her arm. Adorned in her mother’s wedding dress and a custom made veil, they began walking down the aisle while the guitarists strummed “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles.

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The ring bearer was a fun surprise for the guests; a picture of their cat on a remote control car!

Once the ceremony was complete and Laura and Jake were pronounced husband and wife, we got the party started! With our friends from Night Kitchen cooking in the backyard, the aroma of their tantalizing food took over Red Hook. Tables were wrapped in butchers paper and covered in family style cuisine. From jumbo shrimp to mini pizzas, the guests began to mingle and indulge on light bites while congratulating the happy couple on their nuptials.

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Once the sun began to set, the room lit up with the glow of candlelight throughout the space and warm uplighting provided by our friends from Pegasus Productions.

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Next up was the amazing dinner and drinks and dancing….Oh My!!!  Continuing with the family style theme, the Night Kitchen servers began to emerge with platters full of delicious, rustic food. Guests were delighted with chicken and steak with basmati rice and fresh vegetables.

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It was then time for a toast and limoncello, followed by cake!

The bride kicked off the dancing by breaking into a custom made pinata that exploded confetti and candy in the air for everyone.

The guests all took to the dance floor and once again celebrated the newlyweds into the wee hours of the night. Congratulations Laura and Jake!  We wish you lifetime of happiness!

You can read about the couple in the New York Times.

Beer: Six Point Brewery
Cake: Kathryn Yang
Catering: Night Kitchen
DJ: Shawn Regruto, Nathan Corbin, Leah Giblin
Florist: Maguerite Wade & Whole Foods Columbus Circle
Limoncello: Astor Wines
Pies: Steve’s AUTHENTIC
Music Val Lewis (steel drum), Joachim Kearns and Ezra Feinberg (guitarists)
Officiant: Sam Waymon
Photographer: Herb Bardavid
Tech: James Clark
Videographer: Nelson Walker III
Venue: Pioneer Works, Red Hook, Brooklyn
Wine: Chamber Street Wine

Written by George Martino, Event Manager. 
KBNY team: Kathryn Moise, Event Manager and Rene Beight, Day-of Assistant

Aynsley & Sean’s Brooklyn Heights Wedding!

On a sunny, Saturday in Brooklyn Heights, Aynsley and Sean married at Assumption Church followed by a reception at Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims. These two historic churches couldn’t have been more idyllic for all the festivities.

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Following the ceremony, the newlyweds were showered with birdseed and surrounded by friends and family as they began their walk around the picturesque streets of Brooklyn Heights for photos.

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The reception at Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims began with cocktail hour in the garden where Night Kitchen laid out a delicious Meditterranean spread, passed hors d’oeuvres and served the Bride & Groom’s signature cocktails (Pimm’s Cup and Dark & Stormy) while guests collected their escort cards and enjoyed the sunshine while a brass band played New Orleans style jazz.

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The couple entered the reception hall to “Signed Sealed Delivered” by Stevie Wonder and joined their guests for a delicious dinner by Night Kitchen under towering branches and sweet peonies from Seaport Flowers.

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After dinner the couple kicked off dancing by sharing their first dance to “She’s Got a Way” by Billy Joel.

The beautiful wedding cake was from One Girl Cookies and adored with flowers from Seaport Flowers.

At the end of the evening the Bride & Groom departed under a sea of sparklers by friends and loved ones. It’s magical moments like this make us so happy to do the work we do! 

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Bar: Scotto Wines and Brooklyn Beer & Soda
Catering: Night Kitchen
Band: Total Soul
Cake: One Girl Cookies
Flowers: Seaport Flowers
Hair & Makeup: Hair by Erica Diaz & Stay Glam Beauty
MusicSergio Sandi (ceremony)
Music: Total Soul (reception)
Photographer: Rebecca Yale
Venue: Assumption Church, Brooklyn Heights (ceremony)
Venue: Plymouth Church of the Pilgrim’s, Brooklyn Heights (reception)

Written by Kathryn Moise, Event Manager. 
KBNY team: Rene Beight, Day-of Assistant

Kim & Josh’s Pier A Harbor House Wedding!

Our wedding couple Kim and Josh had an intimate and private ceremony last August at Shakespeare Garden in Central Park, then decided to celebrate with friends and family at a reception on May 15 at PIer A Harbor House in Battery Park.

PIer A is located on the Hudson River and has views of both the Statue of Liberty and Freedom Tower.

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photo credit: Wikipedia

The reception was held in the Loft space and decor consisted of black linen, hanging votives and gorgeous flower arrangements by Starbright Floral Design which included Queen Anne’s Lace, ranunculus, chocolate cosmos, white peony, white anemone with black centers, star of bethlehem, eucalyptus and dusty miller.  

For the guestbook we had a Polaroid photo station (which never gets old!) with a variety of props that kept guests entertained.

MC Trey and DJ Jeremy kicked off the party, starting with the Bride & Groom’s first dance to Beach Boys, “God Only Knows”.

By the end of the night, shoes came off and flip flops went on!

The reception ended at midnight but the party continued onto an after party at O’Hara’s Pub on Cedar Street.

DJ: Jeremy
Flowers: Starbright Floral Design
Hair & Makeup: Arrojo Studio
MC: Trey Morgan
Photographer: Fabian Palencia
Venue: Pier A Harbor House

Written by Karen Brown.

Picture of Karen and the bride, Kim.

We’re Expanding!

We’re so excited to announce that we’re expanding to DENVER!

I have always loved the Mile-High City but have fallen in love with it even more over the last couple of years, ever since the Association of Bridal Consultants conference took me back there in 2012.

The idea to expand into the region began to solidify after working on the Peridance Bazaar with our Denver based client who owns American Down & Feather. We began discussing and brainstorming ideas for events we could do for his company there and I was more than on board! Since I already have a solid network of friends and acquaintances that live there, the decision to increase business beyond this one event was easy.

We have started to build our team, bringing Kathryn Moise, our Lead Planner/Event Manager on board in NYC back in March, and Lauren Rush, our Business Development Manager in Denver this month. We’ll also be looking for day-of assistants in the Denver area so if you’re someone looking for freelance work, please be in touch! We will be doing the same type of events as we do here in New York; marriage proposals, weddings, social and corporate events.

Kat & Kyle’s Midtown East Terrace Wedding!

We couldn’t have asked for better weather for Kat & Kyle’s terrace ceremony on May 2nd at Pampano, a fantastic Mexican restaurant located in Midtown East.

The bride chose a gorgeous black dress from Vera Wang and carried a hot pink peonie bouquet. Her “something blue” were her nails!

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photo credit: interclodesigns.com

The bridal party preparing for the ceremony:

Their chosen readings were “The Good Morrow” by John Donne, “Litany” by Billy Collins and “Sonnet 116″ by William Shakespeare.

As guests mingled during cocktail hour, munching on guacamole & chips (of course!), mini filet mignon tacos, ceviche and red snapper quesadillas, they found their escort card which were cookies made by Cookies by Terry and doubled as favors.

The signature cocktails were a traditional margarita and a delicious grilled pineapple mojito and were served with Anne Taintor napkins!

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photo credit: paperproductsdesign.com

The succulent centerpieces doubled as table numbers and dinner choices included black sea bass, chicken and beef tenderloin, ending with chocoflan, pastel de elote (corn cake) and the most delicious tres leches cake!

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After dinner Kat & Kyle had their first dance which was led by The Polka Brothers, who then played for the rest of the evening.

The wedding cake was gluten free red velvet from Pip’s Place.

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Band: The Polka Brothers
Cake: Pip’s Place
Favors: Cookies by Terry
Flowers: Whole Foods Market
Hair & Makeup: Jackie Schneider Beauty
Officiant: Virginia Chavez
Photographer: Kate Neal Photography
Venue: Pampano

Written by Karen Brown. Day-of assistant, Rebecca Brodsky.

Madelyn & Rich’s NYC Rooftop Wedding!

Our wedding on April 25th was a beautiful and sophisticated Manhattan affair! The Bridal Party got ready in a lovely, sunlit suite at the Gramercy Park Hotel where the couple also had a private vow exchange before proceeding to Madison Square Park with the entire wedding party for photos before the ceremony.

Once at Midtown Loft & Terrace (a venue we first worked at for Stephanie & Steve’s wedding) everyone was able to relax in the Loft which has spectacular views of the Empire State Building! In a sweet and simple ceremony, the couple were married at sunset, followed by a cocktail hour of passed hors d’ouevres. Guests were then invited to the Loft for dinner and dancing.

It was truly a fun party filled with old friends and family that concluded at midnight with the DJ playing the classic, “I’ve Had The Time of My Life”.

We’re so lucky to be able to have the time of our lives celebrating with couples as they begin their journey together!

Here are some photos that will give you an idea of all the fun…

The bridal gown by Vera Wang perfectly hung and waiting for the bride!

Bridesmaids bouquets by Whole Foods Market basking in the afternoon sun at Gramercy Park Hotel.

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Rings by Karen Karch New York just hours before they adorn the happy couple.

A wall of balloons behind the guest book where everyone was invited to snap a photo with the polaroid cameras and leave a note for the couple.

Jars filled with candy for everyone to create their own bags with!

Such a wonderful personal touch of special “fortune fish” that the couple discovered at their favorite restaurant, The Mermaid Inn.

The bride, with her father and stepfather, just moments before she walked down the aisle!

Stunning wedding cake, by Dish Catering, with hand-laid floral decorations by Whole Foods.

The lovely white and cream table settings!

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Enticing menu cards awaiting guests at their seats.

The sweet couple in the shadow of the Empire State Building.

The charity that Madelyn and Rich choose to give their 5% to for “An Event that Gives Back” is New York Cares.

Balloons: Balloon Saloon
Catering: Dish Food
DJ: 74 Events
Flowers: Whole Foods Market
Hair: Glam Squad
Makeup: Imane Fiocchi & Emily Danhourj
Officiant: Barbara Ann Michaels
Photographer: Kate Ignatowski
Stationery: Beth Amason
Venue: Midtown Loft & Terrace
Violinist: Gena Berger

Written by Kathryn Moise (KBNY event manager).

A BIG thank you goes to Kathryn and Gina, the Karen Brown New York Lead Planners for Madelyn & Rich’s wedding.

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Check out New York Party Bus!

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Look no further!

New York Party Bus is a transportation company with professional chauffeurs who are dedicated to providing one of the most memorable experiences on the road.

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Wedding & Event Skin Care Checklist

Guest Post by Julie E. Russak, M.D., FAAD. 

Special events are almost always staffed by industry experts, from caterers and photographers, to make-up artists and DJs. Therefore, why leave the face you present to all your guests (and document in perpetuity via Instagram snaps) to chance?

The answer: don’t.

Whatever your special event is, a high school reunion, child’s graduation, or wedding anniversary celebration, consulting with a dermatologist in the months leading up to it can ensure you’re ready to face the world (and Cindy, your high school arch nemesis) with confidence.

No time like the present (when there’s a huge gathering of people you haven’t seen in years) to address the skincare concerns you’ve been noticing for too long. Review these helpful tips to prepare for your next big event with more than a gorgeous venue in mind.

Schedule a Consultation.

Meeting with your dermatologist 5-6 months in advance of your event gives you time to schedule and receive treatments pinpointing and rectifying your skincare issues.

If there isn’t this much lead-time before the event, make an appointment as soon as you can to discuss treatments that give an instant, if not the most long-lasting, glow.

Explore Your Options.

Your dermatologist will know the best treatments to holistically address your concerns; procedures that work at the deepest level of skin tissue to not only correct already- made damage (think scarring and hyper-pigmentation) but also to jumpstart the production of new, healthy skin cells.

Treatments like Ulthera and CoolSculpting are non-surgical, no-downtime options to invasive, extended recovery time procedures. Ulthera lifts and tightens skin using ultrasound technology to stimulate the production of your own elastin and collagen. CoolSculpting slims and contours the body by crystallizing stubborn fat cells and allowing the body to eliminate them as waste. That persistent pouch covering your

hard-earned abs (and forcing you to be an unwilling Spanx wearer)? It can be a thing of the past with this revolutionary treatment.

Make a Plan.

Together with your dermatologist, create an event skincare checklist detailing what treatments to receive and when to get you ready for your special day. This thorough approach takes the worry out of the event-prep process as the whole regimen is planned and executed with you in mind.

So, when the caterer’s cake comes out looking less than expected, you can let the small hiccup roll off your shoulders because, whatever, you feel and look great.

Don’t you wish all event details promised this much satisfaction?

Julie E. Russak, M.D., FAAD., is a Board Certified Dermatologist, Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and founder of Russak Dermatology Clinic. As Assistant Clinical Professor at the Mount Sinai Hospital, she teaches Dermatology Residents and Medical Students.

Dr. Russak graduated with Honors from New York University School of Medicine and completed her Residency Training in Dermatology at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, where she was selected to serve as Chief Resident. She conducted extensive research by completing an Oncology Melanoma Fellowship with Dr. Darrell Rigel, world-renowned Melanoma expert.

Her clinical interests and expertise extend to many aspects of Dermatology, Skin Cancer, Dermatologic Surgery, Cosmetic Dermatology and General and Pediatric Dermatology.

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Russak Dermatology Clinic is a state-of-the-art practice and medical spa that provides comprehensive care in medical dermatology, dermatological surgery, and non-surgical cosmetic dermatology in midtown Manhattan. Dr. Julie Russak, a melanoma expert, treats an extensive range of medical conditions for adult and pediatric patients while also offering the latest cosmetic treatments that require little or no downtime, including injectables, laser treatments, and an array of non-invasive rejuvenation procedures.

From Ordinary to Extraordinary: 3 Tips for Your Reception Table

How do you take your reception tables from ordinary to extraordinary? It’s all about accessorizing! We’ll skip the centerpiece because that’s a given and focus on 3 other key elements for your tablescape.

1. Linens

Linens are the base for your table setting and is the unifying piece to each and every item that’s put on top of them. You’ll want the color and texture to match your theme but be sure that it’s not too overpowering. Don’t forget about layering. That’ll give your table a subtle, yet diverse look.

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photo credit: burnettsboards.com

2. Napkins

You may not realize this but the napkin presentation can either make or break the entire look of your table. It’s the first thing that guests see when they seat themselves at a dinner table. Try different folds, fun colors and holders to figure out which works best with the rest of your arrangement.

3. Make It Personal

Place settings are not only a time to get creative but also a time to get personal. When you add something meaningful to your table it creates an intimate atmosphere that welcomes your guests and allows them to feel closer to your family.

Cheers!

4 Tips on Writing Thank You Notes

“Is hiring someone to write my wedding thank you notes tacky?”

We’ve been asked this question a dozen times. The answer is simple: yes, it is tacky to hire someone to write your thank you notes. Fortunately, writing thank you notes is also simple. Here are a few tips from our team: 

1. Purchase your thank you note stationery and postage as soon as you register for gifts. That way you’ll have all of your supplies ready to go when gifts start rolling in. Or, what we typically recommend to our client’s is that they bundle their thank you notes into the invitation order. This saves time and allows you to carry out your wedding theme. 

2.  Enlist your partner’s help. With both of you, the task will get done twice as fast.

3. Write thank you notes immediately when you get a gift. That way you won’t forget who gave you what and the task of writing the notes won’t pile up. If you can’t do it right away, keep a list using a template from Google Docs or Microsoft Office.

4. The note doesn’t have to be long. If the gift comes prior to the wedding, thank the sender for the thoughtful item by name and tell him or her that you are looking forward to celebrating together. If the note is post-wedding, thank the gift giver for the thoughtful gift by name and thank them for celebrating with you. 

Your guests will appreciate a personal acknowledgement of their gift to you and you will save the money you would have spent to do a task that really should be done by you.

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photo credit: apracticalwedding.com

The 5 W’s on Wedding Gratuities

Who Distributes

Regardless of how you decide to distribute them, tips should be placed in an envelope that has been labeled and sealed, paired with a thank you note. You’ll be busy be the day of the wedding so place your wedding planner or someone trustworthy in charge of distributing the tips.

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Photo Credit: vancitybride.com

What To Give

How you choose to tip creative partners is entirely up to you. Take time to decide what works best for you as a couple and for your budget. Sending your photographer a bottle of champagne a few days before the wedding in lieu of a cash gift is appropriate and thoughtful. Also keep in mind that handwritten notes and writing online reviews are invaluable; there’s nothing like the words of a happy client that will serve as feedback and a testimonial to their excellence. 

When to Tip
When you choose to tip creative partners is at your discretion. Here are a few different options and the reasons behind each. 

Before: Doing so serves as motivation to go the extra mile and do the best job possible.

After: Brides who choose to tip after are looking at how well services were performed. As a general rule of thumb, it’s recommended to tip entertainment and hair and makeup artists after services are performed. Donations to churches or synagogues are also made after the service. 

Where To Divide
One way of distributing gratuities is to decide on a lump sum that you can afford and divide the percentage. Another way is to get a comprehensive list of everyone working your wedding and divide portions based on performance. In this case, the lead bartender and maître d would receive larger percentages.

Why Is It Important?

Unless they’ve been a complete nightmare throughout the planning of your wedding, it’s courteous to present each of your vendors with a gift. Another aspect to consider is the relationship you’ve developed with the vendor. If you have become very close with your photographer and had an amazing experience, you’ll want them to remember you. The wedding may be once in a lifetime, but a good photographer is always in demand.

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Photo Credit: Pinterest

4 Steps For Budgeting Your Wedding

He’s popped the question. You’ve said YES!

Here’s what to do next:

1. Before you bring anyone else into the picture, talk to your future spouse about your expectations. You’ll want to make sure you’re on the same page. Do you want something big or a bit more intimate. Maybe you want to jet set for a destination wedding. Make sure you’re sharing the same (or at least similar) vision before you talk to family members and friends.

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photo credit: lacurevillas.com

2. Once you set a budget, figure out who is going to contribute. Traditionally, the bride’s family pays for the wedding but nowadays anything goes. Have an open and honest discussion with your and your future spouse’s families to figure out who will be contributing and exactly how much each is willing to spend.

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photo credit: inkedwedding.com

3. Now that you’ve got your budget – prioritize. What are the three most important aspects of your wedding that you’re willing to splurge on? Do you want to get that designer gown, your dream venue or go over the top with catering that includes ice sculptures? It’s okay to have a few splurges, but realize that you’ll have to make up for it by spending less in other areas.

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photo credit: businessinsider.com

4. Last but not least, get organized! Make check lists, download apps and other tools to manage and create reminders to stay on track throughout your wedding planning process. Work with your wedding planner to make sure you’re getting the best venue and vendors for your budget. A good planner will know the ins and out of your event and areas in which you can save.

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photo credit: myfotojournal.com

5 Surprise Reasons to Hire a Wedding or Event Planner

#1 You’ll Save Time

Your event planner will often take meetings for you. Why? Because there are details that you don’t have to be bothered with. Your event planner knows the ins and out of your event. At the beginning of each planning process, you’ll sit down for an intense strategy meeting so that your vision and needs are met. This means that your planner will go to the meetings with the hotel and photographer and you can get more work done, like registry shopping or a night out with your bridesmaids.

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Photo Credit: diyfrugalbride.blogspot.com

#2 You’ll Save Money

You’re probably thinking because you have to pay the event planner, you’re spending more money right? Not so. Once your planner knows your budget s/he can work with vendors to save you money on all kinds of things. Planners know which vendors would be willing to work within a particular budget and because they often have relationships with vendors already, it’s easier to ask them for those things. You’ll also have a guarantee that these are good people with quality work.

#3 You’ll Have a Better Looking Event

 Event planners know that part of what makes for a great event is that it looks and feels great. There are details that experienced planners know to look for. Things like, did you know that if you angle your audience chairs a certain way, it makes them feel more involved and engaged? This is just one of the many suggestions a professional planner will share.

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Photo Credit: Style Me Pretty

#4 You’ll Eat

You know what the number one thing people often forget to do? Eat. With an all day event that requires high energy and lots of moving about, it’s important to stay fueled. Too often there isn’t enough time to stop for a quick bite, or the nerves might make you so anxious you simple don’t “feel hungry.” One of the first things planners will often do is send a menu from the hotel or ask about your favorite snacks to have on hand the say of the event. S/he’ll also make sure there’s time set aside for you that day.

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Photo Credit: julesbridaljewellery.com

#5 You’ll Breathe

While you’re planning an event, doing everything yourself is a very big job. And it gets stressful. Hiring a planner, helps you breathe. You can step back, regroup and focus on the things you know the most about. You’ll also have time to enjoy the “little things” or as we would say, the moments that matter. Because someone else is handling the details of the event itself, you can be more present and focus on your guests, making them feel more comfortable. After all the event is only as successful as the host!

Wedding Day Bridal Survival Kit

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Picture from http://dreamstateinspiration.blogspot.com

Many people place high importance on having a Wedding Day Survival Kit in case any emergencies arise on the big day. Deciding what to put in your survival kit can be difficult if you have never been behind the scenes of a wedding. Karen Brown New York has come up with a list of ten important things you should include in your kit.

  1. Small Sewing Kit
  2. Fashion Tape- Hollywood Fashion Secrets carries this. They also have a Bride’s Fashion Emergency Kit that is a perfect all-in-one kit for any fashion mishaps you might have.
  3. Bobby pins/Hairspray
  4. Safety Pins
  5. Stain Remover- Tide-to-go is always a good option.
  6. Pain Reliever
  7. Mints or Mini Toothbrushes
  8. Compact Mirror
  9. Tissues
  10. Water and Snacks

These are items a maid of honor or a bridesmaid can pack to help fix any problems that might happen on the bride’s wedding day.

Get to Know a Tailor: Jean Kormos

Looking back at pictures from the events you’ve either attended or been a part of, attire is one of the first things you notice. It tells a story of the type of event it was, either casual or formal, or traditional verses edgy. That’s why someone like Jean Kormos from Ghost Tailor is such an important part of the event planning process, especially when it comes to creating one of a kind, unique pieces, or tailoring an existing piece to make it more your own. We’re excited for you to get to know Jean and see some photos of her creative designs!

How did Ghost Tailor begin? 

Jean: My challenge when I opened Ghost Tailor was to see if I could make what people asked for. I opened in a little storefront in the East Village and answered requests that literally walked in the door. Very early on I met a stylist who worked with Annie Liebovitz. She asked if I’d make outfits for photo shoots. I remember making harem pants for a prominent financier, a Marilyn Monroe halter dress for an actress with a very exaggerated figure and a head to toe body suit for a star basketball player. We didn’t even have body measurements! I became good at using whatever information I could figure out. I compared photographs of people and added and subtracted to dimensions by guess. I find details of fit very interesting. 

How far in advance should a client come to you for tailoring or custom made apparel? 

Jean: It’s nice to have time to let a design ‘cook’ and develop but I do rush commissions when my calendar allows. I’m most often asked to make gowns and I like to have at least 1 or 2 months. Alterations or re-design need less lead time.

Which do you prefer more, tailoring or creating unique pieces? 

Jean: I really like both modifying existing garments and constructing new ones. I learn so much from handling pieces and seeing how others make things. I often work for a couture design house and am thrilled to see and touch pieces right off the Paris runway and to make them work for specific people and specific events. I love the details of craftsmanship. 

Do most clients come to you with their own designs or do they give you creative license to come up with a design? 

Jean: Most women have an idea of what they want but need encouragement to express themselves. I encourage them to show me as many images as they like, to point out all the details they like and convey a mood. I ask lots of questions about the event, date and location and learn about the client’s personality. I sketch ideas and suggest silhouettes and offer suggestions.

What is your favorite part about working with a client? 

Jean: My favorite part about working with a client is seeing her see what we can do. There’s almost always a moment in the process where I see my client see herself in the mirror looking beautiful. It’s often during a toile fitting which is funny because the toile will be the wrong fabric with raw edges, 100 pins and pen marks. She sees past that to the finished look.

Would you mind sharing a photo of some of your favorite work and tell us why they’re your favorite? 

Jean: I’d like to share 2 different gowns.

The first was a fun challenge. The lovely bride is 4’11” tall and people kept telling her what she couldn’t do. She has a strong personal image and it was a total pleasure making her happy. Her gown is iridescent silk taffeta and silk organza.

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I also loved making this gown. It was simple and elegant but the contrast between the gold leather and the creamy silk was young and interesting:

What is the best way for potential clients to get in touch with you? 

Jean: Call or email to set up an appointment; (212) 253-9727 or ghosttailor@earthlink.net.

Ghost Tailor has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings and Huffington Post.

Get to know a Wedding Client: Lachlyn & Andy

It’s always such an honor to work with couples to create the wedding they envision, and it’s even more of an honor when you get to do it for a personal friend. I met Lachlyn in 2004 when we both lived in Egypt and we have continued to stay in touch throughout the years. She and her husband Andy were married on the campus of West Point Military Academy with the ceremony held at the Cadet Chapel and the reception at the West Point Club. We’re happy to share their story with you!

How did you two meet?

Lachlyn: I was working in Iraq as a cultural advisor to the military. Andy was an Army officer and took me on my first patrol. I went to interview a Sunni militia member and it happened to be in the area he covered. He started inviting me to lunch at the not so romantic cafeteria when he was on my base. I had just had my heart broken and wasn’t used to dating American men, much less a soldier. But his persistence paid off. He ended up getting transferred to my unit and his desk was right next to mine. He won me over because I got to see what a great guy he was. We ended up secretly dating in Iraq for one year.

Tell us about the proposal

Lachlyn: Andy is a soldier so the 4th of July is really special for him. He asked me during the fireworks.

Why did you decide to hire a wedding planner and why did you choose Karen Brown New York to help plan your special day?

Lachlyn: I have a personal connection with Karen–we lived in Egypt together–so I know firsthand her keen eye for detail and ability to get things done.

Were there any hurdles that had to be overcome during the planning process?

Lachlyn: Yes, of course! I don’t know what I would have done without Karen, especially as we were planning a wedding in New York. Because Karen was based there she could easily handle all of the logistics involved. Also, we wanted to serve our own wine at the reception. The reception hall also got our date wrong in the planning calendar. I am glad I had Karen on my side to advocate for me. It took the stress out of the occasion.

What was the most important aspect of your wedding?

Lachlyn: I wanted to make sure that we had a ceremony and reception that represented us. Looking back, the most important part was that my husband and I had fun. Were it not for Karen I would have been stressed out by all of the little problems that will inevitably arise on a big day. Because of that, it was one of the best days of my life. Weekly I look back at pictures of our special day. I am very grateful to Karen for making these happy feelings happen.

What is most memorable about your wedding day?

Lachlyn: The most memorable part was seeing my husband on the altar at the wedding. And having people from all of my different jobs and countries I lived in come and celebrate with me.

Do you have a favorite photo from your wedding day that you would like to share? 

You can visit our Facebook page to see more of their wedding pictures! You can also see their wedding announcement on the New York Times website.

Get to Know a Custom Suit Tailor: Jason Enlow

There’s always so much buzz about what the Bride will wear on the wedding day but not a lot of talk about what the groom will wear. Just like brides, grooms should have options in style, color and fabrics for their suits. At Claremont Bespoke they make an effort to create an fun experience while making sure the groom will look his best on the wedding day. Get to know Claremont Bespoke:

How did Claremont Bespoke begin? 

Jason: In 2009, I was working for an investment bank and was in the market for a few new suits. I wanted a high quality garment without having to sell a kidney to get one. The only options for such suits were the Asian tailors that would sell out of hotel rooms. I thought there was an opportunity to create something that allowed men like me to get quality at an affordable price, from someone on this side of the world.

What is the mission of your company?

Jason: To define the sartorial philosophy of every man we dress.

What is the best part of designing these suits for a wedding? 

Jason: 90% of the time this will be the first custom garment for the groom, so it has to be the look of pride on the groom’s face.

What separates you from other custom suit tailors?  

Jason: It would have to be the level of involvement with each wedding. I source the fabric specifically for each wedding. When the final product is delivered, I often get invited to the wedding. I created the entire outfit for this groom. Shoes, shirt, and suit. As you can see I am involved in the grooms look for the big day.

What is the process like when a wedding party decides to hire you to create their suits? 

Jason:

  1. Consultation with bride and groom to determine style of garments, number of garments and budget.
  2. Develop and send a style guide and swatches to the groom for approval.
  3. Get measurements for all individuals in the wedding party and set up a payment structure.
  4. Create garments and set a time for the first fitting.
  5. Perfection!!!!!

How many different options do clients have when designing a suit? 

Jason: Lol… More than they will ever need! We try to accommodate all the requests of our clients.

How far in advance should someone contact you?  

Jason: For a large wedding party, I think 3 months is adequate. I have delivered in as little as 3 weeks but that is not recommended.

Would you mind sharing a photo of some of your favorite suits that you have created and tell us why their you’re favorite? 

Jason: The first wedding I ever did! It is still my favorite suit.

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A classic mohair tuxedo, with peak lapels:

I love this suit, but the love the couple more!

What is the best way for potential clients to get in touch with you? 

Jason: Email is always the best, tailor@claremontbespoke.com.

You can visit Claremont Bespoke on their website and follow them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

A Rock ‘n’ Roll Wedding!

We had the honor of working with Lauren and Tommy for their Rock ‘n’ Roll themed wedding at City Winery on June 22. The wedding literally rocked all night and you couldn’t help but feel like you were at a concert! 

The wedding invitation was a vinyl record and the design was created by their tattoo artist in Astoria.

The bridal bouquet was an arrangement of Picasso calla lilies and the bridesmaids bouquets were arrangements of Schwartz calla lilies. 

Lauren is the third generation to wear this wedding dress; first her grandmother, then her mother. She worked with Jean Kormos from Ghost Tailor to make it her own, adding a red slip underneath and lace to the bottom. 

When the ceremony began, the bride surprised her soon to be husband by walking down the aisle to a song he wrote for his band Circus Life. The look on Tommy’s face the moment he saw Lauren walk down the aisle brought tears to my eyes. There’s something so special about the few moments between the bride preparing to walk down and the groom seeing her for the first time in her wedding dress.

The bridal party wore black & white polka dot dresses with red accents, and to add to the Rock ‘n’ Roll theme the entire wedding party wore Converse.

Lizzy Weinberg did a fantastic job on hair and Tommy Napoli was a pro with the wedding day makeup!

The escort cards were VIP backstage passes and every table was named after one of their favorite bands. 

A fun addition we added to each place setting was a Krazy straw! Now when’s the last time you remember drinking from one of those?!

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Tribeca Treats did an outstanding job carrying out the polka dot and love bird theme with the cake they designed.

Gluten-free guests had the option of cupcakes from Tu Lu’s which were displayed on a stand made from two vinyl records.

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For the reception the couple brought in a band from Philadelphia, the same band that the groom’s band opened for the night that Lauren and Tommy met. Once the music got started there wasn’t a single person left in their seat! Guests also had the privilege of listening to a few songs by Tommy and his band.

We had so much fun planning and attending Lauren & Tommy’s wedding, so much so that we just had to keep the party going at the after party!  

Cake: Tribeca Treats
Cupcakes: Tu Lu’s
Florist: Bowery Whole Foods Market
Hairstylist: Lizzy Weinberg
Make-Up: Tommy Napoli
Music: Fosterchild & the groom’s band, Circus Life
Photographer: jen+ashley Photography
Tailor: Ghost Tailor