Beautiful Bride | Summer 2013
Welcome to the perfect place for your wedding planning; Beautiful Bride Magazine! We're excited to help you find the top wedding services, reception sites, photographers, wedding florists, and all the other professionals you need to plan the perfect wedding. We have the top wedding celebrities contribute editorial to each issue, including; David Tutera, Colin Cowie, Preston Bailey, Monte Durham, Randy Fenoli and Sylvia Weinstock, and our new celebrity contributor: Renee Strauss (from Brides of Beverly Hills). Be sure to check out our corresponding website to help you find the best in wedding services. With the most information for local wedding planning, you've found the right place to plan a wedding that matches your style, your budget, and your dreams!
BeautifulBrideMagazine.com Inspiring WEDDING DECOR Las Vegasâ€™ HOT NEW NIGHTCLUB WEDDINGS 6 TOP HONEYMOON SPOTS Garden Escape Natural Elegance Seaside Concepts Photography by: Stephani Dennis Photography SU M M E R 2013 Destination Planning Your Perfect Wedding $5.95 Dream Retail The Kapalua Villas Maui Make a once-in-a-lifetime connection. Connect with the culture, warm traditions and natural beauty of Hawaii – and with each other – at our 25 hotels, resorts and condominiums. See your travel agent, call 800.688.7444 or visit Outrigger.com Outrigger Palms at Wailea Maui Outrigger Reef on the Beach Oahu Outrigger Royal Sea Cliff Hawaii Island Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort Kauai H AWA I I • FIJI • AUSTRALIA • THAILAND • BALI • GUAM Contents Celebrity Writers 12 Wedding Talk with David Tutera 21 Randy Fenoli Stop trying to save the world with unusual gift! 42 Renèe Strauss 47 Preston Bailey It’s really about finding the dress you love and making it work for where you are getting married. 67 Cake Galley 72 Flower Galley 81 Living the Dream 10 tips to making your destination wedding a reality Monte Durham Wedding traditions un-veiled and repurposed 48 Destination & Design 94 A Happy, Healthy Honeymoon In Every Issue 7 Editor's Letter Jessie Reid 10 Fab Finds for Your Wedding Your Big Day Explore these adventurous honeymoon recommendations based on the suitability of your location 64 Ask Sylvia Weinstock 79 Andy Kushner 75 Alan Berg Destination Music Your questions answered! 52 Beauty Bar Must-Have Beauty Picks for 92 Love & Marriage 3 Discussions to have with your partner before saying “I Do” 85 Colin Cowie Destination Wedding: If you don’t like something you’ve seen at someone else’s wedding, don’t do it at yours! Real Brides Real Weddings Accommodating Your Guests Features 24 Gown Galley 41 Destination Wedding Styles 43 Flower Galley 4 | beautifulbridemagazine.com 88 Michelle & Alex 90 Ivonne & Andrew 212 Amanda & Warren 220 Sierra & Jeffrey 232 MaryWynne & Tyler 240 Cortney & Chad Beautiful Brides Share Their Love Stories 14 Planning Makes Perfect Wedding Planning Pages Wedding Timeline Wedding Day Emergency Kit Invitations & Favors Bridal Gift Registries Contents Find Your City 99 ORLANDO 61Your Reception The main event 54 Bridal Beauty Wedding Day Hair Looking Your Best 66 Cakes & Confections Love at first bite Cake Inspiration 129 LAS VEGAS 207 Cincinnati 215 SAN DIEGO 227 ATLANTA 237 CENTRAL VALLEY 56 Groom Service The formal guide 70 Beautiful Flowers 57 Avoid Wedding Sticker Shock It Costs What? A touch of color Floral Pricing Guide Floral Inspiration 58 Ceremonies Finding the perfect place Capturing those special moments 76 Photography & Videography Photos by Michael Segal Pg. 12 78 Limos & Transportation Arrive in style Fall in love with these Summer items 76 Honeymoon Finds 86 Packing tips from a pro Know Before You Go 249 Wedding Worksheets Pg. 47 beautifulbridemagazine.com | 5 6 | beautifulbridemagazine.com Every bride wants a wedding as special as the love they share with their fiancé – one that is the singular greatest! She dreams of a wedding that inspires and moves guests while creating memories that will be cherished for all the years to come. The exclusivity of destination weddings and the events surrounding them, offer that level of enchantment; which I suppose is why roughly 1 in 4 brides consider her wedding “destination!” Falling in love and planning a wedding is a crazy adventure in and of itself. But for the thrill seeking couples who are looking at their wedding as a time to explore, go wine-tasting, enjoy local food and the authenticity of an unfamiliar town and culture – all with your dearest loved ones in tow – a destination wedding is the perfect solution. One that, with a little planning and a lot of dreaming, can be executed seamlessly! This issue of Beautiful Bride Magazine offers you the latest destination wedding trends, as well as tips from the pros, on what to do (and what not to do) to pull off a destination wedding and picturesque honeymoon. From inspiring vision boards, to every step in the planning – we’ve got you covered! Editor’sLetter Mindy Bean Photography Our Honeymoon, Fiji 2011 Whether your planning your enchanted European destination wedding or your tropical honeymoon escape to the Cayman Islands, here are my top tips for traveling: Editor-in-Chief Check out our blog! The Beautiful Bride Blog is the perfect place to find the latest tips, trends and inspiration for your wedding. Visit beautifulbride-blog.com for more. Jessie Reid 1 Consider a travel agent. An experienced travel agent will not only find you the prefect locations and activities, they can also get you the best deals. 2 Pack lightly. Wedding gown, bathing suits and some lingerie and you’re set! Visit page 80 for a few more honeymoon must-haves. Put everything in your maiden name. It may seem cute to purchase your plane ticket in your new married name, but if you’re leaving right after the wedding, you won’t have time to legally change your name. 3 Want more Beautiful Bride Magazine? Go to facebook.com/beautifulbridemagazine for our blog postings, interactive polls, and behind-the-scenes pictures of photo shoots, tips, trends, and more. And join the conversation on Twitter @_beautifulbride 4 5 6 7 Update your Passport! Make sure your passport isn’t expired (or won’t expire within the next 3 months) some countries won’t accept a passport that is close to expiring. Wax! Nothing is more annoying than having to do any up-keep while traveling. 8 Register your trip. Have your guests pitch in to your once-ina-lifetime experience. This an amazing way to “splurge” on activities you might never have afforded before! Exfoliate. Smooth skin will ensure a healthy glow. It will also allow self-tanner to go on more evenly. Read through this issue. Don’t be afraid to be inspired and attempt something beyond your wildest dreams! Get a mani/pedi. You might want to consider a gel mani/pedi, as it will last longer. Lean toward neutral colors as they are less likely to show chips. Skip the perfume. Not only is perfume difficult to travel with, it also attracts mosquitos. 9 10 Enjoy the journey ahead! Spring 2013 Covers BEAUTIFULBRIDEMAGAZINE.COM CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS 3320 N. BUFFALO DR. 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Editor’s Choice Editor’s Choice Jupiter Jewelry NYC, Aquamarine and Diamond Earrings 8-row freshwater pearl Bracelet with antique chandelier crystal “tassel” By Karen Lindner Designs $550, karenlindnerdesigns.com Pear shaped aquamarine stone with .90ct diamonds in a 18kt white gold setting $2,577, jupiterjewelry.com Stopair Round Paper Lantern – Caribbean Blue and Plum These decorative paper lanterns add an incredible new dimension to any wedding décor $1.98 Considered the most convenient and practical wine stopper/preserver combo, this one-piece bottle stopper with a built in vacuum pump that “stops air” from entering the bottle and removes oxygen from within the bottle to help prevent wine from spoiling. $19.99, soireehome.com Antique Style Key Bottle Opener in Gift Packaging This is not only a practical favor but it is a great addition to any classic or vintage wedding $2.50 ea “A Heart to Carry” Purse Valet with Gift Packaging With a simple twist, this Purse Valet converts to a hook allowing your purse to be suspended from a table edge or arm of a chair $19.98, weddingstar.com Round Paper Lantern – Caribbean Blue and Plum These decorative paper lanterns add an incredible new dimension to any wedding décor $1.98, weddingstar.com Brushed Silver Pocket Watch This classic brushed silver Pocket Watch will undoubtedly be appreciated by any of the men in your Bridal Party $39.98, weddingstar.com 10 | beautifulbridemagazine.com ___________________________ fab finds Editor’s Choice Editor’s Choice 8-row freshwater pearl Bracelet with antique chandelier crystal “tassel” By Karen Lindner Designs $550, karenlindnerdesigns.com Freshwater Pearl & Vintage Rhinestone Tangle By Karen Lindner Designs $1100, karenlindnerdesigns.com Editor’s Choice Vintage Baguette Circles Choker on Gray Ribbon By Karen Lindner Designs $300, karenlindnerdesigns.com BraLadder This drying and storage rack for bras, extends the life of bras and other intimates and prevents them from getting smashed in drawers, losing their shape and evenness, or developing mildew $14.95, braladder.com Golf Fanatic Groom Mix & Match Cake Topper This light-hearted Golf Fanatic Groom takes a fun jab at his hobby $24.98, weddingstar.com Novelty 5 Piece BBQ Tools in Black Golf Bag and Golf Grips Mix Golf + BBQ to create the perfect guy gift $35, weddingstar.com “A Romantic Dip” Dancing Bride and Groom Couple Figurine The Bride’s pretty pony tail, simple dress and rhinestone shoes give this Cake Topper a lovely modernized twist on a classic pose $39.98, weddingstar.com beautifulbridemagazine.com | 11 Wedding Talk with â€œStop trying to solve the world with unusual gifts! â€? David Tutera 12 | beautifulbridemagazine.com Photos by Michael Segal edding favors to me, are the last on the list of things to budget for. Unfortunately it’s typically one of the first things brides tend to purchase - because it’s easy to go online and find a wedding favor. I don’t believe in them needing to be a necessity, I believe in them being something that, if you have the funds to do them, awesome! But at the end of the day, how many people take home the favors, leave them in the car, hotel, don’t want to take them, and there’s $1,0002,000, sometimes more, wasted! Save the money! Use it towards something else that’s going to be more spectacular, and don’t feel obligated to do favors. People are not expecting them! To overcome any guilt, send a thank you note after the wedding. I explain to my brides, depending if they do videography, you could do a 3-minute edit of your wedding, put it in a card, and send it as a thank you. You could do a great photo with a thank you card. I am fine with just a thank you card! If your wedding is awesome and great, not tons of money spent, but it’s intimate or it’s got a story, and you feel the love or you feel the experience, a favor doesn’t make that wedding a great wedding. Bridal party and gifts for your parents are different. These are typically more personal and thoughtful, a great way to show your gratitude. Do you have to get the same thing for every gal in the bridesmaid party, W no! If you’ve got the time and you want to personalize that gift to each person (their style or their personality) awesome! Traditional things for guys are tie tacks, money clips, cuff links; all of these things are wonderful things to give. You could even do a mini-iPod shuffle. There are many things you can do for your wedding party that are usable for them! Jewelry that you give the girls, of course is always safe. And of course, you can give the girls a great pair of shoes! My line of bridal shoes is very affordable. These are shoes they can wear beyond the day of the wedding. I think everyone’s trying to solve the world with unusual gifts, and I think when you walk away from the wedding and someone’s using something far beyond the walk down the aisle, that’s the gift itself. David Tutera is an American celebrity wedding planner, bridal fashion designer, designer, author and professional speaker. He is the host of WE tv’s show, My Fair Wedding with David Tutera and the author of seven books. He recently expanded his brand two include a footwear and accessories collection. For more information visit davidtutera.com. beautifulbridemagazine.com | 13 wedding planner ___________________ GettingS t a r t e d planning makes perfect Team Wedding Planning your wedding can be one of your most enjoyable experiences and should be a very special time in your life. However, for many, it becomes one of the most stressful events they’ll ever experience. It all depends on your planning and those who help you plan. If reducing your stress is important, or taking the time to work out all the details isn’t available, consider hiring a professional wedding planner. The guidance provided, along with the professional experience, attention to detail, supervision and articulation, will seem indispensable on your big day— the day it all comes together. Mom is great, your best friends are always there, but a true wedding planner can do it all in a professional and timely manner. They work diligently to make sure that their clients’ weddings will be a success. Plus, wedding planners are prepared for last-minute preparations that are often overlooked by the busy bride. They usually carry an emergency kit and have everything from an extra bible to a water bottle and even an emergency sewing kit. Trying It on Your Own If you are the “planner” type and choose to do it yourself, you will want to keep this magazine close and use it every day. We feature many expert vendors within these pages that offer an incredible amount of help. You will want to use the planning tools inside and be sure to visit our website for even more help at beautifulbridemagazine.com. If you are lucky enough to have been offered help by friends and family members, take it. There are so many details to attend to that it can easily become overwhelming, and you may need all the help you can get. Whichever way you choose to go, do not forget to focus on what it all means instead of just the actual event. Yes, the wedding is important, but you should always keep in mind that you are marrying your best friend and starting a life together. Changing Your Name If you are wishing to keep your name, it’s easy: do nothing! If you are planning to hyphenate or take your husband’s name, there are some steps you will need to take. Once you receive your official marriage license, start with Social Security and then your local Department of Motor Vehicles. From there, you can change credit cards, utilities and all others. Keep this checklist of officials and agencies that must be notified of your change in status. Name Change Checklist Bank (Checking, Savings, Loans) Bills (Utilities, Car Payment, etc.) Credit Cards Motor Vehicle Registration Personal (Friends, Dr. Office, Business Cards, etc.) Passport Social Security University/School Voter Registration Insurance (Home, Car, Health, Life) Your Wedding Planner Interview your wedding planner as you would for any job and check their references. Find one that matches your personality and you enjoy being around. Ask for the names and numbers of their last three brides as references. Marriage License Details Marriage license requirements vary from state to state. Check your state or local government’s websites. You need to keep an eye out for how long the license is valid: Some may only be valid for only a few days after being issued. You need to factor this into your planning timeline. Before setting out for your license to wed, find out the paperwork requirements. Do you need just a photo ID or will you need an original birth certificate? Do you need divorce papers, if this isn’t a first marriage? 14 | beautifulbridemagazine.com Check the fee for obtaining your license and the accepted forms of payment. Some places may only accept cash. If you are under 18, check the age requirement. A parent may need to sign for you. Another thing to factor into your planning timeline is a potential waiting period. Once you apply, most states will give you the license on that day. Others, you may have a waiting period. Blood tests are no longer required in most states, but it is something you will want to double check just in case. ___________________ wedding planner WeddingT i m e l i n e a month by month guide At the time of engagement … * * * * Announce your engagement. Tell your friends and family the good news. Establish your budget and talk with anyone who may be contributing to your wedding. Start working on a guest list. This will help as you plan your budget. Buy or make an organizer. At a minimum, you should keep track of appointments, payments, invitations, gifts and thank you notes. or holiday weekend wedding. 9 -12 months before your wedding … * Have engagement photos taken. This will prove valuable if you are sending out invitations for an engagement party or a save the date. * Decide on the date for the big day. * Decide on the style of wedding you want. Is it formal or informal? * Reserve location for your ceremony and meet with your officiant. * Reserve a reception site and sign the contract. * Decide on a maid of honor, best man and wedding party. * Interview and then select your photographer, videographer, florist, caterer and entertainment. * Book a wedding consultant. * Order your invitations, thank you cards, guest book and other personalized items. * Confirm dates and arrangements (reception site, caterers, florists, honeymoon, photographer, videographer, wedding cake, wedding dresses). * Have a trial run for hair and makeup. * Discuss rehearsal dinner with your fiancé and select the restaurant. * Order wedding rings. * Check for marriage license requirement laws. * Hire wedding-day transportation. 5 - 6 months before your wedding … 3 - 4 months before your wedding … * * * * 6 - 9 months before your wedding … * * * * * * * * * Shop for your gown, bridal party attire and set dates for fittings. Select and register your gift preferences at your local stores or online. Select a bakery for wedding cake. Select a travel agent and start planning your honeymoon. Select and order invitations and other wedding stationary. Book your wedding day hair and makeup appointments. Finalize your guest list. Set dates for bridal showers and other parties, if your attendants offer to throw them. Mail save-the-dates, especially if you’re having destination * * * Address and mail out invitations for out-of-state guests. Make an appointment for you and your bridesmaids on the wedding day to get hair and nails done. Finalize honeymoon plans. Arrange accommodations for outof-town guests. Have programs, menus and escort cards printed. Order wedding bands, have them engraved and sized. Select ceremony and reception music. beautifulbridemagazine.com | 15 wedding planner ___________________ WeddingT i m e l i n e a month by month guide 1 - 2 weeks before your wedding … * * * * * * * * * * * * Final confirmation of all services. Get necessary forms for a name change. Pick up wedding rings, making sure they fit. Contact guests that have not responded. Provide reception site/caterer with total guest count. Plan seating arrangements. Break in your wedding shoes. Pick up marriage license. Pack for honeymoon; don’t wait until the last moment. Remind attendants of rehearsal dinner. Give the bridesmaids a party or luncheon. Bride and bridesmaids take a day to relax at the spa and be pampered. Eat so you don’t faint, and breathe. Allow enough time for hair, makeup and nail appointments. Don’t forget rings and marriage license. Emergency Kit Baby Powder Blot Paper for Shiny Skin Brush/Comb Cotton Balls Clear Nail Polish Dental Floss/Tooth picks Earring Backs Emery Board Hair Pins and Ties Hair Spray Hem Tape Lint Brush Lipstick/Gloss Makeup & Brushes for Touch-ups Mints/Breath Spray Mirror Nail Polish in the Color of Your Manicure Perfume Q-tips Sewing Kit Allergy Pills Antacid Aspirin Band-aids Bottled Water Contact Solution Corsage Pins Double Stick Tape Eye Drops Gas Relief Hand/Body Lotion Matches - you never know when the unity candle won’t light Medications Moist Towelettes Mouthwash Nail Clipper Nail Glue Safety Pins Scotch Tape Small Scissors Smelling Salts - in case anyone passes out Snacks - granola bars, etc. to help you get through the morning Spot & Stain Remover Static Cling Spray Straight Pins Straws - you don’t want to ruin your lipstick on your prewedding champagne do you? Tampons/Feminine Products White Chalk - to cover up dirt stains on your gown Wrinkle Release Spray The Bride’s Wedding Day The Wedding Day * * * DON’T FORGET Driver’s License Room Key Cell Phone Cash Family Phone Numbers 16 | beautifulbridemagazine.com ___________________ wedding planner Invitations& F a v o r s personalizing your wedding The Proper Invitation Like every element of a wedding, you want the wedding invitations to be perfect. The following guidelines will ensure that happens. Invitations are the first impression that guests will get for your wedding. It sets the style and tone of your event. Invitations should be in your choice of ink color and font style, with these five components: • A lined inner envelope to coordinate with the ink color. • An outer envelope with the return address printed on the flap in matching ink and font style. • A reception card including reception site address and time. • A response card with a date that you are comfortable with and a pre-printed envelope that you will stamp for them to return. • A coordinating thank you note with your names or monogram on the front. When, What and How Many Wedding invitations should be sent out three months in advance for the outof-town guests and six weeks for your in-state guests. When ordering invitations, order based on the number of addresses you have, not the number of guests. One invitation can be sent for an entire household. Invitation Etiquette If your wedding is planned 9-16 months in the future, a Save the Date card/ magnet is an excellent way to let guests know about the big day. This concept is especially helpful for out-oftown guests that need to make travel arrangements and vacation plans. They also can be more fun than formal, letting your personalities shine through with a catchy phrase or a great engagement photo of the two of you. Save the Dates are excellent for keeping your guests informed, and they also serve as terrific keepsakes! Common Mistakes in Wedding Invitations Unfortunately, preventable mistakes can happen. Plan ahead to avoid following mistakes: Insufficient Postage Put together a complete, mail-ready invitation, then take it to the post office and have it weighed. You’ll find out exactly how much postage is required for each invitation. Not Ordering Extra Invitations/Envelopes When you place your order for invitations or paper, you should order 25 extras. That way you’ll have them when they are needed. Think: last-minute additions and addressing mistakes. It can be very costly to place another order for just a few invites. Even if you don’t need them, you can always hold onto them as keepsakes of your special day. Ordering Invitations Late The rule of thumb for invitation ordering is that you should place your order six months before the day of the wedding. If you don’t make that deadline, you need to place your order as soon as possible, otherwise you may not have your invitations ready in time to mail them (six to eight weeks prior to the wedding date). If you can’t get your order in at six months, consider choosing very simple invitations (i.e., simple flat cards) that don’t require much assembly. Content Mistakes There are ways to protect yourself from this situation. First, print out a copy of exactly what you want all of your stationery to say. Once you have your final draft, ask several people proofread the content. People can misspell their own name when stressed; you can never be too safe. Not Setting an RSVP Deadline Set an RSVP deadline and have that deadline printed on the response card. Ideally, the deadline should be set at least two weeks before the wedding date. People should know by then whether or not they can attend. If you have not received responses from some of your guests by that date, it’s acceptable to have someone call to ask whether or not they plan on attending. Wedding Favors Make your wedding as unique and special as the two of you are by adding wedding favors that can provide the perfect touch to the reception! You can carry out a theme, express a sentiment of gratitude and give your guests the ideal memento of your wedding day. The options for favors are truly endless. They can be very affordable or extremely extravagant, edible or traditional. Any way you go, your guests will appreciate that you took the time to think of them on your special day! Finding Wedding Favor Ideas Many brides are unsure of where to begin when it comes to choosing wedding favors. Initially you should note down the style or theme of your wedding. That may give you a good starting point to work from. For instance, a medieval theme could call for a velvet pouch of gold foil chocolate coins or a beach wedding would call for something with a seashell design or nautical feel. But if you are still devoid of ideas, ask some of your family and friends for inspiration. They may have been to a wedding recently and can tell you the wedding favors they were given there. Or they may be able to give you some ideas on how to tie your favors in with your wedding style, colors or theme. Don’t forget ideas from wedding planning guides, bridal magazines and the Internet. All these sources will be packed with advice, tips and ideas for your wedding favors. You can search through articles, features and real wedding stories for inspiration. beautifulbridemagazine.com | 17 wedding planner ___________________ Gift R e g i s t r i e s time to shop So Many Options The wedding registry is the best way to guide guests as to what you would like for your wedding. It is a way to get everything you need to start out your new life together. Today’s bridal registries go beyond the traditional ideas. They now include “Honeymoon Registries,” “New Home Registries” and even “Charity Registries” where guests are invited to make a donation toward the bride and groom’s favorite charity. Brides and grooms today have new and different needs and wishes. So create your own registry and enjoy! You should start your gift registry six to nine months before your wedding date. It is always good to register at more than one store, as well as register online. Make sure you find out how to keep track of your registry and keep it updated between your showers and actual wedding. Registry Points Register for Big Ticket Items: A number of your guests may team up and get you a group gift. Be sure to include big ticket items on your registry to ensure guests have this option. allows you to add some variety to your registry, and make it more convenient for guests who may not have access to the one store you select. Register at More than One Store: This your family and close friends. The word-of-mouth practice should also be used if you are requesting donations to charities instead of gifts or requesting no gifts at all. Thank you notes must be sent within three months of the wedding—and the groom is expected to share in the responsibility of writing them. Thank you notes must be handwritten and sent immediately for those gifts that were sent via mail or delivery service— including those received prior to your wedding date. Each note should be written by only one person and signed by only one person, but should mention the thanks of the other. Send thank you notes not only to those that sent gifts, but also to family, friends and vendors that contributed their time, expertise and effort in planning and organizing your wedding. will be looking for, and make a few scouting trips before you set out with the scanner gun. Prepare Yourself Before Entering the Store: Create a checklist of items you Take Note It is never appropriate to include your gift registry information with your wedding invitations. It is best spread by wordof-mouth by your wedding entourage, ___________________ wedding planner COMPANY PHONE Computerized Registry Mail Order Return Policy Fine China Silver Service Silverware Crystal Dinnerware Home Furnishings Kitchen Equipment/ Appliances Linense Other Items Available Features Bed, Bath & Beyond 1.800.GO.BEYOND bedbathandbeyond.com Bloomingdales 1.800.888.2933 bloomingdales.com Dillards 1.800.DILLARD dillards.com JC Penney 1.800.JCP.GIFT jcpenny.com KOHL’S 1.800.564.5740 Yes Yes Flexible returns, exchanges and credits Yes No Exchange for store credit Yes Yes Flexible returns, exchanges and credits Yes Yes Exchange, store credits or refunds Yes Yes Exchange for store credit Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes All accessories for the home, except major appliances Personalized service, gift wrapping and 10% off completion program Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full furniture dept., rug dept., luggage dept. table, bed and bath linens Complimentary gift wrapping; in store int. designer; personal shopping; monogramming service (out-store) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Wedding dresses, gifts for attendants Gift wrapping for gifts on the registry, “Complete Your Home” 20% reg items and 10% off small electrics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes All accessories for the home No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Bed and bath items, pillows, towels, bedding, organizers, home accessories and more 15% off left over items from registry; complete gift registry available online Free gift wrapping with the purchase of $49 and up, and 15% off completion program. COMPANY PHONE Computerized Registry Mail Order Return Policy Fine China Silver Service Silverware Crystal Dinnerware Home Furnishings Kitchen Equipment/ Appliances Linens Other Items Available Features Macy’s 1.888.92.BRIDES Macys.wedingchannel.com Neiman Marcus 1.800.727.4858 neimanmarcus.com Pottery Barn 1.800.922.5507 potterybarn.com Tiffany & Co. 1.800 843 3269 tiffany.com Williams Sonoma 1.800.541.1262 williams-sonoma.com Yes Yes Exchanges or store credit Yes Yes Exchanges or store credit Yes Yes Exchanges or store credit Yes Yes Exchanges or store credit Yes Yes Exchanges or store credit Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Luggage, home accessories Complete gift registry available online. Completion program with 10% discount and Registry Star Rewards programs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No See catalog Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Bed and bath items, home/ office, seasonal items, frames, lamps, mirrors and clocks 10% off completion program, gift wrapping, scanners, attendants gifts, complete gift registry available online Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Visit Web site. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No See catalog Exclusive merchandise, knowledgeable service and a host of benefits when you register at Nieman Marcus Every purchase is wrapped in a blue box with a white ribbon 10% of completion program, gift wrapping, complete registry available online. beautifulbridemagazine.com | 19 20 | beautifulbridemagazine.com Randy “ L et me tell you, I have seen three weddings on the beach three years in a row (in Grand Cayman in May and June). One bride wore a Pnina Tornai gown covered in rhinestones on the beach. The next wedding I saw, the bride was in a Carolina Herrera satin gown, with threedimensional petals swirling about the entire gown. And the last gown I saw was Oscar de le Renta. These are not gowns that you would think of for a destination wedding dress. And that is what brides are doing: they are wearing dresses to reflect their style, not the location. Just because you are getting married on a beach, that doesn’t mean you have to wear a chiffon slip dress. Wear the dress that makes you feel the most comfortable. That being said, I wouldn’t recommend a heavy, long-sleeved satin gown with a ball gown skirt in the heat of August, on the beach in Mexico! A girl got married in a barn and she went from salon to salon looking for a gown, and ended up in tears. She could not find a dress she liked. I asked her what the problem was and she said she couldn’t find a dress; she was getting married in a barn. I asked her what he would wear if she wasn’t getting married in the barn. She told me that she liked sparkle and bling and glitz. So I went a pulled a solid jeweled encrusted bolero jacket and a solid jewel-encrusted bodice with a pick-up skirt by Monique Lhullier. I put it on her and the tears started to flow. I said ‘this is your dress’! All you have to do is It’s really about finding the dress you love and making it work for where you are getting married. hang a chandelier in the middle of that barn and it is going to work. And she did and it worked! The most important thing is finding the gown you love and feel comfortable in and then making it work. It’s really about finding the dress you love and making it work for where you are getting married. People aren’t going to be expecting that. If you walk out in this satin gown on the beach, people are going to think oh my gosh I thought she was going to wear a slip dress. This is really cool. The most important thing is finding the gown you love and feel comfortable in and then making it work. There is always an exception to the rule. Just like Kate Middleton. I always say not to wear your hair down with lace or a high-neck gown. Kate Middleton was perfection. She said that reason she left her hair down is because she never wears it up. I want people to recognize me when I walk down the aisle. So there is your exception to the rule and how can that be wrong! Randy Fenoli is the Fashion Director for Kleinfeld and star of TLC’s hit show: Say Yes to the Dress. For those brides who can’t travel to New York, Randy is taking his head-to-hem bridal beauty show on the road with his new show Randy to the Rescue. Visit randyfenoli.com for more information. beautifulbridemagazine.com | 21 ” Photo by: Jonathan Rubin Fenoli wedding planner ___________________ Bridal A t t i r e a touch of color Making the Right Gown Choice By Nicole Traficante You probably have been dreaming of this day ever since you were a little girl, and by now, you most likely have a good idea of what you want your dress to look like. It is nice to be open to trying on different silhouettes. When selecting wedding dresses to try on, don’t conform to what you think you should wear. We are all able to select our casual attire, but have no idea what we will look best in on our wedding day. Allow yourself 12 months to search for the perfect gown and allow up to six weeks for alterations. Being open to trying on different styles allows you to make that perfect choice. Many brides-to-be spend endless days shuffling through wedding magazines and bridal boutiques, not having the slightest clue where to begin. And, the more dresses you try on, the harder it gets. If you feel like you are talking yourself into a dress or making changes to it, then you haven’t found the one for you. Choose wisely your panel of judges when trying on gowns. Remember, you are the one who has to wear it and look at photos of it for the rest of your life. When you finally find the one, your wedding planning will take off. Usually the dress starts your design/theme to your wedding. Here are some styles that may help you narrow your search to finding your perfect gown. Pet