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By Karen Bloom Your celebration is your opportunity to take your turn in the spotlight. So make the most of that ‘red carpet’ moment by checking out the stunning range of designs available for your special occasion. Hot off the runway fabric and silhouette trends from body hugging and sexy to feminine and flowy with glamorous details in sumptuous fabrics – find a place in this season’s dressy must-haves. Gowns are back and better than ever , says Faye Klausner, owner of Uccelli in Cedarhurst. “Lightweight and sensuous fabrics let you feel like you’re wearing virtually nothing! The days of heavy gowns are history, drape and fabrications are taking over.”

undergarment,” the proper un dergarment,”Aucone Auconesays. says.“And “Anyou d you certainly should not have your final fitting without one.” testtest youryour With your wedding-day wedding-dayundergarments undergarmentson,on, neckline to be sure sure that thatthe theundergarment undergarmentdoesn’ doesn’tt show and that the dress alteration covers you well. well. Dance. Yes, dance in the bridal boutique, to see whether you’ll be able to enjoy each each and and every everysong, song,fast fast or slow. “I didn’t test this, and when my new husband went to dip me during our first dance, I almost fell to the floor,” says new bride Stacie Aarons. “If I could go goback back and do it again, I’d twirl around and bend backwards If you’re a little just justtotobe besure surethe thedress dresscooperated.” coo perated.” If you’re now wearing a short dress, as is a popular popularcasual casualstyle style now,, Your twirl in the dress to be sure it doesn’t fly up too high. Your adjustments skirt’ seamstress can make ad justmentstotolimit limityour your skirt’ss twirling height. position and and walk. walk. AA too-long too-long Stand up from a sitting position crinoline or slip might prove prove dangerous dangerousififyou youtake takeyour your first step into intoit.it.Brides Brideshave havetorn tornthe thefronts frontsof oftheir their theyydidn’ dresses and also taken a tumble because the didn’tt test this particular movement movementinintheir theirdresses, dresses,especially es pecially when they hear a song they they love love and and rush rush to to get gettoto the dance floor. When you test testyour yourdream dreamdress, dress,any an y helppyou solution can be created to hel youlook look beautiful and move beautifully.

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Lace is everywhere, according to Klausner. This year’s looks are all about the detailing and that means it’s the season of lace. “Where lace was once considered traditional, it has evolved into a fashion statement,” she says. “Its versatility and its fluidity permit the most updated silhouettes to be patterned in lace. The sheer factor has sophisticated sexy written all over it!” Look around and you’ll be seeing lots of navy . “Navy is persistent in taking over as the ‘new black’, Klausner says, “and navy lace creates an especially striking look.” In keeping with the blue hue, aqua is a traditional summer color, but now in soft chiffons it has become the go-to color for cocktail and formal wear. “The advantage of wearing a color such as aqua or pink,” Klausner says, “is that in a sea of black you certainly won’t be missed!” Unless you’re living under a rock, you must know how important animal prints are this season. Well they have broken the barriers into formal as well. Softer prints or bold prints in soft fabrics have joined the runways and the aisles. “Don’t’ be shy!,” says Klausner. “Let the animal in you out of the cage and turn heads wherever you go!” Not ready to take the plunge? “When in doubt you can go to basic black,” Klausner advises. “But if you want to really be noticed, you want the color.” When it’s time to shop, consider some of her favorite designers: the U.K.’ s Jenny Packham, Carmen Marc Valvo and Badgely Mischka. Packham, who does both bridal and ready-towear, appeals to an international following with her luxurious glamour. Valvo continues to be favored by celebrities and those who want red-carpet looks done with artistic flair that is modern yet not too edgy, and Badgely Mischka scores big with glamorous embellished looks. Whether it be wedding, bar mitzvah, prom, or some other type of celebration, celebrate in style this season with the dress that enables you to look and feel your best.

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edding flower trends evolve season after season. This upcoming year, there are several leading trends coloring brides’ choices of floral motifs, bouquets and blooming decor:

ROMAN CE. Inspired by the Duchess of Cambridge (aka Kate Middleton), wedding flowers paired with romantic, lace-enhanced wedding dresses carry a soft look of V ictorian femininity. In whites, ivories and soft pinks, flower trends follow the duchess’s lead with delicate lily of the valley , or they may increasingly be seen as soft, muted bouquets or centerpieces made of big-bloomed, ruffled peonies. The lace of the gown is now brought onto the handle of the bouquet as an alternative to the satin-wrapped, hand-tied bouquet. And one of the biggest new trends for romantic florals, according to floral designer Georgianne Vinicombe, is feather accenting, such as having large, dreamy feathers inserted into a round bouquet. VINTAGE. Last season’ s vintage theme carries into the new year with Soft, romantic owers are the leading bouquet choice. romantic flowers in muted yellows making up bouquets and floral pieces. with our garden wedding scene for less contrast in-person Tiny touches of red in florals and berries and in pictures,â€? says Lisa Gavejian, a recent bride. “And act as accents. I wore light green jewelry that also coordinated with my RUSTIC. With more weddings taking place in flowers.â€? unique, natural spaces such as farms and vineyards, the Lisa Anderson of Sweet Pea Flowers says that overall rustic wedding trend extends into wildflowers in bouquets in 2012 will feature layering of textures. This is hand-tied bouquets and in loosely arranged centerpieces. often accomplished by mixing smooth-petaled flowers Brenda Bennett Maille, who writes “Brenda’ s Wedding such as roses with ridged or ruffled-edged flowers like the Blog,â€? says that elevated centerpieces provide architecture new, eye-catching varieties of carnations, which now in natural accents, such as tall branches. NAUTICAL. This trend is on the rise, bringing more come in stripes and darker -tipped petals. Anderson says that carnations, mums and baby’s breath are on the rise. navy blues into floral designs. Picture bouquets accented Floral experts say this is partially because of their low with shells and starfish. market price and partially because of the duchess’ s TYPES OF FLOWERS “crowningâ€? of the simple garden flower as a top trend in While roses and peonies lead the way in romantic, bridal blooms. vintage and rustic weddings, additional top-trending TOP COLORS flowers according to the Association of Bridal Consultants At October’s Bridal Fashion W eek, top wedding include daisies, lilies, tulips and hydrangeas. These bloggers delivered the floral color trends right from the particular flower types spread across the seasons. runways. They showed florals in bright, bold, saturated They are joined by similarly romantic flowers such as ranunculus, gardenias and orchids. For tiny dots of white tones such as hot pink, bright orange and Kelly green. or color, kalanchoe is a leading bloom, and succulents are The visual impact balanced by deep jewel tones such as purple, navy and the still-popular shade of taking their place at green-friendly weddings. chocolate brown. Brides are also mixing unexpected TYPES OF BOUQUETS brights such as turquoise and purple, says the wedding Romantic bouquets are most often hand-tied, blog NoteableExpressions.net. meaning they are gathered together by hand, wrapped at Brides who desire a softer , romantic palette will the stem with a satin ribbon, and are more loosely choose light tangerine, light aqua and gold, paired with constructed and relaxed this year than the more tightly interesting neutrals such as chestnut, beige and grey , bound designs of seasons past. which provide a deeper alternative to the barely there Also more relaxed in construction are the more shades of ivory. playful bouquets made up of brighter, more vivid shades For both bold and romantic, floral experts say they’re of hot pink, magenta, fall’ s deep reds and purples. One increasingly blending dark and light tones in bouquets overriding trend, according to TheW eddingReport.com, and centerpieces, as brides venture away from the all-oneis pairing a bright color such as yellow or persimmon color floral designs of yesteryear. with accents of silver and accessorizing the bouquet with

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sparkle in the form of crystals, rhinestones and jeweled brooches. This gives the bouquet a more dramatic look, perfect for nighttime. In the day, clear crystals capture the light for sparkle. For a less dramatic look, the “green bouquet� is a rising trend with a larger use of foliage and branches in a soft-green and ivory color scheme. Pops of yellow , light coral or pink act as the choice accessory hues. “My garden-inspired bouquet in light green colors coordinated

GOING FLOWERLESS? A top trend seen at upscale wedding show , The Wedding Salon, was the flowerless canopy that stood out simply and elegantly with pristine fabrics and velvet aisle runners. The trend in subtle flowers, including ceremony decor of greenery-decorated arches with very few blooms, shows that brides are making a less-is-more statement with decor and saving their floral wow factor for their bouquets.


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Your invitation sets the tone for that special day By Ginny McClean

he time for planning celebrations is upon us. Most events occur from the spring through the fall, and you can never be too early when planning for your upcoming event. Once you have your date you should search out that special place to hold your party . Do you need to have your guests reserve your date on their calendar? Then by all means shop for Save the Dates. Y ou can send a card or magnet as early as one year but typically no closer than nine months to the date.

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Six months prior to a wedding or bar and bat mitzvah is the perfect time to look for invitations; three months is great for a shower, Sweet 16, communion or any other party. When shopping for your invitations, remember that the invitation has a “job.” It is to let your guests know how to dress, how to gift, and create an air of excitement in anticipation of the time they will have at your affair. Etiquette also matters. T o send the right message, having the correct wording, spelling and placement of that wording on your invite is necessary. To shop on the Internet without the help of a professional could spell disaster for your special day. Your budget should be practical as well as realistic. Keeping things simple will usually keep a lower price point, but having embellishments as bows, rhinestones and layers of paper can just add the right touch to your Presentation means everything. A nicely wrapped favor adds a invite, so be sure to allow for their additional cost. special touch to your reception. And what nicer way to say “Thank Y ou” to your guests than with a favor. Be sure your choice is a practical one as most people appreciate something they can use over another dust collector. So be sure to choose something that is meaningful to you. And don’ t forget that presentation means everything. How your favors are presented or wrapped will add that last bit of excitement that your guests take home with them reminding them of the wonderful time they had at your party.


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Invitation trends

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edding and special occasion invitation trends rise up and evolve just like fashion trends, with different colors, textures and styles forming the new “in” designs.

Pockets are a top invitation trend.

Because everyone today wants a coordinated look for all of their print items, every important stationery piece — from “save the date” cards to menu cards, place cards and thank-you notes — is often designed in matching or color-coordinated styles. While those on a budget often ask whether emailed, free invitations are acceptable now, it’s still a must to send pretty print invitations. Ceci Johnson, celebrity invitation designer and founder of CeciStyle magazine, says, “By sending a pretty, formal invitation through the mail instead of an online invitation, you show that you went to great effort to design them, and you create a gorgeous keepsake.” And guests love to see the gorgeous invitation that always thrills when it arrives in the mailbox. Look to these top invitation trends for 2012: • Bright and bold colors. While traditional couples still love the look of ecru-colored invitations printed with

formal black lettering, a big trend in invitations, according to the bridal website BecomingTheMrs. com, is bright and bold colors chosen for their match to the couple’s wedding colors and perhaps to the season of the wedding. The Knot, a popular website for wedding planning, says a recent invitation trend is for couples to choose bold colors and have the wording printed in white. Top hues for spring and summer are candy brights, and fall and winter call for jewel tones such as sapphire, eggplant, hunter green and cranberry. • Sparkle. Invitation cards are intricately accented with tiny Swarovski crystals, mini pearls and rhinestones all hand-placed in the design. It might be a crystal sapphire affixed in the couple’s monogram or starburst designs in crystal shine. • Textures and layers. Invitations are no longer simple, single-card stock pages in an envelope, but are

instead multilayered with touchable textures such as an overlay of frosted vellum or decorative seals. Raised borders in smooth, pearlized print add a touch of elegance, and the color motif might be shown in the added layer of color or pattern in the envelope liner. For any panel type, the laser-cut printing technique is a huge trend. “It’s so fresh, unique and innovative,” says Johnson, who launched her Ceci Vivre collection, which coordinates the invitation’s laser-cut design with other print items, as well as tabletop accessories, such as place cards and place mats for bridal showers. “There isn’t a way of defining cheaper when it comes to paper stock, but it’s always best to choose nice) paper stock,” says Johnson, who also says that one type to consider is 130-pound paper. It’s not so glamorous as satin or silk in fabrics, but it is high-quality.” Johnson says the best way to find the perfect paper is to feel it. Go to your invitation designer or to the art supply or stationery store to pick up, touch and feel different types of beautiful papers. “I love imported papers with shiny coats and recycled papers that don’t feel like paper bags,” she says. Another aspect of textures is embellishments to an invitation. Johnson says, “Ribbon and buckle invites are definitely out. They are so ‘80s and overdone. What’s in is incorporating incredible techniques like laser-cut or foil stamping for that extra-luxe design element.” She says that invitation design is now featuring hand-painted custom elements, as well, to illustrate an aspect of the couple’s personal love story. Start early in your planning, and make sure you order with plenty of time in advance. Remember that custom printing requires longer lead times than buying off the shelf. Typically, you should allocate about six to eight weeks for design, printing and calligraphy. Work backward from the date you want to mail them out. I always recommend starting sooner than later. Rush fees are never fun.”

Do’s • Do allow plenty of time. Plan enough time in your schedule to carefully address, assemble, and mail your invitations. • Do get organized. Develop a system for addressing and mailing your invitations. Prepare by gathering the names and addresses of everyone on your guest list. • Arrange each piece that goes into an invitation in a stack, in the order it will be picked up, assembled, and inserted into the envelope. • Do ask for help. Invite friends, family or bridal attendants to help assemble invitations. • Do use the names of all guests when possible. It is much warmer and more welcoming to use the correct names of those who will accompany your guests on invitations instead of “and guest.” • Do use correct titles. It’ s flattering when invitations are addressed correctly . This means using appropriate titles and spelling names correctly. When in doubt, ask before addressing.

Don’ts • Don’t forget to include any appropriate inserts, such as maps, directions or hotel information for out-of-town guests. • Don’t include registry or gift information with your invitation. It is in poor taste to insert a list of places where the bride and groom are registered or a checklist of the things they want and don’t want. • Don’t use a standby guest list. When possible, invite your entire guest list at the same time rather than waiting to see how many people accept before sending out a second round of invitations. When the guest list is carefully planned, and when you consider the likelihood that 10-20 percent of invited guests typically send regrets, this approach is much more straightforward than using a standby list. • Don’t address invitations with labels. Always address invitation envelopes by hand, even when inviting hundreds of guests.


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Building a special occasion guest list for any budget By Sharon Naylor

ne of the first tasks to tackle when planning your wedding, bar mitzvah or other special event is creating your guest list.

N ot only is it exciting to think about those with whom you wish to share your special day, but your guest count also will determine where your event will take place — because a large headcount requires a larger reception space – and what your budget will be. According to The W edding Report, the average number of guests in 2012 will range from 140 to 150, with an average expense per guest of $150 to $160. So if you’re on a tight budget, you might opt to plan a wedding that’s smaller in size. This will require you to be very careful when creating your guest list. The Emily Post Institute advises against using a standby guest list. “When possible, invite your entire guest list at the same time rather than waiting to see how many people accept before sending out a second round of invitations. When the guest list is carefully planned, and when you consider the likelihood that 10 percent to 20 percent of invited guests typically send regrets, this approach is much more straightforward than using a standby list.”

Whom To Include

Countless etiquette and family diplomacy issues arise when it’s time to create a guest list. Parents often apply pressure to invite extended family members who expect an invitation, and some guests apply pressure to have their children invited. After all, the family doesn’ t get together very often with everyone living in different states and on different continents, perhaps. Y our special occasion is a rare time for all to gather. Use these tips to help you decide on a guest list that works for you: • Begin your list with your closest must-have guests such as parents, siblings and their spouses, nieces and nephews, grandparents, the bridal party (if you are planning a wedding) and their dates, and your absolute best friends and their spouses or dates. • Your next class of guests likely will be your aunts and uncles and first cousins with their partners, and perhaps their children. • N ext is your circle of close friends. Whether to give them a plus-one – which is event planning-talk for “a date” – is up to you. The Emily Post Institute offers the following guidance on this tricky topic: “Partners of invited guests must be included in an invitation (when

they are) couples who are married, engaged or living together. It is impolite of a guest to ask if he or she can bring a date – but it is not impolite of you to refuse. Say, ‘I’m sorry, but we have very limited seating at the reception and we just can’ t accommodate any additional guests.’ Allowing single guests who aren’ t attached to a significant other to bring a date is a thoughtful gesture, but one that is not required.” Those facing a budget crunch can avoid the 40 to 50 extra guests by making this rule: “W e’ll only give a plus-one to friends whose significant others we know and have socialized with.” Yes, that can ruffle the feathers of singles who wish to bring a date, but it’ s your rule to make. Remind single friends that weddings are great places to meet other singles. • Next is your circle of work friends and their dates, as well as bosses and their partners. It’ s become a strong trend to include your “work family” at your special occasion, since you spend so much time with them and may have discussed your plans while at work. • Create a rule about kids. The Emily Post Institute provides the official code of conduct: “If you are not inviting unlimited children, you may decide to include family members only, children of a certain age, or no children at all. It is inappropriate to write ‘No Children’ on the invitations. Instead, communicate your wishes by writing only the parents’ names on the inner and outer envelopes – and through word of mouth.”

Make and organize your perfect guest list.

Organizing Your Guest List

Use a free guest list online tool, such as those found through your bridal registry or as part of an allencompassing party planning organizer to create your list and manage RSVPs in one place, with many templates adding up “accepts” and “regrets” totals automatically . No more miscounts. Guard against any computer disasters, such as a crash that makes your all-important guest list disappear , by backing up your files onto a flash drive and printing out your list after each update. After the special day, that printout becomes a great keepsake, as well.

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ver think your wedding was so fun that you’d like to do it again? That’s a definite possibility as vow renewals are getting more and more popular. Rebecca Stebbins, weddings manager at The Venetian in Las Vegas, says she receives a vow renewal inquiry “almost every day.” You can say “I do” again anytime, but the trend is to retie the knot for a special occasion, such as an anniversary. “Most couples seem to plan their renewal around a milestone year,” say event planners Kelly Seizert and Maria Cooke. “We also see couples who may have had a more modest ceremony and reception on their wedding day hosting these parties as a way to celebrate their continued commitment to each other.”

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The ceremonies also give couples a chance to reconnect and reinforce their marital promises. “Vow renewals are appealing for myriad reasons,” says Jillian Kramer, editor of the wedding website Pretty Little Weddings. “It’s important to not only reaffirm the promises you have made to one another , but celebrate the time you’ve spent making those promises a reality.” Kramer continues: “Marriage is a wonderful thing, with twists and turns that can be celebrated at every milestone. Many couples also use vow renewal ceremonies as a chance to supplement the vows they once made by adding new promises that are relevant to the challenges they’ve faced or goals they’d like to achieve.”

Many military couples recommit before or after a deployment, as a show of love and support. Another motivating factor for many couples is the ability to include the whole family. “Couples are often including their children in their ceremony either with special readings or adding new ‘family vows’ that outline what each parent promises to both their partner and family,” say Seizert and Cooke.

Renewal Budget Weddings can be pricey, but in comparison, renewals can be very affordable. For example, a study by The Knot Inc. found that an average wedding in 2010 cost $25,984. Stebbins says a vow renewal at The V enetian costs about $2,500 and includes “bouquet and boutonniere, photography, celebrant to perform the ceremony , champagne gift basket delivered to the couple’s suite,” as well as use of renewal sites such as the venue’ s wedding bridge, chapel, gondola or gardens. Seizert and Cooke say a budget depends on the size of the guest list and how elaborate the renewal will be. “The costs can range anywhere from dinner for two at a favorite restaurant to a party often more elaborate than their original wedding reception,” they say. “Many couples who had more modest original weddings have more means 10 or 15 years later and are able to spend a bit more on a vow renewal for themselves.” Most often the “bride” and “groom” pay for their own renewal ceremony, but sometimes their family and friends contribute for the party.

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A vow renewal can be low key or over the top, depending on the couple’ s preference. Some choose to recommit on location at a favorite getaway, while others remarry at home or in a local venue such as a restaurant or hotel. Vow renewals tend to be smaller events than a traditional wedding, with guest lists of 40 to 50 people. “Many couples try to include all of the guests that were originally invited and attended their wedding, and some keep it small, including only close family and a few friends,” say Seizert and Cooke. The renewal ceremony itself can be customized as

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With so many decisions being made throughout the wedding planning process, couples find themselves stressing over even the simplest of details. There are a few things to keep in mind to make sure your happy occasion doesn’t become a terrible nightmare! Have a theme. A theme doesn’ t necessarily mean “fairy-tale” or “Mardi Gras.” It can be a color , a style or an element (e.g. orange, vintage, ocean). By anchoring your self to a theme, it’ s much easier to gauge when you’re going off course. Have a panel. Nominate a select few people that you trust to aide in your decision-making. Y ou might tend to share your wedding planning ideas with everyone you see (including complete strangers!), but too much input will make you second guess your gut. When you’re at a crossroads, ask your trusted panel. Stay true to you. T rends come and go, but you will always be you. Be careful about getting caught up in what’s hot this season. If you wear your hair a certain way all the time, keep it that way . When you look back at your wedding album decades from now, you want to be able to see you – not someone who was keeping up with the Jones’. Control the things you can. Forget the things you can’t! You can’t control the weather, but you can control having a back-up plan if it rains. You’ve hired a venue, a caterer, a florist, and other assorted vendors to make your day spectacular. Don’t micromanage. That’s why they are there – to pay attention to the details so you can enjoy your day.

Remember why you’re here. It’s not just a wedding. It’s a marriage. At the end of the day, the people you surround yourself with on your big day won’t remember the color of the linen or the type of silverware you had. They will remember celebrating the moment when a couple

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The right music makes or breaks the reception By Tom Roebuck

o matter how much time you spend planning your celebration, there are bound to be a few things that don’t go according to the plan.

A good DJ knows how to read the guests and get people on the dance floor.

Do you want a DJ with a set music program or be flexible? Take requests or not? Play your requests on demand or when they feel it can be fit in without altering the dance floor or mood? As always, this is completely up to you. Be sure to hire the DJ that will do it your way .

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Some are unavoidable, such as bad weather, an illness or an out-of-town guest’s missing a flight. These are bad breaks but hardly enough to derail your important day. One of the biggest train wrecks that can happen to your special party is booking the wrong disc jockey . The DJ oversees the reception and single-handedly can make it a night to remember, for better or for worse. The first step for most people looking for DJs is often the Internet. Any reputable DJ will have a W eb site that lists not only his/her services and prices but also his/her sense of style. Then there are independent sites, on which couples post their experiences with different vendors. That can give you an idea of whom to pursue and whom to avoid. But searching the Web should only be a first step. A couple never should make a decision without a face-to-face meeting with the DJ who will be working that night, according to Evan Reitmeyer , president of MyDeejay . com. “People can come across very differently on their W eb site or on the telephone than they can in person,” Reitmeyer says. “You can spot a fake in person very easily.” The pre-meeting is the time for the couple and the DJ to go over the reception’s timeline, playlist and style. A couple may be looking for a polished professional who can emcee the evening without being overbearing, minus the big, flashy introductions. They may have a list of songs for the entire night, or they may have a few in mind and let the DJ pick the rest. Getting everything in order beforehand will make things a lot easier when the big day arrives.

Though the reception is the time for everybody to let loose and have a good time, more people are skipping stale routines, such as the chicken dance and the Macarena, and leaving the V illage People costumes and other props at home. A good playlist that features a mixture of upbeat songs from various eras, along with a good DJ who knows how to read an audience, should be enough to get people on the dance floor. “Cheese is on its way out, and really individualized music, custom timelines and things being nontraditional are what’ s in fashion right now ,” Reitmeyer says. When it comes to a wedding, some traditions are too special to go away, such as the first dance. Others are fading away , notably the bouquet and garter tosses. “This generation that’s getting married now is a little more sensitive to calling out all of their single friends and saying, ‘Hey, everyone, look at all of these girls that aren’t married yet,’” Reitmeyer says. More and more people are going with the concept that less is more, opting for receptions that aren’t cluttered with too many gimmicks. “More traditions are ending than being created,” Reitmeyer says. With fewer traditions being carried out, the playlist becomes even more important. It’s the music that will make or break the evening. “The biggest thing to having a successful celebration is having hosts that are a little self-aware and also aware of the guests that are coming and the age ranges of those guests,” Reitmeyer says. When selecting your DJ, it is important to understand the level of enter tainment that you desire. Some events are extremely interactive and require an energetic DJ, while others are more relaxed and you simply want someone to provide music. Because of this, be sure you know what you want so you can find a DJ that will be the perfect match for your event.


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veryone’s having too much fun to call it a day after the reception ends, which is why more wedding couples are planning after-parties to keep the celebration going.

Smart wedding couples wait several hours after their receptions end and then embark upon their after-party plans. The delay is smart because the vast majority of wedding guests have left, and that helps to thin the herd. “We made sure to tell our friends to meet in the hotel lobby three hours after the reception ended,” says recent bride Megan Stinson. “That not only prevented other guests from joining us, but it gave us time to go to our hotel room, change into more comfortable outfits, eat something — since we didn’t get to eat much at the wedding — have some time alone and then head out for the night.” Brides and grooms who plan this delayed after -party are then joined by only their closest friends, which keeps expenses down, and they have something in their stomachs to help keep them from getting too tipsy as the celebration continues.

Types of After-Parties

• Out on the town. The bride and groom pre-scout a fabulous bar or club to which they’ll lead their VIP guests. Often, the hotel will allow use of the free shuttle bus to bring the group to the club and back at an appointed hour , which provides a safe ride for all. • In a separate party space. The hotel might also have a small party room that the bride and groom can decorate with table linens, candles and dimmed lighting. This style of party is popular with bigger -budget brides and grooms, who arrange for late-night cocktail-party fare; food stations, for instance, could offer sliders, waffle fries and other bar-type food. It’s an open bar, of course, and some after-parties even have a DJ playing

music from the couple’ s pre-selected playlist. When you book a hotel’ s party room, they do require you to order food and drinks, but the entertainment is up to you. Many couples simply hook up their iPods for their after-party music. • In a hotel suite. N ot the bride and groom’s suite, mind you, which they’ll want to keep private. Rather, consider a tidy friend’s suite. Party guests need to keep it down to prevent bothering other hotel guests, but it’ s a comfy locale for a small after -party group to unwind, propose a toast and snack on room service foods or a few delivered pizzas. • At home. An at-home party allows everyone plenty of space to relax, kick off their shoes and maybe even go for a swim or a hot-tub dip. Self-catered menus often include easy-serve finger sandwiches and dips. It might be the bride and groom’s house, the parents’ house or a friend’s house that plays host to this gathering; in fact, friends may host the get-together as their present to the bride and groom. Or , if the bride and groom have taken their friends out on the town, it’ s often the parents who host their friends and close family in their home for a relaxed after -party. • Cocktail cruise. Again, on a bigger budget, the bride and groom might take their VIP guests on a midnight cruise. These party cruises offer packages that include an open bar for two hours, an hors d’oeuvres buffet and a dessert, and on-board entertainment gets the crowd dancing.

After-Party Planning Tips

Some after parties form spontaneously , with guests winding up in the hotel lounge or getting invited during the reception. That can be a smart strategy for limiting tagalongs as well. If a couple were to send out invitations to the after party , others who didn’t make their VIP guest list might hear about the event and ask to join in. That sets up a difficult situation wherein the couple must diplomatically say , “N o, it’s a

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private party” and either hurt feelings or agree to extra guests -- and pay for them. As mentioned, be sure that any catering plans are easy to manage. Y ou don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is relaxing and mingling. Easy-serve trays are the ideal option. Have some cut-up fruits in storage bags that can be quickly emptied into serving bowls, as well as quick-serve hummus that can be opened and set on the table with some crackers or veggies. During this gathering, it’s often a fantastic, celebratory group event when the bride and groom simultaneously upgrade their Facebook statuses to “married.”

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Lace is everywhere, according to Klausner. This year’s looks are all about the detailing and that means it’s the season of lace. “Where lace was once considered traditional, it has evolved into a fashion statement,” she says. “Its versatility and its fluidity permit the most updated silhouettes to be patterned in lace. The sheer factor has sophisticated sexy written all over it!” Look around and you’ll be seeing lots of navy . “Navy is persistent in taking over as the ‘new black’, Klausner says, “and navy lace creates an especially striking look.” In keeping with the blue hue, aqua is a traditional summer color, but now in soft chiffons it has become the go-to color for cocktail and formal wear. “The advantage of wearing a color such as aqua or pink,” Klausner says, “is that in a sea of black you certainly won’t be missed!” Unless you’re living under a rock, you must know how important animal prints are this season. Well they have broken the barriers into formal as well. Softer prints or bold prints in soft fabrics have joined the runways and the aisles. “Don’t’ be shy!,” says Klausner. “Let the animal in you out of the cage and turn heads wherever you go!” Not ready to take the plunge? “When in doubt you can go to basic black,” Klausner advises. “But if you want to really be noticed, you want the color.” When it’s time to shop, consider some of her favorite designers: the U.K.’ s Jenny Packham, Carmen Marc Valvo and Badgely Mischka. Packham, who does both bridal and ready-towear, appeals to an international following with her luxurious glamour. Valvo continues to be favored by celebrities and those who want red-carpet looks done with artistic flair that is modern yet not too edgy, and Badgely Mischka scores big with glamorous embellished looks. Whether it be wedding, bar mitzvah, prom, or some other type of celebration, celebrate in style this season with the dress that enables you to look and feel your best.

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With so many decisions being made throughout the wedding planning process, couples find themselves stressing over even the simplest of details. There are a few things to keep in mind to make sure your happy occasion doesn’t become a terrible nightmare! Have a theme. A theme doesn’ t necessarily mean “fairy-tale” or “Mardi Gras.” It can be a color , a style or an element (e.g. orange, vintage, ocean). By anchoring your self to a theme, it’ s much easier to gauge when you’re going off course. Have a panel. Nominate a select few people that you trust to aide in your decision-making. Y ou might tend to share your wedding planning ideas with everyone you see (including complete strangers!), but too much input will make you second guess your gut. When you’re at a crossroads, ask your trusted panel. Stay true to you. T rends come and go, but you will always be you. Be careful about getting caught up in what’s hot this season. If you wear your hair a certain way all the time, keep it that way . When you look back at your wedding album decades from now, you want to be able to see you – not someone who was keeping up with the Jones’. Control the things you can. Forget the things you can’t! You can’t control the weather, but you can control having a back-up plan if it rains. You’ve hired a venue, a caterer, a florist, and other assorted vendors to make your day spectacular. Don’t micromanage. That’s why they are there – to pay attention to the details so you can enjoy your day.

Remember why you’re here. It’s not just a wedding. It’s a marriage. At the end of the day, the people you surround yourself with on your big day won’t remember the color of the linen or the type of silverware you had. They will remember celebrating the moment when a couple

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Because everyone today wants a coordinated look for all of their print items, every important stationery piece — from “save the date” cards to menu cards, place cards and thank-you notes — is often designed in matching or color-coordinated styles. While those on a budget often ask whether emailed, free invitations are acceptable now, it’s still a must to send pretty print invitations. Ceci Johnson, celebrity invitation designer and founder of CeciStyle magazine, says, “By sending a pretty, formal invitation through the mail instead of an online invitation, you show that you went to great effort to design them, and you create a gorgeous keepsake.” And guests love to see the gorgeous invitation that always thrills when it arrives in the mailbox. Look to these top invitation trends for 2012: • Bright and bold colors. While traditional couples still love the look of ecru-colored invitations printed with formal black lettering, a big trend in invitations, according to the bridal website BecomingTheMrs. com, is bright and bold colors chosen for their match to the couple’s wedding colors and perhaps to

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Giving your invitees a letter to remember continued from page 9 the season of the wedding. The Knot, a popular website for wedding planning, says a recent invitation trend is for couples to choose bold colors and have the wording printed in white. Top hues for spring and summer are candy brights, and fall and winter call for jewel tones such as sapphire, eggplant, hunter green and cranberry. • Sparkle. Invitation cards are intricately accented with tiny Swarovski crystals, mini pearls and rhinestones all hand-placed in the design. It might be a crystal sapphire affixed in the couple’s monogram or starburst designs in crystal shine. • Textures and layers. Invitations are no longer simple, singlecard stock pages in an envelope, but are instead multilayered with touchable textures such as an overlay of frosted vellum or decorative seals. Raised borders in smooth, pearlized print add a touch of elegance, and the color motif might be shown in the added layer of color or pattern in the envelope liner. For any panel type, the laser-cut printing technique is a huge trend. “It’s so fresh, unique and innovative,” says Johnson, who launched her Ceci Vivre collection, which coordinates the invitation’s laser-cut design with other print items, as well as tabletop accessories, such as place cards and place mats for bridal showers. “There isn’t a way of defining cheaper when it comes to paper stock, but it’s always best to choose nice) paper stock,” says Johnson, who also says that one type to consider is 130-pound paper. It’s not so glamorous as satin or silk in fabrics, but it is high-quality.” Johnson says the best way to find the perfect paper is to feel it. Go to your invitation designer or to the art supply or stationery store to pick up, touch and feel different types of beautiful papers. “I love imported papers with shiny coats and recycled papers that don’t feel like paper bags,” she says. Another aspect of textures is embellishments to an invitation. Johnson says, “Ribbon and buckle invites are definitely out. They are so ‘80s and overdone. What’s in is incorporating incredible techniques like laser-cut or

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Countless etiquette and family diplomacy issues arise when it’ s time to create a guest list. Parents often apply pressure to invite extended family members who expect an invitation, and some guests apply pressure to have their children invited. After all, the family doesn’t get together very often with everyone living in different states and on different continents, perhaps. Y our special occasion is a rare time for all to gather. Use these tips to help you decide on a guest list that works for you: • Begin your list with your closest must-have guests such as parents, siblings and their spouses, nieces and nephews, grandparents, the bridal party (if you are planning a wedding) and their dates, and your absolute best friends and their spouses or dates. • Your next class of guests likely will be your aunts and uncles and first cousins with their partners, and perhaps their children. • Next is your circle of close friends. Whether to give them a plus-one – which is event planning-talk for “a date” – is up to you. The Emily Post Institute offers the following guidance on this tricky topic: “Partners of invited guests must be included in an invitation (when they are) couples who are married, engaged or living together. It is impolite of a guest to ask if he or she can bring a date – but it is not impolite of you to refuse. Say , ‘I’m sorry, but we have very limited seating at the reception and we just can’ t accommodate any additional guests.’ Allowing single guests who aren’ t attached to a significant other to bring a date is a thoughtful gesture, but one that is not required.” Those facing a budget crunch can avoid the 40 to 50 extra guests by making this rule: “W e’ll only give a plus-one to friends whose significant others we know and have socialized with.” Yes, that can ruffle the feathers of singles who wish to bring a date, but it’ s your rule to make. Remind single

friends that weddings are great places to meet other singles. • Next is your circle of work friends and their dates, as well as bosses and their partners. It’ s become a strong trend to include your “work family” at your special occasion, since you spend so much time with them and may have discussed your plans while at work. • Create a rule about kids. The Emily Post Institute provides the official code of conduct: “If you are not inviting unlimited children, you may decide to include family members only , children of a certain age, or no children at all. It is inappropriate to write ‘N o Children’ on the invitations. Instead, communicate your wishes by writing only the parents’ names on the inner and outer envelopes – and through word of mouth.”

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The place for your quests to stay , relax & enjoy. Convenient to airports, LIRR & the best restaurants on LI. Complimentary, continental breakfast & free high-speed internet access.

Luxurious Accomodations at Affordable Rates 125 Merrick Road • Rockville Centre • 516-599-1700 www.rockvillecentresuites.hamptoninn.com

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Partynning Guide

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Save the Memories

Call (516) 224-5871, then sit back and relax!

· Weekday and weekend packages

· Themed party choices

· Discount on party packages for all Museum members

· Refreshment options

Editing Services Available

1001 STEWART AVENUE • GARDEN CITY, NY 11530-4812 Phone (516) 227-3300 • Fax (516) 227-3315 Email:aaapartyrent@verizon.net

Classic Cuisine Catering

Just Call For Fast Delivery

The Original

• Serving all of Long Island • Special Seasonal

We let the food speak for itself

Bridal Package

of Freeport Village

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Teleflora®

532681

Duryea’s Florist

WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU WITH ALL YOUR Flow ers T FLORAL NEEDS ele

We also Prepare food for Pre-K, Daycares And Senior Citizen Centers

Sweet Hands-on-Fun!

Est. 1960

ed All O ver Th e Wor ld

516.378.5579

70 GUY LOMBARDO AVE., FREEPORT 1.800.886.1409 Fax 516.378.5594 Visit Us On The Web: www.duryeasflowershop.com

OPEN 7 DAYS

535102

Call Joe @ 718-835-2595

Phone: 516.489.3467 Fax: 516.505.9716 classiccuisine@rocketmail.com www.classiccuisineinfo.com

11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530 • 516-224-5800 • www.licm.org On Charles Lindbergh Blvd. (Museum Row)

531136

Reasonable rates!

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Do you have old 45's, 78's, LPs and cassettes you can't listen to anymore? Don't throw them out - transfer them to CD! We transfer 35MM, 8MM, Super8, VHS, slides, negatives and photos to DVD

Unforgettable birthday fun starts here!

Have your child’s next party at our whimsical party place featuring a kiddie-size ice cream parlor. Every Party Includes: Dress-Up • Craft • Theme Activities Pizza • Make Your Own Sundae • Invitations

As Seen On News12 Discovery Channel & Newsday

Kosher Available & Peanut Free

516-208-6737

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Let’s Party

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2943 Long Beach Rd. Oceanside, NY www.onceuponasundae.com

Mention This Ad

$ave 20% off your event!

“Olde World Tradition in Baking”

We Do Art Birthday Parties!

Certified Kosher

Fresh Baked

536233

516-596-4278 • artclasses4kids.org

Having a party? Wrap it up with Bistro!

256 East Park Avenue Long Beach, NY 11561

Creative Art Space For Kids 48D Atlantic Avenue, Lynbrook NY

The Garden City Bistro

Country Boy Bakery

lasses For Kid C t s Ar

Photo confetti made from your photos!

Rolls, Bread, Cakes, Cookies & Pastries South Shore VAAD

Communions • Confirmations • Graduations • Preprom Parties, Etc. Professional Set Up & Service Available

Hours: Sun. 5 am to 7 pm, Mon. to Sat. 5 am to 8 pm

662 Franklin Avenue • Garden City

www.gcbistro.com

(516) 889-7295 Thank you for your continued support as we’ve served our community over the last 40 years!

Hospitality ✴ Parties ✴ Weddings ✴ Proms Broadway ✴ Dinner/Theater ✴ Nightclubs Casino & Sporting Events ✴ Airport Transportation

The possibilities are endless! Sprinkle on tables to add a personalized touch to any event. Include in thank-you notes. Great for Save the Date. Add to Invitations. ORDER ONLINE! - www.photofetti.com info@photofetti.com - 1.866.496.3168

(516) 747-3696 Fax (516)747-3910 Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-6pm Sat 8am-5pm

Joe oeyy’s

PARTY BUFFET

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$ 99 per person

+ tax

Est. 1983

Dinners Special PIZZA 10 FOR FROZEN DINNERS • Homemade • Fresh Frozen • Highest Quality

$

4000

5 Huntington Avenue • Lynbrook • 599-2929 Delivery to All Nassau County or Stop In

232 Cedarhurst Ave., Suite 26A Cedarhurst lhkli li

6438

536296

536415

536260

516.377.1028 • LIPartyPeople.com

560 FRANKLIN AVENUE • FRANKLIN SQUARE Tel 516.561.6191 • Fax 516.825.3623 www.valleycaterers.com

www.joeyspizzalynbrook.com

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& So Much More!

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Finest Quality Largest Variety • Lowest Prices Catering For All Occasions

Bartenders Waiters/ Waitresses Dunk Tank

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Magicians Photography Videography Makeup M Ma Mak ak a keup eup p Ar A Artis Artists r tis ttiis tists ists ts

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DJ/MC’s Clowns Characters Bouncers/Slides


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