Sunday, January 23, 2011

We're in the process of moving...

Hi everyone.
First I wanted to thank you for reading this wedding blog.  It is what I love, what I'm passionate about and given the response...what you like too.

Over the last few months, I've been moving content over to a new site that I'm hoping you'll love just as much.  It still has some tweeks to go, but I'm hoping that you'll move with me. 

Yours In Bridal will have all of the articles you've read over the past 2 years and SO MUCH MORE!!  I'm finalizing articles with industry leaders, destinations and of course, the best-latest-greatest in trunk shows, sales and events worldwide.  I will continue to make things as "EASY" for you my couples as I can.  So why move...because I want to continue to stretch myself, the company and to provide you with the best there is.

Because I'm now taking on a ton more responsibility, I'll be posting new content ONLY on Yours in Bridal moving forward.  This site will stay up and hopefully if you've just discovered'll visit Yours in Bridal for the latest news and stay for a while.

For those of you who are subscribers here, please subscribe on at our new home.

So thank you very much and I can't wait to show you what's happening next.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Bride and Groom luxury items New York style

Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to attend a Luxury expo.  When they say luxury, they mean Maserati in the front, sail boat next to that and all the perks that someone with a few dollars to spare could want.  It made me wonder, “How many couples really have this kind of cash for their wedding (or beyond) and want to spend it.”  “Would they know where to go, what to do or who to speak with.”  Because I know you’re busy and well…I had the time, this is a short list of some of the great luxuries you can have if you have it like that.
There is power under them-thar wheels. Maserati Granturismo Convertible
Maserati is pure luxury.  While it looks ‘pretty cool’, the power when the key turns it over is ‘Va-Roooom’!!  Pure power, but smooth on taking the turns.  It handled wonderfully on the Haute streets of NYC even in traffic.  The only thing that stopped more traffic was people (especially the guys) drooling and quickly taking snaps of the photo with their mobile phone.
This convertible is the latest generation in the four-seat convertible history. This baby has 433hp, 4.7 ltr V8 engine, can top-out at 176 mph and six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters that delivers thoroughbred performance.  Things I loved included the touch-screen capacity that allows you to open doors, have the perfect set of tunes playing and speakerphone capability.  This company keeps your safety in mind.
If you can’t’ afford a Maserati (yet), they have some really cool gift items that would be wonderful to hold on to until you can get the really big toy.    $135.000
Don’t want to drive – take to the air in style
Sometimes taking to the air in a private jet, and traveling in style is more affordable than you think.  If you are traveling as a small group to a destination wedding, how about flying with Flexjet?

For over 15 years, Flexjet provided fractional 'ownership' allowing you to book and truly leave on a jet plane at your leisure and in pure comfort.   Originally only for corporate raiders, they now offer by the hour jet cards through the Flexjet 25 jet card program (operated by Jet Solutions).  This means you can literally buy hours, to be used whenever you want.  Want to fly to Napa for a glass of wine – done.  Need some sun in Miami to tan – done.  Craving for pizza (after your wedding naturally) and want to go to Chicago – No problem. 

You can easily use their interactive models to create your own travel program. So it it's flying just the two of you or up to 10 of your closest friends, you will travel in comfort.

Flexjet has teamed up with Iron Chef Morimoto for the Ultimate Napa Valley Gift experience.  Imagine private flying to Napa and then having a private dinner, cooking lesson and sake tasting with a master chef.  Chef Morimoto and Meadowood Napa Valley are offering this ultimate experience, which includes Taste OF Napa Valley events, wine tastings, a hosted dinner party.  Not inexpensive, this starts at $124,900,

How about staying close to home
Club Macanudo is the premiere cigar lounge in New York City.  This was a hot spot during the early 90’s when the cigar craze took off and more women were puffing away.  While the number of woman may have diminished, Club Macanudo continues to thrive.  With its comfy leather chairs, over 130 varieties of cigars and a large list of wines and spirits, this is the club of choice to those in the know. 
It’s not just about the cigars (even though they are premium) or scotch. They have a wonderful restaurant and full service menu (I would recommend the lamb or the burger – both yummy) and the warm chocolate truffles or Tuxedo Bombe (chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate) for dessert.
There is a private room for your own gathering, and if you really enjoy private humidors for you to lease.  What a wonderful way to celebrate your bacelor (or bachelorette) party, rehearsal dinner or just a night with family and friends.
Club Macanudo - 26 East 63rd Street – NYC 212.75.8200

Friday, January 7, 2011

Bridal Shows in Texs, Canada & Save The Date with Martha

Here are just a few Bridal Events that you should know about.  A great tip...
Wear comfy shoes and if you have extra mailing lables (or hey, create them!!) bring them with you.  Why?  With so many brides and vendors saying "can you just fill this out?", you can peel and stick your way through the show without having to wait for a pen.  Pretty smart huh and eco-friendly.  Use those left-over labels.

HOUSTON BRIDES:You have a bridal expo on Jan 8-9. Held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, you will find great information to help you prepare for your wedding day. 

PORTLAND BRIDES: Have you registered for the Portland Bridal Show on Jan 15-16 yet? It's $9.00, but they have a $1.00 coupon on their site.


TORONTO BRIDES: Jan 21-23 attend the city's BIGGEST bridal show with everything you need to plan a lavish affair or a quiet destination wedding. Sample, compare prices & view the hottest trends with over 350 of the best wedding retailers and service providers in southern Ontario all without having to schedule a single appointment.
ONTARIO BRIDES: Jan 15-16 join this one stop shopping experience. Have a first look at a variety of vendors for your wedding! Offering tons of show specials throughout the weekend and many prizes to be won including 13 aisle prizes located throughout the show, a Stagette Party Night and the Honeymoon grand prize.

SAVE THE DATE - Martha Stewart Weddings: 

March 12 & 13. 11am-4pm Everything you need to know to plan your wedding.  Have a chat with the editors of Martha Stewart Weddings w/o leaving your home.  Register for this event…it’s sure to be fun.

Bridal Event: Love & Basketball...sort of.

When it comes to attending a bridal show, Brides and Basketball offers the best of both worlds! Brides are able to get their Grooms to take part in the wedding planning process, while the men are able to take their ladies to an exciting major sporting event for FREE.

It is one fun-filled night with games, giveaways and NBA entertainment. Tickets to the Bridal Show are only $10 and include the basketball game! Plus, you'll have a chance to attend a special wedding planning workshop, hosted by the Association of Bridal Consultants.

Please visit our web site - - to view more information about this unique event and then purchase your $10 ticket for the show, and stay to enjoy the game between the NJ Nets & Dallas Mavericks at the Prudential Center!
Saturday, January 22 · 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Prudential Center - 165 Mulberry Street - Newark, NJ

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Douglas Hannant creates a winter wonderland 2011 bridal collection for the chic bride

Douglas Hannant and I had a chat during fashion week when he hinted at his excitement for this upcoming bridal season.  He said he wanted to create a 2011 collection for a strong; no holds bared kind of bride.  So you can imagine the surprise of walking into the Plaza hotel Edwardian Room to see trees and …snow?  For a spring collection? Always known to make a statement the first model strut her stuff in a silk crepe and satin trim tuxedo.  Yes, that was absolutely an attention grabber as each of the pieces that followed.

From the tux to feathers to tiered organza skirts, each piece said “This is my wedding day and I’m doing it my way”.  What stuck me was the detail; simply yet stunning.  The drama came from an embroidered dodice or a simple front with a plunging back.  The veils were cage bird like and in some instances, no veil at all.  It was refreshing that there was a mix of traditional yet daring to be different.  Who says you must have a veil or hat, or your hair has to be in a sweet and perfect bun?  Definitely not Douglas.

Douglas Hannant creates for a woman who knows her self, loves to walk just outside of the box, looks effortlessly amazing, is bold and oh yea…she is a bride too.

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