Friday, February 27, 2009

Great Venues: Part 2

Here is another list of beautiful venues in NY

Prince George Ballroom

The Prince George Ballroom is located in a landmark building in Manhattan’s Madison Square North Historic District, it was designed at the beginning of the 20th century, the Ballroom is rich with intricate neo-Renaissance details. It has been restored to its original architectural splendor. The space boast 4,800 square feet and provides a breathtakingly beautiful setting for a gala dinner, wedding, corporate event, or other special occasion.

The Swan Club

The Swan Club boast gorgeous settings described as a photographer's paradise. The lush, landscaped gardens on seven acres are constantly maintained with change of season flowers.

Glen Cove Mansion

The Glen Cove Mansion is a landmark Georgian estate, a dazzling backdrop for any special occasion. They specialize in wedding ceremonies and receptions , whether your style is lavish grandeur or elegant simplicity.

Be Inpired by beautiful spaces

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Wedding Day Makeup: Spotlight on Makeup Designs by Candace

You work so hard to make sure that your wedding day turns out great. You have chosen the perfect venue, the beautiful flowers and a gorgeous dress. Don't overlook your makeup. You are always beautiful, however this day calls for an extra look. It is not just your everyday makeup routine and considering a make-up artist should be worked into your budget.

Once again I have had the privilege of networking with a great professional passionate about her work. Candace Gibbs of Makeup Designs by Candace in Kew Garden, NY has written an article to share her expertise on wedding day looks.

Bridal Makeup

A woman’s wedding day is one of the most important days of her life and probably the only day in your life that you will be photographed like a celebrity. Therefore one would assume that your makeup design would be equally important.
One of the biggest mistakes that many blushing brides make with bridal makeup is choosing a look that is very far fetched from their normal everyday look and personality. I am not saying at all that you should be very plain or made under, however you shouldn’t transform into someone you don’t recognize in the mirror. Bridal makeup should look like you only more enhanced and glamorous, which is why picking the right makeup artist is very important.

When choosing a makeup artist it is important that the cost is obviously in your price range being that it can vary from $75-3,000 depending on different factors. Once you have established a price range that fits your budget, you can begin looking. After you’ve found a few makeup artists that you might like to work with you should set up some kind of initial contact meeting, which can just be having coffee at Starbucks or a long phone conversation. This meeting is important as it enables you to introduce yourself to the artist and for the artist to learn details about your wedding. The makeup artist may be interested in knowing your likes and dislikes with makeup as well as specific details about the wedding including design of your dress, jewelry, hairstyle, flower colors, bridesmaids dresses etc. This will give the makeup artist a clearer picture of your personal style, which will enable them to develop an individualized makeup design for you.

After choosing your makeup artist, the next step is your trial makeup session. The purpose of this session is to try out different makeup looks and decide on a definitive wedding look. This session could cost you anywhere between $50 or a percent of your total fee. Generally, the makeup artist will suggest that you wear the makeup all day and if possible go out and dance so you can see if the makeup will last all night. You might also want to take a picture right after having the makeup done and later on that evening. Let the makeup artist know if you had any reactions to products or if you just didn’t like how the makeup held up on you throughout the night.

It is very important to have a good relationship with your makeup artist and keep them informed of any changes about hair color or cut and if you plan to tan either naturally, with self-tanners or via tanning salon. These things may affect your makeup design, so inform your makeup right away to decide if changes should be made.
On the big day set aside 2-3 hours to have your makeup done. I know it may sound like a lot, however, that will be a busy day and perfection doesn’t always come easy. You also want to make sure you have extra time for any last minute changes that come up.

So that’s it girls, picking the right makeup artist is the hardest part of having your makeup done for your wedding! So reserve the right to be picky, ask lots of questions and don’t transform into some unidentified person and you’ll be fine. Good Luck!

Candance Gibbs
Makeup Designs by Candace
Kew Gardens, NY

Be inspired to create a great look for your wedding. Hire a professional.


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Great Venues: Part 1

The word venue derives from the Latin venire (to come), and implies a place that people come to. Your wedding venue will be the place that your guests come to; your venue will also set the tone for your event.

You have sent out the invitations, picked the favors, selected your flowers. Let it all come together in a great venue. Here is a list of great venues in the NYC area

This is one of my favorites, and I have written it down as one of the locations I can't wait to plan an event in.

Gotham Hall

Formerly the Greenwich Savings Bank headquarters the walls of this awesome venue still expose inscriptions on the granite walls of Gotham Hall. Words of success through wisdom and commerce echo through the halls of this building. Through the vision of veteran caterer Simon Auerbacher this former Bank was re purposed to serve as one of New York City’s most prominent and prestigious social, corporate, and non-profit event venues.

Broad Street Ballroom

Yet another bank to serve the greater good of brides, The Broad Street Ballroom is a great and interesting venue. 37-41 Broad Street was constructed in 1928-29 as the Headquarters of the Lee-Higginson Bank and is recognized today as "the most impressible building on Broad Street." As the headquarters of an important investment bank, the building is directly associated with the growth of the Lower Manhattan financial district and the U.S. financial services industry. The building embodies characteristics of the austere late 1920's Classical Revival style office building. The Broad Street ballroom exhibits the characteristics of the Classical Revival style; it is symmetrically organized with classically derived details that are stately and proper (non-whimsical) in composition.

The Foundry

This is another of my favorite spaces and has made it on my list of "must plan an event in". I love the uniqueness of this space and I could only imaging the joy in my heart dressing it to become a wedding venue. Filling each foot of this very unconventional space. A 19th Century Foundry, meticulously restored to retain its industrial character. Stunning proportions, adaptable to many uses.

Oheka Castle

A bride might be dreaming of a fairytale wedding, there is no better start to a fairytale than a grand castle. It is simply grand and the grounds are an excellent background for wedding photos. Gary Melius introduces OHEKA Castle. When he first saw OHEKA back in 1984, in its dilapidated state, he had a vision for what it could be. A vision to return it to its 1920's splendor. With that vision he created a spectacular venue with a great historic significance to America and the Gold Coast of Long Island.

Be Inspired by the uniqueness of your venue.


Monday, February 23, 2009

Short and flirty Bridesmaid's dresses

Your bridesmaids have happily said yes to joining your bridal party, to being a part of your special day. When choosing dresses for your bridesmaids consider dresses that they would not mind wearing again. Here are some great styles in great colors.

Alfred Angelo

Alfred Angelo

J. Crew Weddings


Jim Hjelm

Eden Maids


Alfred Angelo

J Crew Weddings

Melissa Sweet

Inspire your bridesmaids to wear their dresses again


Saturday, February 21, 2009

Menu Cards

Menu cards are a great way to add your personality to your wedding. They are perfect for adding the finishing touch to your reception or rehearsal dinner. Aleximani Events carries a great line of Carlson Craft menu cards. The Exclusive Collection II offers various styles designs and colors that will enhance your wedding decor.


This menu card would be great for a Moroccan or Indian themed wedding


This menu card is elegant and perfect for an evening reception


The eye-catching pattern that spans the bottom of this menu is a wonderful way to highlight the choices.


You can add a personal touch by having your names printed above your menu choices on this contemporary menu card.


Long on Elegance

An elegant ribbon graces the top of this long and slender ecru menu card, you can include your monogram along with your names, wedding date and menu.

Check out Aleximani Events invitation sites for more menu card style.

Add inspiration to your reception with menu cards.

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Great Bridal Bouquets

The bride's bouquet is one of her accessories. It compliments her dress and it is another way to bring in the bridal colors. Here are 10 great bouquets:

Spring Fling

photo by elegance&simplicity

Green Dreams

photo by elegance & simplicity

Fall Inspiration

photo by Todd Rafalovich

Orange Surprise

photo by Geoff white

Calla Magic
photo by Catherine Dove

Purple Pop

Photo by Jen Bierman

Red Abundance

Photos by Karen French

Blushing Bride

Photo by Robert Evans

Berry Dreams

Photo by Geoff White

Fairytale Pink

Photo by Lindsay Flanagan

Be Inspired by Flowers

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