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By Long Island Bride and Groom
Categories:  Articles   

To be or not to be, that is the question? Oh wait, wrong event. The question still remains though, to write your own vows or recite the traditional vows. You are deep in the wedding planning process now and you've reached the part about the exchanging of vows. You've known for years that you would really love to write your own vows, but you aren't sure where to begin. The very first step you should take before writing your own vows is making sure that you and your partner are on the same page when it comes to vow writing. If you aren't equally committed, it will show in your vows. There is no right or wrong answer to traditional versus DIY vows; just what is right for you as a couple.

Click here to read more of this article:  Words of Love


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By Long Island Bride and Groom
Categories:  Articles   General   

You’ve found your perfect guy, but have you found the perfect match in a wedding photographer? Photographers should be booked at least 10 months in advance to your special day. Visit Longislandbrideandgroom.com  for Long Island’s top wedding photographers.

Having a photographer is important to chronicle your first moments of wedding bliss. Get some expert tips on how to get the right look - in images for your wedding day. The article Thanks for the Memories can be found on page 216 in the digital copy of our magazine.

  

   

 

 


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By Long Island Bride and Groom
Categories:  Articles   Health & Beauty   

With one of the most special days of your life approaching schedule a beauty consultation several months in advance. Doing so will help to ensure you will look picture perfect on your wedding day! Check out our digital magazine for the article “Get Your Wedding Glow" on page 320 and visit http://tinyurl.com/pcz6ylv Health, Beauty and Fitness for Long Island’s top professionals with hair, makeup, nutrition and skincare. 


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By Long Island Bride and Groom
Categories:  Articles   

Have a lot of out-of-town guests coming to your wedding?  Most hotels offer group rates when you block out a certain number of rooms. View some of Long Island’s finest hotels.  Give them a call to schedule a visit of their property.  

To show your appreciation to your guest for their attendance; leave a welcome gift, this is one way to thank them for being with you on your special day!  

 

 Want more helpful tips on Pampering your Guest  - Click here for our digital magazine and go to page 160 to read this article. 


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By Long Island Bride and Groom
Categories:  Articles   

Every bride wants to make her wedding as perfect as it can be because she has been dreaming of this day since she was a little girl. We have compiled some helpful advice from past brides to assist you in planning your wedding day.

        - Prepare a to-do list and check things off. 

        - Do research on different aspects of your wedding from venues to vendors. 

        - Don’t sweat the small stuff; everything manages to fall into place. 

        - Personalize your wedding because this is your chance to show guests who you both 
          are.
 

        - The day flies by so be sure to stop every few minutes to take it all in. 

        - Enjoy the planning process because it such an amazing part of your life.

During this time what the bride needs most is the help and support of her groom. Grooms that have already gone through this experience have offered some great advice to help you when planning your special day.

        - Remember that, your bride has been dreaming of this day her whole life and it should
          be exactly what she wants, nothing will make her happier and a happy wife = a happy
          life!
 

        - Attend meetings with various wedding vendors and make sure you provide input.  

        - Help make decisions so she doesn’t feel all the planning is up to her. 

        - Above everything, support your fiancé as much as you can.

 It is important to take a step back and enjoy the process of planning your special day. You can check out Long Island’s wedding professionals by clicking here: Wedding Professionals


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Every bride wants to make her wedding as perfect as it can be because she has been dreaming of this day since she was a little girl. We have compiled some helpful advice from past brides to assist you in planning your wedding day.

        - Prepare a to-do list and check things off. 

        - Do research on different aspects of your wedding from venues to vendors. 

        - Don’t sweat the small stuff; everything manages to fall into place. 

        - Personalize your wedding because this is your chance to show guests who you both 
          are.
 

        - The day flies by so be sure to stop every few minutes to take it all in. 

        - Enjoy the planning process because it such an amazing part of your life.

During this time what the bride needs most is the help and support of her groom. Grooms that have already gone through this experience have offered some great advice to help you when planning your special day.

        - Remember that, your bride has been dreaming of this day her whole life and it should
          be exactly what she wants, nothing will make her happier and a happy wife = a happy
          life!
 

        - Attend meetings with various wedding vendors and make sure you provide input. 

        - Help make decisions so she doesn’t feel all the planning is up to her. 

        - Above everything, support your fiancé as much as you can.

 It is important to take a step back and enjoy the process of planning your special day. You can check out Long Island’s wedding professionals by clicking here: Wedding Professionals


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By Long Island Bride and Groom
Categories:  Articles   

The bridal gown is a key part to every wedding and is commonly one of the first things a bride dreams about. Before shopping for a wedding gown it is helpful to gather images of gowns so that bridal consultants can help locate the dress that will create your perfect look.

The search for a wedding gown should begin nine to twelve months prior to the wedding to allow the bride plenty of time to find that perfect dress.

Listed below are some things you should keep in mind when selecting your gown:

     - Season (winter, spring...)
     - Venue (beach, outdoors, mansion...)
     - Theme (vintage, seasonal, rustic…)
     - Color Scheme (black and white, red and gold, violet and crème…)
     - Personality (classic, glamour, quirky…)

Make sure the bridal attire has been ordered four to six months prior to the day to ensure that there will be ample time for alterations.

To view the complete fashion special download our digital magazine HERE and look at pages 204 - 209.

Click here for more bridal attire www.longislandbrideandgroom.com


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By Long Island Bride and Groom
Categories:  Articles   

The Look of Fall

Flowers will play an important role in enhancing your wedding style. The flowers you select are a focal point as the bridesmaids are walking down the aisle; they set the scene at the ceremony site and help create the mood at your reception locations.  For more great tips and photos (from real long island weddings) from our current magazine go to: www.longislandbrideandgroom.com and download our digital magazine. 

The time frame to start looking to select a florist and discuss your color schemes would be 6-9 months before your event.  You would want to visit several florists and look at photos of their past work. Checkout some of Long Island’s top wedding florists and view their websites click here:


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By MaryAnn Barone
Categories:  Articles   

There’s more to wedding day bling than just the ring. Having beautiful statement earrings or a tiara with the right hairstyle can wonderfully frame your face. Whether you’re a modern, classic or glamorous bride, we have the picture-perfect look for you. Jewelry can be a great way to subtly infuse your wedding look with your own sense of style.

“Jewelry is the finishing touch for the bride’s ensemble,” says Erica Elizabeth Koesler, owner/designer of Erica Elizabeth Designs Wedding Accessories.

Contemporary, elegant or show-stopping jewelry says a lot about you as a person, and it should act as a way to showcase your fashionable flair.

“With everything the bride purchases for her wedding ensemble, make sure that she chooses accessories and jewelry that are an extension of her and not others,” Koesler says.

For the bride that wants a special sparkle and wants to feel like a princess, a tiara is a foolproof way to get that fairytale wedding look, no royal background necessary. Tiaras come in countless styles and designs, so there’s something for every bride. Koesler assures us that they look pretty, framing just about any face shape.

Follow our guide to finding the right bridal accessories for your personality.

modern bride:

A modern bride is a stylish woman who’s always current and on the pulse of the newest trends. 

 

EARRINGS: 

This bride should try chandelier or drop earrings. “They are the most flattering styles to wear since most bridal gown necklines don’t work well with a necklace,” says Janna Conner, owner of Janna Conner Designs. “Chandelier and drop earrings elongate the neck without overwhelming the face.” 

If you want to use more colorful stones and save some money, Koesler recommends natural gemstones because they offer color, texture and brilliance like a diamond would but without being quite as expensive.

HAIR:

To show off your sparkle, put hair up in a French twist or an updo. To keep your hairstyle in place, use bobby pins the same shade as your hair for discreet support.

TIARA:

For the modern bride instead of a traditional tiara that stands straight up, look for one that fits you like a headband. It’s a low-key way to include a tiara into your wedding ensemble. For this tiara type, try loose, flowing waves for a romantic effect that’ll seem fun and fuss-free. Want to step it up a notch? Wearing a headband piece like Kim Kardashian’s wedding tiara—one that goes across the forehead—can be a knockout look for a modern bride. With a more dramatic piece, put hair in a modest updo and keep the rest of your jewelry simple so the tiara can serve as the statement piece.

classic bride

The classic bride is a woman who looks to the past for inspiration, but who also keeps her look fresh with the present.

EARRINGS:

Stud earrings are a staple to every woman’s jewelry collection, so why not wear them for your wedding? They are understated and simple enough that you can wear your wedding pair long after the big day. Studs can come in any manner of size or style, but a basic diamond set in a circular pear or square shape can give you the ultimate classic look. If you can’t afford real diamonds for your wedding day but want the same sparkle effect, opt instead for white topaz.

 “White topaz is a great alternative because it’s a natural stone, and it’s semiprecious so it’s more affordable,” Conner says.

HAIR:

Conner recommends pulling hair into a classic chignon so that the earrings can be seen. Do a chignon at the base of your neck for easy elegance or slightly to the side behind an ear for a more romantic look.

TIARA:

Many elegant women throughout history have worn tiaras. Grace Kelly, Princess Diana and Audrey Hepburn are just a few who embraced the tiara’s chic look, making it a must-have for any classic bride. For a statement-making hairstyle reminiscent of these famous faces, use your tiara to accent a large bun or a regal updo. Koesler advises using basic bobby pins to secure it because they can slide through just about any band or comb without being seen. Want an extra dose of glam? Incorporate pretty bobby pins into your hairstyle for added sparkle and a more secure tiara.

glamorous bride

A glamorous bride is a woman who loves getting dressed up in sparkly earrings, statement shoes and flawless makeup. Whether she’s running errands or going out for the night, she always looks event-ready.

EARRINGS:

Hoop earrings bring the “wow” factor without taking away from your overall look. They can be plain or studded, depending on the look you want. Make sure you try hoops on before you buy them to see how they fit in proportion to your profile. Beware of hoops that are too big, as they can wave in your face and serve as an annoyance rather than an accessory. On the other hand, a hoop that’s too thin could get lost in your hair and not be visible in your photos. To strike a balance between both extremes, find a medium sized hoop in a width you like. If you want your hoops to be more dramatic, look for ones with diamond or stone accents on them. To get an idea of how they’ll be on your wedding day, do a rough copy of your wedding day hair when you shop so you can see how they’ll look and move.

HAIR:

Hair can be worn down with the upper half pulled up and away from the face. Loose waves or a blowout can add to the glamorous feel of this look. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, spritz hair with an anti-humidity hairspray to seal out moisture in the air and preserve your look all day long.

TIARA:

For a glamorous tiara look, Kate Middleton’s wedding day style should be your inspiration. Having her hair half-up accentuated the tiara, but leaving half of it down and loose kept it youthful and feminine. This look is the perfect mix for a bride that wants to look fresh but still refined. Try a half-up hairstyle with a delicate tiara and veil for your own romantic, royalty-worthy look. From a low-key look to a high fashion ensemble, your bridal style should be a reflection of you. Whether you want to be modern, classic or glamorous, the right jewelry, hairstyle and tiara can help tie together the overall feel of your wedding.


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There’s more to wedding day bling than just the ring. Having beautiful statement earrings or a tiara with the right hairstyle can wonderfully frame your face. Whether you’re a modern, classic or glamorous bride, we have the picture-perfect look for you. Jewelry can be a great way to subtly infuse your wedding look with your own sense of style.

“Jewelry is the finishing touch for the bride’s ensemble,” says Erica Elizabeth Koesler, owner/designer of Erica Elizabeth Designs Wedding Accessories.

Contemporary, elegant or show-stopping jewelry says a lot about you as a person, and it should act as a way to showcase your fashionable flair.

“With everything the bride purchases for her wedding ensemble, make sure that she chooses accessories and jewelry that are an extension of her and not others,” Koesler says.

For the bride that wants a special sparkle and wants to feel like a princess, a tiara is a foolproof way to get that fairytale wedding look, no royal background necessary. Tiaras come in countless styles and designs, so there’s something for every bride. Koesler assures us that they look pretty, framing just about any face shape.

Follow our guide to finding the right bridal accessories for your personality.

modern bride:

A modern bride is a stylish woman who’s always current and on the pulse of the newest trends. 

 

EARRINGS: 

This bride should try chandelier or drop earrings. “They are the most flattering styles to wear since most bridal gown necklines don’t work well with a necklace,” says Janna Conner, owner of Janna Conner Designs. “Chandelier and drop earrings elongate the neck without overwhelming the face.” 

If you want to use more colorful stones and save some money, Koesler recommends natural gemstones because they offer color, texture and brilliance like a diamond would but without being quite as expensive.

HAIR:

To show off your sparkle, put hair up in a French twist or an updo. To keep your hairstyle in place, use bobby pins the same shade as your hair for discreet support.

TIARA:

For the modern bride instead of a traditional tiara that stands straight up, look for one that fits you like a headband. It’s a low-key way to include a tiara into your wedding ensemble. For this tiara type, try loose, flowing waves for a romantic effect that’ll seem fun and fuss-free. Want to step it up a notch? Wearing a headband piece like Kim Kardashian’s wedding tiara—one that goes across the forehead—can be a knockout look for a modern bride. With a more dramatic piece, put hair in a modest updo and keep the rest of your jewelry simple so the tiara can serve as the statement piece.

classic bride

The classic bride is a woman who looks to the past for inspiration, but who also keeps her look fresh with the present.

EARRINGS:

Stud earrings are a staple to every woman’s jewelry collection, so why not wear them for your wedding? They are understated and simple enough that you can wear your wedding pair long after the big day. Studs can come in any manner of size or style, but a basic diamond set in a circular pear or square shape can give you the ultimate classic look. If you can’t afford real diamonds for your wedding day but want the same sparkle effect, opt instead for white topaz.

 “White topaz is a great alternative because it’s a natural stone, and it’s semiprecious so it’s more affordable,” Conner says.

HAIR:

Conner recommends pulling hair into a classic chignon so that the earrings can be seen. Do a chignon at the base of your neck for easy elegance or slightly to the side behind an ear for a more romantic look.

TIARA:

Many elegant women throughout history have worn tiaras. Grace Kelly, Princess Diana and Audrey Hepburn are just a few who embraced the tiara’s chic look, making it a must-have for any classic bride. For a statement-making hairstyle reminiscent of these famous faces, use your tiara to accent a large bun or a regal updo. Koesler advises using basic bobby pins to secure it because they can slide through just about any band or comb without being seen. Want an extra dose of glam? Incorporate pretty bobby pins into your hairstyle for added sparkle and a more secure tiara.

glamorous bride

A glamorous bride is a woman who loves getting dressed up in sparkly earrings, statement shoes and flawless makeup. Whether she’s running errands or going out for the night, she always looks event-ready.

EARRINGS:

Hoop earrings bring the “wow” factor without taking away from your overall look. They can be plain or studded, depending on the look you want. Make sure you try hoops on before you buy them to see how they fit in proportion to your profile. Beware of hoops that are too big, as they can wave in your face and serve as an annoyance rather than an accessory. On the other hand, a hoop that’s too thin could get lost in your hair and not be visible in your photos. To strike a balance between both extremes, find a medium sized hoop in a width you like. If you want your hoops to be more dramatic, look for ones with diamond or stone accents on them. To get an idea of how they’ll be on your wedding day, do a rough copy of your wedding day hair when you shop so you can see how they’ll look and move.

HAIR:

Hair can be worn down with the upper half pulled up and away from the face. Loose waves or a blowout can add to the glamorous feel of this look. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, spritz hair with an anti-humidity hairspray to seal out moisture in the air and preserve your look all day long.

TIARA:

For a glamorous tiara look, Kate Middleton’s wedding day style should be your inspiration. Having her hair half-up accentuated the tiara, but leaving half of it down and loose kept it youthful and feminine. This look is the perfect mix for a bride that wants to look fresh but still refined. Try a half-up hairstyle with a delicate tiara and veil for your own romantic, royalty-worthy look. From a low-key look to a high fashion ensemble, your bridal style should be a reflection of you. Whether you want to be modern, classic or glamorous, the right jewelry, hairstyle and tiara can help tie together the overall feel of your wedding.


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By Melissa Breau
Categories:  Articles   

a love of lace

“simply beautiful”

those two words are how every woman wants to feel on her wedding day—and over the centuries; lace has played a part in helping many brides achieve that feeling 

Lace has been part of the bridal scene ever since it was first introduced as an article of personal adornment. Its delicate patterns and rich textures exude a soft femininity and elegance that has appealed to brides for centuries. One of the very first needlepoint laces conceived, Italian reticella, included a specific design created for special use in bridal lace. It wove significant symbols and devices including the bride’s family crests, or those of her husband, into the fabric. After the wedding, the pieces were carefully stowed for future use, either by the bride’s children or as part of her burial robes. 

Lace was first made by nuns and monks; its making was considered a secret of the church until its usage spread to court in the mid-1400s, where it was used to ornament royal robes. The history of lace made it a natural choice for special occasions such as weddings.  

Its use as a sacred secret, then as a fabric used only by nobility, gave it a long-standing association with elegance and class status, says Sally Lorensen Conant, Ph.D., president of Orange Restoration Labs. Conant works restoring vintage laces, especially veils, and has worked on pieces dating as far back as the nineteenth century. “It’s a short step from clerical splendor to courtly magnificence and then to the finery of  affluent merchants,” she adds.  

Still, it probably would never have caught on at all if it weren’t so stunningly beautiful when added to a wedding dress. “Lace is softly appealing and can add decorative appeal to all or part of a gown,” says Conant.  

It was extremely time consuming to produce, so its limited availability made it valuable and contributed further to its use as a fabric used almost exclusively for special occasions. Designs were made by weaving together various fine pieces of thread into a pattern (bobbin made lace) or by creating a pattern with a needle upon a base of threads resembling a net (needle point). Its unique patterns meant that each piece was made by hand until the industrial revolution, rather than by loom as many other fabrics were.  

Yet, “machine made lace appeared surprisingly early in the industrial revolution,” says Lindie Ward, curator of the Love Lace exhibit at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia. “Handmade lace had become so valuable in the 17th century that there was a strong impetus to design machines to make similar fabrics.”  

dressed to impress 

Sandrine Bernard, executive vice president of lace manufacturer Solstiss USA, says that Kate Middleton’s wedding gown returned lace to the top of the current bridal trends. Solstiss has been producing lace fabrics since 1974 and it produced some of the lace used for Middleton’s dress.  

“It showed the femininity that can be added to a wedding dress [by using] lace,” says Bernard. She says lace gives a dress that sense of being something different— something exceptional— which is exactly what a bride wants from her wedding gown. 

“The recent vogue for lace dresses I think derives in part from the desire for a new look,” Conant agrees. “There is very little new in the style and shape of gowns: strapless A-line or strapless ball gowns are still the norm and look pretty much the same whether decorated with pearls or crystals. However, making gowns from lace rather than from taffeta or satin gives gowns a softer, more feminine look, and there are multiple types of laces available each with a different look. Contrast the 3-dimension laces of Lela Rose with the more traditional Alencons typical of Monique Lhuillier.”  

Further evidence of the bridal world’s renewed fascination with lace was clearly on display at New York Fashion Week 2011. Numerous bridal designers prominently featured lace on their gowns. “For Spring 2012 a lot of the gowns I’m seeing have lace on them. They tend to be more simple silhouette, sheath, mermaid types but they have a ton of lace; it seems this trend is really going strong, at least through next year,” says Ivy Long, owner of Edera Jewelry.  

Long hand crochets lace jewelry, and she says that the trend for lace bridal attire has been evident in her own business. As lace has gained traction within the bridal market overall, it has also become more popular as an accent item. For brides that want to use lace more subtly or who want just a touch of its delicate beauty, jewelry or a lace veil may suffice. According to Bernard, use of lace veils is also on the rise—she says they were not popular until recently, but are now becoming quite common.  

lasting appeal  

Today, the majority of lace is machine made, and the types of lace and the number of designs available are vast. French lace manufacturer Solstiss has a permanently available variety of 6000 original designs, and creates new collections every season.  

When it comes to choosing among the various patterns and designs that lace comes in, the decision is really as unique as the bride herself. “Many people feel that the finer the lace, the more aesthetically pleasing it is,” says Ward. Otherwise, the experts agree that it’s purely a choice of personal taste.  

But this hasn’t always been true. “In the past there have been styles that became very fashionable and denoted status,” says Ward. For example, Conant says Chantilly became popular in the late 1940s, though the 1950s. “Perhaps because Chantilly is fragile, without a strong cording worked into the ground, satin and taffeta fabrics decorated with Alencon (a type of Chantilly lace) became popular in the 1960s [… and] In the 1960s thick floral or geometric motifs in Venice lace embellished translucent weaves such as organza.” She says these patterns are still available—and a popular choice—today.  

One advantage to choosing lace is how well it holds up over time. While it’s appearance is delicate, the fabric itself tends to do quite well when taken care of. “All gowns should be cleaned after the wedding to remove corrosive stains such as perspiration and latent stains that darken and disfigure the gown over time,” says Conant. She adds that, while it may be more visible, hemline soil is actually less damaging to the dress’ fibers than perspiration and sugary stains. 

Once the dress has been cleaned, it should be folded and stowed away carefully until it can be passed along to a daughter, granddaughter or other female relative for reuse. “Lace gowns should never be hung for long periods of time, because the weight of the gown will stretch and distort the lace,” says Conant. 

Lace veils should undergo similar treatment. Lace jewelry, however, can become a way for a bride to keep the spirit of her wedding alive as she moves forward in her new life—earrings and even hair clips or pins can add a feminine touch to almost any outfit. 


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a love of lace

“simply beautiful”

those two words are how every woman wants to feel on her wedding day—and over the centuries; lace has played a part in helping many brides achieve that feeling 

Lace has been part of the bridal scene ever since it was first introduced as an article of personal adornment. Its delicate patterns and rich textures exude a soft femininity and elegance that has appealed to brides for centuries. One of the very first needlepoint laces conceived, Italian reticella, included a specific design created for special use in bridal lace. It wove significant symbols and devices including the bride’s family crests, or those of her husband, into the fabric. After the wedding, the pieces were carefully stowed for future use, either by the bride’s children or as part of her burial robes. 

Lace was first made by nuns and monks; its making was considered a secret of the church until its usage spread to court in the mid-1400s, where it was used to ornament royal robes. The history of lace made it a natural choice for special occasions such as weddings.  

Its use as a sacred secret, then as a fabric used only by nobility, gave it a long-standing association with elegance and class status, says Sally Lorensen Conant, Ph.D., president of Orange Restoration Labs. Conant works restoring vintage laces, especially veils, and has worked on pieces dating as far back as the nineteenth century. “It’s a short step from clerical splendor to courtly magnificence and then to the finery of affluent merchants,” she adds.  

Still, it probably would never have caught on at all if it weren’t so stunningly beautiful when added to a wedding dress. “Lace is softly appealing and can add decorative appeal to all or part of a gown,” says Conant.  

It was extremely time consuming to produce, so its limited availability made it valuable and contributed further to its use as a fabric used almost exclusively for special occasions. Designs were made by weaving together various fine pieces of thread into a pattern (bobbin made lace) or by creating a pattern with a needle upon a base of threads resembling a net (needle point). Its unique patterns meant that each piece was made by hand until the industrial revolution, rather than by loom as many other fabrics were.  

Yet, “machine made lace appeared surprisingly early in the industrial revolution,” says Lindie Ward, curator of the Love Lace exhibit at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia. “Handmade lace had become so valuable in the 17th century that there was a strong impetus to design machines to make similar fabrics.”  

dressed to impress 

Sandrine Bernard, executive vice president of lace manufacturer Solstiss USA, says that Kate Middleton’s wedding gown returned lace to the top of the current bridal trends. Solstiss has been producing lace fabrics since 1974 and it produced some of the lace used for Middleton’s dress.  

“It showed the femininity that can be added to a wedding dress [by using] lace,” says Bernard. She says lace gives a dress that sense of being something different— something exceptional— which is exactly what a bride wants from her wedding gown. 

“The recent vogue for lace dresses I think derives in part from the desire for a new look,” Conant agrees. “There is very little new in the style and shape of gowns: strapless A-line or strapless ball gowns are still the norm and look pretty much the same whether decorated with pearls or crystals. However, making gowns from lace rather than from taffeta or satin gives gowns a softer, more feminine look, and there are multiple types of laces available each with a different look. Contrast the 3-dimension laces of Lela Rose with the more traditional Alencons typical of Monique Lhuillier.”  

Further evidence of the bridal world’s renewed fascination with lace was clearly on display at New York Fashion Week 2011. Numerous bridal designers prominently featured lace on their gowns. “For Spring 2012 a lot of the gowns I’m seeing have lace on them. They tend to be more simple silhouette, sheath, mermaid types but they have a ton of lace; it seems this trend is really going strong, at least through next year,” says Ivy Long, owner of Edera Jewelry.  

Long hand crochets lace jewelry, and she says that the trend for lace bridal attire has been evident in her own business. As lace has gained traction within the bridal market overall, it has also become more popular as an accent item. For brides that want to use lace more subtly or who want just a touch of its delicate beauty, jewelry or a lace veil may suffice. According to Bernard, use of lace veils is also on the rise—she says they were not popular until recently, but are now becoming quite common.  

lasting appeal  

Today, the majority of lace is machine made, and the types of lace and the number of designs available are vast. French lace manufacturer Solstiss has a permanently available variety of 6000 original designs, and creates new collections every season.  

When it comes to choosing among the various patterns and designs that lace comes in, the decision is really as unique as the bride herself. “Many people feel that the finer the lace, the more aesthetically pleasing it is,” says Ward. Otherwise, the experts agree that it’s purely a choice of personal taste.  

But this hasn’t always been true. “In the past there have been styles that became very fashionable and denoted status,” says Ward. For example, Conant says Chantilly became popular in the late 1940s, though the 1950s. “Perhaps because Chantilly is fragile, without a strong cording worked into the ground, satin and taffeta fabrics decorated with Alencon (a type of Chantilly lace) became popular in the 1960s [… and] In the 1960s thick floral or geometric motifs in Venice lace embellished translucent weaves such as organza.” She says these patterns are still available—and a popular choice—today.  

One advantage to choosing lace is how well it holds up over time. While it’s appearance is delicate, the fabric itself tends to do quite well when taken care of. “All gowns should be cleaned after the wedding to remove corrosive stains such as perspiration and latent stains that darken and disfigure the gown over time,” says Conant. She adds that, while it may be more visible, hemline soil is actually less damaging to the dress’ fibers than perspiration and sugary stains. 

Once the dress has been cleaned, it should be folded and stowed away carefully until it can be passed along to a daughter, granddaughter or other female relative for reuse. “Lace gowns should never be hung for long periods of time, because the weight of the gown will stretch and distort the lace,” says Conant. 

Lace veils should undergo similar treatment. Lace jewelry, however, can become a way for a bride to keep the spirit of her wedding alive as she moves forward in her new life—earrings and even hair clips or pins can add a feminine touch to almost any outfit. 


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By Ivette Manners
Categories:  Articles   

picking the right wedding rings for
you and your groom

A lot of thought goes into planning each aspect of your big day, from finding your dream dress to finalizing your menu, but don’t forget the one important detail that symbolizes your marriage: the wedding ring. Representing your love and commitment to each other, your wedding bands are a special investment. 

Read on for tips to help you select the most precious of all jewels.

what to look for

Choosing the wedding bands is often one of the first important decisions a couple will make together. Give yourselves at least two months to shop for your rings. Do your research by browsing through magazines, checking out websites, and perusing fine jewelry stores to get ideas and educate yourselves on wedding rings. “Don’t wait until the last minute,” says Russell Kwiat, bridal jewelry expert at Kwiat. “You don’t want to rush or feel pressured to decide, you should be sure you get rings that you both will love for years to come.” Keep in mind that you might need to start your search earlier if you want engraving, as it can sometimes take up to a month to have it done. Only go to reputable jewelers and get recommendations from friends and family on certified jewelers they’ve worked with. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and inspect the rings that grab your attention for the manufacturer’s trademark verifying its authenticity, and the metal purity mark, which shows what the band is made out of.

Quality is the key when selecting your rings. “Platinum is the most popular for wedding bands because it’s a strong and pure metal. T hen comes 18K gold,” says Laurie A dorno, general manager at David Yurman. If you want diamonds in your rings, focus on the Four C’s: Color, the best quality white diamonds should be colorless or nearly colorless; Cut, the facet proportions on the surface of the diamond, which give it its brilliance; Clarity, referring to the imperfections, or preferably the lack of imperfections, within the stone; and Carats, the weight of the stone. Round
and emerald-cut stones are usually the most flattering in a wedding band. Colored diamonds, especially yellow and pink, are as fashionable as they are rare, while rubies and sapphires are other desirable gems to consider.

 what a girl (and her groom) wants

Consider your and your fiancés tastes and lifestyles when picking the rings. Try on different styles to see what you like, says Karen Bussen, author of Simple Stunning Bride. “Make sure the band’s width and detailing work for you and flatter your hand.”

Almost every bride prefers a band that complements her engagement ring, many favoring the symmetry of matching diamonds, style, or metal. However, choosing a band other than one that matches your engagement ring can create a unique look. “Pave diamond and shared prong settings are popular with brides,” says Kwiat. “They’re classic styles that are always chic.” Either way, your band should look stunning on its own, as well as beautiful with your engagement ring.

Grooms usually like something more understated or sleek with a small touch of character, such as a platinum band with a smooth finish or milgrain edge. Slim, unembellished bands are also groom favorites. For the man who likes some bling, diamonds that lie flat within the band, such as channel and bezel settings, are best as they are less likely to catch, chip, or come loose. A wedding ring might be the only piece of jewelry your groom wears, so choose something he’ll be comfortable wearing. Encourage him to speak up about what he likes and dislikes. “See what he gravitates to, most men won’t waiver much from their initial choice,” says Kwiat. Selecting a style that goes with the type of watch he wears is also a good idea, adds Adorno.

current trends

While you don’t want to lean towards trends when choosing your wedding bands as they should be timeless, there are contemporary styles that endure throughout the years:

stackable rings for the bride
Women tend to modify or add on to their wedding band, so starting a set of stackable rings featuring diamonds or other precious stones allows her to upgrade her band for anniversaries.
This style also complements other classic pieces, making it even more appealing.

titanium metal for the groom
This tough metal’s cool factor—think Lamborghini rims—is one reason why it’s a favorite among grooms, with its matte finish being another draw.

wider bands
More couples are opting for wide-band rings thanks to their modern look with a vintage flair.

custom-made
For the bride and groom who want truly personalized bands, having their rings designed by an artisan jeweler is a great option. Couples can create their own unique setting and details.

singular sensation
Fashion-forward brides are forgoing both an engagement and wedding ring, electing for a more elaborate band with diamonds and details or asking her groom to invest more in an engagement-style ring that she’ll wear as her wedding band.

Current trends allow couples to stray away from the tradition of choosing wedding rings that perfectly match. Now, you’re free to pick wedding bands that reflect each of your personalities while complementing one another’s ring. To maintain a uniform look, some aspect of your rings should coordinate, such as the metal or inscriptions.

everlasting looks
No matter what’s in vogue, let your own taste dictate what you choose, but consider something classic. A classic style can be worn with different types of clothing and on all occasions. Go for simple shapes and elegant accents of stones and details.

A wedding ring is a cherished piece of jewelry to show off to the world. It’s a consistent reminder of your journey through life together; and like your vows, it’s full of meaning and sentiment.


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picking the right wedding rings for
you and your groom

A lot of thought goes into planning each aspect of your big day, from finding your dream dress to finalizing your menu, but don’t forget the one important detail that symbolizes your marriage: the wedding ring. Representing your love and commitment to each other, your wedding bands are a special investment. 

Read on for tips to help you select the most precious of all jewels.

what to look for

Choosing the wedding bands is often one of the first important decisions a couple will make together. Give yourselves at least two months to shop for your rings. Do your research by browsing through magazines, checking out websites, and perusing fine jewelry stores to get ideas and educate yourselves on wedding rings. “Don’t wait until the last minute,” says Russell Kwiat, bridal jewelry expert at Kwiat. “You don’t want to rush or feel pressured to decide, you should be sure you get rings that you both will love for years to come.” Keep in mind that you might need to start your search earlier if you want engraving, as it can sometimes take up to a month to have it done. Only go to reputable jewelers and get recommendations from friends and family on certified jewelers they’ve worked with. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and inspect the rings that grab your attention for the manufacturer’s trademark verifying its authenticity, and the metal purity mark, which shows what the band is made out of.

Quality is the key when selecting your rings. “Platinum is the most popular for wedding bands because it’s a strong and pure metal. T hen comes 18K gold,” says Laurie A dorno, general manager at David Yurman. If you want diamonds in your rings, focus on the Four C’s: Color, the best quality white diamonds should be colorless or nearly colorless; Cut, the facet proportions on the surface of the diamond, which give it its brilliance; Clarity, referring to the imperfections, or preferably the lack of imperfections, within the stone; and Carats, the weight of the stone. Round
and emerald-cut stones are usually the most flattering in a wedding band. Colored diamonds, especially yellow and pink, are as fashionable as they are rare, while rubies and sapphires are other desirable gems to consider.

 what a girl (and her groom) wants

Consider your and your fiancés tastes and lifestyles when picking the rings. Try on different styles to see what you like, says Karen Bussen, author of Simple Stunning Bride. “Make sure the band’s width and detailing work for you and flatter your hand.”

Almost every bride prefers a band that complements her engagement ring, many favoring the symmetry of matching diamonds, style, or metal. However, choosing a band other than one that matches your engagement ring can create a unique look. “Pave diamond and shared prong settings are popular with brides,” says Kwiat. “They’re classic styles that are always chic.” Either way, your band should look stunning on its own, as well as beautiful with your engagement ring.

Grooms usually like something more understated or sleek with a small touch of character, such as a platinum band with a smooth finish or milgrain edge. Slim, unembellished bands are also groom favorites. For the man who likes some bling, diamonds that lie flat within the band, such as channel and bezel settings, are best as they are less likely to catch, chip, or come loose. A wedding ring might be the only piece of jewelry your groom wears, so choose something he’ll be comfortable wearing. Encourage him to speak up about what he likes and dislikes. “See what he gravitates to, most men won’t waiver much from their initial choice,” says Kwiat. Selecting a style that goes with the type of watch he wears is also a good idea, adds Adorno.

current trends

While you don’t want to lean towards trends when choosing your wedding bands as they should be timeless, there are contemporary styles that endure throughout the years:

stackable rings for the bride
Women tend to modify or add on to their wedding band, so starting a set of stackable rings featuring diamonds or other precious stones allows her to upgrade her band for anniversaries.
This style also complements other classic pieces, making it even more appealing.

titanium metal for the groom
This tough metal’s cool factor—think Lamborghini rims—is one reason why it’s a favorite among grooms, with its matte finish being another draw.

wider bands
More couples are opting for wide-band rings thanks to their modern look with a vintage flair.

custom-made
For the bride and groom who want truly personalized bands, having their rings designed by an artisan jeweler is a great option. Couples can create their own unique setting and details.

singular sensation
Fashion-forward brides are forgoing both an engagement and wedding ring, electing for a more elaborate band with diamonds and details or asking her groom to invest more in an engagement-style ring that she’ll wear as her wedding band.

Current trends allow couples to stray away from the tradition of choosing wedding rings that perfectly match. Now, you’re free to pick wedding bands that reflect each of your personalities while complementing one another’s ring. To maintain a uniform look, some aspect of your rings should coordinate, such as the metal or inscriptions.

everlasting looks
No matter what’s in vogue, let your own taste dictate what you choose, but consider something classic. A classic style can be worn with different types of clothing and on all occasions. Go for simple shapes and elegant accents of stones and details.

A wedding ring is a cherished piece of jewelry to show off to the world. It’s a consistent reminder of your journey through life together; and like your vows, it’s full of meaning and sentiment.


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