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by on October 5, 2019
The Classy Montreal shop exuded an air of sophistication as I made my way past the suited mannequins to meet with president of Classy Formal Wear, Mr. Antonio Marchetti and account director Sabrina Marchetti. They welcomed me to the sunlit backdrop of men’s attire to discuss the latest trends in suits and formalwear as well as the interesting history which brought the Classy brand back to the forefront of men’s attire.  The Classy name has been around for decades. Mr. Marchetti, then a salesman, worked at the first Classy store in 1973. “It was an empire,” he tells me as he recalls the landmark shop in the heart of downtown Montreal. He talks about the pride he takes in his work and in serving the industry which has been a part of his life for 42 years. Although the business faced some turbulent times Mr. Marchetti, now president of Classy Formal Wear, remained steadfast in his determination to bring “The Classy Man” back.  He and his daughter are passionate, knowledgeable, and dedicated to translating that energy to their clients. “I wanted to resuscitate it,” he says about a business that is so dear to his heart.Looking around, the walls were lined with inspiration for the debonair man. A variety of styles and shades of suits and tuxedos were exhibited on either side of the showroom. To the right, tall windows brought the sunshine in. Next to the fitting rooms, comfortable chairs and sofas defined the area where customers try on their suits and discuss possibilities. I pause to gaze at a young man trying on a blue suit. “I have served their fathers,” Mr. Marchetti says nostalgically. His unique savoir-faire and Sabrina’s modern approach to the classics allows clients to experience the best of both worlds. They can select from a wide range of the latest designer collections in suits and tuxedos to buy or rent. And, for the finishing touch, they choose stylish accessories such as bow-ties and ascots, formal vests and shoes. Whether a man is looking for the right cufflinks to complete his look or for contrasting suspenders to bring out his trendy side, he can find it all in one location. With a staff that is qualified and knowledgeable, with 20 years of experience each, they know their field very well. They are proficient and professional and always there to guide you to make the best choice that suits your needs.The classy man is revived.  “Everything is done here, from dry cleaning and pressing to tailoring,” he says. Comfort, passion, trust; this is what they want to offer their clients, “a peace of mind—one place to serve you from A-Z.” by: Anna Lombardos
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by on February 1, 2018
1. Love is an end... You must know yourself before you leap into marriage. True love, not the love you imagine at 16 or 21, but love with the person you decide to spend the rest of your life with. 2. Love is not part of a checklist to life...  But marriage is. This is a reality -- and if you deny this, then you're just flipping through bridal magazines. 3. Love is not determined by age... One way or the other, things always change, so as we age, we begin to think differently about life and love. 4. Love is not measured by the quantity of your money...  Marriage is work; it's not happily ever after, unfortunately and fortunately, there is more to life than love. 5. Love is an adventure...  Meet and date different people,  then find a life partner. Perhaps that's sounds unromantic, but, realize how important a true partner is… someone who will share in all responsibilities.
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by on February 1, 2018
Thomas Stewart Photography   Right, I've had enough. I want to talk to you all about guests using mobile phones / cameras at weddings. I want to plead with you, and I'm going to make this very simple: brides and grooms, please have a completely unplugged wedding ceremony. Look at this photo. This groom had to lean out past the aisle just to see his bride approaching. Why? Because guests with their phones were in the aisle and in his way. This sucks. And i'm not blaming these guests in particular; I actually take a large amount of responsibility for this occurring. In the past I should have been more specific with my clients in explaining to them why guests should be told no photos. Well, from now on, I'm going to make a pretty big deal about it. If you're planning a wedding, please consider these points: 1. Guests with phones, iPads and cameras get right in your photographer's way. They have no idea how to stay out of our way. They often ruin many of our shots. They will make our photos worse. You're paying a photographer quite a bit of money; that means you want great photos. We cannot do our best work with people getting in our way. 2. These same guests will get in YOUR way. You will miss moments of your own wedding day because there'll be an iPad in the way. You will miss seeing your partner's face in the aisle. 3. The guests' photos are usually crap. I'm sorry, but it is true. You can't take great photos with your camera phone by leaning into the aisle of a dark church to photograph a moving subject. Hell, even lots of professionals have trouble with this. And finally, the most important point: 4. Imagine you're in the middle of your wedding ceremony. You're elated. You decide to take a quick glance towards your guests as you're sure they're sharing these happy moments with you, possibly even shedding a tear of their own. What do you see? NO FACES AT ALL AS THEY ARE ALL HIDDEN BEHIND PHONES AND CAMERAS! I highly doubt this is the way you want to remember your wedding ceremony. In your invites, tell everyone you're having an unplugged ceremony: no technology, please, Write it on a chalkboard which guests can see as they arrive on the day. Tell your celebrant / minister / priest to tell the guests at the start of the ceremony. HIRE A PLANE TO WRITE IT IN THE SKY! And guests, you've been invited to this wedding to share and celebrate the love that two people feel for each other. They didn't invite you along to take photographs that they probably won't really look at anyway. They want you there with them in heart and soul, and they want to see your tear-filled eyes as you form part of their wedding ceremony. You are witnesses to their marriage, so for goodness sake, watch them with your eyes and your minds, not your phones. So guests please, for my sake, and for sake of the two people getting married, leave your cameras at home and put your phones / ipads away // end rant //  
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by on November 18, 2013
 Jake Kantrowitz and Sarah Truitt have known each other since they were 3-years-old, and have the adorable photo evidence to prove it. Now, 23 years later, the happy Boston couple tied the knot on July 27, making it official by recreating one of their favorite childhood memories aboard a carousel. Kantrowitz and Truitt, both 26, used the old carousel photo for their "Save the Date" invitations that were sent to all the wedding guests, so when they got creative and recreated the photo on their wedding day, the groom's best man, Levi Albert, 26, of San Francisco, was inspired to photoshop both versions of the special moment together. "I've had the 'Save the Date' up on my fridge since they sent it out because it was so cute, so when I saw they recreated it, I thought it would be instant karma on Reddit," Albert told GoodMorningAmerica.com. Turns out he was right, as the photo had more than 41,000 "upvotes" and became one of the top trending stories on the social media site in less than 24 hours of his posting. The newlyweds are honeymooning in Costa Rica, but upon learning of their photo trending on Reddit, Truitt tweeted, "Omg. I am really excited / a little embarrassed at the same time!!! Amaaaaaaaazing." And as for the wedding itself, Albert said the carousel wasn't the only highlight. "It was just the most comfortable and inviting wedding I've ever been to," he explained. "It was amazing."    
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by on April 5, 2013
   Brides in 2013 expect reinterpretations of classic designs. (Chisholm Hunter) Brides and grooms tying the knot in 2013 want rings that are personal, value for money - but not necessarily cheap - and have extra added sparkle from additional diamonds or textured metal. Rachael Taylor reports on these and other trends shaping the wedding jewellery market this year.Jewellery has not shifted seismically in the past 12 months but there have certainly been a few tweaks in the popularity of designs, metals and priorities – and innovation amongst the manufacturers – driven by the continuing theme of personalisation.Every bride, and groom, dreams of a wedding day that is uniquely tailored to them; one that is about their interests and their style, and wedding rings should reflect this.“Weddings today are all about individuality,” says Domino marketing manager Andrew Sollitt. “People are marrying later and they are creating wedding services, wedding breakfasts – everything about the day, including the jewellery – to reflect their own personal style. Manufacturers and retailers have responded to this trend towards personalisation with a far greater choice of wedding jewellery than in the past. The classic styles are still the most popular choice for us, but with the individual and unique contemporary twists that our in-house design department can provide. ”Stubbs & Co also believes that the trend for personalisation has legs, as do bespoke services. “Consumers are becoming more demanding and want to be more involved in the creation of their jewellery,” says Stubbs & Co managing director David Shem-Tov. “We have developed ConfigureRing, a software tool that can be used by a sales person in a consultative sales presentation to help consumers do just that.”ConfigureRing has been designed to be used by trained sales staff in retail shops to offer myriad design and price possibilities, but also to help traditional retailers battle against the wealth of choice offered by online-only sellers.While such e-tailers cannot usually be beaten on price, Gemex sales director Lee Ruben believes these sites are actually helping to increase bespoke business at high street jewellers, as while they offer a huge choice, it can be overwhelming. “I think [the rise of bespoke is] due to more and more internet sites and apps offering the Design Your Own Ring service,” he says, adding that Gemex handles about 40 bespoke jobs every week. “Because many of these sites don’t actually have a premises for the customer to visit, this process can be very tedious for the customer. Therefore, they’re more than likely to take their idea to a traditional bricks-and-mortar retailer because they’re able to discuss their ideas face to face.”Brown & Newirth offers retailers a bespoke service as well as a wide range of finished rings and sales director John Ball says this arm of the business has been booming of late. “Our bespoke department has never been so busy,” he says. “As a manufacturer, we are able to work with our customers to achieve any required deign that the consumer is looking for. With a growing team of designers who are able to draw, carve and CAD, we expect to become more important than ever to our retail partners moving forward.”Charles Green also offers in-house bespoke services, ranging from slight modifications to full commissions and head of design Pip Beale says the rise in bespoke has led to shoppers who know just what they want. “Certainly the bride, and more so than ever the groom, know exactly what they are looking for from both research on the internet and influences such as their mother’s or grandmother’s rings,” says Beale. “Because we make every ring to order in our Birmingham workshop we are able to cater to the customer’s needs, from adding an extra diamond or 10, to designing an original matching engagement ring set from scratch.”And it is a trend that Beale expects to continue. He says: “I believe that the buyer’s individual style will be prominent in 2013 with more bespoke pieces being made, and more personal wedding rings being designed. Whether these are flashier or more conservative depends on the customer.”Value Sensitivity
While offering a wide range of rings caters for shoppers looking for individuality and choice, it can also help retailers to open up additional possibilities to customers on a budget.“Every penny we all spend in life is far more considered than it was perhaps five or six years ago,” says Ball at Brown & Newirth. “We look closer at the cost of whatever we buy and the wedding shopper is no different. As a manufacturer we are very flexible and have been able to produce in lower fineness metals, but more importantly we design for market needs and requirements, which includes price points.”While some budgets might be more constrained than others – and Stubbs & Co has reacted this by launching ranges of narrow and lightweight rings – seeking out value is not all about saving money but about making sure investments are maximised, and this savvy line of thought is playing a key role in the wedding jewellery market. 

“Yes, shoppers today are price conscious, however they are more value conscious and there is a big difference,” says Hearts on Fire UK and Ireland sales manager David Hartley. “Customers will spend their money when they understand the value that they are buying.”

Beale at Charles Green, which offers all its rings in lower-priced 9ct gold or palladium, believes, like Hartley, that having a keen eye on price is more about seeking out value than a bargain. “We find that although consumers are looking for a good price they still appreciate the value in investing into a well-made piece of jewellery, as it will be with them forever,” he says.At top end of the market there has been little price resistance, according to Gemex, which specialises in high-value diamond-set rings. Despite this the company is about to start catering for a lower price bracket by offering its Raphael Collection set with H SI diamonds to lower price tags by an estimated 20% to 25%. Ruben says: “We don’t feel that this will cannibalise sales of our F/G VS market, it will just open up further avenues and distribution channels for us and allow more jewellers to get in on the action.” 

Classic, But Extra Sparkle
When picking out a ring that will be worn for the rest of their lives, most brides to be will play it safe, which is why solitaires continue to be overwhelmingly the most popular choice. But while the majority of couples are opting for an engagement ring with a single central stone they are now looking for extra embellishment in the form of smaller diamonds on the shoulders of the ring, or perhaps looping the solitaire with smaller diamonds to create a halo effect. “Demand for shoulder-set products was higher than ever in 2012,” affirms Sollitt at Domino. “But our reinterpretation of essentially classic styles still seem to be the most popular choice.”Hartley says figures at Hearts on Fire echo this trend. “Solitaires continue to be very popular, however I have seen a shift towards product with additional diamond content,” he explains. “Diamond halos and shoulders that offer the consumer more bang for their buck have been very popular.”At Stubbs & Co, diamond pavé details have proved a popular method of creating extra sparkle. “Classic diamond solitaires continue to be popular and the trend toward pavé-set detailing is also strongly prevalent in the market,” says Shem-Tov.As well as providing a bit more flash, Ruben at Gemex believes that the shift of the market towards using more diamonds signifies a more liberal consumer that is happy to experiment. “Stone-set shoulders with and without halos [have been popular],” he says. “These have a tendency to make the centre stone look even bigger and brides are no longer afraid to experiment with their designs and go for something more fancy. Rings with shoulder-set stones also offer more bling for less buck as these are set with much smaller diamonds.”Fancy Bands
Demand for extra sparkle has also extended to wedding bands, for both men and women, and Shem-Tov says that Stubbs & Co’s bestselling micro-set diamond circle rings have proved popular with ladies using them as wedding bands.Gemex has also noted an increase in demand for diamond-set wedding bands and says that it is hard to keep up with the demand for variety of choice. “We have a range of over 1,400 diamond-set wedding bands, the largest in the country, and you still can’t please everyone,” says Ruben. “That’s why our product development department is continuously designing new concepts based on crucial customer feedback.”At Domino demand has been such that it has increased its range of diamond-set wedding bands for women and is also working on new lines for men set with either diamonds or black sapphires. “Where diamonds are chosen by men, they tend to be as a subtle finishing touch,” explains Sollitt. “To offer men more choice our new collection offers two contemporary bands set with either diamonds or black sapphires on the edge of the profile, and these are already causing a bit of a stir with our customers.”While some shoppers might just be looking for a smattering of small diamonds on the band, or perhaps a half-loop of rounds, others are seeking out maximum diamond detail with channel-set bands, a product sector that Brown & Newirth describes as being “very strong” for it.Hearts on Fire has built its business on a premium diamond offer and Hartley says that more of its customers are now looking for not just one great diamond but several. “In the wedding ring market I still feel that quality plain wedding bands remain very popular, however I have seen a shift toward diamond set and accented product,” he says. “People do like to put diamonds with diamonds. The key here is to encourage the sale of a wedding ring at the stage of the engagement ring sale, as many times we see that wedding rings bought then are higher in retail value than those bought when all the wedding budget is already spent.”Textured Metal
Texture is proving to be an important trend in wedding jewellery for 2013, with a particular focus on bringing alternative finishes to gent’s bands.For shoppers who still want a point of difference, and a bit of sparkle, but who don’t want, or can’t afford, extra diamonds, texturing may be the answer.Domino offers a range of rings with alternative finishing touches including extra grooves, millgrain lines and diamond-look centres, plus polished or satin finishes. “I think people will continue to want to enhance their wedding jewellery with more diamonds and extra finishing touches but not in an ostentatious or flashy way – it’s going to be more a question of subtle added extras,” says Sollitt. “Our finishing touches are perfect for this.”Brown & Newirth has noted a “definite decrease” in sales of men’s diamond-set wedding bands – a trend echoed by Stubbs & Co – but it is working on new ranges of textured bands for gents, which it will introduce to buyers at The Jewellery Show.Also showing new product at The Jewellery Show – more than 50 new designs – Charles Green describes its diamond-cut gents’ rings as the “runaway success” from last year and is also releasing a number of new textured finishes at the February exhibition.Platinum Powers On
When it comes to metal choice, platinum seems to be dominating the bridal jewellery market, stealing share from 18ct white gold, according to a number of major manufacturers.“With the price difference between platinum and 18ct white gold being smaller than ever, I have seen a move towards platinum,” says Hartley at Hearts on Fire.Gemex reports a “sharp rise” in platinum sales in 2012, which Ruben attributes to the high price of gold and also the efforts of the Platinum Guild International’s UK team, which was disbanded at the beginning of this year, to promote the metal to consumers. Ruben adds: “I am very sorry to [former head of PGI UK] Ruth Donaldson and her colleagues go.”Ruben claims that Gemex accounts for 4% of all 950 platinum jewellery hallmarked in the UK and Ruben says that it is “by a long way” the company’s bestselling metal. “18ct white gold is in second place but still lags way behind platinum,” says Ruben. “I think our success in this market can be attributed to using high-quality diamonds, a superior finish and the fact that an ounce of platinum costs less than an ounce of gold.”Is Palladium Dipping?
A recent report by Johnson Matthey painted a grim picture for the palladium market, which decreased by 11% in 2012 and is expected to contract further in 2013, but the word from manufacturers in the sector is that the metal is still proving to be a winner for men’s wedding bands.“Palladium is definitely on the up as a choice for men,” says Sollitt, adding that while the metal is outperformed by platinum for ladies, it is the most popular choice for gents’ wedding bands.Brown & Newirth, which recorded total like-for-like sales up 6% last year, says that sales of its platinum and palladium bands have fared well. “Brown & Newirth have continued to see strong sales in palladium,” says Ball. “This is, however, largely the gents’ metal of choice, if they decide on white metal. The expectation for 2013 is much the same, especially given that Johnson Matthey has produced some up-to-date educational point-of-sale material for retailers’ window displays.”Stubbs & Co has upped the number of palladium rings in its men’s offer, something Shem-Tov says has been driven by price sensitivity in the market as well as an increase in sales.Another manufacturer doing well with palladium is Charles Green and Beale describes the increase of palladium sales – along with a general increase in men’s wedding band sales – as being one of the biggest changes in the market in the past year. “For us, palladium was the most popular metal in 2012,” he says. “We always have, and always will, shout about the benefits of platinum, especially for engagement rings and the bride-to-be’s wedding ring, but palladium is a great alternative and has been phenomenally successful for us.”

Palladium sales have slowed at Gemex, although Ruben describes the metal as still being “very popular” for gent’s wedding bands. The company offers its entire Raphael collection in palladium, but Ruben says that it does not actively push the metal and adds that only the higher purities cut the mustard with jewellers. “Palladium 500 is a definite no no,” he says. “None of our stockists have shown any interest in that and, anyway, where do you draw the line between a fine metal and a fine metal mixed heavily with non-precious alloys?” 

The Year Ahead
Looking to the year ahead, manufacturers are overwhelmingly putting their faith in the public’s ability to recognise value. While most are investing in offering retailers a huge selection of options to pass on to shoppers that cater for both a variety of tastes and a variety of budgets, the feedback is that people willing to splash out on a wedding in straightened times will be willing to invest in rings that will last.The recession has borne a certain air of austerity that has led consumers seeking out long-term value in everything they buy, and the wedding market is no different.The question is what do they see value in? For some this may be extra diamonds, for others platinum, and for some it might be an original design that has an emotional value that far outweighs its commodity value.The key is finding out what makes shoppers tick and tapping into the vast network of suppliers and options to make sure that no shopper need walk out of a jewellers’ store without a smile on their face and a ring in their pocket, or at least an order on route to a workshop, be that in house or outsourced.
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by on April 2, 2013
Jason Citrone, owner of Music Mixers Entertainment and CHAUVET® DJ VIP member, has a degree in technical theatre-lighting design from the University of Rhode Island and more than 20 years of experience specializing in weddings. Music Mixers Entertainment was one of the first companies in Rhode Island to offer uplighting to clients. Last summer, Citrone incorporated 16 Freedom™ Par wireless wash lights to simplify set up and operation during events. “I love the ease of set up, as well as the ability to control the lights remotely,” Citrone said. ”A lot of the weddings we do take place in tents — we love the look we get with the Freedom™ fixtures.” Check out some photos he shared of the Freedom Par™ fixtures in action during some of his gigs.  
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by on March 4, 2013
This is a gorgeous album Chelsea created of the new store WHITE in Montreal for designer wedding dresses: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151313550743461.460398.274717223460&type=3
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by on February 13, 2013
You've been dreaming about your wedding ever since you can remember, and now that you're engaged, you're excited to start the planning process. But planning a wedding isn't all fun and games -- there's a lot to do to prepare for your big day! If you're feeling overwhelmed, consider hiring a wedding planner.A wedding planner is a professional consultant who will help you with most (if not all) of the tasks involved in planning your wedding. From vendors, accessories, etiquette and even the smallest of details, this expert has the skills and contacts necessary to make your day come together seamlessly. Not to mention that hiring a wedding planner will help you enjoy the planning process more by taking stress out of the equation!Is a wedding planner right for you? If you fit into one of the following categories of brides, then the answer might be yes. You're Just Too BusyDo you have a job that requires a lot of your time? Or do you just have a lot on your plate in general? A wedding planner will help you schedule meetings with vendors (or even attend the meetings for you!), pick out linens and invitations, and take care of the other tasks that you just don't have time for.Since wedding planners are professionals, they know the industry much better than the average person. With that in mind, they know exactly where to go to get the services and products that you want, which will cut down on the time you spend searching for what you like. Your Wedding Is Out of TownHiring a wedding planner is a great idea for brides who are having an out of town wedding, whether it's in a different city or country. If you're miles or time zones away from the location, it'll be helpful to hire someone who's familiar with the area as well as local vendors and venues.Not only will a wedding planner help you get more bang for your buck, he or she will also be able to represent you at meetings with your vendors before the big day. A planner who has knowledge of the area is also handy for helping organize all of the details you'll need to cover for your guests, such as hotel accommodations, welcome baskets, maps and directions, and a list of fun things for them to do during their downtime. You Have a Small BudgetTrying to plan a wedding on a small budget? Although it seems like hiring a wedding planner is counterintuitive, it will actually help you save money in the long run.Your wedding planner will work with you to set a budget and then help you stick to it, stretching your dollar as far as it will go. Not a big fan of monogrammed napkins but can't do without an ice sculpture as the buffet centerpiece? By understanding what's important to you, a wedding planner can also help you determine what items can be cut from the budget so you can afford to get what you want. Because most wedding planners have special relationships with vendors, they won't just get you the best deal in town -- they'll also help you rest easy knowing you're working with reliable companies.If you can't afford to hire a planner to help you during the entire process, it's acceptable to bring one in halfway through your planning period or even just on your wedding day. This way, you can still benefit from the services of a wedding planner without the total expense. You're Just Not That Into ItSo, your best friend spent days picking out the perfect shade of Tiffany blue for the fondant on the wedding cake. And your sister interviewed six seamstresses before choosing one to alter her wedding dress. But you just aren't the kind of girl who's excited about hopping from store to store picking out party favors and centerpieces.That's OK! A wedding planner is sure to take the things off your hands that you're not interested in doing yourself. Your planner will get to know your tastes so the wedding is tailored around your personality from the start.It's your planner's job to take care of as many details as you want, and since you're paying for the service, take advantage of having the professional help.The key is to have fun while organizing your wedding, so have a planner take care of the dirty work so you can enjoy your engagement. You Get Easily StressedDoes the thought of planning a wedding stress you out? Sure, there are a lot of details and things to think about, but planning a wedding should be fun! Having a wedding planner can ease the stress that you may feel during the planning process. A wedding planner will help you keep a timeline, stick to your budget and do the heavy-lifting so you can spend your time at hair and makeup trials or clinking champagne glasses at wedding showers.Especially on the actual wedding day, it's convenient to have someone on hand to fix any issues that come up (and there are bound to be a few!). You shouldn't have to worry about sewing a button on the groom's tux or finding your grandmother's corsage -- you should be having the time of your life! After all, planning your wedding (and enjoying it) is the No. 1 priority on your to-do list.
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by on February 2, 2013
        The big day is approaching bit by bit. Having already done the hardest task to choose your wedding dress with which to enchant your beloved to the altar and make the guests gasp, now comes word of yet another not simpler task, namely the choice of shoes. Bridal shoes are bought once in a lifetime, so you must select them very seriously to complete your perfect appearance and be a whole with the dress. Therefore do not skimp for them but also do not give away too large amount of money for them, though, as we said, you will probably wear them only once, at most twice in your life. Why is it so difficult to find the right shoes? Well firstly wedding shoes are not for sale in any store for shoes, in which for example you can find your favorite boots. Since in most cases they are more expensive than other shoes, they are either made ​​by order or else purchased in specialized wedding stores, which already have a tradition to offer a catalog of footwear or directly shoes. It’s true that sometimes you can find the right pair of footwear in a simple store, but you can still run across a pair of shoes of poor quality, for example the glue has gone out and disfigured the shoe. Our advices are: First plan everything so that you can obtain the shoes earlier. In order to have time to replace them for example, because the height of the heel will depend on how long the hem of the dress is. In some cases you may take your shoes prior to the dress, but only if you know how long would be your dress, and how far does the hem reach. Some brides prefer to take their shoes in other than white or cream color in order to combine with the colorful ornaments on the dress. If you decide to get such shoes then let the color accent of the jewelry to go with the shoes in order to combine all the accessories together. Do not cheat on the leather shoes. There is no rule which states that the bride must have shoes of synthetic material or fabric. Especially if the wedding is in the autumn or winter and the shoes are closed. The artificial materials will not allow the feet to breathe as would do the natural leather. Pay attention to the fact that you will be standing for hours and you will have to dance with the shoes you have chosen, so do not take the first super sleek, with a thin heel. Let the shoe be comfortable and hold your ankle, in order to feel no pain in the legs for days or else even on the wedding day you will have to take them off. There is a big difference in the quality of the various brands of wedding shoes. And not always the higher price is an indicator of quality. You may have paid lots of money for designer shoes made ​​of satin or silk, and ultimately prove to be that a pair made from polyester is of much better quality and you are more comfortable with it. Once you buy the shoes that meet all of the conditions and your inner sense, it is time to stretch them. Do not wait for the wedding day to be the first in which to wear them, because you might be unpleasantly surprised. In order to relax the leather or the material from which they are produced, walk with them around the house or apartment, or get off and climb an indoor staircase if you have one. This will prepare you for the big day and you will not be worried about sore feet or blisters that appear after the first dance.
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by on January 19, 2013
Take a deep breath, & let the planning begin... Lets take a look at the Top 10 Wedding Color Combos For 2013! Here Comes The Bride, All Dressed In ...Red? And The Color Of The Year Is... It looks like the kind folks from the Pantone Color Institute are responsible for this one....Tangerine Tango & Pink. Pantone declares tangerine tango as a "bright and encouraging color" and as such, is a perfect combo for your spring or summer wedding. However, tangerine alone can certainly be a bit overwhelming used on its own, so it could use a little sumpin-sumpin' to calm it down a little. Enter hot pink. Now I know you're saying hot pink...how can that be calming? There's something about pink that despite the shade adds a softness to whatever it touches. Can't you just picture your bridesmaid's bouquets in all roses of tangerine and pink with maybe a little yellow thrown in for fun? Your Wedding Decor Is In The Pink Blush Pink & Pewter Gray. Now I'll admit to being a pink fan from way back, but this pink is not the pink you would be pairing with the Tangerine Tango hotness mentioned above. This is the softest of pinks, think the faint blush of a baby's cheek. Paired with grey, which is on a high it hasn't seen in years, it's a gorgeous and elegant color combination. Throw in a little bling with some diamond mesh wrapped votives or mercury glass vases and you have a stunning look that will create an audible intake of breath when guests first lay eyes on your reception venue, I promise! Grey IS the new black!   Vintage Wedding With Your Grandmother's Blue Willow China Blue Willow & White. At a loss for what else to call this color and very hesitant to tag it with a handle like Royal Blue which sounds like it belongs in a nautical themed wedding, I'll call it Blue Willow like the famous china of the same name. Of course, Pantone would call it Sodalite Blue, another on their list of hot colors for 2012, but hey, what do they know, right? You'd think they were color experts or something! The great part about this shade of blue is that it's flattering to just about everyone, so your bridesmaids will love you for it! Ditto your groomsmen, since men are famous for their love of blue. Not to mention with the emphasis on vintage still in full swing, despite Huffington Post's misguided assertion that vintage is dead, you can use readily available pieces of blue & white china for centerpieces and decor. Throw in a little red if it's a military wedding or sunny yellow which looks fabulous with blue & white and you have an amazing color palette. The NonColor Color...White White On White - The beauty of white for a wedding is absolutely unparalleled. When you think of white, most people think of a stark color, but white can be so much more. How about cream, ivory, buff, eggshell, vanilla, magnolia, ecru, beige...the list of beautiful whites goes on and on, including an off-white called Starfish tagged as a hot color for 2012 by Pantone. Mixing different shades of white in your wedding decor can look incredible together if you're careful about the undertones of the whites you are using. Some whites have a bluish undertone, giving them a cool look, others have a brown undertone which tends to warm them up a bit. The fun part about using white on white is you can play with texture to really make the differences in the whites stand out. An example would be using a stark white tablecloth for your reception tables with a beautiful khaki (also a form of white!) damask runner and a cluster of milk glasses vases as the centerpiece filled with peonies, roses, and dahlias all in different shades of white and cream. Even versatile burlap which comes in ivory and natural can add interesting texture to your tables and centerpieces. Be My Valentine! Red & Pink - OK, I'll admit this is a stretch, even for a dyed-in-the wool pink lover like myself, but I have seen some truly amazing combinations of red and pink that were simply stunning. With this combo, you need to be careful about the color red and pink you choose. Hot pink and red...not so much...pale pink and red... ahh, yes, gorgeous! You really need to underplay the use of this palette to avoid it looking a little Valentine-y, but if you don't morph into overkill, it can turn out looking elegant instead of cheesy. For a classic look, pull in some silver touches like mercury glass with your centerpieces. Put your bridesmaids in blush pink short dresses with red rose or peony bouquets and have groomsmen wear pale grey suits with pink ties and hints of red handkerchiefs poking out of their bread pocket. Your friends will call you crazy until they see the effect all together at your wedding, then they'll call you innovative and daring! I'll Have A Margarita, Please! Sweet Lilac & Margarita- I'll admit these were stripped straight from the Pantone Hot Color Chart, but can you imagine this dynamic color duo? In 2011, pewter and eggplant, grey and plum, purple and silver were done to death. This is such a fresh and light approach to the heavy handed purples we saw last year with the fun zing of a soft lime added to the mix. With the innovative things florists are now doing with shades of green in bouquets including green hydrangeas and Bells Of Ireland, your bridesmaids could wear dresses in lavender tones and look incredible. Lilac, like blue, is a color that looks great on just about everyone, whether of fair or dark complexion and can be paired with either gold or silver. Somewhere Over The Rainbow Wedding Rainbow - Before you start saying I've taken leave of my senses on this one, hear me out. Can you remember being stuck in a hideously ugly bridesmaid's gown of some horrendous color, but you did it, because you loved your friend? Well, this is not one of those times. Although you could dress each of your bridesmaids in a different color of the rainbow of your/their choosing, why not try dressing them all in black, (groomsmen, too) with fun rainbow splashes of color in parasols, bouquets, shoes, socks, boutonnieres, and ties. Trendy and summery accents like pinwheels would be great with a rainbow-themed decor, but if you really want your wedding to stand out, why not do a complete "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" wedding complete with ruby slippers for you and a yellow brick road rose petal aisle runner? Weddings don't have to be stiff and staid affairs anymore, so a rainbow theme wedding would be great for the young and young at heart. Olive Green & Topaz - Ahhh, the colors of fall, rich, vibrant, gorgeous....but some of them, including chocolate brown done to death in recent years. Chocolate brown and green, chocolate brown and blue, chocolate brown and pink...enough, enough! Surely, there are other fall wedding colors besides chocolate brown and ________! Enter olive green and topaz. Yellow topaz, being the birthstone for the month of November, and olive green, a warm and inviting color with a masculine feel, make a great color combination for an autumn or woodlands theme wedding. Also absolutely gorgeous with either gold or silver accents, blinged out tree branches would look great with this duo as would moss, gold mercury glass, or tree round cake stands. And imagine some topaz color heels with sparkly rhinestone accents peeking out from under your gown or an olive green sash with topaz colored beaded accents. Awesome...that's you! Break Out The Champagne...And Black! Champagne and Black- Champagne, just the name brings to mind elegance, doesn't it? And the color itself...not gold, not silver, not beige or pink, but a shimmery mixture of all of these is just amazingly beautiful. Set off by flickering votives and paired with dramatic black, it will lend an air of wealth and richness to your wedding even if you and your groom are on the champagne taste/beer budget program! Imagine black satin tablecloths with champagne colored pintuck runners and a white onwhite palette of flowers or ostrich feathers springing from tall Eiffel tower vases...simply breathtaking! Peach & Silver- Amazingly, peach has staged somewhat of a comeback. If you're a young bride, you probably don't remember the peach and seafoam green of the 80's. Seems everyone and their mother had a bathroom in those colors. Kind of brings back some ugly flashbacks for those who lived it....ugh. Seafoam is actually staging it's own little mini-comeback, as seen in some recent trunk shows of wedding gowns in unusual colors, as well as mint green. I can buy seafoam and peach separately, but together again? Absolutely not! In this case, reunited doesn't feel so good, but how about the lovely and very subtle combination of peach and silver? Peach and cream roses perched in silver mint julep cups, bridesmaids in peach gowns with silver sashes and groomsmen in grey tuxes with peach ties...an excellent, cool color combination for spring, summer, even winter. http://www.bhg.com/crafts/weddings/reception/a-wedding-in-peach/#page=15
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Wedding Color Combinations By Liz on January 17, 2013 Growing up did you ever have a mood ring?  If I remember right you would hold down a finger on your ring, as a color appeared that was your corresponding mood.  Now if only picking your wedding colors were that easy right? While I don’t hold a magical ring that can tell you the right color combinations for your special day, I did come across a recent blog post on diyweddingplanner.hubpages.com. DIY Wedding Planner admits, “with so many, many decisions to be made, wedding planning can be completely overwhelming, not to mention frequently frustrating.”  But they go on to boast, “choosing your wedding colors can be the easiest part and after that, it’s pretty much all down hill.” Their post, Color of the Year, let’s us in on ten different color combinations to keep an eye out for in 2013.  Out of their ten picks I’ve highlighted three that all speak to a different wedding day “mood”.   Rainbow wedding- bridalmusings.com; photo booth- theknot.com; rustic wedding- afloral.com; blush wedding- weddingbee.com
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A glimpse of Kitty Chen's amazing 2013 collection. Kitty Chen will be the guest designer attending our 02/10/13 Bride Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center!
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