Saturday, February 28, 2009

Saint Patrick's Day March 14th.

It will be the 53 year for the Rhode Island Saint Patrick's Day Parade held in Newport, Come rain, snow, or shine, on Saturday, March 15th 2008. The parade will begin promptly at 11:00am from Newport City Hall and will proceed to Carroll Avenue at Saint Augustin’s Church in the heart of the Fifth Ward. The parade this year is estimated to last 2 hours and will include 10 Pipe Bands, 11 Marching Bands, 5 Fife & Drum Corps, 5 Clown Units, 5 reenactment units, and a host of local, state, and regional organizations including police and fire units, social/fraternal organizations, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Schools, and non-profits and maybe a great day to plan out your wedding day !

What Do You Charge?

Prices, packages, anything?
Is the request I receive via email the other day.
Here's my answer to this bride to be.
I do not have packaged pricing, for I am a special event consultant. With out doing an exploratory on what your goals and needs are, I don’t know how to help you or give you an accurate quote for the scope of the work. I am currently working on a wedding with a $10,000 budget and one with a $200,0000.
What's your budget?
What do you need help with?
How can I help you?
These are the kind of questions I answer.
Newport Weddings

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Press from NEWPORT this week

While some brides and grooms are tightening their belts in the face of difficult economic times, high-end wedding planners say the industry remains recession-proof

EAST BAY — When Rebecca Mead wrote her best-selling “One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding,” she pegged the average cost for an American wedding at nearly $28,000 — over half the median annual income in U.S. households.

And that was in 2007. The price of celebrating your nuptial bliss with family and friends continues to rise with inflation, with some experts estimating that the average American wedding with all the trimmings will run a cool $31,000 by 2012.

If prospective brides and grooms followed the lead of most consumers and made significant cutbacks during these trying economic times, most wedding parties would be content with a pitched tent in the backyard, a couple of kegs and an iPod blaring Earth, Wind and Fire songs.

But this is The Big Day we’re talking about, and few brides will want to play it cheap unless they absolutely have to. Are weddings, like liquor and drug stores, pretty much recession proof?

“Absolutely. The girls are still going to get married,” said Nancy Swiezy, owner of the new Newport Wedding Gallery. “Even though budgets are down and head counts are down, girls will still splurge on key items.”

Ms. Swiezy describes her Gallery as a “trade show set in a Soho art gallery. I have independent invitation designers, wedding cake designers, photographers, event designers and more. It’s a resource center for brides.”

Although Ms. Swiezy typically deals with upscale clients planning destination weddings — “I’ve been working primarily with New York brides, who are spending about $100,000 up,” she said — she doesn’t see middle-class families cutting back too much on wedding expenses, either.

Red about the rest Here http://Heres the link to the a article By Jim McGaw
Photo by Christine Hochkeppel

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I want a Modern Wedding...

Well.. it doesn't get any more modern than Mondrian.
Ellen Bartlett of Cakes To Remember in Brookline, Massachusetts pulls this one off with great grace and modern style .Why have your wedding at Modern Art Museum when you can bring Modern Art it in to your cake!

Two Gentlemen of Verona..... actually NYC

I'm so proud to have been chosen to help Edd and Paul "Day Of". One of my first Thanksgivings in NYC was in their home some 25 years ago. As a loving couple, now they can be married just like the rest of us. Congratulations Edd and Paul!
It's going to be a joyful day!

The Two Gentlemen Cake Toppers $75. At The Newport Wedding Gallery
Ladies sold separately!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Saint Bridget's Cross

Saint Bridget is a legendary Irish saint from the fifth century, and Saint Bridget was known for helping many downtrodden, poor. Traditionally celebrated on February 1 of each year, but many people believe a Saint Bridget’s Cross can bring prosperity, protection, and good luck all year long to those who hang this Irish good luck charm over the entryway of their home.
So why not use it a your Irish wedding Icon?
Saint Brigit's Cross by Belleek
Thanks Mom for taking to County Cavin and the Belleek Factory

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Spread The Love

I want to thank the O'Conner clain for hosting my end of opening day party at The Newport Wedding Gallery . The gang from Frank Antonio, Karen Benjamin, Dr. Debra Harris and Gina Marie Dedominici stopped by as well to toast the gallery. Using Marg's recycled jam jars, the champagne and cupcakes never tasted better!

And that jam jar....What a great favor idea for a garden wedding.
Thanks all!, Love ya!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Mice in the House

A couple has moved in the the Newport Wedding Gallery.
Sorry Karen... They couldn't help themselves! For $45.00 they could find a home on top of your wedding cake!

Cake by
Vintage Cake Topper at The Newport Wedding Gallery

Friday, February 13, 2009

Be Uniquely Gifted

A New Bridal Registry from Newport HOUSE

One of my favorite shops in Newport is a store called, House Newport. Located on Mill Street just off Thames. Kathleen Vanderveer has wonderfully good taste. I never leave her shop empty handed or with out dreaming about something I saw in the store.
So good news for us! Newport HOME now has a Bridal Registry. Your guests can shop on line or in town and find unique wedding gifts that just can’t be found in any mall.

House Newport
152 Mill Street Newport, RI

For the Birds

I was in New York to walk the Gift Show and stopped by F.I.T. and saw this show in the lobby of the school. So much fun!
The seagulls were in the window of Anthropologie at Rock Center.
A great idea for a Seaside Wedding don't you think?

P.S. Molly This ones for you! Good luck next week. See you in March.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Love that Damask!

Can’t afforded that expensive damask over lay or tablecloth?
How about trying a damask napkin instead and under a dollar to rent!

All the impact with out the cost!

A Photo Essay

I would like to thank Karen Zieff for all her help in hanging the first group show here at The Newport Wedding Gallery.

It just looks great!
All the photographers work shows quite well together. The opening show includes Hull Grenier Studio, Cheryl Richards, David Dadekian Photography,Caster Creations,Karen Zieff,Newport Image,Phil Fox Photography and Robert Hagan.

It’s been such a rush getting the gallery together.
I can’t wait to crash tomorrow before the big opening on Valentines Day!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Be Cool in Your Code.....02840 that is!

I just found the coolest bags perfect for a bridal party or for your welcome bag. The 02840 Bags! At $20 retail they are a great memento of your time in Newport. A add plus they are eco-friendly!
They can be ordered at The Newport Wedding Gallery

Saturday, February 7, 2009

And what are your colors?

A few years ago I took a color theory class at F.I.T. and it was one of the best things I have ever done!

Black is the color of authority and power. It is popular in fashion because it makes people appear thinner. It is also stylish and timeless. Black also implies submission. Priests wear black to signify submission to God. Some fashion experts say a woman wearing black implies submission to men. Black outfits can also be overpowering, or make the wearer seem aloof or evil. Villains, such as Dracula, often wear black.

Brides wear white to symbolize innocence and purity. White reflects light and is considered a summer color. White is popular in decorating and in fashion because it is light, neutral, and goes with everything. However, white shows dirt and is therefore more difficult to keep clean than other colors. Doctors and nurses wear white to imply sterility.

The most emotionally intense color, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It is also the color of love. Red clothing gets noticed and makes the wearer appear heavier. Since it is an extreme color, red clothing might not help people in negotiations or confrontations. Red cars are popular targets for thieves. In decorating, red is usually used as an accent. Decorators say that red furniture should be perfect since it will attract attention.
The most romantic color, pink, is more tranquilizing. Sports teams sometimes paint the locker rooms used by opposing teams bright pink so their opponents will lose energy.

The color of the sky and the ocean, blue is one of the most popular colors. It causes the opposite reaction as red. Peaceful, tranquil blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals, so it is often used in bedrooms. Blue can also be cold and depressing. Fashion consultants recommend wearing blue to job interviews because it symbolizes loyalty. People are more productive in blue rooms. Studies show weightlifters are able to handle heavier weights in blue gyms.

Currently the most popular decorating color, green symbolizes nature. It is the easiest color on the eye and can improve vision. It is a calming, refreshing color. People waiting to appear on TV sit in "green rooms" to relax. Hospitals often use green because it relaxes patients. Brides in the Middle Ages wore green to symbolize fertility. Dark green is masculine, conservative, and implies wealth. However, seamstresses often refuse to use green thread on the eve of a fashion show for fear it will bring bad luck.

Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention getter. While it is considered an optimistic color, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms, and babies will cry more. It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused. Yellow enhances concentration, hence its use for legal pads. It also speeds metabolism.

The color of royalty, purple connotes luxury, wealth, and sophistication. It is also feminine and romantic. However, because it is rare in nature, purple can appear artificial.

Solid, reliable brown is the color of earth and is abundant in nature. Light brown implies genuineness while dark brown is similar to wood or leather. Brown can also be sad and wistful. Men are more apt to say brown is one of their favorite colors.
By David Johnson

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Warm Hands.. Warm Heart ...All in a Muff !

It's snowing again in Newport and this vintage faux fur muff with a secret interior zipper pocket for your wallet, cell phone, etc… would come in handy! Made of quality faux fur on the outside and lined in velvet on the inside to keep your hands warm. The long gold-tone chain detaches from grosgrain loops too, so you can carry it with or without. Classic…with an updated twist!

$79.00 By Special order at The Newport Wedding Gallery

Monday, February 2, 2009

Recycle a Wish with a Old Wedding Magazine this year!

Dear 2007/2008 Bride,
If you have any old wedding publications please drop them off at The Newport Wedding Gallery.
We will recycled them to another bride at the cost of $2.00 a magazine. The money will then be donated to the
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Rhode Island.

Win Win... Don't your think?

Dear 2009/2010 Bride,
Why don't you think about making a donation in lieu of a wedding favor this year?. You will be honoring your wedding guests in a very special way!
For more Information contact Alexandra Welch-Zerba at