Monday, March 30, 2009

Top 10 Reasons to get married by David Letterman

10. Poconos offers newlyweds free room with champagne-glass Jacuzzi
9. If I'm gonna catch Larry King, I'd better get going
8. Still drunk from St. Patty's, dude!
7. She needed a green card
6. When you're my age and look like I do, if someone says they'll marry you, you do it
5. Don't have to listen to any more crap from that quack Dr. Phil
4. I finally fit into my dream dress!
3. Free cake
2. Got tired of waiting for Paris Hilton
1. Figured at the least we'd get a mediocre out of it

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Welcome Bags

I think a welcome bag is a must for a Newport destination wedding. Making sure your guests feel welcome is so important. By giving them a bag filled with your antennary, local activities, local restaurants and fun things to do on down time is. One can add bottled water, regional candy, or spa supplies is a nice touch. I have done designer paper bags to insulated lunch bags. To have them created, labeled, stuffed and delivery to the hotels, it can run you $12 to $30 per bag depending on the kind of bag and what you but inside.

Brides kiss goodbye to dream weddings

NEW YORK - The recession in the United States also hits the wedding industry, as companies go bankrupt, taking down dreams of brides with them. Couples are scaling back on items such as champaigne and chocolate fountains, a sector expert says, while some unlucky couples have to change original wedding plans due to rising bankruptcies in the sector

Connie Banks was planning a "bride’s dream" at Tuscany of Garden Oaks, a Houston banquet hall with ceilings painted to resemble the Sistine Chapel. Then the hall’s owner filed for bankruptcy.

Banks, whose family paid $22,000 for the space and catering, was suddenly left with no place to put the 250 people on her wedding list.

"I still feel guilty my parents lost all that money," said Banks, a 24-year-old teacher who found a new venue at the additional cost of having to change the date to a Friday from a Saturday this June. "I also feel guilty guests will have to take more time off from work to attend a Friday wedding."

The $60 billion-a-year U.S. wedding industry is contracting along with the rest of the economy, said Millie Martini Bratten, editor-in-chief of Conde Nast’s Brides magazine in New York. Couples are scaling back on champagne and chocolate fountains, and business failures by florists and caterers are forcing changes in plans.

Love in the time of economic recession
"People don’t time when they fall in love with the economic cycles," Martini Bratten said. "But when times are tight, we do see a pull-back in spending."

The average cost of tying the knot in the U.S. fell 24 percent last year from 2007, to $21,814, and slipped in the first quarter to $19,196, according to Wedding Report, a research firm.

The number of vows exchanged will probably drop this year because every economic contraction since 1945 has been followed by a decline in weddings, said Shane McMurray, the firm’s chief executive officer. He said there were 100,000 fewer in 2002 than 2001, when the U.S. was in a recession for eight months.

The economy has shed about 5.1 million jobs since December 2007, the most in a post-World War II slump, according to the Labor Department. The U.S. jobless rate is 8.5 percent, the highest since 1983.

Wedding industry unemployment can’t be calculated because photographers, dress makers and others usually don’t limit their work to one kind of event, McMurray said. "Ninety percent of wedding vendors are small businesses, so these folks are obviously struggling."

In Manhattan, couples are downsizing by opting for cocktail parties instead of sit-down dinners, said Amy Aversa, owner of Sweet Basil Catering in New York.

"It’s definitely forcing caterers to get more creative," said Aversa, who estimates her average client is spending 30 percent less this year.

To trim the budget for a September reception, Aversa said she’s using fewer fresh flowers in centerpieces and filling empty spaces with candles and photographs.

She’s also getting more requests for cupcakes rather than multilayered bridal cakes.

For Margarita Lambos in Charlotte, North Carolina, the cost of the shrinking economy was $6,200. Lambos paid cash in advance when she ordered a $4,000 Swarovski crystal-embellished Ines Di Santo gown for her walk down the aisle. Then the recession claimed another victim: the bridal boutique that had her money and her dress.

"Their bankruptcy almost ruined my wedding," said Lambos, a 26-year-old stay-at-home mother. After La Bella Sposa closed in June, Lambos said she contacted the designer’s Toronto studio and, parting with $2,200 more, was married in August in her "dream dress."

The bridal store couldn’t survive a pullback in discretionary spending, said Rick Mitchell, the owners’ bankruptcy lawyer.

Searching for a second-choice wedding location
"People don’t necessarily need an $8,000 wedding gown to get married," Mitchell said.

In Houston, after Tuscany of Garden Oaks closed and owner Titus filed for bankruptcy, Banks reserved her second-choice wedding location, Chateau Polonez. She said she thinks her situation "turned out on the better end" of the spectrum.

Minute Maid Park, home of baseball’s Houston Astros, was the site of weddings for 33 other brides left without reception spaces by Titus, which also owned Bella Terraza, another venue that shut down.

The recession hadn’t begun when Laura McCormick, a stay-at- home mother in Middle Township, New Jersey, posed for pictures with her wedding party in March 2007. McCormick, 28, said she paid Celebrations Studios $4,000 and still doesn’t have a professional photograph of the event.

Company becomes unable to pay photographers
Celebration Studios was low on cash as business started to slow and couldn’t pay photographers who took pictures around the time of the McCormick wedding, said Jeffrey Herrmann, Celebration Studio’s attorney. The company closed in January 2008.

Katharine Atkinson, a 29-year-old grant writer in Portland, Oregon, has mailed save-the-date cards for her August wedding at the Portland Classical Chinese Garden.

Because her father, a home-builder, hasn’t made a sale in eight months and her mother and stepfather lost their jobs, she said, she’s concerned about what she’ll be spending."It feels uncomfortable for me to be in a celebratory wedding mood," she said in an e-mail. "It didn’t take long for the glow of being newly engaged to wear off."

Re print from Bloomberg

Friday, March 27, 2009

Fun Welcome Bags for Spring

Such fun Welcome bags that are iinsulated for lunch as well!
$7.00 a bag At The Newport Wedding Gallery
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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Pack a Great Groomsmen Gift !

For many couples, the guy's involvement in the planning ends right after he pops the big question. One great way to get your husband jazzed about planning is to have him choose the groomsmen gift. Functionality is key here; you need to get the guys something that they can use on a daily basis. Briefcases and messenger bags make perfect groomsmen gifts and what's more, it can double as their welcome bag. The Top-Zip Portfolio from Piel Leather comes in black, chocolate and tan. Priced at $90.00, custom monogramming is available for an additional $20.00.

A shamrock for your flowers...the yacht of course!!

The Yacht Shamrock
was the unsuccessful Irish challenger for the 10th America's Cup in 1899 against the United States defender, Columbia.Shamrock was designed by third-generation Scottish boatbuilder, William Fife III, Jr., and built in 1898 by J. Thorneycroft & Co., at Millwall on the Thames near London, England for owner Sir Thomas Lipton of the Royal Ulster Yacht Club.

has hand crafted this replica of the yacht covered with their signature shamrocks.

Flowers By Golden gate Studios
Newport Weddings

Monday, March 23, 2009

A Cup Cake Tower for a very musical couple

I had so much fun creating this cup cake tower for my last couple. They are both wonderful musicians and having the chance to wrap this cake with their favorite music was a personal joy for me!
Flowers by the most talented David Eldridge
Photo by Jennifer Morais Photography

Baby's Breath

Im a big believer of using one flower on mass when one is on a budget. Even the humble baby's breath can look dramatic.
Newport Wedding

Busy as a Culinary Bee

The Pastry Chef at Fine Catering by Russell Morin created this dessert for my last brides tasting. Darling don't you think?
A Newport Affaire looks forward to working with his team .

Swizzling Signature Stir Sticks

A fun way to customise your signature drink. $0.54 per item / 100 minimum
Found @ www.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Forty 1 North has a new GM

Nicholas Deepen an old friend from NYC is now the GM of Forty 1 North. He is a hard working perfectionist and Newport will now have an exciting venue that will rival the sophistication of New York, Miami and Aspen. Once the 30 room bouquet suite hotel is finished in November 2009, two new event spaces will be available for weddings and events.

Welcome Nic , Im so glad to have you here in Newport!
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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Who is doing your flowers? A Florist, Designer or a Rock Star?

Wholesale flowers all cost the same. But once a vendor takes that raw material and creates living sculpture out of it, the pricing structure changes.

In most cases they will be the cost effective. Some times affiliated with FTD or Teleflora. The design work can be quite good using mostly hothouse flowers that have beauty and durability.

This is florist that takes floral design to the next level. Designers sculpt and paint with the color and shape of the flowers. They will also can create custom solutions, themes and products for your wedding.

Rock Stars
We know them all by their first names. This group of celebrity designers work with budgets that are some times the budget of many weddings. Having the opportunity to work with $20,000- $40,000 of whole sale product … of course it is going to look fabulous!. Rock stars will factor in 20% to 40 % for the design work as well. Just like at Chanel or Fendi.

It's still just a pocketbook right?

Designer Flower Bag by