Monday, January 26, 2009

the rehearsal dinner

What is it?

A rehearsal dinner is typically an informal meal after a wedding rehearsal, which takes place the night before the actual wedding. It's a chance for the wedding party to get to know each other better, and most importantly, it's a chance for the bride and groom to thank all the people who have helped them out with the wedding planning.

Do I have to have one?

You don't have to have one, but there are very few reasons not to. You're going to need to eat on that night anyway, why not eat with your loved ones?

Who pays?

Traditionally the groom's parents pay but nowadays you'll often see couples include the cost in their overall wedding planning budget. Another scenario is for both parents to host it together.

Who plans it?

It is traditionally the realm of the groom's mother. Check in with your mother-in-law and see if she is willing and able to do so. If she wants to, it's a good idea to let her – it gives her a role in the wedding and even if the rehearsal dinner is completely different from your taste, guests will presume that you didn't plan it.

What happens at a rehearsal dinner?

Along with eating, of course, the bride and groom offer up thanks and toast their families and the wedding party. There are often many other informal toasts. Sometimes this toasting becomes a roasting of the bride and groom – but it's all in good fun. You may also plan ice-breaking games or other activities including poker, pool, darts, a short funny home-movie, or backyard games. If you're not having a bridesmaid's luncheon, this is also an appropriate time to give bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts.

How do I invite my guests?

Typically, printed invitations are sent a few days after you send the wedding invitation. These don't need to be elegant and expensive – the easiest thing to do is to get the templates to print on your home computer.

Do I have to invite out-of-town guests?

Once upon a time, a rehearsal dinner was only for the wedding party and the immediate family of the bride and groom. Now, wedding magazines will tell you that you have to invite all of the out-of-town guests. Here's my opinion: it is a nice gesture, so that you don't leave them at loose ends in a strange town the night before the wedding. However, if you don't invite them, you can include a list of restaurants or things to do in the area on your wedding website. Also, you can hold the rehearsal dinner on the early side, and then include a note in your invitations saying "If you're in town the night before the wedding, we'd love to see you! We'll be at the East Side Pub after 9 pm – please join us if you can make it." A nice touch is to get the bar to provide pub snacks and appetizers to your guests, which will still be less expensive than providing them dinner.

What if I can't afford a rehearsal dinner?

First, reexamine your expectations – it doesn't have to be some grand formal thing at a restaurant or catering hall. Some of the best rehearsal dinners I've seen are relaxed backyard barbecues which allow people to really get to know each other. Set up a volleyball net or get a game of touch football going. It can even be a potluck. But do have one – it's your opportunity to thank all the people who made your wedding day possible.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

$100 gift certificate winners!

The following are our winners from 01/18 Behind The Veil bridal show and the 01/19 The Great Bridal show:

Ayca Gucalp
Ciji Portis
Danielle Parco
Julie Sowa
Leila Apuzzio
Monica Tung
Natasha Gibbons
Pozaya Slade
Rebecca Rosenberg
Samantha Carter
Sarah Choi
Shani Abada
Stacey Oakley
Vance Young

Please contact us to claim your prizes!

great bridal expo prize winner

congratulations ms. suni rosario!

two teacups DOCs at the bridal show

starting from the left: manny, christina, lucia, jenny, nikki and jessica

great bridal expo pictures

we thank you for your support, always!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

biggest nyc bridal show!

it's very exciting!
we will be at one of the biggest bridal show of the nation!!
please find us at Marriott Marquis in NYC tomorrow.
the show starts at 5 30 sharp, see you all there!!

our prize winner

congratulations! and thank you for stopping by!

images from the bridal show today!

more bridal shows!

Today, find us at a bridal show in DoubleTree Hotel located in Fort Lee, NJ!
Come and find out ways to save your planning!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

best spring 2009 trends

If you're throwing a Spring 2009 wedding event - or are planning on attending one - learning about the season's top wedding trends can make the event even more unforgettable. Wedding trends for Spring 2009 capture some of the season's fresh designer trends from the runways, and the year calls for a mix of classic styles and modern designs.

From Grecian-inspired gowns for the bride to flapper dresses for the bridesmaids, here are some of the best Spring 2009 wedding trends to plan for:

Wedding Trend for Spring 2009: Black Flowers and Accessories

Black wedding dresses were a top trend in 2007, and black reigns on with black accessories for 2009. Pick up black roses or rosettes, black table linens and black and white color combination for a sophisticated and modern look.

Wedding Trend for Spring 2009: Pink Flapper Dresses

Pink is a top choice for color this Spring 2009, so deck out the bridesmaids in classic, pastel or shocking pink for a modern twist to basic cream and white. Flapper-inspired dresses with their fitted, mid-calf length style get a fresh look in innocent pink.

Wedding Trend for Spring 2009: Red-Trimmed Wedding Gowns

Red is a bold and vibrant addition to the usual pastels and classic white ensembles for Spring weddings, and you'll find it trimming wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses this season. The red and white combination adds a twist of modern romance to any Spring wedding.

Wedding Trend for Spring 2009: The Mini Wedding Dress

Super-short wedding dresses are a fresh trend for Spring 2009, giving you every excuse to show off those legs this season. Pair this look with ankle-tied sandals for a chic, dramatic look this wedding season.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

bridal show on 1/11/09

DOCs of the day were Nikki (on the right) and Lucia (myself)

Thanks to your support, we had a successful day!
Many brides, maid-of honors, bridesmaids, mothers, mother-in-laws, friends, children stopped by our booth!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

bridal show

Today, TWO TEACUPS will be exhibiting at the Elegant Bridal Productions.
Come out and find out what the show is about!
You'll have fun!

Addess: 801 Rutherford Avenue
Rutherford, NJ 07070

Start Time: 1:00pm