Archive for February, 2010

A Novel Idea

David Tutera’s The Big White Book of Weddings

You’ve explained to your fiance that a text message is not an appropriate save-the-date, but he wants to see proof in writing — and preferably something that was published in a post-Twitter world.

The Big White Book of Weddings, by celebrity event planner David Tutera, is just the modern tome to take your reception to the next level. (Fear not — the advice does not reflect the views of the brides he rescues from disaster on his TV show, My Fair Wedding.) Rather, these Tutera-infused tips on how to make your wedding memorable include everything from food pairing suggestions (French fry trio?) to invitation phrasing that fits your style.

It’ll be an instant etiquette class.

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The Big White Book of Weddings by David Tutera

Boudoir Bride

Luxe Bridal Lingerie by La Perla

That gorgeous white gown deserves something special underneath that’s equal parts sexy and supportive. Boring and beige need not apply.

So pretty it’s a shame these underpinnings will only be seen by your sweetheart, La Perla has at long last introduced a bridal collection. The alluring trousseau of elegant white bra and panty sets and Chantilly lace-constructed corsetry is seductively modern, but still leaves something to the imagination. Channel the coquettish charm of an old-fashioned starlet in a demure nightgown or lace robe that can be worn well after the honeymoon. The lingerie collection is currently available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and La Perla boutiques.

Tres cheeky.


Shake Your Bonbon

Gourmet Wedding Favors from Bespoke Chocolates

After an unforgettable wedding feast, you’ll want your gourmand guests to leave on a sweet note.

Send them home happy with a decadent favor of custom-made confections from Bespoke Chocolates. An artisanal treat packaged in a personalized gold box, the pretzel-covered sea-salted caramels strike a perfect balance of sweet and salty to please even the most sophisticated candy-loving palette. Or, place them on guests’ pillows for a yummy surprise when they return to the hotel after an evening of revelry.

Gimme some sugar.


Sol Session

Bachelorette Weekend at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples, FL

An upcoming bachelorette bash beckons you to beachier climes, minus the craziness. Merriment and making memories are on your group’s agenda.

We found the perfect girls getaway at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples, FL. This beachfront hotel has all the basics for a great weekend, chic Floridian style: long stretches of pristine sand, colorful suites with cozy canopy beds and plenty of poolside lounging. Get instant bliss with the serene spa’s signature Balinese massage, or lobster & chorizo mac & cheese at the luxe Baleen restaurant. Shops like Lilly Pulitzer and Manolo Blahnik await in downtown Naples, not to mention late-night dancing at the nearby Blue Martini. Or just snuggle up with s’mores and vino at a beachfront bonfire.

Bring your bikini and your besties.


Fancy Fascinators

Couture Bridal Headpieces by Leah C.

You’re too au courant for a veil. Channel Lady Gaga’s fantastical feathered headwear for your strut down the aisle. Just think less costume, more couture.

Leah C.’s millinery masterpieces mix old-fashioned glamour with a very 2010 vibe. The whimsical bridal headpieces of feathers, silk and pearls from this NYC designer artfully frame your gorgeous face. Imagine a delicate birdcage veil perched on a perfectly coiffed chignon or a jeweled comb tucked into your curls.

Call it your crowning glory.