Archive for August, 2010

The Hangover

Tasty Breakfast Baskets for the Morning After

A post-wedding brunch sounds good in theory, but after a night of celebratory drinking, your guests would prefer hair of the dog to eggs Benedict.

Instead of dragging them down to a too-early ballroom brunch, send breakfast-in-bed gift baskets to their suites. A pretty box of pastries, mucho agua, travel packets of aspirin and your favorite nip of vodka paired with Stirrings’ Bloody Mary mix is the perfect afterparty elixir. There’s something about (Bloody) Mary: After enjoying the pick-me-up in their pjs, friends and fam may even make it downstairs in time to bid the happy couple adieu.

You’d rather stay in bed, too.


Stirrings Simple Bloody Mary Mix

Destination Boca

Destination Weddings at the Boca Raton Resort

Getting married with your feet in the sand isn’t really your style — though you love the beach (while wearing a bikini), you’re more of a ballroom and Blahnik girl.

We’ve found the perfect combo of beach and black tie at the Boca Raton Resort in Florida. These days, Boca isn’t just for your grandma — this glam, 1920s Spanish-inspired resort (divided into a pristine yacht club and sleek beach club) boasts a wedding program that will blow your mind. Perhaps the best combo of events is a lively sunset rehearsal dinner on the beach (fresh seafood, live music, strong cocktails), followed the next day by an elegant reception inside the club (fine china, fresh flowers, flowing Champagne). Tap into the spectacular in-house design and culinary teams to dream up your vision of Florida chic — we’d recommend lavish centerpieces, lots of gorgeous hours d’oeuvres and a towering key lime cake. Other weekend options when guests aren’t dancing and dining: spa treatments, a private cruise, tennis, croquet or lounging in a poolside cabana.

Grandma would approve.


Italian Dressing

Alberta Ferretti’s Wedding Gown Collection

You worship Wang and lust after Lhuillier, but wouldn’t mind name-dropping a newcomer when it comes to your wedding gown. Be one of the first to wear a dress from Alberta Ferretti’s Forever collection, the Italian designer’s debut bridal line.

The queen of covetable cocktail dresses and red carpet wonders, Ferretti now concocts both sweeping tulle ball gowns and short, chic numbers for your nuptials. Named after flowers (Rose, Lily, Forget-Me-Not), the dresses in this couture collection feature lace, silk Mikado and satin with a glam sprinkling of beaded embroidery, delicate pearls, Swarovski crystals, cabachons and silver platinum thread. Rumor has it that each dress (sewn and embroidered by hand) takes 30 to 80 hours to create.

Hey, some like it haute.


Wrist Watch

Lovely Linen Wrist Corsages by EmersonMade

While corsages may remind you of a 1950s prom, they also lend an old-fashioned charm to your wedding. But instead of roses that wilt by midnight, give VIP guests a wither-free version. The custom linen flower corsages from EmersonMade look enough like the real thing, and make a perfectly preserved keepsake to wear again.

To create your unique Adore or Kiss corsages, EmersonMade’s husband-and-wife team carefully sculpts, stitches and dyes each linen bloom by hand. The shabby-chic arrangement of cloth flowers features a felt back and pin so it can be re-worn. Want more for your wedding? The company also creates a potpourri of perfect blooms for ring pillows, hair accessories, sashes and shoes.

It will be a hit –¬†faux sure.


Cabin Fever

Intimate Affairs at Colorado’s Trappers Cabin

A quiet little wedding at home? Not so quiet. After you bring in the painters, landscapers, tents and dance floor, your cozy reception has turned into a circus.

Move the party to your new home away from home. Our favorite is the newly renovated Trappers Cabin, an idyllic little mountain lodge tucked away in the luxe enclave of Beaver Creek, CO. A pretty lawn is perfect for an intimate ceremony of 30 guests, then move inside the well-appointed log cabin for cocktails and cuisine (prepared by a private chef, of course). Or, consider a group retreat for a bachelorette (or bachelor) weekend — with four bedrooms (and a stocked bar) it easily sleeps 10 friends, and a private ski instructor will take you out on the slopes just steps away (in summer, arrange for group hiking or horseback riding trips).

If seclusion is your thing, book Trappers for a honeymoon that truly gets away from it all — take a dip in the hot tub, cozy up in front of the fireplace, and steal away from society for at least a few nights.

Home sweet home.