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WeddingWire Seattle’s Summer Fête

Posted by Kim on Jul 18, 2016

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Seattle area engaged couples gathered with their friends and family to experience the Pacific Northwest’s charm and style while soaking up wedding inspiration at WeddingWire’s Seattle community event. With a roster of talented local wedding professionals, guests mingled while experiencing first-hand how all the details come together at a wedding. Hotel Sorrento set the stage with its historic locale, gorgeous penthouse venue, and stunning downtown views. Guests were able to mingle over tasty bites and beverages, while experiencing the work of incredible local talent who showcased the many elements of a wedding. Take a glimpse into the soirée, perfectly captured by Tiffany Arns.

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Seattle Party Shots brought the photobooth fun with a wide variety of festive props. Guests enjoyed taking their pictures with veils, top hats, and viking helmets, just to name a few.

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Guests not only enjoyed beautiful floral arrangements by Designs by Courtney, but they were invited to take home living succulent rings, created exclusively for them.

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Tucked in the bridal suite was Sarah Ren Makeup Artistry & Hair, who provided a Lip Bar where guests tried many different lip shades in this relaxed and intimate setting.

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On the sweeter side,  Delicately Sweet Confections tempted tastebuds with luscious cake bites and wow’d guests with meringue tower complete with edible gold glitter.

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From old school tunes to brand new tracks, Sounds Unlimited took requests from the guests and showed off their extensive song inventory.

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Alex of Taylor’d Events Group topped off the evening with her expert wedding planning tips and answered guests’ most pressing questions during her Q&A.

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A huge thank you to everyone who attended and to all of our participating partners! If you’d like to find out about future events, you can reach out to WeddingWire Community Manager Jamie at jamied@weddingwire.com.

 

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Looking to save money on a wedding dress? Well, you’re shopping at just the right time! On Saturday, July 16, more than 800 locally-owned bridal salons around the United States and Canada will be participating in the National Bridal Sale Day—offering discounts of up to 80 percent off on wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, and evening wear. Want to find out which bridal salons near you are participating? Visit the WeddingWire Events page, click on the city closest to your location, and get all the details on making an appointment at a participating salon near you. Happy shopping—and saving!

WeddingWire’s Spring Soirée in Denver

Posted by Kim on Jun 20, 2016

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Engaged couples and their wedding parties, families, and friends from throughout the Denver area came together for an evening of wedding inspiration and ideas at WeddingWire’s Spring Soirée! Located in the heart of the city, blanc, the venue set the stage for the perfect mix of urban-chic and rustic design elements. Guests mixed and mingled while picking up expert tips and creative ideas from talented Denver wedding vendors. Check out the stunning affair, captured on camera by From the Hip Photo.

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Guests enjoyed tasty bites from Relish Catering & Events that included an artisan cheese and antipasto display, pork belly BLT bites, and a bite-size satay station. An herbal lemonade station allowed guests to create their own concoctions with lavender, basil, mint, and rosemary simple syrups.

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The Makery Cake Company satisfied every sweet tooth with a variety of crave-worthy cake creations.

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It’s not a party without entertainment, and Elite Entertainment kept the fun flowing with music and an open-air photo booth.

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Floral arrangements from The Orchid Princess Floral transformed the space with vibrant greenery and romantic blooms paired with stone vases and mini votives.

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To top it all off, Carie Pearce of LVL Weddings & Events shared her expert wedding planning tips and facilitated a lively q&a with couples. A few guests even shared their own engagement stories with the group!

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Thank you to everyone who attended and to our wonderful partners for making it an event to remember! If you’d like to stay informed about future events, please reach out to WeddingWire Community Manager Jamie at jamied@weddingwire.com.

WeddingWire Cleveland’s Spring Soirée

Posted by Kim on May 31, 2016

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Cleveland-area engaged couples and their wedding parties, family, and friends gathered at The Barn at Mapleside Farms for WeddingWire Cleveland’s Spring Soirée. This evening affair featured talented Cleveland wedding vendors who pulled out all the stops to provide couples with a memorable experience. From delicious bites and beverages to engaging entertainment to planning advice, there was no shortage of wedding inspiration. Take a peek inside the party, perfectly captured by Genevieve Nisly Photography.

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The Barn at Mapleside Farms provided the perfect party backdrop, with its breathtaking views, vaulted ceilings, and rustic elegant ambiance.

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Guests enjoyed drinks on the terrace and mouthwatering hors d’oeuvres from A Taste of Excellence Catering that included open-faced mini sliders and a stunning antipasto display. For dessert, Patisserie 42 served up a variety of mini cupcakes while showcasing their gorgeous cake creations.

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Graceful Wedding Company dressed up the space with beautiful floral arrangements set atop wood slice chargers. Amber uplighting and in-house string lights enhanced the intimate and romantic vibe of the venue.

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Guests enjoyed music from Raise the Roof Entertainment while they mingled and posed for 60-second caricatures from Adam Pate

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…and enjoyed photo booth fun complete with a huge array of props from inFocus PhotoBooths.

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Brides-to-be also enjoyed a little pampering in the bridal suite, where Ashley Matho On Location Makeup Artistry provided bridal beauty tips and touch-ups.

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To round out the inspirational evening, two local wedding planners shared their top tips with guests. Valarie from Kirkbrides and Jennifer from Heart 2 Heart Occasions revealed their expert ideas to help make the planning process smoother – a perfect addition for couples with questions!

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A huge thank you to everyone who attended and to all of our participating partners! If you’d like to find out about future events, you can reach out to WeddingWire Community Manager Jamie at jamied@weddingwire.com.

Everything You Need to Know About Bridal Fashion Week

Posted by Sarah T. on Apr 12, 2016

NEW YORK BRIDAL FASHION WEEK

You know Fashion Week, right? It’s an opportunity for editors, writers, boutique owners, and buyers to view upcoming ready-to-wear and couture collections so they can get a sneak peek at the up-and-coming fashion trends. Bridal Market is the same, except the focus is wedding and bridesmaid dresses, along with shoes, veils, jewelry, and other accessories. While Bridal Market is the industry term for the weeklong series of shows and presentations, it’s also known as Bridal Fashion Week.

Designers present their collections at shows, presentations, or one-on-one appointments, which take place all around New York City from hotel rooms to convention spaces, personal studios to ballrooms.


OK—Why should I care?

Collections hit the stores roughly six months after they hit the runways. So if you’re not quite ready to go wedding dress shopping, but are ready to start brainstorming, viewing the collections will give you an idea of what will actually be available come shopping time.

If you’ve already purchased your gown, you can get inspired by how looks are accessorized on the runway. WeddingWire Editors attend every Market, and we post our favorite details with the hashtag #WWxBFW on Instagram, TwitterFacebook, and Snapchat. Be it a blinged out sash or an unexpected neckline, you can incorporate these trends into your own wedding day look!

You know, that actually sounds kind of fun. How long does a show last? 

The formal presentation is actually very short—usually no longer than 10 or 15 minutes. Which makes sense, when you think about it—it only takes a few seconds for a model to sashay up and down a runway.

And what’s the difference between a runway show and a presentation?

Both have their merits! A runway show is what you think of when you typically think of Fashion Week. Attendees sit on opposite sides of a long runway, and models wearing gowns walk up and down a few times. Runway shows are great because they allow us to see how gowns move, which is pretty important considering the real brides who wear them will be walking down their own sort of runway at their ceremony.

A presentation, on the other hand, is a more intimate event. Fewer people usually attend, and dresses are either presented on models or mannequins. These appointments allow industry insiders to get up close and personal with the gowns. We have the opportunity to feel the fabric, admire beautiful beadwork, and better understand each dress individually.

Overall, both help us editors discern what the best dresses are to present to you, the future bride, at the end of Market.

Got it. Editors go to Bridal Market to report on new styles. What do boutique owners and buyers do?

Their purpose is even more important—they attend Market to stock their stores! When a boutique owner/buyer makes an appointment to view a collection, they also place orders for the gowns they’ll carry in their stores. An important detail to note: not all dresses are ordered as is. Boutique owners know their audience better than anyone, and will sometimes work with designers to tweak gown styles to better suit brides in their area of the country. This can be anything from changing the color of the skirt underlay to adding cap sleeves to a strapless style.

Alright, I’m officially pumped for Bridal Market. What’s the best way for me to follow along?

Starting April 13th we’ll be posting on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook—find us on any one of these platforms and look for the hashtag #WWxBFW for even more of-the-moment coverage. If you want to get in on the exclusive behind-the-scenes action, add “weddingwire” on Snapchat!

Just looking to browse neatly organized photos of the newest collections? Not a problem—we’ll have that, too! Check back in with us after the end of Market on April 19th to see photos of the full collections in our Fashion Ideas section!

Got more dress questions? WeddingWire’s Sarah Title, Elizabeth Stiles, Jacqueline Tynes and Halie Greening will be at New York Bridal Market from Wednesday April 13th through Tuesday April 19th—tweet @WeddingWire to get in touch!

Gown in photo by Amsale, Photo by Dan Lecca

Original article by Sarah Zlotnick