Bridal Market Intro

Posted by Bridal Market on Oct 14, 2011

Bridal Market Spring 2012

Guest Post By: Anne Chertoff

It’s the time of year again! Designers from Anne Barge to Vera Wang will show the bridal press and bridal salon owners their latest designs.

So what does this mean for brides? Bridal Market is similar to Fashion Week in that the dresses on the runway will be available next season. Some designers will call their new collection Spring 2012 and others Fall 2012 but anything shown over the next few days will be in bridal salons between January and April 2012.

One of the first market appointments was the debut collection of Dennis Basso for Kleinfeld. The line featured classic ball gowns, figure-flattering A-lines and sexy mermaid silhouettes with a wide range of embellishments including lace, beading and several boleros for brides looking for added coverage.

The ball gown shown here was one of my favorites — an illusion bodice embellished with hand beading and embroidery with a tulle skirt — as a romantic yet daring look for the modern bride.

But there’s a chance you can get a sneak peek! Designers and bridal salons may offer a special trunk show of the new collection in the coming weeks, so if you see something you like email the designer or your local bridal salon and ask if they are planning one and book an appointment.

WeddingWire will be attending all the shows, posting reviews of each one, writing up trend reports as well as the top dresses of the season. Check back daily for photos of each collection — we’ll be uploading them to our Wedding Gown Galleries too!

Anne Chertoff | Wedding Blogger

Anne Chertoff has earned her reputation as a wedding authority over the course of her 10 years in the bridal industry. WeddingWire and Chertoff have partnered to provide comprehensive Spring 2012 Bridal Market coverage from New York City.

White by Vera Wang at David’s Bridal Spring 2012

Posted by Guest Blogger on Oct 11, 2011

5 fabulous details we love from the new collection
By Anne Chertoff

While I’m not one of Kim Kardashian’s 10 million twitter followers, I did follow some of the details regarding her wedding. The new Mrs. Humphries wore three wedding gowns at her August wedding – one for the ceremony and two for the reception — all by Vera Wang. Two of the dresses “inspired” two of the wedding gowns for the White by Vera Wang collection and will be available in February 2012.

Here’s a quick look at the Spring 2012 White by Vera Wang collection:

1 – I love the traditional style of this tulle ball gown with Chantilly lace appliques on the bodice, basque waist and train.  Kim made a comment on the TODAY show that she wished her runner was black so that you could really see the detail on the train.  Brides wearing this gown may want to take her advice. (Style# VW351135, $1500)

2 – One of Kim Kardashian’s reception dresses inspired this sexy gown.  This georgette mermaid silhouette has draped straps which will definitely keep you from worrying that your dress will cause a wardrobe malfunction while you’re dancing the night away. (Style VW351136, $1500)

3 – This season a number of the dresses come with a sash or belted detail at the waist, which is nice since you don’t have to spend additional wedding funds to complete the look.  One of the dresses that comes with a grosgrain sash is this basket-weave organza ball gown with asymmetrical organza petals and draped skirt. (Style VW351089, $1,500, available January 2012)

4 – Last season’s couture collection featured a variety of wedding gowns with horsehair detailing, and while the White by Vera Wang collection didn’t show horsehair as a headpiece, there was one gown with a horsehair bow/belt. This satin-faced organza and horsehair A-line gown has an origami draped bodice and pick-up skirt. (Style VW351105, $1,400, available January 2012)

5 – I don’t have photos of the two new bridesmaid dresses to share just yet but I will tell you that there are two new designs for the Spring 2012 season.  The bridesmaid dress collection is priced under $200, available in nine colors — they added a new shade, Willow, this season — and can be purchased in sizes 0 to 26.

Anne Chertoff | Wedding Blogger

Anne Chertoff has earned her reputation as a wedding authority over the course of her 10 years in the bridal industry. WeddingWire and Chertoff have partnered to provide comprehensive Spring 2012 Bridal Market coverage from New York City.

Guest Post By: Anne Chertoff

There are hundreds of new designs and product launches showcased every year at the National Stationery Show but there are always a few that catch the eye.  These creative wedding invitation designs were what I consider Best in Show.  I’m sure you’ll find your wedding invitation, or at least be inspired by, the selection below:

Inspired by Your Love

Fireworks are a common reference to falling in love so why not choose a wedding invitation that reflects the spark in your relationship.  This letterpress design can be printed in any of the company’s 26 color offerings, or for an additional fee of $50 they will work with the Pantone Color System to find the exact color you are looking for.  Fireworks by Flywheel Press, 100 invitations and outer envelopes in one color $537

Period Pieces

Wedding invitations will let your guests know a little about your wedding’s style so couples planning a wedding with a theme inspired by a specific decade should choose an invitation that reflects that time period.  Design elements to play with include color, font and imagery so look for an invite where all three represent the look and feel you’re going for.  For an Art Deco 1920’s wedding theme this design includes a font and spacing reminiscent of the period.  Instead of an icon the bottom of the invitation is embossed with the couple’s monogram.  An invitation suite includes wedding invitation, rsvp card and envelope, information card and outer envelope.  Art Deco Design by Printerette Press, 100 sets $950

Stationery Show Recap: Must-Have Wedding Details

Posted by Guest Blogger on Jun 03, 2011

Guest Post By: Anne Chertoff

The National Stationery Show isn’t just about wedding and party invitations.  Designers also showcase all sorts of party supplies from paper goods and wedding favors to woodland and nature-inspired wedding details.  Here’s an assortment of some of the creative party supplies you’re sure to want for your engagement party, bridal shower and wedding:

Festive Straws

Whether or not you’re planning on serving a signature cocktail you can create a festive drink by simply adding these retro-inspired colored straws to any glass.  Designed by Mara Mi, exclusively for BHLDN, the new wedding company from Anthropologie, these striped straws can even coordinate with your wedding palette or drink colors.  Available in plum, black, blue, grey, green, pink and yellow.  Set of 25, $6.

Beer Bottle Labels

If your caterer will be serving beer bottles at your wedding ask them to stick a custom label on each one.  These “I Do” Brew stickers can be customized to feature your monogram, wedding date and any other information you want to share.  Custom beer labels by Grapevine, price upon request.

Stationery Show Recap: Formal Wedding Invitations

Posted by Guest Blogger on May 31, 2011

Guest Post By:  Anne Chertoff

After the grandeur of the royal wedding last month many brides are finding inspiration in the formal details of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s big day.  The Queen who hosted the wedding mailed formal invitations — thick white cardstock with gilded edges and gold engraved lettering — to the 1,900 wedding ceremony guests.

For couples who are planning a formal wedding only a formal wedding invitation will do, but formal doesn’t limit you to white or ivory mixed with black or gold lettering.  A formal wedding invitation can have colors, a monogram or icon, as well as a serif or sans serif font.  Here are 7 creative wedding invitations in a formal style:

His & Her Monogram

Formal Crane Monogram Invitations

This classic wedding invitation is a pearl white card hand engraved with silver ink, but you can choose from a rainbow of colors and a variety of fonts for the wording.  The top of the invitation features a monogram with the bride and groom’s first initials.  A coordinating grosgrain ribbon, you choose the color, is placed over the couples names in the center of the invitation.  The invitation suite includes both an outer and inner envelope, invitation, response card and envelope and reception card.  Embassy Pearl White & Beach Glass Invitation Set with Ribbon by Crane & Co., 100 sets for $620

Lace-Like Pattern

Many brides use their wedding dress as inspiration for their wedding cake so why not use your wedding dress to inspire your wedding invitation?  This elegant design features a lace-like border in a subtle shade of gray.  The wedding invitation wording is a mix of block and cursive fonts.  The invitation suite includes the invitation, outer envelope, response card and response envelope.  Gretchen by Gwyneth Paige, pricing for 100 sets starts at $1,540

Create a Crest With Your First Names

Instead of designing a monogram this crest motif features both the bride and groom’s first names encircled by a decorative flourish.  The mandarin colored card is engraved with oyster-colored ink.  Mandarin Invitation by Vera Wang Fine Papers Folio Collection, 100 invitations and outer envelopes, $696