I had the pleasure of going to one of the most unique bridal showcases around a couple of weeks ago, at Atlantis Banquets and Events. I am an "outside of the box" kind of girl, and Atlantis absolutely sent my imagination flying! Now all I can dream about is that gorgeous chandelier and romantic embraces with sharks looking on. If you want to attend the next showcase keep an eye on our shows page for the date and time. Here are a couple fabulous images from the showcase that night!
I found this article, starring our very own Captain Arnold,
about getting married at sea. It has always been such a sweet, romantic notion
to be wed while overlooking the vast blue sea. Did you know, though, that the concept
of hopping aboard and getting married by the boat captain is exactly that, just
a sweet romantic notion?
No matter what Hollywood has tried to teach us; via “The
Love Boat,” “Pirate Radio,” “The Parent Trap” (1998 version), “Pirates of the
Caribbean,” etc.; just because there’s a captain on board doesn’t mean that you’re
able to get married. There has been a myth circulating forever that ship
captains somehow have the legal authority to perform marriages. This is false
(for the most part). That boat captain still needs to be ordained! Many cruise
liners and yachts are now working at keeping ordained captains onboard for
couples who want to fulfill this dream, but this can still be difficult
considering you need to be cautious of State and International marriage regulations.
Remember, we don’t have any national rulings set, so if you cross state lines
they all can change.
Our Captain Arnold is an ordained chaplain helping make
those “wedding at sea” dreams come true for our Long Island and New York brides.
Check out what he has to share about the myth and trend:
Click HERE For The Video!
Okay, ladies and gents, it’s contest time again! This time
our friends at Iris Photobooths are adding the final touches to your already
spectacular wedding day by giving away a FREE photobooth package! I don’t know
if you’ve ever had the awesome pleasure of attending an event that features a
photobooth, but they add a magical touch (And awesome additional favor) to any
To enter the contest head over to the forum post. To enter
to win you must reply to the thread and post a picture of you and your FH
smiling. It can be an old or new picture. Multiple entries are allowed. The
contest is open to all brides to be. You have until midnight on March 11th to
enter. Winner will be posted the following day.
The all-inclusive prize package for our lucky winner includes:
• On-site attendants
• Up to 4 hours run-time
• Delivery, setup and breakdown
• Double 2x6 photo strips or single 4x6 postcard prints
• Unlimited photo sessions
• Scrapbook and supplies
• Prop Box
• Customizable background and text on prints
• Customizable LED uplighting on booths
• Social Media iPad kiosk where guests can instantly share their
pictures on Facebook, Twitter or Email
• USB flash drive with a copy all the images
• Guests can choose between color, black & white or sepia prints
• Photos print in 7 seconds or less
Good luck and happy posting!
Looking for something a little different for your “Something
Blue?” I just saw this idea and thought it was absolutely worth sharing! Instead
of just wearing your favorite sapphire earrings, or going with a baby blue
garter, think about handing a blue Sharpie over to your bridesmaids instead!
You can spend your day walking on well wishes, as well as cloud
9. If you have white or tan soles on your wedding shoes, then you can
hand them over to each one of your maids. They can add a special message
to you, from the heart. With all of that outpouring of love and support, there’s
no way you won’t have a little extra pep in your step. And although there will
be a little ware from being worn through the evening, there will still be
enough to read and cherish for a lifetime!
It's almost here, ladies and gents, so be sure to set your calendars for the next Long Island Bridal Extravaganza on April 3, 2014! It’s run by LIWeddings, personally, and is the largest showcase on the Island. We have over 80 vendors, so you'll find a little bit of everything you need, all under one roof! It's an awesome night of great people, live music, and prizes! As always, all brides will be given the chance to win a $1000 towards your special day, and bring your groom for a chance to win an amazing big screen, LED TV!
If this will be your first show, you won’t believe everything that you can find in one place! You’ll be able to check out all of the hottest trends in decorations, floral arrangements, wedding entertainment and more! There’s an entire fleet of fancy and specialty transportation in the parking lot for you to check out. We have a gown lounge to drool over some of the more recent designs. There is even a Tux Lounge so your groom doesn't need to feel left out. Then you get to top your night off with a Band and DJ showcase, followed by those amazing prizes.
I hope to see you there! Remember it’s going to take place on April 3, 2014 at the Hilton Long Island. We open registration at 5:30pm and then the doors at 6:00pm. Be sure to pre-register to get in fast and free!
I saw this idea and thought it was an absolutely fabulous! Are you looking for a special way to feature all of your bridesmaids in your pro-photos? How about taking it back to where it all started! (Figuratively, of course)
Each of your girls can be given a chalk board with their choice of vibrant colored chalk, cardstock and magic markers, or the chance to make their own personalized sign before the big day: whatever you'd like, as long as each has a sign to hold up, professing when and where you met one another (changing your lives forever). Whether you're taking a trip back to when your little sister was born, to fifth grade when you met you best friend, or to just a couple years back to when your family first began to grow (when you met your future sister-in-law), it's a great way to create a visual time capsule that you'll all love and cherish!
(Source of Images)
There’s nothing better than having the man (or woman) you
love to spend Valentine’s Day with you! Now that you’re engaged, it may be more
important than ever to be sure to celebrate with one another: it never needs to
be anything fancy, but it’s just another special way to show one another how
much you care! Looking for a yummy and unique dessert to make for tonight? Here’s
one that’s delicious and secretly simple, too!
Individual Nutella Bread Puddings!
To start, this recipe does call for six ramekins to bake
individual servings in. If you don’t have any (we know, they’re probably on
your registry waiting for you!) than you can bake in your favorite glass baking
dish, just add 8-10 minutes to your baking time (and watch it carefully!)
5 cups cubed challah or brioche bread (approx. ½ the loaf)
2 cups of milk
2 large eggs
½ cup of Nutella (feel free to add a little more and/or lick
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and grease your ramekins. Next, in a large bowl, whisk together your milk, Nutella, eggs,
cocoa powder and vanilla until they are very smooth. Add in your bread cubes
and stir/fold them in gently until they’re thoroughly coated. Let your
chocolaty concoction sit for 5 minutes (to soak up all of the goodness) and
then fold in your chocolate chips. Transfer your soon-to-be pudding evenly into the
ramekins, and then place them on a baking sheet to
place in the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the pudding has puffed and set. Let your
pudding cool for at least 10 minutes before serving (serving warm and gooey is
One of the hardest aspects of planning a wedding is trying
to decide who gets to come, and who needs to get nixed from the list. I am one
of those people who will, no matter my circumstances, be keeping a short guest
list for my wedding. I just want something on the more intimate end, and I have
a lot of family to contend with so I know that not all of my high school,
college, and work friends/acquaintances are going to be able to make the cut.
How, then, do you decide who gets to come and who gets left off the list? Here
is a pretty easy strategy.
We’re going to make this the one to two year rule (that time
frame cut off is up to you). When you’re going through a list of friends,
neighbors and distant relatives you’re going to think about the last time that
you have seen/talked to them. If you haven’t spoken in the last year or two
then they probably shouldn’t make the cut. It’s going to be hard, and you may
feel guilty, but you need to set your boundaries somewhere!
This goes for every work friend, neighbor, and random add
that your mother (or his) thinks they want to add to your guest list. You can
always make an exception for a close friend or two you’ve known your whole
life, but everyone else still needs to fit in the last year parameter. The only
reason to make an exception to this rule is if your parents are paying for the
majority/entirety of your wedding. Then tradition states that they should be
given a little more latitude and should have a VIP list of their own.
Still feeling a little indecisive? I found this great graphic
to help you narrow down even more!
I can't imagine anything more exciting, surreal, and nerve-wracking
(all at the same time) as the last day before your wedding! All of the hard
work is officially complete and it’s about to pay off…you just need to get
yourself ready and get there! Here’s a little list of important things that you
can do the night/day before your wedding to make sure that the big day goes off
without a hitch!
-Start with your pre-dress wedding day attire. Make sure
that what you’re going to wear to get ready is all ready to go for first thing
in the morning. Although you think of that beautiful gown first and foremost
when you think about your wedding day attired, in reality what you where before
it is going to get darn near as much exposure: all of your wedding party, your
makeup and hair professionals, and your photographers are going to be there,
scoping you out. Be sure to wear something that you
can get in and out of easily, but also feel good being seen in. You don’t need
that special, sequined “bride-to-be” jump suit, but something a little special
will make the day all the better.
-Head out for your mani-pedi treatments. You’ll want to get
all buffed and polished today so that you'll have great nails tomorrow. Add
in a quick massage or reflexology treatment while you're at it. The more stress
you relieve while in the spa for your day-before treatments, the better you'll
feel today AND tomorrow.
-Make sure that your day off essentials bag and emergency
kit are ready to go. You want to be prepared for anything that may come up! Have
your clutch with that mini deodorant, pack of gum, pain relievers and Chap
Stick ready. Have an extra bag of tissues, emergency kit items, sewing kits
items, etc. also ready in case something bigger comes along.
-Get all of your final vendor tips and payments ready to go.
Have each in their own individual and CLEARLY marked envelope so that they can
be handed right over as needed. Your best bet is to actually get the envelopes
ready and then hand them over to a parent so that you don't even need to worry
about them on your big day: mom or dad will be able to make sure all vendors
are taken care of for you!
-Get all of your accessories and extra accoutrements
together so that you're not scrambling tomorrow. Pack up all of your jewelry,
undergarments, shoes, clutches, and other needed, smaller items together in one
place so that you can just take and go as needed. You should also gather all of
your wedding party and groom gifts together to hand out in the morning (if not
(Image by Deja Vu Studios)
Ladies and gents, the time is almost up! Tomorrow is the
last day and your last chance to head over to our “Best of 2014” voting page and vote
for your favorite vendors! Let all of your vendors know how much you appreciate
them by helping them win the prestige of being named one of LIWedding.com’s
Best of 2014 vendors!
After you vote, make sure to head over to our contest page
to let us know! You still have the opportunity of entering to win an iPad Mini –
just reply with the vendor you voted for and why! There’s no limit to how many
times you can enter, just one entry per vendor!
Good luck and happy voting!
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