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Be Inspired…

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

Our team at Gracious Events loves sharing information with our followers and clients.  Our goal is to inspire and maybe show you something that you may not have thought was your style or taste.  If you follow us on Facebook then you know we share weekly inspiration for wedding cakes, color palettes and wedding dress designers.  As we head into summer what better way to celebrate than with some wedding inspiration that is perfect for this summer season.

 

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{Industry News} Bridal Fashion Week

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

I love everything about weddings, but one of my favorite parts is the wedding gown.  This week in New York City as the spring flowers bloom wedding designers have descended to showcase their new collections at the 2017 Spring Bridal Fashion Week. Below are just a few of our favorites from the runways of New York, but to see more click HERE.

You can expect to see a lot of skin via cut outs and plunging necklines.

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Sottero and Midgley – Photo By KURT WILBERDING

 

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Sottero and Midgley – Photo By KURT WILBERDING

The use of the “BOW” is making a fierce come back and has a whole new stylized look.

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You will see the use of 3 dimensional florals that are elegantly applied throughout numerous designer’s collections.

Dress by Lela Rose - PHOTO BY MARIA VALENTINO/MCV PHOTO

Dress by Lela Rose – PHOTO BY MARIA VALENTINO/MCV PHOTO

 

Dress by Monique Lhuillier

Dress by Monique Lhuillier

 

Dress by Angel Sanchez - PHOTO BY MARIA VALENTINO/MCV PHOTO

Dress by Angel Sanchez – PHOTO BY MARIA VALENTINO/MCV PHOTO

 

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Dress by Angel Sanchez – PHOTO BY MARIA VALENTINO/MCV PHOTO

Keep an eye out for “Pastels” you will see rose, peach, lavender and ice blue amongst all the designers and you will even see some bold ombre looks as well.

PHOTO BY MARIA VALENTINO / MCV PHOTO

PHOTO BY MARIA VALENTINO / MCV PHOTO

{INDUSTRY NEWS} The Billion Dollar Wedding

As wedding planners, it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t at least acknowledge the billion dollar wedding that took place this past week in Russia.  The groom, Said Gutseriev, the son of a Russian oil tycoon, and the bride, Khadija Uzhakhova, a dental student, took extravagance to a whole new level with their wedding.  The bride and groom transformed Moscow’s opulent banquet venue, Safisa, with walls of floor to ceiling fresh flowers,  and stunning  lighting displays all for their 600 guests who were delivered to the venue by a fleet of Rolls Royces.  But the decor wasn’t the only show-stopper.  The bride wore a custom jewel encrusted Ellie Saab gown that weighed  more then 25 pounds!  And as only a billion dollar wedding can, the entertainment for the night consisted of live performances by Jennifer Lopez, Sting and Enrique Iglesias.  We will all have to stay tuned for part 2 of these extravagant nuptials as there is rumored to be a second reception taking place in London very soon.

 

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Iconic Wedding Gowns

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

I love all aspects of design especially iconic wedding gowns as the most well known designs hold a significant spot in history.  I think the top 5 that everyone could agree on would be Jackie Kennedy, Princess Diana, Grace Kelly, Mabel Wisse Smit and Kate Middleton (now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge).  If you actually look at the designs you can see quite a few elements that resemble these gowns in today’s market…except Diana, although beautiful for the era she was married in I really don’t see that design resurfacing, but it will always hold a special spot in design history.

 

Bridal portrait of Jacqueline Lee Bouvier (1929 - 1994) shows her in an Anne Lowe-designed wedding dress. (Photo by Bachrach/Getty Images)

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Princess Diana

 

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier

Grace Kelly

 

Mabel Wisse Smit

Mabel Wisse Smit

 

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton

In my quest to find the most iconic gowns I came across quite a few celebrities (some with multiple weddings), but I felt only 3 really qualified as “iconic”.  The dress worn by Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) in the movie ‘Sex In The City’ was designed by Vivienne Westwood and can actually be purchased for $9,875.  Kate Hudson’s gown worn in ‘Bride Wars’ was designed by Vera Wang and can also be purchased for $6,000.  The last and my most favorite is the gown worn by Portia-de-Rossi when she wed Ellen DeGeneres, designed by Zac Posen.  It’s amazing how design really does depict certain eras, in my search I could actually guess the year based on the look of the gown.

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Kate Hudson

 

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Portia-de-Rossi

Who Needs Kleinfeld’s When There’s The Mall?

Written by Tania Atkinson

There is  a new crop of wedding dress designers and you won’t find them at your local bridal shop.  In fact, you may find your perfect designer wedding dress at the mall! Modern brides are looking to their local “go to” fashion chains to find their wedding dresses.  For the past decade, there had been an increase in the number of wedding party dresses coming from stores like Ann Taylor, J.Crew and Talbots; stores that many women already shop at for their “every day” looks. Now, it’s the bride who is also shopping there for her special day!

When store and online retailers like J. Crew and Mod Cloth started designing lines just for the bride, the response was overwhelming. Women were thrilled to have their favorite designers creating wedding dresses in a similar style to what they already like.  Of course, this in nothing new in the high end fashion world, but in a generation where brides are often paying for their weddings themselves, a wedding gown with a price tag upwards of $5,000 and $10,000, is not something that is in the cards for them.  With chain retailers selling gowns under $1,000, this is a win-win situation for many.  Brides are even going a step further in showing their brand loyalty by choosing a dress for their wedding day that isn’t necessarily strictly a “wedding dress”!  After all, who says you need to wear a runway fashion or even a wedding gown on your special day?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wearing Color for your Wedding Dress, Why Not!

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

 

I often talk about trends and how things in the wedding industry now change by the month instead of by the decade. Seventeen years ago when I was looking for my wedding gown I wouldn’t have dreamed of wearing anything, but white or maybe ivory.  I LOVED my wedding gown and still would want to wear it today the only thing I would change is I would want pockets. I remember the first true color to come onto the wedding dress scene was champagne, followed by a soft blush, blue and grey. Now, there really isn’t a color or style you can’t wear.  I would say wearing a colored dress was probably the last of the traditions that brides have been changing.  All of our TEAM members are a bit of Pinterest junkies (ok really it’s just me)…I could and do spend hours seeking out beautiful pins for our GEM boards and one of my favorite boards is the Wedding Attire. I have pulled together some of our favorite wedding gowns in various colors.  Rest assure WHITE is still in, just know that if you choose to not wear it the world will not fall apart.

 

Dress by Vera Wang

Dress by Vera Wang

 

Photo by Jose Vila Photography

Photo by Jose Vila Photography

 

Dress by Christian Siriano

Dress by Christian Siriano

 

Photo by Kelly Anne Photography, Dress by Ca-Rousel

Photo by Kelly Anne Photography, Dress by Ca-Rousel

 

Dress by Christian Siriano

Dress by Christian Siriano

 

Dress by Ralph & Russo

Dress by Ralph & Russo

 

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Photo via Pinterest

 

Bohemian Wedding Photography

Bohemian Wedding Photography

 

Dress by Alana van Heerden

Dress by Alana van Heerden

 

Photo by Love Bird Studio, Dress by Modern-Trousseau

Photo by Love Bird Studio, Dress by Modern-Trousseau (CLICK HERE) for more images of this gown.

Untraditional, but Brilliant!

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

 

As planners we get a lot of questions from our clients…one of the biggest one is “do I have to?” and the answer is no, you do not have to do anything you don’t want.  Clearly, you want your guests to be comfortable, but if we’re speaking of “traditional” customs when it comes to weddings then you are good.  Remember, it is “YOUR DAY” not your mothers, fathers, cousins, sisters, aunt…this list can go on forever.  It seems when it comes to weddings and children EVERYONE has an opinion or advice.  My mother always told me when someone gives you advice that you did not ask for simply smile and say “that is a good idea, I will think about it” then do what YOU feel is best.  So today’s blog is to inspire those couples that were thinking of incorporating untraditional ideas, but was afraid they shouldn’t.  I found some downright brilliant inspiration that is honestly, pretty creative, elegant and above all fun!

 

Photo Credit: Justin Pocta Photography

Photo Credit: Justin Pocta Photography

 

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Photo Credit: Jake and Necia Photography

Photo Credit: Jake and Necia Photography

 

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Photo via ElloThere

 

Photo Credit: Kaysha Weiner

Photo Credit: Kaysha Weiner

 

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Photo via Lovethispic.com

 

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Photo Credit: Tasha Seccombe Photography

Photo Credit: Tasha Seccombe Photography

 

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GEM’S Favorite Wedding Trends 2016

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

Come January, of any given new year, you’ll find countless websites listing the “top trends” for weddings.  This year is no different, except I’ve decided to pick our top 5 favorite from the hundreds that are out there.  If you are in this business long enough you start to realize what’s “old” is “new” and what’s really old is “rustic vintage”.  You name any trend and I promise you it will come back around, it’ll be different and most likely modernized, but rest assured what “goes around, comes around”. That being said, let’s hope for all those involved in the wedding industry that NOTHING from the 80’s comes back,  except of course if its your classic 80’s “one hit wonders” that you want your DJ to play.  Listed below are our chosen 5 with some beautiful inspiration to help get you started.

1.) Canine Companions: I’m not going to lie this is my favorite by far…YES, I am a major dog person, our event manger Tania, is also one and Jen, well she doesn’t live with any four legged friends, but welcomes them with open arms.

Photo by Tana Photography

Photo by Tana Photography

Photo by Maddie Peschong

Photo by Maddie Peschong

Photo by Leah Haydock Photography

Photo by Leah Haydock Photography

Photo by Hailey Tash Photography

Photo by Hailey Tash Photography

2.) Wedding Dress Separates:  I have to say I was pleasantly surprised while researching for inspiration.  I was afraid the options would be limited, but there are some very classy and elegant options.

Photo by Shane Shepherd

Photo by Shane Shepherd

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Photo by Erich Mcvey

Photo by Erich Mcvey

3.) Loose Organic Bouquets:  It is refreshing to no longer see a tight ball of flowers and I really do love the look of this style of bouquet and hope it sticks around for a while.

Photo by Darling Photography

Photo by Darling Photography

Photo by Darling Photography

Photo by Darling Photography

4.)  Seating Options:  Along with anything from the 80’s,  I need to add the standard round table and ballroom metal rimmed chairs to the list of things that “should not ” come back around.  Most brides are now bringing in their own style of seating. They are using farm tables or square tables which gives your room a whole new look and feel.  There are all types of chairs, cushions and coverings to choose from.

Photo by Caitlin Maloney Photograpy

Photo by Caitlin Maloney Photograpy

Photo by Robert Castagna Photography

Photo by Robert Castagna Photography

Photo by Robert Castagna Photography

Photo by Robert Castagna Photography

5.) Donut Bars: Last but certainly not least…gone are the mini-cupcakes and cup cake towers, in are the donut bars or displays.  I think this is one item that really deserves coming back into the limelight.  I love a glazed donut and really thought there wasn’t anything better until we happen to attend a KNOT event last spring where we stumbled on Black Bird Donuts in Boston. I never knew a donut that was made of lemon and lavender could taste sooooo incredible!  Our team LOVED their donuts so much, I wrote a BLOG about them.

Photo by Christinakarst Photography

Photo by Christinakarst Photography

Photo by Shannon Elizabeth Photography

Photo by Shannon Elizabeth Photography

Photo by Christinakarst Photography

Photo by Christinakarst Photography

 

 

 

I’m NOT the Mother of the Bride!

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

Clearly there is nothing wrong with being the MOB except for when you are NOT!  In our travels throughout the wedding industry we have met so many people along the way.  Most recently we met a beautiful women in her early fifties that was getting married for the second time.  We had a candid conversation about her feelings on the lack of wedding attire for the woman who is getting married for the second time or maybe the first but just later in life.  In her search for her wedding dress she felt her only options were the traditional white wedding gown or something that would be perfect for the Mother of the Bride.   I was married when I was 23 and would be the first to tell you my style then is still similar but has definitely changed.  I loved my wedding gown but if I ended up marrying in my 40’s I would not have chosen that dress.  Throughout my research into this market, what I learned was this bride-to-be was correct…unless you are going to purchase a high end designer gown your options are limited.  To all the designers out there you’re missing a HUGE market by not designing for this type of client. In the mean time my advice to the bride-to-be…find a photo of a design you LOVE and search out having it made by a local designer, the amount of time, energy and gas you will spend searching will balance out what you pay for a custom gown.  Here is some of my favorite couture gowns to give you a jump start on your search!

Designer Carolina Herrera

Designer Carolina Herrera

Emily Steffen

Designer Emily Steffen

Designer Collette Dinnigan Photo by www.nikoleramsay.com

Designer Collette Dinnigan Photo by www.nikoleramsay.com

Daalarna Couture 2015

Daalarna Couture 2015

Designer Ralph & Russo

Designer Ralph & Russo

Designer  Stefania-Morland Photo by Tasha-Seccombe-Photography

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Stefania-Morland Photo by Tasha-Seccombe-Photography

Photo via Shopbop.com

Photo via Shopbop.com

Designer Pronovias

Designer Pronovias

Designer Lorenzo RIva

Designer Lorenzo RIva

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To Wear White, or Not?

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

The first question most brides are asked is “what is the date of the wedding”? and the second is usually “what does your dress look like”?  Wedding traditions have drastically changed throughout the years and not because the new generation doesn’t care about tradition, instead, they are in tuned with wanting more of their personality in their day.  We tell all our clients that their wedding should be a reflection of them, what they value and cherish.  It should not be what your mother wants or what might currently be in style or trendy.

Wedding attire has really evolved and every year designers continue to produce some incredibly creative options especially when it comes to the “Wedding Gown”.  Traditionally, brides wore white, and there was usually lace and the sleeves were long. Now, brides are wearing whatever shows their personality.  There are still an ample amount of white gowns, but over the years we have seen soft colors like pink, blue, gold and grey, and most recently florals, start to make their way to brides.  Not every bride will want to wear a floral gown but designers have really done an amazing job with providing some beautiful and unique options.  Gracious Events have picked some of our favorite floral gowns that we have seen recently and just LOVE.  Whether you are a traditional bride or not as long as your wedding is a reflection of you and your husband-to-be you can not go wrong.

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Dress by Igor Gulyaev,  Spring 2014 Collection, Photo via Pinterest

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Dress by Igor Gulyaev,  Spring 2014 Collection, Photo via Pinterest

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Dress by Igor Gulyaev,  Spring 2014 Collection, Photo via Pinterest

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Dress, Paige by Jennifer Gifford Designs, Photo via Pinterest

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Dress by Igor Gulyaev,  Spring 2014 Collection, Photo via Pinterest

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Dress by Francesca Miranda, Photo by Sleepy Fox Photography, Via pinterest

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Dress by Dolce & Gabbana, Photo via Pinterest

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Katie Slater Photography, Dress by Kathryn Conover Couture, Via pinterest

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Dress by Igor Gulyaev,  Spring 2014 Collection, Photo via website

 

 

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