A Team Outing to See “Bride Wars”

Last week the ladies of The Finishing Touch took a team field trip to see the new Bride Wars movie featuring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway.  In case you have not seen all the media, the premise of the movie is that a clerical error tests the lifelong friendship of two brides-to-be when their respective weddings are scheduled at the famed Plaza Hotel on the exact same date.  The mistake of booking them at the same location on the same day was made by their so-called “queen of all wedding planners,” Marion St. Claire, played by Candice Bergen.  So here are our thoughts on her character….we have to ask why Wedding Planners on TV and in film are always shown as either crazy divas or pretentious “sticks in the mud."  As we hope you all know by now we ladies are certainly not either of these things!

The movie was certainly amusing and we enjoyed ourselves but we had to laugh at how the wedding planners were there in full force with their walkie-talkies on the day of the wedding, but we never saw Marion or her team helping the brides deal with all the planning and stress along the way.  I guess what it comes down to is what you will always hear us say.  There is little drama associated with our brides, as they hire us to ensure that we minimize that drama.  Our desire and focus is always on making the planning process as smooth and fun as possible for our brides. 

Kate Hudson as Liv and Anne Hathaway as Emma in "Bride Wars."

We love to see our brides look back on this time with a smile, remembering the experience as enjoyable and not stressful. Being engaged is an amazing time and we work to ensure that our brides do not become wedding-planning obsessed ~ and certainly that they do not wage all out war with their best friend! Happy planning to all you engaged brides. If you need to blow off a little steam grab your friends and stop by to see this fun movie ~ but don’t get any crazy ideas!

The Team at The Finishing Touch

Candice, Leah, Nicole, Priscilla, and Soroya

Rebecca & John’s Wedding Featured in Contemporary Bride Magazine

 

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We are pleased to announce that our couple Rebecca & John's wedding is featured in the Spring 2009 New Jersey issue of Contemporary Bride Magazine.  Their ultra-personalized "Match Made in Heaven" wedding is the first wedding featured in the current issue's Real Weddings section. 

In addition to the coordination and planning of this event, we also custom styled this wedding through our Event Design Division with everything from stunning custom blue and white invitations to a "Sugar Heaven" candy buffet at the end of the evening. 

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The issue is on newsstands now and also features articles on 2009 Wedding Trends, Honeymoon Hot Spots, and other great articles on how to have your perfect wedding.  Pick up your copy today!

Photography by Infinity Photography

All the best,

The Team at The Finishing Touch

2008 – What a Year!

What a year!  2008 flew by so quickly and was so full of amazing events, we can hardly believe 2009 is already here.

As we think of all of the wonderful things we have to be thankful for here at The Finishing Touch, we would like to take this opportunity to look back on 2008 and talk about all of the fantastic events and accomplishments.  We would also like to let you know about the great things we have coming up in the new year.

2008 brought many changes to The Finishing Touch.  We opened a London office to cater to European clients looking to get married in the NY Metro area and US clients planning European destination weddings and honeymoons. 

We gained four new team members – Leah Rosensweig, Nicole Spagnoli, Priscilla Leto, and Soroya Campbell.

Another huge milestone that we are very excited about is that we added an Event Decor Design division specializing in creation of unique custom stationery and decor including invitations, programs, menus, seating cards, table numbers, favors, and bridal party gifts.

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Photos above by Infnity Photography, Francesco Mastalia Photography, and Ron Holtz Photography

One of our accomplishments for the year, is that we were selected to plan The Knot Magazine's annual North New Jersey Market Party which will be featured in their upcoming January 2009 issue.  The Olde Mill Innwas transformed into a chic Rainforest to showcase the event's "Going Green" theme.

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Photography by Magique Studios, Cake by Pink Cake Box, Furniture by Jersey Street Furniture Rental, and Floral Design by Santos Florist

We were also very honored this year to have been hand-picked to be listed in The Little Black Book of The Best Wedding Vendors on Style Me Pretty.comStyle Me Pretty.com is the ultimate wedding blog for "the style obsessed Bride."  The Little Black Book is a unique virtual resource to help Brides find the very best vendors.  Only three vendors per region per category are hand-picked for this distinction.  Stay tuned for more in upcoming blog entries.
 
This past year, our company and events were featured in various media outlets such as The Knot New York Magazine, Special Events Magazine, Manhattan Bride Magazine, The New York Times, 201Bride.com, and NJ Monthly Magazine – among others.

Of course, most importantly, there were our fabulous couples and their families.  We were so honored to be able to be part of their big day and help them make that day even more special and perfect.   

We rang in 2008 with Meghan & Kevin at their New Year's Eve Wedding at The Manor in West Orange, NJ.  Then it was off to the Dreams Resortin Cabo San Lucas with Jamie & Jason where we coordinated a gorgeous beach wedding and "Mess the Dress" session with their photographer, Norman Gilbert.  Their "Mess the Dress" session was featured in NJ Bride, NJ Monthly, the NY Times, 201 Bride.com, and even on TV.

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Up next was a cherry blossom fantasy wedding for Beth & Alex at The Roosevelt Hotel in NYC.  Then a beautiful seaside affair for Letty & Jeff in Cape May at the Hotel Alcott.

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Photos by Aleksey Photography

With the Spring also came the Bridal Shower, Bachelorette Party, Rehearsal Dinner, and Wedding for Rebecca & John.  Each event was uniquely personalized for the couple by our Event Design division.  Look for their "Match Made in Heaven" wedding at The Knoll Country Club in the January 2009 issue of Contemporary Bride.

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Photos by Infinity Photography, Floral Design by Santos Florist

Spring also brought a truly one-of-a-kind wedding for Tiffany & Howie.  This very fun, memorable wedding at The Addison Parkwas filled with unique touches and entertainment including a fairy tale horse drawn coach, a living statue, a jazz band, an acapella group, and a magician for the kids.  To top all that, the very talented Bride had a music video of herself singing "God Bless This Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts professionally recorded by Pro Video Productions to play during the couples' first dance much to the Groom's surprise.  Click here to go to our Facebook page to see the video "Tiffany & Howie's Love Story".

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Photos by Artistic Imagery Photography, Floral Design by Diana Gould Ltd., Living Statue from World Gate Entertainment, Horse Drawn Coach from Valentine Carriage

Rose & Mike's chic Pink and Brown wedding at The Venetian kicked off the summer.  (More about Rose & Mike's wedding in an upcoming blog entry). 

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Then began a very busy Fall.  Irene & Alex's intimate ceremony was held in Central Park and their sophisticated wedding dinner was held at Le Bernardin.  Irene looked beautiful in her Oscar de la Renta gown and, in fact, was the very first Bride to wear this stunning creation that has been featured in countless magazines.   

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Photos by Francesco Mastalia Photography, Floral Design by The Romantic Garden

Jill & Alan's wedding at the Puck Building was the ultimate New York City wedding.  The Puck Building was transformed into a swanky lounge for an all night cocktail party.  The talented Bride's gorgeous artwork was used to personalize everything from the invitations to even the cake.  To watch a video clip from Bitcon Productions of this amazing wedding , click here.

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Photos by Francesco Mastalia Photography, Floral Design by Florisan, Cake by The Painted Cake, Rentals by Jersey Street Furniture Rental

September also included a tented wedding at the romantic Oakside Mansion for Laura & Travis.  (More on their wedding in an upcoming blog entry.)

Autumn in all its splendor was featured at Stacy & Jeff's posh affair at The Green Brook Country Club. 

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Photos by Ron Holtz Photography, Floral Design by The Romantic Garden, Cake by Carlo's Bakery

Mariana & Andrew's wedding was the epitome of New York City style and elegance.

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Photos by Grant Govier Photography, Floral Design by Thomas C. Anderson, Cake by Ron Ben-Israel

Jayme & Nick's wedding at the Manor in West Orange showcased the beauty of the Fall season with personal touches like custom pumpkin carvings and mini pumpkin seating card holders.

    

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Whitney & Michael's nature inspired Chocolate Brown and French Blue wedding at the Montclair Golf Club showcased the Groom's Scottish hertiage with kilts, traditional fare and drink, and of course, a bagpiper.  (More on their wedding in an upcoming post entry.) 

We would like to thank all of the fabulous vendors we work with – the venues, photographers, videographers, hair/makeup stylists, caterers, officiants, musicians, DJs, limo companies, bridal gown and tuxedo shops, floral designers, rental companies – without whom none of these fabulous events would be possible.  

We have some very exciting plans for 2009.  We have fantastic weddings coming up including a Dominican Republic destination wedding, a New York City destination wedding for one of our London clients, and an "Old Hollywood Glitz and Glamor" styled wedding.  Be on the lookout for details on these and many more weddings and events in the upcoming year.

We also look forward to expanding our Decor Division in the future to help even more couples personalize their weddings and make them truly memorable.

Be sure to watch for us in the media in early 2009.  Our founder, Candice Benson, will be on an upcoming episode of Get Married on Lifetime.  In addition several of our events will be featured in industry print:  Rebecca & John's wedding will be featured in the upcoming January issue of Contemporary Bride; Tiffany & Howie's wedding will be in the upcoming issue of NJ Bride which will also feature Candice in an article on top Wedding Consultant secrets;  The Knot North New Jersey Market Party will be featured in their upcoming issue out in January ~ with more to come as the year goes on.

Thank you all so much again for your continued support and for allowing us to be a part of your very special day!  All the Best in 2009 and Beyond,

The Team at The Finishing Touch

Candice, Leah, Nicole, Priscilla, and Soroya

     

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