Join Us for a Deborah Lynch Country Club Bride and Groom Wedding Showcase

Join us on Sunday, April 3, 2011 for a Deborah Lynch Country Club Bride and Groom Wedding Showcase! Walk through exquisitely themed rooms in the mansion of Jasna Polana where their preferred professional vendors will showcase their products and services. This is an especially exciting opportunity as this will be the first time Jasna Polana will open its doors to non-members to host the country’s most memorable weddings and events. The Finishing Touch is honored to be a part of this amazing event as a preferred professional. Meet with top designers Jean Ralph Thurin and Project Runway’s Malan Breton , cake designer Sylvia Weinstock, and of course The Finishing Touch!

Register today to be a part of a new experience in Bridal shows and meet the top professionals that will make saying YES flawless.

Date:    April 3, 2011
Time:    11:00AM – 4:00PM
Venue:    Jasna Polana Country Club
RT 206 to Province Line Road (entrance)
Princeton, New Jersey 08540

Cost:    $35.00 -Includes admission for you and your guest as well as a fabulous gift bag featuring the first issue of the Preferred Professional Network Book YES and plenty of must haves.

Click here for more information and to register!

TFT Featured in Brides New Jersey!

Can you spot the TFT girls in this Brides New Jersey feature??

In October, we had the pleasure of planning the Brides New Jersey and networking event held at the beautiful Maritime Parc in Jersey City. Over 300 wedding professionals gathered at the event for an evening filled with creative cocktails, delicious fare and incredible views! We had a blast working on all of the fun details of the night – we’ll be sure to post more photos of the event soon!

From left: Priscilla, Candice, editor Kelly Hall, Stephanie and Soroya


The Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Brides New Jersey is on stands now – be sure to pick up a copy!

More Photos from Wish Upon A Wedding New Jersey Launch!

Check out some more great pics from the Wish Upon A Wedding New Jersey Launch Party!

Special thanks to our friends at Josh Lynn Photography for these fun photos!

Chapter 4: The Arrival!

Congratulations to our couple Ailyn and Janine who welcomed a new addition to their family!

Aiden Manuel was born on January 9th, 2011 – what a little Prince Charming!

Today we take a look back at their fun ‘Fairy Tale’ themed baby shower.

We wish them all the best with their new bundle of joy!


The Finishing Touch recently had the privilege of planning and designing a ‘Fairy Tale’ themed baby shower for our couple Ailyn & Janine. We had a great time working with this awesome couple who are expecting a baby boy. For their invitations, we designed a custom fairy tale story book that featured a small verse along with all of the details of their day.

The shower was held on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Maritime Parc in Jersey City. The ceiling was decorated with ice blue and white paper lanterns in various sizes and the ledges featured various vintage glass jars, votives and flowers. As guests arrived, they were greeted by a tall Manzanita branch arrangement that was adorned with hanging candles, mason jars, and flowers as well as their seating cards. Drinks were also offered to the mingling guests which featured ‘Maritime Punch’ and other mocktails. In place of a sign in book, guests were asked to write their well wishes for the new baby inside the covers of a story book.

Guests were seated at their tables which were labeled as chapters of a storybook such as ‘Once Upon A Time’, ‘The Baby Bump’, ‘Happily Ever After’ and more. Tables were draped with light blue and chocolate brown linens featuring leather bound storybooks, glass cylinders decorated with a paper overlay of vintage children’s book illustrations and accented with arrangements of hydrangeas and wildflowers. At each setting was a custom menu which showcased each course that was to be served.

After dining, the guests showered Ailyn & Janine with many gifts for their new baby boy. Instead of a wishing well, guests were asked to bring a storybook for the baby and they placed them in an antique book shelf located near the gift table. After opening gifts and playing some Baby Bingo, it was time for cake!

Confectionary Designs did an incredible job creating a custom ‘Fairy Tale’ cake for Ailyn and Janine. The cake was designed as three stacked storybooks decorated with figurines made out of gumpaste -they even incorporated a Yorkie figurine to represent the couple’s pet! Not only was the cake beautiful but it was delicious as well! For favors, guests received Vintage Moon bookmarks wrapped in white and blue as well as a keepsake photo of each guest with Ailyn in front of the NYC skyline. Special thanks to Melissa Calrow from Photography by Melissa for capturing all of these fabulous details!

We had a great time creating this Fairy Tale shower and we wish Ailyn, Janine and their new baby a very happily ever after!

Check out this slideshow that our friends at Confectionary Designs created about the event!

Wish Upon A Wedding New Jersey Launches!

On Tuesday, January 18th, the official launch of the New Jersey/New York Metro area chapter of Wish Upon A Wedding was held at the beautiful Estate at Florentine Gardens in River Vale, NJ. Wish Upon A Wedding is a non-profit organization that provides weddings or vow renewal ceremonies to couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation.

Despite the snow and ice, over 300 vendors, donors and guests came out to help launch this amazing cause in New Jersey. Our very own Candice Benson serves as President of the NJ/NY Metro Chapter and was so impressed with the turnout and support. Candice and the board members worked hard to ensure that the launch brought awareness to the cause and would help raise funds for upcoming wishes. With their hard work, the night brought in thousands of dollars for the organization – what a great way to start out!

The venue, catering, decor, flowers, photography, linens and entertainment for the evening were donated, along with amazing items in the swag bags for the guests in attendance. Over 60 vendors donated their services and products for this incredible event. The event was covered by many aspects of the media including television, newspapers, magazines, podcasts and more.

Take a look at a few pictures from this amazing night provided by Josh Lynn Photography

Check out the News 12 NJ Broadcast of the Launch –

For more information or to learn how you can get involved, visit the national website, Wish Upon A Wedding.

Special Thanks to all of the Sponsors and Vendors who donated their time, products and services to help make the Launch possble – be sure to check them out!

  • The Estate At Florentine Gardens
  • A Cake Dream
  • Paper Works And Events
  • Creative Custom Card Boxes
  • Customized Wedding Creations
  • Favors By Dorinda
  • Elegant Event Sitters
  • Josh Lynn Photography
  • Laurelwood Designs
  • Celeste Studios
  • New Jersey Bride
  • Sensibly Sweet
  • Satin Bow
  • For Your Event/ NJ Candy Buffets
  • My Vacation Lady
  • Olive Branch Papery
  • Beautiful Beyond Dreams
  • Enjou Chocolat
  • Elegant Events and Occasions
  • Luxe Events
  • The O’Malley Project
  • No Limit Events
  • The Stuffed Cupcake
  • Cake Fiction
  • Robert Edward Woodworking
  • Creations By Crista Marie
  • Blooming Studios
  • The Hudson Cakery
  • Deeva Beauty
  • The Hip Event
  • Elegant Events and Occasions
  • (201) Bride
  • elle ette Designs
  • The Flair Factor
  • Pink Comb Salon
  • Total Party
  • Lenox
  • Cloth Connection
  • Live Event Painting By Jessica
  • Studio 4 Event Production
  • Craig Scott Entertainment
  • Panther Marketing
  • Makeup by Jillyan/Skin Bar & Paint Studio
  • Sky Digital Productions

Say Yes to the Best!

Attention Brides! Join us for the Second Annual ‘Say Yes to the Best’ – a premier bridal experience. The event will be held at The Castle at Skylands Manor in Ringwood, NJ on March 9, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM so be sure to mark your calendars. Meet with top wedding professionals, enjoy some champagne and award winning hors d’oeuvres, and start planning your big day! The first 50 brides to register will receive a VIP gift bag – so register today!

Click here to register now!

The Knot ~ Best of Weddings 2011!

We are so excited to share that we have been selected as one of The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2011!

Thank you to all of our amazing couples for all of your rave reviews – we are so honored!

Rent the Runway Weddings Line Launches!

We are so excited to share that Rent the Runway Weddings has officially launched!

Rent the Runway lets you access your dream wardrobe for all of life’s special occasions at 90% off retail prices! RTR features the latest fashion and trends from top designers around the world.

With their new line, RTR offers designer dresses for the bride, bridal party and guests. Looking for that something borrowed? Check out their beautiful collection of designer jewelry to accessorize for your big day. Finding dresses for the ladies in your bridal party is easy as 1-2-3 – simply enter the date of your wedding, select the number of Bridesmaids, and choose the color and length desired. Once you submit, RTR will show you all of the fab designer styles to choose from!

Don’t forget to look fabulous for all of your ‘big day soirees’. From an elegant engagement party look, a bold bachelorette bombshell or a chic shower style, Rent the Runway has it all!

We are also excited to share that The Finishing Touch has become an affiliate with RTR! Be sure to check out the link to their site located in the right hand column of our blog and keep up with the latest in fashion!

Finishing Touch Sets the Tone for (201) Bride Magazine

The Finishing Touch has been featured in the Winter/Spring 2011 edition of (201) Bride Magazine! In the article, Candice and Priscilla share some tips on how to plan an amazing engagement party. From designing a great invitation, tying in themes and setting the tone for your wedding celebration, Candice and Priscilla offer some great advice! The article also features some fabulous details from our couple Rosemarie and Robert’s engagement party held at the Palisadium in Cliffside Park. Be sure to pick up your copy which is on newsstands now!

Click here to read more about Rosemarie and Robert’s Enchanted Engagement Bash!

Top NYC Venue Openings of 2010

The year 2010 may have endured economic hardships, but New York City was still able to bring planners and brides alike some brand-new venue openings.

Let’s take a look at NYC’s Top 9:

Javits Center North
The Convention Center expanded and opened in July, adding 100,000 square feet to this already extensive facility.  An impressive site, hosting column-free, modern & polished spaces with ceilings that are 25 feet high at its lowest point.

New Meadowlands Stadium

The completion of the renovated stadium offers numerous private spaces including two 30,00 square-foot mezzanine clubs, 280-square-foot halls and a 280,000 square-foot plaza. Not only will the complex host private events, but the new home of the NY Giants & Jets will bring the 2014 Super Bowl to the region!

Andaz Wall Street & Andaz 5th Avenue

The Hyatt Hotel group was proud to announce the openings of their two Andaz properties downtown and midtown; two new boutique hotels offering trendy restaurant and bars. The hospitality group also offers Apartment 2E, a unique location to host a special event or wedding with the feel of your very own New York apartment.

Broadway Pedestrian Plazas

Mayor Bloomberg announced in February that the car-free zones around Times Square, Herald Square & the Flatiron building would remain permanent. A great place to relax with friends in the middle of such a busy city; these plazas are now known for hosting publicity stunts and flash mobs. It also provided a great spot for one of our brides to announce to the world she was getting married as one of her bachelorette party dares!


This stylish event space features 16,000 square feet of sleek architecture and flexibility. The space has the ability to accommodate up to 300 guests for a cocktail reception and is complete with state of the art audio visual and exclusive catering by Riverpark and ‘wichcraft’.

Bowlmor Lanes Times Square

One of the biggest venues to open in NY in 2010 measuring at 90,00 square feet, Bowlmor is a conveniently located venue to host a bachelor/bachelorette  party. The venue occupies two floors inside the former New York Times building and is built for events, with 50 lanes divided between seven sections, all of which are available for private groups, three lounges and dedicated private rooms for events.

New York Stock Exchange

For the first time ever, the Stock Exchange opened up its landmark building to outside parties.  Already having hosted 945 events, this venue offers access to the trading floor, dining room, lounge & card room as well as the plaza out front.  The NYSE is the perfect place to host your event at the iconic New York spot.

Lincoln Ristorante

A striking glass-enclosed pavilion topped with a 7,200 square-foot curved roof was added to the Lincoln Center’s campus this year. Lounges, outdoor seating and private dining rooms, Lincoln draws attention from foodies, architects and theater-goers everywhere.