A Dash for the Sash!

One of the trends becoming more and more prevalent in bridal fashion is the bridal sash. Many gowns are being designed with beautiful embellished sashes or belts at the waist. Also, many brides are adding on sashes or belts to add a touch of glamour to their gowns. (Like the ones seen here from our good friends at Exquisite Bride!)

If you prefer a more traditional look for your ceremony, you might want to add a bit of glitz to your dress just for the reception with a beautiful beaded belt. If you choose to have a more formal ceremony and reception, you might want to sport a sparkly sash for both events.

Most recently, Princess Catherine wore an elegant, classic dress for her ceremony and then changed for her reception leaving Clarence House in a stunning Sarah Burton gown, with a heavily beaded sash at the waist.

Chelsea Clinton looked radiant last summer as she graced the aisle in a gorgeous Vera Wang gown with a beautifully embellished belt.

Here are some other styles that might strike your fancy…


The Alex Crystal Sash made of Swarovski® crystals & glass beading by KirstenKuehnDesigns

This crisp satin ribbon sash is adorned in dazzling Austrian crystals by Ti Adoro

This Sara Gabriel Jaclyn Sash is made of horsehair ribbon tied into a voluptuous bow and accented with Swarovski® rhinestone…

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go Get Your Wedding Dress!

That’s right, this year WeddingWire has teamed up with Filene’s Basement to participate in their annual, world famous  Running of the Brides®. The event will take place at the Filene’s Basement Union Square location on Friday, June 3rd.

Hundreds of brides from the tri-state area and their teams of bridesmaids will start camping out in the wee hours of the morning to be the first to rush the doors when they open at 8:00AM. Three lucky brides will get the chance to win a wedding gown of their choice, while everyone else will have the opportunity to peruse more than 1700 designer and brand name wedding dresses at very discounted prices.

Filene’s will be open until 10pm and will be accepting checks, cash and credit cards.

So start stretching ladies, and get your running kicks ready, because a bride on a mission is hard to beat!

Time for Tea!

Looking for locations for a bridesmaids’ luncheon or bachelorette weekend brunch? Well look no further. Alice’s Tea Cup, the trendy little tea room in NYC is the perfect spot!

Alice’s caters to customers of all ages, and as soon as you enter the door, you feel as if you have stepped back into your childhood. Fairy wings (that you are welcome to wear or purchase) along with other whimsical décor, adorn the various rooms inside. The chic fairy-tale atmosphere is perfect for the bride-to-be to share time with her bridesmaids or closest friends and family before her big day.

At Alice’s you will find a wide assortment of tea types from all around the world from traditional Black Teas to exotic Tisane Teas. If you would like to try something truly unique, the menu even offers a list of beverages called “Mar-tea-nis and such” that includes specialty teas combined with alcohol and other specialty ingredients. In addition to the wonderful teas you will find in this culinary wonderland, you will also find another tasty delight loved by all- the scones!

Anyone who has tried Alice’s Tea Cup knows that the scones are truly out of this world. These delectable treats are made fresh daily, and come with a sweet, creamy fruit butter to spread on top. Not to mention, they are a lovely compliment to the wonderful tea you will be sipping.

Alice’s Tea Cup has 3 different locations in NYC and offers breakfast, brunch and lunch. Reservations can be made for bridal showers and luncheons, and they even offer “Alice’s After Hours” if you are interested in having a private party in the evening.

Just recently, our beautiful bride-to-be Kisha had a bridal shower at Alice’s on Saturday, May 14th.

If you are interested in hosting your next event with stylish fairy-tale flair Alice’s Tea Cup is the place to go!

“Greatest Marriage Proposal EVER”? Well, it’s certainly the cutest!

This viral YouTube video might just make your future hubby jealous! A Georgia man, Matt Still, decided to get creative when proposing to his true love, Ginny Joiner. Matt hired a professional videographer to make his cinematic proposal come to life. He also enlisted the help of the local movie theater which allowed him to play the first part of the proposal on the big screen.

Matt tricked Ginny into going to the movies with her brother while he was “at work”. First, two actual movie trailers come on the screen. Then- the proposal begins!

What Ginny doesn’t know is that the movie theater is actually filled with her family and friends, and a videographer is shooting her during the whole proposal.

We give this proposal a thumbs up, but you might need to grab some tissues before watching!

The Brooch Bouquet

Many brides today are opting for unique brooch bouquets instead of the traditional floral bouquet. Often bridesmaids and attendants carry real flowers, while the bride will carry a brooch bouquet to stand out from the rest of the party! The brooches in the bouquet can be modern, traditional or have a sentimental value.

Many florists or jewelers can create brooch bouquets, and you can also ask your wedding consultant for assistance. Various locations such as vintage shops or online stores can be searched to find truly unique pieces. Often times friends or relatives may give the bride-to-be a unique piece that has special meaning to add to her bouquet. This is also a creative way for the bride to add a little extra sparkle and the “something old” to her wedding day ensemble!

Happy Anniversary Claudia and Andy!

The Finishing Touch would like to wish Claudia and Andy a very Happy Anniversary! This week marks their first year as a married couple! Take a look back at their beautiful spring wedding..

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On May 16, 2010, The Finishing Touch’s third 5/16 wedding in a row, Claudia Kim wed her long-term boyfriend, Andrew Wu. The gorgeous (and tall!) couple settled on an outdoor ceremony in the newly-renovated gardens of Crystal Plaza in Livingston, New Jersey with a reception held in their grand ballroom. Claudia and Andy had decided to see each other for the first time prior to the ceremony, which allows the bride and groom to thoroughly enjoy their cocktail hour in its entirety as all formal photos were taken prior.

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With picture-perfect weather, the outdoor ceremony was adorned with 250 white folding chairs, white flowers atop white columns which lined the aisle and white cones full of pink petals for guests to take and throw at the commencement of the ceremony. Their ceremony consisted of heartfelt self-written vows, as well as a 15-person choir, keyboard, guitar & sax. Having a love of 80’s music and adding a touch of their personality, the couple chose to recess to ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ by Starship!

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Guests then proceeded onto the cocktail hour which Crystal Plaza really knows how to do right! Passed Hors D’Ouevres, and multiple buffet stations such as a slider bar, Asian station and quesadilla station are just a sample of what the Plaza had to offer. A full open bar was complete with their signature drink signs, compliments of The Finishing Touch, labeled as a ‘Kim Royale’ and ‘Wu-Tini’ was a big hit. Rather than having a typical guest book, Claudia & Andy chose a Manzanita Wishing Well Tree in which guests were able to write their congratulations on pink tags which then hung from the branches with black velvet ribbon. Guests were treated to a photo station in which they were able to play dress-up with feather boas, top hats & pearls in front of a black backdrop.

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As cocktail hour was underway, the Finishing Touch team was putting the ‘finishing touches’ on the ballroom. Table centerpieces alternated from tall silver candlebras topped with white Dendrobium Orchid blooms and dangling pink crystals to short clusters of pink and white flower bunches in black vases tied with pink ribbon. The room was softly lit with amber tones and a foliage pattern projected onto the dance floor. Keeping with their pink, black and white theme, the Crystal Plaza created a white tiered cake with black fondant trim and polka dots with pink bows; not only was it eye-appealing but the red velvet & vanilla filling was delicious!

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Guests enjoyed a four-course meal and were out of their seats dancing to Escapade, an 8-piece band from Craig Scott Entertainment, before their entrees were served. In place of the traditional bouquet toss, all the single ladies participated in a Taiwanese tradition of grabbing one ribbon from the bride’s bouquet and pulling. The one whose ribbon was actually tied the brides bouquet was considered the winner, in which case ending up being Claudia’s mother! After an evening full of dancing, photo-taking and dining, guests said their goodbyes to the couple, collected their authentic chopsticks favors and made their way home.

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The bride & groom were able to leave with a same-day edited DVD showcasing all special moments leading up to, and including, their first dance to be able to take with them to Taiwan the next day to show their family and friends.(Click here to check it out!) Claudia & Andy will also be enjoying a second reception in Taiwan before jet-setting to the Maldives for their honeymoon!

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All the best, Nicole, Candice & Stephanie

Thank you to all our wonderful vendors involved:

Venue: Crystal Plaza
Flowers: A Touch of Elegance
Music: Craig Scott Entertainment
Stationery: The Finishing Touch
Lighting: Dynamite FX
Ceremony: Michael Stuempfle, Creative Wedding Ceremonies
Photography: Heather Waraksa
Videography: Abella Studios

Bridesmaids~The Movie

We love a good laugh here at TFT so we can’t wait to catch the latest wedding comedy, ‘Bridesmaids‘! Producer Judd Apatow, (40 Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up) director Peter Feig (Freaks and Geeks, The Office) team up with funny girls/co-writers Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live) and Annie Mumolo for this comedy about a devoted maid of honor whose life falls into ruin as she plans her best friend’s dream wedding.  Upon hearing the news that Lillian (Maya Rudolph) has gotten engaged, ecstatic Annie (Wiig) leaps at the chance to plan the perfect wedding. With the big day rapidly approaching, Annie struggles to put her romantic and financial woes aside in order to give her dearest friend a day of memories that will last a lifetime.

Be sure to check it out this Friday, May 13th!!

Spring Inspiration!

Spring is in the air – and we love finding inspirations for our beautiful Spring weddings!

Check out this quick video for some Spring Inspiration from TFT –