TFT heads to Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party!

This past Sunday we had the pleasure of attending “Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party” at Gotham Hall in New York City, which was produced by Claudia Hanlin of The Wedding Library.  It was absolutely fantastic and we had such a great time!!

One of the event’s highlights was a panel discussion featuring some of the industry’s icons including the fabulous Floral and Event Designer Preston Bailey, Cake Designer and Expert Sylvia Weinstock, fashion designer Amsale Aberra and Darcy Miller, the editorial director at Martha Stewart Weddings and Celebrations.

We also really enjoyed Claudia’s discussion about the importance of the details in your wedding (of course!) as well as Sue Corral’s talk about branding your wedding.  It was all great information.

Throughout the day, we met fun brides and fell in love with so many awesome vendors, but one of our absolute favorites is Sandy Patangay, owner of Creme Delicious.  Her elaborate and scrumptious cakes are an amazing addition to any event.  Thanks Sandy for being so fantastic!

We look forward to attending the next Wedding Library event!

A Registry Dream Come True!

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Who ever thought a bride and groom could combine all their wedding wishes from various merchants into one registry? Well, now it is possible! Wedding registry site NewlyWish.com gives couples the opportunity to select registry items from various merchants on the site.

From items such as Feet Reflexology sessions to cooking lessons to handcrafted home décor, NewlyWish gives couples the opportunity to customize their wedding wish list to reflect their unique styles and personalities. In addition to a personalized registry, NewlyWish also offers a wedding party gift section to help couples select one-of-a-kind gifts for their attendants.

Some of the creative gift items that can be found on NewlyWish~

These chic porcelain dinnerware sets from Ink Dish aren’t your mother’s wedding china. Select from various designs by different artists to find the set that best matches your style. These dishes have a panache all their own, and they are covered with an inglaze decal.  They are both dishwasher and microwave safe. Individual pieces range from $14 to $80.

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Gail Monaghan offers cooking lessons on the site which are perfect for the bride and groom, a fun shower idea, or even a great wedding party gift idea. You can learn to cook with Gail in her gourmet Manhattan kitchen. Cooking lesson packages range from $125 to $2,550.

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If you choose to go on a an exotic African safari or  an adventurous trip to Asia for your honeymoon, a tour by Immersion Journeys might just be the perfect addition to your wedding wish list. Take a once-in-a-lifetime romantic journey through locations such as South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya or India. Wedding guests have the opportunity to purchase items such as an African Bush Dinner, a hike to Mount Kilimanjaro, or even a Elephant Back Safari for the newlyweds. Gift packages range from around $150 to $1,590.

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Be sure to check this great site out to register today!

Fab Find: Dream Car for A Day!

Trying to find a unique wedding gift for your Groom? Why not surprise him with his dream car…for a day!

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At Gotham Dream Cars, you can rent luxury vehicles for your Groom to cruise around in for a day. Their luxury lines include some of the most exclusive manufacturers in the world such as Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and more! Want in on the action? Consider renting your dream car for your Wedding Day…and leave together in style.


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This is surely a great way to surprise any Groom – just imagine his face when you hand over that set of keys (but be sure to remind him he has to return it!)

NewlyMaid.com~Turn Old Bridesmaid Dresses Into Something New!

We have all seen the film 27 Dresses by now, and we know how it can be to have a closet full of bridesmaid dresses and nowhere to wear them all.

No need to worry!

Dessy Group has launched a new website called NewlyMaid.com where you can send in your old bridesmaid gowns and receive credit toward new ones. You simply request a prepaid envelope from NewlyMaid.com, package it according to the directions given and send over your old dress inside of it. Your dress can be designed by almost any brand, and as long as it is not damaged you will receive anywhere from 30-50% off towards one of their six black dress styles. After the discount, the six black dress styles cost around $75-$100 each. Your old bridesmaid dress will either be broken down and recycled or donated to Clothes4Souls.


This is a great chance to do some shopping, and help others and the environment all at once!

Fab Find: Pose Perfectly With Parasols!

One of the latest trends for Spring and Summer weddings is posing with some picture perfect parasols! These beautiful pieces can create unique and memorable photo ops at any location. Not only do they provide fabulous photos, but can be a great addition to offer to your guests. If you are having an outdoor affair where the sun may be a factor, consider having one available for each  guest to use -these make for a great favor or keepsake!

Looking for an eye catching color to provide some contrast with your bridal party? Talk with your planner about coordinating your parasol selections so they will be sure to complement your color scheme. For 2012, some of the hottest colors are pastels such as lilac and celedon as well as bright and vivid hues like electric pink and of course, Pantone’s color of the year tangerine tango. Check out some of our favorite shades that can be found on Cultural Intrigue.

We love the addition of parasols at weddings and events as they certainly add a very special touch! This great shot was taken by our good friends at The Studio Photographers at Mallard Island Yacht Club – how much fun is that?!

Fab Find: Cinderollies

OK ladies, now we can all agree that many of us have a bit of a..well..a shoe obsession.  When we get that perfect pair that completes an outfit (or creates an outfit!), we will walk around for hours in our stunning stilettos. And although we love every minute of showing off our fab heels…we may not be loving all the stress they cause on our arches by the end of the evening.

That’s why this week’s fab find is truly a wish come ‘shoe’!

Cinderollies are super cute rollable, compact ballet flats that can fit right into your purse to relieve you whenever you have had enough of your heels! These are a must have! These are also perfect gifts for the gals in your bridal party – something for them to slip into on the dance floor.

We love love love Cinderollies – be sure to get your feet a pair!


Fab Find: Bella Puzzles

Looking for a unique guest book alternative? Well today’s Fab Find is exactly that!

Bella Puzzles creates custom made wooden puzzle guest books that can be personalized with your name, photo and wedding date!

Each puzzle is created by hand and can be custom designed and cut just for your wedding day! You can even customize the shape to be something significant to you and your fiance such as a hobbies, activities, locations and more. Your guests will love to write fun notes and sign their very own piece of the puzzle. There is also a photo puzzle option, where you can choose a photo to be printed on one side of the puzzle and have your guests write their notes on the opposite side.

This puzzle guest book is a great alternative because it’s a fun activity for your wedding guests, an heirloom made to last for decades, a truly unique guest book, and a piece of art you can frame to enjoy everyday.

Weddings of Distinction: Aqua Bleu Salon

As Platinum Preferred Professionals of Weddings of Distinction NJ, The Finishing Touch decided to venture out and meet some of our WOD family! We had a blast when we stopped in at Aqua Bleu Salon located on Long Beach Boulevard in Ship Bottom, NJ.

Aqua Bleu is a full service salon offering hair, nail and skin treatments. Upon arrival, we were greeted by our stylists, Billie and Michelle, who were super sweet and friendly. The salon’s modern and fun decor had a fresh beach vibe that made you feel relaxed and ready to enjoy the whole experience.

Along with hair/nail/skin packages, they also offer amazing bridal packages for hair and make up for the bride and all of her bridesmaids, so if you are planning on a Long Beach Island wedding, this is the place to go! Whether you’re looking for a fresh coat of polish to sport on the beach, a sexy new hairstyle for a romantic night by the bay or a Swedish massage to take away some tension, Aqua Bleu has it all!

Thanks again to Billie and Michelle -they did a fabulous job and we absolutely loved the vibrant pink color we chose!

You are My Sunshine!

Although some say rain on your wedding day is good luck, every bride hopes the sun will be shining on her big day! Well now, believe it or not, you can actually purchase a type of  ‘sunshine insurance’ to ensure the sun is shining on your wedding day and on your marriage itself.

The Short Hills, NJ based company SunTender , allows couples to select a special individual to serve as the SunTender for their marriage. The person chosen to be a SunTender serves as the mentor for a couple’s married life together, and he or she act as the couple’s teacher and role model.

The SunTender gives what is called a “Sunshine Guarantee Certificate” which names the couple, the SunTender, the venue and date and time of the ceremony. The certificate guarantees that the couple will have sunshine on their wedding day, and if the sun does not shine the couple receives a $250 certificate to spend however they choose.

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Along with the assurance of sunshine, the acting SunTender also gives the couple three one-hour sessions of his or her time to share personal experiences and information gained from program materials provided by the SunTender program. These sessions are designed to give the newlywed couple skills that will reinforce the loving bond of marriage.

Becoming a SunTender is a unique and creative way to give a couple love, time, advice and a some sunshine all at once!

TFT Summer Essentials!

Summer is here and the heat is on!

The gals here at The Finishing Touch share some of our favorite summer essentials that we just can’t live without!

Candice:

When hitting the beach for some sun, I’ll bring along my iPad with fun summer reading.

Ferragamo everything when it comes to summer time! Ferragamo Flat Sandals & Brown Gradient Lens Sunglasses!

Stephanie:

Staying protected from the sun and still being fashionable is possible with this wide brimmed floppy hat from BCBG Max Azria.

OPI Nail Lacquer always has a fresh summer collection that is flirty and fun and this year they honor the great state of Texas. This summer I’ll be wearing ‘Do you think I’m Tex-y” – topped with a purple shatter for the beach glam look I love!

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Fekkai Marine Summer Hair Care Collection is a must have as it protects against UV rays as well as humidity.

Nicole:

L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Gelee – To skip the hazardous sun rays, I use this gelee a few nights a week to create a streakless summer bronze.

My white leather Coach Bag  (Madison Leather Sophia Satchel)- Flirty & Summer-y this is my go-to bag for either a day of errands or a night out at the surf club.

Jack Johnson’s new ‘To the Sea’ CD: His music reminds me of carefree beach days and always puts me in the best mood while I drive with the windows down.

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Soroya:

For a fun weekend getaway to the beach, I can throw everything into my lightweight Longchamp bag.  The neutral beige is a great color for summer.

For a day at the pool or the beach, I love my black Ralph Lauren Cover Up.  When I get out of the water, it is perfect to wear while I lounge.  The halter top and ruffled hemline make it flirty enough to wear throughout the day.

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I love my black Havaiana flip flops.  They are extremely comfortable and I can wear them at the beach, the pool and even to run a quick errand.  They are perfect for a casual afternoon.

Jennifer:

When the humidity and summer heat get the best of me, I can pull my hair up in a quick bun and secure with Goody spin pins.

Eos lip balm in “Summer Fruit” to keep the lips soft.

My Maddy Moo Summer Bag, which I designed in “Calliope Jelly Bean.”

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Clancy:

Whether I’m going for a swim or enjoying a game of tennis, I use Coppertone Sport Spray Sunscreen. This waterproof spray lasts all day and doesn’t have that greasy lotion feel!

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I take Benefit’s “Dallas” bronzer with me everywhere! I just brush some on my cheeks to instantly enhance my summer glow.

Beachside or poolside, I always have my Kodak Easyshare Sport camera in tow! It’s waterproof, so it’s perfect for capturing all my summer memories.