Friday, April 2, 2010

Pick venue before dress shopping, tips for toasting … and more

New York Magazine’s “Weddings” issue is a must-read when getting married in New York City, but maybe you’re too busy to get through it. wasn’t and what follows is a look at some of what the Summer 2010 issue has to offer.
a glass of champagne

Five tips for toasting the bride and groom:
1. Keep it short
2. Write a script
3. Rehearse so you’re not just reading
4. Share stories
5. Keep it clean

Find your location first, then look for the gown,” said gown designers Steven Birnbaum and Robert Bullock of Birnbaum & Bullock.

More brides are changing into a shorter dress for the reception and are wearing a tighter silhouette, but timeless dresses are still the norm, Birnbaum and Bullock said.

Don’t try to save money by shortening the cocktail time. People think it’s a good idea, but guests love that part,” said caterer Mary Giuliani of Mary Giuliani Catering & Events.

Add a little somethin’ somethin’ to pop in your photos. Take photos in the last two hours before sunset and avoid taking them at noon, both because of the lighting, said photographer Robert Sukrachand.

Women are wearing their hair down more often now, makeup artist Emily Kate Warren said, and even fancy makeup artists can be negotiable.

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