Congratulations! You're getting married. And yes, you can pick the finest flowers and tablecloths, but before you make your mark by putting together a wedding for the ages, take a look at some dream elements from a superstar's perspective.
Dresses with Feminine Flourishes
Inspired by the striking tiers in the Angel Sanchez wedding dress worn by “Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria, brides this year are wearing gowns with flurries of feminine flowers and sophisticated tiers. Even if your setting isn't as exotic as the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte near Paris, where the Eva Longoria-Tony Parker knot was tied, a beautiful gown will put you in wedding heaven.
"Whether kept understated or embraced wholeheartedly, flowers and tiers were seen all over the Spring 2008 wedding runway shows and in the collections [such as Elie Saab, Elsie Katz and Jean Faras]," says fashion expert Mara Urshel, co-owner of Kleinfeld Bridal in Manhattan.
Pick Your Location
Nothing makes more of an impact than the location of your wedding, and an Art-Deco backdrop is just the ticket. Get on board with what Oprah Winfrey Show correspondent Lisa Ling and Paul Song had in mind when they got married at Union Station in Los Angeles. From Grand Central Station in New York City to Philadelphia's 30th Street Station and Chicago's Union Station, these historic locales are perfect for the bride who loves old world grandeur.
"Rarely does a location offer the nostalgic ambience one finds at a train station," says style guru and celebrity wedding planner Yifat Oren. "Train stations are grand and elegant all at once. Crystal chandeliers, wood-paneled walls and antique marble can be your inspiration for a classic retro wedding celebration."
“No matter what venue you choose for your nuptials, you can still achieve that glamorous yet natural look with makeup," says beauty expert and five-time Emmy Award winner Eve Pearl. "A smoky eye is all you need, topped off with a little gold shimmer to soften and open up the eye."
Top Chef: Wedding Edition
For affluent hardcore foodies, having their favorite five-star restaurant cater their wedding can be a must. For their December nuptials, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and designer Georgina Chapman had Manhattan's Nobu and Cipriani serve delicacies like truffle risotto and caviar to their A-list guests. In case you can't go that route (and how many of us can?) here's another version.
Planner Oren's idea: "If there's a special restaurant you frequent or maybe your groom popped the question there, nothing is more romantic than having them serve your favorite dish at your wedding."
Hiring a DJ or a band is a no-brainer, but for brides looking to make a statement and who happen to have the connections (and the cash), why not splurge and have an A-list entertainer perform at the wedding? Whether your tastes range from Prince to Mariah Carey to Fall Out Boy or something else, entertainment marketing firms like New York-based Platinum Rye can help you book a headlining act.
And if your fiancé happens to be musically talented, like Katherine Hail's new husband Josh Kelley, there's nothing more romantic than having him compose a song.
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