august 3rd, 2016
Pantone Goes Digital
ORIGINALLY REPORTED BY WWD'S MAGHAN MCDOWELL
EARLIER TODAY, PANTONE LAUNCHED A NEW APP CALLED DIGITAL. IN ORDER TO CREATE THE APP, PANTONE ASKED OVER 2,000 MILLENNIAL DESIGNERS WHAT THEY DEEMED MOST IMPORTANT IN THE INDUSTRY.
THE APP ALLOWS DESIGNERS TO ACCESS PANTONE'S COLOR LIBRARY, COLOR DATA, AND COLOR-TREND FORECASTING FROM THE INSTITUTE.
DESIGNERS CAN UPLOAD, CREATE, AND CUSTOMIZE PALETTES AND MOOD BOARDS THROUGH DIFFERENT TEXTURES, 3D PAPERS, AND FABRICS.
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august 1st, 2016
10 QUESTIONS WITH VIKTOR & ROLF
1. YOU MADE A BRIDAL COLLECTION IN THE PAST THAT WAS WONDERFUL, WHAT INSPIRED THAT AND IS THE REASON FOR THE NEW COLLECTION?
BRIDAL HAS ALWAYS BEEN A RED THREAD WITHIN OUR COLLECTIONS. WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN FASCINATED WITH BRIDALWEAR AND THE STORYTELLING THAT IT ENTAILS, AS AN ICON OF ONE OF LIFE'S SPECIAL MOMENTS.
2. HOW DID YOU FIND JUSTIN ALEXANDER OR DID THEY FIND YOU?
FOR US, JUSTIN ALEXANDER IS AN SKILLED PARTNER IDEAL FOR THEIR EXPERTISE IN DESIGN, PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION.
3. WHO IS THE VIKTOR & ROLF BRIDE THAT YOU WILL BE DESIGNING FOR?
SHE WHO IS FASHION FORWARD AND SOPHISTICATED.
4. WHAT WILL BE THE OVER ALL VISION OF THE COLLECTION?
WITH THIS RANGE, WE PRESENT OUR ARTISTIC INTERPRETATION OF A MODERN, GLAMOROUS APPROACH TO BRIDAL WEAR. THE COLLECTION RANGE WILL BE HIGHLIGHTING SCULPTURAL AND ICONIC ELEMENTS WHILST PLACING EMPHASIS ON STYLISTIC DESIGN DETAILS THAT VIKTOR&ROLF IS KNOWN FOR: VOLUMINOUS TULLE, GRAPHIC BOWS AND BOLD,HANDCRAFTED EMBROIDERIES.
5. DESIGNING FOR THE HAUTE COUTURE AND THEN THIS BRIDAL COLLECTION, WHAT ARE THE SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES?
AS FASHION ARTISTS, WE UTILIZE OUR HAUTE COUTURE AS A MEANS OF ARTISTIC EXPRESSION. FOR US, IT IS A LABORATORY WITH WHICH WE EXPERIMENT - ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. FOR BRIDAL WEAR WE WERE INSPIRED BY THREE KEY BRAND PILLARS: UNEXPECTED ELEGANCE, CONCEPTUAL GLAMOUR AND PROVOCATIVE COUTURE. A WEDDING DRESS IS A DRESS FOR A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE, A UNIQUE PIECE. AS SUCH, IT IS CLOSE TO THE SPIRIT OF COUTURE.
6. HOW DO YOU TRANSLATE YOUR ARTISTIC VISION OF HAUTE COUTURE TO A COMMERCIAL BRIDE? ANY TRICKLE DOWN IDEAS?
THERE IS AN EMPHASIS ON SCULPTURAL, BOLD SILHOUETTES. ALSO EMBROIDERY IS BOLD AND OUTSPOKEN, AND OUR ICONIC BOWS ARE VERY PRESENT, IN ALL KINDS OF NEW WAYS.
7. What will be the fabrics? How many looks in this collection?
The first collection includes graphic seaming, bold detailing and classic elements with a twist, using structural and romantic fabrics, including silk, crepe and tulle. the collection will consist of 27 gowns.
8. WHERE WILL THEY BE PRODUCED?
ALL LOOKS ARE MADE BY SELECTED QUALITY TAIWANESE BRIDAL SPECIALISTS.
9. HOW WILL IT BE SOLD IN THE US?
THE LAUNCH IS EXCLUSIVE TO TOP GLOBAL BRIDAL AND DEPARTMENT STORES IN THE FIRST YEAR.
10. WHAT ARE THE PRICE POINTS?
THE COLLECTION RANGES BETWEEN $4,000 - 12,000.
IF A CITY WEDDING SOUNDS CONGESTED, DIRTY, OR SIMPLY PEDESTRIAN, HERE’S A QUICK SOLUTION; LOOK UP. ROOFTOP WEDDINGS PUT AN ENTIRE METROPOLIS AT YOUR FEET AND COME WITH SUCH APPEALING EXTRAS; LIKE COOLING BREEZES, OUTRAGEOUS VIEWS, STELLAR SUNSETS AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOP FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE DRESS THAT CAN HOLD ITS OWN AGAINST A BACKDROP OF TWINKLING SKYSCRAPERS. PAIR THE PERFECT VENUE WITH A SHOW-STOPPING GOWN AND TAKE MARRIAGE VOWS TO NEW HEIGHTS.
WITH GUSTAVE EIFFEL’S MASTERpiece FRONT AND CENTER, THE TERRACE OF LA SUITE SHANGRI-LA, PERCHED ON THE TOP FLOOR OF THIS PALACE-TURNED-HOTEL, MIGHT BE THE WORLD’S MOST ROMANTIC SPOT TO TIE THE KNOT. IN ADDITION TO COMPLETELY UNOBSTRUCTED EIFFEL TOWER VIEWS (THE ENGINEER WAS DETERMINED TO BAN CONSTRUCTION AROUND HIS MONUMENT), THE 1,000-SQUARE FOOT SPACE SURVEYS MONTMARTE, LES INVALIDES, AND THE SEINE.
WHAT TO WEAR:
PLAY A STYLISH COQUETTE IN THIS TULLE CHARMER BY YOLAN CRIS. DUBBED THE MULLET (SHORT IN FRONT, LONG IN BACK), THE CORSET-INSPIRED CONFECTION IS EMBELLISHED WITH FEATHERS AND AN ASYMMETRICAL EMBROIDERED appliquE.
LONDON WEST HOLLYWOOD. (PHOTO: LONDON WEST HOLLYWOOD)
THE LARGEST SUITE IN LOS ANGELES—THE LONDON WEST HOLLYWOOD’S PENTHOUSE ROOFTOP—COMES WITH A TERRACE BIG ENOUGH FOR EVEN THE GRANDEST WEDDING. AND IT’S IDEAL FOR PUBLICITY-SHUNNING CELEBS: THE IN-SUITE ELEVATOR AND STAIRCASE LEAD TO 5,000 SQUARE FEET OF ENTIRELY PRIVATE, CHIC OUTDOOR SPACE (THE SUITE WAS INSPIRED BY VIVIENNE WESTWOOD), WHERE UP TO 300 GUESTS CAN ADMIRE THE BRIDAL COUPLE EXCHANGING VOWS SURROUNDED BY A 360-DEGREE L.A. PANORAMA.
WHAT TO WEAR:
WITH ITS DRAMATICALLY DEEP V-NECK AND VOLUMINOUS SIDE DRAPING, isabelle armstrong INTERPRETS HOLLYWOOD GLAM IN OFF WHITE SILK GAZAR. THE SCULPTED SHOWSTOPPER REDEFINES THE BALL GOWN WITH ITS STRONG, RED-CARPET STROKES.
TAKING ITS CUE FROM THE SUPER-GLAM 1970S, HIGHBAR AT DREAM SOUTH BEACH COMBINES CLUBBY GOLD ACCENTS WITH AN INFINITY POOL, PROFESSIONAL DJ BOOTH, AND FULL-ON VIEWS OF THE ATLANTIC. IF ELBOWROOM ISN’T A PRIORITY, IT’S POSSIBLE TO SQUEEZE 275 GUESTS INTO THE LARGELY WHITE-ON-WHITE SPACE; WEDDINGS OFTEN END WITH MUCH OF THE BRIDAL PARTY IN THE POOL.
WHAT TO WEAR:
MAKE AN ENTRANCE TO THE SOUND OF A THOUSAND CLICKING CAMERAS IN THIS BREEZY DELIGHT FROM CHRISTIAN SIRIANO FOR KLEINFELD BRIDAL. THE SATIN MINI SKIRT MAKES THE MOST OF A BEACH BODY; THE FEATHER-DUSTED ILLUSION OVERSKIRT ADDS A LONG DASH OF BRIDAL GLAMOUR.
THERE’S UNDENIABLE APPEAL TO EXCHANGING MARRIAGE VOWS IN THE ETERNAL CITY, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE BACKDROP IS THE ROMAN EMPIRE’S MOST FAMOUS MONUMENT. SMALL WEDDINGS HAVE A SPECTACULAR FRONT-ROW VIEW OF THE COLOSSEUM FROM THE ROOFTOP RESTAURANT AT THE PALAZZO MANFREDI. BONUS POINTS FOR A GLASS CEILING THAT SLIDES BACK WHEN THE WEATHER IS FINE AND FOR GENERAL MANAGER BRUNO PAPALEO, AN ENTHUSIASTIC WEDDING OFFICIANT.
what to wear:
AS ROMANTIC AS THE SETTING, MARCHESA’S OFF-THE-SHOULDER TULLE GOWN EMBRACES THE HOTTEST TREND OF THE YEAR. FLUTTERY SLEEVES AND A SOFTLY FLARED SKIRT STRIKE AN ELEGANT SILHOUETTE, WHILE IVORY THREAD WORK AND ORGANZA RIBBONS DELIVER SERIOUS CHARM.
GHOSTBAR AT THE PALMS CASINO RESORT MAY BE KNOWN FOR ITS DAY CLUB SHENANIGANS (CONFETTI SHOWERS, ADULT-FRIENDLY PIÑATAS), BUT WEDDINGS HERE TEND TO BE MORE SOPHISTICATED. SOARING 55 STORIES INTO THE DESERT AIR, THE VEGAS SKYLINE SPRAWLED BELOW, THE FACILITY’S SKY-DECK CAN ACCOMMODATE 75 WELL-WISHERS; AFTERWARD, THE WHITE-BLACK-AND-FUCHSIA LOUNGE TURNS INTO A fun RECEPTION SPOT.
what to wear:
BRADLEY COOPER’S GIRL OF THE MOMENT, IRINA SHAYK, ILLUSTRATES HOW PRONOVIAS’ BODY-HUGGING CREPE GOWN SHOWS OFF EVERY CURVE. GIVE THE LOCAL SHOWGIRLS A RUN FOR THEIR MONEY WITH HIGH-ROLLER DETAILS LIKE A MILE-HIGH SLIT, SENSUAL TRAIN, AND FEATHER-FESTOONED CUFFS.
FOLKS WHO WAIT HOURS FOR A SEAT AT THE CONRAD’S 16TH FLOOR OUTDOOR BAR, NAMED LOOPY DOOPY AFTER THE HOTEL’S SOL LEWITT MURAL, SAY IT’S WORTH IT FOR THE HUDSON RIVER VISTAS, THE FRESH BREEZE, AND THE PROSECCO-AND-ICE-POP COCKTAILS. BOOK THE ROOF DECK FOR A WEDDING AND THERE’S NO WAIT—JUST PLENTY OF BOATS TO ADMIRE WHILE SAMPLING THE VENUE’S BOOZY TREATS.
what to wear:
STRIDE BOLDLY INTO MARRIAGE IN MONIQUE LHUILLIER’S STRAPLESS JUMPSUIT WITH A TULLE OVERSKIRT. A SWEETHEART NECKLINE AND ANTIQUE CHANTILLY LACE ADD A TOUCH OF TRADITION TO THE THOROUGHLY MODERN SILHOUETTE.
RACHEL LEONARD WAS THE FASHION DIRECTOR OF BRIDES MAGAZINE FOR 18 YEARS AND IS CURRENTLY THE EDITORIAL DIRECTOR FOR THE BRIDAL COUNCIL. RACHEL CAN BE FOLLOWED ON INSTAGRAM @_RACHELLEONARD.
A MARKETING EXECUTIVE CURRENTLY LIVING IN ARIZONA, SALLY KILBRIDGE SPENT 20+ YEARS AS AN EDITOR AT BRIDES MAGAZINE. SHE INDULGES HER LOVE OF TRAVEL AND ROMANCE ON HERWEBSITE, A DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO DESTINATION WEDDINGS.
Vincent Longo's SS/16 Bridal Week Beauty Report
The Bridal council's beauty contributor vincent longo went backstage at the ss/16 bridal market runway shows to bring us the latest in beauty trends from the runway.
Overall Beauty Style:
The beauty look at Mira Zwillinger bridal show was a fresh romantic look with dewy complexions and up-do hair placed in a soft French twist that inspired to blossoming spring buds about to explode down the runway.
Aveda lead makeup artist Fawn Monique explains, “I wanted the bride to look seasonally beautiful with dewy, natural skin and checks flushed in a warm natural hue.”
The eyelids were first swept in a warm shimmery, pale rose gold highlight eye shadow using Aveda in Illumination, and then, both top and bottom lashes finished in Copper Haze, a trio of satiny, warm copper brown eye shadows.
The lash line was two-tone with brown mascara first placed across the top and bottom lash line and then topped with black mascara placed on the top center lashes to offset against the shimmering eyelids.
The lips in contrast to the skin and eyes were a semi matte texture in warm, rosy pink using Aveda Nourish-mint TM smoothing lip color in Mulberry.
Hair Stylist John Rayman created a modern romantic up do French twist that looked refreshingly undone. “I wanted the bride to feel free and not to sleeked down”, says John.
The key hair products used were Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion and Thickening Tonic & Control Force firm hold hair spray.
Overall Beauty Style:
The Bohemian chic beauty look at Reem Acra gave the bride an edgy stand out modern quality with focus on a fairy light translucent complexion and deconstructed hair.
The inspiration for the makeup look was fairytale meets 70’s. The lead makeup artist Mayia Alleaume explains, “The combination of tinkerbell and 70’s retro makes for the perfect Bohemian chic bride.”
One of the main features to the makeup look was the translucency of the skin with a fairy light quality that looked ethereal.
On the eyes, the stand out was the extra sheen on the eyelids created by applying Mary Kay Nourishine Plus TM lipgloss in Silver Moon to the center of the eye lid below the crease of the eye.
The lashes played center stage with extra coats of mascara making each lash look like little petals off set by the high sheen on the eyelid.
To frame the look the brow was well contoured and a prominent feature of the eye makeup.
The lips were layered in a natural rose brown hued semi matte lip stick Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick in Natural Beauté.
On the cheeks a rosey powder blush balanced the look with a soft innocent glow using Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color duo in Ripe Watermelon.
To finish the look Mayia applied a light bronzer a contour around the entire face from the hairline to the jawline to give structure and create an all over warm aura.
Before the bride strutted the runway select pearls were taken from each wedding gown and randomly adorned on each bride’s face to add a fairy like quality to the beauty look.
Lead Hair Stylist Shavon Mapp created an edgy hairdo with deconstructed long strands. “It’s the Bond girl ‘done then undone’ in a modern way,” says, Shavon.
With a large size curling iron Shavon created bends in the hair then distressed each lock of hair to create the ‘just from the beach’ look by unraveling each chunky strand. The final result was a modern Bohemian bride.
The key product used to create the look was Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray.
Ines Di Santo
The Overall Beauty Style:
Chic garden party was the beauty theme at iNES DI SANTO. Brides glowed with flush of color on the cheeks and hair that went from flowing to an up-do chignon.
Lead makeup artist Tia Hebron created a beautiful modern classic look.
“The beauty to this look is in the pure simplicity where less is more” explains Tia.
The complexion was dewy with highlights created with Bobbi Brown Extra illuminating moisture balm.
For cover up on the skin Tia spotted imperfections where needed with Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick. “This technique allows for the skin texture and natural glow to shine right through, “ says, Tia.
The eyes were layered in a translucent light pink sparkle eyeshadow using Bobbi Brown in Ballet Pink
The brows were softly contoured and combed in a feathered natural upsweep.
The lips were a sheer matte bright lilac mauve color applied without using a lip liner pencil.
The checks were softly flushed in muted lilac using Bobbi Brown powdered blush in Pastel Pink.
Lead hairstylist, Felix Fischer created two separate hair styles for the bride.
The first look was straight and luminous with accented parts of long silky flow-y hair. “I wanted the bride to have healthy, luxurious textured hair so the strands coulw flow effortlessly as silk” explains Felix.
For the second look the hair went up into tight updo to create a smaller head with soft wisps for a touch of romanticism to the look.
The key hair products used where Pai-Shau Biphasic Infusion primer
and Pai-Shau Style Souffle’ a nourishing, weightless oil with reparative extracts for superb control and manageability.
The Overall Beauty Style:
The overall beauty look at NaeEm Khan was a modern chic bride. The hairstyle focused on a graphic silhouette while the makeup gleamed with a soft romantic sheen on the skin.
The makeup look was a classic refined look that brought into play the complexion - illuminated with soft highlights across the face.
On the skin, lead makeup artist, Fawn Monique used a light coverage to create an all over soft canvas using Aveda Inner Light tinted moisturizer.
The primary feature to the look was the soft highlights running along the cheekbone and nose. “It’s the sheen from the highlight that gives this look a refined quality,” explains Fawn.
“To create the highlights, I used a soft touch and applied a warm, shimmery, pale yellow highlight powder on key areas. This gave the skin a pop and helped enhance the natural beauty of the bride.”
In contrast to the glowing skin the eyes were matte and softly contoured in shades of three sandy neutrals eye shadows using Aveda in Gobi Sands.
The lighter shades were blended together across the eyelid to contour to the eyelid. To create depth the darker shade was applied along the lashine in an outward sweep to the outer corners of the eye.
The lashes had Fawn’s signature two-tone mascara application with brown along the entire lash line and then black at the center of the lashes.
The cheeks were a soft rose in powdered Aveda Rose Blossom blush
On the lips Fawn applied a lip gloss in Pink Lotus and gave the lips an added highlight by pressing golden prism shimmer onto the center of the lip.
Lead hairstylist John Raymond created a graphic silhouette with a low tight elaborate knot. The hair was smooth and sleek to the head giving the bride a sophisticated clean look.
“The trend in bridal hair is either a softer easy look or a strong bold statement,” says, John. “It really all depends on what the designer’s vision is for their collection and the accessories they want to use. Here at Naeem’s show the bold statement is saying something strong and very chic.”
The key hair products John used to create the hairstyle are Aveda Thickening Tonic.
10 QUESTIONS WITH KATE EDMONDS OF KATE EDMONDS LTD
WE ASKED KATE ALL ABOUT A COUPLE'S ENJOYABLE JOURNEY OF PLANNING THEIR WEDDING AND HOW IT EQUALS TO BE THE BEST TIME EVER ON THEIR BIG DAY
Q: What is your experience as a wedding and events planner?
A: I have been planning glamorous events and weddings as Kate Edmonds Events LTD since 1993 for families, companies, and individuals with good taste and a curious mind. My clients are interested in creating an original experience for their friends, families, and colleagues that are truly tailored to them.
Q: Give us some do’s and don’ts for the bride and groom when assembling their wedding party.
A: Putting together a successful bridal party requires more genuine effort than one would think. How you invite a member of the wedding party is very important to the later good feelings on your wedding day. Whether it be a nice dinner together, a formal letter, an announcement at a small gathering, etc. it’s always appreciated. It is an honor to be asked and the asking should reflect that. Your best man should be mature, kind, supportive, reliable, and a good public speaker. It’s a big job! Don't pick your bridal party based on paybacks for being in somebody else’s wedding or just because you think you should otherwise, you won’t be happy in the end as they are not as invested in your big day.
Q: Realistic goals of a couple for planning their wedding, what are some issues?
A: Size matters… The big question is, how many guests are attending the wedding? Decide on that first please, and then you know the where more easily. Budget is key, sometimes open-ended, not always however. Gather the contributors and agree on a budget number you can live with before you start the planning process. Have realistic expectations; consult with an expert to help with that.
Q: Speaking of an enjoyable wedding, how does a couple achieve that?
A: Try not to get distracted by what everyone else is up to, its just noise. Be true to yourselves. Rather than a trendy wedding reception, aim for a timeless one. On the day, big wedding or small, please socialize together as a couple. If you guys are blissfully happy, everyone else will catch the love bug.
Q: How do you know the process is going well?
A: Your friends and family still like you, your having a blast with your intended, and you can still pay your bills.
Q: Do manners and protocol matter in this day in age? Is there any new etiquette?
A: Etiquette isn’t too complicated; it is about respect for others in both directions. Also being thoughtful helps life to run smoothly. Formal etiquette began for a reason and much of it still works well today. Your wedding planner should guide you and help you find a good balance for your modern life.
Q: Buy the Dress 1st or choose the Venue? Does it matter?
A: Newly engaged: dream all you like, but save your wedding dress appointments and the experts that host them until you have found your ceremony location, reception site, size of your wedding, time of day, and the climate you will be making those promises in, then you will be armed with sufficient information to invest in the best dress for your very special day.
Q: Let’s say the bride and groom have their planning set, do they need planner for the day of and if so, why?
A: Unless your friends and family want to work your wedding, hire an expert that supports your day. I usually find “day of” is really “month of,” however it’s sometimes difficult to correct problems i.e. timing or missing parts last minute. I prefer to see clients for a consultation as they go through the process, once a month for an hour or two so the wedding day is smooth and enjoyable for all.
Q: Have you ever had an emergency issue during the wedding day, if so what have some of them been?
A: I have been orchestrating weddings for over 20 years, so yes I have seen some things that were concerning. Once the father of the bride, a doctor, appeared to be having a heart attack on a roof deck, thank heavens I was an RN in my first career! He recovered, apparently overcome with joy, just in time to give a stellar speech for the cake cutting.
At another summer wedding of mine, the bride slipped and dirtied her dress right after the ceremony. I used her white fine pashmina and created a drape over the offending part to make it look like it was designed that way, I certainly could not do it again. She was also a doctor coincidentally!
Last week, a little chap in the church was crying, as he didn’t have a flower on his jacket like his dad, so I plucked one from a bridesmaid’s bouquet and made him smile.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you give a couple planning their wedding?
A: This is the first big event where the world sees you as a couple together, set your own tone. It is a celebration, not a chore. Enjoy and be merry and the world will dance with you both.
RACHEL LEONARD'S TOP PICKS FROM PARIS COUTURE WEEK
THE BEST WEDDING INSPIRED LOOKS FROM PARIS HAUTE COUTURE WEEK FALL 2016
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ines di santo launches in australia
INEs DI SANTO CELEBRATED HER OFFICIAL LAUNCH INTO THE AUSTRALIAN BRIDAL MARKET THIS WEEK WITH A RUNWAY SHOW HOSTED BY ETERNAL BRIDAL, THE EXCLUSIVE AUSTRALIAN RETAILER FOR INES DI SANTO.
How to Plan a Great Destination Wedding
By: Sally Kilbridge
8 Insider Ideas for Putting Together a Faraway Wedding Everyone Will Love
Part of planning a great destination wedding is a no-brainer: starting early enough (18 months is generally a good cushion); avoiding the location’s rainy season; making sure people can get there without major hassle (don’t even think about a place that requires more than a half-day’s travel). But experts who’ve done dozens of destination weddings know there’s more to putting together such a complicated event.
1. Make sure the VIPs can make it
Every wedding guest list has layers. At the very top are as many as 10 to 20 folks who are essential to the proceedings (parents, siblings, best friends); if they can’t make it, the bridal couple might as well elope. So before anyone gets too enamored of a New Year’s wedding in Vienna or Fiji, make sure the VIPs have the time and the funds for the trip. If finances are a potential issue for anyone (a younger sibling who still hasn’t landed that first job), consider picking up that tab yourself.
2. Hire an expert
Many resorts have on-site planners (and sometimes entire teams of wedding organizers); scour the website, then get on the phone and find out exactly what services are provided. While the in-house team may have a firm handle on the property’s venues and catering offerings, you might want to hire an independent planner to help with tasks like coordinating airport transfers, keeping tabs on vendors, and being there for day-of-the-wedding trouble-shooting.
3. Do a recon
A surprising number of couples get the wedding ball rolling without first visiting the destination. And even those who’ve been to a place a dozen times before probably haven’t thought about the logistics of having a wedding there. Couples need to research their vendors ahead of time, then meet face-to-face during a reconnaissance trip. It’s also the time to cement a backup plan in case the weather doesn’t cooperate, look into legalities (if you want an official wedding), and identify venues for every activity.
4. Choose multiple staying places
In addition to ground zero—the hotel, resort, or villa where most of the wedding will be held, and where the bridal party and family will stay—identify a few nearby places that can accommodate families and guests on smaller budgets.
5. Think about kids and school vacation
Bermuda in May is sublime, but not for guests with kids still in school. Either choose a time when families can travel together, or realize any parents on your guest list may have to decline the invitation.
6. Consider your personal priorities
If frizzy hair is the bane of your existence, heading for a tropical spot known for its rainforests and balmy trade winds is going to add one more layer of stress to your plans. Maybe you should think about places where a good hair day is guaranteed. How about Quebec in November? Scottsdale in April? Having one less thing to worry about isn’t a bad reason to choose a destination.
7. Check the local calendar
When you don’t know that it’s coming, something as innocuous as an antique car rally in a small New England town can wreck havoc with a wedding—take it from someone who’s been there. Check the local events calendar before deciding on a date, so you’re not scheduling your wedding for a day when traffic will be a nightmare. If guests will be coming from several different starting points, have someone do a run-through the day of the wedding and let people know about any road closures or detours.
8. Be smart about the welcome basket
Absolute musts are a welcome note, a copy of the itinerary, a map to the various venues, and contact info for the person who can answer questions (NOT the bride!); a list of all guests is a nice plus. People appreciate a light snack and bottled water, but you don’t need an entire wine and cheese basket. If there are issues with mosquitoes or other pests, a bottle of bug spray would be smart. And if you’re inclined to print up special wedding T-shirts or baseball caps for the gang, one word: Don’t.