May 242016
NYC Engagement Photo Locations

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Not to add anything to your ever-growing wedding to-do list, but chances are you're going to have some out-of-town guests attend your wedding weekend. An important thing that couples can do to keep their guests entertained is provide their visitors with a guide of "must sees." In a city like Manhattan, it's pretty difficult to narrow it down to just a few options. To make it a bit easier for you, we've compiled our favorite spots that out-of-town wedding guests should definitely enjoy.

Central Park
Regardless of the weather, all NYC visitors should take in all that Central Park has to offer. One of the United States' most popular parks, this 843-acre park is home to two indoor restaurants, a zoo, carousel, theatre, 21 playgrounds, and more. Read real brides' reviews here!

City Sights NYC Tour
We know there is a ton to see in New York City, so a hop-on hop-off bus is a perfect way to tour the city and stop wherever your heart desires. With a plethora of options for different neighborhood tours and all-access passes to the whole city, this narrated bus tour will educate you as you relax and learn all about the great city of New York.

Times Square
While it may be considered the tourist hotspot of the East Coast, it's for a good reason. Located at the crossing of Broadway and 7th Avenue, spanning 42nd through 47th Street, you can't miss this iconic NYC locale filled with bright neon lights, interactive billboards, and towering buildings that have become staples of Times Square. Also home to major television studios and world-renowned retailers, there's a lot to do and see here.

If the timing of his or her visit allows, every NYC visitor should experience a Broadway show. TKTS discount ticket booths are the best way for guests to experience same-day Broadway performances for 20 to 50 percent off full ticket prices. With booths located in Times Square, South Street Seaport, and Brooklyn, encourage your guests to stop by a booth for an experience they'll never forget.

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For those wanting to experience art, culture, history, or science, New York City has an abundance of museums and attractions. With enough options to meet everyone's interests, "Museum Mile" on 5th Avenue from 82nd to 105th Street is home to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and many more. Read real brides' reviews here!

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May 212016
The Best Waterproof Mascaras

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A number of thoughts come to mind when you make a wish on a fallen eyelash, but if you're reading this you're likely wishing those darn lashes wouldn't fall out in the first place. When it comes to your eye lashes, there's no such thing as too much. And as you consider the ways in which you can amp up your eye makeup look for the big day, you're probably thinking about your options. DIY falsies are tricky, waterproof mascara is fine, but for truly melt-proof, smudge-proof, don't-even-need-liner lashes, eyelash extensions are worth serious consideration.

Extensions usually last up to two or three weeks, they'll stay put throughout the entire weekend of wedding festivities and they're perfect for a beach honeymoon where you'll spend most of the time without makeup. "The best part is that the textures are so natural, that you simply look like yourself, but better," says Soul Lee, founder of Beautiful Soul Makeup Studio. So go ahead and bat a thousand (lashes, that is) at any one of these New York City studios that do the job right.

Beautiful Soul Makeup Studio
With a resume that includes seven years on Bobbi Brown's beauty team, a managing role at Barney's atelier beauty services and doing makeup for Shu Uemura, it's no wonder that Soul Lee opened up Beautiful Soul Makeup Studio to have an official place where you can experience her talent. For the most natural look, Lee uses a mix of synthetic and silk extensions that mimic your existing lash thickness.You don't have to celeb to make an appointment (though plenty of A-listers like Alicia Keys, Julia Roberts and Chrissy Teigen do), but be prepared to pay for perfectionism. Soul (who's the owner and sole employee) charges $460 for a full set.

JJ Eyelashes
JJ Eyelashes' multiple locations throughout Midtown, UES and Soho make it convenient to get your mile-long lash fix. The standard in their salons are silk eyelashes, but they also offer mink for those who prefer a lighter, more feathery look. To take the customization up a notch, the salon offers brown extensions for those who have light-colored hair and more dramatic hues like blue or green if you want to go for a truly memorable color moment. Prices across their four locations range from $90 for a Ruby Set (80 lashes per eye) to $300 for the Black Diamond Set (120 lashes per eye). Plus, a handy loyalty rewards program — where you earn points for spending at the salon and referring other clients — gets you major discounts for future services.

You used to have to hightail it to the UK for one of Vanita Parti's walk-in brow and lash bars to receive her traditional Indian threading techniques and eyelash extensions done with pin-point precision. She now has a post within Saks New York, which offers her services as well as her award-winning lineup of beauty products like the cult-fave Blinkbrowbar Luscious Lash Oil. Good news for serious lash aficionados: Her special, semi-permanent technique and glue can last up to six weeks.

In the beauty world, there's no such thing as a magical beauty wand, but the geniuses at Ebenezer have us seriously reconsidering with their sorcery-level skills. At this hidden gem in Korea Town, technicians use a special glue and technique that's known to make your extensions last up to two months. The trick is also in the maintenance, and their pros are happy to dole out advice: Comb through your lashes with a clean spooley to separate the hairs and keep them lubricated by rubbing a small drop of baby oil on your fingers and gently dabbing it on your lashes.

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She Winks Lash Studio
Your look is entirely customizable at She Winks. After a free glass of champagne or wine, you'll have your consultation with an technician to discuss your desired lash type (mink or silk), style (like a pretty cat eye) and curl (C-Curl for extreme volume and J-Curl for a soft curve). Mink synthetic full lashes are their most popular style and start at a reasonable $140. And of course, all that unapologetic natural beauty won't fade away until three weeks of wear. Read real brides' reviews here!

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May 202016
Galloping Hill Golf Course Wedding

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Hoping to score a unique, manicured venue with plenty of adjacent outdoor space that is above par? Look no further than a golf course and country club in New Jersey. Even if your only experience on the fairway is mini golf during your first date, you'll benefit from the lush greenery throughout the premises for gorgeous photo ops and the expansive space for your guests to roam. As a bonus, all of these New Jersey venues only host one event at a time, so no need to worry about sharing the limelight with another bride. Sounds like a score to us!

Galloping Hill Golf Course (Kenilworth) Above
If you want the well-maintained greenery typical of a golf course and country club wedding without the uber-formal vibe associated with many of these establishments, then Galloping Hill is your place. Your guests will walk through the venue's welcome area to a fleet of golf carts waiting to transport them to the outdoor ceremony site — no heels stuck in the grass for your invitees! After you swap vows with your man, you can jet away in your own cart, and meet everyone later for a cocktail hour packed with tons of whimsical food options. Have an affinity for boardwalk food? Select the venue's "Jersey Shore" station so your guests can munch on sliders and sausage and peppers sandwiches. Read real brides' reviews here!

Ballyowen Golf Club Wedding Venue

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Ballyowen Golf Club (Hamburg)
Designed in the Celtic style, Ballyowen's calling card is massive, perfectly groomed green rolling hills. Have your ceremony on site underneath a wooden archway overlooking the peaks of the course and then head indoors for a cocktail hour that includes numerous food stations, and freeflowing drinks. The site's decor nods to its European inspiration, with dark wood and green serving as a backdrop for its cocktail hour space and tartan accents in its bridal suite. The venue's rehearsal space provides breathtaking views of the fairway, so even though you're cutting a rug indoors, the all-over windows provide a panoramic snapshot of what is going on outside. (Couples who book weddings there can also enjoy a complimentary tee time, so even if you're no Michelle Wie, you can practice your swing.) Read real brides' reviews here!

Architects Golf Club Wedding

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The Architects Golf Club (Lopatcong)
Touted for its attention to detail, Architects makes you feel like a member of the club during your big day. Brides who want to enjoy the numerous trees, views and nature vibe, will love the tented cocktail hour space which gives a hint of outdoors, sans the bug spray and sweat. With an elegant Old World vibe and fine dining service, couples who marry there can select from an expansive menu of hors d'ouvres, cold displays, and salad and dinner options that will have you feeling more posh than a Spice Girl. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Ramsey Golf and Country Club Wedding

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Ramsey Golf and Country Club (Ramsey)
For the bride who wants to indulge her inner princess, Ramsey Golf and Country Club, with its stone castle like exterior, is a perfect fit. Couples who get hitched at the venue can choose from a number of private dining rooms at the locale. The Abbey, for more intimate gatherings, includes a fireplace and a piano, while the club's grand ballroom can house up to 200 guests for a night of drinking, dancing, and dining. Everywhere you look, the club includes stoned walls that evoke a Gothic style and a time when fairy tales were par for the course. Read real brides' reviews here!

Looking to say "I do" off the green? Read up on dozens of other New Jersey wedding venues here!

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May 172016

When it comes to wedding desserts, not all brides want to be traditional. Luckily enough for the New York City bride, there are an abundance of bakeries that cater to a variety of sweet tooth requests. These deliciously creative sweet alternatives to the traditional wedding cake will 'wow' your guests while providing a fun twist on classic desserts. Whimsical flavors, features, and delivery methods make choosing one of these bakeries a piece of cake. Here are the best NYC bakeries for serving unique desserts and treats on your wedding day.

Treat House
This sophisticated take on a classic rice treat features a wide range of whimsical flavors like bubble gum and birthday cake while excusing dairy, nut, and gluten allergies from each recipe. Custom wedding treat "towers" can be personally designed for each couple, creating a different take on traditional cake.

This Chelsea Market purveyor of all things delicious (and personally crafted!) comes equipped with charming cookie designs, catered to each individual event. Photographs, monograms, and everything in between have all been replicated on their cookies to personalize every sweet detail of your big day.

Momofuku Milk Bar
With a name as original as its cakes, this renowned product of the James Beard award-winning chef Christina Tosi quickly became famous for its fun twist to the traditional standard of wedding cake design. In addition to their legendary unfrosted sides and rich layered fillings, the option of their trademarked cereal milk ice cream, compost cookies, and crack pie can accompany your delectable dessert table — all dessert show-stoppers. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Van Leeuwen
Want a classic revival of American ice cream turned artisanal? Look no further than this Brooklyn team of dedicated ice cream connoisseurs. For those wanting an option of having an actual ice cream food truck as the vehicle of distribution for your after-party desserts, you're in luck. Van Leeuwen travels to venues to serve its delicious milky ice cream goodness in the NYC area.

Melt Bakery
Local ingredients, seasonal flavors, and professional execution provide the foundation for New York's first ice cream sandwich store which opened in 2012. Playful flavor combinations like their peanut butter cookies and banana ice cream sandwich — rightfully named "Elvis" — join more traditional flavors like the "Classic" which involves a chocolate chip walnut cookie and vanilla ice cream concoction.

Batter & Cream
Mix natural ingredients with gourmet flavors and you get the memorable result of a former investment banker-turned-baker's goal to fill the void in the baked goods market. With a menu and offerings suited for events of all sizes, whoopie pies can be served to guests either packaged or on a platter, even providing the option of letting your guest choose their filling and cookie, boosting the interactive side of a uniquely crafted dessert table.

Want to see more New York City bakeries? Check out our New York City Bakeries page to find your dream dessert!

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May 142016
NYC University Wedding Venues

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Often overlooked amongst the endless list of gorgeous NYC wedding venues are some of the most beautiful and unique university spots, right in our backyard. Whether you're an alumnus, a sports fan, or are simply looking for a unique wedding venue, check out these New York City universities where you can get married.

Columbia University Wedding Venue

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Open to anyone regardless of educational and/or religious affiliation, St. Paul's Chapel at the Columbia campus on the Upper West Side is a beautiful locale for your wedding ceremony. After your vows have been exchanged and you've said "I do," consider hosting your reception at the Columbia University Faculty House. This upper Manhattan event space boasts versatility and historical charm within its unique layout, which includes the beautifully appointed Garden Rooms and the Ivy Lounge. Read real brides' reviews here!

NYU Wedding Venue

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Offering a steep discount to NYU alumni (score!) you can be like Alec Baldwin and his bride Hilaria Baldwin and host your wedding reception celebration at New York University's 10th floor Kimmel Center. Aside from its breathtaking views of Washington Square Park and classic New York City architecture, this venue can accommodate up to 300 guests within its dynamic and versatile space. This is a perfect venue for the quintessential New York City couple.

Fordham University Wedding Venue

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While it can be a bit tricky, Fordham University does permit students, graduates, and staff of the University and Fordham Prep to wed on their grounds at the University Church. Since this particular church is not a parish, couples must have a priest or deacon accompany for them to perform their services. For couples choosing to wed at this historic venue, consider pairing your Fordham ceremony with a reception at the breathtaking and nearby New York Botanical Gardens. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Hunter College Wedding Venue

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Hunter College
The Sara Delano Roosevelt Memorial House of Hunter College is a gorgeous, historically renovated townhouse that was once home to president Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. With a beautiful auditorium and charmingly elegant dining rooms/reception areas, this space is eligible for rent for your dream intimate wedding. With the ability to accommodate 75 guests for dinners, and 125 guests for cocktail style receptions, the crown moldings, oversized windows and charming fireplaces are sure to transport you and your guests back in time (in style, of course.)

Looking for something not quite so collegiate? Browse even more places to tie the knot on our New York City Wedding Venues page!

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May 112016
The Kimberly Hotel Wedding Venue

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When it comes to venues, every bride wants hers to be unique and one-of-a-kind. Well, when no one else has ever been married there, you can be! Dive into 2016 with an array of newly created venues that span from all areas of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Timeless elegance, luxury, and one-of-a-kind views form the requirements needed to make this round up of outstanding New York locations. Who says your "something new" can't be the place you say "I do?"

Rooftop of The Kimberly Hotel (Above)
Midtown's acclaimed boutique hotel combines European flair and refined elegance with cityscape views and the highest standard in personalized service. 3,000 square feet of outdoor entertaining space marks the backdrop of The Kimberly Hotel's 30th floor rooftop attraction. Dripping ivory vines, heated oak floors, and hanging succulents transport guests to a hidden retreat housed inside of a retractable glass dome. Read real brides' reviews here!

Nomo Soho Wedding Venue

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Nomo Kitchen at Nomo Soho
Manhattan's legendary Soho district is an ecosystem of high fashion and cutting-edge design. This provocative contemporary hotel designed by Benjamin Ortiz is based on the 1946 French film "La Belle et la Bête" by Jean Cocteau, celebrating open layouts with an endless amount of generous amenities. High-quality local ingredients found directly in New York State form the foundation for the recipes served at Nomo Kitchen, presenting a delicious modern take on American cuisine.

Baccarat Hotel Wedding Venue

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The Harmonie Room at Baccarat Hotel
Defined as an elegant, classic take on Parisian style, there's no doubt that both past and present design aesthetics influence the grand-yet-intimate spaces of this contemporary pioneer. Paris design duo Gilles & Boissier created almost every piece of furniture in the hotel's salon-style spaces to infiltrate an equal atmosphere of lavishness and 18th-century appeal.

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Knickerbocker Hotel Wedding Venue

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St. Cloud at the Knickerbocker Hotel
Perched between Broadway and Bryant Park rests the famous monument otherwise known as Times Square's first luxury hotel — which continues to create a legacy of timeless elegance and refined New York luxury. Jacob Astor IV, the creative brains behind this sophisticated urban sanctuary, set out to create one of Manhattan's most effortless blends of posh comfort. St. Cloud, the pinnacle dining experience atop the roof of the Knickerbocker, offers seasonal plates of gourmet cuisine and boundless amounts of chic entertainment.

The Ballroom at the Williamsburg Hotel
With an expected spring due date for opening, this 150 room masterpiece has already caught the eye of Brooklyn natives, promoting an air of undeniable sophistication and grace. The 30-foot ceilings that guard the 3,500-square foot space of the epic grand ballroom will comfortably hold up-to 400 guests. Reclaimed chandeliers and distressed architectural features enhance the trendy urban surroundings that neighbor this exciting new site.

To see more New York City places to tie the knot — from Manhattan classics to modern Brooklyn locales — browse our NYC Venues page

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May 072016

It may not be on your wedding to-do checklist yet, but fueling up the morning of your big day is absolutely crucial (they don't call breakfast the most important meal of the day for fun). Without feeding your ladies and yourself, you'll hardly be able to keep up your energy until "Last Dance," so reach out to these delivery spots to get the grub that will keep you from getting h-angry.

D's Soul Full Cafe
The Hoboken, New Jersey cafe — known for its live music played by local artists — also boasts a large menu of breakfast bites that can be delivered right to your doorstep. Some of the best offerings at the restaurant are its breakfast burritos, which range from "The Mexicano" — a dish that includes refried beans and homemade salsa — to "The Hangover Cure," a mix of hashbrowns, eggs and bacon that may help you recover if you overindulged at the rehearsal dinner the night before. Have a bridesmaid who is a big fan of the King? Then make sure to order her "The Elvis Press-ley," a breakfast sandwich that has peanut butter, banana and bacon.

Benny Tudino's
Pizza for breakfast isn't just for coeds. You've been avoiding carbs for months as part of your slim-down plan, and there's no better morning to break your diet. Benny Tudino's is well-known for its massive portions of classic, cheesy pizza (make sure to peep the photos of newborns laying next to pizza slices as a comparison if you ever make it into their restaurant. Yes, the slices are as big as a baby!). Call in an order for several pies for your girls, and reminisce about all those late night in college that ended with a slice.

What's a party without champagne? Fortunately, thanks to Minibar's delivery service, you'll never have to find out. Log on to the startup's website or download its app, and the company will have a local wine or liquor store get your order to you. Within 30 to 90 minutes, you'll have all the bubbly you need to make sure the mimosas are flowing while you get your hair and makeup done.

Carlstadt Bagels and Deli
Bagels are a breakfast staple for many reasons — they're inexpensive, they're easy and in Jersey, and of course — they're crazy good. In the vein of the many classic delis throughout the Garden State, no-frills Carlstadt Bagels offers staples like breakfast sandwiches and light and fluffy bagels at super affordable prices. The deli also has practically every type of cream cheese and bagel topping you can think of — no need to limit your bridal party to a boring breakfast!

Noches de Colombia
The restaurant, which has a number of locations throughout North Jersey, is known for its massive portions of traditional Colombian food. For a morning meal, look no further than their pandebono, the restaurant's signature cheesy sweet bread, along with a hot chocolate or cafe con leche. Noches' empanadas filled with guava and cheese are the perfect combination of sweet and salty to kick start your day without leaving you overly full. Not feeling quite that hungry? Indulge in one of the restaurants many batidos — shakes made from fresh fruit ranging from blackberry to mango to strawberry.

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Dulce de Leche Bakery
If you're looking to fill your sweet tooth while gearing up for the day, then Dulce de Leche has you covered. The Argentinian bakery offers a phenomenal catering menu of traditional foods from the South American country, including media lunas — a flaky croissant that has a sweet glaze, often used to make sandwiches. Make sure to call ahead for an order — a 30 percent deposit is required when it is placed — and fuel up on empanadas filled with chicken, beef or cheese, or an Argentine-style quiche. Read real brides' reviews here!

Whether you're in need of big day catering or morning-of breakfast treats, these New Jersey wedding caterers have got you covered

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May 052016

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It's not everyday we get to pick the brain of the owner of a celebrated bridal fashion institution like Kleinfeld, but when BRIDES sat down with owner Mara Urshel, we were fascinated by her story!

From fun facts on Kleinfeld's roots, to what goes on behind the scenes (and even what makes the celebrated retailer tick), we've got the scoop on often-unknown Kleinfeld factoids — even a few that have never been revealed on their hit show, Say Yes to the Dress!

So read on for our Q&A with Mara to learn more about what goes on beyond the "seams" of New York City's famous bridal fashion mecca.

1. Kleinfeld originally opened as a fur salon in Brooklyn in 1941.
Kleinfeld began as a Bay Ridge-based fur salon and slowly transitioned to a bridal salon, well before moving to Manhattan in 2005. While Kleinfeld now caters to more than 17,000 brides a year, Mara still makes sure that every Kleinfeld bride receives the owners' cell phone numbers. "At Kleinfeld, the staff works diligently to ensure that the customer feels that she is the only bride in the store," notes Mara. "Every step of the way, the bride receives personal one-on-one attention from a personal bridal consultant to her fitter who she will work with for the next few weeks until the gown fits perfectly! Ronnie and I give our cell phone numbers so brides feel they can reach us at any time, day and night."

2. Kleinfeld carries over 200 exclusive gowns that cannot be found anywhere else.
"We are constantly searching the world to seek out designers to add to our merchandising mix," says Mara. "We stay ahead of the trends and since we shop the world, we actually receive new styles every day that no one else has."

3. Yes, you heard us correctly! They get new dresses (literally!) every day.
"In order to be the leader in gown selection, we refresh the stock often and are always on the hunt for new upcoming designers," says Mara. "Kleinfeld travels across the world to various bridal markets through the year; each gown we order arrives from different markets at different times of the year. We make room for new gowns and rotate our stock regularly by holding sample sales four times a year. Our next sale is May 5th!"

Kleinfeld Mara Urshel Interview

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4. And their plus size assortment is extraordinary!
"Since we meet brides from all over the world in various sizes, it is very important that we have samples that they can try on and feel comfortable in," Mara says. "Kleinfeld carries the largest selection of plus size designer bridal gown samples. Brides no longer have to hold the gown in front of them; they can actually zip it up." They are sampled is plus sizes 16-28.

5. The Kleinfeld alterations department is a true artisanal operation!
Kleinfeld has an artisan alterations department — the biggest in NYC with over 90 seamstresses and fitters, each of whom spend over 30 hours altering your dress! They also have the largest custom sewing workroom in the tri-state area accommodating more than 90 seamstresses, beaders, pressers and fitters. "Brides will wear their dress day and night so the gown needs to be properly fitted to your body to ensure you will feel comfortable and confident the entire wedding," explains Mara. "The Kleinfeld alteration department has a quality control process in place to ensure the gown is fitted properly and that the beading and bustle are secure."

6. Kleinfeld even sells wedding invitations.
"The timing of ordering save the dates and invitations matches with the time line of selecting a bridal gown," explains Mara. At the request of their brides, the store offers a shop-by-style assortment of exclusive save the dates, shower invites, wedding invites, response cards, and even menus.

Kleinfeld Wedding Dresses

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7. They also tackle the (non-wedding dress) planning tasks you groan over!
With the success of Kleinfeld Paper, Mara and team realized that brides trusted them for all aspects of the wedding planning process, so they branched out to offer further support — even on planning elements that aren't so fashionably glamorous, like room blocks and your name change! "Kleinfeld Room Blocks takes the stress out searching and negotiating with hotels near your wedding venue for your guests and saves you up to 30 percent off," she exclaims. "And Kleinfeld Name Change makes the grueling process of changing your name, easy. Newlyweds just fill out the online form and we will send you personalized name change forms with step-by-step instructions and pre-paid addressed envelopes."

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8. And they want to stick with you well beyond the wedding.
With a fan and customer base that truly loves the brand, Kleinfeld has quickly noticed that many of their brides cannot part with them after the wedding! So they've just partnered with an amazingly fresh social party-planning app called Partyology, to help their fans plan and share other life celebrations, such as baby showers, milestone birthdays and more! Kleinfeld is a leading tastemaker on the hip Partyology site.

Click here to read reviews from real brides (just like you!) about Kleinfeld and tons of other luxe and local bridal salons!

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Apr 232016

You've locked down the perfect outdoor venue for your ceremony, so you're good, right? Not so fast! Now you have to secure all the rentals that will make sure that your guests have some place to sit, stand under, and enjoy all evening while dancing. Here are the New Jersey vendors for rentals that will make your outdoor wedding day complete.

Bergen Party Rentals
Just because you're planning a backyard barbecue vibe for your big day doesn't mean you want the sun beating down directly on your guests. Whether you need tents, canopies, tables, or chairs, this rental company has you covered — literally. Looking for an offbeat and fun way to keep guests snacking while they're waiting for you to walk down the aisle? You can also borrow a hot dog cart or popcorn machine for guests to enjoy — just make sure to designate a qualified person to man the station, or you may end up with some overcooked bites!

In-Tents Party Rentals & Event Services
Planning for an outdoor ceremony at a park or garden? This company, which has three locations in New Jersey, has wedding-specific products like archways and cabanas that can be used as a chuppah or mandap, where you and your spouse can exchange vows. After you're officially hitched, you'll be ready to dance the night away (cha-cha slide anyone?), and In-Tents can make sure you get your outdoor lounge furniture and dance floor all set up. The last thing you want when you're cutting a rug (is that what your dad calls it?) is to be dripping sweat, so make sure to borrow climate control elements like fans or heaters for your tent — depending on what the weather report is showing. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Party Rental Ltd.
Looking for all the little details to make your reception perfect? This party giant has every last element you can think of to make your fête perfect available for rentals — including barware, glassware, china, plating, tables, serving pieces, chafing dishes, coffee service supplies, and more. Make an appointment at the company's massive 230,000-square-foot showroom in Teterboro, New Jersey, where you can view the hundreds of products the company rents. If you're hunting for a Hamptons' 'white party' look, the company also provides platforms, dance floors, steps and illuminated bars and tables that will make you feel like you're smack dab in the middle of Diddy's backyard. Read real brides' reviews here!

Content Party Rentals Inc.
If you're throwing a non-traditional bash with food as the centerpiece, Content can provide you with the charcoal grill or pig rotisserie that ensure your food festival bash dreams come true. Done with the cooking? You can borrow tents, tables and chairs from the vendor to make sure your guests can enjoy all the fruits of that labor. Finally, Content has numerous tent options ranging in shape and size, as well as chandeliers and lighting that will make sure your guests can drink and eat to their hearts content, no matter the weather!

Taylor Rental
Taylor Rental is well-versed in working massive events, so if you have a guest list of over 400, give them a call to get the tents, chairs, tables and glassware you'll need for your reception. If you think entertaining will be a big part of your life once you're a Mrs. and are in the market for party supplies to own for yourself, then scoop up some of the used equipment the company sells at discounted rates. And though it's definitely not something any bride wants to spend much time thinking about, if you are having a reception in a raw space, you will need to secure bathrooms for your guests. Taylor rents portable bathrooms and sinks at prices low enough that you can get enough to make sure there's no line all night.

Want to see more New Jersey Rental Vendors? Check out our New Jersey Rentals page to find everything you need to complete your day!

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Apr 162016
Bridal Glam Squads Close to NYC

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Aside from marrying the love of your life, the (second) best part of your wedding day is the morning of: getting pampered and beautified with your best girls as you kick back, relax, sip mimosas and prepare for the best day of your life. Check out these five NJ-based glam squads offering BOTH bridal hair and makeup — within close proximity to NYC — because hey, Jersey can glam up city brides, too.

Melissa D'Aloia and Co.
Owner Melissa D'Aloia and her team of talented hair designers and makeup artists boast both years of experience and rave reviews from brides throughout the tri-state area. With credits including work for Liz Cho and the Eyewitness News team and celebrity clientele including Kelly Ripa and Nick Jonas (just to name a few!), Melissa and team have received accolades consecutively since 2011. Offering airbrush makeup and hair extensions as well as other bridal services, this MAC=certified team promises to "keep you feeling like you, but a better version." Read real brides' reviews here!

Up & Out Beauty Bar
Owner and stylist Niki Klaczany has been styling bridal hair for over 10 years and as her business and services have grown, so has her bridal team. With 7 talented ladies ready to curl, twirl, braid, spray, and airbrush you and your entire bridal party, Up and Out Beauty Bar will travel to your venue to doll you and your girls up on the big day. Whether you desire long flowing curls or an intricately braided up-do, in the hands of these beauty gurus, you'll be sure to wow all day long.

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Gianna Giacona Hair & Makeup Artistry
Giana and her beauty crew aim to "pamper you into gorgeous on your very special day." What more could you want? Consisting of MAC Pro Artists and Kett Airbrush makeup artists, Giana Giaconna has been in the bridal-glam industry for over 15 years, and her team has received such numerous accolades including Wedding Wire's Couples Choice Award. Using HD airbrush makeup and specializing in red carpet glam, you can rest assured you will look as amazing as you feel on your wedding day — courtesy of Gianna and her team. Read real brides' reviews here!

The Posh Bride Hair and Makeup
This northern-New Jersey company is only minutes outside of NYC and specializes in bridal beauty. Available for on-site services for all your big day beauty needs, the Posh team will perfect your hair and makeup, giving you your ideal bridal look you've undoubtedly been dreaming about since you said "yes" to the love of your life. With over 10 years experience, Posh Bride promises they can "create any style, on any person, anywhere" and with their reviews from happy brides everywhere and impressive portfolio, we believe them! Read real brides' reviews here!

Dina's Kiss and Makeup
Dina and her team of talented hair and makeup artists encourage their clients to sit back, relax, and enjoy the process while they roll up their sleeves and glam you up. Embracing the importance of bridal beauty and client communication, Dina & her team sit with each client to discuss their ideal look and address any questions they may have. Specializing in airbrush makeup and bridal hairstyles (as well as organic airbrush tans), this glam squad covers it all. Dina also has her own line of cosmetics that make perfect bridal party gifts. Opt for a bridal trial before the big day (we recommend doing a trial on a day where you'll be taking photos), and we guarantee you'll be turning heads for your walk down the aisle with your flawless face and flowing locks. Read real brides' reviews here!

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