Month: April 2014

Wedding Dress Inspiration from New York Bridal Week

It’s April and that means that all the biggest wedding dress designers have been showing their latest gowns in New York. With the runway shows now over, it’s the perfect time to have a look at the big trends for 2015

Light and Delicate

When Vera Wang described her spring 2015 collection as being inspired by the “lightnes of being, delicate and discipline, sensual and seductive,” she could have been speaking for a number of designers. Light and delicate styles were all over the runways, with billowy tulle layers, soft takes on mermaid silhouettes, and lace details being key elements to look for.

Soft Shades

Rather than going bold with color, designers such as Monique Lhuillier opted to include very pale pastels in their collections. This trend showed the slightest hint of color, giving the look of a shaded off-white rather than a fully noticeable color.

Boho Casual

For causal weddings, the 2015 trend is going to be boho. With the feel of 1970s flower power, these gowns are perfect for a music festival theme wedding. These flowing gowns, seen in the Oscar de la Renta show, look feminine and comfortable, and would be the ideal choice for a beach wedding.

Were you watching the runways? Are you inspired by this year’s bridal designs?

If you’re planning your Connecticut wedding, you can find out all about the latest trends and meet the area’s best wedding vendors at any of our upcoming bridal shows!

Great Ideas for a Fantastic Spring Wedding Menu

Spring may be the most popular season for weddings, but it’s also a foodie’s dream season. If you’re a foodie getting married, it makes sense to choose spring for all the fabulous catering options the season offers.

The first step to having the perfect spring wedding menu is to find an experienced Connecticut wedding caterer. Event Caterers in Danbury are an excellent choice. Chef Joseph Yorio has more than 20 years of culinary expertise and experience. He and his team bring their love of food to every event, making sure the menu is perfect for you and your guests.

For a spring wedding menu, Event Caterers have many great choices. For your cocktail hour, consider these passed hors d’oeuvres:

  • Seared lamb loin capanata & olive toast
  • Orange glazed shrimp with avocado papaya salad on endive
  • Strawberry stuffed with herb Boursin cheese & candied walnut
  • Cornmeal Crusted Jalepeno Pepper, Stuffed with roasted eggplant & Manchego cheese, Red Pepper Drizzle

They also offer delicious seasonal display options, including fruit, vegetables, cheeses, and Italian antipasto.

For your main course, their top spring selections include:

  • Roasted Sea Bass, beluga lentils, lobster, carrot & coriander nage
  • Herb roasted Frenched chicken breast, truffle mashed potatoes & broccolini
  • Farfalle with black olives, wild mushrooms & creamy leek sauce

If you prefer a buffet, they can work with you to create the selection of your dreams. They also offer a popular station service. This allows you to bring one of the hottest wedding catering trends to your Connecticut wedding.

To find out more about Event Caterers, or to get in touch with many other excellent Connecticut wedding vendors, check out our show directory or come to one of our upcoming Connecticut bridal shows.

Is a Reverse Schedule Right for Your Wedding?

Have you heard about reverse schedule weddings? They’re a big trend right now and can be a fun alternative to a traditional schedule.

The basic concept behind a reverse schedule is that you have the reception first and the ceremony at the end. This creates a different feel to your wedding and can create a sense of anticipation as you approach the ceremony.

The reverse schedule wedding is particularly good for morning weddings. Your guests are welcomed with a delicious breakfast, followed by toasts and speeches by friends and family. They spend the afternoon dancing and celebrating before you exchange your vows. The wedding can conclude with you leaving for your honeymoon, or carry on with some evening dancing.

For this style of wedding, you shouldn’t be too set on tradition. Your groom will see you plenty before the ceremony. You might want to limit the amount of alcohol you serve, as you will want guests to be in the right frame of mind for your ceremony.

Reverse-style weddings can be a fun twist to the usual order of the day, and one that will really make your Connecticut wedding stand out from the crowd. To find the perfect wedding vendors for your big day, whatever type of schedule you choose, come to one of our upcoming Connecticut wedding shows to meet some of the area’s best!

Photo: Flickr/Corey Balazowich

Choosing a Wedding Gown as a Mature Bride

With the average age of brides holding steady at 29 for the second year in a row, there are plenty of brides above this age getting married each year. For the mature bride, finding the perfect wedding gown can prove an extra challenge. You want something that suits your age, but still conveys the specialness of the day. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a wedding gown as a mature bride.

Style

Whether you want to go with a traditional gown or something a bit different, there are plenty of age-appropriate choices available. For gowns, consider narrower skirts, such as evening gown styles that will give you an elegant look. If you want to stay away from a gown, a pale colored suit is an excellent choice.

Color

As a mature bride, this might not be your first wedding. A wedding dress for a second wedding should follow the same guidelines as a gown for a first wedding. The most important thing is that you are comfortable in your choice. Whether you choose to wear white or another color is a personal decision. There are lots of beautiful off-white colors that can offer the best of both worlds, too.

Event

Whatever your age, the key to finding the perfect wedding gown is making sure it suits the wedding you’re planning. Keeping your dress in line with the wedding’s style is very important. As a mature bride, you’ll want to be comfortable throughout your big day, too. Consider the venue, type of reception, and how active you’ll be during your wedding day.

Whether you’re a mature bride or not, planning a Connecticut wedding is a big job. From finding the perfect dress to choosing a venue, you’ll be able to find out everything you need to know and meet our area’s best vendors when you attend a Wedding Steps bridal show. Visit our site to find out more about upcoming shows and buy tickets.