It seems like the entire bridal fashion industry has turned to flowers, puff and feathers. So to sort of balance it off, I would like to showcase some different, simple elegance and old world beauty wedding gowns by Australian designer-Johanna Johnson. See it for yourself!

I have yet to meet a good looking chair cover. Don’t get me wrong, I am sure they exist, in a fancy wedding magazine or a catalog, just not in my or your world. For those of you that follow my rants, you probably remember my utter resignation when it came to venues’ carpets and flooring. Someone somewhere has decided that floors don’t matter enough to make them attractive and stylish. This seems to be the case with a lot of chairs in many (not all!) NJ venues. Many years ago, when I worked in fashion, a lady I knew came up with a “brilliant” idea of creating a fashionable computer cover. An idea that could have possibly worked if it wasn’t for Apple computers lurking around the corner. You don’t want to cover your $5,000 indulge that looks better than your computer desk, right? Same goes for the venue chairs … Instead of covering them, why not get “the Apple” of the chairs? And if you do cover them, hmm … doesn’t it just rise a question–what flaws are you trying to hide under there??? Image below by Flowerful Events, chairs by Party Rental.

As Pumpkin Coach Events motto states: magical even past midnight-we do not produce mundane, ordinary and boring. You spend too much money and your day is too special to be doing that! And I do not believe that candy bars, favors etc. wow your guests. Obviously, great food and great music are expected and it is crucial to start with a great venue so all these components are taken care of. I am talking about that “it” factor, that one thing that is different and unique and will set you apart from the last five weddings that your friends attended in the past year. And of course, in no way your wedding is a competition lol but then again, it is nice to be in a lead ๐Ÿ™‚ So that’s why I like to suggest to my clients in addition to a unique decor and unique theme – a unique artistic performance-aerial artist, fire artist or a contortion act. One of my recent weddings, that took place around Halloween time, was an uber elegant event, with Chiavari chairs and gold chargers, but also had an element of surprise- an artistically choreographed contortion performance that not only took wedding guests’ breath away but also made the bride and groom gasp in their seats ๐Ÿ™‚ Photo courtesy of Allen Murabayashi

Hey there!

I know you are busy, no matter what planning stage you are at, but while you are running around, driving your car or sitting at your desk try these quick fixes!

Contract your glutes for 2 minutes at a time, few times a day. You’ll be surprised how this will tone your derriere!

Whenever you get a chance, drop on the floor and do as many sets of push up as you can, also staying in the plank is great to tone your arms, stomach and back muscles.

Take a minute few times a day, close your eyes and while counting to ten and breathing slowly in and out , starting with your toes and moving up your body, release the tension, one body part after another. You’ll feel so refreshed!

For baby soft skin use Weleda body oil right after the shower. And don’t forget to drink, every morning a luke warm water with a bit of lemon juice will do wonders to your skin ๐Ÿ™‚

Have fun planning your wedding day!

Hello brides!

We all have this one favorite type of clothing, accessory or a thing that we love. With all the money that you spend on your wedding, don’t forget about celebrating yourself and your personality. Put some monies aside and try to create this one thing, just for yourself, the thing that every time you use it, wear it, look at it — you’ll remember your wedding day. Sadly — you only wear your wedding gown once ๐Ÿ™

Design your wedding band. Work with a millinery designer to create one a kind veil/headpiece (my absolute favorite- Leah C. couture http://www.leahc.com/). Design custom necklace or earrings. Or even buy a designer lingerie or a luxurious pair of shoes that you’ll wear on special occasions…

I mean, do something out of ordinary, something you would have never done if it wasn’t for your wedding, put your style, your personality into it, make it expensive and special. You’ll appreciate it and enjoy it 5, 10, 15 years after your wedding.

Let’s face it-planning your wedding is hectic… and stressful… you end up stressing, eating chocolate, stressing more about eating the chocolate โ€”vicious cycle! That’s why it is so important to try to “relax” at least 3-4 months before your big day and do something pleasant now and then. Massage is great, hot or warm yoga will make you feel like a million bucks (well, wet million bucks ๐Ÿ™‚

To tone your arms, get a great back for your backless dress-try rock climbing-which is also great for your stomach, legs and yes, your butt ๐Ÿ™‚ Try indoor rock climbing at Gravity Vault in Chatam, NJ And don’t be intimidated if you’ve never tried it before, there are many levels and each of them will be beneficial.

For “the day of” glow, you’ve got to try “Made from Earth” organic skin care line Their products make my face feeling smooth and oh so soft ๐Ÿ™‚

And don’t forget to have “date nights” with your hubby-to-be. I know it’s a cliche, but we tend to forget about regular life when we stress …

Meditate, visualize, breathe… and enjoy your wedding day! It goes by so fast!

I’ve seen an article recently that said not to obsess over the carpets in your venue, that once everything is in place you’ll barely notice it. I respectfully disagree. Having worked in many NJ venues I came to the conclusion that there must be an unwritten code among venues to install the ugliest, most ghastly carpet! Yes, after hours of dancing and drinking, I am sure your guests will get used to “the view.” But I always say “first impressions are the strongest!” So I suggest you choose a venue that you absolutely love and then you can adjust your budget on flowers and other decorations. When you have beautiful classy venue you’ll only need touches of flowers here and there. My absolute favorite: The Addison Park! Congrats to my clients: Dianne and Ian who just booked their 2012 wedding there. It’ll be beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚

The world of wedding invitations has changed so much from your mother’s days! No more plain white (boring) invites. Brides now realize that if they are planning an exquisite event they need to make their mark early on with one of a kind shout out to all of their family and friends. I love 3d elements in an invite. Include a little clue for what your wedding will be like. If you will be featuring roses or butterflies or feathers, include those in your invitation (no real roses or butterflies please!) It’ll make your guests curious and excited for your big day!

So, you’ve always dreamed of a destination wedding but your LARGE family is not so keen on schlepping to the end of the world. Here’s a compromise and a way for awesome pictures and thus memories. Rent a backdrop with your dream destination (real or surreal), set it up in your wedding venue, give out some funny/cool props and you’ll have some unique photos to remember your most serious family members by!

Weddings came a long way … We have brides that sing at their weddings, brides that hire an acrobatic performer to spice up the wedding … with all the personalized touches there’s simply no room for boring, dyed-to-match shoes! C’mon you only get married once! Splurge on a fancy, unique looking designer pair of shoes to knock their socks off ๐Ÿ™‚ Just few suggestions here, aren’t they lovely? And don’t worry, it will be your little secret, because unless you make a point of showing them, no one will know, hence no cross looks from your old-fashioned grandma. And you’ll have a beautiful pair of Blahniks to remember your wedding day by …