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Help Your Groom Say I Do (To His Tux)

Getting your husband-to-be excited about the wedding planning might be a challenge, but with a little help from New York Bride & Groom you’ll be up to it. He has already decided that he wants to spend the rest of his life with you. If he’s like many men, that’s enough. Guys are often impartial when it comes to flowers and favors and such and simply defer to their fiancé’s judgment.

When it comes to their tuxes, however, men are more likely to be invested in the process. Still, they might need guidance to find the look that will make them feel comfortable, confident and handsome. Here are three tips to help your groom say “I do” to his tux.

Rule number one: He may say he wants to do his tux shopping alone, but it’s possibly because he doesn’t want to burden you with another appointment or detail to plan. Let him know that you want to help him make a tux selection, or at least give him some input as he plans his style and colors. He’ll be glad you are willing to help.

Rule number two: Before visiting New York Bride & Groom, sit together and look at magazines and websites featuring celebrities on their own wedding days and at black tie events. This will give you both a feel for what he likes and is not as into. Tux’s come in a variety of cuts (single breasted, double breasted), shades, accents and embellishments. Have an open discussion about how he can select something that will work with what you are wearing without revealing too much to him about your gown.

Rule number three: Point out a few styles that you are into. Grooms want their brides to be completely happy on their wedding day, so he might opt for something you truly like, rather than wear something he picked out “just because.”

Helping your groom commit to his tux will settle the issue for him and make the planning process that much easier for you. It’s a true win-win.

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A Plan to Complete Your Wedding Day Tasks

If we asked: Has the run-up to your wedding day felt like everything has been set to fast-forward? We have no doubt you would respond with a resounding “Yes!” Life seems to move at double (triple?) speed when you’re trying to pull together all the details of the ceremony, the reception and the honeymoon. It starts to feel like every day is getting shorter and shorter the closer you get to the finish line.

We kind of hate to say it, but just wait — the day of the wedding will feel like time is moving at the speed of light. With so many details to be handled in those precious few hours immediately before, during and after your walk to the altar, you’ll need to have an extremely organized plan going in to pull it all off seamlessly.

Thankfully, the great folks at Wedding Ideas magazine have come through for you in a big way on this. More than just a plan for the wedding day, on their website they have published a fantastic timed schedule for doing practically everything you can think of that needs to be done. The itinerary begins five hours before the ceremony with some light breakfast suggestions and concludes with you and your husband’s exit from the reception nearly 15 hours later.

To see the full schedule, click HERE.

To browse the best selection of wedding dresses in Charlotte and the surrounding area, visit New York Bride & Groom any time we’re open. You never need an appointment; we are always fully staffed during business hours and ready to assist you.

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How to Dress Your Groom for a Beach Wedding

Beach weddings are simply fabulous. They are romantic, whimsical and wonderfully laid back – no one can resist the calming and soothing sounds of the ocean’s waves. Brides usually opt for light and airy long gowns, patterned maxi dresses, or short and sweet gowns that will remain sand-free. But, when it comes to dressing the groom for a beach wedding, there seems to be fewer options. Luckily for the sun n’ sand set, New York Bride & Groom offers a large selection of vendors that can accommodate any kind of wedding.

Celebrity couples love the beach as a wedding vow venue. Check out some of the duos that said “I do” and did it right with the groom’s suit.

Brooke Burke and David Charvet got married in St. Barts on a friend’s lavish boat. Charvet wore white from head to toe (yes, even on the soles of his shoes). White is a more than appropriate look for a wedding by the sea. It captures the relaxed and peaceful atmosphere of the beach. Opt for lighter materials like linen or a microfiber formal shirt. Jim’s Formal Wear features the Stephen Geoffrey Troy Suit (Style 712) that mimics Charvet’s beach look. The suit is white from head to toe, except for the full back vest (which could easily be customized in white). It’s a great look for beach, boat or other outdoor weddings.

Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo were married in the Virgin Islands. Lachey went the opposite direction as Charvet and sported the classic black suit. The couple was married inside a beach villa, but moved the party outdoors for a reception on the beach. Jean Yves from Jim’s Formal Wear features a suit that recalls Lachey’s classic look. Ceremonia (Style 352) is tailored in a soft, super fine wool blend. It also has a microfiber formal shirt to keep the groom cool and collected.

Like all weddings, there are a sea of details that must be settled to pull off a surf-side ceremony. For smooth sailing, the wise bride will leave dressing the groom to the experts at New York Bride & Groom.

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Wedding Dress: Old Hollywood into Modern Chic

Old Hollywood glamour is currently a hot trend. Eva Mendes, Angelina Jolie, Penelope Cruz and Heidi Klum have all been spotted on the red carpet working this vintage look. You can embrace this trend by selecting a gown from New York Bride & Groom that has a classic (and flattering) cut, style and color.

Dresses with a sweetheart neckline are one way you can look incorporate this look. Talented designer Maggie Sottero has over 90 dresses alone that feature this neckline! The Carissa, Deidre and Mandy dresses would all fit nicely with an Old Hollywood theme.

Another great neckline that brings the drama and glamour of the Golden Age of the Silver Screen is the embellished halter. Soterro’s Alexa gown is a perfect match for a modern take on the look. An added bonus of the dress is it features elegant draping — a must on any Hollywood starlet.

Portrait necklines also call the Dream Factory. Maggie Soterro’s Symphony wedding gown delivers a romantic, sweet and classic look. It has a stunning illusion lace jacket in which scalloped lace lies over the shoulders, modestly exposing them. This is a dress that has every last detail on it planned out and is very reminiscent of the gowns vintage Hollywood movies star would wear.

As a finishing touch, complement your dress of choice with a swipe of creamy red lipstick. You can arrange your hair in loose waves or in a carefree chignon. Add strappy embellished heels and a beautiful piece of statement jewelry like chandelier earrings or an opera length necklace. Black or white cat eye sunglasses can also be worn if spending time outdoors for a cocktail hour. And, nothing looks more chic and glamorous than a fur shrug or a faux mink coat or collar for winter weddings.

Remember: You’re a star on your special day. Look like one!

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To Color or Not to Color? That is the Question

Here comes the bride, all dressed in white. Or, is she? Today some designers are featuring non-traditional colors and designs on their wedding dresses. The message behind it? You are unique. You are confident, bold and able to make a statement. Okay, does that mean the colored wedding dress is right for you on your big day? It depends.

Are you opting for a destination wedding? Soft prints and patterns that mimic the ocean or tropics would be interesting and appropriate for a whimsical, romantic day. Or, are you artsy, dramatic and daring? If you are, stepping out in a midnight black or deep silver dress probably wouldn’t be too shocking to your guests (or husband).

On the other hand, if the color trend interests you but you’re not willing to commit all the way, you can try adding pops and accents throughout your dress. In fact, a traditional white dress is no longer white. When brides begin to shop for their gowns, the go-to shades are off-white with a more antiquated hue.

New York Bride & Groom has a selection of gowns with touches of color to accommodate your creative idea. Black ribbon sashes can go around your waist to complement your groom’s black tux or to reflect a black-and-white wedding party color scheme. Subtle and neutral colors like gold, silver and champagne can also be accented through your dress’s embellishments, like beaded belting, scattered beaded flowers or even mixed among your train or veil.

Designers Mori Lee and Maggie Sottero’s lines are highlighted by beautiful gowns that range from traditional to fashion forward (short hemline, anyone?) in off-white or ivory with very subtle color accents, like blush, deep silver or mocha-colored sashes, on many of their dresses. Colored sashes draw the eye to the waist so it can emphasize the smallest point of your body, creating an instant slimming effect.

When it comes using color to enhance your wedding dress, just remember that oftentimes less is more — sleek and chic, that is.

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Things To Consider While Choosing A Wedding Planner

A wedding is undoubtedly one of the most important events in an individual’s life. As the date nears, everyone gets nervous and consumed by the things that surround the wedding. Planning the wedding is a humungous and nerve-wracking task.  In a wedding, everything must be executed smoothly for the event to be flawless.

With the fear and the nervousness building, it is hard for anyone to concentrate and organize things. This is where the wedding planners come into play. These wedding planners are professionals who can organize weddings according to the desire of the clients. Opting for the wedding planners takes off a lot of burden and tension. But there are a few things that you need to consider before choosing a wedding planner.

Personality and trust

It is important that you need to choose the wedding planner with whom you can get along easily.  There will be a time when you need to keep changing things in your plan. In those situations that the planner must understand the importance of the situation and stay calm.

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You need to make sure that the planner can be trusted in all situations. They might be exceptional in their work, but trust is a factor that should take the front seat.


The portfolio of their earlier works furnishes a clear picture about a lot of things. You will be able to zero down to their style, capability and a lot of other aspects. The portfolios are not just about analyzing their work. There are good possibilities that you might come across something that you might want in your wedding.  When it comes to wedding planners most of the decisions are taken after going through the portfolios.


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Communication plays an integral part when it comes to planning the wedding. When we say communication, it does not mean the way they speak when you meet them in person. It also includes the time that they take to respond to your messages, emails and calls. It is mandatory for the planners to be in constant touch with their clients and respond to their quires and doubts at the earliest.

Pricing Structure

Every wedding is different from one another.  If you crave for something extravagant, then you should be ready to pay the price. Most of the wedding planners will have a base price for the services that they offer. When you keep adding the extra elements then obviously the price goes up. So make sure that you take a look at the pricing structure.

At the same time, there are few wedding planners who quote high prices for normal services. Make sure not to get trapped with these kinds of people because their only aim is to drain as much as money possible from you.

Other Weddings/clients

Even though it is a hard task, try to get in touch with their previous clients. Have a word with them so that you will be able to decide whether you can go with the same wedding planners or to opt for a different one. If they give positive feedback, then you are good to go. If the feedback is negative, then it is very much evident that you need to think of proceeding further with the same wedding planner.

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