Monthly Archives: June 2012

AND THEN THERE WAS A DRESS.

Oh dear lord.  The relief.  The sweet, sweet relief.  The precious exhale of relief.  GIGANTIC  HAPPY SIGH OF RELIEF.

I HAVE A DRESS. 

And I need to stop and give thanks to my new favorite people on the planet, the bridal dress wizards at Demetrios.

Let me back up so we can play a little game called “horrendous dresses”.  Or as I call it, pretty much everything I’ve tried on before now. And I should clarify- they were not at all horrendous, they were beautiful, stunning gowns.  But with every dress I tried on that was not “MY” dress, I felt a smidge more hopeless and despondent.  I was always told one great truth about love that I assumed would be transferable to the wedding dress hunt: when you know, you know. And when it came to wedding dresses, I JUST. DIDN’T. KNOW.

Until I walked into Demetrios (http://demetriosbride.com ). 

The genius who made me not want to have a complete panic attack (even sans alcohol! Oh the horror!) was an unbelievably fun guy named Paul.  Paul made me laugh, Paul made me try on everything I even showed a slight hesitation of interest in, Paul made compelling but unobtrusive pro/con points for me.  Paul was a godsend. 

And while Paul rocked my world, he couldn’t have done squat with horrendous dresses. 

The story of Demetrios goes like this:

Greek-born Demetrios is a leading, world-renowned designer and a fashion icon in the bridal industry with over thirty  years’ experience. In 1980, Demetrios’ dream of owning his own company became a reality. He purchased Ilissa Bridals of New York. Virtually overnight, he turned this small unknown business into a thriving international company. Bridal boutiques throughout the world , including his own Brides by Demetrios salons and the Macy’s Bridal Salons By Demetrios proudly sell Demetrios gowns. He is one of the most versatile designers in the bridal market, covering the entire range of styles from traditional and romantic to sleek and sensuous and is on the cutting edge of the fashion world. They have been showcased in all leading bridal magazines.

And they’ve won a bajillion awards.  I like thinking about these awards because it’s highly likely the statuette is wearing a big ‘ol wedding gown.

Dallas Fashion Rose Award – Best Designer

Southwest Bridal Association Award – Manufacturer of the Year

Atlanta Fashion Award – Designer of the Year

Chicago DEBI Award – Outstanding Designer

Chicago DEBI Achievement Award – Distinctive Excellence in the Bridal Industry

Las Vegas Katelyn Jo Humanitarian Award – In recognition of Special Achievements in the Bridal Industry

 

Now, obviously I can’t show you the dress.  But I will tell you a couple of fun facts about it.

1) It’s not white, it’s a darker champagne, which is AWESOME with the vintage feel of the space (and my white-hating skin color. Which accidentally sounds racist.)

2) It has volume without being an obnoxious plastic cake-topper/Disney princess spectacle. Somehow Demetrios has managed to marry something romantic & even simplistic but give it a show-stopping element, all while avoiding the cheese factor.

3) It gives me one hell of a J Lo booty. 

That’s all you’re getting.

Everything about the experience, the staff, the quality & selection of dresses was just ridiculously awesome.  I actually had fun (imagine!), instead of breaking into my typical cold sweat of panic in which dresses starts to melt together and become as indistinguishable as every scent at an over-enthusiastic perfume girl’s counter.

If you’re in NYC, here’s where you’re going to go for your wedding dress.  Save yourself a meltdown &/or the subsequent hangover from dealing with the new term I’d like to coin: “dresstress”.   Start on fcebook, since you’re probably sitting at your computer & procrastinating finding a dress at this exact moment. http://www.facebook.com/demetriosbride

 

Dresstressless,

R

 

 

 

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Trial by flower.

We had our flower trial! 

Let me start over- I didn’t even know there was some kind of trial that a florist does, but apparently, there is.  And it’s completely awesome.  Allow me to explain.

Even though the flowers in season now aren’t exactly the same as the flowers in season in September, the pros at B Floral (http://bfloral.com/) put together a close estimation of what your flowers are going to look like.  And as someone who’s “florally-challenged”, it was a great way to see concretely that they TOTALLY get my aesthetic!

We’re doing a very “apothecary-eque” vibe for the wedding.  Have I talked about this yet?  It all started when Richie & I saw a set of coasters on vacation.  Which is an odd inspiration, I know. But something about it struck us as so cool. 

And before we could walk out of the coaster-selling store, we were locked in to a thematic feel for the wedding. Which fit perfectly into the old vintage space we’re getting married in.

So over the past year, Richie & I have been collecting actual antique apothecary bottles on our travels:

Back to flowers: while I had no idea what sorts of plants we’d be using, the one thing I did know when I first spoke with the superheros at B Floral is that I wanted these bottles to hold peach/shrimp/coral colored flowers, scattered around the space.

So when we walked in for our trial & I saw that not only did B Floral understand what I could barely articulate, but that they had done it more beautifully than I could have imagined, I was downright giddy.  Check it out:

Bridesmaid bouquet

They showed us pics of the flowers that would be substituted in for seasonality

And then you kind of have to instagram it, because it’s a requirement for old-timey stuff:

So after I stopped gushing with excitement, we went through a few tweaks (toning down the pinks & greenery a smidge, focusing more in the peach & coral shades) and talked details on the wedding officiants, etc.  Next step is B Floral coming out to the venue space to get more specific in their planning.  Because they are crazy pro.

So the trial is done!  Court is adjourned!  And we are GUILTY of loving the hell out of B Floral.

R

 

 

So I should probably have a dress by now.

In fact, it’s almost more important than writing this blog.  But this blog is so easy.  I get to sit in a comfortable chair and pour my heart out to thousands of strangers.  I get to sip coffee in my pajamas & think about the horrendous dresses I’ve tried on to date, rather than stand naked in front of a woman tugging crinoline over my head. 

So I’ll just write a blog about it.

I don’t have a dress. And it’s now 3 months until the wedding.  And while I knew this was a pressing priority, crisis mode didn’t smack me in the face until I saw an article in The Knot recommending you order your dress at the 9 month out mark. 

I have run the gamut in my dress explorations.  I’ve met with private designers. I’ve been to bridal salons. I’ve 90% committed…only to second guess myself within minutes & walk out of the store flustered.

Here’s the conundrum in which I live: I want a big dress. But I don’t want a big dress.  Let me clarify- I don’t want to look like a Disney princess slash cake topper:

Dear God, shoot me.

But I have the opportunity to wear beautiful dresses quite often & I want my wedding dress to be special- something I couldn’t get away with wearing on a red carpet.  I want some volume, but I want a little less traditional.  A little edgy, but appropriate to the venue.  A needle in a haystack.

And time is so not on my side.  At this point, I’m going to be expediting the order or sneaking out with a floor sample under my sweater.

I’ve got an appointment at Demetrios (http://www.demetriosbride.com/) this week. I need you to send me “FIND THE DRESS” vibes.  I have a good gut feeling- they came highly recommended & from the little poking around I’ve done on the website, I actually have hope.

To be continued…hopefully in a celebratory “I FOUND A DRESS” blog.

R

 

 

#inappropriateweddingsongs

You know who I love?  Alex Skolnick.  You probably know him as the amazing rock god guitarist from Testament, currently touring with Anthrax.  Since my musical tastes don’t generally get much heavier than Dave Matthews when he’s cranky, I had no clue who Alex was.  Our worlds happened to randomly cross paths a while back and we became friends.  And in an amazingly short period of time, he became one of my very favorite people.  

You may know metal, and you may know Alex, but what you may NOT know is this: under that heavy metal armour lies a much gentler Skolnick, one who dances through tasty classic rock riffs with the delicate skill of an expert jazz musician. 

WHICH HE IS!  If you haven’t heard of the Alex Skolnick Trio, allow me to introduce you to the most surprisingly ideal combination of metal & jazz. 

The Alex Skolnick Trio

You have to experience them for yourself.  Immediately buy every album here:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/alex-skolnick-trio/id65917693

And then send me something off our wedding registry (http://bit.ly/MeSElc ) as thanks for introducing you to your new favorite band 🙂

I sang with Alex at the Iridium in NYC in March & it was an absolute honor to share the stage with someone I adore musically & personally.

All this to say, I had to share Alex’s recent & highly wedding-appropriate blog so we could discuss:

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Inappropriate Wedding Songs

by Alex Skolnick     http://alexskolnick.com

Though never a “wedding musician” myself, I have played at a few weddings at the request of good friends who are getting married. In jest, I’ve often thought of songs with titles inappropriate for a wedding the point of awkwardness. It’s fun to suggest these tunes in a deadpan manner to the bride, groom and family who are usually stressed from the wedding and appreciative of a good laugh.

I was reminded of this while reading about the recent wedding of Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook Founder and CEO to his girlfriend Priscilla Chan. At 28 years old, Zuckerberg, the worlds’ youngest self-made billionaire, can pretty much afford to hire anyone he wants to play at his wedding. So he hired his favorite musician, Billy Joe Armstrong, lead singer and songwriter of Green Day.

Now I wouldn’t call myself a Green Day fan, but I do like some of their songs. And I’m not a big Facebook fan – it’s a useful invention that is dangerously habit forming (much like television) – but I do use it sparingly. So it is with all respect to Billy Joe and well wishes to the happy couple that I wonder out loud: is this the right guy to be singing your wedding?

Think about the titles of Green Day’s biggest tunes: Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Stuck with Me. Basket Case. Then there’s Green Day’s biggest hit, often referred to as Time of Your Life but that has two words for its official title:

GOOD RIDDANCE.

News of the Zuckerberg wedding gave me a new song to add to my “Inappropriate Wedding Songs” list. Keep in mind, there are plenty of songs with the right (or rather, wrong) lyrical content- You Oughtta Know or I Will Survive, for example) but what we’re talking about here are songs with titles that just scream “inappropriate.”

Of course there are many more out there, so if you think of any good ones, feel free to add ‘em to the list. Here then are ten songs not meant to be heard on a day of matrimony. Enjoy!

Ten Inappropriate Wedding Songs

10. Good Riddance (Green Day)

9. Your Cheatin’ Heart (Hank Williams Sr.)

8. Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac)

7. Already Gone (The Eagles)

6. You Give Love A Bad Name (Bon Jovi)

5. I Don’t Care Anymore (Phil Collins/Genesis)

4. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (Paul Simon)

3. Goodbye To Romance (Ozzy Osbourne)

2. The Thrill Is Gone (BB King)

1. Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You (Led Zeppelin)

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If you’re anything like me, a hundred more examples just popped in your head (uhh, see my blog about rethinking my plan to Daddy/Daughter dance to “Strangers in the Night” once I reallllly listened to those lyrics). 

Immediately after Alex posted his blog, the Twitterverse was ablaze with #inappropriateweddingsongs & a top 5 global trending topic was born.  Which makes him a COMPLETE TWITTERLEBRITY in my book!!!

The snowball continued, as Huffington Post picked up the ball & ran with it:

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Twitterers Reveal The Most Inappropriate Wedding Songs

Huffington Post Weddings 5/30/12

Similar to how guests know not to wear white to someone’s Big Day, there are just some things you know NOT to do when it comes to weddings. From downing one too many drinks at the bar to texting during the vows, some behaviors are just, well, inappropriate.

One of the top things to avoid is playing (or requesting) any song at the wedding reception that could potentially make the dance floor awkward. Or embarrass the bride or groom. Or is just plain wrong.

So when #InappropriateWeddingSongs began trending on Twitter Wednesday, we couldn’t help but to take note of these tunes — and put them firmly on our do-not-play list.

Click through the slideshow below to see which inappropriate wedding songs the Twitterverse ruled out, and let us know: Which ones would you veto during your reception?

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I figured I’d open this fun topic up for discussion here.  What do YOU think is the most #inappropriateweddingsong??  I owe the DJ a list of “don’t play” songs, help me with my homework.

And I also thought I’d use this blog to share some ridiculously cool news…we booked our wedding band.  And drumroll please….you might guess who by reading this blog 🙂  While it’s not EXACTLY the full Alex Skolnick Trio, since it’s namesake is touring (damn you, Anthrax!), we’ve got 2/3 of the dream team.  And someone I trust implicitly on musical direction is actually subbing himself out (DAMN YOU, ANTHRAX!) & prepping his own fill in. 

I’m so excited to have that 3 piece instrumental vibe for the cocktail hour before our ceremony.  It’s such a nice musical collaboration of the vintage space (who doesn’t love a little upright bass?!) & iconic music (who doesn’t love a little Kiss?!)*.

WOOHOOOOOO!

Rach

*No, I’m not talking about “Mini Kiss”, the little person tribute band (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini_Kiss ), and the first of Richie’s wedding band choices I had to veto.

Not. Even. Kidding.