Tips for a Pierre Wedding

Instead of our usual Wednesday theme of “Ask Julie” I thought it would be fun to “Ask Leslie Mastin“, the amazing event planner that we are featuring this week.

Photo by Donna Newman

Photo by Donna Newman

Here are her Tips for getting married at The Pierre:

1) Utilize Central Park for Photos: One of the many amazing features about getting married at The Pierre is the location directly across from Central Park.  Even if you can’t go into the park for photos, many of the rooms have views which can be a lovely back drop.

Photo by Roey Yohai

Photo by Roey Yohai

 2) Hot Fudge Sundae: Don’t miss the hot fudge sundae complete with chocolate dripping down the sides. Yum!
Photo by Donna Newman

Photo by Donna Newman

3) The Suite Life:  If you can, book the bridal suite for two nights so you can enjoy waking up there and getting ready.  They do a wonderful job catering breakfast and lunch en-suite for the bridal party.
4) Stop in for a Drink:  Sometime during the planning process, make time for a drink at The Pierre’s hotel bar, Two E.  Not only do they make a fantastic martini, but they have great bar snacks too!  It’s not to be missed!

5) Bath time!: One of my favorite things in the world is a great bath, and the Pierre has the most amazing tubs and bath products. When you wake up on your wedding morning, treat yourself to a bubble bath to start the pampering.



Dealing with Carpet for your White Carpet moment

When deciding on where the hem of a dress should fall, most people do it by sight and like it just above skimming the floor. But there is actually a lot of room for interpretation. Sometimes, the client wants it a bit shorter if she knows she’s prone to tripping, or sometimes they want it as long as possible.

Of course it is important to get it where it looks best, but something most people don’t consider is whether or not the dress will be worn on carpet. This has a big impact on where the dress should fall because when you walk (even on low pile) carpeting you sink just a bit into it. If the hem of your dress is skimming a hard floor in the fitting, it will most certainly get caught on the pile when you walk.

My advice: make it just a quarter of an inch higher so that you won’t be dealing with friction when walking.  There is nothing worse than having to lift up your hem all night.



Ask Julie: Precautions when off-roading for photos

Question: I’m getting married in the mountains, and want to have photos taken outside in a pretty rural area. Do you have any suggestions for how to keep my dress looking good?

Answer: Absolutely! There are certain precautions that you can take when you know will be “off-roading” to get great photos. I actually experienced this last summer a clients wedding in Wyoming. The gown was a gorgeous creation of tulle and organza and the path to the barn where we were taking photos was dirt. To make matters more complicated the bride was wearing stilettos, and the ground was full of holes that some sort of animal must have burrowed into. Oy!

It ultimately worked out because both my assistant and myself were with her and could carry her very long train and veil.  But I have these suggestions for you to help avoid problems:

1)    Always speak to your photographer ahead of time to understand the locations he has scouted out for photos and what the terrain is like.

2)    If you are going to be walking on ground or dirt, bring wedge shoes to make walking easier.

3)    Pack a layer of clear plastic cut in a circle that you can stand on so your dress isn’t on the dirt.

I hope this helps, and good luck!!!



Oh no! My wedding dress is wrinkled!!!

Q: What do I do if I arrive at my destination wedding and my dress is wrinkled?

This question is a great follow up to last week’s Ask Julie post about the shipping vs. carrying your dress to your destination wedding.  So, if you have taken the precautions we discussed last week (bringing your dress on the plane with you and hanging it up, etc.), here is what you can do if you still get some wrinkles.

When you arrive at your destination take your dress out of the garment bag, lift the plastic layer up to the bodice (which you keep covered) and hang it up as high as possible.  This will hopefully release any wrinkles that may have occurred in transit, and works particularly well in humid climates.

I can’t stress enough that you shouldn’t do anything to your dress unless you absolutely have to.

On the occasions that it is necessary, and you don’t have a dresser with you, call the salon for detailed instructions on how to treat it. Fabrics are different, and therefore handling them is different.  You need to know what’s right for yours.

They will tell you to either steam or iron the dress.  If it’s steam, borrow a steamer from the hotel, and put a sweat sock around the nozzle to catch the drips and sputters of water that come out. If it’s ironing, then make sure you use a cool, dry iron filled with water but with the steam turned off, and a protective layer (like a pillow case) between the dress and the iron.

With either method, always go slowly and test it in a place that you can’t see too much.

I hope that you have no need for these tips at your wedding, but if you do, Good Luck!

– Julie


Dear Julie,

I’m getting married in Mexico and I am trying to decide if I should bring my dress with me or have it shipped. If I bring it on the plane, how do you suggest I handle it?

This is a great question and applies every bride getting married in a foreign country.

For domestic weddings I would say that shipping your dress is a perfectly safe thing to do. The salons do an amazing job of packing them, and they send them overnight on an arranged date so there is someone there to sign for it.

But, when shipping to a different country it gets a bit more complicated because of customs.  I once did a photo shoot for a magazine in the Caribbean where a box of dresses arrived three days late because they were held up in customs. I would hate to see this happen to a bride on her wedding day.

So, when going abroad, I suggest bringing it on the plane with you.  Now, the ideal situation is that your dress has it’s own seat, but this is not always a realistic option.   If you can’t do that, the stewardesses are usually pretty nice about putting it in the coat closet in First Class so it can hang. As a last resort, lay it flat in an empty overhead compartment.

When you arrive, make sure you hang the dress so that it is not touching the floor if possible, and take the train out of the garment bag.

I hope this helps, and safe travels!

– Julie