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.



The Pierre Bridesmaid Style


Photo by Donna Newman

Photo by Donna Newman

How to dress the bridesmaids is always something that my clients agonize over.  It’s such a difficult decision because the bride wants them to look and feel great, but the choices are somewhat limited. Continuing our feature of The Pierre Hotel and Leslie Mastin Events, we are going to talk about how to dress your bridesmaids for a formal New York City wedding.

I know that you have heard me say this before, but I will make no secrets of the fact that I prefer long bridesmaid dresses. To me, they give a much more polished and classic look.  You don’t have to worry about the dresses all being hemmed to the same point on each bridesmaid, and what her shoes look like. Also, long bridesmaid dresses are more formal than short, so for this wedding they were the perfect choice.

Mary, our lovely bride above, wanted to do something long and cream.  In theory, she like the idea of each bridesmaid having their own dress style, but she was concerned that it would look messy. Ultimately, she decided on the Aidan dress by Jenny Yoo that allowed the bridesmaids to all look the same, but with a twist.  This dress is fantastic for several reasons:

1) The shape is great, and flattering on many different body types

2) It comes in a slew of different colors of Luxe Chiffon

3) It’s a convertable dress that can be worn over 15 different ways!  This is accomplished with two chiffon panels of fabric on the front and back of the dress that can be concocted into many beautiful styles.

My advice for having this turn out well is to know the style each bridesmaid is going to wear ahead of time, and have it perfected. That way, no one is figuring it out during the rush of getting ready.

Here is a great chart from their website that illustrates many of the different ways it can be worn:

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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.



The Peninsula Chicago Bridesmaid Style

We are back at the fantastic Peninsula Chicago to talk about the bridesmaid’s style. As we showcased yesterday, the bride is wearing a gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown. Today our bridesmaids are wearing an Alice and Olivia sequin ball gown. We just love the metallic textured taffeta and the sequined bodice. Together they create a voluminous and beautiful dress that is perfect for a ballroom reception. The accessories are understated and simple playing off the metallic tones in the dress. What is your favorite piece?


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The Peninsula Chicago

This week we are featuring another one of our friends from the Engage12 conference, and heading to Chicago’s Peninsula Hotel on the Magnificent Mile.  When I think of a Chicago wedding, I think of a traditional black-tie affair that is the epitome of understated elegance. In Chicago, there are few better places to do that than The Peninsula’s Grand Ballroom with floor to ceiling windows and breathtaking views. The Peninsula prides it’s self on incredible service and providing a relaxing environment for its guests.  To us, it sounds like a wonderful place to check in for the weekend and get away from it all!

We love Monique Lhuillier’s “Candice” gown for it’s long sleeves and demure lacy sexiness.  Sometimes the most alluring thing can be to show nothing except the shape of a woman. This dress does just that with it’s slim column silhouette and long sleeves.  The detachable sheer skirt gives the bride a more traditional and voluminous look for going down the aisle and then a sophisticated dress for the reception. We would suggest changing up your hair and accessories to really make the two looks different and distinct.

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Along with Judith Leiber Fleurs Pattern Crystal Minaudeire

Manolo Blahnik point-toe metallic patent pumps


Van Cleef & Arpels Socarte flowers



The Little Nell Bride

This week are thrilled to feature our friends at The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado.  While you may typically think of Aspen as a perfect winter wedding destination, it is absolutely stunning in the warmer weather! The property its self is a haven of mountain luxury, and arguably there is no better place to get married than at the top of Aspen Mountain. Your guests will take a gondola ride from the hotel three miles up to the Aspen Mountain Club where the ceremony takes place outside over looking the Rockies. Truly breathtaking!

Clearly, our bride this week loves things that are the utmost in luxury. But she also loves the natural, peaceful setting that the Rocky mountains provide. Playing off that combination, we chose this Valentino Haute Couture dress. Between the lightness of the organza and the floral motif with slight beaded accents, to us it is the perfect dress for a wedding at The Little Nell.



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