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Weddings at The Mansion

Nicki Ann's Wedding Blog

In her blog, Nikki Ann shares with you her insights, thoughts, and feelings on all things women, wedding, marriage, and event-related.

Peaches and Cream

November 18th, 2010

Ok… white, not cream. But you know…

I just finished an inspiration board for a potential bride. Her wedding is in New Jersey, so it would be my first wedding outside of Pittsburgh. Am I nervous? Sure. But holy cow, it will be a fun one to plan! The ceremony is set at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. If you have the opportunity, take the virtual tour. It is enough to make even the non-religious jealous. The potential reception site is The Venetian, which is in Garfield, NJ. Again, knock your socks off beautiful. I honestly can’t wait to see it in person. With a bridal party of 23, this is no small shin-dig. And what I group it is! I met most of them at my friend Nikki’s wedding earlier this year. It will be quite the party.

The bride is so vocal with her vision and I love it. There is nothing like a bride who knows what she wants. When asked what she wanted for her colors, the immediate response was “peach and white.” When asked what theme she had in mind, she replied, “If contemporary and elegant had babies, that’s what I want.” I tossed in a little brown because I really love the idea of brown tuxes (maybe pin stripes too). Plus the groom prefers more of a suit than a tux anyway. So I went to work and I came up with this.


Royal Weddings

November 15th, 2010

With all the talk about Prince William and Kate Middleton and their purported wedding, I was excited when one of my brides mentioned the word “royal” when describing her vision for her wedding. And to top it all off, she wanted the color purple as the main color. I mean, really. What color screams “royal” more than that? I was excited to get home and put together an inspiration board for them. Not only did they want a royal feel, but they wanted it to be more contemporary and artistic. This was getting good. So here was my take on the contemporary, royal wedding…


It’s a nice day for a white wedding

November 8th, 2010

Imagine this…

You go in for an appointment at a bridal salon to find that perfect dress. After trying on say, oh I don’t know 100 or so different dresses, you find the most spectacular thing you have ever laid your eyes on (except for your future husband, of course). It is a gorgeous white(ish?) gown with just the right amount of embellishment and shimmer. You cry. Your bridesmaids cry. Your mom cries. You purchase it and wait very impatiently for the gown to come in. About 6 weeks before the wedding (yes, that is when you should start alterations), you get fitted and a few days before the wedding you finally pick up the dress of your dreams. You sneak peeks at it through the garment bag for the last few days until that wonderful day when you finally get to put your dress on for longer than 30 minutes. You have the perfect shoes and accessories and truly feel like the most beautiful woman in the world. You make the long walk down the aisle, nerves a wreck. A little while later, you are pronounced a Mrs. You stand in the receiving line waiting to greet your loving family and friends following the ceremony and then *gasp!* you see it… a woman wearing a white dress.

Now, some brides may not have the same feelings on this subject as me. I have seen weddings where the bride and groom ask all of the guests to dress in white because it is part of their theme or the ambiance they want for their big day. I have known some brides who have given the OK on wearing white. And that is fine… for them. For me, I would die if someone showed up in a white dress. This is a well-known fact amongst my family and friends. I would even say wearing any shade of color close to white is a no-no. That means even light gold, beige, tan, etc. Even wearing a mostly white dress with colored designs slightly crosses the line. There are many other colors that can be chosen for your dress when attending a wedding. And to be completely honest, it is HARD to find a cute, white cocktail dress.

With that said, ladies, avoid wearing white to another woman’s wedding. It is an unwritten rule, but one that most people know. Even men knows this rule (we were at a wedding recently and Joey said, “Why is that woman wearing a white dress?!”). You can wear that dress to any other event, so keep it in your closet for that wedding!


Yo’ Mama!

November 5th, 2010

In the past few weeks, we’ve been on the search for mother of the bride/groom gowns. Some mothers are very conservative and like the traditional MOB/G gowns – long, floor-length gowns with a lace jacket to cover shoulders and arms. And there are some beautiful gowns like this, but they are not suiting for everyone. This is the case with my mom and my FMIL. While they do not want to be showing the goods to everyone, they want to look sexy and sophisticated. I don’t blame them! If I look as good as they do, I’ll want to do the same for my future child(ren?)’s wedding. I did give them some guidelines on what they can/cannot wear. Come on, every bride has the right to be restrictive if she wants. The key is to be reasonable about it. My guidelines were 1) the dress cannot show anymore cleavage than my own, which is not much if any and 2) It cannot be any shade of white, off-white, light gold, beige, tan, etc. This is a no-no and a whole other blog post. I also hold the right to veto any pick. Let’s be serious, I am not a bridezilla despite my need for constant control and OCD about our wedding. I don’t want my bridal party to wear ugly dresses because I want them to look worse than me, like I have heard some brides do. It’s my own fault I have beautiful friends and mothers. I picked ‘em.

It turned out our search lead us to bridesmaids dresses in order to find the kind of MOB/G gowns we were looking. To me, this is sad. Don’t designers know that not all mothers want matronly, conservative gowns? Regardless, we have found a few gowns that we felt were appropriate for MOB/Gs and gave them the true sexy, elegance they deserve. For your viewing pleasure…