As a writer and assistant editor for Inside Weddings magazine, I often read statements from featured brides and grooms who exclaim how perfect their weddings were. With glowing words and jovial memories they reflect on what was one of the best days of their lives, and claim that if they could go back and relive the occasion, they would absolutely not change a single thing. So, you can imagine that expectations for my own wedding last spring were pretty high. You can also imagine how stunned I was (and still am!) to have to admit that my wedding day was far from flawless. For example, our cake was a huge disappointment. The design looked nothing like what we had requested from our dessertier, and I cringe every time I see photographs of the confection. Also, none of our guests saw the little chiffon bags that were dangling from each ceremony ... Read More »
Want to don celebrity-worthy baubles on your wedding day? You can! Feel just as confident walking down the aisle as your favorite superstar strutting the red carpet by borrowing show-stopping jewels. Montage Beverly Hills has recently partnered with noted jeweler Michael Beaudry to create “Something Borrowed,” an exclusive new program offered through the posh hotel and the famed jewelry designer. Brides planning to wed at the esteemed property between now and December 30, 2013 will have the opportunity to borrow the jewelry designer’s dazzling gems to wear on their wedding day. A second-generation master diamond cutter, Michael Beaudry has created custom hand-crafted diamond and platinum jewelry for over 20 years. Michael chose the Montage Beverly Hills for his showroom due to its impeccable style and luxury – perfect for his discerning clientele. The Salon was designed by the celebrity jeweler, and created to evoke the same qualities found in the ... Read More »
Destination weddings conjure images of sandy beaches in exotic locales, though they can happen anywhere from a snowy ski chalet to a distant, foreign metropolis. Passports aren’t even always required; the idea is more that the wedding is a getaway for everyone involved. The wedding itself is usually intimate and held in a locale that has personal meaning to the couple. Most traditional wedding etiquette holds sway even across the International Date Line, but a little extra attention will need to be given to guest list composition and size, sharing travel information, and travel budgets. GUEST LISTAfter travel, size is the hallmark of a destination wedding. Smaller guest lists reflect the economic reality of asking loved ones to foot the cost of traveling to far off points on the map. Start with a list of those you truly can’t be married without; second receptions held at home after you return ... Read More »
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