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One sweet giveaway – YOUR wedding, planned by Dolce Parties.

The time has come!  We are giving away one of our highly coveted “E-Consultation” ($500) value to a lucky bride.  You can read about it here and here.  It’s insanely popular and we gals at dolce parties are really happy we added it to our services about a year ago.  After 10 years of full-service only, we branched out into this market as it was totally necessary, extraordinarily rewarding and fun to do.  Most of all, it gave brides all over the country the chance to experience full-service without the hefty price tag.

To qualify:  you must be a subscriber to this blog, must be engaged, must use the service by December 31, 2012 and can be located anywhere in the United States OR be planning a destination wedding, since we service all areas.  We work everywhere and have relationships with vendors the world over, so you needn’t be local (because we really aren’t!).

If you know someone who fits this description, send them this link, have them subscribe and tell them how to enter.

How to enter?  In the comments, tell us why you need a celebrity wedding planner.  We’ll choose one winner at random and then, you get to choose your 3-month e-consultation time period.  It’s that simple.  Value:  $500.  Again, go to the website to read every delicious detail of what the offer entails and decide if it’s something you need/want/MUST have.  A couture wedding planner – gratis – in the palm of your hand.

We are extending the giveaway.  Just comment by 8 PM Sunday, December 18, EST and we’ll announce the winner on Monday.  We cannot wait to welcome another fantastic couple into the Dolce family.

Tuesday Shoesday. A classic.

Yes, we know that our brides are loving colored shoes, flip-flops, Chuck Taylors and being barefoot, but every once in a while, we go back to our 300 plus weddings and think of fabulous, timeless wedding shoes.  And this satin and feather Manolo Blahnik D’Orsay open-toed pump does it for us every time.  We remember more than one very modern, but traditional bride who has donned them. And you CAN make them your own.  How about painting the bottoms sky blue as your something blue?  Or using Swarovski crystals to DIY your initials and wedding date on the sole?  Yeah, we thought so.  Always a classic.

Satin and feather D'Orsay

And the bride wore black = Gothic Betrothic via Vera.

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Here at F4, we don’t think that rules apply, except for etiquette rules.  If a bride wants to wear pink or green or blue or puce, well – go for it.  As long as it is appropriate and stylish.

Without further fanfare, we present (it’s been making the rounds), Vera Wang‘s new couture collection of black and nude wedding gowns.  (Sidebar:  that “10 Ways to Piss Off Your Wedding Planner article above is hilarious and 85% true!)  To be sure, it takes a confident bride to carry off a colour like black.   Even Gwen Stefani‘s ombre Galliano pink was daring.  To wit, Sarah Jessica Parker famously wed Matthew Broderick in a black gown, to the applause of fashion mavens everywhere.  Only very recently did Sarah say she regretted that fashion choice and wishes she had reconsidered.

Point is:  know who you are.  Know your strengths.  Think about such a choice and say to yourself, “What will my photos look like in 30 years?  Will I wonder what I was thinking?”  It’s a fabulous line, but not for everyone.  I would also posit that if you do one of these gowns, keep the makeup smoky but simply and go for a nude nail – not black.







Photo Credit: Vera Wang


















Navy and Coral/Orange/Pink Wedding Board

Navy and Coral/Orange/Pink Wedding Board

Navy and Coral/Orange/Pink Wedding Board by dolceparties featuring wedding gowns

Wedding Wednesday Quick Post – Trending: the Statement Bracelet for brides.

Brides come to us for the following reasons:  a) they have no time, b) they are stressed, c) they hold demanding jobs and volunteer work, d) they live out of town, e) they are planning a destination wedding (aren’t they all at this point?).  One common misconception is that said brides need style guidance, but that is simply not true.  Our brides are chic, stylish and most of all, entirely unique.  So, when we hold forth about trends or kick a glaringly tacky one to the curb, it is not a reflection on the part of our clients – ever.

This is a teaser for the larger “What’s In?  What’s Out?” wedding post that is coming soon.  Very often, I’ll see a bride with way too much going on, accessory-wise.  Not my brides.  But if you are planning a wedding and here on this blog, let me just say that tweaking the expected and editing down your look is key.  Tiaras=no.  Unless you are 4 years old.  If you are 35 and wearing a tiara and you are not royalty, it’s just jejeune.  Updo with curlicued tendrils PLUS a statement necklace PLUS too much makeup PLUS giant briolette earrings?  No.  Just. No.

This season, I am hoping brides will wear their hair long and loose, keeping the neckline clean and focus on the arm candy.  That’s right – the Statement Bracelet! All eyes will be on your hands anyway, so give it a little more attention!  So many companies are doing links, cuffs, skins, stones, estate, antique, costume, real, coloured stones, yellow gold, white gold, rose gold (!), Deco, tribal, or old-Hollywood glam that it gives you a great chance to show off the long-overlooked and most lovely wrist.  Generally speaking,  worn on the opposite hand of your engagement and wedding rings.  There are so many wedding possibilities, in all shapes, sizes and budgets, so let’s do an overview, shall we?

J. Crew (bow down to Jenna Lyons) is rife with possibilities.  I love the Deco Bow Bangle.  I also favour the Classic Pave Link Bracelet (and own it!).  So wedding-ready is the Crystal Mosaic Bracelet – it’s got that weight and heft to it.  Pair ANY of these with the Crystal Sunburst Earrings and you have a total look with glossy hair and a great manicure!  These also make insanely great bridesmaids’ gifts.

Savoy Bracelet by JewelMint

Credit: J. Crew - Deco Bow Bangle

Moving on to my favourite jewelers – the real stuff, at a good price – are ALL of the bracelets (except the leather ones) from J. L. Rocks!  Check out the page and images here!    Have you seen JewelMint, a carefully curated lookbook of wonderful pieces at $29.99 cofounded by actress Kate Bosworth and stylist Cher Coulter? It’s like ShoeDazzle or The Row for jewelry and it’s quite beautiful.  I have a crush on the Savoy bracelet (above)!

Credit: J. Crew - Crystal Mosaic Bracelet

Big spender?  Look no further than this diamond flower bracelet from Ross-Simons, who, by the way, has lovely CZ versions of their important pieces.  I also love love Emitations, an online retailer that cultivates great red carpet looks for less.  Chances are, you can find a faux copy of your engagement and wedding rings to wear while, say, scuba-diving.  Their marketing director, Jenni Beckstrom, is all kinds of awesome, to boot!

Of course, who doesn’t love the Trinity and Love bracelets from  Cartier?  Check them out online!  In yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, with or without diamonds.  True love!

Credit: Ross-Simons

Stationery Saturday – Kim Kardashian’s Wedding Invitations.

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Without further adieu – and I’ve worked many times with Lehr & Black (fabulous), here are Kim Kardashian and Kris (the groom, not the Mom – does anyone else find that odd that Kim K. is marrying a man with the same name as Mama Kris…but I digress) Humphries’ WEDDING INVITES.

Photo credit: Pop Sugar, Lehr & Black

I think it’s not as modern as it could be.  I think it’s trying too hard. I think it could have been a bit more chic and sleek.  I’m still studying it for any errors.  I’ll bet I’ll find one.  Each one has a card containing a number to call for the secret location.  Please – TMZ will have helicopters all over the area.  No privacy is wrong, regardless of how you feel about Kim.  I want to see the menu, the gowns and hear about the music and favors.


Each was hand-delivered to the invitees in a black velvet box covered with hundreds of black hematite crystals.  I would estimate that each invitation suite and box was about $100 per, plus delivery costs.  We do hand-deliver invites.  We’ve done metal, suede, wood, you name it.  But this is beyond luxury.  Note the K logo created by Lehr & Black.  Can we also just ban any more “K” names in the family?  So, we know it’s formal, we know it’s August 20 and we know it’s in Montecito, close to Oprah’s retreat of a mansion.  I am sure Oprah is not invited.

What do you think of Kim K’s invitations?  Over the top or perfect for the reality bombshell and powerhouse brand?

The other Kate the Great (Moss, that is), and her wedding gown!

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I know, it seemed controversial that Kate Moss chose disgraced designer John Galliano for her wedding gown, but apparently, they are great friends and it was before his drunken Nazi-rants got caught on video.  No word as to whether Mr. Galliano left rehab to be at the Kate Moss/Jamie Hince nuptials.

Photo Credit: Marie Claire, U.K.


That said, here’s the first look at the gowns, the little girls, the maids, the cars.  Enjoy, brides and fashion peeps!


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