We all know planning a wedding can be stressful! Managing all of the moving parts of your wedding, communicating the details to your family and friends, and being the main point of contact for just about EVERYONE can be a lot to handle. So take this already stressful time and throw in a HUGE plot twist called Corona Virus and now we really have a boiling pot.

The time we are all living in now, has brought so much uncertainty and fear to just about everyone in every area and has really thrown the wedding and event industry for a loop. Wedding and event dates are constantly changing, couples are unhappy, honeymoons are being postponed, bridal showers and bachelorette/bachelor parties are being canceled, it’s just an absolute whirlwind. No one knows what the future holds later on in the year making the “what ifs” endless and the uncertainty through the roof.

All conversation topics seem to revolve around covid-19, especially when It comes to people speaking with anyone they know that is planning a wedding. Sometimes the questions and opinions get a little overwhelming for our already overwhelmed brides. So we wanted to write this blog to hopefully spread some awareness on what NOT to say when you are trying to be empathetic and console couples planning a wedding during this time.

5 things not to say:
  1. So are you still getting married? For the love of everything, please do not ask this question. It just reminds everyone of the uncertainty that everything wedding related is up in the air. If the wedding was canceled or postponed, you would already know, so no need to ask.
  2. Aren’t you scared about moving forward with your wedding? Yes, of course the couple is still worried about this. Again, no need to ask the question.
  3. Well how are you going to get your dress? Dresses are still shipping, designers are still designing, boutiques are still taking private appointments in some areas, and life is still moving forward. No need to suggest stress in this area when things are all worked out.
  4. Why don’t you just elope? Easy answer there, if the couple wanted to elope….they would elope. Trust me, you are not the first person to think of this lol.
  5. What are you so worried about, my cousin’s uncle’s boss said this is literally going to pass by next weekend. Sir, thank you for this info, I am sure said person is a total genius and has all the answers to life. But let’s be realistic, no one knows what is going on and no one knows what will happen later in the year so please try your hardest to refrain from suggesting what the future holds.

We talk to our brides all the time about what they are going through, things that have been irritating, and topics of discussion they’d rather avoid. The main trend in these conversations seems to be that brides really don’t want your opinions on this topic. There is a 100% chance they have put a lot of thought into what is best for them and talked over their own personal decisions with everyone that they need to talk this over with.

We really recommend avoiding the act of suggesting your opinions. Be mindful of what you are saying to these couples who are already dealing with so much. Keep in mind that your simple question, may actually not be that simple and could potentially be the breaking point to someone who is going through the possibility of not having his or her special day that they have dreamed about for lord knows how long.

Here are some great take away questions that we recommend asking instead of the list above:

1. How are you feeling today?
2. Whats the most exciting thing you are working on for your wedding right now?
3. Have you been working on writing your vows? This is probably the perfect time to get going on these!
4. Tell me about your wedding dress or tux/suit, I can NOT wait to see It!!
5. Have you and your bridesmaids/groomsmen been doing any virtual workouts? I hear this is a great stress reliever.

We are all going through uncertain times right now, and I whole heartedly believe that no one is intentionally trying to be hurtful or unhelpful. This is exactly why we created this blog! We want to spread awareness and help people understand some of the trials and tribulations our couples are experiencing. We want to shed some light on how some people might be feeling.

If you are engaged and looking for a way to shed some light on how you’ve been feeling about all the Covid Questions…feel free to share this post 🙂

Like many things recently, New York Bridal Fashion Week – Spring 2021 was put on hold or well, eventually, cancelled.  Twice a year, designers, buyers and visionaries come together to see the intricate work of many designers in the bridal industry.  These designers are putting together collections for a woman’s most proud day on display.  A day when she can walk down the aisle, see the love of her life, all while feeling the best she has ever looked.  This is their chance to put all the hours of hard work to play and showcase their finest.

We have a personal connection to these times because we ourselves love the excitement, the thrill and all of the beauty that is embraced.  Not to mention, we attend ourselves.  The energy, the excitement, and the passion is felt the second you touch down in New York let alone the studio of the shows.

We had to ask.  We had to find out and we had to explore what in the world is going through the minds of many of these designers.  While many, like Berta for instance, are still wondering the what they should do, others have began to put a plan in place.

We spoke with Anne Barge’s  Creative Director and President – Shawne Jacobs to ask her a few questions relating to the show this past Spring.

 

Can you tell us how you approached the Spring 2021 release with the transition that is going on in the country right now? What was the driving factor to make your decision to release your line (or) postpone until the Fall Collection release?

When we first learned that April Bridal Market had been cancelled, we immediately shifted gears to planning a virtual market for our retailers and media partners. We were super excited about this however, as the virus continued to spread and our stores were forced to close, we knew the last thing they needed was to invest in a new collection. All of our retailers are very worried about cash flow coming in during this time! With shelter-in-place restrictions becoming stricter it quickly became apparent to me that it was going to be very difficult to shoot the new Spring 2021 collection.

We brainstormed many ways to shoot a few key looks, including sending pieces to New York and having a model/photographer who were quarantined together shoot everything on their rooftop and apartment studio. After much thought, we decided there were too many unknown variables of shooting the collection without physically being present. This money would be better used towards our payroll. After all, our company is nothing without our employees. These factors led us to the ultimate decision of waiting to show Spring 2021 with our new Fall 2021 collection during October Bridal Market. We are planning something super special for the Fall.

 

What can we expect for the Fall release?  Will there be more to see or will you stick to the same amount of dresses that you typically show?

Editors and retailers can expect to see both the Spring 2021 and the Fall 2021 collection at October Bridal Market. With the future of large events and gatherings still uncertain, we need to be prepared for every scenario possible. I think that video and photo assets will be most important to have ready, so we need to start planning now. No matter what happens, we want our retailers and press to have the ability to view the new pieces even if it cannot happen in person.

What are you currently working on now knowing the limitations of production, models and photographers?

Currently, we are continuing to design, produce and ship gowns as usual, just from the comfort of our own homes. Right now, at Anne Barge we are focusing on our relationships with our brides and everyone in the industry. It is extremely important that we all support each other during these unprecedented times. Our company has implemented various initiatives surrounding COVID-19 relief such as our Health Hero Program, which offers a 20% discount on all wedding gowns for healthcare works who purchase an Anne Barge gown at one of the participating retailers. We have also started Wedding Wine Wednesday which is a weekly Zoom meeting with our retailers to discuss concerns the industry is facing. Lastly, in an effort to stay connected with our customers and brides-to-be in a time where we are unable to leave our homes, we have introduced virtual bridal appointments!

 

Check out some Anne Barge photos from New York Bridal Fashion Week, Fall 2020!

Are you looking for a perfect destination wedding venue?  One that fits all parameters of each of your guests as well as your very own satisfaction?  Something that gives you the most personal wedding experience possible but thousands of miles away from home?  Grand Velas Resorts has it all and they have several locations too!

Let’s begin by saying how familiar we are with Grand Velas Resorts as we have worked on property at both their Cabo and Cancun locations. This privately owned chain of resorts in Mexico, specializes in a high end, luxury, all-inclusive experience and in Puerto Vallarta, that experience resumed consistent to the brand.

To give a little insight into Puerto Vallarta, Mexico as a whole; it is known as a resort town on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.  The city is extremely developed in the sense that it has many American chained business establishments.  Which came as a surprise compared to Cabo and Cancun.  Puerto Vallarta is known for being a wealthier city of Mexico and crime is very low.

CASA VELAS

The first night was spent at Casa Velas, a small, adult only, boutique style property, all-inclusive resort. Casa Velas would be perfect for a destination wedding looking to have 100-150 guests attending their wedding.  The resort consists of about 60 guest sleeping rooms, hence the meaning behind boutique.  They make it easy to do a resort buy-out, which gives couples the flexibility to really make their guest experience exactly what they are looking for. Like the other Velas properties we have worked at and stayed at previously, the service, culinary experience and overall charm of the grounds is unmatched.

A private, romantic dinner ambiance was created for Trista and her boyfriend (yes, he is real – LOL!) that was full of surprises.  Dinner consisted of a five course menu, filled with fresh foods of all variety and wine pairings to accompany.  Service was of the highest level with knowledge of the property in its entirety.  The night was truly special.

One of the most special parts of the venue is the large lawn engulfed with a surrounding garden on all ends.  This essentially blank piece of property is where many of their weddings and events take place.  Not to mention, the garden serves as a multipurpose of not only beauty but as a supply of fresh herbs and spices to fill the resort.

A short two minute ride from the resort, you will be embraced by the beach club staff to welcome you to the beach club where all water sports and fun take place.  This is also a great location to host events, poolside/beachside for your guests to enjoy a special occasion.

Grand Velas, Riviera Nayarit

The next two nights were spent at Grand Velas, Riviera Nayarit.  This is Grand Velas’s first of three Velas properties.  It is the smallest one of the three but just as beautiful.  The service remained at a consistent status – incredible.  The wedding ceremony site was one of the grandest of settings we have ever seen.

Riviera Nayarit focuses on mental health, relaxation and self care.  As a result, we were able to enjoy the amenities of the relaxing spa.  There was champagne, fresh fruit trays, customized incense and love bracelets to close the experience.  It was one to remember and certainly one to want to go back to enjoy again.

The exclusive experience that we had was completely fulfilling and would be sure to meet the needs of all your guests.  From the chic a la carte restaurants to the close proximity of the local downtown city, your wedding weekend would for sure be a big hit.

Deciding to do your wedding at an all-inclusive resort is not always the easiest, especially because of the unknown.  From our personal experience, this resort surpasses all of those worries.  Everything is included and that goes without compromise.  To enjoy the food, ambiance and experience all in one does not always go hand in hand with all-inclusive’s but for the Grand Velas properties, they hit the ball out of the park.

For more details on why all inclusive resorts such as Grand Velas could be a bonus for you and your wedding experience, be sure to reach out!  We have all the details and can’t wait to share more.

 

It is the perfect timing to give you all a Designer Spotlight in lieu of everything going on in the world.  Let’s take the time to step aside and take a look at a beautiful designer, who focus’s on the non-traditional, modern bride and hear about an interview that we had the privilege of doing.  Not only that, but we were able to capture a gorgeous Daci gown, the Leah Silk Chiffon, along with a gorgeous model, coincidentally named Leah as well.  Instantly, we were in love with the free flowing, not so traditional dress that we needed to learn more about the designer herself.

Before we get into our interview, check out some of the photos from our styled shoot:

 

Photo 1: By Myrtle Creative Co.

Photo 2, 3, 4, 5, 6: By Julia Romano Photography

 

Now, time for the interview!

How long have you been a Designer:

I have been doing this for 23 years!

How did you name your company? What does Daci represent?

My name is Daci. I was born and raised in Romania – Transylvania. Daciana is my full name; everyone calls me Daci.

Can you describe to us your absolute favorite gown (something different than the one we used) and a send a picture of it?

Every new dress becomes my new favorite 😂 I put all my heart in each of them.

Who is your ideal bride, meaning who do you design for?

I design for the non-traditional, modern bride.  I love detail, texture, color, flow and movement. You won’t see 2 dresses alike. I work with each bride individually and love to spark their creativity and give them all options possible to create their one of a kind dream dress. The brides that come see me find value in high quality laces and silks.

What is the price range for your gowns?

Bridal line starts at $2,900. Custom dresses start at $3,500. This year I introduced a new collection where the top is not sewn to the skirt. At the fitting the brides have the opportunity to try on different tops and bottoms, to help them visualize their dream dress better. Then the final dress is one piece.

Where are you based out of?

We are located in Boise, Idaho but half of the brides come from out of state. Some come to Boise for the fitting, otherwise we do FaceTime appointments and “in home” fittings where I ship the requested favorite dress.

What is to come next for Daci Gowns?

Late spring 2020 I will be introducing a new bridal line, add on pieces to existing wedding dress. I’m super excited to launch this collection. I often have brides that already bought their dress and they want some “finishing touches” or a second look. The line will consist of silk chiffon overdresses, skirts, off the shoulder sleeves, capes. The pieces will be detailed, natural plant based dyed, neutral embellished to blend perfectly with any dress.  I will have one of a kind pieces ready to buy, and a small line of each of the pieces listed above.

Want to find out more about Daci Gowns?  Head on over to their website: www.dacigowns.com or check out their Instagram page: @Dacigowns

Photo by: Jenny Losee Photography

Photo by: Andra Krista Photography

Photo by: Hailey Pierce

A special note to Daci from us here at BTS; thank you for allowing us to work with you!  You are a brilliant designer and have so much talent and passion for what you do.  We are honored to have partnered with you!

“We are still getting married, but rescheduling.” How many of you can relate?  More than we would like to count, if we are being honest.

We all look forward to big celebrations and planning for life within our industry, however in recent, we have been faced with a sudden an immediate halt to everything around us.  Clients postponing, vendors shutting doors, our once go to person now not working and it seems to continue on that trend.  After this, though, we need to continue to exist.  We need to continue on with life and create those same celebrations that we all once enjoyed pre-March 9, 2020. 

While the beginning of this blog sounds very familiar to everything else out there in the news and press, at BTS we want to make sure that if you are one of those going through the back and forth of compartmentalizing all of what is happening to your very own wedding day, it is important for us to help you in this process.  That said, let’s get right to it and make sure you all know what the steps and procedures are that you need to do to make this a seamless process for everyone.

Reschedule First, Do Not Cancel!

First and foremost, talk to your partner about what you should be doing and take into consideration the health and well being of the two of you, your families and your guests.  If any of this seems a little weird and uncertain, it may be best to come up with an alternative.   Change your date, and postpone.  You shouldn’t cancel.  There is no need to do that.  Your wedding day is still super important and it needs to be celebrated.  Your friends and family members will definitely agree.

Contact Your Vendors

Inform your wedding planner if you have one.  You may feel it necessary to do some things on your own,  keep in mind that we are hired for coordination.  That means coordination of all things related to the wedding; cancelling, postponing, etc.  You are likely not the first one to be doing this so let us help you by making this a super simple and easy transition.

If you do not have a wedding planner, contact your venue to understand the policies and procedures for what is happening.   Remember, we are in a national emergency (super scary couple of words to be saying out loud – we know) so everyone is understanding.  Next is to consider a new date/dates.  Keep in mind, LOTS of dates are changing right now so you want to make sure you reach out as soon as possible.  Once you have established this, it is time to move on to your other vendors.  If they are all available, great!  If not, keep track of the conflicting vendors to see if there is anything that can be done to ensure you are able to keep them on the roster.  Ask your wedding planner for tips on what to do if not everyone is able to make the switch.

Contracts

It is important to ask your vendors for revised contracts that reflect the new dates.  This should be done so that there is documentation of all of the changes.  Do not be worried.  Be cautious in making sure that with all of the moving pieces going on within the event industry, you are protecting yourself.  Another contract to consider updating is your event insurance if you have this.

Communicate To Your Guests

After all is settled and you have landed on a new date, it is time to inform your guests.  Do not forget about them.  Though there is a lot going on, they are still wondering about your wedding.  Send out a postponement announcement via email/text/paperless post as soon as you know your new date so guests know exactly what is going on and can plan accordingly. This is similar to a save the date.  Short and to the point.  It allows guests the chance to understand what is going, make travel adjustments and inform the necessary accommodation people of the changes.

Don’t forget, keep your wedding website up to date and as current as possible.  You may need to resubscribe to the server that you have been using so that it does not expire.  Sometimes there is a timestamp on how long the sites stay active for.

After this, you will want to plan to send out another invitation closer to the wedding for rsvp’s.  Keep this simple and to the point – probably just one card including the new date and food options available for selection.  You need these rsvp’s to be as current as the first round of them.

Personal Adjustments

You are likely in the home stretch of everything, so appointments are made and booked.  Don’t forget about them.  Things such as dress fittings, facials, manicures/pedicures, tans and more have to be rescheduled.  Make sure to pick up your dress from your seamstress so that it is in your possession and no one else’s. The honeymoon is likely a standstill as well so make any necessary adjustments to these travel plans as well.

Breathe

We know, this was a lot and unfortunately, not fun at all.  Wedding planning is supposed to always be fun though, right?  Well, it will be again.  Spin it whichever way you want as long as you find the silver lining.   Find the fun in the process and the uniqueness of the situation.  At the end of the day, you were planning this day as a celebration of two lives coming together as one – we need to make sure that happens still.  We also need to make sure that the celebration continues with the people you care most about.

Cheers from afar!

Wearing the right shirt with the right bra is often times pretty tricky but let’s talk about wearing the right bra with your wedding dress – now that’s tricky.  These days, with the ever-revolving wedding dress styles and trends we are seeing a lot more skin and a lot more reveal.  I think the biggest question a lot of girls have that are bustier when finding their perfect dress is, well can I wear a bra with that?

Some dresses from Galia Lahav or Berta for example are becoming more risqué and most brides do not want straps popping out or to worry about being uncomfortable during the biggest day of their life. Some companies have stepped in to help with this and we will list them below, but also, a lot of dresses are being made with built in bras due to the complexity of the dress. However, some dresses are less structured and a bra might be needed in order to look your very best on your special day. If this is the case and you are not one of the lucky ones that can go without a bra, here are some perfect options for all different types of wedding dresses.

       

 

A lot of clothing lines and specialty designers have actually started making undergarments for this exact thing. Kim Kardashian for example made her breakout in clothing with Skims. Skims has created multiple pieces of undergarments for every possible outfit and color. Kim together with other companies have made wearing less feel more comfortable. From Tapes, to pasties, to strapless low cut bras and bralettes, wearing undergarments confidently has become more and more universally visible.

 

Red lips; for the bold and the beautiful

A beautiful, bold, red lip is understated and underused, specifically on a lady’s wedding day.  Often times and definitely more recent, we tend to see and find our ladies flourish in a beautiful nude/pink tone lip color to seal the look right before walking down the aisle.  Why?  Well for one, comfort and two, well it’s beautiful – right?  OF COURSE!!  It is beautiful and while these next few paragraphs may urge you to open up and adventure into an undiscovered territory, it is most important for you to feel the most beautiful and comfortable on your wedding day.

As ladies who only like to venture out of our usual norm on occasion, we can totally relate but at the same time, we can totally urge our brides and others.  That said – why not venture out and be different?  Why not try something with a little more edge and a little more glam?  – like that red lipstick?

So, first, we task you, reach down, maybe way down, in that purse of yours to find that shade of red we all know everyone has and be a little adventurous.  Pair this with a fine line eye liner or even a little wing to create the boldest most refined look.  If you do this on occasion with your daily looks, then you have no excuses!

We love working with makeup artists and in chatting with a few, we found that they are dying for their brides to come to them asking for a little change up from the ordinary.

A Red Lip on your wedding day can be risky but we say that only for those who do not try it first. Take a look here at some show stopping looks and inspired by a few of our favorite makeup stylists.

Show Stopping Looks:

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For a few of our favorite shades, we have linked them below – they are so fun!

Charlotte Tilsbury – Hollywood Lips

Boxom – Big and Sexy

Huda Beauty – Promotion Day

Don’t forget to check out our BTS page on Instagram for more wedding and fashion tips and trends!

How do you make the Midi Dress work?

Dress trends come and go but the lengths of them often remain the same.  That is of course unless you are watching “27 Dresses” where Katherine Heigel says “Aren’t these dresses great? And the best thing is you can shorten it and wear it again.”  But to be honest, who really has the time for that?  Midi length dresses have become the ultimate fashion trend in dresses lately and we are definitely here for all of the looks.  Actually, thinking about it, each of us has their own version of the perfect midi dress but collectively however, we do agree, we are here for all of them.

When it comes to weddings, and especially bridesmaids, finding the perfect dress is always tough. Don’t worry though, you are not alone.  We vow to always have your back in this area and give you the support you need.  Lately, we have been LOVING the mid-length dresses.  The fit, the style and the overall look of them, but remember – they have to be done in the right way.  Shape and form is always important and one really great thing about the best midi – form fitting it winning the game for every figure out there.  If you are unsure about them and just venturing out in the game, don’t be shy – open up and try it out.  You may surprise yourself 🙂

Our Top Picks Right Now

If you are looking for something cute, trendy, and kinda out of the box for your girl gang attire, here are some suggestions.  Don’t be shy – reach out to us if you need a little guidance with picking your dresses!

PS: we are HUGE fans of the below color options for BM dresses as well!! Right now our favs are: orange, mauve, true red, white, and black

Red Dress

Red Dress

Lovers + Friends Lazo Midi Dress in Blood Orange

 

Mauve Dress

Praline Carmelina Dress

Black Dress

Black Joy Dress

Black Dress

Enza Costa Sweater Knit Angled Midi Dress in Black

White Dress

Orange Dress

AUGUSTE Keepsake Midi Dress in Rust

Wedding Party Gifts for Bridesmaids

Last month, we blogged about customized wedding gifts; Groomsmen edition!  As wedding planners, we absolutely love the idea of customization and gifts.  Almost every one of our brides asks us for recommendations on these.  So of course, we felt it only necessary to give the ladies what they need too, wedding party gifts for bridesmaids!  After all, this whole wedding thing is for them anyways, right? LOL!

  Bridesmaid Gifts Boutique is the one stop shop location to find EVERYTHING brides are looking for to gift her best gals.  Robes, jewelry, tumblers and much much more.  They even assemble and put together full gift boxes for those who don’t care much for the fuss. You want to know what we love most about all of this?  The price point.  Good golly, ladies!!! 

These are for sure at the best price point you could think of!  Great product, amazing quality and perfect price point – check, check, CHECK! Wether you are on your way to go celebrate on the beach with your “tribe” shirts on or packing for a stay at the Hamptons with your monogrammed microfiber tote – you are definitely ready to show off some goods.  Take a look below at some of our favorite items but obviously, don’t hesitate to visit their website to find more great stuff!

Customized Bridesmaid Gifts

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Be sure to tell us what you think!  Send us a DM on Instagram@btseventmanagement or send a quick hello to our inbox at info@btseventmanagement.com!!

New York Bridal Fashion Week Fall ’20 Collection

Wow. We are still catching up on sleep, work and trying to get our minds right from all the amazingness that we saw last week at New York bridal fashion week but we just can’t seem to shake it. New York in itself, is a one of a kind city. Full of dreams, lights, and people and for us, we attend for all of that, and of course, for the dresses.

 Year 3 for BTS

This year, marks our third year of attending shows, meeting designers, and drooling over elegance at its finest. We had a jam packed weekend of Runway shows and private viewings of our most favorite designers and some we never even knew before. None the less, it was an experience we will never forget and always remember.  Not to mention, we stayed at one of our favorite hotels, Dream Downtown, and had some amazing food experiences as well. (Alex and Storm love food, by the way).


The Shows:

Berta, Galia, Pronovias, Pnina and Julie Vino– you all know they are some of our favorites and boy, they did not disappoint.

This season was definitely a season of sophistication and bringing back tradition. We saw a lot of ball gowns and a lot of bows. Berta, took the conservative route and definitely scaled back on the sexy sheer look. Pnina, while typically known for her crystals and bling, brought lace, satin and bows to the show. THE BOWS! Oh how obsessed we are with the bows. Check out some of our favorite looks that we captured right from the runway.  We are in love!

Dress by: Galia Lahav

Dress by: Berta

Dress by: Galia Lahav

Dress by: Julie Vino Group

Dress by: Galia Lahav

Dress by: Galia Lahav

Dress by: MUSE by Berta

Dress by: Pronovias

One designer that hit our photo albums this weekend that completely blew us away was Tel Aviv designers, Yael Eisenberg and Heli Kalkstein, also known as Eisen Stein. These two met each other in design school and after a short 4 month design process, had created their first bridal line in 2011.

To say their dresses are gorgeous is simply an understatement. The vision the pair has, coupled with the most high quality materials of silk, lace, beading and Swarovski crystals really had our jaws drop.  One dress, was a last minute addition that took only days to produce. This dress happened to be our teams favorite. The intricacy and detail was out of this world and oh my, it was a stunner.



Dress and details by: Eisen-Stein Bridal

Any-who! To say our expectations were met, is an understatement. We had the best time, in the best city doing the best things. Wanna hear more or see more from our experience, head over to our Instagram page and check out our highlights!!