Annual reader survey

Since this week is going to be a short one for me (yay Labor Day weekend!), I figured it was as good a time as any to do my annual reader survey…I’d really appreciate you taking the time to fill it out! Its always nice to see whats working and what you guys like!

I’ll be giving away a special package for one lucky survey taker…it will include an autographed copy of Wedding Chic by Colin Cowie, as well as lots of goodies from The B-List conference (its a surprise)!  Just be sure to leave your email address at the end of the survey, winner announced Thursday afternoon.

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Thanks in advance everyone!

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Sandra Bautista lace bracelets

These lace and leather bracelets from Spanish designer Sandra Bautista would be a great addition to any wardrobe…consider one with your wedding dress for a dainty edge! Available via Charles & Marie.

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My weekend

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This past weekend was the wedding of one of my dearest college friends, Christina, up in Keene, New Hampshire.  The fabulous Jen Huang came up to shoot it, so when I get those photos, I’ll definitely be sharing them with you!

I do have to say something though….as the acting “wedding coordinator” for the day, I just have to say to all the brides out there, if you have a wedding planner, THANK THEM!  They have a tough job (as I found out), and totally rock!  Its definitely not as easy as it looks, but its totally worth it.

[image by my hubby Chad]

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Shaesby bridal collection

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These rings from the new Shaesby bridal collection are just beautifully organic…that last one looks like a sprinkling of stars, doesn’t it?

[images from Shaesby]

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Help this reader!

Brooklyn Bride reader Cara is having a total crisis with her reception…anyone have any ideas?

I’m sort of in crisis mode and wondering if you and/or the Brooklyn Bride community can   help. I’m getting married on October 10 in Park Slope.  The ceremony is at St. Saviour Catholic church (8th Ave/6th Street) and the reception was going to be at a local restaurant.  The restaurant said they didn’t need a deposit until we had finalized the menu – but we had worked out several other details and drafted a contract.  So after our recent tasting I emailed the owner with our finalized menu choices and asked when we should drop off the deposit. He responded with a short email that said they had changed their events policy and will no longer close the restaurant for events and that if we’d like to use a portion of the restaurant for an event no larger than 65 people he could work with us.  Our guest list 130 (according the previous arrangement we made) – we’ve already sent Save-the-Dates, our families have booked hotel rooms in Park Slope, we’re in the process of printing invitations with the name of the restaurant on them, and we’re less than 4 months away.  Needless to say we’re sort of freaking out.  As a back-up we might be able to hold the reception in the parish hall at the church, but we’ll need to very quickly figure out decorations and catering.  I’m wondering if anyone has any suggestions on where to turn for venues in Brooklyn that might still have availability on short notice and can handle 130 guests or caterers that won’t break the bank and are easy to work with (as I’ll probably be more frazzled than anticipated) … since I hadn’t intended on using a caterer, I didn’t do any research about local options.  Help!!

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