Paris, October 1st 2016: Saturday evening the designers Alexandra Fischer-Roehler and Johanna Kühl of the German high-end design couture-label KAVIAR GAUCHE showed their new bridal couture collection entitled “Sans Souci” during Paris Fashion Week. The show was held in the spectacular spaces of Fondation Mona Bismarck in Paris and attended by 150 international guests from the fashion industry and art world.
Contemporary Choirs, Satellite Bars, 3-D Printing and Personal Concierge Pros Are Making Their Way Into 2016 Weddings
The Knot, the #1 wedding resource and an authority on all-things wedding, has released its annual Wedding Trends Report of the top trends for 2016. From satellite bars and two-in-one-dresses to choirs performing rock ballads as you walk down the aisle or dance your first dance, the 2016 trends have taken wedding traditions to a whole new level.
“Weddings are more personalized than ever, with couples putting their own unique touches on classic traditions,” says Kellie Gould, editor in chief of The Knot. “Couples are taking entertainment up a notch by hiring contemporary choirs that will sing an a cappella version of their first dance song, and upgrading the signature cocktail to satellite bars featuring specialty drinks with engraved glassware and elaborate garnishes. Guys are even upping their grooming game and stepping into the spotlight more with custom suits and accessories.”
The Knot Wedding Trends Report for 2016:
Two-in-One Dresses & Fashion-Forward Florals: Instead of making a complete dress change from the ceremony to reception, brides are opting for convertible dresses that combine a formal ceremony gown and a fun reception frock in one. Picture a dramatic feather skirt overlay that gets removed after the ceremony to reveal a lace column gown you can hit the dance floor in. Additionally, flowers are going beyond the bouquet and centerpieces. Vibrant, floral-printed dresses and traditional dresses with 3-D floral appliqués are flooding the bridal runways. Can’t commit to a gown? Try a blooming flower crown.
Wedding Concierge Pros : Wedding planning is getting easier. If an extra hand is needed to execute any element of the day that falls out of the realm of traditional planner duties, there’s a pro—and many times, an app—for that. Popular services include proposal assistance, bridesmaids for hire, bachelor party planning gurus, social media mavens and speechwriters. And The Knot can even help couples find the perfect venue with their Venue Concierge Service—for free! Brides can now hire someone to tackle the jobs they don’t have time for—including live-tweeting your wedding day and training your four-legged ring bearer.
Satellite Bars: Say hello to the satellite bar in 2016. In addition to the standard mixed drinks, beer and wine setup, this second bar is designated for a special spirit. It’s a great way to personalize the party with your favorite libation, or even serve a tasting of preferred wines. Set up a bar that highlights your preferred drink, like champagne or a specialty gin. If you’re down for tequila, try some twists on the classic margarita (hello, grapefruit) or tasteful shooters. Personalize one step further with colored glassware, infused ice cubes or elaborate garnishes, like smoke, that will wow guests.
Contemporary Choirs & Late-Night Karaoke: Keeping guests entertained all night long with special musical performances isn’t new, but this year’s trend is: choirs. Think 20-person ensembles with amazing a cappella abilities. Surprise guests by hiring a marching band or gospel choir and have them perform a favorite rock ballad for the walk down the aisle or an a cappella version of the first dance song. And if you’re hosting an after-party, karaoke is king. A basic karaoke setup and some photo booth props is all you need to keep the party going. Watching friends and family belt out their favorite ’90s hits is priceless.
Sweet Endings: Cakes are getting a design update with graphic prints and textile-like motifs, while plain tiers are acting as a canvas for projecting video displays—the perfect marriage of dessert and technology. The wedding cake is here to stay, but it’s no longer the only dessert on the menu. Passed treats, especially of the frozen variety like shaved ice or fruit-infused ice pops with the couple’s names on the stick, are trending along with installations like doughnut walls.
Wow-Worthy Websites: Weddings have become weekend-long celebrations, regardless of destination, making wedding websites a must-have for all the details guests need. Enter the web designer. Couples are hiring design gurus to create a completely custom site with a unique URL, bespoke details and personalized illustrations. But you don’t need a web designer to get a beautiful site. The Knot wedding website tool offers more than 80 gorgeous wedding website designs that can be personalized to include a couple’s favorite photos and links to their registries. Some even offer matching invitations. Continue reading
Offering unparalleled all-inclusive experiences for destination weddings, Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit have earned 26 AAA Diamond ratings and numerous other international awards. The resorts are Casa Velas, a boutique adults-only hotel and ocean club located on the Marina Vallarta Golf Course; Velas Vallarta, a family-friendly all-suite resort located on 10 acres of oceanfront; and AAA Five Diamond Award recipients Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit on the Banderas Bay and Grand Velas Riviera Maya, with both jungle and beach settings. Velas Resorts offer a variety of venues and vistas for weddings of any size and generous wedding packages that include romantic extras such as an aromatherapy couples massage and candlelit dinners.
Couples tying the knot at Mexico’s four “Beyond All-Inclusive, Beyond All Compare” Velas Resorts in 2016 and 2017 will enjoy a variety of new wedding promotions to ring in the new year, such as complimentary ceremonies, suite upgrades, weekday wedding savings and more. Promotions are valid at Puerto Vallarta’s Casa Velas and Velas Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit’s Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, and Riviera Maya’s Grand Velas Riviera Maya.
Those wishing to be wed at the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit or adults-only Casa Velas will enjoy weekday savings and upgrades for weddings held Monday through Thursday. The weekday wedding special includes one complimentary suite for every eight suites booked; a symbolic wedding ceremony; suite upgrade for the newlyweds and their parents; reduced reception site fees; complimentary cocktail hour; and a special price on contracted wedding packages.
Sister property the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya on Mexico’s Caribbean coast will treat couples to one complimentary suite for every 10 suites booked; upgraded suite for the bride and groom; a semi-private dinner at one of the resort’s award-winning restaurants; $50 USD spa credit per adult per night; certified wedding coordinator; personalized welcome VIP amenity; and personalized group check-in with a signature welcome beverage and three-minute back massage.
Helzberg Diamonds presents TRULY™ Zac Posen, a new collection of wedding jewelry from designer Zac Posen. Known for taking what is classic and elegant and giving it a contemporary flair, the New York City-based designer (and Project Runway judge) now brings this same approach to a sophisticated collection of engagement rings and wedding bands. (See the collection on helzberg.com or by visiting Helzberg stores nationwide.)
“This fashion-forward collection redefines today’s style and offers women everywhere access to luxurious designer wedding jewelry.” said Beryl Raff, Chairman and CEO of Helzberg Diamonds.
The artisanal collection of designs features classic, art deco and modern looks, each set with a signature yellow gold finger rest inside the shank of the engagement ring. Each ring coordinates with a matching band to complete the look. This collection is designed for the bride who desires the perfect mix of modern American glamour and timeless, romantic femininity.
“I’m excited to be introducing my Truly Zac Posen Collection for Helzberg Diamonds. Truly is my love note to a bride on her most beautiful day. Here’s to love!” said Posen.
Helzberg Diamonds®, a retail and online jewelry store focused on customer service, was founded in 1915 and has more than 230 stores nationwide, featuring a wide selection of fine jewelry, including diamond engagement and wedding rings, precious gems and watches. Helzberg Diamonds is based in North Kansas City, Mo., and is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. For the locations nearest you, call 1-800-HELZBERG (800-435-9237) or visit Helzberg.com.
Kleinfeld, the largest luxury bridal retailer in the world, is bridging the gap between bridal tradition and high fashion by introducing a more diversified merchandise assortment for a new generation. The Manhattan mainstay is targeting millennial brides with the introduction of more fashion driven looks on a newly remodeled sales floor.
Founded in 1941, Kleinfeld carries an unparalleled selection of American and European designer gowns. The 35,000 square-foot flagship salon is located in the heart of Chelsea, New York City, and is host to TLC’s hit show, Say Yes to the Dress. Kleinfeld, the leader in bridal fashion, is owned by Ronald Rothstein, Mara Urshel and Wayne Rogers of M*A*S*H fame.
Urshel, Fashion Director Terry Hall and Senior Buyer Dorothy Silver, recently traveled to markets around the world in search of these unique looks. Milan, Paris and London were just a few stops on the course to discovering new and noteworthy designers – adding exciting up-and-coming designers to the Kleinfeld roster. The experienced team also worked on collections with existing bridal designers, adding a modern flair to traditional design elements for styles that will be exclusive to Kleinfeld brides. Urshel and Hall are also building a collection of modern, trend driven plus size gowns, creating an essential and rewarding shopping experience that caters to brides, sizes 16 and up.
“As bridal fashion experts, our goal is to consistently forecast the latest bridal trends, as well as appeal to our general consumer. Building a more fashion forward sales floor is just the beginning. We always listen to our customer and make adjustments to offer the best experience possible,” says Urshel.
The new 2015 ad campaign features several Kleinfeld designers visible in ready-to-wear and couture circles including Tony Ward, Karen Willis Holmes, David Fielden, Lakum Collection, Le Spose di Gio, Yolan Cris, Pallas Couture, Peter Langner, Zuhair Murad, Roland Mouret, Viktor and Rolf, Iris Noble, Austin Scarlet, Mark Zunino Gemy Maalouf, and Pnina Tornai. The campaign, shot by photographer, Olivia Malone, reflects a new millennial bride, bringing nuptial newness to the traditional bridal industry.
Third Annual Study Finds That LGBTQ couples Do Not Consider Their Marriage a “Same-Sex Marriage” But a Marriage
The Knot, the #1 multiplatform wedding resource, has releasing the results of its third annual LGBTQ Weddings Study and The Knot LGBTQ Edition digital magazine. The LGBTQ Weddings Study surveyed more than 1,200 LGBTQ singles or couples who were recently married or engaged and planning a wedding to uncover spending habits, trends and traditions that couples are embracing or adapting to bring their wedding vision to life. The issue is available now on TheKnot.com, and a 10-page insert of the edition is printed in The Knot Summer 2015 Weddings magazine. (You can also explore The Knot‘s top-ten Gay-Friendly Honeymoon Destinations, plus 50 others here.)
The Knot is the nation’s leading wedding resource, reaching nearly every couple in America through its #1 wedding website, TheKnot.com; mobile apps; The Knot national and local wedding magazines; The Knot book series; and syndicated columns in newspapers nationwide.
“Since our inception in 1996, The Knot has had a rich history of supporting love and marriage for all,” said Mike Steib, CEO of XO Group Inc., parent company of The Knot. “Starting with The Knot Millennial Couple, Kimberly Acquaviva and Kimberly McGannon, to hosting a pop-up chapel in Central Park to celebrate New York State’s passage of the 2011 Marriage Equality Act, we’ve always believed in helping all couples plan their wedding–no matter who they are, or who they love.”
Key Findings from The Knot 2015 LGBTQ Weddings Study:
— Of the LGBTQ couples surveyed, 96% don’t consider their marriage a “same-sex marriage”—they consider it a marriage
— 95% of couples refer to this occasion as a wedding, as opposed to a commitment ceremony or civil union, up from 82% in 2014
— 60% of couples agree that guests could use advice and services when navigating LGBTQ wedding etiquette
— 95% of couples agree that vendors need a way to communicate that they’re LGBTQ friendly, and — 81% of couples look to vendor reviews when seeking LGBTQ-friendly wedding vendors
— The most popular reception venues include restaurants (13% for men, 16% for women), family or friends’ homes (13% for men, 12% for women), and historic buildings or homes (11% for men, 8% for women) [This most certainly shed light on the lie that Churches plays an overriding role in LGBTQ marriages]
— 57% of men and 69% of women had a formal proposal, and for 71% of those couples, it was a surprise
— 56% of men and 76% of women exchanged rings with their engagement; 36% of men and 56% of women at the time of their proposal, while 20% of couples purchased them after the proposal
— 97% of couples exchange wedding bands at the ceremony
— 70% of couples walk down the aisle; men are nearly three times as likely to walk down the aisle together, while women prefer a family or friend escort
— LGBTQ weddings are small, intimate affairs—men have an average of 77 guests and women have an average of 71 guests; 9 in 10 LGBTQ weddings have less than 150 guests
— Men spend an average of $15,992 on their weddings, compared with $13,055 for women; 23% of men and 21% of women spend more than $20,000
— 85% of men and 79% of women pay for the majority of the wedding themselves
The featured celebrities on the cover of The Knot LGBTQ Edition, Lance Bass and husband Michael Turchin, exemplify a personalized wedding and many of the trends revealed in The Knot LGBTQ Weddings Study. The magazine allows an all-access, VIP, backstage pass to the December 2014 wedding of the former *NSYNC member. “It was a gorgeous view of all our favorite people in the world,” says Lance about his wedding. The magazine also includes planning and etiquette advice, style inspiration and sweet love stories from real couples, along with real wedding images and inspiration. (See some of The Knot‘s favorite, most stunning LGBTQ couple shots in the issue above and below, and get The Knot Special LGBTQ Edition, available right now on Issuu.com)
“As we celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize marriage equality for the entire country, our study shows that LGBTQ couples are hosting intimate weddings, with a focus on the guest experience and lots of personalized details,” said Anja Winikka, site director of The Knot. “Best of all, 91% of men and 95% of women respondents say that ‘my wedding day was the best day of my life so far.‘”
David’s Bridal, the nation’s leading bridal and special occasion authority, announces the launch of the highly anticipated Spring 2014 collection from Zac Posen. ‘Truly Zac Posen‘ is available exclusively in select David’s Bridal stores worldwide and online at http://www.DavidsBridal.com on February 6, 2014. This romantic collection of bridal and social occasion styles is rooted in Zac Posen’s signature design sensibility and red-carpet heritage.
As the latest designer collection in the David’s Bridal collaboration portfolio, ‘Truly Zac Posen‘ will continue to deliver seasonal styles throughout the year at an accessible price-point. Bridal gowns are priced from $850 to $1,350. For the social occasion collection, cocktail dresses start at $195 and floor-length evening gowns retail for $225. Jewelry and accessories will also be included in the collection. Continue reading