Couture and Confections {at the Garden City Hotel}

Wedding season is fast-approaching and the Garden City Hotel kicked off its first ever Wedding Week this week! Inside Garden City was thrilled to attend Couture and Confections on Tuesday night to get a peek into what’s happening inside the world of weddings!

I like to think of the Hotel’s Wedding Week as a “little black book” of bridal. The moment guests walked through the door at Couture and Confections, gorgeous wedding ideas were everywhere, from the fabulous gin-infused cocktail, aptly named the Blushing Bride, to the champagne cocktails topped with mini sorbet popsicles.

Delectable confections lined the walls- such as cake pops {the apple pie pops were adorbs}, as wells mini trifles and cheesecakes.

Beautiful Vera Wang couture gowns adorned the room. Check these out: 

The highlight of the night was the expert panel made up of Long Island’s Favorite Newlywed Elisa DiStefano, celebrity event planner Michael Russo of Michael Russo Events {and host of Mikie Saves the Date}, Sania Recupero General Manager of the Wedding Salon of Manhasset, Erica Arkin Senior VP at Vera Wang Bridal, fitness expert Stacy Montafis and Red Door Spas.

These experts had lots of hot tips for brides-to-be and here are some highlights from each:

If you’re newly engaged, tops on your wedding to-do list may be to book the perfect venue or start your search for “the dress.” According to Michael Russo, the first step should be to have your guest list in check and then find a venue that can accommodate your list so you don’t end up having to cut guests. Another great tip from Michael on choosing a venue was that brides should feel that “they want to accessorize a room, not transform it.” Sania Recupero of the Wedding Salon of Manhasset recommended having a year to order and fit your dress but assured brides that her staff can handle much smaller time frames. She also noted that the bride sets a theme with her dress, so have an idea of what you are going for before you shop, but try on all styles. Elisa DiStefano, the panel’s moderator, recommends having days when you don’t talk to your partner about the wedding at all.

Erica Arkin from Vera Wang Bridal suggests that brides make a mood board to help them focus on what they like. She also smartly advises brides to get a swatch from their dye lot to match other things accordingly because “every white isn’t the same and every ivory isn’t the same.” Stacy Montafis gave great fitness recommendations when she advised to “start your diet and workout plan early, have a support system and eliminate hater friends.” She also recommends setting a goal by asking yourself “what do you want to hide and what do you want to accentuate?” Lastly, every bride knows the importance of a good skincare regimen before the big day. Red Door Spa recommends starting spa skincare treatments when you find your dress and hair conditioning treatments, like Keratin, six months prior to the big day.

The first event “Show Off Your Wedding Ring” treated brides to a bridal makeup consultation and bridal gift bag on Monday. The last event, “Weddings on 7th: A Luxury Showcase” was scheduled for Thursday night, 3/5, but considering the weather conditions {snow and more snow}, it’s been rescheduled. But don’t miss it! The Hotel plans to transform its ballroom into four different and fabulous weddings- another great addition to that “little black book” of bridal- with just about everything you’ll need to plan the big day: top florists, music, event planners, bridal gowns and more. Plus, enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Happy planning!

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One comment

  1. mackyton · December 26, 2015

    Yeah dear, New York City is one of the most happening, exciting and fascinating. Even many hotels offer enormous food and superb staff service to customers and there you can get wonderful corporate holiday party ideas too.


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