Make it a Classic Wedding
Our resident wedding expert, Emily Reifel, shares ideas for a timeless celebration.
- Book a Classic Venue!: The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom was elegant 50 years ago and it will continue to be elegant 50 years from now. Your photographs will be iconic and never go out of style. An iconic bride and groom photo on the marble staircase is a must.
- Style must-haves: Candelabra’s! Nothing says romance better than candlelight, but don't be scared of LED lights - they are key for a vibrant energy! Amber uplighting with lavender accents not only warmth, but also depth.
-Dress: Embody your own style! Don’t be afraid to take a risk and wear something that is truly your own. I love the look of lace and sleeves. Think about where your wedding is taking place and make sure your dress matches the feel of the party. In the words of Coco Chanel, "Fashion fades, only style remains the same."
-Shoes: No more white wedding shoes! Wear something that you will be able to wear over again and make sure they are comfortable. Break them in before the big day! Although I never get tired of Carrie Bradshaw's 'something blue'.
-Rings: Some of the most interesting rings I've seen are antique or a family heirloom. Although no one should ever turn down a Harry Winston princess cut.
-Flowers: I'm a sucker for a John F. Kennedy white rose. It not only looks beautiful, but its fragrance is just as lovely as its looks.
-Food: It's complicated navigating the many personalities of bringing families close together, find a way to incorporate everyone's favorites!
-Cake: At the end of the day, I've seen cakes, cupcakes, and everything in between, but make sure's it's your favorite filling, icing, and cake. Even vanilla with buttercream frosting can be top-notch. Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too!
-Decor: Decor is opening up Pandora's Box. Don't forget your own personal style, don't be swept up by Pinterest and everything you see online.
-Parting Gifts: Think breakfast! One of my favorite favors was having each guests take a personalized bag that contained a bagel & cream cheese along with a copy of the Sunday New York Times! Nothing says classic New York City better than that!
-Ceremony: Invest in the music! Add multiple musicians to your processional music and use classical renditions of songs that people will recognize. In my best friend’s wedding, I walked down the aisle to Clarity by Zedd played on the piano and strings – the crowd loved it!
-Create Memorable Moments: Cherish these moments, as they're my favorite every weekend: when the bride checks in and hands me her wedding dress; this is when the wedding really begins. Next, pause and cherish the moment just before you take your first step down the aisle. Dont be nervous for your first dance, pretend you and your partner are the only ones in the room and dance like no one's watching.