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Last Minute Wedding Tips

There are many different reasons for a couple to get married last minute. Whether it be related to armed services, illness, pregnancy, or spontaneity, Chez Vous is here to help. We contacted Staten Island’s most popular wedding companies in order to find out what can be done if a couple has a deadline of one month to six weeks before they say “I do”. Some places have even said that they could throw together your wedding day goodies within 24 hours, keep in mind, this all depends on their availability.

From what we have learned, it is really easy to pull off a last minute wedding. The local businesses here on the Island are willing to work with the couple in order to help them have the wedding of their dreams.

The Dress

We spoke with our friends at Angel’s Bridal, Mary Ann, owner of Angel’s Bridal, told us that a dress would be ordered and altered within a month. They have even had cases were a bride has come in and bought a sample gown during their same day visit. This gown is from the David Tutera for Mon Cheri collection and features two big trends for the upcoming wedding season, laser-cut florals and champagne.

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The Tux

You can purchase or rent a tux from Men’s Wearhouse within 24-48 hours. Thus, there should be nothing to worry about in terms of obtaining a tux before your big day.

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The Bridesmaids

There are many ways to obtain a dress for your bridesmaids in a timely manner. Whether it be through a local boutique, or an online store like modcloth.com, your Bridesmaids are going to look stunning.

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The Flowers

It is recommended that you book your florist as soon as possible, but most florists can accommodate a  couple within a week’s notice. Elizabeth, from Flowers by Bernard, told us that the reason why a florist needs a week to prepare is because some flowers need time to be conditioned in order for them to look the best they possibly can on your special day. The best flowers to use for a last minute wedding are roses and hydrangeas, they are readily available and have a short conditioning time.

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The Cake

Isabella’s Creations is one of the best wedding cake designers on the island. If given a minimum of a week, they can create a cake for your special day like this one below.

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The Invitations and Reception Art

From your invitations to your table markings to your guest book, it can be overwhelming trying to find time to sit down and create these items during the whirlwind of preparing for your wedding. Matthew from Plum-Paperie told us that a couple’s best option is to go with a simple wedding invitation in order to get them out as soon as possible to your guests. Instruct your designer to go with a plain background and fancy text to make the invitations look simple, yet elegant.

Once your invitations are out, you can shift your focus to designing your placeholders and other miscellaneous reception art. By visiting your graphic designer first, it will give you more time to focus on the bigger details of your wedding, and you will be able to receive custom designs to really make your wedding reception stand out.

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The Centerpieces

The best way to get centerpieces ready for your special day, while staying on budget, is to do them yourself. The Knot has a wide array of DIY tutorials and solutions to transform everyday items into stunning showstoppers.

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The Photographer and Videographer

Local photographer and videographer, Sebastian Barbera, informed us that bridal bookings are typically done six months to a year in advance. However, if a photographer has an opening, they will be more then willing to accept a booking up to four days to a week before the wedding. Some photographer and videographers are even known for booking weddings within 24 hours of the ceremony! While this is not common, it does happen.

Good places to reach out to photographers and videographers alike is The Knot, Mandy.com, and Craigslist.com under creative gigs and crew gigs, or your local yellow pages. However, Barbera recommends using Facebook to find a photographer in a pinch since you can view their work and contact them much easier then if you spent hours searching for them through Google or your local yellow pages. Barbera is still accepting bridal bookings for 2016, so if you need a last minute photographer or videographer, reach out to him through IndependantCinematics@gmail.com.

The Catering, Hall Rental, and Party Rentals

If you find yourself in a position where you are hosting a last minute wedding, Chez Vous is the home of the $99 per person wedding. We offer full-service catering, staff, china service, bar service, and cover your table, chair, hall rental, and linen rentals. In being that we also own a party rental company, you can also order chair covers, chair bows, sashes, linen overlays for your tables, and much more by visiting our site cvparties.com.

If you are looking for an event hall that has old charm and class, then Edgewater Hall is for you. Our hall is 150 years old and is a historical landmark. Built in the late 1800s, this building has housed many different businesses since its creation. Each floor has its own distinct characteristics, and we even have an outdoor terrace. The event hall has three floors and each floor can hold about 100 people. The hall is open for rental with a minimum of 5 days notice. If you find yourself in a tight situation, we can, upon availability, even rent out the hall within 24-48 hours.

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Final Thoughts

A last minute wedding should not stress you out, it should excite you! You no longer have to wait months on end to marry the one you love. Whatever your reason for marrying your loved one last minute, we are here for you, and a last minute wedding is possible. If you are looking to book your last minute wedding, Chez Vous would love to be involved in your special day, call Ettore at 718.720.0900 or e-mail us at Ettore@cvparties.com.

We are a catering company located on Staten Island that offers catering in our lovely, historic hall, Edgewater Hall located at 691 Bay Street. You can rent our hall with or without catering for your wedding. We also offer off-premise catering for the couple who is seeking freshly prepared foods at a location of their choice.

 

About Chez Vous Caterers

Staten Island caterers, Chez Vous catering and party rentals, proudly serves the entire New York City area.

With over 20 years in the business, Chez Vous proudly offers elegant service at inspiring pricing. Catering, Party Rentals, and Planning are available for Weddings, Sweet Sixteens, Birthdays, Baby Showers, Corporate Events, and any other gathering that requires great food and service.

Staten Island Off-Premise Catering Service

If you are hosting an event at your home or another unique location, let us provide the food, staff, tables, and chairs necessary to transform any space into an elegant environment.

To contact us about catering at our home or yours, contact us at: (718) 720-0900

or Click Here to fill out our contact form.

100 Years of Wedding Dresses

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I was always inspired by the rich history of Edgewater Hall, and imagined all of the brides who walked through these doors to be wed over the past 140 years. Edgewater Hall was built in 1876 as an event space by Michael Nynan, and today continues the tradition of opening our doors to brides for their wedding day. Thus, I decided to blend together Edgewater Hall’s rich history with that of the history of wedding gowns to bring you 14 different wedding looks that are both traditional and nontraditional for our project entitled “100 Years of Wedding Dresses“.

1900

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The early 1900s were characterized by their high neckline dresses, detailed embroidery, and the “Gibson Girl” hairstyle.

This dress is from Every Thing Goes Clothing and was designed by Laracy, whose design headquarters used to be located off of West 46th street in Manhattan. There is a Laracy gown that is in the Metropolitan Museum’s collection, but the dress is not currently on display.

1916

1910s-pairDuring the 1910s, which was the Late-Edwardian era, the dresses still maintained their high necklines, however the waistline of the dresses began to rise in order to reveal a woman’s natural hour-glass figure. Dresses during this time were typically floor length, however, some women showed off their ankles.

This look was styled by Angel Lee, the owner of Monkey Girlz Boutique, a consignment shop located on Manor Road on Staten Island.

1920

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Before the boldness of the Flapper dresses that defined the mid-late 1920s, most brides opted for a Late-Edwardian dress that had a looser form. These dresses still had a high neckline, but the hemline typically ended at the ankle for a more flirty look. We paired this dress with a floor length veil.

This look is from Monkey Girlz. 

1926

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It wasn’t until 1926 that flapper fashion became popular. A flapper was characterized by their short sleek hair, a shorter than average shapeless shift dress, their make up, and exposed arms and legs. These women were fashion rebels in the Jazz Age and they loved every minute of it.

Dress by Monkey Girlz Consignment with a matching beaded cardigan. The headband and ring are also authentically from the Jazz Age. The fur is from Every Thing Goes Clothing.

1930

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The history of this dress is very interesting. Before this dress landed in Monkey Girlz’ shop, it was worn by two generations of women. Originally this dress was worn in the 1930s for a Staten Island Wedding, and then in the 1970s by the dress owner’s daughter. We styled this dress to bring out its original glory during the Jazz Age. The veil is original to the 1930s, and came with this hand crafted gown.

1940

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In the 1940s, brides had two options for their wedding gowns, to either buy them using their rations or to make their own. This dress in particular was made by a woman who was originally from Brooklyn and relocated to Staten Island later on in her life. The gown is tea length, which started to become popular in the 1940s.

Dress by Monkey Girlz. Gloves by Hey Viv!

1946

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Styled after what a World War II era bride would wear for a city hall wedding, this dress is certainly nontraditional. The dress has a train in the back and is cut low to accentuate the back, which was thought to be very alluring in the 1940s.

Dress from Every Thing Goes Clothing and the birdcage veil with a cream hat is from Hey Viv!

1957

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The 1950s was a time where women began to experiment with color. It is also a time where the tea length wedding dress was considered to be the norm. In 1957, Audrey Hepburn wore a tea length wedding gown which was designed by Givenchy for the film Funny Face, which defined the era. The gown was so iconic that women of the era tried to replicate it.

Gown from Hey Viv! as is the pill box hat.

1960

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The 1960s are known for their flower power movement and empire line dresses were the norm for brides of the era. We decided to put Allison in a nontraditional gown that was worn in the late 1960s. The big shoulders and the beaded detail provide this gown with its wow factor.

This gown is from Monkey Girlz.

1970

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Disco was kind in the 1970s, and this dress with its empire waist, puffy sleeves, and short hemline are perfect for any dance floor. Beginning in the 1960s, brides experimented with their gowns and the experimentation carried on into the 1970s.

This gown and the veil were provided by Monkey Girlz.

1980

1980s

Oh the 80s, a time of big hair, wild color, and punk rock music. Which is why we decided to shoot this at Overspray, a 2 floor graffiti art infused event space.

This look is inspired by the 80s from the dress by Monkey Girlz, to the green belt by Every Thing Goes, to the black veil, this dress screams 80s.

1990

1990s

The 90s were a time when grunge and teenage angst ruled the runways. We chose Overspray, caged in area to further channel the 90s.

This gown from Every Thing Goes is no exception. The silver color and the simple silhouette are all typical of the era, and you may have even seen Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer wear something similar to this dress to her prom.

2000

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In the early 2000s, women were obsessed with ruching and bling. Ruching is a draping technique that creates pleats and folds in the fabric. It also has a slimming effect.

This ballgown with ruching and a blinged out belt is from Bossina Couture which is located in New Dorp. The fur is from Every Thing Goes Clothing.

2016

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This year women are opting for fewer and fewer traditional dresses. The main upcoming bridal trends are a corset bodice, blush or ice blue wedding gowns, and embellished bodices like the one provided by Bossina Couture.

Thank you to everyone who participate in the, 100 Years of Wedding Dresses shoot. Our hair and make-up team, consisted of Alona Tsuanko and Lola Durojaiye. Alona and Lola were put to the ultimate test in order to create 14 different, unique looks. The stylists for this shoot were the ever talented Angel Lee of Monkey Girlz and Alexandra Nyman. Nyman also served as the director and coordinator for this shoot.

Although the dresses were per-say the “belles of the ball” much credit is to be extended to the Vintage Boutiques on Staten Island, Monkey Girlz Boutique, Every Thing Goes Clothing, Hey Viv!, and Bossina Couture. Photography by Noelle Kraft Photography.

To have had the opportunity of shooting this project at the Edgewater Hall was indeed The “ Piece de Resistance” for it gave the shoot that grand, historic ambiance of yester years. Models Allison Morales, Katherine Hughes, and Jillian Dente. Allison 1900-1920, 1946, and 1960, Katherine 1926, 1950, and 2000 and Jillian Dentem1930, 1940, 1970-90, and 2016.

100 Years of Wedding Dresses, video which will be released in March by Shadow and Sound.

If you are interested in viewing the Historic Edgewater Hall, please book an appointment by calling 718.720.0900 or by e-mailing us at ettore@cvparties.com.

 

About Chez Vous Caterers

Staten Island caterers, Chez Vous catering and party rentals, proudly serves the entire New York City area.

With over 20 years in the business Chez Vous proudly offers elegant service at inspiring pricing. Catering, Party Rentals, and Planning are available for Weddings, Sweet Sixteens, Birthdays, Baby Showers, Corporate Events, and any other gathering that requires great food and service.

Staten Island Off-Premise Catering Service

If you are hosting an event at your home or another unique location, let us provide the food, staff, tables, and chairs necessary to transform any space into an elegant environment.

To contact us about catering at our home or yours, contact us at: (718) 720-0900

or Click Here to fill out our contact form.