Dress of the Week: Douglas Hannant

This week our dress comes from designer Douglas Hannant. Danielle, CUE’s Founder and Creative Director, had the pleasure of seeing his 2011 designs in person at the Gabriella New York Bridal Salon (http://www.gabriellanewyork.com/). She marveled at how this designer, in particular, caters to all types of women regardless of style or size.

 

Courtesy of http://www.douglashannant.com

 

This week’s gorgeous dress bolsters Hannant’s commitment to creating unique yet traditional gowns. The strapless bodice, empire waist, and mermaid style train are very conventional elements. However, the addition of the beautiful blue embroidery on the bust, skirt and train makes this gown an eye-catching standout. Hannant states, “I really know my customer,”  and poignantly adds, “I didn’t have her when I started. She found me. She is exactly who I wanted her to be.” Well, who is she? “She loves fine things in every facet of her life. She loves luxury. She wants modern, fresh and new, yet it isn’t big news in the sense that she is never going to be wearing the splashiest, trendiest, most overexposed thing of the moment.” We applaud this great designer and look forward to keeping our eye on his style.

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{CUE Real Wedding}: Rani + Jay

Many people dream of having a New York City wedding, so why not do it in style? Rani and Jay held their unforgettable wedding at Gotham Hall and totally transformed the space into one of the most festive weddings we’ve seen! By incorporating their Indian heritage into all the fine design details of the ceremony and then proudly displaying their New York attitude in a rocking club-style reception, Rani and Jay treated their guests to two stunning and completely contrasting experiences – and made turning over the space an ambitious but fun adventure for the CUE girls. From setting up the programs and escort cards to inflating a giant monkey, all while directing over five hundred guests, this event was one that will surely be remembered.

Ceremony and Reception: Gotham Hall

Floral Design: Martin Jobes

Photography: Jenny Ebert

Lighting: Bentley Meeker

Coordination: Curtain Up Events

We can’t thank the vendors enough for all of their hard work, dedication and commitment in making this wedding so outstanding. Congratulations on another successful collaboration!

xoxo,
Kiki

Dress of the Week: Oscar de la Renta

When a planning a wedding, one of the most personal & exciting elements a bride considers is her dress. The CUE girls are here to help with some dresses we love to offer you some inspiration!

This is our pick for Dress of the Week.

This dress was designed by Oscar de la Renta himself. From his Spring 2011 collection, this beauty is a one-of-a-kind stunner wrapped in a sheath of lace that radiates elegance and grace. A unique detail that caught our attention is the train. For years now trains have been left entirely to personal preference and are not at all de rigeur. For those of you who are on the fence, Oscar de la Renta cleverly modernizes the train by adding a pop of color, fashioning it from a contrasting material and “attaching” it as a bow to the back of the dress.

Follow our new Dress of the Week series for our featured gowns including picks for the bride or her bridesmaids. We’d love to hear your thoughts as well as recommendations for gorgeous gowns that have caught your eye.

Happy searching!

Eloquent Etiquette

The New Year is upon us and it’s time for a new segment, Eloquent Etiquette. We thought we’d expand our view to not only focus on creating exciting events and delightful details, but to also advise as to how to make formal party interactions and customs less foreign and daunting.

This week we found a great article, courtesy of Allure Magazine. “How to Make a Fabulous Party Conversation” caught our attention because it’s clear concise and gives you different topics and techniques to include or excuse yourself. Enjoy!

How to Make Fabulous Party Conversation

December 31, 2010

New Year’s Eve is one of those high-pressure party evenings: You know it’s coming for, well…a year, and you’re supposed to have the time of your life. But when you find yourself talking to people you met just moments ago—and might end up kissing when the countdown ends—there’s nothing like enforced fun to kill a conversation. Here’s how not to let it fizzle:

  • Do a little homework. Read a few online newspapers and peruse blogs like Gawker andHuffington Post. That way, if someone brings up current events, you can ask a few strategic questions to get him talking. When you know what kind of guests you’ll be mingling with, it’s easier to focus your reading. “If it’s going to be a lot of investment bankers, the odds are that talk will turn to government oversight of Wall Street,” says Deborah Roberts, an ABC News reporter. “And you can keep that in mind as you read the paper that week.”
  • Avoid the obvious. Don’t be intimidated by someone because of their job or reputation; just find out what interests him when he’s not at work. “Powerful people have hobbies, too, and they like to talk about them as much as anyone else does,” says writer Julia Reed, who has made small talk with senators and presidents.
  • Ask for recommendations. People love to be asked about their favorite finds. Ingrid Sischy, a writer and the former editor-in-chief of Interview magazine, fishes for advice she can use on her next vacation or night out. “I’m always trying to find out great new places, great restaurants, great books,” she says. “Some of the best things I’ve done, I learned about at dinner parties.”
  • Push some buttons. “Feel free to be wildly interrogative and ask profound questions,” says Simon Doonan, creative director of Barneys New York and the author of Nasty: My Family and other Glamorous Varmints. “For example, ‘How’s your relationship with your mother these days?’; ‘When was the last time you cried?’ Fellow guests will think you’re insane, but the answers are never boring.”
  • Know when to make your escape. If you’re really getting nowhere with the small talk, then extract yourself. “I often do the discrete handoff,” says event planner Deborah Williamson. “I’ll see a group of friends and introduce the person to everyone. After a few minutes, I’ll excuse myself and dash off.” If that fails, fake it. “I pretend to look for someone specific,” says Marjorie Gubelmann, a New York City social fixture who goes to countless parties every year. “I’ll say, ‘I’m looking for Dorothy—it’s always Dorothy. And then a few minutes later, I’ll apologize, excuse myself, and leave to go find Dorothy.” And the last resort? “Apologize and say you must find the ladies’ room,” says Gubelmann. Go in (even if it’s just to apply lipstick), then bump into someone else on your way out.

For this article and others at Allure Magazine:

http://www.allure.com/beauty/blogs/reporter/2010/12/how-to-start-a-conversation.html

From CUE to YOU

We at CUE couldn’t let the New Year roll in without taking the time to say THANK YOU.  We owe so much to our amazing clients, talented vendors our friends, families and everyone out there who supports us in what we do.  We are so proud of the events we create and produce and feel lucky to be able to wake up every day and know that we get to go to work with people we love and respect.

This year has been a whirlwind!  Every event was unique. We faced many challenges, overcame many obstacles and were rewarded with seamless, beautiful and fabulous events at the end of the day.
We’re so excited about what 2011 will hold for us and look forward to sharing it with you!

Wishing you peace, prosperity, love and happiness in the New Year.

xoxo,

Danielle and the CUE team