BRIDE BEWARE: Are You Getting Married and Want the Day on Video?

December 19, 2011

If you’re a bride in the market for a wedding video, listen up! Records labels are cracking down on videographers who use mainstream music without the rights. It means the chances of your wedding soundtrack including your favorite artists may be slim.

We spoke with a local expert in the Las Vegas wedding film industry. They say this has become huge in the last six to eight months.  They’re choosing to stay clear of popular music, because buying the rights to someone’s favorite song comes with a big price tag.

The music industry has been cracking down on the use of unlicensed songs in wedding videos.

It may have started with the wedding of Tony Romo, the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback, to Candice Crawford in May. People magazine said the five-minute video they had made “hit the Internet looking more like a blockbuster movie trailer than nuptial footage” — and soon it went viral on YouTube, complete with Coldplay’s “Fix You” as theme music.

The band’s label reportedly sued the Austin-based filmmaker.

The company that made the Romo wedding film reportedly settled with Coldplay’s record label.

Videographers want to avoid that kind of litigation all together.

What does all this mean for you, if you’re getting married and want the day on video? Mainly, photographers say not to be surprised if you can’t have your favorite music as the background track. If you picked a top-40 hit for your first dance, the photographer may be afraid to post it online. Your photographer is unlikely to be sued — but may worry about it if your wedding video becomes a YouTube hit.

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NEWS RELEASE: Men’s Wearhouse Partners with Vera Wang

December 15, 2011

 Men’s Wearhouse Partners with Vera Wang to Launch Black by Vera Wang

  HOUSTON – December 15, 2011 – The Men’s Wearhouse (NYSE: MW) and Vera Wang announce an exclusive partnership to launch Black by Vera Wang, a new tuxedo rental collection.

 Designed by renowned fashion industry icon, Vera Wang, and exclusively available at Men’s Wearhouse, one of the largest men’s specialty apparel retailers in the US, the Black by Vera Wang collection will provide an exceptional quality of rental tuxedos at an accessible price point.

 The inaugural collection will initially offer two modern tuxedo styles, with one style in black and the second style in gray. Both tuxedos will feature a contemporary fit, via a slightly shorter 30.5″ coat length (versus the 31″ standard length) and narrow 2 1/2″ lapel, which will provide a modern, sophisticated look. Ultra-lightweight fabrication will allow for a superior drape and luxe feel.

 The black tuxedo will feature a two-button notch, grosgrain lapel with side vents. Flat-front pant will feature a grosgrain stripe detail. The gray style will include a two-button, satin edge notch lapel with side vents and a classic, flat-front pant.

 The opening price point for the rental collection is $219.99 for a complete outfit, with both styles offered in standard fit, slim fit and “big & tall” sizing.

 “For more than twenty years, I have shared my design vision with women around the world, so it is exciting to now have the opportunity to share that with men as well,” said Vera Wang. “With an exceptional reputation as one the largest men’s specialty retailers, Men’s Wearhouse was a natural retail partner for the Black by Vera Wang collection.”

 “As one of the world’s most celebrated designers, we are pleased to partner with Vera Wang for the Black by Vera Wang collection,” said Doug Ewert, CEO of Men’s Wearhouse, Inc. “Men’s Wearhouse has always been a leader in the men’s specialty retail industry, and this exclusive partnership will allow us to continue providing our customers with high quality and reputable brands.”

 The Black by Vera Wang collection will launch exclusively in all Men’s Wearhouse retail stores in the US and Moores Clothing for Men retail stores in Canada in late Spring 2012.

  

About Vera Wang Group:

 Vera Wang Group designs, markets and distributes collections of women’s ready-to-wear, cocktail attire and bridal. Vera Wang Licensing LLC, the licensing division of the company, has selectively granted licenses for the manufacture and distribution of fragrance and beauty-related products (Coty Prestige, Inc.), eyewear (Kenmark Group), china, crystal, silver and gifts (WWRD), fine papers (William Arthur), mattresses (Serta), bedding (Revman), Lavender footwear (Brown Shoe), luggage (Hartmann), flowers (FTD), and Barbie (Mattel). In addition, Vera Wang on Weddings was published by Harper Collins in 2001. In 2007, the company partnered with Kohl’s to introduce Simply Vera Vera Wang. In Spring 2011, Vera Wang launched her highly anticipated inaugural collection for David’s Bridal, White by Vera Wang, which brings the acclaimed Vera Wang aesthetic to a new set of brides.

 For more information on Vera Wang, please visit the company’s website at http://www.verawang.com.

 

About Men’s Wearhouse:

 Founded in 1973, Men’s Wearhouse is one of North America’s largest specialty retailers of men’s apparel with 1,175 stores. The Men’s Wearhouse, Moores and K&G stores carry a full selection of men’s designer, brand name and private label suits, sport coats, furnishings and accessories and Men’s Wearhouse and Tux stores carry a limited selection. K&G stores carry a full selection of women’s apparel. Tuxedo rentals are available in the Men’s Wearhouse, Moores and Men’s Wearhouse and Tux stores. Additionally, Men’s Wearhouse operates a global corporate apparel and workwear group consisting of Twin Hill in the United States and Dimensions and Alexandra in the United Kingdom.

 

For additional information on Men’s Wearhouse, please visit the Company’s websites at http://www.menswearhouse.com, http://www.kgstores.com, http://www.mooresclothing.com, http://www.dimensions.co.uk, http://www.alexandra.co.uk and http://www.twinhill.com.

 

 

Tip Tuesday: Let the Pros Help!

December 13, 2011

If you are a birde-to-be with a glamorous wedding vision, don’t hesitate to recruit a wedding planner!

The fabulous creative coordinators at PinUp Bride Planners are at your service! 

Deborah James aka The PinUp Bride Planner, can provide you with ideas that will assist you in stepping out and becoming the Bombshell Bride that you are…With a modern vintage twist and a splash of glamour.

The PinUp Bride Planners cater exclusively to the bride that wants a one of a kind wedding created to reflect her vision of the perfect wedding.  Their creative spirit takes you on a journey into fantasy; bringing the art of spotlighting the bride’s personality with a new sense of glamour and sophistication in every aspect of her wedding.

Check out PinUp Bride HERE

Contact PinUp Bride HERE

Looking to Get Engaged Over the Holidays?

December 9, 2011

Note: For full affect, print this out and place in your groom-to-be’s briefcase!

Tis the season — not just for holidays — but engagements!

December is the biggest month of the year for popping the question, according to and for good cause. There’s nothing like the warmth and cheer of the holidays and time with family to encourage couples to make it official. Plus, it’s good timing for those looking to become spring brides.

If you’re considering a December engagement, here are a few tips to make this a moment she’ll cherish the rest of her life.

DO
Surprise her. While you’ve explored your future and know that marriage is in the works, let the engagement be an event that takes her off guard and makes her feel really cherished.

DO
Talk to your fianceé to be about whether she wants to pick out her own ring. And be sure to keep the ring in a safe place, probably not the same known place you hide her presents every year!

DO
Pick a special spot. Whether it’s the place of your first date or kiss, or scenic location decorated with romantic, twinkling Christmas lights – where you proposed is the main detail everyone will ask about.

DO
Have a friend waiting in the wings to capture the engagement on film and in pictures. It’s a moment that can never be recreated! You’ll both treasure the look of surprise and delight on your faces for years to come.

DO
Celebrate with friends after it’s official. Whether it’s dinner, a party or phone calls, your friends will be happy that you shared the news directly with them — not on a generic post on Facebook.

DON’T
Make it a public spectacle or a family affair. Engagements should be intimate moments between the soon-to-be betrothed only. Asking in front of a crowd or the family at the Christmas dinner table is not any girl’s idea of romantic.

DON’T
Allow the holiday season to take the place of creativity. Engagements should be meaningful and unique to each couple. Don’t feel like casually popping the question on Christmas day or New Years Eve is special enough. Make it a special evening or day celebrating the two of you — your past and your very bright future.

DON’T
Hide the engagement ring. Whether it’s in food, champagne or on the Christmas tree, it’s risky to hide the ring and a little yucky to shove it in food. Plus, it’s cliché. Most every girl dreams of the day when her man will drop to one knee and pop open that little black box. Don’t rob her of that moment by hiding the ring and then freaking out when your 2-year-old niece decides to rearrange the ornaments on the Christmas tree.

DON’T
Complicate things. Now that I’ve trashed your idea of hiding the engagement ring in the holiday fruitcake, I must caution against going too far in the other direction. Stressing over whether the Holiday Sing-O-Gram will call her cell in time for the horse-drawn carriage to arrive convolutes the whole point of the exercise: the proposal. Creativity is great, but make sure the offer of marriage is the main event.

DON’T
Drink and propose. Even the most confident groom-to-be will feel his heart pounding through his chest right before he pops the question. While some liquid courage might be tempting, it may also reduce her perceived sincerity of your affections if you slur through the proposal.

THANK YOU THURS: Special thanks to our amazing sponsors that made the 2011 Las Vegas Wedding Awards a great success!

December 8, 2011

The following vendors always go above and beyond for their brides, as this year’s sponsors of the Las Vegas Wedding Awards, there was no exception.  We place our trust and preference in the following companies, and recommend you, as a bride-to-be, check them out a well!

First of all, we couldn’t have had better MC’s;
Michelle Velez and Stephanie Jay, thank you beyond words for making the night run smoothly.

And thanks to the other contributing vendors below;

Alligator Soup – Invites
Tuxedo Junction – Tuxedos
Neon City Media – Videography
The Stirling Club – Venue
We Luv Flowers – Floral Décor
Jovani Linen & Floral – Décor
Phojo Photo – Photography
Dream Entertainment – DJ
Ice Occasions – Ice Sculpture
Sit on This – Chairs

On behalf of all of us at Las Vegas Bride, we are so very appreciative to all of you who stepped up to the plate and then some!

And lastly, thenight would have never happened without the amazing Mark Shaffer and Tammy Shaw-Shaffer!  Congratulations to our 2011 Forward Thinker Winner and his better half!

Las Vegas Wedding Award Winners of 2011

December 8, 2011

Las Vegas Wedding Award Winners of 2011

HOW THE AWARDS CAME ABOUT AND HOW IT WORKS…

 Sixteen years ago, we launched the first Las Vegas Wedding Awards with Toys for Tots…  Over the years there were many winners… and today, you can still see some of the awards hanging in some of the old-timers offices and shops around Las Vegas…   And starting today, there’ll be more awards to display through-out the valley. 

 The Las Vegas Wedding Awards is a culmination of honor, recognition, and appreciation of those who have made a difference in the Las Vegas Wedding Industry.

 It’s about those who have demonstrated exemplary professionalism with dignity and respect… and more importantly, make most of us proud to be in this business.

The awards are open to voting every year, from January 1st to November 15th, online at LasVegasBride.com/awards.

Congratulations to the winners that were announced at last night’s 2011 Las Vegas Wedding Awards;

(click on the vendors for more information)

Best Chapel
Independent Chapel – Chapel of the Flowers & Little Church of the West.
Hotel Resort Chapel: Mandalay Bay

Best Ceremony- Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort

Best Reception
Country Club- Canyon Gate Country Club
Hotel- The Platinum Hotel
Private Venue- Emerald at Queensridge
Restaurant- Cili Restaurant at Bali Hai Golf Club

Best Photographer – TSL Photography

Best Videographer- Lighten Films

Best Caterer- Las Vegas Citiwide Catering

Best Planner- Pinup Bride

Best Bachelorette- Blue Martini

Best Bridal Gown – Bowties Bridal
Best Formal Wear- Tuxedo Junction

Best Wedding Cake- Gimme Some Sugar

Best Flowers-  Naakiti

Best DJ- High Flyin Entertainment

Best Resort- Mandalay Bay

Best Invites- Alligator Soup & 1st Impressions Invitations

Best Beauty Pro- GlamSquad

Best Wedding Décor- Jovani Linens

Best Wedding Pro- Andrea Eppolito

Best Wedding Website- www.littlechapel.com

Best Community Service- Staci Kirk

Biggest Giver Award – High Flyin, Dream Entertainment, Fogarty Foto

Lifetime Achievement Award – Michael Hinden at Victoria’s Family
Future Generation Award  – TISOH

Rising Stars:
BB King’s
The Lake Las Vegas – The Lake Club
The Dancing Dandelion
Sun City Summerlin Flowers
Ella Gagiano Photography
Phojo Photo
Josh and Jen Photography
Neon City Media
Smyle Booths

Tip Tuesday: Photojournalism

December 6, 2011

The Story of Your Day

Talk to your photographer about the story you want to convey in your wedding album.

Whether your wedding is an outdoor, casual event or a black-tie affair, every couple wants the memories of their wedding to be picture perfect.  Photojournalism is the buzz word for modern weddings.  Forget the staged shots.  Photographers now focus on telling the story of your special day as it unfolds.  From the pre-ceremony preparations to the last dance, they capture the events with wedding photography/video that records the unique emotions of your special day.  Whether it’s the bride’s heartfelt hug with her dad or the flower girl and ring bearer dancing, it catches the spontaneous and touching moments in an artistic an unobtrusive way.

 

For more information on wedding photography, check out our article in Las Vegas Bride on page 72.

Thanks to Ella Gagiano for the beautiful pictures for today’s blog.

Check out Ella Gagiano HERE

Contact Ella Gagiano HERE

Wed during the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon

December 5, 2011

On your mark, get set, GET MARRIED!

Las Vegas’ annual Rock n’ Roll marathon brought thousands together – rocking out to bands, cheering on racers and witnessing nuptials!  The first-ever night time backdrop included booze, live music, Elvis impersonators and the gleaming neon lights of the fabulous Las Vegas Strip.  This made for a perfect backdrop for the more than 100 couples that exchanged their vows during the celebratory event.

Complete with veils tucked into ponytails, and bowties on top of t-shirts, couples exchanged vows in a run-through wedding ceremony.  The nuptials took place in front of The Mirage where the volcano fired off as each pair sealed their vows with a kiss.  After the three minute ceremony, short pause to snap pictures, and catch confetti, the love birds returned to the track to finish the 13-mile stretch.

If this isn’t a wedding event true to Las Vegas form, I’m not sure what is!

FREE FRIDAY: Get the Reward Card Today!

December 2, 2011

FREE FRIDAY: Get the Reward Card Today!

SAVE OVER $15,000 ON YOUR WEDDING!
GET THE REWARDS CARD TODAY!

Look below at all the participating vendors!
Take your card and show it everywhere you
shop for your wedding!
Wedding Professionals all over Las Vegas honor the card!


CHECK OUT THE AMAZING SAVINGS BELOW!

 

1st Impressions Invitations | (702) 290-6805 | Up to $250
A Perfect Wedding Dance | (702) 242-6400 | Up to $50
A Touch Of Class Music | (702) 421-0615 | Up to $500
Annabelle’s All Occasions | (702) 364-1184 | Up to $500
Bowties Bridal | (702) 456-5688 | Up to $250
Canyon Gate Country Club | (702) 363-4650 | Up to $500
Cardin Creative | (702) 318-1139 | Up to $200
CLM Weddings | (702) 982-2129 | Up to $900
Cravin Cake Bakery | (702) 544-0275 | Up to $120
Creations Bakery | (702) 399-3588 | Up to $500
Earth Limos & Buses | (702) 437-1900 | Up to $1,000
Emerald at Queensridge | (702) 242-5700 | Up to $500
Entertainment By Drew | (702) 340-8073 | Up to $50
Every Detail Photography | (702) 735-8904 | Up to $200
Flora Couture by Floral 2000 | (702) 221-1220 | Up to $65
Fogarty Weddings | (888) 761-6294 | Up to $300
Forever Grand Wedding Chapel | MGM Grand | (866) 381-3844 | Up to $100
Gelato Cafe | (702) 216-1075 | Up to $1,000
Gimme Some Sugar | (702) 88-CAKES or 882-2537 | Up to $100
Go Sexy at the Flamingo | (702) 702-733-3529 | Up to $15
Hair’z Melinda | (602) 451-0676 | Up to $50
J&E Floral | (702) 951-7272 | Up to $300
Jovani Linens & Floral Design | (702) 460-8370 | Up to $1,500
JW Marriott | (702) 869-7023 | Up to $600
La Vogue Bridal & Bachelorette Boutique at Paris Las Vegas | (702) 733-3529 | Up to $45
Las Vegas Paiute | (702) 658-0934 | Up to $510
Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino | (775) 689-7325 | Up to $199
Photos by Larotonda | (702) 378-0283 | Up to $300
Rainbow Gardens | (702) 878-4646 | Up to $3,000
Resort on Mt. Charleston | (702) 872-5500 | Up to $500
Rhodes Ranch Golf Club | (702) 740-8109 | Up to $500
Ricardo’s | (702) 876-9660 | Up to $200
ShutterBooth | (702) 755-1539 | Up to $75
Siena Golf Club | (702) 304-7314 | Up to $550
TPC Las Vegas | (702) 256-2000 | Up to $200
Tuxedo Junction | (702) 873-8830 | Up to $130
Weeds Floral Design | (702) 243-2226 | Up to $150

New Offers Come Aboard Every Day!
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POLL WEDNESDAY! Are you having a small intimate wedding or a lavish black tie affair?

November 30, 2011

It’s safe to assume that most brides fall somewhere in between drive-thru nuptials and The Royal Wedding.

As far as the formality, every bride seems to have something they prefer.  Whether it’s a fin cocktail party where “having fun” is the goal, or a traditional formal affair where debuting your princess ball gown is the highlight…one thing can be sure.  A wedding can be personalized for ANY brides taste.

Are you having a small intimate wedding or a lavish black tie affair?

Check out our Facebook page (HERE) to vote!

Regardless of your taste, INFINITE EVENTS can help you accomplish the wedding of your dreams!

 

They’re your full-service wedding and special event planning company.  With 17 years experience in planning life’s most momentous transitions, they have the experience to make everything run smoothly.  Whether planning a wedding or corporate event, our goal is to create a unique, one-of-a-kind event that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Their Specialties Include:

  • Weddings
  • Special Events
  • Corporate Events
  • Personal Shopping

 

Check out Infinite Events Vendor Page HERE

Contact Infinite Events HERE