February and March Trunk Shows at Nitsa’s

Nitsa’s Charlotte and Winston-Salem locations will be holding several bridal trunk shows over the next month.

Victor Harper Collection

On February 6 and 7 at Nitsa’s Charlotte store, the bridal designs of Victor Harper will be featured. Inspired by the musings of feminine sophistication, elegance, and sensuality, the Victor Harper Collection weaves together glamour, refinement, and drama in perfect silhouettes to mold and flatter the body. The collection offers bridal gowns in an assortment of exclusive fabrics that include silk, satin, Mikado, and organza. Each style is embellished with beading and embroidery patterns that are hand-drawn by the designer and crafted in an array of Austrian crystals, pearls, and trims unique to the Victor Harper Collection.

Marisa Baratelli

Designer Marisa Baratelli’s spring mother-of-the-bride designs will be featured in a trunk show on Feb. 12-16 at Nitsa’s Winston-Salem location and also on Feb. 18-21 at their Charlotte store. For a quarter of a century, Marisa Baratelli has paid tribute to the ancient artisanal craft of silk weaving by maintaining the purity of traditional village methods in the design of timeless women’s fashion. Her custom-made Thai silk mother-of-the-bride gowns are one-of-a-kind.

Romona Keveza

Then on March 6 and 7, Nitsa’s Charlotte store will hold a trunk show featuring designer Romona Keveza. Founded in 1999, Romona Keveza’s signature bridal collection showcases the ultimate in couture workmanship with unparalleled fit. In 2006, Keveza launched LEGENDS Romona Keveza, a diffusion bridal line, which highlights lace and reflects the spirit of icons Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, and Jackie Kennedy.

For appointments, call 336-725-1999 in Winston-Salem or 704-940-1999 in Charlotte.

Tips for Planning a Winter Wedding

For some brides, winter can be the perfect season to hold a wedding. Especially atplanning a winter weddinglocations where there’s a chance of a snowy white background, winter weddings can be quite magical.

One big benefit to holding a winter wedding is more availability at the location of your choice, and venues, caterers, florists, etc., are often less expensive for wintertime weddings. So winter weddings can not only be romantic and magical, but also budget-friendly!

Here are some tips to consider when planning a winter wedding:

The dress

Sleeves on wedding dresses are a big trend, thanks to Princess Kate, and perfectly suited to a winter wedding. Fabrics that are thicker such as satin are great this time of year—or a sheer, flowy dress can also work well, adding an ethereal feel. One key accessory to add to your winter bridal look is some sort of top layer, such as a chic white faux-fur stole or a velvet cape to keep warm when outdoors. You may also want to consider winter shawls or wraps for your bridesmaids.

The location

For a smaller wedding, an inn with a large fireplace can be a perfect spot for a winter wedding. For larger affairs, consider a historic mansion or private club that will still have intimate warmth.  Be sure to ask what seasonal decorations the site will already have – you may be able to save money as many sites are already heavily decorated. One tip to keep in mind: offer a coat check so guests don’t have to worry about their bulky or even wet coats during the reception—in addition, this will keep coats draped over chairs out of your wedding photos!

The décor                                                                             

Candlelight is a must for a winter wedding. Add warmth and light with different lanterns, votives, and candles in different shapes and sizes. Popular winter colors to incorporate include frosted—light blue hues and whites, metallics such as antique gold, pewter, silver, or copper, or deep jewel tunes such as burgundy or plum. White linens with all-white floral arrangements add to a snowy winter theme, or chose a velvet runner in one of the colors mentioned above. White string lights hung from the ceiling and ice sculptures can also create a winter feel.

The menu

You can still offer your favorite foods, but consider adding some winter touches like a squash dish or a warm pumpkin soup. Eggnog, spiced wine, cider, or hot chocolate are other special touches you can offer your guests that add to the warmth of the event. For your wedding cake, opt for an all-white cake decorated with snowflakes, silver embellishments, or other white sugar touches. A small snow globe can make a lovely cake topper.

Summer weddings may get all the attention, but winter weddings can offer a unique and romantic way to celebrate the joining of two people in matrimony.

 

Congratulations, You’re Engaged! Now What?

He popped the big question; you said yes. Now what?

A new engagement is a special time in a couple’s life, and it also marks the beginning ofwhat to do now that you're engaged what can be a whirlwind of wedding planning.

Even though most brides are eager to jump right in and start shopping for a dress, a venue, and calling the florist, there are a few other practical things for you to do after you become engaged and before getting into the throes of wedding planning.

  • Share your news. Now with social media, it’s so easy to type a quick message and announce to everyone at once that you are engaged. But before hitting that send button, be sure to call your parents and other close relatives and friends before announcing it via email, Twitter, and/or Facebook. No one wants to be the last to know your big news, so personally call the special people in your life to share your news.
  • Get your ring sized. Even if your fiancé picked out the perfect ring, chances are it doesn’t fit perfectly. Take it to a jeweler ASAP to have it properly sized for your finger. The process may take just a few hours or a few days.
  • Get your ring insured. If the worst happens and your ring gets lost or damaged, you can at least get your money back to purchase a new one with insurance. If you already have home owner’s or renter’s insurance, call your agent to add the ring to your policy. You will probably need an appraisal before you can add the ring to an existing policy, so make sure you know what paperwork is required, and get this from the jeweler that sold your fiancé the ring.
  • Set a date. Even if it’s not the exact date you want to hold your wedding, at least sit down together and look at your calendars to determine a time frame of when you’d like to have your wedding. For example, you might prefer a summer wedding but got engaged in May, so you could target the following summer—or if you got engaged over the holidays, you might decide to have a fall wedding. This way, when people ask, “When is the wedding?” you can at least give them a time frame if not a definite date yet.
  • Get a wedding planner. No, it’s not time to hire an actual wedding coordinator just yet (if that is what you choose), but at least get a Smartphone app, a datebook, or calendar to help you keep a timeline of major wedding-related tasks.
  • Ask your parents for their guest lists. The number of guests will determine what kind of wedding you have and where, so go ahead and ask your parents and your fiancé’s parents to give you their guest lists. At this point, it can just be names of the “must invite” people, then add your own friends and co-workers so you can get a ballpark figure of the number of guests.
  • Enjoy the moment. Getting engaged is a huge milestone in your relationship, so be sure that you and your fiancé spend some quality time together just enjoying the moment before you delve into the craziness of wedding planning. Once wedding planning and parties get underway, there won’t be as many opportunities for time just for the two of you, so spend some special time together now.

Congratulations!

10 Ideas for Something Blue…

Something Borrowed, Something Blue…

It’s a tradition for brides to wear “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” as a good luck charm on their wedding day. But often the “something blue” is the trickiest part of this tradition.

Here are 10 creative and modern ideas of how you can incorporate something blue into your special wedding day attire:

 

  1. Nail polish — Choose a pretty shade of blue for your pre-wedding manicure or paint your toenails in a daring shade of sapphire.
  2. Undergarments — Choose blue lacy undies or opt for a pair with fun sayings on them, like “I Do” or “Mrs.” or chose a blue garter belt. Just make sure the blue hue does not show through your white dress!
  3. Shoes – Give new meaning to “blue suede shoes” and wear a blue pair under your gown.
  4. Flowers — An easy way to incorporate the color blue is to include a few blue flowers such as irises, delphinium, cornflower, hydrangea, grape hyacinth, tweedia or forget-me-nots in your bouquet.
  5. Ribbon — Wrap your bouquet, enhance your hairstyle, or bustle your wedding dress with blue satin ribbon.
  6. Jewelry — Choose sapphires or other blue gems for your wedding jewelry.
  7. Bedazzle your shoes — Add blue rhinestone appliques to the bottom of your shoes, spelling out “I Do” or your initials, or anything else you want. When you kneel down during the ceremony, everyone will see your fun accessory!
  8. Monogram — Have a blue monogram with your initials and wedding date sewn into the inside of your dress.
  9. Bridesmaids — Why not dress your bridesmaids in beautiful blues?
  10. Wedding dress — Be bold and wear a trendy blue wedding gown. From barely tinted to deep navy, it’s possible to find grand ball gowns in every shade blue.

 

How To: Save on Your Wedding Day

How to save money on your wedding without sacrificing your day

With the cost of a non-destination wedding averaging around $25,000, brides are looking

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for ways to save on their wedding days more than ever. Don’t worry. We’re not going to ask you to haggle or hunt through bargain bins. No, these ways to save don’t require measures nearly that drastic. In fact: They’re nothing more than the cold, hard facts.

Go Off-Season

Fall is the new spring, spring is the new fall. Truth is, if you’re not stuck to a particular season, you can save 20 to 30 percent off wedding day costs: That’s venue and vendors. The month of November and the months of January-March are historically slower for the wedding industry, so you can get top-notch vendors at a top-notch (for you) price.

Any Day but Saturday

Saturday is THE day to get married, no matter the season. Ask vendors about special pricing for Fridays or Sundays. If you’re having a destination wedding, this only leaves more time for you to mix and mingle with your guests.

Elope

If you’re open to a non-traditional wedding day, consider an elopement to cut the budget. While it has its pluses (and minuses—see our previous blog: Eloping Pros and Cons), one of the biggest upsides to this ceremony style is how much cash it saves you, costing a fraction of the cost of a typical wedding day.

Use What You Have

Another great way to save on costs is to use what you have available to you: Keep decorations down by getting married at Christmas when many churches and venues are already decorated. Have your floral designer use seasonal flowers to keep costs down on your bouquet and arrangements. Let your über-organized Aunt Shannon coordinate the ceremony and reception. If you can’t afford a full-service planner, this option ensures everything will stay on track—even your budget.

Say Yes to The Dress

If you have Champagne taste but a beer budget, don’t despair: You can still find the dress of your dreams and keep your finances under control. Call your favorite bridal salons and ask when they’re having a sample sale, or if they have an ongoing sample rack. Often, boutiques need to move old inventory to make room for the new, leaving you with a steal- of-a-gown and a smile on your face.