Succulents and SPRING!

Spring is FINALLY here in Albany and we’re ready to see some awesome spring colors balanced out with the gorgeous soft green from succulents! We love these bouquets shot by Andrew Franciosa Studio!

Custom portrait – a unique wedding gift!

We stumbled across this idea from Kate Zaremba – submit a photo of the couple and they’ll do a custom drawing of your friends/family for their wedding gift! We LOVE the unique and completely custom factor and highly recommend reaching out to local art collages, art centers, or even posting on craigs list to find local […]

Invite the kids too?

A question we’ve been hearing..  “How to properly not invite kids to your wedding?” Have no fear, there is a way to have your cake and eat it too in this situation. Many people do not want children because of the cost and more simply they just want an adult only party, which is totally […]

Farm Tables

We are such huge fans of Vinage Rentals! Look at these stunning farm table set ups! The feel that they add to a space is just awesome, so go give them a peek and add them to your big day!  

Open Air Photo Booth – DO IT! (Here’s why!)

We talked with Russ (who you are going to absolutely ADORE!) from Upstate Photo Fun about why you’ve gotta seriously consider and open air Photo Booth at your wedding and why you want to go with Russ, you’re gonna love him! Check out our Q&A below and start planning for an awesome Photo Booth! Q&A: […]

Sweet Thank You’s

We just adore these sweet little wedding dress cookies that were gifted to Something Bleu Bridal by a very happy bride after her experience shopping there! We love the custom look and the thought that went into the thank you gift (and that one was sent!). One thing we’ve learned over the years at Bridal […]

An Indian Wedding

We are LOVING this Indian Wedding by Dexter Davis Photography. The colors are stunning, the detail is beautiful to  and we are really loving all of the Henna that this bride had for her wedding day! Make sure you check out the entire blog – this couple mixed in a traditional American wedding look as well […]

Children’s Faux-Wedding Shoot!

We are DYING over this  stylized children’s faux-wedding shot and orchestrated by Dave Bigler and some other local wedding pros! The detail in their outfits, the shoot at The Pruyn House, the flowers, and  of course that forehead kiss shot, seriously, how adorable is that!?  

Save the Date!

We are LOVING this adorable save-the-date idea detailing a variety of ‘firsts’ from your relationship on a library card!  First meeting, first kiss, trips, engagements, and your future wedding date. It is simple, easy, creative, and so much fun!  

Detox and Cleanse – Healthy weight loss

  Want to look great for your BIG DAY? Of course, we all do! Team Beachbody has a great, detoxifying, system cleansing program that you’ve gotta check out! Lose weight. Gain energy. Cut cravings. All with the new 3-Day Refresh – now on sale for the month of July! Side Note: Check out their entire site […]

Seed Packet Favors!

Favors are always a big consideration while planning your wedding and the way in which you’ll thank your guests for attending. What can you give them that will be impactful, memorable, long-lasting, and not be overly expensive, yet still adorable? We think these seed packet favors that we saw at a Mazzone wedding were the perfect solution, not to […]

We can’t get enough cake!

We all love looking at beautiful wedding cakes! They are works of art, and of course delicious to eat!  The pop of purple on this cake custom created by Piece of Cake Bakery in East Greenbush looks awesome!  We can just taste it now… Yum! Check out Piece of  Cake Bakery here: http://albanybridalnews.com/albany-wedding-services/wedding-cakes-desserts/piece-of-cake-bakery-and-cafe/  

What’s in a (wedding) date?

There are certain dates that couples just have to have when planning their wedding.  Since the start of this millennium, each year has brought a new “hot” date like 10/10/10 or 11/11/11 for instance.  Though, this year, 2014, brings the last of the sequentially numbered dates for couples to fight over, 12/13/14.   What drives […]

Music choice can ruin your wedding!

Our friends over at Cool Cat Entertainment shared this link and it got us to thinking.  You can ruin your wedding by choosing to play the wrong music.  Sometimes, what you love isn’t always what everyone else will love, and it’s important to consider all of your guests when you’re planning out your big day […]

Guest Tuesday Tunes: Adam Conway

We caught up with our good friend Adam Conway of Conway Entertainment to chat a little about parent dances!   Parent dances are always a special moment for the couple getting married and their families.  Adam’s pick for a song is a great one, and so timeless.  He chose Van Morrison’s, “Have I Told You […]

Looking for Something Unique?

    We love these guys at For the Love of Pie- what a fun and creative dessert station for your guests to enjoy!  They take your favorite pie and add some ice cream and homemade toppings to it – WOW, what a treat! They also offer mini pie packs as a beautiful favor for […]

Tuesday Tunes: Anniversary Dance

One of the traditions we really like that has stayed alive throughout the years is the anniversary dance.  The idea behind this dance is that a song plays and all of the married couples start to dance.  As the song goes along the DJ or band calls out years like 1, 5, 10, 15, and […]

Guest Tuesday Tunes: Nick Maddalone

This week’s tuesday tunes is another guest post! This one comes to us from DJ Nick Maddalone of Events by Cool Cat.  Here’s what you should know about Nick, Nick is a genuinely nice guy, that loves to have fun! He is a ball of energy, always having a great time, ready to deliver for […]

Guest Tuesday Tunes: Big Bri!

Disc Jockey Brian Garreau, or Big Bri as many of us like to refer to him from Pianoman DJ Productions has helped us out with a guest edition of tuesday tunes this week! If you know Brian, you know this is a departure from his usual wheelhouse of music (and if you don’t know him, […]

Tuesday Tunes: “Better Together”

First Dance Idea A song that we love, that is easy to dance to for a first dance (which is always a plus!) is Jack Johnson’s “Better Together”.  It’s a fairly short song, roughly three minutes, which is great, because really, think about it.  If you’re up there dancing, you can dance for how long […]

Tuesday Tunes: “All of Me” by John Legend

What an amazing song by John Legend for a choice as the couples first dance song!  We just can’t get over the sweet sentiments of this song.  “Cause all of me, loves all of you.  all your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections.  Give your all to me, i’ll give my all […]

Guest Tuesday Tunes: Mike Reilly and CT Productions Choose “Happy”

A special edition of tuesday tunes today!! We asked Mike Reilly of CT Productions for one of his favorite songs to use during introductions.  Introductions are a time to let your DJ do what they do best, pick the perfect music! This song is great for introductions according to Mike because it gets the crowd […]

Wedding Pie? We love it! And you will too!

You may always think of dessert when it comes to weddings as the classic wedding cake.  We’ve featured ideas here about options instead of cake, like cupcakes and cannoli cakes (read more here) but one of the ideas we are just crazy about is pie.  There’s been talk about pie being the new cupcake, and […]

Tuesday Tunes: You are The Best Thing

Ray LaMontagne is hands down a great artist.  His music just makes you happy.  That’s why we love “You are the Best Thing” as an first dance song.  This is one of those non traditional songs that you wouldn’t expect as a first dance but it just is so sweet and makes sense!  Listen to […]

Tuesday Tunes: When You Say Nothing at All

Allison Krauss’ “When You Say Nothing at All” is such a sweet and beautiful song.   It could have so many uses, the one that stands out most is a first dance song.  Personally, I like it best as a soloist number for a ceremony.  The story told in the lyrics make perfect sense for […]

Planning a Bridal Shower

This one isn’t so much for the brides as it is for the maids!  For most brides celebrating their weddings in the spring, summer, or fall, this is a great time for the bridal party to start thinking about planning their shower!  Showers can be so much fun and go in any direction.  Some of […]

Venue Feature: The Otesaga Hotel

Cooperstown and Central New York are a gorgeous location for weddings! You may not know much about the area, but we have to tell you about the amazing Otesaga Hotel! Not only is the property set in a beautiful location, it has been a historic hotel for over a century!  Everyone thinks of Cooperstown as […]

Tuesday Tunes: Vitamin String Quartet

We love Vitamin String Quartet!  What they do that’s so great is they take popular top 40 songs and even some alternative and country, but it’s a string quartet version and they’re instrumental! They are so perfect for dinner music or ceremony preludes.  For some reason, they seem to niche really well with the rustic […]

Tuesday Tunes: When the Right One Comes Along

We’re adding a new feature to Bridal News, Tuesday Tunes!  This is where we will highlight some of our favorites and our vendors favorites, for first dances, parent dances, ceremony music. They may be traditional or they may be a step out of the box! Let us know what you think of them! The first […]

Alternatives to Wedding Cake

Let’s face it, not everyone is a cake person.   So it would stand to reason that not everyone would want a wedding cake.   Yes, there are traditionalists out there that will say, “what do you mean there’s no cake?” and it’s probably your grandmother who’s the one saying it, but in this day […]

Bigler Bridal Tips: Choosing a DJ

Dave Bigler of Bigler Productions sat down with Mike Garassi of Music Man Entertainment to talk about what to look for when you’re choosing a DJ for your wedding! There are great tips for you here, be sure to check it out!  

Century House Bridal Event!

This is unheard of!  The Century House is giving away a free overnight stay to every pre-registered bride before 2/15!!! Be sure to pre-register and then come see us at the Century House and meet some amazing vendors!

Rustic Weddings will continue for 2014!

Rustic weddings are a huge trend that will continue into 2014! Think barns, lace, mason jars, birch, and lots of paper, by way of doilies, lanterns, flowers, etc. One rustic look that we love is this look from Total Events and Surroundings.  Love the wooden farmhouse tables, lanterns, and fresh flowers!

7 Tips for Surviving Bridal Shows!

It is Bridal Show Season!   We here at Bridal News want to share with you some tips on how to survive the season and bridal shows in general And be sure to join us at the Century House on February 16th! 7 Steps to Surviving Bridal Shows

Bridal News Presents: Planning Series!

Bridal News is thrilled to announce a Planning Series! This year long series will feature seminars throughout the year, priced at $20 each or $15 when you buy 5- the information you receive is invaluable! Join us for the first one- January 11th, 2013 at The Desmond “I’m Engaged Now What!?” Learn about your wedding […]

Parent Dances- What They’re All About

Parent Dances happen at every wedding and sometimes are overlooked, but picking these songs can be just as meaningful as picking your first dance.   We caught up with Mike Reilly of CT Productions to get his take on parent dances and how he advises his clients. Bridal News:  What are some of the most […]

Personalize It

  From adorable thank you notes, to save the dates and personalized invitations. We love this display courtesy of CartaBella Designs! Your save the date is the one of the first opportunities to personalize your wedding- make it fun or formal, sweet or classic! http://cartabelladesign.com/    

A Piece of Cake!

  We are madly in love with this cake created by Piece of Cake Bakery in East Greenbush. Louise and her staff create beautiful cakes that taste amazing!  They can custom create desserts, cakes, cupcakes and much more! Check them out at: http://albanybridalnews.com/albany-wedding-services/wedding-cakes-desserts/piece-of-cake-bakery-and-cafe      

Bridal News 911

    We are so excited to launch Bridal News 911!  For the brides who need some help with your wedding- selecting vendors, which gown to choose, deciding if you should get a cake or cupcakes, how should you do your hair and make up?  Bridal News will help! Starting this month- our Bridal News […]

Fireworks!

  4th of July Fireworks! Featured at this romantic wedding at the Normanside Country Club in Delmar. Normanside Country Club is the site of The Albany Bridal Event this year, and we are excited to show off this beautiful property, gorgeous patio area and recently renovated ballroom! Check out the photos from this terrific wedding […]

Take a Honeymoon!

” Take a Honeymoon – it is the only part of the wedding planning that is just for the two of you –It can not be relived and life so often gets in the way when trying to plan it after the wedding.  If you must delay – Make the reservations before the wedding so you […]

Who doesn’t love chocolate?

We all love chocolate and we certainly all enjoy getting it as a gift!  The perfect sweet treat for your wedding guests! These delicious mocha desserts created locally by Coco Bellissimo!  Find them on our Cake and Dessert Page!

Wedding Day Hair and Make Up

Brides! Did you know that your hair & makeup for your wedding is just as important as your dress, venue, photographer & music? It’s the foundation of your day! Start by scheduling a trial early on after your engagement so you can be sure to book an experienced stylist. You can save some money by […]

Creative Wedding Desserts!

Get Creative with your Wedding Desserts!  Cakes are beautiful, but if you are looking for that something a little different.. consider some of these  ideas!  Dessert displays, mini cakes, mini cupcakes and so much more!  Not only are they delicious and provide guests with dessert options, but it allows you to get a little creative […]

It’s all in the Details

It is all in the Details!  Those little details are what set’s your wedding apart from others!  From the invitations, favors, place card holders, desserts and so much more!  Dare to be different and unique when putting together your final details!