Pippa Middleton and James Matthew tied the knot last weekend, and we are in love with every last detail of this jaw dropping wedding. The day of show-stopping nuptials also came with some jaw dropping prices. Although Pippa opted for an intimate countryside wedding, here is what it would take to recreate this big day fit for royalty.
It is reported that Pippa experimented with various wedding day hair styles, that included 5 trials before the big day. Her trials alone cost $650 plus another $325 for a professional hair stylist to ensure every hair was in place for the picture perfect look.
The delicious cake was created by Domino Purchas Contemporary Cakes, who is known for their elaborate and ornate cake designs.
Pippa and James’ invites totaled an estimated $14 per card with 350 guests.
Wedding-goers were dazzled by an unforgettable acrobatic aerial performance by Supermarine Spirfire.
Pippa choose an arrangement of pink and white roses for the reception, worth $20,000.
No party busses or car pools for this wedding party! Instead Pippa and James opted for a fleet of vintage cars for their wedding party. They also provided 50 Land Rovers to transport their guests. In total, the transportation bill came to $26,000.
Pippa’s breathtaking lace wedding gown designed by Giles Deacon cost $52,000. This ivory lace beauty was a custom creation made just for Pippa. And if you think $52,000 is daunting, just remember Her sister Kate’s gown by Alexander McQueen cost an estimated $400,000.
Pippa and James’ guests were treated to an estimated 150 bottles of Dom Ruinart 2002 champagne worth $26,000 and 750 bottles of Nyetimber 2019 Blanc de Noir Millington wine that came to $66,000 for a total of $92k in alcohol.
The big day took place at the Middleton’s 180 acre estate. Although a backyard wedding may sound modest, this was far from that. Lavender Green created an amazing glass palace that included spring blooms. This eye-catching and unforgettable setting would cost about $130,000 to create.
Between a live band, a five-course meal, a light show, and table tennis stations it is estimated that Pippa and James final tab came to well over one million dollars!
photos: Justin Tallis – WPA Pool/Getty Images
Numbers: E! News
What a phenomenal way to kick off the start of New York Bridal Fashion Week with the introduction of Randy Fenoli’s new bridal gown collection. Our first stop after we arrived in NYC was Kleinfeld Bridal, where Randy’s show took place. We were especially excited for this show and for our friend Randi Fenoli who rose to bridal bliss fame for his expert advice on TLC’s “Say Yes To The Dress” and his own series “Randy To The Rescue.” Over the years, many brides have sought Randy’s advice enabling them to “say yes” to their perfect wedding dress. With so much knowledge of what brides love and dislike, what works on certain body types and what doesn’t, this collection is a welcoming fresh new vision at a moderate price point. The 25 pieces have a wide range in style and silhouettes that range from $1,500 to $3,000.
We first met Randy many years ago at Bridal Fashion Week when Kleinfeld Bridal introduced their own bridal collection. We would always cross paths going from one fashion show to another over the years as we attend Bridal Market every fall and spring. Over time we were asked by Half Yard Productions and TLC to produce the “Randy To The Rescue” show, a spin-off of Say Yes To The Dress on TLC! The premise of the show was The Wedding Guys took Randy Fenoli around the country from January -April to meet brides in different cities who were struggling trying to find just the right dress. We worked with TLC on their most expensive show to date with Randy Fenoli for two seasons traveling to a total of 18 cities. When we had a weekend off we were producing our UNVEILED Wedding Event in Dallas, Atlanta or Minneapolis. The show ran for two season on TLC. People always ask us what Randy is really like, and we tell everyone what you see on TV is exactly how he is in person! He has to be one of the most talented and caring people in the industry. On the show Randy To The Rescue, he used to sketch each bride in their dress and give it to them following the reveal.
Our top 3 picks from the Randy Fenoli Collection are:
Style R3404 “Grace” sleeveless mikado ball gown with modified Sabrina neckline, natural waist, box-pleated skirt, pockets, and beaded floral appliqués
Style R3420 “Madeline” soft trumpet dress with silver crystal beading over blush lining, a V-neckline, and a beaded-tulle modified capelet
Style R3415 “Iris” beaded floral-lace strapless trumpet dress with beaded lace cape
Check out the rest of the collection:
It’s never too early or too late to start your skin care routine! Whether you are recently engaged or your wedding is this month, Emily from Mary Kay ensures that amping up your skin care regimen with Mary Kay will help you look and feel your best on your big day! This week we spoke with Emily, who specializes in Mary Kay skin care to find out the tricks of the trade when it comes to wedding beauty.
Q: What does Mary Kay specialize in?
A: Skin care & cosmetics
Q: What makes Mary Kay stand out in terms of beauty options brides have in the Twin Cites area?
A: Instead of us doing your makeup on the day of the wedding, we teach you techniques to look great for ANY wedding occasion (showers, honeymoon, etc)
Q: How long have you been with Mary Kay?
A: 12 years
Q: What do you love about working in the wedding industry?
A: Brides are always excited to look their best and it creates great skin care habits early on!
Q: What’s an average day in your life like?
A: My morning are consumed with getting two little kids out the door, and then I work with customers and train my fellow beauty consultants on how to make others look great!
Q: What would you want a bride in the wedding planning process to know about choosing the perfect skin care/ beauty routine?
A: It’s never too early/late to start great skin care for the wedding and beyond. When your skin looks great, your makeup looks even better. I also recommend choosing a makeup look that’s more advanced that what you would typically wear, but not so advanced that people are wondering “who’s that person coming down the aisle?”
Q: What are some of your favorite beauty options for brides?
A: I love getting the skin “melt-proof” with foundation primer and makeup finishing spray. It makes such a difference in looking great the whole day. I also recommend a good cheek and lip color to really help your photos pop!
Q: How far in advance should begin their pre-wedding skin care routine?
A: The sooner the better! You’ll want to look great for everything.
Q: How far in advance should a bride settle on her wedding day makeup look?
A: I don’t think there’s a time-frame on this. If you find a look you love right away, go with it! I think it’s great to wear it a few times to get used to yourself in the look.
Q: Anything else you want couples to know about Mary Kay or choosing a pre-wedding skin care routine?
A: Mary Kay has an amazing virtual makeover on my personal website where you can upload your photo and try on makeup & wedding hairstyles. It allows you to browse ahead of time before meeting with me to try it on in person.
Q: Red or White?
Q: Favorite snack to drink with wine?
A: I love 5 year old cheddar
Q: Black Tie or Farm to Table?
A: Farm to table!
Q: White or Ivory?
Q: Chocolate or Vanilla?
Q: Coffee- black, cream or sugar?
A: I skip coffee but LOVE tea!
Q: Milk, Dark or white chocolate?
A: Milk chocolate
Q: What’s your go-to comfort food?
A: Chipotle or any Mexican
Q: Favorite music genre?
A: 90’s music
Q: Favorite Mary Kay Product?
A: Timewise Repair facial peel–it reverses years of damage and gives that “glow”
If you are recently engaged, Sunday may have been the first time you celebrated two women on mother’s day! Bride and Mother of the groom dynamics can sometimes be tricky to navigate, but we are here to help! Here are 10 simple ways you could include your future MIL in the wedding planning process!
1: Ask her what wedding planning tasks she wanted to be involved in!
OK, this sounds super obvious but it’s a great starting point! There might be some things she has more expertise in or cares about more than others. Use her passion for those tasks as an opportunity to bond! If you include your MIL on the experiences she has on the top of her wish list you are going to be off to a great start!
2: Attend a bridal show together
Inviting her to one of our bridal shows is a super fun and easy way to kick off the wedding planning process! Check out all the vendors, enter giveaways, touch and taste the products and attend a fashion show, what more could you (or your mother-in-law) ask for!? It’s also nice to have a couple extra pairs of eyes and ears while at the show because they can become a little overwhelming (in a good way of course!). Go out to lunch after and digest all the information and inspiration! Mark your calendar! Unveiled is September 17th in Minneapolis and October 22 in Rochester. Twin Cities Bridal Show is November 5th in Saint Paul!
3: Welcome her input for your registry
Registering for wedding gifts can be super fun but also a little daunting. If you are a younger bride or will be buying your first home, it can be hard to decide what items will truly be useful and practical. This is a wonderful opportunity to tap your MIL for some of her favorite home items to register for.
4: Invite her to appointments
Inviting your future mother-in-law to appointments really shows how much you value her help and input. If you are a little nervous about this one, make sure you go in with a strong sense of what you want and guide the conversation with the vendor, sometimes it helps to have a private conversation with the vendor prior to the appointment. This will ensure that you don’t get swayed into conversations that aren’t in line with your vision.
5: Shop for her dress together
Set aside a shopping day just for your mother-in-law. This is one day of planning that can be all about her! Make appointments at a few places so the two of you can take your time and enjoy the experience. If she is shopping on her own or lives in a different city, make her feel included and important by asking questions about what she is planning on wearing or having her send photos of her dress, but don’t criticize her selections. Remind her that most salons do not sell special occasion dresses off the rack, they must be order so plan about 6 months out!
6: Let her take the lead on the rehearsal dinner
This pre-wedding event is traditionally hosted by the groom’s family, but truly letting her take the lead and giving some input when asked will show how much you trust her and value her. This works great if she can do the leg work and come up with a few options of her choice and then you can work together to narrow down each piece of the party.
7: Invite her to your Pinterest Board.
This one might be the simplest of them all! Don’t we all have dream wedding Pinterest boards!? Create a board and invite her to be a collaborator, you can even have her pin some of her own ideas. This can also be a great tool to use before inviting her to appointments because she will have a better idea of your taste and vision for the big day. Inviting her to pin her own ideas might open your eyes to creative or different ideas you’ve never even thought of!
8: Set aside some one-on-one time
This is great, especially if you have just recently met your future MIL and need to do some catching up before the big day. Plan a lunch, spa day or just a casual coffee date at your place to catch up and get to know each other better. It can be fun to have her bring her wedding album and get an idea of what her big day was like. Take this time to share your own vision for your day and fill her in on any details you may have already set.
9: Invite her to the day-of festivities.
If you and your wedding party are getting your hair and makeup done together, invite her to attend the same salon or schedule an appointment for her. Consider scheduling a hair and makeup team to come onsite and doll up your entire party, including your MIL
10: Talk to your fiancé
Keep in mind, this is your fiancé’s mother (obviously), but he should also be setting aside time to spend quality time with his mom during the planning process. She will most likely want to be included on some of the decisions he is making too. You can also consult your fiancé for any advice or input on what she might want to be included in or like.
4 Boudoir Tips By 4 Girls Glamour
Since getting engaged and setting a date, you have probably been busy planning your special day. Have you given any thought into doing some boudoir photography? It is a fun way to celebrate this special time in your life! A boudoir session is a good way to celebrate looking the most beautiful you’ve ever been, and is a great way to document the most beautiful you have ever felt. It is also a great lifetime gift for you and your fiancé. Here are 4 tips that will help you have the best session possible as well as ensure the best possible images!
Schedule Your Session:
You should schedule your boudoir session about 2 months before your wedding, this is so you are nice and relaxed for your session. You will also be getting yourself physically and emotionally prepared for your special day, so you will look and feel your best. Plus, the excitement and emotions a bride-to-be is feeling before her wedding really shows through in photos. It also ensures we have enough time to get you your special gift!
Shop For Lingerie:
Wedding planning can be all-consuming, sometimes a bride-to-be just needs a break. What better way to spend some well-deserved down time than lingerie shopping? After all, you’re going to need a few pretty little things for your wedding and honeymoon anyway! You can choose to model your look after a hot little number you saw on the store mannequin, you can choose to stay simple in a matching bra & panty set, or you can choose to wear nothing but a smile and a white sheet. The key is to pick something that highlights whatever body part you’re most proud of and to choose a few different outfit options ahead of time. For instance, if you really love your stomach, then a few different bra and pantie sets are a good idea. If you have an hourglass body, then show off your curves with a bustier or form-fitting lingerie.
Be Camera Ready:
Hair and wax appointments should be schedule five to seven days before your photoshoot. This will ensure hair is settled and to avoid having any lingering bumps or redness from waxing. About a day or two before your session you should get your manicure and pedicure, this is a good time to take a moment for yourself! Approximately one week before your session, make sure that you start drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day. I know that sometimes this is easier said than done, but well hydrated skin will make a world of difference in your skin’s appearance. Also, it is a great idea to moisturize your body with a good body lotion or body butter after your shower and before bed. Don’t forget about your lips, too!
First you will be whisked off to on site professional hair and makeup, where you will get pampered and relaxed. And yes, lash application, because false eyelashes are non-negotiable in this situation (: After hair and makeup, you’re invited to get comfortable and unpack in the dressing room. We will narrow down what you’re wearing, we are a great help with that. We have experience in knowing what shoots well and looks most flattering on camera. Then you will strap on the most fabulous pair of shoes you own, take a few deep breaths and the session will start.
Last, but certainly not least, get a good night’s sleep. Being well rested will have a positive effect on your appearance as well as your disposition! And most importantly, be prepared to have a great time. We will laugh, dance, and even get a little crazy during the shoot. Even though the week before your session seems to be full of checklists and reminders, it is not meant to be a stressful time at all. It is a time for you to feel pampered. You will feel re-charged and re-sparked as a woman, and that’s before you see your images for the first time!
It was a pleasure to view the Modehaus Spring 2018 bridal collection as they took on New York Bridal Fashion week for the first time! Chelsea Lovett is Modehaus Bridal owner and designer. Her company began in the guest bedroom of her home where she created custom bridal gowns. Today, Modehaus is a fully integrated design house. All Modehaus gowns are designed, patterned and constructed in their studio right here in Minneapolis! Chelsea makes her best efforts to purchase American made fabrics and notions for all her designs. We also loved seeing our friend Stephanie from SM Makeup inc. who was modeling for Modehaus and happens to be our hair and makeup designer for our fashion shows!
The Modehaus designs were a simple and refreshing take on classic romance. The light airy fabrics floated across the floor with every step. Modehaus also included a piece with one of the latest trends we noticed throughout this market, a cape. The Starling gown is made of 100% silk featured a high neckline and paired with a chiffon cape to add drama. We also loved the option of a removable train that is designed to be paired with other dresses or jumpsuits in the collection. This is perfect for the bride who wants to switch things up between the ceremony and reception.
Looking for a way to make your big day stand out? As Minnesotans we know that the few months of beautiful summer weather is not taken lightly, so why not take advantage of our spectacular lake life and hit the water for your wedding! Paradise Charter Cruises offers beautiful and memorable options for any of your wedding celebration needs. This week we spoke with Dave, founder of Paradise Charter Cruises to learn more about this fabulous wedding venue option!
Q: What does Paradise Charter Cruises specialize in?
A: We specialize in Private Charters, and Public Cruise Tours. A large portion of our Private Charters are Wedding Events, such as Ceremonies, Receptions, Bridal Showers, Bachelorette/Bachelor parties, Engagement Parties, Gift Openings, Post Wedding Cruises to name a few.
Q: What makes Paradise Charter Cruises stand out in terms of wedding venue options couples have in the Twin Cities?
A: We offer 2 unique locations, on Lake Minnetonka and the Mississippi River, departing from Downtown Minneapolis. Our river location also offers a land based ceremony site, providing our 145 passenger motoryacht Paradise Lady or our riverboat, the 125 passenger Minneapolis Queen the perfect reception venue!
On the lake, The Paradise Destiny, Paradise Princess II and Paradise Grand are ideal for onboard ceremonies and receptions for groups from 10-100.
Q: When did Paradise Charter Cruises begin?
A: I founded the company in 1985.
Q: Where are you located?
A: Lake Minnetonka, departing from the ports of Excelsior and Wayzata, and on the Mississippi River, departing from the Port of Bohemian Flats, on the West Bank of the U of M Campus, in downtown Minneapolis.
Q: What do you love about working in the wedding industry?
A: The enjoyment of making a couple’s special day special just for them and their guests… The memories created are everlasting!
Q: What’s an average (wedding day) like for Paradise Charter Cruises?
A: Starting with pre-wedding setup of the vessels, preparing the boat and wedding site to the bride and grooms desire, and putting together a successful wedding event all while exceeding expectations!
Q: What would you want a couple in the wedding planning process to know about choosing the perfect venue?
A: That we take pride in providing our couples with event coordinating, working with just about any budget and producing memorable results!
Q: Other than the reception, how can couples utilize what Paradise Charter Cruises has to offer?
A: From Ceremonies, Receptions, Bridal Showers, Bachelorette/Bachelor parties, Engagement Parties, Gift Openings, Post Wedding Cruises and more!
Q: Have you coordinated any unique/memorable wedding celebrations or events that stand out?
A: We had a bride and groom arrive by float plane on the Mississippi River a few years ago and boarded the Minneapolis Queen for their reception, which was quite the under taking, getting clearance from the FAA, and local officials. We have also done quite a few Lake side events, where we provide the reception location on board one of our boats, following the wedding event at the private home. Some of these have been for some very influential people we are not allowed to name!
Q: Anything else you want couples to know about Paradise Charter Cruises or choosing their wedding venue?
A: That we have the Perfect Venues for any Wedding Event!
Q: Red or White?
Q: Chocolate or Vanilla?
Q: Coffee- black, cream or sugar?
Q: Milk, Dark or white chocolate?
Q: What’s your go-to comfort food?
A: Wheat thins with cheese
Q: What’s the last book you read?
A: A pirate looks at 50
Q: If you could time travel, would you go back in time or visit the future?
Bach Weekend: A Millennial’s Review.
Hey everyone! My name is Madison and I’m the marketing manager at The Wedding Guys. I was lucky enough to travel to Nashville this past weekend to experience Bach Weekend up close and personal, and let me tell you Minneapolis, we are in for a treat! This action-packed weekend was full of bride sashes, live music, private parties, divine dinners, delicious drinks, lots of laughter and a weekend that 150 bachelor(ette) party goers are sure to never forget (or remember). I seriously cannot stress enough how amazing this whole weekend was for everyone involved. Whether you are the M.O.H party planner, the bride, groom or party-goer, Bach Weekend takes all the stress and hassle out of bachelor(ette) parties and leaves much more room for care-free, memorable FUN! I want to walk you through my entire weekend with Bach Weekend to give you a better idea of what the Minneapolis weekend might look like, and trust me by the end you will have total FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out!) #BestWeekendEver
5:30 PM: Landed in Nashville, TN. (This was my first trip to Nashville, so to say I was excited is a bit of an understatement!)
6:00 PM: Arrived at Bach Weekend Headquarters. This is where all the magic happens! Their space is full of giant Bud Light props, hangover cures, and lots of party planning and inspiration in every corner! Here, I met with the entire Bach Weekend team to go over their game plan for all the events that were about to unfold over the next 48 hours. I loved how much detail went into every piece of the planning. The team even introduces each party and gives a short introduction so we all feel like we know them by the time they arrive on Friday.
7:30 PM: Checked in at Hayes Street Hotel, this brand-new hotel is ADORABLE. As soon as you walk in the front door you are flooded with southern charm and feel like you have just walked into your best friend’s living room. This was also one of the hotel options all the parties had for their weekend stay, score!
8:00 PM: Rosa, Nicole (two of the amazing Bach Weekend team members) and I met a couple parties who arrived in town a day early. This is what is so great about Bach Weekend and what I personally loved the most, they pull out all the stops to accommodate every group. They genuinely care about each party and make sure they make the most of their time in town. They showed me and the two other bachelor(ette) groups some of their favorite bars in Midtown Nashville.
Stop #1, Kung Fu Saloon for a Nashville local brew and giant connect 4 on the patio
Stop #2 Broadway Brewhouse for a Bushwacker (a magical Nashville drink, you need to try), shuffle board and darts
Stop #3 Losers Bar and Grill for some live country music
Stop #4 The Patterson House for craft cocktails to end the night
9:00 AM: We began prepping the accommodations for all the parties who chose the Hotel package. Guests were able to choose if they would like to stay at the Hayes Street Hotel, the Hampton Inn, or arrange their own accommodations. For the groups who chose to stay at the hotel, we decked out the bride’s hotel room with fun décor, swag bags, and their Bach Box that included all the essentials they needed for their stay (Lyft Codes, gift cards, coupons, itineraries and more!)
Over the next few hours all the parties started to arrive and the party began!
7:30 PM: A party bus picked A few lucky parties up for a free ride over to the VIP Bach Weekend Party!
8:00 PM: Beach Whiskey Exclusive Bach Weekend Party at The Tin Roof on Broadway. It was Cinco De Mayo so of course Bach Weekend had a few tricks up their sleeve. Complimentary Margaritas and a Cinco De Drinko Nacho Bar were both hits of the party. This party also included the always fabulous Broadway live country music, giant Jenga and flippy cup. It was so fun to watch all the bachelor(ette) parties interact for the first time because they all have one thing in common, they are ready to have the #BestWeekendEver.
9:00 AM: The Bach Weekend team began prepping for the daytime activities that each group signed up for.
These events included: Pole classes, Brewery tours, Pedal Taverns, Distillery tours, Go Karting, and Instagram Scavenger hunts. Each group signed up in advance for which day time activity they wanted to participate in and it was included in the base price of their Bach Weekend Package and all the scheduling and details were taken care of for them by the Bach Weekend team. This is what I mean when I say they truly take the hassle out of bachelor(ette) parties!
The daytime activities took place throughout the day at various times. This is another fabulous feature of Bach Weekend. There is both large group time where parties can mingle, meet friends and party together as well as intimate small group time where all the focus is on ONE bride or groom and their party, the daytime activies are often one of those times.
5:30 PM: Dinner reservations. Each group received a gift card worth $15/person to spend at the restaurant of their choice (recommendations provided by Bach Weekend), the reservations were prepared by the Bach Weekend team as well so once again, everything was as stress-free as possible!
8:00 PM: Bud Light Secret Party hosted at the Valentine on Broadway. This is where things started to get really fun! By now, all the bachelor(ette) parties knew one and other, knew the Bach Weekend team and were ready to party! Complimentary Bud Light and Spiked Seltzer was provided to the Bach Weekend guests. An exclusive DJ hosted the event and made sure everyone was enjoying themselves on the dance floor! The night came to a close as everyone headed up to the rooftop for an AMAZING view of Nashville’s famous Broadway.
Sunday (not so) Fun Day:
Although bachelor(ette) party hangovers can be some of the worst, Bach Weekend eases it by providing every guest with a Hangover Kit that includes their secret hangover weapon, Life Support!
Overall, I give Bach Weekend 5 STARS! This experience is seriously one-of-a-kind and these blushing brides and glowing grooms wouldn’t have been able to experience a #NashBash the same way without Bach Weekend! In my opinion, Bach Weekend is THE way to experience a bachelor(ette) party.
Not to worry my Midwest brides and grooms, they didn’t forget about us! They are coming HERE to MINNEAPOLIS this August 4-6. If you have any questions, Bach Weekend is here to help you, this amazing and fun group of Nashville (bach)party animals would love to help you plan your perfect weekend!
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I hope to see you all at the FIRST EVER Bach Weekend Minneapolis, August 4-6!