Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Wedding News Tidbits

Disney Princesses come to life in new bridal collection, dresses size 0 to 30W

Almost every bride dreams of being a fairy princess on her wedding day...well, at least the ladies on Bridezillas do. Now, Alfred Angelo, a popular designer wedding gown label, is collaborating with Disney Consumer Products to create a line of gowns based on eight Disney princesses.

The dresses are inspired by the Little Mermaid's "Ariel", Sleeping Beauty, "Belle" of Beauty and the Beast, "Jasmine" from Aladdin, "Tiana" from The Princess and The Frog, Snow White, Rapunzel, and what collection would be complete without Cinderella.

Alfred Angelo was founded in the 30s in the U.S. by a husband and wife team. The brand's current designer, Michael Shettel says, "We took amazing design, charming storytelling, a bit of sparkle, added some smiles and joy, mixed it with a pinch of Disney magic for their very own enchanted gown."

From mermaid shapes to dresses with lots of tulle, every princess is represented in a modern way. From sleek and bedazzled "Jasmine" to embroidered apple blossoms reminiscent of "Snow White", the designers have covered every detail. Surprisingly, the concept meets the design in this collection and it actually works.

Bridesmaid and flower girl dresses are also available to match the designs, starting at $169. The wedding dresses range from $600 to $1200, which is not a bad deal. In addition, the bridal gowns range in size from 0 to 30W, which is a rarity in collections...especially bridal. You can find the entire collection in Alfred Angelo stores and specialty bridal boutiques across the U.S.

Shea Peters, a Buyer for online boutiques and a wholesaler, currently lives in her adopted home of Brooklyn, NY. A former Marketing Executive that has worked on ad campaigns of superstars such as, Erykah Badu, Lil Wayne, Stevie Wonder, and India.Arie, Shea found her niche in fashion while acting as the Director of Operations for a Manhattan boutique. While in this position, Shea learned the art of trend-spotting, dressing women in clothing to fit their bodies, and the beauty of a great sale! Shea's witty and opinionated tips on personal style, home decor, and fashion have been featured on numerous national websites. Contact Shea at shea@cutercouture.com.

Alfred Angelo, Inc. AlfredAngeloBridal@alfredangeloupdates.com

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AMC Networks Divorces Wedding Central

Network Was Shuttered When Programming Company's Spinoff Became Official

Thomas Umstead -- Multichannel News, 7/8/2011 12:54:11 PM

AMC Networks has pulled the plug on its nearly two-year-old Wedding Central channel.
The 3.5 million subscriber network, which launched in Aug. 2009 as a spinoff of We TV's popular wedding-themed programming block that included such shows as Bridezillas, was taken off the air on July 1 as part of AMC Networks Inc. official spinoff from Cablevision Systems Corp., according to AMC officials.

"We made a strategic decision to reallocate our resources to further the momentum and success of our four nationally distributed networks," the programmer said in a statement. "We TV, the network that pioneered the wedding genre, will remain home to new and returning series for our passionate viewers who love all things bridal."

The service was carried on Cablevision's iO digital cable service, Mediacom's digital basic tier and Time Warner Cable's East Region digital basic tier.
Targeting women 18 to 49, Wedding Central launched with more 300 hours of series, specials and movies related to weddings, dating and relationships -- mostly from sister service We..

'Say Yes to the
Dress: Bridesmaids,' no

The title of this TLC 'Say Yes' spinoff says it all

By Tom Conroy

An entire subgenre of reality shows — including “Bridezillas,” “Four Weddings,” “My Fair Wedding” and “Platinum Weddings” — is founded, at least in part, on the very realistic expectation that while planning her wedding, a bride-to-be will crack under pressure and throw some entertaining fits.

TLC is shifting the focus a little with another spinoff of its successful series “Say Yes to the Dress,” titled “Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids,” which is set in the same wedding-gown shop as the series’ Atlanta version, Bridals by Lori, but concentrates on the search for the right outfits for the bridal party. This opens up the possibility we’ll see both bridezillas and bridesmaidzillas.

The tweak, however, isn’t enough to make the show feel fresh. Viewers who somehow need more wedding-related drama might enjoy it, but those of us who aren’t particularly drawn to bridal fashion have probably already overdosed on reality shows that feature people behaving brattily.

The premiere episode, airing this Friday, July 8, at 10 p.m., covers three different wedding parties. First we meet Molly, who is obsessed with peacocks. For some reason, her maid of honor and best friend, Melissa, decides to criticize every dress she and the other bridesmaids are shown.

“She’s ruining the experience for the bride,” says Lori, the shop’s owner. “I would make her the maid of dishonor.” Melissa, of course, pretends to believe that she’s just expressing her opinion about the fashions and not being a jerk.

The second bride-to-be, Tinnell, is planning an extravagant wedding with 15 bridesmaids. Some of them express concern when she says that she expects them to spend $500 on the dress. “It was in the e-mail,” she tells them.

Just when Tinnell seems to have picked out a favorite dress, Brandon, the put-upon employee taking care of the women, makes the mistake of pointing out that it’s pink, not purple, as Tinnell thought. Lori says she doubts that Tinnell will be pleased with anything.

By contrast, the third bride, Tiffany, is panicking because she thinks that the pink bridesmaids dresses she’s ordered for her wedding party will turn out not to be pink. We never learn why she thinks this might happen. Although her story deservedly gets the smallest amount of time in the crowded half-hour episode, her wedding is the only one we see on video.

Throughout, both Brandon and Lori strain to provide sound bites. When one of Tinnell’s friends stands up to her, he says to the camera, “Somebody please call the fashion police, because both of them need to be arrested.” Lori tells the staffers, as they prepare to face the brides and bridesmaids, “We’re going to war.”

The clients, however, unlike many reality-show participants, seem to be behaving naturally instead of trying to dramatize things for the camera. But it would be less depressing to think that they’re just pretending to be this petty and self-centered.

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