• 00:10

    World Kitchen Presents Wedding Day Radio: Diann Valentine

    in Women

    There’s a reason uber-producer Mark Burnett picked Diann Valentine to host his Wedding Day reality series: She’s got a passion for making brides and grooms happy. “We travel around the country and find deserving couples who, for one reason or another face circumstances that prevent them from having the wedding of their dreams,” the celebrity events planner tells Buzzworthy Radio host NaVell Lee. “So we show up and in four days, we supersize it and make it bigger and better than anything they could have ever imagined. And we make the whole process simple for them.”

  • 00:14

    World Kitchen Presents Wedding Day Radio: Saukok Chu Tiampo

    in Women

    What’s a bridesmaid to do to look fabulous without upstaging the bride or breaking her own bank? That conundrum prompted Saukok Chu Tiampo to found 57 Grand Bridalwear. “In 2007, I had a destination wedding in Anguila, where I invited my eight bridesmaids to join us for the weekend,” she tells Wedding Planning Radio host Jeannie Uyanik. “I wanted to defray the cost of the dresses, so I gifted them to my maids. But while shopping for eight dresses, I didn’t see anything I liked. That’s when I realized there was an opportunity to fill a need in the market in terms of style and price point.”

  • 00:12

    World Kitchen Presents Wedding Day Radio: Therez Fleetwood

    in Women

    Call it Ken-do attitude. “I started dressing my Barbie dolls when I was 10 years old,” bridal designer Therez Fleetwood, who’d go on to create the only Afrocentric costumes ever worn by Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Walt Disney World, tells Wealthy Sistas host Deborah Hardnett. “So my mother sent me to sewing school. But I wasn’t a big fan of that, and quit after three months. Then my mother bought me a sewing machine, but I didn’t do anything with it for about three years. Then something hit me and I took it out one day and started sewing non-stop. I’ve been at it ever since.”

  • 00:14

    World Kitchen Presents Wedding Day Radio: Mary Winslow

    in Women

    How far out should couples order their wedding cake? “That all depends on the difficulty of the design, Mary Winslow of Sinful Wedding Confections tells The Wedding 101 Show host David Rothstein. “The season you want to get married in is also a key factor. So a general range for the height of a wedding season—between Memorial Day and Labor Day—would be five to six months.  But if you’re getting married in February, you could easily book your baker in January, because that’s such a slow season.”

  • 00:15

    World Kitchen Presents Wedding Day Radio: Ed Case

    in Women

    There’s no doubt the world’s getting smaller. And in that process, interfaith marriages are becoming more common. But how to navigate the tricky territory that comes with this trend? “The single most popular piece of content on our site is the Guide to Wedding Ceremonies for Interfaith Couples,” Ed Case, CEO of Interfaith Family, tells Wedding Planning Radio host Jeannie Uyanik. “That explains a lot about Jewish wedding traditions and how to incorporate other traditions into a Jewish ceremony. And our highest traffic month is December, because couples have to figure out what to do about Christmas and Hannuka. The best advice I can give to the families of interfaith couples who are coming together for the first time is to be accepting of the bride and groom’s choices. Just go forward on that basis.”

  • 00:13

    World Kitchen Presents Wedding Day Radio: Ebony Looney

    in Women

    Get decked out for your big day for under a hundred bucks? Impossible, you say? Not according to Unik Apparel founder Rose Reyes. “The wedding dress you saw on my blog was just $44.99. I got it from Target,” she tells Make Me Over, Eb! host Ebony Looney. “I went online and found this really simple gown. And for someone having a small wedding or a second wedding, it’s surpisingly classy. And I paired the dress with some shoes from Target as well, which cost just $11.99. They’re extremely comfortable, which is always helpful because most brides spend hours running around socializing.”

  • 00:09

    World Kitchen Presents Wedding Day Radio: Debbie Quain

    in Women

    Serving your reception meal buffet-style has its pros and cons, notes Confetti Radio host Debbie Quain: “The upside is that guests get to mingle at the buffet tables, and sample a variety of dishes to boot. The downside is that long lines often form at the tables, which is something I absolutely hate to see. There’s no elegance to that. Another minus is that it’s harder for the caterer to control the portions, because you don’t know which dishes will be more popular. The best way to eliminate long lines is to release the tables one by one. But don’t make an announcement over the PA system. Just walk over to each table and tell them, ‘You’re invited to go to the buffet now.’”

  • 00:09

    World Kitchen Presents Wedding Day Radio: Kyle Matthews

    in Women

    I Do Radio host Angela Chester digs into the issue of wedding-gown preservation with Kyle Matthews of Janet Davis Cleaners: Should a bride try to use a steamer herself, the kind you can buy at a local retail store, or should she have it professionally done? “First of all, look on the label inside the dress. Because some dresses can’t be steamed or they fall apart,” Kyle advises. “But if you want to try steaming, do it in an area where no one is going to see it. If you don’t like what you’re seeing, just stop, bring it to us and we’ll take care of it.”

  • 00:10

    World Kitchen Presents Wedding Day Radio: Anthony Commisso

    in Women

    Unlike the bride, who typically picks out her wedding wardrobe solo, the groom has no such luck. At least not according to Tuxego.com founder Anthony Commisso. “I never do a consultation without the bride because, irrespective of what we might choose together, I just know that the groom will go home to tight lips and a frown because he hasn’t lived up to his bride’s expectations,” he tells I Do Radio host Angela Chester. “So to spare the poor man I insist upon the bride coming along with the groom.  The intention is to help them paint a picture of how they want their wedding to look. Then I help them achive that. Because this is a photo they’ll last  a lifetime.”

  • 00:06

    World Kitchen Presents Wedding Day Radio: Felecia Hatcher

    in Women

    If a Good Humor-like ice-cream truck is the last thing you’d expect to see at a wedding reception—particularly one toting wine-flavored treats—you’re in for a big surprise.  “We drive up with the old-school music playing right out of the truck, and it just lights up the crowd. They’re turning around trying to figure out where it’s coming from,” Felecia Hatcher of Feverish Ice Cream tells I Do Radio host Angela Chester. “What’s unique about our ice-cream truck is all the different selections that brides and gooms have for their event. We did a themed wedding last year and we had wine ice cream, Japanese mochi balls, we do vegan-friendly ice cream as well. The wine ice cream has been around just for few years, and there are flavors like peach Zinfandel, port, chocolate cabernet and a cherry chardonnay.”

  • 00:08

    World Kitchen Presents Wedding Day Radio: Angela Chester

    in Women

    “White weddings weren’t always the norm in Western culture,” I Do Radio host Angela Chester explains in her series on connubial couture. “One of the first women to walk down the aisle in white was Mary Queen of Scots, when she married Francois II of France in 1558. Considered inauspicious, white was at that time the official color of mourning in France. It didn’t become popular until 1840, after the marriage of Queen Victoria to Albert of Saxe. Victoria wore a white gown as a way to incorporate some lace from her own closet that she loved.”

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