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    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.”

  • 00:10

    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.”

  • 00:12

    World Kitchen Presents Wedding Day Radio: Naomi Levine

    in Women

    Naomi “The Cake Aussie” Levine has made name for herself as a master baker whose creations have been the toast of many a Midwest wedding since 2004. So we were curious to learn what confectionary delight she served at her own nuptials. “It had to be over the top. And it wasn’t just one, it was two cakes: One for me and one for John,” the TipsyCake founder tells The Wedding 101 Show host David Rothstein of her hubby. “We love to create cakes that are a true reflection of the groom’s personality and passion. And John has been a vinyl DJ forever, and he loves Pabsy Blue Ribbon beer. So I decided to do a six-pack of Pabst as the base of the cake. And on the top we put vinyl records and a figurine of John spinning records.  We also added a figurine of me and our five-year-old son.”

  • 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.”

  • 00:13

    World Kitchen Presents Wedding Day Radio: Ann Campeau

    in Women

    When curvy bride-to-be Ann Campeau found a gap in the wedding-wear market, she didn’t cry in her rehearsal-dinner soup. She said “I do!” to one of the biggest opportunities of her life. “In my own search for a gown—when I wore a size 14—I was the average size of the typical American woman. Yet I couldn’t fit into any dress anywhere. Then I was talking to my brother and asked him, ‘What do women who are larger than me do?’ And he said, ‘Someone should open a plus-size bridal salon.’ So I did!” she tells Down that Aisle in Style host Chamein Canton of the shop she co-founded, Strut Bridal.

  • 00:12

    World Kitchen Presents Wedding Day Radio: David Rothstein

    in Women

    Wanna throw a sophisticated reception? Then be sure to tune into The Wedding 101 Show as host, and veteran Chicago-based band leader, David Rothstein delves into the dancing-between-courses craze. “We do it probably 80 to 90 percent of the time at the weddings we play these days,” he says. “As the term implies, this is dancing between dinner courses, throughout the dinner portion of your evening. It originated in upsate New York, it was a very high-society way of throwing a wedding reception. And over the past 30 years, it has made its way across the U.S. The biggest benefit is that it creates energy and momentum throughout the night. And that, for me, is a key to any successful wedding.”

  • 00:12

    World Kitchen Presents Wedding Day Radio: Adele Wechsler

    in Women

    Something old, something new, something borrowed, something… green? Rhyme or no rhyme, that’s the sentiment more and more brides a marrying by these days. And no one knows it better than Adele Wechsler of Eco-Culture wedding gowns. “One of the ways of going green when picking a wedding dress is to look for a sustainable fabric. You want to find natural fabrics, not manmade. So look for silk,” the designer tells Green & Gorgeous host Renee Ross. “But not just any silk. It should be eco-silk, which is made without killing the silk worms. Another good alternative is gowns made from hemp.”

  • 00:12

    World Kitchen Presents Wedding Day Radio: Katie Martin

    in Women

    Traditionalists may shudder at the notion of doing away with elaborate wedding invites, but Katie Martin of Eco-Beautiful Weddings says that’s one of the keys to green nuptials. “Some of the inserts may not be necessary, like a reception card or an inner envelope,” she tells Green & Gorgeous host Renee Ross. “Another thing is you can say is ‘Reception to follow at such and such a location,’ and have a small insert that gives not only the hotels and travel information, but the location of the reception and the venue’s website. There are also some post-consumer-waste invites on the market that do a great job of looking classy.”

  • 00:11

    World Kitchen Presents Wedding Day Radio: Carolyn Bendall

    in Women

    Patricia Davis of Organically Yours Bridal delves into the essence of a successful wedding dress. “When we custom sew a wedding gown, we’re sewing that gown not based on fashion or trends. We’re sewing it based upon satisfying that bride, the designer tells Your True Colors host Carolyn Bendall. “Every bride should be able to select a gown based on what she wants. But because there are so many things every bride wants in a gown, the chances of matching every single detail with a mass-produced dress are very slim.”

  • 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.”

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    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.”

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