Kaptur’s Night Out for The Make-A-Wish Foundation

Last month, Kaptur was honored to be a sponsor of the 2nd Annual Toast to Wishes event, a fundraiser coordinated by the Metro New York and Western New York Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Most of us have heard of the amazing things that the Make-A-Wish Foundation does for children with life-threatening medical conditions. The Foundation is able to help create unforgettable experiences for these children with the support of a network of almost 25,000 volunteers who serve as wish granters, fundraisers, and special event assistants.

The Toast to Wishes fundraising event, held at the posh LAVO nightclub in NYC, raised over $175,000 in net proceeds to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro and Western New York. The money will be used to grant over 20 wishes for local children.  Some members of the Kaptur team attended the fabulous event and, of course, we Kaptur’d it! Check out the photos in our slideshow:

Sarah, our resident Community Manager, said of the evening, “It was a great event supporting a really amazing cause! It was particularly emotional to hear a real life experience from Paul Rosario, who told us how Make-A-Wish granted him and his family a trip to Mexico after suffering from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma during middle school.”

The members of the Metro New York and Western New York Chapter were thrilled and grateful for the generosity of the donations. If you’re interested in making a contribution to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, please visit their website and find out how you can help.

Name Your Own Price for Wedding Services

In recent years, online shopping sites have become more and more sophisticated and easier to use – a blessing and a curse for those of us now addicted to online shopping! An element of what makes online shopping so appealing is that it allows us to search for exactly what we want without tons of legwork. Search parameters for airline tickets and apparel help consumers conduct their searches efficiently and effectively. Typically though, retailers and business do not negotiate on their advertised prices; the consumer has to agree to the set price.

One website that makes a rare offer to its visitors is www.wedwu.com. WedWu has taken a cue from the travel discount site Priceline and created a first of its kind site that allows brides to name their own price for wedding services. The company screens all potential vendors and matches vendors with brides based on whether a vendor will be able to provide wedding services at the desired price point. WedWu brings together the convenience of the web and the pricing engine of “Priceline” for weddings.

Through their website, WedWu manages the entire process from bid to delivery on the day of the wedding, with periodic notifications throughout. This system eliminates much of the overhead and hassle that booking services for a wedding can entail. And since WedWu’s selection of vendors is comprised of the same industry professionals you would find on any website, a bride can be assured that she will receive professional quality products and services, while paying a price she is comfortable with. WedWu currently offers its handy name-your-own-price system for photographers, videographers and DJ services, and it intends to expand their offerings as demand grows.



Gossip Girl Wedding and Our Other Favorite Fictional Weddings

The news of Blair Waldorf’s (Leighton Meester) upcoming wedding on the series Gossip Girl and the recent photos of her in a wedding dress have us excited. The gown, designed by Vera Wang, is a beautiful strapless dress with a lace overlay and a stylish bow at the waist. It is complemented with peep-toe pumps, and Blair’s bridal look is completed by tousled wavy hair and a glittering tiara. In the photos, Blair’s dress more than hints at a wedding taking place, but her worried face and the fact that she seems to be running away from the venue has us guessing. Is Blair a runaway bride? Or did she just forget something?

Gossip Girl’s on-screen wedding and the long awaited reveal of Bella’s dress as Twilight’s Breaking Dawn Part I premieres has us thinking about dresses we loved from other fictional weddings. The slideshow is a brief review of a few our favorites. This list includes the fabulous Vivienne Westwood dress that Carrie Bradshaw wore in Sex and the City, Amanda Seyfried’s lacey layered dress from Mamma Mia, Kirsten Dunst’s dress from Melancholia with beautiful silk rose details at the shoulders, Beyoncé’s two dresses from her music video “Best I Never Had” and more.

Speaking of Beyoncé! During a performance this summer at the Roseland Ballroom, in New York City, the star briefly let fans into her very private life. Video footage of memorable moments from Beyoncé’s career and personal life played in the background as she sang “I Was Here.” The video included a very short glimpse of Beyoncé wearing her never-before-seen wedding dress just before her super secret wedding ceremony with Jay-Z, in April of 2008. We had to include a photo of the dress, which was designed for Beyoncé by her mom, Tina Knowles.

Pamella Roland Wedding Gowns

Our guest blogger and interviewer is Deborah Meijer, recent MOB (Mother of the Bride) and board member of School Zone Publishing and Deep Creek Middle School in Eleuthera, Bahamas. Deborah Meijer spoke to designer Pamella Roland.

Hot Hollywood superstar designer Pamella Roland has one word to say about wedding gowns, and that word is: Chiffon.

“Chiffon is our bread and butter. I can’t tell you how many brides request chiffon. For warm weather, it’s perfect, especially for beach weddings. Chiffon is beautiful, it’s light, the wind picks it up outside, it’s simple, and it’s very comfortable to wear.”

That comfort extends to the red carpet, where the name Pamella Roland is perhaps even more ubiquitous. “On the red carpet, unless they want a beaded dress, everybody likes chiffon. It fits every body type, from the teeny-tiny, like Carrie Underwood, to curvaceous, like Queen Latifah.”

Roland remembers a family wedding she attended – and designed for – last summer. “There were ten or eleven bridesmaids and they all had different body types. Some were chesty, some weren’t, some had waists, some didn’t. So what we did was use the same color chiffon, a beautiful aubergine, but we designed different styles for each girl, to accent and emphasize each girl’s best features. They all looked gorgeous.”

Roland says “I recently designed a dress for a friend who remarried her first husband on a beach in the Bahamas. We got her measurements and surprised her with it. It was a lot of fun.” The fabric? “Chiffon, of course.”

The company wasn’t always known for its gorgeous gowns. “One of the first people I hired was a guy who had a suiting background. And when we began, we were not thinking gowns as much as daywear. But later, we hired a man who knew dresses, and we eventually became known for our gowns.”

But these dresses are not just for the red carpet or blushing brides. “We do a lot of second weddings. Some women want a beautiful pantsuit. Or, we also have a very pale pink dress in our collection.” (Pictured in slideshow)

What types of wedding trends has Roland identified? “For a long time, it was strapless, strapless, strapless. Every wedding I went to, the bride wore a strapless gown. Now, with Kate Middleton’s marriage, I think we’re seeing a return to lace, and a more modest, romantic look. And we’re also seeing more halter dresses, which adds interest to a look.”

What is Roland’s personal favorite? “I don’t think you could improve on Grace Kelly’s dress, which of course, inspired Princess Catherine’s dress. Grace Kelly’s dress was right-on. The beading was gorgeous, the lace delicate and traditional. It was tasteful, and it stood the test of time.”

Speaking of time, Pamella Roland is approaching an anniversary. “In February, 2012, we will have been in business ten years.” Sales have doubled in the past year alone, so Roland is doing something right. “Our customers like color. For for someone who wears mostly black [referring to herself], that’s rather ironic. But we sell best in the Sunbelt states: Florida, Texas, California. In California, we’re in almost every major city. In New York, and Bergdorf’s, we sell more beaded dresses.”

Speaking of New York, Pamella Roland’s collections are made there. “Our goods are all made in New York. We have the finest talent there. And of that fact, we’re pretty proud.”

Kenneth Marks, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Pamella Roland, says “the chiffon program has filled a void for the customer who does not want a traditional wedding gown.” And one of the best parts? “The dress can be re-worn later.”

The Magic of 11/11/11 at 11:11

Today is 11/11/11. A day when everything concerning the number ‘11’ takes on a magical sort of significance. On a less numerically significant day, 11 people getting into the elevator at work would just be cramped, but today ::gasp:: a magical coincidence! Are you going to have a piece of cake today? Why not have 11 pieces? In fact, why don’t you invite 11 friends to share those 11 delicious slices of cake?

Why all the fuss about 11/11/11, besides the obvious cool factor of having a date with the same number for day, month and year? Let’s start with 11:11. Have you ever made a wish when you noticed that the clock read 11:11 AM or PM? Did you ever wonder why this particular time is meant for wishing? One theory relates to numerologists’ belief that 11:11 is significant because of the many events linked to this time throughout history. This belief is related to the concept of synchronicity, the idea that two or more events, which are not causally related, occur together in a meaningful way. For example, coming across a listing for the perfect studio apartment when you had just started contemplating moving out of your parents’ house, could be interpreted as synchronicity.

11:11 seems to be associated with luck, so it makes sense that couples who are looking for an auspicious start to their life as newlyweds would choose 11/11/11 for their wedding. From Las Vegas’s Chapel of Flowers to Orlando’s Disney World and New York’s Crowne Plaza Hotel in Times Square, thousands of couples are trying to make this once-in-a-century day, their Big Day.

The staff at Chapel of the Flowers will be marrying couples for 15 straight hours, starting at 8am. For the 80 couples who will be married there, the Chapel has prepared 11/11/11 specialty ceremonies, which include themed items and services like a bouquet of 11 roses and 11 calla lilies. Las Vegas, which is the world headquarters for marriage, is expecting 75,000 weddings on this day alone.

Today, Disney World is hosting 11 weddings across the property; seriously a dream come true for those of us who grew up watching Disney’s princes and princesses find “happily ever after.” New York City will see some wedding action, too. At 11:00 AM the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Times Square will be hosting the weddings of 11 couples from across the country. These couples are winners of the hotel brand’s “Marry Me 11.11.11” contest for which they shared their love stories for a chance to win a wedding in NYC.

For those of us who don’t have anything special planned today, it’s easy to feel like we’re missing out. But don’t despair! Let’s start planning for the next cool dates: 12/12/12 and 11/12/13.