Saturday, July 28, 2012

How to Add DIY Touches to Your Wedding or Party

It's a rainy day here and I finally had some time to organize my wedding photos.  I was never the girl who had her whole wedding day mapped out, but I did know one thing.  I wanted my wedding day to be oozing with personal touches.  I work in marketing and graphic design, so I wanted to make the invitations, programs, table numbers, and escort cards for my wedding.  

Our wedding theme was Buffalo history and romantic DIY (nouveaux antique style).  We used a bright pink and soft green throughout every little detail of our day.  My mom and I made the veil, garter, cake topper, and embellishments for the dress.  We used vintage 1940's pins from my grandmother (who isn't alive anymore) in the headpiece and on the dress.  Adding these personal details make the day memorable for you as well as the guests.  The top photo shows photos I placed inside a locket that I pinned on my bouquet.  My grandparents died 17 years ago, but I wanted to share the day with them.  The wedding was in the Buffalo Historical Museum so I designed table numbers with photographs of Buffalo during the Pan American Exposition, fun historical facts, and gave each table a name.  The escort card holders doubled as bells, so people could ring the bell instead of clinging their glasses.  I'm not one for giving speeches or singing, so making these little details was a way of making the day more intimate and sharing a little bit extra about myself with my guests.  

What do you plan on doing for your wedding?  How will you decorate?  Please feel free to ask any wedding questions.  My head is still spinning with wedding details.  I'd be happy to share with you.  My advice is start planning now ;-)


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Our New Bridal Collection

Based out of Buffalo, NY, Rice Rafferty Couture Accessories specializes in handmade bridal accessories. 

Carol Ann and Kara have always been design enthusiasts - appreciating fine art and design; adding their personalized touches whenever and wherever.  At Rice Rafferty, Carol Ann and Kara aim to help their clients find accessories to compliment their personality.  We want you to feel beautiful and unique on your special day.

Now serving the Fairfield County, CT area.

Clarence, NY

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Rice Rafferty meets Anatomy

We're thrilled to announce our bridal accessory collection is currently available at Anatomy located in the historic Hotel at the Lafayette in downtown Buffalo.  We can't decide what's more gorgeous Ali's vintage inspired dresses or the regal new space she moved into.  If you're looking for something extra special for your wedding now you can find your dress, veil, and accessories all in one stop right in downtown Buffalo.  We designed an exclusive collection for Anatomy of one of a kind veils, garters, and headpieces.  Stop in when you get a chance!

391 Washington Street, Suite 6

Rice Rafferty
* we love custom orders.  Please contact us for details!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

How Do you Choose the Right Veil?

There are so many different wedding veils out there right now and lets face planning can be a bit overwhelming.  One day you might like the super class cathedral veil and the next you want something fun and flirty because you saw a new post from (best site ever, am i right ladies?!).  Most importantly you have to determine your theme, try on a bunch of different styles, then choose what looks fabulous on YOU and what makes you feel beautiful.  I see many women going for the classic fingertip veil.  I personally like classic with a twist.  The wedding veils we make at Rice Rafferty have a classic look with a unique flare.  Most importantly, we want the woman's natural beauty to shine through in every design.  We don't want you to feel like a generic cookie cutter bride.  We want you to be YOURSELF and enjoy YOUR special day.  We are here to help you find the perfect veil style to match your personality.  Above is an example of a unique, yet timeless look - <3 Audrey Hepburn in mid length tulle veil with a preppy bow on top of her head.  So chic!

Check out the link below to see some of our designs.  We can also work with you to create a completely custom design.  Best wishes!  xoxo

Monday, July 9, 2012

Pouf Veils

Pouf veils are a fun veil alternative - achieve the high fashion look with the freedom of movement throughout your special day.  Below is one of our most popular veils - handmade in our studio.  We can make them in all tulle illusion or like the veil below a mix of tulle and russian veiling in white or ivory.  Please feel free to ask any questions. 

If you're interested in a veil please visit our etsy site