The Essential Bridal Guide

Belle-FrontPiece of Cake
Let’s face it. The wedding cake might just be the second most important item on the checklist, and some brides are opting for more modern ways to give their guests a sugar rush.

Crepe Cake
A slightly uneven stack of thin mouthwatering crepes lightly dusted with powdered sugar and filled with a delectable cream is as beautiful as it is delicious.

Stack of Cheese Wheels
Here’s a sophisticated yet quirky alternative to the traditional cake: Layer quality artisan cheeses in a tier. It’s sure to get some attention. Make it festive with a monogramed cake topper, sprigs of greenery or fresh flowers.

Going Bare
Deconstructed cakes, also known as naked cakes, are hitting their stride. For summertime ceremonies, berries between layers work well, and in winter and fall, opt for seasonal fruits like apples or pears.

Sparkle & Shine
Montica Jewelry, in its new home in Coral Gables, is a posh destination with an exquisite collection of engagement rings and wedding bands, among other stunning pieces. With extensive knowledge of gems, settings and precious metals, and a legacy that dates back more than three decades, Montica is a key player in South Florida’s designer jewelry market. The upscale jewelers even provide concierge proposal planning advice for those preparing to pop the ultimate question.
 500 South Dixie Hwy. Suite 203, Coral Gables, 305.446.2957,

Sole Mates
Every bride deserves to shine on her wedding day, and Emmy London’s latest bridal collection delivers striking sparkle in dramatic style. London’s handmade Cancello collection celebrates the very best in intricate fashion. It includes a glittery assortment inspired by the detailed design of Italian gates, with geometric features like interwoven lattice straps adorned by glistening gems and baubles. The highlights of the collection include a seductive sky-high mule, a fashion-forward Pom Pom boot and a wondrously mod wedged heel. With these stunning options and more, Emmy London’s Cancello collection delights both modern and purist brides-to-be.

The Trends
Party Favors
Champagne is synonymous with a celebration, and now brides and grooms are opting to gift delightfully miniature bottles of bubbly to their guests. Try Veuve
 Clicquot’s Brut Yellow Label for a fresh and fruity party favor; your guests will be glad you did. $30 per 375 ml bottle,

Up in The Air
Drones have hit the market in a big way and have flown their way into wedding season. Have Andreo Studio create a memorable wedding video for you with their eye in the sky. Starting at $3,200, available in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, NYC and destination weddings. 347.871.7427,

Candid Camera
Say goodbye to stiff and stodgy formal portraits; couples are leaning towards candid shots which capture the emotions of the moment. This trend of hiring photojournalism photographers “creates stills of the laughter and sweet bliss of the day while being mindful of flattering light, interesting angles and composition,” says Nancy Da Costa, co-founder of Mango Studios. “However, we also see the importance of traditional portraiture to capture each and every family member and close friend.” Starts at $3,000, 1.888.606.2646,

3 ways to Celebrate in Style
A scene to be seen
Nothing short of spectacular, The Temple House dials up the glitz at its private Miami Beach venue, where you’ll discover sprawling entertaining spaces with 25-foot ceilings, brilliant art deco design and previous guest lists that include everyone from local luminaries to Grammy Award-winning artists. Featuring gorgeous indoor and outdoor event accommodations, professional planners and styling specialists, The Temple House offers everything to make your big day a truly stunning affair.

The highly transformable venue epitomizes high-profile sophistication with 16,000 square feet of capacious event space, a 6,600-square-foot grand room, a custom Brazilian cherry wood mezzanine and an outdoor terrace inspired by the whitewashed scenic architecture of coastal Santorini. 1415 Euclid Ave., Miami Beach, 305.673.2526,

Waterfront wonder
Smith & Wollensky Miami Beach is a mainstay in romantic destinations, featuring grandiose water-view accommodations, an elegant outdoor deck and an iconic brand with nearly half a century of impeccable service.

The waterfront locale provides a scenic wedding backdrop, with stunning dining and entertaining spaces for events ranging from the intimate to the extraordinary. Located in newly renovated South Pointe Park, Smith & Wollensky guests enjoy dramatic panoramic views of The Government Cut Channel, Fisher Island and the always-beautiful downtown Miami.

Smith & Wollensky offers a selection of eight event spaces in its beautiful Miami Beach location, with room to accommodate up to 100 guests for seated events and 160 for receptions. 1 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.673.2800,

Come sail away
For the ultimate unforgettable wedding experience, skip the traditional banquet halls and take your guests on a lavish cruise chartered by The Advantaged luxury yacht service. Charter trips by The Advantaged offer a unique alternative for a small wedding reception, with stunning views not of but on the Atlantic and unparalleled onboard service.

The ship choices range from creatively cozy sailing yachts to larger yachts with space for up to 12 guests. This imaginative reception experience offers the utmost in luxury amenity options, including an onboard private chef, exquisite menus, limousine pickup, customizable décor and even coordinated helicopter service.

The Advantaged is one of South Florida’s longest running charter companies, with service areas that include Fort Lauderdale, Miami, the Florida Keys, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. In addition to its stunning charter trips, The Advantaged offers yacht sales and rentals. 1800 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, 305.358.0745,

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