Add Some Sparkle To Your Party

 

You’re not just planning a Wedding. You have the Engagement Party, the Bridal Shower, the Bachelorette Party, the Rehearsal Dinner, the Pre-Wedding Party with the Bridesmaids, the (Wedding) After Party, and the Post-Wedding Brunch. Whew! One of the absolute best and most sophisticated ways to kick off each event with a sparkling, bubbling, sweet burst of energy is with a glass of Voveti ProseccoVoveti Prosecco is a unique marriage between the cool-climate viticulture of northern Italy’s most acclaimed Prosecco regions in Veneto, and the superb winemaking of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The result of over 100 years of family winemaking expertise, Voveti brings together the Ferrer family’s sparkling wine legacy with the Collavini family’s mastery in crafting some of Italy’s finest whites. The result is a refined Prosecco with freshness, elegance and lingering depth.

 

Curtain Up Events owner Danielle Bobish hits the dance floor at a Glasshouses event with her glass of Voveti Prosecco in hand. Photo: Windau Photography.

 

Crafted from 100% Prosecco grapes, Voveti Prosecco is a brut DOC Prosecco with tempered acidity and a fresh, graceful profile. Voveti Prosecco delivers a fresh, foamy mousse with honeysuckle on the nose, along with a creamy texture. Marked by fine persistent bubbles, the wine features flavors of green apple, melon and ripe peach that endure on the palate and invite a second glass.

 

 

As your guests arrive to your Wedding and other events/parties related to your Wedding, watch their faces light up when they are greeted by trays with glasses of Voveti Prosecco. It brings the elegance, the flavor, and the fun. Every event related to your Wedding will have a toast… fill those glasses with Voveti Prosecco!

 

The Cocktail Gurus Pamela Wiznitzer pours a glass of Voveti Prosecco at an event at The Glasshouses. Photo: Windau Photography.

 

Voveti Prosecco is wonderful on its own, but also pairs brilliantly with dishes like Prosciutto with melon, Caesar salad, risottos, fried or baked fish, chicken, seared scallops, steamed crab, skewered shrimp, pasta, Asian cuisine like Chinese, Thai, Indian, or Sushi, and desserts including fruity desserts, cookies, strawberries, and panna cotta.

To find out more about Voveti go to: www.VovetiWine.com.

Elevated Private Dining With Contemporary Japanese Cuisine At Zuma

We recently discovered a restaurant and private dining venue that was so sensational to the palate, as well the artistic eye, we couldn’t help but imagine the creative possibilities for the big day. Zuma, a contemporary Japanese dining destination located on Madison Avenue in the high 30s, delivers more than what initially meets the eye. Upon arrival on a Wednesday evening for a 7 o’clock dinner reservation, the hotspot that occupies space along two spacious floors, immediately struck us as bold, interesting, and massive. The Asian fusion eatery with locations around the world boasts elevated views, imported handcrafted architecture, and several private and semi-private spaces that are easily customizable to one’s own purposes.

The menu is plentiful and not the least bit mysterious. The staff go above and beyond to extend their knowledge of the menu, to the point that we found their expertise so spot on, we wondered if we had encountered the chef firsthand. The quality of the ingredients used are so supreme to anything wed ever tasted, it somehow made us eager to learn the story of the cuisine before us. It is readily apparent from the moment one is seated that service is of the utmost importance to the foundation of Zuma, and that hospitality is a major element of the experience as a whole.

On the second floor of this midtown hotspot that has hosted parties for the likes of Carmelo Anthony and other big names, handsome private dining spaces are available and customizable to parties of varying sizes and tastes. Although perfectly suitable for a wedding that stands apart from the rest, Zuma seems to best cater to functions surrounding engagement parties, bachelor parties, rehearsal dinners, and other unique private events. The rooms are equipped with projector screens for viewing (in case you wanted to pop in a slideshow of the ol college days!), as well state of the art stereo systems, but in such a way that it is not obstructive and barely noticeable until you want it to be. Fine handcrafted furniture made of wood and leather, chairs and couches, and an inviting dining scene that encourages sharing amidst a family style aesthetic, the ambiance is relaxed, yet masculine. Perfectly suitable for a personal affair or a business board meeting, the space is as versatile as its menu, and offers privacy and exclusivity.

Whether a meal to remember or the occasion of a lifetime, Zuma is a dining destination in Manhattan that is not to be missed. For reservations, call 212.544.9862 or have a look at their website at www.ZumaRestaurant.com.

5 Ways To De-Stress And Unwind Before Your Wedding Day

Being a New Yorker is no easy feat. Conquering crowds at rush hour, and making the most of limited square footage- we are champions for endless reasons. Now being a bride in New York City that takes some real super hero strength! If your precious closet space is beginning to resemble a wedding favor warehouse, or youve traded in your quiet nights at home for bustling evenings checking out the citys hottest vendors, you may be in need of some time to relax, unwind, and decompress. Weve come up with 5 ways you can do all that and more, so you can enjoy the process (and hold on to your sanity!).

1. Get Yourself To The Spa

Lets be honest- you need this! Whatever makes you feel wonderful and refreshed, just splurge for it. The Spa at Trump SoHo brings luxury to utopia with their exclusive Hydra Facial Deluxe, just perfect for any of those stress break outs you might be experiencing. Uptown at Hotel Plaza Athénée, Spa Valmont offers divine body wraps that reinvent the mind, body, and spirit. If there was ever a time to get a massage, its now.

2. Go For A Local Getaway With Your Fiancé

We get it- youre busy, making decisions left and right, and theres no time to jet off to Bermuda. Theres no reason that you cant take a local romantic retreat with the love of your life for the weekend! No passports, no TSA check-in a vacation awaits you right at home. Whether you check in for two nights at The Plaza Hotel or The Carlton for a little R&R, sometimes theres no place like home (away from home). Rediscover your love for New York from another perspective at one of NYCs iconic hotels. For a real escape just outside the city, Oheka Castle offers romantic overnight accommodations within their fairy tale abode. In-room massages, champagne with strawberries, and private dining are just some of the ways Oheka customizes a marvelous stay.

3. Lunch With The Ladies

Your girls are there for you, and are all too happy to indulge in a lovely ladies lunch at one of the many delectable or scenic restaurants of Manhattan. Chitchatting over a Baby Kale And Asian Pear Salad and glass of Prosecco at Bryant Park Grill melts the stress right off. Taking the time to speak your mind, connect with your friends, and stimulating your taste buds, will undoubtedly boost the spirits and recharge your wedding planning battery.

4. Embrace The Season

Its summer, so get out there! Soak up the sun and float in the pool at the Castle Hotel & Spa. Thursdays at the Castle includes a Poolside Summer Pairing Series at Equus, where you can enjoy an eclectic selection of wines and spirits, along with scrumptious fare, beside the spectacular poolside ambience of the Castle. Located in Tarrytown, this Summer Series is hosted every Thursday night through August 20th, 6:30-8:30pm. Need to de-stress during the cooler months? Check out the warm and cozy atmosphere from within The Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park with each room equipped with a telescope for viewing the spectacular views, you can cozy up in a warm bathrobe, and look out on to the snow globe of the city.

5. Find Your Zen At Home

Cant seem to make a breakaway from home? No problem. There are plenty of ways to take the ordinary out from home. Turn your run-of-the-mill shower into an aromatherapy garden with a product such as ESSIO. The worlds first aromatherapy diffuser for the shower, ESSIO turns the everyday shower into a spa-like experience using 100% organic essential oils. Simply attach it to your shower head, pop in the pod of your choice, turn off the light, and youll find yourself in an all new exotic and relaxing space.

For more ideas on how to relax and enjoy your wedding to the fullest, pick up a copy of the 2015 Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition!

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Wedding Venue: Hôtel Plaza Athénée

Photo: EXO Photography

 

Nestled among the beautiful townhouses and brownstones of the luxurious Upper East Side rests Hôtel Plaza Athénée, blending refined European tradition with exceptional hospitality. Widely regarded for its intimate charm and romantic atmosphere, weddings at this lovely abode are most certainly a majestic affair.

The Hôtel Plaza Athénées Arabelle Room

 

Upon entry to Hôtel Plaza Athénée, guests are greeted with attentive service, antique furnishings, and Italian tapestries, lending the perfect backdrop for cherished moments. The thoughtfully designed space of this stunning venue offers unique warmth for guests to relish in. Ceremonies are elegantly appointed to take place within Le Trianon, which consists of ten windows that overlook the magnificent tree-lined neighborhood of East 64th Street. 

Photo: EXO Photography

 

The creatively inspired fare furnished by Arabelle stimulates the senses with sheer delight, using only the freshest ingredients of the highest quality. After an affair to remember, newlyweds are invited to spend the night in a comely one-bedroom suite, and are met with breakfast in bed or on their balcony, as they recount the prior evening’s magic. To enhance the Hôtel Plaza Athénée experience, guests may also choose to partake in the relaxing treatments of the Spa by Valmont located within the hotel.

A balcony reception at The Hôtel Plaza Athénée

 

Intimate weddings between ten and one hundred guests are catered to with the utmost importance and care. Every detail and desire is met, whether for event design, floral arrangements, or overnight accommodations. To ensure an expertly planned occasion, Hôtel Plaza Athénée has several packages available to suit the needs of their blissful couples. For occasions seeking luxury, charm, and tradition in the most superior sense, Hôtel Plaza Athénée presents a most resplendent setting for the most important day in the life of two people.

Photo: EXO Photography

 

The Hôtel Plaza Athénée is located at: 37 East 64th Street. For more information, call: 212-606-4600, or go to: www.Plaza-Athenee.com.

 

Transforming A Central Park Landmark

Photo by: Eleven Weddings Photography

 

Central Park is like a gift to New York. It is an 843 acre oasis of sprawling lawns, trees and ponds, in which to escape the cacophony and clamor of Manhattans thoroughfares. Within the oasis is Tavern On The Green, a restaurant nearly as storied and iconic as Central Park itself. It is a gift within the gift. Since its opening in 1934 Tavern On The Green has been the site of countless weddings (and other important occasions). The landmark restaurant closed on January 1, 2010. As its highly anticipated 2014 re-opening approached, it became a very sought-after venue. People could not wait for the gift to re-open. It was a apt locale for one of Sophisticated Weddings: New York Editions 2015 covers (pictured, below).

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Featured Wedding Venue: BROOKLYN WINERY

Marrying both a rustically sophisticated, vintage feel with the special singularity of an industrial winery, Brooklyn Winery offers a location unlike any other in the New York City area. Operating as a fully functional commercial winery, this urban chic venue is a setting that invents beautiful wines and spectacular surroundings. From vintage portraits and reclaimed wood dressing the walls, to the 22-foot glass ceiling and hanging succulent garden, guests are constantly introduced to new and exciting focal points. Extending visionary décor and a palatable experience, Brooklyn Winery presents a unique atmosphere for weddings not found anywhere else in the metropolitan area.

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