A Lesson in Lace

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At M&J we have a serious love of lace. You might call it an obsession really. We have walls of the stuff at our store! Of course not all lace is the same, and we’re not talking about just patterns either. There are many unique styles of lace from all over the world! Some are made by hand, others are strictly manufactured by machine.  Some are created with using the needle method, others use bobbins. Each method and material used creates a different, but equally beautiful, style. Here are a few of our favorites styles, and a little history behind each!

Alencon Lace

Alençon – One of the most popular types of lace for wedding dresses, Alençon is a French-style lace. It is also one of the most difficult, and thus most expensive, types of lace to make. This style is characterized by floral or leaf motifs on a mesh background. Fun fact: The process of creating this lace by hand has been preserved over the years by Carmelite nuns in Alençon.

Battenburg Lace

Battenburg – Popular in the 1930s and 1940s, Battenburg is a needle lace. You can find it mostly on tablecloths and linens. It is an easy-to-make lace, and much less labor intensive than other embroidered varieties.

Cluny Lace

Cluny – A bobbin-style lace, cluny often features small flowers and loops. This lace is sturdy, and more durable than most. Its name is derived from the Abbey of Cluny in Cluny, France, where it was used by monks.

Schiffli Lace

Schiffli – This is the lace of the new age. Strictly made using modern machines, Schiffli is created by embroidering both the front and the back of a piece of light fabric, usually tulle.

Venise Lace

Venise - This needle lace was once more coveted than jewels. Originating in Venice, Italy, using this lace as an adornment proved you were very wealthy indeed. Thankfully it is now more affordable, and easy to obtain! Its design features no netting, with motifs held together by braids or threads. This makes it perfect for using as a dramatic trim!

These are just SOME of the many styles of lace available at our store. Which look or style do YOU prefer?

Brides Night Out Event Vendors

We are so excited about our Brides Night Out Event on Wednesday April 24th 2013 from 6:00-9:00PM. We have an amazing group of vendors participating in this first-time ever event being held at M&J Trimming. Each exhibitor is showcasing some of their amazing talent that will add an element of joy to your special day. We would like to take the time to focus on some of the amazing vendors who will not only be in attendance but offering some of their services to you.

Alpine Blanc NoirCrate Cocktail Caterers Chellisethe booth Sugar Plum SB Beauty macys KIM Hello Super 8 Florisan

We can’t wait to see you at our Bride’s Night Out Event!

One Wishing Tree, Four Ways!

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By Blerona

We’ve got Spring Fever, Monday was such a beautiful day the weather finally warmed up and we couldn’t help but make some fun DIY’s. Since alot of parties are planned in Spring and Summer Season, we decided to create a Wishing tree in four different ways by embellishing them occording to the themes. What is a wishing tree you ask? Well what we did was put some branches in a clear vase with rocks on the bottom to hold them still. Then cut out beautiful decorative paper and leave a marker there for guests to write special messages or wishes to the person the party is being held for. Then they take there message and hang it up on the tree. 

 First up Birthday Girl Party

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Birthday Boy Party

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Baby Boy Baby Shower

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Wedding / Bridal Shower

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Inspirational Button Wedding

M & J has the most fabulous selection of buttons,I thought these pictures would be perfect to share with you. The pictures were taken by Chellise Michael Photography. This duo has a great eye for capturing the day. Paying attention to the details, of your wedding, is not only fun but shows off your style. Click here to see more of Chellise Michael. See more photos here.

M&J Bridal Lookbook

Photography by: kfirziv.com 

Images may not be downloaded, manipulated or reproduced without prior written permission from M&J Trimming Co. Inc.  Any commercial or private use of the images which belongs to M&J Trimming without the explicit written consent is prohibited and punishable through M&J Trimming and worldwide copyright laws.

M&J Bridal is excited to annouce that we have recently finish the photoshoot for our lookbook.  Below is a glimpse the beautiful bridal accessories we are currently carrying.  Click on the image below to view the entire lookbook.

To contact regarding any of the pieces, please email bethany@mjtrim.com or call 212-704-8017.

 M&J Bridal

M&J Trimming Cordially Invites You

By Blerona

M&J Trimming Cordially Invites You to

The Wedding Salon
Monday, April 12th
4 pm ~ 9 pm
 
The Roosevelt Hotel
45 East 45th St
NYC

Meet Wedding Celebrities Sylvia Weinstock & David Tutera!

See Spectacular Table Décor, Gowns, Photographers, Honeymoons, & More!

Enjoy an Exclusive Fashion Show,

Beauty Makeovers and the Ultimate Luxury Gift Bag!

For Complimentary Tickets, ($50 Value, Admits 2)

Use Code MJT4C at www.WeddingSalon.com

M&J Trimming Bridal Salon Opening, Featuring Magnolia Bakery

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Magnolia

Save the date!  M&J Trimming is officially opening our new Bridal Salon to the public.  The opening is scheduled for June 1st from 11am – 6pm.  Come join us and Magnolia Bakery for cupcake tasting and custom veil and glove viewing.  

On this big day, you’ll meet our Bridal Specialist, Bethany.  Don’t forget the delicious cupcake tasting and wedding dessert ideas by NYC’s most popular Magnolia Bakery.  We look forward to seeing you there.  

 

You’re Cordially Invite To The Wedding Showcase!

Are you going to be in New York City in March and April?  Well, then mark your calendar and visit us at New York City’s most luxurious Wedding Salon and the New York Weddings Showcase.  It’ll be an event you’ll definitely find enjoyable especially if when you’re in the process of planning a wedding. 

Wedding Salon – New York, NY
Show date: Monday March 23, 2009
Show hours: 3pm to 8pm
Venue: Gotham Hall
Address: 1356 Broadway – New York, NY 10018

New York Weddings Showcase – New York, NY
Show date: Monday April 1, 2009
Show hours: 5pm to 8pm
Venue: Metropolitan Pavilian
Address: 125 West 18th Street

 For more details call 1-800-965-8008 ext 308

 

\Magnetic Save The Date Cards!

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By Kristin

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You just got engaged, congratulations!  Now time for some fun and planning your big day, but not before picking the date.  Once you have your special day picked out, make sure your guests will know far enough in advance to save the date.  Save the date cards are important to remind your guests so that you can work on the invitations and send out final details later.  This is a great time to express who you are as a couple, fun and quirky or romantic and serious?  Use these traits to personalize your card. 

 My brother used a really neat trick to make his cards for his San Diego wedding, refrigerator magnets!  You can pick up magnet business cards from any office supply store (I suggest Avery brand #8374, you get 30 for $12).  You can make a simple card that states the date with the bride and groom’s name.  If you are really creative you can use a photo editing program to make a custom design using an engagement photo or make a monogram to put on the card.

So how does M&J factor into this?  Try embellishing the magnet with a simple ribbon loop at the top, some new refrigerators won’t let a magnet stick, and some people just don’t like magnets on their refrigerators (like my mother).  The loop will allow them tack it on a cork board for safe keeping.  Make a little loop at the top and glue it down with some e6000 glue, add an SS20 rhinestone for that ‘Bridal Bling’ and you are done.  They are a super easy project that can save you a little money in the long run.

The magnets are light enough that one postage stamp should suffice, but just to be safe, take one to the post office and have it weighed.  While there be sure to check out their wedding stamps that they offer every year.  Congrats, and have fun planning!

DIY Bridesmaid’s Dress

By Kristin

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As many of my loyal blog readers can tell, I’m a pretty crafty person. Some of you may not know I’m an avid seamstress too. For this week’s blog I decided to make a Bridesmaid’s dress and embellish it with items from M&J. Granted, my best friend isn’t using purple in her wedding.   My Sister-in-law probably won’t either, but at least I made a pretty little dress I can wear again. You don’t even need to make the dress, you can buy something simple off the rack and go from there.  It’s a more cost effective (and more custom) alternative to Box Store Bridesmaids’ dresses.
I used McCalls #4460, view C. For the dress I used a Purple/White cross woven Silk Dupioni. Not shown is the black tulle along the bottom.  You could even use a jazzy black lace along the hem instead! I used a 24mm Silk Satin Ribbon in Black for the belt, and Rhinestone Buckle #32367 in Jet/Black Diamond/Gunmetal.  The top of the dress is edged in the 15mm Black Organdy Ribbon with a 9mm Black Silk Satin placed in the middle. I simply used Unique Stitch glue on the ribbons and it holds really well.

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If you want to take a store bought dress and embellish it, pick a simple dress with very little details already on it. You can add a ribbon belt as I have, use a beaded trim around the top or on the waist, add Sew on Rhinestones or use a silk flower.