Monday, July 16, 2018

This Weekends Bridal Show

We will be at this weekends Bride World's bridal expo at the L.A. Convention Center, 1200 L.A. Live Way, Los Angeles, CA  9001,5 on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22nd. 


Don't miss the biggest and best Los Angeles County Bridal Show of the year. Now 2x bigger than other bridal events. Shop, compare and connect with 150 Los Angeles County wedding vendors. Find new planning ideas, inspiration and great values at this season's largest gathering of florists, wedding venues, photo booths, photographers, disc jockeys, bridal gowns, tuxedos, entertainers, bridal beauty tips, custom invitations, vintage decor, and romantic honeymoons.  

Get your discounted tickets at Bride World's website!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Don't Skip Beauty Sleep Before the Big Day (Reduce Stress for Better Sleep)


Your wedding day may be one of the happiest days of your life, but that doesn’t mean stress doesn’t come along with it. The guest list, future in-laws, and making decisions about the venue, flowers and place settings takes its toll on even the most patient person.

Unfortunately, the sleep deprivation that accompanies stress can do more than leave you feeling fatigued. Sleep plays an important role in your overall appearance. Studies have shown that well-rested people are perceived to be healthier and more attractive. Sleep can affect how you look and feel on one of the most important days of your life.


What it comes down to is this—beauty sleep is a real thing, and you don't want to miss it.

Pre-Wedding Stress Management

Stress management needs to start before your wedding day. There are a few simple ways you can reduce stress in as little as 15 to 20 minutes a day.


Before you jump into several different stress management methods, consider the conditions in which you sleep. Do
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confirm that your bed is supportive of your preferred sleep position? Are there bulges or valleys that cause discomfort and wake you during the night? Do you keep the bedroom cool, dark, and quiet? Make sure you've created the right environment for a full seven to eight hours of sleep.


Meditation
Meditation has been used for centuries to help focus the mind and body. Today, there is science to support what regular meditative practitioners have known for years that meditation reduces stress and helps you sleep.

Mindfulness meditation teaches you how to focus on present body sensations rather than concentrating on stress-inducing thoughts of the past or future. Deep breathing and relaxation are important parts of letting go of stressful thoughts. Regular practitioners of this method show a thickening of the  prefrontal cortex, the reasoning part of the brain, and a strengthened connection between it and the amygdala, the emotional center of your brain. Essentially, meditation allows you to apply more reasoning to your emotional responses, which reduces stress.


Yoga
Stress often leads to the release of inflammation-causing proteins.
Yoga
has been shown to reduce the number of these proteins, in turn reducing stress.


There are many different yoga methods from those that invigorate and strengthen the body to ones that quiet the mind for sleep. While any yoga method is beneficial, quiet, gentle poses done before bed are the most useful for getting a better night’s rest. Some yoga poses can even be performed in bed so you can drift off to sleep when you're ready.


Journaling and Scents
Sometimes it's the simple things that reduce stress. Keeping a journal by your bedside in which to jot down ideas or tasks can often relieve wedding-related anxiety. You don’t have to worry about forgetting something. You can also sleep better by using  lavender
essential oils, candles, or lotions as they have been shown to improve sleep quality.

A few minutes of meditation, yoga, or journal writing might be all it takes to help you not only enjoy your wedding day to the fullest but look amazing too.

Friday, May 18, 2018

We will be handing out our Wedding Guide books on Sunday, May 22, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | $10 Admission at the Dana Point Yacht Club, 24399 Dana Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629 Don't miss this bouquet Bridal Show. Shop, compare and connect with local Orange County wedding vendors. Find new planning ideas, inspiration and great values at this season's gathering of florists, wedding venues, photo booths, photographers, disc jockeys, bridal gowns, tuxedos, entertainers, bridal beauty tips, custom invitations, vintage decor, and romantic honeymoons.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018



Introducing Debbie's Cakes & Treats

We have added an amazing baker to our list of advertisers who wants to help you create the perfect wedding cake or sweet treats! 


Meet Debbie, the owner of Debbie’s Cakes & Treats.


I began my path to cake decorating and owning my own business when I was a little girl. I've always loved baking for my friends and family and did it every chance I got. When I grew up, I began my working career as a customer service manager. Unfortunately, my son was in a bad car accident that left him unable to live on his own, so I left the work force to stay at home and care for him. But in the last few years, I felt the tug of my creative roots, and have spent time honing my talents and skills with cake decorating (and baking!), coming back to my original passion in life.  


One day, I created a website, and it has quickly expanded into a thriving business. I create chocolates, cookies, and - of course! - bake cakes for all occasions, including weddings! I love listening to couples, helping them to create a vision for their cake, and being a part of their dream wedding. Everyone wants to be passionate about their work, and I'm lucky enough to love my work every single day.



 I'm an approved home-based cottage food operation. I offer custom cakes, cupcakes, cookies and truffles. For all your special occasions that need a custom cake or sweet treat, from birthdays to weddings and everything in between, look no further! Debbie's Cakes & Treats will be happy to make your occasion a hit. 


Debbie can be reached at 951-892-0950 or by email at debbiescakesandtreats@gmail.com  


Thank you, Debbie for join us at The Wedding Guide!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

More Wedding Budget Tips


We have a guest writer for this weeks article!  Meet Dan Wesley who will talk about the hidden expenses of planning a wedding.  Please click on the link below to read the article!




Please leave a comment below an your thoughts of the article!


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

April 15th Bridal Show


Don't miss Brides Today Expo

"A Royal Bridal Show"

This Sunday, April 15th!

Please stop by and get your new edition of 
The Wedding Guide!

Please visit Brides Today Expo website for more information:
http://www.bridestodayexpo.com/

    Make sure to RSVP online for your FREE tickets!


Monday, April 9, 2018

Brides on a Budget - Part 3

Brides on a Budget - Part 3


In Part 3 of Brides on a Budget we continue with ideas on ways to trim the budget while planning your wedding!



Photography

Consider shortening the hours to whatever is necessary for you and your budget. Taking a moment to think about the types of pictures you want will give you a realistic time frame. Check out this list of common pictures (include link) to help you get an idea of what types of images you would want a photographer for. Not every moment needs a professional! Having the bridal party take pictures of everyone getting ready will not only keep this moment personal, but it will add to your memories. Having more shots of your guests acting natural, lets you really feel the emotion of the day! Let the photographer spend the time going after big moments, while you and your loved ones are enjoying them! During the reception, include your guests and ask them to take pictures with a note at their table that indicates where they can share their pictures. When purchasing photos, leave out the extras and buy just the retouched images on a flash drive that you can share and print yourself! Shutterfly and Canvas People typically have great prices and offer more specials after your first order. Follow these tips for a good shot at reducing those photography costs!

Flowers

Choose flowers that are in season and grown locally instead of paying a higher price for exotic flowers to be flown in. For seating, instead of including flowers on every row, have them alternate. They are going to be seen for 30-45 minutes and can’t be reused! You can also decorate with bows in place of stems you may need. These can be made by using ribbon found on clearance (YouTube videos on how to make bows are available for assistance, add video). With your bridal party, about an hour of your time and a bottle of wine you’ll get these done in no time!

 Reuse arrangements to enhance the scenery for multiple uses! Instead of letting them go to waste after the ceremony, bring them to the reception site. Have the florist deliver them to the ceremony location and a friend can transport them to the reception site later on. This can be done during cocktail hour and your guests won’t even realize!

 If you’re not planning on preserving your bouquet, consider using yours for the bouquet toss! Save money on something that’ll either wind up in the trash or gathering dust.

Last Minute D├ęcor Tips

Turn those centerpieces into a party favor! Make it a game, draw names or seat numbers to select the luck winner.

Consider the scenery of your chosen venue. If the view was part of the reason you selected it, including pipe and drape is unnecessary.

Back from the 90’s with a more decorative style, last but not least, balloons! You’ll find everything from confetti to flower petals in these translucent balloons. Depending on the theme of your wedding, you might want to decorate the ribbon with greenery, such as vines. Make sure you get enough helium and groomsmen to put to work!

I hope this week’s tips have been helpful and you chose to put some of them to good use. If you found it helpful send us a message of what you did, how much you saved and a picture if you’d like to be included in future blogs.