Monday, August 22, 2016

Weekend Bridal Show

Saturday, August 27 & Sunday, August 28th at the Los Angeles Convention Center 1200 L.A. Live Way Los Angeles, CA 90015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | $12 Admission, or FREE with The Wedding Guide. Approx. 150 Wedding Vendors Shop and compare hundreds of local wedding professionals each season. These include photographers, invitations, cake bakers, tuxedos, wedding coordinators, hotels, unique crafts, and more. Meet individual artisans and professionals, ask questions, and find unique wedding-related products and service providers. Register with a local gift registry. Audition entertainers. Discover the best wedding packages and discounts. Shop at your own pace anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Those who are first time shoppers should allow for at least two hours of shopping time to collect as much information and literature as possible from each exhibitor. Returning shoppers who are well into their planning process may plan for as little as 30 minutes of shopping time. Bride World simplifies the shopping process by providing each registered couple with eighty contact labels. These contain the information provided by each couple during the registration process and are printed for use at the expo. Each label will include names, a mailing address, an email address, and a wedding date. Simply peel and stick a label when you choose to sign a vendor guest book, complete a registration form, or to request a follow up call or email. Register at least 24 hours in advance to allow time to prepare labels. These will be available upon check in. We will see you there with our Wedding Guide books and our Wind Waves.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Wedding Ceremony Sequence of Events

Ceremony Sequence of Events Take note of the order and timing of the following events… 1. Seating of the Guests Pre-ceremonial music as the ushers seat the guests. Music usually begins 15 minutes before the ceremony. _2. Seating of Parents After the guests are present and seated, the groom’s parents are escorted to their seats. The bride’s mother is the last to be seated. The bride’s father is waiting with the bride. _3. Groom Takes His Place The officiant, ushers, best man and groom take their positions. _4. Attendants’ Procession The processional music for the bridesmaids, maid or matron of honor, flower girl & ring bearer, begins as they are ready to walk down the aisle. _5. Bridal Procession Following the attendants, the bride’s father offers the bride his right arm as they begin down the aisle. Music is played and the guests rise in honor of the bride. _6. The Exchange of Vows Traditional vows may be exchanged or you may write your own personal vows to recite. _7. Music With Ceremony Music is played during the candle-lighting or other non-verbal portion of the ceremony. _8. The Ring Exchange Be sure to know where your rings are before you go down the aisle! _9. The Kiss Have Fun! _10. The Introductions At the end of the ceremony, the officiant may introduce the newlyweds to the guests as the new Mr. & Mrs. _11. The Recessional The bride and groom lead the wedding party back down the aisle.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Happily Ever After

Are You Ready for the Happily Ever After? Plan Your Wedding, but Perfect Your Marriage A Tip from a “Not-So-Perfect Husband” by Michael Letney with Karen Hardin Dear Bride-to-Be, You are planning the wedding of your dreams. Congratulations. After finding “Mr. Right,” everything about your wedding also needs to be right. It should be a day you will never forget in preparation for a lifetime together. It is important in this flurry of activity to remember that after the candles are blown out, the tulle is tucked away and the runner rolled up, the real work begins. Your marriage deserves just as much loving care to detail and attention as your big day. Great marriages don’t just happen. Trust me. I’ve been blessed with the most amazing wife, but it’s not because I have always been the most amazing husband. I’ve learned a very important lesson along the way about creating a great marriage that I would like to pass on to you as my personal wedding gift. The art of a good marriage depends on the couple and their commitment to each other. Like the canvas of a painting, it is what you do with the paint on the canvas that makes it a beautiful picture. Love must be fed and nurtured, constantly renewed. It requires our attention. It also requires four key ingredients which I learned several years into my marriage with my wife, Barbie. These important ingredients are essential. They are transparency, truth, trust and unity. You see, transparency requires that we are truthful with our mate. Truthfulness builds trust and trust, in turn, creates unity. The question becomes, just how willing are you to be transparent and truthful with your mate? Those four important elements were missing to some extent in my marriage at one time, not because I didn’t want to be truthful with my wife, but because in not being completely truthful about my business, our finances and the struggles I encountered along the way, I felt I was protecting her. My intentions were good, even I felt at the time, honorable. After all, why stress her out with the knowledge that my business, which had experienced enormous growth and provided us a very comfortable lifestyle, was suddenly on the verge of financial collapse? Why worry her with the knowledge that we might lose our house and have to file bankruptcy? After all, I could still turn it around and she need never know. So I chose to remain silent, although she could see my stress. She knew something was wrong. Terribly wrong. But ultimately what was wrong wasn’t the crisis in my business, it was my actions and it could have cost me my marriage. Transparency. Truth. Trust. Unity. Four Ingredients that when mixed into the recipe of your marriage can provide a foundation so strong it can weather even the hardest of hits as you stand together in unity. This is where the paint is applied to the canvas of your marriage and the result is beautiful. For a moment, I will be transparent with you and share that I learned the importance of these ingredients as my faithful wife stood with me through the tough times. This included not just one but two bankruptcies, a burglary that completely cleaned us out, the loss of our home, embarrassment over our loss, and months in which I walked through depression so thick it was like trudging through cement. During that season, she also became the primary breadwinner as I struggled to get back on top. If that weren’t enough, she held on after I received a diagnosis that could have resulted in my complete disability or death. Many women would have walked away. I’m grateful she stayed. Why? Because Barbie made a choice when we said “I do.” That when it came down to “in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer,” when it was all put to the test, she had already made her decision the day we married. She chose us. And I chose us. I made the decision to change, to be completely transparent and truthful which created a deeper level of trust and unity than we had ever experienced. Transparency requires truth, which creates trust, which builds unity. Everything in life is a choice. Barbie made the choice to stay. I made the choice to change and be transparent. To offer her all of me, not just what I wanted her to see. The result? A marriage to my best friend that is more amazing than we could have ever dreamed. Marriage is a relationship. Relationships are built not just birthed. It is a journey. As you embark on your journey, may it be one that encompasses those important ingredients of transparency, truth and trust that creates unity. May you learn to live in strength and vulnerability with each other, hand in hand, doing life together rather than just two people living in the same house, together but separate. Perhaps someday, after the wedding, when life’s challenges hit, you may look at your decision of marriage and wonder, “Did I marry the right person?” You may question whether you should stay. Motivational speaker and author, Zig Ziglar, who enjoyed a marriage that lasted sixty-five years until the death of his wife, was often asked about the longevity and strength of his relationship by some who questioned theirs. His response is worth repeating. “I have no way of knowing whether or not you married the wrong person, but I do know that many people have a lot of wrong ideas about marriage and what it takes to make that marriage happy and successful. I'll be the first to admit that it's possible that you did marry the wrong person. However, if you treat the wrong person like the right person, you could well end up having married the right person after all. On the other hand, if you marry the right person, and treat that person wrong, you certainly will have ended up marrying the wrong person. I also know that it is far more important to be the right kind of person than it is to marry the right person. In short, whether you married the right or wrong person is primarily up to you.”[1] So as your wedding day approaches, my personal gift to you, as you enter into the most sacred covenant of marriage, is to make the decision to include these four ingredients from the very beginning. Make the decision to be transparent and truthful, which will create trust that will ultimately develop a unity that can withstand the storms of life. The storms will come. But when you are in unity, you can weather them together. How do I know? Because Barbie and I just celebrated our twenty-eighth wedding anniversary together. Our relationship is more than I could have ever dreamed and what I wish for you---that you will also experience a happily ever after. # # # ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michael Letney is the founder and creator of The Unity Cross and Michael Letney Design Studios. His new book on preparing for your happily ever after, will be available July 2015. For additional information go to: or

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Anaheim Sheraton in August

Local Networking Group of Wedding Specialists Our mixers are always on the first Tuesday of each month, at different locations, from 6:00 – 8:00pm, and admission is absolutely FREE! Please join us for our next networking mixer on
 Tuesday evening, August 2, 2016 from 6:00-8:00pm at Sheraton Hotel Anaheim/Garden Grove 12221 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, 92840 The Sheraton Garden Grove - Anaheim South offers more than 9,000 sq. ft. in banquet rooms all conveniently located on the same level of the hotel. We have Wedding & Ceremony Packages which include tastings for a customized menu. Conveniently close to Disneyland. Visit with other Wedding specialists, exchange business cards, hear about becoming a member, and meet April Haye at the Sheraton. • The Wedding Wizards is affiliated with The Wedding Guide publication Coming up: September 6th at the DoubleTree Hotel rooftop garden, Downtown Los Angeles October 4th at the Hampton Inn & Suites, Santa Ana / Orange County Airport Hope to see you there, invite a few friends….. Debbie Christensen, •

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday at the DoubleTree

Sunday, July 24, 2016 We will be at the DoubleTree Hotel Ontario 222 N Vineyard Ave Ontario, CA 91764 Shop and compare 90 Inland Empire wedding products and service companies. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | $12 Admission

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Thursday at The Hills

OC Brides Bridal Networking Event Join fellow wedding pros and future brides at the beautiful Hills Hotel in Laguna Hills. The Hills Hotel 25205 La Paz Rd Laguna Hills, , CA 92653 Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM. And, 3 Lucky brides will win a GOLD package from Solid Wedding Dance! The Hills Hotel has become one of the "go-to" venue locations in South Orange County in the last few years. As one of the only boutique hotels in the area, The Hills Hotel has been sought after for its grand ballroom and modern upscale decor. The Crystal Ballroom, holding up to 280 guests for a wedding reception, boasts six gorgeous chandeliers along with beautiful high ceilings providing the perfect venue for that unforgettable wedding! Big or small, The Hills Hotel can handle it all. Not only equipped with a grand ballroom known as the Crystal Ballroom, the Garnet Gallery is the perfect ballroom for a smaller, more intimate wedding. The Garnet Gallery hosts a comfortable 90 guests wedding reception. Decked out with an intricate riverstone and crystal art wall at its entrance, this venue sets the stage for an elegant, chic wedding affair. - Tastings by the chefs of The Hills Hotel - Chocolate Tastings by Luisa Chocolatiere - Live music by Vaughn Fahie Jazz - Personalized 3D Photo Keychains by 3D Cheeze - Decor by White Feathers Events & All About You Events - Solid Wedding Dance Performance - Get your personal 3D Photo Keychain form 3D Cheeze - Play a little blackjack with High Roller Casinos - Get Makeup tips from Red Carpet Makeovers - Check out the food offerings from Darya Restaurant

Monday, July 11, 2016

July 17th San Pedro Bridal Show

The Elite Event Professionals Bridal and Special Event Show When:Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM Where: LA Harbor Masonic Lodge – 1640 West 9th Street San Pedro, CA 90732 The Elite Event Professionals are excited to invite you to our Second Annual Bridal and Special Event Show. You will have the opportunity to meet, get advice from and gain valuable wedding insight from Southern California’s top wedding and event professionals (D.J, Photographer, Videographer, Event Designer, Floral Designer, Coordinator/Event Planner, Cake specialist, Caterer, Luxury Cars, Photo Booth and more)… Take advantage of our Mashed Potato Bar, Dessert Bar, Cake Samples, Bridal Show discounts and Door Prizes! (Free Admission and Free Parking) Everyone is encouraged to attend, especially your fianc├ęs!! Show is open to anyone having a party or social event. We look forward to welcoming Event planners…Contact Demetra (310) 644-9400 or email: • Come by and pick up a Wedding Guide book...