Monday, December 26, 2011

Weddings on New Years Eve

Will you be married when the ball drops?

Many couples want to begin the new year as man and wife.

We celebrate you!

Here is some history of the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball,
for un-Wedding and New Year related reading!

Revelers began celebrating New Year's Eve in Times Square as
early as 1904, but it was in 1907 that the New Year's Eve Ball
made its maiden descent from the flagpole atop One Times Square.

The first New Year's Eve Ball, made of iron and wood and adorned
with one hundred 25-watt light bulbs, was 5 feet in diameter and
weighed 700 pounds. It was built by a young immigrant metalworker
named Jacob Starr, and for most of the twentieth century the
company he founded, sign maker Artkraft Strauss, was responsible
for lowering the ball.

As part of the 1907-1908 festivities, waiters in the fabled
"lobster palaces" and other deluxe eateries in hotels surrounding
Times Square were supplied with battery-powered top hats emblazoned
with the numbers "1908" fashioned of tiny light bulbs. At the stroke
of midnight, they all "flipped their lids" and the year on their
foreheads lit up in conjunction with the numbers "1908" on the
parapet of the Times Tower lighting up to signal the arrival of the
new year.

The Ball has been lowered every year since 1907, with the exceptions
of 1942 and 1943, when the ceremony was suspended due to the wartime
"dimout" of lights in New York City. Nevertheless, the crowds still
gathered in Times Square in those years and greeted the New Year with
a minute of silence followed by the ringing of chimes from sound trucks
parked at the base of the tower - a harkening-back to the earlier
celebrations at Trinity Church, where crowds would gather to "ring out
the old, ring in the new."

In 1920, a 400 pound ball made entirely of wrought iron replaced the
original. In 1955, the iron ball was replaced with an aluminum ball
weighing a mere 200 pounds. This aluminum Ball remained unchanged
until the 1980s, when red light bulbs and the addition of a
green stem converted the Ball into an apple for the "I Love New York"
marketing campaign from 1981 until 1988. After seven years, the
traditional glowing white Ball with white light bulbs and without
the green stem returned to brightly light the sky above Times Square.
In 1995, the Ball was upgraded with aluminum skin, rhinestones,
strobes, and computer controls, but the aluminum ball was lowered
for the last time in 1998.

For Times Square 2000, the millennium celebration at the Crossroads of
the World, the New Year's Eve Ball was completely redesigned by
Waterford Crystal. The new crystal Ball combined the latest in
technology with the most traditional of materials, reminding us of our
past as we gazed into the future and the beginning of a new millennium.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Weddings

Happy Holidays

to all,

with many

loving and

peaceful thoughts

from our

Wedding Guide

family, to

your family!

Remember this

Holiday season,

to always try to,

"Count Your Blessings!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wedding Traditions

You may be interested
in the origins of some
popular traditions
included in observing
your marriage.

Bridal gowns, for example, are white because the Greeks
believed white embodied purity, innocence and joyfulness.
Wedding veils have always symbolized modesty, privacy,
youth and maiden hood. That way of thinking still has a
foothold; bridal etiquette authorities today advise
second-time brides to skip the veil and wear a less
traditional headpiece instead.

Most are familiar with the poem about bridal attire:
“Something old, something new, something borrowed,
something blue and a lucky sixpence in your shoe.”
What’s not generally known is that if a bride borrows
an item from a happily married woman, the giver’s
happiness is said to be passed on to the bride.
Something blue symbolizes constancy in a relationship.

The bridal garter originates from at least two cultures.
In ancient times, it represented the virginal girdle;
the groom’s removal of the garter symbolized her
relinquishment of that status. The garter can also be
traced to the Old English custom of flinging the stocking.
Wedding guests would sneak into the bridal chamber,
pick up the newlywed’s discarded stockings and throw
them at the couple. Whoever flung a stocking that hung on
the bride or groom’s nose would be the next to marry.

Wedding bands, symbolizing eternal love by their lack of a
beginning or end, grew out of an ancient tribal custom of
using circlets of grass to decorate a bride’s wrists and
ankles. The Romans and Egyptians, with their love of
precious metals and stones, initiated the practice of using
silver and gold. Rings are worn yet today on the third finger
of the left hand because ancient cultures believed that
finger had a vein running straight to the heart.

The “throwing of the rice” at fleeing newlyweds is a traditional
way of wishing them many children.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wedding couples at Thanksgiving

For many families,
Thanksgiving Day is
a time for families
and friends to reunite,
to watch football games
and Thanksgiving Day
parades, consume lots
and lots of traditional
Thanksgiving Day foods,
and to remember and share
old stories and experiences.

Put Your Relationship First

The most important thing the two of you can do to make
your Thanksgiving Day holiday a joyous and stress free
occasion is to put your relationship with one another

• Stand together and support one another as you communicate your holiday decisions to your families and friends.
• When making decisions about where to go, who to see, and how to spend the day, remember to make decisions together that are life-giving to your marriage.

Make Thanksgiving Less Chaotic and More Meaningful

If Thanksgiving Day for the two of you doesn't match the ideal
and is a day of stress and turmoil in your marriage, check out
some of these ideas for making the holiday more meaningful and
less chaotic.
• Consider having your own Thanksgiving Day dinner alone.
Then join your families later for dessert.
• If you really don't want to choose between which family
to spend the holiday with, then get away together. You don't have
to go far away. There are probably some great resorts near your
home that have holiday packages that include a romantic place to
stay and Thanksgiving dinner.
• You can also get away as a family if you have children. We had
a great Thanksgiving dinner with our four kids at Cinderella's
Castle in Disney World. Years later, the kids still talk about
the wonderful stress free time we had as a family that holiday.
• If you are in an interfaith marriage, rather than saying grace
at dinner, you could have a moment of silence before eating, or
have everyone at the table share something they are thankful for.
• Sometime during the day, take a nap or a break from the
• When the two of you are alone together, share the blessings you
each feel in your marriage.
• If the two of you are hosting a Thanksgiving Day dinner, remember
to try and keep balance in your lives.
• Don't strive for perfection in either the way your home looks,
the way your kids behave, or the way the meal turns out.
• Decide together on who will do what when it comes to the
straightening the house, planning, preparation, cooking, and clean up
• Look for ways to go beyond the inner circle of yourselves and y
our families by taking canned foods to church or a local food bank,
or helping to distribute hot meals on Thanksgiving Day.
• Tell a story from your past Thanksgiving celebrations to each other.

By Sheri & Bob Stritof,

Most importantly, enjoy spending the time together, count your
blessings and have a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Wedding Gown Care

After your Wedding Day,
it is important to have
your wedding dress
properly cleaned by a
Certified Wedding Gown

This one is the best!

The Clothes Doctor has years of experience
and expertise to provide the proper care and
treatment for your wedding dress, and we are
proud members of the Wedding Gown Specialist
Association. Our services are also endorsed
by the Association of Bridal Consultants.

Since 1994, we have specialized in Wedding Gown
Cleaning, Preservation and Heirloom Wedding Gown
Restoration. We are not “just a corner dry cleaner.”

Be careful who you choose to clean and preserve your
wedding dress. Without the appropriate expertise,
credentials, experience, and care, the result could
be irreparable damage to your treasured wedding gown.

Every gown brought to The Clothes Doctor is thoroughly
examined prior to and after cleaning to make sure the
beading and fabrics are appropriately and safely treated.

The Clothes Doctor has State of the Art Dry Cleaning,
Wet Cleaning and Finishing Equipment, which when used by
our experienced specialists, will provide the best care
available for your wedding keepsake.

The Clothes Doctor only uses pure "green cleaning" methods,
and guarantees “No Drycleaning Smell.” Sugars are not
dissolved during ordinary dry cleaning and our unique
Anti-Sugar Stain Treatment is included in our cleaning process.
This unique process, not used by cleaners with who have little
or no experience with wedding gown cleaning and wedding gown
preservation, has been featured in Modern Bride and Bride’s
magazines. It ensures that all sugar, salt and acid stains
--- seen or unseen --- are removed. This is a critical requirement
of proper wedding gown preservation and storage.

As a result of this unique process, The Clothes Doctor offers
and honors the Association of Wedding Care Specialists 100% written
guarantee against caramelized sugar stains or yellowing of your
heirloomed bridal gown.

After cleaning, The Clothes Doctor will preserve your heirloomed
gown in our exclusive MuseumCare Preservations™ 100% acid free
archival chest. We also use 100% acid free tissue to keep your gown
from having permanent creases and folds. The chest also has a acid
free window so you can view your gown while it is safely boxed in

Remember, with The Clothes Doctor you get:

• Free consultations and helpful advice to care for your
wedding dress on the day of your wedding

• Peace of Mind (we're experts!)

• A Lifetime Guarantee, in writing that guarantees
our workmanship

• Pick-up and delivery service is available in
Los Angeles and throughout Orange County

Call us today or complete our online inquiry form for
more information.

We’d love to hear more about your special day and your
wedding dress.

We’ll also add you to our mailing list and send along
some helpful tips and advice to make sure your wedding
planning goes smoothly.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Bob and Carol Clark
The Clothes Doctor

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Weddings Become Marriages

Getting Married
should be about
the Marriage
and not about
the Wedding.

So many Brides get caught up in planning
a perfect Wedding, they don’t think about
the “Ever After”.

I am a firm believer in Marriage and living
“Happily Ever After”.

That doesn’t mean that everything in your life
after your Wedding will always be perfect, but
if your expectations aren’t unrealistic you can
have a very happy life together.

When you go through the good times, it is so
wonderful to have someone to share and enjoy
those times with, and when times are tough,
you have someone by your side to help you,
and you can work through them together.

The secret is, not having any secrets from
each other.

That doesn’t mean that you need to report to each
other on every little detail of your life, but
that you always share your feelings and opinions
with each other.

You can agree to disagree, but at least you are
talking and sharing.

Pick your battles carefully, everything is not worth
fighting about.

Starting with the day you say “I Do” to each other,
work together as a unit and you can accomplish so
much more in life.

Don’t try to change each other, just accept each
others faults and focus on your strengths.

Work to bring out the best in your partner, and
allow them to bring out the best in you as well.

Always make time for each other, and remember why
you fell in love, and you should stay in love for
the rest of your lives.

A few “Words of Wisdom”
shared with you from
Debbie Christensen, Publisher
of The Wedding Guide.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween Weddings

For the groom
and best man,
a tuxedo can
be complemented
with the top hat,
cape and cane of
a Victorian

A red lining to
the cape brings
out the Halloween
associations with
Vampires, without
making the connection too obvious.

For the bride and bridesmaids,
full elegant and even hooped gowns, with high or
wing collars, are suggested by this theme, although
any long and elegant style would be compatible.

The orange, black, red and yellow colors associated
with Halloween are derived mainly from the pumpkin
and the underworld theme, but are also colors
associated with the Fall as the leaves change color.
These warm colors used in the decorations for a
Halloween wedding acknowledges both the festival
and the season.
Seasonal flowers to carry through this color theme
include red, orange and yellow roses and tiger and
calla lilies.

Dark colored table cloths instead of white are suggested,
either black or red. The autumn theme could be developed
with the tables sprinkled with gold, orange and yellow
confetti, rose petals or artificial leaves.

The use of candles as the featured lighting during a
Halloween wedding reception also reflects the seasonal
drawing in of the nights. Chunky candles in autumn colors
are suggested.

A few plain gourds as candle holders bring out the warm
colors, and make a reference to the Halloween carved pumpkin
jack-o-lantern, without the ghoulish grin.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Halloween Wedding Ideas

Few couples would
want to pursue the
ghoulish side of the
Halloween theme at
their wedding.
However, a wedding
at Halloween is an
opportunity to create
a very special ambiance
reflecting the season
and some of the elegant
aspects of the Halloween

Halloween has adopted the Victorian Count Dracula story,
which has inspired a formality in some Halloween party
costumes. The Count is usually portrayed in a tuxedo,
and ladies following this Vampire theme often wear long
gowns with high collars or wings. The popular Adams Family
television series built up this aspect of the Halloween
tradition, and developed a style close to the Gothic theme
popular during Victorian times. The Gothic style also has
an appeal through the music and lifestyle tastes of many
modern couples. A Halloween wedding can take advantage of
the formality and elegance of the Victorian era, while
having a modern lifestyle appeal.

The Victorian era also made use of dark colors, such as
reds and burgundies and dark stained woods, and could
influence the choice of venue for a Halloween wedding.
Victorian furnishings, chandeliers and wood paneling
would certainly add to the Halloween atmosphere.

Cherubs and angels were popular decor items during the
Victorian Gothic era, and could be featured as table
decoration, candle holders and for holding place names.
Another slightly bolder and macabre play on the Halloween
theme would be to make named tombstones as place name

Friday, October 14, 2011

Your Bridal Shower

The bridal shower is a traditional
celebration which allows friends
and family to show their affection
and “shower” the couple with gifts.
The shower occurs from two months
to two weeks before the wedding and
can be anything from an informal
luncheon at the office to a buffet
dinner in an elegant restaurant.

Bridal showers or couples showers are usually given
by members of the wedding party, cousins, or friends
of the families. Two or three friends can act as
co-hostesses or hosts. No one should be invited to the
shower who has not been invited to the wedding or who
does not know the couple. One of the bride’s
responsibilities as far as her shower goes is to provide
the hostess with a guest list and to make sure that she
hasn’t created a financial burden on anyone by inviting
her to more than one or two showers. She should also send
a written note of thanks to her guests for any presents
received, as well as to the hostess(es) for their

Shower themes can be fun and useful. Unique shower ideas
are: A “round the clock” shower where guests are assigned
an hour of day on their invitations and bring the
appropriate gifts (for example, a “7:00 a.m. guest” might
bring a toaster). A home repair shower for the bride and
groom. A lingerie shower. A recipe shower where each guest
receives a recipe card and fills in a favorite dish.
A “wishing well” shower, where in addition to the gift, the
guest brings a tiny present (a wooden spoon, a kitchen
sponge etc.). The hostess makes a cardboard replica of a well,
and the gifts, wrapped and tied with ribbons, are tossed in.
There are no cards attached, though sometimes the guests write
a poem, and attach it to their gifts. The bride pulls out the
gifts with the ribbons and reads the poems aloud.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Your Wedding Photographs

Don’t err on the side
of politeness… or economy… when
friends or relatives volunteer
to take your wedding photographs.

Get a professional, one who thoroughly
understands lighting techniques and who
is skilled at creatively capturing the
tender, joyous and humorous moments of
your wedding and reception on film.

Interview photographers early, at least six to twelve
months in advance. Visit their studios, review their
portfolios, and talk about the pictures you envision
of your wedding. Be sure to inquire about special
effect photography and decide if you want it included
in your wedding portfolio.

Determine your photography budget clearly at this meeting.
Don’t forget to allow for additional prints you might want
to give as gifts later. Agree on a firm figure for both
the deposit and the final payments; pay both promptly.

Discuss with your photographer the type of wedding you’re
planning. Include the location and time of both the ceremony
and reception. Be sure the photographer reviews considerations
regarding the lighting. Some churches do not allow extraneous
lighting during the ceremony.

You will come up against one photographic dilemma. When should
the formal portraits be taken? After the ceremony is the
traditional time, but many photographers feel that there is not
enough time between ceremony and reception to allow for all group
pictures plus the beautiful, romantic shots which you will surely
wish to have. Besides, this is the time you want to spend with
your guests. Taking all formal groupings before the ceremony
seems to be a better choice when a large, formal wedding party is
involved. This allows time after the ceremony for more relaxed
photos with family and friends in attendance. Discuss this question
thoroughly with your fiancé and your photographer to understand
everyone’s preferences. Considering your wedding day schedule and
the size of the wedding party, the three of you will reach the
right decision about the best time for this important photographic

If your wedding party is large, or you have large families, you may
want to appoint a photographic assistant. They should know everyone
in your family by sight and be able to assist the photographer by
making sure all essential family groupings are taken. Don’t forget
to inform your photographer of any sensitive situations in your
respective families, such as recently deceased grandparents,
divorced parents, stepparents, etc.

The photography contract is a complex one. Be sure you understand
exactly the quantity and size of the prints you will be buying, when
proofs will be available, the type of proofs provided, when the
finished work will be ready, and how long the negatives will be
kept in the photographer’s filing system.

Once you’re satisfied that you have conveyed all your wishes to the
photographer, relax and let him/her fulfill those wishes. The result
will be an album that genuinely reflects the love and happiness you
and your families share on your wedding day.

For more information see Wedding Photographers

Image by Carissa Woo Photography

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wedding Thank You Gifts

Your wedding is the celebration
of a lifetime. The planning is
lengthy and the details are

Don't forget, or get too busy
to thank those special people
who came through with help:
your parents, your sister, your
favorite aunt who addressed 200
invitations, your mother’s
best friend who hosted your
bridal shower.

For Mom and Dad, a night away at a bed
and breakfast could be a special thank
you gift. A gift basket delivered to
your sister would delight her.

Take Aunt Jenny for lunch after you return
from your honeymoon. And a bouquet hand
delivered to your mother’s best friend is

Other special Thank You’s could include
wallet-sized wedding photos tucked into
your thank you notes or an extra copy of
your videotape to those in your wedding
as a special keepsake.

Be thoughtful and creative-just don't forget!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pre-Wedding Family Group Portraits

This is one of the few
articles specifically
directed to the parents
of the bride and groom.
Once the wedding plans
are completed and you’re
only days away from the
big event, the entire family
will begin to gather from near
and far to join in the celebration…
one of the happiest occasions
experienced by your immediate family.

As busy as we know you’ll have been, we
strongly suggest you set aside one hour
with your family to create a cherished memory…
the family portrait you’ve talked about for years.

Weddings are one of the few celebrations we know
of that gathers families together from all over
the country and, in some instances, worldwide.
There won’t be an easier or more convenient
time to have a professional photographer take your
family group portrait. So plan a special family time,
a day or so ahead of the wedding to create your unique
Family Heirloom Portrait.

Here are Photographers for you to consider

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wedding Bridesmaids & Groomsmen

When you ask someone
to be in your wedding,
they will be expected
to spend a substantial
amount of time and
money on your wedding.
This will include buying
a dress and shoes or
tuxedo rental, fittings,
buying a gift for, and
attending your shower,
bachelor/bachelorette party,
and wedding day. Working with
your attendants will probably
be one of the most stressful
parts of planning your wedding,
simply because you are working
with a lot of different personalities, tastes,
and schedules. Try to keep this in mind when
you and your fiancé are choosing your wedding
party. You want this to be an enjoyable
experience for everyone.

The selecting of the tuxedos seems to be less
complicated than the dresses and accessories.
Of course this is true of the Bride’s dress and
Groom’s tuxedo as well. The bride and groom
usually pick out all of the tuxedos together.
The groom is generally the only man in a
different tuxedo. The best man will have a
different accessory such as tie, vest, etc.
The hardest part will be getting the groomsmen,
best man, and dads in for sizing, and deposits
to order their tuxedos. Always be sure they try
on the entire tuxedo when picking it up, to be
sure everything fits and is included.
When choosing bridesmaids dresses, it is best to
only take one or maybe two people shopping with you.
If you want to go with more, just have fun and don’t
try to make any decisions until later. Otherwise,
you will be frustrated because you will have several
people saying I want this dress, not that one, which
will not be fun for you. Very rarely can several women
all agree on the same dress as being their favorite.
Keep in mind the sizes, shapes and ages of all your
bridesmaids when shopping.

Once you have selected your bridesmaids dresses, each
girl will need to come into the bridal shop to be
sized, and put down a deposit which is usually half
of the total.
The shop will not place the order until everyone has
been in, so the dresses will all come from the same
dye lot. Otherwise, your dresses may be different
shades. The maid/matron of honor can have a similar,
but different dress or bouquet for her to stand out.

Once the dresses come in, each bridesmaid will need
to schedule a fitting for her dress. Some alterations
are usually necessary, and are not included in the
cost of the dress The most common alterations are side
seams for a tight fit, and a hem. At the time of the
fitting, it is necessary to have the under garments
and shoes that will be worn at the wedding. You will
probably want your bridesmaids to all be wearing the
same shoes, so it is best to order them at the same
bridal shop, especially if you will be having them
dyed to match the dresses. You will want to think
about the jewelry they will be wearing. The perfect
solution may be to buy each bridesmaid matching
necklaces and earrings. This way everyone looks great,
and you have your attendants gifts taken
care of as well!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Labor Day Weddings

On behalf of everyone
at The Wedding Guide,
we want to wish you
all a very happy and
safe Labor Day weekend.

We will be relaxing and
enjoying the last holiday
weekend of the summer with
our family, and hope you
will spend this vacation
time with your family too,
or maybe even at a Wedding!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Beachfront Weddings

There is no place like
sunny Southern California
for a beautiful beach setting,
which makes a perfect backdrop
for your perfect Wedding!

Here is a sample of what is
offered at one of the locations
listed with The Wedding Guide.

Doesn't this make you want to
get married at the beach?

The only thing missing is you-
the Bride and Groom!

Chart House
Spectacular Waterfront View...
Very Reasonably Priced!
231 Yacht Club Way
Redondo Beach · (310) 372-3464

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Types of Marriage Licenses in California

There are two types
of marriage licenses
commonly issued in
The public marriage
license and the
confidential marriage
license. There are
requirements for each
of the licenses listed

Public Marriage License:

You must be at least 18 years old. Persons under 18 with written
consent from at least one parent (or legal guardian) AND permission
from a California Superior Court Judge may marry. Emancipated minors
are NOT exempt from this process. Contact the County Clerk’s Office
in your county for further information regarding these requirements.

The marriage license may be obtained from any county in California.
You are not required to get married in the county where you purchase
the public marriage license; however, you must be married in California.
You must file the license in the county where it was purchased.

You must have at least one witness present at your ceremony. The license
contains a place for two witnesses if you prefer. You may NOT have more
than two witnesses sign the official marriage license. Licenses received
with more than two witnesses signatures will be returned to the officiant
and a duplicate marriage license will need to be purchased.

There is no age requirement in California for witnesses, however, they
must be old enough to know that they are witnessing a marriage ceremony,
AND be able to sign their name on the official marriage license.

The marriage license is registered at the County Recorder’s Office in
the county where the license was purchased, and is a public record. Anyone
may request copies of the marriage license by submitting the required fee
to the County Recorder. Only one officiant may sign the marriage certificate
as solemnized.

Confidential Marriage License:

The participating parties must be at least 18 years old to apply for a
confidential marriage license. Minors may NOT purchase a confidential
marriage license.

The participating parties must be living together as spouses at the time
they apply for the marriage license, and must sign an affidavit on the
license attesting to those facts.

The couple MUST be married in the county where the license is issued.

No witnesses are required to be at the ceremony, AND no witnesses sign
on the marriage license.

The marriage license is a confidential record and is registered at the
County Clerk’s Office in the county where it was purchased. Only the
couple may purchase copies of the marriage license and must present
valid picture identification together with the required fee to the
County Clerk in order to do so. Persons other than the married couple
requesting copies of a confidential marriage license may only do so by
presenting a court order to the County Clerk in the county where the
license is registered.

Copies of confidential marriages are not available from the state office.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Three Tips for Bridal Shows

Well, “tis the season” once again for local Bridal shows.

There is a Wedding Expo every weekend this month,
beginning with the Queen Mary Bridal show this Sunday.

Here are the three best tips we have
when attending any Bridal shows:

1- Bring labels with your name, mailing
address, e-mail address, phone number
(optional) and wedding date, to register
with the vendors at the show whose
services you are interested in.
This will save you a lot of time and
writing, and you will love your labels
by the end of the day!

2 - Bring someone with you that wants
to be there, and will make an effort
to enjoy the day with you. If your
fiance doesn’t want to come, or if your
Mom can’t come with you, maybe you would enjoy
going with one of your Bridesmaids. Bridal shows
can be a lot of fun when you can just relax and
have fun, so wear compfy shoes, and plan on doing
a lot of walking.

3 - Be sure to visit each booth. When you go down
the aisles, visit the vendors on one side, then come
back down the same aisle on the other side. When you
try to visit vendors on both sides, it gets confusing,
and you most likely will skip some booths that you may
be interested in. Sometimes a booth you want to visit
may be too crowded, so you can skip it, and this way
you when come come back through, you can stop at any
booths that you skipped the first time. Take your
time, and don’t rush through the show. Plan on being
there for at least a couple of hours. You can figure
about an hour to watch the fashion show which usually
has great prizes for Brides afterwards.

So again, just relax, have fun, and we will see you
at one of these upcoming Bridal shows!

Here are the local Wedding and Bridal Trunk shows
in August that we recommend attending:

August 14 - The Queen Mary, Long Beach
August 17 - Rancho Las Lomas, Silverado Canyon
August 21 - Embassy Suites Hotel, Brea
August 26, 27 & 28 - Blush Bridal Trunk Show, Tustin
August 28 - Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach
August 28 - Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, Huntington Beach

For more information, visit

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Wedding Tuxedo Tips

Weddings today
offer couples
the opportunity
to celebrate and
commit to their
love, and more
and more couples
are actively seeking
ways to go beyond what’s
traditional and express
their personalities.
The men’s formalwear
industry has kept up with
the ever changing trends…

The Classic Black Tuxedo: this style remains
the most popular option in a two button, single
breasted satin inset lapel with a dash of color
on the vest and tie.
The High Fashion Tuxedo: represents that sleek,
unique look while maintaining a formal look for
your wedding.
The Traditional Men’s Formalwear: this has various
selections, such as the white or ivory dinner jacket;
normally worn in the spring and summer months,
typically in a garden or tropical destination wedding.
The Cutaway: a grey morning suit worn for a.m. formal
weddings, until noon.
The Stroller: a traditional jacket worn for semi-formal
daytime weddings, until 6 p.m.
White Tie and Tails: a black full dress tail jacket, worn
with a white wing collar shirt, and white vest and tie,
and occasionally with white gloves. This look is proper
after 6 p.m.
Accessories: this is where all the fun begins, you can
select from thousands of different vest and tie options,
from the classic black to as mild or wild as you want
to be.
Fabrics: this is where the rental or retail prices will
vary; there are many fabric options for you to choose
from, from the basic wool to the many super wools.
Choose your look: The tuxedo ensemble should always
complement the bride and bridesmaids.
The tuxedo is also a reflection of the groom’s personality,
so put as much thought into your choice as your bride does
into her wedding gown. Remember this is also your special
day. Follow these tips, to make your wedding day trouble free…

Always try on your tuxedo at your first fitting and at the
pick up of your rental.
Never order your tuxedo from a catalog, if you can not see
the tuxedo or feel the fabric at the store, you will always
be disappointed with what you receive.
Register your wedding with a men’s formalwear specialist and
not a clothing company or dress company.
Request to pick up your tuxedo rental at least two days before
your wedding day.
There are many other tips involved in tuxedo selection.
For further information, contact your local tuxedo specialist.

By Rick Porcaro,

Friday, July 29, 2011

Bridal Accessories

What will you be wearing
when you have your hair
and make-up done on your
Wedding day?

What will your Bridesmaids
be wearing?

How will the photos look of
you and your Bridal party
getting ready?

You should be wearing a Plush Bridal
Sarong from Private Quarters!

Soft and cozy, our plush Bridal sarong
will keep you comfortable and looking
good for your
pictures as you prepare for saying “I do”.

Flower Sarong is perfect for Bridesmaids
or on your honeymoon.

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Ballet Slippers...$26.00

Travel Pillow Set..$88.00

Head Massager......$14.00

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Selecting the Right Wedding Officiant

Selecting the Right Wedding Officiant
by Priscilla A. Munson

Soon after you’ve set your date,
chosen the location, settled on
your colors and started searching
for your perfect dress, invitations,
etc., you’ll want to turn your
attention to the centerpiece of your
wedding day...
The Ceremony and The Person Who Will
Marry You.

Many couples rely on their own pastor,
minister, priest, rabbi or a justice
of the peace, to do the honors.

However, if you don't have one, or prefer a
non-denominational, inter-faith, spiritual, thematic,
semi-religious or non-religious ceremony -- written to
your specifications -- you'll need to hire a
Wedding Officiant to guide the process and legally
preside over your vows.

So where do you begin? With the end in mind!

Ideally, your ceremony (like every other aspect of your
wedding) is the outward expression of your personalities,
values, beliefs and traditions, all blended into a ritual
that is the ceremonial container
for the celebration of your love.

Start by asking each other about the ceremonies you remember
that really touched you. Reflect
together on what made them special and why you can still
recall them to this day. Discuss your
religious, ethnic, cultural and/or family wedding traditions.
Brainstorm. Take a big sheet of paper
and write it all down. Decide if there will be a theme or
main message and about how long your
ceremony will be. List the key words / phrases you always
imagined you’d say to each other at your wedding, or have
spoken on your behalf. Gather up your favorite poems, stories,
quotes and songs. Consider asking a family member or special
friend to do a reading or perform music. And before long,
a style will emerge from all these elements that will be the
unique representation of who you two are --
in life and in love.

Next, ask each other about the qualities you want in your
wedding officiant, and add them to your list. Ultimately,
their personality, temperament and presentation style should
match the vision you have in
mind, because they'll be representing you through their words
and presence, setting the tone for your marriage, and the mood
of your wedding.

Some wedding officiants will have a more serious or formal
demeanor. Others will be casual or even add their own special
brand of humor to the officiating process. Most recognize their
assignment as a sacred trust. It’s up to you to know what you
are looking for so you’ll recognize them when you find them...
on the internet, by referral from your wedding planner or other
vendor, from family or friends.

Remember this: Your wedding officiant works for you, not the
other way around!

So take your time. Interview prospective officiants either in
person or over the phone. Ask them to
describe their ceremonies, how they work with couples, and what
their services entail. Share your
ideas and find out how willing they are to incorporate them.
Explore why they are an officiant, their professional writing &
public speaking experience, and views on love and marriage.
Look at photographs and testimonials. Ask yourselves, above all,
if you feel comfortable with this person. You should feel
a strong sense of rapport, confidence, trust, and that you just click.

Because, then, after all the meetings, phone calls and emails,
when the big day finally arrives and you’re standing there together,
you’ll feel like you’ve known each other for a long time, and that
they really care about you and your marriage.

In Selecting The Right Wedding Officiant, be sure to allocate a
reasonable amount of money in your budget ($350-550 for a custom
ceremony; additional for the rehearsal, travel time and license
coordination). The most talented ones will be booked several months
in advance, so be sure to start your search early!

And when you find that perfect person, lock them in right away, so you
can relax and enjoy a leisurely planning process in their capable hands.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Shopping for Your Wedding Services

With the economy
as it is, engaged
couples are being
much more budget
conscious when
shopping for their
Wedding services.

This is good news for vendors
who have established a good
reputation for having great
products and services to offer.
Shopping for Wedding specialists
should be just like booking any
other professional.

Here are some tips to keep in mind
when looking for Wedding specialists
to book for your Wedding day:

•Take advantage of local Bridal shows and Bridal
resource centers.
-Use them to do research and to begin shopping.
-You can find almost every Wedding service that
you will need all at one location.

•Be very careful about ordering anything online
unless you have seen it in person first, because
it usually looks different we you see it, then
it does online.
-You don’t know what you are getting, and there
is no one to help you when ordering, so trying to
save money by ordering online, will sometimes end
up costing you more time and money then using a
local Wedding professional.

•Get a minimum of three quotes for each service and
compare them.

•Always compare apples to apples!

-If one quote is much lower then the others, that is
probably not the one to book.
-Just like any product or service, you get what you
pay for.
-If the cost is a lot less then others, there is a
reason for the price difference, and you don’t
want to risk any disaster on your Wedding day.

•Meet with the person who will be in charge of working
at your Wedding.
-This is primarily for officiants, photographers,
videographers, coordinators, entertainment or
disc jockeys.

•Ask to see samples, or a portfolio of previous Weddings.
-Present your ideas, and listen to their suggestions.

•Be very specific about what is included in the price you
are quoted.
-Ask about extra options available and any extra charges.

•Always be sure to get everything you are booking in writing
so both sides are clear on what is included, and the
total cost.

•Go with your intuition when booking, and work with people
you feel comfortable with. This should be fun!
-Price should be a consideration, but shouldn’t be the
reason to book someone.

•Don’t wait to book someone, or put down your deposit when
you decide to use their products or services. If you
wait, they may accept other jobs for that day, and
won’t be available for your Wedding.

•Most importantly, you want to work with professionals that
will make sure your Wedding day is absolutely perfect!