Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bridal Skin Care

All brides look
to their wedding
day with great
anticipation and
they want to look
and feel their very best.
The planning that goes
into a wedding may start
months, even years ahead
of the big day.

One of the situations I have encountered
over the years is many brides wait until
the last few weeks to get their skin glowing!
With the stress of the wedding getting closer
and the mountains of last minute “to dos”
skincare is planned for maybe a week or less
before, with a great facial.

My mantra has always been it is your daily
routine that will make all the difference,
so the earlier you start to take care of
your skin the better your chance of having
beautiful skin not just on your wedding day
but every day. Not that a nice facial about
7 to 10 days before the big day isn’t a good
idea, but notice the timing.
You want to ensure that any possible eruptions
will be healed up before the rehearsal dinner
and of course that special day that has been
planned for so long.

When it comes to the correct skincare you want
to use a product that is going to work for your
particular skin type and issues. Something we
all need to get passionate about is using safe
skincare and cosmetics. After all, our skin is
our largest organ and what we put on it quickly
makes its way into our bloodstream. The standards
here in the US for beauty products are much lower
than in most European countries in terms of harmful
ingredients and chemicals. If fact some well known
skincare companies will use different, more toxin
free, ingredients in Europe and give us much cheaper
formulations here in the US! Look for products without
fragrance, parabens, mineral or petro oils.

Now is the time to start educating yourself about what
you may be putting on your skin!

by Trish Jones

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day!

Valentine's Day
is the most
romantic day
of the year!

Share your proposal
story on this blog!

We will see all
of you newly engaged
Brides at one of the
Wedding shows we will
be attending this coming

Here is where we will be...

• Knotts Berry Farm Resort Hotel in Buena Park, by Bridal Showplace
• Crowne Plaza Hotel in Redondo Beach, by BrideWorld
• SeaCliff Country Club in Huntington Beach, by Catering at SeaCliff

These will all be great shows. For more information, go to our Bridal Shows page at:


Monday, February 7, 2011

Your Wedding Invitations

The traditional wedding
invitation has changed
little over the years. Its
essential purpose is to
invite your guests and to
tell them where and when your wedding
is being held. Most other information is
superfluous. It’s that simplicity, coupled with
fine paper and distinctive engraving, that makes
formal wedding invitations so elegant. There are
a number of basic points of etiquette to follow
when wording a traditional wedding invitation.
For instance, the Groom's name.

The groom always uses his full name, preceded
by his title. There are no abbreviations, except for
"Mr." All other titles, such as "Doctor" and
“Reverend" should be written out, although "Doctor"
may be abbreviated when used with a long name.

Initials should not appear on formal wedding invitations.
Men who dislike their middle names and use their middle
initial instead should be discouraged from doing so.
If your fiancĂ© refuses to use his middle name, it’s better to
omit his middle name entirely than to use just his initial.

Assembling the Invitations

Your wedding invitations may arrive already stuffed into
their inner envelopes or in separate stacks of invitations,
enclosure cards, and inner and outer envelopes. If yours
come unassembled, there’s no need to panic. Assembling
wedding invitations is really quite simple, although a bit

For the most part, wedding invitations are assembled in
size order. The invitation itself is first. The enclosure cards
are stacked on top of the invitations, not inside. The reception
card is placed on top of the invitation. Then the reply envelope
is placed face down on the reception card. The reply card is
slipped face up beneath the flap of the reply envelope. These
are the most frequently used enclosures.

Any other enclosures are added face up in size order
(usually at-home card, directions card, accommodation card,
pew card, etc.). The single-fold invitation and its enclosures
are placed into the inside envelope with the fold of the
invitation at the bottom of the envelope and the engraving facing
the back of the envelope. You can tell whether or not you stuffed
the envelope correctly by removing the invitation with your right
hand. If you can read the invitation without turning it,
it was stuffed correctly.

The procedure for assembling traditional invitations (those
with a second fold) is similar. The enclosures are placed on
top of the lower half of the invitation's face in the same order
described above. The invitation is folded from top to bottom
over the enclosures. The invitation is then placed into the
inside envelope with the fold toward the bottom of the envelope.
As with other invitations, traditional invitations are correctly
stuffed when they can be read without being turned after being
removed from the envelope with your right hand.

Once stuffed, the inside envelopes are inserted into the
outside envelopes. The front of the inside envelope faces
the back of the outside envelope.

For more information, or to order your Wedding Invitations
contact Cynthia at

Tuesday, February 1, 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.