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,