Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cinco de Mayo Weddings

Congratulations to all of the Brides and Grooms getting married this weekend! A little history about the 5th of May and how we celebrate it in the United States. Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States. It is sometimes confused with Mexican Independence Day Many people outside Mexico mistakenly believe that Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican independence, which was declared more than 50 years before the Battle of Puebla. That event is commemorated on September 16, the anniversary of the revolutionary priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s famous “Grito de Dolores” (“Cry of Dolores”), a call to arms that amounted to a declaration of war against the Spanish colonial government in 1810. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with substantial Mexican-American populations. Chicano activists raised awareness of the holiday in the 1960s, in part because they identified with the victory of indigenous Mexicans over European invaders during the Battle of Puebla. Today, revelers mark the occasion with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing and traditional foods such as tacos and mole poblano. Some of the largest festivals are held in Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wedding Attendants' Responsibilities

Attendants' Responsibilities Maid or Matron of Honor: Acts as official witness. Usually signs marriage license. Helps bride select attendants’ attire and colors. Assists at bridal showers, gift openings, and records gifts. Helps bride dress and prepare for ceremony. Holds bouquet, rearranges veil and train during ceremony. Assists bride in changing to going-away apparel. May arrange for gown cleaning or bouquet preservation. Best Man: Acts as official witness. Usually signs marriage license. Helps arrange pre-wedding festivities that honor the groom. Attends and assists groom throughout wedding day. Carries rings and wedding license to the ceremony. Oversees ushers’ functions. Toastmaster at bridal table. Drives wedding car, if no limousine. Returns groom’s rental formal wear along with his own. Bridesmaids: Help arrange showers and attend all pre-wedding festivities. Assist in making reception favors/filling rice bags. May light candles, attend guest book, gifts, etc. Groomsmen/Ushers: Attend pre-wedding festivities that honor the groom. Groomsmen escort bridesmaids during ceremonies and reception. Ushers greet and seat all guests. Unroll aisle runner. Also distribute maps, drive cars, run errands, attend or move gifts. Flower Girl: Precedes the bride down the aisle, tossing flower petals. Her dress may complement the bridesmaids, or the bride. Ring Bearer/Page: Precedes bride down the aisle, bearing actual rings or replica rings secured to a satin pillow. Escorts flower girl. Apparel complements groomsmen, groom, or flower girl.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM SkyLinks Golf Course 4800 East Wardlow Road Long Beach, CA 90808 With two exceptional outdoor wedding locations to choose from, you can take full advantage of the amazing views and features at Skylinks. Exchange your vows overlooking the golf course from the first fairway, or on our beautiful waterfall lawn. Either way, your guests will enjoy breathtaking scenery and your wedding-day photos will be unforgettable. The Signature Waterfall is a freeform sculpture of natural rock and cascading pools, which are dramatically lit at night. As part of our wedding packages, our redesigned banquet hall provides panoramic waterfall and fairway views and our Sky Room accommodates 150 guests in an open, inviting space that features high ceilings and adjoining patios on either side. Floor-to-ceiling windows let your guests take in the surroundings while celebrating your special day. We also can arrange outdoor, tented receptions for up to 200 guests. Raffle prizes include. Groom's Tungsten Ring from Diana & Co. Jewelry Designs (Value $300) $100 towards Wedding or Shower Cake from Amazing Cake Creations Wedding Basket from OC Brides $25 Dinner certificate from OC Brides Savor the Creations from the chefs of Skylinks Golf Course and Amazing Cake Creations Enjoy the sounds of MIJO Entertainment Make Memories with Woody Woods Photography, Memory Lane Videography, and Viral Booth LA Photobooths See the beauty of Elegant Wind Waves, Memory Lane Events, and White Feathers Events Special deals from Diana & Company Jewelry Designs, Premier Bridal Shows, Amazing Acrylic, Cruise Planners, and more! Pick up your complimentary copy of The Wedding Guide (714) 970-6380 • www.ocbrides.com

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

April Bridal Show and Quinceanera Expo

Bridal events this weekend... Brea Community Center Upcoming Bridal Show: Saturday, April 20, 2013 11:00 - 3:00 Meet premier wedding professionals ready to help you plan your dream Wedding! Hors D' Oeuvres, cake samples, door prizes including a Wedding gown from Bonny Bridal! 695 E. Madison Way Brea · (714) 671-4427 www.breabridalshow.com __AND__ J and J Events Quinceanera, Bridal and Sweet 16 Expo April 21, 2013 • 12:00 - 5:00pm Pacific Palms Resort 1 Industry Hills Pkwy., City of Industry Free Entrance, Fashion Show, Cakes, Limos & More! Door prizes include a Dress or a scooter! JOHN VENTURA (909)904-4909 john@jandjeventos.com www.quinceanerabridalexpos.com

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Spring Bridal Show

Sunday, April 14, 2013 Fullerton Marriott 2701 E. Nutwood Ave. Fullerton, CA Show Hours: 11 am - 3 pm FREE Diamond Ring Keychain for the first 50 Brides who attend... _SEE 100s of ideas and services for your wedding day including stunning displays and the latest wedding fashions at our Dancing Down the Aisle Fashion Shows which include a fusion of the hottest styles and dance choreography! SHOP, compare and get insights and expert advice from Southern California's leading wedding experts from Florists to Photographers, DJs to Wedding Planners, Videographers to Honeymoon Travel, Transportation to Invitations and much, much more! SAMPLE food and fun! Taste gourmet cakes and food samples, indulge in a mini make-over or have your pictures taken in a photobooth. Door prizes, give-aways and show discounts! Brides receive SWAG Bags filled with goodies from Crate & Barrel, Magazines, Wedding Planning ideas, Samples and more! (714) 572 -1363 www.PremierBridalShows.com

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Your Wedding Financial Obligations

Your Financial Obligations Tradition… a weighty word. In terms of wedding expenses, it once dictated that the bride's family handled all the nuptial expenses. The changing scheme of society has made it possible for some ironclad traditions to loosen their grip a bit, and that certainly includes wedding costs. Probably the most useful approach for you, your groom and your respective families to consider when you draw up the wedding budget is to be communicative, realistic and courteous. If your family is unable to bear the traditional bridal bill, talk with the groom's parents. They may be willing to assume a portion of the financial responsibility. There are probably some expenses that you and your groom can pay, thus taking the pressure off your families. Following is the traditional division of nuptial expenses. However, there are times when tradition bows to practicality. The question of who pays for what really boils down to who is most willing and able. __For the Bride... Wedding gift for groom Wedding ring for groom Gifts for attendants Personal stationery Lodging for out-of-town attendants (optional) Physical examination Bridesmaid’s luncheon __Bride’s Family... Entire reception Wedding gift for newlyweds Bride’s wedding attire and trousseau Invitations, announcements, postage Engagement & wedding photographs Rental of sanctuary of chapel Organist, soloist and sexton fees Aisle carpets and/or canopy, and any additional decorating costs Bridesmaid’s bouquets Flowers for reception Transportation for bridal party to ceremony and reception Rehearsal dinner (optional) Security and insurance for gift display (optional) __Groom... Wedding gift for bride Bride’s ring Marriage license Gifts for best man, ushers Bridal bouquet & going-away corsage Boutonnieres for men in wedding party Mothers’ corsages Physical examination Gloves, ties or ascots for men in wedding party Lodging for out-of-town attendants (optional) Fee for clergy or judge Honeymoon Bachelor’s dinner (optional may be assumed by best man and ushers) __Groom’s Family... Wedding clothes Traveling expenses and hotel bills Wedding gift for the newlyweds Rehearsal dinner (optional) Shipment of wedding gifts to the bridal couple’s new home