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Perrier-Jouët Inspiration

28 Oct

Nothing says romance like a really good glass of Champagne….So why not get some inspiration from Perrier-Jouët??

Think Pink!
Make pink flowers your bridal shower theme. Serve chilled PJ Fleur de Champagne Rose and give each bridesmaid a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Rose in an impressive flower-ensconced gift box.

Go Green!
For your rehearsal dinner, insist on white glove service and have PJ Fleur de Champagne poured directly from its prestigious green bottle. The famous PJ fleur gift set – a flower bottle and two flower enameled flutes – make a wonderful gift for bridesmaids or mothers.

Why not white?
There is something to be said about the lushness and simplicity about a traditional white-on-white bridal bouquet to coordinate with the Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut label. When in season, use PJ’s signature white anemone flowers along with other white florals, such as gardenias, roses, and orchids for your wedding bouquet.

Stems and flowers
Wrap the stem of a white flower around the matching stem of each champagne flute for a dramatic look. Set a fleur bottle amongst the flutes for an elegant flourish.

Make a lasting impression
Nothing is more dramatic than pouring Champagne from a magnum (double bottle). Offer your guests a metallic pen to sign a special wedding wish on a 3L bottle (equal to four bottles of Champagne.) Save this sentimental bottle to open on your anniversary.

Parting gifts
Set at each table setting, a half bottle of Fleur de Champgane with the guest’s name written above the floral motif in metallic gold – an elegant name card as well as a parting gift. Have the bride and groom each sign the bottle as a special memento of the occasion.

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When your feet hurt after a looong party….

20 Oct

Try Footzyrolls! I love these shoes…they are fashionable and great to give to your Bridesmaids as gifts, or even put them in goodie bags to your guests at your bridal shower or at your bachelorette party, if you’re into that sort of thing 🙂 . Like the flyer says, they are like first aid for your feet!

Association Of Bridal Consultants Event at Bel Air Bay Club

29 Apr

The Association of Bridal Consultants Networking Event at Bel-Air Bay Club  showcased so many talented professionals.

Shannon Lee Images captured the essence of the event beautifuly and not only is she one talented lady but such a sweet sassy girl!

Of course when I found out from Alexandra from Sterling Engagements that we were going to have candied Bacon confections by The Sticky Pig I was a bit hesitant but so curious.  Turns out that sweet candied bacon is Mmm Yummy!Chocolate Delights was there to save the day with my craving for chocolate!

Of course cake by Nancy Kay was also such a treat!

We had live acoustic guitar in the courtyard followed by the fun of Valerie and the VIP DJ crew. 

On behalf of ABC-GLA (Association of Bridal Consultants – Greater Los Angeles) I would like to Thank all of these talented and hard working professionals who made this event such a success.

Participating Vendors
Photography:: Shannon Lee Images

Party by :: ABC-GLA
Venue :: Bel-Air Bay Club
Floral Decor:: Designs by David
Linens :: BBJ Linen
Cake :: Nancy Kay Confections
Bacon Treats :: The Sticky Pig
Chocolate Foutain :: Chocolate Delights
Live Guitar :: Ceremony Tunes
DJ :: VIP DJ

Entertainment:: Bride’s Night Out


Photography::  Shannon Lee Images

Save The Date! Marmel Wedding Cafe Exclusive Event!

29 Apr

Marmel Wedding Cafe is having an exclusive premiere social brdial event on Monday June 7th from 7-9pm at The Event Studio.

The title of this event is Design Your Wedding Inspiration Board

Brides will have the opportunity to create their own Inspiration board and have fun socializing with other brides!  Sweet treats will be available and we will be giving away great prizes!  Flyer will be posted shortly.  In the meantime, here are the details

Design Your Wedding Inspiration Board

Monday June 7th from 7-9pm at The Events Studio

Fee for materials is $20 and you can take home your designs.

If you are interested in attending please email Mary at

youroccasions@prodigy.net

I look forward to seeing you there!

Do Me A Favor!

28 Apr

Favors have been a part of weddings for many centuries.

Accordinging to “The History Of Wedding Favors” on www.affectionately-yours.com

“Initially wedding favors were an extravagance at celebrations hosted by European upper classes, who had the wealth to provide elaborate gifts to guests. The early wedding favors began as small fancy boxes, known by their French name of bonboniere. A bonboniere was fashioned of crystal, porcelain or gold and often encrusted with precious stones. The delicate boxes were meant to hold bonbons or other confectionery delicacies, at a time when sugar was quite expensive. Sugar was also highly valued by all, as it was believed to have medicinal benefits.

The tradition of providing gifts to guests was adopted by individuals of modest means by selecting simple treats as gifts. Every culture across time has approached marriage as a wonderful event, with the nuptials celebrated throughout the community. In many societies the bride and groom are associated with good luck, a common thought was that everything they touched would be charmed. By gifting members of the community, they would then pass those same blessings onto others. Many brides would choose to distribute this good luck by preparing a small gift of almonds, beautifully wrapped in an elegant fabric. The custom in the Middle East is for the bride to provide five almonds to represent fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness.

For more than a millennium, almonds were commonly given as wedding gifts to the couple, signifying the good wishes on their new life together. In the thirteenth century the practice of coating almonds in sugar became popular, the new confections were called “confetti”. Over time, confetti has transformed to Jordan almonds, now a staple of many wedding celebrations. The combination of the almond and candy signify the bitter sweetness of marriage. Today, Jordan almonds provide one of the most common and traditional wedding favors when they are wrapped in small bundles of delicate fabric or lace and tied with ribbon. Though the most traditional of wedding favors are still appreciated, a bride is only limited to her imagination when it comes to selecting the gifts that will demonstrate esteem from the blessed couple.”
So what makes a great favor?  My philosophy is either something edible or functional.  Many times couples select a favor they think is cute but guests often take little trinkets home and put them in a drawer never to be seen again if they even take them home at all.

Some of my favorite items are photo strips from a photobooth.  What a better way to commerate the memory of the day by having a photo of yourself having a good time?

A homespun treat made by the bridal couple.  My favorite was Janelle & Zach’s wedding where the bride made homemade biscotti with her grandfather.  It celebrated her Italian heritage and it was quality time that she spent with her grandfather.  Those favors were a labour of love and the guests really felt connected to their story.

Or a donation to a favorite charity or organization.  There are many wonderful opportunies to help those in need.  Wish Upon A Wedding is a fantastic way to help individuals facing life-threatening illness to enjoy a wedding and celebrate with love and happiness surrounded by friends and family.

Just Do Me A Favor, No matter which direction you choose be sure it is something that reflects your personality as a couple.

Style With Your Senses Part 3

30 Sep

Sense of Touch
Touching is the most fun way explore within our sense. This is one sense that is often ignored during a wedding but by incorporating some elements can create fun for your guests and allow them to be interactive in a subtle way.

  • For the ceremony,  utilizating guest participation is very important.  A petal toss at the conclusion of the ceremony, or pass out a river stone to each guest for them to make a wish to the bride and groom (after the wedding the bridal couple can put the river stones in their garden).
  • Ask guests to hold hands as the bride and groom take their vows in love and support of their marriage.
  • Make your programs into folded fans. It will keep your guests cool and gives them something to do.
  • The guest book is the most touched item at a wedding. Create a more touchable guest book.  Cut squares of fabric which guests sign and make into a quilt after the ceremony.  Create a wedding tree, which you have a template of a bare tree.  Make oblong shapes of leaves which guests can sign their name on and place on the tree. It is a beautiful keepsake that you can hang in your home. (this can easily become a wishing or blessing tress)
  • Food is a tasty way to incorporate a hands on experience. A decadent chocolate fountain, mash potato bar, candy table. Yum Yum Yum!        
  • Embroider your aisle runner with your monogram or design motif.   After the wedding you can cut the monogram or deisgn and have it framed or hung as a tapestry in your home.
  • Use fun design and decor items for touch.  Make the escort cards into river rocks with guests name calligraphy on each stone and placed on a table of moss.  Each guest can use it as a paperweight after the wedding.  Usefull and eco-friendly!
  • Hire a shilouette artist that will make a profile cutout of your guests.  A great momento and timeless keepsake.
  • Dancing is so touchy feely. Ask guests to share a dance with someone new. It is easy and fun and they will have met someone different.

Top Wedding Planning Myths

31 Jul

TOP 10 WEDDING PLANNING MYTHS

10.  A Wedding Planner is a luxury & not a necessity.

 9.  If a wedding is not held on a Saturday, no one will be able to attend.

 8.  The bride and groom cannot see each other before walking down the aisle.

 7.  A vendor with a cheaper rate will be the best choice.

 6.  Hiring a friend or family member as a vendor will save time and money.

 5.  By hiring the vendors the wedding is completely planned.

 4.  Alcohol must be served in order for guests to have a good time.

 3.  There must be an even number of bridesmaids and groomsmen.

 2.  The guest list should be a set number of guests.

 1. The wedding is all about the bride.