Sunday, September 25, 2005

Vacation! All I ever wanted...

Greetings from Phoenix! I'm visiting Winnie, one of my best friends, and her fiance Matthias. So far, all we've done is hang out and eat. And basically, all we're planning to do for the next couple of days is...hang out and eat. This will actually be a working vacation for me, since I have two big weddings coming up in a few weeks - one at the Craven Estate in Pasadena on October 8th, and another at the Santa Barbara Zoo on October 16th. Plus, I've got a recurring gig with this great professional entrepreneur networking group, Shared Vision Network organizing their monthly luncheon. So, I've been busy. And I welcome the break.

Friday, I had a wedding at Tivoli Terrace, which is in Laguna Beach. Now, as I've said before, I'm oddly obsessed with the MTV show, but I'd forgotten how absolutely gorgeous it is there. No wonder LC wanted to come back. Tivoli Terrace is beautiful as well - I'll post pictures in the next couple of days - and their staff has everything covered. I didn't really have to do that much. They're very structured though, because you only have about five hours to do everything, wedding to goodbye toast at the reception. I was unbelievably impresed, however. Saturday weddings are $45-95 per person, depending on what time you want to get married. Yes, I liked it enough to hawk it for free.

Also, I need questions for next month's advice column. I pick yours, four free hours.

And, hey! The website relaunches next month! So, stay tuned.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Vulture Alert: Bridal Shop Closing

Pink Diamond Bridal in Woodland Hills is closing their doors, and offering 20-80% discounts on all their inventory. 21842 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, 91364, 818-346-6500. Corner of Ventura and Topanga Canyon. Oh, and Priceless Bridals, which is my usual place to get gorgeous, inexpensive gowns, has moved to Van Nuys - 16760 Stagg Street, Suite 205, Van Nuys, CA 91406. Phone number is 818-442-9888. Can I just tell you how sad I was when I drove by their old location the other day and they weren't there?

Also, I just found a new website for quirky wedding accessories - www.weddingthings.com. Very cool.

Happy shopping!
One more thing - did you know you can enter a lottery to get bleacher seats at the Oscars? Seriously.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

This week's quests: Boxes and Officiants

So, the Debutante Ball. She has these cool invitations - scrolls wrapped up in little glass bottles, so I needed to find boxes for them. My husband ships out video games every week and he sent me to Box City in North Hollywood (they have several different locations in L.A.) where they pretty much have every size box you could possibly imagine. I picked two I thought would work, and I'm meeting her this weekend, so we'll see how it goes. If you need boxes a little cheaper and have time to wait for them, there's also papermart.com.

Also, did you know that a friend or relative can get deputized to perform your wedding? Anyone you want, for just that day. For a small fee, of course.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Hire an Event Planner, Adopt a Hurricane Family

Just got hired to help coordinate a debutante/18th birthday party in December, which means a nice healthy donation to Adopt a Family of Hurricane Katrina Trust Fund. Been listening to Ed Shultz on Air America radio all week, and this is definitely something I can get behind. The website has more info on the program, but here's the address to send a donation:

Adopt a Family of Hurricane Katrina Trust Fund
C/O Ed Schultz
1020 25th ST S
Fargo, North Dakota 58103

And the Deb ball? Really looking forward to it, but I gotta admit, I started looking around for MTV cameras after awhile. But no, this young lady is nothing like the chicks on "My Super Sweet 16" (another guilty pleasure of mine, right alongside "Laguna Beach" - don't ask, I really couldn't tell you why), she's a great kid, and I should know, because she was one of my interns this summer. TOTALLY honored to be asked to help her out with this. Formal wear and deb courts and dances and stuff. Gotta figure out what to wear. You know what I did for my 18th birthday? I went to Disneyland. That was back in the days when there was only one Disneyland, and Katella still had fruit fields on either side of it, and yeah, I'm old...

Thursday, September 08, 2005

September Advice Column is up

This month's advice column is up: When Wedding Budgets and Culture Clashes Meet. Apologies for the typo. Check it out. And remember - send in a question, if it gets published, that's four free hours of wedding consultation for you!

Note to self: No website changes after 1:00 in the morning. Typo city.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Hurricane Katrina: A Wedding Story

This is so cool.

From the Associated Press:

By KATHY HANRAHAN Associated Press Writer

September 04,2005 | JACKSON, Miss. -- Trenise Williams and her fiance were going to be married in New Orleans just hours before Hurricane Katrina unleashed catastrophic damage on the Gulf Coast. They fled the area instead and "with the snap of an eye, I lost everything," she said. The only remnants of the wedding-to-be was a marriage license Williams, 28, tucked into her purse.

She and Joseph Kirsh joined about 3,000 other refugees at the Mississippi Coliseum shelter about 190 miles north of New Orleans.

Shelter resident Rochelle Smith, a Jackson-area woman who was homeless before the storm, heard of Williams' plight on Thursday and decided that a lack of wedding dress or cake wasn't going to stop the couple from having their special day.

On Saturday, the couple were married.


As children played and weary survivors slept, Williams and Kirsh exchanged vows before an Episcopalian minister and a crowd seated in folding chairs. Some snapped photos with instant cameras, while others used camera phones to capture the moment.

The ceremony couldn't approach what the couple had originally planned, but they were touched by the outpouring.

"It's beautiful," said Williams' mother, Evelyn. "It's real hard; we lost everything at once."


Smith took on the role of wedding planner, coordinating donations from local businesses, including jewelry and shoes. Others donated hair and makeup services, a traditional dress and five lilac bridesmaid gowns.

The couple approached local entrepreneur Bob Ford, who owns Sanctuary Golf Club in Brandon. Ford and his wife, Joyce, were cooking food for shelter residents throughout the week. Ford helped finance the ceremony.

"We want to uplift everyone here ... give people something to live for," Ford said.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Hurrincane Katrina

New Orleans was the first vacation my husband and I went on together when we were dating. We stayed at this really cool hotel in the quarter, and hung out with friends he had there, and I have great memories of the city, from that trip and others before. It just breaks my heart.

So, I'm contributing $100 from every wedding that I book in the month of September (the actual wedding can be whenever) to the Red Cross to help the victims of Hurrican Katrina. Like, you will literally watch me write a check to the Red Cross after we sign a contract.

If you would like to donate directly, please go to http://www.redcross.org and find your local chapter. They are accepting walk-in cash and checks, and I'm about to go down there right now and drop off ours.

Everyday we are luckier than we think, and better than we can ever imagine. Believe it.