Monday, April 24, 2006

Things I learned at a Bridal Show

For me, Bridal shows are a great place to find out what the "next best thing" is, a new product or service, or finding someone who does an old product or service in a new way. And sometimes I just find something that's neat.

At the bridal show I went to yesterday, I discovered three things:
1. Windsor fashions has finally and officially come out with a bridesmaid dress line. Actually, that's where I got my bridesmaid dresses, because they were cute, and tea-length, could actually be worn again and cost my girls about $70 each, if that. That was going on four years ago, so the line is only a little bit more expensive that now, but still totally reasonable. What I like about the "bridal collection" is that any of these dresses can be turned into a wedding dress just by buying it in white or ivory. Also, check out the prom section for more maid dress choices - A lot of these dresses can be found in your local store, too, I bet.

2. The television show "Bridezillas" is looking for more, well, Bridezillas. If you're getting married in the next three months, you can try out for season 3, and if you're getting married in the next six months, you can try out for season 4. To apply, email your name, wedding date, wedding budget and a photo to

Between you and me, I've never really seen any bride on that show that was truly a nightmare - although granted I may have a higher threshold than most people - and it always seems that the weddings were more complicated than the bride was. Absolute truth, since I get asked all the time, is that I've never really had to deal with a "Bridezilla". The bride has always been the least of my problems at a wedding. This has not, however, stopped me from having the Bridezillas theme song on my ipod.

3. Is "The Wedding Singer" one of your favorite movies? 'Cause it's one of mine. And now, they're doing a reality competition show called, you guessed it - "Battle of the Wedding Singers". On each show, two professional wedding singers will go head to head at a real life reception. And what do they need? Weddings! Email or call 310-248-6026 for more info.

And, hey, you've got 'til Friday to sign up for my workshop on Sunday in order to save $5 at the door.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Ask the Wedding Planner: In Two Weeks!

I'm VERY excited. I'm getting a lot of vendors to give discounts to attendees: Not just a bridal shop, but a rental company, florists, my favorite bakery on the planet, a limo company, another company that makes Save-The-Date magnets, invitations, and just today, balloon decoration. And those are just the ones that I can think of off the top of my head. There's also going to be a full-fledged bridal show that day as well, so I'll have a booth as well. Space is getting more limited all the time, so register ASAP -

See you there!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Congratulations, Regina and Chuck!

They just got married at Cicada on Sunday. Gorgeous wedding in an art deco setting - the chuppah was made of tree trunks draped with lily-festooned strings. Ceremony seating was in the round, which was the second time I've seen this done. I'll post a picture just as soon as I get one. The chuppah and the centerpieces - tree boxes with more lily strings - were a bit complicated to put together, but the effect was well worth it, so I have to hype the Florist - Krislyn Floral Couture. If you go to "Objects" and then click on #16 to get an idea of what the centerpieces looked like. They're about $200 each, so not cheap, but man, GORGEOUS. But if you have the extra scratch, you might want to have them put it together themselves.

Also, you can now register online for my seminar at the end of the month. There's going to be a bridal show in the same building at the time, and a free ticket is included with admission. Jen and Nate from B&G Photography have agreed to join me to talk about wedding photography, too. Plus, I've lined up a lot of vendor discounts for you, too, on invitations, limos, flowers, stuff like that.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

What I Love about weddings, part XXVI

...the gorgeous stuff people put together for them. I'm coordinating a wedding downtown tomorrow at this cool art-deco old-school place called Cicada. The bride hand-made these little tree branches with birds perched on them to b used to hold the table numbers. I'm not doing it justice, I'll have to get pictures. And the centerpieces look like trees with cherry blossoms hanging from them. Pictures tomorrow!