Sunday, December 23, 2007

Patrice's Flowers



Got pictures of the samples a little while ago from Sky Flowers in North Hollywood and voici! Here they are:

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Operation Santa and Worst-Case Scenarios

Oh, it's been a while, hasn't it? I'm a member of the local jaycees, so I've been knee-deep in planning Operation Santa. Every year, we gather up and buy toys for about 200 underprivileged children in North Hollywood on Christmas Eve, and I'm chair this year. We still need volunteers to pack the toys up on Saturday, and to deliver the toys on Monday, so if anyone is interested, let me know.

So, I did get a copy of The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Weddings, and I'm going to try and post a tip per day. These are in no particular order, except on what amuses me each day:

HOW TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE WEDDING:
1. Ask Family Members to pay for specific expenses - Have numbers ready to justify costs. If you sense resistance, threaten to elope or have the reception at a seedy nightclub. [Hee!]

2. Register for Wedding ceremony and reception components - Register for floral arrangements, the ban, limousine service, liquor for reception, and each course of the meal [Note - you can do this at Felicite.com,or Ourwishingwell.com

3.Hold a Raffle - Offer the guests a chance to buy tickets to win the wedding dress, a ride in the limo, or a chance to join the honeymoon. [Uh, maybe not the last one, so much. And maybe for a chance to wear the wedding dress?

4.Wash guests cars - Hire a student at a low hourly rate to sell expensive car washes to the guests as they attend the ceremony and reception. [I REALLY kind of like this one]

5. Procure Sponsors - Strike a deal with a local company. Agree to place its logo on the invitation,wedding dress, tuxedo, or cake. Have the band leader announce each song with, "This song has been brought to you by the good people at [name of company]." Hang company banners around the altar and behind the bandstand. Allow the company to set up a kiosk at the ceremony and reception site to dispense information, key chains, and other swag.[Another idea that could totally work with some minor modifications.]

Go forth and save money on your wedding!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

The Workshop and more stuff

Well, my first workshop was last Sunday, and I think that my favorite idea to come out it was from Andrea, who wants to do a theme surrounding her and her fiance's favorite baseball teams, the L.A. Dodger's and the San Francisco Giants. She came out with the idea of making the placecards look like baseball tickets - is that not the coolest thing? And so easy to do with the placecard kits you can find at any Staples or Michaels, or Target, even. I told her that she had to do it, because I had to see pictures.

Next workshop is Sunday, January 13th, and you can sign up at http://www.silvercharmevents.com/workshop.html. See you then.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Bridal Sample Sale, and, uh, My Wedding Workshop

So,Monique Lhuiller is having a Sample Sale, next Wednesday and Thursday, (I know, convenient, huh?) December 5 & 6 from 10am-6pm. From Bargain L.A. - " Save 40%-90% on end of season sample bridal gowns. 708 N. La Cienega Blvd. (in back) Los Angeles 90069. 323.655.1088. They accept Cash, checks with i.d, and credit cards. Have fun!

Also, my wedding workshop is this Sunday, so drop by and ask me all the wedding planning questions you want for the low, low price of $20 person. RSVP by emailing me at liz@silvercharmevents.com, or 310-801-3602.

Monday, November 26, 2007

In excelcies deo

So I'm in barnes and noble at The Grove and they're playing '"angels we have heard on high" or whatever it's called, and it occurs to me - that would make a great song to walk down the aisle to. Very majestic and "Thank God we're all here for this day" and all....could just be me.
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Wedding Bee Contest - $100 worth of wedding stationery

Wedding Bee has partnered up with The Paper Cafe to give away $100 worth of their products, which includes Save the Dates, Invitations, and personalized stationery. Go to Wedding Bee's contest page to sign up. It's a grest site, too, and features blogs from future brides around the country,plus classifieds and comment boards, so you should check it out, anyway.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I can't believe I forgot about this series

"Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Weddings." If you've ever read these, they're both informative and hilarious, with such tips as making a wedding dress out of a tablecloth (just in case there isn't a Macy's or Bloomingdale's nearby), raising money for your wedding by holding a car wash outside your ceremony or reception...during the ceremony and reception, and trying to get your future-in-laws to like you by doing their tax returns. But like all the books in this series, the tips are about 20% outrageous (raffle off a trip in the limo?) and 80% extremely useful - like using correction fluid to cover a stain on your dress and avoiding hot water under any circumstances to clean it. I just bought a used copy for a penny, and there's a couple of more copies still listed for that price on Amazon, as well. Plus shipping, that only $4.00, which is well worth it, even if it's just for a laugh.

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Building the perfect centerpiece


It's still a work in progress but Olivia's centerpieces are coming along. Sky flowers is going to add more hydrangeas,more of the little purple flowers, and we're good to go. I'll post the final product over the weekend. So far it looks great against a silk chocolate brown tablecloth, which White Night Design was nice enough to lend me for today.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Eureka! Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses.com!

I was just trolling wedidng planning blogs looking for inspiration and I ran across A $10,000 Wedding. The owner isn't actually engaged, but she's ready for when she is, and trust me, it's never too early to start nailing down the bargains. Any way, she found Preownedweddingdress.com, which sells used designer dresses starting at $300. Vera Wang, Maggie Sotero, Monique Lhuiller, you name it.

As far as being able to have a wedding for $10,00? Well,my wedding was about that. But we only had 35 guests. And we only had five simple centerpieces of red roses, plus my wedding boquet and the bridesmaid bouquets, which I got at this flower shop that was literally down the street from our apartment . And I rented my wedding dress. So, yeah, I guess it's possible. If I had to do it all over again, I would have bought a dress. I am acutally the kind of girl would clean my house in it, or just hang out on the couch and drink beer. And now I know where to buy another one some day. Whoo!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Congratulations Ani and Eric!


Ani and Eric were married yesterday at St. Peter's Armenian Apostolic Church in Van Nuys, with a reception at Bistro Garden in Studio City. The gorgeous flowers were done by Designs by Christine in Tujunga,818-352-3533), linens by White Night Design (who actually lent me a couple of linens for another client's centerpiece sample, which was pretty cool), video and photography by Arka Photography, who were just so much fun, and brought like, five people, so they wre everywhere, recording everything.

And as you can see, this was my first wedding trying out the camera on my iphone:

Andy from DJ Groove (djgroove@yahoo.com,818-437-3177)kept the dance floor rocking with classic Armenian and American pop and rock songs - I didn't understand two-thirds of what was playing, but you can't argue with a dance floor, you know?
Why is this table empty? Because everyone's dancing!!


Another great thing about the iphone is that I was able to take a couple of pictures and then bring them out to Ani and Eric while they were waiting in the limo to make their grand entrance. This made the bride very happy. And we like happy brides. Also, much thanks goes out to my able-bodied assistant Maeline, if for nothing more than her exellent table number string-tying skills.

Friday, November 16, 2007

How to Build a $25,000 wedding

...or die trying.

I have a Platinum (full-service) client, Olivia, who only wants to spend $25,000 for her wedding next August. for 150 guests This will actually be her second wedding, since they're also having a ceremony in Europe in June. No, I don't get to go to that one. Yes, I am kind of bummed about that.
So far:

SEPTEMBER
We started off where everyone starts - Where to have it? Olivia wanted to have the ceremony outside, in a pictaresque location. I'd just done a wedding in August at Villa del Sol d'oro in Sierra Madre, this gorgeous Italian Villa, so that was my first recommendation. We went with her mom to check it out, but they also wanted to look at some place that had it's own catering. We went to the Altadena Town and Country Club next. They have a great menu starting at $69.95 per person, both indoor and outdoor ceremony sites, reception room rental starting at $3,000. Oliva reserved a date for next August.
I also suggested that if she wanted to save money on a dress, she could have it made - I know a great seamstress, Debbie LaFranchi at Debbie's Creative Costumes who could make her dress for somewhere between $500-1000. But Olivia had already found and bought a dress she loved that was way more expensive, but she LOVES it, like, her eyes light up when she talks about it, even. Since it's being spread out over a couple of weddings, and one of relatives is helping her pay for it, she doesn't want to add it to the total, though.
Total spent so far:
Coordination Fee: $3000 + Altadena Country Club:$16,217.50 = $19,217.50
...I know, just like that, right? The reception usually takes about 50% of your budget, so she's a little behind right now. Note that the total doesn't include decorations or alchol (which , which will be added later.

OCTOBER
Time to find a photographer. When you're planning your wedding, always start with the most expensive line items first, like your venue and your caterer. Once you've got those nailed down, you now know how much you have left to spend on everything else. Olivia also has an advantage because she's starting out so early, so she can pick and choose a little bit more freely. If you don't have a year, I suggest going to Here Comes the Guide and being VERY specific about what will fit into your budget, pick your first five vendor choices in each category, and go from there.

Anway, photographers. I first introduced Olivia to Jen and Nate from B and G Photography, and she loved their pictures. I love their pictures, too (seriously, look at the pictures), and they are wonderful to work with, and they're pretty much my first recommendation for anyone looking for a photographer. They start at around $3,500, and that includes an engagement photography session beforehand, a photo print package, plus you're paying for two photographers, so it's a pretty good deal. Olivia's fiancee was hoping to spend a little less money, especially in liew of that the reception is costing, so I looked in my archive and found Enchanted Portraiture, which has a package where they hand you a disc with all your pictures on it for about $2500. It's very basic, but Curtis Bloom does wonderful work as well. Both photographers will have materials at my wedding planning workshop on December 2nd, so come on by.

Olvia's uncle is also part-owner of a banquet hall that's being built in Glendale, and is supposed to be ready at the end of the year. He offered a deal of $75 a person for the food, no venue rental fee, so she decided to go with that place instead.

Spent so far:
Coordination fee: $3000
Reception Hall: $11,250
Photography: $2500
Total: $16,750

Next time, we'll see how November is shaping up for her, and I'll talk about the wedding I have coming up this weekend.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Wedding Planning Workshop LIVES!

And it's happening Sunday December 2nd at 2pm. Pretty much two hours of answering brides' questions, and handing out advice. This is the cheapest having a wedding planner is going to get - $20 - PLUS I'm giving everyone a sheet of discounts and coupons from some of my favorite local vendors. And there will be refreshments, of course. Go to www.silvercharmevents.com to buy tickets.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Bride vs. The Stripper

Dear Liz:

My fiance's friends are planning to throw him a stripper-filled bachelor party, which makes me sick to my stomach to even think about. I've told him how I feel, and how disgusting and inappropriate I think it is for a man who's about to be married to have to surround himself with naked women on his last night of "freedom." I don't want to take away his night with his friends, but do there have to be naked women involved? Is there any other alternative?

Bride vs. Stripper

Dear BvS:

It is a truth universally acknowledged that straight men like looking at naked women. They just do, and there's really not a thing we can do about it. Or would want to, really, because in certain circumstances it certainly works in our favor. Luckily, men also like looking at scantily clad women, preferably gyrating, and they'll settle for that if that's what's available. Which is why Burlesque shows are making such a strong comeback these days. It's all about the tease. There are a couple that I know of in the L.A. area - Forty Deuce in Hollywood, which is a nightclub where your fiance and friends can get as drunk as they like and whoop and holler at the progressively undressing dancers, or the Bomb Cherry Dolls, who regularly perform at Bank Heist in North Hollywood. BCD also does private shows, in case they want to do their whooping and drinking in private, or on some night other than Wednesday, which is when they're at the Heist. I can personally recommend either one, so if he's willing to try Burlesque instead, why don't you grab a couple of girlfriends and check the shows out. They're actually a lot of fun, will give you quite a few good ideas to use on your boy, and the looks on the guys' faces? Priceless.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Congratulations Max and Alicia

Saturday I helped my friend and fellow event planner Lori at a wedding she did in Boyle Heights. 300 people, who then met a couple of hours later at Town and Gown at USC. That was a little weird for me, being a life long bruin - I thought that any minute someone was going to see that I had UCLA written all over me and drag me off campus.

They had a mariachi band play them down the aisle, two more salsa and tejano bands during the reception,the dance floor was always full, and the line at the bar was always too long. My kind of party.

Today, I'm coordinating the Universal City North Hollywood's first Business and Community Expo at the Beverly Garland Hotel. Come on by and check it out.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Busy, Busy, Busy

Yes, it has been exactly one month and 27 days since my last post, which is like, unheard of in blogworld. So, what have I been doing?

May 1st was Maggie's Bat Mitzvah at the Friar's Club, an old Hollywood institution that everyone's heard of but no one's really been to, probably because you usually have to be a member to get in. The 150 kids and their parents were not members, but everyone managed to have a good time anyways. Maybe a little too good of a time, since I had to break up not one but two candy-throwing fights during the evening, which I just didn't get. You've got several jars of candy at your disposal, and your first choice is to throw it? Kids today!

May 13th Me and the Boy went to Philadelphia for his brother Zach's graduation from Wharton. Really nice to see him and the rest of Zane's familly, and for once, I was in charge of planning nothing. Bus Driver's holiday, indeed. Made me miss the East Coast some more, though. But if you're going to go, Spring is always a great time.

May 27th was Danna and Adam's Big Jewish Wedding. 250 guests in the backyard of their Rabbi's gorgeous house in Sherman Oaks. Catered everything, covered swimming pool, the whole nine. A lot of work, but everyone had such a great time that it was totally worth it. Danna and Adam own Menchies, a frozen yogurt shop in Sherman Oaks, where you get to pour the yogurt and all the toppings yourself, so if you're ever around the corner of Laurel Canyon and Riverside, check it out. Every time I drop by there, they're slammed. One lesson to pass on to you, though - when you're doing your placecards, especially if you have that many guests,make sure to print out to extra lists - a list of your guests by table, AND a list of your guests by last name that also shows which table they are at. The cross-referencing will come in handy, trust me.

June 9th was my acupuncturist Sarah Schwab's wedding to her girlfriend Pamela, at Orcutt Ranch, a historical site in Canoga Park. I'm big fan of historical sites (I used to work at the National Trust for Historic Preservation about 2 presidential administrations ago), and this one is just beautiful - all the gardens and orchards are still being kept up, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an outdoor site. This was also the first time that I'd coordinated a commitment ceremony, which, lead to also the first time I'd ever heard a bride ask her guests, "Okay, raise your hands - which one of us looks better in the dress?" Lesson to pass on to you: If your site gives you a specific time to get out or be penalized, make sure that is passed on to your vendors, and there some sort of agreement that that penalty will be passed on to them if they're late. In this case it was,but the rental company picked up 45 minutes after they were supposed to, which threw everything else off and cost the girls another $150. Which the rental company agreed to pay for, but really, why have the hassle?

June 22nd, I helped Scott throw a party for a few of his highschool friends as a pre-reunion celebration (their 30th) at his house in Hancock park. He works in the entertainment industry, so he hired me to get all the supplies, hire the caterer and get the rentals, and set-up and monitor everything all evening. Everyone was so happy to see everyone again, and it was funny how they all pretty much looked like they did in highschool, according to their yearbooks. One of Scott's classmates was also the director of Shrek, so it was really cool meeting her. Hey, I'm as much of a fangirl as anyone.

June 23 was Sarah and Victor's wedding in San Pedro at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, with the reception at the Doubletree in San Pedro. The florist didn't make half of the flowers, the backdrop and the vases for the centerpieces disappeared, and 30 unrspvd guests showed up out of nowhere, throwing the kitchen into a frenzy, but with the help of my trusty assistant Maeline (who was quite willing to make some extra centerpieces using some toothpicks, filched flowers from the hotel and a pair of pliers, which is why I love her), and various other incredibly professional vendors, we managed to pull it all together. And, man, could those non-RSVP'ers party! I once told a reporter many eons ago that my idea of a good party was if the dance floor was always full and the punch-bowl was almost always empty,and this wedding proved that once again. There wasn't a punchbowl, but the line to the bar stretched all the way to the dancefloor all night, and that's good enough for me. But here's a lesson to pass on to you, and seriously, one of my rules: PLEASE make sure that you're given between 2-3 hours to set up for your reception. Between putting out the placecards (300 of them in this case), and putting out the centerpieces (25 of them, in two pieces), and decorating the (3-tier)cake, you're going to need the time. If you're the second or last wedding in a room at a hotel...well, first of all, try not to be, becaue invitably the wedding ahead of you's breakdown time is going to cut into your set-up time, but if it happens anyway, insist on getting help from the hotel, or that you have plenty of help from your family, friends, or wedding planner and her assistants to get everything done. An hour of set-up time will not do it, not even for a wedding of 100.

Right now, I'm coordinating the UCNH Chamber of Commerce's Business and Community Expo on July 10, featuring the best of what the community has to offer. Admission is free, so drop by if you get a chance. On July 7th, I'm helping another wedding planner friend with a wedding, and on the 13th I'm going down to celebrate my best friend's birthday. Running around like crazy, but if you have any questions about your wedding, just drop me a line!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Kids Improv Workshop

I just hooked with the Total Improv for Kids troupe in North Hollywood. They're putting together a series of workshops over the next couple of months to teach kids how to perform improv. Basically, the first half will be a show, and the second half will be a class that ends in the participants performing on-stage. The cost is $15,and the first class is May 12th. If you're interested, or know a kid between the ages of 8 and 18 who might be, email totalimprovforkids@aol.com, or me directly at liz@silvercharmevents.com for more info. And you can find out more about the group at www.totalimprov.com
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Now, on to finish planning the Bat Mitzvah. Event Planning! Not just for weddings any more!

Monday, April 30, 2007

Oh, the Irony

So, I still have this great idea of holding wedding planning workshops for couples who don't necessarily want a wedding planner, but would like to have wedding planning advice. An hour or so of sitting down with me, a pro-FESSION-al wedding planner for the low, low price of $20. But my venue fell through for this week, and I'm either out of town or planning something for the next six weeks. But I can do a one-on-one workshop with anyone who's interested, during the week. More than happy to come out to you. We can play "Stump the Wedding Planner". It'll be fun. Let me know if you're interested.

Next weekend is my first Bat Mitzvah. The thirteen-year old's in question, too. I'm not exactly sure how I've been doing this for so long, and yet have not coordinated a bat/bar mitzvah, but there it is. I'm looking forward to it, though.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Ask the Wedding Planner - April 7th

Yes, I'm bringing it back, because I'm pretty sure that there are more than a few of you out there who need professional help. So to speak. (Cough). At this workshop, kept at only 15 people per session, you can ask me any questions regarding your wedding, and we'll work them out together. This will also give you an opportunity to talk to other brides and grooms and see what they're planning for the big day. If you have any specific questions, send them to me early so we can be sure to address them. The $15 fee is for materials and renting the room - each participant will get a copy of my "Top Ten Tips for a Charmed Wedding", and a sheet of discounts from my favorite vendors.

Sign up and find out more information at http://wedding.meetup.com/116/calendar5561265. It will be held at the Avery Schreiber Theater in North Hollywood.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

The Gala - It was Chamber-tastic!

So, I sat down next a good friend of mine from the Chamber last night, and sighed, "You know, there's nothing like the end of an event that's gone well - It tastes like freedom." And it's true, there's just something about pulling all these separate threads together, all aimed towards a specific goal and time and place, and just watching it all unfold. And I had fun, too!

You might not know this, but the North Hollywood Arts District is the largest one west of New York City. If you watch that show on MTV about the Millenium Dance Theater? That's in NoHo. That and about 22 theaters, umpteen music and acting acadamies, etc. I invited a magician, a theater troupe, and a kid's Improv group to perform, and they were a big hit. We had a free wine tasting from Vendome, a free martini bar courtesy of Krol Vodka, and really yummy bread from La Brea Bread Bakery. Everything went over so well, I HAD to give them all a shout out, including Gary Justice, the DJ.

It's so great to work with people who love what they do. That's actually one of the things I would recommend with any vendor that you talk to - see if you can find not only the commitment, but the love. Someone who loves their job will not only be willing to accomodate you, but doing a great job will be important to them. So, don't forget to ask.

Friday, February 16, 2007

So Far

So, the crazy busy-ness of January has been replaced by the crazy busy-ness of February. I just got a gig as event manager for the Universal City/North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce's annual gala on March 16th. Table sales and ad sales and general corporate event management, which is where my background is. It really is scary how much fun this for me.

But I'm still doing weddings, in fact, Angel and Erik hired me to coordinate their wedding day in August. Congrats, you two!

Friday, January 26, 2007

Bridezilla Deathmatch: Christina vs. Callie

So, both of them just got proposed to on Grey's Anatomy, and I thought, "Who would I rather work for?" Hmm...
Christina, if she couldn't convince Burke to elope, would probably want very little to do with planning it all, once she figured out where to have it and what to eat. That would be the hard part, and I'd count on it being really, REALLY hard. After that, I could see her being a little impatient about all the other stuff that traditionally goes into weddings - "Wait, I have to give everyone favors? I have to pick out flower arrangements? Seriously?" I can see myself saying over and over again, "Well, you can do whatever you want" and smiling sweetly while she sneers at wedding dresses.

Callie, on the other hand, is more the type to have grown up thinking about weddings, so she'd come with more concrete ideas about what she wanted for everything. So there might be a tad less flexibility, but I like being able to give my clients what they ask for, whatever it is. It might take Callie a little longer to trust me until she feels that I "get" her, but we'd be able to work it out eventually.

Whaddya think?

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Congratulations Inez and Arjang!

Inez and Arjang got married at the Universal Hilton on Sunday, and it was an absolutely gorgeous and heartfelt event. This was the first wedding I've done where the guests applauded the wedding party as they came down the aisle! Nate and Jen have pictures on their blog - I tried to take pictures on my new digital camera, but let's just say I need a little more practice. Inez is Chinese and Arjang is persian, so not only was there a full Chinese Wedding Banquet (the Univeral Hilton is one of the few hotels in L.A. that will do that for you) but there were some Persian dishes provided by the catering company owned by the Groom's family. So, eleven courses, all delicious. There was a fruit station in the back of the reception with the biggest strawberries and grapes you've ever seen in your life, and about 6 different types of pastries, which were also part of the persian tea station during the cocktail hour.

There were a few other unique touches as well. After their first dance, Inez and Arjang had a parent's dance - but they didn't dance with their parents, their parents slow danced with each other to the song "Unforgettable", and were joined by other couples on the floor. One of the guests even pulled me onto the dance floor! I thought that was really cool, because once the dancing opens up later in the night, there are usually no slow songs, and, you know, sometimes you just want to dance cheek to cheek, ya know? And secondly, Janet, the bride's sister, had all 240 guests stand up and yell, "Congratulations Inez and Arjang!" at the end of her toast. Brought the bride and groom to tears. Me, too, actually.

Inez and Arjang also had a Lion Dance troupe perform right before the reception - two huge papier mache and cloth lions roaming through the crowd, and then saluting Inez and Arjang. Again, Nate and Jen's blog has pictures. And, on that note, I'd also like to give props to the Florist, Louellen Pigot from Elegant Designs in Bloom. She made these beautiful two tiered centerpieces, connected with a golden pole, that were supposed to line the aisle, and then be transferred to the reception hall later. First of all, way to multi-task. But it was a little windy on Sunday, and the centerpieces kept threatening to topple over. What did Louellen do? Louellen packed ribbon and shorter poles, just in case. The ribbon didn't work, but the shorter poles did. And that is why she is officially on my list of favorite florists. The bride and groom never knew a thing was wrong, which is exactly how I like it.

And kudos to my assistant Maya, who was pretty much the best back-up ever. She's an event planner, too, which really, really helped throughout the day.

Oh, and the guests were so enthusiastic that they broke the dance floor later on in the night. Seriously. Got love people who know how to party.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Meet Jen and Nate from B & G Photography

Since I'm working with them again this weekend, I'd thought I'd take the opportunity to give them a shoutout and link to their blog. They're a husband and wife photography team, one might even say team extraordinare, personable as hell, and you'd be lucky to have them. Always great to work with people that'll make you laugh AND know what they're doing. Check them out.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Congratulations Candis and Anthony!

Candis and Anthony got married on Sunday, and a good time was had by all. The ceremony was at the Immanuel Community Church, and the reception was at The Grand, both in Long Beach. Candis and Anthony both had 10 attendants on each side, so the whole wedding party took up the entire front of the church! But you couldn't have asked for more supportive friends and family. The highlight of the reception was the candy bar, something I'd heard of, but hadn't seen in action (Marcia Cross had one at her wedding - for details check out this month's issue of InStyle magazine), basically a table set up with bowls and jars of different chocolates and candies. As you can imagine, it was VERY popular. I felt very lucky to be able to grab a couple of red vines and a mini butterfinger!

One hilarious moment was Anthony's garter toss. Anthony tossed the garter...and no one reached out to grab it before it fell to the ground. Not quite ready for the big commitment yet, huh, guys? But they were definitely ready to dance - Candis, Anthony and their friends kept the dance floor jumping until the very end of the night. Anthony had requested that everyone bring their "very best electric slide" to the party, and their A-game was definitely in effect.

I was also really impressed with the service at The Grand. Everyone was very attentive, and the food (chicken piccata) was delicious. Good bread, too. Hey, it's important!

This wedding's tip: Make sure that your DJ keeps the music going smoothly all night, no matter what - or what isn't - going on on the dance floor. You never know how much you need even background music...until you don't have it.