Friday, October 17, 2008

Most fun I've ever had at a Bridal Show

Probably because most Bridal Shows don't feature a dance club in the middle of them. So, the Marriage Fair, which was part of the annual Valley Pride Festival, was really a lot of fun. Not sure about the concept of putting those two things together, not with Prop 8 still looming over our heads, but you couldn't beat it for sheer entertainment value.

Speaking of which, you've got until October 20th to register to vote, so if you haven't yet, go here, print the form they send you, and send it in.

And here's a question I just recently answered on weddingwire.com:

Is it crazy to wear 2 wedding dresses? 1 for the ceremony & 1 for the wedding...I never intended to buy 2...
Bought a Jim Hjelm dress very early on because I was slightly nudged by my future MIL & it was a very pretty, expensive, and classy dress with only one problem...it didn't fit my body type right. But I bought it anyway, hoping it would be altered to fit me. 3 months before the wedding, I was shopping with my sister for homecoming & stumbled into a bridal salon, where I ultimately purchased a second lovely gown that was featured on a dress form in the window and it looked great on me. Now, I have a huge dilemma over which to wear, the first one is gorgeous, but I don't feel extremely gorgeous in it...the second one is very pretty, but very average and a lot like other gowns, but it flatters me very nicely. Dress 1 shows my cleavage (I am very self-conscious & getting married in a Catholic church) & is not very grand (it wont make a huge entrance). Dress 2 is very conservative but grand & big. Both are beautiful, so should I wear 1 to the ceremony & the other to the reception? HELP!

You know, the funny thing is, there are lots of cultures where wearing two dresses is the norm - during a Chinese wedding banquet the bride might go through two or three changes before the evening is up. Same with Indian weddings. My suggestion, if you're still feeling self-conscious about your cleavage, is to wear the second, more conservative but grander dress to the ceremony for the big "ooh and ahh" and wedding party pictures, and then the other dress to the reception.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

So, this week...

I went to Bloomingdale's in Century City last Thursday for a cool little event they did showcasing their wedding registry. Music, cake by Nancy Kay's Confections (seriously? NOTHING better than cake tastings!), cocktails, hors d'ouerves, it was really nice. The only problem was that it was the same night as the VP debate, and if you've been paying attention to the news you know that pretty much everyone was at home watching that. But they still got a nice little crowd.

Wendy Cardinale, who is the manager of that department, told me that they have the largest and most diverse selection of household goods and registry items on the westside, and looking around, I certainly didn't doubt it. There were definitely a few things I wouldn't have minded registering for now, as a matter of fact.

This Sunday is the Marriage Fair in Studio City, from 11am - 6pm. Yours truly is going to be speaking on, well, I'm not sure what, but I am going to be answering questions about wedding planning. I'm so excited - I coordinated my first commitment ceremony last year, and to me it's just a civil rights issue. Plus, you know, bigger client pool. :-) The Marriage Fair is geared towards gay and lesbian couple, but of course there is something for everyone, so drop by, find me, and say Hi.

Also, here's a question I recently answered in the forum in weddingwire.com:

Is this an appropriate possibility for a wedding site??
So, we still have not picked a date, but I wanted to think about some things first. My mom was married at the church she was raised in..my grandparents were big in the church. They had worked there for 30 years. They passed away when I was 5... I am 22 now. Anyways, we havent been to the church since I was 7 or 8 because we moved and it was a good hour drive to get there. So, I am wondering...I always wanted to get married where my mom did and the church is gorgeous so that is a plus. Is it appropriate to consider the church as a possible wedding site???
Of course! I bet you the church would be thrilled when they hear your story, that you want to get married in the same church your parents did, and that your grandparents were such a big part of. How cool is that? I say, give them a call and find out what you have to do to make that happen - is there a fee, do you have to take pre-marital classes - and set the date.