Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Wedding Wise Wednesday - The Los Angeles Edition

Every week I post the best wedding deals, stories and upcoming events in Los Angeles and around the web. And we call it Wedding Wise Wednesday. Welcome!

I'm calling this the Los Angeles Edition because pretty much all the items I have this week are actually in L.A., as opposed to scattered all over the web, like usual. Like for instance, this picture is by photographer Amy Kolcz, who works out of Burbank. For me, it's another one of those "Omigod, I wish I had done that!" moments, because I loved my dress and loved my girls' dresses, and I don't have either anymore. This pic, if it were from my wedding, would be on my desk right now. Anyway, check out her website - her wedding photography packages start at $1200, so she's a deal, too.

More Finds:
Wine bottles are a lot more fragile than you think. They can crash into each other, spill onto each other, and a bottle with a stained label can be hard to sell. But the Accidental Wine Company specializes in selling them, at greatly reduced rates. Just let them know the kinds of wine you want, you know, for your wedding, how many bottles you need, and you can have your order either shipped to you or arrange to pick it up.

Okay, so getting your wedding dress dry cleaned before the big day is expensive. And getting it dry cleaned afterward can be even more so, especially when you've spent the day balancing (or failing to balance) a piece of cake in one hand and a glass of greatly reduced wine in the other. Door to Door Valet Cleaners in Manhattan Beach has your back - go to their website, click on "specials" and download a coupon for $30 off any wedding-related cleaning order. And they'll come get it from you,too.

Voting to pick the 10 finalists is about to start for the Wedding in a Week L.A. contest, sponsored by Wedding and 104.3myfm. The winning couple will be picked on November 13th, and the wedding itself will be on the 20th, which is where that whole week deadline comes in. Votes also get to pick the dress, menu, music, and the cake, so have fun, y'all. And thanks to The Broke Ass Bride for the heads-up.

How Not to Be a Bridezilla:
Believe it or not, they aren't born, but many of them can be made, and that's not really how you want to roll. Wedding Aces, Wedding's blog, has some great advice, which boils down to two things - 1. Keep things in perspective. 2. BREATHE.

The Events:

Did you know that more couples get engaged in November and December than at any time of the year? Well, wedding vendors do, and they're pulling out the stops accordingly.

Pasadena is Alive With the Sound of Wedding Music:
This weekend, you have your choice, or you don't have to choose at all. On Saturday morning you can go to the Valena Valentina trunk show at the Ivory Suite Bridal Boutique, and then hit the Alina Pizzano Trunk show in the afternoon. Both stores are offering a 10% discount on orders made that day.

On Sunday, The Premier Bridal Event will be at the Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa, from noon to 5pm. Register online for discounted tickets. Also, I'm doing a special post on how to get the most out of bridal shows tomorrow, so you'll be all set and ready to go.

Put it on your calendar for next week:

Martha Stewart's Virtual Wedding Expo
- just the words alone should give you a SQUEE! And you would want to miss this...why? Exactly. Go register right now. Thanks to Natalie Bradley, marketing Goddess, for the tip.

Have a great week and I'll see you at the end of the aisle,

Liz C.
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