Beer for Your Groom at Your Wedding

Today we’ve got a little something for the guys at your big day (or gals too who love a little brew at a wedding).  If you want to play up your man’s love of beer, consider a beer bar at the cocktail hour and/or your wedding reception!  From beer bottle centerpieces to mini beers and burgers as a late night snack, every little turn is a chance to weave in the concept.  Buckets of beer, beer tastings, even self-serve bars make for a fun activity for the adults at the party!  Beer pong anyone?!?

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{Photos: Koozie: Keepsake Memories Photography, Centerpiece: Just a Dream Photography via Fab Your Bliss, Mini Beers: The Knot, Wooden Bar: Brides, Barrels: Martha and George Photography, Tub: MSW, Chalkboard Bar: Sugarplum Sisters, Beer Pong: Wedding Party App}

Lazaro Spring 2015 Couture Wedding Dresses

Up next in our fashion week coverage is the famed bridal couture designer, Lazaro.  His work is timeless and classic with oodles of opulence and sophistication.  This collection features his signature beading and lacework as well as lots of low backs and other sexy back selections.  Lazaro’s Spring 2015 Collection will be hitting stores soon so keep a look out for these lovelies we feel in love with!

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Hayley Paige Spring 2015 Wedding Dresses Debuted

Fashion week in NYC just wrapped and that means the new 2015 wedding dresses have debuted!  We fell in love with so many of the new collections but a few standouts, well, stood out.  First up this week is Hayley Paige - the young designer is taking bridal couture by storm and clearly making us swoon with these new gowns.  Take a look at a few of our faves from Hayley Paige’s Spring 2015 Collection.  Fashion heaven!

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Wedding Rentals + Tents 101 – Bridal Bar Radio

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This week on Bridal Bar Radio we talk to wedding and event rentals expert, Leticia Ortega from Classic Party Rentals who shares with us what what you need to know when designing your space – how much space for a dance floor, how much will lighting cost and answers to your other burning questions!

Happy Friday and we’ll see you next week!  And don’t forget, if you missed the episode you can tune in anytime on demand here!

Alternatives to Your Wedding Guest Book

Looking for something a little better than the average guest book?  Why not create a family heirloom out of your guests’ signatures?  Or ask for advice – like on the best date nights or tips for a long lasting marriage?  We’ve pulled a few fun guest book ideas beyond a book itself.  Something you can put in the home on display, in your yard, or in a scrapbook to gather ideas from when in need on a Friday night!

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{Photos: Quilt: My Wedding Reception Ideas, Date Jar: Pinterest, Wine: Pinterest, Lawn Game: Teal Photography, Chairs: Brae Howard via Bridal Musings, Jenga: Daniel Boone Photography}

Ways to Incorporate Your Dog into Your Wedding

Love the idea of having your dog attend your big day but have no idea how to do it? Here at The Bridal Bar, we all have our own pups and can’t imagine saying I do without them!  So we’ve found some adorably appropriate ways to incorporate your doggies into your wedding – after all, they’re part of the family too! For the well-behaved dogs, we have inspiring ideas of incorporation from ring bearers, to flower girls, to “dogs of honor“. And if your dog is like mine, (the complete opposite of well-behaved) we have some subtle ways to represent them and keep them close to our hearts throughout the day. If you’re just a pouch obsessor in general, send your guests home with some delectable favors their puppies will be sure to enjoy!

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{Here Comes the Bride: Leila Brewster Photography via SMP, Bouquet: Stephanie Fay via Ruffled, Dog of Honor: Etsy, Dachshund Centerpiece: Danfredo Photos + Films via Bridal Musings Dog and Flower Girl: Taylor Lord via SMP, Favors: Laura Ashbrook Photography via United with Love, Lab with Ring: Amie Reinholz Photography, Dog Flower Crown: Acute Designs, Save the Date: Eric J Photography }

5 Tips for a Successful Engagement Session

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All Images by Maya Myers

Planning an engagement session with your wedding photographer?  Before you book that picture perfect location and plan those color coordinated outfits, check out these five great tips from Los Angeles wedding photographer and expert,  Maya Myers who shares her insights with us so you can get the most out of this oh-so special experience!

1. Set up your wedding Make up and Hair trials. Not only are you looking great for your engagement, you’ll have the chance to work with your Hair and Make-up artists to complete your wedding look.

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2. Be on time. Photographers schedule sessions according to daylight hours most of the time so if you’re late it can really effect the quality of the images your photographer gets. I use engagement sessions as a way for me to get to know my clients and them to get to know how I shoot so it’s imperative that we don’t rush through the session as well.

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3. Outfits.  Discuss outfit choices with your photographer to make sure they match and flow with the session planned. Often my clients will either send me photos of their selections or even bring multiple outfits so I can help them choose onsite.

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4. Pick outfits that you feel confident in so that you’re comfortable in front of the camera, especially if you’ve never been photographed professionally as a couple before, if you’ve never been photographed as a couple before it’s a new experience and you want to feel your best!

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5. Location and setting are relative to you as a couple. Communicate with your photographer what your likes and personalities are to make sure it matches who you are.

For more information on the talents and photography of  Maya Myers be sure to check out her website here.

Pumpkin Wedding Ideas

Halloween is almost here!  In October (and November), you might want to consider incorporating pumpkins into your wedding – from the menu (think savory soups) to the ceremony decor and even atop your cake!  The nod to the time of year an upcoming Halloween holiday can be subtle or screamed from the rooftops – the option is all yours!  Here are a few of our favorite ways to weave in pumpkins on your wedding day without the decor feeling too themed over the top.

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{Photos: Signage: Wildflower Photo, Escort Cards: Project Wedding, Ceremony Decor: Project Wedding, Cheese Signs: A Fabulous Fete, Cake: Nicole Benitez Photography}

Designing Your Wedding Rentals – Bridal Bar Radio

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This week on Bridal Bar Radio we talk to wedding and event rentals expert, Leticia Ortega from Classic Party Rentals who shares with us what trends are hot for your reception, how to design your big day, and what to keep in mind that you need to know and can’t live without!

We also share Leticia’s favorite signature cocktail, the spicy jalapeno margarita!  Here’s what you’ll need:

    • 3 cups tequila
    • 1 cup Grand Marnier
    • 1.5 cups fresh lime juice
    • 1 cup simple syrup
    • ice
    • lime & jalapeño slices for garnish
    • salt for the glasses
jalapeño infused tequila:
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1/2 a sliced jalapeño

Mix the jalapeño tequila. Add the jalapeño to the tequila and let it sit at room temp for a few hours or up to a day. Then remove jalapeños and pour into a small serving glass. Serve on the side so guests can add as much or little spice as they like.  Mix the margarita ingredients.  Add a few drops of the spicy tequila, to taste, to finished margaritas.

Happy Friday and we’ll see you next week!  And don’t forget, if you missed the episode you can tune in anytime on demand here!

Discrete Disney Wedding Details

If you follow us here at Bridal Bar, you know we’re are big, did I say big, fans of Disney.  While you may not want a Cinderella themed wedding day, you can certain give a nod to your favorite fairy tales on your big day without even your guests realizing it.  How about a “be our guest” guestbook?!  Or a little bling for your groom and groomsmen with a familiar set of ears?  Want something more chic?  Don a pair of Christian Louboutin special edition Cinderella glass slipper heels under that ball gown.  Then end the night with a sweet treat that reflects your favorite characters, Disney setting or even a simple color palette.  Will you Disney on your big day?

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{Photos: Be Our Guest: Not on the High Street, Groom: Something Blue Wedding Photography, Neverland: Andy Sams Photography, Shoes: Harpers Bazaar Brazil, Dessert Bar: Lando Images via HWTM, Blue Cake: Jennifer Fujikawa Photography}

Discount on Your Wedding Website + App

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If you don’t know our friends over at Appy Couple, it’s time you did!  Do you have a wedding website yet?  Did you know you can have a matching app with that?  Yes!  Appy Couple makes amazing wedding websites (complete with a cloned app for your smartphone) so that you can share all your wedding day details with friends and loved ones online and on the go on their phones!  And better yet, we’ve got a discount for our readers!  Simply shop and save by entering PROMO CODE: BB25 at checkout and you’ll get a great deal on your purchase!

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Choose from over 400+ designs and templates that are easy to use (no coding required) and be sure to checkout our Bridal Bar Collection while shopping!  We’ve curated a few of our favorites for you in our designs, but all are beautiful!  Regardless of whether you choose a Paris-inspired I do app and website or a chevron pattern in your favorite palette, simply use BB25 at checkout and save on your purchase!  Happy shopping!

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The Artful Bachelorette

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Every once and a while we host a little soiree at The Bridal Bar for our industry friends.  This one was certainly an extra special evening as it involved a visit from The Artful Bachelorette for all those in attendance to enjoy!  What’s the Artful Bachelorette you say?  Well, pull up a chair, this you won’t want to miss!  The Artful Bachelorette is a party company that creates experiences and parties for bachelorette groups (or others) who want something sassy, fun and fabulous to do before the big day!  It’s an art lesson…learning the art of drawing the nude male model.  Yep, you read that right!  After plenty of bubbly and munchies, good times and giggles, your art teacher will instruct the group with different brief lessons to draw the male model in front of you.  All of him.  It’s so. much. fun.  This is not your average art class!  This is a one-of-a-kind bachelorette party you and your girls won’t regret or ever forget!  Take a look at photos from our recent party (shot by the fabulous Maya Myers Photography).

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Guests enjoyed delish desserts by Fantasy Frostings here in Los Angeles.

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Chocolate marshmallow cake shots are my personal fave!

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Bow tie-clad gents served up champagne for the ladies!

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Typically it’s the brides job to do the ‘unveiling’ to get the party started!

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You really don’t have to be an artist – you’ll be given basic instruction that really does help!

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The Artful Bachelorette is more fun and games than formal lessons but no matter how you play, you’ll take away some great works of art at the end of the night!

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For more information, be sure to visit The Artful Bachelorette for parties in your city!

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All Images by Maya Myers.