How to Ask: “Will You Be My Groomsman?”

 Typically, our grooms tend to not be as into the whole aspect of wedding planning as we are. Whether this occurs voluntarily or involuntarily, we have a few tricks up our sleeve to help our grooms get excited and involved – even if it is only about asking their friends to be groomsmen. For our less involved grooms, try some of these “bro-tastic” custom cards (we love the scratcher card). Other grooms may want to try goodie-filled gift boxes complete with cigars and whiskey. For the groom who really wants to go all out, suggest throwing a beer tasting party, where he and his future groomsmen can sip on some brewskis and celebrate.

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How to ask “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?”

Choosing your bridesmaids is hard, it’s almost like choosing your top 8 friends on Myspace; for others, it’s a no-brainer. Unfortunately, we can’t pick your bridesmaids for you. But, we can help make it a little easier by providing some unique and utterly adorable ideas to ask your best gals to do the honors of being your bridesmaids on the big day. From customized cards to nostalgic paper dolls, these bridesmaid invites are the perfect way to make your top 8 feel as special as they actually are.

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{Top Row: Inklings Paperie, Second Row Left: Caroline Joy Photography via SMP, Right: For the Maids, Third Row: Sarah and Bendrix, Fourth Row Left: Etsy, Right: Amanda Badgley Designs, Bottom Rows: Quiet Like Horse}

Los Angeles Trunk Show for Jim Hjelm Bridal

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It’s trunk show season for bridal designers which means brides-to-be get great savings, incentives, service and all the newest wedding dresses to try on at these fabulous in-store events!  If you live in the Los Angeles area then you’ve got to know about this upcoming trunk show  at the JLM Couture Flagship Boutique – for bridal designer Jim Hjelm!  From Feb 6th to the 8th you can try on the latest and greatest gowns from the collection – all with the help of the designer!  Make special dress modifications only available at trunk shows and let the designer personally help you find your picture perfect wedding dress.  Appointments are required and they do fill up fast so be sure to call JLM Couture to pick your time.  The deets:

Jim Hjelm Trunk Show

Feb. 6th-8th

JLM Couture Flagship Boutique

352 North Robertson Blvd

West Hollywood, CA

Appointments required, call (424) 249-3909

Engagement Photo Inspiration

We often come back from the holidays with a few extra pounds, gray hairs, and engaged friends. If you happen to be one of our newly engaged brides, have no fear! We have put together a few of our very favorite, unique, and utterly adorable engagement photos to provide a little inspiration. Whether you’re planning a themed photo shoot, like one of these Disney or The Notebook inspired shoots, a more casual feeling, or a vintage affair, we are here to help.

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{Top Row: Dylan and Sara, Second Row Left: Kt Crabb Photography via SMP, Right: Laura Ann Miller Photography, Third Row: The Red Balloon Photography via Bridal Musings, Fourth Row Left: Our Labor of Love via SMP, Right: Axioo Photography via The Wedding Scoop, Bottom Row: Wildflowers Photos via Bridal Guide}

Florida Engagement Session with High School Sweethearts

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This sweet and oh-so romantic engagement shoot was a long time in the making. Ileana and Matt were high school sweethearts a decade ago before their story concluded with a proposal!  The pair met in their hometown of Pensacola and eventually moved on but not before reconnecting later in medical school, and the rest was history.  The bride and groom decided to return home to where it all began for their engagement shoot and wedding – even posing for pictures at the bar where they shared their first kiss!

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But that special spot wasn’t all this duo had in mind for their day, after playing around in the streets of Florida, they staged a shoot with their pups, perfect to become a save the date card.

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While enjoying the beach, they setup a picnic to spend some additional quality time together and out came these magical moments captured by Aislinn Kate Photography.

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The happy family of four now have portraits to enjoy in their home for a lifetime to come!

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Congratulations to the Ileana and Matt!

Photographer:  Aislinn Kate Photography, Equipment Rentals: Hemstitch Vintage Rentals, Location: Seville Quarter

Alvina Valenta Trunk Show in West Hollywood, CA

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Looking for the wedding dress of your dreams?  Consider shopping during a trunk show where you’ll often save, get add-ons and ultra luxe experience with the designers!  If you’re on the hunt for “the one” wedding dress and you’re in the So Cal area then look no further than Alvina Valenta and the upcoming trunk show  at the JLM Couture Flagship Boutique later this month!  From January 30th to Feb 2nd you can try on the latest and greatest gowns from the collection – all with the help of the designer!  Make special dress modifications only available at trunk shows and let the designer personally help you select the best gown for your body.  Appointments are required and they do fill up fast so be sure to call JLM Couture to pick your time.  The deets:

Alvina Valenta Trunk Show

Jan. 30th to Feb. 1st

JLM Couture Flagship Boutique

352 North Robertson Blvd

West Hollywood, CA

Appointments required, call (424) 249-3909

Get a Discount on Your Wedding Website!

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In the new year comes new wedding planning for the recently engaged (congrats to those of you out there!).  So what’s one of the first things you’ll want to do to get the ball rolling?  Get your wedding website and begin to pepper in all the information on your big day as it becomes available to you!  A wedding website will save you time (avoiding all those repeat questions from guests), save you money (it can even be your electronic save the date), give your guests something fun to enjoy and learn about you two, and help your guests plan travel, book hotel rooms, find out where you’re registered, and so much more.  It’s really your virtual hub for the wedding before and even on the big day!

And you’re in luck, if you’re looking for a wedding website, then look no further than Appy Couple!  They offer over 500+ designs to choose from and each website comes complete with a matching app too!  It gets a bit better too – enter PROMO CODE BB25 at checkout and get a discount as a loyal Bridal Bar reader!

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Did you know that Bridal Bar even has it’s own collection of websites with Appy Couple?  Choose from any of our seven designs and your event will surely be announced in style!

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Don’t forget, enter BB25 at checkout when purchasing any Appy Couple website and save big on your shopping spree!  It’s our thanks to you!  Enjoy!

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Weddings at The Grand Del Mar in San Diego, CA

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Christmas may be over but this holiday season event is one you won’t want to miss!  The swanky wedding spot and luxury resort, The Grand Del Mar (located just south of San Diego) is one of the top properties in the country and the only five diamond one in San Diego at all!  They recently held a fete that brought to life not only the beauty of this city but cities around the world too!  A grand dinner in their grand ballroom was held with panels displaying changing cityscapes and scenery from places like Paris and Rome while guests ate!  What a magical way to enjoy the night and wow your guests with something unexpected during your reception!

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The cocktail area at The Grand Del Mar is just as regal as the rest of the property.  These beautiful double doors ushered guests into to enjoy the evening after gathering up their place cards.

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Long tables with lush, tall centerpieces and candlelight filled the room for where the incredible dinner was served.

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Edible displays at the base of the florals kept guests noshing as the courses began to come out.  And the food?  Well, needless to say, the food was spectacular!

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But dinner and dancing wasn’t the only thing planned for this party.  A lavish after party was lit up with stars in a neighboring ballroom so guests could experience a progression throughout the evening.  A great way to keep your friends and family guessing about what’s next!

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And of course, incredible desserts were awaiting in the after party (as were tray passed sliders and fries for late night snacks).  If you’re considering San Diego for your destination or local wedding, then look no further than The Grand Del Mar for a chic, glamorous I do with spectacular service, stunning ceremony and reception spots, and food you certainly won’t forget!  Oh, and did we mention the hotel rooms?  You know it’s good when you leave gushing about how beautiful the bathrooms are!  So sexy and romantic, perfect for a pair of newlyweds on their wedding night!

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Photos by: Boyd Harris

Event Vendors: Location: The Grand Del Mar, Floral: Kathy Wright & Co., Band: West Coast Music, Rentals, Furniture and Draping: Revelry Event Designers, Videography: Taylor Films, Lighting: PSAV, Chargers: BBJ Linen, DJ: Elite Sound Entertainment, Invitations and Printed Materials: Invitation Factory, Dance Floor: BB Rodeo Dance Floor & Design, Trees and Hedging: Jackson Shrub Supply

Hayley Paige Trunk Show in Los Angeles

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Good news for all you Hayley Paige fans!  She’s coming to Los Angeles!  The oh-so hot bridal designer is hosting a trunk show here in Los Angeles at the JLM Couture Flagship Boutique later this month!  From January 23rd to the 25th you can try on the latest and greatest gowns from her collection – with the designer there to assist!  Get fashion advice from the guru herself, make special dress modifications only available at trunk shows and let the designer personally help you down the aisle.  Appointments are required and they do fill up fast so be sure to call JLM Couture to pick your time.  The deets:

Hayley Paige Trunk Show

Jan. 23rd-25th

JLM Couture Flagship Boutique

352 North Robertson Blvd

West Hollywood, CA

Appointments required, call (424) 249-3909

Wolfgang Puck Weddings

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Last month I had the pleasure of attending a holiday soiree hosted by the team of Wolfgang Puck Catering here in Los Angeles.  They showcased their seasonal fare, fun new cocktail creations and a swanky Hollywood venue perfect for parties and oh-so modern weddings.  Today I’ve got the gorgeous photos of not only the delish menu but the decor as well (perfect for a winter wedding)!

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One long table was displayed with clear ghost chairs, white florals and emerald green accents (even the water glasses were green!).  The lighting was dim and romantic at the Annex at Hollywood & Highland where the event took place.

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The Grand Bevy served up specialty cocktails perfect for the holiday season and even served some of them in a spoon!  Yep, we enjoyed edible cocktails too!  …A great way to wow your guests before your reception begins.

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Guests found their seat assignment on long mirrors and then gold covered wine bottles placed throughout the table helped guests determine what area of the table their place card was actually located (something that’s a must with a table this big)!

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The decor was oh-so chic with pops of gold and modern touches surrounding soft white wedding flowers.

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And the food, oh the food!  Wolfgang Puck Catering never gets it wrong and this night was no exception!  We ate course after course of amazing, rich foods of the holiday and winter season.

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One creative takeaway was serving dessert first!  Well, and last too.  To kick off the celebration, Jami Pennings and her team planned a sweet treat before the savory courses were served.  What a fun surprise!  Thank you Jami for having us!!  What a special night filled with great ideas for our 2015 weddings!

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Event Vendors: Catering & Venue: Wolfgang Puck Catering, Planning: Sterling Engagements Inc., Cocktails: The Grand Bevy, Photography: Maya Myers Photography, Floral: Empty Vase Florist of La, Linens: Designer Specialty Linens, Lighting: ELS (Entertainment Lighting Services), Tabletop: Pretty Vintage Table, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals – Northern California, Furniture: Lounge Appeal, Paper Goods: Prim and Pixie, Calligraphy: Calligraphy Katrina, Photo Booth: Smilebooth, DJ: DJ Nahchey