What to Tell Guests to Wear to Your Wedding

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{Catherine Ann Photography via The Bride Link }

Nowadays wedding invitations have gotten so creative that sometimes even the dress code requires de-coding.  Keep it simple and smart and of course oh-so you with these tips to planning what your wedding guests will wear.

1.  Be specific! Black tie is different from formal, casual is different from California casual, barbeque is different than country rustic. The more specific you can be the more helpful for your guests (and the more you’ll love the look of your wedding).

2.  Even if you painstakingly come up with a theme and let all your guests know in detail what to wear, be prepared for some to miss the mark (or even forget).  That’s ok – go with the flow on the big day!

3.  Your invitations will help set the tone for your event and give your guests the best idea of what to expect and what to wear so make sure they are a mini representation of your wedding in the tone and formality of the event.

4.  You can inform your guests with a post script at the bottom of your invitations, and your wedding website is a great way to elaborate on attire with photos and examples if need be.

5.  Themes are wonderful, but make sure they make sense with your venue, the weather, and the kind of wedding you’ll be having. The last thing you would want is your guests to be uncomfortable or unprepared for what awaits them –  such as extreme heat!  In addition, don’t theme so much so that you’re asking each wedding guest to go shopping; respect their wishes too.

Spring Time Wedding Drinks

As much as I love Winter, there comes a time when we all crave something new, fresh, and crisp! So, I have complied a list of some delicious drinks to try for your Spring wedding! From Mint Julep to pink lemonade, I’m sure you will find something to love in this list! Take the recipes to your bartender and add your own twist to them. These drinks are all spring, summer, outdoor, beach, and hot sunny day wedding approved.

1. Classic Kentucky Mint Julep –  Camille Styles

Perfect For: Southern Belles (real or at heart), mint obsessed, and those looking for a refreshing drink.

2. Raspberry Beer Cocktail – A Cup of Mai

Perfect For: Fruit lovers, beer drinkers,  and those who want a grown up pink lemonade.

3. Strawberry Gin Smash – The Kitchn

Perfect For: Sweet tooth Brides, those who love strawberries and something bubbly.

4. Fruity Spring Cocktail – Tablespoon 

Perfect For: Warm afternoon weddings

5. Old Fashioned Pink Lemonade – Babble

Perfect For: Kids, pink aficionados and tropical environments.

6. Lime Sherbet Punch – Paula Deen

Perfect For: Kids, pineapple juice drinkers, and super sweet drink lovers.

Cheers! Enjoy in the sun and of course, remember to drink responsibly!

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How to Make it Easy for Your Guests to Attend Your Big Day

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{Rosapaola Lucibelli Photography via Hey Wedding Lady}

The guest experience at your wedding is such an important part of the big day (and the days leading up to it).  Keep in mind their comfort level when designing the decor, the menu, and all the little details.  Over communicate to help make the process a breeze for them and always say thanks!  Here are five things never to forget when thinking of your wedding guests.

1.  Send thank you notes!  The most important way to show your guests you respect them is through a hand-written, personal thank you note.  Whether they gave a gift or not, a thank you note should be sent to every guest. And you are allowed to wait until after the happy honeymoon!

2.  Make sure that you give your guests a fair amount of time to RSVP to your wedding. The time frame should be at least 4 to 6 weeks after they receive the invitation and/or about 2 to 3 weeks before giving the final head count to your caterer.

3.  If you’re hosting your wedding ceremony and reception at two different sites, you’ll want to provide your guests with adequate directions, maps, and time to get from one place to the other.  They should be no more than 30 minutes apart and if the budget permits, you may want to provide your guests with transportation to and from, especially if you have a lot of out-of-towners.

4.  Giving your guests programs or an itinerary of the night’s events is the proper way to keep them informed at the event and it allows them to follow what special moments of the day they can be a part of.

5.  Sending your guests off at the end of the night with a favor is customary and appreciated. You can get creative and fun with these and make them personal to you as a couple, your event location or theme!

Bridal Parties – Bridal Bar Radio

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This week on Bridal Bar Radio we took a look at who’s in your wedding party, what their roles are and what to gift them to say thanks for standing by your side!

A big thanks to our guests, Ilana Stern from Weddington Way and Charlotte Hale from Plum Pretty Sugar.

We also connected you to some great resources for your bridal parties including Dogeared, Eclu, Wedding Chicks, Dessy, and The Busy Box Company.

And for our cocktail, we shared a blackberry mint julep from Martha Stewart.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 pint blackberries
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 4 cups small ice cubes
  • 4 sprigs mint, for garnishing

Roughly chop mint leaves.  Puree the mint, blackberries, and sugar in a blender. Press through a fine sieve into a bowl; discard seeds.  Rinse blender, then return puree to blender, and add bourbon and small ice cubes; blend until smooth. Divide mixture among 4 glasses. Garnish each with a mint sprig.

 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!

Spring Wedding Inspiration

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Spring has finally sprung! Well, really here in California we’ve been in Spring mode for a while now. Spring brings flowers, lots of color, sunny weather, bright lipstick, and long walk in the park. Personally, I love spring weddings because they bring a freshness and a sweet punch  after the abundance of dramatic and deep colored wedding in the winter. If you’re a lover of color, the outdoors, and warm weather then this is the perfect season for your big day!

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{Cover Photo: Elevate Photography via Elegance & Engagement, Pink + Blue Groom Attire: Southern Weddings, Flower Girl Hair: Watson Studios via The Perfect Palette, Hot Pink Table Center: SMP, I Do Straws: Brides, Yellow Bridesmaids: Trent Bailey Photography via SMP, Coral Drinks: KT Merry Photography via Inspired by This, Boutonniere: Half Orange Photography via Ruffled Blog, Butterfly Crown: Dreamy Wedding Ideas}

Laura Hooper Calligraphy Classes

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Today we’ve got a little calligraphy inspiration for you with a dash of floral goodness from a recent workshop that was held here at The Bridal Bar by our very own Laura Hooper Calligraphy.  She’s on the road teaching you to create your own beautiful calligraphy, hitting cities across the country (see where/when here) and we were lucky enough to get her here in LA!

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Each guest got lots of goodies, including one of Laura’s signature tote bags (great for destination weddings)!

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The fun and festive florals were created by Borrowed Blu.

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And Classic Party Rentals kicked in the gear needed to get the class going.

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Laura has more workshops coming up in Seattle, Boston, Dallas, Austin, Chicago, New York and back here in Manhattan Beach so be sure to check out the full schedule here to sign up!

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All Photos by Kym Vitar Photography

Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Floral + Decor: Borrowed Blu, Location: The Bridal Bar

Appy Couple Coupon and Website

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We’ve got another gift for our amazing readers!  If you’re on the hunt for a fabulous wedding website (that comes complete with a matching app to use on and before the big day), then you’re in luck because we’re giving you a deal on all your purchases over at Appy Couple.  The wedding website and app company known for it’s swanky designs and easy to use backend makes sharing information with your wedding guests a breeze (and pretty too)!

Just enter promo code BB25 at checkout and save!

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And don’t forget to check out our very own Bridal Bar collection while you’re browsing through your choice of designs.  We’ve helped to create a set of websites that we just adore and we think you will do!  No matter what website you choose, enter BB25 when you checkout and you’ll get a loyal Bridal Bar reader discount!  Happy shopping friends!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day friends!  Today we’ve got a little luck of the Irish for you and some green goodies to spice up your wedding reception and big day details.  From a floral wreath in your hair to Guinness for the guys on your wedding day, consider these Irish-inspired and green ideas – whether you wed on March 17th or any time of year!  Be safe today and have a great holiday!

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{Photos: Bride: Le Piu Belle, Invitation + Ring: JJ Horton Photography via Wedding Chicks, Floral + Bridesmaid: Chard Photographer via Ruffled Blog, Beer: Larissa Cleveland via Bridal Guide}

Green Weddings – Bridal Bar Radio

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This week on Bridal Bar Radio we took a look at eco-chic weddings and a few fun St. Patrick’s Day big day ideas just in time for the holiday!  Our guests this week include eco-couture designer, Deborah Lindquist and OceanFM in Ireland radio personality, Shane Smyth.

We also connected you to some great green resources for your weddings including the Green Bride Guide, the Green Nest Guide, and Eco-Chic Weddings.

And for our cocktail, we shared one of my favorites – a whiskey ginger.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 ½ parts of Jameson Irish Whiskey

Ginger Ale

Lime Wedge

Pour the whiskey into a highball glass and fill it with ice.  Fill up the remainder with ginger ale and take the lime wedge and squeeze it into the drink and then drop it in and stir.  Simple, sweet, and so good!

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!

Planning Your Wedding Menus with the Help of Wolfgang Puck Catering

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We’re back with a little deeper dive into planning your wedding menu with the help and expertise from our friends over at Wolfgang Puck Catering.  Setting the stage for the menu helps define the rest of the event, so keep in mind these tips before you make your big day menu decisions.

• Think flavors of the season—they’re the freshest and most flavorful at the time.

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• A combination of stationary & passed hors d’oeuvres provides the most options for your guests during the reception; allowing them to pace themselves

• Variety is key for your guests’ happiness! Select a combination of seafood, meat and vegetable options.

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• Keep dietary restrictions and allergies in mind when making your selections.

• Create an intimate feeling by incorporating personal memories like your favorite childhood meal—just think how grown up mac and cheese has become!

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• Don’t forget about the foods & flavors you both love!

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• When considering the style of service to choose, think about your preference, your reception agenda, your budget and your space.

• With a seated reception you can easily incorporate toasts and the first dance into service, keeping a captive audience without interrupting their guest experience.

• A buffet offers guests flexibility at your reception, and may provide a wider range of food options.

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• Whether serving a plated dessert course, individual confections, a signature sweets station to accompany the wedding cake, or an action station that allows guests to personalize their sweet flavors—delicious desserts offer an opportunity to keep the party going, to extend your vision, and share your gratitude with your guests.

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Thanks again to the team at Wolfgang Puck Catering for sharing their menu planning tips today!  For more information on working with them here in Los Angeles, check out their Bridal Bar profile here.

What’s Your Culinary Style? Planning Your Wedding Menu with Wolfgang Puck

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Planning your wedding menu?  Wondering where to start, what to serve, and how to decide from all those delicious options?!?  Well, our friends over at Wolfgang Puck Catering are certainly the experts at serving up fine wedding foods so we asked them what you should do first and how to figure it all out.  Here’s what they had to say!

To start, ask yourself a list questions to hone in on your priorities and the direction of the meal.

Do you have a theme? If so would you like to continue it into the reception?

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What cultural traditions, if any, would you like to incorporate and how?

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Do you and your partner have any favorite flavors of the season?

What type of service (i.e. buffet or seated) would best complement the schedule of the evening? And what can we add to enhance your guests’ experience (i.e. pre dinner cocktails, late night snacks)?

Do you or any of your guests have dietary or cultural restrictions?

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Taking these, and the countless other elements that you have chosen to truly make your day special, you will be able to craft the perfect menu for your big day.

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Stay tuned, tomorrow Wolfgang Puck Catering will give us tips to design the day’s menu once you have an idea of what your answers to these great questions are!

And if you’re in the LA area and want additional help with your wedding menu, our friend and Bridal Bar member, and the wedding specialist, Jami Pennings over at Wolfgang Puck is standing by to assist!  Her phone is 323.491.1269.  Happy planning!

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Bel Air Bridal Show on March 17th

If you’re in the LA area and engaged then we’ve got an event you don’t want to miss!  We’re participating in the Luxe Hotels Weddings Event at the swanky Luxe Sunset Hotel this coming Monday, March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day!) and we’d love to say hello (and give you some fun swag if you stop by).  The bridal event is an evening fete complete with wedding dresses, lashes and light bites, lots of decor inspiration and tons of wedding ideas from some of the best of the best here in Los Angeles.  And of course The Bridal Bar will be on hand to help you celebrate!  For tickets, click here (and enter code FAF for a 40% off discount at checkout) and for more information on the event, see the website here.  And the details:

What: Luxe Hotels Wedding Event

When: Monday, March 17th 4pm to 8pm

Where: Luxe Sunset Hotel 

11461 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

How: Purchase tickets here (enter promo code FAF at checkout for 40% off your tickets)

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