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Mark Your Calendars! Northern California Bridal Fairs

11 May

Northern California Bridal Fairs

If you haven’t attended a Bridal Fair, you are missing out on a lot of fun! No matter where you are in your planning stages, it is can be  helpful to see all of the different vendors in your area.

Take the opportunity to meet local wedding professionals , and see first hand what they have to offer.  Local Photographers,  Venues,  Bakeries,  Event Coordinators,  Salons, Dress Boutiques, Caterers, DJ’s and many more will be there to answer your questions. Many catering companies, and bakeries offer samples and tastings, and there will most likely be champagne, wine, or other beverages available while you browse.

Take part in the raffles & drawings to win fun prizes, and look for some exclusive discounts. Many of the vendors will be offering promotions if you book with them at the Bridal Fair or within a certain amount of time after, so don’t be afraid to ask them what deals they are offering.

Okay Ladies & Gentlemen, Mark your calendars!

August 14, 2011
Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, Chico

September 18, 2011
Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds, Yuba City

December 4, 2011
Red Bluff Community Center, Red Bluff

January 15, 2012
Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, Chico

For Ticket Information, Vendor & Exhibit Info, Maps and more details visit WeddingsNorthValley.com
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Contemporary Bridal Show by Brilliant Celebrations

Sunday, September 25, 2011
The Atrium, 1670 Market Street, Redding CA

For more information, visit  Brilliant Celebrations
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Dream Wedding Show

  • February 26, 2012
  • Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento CA 95815
  • Exhibits open 11 a – 4 p. Over 150 Wedding Vendors
  • Fashion shows at 10:15 – 12:30 – 2:30. All are different

For more information, check out Dream Wedding Show
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Check back for more wedding show details!

We would love to hear how you’re Bridal Fair experience was,  so come back and leave us a comment!

Check Out The Brand New Salon in Paradise! Welcome “All Dolled Up!”

4 May

If you are looking for a great new place to get all of your beauty needs taken care of, you have to check out the Grand Opening for All Dolled Up in Paradise!  These ladies can do it all, and they want to welcome you to their new shop by inviting you to the Grand Opening on Saturday May 21, 2011.  The event is from 4 to 7pm, and everyone that attends will receive a gift and be entered to win a huge gift basket !!! In addition to all of their great beauty services, they also offer sunglasses, purses, jewelry and other gotta-have items! To show their appreciation to their guests, All Dolled Up, will also be providing free treats, wine & champagne.

We hope to see you there, as we support the ladies of All Dolled Up!

All Dolled Up Grand Opening Party

Where: 6190 Skyway Paradise CA
When: May 21, 2011 from 4-7 pm.

Diamonds 101

2 May

An exciting part of getting married, is sharing your proposal story and wedding plans with all of your closest friends and family.  As soon as the word is out that you are engaged, people are going to want to see that ring of yours!! Guys, if you have met your match and are planning on popping the question please take a few minutes to learn the basics about diamonds.  This is going to help you be a more educated customer when you are in a jewelry store, and it may help ensure that you do not make a bad investment.

Tons of couples plan their weddings together every step of the way, starting with the engagement ring!  Every couple is different, and you may choose leave everything as a surprise, discuss styles & brands but keep the ring itself a surprise, go ring shopping together but the groom makes the final decision, or you may purchase the ring together.  Whatever the case, it is still a good idea to understand what it is that you are paying for when it comes to color and clarity of the stone(s).

First of all, lets look over some of the various styles/cuts of diamonds because they are each very different. We will also show different ring settings, to show each cut of diamond with accents and enhancer bands.  Some people are drawn to certain diamond shapes more than others, and some would prefer a solitaire setting vs. a three stone setting.

If you see the shape that you like, lets move on to the color and clarity charts.  These charts serve as a  grading system for diamonds, which helps the consumer be more confident that they are buying quality merchandise.

The first chart is a Color Grading Chart which shows the range of colors of natural diamonds.  Diamonds that are in the D-F range are colorless stones, G-J are near colorless and so on.  You may not be able to see the difference of color until you start looking at stones from K – R, and stones in the range of S – Z will have a more noticeably yellow tint.
   The Clarity Chart grades a diamond by the amount of imperfections in the stone, both visible by an eye-glass or the naked eye.  Diamonds that are in the FL-IF range are going to be more expensive because they have little to no visible imperfections in the stone. On the opposite end of the spectrum are stones that fall into the I1-I3 range which will have imperfections visible to the naked eye.

There are a lot of online resources for diamonds, each claiming to have the best price on diamonds.  Beware, because many of the photos they use online are not actual pictures of the diamond that you are interested in purchasing.  So make sure no matter where you are planning on shopping for your diamond jewelry, that you ask for the certificate for the stone.  If you are buying it private party (online, classified ads, or a pawn shop) ask to have the diamond appraised.

If you have found the diamond that you know she will love, the next step is to choose which setting you like.  Solitaires are very popular engagement rings, but there are a lot of other beautiful settings to take your time.  Below are examples of round diamonds, in various settings.  First we have a round diamond solitaire, second is a round cut diamond with smaller pave-set diamonds on the side, third is a three-stone round cut diamond ring, and last is an enhancer band, that can be added to a solitaire to create a three-stone look.  Remember the options are endless!

These next rings are from some of the top bridal jewelers, 1. Tacori Emerald Cut Engagement Ring, 2. Ritani Asscher Cut Engagement ring with pave cut diamonds, 3. Verragio Venetian Collection brilliant round cut diamond ring with halo, and pave split-shank band.

Blue Nile has a great website with a design tool, which allows you to build your own ring!  Choose the cut, color & clarity of the diamond in your desired price range, and then choose from different settings to complete your ring.  This is a great tool, because it allows you to narrow down what you like, without having to walk into a jewelry store with the pressure to buy.  Check out Blue Nile’s website here.

We would like to also point out that you don’t have to stick with traditional diamond engagement rings, there are gorgeous canary diamonds, pink diamonds,  sapphires and other natural gems.  Celebrities like Heidi Klum, Paris Hilton and Jennifer Lopez have been spotted wearing canary diamond rings, Mariah Carey, Tara Reid and many other celebrities have flashed some of their pink diamond engagement rings. Kate Middleton’s engagement ring is an 18 carat blue sapphire and diamond ring, which was the same ring that Prince Williams Father gave to the late Princess Diana.

We hope this is a helpful tool for you to use when preparing to purchase an engagement ring, or any piece of jewelry in the future. For local jewelers, click here to be directed to our directory.  If you still have questions, just Ask The 530 Bride!

Creating Your Wedding Playlist

30 Apr

Have you hired a DJ, live band, string quartet, or orchestra for your wedding? Or maybe are you going to take charge of your own music for your event by using CD’s or your Ipod.  Either way, you should still try to get a play-list together to make sure you have songs picked out for some of the highlights of your wedding.  What kind of music have you always dreamed of hearing as you walk down the aisle?

Are you looking for a DJ who will also serve as an MC for your wedding? This person will essentially be the voice of your wedding, as he or she will be keeping the event flowing and announcing your entrance, first dance, cake cutting etc. A good DJ has finesse, and can get all of your guests onto the dance floor, and keep the party going.  Take the opportunity to meet potential DJ companies to ensure that you feel comfortable with their level of professionalism. Don’t be shy about what your expectations are, and determine what equipment is included such as a cordless microphone, lighting effects etc.  Last, make sure your wedding venue has accessible power outlets for the DJ to set up their equipment.

Next, take the opportunity to define your personalities, and set a tone for your event  by choosing great music.  First, make sure you know the basics of wedding ceremony music. TheKnot.com has a great article about wedding music, so we have provided an excerpt here for you. “The most basic wedding ceremony music setup involves a minimum of three types of songs: preludes, processionals, and recessionals. Prelude music is light, ambient music that sets the mood while guests are being seated and waiting for the ceremony to begin. It usually begins when the doors open, or as early as 45 minutes prior to but no later than 20 minutes before the beginning of the ceremony.

Next is the processional, which accompanies the entry of the extended wedding party– family, bridal party, and bride. The same song can be used for each, but we love the idea of changing to another song when the bride enters to add drama and highlight her entrance. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the recessional plays. As the name implies, this music accompanies you as you recess (that is, make your exit) and is traditionally bright and lively — a reflection of your joy. ” (TheKnot.com)

There are tons of resources for lists of traditional, contemporary and modern wedding music, and these are a few we found to be really helpful.
www.TheKnot.com
www.WeddingWire.com
www.Weddingvendors.com
www.Projectwedding.com
www.Ourweddingsongs.com

If you plan on using some of the more traditional wedding processional songs such as (Wedding Day at Troldhaugen by Edvard Grieg, or one of the many versions of “The Wedding March,”) a piece of advice is to listen to the song using YouTube, so that you can hear the song first.

A handful of great classical/traditional songs:

Romance ( Op. 44, No. 1) Anton Rubenstein
Vocalise – Sergei Rachmaninoff
The Maestro –  Composed by Hans Zimmer
Bridal Procession – Edvard Grieg
All I Ask Of You – Phantom of the Opera, (Piano)
Canon in D – J Pachelbel
Ave Maria – (There are several beautiful instrumental versions)

Here is a list of some recommended songs, from many different genres.

Marry Me – Train
This Year’s Love – David Gray
I Do – Colbie Caillat
Rhythm of Love – Plain White T’s
Your Guardian Angel – Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Time of My Life – David Cook
Lucky – Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Better Together – Jack Johnson
She’s Everything – Brad Paisley
Why Wait – Rascal Flatts
Are you Gonna Kiss Me or Not – Thompson Square
Mama’s Song – Carrie Underwood
Only You Can Love Me This Way – Keith Urban
Wishn and Hopin – Dusty Springfield
Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
I loved Her First – Heartland (Great Father Daughter Dance Song)
The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
Spend My Life With You – Eric Benet
I Do – Boys II Men
L-O-V-E – Nat Cole King
I Cant Help Falling In Love – Elvis
That’s what makes it a love song – Miranda Lambert
Better Half – Keith Urban
Oh Love – Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood
Our Love is Here To Stay – Frank Sinatra or Ella Fitzgerald Versions
I Could Not Ask For More – Edward McCain
Sail Away – David Gray
The Only Exception – Paramore
Forever – Chris Brown
Wedding Bells – Coldplay (This song is not yet released, but has an anticipated release date of late 2011)

Don’t forget to check out our Vendor Directory, to find great DJ’s and other Entertainment.

Mark Your Calendars

26 Apr

The Palms Pavilion in Chico will be having an open house at their beautiful venue, on May 10th, 2011.  The admission is free, and as if that wasn’t exciting enough, each couple will each receive a free engagement photo!  If you have never visited The Palms, check out all of these great amenities included in their wedding package.

AMENITIES:
•   Luxuriously furnished, private bride and groom dressing rooms •   Fully equipped catering kitchen • Air-conditioned and fully lighted pavilion space, accommodating up to 300 guests •   Built-in beverage service bar •   Portable stage with overhead lighting •   Parking spaces for 250 automobiles •   Multiple ceremony spaces throughout the landscaped gardens •   Tiki torches light up evening celebrations •   Koi ponds and fountains provide water features.

Enjoy h’orderves and champagne, while you take in the scenery and  mingle with other engaged couples.  WeDo Designs is the on-site wedding designer, and Rabina Khan along with her team are sure to wow you with their elegant designs and modern innovations to wedding decor.   Many brides watch shows like Platinum Weddings, or My Fair Wedding with David Tutera and feel like those weddings are just a fairytale. Let us assure you that with the right vendors, you can have the Platinum Wedding you have dreamed of without breaking the bank! Check out WeDo Designs, for picture galleries, pricing and available services.


So mark you calendars, and make sure to attend this great Open House at The Palms Pavilion.  May 10th, 2011 from 4 to 7pm.

The Palms Pavilion is located at 2947 Nord Avenue, Chico CA 95973

For more information contact:

Rabina Khan, WeDo Designs
(530) 566 – 7603
2947 Nord Ave
Chico, CA 95973

Real Northern California Weddings

21 Apr

Veronica & Daniel
Chico, CA
10.10.10

With all of the planning leading up to my wedding day in October, I had begun to get overwhelmed with all of the details. Eventually, I let myself stop stressing and try to enjoy everything that was happening. I knew my vendors had everything under control so it was time for me to just be a Bride!

Initially I had wanted to hire a wedding coordinator, but I had confidence that I could handle organizing the details myself, and although there were a few rough patches I must say everything went rather smooth!  (Believe me when I say I was far from a DIY Bride)

My theme was black and white damask, with an accent of red. (Oh and of course some bling)  When I booked WeDo Designs, I knew that the owner, Rabina Khan really understood my vision and from samples of her work I knew she would be able to exceed my expectations.

The wedding venue was The Card Center in Chico, which offers an outdoor area for the ceremony as well as indoor reception area with a patio for the cocktail hour.   The Card Center staff provided me with a floor plan of the reception area, and we were able to work on the layout
and plan out how the tables and chairs would be set up.  We also decided we would use floor to ceiling fabric, and up-lighting to really transform the room. See the before and after photos below.

When I met Lisa Hunter of Lisa’s Flor Décor, I was hooked on her artistic creations with flowers and centerpieces. I had so many different pictures of designs I liked, but she was able to choose designs and flowers that were cohesive with my wedding theme. She made sure that the centerpieces were an appropriate height for the room and really accomplished what I had asked of her. I loved that she was willing to mix things up and play with different heights and centerpiece ideas.
When it came to the altar, Lisa brought my vision to life and I couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out.

I really loved our aisle, and Lisa’s Flor Decor made a beautiful Monogrammed “E” covered in Roses.

Speaking of flowers, every bride dreams of walking down the aisle holding her beautiful bouquet! I loved the mix of flowers used in the my bouquet, and the Gerbera Daisy’s had a dark center which matched the bridesmaid dresses.

I wore a Casa Blanca wedding gown and the Bridesmaids wore Black Alfred Angelo gowns with Red Accents.

Daniel wore a black Tuxedo with a White Vest, and the Groomsmen wore Black Tuxedos with Red Accents from Mens Wearhouse.

What is a wedding celebration without appetizers and a delicious dinnner? Leslie with Shelly’s Creative Catering really brought her A game to the wedding and not only was the food amazing but she was also great at keeping the festivities on schedule. The cocktail hour consisted of an open bar, fruits, cheese and crackers, and veggies, followed by a tri-tip and chicken buffet dinner.

Christy, with Christy’s Creations created a cake that tasted amazing and fit perfectly into our theme. It was a three-tierd white cake with fondant.

The photo-booth was a blast, and the photos served as our wedding favors. Chico Photo and Video brought the booth to the reception, provided props and also a cd of the photos for us to be able to see all of the pictures. Having the props really added to the fun, and since there was no limit on how many pictures we could take I think the kids at the wedding probably went in the booth over 20 times!


Tracy with Tracy Lynn Photography captured some great shots, and really made us feel comfortable in front of the camera. She knew I wasn’t a picture person so she really had a challenge on her hands!

Cheers!

Looking for a Hot Deal?

18 Apr

For those of you who haven’t heard, Corwin’s Bridal in Chico is offering a store-closing sale at the Cohasset location which was formerly Suzanne’s Bridal.  Early last year Corwins Bridal quietly bought out Suzanne’s Bridal, after they moved from their downtown location to Suzanne’s location on Cohasset.

Corwins is now closing the Cohasset location and moving back to the Downtown Chico location on West Third Street.  Due to less space, they are down-sizing their inventory significantly.  So what does that mean for brides?  “Wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride gowns, flower girl dresses and other inventory purchased off of the rack will be discounted anywhere from 20-50%,” according to one of the managers in the store.

For brides who are interested in buying a dress of the rack, that would mean the dress is “as-is” so the store would most likely not offer refunds or returns.  The upside to buying your dream gown off of the rack is that not only will you get a great deal, but you will not have to wait the 3-5 month period to get your dress from the manufacturer.

Choose from a wide selection of wedding gowns made by designers including Maggie Sottero, Allure, Mori Lee, Casa Blanca, Victoria’s and many more.  They carry bridesmaid dresses by Forever Yours, Jessica McClintock, Alfred Sung, Dessi and Mori Lee.
The manager we spoke with stated that the transition would not interfere with any of the current order times, and should not affect customers in any way.

So stop by Corwins Bridal and Tuxedo on Cohasset at 169 Cohasset Road in Chico, or call (530) 342-6521 for more details.

This One is for the Groom!

16 Apr

Okay guys, we haven’t forgot about you and we know you have a pretty big part in all of this wedding stuff.  You have to get fitted for your tux, have an awesome Bachelor Party, and stand at the altar to say “I Do!”  On a more serious note, you guys are the ones who listen to the bride’s constant ranting and raving, and have the stress of making sure it is the wedding of her dreams.  That is a lot of pressure!  So we feel you deserve to have the best Bachelor Party a man could ask for.

What is better than Black Jack or a game of Craps with a group of your closest friends? Funny, we couldn’t think of anything either! You don’t have to travel to Las Vegas or Reno to have a great time, especially when there is a company in our local area that can bring the Casino to you! So that is why we think you should check out the Casino Party People in Chico. Their party packages include tables and equipment rentals, professional dealers, delivery & set-up.

The Casino Party People offer a unique party experience which mimics a a real casino environment without the risk of losing money, so you and your guests can relax and everyone can be a high-roller for the evening!

So make sure you mention to your best man or groomsmen that you would like to have a casino party, and let them know to check out The Casino Party People.

Casino Party People

For any Brides reading this, you could always suprise your Hubby-To-Be with a Poker Night, which would be a great way for you to score points with him and his guy friends!

For more information on the Casino Party People, click here to be redirected to our Featured Vendors Page

Lisa’s Flor Decor

14 Apr
Lisa and Greg Hunter of Lisa’s Flor Decor

If you are looking for a florist you can depend on to take your floral arrangements and decor to the next level, chances are you have heard of Lisa Hunter and her amazing work.  Lisa is the owner/operator of Lisa’s Flor Decor and she puts her all into making your day, even more fabulous than you could have imagined.  I can say this because she transformed me from a bride who wasn’t into flowers, to the girl who couldnt take her eyes of her centerpieces at her wedding because they were breathtaking.  With the help of her husband Greg, she constructs pillars, altars, aisle runners,  flower boxes and anything else you can dream up. In addition to Weddings she can also be booked for Bridal Showers, Prom, Valentines Day, or any other special event.
Dont take my word for it though just let her work speak for itself.
Check out Lisa’s Flor Decor!

Say Cheese!

13 Apr

There are many ways to capture the memories and kodak moments of your big day. From the professional photos or videos taken by your photographer, to candid snapshots taken by your guests.  A photobooth gives you a combination of the two, because the photos are taken with a professional camera and it is just plain fun!

Photobooth companies often supply props and costume pieces that allow the guests to take as many playful pictures as they want.  You can have your names and date or monogram printed onto the photo strips so that they become a keepsake for you and for your guests.  Give your guests the option to keep half of the photo strip and place the other half into your scrapbook where they can write a personalized note to you.  Keep in mind that in most cases you will get a cd with all of the pictures on it for you to enjoy, and make extra prints if necessary.

So in between the father daughter dance and your bouquet toss just throw on a cowboy hat and some oversized sunglasses and have a unique photo with your friends and family forever!

Check out these examples of Photobooth Fun, and don’t forget to checkout our directory to find local photo booth rentals.
 

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