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.

Bridal Party Fashion

3 May

As a bride you get to choose a few of your closest friends or family members to join your bridal party, and share a special part of your day with you. Part of the fun for both the bride and the bridesmaids, is choosing the bridesmaid dresses.  How can you not have a blast while trying on dresses 3 sizes to small for you in some very unflattering colors! Traditionally all of the bridesmaids will wear the same dress in the same color, and wear matching accessories.  More and More, we are seeing brides choose an alternate route.  Brides are opting for the bridesmaids to either wear varying styles of dresses in the same color, or have them wear any style of dress in a range of similar hues.  These options not only allow each bridesmaid to choose a style that best suits her body style, but it also shows a lot of personality and spunk.  Throw some flashy and colorful heels into the mix for some extra flare.

It is never too early to start thinking details such as your bridal party’s attire. In most cases it takes up to 3 months if not longer, to get your dresses after they have been ordered.  If your wedding falls in the prime wedding months such as April through June, or September through November, there may even be a bit of a delay because the manufacturers may get backed up. Think of colors, and styles that will compliment you and your dress, as well as your overall theme.

Chic One Shoulder dresses are in style right now, as well as gray, metallic, and purple tones.

Brides, if you are racking your brain on what to get your bridesmaids consider picking out matching necklaces or accessories for them to wear.  If you do decide to buy jewelry for your bridesmaids, consider buying jewelry that will stand out from far away and in pictures.

Here are some of the popular designers for Bridesmaid dresses that you should be able to find in your local Wedding Dress Shops.

Alfred Angelo
Davids Bridal
The Dessy Group (After Six, Alfred Sung, Lela Rose, & Cynthia Rowley)
Jessica McClintock
Mori Lee

For help finding local dress shops, check out our Directory!

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.

Style Trend: The Birdcage Veil

29 Apr

As the vintage theme gets more popular, we have started to see more ways to mix the old with the new.  One great vintage piece in particular has caught our eye; the birdcage veil.  Compatible with many different wedding gowns and hairstyles, the bird cage veil is a great accessory for your big day.  Brides, keep in mind that this look also works really well for bridesmaids as well and can be made in any color.

For all of the DIY Brides out there, check out a DIY tutorial for making your own Bird Cage Veil.  Complete with step-by-step directions and photos, you are sure to have no problems creating your perfect Bird Cage Veil.  Click here to read the article on www.weddingchicks.com.

DIY Wedding Favors

28 Apr

Cherry FavorsSure you can pick up just about any wedding catalog and choose from thousands of pre-made wedding favors, but we at The 530 Bride think that the best wedding favors are made by hand and with love! What better way to capture your personality, wedding theme, and the memory of your day than to create a wedding favor that tells a story.
These boxes of fresh cherries, fit perfectly into an outdoor event in the spring or summer time.  They not only have a simple charm, but they feel more personal and thoughtful than something you could order from a catalog.
(Photo: IntimateWeddings.com)

There are so many different interpretations of this idea, so checkout which fruits are in season during your wedding month! Create personal touches like adding your names and wedding date on each box, or a short message to thank your guests.

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

Attention: Freebies Ahead!

25 Apr

We are willing to bet you like getting a good deal, and better yet something for free.  That is why we think you should check out some of these websites for freebies, and giveaway sweepstakes.

For instance, a fellow wedding blog called Wedding Chicks has a great stationery tool for you to use and download the images for free.  You will be able to choose text colors, and wording within their formats.  Choose from various stationery types such as Monograms, Invitations, Save-the-Dates, Table Numbers, Custom Candy Bar Wrappers & other signs like the “Bride” sign below.

The blog also features free DIY projects like Wedding Flowers, Wine Bottle Labels, Lotus Flower Cake Topper, wedding favor ideas and more.

Create a Free Wedding Website with sites like The Knot.com, My Wedding.com, E Wedding.com.

Enter The 530 Bride’s first giveaway, in honor of our website launch! Enter for your chance to win prizes including a one month tanning package, a teeth whitening session, a one-hour massage and a $50 gift-certificate to Robin & Marie’s Shoe Closet in Chico, CA. Enter into our drawing by subscribing to The530bride.wordpress.com, “Like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter. (That earns you three entries into the drawing!) Winners Will be announced on May 7th. 2011.

Wedding Channel’s Godiva Sweepstakes, Enter for your chance to win Godiva’s elegant couture favors inspired by Sylvia Weinstock.  Ten grand prize winners will each receive 300 favors (valued at almost $3000) Find out if you’re “favored” to win this fashionable treat – enter today!

Try your luck on winning this sweet giveaway, The Cuisinart Savor the Good Life Sweepstakes.  Click here to enter for a chance to win:

  • Private Cooking Lessons from Cuisinart’s executive chef Fabrizio Bottero
  • Copy of Chef Bottero’s book, Simple and Enticing Recipes
  • Brushed Stainless Food Processor
  • Grind & Brew Thermal Coffeemaker
  • Metal Classic Toaster
  • Set of MultiClad Pro Cookware
Davids Bridal Giveaway is giving you a chance to win the gown of your dreams or 5 bridesmaid dresses. Enter today to win a gift certicate for 500 Dollars to put towards your wedding-day wear.  Enter now, because contest ends June 30, 2011.
Win $2,000 in prizes for your Husband-To-Be! WeddingWire.com is sponsoring a “Well-Groomed Package” including these great prizes: Travel Size  Poker Set from Groomstars,  Elegant High-polished Tungsten Carbide  Wedding Band accented with a Sterling Silver woven/braided inlay from  DesignBands.com, $400 Gift Certificate to Tours4fun.com, $500 Gift Card to Cubavera, $500 Gift Card to Groomstars,  Flower Boutonnière Poppers from Emersonmade for the groom and groomsmen. Click here to enter, and see contest details (contest ends May 6th.)Last but definitely not last, OneWed.com has an Ultimate Proposal contest for a chance to win a 7-night Caribbean cruise for two on the prestigious Norwegian Cruise Line valued at $1,750, and a platinum-and-diamond wedding ring set from MaeVona  valued at $7,000.  Share your proposal story, and America will vote for the best story! Click here to enter and read contest instructions.
Check back for more freebies, deals & contests!

Hire a Professional Beverage Service/Bartender

23 Apr

Even if you are having a “dry” wedding, your guests will still be thirsty.  Hiring a professional bartender or beverage service helps to make sure that you and your guests can enjoy the evening without having to pour your own drinks! Catering companies often supply water, tea, or lemonade but when it comes to champagne or cocktail drinks you are on your own.  With a professional bartender you can rest assured that your guests will be taken care of.

Make a statement, and treat your guests with signature cocktail drinks made special for your wedding. You will need to check with your wedding venue to ensure they allow outside alcohol for your event.  You can create signature drinks that match your theme, or plan around the season of your wedding.  White Russians for winter weddings and blended margarita’s or mojitos for the warmer months.

For our DIY brides out there, look for sales and deals on alcohol and drink mixes and stock up on supplies such as straws, cocktail napkins, stiring sticks etc. Stirrings.com offers printable labels for your stirring sticks, which you can personalize with your monogram, intials or wedding date etc. Another way to keep your budget in check, is to only serve alcohol during the cocktail hour (which may also help keep your guests from getting over indulged.) Have a friend or relative that knows a thing or two about making drinks? Don’t be afraid to ask them to help out if you aren’t planning on hiring a bartender.

For local professional bartenders and beverage services check out our directory. Below are some cocktail drink recipe ideas, and keep in mind there are endless options out there. Use the recipes for bridal showers, bachelorette parties as well.  If you have a smart phone you can also download free cocktail recipe apps!

White Russian  
1 1/4 Vodka
1 1/4 Cofee Licquer
1 1/4 Heavy Cream
Directions: Stir together in a pitcher, then pour into ice filled glasses.

Cosmopolitan
(serves one)
1 oz vodka
1/2 oz Triple Sec
1/2 oz Rose’s sweetened lime juice
1/2 oz Cranberry juice
Lime Wedge
Directions: Shake liquid ingredients in a shaker with ice, Place lime wedge on the rim of  Martini glass. Pour mix into the glass & Enjoy

Lemon Drop (Shots)
1 Shot Absolut Citron
1 Slice Lemon
1 tsp Sugar
Directions: Place sugar on lemon, take the shot and then bite down on the lemon!

Mojito                                                                                        
2-3 oz of Light rum
Juice of 1 lime (1 oz)
2 tsp Sugar
2-4 Mint Sprigs
Soda water
Directions: Mix the mint and sugar with a splash of soda water in a mixing lass, until sugar is dissolved.  Squeeze the lime into the glass, add the rum and shake with ice. Top off with soda water, garnish with ming sprig and serve.

Style Trend: Peacock Feathers

22 Apr

This year we have seen Peacock Feathers really start to pop up not only in apparel and jewelry but also in the wedding industry. From invitations, centerpieces, and hair accessories to wedding clutch purses & Bridal Bouquets. With all of the beautiful colors in a peacock feather, you have many options for color patterns and accents. Teals, purples, greens and blues you can really make this unique to fit your style.

Below are some of the photos that we have seen the Peacock Feather theme work really well (and yes, you can take the peacock theme too far if you aren’t careful!) Our advice is to keep a cohesive pattern throughout your decor so that everything flows.

Peacock Wedding Stationary

Peacock Wedding Cakes

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Peacock Hair Accessories

Peacock Bouquets & Decor

The moral of this story is to not be afraid to think outside of the box, use creativity, and really show both of your personalities through your decor.  If your Fiance’s favorite color is blue, or green etc and wants to wear a blue vest/dress shirt this is a way to have a fun theme, while coordinating other wedding details like the bridemaid dresses and groomsmen’s attire.

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