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Beach Maid of Honor Dresses under $100

Posted on 13 June, 2017 at 13:37 Comments comments (33)
Engaged, setting the date, sendingt save the date, who will be in the wedding,  wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, and the list goes on. You have decided on a beach wedding (so the look can be a bit more casual.)

So next , you have been  asked to be a brides maid at your family or friends wedding, the first thoughts for some is OOOOOOOOOO my another brides maid dress. Commonly these days, more times than not,  you have been asked to expense your own dress, yet the bride has decided what she wants her maids to look like. It may be color or style or anything along these lines that determine what you have to choose from.

Often I've heard the discussion, "well I want something that I can wear again, not just another dress stuck in my wardrobe." Then of course there is the brides maid that been asked to be part of several different wedding through out the year, oh my how these darn dresses get expensive.

Here is an article by Kendel Maxwell, at independent writer for Wedding Wire.com, with suggestions for fun and flirty dresses that accommodate may body shapes and sizes.

The key in deciding dresses for your Maid of Honor or Brides Maids is a dress that compliments your day's look, the style can be worn by each of your chosen maids and lastly but kindly remember that is could be something that will be worn again.

Here is the link for Ms. Maxell's article:



Beach Wedding Locations in Orange County Ca

Posted on 27 April, 2017 at 1:55 Comments comments (19)
Our southern West  Coast Beaches are sought after by many for their wedding destinations. Throughout the years I have had the honor and pleasure working with many couples coming here from out of the area and state. This page is dedicated to your commonly asked question when trying to plan a beach wedding.

When deciding on a beach wedding keep in mind there can be permit cost involved and usually a limitation of how many people can be in attendance.

If you are planning a small and intimate wedding there are numerous coves and location you can be married at without permit costs. Keep in mind that beaches are public locations and prime seasonal times such as summers  can be more crowded than other off season times  such as Autumn or Fall.

Along our Pacific Coast we have some of prettiest sunsets in the fall. Fall sunsets also come earlier, whereas in the summers sunsets could be as late as 8'o clock. Click here to find out the sunset time for your wedding day.



Lavendar- Summer wedding thoughts

Posted on 17 March, 2017 at 15:16 Comments comments (18)

Jordan Strohl, shares lavender wedding ideas. Lavender is a very calming color and fragrance, exactly what the doctor orders in the whirl spin of planning and finalizing your wedding day details.

From wedding day attire, table settings, cake and wedding party are included in Jordan's article.
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This is a great look for beach weddings.

I love this simple yet elegant idea using french maroons. They come in so many colors and can easily be  purchased at Costco.

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Printable Wedding Party Duties

Posted on 10 March, 2017 at 22:53 Comments comments (89)
Well the wedding plans have begun. The Bride and Groom have decided on you as part of their wedding party. Every position within the wedding party has its own responsibility and anxiety over this now granted position..lol

Ann Momber has simplified this for you with her checklists. Remember less is more and these simple yet profound lists will help.


The following list are also within her article:












Elegant Emerald Green Wedding Details

Posted on 7 March, 2017 at 19:03 Comments comments (17)
This is a lovely little article by Sarah Pierce featured on MyWedding.com

Emerald Green can such a classy beginning of spring look or late summer towards autumn.








Beach Wedding Ideas

Posted on 27 February, 2017 at 22:30 Comments comments (20)
Bauier's Wedding, Big Corona Beach, CA

        After the engagement buzz softens, now onto the planning.

        Remember less is more many times. You may master keeping things as simple as possible yet, this  doesn't necessarily eliminate the possibility of you feeling overwhelmed during these next few months of planning and executing your wants and desires.

       Below are some 2017 Beach Wedding Ideas in hopes of helping you on your journey, (please enjoy this awesome journey):



By Andrea Fowler

By Carrie Goldberg
Apr 20, 2016

Deer Pearl Flowers is a wedding blog with wedding inspiration, wedding ideas, wedding color schemes for the modern brides.
http://www.deerpearlflowers.com

By Gabriella Rello










Beach Wedding Locations

Posted on 27 May, 2016 at 18:20 Comments comments (19)
Our southern West  Coast Beaches are saught after by many for their wedding destinations. Throughout the years I have had the honor and pleasure working with many couples coming here from out of the area and state. This page is dedicated to your commonly asked question when trying to plan a beach wedding.

When deciding on a beach wedding keep in mind there can be permit cost involved and usually a limitation of how many people can be in attendance.

If you are planning a small and intimate wedding there are numerous coves and location you can be married at without permit costs. Keep in mind that beaches are public locations and prime seasonal times such as summers  can be more crowded than other off season times  such as Autumn or Fall.

Along our Pacific Coast we have some of prettiest sunsets in the fall. Fall sunsets also come earlier, whereas in the summers sunsets could be as late as 8'o clock. Click here to find out the sunset time for your wedding day.




Wedding Ceremony 101

Posted on 3 February, 2016 at 12:30 Comments comments (12)
Wedding Ceremony 101
I do today and forever more…
 
Couples are surprised to find there is no mandatory design for a wedding ceremony.  Ceremonies can be traditional or as unique as each couple; it’s your day – you can have it your way.
 
 
Although there are a few standard lines an officiant needs to incorporate into your ceremony, for the most part it is all about your sonnet from one heart to another.  If you want a ceremony created especially for you, make sure to choose an officiant who acts as guide and co-creator, rather than a director.
 
 
Frequently Asked Questions
 
What are some of the most important things to consider in creating your wedding ceremony? The questions we hear most often are: 
 
How long is the ceremony? Typically 15-30 minutes. 
 
Do you write the vows or do we? We can, yet normally we co-create with the couple giving them samples and choices to help with their decisions. 
 
Can we use our own vows and readings? Yes. 
 
Do I need to remember anything? Basically, the answer is “no” unless you wish to. We understand you will be tired and nervous all at once when you finally get to the ceremony part of your celebration. Normally the officiant will feed you your lines and please remember look at each other when saying the vows, not at the officiant.  
 
Can a friend or family member do a song or reading? Yes, we encourage involving anyone you wish to make this day special for you and your guests. 
 
Do we have to be solemn or can we be light and funny? It’s your day - have it your way. If you want it light and funny, make sure you pick an officiant who can deliver this for you. 
 
Can we use contemporary readings or are religious or scriptural readings required? When it comes to vows and readings there is not one requirement. Be as creative as you like. 
 
We just want a simple ceremony. We have learned that “simple” is in the eye of the beholder. Simple to one person is 10 minutes of I do’s and you may kiss the bride. To others it’s more about keeping the ceremony light and not too heavy on the religious side.
 
 
A Typical Ceremony
 
 
To give you an idea of how a ceremony might be structured, here is the one of the most common ceremony templates used: 
 
Opening Words of the Officiant: This is where we welcome your family and guests.

The Giving in Marriage
: (Optional)The father or family member gives the bride away.

An Opening Prayer or Reading
: Nice place to have a guest or family member do a favorite reading of the couple’s choice.  The officiant is also more than happy to recite your choice of reading or opening scripture.
 

Definition of Marriage
: (Optional) The officiant can define the marriage with your choice of words.

Wedding Vows
: Traditional, non-traditional,religious. This is the first time you will recite a piece to each other with the assistance of your officiant feeding the lines to both of you.

Second Reading or Song
: (Optional) Very commonly a guest or family member reads or sings a song.

Exchange of Rings
:  You will choose a ring exchange vow that suits your heart.

Closing:
(Sometimes called a Benediction) Usually the officiant recites your closing thoughts to the family and guests.

Declaration Of Marriage: "By the power vested in me by the State of _______, I now pronounce you____________” and the best part for last, “you may now kiss the bride or life partner.”

Introduction of the Newlyweds: The officiant usually introduces the newlyweds by the married names you are taking. 
 
Other Bits of Wisdom 
 
You have worked hard at making this the most memorable day of your life for you and your guests.  Please make sure that they can hear your ceremony. Your DJ or venue will normally have a wireless mic that the officiant can use or a microphone that can be set up. Your guests and loved ones really do want to hear your vows and this allows them to be part of your special celebration, the first day of your married life.
 
 
Make sure if there are any special announcements you wish the officiant to make that you let them know before the ceremony. They can announce this after you and your wedding party leave the staged area.
 
 
There are many free and paid sites on the internet these days that have samples of wedding ceremonies. Your officiant will also be able to give you sample ceremonies they have already performed, or samples of vows and readings. Make sure the ceremony is a true reflection of the both of you. It’s your very special day…forever more.
 
 Jacqueline has officiated weddings and celebrations of life since 2006. She is a non denominational pastor by title , yet assist couples of all types of theory, spirituality and thought,  emphasizes the couple and their personal relationship verse religion or necessarily traditional wedding ceremonies.
 
October 2008 revised and printed 2016

1920's Speakeasy Theme/Wedding

Posted on 26 January, 2016 at 20:23 Comments comments (13)
This weekend I was part of a speakeasy themed event and it was wonderful.  I will soon  post pictures from this event with more ideas, yet while I wait to gather them I wanted to suggest a theme that is perfect for  a small, intimate, elegant and affordable wedding (of course any theme normally  can translate to larger weddings with some adjustment.)

May I suggest a wonderful upcoming designer who was  the heart and soul of designing this event, Samantha Nowlin of  SIMPLELIFEDESIGN.COM.

With this said, in the meantime here are a few other sites  that will help you or your wedding team peculate on the wonderful concept of a Speakeasy, 1920's Gatsby themed wedding.





This theme lends itself well to budget weddings for many reasons. In our event we utilized others crystal dishes, furniture, etc before buying the remaining things.

This type of theme can be found in thrift store, flea markets and vintage sources because wear and tear is shabby chic !!!

More ideas coming soon on this idea.







Double Wedding Casting Call

Posted on 15 September, 2015 at 0:15 Comments comments (48)
Wedding Couples, Family and Friends to the newly engaged couple/s- Please pass this onto to them. It may be a unique and creative way to have the wedding of your dreams.

My late husband and good friends of ours decided to share our wedding day together. It was the best! We both knew many of the same family and friends so it made perfect sense. It was such a great adventure and so much  fun doing it with another bride/couple. We had our own bridesmaids and groomsmen, we shared the main cake and had our own small cakes, shared the cost of food, decorations and such. Please read on: (by the way congratulations, with care, Jacqueline):




This is Carter Palmer, casting producer based in Los Angeles for Maverick TV. Our company produces the show “Chrisley Knows Best” on USA Network. http://www.mavericktvusa.com
 
Right now, our company is casting a brand new TV docu-series about BRIDES getting married next year, for a major cable network. We’re exploring the topic of “JOINT WEDDINGS". We’re looking for 2 couples willing to get married at the same time on the same day – that know each other and decide to share the day together. 
 
We believe that combining forces AND budgets, these brides can have a bigger, better wedding. These brides could be best friends, sisters, relatives etc. We’re looking for individuals open to this idea. Our show will also enhance the couple’s wedding day with certain details – with a minimum of $10,000 used for the wedding from our team.
 
I’ve attached our show’s flyer here. We would love for you all to share the flyer– through your client base, through social media – really any way you all are comfortable with? Also – please let us know if there’s any couples we should speak with? I’m reachable here through email and by phone:Tel: 424.732.6312. 
 
We can also discuss having you all as part of the show! 
 
Thank you so much in advance! We hope to find some deserving couples together and help give them a unique, special, over the top wedding day!
 
Best,  
Carter Palmer
Casting Producer
All3 Media America
Tel: 424.732.6312