Thursday, June 28, 2007

Moving to Wifeville

We all love the "bride" tanks while getting ready on the big day. But what about after the big day? All that swag no longer applicable, even on your honeymoon?

That's when Wifeville comes in. A kitchy new line of "wife couture" for all your once-wed needs. Take a trip to Wifeville, meet mayor Jen Gorman (and creative genius behind the line), and check out some of our favorite tees like "The Wife is Right" and "Wife Gone Wild"
Keep the honeymoon going all summer long and sport these hot tees, panties, and pj's while doing your honey-dos. Visit Wifeville for all the swag you will ever need post-nuptials.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Better Late than Never

Los Angeles Weddings Magazine is one of Bridal Bar's favorites! The new issue is about to hit stands and just in time for the current copies to vanish forever, we thought we would post one of our very own weddings.

LA Weddings Magazine covered the wedding of Jamie Williams and Kameron Walton (bridal bar's bro) so of course the event was crawling with top-notch vendors and here is the spread to prove it...Some of the details...faux mink table runners with galvanized tubs filled with florals and beer as centerpieces. A giant "W" floating in the pool to match the fondant "W" on the three-tiered cake. Cards explaining a donation made on behalf of the bride's aunt were tucked into the floral-adorned napkins. Fire torches lined the lantern-lit dance floor and a lounge and cigar rolling station were the setting poolside.
A special thanks to everyone who had a hand in making this wedding a success! It's been almost a year since so we've all recovered and can sit down and take notice of those we are grateful for:

Oh, How Charming Event Production
Classic Party Rentals
Robert Evans Studios Photography
Envision Productions Video
Buds & Blossoms
Bee's Cookies
Fantasy Frostings

...and those without websites too...

Awilda Hair Salon of Beverly Hills
Cameron Long Makeup Artist
Joey for his fantastic catering skills at Tuscany's Ristorante
Q on the turn tables from Celebrations Unlimited
Jose and the band
Jen and Adam for an unreal location
and of course the folks who chipped in some dough
and anyone else we are forgetting now that time has made us older and more forgetful!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Dash DJ is now a Ritual at Ritual

Congratulations to Dash Entertainment who's principle spinner and owner, DJ Nahchey has taken up residency at LA's hottest new nightclub and eatery, Ritual Supper Club.

This vast haven of fusion sushi, prime cuts of meat (both on the dance floor and on the plates) combined dance music is the re-invented space of the once famous White Lotus. If you can cross the velvet ropes, be sure to check out Nahchey's tunes while you're there and plan for your wedding while dinning and dancing in style!

Check out Nahchey in his club attire...not to worry, he dresses the part for your wedding too :)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

What's Better than Buttercakes?

Buttercake Bakery is the newest and hottest trend in Los Angeles Weddings...

Tired of cupcakes?
Not anymore!

Never before have we tasted such sinful delights as the buttercream-iced chocolate cupcake or the homegrown banana cake loaf with an icing to die for! Tucked away in a little unassuming shop in West LA lies this sugar haven with cookies, cakes, tarts, cupcakes, and our favorite, the mini cupcake (in pink and brown for our colors of course).

Check out these retro cake toppers on a couples' pair of coconut cupcakes. So yummy and fun, they are sure to change up your dessert bar!Buttercake Bakery
(310) 470-6770 phone
10595 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Monday, June 18, 2007

Shades of Green: Your Wedding Day

Pick up the newest issue of Your Wedding Day Magazine and you'll find a cover feature by The Bridal Bar. The "Shades of Green" article details tips to hosting a sustainable wedding.
With interviews from eco-friendly companies like End Design and green resources like Native Energy there are countless trade secrets from some of the cleanest in the business.For more great green wedding resources, check out the online eco-friendly magazine, Portovert. The founders have searched high and low for ways to reduce your use on your wedding day.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Mariah Nicole the New Beauty Expert on Top Button's Spin Daily

Congratulations to Mariah Nicole Makeup and Hair Artistry for her first of many features on Spin Daily's new Top Button Beauty Segment. Mariah is the new resident expert makeup artist bringing her trade tips and secrets to the public. Check out her first aired segment here and learn how to blend gray tones for sexy summer eyes.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Hostess With The Mostess Contribution

The Bridal Bar now has the honor and privilege to contribute occasionally to one of our FAVORITE websites and blogs... and Hostess with the (the creative genius of Jennifer Sbranti).

Our first contribution was a short feature on green events with five easy ways to make your dinner party, rehearsal dinner, wedding, brunch, or birthday as green as possible without sacrificing design, decor, or style elements.
Be sure to check it out and check the Hostess Blog regularly for unique do-it-yourself party tips, great product finds, and everything entertaining!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Always a Guest? Wedding Channel Gives Tips on How to be a Great Guest! has just released their best advice to be the best guest you can:

1. DON’T assume or ask WHETHER you can bring a guest or your children along. According to a 2007 survey, one out of four wedding guests still believe they can bring a plus-one who wasn’t invited. Only the individuals listed on the invitation are invited to attend, so unless your kids have been mentioned by name or it’s been indicated that you may bring a guest, the couple has already made the decision for you – and it is impolite to ask them to make an exception. There are many reasons why the couple may have finalized the guest list the way they did, including costs, level of formality, or venue capacity, so try not to take it personally. If you can’t possibly attend without your offspring, simply decline the invitation politely and send a wedding gift.

2. DO reply as soon as possible. The couple needs to give final numbers to all of their vendors, so a swift reply is essential. Plus, if you reply too late – or not at all – you won’t be included in the final count for seating at the reception, even if you believe the couple “knows” you’re coming. Worse than replying late (or not at all), however, is replying that you will attend and then neglecting to show up. In addition to the non-refundable cost of your dinner, the couple will be expecting you and will likely be hurt that you failed to attend without warning.

3. DO dress appropriately for the formality of the wedding. The invitation is your first glimpse of the couple’s wedding style, and may even indicate attire guidelines such as “Black Tie.” If you aren’t sure of the formality, let the season, hour of day, and ceremony location be your guide.

4. DON’T criticize the couple’s decisions OR MAKE REMARKS TO THEM ABOUT THEIR CHOICES. It’s their wedding, their budget, and their religious beliefs, so take the day in stride and remember that there are a lot of different wedding styles out there that may not align with yours.

5. DO send a wedding gift before the wedding. Bringing gifts to the reception means someone has to pack them up and cart them away at the end of the day – a very inconvenient chore for a couple headed for their honeymoon. It’s also a myth that you have up to a year after the wedding date to send a gift, so check the couple’s registry early and ship to the address indicated. Additionally, it may not be mandatory to select a gift from a couple’s registry, but it is certainly the safest –and easiest – route to getting them something you know they’ll love.

Want to know the three most common mistakes your guests will make?

Be prepared...

Mistake #1: Contacting the couple instead of a travel agent. It may seem logical to ask the bride or groom about travel and accommodations for the wedding, but multiply your calls by 200 other guests, and the couple won’t have time to do anything but organize people’s travel plans. Search for the couple’s personal wedding website where you’ll likely find a list of travel and lodging information and more, which you can access anytime.

Mistake #2: Tampering with the seating arrangements. Finding yourself delegated to a table that isn’t to your liking isn’t something you’re entitled to remedy by moving the seating cards around at will. Great effort goes into devising a seating plan for reasons such as separating warring relatives, reuniting old friends, and a myriad of other reasons, and if guests start moving seating cards to make themselves more comfortable, a whole host of problems could crop up. If you’re unhappy with your table, take your initial seating assignment in stride, and then feel free to mingle once you’ve finished your meal – you’ll probably end up spending more time on the dance floor than sitting anyway.

Mistake #3: Over imbibing at the reception. An open bar is not a license to drink as much as you can before you pass out. More than one wedding day has been wrecked by drunken guests who got out of control after a few too many drinks. Although it may be tempting to take advantage of a premium, open bar, stick to your usual limit and save your hosts – and yourself – from any potential embarrassment getting inebriated might cause.

Overall your event should be what you want it to be but don't forget to make it special for your guests too and everyone will have a ball!

For more great etiquette advice, check out

Monday, June 11, 2007

Moving in with Your New Hubby? Pack Green...

Today's edition of Daily Candy featured a green moving box company! Used Cardboard allows you to purchase recycled moving and storage boxes. Their premise is that they "rescue truckloads of quality used boxes from businesses that might otherwise be thrown away." They also purchase new boxes from both overruns in production and misprints by manufacturers. The boxes are as good as new and ready to help you pack up and move into that new home now that you're married!

Just because your wedding is over doesn't mean your environmental efforts are too!

Friday, June 08, 2007

Sept. 1st, 2007 at the Beverly Hills Hotel!!!

September of the hottest dates of 2007, well except maybe for 07.07.07...but Labor Day weekend in Beverly Hills is hard to beat!!

If you're on the hunt then Special Occasions has the date and deposit for you!!

Due to an change in date for one happy couple, this opportunity has come about for another happy couple! If you are stumped looking for that AB FAB spot for your Labor Day nuptials then the world-famous Beverly Hills Hotel could be home to your event!! Can you believe it?!?!?!?! Sounds too good to be true at this late date...but it's not!

For more information give Mistyka Garcia a call at Special Occasions and find out how to get that date! (310) 360-8700. Not only do they have the location locked in, but if you are in need of some last minute design and decor help - the vendors are ready to go too! Get all or some of what is in place, regardless, they will take care of you and make this unfortunate turn of events for one couple, the best wedding gift you could imagine for another!

Special Occasions Event Planning Inc.
Mistyka Garcia
(310) 360-8700 ph

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Bridal Bar Bride and Her Vendors on HGTV

Congratulations to the happy couple who just had their fantasy wedding televised for all their friends to see! And another congratulations to the fantastic wedding professionals that the bride-to-be found at The Bridal Bar that had the honor of being included in such a fabulous tv special... The oh-so talented Andy Kitchen of Andrew Kitchen Photography who captured all the breathtaking shots from the fete. And the bride could not have looked more stunning, thanks to the talents of Mariah Nicole Makeup and Hair Artistry.

The weddings special aired tonight on HGTV's Landscapers' Challenge Weddings Special so check your local listings for all the replays of the intimate and beautiful wedding designed by the one and only Diann Valentine.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Bridal Bar on TV Guide Channel

Last night was the first airing of the weddings special on The Fashion Team show on the TV Guide Channel.

The Bridal Bar and many of our top notch vendors were spotlighted as some of the best in the biz...

Congratulations to Tic Tock Couture Florals and Paul Bott & Co. for their fabulous floral highlights!

For hot makeup tips, check out Sheree Pouls bridal tips segment from Lips and Locks.

Congrats to the ever-popular Fantasy Frostings for dazzling the shows bride-to-be with delicious cake samples.

Thanks to Classic Party Rentals and BBJ Linen for the beautiful table top spread, linens, and accessories used in the shoot.

And be sure to check out all the wares that Weddingish had featured in their segment!

Check your tv guide for more air dates and times!

We LOVE the TV Guide Channel!! Thank you!!!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Reel Life Moments

Want to show your guests the "reel" you?? Photo montages are becoming more and more popular at both rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions. Reel Life Pictures creates the perfect way to share your memories with loved ones and introduce those memories to your new loved ones. Reel Life Pictures can tastefully assemble your photo montage onto DVD and showcase it at your event or give you the ability to do so on your own.

We you order a Reel Life montage the photos will have slight movement to accentuate the subjects, are set to music of your choice, often have video streaming between them and usually go in chronological order to tell the story of you and your fiance's childhood.

Not enough? Add interviews from the happy couple to narrate home videos, tell the love story, and repeat their vows.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Chilly Jilly

Looking for something different to get your maids this summer?!?!?! How about a Chilly Jilly wrap? The ultra lightweight polyester and elastine blend make these unique accessories not only WARM but wrinkle-free too! Fold one up, toss it in it's rhinestone-embellished sack that fits easily in a purse or carry-on and off you go. Wrap it around your waist poolside on your bachelorette or honeymoon or take it with you to cover your shoulders while strolling along with your friends and family at your rehearsal. Black for the maids, white for the bride, you and your gals will travel in style (and convenience), keep warm, and look hot while doing it!

Thinking you want to give back when you give to your maids? Select from their colored trims to match the charity organization that Chilly Jilly will give back to. Choose from pink for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, red for the America Heart Association, teal for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, and the list goes on and on. What better way to say thanks to your dearest friends than by personalizing a gift to help a charity close to your heart or theirs!?!?!?!