Thursday, January 31, 2008

It's a Nice Day for a White Wedding

Billy Idol may have been onto something...check out these classically beautiful but strikingly modern white weddings by one of our favs, End Design. Color can still pop even if it's a single tone as soft as white. Eden and her crew sure now how to make it big!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Bring Out Your Inner Rock Star

Everybody's got a little rock star in them. What better time to show your inner diva than when planning your wedding? Rock Star Bride has the swag fit for rock 'n roll wedding royalty.

From rockin' thank you notes to boot camp caps and sweatsuits, these aren't your everyday bride-to-be tanks.Look out Gwen, Pink, and J.Lo...rock stars in training!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Look Out San Diego!

Just South in sunny San Diego, well, La Jolla (Birdrock) to be exact, is the newest home of The Bridal Bar!! It's been a long time coming, but as of today, the second store is officially open to the public! (please bear with us as we will be updating the website frequently)

Getting married in San Diego? Planning a destination wedding from San Diego? Now, all the resources, the elite pre-screened invited event professionals, and ingenious inspirations are just down the way on La Jolla Blvd. Everything waiting for you - and completely complimentary! From hot, hot venues to fabulous favor finds, our mission is to make your planning experience a stress-free endeavor. We've searched high and low and have the best of the best all under one roof!

To make an appointment to plan with one of our expert bridal concierges call (858) 459-1685.

Bridal Bar San Diego
5646 La Jolla Blvd.
La Jolla, CA 92037

And are you an event professional in the San Diego Area? Interested in applying to be a part of The Bridal Bar? Email for information on our selection process.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Wildflower Linen

Wildflower Linen sure knows how to throw a party. Launching their new San Fran location, we were invited to tour their new studio space and dine among friends. What a great place for a party, from the tufted wall panels, to the couture linen-clad closets, and some of the yummiest food and wine in town; we kept warm while the city filled with rain.

Photographers, please accept our apologies for the photos...we rarely attempt to take a camera out ourselves...
These chairs should have gotten "best dressed" for the evening:Ever seen a linen dress? Young's interpretation of wildflower bridesmaids...And at the end of a long night, Thea and Anne from Your Wedding Day Magazine.Thanks for a great evening and adventure in the Nor Cal weather!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Thank You Riviera Magazine!

Just a quick plug of shameless self-promotion. The latest issue of Riviera Magazine just came out and they gave us a two-page spread. THANK YOU Riviera!!!! The Bridal Bar has never looked so good!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Monique Lhuillier Trunk Show in LA

Yes ladies, it's that time again...Monique is bringing her new collection to her new flagship store in Los Angeles. If you're lucky enough to live in LA you better clear your schedule! And if not, check out her site for other cities and dates.

This week, January 24th through the 26th at:

Monique Lhuillier
8485 Melrose Place
Los Angeles, CA

Appointments required! Call (323) 655-1088 and ask for Megan

Happy Shopping!

Monday, January 21, 2008

A Day with Diann Valentine

Diann Valentine has produced weddings for celebrities like Usher, Naz and Kelis, and Gary Sheffield, among countless others. Now she's bringing her passion for design and events and sharing her tips and how-tos with you! Want to be a wedding planner to the stars? To start, take her one-day seminar Friday, Jan. 25th at the Sofitel LA. From the woman herself...

"Whatever the reason, through this intensive, interactive and challenging day of discovery, you will learn to conquer the obstacles and roadblocks that are hindering you from exercising your true 'freedom of expression'! And in turn, conquering the roadblocks and eliminating the obstacles will leave you with a new found freedom that will ignite your passion for living and put you back on track to having the career of your dreams! It is designed to challenge your belief systems and the way in which you view design."

Let Diann help you to:

- Learn how to put the love in everything you do. Passion is the fuel for profits!
- Laser in on the details. The smallest elements yield the biggest experiences.
- Ignite your creative giant to propel you and your creative vision to the next level.
- Draw on your imagination and the world around you to see the unseen!
- Utilize traditional elements in non-traditional ways!
- Re-create the Rules of Engagement!

The essentials...

Sofitel Hotel
8555 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

Friday, January 25th, 2008
10:00am to 10:00pm

$295 (1 ticket)
$550 (2 tickets) - SAVE $40!

Click Here to Register
661.943.2516 x.105 (Sylviose Dossous)Be inspired!!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

WeddingChannel's Spring Wedding Trends has some compiled some of the hottest trends in 2008 weddings, inspired by some of 2007's hottest celebrity weddings. Are you a trend-setter??

Dresses with Feminine Flourishes
Inspired by the striking tiers in “Desperate Housewives” actress Eva Longoria’s Angel Sanchez wedding dress, brides tying the knot in 2008 will be donning wedding dresses with a flurry of feminine flowers and sophisticated tiers.

“Whether it was kept understated or embraced wholeheartedly, flowers and tiers were seen all over the spring 2008 wedding runway shows and in the collections of Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier, and Claire Pettibone,” says fashion expert and bridal institution Kleinfeld Bridal co-owner Mara Urshel.

Unique Wedding LocationsNothing makes more of an impact than the location of your wedding, and an Art-Deco backdrop is just the ticket. Get on board with what The Oprah Winfrey Show correspondent Lisa Ling and Paul Song had in mind when they got married at Union Station in Los Angeles. From Grand Central station in New York City to Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station to Chicago Union Station, these historic locales are perfect for the bride who loves the grandeur of an old-world train station.Above Union Station photo from Here Comes the Guide. Other locations from Gianna and Co.

City Hall ChicFor brides who start breaking out in hives at the thought of 13 months of wedding planning, a low-key city hall wedding may just be the perfect solution. Never one to bask in the limelight, “Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo and music producer Chris Ivery scrapped the paparazzi madness and had a private civil ceremony at City Hall in New York City. With an off-the-rack dress and loved one by your side, a down-to-earth wedding can sometimes be the most intimate affair of all. (Photo by Red Loft Studios)

Do-Good GiftsOver the years, charity registries have continued to become increasingly popular among celebrities and non-celebrities, from Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, to Billy Joel and Katie Lee Joel, to Nikki Taylor and Burney Lamar. The newest boldface names to register for a charity in lieu of wedding gifts include Sarah Gore and Bill Lee, and Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman. (Photo by Robert Evans Studios)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Recycled, Refashioned Jewelry

Amanda Jaron's jewelry has graced the necks, hands and ears of some of Hollywood's hottest (think Angelina Jolie and Selma Hayek.) But now she serves a higher purpose. Amanda has launched a division of custom refashioned pieces.

“It’s about taking that dated chandelier and pulling off fun jewels,” says Jaron, who then suggests stringing some of Grandma’s pearls on fishing line to create a link that connects the crystal to a necklace. “It’s instantly a one-of-a-kind piece that makes a sparkling statement all its own.” Jaron will take that old broach, add some contemporary elements and create for you a red carpet-ready, elegant piece of recycled jewelry.

Incorporate a piece close to your heart and pay homage your favorite grandma when you walk down the aisle. The possibilities are endless, the concept easiest enough to do yourself if on a budget, and oh yeah, did we mention her designs are absolutely, insanely beautiful?!?!?!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Fun with Dessert, Down with the New Year's Diet!

Okay, so we know that everyone is on a New Year's diet to fit into your summer wedding dress. So live a little, and enjoy (online only!!)

A few old classics that can take the place of a traditional cake:From top left,Vanilla Bake Shop, cakes and cookies from Delilah's Bakery, and donuts by The Fry Girl.

And your childhood favorite - M&M's! Try custom printed and custom colors, packaged in a one-of-a-kind way.From top left, Cobalt Events, Oh, How Charming!, Robert Evans Studios, Robert Evans Studios, Oh, How Charming!

At the end of the night, don't for get to send your guests off with a sweet thanks!
From top left, Karen Smallbone, Shannon's Photography, macaroon cookie cones by Details Event Planning, bakery bar by Oh, How Charming!, Shannon's Photography, Red Loft Studios.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Little Blue Boxes

Seeing that little blue box can make anyone smile, so we thought we would share the little blue box that was delivered to our email last week. Tiffany & Co. has some major bling floating around the internet and this was our favorite photo. Enjoy!!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Moroccan Feast

One of our favorite things at The Bridal Bar is getting the chance to see and share the weddings of the wonderful women that enlist our help and that of our wonderful vendors. It's so fun to see the finished product after hearing about the months of hard work and heart that go into an event. This particular wedding was one of the more unique (and sexy) events we've seen. The lovely Megan and Drew (yes, he was equally as excited to plan) created this vision with the help of the oh, so talented Oh, How Charming! by Lisa Vorce. Aren't they cute!!Some of the unforgettable elements...The room atmosphere just glowed. Oh, and did we mention this "room" was a tent built over the pool at Hotel Figueroa?!?!?And finally, some of the decor details that we just LOVE.CONGRATULATIONS Megan and Drew!!!!

Thursday, January 10, 2008


How cool is this?!?!? Get Married, the hottest new morning show all about weddings, is expanding it's reach to include YOU! Want your wedding on tv; cemented in time to show your grandkids one day?!?!? The show is now featuring real wedding segments! No drama, no intrusion into your special day, just a gorgeous recap after the last piece of cake is gone.

To submit your real wedding for consideration, all you have to do is fill out their website form here. Include photos, your story, and of course all your fabulous details that made your wedding unforgettable.

Good luck!! We hope to see all your fabulous weddings on tv soon!!

Papeterie in the Press

Congrats to Kim and the crew at Papeterie for getting two top notch invitations in the newest issue of Bridal Guide. Love the lavender...such a hot color this coming season! Way to go!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

More Website News

Mariah Nicole Makeup and Hair Artistry has a new home on the web. Make a note of the makeup maven's new web address at She's got tips, videos, photos, lashes, and more to make you look your most bookmark the new address and don't forget it!

Monday, January 07, 2008

What a Dress

Encore Bridal, if you don't already know, is an amazing gem of a resource. It's a "new and nearly new" couture bridal shop on the web, in the mail, and by appointment in So. Cal. The owner, Julie Jones, searches high and low to find the most amazing, perfectly preserved, and spectacular gowns for her brides to buy at a significant discount. Whether a dress was ordered and never picked up or worn, part of a designer's overstock, a store's sample sale, or just a great find worn only once, she's got the goods. Love that Vera Wang from five years ago and can't find it? Maybe she can...she's a bit of a gown fairy, finding the impossible gets, all at insane prices. Which brings us to this dress...or should we say the dress(click to enlarge)A custom-made Elie Saab (yes, he personally created this piece.) It is a sheath silhouette with a mermaid skirt, low neckline, approximately 2" straps that criss-cross in the back, sweep train, and a ruffle accent at the hemline. It has a silk nude lining and tulle overlay that is heavily beaded with real Austrian crystals, seed pearls, and sequins. The Suha gown is unique and luxurious--truly the hottest of haute couture.

The original price of this NEVER WORN brand new dress was $29,000!!!! Yes girls, that's more than the average total American wedding budget. Encore Bridal has it for a mear $16,000 (a $13k discount on a brand new dress - nothing wrong with it - really!)

Think it's too good to be true?? Encore has a total guarantee, 100% returnable if you receive the dress and it isn't to your liking. But to be honest, her dresses are in better shape than the average shop, she even asks gals to wash their hands before touching.