Monday, March 31, 2008

Greener Cleaning

As we enter into April, Earth Day is on the horizon. So it's time to go green, and not a moment too soon. Check back with us for tips, trends, products, and services to bettering your event and the environment.

Let's work backwards...what's one of the last things on your checklist? Dry cleaning your gown after the big day. Yuck! Chemicals, preservation techniques, tacky boxes, oh my. Think again.

Encore Bridal, now offers greener cleaners for your gowns by Forever Treasured. So, what makes Forever Treasured different from a dry cleaner?

They spot clean your entire gown, inside and out, to remove stains, oils and soils.

Then they perform a specialized wet cleaning process on each gown individually based on the age, color and fabric.

Next, they will air dry your wedding gown to protect the beads and sequins from harmful heat.

After pressing, they place the gown in a specially designed archival museum preservation box, which is acid free, lignin free and buffered.

When the preservation process is completed, the boxed gown is ready for you to view for final approval.

They will instruct you on how you can safely open the preservation box any time and as often as you want, without causing any damage.

Forever Treasured has been recognized by Green Peace as an eco-friendly cleaner and is actually better for the gown too! Available at Encore Bridal in Los Angeles and across the country through shipping.

Your grandchildren will thank you, for their earth, and their preserved heirloom.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Speaking of dance floors, now you gotta groove!

Dash DJs have a new website to go with their same great sound! With a resume that includes some of Hollywood's hottest clubs (think Les Deux and Ritual), Nahchey and his guys will take your event til the break of dawn!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Dance Floors to Die For!

Just a little inspiration to get your feet can do a lot with your decor by a simple dance floor upgrade. Create a beautiful focal point in the room; match it to your colors, your motif, and even your monogram if you like. Check out some of our favorites:Photos: Robert Evans Studios, bottom right: Aaron Delesie.

Top: Oh, How Charming!, bottom row: Robert Evans Studios.

All photos Robert Evans Studios, except bottom right: Aaron Delesie.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!!

From the Easter display at Harrod's in London. We had the pleasure of taking a few days to enjoy the sights on our way home from Kenya. And speaking of...a few wedding window inspirations from over the pond:

Thursday, March 20, 2008


Isabel Lawrence Photographers are artists in the purest form. They capture weddings on film and focus their efforts on preserving this timeless medium. Check out their latest obsession, soon to be yours. It's called Tintype, a mid 1800's process, and they are recreating it just as it was back in 1867. Each plate is completely unique and about as far removed from a point and shoot image as possible. Without getting too involved (cause we couldn't explain it if we tried), check out the result:Lovely!! Can you say, engagement session?!?!?!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

How Could You Resist??

We just came across these adorable mini cupcakes on a stick (technically cake) from the girls over at Bakerella. Love the ideas and the tips to doing it yourself!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Vegas, Baby!

Earlier this month, Las Vegas became the hub of the special events community. What a wonderful show, we got a sneak peak at some of the best and brightest new ideas coming soon to weddings near you. There, with our favorite crew from Get Married, we got a few shots of products you don’t want to miss.Photos from Bedazzle My BonBons.

Photo by Sir Chocolate.

Last but not least, it wouldn’t be Vegas without something a bit off the wall…
And speaking of Get Married, they’re coming to LA! Have a great product or service? Wanna be on TV? Email Kris Bush at for special advertising opportunities for Southern California event professionals.

Friday, March 14, 2008

African Adventure

While we do our best at Bridal Bar to keep our blog purely professional, I can't resist sharing with you my recent journey. I travelled with twelve of the most amazing people, many of them event professionals, to Kenya with an organization called Heart 4 Africa. The non-profit group, founded by Mike & Annette Biggers of Triplecord Photography, invited me to travel with them to assist in working in the orphanage they sponsor and support. What a honor! And what an experience!

Without rambling on with too many details, and believe me, I could go on forever...we did manage to change the lives of twenty-six children and they most certainly changed ours.

Annette & Mike Biggers, along with their photographer son Colin got together a group that consisted of some of the most amazing people and amazing talents.

Mike, our fearless leader worked night and day to make things happen for the kids in Kenya (which is not an easy task), and still found time to be a dad.Annette, the mother of all of us kids, took such amazing care of the little ones!! She gave them their first showers, fed them dinner, laughed with them, cried with them, and made sure that they had a roof over their heads (but more on that later.)And Colin, well, he goofed around with the locals.Brooke Keegan, from Details Details planned an un-birthday party for the kids, complete with cupcakes, costumes, and crepe paper. A bounce house was brought in to the local church, along with stations of face painting, coloring, story-telling, snacks, and so much more. It was probably the most fun these kids had ever experienced. The giggling and laughing seemed like it would never end. The party, unfortunately had to, but not without Brooke handing out presents and goodie bags to their smiling faces (lit up by massive amounts of sugar no doubt.)Tina Cochran, a college student wise beyond her years, should get credit for much of the production of this trip. Her passion (travelling to countries where children are in need), brought her to Kenya and Uganda this time around; where she not only loves these children like her own, but sponsors many of them and helps to facilitate much of their ongoing relief efforts. Travel-size Tina as she is called, left a big imprint on these kids.Kady Dunlap of Kady Dunlap Photography also made the journey, all the way from Texas. While we put up with her endless laughing and jokes, she managed to take time out from fun to take some incredible portraits of these even more incredible children (see her pro pix.) While she never, ever blogs, she's still a talented photog. And she was loved so much by Big Mike that we are wondering if he made it home in her luggage.Rhea Mattson, a kindergarten teacher from the OC spent the week teaching the kids songs, dances, and hosting an array of arts and crafts projects. Too many to complete in our time there, so the kids will have countless hours of fun long after we settle back into our now-seemingly boring lives.Tyler Griffin, Rhea's brother, and owner of Tyler Griffin Productions caught the entire experience on tape. And thanks to him, the organization will be able to raise awareness and future support for many more kids in Kenya. He was also a big hit with the boys, a few of these photos courtesy of Dennis, a very curious eleven year old, and future wedding photographer.And finally, some of my favorite, non-pro pix. Specifically of the NEW HOUSE we got the kids on the very last day of our stay!! With all the amazing support from people in the States, we were able to give the kids a real home, complete with running water, electricity, and safe shelter (what a concept.) WAY more photos to come from the pros, but just a not-so-quick peek at this amazing experience.

White - An Event for Brides

If you find yourself in LA this weekend, you will want to check out White, An Event for Brides at Helms Bakery in Culver City. California Food Works will showcase the epicurean fare and distinctive style of their private chefs.

“White” is the first of a three part event series “White,” “Green” and “Red” hosted by California Food Works. The event is designed to explore the symbolic meaning of the color white as “a new beginning, representing a clean slate, a royal family, the blissful state of creation and purity within existence.” In May, “Green” will focus on renewable strategies in event planning and at home, as well as organic foods and cooking. The end of summer event “Red” will concentrate on entertainment events with a lively, unpredictable, and dramatic tone inspired by the Chinese luck dragon.

“White” is Sunday, March 16th
The Bar Code Studio at The Helms Bakery Lofts
8735 Washington Blvd., Culver City 90232
Valet parking will be in the garage.
RSVP: or call 310-766-3607

Thursday, March 13, 2008

A Riviera Wedding

The famous Riviera Country Club is hosting a bridal event for brides to preview their stunning new renovation and all things wonderful in weddings.

With celeb wedding experts like Walt Shepard from Inside Weddings, and Diann Valentine, planner to the stars, you will definitely want to check it out. And better's free!

A showcase for the discerning bride
The first annual wedding showcase at Riviera Country Club, featuring top event professionals, a fashion show and tastings galore. Come experience what a Riviera bride really feels like. There is no fee to attend, but don't forget to register to receive your wedding swag bag from many of our vendors.

April 6th, 2008
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
1250 Capri Drive
Pacific Palisades, CA

Club Dress Code Applies, No Denim Please

No entrance fee, but register here for a goodie bag!

We hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Pimp my Prius?

That’s what we said. Econation now books chauffeur service for the eco-minded traveler, so why not bride-to-be? While the flashy stretch suv limo won’t come rolling down your driveway, think about how great your getaway photos will be in a tricked-out Prius! Econation is a fleet of Hybrid and Alternative Fuel vehicles with the class, services, and quality of the super-stretch you’re used to.

Why not go green when going off to your wedding night?

Monday, March 10, 2008

Wishing You Well

Zinke Design has answered the age-old question, how to make your guest book age-appropriate?

The answer: try these adorable wishing well boxes. These elegant kits (available in four color patterns) contain 150 4x6 note cards, a pen, and customizable area for your photo, all sealed with a magnetic closure. Match it to your decor and enjoy reading your guests well wishes well into the night.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Portovert - The Greener Side of Life

Our favorite green guide has got to be Portovert, the brain child of Meghan Yudes Meyers' after years in the traditional publishing realm. Portovert has the inside scoop on all things eco-friendly. Touted as the gateway to greener weddings, you can find some of our favorite friends on their site, including Encore Bridal (new and nearly new couture - in green-speak - refashioned bridal gowns.)

Thanks to Portovert for the recent shout out on The Bridal Bar!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Just in Case Kits

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” – John Wooden
Okay, so you may not live by words of basketball greats, but your fiancés might. So when you’re out shopping for the big day, quote this phrase and he can’t complain about the cash you’re spending :).

The wedding day survival kit is a lifeline for wedding planners, something they never leave home without. So why should you? These quick remedies (worthy of a Bond movie) are available for those “just in case” moments that may pop up at your wedding. So be prepared…for a ripped seam, a headache, or that time of the month, these kits have a remedy for it all.

DIY? Don’t forget the essentials…lip gloss, tampons, breath mints, pain reliever, dental floss, nail file, sewing kit, band aids, static guard, hair pins, safety pins, hair spray, powder, blotting pads, hem tape, baby powder, first aid supplies, polish and polish remover, toothpaste and brush, hairbrush, makeup sponges, cotton swabs and pads, lint remover, and all your makeup essentials.

Don’t forget your groom or your guests either…the Just in Case Company has kits for him (and them) too…think deodorant, antacid, sunscreen, stain remover, breath mints, hair gel, nail clippers, comb, boutonniere pins, safety pins, bow tie instructions, shoeshine, superglue, black dress socks, white t-shirts, and more.

Make sure your guests are comfortable throughout the evening and stock the restrooms with not only candles and petals, but the essentials too!

Monday, March 03, 2008

Presents Presence

Famed invitation designers, Hello! Lucky and illustrator, Julia Rothman have partnered to bring eco-friendly and design-fabulous wrapping paper to the wedding season. Want your gift to stand out? Pick up their new line of locally printed, 40% post-consumer waste recycled wrapping paper. No matter what you picked for the present, you’re sure to make a statement!

Saturday, March 01, 2008

What's in a Name?

What’s in a name? Well, just about everything these days. The business of getting married is really that, a business. So make sure to dot your “i’s” and cross your “t’s” especially when it comes to the legal part of it. Sometimes it’s not so easy to know where to go and what to do. That’s where Maiden Name Change comes in. They take the time-consuming, confusing and frustrating parts out of the process and do it for you!

Maiden Name Change will simplify the approach to the process by helping you see what needs to be done without making it overwhelming. They personalize the process by tracking only those items you need to change, and then checking them off your "to do" list when completed. They offer automatic filling out of the key government forms for you so you don't need to type or write in the same information repeatedly. They provide form letters to send to banks and other businesses, and explain the process for practically all other parts of your name change (from the workplace right down to your frequent flier programs.)

What more can you ask for, the future Mrs...perfect match!