Saturday, December 29, 2007
How does a wedding ceremony or reception on a yacht just by yourselves, or with your closest friends and relatives sound?
The company is Woodwind Cruises and they offer several different yacht options to make your wedding day perfect, from yachts with a maximum of 16 passengers to a yacht with a maximum of 60 passengers, with rates beginning at $1135 for a 2-hour weekend day cruise. They also offer sunset cruises. If it was me, I'd go for the romantic sunset cruise.
You can let their wedding coordinator handle all the details for you, and can choose to be married by the Captain or a minister. You will have to have a Nevada or California marriage license. For an extra charge, you can also choose a catered reception, professional photography, as well as a video tape of the event.
The yachts are designed for comfort, with glass-bottom viewing windows, sound system and full-service bar, which serves beer, white wine, champagne and soft drinks.
For more information, you can email them at http://www.sailwoodwind.com/infoform.htm
Here's a YouTube video of Lake Tahoe to give you an idea of what Lake Tahoe has to offer. The video is not associated with Woodwind Cruises.
Monday, December 17, 2007
When I visit the Monterey area I always stay in Pacific Grove because it's less crowded and less commercial than Monterey, but close enough to go visit Monterey and the surrounding areas and do the touristy things like drive the 17-Mile Drive or visit Pebble Beach. Also, it's home to my all-time favorite restaurant, Fifi's, 1188 Forest Ave.
You will need a permit to hold your wedding in Lover's Point, which you can get by calling the Pacific Grove Recreation Department at (831) 648-5730.
There are other romantic spots in Pacific Grove for your wedding as well, such as Jewell Park, close to Lover's Point, where you can have your ceremony in the Gazebo. Jewell Park also requires a permit, which you can get by calling the above number. There is a fee for permits to either Pacific Grove or Lover's Point.
If you're looking for a free spot on the beach in Pacific Grove, you might want to choose Asilomar State Beach, where you will also find a gazebo perfect for your wedding. As I recall it can get a little windy.
As for wedding packages, Centrella Bed & Breakfast Inn will put together a wedding package for you with a ceremony in their garden or at Lover's Point. For more informaiton call them at 800-653-5495 or email them at Reserve@CentrellaInn.com
Though I don't have specific knowlege of wedding officiants or wedding planners in the area, I have found a couple names you might want to contact:
A Bayside Wedding: email at email@example.com
Weddings in Paradise, Reverend Mery Ann Meagher at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo of Lover's Point by David Goehring, http://www.flickr.com/photos/carbonnyc/ under a Creative Commons License, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Lakeside Park Garden Center
Inside Lakeside Park (Lake Merritt)
666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland
Amenities include an industrial kitchen with a commercial coffeemaker, Japanese Garden and Koi Pond, an upright piano and herb and flower gardens.
Lake Merritt Sailboat House
Inside Lakeside Park (Lake Merritt)
568 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland
Amenities include floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as a balcony offering spectacular views of Lake Merritt. You also get a kitchen with commercial coffeemaker.
Morcom Rose Garden
Located near Grand Avenue
700 Jean Street, Oakland
Do you like roses? That's what you'll get with this venue, also referred to as the Morcom Amphitheater of Roses. Now, any venue calling itself an amphitheater of roses is going to be beautiful and fragrant. And, it is, with over 6,000 plants and 300 varieties of roses throughout the eith-acre rose garden. The rose bushes bloom May through September, and the garden is available for weddings from Mother's Day through October31.
Great photo opps abound in this place, with all the roses, as well as a 10-tier waterfall on the western hillside. No wonder this place is a favorite spot for weddings in Oakland.
For rental rates of all the above facilities, including some in the Parks and Recreation Department I didn't include can be found here: Rental Rates
Are there venues in Oakland other than in the public parks? Of course, wonderful spots.
Historic Sweets Ballroom
1933 Broadway, Oakland
for info email Steve@HistoricSweetsBallroom.com
A 900 person, ballroom-style, 12,000 square foot venue, which can accommodate 450 people for a sit-down reception style dinner.
Waterfront Plaza Hotel
Ten Washington St.
With great views of the San Francisco Bay, the Waterfront Plaza Hotel offers couples full wedding services, with a pooside ceremony for $650, a water-view banquet room for $500, lunch or dinner, dance floor, and complimentary overnight stay for the bride and groom with a minimum of 75 guests.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
But, let's face it, most castles are located in Europe, and the costs of a European wedding add up quickly. So, what's a gal to do who wants a castle wedding in California? We have a few suggestions for you.
The Enchanted Forest is a private estate located about fifty miles from San Diego, between San Diego and Los Angeles, and comes complete with Guinevere's Castle and Merlin's Tower, not to mention swans, ponds and a secret garden. (And, no, it's not the above photo) Not only are you able to get married in a castle, but you're in a great spot in southern California to enjoy some things which are quintessential California: the wineries of nearby Temecula, beaches which are relatively close by, and hot air ballooning over some of the prettiest scenery in Southern California.
Getting married in The Enchanted Forest is a fairy tale wedding with great photo ops as well, with a bridge, lake and waterfalls. And, if you like grand entrances (this is a fairy-tale wedding after all), you can choose a wedding package which allows you to make your entrance by a horse-drawn carriage.
The owners of the estate only allow several marriages on the castle grounds each season, so if this appeals to you, contact them as soon as possible. You can get more info by emailing them at email@example.com or call 760-451-8683. I believe they allow weddings May through October, but they can give you more detailed info.
Other California Castles to Consider for Weddings:
Sleeping Beauty's Castle - Disneyland
I'm going to be perfectly honest. Getting married at an icon of childhood doesn't appeal to me. But, it certainly does appeal to a lot of women, as getting married at Disneyland is quite a popular wedding destination. And, yes, you can arrive in a horse-drawn carriage - Cinderella's Coach. If the idea of getting married at Sleeping Beauty's Castle lights your fire (see above photo), then go for it. But, do it early as the Castle is reserved months ahead. (Photo by Jessie Barber, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jessiebarber/815241825/ , under a Creative Commons License, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en )
Castle Green - Pasadena
Is it really a castle? Well, maybe not, but it's called "Castle Green" and that's good enough for me. And, it too is popular for a wedding venue, as well as a setting for numerous film projects shooting in the Pasadena area. It was built in 1898 (old by California standards) to serve as the annex for the famous Hotel Green, and is a seven-story structure built in the Moorish Colonial and Spanish style. It's also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. If you choose this venue you will enjoy Victorian interiors, a ballroom to accomodate 425 people standing or dancing, 220 if seated, as well as a venue close to Old Town Pasadena, which is a perfect base for out-of-town guests. If you want something smaller and cozier, you can also choose their Sunroom for you and a few guests. For more info you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The Castle" at Ledson Winery - Sonoma County
Did you think I'd forget about Northern California? Here's another venue which isn't really a castle, but is built in the French Normandy style, and known in the area (and the world they say) as "The Castle." The 16,000 square foot building, just an hours drive from San Francisco, houses the Ledson Winery and, if you are a wine club member, available for private events such as weddings. Don't worry, if you become a wine club member you aren't signing up to drink crappy wine you ordinarily wouldn't buy. Ledson wines are fabulous! You'll be doing yourself a favor by trying this wine. Once you try it you will have it again and again. For more info on joining the wine club and reserving your space in "The Castle," go to ledson.com.
Hearst Castle - San Simeon, CA
Almost forgot Hearst Castle. I have a separate page on weddings at Hearst Castle, along with a YouTube video at http://californiaweddings.blogspot.com/2007/08/hearst-castle-wedding.html, but here's some basic information. Yes, you can have weddings at Hearst Castle. but it will it'll cost you $7,500 to reserve the Castle for 1 to 50 people for up to 3 hours, $15,000 for parties larger than 50 people or for weddings lasting longer than 3 hours.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Another alternative is to purchase an invitation template software program. One product specifically designed for wedding invitations is PrintingPress Wedding Software for wedding and shower invitations, which works with any stationery and includes fonts and graphics, and allows you to use predesigned templates or design your own template, using clipart or your own photos. This software even includes tracking, which allows you to keep track of RSVPs and gifts you receive. You can purchase this software at Amazon for $29.99. Or, you can go to mountaincow.com, which is the software company. They also put out a line of general invitation software, which you might want for any other future invitations.
If you're not put off by sending your invitations by email, you can also go to evite.com and send invitations by email. They say they're free, though I've never used them before, so don't know if there's a catch. But, you might want to give them a try if you're into sending invitations by email.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
For example, why is there a "Best Man?" Someone to help plan the bachelor party? Not quite. You see, in days long ago (yeah, before you were born) it was common for the groom to kidnap his potential bride and force her to marry him. We don't do that anymore. Now we have "The Bachelor." Anyway, way back in the kidnapping days, the groom would take along the best man he could find to help him capture his bride. The groomsmen were also at the ready to help capture her and prevent her family from rescuing her.
Kidnapping the bride also led to the tradition of the honeymoon. The groom would take his new bride into hiding to prevent her family from taking her back. Presumably, by the time her family tracked her down she would already be pregnant with the groom's child.
Thank God for the ancient Greeks who brought love into the marriage equation. It was they who began the tradition of the wedding ring, as they believed the "vein of love" led directly from the third finger to the heart. So, they used wedding bands to symbolize love.
What about carrying the bride over the threshold? Back in the day it was believed that if the bride stumbled or tripped while going into the new house they would all be cursed with bad luck. So, to be on the safe side, the groom would carry her into the new house. Woe to the groom with a bad back.
Finally, what about "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe" on her wedding day.
Something old symbolizes the connection the bride has with her family and with her past. Usually the bride wears a piece of jewelry that belonged to her mother or grandmother.
Something new symbolizes the wish for good luck and prosperity in the couples' future together.
The something borrowed should be an item worn by a happy bride at her wedding. The hope is that some of the luck and happiness will rub off on the new bride.
Something blue comes from biblical times when the color blue was a symbol of loyalty and faithfulness.
Placing a silver sixpence in the bride's shoe was a sign of wealth. It is also a symbol of the hope that the young couple will experience financial wealth. Today many brides substitute a penny in place of the sixpence.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Temecula is south of Los Angeles and, though not as well known as some of the other wine regions, is quite lovely.
Monday, October 29, 2007
They have indoor and outdoor locations to choose from for up to 200 guests, and, as a special treat, you and your wedding party can play golf at a special rate of $30 per round, including your cart, anytime before or on the day of your wedding. So, you can go golfing right after the "I Dos" or, even have a golfing bachelor party.
Anyway, have a look at the video and see if this venue would appeal to you.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Today fires are raging all around Southern California, which serves as a reminder to all of you considering future weddings in Malibu that during fire season Malibu is particularly vulnerable to wildfires. When planning your Malibu wedding, it's good to remember that Santa Anna winds can be particular deadly in October, and that some of the most destructive wildfires have occurred in October. You might want to take that into consideration when planning your future Malibu wedding. Info on weddings in Malibu and other parts of Southern California can be found at http://www.locationweddings.net/Southern_California_Wedding.html
Again, we extend our prayers to the Malibu families, as well as the families affected by all the other wildfires across Southern California.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
If you want to keep your "weddingmoon" from breaking the bank, you can have a simple elopement ceremony with just the two of you at one of many different Los Angeles locations, including several beach locations, and still enjoy a luxurious honeymoon at the Bel Air.
There are many different officates around LA you can contact who know different ceremony venues to suggest, such as "The Offiant Guy" who says he's an "elopement specialist" who performs elopement ceremonies anywhere, even at a Starbucks! Hey, why not have a less-expensive ceremony and save for a romantic honeymoon at the Bel Air? (You can reach "The Officiant Guy" at (310) 493-3663 or email him at OffcntGuy@aol.com).
If you want to really save money on a ceremony (so you can spend it on the honeymoon), you can always get married at one of the many government offices and Courthouses offering civil ceremonies, including the offices of the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk in Beverly Hills at 9355 Burton Way. They offer ceremonies on Thurday, by appointment - call (310) 288-1261. The best part is the fee for the civil ceremony is only $25. That means more money on the fun part - the honeymoon!
The Bel Air has a Celebration Package which includes:
* Accommodations in a Grand Deluxe Guestroom with fireplace and garden patio.
* Bottle of chilled Champagne
* Continental Breakfast for two
Grand Deluxe: $575 (Sun-Thu), $600 (Fri/Sat)
Garden Suite: $975 (Sun-Thu), $1,025 (Fri/Sat)
They also have a Fall Special going on as well, which includes:
* Continental Breakfast
* Welcome bottle of wine
Premium King: $375 (Sun-Thu), $425 (Fri-Sat)
Deluxe King: $475 (Sun-Thu), $525 (Fri-Sat)
Deluxe one-bedroom suite: $795 (Sun-Thu), $875 (Fri-Sat)
This special is valid from September 3rd to December 21st, 2007.
Want more wedding ideas in California? Go to Weddings in California.
Monday, October 01, 2007
The Queen Mary is an Art Deco wonder, with 365 stateroom/hotel rooms for to choose from for your honeymoon. You can choose to have your wedding in the Queen Mary's Chapel, or on the Sun Deck Stage, which looks over the Pacific Ocean. If you choose to elope with the just two of you, or if you have a small number of guests (under 15 people), you can opt for the Intimate Wedding Ceremony package for $600, which includes a one-hour rental of the Chapel and recorded ceremony music.
For on-deck ceremonies, you have your choice of the Deck Gazebo Ceremony for up to 100 guests, or the Queen Mary Verandah Deck Wedding Ceremony for up to 350 guests. Prices start at $1,200 for the Gazebo Deck Ceremony and $1,500 for the Queen Mary's Verandah Deck Ceremony. (There are also Commitment Ceremonies available, as well as voy renewal ceremonies).
To jazz things up a bit, you might want to choose to have your ceremony on one of the special holiday or special-event dates, such as:
Oct. 5 - Oct. 31
During this time the Queen Mary celebrates "Halloween Terrorfest," when the Queen Mary is transformed into twisted mazes and endless corridors which deliver "monsters, mutants and maniacs." Also featured are live bands and dance parties aboard the ship.
New Year's Eve
The Queen Mary throws a mean New Year's Eve party. Actually, it throws several New Year's Eve parties. So, what better place to begin your own personal fireworks than by getting married or honeymooning on the Queen Mary on New Year's Eve. Their Deluxe New Year's Eve package is $739 for double occupancy and includes a one-night stay, 2 New Year's Eve party tickets, a bottle of Queen Mary champagne in your hotel room, party faavors, and a dinner voucher the a reception and dinner served in the Britannia Salon.
Do know that all wedding ceremony packages are higher on holidays.
Oh, and if you'd like to find out inforamation about cruise ships that actually sail, you might want to go to our sister site and learn more about cruise line vacations.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Never been to the Avalon Casino Ballroom? Then you're missing one of the most wonderful art deco treasures in Southern California. If you have an opportunity to dance at the Casino, you have to take it. And, if you can't afford to book the Avalon Casino for your wedding, or are eloping with just the two of you, then the Avalon Ball is a cheap way to experience the fun and grandeur of the Avalon Casino. Tickets are $45 per person. Call 310-659-3326 for more information.
If you need an inexpensive Catalina Island elopement package, then consider the simple elopement package from the people at Magical-Melodies & Weddings (catalinaweddings.com) for only $125. They have many different packages to choose from, so do check their website out, or call 310-510-9614 for more information.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
On the cruise will be Chargers players, coaches and alumni, who will take part in special activities during the cruise. Of course, many new brides would be horrified at the thought of her husband even watching a game on their honeymoon, but, there are brides out there who love sports as much as their husbands, some even having their wedding at the Football Hall of Fame, tossing a football instead of a bouquet.
If you're one of those type of brides, may we suggest a football-themed wedding (yes, even tossing a football instead of a bouquet), with the Chargers cruise the next day.
For those of you who've never been on a cruise, let me tell you it's the ultimate in pampering. And, for this cruise, you'd be going on the Carnival Elation, which has a passenger capacity of 2,052, and has a dance club, piano bar, casino, card room and theaters.
For more information call AAA Travel at 888-874-7222.
The price does start at $399 per person, but I encourage you to upgrade and go with a balcony room, where you can catch the view from your own private balcony.
Synonyms for cruise: cuise, curise, crise, criuse, cruse, cruie, cruies, cruis.
Synonyms for eloping: elope, weddingmoon, destination wedding
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Located at the Martin & Weyrich’s Vineyard in Paso Robles, California, Villa Toscana Bed and Breakfast will make you feel like you're getting married in Italy. Maybe it's because of the vineyards all around you, or the terrace featuring limestone imported from Italy. Villa Toscana, after all, was modeled after an Italian estate, with spiral staircases, vine-covered trellis and an outdoor fireplace.
They can accommodate a variety of wedding parties, from the patio which accommodates 10 to 92 people, to the courtyard which accommodates 50 to 450 people.
Site Rental Fees are as follows: 0-50 guests: $2,500
51-100 guests: $3,000
101-200 guests: $5,000
201-300 guests: $7,000
This does not include catering for the reception. All caterers have to be approved by Villa Toscana. Call 805-238-5600 for more info.
If you're eloping, you might want to consider a simple ceremony off the grounds and then plan your honeymoon at Villa Toscana. Prices begin at $435 per night for a 700 sq. ft. suite on the weekend.
Other Paso Robles wineries available for weddings:
7000 Highway 46 East
You can get married in their landscaped gardens or the barrel room. I'd go for the barrel room. From groups of 5 to 500, which makes it a great choice for those of you eloping.
Meridian Winery is wheelchair accessible. Call them at 805-226-7133 for more information.
1550 Highway 46 West
Get married on their 1200 sq. ft. of oak shaded lawn or their barrel room, which can accommodate 50-60 guests. Again, it's a winery - go for their barrel room. The barrel room is available year round, except during the harvest months of September to early November. Their outdoor locations are available year-round.
Call 805-227-0382 for more information.
Want an inexpensive, but fun Paso Robles wine country wedding?
How about renting a trolley car which takes 20 people around to 5 different wineries for tastings? The tours start at $65 per person. They say they do weddings, so go to centralcoasttrolly.com for more information.
Why elope or plan a wedding in Paso Robles? Well, if you love wine or wine country, then Paso Robles is a don't-miss wine destination, located conveniently between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
While many automatically think of Napa Valley when they think California wines, it turns out that Paso Robles is California’s fastest growing wine region, with nearly 26,000 vineyard acres and more than 170 wineries within a 40-mile territory. Not only that, but it's a beautiful area to boot. Yes, yes, Napa Valley is beautiful, but it can get quite crowded. Not that Paso Robles is a sleepy little wine area. It can get a little crowded as well, but not like the hordes of people in Napa Valley. Paso Robles also turns out some outstanding Zinfandels. That alone is reason to visit.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Balboa park is a huge park with 15 museums, awesome gardens and the San Diego Zoo. It's also a place with some spectacular wedding venues:
Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Why not celebrate the immense love you feel for one another by holding your wedding at The Spreckels Organ Pavilion, which boasts the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ. If you have a large number of guests, this is the place to be, as it holds a maximum of 2,400 people on plaza benches.
Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden is an award winning rose garden offering brides and grooms over 2,400 rose bushes in 180 varieties. If you want maximum blooms, you'll want to schedule your wedding during April and May. Of course, you'll have to act quickly to schedule your wedding here as it's one of the most popular wedding spots in Balboa Park. If you can't get April and May, don't worry, many of the roses bloom from March through December. Maximum number of people is 50.
You like butterflies? Don't bother buying them and releasing them. Just have your wedding at the Zoro Garden in Balboa Park. The Zoro Garden is a 1015 stone grotto with a butterfly garden. Some of the butterflies attending your wedding will be monarchs, sulfurs, skippers and swallowtails. 75 people max.
Alcazar Garden's the place if you really wanted to get married in Spain but couldn't afford it. Why? Because the design of Alcazar Garden is patterned after the gardens of Alcazar Castle in Seville, Spain. Here you can get married surrounded by fountains, Moorish tiles and a garden bursting with color throughout the year. 50 people max.
For more information about having your wedding in Balboa Park, call 619-231-1100.
Synonyms of destination wedding: weddingmoon, location wedding, eloping
Synonyms of wedding: weeding, weddnig, weddin, weding, weddign
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Here's a video from YouTube which shows you the inside and outside of Hearst Castle, in case you are thinking of dropping some change and getting hitched at The Castle.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
This great video shows the beauty of the California coast around Mendocino. Can you have such a beautiful backdrop for your wedding? Sure, there are great places up around Mendocino for your wedding.
One awesome spot for a wedding is the Point Arena Lighthouse in Northern California, south of Mendocino. The Point Arena Lighthouse is one of the tallest lighthouses in California at 115-ft tall, and the view is probably the best you'll ever have along the coast.
For your wedding you have the use of the foghorn building, the tower and gazenbo. The prices for a wedding ceremony only are:
Up to 8 People: $350
Up to 35 People: $500
Up to 150 People: $650
Over 150 People: $850
Included is the lighthouse staff, wedding coordinator and docents to direct parking.
For Ceremony and Reception, the prices are as follows:
Up to 8 People: $850
Up to 35 People: $1800
Up to 150 People: $3000
Over 150 People: $9000
You can even arrange to stay overnight in one of the Keeper Quarters, which have fabulous views, making a great honeymoon location. There are a total of 6 separate lodging quarters for you and your guests, from $150 to $225 per night. For more information you can email email@example.com
If you are into lighthouses, you might also want to visit our other blog: http://lighthousesusa.blogspot.com
Friday, July 20, 2007
If your wedding party is under 270, give the Silver Ballroom a look, which is a snazzy Art Deco ballroom which really has the feel of the Thirties and Forties.
Their largest hall is the Grand Hall with seating for up to 1,000 people. That's if you're REALLY popular.
You can contact them for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have lots of out-of-town guests there are plenty of great places to stay in Sacramento. For guests who want to sample something a little novel, have them try out the Delta King Riverboat. It's a real riverboat that used to ferry passengers between San Francisco and Sacramento. Just let your guests know it's a tourist attraction, so it will be busy in the area.
A little more upscale (okay, a lot more upscale) is the Amber House Bed and Breakfast, 8 blocks from the Capitol, Amber House is actually historic houses located across the street for one another, with rooms named after famous musicians and writers. Frommer's says it's Mozart Room in Musician's Manor is the best, with a heart-shaped Jacuzzi and four-poster bed. Not a bad spot for a honeymoon as well. Oh, yeah, and there are in-room massages.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
How about a floating wedding leaving from Coronado Island and cruising the Coronado Cay off San Diego? These gondola rides are so romantic, especially the twilight cruise, complete with blankets, an ice bucket and wine glasses. You provide the beverage.
For your gondola wedding you can choose to arrive to your waterfront on a gondola to the cheers of your wedding guests, or you can choose to get married on the gondola, again to the cheers of your wedding guests, who either watch from shore or join you in their own gondolas (groups up to 30). Of course, this is also a perfect wedding for just the two of you ($99 for two people. Additional guests are $20 per person, up to six passengers per boat.) And, you can add a violinist or mandolin player for just $75.
Who needs Venice when you can get married in your gondola in Coronado? Hey, it's alot cheaper - a fleet of 5 gondolas accommodating up to 30 people will cost $25 per person. It's a wedding your guests will definitely not forget.
The Gondola Company is located at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, 4000 Coronado Bay Road, 4.5 miles past the Hotel Del Coronado. Either the Loews Coronado Bay Resort or the Hotel Del Coronado will be perfect for your honeymoon.
You can contact the Gondola Company at 619-429-6317.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2007
1. The Heavenly Gondola
The Heavenly Gondola is an 8-passenger car at the Heavenly ski Resort which takes you up a vertical 2.4 miles in over 12 minutes. One company will arrange for you to be married at the top of the Gondola, among the pines, or on the Observation Deck with a spectacular view of Lake Tahoe as your backdrop. The price isn't that bad: $599 saturday and sunday (plus $24 each for Gondola tickets for the bride, groom, minister, photographer and each guest); or $499 Monday through Friday (plus Gondola tickets).
2. Heavenly ski Wedding
If you both are skiiers you might like this ceremony, where you ski to a secluded spot overlooking Lake Tahoe. Your ceremony will take place at this secluded spot, then you ski down the mountain as husband and wife. Prices: Saturday and Sunday: $750; Monday through Friday: $650. You will also have to pay for lift tickets for the bride, groom, minister and photographer. Limo service and flower package also extra.
You can call 877-889-6379 for more information.
Kudos to Vail Resorts, Inc., which operates Heavenly Ski Resort, for donating 75,000 to aid those impacted by the recent Angora Fire near South Lake Tahoe. Heavenly Ski Resort was not impacted by the fire.
Monday, July 09, 2007
1. It's home to the largest public rose garden in Orange County. You'll have over 1,400 rose bushes that will serve as your backdrop.
2. Nine acres of sculptured gardens.
3. Treat your guests to a wedding reception in a replica of the White House East Room, with presidential portraits and replica chandeliers.
4. Freak out your liberal guests.
The Nixon Library is located at 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd. in Yorba Linda. For information call Carrie Biddle at 714-364-1181.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Located 26 miles from the coast of Los Angeles, Santa Catalina Island is and always will be "the island of romance."
Catalina Island abounds with great spots to hold your wedding or elopement. If you wish a larger ceremoney, you might want to choose some of the more formal venues like the Casino Ballroom, Descanso Beach Club or the Catalina Country Club. If you're eloping or wish a small, intimate ceremony, you can hire an officiant to perform a wedding at such places as Buena Vista Point on Mt. Ada overlooking the ocean, the beach, or the Wrigley Botanical Gardens. Of course, you will have to get a permit for the public areas.
A wedding planner can help get it all organized for you. A couple you might consider are:
Weddings By the Sea, which specializes in intimate ceremonies and vow renewals. They take care of the marriage license, minister and site. You can call them at 310-510-0436 for more information.
Another wedding planner you might be interested in is Catalina Island Beach Weddings, which has a package starting at $295, which includes the minister, copy of vows, keepsake certificate, keepsake wedding day portfolio, keepsake wedding day photo with a frame, bridal bouquet, groom's boutonniere, a seaside location and a witness if you need one. They also provide same-sex Commitment Ceremonies. Call them at 310-510-9614 for more information.
You can also hold your wedding at some of the great hotels on the island. For a smaller wedding party of 30 people or less, here's one hotel you might consider: The Avalon Hotel, 124 Whittley Avenue. The Avalon offers several ocean view rooms, as well as some great spots for your ceremony, such as the roof-top deck, which offers panoramic views of Avalon Harbor.
Another hotel you might life for your wedding is the Hotel Metropole, which offers wedding packages for up to 50 guests. They also offer honeymoon packages, starting at $1508 in the summer, which includes, among other things, round-trip boat transportation and two nights in an ocean-front suite. If you live in California, you can call them at 800-300-8528; if outside call them at 800-541-8528.
You can get to Catalina by boat or by helicopter. The helicopter is a lot of fun and takes 15 minutes to make the trip. You can always take the boat one way and the helicopter another way. We recommend the Catalina Express for boat transportation, with up to 30 daily departures from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point to Avalon and Two Harbors. You can catch the helicopter at the Long Beach and San Pedro terminals. For more information about the helicopter ride you can go to islandexpress.com
Sunday, May 20, 2007
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Tuesday, April 03, 2007
The 1898 Berkeley Ferryboat and the 1863 Star of India.
1898 Berkeley Ferryboat
For turn-of-the-century ambiance the 1898 Berkeley Ferryboat will not disappoint. You will be treated to two open-air decks, with your choice of views of the downtown skyline or sunset views of the harbor. Like to dance? Then you're in luck. The dance floor on the boat is crowned with Victorian stained glass windows. The price isn't cheap (on the weekends it's $1,400 for 100 people or less, with a $750 booking fee, $1,400 in December. Plus additional fees for catering and entertainment). But if you have the bucks and love boating, this is the place to say "I do."
Star of India
Or, is it this place? The Star of India, built in 1863, is the oldest active sailing ship in the world. Have your ceremony at the helm for a truly memorable wedding experience. Again, a little pricey ($1,000 per hour - minimum of 2 hours, with a $1,000 booking fee. Ceremony only is $750 for up to 80 guests, minimum of 2 hours), but it is an only-in-San Diego
You have your choice of many different types of catered menus (again, extra charge), including an elegant buffet, Mexican buffet, Italian buffet, Mediterranean buffet and many other menu choices.
You are allowed to decorate, but they do have pretty strict limitations, so any decorations will have to be approved before they are put up. They're adamant that there will be no glitter, no confetti and no rice. So, keep the rice at home folks.
If you're interested in more information you can call them at 619-234-9153, ext. 102.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
One such winery offering weddings is the Ponte Family Estate Winery, 35053 Rancho California Road . Situated among 350 acres of vineyards and gardens, the Ponte Family Estate Winery is the perfect place for your winery wedding.
The Ponte Family Estate Winery is one of the most elegant wineries in Temecula, offering you two romantic locations for your ceremony: an idyllic garden surrounded by lush, vine-covered trellises, or a grassy amphitheater surrounded by the vineyards. For your reception, you have the choice of a Tent Pavilion for parties up to 300, our their mission-style Barrel Room for parties up to 100. Having a small destination wedding? They've got you covered there with their VIP Tasting Room for parties up to 14.
To see their menu offerings, you can go to http://www.pontewinery.com/php/index.php5?section=weddings&subsect=info
Ponte red wines include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Super Tuscan, Zinfandel and Petite Syrah. Their whites include Chardonnay, Viognier and Pinot Grigio.
For more information regarding weddings at the Ponte Family Estate Winery call (951) 694-8855.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Skunk Train - Mendocino Coast, California
Traveling at 29 miles per hour, the Skunk Train takes you and your wedding guests on the same northern California coastal "Redwood Route" that it has traveled since 1885. Leaving from the train station at Fort Bragg or Willits, California, the train takes your wedding party to either the Camp Mendocino Dining Hall, or the Northspur outdoor reception site, a remote outdoor site set amongst the towering redwoods, for a truly unforgettable wedding adventure.
The Skunk Train staff works with many local entertainers, so you have the option of providing live entertainment for your guests while aboard the train. Local entertainment includes the Skunk Train's famed "Trainsinger," as well as jazz bands, big bands, and rock bands. And, for great wedding photos, nothing beats the open observation train cars. Of course, the train pulls covered cars as well.
For those unfamiliar with the Mendocino area, it is truly breathtaking, punctuated by meadows, towering redwood forests and rocky cliffs. For more information about weddings aboard the Skunk Train, call 530-666-6781.
Napa Valley Wine Train - Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley, California is known as a great wine producing region of California, so it's only natural that any wedding taking place in the Napa Valley includes wine. If you're a wine buff, gourmet diner and train enthusiast, you may want to consider a wedding or reception aboard The Napa Valley Wine Train, a three-hour round-trip rail and gourmet dining adventure from the town of Napa to St. Helena. While on board, your guests can be treated to views of vineyards and wineries from restored train cars dating back to 1915-1947. Wineries you will pass by include such fine labels as Trefethen, Clos du Val, Cardinale, Domaine Chandon, Neibaum/Coppola and Grgich Hills. The Train also has a couple additional winery tours you can arrange.
You have your choice of three dining car experiences: the Vista Dome is a glass-domed rail car which can seat groups up to 56; the Silverado Grill is a casual dining car with sliding windows, which can seat groups up to 54; one of the Gourmet Express Pullman dining cars from 1915 - 1917. If you have a large wedding party you can charter the Gourmet Express, Vista Dome and Silverado Grill for up to 370 people. For Group information, call 707-253-0920.
Roaring Camp Railroad - Felton, California
Yet one more California wedding rail adventure, the Roaring Camp Railroads operates out of Felton, California, which is just north of Santa Cruz. The Roaring Camp Railroad offers wedding events at their camp, as well as Cathedral Grove, located on Bear Mountain, which is accessible by a vintage steam train. While at the Cathedral Grove site, couples exchange their vows underneath ancient, towering redwoods. For more information regarding wedding parties, call 831-335-4484.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Looking for romantic spots for a wedding reception? Here are some restaurants in Orange County, California that are particularly suited for romance.
The Top Ten Romantic Restaurants in Orange County, California
By Carine Nadel
There is no shortage of places to eat in Orange County, California. Romance abounds with the cliffside views of the Pacific Ocean on one half of the county and the hills and valleys on the other half. Depending on your budget and individual preferences there are so many to chose one that I had a very hard time pinning down the ten here. According to the Gayot restaurant guide, OCRegister.com and a personal polling of 20 long-time residents of the area here are the ones that "made the grade" as places to go when you want romance to fill the air (they are in random order):
Starting with the "inland" choices:
Anaheim White House-an institution in Anaheim. Northern Italian cuisine is combined with French touches in an actual white house in very elegant decor.
Orange Hill Restaurant-in the city of Orange. The restaurant has been host to numerous weddings, anniversary celebrations and proposals. The cuisine in American. The restaurant and bar overlook the sweeping valley below. The lights of the cities in the distance are incredible. So high on the romance charts, I even suggested to my sister that this would be the perfect spot for her wedding. The food is excellent, but the guests seem to wander over to the windows to enjoy the view as much as the catered reception.
Golden Truffle-Costa Mesa. While the restaurant doesn't have any views and resides on a major street, what makes this restaurant special is the willingness of the chef and his staff to personally cook up some of the county's most exotic cuisine and serve it in an unintrusive way.
Cedar Creek Inn-San Juan Capistrano. This restaurant is in the old town area, right across the street from the Mission. Again, no view perse but the patio lights and the ease of taking a stroll through the quaint city and shop in the anitque shops is worth it. The cuisine is Californian.
Five Crowns-Corona Del Mar. The main element to this extremely well known eatery is that it is an exact replica of England's oldest inn. The Lawry's owned restaurant serves American dishes, but the waitstaff serves you in period English dress and manners. Obviously, if you chose here, eat the steak ribs.
The Ritz Restaurant and Garden-Newport Beach. Continental cuisine served by a wonderful wait staff that want to make sure that whatever you are celebrating becomes special. Our son sent my husband and I here for our 23rd anniversary. He had taken his girlfriend and was not only impressed by the terrific food, but that the service was quiet, attentive and respectful (some eateries are not so with couples who are 20-somethings).
The remaining restaurants all have sweeping Pacific Ocean views. Except for Las Brisas which serves Mexican fare, the all serve American cuisine.
Las Brisas-Laguna Beach. Best bet, stick with the seafood. This restaurant has been around a long time. While the food may not really be up to the same standards as the rest of the choices listed, the view and usually the service are what keep this place on the "romantic" map.
The Chart House-Dana Point. Many the wedding and reception has taken place here. Even wanted to add our own daughter's to the list. When we want a very romantic evening, this is where my husband and I go. The food is excellent, the staff professional and while you wait (and you will)you can enjoy a stroll in the "backyard" or just sit outside with a glass of wine.
Cannons-Dana Point. Plenty of directions to crane your neck at the view up here. I prefer brunch on a spring or summer Sunday, but of the long-time residents I interviewed, they're sold on this hotspot for a special evening out.
Salt Creek Inn-considered Laguna Niguel. Different and eclectic. Service can be spotty, but the younger crowd I talked to seem to really enjoy eating here.
These were the chosen few, but I would be remiss not to mention if time and budget allow, try eating at any of the venues at the Laguna Beach Montage Hotel. The hotel is romance personified, the grounds are beautiful, the menus varied (alas a little steep for my budget)and sound delicious. Those who had eaten there couldn't stop raving about how delicious every was and how beautifully it was served. One gentleman took his wife of 30 years there to celebrate their anniversary and the staff helped "hide" her pearl necklace in a specialy made dessert!
Now all anyone needs to do is put on the dress up togs and come and visit-during dinner! Oh and reservations are suggested!
Carine Nadel loves trying new and different places. Her writing makes it a possiblity. To read more of her writing log onto: http://www.Carine-whatscooking.blogspot.com or fabulousy40.com
Sunday, January 28, 2007
The most expensive day of the week to have your wedding is on a Saturday. This is because most weddings take place on this day of the week. This automatically raises the cost of anything that you have to rent or anyone who you have to hire to help you on your special day. The month that you choose to get married also plays a big role in cost. November to April weddings are much cheaper than weddings that take place in the summer.
Fridays are the second most popular day so this isn’t a good day as your second choice. Once again you’ll pay a higher cost than if you were married on any other day of the week. If you want to save money you might want to consider having your wedding take place on a day of the week that is less popular. A weekday evening wedding can save you a great deal of money.
If you do decide to have a weekday evening wedding keep in mind that you need to allow your guests plenty of time to get to your wedding at the end of their work day. Just keep in mind that many people may be unable to your attend your wedding if they live out of town and can’t get time off from work during the week. You will definitely have to weigh the big savings with the fact that some people won't be able to attend.
For more ideas on planning a wedding on a budget, go to www.weddingplanning411.com.
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Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Maternity Wedding Gowns
By Gregg Makarowski
When you are planning the perfect day and you have wedding dresses in mind you will need to consider a few options. Not only are there many styles and patterns to choose from but also dresses to accommodate unplanned situations. Sometimes, life cannot be planned, and wedding dates may coincide with a pregnant bride. Finding the perfect maternity bridal gowns can be a challenge, especially since you may be a different size in several months as your wedding approaches. Maternity bridal gowns should be shopped for ahead of time, but make sure to get alterations shortly before your wedding date.
When sizing maternity bridal gowns, make your sizing selection based on your Pre-Pregnancy Size. Dresses and gowns are cut to flatter your pregnancy shape but your "size" remains the same. We also recommend that you "size up" if you are between sizes. Your wedding may also include children (yours or your fiance's), and you may want to select a color theme that will correspond to your children's attire.
White stretch lace maternity bridal gowns with a silky white liner are a perfect fit for your growing body. Fully lined dresses with support under the bust accentuate your shape. You may want to choose from designer styles like Italian, Empire, Renaissance, or Titanic gowns, which areabsolutelyy perfect for moms-to-be! Most pregnancy bodices and gowns are designed to be durable, breathable and most importantly, comfortable.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Windswept Weddings at the Point Loma Lighthouse
Author: Adam O'Connor
The unique Point Loma Lighthouse is one of the eight Cape Cod influenced structures put up along the California coastline to help sea navigation, and it was erected in November 1855. The
tower was a guiding light at the entry of the San Diego Bay for 36 years. Old Point Loma is at present the showpiece of the Cabrillo National Monument, which pays tribute to Portuguese
navigational explorer, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, first European to set foot on San Diego Bay, and who charted the coast of California.
The San Diego National Park Service is responsible for Point Loma Lighthouse, and they offer the following guidelines for using this site as a wedding location to fulfill your Point Loma
Permit fee: $75.00
Weddings are allowed at the Bluff Event Site only
Maximum number of people: 100
Weddings are on a first come, first served basis
Arrangements such as seating, carpet runners, arches, trellises, stages, organs/pianos, or associated items are not permitted, because of the natural terrain of the area
Flutes, harps, guitars and other non-amplified music instruments are allowed. Amplified music or public address systems are not allowed
Flowers are allowed providing they arrive and depart with the wedding party
Birdseed, rice, flower petals, etc. may not be thrown or left in the park
Vehicles must park in the designated area
Weddings may not start later than 90 minutes before park closing time
Receptions are not permitted within the park
There is no alternative location for the ceremony in case of foul weather
The National Park Service strongly suggests that you go to see the Bluff Event Site before completing the Wedding Permit Application, to see if it will meet your needs
Curious park-goers, exposure to the elements and rigid park regulations are the downside to having your wedding at Point Loma Lighthouse. The romantic natural setting that you, your
guests, and of course the wedding photographer will enjoy offsets this. The permit fee is relatively low; saving you cash that you can use to upgrade your honeymoon plans.
Let your guests know they will be outdoors so they can dress accordingly, and don't forget out-of-town guests may need climate information. You and your wedding party should also dress according to the weather and setting. Make sure you let the National Park Service know about elderly and handicapped guests, so you can make special provisions for them.
Adam O'Connor is the owner of San Diego Wedding Dreams, which provides excellent free information on the La Jolla Sea Caves and what's fun in La Jolla. Adam O'Connor is an expert in his industry and his website helps people find beautiful wedding halls in San Diego.
About the author:
Adam O'Connor is the owner of http://www.handheldguru.com which provides free information on handheld electronics. He is an expert in this industry and his website helps people find helps
people find answers to questions like how can you compare PDA's or what is the best pocket PC for you.