Friday, September 28, 2007

Eloping to Catalina Island CA

Eloping to Catalina Island? Then, make it Saturday, October 27, 2007. Why? Because that's the night of the Avalon Ball at the Avalon Casino Ballroom, sponsored by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. Dress in vintage attire (how about a vintage wedding gown?) and dance the Charleston, tango, foxtrot and other vintage dances, to the sounds of Mora's Modern Rhythmists Dance Orchestra.

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 ( 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.

Photo of Avalon Casino Ballroom by Ed Bierman,

Thursday, September 27, 2007

San Diego Eloping Idea

Here's an idea for those of you who are considering getting married or eloping to San Diego, and who are San Diego Chargers fans, and who like cruises. AAA has their annual "San Diego Chargers Fan Cruise" on March 13-17, which would make a perfect honeymoon for all you Chargers fans. The cruise goes from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas and starts at $399 per person.

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

Paso Robles California Winery Weddings

Looking for a California winery wedding to knock your garter off? Got one for you.

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:

Meridian Vineyards
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.

Zenaida Cellers
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 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.