Friday, January 25, 2008

Las Minute Travel Deal to California

This is for all of you outside of California thinking of getting married in California. What are you waiting for? Do it! And, to help out in your travel plans, I'm passing on a link for Great Deals on Last Minute Packages to California good for different California locations. This is for travel and lodging, not the wedding. But, if what you're planning is a ceremony at City Hall in San Francisco, an absolutely fabulous place, by the way, then this last-minute package can save you money on airfare and lodging.

San Francisco hotels included in this package deal include:

Westin St. Francis
Mark Hopkins
Marriot at Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Rex

Of course, you may have to pay a little extra for hotels like the Mark Hopkins or Hotel Rex.

Other wedding destination cities included in this special deal:

Sacramento
Los Angeles
San Diego
Santa Barbara
Oakland
Wine Country (okay, that's not a city)
Palm Springs

This offer does expire Feb. 29, 2008 (that includes Valentine's Day, for all of you considering eloping on Valentine's Day). Anyway, go check it out and see if the offers appeal to you. That link again is Great Deals on Last Minute Packages to California

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Cheap and Easy Los Angeles County Wedding

Here's a super cheap, super easy wedding package for you if you live within Los Angeles County. The service is called Marriage To Go and they come to you, marriage license and all. That's right, if you have your ceremony in LA county they will come to you, issue you your wedding license, then marry you on the spot, as long as that spot is in LA County. They'll go outside LA County if you already have your license. So, whether it's your house, your hotel, theme park ride, jumping from a plane, etc., they'll come to you.

The charge for this service starts at $400 for weekdays, $450 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday for bride and groom only, on up to $500 for weekdays, $550 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday for 20 guests or more in attendance. They do charge for travel time and mileage surcharges if you're located more than 10 miles from their westside location in Mar Vista, as well as charges for special requests, such as skydiving. (If it was me marrying you in mid-air I'd charge a lot. But you'll have to find out from them how much extra that would be).

Or, you can go to their "Secret Garden" location in Mar Vista, where you can have an elopement ceremony for $400, which includes marriage licensing, standard civil (non-religious) ceremony, officiation, and a cup of tea.

If you already have your marriage license, they also provide civil ceremony officiation starting at $300 during the week for bride and groom only. For more information go to marriagetogo.com

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Cheap Designer Wedding Dresses

Want to find an inexpensive wedding gown and give to charity at the same time? Then make it out to Anaheim on Feb. 15th and 16th for the Brides Against Cancer Charity Bridal gown Sale, where you will find designer and other brand name wedding dresses at least 50% off, some going for as low as $89. Sizes range from 4-24. The admission is free, with 100% of the proceeds from sales going to the Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation. It's certainly a worth cause, and prices are low, so if you're getting married and need a gown, this is the event for you.

Again, that's Friday and Saturday, February 15th and 16th, 2008, from 10AM to 6PM on Friday and 11AM to 5PM on Sunday at:

Anaheim Marriott Suites Hotel
12015 Harbor Blvd
Garden Grove, CA

For more info you can email Fran at mminfo@makingmemories.org

CA Bridal Fairs for January and February

There are a few Bridal Fairs coming up throughout California in January and February to tell you about:

Berkeley Bridal Fair

Sunday, January 27, 2008
Claremont Resort
41 Tunnel Road
Berkeley, CA

You'll find everything you're looking for in the Bay Area with this large Bridal Fair, which features over 550 wedding vendors. Find bridal gowns, florists, photographers and caterers who will help make your wedding perfect. Show times are 11AM to 4PM.

Ontario Bridal Fair

Saturday, February 2, 2008
Ontario Convention Center
2000 Convention Center Way
Ontario, CA

You'll find over 100 vendors to help with your wedding plans, including bakeries, gowns and tuxes, DJs, photographers and more. Time is 10AM to 4PM.

Pomona Bridal Fair

Sunday, February 17, 2008
Pomona Fairplex, Fine Arts Building, Gate 1
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA

Come ready to sample food and cakes, as well as vendors featuring wedding fashions, accessories, photography and more. You'll also be treated to live entertainment and seminars offering wedding advice and ideas. Time is 11AM to 4PM.

Los Angeles Bridal Show

Sunday, February 10, 2008
The Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
Crystal & Tiffany Ballrooms
506 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA

They're billing this bridal fair as "The Festival of Brides: The Upscale Bridal Show," so if you want something out of the ordinary, you'll want to attend. You'll be treated to a live showcasing of orchestras, bands and DJs, as well as food and cake tasting, and vendors offering wedding services such as invitations, flowers, limousines, jewelry, photography and wedding attire. Although billed as "upscale," tickets are only $10 at the door and $5 for online pre-registration (which can be done at festivalofbrides.com.)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Honeymoon Cruise Deal

How many of you want to go on a cruise for your honeymoon? How many of you would like $250 in onboard cruise credits? Here's an opportunity for you, but it does expire on February 28, 2008. Cruises make wonderful honeymoons. They're an interesting mixture of elegance as well as adventure, depending on your shore excursions.

Anyway, here's the link for you:

Free Onboard Cruise Credit up to $250 when you book your cruise with your MasterCard

Friday, January 11, 2008

Wedding Reception Tips

Unless you're having a small destination wedding, or eloping, you probably are tearing your hair out planning your wedding reception. On our sister site about Wedding Planning, we have added some new pages which deal specifically with planning your wedding reception.

And, as you probably already know, one of the most talked about aspects of any wedding reception is the menu. People love to eat and if they are invited to a wedding reception, one of the things they will usually be most excited about is the food. What's a bride to do? Go to our site and read about wedding reception food, that's what!

Okay, while we're on the topic of food at your wedding reception; another concern of yours is how to pick the best wedding caterer. Don't worry! Go and read about choosing a wedding catering service at our other site. We have the questions you should ask, as well as tips on choosing a certified personal chef instead of a regular caterer.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Wedding Caterers in Southern California

Planning a future wedding in Southern California and need a caterer? Maybe you'd like to know of some award-winning caterers for your wedding throughout Southern California. We've searched and found some award winners which can help in your wedding plans:

Southern California - Best Caterers

Cannoli Kings
7316 Varna Ave
North Hollywood, CA
310-770-6753

was voted #1 Best Caterer in 2007 by CitySearch.com readers


Crustacean Euro Vietnamese Cuisine
9646 Little Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA
310-205-8990

voted #2 Best Caterer in 2007 by CitySearch.com readers


Joan's on Third Catering
8350 W Third St.
Los Angeles, CA
323) 655-2285

voted Best Caterer in 2007 by CitySearch.com editorial


Pat & Oscar's
Numerous Locations in San Diego

was Voted 'Best Catering' by readers of the San Diego Union-Tribune


Green Acres Catering
2918 Los Angeles Avenue
Simi Valley, CA 93065
805-522-7038

has been consecutively voted Best Catering by the readers of The Daily News.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Elopement Package in Napa Valley

Eloping to Napa Valley? If you don't already have your plans solidified, let me suggest an elopement package at a 125-year-old mansion in Napa Valley.

Churchill Manor in Napa Valley is a bed and breakfast built in 1889, and within easy walking distance to downtown Napa. They offer beautiful gardens, croquet on the south lawn, a grand piano in the music room, as well as tandem bikes to their guests for rides into Napa. And, they offer wedding packages as well as elopement packages.

Churchill Manor offers two elopement packages. The packages cover the bride and groom and 4 guests, although for an additional $25 per person, you can have up to 18 guests.

Elopement Package #1:

It's called the Simply Elegant Package and starts at $1,250. It includes

• Wedding Coordination

• Two-night stay for the bride and groom

• A ceremony location -- you can choose the grand parlors, on the
rotunda of the verandas, or in the gardens

• Officiant

• Wedding Bouquet and Boutonnière

• Wedding cake

• Champagne Toast with Napa Valley sparkling wine


Elopement Package #2:

It's called the Ultimate Intimate Package and starts at $3,500. It's the same as the above package except bride and groom receive a three-night stay, as well as the following additions:

• Professional Wedding Photography

• In-room massage for two

• A $250.00 Gift Certificate toward a gourmet dining experience at one of Napa's top restaurants

• Six-hour wine country limousine tour, including wine tastings and
gourmet picnic lunch

• Two logo Churchill Manor robes, two logo champagne flutes, Napa Valley
bubbly (750ml), and Napa Valley chocolate truffles

While in Napa you will want to take advantage of all that the vineyards and wineries have to offer, including tastings, as well as the view, which is best seen overhead in a hot-air balloon. There are also numerous golf courses in the area if one or both of you are into golf.

To find out more information about the elopement package at Churchhill Manor, call them at 800-799-7733.