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US Grant Royal Wedding Showcase

28 Feb

Yesterday was my absolute favorite bridal show of the year, the US Grant Royal Wedding Showcase.  This is the show where event designers, wedding planners, florists and more bring out their A game to showcase fresh designs for San Diego brides and grooms.  We were thrilled to to be invited to participate and put together a tablescape inspired by modern romance.

A special thanks to Blush Botanicals for their amazing floral design, JMC Events for lighting the space with uplighting and pinspotting, Concepts Event Design for the linens and chairs and Classic Party Rentals for the settings. Photo by Bryan N. Miller.


February Events for Brides and Grooms

1 Feb

San Diego has TONS of fun events for brides and grooms.  There is so much going on in February that we compiled a few of the events to keep you in the loop on cool things to check out for your wedding:


WHEN: February 24, 2011 from 7-9pm

WHERE: Lounge SD


Put on by First Comes Love (that’s us!), we’ve created these bridal cocktail mixers as a way for you to check out some of San Diego’s top wedding vendors in a casual and laid back setting. This isn’t a tradeshow, it’s a cocktail party!  So bring your groom, the girls or your mom and meet First Comes Love, Darryn St. John Photography, Haydee’s Creative Flowers and JMC Events for a fun evening. RSVP to amy@firstcomeslovesd.com.



WHEN: February 6, 13, 2o and 27 – 9am-11am

WHERE: Crate & Barrel UTC or Fashion Valley


Crate&Barrel does a good job of throwing a registry party.  Here’s a great opportunity to register, enjoy free food and drinks and mingle with other brides and grooms.  RSVP here.



WHEN: February 27 from 11am-4pm

WHERE: US Grant Hotel, downtown San Diego

COST: $20



A Royal Affair will feature stunning bridal gowns by M Bride Couture Wedding Gowns, inspired mens and womens fashions, and a tiara and jewel collection from Tiffany & Co. to rival royal treasures. Spanning the entire hotel, from the Crystal Ballroom adorned with hand-painted ceilings, to the magnificent Presidential Ballroom, THE US GRANT’s multiple event ballrooms will be open for guests to tour and marvel. Over 50 of the most sought-after Southern California wedding vendors, including photographers, florists, event planners, designers and cake creators will be on hand showcasing their talents and meeting with guests face-to-face. 

$20 Admission to A Royal Affair includes:

 *First-hand experience with San Diego’s finest wedding vendors and the nation’s hottest fashion retailers

*Gourmet hors d’oeuvres, wedding tastings, and cake concepts

*Champagne and signature cocktails

*Opportunity to win a romantic honeymoon vacation to the landmark “Pink Palace of the Pacific” – The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort in Waikiki.   


WHEN: February 27, March 5, 19, 27

WHERE: 2802 Juan Street, San Diego (upstairs)

COST: Free                         

Looking for a hot wedding dress for a small price?  Sad news is that one of our favorite bridal consignment shops (and our neighbor) Something Blue closed their doors last week, but they still have some dresses.  So they will be blowing out the remaining dresses for a flash sale.  Come and check it out!

WEtv Casting Call – Wedding Do Over

4 Nov

WEtv is casting for a new show for couples in the LA area who want to redo their wedding due to a wedding mishap.  See below for all the info!

Do You Have The Ultimate Wedding Disaster Story?

Did you suffer a wedding disaster that put a damper on your big day?

Does your wedding video play like a blooper reel?

Do you wish you could do it all over again and have the wedding you originally dreamed of?


WEtv is casting dynamic Los Angeles-area couples who deserve the ultimate DO OVER…a dream wedding celebration the way they’d always envisioned it!

What happened to ruin your big day? Did your ex show up and object in the middle of your ceremony? Did a storm knock out your power or prevent most of your guests from attending?   Were you forced to elope instead of having the great white wedding you dreamed of?   If you live in LA and have your disaster caught on tape, you could get a second chance to have your dream wedding!

Contact us today with your story!

Danielle Gervais

Sr. Casting Producer



Finally, a 24/7 Wedding Channel

18 Aug

If you are like me, you can’t get enough of the wedding shows out there.  Each one brings ideas, inspiration and some even bring the “Oh Thank God I’m not THAT MUCH of a Bridezilla!!!!”

Wedding Central's homepage features celeb inspiration, tips, games and their full schedule

Well finally, you don’t have to flip from WeTV to Bravo to other channels.  Wedding Central is your one stop shop to all things bridal.  They are still rolling out throughout San Diego (and nationwide for that matter) so in the meantime, check out www.weddingcentral.com for community boards, games, inspiration and their full line-up.

Here’s a sample schedule:

We haven’t had much time to play with the games, but for any stressed out bride, we’re sure they will break up the work day…

We love games!!!

Bridal Bazaar – April 2010

27 Apr

Just wanted to share a few shots from the Association of Bridal Consultants booth at the April 2010 Bridal Bazaar.  Some of the very lovely and talented coordinators put together these great table designs.

How To Successfully Navigate Bridal Shows

26 Apr

I meet with a lot of brides who hear the magical words Bridal Show and anticipate a wonderful day of cake tastings and relaxing interaction with wedding vendors.  But when brides enter into any bridal show, it can be quite overwhelming!  Yesterday, myself and a few other wedding planners manned the ABC (Association of Bridal Consultants) booth at Bridal Bazaar to help brides navigate the very crowded wedding space.  Seeing the wide-eyed brides and their grooms got me thinking about tips for brides on the best way to navigate bridal shows.  Here are a few tips:

Bridal shows offer a great opportunity for you to interact with vendors.  Here is the First Comes Love recommended approach for the best (and most productive) bridal show experience:

  • MAKE A LIST – Before you attend a bridal show, make a list of the vendors you still need.  While it can be fun to check out all of the vendors, you’ll want to focus on those that you still need to book for your wedding.
  • PRINT BUSINESS CARDS OR LABELS – Most wedding vendors will aim to collect your information when you visit their booth.  It can be very time-consuming (and redundant) to fill out their forms.  I recommend creating your own slips that include: Bride’s name, Groom’s name, wedding date, wedding location (if chosen), email, phone number and a notes section.  But remember, any information that you provide, the wedding vendor will use.  So if you only want to get emails, don’t put your phone number on it.  Also, the more information you provide, the easier it will be for the wedding vendor to provide you with information relevant to your wedding.  And only give your information to vendors who you actually want to hear from.
  • MY BIGGEST, BEST TIP – Do not, I repeat, DO NOT collect information from vendors that you are not interested in.  The worst thing a bride and groom can do is collect a bunch of fliers about wedding vendors.  I know it is tempting to pick up fliers from the vendors who are extending their arms toward you, but remember, whatever you put in that great big bag you were given when you walked in the door, you then have to go through.  Andafter a while, it will be hard to distinguish who you had a really good conversation with verses who had someone aggressively pushing their materials on you.
  • SPEND TIME WITH THE VENDORS – Here’s the deal.  On your wedding day, the people you hire are navigating the most important day of your life.  You want to make sure that your personalities mesh well with the vendors who will be on-site.  This is especially true with DJs, photographers and videographers.  This is your chance to see if you get a good vibe from these people.  Ask questions, talk about pricing and make sure that this is someone you want to spend your big day with.
  • ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS – Sometimes it is hard to know what to ask vendors.  I have a great list, so if you want mine, feel free to EMAIL ME or you can find lists of questions online.
  • ENJOY YOURSELVES – Planning your wedding is supposed to be fun.  If you have a full-service planner, navigate the show with them.  This can be a great way to do mini-consults with several vendors at once.  Your consultant can help you bypass the vendors who are not relevant to you and introduce you to their favorite vendors.  If you are flying solo, walk the show once without talking to any vendors and mark the ones you want to talk to.  Then go back a second time and actually talk to the vendors you like.
  • TAKE NOTES – Whether on paper or your BlackBerry, make notes on what you like about specific vendors.  Are they offering a set discount for the show?  Did they say something that really hit home?  The more notes you have, the easier the follow-up process will be.

Hopefully these tips will help as you plan your big day!