14 January, 201214 January, 2012 3 comments Post Comments Uncategorized Uncategorized

For our Feb. 26th bridal show, we are offering free and discounted tickets!

Bridal Show:  February 26th, 2012

Location:  Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa

Time:  11am to 4pm

More information:  http://www.carlsbadbridalshow.com 

**Free Tickets:

1.  All active military (with current ID) will receive 2 free bridal show tickets.  Just show your ID at the registration table day of the show.

2.  Donate a formal or prom like dress to Princess Project the day of the show and receive 2 free tickets and enter to win a great prize.  Visit the following link for more information and dress guidelines:  http://www.carlsbadbridalshow.com/Princess-Project.html

**Discounted Tickets:

1.  Purchase 2-for-1 show tickets on our website.  That is just $15 for 2!  http://www.carlsbadbridalshow.com/Purchase-2-for-1-Tickets.html
2.  Visit our website to pre-register for the show and to receive a $5 off admission ticket.  http://www.carlsbadbridalshow.com/Tickets.html

3.  Visit a local store and pick up special discounted coupons and enter to win a great prize! Click here for the list of stores  http://thewedclub.com/blog/?p=424

14 January, 201214 January, 2012 3 comments Post Comments Wedding Tips Wedding Tips
There are many different decisions a couple must make in order to have a successful wedding day. Of all of these decisions selecting the right wedding officiant is the most personal and is certainly one of the most important. For those couples who attend a church, synagogue or other religious organization, finding a wedding officiant becomes much easier. These couples usually have someone they know and trust participating with them in their wedding ceremony. For everyone else it becomes a very different matter all together. 

There are many questions that need to be answered in order to select the right officiant. What organization are they associated with? What do they offer for a wedding ceremony? How far do they travel? Do they require counseling? And, the seemingly most asked question, how much do they charge? 

First, what organization are they associated with? In California people who perform weddings do not have to register with the State. But, it is important that you know what organization ordained them or recognizes them as having authority to legally officiate a wedding ceremony. They can actually be independent from any organization as long as they still have this authority. 

What do they offer for a wedding ceremony? In other words, do they help you plan the wedding or do they just have a ceremony that they do. Do you get to meet with them? Will they let you get involved in the planning? Can it be religious or non-religious? Do they let you have any say regarding the content of the message? Also, will they do interfaith ceremonies? 

How far will they travel? Although it is not necessary to find a minister in the area you wedding is taking place, it is important to know if you minister charges extra to travel over a certain distance. Sometimes this can mean that the "bargain" minister really wasn't that cheap after all. It is best to select someone with a flat fee so you know exactly what you're paying for. Another question would be if the rehearsal is extra or included in the fee. (More on cost later). 

Do they require counseling? Some officiates will not do a wedding without counseling. Although this is a great idea for anyone getting married, sometimes couples don't want this or are taking care of this themselves. If this is not what a couple wants, then this is not the right officiant for them. 

Now, the most asked question, and usually the first one asked by couples: How much do they charge? In almost every area of the wedding a decision on cost comes down to, not only what each couple can afford, but what do they get for the service they are paying for. In every other category of service for weddings the decision is based on goods offered and the cost of those services. It is basically a business decision. 

Selecting an officiant is more of a personal, emotional, even a spiritual decision. It is typical for a couple using their own clergy to simply give them a tip of some modest amount. There are some who think this system of payment will also apply to an officiant they 'hire' to do their wedding. This is not how it works. If you use your clergy, you may already donate to the church from which they receive a salary. in this case, a tip is more appropriate. When you asked someone to officiate your wedding who works independently, he is basically earning a salary on his own. It is not appropriate to pay him in the same way. On the surface it may appear that every wedding officiate does the same thing no matter what they charge. There can be a very big differences! 

An experienced, qualified edding officiant in San Diego can charge anywhere from $250 to over $600. The good ones charge more because they usually have more experience, do more to make your ceremony special, spend more time with you and do a better job in their presentation during the ceremony. The better officiants will meet with you and get you involved with the planning. They will be available if you need them and will help you in any way they can. Like any other service for your wedding day, the better wedding officiants are not the cheapest ones. Keep in mind that no matter what you pay for an officiant, they will always be the cheapest item you will pay for. 

The most important thing to remember is that your wedding officiant is the first person your guests will see on your wedding day. Whatever you plans, however much you spend, if the officiant doesn't represent you well in your wedding ceremony, they will be the focus of conversation the rest of the day, (not to mention be in most of your pictures of the ceremony). The right officiant will start your day right and help you to have the wedding you dreamed about. 
6 December, 20116 December, 2011 3 comments Post Comments Wedding Tips Wedding Tips

Make a list

Jot down the items you really need—before you hit the store. It's easy to get dazzled by tempting store displays. Use our handy checklist to be sure you don’t forget anything essential.

Determine your style
How would you define your style? Are you a traditionalist or more of a bohemian, hippie gal? Do you surround yourself with romantic, frilly décor or is your home filled with simple, clean shapes and monochromatic colors? Knowing your personal style helps you determine where to register and what items to include in your registry.

Easy access
Choose a mix of national and local retailers to better accommodate your guests.

The fine print
Check the store's shipping and return policies, and make sure they apply to your registry—and suit your needs.

Manage your registry
As items get snapped up, add more so that all of your guests will have a selection to choose from when they go to purchase your gift.

Size up your space
If you know you'll have to store items, be realistic about how much space you have in your house or apartment.

Consider your options
These days the sky’s the limit when it comes to registering. You can go traditional and register for china, flatware and other household essentials or you can opt for a registry that reflects you and your partner's style. Some choices:

Register for a cause
The I Do Foundation partners with stores like Target to donate a portion of its sales to your favorite charity (idofoundation.org).

Go natural
Gaiam.com sells organic-cotton sheets and woven-seagrass coffee tables, while greenfeet.com is a great resource for recycled-glass dinnerware and soapstone pizza pans.

Plan a dream vacation
Ask guests to contribute to your honeymoon fund by registering through Distinctive Honeymoons (distinctivehoneymoons.com) or Honeymoon Wishes (honeymoonwishes.com).

Get a sports high
Adventurous types can register at rei.com for a large assortment of camping and sports gear including bikes, snowboards and canoes.

Stock up
It's never too early to start planning for your financial retirement. Couples ready to start the ball rolling sign up at registerstock.com.

Drink and be merry
For Oenophiles and those looking to do a lot of post-wedding entertaining, register at store.morrellwine.com for a large assortment of wine and wine accessories. Everything you need to keep the party going!

17 November, 201117 November, 2011 2 comments Post Comments Beauty Tips Beauty Tips

Lose your ability to get lost in a crowd with thee head-turning makeup tricks.

Fast & Fabulous – follow these tips to bring out your beautiful best in the blink of an eye.

Eyes: apply a like color to the brown bone and inside the corner of the eye. This will create the illusion that you applied a medium shade to your eyelid. Add a single swipe of mascara, and you’re done.

Cheeks: Sweep a light to medium cheek color along cheekbones for just the right hint of color.

Lips: A quick kiss of color to the lips, and you’re ready to go! A lip gloss draws out lips beautifully.

Easy & Elegant - Getting the hottest runway look is easier than you think. Follow these tips for a glamorous look that works for both day and evening.

Eyes: Prep your lids with a primer. Use a flat eye definer brush to apply a light eye color on brow bone, lid and along the inner third of your lower lashes. Then use a contoured eye crease brush to apply a darker eye color in the crease starting at the outer corner and blending well with the light color. Use a black eyeliner pencil to draw your cat eye first, then trace the line with black liquid eyeliner. Coat your lashes with a single swipe of mascara.

Cheeks: Give cheeks a glamorous glow with a light to medium blush.

Lips: Lips in classic red hues are a must for this elegant look. Line lips with red liner, and then apply a red lipstick. A shiny lip gloss completes the look. 

Smoky & Sophisticated - You’ll take their breath away with mesmerizing eyes in rich smoky hues. Complete the look with lips glossed in neutral tones, and you’ll leave them speechless too.

Eyes: Begin with an eye primer – it’s a must for this smoky application. Apply a light honey eye color to the brow bone and along the inner third of your lower lashes. Then apply a dark chocolate eye color over your eyelid using a flat eye definer brush. Stop the color where it meets the lighter color on the brow bone. Then sweep a navy color over the entire eyelid with a flat eye definer brush, stopping at the crease. Be sure to blend the colors smoothly to the edges using a clean brush. Next, draw a thick, dark line of black eyeliner along the top and bottom lashlines. Apply two to three coats of mascara to add major drama.

Cheeks: Give cheeks a sophisticated glow with a medium color blush.

Lips: Lips in gorgeous neutral tones are the perfect complement to smoky sophisticated eyes. Line lips with a neutral liner, and then apply tanned lipstick. A matching lip gloss completes the look.

Courtesy of Stacey Moffat with Mary Kay  
11 November, 201111 November, 2011 Post Comments Wedding Tips Wedding Tips
Capturing unique wedding images begins with the bride and groom, and their relationship to their photographer. Get to know your photographer by having lunch, touring your ceremony location together, or through an engagement session. I love engagement sessions because not only do they help with camera shyness, but I also get to know the bride and groom before their wedding day and they get to know me.

Knowing and trusting your photographer is incredibly important. Having a relationship with your photographer will build mutual confidence; that bond will allow your photographer to express their artistic creativity, which will transform the images of your wedding into beautiful works of art. When you meet with your photographer before your wedding, be sure to discuss the details of your wedding that make it unique – every aspect of your day is a memory waiting to be preserved.

On the wedding day, the bride and groom may want to consider seeing each other a few hours before the ceremony in a “first meeting.” Because this allows for more time and more pictures, couples are more relaxed and they are free to enjoy more time with their guests without worrying about time constraints.

This lack of time constraints also allows for more artistic wedding shots because couples are now free to explore the beautiful settings that their locations have to offer and they are not restricted to the immediate area around the ceremony site.

Photo and article courtesy of David Champagne Photography 
11 November, 201111 November, 2011 Post Comments Wedding Tips Wedding Tips

Get help planning your dream wedding!  Request a free bridal magazine and 12 month wedding checklist on our website: http://www.thewedclub.com/brideregistration.html
24 October, 201124 October, 2011 1 comments Post Comments Wedding Tips Wedding Tips

Have you dreamed of a sunset wedding? Are you wanting to make sure you have enough daylight on your perfect day? You can obtain the times of sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, transits of the Sun and Moon, and the beginning and end of civil twilight, along with information on the Moon’s phase by specific date and location. For detailed sunset times for your wedding, please visit: http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/RS_OneDay.php

California, especially Southern California, is known for its beautiful weather. However, during certain times of the year the weather can be very hot and it does rain. To help you plan and be prepared for any type of weather, please visit the Weather Channel’s link. Always have a backup plan incase weather does affect your perfectly planned day.  http://www.weather.com/weather/climatology/USCA0982

24 October, 201124 October, 2011 Post Comments Wedding Tips Wedding Tips

A California marriage license can be obtained at your local County Recorder’s Office. Blood tests are not required, but both the bride and groom must appear together with valid photo ID (driver’s license, state ID or US Passport) to request a marriage license.

The license is good for 90 days and should be obtained at least 30 days prior to your wedding. After the ceremony, you will need to give your signed license to your minister or officiant who will then have it recorded.

Contact the County Recorder’s Office for any specific questions about previous marriages, marrying a non-US citizen, other forms of ID and all other concerns.

To locate a California County Recorder’s Office in your area, please visit:


We had a great time at our 23rd bridal show on Sunday, September 25th at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa!  Thank you to all the brides and grooms that attending our show and to the wonderful vendors that exhibited.  A special thank you to all our sponsors and to the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa.

We now have our show photos uploaded.  If you attended the show, you might be in a photo!

Again, thank you to everyone for making this bridal show a huge success!  See you on February 26th, 2012 for our next show at the beautiful Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa!

Just like Dorthy in the Wizard of Oz, the unknown can be scary.  Planning a wedding can be overwhelming and most brides have no idea where to start.  Do I open up a phone book or do I find a wedding company online?  Will their personality fit with mine.  ”I am more edgy and want someone to understand my unique needs” or “My family is very conservative and I need a company that will be sensitive to that” and every other of the hundreds of concerns that brides think about and try to figure out.

There is good news!!  Bridal shows are a great way to “shop” local companies and see their work in a relaxed setting.  It’s not like you are sitting across the desk from a vendor in a private meeting and starting to feel pressured or uneasy with no way out.  This is a great way to meet and talk with the actual people that will be working with you on your special day.  You can see samples of their work, sample food/cake, see beautiful wedding dresses and win great prizes.  After talking to a company and you like what you see and experience, you can make an appointment – many show exhibitors offer exclusive bridal show specials.  If you don’t like what you see or don’t feel comfortable with that company then you just move on and talk to another company.   What a great way to make a decision based on your needs and not pressure!

Don’t miss our next bridal show on Sunday, Sept. 25th at the Sheraton Carlsbad.  There will be plenty of vendors to talk to, 2 beautiful fashion shows,  a catering lounge where you can sample food and cake, a game room and loads of prizes.  Even if you think you have it all planned, come and get some fresh ideas and talk to vendors you didn’t think you could afford or even know existed.  Everyone has the same goal – to help you create the wedding of your dreams!!

For more information, visit:  www.carlsbadbridalshow.com  
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