La Jolla “Romance by the Sea” Bridal show this Wednesday, April 25th

http://theabbeycatering.com/blog/2012/04/20/romance-by-the-sea-bridal-show-apr-25-at-lajollacovesuites/“What: 6th Annual “Romance by the Sea”

Where: La Jolla Cove Suites’ Rooftop

When: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Time: 4:30 – 7:30 pm

RSVP: 858-551-3412

Your invited to one of La Jolla’s most highly anticipated
bridal events,

Jolla Cove Suites’ 6th annual

“Romance by the Sea”

Imagine your special day, see this unique venue staged for a wedding and reception, meet a collection of San Diego’s finest vendors and make your dream a reality.”

http://theabbeycatering.com/blog/2012/04/20/romance-by-the-sea-bridal-show-apr-25-at-lajollacovesuites/

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Timeline for Pre-Wedding events: Engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party… Oh My!

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Click on the photo for a sample timeline or schedule for Pre wedding events

One of the first questions Bridesmaids and Maids of Honor ask me is

“What do I do and When do I need to do it?”

When it comes to weddings, most people forget that there are numerous events leading up to the BIG event. Think about it..

  • Engagement party (Usually done within 2-3 months of the engagement- sometimes thrown by the Maid of Honor)
  • Bridal or Couple’s showers (Usually done a few months before the wedding- thrown by the Bridesmaids and Maid of Honor)
  • Bachelorette parties (Usually done 2-6 weeks before the wedding- thrown by the Bridesmaids and Maid of Honor)
  • Bachelor parties (Usually done 2-6 weeks before the wedding- thrown by the Groomsmen and Best Man)
  • Bridesmaids Luncheon or Thank you Dinner (Usually, the week of the wedding- thrown by the Bride for her bridal party)
  • Welcome or Rehearsal Dinner (The day before the wedding-thrown by the bride and groom)

Here is a handy timeline to organize your Pre-Wedding events and important appointments. to help you create a good flow for Pre-Wedding events. Spacing the events out adequately will avoid people feeling annoyed with yet “another” wedding event to attend. Remember none of these events are mandatory. Brides- go with your gut on what events you want to have. Bridesmaids- check with the bride what she expects you to organize. Use your resources and have fun with it!

Where to go for Easter Weekend- especially if you have little daughters!

Me, Kayla (9) and Kiana (5) having girl time

I’m going to let you in on my family’s go-to spot for Easter.

It’s Frosted Robin Cupcakes at Seaport Village SD, CA to have a special Cupcake Tea Party and have their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny.

My little ones love to bring their teddy bears and dolls along and have a true tea party with beautiful cups and place settings, fancy spring hats, necklaces and feather boas to wear and don’t forget, the beautiful fans they let you borrow.

Pair their Banana Dulce or Jasmine Blueberry hot teas or gourmet loose-leaf black, rooibos or green teas with their delicious selection of fun and exotic cupcakes. I love their Lavender Cupcake and especially their Cookies and Cream Cupcake with Oreo mixed right into the batter (Yum!)

My absolute favorite, though, is their Robin Eggs. It is Cupcake batter mixed with frosting and surrounded by a hard shell. IT is DIVINE.

Good Robins egg flavors to try: Red Velvet in Dark Chocolate, Strawberry in Milk Chocolate, Cayman Spice in Cinnamon White Chocolate, Lavender in White Chocolate, Peanut Butter in Milk Chocolate, Vanilla in Dark Chocolate, Cookies and Milk in Milk Chocolate and Champagne in White Chocolate.

The Easter Bunny will only be there from Wed 4/4/12- Sat 4/7/12 11am-4pm. Bring your videocamera!

http://www.frostedrobincupcakes.com/

The Bridesmaids Revolution

I SAY WE TAKE IT BACK

For those who’ve been a bridesmaid before or (gasp) a Maid of Honor, being asked by another bride incites a host of muffled internal groans and shivers accompanied by ill-forgotten memories of the drama they went through before.

Bridesmaid has become a dirty word and I think we need to take it back.

It was an honor that dates back to Roman times when laws required ten witnesses so a marriage could be legal. The bridesmaids and groomsmen dressed identically to the bride and groom to confuse any evil spirits looking to do harm to the happy couple. Nowadays, it has often become a contest for who loves the bride most and a sometimes a heavy burden of being “the bride’s bitch.”

Can being a bridesmaid ever return to its place of honor so that being asked to accompany a girl on her bridal journey can be a fun, bonding experience instead of a possible drain of time, money and patience. Is there anything we can do to make the change? In the words of our president, YES WE CAN…

So follow me as we chant our Bridesmaids Manifesto…

We WILL NOT be the bride’s slave but rather her guide and right-hand gal.

We WILL NOT go broke but rather plan, save and organize so that every penny is managed and spent well.

We WILL NOT shell out hundreds of dollars on a dress we’ll probably never wear again, that we didn’t have any say in and whose color does not become us. Rather, we will let the bride know what our budget is in advance and ask the bride if she can keep us in mind during the process of choosing so that we can all make an adult decision about what we will look like.

We WILL NOT drop everything when we are called out-of-the-blue to run errands and go on appointments with the bride. The bride can schedule in advance and communicate her calendar with me and let me volunteer to be there when I can.

We WILL NOT allow the brides manifesto “But it’s my day!” manipulate us.

We WILL NOT perpetuate the stereotypical cat-fighting women. We will work together, communicate and be direct and honest with the other bridesmaids.

 

We WILL rise to the position of honor that has been bestowed on us by the bride.

We WILL do everything in our power to strengthen and maintain the bonds of friendship between the bridal party.

We WILL shine on her wedding day, but NEVER outshine her.

Bridesmaids of the World … Unite!!

Resources

http://www.marriagemissions.com/wedding-traditions-and-folklore/