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05.30.09

“Champagne and Sheets for the Blissful Bride” You are invited to a special, invitation-only White Sale featuring bedding and bath linens from Private Quarters.  Learn about our “Blissful Bride Bed” and bring the LUXURY of a 5-star hotel, the ROMANCE of a B&B and the SERENITY of a world-class spa into YOUR home. Registry available. Bring your girlfriends and shop in our beautiful canyon-view showroom, enjoy some champagne or coffee and pastry tasting courtesy of Espresso Mio.  RSVP by July 10th and your name will be entered into our drawing for a beautiful velvet robe!

JULY 11 @ PS Decor & Design 11am to 4pm

P.S. Decor & Design
1920 Fort Stockton Drive
San Diego, CA 92103 

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Cool Technology for the Wired Bride! 05.30.09

The Bridal Bar San Diego

One of the greatest challenges in planning a wedding is the need to organize and easily access information. One minute you are looking for that phone number or website address of the great photographer you heard about. The next minute you are trying to remember exactly what that dress looked like that you tried on last week. You’ve got gifts to keep track of, budgets to manage, guest lists to prepare, wedding gowns to shop for and on and on and on.

Even for the most organized bride, managing all of the details can prove to be a daunting task. For some time various websites have offered online planning tools and wedding software has also been available.  Now for you iPhone or iPod Touch users, there are a number of applications that savvy programmers have created that will make the planning process much easier than you ever dreamed. They range from simple counters that are mostly fun and give you a wedding day countdown to complex planning tools that organize every aspect of your planning process. 

One of our favorites is the Bridal Gown: Wedding Dress Shopping Assistant. You don’t realize how hard it is to keep track of what you like and don’t like in a dress until you have tried on 30 gowns at 5 salons and can’t remember the details of any of them.  With this handy app you have all of the details at your fingertips and can even attach a photo of you in the dress from your photo library.

If you don’t know where to start your planning or just want to make sure you have a comprehensive list of action items,  My Wedding is a planning tool that includes 166 pre-

populated ‘To Do’ items from the experts to get you started.  With this application you can add your own items, organize, edit and track items, or even ‘spin the wedding decider’ to help make decisions when you just can’t make up your mind.  The biggest strength of this tool is that it reminds you to include many items in your list that you might otherwise overlook. The major downside of this app is that it only lets you check off the items you have completed and doesn’t allow you to track any of the additional details.

Weddings generally include lots of parties and showers and fantastic gifts from thoughtful friends and family. They also include lots of thank you notes!  The Thank You Gift List is a great app that allows you to create a list of events and track the gifts that were received at each event.  It also integrates with your address book and allows you to add a picture of the gift to the list for reference.  This app makes it super easy to keep track of all of your gifts in detail and tracks your thank you notes as well.  The great thing about this app is that it also can be used for later events such as Christmas, birthdays, and more.  

If you are dreading that first dance and don’t want to splurge on actual dance lessons, Waltz is simple little app that gives you video dance lessons.  A little practice and you will look like a pro when you hit the dance floor on your special day.

 

And finally our absolute favorite app is called IWedding.  This app costs a little more than the average app but utilizes many of the powerful features already built into your iPhone or iPod Touch to help with the organization of your wedding. It truly is

 comprehensive and has some of the coolest features to simplify all of your planning.  IWedding tracks your ‘To Do’ list, your budget, your guest list, your honeymoon, your first dance song selection, your vendors, your deposits, and so much more.  It incorporates all of the checklists you need with a central location for recording all of the actual details for every item on the checklist.   It also allows you to review your ‘To Do’ list by category, such as bride, wedding party, reception, etc. which allows you to focus on one topic at a time. 

The guest list manager includes full integration with your contacts and address book, keeps track of RSVP’s, and will track meal preferences as well.  The budget manager keeps track of all of your budget items and includes full details on times, dates, deposits, and costs for many of your line items including venues, officiant, photography, transport, flowers, and more.   This is truly a must have app for busy brides.

For those of you who don’t live in the world of APPLE, another easily accessible tool is www.weddingwire.com.  It includes a website creator, budget manager, guest list manager, vendor manager, timeline, checklists, seating plan creator and more! And best of all – it’s all FREE!  This robust tool is extremely intuitive and provides lots of photos for inspiration and offers matching services to help you find the right vendors.

 

Whether you elect to use some of the latest technology or rely on basic spreadsheets or simple paper system, the most important thing is to relax and enjoy the ride! 

 

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05.29.09

The Bridal Bar San Diego

Encore Bridal, The Omni Hotel San Diego, and The Bridal Bar present:




San Diego’s Largest Wedding Dress Sale –


New, Sample and Nearly-New Couture


 


Current couture bridal gowns from the most sought after designers — Melissa Sweet, Vera Wang, Rosa Clara, Christos and more — discounted 40-70% off retail for one weekend only. 


When:  VIP Cocktail & Pre-Event Shopping Reception Friday June 12, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


 Saturday June 13, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Sunday June 14, 10:00  a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Who:  Fashionista Brides, Recessionista Brides, Fans of Couture Bridal Gowns


Cost:  Regular event entry is free. 


Friday night VIP Cocktail & Pre-Event Shopping Reception:  $25pp.  Guests can view and buy gowns prior to the event’s opening day at a champagne cocktail reception.  Each VIP guest also receives a Gift Bag filled with cost saving goodies.


Register Now!  


Contact:  info@encorebridal.com, 310-545-1409 for more information


Event Highlights:  VIP Cocktail & Pre-Event Shopping Reception; Raffle Prizes Valued at hundreds of dollars (Winners announced Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)


Parking:  Discounted valet parking is available for $20 at the hotel.  Public parking is available in the structure across the street from the Omni — entrance off of 6th street.


Out of Town Brides: The Omni Hotel is offering out of town brides a significantly discounted room rate of $99/night for the weekend.  

Additional Information: 

*Sale is first come, first serve

*No appointments taken

*No merchandise hold policy

*All gowns typically street size 4-10

*Designer labels include Vera Wang, Melissa Sweet, Christos, Kenneth Pool and many more!

*Dresses can be tried on in a community dressing room with assistance from an Encore Bridal consultant

*It is recommended that brides wear strapless bras, bustiers, lingerie, and underwear.

*All sales are final (no returns); gowns sold “As-Is”

*Cash and credit cards accepted; NO checks

Websites of Interest:

www.EncoreBridal.com,

 www.OmniSanDiegoHotel.com

www.BridalBar.com

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Romance by the Sea 05.12.09

The Bridal Bar San Diego

The Bridal Bar was thrilled to be a part of La Jolla Cove Suites‘ recent showcase.  The event featured lots of wonderful Bridal Bar Members including Foto Cabina.  Check out the cool party pics they shared with us.

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Sweet Sensations 05.07.09

The Bridal Bar San Diego   

Cheryl from The Sweet Studio continues to astound us with her beautiful favors.  Don’t let the name fool you as her creations are sweet for sure but not all edible!  Check out the amazing variety below.  

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05.06.09

We are so pleased to welcome our newest member of The Bridal Bar!
Nahid Farhoud of Wedding Elegance   is renowned for her beautiful events with an international flair.  Wedding Elegance offers a sophisticated array of services and coordination packages that fit your event planning needs and budget.  Whether you need help developing a theme and timeline for your wedding, someone to run the rehearsal or want to invest in full service support, Nahid  has plans to meet your needs.  

Welcome Nahid!
Here are a few photos to whet your appetite!

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Romance by the Sea, A Wedding to Remember 05.05.09

Please join the Bridal Bar at La Jolla Cove Suites’ 3rd Annual “Romance by the Sea, A Wedding to Remember.”

  

We’ll be showcasing some of our favorite vendors and spotlighting our new line of pashiminas and parasols.

  

Enjoy an evening of gourmet food and live entertainment as the sun sets over the world famous La Jolla Cove.


What: La Jolla Cove Suites – A Wedding to Remember

Where: La Jolla Cove Suites

1155 Coast Blvd.

La Jolla, CA 92037

When: May 6th, 2009, 5pm

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Moving Sale! Photo Specials 05.04.09
We are so excited to welcome Michael Spengler and Studio M to the neighborhood!  Their new studio is located at 5759 La Jolla Blvd. right here in Bird Rock.  Michael has been sharing the progress of their remodel on their blog and we can’t wait until they open in June and we get to see the final result.  

Studio M is offering some great promotions in the month of May in celebration of their move so now is a great time to take advantage of their talent. 

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05.04.09

Take a look at the recent collection of up and coming bridal designer, Douglas Hannant.  The gowns are sophisitcated, sexy, and perfect for a Hollywood glam affair or the right destination “I do.”


Photos from Brides.com

Douglas Hannant, Douglas Hannant Bridal 2010, fashion


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