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LET THEM EAT CAKE!! 06.25.10

Don’t you wish that you could have an alternative to the ever popular cake? We have had many instances in which our party throwers do not like cake or just plainly want to do something different for their event.  We believe that anything is possible and with a little imagination and taste….dreams do come true! We where thinking that special desserts can be perfect for late night munchies at a supper fun bachelorette celebration, or an alternative to cake at a birthday party….or a fun midnight snack a a really festive reception or for a colorful bridal shower…….you can choose the occasion and The Bridal Bar can help with the “cake”!!

We where challenged to have an alternative to birthday cake, the innovative mastermind of Avalon blazed to thinking and she brilliantly created a unique birthday cake made of White Cake-Vanilla Iced w/Rainbow Sprinkles Holes from Yum Yum Donuts……isn’t it genius!

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Always hire a wedding consultant….

The Bridal Bar embraces the Association Of Bridal Consultants’ keys to finding a perfect planner.

Answer these questions to find out:

1. Why do you need a wedding consultant?

A wedding consultant is a professional whose training, expertise and contacts will help make your wedding as close to perfect as it possibly can be – and let you relax and enjoy your wedding. You can count on a professional consultant to help you in many roles.

2. Should I organize my wedding myself?

As an expert, the consultant knows weddings, from the socially correct invitation formats through the proper planning and organization of the reception.

3. What is the role of a wedding consultant as a coordinator?

Through extensive contacts in the wedding business, the consultant can match you with the right professionals, from photographer to caterer, to turn your wedding dreams into reality.

4. Does my wedding need a supervisor?

Why should you worry about the details of planning your wedding? Your consultant will work with the other professionals you have chosen to make sure everything happens just as you want it.

5. How can a wedding consultant function as a financial planner?

If you’re working with a budget, your consultant can help you organize your dream wedding within your budget, by suggesting ways to make your dollar go the farthest.

6. Why would I need a mediator?

Caught between “ex”-families and “step”-families? A wedding professional, as an independent third party, often can smooth ruffled feathers and mediate disagreements.

7. What will a wedding consultant do for me?

In addition to helping make your wedding dreams come true within your budget – and perhaps saving you from costly mistakes -a consultant will save you time. With today’s hectic lifestyle, many bridal couples and their families do not have the time for the detailed planning and work a beautiful wedding requires. A professional consultant, working with you, can handle the details, allowing you the freedom to do what you want to do.

8. How can I tell if a consultant is reputable?

All Association of Bridal Consultant’s members agrees to uphold a Code of Ethics and Standards of Membership. Look for the Association’s logo and ask to see a current membership certificate; contact the Association to verify a wedding consultant’s status. Be sure to ask the consultant during the interview what kind of education and experience they have. Some members also participate in Association-sponsored seminars and workshops; certificates indicating that they have completed this training also may be displayed.

9. Do wedding consultants get “kickbacks” from suppliers?

Some vendors do offer commissions to consultants, much as airlines pay commissions to travel agents. Many consultants pass these commissions to you in the form of discounts. The Association strongly recommends against commissions. But, in all cases, you should know how the consultant is being paid–and by whom.

10. Won’t a consultant want to run the whole show?

A professional wedding consultant will work with you, handling as much or as little of your wedding as you want. After all, it is your wedding. The consultant is there to help you and your family – and make the day perfect.

11. What will a wedding consultant charge?

A consultant can charge a percent of the cost of the wedding. Some consultants charge an hourly rate or a fixed fee, or some combination of these. All these methods are acceptable, but you should determine in writing how and when your consultant will be paid.

12. Can I afford a wedding consultant?

A wedding consultant is part of your budget, not an extra expense. In fact, you often save money because a consultant suggests less expensive alternatives that still enhance your wedding. Consultants often can obtain discounts from suppliers. Above all, the professional wedding consultant will work with you to produce your dream wedding, including the consultant’s fee, all within your budget.

13. Why can’t I do the planning myself?

You certainly can do the planning yourself, and that sometimes is part of the fun of your wedding. But, it also can be a hassle, checking out many sources for each vendor, making sure all the details are in place and worrying about whether you’re getting the best deal – and whether everything will turn out all right. A bridal professional has the training and experience to make it all work, while you relax.

14. How can I tell if a wedding consultant is providing a quality vendor?

The consultant’s reputation -and future business – depend on the quality of the services, including vendors, you receive. A bridal professional is committed to providing the best possible wedding for the lowest possible cost. A satisfied bride is the consultant’s best advertisement. So, it is to their benefit to recommend the best vendor for your budget.

15. Do I need a wedding consultant?

A consultant will be a distinct asset as you plan your wedding. Wouldn’t it be nice to spend time with your fiancé and your families, rather than worrying about all the details of your special day? A consultant will take care of the details, leaving you to have the fun. And, on the wedding day, you can shine as the star, while your consultant works behind the scene to make it all happen!

16. What qualities should I look for in a consultant?

You should be comfortable with the person. You will be spending a lot of time together planning one of the major rites of passage in your life.

So, what is a wedding consultant?

A wedding consultant is an adviser, a coordinator, a supervisor, a financial planner, a mediator….sometimes, your consultant may be nothing more than “a shoulder to cry on” to support you through the hectic days before your wedding. Let your professional consultant handle the details with you. Make certain it turns out perfectly and enjoy your once in a lifetime day!

(Source: Association of Bridal Consultants,

Unlock the secret to bliss, select one of the fantastic preferred professionals The Bridal Bar has to offer you to make your wedding day dreams come true!

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New Communal and Buffet/ Dining tables now offered by Classic Party Rentals and Designer 8.  We think they would be great paired with some cool Chameleon barstools.  They would also be perfect to use for food stations or candy stations or as a fun alternative to the standard belly bar during cocktail hour.

Get your imagination going, create something different and extraordinary for your special day!!

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Here on our Bridal Bar blog we love to provide not only our brides-to-be with fabulous information, but also our newlywed brides. We believe that its fun to be able to do different things as a modern woman should!! Here is a recipe that is easy, healthy and tasty. I hope you find it as fantastic as we did!



6 (6-oz) pieces center-cut salmon fillet (about 1 inch thick) with skin

1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated fresh lime zest

6 tablespoons lime butter sauce (recipe below)


Prepare grill for cooking over medium-hot charcoal (moderate heat for gas).

Season salmon all over with salt and pepper, then grill, flesh sides down, on lightly oiled grill rack (covered only if using gas grill) 4 minutes.

Turn fillets over and grill (covered only if using gas grill) until just cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes more. Sprinkle fillets with zest and top each with 1 tablespoon lime butter sauce.

*If you don’t have a grill, you can broil the salmon and use the lime butter sauce.



1 large garlic clove, chopped

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted


Puree garlic with lime juice, salt, and pepper in a blender until smooth. With motor running, add melted butter and blend until emulsified, about 30 seconds.

Recipe courtesy of ~ Isabel De Los Rios ~ Certified Nutritionist ~ Certified Exercise Specialist ~ Author of

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The Bridal Bar is so very proud to add a new culinary treat to our menu of caterers!!

Continental Catering will satisfy all your wedding day cravings by providing you with an exceptional culinary event!!

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FUN EVENTS 06.16.10

Once in a while The Bridal Bar has the privilege to showcase and participate in bridal shows that bring many brides & grooms-to-be an array of ideas that help them realize their wedding dreams.


….it was fun to get our vendors together to create a multitude of visions to display at the US Grant’s Wedding Showcase – Celebrating A Century Of Weddings!


We loved being a part of the 100 years of Luxury celebration at the gorgeous US Grant in Downtown San Diego and it was incredible.  Here is a little taste of what we all experienced compliments of NR3 Video Productions….enjoy!

US Grant Luxury Wedding Showcase 4/11/2010 from nr3videoproductions on Vimeo.

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We had a amazing trunk show at the Bridal Bar pull together by an incredible effort of collaboration from our esteemed vendors to provide our brides with a well rounded glimpse at their wedding day!

The brides where able to try jewelry from b.mookié allong with gourges gowns from Allyson Simone, the girls had so much fun twirling in the dresses and completing their looks with matching jewels and veils.
The girls had the opportunity to interact with invitation designer Pink Star Designs and sample delectable cookies form Dazzle M Desserts as well as have a first hand look into the great creations of The Good Life Event Specialists. The day turned out to be a blissful event filled with glowing brides!!

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It is so great to be able to come to work everyday in a cheerful and colorful community like Bird Rock By The Sea in La Jolla, Sunny Southern California!!

Not only does this incredible little haven still hold its unique beach town charm, but it lends itself for a pleasent stroll down an avenue of intricate boutiques and yummy restaurants. It is great to have had the privilege of having the bench in front of The Bridal Bar revamped into an incredible piece of mosaic art! It is just simply beautiful and they are all over La Jolla Blvd in Bird Rock…..

We love and appreciate our community and love being a part of Bird Rock By The Sea!!

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