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We were so pleased to have participated in the US Grant 2011 Wedding & Event Showcase: A Royal Affair. We enjoyed every moment of our talented showcase of incredible wedding industry professionals like DJ Spencer Bezy from Mobile Music Plus, Jason Taylor of Taylor FilmTim Otto Photography,  ePod Eventsb.mookié JewelryA Better Deal TuxedoM Bride and regal table-tops from A Diamond CelebrationHartworks Floral DesignIndulge FlowersCLassic Party Rental,Wildflower LinenKool Party RentalsPink Star DesignSoBelle Chocolate Favors in the Palm Court Foyer.


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Lounge Appeal is offering 25% off of all San Diego-based events on all inventory for events in March through July 2011.

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The Bridal Bar is delighted to announce the news about the exciting new partnership between Classic Party Rentals and Bamboo Studio.

Classic Bamboo is a revolutionary all-occasion disposable bamboo dinnerware for foodservice. Handcrafted from the sheath of the emerging bamboo plant, these dynamic new serving pieces are elegant, strong, and environmentally friendly.

• Sturdy, strong and durable

• Leak resistance

• Microwavable

• Handcrafted from Bamboo sheath

• No harsh chemicals or bleaches used

• Requires little energy to make and 100% biodegradable

“Our intention is to do what we can to ensure our environmental impact is as low as it can be. This, we have decided, is a cornerstone of our mission in the upcoming years. We are committed to looking back with pride at having done what we can, spread what we learn, and participate in our industry’s goals of becoming sustainable. We welcome all partners in this mission.”
- Mike Bjornstad, COO Classic Party Rentals

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Bridal Bar preferred member, Spencer Bezy was awarded the ABC ROCKSTAR award from the Association of Bridal Consultants at the San Diego ABC 2011 Excellence Awards. CONGRATULATIONS SPENCER!!

Spencer of Mobile Music Plus was chosen amongst his peers in the wedding industry and found to be The 2011 ABC ROCKSTAR for his creativity and fresh input in his field by  a panel of wedding industry experts who served as judges for this year’s ABC Excellence Awards.

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The Bridal Bar is very happy to insert another creative element to our library of Bridal Event Productions!

Panache. someone who has a dashing confidence of style, or shows a certain flamboyance and courage.

Panache Productions is a full service event planning company. The style and sophistication of your soiree is what distinguishes a Panache event from the ordinary. Cruz, a La Jolla legend with over twenty years of expertise, orchestrating hundreds of elite events, will ensure that Panache seamlessly coordinates your event with the utmost attention to detail. “Be your own Guest”, whether you’re hosting a prestigious black-tie dinner, a private cocktail party or a corporate affair our professionals will handle every phase of your event. Under the guidance of Cruz, our esteemed collection of vendors will complement your unique style with the savoir faire that your fête deserves. “Dressed to impress”, Panache Productions provides talented, knowledgeable event managers, servers, and bartenders, everything you’ll need to make your affair flawless from start to finish. Listening to our Clients is extremely important to us for a fabulously successful event. Call us for a complementary creative session to discuss your visions and our ability to make them a reality. Ask about “Le Petite Panache” for your more intimate petite affairs.

“Everything you can imagine is real”…Pablo Picasso.

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Surrounded by scenic Mission Bay, The Bahia Resort Hotel offers spectacular ocean and bay views, lush gardens and beachfront reception rooms to accommodate from 20 to 450 guests. The Victorian wedding gazebo is a tropical paradise with ponds, palm trees and exotic landscaping.

For a truly unique experience, have your wedding aboard one of our vintage Sternwheelers, the Bahia Belle or the William D. Evans. Our boats are adorned with rich woods, etched glass and polished brass fixtures, bringing back an era of fine service and elegance.

The Bahia Resort Hotel offers everything you need to create the special wedding memories you will cherish forever.

We invite you to experience San Diego’s ultimate wedding destination, the Bahia Resort Hotel.

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Building the beginning of a “happily ever after”
By Rebekah Sager
Posted on Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Last updated Sat, Nov 20th, 2010

Anseth Page Richards is not your ordinary wedding planner.She calls herself a couple’s coach, whose job it is to help brides and grooms over the first roadblock to marital bliss—planning a wedding. Born and raised in La Jolla, Richards says she has seen the planning of a wedding end a relationship before it has had a chance to begin the “happily ever after” part.

Revolving table decor.

Photo by Rebekah Sager

Whether it’s finding a CPA or lawyer (both of which she recommends for newlyweds), a florist, a pole dance instructor or a pyrotechnic DJ, the Bridal Bar is a one-stop-shop for organizing the “big day” or any big event.

Ten years ago, thanks to Hollywood, a movie starring Jennifer Lopez called The Wedding Planner, changed the role of that job. The wedding planner became as essential to a successful wedding as a great dress and a beautiful cake. “Prior to the movie, it was the mother of the bride that did all the work,” Richards says. “But our world has changed and become very specialized–when you need your computer fixed you hire an IT guy, if you’re getting married you hire a wedding planner.”

Every bride is special.

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The Bridal Bar kind of works like a PR firm/concierge service: They vet vendors such as caterers, photographers, and florists and choose the best six. Those vendors become “members” for a fee. Couples come to the store to discuss the budget and look of their wedding, and the Bridal Bar can direct them to the appropriate vendors–saving them the time and energy of trying multiple bakeries, listening to multiple DJs, or tasting multiple caterers.

Weddings can be tricky to plan and budget. Bridal Bar suggests that weddings usually fall into one of three catagories: Enjoy, Relax, Dream—the differenceis how money is proportioned, according to the couples’ priorities—maybe more on food, or more on music, etc.

Although Bridal Bar has suffered in the last couple of years due to the economy, Richards says 2011 is going to be a great year. “The luxury wedding market was hit hard, but the modest vendors had very good years,” she says.

Weddings in general will be a booming business in the next few years due to the Baby Boomers’ kids are coming into marrying age. One third of the Boomer’s kids will be marrying in the next five years.

Although all of the Bridal Bars are independently owned, the original store and the brand was started in Los Angeles by Harmony Walton. There are three locations–one in Beverly Hills, one in San Diego, and one in Atlanta.

The Bridal Bar offers bride and groom gifts, jewelry and engraving; basically anything a bride could think of, and some things she didn’t. They help brides and grooms connect the dots.

“It’s our goal to help couples live happily ever after,” says Richards.

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About the author: Rebekah Sager is a San Diego writer and blogger. Her work has been published in San Diego Magazine, Pacific San Diego, Where magazine and the South African literary journal Words etc. Her Web site is More by this author

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The placement of the entertainment plays an important part in the success of your reception. There seems to be a little trend of centering the dance floor and then placing the DJ on an opposite wall or in a corner, sometimes as much as 50-75 feet away. In most cases there are tables between the DJ and the dance floor. Whether you are using a band or a dj, they need to be located where they can best do their job, and that is by the dance floor. The speakers need to be up on stands for the best possible sound, and you don’t want tables with guests between the speakers and the dance floor. Two major problems arise when this takes place: one is that the guests seated at the tables in front of the speakers are usually not happy about it, and the other is the music volume needs to be louder since it has to travel further to reach the dance floor. It is also important that when the band or dj is doing the introductions or facilitating the toast that they can be seen as well as heard. If you’ve ever been to an event where someone is making an announcement, but you don’t know where it’s coming from, you notice everyone in attendance looking around the room trying to find out where the announcer is. And finally, a professional DJ with good equipment does not need a lot of room; a 5 foot by 4 foot space is usually enough. With a little planning you can still have the dance floor centered and the DJ next to it. Please consider these thoughts when planning your special event. Your dj or band will appreciate it. And in the end, so will you and your guests.

~ Mike

Mike Hogan is a full time professional DJ/Emcee with over 20 years of event experience. He is considered by many as one of the best and the majority of his business is by referral. Mike is a preferred vendor at over 30 of San Diego’s finest hotels and event venues including The Hotel Del Coronado, La Costa Resort and Spa, The La Valencia Resort, The Rancho Bernardo Inn and The Grand Del Mar. He is also the DJ of choice for many of San Diego’s top reception coordinators and corporate event planners. Mike has fun at what he does and takes great pride in a full dance floor and a happy client; you can rest assured he will do all he can to assist in the success of your celebration! Entertainment At Large can also take care of all your lighting needs, from Custom Glass Gobos to LED uplighting we will make your venue look it’s best!

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The Bridal Bar is so very proud to add a new color to our rainbow of invitation studios!!!

#1 place for high quality copying and printing in La Jolla!

CopyCove happy to celebrate 30 years of service!

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