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What better way to set the mood for your proposal, than with private tastings of premium, fine wines and gourmet food parings!!

We saw this and immediately knew we had to share it with you! The La Jolla Wine Tours hosts different types of wine tours throughout La Jolla and in particular they have a really neat one that is very appropriate to set the tone for a great proposal story!

The Romantic Tour is a 3-hour epicurean walking tour that will introduce La Jolla’s wine, food and culture scene. On this delightful tour you will be guided by a local expert with years of fine wine and culinary experience, and years of living in the heart of this glorious Jewel by the Sea, whith special romantic gifts and prizes, including a wine raffle.

Tours run daily, by appointment, year round! You can plan this very spaecial day around a meaningful time for both of you and woo your sweetheart with a an afternoon that will end with a magical proposal on the coastline of beautiful La Jolla! 

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One special event in particular is about to take center stage. Will & Kate are getting married!!!

There is much to do and stress about when preparing for such an important event of a young couples life, especially when the whole world is watching. However, no event is without its lighter side. Here is some nonsensical trivia that you might find enjoyable.

1. Included in the things that Kate – I mean Catherine — will no longer be able to do are:

  • Vote – while the royal family can vote, they prefer to remain neutral
  • Play monopoly – in 2008, Prince Andrew declared the game “too vicious”
  • Eat shellfish - British Royals avoid this because of a fear of food poisoning
  • Finish her dinner – when the Queen stops eating, all in her presence must also stop
2. At a royal wedding, the groomsmen are known as “supporters.”

3. While the king can marry a commoner, Henry VIII made it illegal to marry a   Catholic.

4. Victoria Beckham, the English superstar, might assist the bride in dressing.

5. Ellen Degeneres will be invited because she is Kate’s 15th cousin.

6. The wife of the British king automatically becomes the queen — except in the case of Camilla Parker Bowles.  Part of the arrangement when she married Prince Charles was that the highest rank she could attain would be “Princess Consort”

Royal Wedding Trivia courtesy of NTC Promenade

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The Bridal Bar is very happy to have another touch of creativity  in our library of Bridal Consultants!

Victoria Schroeder has over 16 years of experience planning and producing special events from weddings to galas in both San Diego and New York City. She began her career in event management in 1993 at the five-star Le Meridien Hotel in Coronado and in 1998, Victoria moved to New York City to manage special events for up to 2500 guests at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. During her five years in New York City, she created cutting edge design themes for Broadway Opening Night Parties including “The Music Man”, “42nd Street”, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Movin’ Out”. Having returned to Coronado in early 2003, Victoria took over the reigns of Coronado Weddings, created by her mother, Helen Walker in 1991. In January 2005, Victoria was nominated by Special Events Magazine for Best Wedding of the Year for a spectacular beach-themed wedding she designed at the famous Hotel Del Coronado. Recently Coronado Weddings have been featured in “Inside Weddings”, “Grace Ormonde Wedding Style”, “Riviera” and “Special Events” Magazines. After 7 years of stellar success with Coronado Weddings, Victoria Schroeder launched sister company, Victoria Weddings and Events due to the demand for her services throughout San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and most recently New York City. Victoria’s sense of style, sophistication, humor and expertly coordinated events have earned her rave reviews and continued referrals from past and present brides as well as the finest venues in San Diego.

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Founded in 2004 and redesigned from head-to-toe in 2010, the goal at Isis Bridal has remained simple – to ensure that brides are the happiest brides in Southern California. Their gowns combine high fashion with a sense of traditional bridal elegance; and their wide price range offers something for every bride. Each private appointment is comfortable, personal and all about the BRIDE!

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The Bridal Bar is so excited to celebrate the appreciation of their masters at the Association of Bridal Consultants – San Diego‘s Masters Dinner being held at The Westgate Hotel….we are so proud to have so many Master Professionals as preferred vendors and in-house assets!!

Here are our very own masters….

Susanne Duffy
Crown Weddings Master Consultant/Wedding Designer


Victoria Lee Schroeder of Victoria Weddings & Events
Coronado Weddings Master Consultant/Wedding Designer


Anthony Griffin
Kool Party Rentals/Master Designer


Andy Salmonsen
NRG Music & Productions/Master Musician


Spencer Bezy
Mobile Music Plus DJ/Master of Ceremony Master


Giuseppe Ciuffa
Guiseppe’s Restaurants & Fine Catering/Culinary Master


Paul Barnett
Paul Barnett Photography/Photography Master



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As I was surfing through the net looking for new inspiration on brides, venues, gifts, all wedding related things…..per my usual daily routine…..I fell upon this amazing blog post about this amazing amour cottage in the Catskill, NY…..I just had to share it with all of you, as I have never seen anything like this before …..I want one of my very own!!!

This little cottage would be way beyond perfect for a honeymoon or a romantic get-away, where love and passion are sure to flow. The decor is just exquisite and you can completely indulge in this enchanted whimsical nest and leave the cares of the world entirely behind!

Sandra Foster the fortuitous owner of what used to be a hunting cabin, took her dream and innovation to turn it into a very alluring Victorian cottage. Read more about the cottage and her inspirational ideas at My Shabby Stream Side Studio

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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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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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