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Here are the latest wedding trends for Spring/Summer 2011 from the experts over at Exquisite Weddings Magazine.

Rose Gold

Rose Gold “Rose gold gets its pink color from copper and can be found on many fashion forward, daring men and woman around town,” declares Jenny Seligmann, owner of Diamonds Forever San Diego.

Pocket Dresses

“I am seeing more and more gowns with pockets these days, especially in our A-Line dresses with the fuller skirts. They have little pockets hidden in the side seams,” says Courtney Gavin, owner of Isis Bridal Boutique.

Photo Wall Entrances

“Rather than displaying a single image on an easel, couples are opting to share their story in a larger-than-life way with multiple photos. This new trend makes a sensory impact on guests and lets them in on a couple’s life prior to the day of the wedding rather than just witnessing their special day,” says Meaghan Schmaltz, owner of Weddings Made Splendid. Schmaltz coordinated this wedding at the Ultimate Skybox on December 11, 2010.

Tie Clips

“With traditional suits becoming more prominent at weddings, grooms are starting to don Bond-esque classic attire with tie clips. Kenneth Cole has reasonably-priced, yet debonair clips,” says Nick Valley of Valley & Co.

Icing-Free Cakes

Some brides are skipping overly ornate cakes and choosing more natural-looking confections. “We’re seeing a new movement towards deconstructed cakes with an emphasis on taste and a rustic look,” says Annie Packman, founder of the wedding

Custom Welcome Bags

“Welcome Bags are amazing gifts for your wedding guests. It’s a wonderful personalized way to say, ‘Thank you for coming.’ Items to consider should be consumable, portable and useful, not to mention fun,” chimes Diana Romero, wedding coordinator and owner of Ah! Le Party.

Dress Rental

Style out your wedding party in designer couture without asking them to max out their credit cards. According to Rent the Runway, “Friends don’t let friends buy bridesmaids dresses.” And just think, one less unwearable piece in the closet.

Romantic Embellishments

“Custom, handmade headbands, sashes or jewelry are personalized touches that reflect a bride’s individual style and help her feel unique on her very special day,” explains Cecilia Church, owner of Vocabulary boutique.

Contents courtesy of Exquisite Weddings Magazine En Vogue Elements Spring/Summer 2011

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We asked three wedding dress experts from local bridal salons for their favorite gown picks.  Find out which dresses they recommend and why.  Photos courtesy of The White Flower, Bliss Bride and Chez Bride Moderne.

Courtney Cole-Arlidge of The White Flower

Eve of Milady gown
“Eve of Milady is a time-honored favorite for her unique and luxurious choices.  This gown is singular in her collection for its decadent use of lace in place of hand embroidery.  The bodice fits exquisitely, lending the bride a sumptuous hourglass figure.  Decadent silk and a hem draped with French Alencon lace make this one of my favorite ball gowns ever.  An added plus: It’s exceptionally light and easy to wear.”   Eve of Milady Style E3 $3190 (including jacket)  This dress was featured in the Spring/Summer 2010 issue of Exquisite Weddings Magazine.

Martina Liana gown
“This exciting new design introduces a modern twist to a classic gown.  The gown is constructed from the finest French Alencon Lace with Parisian Silk Chiffon accents.  The built-in corset makes this lace gown especially flattering. To add to the glamour, customize your gown with hints of Swarovski sparkle, like on the one shown.”  Martina Liana gown Style 313 $3325 (including wrap)

Sienna gown by Simone Carvalli
“This gown is our newest addition to the boutique, and it’s already stealing hearts.  Made from beautiful silk satin, it features an alluring crumb-catcher neckline.  Flattering asymmetrical ruching, handmade flower petals, and Swarovski crystals highlight the skirt.  This fit-to-flair gown will create a dynamic look for your special day.  We are thrilled to share this new collection with San Diego.”  Simone Carvalli Style Sienna $2850

Anne Davis of Bliss Bride

Anne Barge gown
“Brides love the clean, architectural lines of this natural waist A-line. The pockets add a fresh and playful touch that’s hard to resist!   Brides who want to feel like the dress is something they would wear everyday will gravitate towards this dress.”  Anne Barge LF161: $2770

Christos gown
“A perfect balance of traditional and modern with the partially fitted shape and re-embroidered Alencon lace, this gown has a vintage, romantic feel.  Its hourglass silhouette compliments many body types.”  Christos 4015: $4940

Papillon gown by Jenny Packham
“Truly the dress for the non-traditional bride, this gown is glamorous!  Paired with a birdcage veil or feathers, it makes brides feel like they just stepped out of an old Hollywood movie.”  Jenny Packham “Papillon”: $4275  This dress was featured in the Spring/Summer 2010 issue of Exquisite Weddings Magazine.

Holly Bowen of Chez Bride Moderne

Va Lena Valentina gown
“This gown is one of our favorites!  It is made with light weight Italian silk and flatters many body types.  Plus it’s only $3,410!”

Royalty gown by Kenneth Pool
“This strapless, satin gown is over the top and very unique.  The full skirt, crystal beaded belt and softly draped bodice are gorgeous!” Royalty gown by Kenneth Pool $5800

Bijou gown by Amsale
“This silk taffeta gown is very romantic.  With hand-made Taffeta and Organza flowers, it would be perfect for a garden wedding!” Bijou gown by Amsale.  $8300

Wedding Dress Picks courtesy of Exquisite Wedding Magazine

Go to The Bridal Bar for additional information on great Bridal Salons and more!

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Wedding planning takes patience and one of the most trying tasks is working with your vendors to make sure you both understand one another.  How do you communicate with everyone involved to bring your wedding vision to life?

Here are a few tips straight from the experts themselves:

Prevent the Problem
Anseth Page Richards, owner of The Bridal Bar, suggests that you “use a wedding planner who can protect you from miscommunication with vendors.  If you do not have a wedding expert helping you, take extra care and only choose a reputable vendor, even if you have to pay more!”

Discuss Expectations
Tim Altbaum, owner of Tim Altbaum Productions, advises that you “always discuss openly what is expected from the vendor. Don’t leave anything to be interpreted one way or another.”  Richards agrees that couples should, “be honest and upfront with expectations” and make sure these expectations are clear in the contract.

Make No Assumptions and Be Clear
Sharon Mintz, owner of Organic Elements recommends that couples “speak to vendors in a respectful manner, but don’t assume that they already have an understanding of what you are expecting on your wedding day. Remember that there are many options to choose from and everyone’s preferences vary so make yours clear.”

Be Specific
Mintz says that brides should “use very specific examples and present pictures whenever possible.  If there’s an issue, try to return to the point of communication where you think your message and their understanding lost the connection.”

Avoid Last Minute Changes
From her experience, Richards knows that “problems always occur when last minute changes come up.  For example, asking the DJ to stay and play at the end of a wedding for another hour will affect other vendors.  The caterers may end up with double overtime or the rental companies will have to delay their pick up. If you think extra time may be needed get a quote in advance and make sure to add it to the contract.”

Finally, have FUN!!

This is your wedding so enjoy the planning process and have fun with it.  Avoid falling into the stress of finding the “perfect” vendor, stop the negative thoughts, and don’t make the planning feel like you are at “work.”  Instead get excited, enjoy your creativity, and keep in mind the meaning behind the wedding.

Courtesy of  Exquisite Weddings Magazine

By Jennine E. Estes

Jennine E. Estes is a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC#47653) with a private practice in San Diego.  Learn more about Jennine at Estes Therapy or visit her Relationship Column Relationships in the Raw.

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JOHN & CAT 08.11.10

John and Cat were incredible clients of ours who recently tied the knot in style in Mission Bay. John is the former Circulation Director for Exquisite Weddings Magazine, so our team of wedding artists was extraordinary!

Nick Abadilla captured these incredibly glamorous shots of the blushing bride in her lacy, form-fitting trumpet gown and scrumptiously romantic bird cage veil. Cat wanted a fun, out-of-the-box look for the reception. Tables were adorned with black-and-white damask runners, apple green satin floor-sweeping linens, and black iron lantern centerpieces brimming with moss and succulents. The result was a glamorous bay side bash {their friends sure know how to boogie}!

*Yes, those are the custom Converse that Nick showed in his post about breaking the wedding box!

Isn’t Cat’s bouquet ethereal? The handkerchief is decades-old, passed along to her from her grandmother.

Their favors were so cool {and unique!} – California scratch tickets for all!

The cake was just lovely. The subtle succulent design was not too overdone, it was sweet and so fresh!

John & Cat, we hope you had a fabulous honeymoon in Italy!

~ Valley & Co.

The Bridal Bar is so happy to have The Good Life Event Specialists share with us John & Cat’s special day!

Aleah & Nick Valley husband and wife wedding and event planning and design team since 2003, purveyors of the good life. They specialize in event planning and design services; from à la carte to budget and vendor assistant to concept, floral, and overall event design, their services can be tailored to suit your needs and budget. Being a husband-and-wife team, their clients reap the benefits of both of their talents and strengths.
Their team at The Good Life Event Specialists strives to create simply amazing and unique events. With nearly fifteen years of combined event planning and design experience, they absolutely love what they do and it shows.

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