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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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b.mookié Launches Customer Enhanced Website

b.mookié has launched its new website with improved customer viewing interface.

January 14, 2011

b.mookié, in San Diego, California, has officially launched their new website at b.mookié makes custom handcrafted jewelry, specializing in wedding jewelry designs. They launched a brand new customer-focused, interactive website this week. The website was designed with the customer in mind, with an interactive jewelry showcase that allows the viewer to see the details of each piece. Customers wanting a custom designed piece are now able to view and get ideas for designing their own special occasion jewelry with the designer, online by viewing designs in the ‘previous creations’ image gallery.

“I wanted to create a website in which customers would be able to view our jewelry online, seeing the details of the products as if they were standing in our studio and holding the piece in their hands,” says Molly Beard.

Additional website features include:

Shop By Color

Search By Term

Helpful Customer Reviews

Electronic Purchasing Made Easy With Shopping Cart

Stay In the Know: Subscription To Updates and Events

Jewelry Care & Storage Guide

Quick Reference Integrated Blog

About b.mookié:

b.mookié makes custom and handmade jewelry with a modern perspective. The company specializes in custom designed jewelry for brides and their attendants to co-ordinate with their wedding attire while enhancing the beauty and personal style of their day.

Molly Beard, the founder and designer, remembered the lack of personal attention and options she had available when looking for her own wedding day jewelry. So she decided to make b.mookié available by appointment, to reserve some time to meet with the bride and discuss their custom designed jewelry that will embody their personal style.

b.mookié strives to provide their customers with the best in personalized service and the highest quality jewelry. Whether it is custom designed jewelry for a wedding party of 15 or an individual one of a kind earring set to celebrate a 1st Anniversary. Their goal is to capture individual style on custom designed jewelry to be cherished and enjoyed for many years to come.

For further information please contact:


b.mookié ~ custom and handmade jewelry with a modern perspective

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ShopLocalSD: Bridal Bar in La Jolla

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.

Photo by Rebekah Sager

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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Nada Adjadj has been working her magic again to bring to your her intricately detailed designs for the perfect addition to your gift giving this holiday season!

SoBelle Chocolate Favors has prepared an array of holiday themed gift boxes and chocolate delicacies to fit everyone on your list! There are many other great designs and combination of gift box ideas that make perfect stocking stuffers and great hostess gifts.

For more information on the designs shown here or to place your orders contact SoBelle Chocolates at: ~ 619.504.2651

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Due to client requests, designer Molly Beard has put together a sprightly catalog to accept b.mookié holiday jewelry orders.

Molly has also been creating the “My Label” charms for the b.mookié holiday catalogue and bridesmaid’s gifts that can be individually personalized with initials and birthstones.

There are also many other great designs and combination of gift ideas that make perfect stocking stuffers and pieces that will impress whoever receives it, for a lifetime to come!

For more information on the designs shown here, to browse and share your wish list or to be  added to the b.mookié mailing list, send requests to

OR click to download the b.mookié Holiday 2010 Catalog now!

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Gifts for your bridal party are always a conundrum, what to get, will they like it, is it classy, is it memorable, does it show my deepest appreciation, where do I get multiples, and the list goes on-and-on!!! We wanted to give you Bridesmaids & Groomsmen gift ideas that you can choose from as you bridal party gift inspirations and some resources on where to get them from.

Gift Inspirations

We have classy and fun ideas from Inside Weddings Magazine to inspire you to choose gifts with your color theme in mind.





Bridesmaids Gift Ideas

Plus 50 ideas for bridesmaids gifts from the experts over at The Knot Magazine to inspire you to really get personal and unique with gifts for the girls that helped you through the crazy whirlwind of making your special day a dream come true!!

Entertain Her

  • Set of videos themed around a favorite actor, director, or film era
  • Tickets to a musical or dinner theater
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Computer games
  • First-edition favorite novel
  • Gift certificates to a local video store or movie theater
  • Cute, purse-size camera
  • Movie-themed gift basket
  • Tickets to a sporting event
  • Tiffany playing cards

Lavish Affection

  • Silk pajamas
  • Asian-inspired robe
  • Personalized stationery
  • Gift certificate to a great boutique
  • Monogrammed set of bath towels
  • Designer purse or note cards
  • Gift certificate to a luxury spa
  • Designer makeup bag
  • Beauty gift package
Do It Yourself (be careful here, make sure your maid will appreciate as much as you do)
  • Jewelry
  • Candles
  • Whimsical soaps
  • Holistic beauty treatments such as bath salts and scented astringents
  • Hand-painted mug or vase, designed at a local ceramics studio and personalized with her favorite colors
  • Knitted scarf, throw, or other woolen delight
  • Hand-bound photo album or scrapbook
  • Assorted jars of homemade jam
  • Personalized poem

Play Off Her Passion

  • She’s an antique buff? Check out flea markets, tag sales, and for vintage ashtrays, lace bureau scarves, Depression-era glass, and more.
  • She ice skates? Give a subscription to a skating magazine and fluffy balls for her skates.
  • She loves to boogie but can’t get her groove on? Try a gift certificate for an introductory ballroom, salsa, or flamenco dance class.
  • She’s a fitness nut? Go for workout gear.
  • She has wanderlust? Try a flight bag bearing her initials or classy travel kit.
  • She’s good with her hands? Treat her to an introductory pottery class.
  • She’s obsessed with wellness? Try a gift certificate for a session with a personal trainer, reflexologist, or nutritionist.
  • She cooks? Think a hot new cookbook, dessert bowls, or a state-of-the-art pepper mill.
  • She’s a gardening guru? Try new tools, a flowering plant, or decorative pots.

Wine and Dine Her

  • She’s a coffee fiend? A French press is always elegant, especially with a pound of gourmet coffee.
  • You’re a great cook? Host a five-course dinner party in your bridesmaids’ honor — feature the finest wine you can afford and the most sumptuous dishes you can prepare.
  • She’s the expert entertainer? Give her all the props she needs to create the ultimate sushi-themed soiree.
  • She’s a wine lover? Try a fabulous bottle of bubbly, a nice ice bucket, or enroll her in a wine club.
  • She loves to eat out? Go with a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant.
  • She sets a mean table? Search for luxe table linens.
  • She’s got a sweet tooth? Maybe she’d love some decadent chocolates.
  • She has a weakness for fancy food? Treat her to caviar, foie gras, or a gift certificate to a nearby gourmet shop.
  • She loves the outdoors? Hook her up with a deluxe picnic basket.
  • She’s a kitchen goddess? Dress her in an adorable apron.

~ Amy Elliot -

Groomsmen Gift Ideas

Groomsmen gift ideas that can be personalized for each one of the men that stood with you on one of the biggest days of your life…..many varieties to choose from at Melrose Keepsake

Traditional, yet personal…

Groomsmen grilling gifts ideas from The Man Registry

Groomsmen gifts ideas for the memory that will stand the test of time, upscale treasures that can be engraved available at Village Gifts & Engraving


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The Bridal Bar is so excited to add another magnificent choice of fine gifts and favors for our brides & grooms to chose from!

Make a statement….. The most important occasion in your life should be a memorable one. Village Gifts & Engraving specializes in personalized gift giving. Show that you care and offer your bridal attendants, wedding party and other guests a thoughtful personalized gift. Engraved and embroidered memories are sincere, heart-felt, thoughtful, and are treasured forever. Even if you choose not to personalize, the opportunities to gift truly from your heart are endless with the variety and selection offered at Village Gifts. From wedding showers to parties and receptions, even those most intimate occasions and gifts of gratitude, Village Gifts will assist in making your best decisions for fabulous memorable favors and gifts.

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The Bridal Bar has launched its first product in conjunction with interior designer and television lifestyle expert Jennifer Adams!!!

For More Information Contact The Bridal Bar ~ 858.459.1685

In Stores Late Summer 2010.

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