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WE WELCOME LOL LETTERPRESS!! 03.30.11

The Bridal Bar is so very excited to add more creativity to our family’s array of artist!

LOL Letterpress is a premier design studio and letterpress print shop that specializes in creating innovative and stylish stationery goods while practicing green principles from concept to completion. Using tree-free cotton and post-consumer recycled paper, soy based inks and up-cycled elements, we are committed to bringing eco-sophistication to each and every invitation design. Our artisans combine the methods of old-world letterpress with the distinctive appeal of modern design to produce timeless beauty that you can see and feel. Browse our collection of proudest moments in custom wedding designs then contact us today to make your stationery statement that is truly one-of-a-kind.

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PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT: THE BRIDAL BAR LA JOLLA 11.23.10

San Diego Weddings and Parties

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.

Article Courtesy of www.sandiego.com
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 ShopLocalSD.com. More by this author

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COMMUNICATING WITH VENDORS 08.13.10

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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WE WELCOME COPY COVE!!! 07.13.10

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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B.BEAUTIFUL AT THE BRIDAL BAR 06.12.10

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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