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Tuesday, Sep. 19th 2017

“What do I do with my dress, afterwards?”  …Preserve it, of course!!

The age old question from brides around the country is, “what do I do with this gorgeous gown after the big day?” 

“Well, don’t leave it hanging in the closet,” urges Robin Bergman, owner of Infinity Bouquets. Storing it properly can help to defend against permanent damage from light, dust, humidity, and critters. So stay away from inexpensive, low quality cardboard boxes, Robin warns. But, preserving your gown will keep it pristine. Modern museums and now countless brides across the country are using Infinity Bouquet’s method to store all fine textiles.  And, it’s more affordable than you think, so protect your investment, she added.


Gown preservation has long been an avenue for brides in hope that a daughter would wear her gown in the future. Let’s be realistic, that is probably not going to happen. However, present day brides are finding themselves using pieces of mom’s gown to embellish their bouquets, create a hanky to hold, or simply to add to their own modern day gowns. Preserving your beautiful dress affords you the ability to access your gown at a moment’s notice without interfering with the process, ensuring that the finest of textiles never yellow or damage.

Visit: or call Robin at 877-373-9379

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Your are Invited Bridal Showplace Show Sept. 17 Sunday

Sunday, Sep. 17th 2017

Engaged Couples, Family and Friends to
Plan Your Dream Wedding at the Luxurious Huntington Beach Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa Sunday, September 17, 2017 11am- Orange County Bride magazine

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First 50 Brides in line will get amazing SWAG bags
including a 500+ page Wedding Planner, Copy of Orange
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Las Vegas Gift Certificates and Coupons and more! Hyatt Huntington Beach CA show September 17 Sunday

What to Wear When Meeting the Parents

Tuesday, Sep. 12th 2017

For me, the holiday season is all about spending time with family. Since my husband and I have spent two married Christmases together, we have grown comfortable around each other’s families. While I am grateful for the relationship that I have with his parents now, in hindsight I remember being so nervous to meet them for the very first time. This time of year many relationships are taken to the next level – the holiday season is when most couples finally get to meet their significant other’s parents.

While these tips may be geared toward the holiday season, this list is useful year round, should you find yourself in a similar situation. So, here are a few helpful tips that I’ve learned when it comes to dressing to meet the parents…

What’s The Occasion?

Will you be attending a black tie affair or a casual family get together? It’s always best to find out where you’re going and what you’ll be doing before you start to plan your ensemble. During this time of year, it’s common for holiday parties to be a bit dressier than the average outing. I personally prefer to be overdressed than underdressed, especially when you’re unsure of the dress code.

Keep It Comfortable

There’s nothing worse than tugging at your clothes or stumbling over too high of heels all night. Since you generally don’t want to cause a scandal during your first parental encounter, I recommend keeping your hemline around knee length like this skirt from Paper Crown. Trust me when I say that choosing timeless over trendy is always appreciated in a family setting. It’s best to skip the plunging neckline and stilettos too!

Less Is More

In the beauty department that is! There is a time and a place for a bold smoky eye and a family gathering is usually not one of them. When in doubt, a minimal look is always best. You can’t go wrong with Lauren’s signature winged eyeliner paired with a classic red lip or nude gloss. As for your hair, skip the second-day hair and tame those tresses.

Be Yourself

The best piece of advice that I can give to you before you meet the parents is to just be yourself. Add pieces of your personality into your outfit – that locket you’ve worn since you were a little girl could turn out to be a great conversation starter! Choose a dress in a color that you love or even paint your nails your favorite shade of pink. You can tone down your everyday wardrobe for the sake of meeting the parents but you don’t have to water down your personality.

Remember: try not to freak out too much– chances are if your significant other loves you, their parents will too!

Do you have any tips on what to wear when meeting the parents?

We’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments below!

Source:  and Written by Jessi Team LC

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TOP 3 Tips to Consider for Wedding Planning, Sunny Ravanbach

Monday, Sep. 11th 2017

When it comes to planning a wedding, White Lilac’s founder and president Sunny Ravanbach knows what is important, after all she has created once in a lifetime wedding and memorable parties in the OC area for such names as Louis Vuitton and Chanel, as well as a host of famous faces. Below are Sunnys top 3 tips to consider:

  1. “Discuss speeches with your bridesmaids and groomsmen ahead of time! This can help you eliminate loved ones running on, and those awkward drunk speeches!”


  1. “Schedule more time than you anticipate for your hair and makeup- even if it means paying your hair and makeup artist an extra hour! It’s of utmost importance you have time to relax and perfect your wedding day look with at least 30 minutes of much to do about nothing.”


  1. “Once you’ve hired your photographer make sure you give them a very clear list of your likes and dislikes. Please emphasize what’s most important to you: if you want family portraits be explicit – tell her/him who is most special – be vocal about which shots moments you want captured.”some tips from party planner to the stars, Sunny Ravanbach of White Lilac Events


Sunny Ravanback of White Lilac Inc Party event planner and designer CEO of company Shahs of Sunset, she has worked in the industry for over 15 years.

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Wedding Etiquette for 20-somethings

Wednesday, Sep. 6th 2017

Spring and summer weddings are approaching, and for many young adults, it will be their first time attending such a special occasion. If you haven’t been to a wedding before, you might have a few questions about what to expect. Derrick Valenti, wedding planner for the Warwick Allerton Chicago, offers advice for 20-somethings on how to navigate the wedding day like a pro.


Invitations & RSVP Etiquette

Receiving a wedding invitation is a kind gesture that comes with certain expectations of the recipient. It’s ok to RSVP ‘no’ if you’re unable to attend. However, if it’s a close friend, you should send the couple a card thanking them for the invitation and a gift.



At many weddings, guests are asked to sit on either side of the bride or the groom. However, be sure to check with a member of the family. Be respectful of your seating assignment at the reception. You may not know the other guests sharing your table, but this doesn’t give you permission to sit elsewhere.


Social Media & Photography

It’s natural for 20-somethings to share significant life events on social media. If you’re taking photos of the big day, it’s important to be conscious of the official wedding photographer.


The Open Bar

Many weddings offer an open bar at the reception venue, meaning you will not have to pay out-of-pocket for drinks. While an open bar is a definite wedding perk, you should proceed with caution. Act like you’re at a gala, not a college party.


Gift Giving

Don’t feel like you have to spend a lot of money on a wedding gift, but you also shouldn’t show up empty-handed. A nice card with a small check is a thoughtful present that won’t break the bank. If you don’t bring money, you should buy something on the registry.


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Tuesday, Sep. 5th 2017

An Expert’s Guide to Planning Your Perfect Day—Your Way
BY Mindy Weiss with Lisbeth Levine

Weddings may be timeless, but trends and technology change. These days, social media, Uber, and even drones can all play a part on the big day, and “megastar wedding planner” (People) Mindy Weiss is here to show you how to manage it all with THE WEDDING BOOK: AN EXPERT’S GUIDE TO PLANNING YOUR PERFECT DAY—YOUR WAY (Workman Publishing; September 2016)—the most comprehensive wedding guide on the market, revised for a new generation of brides- and grooms-to-be. Mindy Weiss is the most visible and trusted name in the business, with frequent appearances in the media and a roster of A-list celebrity clients. She is also ahead of the curve—and this timely update incorporates everything that’s fresh and exciting in weddings and wedding planning, no matter how big or small your budget. Discover:

  • How to get the most out of Etsy, Pinterest, Instagram, and other social apps and websites in your wedding planning
  • How to use hashtags during your wedding and all wedding-related events, such as bachelorette parties
  • How to use services like Uber for guest transportation
  • New etiquette, including managing food sensitivities and keeping costs down for bridesmaids
  • The latest on digital photos, wedding albums, and videos
  • New destination wedding ideas
  • Nontraditional wedding cake options
  • Insight into details unique to same-sex marriages—one of the fastest-growing sectors of the wedding business

Updated to reflect today’s trends, this book remains as exhaustive, informative, and indispensable as ever (whether used alone or in tandem with Mindy’s wildly popular The Wedding Planner & Organizer), ensuring that every couple can have the wedding of their dreams, regardless of their budget, style, or personalities.
About the Author
Mindy Weiss is one of the most sought-after party planners in the country, working with celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres and Sofía Vergara. She is regularly featured in magazines and newspapers including People, US Weekly, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Los Angeles Times. She is also the author of The Wedding Planner & Organizer and The Baby Keepsake Book and Planner. She lives in Los Angeles and online at—and posts frequently on Instagram for her 160,000 followers @mindyweiss.

An Expert’s Guide to Planning Your Perfect Day–Your Way
by Mindy Weiss with Lisbeth Levine
Workman Publishing | September 2016 | ISBN: 9780761189541 | $24.95 (U.S.)







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Tuesday, Sep. 5th 2017


How to inquire about getting your Real Wedding inside O.C. Bride magazine. If you would like Orange County Bride Magazine to consider featuring your Real Wedding in our next issue, just email

You may also call us at 949-481-8038 or go to our website at and click on “contact.” Someone on our staff will email or mail you our Real Wedding Form. In addition, we’ll gladly contact your photographer with the appropriate information for your wedding pictures. We have a committee that reviews all of the photos for quality and content and they will decide which Real Weddings will run inside of Orange County Bride Magazine.

Our Real Wedding spreads are one of our most popular features. We invite the brides of Orange County, Long Beach, San Diego and Los Angeles or their photographers to contact us at

We always enjoy hearing from our brides concerning their wedding experiences and we especially enjoy hearing your suggestions or comments about Orange County Bride magazine and our website too.

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Every Role a Starring Role – Wedding Planner, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings

Thursday, Aug. 31st 2017

Kyleigh Johnson
by Kyleigh Johnson, External Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
Originally posted here

Your wedding day is something often dreamed about from the time you are little. What if you could share that day with one of our favorite couples, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse? Or say your vows in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle? Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings are something Disney fans dream of, and wedding planner Keli Byrne helps make those dreams a reality.

Keli walks couples through each step of the planning process – the food, the colors, the cake, the entertainment, the flowers – helping them create the beginning to their very own fairy tale. Learn more about Keli’s role and Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings in this month’s episode of “Every Role a Starring Role.

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How to Choose the Best Wedding Photography Packages

Friday, Aug. 11th 2017

Photo by Greg Zook Photography

How to Choose the Best Wedding Photography Packages

Photography is one of the most important parts of your wedding. Here’s what you need to look for in wedding photography packages so you don’t miss a thing.

Your wedding is one of the biggest days of your life. But any bride will tell you that the day goes by in an absolute blur.

Between getting ready, mingling with guests, and the ceremony itself, you’ll have a lot on your mind.

Photography is one of the best ways to capture the day. You can remind yourself of those key moments that made you smile. But you can also see what was going on elsewhere.

With a good photographer, you’ll find out what your young nephews were really doing when they disappeared after the speeches.

The average wedding cost is $35,329. Almost $3,000 of that will be spent on the photography.

When you’re spending that amount, choosing between wedding photography packages isn’t easy.

We’ve prepared this guide to help you choose the best one to capture your day.

Finding the Right Photography Style

Wedding photography actually covers a broad range of styles and approaches. Sure, you’ve got traditional wedding photography that you’ve seen before.

But how about wedding photojournalism? Maybe you want more of a fine-art feel to your photos. Or you’d prefer a fashion photography approach.

Spend time researching wedding photographers. Dig into what kind of work and photography styles they’ve done previously.

Identify the photographer who can produce work in your preferred style before you even start looking at their wedding photography packages.

You don’t want to find the perfect package, only to find the photographer can’t/won’t do the style you want. You need to check if the photographer’s style suits your chosen venue.

Will the photographer charge more to travel further?

It’s also important to check that the packages include a certain number of requested shots. A wedding photojournalist may not want to shoot the traditional group shots. But that’s up to you, not them.

Being clear on what you want will help you to narrow down the available packages.

Look at the Experience Level of the Photographer

Asking a photographer how much experience they have can be a tricky question. Don’t use ‘years practiced’ as a guide because it can be flawed.

For example, the photographer might claim 10 years of experience, but they only shoot five weddings a year.

As a rule of thumb, you want someone who’s shot more than 20 weddings. More than 30 is ideal.

You should also check how much of their photography experience is devoted to weddings. They might offer wedding photography packages alongside other services, such as graduations.

This comes back to the previous point about finding a photographer who specializes in weddings, as well as your chosen style.

You need to make sure they’re available on your chosen date. Use our handy wedding planner checklist to make sure you start making inquiries with enough time to spare.

Check How Many Events They Photograph in a Day

Larger studios have enough photographers that they can book multiple events across a weekend.

If you’re looking at wedding photography packages with a studio like that, make sure you’re getting the specific photographer you want. But smaller studios, or lone photographers, don’t have the same resources.

If they’re booking multiple events across a weekend, they’ll be more focused on watching the clock than photographing you.

Does The Package Include an Assistant?

The average number of guests at a wedding is 145. One person can’t capture all of your special moments around that many people.

Two photographers mean one can focus on you and your groom. The other can capture your guests or interesting scenes within the venue.

If you’re inviting more than 200 people, you may even need a third photographer. Check what packages the photographer offers that might cover this.

You might even ask what the photographer and their assistant plan to wear. You don’t want them to stand out.

If they blend in, the guests will be more relaxed. That means more natural images for you.

Do They Provide Contracts for Their Wedding Photography Packages?

Not all studios will provide contracts. You should make having one a requirement.

The contract will set out, among other things:

  • what service they will provide
  • prices
  • resolving any disputes
  • how to terminate the agreement

Contracts protect the photographer as well as you. So, it’s best to have one in place. Make sure it specifies what happens if your photographer is ill on your big day.

Part of the contract should also specify what happens if your wedding lasts longer than you thought.

Does the photographer charge for the extra time? If so, how much?

You don’t want to be hit with a $1,000 charge you weren’t expecting. But you also don’t want the photographer to leave just because their time is up.

Pay Attention to Copyright

Be aware that photographers retain the copyright for the images. A photographer can even sell them if they choose to.

In theory, that means you can’t do anything with them yourself. You don’t hold the intellectual property.

Make sure you negotiate a license to use the photo as part of the package. That means you can upload them to social media or order your own printed products.

Is Insurance Included in the Package?

Insurance benefits the photographer since it covers their equipment against theft or damage.

But they also need liability insurance. What happens if a guest trips over their equipment and injures themselves?

Wedding photography packages might not specifically include insurance if the photographer already has it as a business. But check anyway.

While it’s not part of business insurance, you should ask if the photographer has a form of physical insurance. Especially ask if they have backup equipment?

You can’t redo your wedding just because your photographer’s lens broke.

Research Post Production Styles for Your Photos

Taking the photos is just one part of the wedding photographer’s job. If you find wedding photography packages that don’t include post production, walk away.

Otherwise, you’ll get the raw images from the day with no editing done. Unless you’re an experienced photo editor, these photos aren’t worth having.

You need finished images

There are many different styles of post production technique. The one you get will depend on the photographic style you’ve chosen.

It’s best to research what’s available – and what’s actually included – before you commit to any wedding photography packages.

That also includes color correction. You don’t want images to have a color cast. This will leave you looking washed out or jaundiced on your big day.

The photographer must color correct all of the images they send to you.

When Will You Get the Proofs?

Photographers will offer different timescales for the delivery of your images.

It can vary based on what post production you want and how many images need to be edited.

If you need the images within 2 weeks, then don’t choose wedding photography packages that have a turnaround time of 4 months.

Bear in mind there will be a waiting period between approving the proofs and getting the physical products. The packages on offer should make these timescales clear.

Working Within a Budget

Wedding photography packages include the photographer’s time producing and editing the images. But they can also cover the deliverables at the end of the process.

Think of the beautiful albums, the art prints, or other photographic mementos.

Photographers may offer unlimited images or a limited number. Check if they only offer digital files or if prints are available.

If budgets are a concern, then cut the products from the package. You can always add extra prints or another album at a later date.

Keep Quality in Mind

Choosing a cheaper photographer just to get all of the products immediately might mean you get lower quality images.

You can add products from a more expensive photographer. You can’t add quality to cheap images. Don’t immediately assume you can simply print your own. As we said earlier, the photographer automatically holds the rights.

If you negotiated the license to use your images, then you’ll be able to order prints online. Some photographers may charge you more if you want to print your own copies.

A Note on Products

Does the package include a photo book or a photo album? There is a difference, and it’s worth knowing about.

Photo albums are printed on professional photo paper using photographic processes. They use a flush mount format. That way, you can lay the pages flat. The cover is often bound and can be leather or metallic.

Photo books are printed on ordinary paper using digital presses. They might be soft, hard, or leatherette cover.

The difference in quality is immediately obvious. If the package includes a photo book, ask if you can swap it out for a photo album instead.

The Next Step in Choosing a Package

Here is a quick set of questions to help you find your photographer:

1. Are you a member of a Professional Photographers Association?
2. Do you have an assistant? Will you be the one who is photographing my wedding?
3. Have you photographed at the site of my ceremony or reception?
4. Do you use high-speed film to expose natural light? What type of equipment do you have? Do you use digital?
5. Will you help us create a wedding day schedule so that we will know what is going to be photographed throughout the day?
6. What will you wear the day of our wedding?
7. Do you have insurance that will make it possible to reshoot the wedding if something goes wrong?
8. When will the proofs be ready? How long after ordering will the final prints and/or album be ready?
9. How long do you keep the proofs and negatives? How are they stored? Do we get to keep the proofs or camera originals?
10. What are the names and phone numbers of some recent bridal clients?


Now you’re well equipped with things to look for and questions to ask. Your next step is finding photographers.

If you’re looking for a place to start, ask friends and family if they can recommend wedding photographers.

Or check out our list of Orange County wedding photographers.

Good luck and let us know how your big day goes!

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Save the Date and Engagement Photos Trends

Friday, Jul. 21st 2017



Fido and Kitty Celebrate with You! Pets are stealing couples’ Save the Date and engagement photos in the cutest ways! Adding personalized signs, doggie bridal wear, or even Fido as a Doggie ring bearer is a sweet way of including the whole family in the wedding.


The Golden Hour: The longest days of the year happen in summer, allowing couples ample time to steal away for the best natural lighting in photography. Halos of gold, highlights of sun in your hair and shining on smiling faces make for breathtaking moments captured forever.










By Kelley McCarron

Summer trends

Romantic, all-inclusive weddings on the water in beautiful Newport Harbor. Several yachts and packages available to make your wedding day perfect.

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