What kind of setting is fit for the rehearsal dinner of Sarah Gore, daughter of Vice President Al Gore? Truly, only a restaurant created by a princess will suffice. Crustacean Beverly Hills was the dramatic location of Sarah Gore’s 75-guest rehearsal dinner celebration July 14, complete with a 6-course tasting menu. The restaurant is both European-modern and Asian-exotic, with an 80-foot glass-topped indoor stream filled with koi snaking from the cocktail lounge to the dining room. The decor is inspired by the vice king of Vietnam’s French Colonial Hanoi estate (exective chef Helene An’s father’s home). With that kind of pedigree (not to mention the seriously sumptuous food), I dare you to not imagine you’re a princess yourself when you visit!
When planning your event, don’t forget that you really can make anything happen in California. Wanna get married on set at Paramount Studios? Go for it! Say “I do” in the morning and go skiing in the afternoon on Mammoth Mountain? Sure! Whether it’s a sporty celebration at Dodger Stadium or a super-chic 40s-style do at the classic Los Angeles Union Station, it’s no wonder so many of us are itching to hold more than one big event in our lifetimes—there are just too many interesting backdrops in this great state! After working here for over four years, I’ve already got my 10-year vow renewal planned out from beginning to end.
I’ll probably wait a few years to tell my husband about my ideas, though…
I love doing things with a slightly different twist for the weddings I am working on. I’m coordinating my friend Lucy’s wedding at Viansa Winery in May 2008 She wanted something fun for her “Save The Date” instead of the traditional paper announcement, so we decided to go with a magnet with all the pertinent info on it. Not only is it creative but it’s functional as well. I’ve gone to friends’ houses where they still have the magnets on their fridge from weddings years way in the past.
The company we used was Pioneer Color.They had great pricing, tons of designs to choose from and they can do a custom creation. The final product was crisp and clear and had a nice weight to it. For 120 magnets we spent $200 and it cost $0.41 (the cost of the stamp) to mail them to her guests. Not too bad.
Helpful hint: If you are sending out Save The Date announcements of any kind, you should make sure to mail them to your guests 6-9 months prior to your wedding.