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Blowout Bay Area Wedding Dress Sale

What would make a bride want to grab her sleeping bag and camp out overnight in San Francisco’s North Beach? The Glamour Closet’s once-a-year, first-come-first-served blowout Sample Sale, that’s what! Last year’s intrepid and determined brides-on-a-budget left Glamour Closet very happy, with their discounted designer wedding dresses in tow. 

Glamour Closet San Francisco Blowout SaleNow it’s your turn, my dears. With literally hundreds of discounted wedding dresses by Vera Wang, Reem Acra, Amsale and other couture designers, this is a sale you won’t want to miss. For this week only, all bridal gowns will be marked down to $499, $999 or $1499.

We recommend you get there early for the best selection. (With overnight lows expected to be balmy, camping out might not be a bad idea!)

Doors open 9am–5pm on Saturday, September 26, and 10am-3pm on Sunday, September 27.

For more info, go to the Glamour Closet website.

Siri Bridesmaids DressP.S. Bay Area bridesmaids should also check out the Siri promotion going on now—as low as $200 for really cute wear-again tea length dresses! Available at the Siri retailers.

Jolene Posted by Jolene on Sep 24, 2009.
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Dreamin’ Of A Santa Cruz Beach Wedding?

The Dream Inn, a Santa Cruz landmark, has just reopened after a fantastic retro-chic makeover—and their stylish new oceanview banquet space is so ready for primetime.

Santa Cruz Dream InnThe versatile beachfront ballroom captures a panoramic vista of the sparkling Monterey Bay. You and your friends will love the swimming pool scene, conveniently located right next to the sand and surf! Wedding packages include a Deluxe Oceanview Suite with romantic rose petal turn-down for your wedding night. (We recommend breakfasting on your private, view-filled balcony the next morning!)

Jolene Posted by Jolene on Sep 21, 2009.
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Wedding DJs: The Secret Of A Successful Wedding

Picture this: The spotlight’s on you and your new husband as you finish your first dance at your wedding reception. Waiting in the wings is the other important man in your life: your dad. As the final notes of that first song fade, Dad holds out his hand, ready to lead you back to the dance floor for the father-daughter dance. But when the first few bars of the Village People’s “YMCA” scream their way out of your iPod, you’re frozen in horror…did you really forget to add a father-daughter dance song to your wedding playlist?!

Kramer Entertainment, Inc.My buddy and colleague Denise described an eerily similar scenario that happened at her friend’s wedding. The bride had wanted to save some money by not hiring a DJ, but the plan backfired when her dad was cheated out of his moment!

A DJ makes last-minute adjustments that an iPod can’t. As Beau Kramer says, “A good DJ can keep the guests informed and involved. They constantly monitor the room and the energy of the guests, making subtle changes as needed.”

Another case in point: Many years ago, I coordinated a wedding at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate. The DJ had a great party going, until someone in the wedding party asked him to play a certain song. The DJ warned that the song would kill the energy of the party, and sure enough, the dance floor quickly emptied. But almost as soon as the dancers cleared the floor, the DJ’s next selection brought everyone back to life. He knew what would happen, and more importantly, he knew how to recover. I’d say that DJ earned his fee!

Kathy Posted by Kathy on Sep 17, 2009.
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