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It’s no secret that many Japanese girls have a soft spot for Hello Kitty. But a whole Hello Kitty-themed wedding?

Oh yes.

While I don’t personally share the Hello Kitty obsession (I was more of a Rainbow Brite girl myself), I’m dumbfounded by how many details went into making this a playful—and surreal—wedding experience. Of course it’s a little too pink and cuddly for my personal tastes, but it raises the question—why can’t Americans have more wedding celebrations that bring out the child in us? I’m not advocating a GI Joe event (complete with camo-clad bridesmaids and the groom wielding a machine gun), but there’s plenty of inspiration coming from Saturday morning cartoons. And who wouldn’t want to attend an event with Marvin the Martian? He’d be the life of the party!

If you do take this suggestion to heart, I’m begging you: send us pictures!

Lisa Posted by Lisa on Oct 25, 2007.
Filed under Off BeatReal Weddings

A Vice Presidential Rehearsal Dinner

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. articles_alt 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! articles_alt

Lisa Posted by Lisa on Oct 17, 2007.
Filed under LocationsReal WeddingsRehearsal DinnerRestaurants

Anything Can Happen in California

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 articles_alt 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…

Lisa Posted by Lisa on Oct 15, 2007.
Filed under LocationsOff BeatReceptions