Happiest Days
2018 Wedding & Event Guide
August, 2018 - Issue #167

A Sustainable Aesthetic that Lasts
Forget pleasing your mother in law; it's Mother Earth who deserves the biggest nod at your nuptials! If living green is part of your married-life plan, go drought-friendly and have summery succulents be the star of your show. Prominently-placed, these sunwash-shaded pretties take on a feminine feel when surrounded by roses of ivory and ballet-slipper pink. Eucalyptus leaves balance the look with their refined almond shape and distinctive, spicy scent.
Charmaine's Bouquet Canyon Florist 297-3100

What You should Know about your Event Location
"It looks nice on the internet" is not a reason to book a venue. You have to get in there, meet the staff, walk the property and ask the hard questions. Lucky for you, we have a few:

Will we be the only event going on, or will there be others scheduled at the same time?

Does this venue have a bridal and groom's suite?

What's included in this price - catering, alcohol, tables, chairs, linens, tableware, staffing?

Do guests have to pay to park?

Where are the restrooms, how many are there and are they well appointed?

Can we bring in our own vendors?

Are there local hotels nearby - and can we get a referral price?

Does this venue have ample signage, making it easy for guests and vendors to find?

Who will be on site to run the show and help if things go wrong?

Are there pretty places for photo ops?
Valencia Country Club 799-1263

On Trend: Green is Gorgeous
For far too long, green has been a necessary but always second-billed supporting character in the high-stakes performance that is wedding florals. Not anymore. Right now, green is grabbing the spotlight, thanks to designs that take full advantage of all the texture, dimension and visual heft leaves can bring to a design. The look is organic, unique and entirely trending.
Acton Creative Flowers 269-9326

Dream Dresses Sold Here

Cruz's Bridal isn't just the place to pick out a gorgeous gown during your private, customized appointment - they're your alteration and bridal BFFs, treating you and your crew to "perfectionist" personalized red-carpet service for your entire party's wedding wear.
Cruzs Bridal 263-2990

"Just like being There" Photography
One day, your kids, future friends or family members are going to say, "Can I see your wedding photos?" Don't just show off posed shots; share images that make them feel like they were there themselves, all those years ago. High-energy photography is a master craft, so peruse portfolios wisely as you make your selection.
Becca Rillo Photography 310-6909

A Refined Affair
Sometimes, only the best will do - which means you have to seek out the vendors known for really rolling out the red carpet. Here's how these pros step it up so that you step out in luxe style.

Pamper yourself with a Head-to-toe Bridal Makeover

Priscilla's Bridal is the place to go, not only for full access to the most experienced bridal-beauty pros in town, but for the "pre-party" mash up of the perfect hair color, tan, skin care, cut and more. Bonus: Their team with two stunning Valencia locations can accommodate your entire party so that everyone's look is picture perfect.
Priscilla's Bridal 253-1125

Spoil yourself with a Diamond
Sourced 10,000 Miles Away

Most jewelers in So Cal get their stock in downtown Los Angeles, but the owner of Classic Designs Jewelry literally flies to Antwerp, Belgium - the diamond capital of the world - to pick your sparkler. And, better yet, because they deal directly with the diamond cutters, they avoid paying a mark up to a US importer and distributor, which means that you get a better diamond - for less money.
Classic Designs Jewelry 254-4155

Treat yourself to Coordinating Posh Paper Goods

Take the opportunity to feel the weight of the paper, compare finishes or select from custom options you didn't even know existed. Your invite is the first chance to set the tone of your event! Make it happen when you connect with the talented team at By Invitation Only in charming Old Town Newhall.
By Invitation Only 388-5699

Bridal Trials are a Treat!
Schedule an appointment for professional hair and makeup bridal-trial styling at Blo-Out Lounge, then hit your engagement party or other special event looking the loveliest! Our suggestion: Trial their airbrush makeup services, which provide even, natural-looking coverage. Love your look? Of course you will - so take advantage of their vast quantity of bridal-pro stylists and book your whole wedding party's day-of appointments.
Blo-Out Lounge 255-2569

Love's in Full Bloom at the Newly-renovated
Hyatt Regency Valencia

Say "I do" in a fragrant, blooming rose garden while treating your guests to a day of luxury and wonder. Or, combine the intimacy and warmth of the garden with a ballroom reception that features fine china and customized, gourmet menu selections as well as exquisite amenities. Either way, your special day becomes complete with a personal banquet captain to oversee every detail. Call today for a tour of the floor-to-ceiling remodeled facility - where wedding dreams come true!
Hyatt Regency Valencia 678-4048

Mothers of the Bride & Groom have More Dress Options than Ever

If 50 is the new 30, then the mothers of the bride and groom no longer have to wear the boxy, chiffon-draped gowns of their grandparents' era! The tulle + dye shoppe carries beautiful, unique designer gowns in a wide variety of styles, colors and prices to accommodate moms of all shapes and sizes. Whether she's a mom who feels fit and fabulous or a mom who has a trouble spot or two she'd like to downplay, she's sure to find a gown that makes her feel like a million bucks - without breaking the bank or upstaging the bride.
tulle + dye shoppe 495-9255

A Venue as Timeless as your Love

Tempted by the timeless? The luxurious clubhouse at The Oaks Club at Valencia emulates old-California ranch-style architecture, featuring interiors of distressed alder wood trim, vaulted ceilings, stacked stone accents and panoramic oak-studded views of the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding championship golf course. Offering four banquet venues, The Oaks Club at Valencia features versatile accommodations for hosting indoor and outdoor events for as many as 200 guests. Also worthy of note: Oaks' catering selections, which are small-batched by Oaks Grille culinary masters who create custom menus using local, sustainable and organic ingredients, are well known for being deliciously innovative.
The Oaks Club at Valencia 288-1995

Engagement Parties that Pop
Ready to convey your excitement for your betrothed? Nothing says, "I'm so happy!" like the prettiest florals in vibrant shades of pinks, corals and yellows. These cheerful blooms are adorably paired with the tiniest of treasures - giftable cacti that are prickly sweet and so on trend. Ready to really live it up?
Ask Celebrate about their top-shelf food, drink and recreational stations that will really set your party apart!
Celebrate Flowers & Invitations 259-8611

Get Glowing!
"Wow, you look gorgeous!" is always preferred over, "Wow, your eyeshadow is amazing!" on your wedding day. Subtle is better, because it's timeless - and shows off the real you. Go for a look that makes you shine, versus a look that shines, with delicate pinks, a soft hand with highlighters, a bold black eyeliner to make the peepers pop and a base that breathes.
makeup by Javier Mena for Garrett Markenson Coiffure 297-2900

Let's Hear it for The Boy
In most weddings, the gents are gently pushed to the side. If he's lucky, he'll get a cleverly-themed groom's cake out of the big day; traditionally, the rest is about his partner. It doesn't have to be, though. Here are three testosterone-friendly ways to make the wedding more wowing for the guys.

Beers with the Buds

The boys can play cornhole, nosh on food-truck deliciousness and sip local handcrafted brews in a casual, "we literally make our beer here" atmosphere at Wolf Creek Brewery, which is conveniently tucked into the Valencia Industrial Center. It's uber close, too, so drink up and let that Lyft do the designated driving.
Wolf Creek Brewery 294-9977

Tux & Suit Rentals that are Easy

Send a man into a one-size-fits-all tux-and-suit shop and there's a 99 percent chance he'll be measured by a new-to-the-industry employee who's not great at making fashion suggestions. (Trust us, it's science.). Give your dude the gift of not hating everything by choosing J. David's Custom Clothiers for your big-day menswear. He'll be fitted by an industry pro who knows today's trends - and what's timeless. Since you won't spend more, on average, you will have a groom who looks on point and feels like it, too.
J. David's Custom Clothiers 287-3636

Food that's not Foo Foo
Our last event food tasting went something like this: "So, do you like the chicken piccata or the chicken marsala?" Um, how about... neither? Salt Creek Grille's catering department can hook him up with his favorite menu selections, but why not let them get creative with food he really craves - and that will make a memorable impact with your guests? If you can eat it, they can make it, deliciously. His "can eat it all day" menu includes mac n' cheese, beef kabobs and cotton candy!? Yeah, they can do that - but even better!
Salt Creek Grille 222-9999
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