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Love is Bountiful
When it Comes to Weddings, Options Abound
August, 2006 - Issue #22
Florists. Caterers. Consultants. Seminars. Hypnotists?

From traditional wedding vendors to options you may have yet to consider, event-related choices are innumerable. Browse through the following collection and become inspired; your dream wedding is just a few phone calls away.

Set the Mood with Music

Whether you are having a small or large wedding, music is a vital and important element to your event. Music creates the ambiance for the most memorable day in your life by generating feelings of intimacy, reflection, love, happiness, joy and elation. Live musicians add energy to your event, are interactive with your guests and set the mood for any party with a touch of class. Working with a professional agency will help you choose the right musicians and music to create the cherished memories that will last a lifetime. For more information, contact John Pramik of John Pramik Entertainment, Inc. at 295-5578.

Become your own Wedding Consultant

The Wedding Resource Center is now offering certification classes to become a wedding planner. Students have the option of selecting an eight-week or two-day course schedule; classes focus on both wedding planning and starting a wedding consultant business. Instructor Tracy Thompson is the Wedding Planning Institute's Southern California teacher, as well.

For more information visit www.myscvwedding.com or call 254-1222.

Capture a Moment

Professional wedding photographer Val Joyce is known for her classic wedding photography. She is the owner of Captured Moments and can be reached at 296-2353.

Learn the Do's and Don'ts of a Successful Wedding

The Santa Clarita Wedding Professionals presents this informative seminar that every bride should attend. Held at the Hyatt Valencia starting at 7 p.m. on August 22, the cost is $10 per bride and one guest. Call 297-5930 to reserve your space or visit www.santaclaritaweddings.com for more information.

Make a Quick Getaway

Take your wedding theme to the next level by incorporating a classic Rolls Royce or stretch Excursion into your big day. When working with a transport company, make sure that they also offer service out of your area (think "airport!"). There will be few moments as special as the time you and your new spouse spend together privately as you leave the location of your nuptials. It's worth the extra investment to not crowd in the mini-van with mom and dad, or worse, get in a traffic-inspired argument on the way to your honeymoon destination!

For an extensive selection of transportation options, contact Exclusive Sedan Service at 800-400-SEDAN.

Let them Eat Cake

Our favorite way to entertain guests without breaking the bank is to host a dessert-only affair. Imagine a beautifully-appointed buffet table filled with you and your beloved's favorite sweets. Elegant (think chocolate-covered strawberries) or quaint (think oatmeal cookies), desserts can fit any theme and will make for an event guests will talk about for years to come. Just don't hold your sweet feast during a normal meal time. Specialty companies like Dessert Alert are all you need for your chocolate-inspired festivities to come to fruition; reach them at 753-9269.

Honeymoon in Costa Rica

Beautiful, peaceful and exciting are all words that can be used to describe this amazing honeymoon destination. You can hike through a rainforest, slide through the treetops on steel cables hundreds of feet in the air, see an active volcano, scuba dive, whitewater raft, unwind in a hot springs spa, or just relax on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world - all in the same country.

Sound appealing? Several local SCV couples have had the time of their lives on their Costa Rican honeymoon!

Call Karen Ilich at the Travel Center of Santa Clarita at 295-1942 for more information.

Get Married on a Boat

Or next to a waterfall in Jamaica, on a beach in Aruba or on a glacier in Alaska... Thousands of couples a year tie the knot on a cruise, and the option is surprisingly affordable (just think: you are combining the wedding and honeymoon!). A seven-night wedding at sea for 20 guests, including food, facilities, a band, fl owers, cake, gourmet meals, entertainment, exotic ports of call and lots more can be had for $15,000 - the same price of a traditional wedding!

For more information contact SCV Cruise Planners at 800-719-7195 or visit www.scv-cruiseplanners.com.

Put the Fun Back into the Reception... 

...or the rehearsal dinner, or the engagement party. We greatly enjoy the idea of hosting a wedding-related event at a local brewery. Wolf Creek restaurant, often applauded for its tasty menu, brews and relaxed atmosphere, has recently added a nicely-appointed private room large enough to host medium-sized events. You can select from a preset menu or work with SCV-based owners to create something more personal. Their website, www.wolfcreekbrewingco.com, has sample menus ready for your perusal, or call 263-9653 for more information.

You're Getting Sleepy: A Unique Way to Relieve Wedding Stress

Did you know that hypnosis is used with brides and grooms to relieve stress? It's also proven successful with weight loss and has shown to improve the quality of communication within couples.

If you are looking for a natural way to improve your quality of life, hypnosis may be the answer. For more information contact the Magi Institute of Hypnosis at 286-2179 or visit www.docmagi.com.

Celebrate without Stress

Managing the many details that go into a wedding can make any bride fantasize about eloping, but it doesn't have to be that way. There are one-stop-shops available for weddings and other special gatherings that incorporate event coordination, decor, florals, invitations, linens, china and more.

Celebrate, a Valencia-based company, provides brides with a simple way to achieve the perfect wedding day. For more information, call Celebrate at 259-8611.

A Victorian Shower

What better location for a girly get-together than a private Victorian tea cottage or outdoor English rose garden? With on-site catering, the ability to host parties ranging in size from two to 50, and a gift shop to boot, Victorian Tea Time is an elegant option for the classy bride. Call 253-2340 for more information.
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