Wedding Catering in San Francisco is not an option!

A good friend of mine, Staci, recently celebrated her 15th wedding anniversary out in San Francisco at the Forest Hill Club House. She was trying to keep her costs low and debated on hiring a wedding planner.  She actually does a number of custom cakes for weddings all the time so she decided to forego the cost of a wedding planner and let her good logistics friend, Angelina, handle some of the details.

Angelina and I talked on the phone a few times and decided there was a few things that we wanted to make sure went right – a good DJ, a solid caterer, and an amazing photographer. Her original wedding had the worst photographer of all time, no music or dancing (which she loves) and the food was made by her mom. Based on the stories that Staci has told me in the past I knew what she was really looking for.

When it comes to food, Staci has always planned her vacations around restaurants and food anywhere she has traveled. She is a bit of a foodie and loves new things so I decided that we needed of the reputable Bay Area wedding caterers, and TasteCatering.com fit the bill just perfectly.

San Francisco wedding caterer
San Francisco wedding caterer

I will warn you that this company is not inexpensive but the food Continue reading

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A review of JamesAllen.com

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I’ve decided to start reviewing some of these diamond retailers from time to time to help guide you when it comes to finding the special ring for your engagement or wedding day.  Today I am starting with JamesAllen.com.

When shopping for an engagement or wedding ring one of the things to remember is that this ring will be with you for a lifetime. Shopping online for a ring can take some of the mystique out of the experience, but you are more likely to find exactly what you want than if you look locally. Nothing quite beats trying on that ring and falling in love with it in person, this is well known by jewelers, and if you are willing to forego the fantasy of walking into an overpriced shop like Tiffany’s then shopping online may be just the thing to do if you want to find that perfect ring.

James Allen has done a pretty good job with their website. They have attempted rather successfully to make the experience as easy as possible. In comparison with DeBeers the website is much easier to navigate. I will admit I got lost, even drooling a bit Continue reading

10 Bridal Wedding Shoe Trends for 2013

In 2013, variety is the new catch of the day.  As you know, many wedding dresses don’t feature the shoe unless the bride wants them to be seen.  In the past many brides have worn simple flats or even white sandals to ensure comfort.  This year, is the year of the bold bride that likes to add a dash of bold style to her somewhat traditional ceremony.  Today I will list the top 10 wedding shoe trends for 2013:

  1. Pink Heels – Many women first started planning out their perfect wedding when they were even a child.  The pink bridal heeled shoes lets a woman declare her of love of the simple girly things in life and yet still be proud to call herself an independent woman.

    Pink bridal wedding shoes - Hot 2013 trend
    Pink bridal wedding shoes – Hot 2013 trend
  2. Custom printed shoes – Thanks to the improvements in technology today, made heeled wedding shoes can have your favorite print, or even something symbolic or sentimental printed on them.

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    Custom bridal wedding shoes – patterns, images, & even Star Wars
  3. Mint – Hot color of the year.  This is the hot color of 2013 and seem to be found throughout numerous wedding magazines and fashion runways.  A little hint of mint adds crispness and a light dash of color to any color palette.

    Mint Wedding Heels
    Mint Wedding Heels – 2013 Bridal Trends
  4. Custom decorated vintage wedding heels – With places like Etsy now very popluar you can easily find the perfect shoes and get it custom tailored to your exact specification including adding delicate vintage lace or retro styles to it.   Continue reading

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The main banner ad 125 x 230 on our right navigation will soon be available at $100 monthly or $950 a year if interested.  I will be adding no more than six 125 x 125 graphic ads for much less at $25 a month or $250 yearly. If interested in a something other than this or a creative partnership or sweepstakes please contact me at weddingnoise (at) gmail.com. Look forward to hearing from you.

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Getting engaged and domestic violence today

I just read a post about a 29 yr old man in Florida that tried to make his fiancee swallow her diamond engagement ring because she no longer wanted to live with him. Not only did he do this, he tried to do it while she had a 1 yr old in her arms at the time.

29-year-old man was arrested in Orlando on suspicion of trying to force his fiancee to swallow her diamond engagement ring because she no longer wanted to live with him.
Using an engagement ring as a weapon?

Let’s get to the heart of this.  This “man”, according to this article, physically assaulted his fiance and tried to use an engagement ring as the weapon to choke her.  He then has the audacity to say, “women always claim assault, but never accept responsibility for provoking someone,” according to deputies.  You CAN NOT provoke someone to assault you and break the law.  You CAN lose your temper and take out your anger inappropriately in a way that is considered domestic violence.

Speaking of domestic violence in the home in front of children, I recently came across a comment from an organization titled “Children of Domestic Violence” that speaks on the impact of children just witnessing domestic violence. One surprising statistic they brought up was that 63% of all boys, age 11-20, who commit murder kill the man who was abusing their mother.  These kind of statistics scare me and we must do something.

We must stop men like this from perpetuating the cycle of violence and educate the children so they learn NOT to repeat what they see.

Getting Married while on Horse a Current Wedding Trend of 2012

Today’s wedding break out of the traditiona.  Need some ideas on current fashion, check out some fashion blogs on the net. When you decide to get married while on horseback you need to think of a couple of things first:

(Photo below by James Hazelwood of Kate Taylor riding her horse. Read more about her life at lucysquest.blogspot.com)

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A memorable entrance by the bride to her wedding while on horse is a new trend for 2012.
  • Is their a stable on the property of your venue?
  • Does your venue even allow horses on the property?
  • What color/breed of horse do you want?
  • How experienced are you as a rider? Do you need some lessons to get comfortable again?
  • Make sure your dress is properly seated so it is no stepped on or pooped on.
  • Make sure you practice your entrance and exit in full dress before the actual wedding.  Practice allows you to think of things you might never have imagined if you had not done it.
  • Ride the horse at least once that you will be using on your wedding day so you are familiar with each other.
  • Find a photographer that is gifted at shooting horses and you should be fine for the wedding.

Suggestions for the logistics of the horse wedding. I would suggest just the bride come in on the horse, dismount, then get married while standing. This prevents numerous variables from happening including kicking of the wedding guests in the face, the awkward moment while the horse is pooping during the ceremony, and that moment when the horse decides to eat something it should not.

Now if you need some stylish equastrian clothes for sale for your reception gear, then hop to it. Who says you need to wear a trraditional white dress in the reception.  Have some fun with it.

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Big and Tall Wedding Tuxedos and Groomsman suits

When I got married….many, many years ago…… one of husband/s groomsman was definitely in the big and tall category for his suit (He was 6’4″ and about 270 pounds). The tux company ended up shipping something to short and small for him and no replacements.  He ended up just wearing a nice pair of black slack from his own closet at the wedding. If we had new about companies like “Mens USA” back then we could have saved all that hassle.

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Tuxedo to tight at your wedding, just rip it off, make it sleeveless

Of course, this blog entry is about a company that helps the big and tall guy AFTER his wedding day.  Looking for some great clothes for that husky man from brands like Carhartt, Levis, Dickies, Timberland, and laCrosse, then look no further then G and L clothing for your Big and Tall clothing needs. As with most big and tall stores you expect to track your order easily and hassle free returns if things don’t fit properly.  G & L offers all of this with top notch customer service.

When you spend over $100, shipping doesn’t need to be a hassle for you either. Even if your wedding day was lightly messed up from a tuxedo not fitting, the rest of your life should not be the same.  Check these guys out.