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Wedding Tips - Mast Brothers Chocolates

Who wouldn't want to take home a decadent delicious chocolate bar as a parting gift after a night of great food and drinks at a beautiful wedding or party? we stumbled upon these beauties during a recent trip to one of our favorite cafes in Downtown Fullerton. 

Mast Brothers chocolates are known for their bean-to-bar production. They pay attention to every detail of the process of making each chocolate bar so you know each bar is very special. Just the packaging alone will make you fall in love with them. I already see them in a place setting nestled on top of a beautiful menu card waiting to be devoured at the end of the evening. Enjoy!

Five Tips When Wedding Gown Shopping

Do the Research

Photos! Photos! Photos! The only way you’re going to know what dresses you like is by looking! Start off looking at photos online, magazines, designers’ websites, etc. Try to stick to actual sites that have the dress photos on them and not something like a Google Image search- it will be easier to know the designer if you do that! And then of course save whatever you like.

Budget: If you know you're not going to spend $20,000 on your dress, don't waste time trying on a bunch of gowns out of your range. You're better off focusing in on your realistic price point so you can spend more time editing down the beautiful options you can actually buy. Also, keep in mind that you'll need to factor in the cost of alterations, taxes and shipping fees, plus your veil, shoes, lingerie and jewelry, which can add up to $500 or more altogether.

Refine your selection

Just like with any other type of search for inspiration, you’ll want to weed out what doesn’t quite stand out to you after a few hours or days. Go back and look through everything again, remove photos, and refine your “collection” of dresses that you like. Repeat if necessary.

Define your style

You should see some sort of pattern once you’ve refined what you saved. It could be a fabric, a dress style, a type of embellishment, a color, or even a designer. Gather the similarities and define them. Know what it is that you’re liking so you can tell the dress store. 

Plan ahead

Plan your days of dress shopping. Make sure to plan multiple days of shopping since you may not find the one on your first day out. Look up all of the bridal shops within an hour of where you live/where you’re shopping. Look up their reviews online too- I recommend Yelp or WeddingWire. Some bridal salons can be awful and may ruin your whole dress shopping experience, and some are exceptional. And if your heart is set on a designer, of course look up what stores carry that designer. Make sure to schedule appointments at bridal salons - that way you can have a consultant dedicated to you that will be able to answer your questions. More reason to plan out your day!

Call in Advance - Just because a salon carries your favorite designer doesn't mean it'll have the exact dress you've been dying to try on. If you phone beforehand and request a specific style, chances are the salon will be able to call in a sample of that gown especially for you. While you may get lucky and snag a salesperson just by walking in, scheduling an appointment guarantees you'll get a full hour of undivided attention. Plus, many salons require you to book an appointment in order to try on gowns, so you'll want to call ahead. 

Let the Salon Make Recommendations - Don't eliminate anything at first glance. If the salesperson brings you something she says you should try, try it—even if you don't initially love it or think it's totally “you." It's possible to fall for a wedding gown you didn't think you'd like or want. Not every dress looks great on a hanger, and you might have to let go of some preconceived notions and keep an open mind.

One of our favorite local salons is Love and Lace Bridal Tailor in Irvine, California. Besides the beautiful aesthetics of the bridal salon, they really know how to take care of the bride and all of her needs. We have referred many of our brides to this salon for this reason. 

Shop until you say Yes to the Dress

Once you’ve done your research and planned out your appointments, it’s time to shop! Remember, it’s okay if you don’t find “the one” at your first store or on the first day of shopping. Also remember to keep an open mind when you’re in the bridal shops, because dresses look very different on you than they do on the hanger. Oh and most importantly, take your time and don’t rush. If you have trouble deciding whether or not you love a dress, try to envision yourself walking down the aisle to your fiance in it.

And most of all, HAVE FUN!!!



Four Points Sheraton LAX: Nestlie & Brian

Nestlie & Brian celebrated their beautiful wedding day with their ceremony at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels. We've visited the Cathedral a few times for personal visits & mass but this was our first wedding experience. We've always loved the modern architecture of the Cathedral. Did you know that while building the Cathedral, the biggest challenge is to make sure that the design reflects the diversity of all of the people of Los Angeles.  Nestlie & Brian's guests were welcomed with a cocktail reception at the Four Points Sheraton LAX Hotel where dinner & dancing later ensued. Nestlie chose a very soft and beautiful blush color palette for their wedding day that just complemented her bridal party and the ballroom. The centerpieces were filled with hydrangeas and blush roses, some of the bride's favorite blooms and we packaged the couples' favorite dessert, french macarons courtesy of Beverly's Best as a thank you gift to all of their guests for celebrating with them. One of my favorite details of their day was the custom wedding cake that the groom illustrated. Sweet & Saucy Shop did an amazing job capturing the couple's request for a traditional cake in the front and a bit of surprise at the back reflecting the couple's personality. Loved working with Nestlie & Brian planning for this wonderful day and wish them well as they look forward to celebrating their first wedding anniversary in a few months. 


Planning & Design: Premier Soirees Event Design & Coordination | Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels | Reception Venue: Four Points Sheraton LAX | Photography: MA Photography | Video: MA Photography | Florals: White Sakuras | Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop |  French Macarons Favors: Beverlys Best | Bridal Wedding Gown: Blush Bridal Couture | DJ: Centerpiece Events | Photobooth: K-Squared Photobooth | Pipe & Drape: | Lighting: Bernie & Rachel

Richard Nixon Library & Museum: Holly & Peter

Like many little girls who have always dreamt of their wedding day, our bride Holly was no different. It has always been her dream to get married at The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum so when they hired us to help them with their wedding planning, we immediately scheduled time to tour the venue to make sure that it is the right fit to our couple. Holly & Peter wanted to have their wedding day be a celebration of their love and the unity of their two families filled with fun and great food.  It was also very important to them that their wedding reflected their style and personality so that it can leave a fun lasting impression on all of their guests.