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Bridal Professionals With a busy wedding season almost behind us we are starting to look forward to all those upcoming fall and holiday engagement. As we look ahead we realize how fast the time goes - something most brides realize as soon as they begin their wedding planning. That’s when URLocalBride’s publication and websites becomes a valuable resource to help local brides with the planning process. Looking for a photographer, limo company or venue? Check out our latest Publications (South Bay Bridal or Peninsula Bridal) and our area specific websites at URLocalBride.com for help finding the right local vendors. Do you have a special place you know of in your area? Have you worked with a local wedding vendor who you just loved? URLocalBride now has a wedding blog where you can share your experiences and recommendations with new “brides-to-be”. Just visit URLocalBride.com and chose your area to post pictures, share tips and make recommendations about all the fabulous things you find in your own backyard! Keep your copy of South Bay or Peninsula Bridal handy. Use it throughout your wedding planning to help make all your decisions easier. Visit our websites – URLocalBride.com – often to enter our contests and to update your calendar with events throughout the area. And remember, when planning that special day, don’t forget to FIND YOUR INSPIRATION … Locally!

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Vendor Etiquette

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Quick Venue Guide Destination Documentation

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Countdown to Your Perfect Wedding A step-by-step guide to help keep the stars in your eyes, your feet on the ground, and your wedding plans on track. Women who tackle wedding planning pragmatically — as if it were a work-related project — tend to survive the process with greater ease. Think of yourself as a project manager. Establish an overall framework for completing the work, and set specific intermediate deadlines, schedules and goals. Taken one small step at a time, the detail-laden job becomes less overwhelming. Here is our suggested timetable for the steps you should take in the months, weeks and days leading up to your wedding.

9-12 months before your wedding

• Change your Facebook status to “Engaged” • Choose your wedding date. If you plan to be married in a church, temple or mosque or in a religious service at home, clear the date and time with your clergy. • Set your budget. Take time for a heart-to-heart talk with your fiancé about the budget and style of your wedding, reception and wedding-related parties, and who pays for what. • Enlist help. Consider hiring a bridal consultant. If your budget won’t stretch that far, ask relatives and close friends to assist you in specific tasks – selecting a dress, interviewing caterers, locating a reception site – especially in areas where you feel you need support. • Compose your guest list. Let out-of-town guests know your wedding is in the works so they can make travel plans. • Reserve your reception site. • Decide on your color scheme. • Choose your wedding attendants. • Select your wedding gown, shoes and accessories. • Decide on bridesmaids’ dresses. • Determine the theme or mood you’d like to establish with the food, table settings, flowers and entertainment at your reception. • Interview caterers, musicians, florists, photographers, videographers and bakers. Get written estimates of their costs. Keep track of your discussions and their bids in a notebook or with wedding-planning app.

6-9 months before your wedding

• Choose your caterer. Remember to get a written contract. • Book your photographer and/or videographer. • Choose your musician(s).

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• Send out Save-the-Dates • Select your baker and order the cake. • Choose your florist. • Shop for wedding rings with your fiancé. • Decide on your honeymoon destination. Work with a travel agent to book your travel and accommodations. • Select your wedding invitations. Don’t forget to purchase personal stationery for the thank-you notes you’ll need to write.

4 months before your wedding

• Register for gifts at one or more bridal-gift registries. • Help both mothers to coordinate and shop for their wedding-day attire. • Select music for your ceremony and reception. • Choose readings for your wedding and write your wedding vows. • Plan a rehearsal dinner for members of your wedding party, your family and out-of-town guests. Reserve the location. • Arrange hotel accommodations for members of the wedding party who live out of town. Reserve a block of rooms for other out-of-town guests, and let them know the rooms are available. Remember to ask for any group discounts or special packages. • Reserve your wedding-day transportation and any other wedding-day rental needs. • Make appointments for gown fittings. • Check the requirements for a marriage license. • Make sure contracts and arrangements are complete with all of your service providers.

3 months before your wedding

• Carefully prepare directions, including simply drawn maps, if necessary, to help guide guests to the wedding and reception, and to hotels. For guests who will travel a long distance to your wedding, consider assembling an information package on fun things to do and see in your area. • Begin addressing invitations and announcements. Select a special stamp at the post office. Invitations should go in the mail six to eight weeks before your big day. • Give the caterer or other food suppliers a close idea of the number of guests you expect. • Make sure all reservations are in place for honeymoon travel. • Check with bridesmaids to make sure they have their gowns and are getting them adjusted. • Shop for gifts for your bridesmaids. Offer to help


URLocal Bride your fiancé select gifts for his attendants. • Select your “going away” outfit and special items for your trousseau. • Make a date with your photographer for any formal portraits you desire. • Make an appointment to have your hair done just before your portrait session and again the day or so before your wedding. Consider lily stein Photography including your bridesmaids in a “day of beauty” before your wedding, with manicures, hair styling, massages and makeup sessions.

2 months before your wedding

• Mail out your wedding invitations and announcements. • Finalize the music that will be played during your wedding ceremony. • Meet with musicians who will provide entertainment during your reception and orchestrate precisely what you want and when you want it played. • Don’t be shy to voice your preferences, down to the volume, favorite songs you’d like to hear or even songs you don’t want played. • Plan your rehearsal dinner and a brunch or fun activity for out-of-town guests to enjoy on the day following your wedding. • Purchase special accessories for your wedding-day attire. • Plan a luncheon for your bridesmaids. • Make appointments for a hairdresser, makeup artist and manicurist. • Finalize honeymoon plans. If you’re traveling overseas, check again that your passports are current and that you have any necessary visas. • Gather necessary birth or baptismal certificates you may need for your wedding license.

shots you want taken of the bridal party, as well as specific, candid shots you’d like taken during the reception. • Review the video plans with your videographer. • Put together welcome bags for out-of-town guests.

2 weeks before your wedding

• Keep writing those thank-you notes for wedding gifts! • Pick up your wedding rings. Make sure any special engraving appears precisely as you wished. • Begin packing for honeymoon.

1 week before your wedding

• Make out final checks for all your vendors. • Ask a friend or family member to arrange for wedding gifts that may be brought to your reception to be delivered to your home or another safe spot. • Wrap gifts for bridal attendants and have them ready for the rehearsal dinner. • Reconfirm honeymoon travel and hotel plans. • Arrange for payments to be made to vendors at the agreed-upon time. • Inform your caterer of the final number of guests Call any guests who haven’t RSVP’d to confirm final head count.

The day before your wedding

• Take time to relax and enjoy a massage, manicure and pedicure. • Traditionally, this is the day for your rehearsal ceremony and rehearsal dinner. Have fun! • Turn in early for a good night’s sleep.

1 month before your wedding

• Get your marriage license. • Have a final fitting of your gown and make sure your attendants have theirs. • Check that your menu selections and service plans are locked in place with the caterer. • Keep writing those thank-you notes on a daily basis! • If you plan a formal dinner for your reception, it’s time to draw up a seating plan and make up place cards. • Check with your florist to confirm dates and times of flower deliveries. • Review your wedding-day transportation plans and make sure drivers are clear about addresses, times and number of passengers. • Make name or address changes official on documents, including driver’s license, Social Security forms and financial accounts. Fill out change-ofaddress forms at the post office. • Meet with your photographer to specify the formal

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• Allow plenty of time for dressing, makeup and hair styling. • If you plan on photography before the ceremony, allow ample time so you’re not rushed. • Relax, and remember: This is your special day, the result of all your careful planning. Now it’s time to enjoy. Take a deep breath. Refuse to let any glitch get to you. Savor every moment of this sacred day. Let your joy and happiness shine through.

Best wishes!


Jewelers URLocalBride

Tiffany & Co 149 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto 650.328.2552 tiffany.com

Forever Diamonds & More 1008 Blossom Hill Rd Ste C, San Jose 408.267.3837 giadiamondssanjose.com

Main Street Goldworks 542 Main St, Half Moon Bay 650.726.2546 mainstreetgoldworks.com

Michael’s Jewelry 253 Park Rd, Burlingame 650.342.4461

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Kristan Shamus Events & Deisgn 408.507.8092 facebook.com/kristan shamus

Sullivan-Botello Events 415-334-7394 www.sullivanbotelloevents.com

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Florists URLocalBride

Fiori 1406 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame 650.348.2900 721 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto 650.323.3300 2314 Chestnut St, San Francisco 415.346.1100 fiori.com

Grand Flowers 3214 Grand Ave, Oakland 510.839.7673 grandflowersofoakland.com

House of Flowers 6040 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 415.752.2480 sf.houseofflowers.com

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Floral Arrangements for Fiori Burlingame 1406 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame, CA 94010 (650) 348-2900

Fiori Palo Alto 721 Stanford Shopping Center Palo Alto, CA 94304 (650) 323-3300

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Roxane’s warm personality and insight will put you at ease from your initial consultation until the actual day of your wedding or event. No matter where the venue is located, she will work with you in every aspect of your overall presentation. With their expertise in design and color, Roxane and her team will create for you the most beautiful floral décor for your special occasion…making yours an event that will be remembered by all for years to come!

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I Do Wedding Cakes 380 Tennant Ave Ste 2, Morgan Hill 408.776.9890 idoweddingcakes.biz

La Patisserie Bakery 19758 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino 408.446.4744 lapatisserie.net

Pastry Chik 1301 Old Country Rd #1, Belmont 650.232.7126 pastrychik.com

Mazzeti Bakery 101 Manor Dr, Pacifica 650.355.1007 mazzetisbakery.com

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The trending silhouette is tall and slender with a mix of different height tiers. Then the dash of flavor come in and even flavors have trends and in 2013 the top flavors are red velvet, chocolate and vanilla for the top spots, but 2013 brides have even requested mango or passion fruit. Even having a different flavor for each layer is good for this year! Then you have to find the look, which the top style is clean and modern with just one amazing pop of embellishment such as a bow, monogram or flower. The other major style is to mimic the wedding dress details like lace. This year there is one thing different and that is to see something unexpected nestled among the sugar flowers, like mini sculptures on cakes, for an example hummingbirds made out of modeling chocolate. URLOCALBRIDE.COM

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Caterers URLocalBride

Bay Area Catering & Events

Hawgs Seafood Bar

3215 Oak Knoll Dr, Redwood City 650.701.0228 bacevents.com

1700 W Campbell Ave, Campbell 408.379.9555 hawgsseafoodbar.com

The Carvery

Herbs & Spices

1909 El Camino Real, Redwood City 650.366.3765 thecarverycatering.com

415.816.3334 herbsandspiceschef.com

Cheat A Little Catering 650.227.1125 cheatalittle.com

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Western Style Catering 925.577.9010 westernstylecatering.com “Mobile BBQ & Fresh Fruit Smoothies


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The Carvery Catering Redwood City

Foster City

San Jose

San Leandro

Livermore

Since 1954 The Carvery has taken pride in doing what we know best. With a continued commitment to excellence, we offer quality food, generous portions and a fair price. Add this to a professional and attentive catering staff and we can ensure your event will be truly spectacular!

FOR ALL YOUR CATERING NEEDS Contact our Catering Director for a list of menus. Catering@TheCarvery.com

650.366.3765 or 1.877.379.2228 www.TheCarveryCatering.com

A full service catering company serving the Peninsula & greater San Francisco Bay Area

Herbs & Spices Catering will make your event delicious and stress free. Whether you are entertaining a few or a few hundred people, Herbs & Spices will work with you to create a menu that will be both visually tantalizing and exquisitely delicious.

www.herbsandspiceschef.com

415-816-3334

Weddings, Commitment Ceremonies, Anniversaries and a myriad of other social occasions & corporate events We offer Custom-Designed Menus in various Cuisines with vegetarian, vegan & multi-cultural food options Full Service Event Management We tailor our many services to your specific catering needs Catered Menu, Culinary Experts, Servers, Bartenders, Rentals, Floral, Valet Parking & Music

Cheat A Little Catering San Mateo, CA

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Fashion & Beauty Alborzi, Alexa DDS, MDS Inc.

Kayla’s Bridal

235 N San Mateo Dr Ste 300, San Mateo 650.288.0316

21120 Redwood Rd, Castro Valley 888.797.0808 kaylasbridal.com

705 Purissima, Half Moon Bay 650.726.6321 alborzismiles.com

Essys Clothiers 4555 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton 925.734.8088 Wedding Alteration Specialist

J. Cameron Bridal 510.300.7788 jcameronbridal.com

Janene’s Bridal Boutique 2418 Central Ave, Alameda 510.217.8076 janene’sbridalboutique.com

Nouvelle Bridal Boutique

Lippi, Paul A. DDS 246 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos 408.354.5535 theartofcreatingsmiles.com

Made Cometics - Spa Fragrance Bar 925.308.7200 madeamakeupboutique.com

Nouvelle Bridal 3705 El Camino Real, Palo Alto 650.326.6230 nouvellebridal.com

Perfume Bar Soiree 415.987.5946 perfumesoiree.com

PrimaDonna Hair and Makeup 415.987.5946 primadonnamakeover.com We have been in

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www.RefinedMD.com

408.688.2082 800 Pollard Rd · BLDG A · Los Gatos · 95032

Services Offered: • Botox/Dysport • Chemical Peels • Facial Rejuvenation • Fillers/Collagen Stimulators • Laser Services • Professional Make Up Artist • DermaSweep Facials • Esthetician Peels • Photo Treatments • Light Therapy • Esthetician Services • Skin Disorders

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Photographers URLocalBride

A Perfect Impression 281 Hartz Ave, Danville 925.215.1135 baywed.com

Benjamin Photographics 415.706.1618 benjaminphotographics.com

Red Eye Collection 510-821-5730 redeyecollection.com

Lori Rittinger Photography 925-934-2103 rittingerphotography.com

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How To

Research Your Photographer By Anna Sachse

My wedding this past August was truly one of the most beautiful days of my life. The casual elegance of our small farm setting, the best wedding food I’ve ever tasted, our ridiculously hip 1930s jazz band and my manly husband crying as he spoke the vows he wrote himself – these were all parts of a wedding that, for both of us, truly felt like a celebration of who we are rather than a choreographed performance. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some pretty major things that I wish we’d done differently. We should have hired a wedding planner, we should not have chosen a location that necessitated us remodeling it ourselves and, most importantly, we should have spent more time thinking about our photography. When it comes to budgeting, most folks in the wedding business will tell you that photography is the No. 1 area in which you should never skimp. Pictures capture the moment and help shape your memories as time passes. And it’s unlikely that you will ever again be surrounded by so many of your family members and friends at the same time. For this reason, I willingly paid top dollar for our photographer. Don’t get me wrong, I had a great con22 Fall/Winter 2013 22 •• URLOCALBRIDE.COM URLOCALBRIDE.COM

nection with my photographer, which is extremely important as this person will be following you around all day: in the dressing room, watching your ceremony, privy to your most intimate moments. And from the 2,000 or so shots she took on both digital and film, I will certainly be able to build a lovely book. But the problem is that pretty much no one else is happy with the pictures as a whole. Complaints include: too many of the images are out of focus; there are way too many shots of kids; most of the pictures are taken from frenzel studios far away, prioritizing landscape and legs over people’s faces; and, while there are many great shots of Chris and I, there are very few of our friends. What makes me sad is that all of these “problems” could have easily been eliminated if I’d taken the following three steps.

Step 1: Meet with a few photographers I only met with one because I was busy and liked her personality, as well as her work, right away. But if I had also met with other photographers, I might have seen different


URLocalBride styles or types of pictures that I preferred. I may have stuck with the first photographer anyway, but I would have been better equipped to provide instruction.

Step 2: View as much of their work as possible, including proof sheets When Jon Koch of Jon Koch Photography in St. Louis, first meets with prospective clients, he not only shows them a few paige & blake green long slideshows representing complete er problematic (One fuzzy-edged picture in wedding books, but he also provides four or a book can look arty, but hundreds of them five proof books so that they can truly see can get annoying). what an entire wedding looks like from start to finish – that’s 700 photos for one wedding versus 30. He also offers passwords to online galleries so that clients can view additional proof sheets at home without feeling pressure. Koch meets with clients again before “If, after seeing over 1,000 images, you’re their wedding and has them fill out a sheet not seeing enough portraits or posed party with specific requests. He asks about fampictures, for example, then maybe I’m not ily members so that he will know who they the right photographer for you,” says Koch. are and make sure they are covered. But he “I always ask my clients what style and types also asks that clients take this time to make of pictures are important to them, and I will special requests like getting a picture of a try to accommodate them as best as possigroup of co-workers, high school friends, ble, but, in the end, you can’t really change etc. “Give me everything you want so that the way you view an event and how’d you I can tell you what I can and can’t do,” he choose to capture it.” says. Remember that photographers are proIn my situation, my husband and I should fessionals; they are have said that we really wanted lots of canartists each with did pictures of our friends, and that we their own distinct preferred people over landscape. I know style. The responsithat my photographer would have hapbility is yours to depily obliged. She did, in fact, ask us what termine if it meets we wanted, but we were too frazzled at the your needs. I wish time – thanks to the remodel job and the I’d thought to ask lack of wedding planner – to think much for proof sheets about it. because they Oh well, at least we had that gorgeous might have keyed setting. And I have plenty of pictures to me in on trends in prove it. my photographer’s style that were lat-

Step 3: Trust your photographer’s vision, but provide a little direction

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A FESTIVE AFFAIR PARTY RENTAL is a complete, full services special event rental company. For 20 years we have served the event specialists from the peninsula to Santa Cruz. We have built our inventory to include a large selection of tables and chairs, dinnerware, tents, dance floors, wedding products, linens, garden equipment and more.

Our mission is to provide you, our client, superior customer care and ultimate dependability. Our trained staff can answer all your questions and help you with every aspect of planning your special party, including many questions you haven’t even thought of yet!

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California Marriages Kate Talbot 650.571.5555 californiamarriages.com

Steve Beck 408.738.2325 revbeck.com

Weddings by Steve 510-697-5534 Serving the Bay Area

White Robed Monks of St. Benedict 415.292.3228 whiterobedmonks.org

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Marriage Licenses

By Lindsay Gower Getting the License Both bride and groom must go, in person together, to a County Clerk’s office. In California, you can go to the Clerk’s Office in any county; it does not need to be the county in which you are having the wedding. Neither of you needs to be a California resident to apply for a California marriage license. No blood test or medical exam is required and there is no waiting period: You apply, pay, and receive the license then and there. You both must: • Be at least 18 years old. If you’re younger, you need consent of parent or guardian. • Bring a government- issued valid picture ID (such as a driver’s license) that includes your full legal name and date of birth. • If you have been married before, bring Proof of Dissolution. You cannot apply for a marriage license if you are married. What to Do With the License You receive an unsigned license. Here’s what happens to make it an official wedding certificate: • The license is good anywhere in California, regardless of which county issued it. It’s valid for 90 days. If 90 days pass before a wedding ceremony, you must get a new license. • Before the wedding, give the license to the person who’ll officiate at the ceremony. The officiant is required to review the license before conducting the ceremony. It’s a good idea to bring it to the rehearsal for go over it with the officiant, and of course bring it to the wedding. • After the ceremony, the officiant will complete and sign the license, and have it signed by bride, groom and at least one witness. • The officiant will return the license to the County Clerk’s office within 10 days of the ceremony, so it can be officially recorded. Once recorded, you can buy a copy of your wedding certificate (depending on the county, you don’t receive one automatically). Where to Apply on the Peninsula You can apply at the County Clerk’s office any weekday (except holidays). In San Mateo and Santa Clara, you do not need an appointment. There county offices open at 8:00am and close at 4:30pm, so arrive before 4:00 to have time to complete the paperwork. In San Francisco county, you must first make an appointment to get your license. San Mateo County Clerk 555 County Center, First Floor Redwood City, CA 94063 650.363.4500 Their web page regarding licenses is: http://www.smcare.org/ clerk/marriage/ • Weekdays, 8:00am - 4:30pm. Arrive before 4:00 to have time to complete the paperwork • You can begin the process by filling in the online application. You must still go to the office to complete the process. You can fill out the form at the office if you prefer. • The fee is $78 for the license, payable by cash, debit card, Visa or Mastercard. • You can get a copy of the marriage certificate, after it is recorded, for $14.

San Francisco County San Francisco County Clerk City Hall, Suite 168 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place San Francisco, CA 94102 415.554.4950 Their web page regarding licenses is: http://www.sfgov2.org/index. aspx?page=16 • In SF County, you must make an appointment for your license. Reservations are available Monday-Friday every half hour between 8:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. • The fee is $99, which you must pay when you schedule your appointment. They accept cash, money order, debit cards and personal checks. • You can get a copy of the marriage certificate, after it is recorded, for $21.

Santa Clara County Clerk-Recorder’s Office East Wing, 1st Floor 70 West Hedding Street San Jose CA 95110 To read their web page regarding marriage licenses, go to: www.sccgov. org/portal/site/rec, select Marriage Licenses from the left column, then select Applying for a Marriage License in the middle column. • Weekdays, 8:00am - 4:30pm. They require you to present your completed request by 4:15pm. You can fill in the PDF application at their website and bring it with you, or you can fill out the form at the office. • The fee is $79 for the license (and $2.50 convenience fee), payable by cash, check, or debit card. You can get a copy of the marriage certificate, after it is recorded, for $14.


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A Pretty Presentation Shine the spotlight on local labels by finding fun ways to make them an active part of your big day’s events, says Christopher Chan, director of wine & spirits at The Rainier Club, a historic private club and event space in Seattle. He suggests starting the reception with a “Wine Tasting Bar.” Select two each of your state’s best white and red wines and pair them with trays of hors d’oeuvres. Syrah is a winner with lamb, for example, while the sweetness of a dry sémillon is sublime with crab cakes. For suds-lovers, Chan recommends hosting a microbrew station. Fill tubs with ice and a variety of local brews that range from bright, hoppy pale ales to dark, malty ambers and porters.

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As for spirits, prepare a build-your-own bar that features a local vodka or gin along with a variety of mixers, such as fresh juices and specialty sodas, and ingredients like seasonal herbs and berries. “If you opt for stationstyle dinner service, another way to highlight one or all of these beverages is to pair each table with the wine, beer or cocktail that suits that particular cuisine best,” says Jessica Pennington, owner and lead planner for Stella Event Design in St. Joseph, Mich. But even if you decide to keep all the bottles behind the bar, she suggests including the background information on cute signs and/or your menu cards.

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Your caterer will likely have advice about which regional beverages are the best match for the food being served, but if you are able to procure your own alcohol and you really want to go local, chat with the folks at an area wine shop, Chan says. Not only do these vino aficionados have an insider’s point of view on delicious wines at affordable prices, they often carry craft beers and can typically weigh in on the best local spirits. Plus, many wine shops offer a 10- to 20-percent discount when you buy in bulk, notes Pennington, as do many wineries, breweries, distilleries and grocery stores. If you really want to show off some higher-end bottles but also have a limited budget, the answer is portion control, says Chan. Feature that favorite spirit in a specialty cocktail and, when guests are seated, have waiters pour small glasses of wine and beer as a special treat to kick off dinner. Or go with Pennington’s sweet tip: Stick with cheaper products in the bar, but offer a really splendid local dessert wine with the cake for a fabulous flavor combination that guests won’t soon forget.

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Vendor Etiquette By Anna Sachse

Whether it’s your caterer, band, DJ, florist, cake baker, photographer or wedding planner, top-notch vendors can make all the difference between a lackluster event and a blowout celebration. Their primary goal is to ensure that you are blissfully happy on one of the most memorable days of your life. With this kind of dedication, it seems only fair to consider a few ways to make them happy in return. First and foremost, instead of viewing your vendors as nothing more than categories in your budget, try to remember that you are all working together as a team. This means that sometimes it’s your job to provide direction, and sometimes you should take their advice, says Millie Martini Bratten, editor in chief of Brides magazine. Don’t micromanage. “You want to select vendors who you really feel like work as a partner with you,” she advises. “Be up front about your likes and dislikes, listen to what they have to say and allow them the leeway to use their expertise.” These professionals are experts in their field, can problem-solve quickly and understand your vision for your event. Pay them the respect of asking how they work best, and follow through on their requests, such as providing tear sheets or photos of samples for your florist, a playlist for the DJ or a person who the photographer can turn to during the formal pictures to make sure all the family members are accounted for. It’s a win-win. Another easy way to show consider42 • URLOCALBRIDE.COM Fall/Winter 2013

ation for your vendors is to feed them if they are working during your event. According to Bratten, there are no hard and fast rules regarding which vendors should be fed, but it’s typically the people who provide a service – such as musicians, photographers or coordinators – but not those who provide a product, such as florists or cake bakers. (An exception is catering staff – they provide a service, but if they are fed, it’s generally at the caterer’s own expense.) Indeed, it is becoming more and more common for bands and photographers to write meal requirements into their contracts. “They are likely there for four or five hours so not only will it make them feel special and appreciated, it will help keep their energy up and make them more likely to give you their all,” says Bratten. In addition to the fee for food served to the guests, couples are expected to pay for the food they provide their vendors; but no caterer should charge for vendor’s meals without the couple’s prior knowledge and approval. “First and foremost we do exactly what the client asks us to do with the food they have bought for the wedding,” says Lisa Dupar, owner of Lisa Dupar Catering and the Pomegranate Bistro in Seattle. “The food and service they are purchasing is primarily for the bride, groom and their guests, and we consider it their goods.” For this reason, says Bratten, it’s certainly not expected that you serve your vendors the same meal that you’re


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serving to your guests. Have a few pizzas delivered or have your caterer provide something simple, recommends Dupar. These meals are much cheaper and don’t require that couples spend extra money renting additional plates, flatware and linen. As most vendors don’t have much time to spare anyway, these easy-to-eat meals should do the trick. Let your caterer know ahead of time who you would like to feed, and then they can work with the various vendors to pick an appropriate time and place. “Ideally they are having a bite before anyone even arrives so that they can focus on their work when the reception starts,” says Dupar. “Or they are sitting down at the very end of the event, after they’ve done their work and the guests are leaving or gone, but before the catering staff has started breaking everything down.” Finally, to ensure happy vendors, take the time to determine which ones should receive a gratuity after the completion of a job well done. There are numerous guides available that outline the current protocol on tipping, from restroom attendants to limo drivers. Tipping is standard for certain vendors, but every vendor will appreciate a hand-written note. Be specific about the details, advises Bratten, such as mentioning if the band played the song for your first dance to perfection or if the caterer’s vegetarian option knocked your socks off. They can show these notes to prospective clients. “They want you to refer them,” says Bratten, which is an easy way to thank your vendors that won’t cost you a cent.

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Outside Rehearsals Starting Indoor Outdoor Ceremony Catering PostWedding price per Person ($) Area Avail. Facilities Facilities Permitted Brunch Y = Yes for category, N = No for category, * = Call for more details

Belmont Conference Center

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550 Island Pkwy, Belmont 650-595-7441, www.belmont.gov

California Catering Co.

233 W 20th Ave, San Mateo 650-345-4881x1,www.californiacateringsanmateo.com

Cinnabar Hills Golf Club

23600 McKean Rd, San Jose 408.323.7814, www.cinnabarhills.com

City of Milpitas

457 E. Calaveras Blvd. Milpitas 408.586.3409 www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov

Crown Plaza-Foster City

1221 Chess Drive, Foster City 650-570-5700, www.crownplaza.com

Dinah’s Garden Hotel & Trader Vic’s

G,P,

200

G,P

150

W

500

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300

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Y

Y

Y

Y

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Four Seasons

G,P

220

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Y

Y

N

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Gamble Garden

G,P

55

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Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

G,P,V,W

140

$65

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Y

Y

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N

Hotel Valencia

G,P

285

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Kohl Mansion

G,P,V

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4261 El Camino Real Palo Alto 650-273-5111, www.dinahshotel.com

The Domain Hotel

1085 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale 408.247.0800, www.jdvhotels.com

Embassy Suites SF Airport-Waterfront 150 Anza Blvd, Burlingame 650-342-4600,www.sfoburlingame.embassysuites.com

Emerald Hills Lodge & Golf Course

938 Wilmington Way, Redwood City 650-369-1991,www.emeraldhillslodge.com

Fox Theatre

2223 Broadway St, Redwood City 650-FOX-7770, www.foxrwc.com

2050 University Ave, East Palo Alto 650-566-1200,www.fourseasons.com/paloalto 1431 Waverly St, Palo Alto 650-329-1356, www.gamblegarden.org

Half Moon Bay Golf Links

2 Miramontes Point Road Half Moon Bay

355 Santana Row, San Jose 408.551.0010,www.hotelvalencia-santanarow.com 2750 Adeline Dr. Burlingame 650-762-1130, www.Kohl-Mansion.com

MacArthur Park

27 University Ave. Palo Alto 650-321-9990,www.macarthurparkpaloalto.com

Marriott - SFO Waterfront

1800 Old Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame 650-259-6622, www.marriott.com/sfobg

Marriott Fremont-Silicon Valley

46100 Landing Pkwy, Fremont 510-413-3774,www.marriott.com/fremont

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Mezza Luna Italian Restaurant

459ProspectWay,PrincetonbytheSea,HalfMoonBay 650-728-8606,www.mezzalunabythesea.com

Oceano Hotel and Spa

280 Capistrano Rd. Half Moon Bay 6507265400,www.oceanohalfmoonbay.com

Peninsula Italian American Social Club

100 N. B St, San Mateo 650.343.7981, www.peninsulasocialclub.org

Presentation Center

19480 Bear Creek Rd, Los Gatos 408.354.2346, www.presentationcenter.org

PurpleOrchidWineCountryResort&Spa 4549 Cross Rd, Livermore 925-606-8855, www.purpleorchid.com

Quadrus

2400 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park 650-854-2342,www.quadrusconference.com

Radisson Hotel SF Airport

5000 Sierra Pt Pkwy, Brisbane 415-467-4400, www.radison.com

Ralston House

1500 Ralston Ave. Belmont 650-508-3501, www.ralstonhall.com

Rengstorff House

3070 N Shoreline Bvld, Mountain View 650-903-6088, www.mountianview.gov

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Ristorante Don Giovanni

235 Castro St., Mountain View 650-961-9749, www.dongiovannis.com

San Mateo County History Museum

2200 Broadway, Redwood City 650-299-0104, www.historysmc.org

Sam’s Chowder House

4210 Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay 650-712-0245,www.samschowderhouse.com

Sea Nymph Vineyards

19900ShermanIslandCrossingRd.ShermanIsland 925-778-1900,www.seanymphvineyards.com

Sunol Valley Golf Club

6900 Mission Road, Sunol 925-862-2408, www.sunolvalley.com

Tarragon

1405 S Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale 408-737-8003, www.dinetarragon.com

Thomas Fogarty Winery

19501 Skyline Blvd. Woodside 650-851-6777, www.fogartywinery.com

WedgewoodWedding&BanquetCenter

6650 Golf Course Dr., Burlingame 866-966-3009,www.wedgewoodbanquet.com

West Valley College

14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga 408.741.2006, www.westvalley.edu

Westin SFO

1 Old Bayshore , Millbrae 650.692.3500www.westin.com/sanfranciscoairport

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Castlewood Country Club

707 Country Club Circle, Pleasanton 925-485-2239, www.castlewoodcc.org

Cinnabar Hills Golf Club

23600 McKean Rd, San Jose 408.323.7814, www.cinnabarhills.com

Clarion Hotel

1355 N Fourth St, San Jose 888.453.5340 x401, www.clarionsj.com

Outside Rehearsals Starting Indoor Outdoor Ceremony Catering PostWedding price per Person ($) Area Avail. Facilities Facilities Permitted Brunch Y = Yes for category, N = No for category, * = Call for more details

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Corinthian Grand Ballroom

196 N 3rd St, San Jose 408.292.1141www.corinthiangrandballroom.com

CreekSide Terrace of Los Gatos 408.559.7733 www.creeksidelosgatos.com

Crooked Vine Winery

4948 Telsa Rd, Livermore 925-449-0458, www.crookedvine.com

Decathalon Club

3250 Central Expressway, Santa Clara 408.738.2582,www.westernathleticclubs.com

Dolce Hayes Mansion

200 Edenvale Ave, San Jose 408.226.3200, www.hayesmansion.com

The Domain Hotel

1085 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale 408.247.0800, www.jdvhotels.com

Fortino Winery

4525 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy 408.842.3305, www.fortinowinery.com

Freedom Hall & Gardens

Santa Clara 408.379.FREE(3733),www.freedomhall.com

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Y

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175

$29

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$65

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G,P

350

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250

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200

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Y

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300

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N

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200

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Y

Y

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285

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Y

Y

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500

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Hilton Santa Clara

4949 Great America Pkwy Santa Clara 408.330.0001 www.hiltonsantaclara.com

The Historic Del Monte Building

100 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale 408.735.7680,www.thehistoricdelmonte.com

Hotel De Anza

233 W Santa Clara St, San Jose 408.494.4725, www.hoteldeanza.com

Hotel Valencia

355 Santana Row, San Jose 408.551.0010,www.hotelvalencia-santanarow.com

Marriott Fremont-Silicon Valley 46100 Landing Pkwy, Fremont 510.413.3774, www.marriott.com

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G = Garden P = Patio Max V = View Capacity W = Water Front

Mavericks Lodge & Event Center

107 Broadway, Half Moon Bay 650-263-2017,www.maverickeventcenter.com

Montalvo Arts Center

15400 Montalvo Rd, Saratoga 408.961.5856,www.montalvoarts.org/rentals

Outside Rehearsals Starting Indoor Outdoor Ceremony Catering PostWedding price per Person ($) Area Avail. Facilities Facilities Permitted Brunch Y = Yes for category, N = No for category, * = Call for more details

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150

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Y

Y

Y

Y

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1100

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Y

Y

N

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100

$25

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350

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Y

Y

Y

N

N

400

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Y

N

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350

$35

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Y

Y

N

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G,P,V

350

$60

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Y

Y

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250

*

Y

Y

N

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360

*

Y

Y

Y

*

Y

G,P

90

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Y

Y

Y

N

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600

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N

Y

N

Y

Y

400

*

Y

Y

Y

Y

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275

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Y

Y

Y

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Ristorante Don Giovanni

235 Castro St, Mountain View 650-961-9749, www.dongiovannis.com

San Jose City Hall Rotunda

200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose 408.535.1248, www.sanjoseca.gov/events

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San Mateo County History Museum

2200 Broadway, Redwood City 650-299-0104, www.historysmc.org

Sam's Chowder House

4210 Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay 650-712-0245,www.samschowderhouse.com

Santa Teresa Golf Club

260 Bernal Rd. San Jose 408.2252650 santateresagolf.com

Silicon Valley Capital Club

50 W San Fernando, San Jose 408.641.7573, www.sanjoseclub.com

Starlite Banquet

680 Minnesota Ave. San Jose 408.286.1050 starlitebanquets.com

Testarossa Winery

300-A College Ave, Los Gatos 408.354.6150 x3, www.testarossa.com

Villa Ragusa

35 S Second St, Campbell 408.364.1900, www.villaragusa.com

Willow Heights Mansion

1978 Willow Springs Rd, Morgan Hill 408.778.1978,www.willowheightsmansion.com

WedgwoodWedding & Banquet Center

EagleRidgeGolfCourse,2951ClubDrive,Gilroy 866-966-3009,www.wedgewoodbanquet.com

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Questions to ask when choosing a venue: • What’s the décor like? • Does it fit your style, colors and budget? • Will you have to spend a lot of money to make it beautiful? • Is there a space for the bride & groom to change? • Do they have an in-house caterer and do you like the food?

• Can you bring in your own caterer? • Are there overtime charges? • Is there a wedding coordinator onsite? • Is there a back-up plan if the location is outdoors? • Are candles allowed? • Do they have a liquor license?


Rehearsal Dinners URLocalBride

Carpaccio 1120 Crane St, Menlo Park 650.322.1211 carpaccios.com

Faultline Brewing 1235 Oakmead Pkwy, Sunnyvale 408.736.2739 faultlinebrewing.com

Fiddlers Green Irish Pub & Restaurant 333 El Camino Real, Millbrae 650.697.3419 fiddlersgreenmillbrae.com

Mezzaluna 459 Prospect Way, Princeton by the Sea 650.728.8108 mezzalunabythesea.com

Sam’s Chowder House 4210 North Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay 650.712.0245 samschowderhouse.com

Peninsula’s Best ReheaRsal DinneRs

HABANA CUBA Top 50 BEST

Up To 25 Guests

Spanish Restaurants in The Country -Hispanic Magazine Rehersal Dinners • LARGE Groups We Are the Back Yard Wedding Experts Catering • We Do It All!

Northern Italian Cuisine

“Carpaccio once again has been voted our best Italian restaurant. No wonder. It has many things going for it: consistently good food, handsome decor, and a gracious host, managing partner Ciya Martorana, who knows everyone in town.”

Open for lunch Monday to Friday Light Lunches 2-5pm Open for Dinner Monday to Sunday

1120 Crane Street Menlo Park 650.322.1211 www.carpaccios.com 48 • URLOCALBRIDE.COM

238 Race StReet San Jose 408.998.2822 www.998cuba.com


DJs & Videography URLocalBride

Disc Jockey- Wedding Specialists Winner of The Knot “Best of Weddings 2012” Disc Jockey- Wedding Specialists Winner of The Knot “Best of Weddings 2012”

A Perfect Impression 281 Hartz Ave, Danville 925.215.1135 or 510.887.8100 baywed.com

Mark Welch Entertainment 800.693.5003 markwelchentertainment.com

Portable Party Crew 415.608.8222 portablepartydj.com

Verducci Entertainment 925.215.1135 or 510.887.8100 925.215.1135 or www.baywed.com 510.887.8100 www.baywed.com

1013 Pardee St., Berkeley 415.545.8635 verduccies.com

415-608-8222

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Guest Accomodations URLocalBride

Courtyard by Marriott 655 Creekside Way, Campbell 408.626.9590 marriott.com

Hilton Santa Clara 4949 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara 408.330.0001 hiltonsantaclara.com

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Grand Hotel 865 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale 408.720.8500 svgrandhotel.com

Westin SFO 1 Old Bayshore, Millbrae 650.692.3500 westin.com/sanfranciscoairport


Transportation URLocalBride

Cherry Limos

Finesse Limousine Service

650.670.0838 4cherrylimos.com

800.546.6999 finesselimo.com

800-546-6999

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Travel

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I reland Mexico I taly

I Struggling to pick your wedding venue from pictures online? •

Frustrated trying to get in touch with vendors who speak another language and are in another country? • • Do you want to sample food and cake instead of looking at pictures?

If you are a bride who answers to these questions join us on our destination bridal tours in 2014. Call us today!

888-338-0852

RomanticGetaways.travel Honeymoons • Weddings

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Destination Documentation

All exotic abroad honeymoons start with the same thing - a passport By Timothy R. Schulte ctw features

As the gray skies of winter creep in, tropical locales become all the more alluring. But couples planning to jet off to a foreign paradise after tying the knot need to get one thing taken care of first: the passport. If you don’t yet have a passport, right now would be a great time to start the application process At the start of November, applications were being processed in four to six weeks (two to three if expedited); during busier travel periods like the summer the wait can be longer - not good if you’re mypassport-needs-to-arrive-soon window is small. So what do you need to do?

1. Complete Form DS-11: Application For A U.S. Passport You must apply in person at an Acceptance Facility, such as a post office, or Passport Agency. Do not sign the form until instructed to do so by the Acceptance Agent. Also, be sure to have all the required documentation, which we’ll get to.

2. Submit Evidence of U.S. Citizenship Evidence of U.S. citizenship must be submitted with Form DS-11, such as: • Certified birth certificate issued by the city, county or state • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth • Naturalization Certificate of Citizenship

3. Present Identification Acceptable identification includes: • Naturalization Certificate • Valid Driver’s License • Current Government ID (city, state or federal) • Current Military ID (military and dependents) 4. Submit a Photocopy of the ID Presented Above The front and back side of the ID document on 8.5-by-11 paper

5. Pay the Application Fee Currently the rates are $75 for a Passport Book and $95 for a Passport Book + Passport Card, plus a $25 execution fee.

6. Provide 2 Passport Photos You’ll need two identical 2-by-2 color photos to be used for your passport. Many pharmacy and office-supply stores offer passport-photo services. For specific details, visit travel.state. com. Smile, and enjoy your trip!

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Favors,Etc.

east bay bridal URLocal Bride

Bravium 650-207-8314 www.bravium.com

Good Karmal goodkarmal.com

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Sugar Treats 408-497-6804 www.sugartreesweetsandtreats.com

Prince and Princess Sitters 866-685-0450 www.pandpsitters.com


Bachelor/ette Party URLocalBride

Donna Serrano

408.781.2448 www.slumberpartiesbydonnaserrano.com AD 106795

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Items Total Accomodations Bachelor/ Bachelorette Party Beauty Bride’s Gown Caterer Ceremony DJ/Videographer Favors/Wedding Party Gifts Flowers Groom’s Tux Invitations/Stationary Honeymoon Jewelery Limo/Transportation Photographer Rehearsal Dinner Rentals Venue Wedding Consultant Total Cost 56 • URLOCALBRIDE.COM

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SF Gay & Lesbian Wedding Expo Bently Reserve February 9, 2014 from 11:00am - 4:00pm

Join us for SF's first Gay and Lesbian Wedding Expo. Gay Vanity Fair where gay couples looking to tie the knot can meet with wedding vendors to plan their big day.

Presented by Sullivan & Botello Events, LLC Visit www.facebook.com/Gayvanityfair for additional information


Nestled amongst breathtaking views of the San Jose Foothills, Cinnabar Hills Golf Club features a beautiful outdoor ceremony patio and large indoor banquet room. This exceptional wedding facility, coupled with our experienced staff, ensures your wedding will be all you dreamed of and more. “call to schedule a complimentary tasting with your tour”

23600 McKean Rd., San Jose CA

408•323•7857

www.cinnabarhills.com events@cinnabarhills.com


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