Wedding Tip - First Dance Choreography

Thursday, July, 31 2014   •   Traditions & Customs   •   by Dynamite Weddings

When you and your fiance are planning your first dance song think about how elaborate you would like this first dance to be. A theatrical production with a full blown dance routine? A song for you to relax in your hubby arms? Or somewhere in between? Many guests love the idea of a little bit of choreography. This enables the first dance to be entertaining and heartfelt at the same time. It will also be less stressful then a full blown music video kind of performance!

first dance

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Wedding Tip - Bridal Boot camp!

Wednesday, July, 30 2014   •   Planning   •   by Dynamite Weddings

This is your day to shine! Dresses come in all shapes and sizes as do brides, but many brides like to be toned for that special day. Here are some tips to throw that flab in the bag!

1. It's all or nothing: The best results have been seen through total body programs. Incorporating cardio, weight training, and stretching has been proven to help shed the pounds.

2. Keep it simple: Know your temptations and what you need in your diet to succeed. Stick to complex carbs, protein, fruits and vegetables.

3. See you later sugar: High sugar diets lowers the immune system which lessens muscle growth and decreases fat loss. Sugar should not be cut completely, but inhibit in relation to desired results.

4. Catch up on your z's: Seven to nine hours of rest a night helps to metabolize intake properly and keeps you looking fresh. That's why they call it beauty sleep!

5. Get the future hubby on schedule: Why would you do this alone? Get your fiance on board with your workout regimen. This well help you bond and you can push each other at challenging times.

Boot-camp for Brides

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Wedding Tidbits - Bridal Spa Party (part 2)

Tuesday, July, 29 2014   •   Hair, Makeup, & Beauty   •   by Dynamite Weddings

Last week we checked out some fantastic day spas for you and your bridesmaids with Real Weddings magazine. Let's take a look at the second installment today:

Spa Bloom at Parkside, 916-658-1818
2116 6th Street, Sacramento
We recommend: Four-Hour Sparty, $300
With this package, your guests can customize services to fit their needs with their choice of facial, massage, body scrub, and two quick fixes (15-minute bonus treatments). Enjoy private use of the spa party room and outdoor hot tub and choice of wine, cheese and fruit platter or champagne and cake.

Spa Du Jour, 916-435-0755
6011 Stanford Ranch Road, Suite 105, Rocklin
We recommend: Special Du Jour, $325
Talk about a head to toe day of beauty: Spa Du Jour's Special Du Jour will get you and your guests looking and feeling great for your big day. A one hour massage, one hour facial, manicure and pedicure, shampoo, cut and style with a deep conditioning treatment, make-up application and a spa lunch are enough to make you never want to leave!

Dolce Vita, 916-772-7733
9719 Village Center Drive, Suite 110, Granite Bay
We recommend: Four-Hour Customized, $327
Enter this Euro-inspired day spa for the ultimate indulgence. At Dolce Vita, it's all about therapeutic leisure. Enjoy an aromatherapy steam room, dry sauna, hydrotherapy soak in a tub, a 60-minute massage of your choosing and a facial of choice. Your party will not be complete without wine, champagne and light appetizers. Want to feel even more special? Dolce Vita will even close down the spa so it's all about you and your guests.

Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa, 916-482-6111
1220 Arden Hills Lane, Sacramento
We recommend: Bridal Spa Party Package, $360
Let's face it, at Arden Hills, they know weddings, they know what you and your bridesmaids want and need, and they are right on the money with this niche package. With an Eminence organic facial, an Eminence body masque, Swedish massage, manicure, pedicure and lunch at Arden Hills' own Mango's restaurant, this is a party indeed.

Stillwater at Hyatt Regency, Lake Tahoe, 775-832-1234
111 Country Club Drive, Incline Village
We recommend: Tahoe Signature, $650
A road trip to Incline Village where you can combine your bridal shower and bachelorette party would not be complete without a day at the spa. The Hyatt's Stillwater spa has created this ultimate package of luxury. Enjoy five hours of services including an organic body wrap, AromaStone fusion massage, AromaNatural facial, Native Stone manicure and pedicure and a healthy lunch. To continue the party, book the Lakeside Cottage complete with a private beach (room rates vary).

OK, we hope we've got you sold on ditching the make-me-a-wedding-dress-out-of-toilet-paper party in exchange for a day at the spa. If you're having trouble deciding where to enjoy your party, make an appointment for a tour of the spas to find the one that fits all of your needs.


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Wedding Tip - Pie Bar

Monday, July, 28 2014   •   Cakes & Desserts   •   by Dynamite Weddings

Sick of wedding cake? Try a pie bar! This works well for the couples that like an array of flavors and options...not to mention your guests will like these options too! You can have anything from cherry pie to pecan pie, but make sure you keep backups and not have too many wild options in case none of the guests dig in. Which pies will you choose for your wedding pie bar?

This shoot can be seen in Our Wedding Magazine with help from Ambience Floral Design and A Day to Remember Wedding and Event Planners.

A Day to Remember is a Dynamite Weddings Expert

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Wedding Trend - Personal Mini Ice Buckets

Sunday, July, 27 2014   •   Catering & Beverages   •   by Orange & Blossom

Everyone loves the pop of champagne. No wonder couples love the sound of everyone popping open their own mini bottle of bubbly. Guests will be surprised to find their own ice-filled bucket & a personal bottle of wine or champagne waiting for them chilled on ice. Attach a place card or note to the bottle or ice bucket handle. You can use with custom wine or champagne labels, too, since the buckets can hold a standard or mini bottle. Sleek styling in a pint-sized design perfect for rehearsal dinners or weddings.

They're also making the rounds at bridals showers (where guests can make their own mimosas) or champagne bachelorette parties. A swanky look & sophisticated DIY idea with a high-shine chrome finish; $8 each at

Finishing touch: add a few as simple, chic centerpieces filled with flowers or a beautiful blooming plant.

Photos courtesy of Orange & Blossom

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Tidbits - Ceremony

Saturday, July, 26 2014   •   Churches, Venues, & Officiants   •   by Dynamite Weddings


All too often we do things in life without having a clue as to why we do it. That is never more true, it seems, than in planning a wedding. I have officiated over 50 weddings in the last number of years and have found that in going through the ceremony with the couple, there is a tremendous lack of knowledge when it comes to "wedding stuff." So, I'd like to update you a bit on why I do what I do. This does not mean that all officiants will agree with me on the meaning of each element, as a matter of fact, there can be great debate about what things mean. Yet, I'm the one writing the article, so you're stuck with my interpretation, for better or worse.

Let's begin with the common traditions that are associated with a wedding. Take the Unity Candle for instance. For most folks, the unity candle stands between two already lit candles, waiting to be lit by the couple together. The reason for this is simple. The already lit candles stand for the representative families of the bride and groom. Usually the couple will take their respective candles from their stands and lean them together and light the unity candle (usually a shorter, thicker candle in the middle) signifying a new family that has been created from the two separate families. The next move depends on what you want to communicate. For some couples, they leave the family candles lit, signifying that there is an additional new family created, thereby making three families to represent. For other couples, they blow out the family candles demonstrating that they are leaving their families of origin in order to unite and create a new family of their own. A similar tradition is held by a Sand Ceremony where two different colors of sand are poured in together as a blending into one new, empty vase. Each tradition is worthy of respect.

Another common tradition to have at a wedding is a personal Communion service. Although the meaning of the Communion/Eucharist tradition differs greatly from religion to religion and denomination to denomination, the point of having it at a wedding seems to be common and clear. By taking Communion in the wedding, the couple is partaking in a deep, spiritual act with God, for the first time as a married couple, as their new family. They are joining their joy of becoming one, by celebrating Jesus Christ coming to earth to connect with mankind by dying on the cross for their sins. The bread is used instead of the body of Christ, sacrificed for us, and the wine/juice instead of the blood of Christ, shed on the cross for the remission of sins.

A final tradition that I will mention is the Exchanging of Rings. For most, the symbolism of the rings is two-fold: First, rings are a never ending circle, demonstrating the never ending love that is being committed to. And second, rings are usually a precious metal, speaking to the preciousness of the love shared between the couple. Yet, for me, rings mean something else, and I usually comment on it during the ceremony. For me, rings represent that no matter where you go, there is a visible, physical reminder of what you have waiting at home for you. All your decisions and choices impact the one (or ones, if you have children) that the ring represents. So, in a way, the wedding ring is a symbol of your faithfulness and love that you have committed to.

Since you are in the planning stage, I recommend thinking deeply about what traditions you wish to be used or invoked and then to take pride in your selection, making the most of every minute as you stand up there at the altar. Live in the moment and breathe in the meaning. It all goes by in a blur, so enjoy it while it's happening. OO


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Ring, ring. Hello?!

Friday, July, 25 2014   •   Planning   •   by Dynamite Weddings

Why have your ring bearer carry a basic white pillow to present your rings? Take a look at these creative alternatives for ring bearer pillows! Too cute! Your presentation can tie into your entire wedding theme. Photos provided by (clockwise from top L): Muscari (first 3), Alexandra Frankel (design by Blooms), Tyrabelledesigns, True Love Photo (design by Flourish), Portobello, Muscari

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Sheraton Grand Sacramento Luxury Wedding Show

Friday, July, 25 2014   •   Bridal Fairs   •   by Dynamite Weddings

You're cordially invited to experience your wedding day from beginning to end.

The Luxury Wedding Show is a bridal show set up as a mock luxury Ceremony and Reception showcasing work the areas finest Wedding Professionals. This show features Ceremony Runway Fashion Shows, Luxurious Bridal Gift Bags, Wine and Cake Tastings, and hundreds of Wedding Inspiration Ideas.

Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 12pm to 4pm

Sheraton Grand Sacramento
1230 J Street, Sacramento CA 95814

Mock Wedding Fashion Shows

Wine Tasting

Catering & Cake Tastings

Prize Giveaways

Lavish Designer Reception Table Showcase

Complimentary Bridal Magazines

Bride-to-Be Bouquet Toss


Great event for Brides, Grooms, Mother of the Bride & Grooms, Bridesmaids, and Friends!

The Sacramento Luxury Wedding Show serves brides & grooms from all over the Northern California areas, including Napa and Sonoma Valley, Wine Country, the San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose, Vacaville, Fairfield, Sacramento, Woodland, Chico, and Surrounding areas.

Vendor Categories participating in this Show: Bridal Magazines, Catering, Venues, Candy Stations, Ceremony Sites, Cosmetics, Decorative Lighting, Dessert stations, Destination Weddings, Event Planners, Event Childcare, Favor, Florist, Gift Registries, Hair Salons, Horse drawn Carriage, Honeymoon planning, Invitations, Jewelry, Limousines, Linen Rentals, Make up artist, Mens Jewelry, Musicians, Officiant, Party Bus, Party Rentals, Photographers, Photo Booths, Reception Sites, Rehearsal dinners, Special Event Custom Decor, Travel accommodations, Tuxedos, Videographers, Wedding Cakes, Weight Loss Resources, Wedding Planners, Wine Cellars

Complimentary Bridal Magazines for EVERY Bride!

REGISTER TODAY! All Ticket Purchases are non-refundable.

Photo Courtesy: Sheraton Grand Sacramento

Sheraton Grand Sacramento Luxury Wedding Show

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Wedding Tip - Pairing Food & Wine

Thursday, July, 24 2014   •   Catering & Beverages   •   by Dynamite Weddings

A match made in heaven: Food & Wine

Pairing food and wine specified for your taste can take a lot of time and practice. The two can be amazing separate, but if not paired correctly can ruin the entire meal. Wine helps intensify certain flavors within a meal and before the big day make sure you have a right pair to get this explosive flavor. Try pairing lighter wines with delicate dishes and heavy-bodied wines with rich, hearty food. In your menu card add a description of the wine so guest know why it is paired with that certain meal. Lastly, price does not dictate the quality of wine. Always go with what you like and if it's cheaper you have more money to spend elsewhere!

Pairing Food & Wine

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Sacramento Couture Runway & Bridal Show

Thursday, July, 24 2014   •   Bridal Fairs   •   by Dynamite Weddings

Coming August 17 to Memorial Auditorium - the inaugural Sacramento Couture Runway and Bridal Show!

*A spectacular runway show, featuring wedding gowns from the 2015 Bridal Collection of Miosa, Sacramentos leading bridal gown boutique (Many runway models will be actual brides to be!)
*A drawing for a $5,000 couture Miosa gown (only VIP ticket holders are eligible)
*Stunning event design and decor, created by Sacramentos leading event planner, The Party Concierge
*Signature drinks and appetizers presented by award-winning sponsor Classique Catering
*Dozens of booths featuring exclusively selected, wedding-related vendors

$20 - general admission
$75 - VIP admission includes access to the exclusive Lounge 75, preferred runway seating, exciting swag bag, and VIP signature drink service during the show. Purchase your tickets here:

Live entertainment includes Three for Dinner, a 3-piece group playing cocktail lounge-style music from the Auditorium balcony, and local favorite Apple Z performing after the runway show.

Partial proceeds from this event will go to Wish Upon a Wedding, a nonprofit organization providing weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness and serious life-altering circumstances.

This event is sponsored by:

Classique Catering
Miosa Bridal
Party Concierge
Libby Siino
XSight Photography
Corporate Staging Events
MRDJ Event Services
Hip Entertainment
Bleu Granite Bay Salon

Photo Courtesy: Carmen Salazar Photography

Sacramento Couture Bridal Show

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