Cloud Nine Wedding Store

Cloud Nine Wedding Store

Cloud Nine Wedding Officiants are a selected Weddingstar supplier. Shop from home or office for all your wedding accessory needs. Over 3,000 products are available. Many can be personalized. Take a look at the wedding stationary, veils, favors, jewelry, ceremony decorations, unity ceremony accessories, reception props, cake toppers, garters, centerpieces and more!


Steps in Planning a Wedding

First, set your wedding budget. The wedding budget may include; the rings, stationary, ceremony, reception, music, floral, favors, theme accessories, photographs, video, attire, rehearsal, venue locations, caterer, cake and pre-wedding parties. Make sure to adhere to your budget and set aside extra for unexpected fees. After setting the budget select the wedding rings. Current buying patterns show that couples often choose the wedding rings together. Once that process is complete, send an announcement or save the date cards to; family, relatives, friends, and other significant others. Wedding announcements or save the date cards are given out via mail or in person. Many newly engaged couples send an official announcement to local newspaper.


We recommend that the groom’s mother take the initiative to communicate with the bride’s mother during this time. Usually, a dinner is set up for the families of both parties to get acquainted before wedding planning begins. This is often helpful for the future wedding preparations.


Then, prepare the guest list. This list usually affects several aspects of the wedding. Dividing the guest list into five categories will sort out the list: bride’s list, the groom’s, couple’s common friends, groom’s parents’ list and bride’s parents’ list. During this phase of planning the couple makes a decision on their style of invitation card designs and packages. These details match the over-all tone of the wedding creating the theme.


Tip: proofreading of the invitations must be done and is a very important task.


Next, start the ceremony and reception planning. This phase includes; attire, venues, officiant, music, accessories, floral, caterer, favors and cake. These things should match together to express the style and theme of the wedding. Note: the wedding gown, bridesmaids’ dresses, groomsmen and groom’s attire are usually decided based on the theme. The ceremony site sets the tone of the wedding. Traditionally, weddings are celebrated at venues such as; a church, a garden, beach or destination wedding site.


Tip: make sure to have a wedding rehearsal; this will reduce the risk of ceremony disappointments. Rehearsal parties or a rehearsal dinner immediately follows the rehearsal.


Last, you could include a bachelor party and wedding shower for the weekend before the actual wedding day. These are fun and classic wedding traditions. Note: photographs and videos should not be forgotten for they will immortalize memorable wedding and party moments that go by so quickly. Some photographers suggest taking the formal wedding photos a week before the actual wedding day and have candid photos taken on the day of the big event.


Melissa Reed, Cloud Nine Wedding Officiants

August 5, 2013



Bridal Premiere

Stop by our booth at the Bridal Premiere show on Sunday, August 11th 2013 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza from 11am to 3pm. There will be fantastic Door Prizes drawn every half hour! The show offers ‘the best of the best’ in local exhibitors.

Tradition, quality and service has been the hallmark of the Bridal Premiere bridal show for 30 years. The bridal show has vendors from Wedding Planners, Officiants, Photographers, Wedding Fashions, Music, Food, Wedding Venues and Expert Advice in one location. Come to the bridal show and take advantage of special show discounts and offers you can’t get anywhere else.

Yes, bring your grooms to the bridal show they will love the sample foods from DJ’s California Catering, Events By CP Catering, Milano’s Italian Restaurant, Ciscos Mexican Restaurant in Westlake, Saddle Peak Lodge, and Maggiano’s Little Italy Woodland Hills.

The first 100 Brides will receive a FREE pearl gift! All brides are invited to play “blackout bingo” to win a Shopping Experience for their whole bridal party, sponsored by Jewelry Couture by Sehati. Meredith Day, founder of the Fine Art Dimensions Gallerie will offer a 3-D Portraiture, valued at $18,000. Do not miss the event of the season!

Emergency Must Have: Wedding Event Day Kit

Extra set of shoes
Extra undergarments
Extra jewelry
Hair maintenance
Makeup maintenance
Face shield for putting on dresses so they don’t get makeup on them
First aid kit with medicine like Tylenol and Tums
Breath mints instead of gum
Hand sanitizer

Sewing kit
Lint roller
Disposable, mini toothbrush
Floss picks
Makeup sponges
Magic eraser
Bobby pins
Tide-to-go bleach pens

*Optional items

Tape measure
Glue gun
Extension cord
Extra electrical sockets
Safety pins, corsage pins, push pins
Green floral tape
Writing pens and pencils
Liquid stitch for hems
Wire cutters
Mounting squares
Lysol to go
Hydrogen peroxide spray
Stickers/labels to note location of wedding party on floor
Sticky back Velcro
Static Guard
Wrinkle Release
Air freshener
Paper clips
Binder clips
Box cutter
Plastic drop cloth
Box of votive candles and cylinders
Extra ribbon


Setting the Budget: Planning Your Wedding

First, decide the type of wedding you can afford and the available amount to spend on the total wedding. Planning for a wedding includes budgeting for; ceremony, reception, attire, stationary, decorations, floral, music and miscellaneous fees. Trying to select how much of the budget to allocate to each can become overwhelming. We have researched traditional wedding fees and found the average percentage that gets allocated to each area of the wedding budget.

Reception fees include; the venue, catering, beverages and rentals. Include the wedding cake and thank you gifts or favors for guests, allocate 35%. Ceremony fees include; location, the officiant, ceremony accessories or rentals, allocate 3%.

The Attire should include the wedding gown, veil, accessories, hair and makeup for bride. Include the groom’s attire; suit and shoes. Some pay for the attire of the bridesmaids and groomsmen, allocate 15%.

Stationery fees include; the wedding invitations, save the date cards, postage stamps, table menus, placeholder cards or the seating arrangement board. Other printing or paper needs are included here, such as napkins or personalization, allocate 5%.

Typically floral and decorations can be budgeted as one include; the brides bouquet, bridesmaid bouquet, grooms boutonnieres, groomsmen boutonnieres, aisle petals, unity ceremony accessories, ceremony draping, ceremony flowers, reception flowers, centerpieces, reception draping, table cloths and chair covers. Sometimes couples cover decorative lighting costs, allocate 12%.

The music budget will cover ceremony and reception entertainment fees. Most couples select a DJ, a live band or musicians. Some use an ipod or pre-recorded music, allocate 10%. Having a great photographer and a videographer is very important. Photos and wedding video may be the best source of the wedding day memories, allocate 15%. Plan ahead for miscellaneous fees; such as overtime charges, allocate 5%.

Wedding planners are available to help you with your event.

Melissa Reed, Cloud Nine Wedding Officiants
August 2, 2013

Alternatives to Vegas gambling Part 2

Masquerade Show in the Sky @ The Rio: Every 2 hours starting at 6pm, 5 floats travel on an overhead track above the casino while 36 dancers, musicians, stilt walkers and aerialists perform on a stage, or from 8 attractions that drop from the sky or 2 circular lifts that rise from the floor.

Buccaneer Bay at Entrance of Treasure Island: Every 90 minutes starting at 4pm till Midnight, the British Royal Navy battle Pirates in a water show complete with stuntmen, cannons and sinking ships. Get there early.

Fremont Street Experience Downtown: Every hour on the hour from 8-12pm, a $70 million sound/light show takes place above four downtown city blocks.

MGM Grand: Visit CBS-TV City Research Center where you can watch and offer feedback on preview TV shows and receive free refreshments and coupons.

Hard Rock Cafe Rock and Roll Memorabilia: You can see memorabilia of legendary bands and rockers from Beatle collectibles to Madonna’s underwear.

Planning Your Destination Wedding

Dream weddings do not necessarily equate to traditional church weddings anymore. Many women dream of beach weddings in a tropical paradise; where the sand is between their toes, the sun shines brightly on their skin and their loved one is beside them relaxing. Having a beach wedding is one type of destination wedding. Another type of destination wedding is in a garden setting. The destination wedding could be referred to as a location wedding or elopement wedding.

Destination weddings require many considerations. A couple planning a wedding must first look into cost of the location, legal requirements, date, seasonal details, budget, and travel arrangements. A destination wedding is an increasing trend. Several resorts now offer complete wedding packages. According to a survey online, the top beach wedding destination is Cancun, Mexico. It is closely followed by Mount Desert Island in Maine, Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, Vancouver Island in British Columbia and St. Thomas in United States Virgin Islands.

For couples who may plan to marry abroad, applying for the marriage certificate varies from one place to another. It is best to consult the local embassy of the “wedding destination” foreign country regarding marriage requirements. After the legal requirements have been arranged and the location is set, selecting the best date is the next step. Considerations like season and weather are vital in choosing the date. Checking into the best wedding season of the country where the couple plans to wed is important. The areas local festivities are a consideration, since it may affect the availability of the venues, suppliers and transportation.

Another essential matter is the guest list. Invitations are to be sent at least six months before the wedding to make sure the availability for guests ability to travel. In most cases, couples pay for accommodation and travel expenses of their guests. Otherwise, guests have to be informed they must cover their own fees. Since travel and accommodations expenses take a large share of the budget in this kind of wedding; it is advisable to cut back expenses in areas like bridal materials, invitations, flowers, photography or videography. Trimming down the guest list to family, relatives and close friends will help to reduce cost.

Destination weddings can be a small ceremony with a few friends or a very large celebration with extended family and several friends. Many couples will look for complete destination wedding and honeymoon packages. An online survey listed the top 10 most visited honeymoon places in world; Paris, Rome, Venice, Florence, Sydney, London, Tahiti, French Riviera and Fiji.

Melissa Reed, Cloud Nine Wedding Officiants
August 1, 2013