Couples That Play Together Stay Together

The best fun often comes from new and exciting activities. The idea is to engage each other, try new things and create great memories. Don’t forget to take pictures and start an activity journal for prosperity reasons.

DO’S and DON’TS: Do something different, exhilarating, that neither of you have done before, do stretch your boundaries, get out of your comfort zone, get creative, compromise on activity ideas.

Don’t opt for the standard dinner and a movie date, don’t insist that your partner do something they are uncomfortable doing.

Some Activity Ideas: Rock Climbing, Sailing, Attend an Art Class, Bike Riding, Golf, Hiking, Take a Cooking Class, Water-Skiing, Hot Air Ballon Ride, Join a Ballroom Dance Class, Go Kart Racing, Mini Golf, or Sign Up for a Karate Class. These activities will keep you busy and stay connected.


Super Grooms Final Checklist “Preparations for the Ceremony”

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute: If you can pick up your tux 2 days before the wedding, do it. If there are any problems, your tux shop will have the time to fix them.

Try on Everything: The tux, tie, vest and the shoes. When you leave the tux shop, make sure you have everything. Encourage your groomsmen to do the same. If you can all go together at the same time, that can save lots of time and hassles.

If Alterations are Necessary, Don’t Sweat It Too Much: Hopefully, You have chosen a tux shop with an on duty tailor, making minor repairs a snap.

If Something Feels or Looks Too Tight or Too Loose, Speak Up: You don’t want yours pants falling down while dancing with your new mother in law.

Make Sure You Know When the Tuxes Must Be Returned: The fees for renting them an extra day is something you and your men don’t want. Make arrangements with your Best Man or someone you trust to return your tux for you since you will be too busy starting your Honeymoon.

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