Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sorry for the lack of Blog

Hi All,

Sorry for the lack of blogging in the last month. But life has been crazy with weddings, events, and other life goings-on, and it has interfered with my ability to blog properly. I barely had time to put up my tree, but actually got to late Saturday night...glad that I finally did. The holidays seem to use all of my extra resources and with a 4-year old, anticipating Christmas...it is even more so.

As the holidays approach, I want to wish my readers, friends, clients, and colleagues Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and a Joyous and Prosperous New Year! I hope that 2009 brings all that you hope for and provides some magical and unexpected surprises!

I will continue my blogging on January 12, 2009. Taking time off to enjoy the holidays, finalize plans for a New Years Eve Wedding for a client, and spending time with my family. I hope you will all do the same and take in the season and the time to renew!

Let's Party with Percy Sales Events will also be revamped next year. Each day a blog will be posted to reflect the theme of the day. Here is what we have in store!

Mondays will be "Inspiration Mondays" and blogs will include inspiration boards and other things that inspire me to do what I love to do...plan weddings and events.

Tuesdays will be "TIPsy Tuesdays" and blogs will provide tips for planning events, etiquette advise, suggestions, reader questions answered, and DIY projects.

Wednesdays will be "Wacky Wednesdays" and I will blog on whatever comes to mind that week. It could be musings, contests announcements, casting calls, great new blog finds, or whatever else needs to be talked about.

Thursdays will be "Trend Thursdays" when we will reveal some hot trends in fashion, decor, gifts, registry items and other things to get you in the shopping mood. Additionally we will highlight great new vendors.

Fridays will be "Guest Blogger Fridays" when we get professionals in the wedding, event, and fashion industries to blog on our site for you. We will also hear from brides who want to talk about their planning experience. So if you are a vendor or a bride and want to guest blog on a certain Friday, please contact me at percy@percysales.com

Saturdays and Sundays will be my days off from blogging. I will take this time to think of things to blog about for the coming week, spend time with my family, and execute weddings and events.

I think staying on focus with what to do on my blog will help me provide you all with some great reading context to inspire your journey as well. It will also alleviate the stress for me to write something just for the sake of blogging. I hope you will enjoy the new format and I look forward to you all rejoining me on 01/05/09 as I start my new blog year!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!


Photo by Percy Sales

Friday, November 7, 2008

Uber Amazing Blog Award

I am thrilled that Wishpot has awarded me this wonderful Award, the Uber Amazing Blog Award! I am so happy that my blog inspires, makes people happy, and considered a great read.

The Uber Amazing Blog Award is a blog award given to sites who:

~ inspires you
~ makes you smile and laugh
~ or maybe gives amazing information
~ a great read
~ has an amazing design
~ and any other reasons you can think of that makes them uber amazing!

The rules of this award are:

* Put the logo on your blog or post.
* Nominate at least 5 blogs (can be more) that for you are Uber Amazing!
* Let them know that they have received this Uber Amazing award by commenting on their blog.
* Share the love and link to this post and to the person you received your award from.

So in the tradition of Uber Amazing Blogs, I nominate the following blogs for this award:

DeAnna Cochran Jewelry - She inspires me not only with her jewelry but because she gives back to the community. She inspires me to love my work, but also share and give back to the community/communities that support me. Her blog is also a great read.

Sparkliatti presented by Sasha Souza - Sasha's blog is just so fun to read. Full of inspiration, ideas, and thoughtful little tidbits from a TRUE EXPERT. I love visiting it everyday to see what she is thinking.

WishPot Wedding Blog - Gift Girl and the wedding experts at Wishpot are all inspirations. Her blog is full of great information, wonderful guest bloggers, and provides useful information to anyone planning a wedding.

Lilia Photography - Lilia's blog is so inspiring, her photos are wonderful and it's great to see the beauty that she see's through her lenses.

Offbeat Bride - Wonderful to see things that is no so traditional. Lots of inspiration for the unconventional bride and groom, as well as great DIY project ideas.

Here Comes the Guide - Great useful information and reviews for Californians. The bloggers there all have their own perspective which is wonderful.

Coco + Kelley - Classic, romantic, and full of inspiration, plus it's a beautifully designed blog. Coco + Kelley is a great stop for brides and grooms.

Make sure to check out these blogs for inspiration, ideas and for amazing information. Congratulations to my awardees, you deserve it!


Logo created by mommawannabe

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

History has been Made

Yes We Did! Congratulations to Barack Obama on winning the US Presidency. What a historic moment in time...and I am so glad that I was able to witness it. Here's to CHANGE and to a future full of HOPE! I know that he will have a tough road ahead of him, but I believe in my heart of hearts that he will get America back on the right track.

With the joyous announcement of our next President, I am also saddened that California Prop 8 has passed (52% Yes, to 48% No...a very close race) and will eliminate the rights of same-sex couples to marry. I am not sure what will happen to my own marriage license, to my partner of 16 years and husband of 4/8 years, but I assure you that the fight for EQUALITY will continue. I am just amazed that Californians voted for the fair treatment and rights of chickens and other farm animals, but voted against protecting the rights of two human beings.

Here's to future hope and for positive change from a now second-class citizen. I am so glad that this is all over too, now I can stop worrying about the elections and get some real sleep! Thank you all for getting out your vote. I know that we all may disagree about what's right for this country, but I respect that everyone voted for their truth and proved that the process of democracy is alive and well, even though some of us wish the outcome could have been different.


Photo from the NPR

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

With Liberty and Justice For All - Let your Voice be Heard - VOTE TODAY

Today is one of the most important days and it's your chance to have your voice heard. Please get out today and Vote Your Truth...it's your right. Let your voice be heard and VOTE!

I encourage exercise your right!

Californians - I ask that you vote on the side of love, stand up for equality, and to stop the hate. Vote NO on CA Prop 8.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Make Your Love Real - Enter to Win

Makelovereal.net is sponsoring a new blogger search contest. So if you are engaged and getting married soon, they would love to hear unique stories that go into the heart of a bride's expereince!

For more details please visit the Makelovereal.net blog site today.

The reward is a $3000 destination engagement session with multimedia presention by Neil Cowley. The quest is for a storyteller with heart and humor to tell the stories of wedding planning and engagement from inside their head and out through the web. Submit your journal, blog, video log, or contest entry to the comments here to be considered! Multimedia submissions will definitely score you bonus points!!

Good luck! Deadline is November 15, 2008.


Video from MakeLoveReal.net

Write To Marry Day - October 29, 2009

The elections are just around the corner and here in California, we have a Proposition that would eliminate the rights of same-sex couples to marry. I know I have been blogging about Prop 8 a lot lately, but it is very near and dear to my heart, because it affects my family.

Here's my story. I met my partner (now husband) in 1992. We have been together for 16 years, we have a 4-year old son, and we just want the same rights that any loving and committed opposite-sex couple has. We want to be legally recognized as a "couple" under the eyes of the law. We never imagined that as a gay couple we would ever have the opportunity to marry legally in the State of California. In May 2008, that all changed. The California Supreme Court overturned Prop 22's Family Code definition of marriage as being between a man and woman, because the judges saw that it violated the Equal Protection Clause of the California Constitution. So on June 17, 2008 a month after it was overturned, my partner and I were able to legally wed in California, giving us equality and the ability to be full citizens of the State of California.

Now proponents of Prop 8 want to overturn EQUALITY and put discrimination into the California Constitution. The California Constitution is suppose to protect rights of all its citizens, not take them away. So, I encourage all Californians to Vote No on 8, and keep all Californians Equal. This proposition is not about Religious Freedoms, Children, or Tax Exemptions. Proponents of Prop 8 are spreading lies and stating that it would affect their rights, well their rights are already protected under the California Constitution's Free Exercise of Religion clause. Well the truth of the matter is that Prop 8 is about "eliminating the rights of same-sex couples to marry (Period)." To learn the facts vs. the fiction, please visit the Vote No on 8 Website.

Regardless of how you feel about same-sex marriage or the LGBT community, passing Prop 8 would deprive certain CIVIL RIGHTS to a group of people, lowering them to the status of second class citizens. Additionally, it would add discriminatory language in the California Constitution. How would you feel if your rights were taken away?

I encourage all bloggers to blog about Write To Marry Day, today or tomorrow and encourage your California Readers to Vote No on Prop 8.



Logo from Mombian

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Super Sweet Sixteens Just Got Sweeter

MTV's My Super Sweet 16 just got sweeter! They are no longer just looking at over the top Sweet 16 parties. MTV wants to show a wider range of celebrations, showcasing just how creative these parties can be, at every budget!

Want to showcase your party and put it up against someone else's to see who comes out on top? You think you're ready for the Sweet 16 Battle? MTV is searching for teens, or planners putting on Sweet 16 parties in the next few months. You think your party has what it takes to stand out, even with only a $1000 budget?

If you are interested and you think you have what it takes to throw the perfect Sweet 16 party, please contact
sweet16battle@mtvstaff.com and send them your party date and information. They are looking for people who are throwing parties between now and December 31, 2008.


Photo from MTV

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


A wonderful PSA against CA Prop 8. I had to share. Californians VOTE NO on Prop 8 and keep love the greatest reason not to support this constitutional amendment!


Video by BrytonFilm (Found on www.youtube.com)

Friday, October 10, 2008

NO on CA Prop 8 - YES to Equality

It's my political statement for the month and this one is very close to my heart. If you are a Californian, I urge you to VOTE NO on CA Prop 8, which would eliminate the rights of same-sex couples to marry. I also ask that you tell your friends, family and loved ones to do the same. The proponents of CA Prop 8 have put out ads that lie about what Prop 8 is and I just want to put the facts in front of all of you.

Fiction: Teaching children about same-sex marriage will happen here unless we pass Prop 8.

Fact: Not one word in Prop 8 mentions education, and no child can be forced, against the will of their parents, to be taught anything about health and family issues at school. California law prohibits it, and the Yes on 8 campaign knows they are lying. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley has already ruled that this claim by Prop 8 proponents is “false and misleading.”

Fiction: Churches could lose their tax-exemption status.

Fact: Nothing in Prop 8 would force churches to do anything. In fact, the court decision regarding marriage specifically says “no religion will be required to change its religious policies or practices with regard to same-sex couples, and no religious officiant will be required to solemnize a marriage in contravention of his or her religious beliefs.”

Fiction: A Massachusetts case about a parent's objection to the school curriculum will happen here.

Fact: Unlike Massachusetts, California gives parents an absolute right to remove their kids and opt-out of teaching on health and family instruction they don't agree with. The opponents know that California law already covers this and Prop 8 won't affect it, so they bring up an irrelevant case in Massachusetts.

Fiction: Four Activist Judges in San Francisco…

Fact: Prop 8 is not about courts and judges, it's about eliminating a fundamental right. Judges didn't grant the right, the constitution guarantees the right. Proponents of Prop 8 use an outdated and stale argument that judges aren't supposed to protect rights and freedoms. This campaign is about whether Californians, right now, in 2008 are willing to amend the constitution for the sole purpose of eliminating a fundamental right for one group of citizens.

Fiction: People can be sued over personal beliefs.

Fact: California’s laws already prohibit discrimination against anyone based on race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. This has nothing to do with marriage.

Fiction: Pepperdine University supports the Yes on 8 campaign.

Fact: The university has publicly disassociated itself from Professor Richard Peterson of Pepperdine University, who is featured in the ad, and has asked to not be identified in the Yes on 8 advertisements.

Fiction: Unless Prop 8 passes, CA parents won't have the right to object to what their children are taught in school.

Fact: California law clearly gives parents and guardians broad authority to remove their children from any health instruction if it conflicts with their religious beliefs or moral convictions.

Regardless of how you feel about same-sex marriage, we should not eliminate fundamental rights for ANY Californians. Please vote NO on Prop 8.

PS: Congrats to the State of Connecticut choosing EQUALITY and allowing to legalize same-sex marriages!


Facts and Fiction from No On Prop 8
Photo by the Santa Barbara Independent (Wedding Day of Percy Sales and Ross Beardsley) 06/17/08 - Santa Barbara, California

Monday, October 6, 2008

Destination Couture

I heard about this fabulous mapmaker from another blog, Wedding Wire, who learned about it from the {ritzy bee} blog, and I am absolutely in love with her work and can't wait to suggest it to my future couples and party throwers! It's Couture Maps by Stephanie Barba.

Couture Maps by Stephanie Barba will customize a map specifically for your event in a whimsical style. It's perfect for any event and it's just cool to look at. A custom map by Couture Maps by Stephanie Barba take about 6 weeks to produce, from design concept to print, but it will definitely be worth the wait.

Check out her portfolio at Couture Maps by Stephanie Barba, she has some awesome examples of past maps that she is artistically made. She can make a map to fit an invitation you may have already purchased, or have her design an invitation with the map you want! Additionally, to match your couture map, their calligrapher can hand write the directions, step by step, in the same fashion of your one-of-a-kind road art.

Hope this guides you to the right location for providing directions to your event.


Photo from Couture Maps by Stephanie Barba

Have A Sky-High Wedding

Brides.com is giving an opportunity to 14 lucky couples to have a Sky-High Wedding on top of the Empire State Building in New York City!

So enter today at Brides.com to tell them why you are deserving of this fabulous opportunity, submissions must be made by 11:59:59 ET on October 24, 2008.

If selected as one of the 14 couples you will get:
  1. Get married in an intimate ceremony amongst family and friends, styled by the experts at Brides.com.
  2. Have pre-wedding consultations by Brides.com editors.
  3. Be pampered with hair and makeup for the bride.
  4. Enjoy a champagne toast as a newlywed couple.
  5. Receive a gift bag worth over $500 and so much more.

Good Luck!


Photo from Brides.com

Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Big 4-0 is Just Around the Corner

My 40th is just around the corner...well in March actually and I am trying to figure out what to do. I am torn between going to Paris/Prague with my family for a week and throwing a big 80s bash at some dilapidated warehouse and turning it to say something like The Palladium, DV8, The Limelight, Das Klub, Noh Club or Paradise Garage...throwing myself a Super Sweet 40th Party. I've even joked that it would be funny for my husband to surprise me with a mini-van rather than a luxury car.

Paris and Prague would be super fun, but with the economy being down, I think I would spend a lot more than throwing a party that my family and friends can come to. Paris and Prague will always be there...I keep telling myself.

I would really love to recreate the club scene of my youth and having people experience the sights and sounds that defined my "clubbing" days. Box dancers, cigar girls, thumping 80s modern rock and old school hip hop, and maybe even some impersonators doing impressions of my favorite singers of the time, such as Pete Burns and Boy George...did you hear that Kim Goodwin! I would really love to have my most favorite DJ ever, Paige Hodel, DJ the event and give it that Box vibe that I miss. The Box was my favorite funk, hip hop, gay and lesbian club in San Francisco...I was there every Thursday night sweatin' (literally) to Paige's ultra great sounds. Is it bad to go back to your hey day?

So I am torn on what to do. I know I can never get back the actual club scene I loved, but it sure would be fun trying to recreate it and mixing it all together. Paris and Prague has pluses because I just have to explore the city and J'aime Paris, but with a 4-year old in tow it would be less romantic than I have it envisioned in my head.

So sound in and tell me what you think I should do!


Photo archive from The Palladium, NYC

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Location Location Location - Casa Barranca in Ojai, CA

I'm giving props to a local estate and vacation rental in my hometown of Ojai, California. This 54 acre craftsman home nestled in the hills of the Ojai Valley is probably one of my favorite rental homes ever! It's called Casa Barranca.

Casa Barranca is surrounded with lush landscaping, incredible views and is the perfect backdrop for a wedding or event. It offers so many options for your event and guests. Additionally, the jaw dropping architecture and furnishings are sure to amaze. If you are staying in the home, you will be pampered not only by the staff but by the location. Talk about a time to relax!

The main house is called the Pratt House and "Architectural Digest notes that in the grace of the Pratt House "...the sun translates the Greenes' structural poetry into ever-shifting patterns of light against polished wood. At night... the silhouette of live oaks is framed against the Milky Way. A closer approximation to Shangri-La is hard to imagine."

Additionally, Casa Barranca also has their own organic vineyard and their wines are fabulous! Accoridng to the Casa Barranca Organic Wine Website, "Our boutique wines are handcrafted in our century old underground stone winery where we use gravity to rack our wines. We are committed to employing winemaking practices without the use of toxic solvents and cleaners. Our winery is powered by solar electricity and we grow and purchase grapes that are farmed without the use of any pesticides or herbicides. This is in keeping with the most time honored traditions of old world winemaking."

Visit the Casa Barranca Website for a virtual tour of the house. If you are interested in checking out this home and other retreat homes in the Ojai Valley, contact Judy Gabriel with Retreats of Ojai and she will be happy to show you what great estates and retreats Ojai has to offer.


Photo from Casa Barranca

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Alvina Valenta - Wedding Gown Designer Du Jour

I explored a designer's site today that I am totally in love with! It is Alvina Valenta by Victoria McMillan and she has to be one of the best I have seen in years. Her approach is fresh, fashionable, couture, and absolutely beautiful. The detailing of her bridal gowns and bridesmaid gowns are superb!
I am just gushing after exploring her website. You all have to check it out. The hues that she uses such as pale pink and blue is unexpected but very bridal at the same time. Her silhouettes are modern yet can be very flattering to many different figures. Her styling is very inspirational.

Alvina Valenta by Victoria McMillan is part of JLM Couture Family (Jim Hjelm) who was the designer for one of my most recent brides, who I absolutely adore also. Their take on bridal fashions is just so forward looking and like Vera and Monique, they are setting the standards for other bridal down designers.

So if you have not discovered Alvina Valenta by Victoria McMillan yet, make sure to take a look at their Website. You won't be disappointed. For your brides, look at their bridesmaids collection there are some awesome, jaw dropping looks that will make your maids look fabulous and really highlight you as the bride!


Photos from Alvina Valenta by Victoria McMillan

The Women - The New Girls of Fashion

I finally saw the remake of The Women last night at the Ojai Playhouse with Mary Steenburgen sitting one row in front of me; she is an Ojai resident along with hubby Ted Danson. At any rate, this movie is a must see for you fashionistas, I am not sure why it got bad ratings because I found it thoroughly enjoyable, just as Tanya's (Debi Mazar) Jungle Red nail polish.

Saks (Fifth Avenue) was the store focus, but you got an eyeful of fashions from Chanel, Christian Laboutin, Prada, Marc Jacobs, and other noted designers.

The acting was superb, especially Annette Bening's character, Sylvie. Jada Pinkett Smith (Alex Fisher) and the cameo by Bette Midler (Leah Miller) were also very memorable. Meg Ryan was outstanding in her role as Mary Haines. It was nice to see Debra Messing (Edie Cohen) not play a "Grace" character and Eva Mendez, in the Joan Crawford part as Crystal Allen, was diva-ish to the max.

The only thing missing was a wedding scene, but overall, there were some outstanding moments and even more fabulous everyday fashions! I laughed so hard in some parts that I almost peed in my pants. So if you have not had the opportunity to see it...go do so ASAP. Being a big Sex and the City fan, I have to say that this is what SATC could have been if they did it right...did I just say that out load? Hit me with your Manolo's and call me Mary.

So ladies, or even gentlemen into "chick" flicks, this is a winner...even as good if not better than the original 1939 version. I also have to say kudos to Cloris Leachman (Maggie) and Candice Bergen (Catherine Frazier) for their contributions to this remake. It was also nice that they kept the concept of not having any men in the movie, just like the original.


Photo from IMDb

Friday, September 26, 2008

Alternative $700 Billion Bail Out Plan - Tax Payer Friendly

I have had these same thoughts about the $700 billion bail out plan...well actually I've been thinking about it since we received our stimulus checks over the summer, but these people actually put it in writing, so I am glad others are thinking like I am. Here's the gist...and a brilliant way of jump starting the economy, but in reality their calculation is wrong. If in fact they divided the $700 billion by the estimated 305 million people in the US, that would amount to only $2,333/per person, but I would take it and pay off some bills! But if they only gave the money to the "tax" paying citizens, then we would get a lot more. This is from an email I received this morning:

"This plan took us all of about 10 minutes to come up with. Instead of using $700 BILLION to bail out the mismanaged corrupt institutions that put our economy where it is right now, why don't we bailout YOU, ME, and every other taxpayer in the country.

If we were to divide $700 billion by the 300 million citizens it would amount to roughly $230,000 each! We say that instead of bailing out the big financial institutions that we give this directly to the Citizens who pay the taxes, and let them bail themselves out!

If they use the windfall to pay off outstanding debt, then the lending institutions will stay afloat. Any money left over could be spent, invested or saved, depending on what the individual decides to do. Not only would it keep the economy going, it would make it thrive. In addition, it will take away the ability of more corrupt convoluted bureaucracy thieves to rip us off even more! Amen!

Ponder this over and send it to your email list if you think it may have merit. If not simply stick with the status quo and do nothing. Send this to everyone you know! Every Congressman and representative in the Land. The current Bail out does nothing for you and I."

Now I think this is a plan that can work for everyone. When Bush first offered the stimulus plan the beginning of the year, I thought to myself, well that's ridiculous! If they want to a boost in the economy, they are going to have to give all tax payers more than $300 to do that. I was thinking $10,000 was a good round number, that way people can really make a dent in their ability to pay off debt, or what ever they wanted to do with it. But if we all received $2,333 from the government, some people can really use that to get back on track. I really think that the bailout should go to the citizens, who will use that money to help themselves and help boost the economy.

Anyway, that's my political blog of the month. Exercise your right...VOTE on Tuesday, November 4, 2008!


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Music to Our Ears

I often am asked what songs should be played for certain elements of a wedding reception, so I have compiled my Top 5 Songs for the below categories. Hope this helps in choosing just the right song for you. Even though I am suggesting these songs, there is nothing better than choosing your own play list that reflects you as a couple. Additionally, by choosing meaningful songs, it really helps to play up the uniqueness of your special day.

Bride and Groom Grand Entrance:
  1. Now That We Found Love - Heavy D and the Boyz
  2. Crazy In Love - Beyonce
  3. The Look of Love - ABC
  4. Everlasting Love - Gloria Estefan
  5. Love and Pride - King

First Dance Songs:

  1. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
  2. One In A Million You - Larry Graham
  3. The Time of My Life - David Cook
  4. Kiss of Life - Sade
  5. One Sweet Day - Mariah Carey

Father/Daughter Dance:

  1. I Loved Her First - Heartland
  2. Dance With My Father - Celine Dion
  3. Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
  4. Through the Years - Kenny Rogers
  5. My Wish - Rascal Flatts

Mother/Son Dance:

  1. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - Rod Stewart
  2. Mama - Il Divo
  3. I Wish You Love - Dionne Warwick
  4. Baby Mine - Bette Midler
  5. A Place In My Heart - Sounds of Blackness

Cake Cutting:

  1. Sugar Sugar - The Archies
  2. Kiss Me - Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy
  3. How Sweet It Is - James Taylor
  4. Beautiful Day - U2
  5. Love You Madly - Cake

Bouquet Toss:

  1. Gonna Catch You - Lonnie Gordon
  2. Labels or Love - Fergie
  3. Point of No Return - Expose
  4. Lemme Get That - Rihanna
  5. It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls

Garter Removal and Toss:

  1. Girls Girls Girls - Motley Crue
  2. Foxy Foxy - Rob Zombie
  3. SexyBack - Justin Timberlake
  4. Give It Up To Me - Sean Paul
  5. Go - Tones on Tails

This list was fun to compile, I could have listed my Top 10 in each category, but the list would have been to long. So for you brides and grooms out there I hope this list will inspire your own soundtrack. Have a great time!


Photo by Gloria Plunkett

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Say It Loud...Say it with Graffiti

Graffiti is becoming a popular way of customizing an event. No, not that graffiti...urban areas with random spray paint taggings or NYC street scene ala Keith Haring or Jean-Michel Basquiat, rather an elegant temporary surface decal to help you spice up the space.

Such vendors as Wonderful Graffiti Wedding is helping party throwers create a customized event with an eye popping display of cool graphics. Wonderful Graffiti Wedding states that their product is "very thin pieces of matte vinyl that look "printed" when applied to most smooth surfaces."

I mean you can literally put this on any smooth surface, such as walls, doors, windows, glasses, plates, or even a floor. It just adds a very personal touch to your event. It's easy to put on and even easier to take off and it does not harm the underlying surface.

What I love about this is that you can literally customize elements of your event to make it look personal. So what that your best friend used the same function space, with graffiti, you can make it look like the whole place was just made for you. You can use monograms, sayings, images, or whatever your heart desires.

For your next event, don't just look at the tables or hard objects, be creative and use surfaces to invoke your personality.


Picture from Wonderful Graffiti Wedding

Friday, September 19, 2008

Bridal Show of All Bridal Shows this Monday 9/22 in Los Angeles

If there is one bridal show you must attend this year, it's The Wedding Salon Wedding Showcase. It's being held this Monday, September 22, 2008 from 4pm - 9pm at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.

The cost of the is $50/for two people, a drop in the bucket for everything you get and the people you will meet. I'm sure that their goody bags alone will be worth the price! For a list of vendors for the LA show, please visit The Wedding Salon site.

Hope to see you Southern California Brides there!


GUEST BLOGGER: Bonnie from BonitaJ (Bridal & Bridesmaid Jewelry)

Bonnie from BonitaJ, has some great bridal and bridesmaid jewelry on her site and I am so happy that she wanted to guest blog on my site. Thank you Bonnie for sharing the latest trends in bridal accessories!

- Percy

Different Styles for Different Bridesmaids

All bridesmaids were not created alike, and their accessories can reflect their own personalities in a variety of ways. Although it is now more common for brides to select a color scheme and have their bridesmaids select a different dress within that same exact color scheme, the trend of a variety of jewelry in the same color palette is becoming more popular.

We all have the loud and out going friend and we all have that shy and timid friend. We love them for who they are and how their uniqueness makes them special in our lives. Give your bridesmaids their own unique styles of jewelry to match those personalities.

Why not select big, bold earrings for that outgoing bride and choose a drop or linear style earring for the shy bridesmaid that doesn’t wear huge colorful jewelry. You can do this, coordinate their looks, and have it all look great together. A couple of tips to use when selecting your maids accessories is to keep the color combinations similar. If your color palette is a fall mix of copper, burgundy, and gold, then keep that color scheme throughout your entire jewelry selection.

There is an easy way to accomplish this task, find a jewelry designer that offers Swarovski crystals and pearls in their jewelry line. Swarovski creates a multitude of pearl and crystal color options so that matching your gowns and color palettes with your jewelry is easy. When you wear jewelry made with Swarovski crystals and pearls you are wearing a quality product that doesn’t scratch, has the truest colors and sparkles magnificently.

Whatever jewelry you decide to coordinate for your bridesmaids finished look, find pieces that they will love and cherish. The plus side is that every girl loves to receive jewelry and why not...it's the a gift she can wear repeatedly. Choose jewelry that reflects your most special friend’s personalities and they will love you for it.


Percy Sales Events Readers:

Bonnie has graciously offered a one time use coupon with a 15% discount off your entire order to all Percy Sales Event readers on her jewelry. Use coupon code: PERCY. This is a one time use - no minimum order coupon. Take advantage of it folks, her jewelry is spectacular.

Visit the BonitaJ Website today!

Photos from BonitaJ.com

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Fancy Feet

Okay ladies...you've always wanted your own name on a pair of cute shoes, well here's your chance! Julia Bornstein, president of Sandals4Events, has created a line of sandals that can be customized with whatever you want.

For you brides, this is a perfect gift for your bridesmaids or even the other women in your life. The heel tabs can be customized with your name or yours and your grooms with the day of your wedding. Additionally, if you are having a beach wedding, these would make a great favor gift for all your female guests upon arrival...we all know how heels are a big no no on the beach. You can put them out in baskets, separated by size, put into personalized satin bags that Sandals4Events also provides, to add to your customized, couture wedding.

These sandals come in four colors (silver, gold, black, and fuchsia) and a black with great Swarovski bling on it, making them neutral enough to match any wedding. Plus, I hear they are super comfortable.

These sandals can also make great shower gifts, girl's night out favors, or how about as invitations to your bachelorette party! At any rate, stop by Sandals4Events and dream up some spectacular way to use these great accessories for your next event.


Photos from Sandals4Events

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sorry for Lack of Blogging

Sorry for the lack of blogging this month, it's been extremely busy and I have also been on vacation (Arizona and Las Vegas) and just got back yesterday! On my return, I found out that my website host is also down and I have not been able to get or send email and no one can go to my actual website. Trying to fix it now. I promise more posts to come. Hope everyone is doing well. If you need to email me, please use my alternate email percy_sales@yahoo.com (percy underscore sales at yahoo dot com)

Photo taken by me in Sedona, AZ
Update: As of 9/17/08 Percy Sales Events Website is up and running again...whew. I am also able to get emails again at percy@percysales.com

Monday, September 1, 2008

Inspiration: Cuba

Cuba came to mind this week as Hurricane Gustav was wrecking havoc in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Cuba is one of those countries that I want to explore...it's so mysterious and the images of the country being stuck in the 1950s is very intriguing to me.

I picture Cuba to have the old world charm that some cities in Europe offer and I can't wait for the borders to be opened so that Americans can re-discover the gem of the Caribbean that our ancestors got to experience before the Cuban Missle Crisis.

I am inspired by Cuban cuisine, Cubano Music, Salsa, Mojitos, Cuba Libre's, Guayberas, ruffles, lace, 57 Chevys, Babaloo, and of course Cuban Cigars.

My inspirations:
Wedding Gown: Lazaro
Bridesmaids Dress: Jenny Yoo
Guaybera and Cubavera Hat: My Cuban Store
Invitations: Natural Impressions
Music: Ybarra Music
Church: Havana Cathedral
City: Photo of Havana at Night
Cigar Rolling: ME Productions
Old Car Photo: Matthius Schack
Cuban Dinner: Versailles Cuban Restaurant
Flan Photo: Brides Club
Bouquet: Artistic Florals


Photos from above mentioned sites

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bling for Pocket Ca-ching?

If you have been watching WE TV lately, you probably have seen the latest Wedding Central episode Bling On The Bride. If you haven't...it is all about the BLING and the length some brides will go to have a blinged out wedding. I say...bling with moderation, but if you want it as sparkly as possible, but don't have the moola to do it, you might want to check out Glam For Less.

Glam For Less offers an array of rhinestone-encrusted pieces for the bride or female celebratant, including jewelry sets, tiaras, and hairpins, such as this My Fair Lady inspired chocker set. All with the sparkle factor that you would want for blinged out event. They even have the petite crown that I used as my cake topper at my commitment ceremony in 2005 for a lot less than I paid for it! At any rate, I wish I knew about this site back when.

So if you are insisting on having as much bling bling at your upcoming i do i do, check out Glam For Less before paying the higher prices. Alternatively, if you are a bride or someone just looking for a touch of sparkly - check out Glam For Less as well, they may have what you are just looking for to complete your look.


Photos from Glam For Less

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Zac Posen Love & Congrats Ellen & Portia

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi finally tied the knot in a small and intimate wedding, on Saturday, August 16th, in their home in Los Angeles. Nineteen of their family and friends (that's what I call small and intimate) attended the nuptials!

Zac Posen, designer extraordinaire, created both their outfits. Portia wore a beautiful backless halter-top gown with plunging neckline, the effect almost looks like a tuxedo vest. The full skirt was in a beautiful pale pink. Ellen wore an all white ensemble with a vest that is reminiscent of Portia's gown. Both the brides looked beautiful!

I am loving Zac's designs and hope that he will soon create a line of wedding gowns. I am sure it will be a hit for the fashion forward 30-somethings.

Here's to marriage equality and to a happy marriage for Ellen and Portia! For more information on their wedding, please pick up the latest People magazine of go to the People website.


Photo by Lara Porzak

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Wedding Salon Event - 9/22/08 Los Angeles

Hey, you Southern California Brides and Grooms...the best of the best wedding shows is just around the corner and it is coming to Los Angeles!

The Wedding Salon, put on by 4Pm Events, is going to be the must attend luxury wedding showcase of the year. You will get to see the latest products and experience the exceptional services that caters to the sophisticated bride and groom, and maybe you will bump into me...yes I will be checking out all the goings on as well! You will be able to meet with finest companies to plan your wedding as well as experience the spectacular displays of wedding fineries including cakes, gowns, and floral arrangements.

The cost of the event is a mere $50/for two people, a drop in the bucket for everything you get and the people you will meet. I'm sure that their goody bags alone will be worth the price! For a list of vendors for the LA show, please visit The Wedding Salon site (the list will continue to grow as the date comes closer). The LA Show will take place on Monday, September 22, 2008 at the Beverly Hills Hotel from 4pm - 9pm. If you are not in the LA area, here is a list of upcoming Wedding Salon shows coming to a city near you.

Wednesday October 22, 2008
New York, NY
Show hours: 4pm - 9pm
Venue: TBD
Address: New York, NY

Monday November 10, 2008
Miami, FL
Show hours: From 4pm -9pm
Venue: The Biltmore Hotel
Address: 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Miami, FL 33134

Have a grand day exploring all the best for your upcoming nuptials. Register today!


Logo from The Wedding Salon

Friday, August 15, 2008

Friendship Lasts A Lifetime

I was sent a link to this video today and it had me crying like a little baby at my desk...I told you I'm a sap. Anyway it happened many years ago, but it has recently been a topic of conversation on shows like The View and The Today Show. So I thought I would share it with you all. It's the story of Christian the Lion.

Get your hankies out and get back in touch with someone from your past!


Video from YouTube

Best Wedding Toast Ever

Today is all about the guys. I came across this video a few months ago but never put it on my blog. It's probably one of the best wedding toasts I have ever seen. It's called Amy's Song, sung by the Man of Honor and a cast of many of the wedding guests. I can't believe the organization this had, its truly wonderful.



Video from YouTube

Surprise First Dance, NYC-style

We have all seen the surprise first dances, where the couple starts off with the standard slow dance or waltz and then deviates by dancing something a little funkier.

This version has to be one of the best I have ever seen. I have to give props to the bride for busting a move in her wedding gown. Take it from this couple if you are looking to do something fun for your first dance. Hire a choreographer and please don't use the "Evolution of Dance" choreography...it's so overused. Do something spectacular...and this is just that.

Enjoy old school hip hop!


Video from YouTube

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Inspiration: China

After watching the Olympic's Opening Ceremony in Beijing, I was totally inspired by what China brought to the world. So I saw it fit to come up with as an inspiration board for a wonderful Chinese inspired wedding and this is what I came up with.

I am inspired by Qipao's or Cheongsam's, colorful lanterns, cherry blossoms, fortunes, Chinese lantern flowers, peonies, images of old Shanghai, Chinese character blocks, jade, and scrolls.

Details of my inspiration:
Wedding Gown: Luci DiBella for Kleinfeld
Qipao/Cheongsam: Oriental-Cheongsam
Cake: Christine Dahl Pastries
Fortune Cookies: Martha Stewart
Jade Bracelet: Rose Gem
Rubber Stamp: Acme Rubber Stamp Co.
Invitation: Char4U

I hope this inspires your Double Happiness!


Photos from above mentioned sites and Percy Sales Events stock photos

Thursday, August 7, 2008

For You Honeymooners

For you newlyweds and honeymooners, Condé Nest Traveler has released its 14th Annual Gold List of "The Best Places to Stay in the World."

You will find everything from hotels in the United States to Beijing, China and everywhere, and I mean it literally, in the world. Therefore, if you are looking for a getaway or you're planning your memorable honeymoon, consider looking at the recommendations of the readers of Condé Nest Traveler.

Each hotel on the 14th Annual Gold List will have an overall score from 0-100. Additionally, the listing will give you price points from $ to $$$$, location, photos, and will offer an overview of the property. Also, when you click on a property, it will give you the number of rooms on the property as well as ratings on the rooms, service, food, location, design, and activities at the hotel. It's a pretty overwhelming list, but thoroughly helpful.

Here's to hoping you find a fabulous place to stay. Happy resort hunting!


Photo from Condé Nest Traveler

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Inspiration: Spain

In planning my 40th Birthday getaway in March...I was inspired by the romance and the old world feel of Spain. When people think of Spain, they often picture the iconic flamenco dresses or the intrigue of Gaudi's influence in Barcelona. Additionally, there are some who confuse Spain with Mexico, but we all know there is a difference.

So I thought how fun would it be to do an inspiration board on Spain. Here are my inspirations for an old world, with a modern feel, Spanish themed wedding.

I'm inspired by lace and embroidery, wrought iron and flamenco combs, simple flowers embellished with religious ornamentation, and small churches with ornate details.

Details of my inspiration:

Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier
Church: El Presidio Church, Santa Barbara, California
Rhinestone Comb: Model Bride
Bridesmaids Dress: Nanette Lepore
Invitation: Lehr & Back
Cake: Nico Designs Santa Barbara
Wrought Iron Candlesticks: Saladotex
Flowers: Photo taken by Serena Grace Photo

I hope this inspires your inner Spaniard and the spirit of Ole!


Photos from above mentioned sites

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Paper Flower Centerpieces

Since it's Fiesta in Santa Barbara, I was scanning some sites for paper flowers since I have seen an array of them this past weekend. I am loving the concept of trying these out as centerpieces. They are environmentally correct and the nice thing is they make a bold statement.

Take for instance these paper flowers from Daisys and Dots that look like hydrangeas. Totally cool in my opinion and for you DIY brides and grooms, this can be a fun event for you and a few of your friends to do one evening over some bottles of wine.

Another plus is that paper comes in an array of colors so you can customize them to match your event, but truthfully, I would probably keep in the more natural tones to look more authentic. However, if you are in to bold statement than go with the outlandish colors and let your creative side take over.

I also love the photo that Willowpoppy took of these paper flowers that look like poppies....absolutely gorgeous and the colors combos are great.

I hope these photos inspire your own paper creativeness!


Photos from Daisys and Dots and Willowpoppy

Monday, August 4, 2008

One Stop Vendor Shop

The gals at Elizabeth Anne Designs have created a library that has an extensive list of wedding vendors. Think of it as a one stop shop for all the top Wedding Vendors throughout the country...including Percy Sales Events!

I am pretty excited about being on the list of top noted wedding vendors, it's truly an honor. Thank you Rebekah and Ami!

The library is very easy to navigate. It is categorized by areas of expertise, making it very simple to see their noted vendors. Rebekah and Ami have created a wonderful resource, not only for clients, but also a great networking tool for us professionals.

While you're at their Website, make sure to check out their great blog as well! It has some great articles and ideas for planning your special day.


Photo from Elizabeth Anne Designs

Friday, August 1, 2008

Shoe Love

I often blog about women's shoes, but this time I am blogging about shoes that I can actually buy for myself. Yes ladies and gentlemen...I have found shoe love with Ryan Rowe, a new men's footwear company that is bringing luxurious handmade shoes for all guys. It's the brain child of my former neighbor, Ryan Ringholz, and his business partner Rowe Samieian, both veterans in the shoe industry.

These classic oxfords and their other styles have been modernized by these geniuses and are made with Vachetta Leather, same leather that Louis Vuitton favors. They are handmade, hand painted, and use vegetable dyes to create its fabulous colors. It's like having your own personal cobbler. Knowing Ryan and his need to create stylish and comfortable footwear for men, this brand is definitely going to be my new choice in footwear...sorry Kenneth.

My current favorite in their collection are these Crofton Oxfords that come in bone, black, and espresso, though I am also eyeing a pair of sneakers and a boot. These oxfords can go from day to night, and match any fashion style. They are so versatile and comfy...I wore the bone tonight at a rehearsal and dinner and my feet did not tire. Additionally, I can finally wear a white shoe and not feel like Pee Wee Herman, thanks to these guys. Ryan Rowe is currently available at select stores including Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Zappos.com. They will soon launch an online store on their Website.

Guys, you have to try out these shoes, you will fall in love with them and your feet will thank you for giving them a comfortable ride.


Photos from Ryan Rowe

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Inspiration: Peacocks

It seems that Carrie Bradshaw's blue feather in the Sex and the City Movie has inspired many, including myself, to find peacock inspired items for weddings and events.

So here is my inspiration board for this hot trend. I'm inspired by the jewel toned colors, which includes deep teal, emerald, and eggplant with hints of amber or gold. My inspiration gown is reminiscent of the peacock tail with its layered tiered train. The shape of the peacock feather inspires the peaks in the ceremony location as well as the groom's boutonniere.

Details of my inspiration:
Eggplant Dress: Romona Kavesa
Peacock Dress: Diane Von Furstenberg
Leave it to Love™ Boutonniere: DeAnna Cochran Jewelry
Wedding Gown: RS Couture for Kleinfeld
Invitation: Hello!Lucky
Amber Drop Necklace: Signature Gems

Hope this sparks your creative juices and may this bird's feather inspire your own event.


Photos from above mentioned sites

Groom's Checklist...It Really Exists!

I was surfing some of my favorites sites today and came across the following "Groom's Checklist" from The Groom Guide. It's totally useful and gives you some ideas on how you can help lessen the stress of the planning process. So guys take note, print out, and get ready for the ride of your life.

The Official Groom Guide Checklist:

1. Suggest writing an engagement announcement.

2. Make a list of family, friends and co-workers you would like to invite. Start a spreadsheet with names, and addresses of guests.

3. Help work out a wedding budget.

4. Offer to call vendors to set up appointments.

5. Volunteer to confirm all services and vendors a week or two before the wedding.

6. Choose a Best Man and Groomsmen.

7. Meet with your Best Man and discuss responsibilities.

8. Make a trip to several suit and tux shops for a try-on session.

9. Set up formal wear options for the Groomsmen.

10. Purchase wedding bands together.

11. Help choose boutonniere styles for you and your Groomsmen.

12. Talk about honeymoon options with your girl and discuss a budget. Plan it! Then book everything, including plane tickets ASAP!

13. Suggest taking dance lessons.

14. Book a wedding night location.

15. Find city maps and airport transportation information to assist your guests with their plans.

16. Set up a time you and your bride can obtain and pay for the Marriage License.

17. Make wedding day transportation plans for you, your bride, and the wedding party.

18. Meet with your officiant or interview officiants.

19. Write a Toast and/or Thank You speech.

20. Write down a list of people you would like to thank publicly.

21. Make a list of songs you want the band or DJ to play or make a do-not-play list.

22. Thank and meet everyone at the wedding.

23. Find a location suitable for outdoor photos in between the Ceremony and the Reception.

24. Pay for and arrange payment (via Best Man) of the officiant’s fee, the musician and tips.

25. Have the Best Man deliver your Bride a special breakfast the morning of the wedding.

26. Write a special note thanking her for being your wife.

27. Write special notes for your father-in-law and mother-in-law, thanking them for everything they’ve done, especially for creating the most amazing woman in the world.

28. Thank your mother-in-law and father-in-law over and over and over and most importantly, do it publicly.

29. Tell your Bride at least 100 times that day that she looks beautiful and that her dress is spectacular.

30. Plan a surprise for the reception. I.E. example, fireworks, special music, monkeys, elephants, etc….

I personally think this covers it all. It really makes sense and it makes your other half feel like you are really into the planning process...even if you would rather be out hanging with the guys. For more advice on the wedding day...from the groom's perspective check out The Groom Guide.


Photo from Gloria Plunkett Photography

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Cupcake Couture

If these cupcakes taste as good as they look, then I have found heaven! We have all see sculpted cakes before, but cupcakes...yum...bite size masterpieces that you can hold in one hand. Cupcake Envy has me drooling.

I first saw this on Sasha Souza's Sparkliatti Blog Site and instantly was amazed, just as I am sure you are at this moment.

Cupcake Envy specializes in mini cakes including cupcakes and duh...miniature cakes and can customize each of them to whatever you want. It's the perfect edible accessory to a fabulous event. Even though they are located in North Carolina, Cupcake Envy will ship anywhere...which is a big plus. Looks like I know where my 40th birthday cupcakes are coming from...can I wait until March '09 for one of these creations?

Visit the Cupcake Envy Website and discover the unlimited possibilities. Looks like dreams really do come true! See additional photos of their creations on their Flickr site.


Photos from Cupcake Envy

Starlight, Starbright...

First Starfish I see tonight. DeAnna Cochran Jewelry is making a big impact this summer with these great starfish accessories, titled Anthony's Wish. She styles these pieces from a real starfish and they are absolutely gorgeous. Both the Anthony's Wish Cufflinks and Bracelet are hand carved of pure silver (.999 silver) and measures 1" in diameter. The bracelet is 7 inches in length.

For you brides and grooms out there, if you are looking for attendant gifts and you are getting married near the shore or having a beach themed wedding, these are exactly what you need! They are a perfect reminder of your summer or beachside wedding and a gift your groomsmen and bridesmaids will cherish a lifetime.

Additionally, what I love about these pieces is that by purchasing a DeAnna Cochran Jewelry Anthony's Wish Starfish Cufflinks or Bracelet you are also benefiting an organization called, Koinonia Foster Homes in Oxnard, California. Portions of the sale of these items are donated back to organization that first introduced Anthony to his adoptive parents. So not only are you giving a great gift to your attendants, but you are also giving to a much-needed organization. You are fulfilling many wishes with the purchase of these items. The starfish symbolizes rebirth and regeneration. It is also known as the symbol of hope, optimism, and determination.

The Anthony's Wish Collection by DeAnna Cochran Jewelry can be purchased through Skimbaco an online retailer located in Colorado. Check out the DeAnna Cochran Jewelry collection at Skimbaco today and discover the other charity pieces that this up and coming jewelry designer is known. Such celebrities as as Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have worn DeAnna Cochran Jewelry. Suri Cruise is a big fan of DeAnna Cochran Jewelry's Jackson Leaf Necklace according to OK! Magazine Australia (Issue 108, A-List Kids! Inside Their Secret Lives) .

So make a wish and fulfill the wishes of others with the Anthony's Wish Collection by DeAnna Cochran Jewelry.


Photos from DeAnna Cochran Jewelry

Make Your Wish at Wishpot

When you wish upon a ... pot? Forget the stars; make your wish on Wishpot, "a new social shopping service that makes it easy for you to share interesting things you find in stores and online." Do you ever go to an online store or see something at your favorite shop and want to remember it...well now you can with Wishpot. You can save items easily in your Wishpot account by going to the website of your favorite store or online shopping site and simply tap on your "Add to Wishpot" button. It automatically adds it to your Wishpot profile. Now you have your item accessible anywhere around the world and at your fingertips.

You can categorize your finds, share with the Wishpot community, and refer to your list for future shopping needs. It's a perfect site to keep all your gift ideas for Holidays, Weddings, Birthday or for whatever shopping needs you may have. It's easy to use and you won't have to remember where or when you saw it, because it's all in your Wishpot list.

For all you brides and grooms, go to the wedding section or Wishpot and see what the Wedding Experts are picking as the hottest trends in gifts, registry items, and wedding needs. Yes, Percy Sales is one of the wedding experts chosen by Wishpot...so come by and see my picks.

Do yourself a favor and explore Wishpot today. Making a shopping list for fabulous things has never been simpler or more fun!


Logo from Wishpot

Saturday, July 26, 2008

My Top Five Best Wedding Movies Ever

As a wedding planner, movies offer inspiration and a dose of comic relief for my much beloved career. It also offers an opportunity to cry...yeah okay so I am a guy who cries at chick flicks...call me a sap, but I just do. I just love wedding themed movies and now I am going to name off my Top Five Best Wedding Themed Movies ever...here they are:

1) Muriel's Wedding (1994): Set in Porpoise Spit and Sydney, Australia, this movie starring Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths was an indie sleeper. It gives a look to the trial and tribulations of Muriel Heslop who is looking for love and the ultimate wedding day. She is obsessed with ABBA so the movie has a lot of ABBA music...sounds like Mama Mia, but trust me it's much better. Such a fun movie. I can watch it over and over again.

Favorite Quote from the movie: "My life is as good as an ABBA song. It's as good as Dancing Queen. "

2) My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002): Who doesn't love watching the love affair between Toula and Ian. This is a great movie to relate to if you have a huge family. Nia Vardalos gives a wonderful performance and so does her dad Gus, played by Michael Constantine. Additionally, John Corbett is perfect in the role of the "gringo love interest." Plus it gives you insight on the type of dresses not to buy!

Favorite Quote from the movie: "There's a hole in this cake!"

3) Father of the Bride (1950) & (1991): I love both versions of the movie. The original starring Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracy and the more recent version with Steve Martin and Diane Keaton. Gives an insight to the father's perspective of the wedding day. Great wedding and planning scenes and both Spencer and Steve give off great comic relief to the movie.

Favorite Quote from the movie: "Armani don't make polyester."

4) Sex and The City (2008): I love this movie because I have become attached to the characters in the TV Show. I love them girls. Additionally, this movie has some great gown inspiration and other fashions. It also shows that true love can conquer all.

Favorite Quote from the movie: "Charlotte has pudding in her Prada."

5) The Wedding Banquet aka Xi Yan (1993): Ang Lee's story of a gay Taiwanese-American who has a marriage of convenience to a woman who needs a green card. He has been getting pressure from his parents to marry...so this marriage is a good cover-up to his true life as a gay man living with his true love, Simon. Well everything gets really complicated when the parents decide they are coming to witness the wedding and throw a lavish reception. A wonderful cross-cultural story of love, convenience, and family.

Favorite Quote from the movie: "Better and richer, no poorer."

Let me know what your favorite wedding movies are and if you have not seen the ones on my list...I highly recommend that you run out and go to your local video store and rent them today.


Photo from IMDb

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