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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Wedding Bling: Frost Yourself

(Image via Adorn Brides)

It's all about the bling bling! Red carpet events and television shows like "Platinum Weddings" have greatly influenced many brides and grooms to display some sort of sophistication and class whether it be through decor elements, catering, or attire. In regards to attire and accessories, brides want to walk down the aisle wearing millions of dollars worth of jewelry. This is proof we live in an image-obsessed society. For some brides on a tight budget, they opt for rhinestone jewelry. But many wish to have the real thing without the huge price tag. has come at a time when brides need them the most. You can rent diamond necklaces, earrings, and bracelets worth $10,000 for only a few hundred dollars a week.

(Image via Steal The Time)

And for men who want to portray an image of class and luxury, you can rent luxury brand watches from Rolex to Cartier at It's all about the details, right?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

SoCal Brides: Effective Today LA County Sales Tax Increases

I read an article today on regarding the Measure R sales tax voter-approved increase to build transportation projects in LA. How will this affect those of you getting married? Well, if your reception will be held in LA County the sales tax hike will slightly increase your overall total for food and beverage. Keep in mind just because you signed the caterer’s contract 1-2 years ago when sales tax was at 8.25% it doesn’t mean that you are locked-in to that particular rate. They are obligated to increase it.

Here are the new sales tax rates:

Los Angeles County

Pico Rivera & South Gate – 10.75%
Avalon, El Monte, and Inglewood - 10.25%
All other areas – 9.75%

San Bernardino, Orange, and Ventura Counties remain the same.