In: Wedding Planning

March 13, 2012

A Soolip Wedding Show

I think one of the best wedding shows for a Los Angeles Wedding Planner or a bride to attend is, “A Soolip Wedding” show. It happens once a year in Los Angeles and in San Francisco. It was started by Wanda Wen of Soolip Paperie near Melrose Place.

This year the LA show was staged at the Bel Air Bay Club at the top of the hill at Sunset and PCH. The weather at the beach that day was just gorgeous so the venue really shined.

Teri Kinne Events - Soolip Wedding Show

A view from the main ballroom (top). Walking down the aisle with the Pacific as a backdrop (bottom).

The Soolip Wedding Show vendors this year were so creative with their spaces. It was nice to visit each area and enjoy the display and samples.

Teri Kinne Events - Joan Bryant Make Something Happen wedding-bouquets

One of my favorites was the unique and custom wedding bouquets by Joan Bryant of Make Something Special Happen. So smart and sustainable to hold items that are meaningful, beautiful and non parishable. Just charming!

Teri Kinne Events - Taste of Pace Caterers

Look at the clever crudite display... So unexpected!

Teri Kinne Events - Taste of Pace Caterers

Chilled Pea Soup Shooters on vintage cake stands

Another standout vendor was the Los Angeles caterer, Tace of Pace. Chef Pace Webb did a stellar job of showing off her bites which were expertly staged on Antique props by Archive Vintage Rentals.

Teri Kinne Events - Candee by Sandee

Specializing in Dessert Stations was Sandee Creager of Candee by Sandee who had a colorful lavendar tone candy station, with a backdrop of rag ties strung on a pipe frame.

It made for a really fun display.

I also learned about a rustic ranch-like, family owned venue called Maravilla Gardens in Camarillo.

It looks spacious with a backdrop of weeping willows, a working farm and rolling greens.

I like their tag line:

“The best kept secret for unforgettable weddings”!

Teri Kinne Events - Wedding Show

The fashion show was modern and fresh with drop waist gowns and simple lines. Lace had made a comeback!

Teri Kinne Events - Lilac

Leaving the show I had to take a shot of the sweet lilac that charmed up this banister outside of the Bay Club.

Teri with the happy couple

This Bride and Groom had to have a church wedding and envisioned a venue that was “quaint and charming”.

As a Los Angeles Event Wedding Planner, it is my job to know the perfect spot for each couple.

I immediately knew that the Buerge Chapel and Gardens in Pacific Palisades would fit that vision perfectly.

Intimate setting for a beautiful ceremony

The wedding was in August and the weather was warm in the sweet little chapel, then perfect, for a garden dinner reception. Marjorie, the bride was nervous and kept guests and groom waiting but finally arrived beautiful, fresh and was a vision well worth the wait.

As the newly married bride and groom left the chapel the old fashioned church bell rang enthusiastically and rose petals tossed by guests rained down on the newlyweds. The tiffany blue colors were a play off of the turquoise blue door of the chapel.

Guests danced to a flamenco guitar trio while enjoying a three-course dinner under the stars with an ocean breeze.

Los Angeles Wedding Planner – Teri Kinne of Teri Kinne Events

Photography – George Kontaxis of Dream Wedding Photography
Flamenco Guitar Trio– Provided by Todd Elliot of Swinger Entertainment
Rentals – Manny of Alex Party Rentals of Venice
Venue – Chris Erickson of Buerge Chapel

Catering – Patty of Merlin’s Kitchen in Westlake.

How to Pick Which Wedding Shows to Attend – Not All Bridal Shows are Worth Your Saturday!

Have you seen neon colored cardboard signs posted on a chain-link fence along the freeway off ramp shouting “Bridal Expo – Convention Center!”? Just keep driving.

This is my opinion but I want to save your precious Saturday for spending time with your precious fiancé or pets, not wasting time getting overloaded with unrecyclable handouts you won’t use. As a Los Angeles Event Planner for 15 years I have displayed at or attended the whole circuit of shows so let me just save you some time! The smaller, upscale bridal shows showcase local, specialized and boutiques vendors which is the style my brides prefer.

Be Selective with Your Wedding Shows

The large “Expo” bridal shows do have a wide variety of vendors but many are national brands and chains like Men’s Warehouse, Laser Skin Centers, Michaels Craft Stores, Resorts and Tourism Boards. They are usually held in convention center or large hotel ballrooms and can be cumbersome to get to and wade through. The fees at these shows tend to range from Free to 12.00. If you choose to go to an expo-type show please wear comfortable shoes and just do a quick walk through stopping only at booths you that you are interested in.

Look for the smaller shows which offer local caterers, planners, letter press stationers, stylists and unique venues with a just a few of the larger brands. These tend to be in boutique hotels or clubs. Prices can range from 25.00-50.00 but you will receive a quality goodie bag when you leave.

This is the fun part – graciously accept your goodie bag then rush home and spill the contents all over your bed to discover the surprises inside.  Here Comes the Guide has a list of Los Angeles Wedding Shows, check them out here.

This week I enjoyed the Wedding Salon at the London Hotel in West Hollywood. It was a quality show, more like a cocktail reception. I met sculptor Margi Wray who creates custom cake tops that are the spitting image of the couple getting married! I was impressed by this one-of-a-kind treasure. One of the most interesting attendees I met was a pug named Phoebe Rose dressed in comfy loungewear, she and her writer guardian Sheila were ducking into a fun photo booth by Magnolia Photo Booths. I tasted tray passed epicurean delights by event caterer Deuce with Chef Trevor Zimmerman at the helm.

Cocktails by Shotgun Promotions at
the Wedding Salon

Floral Display at the Wedding Salon

Here are a few things to help you make the most of the wedding show:

  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Be selective with whom you give your contact information. Vendors will use your contact information to advertise to you. It is a good idea to set up a wedding info Gmail account and reserve your main e-mail address for vendors you actually contract with.
  • Bring a friend or two along who is involved in your wedding. Don’t bring the fiancé if she/he is not interested, it will be a joy-kill for both of you.
  • If you already have a gown, skip the fashion show and visit vendor’s booths during that period since most everybody will be watching the fashion show, the vendors will be free to give you more personal attention
  • Bring your own water. The better bridal shows offer something to sip on but sometimes there are no other options or snacks and water is will be offered at an outrageous price

Enjoy any show you go to and always hold close the real reason you are having this ceremony and celebration!