Archive for April, 2010

Bachelor Party Tip – Clubs. The truth about VIP

To roll like a Rockstar, you have to spend like a Rock Star. Everyone always asks us about getting VIP treatment in the clubs for their bachelor party. You can be a VIP if you spend enough. Most clubs we deal with have a VIP package. It usually involves VIP entry and a VIP area in the club with your own waitress; all for the cost of bottle service. Bottle Service? What’s that?

Bottle service is the cash cow of the clubbing industry. If you do bottle service you’re paying anywhere from $250 to $500 for a bottle of premium alcohol. The ratio usually runs 1 bottle must be purchased for every 4 guys. Girls get off a little easier with 1 bottle for ever 6 or 8 girls. If you’re a guy, you may not be able to get into a club at all without doing bottle service. It’s the club’s way of keeping the magic ratio of men to women. Cause no one wants to hang out with a bunch of dudes. =)

If you’re planning the bachelor party or bachelorette party, one easy way to stretch your dollars is to avoid the VIP treatment. It’s like having a star on Hollywood Blvd. You get some bragging rights, but you have to pony up the cash for the right(stars pay $25,000 dollars for the honor).

Still wanna roll like a Rockstar?! Check out these bachelor party packages:

San Diego – Limo, dinner, club entrance: http://www.fireflygroupevents.com/pack_details.php?pid=328

San Diego – Limo, dinner, drink tickets, club entrance : http://www.fireflygroupevents.com/pack_details.php?pid=352

Las Vegas Package – The Hangover – Limo, Dinner, Night club, strip club: http://www.fireflygroupevents.com/pack_details.php?pid=384

Bachelorette Party Packages :

San Francisco – Sexy Divas – http://www.fireflygroupevents.com/girls/pack_details.php?pid=444

San Diego – Limo, Pole dance lesson, club, dinnert – http://www.fireflygroupevents.com/girls/pack_details.php?pid=338

Las Vegas – Lim0,Strip Club, Night Club – http://www.fireflygroupevents.com/girls/pack_details.php?pid=386

Holly Steen – Cakes & Kisses – Los Angeles Wedding Photographer

What is your favorite wedding photography trend at the moment?
My favorite wedding photography trend at the moment is colored bridal shoes. I am a huge fan of brides that think outside the box and buy shoes that match their lifestyle, rather than just their wedding dress. It is even better when the bride wears them for the engagement photos or tells me that she wore them during bachelorette party and broke the shoes in… that means no limping around the reception because of hurt feet.
What are the advantages of having your engagement shots taken by your wedding photographer?
The advantage of having engagement photos with your wedding photographer is simple… you get to know what it is like to be in front of the camera. It builds a trust and relationship that is different than sitting and chatting in a showroom. Although I try not to use all my jokes during the engagement, it is a great way for me to spend time with the couple and make them laugh. I think that the more time the couple spends together the better, and the more food/drinks the couple buys the photographer, the better the photo shoot.
What FireFly package would you pick for your bachelorette party?
The FireFly Events package that I will pick for my bachelorette party is pretty much a laundry list… I have different kinds of friends so I would do a few different to suit each of the groups. Recording Studio- Idol Wannabe, for my overly musically talented friends to sing at the top of our lungs “Lean on Me”, my anthem for 7th grade. Girlfriend Getaway – Sex in the City Weekend, for me and my closest craziest girls. The kind of “All for one and one for all” girls that you have tons of fun with but can’t share any of the stories because they would get us all in trouble. Plus, the Charlies Angel, Self Defense, with my girls and teach them some awesome ways to kick butt in and out of the bedroom.
Name 3 famous people you’d invite on your bachelorette party? Why?
Three famous people I would invite to my bachelorette party would first invite Jewel, the musician, to make my recording studio party to the next level and get us a Grammy. Second, comedian, Ellen DeGeneres, because she makes me laugh so hard, and I think it would be fun, because she probably has some pretty crazy stories. Third, mixed martial artist, Gina Carano, to give us some tips on how to be a knock out and give killer muay thai kicks!
What’s your most outrageous wedding memory, either one you have worked at or one you have been a guest?
So many outragerous wedding memories when I was a second shooter in my first few years of wedding. One of my favorites was for the daughter of the late Pat Morita (the infamous Mr. Miyagi) at a Buddist temple in Hollywood. It was amazing and exclusive, while being unique and special. During the toasting, the brides’ sister stood up and said, “Bonzai” and to have the whole room chime in with “Bonzai” even louder.  This chant carried on through the night was especially memberable when at the end of the first dance the guests all had score cards like “Dances with the Stars.” They received a perfect score.
Which wedding are you: Beach, Mountain, Forest, or Countryside?
I am a beach wedding girl. Some of my favorite beach weddings had lounging couches, bon fires, and perfect breeze that made the day seem so magical. I really think there is a mood that is captured in a beach wedding that is missed in a ballroom, or in a exclusive golf club.
If you could give one piece of wedding advice to a couple, what would that be………..?
Wedding advice is follow what you want. You will regret having the wedding your best friend, mom wanted. Have the wedding that you want, so you can look back at your wedding photos and remember that every moment that was captured was part of your day. This is more marriage advice, but be sure to marry someone that you enjoy listening to and talking to. They will be the one person you can depend on for an opinion, advice, or a shoulder to cry on.

Holly from Cakes & Kisses, lives & breathes photography and it shows. She cries at every wedding, her heart is always in the right place. She cares and feels the joy of each couple. Holly will capture your most cherishible moments, creating art pieces and documenting your day.

If she’s not documenting marital bliss, you’ll find her at a Dodgers games or getting her new studio space ready for the wedding season.  - go Holly.

Holly has become a lovely friend and she will soon become yours, she will make you feel at ease the moment you meet her.

What is your favorite wedding photography trend at the moment?

My favorite wedding photography trend at the moment is colored bridal shoes. I am a huge fan of brides that think outside the box and buy shoes that match their lifestyle, rather than just their wedding dress. It is even better when the bride wears them for the engagement photos or tells me that she wore them during bachelorette party and broke the shoes in… that means no limping around the reception because of hurt feet.

What are the advantages of having your engagement shots taken by your wedding photographer?

The advantage of having engagement photos with your wedding photographer is simple… you get to know what it is like to be in front of the camera. It builds a trust and relationship that is different than sitting and chatting in a showroom. Although I try not to use all my jokes during the engagement, it is a great way for me to spend time with the couple and make them laugh. I think that the more time the couple spends together the better, and the more food/drinks the couple buys the photographer, the better the photo shoot.

What FireFly package would you pick for your bachelorette party?

The FireFly Events package that I will pick for my bachelorette party is pretty much a laundry list… I have different kinds of friends so I would do a few different to suit each of the groups. Recording Studio- Idol Wannabe, for my overly musically talented friends to sing at the top of our lungs “Lean on Me”, my anthem for 7th grade. Girlfriend Getaway – Sex in the City Weekend, for me and my closest craziest girls. The kind of “All for one and one for all” girls that you have tons of fun with but can’t share any of the stories because they would get us all in trouble. Plus, the Charlie’s Angels, Self Defense, with my girls and teach them some awesome ways to kick butt in and out of the bedroom.

Name 3 famous people you’d invite on your bachelorette party? Why?

Three famous people I would invite to my bachelorette party in Los Angeles would first invite Jewel, the musician, to make my recording studio party to the next level and get us a Grammy. Second, comedian, Ellen DeGeneres, because she makes me laugh so hard, and I think it would be fun, because she probably has some pretty crazy stories. Third, mixed martial artist, Gina Carano, to give us some tips on how to be a knock out and give killer muay thai kicks!

What’s your most outrageous wedding memory, either one you have worked at or one you have been a guest?

So many outragerous wedding memories when I was a second shooter in my first few years of wedding. One of my favorites was for the daughter of the late Pat Morita (the infamous Mr. Miyagi) at a Buddist temple in Hollywood. It was amazing and exclusive, while being unique and special. During the toasting, the brides’ sister stood up and said, “Bonzai” and to have the whole room chime in with “Bonzai” even louder.  This chant carried on through the night was especially memberable when at the end of the first dance the guests all had score cards like “Dances with the Stars.” They received a perfect score.

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Which wedding are you: Beach, Mountain, Forest, or Countryside?

I am a beach wedding girl. Some of my favorite beach weddings had lounging couches, bon fires, and perfect breeze that made the day seem so magical. I really think there is a mood that is captured in a beach wedding that is missed in a ballroom, or in a exclusive golf club.

If you could give one piece of wedding advice to a couple, what would that be………..?

Wedding advice is follow what you want. You will regret having the wedding your best friend, mom wanted. Have the wedding that you want, so you can look back at your wedding photos and remember that every moment that was captured was part of your day. This is more marriage advice, but be sure to marry someone that you enjoy listening to and talking to. They will be the one person you can depend on for an opinion, advice, or a shoulder to cry on.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us Holly! Be sure to check out Holly’s website at http://www.cakesandkisses.com/

Married On Myspace – Go vote for us!

We’re providing two bachelor party options for the online reality show Married on Myspace. We’re contributing Trapeze lessons and a high-performance Karting Grand Prix. Graeham and his guys should have a great time on either. And yes, we do advocate swinging on a trapeze for the men. =)

Heres the trapeze package: http://www.fireflygroupevents.com/married_on_myspace_trapeze.php

Here’s the carting package: http://www.fireflygroupevents.com/married_on_myspace_cart.php

Show some love and go vote for us at their website. Doesn’t matter which on you vote for as long as it’s ours!!!!

You can vote by visiting: http://www.myspace.com/marriedonmyspace

While you’re voting check out episode 7 to see what the girls got up to on the bachelorette party. Our package was chosen for that one!


Thanks for all the support!

Vendor Love – Creative Events by Ashley

Creative EventsCreative Events by Ashley is a wedding and events co-ordinator in the San Fransisco area of California.  Ashley is doing what she was born to do and that is wedding planning and design.   She is currently a Co-Director for the Association of Bridal Consultants in the Bay Area.  Her team creates extraordinary events that are representative of each of their clients personalities and individual styles.  They are there to help make your wedding uniquely personal.  Thanks Ashley for your great advice and fun feature!

What’s your favorite or most popular trend in your field?

My favorite trend right now is that that many couples are choosing to go back to the traditional wedding with the pinks and champagne colors schemes.  I love the romantic wedding with lace, candlelight and tons of flowers.

What FireFly package would you pick for your bachelorette party in San Francisco?

I would pick the Culinary Walking Tour – Aromatic Luxury.  What can I say I am a sucker for good food and who doesn’t love a great spa treatment.

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Name 3 famous people you’d invite on your bachelorette party? Why?

Hmmmm so many people so little time.  I would have to say I would invite the women from the Sex and the City.  They know how to have a good time and love good food and good drinks.

What’s your most outrageous wedding memory?

My  most outrageous wedding memory is when I did a wedding in Carmel and it was going to be a beach wedding. My staff and I had staked out the area on the beach where the ceremony was going to be.  Throughout the morning we watched the area to make sure the waves were not going to wash it out.  Sure enough the waves got higher and higher about an a hour before the ceremony was suppose to start  a huge wave broke and wiped out the entire ceremony area.  We had to find another place on the beach and get everything set up and ready to go in less then an hour.  It ended up being a beautiful ceremony and a great memory and learning experience for my staff and I!

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Finish this sentence: If I could give one piece of wedding advice it would be…

If I could give one piece of wedding advice it would be to remember that it is about the marriage and not the wedding.  Before going into the planning process decide two or three things that you must have and know that you may have to comprise on some other areas to get those things.  I would also say hire a planner.  They help you stay within your budget, take the stressful parts of planning off of you and make it so you can enjoy every aspect of your day.

Thanks again Ashley! Look for Ashley if you’re ever in need of an amazing planner in Northern California.

Creative Events by Ashley – http://www.creativeeventsbyashley.com

Cake Goodness – Bachelorette party cakes and more

What is your favorite trend for wedding cakes at the moment?
My favorite trend for wedding cakes this moment is tall and lean cakes with a different patterns and textures on each tier (such as damask, stripes, quilted look, etc). My other favorite thing is when the top tier is no bigger than about 4 inches and there is one big fat flower on the side of the top tier (instead of an entire bunch).
What is the most popular flavor for wedding cakes?
My most popular flavor would have to be “Brown Sugar Baby” which is Chocolate and Vanilla cake gently swirled together with a delicious chocolate fudge filling, finished of with a decadent not too sweet vanilla Buttercream Icing.
What FireFly package would you pick for your bachelorette party? – http://www.fireflygroupevents.com/girls/index.php
If I had to relive my bachelorette party again I would definitely want the Vegas package from FireFly. That is where my girls took me for my bachelorette party last April, and I must say it was unforgettable!!! I’d would love to go again!!
Name 3 famous people you’d invite on your bachelorette party? Why?
Hmmm… this is a hard question: Three famous people. I would have to pass on this one. I really cannot think of 3 people other than my bridesmaids that I could have chosen that could have made that weekend more memorable and outrageous than it already was!! =)
What’s your most outrageous wedding cake you have made?
A few weeks ago I did a wedding cake for a couple that was decked out from top to bottom including zebra print, butterflies, rhinestones, “sweet words” written on a tier, and hanging crystals. At first I wanted to make sure the groom was ok with this… and I asked him… and believe it or not he was probably the most excited about it! He even text messaged me a few days before their big day to tell me how excited he was to see it! What a sweet guy! Anything to make his bride happy =). And it turned out to be one wild, outrageous, and absolutely fabulous cake!
Which wedding are you: Beach, Mountain, Forest, or Countryside?
I would definitely be a forest wedding. This was part of the theme for my actual wedding day. My husband Chris loves spooky things, where as I being your typical girlie girl do not =). So I wanted our special day to be a union of our interests… hence our wedding theme: “Spooky Elegance”. Over our dance floor were black hanging branches with Swarovski crystals hanging from a few of the branches. The feel was to be as if you were dancing in the middle of a Spooky forest =)
If you could give one piece of wedding advice to a couple, what would that be………..?
WAIT TO GO ON YOUR HONEYMOON!!! You are so exhausted from all of the wedding madness it is hard to enjoy the next several days! Wait a week, or even a year so that you can look forward to its coming and be well rested!! And it keeps you motivated to not put back on the post wedding pounds if you have to be in a bikini =).

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Melinda from Cake Goodness is a cake designing genius, in fact I think her company should be re-named Cake Goddess.   Not only do her cakes look fabulous, they also taste amazing(James is addicted to her cake pops).  If you ever need a cake, cookies or cake pops in Southern California, Melinda is the woman to go to.  That includes having a gorgeous cake designed for your bachelorette party or bridal shower. She is beautiful on the inside and out and will custom design any cake you have in mind.  The pictures speak for themselves, thank you Melinda for sharing.

What is your favorite trend for wedding cakes at the moment?

My favorite trend for wedding cakes this moment is tall and lean cakes with a different patterns and textures on each tier (such as damask, stripes, quilted look, etc). My other favorite thing is when the top tier is no bigger than about 4 inches and there is one big fat flower on the side of the top tier (instead of an entire bunch).

What is the most popular flavor for wedding cakes?

My most popular flavor would have to be “Brown Sugar Baby” which is Chocolate and Vanilla cake gently swirled together with a delicious chocolate fudge filling, finished of with a decadent not too sweet vanilla Buttercream Icing.

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What FireFly Bachelorette package would you pick for your bachelorette party?

If I had to relive my bachelorette party again I would definitely want the Vegas package from FireFly. That is where my girls took me for my bachelorette party last April, and I must say it was unforgettable!!! I’d would love to go again!!

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Name 3 famous people you’d invite on your bachelorette party? Why?

Hmmm… this is a hard question: Three famous people. I would have to pass on this one. I really cannot think of 3 people other than my bridesmaids that I could have chosen that could have made that weekend more memorable and outrageous than it already was!! =)

What’s your most outrageous wedding cake you have made?

A few weeks ago I did a wedding cake for a couple that was decked out from top to bottom including zebra print, butterflies, rhinestones, “sweet words” written on a tier, and hanging crystals. At first I wanted to make sure the groom was ok with this… and I asked him… and believe it or not he was probably the most excited about it! He even text messaged me a few days before their big day to tell me how excited he was to see it! What a sweet guy! Anything to make his bride happy =). And it turned out to be one wild, outrageous, and absolutely fabulous cake!

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Which wedding are you: Beach, Mountain, Forest, or Countryside?

I would definitely be a forest wedding. This was part of the theme for my actual wedding day. My husband Chris loves spooky things, where as I being your typical girlie girl do not =). So I wanted our special day to be a union of our interests… hence our wedding theme: “Spooky Elegance”. Over our dance floor were black hanging branches with Swarovski crystals hanging from a few of the branches. The feel was to be as if you were dancing in the middle of a Spooky forest =)

If you could give one piece of wedding advice to a couple, what would that be………..?

WAIT TO GO ON YOUR HONEYMOON!!! You are so exhausted from all of the wedding madness it is hard to enjoy the next several days! Wait a week, or even a year so that you can look forward to its coming and be well rested!! And it keeps you motivated to not put back on the post wedding pounds if you have to be in a bikini =).

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If you’re in California and would like a cake designed for you bachelorette party, bridal shower, or other celebration look for Cake Goodness. You can find them at http://www.cakegoodness.com/

Happy Easter – California Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties

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