Meeting Vendors at Expos – featuring Crave Expo

In this post, we will be featuring the Crave Expo that we went to earlier this month.

Are you having trouble finding vendors for your special day? Want a one stop shop at finding most everything you need? Want to try some delicious food? Expos are a great way to do just that. Some expos are free while others do cost. We had the pleasure this past weekend to attend the Crave Expo in Anaheim. Thank you Crave for inviting us to your event! We got to meet wonderful caterers, bakeries, dessert vendors, florists, and much more! It was a lot of fun to connect with everyone and learn what they had to offer. We were even lucky enough to try different cuisines and fill our tummy with delicious food!

So why is it important to meet vendors? Let us tell you!!


Credit: Crave Expo

1: Chemistry
I always find it very important to meet vendors first hand.  Not only do you get a taste of what they have to offer, but you also get to see if you connect with them.  Having a connection upon meeting is very important to us as I am sure it is for you guys.  One of the things we offer as wedding planners is a free consultation so that we can meet with potential clients and see if the chemistry is there.  It needs to work both ways.  It’s not about the money or about what services we have to offer.  Most vendors charge roughly around the same price and services are typically the same.  What you want to make sure is that you connect with them.  If you find it easy to talk with them, then I say that’s a great start at choosing the perfect vendor for you.


Credit: Crave Expo

2: Discounts!
Typically when vendors take part in an expo, they come baring discounts. And if you’re not sure if they are offering deals, it doesn’t hurt to ask. You never know, they might just offer you one on the spot because you just asked. Don’t be afraid to try to save a little bit of that money for your honeymoon!


3: Inspiration
Florists and designers partner with expos to showcase their talent. They definitely know whats trending and will design either a table scape or a centerpiece to show what they have to offer and it allows you to see what is on trend today. Photobooths also have their own trends. I remember at one point, people were hiring video booths instead of photo booths. You just never know! So it’s always a good idea to check out a couple of these expos so that you can get an idea of what you want for your own wedding. Pinterest may be able to help you with that department but nothing beats seeing inspiration in person.

Above all else, if not for inspiration or searching for the right vendors, enjoy the freebies they have to offer! Most bridal shows will offer free tastings. At the Crave Expo, April Love Makeup Academy offered free makeovers. We got to try small bites, meals, and dessert. They even had a bar! You just never know what you will find at a bridal show. Every show is different. But we can assure you that you will definitely leave with more knowledge than you came in with. So give it a try! Find a show near you!


Don’t Forget To Take Photos With Your Bridal Party!!

With all the hectic things that are going on during the day of your wedding, don’t forget that the little things also matter.  Photographers do their best to capture the moments of your day, but sometimes, if you don’t mention what photos you would like to capture, they will assume you don’t want to waste time on it.  One of the very important moments you should capture are the moments with the people who will be standing there by your side while the two of you are saying your “I Dos.”  Your bridal party of course! They have been there with you since the day you asked them to be a part of your special day and you would definitely want to remember that when that day comes.  They have been there through your bridezilla days and were there to plan that crazy bachelorette party.  We can’t forget the men too!  They deserve a special spotlight with the bride and groom as well.  These photos that you take should show the unique bond you have with those closest to you.  So don’t forget to capture it and don’t forget to have fun with it! There’s so many fun and heartfelt ideas you can take with your bridal party.  Don’t be afraid to make it your own!

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Irene + John’s Wedding: California Science Center //110814//

A couple of months ago, I’ve had the pleasure to plan my cousin’s wedding.  Now, you may be wondering how I was able to plan and coordinate a wedding and be able to enjoy my cousin’s special day.  I am very lucky to have such wonderful assistants who helped me coordinate the wedding once the festivities have begun.  The venue for the reception was the Willis Annenberg Building at the California Science Center.  This building was located right next door to the Rose Garden where the ceremony was held.  What made this wedding stand out to me was that this wedding was very different from the weddings that i am used to planning.  Nowadays, many brides prefer the rustic feel for their wedding.  Rustic weddings are one of my favorite themes to plan.  But getting out of my bubble and planning a totally different theme was a challenge but it was so much fun to plan.  The location offers traditional and contemporary beauty.  Where else can you find a botanical garden on the second floor, a beautiful water fountain, and an amazing backdrop?  This beauty was just jaw dropping and I definitely hope that I can plan more events in that space.

Irene and John’s wedding was just so magical.  The venue was transformed into a beautiful and glamorous reception.  With the high and low centerpieces and pink lighting and fluorescent pin spots throughout the room, it was a sight to see.  This wedding was very different for the guests because in an Asian culture, oftentimes, the wedding consists of the tea ceremony, hours at the park taking photos with family and friends, and the reception at a traditional Chinese restaurant a couple of hours later. Irene and John wanted to do something different but include some of the traditions that Irene did not want her family to forget.  We had the tea ceremony in the morning and we also had Lion Dancers at the start of the receptions.  We also did a family style dinner consisting of specialty Chinese dishes.  As soon as dinner was completed, the festivities began and guests enjoyed dancing the night away.  This day was definitely one Irene and John will never forget.

Kevin Le Vu Photography was kind enough to send me some photos of the wedding.  Check it out down below!  If you haven’t had the chance to watch their same day edit video by FonD Productions, click here.

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Videographer// FonD Productions

Photographer// Kevin Le Vu Photography

Wedding Planner// Emily Lieng: Everlasting Serendipity

Wedding Caterer & Reception Coordinator// Mariel Lee: Event Professionals

Hair and Makeup// Chiali Meng

Floral Design// Matt Duran: The Flower Garden

DJ & Lighting// Allen Lee: Shine Entertainment

Wedding Ceremony// Expo Center Rose Garden

Wedding Reception// California Science Center ( Wallis Annenberg Building)


Tip Tuesday: Rainy Wedding Day


Who said that rain on your wedding had to be a bad thing? If your wedding day ends up having some unexpected rainfall, why not take advantage of it with your photographer.  Overcast skies give off some of the best lighting.  Get creative with the lighting and rainy window panes.  I just love how raindrops look on window panes.  Heck, I just love rain in general.  I’m a dancing in the rain kind of gal.  Rain can give off such a unique artistic feel to your photos.  Being outdoors during the overcast can allow for some pretty romantic photo ops.


If it’s still raining at the end of the night and you aren’t worried about getting your dress ruined, run into the rain and share a dance with your wedding party.  No umbrella required.  You get great photos and an awesome way to end the night.  Just make sure you’re wearing your favorite waterproof mascara! Embrace the Rain!