Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Blowout Bridal SALE this weekend, Dec 6th and 7th

Amy Kuschel, Artistry

Anne Barge, Tiara

Anne Barge #140

Encore Bridal and A Legendary Affair's

Blowout Bridal and Holiday SALE
Sat & Sun - Dec 6th and 7th
10am - 3pm

* Sample and Nearly-New couture and designer wedding dresses ALL priced at $999 or less.

* New, sample, and Nearly-New Bridal veils, headpieces, jewelry, and shoes priced at up to 80% off.

* Favors, holiday gifts, holiday cards and holiday decor all significantly discounted.

Join us for Encore Bridal's last and biggest sale of the year!


Event Location:

A Legendary Affair
505 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Please note that all gowns and sale items are sold on a first come, first served basis. A shared dressing room will be available if you'd like to try on wedding dresses. We recommend you wear a strapless bra and bring shoes with the approximate height you plan to wear on your wedding day.

Look forward to seeing you!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Wedding Dress of the Week

Feminine and heavenly are words that come to mind when I see this wedding gown by celebrated designer Junko Yoshioka. I love the layers of silk netting and the perfectly hand placed alencon lace on the bodice. Finish your look with dropped pearl and diamond (or CZ) earrings and a raw edge, 2 layer, fingertip length veil. Keep your hair down, or clip just the front back, and add soft curls.

This wedding dress is BRAND-NEW with Tags at

Originally purchased at Saks Fifth Avenue for $3740, Encore Bridal's discounted price is $2800. Save almost $1000! Now you can purchase those letterpress invitations you've been eyeing.

For questions, contact Julie:

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Say "I Do" with a new 'Do--Win a $10,000+ Prize Package!

Are you, or do you know, a bride-to-be that has undergone breast cancer treatment and would love a re-do from head to toe? Enter to win the "Say 'I Do' With a New 'Do" contest or pass this information along. Encore Bridal has donated to support this contest and we'd love to see one of our customers/readers win. See the details below:

Brides who have lost their hair to breast cancer treatment have the
opportunity to win a wedding day prize package worth over $10,000.
The grand prize includes human hair extensions and a customized
lingerie set so she can walk down the aisle with hair under her veil
and cleavage in her gown. Brides can enter the contest from November
1, 2008 to January 2, 2009 by visiting As a
bonus, the first ten qualified entrants will automatically win a Foot
Petals Runaway Bride Gift Set.

The grand prize winner will receive: human hair extensions and
wedding day hairstyling by Celebrity Hairstylist Abby Aguilera,
valued at $5,000; florals for the wedding from the e collection -
featuring VeriFlora Certified Sustainably Grown Flowers - by The
Spiraled Stem Floral Design, valued at $2,000; a day-of wedding
coordination package from Simply Mumtaz Events, valued at $3,500; a
personalized bra fitting and wedding day lingerie set by The Sculpted
Silhouette, including the Bra Pocket, valued at $100; Foot Petals
Runaway Bride Gift Set, valued at $44.95.

To be eligible to enter, entrants must be engaged prior to the
application closing date on January 2, 2009, plan to marry in
Southern California by December 31, 2010, have lost their hair due to
breast cancer treatment, and anticipate at least 2 ½ inches of post-
treatment hair re-growth by the wedding. Visit for complete
eligibility criteria and to enter.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

A Thought For Your Wedding Day

What greater thing is there for two human souls
than to feel they are joined for life-
To strengthen each other in all labours,
To rest on each other in all sorrows,
To minister to each other in all pain,
To be one with each other in the silent, unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?

-George Eliot-

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Have Your Bling and Wear It Too

Budget savvy brides, have you heard of this? Bridal jewelry rental for your wedding at We're talking fine! A friend told me about this a few months ago. I recently contacted them to find out the scoop. I LOVE this you really can have it all. Here's how it works:

1. Go their online store,

2. Enter your wedding date to determine what styles are available.

3. Browse through their catalog of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings and pick the jewels that would best finish your wedding day look (you can ask them for recommendations if you need help).

4. Reserve your jewels and here's one of the best parts....they agreed to give Encore Bridal brides a discount! Receive 10% off your order by entering promo code BBLA1001 at checkout. Or...

Bates Bracelet--4 strand diamond bracelet. Original price: $15,500 Rental Price : $520

Ian Earrings--Dangle circle diamond earrings. Original Price: $3000, Rental Price: $100

Now you can look like you spent a fortune, but really have saved THOUSANDS of dollars by purchasing your couture wedding dress from and renting diamond jewelry from Does it get any better than this?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Wedding Salon Event...TOMORROW Sept 22nd

Southern California brides don't miss this luxury bridal show event tomorrow, Sept 22, at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Find The Best Resources For Your Wedding At This One Day Bridal Shopping Event!

Come learn tips and tricks from the wedding industries finest vendors including:

*Book Signing By Celebrity Planner Mindy Weiss (Gwen Stefani, Jessica Simpson)

*Complimentary Consults From Dr. 90210's Dr. Gary Motykie


*Fantastic Floral Designs by Edgar Zamora (Oprah, Jennifer Aniston)

*Cake tastings

*Amazing table d├ęcor

*Great gift bags and so much more!

The Wedding Salon

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

The Beverly Hills Hotel Beverly Hills, California

4PM – 9PM

Better yet, Encore Bridal brides can receive 2 complimentary tickets:

Enter code Encore08C when registering at

Questions? Call: 212.631.7777

I'll be there...I'd love to meet you!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Calling All LA Brides--Volunteer and Make Dreams Come True

Attention Ladies "Brides Against Breast Cancer" needs your help this weekend! This is a fantastic organization that is making wishes come true for women with terminal breast cancer. I volunteered at their Century City event last September and met fabulous women while having a great time. This is a way for you to give a nod to all of your blessings during this happy time of your life by giving back to other women. Here are the details:

Thursday, August 21, Setup beginning at 10 am
Friday, August 22, 9 am - 8 pm
Saturday,August 23, 9 am - 4 pm

Where: San Ramon Marriott, 2600 Bishop Dr., San Ramon, CA 94583.

What: They are looking for individuals who are willing to help with set-up, tear-down and to help brides-to-be find the gown of their dreams. Even if you are a few hours away, why not make it a fun and rewarding group activity, invite your co-workers, club, family and friends to commit with you in supporting this worthy cause. This sale promises to be an extraordinary win, win for everyone! It's a "green" option for wedding dresses, saves brides hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, promotes breast cancer awareness and gives breast cancer patients an opportunity to make lasting memories for their loved ones.

For another opportunity to make your wedding day more than a memorable day but also a day that helps make memories, you are invited to join our Pink Envelope Project (PEP).

Join the Pink Envelope Project today and help make wishes come true! To learn more visit

Monday, August 18, 2008

Wedding Dress of the Week 8/17/08--Priscilla of Boston 3075

CALLING ALL PRINCESSES, here is a sweet wedding gown that is also unique with its embroidered bodice and detachable rear bow. I went to a baby shower yesteday with the theme of "Honor The Goddess Within". I guess I'm still feeling the effects as this is the dress that is drawing me today. I would feel like a goddess-princess in this. Priscilla of Boston 3075 is designed from silk mikado...a beautiful weave for anyone who wants something different from the traditional silk satin. The best can purchase this gown for nearly 50% off the original retail price at Encore Bridal,

Friday, August 8, 2008

Encore Brial featured on "Girls Next Door" reality TV show!

So much fun!! A few months ago I had the opportunity to work with "The Girls Next Door"...A reality series that chronicles what life is like inside the Playboy Mansion, as seen through the eyes of Hugh Hefner's three girlfriends. Bridget's (one of Heff's girls) friend is getting married in Vegas and wanted to check out some wedding vendors. The taping took place at the Bridal Bar and included Encore Bridal , racks of our wedding gowns, and yours personally. Here's a picture of the girls in the Monique Lhuillier Emmanuelle gown and Ristarose Sapphire (I'm the arms helping Bridget zip of her dress). Both dresses are still available at

Show Airing Soon! We'll keep you updated.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Wedding Dress of the Week 7-21-08

I'm sure I've mentioned that the more wedding dresses I see, the more I am attracted to gowns that have a unique flair. Today, it's this gown that is catching my eye. Yolana, designed by the ever-so-popular Monique Lhuillier. There is something about Monique's gowns...cutting edge designs, the highest quality silks, and every pleat, flair, and pull-up perfectly placed. This particular gown is designed from silk organza and has this modern yet traditional charcoal and steel gray leaf and flower design. I think this gown would look perfect at a formal black tie wedding, though the fabric makes it versatile for any location. Pair it with a black organza sash around the waist, a great pair of chandelier earrings, and soft wavy hair pulled up in the front.

Now available at

Size: 2

**Shorter version seen on Carrie Underwood in the February 2008 edition of Instyle Magazine.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Setting of New Traditions-Vows

The following is a contribution from the fabulous Claudia Endler--a fine jewerly designer based in Los Angeles and known nationally. She specializes in contemporary engagement and wedding rings--wearable art if you will.

Wedding VOWS:

'Tis the wedding season and we are not kidding. We are attending 4 weddings within a 6 week period. The conversation of weddings, wedding planning, invitation lists, where and how much is unending during this "season" AND always interesting. One way to make your wedding personalized to you is the wedding vows. After all, it is all about the commitment and the vows you are making to each other.

Make sure you and your betrothed are on the same page with personalizing your vows. If you go that route, here are a few tips to help you get started.

Incorporating Tradition:
Ask your officiant for a look at the vows that would ordinarily be used at your particular church, synagogue or other ceremonial venue. You can use them as a jumping-off point for your own words of love and commitment. A civil ceremony will give you and your fiance the freedom to write your own vows. Be sure to ask the officiant, if you will need to include any particular words or terms to make your "I dos" valid in the eyes of your faith or the law.

Celebrate Your History Together:
A look at the past can get you thinking about what you want to promise each other for the future. How did you first meet? What are some milestones of the relationship? When was the first time you exchanged "I love yous"? What are a few of the experiences you've shared? What is your favorite memory?

The Commitment:
What do you both consider to be the most meaningful aspect of marriage? What do you want to do with your future together? What do you especially value about one another? What will change when you are married? What is the single greatest thing about the person you are going to marry? Now, it should start becoming clearer what you want to promise each other at the altar.

From the Heart:
You might want to begin by writing your vows in the form of a letter that only your fiance will see. In your private letter, you're free to pour your heart out. Then go back and pick out the parts you want to share with the crowd.

Coordinating the Vows:
Some couples choose to keep them a secret from each other, until the big day. If you do decide to surprise each other, just be sure you don't end up promising different things. Simply compose at least one line with your fiance that includes the important promises you want to make and then weave them into whatever else you plan to say.

Need More Help?
Try filling in the blanks of this simpler vow:
(Name of your sweetheart), you are my (best friend, one true love, the one I want to spend the rest of my life with). Today, I take you to be my (wife, husband, lawfully wedded wife or husband, life partner). I promise you that I will be (faithful, worthy of your trust, worthy of your love, your loving partner). I vow to (honor you, cherish you, love you, respect you, laugh with you, cry with you, support you in your goals), (insert here the length of your vow, for example: for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, for as long as we both shall live.)

And there's always the do-it-yourself road - Write your own poems or read an excerpt from the love letters and cards you've exchanged. You can also refer to the classics, such as Shakespeare or other favorite novelists and poets. Practice saying your vows before the ceremony and also keep a note card with you in case of stage fright. Whichever road you choose, it is important to speak from the heart.

Congratulations to those about to embark on your nuptials and to those of you who are renewing them!


A sampling of Claudia Endler Designs:

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Did You Miss The Best Bridal Show Of The Year?

Photos just in from the extremely talented Aaron Gil at Fotonuova. Not only is Aaron beyond talented, he is so professional and easy to work with. I was blown away at how fantastic all the vendors were at our "It's All About The Bride Event" June 14th at the Belamar Hotel. Everyone went above and beyond and as a result we received fanatastic feedback from the attendees. Thought you might want to check out the pictures and some of the gowns on our brides-to-be (some are still available in our e-Boutique,

The Belamar Hotel is a contemporary boutique hotel in Manahattan Beach, California. Truly a unique space and the catering manager, Marie, is so pleasant and accomodating.

We had such fun helping brides-to-be find the perfect gown for their wedding. So many dresses, so little space. Here's just a sampling...

SaeYoung Vu Couture, Sierra

Melissa Sweet, Filipa *New Arrival, Not yet posted in our e-Boutique. We'd be happy to answer any questions about this gown, just contact us at

Ristarose, Alexis

The very fashionable, image consultant Viviana Rueda from Vivendi Fashionista , a co-host of this event. Viviana helps ensure brides have glowing skin on their wedding through skin care consultations featuring Arbonne skincare products. She is also recently engaged and looking stunning in...

Ristarose, Stellina

Kenneth Pool, K200

Elie Saab, One-of-a-kind gown...a showstopper!

Me with Chanel Roberts, an event attendee who had just purchased her dream dress at our such an affordable price!

After brides picked out the perfect gown, they had a chance to finish their look with hair consultations and manicures from the fabulous Peels on Wheels (convenience at it's finest)

Onto a make-up trial with Nicci Levy from Nicciknows. She makes you feel white aisle ready.

Flowers from Ava's Garden in Redondo Beach. Now I know why they were The Knot's 2007 "Best of Weddings" pick.

A big thank you to our event coordinator, Asha Adkins, our team of consultants, and to all of our attendees. If you missed this event, contact us (310.545.1409 or , we'd love set-up a private styling consultation with you!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Need Some Help with Your Two Left Feet?

Just received this and I actually think it could be fun. Although, if you think performing your choreographed first dance in front of your guests is a lot of pressure, try it in front of a TV camera.


TLC is looking for lucky couples to team up with our TOP NOTCH CHOREOGRAPHERS who will turn their first dance into an unforgettable production number!

If you want to surprise your guests with an awesome performance that will make your wedding truly memorable, contact us with the following information:

A PICTURE of the Bride & Groom; Bride's Name, Age, & Contact Info; Groom's Name, Age, & Contact Info;The CITY you live in; and The CITY your reception will be in;
Wedding Date; and number of people in the BRIDAL PARTY.
Tell us your ideal first dance SONG and WHY?

Briefly describe yourselves & tell us WHY we should pick you for this amazing experience...



Thursday, May 29, 2008

Couture Wedding Dresses -- Discounted an ADDITIONAL 10-40%!!

I have so much to tell you...much has been happening. But first, I want to invite you to an event we're hosting on Saturday, June 14th from 10am-6pm at the Belamar Hotel in Manhattan Beach, California. This is a much larger event than we've done in the past, and it really caters to brides. I don't know about you, but I'm done with today's bridal shows. I really didn't like them as a bride and I don't really like them now. In response, I decided to host an event that I would want to attend (and will attend :-) Encore Bridal's "It's All About the Bride" 6/14/08 from 10am-8pm at The Belamar Hotel in Manhattan Beach. We'll have all of our wedding dresses for you to touch, see, try on and buy at 10-40% off our current prices. You'll also have the first chance at new arrivals not yet in our store. After you buy your gown, you'll be able to finish your wedding day look with bridal handbags by Jamah, complimentary mini make-up trials and hair trials, have photos taken to document your day, and sit back and relax with a manicure or a chair that is a good day!

To register for this FREE event go to

Where: The Belamar Hotel
3501 Sepulvda Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA

The Belamar Hotel,
Asha Adkins Event Planning,

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Would You Rather Have Another Toaster or Save a Chimpanzee?

Do you and your mate have everything you really need? Do you want a new set a towels, but also want to celebrate your love by making the world a better place? , a charitable wedding registry, allows brides and grooms to register for donations to support causes that are nearest and dearest to their hearts. For just $15 you and your guests can help stop global warming and for $90 you can sponsor a chimp. Or maybe you'd like new school uniforms to go to deaf children in Africa...a possibility for just a $35 donation from your guests. A great idea if you want to skip the conventional registry or in addition to it!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Encore Bridal's Dress of the Week

Just received this Judd Waddell wedding gown (7402) which inspired me to add another "Dress of the Week" post. I just love this gown. It is so feminine and versatile. Perfect for a garden wedding or at a more traditional lavish affair--just depends on the accessories chosen. Being designed from a silk blend also makes it more affordable. Gotta love that. Today, this would be my dress, with a pearl necklace and shrug at the ceremony and then changing to a pair of great chandelier earrings (probably by Tejani) at the reception. That's today, I'm sure my mood will chnage by next week. Gown available at under "New Arrivals"

Sunday, April 20, 2008

THE LA Bridal Show of the Year

Another great showing for Soolip and the vendors at "A Soolip Wedding 2008"--the best bridal show of the year in LA. Smaller this year, but filled with some of the best in the bridal industry. Above is a picture of me in the Bridal Bar booth standing next to the unbelievably gorgeous Elie Saab gown for sale in our e-Boutique, Here are some of my favs from this show:

**Carolina Herrara fashion show out in the courtyard of St. Vibiana's. Truly some show-stopping gowns.

** Nancy Kay's Confections...yummy cakes!

**The Bridal Bar and Classic Party Rentals--not because I'm associated with the Bridal Bar, but because they had a real eye catching booth. Love the flower chandelier.

**Vanilla Bake Shop--out went my vow to eliminate dairy and wheat from my diet for a taste of their cupcakes and I'm oh so glad for the moment of weakness.

*St. Vibiana's--no picture, but really a unique event space worthy of consideration for your wedding or event. It is a former Archdiocese cathedral built in 1876, and is the last standing building in Los Angeles dating from the 19th century. After a multi-million dollar restoration, this grand and opulent space has quickly become one of Los Angeles' newest and most desirable event venues.