Selecting a venue for your big day is in the top-three of most important wedding tasks, alongside finding a man and a dress, and quite a bit of wedding planning cannot occur before you discover and reserve the perfect location. In urban areas, the wealth of choices is staggering; in L.A. alone, there are more than 600 ballrooms, halls, and event spaces available to host your ceremony and reception, and few people would blame you if the sheer volume of opportunities slowed your planning progress.

Fortunately, one L.A.-based company is working to make sure venue selection is easier on an already-stressed bride and groom. L.A. Banquets owns seven distinct venues, each with its own unique style and size that provide a maximum range of possibilities with minimal effort. Below is an overview of some of L.A. Banquet’s venues. Be sure visit these many spaces before making your final decision.

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Brandview Ballroom

If, try as you might, you simply cannot clip your guest list below the 300 mark then you will need a big space for your wedding. Fortunately, you don’t have to skimp on style and beauty just because you need to fit a large party, especially if you reserve the Brandview Ballroom. This venue is the epitome of sophistication: Built in 1921, it retains its inherent historic elegance — with a handful of essential modern touches. This is a dazzling event space for a stunning wedding.

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The Patio at the Brandview

Just off the larger hall, the Brandview Patio presents a livelier, less formal setting for a smaller celebration. Outside under open sky, this area takes full advantage of southern California’s mild year-round weather and provides fresh air and gorgeous views.

Whether you choose light Mediterranean cuisine from Anoush or some other invigorating fare, your guests will undoubtedly be comfortable celebrating your wedding in this excellent outdoor space. Additionally, extra-large parties can reserve both the ballroom and the patio to spread out and take advantage of both indoor and outdoor experiences.

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Le Foyer Ballroom

Another big space, Le Foyer Ballroom is grandiose where Brandview is glamorous. As your guests enter, they’ll see a magnificent 25-foot fountain of Italian marble, an opulent chandelier of glittering crystal, and no fewer than 16 European-style arches around the hall. This ballroom is ideal for a classic wedding with an old-world feel; I can see the twinkling Parisian lights and smell the roses near the Seine just thinking about it.

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Le Foyer Lounge

More intimate than the wide-open ballroom but just as unbelievably chic, the lounge at the Le Foyer venue holds just about 70 guests. In this cozy marbled hall, you can spend time with your closest loved ones and truly appreciate the beauty of your wedding day.

Despite its size, the lounge boasts many amenities, including a stage for your entertainment and a bar to keep the good mood flowing. Plus, like the Brandview Patio, this lounge is also available as an addition for bigger parties in the Le Foyer Ballroom that wish for a smaller space to relax.

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Glenoaks Ballroom

Plenty of brides and grooms have such a profound personal style that they need a venue that offers a clean slate for complete wedding customization. Glenoaks Ballroom is a stylish contemporary space, with soaring ceilings and simple décor, and it is just begging for your distinctive flair.

While all L.A. Banquets ballrooms are adaptable, Glenoaks is particularly open to your interpretation. Because the hall is so flexible, it easily accommodates any wedding theme you can dream up, from modest and modern to elaborate and extravagant.

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Galleria Ballroom

A favorite among L.A. Banquets spaces, the Galleria Ballroom is intricately decorated with old-style chandeliers, detailed woodwork, and lavish fabrics; stepping into the hall is like moving back through time into the Victorian era.

Galleria celebrations often feel inherently steeped in tradition, which can provide a satisfying sense of significance to your nuptials. If you fall in love with this space, you might take further inspiration from the era to guide your wedding events and style.

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Galleria Lounge

If you want the same age-old atmosphere for a smaller party, you should take a look at the Galleria Lounge. Timelessly sophisticated, the lounge mimics a Victorian parlor rather than an expansive ballroom, and accordingly, it provides a warm, personal feel that larger halls often lack.

However, if you require the space of the ballroom, you might consider booking the lounge for smaller pre-wedding events, like your engagement party or bridal shower, to give guests a taste of the splendor to come.

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If you’ve seen the personalized or special champagne flutes made for brides and grooms, you know they’re not exactly cheap. However, you can make an adorable version for just a few cents more than the cost of the flutes themselves. Here’s how to create these super cute DIY hubby and wife champagne flutes for toasts.

Bride and Groom Champagne Flutes

For the Bride

Start by cutting a rectangle of white tulle that will be the “dress” of the flute. Next, pick some white lace or trim and measure around the champagne flute. Cut the trim or lace to fit. Using a hot glue gun, go ahead and glue the tulle to the lace a little at a time, about ½ an inch from the top of the tulle. You’ll want to bunch the tulle up as you go so you create “ruffles.”

The width of the tulle should be about 1 and ½ inches after you’ve glued it. Next, you can glue one end of the lace to the champagne flute with a little dot of glue and bring the other end around to meet it, gluing that one as well. Finish up by gluing rhinestones or bead embellishments around the lace.

For the Groom

Measure around the flute with a piece of white grosgrain ribbon and cut the ribbon to fit. Go ahead and glue the ribbon to the flute, as this will be your foundation to work with. Next, cut two pieces of ribbon about 2 inches long. Using a lighter or candle, quickly hold the edges of the ribbon to the flame to seal them. Then, cross one piece over the other and glue them together. Now glue them to the white ribbon on the glass, at the point where the ribbon meets. Cut another piece of white ribbon about 3 or 4 inches long and cut one end into an arrow. Seal the edges with the flame. Glue this vertically to the top of your white “x,” as this will serve as the tuxedo shirt.

Now you will want to make a bow out of black ribbon and glue it to the top of the white ribbon, where the “x” meets. Finish the shirt by placing rhinestones down the vertical white ribbon to act as the tuxedo shirt buttons. Voila – you’ve created a beautiful set of wedding champagne flutes!

If you’re having an outdoor wedding, you might want the guests to do a little more than dance and eat cake. There are some super fun games you can enjoy with your guests between the touching moments! Here are a few ideas.

Corn Hole

This is a really fun game that is similar to horse shoes, except the object is to toss the bean bags into the holes on the boards. You can even have these custom-painted for your wedding day. It’s sure to be a hit for any children at the wedding as well as adults!

Outdoor Wedding Game
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Horse Shoes

A classic game, and one that everyone will enjoy is horse shoes. Offer up prizes for those who win, and provide cold drinks if it’s warm outside.

Outdoor Twister

How much fun will your wedding pictures be if you can capture all of your guests and the wedding party playing outdoor Twister? You can make it easy by spray painting circles on the grass for a larger area to play in!

Blind Man’s Bluff

This is a game that is very similar to Marco, Polo except you don’t play it in the water. The person doing the “tagging” is blindfolded and then has to find the other players and tag one of them. It can be a lot of fun, and you can do your own version, such as having the tagger attempt to find only the bride or groom.

These outdoor games can bring out the child in every one of your wedding guests and with all the people you love most there, it’s sure to be a ton of fun.

If you’re still struggling with your wedding invitations list, maybe we can help. It can be hard to determine who you should invite and who you shouldn’t, especially if your budget will allow only a certain number of wedding guests. Use these questions and ideas to decide who to invite to your wedding.

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Are You Related to the Individual?

If either you or the groom is related to the individual in question, you may want to think about inviting them, simply because feelings could get hurt if you invite one family member and not another. However, wedding etiquette does not require that you invite them; consider the other questions before making up your mind.

Did He/She Invite You to His/Her Wedding?

Another question to ask yourself is whether the individual in question invited you to his or her wedding. If the answer is no, then you definitely don’t have to invite them to your wedding. If they did, again, you might want to consider inviting him or her.

Wedding Balloon Send-Off with Guests
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Is It Someone You Come into Contact with Often?

If this is someone you come into contact with often, or someone you chat with often, you might want to think about inviting them. If you haven’t seen or heard from this individual in the past 6 months, you really don’t have to invite them. This is especially true if you’re going for a more intimate wedding celebration.

The Drama Factor

If you didn’t invite the individual in question, would it create family drama or problems? If it would, it’s best to go ahead and invite them, simply for the sake of keeping peace. That said, if you really don’t want to invite the person, don’t. It’s your big day so it should be your choice.

Wedding Guest Send-Off
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Using these questions and ideas, you can determine whether to go ahead and invite someone or leave them off the list.

If you’re looking for a great modern song to play at your wedding, we have a lot of ideas for you. Here are 6 beautiful wedding songs that are perfect for a 2013 wedding.

1. Kiss Me – Ed Sheeran

This beautiful song has a sweet melody and charming words that make it a perfect wedding song, whether you want to use it for the first dance or just enjoy it on your special day.

2. Not Over You – Gavin Degraw

Gavin’s signature crooning sound is a wonderful backdrop for your wedding day. This sweet song is everything love and romance.

3. We Found Love – Rihanna

If you like a little beat with your songs, then this is a great one for you. Sweet lyrics and a very catchy tune make this a wonderful song for your wedding day.

4. I Don’t Want This Night to End – Luke Bryan

If you appreciate the innocence and storytelling of country music, then this is a great choice for you and your future spouse. It’s romantic and sweet and very catchy.

5. Unity – Shinedown

The great thing about this song is that it can have a hundred different meanings, and works very well for a wedding. It’s uplifting, and a great song for the couple who loves alternative or rock music.

6. Heartbeat – The Fray

The Fray is a wonderful choice for a wedding; with smooth singing and sweet melodies, they suit a celebration very well. Heartbeat is an uplifting, beautiful song.

All of these songs are perfect choices for a wedding. Take a listen, and you may decide that one or more would be great for your wedding!

This is the year of the bride who appreciates natural settings, vintage venues, and repurposed spaces – creating some of the most interesting wedding reception venue trends of all time. If you’re planning a wedding and still haven’t chosen from your short list of wedding reception venues, check out these hot trends for some fresh ideas you might fall in love with.

Barn Wedding Receptions

Farm weddings and barn receptions are super hot right now, and when planned correctly can be very rustic chic. Anything vintage or recycled can work very well with a barn wedding reception. Mason jar lights or centerpieces, old wooden barrels used to ice down bottles of lemonade, copious amounts of flowers and handmade wooden signs are all beautiful pieces that would work well for a barn wedding reception. Barns are great for bridal and wedding photos, and there is always enough room no matter how many guests you invite.

Barn Wedding Reception
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Vineyard Wedding Receptions

Another popular, natural setting for wedding reception venues is vineyards. This is another venue in which vintage and rustic items can become elegant and beautiful. For vineyard receptions, couples often serve food that is complementary with wine, such as fresh fruits, different types of cheese and other hors d’oeuvres. Wine bottle stoppers make excellent wedding favors, as well as any other wine-related item.

Vineyard Wedding Reception

Garden Wedding Receptions

Garden wedding receptions are beautiful, and create perfect platforms for tea party-themed wedding receptions as well as virtually any other theme a bride can dream of. Gardens come complete with floral décor, which can be reflected in the tabletop décor and centerpieces. Strings of white twinkling lights are perfect for evening receptions, as well as paper lanterns strung to low-hanging boughs. Garden wedding receptions are versatile enough to work perfectly with fine bone china and a served entrée or decorative napkins and finger foods.

Garden Wedding Reception
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Other Hot Wedding Reception Venue

In addition to these wildly popular venues, brides are more and more attracted to venues that are natural and relaxed. Beach side banquet rooms, gazebos near the lake and state parks are becoming more popular as wonderful wedding venue spots. Perfect for breathtaking photos and charming celebrations, these venues may give you something to consider when planning your own wedding reception.

Beach Wedding Reception
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Lakeside Wedding Reception
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You’ll want to have a nice long talk with your photographer before your wedding ceremony and reception to ensure you can have all the pictures you want of the touching moments throughout the day. Some photographers will bring an assistant to help them catch all of those sweet moments, so you can remember and cherish them forever. Here are some of the must have reception photos most brides want.

The Newlywed Entrance – Here, the bride and groom make their first entrance among their friends as husband and wife. It’s a beautiful moment and one for the photo album, for sure.

Reception Entrance

The Cake – You’ll want a photo of the cake table before its disturbed so you can see how lovely the display is. Of course, you’ll most definitely want a picture of the bride and groom cutting the cake together and then feeding each other the cake. This is one of the most beloved photos so it’s important not to miss out on that one.

Wedding Cake
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Wedding Cake
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Special Dances – The photographer should be able to catch pictures of each special dance at the reception, such as the mother/son dance, the father/daughter dance, and the ring bearer/flower girl dance.

Father/Daughter Dance

Mother/Son Dance
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First Dance
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The Bouquet Toss – This is another of the most beloved photos, along with the photo of the lucky gal catching the bouquet. It’s one you’ll cherish for many years to come.

Bouquet Toss
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Garter Toss
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The Newlyweds Leaving – Finally, one of the greatest opportunities for a picture comes at the end of the night, when the newlyweds are leaving together. Some groups will toss rose petals their way, or blow bubbles as they leave together. No matter what tradition you choose at your wedding, you’ll want pictures.

Reception Exit
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Reception Exit
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Make sure you discuss with your photographer the pictures you want, and create a list so he or she has a reference. This way, you can be sure you get the beautiful pictures that signify the most special moments of your big day.

Most brides create a “play list” with songs they want the DJ to play during certain special moments throughout the day. Chances are, you’ll want to do the same thing, but how many songs do you need to choose, exactly. By knowing what events will require a special song, you’ll know how many to choose.

First Dance – this is the first dance you’ll share with your husband as his wife. Make sure it’s a song that is significant to the two of you and something that means a lot. This one will be significant for the rest of your lives together, so choose well.

First Dance
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Parent Dances – these dances are special and include the father/daughter dance. You may choose to dance with both of your parents and both of your in-laws, so you’ll want to choose songs that are appropriate for each dance.

Father Daughter Dance
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Mother Son Dance
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Cake Cutting – most couples choose a song to play during the cake cutting, but you don’t have to choose a special one. It’s up to you.

Cake Cutting
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Garter Toss – during the garter or bouquet toss, you can choose songs that are special for the friends and family waiting to catch those goodies! Make sure it’s something each one of them can appreciate.

Garter Toss
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Bouquet Toss
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Introduction Music – if you’d like a special song to play as the DJ introduces the wedding party at the reception, make sure to make a note of it. It can be something funny or touching, depending upon your own personality and the theme or tone of your reception.

Wedding Introduction
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You may not want to choose a special song for each of the events, but it’s important to discuss your choices with your DJ so he or she knows what to play and what not to play.

If you feel your wedding reception tables are lacking in some way, try these tips to take your wedding reception tables from drab to fabulous! You might even end up transforming the entire look of your reception.

Many couples end up hunting for tips to transform their wedding reception tables when they’ve done all they can do decor wise but still feel something is missing. Even when you work with a professional wedding coordinator, you can end up feeling dissatisfied with the outcome of your table decor choices at the last minute. Whatever reason you’re running into a decor road block, there are some tips you can use to help transform your wedding reception tables from drab to fabulous, and many of them are simple to implement.

Tips for Transforming Your Wedding Reception Tables from Drab to Fabulous
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Use the following tips for transforming your wedding reception tables from boring to all that and a bag of chips!

Make your place settings personal—Here’s a fun way to enhance your reception tables and give them a unique spin. Try making your place settings personal. Do this by using photo place card holders with different photos of you and your partner in each one, or have your napkin rings or linens customized with a special message or symbol of some sort. Whatever you do, use your place settings to enhance the look of your tables by making them unique to your theme and your personality.

Tips for Transforming Your Wedding Reception Tables from Drab to Fabulous
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Tips for Transforming Your Wedding Reception Tables from Drab to Fabulous
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Enhance with unique favors—Another way to kick up the look of your reception tables a notch is to pick out wedding favors that also act as decor pieces. While most wedding favors double as decor pieces, some are more decorative than others and have the power to accentuate the reception’s theme much better than others. Some are so unique that they can even take your table decor from okay to excellent. Consider key chains, candles, and bagged or boxed edible favors that complement your theme, whether it’s music, art, or a cultural theme.

Tips for Transforming Your Wedding Reception Tables from Drab to Fabulous

Rethink your centerpieces—One of the most obvious yet important ways to transform your wedding reception tables is to rethink your centerpieces. Your centerpieces are the first thing your guests will notice when they enter the room and spot your tables. If you had to choose small flower arrangements due to budget, consider adding candles or other decorative pieces around the arrangements to add a little extra something to the tables. If you can afford to add more flowers or have a unique, abstract arrangement put in place, these changes will also help transform your wedding reception tables from drab to fabulous.

Tips for Transforming Your Wedding Reception Tables from Drab to Fabulous

Tips for Transforming Your Wedding Reception Tables from Drab to Fabulous
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Are you in the process of choosing your wedding reception menu items? Choosing what you and your guests will eat can be tricky, but these tips for choosing your wedding reception menu can help.

As you plan your wedding day, you are swamped with tasks and massive to-do lists, which is why a few tips for choosing your wedding reception menu will come in handy. From the food you’ll serve to the music you’ll play, anything you can do to streamline the wedding planning process will take loads of weight off of your shoulders as you prepare for the big day.

Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Reception Menu
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Choosing your wedding reception menu is a lot of fun, but it can be a grueling task when you’re having a large wedding or if you’re dealing with guests who have certain allergy problems or dish preferences. Additionally, you want to choose something you and your spouse will enjoy, because after all, it’s your day!

To choose the best dishes for your wedding reception menu, use the following tips:

Take advantage of your tastings—When you attend tastings with your caterer, make the most of your time. Plan a list of questions before your appointment, and ask as many questions as you need to during the tasting. Be sure to bring someone along to get another opinion, and don’t be afraid to change your mind about a dish—this is why you should have more than one tasting.

Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Reception Menu

Send allergy notes with your save-the-dates—While it’s common to simply select a main course and then make a note of the name of the dish for your guests in the actual wedding invite, it doesn’t hurt to send allergy response note cards with your save-the-dates. This gives you a chance to get ahead and find out what your guests might be allergic to before you attend your tastings and make a decision. In general, many people suffer from similar food allergies, so a solution is to have your caterer prepare two different kinds of dishes to accommodate everyone. Buffet-style dinners are also a good option for this reason.

Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Reception Menu
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Keep it simple—If you’re having a hard time deciding on a course, remember to keep it simple. By choosing a traditional meal such as filet mignon or roast duck, chances are a majority of your guests will be happy with the course you choose. This is an easy tip to use to ensure you choose the best dishes for your wedding reception menu.

Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Reception Menu
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