Bridal Expo

I’m sure you all thought I’d abandoned this blog, but don’t worry — I am back!

Work has been completely crazy the last couple of weeks, so I might still not be back to my full-time posting right away, but I am going to try to ease back into more frequent posting. I’ve got so many things I’ve been meaning to write about — I just literally haven’t had a spare moment to do so!

Two weeks ago, before I disappeared from the internet, Eric and I went to our first-ever Bridal Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Long Beach Convention Center
The convention was located in the ballroom, and there seemed to be several other small conventions on site that day. The convention we went to was called the “Premier Bridal Show,” which was put on by WeddingWire.

This was the very first Bridal Expo that I’ve been to, so I don’t have any others to compare it to, but I’m going to be honest — it was kind of terrible.

I was most excited to see the fashion show, especially after hearing that it would be a Great Gatsby themed show. If you’ve been reading this blog, you know I love the 1920’s / Gatsby wedding trend going on right now. We arrived at the expo just in time for the start of the fashion show.

Wide Fashion Show Fashion Show 1
I was quite disappointed. All the dresses were designed by the same designer, and I was not a fan of any of them. It didn’t help that the dresses didn’t fit the sad-looking models well. They also weren’t exactly 1920’s-style dresses. They were really just modern dresses, but they gave the models 1920’s-style hairpieces and gloves to wear with them.

Black Dress   Gold Dress
Pink Dress   Light Pink Dress

Needless to say, we grew quickly bored of the fashion show and decided to take a look at some of the booths instead.

It was a little overwhelming, especially since we’re still early int he wedding planning process and, as of right now we’re planning to elope, so most of the booths didn’t contain anything we were looking for. The music from the fashion show was so loud that it was impossible to speak to any vendors. Even so, a lot of the vendors there were really pushy about telling us all about their services before we had a chance to tell them we weren’t actually planning to marry in Southern California.

I was interested in looking at photographers, of which there were plenty, and I was hoping there would be a number of dress and fashion vendors, but there I was sorely disappointed. There were a bunch of DJs, event planners, and food vendors, none of whom I was particularly interested in.

We did get to sample some delicious gelato and try out this awesome photobooth, which were the best parts of the expo by far.

Photobooth Pic
After about an hour and a half, we’d seen enough of the Premier Bridal expo. They were supposedly going to give away some door prizes in the last 15 minutes of the expo, but I had like zero interest in anything they were giving away, so instead we decided to head to our favorite place in the world for a wonderful afternoon:

Finding Nemo Submarine
Disneyland! We went to Trader Sam’s at the Disneyland Hotel and shared some delicious drinks and snacks. It ended up being a wonderful afternoon, even though the Expo was so disappointing.

Trader Sam's Uh Oa

Top 5 Worst Current Wedding Trends

When I first got engaged back in February of this year, I instantly added about a dozen wedding blogs to my Google Reader (though I’ve recently switched them over to Feedly — boo for killing Google Reader!) These blogs update frequently, and, after a few weeks of looking through all of them, I quickly came up with some keywords that would allow me to filter out the ones I had no interest in reading.

Here, in no particular order, are these keywords — AKA: my list of the top five current worst wedding trends.

Barn – You want to have your wedding in a what?

Old Barn

Ain’t no makin’ that look nice — via Now That’s Nifty

Now, look, I understand that there’s beauty in even dilapidated, old pieces of architecture like this, but it’s a different kind of beauty than that you generally find in a wedding. As far as I’m concerned, you shouldn’t get married in a barn unless you are a farm animal, or you are marrying a farm animal. When I think of a barn, I think of a place that’s dirty, smelly, and dark. You can hang up as many globe lights as you want, you’re still getting married in a barn. I’m also pretty sure that smell is impossible to remove completely.

These places just remind me of the cheesy barn dances I went to in camp as a kid. Just, no. What’s next? People getting married in a pigsty?

Naked Wedding Cake – Every time I see a picture of one of these things, my insides churn a little.

Rustic Apple Wedding Cake

Looks like a giant stack of pancakes — via Preston Bailey Bride Ideas

Why would you do this to yourself and your guests? Serving a cake with no frosting! Are you people insane? That’s the best part!

Also, may I just say that throwing some flowers or fruit or cute little birds on top of this cake does not make it look nice. It looks like an unfinished cake. Sure, it’s trendy and cute now, but in ten years, you’re going to look at your wedding photos and go, “why didn’t the caterer finish frosting the cake?”

Burlap – Don’t even get me started…

Ugly, So Ugly

Images like this actually make me want to cry… — via Jeremy & Kristin: The Blog

I don’t know who decided that using burlap as a major decorating tool for weddings was a good idea. I also don’t know who went to that wedding and agreed that it was a good idea. I mean… look at it. It looks disgusting. It’s basically dirty, poorly made fabric. It’s brown. And not a nice brown.

I don’t even know what else to say about burlap, because it seems to suddenly be a popular wedding trend, and I absolutely don’t understand why. If someone can explain to me the appeal of burlap, I’d highly appreciate it, but it honestly probably won’t change my mind.

Rustic — This is mainly on here because, in my experience, it usually includes one (or more) of the previous three keywords.

Let me just go ahead and start with the Mirriam-Webster definition of the word “rustic:”

  1. of, relating to, or suitable for the country
  2. made of the rough limbs of trees
  3. finished by rusticating
  4. characteristic of or resembling country people
  5. lacking in social graces or polish
  6. appropriate to the country (as in plainness or sturdiness)

My favorite use of this term is when it’s paired with the word “chic.” As in “rustic chic.” For comparison’s sake, let’s look at the definition of the word “chic:”

  1. smart elegance and sophistication especially of dress or manner
  2. a distinctive mode of dress or manner associated with a fashionable lifestyle, ideology, or pursuit
  3. a faddishly popular quality or appeal, also: something (as a practice or interest) having such appeal

Considering the first two definitions are complete antonyms of the word “rustic,” I assume people are using the third definition here. The “rustic” wedding certainly seems to be a popular fad. A horrible, popular fad.

Country — Again, I find that weddings that describe themselves as “country” tend to include any of the aforementioned terms.

Worst Wedding Ceremony Ever

The epitome of “country” — via Wedding Chicks

Traditionally, when you think of a southern wedding, you think of a huge, expensive beautiful church wedding. The reception is somewhere beautiful, like a country club or some grand plantation estate. I’ve been to a number of these and they are classy.

From what I’ve been able to gather, the country wedding is the exact opposite of this. It’s basically like someone decided that they wanted to smear feces all over the idea of a traditional southern wedding. And the worst thing about this is, it seems like most of these “country” weddings cost about as much money as the nicer southern version, they just decided to pull all the stops and do something as un-classy as possible.

There are a lot of examples here, but the one that I referenced in the photo above might be the one that horrified me most. Just… go look at it. If I even think about this monstrosity anymore I may lose my breakfast.

So, there you have it. My top five picks for the worst wedding elements. I could throw a few other words in the mix, like “farm” and “ranch” as others that I generally avoid, but they are easily combined with most of the above, so there’s no need. I just hope that people will snap out of this horrible pattern of awful trends soon and go back to actually wanting their weddings to, oh, I don’t know, be classy?

Cheers! (Arrested Development-style, Part II)

I promised I’d fill you in with more details about my little Arrested Development party last Sunday, so here you go!

In addition to the “I Just Blue Myself,” we had a few other drink selections available at our shindig.

How could you hold an Arrested Development party without the ever-popular “Hot Ham Water?”

Hot Ham Water
Hot Ham Water

Prep Time: 24 hours

Cook Time: 5 minutes


  • 1/2 oz bacon bourbon (see below)
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 2 teaspoon maple syrup
  • cayenne pepper
  • paprika
  • cinnamon stick
  • For the Bacon Bourbon:
  • 12 oz bourbon
  • 3-4 thick slices bacon
  • 1 mason jar


For the Bacon Bourbon (make 24 hours in advance)

First of all, use decent bourbon. It’s just a hint of bacon-y taste here, so it does matter what type of bourbon you use. I used Maker’s Mark. Pour the bourbon into the mason jar.

Now you want to cook the bacon in order to render out the fat. It’s just the rendered fat you want to use, not the entire strip of bacon. The easiest way to do this is to put it in the microwave. Just do short periods at a time so you don’t burn it.

Try to get a couple tablespoons worth of bacon fat rendered out, and then just drop it in the jar with the bourbon. Close the lid tight and let the bourbon sit at room temperature for about six hours, shaking the jar every so often.

After six hours, put the jar in the freezer and let it sit for at least an hour.

Once it’s done, use a strainer and a coffee filter to filter the bacon fat out of the bourbon. You’ll want to use a coffee filter to get all the tiny little bits out that a regular strainer won’t catch. The filtering process takes a little time, but when you’re done, you have delicious bacon bourbon, ready for your Hot Ham Water!

For the Hot Ham Water:

Muddle bourbon, orange juice, syrup and spices together using a cinnamon stick. Pour hot water into the mixture to fill the glass. Drop the cinnamon stick in.

We rounded out the menu with a Lucille Bluth favorite — Vodka Rocks. Adding the toast made this a perfect breakfast beverage.

Vodka Rocks with Toast
And finally no Arrested Development party could be complete without some frozen bananas, Pop Secret, and a delicious bowl of candy beans!

Candy Beans
PS: Want more Arrested Development-themed drinks? The “I Just Blue Myself”

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