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One of my brides recently had an issue come up with her wedding dress. About a month before the wedding, the dress had still not arrived in the bridal salon and it was expected it would be another two weeks before it came in.

The sales person at the bridal shop, upon telling her the bad news, stated that the bride seemed so calm and was surprised the bride wasn’t freaking out.

Later the bride informed me of the situation and then asked, “Should I be freaking out?”

I would describe this bride as the ultimate goddess bride!

Just because many other brides might have freaked out, doesn’t mean that’s the best reaction.

I advised the bride to get all the information she could from the salon about tracking the status of the dress, backup options, turnaround time for fittings, etc. It’s all about assessing the situation and seeing what’s possible.

There was no need to freak out since the salon informed the bride of everything they were doing in their best effort to resolve the situation, and even offered her another beautiful dress already in their inventory that was similar to hers, as a backup.

Tips to Avoid Freaking Out:

~If in fact your dress has not arrived from the manufacturer as scheduled, get all the information about when the dress will arrive in order to make an informed decision.

~Decide on your boundaries – are you comfortable waiting or would you choose to try another salon or instead take their Option B dress?

~Ask about refunds, discounts, guarantees

~Ask for solutions. Sometimes the salon will come up with an idea you had not considered.

~Allow people to do their best for you.

Sometimes we freak out because we feel powerless. Empower yourself with all the information and then the decision is all yours. Freaking out doesn’t help anything.

Usually when we remain calm, situations are more easily resolved and it is almost unbelievable how many resources become available to us when we allow them.

In this case, the dress arrived in plenty of time for alterations and the bride was beautiful!


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In addition to planning amazing weddings for more than eight years, I also enjoy officiating wedding ceremonies for other clients. It is a unique experience to help create this sacred and special moment for a couple and bring them together as husband and wife.


Thanks to this special role, I am able to experience weddings from a different viewpoint.


Unfortunately, I recently experienced what can go wrong when a couple unknowingly hires someone who is NOT a professional.


In this case, it was a photographer who became part of the scene instead of documenting it.


As the ceremony began the groom and I, as officiant, took our places in front of the ceremony arch. When the bride walked toward the aisle of this intimate garden patio setting, the photographer – with equipment flopping around his body – ran ahead of her, DOWN THE AISLE, then turned with his back toward us to take her photo.


I was shocked and realized the groom couldn’t even see his beautiful bride because the photographer stood in the way, filling the aisle with his body and all his equipment. I gestured to the groom to move in front of me for a better VIEW!


Then the photographer STOPPED her halfway down the aisle to say “smile” and took her photo again, turned to the groom who was trying to watch his beautiful bride walk toward him, and said, “didn’t I tell you [she looked great],” then moved around past her back down the aisle.


It was UNBELIEVABLE and upsetting for the bride and groom. Here is one of the most special experiences of the entire wedding day, the first time the bride and groom see each other, a part of their sacred wedding ceremony, and they will never have that moment back.


A professional photographer would have reviewed the area long before the ceremony began for the best positioning and taken measures to be as unobtrusive as possible.


Ensure that your wedding day unfolds just as you’ve imagined it. Work with a professional wedding planner like Just Imagine, who will refer and recommend to you true professionals who are expert not only in their craft but in the etiquette and decorum so important to such a special event.

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Forget Happy Hour –  kick it up about a thousand notches at the Chocolate Buffet!!  What!?


Yes, it’s true. I almost crashed my car when I saw the sign in the window of Mille Feuille announcing the Chocolate Buffet. A full selection of delectable chocolate treats and pastries available Friday and Saturday nights. What a great treat for your bridesmaids.

Or for a daytime outing try the Afternoon Tea.


Not to mention, Mille Feuille is a great option for your wedding cake or purchase delicate and unique pastries or truffles as favors or takeaways for your wedding guests. YUM!


Mille Feuille Chocolates

3896 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
On the corner of 5th and University


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These delicate French macaroons in their lovely light colors French macaroonsfrom a local patisserie were a wonderful unique treat for guests as well as a nod to the couple’s European honeymoon.












This private home wedding took place near the holidays, so what a perfect favor for their guests – a Christmas ornament of the world. Globe ornamentAnd instead of just putting it on their place setting we dangled them off the beautiful chiavari chairs.



























A wedding at the San Diego Wild Animal Park calls for a fun guest favor – Animal crackers!  What better takeaway for your guests then a yummy gift that keeps the theme. animalcrackers




Caramel apples are a great treat for guests at the end of a long night of fun and dancing. For this Fall wedding we decorated with leaves and twine. caramel apple favors


Just Imagine created a welcoming sign for guests to take one home!applesign

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