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BRIDES Southern California: Best Korean Spas in Los Angeles for an Affordable Pre-Wedding Spa Day

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Nov 112016
 
Los Angeles Spa

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Koreatown has some of the best spas in L.A. and luckily, for the bride to be in need of some serious pampering, most of the spas have super affordable prices for their services as well as numerable saunas, steam baths, mineral pools, and everything else you need to have a perfectly relaxing day of pampering.

Beverly Hot Springs (Above)
Utilizing an alkaline well that's buried deep beneath the spa grounds, Beverly Hot Springs' claim to fame is that it's L.A.'s only hot spring spa. That means healing thermal mineral water baths or refreshing eucalyptus steam sessions to go alongside some of their signature exfoliation treatments, massages. They also even have spray on tanning services and hair removal so it's really a one stop shop in terms of pampering.

Olympic Spa
If you're new to the K-spa experience and are looking for some helpful staff to guide you through, look no further than Olympic Spa. From the jade laden steam room to the detoxifying hot mugwort tea and mineral pools, Olympic Spa has all of the classic steams, soaks, and pools to make a perfect day at the spa following a relaxing treatment of their signature Darphin body treatment, milky scrub, or reflexology treatment.

Wi Spa
One of the largest spas in Los Angeles, Wi Spa is open 24 hours a day and comes complete with a gym, library, restaurant, nap room, and five signature sauna rooms ranging from a salt sauna comprised of thousand year old minerals to an ice sauna designed to close pores and tighten skin. All rooms are available to you before and after your treatments, of which there are well over 30 to choose from, ranging from facials to massages and acupressure. And for those not wanting to spend the money on a specific treatment, you can gain access to all the spas saunas and amenities for a $15 fee.

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Crystal Spa
Crystal spa's claim to fame comes from combining traditional Korean spa treatments, pools, and saunas with something more unexpected: Aveda products. Each visit Starts with an Aveda tea to help you relax then it's straight to the co-ed charcoal, ice or room or mud room, which boasts 100% Korean mud from the Chungchoong Jincheon region. Follow it up with signature facial or Korean body buff and you'll be a new you in no time.

Natura Spa
This no-frills Korean spa may not be the fanciest of the bunch but they do provide a facial that rivals some of the best facials of the city and allow for each of your treatments to be customized to your preferred level of intensity, which is definitely helpful when it comes to some of the more intense scrubs. Plus, their in-house restaurant, perfect for a post treatment bite cooks up some of the most delicious authentic Korean food like bibimbap and spicy noodle soup.

Check out our Los Angeles Beauty Vendors page and find more ways to look and feel your best on the Big Day!

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Nov 032016
 
Los Angeles Bachelorette Party Workouts

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Although a wild night of drinking and dancing until the sun comes up is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a bachelorette party, if you're a bride-to-be who prefers doing something more laid-back and non-traditional, celebrate your transition into matrimony with a sweaty fitness party instead. Here, we round up the six best group fitness classes in Los Angeles perfect for toasting your last days of singledom with your best girlfriends by your side.

Tracy Anderson
If you're looking to seriously get your butt kicked at your sweaty bachelorette bash, look no further than trainer-to-the-stars Tracy Anderson. The cult-favorite fitness guru is the woman behind Hollywood's hottest bodies including Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow. Her celeb-frequented studios in Brentwood and Studio City deliver workouts that are high-energy and ridiculously challenging, but totally worth it. After all, what bride-to-be doesn't want to look like J. Lo when she walks down the aisle?

Body By Simone
Taylor Swift, Karlie Kloss, and Julianne Hough are just a few of the celebs who swear by Body by Simone's intense and super sexy full-body dance cardio workouts. Round up your girls and head here for an invigorating good time — you might even learn a few dance moves for the reception. The studio's trampoline cardio class is another fun way to wave goodbye to the single life.

Cycle House
Ease any wedding planning stress while you get your sweat on with your bridesmaids during an indoor cycling session at Cycle House. Rocking playlists, impressive LED lighting, and the promise to burn 500-1,000 calories with just one ride, makes this cult-favorite cycling spot a winning choice for a bachelorette party.

Playlist Yoga
Celebrate your last hurrah before getting hitched by getting your groove on at Playlist Yoga. The new West Hollywood studio isn't your typical yoga spot. The sweaty 60-minute vinyasa flow classes are upbeat and set to energetic music, which will leave you and your girlfriends feeling re-energized and ready for all the wedding festivities.

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Ballet Bodies
Whether you have years of dance training under your belt or none at all, you and your entourage of favorite ladies will have a great time working on your long, lean dancer's bodies at Ballet Bodies. Class types range from sweat-inducing cardio classes that incorporate ballet jumps on mini trampolines to sculpting sessions that mix in Pilates moves to a basics class that covers all the fundamental ballet techniques.

Prevail Los Angeles
This friendly boxing hotspot will get your heart pumping like no other. The feeling you get when you slip on those boxing gloves is totally empowering and just what you need if you're experiencing any pre-wedding jitters. After punching it out alongside your girls, you'll leave feeling powerful, invincible, and ready to take on married life.

For more health and beauty hotspots in L.A., as well as wedding hair and makeup artists, head to our Los Angeles Beauty page!

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BRIDES Southern California: 5 Shops to Get the Perfect Wedding Tux in Los Angeles

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Oct 282016
 
Best Los Angeles Wedding Tuxedo Shops Local Brides

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There's no shortage of bridal shops in LA, but when it comes to shopping for a tuxedo, grooms aren't blessed with as many options. Nevertheless, there are a handful of shops in Los Angeles that stock sharp, handsome tuxedos for the big day. From Hugo Boss to Bloomingdale's, here are five shops in LA where every type of groom can find their dream tux.

Mr. Tuxedo
Mr. Tuxedo boasts three collections—platinum, gold, and silver—to fit every wedding budget. Here, you'll find a variety of different tuxedo styles in a range of colors including white, navy blue, black, and dark grey to suit every groom's individual style. Grooms can bring in their groomsmen too to make sure the entire wedding party looks good for the big day. Read real brides' reviews here!

Friar Tux Shop
With numerous locations in Southern California, Friar Tux Shop makes it easy and convenient for grooms to pick out their perfect tux. Grooms can try on tuxes for free and work with an in-house stylist to find the most flattering fit. The shop also stocks a variety of accessories to complete the wedding day look including ties, pocket squares, socks, shoes, and shirts. Be sure to check out their exclusive Michael Kors collection too. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Hugo Boss
Hugo Boss' formalwear collection oozes elegance and sophistication. Stop by the brand's Sunset Boulevard store to peruse their collection of polished tuxedos made from premium wool silk blends. Find everything from classic black tuxedos to non-traditional velvet or metallic sports jackets, as well as all of the accessories needed to complete the look including Italian calfskin dress shoes, brass cufflinks, and luxurious dress shirts.

Bloomingdale's
Just like brides, grooms deserve to look like the best version of themselves on their wedding day and that means wearing the best of the best. To find the best tuxedos in town, grooms can head to Bloomingdale's and explore their stunning collection of tuxedos by top-name brands including Ted Baker, Theory, Ralph Lauren, Canali, Armani, and many more. Read real brides' reviews here!

Burberry
Nothing says modern luxury quite like a Burberry tuxedo. Made from sumptuous fabrics woven in Italy—think cashmere, silk, and mohair—the fashion house's stylish tuxedos boast modern and slim fits to flatter every type of groom. The ultimate Burberry wedding day look includes a striking tuxedo jacket accented with satin notch lapels paired with virgin wool tailored trousers in a relaxed silhouette.

Check Out Other Local Shops and Boutiques to Find Your Perfect Wedding Tuxedo!

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BRIDES Southern California: 5 Wellness Getaways for a Bachelorette Weekend

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Oct 202016
 
Bachelorette Party at Bacara Resort

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Sure, a bachelorette celebration consisting of all-nighters in Las Vegas seems great in theory, but with all of the wedding planning stress sometimes all a bride-to-be and her bridesmaids really crave is a weekend away with lots of rest, relaxation, and rejuvenating activities. Luckily for the Southern California bride, there are many nearby destinations that boast a wealth of wellness offerings to unwind and recharge before the ring. Just a few days at one of these five sundrenched havens and you and your bridesmaids will emerge feeling healthy, energized, and more glowing than ever.

Bacara Resort & Spa (Above)
Wellness-minded brides-to-be will fall in love with the Bacara Resort & Spa's Sky Ranch Fitness retreat. If you're looking to step up your fitness regime for the big day, this four or six-day fitness vacation is just what you need. Exercise, enjoy healthy fare, indulge in therapeutic spa treatments, and go on daily hikes with your bridesmaids, all while soaking in the beauty of Santa Barbara. Read real brides' reviews here!

Bachelorette Party at Cal-a-Vie Health Spa

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Cal-a-Vie Health Spa
The Cal-a-Vie is a rejuvenating retreat tucked in between picturesque wildflower-filled hills. The peaceful spa haven offers three, four, and seven night packages that include accommodations in a Mediterranean-style villa, massages, spa treatments, nutrition lectures, cooking demonstrations, meditation sessions, and unlimited fitness classes — all designed to inspire a healthy lifestyle.

Bachelorette Party at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

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Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village
The Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village is a fantastic choice for LA brides-to-be who crave a wellness getaway without ever leaving the city. You and your bridal squad can take healthy cooking classes, lounge by the pool, or take a ballet barre class or two. If you're really committed to dropping the last few pounds before the wedding, the resort offers an all-inclusive Ranch 4.0 luxury bootcamp package. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Bachelorette Party at Omni La Costa Resort

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Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
The best part of this San Diego oasis — besides its world-class spa and eight sparkling pools — is its on-site Chopra Center for Wellbeing. You and your besties will experience absolute bliss thanks to the center's menu of wellness offerings that fuse Eastern healing practices with modern Western medicine. There's no doubt you'll leave feeling like a healthier, more balanced version of yourself. Read real brides' reviews here!

Bachelorette Party at The Resort at Pelican Hil

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The Resort at Pelican Hill
This dreamy Newport Beach destination is praised for its decadent spa. We suggest going with the bridal party pre-wedding wellness package that features everything you and your girls need to get ready for the big day including massages, manis and pedis, body scrubs, a private group yoga class, and a guided walk through Crystal Cove Beach. Read real brides' reviews here!

For more bachelorette party venues and "I do" locales, browse our Local Venues page here!

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BRIDES Southern California: Instagram-Worthy L.A. Restaurants for a Dreamy Bridal Shower

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Oct 072016
 
Los Angeles Bridal Shower Venues

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One of the oh-so-wonderful perks about the wedding planning process is getting to spend some quality time with your besties — beginning at the bridal shower. One of the best ways to celebrate your impending nuptials is with decadent food — and by documenting all the special memories with lots of pictures! Luckily for Los Angeles brides-to-be, the city boasts many restaurants that are not only delicious but extremely photogenic to boot! Check out our favorites for a dreamy, Instagram-worthy wedding shower.

Gracias Madre (Above)
With its exposed brick walls, utterly chic black-and-white patterned bar, and lush greenery throughout, you and your besties will be seriously smitten with the décor of this vegan, all-organic Mexican restaurant in West Hollywood. Indulge in enchiladas, coconut ceviche tostadas, tacos, and lots of chips and guacamole. For dessert, the restaurant serves yummy Mexican wedding cookies, which seem very fitting for a bridal fete. Then toast the occasion with margaritas.

Nobu Malibu Los Angeles Restaurant

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Nobu Malibu
This beachfront Malibu restaurant abounds with Instagram-worthy ocean views. There's no prettier backdrop for a bridal shower than the sparkling Pacific Ocean. Even the food is picture-perfect — think yellowtail sashimi, black cod miso, mango dulce de leche torte for dessert.

Commissary LA Bridal Shower

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Commissary
Flooded with natural lighting and awash with verdant foliage, this Koreatown restaurant is unlike any other spot in the city. Located at The Line Hotel, the unique space is set in a glorious all-glass greenhouse and serves Pan-Asian fare with a strong focus on vegetables.

See More: For Fantastic Favors to Give Your Guests, Look to These Local L.A. Vendors

Perch LA Bridal Shower Venue

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Perch LA
This hidden Downtown Los Angeles gem in the sky serves French cuisine and offers a few different spaces to host a bridal soiree including the 15th floor restaurant lounge outfitted in antique-looking furniture, and the 16th floor rooftop offering picturesque views of the city skyline.

Penthouse LA Bridal Shower

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The Penthouse
Perched on the 18th floor rooftop of the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica, The Penthouse is bathed in bright whites and neutral hues and evokes a laid-back yet glamorous beachy ambiance that's perfect for a fancy bridal shower. You and your BFFs can look forward to digging into smoked salmon benedict, halibut, pastas, steaks, and chocolate soufflés for dessert. Read real brides' reviews here!

Browse our Los Angeles Venues page for even more luxe locals to host all of your pre-wedding parties

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BRIDES Southern California: Where to Get Your Brows Wedding Day Ready in L.A.

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Sep 292016
 

In between choosing the perfect makeup look and hairstyle for your wedding day, it's easy to overlook eyebrow grooming. But, given that perfect face-framing arches make a dramatic difference in the way you look, getting your eyebrows done before the big day deserves a spot at the top of your to do list. To help make prepping easier, we've rounded up six beauty spots in L.A. that will shape your brows to perfection.

Sally Hershberger
Sally Hershberger's airy West Hollywood salon may be known for its killer hair cuts and colors, but the salon's resident makeup and brow specialist Robyn Cosio makes the salon a must-stop for eyebrows too. When it comes to crafting the perfect brows, Cosio wrote the book, literally. In 2000, she released the aptly titled book The Eyebrow. Cosio is known for not following trends, but rather artfully creating the perfect eyebrow shape that best flatters the individual's face.

Kelley Baker Brows
In preparation for your wedding day, splurging on a visit to celebrity arch artist Kelly Baker's beautifully adorned Venice salon is a wise investment. Baker is a go-to for celebrities like Zendaya, Shay Mitchell, and Solange Knowles. Your enviable, red carpet-worthy eyebrows await.

Anastasia Beverly Hills
Anastasia Beverly Hills is known for its cult-favorite brow-transforming products, but the brand's salons in Beverly Hills and Brentwood also offer eyebrow shaping services that will get your arches ready to walk down the aisle.

Striiike
Owned by a trio of beauty-loving sisters (Kristie, Jenn, and Ashley Streicher), the chic and modern Striiike studio in Beverly Hills is your one-stop-shop for getting wedding day ready eyebrows. Kristie is a beloved eyebrow artist who is known for her trademark feathered brow technique. A 30-minute appointment with her includes a consultation, tweezing, and custom eyebrow tinting, which features Kristine's own blend of natural vegetable dye. Clients are advised to allow their brows to grow out six to eight weeks prior for the best results.

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Thread Eyebrows
For brides-to-be who aren't fans of waxing, Thread Eyebrows on Melrose Avenue is the way to go. Outfitted in sleek minimalist décor, the crowd-pleasing threading bar is know for its miracle-working brow masters. And the salon's affordable $15 price tag won't make a big dent in your wedding budget either.

Damone Roberts
Damone Roberts' client list reads like a whos who of Hollywood. Madonna, Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicki Minaj, and Megan Fox are just a few of the stars that swear by his skills. Roberts believes "every face deserves the perfect frame." Pay a visit to his flagship eyebrow salon in Beverly Hills so he can sculpt the eyebrows of your dreams for your big day.

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BRIDES Southern California: The 5 Dreamiest Venues for a Beachfront Wedding in Orange County

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Sep 242016
 
Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

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It's no secret Los Angeles offers a wealth of stunning beachside wedding venues, but you may not know that the neighboring Orange County also boasts a handful of crazy-romantic beachy wedding locales that are nothing short of spectacular. Here, we've gathered a list of the most swoon-worthy beachfront spots in the county that will make your dream Southern California beach wedding a reality.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel (Above)
Perched atop a dramatic coastal bluff, the seaside oasis of sun-splashed luxury that is the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel enchants at every turn. Captivating ocean vistas, meticulously manicured lawns dotted with swaying palm trees, and the calming sounds of the waves provide the perfect setting for a dreamy beachfront wedding. Read real brides' reviews here!

Surf and Sand Resort

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Surf & Sand Resort
If you're searching for a beachfront location that's both luxe and laid-back, check out the Surf & Sand Resort. Here, you can host your ceremony at sunset on the Catalina Terrace that overlooks the glittering ocean. Or dig your toes into the sand as you exchange vows right on the beach. For your reception, dance the night away with your friends and family in one of the hotel's chic ballrooms. Read real brides' reviews here!

The Resort at Pelican Hill
The Resort at Pelican Hill oozes with romance. Brides-to-be are drawn to its completely private Mar Vista venue complete with a lush event lawn and ballroom. The best part? The event lawn's gorgeous Palladian-style rotunda where lovers can say their "I dos" with romantic panoramic views of the ocean in the backdrop. Read real brides' reviews here!

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St Regis Monarch Beach

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St. Regis Monarch Beach
A true piece of paradise, this Dana Point resort accommodates coastal weddings both big and small. Get hitched in the picturesque Grand Lawn with the dazzling Pacific Ocean as the backdrop or exchange vows under a fairy tale-like white marble gazebo in the resort's Mediterranean-inspired Botanical Garden. Then, take the party inside the luxuriously appointed Pacific Ballroom. Read real brides' reviews here!

Montage Laguna Beach

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Montage Laguna Beach
The Montage Laguna Beach is the epitome of beachside wedding bliss. Brides can get as decadent as their heart desires. The jaw-dropping resort — complete with a gorge mosaic pool — offers not one but three lush oceanfront event lawns to tie the knot. Follow the ceremony with an elegant reception in one of the hotel's opulent ballrooms. No matter what space you choose, be sure to sneak away for some romantic photos ops by the beach.

Do none of these venues fit your big day dream? Browse dozens of other wedding locales on our Orange County Venues page!

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BRIDES Southern California: How to Have the Ultimate Bachelorette Weekend in Ojai

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Sep 212016
 
ojai resort

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Less than a two-hour drive from Los Angeles, tucked away between sun-kissed mountains and surrounded by citrus groves is the bohemian paradise that is Ojai Valley. For brides-to-be who crave some R&R rather than a wild party, the idyllic sleepy town is the perfect place to escape to for a relaxing bachelorette weekend getaway thanks to its postcard-worthy views, health-conscious cuisine, and decidedly laid-back vibe. Here is your ultimate itinerary for an unforgettable bachelorette weekend in Ojai.

Where to Stay
Fair warning: once you stay at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, you may never want to leave. Situated on 220 acres of lush grounds, the luxurious resort offers so many things to do and enjoy with your favorite ladies — without ever leaving the property. Spend your bach weekend playing tennis, taking fitness classes, relaxing by the pool, and hitting up the spa to unwind with a group Kuyam cleansing ritual. Looking for a more rustic Ojai experience? Stay at the Instagrammable Ojai Ranch Inn where cottages are adorned with succulents and feature in-room Jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces. Wherever you stay, don't miss Ojai's magical "pink moment" at sunset when the valley's mountains are bathed in the prettiest pink hue.

Where to Shop
Ojai is brimming with eclectic boutiques so we highly suggest carving some time out for some retail therapy with your girls. Visit book lover's paradise Bart's Books and explore the shelves to unearth rare tomes or pick up a juicy read to enjoy poolside. Dekor & Co is another must-stop. The dreamy lifestyle haven is filled with chic home goods, jewelry, beauty products, and much more. A true treasure trove, Fig Curated Living also tops the list of shopping favorites with its assortment of locally and handmade ceramics, bath products, and garden décor.

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Where to Eat
Knead Baking Company is a favorite among locals and visitors alike for its divine pastries and delicious breakfast foods. For dinner, take your girls to Osteria Monte Grappa for dangerously good Italian fare made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Go crazy with the pastas and seafood dishes. When you and your BFFs need to refuel midday, venture off the beaten path and enjoy organic Mexican-inspired dishes at Farmer and the Cook.

What to Do
It's practically against the rules to weekend in Ojai and not go on a hike. The Shelf Road Trails is perhaps one of the most popular hiking trails. It's short and sweet and offers dramatic Instagram-worthy photo ops. Meditation Mount is another serene must-visit spot in Ojai. Drop by to luxuriate in a meditation session surrounded by nature or just soak in the scenic views. Either way it's a tranquil space that will help you shake off all of your wedding planning worries. Don't leave town without visiting one of the valley's main attractions: Ojai Olive Oil. There you can tour the lush grounds, learn all about extra virgin oil olive, and swing by the tasting room on your way out.

Not fully finished planning your bachelorette party? Finalize all of your travel arrangements with one of our favorite local vendors.

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BRIDES Southern California: The Most Luxurious L.A. Hotels To Spend Your Wedding Night

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Sep 172016
 
the london west hollywood

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After months of planning for one of the biggest days of your life, it goes by like a flash. So to soak up that newlywed glow, and finish out your big day in a luxurious suite on your wedding night. For Los Angeles brides, we've rounded up the most luxurious hotels for your first night as a married couple.

The London West Hollywood
For the fashion-forward couple, the Vivienne Westwood suite in this centrally-located spot. This is a suite you'll want to get ready in before your ceremony — and then come back to in the wee hours of the night. This grand room has its own private patio that is big enough to have an intimate brunch for friends and family the next day (yes, that big!). If you venture out of your room, The London also boasts one of the best rooftop pool areas in Los Angeles. And last (but definitely not least), because the room is an homage to the British fashion designer herself, everyone who stays in the suite gets a private shopping trip to its nearby namesake boutique on Melrose Ave, as well as a complimentary his and hers gifts. Read real brides' reviews here!

Shutters on the Beach

Is there anything more romantic than waking up to the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean the morning after your wedding day? Book the Pacific View Suite at Shutters in Santa Monica and that's precisely what you'll get. This quintessential beachfront hotel boasts a dedicated catering staff, complete with complimentary transportation using the hotel car (yep, it's a Tesla). If you're up for a little exercise the following day, you and your honey can borrow Budnitz Bicycles beach cruisers and peddle along the California coast — or just take some of the plush cotton towels and plop down in the sand right outside your room. Read real brides' reviews here!

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The Culver Hotel
This hidden gem is ideal for any Old Hollywood fans, as this 1924 National Historic Landmark space has had a variety of celeb owners including Charlie Chaplin and John Wayne. Decorated in chic-but-cozy jewel tones, the best suite for newlyweds is 610 (make sure to ask for the champagne and truffles when you arrive). Since Culver City is a relatively central location, the staff will happily set you up with transportation for a morning hike followed by high tea in the Grand Lobby. Read real brides' reviews here!

The Line
If you're looking for more of an urban experience on your wedding night, this Koreatown hotel has great mid-century style and is located in a walkable neighborhood. The room to grab is the Hollywood View Suite — offering floor-to-ceiling windows (where you'll casually be gazing at the iconic Hollywood sign while you sip complimentary champagne from your bed). The hotel staff will also sprinkle your room with rose petals and even serve you breakfast in bed the next day. However, if you're a foodie, this hotel boasts the restaurant Pot, conceptualized by famed chef Roy Choi as well as one of Los Angeles' prettier dining rooms, The Commissary, which is set in a glass greenhouse right next to the pool.

The Hotel Bel Air
If the two of you want a little hideaway, this beautiful spot — tucked away in Bel-Air, one of Los Angeles' most exclusive neighborhoods — is your pick. With 12 acres of rolling gardens, this glamorous hotel houses a Wolfgang Puck restaurant and world-renowned spa by La Prairie. We suggest signing up for the Couple's Retreat Package the morning after your wedding, which includes a 1-hour couples' massage followed by an outdoor hydrotherapy bath — topped off with the hotel's signature outdoor picnic brunch. Read real brides' reviews here!

Haven't quite found the perfect post-wedding hotel yet? We've got more to choose from on our Local Vendors page!

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BRIDES Southern California: 5 Delicious Los Angeles Food Trucks for Your Wedding

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Sep 142016
 

Trend alert: food trucks at wedding receptions are all the rage. And since the food truck frenzy started in the Golden State, adding a touch of it to your wedding day should be an obvious choice for our SoCal brides. Not only does it add an element of fun to your reception or cocktail hour, nowadays there's a truck to cater to any of your food wishes and wants. Here are a few of our favorite (and most delicious!) Los Angeles food trucks — for whatever type of cuisine.

Komodo
Described as "one of the Los Angeles tacos you need to try before you die," this Mexican-Asian fusion on wheels also has two restaurants in West Los Angeles, so you can easily sample their tacos, sides, and salads before you book. For weddings, they offer several different packages depending on your needs — ranging from light appetizers (think dumplings and steak skewers for your arrivals or cocktail hour) to a full-on dining experience (they even offer gluten and dairy free options for diners). Read real brides' reviews here!

Sweet E's Bake Shop
Not only can owner Erica and her staff create the most decadent custom wedding cake for you, but this West Hollywood bakery also has an equally sweet food truck that can show up with enough desserts to satisfy any sweet tooth. The truck is filled with everything from customized cookies (like adding initials or custom frosting colors) to their signature peanut butter bliss bars. What makes things even better is that all of their products are certified Kosher, and they can easily create vegan and even sugar-free desserts. Read real brides' reviews here!

See More: Start Thinking About Wedding Cakes With Our Favorite Local Bakers

Lobsta Truck
Having your nuptials and reception by the ocean? Why not keep the theme going with this truck that was inspired by its owners' trip to Maine — where lobster is always on the menu. The specialty is (no surprise) the Lobsta Roll, featuring fresh lobster meat on a toasted split-top roll with mayo or butter — with other options like a crab roll or traditional clam chowder. A major plus to this type of food truck is the simplicity of eating each of the menu items which is key when choosing your truck since a lot of the dining may involve standing depending on your set up. If you want to kick it up a notch, these lobster connoisseurs can also set you up with a full-on lobster bake complete with lobsters and signature sides for all.

In-n-Out Burger
Any L.A. resident will tell you that this is the one burger joint they crave whenever they leave Southern California — and it's pretty much a SoCal institution, having opened in 1948. Choosing this option would add a serious 'City of Angeles' vibe to your big day, and you can guarantee a grin on your guests' faces when they see the signature red, white and yellow burger truck at your reception. Known for their burgers and fries and the "not-so-secret" menu alterations like Animal Style (no bun) and Flying Dutchman (extra meat extra cheese), no In-n-Out experience is complete without a chocolate or vanilla shake — perfect for a pre-dinner hour snack. Read real brides' reviews here!

CVT Soft Serve
These guys do one thing and they do it really well — soft serve ice cream. Originally from the east coast, this husband and wife team wanted to create the creamy treat they remembered as kids but weren't able to find in California. The menu is simple: chocolate, vanilla, or a swirl of both with sprinkles on top if desired. Their bed of wheels is adorably vintage, and a perfect vehicle to show up at the end of your reception as a parting sweet treat to all your guests.

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