unique services and activities for weddings

Wedding Rehearsal at The Sunset Restaurant, Malibu
Scavenger Hunts by WatsonAdventures.com or EntertainingAdventure.com What better way to explore and have fun at the same time than a custom scavenger hunt? You can create a custom hunt for your wedding, bachelor/ette, engagement, rehearsal, or honeymoon events. Watson Adventures is based in New York and spans seven cities, offering many types of public, corporate, and private hunts: 877.9.GO.HUNT. Entertaining Adventure calls L.A. home and specializes in customized hunts: 646.479.5454. No looking for love in all the wrong places here!
KozyKatz And Dogz–Pet-Sitting Services and Professional Pet Care So you found the perfect little doggie veil and wedding gown for Fifi and she's a big hit with your guests, but who's going to take care of her while you're getting dressed, being married, or cutting cake? Why, Marion Wagstaff of Kozykatz and Dogz would be happy to chaperone your little darling during your event day and, from what I've seen, Fifi will enjoy it too. Call 818.712.0440 or email via the website.
PhotoStamps from Stamps.Com Yes, you can take a favorite picture of the two of you and turn it into real, legal postage stamps for your invitations, wedding announcements, and thank-you notes. Make your wedding mail instantly collectible! Check out the examples and order online (free Mac-compatible stamp-design software, too!)
Urban Shopping Adventures Ever wanted to go down to L.A.'s Textile or Fashion Districts to look for cool fabrics and dresses for waaay below retail, but were intimidated by the overwhelming size and hub-bub of it all? Christine Sylvestri of Urban Shopping Adventures will make your experience sweet and easy. Tours range from walking tours for you and your mom to bus tours for your quiltmates to luxurious limo tours for your whole bridal party. Christine offers personalized adventures for wedding parties (a fun bachelorette idea!), crafters, fashion mavens, and more. You will find FABULOUS deals and beautiful fabrics. Wear comfy shoes, or buy several pair while you're downtown with Christine! Call her at 213.683.9715 or email christine@urbanshoppingadventures.com for info.
The White House Greetings Office Okay, who knew that the White House has an office to mail Administration greetings and congratulations to those who have recently been married or had a 50th anniversary? You can apply online to send wedding greetings to a newly married couple or anniversary greetings for a couple married for 50 years or more. You must order wedding greetings after the wedding date and anniversary greetings a minimum of six weeks in advance. Check out the website for guidelines and use the webmail link to order, or fax 202.395.1232. Your Tax Dollars At Work!
Eric Hass, Mar Vista Realtor Speaking of houses, if after visiting our Home Office you think you'd fancy living on the Westside of L.A., you can drop a line to our good friend Eric Hass, a realtor with Coldwell Banker and all-around stout fellow. He's active in our community and really cares about his clients and his work; click here to check out his blog and current listings, and welcome to the neighborhood! 310.571.1394/cell 310.597.2131.
The Original Runner Company If you have lots of discretionary budget dollars and would like a whimsical touch to your ceremony decorations, check out the "And They Lived Happily Ever After" runner from The Original Runner Company. You can view the many other designs and patterns available on their website; they do custom work too. The "Happily" runner starts at $350; in keeping with the "Happily" theme, non-slip backing on all Original Runners assures your first trip as husband and wife won't be to the emergency room. Email info@originalrunners.com to inquire about the possibilities or call 212.246.6600 (based in New York City.)
Weight Watchers Lots of brides (and more grooms than you might surmise) go on crash diets to lose a size or two for their wedding day. Needless to say, this is misguided, unrealistic, and possibly harmful to your health. Look kids: if you need to lose weight for your wedding, you probably need to do it anyway--so do it right by eating well and monitoring your progress so you can keep those pounds off permanently. Don't you want to look good and be healthy every day of your marriage, not just your wedding day? In case you haven't heard, Consumer Reports rated Weight Watchers the most effective weight-loss program around; I lost 30 pounds and kept it off (pert' near) and you can too. Check out the website to get started and find a meeting near you.
Lose It! If you'd like to appify your appetite and try sensible weight-loss before your wedding, check out the Lose It! tracking app. Their comprehensive, easy-to-use tracker will help you keep tabs on your food intake and exercise via your phone or tablet. Food diaries are one of the few proven ways to make long-term changes to your eating habits, and you can try it for free.
Customized M&Ms Now that we've had the weight-loss lecture, I dutifully acknowledge the undeniable fact: everyone loves M&Ms. Many a conversation revolves around reminiscences of how M&Ms were when YOU were a kid, but now you can customize your M&Ms any way you want with a choice of 21 colors and up to two lines of text. You can also order pre-printed M&Ms with festive designs and greetings for your wedding or other occasion. Now your wedding day can be not only sweet but crunchy, too! (and when someone starts selling customized toothbrushes and floss packets as wedding favors, I'll let you know.)

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