Meet Lovely Rita! Rasta Rita Margarita Truck that is, Who Brings the Party Right to You!

Meet Rita, the world's first margarita truck and portable bar service. First established in 2006, she can roll up just about anywhere to serve fresh, organic margaritas and specialty cocktails. Rita is a completely renovated, vintage 1965 GMC step-van. Inside, she houses a fully-equipped bar and beverage service station. All drinks are made by skillful bartenders and hand-crafted on location. 

Street fairs, concerts, weddings, in-home private parties, backyard BBQ's, or even the office... there isn't anywhere Rita can't go. Even kids' parties are acceptable when serving virgin drinks and icee's. Anyone can serve salted-rim margaritas, but who else can roll in on rims to serve them? Only Rita. She's one-of-a-kind.

HOW SHE WORKS

You choose your beverage package (beer, cocktails, and non-alcoholic options available). Rita rolls up and parks at your event, fully equipped for your customized beverage service according to your preferences. Her professional bartenders shake up the drinks on location, and you sit back and simply enjoy your party. Voila! The queen of margaritas just transported your event to the next level. Visit the Rasta Rita Margarita website to learn more!

5 GREAT reasons to have a photo booth at your wedding!

5GREAT reasons to have a  photo booth at your wedding by ShadowCatcher Photo Booths

From black-tie VIP settings to rustic barn and outdoor settings, a photo booth can fit with every theme. If you’re debating whether a photo booth is a good fit for your wedding, here are 5 great reasons your guests will be thanking you for investing in one!

1. Entertain Them!
DJ? Check. Open bar? Check. Sounds like you’re on your way to planning a good time! But chances are, everyone isn’t going to dance for the entire reception. One of the best reasons to have a photo booth at your wedding is to entertain your guests. It’s important to remember that weddings have down times, and you have to think of a way to keep your guests entertained during those times. For example, at the majority of weddings, normally the formal wedding photos are taken right after the ceremony during the cocktail hour, so sometimes guests can get a little antsy waiting for the cocktail hour to end and the reception to start. Photo booths are perfect for this part of your wedding day! Guests can be goofy and stay entertained while they wait for you to return and for the reception to start. As they say, time flies when you’re having fun and time will be flying for your guests if you choose to have a photo booth.


2. Most F U N and memorable wedding favors ever! Do them a favor!
You want your wedding to be the most talked about wedding in your circle, something everyone will be talking about for years to come! Instead of investing in white wedding Jordan almonds or spending hours on DIY candle mason jars, gift your guests with something special, fun and interactive. A personalized photo strip that captures how much fun they had at your wedding in your photo booth! The strips include your custom logo, names and dates, it’s all right there to make sure they remember where they were when they had so much fun! Want to elevate the experience even more? Treat your guests to a photo strip holder that is placed in their napkin at their table setting and is personalized to your special day!

3. Socializing for them, a Memory Book for you!  Get them socializing!
While your photo booth is working as a great ice breaker, giving your guests a chance to let their hair down and get to know each other, they are also creating fun photo strips that will be going into your memory book that also doubles a guest book that will give you a super fun look back on the day for the two of you for years to come! Each guest writes a personalized message to you next to their photo strip.


4.Because Photo Booths are Classic F U N!  Show them the F U N
Classic fun is the best kind of fun – and a photo booth will bring smiles and memories to your wedding without even trying. The best thing about them is that they are great for all ages! A photo booth provides endless entertainment from the beginning of the night, all the way until the grand exit!

 5.  The Quality and Overall Experience we bring to each event!
Not only does ShadowCatcher Photo Booths provide a photo strip for each guest in every grouping, they also provide a link to a digital download so you and your guests can download their favorite pic to use on social media or even enlarge to a HUGE poster size!

Edible Sugar Doilies for your Wedding Guests’s Coffee!?! Yes Please!

How utterly charming are these edible sugar doilies for your high tea or coffee at a bridal shower, bachelorette party, or wedding reception?! Created by Etsy creator store  Sweet Marve Lace these dainty confectionery treats Mak e an elegant adornment on any cake, cookie, or cupcake. You can even attach these sweet doilies to the sides of your tiered cakes by use of only a dab of water!!! Or you can let it float on the surface of your hot tea or coffee....they last for at least 5 minutes in a drink giving you plenty of time to enjoy! 

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Five Creative Ways to Include Apothecary Jars in Your Wedding

Five Fresh Ways to Include Apothecary Jars in Your Wedding

Versatile pieces of decoration—that’s what apothecary jars are. They can store and display basically anything you want. Regardless of shape, size, or color, they can add a whimsical touch to any place or table. They are available in a lot of stores that sell craft supplies and decorations for any purpose, and most importantly, they can be used in any occasion.

It’s not a wonder that more and more people and interior designers are trying to incorporate these jars into different kinds of spaces and special events. Now, are you thinking of using the elegance of these versatile containers in your wedding? Then you ought to read how you can creatively utilize them. There’s more than one way that you can take advantage of the adorable jars! 

Give Your Cake a Real Bakery Dome

Photography: Jonas Peterson via Ruffled Blog

Are you planning to have small cakes at your wedding? Use a cloche, a type of apothecary jar in the shape of a glass dome, to display the sumptuous pastry in a classy way.

With a presentation such as this, no one can resist a slice of the yummy goodness in a glass. You can display one majestic cloche-cake combo in each table so everyone can experience some cake cutting in your wedding.

Give Out Gratitude in a Jar

Show gratitude to the people who played a major role on your special day, and say it with a jar. You can place a thank-you note inside it along with edibles or other materials for a more dramatic effect. This time, it’s you who’s giving back something memorable to everyone who made your day special.

Capture the Outdoors in a Glass

Photography: Ali Leigh Photo via Ruffled Blog

Do you want to display plants as your centerpiece? No problem. Create a mini terrarium inside a cloche. The jar makes a pleasant, warm home for little flowers and plants.

If you’re also the type who likes to explore the great outdoors (well, hello possible honeymoon destinations), then you can also utilize the jar and put in a plastic model of a butterfly or any other material that reflects the spirit of nature and adventure.

Showcase Sweetness in a Jar

Make your special moments sweeter by doling out candies and other goodies. You can arrange apothecary jars in varied shapes and sizes on a table near the entrance. Now that’s the kind of welcome everyone will love.

Moreover, both children and adult guests will appreciate the sweet treat as they go around the reception hall and catch up with mutual acquaintances and relatives.

Gather Words in a Container

Image Credits: EveryDay-Lovely

Your wedding day is going to be a very busy day for you, so you may not have enough time to have lengthy interactions with all the well-wishers. Why not give them a chance to share their heartfelt message in a note? And nothing is more perfect than a beautiful jar to contain their lovely words.

At the end of the ceremony, you can take the apothecary container home, display it in a prominent area, and let it serve as a reminder that a lot of people are wishing you both all the great things that life has to offer. 

Some Creativity Required

You see, decorating with apothecary jars can be fun. Because of their versatility, they can fit any wedding theme or venue. And they come in numerous shapes and sizes, which gives you the freedom to choose what best suits your plans.

The only thing you need to do is decide how you’re going to showcase the beauty of the jars. Whether you use it for food or any other material, rest assured that the outcome is just the same: a beautiful, whimsical decor. Why don’t you start browsing for apothecary jars now?

Editor's Note: Thanks to Save On Crafts [where we have shopped for years!] for these great on-trend ideas! We love Apothecary jars and are constantly finding new ways to use them at weddings, in styled shoots, and even in the office and at home [they are gorgeous with holiday decorations in them on a hall entry table!] after the big day.

Beautiful Lighting is an Exciting Way to Glam up Your Evening Wedding

Evening weddings turn so romantic once day is done, now gone the sun, and the twilight hour signals that it's time for the party to begin! But make sure you have enough lighting to take your celebration into darkness [especially if you are outside!] to inspire and wow the night! Thanks to Jamielyn Craft Photography for the great wedding photos and of course the people at SociaLights San Diego's preeminent special event lighting experts! 

Market Lighting by SociaLights Adds a Burst of Light to Your Evening Outdoor San Diego Wedding!

Lighting adds so much energy and life to an outdoor evening soiree! And this market lighting by SociaLights - San Diego's outdoor lighting experts - is just the ticket for transforming even the plainest of spaces in to a magical, romantic land [of very flattering light for your guests] with subtle bursts of light that will charm and inspire all of your guests! You can see their amazing lights in person [and meet this super social philanthropic team] at the May 20 Wedding Party EXPO! 

oooh and check out SociaLights' vintage road signs for an extra fun welcome to your wedding! 

Mirror Mirror on the Wall What Is the Coolest Photo Booth of All?!

If you want your photo booth to look as amazing as the rest of your wedding why not choose the most gorgeous photo booth by Fashionair with Mirror Me technology!! Mirror Me is the latest, coolest, interactive photo booth technology that all your guests will love! Why not place right this beauty right at the entrance to your wedding and capture your guests' anticipation and the love on their faces right from the get go! You can meet the super friendly Fashionair team in person (and try this baby out and see for your self how fun it is!) at the May 20 Wedding Party EXPO

That Moment the Lightbulb Goes on Over Your Head...You Need Great Lighting by SocialLights at Your Wedding!

It happens to everyone in the wedding planning process... that feeling in the back of your head that there's one key element missing that, once added, will take your event up a big notch and make things more romantic, more fun, more stylish and, well, more visible! We know what it is!!! You need great lighting by SocialLights at your wedding! Indoor or Outdoor weddings rejoice! SocialLights brightens up your wedding with their super cool lighting options, check them out! 

Says the team at SocialLights "We take your lighting dreams, ideas, and visions and turn them into a reality.  We specialize in outdoor and indoor lighting of all shapes and sizes. Think market lighting, gobo lighting projections, wash lighting, marquee signs,  light walls, uplighting, twinkle lights, Edison lights, star lanterns, light canopies, paper lanterns and whatever your imagination can dream up.  We are here to make this piece of your celebration easy, fun, and above all amazing."

And one more illuminated thing about Social Lights; they give back....a lot. 

All Work with no giving back makes Socialights a sad family...

Part of the SociaLights family mission is to be aware of the impact we make on this planet.  We love that our jobs (and let's be real, our travels) take us to so many unique places with backdrops, often created by mother nature, that we get to enjoy.  We want those backdrops to stay beautiful and help do our part to make sure they do. Over the years we've done a lot of things to see to it that our footprints as individuals, and as a team, were kept low.  From the obvious - recycling, buying mostly used home goods/clothes, creating our own gardens, composting etc. To the not obvious - Ryan's been dumpster diving at grocery stores to raise food waste awareness recently.

All these efforts took a turn for the better when we found an organization that joins businesses that have the same motivations.... and so we joined 1% for the Planet.  We couldn't be more proud we did.

Started by Yvon Chounaird (Patagonia), 1% for the Planet's mission is to unite businesses across the world to band together to keep this planet blue.  Each year we commit to giving a certain amount of our time to volunteer for local enviremental organizations and 1% of our profits to a non profit of our choice.  This year we've chosen the incredible 1to1 Movement.  A local San Diego non profit dedicated to education and awareness.  In addition to being a member of 1% we're also proud to have partnered with organizations like The Ronald McDonald House of San Diego to help them raise funds at their annual gala. 

Unforgettably Cool Wedding Reception Table DIY Ideas from IKEA, yup IKEA

You know you love IKEA for every single item in your kitchen, bath, bedroom, and study but IKEA can also help you DIY the coolest most unforgettable wedding tabletops and decor for your wedding reception! Check out what their Interior Designer Emma did for this couple, wth dramatic elements, a dedicated cake area, a super inviting table for guests and a stunning, stark white palette of IKEA gems mixed with greens and nature! LOVE! 

IKEA has an amazing Wedding Registry that makes it so easy for your guests, friends and family to get you what you want [with many very affordable options]. Source out tons of items for your reception that will then work for you for years to come at home! Editor's note: we already bought two of the Solig net

A Lighter Shade of Rustic Weddings that we Just Love!

Everybody still loves rustic rentals, and this fresh new wave of lighter toned and white rustic furnishings by Farm Tables & More is just the thing to take us into Spring weddings!! Farm Tables & More creates quality farm tables hand-crafted with love. And they really do, wait for it....bring more to the table! 

Planning and Design: @blissproductions
Photography: @tylerchasephotography
Florist: @thelittlefleurco
Venue: @circleoakranchweddings

Why we love family style wedding reception table set ups by Farm Tables & More

We know the traditional wedding reception set up of the last 30 or 40 years has been lots of round tables, where you place people based on common interests, relationships. and even history together. But to us there’s something really special about dining “family style” at long tables at a wedding reception!  Check out these gorgeous tables by Farm Tables & More,  a local, family run business and one of SanDiego‘s loveliest specialty rental companies - with a fabulous inventory of nice, long, family style tables for your wedding!

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 And outdoor wedding comes together so beautifully with one long table! 

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 We feel like longer tables are an extra perfect fit at a vineyard wedding! 

Candles and Dishes and Chairs, oh my! Classic Party Rentals has it All for Your Wedding!

With an inventory that will blow your mind with its vastness and selection, Classic Party Rentals is the country's largest special event rental supplier. With all their on trend magical elements, you can create any romantic ambiance you can envision at your wedding ceremony or reception.
They have lighting, candles, glassware, dishes, chairs, fabrics, furniture, tents, backdrops, tenting, staging, bars, dance floors, and many more specialty extras to give your wedding a special glow. Here are just a few of CPR's tabletop and seating items to inspire you!

What's a Flip Book Photo Booth Station? I want one! (And you will too!)

In a world gone crazy for photo booths at weddings and events [for good reason!], we think that A Little Scene's super cool flip book station is their most popular product for good reason!

Party goers and guests will forever have a customized keepsake from your event. I want one!! 

A Little Scene's fun experts activate at weddings, music festivals, trade shows, branded events and other parties to make their super cool custom flip books within minutes!

We dig their cool, clean and modern set up that would look great at your wedding reception! 

Charting your most special moments in the night sky for love that is written in the stars!

 Custom star maps by The Night Sky for the night your heart skipped a beat are the most exciting gift idea for that couple whose love is written in the stars!  Complete with a time and place signature to chart out the exact moment you said “yes!”, “I do”, or that moment you realized your world had changed. This gift of the stars will have you always remembering that special night.

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Bridesmaids who match the Photobus; an adorable combo at any wedding!

So we know you know that the Volkswagon photobus photobooth is the most adorable trend at Weddings and is only getting stronger!  So  what could be better than having this crowd pleaser of a photo booth by So Cal Photobus at your wedding? Why, having your choice of colors of course!  We love this photo of a San Diego area mountaintop wedding by Brett Charles Rose photography of bridesmaids in sweet pastels perfectly matching this vintage VW bus.

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When Nature Calls Your Grandmother Should be able to go in Style and Comfort!

Ahh the joys of the fun and freeing outdoor wedding! Beach weddings, vineyard weddings, big back yard events, we love em! But there is one very important thing to remember about celebrating a big wedding at a non conventional, spot....and remember you’re in your best outfit, with hair and make up perfectly done, plus you’re probably in heels  ....  when you gotta go you gotta go!

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Our friends at Diamond Provides specialty rentals have exactly the set up you need to make sure everyone, including Grandma, can do her business safely and securely. With private stalls, hot and cold running water and the kind of privacy that any movie star on set would love, these luxury restroom trailer suites come right to you! They have super deluxe, big and small restroom suites, and even solar powered restrooms to fit any size event.  What's the big deal about these over those horrid blue festival style porta-potty's? These are spotlessly clean ... and they flush darling, they flush. 

5 of the prettiest event tents you ever did see by tent experts Classic Party Rentals!

Having an outdoor wedding in San Diego?

The amazing people at Classic Party Rentals are the specialty tent rental experts you want and need if you're considering any overhead shade or shelter at your wedding. Another one of the fabulous things about the people at Classic (shout out to megastars Kelly Hoffman and Cris Joseph in San Diego!) is that they work and play well with everyone in the industry; designers, venues, event planners, coordinators, even other rental companies, or directly with their engaged couples, Classic knows how to make the incredible a possibility and over deliver to please their clients! Check out a few of the beautiful ways this team creates heavenly tenting. 

1. White always wows at a wedding! Clean and fresh white panels with chandeliers make for an elegant outdoor wedding day, styled by the super talented Couture Events, photographed by Bryan N. Miller Photography at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.

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2. Elegant drama gives a regal richness! Creamy drape panels add interest to a clear tent accented with swagged ivory drapes with pink uplights and blush lace lInens, all of which make for a feminine, romantic wedding reception styled by Crown Weddings and Events. 

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3. Thinking of pink? Check out this gorgeous peekaboo pink tent with the view of the Pacific Ocean by Classic Party Rentals, Alice Eddy and the talented Trina Schmidt Weddings (photo by Lin & Jirsa Photography)

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4. Sheer bliss makes for a dreamy design! Sheer white panels add a diaphanous and dreamy effect as they surround a chuppah style tent of white drape.  

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5. Tying the knot never looked so good! Look close and you'll see the subtle twist at the apex of the tent frame in this cream paneled tenting that adds height to an abundant and gorgeous wedding reception. Sometimes the little details make all the difference.

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Editors note: we have personally worked with San Diego's incredible and generous Classic Party Rentals team for numerous events, both large and small, for a decade and a half.They  even came to our rescue at the last minute a few years back when we (disastrously) hired another rental company who no showed (oh yes!) so we know how bad things can go and how important a rental provider is to every event and we are proud and honored to highly recommend them for, well....everything!! 

Fun comes to your wedding; check out the coolest trailer turned photo booth by Fab Trailers!

Check out this cool retro trailer photo booth by Fab Trailers and add some Fab to your wedding day!

Perfect for your wedding Fab Trailers photo booths personalizes each event. Says owner Lauren "We built our one-of-a-kind trailers with an exciting vision in mind: to create awesome experiences and to capture and preserve great memories. Thousands of photos and a few beers later, we’re proud to say we’ve succeeded. We love bringing something unique to events, hearing our guests erupt with laughter, and watching them create lasting memories.  As the owner and operator of Fab Trailers, I take great pride in our trailers and our service. Our goal is to ensure that each event is special for our guests and above all, fun!  From the initial inquiry, to discovering more about your event and vision, to the event itself, we strive to provide a seamless experience so you can enjoy the party and leave the rest up to us.   

When I'm not "fabbing it up" I can be found at the ceramics wheel, exploring San Diego, and playing in waves and mountains with my boyfriend, Kyle and our Baja rescue pup, Bandit. I can't wait to chat with you about your next event. Let’s make it fabulous!!

Fabulously Yours, Lauren"

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You can't miss this opportunity for fun photos! 

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Get this handsome, retro-trailer, photo booth fun rolled right up to your guests! 

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Everybody wants in!! 

Oh and did we mention they also have a BEER TRAILER!!? Check out Lauren creating the retro sign lettering for the trailers in this video...

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The friendly people at Fab Trailers add so much more than photos to your day! 

Wedding Parasols are Perfect for any Outdoor Event and now they're on Sale

Did you know we sell [direct to you] the highest quality adult sized natural white paper parasols for keeping you cool and shaded on your wedding day? Well we do and right now they are on sale! Get yours here

Gorgeous photos courtesy of Tim Otto Photography, thanks Tim!!