Know Your Budget When Planning…

It is no longer expected that wedding costs will be assigned according to tradition. Every bride and groom should discuss their plan and budget for the wedding with their families to determine whether to follow a traditional division of financial responsibility for the wedding costs. If circumstances don’t allow the families to follow tradition, the proper rationale in deciding who pays for what portion is basic: whoever is most willing and most able to pay for a wedding.
Click here to print and keep track of expenses with our 4 page PB Budget Planner Pdf


Groom’s wedding ring
Wedding gift for groom
Gifts for maid/matron of honor & bridesmaids
Gift for parents (optional)
Gowns for maid/matron of honor & bridesmaids (optional)
Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)
Luncheon for bridal party
Informal stationery

Bride’s engagement & wedding rings
Bride’s bouquet & going-away corsage
Boutonnieres for men in wedding party
Mothers’ corsages
Wedding gift for bride
Gifts for best man, groomsman & ushers
Gift for parents (optional)
Formal wear for best man & groomsmen (optional)
Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)
Marriage license
Fee for officiant

Bride’s Family
Engagement party
Bride’s wedding attire & trousseau
Bride’s parents’ wedding attire
Wedding gift for newlyweds
Invitations, announcements, thank you notes, postage
Engagement & wedding photographs
Wedding ceremony site fee & decorations
Wedding ceremony programs
Wedding reception
Flowers for ceremony & reception
Bridal party bouquets & flowers for flower girl
Transportation for wedding party to ceremony & reception
Security & insurance for gifts
Welcome party for out-of-town guests (optional)


Groom’s Family
Engagement party (optional; following party by bride’s parents)
Groom’s wedding attire
Groom’s parents’ wedding attire
Wedding gift for newlyweds
Groom’s informal stationery & thank you notes
Rehearsal dinner
Shipment of wedding gifts to couple’s new home
Welcome party for out-of-town guests (optional)

Wedding Party
Bridal shower for bride
Bachelor(ette) party
Accommodations for self
Wedding attire & shoes
Know your overall budget BEFORE you start planning your wedding. This is one of the first issues you and your fiancé should discuss. Set your priorities based on what is most important to both of you and spend accordingly. For example, if the meal is the most important element of your wedding, you’ll want to allocate a greater portion of your budget to it.

Featured Vendor – Copper River Country Club

Whether you’re planning a Wedding, Wedding Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Business Meeting, Theme Dinner, Holiday Party, Tennis or Golf Tournament, the Copper River Country Club facility and staff will make your event a very special one. We have function areas which can accommodate 30 – 300 guests.

Each of our function areas features floor to ceiling windows that overlook our beautiful veranda, lovely fountains, lake and championship golf course.

Our Lounge and Veranda are perfect for a cocktail reception in conjunction with your event.

If you prefer an outdoor event, our Veranda and Lower Terrace provide an excellent venue for an evening under the stars.

Our lower terrace makes a lovely site for weddings.

Excellent plate presentation, food quality and service combine to make Copper River Country Club a valley favorite for more than five years.

Our Professional staff continually strives for excellence in quality and service so you can be assured of an event that you will remember fondly for years to come.

Banquet Sales Manager
Heather Radesi
(559) 434-8978

California Wine Month Wine Tasting Reception

California Wine Month Wine Tasting Reception

Location: CRU Wine Company

The wineries of the Madera Wine Trail along with excellent local restaurants from Fresno and Madera will join to celebrate September as California Wine Month. Taste excellent Madera Wines and enjoy delicious handcrafted appetizers, accompanied by live music. Tickets will become available soon. Click HERE for more information.

About Cru Wine Company

Founded in 2003, (originally as Mariposa Wine Company) Cru Wine Company is a portfolio of handcrafted artisan style wines that embrace the incredible diversity of California’s premium viticultural areas. The Cru, Carmichael and Yosemite View brands each feature only the varietals that thrive in their respective regions; each label with its own unique character and focus.

Owner Richard Spencer has had a keen interest in fine wines for many years, a pastime cultivated with long-time family friend and partner Michael Conway. For these two entrepreneurs, the dream of owning a winery is now a welcome reality.

Based in Madera, California winemaking at Cru Wine Company is overseen by Winemaker Ken Post.  Centrally located in order to source from appellations ranging from Santa Barbara to Napa Valley, Cru strives to deliver quality and value at its respective price points.

Ken Post – Winemaker

Ken Post, a native Californian, began his career on the family ranch in Paso Robles. The Post family farmed 1800 acres of alfalfa and various grains until the ranch was sold in the late 70’s.  At that time, Ken pursued a second career in highway construction. His firm contracted with the State of California and private organizations in providing highway paving, resurfacing, and oiling services. While this was a very lucrative business, it allowed very little time for the most important thing of all, his family. Thus in 1997 Ken was presented an offer he could not refuse, selling the company.

Retired at forty might seem like a good thing to some people. Going from 60-80 hour work weeks to being at home 24-7 was an adjustment for Ken and his family.  Despite his knack for rearranging the spice cabinets and every other item in the house, his wife Julie and three children Brianna, Dylan, and Cameron started to ask Ken when he was going to find a real job.

With a passion for wine and love of farming, Ken enrolled in Fresno State’s Enology Viticulture program. After graduating from the Enology program Ken started his new ambition of wine production at Prospero Oak Hollow Wineries in Madera, California. Three years later Ken’s other passion of off road motorcycle riding forced another retirement for 10 months while he learned how to walk again after severely breaking a leg. Once healed it was time to once again pursue the passion of winemaking.

Premier Bride Showplace Vendors

Welcome, Central Valley Brides!

For more information about wedding planning, wedding vendors & bridal shows, please visit

The following sponsors and exhibitors are participating in the Premier Bride Showplace bridal show in Fresno on August 19, 2012 .
Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center website
Mark Janzen Photography website
Limo for You website
La Ryan Catering website
The Vault website
Oh So Swank! website
Exhibitors with the pink Running Ribbon Susan G. Komen next to their names have kindly donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Premier Bride would like to thank them for their generosity.
Shirley Gambero Designer/Dressmaker website
David’s Bridal website
Premier Bride’s Perfect Dress Susan G. Komen website
Shirley Gambero Designer/Dressmaker website
Classic Catering website
LaRyan Catering website
Plates Grilling & Catering website
AMS Entertainment Susan G. Komen website
TNT DJ & HD Video Susan G. Komen website
Edible Arrangements website
Oh So Swank! website
National Healthstyles Susan G. Komen website
Bed Bath & Beyond website
Bella Makeup & Hair Design website
Central California Advocare website
Forever Adored website
Lisa Takao Paper Couture Susan G. Komen website
Rogers Jewelry website
The Vault Fine Jewelers website
Limo For You Susan G. Komen website
AMS Entertainment Susan G. Komen website
Covered with Elegance website
Forget Me Nots AntiquesSusan G. Komen website
Light and Sound Solutions website
Lounge Essence website
Brian Bishop Photography website
Choice Imaging website
Creative Captures website
D.C. Photography Studios website
John M. Reynolds Photography Susan G. Komen website
Kenny Gilman Photography website
Mark Janzen Photography website
Morgan/James Photography Susan G. Komen website
Nostalgia Photography Susan G. Komen website
Ros-Lynn Studios Susan G. Komen website
Schafer Studios website
TMphotography Susan G. Komen website
Van’s Studio of Photography website
AJ’s Tuxedo Junction Susan G. Komen website
Black Tie & Bridal Lace website
Pat’s Tuxedos website
Classic Catering website
Paradise Springs website
Swan Court Conference Center website
The Big Fresno Fair Event Center website
The Downtown Club Susan G. Komen website
The Loft Events website
The Pines Resort website
TorNino’s Banquets Susan G. Komen website
Wolf Lakes Park Susan G. Komen website
Choice Imaging website
D.C. Photography Studios website
Reverie Video Productions website
Schafer Studios website
TNT DJ & HD Video website
Oh So Swank! website
Premier Bride Magazine Susan G. Komen website
The ONE Wedding Planner

Featured Vendor: Lemmon Made


Lemmon Made Weddings, Events, and Custom Invitations to bring your dreams of a beautiful, stress-free wedding to life. Lemmon Made Weddings, Events, and Custom Invitations supply creative solutions to your wedding and event needs.
Services include:

Custom Invitations

We design each invitation order not only around the bride but also the event, so you get a one of a kind product.
Have no idea what you want for your invitations? We have samples and ideas to help with the design process.
We can take care of all your stationary need from the invitations and response cards to map cards, programs and table numbers. We can also help with wedding etiquette guidance.

Wedding and Event Decorating
If you are looking for someone to make your wedding or event beautiful but have taken care of the planning your self, Lemmon Made offers decorating services.

These services include but are not limited to:

Cake table
Head table
Back Drops
Artistic Display
Birthday parties, Baby showers, and special events
Holiday, Home and Business Decorating

Lemmon Made also offers decorating services for the home and business. We can do entire rooms or just the windows, Lemmon Made will provide a beautiful product. For the business, we can dress your window to give it that big city feel. And coming soon Holiday Decorating, both inside and out.Wedding and Event Planning

Lemmon Made offers many wedding and event planning packages including full service coordination, day of coordination, consultation and budgeting services.

Day of Event coordination packages include:

Attend/conduct rehearsal
Supply vendors and wedding party with an outline of event
Instruct and oversee all duties of participants
Oversee set-up and decorating
Assist bride & maids with dressing
Supervise all vendors and professionals (Including photographers, florist, and caterers)
Ensure everything runs as planned
Handle necessary payments
Supervise entire ceremony and reception
Attend to guests’ special needs
Oversee the tear down of event

Full service coordination packages include all services included in the Day of Event Package plus:

Location search and availability
Styling and designing of event
Vendor search and availability
Retail search and retainment
Budget management
Wedding etiquette guidance
Overview and education
Assistance with all details of the event planning process
Full management on event day including setup and tear down of the event

Budgeting and Consulting services include:

Overview and education
Wedding etiquette guidance
Budget guidance
Vendor and Location referrals

For more information about wedding planning, wedding vendors & bridal shows, please visit

Featured Vendor: Weddings At The Grove

Premier Bride Featured Vendor Profile

The Grove is located on a 24-acre ranch.It retains the quiet country atmosphere present throughout the ranch. This wonderful rural setting is only minutes from the freeway and is centrally located in California. Our beautiful location is in the outskirts of Sanger, CA, Fresno County.

The abundance of trees and vegetation provides a lush, natural backdrop for timeless photographs of your wedding and reception. The Grove is a relaxing and welcoming setting for your reception.

CLICK HERE To Request More Info.

The rental fee includes:

  • Landscaped, manicured and decoratively lit midway grounds, exclusively yours…no other weddings would be held that day.
  • Access to the grounds for a rehearsal a day prior.
  • The stage and dance floor.
  • Tables, chairs and white linens (tablecloths and napkins) for up to 200 guests (500 capacity).
  • A large bridal room and a groom’s room, both with a/c and restrooms.
  • An event coordinator is available during set-up and throughout the wedding and reception.
  • Security, additional is extra if serving alcohol.
  • Lighted grass parking area.
  • You are free to bring any licensed caterer you’d like.

Use of The Grove for an extended rehearsal gathering or dinner is available for an added fee.

The Grove has available (for an added fee), a complete DJ and sound system with lighting which includes your play list and is able to take requests as well. The event coordinator is also included to do any M/C speaking that you’d like to have done…begin toasts, first dance, etc.
Photo montages to music displayed at your event are also available through an associate.   CLICK HERE TO CONTACT US

For more information about wedding planning, wedding vendors & bridal shows, please visit

Featured Vendor: The Redwoods in Yosemite


The Event of a Lifetime!
It will be difficult to choose from the many stunning views as backdrop for your special event. Weddings in the heart of Yosemite are unforgettable! The Redwoods In Yosemite brings your friends and family together to share in your joyous occasion while enjoying a mini vacation of their own. The Redwoods’ event locations are unique and affordable, and we offer lodging discounts to your guests.

Our Event Planners will be pleased to assist you with complete wedding planning information, including Park guidelines for outdoor wedding services, Yosemite Chapel reservations, reception and catering services, photographers, florists, spa and salon services, and more!

Click Here to Learn More about “New Beginnings” Wedding Package

Click Here to visit our “Blog.”

Start a Tradition at The Redwoods In Yosemite!
Contact our Event Planners:
Yvonne : 877-496-1978
Janine: 877-496-3052

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Featured Vendor: The Fresno Ballroom

As a one of a kind location, The Fresno Ballroom gives you 9,720 square feet of historic elegance to accommodate all your guests and still give you plenty of room for head tables, musicians, and dancing on the marble floor. You’ll have the flexibility you need to make your special event everything you wish. The architectural design of the Fresno Ballroom is elegant, decorated or not. The beautiful, one-of-a kind gold-gilded ceiling and the mezzanine floor overlooking the ballroom make an impressive backdrop for your keepsake photographs. The Security Bank Building, built in the 1920’s, will bring back memories for your older guests and help create new memories for you, your friends, associates, and family. At the appointed hour, our staff members are on hand to help ensure the success of your event. Parking is convenient, affordable and just steps away from the building.

Ballroom Specifics

  • Capacity: 497
  • Location: 1058 Fulton Mall, Fresno, CA 93721 (Map)
  • Pricing :
    • Friday: $3.000.00
    • Saturday: $3,500.00
    • Sun – Thurs: $2,500.00
    • Middle of the week: by arrangement

Prices of our formal Ballroom include use of the Garden Room (between Kitchen and Ballroom), set-up of tables, and chairs for 497 people, stage, and set ups for bar areas for a six hour event. The caterer of your choice may use our Prep Kitchen. If you desire, we can arrange the catering for you with one of our preferred caterers. Also, you can rent chocolate fountains, center pieces, chair covers, chargers, props, and additional tables and chairs from us. Clean-up of the ballroom is included in the price. If you wish to have a wedding ceremony on site, there is an additional $500.00 charge, which includes an another hour of Ballroom use.

A $500.00 deposit is required to reserve your desired date. Please call us to arrange a tour of our facilities as soon as possible as the available dates are disappearing rapidly. We look forward to making your event memorable!

If you have any further questions, please contact:
Banquet Manager
(559) 441-7777

The Mezzanine

Our unique Mezzanine overlooks our beautiful Fresno Ballroom, where you can get a close up view of its intricate, gold gilded ceiling. This venue provides the perfect place for:

  • a private VIP party before the big event in the Ballroom
  • an area for taking photographs of the wedding party
  • an elevated point for taking your marriage vows
  • a location for the band during large events in the Ballroom
  • a focal area for a conference speaker
  • a balcony for private conversations or viewing the dance floor during parties
  • a very special place for a special party








The Banker’s Vault

Our building has the largest vault between L.A. and San Francisco!   While our Ballroom is grand and elegant, our Banker’s Vault is fun and whimsical.  Drinks and hors d’oeuvres can be served in our vault as well as buffet or sitted dinners. Come help us celebrate this fun venue!

Wedding Planning & Pinterest


If you’re planning a wedding, you already know the Internet is a great resource.
There’s a new player in the online wedding game, and it’s quickly becoming one
of the most popular – Pinterest.

On, you can grab photos from around the web and ‘pin’ them
onto ‘boards,’ meaning you can post the photos online, under your user name,
into categories of your choosing. You can also browse other Pinterest user

Many Pinners that are dreaming of their big day post boards dedicated to
weddings. The photos are often accompanied with comments, and can
include tips or instructions on how to create the look that was captured in the
picture. Like wedding forums, you can interact with friends or strangers to get
suggestions and ideas for your special day, but this time, it’s all centered around
pictures of your choosing.

Pinterest certainly displays boards for all the biggies like the gown, décor and
food. But Pinterest’s real strength is in highlighting the details. It’s on this site that
you’ll find inspiration behind your personalized napkins, the perfect photography
poses or an idea for ‘something blue.’ Those seemingly insignificant details will
make your day truly unique.

Like many online wedding hotspots, Pinterest runs the risk of overwhelming. So,
to get the most out of the site, make sure to be specific when you’re scoping out

In the search box in the top left hand corner of the page, use as many details
as possible, such as ‘fall DIY wedding décor,’ or ‘cream wedding pumps.’ If
you’re not exactly sure what you’re looking for, it helps to at least separate your
searches into different categories, such as ‘wedding décor’ or ‘bridesmaids,’
rather than just a generic ‘wedding’ search.

It’s also a great place to see real photos from themed weddings, which can be
more difficult to find on other websites. If you’re planning something outside the
box, search for that specifically, such as ‘Halloween wedding’ or ‘Great Gatsby
themed wedding.’

That being said, Pinterest is also a great way to explore outside your comfort
zone. Whimsical, woodsy, DIY, rustic, vintage, elegant, chic, romantic and

couture are all popular words on Pinterest’s wedding pins. Even if you think those
adjectives wouldn’t apply to your big day, type them in and browse. You might be
pleasantly surprised!

Finally, if you’re serious about using suggestions from Pinterest, do your
homework. Each picture can be traced back to its original blog or website, so
when you find something you like and think you could apply to your wedding,
click through and take notes or bookmark the page. Otherwise, you’ll get lost on
the site and look up from your computer three hours later without any clear idea
on how to make your wedding nicer.

Pinterest is still in a new growth phase, so you’ll need an invitation to join if you
haven’t already. You can request an invite right at, with the red
button along the top of the home page, but you might be put on a wait list. A
quicker way to get on board is to reach out to friends that are already members,
and ask them to send you a personalized invitation.

Now, get pinning!

Premier Bride Featured Vendor – Wolf Lakes

Wolf Lakes Park is a privately owned park founded in 1986. Wolf Lakes is located in the countryside just east of Clovis. With the foothills as their back-drop and the lake at their feet, Wolf Lakes Park offers a relaxing environment for their guests.

Along with the beautiful setting, Wolf Lakes provides full service catering as well as relaxing boat cruises on their 40 acre lake. They currently offer two formal settings, both of which are located along the lake. Their formal sites are used for functions such as weddings, proms, retirement parties and anniversary celebrations. Business seminars are growing in popularity and the park provides an atmosphere different from the usual banquet facilities.

Wolf Lakes Park is open exclusively for reserved functions.

Our private lakeside settings are ideal for that special event. Whether it’s a wedding or other special occasion, our serene atmosphere, gorgeous sunsets and cool lake breezes make us Fresno area’s finest outdoor facility … even in the summertime!


Wolf Lakes Park is ideal for a lovely outdoor wedding. We offer two wedding areas complete with ceremony and reception sites. You may choose from either our Lakeside or Garden venue. Weddings/Receptions have a six hour maximum and must end by 11:30pm.

Our Wedding/Reception package includes:

Wedding Services

  • Consultations
  • Event Coordinator
  • Ceremony Setting – Lakeside or Garden
  • Groom’s Boat Entrance at Lakeside
  • Bride’s Changing Room
  • Set-Up/Clean-Up
  • Ceremony Chairs
Reception Services

  • Consultations
  • Set-Up/Clean-Up
  • Event Coordinator
  • Covered Pavilion
  • All Tables and Chairs
  • Linen Tablecloths and Napkins
  • China/Stemware/Flatware
  • Appetizers
  • Full Catered Dinner
  • Sparkling Cider Toast
  • Cake Cutting Service
  • Service Staff
  • Security
  • Lake Cruises

SATURDAYS & HOLIDAYS — 150 guest minimum
ALL OTHER DAYS — 100 guest minimum



Whether you are planning an anniversary, birthday or retirement party, prom, wedding anniversary or company appreciation dinner, Wolf Lakes Park offers a unique facility for your special event. Evening Events have a six hour maximum and must end by 11:30.

Our Evening Event package includes:

  • Facility Use
  • Consultations
  • Event Coordinator
  • Set-Up/Clean-Up
  • Tables & Chairs
  • Linen Tablecloths & Napkins
  • China/Stemware/Flatware
  • Service Staff
  • Appetizers
  • Full Catered Dinner
  • Lake Cruises
  • Security

SATURDAYS & HOLIDAYS — 200 guest minimum
ALL OTHER DAYS — 100 guest minimum



Stay with us after your rehearsal and enjoy dinner at the park! With several delicious menu options to choose from, your bridal party and family are sure to be pleased. Rehearsal Dinners have a 2 hour maximum and are held on Thursday evenings only.

Our Rehearsal Dinner package includes:

  • Facility Use
  • Event Coordinator
  • Set-Up/Clean-Up
  • Tables & Chairs
  • Linen Tablecloths & Napkins
  • China/Stemware/Flatware
  • Service Staff
  • Full Catered Dinner

THURSDAY EVENINGS — 25 guest minimum



Our intimate garden or serene lakeside make the perfect backdrop for remembering your loved one. Let us take the worry of planning the reception from you. Memorials may be scheduled Monday – Thursday from 10am – 2pm and Friday or Saturday depending on our event schedule.

Our Memorial package includes:

  • Facility Use or Facility Use & Catering
  • Set-Up/Clean-Up
  • Tables & Chairs
  • Linen Tablecloths & Napkins
  • China/Stemware/Flatware
  • Service Staff

MONDAY-THURSDAY ONLY — 100 guest minimum



Our beautiful pavilions overlooking the lake are the perfect setting for your business, service group or church group. Luncheons may be scheduled Monday – Thursday from 10am – 2pm and Friday or Saturday depending on our event schedule.

Our Luncheon package includes:

  • Facility Use & Catering
  • Set-Up/Clean-Up
  • Tables & Chairs
  • Linen Tablecloths & Napkins
  • China/Stemware/Flatware
  • Service Staff

MONDAY-THURSDAY ONLY — 100 guest minimum


They are available to discuss your needs Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and on weekends, depending on our event schedule. Please call their office (559) 292-4063 or e-mail them to schedule your appointment.