Catering Planner

The success of your wedding will depend largely on the skill of your caterer. A full-service caterer will provide the food, experienced servers, linens, chair covers, china, glassware, silverware and serving dishes. Find a caterer who will guide you in your menu planning, listen to your ideas, and make innovative suggestions. Aided by your caterer’s creativity and professionalism, you can host a truly delightful and memorable affair.
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Featured Vendor – Pardini’s Catering

The Perfect Venue

Finding the perfect venue is an important element in hosting an exceptional and successful event.

From our versatile main facility on Shaw Avenue to an array of special venues throughout Fresno, Clovis and the Central Valley, Pardini’s offers a variety of options to help you find the perfect event locale.

Our sales staff will work closely with you in designing your event to take advantage of what each site has to offer, as well as producing a smooth and enjoyable event for you and your guests.

See for yourself why Pardinis is the best choice

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Featured Vendor – Reverie “Artsy Fartsy” Cinema & Photo

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Featured Vendor – Reverie “Artsy Fartsy” Cinema & Photo

If for no other reason than their purely awesome name and tagline, you need to go check out Reverie Cinema & Photo. Then you’ll be blown away by their ability to capture images and memories in a most unique way. We are loving their style and encourage you to head on over and visit their website, Facebook page and well…just go check it all out.

You won’t be disappointed.

About Reverie

Ray is an awesome cinema shooter and started ReverieVP.com after shooting weddings beside Alicia at ThePhotoFriends.com  and seeing a need for a fresh perspective on video here in the valley.

Sometimes they shoot beside other photogs doing cinema, or shoot with other videographers doing photo, but we LOVE LOVE LOVE shooting cinema and photo side by side together.  Their passion really shows through when they collaborate and you can really see that in the work they produce together.

Please look through our photos and wedding trailers, fall in love with being in love and the idea of capturing it.  Let them know if you’d like to get to know them better than on a blog page and you can sit down, have some coffee and talk about your big day.

“We love having fun, we love being happy, we love being in love, and we LOVE shooting weddings! ” ~ Ray & Alicia

Photo by Derek Lapsley

So You’re Interested, eh?

So, you’re interested in what the damage is going to be, huh?  We’ll start off by saying that we ain’t your daddy’s wedding videographer (in a good way!).  We offer an artistic and cinematic approach to traditional videos.  If you haven’t already, spend some time checking out our style, I’m sure that you’ll find it refreshing.

If you’d like more information on what we offer & pricing, the best thing would be to head over to the “Contact Us” page & send us your info, or you can just give us a call @ 559-392-7848.  We’d love to have a sit down with you & chat about your special day ;)

Thank you for stopping by and make sure to check out the “Meet Us” page to see a little more about who we are and what we do.  If you’re looking for a great photographer you should check out our sister company The Photo Friends.  We offer a pretty awesome incentive if you end up booking both photo & cinema with us.  Have a wonderful day!

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Featured Vendor – Vino & Friends

Vino and Friends is the perfect place to host your special event, be it a rehearsal dinner, wedding shower, baby shower or birthday celebration. Vino & Friends offers a great setting with their Barrel Room designed specifically for special events, our beautiful patio area (equip with heaters or misters depending on the season) or our cozy bistro where friends and family come together.

About Vino & Friends

Vino & Friends is a locally owned and operated wine store and tasting room. Chuck & Jen Van Fleet have owned Vino & Friends for over 6 years and are focused on creating a diverse inventory that satisfies every palate and budget. Chuck & Jen have been enjoying and collecting wine for over 15 years.

The goal of Vino & Friends is to bring together great wine with good friends. Vino & Friends wants to take the mystery and arrogance out of wine tasting and buying. Chuck & Jen believe wine buying should not be intimidating, it should be fun. Vino & Friends is the alternative for anyone who has ever walked into a big box store and been overwhelmed by thousands of wines you have never heard of and no one to help. We strive to make every buying experience an enjoyable one.

Chuck tastes and hand-selects each and every wine. We don’t buy wines strictly on ratings. We have our own criteria and ratings and are constantly on the lookout for the next undiscovered new gem to surprise you. Each wine must be of superior quality. Each wine we offer is an excellent value for the price. Each wine is something our own staff would be proud to recommend to their best friend. Each wine is something we have personally tasted and deemed worthy of your consideration.

Chuck, Jen and our staff are available to help you find that perfect wine for any occasion. Whether it’s a big party, the holidays or just dinner at home. Come visit Vino & Friends for your next wine buying, or tasting, experience.

ABOUT PREMIER BRIDE

Welcome to Premier Bride Fresno, the valley’s most complete wedding website to Central Valley brides! Our directory includes the best wedding professional in and around the Fresno, CA area for your wedding. We are proud to provide you with information for wedding locations, reception sites, caterers, DJ’s, bridal salons, decorators and wedding planners. We also cover Visalia, Clovis, Oakhurst, Madera, Tulare, Lemoore, Reedley, and Selma. Premier Bride, your local wedding resource.

Here we feature our wedding vendors to spotlight their services and specialties. Congratulations on your upcoming event – we wish you a lifetime of happiness, adventure and joy.

Featured Vendor – Vans Studio of Photography

Van’s Studio – The Photographer

For over 30 years, Van’s Studio has specialized in wedding photography, family, and senior portraits in the San Joaquin Valley. In that amount of time, many photographers & trends have come and gone. Through it all, Van’s has remained constant in their attention to detail & classic design.

Van traveled throughout the United States, bringing the warmth and imagination to his brides and grooms. Whether at Wolf Lakes, CA or Jackson Hole, Wy, as a Van’s bride you can be assured that your day will be as important to Van’s Studio as it is to you. For over 30 years Van had a love affair with his imagery. His custom studio built in his home town projects his vision and his search for the ultimate images.

A true wedding professional, Tess Danielle will mesmerize you with her ability to perform magic with her digital imagery. As Van’s daughter, her lifelong exposure to the photography industry, has helped her form a unique style and superior background to all of the tricks of the trade.

The excitement Van’s Studio has found in their photography blends with Tess’s ability to listen and understand a brides’ needs and desires.

With classic traditions and a twist of modern flare, Van’s Studio is the perfect studio for all of your portraiture needs!

Come and join our family here at Van’s. See your wedding, child, or family portraits come alive!

About Premier Bride

Welcome to Premier Bride Fresno, the valley’s most complete wedding website to Central Valley brides! Our directory includes the best wedding professional in and around the Fresno, CA area for your wedding. We are proud to provide you with information for wedding locations, reception sites, caterers, DJ’s, bridal salons, decorators and wedding planners. We also cover Visalia, Clovis, Oakhurst, Madera, Tulare, Lemoore, Reedley, and Selma. Premier Bride, your local wedding resource.

Here we feature our wedding vendors to spotlight their services and specialties. Congratulations on your upcoming event – we wish you a lifetime of happiness, adventure and joy.

Featured Vendor: Weddings At The Grove

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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 www.pbcv.com.

A Heavenly Honeymoon

Honeymoon.

Blue Sky Meets Beach

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Just mention the word and you conjure up images of champagne breakfasts for two, lazy afternoons in the sun, candlelit dinners and passionate nights. Beaches, sunsets and overall romance. Oh yes, definitely romance….

Making arrangements for your romantic escape will be one of the most enjoyable aspects of planning your wedding. You’ll love poring through the travel magazines and brochures, all the while knowing that you’ll soon have the chance to take the trip of a lifetime with the love of your life.

It’s never too early to start planning your honeymoon. Not only will you have time to explore many options, but you’ll also find the best availability and value if you start planning early. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

All-Inclusive
More than mere accommodations, all-inclusive packages generally include food and lodging, extensive recreational facilities and equipment, ground transportation, plus other amenities and services. Options range from couples-only resorts, which cater specifically to honeymooners, to family resorts.

The average price for all-inclusive packages is $400 per day, but rates can vary significantly between companies and depending on the time of year. The all-inclusive package is perfect for those honeymooners who want to pay one price and forget about everything else while concentrating on each other.

Cruises
Similar to an all-inclusive resort, cruise packages offer many services and amenities for one price. A cruise usually includes airfare, accommodations, meals health club facilities, sports, activities and entertainment. There’s also the added bonus of exotic ports of call. Overall, cruise packages provide good value for the money. For this type of honeymoon excursion you’ll want to select a travel agent that specializes in cruise packages. They will have the most extensive knowledge of what each cruise line offers.

Traveling Abroad
You will most likely need a passport if you’re traveling abroad. Travelers indeed need a passport for Mexico, Canada and almost all Caribbean islands – the only ones that don’t require passports are the US Virgin islands. If you don’t have a passport or it is out of date, apply for a new one at least three months before your wedding, preferably sooner. Ask for a renewal form at your local post office.

For travel in some countries you may need certain vaccinations, so be sure to ask your travel agent about such matters. Typically the process takes six weeks, but allow time for any mishaps or delays. If you are changing your name, you should also account for any discrepancies in the names on different documents by bringing along a copy of the marriage license. This will prevent any snags on entering or returning from a foreign country.

If you should lose your passport during your trip, contact the nearest United States embassy or consulate immediately for instructions. Having a copy of your passport with you will expedite the replacement process if you should lose the real thing.
If you are concerned about the potential safety risks of traveling to a particular country, be sure to do your homework. The U.S. State Department regularly updates its travel-advisory list; you can call 202-647-5225 or visit the department web site at http:travel.state.gov/travel_warnings.html. For information about health conditions abroad, call the hotline for the Centers for Disease Control at 404-332-4559.

Staying Local
Not all newlyweds have the time or money to afford the luxury of an extended honeymoon in a far away place. However, no matter where the destination, confirm your travel and hotel accommodations well in advance, and be sure to double-check your reservation at least one week before your departure. It also doesn’t hurt to call the hotel on the day you’re leaving to confirm your time of arrival. Be sure to mention you were just married, as this often results in a nicer room or even an upgrade to a suite, depending on availability. You might also receive a special gift from the hotel like a bottle of champagne or a fruit basket waiting for you on arrival.


Videography Planner

Videography Planner

Nothing quite captures the real essence of your wedding day – the sights, sounds and energy – better than a well-done, high quality video. You’ll be able to revisit this important day in your life long after it’s over, and share it with children, grandchildren or other special people in the future. The most important element when searching for a videographer is a comprehensive sample of their wedding work. Ask to see a recent, completed video from a wedding – not just a highlights tape – so that you know exactly what you would receive from them, should you hire them. Consider the quality of the picture, the sound and the editing. A bad, poor quality video is a waste of money, but a good, high quality video is priceless.

Fresno Videographers:

Questions To Ask
• Can I see samples of your work?
• How long have you been a professional wedding videographer? How many weddings have you done?
• What packages do you offer? What do they include?
• Are you able to accommodate any restrictions with lights and tripods at the ceremony location?
• Can I keep the raw, unedited footage as well as the finished product? Is there an added fee for this?
• Do you offer DVDs?
• What is the charge per extra copy made?
• Will you be able to film while a photographer is present?
• Will you be the one who will be shooting my wedding? If not, can I speak with that person?
• What types of cameras and microphones will you use? How new is the equipment? Where will they be placed?
• Do you attend the wedding rehearsal?
• How long will it take to receive our completed video after the wedding?
• Will a backup camera be on hand for the event?
• How far in advance must I book your services?
• What is your cancellation policy?
• Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much?
• How far in advance must I book your services?
• What is your cancellation policy?
• Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much?

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The Right Venue for You

By Anne Driscoll & Premier Bride

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The Right Venue For You 
The secret to planning a fabulous, stress-free wedding reception is finding the right venue. By addressing several issues before you book your location, you can avoid costly mistakes and unwanted surprises, and have the reception you’ve always dreamed of.

 Finding the Right Location
The first step for any wedding is to begin by setting the wedding date, size, budget and style. Once these particulars have been established your next major decision will be the reception location. If you already have a place in mind contact the facility manager and confirm availability of the date you’ve selected. This is also a good time to schedule an appointment for you and your fiancé to view the site. Don’t procrastinate! Choice locations are often booked one to two years in advance and prime dates go fast.

If you have no idea where to hold your reception, try hotels, banquet halls, restaurants, community centers and country clubs. Other less obvious options are country inns, historic homes or mansions, city parks, college or university facilities, art galleries, museums and boats. Each location offers its own unique style and ambiance.

Types of Facilities
There are two basic types of reception facilities: on-site and off-site. Most on-site locations provide the majority of services you will need for your reception: catering, beverages, tables, chairs, tableware, linens and serving staff, making this a very convenient option. The facilities normally charge on a per person basis, and have a minimum guest requirement. Such locations include hotels, private clubs and restaurants.

Off-site locations offer the use of the facility only, providing no other services. You supply nearly everything yourself, paying a flat fee for the use of the site. The nice thing about off-site locations is the freedom to do everything your own way. Increasingly popular for outdoor receptions is the use of party tents. Tents offer the ideal solution for couples who want to hold their celebration in a natural setting, but would prefer not to have their guests wilting under the hot sun or melting under a drizzle. Amenities range from beautiful archways and parquet floors to air conditioning and emergency generators.

In your search for the ideal site, keep in mind the convenience and comfort of your guests. The traveling distance from the ceremony to reception should be no more than half an hour by car. Depending on the season in which you will wed, you might want to inquire about air conditioning or heating. Also check on available parking or valet service.

Space Issues
While it may seem obvious to say so, the venue you choose for your wedding must have enough space to accommodate all your guests. There should be enough room in the dining area to allow for comfortably arranged seating and a reasonable view of the newlyweds for everyone. There should also be enough space between tables for you to move around the room and mingle with your guests. The facility coordinator will know the maximum number of people who can fit in the space, as well as the best table arrangements for the number in attendance.

Privacy Issues
If your venue does multiple events, find out if there are other bookings at the same time or on the same day as yours. If so, ensure that there will be adequate privacy and separation for your celebration. There should also be ample time in between events to allow your caterer or other service people to set up or break down your party.

 Entertainment Issues
Whether you intend to have a DJ or a band, inquire about possible restrictions regarding the type, volume or duration of music. Be sure to confirm that there is an adequate power supply for speakers, mixers and amplifiers, or good acoustics for string and wind instruments. Some sites have built-in public-address systems which can be used for introductions and toasts. If your site of choice doesn’t offer this equipment, make sure your DJ or musicians can provide it.

First Impressions
Your guests will get their first impression of your reception as they enter the building. But first they have to be able to find it. Clear signage indicating the way to the reception or cocktail area is a must. Whether your party starts with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres outside on the terrace before moving indoors for the meal and dancing, or the entire celebration is held in one room, make sure there is adequate space to receive everyone and to serve your guests while they await your arrival. You don’t want a backlog at the entrance because the doorway is too narrow.

People Power
As with any event, there should be a designated person to keep the event running on schedule. This key person may be a wedding coordinator, your caterer or the facility manager. They’ll be responsible for timing of the cocktail hour, prompting your guests for the meal, cueing the musicians for the first dance, and coordinating with the emcee for the champagne toast, cake cutting, bouquet and garter toss. If this person is affiliated with the facility, make sure you meet them and are comfortable with their style before you book.

Cost Considerations
Rates will vary significantly depending on the type of location, the number of guests to be accommodated and the time of year. Generally, the fee for a room rental is based on usage for a specific period of time, usually four to five hours. If you anticipate your reception running longer, confirm all additional charges. Typically, these charges will be based on half hour increments.
All of the details for your reception should be delineated in a contract signed by you and the facility’s representative. To secure your date, a 50 percent deposit is usually required with the balance due on the day of the event. You may want to check on the refund policy in the case of a cancellation.

Down to Details
As you’re find wedding locations that seem to suit your style, ask vendors about the following policies: catering, alcohol, bad weather, contingency plans, staffing availability, parking, decorating, deposits, refunds and insurance. Before signing the contract make sure you’re comfortable with the answers they give.

Arriving In Style

Arriving at your ceremony, relaxed and unruffled, in a chauffeur-driven limousine is the perfect way to begin your wedding day celebration.

Luxurious Limousines
Limousines can be acquired for the entire day, picking you up at home and delivering you to the ceremony, the reception, and even to the airport to depart on your honeymoon. Most companies have a one to two-hour minimum for their services, so put some thought into what the most cost-effective option will be: keeping your limousine on call throughout the entire ceremony and reception or hiring one limousine to take you to the ceremony and reception, then another for leaving the reception.

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Traditionally, one limousine carries the bride and her father to the ceremony, while a second limousine or sedan transports the bride’s mother and bridesmaids. Of course many brides opt to have both parents or their attendants ride with them. It’s simply a matter of personal preference. After the ceremony and reception, the newlyweds ride together, either alone or with the maid of honor and best man.

A formal limousine seats four people, while stretch limousines can allow for six to 10. Limousines are usually black or white, and new models include sport utility varieties–the Hummer and Explorer are two possibilities for a rough-and-ready look. Some companies offer fleet rates for those who want the entire wedding party and family to arrive and depart in regal style. The choice you make depends not only on how much you wish to spend or the impression you wish to make, but also on the level of revelry. If the day is to be filled with many champagne toasts, providing safe transportation for those who will be celebrating the most is a smart idea.
Catch the Coach
A limousine is a luxurious way to travel; however, there are creative alternatives to this standard bearer that can add a distinctive mark to your ceremony and reception.

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One option is a luxury coach. With all the amenities and style of a luxury limousine with room to spare, these vehicles can seat 10 or more people comfortably. A passenger coach, without all of the added luxuries, can seat anywhere from 21 to 49 people, which is a great way to transport your family and guests, especially if your reception is located in an out of the way location or if parking is an issue. A luxury coach allows the bride and her attendants to spend time together surrounded by mobile luxury on the way to the ceremony. After the ceremony, the bridal party can enjoy a grand celebration with the bride and groom while traveling to the reception.

Like limousine services, passenger and luxury coach companies require a minimum number of hours. The size and type of coach will determine the hourly rate. Depending on the size of your party, it may make sense to hire two coaches, perhaps a luxury coach for the bride, groom and their attendants and a passenger coach for the guests. By having more than one vehicle, it will allow some guests to leave at different times if needed.

Unique Alternatives
For those who prefer something more creative or romantic in transportation, there are many unusual offerings. If a horse-drawn carriage is available in your city, this is a charming option. This service can vary from a simply carriage to an elaborate coach. Although space in the buggy will undoubtedly be limited, there is nothing quite as beautiful and romantic as a bride being led to a waiting carriage with beribboned steeds and driven away under a clear blue sky or starry night. It can be an unforgettable experience for the happy couple as well as a memorable sight for the wedding guests.

Vintage or luxury cars can also add a touch of class: a Bentley, Rolls Royce or even a kitschy pink Cadillac can be the finishing touch for your wedding’s personal style. Even Harleys or horses can transport the bride and groom—if that’s your style, of course.

Down to Details
Whether you choose a limousine, luxury coach or horse and carriage, you should confirm your transportation booking and verify pick up and departure times well in advance of your wedding day to avoid any mix-ups. It would be wise to have someone closely associated with the wedding party, perhaps the best man or a family member, designated to coordinate with the chauffeur to make sure that pick ups and departures happen on schedule. The size and location of the ceremony and reception, as well as personal taste, will help define your final decisions for travel.

There are many options available for today’s bride and groom, and with just a little creativity and planning, you can find the mode of transportation that best suits your style.

Limo For You (559) 266-1111

The Classic Status (559) 733-9245