Now in its 30th year, It's A Wrap! is a family owned and operated company founded by Janet Dion in 1981 that offers the general public the opportunity to purchase actual wardrobe and props from movie and TV sets. Stock varies depending on the film or TV show represented in its stores and is constantly replenished. Clothing and props are priced 35-95% off retail and are reduced even further every 2-4 weeks.
Given the nature of many film and TV shows, It's A Wrap! is a great place to find discounted, new and gently used wedding attire for men and women. Designer duds are available as well as custom made items that make a unique and affordable wedding. For those that eschew the traditional wedding get-up, It's A Wrap! also provides costume ideas that meet all of your themed wedding needs. For those interested in an Elizabethan or Renaissance wedding or those needing an outfit for the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, It's A Wrap! is your go-to guide for all of your costume needs. Looking for inspiration for your themed wedding, don't forget to check out Friday's wedding segment at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire!
Burbank and on the Westside.
For more information, contact:
It's A Wrap! Burbank
3315 West Magnolia Boulevard
It's A Wrap! Westside
1164 South Robertson Boulevard
Los Angeles 90035
(310) 246-WRAP (9727)
Located at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Center in Irwindale, the 49th Annual Renaissance Pleasure Faire is open weekends through Sunday, May 22nd. The Renaissance was a cultural movement that profoundly affected the European intellectual life in the early modern period. Beginning in Italy, and spreading to the rest of Europe by the 16th century, the Renaissance influenced literature, philosophy, art, politics, science, religion, and other aspects of intellectual inquiry. In England, the Elizabethan era (1558-1603) marked the beginning of the English Renaissance with the work of writers, such as William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Edmund Spencer, and Francis Bacon, as well as great artists, architects, and composers.
Set in the recreated Royal shipyard city of Port Deptford during the reign of Elizabeth I, fairgoers are immersed into the music, language, merchants and entertainment of the era. While costumes are not necessary for admittance, thousands of people each year don garb from Elizabethan and other eras. No need to plan ahead as costumes are available for rentals and purchase at the Faire's Marketplace. There are more than 125 artisans throughout the fairgrounds offering Renaissance and contemporary clothing, jewelry, home décor and original artwork.
For those looking for a unique wedding experience, the Renaissance Pleasure Faire provides a private ceremony and reception site for you and your guests to enjoy. The wedding garden has a beautifully decorated wedding arbor, shaded picnic style banquet tables, a dressing pavilion for the bride and her attendants, a white aisle runner, private privies, and seating for guests. Ceremonies also include a costumed musician and on-site wedding coordination. The Renaissance Pleasure Faire has a selection of wedding packages to accommodate parties both large and small. For more information, contact the Wedding Supervisor at (626) 969-4750.
The seven-week Faire is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm. A vehicle entry fee of $10 is charged by Los Angeles County. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children aged 5-12. Children under the age of 5 are always FREE. Adult season passes are $130 and a child's season pass is $65. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online at www.renfair.com. Discounts are available for online ticket purchases, as well as, in person for seniors, military and students with a valid ID.
For more information, contact:
Weekends through Sunday, May 22nd
Renaissance Pleasure Faire
Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area
15501 Arrow Highway
Irwindale, CA 91706
Looking for more broke ass wedding ideas? The Broke Ass Bride, Dana LaRue, hosts a site (www.brokeassbride.com) for economically-challenged brides seeking advice and deals when planning their wedding nuptials. While on the website, be sure to check out the "The Broke-Ass Bargain Bash", which features a new, hand-picked bargain with savings up to 90% off on all sorts of fabulous goodies.
For those on an even tighter budget, Heather Henry Kraabel's book, The $500 Wedding, available on Amazon, offers several suggestions for wallet-friendly weddings. This insightful guide also offers 10 sample weddings with a budget breakdown to help inspire you towards savings. Her blog site, http://500dollarwedding.blogspot.com, has several reception ideas and free recipes that feed up to hundreds without breaking the bank. The following recipes can feed 100 guests and are courtesy of the $500 Wedding blog.
LASAGNA FOR 100:
6 (48) jars spaghetti sauce
10 lb. mozzarella cheese
6 lbs. lasagna noodles
2 dozen eggs
1 (.5 oz) jar parsley
9 (24 oz.) cartons cottage cheese
6 lbs ground beef
4 lbs mild Italian sausages, remove casings and crumble
1 large container Parmesan cheese
Brown ground beef and Italian sausage together. Mix with spaghetti sauce and set aside. Mix cottage cheese, parsley, Parmesan cheese and eggs together and set aside. Grate mozzarella cheese and cook noodles (al-dente). Use long shallow pans, layer noodles, cottage cheese mixture, meat sauce and mozzarella cheese in that order. Repeat layers a second time. Top with a third layer of noodles and spoon sauce over top. Cover with foil and bake for about 1 hour at 350 degrees. Remove from oven about ½ hour or 45 minutes before slicing and serving.
THE SIMPLE SALAD:
Head of iceberg lettuce
Bunch of green onions
Mix together ingredients, adjust quantities depending on the number of guests. Serve with bottle of ranch or Italian dressing.
PUNCH FOR 100 PEOPLE:
2 large cans pineapple juice
2 (12 oz.) + 1 (6 oz.) cans lemonade
1 (12 oz.) can lime juice
3 (12 oz.) cans orange juice
2 half gallons ginger ale
4 quarts charge water
2 half gallons Sprite
Chill well and mix together.
While the average wedding cost in the U.S. is upwards of $28,000, the good news is that DIY is in! Many brides and parents are getting creative with their wedding plans and looking to warehouse clubs like Costco or Sam's Club for bulk savings on food, decorations, beverages and flowers. Here are some tips for how to save on your wedding:
1.) Minimize your guest list.
2.) Ask your family and friends for help.
3.) Hold your reception in your home or that of a close family member or friend for FREE or look for a local city park that provides low-cost rentals.
4.) Have a potluck reception.
5.) Bake your own cake, cookies and desserts.
6.) Substitute fruit and/or candles for fresh flowers or make your own paper flower arrangements. If you still want real flowers, order them online or wholesale. Costco, Walmart and Sam's Club have pre-packaged wedding flowers at low prices.
7.) Consider having your wedding at alternate times of day. Morning ceremonies and afternoon receptions are often significantly cheaper than Saturday night rentals.
8.) Make your own wedding invitations at home using your personal computer and printer.
9.) Send postcard RSVPs, which require less postage or skip postage altogether by asking guests to RSVP via e-mail or by phone.
10.) Opt for appetizers only or brunch receptions to cut down on food and drink costs.
The possibilities for saving are endless and as long as you do-it-yourself, you ensure that the wedding of your dreams doesn't lead to your own personal financial crisis after.