Day of event: (did it matter?)Other than being a day of national remembrance, it was cheaper and easier finding a hall on a Friday. We personally were very happy having the wedding on a Friday, not only because it was less expensive, but because it gave our guests the opportunity to enjoy their entire weekend as well.
Photographer/videographer: Was a very close friend of ours, but doesn’t normally provide wedding services.
Entertainment: No band. DJ Sevag ran the show and that was really all we needed, he was perfect.
Limousine Service: ELS limo- nothing bad or good to say. They came an hour earlier than we asked them to, but they didn’t charge us extra which was nice.
Flowers: We designed and created our own centerpieces, for our bouquets we used Mr B’s flowers in Canoga Park, very reasonable and accommodating. They had a vast array of pictures and choices of all your wedding need. They deliver and set up.
Cake: The cake was from Sweets for the Soul bakery in Atwater Village. The most amazing part of our wedding. Our guests are still raving about the cake. It is said to be the best wedding cake ever eaten.  It was even tasty a year later when we had a piece for our anniversary. Make sure you ask for Vic and Nora’s cake, it’s not on the menu- dense Valhrona chocolate cake with cream cheese filling and butter cream frosting. From that bakery we also had our favors made which were heart shaped brownies. Lilly, the owner only uses the very finest ingredients, it is truly divine!
Ceremony: Brand Park, Japanese garden and tea house in Glendale, CA. Where else can you get married under $200 for 3 hours, with chairs provided and a beautiful setting for photos. It was perfect.
Reception: Anoush Banquet hall, Colorado ballroom. Small, but very quaint. Food was incredible, lighting and ambiance was beautiful. They are reasonably priced, and would use them again.
Number of guests: 150 guests. Don’t be surprised if people don’t come and some tables look empty. Invite people you truly want there, don’t think about the politics. This day is about you.
Did you take photos before or after the wedding: We took photos after our ceremony, because we didn’t want to see each other beforehand, for reasons of tradition . We took photos outside at the teahouse where we got married, at sunset, and they came out beautifully. Didn’t realize how quickly the sun sets.
Overall any advice you can give. The best piece of advise we received other than to use DJ Sevag, was to not leave each others side the entire night, as you want to create and have the same memories of your wedding. Also, don’t sweat over the small stuff, things will go wrong, but it will not ruin the entire outcome of your day.