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Raquel Kelley, E! Fashion Police producer and the creative force behind the wedding blog, I Guess I Do, reveals the top things a Los Angeles bride must know before she starts planning her SoCal nuptials.
If you've ever watched those frisky housewives run around Orange County or binged on re-runs of The Hills back in the day, then you know Southern California paints a picturesque backdrop for any type of wedding. But as we know, nothing is ever perfect. So if you've chosen SoCal as your locale, here are some things you must know while wedding planning:
1. Inside L.A.'s Wedding Season Weather
Hailing from Ohio, but having lived in Los Angeles for almost a decade, I get a kick out of how Los Angelenos freak out about rain, since it happens only a handful of times a year. Earthquakes? No biggie. Rain? Oh, dear god! Although, this situation does bode well for brides, since rain is seldom a factor.
But unlike typical weather elsewhere, spring and early summer aren't usually the nicest months of the year. Memorial Day typically starts a period of "June Gloom." This is when the marine layer clouds over the beaches, as well as inland, and usually doesn't burn off until the late afternoon — if at all. This 'gloom' can sometimes last until the Fourth of July. So if you are planning an outdoor shindig, be aware of this weather factor.
Surprisingly, September is typically one of the hottest months of the year and boasts the most sunshine even on through the end of October. Another warm and sunny month? January. This great weather paired with non-peak season rates could make for a great time to get married in L.A.!
2. California Laws to Abide By
Having Pinterest dreams about sending off lanterns into the sky? Well unfortunately, those dreams have come to an end in California. Due to the drought, sky lanterns were banned in 2014 because of the potential fire hazards. Breaking the law will result in a fine as well as being liable for costs due to any fire damage.
Open flames in venues are also typically an issue in Southern California because of fire hazards and insurance policies. Make sure your florist speaks with the venue before hand and finds out what is allowed, before you start envisioning a candle lit room, only to find out candles aren't allowed.
Lastly, Mass balloon releases are also illegal due to the endangering of wildlife.
3. Be Aware of Your Rentals Budget
Los Angeles and its surrounding areas boast some of the most beautiful outdoor ranches and wineries in the country. These venues make for an ideal spot for weddings because of their ambience and gorgeous settings.
One thing to be aware of before booking these types of venues is how much your rental budget will be. Unlike customary wedding venues such as hotels, these outdoor venues will most likely require you to bring in your own tables, chairs, silverware, linens, etc.
Some like the freedom of being able to choose and bring their own items; just make sure this is factored into your budget before booking the venue. No bride likes surprises after contracts have already been signed!