Now, now. There’s no reason you can’t have a fairy-tale ending and still deal with a looming deadline of stress. Here to make it easier: the second installment of DailyCandy’s countdown.
T Minus 6 Months
The Dress: Eliana Ben-Zeev’s designs in silk duchesse, painted organza, French lace, and other dreamy materials run the gamut from period elegance to edgy postmodern (1123 North Flores Street, suite 17, West Hollywood; 323-848-8844). For that friendly, family-owned vibe, Lili Bridals in Tarzana (18663 Ventura Boulevard, at Reseda Boulevard; 818-774-9700) is delightfully old-school: warm, personalized service and a swell selection, including Pronovias, Amy Michelson, and more. Among the big guns, Saks Fifth Avenue is the best. Great vibe, great dresses, and the staff is sweet as pie (9634 Wilshire Boulevard, at Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills; 310-887-5509).
The Paper Products: Beloved wedding planner Jo Gartin of Love, Luck and Angels has launched a line of stationery (213-842-9952 or firstname.lastname@example.org). For bespoke letterpress at its finest, Amy and Mary Beth of Peculiar Pair Press turn out playful designs in vibrant color themes (Sugar Paper, 1749 Ensley Avenue, at Santa Monica Boulevard; 310-277-7804). And the perfect last word? Custom Photo Cards make great thank-you notes. Send any photo and they’ll print it onto cute cardstock.
T Minus 5 Months
The Maids: Melissa Masse of Masse Made to Measure makes more than just bridesmaid dresses. (She’s got permanent fans in the Gilmore Girls and Famke Janssen.) But she makes a lot of them — about ten weddings’ worth a month. And because everything’s custom-made, you get choices like unusual fabrics (cotton eyelet) and delicate prints (floral stretch velvet) (306 North Flores Street, at Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood; 323-653-2941).
The bridesmaid gift du jour are Melissa’s faux-fur wraps, lined with fabric to match the dresses and finished off with a huge monogram. Perfect for the wedding day and happily therever after. Or go with Lauren Merkin’s silk clutches, which may just become a favorite accessory for many affairs to come.
T Minus 4 Months
The Cake: Curve Cakes for the Peculiar has more than its fab name to recommend it. These are true works of edible art, planned down to the smallest detail, incorporating design elements from your dress (by appointment only; 213-365-9224). Want something less formal? Have Bluebird Bakery whip up a bunch of customized cupcakes, petit fours, and other bite-size delights (323-665-1762).
T Minus 3 Months
The Party Favors: Something sweet is always welcome, but your event calls for something more original (and edible) than Jordan almonds. Jin Patisserie creates the most elegant take-home treats (1202 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, between Main Street and California Avenue, Venice; 310-399-8801).
T Minus 2 Months
Dancing Lessons: It’s not a dancing school if it doesn’t have that weird sort of Baz Luhrmann-meets-David Lynch vibe, is it? Luckily, Sloan and Sloan School of Dance fits the bill. Plus, its instructors give wonderful, personalized attention and won’t bat an eyelash when you pop Willie Nelson’s rendition of “Rainbow Connection” into the CD player (343 Arden Avenue, between Pacific and Central Avenues; 818-241-4424).
T Minus 1 Month
Hair and Makeup: Looking beautiful is a lot less fun when it involves driving all over while trying to keep your updo intact. Let the girls from Daffodil Parlor come to you. They do brows, makeup, and hair, from the classic chignon to bold colors and cuts (not recommended on your wedding day, obviously) (310-403-0337).
Cleaning and Preservation: No, you’re never going to wear the damn thing again. And yes, you’ll want to preserve it till the end of time. Logical? No. But is there anything about this whole process that is? For the best care, Lace House French Laundry will repair, clean, and hermetically seal your gown for posterity (6080 West Pico Boulevard, between La Cienega and Crescent Heights Boulevards; 323-653-4052).
Whew. If you’ve come this far, you’re in good shape. Time to stop fretting about the details and start focusing on the happily-ever-after part.
Of course, you’re on your own there.