(Closed) Help Cali Girls

posted 9 years ago in Orange County, California
Post # 3
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Blushing bee

Good luck. I wish I knew something helpful.  Have a beautiful wedding and enjoy your life.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Check out yelp.com, most restaurants, salons and such are reviewed there, especially in southern California! I’m in LA, and it’s been super helpful in finding places.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I wish I could help!!! I’m in N. California, but if there’s anything else that comes up that my locale may be able to help with, please let me know!!  πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Hello!!  I recommend Design Visage in NP Beach/Costa Mesa for hair & Makeup, that’s where I’m going, it’s not as CRAZY expensive as some of the other places in the area, and they do such a great job.  Plus the girls there are sooo nice, and if either you or you partner want to wear a veil or headpiece, they include a free one for rental with your hair. 

As far as fun restaurants; there is a piano bar (dueling pianos) in Fullerton called the Rockin’ Taco but some nights there is more of a college crowd, so I dunno if it’s worth the risk.  In Orange there is a neat bowling alley called Lucky Strike where we sort of wanted to do our rehearsal dinner (opted not to, long story) but they have packages for food, drinks, and bowling/pool.  The food there is pretty good; mostly appetizer type of stuff, good for mingling.  I don’t know a lot of good karaoke bars though, sorry πŸ™ 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Perfect location for your wedding! You won’t be picketed out here in OC, you guys will love it here! 

Hmm…a piano bar or a karaoke bar…i’m not familiar with any in NB or Laguna…the Rusty Pelican has a decent band some weekend nights but i’m not too fond of their food.  Sage on the Coast has a nice view of the coastline but a little pricey.  Theres also Javiers, you love the atmosphere and the outdoor patio …all these are pretty popular spots so be sure to either come early or make reservations! Really anywhere in Newport/Laguna you need to make a reservation it gets impossible to get in sometimes esp. with a big group.

Actually like the others said…check out yelp too!  Good luck and have fun!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Hellllo MissSoontoBee…

First I have to ask a quick question… did you win a photography contest with Paul Manke Photography?  The reason I ask is I actually won that contest and when I met him with my fiance he told us that there was a samesex couple getting married on the same yacht we are in Newport Beach and they are planning the wedding from Arkansas!  So when I read this post I definately though this could definately be them!  If it’s not you then don’t think I’m crazy! πŸ™‚ Hahaha…

Now on to actually answering your questions…

For a restaurant, there are so many options down there… a fun place with a large group is “Joe’s Crab Shack” which is right on the harbor (and right by the yacht if you are getting married with Electra).  There are also tons of restaurants at Fashion Island, but for the most part it’s some of the typical chain restaurants (Cheesecake Factory, Roys, etc.).  Javiers is a GREAT place, but is pricey.

All of the piano bars I know are either in San Diego or more northern Orange Couty and Inland Empire… not any nearby Newport.  One bar that’s close in Newport is Sharkees but that can get a little crazy in there.

Yelp is ALWAYS a big help, definately check out there.  As I think of something I’ll let you know.

Good luck!

-Laura

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Okay clicked on your profile right now and saw your engagement pic. We do have the same photographer!! πŸ™‚  But two different yacht companies…

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Congrats MissSoontoBee!  I live in Newport Beach (on Balboa Island) and would love to help you out. 

Balboa Island is ALWAYS a great place to bring out of town guests.  People love the ice cream/frozen banana stores and the cute Marine Ave with its old time feel and stores.  There is one bar on the island and it is so much fun!  They have live music every Fri and Saturday.  This past Saturday was a hilarious and fun 80’s band.  There are young and old people there alike, just depends on the night.

“The Pennisula” or Balboa Pennisula has lots of bars, restaurants too.  There is Woody’s Wharf which has karoke but I think its only during the week.  I know they have a DJ there but also a cool outdoor patio (tented and heated in the “winter”) where you can grab a table and drinks. 

In Newport Beach, Costa Mesa or Corona Del Mar you are looking at mostly laid back beach bars/restaurants or high end eateries.

We also love these places for meeting up with friends/family: The Harp Inn in Costa Mesa (live music-sometimes Irish), Tommy Bahamas Cafe (great Happy Hour and usually live Steel Drums or guitar), Yard House (TONS of beers on tap like 50 or more) and La Cave in Costa Mesa (if you’re lucky its a Phil Shane Friday).

Feel free to PM me if you need anything else!

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery

I work in Newport Beach and I was just about to offer up pretty much the same thing as PrettyKitty, but since she lives on Balboa she knows WAY more than me, but feel free to PM with any questions πŸ™‚
I will say that my favorite new restaurant in Newport Beach is The Crow Bar πŸ™‚

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Love the Crow Bar and so jealous you get to live in such a fabulous place PrettyKitty!

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

That’s awesome! What are the chances?! I actually found the contest here on WeddingBee and my fiance and I thought it was a long shot but we put some time into the application and couldn’t believe it when I saw we won.  When we met him he seemed totally awesome and got us completely pumped… we are actually doing our engagement session August 21 at Angel’s Stadium so I will let you know how all that works out! πŸ™‚

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