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Trials of Trevor: How To Choose a Best Man

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Choosing your groomsmen is typically a no brainer. They usually consist of a brother, best friend, cousins, friends from elementary school, or even college roommates. But how do you choose just one person out of a list of groomsmen? There is no right answer to that question, but I do know of some advice to help.

What if I have a brother?

Great! Choose your brother. Who else is deserving of such an honorary title? But if you’re not that close to your brother for one reason or another, then tell them upfront as to why you decided to pick someone else. Try not to create any drama for your own wedding.

What if I have two equally great best friends?

If you have two best friends and you know that choosing one over the other would bruise an ego, then have two best men! You can pick both to be your best man and delegate who does what. One groomsman can hold the rings while another can give the speech and plan the bachelor party. Or any other way that you see fit.

What if I have a best friend that is a girl?

If your family and especially your fiancé is okay with it, then there shouldn’t be a problem. But an alternate would be to ask your fiancé if your best friend could be a bridesmaid. If you’re that close with her, then she and your fiancé should have developed a friendship within that time.

Planning a wedding is stressful enough – try and keep things simple!   I mean, for most part, the best man’s responsibilities aren’t very complicated. They hold the rings, give a toast and put together the groom’s bachelor party. The point is no need to complicate something that doesn’t need to be complicated.

Looking for another way to get your groomsmen involved? Bring them along to sample some delicious cakes at the Antelope Valley Fair & Event Center’s 14th Annual Bridal Show on January 28th. More info here.



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Trials of Trevor: Writing Your Own Vows

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If you’re anything like me, you hate giving speeches. The thought of having a sea of people all watching you as you spill your heart out is a bit nerve-racking, even if that sea is filled with your closest family and friends. But that moment when your significant other’s face lights up while you speak what’s in your heart is worth fighting yourself to deliver the vows that your bride or groom deserves. They deserve the world, so make it known to the world.

Now wouldn’t it be awesome if the speech you gave were your own words? Your own thoughts and feelings being spoken as you profess your love for this person in front of you. Coming up with a speech so personal can be daunting, especially since you envision your vows to be the best vows that anyone has EVER written. Vows that make everyone tear up and go, “WOW, I never knew *insert your name here* was such a poet!” To help you out I have some tips and tricks below to make sure your vows say everything you want to say.

  • Read examples and take notes
    Read traditional vows to see how they are structured. If you practice a certain faith it’ll be a good idea to read vows spoken for those weddings. Now try and incorporate what you’ve read with what you initially want to write, to come up with a jumping-off point.
  • Reflect on your fiancé’ & relationship
    How did you meet? Where was the first time you told each other, “I love you”? How did this person help you grow? What do you want to accomplish together? These are some questions you can ask yourself to help find key points to bring up in your vows.
  • Write it all out
    Take everything that you’ve read/thought about and write it out. Establish your first draft and write exactly what you want to say. Try to avoid cliché’s. Take a quote that is famous and re word it to fit who you are and how you would say that quote. It’s okay to borrow from outside sources but just try and make sure that what you have written down sounds like you and not that one poet you read in 3rd grade.
  • Remember, you’re saying this out loud with an audience
    Don’t put anything that could embarrass you or your fiancé. You wouldn’t want an angry fiancé because you told a story of how they fell down face first in some mud. Also, try and keep your vows as short as you can. You don’t want it to drag on and potentially lose the meaning that you’ve worked so hard to implement.
  • Practice reading it out loud
    It’ll be a little weird to read your vows aloud but just do it. It’ll help you find run on sentences and keep you sounding conversational rather than sounding like you’re reading from a prompt.

I hope that these tips help you write the vows that make you and your significant other can be proud of 10 years from now. Remember, January 28th is the Antelope Valley Fair & Event Center’s 14th Annual Bridal Show where you can find all your wedding needs to plan your memorable event! More details here!



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Trials of Trevor: Wedding On a Budget

There has always been this belief you HAVE to spend a small fortune for your wedding night. If you’re not riding in on a horse made out of gold that shoots flames out of its nostrils, then you’re doing it wrong. I’m here to tell you that being frugal about your wedding is not a bad thing at all. I mean think about it, you could use all the extra money for anything you and your fiancé’s little heart desires! Let me help you with some ideas that can save you money, time and a lot of stress!

Tip 1: Invitations

Why pay thousands on personalized invitations that most of your guests will probably throw away after your wedding? For a cheaper alternative, use an invitation kit online and make them yourself. The kits come with everything needed to make your invitations look classy and elegant, all from the comfort of your own computer.

Tip 2: Flowers

A cost efficient way of having flowers in your wedding is buying artificial ones. One bouquet of fake flowers will cost you almost half the price of real ones. They look just as nice and won’t wilt if not taken care of properly.

A.V. Fair & Event Center Catering

Tip 3: Catering

The average cost for a catered wedding is about $68 per person. Let’s say that you have 10 guests, that’s already over $600 and that’s not even including you and your fiancé! But don’t fret, you could cut that bill pretty drastically if you went with any of our catering options! Starting at $29.00 per person, how could you go any other way? #shamelessplug1. Another way to save money would be to hire a local family owned restaurant. They tend to be more understanding of your budget needs and will almost always go the extra mile for you.

Tip 4: Display the vendor’s business cards

Many businesses will happily reduce their rates in exchange for advertisement. You can offer to leave their business cards at each guest table, the bar or wherever in exchange for a reduced price.

Harley Davidson Building at the A.V. Fair & Event Center

Tip 5: The Venue

One of the biggest expenses for any wedding is the venue. If you’re on a budget, consider having the wedding at your own home or a public park. Having an outdoor wedding is always refreshing and offers a beautiful view. If the weather is not working in your favor, plan for a tent or check out the many rooms available here at the Antelope Valley Fair & Event Center #shamelessplug2.

These are just some ideas that can help anyone who is trying to have a wedding on a budget. I hope this inspired you to think of money savings alternatives for your own wedding.

Oh! One more thing, if you need help exploring the many options regarding cakes, photographers, etc. for your own wedding, check out the 14th Annual Bridal Show at the A.V. Fair & Event Center. Find details here.


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2018 A.V. Fair & Alfalfa Festival Theme Revealed!

We present to you the 80th Annual Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival 2018 Theme:

“Holy Cow, We’re 80 Now!”

Themes centered around the Fair’s “80th Anniversary” were narrowed down from 596 entries to a top few. From those few, the Antelope Valley Fair Association Board of Directors selected Ms. Kathleen Densing’s entry, as the winning theme.

Ms. Densing’s theme followed the criteria that each theme submitted consist of 5 words or less centered on the topic of 2018 being the 80th anniversary of the Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival. When told her entry won, she exclaimed, “I’m so excited! I spent all day thinking of themes!” When asked how she came up with her winning theme, Densing said, “Oh my gosh, I just thought of everything that rhymes or could work with a cute cartoon character!”

Densing has won the Fair theme contest once before with the 2006 Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival theme, “Let the Good Times Grow!”

Ms. Densing will ride in the 2018 AV Fair parade as a VIP, receive two tickets to the AV Fair 2018 Palmdale Auto Mall Concert Series and Rally Kia Arena events, an AV Fair season parking pass, and will be recognized at the annual “Kick-Off” (Volunteer Appreciation) dinner held in July, 2018.

Congratulations A.V. Fair 2018 Theme winner, Kathleen Densing!

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3x the Fun, 3x the Wins, Bingo!

The A.V. Fair has added a 3rd day of Bingo in the Turf Club, T.G.I.F.B. (Thank God It’s Friday Bingo)!!  Starting, Friday night, November 10,  players can enjoy Bingo on WednesDAYS, Thursday NIGHTS, and Friday NIGHTS!

The Turf Club features a full bar and café in a carpeted, spacious room featuring highly visible screens, excellent sound system and indoor smoking area.
See below for more details!

Doors open: 8:30AM
Early Bird: 10:00AM
Regular Bingo: 10:30AM
Free Parking

$25 all you can play Bingo

Early Bird
: $100
Regular Games: $250
Each Special: $300
12 games will be played, plus a winner takes all!

Thursday & Friday NIGHT
Doors open: 4:30PM
Early Bird: 6:00PM
Regular Bingo: 6:30PM
Free Parking

1 pack: $20
2 Packs: $33
3 Packs: $41
Additional Packs: $8

Early Bird
: $100
Regular Games: $300
Each Special: $500
With a Progressive Pick 5!

With more fun and more chances to win, kick start your weekends with T.G.I.F.B!

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