Here are some vendors I really LOVED:
Screenbooth-my new friend Stephen Park invented this phenomenal machine that combines guestbook signing and a photobooth into one amazing product! Your guests can either take photos that are printed instantaneously, or you can video-record a 45 second message to the bride and groom that they can keep forever! Both photos and videos are made into a CD and given to the couple afterward.
So nice and slim, it can be placed anywhere!
Nature's Beauty-a wonderful way to keep your flowers and bouquet FOREVER!
Different samples of freeze-dried bouquets in frames, boxes, and other keepsakes.
These are all towels and make great party favors or gifts!
One Night Affair-They rent thousands of designer gowns and will do personal fittings to make sure you look your best! So you can send less money still looking fabulous, and you won't have to box and store your big box of a wedding dress that you only wore once!
Shutterbooth-This photobooth is also a family business. What I liked about their photobooth was the depth inside (so it can fit more people) and the video screen is height-adjustable for wheelchairs.
Southern California Brides-Brides magazine has started new regional magazines that cover 19 different areas. They gave away the fall/winter 2009 issue so I'll make sure to share any tips with you.
I also bumped into a few vendors whom I already worked with, so I can definitely vouch for them:
Brave Strings-Ripsi and her team are very professional. They can play popular or classical music.
Vida Dulce Photography-Joe has been doing photography for many years and is always looking for the sweet shots. He works hard and is very personable.
The Los Angeles Athletic Club-Kelly Bland is the Catering Manager and super helpful at this hotel. They have several ballrooms that can work for all sorts of events.