Free Wedding Gown for USA Military Brides with Mon Amie!

Posted by admin - August 3rd, 2011


Mon Amie Bridal Salon is a family owned and operated business that has served as the West Coast of North America as most elegant and premiere bridal salon since 1976. Mon Amie Bridal Salon offers an impressive collection of couture & special occasion debutant gowns with expert in-store alterations & finishing touches to complete your debutant look.

Mon Amie Bridal Salon has created a revolution in gown selection with our “In-store Boutiques”. Mon Amie Bridal Salon’s Boutiques feature the most complete collection of gowns found outside the designer’s own workshops from world-renowned designers; Stephen Yearick, YSA Makino, Ines Di Santo, Liancarlo, Augusta Jones, Bliss by Monique Lhuillier, Legends by Romona Keveza, Lazaro, Alvina Valenta, Tara Keely, & Jim Hjelm. Mon Amie also offers several designs styles created exclusively for Mon Amie Bridal Salon by design houses.

Mon Amie has been awarded the “California Bridal Retailer of the Year” many times.  Mon has been voted the “Best Bridal Store” in Orange County by the Orange County Register for the past 10 years, and received “The Knot’s Best of Weddings Bridal Salon” for 8 straight years.  in 2011 Mon Amie was award “Best Bridal Boutique” on the West Coast.  As an industry leader the store is well respected by the bridal community.

Whatever your dream gown may be…you’ll find it at Mon Amie.

***Special Offer***

The 8th Annual Military Bridal Gown Giveaway!

On Sunday, October 16, 2011 at the Air Corps Station Miramar, Mon Amie Bridal Salon will give away a wedding gown to the first 100 Military brides-to-be.

To qualify, brides must be engaged & be on active duty in the military or have a fiancé on active duty.

All military brides must show ID, copy of deployment papers, orders or other qualifying proof.

Brides from all branches of the military are welcome.

Call Mon Amie Bridal Salon at 714-546-5700 or e-mail at
What an AMAZING offer!! I’ve been looking at their website all morning and it has made me wish I was getting married again! They stock some beautiful dresses – you will be spoilt for choice! A big thank yo to Scott Flatten for sharing this with us and make sure you get yourselves down there on Sunday 16th October – you’d be mad to miss out!

Emma @ Military Wedding Discounts xXx

Real Wedding – Graham Young Photography

Posted by admin - July 28th, 2011

Today’s Real Wedding has been provided by the lovely Graham Young of Graham Young Photography who shares with us the beautiful wedding of Paua and Steve who got married in St Lucia….

Paula and Steve got married in an intimate ceremony in St Lucia with just a few close relatives followed by a reception back in the UK surrounded by friends and family. The day was relaxed and entertaining, much like the couple, making it a fun to shoot and allowing me to get some great pictures of the bridal party, who feasted on a BBQ, followed by chocolate fountains and an array of deserts. While it had all the markings of a traditional wedding reception, with the speeches and the cutting of the cake; the couple admirabley also found time to raise money for Help for Heroes in a collection while the band played.

The setting was Appledore, in the heart of the Garden of England, allowing us to slip away into a near by corn field at sunset for these gorgeous, informal shots of the pair.

The reception allowed Paula and Steve to celebrate their marriage with loved ones before Steve had to return to Afghanistan the week after. Their day was so individual and heart warming, and I felt very priviledged to have been a part of it.

After the wedding I found out that St Lucia was  originally the honeymoon destination and they were supposed to be getting maried in Kent in August. However, Steve, a CPL in the Signals, got called to Afghanistan when the wedding was booked for so they had to cancel. Not wanting to wait they decided to bring it forward and use our honeymoon destination which was kept a secret from the bride until she landed! All she knew is that she was going to be getting married on a beach! Steve told Paula he wanted it brought forward in case anything happened to him in Afghanistan, to ensure that Paula got her dream wedding to him.

In support of all those in the military Graham Young Photography is offering a 50% discount on his packages. To take advantage of the fantasic deal, please contact Graham…

Tel: 0208 857 9180
Twitter: @grahamyoungpicsWebsite:

Graham is also running a Wedding Photography Competition where you can win…

♥ A full days coverage, from the Bride & Groom getting ready through to the first dance by Graham Young Photography
♥ A CD of all images

How to enter

♥ Email the full name of couple, contact tel, location & date of wedding to with the words ‘Photo Competition’ in the subject heading. Competition closes 31st July 2011.

Well that’s some prize!! Good luck to all who enter.

Military Wedding Discounts x♥x

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Military Wedding Discounts Launches across the UK and USA

Posted by admin - July 5th, 2011

Image Source: Rob Grimes Photography


Military Wedding Discount Launches across the UK and USA

Military Wedding Discounts is a great new website that has been designed to help members of the armed forces in both the UK and the USA save money when planning their wedding.

Emma and Terri decided to set up Military Wedding Discounts in order to help troops save money on their big day and to also help raise money for two charities Help 4 Heroes based in the UK and Operation Gratitude based in the USA.

All categories are covered from dresses and suits to catering and cake and from stag and hen do ideas to photographers and jewellery.  The website offers suppliers both in the UK and USA who are offering special rates to the military personal and 50% of all advertising fees are donated to the charities.

Emma Said: ‘supporting a military charity is something we both wanted to do for a long time and have combined it with our love of weddings. We are also looking into organising fundraising events of our own to help raise more money for both the UK charity Help4Heroes and USA charity Operation Gratitude’

There is also a section on ‘Real Military Weddings’ where brides and grooms or photographers can submit their wedding to be featured on the website. If you are a wedding supplier who would like to advertise with Military Wedding Discounts or are interested in becoming a sponsor, please see the ‘Advertise With Us’ page for further info.

For more information check it out at

Notes to Editors:

All PR and Media enquiries to Joanne Pickup at Sprae PR at and contact number 07720893867

Military Wedding Discounts is a great new website that has been designed to help members of the armed forces in both the UK and the USA save money when planning their wedding. For more information contact Emma or Terri via the website

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Armed Forces Day 2011 UK – 25th June 2011

Posted by admin - June 24th, 2011

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It’s Armed Forces Day tomorrow in the UK! This is a day where we, as individuals, can show support and appreciation to the men and women who serve our country every day.

Here is a little more information about Armed Forces Day (taken from…

Armed Forces Day will be on Saturday, 25 June 2011.

It’s an opportunity to do two things. Firstly, to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, Secondly, it gives the nation an opportunity to Show Your Support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families and from veterans to cadets.

Across the country people are getting involved: communities hold local events and business show their support.

In 2011 the National Event will be held in Edinburgh, but there are many more events up and down the country being held in support of Armed Forces Day.

What is the Armed Forces?

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The UK Armed Forces defend the UK and its interests. They are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers and providing security and fighting terrorism.

The current main UK military effort is in Afghanistan. We are operating there successfully, with lots of other countries, to provide a more stable and secure Afghanistan to help ensure a safer Britain and world.

Your support for the Armed Forces provides a much valued morale boost for the troops and their families.

Whatever you’re doing tomorrow, spare a thought for these guys. They do an amazing job and are so grateful for all the support they receive. I know I will be making an even bigger effort to let my husband know how grateful I am to him for everything he does and how very VERY proud I am of him and of all his fellow serving/retired and sadly departed service men and women.

Thank you for everything!

Military Wedding Discounts xx


US Armed Forces Day 2011

Posted by admin - May 21st, 2011

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Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. Armed Forces Day is also part of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May.

What do people do?

Many events across the United States take place on Armed Forces Day to honor Americans in uniform who served their country in times of war and peace. Those who are honored on this day include people who serve the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. National Guard and Reserve units may celebrate Armed Forces Day/Week over any period in May because of their unique training schedules. Events and activities may include:

  • Multi-service military displays in areas open for the public.
  • Various educational activities that teach children about the armed forces.
  • “Support the Troops” themed motorcycle rides.
  • Large parades and other local celebrations.

Certain types of music are also played at Armed Forces Day events, including at memorials and at cemeteries, as a way to respect those in the armed forces who died for their country. For example, buglers have played a bugle call, known simply as Taps, on Armed Forces Day in recent years. Taps is usually sounded by the United States military at events such as flag ceremonies, memorial services and funerals.


On August 31, 1949, Louis Johnson, who was the United States’ Secretary of Defense, announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The event stemmed from the armed forces’ unification under one department – the Department of Defense. The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly formed day. The Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day but supports Armed Forces Day too.

The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated on Saturday, May 20, 1950. The theme for that day was “Teamed for Defense”, which expressed the unification of all military forces under one government department. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the day was designed to expand public understanding of what type of job was performed and the role of the military in civilian life.

Armed Forces Day was a day for the military to show “state-of-the-art” equipment to Americans. It was also a day to honor and acknowledge Americans in the armed forces. Parades, open houses, receptions and air shows were held at the inaugural Armed Forces Day.  Armed Forces Day is still celebrated nationwide today and is part of Armed Forces Week.

It’s very hard to end a post like this as I could just never find the words do it justice but I think this Armed Forces Day poem says it all perfectly….

Honor Our Military

Let’s honor our military,
The men and women who serve,
Whose dedication to our country
Does not falter, halt or swerve.

Let’s respect them for their courage;
They’re ready to do what’s right
To keep America safe,
So we can sleep better at night.

Let’s support and defend our soldiers,
Whose hardships are brutal and cruel,
Whose discipline we can’t imagine,
Who follow each order and rule.

Here’s to those who choose to be warrior,
And their helpers good and true;
They’re fighting for American values;
They’re fighting for me and you.

By Joanna Fuchs

Happy Armed Forces Day to all our American readers!

Military Wedding Discounts xx

(Information from Time and Date and Poem from Poem Source)



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