Jeff and Jolie’s Wedding 02/27/16

This past weekend I had the pleasure of helping some really good friends of mine coordinate their wedding day.  It was a simple wedding, yet beautiful.  I think it had more meaning to me because I was connected to them.  But regardless, their wedding was very magical.  They had their ceremony at the Old Grapevine next to the San Gabriel Playhouse and the San Gabriel Mission.  It was a historical and rustic outdoor ceremony.  I loved that their ceremony took place in front of the old wine barrel which was decorated with beautiful floral arrangements.  Here are some photos that I took.  More professional ones to come soon!!

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Adult Only Reception – No Children Allowed?

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So you are thinking of limiting your guest count to adults only but you don’t know a good way of telling your guests without hurting their feelings?  Your wedding should go off without a hitch and with no interruptions.  Having an adults only reception allows your guests to enjoy the night without having to tend to their children.  This also allows for the underage kids to not “accidentally” obtain adult beverages on accident.  You also won’t have to worry about the little ones crying during the important moments of your wedding.  But how do you let them know that children aren’t allowed without getting their feelings hurt?  Personally, I feel that guests should see being invited to your wedding as a privilege.  You are extending an invitation to share your special day with them and they shouldn’t be upset you don’t want their children attending.  It is your preference to do this, not theirs.

I have compiled a couple of ways to tell your guests that children are not allowed at your reception.  Here are a few:

//1// Plain and simple – Note on the invitation “Adult Reception to Follow.”  It is straight forward and clear directions on your invitation of what is to be expected.

//2// Have fun with it – “Children will be given double espressos, a pound of chocolate, a paintball gun, and a puppy.”  I saw this online and thought it was a cute way to note to your guests to not bring their children.  If you are a couple who loves to joke around with your friends and family, then this would be a great way to tell your guest on your invitations.

//3// Address the invitees – “To Mr. and/or Miss/Mrs…”  Addressing the people invited also shows your guests who you are expecting to attend.  Not including “…and family,” will allow them to realize what your expectations are.

//4// Number of guests invited – “We have ______ seats reserved in your honor.”  This is also a straight forward way of telling your guests how many are expected to attend within their family.  You can also include “Adult Reception to Follow,” in the invitations as well.

Creating your guest list should be the least of your worries when planning your wedding.  It’s all about you and your other half joining together in uniting your love for one another.  You are inviting your friends and your family to share in this special moment with you and however you choose to create your guest list will not matter to them as much as you think.  You may be worried that people would think of this as rude to do so.  But if they really do get hurt for not being able to bring their children, then maybe they should rethink who’s day is being celebrated in the end.  It most definitely is not their day right?  Let me know what you think about this!

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Modern Day Wedding Traditions: The First Look

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The first look is not an old tradition passed down from generations to generations.  It only started recently.  Couples found that having a first look before the ceremony allowed them to see each other and be able to take photos before.  I have had plenty of brides who choose this option over the traditional way of the groom seeing the bride for the first time when she walks down the aisle.  There are pros and cons for having a first look but regardless, you still get to see the reaction of the groom when he sees his future wife for the first time in her beautiful wedding dress.  When you have a first look, the moment is more intimate because it is just you two in a place of your choice that you get to share.  When you have a good photographer, they are able to capture that moment just perfectly.  What do you think about The First Look?  Do you prefer to share an intimate moment with your partner or would you like to wait until the time of the ceremony to see each other for the first time? Are you someone who like to stick to the old traditions or do you like to create new ones?  Let me know!

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Taking a Leap of Faith and Following My Dreams

DSC05255The past couple of months I have been struggling with working a full time job and keeping my own business going.  Unfortunately, with the amount of work and stress my job has put me through, my business has not been given much attention.  I have however was able to still obtain clients once wedding season came around, but I was not able to work on other forms of media to promote my business.  I had to stop blogging for a while, my Facebook page and Instagram were also put on hold, and I just felt disorganized all together.  I was so busy at work, I couldn’t find the time or inspiration to create good content.  Four months since my last post here, I have finally decided to leave the safety of my full time career and head full force into my wedding planning business.  It’s what I love to do.  I want to be able to give my clients their full attention when needed and not have to worry if I would be able to make it to a meeting after work or if I am able to take a day off from work to be at a wedding rehearsal.  The decision to leave my safety net was very hard.  What if my business fails?  What if I hit a financial rut?  I realized I can’t be thinking about the negatives in starting your own business.  I had to have faith in myself and in my business.  I know that if I put my whole heart into doing something I love, i can make it a success.  Nothing happens overnight and that is okay with me.  I just need to keep pushing myself to be the best that I can be.  Now that I only have to focus on building my business, I can start brainstorming and organizing.  I am really excited to finally get back into giving all things weddings my full attention.

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Don’t Forget To Take Photos With Your Bridal Party!!

With all the hectic things that are going on during the day of your wedding, don’t forget that the little things also matter.  Photographers do their best to capture the moments of your day, but sometimes, if you don’t mention what photos you would like to capture, they will assume you don’t want to waste time on it.  One of the very important moments you should capture are the moments with the people who will be standing there by your side while the two of you are saying your “I Dos.”  Your bridal party of course! They have been there with you since the day you asked them to be a part of your special day and you would definitely want to remember that when that day comes.  They have been there through your bridezilla days and were there to plan that crazy bachelorette party.  We can’t forget the men too!  They deserve a special spotlight with the bride and groom as well.  These photos that you take should show the unique bond you have with those closest to you.  So don’t forget to capture it and don’t forget to have fun with it! There’s so many fun and heartfelt ideas you can take with your bridal party.  Don’t be afraid to make it your own!




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Spring Wedding Favors

Spring is almost here and it’s time to incorporate this wonderful season into your wedding.  Wedding favors are a great way to do that.  Not only could they help compliment your table design, but guests can take them home.  Favors are a great way to show your guests that you are thankful that they took the time to come out and celebrate your special day with you. Here are some great ideas for Spring favors.

Bag of Seeds – This gift is perfect for the couple that wants to promote a green wedding.  Spread the love by giving something to guests they can take home and grow.  They’ll be remembering your wedding day even after it’s been long over.  Just by looking at the beautiful plants they have grown from the seeds will do that. This gift is eco-friendly and it is affordable.

Mini Potted Plants – If you have a bigger budget, you can get potted plants as favors for your guests.  They make a great addition to your table decor and guests will enjoy taking home something they can keep and make useful in the house.  You can choose from potted flowers to add beauty to a room, potted herbs so guests can have something to add flavor to their dishes at home or even succulents which are perfect for those who don’t have green thumbs!

Mason Jars filled with Jelly Beans – Jelly beans come in many different pretty pastel colors perfect for a spring wedding.  You can find jelly beans anywhere and these are great DIY projects you can put together with your bridesmaids! They are inexpensive to make so you’ll be able to spend your money on something else at your wedding.

Sunglasses – Planning to have an outdoors wedding ceremony? What better favors to pass out than sunglasses?!  Guests would love them as gifts especially if they’ve forgotten to bring their own shades.  Lay them out on tables for guests to take on their own or have an usher pass them out as they are seating guests for the ceremony.

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Pastel Colored Macaroons – Macaronos are the rave these days.  You can find a little store on the corner that just sells macaroons.  They come in many different flavors and colors.  They often are made in beautiful pastel colors.  You will most likely find some that match the colors of your wedding. They make great gifts to add to your tables and can also be passed out as desserts.  They’re delicious and guests will be happy to take some home at the end of the night!

What favors do you plan to give to your guests? Will you plan to use any of the ideas above? Let me know!

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Creating Memories with a Photo Booth

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In the weddings that I have worked at, I’ve seen many different variations of photo booths.  I’ve seen the enclosed booths where you huddle as many people as possible in a little box to take your group photos.  I’ve seen open concept photo booths and I’ve even seen people just laying out props and Polaroid cameras for guests to snap their own photos.  Photographers sometimes even build their own photo booths and use their own professional cameras to take photos and provide a mini printer to print your pictures for you ( 1 for you and 1 for the bride and groom).  The options are endless when it comes to having your guests take fun pictures at your event and getting to take home something to remember that night from.

Photo booths are a great way for your guests to interact with each other.  People can be serious, happy or silly.  I love the silly ones.  It shows that the guests were having a wonderful time that day.  With technology growing so rapidly these days, people don’t print pictures as often anymore.  I think this is why the photo booth draws so many people’s attention.  People have something to hold and to look at.  It is a physical reminder of that day.  I love the idea of being able to take a photo home and putting it up on my cork board and just looking at it from time to time.  It reminds me of the good memories from that event.

What do you think of photo booths? Would you have one at your event?

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Serendipitous Weekly

i wanted to start a series where my readers can get to know me a bit better.  I love writing about weddings, but there is another side of me that enjoys other things in life.  Every Sundays, I will be sharing with you my favorites moments of the week (Sunday to Saturday).

This week has been quite a productive week for me.  I always try to have a day to myself and away from the real world.  Netflix is my best friend when it comes to days like those.  But I am always itching to do something.  I don’t like feeling like I’m being lazy and not getting anything done.

//1// Disneyland.  The perks of living in Los Angeles is being able to go to Disneyland whenever I want.  I went last Sunday with two of my best friends and we were so lucky to have met Ariel! She was the sweetest ever.  We had a nice conversation about using our land legs today to explore Disneyland.

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//2// Erin Condren Life Planner.  Back in November, I purchased a daily planner that totally changed my way of using one.  I came across a Facebook group dedicated to all things Erin Condren.  It is called We Love EC.  It’s a community of people who share ideas and ask questions.  People actually decorate their weekly and monthly views.  It is such an amazing and creative outlet.  Here is a weekly view that I’ve recently done.  If you’re interested in purchasing your own planner, click here.

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//3// Milk.  Ice cream will always be a favorite.  Milk first opened in Beverly Hills and they just recently opened their doors at a new location in Silverlake.  It’s right by my boyfriend’s house.  And since he’s never been (we’re not one to wait in a crowd), we decided to go and give it a try.  Since it’s new, people are not aware of the new location just yet.  So far, everything we’ve tried has been delicious.  I even took a carton of their cookies and cream home!

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//4// Starbucks Red Eye.  Tall Pike with an extra shot of espresso.  That’s what the Red Eye is.  It’s my go to drink at 6 in the morning before I get started on my day.  I don’t think I can go a weekday without my cup of joe.  The barista even knows me and what I want every morning!!

//5// Disney Sticky Notes.  Ahhh!! Stationary is my weakness.  I have anything ranging from notebooks to notepads to colored pens and sticky notes.  When I was at Disneyland last Sunday, we stopped by the Disney Store at Downtown Disney and the first thing I saw when I walked in were these cute Disney sticky notes.  They’re so cute!! I wanted to buy two of everything.  But I had to resist.  I have way too many at home already.  No need to stock up when Disneyland is at my convenience anyways.  Do you guys love stationary as much as I do?!

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Wedding Traditions Series: The Romance of Weddings

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The meaning of the word “wedding,” was quite barbaric centuries ago.  The word comes from the Anglo Saxon word “wedd” which meant the purchase of a bride to breed offspring.  The price for a bride could range from land, social status, political alliances, or cash.  I am quite happy that the origin of the word has become lost in our  modern day traditions.  I don’t think I would want to be treated as an object!  Many popular traditions of weddings can be traced back to ancient Egyptian and European customs.  There are no exact origins of these traditions but they are remembered and passed through many generations even to this day.
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Couples have been getting married for thousands of years.  Many of the traditions we have today used to be practiced as ancient rituals to bless the marriage with fortune and to guard against evil.  Weddings were deemed so important back then that they used to be held in graveyards.  It was believed that the ceremony could guard against even the deadliest diseases.

Not only was marriage seen as a way for a woman to be purchased to have children, but it was also a way to bring two families together and to bring peace.  This usually happened between kingdoms in order for war to not breakout.

Today, marriage has become a creative celebration where the couple celebrates their love for one another.  There are so many different wedding traditions passed down from generation to generation.  I am going to start a series about the different traditions around the world. I can’t wait to share with all my readers!!

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Preparing for Wedding Vendor Meetings

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It is important to prepare for a meeting with vendors.  Meeting with vendors can be nerve-racking.  What if they charge you more than what they are worth? What if they seem good from your first impression but they turn out to be your worst nightmare?! With these simple steps, you’ll be ready for you meeting in no time.

1// Research

Go online and read their reviews; if they have any.  Check out their website and blog.  Most vendors have websites so they can show potential clients their work or what they have to offer.  Ask people within your circle if they have ever worked with these vendors before.  It’s always good to have knowledge of potential vendors so you don’t meet them blind.

2// Prepare Questions to ask your potential vendors

There are various amounts of questions you can ask depending on what vendor you are meeting for.

Some common questions are:

“Do you offer packages?”

  • Vendors can charge you in a couple of different ways.  Packages are the best choice because they offer a wide range of services for a consolidated price.  If you end up hiring a vendor hourly or per service, you risk a very high bill in the end.  Packages can give you piece of mind that you won’t be overcharged by your vendor.

“How long have you been in business for?”

  • This question can be iffy because vendors who have only been in business for a short period of time can be great and vendors who have years of experience may not be as good.  This question should be asked with an open mind.

“Do you have a portfolio?”

  • Portfolios are good to have visually because this is how you know if the vendor has the same taste as you.

3// Know Your Budget

It is good to know your budget when heading into a meeting.  That way you don’t end up spending past your budget. Prioritize your vendors and think about which vendors are the most important to the least important.  This way you get rid of services on things that you know you can live without or just cut back on it.

4// Know Your Style

Research and figure out the theme and style of your wedding.  Going blinded makes it hard for a vendor to figure out what it is you want from them and you may end up hiring a vendor who can’t produce the image you will have for your wedding. Knowing this makes it easier for you to tell vendors exactly what you want and you will get exactly that when you go in prepared.  This also helps to eliminate the vendors that don’t fit with your style.

5// Shop Around

Don’t just visit one vendor for each service.  Visit multiple vendors so you can find the best fit vendor for your wedding.  Don’t be afraid to turn down vendors.  If you don’t like them, don’t hire them.  It will be the last time you’ll ever see them anyways!

Happy Planning!

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