Inspiration

Meeting Vendors at Expos – featuring Crave Expo

In this post, we will be featuring the Crave Expo that we went to earlier this month.

Are you having trouble finding vendors for your special day? Want a one stop shop at finding most everything you need? Want to try some delicious food? Expos are a great way to do just that. Some expos are free while others do cost. We had the pleasure this past weekend to attend the Crave Expo in Anaheim. Thank you Crave for inviting us to your event! We got to meet wonderful caterers, bakeries, dessert vendors, florists, and much more! It was a lot of fun to connect with everyone and learn what they had to offer. We were even lucky enough to try different cuisines and fill our tummy with delicious food!

So why is it important to meet vendors? Let us tell you!!

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Credit: Crave Expo

1: Chemistry
I always find it very important to meet vendors first hand.  Not only do you get a taste of what they have to offer, but you also get to see if you connect with them.  Having a connection upon meeting is very important to us as I am sure it is for you guys.  One of the things we offer as wedding planners is a free consultation so that we can meet with potential clients and see if the chemistry is there.  It needs to work both ways.  It’s not about the money or about what services we have to offer.  Most vendors charge roughly around the same price and services are typically the same.  What you want to make sure is that you connect with them.  If you find it easy to talk with them, then I say that’s a great start at choosing the perfect vendor for you.

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Credit: Crave Expo

2: Discounts!
Typically when vendors take part in an expo, they come baring discounts. And if you’re not sure if they are offering deals, it doesn’t hurt to ask. You never know, they might just offer you one on the spot because you just asked. Don’t be afraid to try to save a little bit of that money for your honeymoon!

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3: Inspiration
Florists and designers partner with expos to showcase their talent. They definitely know whats trending and will design either a table scape or a centerpiece to show what they have to offer and it allows you to see what is on trend today. Photobooths also have their own trends. I remember at one point, people were hiring video booths instead of photo booths. You just never know! So it’s always a good idea to check out a couple of these expos so that you can get an idea of what you want for your own wedding. Pinterest may be able to help you with that department but nothing beats seeing inspiration in person.

Above all else, if not for inspiration or searching for the right vendors, enjoy the freebies they have to offer! Most bridal shows will offer free tastings. At the Crave Expo, April Love Makeup Academy offered free makeovers. We got to try small bites, meals, and dessert. They even had a bar! You just never know what you will find at a bridal show. Every show is different. But we can assure you that you will definitely leave with more knowledge than you came in with. So give it a try! Find a show near you!

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Why You Should Hire a Wedding Planner

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Do you want to be stressing on the day of your wedding? Do you want to deal with collecting all the RSVP’s from your guests and calculating how many people will be attending your big day? Do you want to be constantly bothered by vendors and guests with questions on the day of your wedding rather than enjoying it fully?  If you answered NO to any of these, this is why you need a wedding planner.  072

Wedding planners are there to help you with all the details of your wedding.  They are there to help you find the perfect venue and vendors.  Unless you know where you’ve always wanted to get married, you wouldn’t want to waste your planning time looking for a venue.  Planners help you narrow down your decisions so that it will be easier to decide on what fits you best.  From your first consultation, a planner tries to figure out your personality and your style so they can easily help you plan the wedding to your perfection.

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But you want to plan your own wedding anyways? Some brides want to have the chance of being a part of the planning process or a wedding planner may not be in the budget.  She want to be able to make all the decisions on her own without having to consult with a professional.  Wedding coordinators are perfect for these kinds of brides.  The bride meets the coordinator a couple of weeks before to talk about the details of the wedding and what it is they will need help with.  Coordinators are perfect for the day of the wedding because it allows the bride and groom to be stress-free and enjoy their day.  Brides who don’t have coordinators tend to stress out when vendors and guests start coming to them asking them questions about the wedding.  Coordinators will be your go to person when anyone has a question.  That way the happy couple stays happy throughout the day and into the night.  081

I recommend couples to hire a wedding planner because when you work with a professional throughout the whole process, the planner will understand your needs and they’ll feel like your friends rather than another vendor. But if a planner isn’t in your budget or you’ve always wanted to play a part in every aspect of your wedding, then a coordinator would be something you should invest in.  At least have a professional run your wedding to ensure it goes smoothly and worry-free!

Happy Planning!!

Photo credits: Traveling Tree Photography

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Friday Favorites: Fall Series //3//: Big Bloomed Flowers

 

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Beautiful greenery and florals can help to enhance your venue.  They can also turn a mediocre place into an recognizably magnificent place.  I love flowers and how they just brighten up a room with their presence.  My most recent obsession is big bloomed flowers.  Instead of bouquets and centerpieces that are put together with just small flowers, try arranging big bloomed florals with smaller accent flowers to put everything together.  You don’t even need to pick one kind of big bloomed flower.  Pick a couple that go with your wedding colors.  Dahlias, Zinnias, and Marigolds are in season during the Fall and they’ll look great together.  You know what they say, “Go big or go home.”

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Jenna and Chris’ Wedding: San Moritz Lodge

I had the pleasure of helping Jenna and Chris plan their wedding.  They were a lot of fun to work with and I am really excited to get to share some of their photos with you all.  I had just six months to plan their wedding because they both would be out of the country towards the end of the year and they wanted to tie the knot before they did that.  I helped them with getting together a basic design plan and it was all executed perfectly on their big day.

Thank you to Aubrey from Traveling Tree Photography for taking such amazing photos on this day and Thank you to Jenna and Chris for letting me be a part of your special day!

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Tip Tuesday: Fall Series //2//: Utilize What You Already Have

When I say this, I mean utilize what Autumn has inspired.  Be one with nature! Incorporate the season’s natural beauty into your wedding.

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Fall is an increasingly popular time to have a wedding.  It is not too hot or cold.  Consider using twigs, apples, leaves, and cranberries into your decorations.  You can incorporate these things into your bouquet and centerpieces as well.

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Finding items within nature or edibles that are in season during the fall, will definitely help you save money.  Fall is so beautiful inside and out.  From the beautiful colors that the falling leaves bring to the ground to the vibrant flowers and fruits that grow during this magnificent season, I just can’t get enough of this season! Now if only the heatwave can leave California so that we can actually enjoy what Fall has to offer. =)

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Inspiration Day : Fall Series //1//: Fall Colors

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For the month of October, I wanted to do a Fall Wedding Series.  What better way to start this series off than with Fall Colors!!

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Choosing the colors for your wedding can definitely be challenging.  If you’re like me, you’ll be changing your colors as quickly as the seasons come and go.  Fall is finally at our doorsteps and I just love the rich colors that are inspired by this season. I just love seeing the leaves change from green to hues of orange.  Now if only Los Angeles had leaves changing colors everywhere.  Here are some of my favorite colors for the Fall that would make great wedding color themes!

Emerald Green

Emerald Wedding

Orange

Orange Wedding

Cranberry

Cranberry Wedding

Fuchsia

Fuschia Wedding

Orchid

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