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Amazingly, right after the ceremony, the rain stopped, which allowed the photographer, Bill Quinn, to get some great outside shots while guests mingled inside during the cocktail hour.

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Then it was time for the reception to begin! The ballroom at Vizcaya was beautifully decorated in shades of pale pink, champagne, and ivory, with touches of black and gold. Audrey Chaney from Botanica Floral and Event Design made the most beautiful floral arrangements, mixing up tall and short throughout the room. Botanica also provided many wonderful decor pieces including the adorable settee that the bride and groom used for their sweetheart table. The floral and decor pieces that were intended for the outdoor cocktail hour, found new homes all throughout the ballroom.

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After dining on a delicious meal, then came dessert! Musarrat Afshan of Pretty Sweet outdid herself with this amazing assortment of sweets. The beautiful trays and serving pieces were provided by Botanica Floral and Event Design. In addition to the dessert buffet, each guest was served a beautiful cupcake in the same flavor as the bride and groom’s cutting cake. Take-out boxes were provided for guests to take a few sweets home.

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The best “wow factor” of the day came during the first dance. Yes, DJ Mike Anderson of Creative Memories Entertainment actually made it snow in the the ballroom! The guests were blown away and it made for such a memorable first dance. It was the perfect touch for a December wedding!

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Some how, the rain that had foiled the morning ceremony plans, managed to continue holding off during the evening hours. So after the wedding reception was over, photographer Bill Quinn took Suzanne and Titus out for some great photos around Downtown and Old Sacramento.

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Congratulations Titus and Suzanne! May you have an amazing happily ever after!

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Special thanks to my AMAZING vendors!!

Venue: Vizcaya   vizcayasacramento.com

Photography: Quinn Photography   www.quinnphotography.net

Flowers and Decor Rentals: Botanica Floral and Event Design   botanicaevents.com

DJ and Lighting: Creative Memories Entertainment   www.creativememoriesdj.com

Dessert :  Pretty Sweet    https://prettysweet.co/

Linen: Mimi and Company   mimiandcompany.com

 

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Once you have established your budget, figured out an approximate wedding date, and hired your coordinator, the next step is to find a location for your wedding. There are many things to consider. First and foremost, is to figure out your wedding theme or style. Many of us dream of getting married outside with an amazing mountain view, while others picture an elegant mansion for their nuptials. Some think a quaint farm while others think an urban loft.

Whatever your theme, always remember NOT to compare apples to oranges. What do I mean by that? Well, the first question you will most likely ask is, “How much does your venue cost?” That question really needs to be followed with, “What services does this price include?” You may be able to rent a hall “really cheap” but it only includes the blank space and maybe some tables and chairs that you need to set up yourself. Still you’re thinking, for only $1000, that’s still a great deal compared to the $15,000 that full-service venue, with in-house catering, wants. However, now you need to rent linens, china, glassware, a bar, and those chairs are really ugly…….time to rent chair covers! It adds up super quick, and you haven’t even added in the cost of catering or alcohol.

Some people think the best solution is having the wedding at their home or property. Sounds great and you don’t have to pay a rental fee……should be MUCH cheaper, right??? WRONG!! Wedding expenses add up quickly. First, you are starting with a blank space…..no tables, no chairs, no linens, no china, no glassware, no dance floor, no bars….and if you think the 2 bathrooms in your house are going to be enough for your 150 guests, think again. Can your house’s plumbing really handle the needs of 150 people? Most cannot and therefore, you will need to rent restroom trailers (not porta potties…..this is a wedding not a camping trip). In addition, what are your local noise ordinances? Where will all these people park? What about electrical for the DJ and catering? Who is going to set all these tables, chairs, linens, etc. up? And finally, who is going to clean this mess up and will you be able to fit all this garbage in your rather small garbage can? My experience has been, the more a venue provides, the happier my clients have been and they often save the most money in the end.

Weather is definitely another factor to consider when choosing your venue. Here in the Sacramento area, we are blessed with pretty amazing weather and can almost guarantee there will be no rain during the summer months. However, Spring and Fall can still sneak in a rain shower or two so having a venue with a back-up plan is a MUST. I highly recommend a venue with both indoor and outdoor spaces, just in case, during these months. Another factor to consider is the heat. You need to provide adequate shade for your guests, either with umbrellas, a tent, or trees. However, if you are depending on trees for shade, it is EXTREMELY important to visit the reception space during the actual time of your reception. The sun shifts all day long and so does your shade. A space that is nicely shaded at 10:00 in the morning, may be in direct sunlight by 4:00 in the afternoon. If the sun isn’t setting until close to 9:00 pm, your guests will be miserable and burnt to a crisp by the time your wedding is over.

Finally, one questions I always ask, that most couples forget, “What is your policy on open flame?” Often, I come into my clients’ planning process after they have booked their venue. Their “vision” for the wedding includes a beautiful candle lit reception. However, they are shocked to learn, after I have visited the venue and asked more detailed questions, that no open flame is allowed. Their vision suddenly goes up in smoke! Sure, you can use those LED candles, but they tend to be more expensive and nothing can compare to the real thing. Each venue’s policy on candles is different and it is important to ask this question BEFORE you book or you could be very disappointed later.

That’s all for today’s blog post. Over the next few weeks, we will start talking about booking the vendors (DJ, florist, cake, etc.). Until then, happy planning!

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It was such an honor to plan and coordinate Emily and John’s October 2013 wedding. Emily and John, and their families, were so much fun to work with and the day couldn’t have turned out more perfect! All of those months of planning just came together seamlessly on wedding day. The ceremony was at St. John Evangelist Catholic Church in Carmichael with the reception at the hall on the same property. I think my most favorite part of the day was when Mariachi Los Gallos (who I quietly snuck into the back of the church just before the processional without the guests even noticing) right on cue, started playing the moment Emily and John kissed. Then they play the music for the recessional. After that, the festive mood continued as the mariachis lead the guests to the reception hall and performed up on stage during the cocktail hour and dinner.

The guests were treated to a delicious Mexican themed dinner prepared by Bocca Catering. They also had a blast at the photo booth by Encore Photo Booth. After Mariachi Los Gallos left, DJ Laith Kaos played to a packed dance floor well into the night.

Linen, dishes and lighting were all rented from the wonderful Classic Party Rental. All of the beautiful bouquets and floral pieces were made by Brandi at Party Petals. The photographer, Stacey Kennedy, recent shared these great photos with me.

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Congratulations Emily and John! Thank you for letting me part of your very special day. I wish you both a very Happily Ever After 🙂

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Congratulations to my clients, Caitlin and Josh, who were married this past weekend at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento. Their reception was held at the Elks Tower Ballroom. Here is a link to some of the professional pictures taken by Jessica LoCicero Photography that she posted on her blog:

http://www.jessiesphotos.com/blog/2012/06/sacramento-cathedral-of-the-blessed-sacrament-elks-tower-wedding-photographer-merryvale-napa-rehersal-dinner-jessica-locicero/

Can’t wait to see all of the photos! Great job Jessica!

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Wilson Vineyards was the beautiful setting for Chris and Rhea’s August 27th Western Chic Wedding.  It was the perfect venue for their theme.  Chris and Rhea love western design and they also love to hunt.  Hence those two “loves” were incorporated into the decor.  Right now, I just have my less than great pictures from my point and shoot camera.  However, hopefully soon I will have some really great pictures from Andrea Price of Andrea’s Images.  I can’t wait to see those.  For now, here’s a preview of the day including a few from some fun bridesmaids/groomsmen who were hamming it up for the camera :).

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This week’s edition of Favorite Things Friday focuses on an old saying…..something old, some thing new, something borrowed, and something blue.  Well, this weeks favorite things were from the last part of that good luck wedding saying…..something blue.  I found so many cute and adorable “blue things” during my “google” adventures and here are a few of my finds.

First, maybe you are a bit traditional, but blue isn’t exactly your wedding color.  Perhaps keeping that blue a bit more hidden is the option for you.  Many brides (myself included) keep their blue hidden by wearing a blue garter under their gowns.  Here is a cute garter set that I found at GetMarried.com.  It has one to keep and one to throw.

What if your something blue was actually your bridal shower theme.  This guest book that I also found on GetMarried.com inspired me to think of this.  How fun would it be….all the decorations were blue, you could serve signature cocktails in blue, etc.  I think it would be a really unique spin on this tradition and a theme like this would appeal to all the generations of women whom were invited.

Finally, for all of you out there who would take this tradition seriously, here is something to inspire that.  These elegant favor boxes I found at Brides.com are just perfect for a classy “something blue” wedding reception.  I love the combination of this turquoise blue with the chocolate brown.  How cool is that?!  I can just imagine beautiful linens in these colors, perhaps a rich chocolate brown table cloth with accents of turquoise.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks favorite things!

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I just love when a couple has gone the extra mile to add personal touches to their wedding decor.  No this does not mean simply adding your name and monogram to all napkins, menu cards, etc., though those simple touches can really dress up a room.  Adding special, personal family photos and items to your decor can make your wedding much more meaningful and unique, and help you to honor those special family members in your life.

What if you made a collage of photos from when you and your fiance were young…..photos from your childhood or photos from your “dating” years.  Imagine the fun (and most likely a few laughs) your guests would have during the cocktail hour viewing the photos and remembering your past.  Along the same line,  consider placing wedding photos from various family members (parents/grandparents) in frames and placing those on the guestbook table.  That is a wonderful way to honor those special family members whose marriages have perhaps been an inspiration to you.

Other ways to personalize your wedding is think “something borrowed”.  Perhaps it’s using your parents’ cake knife that they used on their wedding day or placing your grandparents’ antique cake topper on your cake.  Maybe it’s your aunt’s beautiful antique lace tablecloth that adds that perfect touch to your guestbook or cake tables.  The ideas are endless!  For bridal showers, bridesmaid luncheon,  and even small/intimate weddings, consider using your mother or grandmother’s fine china that has graced many a holiday table.  For me, it simply doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving or Christmas without the “special dishes” as my siblings and I referred to them when we were children, and I’m sure those feelings apply to many of you too.  Wearing a piece of heirloom jewelry (like grandma’s diamond necklace or your mother’s pearl earings) is something else you can do.

There are so many ways to make your wedding day feel personalized and special.  If you think of any, please feel free to share.  I would love to hear them!

Happy Planning!

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