5 Tips my Intern Learned this Summer

What a fabulous summer!! We were so busy this summer helping our clients plan their weddings and we had very successful weddings this summer. One of the best parts about my summer is bringing in two wonderful interns – Shelby and Ashely!! They both were a huge help to me in the office and at several of my weddings. Since this is their last week I asked Shelby to tell me what were the 5 things she learned this Summer to help Brides and I am sharing it with you below! Written By: Shelby Sopkin 1)     Smile and enjoy your day- A bride should learn to relax and just enjoy the day because it is one that you cannot relive. Hiring a wedding planner can definitely take your stress away to help you enjoy your engagement and wedding day. 2)     Outdoor weddings- Outdoor weddings can be very beautiful however, the weather might not be ideal. If you are planning an outdoor wedding I would suggest that you provide a fan for your guests. Even a program for the ceremony could easily double as a fan. Adding a handle to the program is a great way to hint to your guests that it is appropriate to use the program as a fan. If you expect your guests to sit in the warm weather, providing glasses of water or a refreshing cocktail as they walk into the ceremony will keep them from complaining about the heat. They will greatly appreciate it.   3)     Personalize- This is YOUR wedding.  Of course everyone will know who’s wedding they are attending, however adding pictures...

How to Beat the Heat at Your Summer Wedding

Summer is the most popular time to get married. 90% of my weddings happen between May – September!. But, just like brides that get married in the winter have to plan for storms, rain and the chilly weather, brides in the summer months should also be conscience of the HOT weather when planning their summer wedding! We have had some scorching hot days the last couple of weeks and I want you to have a plan just in case your wedding day falls during a heat wave. In California we can get some really hot summers days so below are a few tips and ideas to help you and your guests beat the heat for your summer wedding. Tip #1: Try and have the ceremony and reception indoors if the facility has central air-conditioning (not such a good idea if they don’t). Tip #2: If you are having any part of your wedding outside in the summer heat, try and schedule your start time for the late afternoon or early evening. If at all possible do not schedule a start time for 12pm-3pm (hottest time of the day). Think about a sunset wedding or a nighttime wedding! Tip #3: If there is no natural shade available consider renting a tent. If a tent isn’t in your budget, consider offering Paper Fans that can double as your program, Parasols or Market Umbrellas to help keep your guests cool. Tip #4: Schedule your event close to the coast, it’s usually 5-10 degrees cooler than inland. Tip #5: Make sure to provide plenty of non-alcoholic beverages to keep your guests hydrated (alcohol is dehydrating)....

7 TIPS FOR PERSONALIZING YOUR WEDDING

Pictures by: Dana Grant Photography I have yet to plan a wedding, in my 12 years, that hasn’t had personilized touches specific to my bride and groom. Tip #1: Write Your Own Vows – Nothing says “This is Our Wedding” like writing your own vows, it’s touching, your guests will love it and it will be a memory you and your Fiancé will always cherish. Isn’t that what all this is about anyway?? After the wedding your can frame each of your vows to have forever! Tip #2: Do Something Different -Throw out the rules that most couples follow for their wedding and do something different.  How about have your Cocktail Hour before the ceremony? Or at the Reception have different shape guest tables. Don’t have a head table, let your bridal party sit with their families and you and your new husband do the same. Don’t do the normal cake cutting ceremony, have a self serve dessert table, sky’s the limit when you let your imagination go wild and think outside of the box. Trust me your guest have been to more than one wedding and would welcome something different. Tip #3: Family Traditions/New or Old – Create your own family crest and incorporate it throughout your wedding. Include your family customs or traditions. Create an original signature drink. Tip #4: Personalized Wedding Favors that give back – Tip #5: Custom Invitations/Stationary – Tip # 6: Have a Focal Point – Monogram in lights, Sweetheart Table, Cake or Dessert Table, Colored Dance Floor, Photo Booth, Wall Graffiti!! Tip #7: Surprise Your Guests –  Have In n Out, Hot Dog on a Stick or...

Veil or No Veil………The Style of the Princess Bride!

There is so much Royal Wedding Buzz! I can’t help but join in on the conversation. Many soon to be brides will be watching to see what Kate Middleton will be wearing, including if she will wear a Veil or Not! Today’s modern bride is making her own rules, Kate included!! Brides are no longer going with tradition, instead they want every aspect to be personalized with their own style. We all know that Kate is going to become the next trend setter in the Wedding Industry for years to come. Today’s Modern Bride is wanting something pretty in her hair, but not necessarily a veil. My sister’s prediction is that Kate will wear a Traditional Long Veil in honor of Princess Diana! I don’t think she will.  What is your prediction? Whether or not Kate decides to do the veil or not one thing is for sure she will be the most beautiful Bride! If you can’t see The Royal Wedding Live, be sure to TIVO/DVR it, you won’t want to miss this history making wedding...

Mr. and Mrs. Cocktails

Creating a Signature Cocktail for your wedding reception is a great way to make a splash and personalize your wedding. The Bar tab for your wedding could become quite costly, however choosing to create a signature drink along with serving champagne, beer and wine can cut down on your beverage budget tremendously. Here’s a few great ways to make the most out of your Signature Cocktail… Try to match your signature drink with your wedding theme. For a summer-themed wedding, for example, you may want to go with a mojito or a fruity drink like a mango martini. You can also match colors from your wedding to infuse your signature drink, like a blue martini for example. Experiment with different combinations of ingredients to come up with the right shade. Test Drive your cocktails, like your wedding cake make sure your signature drink is something you and your guest will enjoy. For a fun night invite a few friends over for an informal “Cocktail Party” and have your guest help you choose one drink by the end of the night. Once you have your drink picked out you can also create a unique name for your cocktail using a combination of your names or just a fun name that works with your theme. For the reception have printed signs in frames placed on the bar announcing your signature drink(s) so your guests are aware of what you created. Always have non-alcoholic versions of your alcoholic cocktails readily available for your guests.  It usually just entails eliminating the alcoholic portion of the drink, and adding in a bit more of...

Flower Power

Flowers make a very powerful statement starting from the bridal bouquet, down the aisle and on to the centerpieces, they tell the story from beginning, middle and end of your wedding day. That’s why flowers can be a very big part of a wedding couple’s budget. Below is the average cost of wedding flowers. Most wedding coordinators and bridal planning guides suggest that couples set aside between eight and ten percent of their total wedding budget to cover floral expenses. Depending on a couple’s budget, this may mean wedding flowers cost between $400 to $5,000 and up, but the costs for specific types of flowers can vary widely based on several different factors. Costs for Specific Wedding Flowers General figures for wedding flower expenses, on average, include: Bride’s bouquet: $50-200 Bridesmaids’ bouquets (each): $20-50 Corsages and boutonnieres (each): $8-30 Head wreaths and floral hair pins (each): $15-40 Toss bouquet for the reception: $20-50 Church altar flowers (each arrangement): $50-75 or higher Pew flowers (each): $10-40 Reception centerpieces (each arrangement): $40-150 Flower girl bouquet or petals: $20-35 Floral cake topper: $30-100 (courtesy of lovetoknow.com) Here are a few tips on how to choose the perfect flower vendor and flowers for your big day. Word of mouth is always best and of course any recommendations from your wedding planner they usually work very close with premier florists Make sure they are willing to work with you and your budget Make sure they listen to your ideas and they don’t tell you no! They should be flexible and show you flower options that fit in your budget Ask how many weddings they do in a...