How to Beat the Heat at Your Summer Wedding

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...

Do You Have a “B” Plan for Your Outdoor Wedding?

April Showers Bring May Flowers!! Photo by Concept Photography Are you getting married in the Spring? If so you may want to really consider having a back up plan if any part of your wedding is taking place outside. Winter months are a given but even in California you should be prepared during the Spring season too. Weather can be beautiful and sunny in the morning and quickly change to rain later in the day. Regardless of the month you are getting married, I would say ALWAYS have a “B” Plan if your wedding is taking place outside! Mother nature is very unpredictable and you want to make sure that everything goes smoothly and as planned. When you chose your venue, make sure they have an indoor area large enough to hold your guests if something should happen. The venue should be prepared to move everything indoors so they are not caught off guard that day.  If an indoor space is not an option, consider ordering a tent ahead of time and have it on stand-by.  You may have to put a depoist down and if you don’t use the tent you may lose the money, but if it does rain you will have the peace of mind that your wedding will still continue. Do not wait until the last minute to schedule a tent because they may not have one available at the last minute.  Photo from Weddingbee.com If you decide to relocate your wedding because of the rain make sure that you call your florist, catering company, and DJ to tell them of this change. They may have to...

Grooms Attire

Some brides dream about their wedding dresses their whole lives and know exactly when they find the perfect one, but what about your groom? Your groom should look just as good as you at the wedding, and might need a few tips. A dark suit or tuxedo in black is very traditional and classic, you just can’t go wrong with this option. But, this option is more common and easy to find.  What if your groom wants to add a little pizazz to his black suit/tux I would suggest he consider pattern options like: *Pinstripe- thin lines running vertically on the suit jacket and pants and is a very flattering for all body types. *Windowpane– vertical and horizontal stripes crossing each other to make a windowpane effect, making this print a little more playful. thefullerview.tumblr.com I love the groom that is ready to be completely different and non-traditional. That would fall under the category of a light color suit,  perfect for spring and summer time weddings. Colors such as tan, grey and taupe bring a lighter and more causal feeling to the wedding overall and will help keep your groom and groomsmen cooler during the warmer months.  Grooms who enjoy the casual look may also consider not wearing a jacket at all. A vest or simply a button down shirt, are always great options as well. GQ What if you still want to keep it formal but your groom wants to make a fashion statement but stay clear of the traditional black? How about a velvet jacket, dark paisley or even white jacket? These will be sure to make a fashion statement! upscalehype.com Some of the best...

What’s Your Station? …Favorite Food Station That Is!

As brides become more creative, weddings become more unique, creating a “Taste” of their own characteristics and personal style, infused into their wedding. The reception room is not just tables and food with a few centerpieces.  Today’s guests want to be intrigued as they anticipate entering your reception room, wondering what special treat awaits them.  So get your guests up and moving around and break the mold of the traditional wedding reception! One to a few stations of any possible food or drink is a very fun and a chic alternative to the stale buffet or traditional sit down dinner.  There are endless possibilities to stations you can design, just talk to your caterer, I promise they will be excited to come up with some unique ideas for you. Don’t be afraid to let your imagination go wild! Idea #1: Interactive, Made to Order Stations are the trend like Carving Stations, Baked Potato, Sushi, Pizza, Pasta, Mac and Cheese, Crepes, or even a Waffle Station. Idea #2: Keep your traditional sit down dinner and add some fun self-serve stations like, Fruits & Veggies with fun, flavored dips, Popcorn, Candy, Sweets & Desserts, S’Mores and my favorite, make your own Ice Cream Sundae. Idea #3: Don’t forget the libations, like a Vodka Bar, Ice Luge, Cappuccino/Espresso Bar or Flavored Soft Drinks!! My mouth is watering!!! So what’s your favorite food station?  No matter what you choose, it’s guaranteed that your guests will be engaged in mixing, mingling, eating  and drinking and enjoying your beautiful day! Stations are imaginative and add delightful memoirs that will leave you and your guests with...

What’s Your Wedding Theme

Let me just start out this weeks tips by saying that ALL Weddings have a theme! Some are more subtle then others but when you set out to design your wedding day, you ultimately have to have a vision, a plan and an overall look of what you want. That boils down to a theme or if you prefer a style.  I think theme and style can be interchangeable. Once you decide the “look” of your wedding, that’s when you set out to create all the elements that will ultimately make your wedding unique. Industrial Theme Wedding – Riverside Art Museum 1. Having a themed wedding is one of the best ways to showcase you and your fiance’s style and favorite things. What are some of your favorite things, and how can you incorporate those elements into your wedding? One of my brides is obsessed with corn, literally!!  So we added a popcorn buffet as her favors and it was a huge success!  Think of something you would you love to share with your family and friends and add it to your wedding!! 2. Theme’s allow you to be original and wow your guests. Even if it’s a theme that has been done before. Put a twist on it, personalize it and set a trend!! Have your cocktail hour before the ceremony, have a late night snack, eat from a food truck, pose in a photo booth, weddings are really fun these days and there are no rules so go for it! 3. If you are a more traditional bride, you don’t have to be so specific about your theme.  You can just have your color, location or season...

Guidelines to Obtaining a Marriage License in Southern California

Requirements: The couple must appear together, no exceptions. Both must be over 18. If under 18 a court order must be obtained. You are required to present a current government-issued photo I.D. (passport, a driver’s license, a state I.D. card, or a green card). Other documents like (e.g. adoption papers, superior court name change, etc) may be applicable  for the issuance of a marriage license. Before coming to the County Clerk’s Office, call and   explain your situation in detail. For Foreign Citizens a passport is required. If you were previously married and the final dissolution was within the last two years, a copy of your divorce decree, annulment decree, or death certificate will be required.  If the final dissolution was more than two years, written proof may not be required, but the date of the final dissolution must be provided at the time the license is requested. You must completely fill out either a written or online application Non- Requirements: A blood test or health certificate are NOT required to obtain a marriage license. There is NO residence or citizenship status requirement. Other Important Info: The marriage license is valid for 90 days from when it was issued from the county. Proxy Marriages or Marriage over the phone or internet are NOT LEGAL in California There is no waiting period. The license may be used upon issuance. After you obtain a marriage license, you may be married by your choice of one of the following persons qualified to perform marriage ceremonies: Priest, Minister, or Rabbi of any religious denomination who is 18 years of age or older.  An active...