Coordinating Your Wedding Party

Your bridesmaids and groomsmen will be loyally by your side to celebrate your nuptials on your big day. You want to make sure they know exactly what they need to be doing and what to wear when it comes down to your wedding!

 

Attire:

Invite your girls for a day out to look at dresses. Even if you don’t expect all your bridesmaids to wear the same outfit, your opinion should help guide their way on what to choose. Making a day of it will bring the entire group together, especially if you have a mix of friends and family. We love the ombre trend, ask you girls to choose from the same color family but find a cut and fit that makes them feel comfortable and confident. Encourage your fiancé to do the same so everyone fits the same aesthetic. 

 

Positions:

Make sure everyone knows where to go! At the rehearsal dinner or morning of the wedding, let everyone know where they will stand so there is no confusion. Also, be clear who will hold your bouquet, the rings, and anything else you’ll need to exchange during the ceremony.

 

 

Party!:

Let the celebration begin! If you are inviting your bridal party to join in a dance, make sure everyone knows timing, position, and vibe of the song. That way, your wedding party will be prepared to jump on the dance floor and who they will be paired with, so no one is missing when it comes time to call them over!

 

Photography Credits:

Mischa PhotographyElisa Cicinelli Photography Liz Zimbelman Photography
Teresa K Photography

4 Ways To Add Greenery

Flowers are an elegant and bright touch to any wedding. From the bride’s bouquet to the arrangements in the venue, it is tradition to have an earthy element to your big day. We love Pantone’s Color of the Year Greenery, because it has given us some creative freedom to add more natural Greenery to our weddings!

1. Table Centerpieces are a great way to add greenery without going overboard. Take the leafy greens and tuck them together just right for a long runner on a banquet table. They won’t overpower the meal with any scent like a floral arrangement would and add a fresh touch.

Greenery Table Centerpieces

2. Succulents are trending right now and we absolutely love the whimsical touch they add. A single succulent is an easy and inexpensive accent on any table. They can be potted in just about anything so they fit in with any decor theme! Then, add them to your bouquet to tie them into the entire wedding!

Greenery in Wedding Decor
Greenery In Wedding Decor

3. That leads us to.. your bouquet! Greenery is always in season and can be incorporated into your bouquet for a fun twist on the traditional stack of flowers. As we predicted, 2018 will bring along some dreamy themes so the unexpected touch of greenery in the form of grasses, succulents, Bells of Ireland, and traditional accents create a lush arrangement.

4. Your archway is the focal point of your ceremony and deserves some embellishments! Choosing a simple arch and creating a canopy of greenery is a beautifully organic way to capture your “I do” moment without going overboard. Add some greens along with a hint of your florals for a budget friendly and gorgeous piece to capture the most important part of your wedding!

 

Wedding Professionals:

1,2: Photography: Samantha Kirk Photography | Planning + Design: Gigi Mallatt Events | Calligraphy + Invitations: Miranda Ellen Garcia | Florals: Violette Fleurs

3-5: Photography: Jenny Soi Photography | Planning + Design: Gigi Mallatt Events | Florals: Flower Girl Em | Invitation Suite: Vita Popov Studios

6,7: Photography: Esmeralda Franco Photography | Planning + Design: Gigi Mallatt Events | Florals: Flower Girl Em Invitation Suite: Betlem Calligraphy | Gold Platter: Botanica Event Rentals | Hair + Makeup: Camille Goldston Hair & Makeup | Dress: La Soie Bridal | Dress Designer: Miss Hayley Paige

58,9: Photography: Kristine Herman Photography | Planning + Design: Gigi Mallatt Events | Florals: Mignon Floral Co. | Invitation Suite: Shasta Bell Calligraphy | Cake: Batter Up Cakery | Dress: La Soie Bridal | Dress Designer: Miss Hayley Paige

5 Invitation Etiquette Tips You Need To Know

1. You don’t need a formal theme for your Save The Date.

As these initial mailings gain popularity, brides can often force a theme upon their wedding to send them out. Contrary to the formal nature of invitations, a Save The Date is meant to have two components: your names and date! Pull in a color or neutral image you know will be included in your wedding and leave it at that!

Wedding Invitations

 

2. Absolutely include the name of everyone on the envelope to avoid confusion.

Weddings can adhere to many different rules, so it’s important to include all invitees on the envelope. The rule of thumb is to replicate the same name list when sending out your follow up invitations with RSVPs. If you are inviting an entire family: The Smiths. If you are inviting roommates or a couple who live together, label each name on the envelope. 

Wedding Invitations

 

3. Be mindful of relationship status and plus ones. 

Avoid any awkward situations by being aware if your guest is currently involved, or even living with a significant other. Forgetting a plus one spot in this instance would cause tension. 

 

4. Include an RSVP by date.

Mail can easily be shuffled around. Make sure you are including when you need the RSVP back to finalize your guest list number and relay the information to your vendors for chair and table rentals, linens, and catering.

 

Wedding Invitations

5. Keep it simple.

Your invitation should be easy to navigate and respond to. Include your names, venue location, date, time, and dress attire. Include an RSVP card with Yes/No, meal optionsand plus one (if applicable) with a self addressed and stamped envelope. You want it to be as straightforward as possible to have them returned promptly!

 

Wedding Professionals:

1,3: Photography: Samantha Kirk Photography | Planning + Design: Gigi Mallatt Events | Calligraphy + Invitations: Miranda Ellen Garcia | Florals: Violette Fleurs

2,6: Photography: Jenny Soi Photography | Planning + Design: Gigi Mallatt Events | Florals: Flower Girl Em | Invitation Suite: Vita Popov Studios

4,9: Photography: Esmeralda Franco Photography | Planning + Design: Gigi Mallatt Events | Florals: Flower Girl Em Invitation Suite: Betlem Calligraphy | Gold Platter: Botanica Event Rentals | Hair + Makeup: Camille Goldston Hair & Makeup | Dress: La Soie Bridal | Dress Designer: Miss Hayley Paige

5,7,8: Photography: Kristine Herman Photography | Planning + Design: Gigi Mallatt Events | Florals: Mignon Floral Co. | Invitation Suite: Shasta Bell Calligraphy | Cake: Batter Up Cakery | Dress: La Soie Bridal | Dress Designer: Miss Hayley Paige

Choosing A Wedding Venue

Any wedding planner will recommend starting off on the when and where of your big day. Pinning down these details will set up a solid foundation to move forward with the rest of your planning. If you’re unsure of either, these are both topics that can be discussed in the first meeting with your planner, but can be considered with your fiancé at any point after your engagement. The date and venue often go hand in hand due to availability of your desired location, and budget friendly dates that will allow you to secure your dream spot with some flexibility.

Elks Tower, Sacramento
Charles Krug Winery, St Helena

 

The venue can often seem like the most daunting decision while planning because so much of the rest of your big day relies on it. Where you have your wedding determines your guest list capacity and availability of other vendors. Many venues will facilitate catering and bartending options, or limit choices for vendors such as big bands or entertainment. We have had the pleasure of working with so many wonderful venues that offer packages and flexibility to make your dream wedding a reality!

Orchard Creek Lodge, Lincoln
Meadowood Napa Valley, St Helena

 

From the wedding planner perspective, we take care of all the tough questions, contracts, and fine print. Your job as the bride is to give us a list of attributes you are hoping to find, and we can set up the appointments. A walk through is crucial to choosing a venue because you want to feel out the vibe of the location from the bridal suite to the banquet hall. You also want to make sure you mesh well with the staff at the location, since they will likely be integrated into your big day as well. Preparing a checklist with your planner will keep everyone on the same page. Whether it be food, dance floor, a bar, on site lodging, an outdoor/indoor option, or any other items you feel you just cannot live without for your wedding, let’s jot it down. Then, we’ll square away the additional details such as capacity, parking, and the price tag.

Edgewood Tahoe, Lake Tahoe
Park Winters Inn, Winters

 

The venue for your wedding truly sets up every piece that is planned afterwards, so we encourage looking at several locations and comparing all that they offer with a checklist or spreadsheet. Once you say “Yes!” to your venue, the planning can truly begin!

 

Our Beautiful Venues:

1. Mischa Photography Venue: Elks Tower, Sacramento
2. Kate Anfinson Photography Venue: Charles Krug Winery, St Helena
3. Liz Zimbelman Photography Venue: Orchard Creek Lodge, Lincoln
4. Hannah Suh Photography Venue: Meadowood Napa Valley, St Helena
5. Teresa Klosterman Photography Venue: Edgewood Tahoe, Lake Tahoe
6. Esmeralda Franco Photography Venue: Park Winters Inn, Winters