What To Look For In a Wedding Venue

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He popped the question and you said yes!

Your family, friends and loved ones celebrated with you.

Your wedding budget is set

And perhaps you’ve already selected your bridesmaids and groomsmen.

And your gown has been ordered and you can’t wait to wear it on your wedding day!

Wow, way to go you boss woman, you!

But the planning is at a halt now, because you don’t have your venue and thus, don’t have your wedding date yet.

Below are 3 things to look for in a wedding venue:

  1. Budget, Location, + Date:

Because your wedding budget has been set, you now have a fairly good idea of what you can afford when it comes to your venue.  You should be spending roughly 11% of your total budget on your venue.  On average, we’re seeing venues cost anywhere between $2500 to $10,000.  There are reasons for this price differences that we’ll discuss in a bit!

Location:  Hopefully you’ve determined whether you want a hometown wedding or destination wedding at this point.  Do you

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want your guests traveling a good distance or are you just as happy with finding a venue closer to home? This will guide you in the areas to look for in a venue.

Destination weddings may decrease the guest count but cost more per guest and potentially less for you.

Hometown weddings may increase the guest count, cost less for your guests, and potentially more for you.

  1. Space:

What feel/vibe are you looking for? There are outdoor rustic venues, venues in the mountains, venues by the coast, garden venues, luxurious hotels, and low cost reception halls to choose from (to name a few). How much space do you need? Are you having a smaller guest count? Or do you need a venue that can host up to 300 guests? These factors play a huge part in choosing your venue.

    3. Inclusions:

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Okay, here is the fun part.  Remember I said I’d talk more about the price gap in venue prices?

There are several factors to that:

  • Location:  You can bet that the venue in the more desirable location will cost more.  It may have more scenic views or be in a more exotic or upscale region with prices to match.  For the lower cost venues, they may be new and are offering booking discounts or they’re in a less upscale/exotic place.

AND

  • What’s provided:

Many of the higher priced venues charge accordingly because they provide so much! Often, they’ll provide a venue supervisor to represent the venue during your event.  They’ll also include tables, chairs, + linens.  Some even include your glassware and table settings along with some decor for you to use! If you’re even luckier, they’ll include a complimentary champagne toast and coffee for your guests. Note:  Some venues require you use their catering. This’ll be a bigger overall venue cost but you get to add the catering budget to create that total.

For the lower cost venues, you probably guessed it.  They usually ONLY provide the venue.  Some will include the tables and chairs but you’ll

Some other things to note:

-Some venues will require that you use only the vendors on their preferred vendor list.

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-Check to see if they require you purchase event insurance and what limits they require.

-When they provide tables and chairs, be sure to look at the quality of chairs they provide.  Some offer basic white plastic folding chairs while others will offer even chivari chairs for your wedding!

-A Venue coordinator is not the same thing as a wedding planner.  Their man job is to represent the venue and will perhaps help with some vendor recommendations and timeline.

Have questions or comments?  Leave the info below!

Vendor Highlight: Tumbleweed Floral Truck

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How is it already January 5th?!  I know I know, we’re just 5 days into the New Year but it seems like time is already flying so fast. Well, I took a small hiatus during the holidays but I’m back and ready to share with you one of my favorite California Vendor Friends (Friendor), Miss Kaylia Fisher of Tumbleweed Floral Truck.
I had the privilege of meeting Kaylia at a styled shoot I’d planned almost two years ago now.   I immediately knew she had talent as she took the color scheme and vision of

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the styled shoot and made her florals something magical.  Kaylia’s business was just starting out and I knew she was going great places.  And lordy, I was right!  I think it’s fair to say now that she is one of the up and coming luxury wedding florists in the San Francisco Bay Area. She consistently creates lush, organic, whimsical florals that will guarantee to make your wedding the vision of beauty you’ve been dreaming of.

Without further ado, please welcome Kaylia Fisher of Tumbleweed Floral Truck
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What’s your favorite ice cream?

Peppermint
 

What’s your go-to song?

Always changing, but right now California by Joni Mitchell

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Do you have a favorite quote? 

‘Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual.’ -Ernest Hemingway

Now let’s talk about your business:

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How did you get started in your business?

Freelancing in New York City while going to school for an event and design company who did large floral installs for stores on 5th Ave. I moved home after college and helped out a family friend who did wedding florals as a side job and decided it was where I really felt at home.
 

How long  has your business  been established for?

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Since February 2014
 

What’s the process like when someone books with you?

We start with the initial inquiry and then the client fills out a pretty in depth consultation form so I can get a clear idea of their vision to be sure it lines up with my

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style; I always want to be sure we are a good fit for each other aesthetically. Then we go through a few rounds of estimates until we decide on something that is agreeable open; the estimate will of course change but we make final edits around 2 months before the wedding. I then accept a retainer to book the date and then the rest of the design is completed at the 2 month mark where we’ll go over final quantities and any changes as well as design. They will then receive a final invoice and an in depth design board before their final payment is due!

 

What makes you different from the rest?

First of all, my floral truck, which is still a work in progress hopefully launching Valentines Day 2018. But I’d like to think I have a modern boho vibe that fits the modern California bride in a unique way.
 

What do you love about your field?

The way that florals elevate the entire event. I always say their what makes the difference between a party and a wedding.

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What are some popular trends you’ve seen this year that you think will be big next year?

Velvet, bridesmaids jumpsuits and alternatives to bridesmaids bouquets like lanterns and hoops.
 

If you could give three pieces of advice for couples who are looking to hire a vendor like you, what would those be?

Tumbleweed Floral Truck, California Luxury Wedding Florist, Wedding Florist, Wedding Flowers1. Get clear on a realistic floral budget for your vision— first decide how important florals are to your day.
2. Find someone who’s style really mirrors yours— there are so many great florists out there; its important to find the right one for you.
3. Have fun! Florals are your chance to really add in some pizazz to your design. If your on the fence about where to play with color, I always say in the florals! If your someone who’s scared of color, choose a neutral linen and go big with florals. 

Want to learn more about this floral boss babe or inquire about having her as part of your wedding team?

Contact Information: Kaylia Fisher, hello@tumbleweedfloraltruck.com

8 Reasons You Should Hire a Wedding Planner

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Raise your hand if this you:

a. You’re newly engaged (Congrats!) and not sure where to start with all your wedding planning. In fact, you’re feeling highly overwhelmed and super stressed out with all that has to happen before you walk down the aisle.  You’ve heard about wedding planners but not sure if hiring one is right for you.

b. You’ve been engaged for close to a year now, have a lot of your main wedding components figured out. But there are a few areas you’re still unsure of and a few you’ve got planned but want to confirm your plans seem right. You’re looking into hiring a wedding planner but are still on the fence.

c.  Your wedding is literally weeks away.  You’ve got everything planned and are considering asking Aunt Lucy to get together and go over your plans.  Your 50% positive this is a good idea but it may be better if you just hire a wedding planner.

We still hear of folks who get to their wedding day and don’t have a wedding planner or day of coordinator.  Regretfully, their story is told and now wish they’d invested in hiring someone other than their Aunt, Best Man, or DJ to ensure all the details happen smoothly and any Day-of mishaps or emergencies are put out quickly.

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  1. Information:

And we’re talking two types of information here.  #1:  Your wedding planner knows the ins and outs of the wedding industry and should be able to educate you on things like current day wedding etiquette, what a ceremony processional is, and what the going rate is for wedding florals or a Photo Booth these days.  #2:  That person is going to have ALL the information day of.  When anyone has questions day of, they’ll be going to your wedding planner, NOT your maid of honor, to answer their question, thus alleviating stress and worries from any of your close loved one.

2. Connections:

A good wedding planner will be able to make some awesome recommendations for you on any vendors you may still be needing.  In fact, they very likely have a whole slew of personal vendor referrals they can make because they’ve seen these vendors do amazing work first hand!  If they can’t find one that fits your requirements with in their immediate network, they should have access to a much bigger resource of recommendations they can find those referrals from.

3. Cost Reduction:

Maybe you’ve got a particular allowance to stick with or maybe you’re able to allocate an unlimited amount of funds to your wedding.  Regardless your situation, your wedding planner will be able to help you make the most of your available resources and even be able to help you find ways to keep those estimated costs!

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4. Avoids Hassle, Reduces Effort, + Saves Time:

A good wedding planner is going to have an amazing system in place to ensure a smooth wedding planning process for you True, there can always be stress with wedding planning especially since there’s a lot for our brides and grooms to decide! But with a wedding planner, the hassle, effort and time needed to be spent are reduced significantly as they’ve already found the most efficient ways to plan a wedding.

5. Simplifies + Organize:

Similar to the last point, your wedding planner should have a cut an amazing organization system all set up before you even inquire with them.  When you hire your wedding planner, you’ll be amazed at how much simpler the planning process is than you thought it’d be and how organized everything is.

6. Reduces Anxiety by Reducing Risk:

Yep, you heard that right.  You don’t have to stress as much because you’re plans are being made by a professional planner; someone who’s had a lot of experience planning weddings (+ maybe even events!) and can ensure that your wedding day plans and logistics are happening in the most foolproof way.  And, if there is a chance of risk (can we say outdoor wedding + summer downpour? Yep, been there, seen that.) You can rest assured that your wedding planner has taken that chance into account and thought of Plan A, B, and C.  This might be a good place to point out that it hiring a wedding planner not only reduces YOUR anxiety + stress but can also reduce the stress + anxiety of those near and dear to you (say mom, aunts, bridal party, and close friend) because they don’t have to worry about all those logistics and plans day of.  They only have to be present, be their beautiful selves, and enjoy the beautiful day.

7. Fun/Entertaining:

Didn’t think that hiring a wedding planner goes with fun/entertaining?  Well, it does actually!  Because all the hassle, effort, time, anxiety, + risk has been reduced therefore alleviating a ton of that stress, your emotions are that much freer to enjoy the wedding planning process.  Furthermore, your wedding planner knows how to make the wedding planning process (can we say planning meetings over a glass of beer/wine at a coffee shop?) And all the fun vendor meetings + tastings where you learn more about what you like and all that delicious cake and food you get to try.  All that is just a little bit fun, you know?  Day of, if you’re wanting to bring the fun to your party your wedding planner will be able to either help make your dreams happen OR be able to create a really fun environment for you and your guests to enjoy.

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8. Design+ Attractiveness:

A good wedding planner should be able to help bring your vision to life in the most aesthetically appealing way.  We often have brides come to us with their design vision needing just a little bit of reassurance or a lot a bit of help needed to make their dream happen.  We also have those brides who need help creating the design/theme of their wedding.  And guess what?  Your wedding planner should be more than able to help you design the wedding of your dreams.

Okay, and just a few more reasons you should hire a wedding planner:

  1. They’re not your mom, sisters, or best friends.  We get it, it’s so much fun to have all the ladies in your life come together to help you plan your big day.  And they’ll probably be so excited to help, too!  But it’s super nice to have someone who isn’t so close to you that will be able to hear your visions and dreams objectively and who’ll be able to ensure they’ll happen the way you’ve dreamed. Not your mom or best friends way.
  2. They’re a professional.  Your wedding planner takes their job seriously and is constantly educating themselves in industry best practices, networking with vendors, and growing themselves all so that they can serve you better.  For us wedding planners, we kind of geek out on all the above because we love what we do but do it because we LOVE serving YOU (no rhyme intended).
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Most wedding planners offer a handful of different services so you can choose one that will most fit your needs.  So hiring a wedding planner should be an easy decision for you.

But if you’re still on the fence about whether you should hire a wedding planner, give me a ring or send an e-mail.  We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.

How to Determine Your Wedding Budget {Colorado Wedding Planner}

You’re engaged! Congratulations!! It goes without saying you’re probably feeling all the feels that come with engagement season.  Excitement, love, elation, and perhaps a bit of overwhelm.

‘We’re engaged to be married.  I love you. I’m committed to you. We’ve made it official.  Now what?’

Now’s the time to decide three things which are almost holistic to each other.  Budget, guest count, and venue.

But the big determining factor which determines the other two is your budget.

How much are we willing to spend on our wedding?

According to costofwedding.com the average cost of a wedding in America is roughly $35K.  Now that can vary depending on demographics you’re in and the types of vendors you choose.  But know that on average across the U.S. that is what is being spent on a wedding.

So how DO we determine our budget?

Determine Who’s Paying

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Traditionally, the bride’s parents pay for the wedding and the groom’s parents pay for the rehearsal dinner.  The bride and groom pay for each other’s wedding bands and the groom pays for the getaway vehicle and honeymoon.  The bride and groom also pay for gifts for their bridal party, family, and other significant participants Day of.  In our modern era, we often find that brides and grooms are fiscally able to foot the majority of the bill whereas their parents and perhaps grandparents will cover costs of a certain vendor.

We recommend taking the first weeks of engagement to speak with those key players to see who can cover what bill or if you two are able to cover that on your own.

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Determine How Much You Can Afford

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Alright, let’s get real here. If you’ve been pinning a lot of wedding goals and planning your wedding via Instagram, then you should expect a very big budget to achieve that ‘perfect’ look.  Chances are that photographer was a higher end photographer, the gorgeous florals were roughly $5K and there was a significant amount spent on draping + decor.

Know that it is totally possible to create a perfectly Pinterest look but it may not have all that decor or it may be with a newer/more affordable photographer.

Once your budget is set, you need to look at what you really can afford and what you should expect to spend on each category.

Check out this helpful link to figure that percentage out: Wedding Budget Calculator

Guest List

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Now that you’ve got your budget cemented, let’s take a look at who you’d like to invite!  The smaller the guest count, the more smaller your wedding bill is.  The larger your guest count; the larger your wedding bill is.

Why is that? Well, on average, one should expect to spend about $100/head at least per guest for venue, food, and beverage.

A wedding meal usually begins at $25-$35 depending on your location. Then you need to calculate the beverages which can add to about $10-$15 per head.  Table linens, centerpieces, candles, napkins, desserts, favors, etc all add up into that guest count, too.

Often times, the wedding budget will determine the amount of guests you are able to invite.  But sometimes the wedding guests will determine the wedding budget because you just can’t leave anyone out.

Venue

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Now it’s time to look at your venue.  Are you wanting to be married in a church? Perhaps you’re more of the gorgeous historic mansion type.  Or you’re looking for a rustic mountain venue.  Are you wanting to be married in a big urban city or are you okay with getting married in a more rural location?

The venue type and location will play a role on it’s cost and can add some variables to determining your budget.

Also, do you want a venue that provides table, chairs, and linens? Do you want chivari chairs or are you okay with banquet chairs or even plastic folding chairs?

Determine What’s Important

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Is that the venue? the photographer? The florals? The food? Some folks will Budget more on a vendor category that is more important to them, and spend less that’s a little less important. However, you may decide that you want EVERYTHING! That’s okay, too, however, know that THAT can place an impact on your overall budget, too.

Date & Time of Year

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While this is not the case with every venue, many will offer discounts for off-season wedding dates (roughly November-April) and for less popular days of the week.  For example, if you are okay getting married on a Monday in March, you are more likely to get a discount on your venue (and sometimes vendor!) prices.  However, if you are wanting to get married on New Year’s Eve, you may be paying a pretty penny.

Most of the time, the overall budget will determine the who, when, + where.  But if you’re able to, and decide that one or all of these is more important and finances aren’t an issue, go for your heart! This is, after all, a day about the two of you and we want to create your dream vision!

If you are looking for other information on what to do now that you’re engaged, check out these blog posts!

10 Things To Do Now That You’re Engaged

Three Tips For Choosing Your Wedding Party

Vendor Highlight: The Gourmet Kitchen

The Gourmet Kitchen

(+ Copper Leaf Gardens and Event Center)

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Today’s Vendor Highlight I am bringing you my friends over at The Gourmet Kitchen. I had the privilege of getting connected with Madhoo Seth of The Gourmet Kitchen last summer.  She immediately became a friend to me here in the Colorado Wedding Industry and I was immensely impressed with her talent in literally ANY cuisine.  Madhoo not only owns + runs The Gourmet Kitchen but also owns and operates Copper Leaf Gardens and Event Center in Broomfield, CO.  Along with her husband, Vipul, Madhoo is a powerhouse who strives to give you exceptional service.  When I am not working my own events, you can find me helping out other professionals in the industry, just like The Gourmet Kitchen.

Without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to my friend Madhoo, highlighting her catering business, The Gourmet Kitchen.

 

About The Owner:

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Madhoo Seth, Owner of The Gourmet KitchenMadhoo Seth, president and executive chef of The Gourmet Kitchen, began experimenting in the kitchen at just 12 years old. Over the years, her passion and dedication to this art form blossomed as she shared her love of food with clients who became friends. As a successful female entrepreneur and pillar of the community, Madhoo inspires her staff each and every day.

Our team has a passion for green living and infuses sustainability into every event. Our event coordinators are experts in green events and can help coordinate recycling, composting, and eco-friendly menu items and decor. Further, we have incorporated green practices into daily living and business practices by recycling, using LED bulbs, consuming local or organic food, and using compostable table settings.

What’s your favorite ice cream?

 Pistachio

What’s your go-to song?

Careless whisper ( Time can never have)..Wham

Do you have a favorite quote?

Any day it is, “Be the change if you wish to see in the world.” by Mahatma Gandhi.

 

About The Gourmet Kitchen:

How did you get started in your business?

The Gourmet Kitchen, Colorado Wedding Caterer, Wedding VendorMy background is fashion and design actually. Food was more of a hobby and passion actually and became my profession in no time. I started with corporate lunches, small Indian hors-d’oeuvres and street food or friends and family and here we are today. We cook for 25 to 2000 Guests. I daily religiously spend one hour to date learning new stuff, trends and styles and experimenting recipes.  We call ourselves experts in multicultural weddings. We cater to very diverse crowds and offer unique flavors to please everyone’s palate. We are very knowledgeable in vegan, GF and Vegetarian foods and a lot of happy clients.

How long has your business been established for?

Since 2002.

What makes you stand out from the rest?

We are experts in custom, multi-cuisine and multicultural weddings and we can cook in your language! Our goal is to provide you ONLY what you need to realize the vision of your dream wedding.The Gourmet Kitchen, Colorado Wedding Caterer, Wedding Vendor

Your food is what will make your wedding spectacular!

A perfect blend of sensational food, inspiring ideas, and professional staff – The Gourmet Kitchen has been offering custom menu design and event services throughout the Front Range since 2002.

With plenty of vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, dairy free, nut free, kosher, and ethnic options, we can guarantee an experience that your guests will cherish.

What do you love about your field?

Food, Fashion, Glamour, and happy people. What else do you want?

What are some popular trends you’ve seen this year that you think will be big next year?

A lot of emerald, jewel tones, gold, and beads. And next year it is going to be about feathers as the The Gourmet Kitchen, Colorado Wedding Caterer, Wedding Vendoraccent in your centerpieces, Asian bold prints. Bling will be there. Modern and contemporary designs for displays are in for 2018 along with food Stations and fusion foods.

If you could give three pieces of advice for couples who are looking to hire a vendor like you, what would those be?

I have 4 actually:

  1. Trust your Gut first thing.
  2. Today’s bride wants more than steakThe Gourmet Kitchen, Colorado Wedding Caterer, Wedding Vendor and Potatoes so offer a great variety and food stations, action station, Dessert bar and we are experts in that.
  3. Food is what your guests will talk about even after years of your event. Invest in a well-seasoned caterer like us who has in-depth knowledge of Spices and cuisines around the world. In addition to American fare, TGK provides a large variety of ethnic gourmet food from around the globe, giving its customers an exceptional variety of menu choices. TGK custom designs its menus and services and works closely with its customers to make sure they can enjoy their day to the fullest – worry and stress-free. 
  4. We also provide event coordinators to manage your event so your event is seamless. Our Coordinators go above and beyond to make sure your event is executed in a timely manner. 

 

How to Book The Gourmet Kitchen:

Visit their website here learn more about The Gourmet Kitchen or to contact them about catering YOUR wedding OR call (303) 768-8970

How To Choose A Wedding Officiant

Trying to decide on your officiant for the wedding? There are many different types of officiants you can use for a wedding. Below are some helpful ideas to guide you in choosing the wedding officiant that’s right for you. 

The Different Types of Wedding Officiants

Wedding OfficiantReligious Official: Priests, ministers, rabbis, Muslim qadis, and Hindu priests all perform weddings

Ordained Minister: If you want a friend or family member to do the honors, he or she will have to get ordained.

Justice of the Peace or Notary: Appointed on the state level, these officials are authorized to perform civil marriages.

Civil Officiant: In some states, a person can petition for a one-time pass to perform a marriage. Most require the would-be celebrant to take an oath in a local court and pay a small fee.

Questions To Ask Your Potential Officiant:

Once you have decided what kind of officiant you would like to have, contact them and meet with them. When meeting with your potential officiant, it is important that they connect with you and will give you the ceremony you and your fiance are looking for. Keep in mind, while you are trying to decide if the officiant is a good fit for you, the officiant is trying to decide if they are a good fit for you as well.

Here are some questions to ask:

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  1. What is your fee?
  2. How long have you been performing weddings?
  3. Why do you like to do weddings?
  4. Are you willing to customize your ceremony or let us do so?
  5. Can you incorporate X (any special ceremony, unity candle, sand ceremony, etc)?

Questions Your Officiant May Ask:

The officiant may come back with questions of his or her own to get to know the two of you as a couple. Some of the questions are the following:

  1. How did you two meet?
  2. What made you fall in love with each other?
  3. How did you know that you were The One for each other?
  4. What are the values that are important to you in your marriage?
  5. Where do you see your life as a couple in ten years?
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By sharing some of these details, the officiant can get a better understanding of the two of you as the couple, as well as personalize your ceremony with special details. Once you and your officiant feel like this would be a good fit, you can start to get into the details of the ceremony.

Keep in mind, a good officiant will not insist on specific requirements and will give you every consideration for your special day. It’s your wedding! Shop around and listen to your gut. If there is someone who is making you uncomfortable, remember you have other options. Lastly, it is great to go with someone you are comfortable with and have a great connection with. Feeling like you and your officiant are on the same page will put your mind at ease and give you one less thing to stress over!

Vendor Highlight: April Foster Bridal Hair and Makeup

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April Foster Hair and Makeup Hair and Makeup

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@aprilfosterbridal

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April and I had the privilege of working together on a styled shoot a year and a half ago.  I was so impressed with her professionalism and passion that flowed through her hands.  Styled shoots (just like weddings!) begin early, and I was wowed when I learned she had been up since 4:30 am to make sure she arrived in time for the dark o’clock start time.   This chick’s got talent, friends.  

So without further ado, it is my pleasure to introduce you to my first Vendor Highlight:  April Foster of April Foster Bridal.

April Foster Bridal is a luxury onsite beauty team that services the San Francisco Bay Area. April and her team enhance natural beauty by providing clients with soft, romantic, loose and modern looks that bring out their inner glow. From City Hall to larger events her crafted wedding packages provides brides and bridal parties a celebrity-like experience. April and her team are obsessed with all things beauty and are inspired with each opportunity to make someone look and feel like their beautiful inner self.

A Little About You

 

Favorite Ice Cream: So Delicious Coconut Milk “Ice cream” in Cold Brew!

Go-To Song: Something by Mariah Carey or Britney Spears. 😉

About Your Business

How did you get started in your business?

A lot of sweat, tears and lipsticks. Lots of lipsticks.  

How long has your business been established for?

I’ve been in business for 3 years

What’s the process like when someone books with you?

After a Bride reserves her date with 50% date retainer and signed contract, we get down with the fun! Gathering inspiration photos, from everything to hair and makeup to their florals, to their gowns! I want to see it all! We review it during our preview consultation and then co create a look that’s perfect for my Bride’s personality, face shape and hair texture.

Why Should I Pick You?

What makes you different from the rest?

My Brides are my top priority! My crafted hair and makeup packages provides brides and bridal parties a celebrity like experience. With our ‘Classic Day Experience’ which enables me to be behind the scenes of your bridal portraits ensuring every photo that your photographer clicks is absolutely picture perfect.

What are some popular trends you’ve seen this year that you think will be big next year?

Things are moving away from super organic borderline messy into more sleek and polished looks. I’m seeing a lot more simple and understated looks.

If you could give three pieces of advice for couples who are looking to hire a vendor like you, what would those be?

Best advice is once you find someone that you love their portfolio, BOOK them! We often book up to a year in advance. To avoid disappointment, lock your favorite artist in.

Interested in booking this beauty talent?

Phone: 415-802-9500

E-mail: hello@aprilfosterbridal.com

Vendor Highlights

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Curating the perfect day-of wedding team for you and your beau is one of the privileges a wedding planner gets to help with. You want wedding vendors whose style speaks of your style and whose personalities you enjoy. You want vendors you can trust will serve you well and do all they can to ensure your day is perfect. Helping you determine who those team players will be is one of the most important tasks on your wedding planner’s list. Though we all play a different role during the wedding planning process, we work together as a team with one common goal: To give you the most perfect, stress free wedding we can give and to serve you, your family, and your guests well.

A perk of being in this industry is the ability to work with SO many talented wedding professionals. Like myself, many of them started out with a passion, a vision, and a dream and after a lot of courage mixed with gumption and hard work have paved a path of success and growth. I am always encouraged and energized to learn more about their stories and how they came to be the successful creative professionals they are today.

I’ve had a vision of interviewing, promoting, and highlighting some of my absolute favorites in the industry. And I am FINALLY making that happen. I’ll be highlighting ones from Colorado, California, and other regions I’ve worked in. So on Fridays, stay tuned as I introduce folks who I think will make fantastic wedding day team members.

XO,

Marci

3 Tips on How to Plan Your Engagement Party

Are you recently engaged or do you have someone close to you who is? This is an exciting time, and leading up to the wedding there are many parties to celebrate the happy couple. To start this journey, an engagement party is a fun way to share the news with friends and family! Here are a few tips on how to plan this one-time event:

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Getting Started

You may be wondering how to start the event planning. Here are a few basics: Typically, the engagement party is held within a few months of the engagement, and is usually hosted by the bride’s parents (The Knot). If you would rather host (or have your bridesmaids do it), go for it! This might be good practice for your bridesmaids to take initiative in planning events leading up to your wedding. If you don’t have your bridesmaids picked out yet, don’t worry, that’s often the case! You still have plenty of time to solidify your wedding party. At this point, you can recruit help from family members or a couple solid friends that you trust. Gathering support from family or friends for this first celebration can be an immense help.

Photo: Marcella Camille Events

 

Planning Details

Luckily, the planning process for the engagement party will mimic that of the actual wedding. That being said, it is important to create a guest list, make invitations and send them out with enough time for guests to RSVP (about 3 weeks). Another rule of thumb: everyone who is invited to the engagement party should also be invited to the wedding. This will help you avoid any awkward conversations later on. You don’t have to create your guest list this early, but inviting close family and friends to your engagement party is a safe place to begin. So, what next? This event doesn’t have to be a huge spectacle, but creating a menu and drink list is important so your guests are taken care of! Beyond these details, the party can be as grand or as intimate as you would like. If you’d like to match the extravagance of the event to that of your wedding, it can make planning easier.

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Photography: Ridgewood Films

Setting the Scene

This event can be as formal or informal as you’d like. It can be at your favorite restaurant, a friend’s backyard, or at your home. It can be a suit and tie event, or a shorts and sandals kick back. You get to choose! In addition, decorations don’t have to be over the top. These can include very simple color themes, or you can add as many decor details as you’d like. Although gifts aren’t a requirement, having a small area set aside for them is appropriate, but not necessary. Most importantly, you should relax and enjoy time with your significant other and guests. Don’t stress too much over specific details or if everything is perfect. Remember, your guests are there to celebrate YOU! Eat yummy food, enjoy good company, and keep this as a time to celebrate a new season of life.

Congratulations on your engagement, have fun planning, and don’t stress too much! Recruit the help of family and friends to plan this event and keep it as simple or extravagant as you’d like. Although some planning is necessary, such as invitations, guest list, and food, this is a time for you to be celebrated.

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References: https://www.theknot.com/content/engagement-parties-411

(Used to determine who hosts the engagement party)

 

Written by: Sara Mundo

Three Tips For Choosing Your Wedding Party

 

 

Once you’re engaged, this next season is filled with so many fun decisions, but you will also have to make some difficult choices – including who will stand next to you on your big day. Don’t let this overwhelm you! Taking the time to craft a solid support team will make your wedding that much sweeter.  Here are some things to consider when determining your bridesmaids and groomsmen:

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Wedding Size

When deciding your wedding party, it’s important to consider the size and budget of your wedding. If you are planning on having a small ceremony with your closest friends and family, your bridal and groomal party should fit that mold. It is perfectly okay to only have a couple of your best friends in the wedding. With a small ceremony, having a huge bridal party might not serve you well. Instead, if you choose to have a larger ceremony, including more people in your wedding party may fit that situation better. This isn’t to say you have to pick a ton of people if you have a big ceremony, but keeping budget and size in mind can help structure who is included.

 

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Trustworthy Friends

When preparing for your wedding day, it’s important to have friends that have seen you through thick and thin. These people can bring you peace, help accomplish tasks, and put you at ease rather than stress you out further. You deserve to have friends and family that are going to help more than hinder on your big day. Although there are friends that see you through different seasons of life, choosing bridesmaids or groomsmen that have been with you from the beginning can create a more trusting and supportive atmosphere. Typically, the people in your wedding help with events like the engagement party, bridal shower, and rehearsal dinner leading up to the celebration. Ensuring you have dependable people within your party can prevent you from feeling overwhelmed or unsupported. Pick people that know you well. They will be able to host these events without bombarding you with questions. You’re going to want people that are self-sufficient and have your back.

 

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The Pressure to Include

Let me start by saying this: your wedding day is YOURS and you shouldn’t feel pressure to include anyone. The most important advice I could give you is to fill your day with people that bring you joy, and let the rest fall into place. Yes, it can be a battle to find that sweet spot between who you want included versus other people’s expectations. It is often the case that the bride and groom look to avoid conflict and therefore choose their siblings or future spouse’s siblings automatically. It might be wise to consider what is most beneficial for the relationships around you, and picking family members can be a safe choice. At the end of the day, you get the final decision, and you shouldn’t feel obligated to include anyone in particular.  

How about a little refresher?

Correlating the budget and size of your wedding to your wedding party can act as a helpful starting point. From here, choose people that know you well so they can take care of you through the planning process. Last and most importantly, you may feel pressure to balance desires, but including people that you think are the best fit will make you that much more comfortable on your big day.

5 Things To Do Before Your Engagement Shoot

Excited for your engagement photos? Us too! To help you make the most of this special step during your wedding planning journey, consider doing these 5 steps:

#1.  Hire a photographer!

Credit: Hannah Mellum Photography

And not just any photographer,  but (hopefully) your wedding photographer! Many will offer a discount for engagement photos or even include them in your service agreement from them.  When looking for a photographer, you’ll want to find someone’s whose artistic style matches yours, is in the price point you your looking for AND someone whose personality you enjoy. Why? Well, your photographer is going to be with you practically all day and you want to hire someone you’d enjoy being around on your wedding day. However, if your photographer doesn’t include anything special with their day of services, you can always hire a different photographer to capture your engagement photos.

#2: Find your location:

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Are and your boo more of a mountain or beach couple? Do you love beer or wine? Are you a coffee couple? Are you homebodies? What do you enjoy doing and where do you usually spend your time? It’s a fun trend to take your photos in a place that speaks of your relationship.  The who, what, where?  If you’re stuck, ask your photographer who should be able to help come up with a location that fits you.

#3: Create Your Style:

Are you more BohoChic, Indie, Rustic, Romantic? Are you more business professional, relaxed? A little more country? Determine which one fits you two best and then choose an outfit or two for you both.  And hey, if you need to make a special trip to  Anthropologie for that outfit, go right ahead!

#4:  Determine Your Must Have Shotlist:

If you spend anytime on Pinterest, you’ll find a lush amount of inspiration pics there.  Browse through some and compile a list of the ones that are must haves for you.  Hint: Think photos with your fur baby, of your ring, doing your favorite activity, a ‘dip’ picture.

#5: Get Pampered:

After all these steps are completed, consider getting pampered.  That means a trip to your hair salon to touch up those roots. A trip to the barber so your fiancé looking his finest. A trip to the nail salon so your digits are in pristine shape.  And day of, a trip to a blow dry bar so your locks are simply divine.  You can also hire a make up artist or get make up services at your blow dry bar (if they provide it).  Lastly, you may consider a quick trip to your jeweler so they can clean your ring.

Credit: Hannah Mellum Photography

Follow these fun steps and you are sure to have engagement photos you’ll cherish for a lifetime and look back on with love and joy.

Part 2: How to Buy Wedding Insurance + Where To Get It

Just as you have insurance for your home, for your car, for your health, and possibly even your cell (if you’re one of those who constantly drops theirs in the water or cracks the screen), it’s not a bad idea to have special event insurance for your wedding or event.

Now that we know why Wedding Insurance is important, find out how to purchase it and which ones we recommend.

 

How do I get wedding/event insurance?

Purchasing your wedding/event insurance policy is super easy!

There are many different online wedding insurance companies to choose from (I’ll provide them below).  Most allow you to simply fill out your wedding/event details such as date, location, guest count, coverage needed, and policy holder’s name and contact info, venue’s name and info and you can then purchase and print that day.

Below are some of my favorite wedding/event insurance providers with example policies covering just general aggregate liability insurance and then a second example policy showing general aggregate liability insurance with event cancellation.

  1. Wedsafe.com
  2. Theeventhelper.com
  3. www.protectmywedding.com
  4. www.markel.com

 

 

Interested in learning more about special event insurance for your wedding/event?  You can learn more about special event insurance by visiting any of the insurance websites or by visiting this comprehensive review on wedding insurance companies by .

 

Part 1: Should I Buy Wedding Insurance?

 

Most of the time, special events go pretty smoothly ( minus a few hiccups here and there). But when something unexpected goes wrong, it can be frightening how quickly costs can add up. Who is responsible when something goes wrong? What are the costs? Below we discuss what liability insurance is and if it is required.

What is a certificate of insurance?

A majority of venues/event locations require vendors and/or event holders to obtain a certificate of liability insurance (also known as one day insurance or event insurance). This Certificate of Insurance is a document that will list the type of insurance coverage you have on that event date and the coverage limits. Sometimes venues may request to be listed on the insurance as an additional insured.

How do I know if I will need insurance on the venue?

Venues often require proof of insurance from renters to confirm that they have coverage in place. Typically, when you are signing the contract to use a venue space, it will say that vendors (i.e. photographers, caterers, videographers, etc.) will need to provide proof of liability insurance. Some venues may want to be listed as an additional insured on the certificate of insurance. If you are uncertain or it is not clear, always be sure to check with the venue.

Why is a certificate of insurance necessary?

When contracting with a vendor for your event, the good(s) provided create an inherent liability risk to the venue. Typically the vendor is providing a service to the host, therefore the venue is not typically involved other than guidelines for setup and proof of insurance. By obtaining a certificate of insurance, you are protecting you, your guests, and your venue from any accidents and unexpected damages that may occur. There are many different types of insurance you can get for your event, depending on your needs and what the venue may want.

What do I need it for?

Most venues require that you have event or wedding insurance in case certain risks happen during your event in the form of $2M in general aggregate + $1 M per occurrence coverage.  Those risks could be property damage or bodily injury and your insurance will cover the cost of property repairs, medical expenses and lawsuits.  Host liquor liability is also widely available and is a good consideration to protect the host from being liable in the event of liquor related incidents that would occur from alcohol consumption at your wedding/event.

If you wanted to purchase total comprehensive wedding coverage you can cover aspects of your wedding such as the rehearsal dinner, the the ceremony, and reception set-up, event cancellation/postponement due to weather, wedding gifts, special attire, and jewelry.  You can even insure a vendor no show/cancellation and any counseling services that may be needed in the event of a cancelled wedding. 

What does wedding/event insurance cost?

The total cost varies depending on aspects like guest count, liability coverage amounts, wedding date, the state of wedding/event, whether you’re serving alcohol or not, and how many other aspects of your wedding you want covered.

On average, most wedding insurance costs between $100-$500.00 or more. 

When should I purchase event insurance?

Most special event insurance companies recommend you purchase your policy as early as possible, however, many can be purchased as early as two years prior to your date OR as late as one day prior to your event.

To read on about how to buy wedding insurance, visit or second post on this series https://www.marcellacamilleevents.com/2017/11/23/should-you-buy-wedding-insurance/here.

Want to learn more about wedding insurance?  Check out this handy blog post by our friends at Lend Edu here:  https://lendedu.com/blog/is-wedding-insurance-worth-it/

 

10 Things To Do Now That You’re Engaged

Congratulations!  You’re engaged!!

He popped the question and you said yes!  You’ve made all the phone calls, done all the celebrations and you still can’t stop looking at that gorgeous sparkling ring.  Yes, you are engaged!

And yes- that does mean you now have a wedding to plan! 🙂

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But WHERE to start??

Below are 10 key steps to take when you first get engaged!

  1.  Hire A Wedding Planner or Consultant:

    There are a few different ways a wedding planner can help you.  You may just need to hire someone for a few hours who can connect you with recommended vendors and help to make sure you are on the right way.  This would be hiring for Consultation Services.  Or perhaps you have family and friends who can help you determine all the details but you don’t want to burden any of them with the day-of logistics.  This service is for Month-of/Day-of

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    Coordination. Or perhaps it would be better to hire a professional who can literally do all the ground work for you and collaborate with you all along the way. This service would be considered Full Planning.  At the very least, I recommend hiring a Day-of Coordinator who can handle all set-up and logistical concerns for you.  This will guarantee a relaxing and enjoying day for you and your loved ones to fully engage in all the wonderful day’s activities. Believe me hiring the right wedding planner is well worth it!

  2. Determine your budget.

    According to costofwedding.com, the average cost of a wedding in the United States is $26,645.00.  But the good news is this varies depending on where you live and hiring a wedding coordinator can actually help you to save costs in the long run

  3. Determine Your Preferred Date/Months:

    If you’re planning on an 18+ month engagement, odds are you’ll be able to get the date of your choosing.  If your engagement is 18 months or shorter, you may have to open your preferences to a particular month or months.  When determining your preferred date or dates, I recommend considering a few things:

    1. The Important People:  Who are the important people in your lives you are willing
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      to work your date around?  This could be your fiance’s grandparent’s in another state who would have a hard time traveling during the winter months OR perhaps you have siblings with only certain weeks during the school year they could attend your wedding.

    2. Annual Holidays/ Cultural Events: Are their annual holidays or cultural festivities that could make it hard for guests to attend?  For example, the first two weeks of June are the popular graduation celebrations.  December is plush with annual festive holidays. Do you mind having your wedding on one or near one of those celebrations?
  4. Book Your Venue:

    On average, most couples book their venue 18 months to one year out. (Check out this article from Huffington Post)  Crazy, I know.  I spent nearly two years as the wedding coordinator for a local wedding venue and I found those stats to be true.  With that knowledge I definitely recommend getting on top of the venue search fast!  Check out websites like theknot.com, weddingwire.com or wedding.com to help you find venues that fit your budget and your style.

  5. Choose Your Bridal & Groomal Party:

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    Who are the people in your life who have genuinely been there for you?   Who has supported your relationship together?  Which of your friends can you envision being a #lifer?  Larger wedding parties of 6+ are quite popular nowadays but it is just as fine to have only a best man and maid of honor.  The important decision factors here are choosing those people who genuinely love you and have been and are willing to support you two day of and the rest of your lives.

  6. Create Your Guest List:

    A lot of this determines on your pre-determined budget.  What’s your food & beverage budget goal?  Most likely, you will have people from different seasons of life being invited.  Both sets of parents will have guests they’d like to invite and it is very likely that you may have friends from your life and your fiance may have friends from theirs.  Then you will also have friends you know collectively you’ll want to invite.  Many couples consider this one of the hardest parts.  If possible, get together with whomever is financially contributing to the wedding and determine your guest list there.  Also, don’t forget to write your A-List and B-List. 🙂

  7. Book Your Vendors!  

    Yep- you guessed it.  Just as your preferred venue and date of choice can book up fast, so can your vendors.  So it’s important to book those shortly after engagement, too.  But who do you need and how do you find them?  You can also visit websites like weddingwire.com, the knot.com, or wedding.com if you’ve got the time and ready to take that task on BUT a good wedding planner will have a whole slew of wedding professionals in her network she can recommend to you.  I love being able to connect some of my favorite industry professionals with my couples. Vendor Must Haves are: Caterer (if not included with the venue), Photographer, Florist, Dessert/Baker, DJ/Emcee, Officiant.  Some other vendors that would come in handy:  Calligraphist/Typographer, Wedding Design, Decor/Rentals, Videographer, Food Truck, Photobooth.

  8. Create Your Design:

    Hop on Pinterest!  Your design and theme may change a little

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    from your initial pins but it is SO helpful to create a board labelled Our Wedding, The Best Day Ever, or Wedding Inspiration to help you two start to solidify the color palette and type of decor/feel you both want.  It’s a fun way to build the day that is strictly about you and your love.  Perhaps you have a hobby that you both really enjoy or there’s a certain era you both wish you grew up in, maybe you both love Telenovelas…  Whatever it is that speaks to you both, start pinning those things and you’ll start to see a clear vision of how you want your special day to aesthetically look. Note:  Having a Pinterest board is also super helpful to share with your wedding planner, florist, and any other vendor who is helping with the aesthetic design.

  9. Select Your Gowns:

    Brides, the process of getting your gown may take quite a while.  So gather your gals, a bottle of champagne, book some appointments and start trying on bridal gowns!  It’s also a good idea to determine the bridesmaids attire now, too.  It can take a few months for the gowns to be delivered and then alterations. So you want to allow plenty of time to have those ordered.  If you’re lucky-the dress will be the perfect fit.  Don’t forget to order your veil and belt if wearing those, too!

  10. Make Honeymoon Plans:

    Traditionally, this is the groom’s responsibility to make sure all the travel arrangements have been met.  Whether you are deciding on the plans together or not, it’s a good idea to make sure your travel documents (like your passport, visa, birth certificate) are up-to-date and ready to go.

There are many more details that go with each one of the items mentioned above and no doubt weddings take a lot of work  but they are also a LOT of fun!  So don’t forget to be present, relish the process, and take time to enjoy the season of being engaged!

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