You’re Engaged, Now What? Here’s The Checklist Before the Checklist

You’ve become recently Engaged… Congratulations!!! Now many of you are asking – Now what?! Where do I start!? And your head begins to spin…

First… Take a deep breath, think of your fiance, and smile!
Second… Think about the best way to start your planning. Before you start creating your checklist like this one here, (for items such as booking your vendors) there are a couple of items to take care of first! ”

1. What is your budget? Every vendor is going to ask this, every venue is going to ask what you have to spend. Well, without going into too many overwhelming details, 50% of your budget goes towards any fees related to the Venue, Food, and Beverages. The other 50% goes to the rest of your vendor team, from wedding planner or coordinator, photography, videography, entertainment, floral design, rentals, invitations, transportation, officiant, and the list goes on. So, if you have a total budget (pulled together from family and the two of you) of $50K, your venue total budget is $25K (including taxes, service charges, food, beverage, and facility fees). If you don’t start with your budget, then you cannot find the perfect venue. We suggest that all our clients use Weddingwire.com for setting their budget and keeping their spending plan on track! They have great tools for free to use.

2. Determine the Style of your Wedding. This doesn’t just encompass your color palette, but includes the season you’ve dreamed about, time of day of your wedding ceremony/reception, along with general vicinity (beachside, garden, completely outdoor event, etc).

3. Decide upon your needs for a Wedding Planner vs. Coordinator. The main reason you decide this now, is a Planner can assist you in FINDING that perfect venue (which is the next step), and lining you up with a fantastic Wedding Vendor Team. A Coordinator is going to step back in closer to the wedding day (usualy 6-8 weeks out from your wedding) and wrap up your details. A Coordinator is NOT INVOLVED in the Planning at all.

4. Let the Search Begin for that Perfect Venue… Use online resourses, call for quotes, and schedule site tours. This can be a long process, but until you’ve booked a Venue, and secured a wedding date, you can’t move on to the rest of the Planning Fun!

Now… take a deep breath, smile, and call us if you need any advise!

 

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Alec & Ryan’s Gorgeous Green Wedding

Alec and Ryan’s wedding was something out of a dream.  It was such a joy to plan all of the special details alongside these college sweethearts.  We loved having the bride’s personal style shine through every detail, from the vintage lounge furniture to the bohemian beaded anklets she wore down the aisle.

Their neutral color palette with lush greenery, ivory roses, peonies, and hydrangeas mixed with natural wood elements to create an absolutely divine garden ceremony.  We had so much fun designing their reception in Franciscan Gardens’ new indoor space!  The brick walls and original hardwood floors made the vibrant green florals and white accents really pop.

These two wanted their wedding to be a party from start to finish.  Cocktail hour was complete with Moscow Mules and a Cigar Lounge with a personalized cigar box for the bride and groom.  After dinner, guests snacked on fresh gourmet donuts and sipped on coffee from a vintage coffee station.

There were so many amazing details, from their vintage chalkboard seating chart to the personalized cocktail napkins — but my favorite design element had to be their sweetheart table.  Jenny B Floral Design created an absolutely stunning succulent wall as a backdrop for the bride and groom.  Vintage lanterns and lush greenery finished off the romantic reception focal point.  Keep reading for more wonderful wedding inspiration!

Venue —Franciscan Gardens | Contact: melissar@24carrots.com
Caterer — 24 Carrots | Contact: melissar@24carrots.com
Florist — Jenny B. Floral Design | Contact: jennybfloraldesign@yahoo.com
Photography — Meghan Weisman Photography | Contact: meghanwphotography@gmail.com
Hair — Jessie Boland
Makeup — Ashley Schaffer
DJ — Extreme DJ | Contact: extremediscjock@aol.com
Ceremony Musician — Joey Sykes
Bakery — Sweet & Saucy Shop | Contact: melody@sweetandsaucyshop.com
Videographer — Braven Carver Films | Contact: braven@bravencarverfilms.com
Bride’s Attire — Grace Loves Lace

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Stephanie & Israel’s Beautiful Wedding

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As I write about this beautiful couple, my heart aches and my eyes tear up as I relive this amazing day. It’s not just that this special day was beautiful from start to finish, but it also reminds me of how fragile and precious life is. A few short weeks after Stephanie and Israel were married, Israel lost his life in a horrific car accident and Stephanie became a newlywed widow. The worst nightmare. But it’s not surprising to me that this incredible woman, Stephanie, rose above the heartache, despair, anger, and questions to grasp lovingly to the sweet memory and time she will always cherish that she had with Israel.  Her strength, will and hope blesses my soul tremendously and I am honored to call her friend.

Stephanie, words cannot express my sincerest and deepest sorrow for your loss. Please know that you are a true blessing to so many, and your strength, love and integrity are a model to us all. I know your little girl is going to grow up knowing not only how deeply you love her, but also what a wonderful, kindhearted, loving man her daddy was.  I know you are going to be the most amazing mom!

Rest in peace, Israel.  May this blog be a token to your memory…

What a truly exquisite wedding this was to be a part of. Stephanie is an amazing, caring, thoughtful young woman and has such great taste.  She fell in love with Rancho Las Lomas, knowing it was the perfect fit — with its stunning Spanish style and beautiful architecture.  The design and style of Stephanie and Israel’s wedding was nothing short of a Spanish romance, filled with luscious blush florals, stately design, and details, details, details. I especially loved designing her wedding stationery and signage! Every element was so true to this wonderful couple’s style, and their love for each other shines through so brightly in every moment.

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Venue — Rancho Las Lomas | Contact: kara@rancholaslomas.com
Caterer — 24 Carrots | Contact: elise@24carrots.com
Florist — Flowers by Lynne | Contact: flowersbylynne@gmail.com
Photography — Dove Weddings | Contact: jason@dove-weddings.com
Rentals — Lounge Appeal | Contact: caitlin@loungeappeal.com
Hair — George Ramirez
Makeup — Arsenio Aragon
DJ — Eric Luna | Contact: djericluna@live.com
Band — Mariachi Mexico & America
Bakery — Simply Sweet Cakery | Contact: cakes@simplysweetcakery.com
Photobooth — George | Contact: gjahsan@hotmail.com

| Bride’s Shoes — Badgley Mischka

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Vy Vy & Chris’ Exquisite City Wedding

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Chris and Vy Vy’s wedding is one for my history books!  It is one of my all-time favorite weddings to date, and it was such an honor to be a part of the planning and design from start to finish. Chris is incredible — a loyal and dear friend, an uber-talented photographer, a kind soul and super funny! Vy Vy is simply exquisite — smart, beautiful inside and out, thoughtful, and loving. I honestly could not be more humbled and honored to be considered a friend of this dynamic duo!

Their wedding dream took several months to diligently plan and execute so many stunning details. Vy Vy had a vision for an organic white and luxurious wedding, and the Hudson Loft was honestly the perfect fit. This venue’s exposed brick walls, stunning views of downtown Los Angeles, character and charm led this setting to be the ideal backdrop for this grand affair.

My favorite design elements were the reception dining tables — we combined five different styles with two exquisite linens and colors of chiavari chairs, all paired with crisp, organic greens, ivories and candle light… Not to mention a sweetheart table fit for a king and queen! I also LOVED the customized seating chart featuring real florals with guests’ names attached. The many beautiful gold details tied everything together, from the guestbook to the gift table and so much more. Keep reading for more amazing wedding inspiration!

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Venue — Hudson Loft | Contact: amanda@hudsonloft.com
Caterer — White House Catering | Contact: ana@whcatering.com
Florist — LV Floral Events | Contact: lvfloralevents@gmail.com
Photography — Lin & Jirsa | Contact: katherine@linandjirsa.com
Rentals — Classic Party Rentals | Contact: vcruz@classicpartyrentals.com
Sweet Salvage Vintage Rentals | Contact: marnie@sweetsalvagerentals.com
Big Top Rentals | Contact: angie@bigtoprentals.com
Hair & Makeup — Design Visage | Contact: custinfo@designvisage.com
DJ — Visions Entertainment | Contact: brian@visionsentertainment.com
Dohl Player — Special Occasions DJ & Lighting | Contact: Info@specialoccasionsla.com
Transportation — RPM Limos | Contact: rpmlimos@gmail.com
Linens — Luxe Linens | Contact: orders@luxelinen.org

| Wedding Dress — Atelier Pronovias | Bride’s Shoes — Manolo Blahnik |
| Groom’s Attire — Friar Tux | Invitation Designer — Shine Wedding Invitations |

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Katie & Kevin’s Sweet Garden Wedding

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You know you’re blessed when you get the opportunity to work with amazing people, especially when those amazing people are referred to you by other incredible people. This was just the case with Katie and Kevin. Katie was referred to us by one of our other awesome brides – her cousin Heather, whose wedding we did at the stunning Richard Nixon Library a few years ago. Katie gave me a ring and said that she knew she wanted a planner and designer to bring to life her vision for her wedding at Hartley Botanica. And what a vision it was!

Katie and Kevin were not only a dream to work with, but their taste and style brought to fruition this incredible day, with detail after detail unfolding seamlessly. They truly knew how to infuse beauty, love and personality into every moment — from their framed, heartwarming quotes borrowed from movies like The Notebook and Forrest Gump, to their in-memory table honoring loved ones who couldn’t be present on their special day. Cocktail napkins were personalized with fun facts about the couple, signature drinks were flowing from the quenching cocktail bar, and even the wedding party gifts and vow books were adorably customized.

Katie’s bridesmaids wore beautiful gowns in shades of blush that perfectly accented the soft and romantic but modern feel of the day. Lush blush and white roses and hydrangeas were everywhere, from Katie’s bouquet to hanging on gold chandeliers. The huge, gold-framed seating chart and mirror welcome sign caught each guest’s eye, as did the stunningly beautiful gold and white wedding cake, adorned with flowers and topped with the new couple’s names. The delicious and decadent dessert station featured unique treats like mini “brookies”, mixed berry hand pies, and s’mores-on-a-stick — and the beautiful vintagey lounge furniture, including the inspiring sweetheart table, was the perfect fit. It was an honor to design this beautiful day, for such a beautiful couple!

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Thank you so much, Katie and Kevin, for letting us be a part of your special day! We wish you both the very best!

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photography: PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHARISE // florals + rentals: BELLE OF THE BALL DESIGNS // hair: NAOMI BARNES + HAYLEY WEINRICH // makeup: DOUBLETAKE MAKEUP ARTISTRY // dj: BRUCE BARRIOS PRODUCTIONS // transportation: CLASSY CHASSIS RENTALSPEGASUS TRANSIT // wedding dress: ROSA CLARÁ // bride’s shoes: IVANKA TRUMP // bakery: FROST IT CAKERY // menswear: BAR III // bridesmaid dresses: BELLA BRIDESMAIDS // videographer: REVEL WEDDINGS // venue: HARTLEY BOTANICA // catering: COMMAND PERFORMANCE CATERING & LIQUID CATERING // officiant: PASTOR JON OLSEN // rehearsal dinner: WESTLAKE VILLAGE INN // engagement ring: SIMON G JEWELRY // invitations: WILD ROSE CREATIVE

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