Vendors We Love ~ I Make Beautiful

Seriously the business name says it all! Jennifer with I Make Beautiful is awesome. She is fun, professional and super talented.

You can kick back on your big day and know that your hair and makeup will turn out flawless. She did hair and makeup for our very own Sarah’s wedding, Laura and I were in the bridal party, Jen dolled us all up! Not only where the results gorgeous but our hair and makeup lasted through the whole wedding.
Jens personality and talent make her so fabulous. If you need hair and makeup give her a call she will exceed your expectations.
Aubrey
Sacramento Wedding Planner

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Instagram. #Wedding

Instagram is a great way to  be able to see the pictures your guests took at your wedding. You can create a photo area with props for some really fun pictures. Make sure you create a hashtag for your wedding (#Hill/Bayerwedding) and ask your guests to hashtag picture they take. You can put this note on your programs or on a cute chalkboard. Either way you will be in for a treat the next morning when you view your guests photos.  This will give some fun photos to look at and hold you over until your wedding photos from your photographer are available!

{Aubrey}

Sacramento Wedding Planner

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Sassy Signature Drinks – Sacramento Wedding Planner

Who doesn’t love a delicious cocktail? Adding a signature drink  to your event is  yummy way to make your wedding even cuter! Check out this awesome recipe.

This drink is one of my personal favorites. Yum!

Blackberry Fizz

 1.5 oz vodka

5 crushed blackberries

3 oz lemonade

1 Splash of soda Water

Mix and garnish with mint and a blackberry.

 

{Aubrey}

Sacramento Wedding Planner

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Sacramento Wedding Planner – Vendor Shout out!

Being an event and wedding coordinator is a tedious and detail oriented process. It takes a lot of time, commitment, and dedication to bring an event to life. No event would be possible without the amazing vendors that we work with. From photographers, florists, and bakeries to caterers, DJ’s, and linen companies, everyone brings some amazing aspect to an event. Alluring Events & Design is so lucky to have such close relationships with some pretty rockin’ vendors. Words cannot express our thanks and gratitude for all of the passion and awesome work ethic our vendors bring to the table. So, we would like to give some shout-out’s to some of our vendors.

Today, we would like to give a shout-out to Rochelle Wilhelms Photography. Rochelle’s pictures capture so much life and really make you feel like you are in the moment. From weddings to family portraits, she can do anything. Not only are Rochelle’s pictures full of life, but so is she! She has such a charismatic and sweet personality you can’t help but smile and feel comfortable when you are around her. {And we happen to l-o-v-e her adorable website…but don’t take our word for it, check it out for yourself!}

{Kayleigh}

Sacramento Wedding Planner

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Sacramento Wedding Planner – Wedding Invitation 101

One component of the wedding planning process that we seem to get many questions on is: The Invitations. When do I send them out? What should I put on them? How do I word this or that? So, we thought it would be helpful to create a little list of Wedding Invitation 101.

*     Send out invitations 8 weeks before the wedding date with a RSVP date 4 weeks before the wedding date.

*     Include:
- Date
- Time
- Location
- Gift registry
- Wedding Webpage
- Hotel accommodations
- A return envelop addressed with postage for RSVP card
- Directions 
- If the bar is cash include a note about this.

*     Spell out street names such as Boulevard, Street, Avenue etc.

*     How to handle an adult only wedding:
- Include the verbiage “Adult only ceremony and reception”
- Touch base with   them to insure they understand.

– Alternative: hire a baby sitter and have a kid’s pizza party in a hotel room

*     Be specific on names. Do not write The Smith Family, this is too broad. Instead, write Mr and Mrs John Smith or John and Jane Smith.

*    How to ensure single guests do not invite a date. On the invitation, write only that person’s name and be specific on the RSVP card. For example: We have reserved 1 spot in the name of John smith for our wedding.

Tip- check your wedding registry throughout your engagement. If there only seems to be expensive gifts left add a few inexpensive gifts as well. Also, don’t register for seasonal items as they may not be in stock, thus leaving your registry fairly empty.

{Kayleigh}

Sacramento Wedding Planner

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Jason & Nicole – May 31, 2013

We hope you all had a fun and relaxing holiday weekend! Now it’s Tuesday and we are back to boring reality. Soooo we wanted to brighten your day a bit with this amazing video of Jason & Nicole’s wedding day. Take a look at Jason & Nicole’s wedding video!

Jason and Nicole were married on Mary 31, 2013 at the Grand Island Mansion. Their wedding was not only filled with love but looked like a fairytale. Phillip Alan Films was the one who captured this beautiful day. Congratulations again Jason and Nicole, hope newlywed life is treating you well!

{Flowers: Divine Designs, Photographer: Mono Lisa Photography, Linens: Mimi & Co, Video: Phillip Alan Films}

{Kayleigh}

Sacramento Wedding Planner

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Too Much Baby Goodness, Welcome baby Wyatt!

The Alluring Events & Design team is growing fast! Please welcome the newest addition to the team, baby Wyatt Jackson Bayer. Wyatt graced us with his presence on July 11 at 1:30am weighing 8 pounds. His chubby little cheeks and cute button nose are absolutely adorable. Wyatt joined big sister Emma – who is just as equally cute – and dogs Rosco and Lucy. Needless to say it is a busy environment in the Bayer house these days. We could not be more excited for Sarah and her family…and we just love getting our baby fix with precious little Wyatt.

{Photos courtesy of the fabulous Jamie Lynn Photography}

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Oh Emme, Sweet Baby…

Alluring Events & Design will soon be welcoming another addition to the team…Brittany is having a little baby girl, Emme Kate, due September 22 and we could not be more thrilled. Brittany is such an amazing asset to our team, with her creative eye for design and great organizational skills. Not only is Brittany a stunning mama to be, but she is a complete sweetheart. We know that her sweet baby girl will be just as beautiful, inside and out.

{Kayleigh}

Sacramento Wedding Planner

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Renewing Your Love

I have planned hundreds of events ranging from socials, corporate events, fundraisers, and weddings. Recently I planned my first vow renewal and cannot even begin to explain how wonderful it was to watch a couple recommit their love to one another after 25 years. 

To be completely honest, I am not a hearts and flowers kind of girl, and I am not one who is overly obsessed with romance. I know I know…but I am a wedding planner…how can this be?! Even though I may not be your typical girly girl, there is a moment in every one of my clients’ weddings that touches me. It gives me a glimpse into their love, commitment to each other and their future.  It is so great to watch people embark into this new journey of marriage together.

Although I see people in love get married quite often, I think it is pretty rare to see a couple who has been married for 25 years that are just as in love as they were on their wedding day. The whole vow renewal experience absolutely touched me. At the event several family members and friends had toasts that described the couple’s amazing love for one another. I wanted to share a couple things I heard that I thought were truly special:
”It doesn’t take just love to keep a marriage together, but an unbreakable bond like they have” 

”Thank you for showing me such a wonderful representation of what a strong and happy marriage can look like.”…”We are constantly reminded through them that there is such a thing as soul mates.” So congrats to Denise and Bob…Cheers to another 25 blissful years. Thank you for showing me how to make a marriage work.

{Aubrey}

Sacramento Wedding Planner

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You’re a Wedding Planner?!

When I tell people what I do I often get the same response, “Wow what a stressful job.” I always smile and explain to them how I handle stress well and I do what I love so it makes it all worth it.  Then, people start to go on and on about how glamorous my job must be. People’s responses are always so funny to me. While I love my job 100% and cannot imagine doing anything else, I wouldn’t exactly call it glamorous. Ask anyone who has seen me running around and sweating while tying bows on 200 chairs while it is 110 degrees out…not to glam. The reality of wedding planning is: not everything will work out perfectly. There are so many moving elements to an event and so much happening at one time, there is bound to be a hiccup. One of the most important parts of my job is to come up with a solution when this happens. I am the one who makes those quick decisions for my bride that creates a great end solution and removes the stress from her.

A perfect example of an unforeseen hiccup occurred last weekend. I was working a 25th Anniversary vow renewal at the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas. We had picked this venue for their 108th floor space showcasing the breathtaking view of the strip. On the day of the event I was walking to the elevator with the centerpieces when I was promptly stopped. I was informed that the tower had blown a fuse and there had been an emergency evacuation. My heart sank and I was in shock. However, I quickly gathered my thoughts and worked with the hotel managers to find solution. The hotel was able to give us a new space to hold our event, but sadly it was only on the 24th floor, losing most of our view.

When things like this happen you have to take a minute and realize there is absolutely nothing anyone can do; it is out of my hands. So, I took a deep breath and rolled with our new Plan B. I quickly coordinated vendors and guests with the new plan. Besides losing the view, another bummer was the fact that all of our really cool rentals had been delivered the night before and were stuck up on the 110th floor with no way for me to get them down. I was able to get a hold of the rental company and have more rentals quickly delivered. We lost a few unique pieces that they did not have duplicates of, but lucky my bride was understanding of the situation. She understood that some things are out of our control and she made the best of the situation. Fast-forward a few hours later to our beautiful event. Everything ended up going completely smoothly. I received multiple comments about how you would have never known this was a “Plan B” and how perfectly everything turned out.  I may have had to run around like a crazy person for a few hours, but my bride and groom were able to focus on what was really important. They were able to focus on each other and the excitement recommitting to one another. That is what makes my job worth it for me, allowing myself to take the stress off of the couple and allow them to have their perfect moment.

{Aubrey}

Sacramento Wedding Planner

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