holiday tablescapes

Christmas is in 2 days and we couldn’t be more excited! Twinkling lights, loads of glitter, and celebrations with friends and family – it’s like this time of year was made with event planners in mind! And because it’s the season of giving, we wanted to share some of our favorite ideas for decorating the holiday table! So grab a cup (or two) of cheer and join us as we dream of holiday decor! 

Like a wedding reception table setting, the holiday tablescape serves as a major design element and provides you with an opportunity to set a tone for your gathering, highlight a theme, or share your personal style. But don’t let all that intimidate you. Above all, have fun with it. Setting the table doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are a few ideas.

Fresh and Fragrant

Winter provides so many natural elements to incorporate in your table decor – whether you find them in your yard or at the market. Pine branches and live garlands make beautiful and relatively inexpensive table runners. Throw a few oranges, pomegranates, cranberries, or cinnamon sticks into the mix and you’re guests will feel quite welcome. And the fragrance! Mmm…

Log Cabin Christmas

By utilizing a few rustic elements, you can transport family and friends to a woodsy, white Christmas. Buffalo check linens add charm while wood pieces ensure a sense of warmth. Did you have to cut a bit off the base of your tree to get it into the stand? Repurpose those wood pieces as candle bases, plate chargers, coasters, or place card holders!

Winter Whimsy

You don’t have to limit your color palette to the classic red and green to spread holiday spirit. Opt for pastel colors and non-traditional hues like purple and pink for a fun, kid friendly table design. Place bulb and figurine ornaments down the center of the table or even create a gingerbread scene! With bottle brush trees, faux snow, and a sprinkle of glitter, you’ll have a setting sweet enough to make a sugar plum fairy swoon.

Cinnamon Stick | Pomegranates | Buffalo Check | Wooden Setting | Pink | Bright Details 

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In sticking with tradition, the Alluring Events ladies are sharing what they are most grateful for this year. 2019 is wrapping up, and we have so much to be grateful for.

I am grateful for Blake and Tom, especially Blake for always keeping me on my toes and loving me unconditionally. I am thankful or the opportunities this industry has presented me with and the relationships I build daily. And I am always grateful for my team of girls who I can count on both personally and professionally. XO Aubrey

I’m thankful for community – my community encompasses a broad range of people that I couldn’t do life without. I’m thankful for my husband and family that surrounds us, the amazing team of ladies at Alluring Events, and dear friends near and far. Of course, like every year, I’m extremely thankful Christmas is almost here. I’m also really thankful that my fiddle leaf fig has almost survived an entire year. XO Lonnie

This holiday season I am so thankful for my family and friends who support me. I’m thankful for my boyfriend Nick who is always my shoulder to cry on and my biggest fan. I’m lucky enough that I have two jobs and work with amazing all female teams. #BossBabes I’m grateful for all of my wonderful couples & their families who have allowed me to be a part of the best day of their lives. I truly have the best job in the world and for that I am so thankful and my heart is so full! XO Lexi

As always I am thankful for my family and the ever eventful life we lead. I am thankful for my friends who fill my life with non stop laughs and unconditional support. My Alluring girl gang of amazing women who inspire me everyday and to all my couples who give me the absolute blessing to be a part of their wedding day. And most of all…wine. XO Sarah

This year I’m especially grateful for my health and the health of those I love. It’s amazing how life can change in a heartbeat, and this year I hold all my loved ones close.
I’m also grateful for having the whole Thanksgiving week to rest, relax and cook! I love the preparation as much as the meal. XO Amy

I’m thankful for wonderful family and friends who love, support, mentor, and ground me; my dog who makes me laugh and brightens everyday; and my husband – my best friend who believes in me when I don’t and lovingly pushes me to be the best version of myself. XO Molly

This year I’m thankful for an incredible group of ladies who continue to show a never-ending amount of support for each other and all we do professionally and personally. And jiu jitsu, I’m always thankful for jiu jitsu. XO Kelsey

What a year! This year I am abundantly thankful for my family, my husband, my babies and the tribe who surrounds us! It really does take a village, and our village is full of rockstars. I am grateful for a career that allows me to be a part of the intimate and meaningful moments of other’s lives, the vulnerability and love I witness daily gives me hope and strength. And, despite the sometimes (always) hectic schedule, I truly feel blessed for the gifts we have been given this year and all of the wonderful changes that have taken place. XO Rachele



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bringing destination to you – ireland

You know we love a destination wedding, but they aren’t always an option, so we are continuing our series on bringing destination weddings to you! This week we are sharing tips on creating your own ‘Ireland inspired I-dos’.

Lush fields, a full pint, and the lilting refrain of a fiddle. There are few things more enchanting than the Irish countryside. But you don’t have to cross the Atlantic to host a wedding full of Irish charm and tradition. With a few Irish inspired elements, your guests will feel like they’ve landed on the Emerald Isle. 

For a romantic, moody vibe, opt for deep greens and dark wood decor accented with ivory and gold. Consider a lace gown and vintage-style accessories. Celtic knot hair clips and intricate, braided hairstyles suit the theme.

During the ceremony, perform the Irish tradition of hand fasting in which bride and groom literally tie the knot as their joined hands are wrapped with a piece of fabric or rope. You could also incorporate the work of an Irish poet or one of many well-known Irish blessings in your vows or as a reading by family and friends.

After the ceremony, though, it’s all about the “craic” (fun)! Hire a troop of traditional musicians or Irish dancers to entertain during cocktail hour. And to help make guests merry, serve Guinness, Magners, and Jameson of course! 

Slainte! (Cheers)

Envelopes | Shoes | Decanters | Tablescape | Tying the knot | Cake

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introductions – montana

Introducing Montana! Montana is quite simply Alluring’s little ray of Sunshine. She may be the youngest of our tribe but she is definitely one of the wisest. As an Art major, Montana has an eye for all things beautiful. With impeccable taste and a keen attention for detail, Montana makes all events sparkle. Her kind and bubbly demeanor will put you at ease and make you feel like your alongside your best friend.

When Montana isn’t planning weddings she’s probably playing with the newest Alluring baby, or studying (aka: daydreaming/sketching your wedding design) at the hippest new coffee shop in town. All Things Montana… Mid-century modern, old books, her kitten – Gazpacho, Joshua tree, sappy movies, cute coffee shops, road trips, candles, bean n’ cheese burritos and vintage coats.

We love having this sweet girl on our team and we know you will all love her as well!

Photography Weddings by Scott + Dana | Makeup Makeup by Susie | Florals The Posh Posey | Venue Kimpton Sawyer | Rentals Found + Celebrations | Linens La Tavola

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girls getaway

Let’s talk bachelorette weekends… If you’re a bride who prefers North Face fleeces and pine forests over high heels and trendy bars, consider a glamping getaway for your bachelorette party.
Combing beautiful, rustic venues and luxury amenities, glamping destinations across California (and beyond) will charm even your most indoorsy friend! Sites in Santa Barbara and the Rusisian River offer a host of activities from camp classics like hiking and kayaking, to more unexpected pursuits like yoga, meditation, wine-tasting and fine-dining.
Make each day as active or relaxing as you’d like – just be sure to enjoy the time with your girls….and s’mores – enjoy those, too!

Mugs | Kayaks | Meditation | Tent | Airstream | Inner airstream

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introductions – kelsey

Intro time! We joke that Kelsey is the ‘muscles of the team!’ Everyone has a “behind the scenes roll”; the Momma bear, the Disney princess, the youth (haha), etc, and Kelsey is definitely the body guard + strong one.

Kelsey joined Alluring’s team in 2018. With over 8 years invested in weddings and events, her main goal is to always be the calming force for her couples. Kelsey knows that wedding planning can be as equally stressful as it is wonderful, and she prides herself on being there for her couples every step of the way. A bonus that comes with having Kelsey as your planner is that she has expertise in all aspects of wedding planning, including venue management, catering direction, and of course, full-service event planning. Kelsey loves the details and wants to help bring your beautiful day to life in a relaxing and enjoyable way.

You wouldn’t always know it by looking at her cute jumpsuit + long blonde locks, but chances are, she has a black eye under that makeup + took down a guy twice her size during Jiu Jitsu earlier that morning.

We love the diversity our teams brings, we all have unique interests, outlooks and personal lives, but when we come together we make for the most well rounded, experienced, fun group of girls, who will be your best friends in the wedding biz!

Here is a bit more ‘all Things Kelsey’… Her bulldog Nola, all things fitness, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, champagne, calligraphy, road trips, tropical flowers, iced coffee, sushi, and beach sunsets.

Photography Weddings by Scott + Dana | Makeup Makeup by Susie | Florals The Posh Posey | Venue Kimpton Sawyer | Rentals Found + Celebrations | Linens La Tavola


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trending: dried florals

As summer transitions to autumn, we find our thoughts turning to falling leaves, oversized sweaters, and pumpkin spice. This season offers so many wonderful design elements for weddings, and one in particular that we wanted to highlight; dried flowers. Dried florals are an increasingly popular trend in weddings.

Delicate and understated, dried flowers complement bohemian and rustic themes and can be featured in so many ways: boutonnières and bouquets, ceremony backdrops and reception centerpieces, seating assignments and garnished cocktails. Dried floral also makes a great addition to menu signage, table numbers, and desserts and can serve as creative ceremony confetti. Wheat, lavender, baby’s breath, and wildflowers lend themselves particularly well to dried arrangements, but roses and tropical greens have made for eye-catching installations as well.

Not only do dried flowers look amazing, they’re practical. After all, if the temperature rises, they’ll be no reason to worry about your decor wilting in the heat. And you’ll automatically have professionally preserved keepsakes from your big day to admire for years to come.

For a fresh, modern take, opt for fewer fresh florals on your wedding day. And look to the ladies at Alluring to help you along your way.

Dried Palms | Hanging Florals | Cake | Seating Cards | Confetti | Ceremony Florals | Boutonnière | Centerpiece | Bouquet

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introductions – Rachele

Fall is approaching, which is Rachele’s favorite season! With the cooler evenings, fresh crips air in the morning and opportunity to (finally) light her apple spice candles, she is a very happy girl. Rachele’s favorite place to be at any event is ‘behind the scenes’, which is why planning and coordinating is perfect for her. Combine that with her over-the-top love of organizing + craving to design and you get: Wedding Planner at Alluring Events.

Rachele joined Alluring as an Event Coordinator in 2015. She’s especially passionate about working closely with her couples to understand their unique style + helps to suggest details that will allow them to shine through. She loves love, is a romantic at heart and still sheds a tear at every wedding. With a deep understanding of how overwhelming coordinating can be, Rachele uses compassion, open communication and her years of experience to ensure a stress-free experience for her clients. She’s a triple checker + thrives under pressure. Rachele’s goal is to create an experience that leaves her couples looking back on their planning process in a positive way.

When Rachele isn’t working she can be found at home, in sweats with her husband, their sweet kiddos + fur child Remi. She loves brunch, to-do lists, road trips, fresh flowers, Rom Coms, tacos + nachos, organizing, animals, thrift store finds and house projects.

Photography Weddings by Scott + Dana | Makeup Makeup by Susie | Florals The Posh Posey | Venue Kimpton Sawyer | Rentals Found + Celebrations | Linens La Tavola


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bringing destination to you – greece

Have you ever dreamed of a wedding by the sea? Proclaiming your love amidst white stone buildings set into the cliff side, overlooking sparkling waters? Who hasn’t had that fantasy! You may not have a budget of epic proportions or the ability to get your guests to Mykonos + Santorini. You can, however, infuse your wedding, wherever it may be, with Grecian myth and romanticism.

Choose neutral, organic decor – white, ivory, wood, greenery – but don’t be afraid to play with different shades, patterns, and metallics. Incorporate varying hues of blue like indigo and azure to remind your guests of the sea – even if you’re miles away. Opt for lush eucalyptus garlands and white floral on dining tables and olive branches draped on chairs or encircling the cake. For fashion, let out your inner god or goddess with natural, flowing fabrics and opulent, metallic accessories. Consider olive oil as the guest favor or olive leaves as an alternative to rose petals or confetti for the ceremony. Above all, enjoy the day!

Invitations | Bride | Goblet | Olive Oil | Chair | Tablescape

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wedding cake trends

Wedding cakes with little frosting and one to two tiers have been a regular feature on inspiration boards for several years now. Naked cakes + cut cakes have highlighted brides’ preferences for minimalism and raw natural beauty.

But wedding cake aesthetics are ever changing, and we’ve recently seen them trending from small and simple to big and bold. Ambitiously proportioned and ornately decorated cakes are becoming increasingly popular as brides embrace the wedding cake as a reception focal point. Whether they incorporate floating cake stands, abundant floral, or numerous tiers, large cakes are certainly eye-catching. And they serve both decorative and practical purposes. After all, more tiers mean more dessert, and who’s ever complained about that?

If you’re looking to make a statement, consider an opulent cake with soaring tiers + consider Alluring Events to help you fit it into your overall design!

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