Vendor Shout Out {Simple Country Weddings & Vintage Decor Rentals}

Simple Country Weddings & Vintage Décor Rentals is your one stop shop for all the vintage décor items you may need for your wedding or event. To sit here and try to list everything they have would take me all day. They have everything from mason jars, chalkboards, to chandeliers, shutters, crates…and everything in between! When you first walk into Ramona’s place your eyes immediately scan the entire room, there is so much to choose from (you are going to want everything!). If you are not quite sure what exactly you want, that is not a problem, Ramona can help you! She knows her inventory inside and out and can help guide you to the best décor for your event.

{Kayleigh}

Sacramento Wedding Planner

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Downtown Mod Tablescape

Aubrey designed a tablescape for Alluring Events & Design’s upcoming spread in Her Life Magazine. The photo shoot was held in Beatnik Studios in the heart of downtown Sacramento. The venue’s urban vibe and the red brick wall made for a perfect setting (a definite must see, awesome space). We wanted to create a modern feel~less is more~mixed with an urban twist. We liked the soft muted pattern of the table linen and the pop of blue napkin, provided by La Tavola Linen. And the awesome geometric menu cards and escort cards were made by the über talented Throne Invitations. The beautiful plate ware, silverware, chairs, and table were provided by the popular Classic Party Rentals. To top it all off, Bloomers Floral Design used tall clear cylinder vases filled with tulips and topped with white orchids. Captured by the photo pro, Carmen Salazar.

{Kayleigh}

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Vendor Shout Out {Kaboo Photography}

We would like to give a big vendor shout out to Kaboo Photography! I personally first met Kaboo about a year ago and what a sweetheart she is. She is so kind and down to earth, she is an absolute pleasure to work with. She has such a nice demeanor and positive attitude, you can’t help but smile when you are around her. Kaboo does everything from weddings, head shots, boudoir, to family portraits and baby bump…which is fitting because Kaboo is also expecting (congratulations Kaboo!) Don’t just take our word for it, take a look at her website!

{Kayleigh}

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Super Bowl Party Etiquette

Went on Fox 40 this morning to talk about Super Bowl Party Etiquette. Tips if you are a guest at a party or if you are throwing a party.

 

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Wedding Guest FAQ’s

Wedding Guest Etiquette

There are tons of books out there for Brides and Grooms to help with the wedding planning process…the do’s the don’ts the how to’s…but there are few books out there for the actual guests. We don’t want you to feel left out or forgotten, you may have some questions for us as well!I’ve had plenty of family and friends who were invited to a wedding and have come to me with questions. So here you go, a Wedding Guest FAQ!

Invitations:

  • RSVP in a timely manner
  • You do not get to bring a guest unless indicated (John Smith & Guest)
  • If the invitation is addressed to you and your significant other and not your children, don’t assume they are invited. A lot of couples are doing “Adult Only Receptions” to cut down on price
  • There is a time on the invitation for a reason, don’t be late. If the invitation says ceremony begins at 4:00pm, don’t show up at 4:00pm, show up at 3:45pm. Weddings follow a timeline (and of course there is some wiggle room) but once one element gets pushed back 15 minutes, then so does everything else: dinner, first dance, cake cutting, toasts, etc.

Proper attire:

  • If the invitation doesn’t indicate what sort of dress attire is preferred don’t be afraid to ask!
  • Don’t assume because it’s an outdoor wedding that jeans and flip flops are ok.
  • On the other end of the spectrum, don’t show up to a casual summer wedding in a floor length sequin ball gown.
  • Attire is probably one of the questions wedding guests ask about most. It absolutely does not hurt to ask the couple or bridal party what type of attire is preferred. Besides, nobody wants to be “that wedding guest” who stands out like a sore thumb 😉

Seating:

  • Rule of thumb: the first two rows at the ceremony are reserved for close family members, everywhere else is open seating.
  • Don’t rearrange the seating chart. Just because you want to be at table 7 instead of table 8, it doesn’t mean you can switch place cards with someone else. Sometimes if it is a plated dinner, the seating chart indicates who ordered what.

Wannabe Photographer:

  • Of course everyone wants their own pictures of the bride and groom on their special day, but be aware of the actual paid photographer the couple has hired to capture all of the special moments of the day.
  • Don’t stand in the aisle trying to take pictures of the first kiss, don’t get up close and personal during the first dance or cake cutting, all those special shots will be taken by the professional. And I’m sure the bride and groom would be happy to share those pictures with you when they get them J

Family & Friend Involvement:

  • Of course family and friends want to be involved and help out as much as they can, but sometimes they may overstep their boundaries. People (especially close family members) sometimes forgot who is actually getting married…they want to invite their best friend’s cousin’s mom from college. But with each number added to the guest list is an easy extra $50 minimum a head.
  • You are invited to go look for a wedding dress or meet with the florist, it doesn’t mean YOU get to make the final decision. The reason why the bride or groom has invited you is because they feel close to you and value your opinion, but at the end of the day it is not your call to make. You can give your opinion when asked and even some constructive criticism, but remember to go about it in a sensitive and helpful way.

This is a wedding, not a college frat party:

  • Of course the couple wants everyone to have some drinks, dance, and have fun…but this does not mean it’s ok to drink like a fish, take your shirt off, and dance on top of the table…unless, of course, the bride and groom are dancing on the tables too 😉

Helpful Tips:

  • Mail your gift to the couple’s home prior to the wedding. This saves the couple having to lug around all those heavy gifts from their wedding, to their hotel, then back to their house.
  • The bridal suite is for the bride, bridal party, and close family members (usually mothers) to get ready in the morning. This is not an open invitation for everyone to go say “hi” or “good luck” before the big reveal. You’ll have plenty of time for the hi’s and hugs after they say “I do”.
  • Don’t forget to say an extra “congratulations” to the family members (especially the parents) as well. This is the day that two families are joining together; it’s special for them as well.

At the end of the day, this is going to be one of the most special and memorable days in two peoples lives, try to help make it the best day possible. Have fun, let loose, and celebrate the amazing day, cheers!

{Aubrey}

Sacramento Wedding Planner

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Getting Married In Wine Country!

Do you love wine??? I know I do! If you love wine like I do what would be better then getting married in the heart of wine country in the beautiful Napa/Sonoma, CA

There are many venue choices in this area. Wineries, bed and breakfasts, even Ranch’s if you want a more rustic feel. From the hills of Napa overlooking  vineyard’s and valleys, to the dark romantic depths of a wineries barrel room, the options are endless. The California weather will allow you to have a beautiful wedding no matter what the season. A few of our favorite venues are Calistoga Ranch, V. Sattui Winery, B.R Cohn winery and Olive Oil Company and, Vinters Inn.  If you need help navigating or just getting started call or email us anytime.

{Laura}

Sacramento Wedding Planner

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Budget Saving Tip of the Month

Hey all my budget bandits, coupon queens, and super savers! I know wedding planning can be frustrating and get expensive at times, but I do not want you to get discouraged. A wedding on a budget IS possible and I will do my best to show you how.  If you are like me and  still want that wedding you dreamt about when you were a little girl or boy 😉 but are not sure how to achieve it within your tight budget, then this blog is for you. As a girl on a budget I understand the need to save money and the overwhelming feeling of not knowing where to begin. This blog will help you make that first step towards budgeting your wedding and getting the most bang for your buck!

As a planner when I first meet with a bride I like to give them a budget worksheet. This will help you stay on track throughout the planning process. Once the budget has been set allocate a set amount for each category of the wedding: venue, flowers, invites etc… As you go throughout your wedding process make sure you are referring to the worksheet and are staying within the budget. I know little things can pop up during the process so make sure you allocate a little bit of money for the extra little things that sometimes go unnoticed or are forgotten.

TIP #1

For my first blog tip I thought I would start with the first thing you need to lock down when you start planning and that is your Venue and the date of the wedding. You probably won’t be surprised when I say that Saturday is the most common day to get married. It’s convenient, it’s traditional, and it is what most people are used to. Since it is the most common day it is also the most expensive day to get married. Many venues offer significantly lower rates if you book your wedding on a Sunday or even a Friday. Weddings do not have to fall on a Saturday like everyone may think. This is you and your fiancés day, pick what works best for you!

{Laura}

Sacramento Wedding Planner

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Vendor Shout Out! {Carmen Salazar Photography}

For our vendor shout out, we would like to acknowledge Carmen Salazar of Carmen Salazar Photography. Carmen does it all: weddings, engagements, boudoir, portraits, surprise proposals…yes, Carmen is the one who photographed my proposal. She is not only extremely talented, she has a way of making you feel comfortable and at ease. It doesn’t feel like you are taking professional photos, it feels like you are just hanging out with a friend. She is so down to earth and fun to work with, we highly recommend her!

{Kayleigh}

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The Wedding Planner Weds {The Engagement}

The Alluring team thought it would be a fun idea for me to do a blog series about my personal wedding planning process. I recently got engaged and will be starting my wedding planning very soon. So, throughout my process I will be blogging about my experiences (the good, the bad, the frustrating, the exciting, and everything in between!). First, I will tell you how it all started…
My fiancé’s name is Mark…he is a firefighter, a cowboy, a surfer, funny, silly, driven, and my best friend. We met about three years ago through, who else, Aubrey White (owner of Alluring Events & Design). We started off as friends, then began dating the summer of 2011 and began our whirlwind romance 😉
The Engagement:
Mark and I both have a passion for traveling and have wanted to travel somewhere tropical together for a while. In October we finally booked a 10 day trip to Costa Rica for early December. We were stoked. However, our plans eventually had to be cancelled due to a crazy fire season and Mark not being able to get off work. Needless to say I was a little sad. The week we were suppose to be in Costa Rica Mark asked if I wanted to go to Apple Hill and get our first Christmas tree together and do some  wine tasting…uhh ya! So, we drove to Apple Hill and got some apple doughnuts, cut down our first Christmas tree then did some wine tasting. We ended at our favorite winery, Lava Cap. It was a very cold day and the forecast said it might even snow. We were the only ones at the winery and got our favorite bottle and sat outside under the heater. Mark asked me if I wanted to take a walk through the vineyard. As we were walking we stopped to enjoy the view and chat. Mark then proceeded to give me a very sweet and touching speech, then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I burst into uncontrollable tears (not cute silent tears, full on ugly girl loud crying tears lol). Of course I said yes and jumped into his arms, still hadn’t even looked at the ring, and held him and cried for a while. Unbeknownst to me, he had hired the very talented Carmen Salazar to take pictures of the whole engagement. After I controlled my tears he was able to put the ring on my finger and told me to ‘smile because our picture is being taken’…and out pops Carmen! We took some more pictures then finished our wine and called our families…and just as we were about to leave it started to snow. I know, magical.
Hands down, best day of my life. I still think part of me is in shock and the other part is over the moon excited. I cannot believe how unbelievably blessed I am to get to marry my best friend.

Stay tuned as the wedding planning will begin soon!

{Kayleigh}

Sacramento Wedding Planner

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