There is something quite magical about saying I Do under a blue sky followed by dinner al fresco and dancing under the stars. Whether you are planning a home wedding, a hotel wedding, or a destination wedding on a tropical beach, planning an outdoor celebration requires extra thought.
One of the first tasks after saying “I do” is choosing your wedding location. While hotels and clubs have their own advantages, there is something quite special about having your wedding at a private home. Whether it’s the house you grew up in, a place you vacationed at or a house that you are renting, a home can be a special backdrop for your wedding day. …
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Celebrations may look different for now, but weddings and parties are happily still taking place. With extra planning, nimbleness and a bit of flexibility you can still pull off a memorable event. Here are some tips that will make the day a little easier to plan: Read more
Congratulations! You have met the partner of your dreams and you have a stunning ring on your finger. Now what?
Hiring your wedding planner should definitely be your first step. Some of our clients reach out in the middle of their wedding planning process. While this is certainly fine it is most beneficial to work with a wedding planner from the beginning to guide you with important early decisions.
Below are some things to begin thinking about before your initial wedding planning meeting.
Our furry friends have a special place in our hearts so of course many of our clients wish to incorporate them into their weddings. This can be truly wonderful and special and should work out great with a little preparation. A few things to keep in mind. Dogs are unpredictable. If you are the type of bride who will worry about what your dog may or may not do when it’s time to walk down the aisle then you may want to leave your little love at home.
If you choose to have your dog walk in your wedding make sure to have someone ready to escort him at the end of the aisle. This should be someone that the dog is very familiar with. Treats can help quite a bit. Do not tie your wedding rings on your dog’s collar for reasons that are most likely obvious. Read more
There’s something fun about having a party or event, or a simple dinner on a rooftop. Thankfully in Los Angeles, we can enjoy outdoor spaces with amazing views all year long. Rooftops set the stage for a fun celebration, whether you are planning a corporate event, a wedding shower or a night out with your girlfriends.
A few of my favorites include The Rose’ Garden at The Beverly Wilshire, which is pictured above, Catch in West Hollywood, Proper Hollywood, Hotel Erwin in Venice, The Roof Garden at The Peninsula Beverly Hills and The Nomad DTLA.
Outdoor weddings can be truly wonderful. There is something quite romantic and special about seeing a blue sky full of stars as you dine and dance the night away. However, You will need to be more flexible when you plan an outdoor wedding as opposed to a ballroom event. Below are a few tips to keep in mind when planning outdoor weddings and celebrations.
If at all possible, plan your outdoor wedding during a warmer month that has very little rain. Regardless of which month or which part of the country your wedding will take place in, make sure there is a back-up plan in case of inclement weather such as a comparable indoor space or a retractable ceiling on an outdoor space. Mention to guests on a website or an insert in your invitation that your celebration will be outdoors. Guests will really appreciate the heads up. Make sure to have plenty of heaters on hand as evenings can become chilly. The traditional heaters throw off more heat than the newer glass models. It is also nice to offer women Pashminas or have a collection of throws available. Remember to have a heater by Valet so that guests waiting for their cars or Uber stay warm.
We like to schedule a sample tabletop meeting prior to our client’s weddings and events. At this meeting we make decisions on what their tables are going to look like. We bring in pretty options for linen, chairs, chargers, glassware, candles and of course flowers for this meeting. We like to hold the meeting at the florists so that any changes in flowers can be made on site. The meetings are fun and productive and we love seeing our client’s faces when they see their potential table for the first time. At a recent tabletop meeting for a bride who is getting married this summer “Jackson” the resident puppy at Hidden Garden chose his favorite chair. This chair may need to change its name to The Jackson Chair…
We Love good food and so do your guests. Taste is the most important element. What you serve at your wedding or event should be fresh and in season. Bonus points if it’s also pretty but taste should be number one. Make sure Hors d’Oeuvres are bite sized and easy to eat. It’s fun to offer an eclectic selection but also make sure there are items that your guests can easily recognize. Offer gluten free and vegetarian options. variety is the spice of life – serve an assortment of hot and cold appetizers but concentrate on heartier fare in the chillier months and lighter items during summer. We like tray passing most items but stations can be fun too. Guests love fun serving vessels, just make sure there are servers ready to pick them up after the food is eaten. It is important that your servers know all of the ingredients in the items they are serving.
Love these sugar flowers. Dazzled Cupcakes does incredible work with sugar. Aren’t these amazing! Dazzled Cupcakes has been called the Vera Wang of Cupcakes.