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Ritz-Carlton Laguna intimate celebration

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So I get a lot of calls saying, we are just doing a small wedding!. Not sure if they think that means the same decisions are not needed to be made or thought put into it, as larger weddings.  WRONG. The same decisions are needed and from a planner standpoint its the same work, just ‘moving’ less people around.

We do intimate weddings all the time and its becoming more the norm that couples wanting a Pacific ocean backdrop here in beautiful sunny S CA are cutting their guest lists down to be able to do their celebration at one of the top 4 hotels we have here in the OC, they may spend the same as a wedding elsewhere for 100 people, but for those lucky guests that are invited to one of these weddings, they get a more foodie or special celebration they are attending, plus with the smaller guest list you tend to invite guests that are coming no matter what day of the week you are getting married, they make a family vacation out of it, and that means for you with that flexibility great things, it could be a lower food/beverage minimum that you could now work with, it could be a bigger room that you would not have been able to get/use/afford for a Fri/Sat/Sun night event.

This wedding started with Angela’s mom calling and chatting with me because Angela was busy (as is also the norm, busy brides with work/life/families) and off we went, and bonus (because it was close to xmas and a weeknight the vendors that could, were more flexible with rates/offerings), it was a Thursday wedding.

I am seeing couples wanting to do unique seating with the smaller weddings, one row of chairs with a gap, one row no gap, spiral around the couple, circle around the couple, above you see another version.  And to make this even more intimate, our bride’s dad was the officiant, and he did a great job.

You also see that when its intimate  you can spend money on items you may not have had the budget for with a larger group, and you can get creative with the table setup in the dining/dancing room also.

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After we did the budget and I understood priorities and vision/style, I was able to guide them to a great group of vendors to consider/select from, and these were the ones I was lucky enough to work with that night: Frank Salas/photo (thanks for the pics above), CA Bride for the over the top round florals, huge I mean huge!! Peter/Vive Ent my dj for many many years, Design Visage for always making the ladies look fabulous, TMMPRO for our seamless glossy dancefloor with decal/lighting and chivaris, and to our friends at the Ritz-Carlton who we have had the pleasure of working with for the past 15 years and really consider the banquet/setup team our family we are lucky enough to see often!! xoxoxox

till next time


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Laguna Gazebo wedding

My job is never boring, so much variety, you never know who or what is around the corner.

I received a call from a lovely mother of the bride (via a past bride from about 3 years ago), she just started planning her daughter’s intimate wedding for 30 guests and it’s going to be in 4 weeks time at the Gazebo by Las Brisas in Laguna Beach, is this something I could help with, as it was becoming all too much for her.  Absolutely.  The wedding was planned for a Thursday at lunch time, they had the permit for the gazebo, she told me what she wanted to spend and the quote she had from someone she had found on the internet, for what sounded like a very ‘tacky’ wedding to me, silk florals, someone pushing buttons with recorded music etc.  I made some  calls, got them real flowers, a real guitarist, told her where to stay so the bride could walk from there to the location instead of getting out of a car and hiding around the corner, and who to have do everyones hair and makeup. 

The day came, the ceremony happened with that beautiful Pacific Ocean backdrop, all went beautifully and off to Las Brisas they went for lunch.  It’s times like this that I know I truely make a difference.  Not saying there is anything wrong with what the lady on the internet was offering, but I was able to get everything for the same monies and instead of that experience being for the moment, what I was able to help them have will be treasured and looked back on with elegant/beautiful memories for a long long time if not forever.  Aaaaaahhhhh.

Till next time


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