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Event Consultants: Customized Services for Brides and Grooms

By | Backyard Weddings, Blue Window Creative, Consultant, Day of Coordinator, Red Lantern Photography, Wedding Consultant, Wedding Coordinator, Wedding Planner | No Comments

When I started the business, I knew it was vital to give clients lots of options.  Somewhere between basic Day of Coordination and full-blown Event Planning is Consultation.

Day of Coordinators take the final decisions by the bride and groom – vendors, layout, food, etc. – and tie together all the logistics.  Do the florist and cake baker have to work together on the cake decor?  The DOC makes sure they load in at approximately the same times.  When does Grandma walk down the aisle in the ceremony processional?  The coordinator will give you the answer and line everyone up at just the right time.

This wedding at the Hotel Korakia in Palm Springs was elegantly planned by the couple, with budget oversight and general support from us. Picture by Red Lantern Photography.

A wedding planner does everything – soup to nuts – from finding the venue, advising on design and budget, and implementing the logistics – while this does cost more, often they save clients nearly as much as their fee in vendor negotiations and hours and hours of time saved.

There is a comfortable middle ground between these two services, and couples should consider consultation, which is a more customized set of services borrowing elements from both coordination and full planning.  We have the “You’ll Never Walk Alone” package, which includes multiple meetings, general budget oversight, event design consultation (with many digital inspiration boards flying between client and consultant) and overall guidance.  While we don’t attend vendor interviews or meetings with the client, we give them our 2c on recommendations and strategies for keeping the planning process nice and smooth.

No Worries consulted on all aspects of this backyard wedding, gorgeously designed by the bride. Photo by Blue Window Creative.

It’s important for couples, then, to think outside the box and realize they can have some of the services of a full planner without the cost.  When the client is traveling a lot, having a destination wedding, or working with a complicated venue (private estate, film studio, etc), having a great consultant will protect their investment and keep them sane.

Want to learn all about our various service packages? Check them out here , and feel free to give us a call or email anytime with questions.  Happy planning!

Aaaaand we’re back: From Palm Springs, Anyway

By | Acqua Pazza, Cakes, Destination Wedding, DIY, Flowers, Korakia Pensione, Palm Springs, Red Lantern Photography, Signature Party Rentals, Succulents, Sylvia Weinstock Cakes | No Comments

Wow. It’s been ages since I blogged! As a mom / house cleaner/ cook / event professional / laundry-doer, honey, there just isn’t a lot of spare time.  I love the whole mad rush of life, don’t get me wrong; it’s just, social media tends to drop down a bit on the ‘ol to do list, as much as I love going viral as often as possible.  My routine is getting more and more Swiss-Watch-like as time goes on, and soon I plan to blog 2 – 3xs a week. Fingers crossed.

And now.  Palm Springs.  Ladies and gentlemen, I love Palm Springs. I’m planning on making it one of my two destination wedding specialties (the other one being Paris – I’ll be there next month for a wedding).  The tranquilizing heat, the festive nightlife, the stunning mid-century vibe and architecture…it calls to me. I’ve been there many times, and each time I hop on the 111, I get a little smile of anticipation.

It was my good luck to meet a couple last year who wanted to wed at Korakia.  They booked the space – a gorgeous getaway with both Moroccan and Mediterranean elements – and we were off and running.

Korakia's signature: The front door in front of where couples stand to exchange vows.

One of the planning elements, the cake, had an unusual spin:  A dear family friend of the bride’s happens to be related to the great Sylvia Weinstock, and the cake was a gift.  I was on call throughout the week leading up to the wedding, tracking the logistics of shipping and driving the cake out to the desert.  Continental and Action Messenger did the delicate work of getting the showstopping cake to Korakia, safe and sound.

Buttercream morrocan-tile design...

Nader and Donna from Red Lantern Photography were so hard working and easy going; they’ve recently moved to L.A. from Palm Springs, and I look forward to working with them in both cities.  Soon their pics will be up too – can’t wait to see his pro images from the big day.  Acqua Pazza is a popular restaurant in P.S., and they cooked up fresh, delicious Mediterannean-style fare; the staff were warm and friendly (and rustled up some cranberry juice when yours truly got, shall we say, a mild heatstroke and needed a little sugar before cocktail hour).  DJ Chase Martinez kept the party going; Tom Laliberte and his team from Signature Party Rentals were so on top of it, so fun to work with, and Tom gave me some great inside scoop about the best of Palm Springs event venues and vendors. Lastly, my girl Mary Phelan assisted me from start to finish, and was amazing, as always.

Succulents and boxes stained by the groom himself

Eagerly awaiting the bride and groom...

This wedding was so much about friends and family coming together, from the groom’s family friend creating all the flowers, to the maid of honor writing the table assignments, to so much more.  When the sun set and the refreshing desert breeze set in, not only was the setting beautiful, but the atmosphere of love and generosity was palpable. I hope to have more weddings in the desert, and I’ll be lucky if they are with as sweet and fun a couple as this one.