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Real Destination Wedding: La Quinta

By | Destination Wedding, Event Planner, Guest Books, Los Angeles Wedding Planner, Palm Springs Wedding Planner | No Comments

This destination wedding was just pure joy – our music-loving, awesome couple hired a killer band, Entourage by DeBois, had charming decor, and a fabulous backdrop in the Merv Griffin Estate.

When choosing a venue, the couple wanted an estate that could also serve as home base for their bridal party and family for the weekend. The Merv Griffin Estate has room for around 20 people total, and is absolutely huge – there is a lake on the property! Yet, despite the glamorous grandeur, it had an open, welcoming feel, as well, and is impeccably kept and managed.

We secured room blocks at hotels nearby and also provided transportation for many guests to ensure they could fully enjoy the evening’s events.  The couple’s passion for music was reflected in a vinyl guest book – guests signed records with silver pens as a momento to keep forever.

Catering was by Modern Art Catering, paper goods by Paper Source and Sloane Harmony Design, flowers by Desert Blooming Events, Cake by Dot’s Cakes, videography by KS Photo and Film, photography by Michael Segal, rentals by Signature Party Rentals, and planning by yours truly.

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Program by Sloane Harmony Design

Program by Sloane Harmony Design


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Show-off Sign-ins

By | Elizabeth Etienne Photography, Guest Books, Jeromy Robert Photography, Wedding Planner | No Comments

The guest book has been elevated to a whole new level: Not just a book anymore, they can encompass antique typewriters, photobooths, and even live actors! Here’s a few great ones from some of our past events:

“Live” Guest Book

At our recent Union Station wedding, the clients wanted an actor, dressed in a fedora and suit to fit the 1940s feel of the space, to register guests. My actor friend Rod took each person’s name, typed it onto a card, then glued in the card and an instant photo of each guest. The table was hoppin’ all day and night, and in the end the bride and groom had a book full of memories. Freya Photography caught all the action.

Photo by Freya Photography

Photo by Freya Photography


The typewriter made another appearance at an Old-Hollywood-glam wedding at Cicada. The clients wrote a ‘script’ with each guests’ name, and spaces underneath. Guests found their name and wrote their message underneath. The set up, with an unlit Lucky Strike, old books, and a brainy pair of glasses, says “screenwriter” all over it. Photos by the talented Elizabeth Etienne.

Photo by Elizabeth Etienne /

Tree Guest Book
For a whimsical guest book that works beautifully as framed art later, ‘trees’ (each guest signs on a leaf) are perfect. This one by Fancy Prints was used at our August wedding of 75 guests. The design is ideal for smaller guest counts. I gently mounted the paper on foam core and used a tabletop easel for display. Photo by Jeromy Robert.

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Sometimes the crowd gets so into the party, many of them forget to sign the guest book. Part of our job as wedding planners and coordinators is to ensure guests see the book – whether by re-positioning it near the door, having the DJ announce its presence, or discreetly hand out advice cards (another fabulous idea clients have used) to guests after dinner. There is only one night to get their well wishes on paper, and we do our very best to make sure it happens.