It’s Fri-yay + Music Choices for your Day

Photograph by Andrew and Melanie Photography

I adore¬†a choreographed dance! And Marissa + Dakota’s did not disappoint! Music is such an important part of your day. In keeping with that theme, I’ve scoured the internet for songs that will make you want to DANCE all day long on your wedding day. Advice on processional music, pre-wedding getting ready with the gals music & what to play and when to play it during the day!¬†Hope you have your dancing shoes ready!

Just a little something for all you brides – to crank up loud this morning!

Urgent and Important! What music will you be walking down the aisle to?

Did you know you can easily edit your wedding music?

What to play & when to play it!

Plus, three past posts you may have missed:
* Host a brunch wedding
* How to use Pinterest to plan your wedding, without going crazy!
* Looking for ways to glam up your day? Ramona Arnold from Simply Country Weddings has you covered!

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It’s the Weekend!

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Guys! We are in the final countdown to Pippa Middleton’s big day. Like final, final countdown. ¬†A church wedding, glass palace reception and royals in attendance?!? I¬†couldn’t be more excited to see Pippa Middleton’s wedding day photos. My¬†bets are on Prince George and Princess Charlotte to steal the show!

It’s tomorrow! Details on Pippa’s wedding dress!

Everything known about her big day so far

Advice on how to clean and preserve your dress. I should really take this to heart as I’ve yet to do clean mine¬†(7 years on…)

Yes to this! Say no to losing weight for your wedding.

Plus, three past posts you may have missed:
* Host a brunch wedding
* How to use Pinterest to plan your wedding, without going crazy!
* Pantone’s Color of the year, Greenery is perfect for a golf course wedding

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Happy Mother’s Day!

In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday,we are paying tribute to moms everywhere. Whether it’s the lady who gave birth to you or your mother in law, sister, aunt, grandma, great grandma, family friend, or even the neighbor lady down the street, we all have that special woman in our lives who we owe so much to. There is something so extraordinary about sharing your wedding day with your ‚Äúmom‚ÄĚ. It is just as much a life milestone for them as it is for you. To all the moms out there‚Ķfor kissing our boo boos to helping us with our homework, for giving us dating advice to sending us off to college, and for teaching us about love and for watching us say ‚ÄúI do‚ÄĚ to our one and only, we thank you!

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Photograph: Ari Simphoukan Photography

Happy Friday!

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It’s the weekend! (well, almost). Happy Friday! Here’s to¬†spending some time relaxing with family, friends; and getting out into that gorgeous Sacramento weather!¬†Before you do, it’s time for our¬†Weekly Roundup where we curated our some articles that caught on attention. ¬†Time to sit back, see what you’ve missed and get ready for the weekend ahead!

A tattoo lasts forever… oh wait!
Hilarious engagement photo ideas…
Excellent marriage advice

Plus, three past posts you may have missed:
* Now trending!  Brunch weddings
* Use Pinterest to plan your wedding, without going crazy!
* Still love this¬†featured wedding! Alison + Craig’s beautiful day¬†¬†from the super talented Lindsay Undseth

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Cheers to the weekend!

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Any Easter plans this weekend? I’m keeping fingers crossed for good weather for the Easter Egg Hunts and weddings we are hosting this weekend! Hope you all have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web‚Ķ

Isn’t this the sweetest?

Kind of like Ted and Robin from How I Met Your Mother but, you know, in real life.

(GASP) No bridal party? Might just save you some money…

Plus, three past posts you may have missed:
* Host a brunch wedding
* How to use Pinterest to plan your wedding, without going crazy!
* Pantone’s Color of the year, Greenery is perfect for a golf course wedding

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Host a Brunch Wedding at The Pavilion at Haggin Oaks or Lakeside at Bartley Cavanaugh

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Nothing is¬†better than brunch¬†‚ÄĒ¬†except maybe a beautiful wedding. When you think about it, there‚Äôs really no reason not to merge two of your favorite things. Picture it with me:¬†a mimosa-filled reception¬†tent, a towering doughnut cake and ALL the bacon you can eat. And of course, there are¬†the hidden¬†perks: Your photographer is going to capture endless well-lit photos, and the vibe of the party can be as casual or formal as you‚Äôd like. Oh, did I mention that your morning wedding will be significantly less expensive¬†than an evening affair?

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A brunch wedding is one of the most cost-effective receptions you can have: Our Brunch menu can range in price from $18.95 to $27.95 per head. Your liquor costs will be much lower than an evening affair, in fact we offer unlimited Champagne, perfect for creating a mimosa bar! Not a fan of champagne? How about a Bloody Mary Bar? A wonderful option to keep that alcohol bill low!

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A recent bride, Mary, who opted for our brunch wedding option, said it best, “We didn’t originally think of a brunch wedding, we only knew we wanted something simple, relaxed, and fun.¬†We decided on a brunch wedding for a few reasons: it’s so hot in summer that morning was imperative for an outdoor wedding, we wanted to stick to our very conservative budget but still have everyone not have to work too much to make it all happen, and brunch at The Pavilion at Haggin Oaks meant the champagne would keep flowing. Plus, who doesn’t love Sunday brunch??

I know everyone says they enjoyed their wedding, but we really did have a great, sweet time. My husband has said multiple times since then how much he really enjoyed the wedding–I don’t know how many men can honestly say that! Katrina, our coordinator from The Pavilion at Haggin Oaks, was so patient and thorough with me through the planning process, and Rebecca found ways to make special requests happen.”

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Photograph & Cake by: Sugar Bits Custom Cakes

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Photograph by: Tra Huynh of Two Twenty Photos / Cupcakes by: Icing on the Cupcake

Having a brunch wedding allows that most of your guest list can attend. I mean, who doesn’t want breakfast? It can be as¬†fancy or relaxed as you want to make it, the natural light is great for your photographs, and summer mornings in Sacramento are¬†the ideal time temperature wise. Plus, a¬†brunch wedding gives you the excuse to put bacon on everything. Desserts, eggs, in your Bloody Mary ‚ÄĒ the options are endless.

Are you convinced that a brunch affair is the way to go for your wedding day?

Call Rebecca Kirtlan at 916-870-8597 for more information.

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Have a Great Weekend.

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Photograph by: Doug Miranda Photography

Happy Weekend! I still love, love, love¬†Jin Sun and Ben’s¬†¬†sweet wedding¬†photographed by Doug Miranda.¬†I’ve collected a few fun links from around the blogosphere to brighten up this cold and rainy Friday.

Any brides looking for sparkly flats??? These are gorgeous!

Because dogs ūüź∂

All your dreams suddenly become true with this wedding. #Goals

 

Plus, three past posts you may have missed:
* Wishing these two a very happy anniversary!
* How to use Pinterest to plan your wedding, without going crazy!
* Ramona Arnold’s¬†romantic, rustic elegance bring just the right touch to your big day

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Using Pinterest to Plan Your Wedding

Anyone who knows me, knows that I‚Äôm a little bit okay, totally obsessed with Pinterest. I‚Äôm constantly on the look out for creative pinners and beautiful boards to follow.¬†Pinterest recently commissioned astudy and found that 40 million people use Pinterest in order to plan their wedding. It’s easy to see why.Pinterest planning

Planning a wedding is all about defining an aesthetic. Do you want a rustic wedding or a vintage style wedding? What should your bridesmaids’ wear? How should your hair and makeup look on the day? Question, questions, questions!

This is where Pinterest swoops in to save the day. Pinterest is essentially a digital scrapbook. Gone are the days of lugging around wedding magazines, tearing pictures out and sticking them into your purse (yes, we’ve all done this at some point).

PinterestPageHere 5 things to know about Pinterest if you’re planning your wedding:

1. Start using Pinterest!

You can download the application for free on your phone or I-pad. Follow these steps on how to add the pin it button to your web browser, which will allow you to pin beautiful ideas you find on various websites.  It’s really simple once you get the hang of it. Pinterest ensures that each picture pinned is linked back to the original site where you found the inspiration.

 2. Categorize your pins

Especially when you‚Äôre getting started there is a temptation to pin everything to your ‚ÄėWedding Board‚Äô. Try to avoid this. It‚Äôs much easier to start categorizing your pins from the beginning. I suggest creating the following boards: Stationery, Bridesmaids, Wedding Dress, Flowers, Table D√©cor, Hair & Make-Up and Bridal Shower Ideas. Check out some of our Boards for ideas.

3. Secret Boards

Pinterest introduced the ability to create secret boards. This works so well when planning a wedding. You can create secret boards that can’t be viewed by your followers until you decide to share them. You can also share secret boards with your bridesmaids, wedding planner or florist without those boards been publicly accessible. (Incredible!)

4. Pinning on the go

Wedding planning is time consuming. Use your time effectively by pinning on the go. Pin wedding inspiration to your boards from your phone while standing in line at Starbucks, or waiting to catch your flight at the airport. Talk about multi-tasking!

5. Don’t forget to follow

Make sure you’re following individuals, magazines and service providers that inspire you. While there is a seemingly endless supply of Pins to pin and Pinners to follow on Pinterest (say that 10 times quickly!), it’s also a good idea to keep an eye on what the wedding industry leaders are pinning to their boards to gain inspiration from their collection of creative and beautiful ideas. Wedding magazines and blogs including Brides, The Knot, 100 Layer Cake, and Style Me Pretty all have a big presence on Pinterest.

Happy Pinning!

Interested in hosting an event at the Pavilion at Haggin Oaks? or Lakeside at Bartley Cavanaugh?
Call Rebecca Kirtlan at 916-870-8597 for more information.

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Event Special at the Pavilion at Haggin Oaks and Lakeside at Bartley Cavanaugh

Take advantage of our $600 Event Special, now through June 2017   at either the Pavilion at Haggin Oaks or Lakeside at Bartley Cavanaugh! 

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Recently engaged? Have a birthday party or upcoming event? Our $600 event space rental fee is good on any event scheduled through June 2017.  Hurry, as all future events are subject to a full price fee.

We’re thrilled to offer this¬†amazing deal.

Here’s what’s included with pricing:

Rehearsal and Ceremony Event Coordinator
White Resin Ceremony Chairs
White Resin Reception Chairs & Tables
Set up/Take down/Clean-up
Onsite Catering Manager
Floor Length Linens & Napkins in your color choice
Six hours of time (event can last until 2am)

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This is a savings of nearly $1700 for a Saturday booking!

This¬†end of year¬†special won’t last long, as dates tend to book fast.¬†¬†Choose our award-winning service at Morton Golf¬†and stay within budget! How amazing is that! Why wait? venues will book quickly, so be sure to set up an appointment with a wedding coordinator today.

Whether you choose the Pavilion at Haggin Oaks or Lakeside at Bartley Cavanaugh, rest assured that¬†our event and catering staff is dedicated to providing the highest level of professionalism and detail on your special day. That‚Äôs why we only have one event a day ‚Äď yours!

Limited dates available for this unbelievable event special.  Please call  Rebecca Kirtlan at 916-870-8597 today for details and booking information.

For more information, please click HERE to see our website.

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Vendor Spotlight: Ramona Arnold of Simple Country Weddings

Nothing sets the tone for a rustic wedding quite like a few antique props. Ramona Arnold of Simple Country Weddings specializes in bringing all of the rustic and elegant goodness to your special day. Whether you’re looking for velvet tufted settees, chalkboard signage or even sequins for an added feminine touch, Simple Country Weddings has it all. Old becomes new and antique becomes chic with their carefully curated collection that allows you to fill your event with decor large and small. Not just for the rustic bride, this small rental company also has items that will make any elegant, glamorous wedding perfectly styled.

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Tell me a little bit about your business and yourself!

I am a wedding & events planner located in Rancho Cordova and service the NorCal area. From Sacramento to Tahoe, or to the bay area. We travel wherever we are needed. I also own a vintage décor rentals boutique. I offer elegant rustic pieces as well as the latest styles of décor.

I offer event planning and coordinating services, including Day of Coordination, Full event planning, Design only packages and day of styling. We really are able to work within all budgets to ensure the couple will have a stress-free day.

I have always thrown my own personal events/parties. It wasn’t until after my own wedding that I really started planning events for others. I felt I could be useful in helping others stay within a budget while keeping their vision.

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What is the creative process like?  How do you work with couples to bring their vision to life?

A wedding day should reflect the couple’s personality. We will typically meet in person, review pinterest boards, and then offer creative ways to decorate and personalize their wedding to truly make it theirs.

Do you currently have any favorite wedding trends?

I love blush, champagnes, gold and fresh greenery. An Urban Chic with elegant vibes. Mixing touches of vintage décor with over the top elegant pieces. I love the fresh garland as well as the open, airy floral centerpieces. I adore the fresh green hanging floral centerpieces, adorned with soft florals. I don’t think I will ever tire of the mismatched mercury pieces mixed with vintage wood.

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Are there any trends you never want to see again?

I really do not like the fabric hanging from the tree branch as the ceremony backdrop. Unless you have the perfect space, with the perfect tree and the perfect climate, the fabric tends to blow in the wind and looks awful in images. Its too hard to control the outcome of this look.

Any advice for a bride and groom currently in the midst of planning a wedding?

Set a budget and stick to it. PLEASE do not go into a new marriage with a huge debt over your head. Choose the things that are important to you and let the rest go. Your family and friends are here to celebrate your special day with you. You do not have to compete with others. Your wedding should reflect your love for each other. It should be a day filled with fun and excitement.

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What makes your work unique?  Why should brides and grooms hire you?

I think when you walk into my office you get the feeling that you are home. My two boston terriers stand guard at the entrance waiting to greet each client as they come in. If I don’t charm you, they will for sure!!! I am down to earth, very relaxed, and I feel that I send out welcoming vibes. I am very upfront, and allow you to be very open and honest with the goal that you are wanting to achieve. I am extremely budget conscious, and every aspect of our design, whether rustic or glam, has a feel of elegance and romance to it. Don’t be fooled… Just because my business name has the word COUNTRY in it, does not mean we are not capable of designing an elegant, over the top affair. Country to me, is a feeling rather than a look. Its LOVE. Its FAMILY. Its WELCOME. We love the opportunity to welcome your guests to the wedding you have dreamed about.

What does a typical day at the office look like?

Dogs snoring while I answer emails, Dogs playing ball with my clients while we choose rental items, and lots of music and laughter. We are pretty relaxed while we work. And the dogs sure keep things interesting for us around the office.
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We get a lot of brides that want that rustic, romantic look for their wedding day, do you have any advice or ideas for them on how to incorporate that look into the overall feel for the day?

I would make sure to incorporate the different elements into their look. Weathered wood with new wood. Mismatched décor with different textures can be very welcoming and fun. Leather chairs mixed with fun sequin pillows, candleholders in all different materials, chunky and slim in different colors. Some new some old. And lots of florals.

Thank you so much, Ramona for letting us behind the curtain at Simple Country Weddings.

Contact, Like, & Follow Simple Country Weddings!
Website,¬†Blog,¬†Facebook,¬†Instagram, and¬†Pinterest….

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