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All Hail The Professional Hair and Makeup Artist

Blog, Event Planning Advice / 11.20.20190 comments

Photos by Willa Kveta | Hair/Makeup by TEAM Hair & Makeup

Brides (or grooms who wear makeup, we are all inclusive here), can we talk? That friend who “does great makeup” who has offered to do yours for your wedding day and has a heart of gold? Give them a huge hug and thank them for their generous heart, but ask for a raincheck for some other night- like maybe date night with your partner.

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Top Reasons To Attend The Santa Barbara Wedding & Hospitality Industry Mastermind Summit 11.12.19

Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Industry Shenanigans, Special Events, Uncategorized / 09.13.20190 comments

The first annual State of the Santa Barbara Wedding Industry Summit: Define.  Design.  Evolve.  was founded in 2018 with the goal of bringing together an entire industry at a critical transition point in our niche business nationally, as well as in our unique hub of Santa Barbara.   It sold out 3 months in advance.

Based on the feedback we received from last year, as well as continual industry polls, we devised 4 base items as the priority for the 2019 Summit:   1)  Length: participants wanted to go all day long   2)  Longer breaks for conversations and networking  and 3)  Investment price:  90% were comfortable paying $300-$375 for an all-day session.

For 2019, we re-imagined the entire Summit to a whole new level, and decided to curate it to a very specific audience:  the leaders of the Santa Barbara wedding and hospitality industry.  And by “leaders” it does not necessarily mean business owners- it can be anyone who is  passionate about our industry and unique destination wedding & tourism location of Santa Barbara and committed to evolution, ethics, integrity, progress and community.   Therefore, we are allowing only 60 seats – less than half of last year’s sold out attendance.  This is so every participant can receive almost personalized coaching and connection with speakers and each other all day long.

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Why You Should Never Post the Wedding Timeline for Guests

Blog, Event Planning Advice / 07.08.20190 comments

This article was featured on Special Events Magazine and made it to the top of Google News.

Many wedding planners (or their clients) may have seen (thank you, Pinterest) how charming it is to share the general event time line for guests to see—either on custom-crafted framed signs, in the wedding program, or on the couple’s wedding website. While many ideas are appealing in photos, they do not translate well in reality. For the inexperienced wedding planner and for the couple, who is triply more inexperienced, this can look like a charming touch—or if really naive—a way to keep guests “informed,” or a way to keep the event on track because “everyone” will now know the time line and be in sync.

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Rachael & Alec’s Alisal Guest Ranch Wedding Celebration

Blog, Real Weddings / 02.02.20190 comments

The historic Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort has been serving generations of families. What few don’t realize is that it’s not a typical resort: it is almost like a time-share where families have certain dates they traditionally come and stay every year, their favorite dining table and other unique aspects that don’t allow someone outside their regular clientele to typically just pick up and stay at the ranch on a whim for a quick overnight like a regular hotel. But when you’ve had the opportunity to stay at the ranch, you’ll understand why. And staying any shorter than 2 nights isn’t worth doing, truly.

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Katharine & Alex’s Elegant San Francisco Wedding at The Historic Presidio

Blog, Real Weddings / 01.12.20192 comments

There is no doubt one of the best parts of being a wedding planner is that clients arrive strangers and depart friends. I was so fortunate to have been the wedding planner for Katharine’s sister only two years ago, so I was especially honored when I received her call to be a part of her wedding in the “city by the bay”. I adore Katharine and her family (and now her new husband Alex and his sweet family, too) and being a part of this destination nuptial celebration was one of the highlights of my career.

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Cocktails with Coordinators: “The Radical Wedding Planner”

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Industry Shenanigans, Innovations / 01.12.20190 comments

Our Fireside Series continues with another “chat workshop”; but this is not your typical wedding business workshop. Edgy and sassy, we are really going to go “there” and get things going with some kicking content.

A Pro Mixologist will coach us while we craft two specialty cocktails to sip and savor while we dive into some pot-stirring content. With inspiration from Leadership in Heels, we will tackle some of the most controversial topics facing our industry and community. This session is guaranteed to get you fired up for your own evolution, as well as help foster some radical authenticity much needed in our industry at a crucial time.

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Fireside Wine With a Wedding Planner Series

Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Industry Shenanigans, Innovations / 01.11.20190 comments

Site of the next Fireside Wine with a Wedding Planner: La Maison

Part of the Fireside “Chat Workshop” Series, continuing from 2018, the inaugurual one for 2019 brings fresh content that will have you contemplating how you approach your wedding business this year.

Join us at the charming downtown Santa Barbara vacation cottage La Maison for a “power happy hour” with fireside wine (non-alcoholic options also available) and light appetizers and take a look at some invaluable relevant content to get you revved up for doing business differently this year. Highlights include:

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Kate and Geoff: Illuminated Woodland Elegance at Casa Grande, Rancho Dos Pueblos

Real Weddings / 12.15.20180 comments

When I get to be involved from the beginning of the planning process, it’s my absolute favorite!  After our initial meeting and reviewing the design planning worksheet I have my clients fill out, I went to work, and the planning months following were filled with lots of adventure and detail implementing Kate’s dream of “woodland rustic elegance”. 

One of the benefits to hiring a professional planner is that he/she knows exactly the perfect event partners to make up the dream team who will implement the client’s vision . 

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The 1st Annual Santa Barbara Wedding Industry Summit 2018

Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Industry Shenanigans, Our Events Industry Pros, Special Events / 11.15.20180 comments

On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, an entire industry came together in the Santa Barbara region for the first ever State of the Santa Barbara Wedding Industry Fireside Summit  “Define. Design. Evolve.”

The event, which was sold out 3 months in advance, was described as “the leading industry event of our area of all time” by one of the attendees.  After 20 years in the Santa Barbara wedding industry as an event planner, trainer and speaker, I witnessed many changes over the years, but none so rapid and dramatic as the last 5-7 years.  And what was happening on a national level was compounded ten fold in the unique niche of the American Riviera:  Santa Barbara, CA with the recent Thomas Fire and Flood , plus the challenges in our area with private estates hosting events.  After observing numerous industry social media groups’ conversations, I noticed there was an incredible opportunity to help colleagues define what was going on so they could custom design a plan best for them, and most importantly:  evolve.   In order to evolve, however, a foundation of understanding had to happen.

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How We Helped Predict (and Prevent) 4 Potential Wedding Disasters This Week

Blog, Event Planning Advice, Rants / 09.07.20180 comments

Sometimes we have clients who contact us stating that they “just” need us to do what they “tell” us to do and all we need to do is “show up” on the wedding day and “direct”.   There’s a problem with that.  Most do not know what needs to be done… let alone on the level it needs to be done.

While there are some coordinators  who may be willing to take this kind of client on, we do not.  Pointing people and services around  with no advance prep is all about putting fires out that could have been prevented in the first place.  And ultimately is costly to the couple.  You may save $2000 by hiring a day of coordinator who will only charge $300, but the potential disasters that could happen could end up costing tens of thousands of dollars in the end.

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