The single most important element of my work is one that will never be featured in the news, will never earn me some prestigious industry award and yet, it is more important to my existence and contributes to my 15 year business success and reputation more than anything else: it is the work that really matters: it is investing in humanity and relationships with everyone with whom I come into contact: clients, event partners and more. Even more than this, but quite simply, it is paying attention and being present.
These simple acts of paying attention over time is what I call “investment time”. You may not
see results from it monetarily (or otherwise) immediately (and honestly, monetary gain shouldn’t be your primary goal anyway), but they do spell out long-term business over time. I have developed a faithful and loyal devotion to my brand because of their allegiance to me and my “investment” in them. People “buy” people, not just a product or service.
To invest in people, one has to pay attention and genuinely love the process. Here are some of my secrets that are part of my core value system as an individualRead More >>
I am often asked who would be so thoughtless to take gifts on such a happy day. Many of my clients say, “we knew every single one of our guests intimately and none of them would do something like this.” The sad reality is that it is not always the guests you invite, but their “plus ones” or children or relatives, perhaps some individuals that you may not know. It is rarely the staff working the event, although in some cases, it can be. At locations such as resorts and hotels where other non-wedding-invited hotel guests or the public have access or can pass through a ceremony or reception area, it can be complete strangers. And finally, for off-site, non-hotel events where the caterer is brought in, I know first hand that many caterers,Read More >>
Party Time with Scott Topper has become one of the community’s most beloved local television features. Produced at independent studio TV Santa Barbara, the show’s founder, producer and host Scott Topper, is the first to admit that it’s like “community theater”. So, for someone like me whose background includes the theater arts, the local “feel” of folks putting in their heart and soul into an endeavor with a little quirky touch really appealed to me. When Scott asked me to co-produce and come up with a fresh concept for his 2016 shows, I was thrilled. I have worked with Scott for years professionally working weddings & events and having watched Party Time with Scott Topper, thought it would be a great opportunity to do one of the things that I do best: inspire with freshRead More >>
As you are perusing through our planning package suggestions and starting prices, you probably noticed that “Month of” is the only package that does not list a starting price. You may wonder, “Well, how am I supposed to know if you even are close to my budget without a price?” or , “I need some kind of guideline on what to expect, as I’m shopping for Coordinators and need to know roughly what your ‘Month of’ even starts at…”Read More >>
I admit it. I have had some of the world’s best service training and have integrated many of these practices into my business and brand. And yet, I still always consider the nature of the event, the circumstance and have a keen appreciation for humanity in all its facets, styles, and also fully acknowledge everyone has a different style of “getting it done” at the end of the day. And yet. And yet…..Read More >>
At Santa Barbara Wine Country Weddings & Events, we have a required “Full Service Caterer” list from which our clients must hire. These professionals already adhere to service basics in producing weddings and events. They know that the caterer’s job is more than just to provide good food. They are the backbone of a successful event: from coordinating rentals to set up, breakdown, proper clean-up, timing, and so much more. Plus, they provide one of the most essential elements of any good caterer, and that is the element of pre – event day planning and communication with a dedicated representative that will be with you in the planning stages of your event. The latter is not always reflected on a catering proposal, and not paying attention to this can cost one dearly “day of”, or in unexpected charges from the sub-standard caterer (or other service providers who have to do extra work to accommodate what the caterer should have been doing to begin with).Read More >>
An experienced, professional wedding consultant is worth their weight in gold. And then some. Predicting and preventing crises before they happen has always been a part of our “legendary event planning expertise” we offer clients. But perhaps just as important, is our trademark that includes how we make people feel at the end of the event day. This includes our clients, every guest interaction and vendors, too.
We receive inquiries on our services and many are simply looking at price alone. And while we feel we offer significant value for our highly unique professional background and experience, our clients are also paying for our attention to detail in those moments and for those details in which we are not technically contracted. Here are just a few examples of what we (and many professional coordinators) are doing behind the scenes to make your wedding and event a seamless and stress-free affair:Read More >>
As a Santa Barbara Wedding Planner, I’m frequently asked which Santa Barbara wedding locations exude quintessential Santa Barbara timeless elegance , incredible views, luxury hospitality and offer value for their spending plan, as well. It may sound like a tall order to fill, but the reality is The Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara has been fulfilling this for decades, all in a legendary ocean-view setting. From celebrity clientele to those with more limited wedding spending plans, the Catering Sales and Event Professionals at Four Seasons have options for almost every style and budget. The pricing at Four Seasons offers value for what is received. You won’t have to think about a thing being taken care of, how to time your food and beverage courses, if the set up is as you intended, etc. Every detail is tended to with care and love and each sumptuous course arrives fresh and as it was intended to be experienced. The Four Seasons offers something very unique that many catered events for large groups simply cannot offer for those who desire it: “Tableside Choice” for dinner. This means thatRead More >>
With this couple’s dynamic background combining the West Coast television industry with East Coast elegance, refinement and tradition, Shannon and Mark’s wedding was a beautiful blend of “upscale fun”, all in the relaxed ocean-view setting of private estate Heartstone Ranch. Catered by Tagine Beverly Hills, the cuisine was a beautiful hybrid of California -meets-Moroccan and all the special touches throughout the event made this a memorable one for all the guests, who came from both East and West Coast to celebrate with this dynamic couple and their families.Read More >>
Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort has been hosting memorable weddings for generations. In fact, it has been the locale of celebrity nuptials starting with Clark Gable and Lady Sylvia many years ago. Besides offering picture-perfect backdrops for the nature and woodland-inspired wedding, the main ranch offers exclusivity for wedding couples, their families and guests, with a ranch buy-out (or in some cases, a “partial” buy-out). Alisal is not a typical hotel and because it focuses on a dedicated daily “program” for guests that is part of the Alisal legendary guest experience, all weddings require a “buy-out” of some kind, so Alisal can deliver the experience and service for which it is known. There are several options for Alisal Guest Ranch weddings and receptions and one of our absolute favorites isRead More >>