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Wine With a Wedding Planner Announces 2016 Winter Appearance Dates

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Event Planning Advice, Industry Shenanigans, Innovations / 01.09.20162 comments

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#WineWithAWeddingPlanner | Kerry Lee Dickey

Wine With a Wedding Planner” offers an innovative, community-based approach to wedding planning in complete relaxation.  It combines the expertise of Certified Wedding Professional and CEO/Founder of Santa Barbara Wine Country Weddings & Events Kerry Lee Dickey and the beautiful wedding locations Santa Barbara and its wine country have to offer with a fresh approach to a “meet and greet” complimentary communal consultation.

Similar to “Coffee with a Cop”, Ms. Dickey will be meeting with potential clients at various venues in the area during their business hours in a public area.  She invites anyone thinking of having a wedding in this area – or simply anyone planning a wedding  with need for planning, etiquette , or venue recommendations – to stop by, say hello and engage with her at no charge.  At all locations, Wine With a Wedding Planner visitors are

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Why Is There No Pricing Listed on your “Month-of” Package?

Blog, Event Planning Advice / 09.24.20150 comments

Photo by Stephanie Hogue

Photo by Stephanie Hogue

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…”

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Behind-the-Scenes Services Your Coordinator Performs That You May Never Know About

Blog, Rants / 07.19.20150 comments

Photo by Tim Halberg

Photo by Tim Halberg

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:

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The Appetizer Wedding Reception : What Doesn’t Work & Two Solutions

Blog, Event Planning Advice / 04.08.20150 comments

Photo Credit: Chelsea Elizabeth

Photo Credit: Chelsea Elizabeth

Every wedding and special event has a spending plan.  Whether you have $2,000 or $2million, at some point, one has to make choices.  One of the ways many couples decide to save money on their wedding reception food and beverage (the largest “slice” of the wedding budget) is by nixing a formal meal plan altogether.  This is fine in theory, but if not done properly, guests end up paying the price and all that will be remembered was a miserable wedding.

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Complimentary Firestone, Foley & Lincourt Wedding Planning Guide Announced

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Event Planning Advice, News / 01.22.20150 comments

FFW Wedding Planning GuidePlanning a Santa Barbara wine country wedding at the world-renowned  locales of the Foley Family Wine Group just got a lot easier.  Santa Barbara Wine Country Weddings and Events introduces a Wedding Planning Guide customized to each Foley Family Winery : Firestone Winery, Foley Estates Vineyard and Winery and Lincourt Winery.  Each beautiful & distinct property has an infinite number of possibilities and this guide walks you through the possibilities of each site, all while maintaining FFW’s policies and unique logistics and considerations in mind, so you are assured of a seamless event. 

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So You Saved A Few Dollars Hiring a Coordinator for a Few Hours Only. Congratulations. It Shows.

Blog, Rants / 12.04.20140 comments

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Photo by Mary Jane Weddings | Location: San Ysidro Guest Ranch

“Oh, I’m really hands on,”  the caller says to me during our initial interview.  “I will do all my own planning. I just need a few things put out and someone to direct vendors,  day-of.”  This is generally where our conversation and interview end or, if they are genuinely interested in the expertise of a professional, I can provide some education that helps to re-direct their thought premise.  The fatal thinking behind this notion is simply this:   the caller is most likely doing wedding planning for the first time and as a seasoned wedding professional, this is my approximate six hundredth.  There is no such thing as a  “hands on” bride who can flawlessly execute her wedding planning solo and have it turn out seamless. It is  because of this: 

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When It’s Time to Get Real About Your Wedding Venue & Budget. Top 3 Mistakes Clients Make

Blog, Event Planning Advice / 10.04.20142 comments

kld collage4It’s time for a reality check.  After hundreds of  weddings, I see this almost all the time:  couples come to our world-renowned Santa Barbara including  its beautiful wine country and see the epic resorts, private estates, ranches, beaches and wineries and they are smitten.  This is one of the reasons I’m so proud to call this place home and specialize in weddings in America’s Riviera.  The location options afford a unique wedding experience for the wedding couple that they – and their guests- will remember for a lifetime.

That said, with venue rentals ranging $7,000-$10,000+ just for the location (and often locations with incredible restrictions), many newly-engaged wedding-location- seekers are so star struck when they find that “perfect” venue that is “the” one, they will do whatever it takes at any cost to host their wedding at that location.  This means that they will

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2015 Luxury Wedding Planning Packages Announced for Preferred Venues

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Event Planning Advice / 10.27.20130 comments

Image-9371702-186747900-2-WebSmall_0_fe9f6c82616e39b4ed396afa9dbf5b49_1Specializing in the destination luxury Santa Barbara wedding, we are pleased to announce our 2015 Wedding Planning Packages customized for each of our Preferred Venues listed below as well as an up to $1,000 off special offer for a limited time (see below).

Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort & Alisal River Terrace

All Foley Winery Properties- Firestone Winery, Foley Winery and Lincourt Winery

Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara

San Ysidro Guest Ranch

Each Santa Barbara wedding planning package has unique features that take into account

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Announcing Our Sister Division Engaging Inspiration

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Industry Shenanigans / 04.05.20130 comments

526966_551924504830538_203932570_nAfter over 15 years of event planning, Santa Barbara Wine Country Weddings & Events is pleased to announce its sister division Engaging Inspiration.

Engaging Inspiration is designed exclusively for the wedding and special event venue, wedding and special event professional and wedding business. It targets social media, advertising, marketing and training specifically for the wedding and special events industry. 

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Planning a Wedding In Santa Barbara | Tips for Choosing your Officiant

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Event Planning Advice / 06.05.20120 comments

Almost without exception, there is one service provider that my clients are adamantly clear about when I ask them their preference for their Santa Barbara wedding.  That service provider is the officiant.  Any other service provider (i.e. caterer, photographer, florist,etc.) evokes an open feeling from the couple as they are open to different ideas from each provider.  But when asked about their preference for what type of officiant they would like (i.e. religious, non-religious, etc.), they don’t hesitate to

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