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Wine With a Wedding Planner’s Seasonal Grand Finale in the Funk Zone: Jump On the Wedding Planning Bus

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Industry Shenanigans / 02.24.20160 comments

unnamed-61“Wine With a Wedding Planner” offers an innovative, community-based, complimentary  approach to wedding planning in complete relaxation (and some unconventional fun).  On Saturday, March 5th, for our last one of the season, we are offering a “Grand Finale” of sorts:  Jump on the Wedding Planning Bus with our partners from Jump on the School Bus in Santa Barbara’s famous FunkZone!  There is no charge for the complimentary wedding consultation


Santa Barbara Wedding Locations Feature: The University Club

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Event Planning Advice / 01.31.20100 comments

Photo by Sun-Dance Photography

And we’re off!  As I mentioned on my last BLOG entry, we are featuring several Guest Bloggers of Santa Barbara’s leading wedding locations.  I have hand chosen the Creme de La Creme of Santa Barbara’s elite wedding professionals to present to you in the coming months. Rather than just create a list of Santa Barbara wedding locations, which anyone can do without much thought by simply looking at a Visitor’s Bureau Website (and is ulitmately of no true use in the long run since it is not customized), I decided to go deeper and give you the inside scoop from the venue’s perspective itself. I am proud to introduce my first Guest Blogger, Ms. Chrissy Deferville, Events Director for the historical and lovely University Club.  Welcome, Ms. Deferville.

For those who have not been to the University Club, you must go visit it.  It is a quintessential private estate experience without the price tag of many of Santa Barbara’s private wedding sites.  It is truly a hidden gem.  From the incredible bridal suite upstairs equipped with powder room and shower to a wonderful area for the groom and his friends to pass time pre-ceremony.  The photos here and on their Website do not do this elegant and historic venue justice.  I encourage you to go visit the Unversity Club for your Santa Barbara private estate-style wedding , brunch or rehearsal dinner.


Due to the unique layout of the estate, with multiple large and small adjoining rooms, the Club can easily accommodate groups in size from 30 to 300 people and has hosted many famous guests over its history.Located in the downtown, historic estate district, the University Club is surrounded by beautiful historic homes, and overlooks the “prettiest park in Santa Barbra” – Alice Keck Park.  The venue is also within walking distance of many restaurants, shops and hotels on and around State Street.

The most unique aspect of having a University Club event or wedding, is that you get a private estate feel, that functions like a resort.  The Club is fully staffed, providing all food, beverage, staffing, set up, break down, and includes all needed “rentals.”



Sun Dance Photography

My favorite feature of our Club, is that every guest is able to experience the grandeur of a by-gone era.  Club service, cuisine, and general hospitality is rarely felt on such a level as what the Club offers.

Kerry Lee asked me what I love most about what I do in producing weddings and events at the University Club.  It is really quite simple. I absolutely love to see the creative elements of each wedding client come together to make their individual day such a fun and unique experience for myself and Club Staff.


To inquire to the University Club for your Santa Barbara wedding or special celebration, please contact Ms. Deferville at:  805-966-0853 ext.13  or email at:  You may also visit their Website by simply clicking on their name above.

Kristen Grinnel Photography


Four Seasons Biltmore Offers Amazing Wedding Promotion

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Event Planning Advice / 12.02.20090 comments

Valid January—March 2010
Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore Santa Barbara has a hot deal to
warm you up this winter!
Lunch Dinner
Butler Passed Hors d’Oeuvres
Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese, Tomato Olive Tapenade
Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
Malaysian Shrimp Roll, Lime Ginger Dip
Tossed Organic Greens in a Radicchio Cup with
Sherry Vinaigrette, Shaved Pear and Sun-Dried Fruit
Wild Striped Bass, Cumin and Organic Lemon Cure,
Crisp Potato and Baby Fennel Salad
Plated Lunch
Wedding Cake
(2) Glasses of Wine with Lunch
Ceremony Site Fee
$125 per person
Butler Passed Hors d’Oeuvres
Smoked Salmon Tostada with Crème Fraiche and Avocado
Beef Satay with Peanut Sauce
Parmesan Flan with Crisp Vegetable Spring Roll on a Chinese Spoon
Handmade Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli with
Grilled Radicchio and Shaved Potatoes, Truffle Butter Nage
Baby Farm Greens with Marinated Organic Tomatoes,
Olive Crostini, Balsamic Vinaigrette
Grilled Breast of Chicken filled with Potato Risotto,
Sage and Butternut Squash Ravioli, Cured Tomatoes,
Red Wine Reduction
Plated Dinner
Wedding Cake
(1) Hour of Open Bar
(3) Glasses of Wine with Dinner
Ceremony Site Fee
$175 per person
Based on a Minimum of 75 Guests
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