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Rustic Ranch Romance at the Historic Old Adobe at Alisal Ranch | Cassity & Matt

Blog, Real Weddings / 11.08.20160 comments

img_6513There are plenty of private ranches on which to celebrate nuptials on the Central Coast.  But when one requires elite privacy as well as an extraordinary experience for all their guests in a historical setting with world-class service from a seasoned hospitality venue, there is no other choice than Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort.

Nestled in the heart of Santa Barbara’s wine country, the Santa Ynez Valley, Alisal Ranch has been excelling in hospitality and making memories for guests since the 1940s, when the first generations of today’s loyal clientele first started arriving.  Most likely many did not know at that time that their descendants would continue to make Alisal a family tradition for many generations to come. 

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Top Planning Secrets to Know When Booking A Santa Ynez Valley Outdoor Event

Event Planning Advice / 04.18.20160 comments

Escort "cards" -river rocks with guest's names & table numbers on a bed of moss.

A wind-proof idea: Escort “cards” -river rocks with guest’s names & table numbers on a bed of moss.

Chances are you’ve put a lot of thought into your special event or wedding.  From inspiration boards on Pinterest, bridal shows, magazines and much more.  So, when you found your dream location and booked it, it was like finding “the one” you would marry. It just clicked.  Santa Barbara’s own wine country, The Santa Ynez Valley (made up of five towns: Buellton, Solvang, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Ballard) are filled with epic outdoor event gorgeousness and charming rustic chic glamour.  No wonder so many decide to get married in our wine country.  That said, there are some items that , if known in advance, will not only help you manage your spending plan (budget), but contribute to a seamless event and help ensure the details that you put into all your planning and special touches is actually realized and that your guests are having a great time.  Here are our top highlights of the most common items clients are not told or are overlooked when booking an outdoor special event venue in the Santa Ynez Valley.

“Gone With The Wind”

Pretty much without exception, the wind kicks up in Santa Ynez Valley around 2pm each day and continues until about 7pm.  Whether it’s a hot or cold day, the valley is almost always dusty and it is windy – religiously.  How does this translate to your event?   

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The Work that Really Matters | My Top 5 Behind-the-Scenes “Secrets”

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals / 12.27.20150 comments

Image-9371702-186747862-2-WebSmall_0_3dc0d31a4e12d5eb10b7ea798c9c5deb_1The 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 individual

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Four Star Luxury Boutique Inn Forms Alliance with Us

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Industry Shenanigans / 11.10.20121 comments

I am so pleased to announce that The Santa Ynez Inn – the only 4 -Star luxury boutique inn in wine country – now offers dedicated professional wedding coordination services for all their clients with a Certified Wedding Professional and asked Santa Barbara Wine Country Weddings & Events to provide this service for them.  I am also excited to help them develop and launch a whole bridal program unique to the Santa Ynez Innfor their luxury bridal clientele.

The Santa Ynez Inn is a Victorian -style intimate boutique inn in Santa Barbara’s own wine country with a reputation for luxurrious and personalized service, so it was a natual fit for our companies to form this alliance. With our dedication to weddings and events in Santa Barbara’s wine country, professional background and experience and  the Santa Ynez Inn having a picture- perfect backdrop for an intimate wine country wedding experience, it only seemed fitting that

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She Organizes Happily Ever After

Blog, In the Press / 12.30.20081 comments

By Barbara Lanz-Mateo, Managing Editor of the Santa Ynez Valley Journal

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