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Wedding Planner Newcomer Workshop | A Power Lunch Mentorship Experience

Blog, Event Planning Advice, Industry Shenanigans / 07.01.201715 comments

Wedding Planner Newcomer Workshop

“A Power-Lunch Mentorship Experience”

Third-generation Santa Barbaran, Certified Wedding Professional, and founder of one of the area’s most successful and long-standing event planning companies Kerry Lee (Dickey) Doehr created this workshop in response to the demand of local newcomers seeking authentic and experienced advice from a trusted and experienced professional.

Read about our last sold-out PowerLunch Mentorship for Wedding Planner Newcomers from October 25th.

Workshop Highlights:

  • The unique challenges of Santa Barbara & Ventura Counties on producing events
  • Deciding what you will offer– packages, hourly rates, and more
  • Contracts– basic inclusions, including suggested terms and conditions
  • Marketing & advertising

Review of online and print options

The best course of action for starting out

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When A Wedding Planner Weds | The Reception Soirée Story: A “Mobile Dinner Feast”

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Real Weddings, Special Events / 05.05.20170 comments

When we announced to some of our closest friends that we just got married in a secret destination elopement to Santa Fe, New Mexico, one text came back immediately from a long-time friend:  “We want to host a reception for you when you return to celebrate.”  Seeing as this text was from one of the area’s leading event partners and her daughter, a professional wedding and event planner who had been my Associate for so many years, we knew we were in for something special.  But just how special, we did not know until we arrived at the private home of our hosts Heidi and Mike Whitcomb, owners of Ventura Rental Party Center for a grand celebration in style.  Event planners extraordinaire Heidi and Ashley  of Events by Ashley W. produced a night we – and our family and friends- will never forget.  My husband and I did not do one bit of the planning nor were we involved at all.  We provided them with a guest list and literally just showed up and stepped into our reception.  In fact, being on the other side of planning a wedding was almost overwhelming. I remember staring at our wedding cake for cake-cutting not quite sure how to tackle it, despite the fact I’ve counseled hundreds of couples for over 15 years on this exact act.

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Rain or Shine, Alisal Ranch Provided Glow for Newlyweds Megan & Joe

Blog, Real Weddings / 12.29.20160 comments

img_7664Bride Megan’s family have been long time guests of the legendary and historic Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort, like so many of the couples who choose to exchange vows at the ranch.  Alisal holds a deeply meaningful place in the family traditions of so many.  Megan and Joe hosted their wedding ceremony in one of the ranch’s main pastures, with cocktails in the Sycamore Room, a gorgeous dinner at Creekside under the canopying Sycamore trees, ending with dancing and more fun back in the Sycamore Room for the rest of the evening.  We decided to put the majority of focus of design where guests would be spending most of their time:  cocktails, dinner and dancing.

Sometimes the best plans are unexpectedly enhanced when a change occurs.  With specialty lighting planned to

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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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Elegant Montecito Country Club Celebration for Jennie and Kris

Real Weddings / 05.22.20160 comments

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One of my favorite images: Mother of the Bride Hannah-Beth glowing as her daughter makes her approach to the altar with her father.

When Jennie approached me about being her Wedding Coordinator and I discovered that she considered herself like the character Charlotte from the popular series “Sex and The City” and that she was every bit a charming as the lovely Charlotte and had smarts to go with it,  I knew this would be a wonderful working relationship.  I later found out that the Father of the Bride is a beloved Judge in our community and that the Mother of the Bride, Hannah Beth Jackson (now a California State Senator) has been a respected prosecutor and actively involved in our local and state-wide community for years.  This was a very loving, involved and connected family and it was an honor to have been chosen as their Wedding Coordinator.

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Fresh & Successful 2016 Season for Party Time with Scott Topper

Industry Shenanigans / 04.11.20160 comments

The amazing Host, Producers and Sponsors for Party Time With Scott Topper 2016 Season on TVSB

The amazing Host, Producers and Sponsors for Party Time With Scott Topper 2016 Season on TVSB pose with me

When Scott Topper first asked me if I wanted to co-produce and coordinate for his Party Time with Scott Topper show for 2016, I was honored.  He told me straight up that the show was like “community theater” and when he said that, he had my heart and attention.  Having a background in musical theater and also loving to support community, I knew the spirit in which the show would be produced and couldn’t wait.  Shows like this are all heart.  With an audience that reaches approximately three times the amount the Santa Barbara Bowl holds, as well as 5 million homes being able to watch the show on ROKU,  this was a great opportunity to showcase some real collaborative talent and have fun.

The first order of business for me was to come up with something fresh for his show for the new year, something that had not been done yet.   The sets in the past were gorgeous, and each year only got more beautiful. They were a lovely backdrop for guests to come, sit and be interviewed about their job.  And while this is the basis for the show, I wanted the way they were presented to be different.  I wanted to focus on a viewer “experience”, and do something different for 2016 that added dimension.

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Catering Connection Showers Event Profs with Love- and A Guest-Interactive Experience

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Industry Shenanigans / 02.11.20162 comments

unnamed-33I love my job, especially because of events like last night that combine my favorite ingredients of life:  amazing food and beverage, great company …and the pièce de résistance: great humor and fun between everyone.  As a mom who juggles two event businesses and all that life slings at her, you could literally hear the wheels of my car peeling out when the babysitter showed up and I high-tailed it to Catering Connection’s culinary studios last night.  In an industry where our entire focus is taking care of others, it is especially meaningful when someone takes care of us.  And Catering Connection, one of Santa Barbara’s leading full-service caterers who just celebrated their 20th Business Anniversary last year offered to do just that.  As a thank you to those with whom they work, they decided to do more than just drop off a plate of cookies (not that there’s anything wrong with that- I will never turn down a cookie).  They decided to give their event supply partners an evening out- an experience – if you will. 

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Amy & Jeff Celebrate “I Do” at Alisal River Terrace

Blog, Real Weddings / 02.07.20160 comments

art-amy-and-jeff-at-alisal-main-entranceI instantly adored Amy and Jeff, who were fun-loving individuals and knew exactly what they wanted.  They were a wedding planner’s dream client, always in a great mood, gave timely responses that were indicative of a clear self-knowledge, which of course, makes my job easier.  Amy and Jeff chose to have their charming wine country wedding at Alisal River Terrace, a satellite location associated with the main legendary & historic Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort.

Jeff and Amy exchanged their vows in front of the intimate lake at Alisal River Terrace and afterwards guests adjourned up to the terrace for a delightful cocktail hour with sweeping views of the wine country hillside and as the sun set, and the stars came out, enjoyed the glow of fire bowls, italian fire heaters, dancing under the stars and making s’mores!  You can check out video highlights of their day here.

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SBWCWE Consults With Party Time With Scott Topper TV Show For A Sparkling 2016

Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Industry Shenanigans / 12.08.20150 comments

Event Professionals in a Moroccan Cabana for Episode 1 of Party Time with Scott Topper 2016

Event Professionals in a Moroccan Cabana for Episode 1 of Party Time with Scott Topper 2016

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 fresh

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Marissa & Curt’s Nuptials: The Four Seasons Biltmore Experience

Blog, Real Weddings / 07.19.20150 comments

As a Santa Barbara Wedding Planner, I’m frequently asked which Santa Barbara wedding locations exude imagequintessential 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 that

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