Unique Ideas for Hanging Wedding Decorations: Lights, Flowers, and Frames

Posted on May 25, 2017

Hanging lights and decorations can bring your wedding setting to a new dimension.

When I think of some of the most romantic weddings that I’ve attended, the two images that immediately come to mind are watching the couple wed under ethereal hanging flowers and then dancing the night away beneath a sky of twinkle lights. When I think about what makes these two images particularly special, I realize that it is the hanging decorations. When it comes to wedding decor ideas, hanging features are not only a good use of space, they are also visually appealing. Things like twinkle lights, flowers and plants of all varieties, and picture frames strung near the guest tables or dessert tables all conjure a sense of whimsy and enchantment.

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Achieve Company Goals by Planning an Off-Site Project Team Meeting at a California Nature-Inspired Retreat

Posted on May 21, 2017

An off-site company meeting in nature can wake up your team and their project goals.

The clock tick-tick-tocks from the far wall. Someone shifts uncomfortably in their conference table chair. A sniffle, a throat clears, and I glance down at my phone. Again. We’re all gathered here for another “Project Status Update” meeting. But we all know what will actually happen: We’ll fixate on details, wade through more reports, and offer some disinterested insight. It’s a demoralizing endurance test, repeated weekly, that never really feels like it moves the ball forward. At least, not in any way that’s truly meaningful to those in the room.

I start daydreaming about what I really want to contribute to the C-suite’s perspective; I want to say: “There’s another way to do this! We could re-energize our team and increase trust and respect if we could just get out of this stuffy conference room—if we could have some fun and feel more like ourselves. I know that would galvanize results!”

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Creative Ideas for 2017 Father’s Day Events in the Bay Area and Beyond

Posted on May 19, 2017

The Bay Area is full of creative ideas for Father's Day in 2017.

When I was growing up, Father’s Day often meant making my dad one of his favorite meals — like Mom’s insanely good cheesy tuna casserole she learned from summers spent in Texas and coconut ice cream covered in Corn Flakes as dessert. Music would play in the background and we’d sit around a bonfire outside and share stories.

My dad’s a simple guy and as my siblings and I got older, roles shifted a bit and all he wanted was to spend Father’s Day with all us kids in one place, barbecuing burgers, going for an afternoon dip in the ocean, or venturing on a walk through the grove to see his new banana plants.

Just as mothers are honored on their special day in May, fathers deserve an equally thoughtful time spent enjoying what they love with the people they love. Whether it’s some sort of outdoor activity, something to do with barbecue or ice cream, gardening, or cooking, the most important thing is that it’s a memorable day of appreciation and time together. Here are just a few ideas to help you plan a way to honor your father that he will enjoy and be grateful for.

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How to Plan a Relaxed Morning Timeline for Your Brunch Wedding Reception

Posted on May 12, 2017

Brunch, as a concept and an event, was designed to lighten things up. In his article “Brunch: A Plea,” English writer Guy Beringer became famous for officiating the marriage between breakfast and lunch all the way back in 1895. He introduces the weekend celebration:

Brunch is cheerful, sociable, and inciting. […] It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.

By planning a wedding brunch instead of the traditional evening celebration, you’re opening wide the doors for a relaxed, casual, charming, and light-hearted reception. You want the planning to be as stress-free as possible, but you also want the day itself to be easy and spacious. It’s definitely a good idea to sit down early in the planning process to map out the morning wedding timeline, leaving plenty of space for your brunch reception and any other wedding activities.

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7 Ways to Take Rest Breaks at Work, Inspired by Bay Area Corporate Retreats

Posted on May 12, 2017

I have a friend who swears by her mid-morning upside down break. Every day at 10am, she gets up from her desk, goes over to the couch, sits, swings her feet up and around so her legs rest against the back of the couch, and lets her head hang upside down past the front edge of the seat. She says she has done it so many times that it’s like coming home, and she immediately lands in a place of calm retreat. Her breathing naturally slows, and no matter what was going on before the break, she can ease into a smile.

My friend is really committed to this daily break time—as brief as it is. She even tries to fit it in during busy weekends as she’s rushing around the Bay Area to drop kids off at swim practice and birthday parties and to tend their community garden. If she absolutely has to schedule a work meeting during the 10 o’clock hour, she’ll reschedule her 7-minute upside down time for a little earlier or later. Regardless of what the inverted relaxation is doing for her, she’s giving herself a gift just by recognizing and standing by her need for time out.

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Creative Alternatives to Cutting the Cake at Your Wedding: Envision Your Own Ceremony

Posted on May 5, 2017

Feel bold to plan your wedding to be unique with these cake cutting alternatives.

Cake cutting is one of the most iconic wedding photo ops. Tradition positions the cake cutting ceremony as the first task you complete together as a couple. It’s more of a symbolic task than it is a functional one—since the couple stops after just a single cut or two and the caterers take it from there. But then, the newlyweds feed each other a bit of cake as a gesture of their enduring commitment to care for and support one another. Or—maybe—you end up with cake smeared into your professionally styled makeup and hair.

In the age of DIY weddings, it’s perfectly acceptable to let go of certain traditions if they don’t resonate with you. If you’re one of those couples who have been resisting the cake-cutting rite of passage, we’re ready to talk about some unique and realistic alternatives. In fact, we’re inspired to nudge you in the direction of creating your very own personalized ceremony—one that will feel authentic and representative of who you are and what your partnership is really about.

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How to Make Your Wedding Seating Plan as Stress-Free as Possible

Posted on May 3, 2017

Planning the seating arrangements for your wedding doesn't have to be stressful.

Years ago when my best friend got married I helped her with her seating chart. Until then, I’d never really understood why everyone said it was such a  stressful part of wedding planning. But two hours, and one pretty substantial breakdown later, I got it. Her parents were divorced and were not on good terms, her fiance’s family was all coming from Poland and spoke very little English, and their best couple friends had broken up a week prior. As if divorced parents, language barriers, and breakups weren’t enough, their venue wasn’t responding to questions about table arrangement. This was two weeks before their wedding.

Now that I work in the world of weddings, I’ve learned that my friend wasn’t alone—making the seating chart is a triggering task for most brides. Luckily, I’ve learned a few simple ways to make the process of creating a seating chart a lot easier. Let’s look at some common seating chart mistakes and strategies for keeping things as stress-free as possible so that you can stay in a positive, relaxed state of mind leading up to your big day.

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6 Ideas to Make Your Wedding Vow Renewal as Easy as a San Francisco Breeze

Posted on April 28, 2017

Follow these tips and tricks to keep your vow renewal ceremony stress free.

Was stress one of your wedding guests? When you’re planning a vow renewal ceremony and celebration, you can be much more realistic and selective about your guest list. In fact, you can be much more relaxed about everything: the venue, the dress, the menus, flowers, entertainment.

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Planning a Wellness Retreat, California Style: A Local, All-Inclusive, Immersive Venue Is Best

Posted on April 26, 2017

All-inclusive venues make planning your wellness retreat a breeze.

As a wellness professional, you know that retreats are all the rage right now—and rightfully so. They can offer a deeply transformative and restorative experience that so many of us are longing for these days. The planning and organizational side of a retreat, however, can be really tough—especially when you are trying to coordinate with your co-hosts. Hammering down every little detail can be time-consuming, exhausting, and incredibly uninspiring. To minimize stress and fried nerves while bringing forth positive energy, collaboration, and, of course, profit, keep things simple—hold your wellness retreat at a local, all-inclusive, immersive California venue.

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How to Choose What Food to Serve at a Wedding: California-Style Summer Buffet

Posted on April 24, 2017

How do you choose what food to serve at your summer wedding in California?

I never really realized the extent to which seasonal food enhances the entire experience of a wedding until my good friend got married last summer. She and her fiance’s decision to have a summer wedding was based solely on their food choices. They met in the summertime and their very first date was a picnic, which they enjoyed in the late July sunshine on the beach in Aptos. While their inaugural shared meal of chilled prawns, sweet cherry tomatoes, and juicy nectarines wasn’t really wedding fare, they wanted to enjoy the bright, summery, simple flavors at their wedding like they had on that magical day when the spark was first lit.

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