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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Best Wedding Color and Flower Ideas for California’s 2017 Summer Season

Posted on April 18, 2017

Trendy flower arrangements are a great way to personalize your wedding style.

The Magnolia flower was Sandra’s grandma’s favorite. Her own family had a magnolia tree back when Silicon Valley was still known as the Valley of the Heart’s Delight. Jeremy’s grandma always preferred succulents, and their deck garden was overflowing with drought-friendly arrangements of all colors.

These two favorite plants were an unlikely pair, but Sandra and Jeremy felt strongly enough about incorporating this sentimental inspiration into their wedding plans. They worked with a Bay Area florist and their wedding planner to envision a rustic green, natural, and white color theme that relied heavily on the true forest setting of their venue. The simple tiered cake had white icing that was textured like magnolia petals with just one large and one small Sedum succulent peeking around the lowest tier. The bouquets were a creative mix of hardy, silvery teal succulents, as well as soft, white magnolia blooms. They even brought some of Grandma’s decades-old potted Jade plants to stand as sentries around the reception courtyard.

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How California Camp Venues For Corporate Retreats Can Make You Feel Like a Kid Again

Posted on April 14, 2017

Did you go to summer camp when you were a kid? If so, you no doubt have fond memories of playing team sports, frolicking in the fresh air, and telling ghost stories around the campfire. All of these activities helped transform complete strangers into best friends in a matter of hours. At the end of every night you’d climb into your bunk utterly exhausted, but with a sense of deep contentment and excitement for the following day.

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From Doughnuts to Drip Cakes: Alternative Wedding Dessert Ideas For Your Special Day

Posted on April 12, 2017

Doughnuts are becoming more popular as a unique wedding dessert option.

Everyone has a favorite wedding moment. Mine is always the cutting of the cake—and up until recently, I thought it always would be. There is something so moving about a newlywed couple cutting into a beautiful, tiered cake together—it’s their first task as a married couple. But last summer, I went to a wedding where there was no cake at all. Instead, the bride and groom had opted for gourmet doughnuts. Of course, the doughnuts didn’t allow for the traditional cake cutting, so instead the couple each held one, tapped them together as if they were clinking glasses of champagne, interlaced wrists, and took a huge bite. I was charmed.

More and more couples are opting out of the traditional fondant-covered wedding cake for more modern, unique options that not only taste amazing, but that look fun too. Since the doughnuts, I’ve seen a lot of innovative ideas for desserts at weddings. Each couple seems to have a favorite dessert or sweet that they want to be able to share and enjoy with their guests, so they incorporate it into their big day. Here are a few of my favorite ideas for unique alternatives to the traditional wedding cake that are trending this year.

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