Bay Area Wedding Planner Janine Spediacci Helps Couples Focus on What Really Matters

Posted on February 16, 2017

Our wedding coordinator Janine starts the planning process by getting to know who couples really are.

“When you think of a wedding, it’s really the birth of somebody’s marriage and that journey they start on together.” That’s the idea that drives Janine Spediacci’s passion for wedding planning: helping couples identify what’s really important to them—not just for the wedding day, but for their lives and their futures. Recently, she helped plan a wedding for a couple of dog parents. Together, they found ways for their “fur child” to be a part of the wedding planning journey—as well as the wedding itself—because he’s such an important part of the couple’s life and love. He even had his big moment to walk down the aisle (and his bowtie cost more than the groom’s).

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Why Do Weddings Cost So Much? Comparing DIY Planning and All-Inclusive Venues

Posted on February 9, 2017

The wedding planning journey can be a long an expensive one, but all-inclusive venues offer many advantages, including cost efficiency.

Initially, Dave and Jennifer passed on the thought of using an all-inclusive venue, based on its price point. They decided to go for a less expensive location, and manage their budget by shopping around for the best rental prices to fill it—they had more than a year to plan, so they weren’t worried about the extra time it would take. Pretty quickly, though, as they rounded up (and narrowed down) a list of vendors and tallied it all up (including the delivery surcharges and other fees and taxes), their costs were pushing the original price for an all-inclusive package, and they hadn’t even figured in the open bar prices yet. But because they had started planning so early, they were able to rethink their wedding route—as well as their contracts.

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How Retreat Traditions Help Build Company Culture in the Workplace

Posted on February 7, 2017

Company Culture Reflects Its Individuals

Company culture isn’t just about the values, best practices, and history that make a business unique and successful.

It’s also very much about the individuals who make up the company—the people who live those values and best practices every day. It’s critical that the employees reflect the culture and the culture reflects the employees because it helps members of the office family feel connected and fulfilled, and that kind of engagement leads to real productivity and corporate success. And that’s not just a conjecture, either—it’s an idea supported by legitimate research. According to one study, of all the things that contribute to a company’s capacity to innovate, “the strongest driver of radical innovation across nations is corporate culture.” It makes sense: after all, your human resources are your greatest asset, and work culture is one of the elements that most motivates talented employees to stick around.

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A Wedding Website Can Help You Plan Your Destination Wedding in Northern California

Posted on February 2, 2017

If you're looking for a tool to help you plan your destination wedding in Northern California, try a wedding website.

I love the energy that comes with destination weddings. People are setting aside more than just an evening to be together—truly together, immersed in the celebration of your love, in a special place away from life’s usual landscape. Northern California is a popular destination because of its stunning views of the ocean, the mountains, and the redwood forests—not to mention the precipitation-free summers that eliminate the fear of rain on an elaborate outdoor wedding ceremony.

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How to Find the Right Fit in Your Wedding Planner or Coordinator

Posted on January 31, 2017

If you're wondering how you can find the right wedding planner or coordinator, start here.

“We just want the day to be over.” It’s not something we want to hear from a soon-to-be married couple, but when we do, it’s often because they don’t have a coordinator helping them out—or the one they have just isn’t cutting it. But the truth is that a wedding planner or coordinator can make or break a wedding, and that’s why it’s so important to find one who gets you, and who understands your vision and has the practical experience that’s needed to make it a reality.

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Getting to Know One of the Bay Area’s Best Wedding Planners: Jenn Dunbar

Posted on January 27, 2017

Jenn Dunbar is one of the best wedding planners in the bay area because she truly gets to know her clients on a personal level.Jenn Dunbar’s favorite part of planning weddings is exactly what makes her stand out in the industry: she really gets to know a couple on a personal level—and even stays in touch after the wedding. 
You establish these relationships, and you become really involved with a lot of their family too,” says Jenn. “That’s one of the things that I absolutely love the most.”

That’s also one of the things that bring a wedding to life in a way that is perfectly unique to the couple and what they’re all about. When a planner takes the time to ask, to listen, and to get to know who her clients really are, the resulting event doesn’t just reflect the details ordered; it reflects the hearts, loves, and personalities of those we come together to celebrate.

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Yoga Poses and Affirmations to Calm Wedding Nerves

Posted on January 24, 2017

To ease wedding worry, try these yoga poses and affirmations on the day of—as well as those that lead up to your big day.

It’s almost time to walk down the aisle. Dozens or hundreds of eyes will be focused on you, and everything you’ve planned for will lead up to this moment. Does this scene wake up the butterflies in your stomach? You’re not alone—wedding nerves are almost as common as weddings themselves.

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Make Your Wedding Unforgettable: Involve Your Guests in Naming Signature Drinks

Posted on January 21, 2017

Looking for a way to make your wedding memorable? Try getting your guests involved in naming signature drinks.

On my 21st birthday, my sister goaded the bartender into naming a drink after me. She was a literature major, so she called it the Bildungsroman. I remember this moment vividly, but not because of the name—I remember it because of how much time and care my sister took in coming up with it, and how much it meant to me at the time. It’s a memory held in place by feeling more than details: a warm sense of my sister and my other friends jumping at any chance to add to my happiness on this most important of birthdays.

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Planning a Wedding in Santa Cruz This Year? Better Put a Ring on Your Venue

Posted on January 20, 2017

If you're planning a wedding in Santa Cruz, best to book your venue early.

I caught a proposal in real time this weekend. My husband and I were at one of our favorite restaurants near the boardwalk. On the other side of the room, there was a young couple sitting across from each other at a tiny round table. They were too far away to hear anything, but like a magnet, my attention swung over to them as soon as he reached across the table for her hand. There was a knowing look in her eyes even before he spoke. The restaurant was full and buzzing with activity, but they were in their own little love bubble. When she answered, his smile revealed complete vulnerability. She started laughing and crying. I did my best to contain my own tears for their sake, hopeless romantic that I am.

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The Realities of the Santa Cruz Beach Wedding: Busy Shores, Uncertain Elements

Posted on January 15, 2017

While you may be drawn to the idea of he picturesque Santa Cruz beach wedding, the reality of the event is far from what you'll see in the movies.

Driving along Highway 1 on a clear day, I can understand the allure of a wedding right on the beach. The endless expanse of sand and sea seems to promise equally endless moments of poetic perfection. Then there are movies like 27 Dresses, which seem to bring that promise to life: in the final scene, Katherine Heigl’s character meets her groom at the end of a custom-made boardwalk. All of her 27 bridesmaids look perfect, even in the coastal wind, and there’s nothing but beautiful ocean waves and sand all around them. I can easily fall in love with the feelings this scene inspires, but trust me when I say that it is hard to pull off!

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