The Secret to Avoiding Stress on Your Wedding Day: Knowing When to Communicate

Posted on January 13, 2017

The easiest way to avoid wedding stress? Consistent, open communication.

If you tell me that you don’t want to worry about anything wedding-related between now and your big day, I’ll make it happen.” That’s what I told Chelsea during our initial consultation. I love that I can confidently make that promise, since we have coordination of the ceremony, the reception, and the catering locked down on our end. That was perfect for Chelsea—she was busy running a small business and didn’t have a lot of time to commit to planning the wedding.

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Prevent Wedding Stress with a Bridal Emergency Kit

Posted on December 16, 2016

One way to stave off wedding stress is by creating a bridal toolkit before the big day.

When Marisa told me that she was having her sister design and create her dress from scratch, I was enchanted—even more so when I saw an illustration of the design and, finally, the finished gown. Marisa chose shoes and jewelry that were nearly as unique. She said she hadn’t been sure that it would all come together as she hoped, but it did.

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If You’re a Wine Enthusiast, Consider Having Your Wedding in Santa Cruz Instead of Napa Valley

Posted on December 16, 2016

If you love wine and adventure, think about holding your wedding in Santa Cruz instead of Napa Valley.

When you think of California wine, Napa Valley is probably the first place that comes to mind. With acres of vineyards and gorgeous architecture, hundreds of couples swarm to Napa every year for elaborate wine-themed weddings. That said, it isn’t necessarily the best wedding venue choice. Expect most major wineries in Napa to be booked at least 12 months in advance, and in the peak summer season, you might need to book as early as 14 months in advance. In the winter, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a smaller, less-crowded vineyard that isn’t closed down entirely. In addition, Napa doesn’t offer a wide range of experiences outside of its wine culture, which will leave some of your guests feeling more than a little bored.

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