Weddings at the Palm Event Center feature a gorgeous winery estate setting for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Access to beautiful private grounds including wine barrel-lined ballroom and an outdoor terrace with sweeping views of chardonnay vines. Romantic candlelight sets the mood inside, and other architectural features include crown molding, sconces, a gleaming porcelain tile floor, and hand-carved impressive wooden bar. The softly lit barrel room for the ceremony was elegantly designed in ivory and shades of plum, royal purple, and lavender.
So you have a shiny new diamond on your left hand; congrats! Now that the bubbly has been popped and the news spread, it’s time to get to the fun part of planning. Over the next few months you’ll be tasked with everything from picking out the perfect linens to finding a DJ that will bring it on the dance floor. With so many big decisions ahead of you, we’re here (just like a trusty bridesmaid!) to help, with Real Brides Ask, a new series that tackles your toughest bridal questions.
“How do I get the most bang for my floral buck?” — Christina K., age 27, San Francisco
It’s not exactly news that weddings are a BIG investment, and one of the biggest budget busters is flowers. Whether it’s show-stopping bouquets for the bridal party to elegant centerpieces, it’s easy (soooo easy) to blow an entire budget on your floral dreams. We consulted flower powerhouse Jinger Leonard of Bay-area go-to The Flower House, and she delivered — scroll down for her absolute best tips.
Keep ’em moving. According to Leonard, the single best way to get the most value for your blooms is to make them work alllllll day, by moving them between your ceremony and reception. “Reusing the flowers from the ceremony makes [the reception] really grand,” she said. “It’s like getting two things for one price.” To make this work, the florist suggests using looser, layered arrangements on showcase spots like the altar and reusing them as centerpieces. (We think this looks especially great on long, family-style tables.) And there’s more sneaky switches. The flowers secured from hanging jars or other means at the end of the pews can be moved onto guest tables during cocktail hour. Bridesmaid bouquets can double as head table decor. Talk to your florist in advance: Getting her thinking about the specifics of your venue may give you a whole new set of doable moves. And make sure you clue in the event space staff or your day-of coordinator to make sure there’s a plan for who switches what arrangements, and when.
Be strategic. The types of flowers you pick have a big impact on the bottom line. And if your dream arrangements include peonies, roses, or orchids, you’ve probably already realized just how much. (Ouch.) But Leonard says you can treat yourself to all your favorite Champagne-taste blooms while staying on your Miller Lite budget — as long as you keep them in one special spot. “I take the best of everything she wants and put it in the bride’s bouquet,” she says. The bride’s flowers are typically the most photographed arrangement (and the one you’re gonna see the most), so include all your must-haves there. Using complementary flowers in the same shades for the other arrangements will keep your florals cohesive, but keep your budget from dipping into the red.
Get ready to fall in love with this romantic dusty rose wedding at Club Los Meganos in Brentwood California. The beautiful bride carried a soft and romantic bouquet of whites and blush with roses, stock, tea roses and silver dollar eucalyptus, her bridesmaids looked amazing in flowing dusty rose dresses and carried bouquets matching the brides. The outdoor ceremony was adorned with a rounded altar with blush and white flowers, the aisle was lined with hanging jars and soft blush and white rose petals. The reception had low lush centerpieces a tower of cupcakes and a fun romantic vibe.
Once in a Lifetime... Nella Terra Cellars is nestled in the rolling hills of San Francisco’s East Bay, surrounded by vineyards and lush landscaping. Liz made her grand entrance down the 74 step native stone, hand made staircase through the middle of the vineyards. Dreamy!
beautiful burgundy, soft peach and natural rustic greenery made this wedding at Nella Terra Cellars romantic and enchanting. The lovely bride carried a textured bouquet of burgundy, peach, soft blush, and interesting thistles. Her bridesmaids wore deep wine dresses and carried beautiful bouquets matching the brides. The out door ceremony held under the arbor that was decorated with seeded eucalyptus garland and floral corner pieces. The aisle was adorned with lanterns spilling with flowers and footed dish arrangements on wine barrels greeted guests into the ceremony. The tented reception had rustic touches with lantern or footed dish centerpieces, mercury tea light holders and picture frames for table signs.
The UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens is an enchanting woodsy wonderland with it's towering redwoods and shaded forest floor it was the perfect place for Mark & Philip to say I do! This couple had delightful ideas for their magical wedding, wild flower bouquets, moss and woodsy elements, deep forest greens, rich scarlet reds, and deep navy blue made this day truly special and unique. Their reception held at Elliston Vineyards in Sunol was a lovely transition from the redwood grove of the botanical gardens to the wooded vineyard winery. The tables had lush woodsy arrangements over flowing with ferns, moss, and wild flowers while the stunning cake by Cake Delight was dripping with an enchanted forest vibe. We are thrilled to have been apart of this fun and handsome couples special day!
The Brazilian Room in beautiful Tilden Park is both elegant and unique. The outdoor ceremony site is surrounded by a lush green meadow and wooded areas of redwoods and oaks. This couple kept the outdoors theme throughout the ceremony with white flowers cascading in and out of the aisle, abundant ferns, and rustic elegant lanterns. The bride's style was old Hollywood elegance and her lovely textured bouquet was abundant with roses, scabiosa, tea roses, orchids, and silver dollar eucalyptus. Her bridesmaids sparkled in navy and gold dresses and carried rich vibrant bouquets of magenta, deep plum and blush pink. The reception held inside the Brazilian Room was rich, bold, and enchanting. Deep magenta floral arrangements popped against the dark navy linens, gold candelabras and charges added brightness and shimmer, and details of butterflies and hummingbirds added enchanting touches.
You may be a great manager. Maybe you run an office or run your own business. Multi-tasking is easy for you. That is until you decided to have a wedding. Suddenly there are not enough hours in the day, and you simply cannot begin to plan all the details of this monumental event.
To hold a wedding you have to contact different business people in different companies and coordinate their arrival. If one of these key players in the wedding fails, the domino effect will begin. So how do you rope this in and ensure you have your dream wedding?
Time to Call in the Team
A wedding planner is a must. Even wedding planners hire a wedding planner when they hold a wedding. You have enough to do to keep you running. Let the wedding planner do what she does and you have time to iron out the details. Even a wedding planner hires a wedding planner when she gets married. This is not about ability; it is about balancing a lot of details at once. You simply do not have time to be the wedding planner and the bride.
You can get the wedding gown of your choice or have one custom made. But it is best if you work with one vendor for the bridal gown and the bridesmaids dresses. Using a pro like Azazie will put your mind at ease. They are ready with all the hot colors for 2018.
Somewhere along the line, brides became confused about the duties of their bridesmaid’s. Your bridal party is made up of people you love and respect, who are willing to help you pull your wedding together.
This doesn’t mean they are to be treated like hired help. Nor does it mean they are to ignore their own responsibility to help you. Make your selections carefully. If one of your maids in waiting has young children, you cannot expect her to have time to run errands for you.
Remember to be kind, thoughtful, and polite. Remember to thank them when they have taken their time and effort for you. The function of a bridesmaid is to attend to the needs of the bride. While the majority of the duties fall on the maid of honor, each member of the bridal party should be willing to assist. Whether that means mailing invitations, arranging flower donations to a nursing home after the wedding, or picking up your shoes from the mall. Ask your bridesmaids to help you and assign them duties as they have time to help.
Being organized for your wedding is not just a good thing, it is a critical thing. The organized bride has everything she needs at hand when she needs it. She is not searching for a necessary item that slipped her mind.
Be organized, but cut yourself some slack. If some little something goes wrong, you have two choices, laugh it off or ruin the honeymoon screaming and crying. The second option usually doesn’t end well. Life isn’t perfect, but you can be perfectly happy with a little effort.
Honeymoon Online Registry
Guests will expect you to have an online honeymoon registry. This has been the trending way to gift couples for the last several years. The easiest one is the free honeymoon registry by Honeyfund. This is free and easy for your guests and free and easy for you. You can link it to your wedding webpage and even link store registries to it if you want to. Honeyfund can be used to pay for events and activities that you choose. You do the work, and your guests simply select their gift and pay online on a secure site.
Follow these tips, and you are sure to have a beautiful wedding, with little stress.
Stunning winter wedding at Elliston Vineyards in Sunol California had a romantic rustic garden vibe. The ceremony and reception were beautifully decorated with dripping greenery, garden roses, and dahlias. The Altar had two large barrel arrangements, cylinders with floating candles and puddles of blush and white rose petals. The aisle was lined with hanging jar arrangements and softened with rose petals. Tall dripping garden styled arrangements on gold stands, golden candelabras by Pleasanton Rentals with low lush arrangements adorned the guest tables. The bride and groom's sweetheart table was enhanced by Fantasy Sound's grass wall that was decorated with lush garden roses, deep burgundy dahlias and dripping greenery as well as a table arrangement spilling over the front of the sweetheart table. The bride carried a beautiful garden styled bouquet dripping with greenery and filed with garden roses, dahlias, roses, and babies breath. The bridesmaids wore soft dusty beige dresses and carried bouquets matching the brides.
This lovely winter wedding was full of soft romantic candlelight, dripping greenery, deep burgundy, and shimmering holiday lights. It was a perfect winter ceremony inside the Wente Vineyard Caves with large barrel arrangements, cylinder vases with floating candles and white rose petals surrounding the altar. The beautiful bride carried a hand-tied bouquet with dripping greenery, Marsala roses, garden roses, burgundy peonies and scabiosa, and touches of blue thistle. Her Maid of Honor looked amazing in a shimmering champagne gown, as did here bridesmaids in deep Marsala dresses all carrying a bouquet matching the brides. The reception inside the Cresta Blanca Room was perfectly decorated with sparkling linens by Pleasanton Rentals, holiday lights, and centerpieces dripping with greenery and white and burgundy flowers.