Archives for March 2015

Los Angeles Venues to Consider Part 2: Coastal Venues

Hello Lovelies,

As we promised in part one of this sweet series, we are back with more fantastic wedding venues that you are sure to love in the Los Angeles area. Many of our couples think of the beach when they imagine a Southern California wedding, and this week we are bringing you just that! Today we are happy to share with you weddings venues (that are not based out of a hotel) which are located on or close to the coast! Without further adieu, get ready to swoon at these beach-side wedding locations for you to consider for your day!


Cypress Sea Cove

The Cypress Sea Cove is a fabulous private estate in Malibu and with its 180 degree ocean view, this all outdoor venue with an expansive lawn is everything you are looking for in a wedding venue.  The venue is a New England style mini mansion rests on the middle of the property, and lends itself to have the ceremony take place on one side of the mansion, and then dinner and dining on the other. It comes with no rentals or other vendors attached, so this is a space where you completely built your custom wedding bit by bit. Cypress Sea Cove only hosts seven weddings a year, and with all it has to offer it gets booked fast. If you are looking for a venue with the best ocean view around, this may just be the spot for you!

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La Venta Inn

The La Venta Inn is a home turned venue is a well loved favorite by couples, and is unique as it offers both ocean and cliff views.  Located in the Palos Verdes Estates, this location is an indoor and outdoor space that is perfect for a couple looking for a coastal venue in the colder months of the year.  This venue allows for couples to get married outside with the beautiful views, and then for the guests to move inside in a warm, intimate setting indoors for dinner and dancing.  Oh, and we can’t help but swoon over the fireplace in the main room and the beautiful Spanish style courtyard in the front of the venue (perfect for cocktail hour or a small reception)! So pretty…


Adamson House

The Adamson House in Malibu is actually owned by the state of California. Not only is this space absolutely gorgeous, but choosing this venue directly gives back to the state. As a plus you can come check out the space at any point during government hours. Again, this is a venue where you bring everything from food to rentals in. Guests have the opportunity to tour the house during the cocktail hour, and learn more about this home turned museum.  The Adamson House makes for a beautiful location to celebrate, as it is fully outdoors with a large lawn and a beautiful Spanish style patio for cocktail hour.


Carousel at the Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier is a space loved by locals and visitors alike, and proudly serves as one of Los Angeles’ greatest landmarks.  While the pier is on the top of every “to see in Los Angeles list” you can find on the Internet, it is often overlooked as a wedding venue.  If you decide to get married at the pier, a part of the pier is sectioned off for your ceremony, with the water directly behind you (swoon). Once you’ve said “I do”, the celebration moves from the end of the pier to the carousel, which can be on or off during your reception.  We love that the local flair continues, as the ice cream shop on the boardwalk can provide sweet treats for your reception as well.  If you’re group is a small, relaxed crowd with a love for fun, funky, and nostalgic memories, this may be the venue for you!


Verandas Beach House

Verandas Beach House in Manhattan Beach offers a fun twist that isn’t seen in most coastal venues with its white and modern touches. This venue has tons of natural lighting, and it’s built in lounge furniture is absolutely to die for.  The Veranda Beach House is an affordable venue option, and it is only a few blocks away from the beach, which easily lends itself for beach photos.  At the Verandas Beach House, the ceremony takes place in a beautiful back garden, with the reception moving inside with dancing upstairs and dining downstairs.  Add a view of the Pacific from the upstairs balcony and we’re in love! The Verandas Beach House is a fantastic space, and we are sure that you will love all that this house by the shore offers for your big day.


With the beautiful beaches that Southern California has to offer, the options for a serene coastal venue are nearly endless.  We hope that these venues got some wheels turning, and that you find the venue of your dream.  In the meantime you can find us sitting by the beach resting up before wedding season!

Watch out White – Colorful Gown Ideas for Your Wedding!

Hi Lovelies!

It’s finally warming up outside, the flowers are finally blooming and spring is finally in the air! In this season of pastel floral prints, we at Marisa Nicole Events have been flirting all week with the idea of fabulously colored wedding gowns. It is true that ever since the days of Queen Victoria, a beautiful woman ‘all dressed in white’ is how we imagine what a bride should look like on her wedding day. While we gush over white dresses just as much as the next team of wedding designers, but today we’d like to discuss the idea of putting tradition aside and getting hitched in a gorgeous tinted gown. Hopefully you too will be inspired to think outside of the box and consider a more colorful dress for your celebration!


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If you aren’t quite sold on the idea of a colored dress, a light champagne dress, such as this one from BHLDN is a great option. We just love champagne gowns! As one of the most popular color options for wedding dresses, you are sure to find a style that fits your look perfectly.

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Soft Purple

The sweet elegance of a lavender dress makes us squeal with delight!  This ethereal Emily Riggs Bridal Ophelia dress is perfect for a beach or ranch style wedding. Pair the color with lace cap sleeves, and you have one drop-dead gorgeous gown!

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We cannot help but swoon over beautiful blush dresses like these, photographed beautifully by Jose Villa. Similar to champagne, but with a bit more hue, these gowns are sweeping the wedding world by storm and becoming available in a plethora of cuts and styles!  With just a touch of color, blush dresses are a great choice for anyone who isn’t ready to indulge in a more wild option.

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Powder Blue

While the idea of wearing blue to your wedding may sound shocking, a light powder blue is often more subtle than one might imagine.  We love this dress we found via Southern California Bride in particular, as the overlay makes the subtle, while still showcasing a fun pop of color.

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Everyone needs a foxy black dress in their life, so why not kill two birds with one stone and make it your wedding dress?  This funky black tulle option, as seen in a shoot by Green Wedding Shoes, is an attention grabber and is sure to stun your guests in the best way possible!

Whether or not you decide to pick a traditional wedding dress option, or choose a fun and fresh pop of color, we are sure that if you pick something that you feel like yourself in that your beauty will shine through.


Party Fowls to Avoid as a Wedding Guest

Happy Tuesday, Lovelies!


Huzzah – you have been invited to a wedding. The couple loves you, and can’t imagine starting this new chapter in their lives without you at their celebration. Of course the couple wants you to be able to let loose and have a great time at their wedding, but today we are going to help all you wedding guests out there by sharing tips on how to give these love-birds the best wedding favor of them all: being a good and gracious guest!

The truth is that at almost every wedding, there is always one guest who is notorious and everyone is telling stories about the next day. This week we want to help you avoid being that person. To that end, here are some guidelines for guest etiquette to keep in mind as you prepare for the wedding.

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  • There are quite a few moments at every wedding that only happen once, and the couple is paying a photographer handsomely to capture them professionally. We encourage you to let the photographer do their job (and to let the couple get their money’s worth) by avoiding getting in the way of the photographer’s shots. Seriously, you don’t want to be that person who is partially blocking the couple’s first kiss!
  • Please be conscious of being responsible in terms of what you do and do not post on social media throughout the event. Unless a hashtag is advertised, avoid posting shots of the bride and groom. There might be a reason why they aren’t encouraging people to post photos of their wedding, so just be careful of what you put out into the world of the internet without explicit permission


  • We at Marisa Nicole know the importance of timing at a wedding. With every moment of the day scheduled down to the minute, it is important that you are not the reason why any part of their special day is behind schedule. Therefore, if we ask you to move from one area to another, or if we ask you to take your seats, please do so my friends!
  • Plan to arrive at the wedding venue at least fifteen minutes prior to the time listed on the invitation. Upon arrival at the physical address of the venue, you may need to find parking, take a shuttle, go to the bathroom, or even walk down a long and windy path in heels before you finally arrive at the ceremony location. Keep this in mind and aim to be in your seat for the ceremony at the start time listed on the invitation. We might not start precisely at the time advertised, but you don’t want to be the person that the couple is waiting for to get hitched!

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  • The best advice we can give you for this area is to please keep it classy. If you’ve had a bit too much to drink and feel yourself getting sick, do yourself and the couple a favor by leaving the premises (or parking yourself in the bathroom)! The couple has paid for your booze all night (which they were happy to do). Now do them a favor and help them retain as much of their security deposit as possible by avoiding making a mess somewhere other than the toilet.


  • People don’t invite you to their wedding to get a gift from you. However, if you attend a wedding, eat their food and drink their wine, you really need to give the couple a gift. You have up to a year after the “I Do’s” to gift the couple. Trust me on this one, if you go to the wedding and don’t give a gift, the couple will remember for years and years to come that you did so!

Texts/Phone Calls To The Couple

  • As a rule, don’t bombard the couple with texts and phone calls on the days leading up to the wedding. If you have questions, refer to the couple’s invitation and/or wedding website prior to picking up the phone. If you can’t find the answer to your question, try asking another guest or member of the bridal party. The couple is busy, don’t bug them on their wedding day with texts about how you will be late or how you can’t figure out where to park…

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Appropriate Attire

  • Gals, once again we beg you to keep it classy. A little leg and cleavage is fine, but don’t go overboard and be the person the other women are talking trash about in the bathroom.
  • Fellas, just take the time to look clean and nice. Smell good, if at all possible!

Respect Boundaries

  • Avoid entering into area of the reception in which you have yet to be invited. If is a space is unavailable to you, it may be because the photographer still needs to capture detail shots of the tables, the stylists are in the middle of working the space, the caterers are finishing setting things up, or the couple wants a big reveal. Whatever the reason, be a good guest and play by the rules!

When to leave

  • Couples understand that not everyone can stay until the last dance. With that being said, if you have to leave the party early, try to wait until after dessert is served to hit the road so that you’re not doing the whole dine and dash thing.


Remember, the couple invited you to be a part of this special day because they feel like it wouldn’t be the same without you! By following these tips, you’ll avoid being that guest which the family, bridal party and couple remembers in a not so great way (for years to come!).

Fun & Fresh Escort Card Ideas

Hi friends!

Here are Marisa Nicole Events, we truly believe that the success to every celebration is all in the details. This week we are focusing our attention on one detail that is present at almost every wedding, the escort cards. In case you are one of the few people reading this blog who have never been a guest at a wedding, escort cards serve to communicate where guests are assigned to sit throughout the dinning festivities. How we choose to approach communicating these assignments is an area in which we can get super creative. Fab escort cards can help to bring a celebration’s look & feel to life. Without further adieu, here are some fun DIY escort cards that just might make it on your wedding Pinterest board after reading post!

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We love the organic feel of taking found objects and turning them into something fancy for your day. These seashell table assignments fit the bill by being both beautiful and unique escort card options. This project doesn’t require that you “shell” out tons of time… Just buy shells from a craft store or (for those of us in Sunny California) take a trip to your local beach.newest resize for blog-6

Find Your Face

This mode of communicating table assignments to your guest is always a hit! People love arriving at your wedding to see that you’ve taken the time to track down a photo of them and display it on your day! Warming: it will be more time consuming than you think to gather pictures of all your guests, but do it as a shared project and the time will fly on by!newest resize for blog-12

Paper Airplanes

This card is fun and easy to create. Guests of all ages would love it, and it serves to add a touch of extra decor to your dinning tables once guests arrive at their seat. Bonus idea: place a world map or globe next to your escort card table and have your guests suggest where you and your new spouse should travel next!newest resize for blog-5

Personalized Bottle Caps

If you are a craft beer fan (or vintage soda works too) this is the escort card method for you!  We love the idea of personalized bottle caps with the couple’s name adorning each escort card, and we are sure your guests will too! Once the celebration is over, save a few bottles and cheers to a job well done with your personal touches.newest resize for blog-8

The Key To Your Seat

We have seen a ton of this escort card made in the past few years, but it never goes out of style. Nothing says simple elegance like a vintage key, tethered with ribbon to a fancy card. Swoon.

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Wine Corks

It’s not uncommon for our wine-loving couples to get married at a vineyard, and this touch ties it all back to the venue. However, this escort card isn’t limited to vineyard weddings, this can also be a perfect addition to any organically rustic wedding as well.newest resize for blog-7

Customized Wine Glasses/Mason Jars

Get ready for the toasts ahead of time with this escort card idea. All you’ll need for this project is to add your guests’ table and name information on the glass (use cute paper, a ribbon, or even mini chalkboard, the sky’s the limit!). With this escort card you’ll be raising a glass to a beautiful wedding before you know it.

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Whatever escort card project you choose to tackle for your wedding, make sure that you bring you and your sweetheart’s personalities to the table. We encourage you to be distinct and do something different to help bring your wedding vision to life!