Wedding Day Self Care: 10 Tips for Brides To Live Your Best Life on Your Wedding Day

Wedding season is almost upon us and there are many things to consider when preparing for the biggest celebration of your life. You’ve read all the tips on how to choose catering, colors, and guest favors. Since this day is your day, we want to make sure you also take care of yourself! Feeling great and looking your best will help you get the most out of your big day. Here are our top ten golden nuggets of advice for all you foxy brides out there on your wedding day!

1. Start hydrated and stay hydrated.

First things first: drink two large glasses of water when you wake up on the morning of your wedding day. By doing this, your skin will be glowing and you will feel refreshed. Throughout the entirety of the celebration, remember to consume extra water.

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2. Abandon your phone and watch.

Ditch your phone and watch for the day! Don’t be concerned about what is being posted to social media or who may be texting you. Designate a trusted bridesmaid or friend to manage your essential communications. Trust your wedding planner to coordinate timing appropriately and keep the day flowing. It is important to be entirely in the moment and enjoy your wedding day.

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3.  Surround yourself with people who make you truly happy.

Getting ready for your wedding should be relaxing and pleasant. Prioritize your experience and keep your immediate company to those who will add positively to your day. For example, if you have a bridesmaid you felt obligated to include in your wedding party, discretely organize hair and makeup sessions to give yourself some distance from that person. If your beloved mom can also be a bit overwhelming, ask your best friend to be on “mom duty” for the day. By making these arrangements in advance, you will minimize conflicts on the wedding day.

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4. Look like you.

Hair and makeup is a fun way to enhance your natural beauty for your special occasion. Do what makes you feel your absolute best. Don’t be convinced by others to get carried away with a crazy hairstyle or heavy makeup that doesn’t make you feel like yourself. To get an idea of how a certain look feels on you, do a trial run of planned hair and makeup to find the style you love before a date night or your Bachelorette party!

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5. Monitor your alcohol consumption.

Feel free to enjoy a bit of bubbly with your bridesmaids while getting ready. However, don’t forget to balance your alcohol consumption with water, food, and time before the ceremony. We encourage you to have a good time, but not to go overboard.

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6. Eat!

Brides often get wedding day butterflies that give them a weird gut feeling, reducing their normal appetite. However, it is essential to make yourself eat something before the celebration begins. Dinner will be a long time away, and standing for extended periods of time in a long dress is not easy. You don’t want to feel poorly or, worst of all, faint. Before hopping into your gorgeous gown, munch on a little something — you’ll thank yourself later!

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7. Pack extra shoes.

There is nothing worse than being miserable by the time cocktail hour rolls around because your feet are killing you. We encourage brides to change their shoes often. Wear your cute heels for the ceremony and photos, but beyond that we urge you to wear heels only when you absolutely must. Bring a comfortable pair of flip flops or slippers to get ready in, a pair of flats for after the ceremony, and your most comfortable shoes to dance the night away. Being comfortable will allow you to have a good time!

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8. Stick with your partner.

We always encourage you to enjoy the company of your best girlfriends, but your wedding day is all about celebrating you and your partner. Make a conscious effort to spend the day side by side. Make memories together, enjoying the start of your new chapter!

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9. Get out on the dance floor!

If you want the dance floor at your wedding to be fun, lead by example. No one else will start dancing if the couple isn’t, so make sure the DJ starts the night with some of your favorites and get out there! This is a time to let loose and enjoy the festivities, so soak it all in and let yourself have a good time.

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10. Plan your exit ahead of time.

There comes a point in the night where there are few enough guests remaining that you will have to say goodbye to each and every person, leaving yourselves the last people left at your own wedding. Do not wait until this moment to leave! Avoid this uncomfortable scenario by planning a sendoff in advance. Or, if you prefer, do an Irish farewell, quietly exiting and letting the party continue. Either way, plan it!

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From properly fueling yourself for the day to prioritizing your own comfort to making arrangements that will help the day flow smoothly, these tips will help you, as a bride, enjoy your wedding day to the fullest!

Wedding Venue 101: Things to Consider When Finding the Perfect Spot to Tie the Knot

Happy Wedding Wednesday, Lovebirds!

Wedding planning season is underway and we know that many newly-engaged couples are in search of the perfect location to tie the knot. Finding the right wedding venue may seem like a daunting task, but we are here to help! Whether you want an enchanting evening spent outdoors, a modern urban space, or the feel of a traditional chapel ceremony, the perfect venue for you is out there. So, without further ado, we’d like to share with you our most important considerations for selecting your venue.

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Photo Credit: Hom Photography 

Venue: Catalina View Gardens 

Staying in Budget

First things first: the financial component. When looking at a venue, assessing the overall budget for your wedding is where you should start. If the comprehensive cost of the location fee, reception expenses, food and beverage costs, and functional rental fees is only 40-50% of your overall budget, you can afford that venue. If it at all exceeds 50% of your budget, that venue is too expensive.

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Photo Credit: Jessica Hickerson 

Venue: Private Estate

Keep Future Costs in Mind

A venue you love may seem like an area you are willing to spend beyond your price range, but we discourage you from doing so. Choosing a venue that is too expensive will prevent you from being able to splurge on any other areas of your wedding. Since the detail costs are not as flexible as venue costs, you will be forced to cut back in pretty much every other area if you are to stay in budget. Small touches are what make big differences in personalizing and polishing your big day!

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Venue: Verandas Beach House 

Identify Venue Values

Just as important as understanding your budget is identifying what we call “venue values.” Your venue values are the most important things you are looking for in a site. These values will contribute to the overall vibe of your big day. Do you value natural beauty? Is having rolling vineyards setting the stage for your reception important to you and your partner? How about a mountain or ocean scene? Or maybe you envision a chic ballroom setting? Establishing this before searching for a venue will accelerate the process of finding your ideal space.

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Photo Credit: Chloe Moore 

Venue: Rancho Las Lomas 

Prioritize Venue Features

Next, narrow down locations based on the venue features that are essential to you. These are the make-or-break amenities the final spot must include. Consider if having on-site bathrooms, as opposed to bringing in portable restrooms, is important to you. Assess the height of ceilings, pillars, and chandeliers in a potential ballroom. See if adequate power is accessible on site. Ask if rentals are included with the venue. If overnight guest accomodations is a must, ensure that this will be an option at the location you are considering.

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Photo Credit: Salt + Sky Studios 

Venue: Topa Mountain Winery 

Go on a Venue Hunt

Finally, you must go out and find that perfect venue. Our #1 piece of advice is: only look at places that are viable options, meeting both your budget and venue values. When you have found a venue you are seriously considering, go visit! Take as many pictures as needed, visualize how your wedding would play out at this location, and ask all the questions. These might include whether you will be required to work with in-house vendors and if the venue has time, alcohol, or sound restrictions you should be aware of.

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Photo Credit: Birds of a Feather 

Venue: Avalon Hotel Palm Springs 

Follow your Gut Feeling

Choose the venue that gives you what clients have called “that warm, fuzzy feeling.” Pick the place that feels right and at home. This comfortable, gut feeling will confirm you have found the one!

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Photo Credit: Iris & Light 

Venue: Pine Rose Cabins 

Planning your wedding is an exciting time. It marks the beginning of a new chapter with your partner and the countdown to your big day! Feeling stressed about finding the right venue should not take away from this excitement. We hope that these tips will ease your venue hunt!

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Venue: La Venta Inn 

An Enchanting Evening of Love: Emily and Brett Married!

Happy Wedding Wednesday, Lovebirds!

Today, we are so excited to share with you another beautiful celebration of love! We enjoyed working with Emily and Brett to make their dream of an intimate vineyard dinner party come to life. The soirée had a natural rustic feel with a contemporary flair, and we absolutely loved how it turned out!

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Emily and Brett tied the knot at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu. With the perfect combination of natural beauty and rustic charm, the venue set the stage for a stunning celebration. The colors we chose for the event were whites and greens, with diluted blush touches. These selections paired perfectly against the cobalt blue groom and groomsmens’ suits. We accented the venue with wooden details in order to keep with the natural, rustic feel.

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Overlooking beautiful vineyards within the Santa Monica Mountains, this venue was the ideal location for the couple to exchange their “I Do’s.” Guests were greeted with a glass of the couple’s favorite Saddlerock wine, Rosé (all day!). The intricate oak Chuppah was bound with grape vines, which we perfected with chiffon hanging drapery and a touch of greenery, along with delicate white and blush florals.

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

For cocktail hour, we set up an intimate lounge area with a modern and clean feel. Since the couple wanted to maintain a fun and playful atmosphere, we included a games, such as cornhold, jenga and even tic-tac-toe… XOXO! The couple also selected signature cocktails to inspire their guests’ drink choices. These could be enjoyed in the lounge area, alongside appetizers. The miniature tacos were surely a guest favorite!

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

For the reception, we draped white table runners over exposed wooden tables to further incorporate the simple, rustic feel. The tables were topped with organic greenery and gorgeous white and blush arrangements. The table settings were minimal, with a clean look, and were each completed with a blush-toned glass to add a pop of color. One of our favorite parts of the reception was the stunning sweethearts’ table, the perfect place for the newlyweds to enjoy their evening surrounded by loved ones.

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

By night, the dance floor transformed into a magical space illuminated by glowing lights. The draping garden lights, ornate chandeliers, and hanging fairy lights created an enchanting atmosphere for guests to dance the night away. It truly was straight out of a fairytale.

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

The night concluded on a playful note with dancing, photo booth shenanigans, and an ice cream sundae bar. Good times were had by all, particularly the new Mr. & Mrs!

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

That’s it for now, lovebirds! We hope you’ve enjoyed taking a peek at Emily and Brett’s stunning celebration. We feel so grateful we were able to be a part of their special day, and wish all the best for them in this new chapter together!

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Vendor Love:

Designer Cocktails for your Spring Soirée

Hello again, Lovebirds!

Spring is just around the corner, and many of you are excitedly putting finishing touches on plans for your big day. Signature cocktails have become a fun way to personalize your reception, and we want to make sure both you and your wedding guests are equipped with the most delicious, beautiful libations at your springtime celebration! No matter what your alcohol of choice is, we’ve got you covered! So find your favorite, then try out these flavorful recipes.

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Vodka: Tuscan Pear Cocktail

The only thing better than how good it looks is how good it tastes. For a decorative and unexpectedly delicious treat, try out this pear-infused cocktail!

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Photo Credit: Wine Traveler (Left) Birds of a Feather (Right)

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Grey Goose La Poire pear-flavored vodka
  • ½ part Limoncello
  • ½ part Ginger Liqueur
  • ¾ part Blood Orange Juice
  • ¼ part Simple Syrup
  • Garnish (optional): Mint Leaves, Dried Pears, Lemon Confit

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake until fully mixed.
  • Rim serving glass with sugar and fill with crushed ice.
  • Pour mixed drink into glass.
  • Garnish with mint leaves, dried pears, or lemon confit.

Tequila: Strawberry Paloma

In the mood for something sweet and tangy? This drink is sure to please your guests and add a pop of color to your cocktail hour!

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Strawberry Simple Syrup
  • 0.5 oz Fresh-Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1.5 oz Blanco Tequila
  • 4 oz Grapefruit Juice
  • Garnish (optional): Grapefruit Wedge or Strawberry

Directions:

  • Fill glass with crushed ice.
  • Combine tequila, lime juice, and strawberry simple syrup.
  • Top with grapefruit soda.
  • For a little something extra, garnish with grapefruit wedge or strawberry.

Gin: Elderflower Gin and Tonic

Here’s a delicious, fun twist on a classic. For a casual garden touch, we suggest serving this one in a mason jar!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz Gin
  • 1 oz Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1 ½ oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 Small Sprig Fresh Rosemary
  • 6 oz Tonic Water
  • Garnish (optional): Juniper Berries, Rosemary, Sliced Grapefruit

Directions:

  • Fill cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Combine gin, elderflower liqueur, grapefruit juice, and rosemary sprig in shaker.
  • Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  • Fill glass (or mason jar) with ice.
  • Pour combination over ice, and top with tonic water.
  • Add choice garnish, if you wish.

Whiskey: Blushing Whiskey Sour

Think pink with this delicious, beautiful rendition of a classic!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 blackberries
  • 2 oz Simple Lemon Syrup
  • 1 oz Irish Whiskey
  • Garnish (optional): Blackberries

Directions:

  • Combine blackberries, simple lemon syrup, and Irish whiskey in cocktail shaker.
  • Shake until blackberries begin to break apart (to ensure the beautiful blush shade!).
  • Fill glass with crushed ice.
  • Strain mixture into glass.
  • Top with a few extra blackberries.

Rum: Raspberry Rum Mule

A guest-favorite with a sweet twist… you can’t go wrong with this one!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Rum
  • ½ of Lime, Juiced
  • 1 teaspoon Agave Nectar
  • 5 Raspberries
  • ½ cup of Ice
  • ½ bottle of Ginger Beer
  • Garnish (optional): Raspberries and Rosemary

Directions:

  • Fill cocktail shaker with rum, lime juice, agave nectar, raspberries, and ice.
  • Shake well, until completely combined.
  • Pour mixed ingredients into glass, and top with ginger beer.
  • To top it off, add some raspberries and rosemary.

Champagne: Blackberry Thyme Champagne

No celebration is complete without some bubbly! Prepare the syrup ahead of time, mix with champagne when cocktail hour arrives, and enjoy.

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Ingredients:

For Blackberry Syrup:

  • ⅓ cup Blackberries
  • ⅓ cup Water
  • ⅓ cup Sugar

For Cocktail:

  • 1 bottle of Prosecco or Champagne, your choice!
  • Garnish (optional): 8 Blackberries, 4 Sprigs of Thyme

Directions:

  • In small saucepan, combine blackberries, water, and sugar.
  • Bring to a boil, then turn to low and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Strain blackberries and let syrup fully cool.
  • In each champagne glass, add 2 tablespoons of homemade syrup.
  • Top with champagne.
  • Add sprig of thyme and a few blackberries to finish it off!

These cocktail mixes are guaranteed to have your guests coming back for more! Not only are they sweet and tasty, they will be the perfect, eye-catching addition to your springtime wedding. Cheers!

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