Take a Seat: Wedding Reception Place Card Ideas

Happy Thursday Lovelies!

Spring has come and summer is just around the corner, which means it is officially outdoor wedding season here in SoCal! We at Marisa Nicole Events specialize in designing weddings in natural settings and let me tell you, hosting a reception outside is a whole different ballgame than in the confines of an indoor space. We have to allot for direct sun, high winds and varying temperatures. Many of our couples choose to assign their guests to specific seats, rather than just tables. Therefore, for weddings that take place in the great outdoors, it is important that you have place cards that are directly mounted on or tethered to something heavy so that your name assignments will not fly away! There are many ways to incorporate communicating assigned seats into your look. Here are some of our favorite ways to make name tags look cute and won’t get lost in the wind!

Photo Credits: Amanda McKinnon Photography


Like the rest of the world, we are obsessed with agate rocks! They are so great because they are colorful, yet simple. Write on them with a gold pen in cursive and it makes for a perfect place card! If placed atop napkins, these beauties are sturdy enough to hold those down as well!

Photo Credits: Iris & Light


Plants can add to making the tablescape even more gorgeous and green. In addition, your guests will love taking home the plant to have as a keepsake of your wedding!

Photo Credits: Lukas & Suzy VanDyke Photography


If you are having a playful wedding, we love the idea of writing your guests name on produce, especially on colorful fruit! Lemons add a pop of color and refreshing element to a tablescape.

Photo Credits: Patricia Lyons

Candy Boxes

Who doesn’t love candy? Have the place card tied to a box of candy as a treat for your guests to have after dinner! Just make sure that anything edible will not melt once they are put out.

Photo Credits: Jessica Hickerson

Champagne & Wine Glasses

Attaching name tags to your glass of choice makes it easier for your guests to see their names since it is higher and more visible. Who wouldn’t want to see a drink with their name on it?!

Photo Credits: Molly Connor Photography (Left) Kelly Williams Photography (Right)

Tied to Napkin

If you do not want to add any more elements to your table, then tying place cards to the napkins is a great option! There are so many different ways to fold and your napkin! Make sure you get ribbon that matches your color scheme.

There are so many ways to make sure that place cards stay attached! Make sure that you are not adding too much clutter to your table with what you decide to use. In addition, it is very important that the name tag is secure and tethered, otherwise your guests will not know where their seat is and that can lead to a lot of different problems during set-up (trust us on this one!)!

Photo Credits: Loft Photography (Right) Jillian Rose (Left)

Magnificent Malibu Wedding: Cassidy & Cutter Married!

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

One of our favorite things about weddings is how it brings people together and can be a family reunion. One of our 2016 weddings was a big celebration of a couple that has many friends and family who were all very excited to finally see them get married.Cassidy & Cutter… what a gorgeous couple! Their wedding was romantic with an earthy elegance that was brought out by different details. The overall vibe was easy and delicate. They tied the knot last fall at Villa Sancti in their hometown of Malibu. It is very special to be able to have a wedding at this venue since they host a limited number of events per year. Villa Sancti has views of the Pacific Ocean and gardens with pink roses and fountains. The venue transports everyone to the south of France or Tuscany.

For this wedding, we went with a pallet of mainly greens and neutrals with small metallic and varying warm touches. These colors complemented the earthy, natural and easy feel we were looking for. The couple said their “I-dos” in front of a lush archway with a backdrop of a sweeping view of the pacific.

The table setting was clean and simple. Cassidy LOVED silver dollar eucalyptus, so we used it everywhere, particularly all over the tables (laying in a linear fashion, this greenery makes for a gorgeous yet understated table runner) and at each place setting! We also incorporated small touches of elegance into the tablescape with metallic candles, delicate vessels and full blooms. Variety was our mantra, and it served to create dimension and interest throughout the couple’s laid back yet elevated feast!

The meal was served by one of our favorite’s, Whoa Nelly. They decided to do family style which was perfect for the occasion and made it easy for everyone to enjoy a variety of food. The food was absolutely mouthwatering from the salmon to the steak.

After dinner, the couple and guests enjoyed dancing the night away with a live band and scrumptious desserts. This celebration was one for the books! We wish Cassidy and Cutter a wonderful life together and thank them for allowing us to be a part of their wedding!

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Spring into Spring: Playing with Pastels

Hello Lovelies!

It is finally warming up and spring is in the air! This is one of our favorite times of the year for our couples to tie the knot. This season is all about airy colors, blooming buds and new beginnings. We are Marisa Nicole Events love bringing out the sundresses, florals, and pastels. If you are having a springtime wedding, or just really love muted hues, here are some ideas of how to incorporate the a perfectly sweet spring color palette into your wedding that will make for a fun and romantic feel!

Photo Credit: Jessica Fairchild Photography

Pair with Neutrals

First things first, although we love playing with pastels, if you overdo it, your wedding could quickly feel like a baby shower. So before you dive head-first into splashing spring hues all over your wedding, don’t forget to break-up all this light, colorful goodness with plenty of neutrals. Whether you are hosting a laid back bbq, or a high-end affair, pairing pastels with greenery, whites and other base colors or metallics will help elevate your overall look and let the pastels shine, rather than overpower your aesthetic.

Photo Credits: The Veil Wedding Photography


Add some pep in your step while you walk down the aisle with some colorful shoes. Our favorite is baby blue shoes because then they can double as your “something blue” good luck charm. Luckily every color goes perfectly with a white wedding dress!

Photo Credits: Sposto Photography (Left) Monique Hessler Photography (Right)


All eyes on the dessert table! Add color to your wedding cake or dessert with some pastel. Have fun with it! And maybe be non-traditional and go for macaroons or some other kind of treat to play with your guests eyes.

Photo Credits: One Love Photo (Left) Laura McCluskey Photography (Right)


When we think of spring we think about flowers, flowers and more flowers! Pick a variety of light colored flowers for your bouquet and centerpieces. Make sure that your floral colors match your pastel color palette. Also one of our favorite ideas is using pastel color mason jars as vases for another easy way to incorporate more color into your wedding.

Photo Credits: Lola Rose Photography (Left) Fiorello Photography (Right)

Bridesmaid Dresses

All of your bridesmaids have different personalities (and a different favorite color)! Let them express themselves by being able to wear different shades of soft-hued colors.

Photo Credits: Menning Photographic

Adding pops of pastels throughout your wedding creates happy vibes! There are so many different opportunities to add pastels to your wedding. You can do a touch or maybe you stick with pastels throughout your wedding theme.

Photo Credits: Source Images

Fun & Fabulous Favors

Happy Thursday!

Wedding season is almost here and now is the time to start working out the smaller details of your day. One of those fab details that we love to make super personal are your guest favors! Proper etiquette dictates that your guests have something to take away from your wedding as a “thank you” for celebrating your marriage and marks the love you and your future spouse share. We get it, not having guest favors is an easy way to cut costs, but we think that it should be a priority. There are many easy, fun, and cute ideas that will not break the bank. To ensure your favors are worth the money and the effort, choose something that is really personal, not necessarily personalized. Here are some of our favorite guest favors that your guests will actually use or consume!

Photo Credits: Clary Pfeiffer Photography

Favorite Ingredients

Your guests will love something they can keep in their kitchen and an ingredient that they can use often. Pick you and your spouse’s favorite ingredient that has meaning to you. Maybe you put hot sauce on everything or maybe you both have a favorite coffee that gets both of you up in the morning or maybe you love to sweeten your day with a special type of honey!

Photo Credits: Dennis Kwan Weddings

Favorite Snacks

Do you and your spouse have a favorite snack for when you are watching your favorite movie? Or maybe there is a snack that goes with your theme or location of your wedding. Making snack bags are a cheap and easy way to give your guests a little something that they can snack on after a long night of dancing.

Photo Credits: Becca Rillo Photography


Let love grow! We are huge fans of the idea of sending your guests home with flowers or succulents. Your guests can easily put them in their kitchen or living room and will for sure be enjoyed!

Photo Credits: Iris & Light

DIY Publication

Compile a list of 10-15 of you and your fiance’s favorite songs that have a special place in both of your hearts. Music is what can bring people together. Have your guests understand the music that puts a smile on your face and what brings you two together. Another idea is to make a mini cookbook of recipes you two love cooking! As they do say, a way to someone’s heart is through his or her’s stomach!

Photo Credits: La Vie Photography (Left) Seriously Sabrina Photography (Right)


We all know that alcohol never goes to waste! Give your guests the gift of libations, maybe pick out your favorite hard alcohol and give out little bottles with a cute tag on it. Or if you and your fiance are more into wine, hand out mini wine or champagne bottles. Honestly, you cannot go wrong with this one!

Photo Credits: Etsy (Left) The Perfect Palatte (Right)

Thanking your guests for coming to celebrate your love story is very much appreciated. It does not have to be anything too big or expensive, just keep it personal! You want your guests to be reminded of how beautiful your wedding was and how much you are thankful they were a part of your special day!

Photo Credits: Logan Cole Photography