Archives for April 2015

Enchanting Riverside Home Wedding: Victoria & Tom Married!

Good Morning, Lovelies!

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April is here and wedding season is back, yay! It has been a long time since we’ve shared a real wedding with you, and with summer quickly approaching, we thought it high time to drop a bit of swoon-worthy wedding inspiration your way.

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resized for blog-4Today we have the privilege of sharing Victoria & Tom’s backyard wedding with you. If you know anything about Marisa Nicole Events, you know that backyard weddings hold a very special place in our hearts. For more on setting yourself up for success with your backyard bash, be sure to check out our helpful backyard wedding series… but back to Victoria & Tom.

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These love-birds got hitched at Victoria’s childhood home. I know, way too sweet! The family home is located in a part of Riverside that is filled with orange groves and used to be one of the biggest distributors of citrus in the Greater Los Angeles Area. To honor the history of the place, we worked to infuse the visual motif of citrus groves wherever possible. You will notice legitimate fruit crates utilized throughout our décor, table numbers on vintage orange grove postcards, and best of all, the citrus you see adorning the décor was all picked from the local groves!

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My favorite part of this wedding (other than the couple, of course) what all the fun we had on the table decor. We laid a runner of greenery over a neutral colored linen. From there we utilized real taper candelabra (yay for weddings in private homes where we can do whatever we want with candles!) with varying sized floral arrangements comprised of a healthy mix of colorful garden blooms and greens galore. Swoon. But the fun didn’t stop there. One of the reasons why I love this couple so much is that they were willing to allot part of their budget to fab vintage rentals for the table. Loved it (Money very well spent – in my humble opinion)! Seriously though, there is nothing better than vintage napkins and mismatched china with flatware at each place setting to make your dinner party go from drab to fab.

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After a gloriously tasty meal and yummy mini sweets, the couple and their guests danced the night away under the stars to a kitschy live band (named the Three Mustaches, I mean can it get any better than that?).

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Budget Beginnings – Tips On Determining How To Appropriately Allot Your Funds

Hi Lovelies!

When planning a wedding, Pinterest and all those lovely wedding blogs inspire big dreams and make everything look possible. But before you start delving into your next DIY project or hand over half your wedding budget to book that vendor you simply must have, it is important to get all your financial ducks in a row so that you know how much you should plan to spend in each area. Throughout the planning process, money can prove to be your best friend or your worst enemy. If you spend too much in one area early on, your budget can be in some serious trouble later when you still have five more vendors to book and very little funds left to do so. To help you figure all this money stuff out, this week we want to give you a few tips and tricks to tackle the daunting task of appropriately budgeting funds for your celebration.

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Step 1: Determine Your Total Wedding Budget

You’re engaged, congrats! After the champagne has been poured and the well wishes have been bestowed, before you make a single plan for your day, you need to connect with the people who will be helping you throw this shin-dig to find out how much money you have to work with. It is super important that you have a firm idea of what your total budget is for this celebration prior to creating your guest list, determining your venue, or booking any vendors.

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Step 2: Utilize the Marisa Nicole Events Percentage System

You have a number (or a range) of how much you and/or your families are able to contribute to your wedding. Huzzah! Once again, we beg you to hold off on booking anything! Take your overall budget and apply the guide below to your finances to determine how much you should plan to spend in each area. You will notice that we are giving you percentage ranges, not hard numbers. In this system, our base numbers equal 100%, however, we know that every couple is distinct and will choose to value certain sections of their wedding more than another. It is for this reason that we have kept our breakdown fluid, so that you can choose to spend more or less in an area depending on where that section lands in your hierarchy of wedding priorities.

  • Hair & Makeup: 2-3%
  • Transportation: 2-3%
  • Cake/Dessert: 2-3%
  • Lighting & Sound: 4-5%
  • Dress & Accessories: 5-7%
  • Tipping: 5-7%
  • Venue Rental: 5-10%
  • Entertainment: 5-10%
  • Video & Photo: 8-12%
  • Flowers, Linens, Decor: 10-15%
  • Planning, Design, Coordination: 10-15%
  • Food, Beverage, & Functional Rentals: 40-50%
  • Extra Cushion: 2-3%

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Step 3: Pick a Venue That Fits Your Budget

To pick a venue that fits within your budget, we encourage you to evaluate the total costs of the venue location fee, food, beverages, and rentals. If these items combined equal less than or equal to 50% of your budget, then having a wedding at the location are you considering is a viable option for your budget. All venues set up their packages differently. Some will come with the caterer and all rentals, while others will come with nothing. Before you book, it is important to glean an estimate of what these costs will be so that you can determine if this venue is in or out of your budget. Once you have selected a venue and evaluated these costs, you will be ready to create a more detailed, line-item budget for your wedding.

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We’ve only scratched the surface on the inner workings of budgeting for a wedding, however, with these steps we know you will be well on your way to a fantastic day that actually fits within your budget!