Wedding Planning in a Nutshell Part 1: The Foundation of Your Big Day

Happy Wednesday, friends!

As we know, planning your wedding can be extremely stressful. In our last blog post, we shared a basic visual of how to plan your wedding the “MNE way.” Just as we promised, here is the breakdown of the first 3 tiers of our chart. The best way to work through this chart is by imagining a wedding cake with many tiers.

Tier 1 – Find Your Other Soul Mate: Hire a Wedding Planner!

The first tier in planning a wedding is one that may seem obvious, but actually isn’t to many couples. It is in your best interest to hire a fabulous wedding planner (one like yours truly) before you do anything else to not only help make your dreams come true, but also guide you throughout the wedding planning process in a strategic way. A wedding planner will know exactly how to tend to your wedding needs and be the partner in crime you need for your big day. Leave the stress with us, and we can deal with all the extra logistics on this chart so you can enjoy one of the best days of your life!

Photo Credit: Iris & Light

Tier 2 – Venues, Values & Saying Yes to the Dress

In the second tier, we move onto booking your venue, working through the administrative plan for your wedding, and finding your dress. After securing your wedding planner, it is time to get yourself centered. Sit down with your fiance and talk through the various items you could spend time and money on for your wedding and decide together what items are and are not important to you. These decisions will help determine your budget. With your values in hand, sketch out an initial estimated costs breakdown so that keep your budget in mind as you enter into wedding related contracts (check out this blog to help you work through the budget process). Once you have a working budget, it is time to book your venue. You can’t book anything else without having a date and location, so it is important that we attack finding your venue before doing anything else. The venue you choose is also the single most decision that will throw you into the path of staying in or exceeding your budget. This is why we suggest choosing a planner prior to starting the venue search process, so we can help pair you with venues that will not only allow you to get hitched in a setting that is a good fit for you, but also in a venue that sets you up for success financially. For a few venue ideas, check out our blog series on amazing spots in the greater Los Angeles area (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). Once you have found the ideal spot to host your big day, the next step is to find that stunning dress that works in your setting and makes you feel like a million bucks.

Photo Credit: Sam Lim Studio

Photo Credit: Iris & Light

Tier 3 – Catering, Design Plan, & Photography

The next item to focus on is feeding your guests. It is good to figure this out early on in the wedding planning process, as it will take up a big chunk of your budget. From food trucks to a fancy full-service catering company, and everything in between, you’ll need to decide how you want to provide the food and drinks that will keep your party going. While you are working on finding your caterer, now is the time to start working through your design plan so you can go into booking your floral designer, printed items, rentals, lighting and more with an overall look & feel in mind. This is also a good time to research photographers. Be sure to check out their portfolios to discover which photography style that you like the best! For help in this area, check out this post on finding the photographer that is right for you.

Photo Credit: Becca Rillo

This was a glimpse of the top three layers of our wedding planning cake. We’ll be back next week to give you the nitty gritty on floral designs, hair and makeup, specialty rentals, and just a few more. Stay tuned!

 

Wedding Planning Cheat Sheet

It’s officially fall and many couples getting married in 2018 are just starting to plan their wedding. There are tons of “to-do” items and things to think about throughout this process: creative designs, fresh florals, functional rentals, the perfect venue… the whole thing can be more than a bit overwhelming. Here at Marisa Nicole Events, we understand the stress the accompanies planning a wedding. We suggest approaching the project that is your wedding in a strategic manner. Don’t try to attack everything at once (you’ll drive yourself crazy!). Some items you will want to wait on until you lock in other aspects of your wedding (for example, you don’t even want to start trying to figure out your rental needs until you’ve booked a caterer). For other items, if you try to nail them down too early, you’ll likely change your mind and end up wasting time working on the same project twice (your music play list and seating chart, just to name a few). To help our couples wrap their minds around what you need to approach and when, we created a wedding planning flow chart cheat sheet. We’ll be diving into details for each section next week, so be sure to check back in with us for more info! But for now…

Al Fresco Dining with Marisa Nicole Events

Happy Friday, friends!

Fall is in the air and wedding season is still going strong here at Marisa Nicole Events! At the beginning of the summer, our team took a moment to gather for an al fresco dining photo session (and to take new images for the “about” section of our website). The best part of the Marisa Nicole Events crew is that we actually know how to have a good time together and are pretty obsessed with yummy cuisine, so it was only natural that we centered our annual team photoshoot around family style mezze, wine, and a gorgeous tablescape.

To craft our tablescape, we started with finding a rad linen that matched our brand. When I ran across this linen from La Tavola, which prominently featured an easy, delicate design in coral and blue, I knew it just bad to be the base of our family style feast. We paired this colorful table with mismatch natural wooden chairs from Premiere Party Rentals.

After determining our base, we chose to fill our place settings with off-white china from Premiere that had a slight mediterranean/spanish detailed edging that created a unique shape. We layered these atop of a clean clear charger with a gold rim (swoon) and topped off the layers with a fab knotted linen napkin with just a touch of sheen. My favorite detail of our table was our cut crystal and blue glassware. The blue goblets, yet again, brought in the cool hue of our branding, while the crystal maintained that clean, fancy feel.

Enchanted Garden Floral Design came in for the win with gorgeous white blooms and fresh greenery. Varying potted fresh herbs stretched down the length of the table. We added taper candles to add in just a touch of glam.

After designing our tablescape, we turned our focus to our feast. We all love charcuterie and graze foods: olives, marinated peppers, cheese, grapes, cherries even caprese salad… If it looked fresh and yummy, we incorporated it into our meal. You can’t wine and dine without the former, so we popped open a bottle of pinot noir and rose to accompany our mezze. The rose in the cut crystal glassware perfectly added another hint of coral that we needed to drive home our branding (rose all day, ladies!).


We even popped a bottle of bubbly to start off the meal prior to relaxing over each other’s company and our family style feast.

We hope you enjoyed this shoot as much as we enjoyed sharing it! Most importantly, we would like to give some vendor love to La Tavola Linens, Enchanted Garden Floral Design, and Premiere Party Rentals for helping us put together this fabulous dinner party. We could not be more thankful. Oh, and don’t forget to check out our new updated “about” page here to officially meet the team!

Intern Spotlight: Introducing Cortney!

Hi friends!

This is Cortney, one of the new additions to the team! I’m so excited to be given the opportunity to work with Marisa and learn anything and everything that has to do with wedding planning. To kick off my time with MNE, here’s a little bit about myself for you guys to get to know me better…

Photo Credit: Tim Ronca

  • Favorite Wedding Blog: Style Me Pretty! I love the “Planning & Advice” section because it has information on anything you need to know about your wedding. I also love the Vault that has an endless number of pictures from real weddings to use for your own wedding inspiration.
  • Describe the Perfect Wedding Cake Flavor Combo: Vanilla cake with strawberry flavored icing or vice versa. I think the strawberry adds a hint of flavor that makes a simple vanilla cake just perfect!
  • Favorite Styling Genre for Event Design: Not to be cliché, but I would have to say that a Romantic style wedding is my favorite. I love the color combinations of white, pastels, and greenery. These colors can make the wedding look aesthetically B-E-A-Utiful!
  • Event Planning Super Hero Skill: Being at the right place at the right time. I know how to scope out the scene and recognize exactly where I am needed.
  • Veil, Flower or Headpiece?: All of them! I think the perfect headpiece would be a beautiful flower crown with a veil trailing behind. Why shouldn’t the bride look like a queen on her big day?
  • Favorite Wedding Tradition: The couple’s first dance. I think the song is a good indicator of the couple’s connection with one another. It makes it all the more special when they are able to make that connection in front of all the people they love.
  • The moment in every wedding that never fails to bring you to tears: When the couple is announcing their vows and the groom is trying not to cry. It’s the most heartwarming thing to see a couple cry of joy for being able to spend the rest of their lives with their partner.

That’s just some information about me. I’ll be around for the next few months; so if you see me around, don’t hesitate to say hi!