Top 4 Wedding Guest Complaints!

1. Weather: If it's too hot or too cold on your wedding day you risk the chance of your guests being miserable. Umbrellas and heaters are a great way to help avoid this issue. Some other simple, but fun, ways to help steer clear of this problem would be to offer scarves and/or water bottles for the guests. They will appreciate that you thought of their comfort on top of everything else!

2. To Much Time Between Events: The last thing you want is for your guests to be bored at your wedding. Pictures are a very important part of being able to remember your day, but it's called cocktail HOUR for a reason. Your guests will get antsy if their forced to wait to long. A great way to avoid this is to get as many photos done prior to the ceremony as possible. First looks between couples is becoming increasingly popular and adding some fun photo opportunities to the day!

3. Bad (or not enough) Food: You do not want the one thing your guests remember about your wedding being how horrible their meal was, and people will remember that. Ask your wedding planner or your venue if they have a preferred list of caterers they've worked with that they know are excellent and always taste a caterers food before you hire them. They are happy to have you come try their food and give them feedback. Caterers are great about working with their clients to create custom menus as well. Also make sure you and your caterers have accurate head counts for the day of the wedding. This will insure they have to proper amount of food and everyone gets served equally! 

4. Kids Taking Over the Day: We all love kids (well most of us) and many people these days enjoy having them come and help celebrate their big day. What you do not want is the kids running the show. Giving them their own special table with things to entertain them (coloring books, bubbles etc)and hiring a babysitter to watch them will keep them from running wild at the reception and give their parents a chance to enjoy the event as well. It's also ok to not invite the kids. Most parents love the excuse for a date night!

Fantastic end to the 2015 outdoor season at Baxter Family Farms

It's always nice to end on a high note with the last outdoor wedding of the season and this year it was especially nice. Not only were Jeff and Leah a super couple to work with but their willingness to be the first of our weddings at the new venue Baxter Family Farms was really admirable.  They had the vision and it turned out beautifully. 

Getting married in an Apple Orchard was perfect for them since Jeff's grandfather was  an Apple farmer and even provided the metal name plates that became the Apple themed seating assignments.  The fall bouquets provided by Suzi's flowers were perfect for the day. The entry table hosted a guitar for the guests to sign and a message about their thank you contribution to the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.

Of course, there was Apple pie for dessert and the Autumn dinner buffet designed by Feast for a King catering was an ideal meal for an October wedding. The Butternut Squash and wilted greens lasagne was a huge hit! There's no photo of it because it disappeared too quickly!

It was a truly gorgeous autumn wedding and they are off to Italy for a honeymoon. So nice.

Another Stunning evening at Rancho Soquel

The sunsets have been glorious this year and this was another one for Lauren and Casey's September 26th wedding.  They created a welcoming setting by bringing extra furnishings from home for  little sitting vignettes on the lawn. Their friends brought the desserts and Casey's Dad made the favors-small bottles of their vineyard's wine for guests to take home.  The table settings were perfect with the lace runners and succulents that the groom assembled.  

And the guestbook was a beautiful burl on an equally amazing stand that they will display in their home. Amazing details in this really well thought out wedding!

Rancho's Last Wedding of the Season!

Erika and Josh's wedding this weekend had so many unique and personal touches that it's almost hard to remember them all.  

Her Dad made the arch and the many signs that were posted around the reception.  Her Mom brought in a Kransekake, a traditional Danish cake. There was also a traditional cake, as well as a surprise Grooms cake-an image of the Seattle Seahawks, his favorite team!

Memory photos of those close relatives that passed graced the chairs in the front row-a nice touch, but I think my favorite was the "Ring Security".  The two boys each had badges, walkie talkies and while one ran ahead to make sure it was "safe" to bring the ring through, the other followed with the actual rings!  Too cute.

The tables were random numbers representing different milestones in the couples relationship-and the photo booth provided loads of props and entertainment.

Tomato soup/grilled cheese Soup Sips were offered along side custom cocktails and a beautiful food presentation by Feast for a King Catering.

Beautiful Fall Wedding!

Move Themed Wedding!

Jay & Adrienne’s Octber 3rd wedding combined the couple’s love of movies and television with dance and art. The wedding took place at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (also known as the MAH). Everywhere you turned, this fun loving couple had fantastic details to wow their guests. 

From the moment guests walked in they had plenty to enjoy, from the popcorn snacks they munched on pre-ceremony to the beautiful atrium where the ceremony took place. 

The little details added to the movie theme, with chocolate favors/seating assignments in the shape of movie tickets and every table being assigned a different television show. The head table was even draped in filmstrip. One of the best elements of the event was the hand painted portrait of the couple done by the bride’s mother!

This fun and joyful couple put on a show for their guests with a choreographed dance routine. In fact, most of the guests spent the better part of the night on the dance floor or eating the delicious homemade cake a family friend baked for the wedding. 

So much love, fun and joy at this wonderful wedding!