Wedding Ceremony Programs

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Planning a wedding is no easy feat, and every bride has her share of questions. Interestingly, one of the most common questions I’ve been getting from my brides lately is “What do I include in my Ceremony Program?” I want to take few minutes today to address this for anybody else who has been contemplating the same question. Regardless of what type of ceremony you will be having, there are (4) components that are typically included in the program.

1. Bride & Groom’s Names, Wedding Date and Location. This is going to be the first thing your guests read on the program. It should be located on the very top of the program, or on the cover if it is a folding program.

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2.  Order of the Ceremony – This should include everything from the seating of the parents, processional, readings, exchange of vows, music selections, etc. This will vary slightly depending on religion and can be determined after speaking with your officiate.

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3.  A List of Ceremony Participants and the Wedding Party – This is a nice way to acknowledge everybody who participated in your wedding and will include the officiate, readers, musicians, bride & groom’s parents, maid of honor, bridesmaids, best man, groomsmen, ushers, flower girls and ring bearer.

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4. Thank You – Most programs will end with a short and meaningful note from the bride and groom thanking all their guests for celebrating their special day.
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Cheers!
Ashley
Owner of Always Flawless Productions
www.alwaysflawlessproductions.com
Ashley@alwaysflawlessproductions.com
(619) 567-5111

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Vendor Spotlight: Brit Jaye Photography

Today I wanted to take minute to showcase one of my favorite San Diego Wedding Photographers: Brit Jaye Photography. Brit is one of the sweetest photographers out there and has a true talent of making all of her clients feel instantly comfortable. This is major trait you need to look for in a wedding photographer!

Not only does Brit have a charismatic personality, but she is a natural when it comes to photography! She has an eye for picking out those perfect shots and is a master at photoshop. What more do you need from a photographer?! Still not sure she if Brit will be a perfect fit for you? Book her for an engagement session! Engagement sessions are the best way to test out a photographer. You not only get to “test out” their photography, but you will also become more comfortable around the photographer who will be present on your wedding day. This is a huge perk that will help you relax on the day of your wedding.

A few fun facts about Brit:

1. She has a degree in creative writing.
2. She collects children’s books and is inspired by fairy tales.
3. She someday hopes to contribute to National Geographic.

Website: http://www.britjayephotography.com

Cheers!
Ashley
Owner of Always Flawless Productions
www.alwaysflawlessproductions.com
Ashley@alwaysflawlessproductions.com
(619) 567-5111

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What to Ask A Wedding Venue

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Visiting reception venues can be overwhelming and it can be difficult to know what questions to ask. Here is a great list of questions to help you find the best possible venue:

  1. What dates are available in the month I’m considering?
  2. How many people can each space accommodate?
  3. What is the rental fee and what is included in that price? Is there a discount for booking an off-season date or Sunday through Friday?
  4. What are the deposit terms?  When is it due and is it refundable? What’s the payment plan for the rest of the bill?
  5. Is there space to hold a ceremony? Is there an additional charge? Is the ceremony site close to the reception site? Is there a bride’s changing area?
  6. What is the cancellation policy?
  7. What’s your weather contingency plan for outdoor spaces?
  8.  How many hours do I get the space? Is there a fee if I stay longer? Is there a minimum or maximum rental time?
  9. Are there decoration guidelines/restrictions? Can I move things around or do I have to leave everything as is?  Can I use real candles?
  10. How much time will I have for décor setup?
  11. house caterer or do I have the option of using an outside caterer? If I hire my own caterer, are kitchen facilities available for them?
  12. Are tables, linens, chairs, plates, silverware and glassware provided?
  13. Can I bring in a cake or must I use a cake made on the premises? Is there a cake-cutting fee? If I use a cake made on site is the fee waived? Do you provide special cake-cutting utensils?
  14. Are you licensed to provide alcohol service? If so, is alcohol priced per person? By consumption? Are there additional charges for bar staff? Is there a bar minimum that must be met before the conclusion of the event? What is the average bar tab for the number of people attending my event?
  15. Can I bring my own wine, beer or champagne, and is there a corkage fee if I do? Can I bring in other alcohol?
  16. Are there restrictions on what kind of music I can play, or a time by which the music must end? Can the venue accommodate a DJ or live band?
  17. Is there parking on site? If so, is it complimentary? Do you offer valet parking, and what is the charge? If there is no parking on site, where will my guests park? Are cabs easily accessible from the venue? ? If a shuttle service is needed, can you assist with setting it up?

Cheers!
Ashley
Owner of Always Flawless Productions
www.alwaysflawlessproductions.com
Ashley@alwaysflawlessproductions.com
(619) 567-5111

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Choosing Your Wedding Reception Venue

Happy Monday! This week is going to be all about venues! How to find one, what to ask, and some of my favorite and unique venues here in San Diego!  Now I know that from the moment you get engaged you are bombarded with the question “when and where,” but, before you go out and book the first venue you see just so you can answer that question, I suggest you keep a few guidelines in mind.

  1. ROOM SIZE – First and foremost, be sure the space you are looking at is the correct size for the number of guests you are anticipating. Now that doesn’t mean you need to have an exact guest count when searching for your venue, but you should know whether it will be closer to 50 people, 125 people, 300 people etc. This is important as you don’t want to cut your guest list because the space you booked isn’t large enough. On the contrary, you don’t want to put 50 people in a room that is meant for (500) because it is going to feel extremely empty. If you are having a hard time visualizing the space, ask the catering manager/venue manager for pictures of the space set up for a wedding with your number of guests. This way you can visualize the room with all the tables, dance floor, etc and decide if it is what you are looking for.
  2. BUDGET – Before you go out and book you venue, be sure you have a budget. Setting this and sticking to it is imperative and will set the tone for how you budget the rest of your wedding.
  3. VISIT THE VENUE AT THE TIME/DAY OF YOUR WEDDING – The most common time to get married is Saturday night, but few people actually search for their wedding venue at this time. One you find a venue you like, I encourage you to check it out at the time and day of the week you will be getting married. Is it a lot busier on Saturdays? Is there parking at that time of day? How is the lighting at night? Are there a lot of other parties going on at the same time that will disturb your wedding? This is just a short list of things that may change. Be sure to check it out yourself!
  4. WEDDING STYLE AND THEME – Before you book a venue, decide on a style and theme for your wedding. Are you looking for something modern, vintage, rustic, outdoors, elegant, beachy, etc. There are endless wedding venues out there, and so knowing this going to drastically narrow down your choices. It is also going to help ensure that your wedding theme is carried throughout your wedding, and will prevent you from having to bring in extra décor. For example, if you book an elegant European Hotel and then decide on a nautical theme, your venue and theme will not mesh well, and you will have to try a lot harder to create that nautical theme than if you chose a venue on the beach.
  5. IS THE VENUE FULL SERVICE – By this I mean does it provide catering, tables, chairs, linen, etc. Many people get overwhelmed by the pricing of many full service venues, but once you rent everything individually at a non-full service venue the price is going to be comparable, if not more. Also, if the venue you are looking at is not full service, ask if they have required vendors. This can sometimes be costly, as you don’t have the option to shop around for the best deals, and are required to use the vendors they recommend.
  6. ASK QUESTIONS – I can’t stress enough how important it is for you to ask questions as you are touring a property. If you are not sure what to ask, bring your wedding planner with you; that is something they are experts at! Also, stay tuned and I will share a list of questions I bring with!

Cheers!
Ashley
Owner of Always Flawless Productions
www.alwaysflawlessproductions.com
(619) 567-5111

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Real Weddings: Jenna & Grayson

Today I am so excited to be able to finally share photos of Jenna and Grayson’s gorgeous beach wedding! They are one of the sweetest couples out there, and you can clearly see how much they love each other. Getting married at Moonlight Beach Overlook was the perfect setting for their oceanfront ceremony, and I have to say, I am completely in love with their beach photos! After the ceremony, they moved over to The Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad for a fun filled reception. It was the ideal spot for them and their guests to keep the party going!

Congrats to this happy couple!  I was so lucky to have been a part of such an amazing day!

Meet The Vendors:

Wedding Planner: Always Flawless Productions

Photographer: Dan Rice Photography

Florist: Whimsey Florals

Ceremony: Moonlight Beach Overlook

Reception: Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad

DJ: Memories and Music Entertainment

Cake: Twiggs Bakery

Videographer: Cloudbreak Films

Cheers!
Ashley
Owner of Always Flawless Productions
www.alwaysflawlessproductions.com
(619) 567-5111

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Vendor Spotlight: The Picture Bakery

Today I wanted to introduce you to one of my favorite photo booth companies in San Diego: The Picture Bakery! Unlike the typical small and enclosed photo booths most people envision, The Picture Bakery provides a unique “open air” style photo booth. This rare set-up allows them to accommodate large groups of wedding guests at one time. No longer do two or three guests have to squeeze into a tiny booth with hopes of being caught on camera!

Another great thing about the Picture Bakery is they provide fun props and a live photographer in order to create the best possible images. The owner, Sheryl Marie, is one of the sweetest and more fun people you will ever meet, and has a true talent of making all your guests feel comfortable in front of the camera.

Last but not least, the photos are available immediately for your guests to take home. This is an amazing and memorable keepsake (“favor”) that your guests will love and will actually hold onto. Also, because photos are produced almost instantly, The Picture Bakery can create a guest book with the photos for all your guests to sign! This is definitely a fun keepsake for any bride and groom, and I guarantee you will love flipping through this book for many years to come!

Be sure to check out their website at www.picturebakery.com!

 

Cheers!
Ashley
Owner of Always Flawless Productions
www.alwaysflawlessproductions.com
(619) 567-5111

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Why Hire A Wedding Planner?

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Thanks to popular movies such as “The Wedding Planner” everybody knows wedding planners exist. The downfall is that those movies don’t accurately portray the value of a wedding planner, and advertise planners to be solely for the rich and famous. In fact, most brides first response when I tell them I am a wedding planner is: “I can’t afford it.” Now let me tell you a little secret;  a wedding planner will fit in your budget and just may be the best investment you make in your wedding. Here are (7) amazing reasons why:

1.SAVE YOU TIME – Planners are full of creative ideas, endless etiquette advice and have a little black book filled with reliable vendors. Why spend hours researching ideas or vendors when your wedding planner can quickly send brilliant ideas and get you in touch with reliable vendors in your price range? Stop wasting time on your computer and start enjoying your engagement!

2.SAVE YOU MONEY – Yes, this may sound contradictory, but it’s true. A wedding planner will sit down with you, help you establish priorities, and help you create and stick to a budget. They will also know reliable vendors within your budget and will prevent you from spending money where you don’t need to. While a full service planner can seem like a big investment, they almost always end up paying for themselves.

3.RELIEVE STRESS – Planning a wedding can be stressful and overwhelming, but planners are pros at walking you though the process and making it enjoyable – NOT stressful. Let them create your timeline, design your wedding, create your budget, set up vendor meetings, negotiate rates and anything else that would create stress.

4.TURN YOUR DREAM INTO REALITY – Most brides have been envisioning their wedding their whole lives. A wedding planner can easily help you focus your ideas, and has the expertise and resources to help turn them into a reality. They are amazing at working with you to create that one of a kind wedding that is a true reflection of you and your fiancé.

5.OFFER AMPLE EXPERTISE – To be honest, you will have ideas for your wedding that simple won’t work. (Think everything from design, room set-up, transportation, RSVP tracking etc) A wedding planner has the experience and expertise to be upfront about what will and will not work for your specific wedding. Their years of experience will go a long way.

6.MEDIATE – With all the moms, sisters and best friends out there, it can be difficult for a couple to remember that it is THEIR wedding! Wedding planners deal with this often and are great mediators. They will have no problem jumping in to those difficult family situations.

7.ALLOW YOU TO ENJOY YOUR WEDDING – If nothing else, hire a “day-of” wedding planner! No bride wants to be running around and stressing on her wedding day. Let a planner take on that role, so you can enjoy the biggest day of your life! It’s the one event you plan that you should be the VIP guest, not the hostess.

Hopefully now you have a better understanding of what we do as wedding planners, and how we will save your life during the planning process! Knowing all the facts, would you invest in a wedding planner for your wedding? Let me know your thoughts!

Cheers!
Ashley
Owner of Always Flawless Productions
http://www.alwaysflawlessproductions.com
(619) 567-5111

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Coral and Mint Green Wedding Inspiration Board

Happy Monday everyone! One of my favorite parts about my job is finding wedding inspiration, and what better time to do that than a Monday morning! For this weeks board I decided to go with one of my favorite color combinations of coral and mint green. The combination of everything from the shabby chic invitations, to the simply elegant cake, to the watermelon spritzers, to the gorgeous bridal bouquets is enough to keep you mesmerized all day!

I hope you got as much enjoyment out of this coral and mint green inspiration board as I did and I would love to hear your thoughts!

Cheers!
Ashley

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How To Create A “Green” Wedding

In lieu of Earth Day we here at Always Flawless Productions decided to make a list of ways to keep your wedding “Green.” While we want your wedding to be elegant, over the top, and everything you have ever dreamed of, we don’t see a reason why it can’t also be eco-friendly! We encourage you to keep this list in the back of your mind, and share it future brides-to-be.

Invitations – Over the years invitations have grown bigger, fancier and include a lot more information than they used to. In order to cut back on the amount of paper you are sending, opt for smaller invitations that only include necessary information. Also, go for recycled paper! Most stationary companies, such as Bella Figura, offer this option, and it’s a great way to stay eco-friendly. Another option, if you are having a less formal wedding, is to go paperless. Companies such as Paperless Post offer great alternatives to the traditional wedding invitation.

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Favors – Too often I see couples giving away little trinkets (candles, personalized glassware, paraboles, etc) that end up trashed at the end of the night. Why not say thank you with an eco-friendly container with seeds or a small plant your guests can grow? You can even include the catch phrase “Watch our love grow.” Another option is to opt out of giving favors and donate to a charity on your guests behalf.

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Rings – Have you considered antique rings? Antique, or vintage, jewelry is all the rage right now and will eliminate the need to have brand new one created. If you use rings that are family heirlooms they will also provide additional sediment value! Not a fan of vintage jewelry? No problem! Companies such as Green Karat will create custom rings out of recycled gold.

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Wedding Dress – While most brides love the idea of wearing a brand new dress, don’t rule out a family worn or consignment dress. There are so many talented fashion designers and tailors that can alter a dress to make it more your style. Another option is Threadhead Creations. They create dresses solely out of natural material, therefore making your brand new dress eco-friendly!

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Flowers / Centerpieces – When it comes to flowers be sure to use local flowers that are in season. They may not be the exact flower you have always dreamed of, but you will still be able to find similar flowers in similar colors. I promise your wedding will still have the same ambiance! Another thought is to use succulents. Succulents can make gorgeous centerpieces and can be replanted after the wedding. For any other vases, frames, etc that you may need, go through a rental company. This way these items will not just go to waste after the wedding.

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Registry – Be sure to register for “green” items such as organic cotton sheets or bamboo dishware, or register at a local family owned business. This may not be as convenient for guests, but is great for the community! Lastly, forgo gifts all together and ask your guests to donated money to your favorite charity!

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Photography – Be sure to find a photographer that will provide you will a digital copy of all your wedding photos. This way you won’t waste paper on photos you aren’t crazy about.

Catering – Find a caterer that uses local and organic ingredients. This way, the product does not have to be shipped in and won’t have been doused with harmful chemicals. These caterers will typically also use recycled materials for napkins, paper plates, etc.

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Location – Choose a venue that is close to all of your guests. It’s simple, the less your guests travel, the better the outcome on the environment.

Get Away Vehicle – Forgo a high end limo or old fashioned car and try something for eco-friendly! Horse drawn carriages, pedicabs and gondolas are all “green” fun alternatives.

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Music – Go acoustic!

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Now go out and start planning the “Green” Wedding! Please share any comments or questions below!

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