Venue Love: 828 Events

Photo Credit: 8twenty8 Studios One of my new favorite venues in San Diego is 828 Events. If you haven’t heard of it, you are missing out! Located in a historic area of Point Loma, it exudes uniqueness and originality with … Continue reading

Italian Themed Wedding

Good Morning! Today I am so excited to finally be able to share these AMAZING photos from Mr. and Mrs. Wedding Duo from our Tuscany Italy inspired Photo Shoot. Our inspiration for this shoot stemmed from the gorgeous venue, Milagro … Continue reading

Real Wedding: Adam & Courtney

Courtney and Adam’s biggest wedding priority was their guests happiness. They really wanted to make the day easy, enjoyable and extremely memorable for every friend and family member that showed up; they clearly succeeded! Every detail from the fun getting … Continue reading

Eco-Friendly Tablescape

Hi All! Today I wanted to share an example of an eco-friendly wedding table we designed a few weeks ago. We had a blast creating it, and think you will all enjoy it! Below are all the details on how this table … Continue reading

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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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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