When your best friend is a planner you get a fabulous, modern tea bridal shower!

When your best friend is a sought after wedding planner you know you are in for a killer bridal shower like this modern tea shower! Krystel Tien, owner of Couture Events and Elle Bridal Boutique, loves her bestie so much! Through thick & thin, Krystel and Nicole have supported and celebrated each other's joys and life moments.  So naturally when Nicole said yes to her beau, Krystel threw Nic an adorable modern tea at Hatched Collective [a totally cool small event space in San Diego that you're going oooh and ahhh over!] check it out! 

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What is the one thing you simply must have a tea party [beside tea]? The right hats of course!! Congratulations Nicole!! 

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Hatched Collective is a fresh, exciting space available for parties, showers, and any time you want to celebrate something special! 

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Couture Events is a boutique event styling & coordination studio. Similar to a couture gown, each of their Couture Weddings & Events are designed to custom fit each bride's unique style and personality. Says Krystel, "We will take your vision and make it a reality with our expertise and creativity,  leaving you with a one-of-kind, exquisite, and stress-free day. Based in San Diego, Couture Weddings & Events serves San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Palm Springs! 

Krystel is a visionary, inspired by texture, soft light, and high fashion. Drawing from her experience in the world of fashion where Couture is EVERYTHING, Krystel combines all of the elements of Couture into her events: gorgeous, quality, hand-sewn, glamorous, and one-of-a-kind.

9 Things You Will Forget To Do [aka: just a few of the things a pro event planner knows to do for you!]

9 Things You Will Forget To Do at Your Wedding [aka: just a few of the things a pro event planner knows to do for you!]

Settle Up with All Your Vendors in Advance.  Many vendors require you pre pay them so they can arrive at your wedding fully focused on you without having to have their hand out. But if you have vendors that accept payment the day of your wedding, make sure to write final-payment checks for your vendors a few days before, and have your planner pass them out on the big day.  And for tips; put checks or cash in envelopes (with a hand written thank you card for those who went over and above their contract) ahead of time and give to your event planner or the best man, so they can be easily distributed.

Pin your Bustle. To keep your reception from being a total drag, make sure your mother, maid of honor or another friend will be available to bustle your gown. Give them a crash course in the complicated hook-and-eye configuration days before the wedding so you can hit the dance floor without getting dragged down. You should also practice going to the bathroom in a huge gown with help from your maids in advance, it's harder than it looks! 

Grab some fuel! Just like your favorite glamorous movie starlet does on red carpet awards night, after weeks of watching calories it’s finally time to eat!! But it may be the one thing you don’t get to what with all the fanfare of friends, family and fun. Ask your planner, banquet manager or your best pal to remember to bring you a plateful of those fabulous hors d’oeuvres and keep your champagne glass filled because odds are you’ll never make it to the bar during the cocktail hour and it’s going to be a long wedding! Be sure to eat healthy so you don't have any unwanted repercussions. 

Get a Private Room. Ask your planner if your wedding reception venue has a separate room to leave your bags and change into your trousseau of going away clothes. A restroom will serve in a pinch, but you’ll probably want a little more privacy and a secure place for bridal party purses.

Lose any Bags. Put a reliable pal in charge of getting your luggage into the honeymoon suite...or at least into the getaway car if you are leaving straight from the reception.

Grab a Midnight Snack. Have your caterer pack you and your new spouse a picnic basket of leftovers. You probably won’t be able to eat more than a bite of the gorgeous meal you spent months planning what with all the celebrating and connecting with guests.

Give away the leftovers. Tell your caterer what to do with the rest of the leftover food. With gorgeous food and wedding cake and desserts by Tastries Bakery like that shown here, you may not have much leftover but just in case... ask your caterer to take the extras to a local soup kitchen or homeless shelter. And if you aren’t giving your centerpieces to special guests, arrange for someone to drop them off at a hospital, women’s shelter or nursing home.

Farewell. Your coordinator, the wedding shown here was planned by wedding coordinators Fairy Godmother Weddings, will know to stay and get Lyft or Uber rides for guests who need them, and make sure your valuables—the gifts, cake knife, toasting glasses, etc.—get home safely.

Don't forget the Day After Details! You will probably be exhausted the day after your wedding or even be planning a day after brunch for out of town guests! It is wise you assign a few people to take care of the little details the next day. Your Maid of Honor can take your dress to the cleaners, return your husband’s tux to the rental shop and make sure your bouquet gets started on the road to preservation, if you’re saving it, especially if you leave for honeymoon right away.

We always always always recommend a professional event planner so you, your family and guests enjoy this powerful celebration of love without distraction or chaos.  There is quite frankly so much you do not know!!  Check out our list of San Diego event planners

Lovely California wedding photography by Boone and Stacie Weddings 

RSVP Events: San Diego Wedding Planners Extraordinaire Make a Big Job Look Easy!

Sherrill Kinsler Gilford and Rachel Wood bring over 30 years of experience to the event world. Sherrill and Rachel are both owners of RSVP Events of San Diego, a full service event design company which specializes in weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, corporate and non-profit events. Their experience ranges from small intimate events for 10 people to large scale corporate events and expos for over 5,000 people with everything in between. These two can do it all! 

RSVP Events creates gorgeous table tops and cake tables [like this beauty at a La Valencia Hotel wedding!] and works directly with your florist and cake artists to bring it all together

This is absolutely the the only thing the Bride and her friends should be doing before a wedding - enjoying their time together and relaxing - hiring the right wedding planners like RSVP Events will allow you this gift of time and peace of mind! 

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More about the RSVP Events team: Sherrill holds a certificate in Meeting and Special Event Planning, is a certified Bridal Consultant and Co-Founder of BESA, The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Event Services Association. Sherrill is also Co-owner of Charming Expressions, a unique party entertainment company. She started her career working for a Fortune 500 Company, planning meetings, special events, and expos, and has been awing clients with her events ever since. When she is not busy planning awesome events, she’s working on new and innovative event ideas. She is the creator and original producer of San Diego’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Expo and Showcase. Sherrill and her husband (Scott) enjoy  spending time together with their dog (Spencer) and traveling the globe.
 
Rachel was a student at San Diego State University in 2004 when she began interning with Sherrill. While in college, Sherrill mentored Rachel and taught the business to her, inside and out. Rachel graduated from SDSU in 2008 with a Bachelor Degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management, with an emphasis in Special Event & Convention Management. Rachel worked at an upscale, boutique hotel in the seaside town of La Jolla and managed all of the hotel's wedding and social events. Events are Rachel's passion -- but so is helping others -- so she left the hotel world and entered into the non-profit world and planned major fundraising events. She now serves as a Gala Committee Member for Home of Guiding Hands, which raises money for infants, adolescents, and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. When Rachel isn't planning events, you can find her hanging out with her two daughters (Madelyn & Emily) and husband (Jesse) at a local park or San Diego attraction.

Sherrill and Rachel stay quite active in the Special Events industry. Sherrill has taught Hospitality classes at a local community college and is an annual speaker at the Special Event Convention. Both frequently attend seminars and workshops to stay current in the industry and ahead of the trends, and belong to multiple special event associations. Sherrill and Rachel have been working with each other for over a decade so it was a natural transition to become come partners and thus, RSVP Events was created.

7 ways a Professional Wedding and Event Planner makes your wedding everything you want and need it to be

Wedding coordinators, event planners and event designers are the backbone of successfully implemented weddings. Here's 7 great reasons for you to work with a real pro planner.!

Photo by Aaron Huniu

Photo by Aaron Huniu

1. A good wedding planner is the conductor to the orchestra of your wedding vendors. Yes your wedding vendors know what they're doing individually, but having a real professional event planner coordinating all these different professionals into creating a symphony just for you can make your event a harmonious work of art instead of a discordant mess. And the best wedding vendors truly appreciate working weddings when there is a capable planner at the helm.

Photo by Aaron Huniu

Photo by Aaron Huniu

Photo by Aaron Huniu

Photo by Aaron Huniu

2. Someone who knows what they're doing and knows what can go wrong and how to make things go right overseeing and running your wedding makes all the difference in the world to your event and your family's and guests enjoyment of it. Have you planned numerous weddings yourself? Probably not. Reading a bunch of information on websites can never prepare you for the experience of running one of the most top-heavy and emotional experiences of your life which, oh yeah, involves all of your family and friends and - no pressure here - a good chunk of money and is also supposed to be one of the best days of your life. Ahhhhhh!

3. Ask yourself: 'do you want to enjoy your wedding or handle it?' Good. That's what we thought. Now go hire a planner and step aside and actually experience your wedding as the single most important guest there.

Photo by Aaron Huniu

Photo by Aaron Huniu

4. A wedding planner becomes your voice when you can't speak for yourself because you're busy getting married. Handling an upset wedding guest or controlling family member, can ruin your wedding experience. But if your event planner is in on the potential pitfalls and politics of your family he or she can handle anything that comes down the road leaving you free to feel the love and celebrate. 

5. A wedding planner is your budgetary advocate. In other words inexperienced planner who often brings a lot of business to a venue or a vendor and who helps avoid expensive mistakes can save you a lot of money.

6. A great wedding planner becomes your therapist and confidant. Planning a wedding is stressful. Being able to vent and complain, cry or get it out with someone who is not in your inner circle of family or friends (i.e. someone who won't be hurt or hold what you say over your head for the rest of your life) really helps you clear out some mental junk. A great planner helps you release then straighten your crown and move on. 

Photo by Aaron Huniu

Photo by Aaron Huniu

7. And sometimes a planner becomes a best friend. Think about someone who- for a living -helps people celebrate one of the most powerful intimate and impactful days of their life. Frankly wedding planners are pretty cool people so allowing this person into your celebration is allowing them into the best part of your life. Befriending your event planner happens an Who doesn't want a friend who's loving and talented and cares about other people's most important days?

Do yourself [and everyone you love] a huge favor: hire a professional event planner and enjoy your own wedding! 

Photo by Aaron Huniu

Photo by Aaron Huniu

A wedding or even designer helps you from day one create your dream wedding with all their expertise and talent.  Check out our list of Event Planners, Coordinators and Designers here...