Oh these charming wedding cookies by Kelly Tharp Davin of Mint Weddings and Room for Desserts have us swooning with beautiful and romantic sugary delight! We’re going to start following her on Instagram at @mintmadecookies right now because we can’t wait to see what she creates next!
Wedding signage is all the rage - and for good reason! Professional wedding photographer Paul Douda captured this charming wedding moment when the bridal party carried signs one by one down the aisle to spell out a message of love from the bride to the groom. Now we happen to know that it take a pro photographer to make sure they communicate with their couples to be aware of every single one of these kinds of yummy special details before the wedding so that they can be in the right place at the right time to capture all the memories you want! Great work Paul!!! #bestuseofsignsever
We met with amazing local ONEHOPE representative April Martin [self branded “cause entrepreneur”] who is so passionate about ONEHOPE’s incredible ethics and ‘do good drink good’ philosophy!
Says April, “Who knew that doing good could be so much fun? As a proud member of the ONEHOPE family, I love that ONEHOPE allows me to help raise awareness and funds for multiple causes near and dear to my heart. I have always wanted to find a career path that is flexible, engaging, and fun while also allowing me to make a difference in my community. Working with ONEHOPE helps me achieve my goals and more. So whether you’re looking for a casual night out, a fundraising party, or a wine social, I welcome the opportunity to help organize a great and memorable event with you!”
We couldn’t agree more! Contact April for your ONEHOPE wines and bubbly for your wedding!
Deploy VR ‘s events managers work closely with your event coordinator to amp up your event by harnessing the power of virtual reality. Focusing exclusively on events, Deploy VR uses their extensive experience in events production and technology to make sure your guests have the time of their life! On top of providing the latest VR technology, they recognize that the key lies in providing a memorable event experience that your guests won’t soon forget with a unique Virtual Reality experience. And the best part is you don’t need to learn code or travel to a different dimension- they handle it all - planning, setup, implementation, and breakdown, all taken care of by their pro deployment team, so you and your guests can focus on having an epic time on your big day… in all realities!
Meet Rita, the world's first margarita truck and portable bar service. First established in 2006, she can roll up just about anywhere to serve fresh, organic margaritas and specialty cocktails. Rita is a completely renovated, vintage 1965 GMC step-van. Inside, she houses a fully-equipped bar and beverage service station. All drinks are made by skillful bartenders and hand-crafted on location.
Street fairs, concerts, weddings, in-home private parties, backyard BBQ's, or even the office... there isn't anywhere Rita can't go. Even kids' parties are acceptable when serving virgin drinks and icee's. Anyone can serve salted-rim margaritas, but who else can roll in on rims to serve them? Only Rita. She's one-of-a-kind.
HOW SHE WORKS
You choose your beverage package (beer, cocktails, and non-alcoholic options available). Rita rolls up and parks at your event, fully equipped for your customized beverage service according to your preferences. Her professional bartenders shake up the drinks on location, and you sit back and simply enjoy your party. Voila! The queen of margaritas just transported your event to the next level. Visit the Rasta Rita Margarita website to learn more!
5GREAT reasons to have a photo booth at your wedding by ShadowCatcher Photo Booths
From black-tie VIP settings to rustic barn and outdoor settings, a photo booth can fit with every theme. If you’re debating whether a photo booth is a good fit for your wedding, here are 5 great reasons your guests will be thanking you for investing in one!
1. Entertain Them!
DJ? Check. Open bar? Check. Sounds like you’re on your way to planning a good time! But chances are, everyone isn’t going to dance for the entire reception. One of the best reasons to have a photo booth at your wedding is to entertain your guests. It’s important to remember that weddings have down times, and you have to think of a way to keep your guests entertained during those times. For example, at the majority of weddings, normally the formal wedding photos are taken right after the ceremony during the cocktail hour, so sometimes guests can get a little antsy waiting for the cocktail hour to end and the reception to start. Photo booths are perfect for this part of your wedding day! Guests can be goofy and stay entertained while they wait for you to return and for the reception to start. As they say, time flies when you’re having fun and time will be flying for your guests if you choose to have a photo booth.
2. Most F U N and memorable wedding favors ever! Do them a favor!
You want your wedding to be the most talked about wedding in your circle, something everyone will be talking about for years to come! Instead of investing in white wedding Jordan almonds or spending hours on DIY candle mason jars, gift your guests with something special, fun and interactive. A personalized photo strip that captures how much fun they had at your wedding in your photo booth! The strips include your custom logo, names and dates, it’s all right there to make sure they remember where they were when they had so much fun! Want to elevate the experience even more? Treat your guests to a photo strip holder that is placed in their napkin at their table setting and is personalized to your special day!
3. Socializing for them, a Memory Book for you! Get them socializing!
While your photo booth is working as a great ice breaker, giving your guests a chance to let their hair down and get to know each other, they are also creating fun photo strips that will be going into your memory book that also doubles a guest book that will give you a super fun look back on the day for the two of you for years to come! Each guest writes a personalized message to you next to their photo strip.
4.Because Photo Booths are Classic F U N! Show them the F U N
Classic fun is the best kind of fun – and a photo booth will bring smiles and memories to your wedding without even trying. The best thing about them is that they are great for all ages! A photo booth provides endless entertainment from the beginning of the night, all the way until the grand exit!
5. The Quality and Overall Experience we bring to each event!
Not only does ShadowCatcher Photo Booths provide a photo strip for each guest in every grouping, they also provide a link to a digital download so you and your guests can download their favorite pic to use on social media or even enlarge to a HUGE poster size!
How utterly charming are these edible sugar doilies for your high tea or coffee at a bridal shower, bachelorette party, or wedding reception?! Created by Etsy creator store Sweet Marve Lace these dainty confectionery treats Mak e an elegant adornment on any cake, cookie, or cupcake. You can even attach these sweet doilies to the sides of your tiered cakes by use of only a dab of water!!! Or you can let it float on the surface of your hot tea or coffee....they last for at least 5 minutes in a drink giving you plenty of time to enjoy!
If you're looking for extra special event ideas and rentals look no further! Bright Event rentals is just a click away! Check out Bright Event Rental's website for tons of fresh table, dish and silverware, linen, chandeliers, tenting, staging, and decor ideas and rentals!
Five Fresh Ways to Include Apothecary Jars in Your Wedding
Versatile pieces of decoration—that’s what apothecary jars are. They can store and display basically anything you want. Regardless of shape, size, or color, they can add a whimsical touch to any place or table. They are available in a lot of stores that sell craft supplies and decorations for any purpose, and most importantly, they can be used in any occasion.
It’s not a wonder that more and more people and interior designers are trying to incorporate these jars into different kinds of spaces and special events. Now, are you thinking of using the elegance of these versatile containers in your wedding? Then you ought to read how you can creatively utilize them. There’s more than one way that you can take advantage of the adorable jars!
Give Your Cake a Real Bakery Dome
Are you planning to have small cakes at your wedding? Use a cloche, a type of apothecary jar in the shape of a glass dome, to display the sumptuous pastry in a classy way.
With a presentation such as this, no one can resist a slice of the yummy goodness in a glass. You can display one majestic cloche-cake combo in each table so everyone can experience some cake cutting in your wedding.
Give Out Gratitude in a Jar
Show gratitude to the people who played a major role on your special day, and say it with a jar. You can place a thank-you note inside it along with edibles or other materials for a more dramatic effect. This time, it’s you who’s giving back something memorable to everyone who made your day special.
Capture the Outdoors in a Glass
Do you want to display plants as your centerpiece? No problem. Create a mini terrarium inside a cloche. The jar makes a pleasant, warm home for little flowers and plants.
If you’re also the type who likes to explore the great outdoors (well, hello possible honeymoon destinations), then you can also utilize the jar and put in a plastic model of a butterfly or any other material that reflects the spirit of nature and adventure.
Showcase Sweetness in a Jar
Make your special moments sweeter by doling out candies and other goodies. You can arrange apothecary jars in varied shapes and sizes on a table near the entrance. Now that’s the kind of welcome everyone will love.
Moreover, both children and adult guests will appreciate the sweet treat as they go around the reception hall and catch up with mutual acquaintances and relatives.
Gather Words in a Container
Your wedding day is going to be a very busy day for you, so you may not have enough time to have lengthy interactions with all the well-wishers. Why not give them a chance to share their heartfelt message in a note? And nothing is more perfect than a beautiful jar to contain their lovely words.
At the end of the ceremony, you can take the apothecary container home, display it in a prominent area, and let it serve as a reminder that a lot of people are wishing you both all the great things that life has to offer.
Some Creativity Required
You see, decorating with apothecary jars can be fun. Because of their versatility, they can fit any wedding theme or venue. And they come in numerous shapes and sizes, which gives you the freedom to choose what best suits your plans.
The only thing you need to do is decide how you’re going to showcase the beauty of the jars. Whether you use it for food or any other material, rest assured that the outcome is just the same: a beautiful, whimsical decor. Why don’t you start browsing for apothecary jars now?
Editor's Note: Thanks to Save On Crafts [where we have shopped for years!] for these great on-trend ideas! We love Apothecary jars and are constantly finding new ways to use them at weddings, in styled shoots, and even in the office and at home [they are gorgeous with holiday decorations in them on a hall entry table!] after the big day.
Evening weddings turn so romantic once day is done, now gone the sun, and the twilight hour signals that it's time for the party to begin! But make sure you have enough lighting to take your celebration into darkness [especially if you are outside!] to inspire and wow the night! Thanks to Jamielyn Craft Photography for the great wedding photos and of course the people at SociaLights San Diego's preeminent special event lighting experts!
Lighting adds so much energy and life to an outdoor evening soiree! And this market lighting by SociaLights - San Diego's outdoor lighting experts - is just the ticket for transforming even the plainest of spaces in to a magical, romantic land [of very flattering light for your guests] with subtle bursts of light that will charm and inspire all of your guests! You can see their amazing lights in person [and meet this super social philanthropic team] at the May 20 Wedding Party EXPO!
oooh and check out SociaLights' vintage road signs for an extra fun welcome to your wedding!
If you want your photo booth to look as amazing as the rest of your wedding why not choose the most gorgeous photo booth by Fashionair with Mirror Me technology!! Mirror Me is the latest, coolest, interactive photo booth technology that all your guests will love! Why not place right this beauty right at the entrance to your wedding and capture your guests' anticipation and the love on their faces right from the get go! You can meet the super friendly Fashionair team in person (and try this baby out and see for your self how fun it is!) at the May 20 Wedding Party EXPO!
It happens to everyone in the wedding planning process... that feeling in the back of your head that there's one key element missing that, once added, will take your event up a big notch and make things more romantic, more fun, more stylish and, well, more visible! We know what it is!!! You need great lighting by SocialLights at your wedding! Indoor or Outdoor weddings rejoice! SocialLights brightens up your wedding with their super cool lighting options, check them out!
Says the team at SocialLights "We take your lighting dreams, ideas, and visions and turn them into a reality. We specialize in outdoor and indoor lighting of all shapes and sizes. Think market lighting, gobo lighting projections, wash lighting, marquee signs, light walls, uplighting, twinkle lights, Edison lights, star lanterns, light canopies, paper lanterns and whatever your imagination can dream up. We are here to make this piece of your celebration easy, fun, and above all amazing."
And one more illuminated thing about Social Lights; they give back....a lot.
All Work with no giving back makes Socialights a sad family...
Part of the SociaLights family mission is to be aware of the impact we make on this planet. We love that our jobs (and let's be real, our travels) take us to so many unique places with backdrops, often created by mother nature, that we get to enjoy. We want those backdrops to stay beautiful and help do our part to make sure they do. Over the years we've done a lot of things to see to it that our footprints as individuals, and as a team, were kept low. From the obvious - recycling, buying mostly used home goods/clothes, creating our own gardens, composting etc. To the not obvious - Ryan's been dumpster diving at grocery stores to raise food waste awareness recently.
All these efforts took a turn for the better when we found an organization that joins businesses that have the same motivations.... and so we joined 1% for the Planet. We couldn't be more proud we did.
Started by Yvon Chounaird (Patagonia), 1% for the Planet's mission is to unite businesses across the world to band together to keep this planet blue. Each year we commit to giving a certain amount of our time to volunteer for local enviremental organizations and 1% of our profits to a non profit of our choice. This year we've chosen the incredible 1to1 Movement. A local San Diego non profit dedicated to education and awareness. In addition to being a member of 1% we're also proud to have partnered with organizations like The Ronald McDonald House of San Diego to help them raise funds at their annual gala.
You know you love IKEA for every single item in your kitchen, bath, bedroom, and study but IKEA can also help you DIY the coolest most unforgettable wedding tabletops and decor for your wedding reception! Check out what their Interior Designer Emma did for this couple, wth dramatic elements, a dedicated cake area, a super inviting table for guests and a stunning, stark white palette of IKEA gems mixed with greens and nature! LOVE!
IKEA has an amazing Wedding Registry that makes it so easy for your guests, friends and family to get you what you want [with many very affordable options]. Source out tons of items for your reception that will then work for you for years to come at home! Editor's note: we already bought two of the Solig net!
Everybody still loves rustic rentals, and this fresh new wave of lighter toned and white rustic furnishings by Farm Tables & More is just the thing to take us into Spring weddings!! Farm Tables & More creates quality farm tables hand-crafted with love. And they really do, wait for it....bring more to the table!
Planning and Design: @blissproductions
We know the traditional wedding reception set up of the last 30 or 40 years has been lots of round tables, where you place people based on common interests, relationships. and even history together. But to us there’s something really special about dining “family style” at long tables at a wedding reception! Check out these gorgeous tables by Farm Tables & More, a local, family run business and one of SanDiego‘s loveliest specialty rental companies - with a fabulous inventory of nice, long, family style tables for your wedding!
And outdoor wedding comes together so beautifully with one long table!
We feel like longer tables are an extra perfect fit at a vineyard wedding!
With an inventory that will blow your mind with its vastness and selection, Classic Party Rentals is the country's largest special event rental supplier. With all their on trend magical elements, you can create any romantic ambiance you can envision at your wedding ceremony or reception.
They have lighting, candles, glassware, dishes, chairs, fabrics, furniture, tents, backdrops, tenting, staging, bars, dance floors, and many more specialty extras to give your wedding a special glow. Here are just a few of CPR's tabletop and seating items to inspire you!
In a world gone crazy for photo booths at weddings and events [for good reason!], we think that A Little Scene's super cool flip book station is their most popular product for good reason!
Party goers and guests will forever have a customized keepsake from your event. I want one!!
A Little Scene's fun experts activate at weddings, music festivals, trade shows, branded events and other parties to make their super cool custom flip books within minutes!
We dig their cool, clean and modern set up that would look great at your wedding reception!
Custom star maps by The Night Sky for the night your heart skipped a beat are the most exciting gift idea for that couple whose love is written in the stars! Complete with a time and place signature to chart out the exact moment you said “yes!”, “I do”, or that moment you realized your world had changed. This gift of the stars will have you always remembering that special night.