Friday Favorite - Groomsmen Gifts

As a wedding planner, I know a lot about weddings, but there was one area that I felt my "expertise" was really lacking, and that was groomsmen gifts.  Each time a groom would ask me for suggestions for gifts for his men, I would draw a blank and, frankly, felt a little embarrassed by it!

 

Then, earlier this summer, Groovy Groomsmen Gifts reached out to introduce their products to me.  As I perused their webiste, I knew that this was a great resource for my grooms that I could confidently send them to.  The product range varies, the site is easy to use, and there items are at various price points to fit any budget.

 

One of my favorite items on the site was the Cosmopolitan Wallet.  Crafted of buttery leather, the wallet has separate compartments for cards and cash, and can be monogrammed, which for me takes any gift up a notch!  They kindly sent me the wallet shown below, and I love it!

 

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Thank you Groovy Groomsmen Gifts for introducing me to your line of gifts!  

 

xo

d.

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My Nordstrom Sale Picks for the Bride to Be

Nordstrom Sale Picks

It's that time of year!  And what's more fun that shpping for myself you ask?  Shopping for my brides-to-be!  See below for my top 10 picks from the #NSale.

 

1.  Classic ankle-strap sandal with just a hint of disco.

2.  Pretty little clutch to hold all of your wedding day essentials.

3.  The perfect gift for your gals (and be sure to pick one up for yourself too!)

4.  Something pretty to snap those fun getting ready photos in.

5.  Heart-shaped picnic baskets for much-needed time alone with your fiance to daydream about your future as Mr. and Mrs.

6.  Something Blue.  And supportive.

7.  The prettiest notebook for all of your wedding plans.

8.  Pre-wedding (and pre-honeymoon) prep for the perfect bronze glow.

9.  Loveliest little white dress for your rehearsal dinner.

10. Bridal blush in a palette.

 

What's on your #NSale wish list?

 

xo,

d.

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On Decision Fatigue While Planning Your Wedding

 

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I love weddings, I really do.  Otherwise, I think it would be hard to enjoy this job.  But I love all the details, thinking through all the possibilities, slogging through all the decisions to be made – it truly is my jam. 

 

Recently, at the end of the night after all the toasts were toasted, food was fed, and dancers had danced, I had the pleasure of sitting around the fire pit with the bride and groom and a few crew members and rehashing the most perfect wedding day.  There was the joyous “that just happened!” moment, we talked about the things they most enjoyed about the day, and then we veered off into more personal reflections, and they admitted something that was a complete surprise to me – they had been suffering decision-fatigue in the last few weeks leading up to their wedding!  What?!  I had no idea!  Why didn’t you tell me?!

 

On the one hand I was surprised that they had felt it strongly enough to give it a name, but on the other hand, I probably knew that they were tired of the decision-making process. If I’m being totally honest, most brides and grooms feel exactly this way in the last few weeks leading up to the big day.  It’s just that I am SO used to making decisions, that it doesn’t faze me.  But it’s not fair to assume that since I’m happy to make 101 decisions a day, that everyone else is happy to do so too. 

 

Some couples feel guilty that they don’t enjoy the wedding planning process.  But I’m here to tell you that it’s ok and it’s a very natural response.  After all, you’ve been at it for months, and likely some of your normal routine has been set aside to allow for seemingly endless discussions on napkin folds and favor placement.  I get it, I really do. 

 

My advice to the wedding weary: give yourselves a break.  Take a weekend and ban all wedding talk - remember what your lives were like pre-wedding planning. I promise you’ll return refreshed and ready to tackle the to-do list. Then, as the big day approaches, you can revel in the knowledge that after all your hard work is done, you’ll have the most perfect day to enjoy and be proud of. 

 xo,

d.

 

Want help planning the wedding of your dreams?  Contact us!  Currently booking for 2018 (and a select few 2017 dates are still available!).

 

photo credit: Betsi Ewing Studio

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Wedding Season 2014 - a photo recap!

Hellloooooo!  It's been a minute, or two, since I've had the chance to say hello!  So, hello! How was your summer? Mine was filled with pretty weddings and even prettier brides, and a handsome groom or two.  

 

Wedding season flew by in an instant, and I wanted to share a sneak peek of some of the fun we had creating beautiful weddings this year.  More images and stories will be posted in the coming weeks!

xo

d.

2014 Summer Collage

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Surround Yourself with Love

It's Valentine's week!  I hope you have someone you love to squeeze tight this week, but in case you haven't yet found that special someone, a few ideas to surround yourself with love.  Because you can never have too much love, right?

Love Collage Final

 

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Happy Valentine's week!

xo

d.

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He Asked! You Said Yes! You're Engaged! Five Rules to Get Your Wedding Planning Started!

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Becoming engaged to the one you love is truly one of the most exciting times in any gal’s life.  I mean, there is the romance, coupled with the handsome fiancé, not to mention the beautiful bling.  It’s a magical state of euphoria that is unmatched by anything I’ve yet to experience.

You may have noticed that almost immediately upon announcing your engagement, you were bombarded with questions and advice from the well-meaning masses.  Literally, anyone who’s ever walked down the aisle has a tidbit of advice to share – some of it useful, much of it not.  Then come the questions:  have you chosen your date? do you have your dress yet? what are your colors? how many bridesmaids will you have?....It’s almost enough to take the shiny gleam off of your newly minted engagement! 

What to do, what to do?  Here are my five simple rules for enjoying (and surviving!) those first few weeks of engaged bliss.

 

Slow your roll

The night we got engaged, my now husband and I decided to keep it to ourselves for just a bit.  We savored it.  We admired the ring together.  We were like two giddy teens on our first date.  It was amazing.  Did I want to climb the highest skyscraper and shout it to the world?  Heck yeah I did.  But more than anything, I wanted to enjoy this moment with just him.  Mom, Dad, your besties and Facebook , not to mention the world at large, can wait a beat.  Holding this juicy little secret between just the two of us was one of my favorite parts of becoming engaged.  Trust me on this one.  You’ll always remember what it felt like.

 

Discuss the Details

The best advice I can give to newly engaged couples:  Have your first heart to heart as soon-to-be husband and wife about what kind of wedding YOU want.  This is not your momma’s wedding.   This is not your best friends nor your sister’s wedding.  This is YOUR day.  Think about it together, talk it through, come up with a plan and present it as a united front.  Of course, you’ll get advice from almost everyone, and there will be compromises to be made.  But agreeing on a basic plan and voicing it together will be one of the best things you do for yourself as a bride and groom.

 

The Budget Rules

Prepare yourself to have real, and sometimes difficult, discussions about budget.  Figure out your finances before making any commitments to guest count, venue, dress, or any other wedding detail.  If you need to take time to save, do so!  Enjoy a long engagement knowing that you won’t be in debt after your beautiful wedding.  If your families are fully paying for your wedding or helping out in any way, be prepared to be heed any requests they might have with respect and understanding.  That is not to say that you must agree fully with their every request, but calm heads prevail when it comes to talking dollars and cents.  Refer back to rule #2 – have a plan before discussing budget with your parents.  You’ll be glad you did.

 

Great Parties Come in Different Sizes

I see more arm wrestling over guests lists than I care to see.  Even the almighty budget discussion pales in comparison to discussions about who should be invited, and who should not.  But let me tell you this little secret:  Your guest count will dictate your budget, and vice-versa.  Every guest you add will, depending on your market, add as much as $100 - $250 to your budget.  So your cousin’s on-again off-again boyfriend might not be the best investment when it comes to adding him to the list.    

Where to start?  Make a short list.  Who MUST be there, and who do you WANT there.  Expand from there if needed (or wanted).  Take time to let this list develop.  It typically takes many passes at culling and editing this list before you’ll have your final list.  What NOT to do?  Don’t start huge and try to edit down.  Once a name is on the list, emotions weigh in and, trust me on this, it is much harder to delete someone from the list than it is to add them later. 

 

ENJOY the Process!

This is your big day, which can feel very overwhelming.  Where in the world does one start to plan?  Honestly, hire someone who can help you (this is not a shameless plug!).  Minimally, sit with a planner for a consultation to get some advice and get the ball rolling.  After you’ve taken heed of the first 4 rules listed above, you’ll be ready to tackle the to-do list of wedding planning.  There will be joys, there will be trials and tribulations, there may even be tears, but above all, the wedding planning process should be fun.  Remember, at the end of all of this, you get to marry the one you love.  My number one piece of advice – enjoy it all, take it all in.  This period of your life is finite, and this is your time to enjoy being enfianced!  

Happy Wedding Planning!

xoxo

d.

If you'd like help creating the wedding of your dreams, contact me!

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Welcome!

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I'm so excited to welcome you to the new home of my blog! I hope you'll click around the entire website, and welcome any comments and suggestions you might have.

 

I'll be back soon with stories and photos from this summer's weddings.

 

In the meantime, enjoy!

 

xo

d.

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Great Gatsby-esque hair accessories

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The hubby and I finally had a chance to see the Great Gatsby this past weekend, and I was in heaven. The movie was good, but I was really mesmerized by the clothes, makeup, hairstyles and ohhhh the hair accessories! While I don't think I can get away with chopping off my hair and donning art-deco hairpieces every day, I do t hink a beautiful hairpiece adds a certain touch of glamour to a bride's ensemble. Just look at some of these lovely pieces from the style geniuses at BHLDN:

                                                       BHLDN Jazz Age Halo
                                                       BHLDN Primrose Hairpin
                                                       BHLDN Valentine Comb
                                                       BHLDN Gatsby Halo
                                                       BHLDN Ariadne Halo
Are you wearing anything in your hair on your big day?
Xo,
d.

If you'd like help creating the wedding of your dreams, contact me at deanna (at) deannanashevents (dot) com.

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Still in Love in with Vintage Weddings

I admit it, I'm still loving vintage-styled weddings.  The soft colors, romantic tablescapes, and seemingly blurred edges still sing to me.  I love that you can create a vintage-inspired wedding with just a few well-placed details, which won't require you spending your whole engagement DIY-ing your little heart out.  Equally appealing to me - sourcing pretty vintage touches at the flea market.

Check out a few of the pretty images from my vintage wedding Pinterest page:


Thanks for stopping by!
xo
d.

p.s. If you'd like help creating the wedding of your dreams, drop me a line at deanna (at) deannanashevents (dot) com !

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Currently Loving....

Curently loving long flowy veils. I think they really do put that one final touch that says "bride" on each and every woman. What is your bridal veil style?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xo,
d.

 

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On Branding and Websites...



Over the past few months I've been going through the process of having my website overhauled.  A few years back, when my old site first went up, I was totally in love with it.  The colors were current, and I thought it was the bees knees.  Over time, though, I fell out of love.  Despite the fact that I always received very positive comments about the design, I thought it looked dated, and no longer reflected me or my brand.  There was also no consistency between my website, blog, twitter, Facebook and Pinterest - you might click from one to the other of my social media forums and not even realize it was me (and that's just the visual side of it).  It was time for a gigantic re-do.

Branding is tricky business (at least for me it is).  When I first got started with this process, my thinking was that if I branded myself, I would be stuck in a rut wedding-wise, planning the same weddings over and over.  As I've gone through the process (which involves a lot of soul searching and being honest about what appeals to me, what sings to me, and what best reflects me), I've realized that rather than looking at it as pigeon-holing myself, it's best to look at it in terms of the service I offer my clients.  I've come to realize that staying true to who I am as a planner benefits my clients hugely.  While this sounds like a lot of me, me, me, I think it's important to start there - because if I'm being authentically me, telling potential brides and grooms about me and my services, in the end, it really serves them better than if I am not clear about who I am, how I work, how I can help.

Soon, very soon, the new website will launch.  I'm so excited to share it!  I decided to give a very small sneakity-peek with the new blog header, which is my new logo.  I'm in love.  When I look at it, I think it speaks volumes as to who I am, and I can't wait to put it in the larger context of all areas where I have a web presence.

I can't wait to share with you - stay tuned!!

xoxo
d.

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Let's Talk Wedding Blogging



 
 
I love weddings.  That's no secret.  I love blogging about weddings.  That's probably not a secret either.    What might be a secret is that I find it hard to blog about weddings.   CrayZayTown!

How can that be, you ask?  Well, while I was considering how to answer that question, I counted my cursor blinking approximately 82 times.  And therein lies my problem-o.  I am easily distracted.  Sounds bad?  Not really, what I'm distracted by is all the pretty wedding information one can find online these days.  I get so busy reading other wedding blogs and websites and pinning on Pinterest, that my little blog falls by the wayside.

Additionally, I'm seriously critical of myself (aren't we all), and even more so when I stop to think that what I'm putting out there for the world (well, 8 followers) to see will be...gasp...judged by others!  My worst nightmare!  I fear being judged and deemed inadequate.  There.  I've admitted it.  So instead of upping my game, I make excuses for why I have no time to blog.  BS radar detector is beep, beep, beeping!!

So, I've decided to leave all that worry behind and do what I love.  Prepare to see fresh content more regularly.  I won't promise daily, and in doing so I'll avoid disappointing both you and me.  But I do promise content.  Fun ideas. Beautiful wedding eye-candy.  Maybe even a DIY project or two.  Stand by...

P.S.  If you want to become a follower, look to the right.  And if you want to show me some love, you can "like" me over at www.facebook.com/deannanashevents.  No judging, I promise!

xoxo
d.

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The Perfect Wedding



While we love planning exquisite, elegant, perfect weddings, I want each of my brides and grooms to remember the quote above.  The day will be perfect because you're marrying each other.  We'll add the icing on the cake by making it the best day possible, helping you create memories for a lifetime.

Happy Monday!
xo
d.

p.s.  want help planning your perfect wedding?  Give me a call!

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WANTED! Spring and Summer Interns

 

So excited to announce that we're hiring interns for the Spring and Summer 2013 wedding season!Have you ever wondered what it takes to plan a wedding? Are you that girl or guy who peruses wedding blogs and mags, poring over all the details?  Do you think the wedding industry is where you'd like to be? Come aboard!

I'm looking for 1-2 interns for the upcoming wedding season.  You'll gain exposure to the Los Angeles wedding industry, have day-to-day responsibilities with brides and grooms, and be an integral part of real weddings.

Responsibilities:

* client maintenance and organization
* design research/creation of inspiration boards
* social media management
* attend vendor and client meetings
* vendor research / communication with vendors
* attend industry networking events
* assist with wedding day execution - set up, coordination, and break down
* assist with blog maintenance, including story and photo research; obtain photo credits/permissions;
* Opportunities will arise to exercise your graphic design skills as well

Qualifications:

* Outgoing personality, works well independently, and with a positive attitude
* Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Adobe Photoshop
* Proficient in Blogger, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook
* Excellent communication and writing skills with a positive attitude toward customer service
* Previous event planning experience a plus but not required
* Car and cell phone preferred. You will be reimbursed for mileage and parking expenses
A sincere interest in the event and wedding industry.

Interested? Email intern@deannanashevents.com for the full job description and application process.

I'm excited to meet you!

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Tuesday....Shoesday

It's been awhile since I posted a proper Tuesday-Shoesday!  I'm love-love-loving tones of blush and pink for spring, and these beauties by BHLDN are swoon-worthy.  I'm picturing layers of tulle, a fluffy bouquet of pink peonies, and these beauties.

 


Happy Tuesday!
xo
d.

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Sneak Peek - Natasha and Jason's E-session!

I'm excited to share a sneak peek of Natasha and Jason's engagement session!  
We've been working together for a few months to plan their wedding, and these pictures capture the essence of who they are as a couple just perfectly!  Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography took these amazing shots.  I can't wait to see what she does for their wedding this summer!
Sunset at the Beach

 

This fun mural was at a Union 76 station!
Jason proposed to Natasha on one of these boats.  This is such a romantic shot!


And the photo below sums up what it feels like to work with Natasha and Jason - FUN!!

 

I can't wait for August!
xo
d.
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Downton Abbey - Why?!?!!


I watched the season finale of the 3rd Season of Downton Abbey last night.  I was a day late and had seen spoilers on Facebook, but I was hoping right down to the last minute that Facebook was wrong.  They were not.

For those of you who watch this fabulous, fabulous period drama, I know you join me in mourning dear Matthew Crawley.  For those of you who don't watch, isn't Mary a beautiful bride?  I'm seriously hoping to work with a bride who loves the 20's Gatsby-esque wedding style!

Happy Tuesday!
xo
d.

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