Archives for December 2012

Your Engaged Now What?

Congratulations, you’re getting married! If you’re like most, you’ve dreamed about your wedding day ever since you were a child. Now the time has come, but the difficulty is knowing where to begin…

First, announce your engagement; shout it from the roof top!

  • Whatever you choose to do, be sure to enjoy this wonderful and magical time in your life.
  • Set your budget for the big day.
  • Think about what type of wedding you want, theme, small intimate wedding or grand and lavish celebration?
  • Will it be an indoor or outdoor?
  • What time of year will it be fall or spring?
  • Traditional, elegant, contemporary or romantic?
  • Will you get married during the day or in the evening?
  • Do you want a formal sit down dinner or cocktail reception?
  • Do you want to get married close to home or at a romantic destination?

Once you have answered a few of these questions then it is time to move to your first major decisions.

Booking your wedding planner/coordinator.  They will help you in so many ways.  Keep you on budget, recommend all of the venues that fit in your look and your budget, help you with recommendations of all of your vendors, save you both time and money.

Booking your venue for your ceremony and your reception.  Your reception site will determine the overall mood and atmosphere of your wedding.  Select a site that will fit your individual style, taste and budget.  Many venues book more than a year in advance so book early.

Booking your photographer is your next major decision.  Your favorite photographer will book quickly sometimes more than a year in advance.  Interview them be sure you feel a real connection and take time to review their work.

From there you can begin to book all of your other vendors, florist, bakery etc.

And one of the most fun events, finding your wedding dress.  Invite your bff’s, mom and don’t leave out your soon to be mom-in-law.

Most all enjoy this time, you will have so many special memories during this time!

Congratulation from Fairy Godmother!



Everyone has a calling that is uniquely their own

Everyone has a calling that is uniquely their own.  And your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you were meant to be, and begin to honor that in the best way possible.  Sometimes the calling is just a whisper, and when you begin to honor that whisper, you end up being the best you can be.”  —Ophray Winfrey

I truly believe I have found my calling in Fairy Godmother.  I am so thankful to be in this business.  I didn’t set out to be an Event Planner nor own this company.  However when I look back I see the path was there all along it just took me awhile to find it.

I am excited about 2013 we have some wonderful things to share with everyone in the New Year.  I have the best team; they are beautiful inside and out, kind, funny, crazy and most all care so much about their work and the people they take care of.  They truly understand our motto “Bringing that Fairy Tale feeling to everyone they come in contact with”

I challenge you to find your calling, like Ophrey says sometimes it is only in a whisper, so listen carefully…..

Thank you to all of our clients, friends and family for your support these past three years!
Magically, Colleen

Bachelorette Party


Bachelorette parties didn’t enter into the public eye until the 1960s when the women’s rights movement helped women join the male tradition.

The parties began as a scandalous upgrade from the bridal shower, in which female friends would give the bride “embarrassing” gifts such as lingerie.   Today, many bachelorette parties try to rival the men’s bachelor party by the level of craziness.   However, all brides will have a bachelorette party in some form or another, whether it’s an in-house get together with a few friends or an all out night on the town.

The main goal of a bachelorette party is to celebrate your last night as a single woman!

Fairy Godmother Team Christmas Party/Meeting

Happy Magical Monday.

It gives me so much pleasure to share this blog.  Every year I have the opportunity to plan something wonderful for our team as a thank you for all their hard work.

This year they were treated to a very fun Photo session with Eliseo and Michael from Valdophey where they were made to feel like real live models.  Then it was off to a short walk to the Padre for a beautiful private dinner.

Thank you to all of the Fairy Godmother Team, I admire and adore each of you!

Denise, Yessi, Pam, Leticia, Stephanie, Cassandra, Phillarie, Liliana.


Thank you to all of the vendors that helped me to make this evening happen.

Eliseo and Michael from Valdophey

Jessica from The Padre

Jennifer from Sky Printing/The girls loved their blinged out stockings!



Responsibilities of the Maid of Honor

Responsibility of the Maid of Honor

Being chosen as the Maid of Honor is just that, an honor. However, the job doesn’t end at giving a toast or holding the bride’s dress in the bathroom. The Maid of honor is usually the best friend or sister of the bride and has a vast amount of responsibilities from planning the bachelorette party to just being there for moral support.

  • Lead the troops. It’s the maid of honor’s job to direct the other maids through their duties.
  • Help with the dress shopping process.
  • Give honest opinions about colors, cake designs, dresses, flowers, etc.
  • Inform guests of where the bride and groom are registered.
  • Arrange for storage of the wedding dress during the honeymoon.
  • Always lend an ear. Be the one the bride can go to for questions and listen to her needs.
  • Host bridal shower.
  • Be in charge of making sure the bridal party arrives to rehearsal and other gatherings.
  • Plan the bachelorette party.
  • Keep a record of all the gifts received at various parties and showers.
  • Hold the groom’s ring during the ceremony. Safest place to put it? On your thumb!
  • Along with the best man, sign the marriage license as a witness.
  • Hold the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony.
  • Make sure the bride eats! A hungry bride means a grumpy bride.
  • Make a toast.
  • Keep the bride laughing. Laughter can be the cure for a stressed-out bride.



Fire Truck Birthday Party

Fairy Godmother had the pleasure of planning and coordinating a very special birthday party for David, Corbin, Parker and Blue too.

We had so much with the “Fire Truck” theme.

Thank you to the Hair family for trusting Fairy Godmother with such an important event.   To Serena you are an amazing Mom.  Your boys are so lucky to have you, and Fairy Godmother loves working with you!


Thank you to a great team of vendors.

Matinae Designs

Walker Lewis

Gimmee Some Sugar

Ben and Jerry’s

That’s Amore

Uniquely Chic

Balloons by Jennifer

Character Artist Chris

Austin Thomas Photography

Amazing Bounce House


Why a Garter?

In the 1500’s, the garter was related to the consummation of marriage. The bridal party would sneak into the newlywed’s bedroom for proof that the marriage was consummated. While they were in the room, they would take an item of the brides clothing, usually the garter, for good luck.

Due to the obvious invasion of privacy, tradition changed. After the wedding, as a sign that the woman was no longer available or no longer free to flirt, she removed the garter and gave it to her groom. The groom then tossed it to his groomsmen symbolizing the “last good-bye” or the last bit of leg they would ever see from her.

Las Vegas Couple at The Bellagio

It gives me great pleasure to dedicate today’s “Magical Monday” blog to Todd and Stacy Shapiro.

Who would have ever thought a few years ago I would meet our Las Vegas bride in a nail salon in Bakersfield!

When Stacy called me almost a year after later to tell me she was engaged and she wanted to hire us.   I was thrilled to meet with her. We began planning all of the details of her wedding right away. She had an amazing vision for their special day.

Well a year later Todd and Stacy’s wedding will forever be one of my favorites. Yes it was at a beautiful place and yes Stacy was a beautiful bride, yes we had a blast with our team of Bakersfield vendors that made the trip with us, (Valdphye and LoveStruck) yes we were treated so nicely, yes the venue was amazing. However it was not one of my favorites for all of those reasons. It was one of my favorites because Todd and Stacy were the most kind and generous couple I have ever met. They were more worried about their guests than themselves. We had so many surprises to roll out to the guests it was a blast to be a part of each surprise, Elvis, Show Girls and even a Umpa Lumpa and so much more.

Thank you Todd and Stacy for allowing Fairy Godmother to be a part of your BEAUTIFUL day. Congratulations on your 1 year Anniversary and on your beautiful little boy.  Fairy Godmother can’t wait to plan his first birthday!

Are you planning a wedding out of town?   We love to travel, we have done events, in Napa, Paso Robles, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and the Central Coast.

We would love to be your Fairy Godmother!




Mini Wedding Cakes

Mini wedding cakes look as beautiful as wedding table decorations. Miniature wedding cakes can be individually packed in a clear boxed or served as wedding dessert at the wedding reception.

When mini cakes are beautifully boxed and decorated with ribbon, they make very elegant wedding favors, the perfect sweet treat for your wedding guests to take home. A lovely token of thanks and remembrance for your special day.

If you’re not concerned about cost, you can have your miniature wedding cakes made to look like a miniature version of your larger wedding reception cake. Your miniature cake favors will be the talk of the party!