Archives for February 2017

Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What…? – Magical Monday

We are so thrilled to congratulate you on your recent engagement! 

Your planning process has just begun and we want to help you through it.

Did you know that the average investment on a wedding in the United States is $35,329.00?!

Budget planning is one of fundamental planning necessities to this process, after all, it sets the blueprint for your magical day! 

The first step in coming up with your budget is organizing who will be contributing to the investment!

Traditionally, the bride’s family will pay for most, if not all, of the event. In modern times couples and the couple’s family all come together to contribute. 

Another major part of budget planning is your guest count! 

Being practical with your invites is essential. Most people with an intimate wedding of fifty people most often will not have the same budget as a wedding of two-hundred people. This is 100% okay, but it needs to be known right from the start so there are no little surprises as you begin this super fun journey!

According to the wedding experts at The Knot, here is the breakdown of a traditional wedding budget…

“48 to 50 percent of total budget to reception; 8 to 10 percent for flowers; 8 to 10 percent for attire; 8 to 10 percent for entertainment/music; 10 to 12 percent for photo/video; 2 to 3 percent for invites; 2 to 3 percent for gifts; and 8 percent for miscellaneous items like a wedding coordinator…”

After you have factored your venue into your budget, you can begin budget planning for your big day! Be sure to include the things that precede the big day, such as your announcements and any events that may go with it, maybe rehearsal and rehearsal dinners. Couples even go as far as to throw a brunch or BBQ the day after the event to thank everyone for their help, attendance, and friendship!

Another rule of thumb that is good to remember, is to be sure that there is a little wiggle room in your investment. You want to be sure that those unexpected, or “hidden,” charges are covered and won’t throw a wrench in your event!

If you need help planning your magical day, please contact us today and let us help you track your budget and assist you in maximizing your dollar!

 

A Taste of NV 2017 – Fairy Godmother Friday

The Fairies got to do something a little different this Valentine’s Day…

Our dear friends at NV Catering held a very special Valentine’s event, “A Taste of NV!”

This event was held to not only showcase some of Bakersfield’s finest vendors to potential clients, but to bring together and show appreciation for each and every person in the room.

A Taste of NV Fairy Godmother table setup

Photo by Jonah and Lindsay Long Photography.

A Taste of NV Fairy Godmother

Photo by Jonah and Lindsay Long Photography.

Angela and Patricia, owners of Enchanted Bridal Boutique, brought some of their latest inventory for display as guests begin their wedding planning process… A dress is a very important detail!

A Taste of NV Enchanted Bridal

Every bride needs a little help with their gown, even the fake ones!

There was no better venue than The Station for this intimate event! It’s Your Party did a fabulous job with décor and rentals, and amazing uplighting by All Sound Music.

A Taste of NV The Station

Photo by Jonah and Lindsay Long Photography.

A Taste of NV

Photo by Jonah and Lindsay Long Photography.

A Taste of NV

Photo by Jonah and Lindsay Long Photography.

These talented vendors included NV Catering, Enchanted Bridal, All Sound Music, Evermoore Films, Jonah and Lindsay Long Photography, It’s Your Party, Blue Sky Media and of course our fabulous host, The Station!

A Taste of NV

Photo by Jonah and Lindsay Long Photography.

A Taste of NV NV Catering

Photo by Jonah and Lindsay Long Photography.

A Taste of NV

Photo by Jonah and Lindsay Long Photography.

A Taste of NV All Sound Music

Photo by Jonah and Lindsay Long Photography.

A Taste of NV Evermoore Films

Photo by Jonah and Lindsay Long Photography.

A Taste of NV Jonah & Lindsay Long

A photo of our photographers, Jonah & Lindsay Long!

A Taste of NV It's Your Party

Photo by Jonah and Lindsay Long Photography.

A Taste of NV Blue Sky Media

Photo by Jonah and Lindsay Long Photography.

A Taste of NV The Station

Photo by Jonah and Lindsay Long Photography.

Couples, and groups, were immersed into an intimate evening complete with delicious raspberry and almond champagne from Las Flores winery upon entry.

A Taste of NV Las Flores Winery

Photo by Jonah and Lindsay Long Photography.

A Taste of NV Las Flores Winery

Photo by Jonah and Lindsay Long Photography.

The exquisite dinner menu included ahi tuna, a delicious filet, and followed with assorted chocolate covered strawberries prepared by the one and only Chef Nate and his NV Catering team.

A Taste of NV

Photo by Jonah and Lindsay Long Photography.

A Taste of NV

Photo by Jonah and Lindsay Long Photography.

A Taste of NV

Photo by Jonah and Lindsay Long Photography.

A Taste of NV

Photo by Jonah and Lindsay Long Photography.

 

 

 

Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What…? – Magical Monday

Congratulations on your recent engagement!

This is one of the happiest times of your life, and we are so excited to help guide you through it.

Now that you have chosen your venue, date, and have some tips on how to stay organized, let’s pick a style!

Your wedding is supposed to be a direct reflection of your personalities, likes, desires, and all around what makes you happy!

Tolladay Fairy Godmother Wedding by Boone & Stacie Weddings

Photography by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

Including your venue, your entire wedding day is to be everything you have ever dreamed of. Why not make it happen?

Country-rustic meets country club? Absolutely. Storybook meets historic landmark? You got it.

There are endless possibilities to anything and everything you can dream up, the execution is just what makes it memorable!

According to our friends over at Bridal Guide, here are a few of the top wedding style trends!

Currently, the most popular wedding style is rustic. Rustic tends to lean towards ranch venues, and rural outdoor weddings. A combination of burlap and lace, touched up with boots and florals simply defines the style. The more modern spin on the style would be dressing up old ranches and open spaces with very elegant drapery and vintage furniture, so fun!

Speaking of vintage… The vintage wedding style has taken the world by storm! Reverting back to the times of glitz and glamour, couples are now trying to throw a better party than Jay Gatsby himself! The vintage style is timeless, and of course keeps the romance and depiction of love so alive on your big day! Lets not forget one of the best ways to keep that dapper wedding day charm is with a vintage automobile!

 Themed weddings! We love all of our wedding themes, but we also love being able to exercise our creative freedom with themed weddings! Themed weddings allow for couples to fully immerse their guests into a unique experience.

Here at Fairy Godmother, we would love to make your wedding style dreams come true! Contact us today to get started, and again, congratulations on your engagement! 

Fairy Field Trip! Big Fake Wedding – Fairy Godmother Friday

This past week, the Fairy Godmother team was able to take a “Fairy Field Trip” to Los Angeles, California for the Big Fake Wedding

The Fairies loaded up and headed south! Don’t fret, we know every Starbucks better than GPS.

Fairy Godmother Field Trip

The Fairies never take a “Fairy Field Trip” without “Fairy Fuel!”

And of course, we all know that work knows no limits…

If this isn’t one depiction of the dedication our team has, we aren’t sure what is!

Fairies On The Go

Fairies On The Go!

Before heading out to the Big Fake Wedding, the Fairies had to check in at the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel!

Los Angeles Millennium Biltmore Hotel

Los Angeles Millennium Biltmore Hotel

The Big Fake Wedding is a bridal show replacement that puts guests in the middle of a real-life wedding in order to fully immerse themselves in the wedding experience. 

Big Fake Wedding

While it is a bridal show alternative, it is also a celebration of another wedding! Whether it be real wedding, vow renewal, or strictly scripted, The Big Fake Wedding has a purpose! The Big Fake Wedding Los Angeles was a celebration of Laura and Ethan, you can read more on their story here!

Big Fake Wedding Laura & Ethan

Laura & Ethan with their two boys. Photo Source.

The gorgeous ceremony site elegantly draped with mood lighting set the scene for the floral covered arch.

Location of the Big Fake Wedding Los Angeles

The beautiful outdoor ceremony site at Seventh Place in Los Angeles!

Upon walking into the reception site, Fairy Godmother Cassandra couldn’t pass up the floral moon which we still believe was crafted just for her!

Big Fake Wedding Entrance

The tables were each decorated by different planners and designers, giving guests multiple feels and views on what their day could look like!

Big Fake Wedding Centerpiece Big Fake Wedding Centerpiece Big Fake Wedding Centerpiece

Big Fake Wedding Centerpiece

Okay, and let’s talk about how stunning this head table is!

Covered in floral arrangements, candles, and lanterns the mood was set!

Big Fake Wedding Centerpiece

At a bridal show, guests aren’t exactly able to see what the vendors have to offer, whereas at a wedding they are able to see things come full circle and see the vendors in action. 

 Big Fake Wedding Decor Big Fake Wedding Decor Big Fake Wedding Decor

Talk about fun!

The guys over at Slow Motion Time Machine Photo Booth made sure that a great time was had by all!

Slow Motion Time Machine Big Fake Wedding Slow Motion Time Machine Big Fake Wedding

We got to mingle with vendors such as Nifty Balloons, , Sweet E’s Bake Shop, and one of our personal favorites, Sugar Fairy Desserts!

Fairy Godmother Big Fake Wedding Big Fake Wedding

Another “Fairy Favorite” was the husband and wife team behind “Nifty Balloons!” Their impeccable talent did not go unnoticed at the Big Fake Wedding, every guest could be found with some sort of balloon art. We just thought they were too fun to pass up!

Fairy Godmother Nifty Balloons

Fairy Godmother Cassandra was the “Queen Bee” at the Big Fake Wedding!

Big Fake Wedding Los Angeles

The perfect crown piece made by Nifty Balloons!

Fairy Godfather Nifty Balloons wand

Every Fairy Godfather needs a balloon wand!

A night well spent, the Fairies were so glad to have attended the Big Fake Wedding!

A HUGE thank you to all the vendors involved in putting on this event, and to Seventh Place for being the chosen venue!

Big Fake Wedding Los Angeles

The Fairy Godmother family at the Big Fake Wedding Los Angeles

 

Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What…? – Magical Monday

Congratulations on your new engagement! 

For this happy time, it is imperative for the streamline (and your sanity) that you stay organized!

One of the best ways to stay organized is with a designated wedding binder!

One of the best reasons to stay organized is simply that you have enough to worry about, planning a wedding does not have to be stressful, and what way to make it easier than to have everything in a central location for easy access. 

A fabulous quote we love to live by from Linnyette Richardson-Hall!

A fabulous quote we love to live by from Linnyette Richardson-Hall!

When you first begin your search for vendors, and other wedding day information, a wedding day e-mail address helps you keep all your “paperless” documents in one place! Wait for it… With a search bar, fabulous!

For anything that does not make it into your new “wedding only” binder, and anything that is in your new wedding day e-mail address, make sure that there is a specific “spot” for these goodies to stay out of oblivion. 

Fairy Godmother Co planner

Even our younger guests like to be in the know!

Starting a checklist and setting aside time to plan is crucial to your wedding planning. This time to yourself gives you the opportunity to go over documents thoroughly and to jot down any questions that may arise from doing so. 

Fairy Godmother

Fairy Godmother brides have their planning process, handled!

Looking to make this process even easier? Hire someone to take the reins and guide you through the maze of wedding planning!

A wedding planner will keep track of your day, from start to finish. Letting your planner be a backboard and central point in your planning process alleviates the stress on you, you get to continue with your normal day to day all while something so magical is in the works! 

If you are looking for help planning your magical day, make Fairy Godmother your first call, we are all in!

Fairy Godmother by Makenzie Photography.

The Fairy Godmother team is always “All in” for our clients! Photo by Makenzie Photo.

Welcoming Courtney Ghilarducci-Dendy! – Fairy Godmother Friday

Happy, happy “Fairy Godmother Friday!”

We want to share about some exciting happy news, our happy place has another tenant…

Courtney of GhilaDolci Bakery has joined us in the 20th Street Cottage Community Room!

20th Street Cottage Community Room

The community room at the 20th Street Cottage.

The community room gives Courtney a professional space to hold appointments with her clients without the loud sounds of blenders and coffeeshop machinery!

GhilaDolci Bakery

We are glad to have Courtney at the 20th Street Cottage, she has been a long time friend to the Fairy Godmother family.

Fairy Godmother Colleen & Courtney Ghilarducci

Our very own Fairy Godmother Colleen with Courtney, owner of GhilaDolci Bakery.

Courtney first caught the eye of Fairy Godmother Colleen in 2013 at a wedding she was coordinating. The Fairies have a keen eye for detail, so you know that we thought she was THAT good!

GhilaDolci Bakery

The very first GhilaDolci Bakery cake that caught the eyes of Fairy Godmother! (You might even recognize the talented Theresa Wooner of Theresa Wooner Photography!)

GhilaDoci Bakery was a dream come true for Courtney after getting her degree in business economics, and after attending Le Cordon Bleu in Southern California. Growing up in an Italian family meant that cooking and baking were in Courtney’s blood! She helped her Mom and Nonna create yummy treats like biscotti and pies, which aided in her great love for food!

GhilaDolci Bakery Fairy Godmother Surprise Party

Surprise party goodies by GhilaDolci Bakery!

GhilaDolci Bakery Agee Fairy Godmother Wedding

As life goes, time went on and the friendship grew from deep within the frosted sides of a delicious wedding cake. Fairy Godmother Colleen and Courtney became such great friends that Colleen even had the honor of being Courtney’s very own Fairy Godmother!

Courtney Ghilarducci Fairy Godmother Wedding

Photography by Jessica Frey Photography.

It’s truly a pleasure to have a “friendor” that prepares all of their treats from scratch! Courtney takes great pride in her reputation that was built on her handmade treats crafted from the finest of ingredients.

Fairy Godmother GhilaDolci Bakery

Courtney with a Fairy Godmother couple at their taste testing!

We thank you, Courtney, for your many years of friendship with Fairy Godmother and we look forward to so many more now that you have joined us in the “happiest place in Bakersfield!” 

Congratulations, You’re Engaged! Now What…? – Magical Monday

Congratulations, You’re Engaged! Now What…?

Now that you’re engaged, the first step before you can do anything else is picking the venue!

Bakersfield Country Club Fairy Godmother Wedding Jessica Frey Photography

Photography by Jessica Frey Photography.

Before you can set an official date, you will first have to tour and check with potential wedding venues.

Next scope out your favorite venues and meet with your top three. You’re date has not been set yet so there is much more flexibility when you find the venue of your dreams. 

Photography by Karen Stewart.

Photography by Marianne Lucas-Polina.

You will need your date set and your venue booked before you can begin booking the rest of your vendors. 

Your Wedding Planner can really help in this area.  They can save you both money and time.  They can tell you exactly which venues will be a good fit for what you are looking for. 

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.

Picking a venue should be a fun experience! 

One major part of picking a venue is to ensure that it satisfies all of your needs, and fits your budget!  Making sure that the venue is easily accessible for your guests, has all the areas and space you desire, and includes all of your necessary amenities are just a few starting points when it comes to venue selection!

Another very important question is regarding payment! 

You want to be sure there is no sticker shock when you choose a venue. Making sure that there is a clear understanding is crucial, and helps alleviate any “surprises” in the wedding planning process.

Tolladay Fairy Godmother Wedding by Boone & Stacie Weddings

Photography by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

Regarding payment, is there a deposit required? Is there a payment plan option? What is the cancellation policy? Finally, when is the last day to make any changes? 

Let Fairy Godmother help you choose the best venue for your magical day, contact us today!! 

Welcoming Marianne Lucas-Polina – Fairy Godmother Friday

The “Happiest Place in Bakersfield” is steadily growing from the inside out!

We would love to welcome Marianne Lucas-Polina and her great talent of photography to our community room!

20th Street Cottage

If you haven’t heard of a community room, let us tell you why they are SO awesome!

The purpose of a community room is to allow professionals the comfort of an office, without paying the office price. These rooms are shared space that is there when they need them without trying to have a conversation over blenders, the normalities of a coffee shop, or other little nuances that may arise in public spaces.

The 20th Street Cottage Community Room is a warm, well-decorated space that gives Marianne and her clients a quiet, personalized area to spread out and talk business!

20th Street Cottage Community Room, designed by Jamie Urner Interior Design.

The community room at the 20th Street Cottage, designed by Jamie Urner Interior Design.

Marianne and Victor are a husband and wife team that are providing not only photography but also cinema! When you get to share what you love, with who you love, it can only be assumed that there is going to be an abundant amount of passion and pride in their work.

Marianne & Victor by Makenzie Photography

Marianne & Victor by Makenzie Photography

Aside from being fabulous photogs and cinematographers, Marianne and Victor are parents to four beautiful girls!

They enjoy spending their spare time camping, going to the movies, shopping online and playing basketball!

Marianne & Victor Family by Makenzie Photography

Marianne & Victor with their girls. Photo by Makenzie Photography.

We are so happy to share our special place with Marianne and Victor, be sure to come and knock on our red door if you’re in the neighborhood to meet her!