Archives for May 2017

Zola – Wedding Wednesday

For a very special feature, we are dedicating this “Wedding Wednesday” to a new way of getting what you want…

The modern day registry, Zola!

Zola has changed the ancient game of registry, from the moment that ring slips on your finger up until you share your first spaces as newly weds…

Zola has you covered, all in one place!

Zola Fairy Godmother Feature

But wait, there’s more!

Zola not only has your registry available for your engagement, wedding, and any event in between… They also have a place for your check list, guest list, wedding website and and a few helpful planning tools.

Nailed it! Zola’s motto is “Anything for Love,” and they do just that!

You can add anything from anywhere onto your Zola registry, you can even go as far as to add experiences like spin class or some more indulgent items like a wine club subscription… Yes, you can actually add all of these things onto your wedding registry. HOW COOL!

Zola Fairy Godmother Feature

As a guest, our friends over at Zola have found a user friendly way to ensure that you are able to find the correct registry and have a painless experience in selecting the perfect gift! As a newly wed, or soon-to-be, you get a notification with each item purchased and can decide when it ships!

But really, we know what you’re thinking… It can’t get any better than that?! No wrapping, no worrying about forgetting your gift on the table, and no stress wondering if the couple ever received it! Zola has you covered, start to finish!

The fun continues!

Have you ever misplaced your wedding invitation? They are sent so far in advance and life happens, Zola understands!

With their creation of the Zola wedding website for each couple and their registry, couples can add ALL of the information that someone may ask. Location, time, and attire? Zola has it handled.

The future is now.

Engaged couples, create your Zola registry today! For planning help, contact Fairy Godmother today!

Red, White & True Blue! – Magical Monday

Happy Memorial Day from all of us here at Fairy Godmother!

If you’ve been thinking of ways to kick off your summer with a little patriotism, we have got the perfect styled shoot for you!

This classic piece of America has some of the best, and tastiest treats to make sure that your guests cool off in the best way possible.

What better way to make your tablescape pop with all the best patriotic elements than pop up shapes, bright colored napkins and patterned wooden utensils! All is right in the world when you can successfully pull off mix-matched patterns, we think they make for a great conversation starter and even better centerpiece.

 A drink station is essential for any summer-time event, and what could be better than a berry and fruit infused water carafe? Adding a little “structure” to your setup can be done easily with colored glassware, perfection!

If you are looking for something a little bit sweeter, Jones soda makes the perfect conversation starter. We think that the blue Jones soda fit in with our patriotic theme absolutely perfectly!

Top it off with a decorative straw and you are all set!

If there was anything that could make an American day outside a little more festive, we figured it would be a 1954 Chevy pickup!

While yellow may not fit in the American-themed color palette, we think that this sweet ride accented the day just right!  

A truck has many purposes, but we think that this was the sweetest place for the sweets!

Homemade sweet treats included sprinkle-dipped marshmallows, cool-whip strawberry triangles, and patriotic-inspired cookies by The Cookie Monger.

To see more of this styled shoot, see our feature on Home Confetti!

We hope that you have found some holiday inspiration for your next event, and of course if you would like some assistance in your planning your next event, contact Fairy Godmother today!

California Wedding Day – Fairy Field Trip – Fairy Godmother Friday

As you may already know, or will soon find out, the Fairy Godmother family absolutely LOVES doing fun things.

After all, that is one of the reasons why we are in this “happy business!”

So, in normal Fairy fashion when we heard that California Wedding Day would be hosting their awards in Los Angeles, we knew we had to go! 

A little about the awards…

“The votes are in for California Wedding Day’s annual awards program, Best of 2017, honoring the most innovative and creative talent in the wedding industry from Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura/Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. Best of 2017 delivers the long deserved recognition for the trailblazers in Southern California’s wedding industry. The finalists were chosen by their peers through an open voting process held online at californiaweddingday.com. Veteran wedding professionals, brides and the editorial staff of California Wedding Day magazine cast their selections for the top-notch professionals working in Southern California.” – CWD

The Fairies made a pitstop for the famous, “Fairy Fuel,” also known as Starbucks and we headed South.

California Wedding Day Awards Fairy Godmother at the Vibiana

All buckeled in for our Fairy Field Trip!

Arriving at the Vibiana was a fabulous experience!

We were greeted with open doors and valet, now that is a first impression that we can work with!

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The Fairy Godmother squad when they arrived at the Vibiana. The ladies were dressed in Enchanted Bridal exclusives, Cassndra rocking her gown from Apricot Lane Bakersfield, and TJ was “Fino Fresh” thanks to Fino’s Menswear!

Upon entry, we were greeted by stewardess-inspired hosts and hostesses serving gourmet appetizers… octopus and hand-compressed watermelon, duck bill tacos, and loaded chicken sliders.

California Wedding Day Awards Fairy Godmother at the Vibiana

California Wedding Day Awards Fairy Godmother at the Vibiana

California Wedding Day Awards Fairy Godmother at the Vibiana

We were so grateful to share such an amazing experience with the “Best of 2017” crew, such a fun experience!

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The Fairies are quick to make friends just about everywhere we go… It was no surprise that one of the first friends we made was a DJ!

California Wedding Day Awards Fairy Godmother at the Vibiana

Fairy Godmothers Denise and Janet with Trego of VOX DJ!

After making our way outside, we were immersed into an outdoor elegance, complete with chivary chairs and overhead drapery.

Such a fun way to celebrate so many talented vendors from all over California!

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Outside the Vibiana!

California Wedding Day Awards Fairy Godmother

Introductions were given by Thea Hargrove, publisher of California Wedding Day.

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We not only got to enjoy amazing food and perfect weather, but talk about an experience!

With such an beautiful and warm atmosphere, there was a 100% chance of an amazing time!

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Following the awards conclusion, we made our way to the after party… But not without congratulating one of our favorite event planners in the industry… Kristin Banta of Kristin Banta Events!

California Wedding Day Awards Fairy Godmother at the Vibiana

Congratulations Kristin on your award!

Back inside the Vibiana, the party had just begun!

If you haven’t already heard of the “Silent Disco” let us tell you just how fun it was!

California Wedding Day Awards Fairy Godmother at the Vibiana

In many places that have sound restrictions, like Los Angeles, the clients never wanted to end their party early… what better way to keep it going than with headphones!?!

We know it sounds a bit strange, but guests are given headphones and the party continues.

California Wedding Day Awards Fairy Godmother at the Vibiana

California Wedding Day Awards Fairy Godmother at the Vibiana

What’s even better, is to watch the crowd without headphones on!

You don’t hear anything, but you see everyone getting down on the dancefloor… it was so much fun!

At the CWD Best of 2017, they changed the game up!

There were three DJ’s up in front, each had their turntables a specific color to match the headphones. It was so fun to see people change their music selection to all participate in the “cha cha slide” and other fun dances.

California Wedding Day Awards Fairy Godmother at the Vibiana

Silent Disco!

California Wedding Day Awards Fairy Godmother at the Vibiana

Drinks were served in mix-matched glassware that gave the evening even more personality.

The specialty cocktails were a total hit all night long!

California Wedding Day Awards Fairy Godmother at the Vibiana

California Wedding Day Awards Fairy Godmother at the Vibiana

Fun drinks in specialty glassware was just one of the hits of the evening!

We love new experiences, and this was just so fun! Not to mention in addition to our friend Kristin winning “Best of 2017” for Event Planning… Our very own friendor, Patrick Ang, won best videographer!

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Our dear friend Patrick Ang’s award for Best of 2017 – Videographer!

 From all of us here at Fairy Godmother, congratulations to all of the 2017 California Wedding Day award winners!

Best of 2017 Recipients

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

As we continue our series for the recently engaged, we are now about 5-7 months away from saying “I do!”

With the wheels of wedding planning picking up their speed, it is now the most beautiful time in the process to select your florist!

Florals by House of Flowers. Photography by Shelli Renee.

Florals by House of Flowers. Photography by Shelli Renee.

In order to make this process a little bit easier for you, we have compiled a list of key facts and tips in order to aid your way through.

First things first, as we have mentioned with just about every vendor selection…. BUDGET! Know what you are willing to invest in your wedding day for each category, and make sure those budgets add up in line with your ultimate wedding day investment. This should be one of your very first starting points when meeting with potential florists. You don’t want to waste any of their time, or your own time, with unrealistic possibilities.

Focus on what will work for you!

Next up, have an idea of what you are interested in! If you walk in with just a budget in mind, but lack any sort of direction towards your wedding day vision- you are going to be pulling a wild card when you meet with florists. Now, we aren’t saying that the florist will not work with you, but we are saying you may find it a bit more challenging in taking this route, versus showing your vendor what you have interest in.

Providing them with a vision, or storyboard, gives them the leeway to adjust and personalize your desires in ways you hadn’t even imagined!

According to WeddingWire, couples should use their bouquet (if applicable) for a reference point in their floral decisions, as your bouquet is the statement floral piece!

Florals by House of Flowers. Photography by Shelli Renee.

Bouquet by House of Flowers. Photography by Shelli Renee.

Bouquet by Make It Happen Events. Photography by April & Co.

Bouquet by Make It Happen Events. Photography by April & Co.

There are a few common faux paus in modern age when it comes to wedding day florals. 

The first we can thank Pinterest as clients try to have their inspiration replicated- this leads to immediate disappointment when it doesn’t go as planned. We want to avoid this through you having an open mind! Be open to new colors, floral types, and of course, new styles! Think of everything included in your big day, and how the florals will fit in.

Fairy Godmother couple Brett & Whitney Bouquet by Cherry Blossom Bouquets. Photography by Jonah & Lindsay Long.

Bouquet by Cherry Blossom Bouquets. Photography by Jonah & Lindsay Long.

Think of choosing florals as trying on a bunch of dresses (which we are sure you have already done!), there may be a style of flower that you haven’t seen yet. Let your florist use their knowledge and experience to help guide you through this process, after all, they are to be your trusted professional!

If you would love some fairy magic for your magical day, contact Fairy Godmother and let the Fairies help you!

May’s Collaboration of Creative Partners Luncheon – Fairy Godmother Friday

April showers bring May flowers, but they also brought us our May Collaboration of Creative Partners Luncheon!

Fairy Godmother Collaboration of Creative Partners Logo

Specialty logo design by Matinae Design Studio.

Fairy Godmothers Colleen and Cassandra took a “fairy field trip” one day, and as many of you may know, some of our best ideas come from long car rides!

This “Fairy Field Trip” was actually a very special event! It was an exclusive, invitation-only conference put on by Stacie Francombe. Another invitee was none other than the famous Colin Cowie, Colin is best known for celebrity weddings and events. In one of Colin’s speeches, he said that our vendors are much more than the word leads us to believe, and that they are truly “Creative Partners!”

Just like that the “Collaboration of Creative Partners” luncheons were born.

Collaboration of Creative Partners luncheon

Paper Products by Matinae Design Studio. Photography by Richard Forrester.

This month’s luncheon was hosted at the one and only, NV Catering!

This lunch was not only tasty and filling, but also a chance for all of us to get together outside of the wedding and event industry.

Collaboration of Creative Partners Luncheon

Photography by Richard Forrester.

Our table was so full of conversation and yummy food!

Chef Nate and his amazing team worked tirelessly making sure our plates, and stomachs, were never empty.

Collaboration of Creative Partners Luncheon

Photography by Richard Forrester.

 

Collaboration of Creative Partners Luncheon

Photography by Richard Forrester.

Collaboration of Creative Partners Luncheon

The BEST bread, ever! Photography by Richard Forrester.

Collaboration of Creative Partners Luncheon

Photography by Richard Forrester.

Without luncheons like this, we would never have found out that two of our guests knew eachother from their previous jobs in radio! Donna from the Italian Heritage Hall and Kevin of Kevin Rush Entertainment spent years together at cool concerts, who would have thought they would reconnect years later in the wedding business?!

We learned that Nannette of Custom Creations started with simple gifts for teachers and friends and brought her loving husband Marcos into the mix to help!

Collaboration of Creative Partners Luncheon

Photography by Richard Forrester.

Collaboration of Creative Partners Luncheon

Photography by Richard Forrester.

Collaboration of Creative Partners Luncheon

Photography by Richard Forrester.

Theresa of Theresa Wooner Photography wants to set the perfect image and achieve goals for her children to look up to, Megan from Elevate Hair Studio used to work with children with special needs, and that Chef Nate started out piece by piece until he could own his own restaurant!

We would never have found these fun facts out without our luncheon, which is just one reason why we keep them going! To learn more about each other and watch other collaborations blossom!

Collaboration of Creative Partners Luncheon

Paper Products by Matinae Design Studio. Photography by Richard Forrester.

If you are interested in joining one of our monthly luncheons, contact Fairy Godmother Colleen today!

 

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

As we continue our wedding planning process, we are still 8-10 months out from your magical day! 

You’ve selected your wedding gown, bridal party attire, and the majority of your vendor selections… Now, it is time for one of the most fun parts… Gift registry!

Your wedding day gift registry is one of the best things for both you and your potential gift givers. This is a sure fire way for you to not only get things that you may have wanted but also a way to get the things that you may need! 

After you have tackled some of your more major tasks in wedding planning, it is important to get your registry done in a fairly timely manner, as your family and friends will look for it as they join you in celebrating your engagement up until your wedding day. Bridal showers, engagements parties, and the list goes on for when you will be showered with love and gifts.

Our angel Fairy Godmother, Pammy, loading gifts for the newlyweds to make their getaway!

Another important part of putting your registry together is to ensure that you include items for every budget, this will help you accommodate the needs of your guests as they shop for the soon to be newlyweds. This isn’t just something for one of you to do alone, this task is one that you should both share. These are things that should appeal to both of you as they are going to be in your own shared space! 

Welcome to 2017. If you haven’t already, please take note that things are a little different than they used to be. A little less traditional and a little more off the beaten path. But the end product is still the same, two people sharing their forever. 

With that in mind, it’s time to think outside the box of what is “proper” for your registry. Now, registry items are the things you want and need, personalized just for you! If you already have your fancy dishes and utensils, think outside the box! Do you need a toolbox to clean up the garage? How about a new vacuum? It is totally okay to put these things down! If you aren’t afraid to champagne toast over a new Roomba, don’t be afraid to ask for it. 

On the flip side… Be sure to consider what you are selecting for your registry. If you don’t cook or bake, the really expensive kitchen mixer may not be a practical choice. You want to avoid filling your new happy married life home with clutter and things that will only be there for looks. But trust us, we know how tempting it is to go wild when the clerk gives you the fancy price gun to run around the store with. 

And, let’s be honest… Even if you give them an itemized list of all the things you may want, they will still struggle. Be sure to leave the cash and gift card avenue open for anyone who feels that it is a better fit for them. Think of all the possibilities! 

Teri & Blake Fairy Godmother Wedding

Photo by Shelli Renee.

Finally, thank you cards are an absolute MUST! Weddings can be busy, usually, gifts are opened later in the comfort of your home with your spouse. Therefore, people may not get to see the reaction when you open the super fancy blender that they got you off of your registry that you thought nobody would choose. People want to know if you liked their gift, or even if you got it.

Don’t wait too long to send out the lovely little thank you notes. There’s a fine line around this gray area for thank you cards, a solid date range is roughly two weeks to three months post wedding day.  

This is a happy time and a super fun time for you and your soon to be, so register away in a few of your favorite stores! 

While we can’t do your registry for you, Fairy Godmother can guide you in the right direction! Contact us today!

Mud Pie – 20th Street Cottage – Fairy Godmother Friday

Just when you thought things at the 20th Street Cottage had finally simmered down…

We are doing something new!

The 20th Street Cottage will now be an authorized retailer of the cutest items around… Mud Pie!

For those who are not familiar with Mud Pie, it is a one stop shop for the perfect gift for any occasion!

Specializing in just about every event imaginable, the designers at Mud Pie have some of the best wedding items on the market at amazing prices.

Mud Pie

Now, we our “fairy” great friends will be able to order their items through us at the 20th Street Cottage, and deliver our clients and friends with even MORE than our fairy dust!

 But wait, there is more!

The team over at Mud Pie has more than just accessories… how about clothing? Home décor? Seasonal holiday items? Yeah… They do all of that!

Wedding day décor… An absolute dream for some, nightmare for others… The 20th Street Cottage has you covered! Thanks to Mud Pie, they have a special section just for those who may be in need of a little more help… As in, you could even customize your cake knife set!

It is not required, but tradition has it that brides and grooms will gift their closest friends with the gift of being in their wedding party, but also will give them a personal item that they feel is best fitting to their personality, interests, or hobby! Okay, so sounds super easy, right? Not always, we all have that ONE person, sometimes two, who are difficult to buy for. Worry no more- Mud Pie has you covered with a specific “Wedding Party” shop!

 Okay, so we have gotten our brides and grooms through to their wedding day, phew!

But as a guest, how do you select the most perfect wedding gift?

Alas! We have the solution… Shop with us via Mud Pie at the 20th Street Cottage!

You may have already guessed it, but… Mud Pie has a “Wedding Gift” corner and the possibilities are endless! Personalized gifts are in, and who doesn’t love being able to use something forever that shows their love?!

 Mud Pie Cheese Board Mud Pie Cheese Board

Of course, the Fairy Godmother family has a very special place in their hearts for anything that is fairytale related, so you can only guess why we think that every couple deserves this frame below!

Mud Pie Frame

See any items that you would love to have or receive?! Contact Fairy Godmother at the 20th Street Cottage today to get your order in!

 

 

 

 

 

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

“Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What…?”

This week, we are still in our 8-1o month time block until you and your soon-to-be say, “I do!”

Now that you have a date, venue, caterer, and a rough draft of your guest list… It’s time to pick a DJ!

Freestyle Entertainment Fairy Godmother

Fairy Godmother Colleen with Mike of Freestyle Entertainment!

Not all weddings have DJ’s, some have live bands, or other forms of musical entertainment. We want to help you make sure that you get exactly what you want for you on your special day. This is just one of the many ways that you get to share your personality and interests with your guests as you engulf them into a full experience of you as a couple.

A good DJ can make or break your guests’ experience. If you want that loud, exciting, and constant action- a harpist or violinist may not be for you.

Fairy Godmother has had the greatest pleasure of working with so many kinds of entertainment! We have had the harpist, the 5-piece band, and of course, we have worked with a fabulous variety of DJ’s!

Every single creative partner has a distinct style, all finding the best ways to appeal to their couples’ needs.

This is where searching for the right DJ comes in. You want to give yourself options, not just selecting the one that played a really super awesome playlist off the internet at your cousin’s brother’s mother’s wedding.

Fairy Godmother DG Entertainment

DJ Donald of DG Entertainment!

Fairy Godmother DG Entertainment

DJ Donald getting the crowd pumped up! Photo by Aurelia D’amore Photography.

You want to have a personal experience that is all your own, so be sure to book appointments with a few and if they don’t have that “WOW!” factor right off the bat, you may want to explore other avenues and options.

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Fairy Godmother Colleen with DJ Kevin Rush!

Your wedding day is supposed to be everything that you have ever dreamed of, so make sure every selection gives you the confidence that you are just months away from that dream becoming a reality!

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Fairy Godmother Colleen with Mark of Freestyle Entertainment!

Your wedding day is supposed to be everything that you have ever dreamed of, so make sure every selection gives you the confidence that you are just months away from that dream becoming a reality!

Contact Fairy Godmother today to make sure that your event has the most perfect entertainment for your special day!

Wedding Wire World 2017 – Fairy Godmother Friday

Wedding Wire World 2017 Fairy GodmotherWhat is one of the best perks of this “happy business” you ask?

The never-ending learning!

The Fairy Godmother squad was fortunate enough to pack up and head south to Anaheim, California for the Wedding Wire World 2017 conference!

Wedding Wire World 2017

Talk about fun!

No Fairy Field Trip is complete without some shopping and a little bit of ice cream!

You can best believe that some of your favorite Fairies indulge into their sweetest treats when they get the chance.

Fairy Godmother Squad Baskin Robbins

Your favorite, “not so basic,” wedding and event planners were ready to learn, fairy dust was locked and loaded!

 Fairy Godmother Squad Wedding Wire World

And what would a Fairy Field Trip be without a few shenanigans post check in?!

Fairy Godmother Wedding Wire World 2017

The very first thing that our opening speaker Alan Berg shared with us was a quote by Jim Collins, “Good is the enemy of great.”

Alan Berg was one of many great speakers that Wedding Wire brought to us, his career is focused in building others. A phenomenal motivational speaker, author, and business builder!

Did we mention that this conference started on Wedding Wire’s 10 year anniversary?!

How cool is that?! 

Wedding Wire World 2017 Anniversary

We had our “fan girl” moment when we got to see the one, the only, the legendary… Mindy Weiss!

She was so warm, fashionable, and funny!

She made herself relatable to each and every guest in the audience, we felt like she was talking right to us!

Oh wait, she did!

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Wedding Wire was the first company in the wedding industry to offer online wedding reviews. This is where we first learned about the power of a review! Talk about “WOW!”

After day two of conferences, Wedding Wire hosted a fabulous evening event for all the attendees to network and mingle.

Aside from absolutely stunning centerpieces, Wedding Wire hosted hors d’oeuvres and an assortment of custom grilled cheese sandwiches!

Fairy Godmother Wedding Wire World 2017

Fairy Godmother Wedding Wire World 2017

Fairy Godmother Wedding Wire World 2017

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We had the pleasure of chatting with Sonny Ganguly the CMO of Wedding Wire!

Fairy Godmother Sonny Ganguly Wedding Wire World 2017

And if you know any of the Fairies, you will know that there is always a little time to work some magic…

Brides, e-mails, and a little touch up… Your Fairies have got your back!

Fairy Godmother Wedding Wire World 2017

We got to see the best DJ’s, dancers, and socialites in the business get down on the dancefloor… And it was SO FUN!

Fairy Godmother Wedding Wire World 2017

Your FG squad with DJ Jason Jani!

Another speaker was none other than Candace Nelson. Does the name ring a bell? No? How about Sprinkles? Still nothing? What about the vending machine cupcake company? Yup, that’s her!

 So, after hearing Candace’s inspirational story the Fairy Godmother team took flight and found the nearest Sprinkles!

And yes mom, we made sure that we had dinner first!

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Before we could leave, we had to take one little Fairy Field Trip to one of our favorite candy shops, Sugarfina!

Leaving a little Fairy Dust in Anaheim just wasn’t enough, we went on to sprinkle some in Beverly Hills, too!

Fairy Godmother Sugarfina Fairy Field Trip Wedding Wire

Fairy Godmother Sugarfina Fairy Field Trip Wedding Wire

Fairy Godmother Sugarfina Fairy Field Trip Wedding Wire

Here at Fairy Godmother, we believe in only serving “top shelf service!”

No surprise that’s where we found all the best goodies!

Fairy Godmother Sugarfina Fairy Field Trip Wedding Wire

Remember, not all superheroes wear capes… Contact Fairy Godmother today!

Fairy Godmother Wedding Wire World 2017