Archives for August 2017

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

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

Wedding planning can be hard and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! 

All of us here at Fairy Godmother believe that every couple deserves to have a magical experience while planning their big day, so we have created this guide to help keep you on track. 

We are still about 6 months away from your magical event, and that means it’s time to officially lock down your rental items! 

Rental items is more than just tables and chairs, it includes your dishes, flatware, and even centerpieces!

It’s crucial to have these things in your mind, maybe on a running list, so that you can ensure your event is just as you have always dreamed. 

Rentals by Make It Happen Events, Photographed by Left Coast by Design.

Rentals by Make It Happen Events, Photographed by Left Coast by Design.

Most importantly, you want to be sure that you have enough of everything for your guests, you wouldn’t want anyone to have to stand during your ceremony because you didn’t have enough chairs, or if someone had to use plastic utensils while everyone else used the real deal. 

These are just the little things that us Fairies all think about!

According to Bridal Guide, you should order at least three to four dishes, glassware, stemware, and flatware per guest! Now, if you’ve never planned a wedding before, you may not have ever considered those numbers! When it comes to chairs, it is advised to order at least ten extra per location. This is in the event that any are damaged, and of course, if there are any extra guests!

Tic Tac Toe rental by Custom Creations.

Tic Tac Toe rental by Custom Creations.

When it comes to tables and chairs, many people forget to order the extras for all the fun stuff!

For example, your guestbook table, your welcome table, your cake table, maybe a sweets table, or even an “in memoriam” table! 

Rentals by Jo Ron Co Rentals, Photographed by Left Coast By Design.

Rentals by Jo Ron Co Rentals, Photographed by Left Coast By Design.

The last thing we want anyone to do is to scramble last minute having to ask their Uncle Bob to bring a huge table in right before ceremony. 

Map out your ideal wedding, it’s 2017… All dreams are possible!

If you’d like some extra help in planning, it’s never too late to contact Fairy Godmother!

Let us handle the magic for you. 

All About Me – Fairy Godmother Denise – Fairy Godmother Friday

Happy “Fairy Godmother Friday!”

We are thrilled to continue our “All About Me” series as we introduce you to our Fairy Godmother team!

This week we proudly introduce you to Fairy Godmother Denise!

Denise has been with Colleen since the beginning, the VERY beginning.

In fact, the first event that Colleen ever did was with Denise!

Fairy Godmother Denise

Denise values her family and friends, but her fur babies Scruffy and Mag may give us all a run for our money! 

Fairy Godmother Denise

Aside from what we already know about our spunky Denise, we asked her a few unique questions to get to know her better.

What is something that most people don’t know about Denise?

She used to show horses and she collects dolls!

In asking Denise if she liked to dance, we found out that she had taken dance classes for over 19 years!

Fairy Godmother Denise Wedding Event Producer

Do you think that Denise would love to live abroad?

That answer was an immediate “NO!” 

While Denise may seem like she’s into all kinds of music, she really LOVES her “Oldies but goodies!”

Fairy Godmother Denise talking with guests.

When Denise wakes up, the first thing she thinks about it… 

COFFEE!

It’s no surprise that this is also her favorite smell… Fresh coffee!

Fairy Godmother Denise

Denise is not just a morning person, but an optimistic person!

She views the glass half-full vs. half empty in all situations.

Fairy Godmother Denise

If Denise could have any job in the world, what would it be?

To be a Fairy Godmother, making everyone’s dreams and wishes come true! How perfect is that?!

Fairy Godmother Denise

Photo by The Photege.

Stay tuned for our “Fairy Godmother Friday” blog series as we continue introducing you to our Fairy Family!

Fairy Godmother Foundation Murder Mystery Dinner – Magical Monday

Are you looking for fun ways to get involved and help your community?

Look no further, have we got the perfect event for you!

FG Foundation Murder Mystery 2017

This Friday, August 18th 2017, the Fairy Godmother Foundation is hosting a Murder Mystery event at The Station!

“You’re cordially invited to a 1924 New Years Eve Party, it’s sure to be the bee’s knees.  The cream, and not so cream, of society, will be here.  With gangsters, hit men, politicians, jazz singers molls and many other interesting guests!”

Tickets are available HERE

Sponsorship Tables are available, please email fairygodmotherfoundation1@gmail.com or call Denise at 340-0359 for more information.

Fairy Godmother Foundation

What is this event for?

The Fairy Godmother Foundation gets together with some of the most elite wedding vendors in Central California to put together an entire wedding!

The best part? This wedding is then donated to a deserving couple who are facing life altering circumstances which have caused them to table their wedding plans. 

Fairy Godmother Foundation 2015

The very first Fairy Godmother Foundation couple, Kurt and Blanca! Kurt was battling stage 4 stomach cancer at the time of their wedding. 

How cool is that?!

To make it even better, the Fairy Godmother Foundation hosts numerous events throughout the year to help raise funds for the wedding, allowing this donation to cover just about every wedding day detail at little to no cost to the couple!

Fairy Godmother Foundation 2016

Fairy Godmother Foundation’s 2016 couple, Robert and Rachel. Their son, Isaac, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor during their wedding planning process.

How did it all begin?

The idea of the Fairy Godmother Foundation was first planted when Colleen Bauer, owner and founder of Fairy Godmother A Wedding and Event Planning Company, wanted to find a way to give back to the community that had helped her establish her company! But how…?

And then it began!

Vendors came flooding in asking to participate, the sense of community was remarkable! 

Fairy Godmother Foundation Donation Card

Fairy Godmother Foundation Donation Card

How is the couple chosen?

The couple given this amazing wedding is nominated and then carefully selected by a board of members who are all active participants of the Bakersfield community!

Join in helping deliver a magical wedding day, find a way at www.fairygodmotherfoundation.org 

FG Foundation Logo

 

 

All About Me – Fairy Godmother Colleen – Fairy Godmother Friday

Have you met the Fairies? 

Do you wonder what we enjoy doing outside of weddings and events? 

Each Fairy was asked a series of random questions to help you get to know us better!

This week, we are showcasing Fairy Godmother Colleen, Fairy Godmother’s very own owner and founder!

Colleen and her Prince Charming have one son, Brandon, and one fur baby, Ava!

fairy godmother Colleen Family Photo

Original Fairy Godmother Wedding

The original Fairy Godmother wedding. Check out that train!

Colleen and Brandon

If Colleen could live anywhere in the world… She would live near the ocean!

Her favorites include Santa Barbara, Avila, Morro Bay and Cayucos. When her son, Brandon, was growing up they spent a lot of time at their beach house in Cayucos, consequently she has many happy memories of her family on the beach! Colleen loves the calm, happy feeling of beach towns, and of course the sound and beauty of the ocean.

Fairy Godmother Colleen Kamal & Julissa Wedding

Fairy Godmother Colleen with her gorgeous bride, Julissa at the stunning Seven Oaks Country Club. Photo by Boone & Stacie Weddings

What is something that most people don’t know about Colleen?

She used to work as an Account Executive for Estee Lauder and would travel all over Southern California for the company. The job took her to New York, Florida, New Mexico, and Arizona. Not to mention she got to meet the one and only Leonard Lauder, Estee’s son, and Elizabeth Hurly! One of the best memories from her job with the company was getting to spend time in Estee’s actual office! Here she learned about merchandising, and just how important relationship building is!

Fairy Godmother Colleen with Alex & Susie Vlahos

Fairy Godmother Colleen posing with Fairy Godmother couple Alex & Susie Vlahos! Photo by Left Coast By Design.

If Colleen could change one thing in the world… What would it be?

Colleen is a huge animal lover!  It pains her to see so many animals abused, so she would do her best to make the laws much more strict for people who commit animal-related crimes.

California Wedding Day Awards Fairy Godmother

The Fairy Godmother squad when they arrived at the Vibiana for the 2017 California Wedding Day Awards!

We asked Colleen a fun question… Do you like to dance?

Turns out, she LOVES to dance! One of her bucket list items is to learn how to ballroom dance. Growing up she always wanted to dance, but her dad preferred her and her siblings to be in music, so she played the piano and guitar. One of her guilty pleasures is Dancing with the Stars.

Fairy Godmother Colleen in a Kate Spade Cocktail Dress

Fairy Godmother Colleen sporting her geranium Kate Spade cocktail dress at The Knot’s Wedding MBA after party.

Do you think that Colleen would ever want to live abroad?

She doesn’t! She spent three years in Oklahoma and missed her family so very much. She might be able to swing a year abroad, but she has no plans to do so.

A Taste of NV Fairy Godmother

Fairy Godmother Colleen greeting the crowd, and promoting the Fairy Godmother Foundation! Captured by Jonah & Lindsay Long

Does your name make any interesting anagrams?

No, but it does mean “Little Girl” in Irish!

Fairy Godmother Fairy Workshop J Michelle

What type of music do you love the most?

Colleen loves all the decades of music, however if she had to choose, she would choose classical music!

She also loves the sound of rain, or of course, the ocean!

Fairy Godmother Colleen with Jack & Carolyn Pandol at the International Fruit Genetics Dinner

Jack & Carolyn Pandol having a “grape” time with their very own Fairy Godmother!

Finally, we asked Colleen what the first thing she thinks of in the morning is!

She usually thinks ahead for her day, and sets goals of all the things that she would like to accomplish!

Stay tuned as we continue to share more fun and interesting facts about the faces of Fairy Godmother!

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

Wow, we are less than 6 months from your magical day!

As we continue our “Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What…?” series, it’s time to finalize your guest list!

Darr Reception Wedding Group Photo

Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

If you recall the beginning of our series, we provided you with some insight on how to put together your guest list… So now, we will revisit that subject and ensure that you get all those invites out so you can start getting those RSVPs in! 

First things first, how to know who to invite.

Major points to consider when considering your guest count- your venue capacity, and your budget. 

If you and your fiancé are supporting your wedding day investment on your own, you have the power to set your number!

Traditionally, according to our friends over at The Knot, if you’re accepting help from family there is a division rule. If both sets of parents are assisting financially, they are both entitled to a quarter of the guest list, meaning that you and your fiancé get half and then the other half is split between the two families. 

However, in recent times, couples are finding it easiest to just split the guest list evenly three ways. 

While compiling your list, start high and then shave it down. This way, if someone wasn’t on the original, ask yourself why you didn’t think of them. A rule of thumb from The Knot is that if you have not spoken to them in at least three years, don’t invite them!

If you are looking to trim down your guest count, consider not adding the “plus one” option, and maybe even asking for adults only. 

It’s your wedding, invite the ones who you want to share the best day of your life with!

Redwood Ranch Three Rivers – Fairy Field Trip – Fairy Godmother Friday

As you all may very well know, the Fairies can’t sit still for long!

So, in normal Fairy fashion, Fairy Godmother Colleen and Fairy Godmother Cassandra loaded up and hit the open road- destination- Three Rivers, California! 

Fairy Godmother Redwood Ranch Three Rivers

Another beautiful, guided venue tour had to happen, and the Redwood Ranch at Three Rivers was just the one!

Bakersfield has so many venues to offer, but every once in a while we find a couple who wants something that people have never seen before, something new and exciting, something fresh… And oh, did Three Rivers satisfy all of that and more!

Fairy Godmother Redwood Ranch Three Rivers

Fairy Godmothers Colleen and Cassandra amidst the glory of Redwood Ranch!

This venue is perfectly tucked away and is the perfect location for the couple who desires adventure and craves to satisfy their wanderlust.

Fairy Godmother Redwood Ranch Three Rivers

The barn at Redwood Ranch, which can house up to 16 guests!

This venue is not only surrounded by gorgeous scenery and right along the flowing rivers, but it also may double as the perfect weekend getaway.

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Guest lodging is onsite, secret swimming holes and it even has more than three potential “enchanted” ceremony sites! 

Just as we like it, there was magic waiting at every turn!

Our tour guide and ranch manager, Jalene, was ever so helpful and took us on “tour” which doubled as an adventure on the Redwood Ranch property!

Fairy Godmother Redwood Ranch Three Rivers

Let the Fairy Godmother squad help you find the very best wedding venue for you, contact us today!