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

Yay! You’re engaged!

Now, you have chosen your venue, date and wedding planner… Let the fun begin!

What is one thing that we love more than wedding planning? Shopping!

A wedding gown is one of a bride’s most prized possessions, you want it to be absolutely perfect!

It is best to start your shopping excursions as early as possible, gowns can take up to a year to prepare!

In this day in age, with as many different brands and styles available, brides have so many options. It is imperative that you consider any potential religious restrictions to your gown. 

Shopping around early for your gown is best because you don’t want to feel rushed, and you want to be sure to try them out and see what you love!

Help yourself alleviate the potential stress factor of wedding gown related business by getting ahead of the game and staying on top of your appointments.

When shopping for your gown, you want to be sure that you are in full understanding of your chosen store’s policies and practices, along with what is included in your purchase when you are ready to do so. Inclusions may or may not include your hairpiece, veil, or alterations.

Staring points when you head out to find your perfect gown are simple…

First, have your budget ready!

You want to make sure that you spend your time focused on gowns that are in your investment zone.

This will help narrow down your potential options!

Let the bridal salon make recommendations. You know how the old saying goes, “don’t knock it ’til you try it!”

They are in their profession for a reason, and have seen many brides try many gowns! See what they have to offer, you never know how it may go!

Many brides will bring their everyone in their phonebook if they can to their dress fittings… Don’t do this. Limit your squad to your core group of those who will have valid points and make solid recommendations, limiting your crowd will give you a more intimate experience for something as special as this!

One note that will prevent a potential headache is to make an appointment! If you want the attention that you so deserve, make an appointment to get an expert to cater to you. Let the experts immerse you into a proper experience.

Finally, trust your instincts! If your squad has to constantly tell you that you look stunning, and you aren’t feeling it… Chances are it’s not the “one!”

This is totally okay, but don’t settle. You are supposed to feel just like the princess that you are on your big day, don’t let the wrong dress make you feel otherwise!

Original Fairy Godmother Wedding

The original Fairy Godmother wedding. Check out that train!

If you are looking for wedding planning guidance, contact Fairy Godmother and let us use our magic to make sure all of your wedding day needs are met!

 

 

 

Irish Wedding Bells – Fairy Godmother Friday

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

This time of year brings us not only wedding bells, but also Irish wedding bells! 

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Boone & Stacie Weddings Fairy Godmother Irish Wedding Bells Hathaway Ranch

Boone & Stacie Weddings Fairy Godmother Irish Wedding Bells Hathaway Ranch

The tradition of Irish wedding bells goes back as far as the Celitc lands, now the tradition of wedding bells rings across the world! Nearly every wedding has bells incorporated in one way or another, it could be as simple as the church bells to as intricate to every guest ringing the bells post ceremony.

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The bells were believed to hold power against evil spirits and to grant wishes!

Who could turn down the idea of these fabulous qualities?!

This tradition leads onto the ringing of the bells before and after the wedding ceremony, notifying and sharing the joy of the newlyweds! 

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One fun fact of the Irish wedding bells, is that after their wedding has come and gone, couples are to place the bells in a safe and easily accessible place in their home.

Then, when a disagreement arises, the couple is to ring their bells in order to remind each other of their wedding day, including the vows they shared and promised to uphold.

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Besides four leaf clovers and leprechauns, what is something else we associate with Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day?

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While green is most commonly associated with Ireland, the color blue is actually believed to bring the bride good luck on her wedding day! This is where the blue color is incorporated into the design and many of the other elements.

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To share a vision of how one could have an Irish Wedding Bell inspired wedding, the Fairy Godmother family of “Event Producers” teamed up with a fabulous team to create another amazing collaboration!

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Boone & Stacie Weddings Fairy Godmother Irish Wedding Bells Hathaway Ranch

Let’s not forget the lucky horseshoe!

Boone & Stacie Weddings Fairy Godmother Irish Wedding Bells Hathaway Ranch

Boone & Stacie Weddings Fairy Godmother Irish Wedding Bells Hathaway Ranch

Boone & Stacie Weddings Fairy Godmother Irish Wedding Bells Hathaway Ranch

“Irish Wedding Bells” has been featured three times! We are thankful to have had a fantastic team to make this magic happen. Photographer: Boone & Stacie Photography, Produced & Styled By: Fairy Godmother Co., Rentals: Walker-Lewis Rents, Venue: Hathaway Ranch, Paper Products: Matinae Design Studio, Bakery Items: GhilaDolci Bakery

You can see more of this stunning styled shoot at The Perfect Wedding Guide where it has been featured…

Irish Wedding Bell Inspiration

 

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

Yay! You’re engaged!

At this point in the series of “Congratulations! You’re engaged, now what?” we are about 12 months away from your chosen date.

While you may have already chosen your venue, there may be other facilities desired. Many couples will hold their ceremony at one location, and their reception at another.

It is vital to this process that all of your dates align perfectly, these are the little details that can create waves on your wedding day. Confirming dates and having a physical contract will save you time, and a potential headache, in the event that something does go awry.  

It is incredibly common for couples to get married at their home church and then having their reception at a hall, or venue of the couple’s choice.

There is far more that goes into venue selection that the “ooh’s” and “ahh’s” of appearance and amenities.

Key factors that contribute to venue selection are guest count, style, ambiance, budget, spacial requirements, location, and what is or is not included are just a few.

Having a ballpark idea of your potential guest count is crucial to venue selection because you cannot have 200 guests at an intimate lodge with a maximum capacity of 50. Some things just will not work.

Budget is vital because, well, you more often than not, get what you pay for. If you are looking at hosting a frugal reception only with 50 guests, you might not choose the venue with a $20,000.00 rental fee.

Space is one of the most important parts of venue shopping! While it does revert back to guest count, you may also want to think of any extra spaces that you may want, or need. If you plan to have a sweets station, a drink station, maybe even a mimosa bar, you will need to ensure that you have adequate spaces available.

Finally, another major piece of booking the most perfect venue is to make sure there is a clear understanding by all parties involved of everything that is included, and what is not included. Are you allowed to bring in your own caterer? Does the venue have a preferred vendors list? Will there be a site coordinator included, and will they work well with your planner?

These are all questions that usually come up in walk-through visits and information tabs, but in the event that they do not, you now have the “Congratulations! You’re engaged, now what?” blog series to make sure you have everything covered! For what the blog does not cover, contact Fairy Godmother today to start planning your magical event!

Collaboration of Creative Partners – Fairy Godmother Friday

As we get ready for our March Collaboration of Creative Partners luncheon, we wanted to share about our previous two!

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.

Wedding Planner Magazine November 2016 Fairy Godmother Collaboration of Creative Partners

We have even written an article on the “Collaboration of Creative Partners” that was featured in Volume 6/Issue 6 of Wedding Planner Magazine!

Networking is vital in this industry, and this is why we love our “Collaboration of Creative Partners” luncheons! Having so much talent in one space is the absolute best feeling, and we are so lucky to call each and every one of these vendors, “friendors!”

Wedding Planner Magazine November 2016 Fairy Godmother Collaboration of Creative Partners

The “Collaboration of Creative Partners” luncheons allow for everyone to mingle and interact outside of an event or wedding, it gives us time to get personal and learn more about each other!

Wedding Planner Magazine November 2016 Fairy Godmother Collaboration of Creative Partners

            When business professionals come together and not only share the same air, but have casual conversations and are able to open up out of their shells also bouncing ideas back and forth, brainstorming, and share past experiences to build new ones. Through sharing ideas and goals, magic is created. Whether it is for a new project, or maybe through that of styled or theme inspired shoots. Collaboration open doors to a whole new world of possibilities for vendors.

January’s luncheon was graciously hosted by The Nines Restaurant inside the Bakersfield Marriot in Downtown Bakersfield.

Fairy Godmother Collaboration of Creative Partners Boone & Stacie Weddings

Menu by Matinae Design Studio. Photograph by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

In attendance we had Courtney of GhilaDolci Bakery, Joshua, Emily and Molly of Evermoore Films, JC Cota of All Sound Music, Diana of House of Flowers, Boone & Stacie of Boone & Stacie Weddings, and Ismael of The Nines Restaurant!

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Our January Collaboration of Creative Partners attendees. Photograph by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

Our February luncheon was held at the Bakersfield Petroleum Club, one of the most elite premier clubs in Bakersfield.

Fairy Godmother Collaboration of Creative Partners J.Michelle Photography

February was sweet, just like our guests! Photograph by J.Michelle Photography

Our friendors Janaye of J.Michelle Photography, Donald Glenn of Donald Glenn Entertainment, Madison and Brittany of the Petroleum Club of Bakersfield, Allie Mae of The Beautiful Life LLC, and Janice of the Flower Bar took the time out of their busy schedules to join us! 

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February’s Creative Partner squad! Photograph by J.Michelle Photography.

If you are interested in joining us at one of our Creative Partner luncheons, please contact Colleen directly at Colleen@FairyGodmotherEvents.net! We would be more than excited to invite you!

 

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

Congratulations on your recent engagement! 

In this series, we are about 12 months out from your magical day!

Now that you have a wedding style in your mind, and you have your wedding budget set… It’s now time to hire Fairy Godmother! 

Fairy Godmother A Wedding and Event Planning Company

Many people are skeptical of their need for an event producer, so there are a lot of questions that arise before booking. Think of an event producer as an insurance policy, you don’t know why you have it until you need it. 

Fairy Godmother Esther & Ivan C&B Pictures

Photo by C & B Pictures, now Bella Allure Studio.

Wedding planning is a big deal with lots of moving parts! Here at Fairy Godmother, we want to alleviate any stress factors and let you enjoy your day to day life leading up to your magical event, let our fairy dust handle the rest! 

There is power in knowledge! If your venue offers a site coordinator, be sure to know exactly what they will and will not do for you. Remember, usually, a site coordinator’s first matter of importance is the venue. 

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The Fairies are with you every step of the way, even during photos! Snapped by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

One of the best parts of having a Fairy Godmother by your side, from start to finish, is that we have done this a time or two before…

We understand that things happen, and we have found only the best ways to prevent them from happening and to fix them if they happen!

Another quality of excellence that the Fairies of Fairy Godmother pride themselves on is their total dedication to the client. We aren’t just there to ensure your day runs as it should, but to also be by your side throughout the entire event. 

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Fairy Godmother Cassandra with her stunning bride Sydnee! Photograph by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

Our attention to our clients is not our only pride and joy, but also for our dedication to the industry. All of us at Fairy Godmother are constantly learning and educating ourselves, allowing for us to not only be experienced professionals, but to be trusted and expert professionals!

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Fairy Godmother Colleen with the one and only Mike of Freestyle Entertainment! Captured by Valdophye Photography.

While we believe that every couple deserves their very own Fairy Godmother, we think there is power in numbers! Every event, wedding or corporate party, has at least two Fairy Godmothers in attendance to aid for whenever and wherever the need arises.

Fairy Godmother Event Producers

Fairy Godmother Event Producers. Photo by Makenzie Photography.

We are so excited to share in your engagement excitement, so be sure to contact Fairy Godmother today for your consultation, and let the fairy magic begin! 

 

Welcoming Explorer Travel & Tours! – Fairy Godmother Friday

The “Happiest Place in Bakersfield” has grown, again!

We are so excited to share that Leland and Pamela of Explorer Travel and Tours have joined us as our final tenants of the 20th Street Cottage community room, designed by Jamie Urner Interior Designs!

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 space. 

Explorer Travel & Tours 20th Street Cottage

Leland and his gorgeous wife Pamela branched out of their daily lives to create something different. Leland being a professional firefighter and Pamela, a college professor, started Explorer Travel and Tours

20th Street Cottage Leland Davis

Leland and Pamela have one mission. It is simple and absolutely selfless… “This business allows us to help those who help others. We love to support church, mission, educational, and various charitable organizations with travel needs worldwide.”

 20th Street Cottage Leland Davis

Together, they began giving couples, and large groups, the trip of a lifetime through travel planning!

Their company, Explorer Travel & Tours, offers the best travel experience from start to finish that any company could! 

20th Street Cottage Leland Davis

Leland hasn’t always been one of Bakersfield’s premier travel agents. In fact, Leland is one of Bakersfield’s lead fire engineers! 

In addition to being successful, and generous, business owners, Leland and Pamela are incredibly active with their family! Taking trips and sharing experiences with their loved ones is a top priority.

20th Street Cottage Leland Davis

 On behalf of everyone at the 20th Street Cottage, we are proud to share our happy place with Explorer Travel and Tours!

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!

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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!

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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. 

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Talk about fun!

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

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

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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