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

Congratulations! You’re engaged, now what…?!

Now that you’re big day is shaping up, it’s time to add in all the details.

One of the most memorable parts of your wedding day will be what you get to look back on, your photos!

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Photographed by Left Coast By Design.

This is one job that we HIGHLY recommend you entrust to a professional.

Memories are forever, we want you to make sure that your day lives on just how you remember it. From the portraits to the details, a professional photographer is sure to capture every element and detail of your wedding day.

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Photographed by Makenzie Photography.

First things first, never just choose a photographer because your mother’s brother’s cousin’s friend owns a really nice camera and takes a really great selfie. Look into their portfolio, do you like their style? Are there photographs similar to what you are interested in? Does their style fit your personality? These are just some of the beginning questions that will pave the way towards your decision.

One of the best things you can do is to consult your planner. Anyone who is anyone will have a reputation in the wedding industry. Your planning, or event producer, will help you make the best decision!

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Photographed by Gwen Corona Photography.

 What are the things that you notice most about photos? Does your potential photographers satisfy your eagle eye?

One of the BIGGEST and most IMPORTANT questions to ask yourself is “Are our personalities compatible?” Aside from your wedding coordinator, your wedding photographer will be the one vendor that is with you for a major chunk of your day. You want to be sure that your needs, desires, and all those little things that go “unsaid” are met or exceeded.

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Photographed by J.Michelle Photography.

Another rule of thumb is to compare the packages that your potential vendors may offer. What is the “basic” or “entry” level package of one photographer, may be a middle grade for another. It is important to let the vendor share about what they offer, but it is very important to make note of any questions that may remain unanswered.

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Photographed by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

One of the best ways to accomplish this is to have a photographer who understands you, has your interests at heart, and is willing to do what it takes to make it all come together. Compatibility is a must!

Lastly, be sure that you have a contract signed by both parties involved! A contract will bind your photographer to what is expected of them, this includes the hours they will be with you, the equipment they will be supplying, and the rights that you have as the client. All of these things are vital to your day.

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Photographed by Shelli Renee.

Let Fairy Godmother help you find the perfect photographer for you, contact us today!

Remember, a photo says 1,000 words!



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!

A “Fairy” Merry Christmas – Magical Monday

From all of us Event Producers here at Fairy Godmother A Wedding and Event Company, we would love to wish you a “fairy” Merry Christmas!!

As 2016 comes to a close, Fairy Godmother wants to send our seasons greetings to all of our fairy followers!

A very special Merry Christmas to our couples who are celebrating their very first Christmas together as husband and wife, and for many more ahead!

Not to forget those who are celebrating two, five, ten, and fifty Christmases together!

We are so fortunate to share in the magical moments that mark the beginning of so many memories to come for couples!

Weddings are the start to anniversaries, birthdays, babies and holidays.

We are wishing only the best for our future clients and event clients in the new year.

2017 is going to be the best year, yet!

As wedding and event planners, we get to see it all. We want to be sure that every client knows that each and every one of them is unique in their own ways.

While Makenzie captured these Christmas card photos for us, we knew that she would be able to photograph each of our very own unique personalities.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for a fabulously magical year here at Fairy Godmother! We never could have done it without you, and we are forever thankful for all of the continued support we constantly receive from our clients, “friendors” and family!

Thanksgiving Dinner Survival Tips – Magical Monday

Whether you are planning your first Thanksgiving dinner, or your 50th, Fairy Godmother has some tips to make sure your day is magical!

From start to finish, we want to make sure that you are fully equipped with everything that you need to know!

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In a perfect world, all guests would send back their RSVPs in a timely fashion. But as you know, we live in the real world and sometimes life happens and people forget to complete these things.

 Fairy Godmother Pandol Fall Harvest Tablescape

How to be prepared is simple, always having a little extra is just the start!

Without fail, there will be a guest or two who bring a date, a friend, or some sort of companion who they feel are worthy of your Thanksgiving goodness!

An extra place setting or two, leftover entrees and some extra room at the table are the recipe to survive the surprise guests!

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Tablescape from the Pandol’s Fall Harvest.

When it comes to your home cooking, please remember not to take any shortcuts as they provide to be dangerous and ultimately more time consuming.

Don’t forget the pie!

Fairy Godmother Fall Harvest Pie Bar

Add to your Thanksgiving ambiance by adding a pie bar for your guests to select from a variety of baked goodies.

Fairy Godmother Pandol Pie Bar

Fall Harvest Desserts

Delish has put together a list of traditional, and not so traditional, food items that are more than acceptable for a Thanksgiving feast!

Is there a specific way to set the table for a Thanksgiving dinner, you ask?

Fairy Godmother Fall Harvest Setting

There are a multitude of ways to “wow” your guests with more than just your phenomenal cooking skills.

How you present your feast is everything!

Just picture it… Pumpkins and candles, everywhere!

Fall Harvest Pumpkin Decor

Fall Harvest Pumpkin Decor

The Fairies are forever thankful, but we asked a few of the Fairy Godmother team what they were thankful for in business and in their personal lives!

Colleen said… 

I am thankful for so many things in this business.  Thankful for every client that says “yes to Fairy Godmother”, that trust us with their very special day, whether it be their wedding, a birthday, company party, or special event.  Thankful for the wonderful team of “friendor’s” I have mad.  But most of all I am thankful for my team.  I cannot begin to express what they mean to me.  We work hard, play hard and laugh a lot.  We are successful because of them.  I adore each of them and love all of their unique strengths they bring to our clients, our team and to each other.

I am thankful in my personal life for a loving husband that supports me in both my Bank life and in my Fairy life, for a son that I am so proud of living on his own far from home and thriving, for all of my family whom I wished lived closer, I love when we are all together. I am thankful for my friends.

I am thankful to have found my purpose in life, to coach and mentor others, to believe in them before they believe in themselves.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Janet said…

I am most thankful for my wonderful, loving and supportive family! I am so very thankful for this wonderful life I have been given.
I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Fairy Godmother team. I have learned so much this past year and have met some very amazing people in the area of wedding and event planning. The support and encouragement of the team and my mentors have helped me to strive and work to be the best I can be and for that I am so very thankful. From the brides and the clients I have come in contact with, I am thankful for the opportunity to meet each and every one of you!

TJ said…

Wow! Where to start…

I am thankful for my phenomenal support system, without them I would be totally lost in translation. I am thankful for my health, the opportunities I have been provided, and the amazing people I get to call friends.

In business, I am thankful for this wonderful new endeavor I have found myself on. I am thankful to go to a “job” where work and fun are most often the same thing, and my co-workers have turned into family.

There are 171,476 documented words in the English language, and I don’t have enough of them to express my true gratitude to all the things, and people, who have helped shape who I am today.

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On behalf of Fairy Godmother, we would love to extend our deepest thanks this holiday and wish you all a “fairy” happy Thanksgiving!

National Wedding Planner Day – Magical Monday

In celebration of National Wedding Planner Day being October 4th, and the Fairy Godmother team being in Las Vegas, Nevada at Wedding MBA, we thought we would share a few little things about the wedding business!


Colleen – What was it like following your passion and building your own business as a female entrepreneur?

Amazing! To look back at what we have created in just 6 years makes me smile. They say if you truly love what you are doing you will never work another day in your life. What I didn’t realize is what a Fairy village we would create. One of my favorite parts is being able to mentor and coach my team. Working with them and seeing them grow is so much fun!

As I was building Fairy Godmother I didn’t think of myself as a business entrepreneur I just knew I wanted people to know who Fairy Godmother was, I wanted us to be peoples first choice when it came time to plan their event. It wasn’t until other entrepreneur’s started coming to me for advice that I realized had something to give.

I love working with new businesses. I am mentoring a newer business right now it has been fun to see some of the positive changes. One of my goals is start a Fairy Godmother mentoring business where I will take on mentoring a new business for 90 days at time. I am looking forward to doing this and helping others to succeed. I feel lucky to be a part of this “happy business.”


Denise – What makes being a wedding and event planner different than being a professional in any other industry?

Being in the wedding and event industry has its challenges, but there is nothing better than seeing months and months of hard work come together to create the most perfect wedding day. Watching all the hard work unfold is one of the most rewarding experiences that this business has to offer. In this business you continuously get closer to your clients and that is what makes their wedding so special and unique, watching your work bring your client’s dreams to life is such a magical feeling.

Planners work with many different kinds of clients and vendors. The wedding industry is extremely social and being a planner is probably the most social vendor category in this industry. Many of us choose this career because we thrive on the excitement, the challenge, and the madness that happens on the wedding day. We live to solve problems, keep everything on time, and manage vendors without breaking a sweat. These are all the things that make being a planner so unique.


Cassandra – What is the most rewarding part of being a wedding and event planner?

The most rewarding part of being a designer and planner is seeing and hearing all of the memories that the event is a basis for. That one moment that everyone will talk about or the grandma that made it to the wedding for the lasting photos. Not to mention that moment in planning when you see the flicker in your clients eyes and you know they’ve realized what you’ve been dreaming up together really is a possibility.


Photo by Left Coast By Design

Reagan- What advice do you give couples who are looking to give a more unique touch to their event?

We always ask for the personal details of how our couples met, interests that they share and fun hobbies that they may have! We like the guests to think that pieces of the wedding exemplify the relationship to a “T.” There are so many different moving parts to a wedding that are open for these personal touches, the possibilities are endless!

Try personalizing small items at your wedding for a unique touch. Such as customized paper napkins with a motif or your initials. Personalizing the back of your chairs makes for a great picture or even projecting your logo onto the dance floor. Really dig into your personalities, find both your passions and incorporate them into a design or experience! Example, if you both really love donuts, why not have a huge donut bar or even have someone on site making them fresh, hot and ready!


Janet- Coming from within the industry, how does being a wedding and event planner differ from other jobs?

Oh my, there is such a difference between a wedding planer and a catering manager/supervisor.

Details, details,details and time, ie., going with the bride and maybe groom and other family members to choose the DJ, flowers, food, linens, photographer, videographer, caterer, venue, etc. Keeping on top of the details and the vendors and follow up are critical in making the event a success.
Building a relationship and gaining trust with your bride or the individual with whom you are planning an event. The planner is responsible for the whole pie not just a piece or portion of it. It’s a lot of details, hard work and fun at the same time. It’s exciting.  Even though stressful at times, I call it the “Happy Job.”
 Marissa- Is there anything that couples tend to forget when planning, or should firmly stand their ground on, during the wedding planning process?

I think couples tend to stray from what they truly want while planning the wedding in order to appease family. While family is important, couples should stand their ground on what they want for their big day. The wedding should represent the couple and their unique wedding vision.


TJ – Why should couples hire a wedding planner?

There are a multitude of reasons as to why someone should hire a wedding planner, but it is easily summed up into the pure fact that they help create a seamless event! From being in constant contact with all the vendors, to making sure that the day runs according to a strict timeline, wedding and event planners do more than just send your bride-to-be down the aisle, they are ensuring that your big day is absolutely stress free and perfect!


Thank you to all of our clients and friends for allowing us to celebrate such a fun day, we adore each and every one of you!

Facing Ben’s Giant – Magical Monday

A few years ago, our very own Fairy Godmother Colleen was contacted by Diane Proctor to assist in organizing a fundraiser to raise awareness for her son, Ben Martinez and the “giant” he was facing. The Fairy Godmother team was ecstatic to donate their time for the cause!


Pam, Denise and Cassandra

So sad, Cancer took the life of our Fairy Godmother Pammy.


At the young age of 11 Ben was facing the ultimate giant, a giant that no child should ever encounter, cancer. Ben had been diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer, Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma.



This lead to the creation of “Facing Ben’s Giant” and how Ben became more than just “Ben” to those who knew him, but how he became “Ben the Giant Slayer” from there forward. There was one thing that really stuck with Ben, motorcycles.

The Southern San Joaquin Victory Riders found Ben through the Facebook page, “Facing Ben’s Giant.” With this, they planned a special ride and even made him an honorary member of their motorcycle club- complete with a perfectly fitted leather jacket!


Ben was diagnosed with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, which is in the family of  Rhabdomyosarcoma, which are soft tissue tumors.  What started as a small bite-like bump on his foot in June of 2013, turned to a tumor by August. Ben had cancer, but cancer didn’t have Ben.


Ben was not your average kid, he had a personality that everyone loved! So much so that his principal, Bill Jagar of Columbia Elementary, offered to shave his head in front of the entire school if Ben’s peers could achieve a fundraising goal of $3,000. Even some of Ben’s classmates shaved their heads in support! At this point, Ben was a 12 year old 6th grader there at Columbia. Not only did the school raise the goal, but they raised $5,000 by selling  pediatric cancer bracelets with a generous personal donation of $1,000.



In June of 2014, Ben finished his available chemotherapy treatments. The cancer returned in January 2015 and had spread through, then, 13 years old Ben’s body. In addition to beginning radiation to control tumor growth and pain management, Ben also started new chemo regimens to cease tumor growth.


14 year old Ben was fighting his Giant once again, as it had returned far more aggressive than ever before. Ben peacefully gained his angel wings on April 14, 2016 at home surrounded by his family.


Ben not only leaves behind an amazing legacy, he leaves behind his mother, Diane and his older brother, Rob. Not to mention tons of family and friends, near and far, that will not stop fighting Ben’s Giant.


From the Fairy Godmother team, our deepest sympathies to Diane and Rob. A single mother’s love for her boys and what great lengths a mother’s love will travel, Diane has proven herself be a true superhero. Without Diane and Rob’s never-ending love, dedication and courage for “Facing Ben’s Giant” none of this would have ever been possible.  We know Diane will do great things in Ben’s honor and will be an advocate for other families going through the same thing.

Photos courtesy of Silvia Bell