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!

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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!

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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!

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

It’s “Magical Monday” here in Fairy Land and that means we get to share more tips on your wedding planning process!

We are still roughly about 10-months away from your magical wedding day, but there’s no time for rest just yet!

With just less than a year to go it is time to nail down your guest list!

Even better, it’s time to nail down your guest list and their address!

 First things first, you should have your budget pretty much set in stone. This will help you with the groundwork of creating your guest list, by having an idea of how many guests you will be able to hold at your venue, how many guests you will be able to accommodate within your budget, and to still have some wiggle-room in your day… You have totally got this handled!

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Photographed by Racquel Leal Photography.

Before you grab that notepad to start writing, have a sit down with any and all parties who are contributing to the cost of your big day. If you’re paying for your own wedding, you can do whatever you would like! If parents, family, and friends are providing aid you need to be sure there is a clear understanding of who will be coming.

It is often expected that parents invite their close circle of friends, who may or may not be on your guest list already. We don’t want anyone to have their feelings hurt, and we don’t want any surprise guests! Talk it out, it’s a win-win!

Create your dream list. See where that will put you in terms of guest count and how it will impact your budget. Now taking what you have discovered, you can either smash your list or keep it just like it is and viola, you’re all set!

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Invitations by Matinae Design Studio. Photography by Left Coast By Design.

Now, if you need some help cutting down the list… Take these tips into consideration… If they aren’t relatives and you haven’t spoken to them since that one time at the grocery store, don’t worry about inviting them. A little wishy-washy on having younger civilians at your event? Don’t invite them! Only see them at the grocery store? Don’t do it. Haven’t seen them since you were five when they lived by your Nana’s? Don’t even go there.

As conscious adults we like to overthink situations, always seeing the alternative, but part of wedding planning is making big decisions.

Another tactic that can be used is when you send out your response cards, have the names already printed so that one invitation doesn’t lead to ten guests. Avoid those last minute straggler invitations, and don’t let your cousin’s boyfriend’s mother crash in on your event because she was invited via text message two hours before the wedding.

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Program fans by Matinae Design Studio. Photographed by Rob Greer Photography.

If you can handle keeping your guest list organized and strategic, you have this wedding planning thing down! If you’d like a little more help with your planning, contact Fairy Godmother and let us handle it for you!

 

Eco Friendly Wedding Planning – Magical Monday

When people start to think wedding planning, they start thinking color schemes and budgets…

But very rarely do couples think about the impact their wedding may have on the environment.

We are here to help you eliminate the footprint that your magical day leaves behind while still remaining the best day, ever!

Think of your day. Where can you cut pollutants?? With the help of lists from The Knot and Bridal Guide your day is sure to be as eco-friendly as you are!

Getting married outdoors eliminates the need for electricity. By not using electricity, we are helping limited damages to the soil, water supply, and lowering emissions! Planning for this type of event can be tricky depending on weather, but nothing can beat natural lighting. Who would have thought that having a gorgeous outdoor wedding would help the environment?!

Using organic candles may also be used to illuminate a space naturally.

“Think green!” If you are using confetti at your event, think of confetti that is biodegradable. We have little friends that may get a hold of these pieces, such as birds and other small animals. Sparklers have become the new trend and have little to no impact as long as they are all disposed of properly.

A green, and budget friendly, twist on your event is simple. Household items are free! Plates, drawers, and gently loved vases may be used to create a unique and functional dessert table.

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Paper products are always a hit as they are the first interaction about your wedding that you’ll have with your guests via your wedding invitation. First impressions are so very important, and you don’t have to compromise to be conscientious of the environment.

Whether you are doing your own invitations, or having a professional tackle the task, you have options such as recycled paper, plantable invitations (yes, you can grow your invite!), or by using a wedding website in lieu of a formal printed invitation.

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Florals by House of Flowers, Photo by C&B Photography.

Food and flowers are most often the focal point of so many events, why make your day any different? Having your florist and caterer work with only the most organic products will make your day even more environmentally friendly.

Now, take a deep breath and know that a “green” wedding is possible!

 Let Fairy Godmother help make your day eco-friendly, contact us today!

Wedding Planner Wedding Planning – Wedding Wednesday

This is week two of our series on our very own Fairy Godmother Reagan’s wedding planning process!

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Photo by Mariel Hannah Photography

When Reagan and her fiancé Max chose their venue, they wanted to be certain that there would be delicious menu items, and oh did she make sure!

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Photo by Mariel Hannah Photography

Reagan and Max have chosen the gorgeous Stockdale Country Club as their venue!

The Stockdale Country Club is a Bakersfield staple located in Olde Stockdale. With so much heritage and history, Stockdale has earned an elegant and classy rapport. After numerous owners, business failures, and building fires the Stockdale Country Club opened for business on February 18, 1923.

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Before tasting appetizers, there is one important part of the tasting routine that Reagan and Max got to enjoy… Wine tasting! Talk about having the glass half full… Whites, reds and champagne… Oh my!

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While Stockdale Country Club is set back on luscious grounds, complete with an 18-hole golf course, they have spared no skill with their culinary creations! These are just the appetizers that Reagan and Max got to choose from!

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Keep up with Reagan and Max as they plan their magical day in our “Wedding Wednesday” series!

Groom’s Guide To Wedding Planning – Wedding Wednesday

Continuing our series for groom’s during the wedding planning process, this week we are on what to do after you propose!

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One thing to know right from the start while planning a wedding is that you either need to be all in, or all out. More often than not, popping in and out of the planning process can just end up confusing and hectic. We definitely don’t want to see that happen.

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First things first, celebrate your engagement! Take a moment to bask in new beginnings with your soon-to-be! These are the precious moments you want to remember, so enjoy them.

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Next is to have the “talk” with your love about what you both want and hash out any discrepancies, or clashing views, that either of you may have.

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Your budget will give you the best insight on what kind of wedding you will have, that plays an imperative detail in the entire planning process. Traditionally, this is going to be one of the biggest investments that you will be making as a couple.

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The next steps to follow would be the selection of a venue, and of course the vendors! Your opinion matters on these topics, and if you really have no preference on the matter, make sure that your partner is aware and is okay with making some choices on their own.

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The wedding planning process is most definitely just that, a process. Remember to be patient and to be presently conscious of feelings. A wedding planner will help make these choices much easier by narrowing down vendors and venues based on your wants and needs, and the personalities of all those involved.

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Contact Fairy Godmother today to begin planning your big day!