Avalon Hotel Palm Springs

We recently did a site visit to Avalon Hotel Palm Springs.  It is a very chic and boutique style venue.  If you like modern and chic then this venue is for you.  There’s a total of 67 guest rooms, some with a terrace or private patio.  There are 13 historic one and two bedroom villas with full kitchens.

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There are 3 pools – 1 family pool and 2 adult only.

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One of our personal favorites was the Presidio Courtyard for a wedding reception under the stars.  Since Palm Springs has a noise restraint, there’s the option of holding your after party in the Presidio Ballroom.

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We loved the Avalon Hotel and we hope you will too.

 

Villa Royale Inn Palm Springs

Villa Royale Inn Palm Springs is an intimate boutique hotel with a lot of history and character.  There are several ceremony and reception options at the Villa Royale Inn.  You can choose to have your ceremony in the garden or with the mountain as the backdrop.  For the reception, guests can dine by the pool under the stars or in the charming Europa Restaurant.  This is the perfect wedding venue for those planning intimate celebrations.

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Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be featuring wedding and event venues we had the privilege of visiting this past weekend in Palm Springs.

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is such an unique space that will attract music lovers all around.  The hotel is like a museum in itself, every corner contains something guests can stop and look at.

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Hotel Entrance

We loved this lounge area where we can easily host a cocktail party.

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Lot of great areas around the hotel where attendees can take pictures.

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Hard Rock Hotel also contains several ballroom spaces including the Woodstock Ballroom that can accommodate up to 600 guests.  We also loved this great pool area where we can host a pool party and other event functions.

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Photo credit: Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs Website

Alternative Wedding Guestbook Ideas

So you’ve finished planning all the big details for your wedding and now in home stretch.  It’s time to think about all the remaining wedding items you may need to purchase  or make such as wedding favors, money box,  and the guestbook.  Rather than traditional guestbooks, we’ve come up with some alternative wedding guestbook ideas.  Hope these ideas will help you come up with a fun and unique guestbook idea that is all about you.

Mason Jar of Hearts

Photo credit: Etsy

Photo credit: Etsy

Message in a Bottle

Photo credit: Glamour and Grace Blog

Photo credit: Glamour and Grace Blog

Wooden State Cutout – Perfect for long distance couples.

Photo credit: Southern Weddings Magazine

Photo credit: Southern Weddings Magazine

Message box

Photo credit: The Perfect Palette

Photo credit: The Perfect Palette

Puzzle guestbook

Photo credit: Etsy

Photo credit: Etsy

Bat Mitzvah at Casa Del Mar

We had the privilege of coordinating a NYC themed Bat Mitzvah for Lindsey at Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica.  We were lucky to work closely with Lindsey’s mom who was extremely creative and organized which made our job really easy.  The big day started at the Wilshire Blvd. temple and all the guests were greeted by Lindsey’s New York Bagel Bar after the service ended.

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Michele wanted to transform the Casa Del Mar ballroom into a  big NYC themed party.  As guests entered the ballroom, they were greeted by a large I LOVE NY floral arrangement with escort cards on yellow taxi cabs.

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Each table was decorated with a specific theme related to New York such as Broadway, Times Square, Statue of Liberty, TV show ‘Friends’, Little Italy and Chinatown.  The backdrop was an image of the New York City skyline.

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Another main theme was Lindsey’s Candy Bar.  The Cocktail Reception area was decorated with candy everywhere and the kids’ area was transformed to a candy paradise with lollipops hanging from the ceiling and all sorts of candy scattered on the tables.  Drinks from the bar were also decorated with candy.

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Our lovely Guest of Honor, Lindsey.

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A party is not a party without some party favors.  Guests departed with a box of Krispy Kreme donuts.

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Photo credit: Callaway Gable 

Event Design: Michele Rosenfeld

 

Westlake Village Inn

We recently did a  site visit at Westlake Village Inn which is located in the Conejo Valley.  This 17-acre resort offers a luxurious retreat destination for its guests.  The venue offers several stunning options for ceremony sites.  The sites range from $1500 – $5000 which includes chairs, microphone and speaker, water station, gift and guestbook tables and one night stay in a courtyard hotel room.

Tuscan Garden

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Mediteranneo Gazebo

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Lakeside Gazebo

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There are also many beautiful sites perfect for bride and groom and wedding party photos.

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There are several reception spaces available with spaces ranging from 50 person capacity up to 200 person capacity.  Dinner reception packages starts from $80.00 per person up to $150.00 per person.

For more information on the venue, visit the Westlake Village Inn website here.

Unique Place Setting Ideas

We love to plan weddings that show off the personality of the bride and groom.  We found the following unique place setting ideas that have inspired us.  These place settings give guests a feel for the type of wedding they are attending.  We hope you find one that you like and may possibly use at your own wedding.

Photo credit: 100 Layer Cake

Photo credit: 100 Layer Cake

Photo credit: Wedding Star

Photo credit: Wedding Star

Photo credit: French Wedding Style

Photo credit: French Wedding Style

Photo credit: Green Wedding Shoes

Photo credit: Green Wedding Shoes

Photo credit: Mod Wedding

Photo credit: Mod Wedding

Photo credit: Once Wed

Photo credit: Once Wed

Photo credit: Ruffled

Photo credit: Ruffled

Photo credit: Style Me Pretty

Photo credit: Style Me Pretty

Photo credit: The Perfect Palette

Photo credit: The Perfect Palette

Photo credit: Wedding Chicks

Photo credit: Wedding Chicks

Oak Canyon Ranch in Agoura Hills

We attended the Grand Opening and Bridal Show at Oak Canyon Ranch in Agoura Hills.  This venue is perfect for you if you are planning a rustic, barn/ranch style and outdoor wedding.  This gorgeous site is 48 acres and located in the Santa Monica mountains. The maximum capacity for an outdoor ceremony and reception is 400.   The rental fee ranges from $4000 – $7000 and includes 12 hours of event time including set up and strike.  Catering is also provided on site.  Check out some of the photos we took of the venue.

Ceremony site #1

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The venue also has beautiful groom’s suite and bridal suite for the wedding party to use for the day.

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Groom’s Suite

Bridal Suite

Bridal Suite

This can be used as a cocktail reception location.

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Ceremony site #2

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This can be used as a cocktail reception or dinner reception.

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Check out the website for more info: http://oakcanyonranch.com/

Wedding Save The Date Ideas

You’re engaged!  Congratulations!  Most of you will begin compiling the guest list and think about whether or not you should send out wedding save the dates.  Save the dates are highly recommended if you are planning a destination wedding or getting married during peak travel times.  Sending out save the dates will give your guests time to make travel arrangements.  We recommend sending out save the dates at least 6 months prior  to your wedding day.

So now that you have decided that you need to send out save the dates, we have prepared some different ways of making this announcement to your friends and family.  Enjoy!

Tying the knot card. 

Photo credit - Brit + Co

Photo credit – Brit + Co

Perfect for a destination wedding – Save the date luggage tags. 

Photo credit: Feedly

Photo credit: Feedly

Planning a formal affair – send your guests some confetti to show them what’s to come.  

Photo credit - Green Wedding Shoes

Photo credit – Green Wedding Shoes

For the book lovers, send your guests save the date bookmarks!  

Photo credit - Etsy

Photo credit – Etsy

Save the date passports – perfect for a beach wedding.  

Photo credit: Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo credit: Oh So Beautiful Paper

Last but not least, how about some fun balloon save the dates for your guests?

Photo Credit - Weddings Illustrated

Photo Credit – Weddings Illustrated

Unique Wedding Menu Ideas

One of the key components to a wedding is the food selection.  Whether you are offering a sit down dinner with courses, food stations or buffet, you can add your own personal finishing touch by using an unique way of displaying the menu.  We have selected some fun and unique wedding menu ideas for those looking for some inspiration.

Menu painted on a wooden pallet for an outdoor reception.  

Photo credit: Intimate Weddings

Photo credit: Intimate Weddings

Menu printed on a table cloth.

Photo Credit: Southern Weddings

Photo Credit: Southern Weddings

Simply add a finishing touch to a simple menu by adding some other elements.  

Rustic wedding menu with spring of rosemary - project wedding

Photo Credit: Project Wedding

Menu printed on a paper bag filled with all the essentials.  

Photo credit: Brit + Co

Photo credit: Brit + Co

An elegant way of display your menu – food choices written on a mirror.  

Photo credit: MODwedding

Photo credit: MODwedding

Menu printed on a linen.  

Photo credit: Style Me Pretty

Photo credit: Style Me Pretty

Menu on chocolate – edible too!   

Photo credit: Jolie Jolie Design

Photo credit: Jolie Jolie Design

 

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