The Perfect Wedding Anniversary Gift For Her At Every Decade

Your wedding planner is right by your side during the planning process and your big day. But, after the cake has been cut and the last song has played, we go our separate ways. Husbands, this little piece of wedding anniversary gifting advice is for you!

Your first anniversary gift can be anything from a weekend getaway, to a pair of designer heels. We’re sure you could think of a list of gifts that would make your wife’s heart melt. But, what would set your tenth and twentieth wedding anniversary gifts apart from the rest? All you need to do is think like Nicholas Sparks and take our advice. This list of gift ideas will help you make your wife gush at every decade.

Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas For Her

10 Years of Marriage

Take her on a dream vacation. Your wife might like hiking or city life… wherever her dream spot is, TAKE HER THERE! After 10 years of marriage you have experienced many firsts as a couple.  There is something to be said about how precious quality time is. The best gift you could give her is one where you spend time alone, experiencing something new. For your tenth anniversary, experience yet another first together.

20 Years of Marriage

Make a statement with jewelry. There are thousands of couples who view their twentieth anniversary as a good time to renew their vows. If you and your wife are considering reliving that powerful and uniting moment, make it extra special by giving her an additional band. Of course, you do not need to renew vows to purchase something sparkly. A necklace and matching earrings or, an eye-catching bracelet are just as special. Statement jewelry that fits your wife’s style will tell her that you pay attention to what she likes!

30 Years of Marriage

Complete a 30 days of gifting challenge! (a gift every day for your entire anniversary month) Start small. By this time, you will have given your loved one nearly every variation of a wedding anniversary gift. Go back to the basics. What little pieces of information about her and your love story are stuck in your memory? If you remember what she was drinking strawberry daiquiris on your honeymoon, take her on a date to get one. Or, if she stole your heart on the dance floor  and you remember the song, buy her that CD. You could even turn that song on at home and share a dance. The 30 days of gifting challenge is a simple way to remind her that you value all of the in-between moments you two have shared.

40 Years of Marriage

Learn something new. It is totally normal for spouses not to share the same passions. One of you might enjoy an art show, while the other would prefer to go boating. Pay attention to what your wife talks about doing but never really does. Or, give her the option to choose an experience that she would like to share with you. Quality time is key!

50 Years of Marriage

Have a party! Invite your family and friends to celebrate the love you have shared for half of a century! Hire a planner and surprise her. Or, let her take the reigns. Whatever the situation, big or small, you two deserve to have a night dedicated to your love. To end it with a bang, go all out and make a toast to your wife. Whatever you say, she’ll love it.

Anniversaries will vary year to year, marriages will face bad days. So, take advantage of the one day out of the year that the two of you gave so much meaning to! It is important to make your person smile and reminisce on your love story together. All clichés aside, a woman loves feeling seen and understood. Give gifts that show her you still know her soul, even after all of life’s changes.

Planning: Rebecca Calagna Events

Photography: Mood Photo and Video 

 

Rebecca Calagna was named a Wedding Wire  ‘Couple’s Choice’ wedding coordinator in 2019. Keep up with the RC Events Team as they celebrate love all over Southern California. Shop Rebecca Calagna Events exclusive event and wedding coordinating must haves on Amazon.

 

Your Must Have Wedding Day Emergency Kit Checklist by RC Events Team

It was a gorgeous wedding day for The RC Events Team. A sweet, sunny outdoor ceremony at Newland Barn in Huntington Beach followed by a lively reception. Right as dinner had finished being served, the DJ asked our Lead Coordinator, Julianne for the prize bouquet for a reception game. There was no mention of this bouquet by our bride or the floral vendor… these things happen at events. Miscommunication happens! So, we turned to our handy-dandy wedding day emergency kit.

In under five minutes we managed to create a simple bouquet from leftover cake florals, scissors, string, and ribbon. But, this wasn’t the only time we had been challenged to MacGyver an item out of scraps. Day-of disasters happen and are real possibilities we must be aware of, which is why there is a demand for professionals who put out fires (aka WEDDING PLANNERS).

The RC Events Team carries an emergency kit to every event we coordinate. In fact, most event coordinators do! It is a professional planner’s nature to consider every possible emergency and develop strategies to handle them. Also in our repertoire, checklists! We developed the Must Have Wedding Day Emergency Kit Checklist for you so you can be sure you’ll weather any wedding day storm.

DIY bride or a budding wedding and event coordinator; this emergency kit checklist will aid you in preparing for any day-of crisis.

Your Must Have Wedding Day Emergency Kit Checklist 

Download & Print: Your Must Have Wedding Day Emergency Kit Checklist by RC Events Team

Tools:

  • Safety pins
  • Sewing needle
  • White thread
  • Scissors
  • Box cutter
  • String
  • White ribbon (1”)
  • Twine
  • Thumb tacks (silver/flat on top)
  • Lighter
  • Painters tape
  • Packing tape
  • Scotch tape
  • Double-sided tape
  • Sharpies
  • Pens (black)
  • Cardstock
  • Envelopes
  • Plastic baggies
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Clip boards (for team)
  • Butterfly/Binder clips
  • Fishing wire

Electronics:

  • Cell phone charger
  • Portable/ external cell phone charger
  • AA Batteries
  • AAA Batteries
  • Team communication system (walkie-talkies + headsets)
  • Auxiliary cable
  • HDMI cable
  • Bluetooth speaker (+ charger)

Hygiene:

  • Bobby pins
  • Clear nail polish (for Nylon and Tulle tears)
  • Hairspray
  • Comb
  • 1 pack of tissues
  • Wet wipes
  • Cotton swabs
  • Gum
  • Mints
  • Floss
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Band Aids
  • All other traditional First Aid Kit items
  • Ibuprofen– or, other pain relievers
  • Imodium
  • Vaseline

Miscellaneous:

  • Small pack of candy, no nuts (to bribe flower girls and the ring bearer with)
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
  • Tide-to-go Pen
  • Fashion tape
  • Water (stay hydrated!)
  • Snacks for you (sometimes you are not able to sit down!)
  • Extra shoes (flats, or tennis shoes for preparation and clean-up times)
  • Grasswalkers— Heel protectors  (for brides/bridesmaids)
  • 1 extra cake-cutting set
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Nothing Goes Perfectly As Planned

This list of items has gotten our team through over 14 years of weddings and events. As a coordinator, there is no way to know what is going to take place at any given event. You are working with people. Nobody is perfect, which means nothing goes perfectly as planned; ever. All you can do is prepare for the worst situations you can think of and handle them the RC way, with kindness and grace. You might use these items for yourself, your team, the bride, the flower girl, or even the DJ. Whoever it is, you will be ready. Now, take this Must Have Wedding Day Emergency Kit Checklist and be on your way to coordinating with confidence!

Weeding Coordination: @rebeccacalagnaevents

Photography: @moodphotovideo 

Florals: @twigndvineflorals

Venue: Kellog House in Pomona

Bride: @eloram

Rebecca Calagna was named a Wedding Wire  ‘Couple’s Choice’ wedding coordinator in 2019. Keep up with the RC Events Team as they celebrate love all over Southern California. Shop Rebecca Calagna Events exclusive wedding and event coordinating must haves on Amazon.

Flower Girls And The Ring Bearer: Recent Trends For Every Guest’s Favorite Part of A Wedding Ceremony

We all know the traditional ceremony “drill.” As the last bridesmaid’s dress sweeps across the aisle, every witness turns to watch the ceremonies most adorable 60 seconds (if you’re lucky)  unfold. In enters a 4-foot-nothing ring bearer, buttoned into a miniature suit, wearing a shy smile. He steals the hearts of all of the women sitting in the crowd. Your heart melts as he and the groom lock eyes and then, your attention is drawn to a couple of real-life dolls dropping flower petals. Their hair done-up to compliment their fluffy dresses. 

We may gawk over every wedding detail from the bride’s dress to florals… but oftentimes, the flower girls and the ring bearer steal the show. This wedding season, the RC Events Team has seen many fresh twists on this sweet ceremony tradition.

Madison & Jonathan’s Pinterest-Worthy Flower Girls and Ring Bearer 

Without a doubt, Madison and Jonathan Bergamo are a match made in heaven; their ceremony kiddos… just as heavenly. The kids’ excitement to walk down the aisle before Madison was contagious.

There has been a shift in boutonniere designs from the traditional single-flower with greenery, to minimal florals. Some couples even choose non-traditional styles such as, metal pins, feathers, and bamboo. Flowers By Mae Mae crafted the ring bearers boutonniere, which followed recent male floral trends. To finish the look, he carried a wooden sign that read, “Here comes the love of your life,” along with a small ring pillow. His sweet smile definitely set the tone for the ceremony.

The flower girls spent the early afternoon having their hair done by Hair and Makeup By Sydney with the bridesmaids. Sydney assembled loosely curled, dutch-braided, half-up styles on each of the girls. More and more we are seeing flower girls transition from clean-cut hairstyles to more relaxed, boho-inspired styles. Another new trend we are noticing is, flower girl dresses are not nearly as full as they used to be. In fact, Madison chose for her flower girls to wear simple lace, slim-cut dresses down the aisle. While we did miss tulle a tiny bit, the two looked undeniably precious.

Photos by Jonnie and Garret

Flower Girls and The Ring Bearer Say Goodbye Pleather Shoes & Hello To Clean Sneakers

Clean sneakers are considered appropriate for most weddings these days. This is a great style to implement at your outdoor ceremony. The ones who sport this look the absolute best are of course, the kids.

Amelia and Ryan showcased a fun-spirited toddler as their flower girl. Talk about cuteness overload! Moss Flowers and Garden designed her crown to match the ceremony arch. She wore white high-top converse with ruffled socks and a pale pink dress (yes, THERE WAS TULLE).  

Photos by Katherine Rose 

Our bride Sabrina claimed she and Raul, her new husband, bribed their niece and nephew with toys to walk down the aisle. We pass no judgement… we may keep an extra pack of gummy bears in our emergency bag. The ring bearer was certainly melting hearts with his huge smile and “Old Skool” Vans paired with a bow-tie. Right beside him was his big sister in satin ballet flats, which we found much more stylish than your traditional white pleather shoe. Our favorite accessory of hers was her flower crown by Posh Peony, which totally rocked.

Photos by The Hendry’s
Rebecca Calagna was named a Wedding Wire  ‘Couple’s Choice’ wedding coordinator in 2019. Keep up with the RC Events Team as they celebrate love all over Southern California. Schedule a consultation with Rebecca Calagna and take the first step in planning your dream wedding.

Sabrina and Raul’s Wedding (With An Edge) At The Mission Inn Riverside

Saturday, March 9 was a double-wedding day for the Rebecca Calagna Events team. Half of the team went to Temecula Creek Inn for an midday, outdoor “I do.” The other half executed Sabrina and Raul’s wedding with an edge at the Mission Inn, Riverside. The couple waited 21 years to be wed and did so in a way that was true to their love story. From the candle-lit ceremony in the chapel, to the intimate reception in the Spanish Art Gallery; this celebration of love was artsy and edgy in its personal touches by the couple.

The Guest Favors

The RC Events Team began the day by assembling guest favors. Sabrina and Raul chose to share their love for literature with their guests by giving them a book such as, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Stardust to take home. Inside was a custom skeleton bride and groom bookmark adorned with a tassel of a random shade. This made for a festive display against the stained-glass windows of the Spanish Art Gallery.

The Florals & The Cake

As vendors began to arrive, the art-covered ballroom began to take shape of the couple’s dream day. Posh Peony provided excellently crafted deep red, navy, blush, and cream florals for the chapel and table centerpieces. Also, the geometric-designed cake from Cucamonga Bakery made for a great focal point at the bottom of the stairs entering the ballroom.

The Guest Sign- In

Another unique touch added by the couple was their sign-in table. Rather than providing a guest book, the Encarnacion’s had their guests sign a jet-black guitar with gold and silver sharpies. The guitar case was crafted to detail the wedding timeline and stood on top of the sign-in table. Later, the case was laid on its side next to the sign-in guitar and was used as a small gift and card holder.

The Dress

Of all the details, the most awe-inspiring was Sabrina’s dress. She worked with Bowen Dryden to create a bespoke gown that screamed her name. Her gown was a soft, dusty-blue color adorned by embroidery. The stitched vines, flowers, and birds laid perfectly along the bodice and dramatic sleeves. A long train, a light grey ombre veil by The Veiled Beauty, and a pair of flashy, black-velvet booties completed the look.

 

The Ceremony

To top it all off, Sabrina and Raul followed a Celtic handfasting ritual where the two made a display of their spiritual union by literally tying the knot in front of their guests. This sweet gesture filled the gorgeous, golden chapel with love.

A wedding at the Mission Inn, Riverside is always elegant. However, Sabrina and Raul’s personal touches added an edgy twist to usual wedding celebration expectations. Their big day was just as unique as their love story.

 

Vendors:

Photography: The Hendry’s 

Florals: Posh Peony 

Cake: Cucamonga Cakery 

Hair: Kayla Wagner

Makeup: The Bridal Beauty Pros- Leysi

Venue: The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

Reception Music: Heart of Gold DJ’s 

Photo Booth:  Mirror Me 

Rebecca Calagna was named a Wedding Wire  ‘Couple’s Choice’ wedding coordinator in 2019. Keep up with the RC Events Team as they celebrate love all over Southern California. Schedule a consultation with Rebecca Calagna and take the first step in planning your dream wedding.

Five Tips For Southern California Brides When A Rainy Wedding Day Is A Possibility

Some say its good luck, some are devastated by it. Whichever perspective you take, you are looking at chaos. That’s right folks, we’re taking about a rainy wedding day in California!

To say that rain in California is rare is to say the least. Yet, this winter has been full of surprise. If you are a beach-vibe bride getting married on the West Coast this Spring, you might be in for an ‘I do’ drizzle. These five rainy wedding day tips will keep the “April showers” from ruining your love parade.

Consider an alternative to your outdoor setting.

We are suckers for an open space and natural lighting. But, if your love story is causing the sky to cry, you’re going to be put on-the-spot to make a decision about what to do next. The best way to handle this scenario is to create a “chance of rain” plan with your coordinator to put your mind at ease. This way you won’t be thinking, “What if it rains?,” the entire day.

When it comes to the day’s schedule, run a tight-ship!

Your lovely wedding coordinator should provide you a timeline of the day’s events. All those tiny events have to happen before the BIG event. If there is anything to make yourself extremely aware of about California, it is that the freeways become grid-locked (that is no exaggeration…).  If your ceremony is taking place on or near any Southern California beach and you will have to drive either the 405, the 55, the 5, the 57, the 15, or the 91, you will be battling traffic to make it to your venue. That battle will turn into an all-out car war if rain starts to fall. So, check your weather app and stick to the schedule.

Your guests will mind the light sprinkle.

You are getting pretty for your big day and so are your guests. If the weather changes during your ceremony, you won’t be the only one wondering if your makeup is running; and we don’t even have to get started on the hair situation. A simple and sweet way to make your guests feel cared for is to stash a small, on-theme umbrella under every other seat. This way, you won’t have mismatched handbags blocking heads in the background of your pictures!

 See The Silver Lining.

News flash! A rainy wedding day means your photographer is going to have a field-day. Clouds diffuse the sun’s harshness and allow for the BEST portraits. There won’t be awkward shadows on your face or even beads of sweat that will need to be edited. If anything, when it comes to the photo-op part of your day, the gloominess will be something to be grateful for.

Stop the train…!

… from getting soaked and muddy, that is. The longer the gown’s train, the more epic everything is; really. The photos, the walk down the aisle, the maid-of-honor scrambling to make sure it looks aesthetically pleasing during the ceremony. All very epic. However, a soiled train, not so epic. This one is simple, ensure your dress has a loop and button option which pulls the train up from dragging on the floor. 

The rain does not have to be devastating to your dream “I do.” Plan ahead and remember what you are in it for. You and your life partner will face a few more rainy days after this one. 

Rebecca Calagna was named a Wedding Wire  ‘Couple’s Choice’ wedding coordinator in 2019. Keep up with the RC Events Team as they celebrate love all over Southern California. Schedule a consultation with Rebecca Calagna and take the first step in planning your dream wedding.