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.

Nicole and Nicholas’ Wedding

On Veteran’s Day 2017 Nicole and Nicholas were wed at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach.  They are both from military families, with our Groom serving himself, so it only made sense that their special day was both very presidential and at the same time romantic.  Nicole was wearing a beautiful lace dress with cap sleeves and an elegant train.  Their color palette of red, burgundy, pink, and white perfectly complimented the luxurious yachts and elegant decor of the resort.  Their day was full of love, keep reading to see their heartfelt day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting ready with your girls can be one of the best of part of your wedding day.  Nicole gifted her bridesmaids with adorable matching red robes which made for some fun pictures to capture the first few memories of her wedding day.

Nicole and Nicholas’ ceremony had so many sweet moments.  Their flower girl was so cute waiting for Nicole to walk down the aisle.  They exchanged touching vows under a gorgeous arch created by The Bloom of Time.  Their ceremony took place at the Balboa Bay Resort’s Bayview Lawn right next to the crystal clear bay.

Nicole’s bridesmaids looked so gorgeous in beautiful flowy red gowns and held white and burgundy flowers with some greenery. Nicholas’ groomsmen wore slick black tuxes with white boutonnieres and a red pocket square that complimented the bridesmaids dresses perfectly.  Just look at how in love these two are, it makes us so happy to see how in love our couples are.

Their reception was one for the books!  The reception was filled with so many elegant details.  The hints of gold throughout the ballroom were the perfect touch to this presidential and sweet celebration.

 

Congratulations to Mr. + Mrs. Rubino! We thank Nicholas and both families for their service to our Country!

Vendor Team:

Venue: Balboa Bay Resort
Photography: Jim Kennedy Photographers
Florist: The Bloom of Time
DJ: Invisible Touch Events
Cake: M Cakes Sweets
Hair + Makeup: Sandra Bailey and Troy Shook

WeddingWire’s Top 5 Trends for 2018

With 2018 in full swing and busy season right around the corner, it’s time to dive into the top wedding trends couples will be requesting this year. We have the inside scoop from Jeffra Trumpower, WeddingWire’s Associate Director of Content and Creative Services, on the top five trends you can expect to see pop up. Many of these trends may come as a surprise, as couples begin to stray away from the “traditional” and opt for the “unconventional”.

1. Metallics, marbles and geometrics

Photo by Jennifer Weems Photography

So maybe this one doesn’t come as a total surprise, but the biggest decor trend from 2017 will be a highlight yet again for 2018 weddings. Metallics, specifically gold-toned metallics, are still in! Smaller metallic decor pieces, such as votives and charger plates, are as popular as ever because they are small enough to be understated, yet still manage to pack a huge punch overall. Not only do metallics add an extra layer of “umph” to any look, but metallics are a great way to help make everything look and feel more luxe.

Couples are also choosing metallic pieces with geometric shapes to make their wedding feel more modern. Geometric shapes provide a cool break between the ultra-softness and romance of floral elements. Stone elements, such as marble pieces, are also being utilized for the same reason. We don’t care if this is a repeat trend, we love it and are happy to see these favorites stick around!

2. Keeping it casual

Photo by Tracy Shoopman Photography

Weddings are becoming more of a casual affair, believe it or not! Younger couples have been choosing to go for a more laid-back route during their wedding festivities. In what might be the biggest departure from “traditional” style weddings, casual affairs have been trending because they are “no fuss”. Guests are able to feel more at ease and couples have less to worry about on their big day. Ultimately, comfort and simplicity are the main goal of casual weddings, and we think they look great!

Grooms and groomsmen have arguably kicked off the casual trend, as the popularity of less formal male attire started popping up more and more. However, this year, casual groom attire is set to take off. Expect to see less suit coats, more unconventional shoes, and even silly socks on grooms. Females have also begun to adopt more casual styles, too. Brides in particular have opted for more natural, effortless hairstyles for their big day as opposed to the previously popular ultra-sophisticated updo.

Formal styles aren’t the only thing to disappear in 2018. Formal traditions are also becoming less popular with millennial couples. Sorry Mom and Dad, but it looks like the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances are quickly fading! Revered traditions like these dances, and even couple send offs (particularly involving sparklers) are now starting to be seen as “outdated” and “cliche” by millennial couples. While it may be sad to see some old traditions go, know that couples are opting to nix certain elements in order to replace them with their own creative and new traditions.

3. Greenery

Photo by Blueflash Photography     

While floral elements have always been a huge aspect of weddings, never before has such an emphasis been placed on natural greenery. From moss decor walls to leafy table runners, greenery isn’t just for bouquet filler anymore. Dare we say it, but greens might even surpass flowers this year! Greenery provides freshness and brightness to any arrangement, and can also can provide a lot of diversity, too. Beyond looking great, greens are also a more cost-friendly option for couples to consider when compared to flowers. So where will you find the most greenery this year? Jeffra notes that our couples are loving their natural greens in large wall or hanging displays, low table centerpieces, and in cascading bouquets.

4. Outdoor space

Photo by Patrick Nied Photography

Couples love outdoor weddings! Outdoor venues have always been popular with our couples, but their popularity is only expected to grow. Garden venues, followed by barn venues, are the most popular places amongst couples for their wedding celebrations. Even though the warmer summer months still make up “prime season”, more and more couples have been hosting fall weddings. As a matter of fact, 1 in 3 couples now get married in the fall, and nearly 15% of all weddings take place in October. In many locations, Autumn weather is still perfect for an outdoor celebration, if not cozy. So too, nature’s seasonal change provides the most beautiful backdrop for photos. With the ever-increasing popularity of outdoor venues, your calendars are bound to be filled with outdoor bookings this year!

5. Food displays

Photo by Dana Lynn Photography

We saved the best for last: food! +50% more couples are choosing to eliminate plated service in favor of food displays. Food displays, different from a buffet, are highly stylized tables and offer unique, themed food options where guests can help themselves. Food displays allow for couples to customize their offerings to fit their personalities and can be much more flexible in execution when compared to a more regimented plated or buffet service. From pizza to a bacon-lovers spread, couples are picking these personalized setups over all other meal options because they are easy, fun and most importantly, delicious. Displays are also cost effective, as they can be significantly cheaper than a plated service.

We are so excited to see how these trends adapt and grow in 2018. The biggest takeaway that we have learned (other than knowing that great snacks lie ahead!) is that couples are striving to implement unique designs and traditions that are truly their own. Simply put, customization is important to couples as they plan their 2018 weddings. If you are able to offer custom services or work with your clients to provide them a unique service, you can expect your couple to be over the moon with your work. We hope that this personalization-craze allows both you and your clients the opportunity to work creatively and create incredible new experiences and content. Who knows? Maybe you will set the next big trend.

These tips originally appeared in WeddingWire’s Webinar “2018 Trends: Insights from Today’s Couples” by Jeffra Trumpower, WeddingWire Associate Director of Content and Creative Services. 

Brandy and Joey’s Wedding

Brandy and Joey’s wedding was a beautiful and elegant affair.  Their gorgeous color palette of whites and soft pinks with hints of gold perfectly complemented the scenic ocean views of the Balboa Bay Resort.  Brandy looked so regal and beautiful as she walked down the aisle to her future husband.  The couple exchanged vows in the green courtyard next to the ocean with yachts off in the distance.  After the heartfelt ceremony and cocktail hour guest were escorted to the ballroom for the reception.  From the macaroon favors to the monogram dance floor, all the details of Brandy and Joey’s wedding were seamlessly put together with much thought and care.  Their wedding was a night of regal elegance with perfect planning down to every last detail.  This gorgeous and sweet couple were such a delight to work with.  Take a look all the amazing details of this spectacular evening.  

Vendors:
Photography: Jim Kennedy Photographers
Venue: Balboa Bay Resort
Florist: Flowers by Cina
Hair/Makeup: Flawlessmua
Dress: Pronovias
Video: Nest Weddings

 

Sweet and intimate moments before a wedding are always so special.  Brandy and her mother so gorgeous!

 

 

 

 

Brandy and Joey’s ceremony was so beautiful and heartfelt.  They said their “I do’s”  under a gorgeous arch with white and pink florals.  Their ceremony was filled with so much love and joy, it was one we will never forget.

This great looking group of people was so supported of Brandy and Joey on their special day.  The bridesmaids were dressed in flowy pink dresses and the groomsmen wore sleck black tuxes.

The reception was filled so many perfectly planned details.  Just look at the gorgeous photos of all their elegant reception.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brandy and Joey’s wedding was an unforgettable night.  Their day was filled with so much love.  It was such a treat to coordinate their special day.

Congratulations to the beautiful and sweet couple!

Wedding Budgets Reach New High!

This month, The Knot released the results of its 2016 Real Wedding Study showing the National average cost of Weddings reaching $35,329. Keep in mind this is just an average as the graphic below shows; you will end up spending more of less depending on where you live in the United States. Tying the knot in Manhattan can cost you upwards of $78,000 while marrying in Arkansas can cost you below $20,000. Our Southern California market average is $44,000. Interestingly enough, this bigger budget trend does not show us a greater guest count. On the contrary, Brides and Grooms are cutting their guest lists and spending more per guest to give them the ultimate experience. Couples are putting their own personal stamp on every detail of their wedding and have a goal of entertaining their guests with food trucks, photo booths, fireworks, lawn games and non-traditional entertainment.

Here is a breakdown of how couples are allotting those funds:

Finally, check out these Top 2016 Wedding Statistics to see how they apply to you and your Groom.

  • Average Wedding Cost: $35,329 (excludes honeymoon) (up from $32,641 in 2015)
  • Most Expensive Place to Get Married: Manhattan, $78,464 average spend
  • Least Expensive Place to Get Married: Arkansas, $19,522 average spend
  • Average Spent on a Wedding Dress: $1,564
  • Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29 ; Groom, 31
  • Average Number of Guests: 141
  • Average Number of Bridesmaids: 5
  • Average Number of Groomsmen: 5
  • Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (15%)
  • Average Length of Engagement:  15 months
  • Most Popular Month to Get Married: October (16%) and September (16%)
  • Popular Wedding Colors: Dark blue (29%), gold (28%) and light pink (28%)
  • Percentage of Destination Weddings: 20